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Arsenal Draw With Borussia Dortmund And Chelsea Fail To Win At Schalke (Say Papers)

LAST night, Chelsea beat Schalke and Arsenal lost to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions’ League. Or did they?

The Journal says Arsenal won:

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The Mirror is more sober. In that paper Arsenal only drew, which seems harsh on Chelsea and anyone who bet on them winning:

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Posted: 23rd, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal: Press Chant A Musical Valentine To Arsene Wenger

ARSENAL’S Arsene Wenger is 64. What says the media?

 John Cross, the Daily Mirror: “To borrow another line from The Beatles’ classic When I’m Sixty Four, the song says…

Mark Irwin, The Sun: “Arsene Wenger does not want cards or a birthday cake today…simply confirmation that Arsenal still need him now he’s 64.”

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Posted: 22nd, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

In 2007 The Daily Mail Predicted This England Team: Only Arsenal’s Walcott Made It

IN  2007, the Daily Mail’s predicted which tyros would make the England team of the future.


They get one right. Admittedly, Micah Richard looked a good bet to an England regular. But some of the other you’d be hard placed to recognise in their own lounges.

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Posted: 19th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere Loses His Car At Wembley Stadium

HOW did the England v Poland game go for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere? Well Charles Sale tells Daily Mail readers:

“It was reassuring to find one of England’s cosseted millionaire footballers having to join the real world on international duty. Jack Wilshere was searching late on Tuesday night – along with others – for just where his vehicle had been left in Wembley’s cavernous main car park. Wilshere had declined the usual chauffeured FA transport – that picks up players in a secured underground area – because he lives near the national stadium.”

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Posted: 17th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott only needs to beat Spurs ‘superstar’ Theo Walcott to be a World Cup legend


HOW good has Spurs’ Andros Townsend become since he scored in England’s 4-1 win over Montenegro?

Tony Cascarino (Times):

I felt for Theo Walcott on Friday, sitting in a TV studio watching his replacement have a great game. Walcott would have wanted Andros Townsend to do well for England — just not too well! It’s a strange mix of feelings when you see your rival excel.

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Posted: 14th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comment

Arsenal: Jack Wilshere pulls on his blazer and auditions for a role at the FA


AS the world debated Jack Wilshere’s claim that England should be just for the English – and Ian Wright tied himself in knots  and Tony Dorigo raised an eyebrow – it was overlooked what else he said. To Jack an Englishman is a no-nonsense, pie and potatoes bloke:

“We are English and we tackle hard. And we are tough on the pitch and are hard to beat. We have great characters. You think of Spain and you think technical, but you think of England and you think they are brave and they tackle hard. We have to remember that.”

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Posted: 12th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal: the best and worst Jack Wilshere puns

ARSENAL’S Jack Wilshere began the weekend smoking a cigarette. He ended it as the Gunners’ goal scorer in Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion. The puns came thick and fast. But are they any good? Let’s look at the best and the worst.

The Times:

Arsenal huff and puff their way back to top


The Sun creates a horrible headline: “Ciggie Stardust” and his “scoring habit”. Dod you score cigarettes, like you do drugs?



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Posted: 7th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Spurs fans tweet an easy win over West Ham United and Arsenal fans say ‘get Wilshere off’

FOOTBALL is a funny old game. The pundits get their opinions picked apart on Match of the Day and in the newspapers because tipping the outcome of a match is no simple science. Arsenal Gent has noticed a few Spurs tweets before Tottenham lost 0-3 to West Ham United:


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Posted: 6th, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports, Spurs | Comment

Arsenal: what really happened at Piebury Corner?

SKY Sports reports that a 30-strong mob of Italian football fans have stormed into a restaurant used by Arsenal supporters, smashing windows, breaking chairs and injuring at least one person.”

Witnesses described how the men, described as Napoli fans, had team scarves tied round their faces and started shouting in Italian at those inside the busy restaurant. One worker at the Piebury Corner eatery described how they had to duck for cover and how one customer had been attacked with a belt leaving “blood all over the floor”…

The gang attacked ahead of the Champions League clash between Arsenal and Napoli at the Emirates Stadium.

The Piebury Corner is on Holloway Road.

So. what happened?

The Mirror sees more:

Up to 100 Italian thugs tore through Piebury Corner restaurant on Holloway Road near Arsenal’s stadium in scenes Tim’s pal Richard Morey described as being like something out of the early 80s

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Posted: 2nd, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Manchester United used to practice kicking lumps out of the opposition’s best player


POPE wears funny hat! Katie Price sleeps on back! And now in other news to shock and amaze: Phil Neville says Manchester United players Roy Keane, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes used to kick lumps out of the best players. The actual shocker is that they used to practice ‘Plan B’ by hacking away at Cristiano Ronaldo.

Speaking to ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke as part of an imminent Ronaldo documentary,  Neville Bites Yer Legs says:

“[Ronaldo] dived a lot. He tried to buy fouls and he came in for a lot of criticism. The boys [at Man Utd] were hard on him for his diving and it was putting us under pressure. I’d say the first 12 months there was a massive toughening up process. In training at the time you had Keane, Butt, Scholes, and every time he got the ball they kicked him and they kicked him – not just once, they kicked him every day, every week, all season.”

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Posted: 1st, October 2013 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment

Arsenal gif: Ozil spits out gum, volleys it and catches it in his mouth in warm up at Swansea

ARSENAL gif of the year: Mesut Ozil spits out gum, volleys it and catches it in his mouth in the warm up at Swansea. Given the Gooners’ love for this man, he could have volleyed it into any number of open mouths in the stands:


Posted: 28th, September 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Arsenal Watch: Owen says only Ozil is any good, Ramsay is the world’s best player and Wenger stays forever


ARSENAL Watch: a look at The Gunners in the news: on Monday Arsene Wenger will mark 17 years as the team’s manger.

Says the man:

“I am very grateful to this club because during the 17 years we had ups and downs. They have always shown a big faith in me and they always let me do the job like I thought it had to be done, and if I am still here today it is because I got that consistent support from inside the club. Honestly, I would love to be here forever because that would mean I would be immortal! I am (though) not naive enough to believe that. What I would like to do as long as I am here is give my best for this club because I love this club, of course.”

The club’s owner, Stan Kroenke shares his view on Wenger:

“Arsene knows how we feel, what our philosophy is, what we want to do and I feel like we are totally aligned. I think he wants to do it the exact same way as we do…I really enjoy Arsene – very smart, very intelligent. He has an absolute view on how he runs that team and the club. He has earned that right.

“Don’t look for me to interfere with that. I have learnt over the years that sometimes owners try do that and it is not so good. We’ve always said that there are resources available. There are guys who say that we should push Arsene harder to spend. That’s fair enough – there are always lots of opinions but Arsene is an independent thinker and planner. He works very hard at it and has a wonderful record. He was trained in economics, my undergraduate study was in economics.”

As ever there is some transfer balls:

The Express reports:

Chelsea to gazump Arsenal with £25m January bid for Marseille’s Giannelli Imbula

Daily Star:

Liverpool ‘to bid for Arsenal target Javier Pastore’

And there is lots of mindless filler, like this is the Metro:

With Arsenal bidding to win their first league title since 2004, Metro’s Massimo Marioni points to three key points which he believes makes Arsene Wenger’s young pretenders the real deal.

Erm…they’re top of the league

This is followed by the Metro’s scoop:

Arsenal might be bidding to win their first league title since 2004, but Metro’s Jamie Sanderson points to three key reasons as to why Arsene Wenger’s men won’t be champions come May.

Maybe Michael Owen, the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United star can tell us what lies in store for Wenger’s team?

The Telegraph quotes him:

Michael Owen: Arsenal do not look top-four side

…Arsenal are decent, but again none of their back four would make a composite Premier League XI. If I look right the way through the Arsenal team, with a view to picking an all-star side from the top six clubs, I would struggle to nominate one Arsenal player. Mesut Özil is the only one who would have a chance.

On on that note Wales Online salutes Aaron Ramsay:

Gareth Bale has grabbed Welsh football’s headlines this season with his £86million record move to Real Madrid, but it is his Wales midfield team-mate Aaron Ramsey whose deeds on the pitch are earning him rave reviews of ‘best in the world’.

Ramsay is the best footballer in the world but is not good enough for Owen’s Premier League team?

Oh, and in other facts,  Thierry Henry has a new tattoo:

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Posted: 28th, September 2013 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment

Cesc Fabregas Goes. Arsene Loses Plot? The Unanswered Questions

LIKE most Arsenal fans I am a little sad, but not too surprised at Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barcelona. To be fair we did well to hang on to him last summer and he was always going to go this time round. I think too that the player has behaved impeccably and leaves Arsenal with a degree of dignity.

There are however a few questions that need answering asap

1 Is Arsene losing the plot? It is not 24 hours since he said that no players were leaving Arsenal. He must have known that the deal was imminent when he said this. Is it a case of wishful thinking or is he genuinely losing it?

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Posted: 12th, August 2011 | In: Arsenal, Sports | Comment (1)

Liverpool top Premiership tweeting list for January

An iffy start to the season might mean that the Premiership title is beyond Liverpool, but the Red half of Merseyside are at least top of one league – the country’s top footballing tweeters. Barclays has analysed Twitter traffic using Sysomos’ Media Analysis Platform (MAP) to see which teams and which cities were the centre of the Twitter-sphere throughout January, and found that when it comes to expressing themsleves in 140 charactars the Scousers come out top.

There was apparently a million tweets about the Barclays Premier League and its clubs in January with Liverpool FC, the subject of nearly a third of those tweets (301,169). In second place was Arsenal FC (110,901), which is something of a surprise given the club’s lack of transfer activity. Chelsea FC (97,655) and Manchester United (86,249) roll in as third and fourth place.

Posted: 9th, February 2011 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, Sports | Comment