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Hi, My name is Ben Wallington, 17 Years Old, I am an admin of The Daily Cannon, Bringing Arsenal news for all Arsenal fans, and people wanting to know the latest on Arsenal FC.

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

The Daily Cannon

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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!

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

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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

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Vermaelen Red Card Appeal Snubbed

Arsenal had not had a player sent off all season until they faced West Ham at The Emirates on Saturday 20th March, with summer signing Thomas Vermaelen being the unlucky player sent off after bringing down West Ham’s Guillermo Franco inside the box, in front of the home fans.
Arsenal had their Centre Back, Thomas Vermaelen’s Red Card appeal snubbed by the Football Association. Arsenal had put forward a wrongful dismissal claim to the FA. This means the red card and one-match ban will stand, resulting in the Belgium defender missing this weekends Premier league fixture away to Birmingham. Arsene Wenger’s reaction to the snub was quoted in a pre-match press conference as saying: “I am disappointed but we have to accept it, we have no choice”.

Ben Wallington
The Daily Cannon
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Wenger – I Will Not Hold Back!

The majority of fans may understand if Arsene Wenger were to rest some key players for this weekends match away to Birmingham, in favour of seeking Champions League glory for the first time in Arsenal’s history, in preparation for mid weeks match against Barcelona.
However, Wenger is going on a match by match game plan, focusing on one game at a time saying “I believe my players are very intelligent and if we were distracted it would mean we were not [intelligent].
The best way to prepare for Barcelona is to win the game before.”

Wenger has confirmed that Sol Campbell will not be rested for this weekends match and will put him in the line up for the 1st leg of the Champions League quarter finals, which will be held at The Emirates on Tuesday 30th March 2010

Ben Wallington
The Daily Cannon

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Q&A Evening With Andrey Arshavin And Lukasz Fabianski (Tuesday 23rd March 2010)

Lukasz Fabianski And Andrey Arshavin

Lukasz Fabianski And Andrey Arshavin At Q&A Evening

Last night Arsenal TV’s Dan Roebuck hosted a special Q&A session at The Emirates, an exclusive benefit for members only of Arsenals Official Membership Scheme. Present at the Q&A evening were Arsenal’s record signing, Andrey Arshavin, and goalkeeper substitute, Lukasz Fabianski. The session lasted just over an hour, with fans asking questions ranging from who gets to choose the dressing room music during match days to what is the effect Arsenal’s fans have on the players when they are at their loudest.
The evening was enjoyed by both fans and players, and provided a rare chance for Arsenal fans to see their heroes off of the pitch. The fans enjoyed questioning the players and admired the responses, However it was clear to all that signatures and pictures of their idol’s were top of their list of priorities for the night. Andrey Arshavin was quoted as saying “I know we don’t get a lot of chances to spend time with supporters, that’s why The Arsenal membership has put in place these sessions, so I hope everyone that came last night enjoyed it.”
Perhaps the question with the greatest impact on the night was “Who would win in a fight, 50 horses the size of ducks, or 1 duck the size of a horse?” Which stumped the Russian International, “I’m not sure about who would win the fight, I think the duck.”

Ben Wallington
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Lukasz Fabianski

Lukasz Fabianski At Q&A Evening

Andrey Arshavin

Andrey Arshavin At Q&A Evening

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