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« Reply #6150 on: April 19, 2015, 05:48:42 AM »
2nd by a point, a game in hand and through to the FA Cup Final. BOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMM!

Do we face the Villans or the self important, classless, petulant blowhards from Merseyside?
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« Reply #6151 on: April 19, 2015, 11:29:23 PM »
Ah well. Villa it is!
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« Reply #6152 on: April 26, 2015, 11:51:54 AM »
Not the most exciting game. Chances few and far between on both sides. Say what? When we win our game in hand we back up the table. Hope we win 3-0 though. Goal difference needed.
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« Reply #6153 on: April 28, 2015, 11:33:52 AM »

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« Reply #6154 on: May 01, 2015, 05:05:13 AM »
Ainsley Maitland-Niles: Arsenal ban player's mother after row
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Arsenal have banned the mother of young player Ainsley Maitland-Niles after she was involved in a training-ground dispute and threatened to withdraw the winger from an under-21 match.

Police were called and arrested Jule Niles after she confronted executive Dick Law and her son's agent.

No charges ensued but she has been subsequently issued with a warning.

Maitland-Niles, 17, has been at the club since he was nine and made his senior debut this season.

The teenager, who still lives at home, is highly rated by Arsenal officials and BBC Sport understands their biggest concern surrounds his focus following incidents of this nature.

Maitland-Niles made his first-team debut in a Champions League victory over Galatasaray in December, becoming the club's second-youngest player to feature in the competition.

He has also played as a substitute in Premier League and FA Cup games this season.

Niles arranged to meet Law, Arsenal's main contract and transfer negotiator, and her son's agent last month to ask about her son's progress at the club. It is understood a confrontation ensued, with Law and the agent suffering minor injuries.

Niles was banned from the training ground but managed to attend last week's under-21 game against Aston Villa, at which she is alleged to have shouted at coaching staff and threatened to withdraw her son.

Police were called again and, although no arrest was made, Niles was issued with a warning.

A police spokesperson said: "Police were called at 4.11pm on March 20 to the location to reports two people had allegedly been assaulted by a woman. They suffered superficial injuries.

"Officers attended and a 36-year-old woman from Watford was arrested on suspicion of assault. She has since been released with no further action to be taken against her.

"Police were called to the location on 24 April at 2.40pm to reports a woman was refusing to leave the premises.

"Officers attended and the woman was issued with a warning."

Arsenal declined to comment on the story.
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« Reply #6155 on: May 03, 2015, 09:34:58 PM »
You think it having St. Totteringham day this year?

You were saying? Guess what today is?
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« Reply #6156 on: May 05, 2015, 10:11:37 AM »
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« Reply #6157 on: May 06, 2015, 03:05:42 AM »
Aliko Dangote, Africa's richest man, still plans to buy Arsenal
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Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote has told Bloomberg he still plans to buy Arsenal for the "right price" in the future.

Dangote was linked with making an approach to buy a stake in Arsenal in 2010, before he said he decided against the investment.

This week, however, Dangote has been quoted as saying: "I still hope, one day at the right price, that I'll buy the team.

"I might buy it, not at a ridiculous price but a price that the owners won't want to resist. I know my strategy."

Arsenal fan Dangote is Africa's richest man, according to Forbes, and is worth $15.7 billion, reports the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

American businessman Stan Kroenke currently holds a 67 percent stake in Arsenal, reports Bloomberg, while Red and White Holdings, backed by Russian magnate Alisher Usmanov, has 30 percent.

Kroenke also owns the NFL's St. Louis Rams, the NBA's Denver Nuggets, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche and MLS' Colorado Rapids.

Dangote said: "We have $16 billion-worth of investments in the next few years. Right now I want to take my own business to a certain level. Once I finish on that trajectory, then maybe" an offer will follow.

He added that Arsenal "need new direction" and manager Arsene Wenger "needs to change his style a bit."

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« Reply #6158 on: May 06, 2015, 04:55:07 AM »
He added that Arsenal "need new direction" and manager Arsene Wenger "needs to change his style a bit."



He could well spend some of that money on Nigerian football.

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« Reply #6160 on: May 10, 2015, 10:58:38 PM »
He added that Arsenal "need new direction" and manager Arsene Wenger "needs to change his style a bit."
He could well spend some of that money on Nigerian football.

I could swear that Arsenal already have a new direction and Wenger has changed his style.
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« Reply #6161 on: May 11, 2015, 08:30:55 AM »
He added that Arsenal "need new direction" and manager Arsene Wenger "needs to change his style a bit."
He could well spend some of that money on Nigerian football.

I could swear that Arsenal already have a new direction and Wenger has changed his style.

Doh mind that guy. While Arsene has not delivered on trophies, he has more than make up for them where money is concern. Arsenal has been in CL for about 13 straight years. Correct me if I am wrong about that. If he has so much money to spend, form a Lagos Arsenal. Have a partnership with Arsenal and even the Emraties.

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« Reply #6162 on: May 21, 2015, 10:43:50 AM »
Concerned about the lack of goals recently. We have a final to play.
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« Reply #6163 on: May 21, 2015, 11:53:11 AM »
Arsenal way too one dimensional

Aresenal patterns it's game along the Barcelona model.....yet you don't see Barca so stunted and one dimensional in attack

While it's not easy to break down a team that parks the bus.....Barcelona does this practically every game.  Now...they have exceptional players....none of which Arsenal have (except for maybe Sanchez)....but still.....find another route to goal nah man. 

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« Reply #6164 on: May 21, 2015, 12:21:55 PM »
Arsenal way too one dimensional

Aresenal patterns it's game along the Barcelona model.....yet you don't see Barca so stunted and one dimensional in attack

While it's not easy to break down a team that parks the bus.....Barcelona does this practically every game.  Now...they have exceptional players....none of which Arsenal have (except for maybe Sanchez)....but still.....find another route to goal nah man. 



When Barca get bogged down, Messi goes into the phonebooth to take off his glasses and work clothes and comes out to save the day. Last night Arsenal brought on Theo.

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« Reply #6165 on: May 30, 2015, 11:30:58 AM »
Can they sustain this 1-0 lead ... or will there be drama?

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« Reply #6166 on: May 30, 2015, 11:48:03 AM »
Can they sustain this 1-0 lead ... or will there be drama?
Hell of a goal by Sanchez

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« Reply #6167 on: May 30, 2015, 11:49:58 AM »
That's it for Villa 3-0

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« Reply #6168 on: May 30, 2015, 12:30:28 PM »
Sanchez is about 1.5x the next best Arsenal player.

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« Reply #6169 on: May 30, 2015, 06:47:46 PM »
Sanchez is about 1.5x the next best Arsenal player.

Like yuh doh watch Santi Carzola or wha hoss?
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« Reply #6170 on: May 30, 2015, 07:15:07 PM »
Congrats to the Gunners on the forum on a second consecutive FA Cup win, and record 12th overall. Start submitting design suggestions on a Wenger statue.

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« Reply #6171 on: June 09, 2015, 11:59:31 AM »
Sanchez is about 1.5x the next best Arsenal player.

Like yuh doh watch Santi Carzola or wha hoss?

Sanchez, Cazorla, Koscielny. Then everybody else on that side. Ozil has to do better.
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« Reply #6172 on: June 29, 2015, 11:25:57 AM »
Cech's first interview
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Petr Cech became Arsenal's first signing of the transfer window when he joined the club from Chelsea on Monday afternoon.

Below is a full transcript:


Petr, welcome to Arsenal. How does it feel to have signed for the club?

It is exciting. I first came to the Premier League a long time ago and I still love playing in the Premier League and the challenges it poses with the great players and great teams you have to face every week. Arsenal are a team that challenge for the top and definitely matches my ambitions and personal motivation. I believe at this time of my career I have made a really good choice and will have the success that I hope to have.

What is about Arsenal that made you want to join the club?

I would say the approach. In the first meeting we had, I spoke to the manager, Arsène Wenger, and obviously it was a big difference because I am as hungry as ever and have the same motivation and commitment to win trophies as I had 10 or 15 years ago and as a kid. Having spoken to him, I believe I will find a team that wants to be successful and wants to challenge the best in Europe. It is an exciting project for me.

Having spent 11 successful years at Chelsea, it must have been a tough decision to leave?
It was probably the hardest decision for me to go, but last year I realised that I am not in a phase of my career when I would sit on the bench. I want to be playing, I want to have a chance to compete for my position in the team and I want to be useful for the team and do the usual stuff on the pitch week in, week out. I hope I will have that possibility to compete for my place here at Arsenal and I hope that I can bring something a little extra to the team that can help.

You’re obviously hugely experienced in the Premier League. You know the Premier League very well and you know London very well. Do you think that will be a big advantage for you?
Well I believe that the Premier League is the best league in the world and having played in the Premier League for such a long time, it is to my advantage and I know what to expect. This year I will be at a different club but I think it can be a big advantage for me that I’m settled, I know what to expect in almost every ground in England with the style that is played. It is a great challenge to be playing against the best players in the world and I always wanted to play in the Premier League and be a part of this league. To have an opportunity to continue in a team that has the motivation to challenge for the title and challenge the best teams was a challenge for me and I have to say that once I spoke to Arsène Wenger about the ambitions and motivations this club has, my decision was clear because I wanted to be a part of it.

How influential was Arsène Wenger in your decision to join Arsenal?

I had a good chat with him and it was the first time after the club approached me that I could speak to him in private for such a long time. He made me believe that this was the right step and that this is the club with a lot of ambition. I have a lot of personal motivation and ambition and the club definitely matches it. It is an exciting time for me, it is a project where Arsenal fans and the club have been waiting for the Premier League title and this is a chance for me to bring my experience and my little extra to the team and we can possibly achieve that.

Have you spoken to Tomas Rosicky about the club much and if so, what has he told you about it?

Yes, we have spoken - obviously we had time together with the national team but at the time I did not know what would happen. But he seems happy always and he loves playing for Arsenal. He was excited about the idea that this could happen. He told me a lot of good things and he was one of the reasons why I decided to give it a go and meet with Arsenal. Then the discussions went on and here we are today! I am really happy it happened that way.

You have played against Arsenal many times over the course of your career. What are your biggest memories from playing at Highbury and Emirates Stadium?

The first time I played at Highbury I was actually surprised about the size of the stadium because I thought it was a bit bigger! When you were on the pitch it seemed quite close and narrow. The first time I played, we conceded a goal when Thierry Henry shot a quick free-kick and we were caught by surprise. But in the end we got an important 2-2 draw which would later allow us to win the title, so that was my first memory. Then the club moved to Emirates Stadium and it is always nice to play there because of the beautiful pitches there every single year. You as a visitor you know it is going to be a tough task to play against technical Arsenal sides and it was always a big test for us but we seemed to have success in recent years. Hopefully that will change now!

You have a chance to prove that because your first competitive game could be against Chelsea…
I think the script couldn’t have been written in a better way for the fans because this will be one of the days [that is] very exciting and very strange at the same time. I have to say, having been with Chelsea for 11 years and having so much success and great memories, I guess it will be a very strange feeling to be on the other side. Once you’re on the pitch, you play for your team and you want to win. During the year you can play against friends, you can play against big friends and close friends but once you are on the pitch, this friendship goes away and you just focus on winning the game.

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« Reply #6173 on: June 30, 2015, 11:21:31 PM »
Barely saw him play this past season but hopefully Cech still has the goods. Welcome to the good guys!
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« Reply #6174 on: September 12, 2015, 07:47:43 PM »
Real strange start to the season. Creating plenty, well balanced, experienced defence but horrible finishing. Today we should have scored much more than 2 goals.
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« Reply #6175 on: October 11, 2015, 02:23:11 AM »
Such a magnificent performance. Why can't we play like that all the time? Theo is becoming a fantastic striker.
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« Reply #6176 on: October 22, 2015, 01:06:06 AM »
Cech man of the match but we gave as good as we got. Better even. Well done Gunners. A point in Munich and we're back in business!
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« Reply #6177 on: November 04, 2015, 03:00:01 PM »
The Gunners are being ripped apart methodically by Bayern. 4-0 in the 57th min.

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« Reply #6178 on: November 07, 2015, 04:38:11 AM »
Robert Pires: Wenger wants the title this year and Arsenal can do it
By Sachin Nakrani, The Guardian


The 42-year-old is training with the club’s first team and believes they have what it takes to end their 12-season wait for the Premier League crown

Robert Pires is standing in a basement car park at London’s ExCel. It is a typically autumnal afternoon and as the brisk air takes hold in cavernous surroundings, the former Arsenal winger could be forgiven for breaking out in a huff and expressing his desire to be somewhere else, especially when he has to constantly redo one of the PR commitments he is here to carry out because of the interrupting roar of cars overhead. But he remains cool, focused and professional throughout. As anyone who watched him play could testify, it’s classic Pires.

Nine years have passed since his final appearance for Arsenal and it is striking how little the Frenchman has changed since the days when he was a captivating, creative force in a team that touched invincibility. The face has aged but the hair is still jet black and generous, while above perfectly kept stubble remains those recognisably dark eyes. Dressed in a black jacket, white shirt and jeans, the 42-year-old also appears as slim as he was at his peak. It is like Pires has never been away which, to an extent, he hasn’t.

There were spells at Villarreal, Aston Villa and, somewhat bizarrely, FC Goa in India after Pires left Arsenal in May 2006, but his heart always remained at the club where he won two Premier League titles, three FA Cups, was voted Football Writers’ player of the year and went through an entire league campaign unbeaten. Having returned to England after retirement, Pires now regularly trains with Arsenal’s first team at their London Colney base. Preparing for Sunday’s north London derby, Alexis Sánchez and co could not ask for a better reminder of the levels of excellence they are meant to be reaching.

“Arsène [Wenger] said to me ‘If you want to come, you can’ and so every morning I am training with the first team,” says Pires. “For me, it’s very interesting. I hope it’s also interesting for the players. I talk a long time to them. I don’t know if I give them some tips and advice but I have a good experience for the guys to learn from.”

Pires’s routine visits to the training ground also allow him to stay fit as he enters middle age and the obvious question to ask is if he is still able to hold his own with Arsenal’s current superstars. “I don’t know, you have to ask them,” he replies. “But the technique … you never lose it. You lose speed, that’s normal, but the technique you never lose.” Cue a devilish smile from the man with the classically Gallic accent.

I am speaking with Pires in the back of a silver people-carrier that has been supplied by one of Arsenal’s corporate sponsors and that Pires, in his role as club ambassador, is here to promote. As the vehicle glides around the car park and beyond, what should be a routine interview suddenly feels like a surreal mix of Football Focus and the A-Team. But ultimately it is not difficult to remain focused on the task ahead given Pires is in such engaging form, no more so than when he is assessing Arsenal’s title credentials. It has been a strange season for the team, with them joint top of the Premier League but, after their 5-1 humbling at Bayern Munich in midweek, in real danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages for the first time in 16 seasons. Having watched and worked with them, however, Pires is adamant that the class of 2015-16 are the real deal.

“Arsenal have started the season well. Actually, since the game against Man United [when Arsenal won 3-0 at the start of October] they are doing very well,” he says. “They have a lot of ingredients to win the title, because when you see the name in the paper the quality is there. The quality is very good. Of course, the Champions League is very important, but I prefer to see Arsenal win the Premier League this season and I know this is the objective for Arsène Wenger and all the players. It is also important for the fans. So yes, this team can win the Premier League.”

Pires cites Petr Cech as being particularly key to Arsenal’s chances of becoming champions for the first time since he and the rest of the Invincibles did so in 2004 – “He is very important because he has already won the title with Chelsea” – but it is his praise for another of the team’s defensively minded players that truly catches the attention. It comes as the Frenchman explains his choices for an Ultimate XI made up of Arsenal players he featured alongside and/or has seen in the flesh. There are some obvious names in there, such as David Seaman, Tony Adams, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira and, from the current side, Sánchez and Santi Cazorla. But who is that at the base of midfield? Francis Coquelin.

“I love this guy because he has very good spirit and he loves fighting,” says Pires. “He’s French but he has an English mentality, and in this position you need that. In my time we had Ray Parlour, and Coquelin is the same. He’s a very good balance between defence and attack. He is important for the team. Imagine for 10 seconds Vieira and Coquelin together in midfield, in this moment or 10 years ago. That would be fantastic.”

When speaking about Arsenal’s Ultimate XI in Pires’s company it is difficult not to come back to his time at the club having arrived there from Marseille in 2000. It’s somewhat forgotten now that Pires struggled during his first season in north London but, having settled at a new club in a new country, the winger soon soared, helping Arsenal achieve the double in 2002 and complete that most memorable of seasons two years later. “That was a special team and we showed that by being unbeaten and, most importantly, winning the title,” he reflects.

Pires picks out Dennis Bergkamp as the best player he featured alongside during his time at Arsenal – “he was the maestro” – and his goal at Villa in March 2002, when Pires left George Boateng for dead with one touch before lobbing Peter Schmeichel with another, as his own best individual moment for the club. And then there is the effusive praise for Wenger, the man who brought Pires to London and continues to welcome him back into the fold. “He is the same guy from when I joined 15 years ago,” says Pires. “He’s passionate, he loves football, he loves Arsenal and he loves the guys at the club.

“He loves talking to them, especially when they are a little bit tired or a little bit down, and is very good at lifting them up. That communication is important between manager and player and Arsène never forgets that.”

Looking ahead to Tottenham’s visit to the Emirates on Sunday, Pires agrees that this could be the most intriguing north London derby for some time given the encouraging form of both teams but is backing his old side to record what would be their sixth successive league victory since the bad-tempered defeat at Chelsea in mid-September. This is also another moment for Pires to reflect on the past and, in particular, his excellent record against Arsenal’s most bitter rivals.

“I scored eight goals in 12 games against Spurs,” he says, with the assurance of a man reciting his own phone number. “I’m proud of this achievement because I know this rivalry is very important for the Arsenal fans – when you score eight times against Spurs you are an idol for them.

“And I know the Spurs fans hate me,” Pires adds with yet another devilish smile. “I know this and it is a good sensation.”


Robert Pires’s ultimate Arsenal XI

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« Reply #6179 on: December 05, 2015, 11:21:51 AM »
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