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Transfer Balls: Chelsea Sell Luiz To Barcelona But Bayern Munich Sign Him



TRANSFER Balls: Compare and contrast the scoops on Chelsea’s David Luiz:

ESPN, May 13, 2014:

Luiz agrees deal with Barcelona

The Times, May 13, 2014:

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Posted: 16th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United And Maybe Man City And Chelsea All Get Benzema

TRANSFER Balls, with Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

The Telegraph, May 14:

Arsenal to launch £30m move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema

Will they get him? No!

Daily Star, May 14:

Liverpool favourites to land Karim Benzema as Arsenal prepare to re-sign £3.2m Carlos Vela

So. He’s off to Liverpool.

Daily Mirror, May 14:

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Posted: 15th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Manchester City And Arsenal Balls: Richard Wright Is The Luckiest Man In Football

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Arsenal’s 3 goalkeepers Richard Wright, David Seaman and Stuart Taylor celebrate with the FA Barclaycard Premiership Trophy
Date: 11/05/2002


RICHARD Wright has won two more Premier League winners’ medals than Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. Surely a future career as media pundit sat by illuminated coffee tables is on the horizon for an English champion.

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Posted: 12th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Manchester City, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Wenger And The Monaco Exclusive That Isn’t

IS Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger heading back to Monaco. The Sun says he might be:
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The “exclusive” runs:
ARSENAL were last night rocked as Arsene Wenger was offered the Monaco job. The Gunners boss is out of contract at the end of the season but has still not signed a new deal.
Go on…

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Posted: 10th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Want Gundogan, Court Matinez But Bid For Stay-At-Home Bender

ARE Arsenal set to buy Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez?

The Telegraph says they could be:

“Arsenal make approach to Bayern Munich for transfer of Javi Martinez”

But maybe the Gunners will invest that “£100m” transfer budget in Lars Bender? Big money, eh. Or as the Irish Indy notes: “Arsene Wenger warns Arsenal fans not to expect big money signings.” So lots of  little signings, then, for that £100m? Er, no. The Mirror says:

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he will only make ‘two or three’ signings this summer

Back to the Tele, which continues:

Bender is another Germany-based player who interests Wenger and, although he might be slightly cheaper than Martinez, would still cost around £25 million.

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Posted: 7th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Diego Costa For Less Than Chelsea Paid For Him

STEVE Stammers has news for all Arsenal fans reading his Daily Mirror column. The Gunners are all set to buy Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa transfer for £31m.


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Arsenal are set to make an audacious move for Diego Costa.

The 25-year-old Atletico Madrid star has a £31million release clause in his contract…

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Posted: 4th, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: One Man’s Decade-Long Search For David Seaman’s Retina-Burning Euro ’96 Kit

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DID you look at the kit Arsenal and England’s David Seaman wore at Euro ’96 and think ‘I want me one of those’?

His second kit was little better.




Joel did. He looked at strip of man-made vomit fibres and thought it a good look.

But when Joel looked for “Euro 96 England goalkeeper kit” on the web, he found nothing.

And then – a mere ten years of searching later – Joel posted the following photo to his Facebook page.


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Now Joel never leaves home without it:


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Spotter: Pies. Images: Joel Holmes/Facebook)

Posted: 1st, May 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: On The 19th Annual St. Totteringham’s Day We Recall Who Said Spurs Would Top The Gunners

ON the 19th annual St. Totteringham’s Day – when Arsenal finish above Spurs in the Premier League – Lukas Podolski identified himself as a fan favourite:


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Let’s review what the experts said:

Gary Lineker: “I think they’ll probably finish above Arsenal. Well, the interesting thing is that normally clubs… if they sell a huge player, they always say, oh, we’ll spend the money, we’ll put it back in the team but they invariably don’t, whereas at least you can say for Spurs they’ve had a plan and they’ve spent that money – and they’ve spent it actually before they got it really – so I think actually they’ve bought pretty well on the whole.”

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Posted: 29th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Podolski Is The Third Most Prolific Striker In Premier League History



LUKAS  Podolski’s  19 goals and 11 assists in his Arsenal career give him the third best minutes per goals ratio in Premier Leauge history, bettered only by Thierry Henry and Kun Aguero.

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Posted: 26th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Mesut Ozil Is Remade As A Chocolate Egg

GARY Lineker flogs fatty food crisps to sports fans. And in Germany, the budding sport stars can tuck into World Cup 2014 Kinder Surprise eggs, such as this one featuring Arsenal star Mesut Ozil.

This is his face on the Kinder Überraschung.


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This is what you get inside:

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Posted: 25th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports, The Consumer | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Lukas Podolski Instigates A New Kind Of Handshake

ARSENAL’S Lukas Podolski yesterday enacted one of the best pre-game handshakes of the season, greeting referee Jonathan Moss with rare affection.

The pre-match handshake has been mired on controversy. We’ve wondered whether or not Anton Ferdinand would shake John Terry’s hand before or after wiping his nose on his own palm? Would Rio Ferdinand shake Ashley Cole’s hand, or simply hand him a choc-ice? Would Luis Suarez eat the hand of Patrice Evra; would Evra, wise to the possibility of cannibalism, coat it in hot mustard or black boot polish? Would Wayne Bridge be invited to sniff a smirking John Terry’s fingers?

The handshake had become so complex, so political, that we had led calls for the pre-game handshake to go.

But then along comes Poldi to remind us that more handshakes are what are required.


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Posted: 21st, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

The 1989 FA Cup Final: After Hillsborough The Media Portrayed Liverpool Fans As Scum

AFTER Hillsborough and the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at the FA Cup semi-final, the Reds played the final. They won, beating Everton 3-2 in extra time at Wembley Stadium.

After the horrors of Hillsborough, the cage around Wembley had been removed. When Everton scored their equaliser with virtually the last kick of normal time, Blues fans celebrated by running onto the pitch.




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Posted: 15th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Flashback, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: World Cup Striker Stickers Shocker

IS the Sun turning into Viz?

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The Arsenal “ace” is “FOOTIE ace Joel Campbell”, on loan from the Gunners to Olympiacos.

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Posted: 11th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: If Not Diarra Then Who Is The ‘Former Arsenal Star Fighting Jihad In Syria’?

WHO is the former “Arsenal “star fighting as a jihad warrior in Syria”, as “The Sun can reveal”?


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We’d like to take a look at his shooting accuracy before making a guess.

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Posted: 10th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Seek New Bobby Charlton: Arsène Wenger Says Injuries May Be Down To Hair Loss Treatments

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ARSENAL’S list of injuries is a running sore for Gunners fans. Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Abou Diaby, Lucas Podolski, Mesut Özil, Jack Wilshere, Laurent Koscielny and others have endured lengthy lay-offs this season. Who to blame?

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has an idea.

 “Some of them [muscle injuries] are down to the medication that the players take that you don’t even know about. Then you realise afterwards that they took this medication but that’s not prudent… If you lose your hair and you’ve taken something to make your hair grow, it might not be good, especially for the rest of your body. Medication always pushes a part of your body and is sometimes detrimental to other parts of your body.

“At the moment, we have not come to any conclusion … every case can be very different and you need to analyse very deeply why things happen. I’m surrounded by people who want to enhance their performances because they have another problem in their life and it’s not always necessarily a good thing to do.”

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Posted: 6th, April 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Uncanny Lookalikes: Arsenal Players Kieran Gibbs And Oxlade-Chamberlain (Spotted By Andre Marriner)



ARSENAL were two goals down to Chelsea when  referee Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs for playing goalkeeper. Gunners fans will ague that the ball wasn’t going in, so it can’t be a red-card offence.

But any argument directed at Marriner will fall on deaf ears. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tried to tell the ref that it was he and not Gibbs who’d used a hand to stop the shot going out for a goal kick.  Oxlade-Chamberlain could be seen telling Marriner “It was me”.

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Posted: 22nd, March 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Ozil’s Convenient Humiliation

ARSENAL Balls: The Sun’s Steven Howard has more to say on Mesut Ozil, who suffered a hamstring injury against Bayern Munich:

EURO FOOTNOTE: MESUT OZIL has been flayed alive after his poor display at the Allianz Arena.

Mainly by reporters who filed their copy before it as realised the German player was injured. One writer went as far as to say hurting your hamstring is an “humiliation”. We look out for footballers being shamed by broken limbs and embarrassed by concussion.

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Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Ozil Is ‘Humiliated’ By His Injury

WHAT did the Press say about Arsenal’s Champions League exit at the hands of Bayern Munich? Well, most focused on Mesut Ozil:




In the rush to be first with the news The Metro posted this:

The Germany play-maker, who scored and turned in a fantastic shift for the Gunners against Everton at the weekend, had to come off at half-time during the clash with Bayern. It was initially thought that the substitution was tactical, with Tomas Rosicky coming on, but it later emerged that Ozil has picked up a knock.

No. Not a knock. He was carrying an injury.

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Posted: 12th, March 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Per Mertesacker Happy Reads The BFG

ARSENAL’S big German defender Per Mertesacker was pleased to find a book all about him at his local Islington library.






Spotter: Pies

Posted: 10th, March 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Manchester United Pay £7m Over Asking Price For Thomas Vermaelen

ARSENAL Balls: The Sun leads with an “exclusive” on “Arsenal misfit” Thomas Vermaelen.

DAVID MOYES has targeted Arsenal misfit Thomas Vermaelen to replace Manchester United hero Nemanja Vidic. The Belgian central defender is no longer a regular at the Emirates, but the Gunners would still demand a £12million fee from one of their rivals.

He is a close pal of Robin van Persie and the pair share the same agent in Kees Vos.

Why Arsenal would sell another captain to a rival side – and why the Belgian would want to play for an average United team from which Van Persie might well depart in the summer – is a mute point for the Sun’s Charlie Wyett. As is the news that his exclusive is that the player said back in 2012:

“I have no intention of leaving this club. I feel at home in ­London and I feel that I have become a real Gunner. Arsenal is my club. In my eyes, they belong to the absolute elite of European top clubs. When I was young, I dreamed of playing for Ajax and Arsenal. Both dreams have come true.”


In November 2013, he said:

“I keep reading stories that I want to leave. But that’s not the case.”

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Posted: 9th, March 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Sky Sports Presenter Calls Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker A ‘Big F***ing German’

ON Sky Sports, German Sky TV journalist Christopher Lymberopoulos calls Arsenal’s tall Per Mertesacker “a big f****ng German”.

And with that a chant is reborn. Cue the BFG:


Posted: 7th, March 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Balls: Theo Walcott Eats, Shoots And Leaves

THEO Walcott is going to be adad for the first time. The Arsenal winger is delighted.

His wife, Mrs Melanie Walcott, is simply amazed. She tells Hello!:

 “I was quite taken aback by how quickly it happened.”

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Posted: 7th, March 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Destroys Arsenal And The Daily Mirror

IN the Daily Mirror, stereotypical shy, conservative Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic is talking about Arsenal, the team he never did sign for:

“England is a very strong league, with three or four of the best teams in Europe – but, if I had played there, I would have destroyed it, like I have everywhere else. Arsenal could have happened, as everybody knows – but I would not do a trial. Who do you think regrets that more, Arsene Wenger or Zlatan?”

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Posted: 24th, February 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

1954: Arsenal Players Lark About In Dressing Room Before Moscow Match

FLASHBACK to September 30th 1954:  – Arsenal players at the Highbury ground, North London.

Centre forward Tommy Lawton tries on a Russian fur hat in the Arsenal dressing room as a preliminary to Sunday’s trip to Dynamo Moscow with the ‘Gunners’. Other Arsenal players are – left to right – Alex Forbes, Walley Barnes and Jack Kelsey.




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Posted: 23rd, February 2014 | In: Arsenal, Flashback, Sports | Comment