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Nasri Denies Rift With Gallas

Nasri Denies Rift With Gallas

William Gallas known for his bad attitude has been reported to be on bad terms with Samir Nasri. According to Nasri though it was just an ordinary little argument in a training session which was before he joined Arsenal. But now, he says, it has long been forgotten and that now they get on well.

“We had words at the Euros but it was during a training session and immediately forgotten. Since I came to Arsenal there has been no problem. We have got on well in my time here. They are just the type of things that can happen in training. It was just something that we didn’t agree on. It was all forgotten that night and we had a chat at the hotel. I don’t know why it had so much coverage. It was all over something and nothing. People said I showed a lack of respect for Thierry Henry. Quite simply when I started out in the French national side, Henry had been out with a back injury and I had been sitting in a place on the coach which in his return turned out to be where he sat. As soon as I discovered that I got up and let him sit down. Maybe people were looking for excuses because we had done badly in the Euros but certainly I don’t think you can blame that on the fact that I sat in Thierry Henry’s seat.”

Seems like a small issue. Just because he sat in Henry’s seat doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect him! And as for that argument in training between the two, it’s no surprise considering the character of Gallas! Gallas had also mentioned in his autobiography a 20 year old who did not show respect to his elder players in Euro 2008. That 20 year old was reported to be Nasri.  But lets not make a big deal of this issue as its a thing of the past and Gallas has learnt to shut up now!

Meanwhile there has been some crazy talk going on in the papers about Adebayor to be sold to Barcelona in the summer for £20m. Though I want him out, but he will never fetch that much amount of money and that it is just a stupid attention seeking news. Fabregas has also been linked to Real Madrid. Again crap news. It is just too early to be talking about such transfers right now.

To link up with Adebayor’s departure, Huntelaar is being straight away rumoured as a possible replacement. The Dutchman has been a failure at Real Madrid where he moved for £17m. Real want to offload him and Wenger has always been fond of the striker so everyone can straight away start making stories about him coming to Arsenal.

This highly zoomed photo shows Adebayor in Barcelona on Thursday wearing a wig so he as to avoid being identified.

This highly zoomed photo shows Adebayor in Barcelona on Thursday wearing a wig so he as to avoid being identified.

Adebayor has gone to Barcelona to show his African Player Player of the Year trophy to fellow injured Arsenal team mate Fabregas. However there is a lot more behind him going to Barcelona than what meets the eye and a Barcelona official, who has requested his identity to be kept confidential, has said that Barca had requested Adebayor to come to Camp Nou and have a chat about his future. The Arsenal man has been out of form this season and is drawing a lot of criticism from Arsenal fans. The official says they are interested in buying Adebayor, followed by van Persie and eventually Fabregas from Arsenal as they have money that grows on trees and Arsenal is a club who every player wants to leave when they get an offer from a ‘big’ club. Barcelona say Messi is considering a move away from the Catalan club and Etoo hasn’t been in the best of forms lately so Adebayor is the perfect replacement for them. They say the pace and a finishing of Adebayor is unmatched and they think that he can be a player as great as Henry and even better as he can score a lot of headers too. They said Adebayor is under-estimated by Gooners and that they can’t see the ‘hidden’ talent that he has, which apparently has been spotted by Barca. They claim that they had a very positive conversation with the Togolese forward and that Ade says he is prepared to make the move in the summer and he is confident he can convince van Persie and Fabregas to follow him as they are his best friends and never say no to him. All the signs look right for Barca but the problem for them is whether Wenger will be prepared to sell his favourite player. But they have a trap set for Wenger. Wenger loves to make profits on players and is quite an economist so in times of financial crisis all over the world, a big money boost for Wenger would be irresistible to reject. So they are considering a 40m pounds bid for Ade, which they consider to be a big bargain as Adebayor is worth a lot more than that. Adebayor ironically has managed to avoid the press all this time.

by Shayan Niazi

With Man Utd and Liverpool likely to dominate the title race again this season, Aston Villa and Chelsea could find themselves in a scrap for third place.

Fabregas like Gunners and Gooner staring at 5th place

Fabregas like Gunners and Gooners staring at 5th place

Arsenal’s squad appears weaker, with the summer departures not quite balanced by the new arrivals. Losing key players like Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini, as well as experienced squad members Jens Lehmann and Gilberto Silva must surely take their toll both on and off the pitch.

Other news is Alexandre Hleb is determined to stick it out at Barca and fight for his place, it’s a shame he didn’t show the same mettle at Arsenal, but then he’d look a right plonker if he left Barca wouldn’t he? It’s good to see the curse of Arsenal is still working though and should if nothing else show to any want-aways that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

It’s a testament to Arsene Wenger’s ability that there are no rumours of discontent despite Arsenal not winning a major trophy since lifting the FA Cup in 2005. Many fans recognise what Wenger is doing post Henry, Pires, Bergkamp and co, and with the emergence of the talent at his disposal now the Frenchman will fully expect his squad to challenge for the Premiership.

With the loss of key players in the past 2 seasons it takes time to re-build a team. Wenger doesn’t go spending large sums on celebrity players, instead he takes a considered approach and looks to the long term but in the end fails to meet the expectations of the board.

The main question is that CAN Arsenal finish in the top 4? The current stats tell us finishing in the top 4 requires a lot more than Arsenal are doing at the moment , and Wenger’s treating it like a joke. Sure, it’s good he’s got philosophies of how the game should be played and wants to bring youngsters through but he’s still being paid to win football matches.
He almost seems to be being defiant and stubborn in not buying players to try to prove a point but the bottom line is the money’s there and it’s obvious to anyone he needs a centre-back and a defensive midfielder and, as long as he’s not buying those players, he’s letting the fans down, letting the board down and basically failing to do what he’s paid to do.
current news tells us :
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has told Arsene Wenger the club would not suffer a financial apocalypse if they did not secure a Champions League berth.
Currently in fifth place and eight points behind leaders Manchester United, Wenger is facing the reality of finishing outside the top four for the first time in his 13 year reign.
But Hill-Wood has moved to assure Arsenal fans that if the club has to settle with a Uefa Cup place there would be no financial meltdown and nor would they struggle to continue paying off the mortgage on their £360 million stadium.
“Although missing out on the Champions League for one year would be a big disappointment, it would not mean financial Armageddon for Arsenal.

Arsenal are currently in need of 12 points to cover the gap between Manchester United and are 5 points away from Chelsea , with the games in hand being taken away one by one and a total of 13 games left Arsene and his team need to go all out in order to earn a Champions League spot.
Wenger needs to try different tactics to save his team from finishing 5th , and try a different set of players who might make it count for the team. With the absence of Fabregas , Walcott and Rosicky there is no influential player left in the field and Wenger is left with no other option but to bring on players like Ramsey , Arshavin and Wilshere if he wants to go for it.

(The writer of this article is a Chelsea fan but admires Arsenal and their style of play so he closely follows the club)

by Zain Shahid

Vela - Our Next Henry!

Vela - Our Next Henry!

Carlos Vela is presently at the bottom of the the preference list of the strikers at Arsenal and considering his quality it shows what a brilliant attack we have. He has got immense talent and the finishing we have seen from him in the Carling Cup just shows how good he is. I can bet Adebayor won’t be able to score the type of world class goals he scored! I will mention later on in this post why! Vela is, like Walcott was in his first couple of seasons at Arsenal, being deployed on the wing but there is no doubt that he is a world class striker in the making. He has at the moment become an impact substitute and has in the last three matches come on late and then lead Arsenal’s attack to win the games which had been in the balance before he came on. van Persie was all praise for the young Mexican:

“He brings pace, good technique and courage. I think [against Bolton] and in the last couple of weeks, he has been doing really well. “In training, he is doing the good stuff. He creates space for us because when he is on the ball, he can pass it short, in behind the strikers. So it’s all good stuff from him now.”

Bendtner - Improving...but not there yet

Bendtner - Improving...but not there yet

Now let’s move on to the player next in the starting preference order. Nicklas Bendtner. He has always had the support of Arsene Wenger even though on occasions his performances have not deserved such suuport! At the start of the season with his really good goals in the Carling Cup, one thought he has become the player that Wenger has repeatedly said he will become but as the season progressed we could see the same old Bendtner of last season and fans really were getting frustrated with him and I am sure even now nearly a third of the Gooners would say he should be sold. But recently he has started to do a bit well. He is improving but there is one thing, like defenders or goalkeepers there is not much time for strikers to make an impact. They need to do it early or go unnoticed. Players like Anelka, Henry, Torres,  Rooney, Walcott and more recently Pato have made the impact in a very young age and Vela too has done that but Bendtner is past his teens, he really needs to do something to let it known to everyone how good he can be. But one thing that keeps me patient with him is the fact that if Wenger is sticking with him and has full confidence then he must have something in him. All I can say good luck to him. He needs to keep on improving which we have seen in the last few matches. Maybe if he too like Walcott and Vela is tried out on the wings then it might be good for his development. We have seen has recently done better on the wing than as a forward.

by Zain Shahid

The Story of 2008...Sad Times...

The Story of 2008...Sad Times...

As we all know 2008 was one of the worst years in Arsenal’s recent history under Arsene Wenger. We were cruising at the top of the table with a 10 point lead as the year started but with a new year came a complete form slump. Dropping points again and again, Eduardo breaking his leg, Rosicky out, and we eventually end up 3rd despite leading for most part of the season. We also got unluckily knocked out of the Champions League to Liverpool, and were humiliated 4-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup. Then came summer and all we sign is young Ramsey who is not part of our first team as for now and Nasri, who is the only good thing that has happened to us this year (apart from that historic truimph at San Siro!). Apart from those two we signed Silvestre, who himself would not remember the last time he played for Manchester United, and Bischoff, who had hardly played for his previous club and has not played for Arsenal apart from a substitute appearance so far. Then this season started and we lost our second game of the season to Fulham, then got into a bit of form which ended at the Emirates to Hull City. Since then we have seen disappointing performances from the club, with only two standout performances against Manchester United and Chelsea. We have already lost more games so far this season than we did all season last season. We are 8 points behind the leaders, once again finished 2nd in the group stages of the Champions League, out of the Carling Cup to lowly Burnley. Luckily there wasn’t FA Cup this season in 2008 otherwise we would have been out of it too! So to sum it up 2008 was a very unlucky year for Arsenal. But luck is not going to betray Arsenal again and again will it?! I don’t think so. We have started the year winnig dirty…we all know teams come and park their bus against Arsenal and in 2008 they had been quite successful in it. However this year we have already been successful of winning against teams that come just to defend twice (if you include late last year’s fixture against Portsmouth in 2009!). We have advanced to the next round of the FA Cup and are looking all set to sign Arshavin. What a start don’t you think?! Last year we could not win against teams that came to just defend; and could anyone have imagined that Arsenal would buy a big name like they are very close to signing Arshavin! So the start is quite good…and if you believe in Lady Luck then maybe 2008 as a whole was meant to be a bad year and 2009 as the start suggests (though I admit it might be too early to start making conclusions) will be a good and ‘lucky’ year for Arsenal! Ok our best player is out but remember what happened when Henry went?! van Persie and company are really coming out of their shell now. van Persie has been producing consistent match winning performances and so has been Nasri. The defence hasn’t looked this good all this season, Vela is really starting to become an impact substitute, Ramsey is impressing, Denilson and Eboue are much improved, and even Bendtner who was hopeless last year has suddenly scored 2 goals from 2 matches in 2009! Eduardo is also back, and once Walcott and Fabregas return they will be like two big name signings for us after returning from long term injuries. So the signs are looking very good I think. Lets just hope for the best! May 2009 be Arsenal’s year!

Now back to the never ending Arshavin transfer speculation! The Russian star expressed his desire to wear the number 10 shirt at Arsenal and also hoped that he wont have a hard time in adjusting to Arsenal’s style of play:

“In some games last season, we played football which was very similar to that of Arsenal. I would prefer my present No 10 but in the team where I hope to move it’s not vacant. So I’m ready for any number they are going to offer me.

“In some games last season, we played football which was very similar to that of Arsenal.

So he wants the the no. 10 shirt in ‘the team where I hope to move’! Now that is awesome news! In most cases players who are to be sold end up at clubs of their choice and it seems Arshavin wants to join Arsenal.

Meanwhile Arsenal target Everton’s Mikel Arteta has dispelled transfer rumours linking him with Arsenal and Manchester City and assured his commitment to the Toffees.