Cesc Stays!

Arsenal's World Cup Winner Training Infront Of The Fans

Cesc Trains At The Emirates After Returning From World Cup

Cesc Fabregas has closed the doors on any move away from Arsenal Football Club for the 2010-2011 season in a statement confirming he is not going anywhere.

Fabregas did say in his statement that he cannot deny that joining a club like Barcelona was not an attractive move for him, as Barcelona is his home town, with his friends and family there and is the place in which he learnt his football.

“I cannot deny that joining a club like Barcelona was not an attractive move for me. This was the club where I learnt my football, it is my home town where my friends and family are and a club where I have always dreamed of playing. There are not many players in this world who would not want to play for Barcelona.”

Fabregas went on to talk about his many conversations he and Arsene Wenger had over the summer, both in person and over the phone. He also told of how Barcelona had two offers rejected for him from Arsenal.

He then went on to say how Arsenal is the only club he will be thinking about and that he is 100% focused on playing for Arsenal, much to the fans delight

“I am a professional and I fully understand that it is Arsenal’s prerogative not to sell me.”

“I owe a lot to the Club, manager and the fans and I will respect their decision and will now concentrate on the new season ahead with Arsenal. ”

“I can assure all the fans that now the negotiations have ended I will be 100 percent focused on playing for Arsenal.”

“I am an Arsenal player and as soon as I step out on to the pitch, that is the only club I will be thinking about.”

“I am looking forward to the start of the season and putting this speculation behind me.”

Ben Wallington

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Dutch battle back to stun Brazil!

Robin Van Persie and The Netherlands battled back from a goal down to send the brazillians crashing out of the 2010 World Cup in the Quarter Finals. Brazil took a well deserved lead through Robinho in the 10th minute, who had previously had a goal disallowed for offside. The Netherlands were now staring at a mountain, with a real€ hill to climb. The Netherlands breathed life back into their semi-final fight after the scores went level 8 minutes into the second half, even if it did take Brazil’s Melo to head the ball into his own net. Quarter of an hour later The Netherlands sealed the match through a Dirk Kuyt flick on to Wesley Sneijder, who stuck the ball into the back of the net to stun fans world wide, and to leave the Brazillians speechless, and packing!

Ben Wallington

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Members Day 2010 Announced!

The Arsenal Boy's At Members Day Summer 2009!

Members Day Summer 2009!

Arsenal have announced a day for all members of the official Arsenal ticket scheme. The date has been announced for Thursday 5th August 2010 at The Emirates Stadium. The day will start at 11:00. Those in attendance on the day will be able to see Arsene Wenger put the first team through their paces on the pitch. The squad will also be taking part in special Question & Answering sessions and signing sessions. This event is exclusively for members only and tickets are free and is certain to be a good day, so keep Thursday 5th August 2010 free in your diary! Tickets are limited to just 10,000 and are sure to go fast, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Ben Wallington

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Arsenal Vs Barcelona : Report

The Goal That Changes Everything...

An epic clash was on the cards when two titans of European Football locked horns at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday 31st March.

It did not disappoint. Barcelona flew out of the traps with an onslaught of early efforts at Manuel Almunia’s goal. Somehow, Arsenal were keeping them out, and as Ibrahimovic blasted high over the bar from all of 8 yards, there were perhaps an air of “maybe it was meant to be our night”. For now though, Arsenal had to batten down the hatches, and weather the Barcelona storm that threatening continuously.

With the returning William Gallas and Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal were given a huge boost and the formidable partnership that has seen Arsenal re-enter the Premiership Title chase looked to be ineffective against the Spanish giants, as ‘Almunia pulled off a host of impressive saves to deny Xavi, Messi and co.

Andrey Arshavin limped off after 27 minutes, and was replaced by the ever improving Emmanuel Eboue. Arsenal were beginning to come out of their shell, and as such taking more of an attacking approach and looking like their normal selves. Nasri cut in from the left hand side, but his right-footed curler went the wrong side of the post, much to the dismay of the Gunner’s faithful.

Again, Nasri caused Barcelona havoc down the left flank, and his effort caused confusion between Sergio Busquets and Dani Alves to find Nicklas Bendtner free in the area, only to be denied by Valdes and then the post. The offside flag spared his blushes.

Minutes later, Arsenal were dealt another blow, as former captain William Gallas was stretchered off after suffering a recurrence of his injury.

For now Arsenal were playing with 10 men, and Fabregas fouled Busquets to earn a yellow card which will keep him out of the second leg at the Nou Camp.

After the restart,  Denilson replaced ‘Gallas as Arsenal were surely looking to capitalise on Barcelona’s inability to convert chances. It was a short lived plan as Puyol hoisted the ball forward, Ibrahimovic ran onto it and lifted it past the oncoming ‘Almunia. A stark contrast to the “total football” that normally generates their goals, but nonetheless, they deserved it. 0-1 Barcelona.

Nicklas Bendtner almost equalised 10 minutes later, but his header from Clichy’s cross was saved by Valdes.

Just as Arsenal seemed to be getting back into their stride Ibrahimovic finished emphatically to knock the wind out of Arsenal’s sails. 0-2 Barcelona.

Wenger used his last roll of the dice to allow Theo Walcott to enter the fray, replacing Sagna. It turned out to be a stroke of genius as the 21-year-old had an immediate impact, linking up with Nasri and Bendtner to slot cooly under Victor Valdes. 1-2 Barcelona. With less than quarter of an hour to go, Walcott’s opposite number, hero and Arsenal legend came on for the opposition. He received a fantastic reception but proved ineffective against his former side, as Arsenal weren’t finished yet.

Return Of A Legend

Carles Puyol clattered into Fabregas in the penalty area, and received a red card, ruling him out of the return leg.  Fabregas delivered from the spot to earn Arsenal a 2-2 draw, which the majority of pundits would not have envisaged after Ibrahimovic had doubled Barcelona’s lead.

Whilst returning to the Arsenal half after his penalty, Fabregas stopped and examined his leg, fearing that something was very wrong but he remained on the pitch for the final minutes, he awaits scan results to see the full extent of which is reported to be a suspected broken leg. The Arsenal fans are praying it is not the case.

Lewis Fowler

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Birmingham Vs Arsenal Match Report, Kevin Phillips Sticks Dagger Through Arsenal Hearts!

Arsenal

Held to A Draw

Arsenal travelled to St Andrews to face Birmingham City on an average English afternoon. For some it was just another match, for Eduardo Da Silva, It was revisiting the ground that put him out of action for a long spell, after a Martin Taylor challenge gave Eduardo a serious injury back in 2008, to which Taylor [now playing for Watford] was shown a straight red. Unfortunately for the Brazillian born Croation International, he would not get his chance to play.

It was clear that Arsene Wenger was to stick to his guns in that he would not rest key players, and fielded a strong line up as follows:

Almunia(1), Sagna(3), Campbell(31), Song(17), Clichy(22), Diaby(2), Fabregas(4), Denilson(15), Walcott(14), Bendtner(52), Rosicky(7)

The first half was a dim 45 minutes fromboth teams, having only two shots on target each. However, It was Arsenal that worked the opposing teams goalkeeper hardest, making him make 5 saves in total for the first half, whereas Almunia only had to make 2 fairly easy saves.

It was also Arsenal who marginally had more off the ball, with 52% possession. The home side were the team happiest at the interval, after Joe Hart’s performance earned them a first half clean sheet. Arsenal on the other hand will have not been best pleased with their efforts, as they were unable to find the back of the net. Arsenal duo, Alexandre Song and Gael Clichy were both booked for unsporting behaviour.

Birmingham’s Craig Gardener had a chance to open the scoring after just 9 minutes, however his attempt flew over the bar. Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna let fire from 20 yards out, only to have his shot blocked by Scott Dann.

Arsenal were given a chance to break the deadlock after just over a quarter of the game had been played, from a Cesc Fabregas corner kick, but Campbell’s header passed over the top off the bar. Clichy was next to test the goalkeeper for the visiting team, from 20 yards out, however, Joe Hart made a comfortable save, hoping they continue to come at him like that.

Shortly after this Birmingham had a chance of their own through James McFadden, from approximately 20 yards out, however Manuel Almunia was able to make the save and hold on to it. Shortly after Birmingham were on the attack again and it was perhaps the home team’s Jerome who had the best opportunity of the half, with a strong right footer from around 25 yards out, Unfortunately for the striker, he saw his shot tipped the other side of the post from the Arsenal number 1. As the 40 minute mark approached, Arsenal’s England International, Theo Walcott, tried his luck from 20 yards out, but it was a fairly comfortable save for the on loan Hart. This wasn’t to be the last attempt off the half after Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky, who tested the goalkeeper from 30 yards out in stoppage time but it was the keeper who came out on top.

Along came the second half and it was Birmingham City who were again maybe too enthusiatic after Roger Johnson earned them their 4th offside off the match before the 49 minute mark. Birmigham were soon on the attack again though, with Craig Gardener putting in the ball into the box, only to see Almunia come to comfortably claim it.

The 53 minute mark was approaching and this time, It was Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner who was caught in an offside position. Arsenal’s first chance in the second half came from midfielder ‘Diaby who struck a right footer near the edge off the box, only for Arsenal’s efforts to be denied once more.  Roger Johnson almost gave the home fans bragging rights, only for his shot to rebound off the post.

With just over 20 minutes of the game remaining, Arsenal started to get desperate and Wenger used a much needed double substitution, bringing on Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin in place of Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky. It appeared to be a stroke of genius from the Frenchman as Arsenal were now beginning to get on the ball more again and making more chances for themselves, but could not produce the end product they sought.

10 minutes were left on the clock and the away supporters tension could have been cut with a knife, praying Birmingham wouldn’t end up being a hurdle Arsenal would fail to overcome when suddenly, substitute Samir Nasri unleashed a thunder bolt from 20 yards out, which saw Joe Hart beaten for the first time of the afternoon after the ball reached the left corner of the goal.

1-0 to the Arsenal, as the old chant reads. Arsenal were not to rest on their laurels’ and were immediately  hunting for more goals.

The home side were not to give up fighting and rescued a point in injury time through veteran Kevin Phillips. A dagger through Arsenal hearts.

Full Time: 1-1

Arsenal who looked to be leaving St Andrews with all 3 points, Now leave with just a meer 1 point, meaning the rest of the run in is vital for them to bag the remaining 18 points on offer, if they are to take the Barclay’s Premier League Trophy from challengers Chelsea and current holders Manchester United.

Full Time Match Stats:

Birmingham City 1-1 Arsenal

Arsenal

Goals 1

Possession 54

Shots 13

Shots On Target 8

Offsides 3

Yellow Cards 2

Red Cards 0

Birmingham

Goals 1

Possession 46

Shots 7

Shots On Target 3

Offsides 6

Yellow Cards 3

Red Cards 0

Ben Wallington

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Likely Line-Ups. Arsenal Vs Birmingham

Arsenal:

Almunia, Sagna, Campbell, Song, Clichy, Fabregas, Denilson, Nasri, Arshavin, Walcott, Bendtner

Birmingham:

Hart, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Gardner, Bowyer, Ferguson, Fahey, McFadden, Jerome

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Birmingham City Vs Arsenal Preview

It could be argued that Birmingham City have been the surprise package of the Barclay’s Premier League this season. “The Blues” currently lie in 9th place, on the back of a run consisting of a draw against Everton and consecutive defeats against Sunderland and Blackburn in their last three Premier League matches.

In addition to this, they have enjoyed relative success against the remaining trio of the “big four” managing to take points away from clashes against each of these titans.

In the previous fixture at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal managed to grind out a 3-1 victory, but the return match is likely to be a much tougher ride for the Gunners. This said, Arsenal have scored 7 goals in their last three league fixtures and the fans will be hoping to add to this flourish of goals  in their bid for glory this season.

Birmingham will be without veteran Lee Carsley, who remains sidelined with an ankle injury and striker Garry O’Connor who is out with a groin injury.

Arsenal will have to cope without the impressive Thomas Vermaelen, with suggestions that Mikael Silvestre will partner Sol Campbell after Arsene Wenger confirmed he would not be resting players ahead of next Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Barcelona, despite doubts over William Gallas’ return to action.

This confirmation highlights Wenger’s “one- game- at- a- time” approach because he is fully aware of the threat that Birmingham can pose to Arsenal’s title bid.

“They are well organised, play good football and have a very good physical dynamic.

There is no doubt that much of the attention on Eduardo Da Silva, should he play a part in the fixture as he returns to the scene of his horrific injury in 2008. Despite this, Wenger is confident that Eduardo and his team mates will not let this effect their game and that the squad will be prepared.

“They will try to make it difficult for us and we will need to fight, maybe until the last second of the game. The most important thing is that we prepare to fight until the last second.

Lewis Fowler

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