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Liverpool Balls: The Manchester City Double Winner Who Also Got The Reds Tattoo

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ON the list of modern football stuff that annoys Anorak is ‘The Double’. The Double used to mean the FA Cup and League title.

But to this Manchester City fan it means something else.

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Posted: 12th, August 2014 | In: Liverpool, Manchester City, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Samuel Eto’o Heads To Liverpool Via Arsenal, Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan And Sunderland

TRANSFER Balls: Is Samuel Eto’o heading to Liverpool? What about Arsenal, Everton, Ajax, Inter Milan or Sunderland?

The Sun says he might be.

 

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The Sun’s story is an “exclusive” – that you can also read in the Daily Star:

 

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The Star says “Liverpool have yet to make a formal approach for Eto’o”.

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Posted: 12th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Cleveland Pools: Britain’s Oldest Open-Air Swimming Baths

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The above is a photo of the Cleveland Pools during the 1960s. The oldest surviving open-air swimming baths in the UK are set to be fully restored and reopened to the public.

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Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


When UKIP’s Would-be London Mayor Frank Maloney ‘Hated’ Bitching Gays

Olympic and Commonwealth Heavyweight Gold Medalist Lennox Lewis (right) with his promoter Frank Maloney at a press conference at Scribes wine bar in London, to announce Lewis' upcoming fight with Andy Gerrard. * 7/11/01: Former World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis (right) with his promoter Frank Maloney at a press conference at Scribes wine bar in London. Lennox Lewis has parted company with his long term manager Frank Maloney. Lewis is currently in training for his re-match against Hasim Rahman.  Ref #: PA.1363045  Date: 07/09/1989

Olympic and Commonwealth Heavyweight Gold Medalist Lennox Lewis (right) with his promoter Frank Maloney at a press conference at Scribes wine bar in London, to announce Lewis’ upcoming fight with Andy Gerrard. Date: 07/09/1989

 

FRANK Maloney, 61, the boxing promoter who worked to make Lennox Lewis Britain’s first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, is now Kellie. Says Ms Maloney:

“I was born in the wrong body and I have always known I was a woman. I can’t keep living in the shadows. That is why I am doing what I am. Living with the burden any longer would have killed me. What was wrong at birth is now being medically corrected.”

She’s been supported by many:

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Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: Politicians, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: The Independent Gets Arsenal News From Wikipedia

ONCE upon a time a journalist’s job was to find answers. Now it’s just about asking questions to get clicks. Take this balls from the Independent, which added a new low to the media bilge about Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen making a move to Manchester United. (More on that here.)

 

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Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Sign Mats Hummels And Lose Him To Arsenal

TRANSFER Balls: Is Mats Hummels leaving Germany for the Premier League? The media hasn’t a clue. But that hasn’t stopped hacks stating rumour, speculation and utter balls as facts.

 

July 21

The Daily Express says Hummels has agreed to join Manchester United. The fee is £16m.

 

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August 8

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Posted: 11th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Thomas Vermaelen Agreed To Leave Arsenal For Manchester United (Via Barcelona)

TRANSFER Balls: How the media covered the transfer of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger was the subject of the April 2013 Daily Mail statement:

We won’t sell any more players to United after RVP, insists Arsenal boss Wenger

But on June 16, the tabloid-style Telegraph told its readers:

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Then Sky Sports stated that Manchester United were favourites to sign the Belgian:

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And the Belgian wanted United:

Sky sources have revealed that United are Vermaelen’s preferred destination and the Old Trafford club will have no problem matching or beating Barca’s offer.

And the Mirror had beaten Wenger and scored his “dream move” to Old Trafford:

 

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And then the news broke.

 

 

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The BBC noted:

Barcelona have completed the £15m signing of Arsenal’s Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen on a five-year contract. The 28-year-old passed a medical on Saturday and was presented to fans and media at the Nou Camp on Sunday after finalising the deal. “Coming to Barcelona is a dream move – it wasn’t a difficult decision at all,” the centre-back said.

Looks like he got his dream move after all – just not to the club the British Press reported…

Posted: 10th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Top 20 Unhelpful Celebrity Fans Of Premier League Teams 2014

Top Twenty Unhelpful Celebrity Fans

With the Premier League season fast approaching, what better time to look at the twenty clubs and consider, not their new signings or their likely achievements, but their famous fans?

Rather than reel off the names that make them puff out their chests with pride, let’s look at the ones that do not command universal respect and affection. The ones who, frankly, do not help their cause at all…

 

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The Gunners’ biggest celebrity Arse has few serious competitors. Step forward, Piers Morgan, seen here cosying up to Arsenal’s… er… Wayne Rooney

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Posted: 10th, August 2014 | In: Key Posts, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United Sign Arturo Vidal For £7m More Than They Already Paid Juventus

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TRANSFER Balls: Is Arturo Vidal heading to Manchester United?

Daily Star, August 9:

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Starsport understands opening negotiations have begun towards a deal that would see United pay out a whopping club record £45m fee.

Barelona “star” Alex Song is soon called an “outcast”.

Louis Van Gaal will sign Alex Song from Barcelona if United fail in their move for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal. New reports claim Louis Van Gaal will move for the outcast former Arsenal star if Vidal fails to pass an upcoming medical.

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Posted: 10th, August 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Adrian Durham’s Devotion To Arsenal Sets The Benchmark For True Gunners Everywhere

The Daily Arsenal: a case study in obsessional fandom

Why Adrian Durham’s devotion to the North London club sets the benchmark for true Gunners everywhere.

 
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Listeners to talkSPORT – the national radio station that pumps out sing-along ads for builders’ merchants 24/7 from a ketchup-stained studio on south London – will know that surly Drivetime anchor Adrian Durham has redefined the terms ‘troll’ and ‘shock jock’ to the point where neither really does him justice any more.

A troll tends to pick on one victim and stalk them in cyberspace. Durham’s prey is an entire football club and its employees and supporters, whom he has been winding up on a regular basis for several years.

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Posted: 9th, August 2014 | In: Arsenal, Key Posts, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls Full House: Marco Reus Joins Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool And Man City

TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour and speculation being passed off as fact in the media. So, is Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus heading to the Premier League? As ever, the media contest is to link every top player with every top English club.

 Daily Mirror, December 26, 2013:

Manchester United target Marco Reus will cost £40m… Midfielder Reus had a £29.4m buy-out clause in his contract at Borussia Dortmund. But it is understood the situation has changed since Bayern Munich activated a similar clause to snatch Mario Gotze last summer.

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Posted: 26th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sami Khedira Signed For Arsenal On Deadline Day

TRANSFER Balls: A regular look at rumour and utter balls being passed off as breaking football news in the media. Today we look at news on Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira.

The Metro, July 24:

Sami Khedira is still hopeful of sealing a move to Arsenal this summer despite suggestions that the Gunners have given up trying to sign him.

The Metro does not say how it knows Khedira is hopeful, only that he is. The paper’s ability to read minds is famed.

But over in the Express, the German’s hopes of playing for the Gunners turn to disappointment:

Arsene Wenger is ready to abandon his pursuit of Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin and Lars Bender. The Arsenal boss is considering deploying Jack Wilshere in a midfield holding role next season.

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Posted: 25th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Sign Sami Khedira On The Never Never

IS Sami Khedira leaving Real Madrid to play for Arsenal? Transfer Balls – Anorak’s look at utter bilge presented as fact to news-hungry football fans –  spots news on the website CaugthtOffside. It is an “EXCLUSIVE”:

 

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The new Arsenal player is World Cup winner Sami Khedira.

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Posted: 21st, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Chelsea Want Miranda But Mourinho Doesn’t

TRANSFER Balls: Who is heading to Chelsea?

Today the Daily Star has an “EXCLUSIVE”.

 

 

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CHELSEA are in talks over a £20m bid for Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda…

…sources close to the player insist he would be interested in joining Chelsea.

Number of sources named: nil.

Number of links in story to sources: nil.

In other news, Sky Sports reports, also today:

 

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Jose Mourinho insists Chelsea have completed their transfer business for the summer…”I have to say my club did a fantastic job, and not just because of what we bought, but because we did it in almost record time. The transfer market closes 31 August and we close our market on July 19. We finished the market today.”

The Golden Turd has yet to be awarded for the most fanciful transfer story, but the Star is straining to win it…

Previously: Manchester United bought Toni Kroos in the Daily Star.

 

Posted: 19th, July 2014 | In: Chelsea, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Kick Mourinho And The Moralisers Out Of Football

JOSE Mourinho says Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere is setting children a bad example. The Chelsea manager notes:

“What football players do, millions and millions are watching, lots of kids are watching.”

Well, no. Wilshere was in a hotel pool in Las Vegas. Millions of kids were not watching. One adult paparazzo lens leering at the footballer in his swimmers was.

Mourinho adds that the kids looking in will start thinking…

“…if a top football player can smoke then I can smoke and it is not a problem.”

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Posted: 19th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal Balls: Adrian Durham Is Shouting At Pigeons

THE Daily Mail’s Adrian Durham continues his routine attack on Arsenal with a tour de force. Ignoring facts – many of which are stated in his own paper – Durham focuses on three Arsenal players involved for Germany in the World Cup final. Rumours that Durham rehearses his columns by sitting in the shopping   precinct and shouting them at pigeons cannot be ruled out.

This week’s highlights are:

The FA Cup gave the fans a great day out, but seeing Arsenal players win the World Cup is a reality check for Gooners who are letting Wenger get away with it.

After waiting all this time they should demand more. And in fairness to Gooners they do want more. In fact they are so desperate for more, they have hijacked Germany’s World Cup success as some sort of trophy for Arsenal.

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Posted: 19th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sami Khedira Agrees Arsenal Move Without His Agent Knowing

TRANSFER Balls: What news in the mainstream media of Real Madrid’s German midfielder Sami Khedira? Let’s look at the Daily Express’ reporting on the player’s move to Arsenal.

Daily Express, June 16 – and Khedira is a Gunner:

 

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Posted: 17th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arturo Vidal Gets ‘Manchester United’ Shoved In His Mouth

TRANSFER Balls: Let’s see how the Press deal with Arturo Vidal.

Is Chilean heading to Manchester United?

No, says the Daily Mail.

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But the Daily Mirror says:

United will look to bring in Arturo Vidal from Juventus.

The powerhouse Chilean who starred in Brazil is up for a big move and with United having already been in conversation with the Italian club over Patrice Evra’s move to Serie A the signs are good that Vidal will pump much needed strength into the Reds’ engine room next season.

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Posted: 16th, July 2014 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Daily Mail Attacks Manchester City’s Joe Hart And Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere For Following Its Health Tips

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HOW football journalism works, with the Daily Mail’s Neil Ashton. Before the World Cup, on May 20, 2014, England were at the Grove Hotel for the Lions and Roses dinner. The charity event hosted by the England Footballers Foundation “raised £362,000 in a night for charity… and even Premier League stars were surprised at that amount of money!”

One bidder paid £10,000 for a round of golf with Manchester City’s Joe Hart and Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney. Ashton notes:

In an era when it is so easy to casually criticise the players, this event, in football parlance, could be described as ‘a leveller’. Every member of that squad, from captain Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Frank Lampard to Southampton trio Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw, understood their roles and responsibilities.

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Posted: 16th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Key Posts, Manchester City, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Arsenal’s Smoking Jack Wilshere Relights The Spirit Of 1966

ARSENAL’S Jack Wilshere has been spotted smoking…again.

That is Manchester City’s Joe Hart in the Las Vegas bubble bath. And just out of shot it James Milner.

Tsk!

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Posted: 15th, July 2014 | In: Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


British Newspapers Duped By North Korea Win World Cup Story

NORTH Korea have made it to the World Cup final. The Metro reports:

“North Korea’s state controlled media is brazenly telling the country’s football fans that the national team have reached the World Cup final in Brazil… In a report posted on YouTube, the media have been caught broadcasting that North Korea are on course to win the biggest prize in football, despite not actually qualifying for the World Cup.”

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Posted: 13th, July 2014 | In: Sports, Tabloids | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sami Khedira Wants Arsenal And £6m More To Play for Manchester United

TRANSFER Balls: Is Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira heading from Real Madrid to Arsenal?

The Daily Star manages to link the player with four of the biggest English clubs:

Liverpool and Man United join Arsenal and Chelsea in four-way £24m fight for Sami Khedira

Jack Wilson is in full Balls mode:

Both Arsenal and Chelsea have been linked with moves for the 27-year-old Real Madrid midfielder.

Linked by whom? Jack doesn’t say. Instead he just speculates to deadline:

But their attempts to sign him could be hit by their Premier League rivals… Manchester United were after Khedira last summer and ready to try and snap him up again. Liverpool could also reportedly move for the German.

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Posted: 12th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The Ultimate Tour De France Playlist

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WITH the Tour De France in full swing, nearly killing riders with wet cobbles and craft ale enthusiasts thrilling at the warring riders like teenage Hollyoaks fans, it got us thinking about cycling music.

Of course, the great music to cycle to is anything Kosmiche from Germany. Neu! albums are pretty much designed to sound like streamlined engineering, powered by human muscle.

However, we’re not talking about the things you’d listen to while powering your pedals (besides, you might not want to ride around with earbuds in, for fear of being hit by a combine harvester or something), but rather, the songs dedicated to those that cycle and the magnificent machines themselves!

There’s surprisingly few songs about bikes (seeing as they’ve been around for so much longer than cars and planes, which have endless ditties in their honour), but we’ve waded through them, missed off ‘Daisy Bell’ and the terrible Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Katie Melua numbers, and found some gems!

Have a listen and do add your own in the comments.

 

 

 

Tomorrow ‘My White Bicycle’

Ace British psychedelic band, Tomorrow, made one album and saw their guitarist running off to form Yes. However, while they were around, they made this tribute to the free bicycle movement that took place in Holland in the ’60s. Please note the cute bell ringing sound effect.

 

 

 

 

Kraftwerk ‘Tour De France’

The greatest tribute to cycling comes from Kraftwerk, and Ralf und Florian are total and utter cycling nuts. During one Manchester show at the Velodrome, when they played ‘Tour De France’, the Team GB cyclists appeared and everyone got a bit emotional.

 

 

 

 

Pink Floyd ‘Bike’

The Syd-era of The Floyd loved whimsy with an edge. They took mundane things and made them B-movie. ‘Gnome’ should be nice and it isn’t and, likewise, ‘Bike’ is a pleasant ditty with a knife between its teeth. Please don’t ride a bike with a machete in your gob, thanks.

 

 

 

 

Tom Waits ‘Broken Bicycles’

Rainsoaked Tom wouldn’t write a song about a perfectly functional working bicycle he’d just bought for loads of money from Evans, which leaves us with this dollop of pathos.

 

 

 

 

Junior Reid ‘Poor Man Transportation’

Junior Reid is one of the finest voices in reggae and provides this lovely paean to the prole’s best vehicle.

 

 

 

 

Vivian Stanshall ‘Terry Keeps His Clips On’

When Stanshall wasn’t causing mayhem in the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, he was… well… causing havoc all by himself. And here, we have the wonderful nonsense of ‘Terry Keeps His Clips On’.

 

 

 

 

Deerhoof ‘Midnight Bicycle Mystery’

One of the more unusual bike songs, but that’s Deerhoof in a nutshell. They’re mental. And we should cheer from the rooftops about bands like this because we need their shade in the light of commercial rock.

 

 

 

 

Ballboy ‘Olympic Cyclist’

This song does exactly what it says on the tin and is wonderful for it.

 

 

 

 

Livingston Taylor ‘Bicycle’

This is the most straightforward bicycle song in music history, even down to the cutely dull description of what his helmet is made of.

 

 

 

 

The Bouncing Souls ‘BMX Song’

Bicycle songs aren’t all commuting and aerodynamism – The Bouncing Souls were all about popping wheelies and buying bikes that are less practical and more fun.

 

 

 

 

Julie Doiron ‘When The Breaks Get Wet’

A lovely, plaintive song which paints a picture of riding through drizzle. A wonderful snapshot.

 

 

 

 

Dukes of the Stratosphear ‘Bike Ride To The Moon’

Neo-psychists, Dukes of the Stratosphear were XTC in disguise where they got to play with the dressing up box. Here, they ape Floyd and take a bike ride to the moon. Worth checking those guys out.

 

Posted: 12th, July 2014 | In: Music, Sports | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal Put Santi Cazorla In The Shop Window (And Sell Him)

TRANSFER Balls: Is Santi Cazorla leaving Arsenal?

Metro, June 13: “Santi Cazorla has told Arsenal he wants to quit the club and join Atletico Madrid this summer”

The Herts&Essex Observer added: “Arsenal rocked as star demands to return home”

SPAIN midfielder Santi Cazorla wants to return to play in his home country and leave Arsenal this summer.

ESPN had more news:

Cazorla is quoted as having told a man who told a man who told the papers:

Everyone tells me [Atletico] is a good club, Koke and Juanfran are there as well [as David Villa]. But I do not know anything. Until after the World Cup I do not want to know.”

This site had a fact:

 

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And then… Arsenal put Cazorla in the shop window, literally.

 

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And the Arsenal bought Alexis Sanchez, as told by the Guardian:

A measure of the stature of the signing is that Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flaimini and Mikel Arteta all cheered when they were told the news at yesterday’sThursday’s official unveiling of their new Puma kit.

The Mail was there (as were we):

Arsenal fans that queued outside Puma’s flagship store for hours enjoyed their first glimpse of the club’s new kits as Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini stepped into the front window of the shop wearing the home, away and cup strips…

Cazorla, Arteta and Flamini were all present at a glitzy unveiling at the Puma store in Carnaby Street, before Arsenal spectacularly unveiled the kits to the public via a 20m high water projection visible from the North Bank of the River Thames, right in front of the London Eye.

 

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And ESPN, which talked up Cazorla’s move away from the Emirates:

…Cazorla, whose superb free-kick in the FA Cup victory against Hull helped Arsenal end their nine-year wait for a trophy, was equally impressed with their new signing and believes Sanchez will help the club challenge for top honours. “He’s a fantastic player and a first class player,” Cazorla said [of Sanchez]. “He will bring even more quality to the side which is why we’re all very happy about it. We can focus on the new season and try to win the Premier League. The FA Cup win took a lot of pressure off us so it was great to end nine years without a trophy, it was very big. We will now go into the new season and try to achieve the same again.”

About that sale..

 

Posted: 11th, July 2014 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Cambridge University Finds Three Words Most Used To Describe Each World Cup Team

THE Cambridge University Press has been studying millions of words used to describe each of the 32 nations competing at the 2014 World Cup.

What is your national team’s reputation in the world.

Uruguay’s entry is hilarious..

 

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Spotter: Pies

 

 

Posted: 11th, July 2014 | In: World Cup Watch | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0