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Arsenal : Give me £50million for Cesc

June 7th, 2010 No comments

phpOZZG00ARSENAL have told Barcelona: You can have Cesc Fabregas for £50million.

And Arsene Wenger has already held talks with Joe Cole over filling the gap left in the Gunners midfield.

Arsenal insisted skipper Fabregas, 23, was not for sale when they dismissed Barca’s opening bid last week.

But the Nou Camp’s top brass now claim Arsenal say they will sell… if Barca double their offer.

The Catalan giants are not prepared to do that but the fact Arsenal have named a price suggests there is now room for negotiation.

A Nou Camp source said: “This is the news the men in charge at Barca wanted.

“They now see the possibility of Arsenal cracking and are determined to get their man.

“They hope they can get an agreement at around the £35m mark.”

Chelsea star Cole met Gunners boss Wenger before jetting out to South Africa with England last week.

The former West Ham ace, 28, is out of contract and set to quit Stamford Bridge after seven years.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has not given up hope of keeping Cole.

Assistant boss Ray Wilkins admitted: “Carlo and myself would love Joe to stay. But it’s down now to the club to see what we can do.”

Cesc : I have to go

May 19th, 2010 No comments

phpf6huctCESC FABREGAS has told Arsenal he wants to join Barcelona this summer.

The Gunners’ skipper broke the news to boss Arsene Wenger yesterday morning.

His decision left Wenger upset and shell-shocked.

Fabregas, 23, now hopes Arsenal can strike a swift £30million deal with the Catalan giants so he can focus on helping Spain win the World Cup.
A source said: “It’s a sad day for Arsenal but not unexpected.

“Cesc loves the club, yet after seven years of great service has realised it’s time to move on.

“Barcelona is the only club for which he would leave Arsenal. And don’t forget it is the team he has supported since he was a child.”

Barca are likely to begin talks tomorrow.

A friend of Fabregas confirmed: “Cesc has demanded of Arsenal that they accept the sale if Barcelona present a formal offer.”

Barcelona, who won their second La Liga on the trot last Sunday, also expect to complete the capture of Valencia striker David Villa by Friday - for £42.5m.

Villa, the second-top Spain goalscorer after Raul, has already passed a club medical.

Wigan 3-2 Arsenal

April 19th, 2010 No comments

php1strQUFor a man whose moods can often be measured by his state of undress, you could almost have forgiven Arsene Wenger for stripping naked and running around the DW Stadium in front of his shattered players.

Seven years ago down the road at Bolton, it was the crisp club tie yanked from around his neck that signalled the end of Arsenal’s title challenge after they had given up a two-goal lead.

In maddeningly similar circumstances at Wigan, the tell-tale sign was a suit jacket slung angrily towards the away bench when calamity keeper Lukasz Fabianski spilled a corner in the 90th minute and allowed Titus Bramble to head Wigan level. This time, however, it was about to get worse for the Frenchman. Much worse.

Four minutes of added time had just been announced when Hugo Rodallega slipped a pass infield to Charles N’Zogbia. The Wigan winger took the ball away from Arsenal’s ageing central defenders Sol Campbell and Mikael Silvestre, and sent a wonderful left-foot shot swerving inside Fabianski’s right-hand post. Read more…

Messi! Messi! Messi!

April 7th, 2010 No comments

phpjx2dCZAnother memorable performance from Leo Messi destroyed Arsenal and put Barca through to another Champions League semi final. Messi scored all four goals as Barca swept aside the Londoners to win 6-3 on aggregate.

Barca stride on towards the final in the Bernabeu and tonight’s breathtaking display from the World Player of the Year, whose first half hat trick came after Arsenal had gone ahead, is bound to strike awe and admiration into the remaining teams in the competition. Guardiola’s choice of Milito and Marquez to replace the unavailable Puyol and Pique proved more than enough to keep any threat from Arsenal at bay and Bojan also played his part up front as Barca dominated and rounded off a great night with Messi’s late fourth goal to reach the semi finals for the third season on the run. Read more…

Wenger : Barcelona will still be strong

April 6th, 2010 No comments

phpnY1mTKBarcelona will still be strong on Tuesday night according to Arsène Wenger, despite being without three key players.

Centre-back duo Carlos Puyol and Gerald Pique are both suspended while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is injured.

However, Wenger does not believe that will make Arsenal’s task any easier in the Champions League Quarter-Final second leg.

“I don’t think they have any reason to speculate on any weakness when you look at the opportunities and possibilities they have to get over the suspensions,” he said.

“They have plenty of opportunities, plenty of centre-backs still available. I believe it is more important to focus on our side and how well we want to play.”

Ibrahimovic sustained a calf injury during the warm-up ahead of Barcelona’s 4-1 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday and has been ruled out of Tuesday’s match.

That could mean Thierry Henry plays a larger part in the second leg than he did in last week’s 2-2 draw at Emirates Stadium. Read more…

Wenger : We can fight against the odds

April 6th, 2010 No comments

phpzdA5YEArsène Wenger has made history with Arsenal in the Bernabeu and twice in the San Siro - but victory at the Nou Camp on Tuesday would probably top the lot.

Few gave his team a chance when they travelled to Spain to face Real Madrid in 2006 but a Thierry Henry strike secured the first victory for an English club at that famous venue. Equally, Arsenal were written off ahead of trips to Italy to take on Inter and AC Milan but the Serie A giants were humbled 5-1 and 2-0 respectively.

Given Arsenal’s injury list - Alex Song joined the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin, William Gallas and Robin Van Persie on the sidelines ahead of the second leg - a win against the European champions in their own backyard would eclipse any previous Wenger success in Europe. And the Frenchman sees Tuesday night’s Quarter-Final as a chance to upset the odds.

“I believe that we have won everywhere in Europe and that is one place we haven’t done it yet,” said Wenger. “That is a good opportunity I think. There is no better opportunity to achieve this than tomorrow night.

“I am confident despite the injuries we have that we can do it. Of course we will need to get everybody 100 per cent of his potential tomorrow night and certainly have a great team performance. But this team has such mental strengths and I believe they can fight against the odds anywhere in the world and I am confident they will do it tomorrow.” Read more…

Pep : forget last week’s impressive performance at the Emirates

April 6th, 2010 No comments

phpqMz93JBarcelona coach Pep Guardiola has warned his players to forget last week’s impressive performance against Arsenal at the Emirates and focus on the job in hand when the two sides meet again at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night.

Barca played Arsenal off the park with some breathtaking football in the first half and went 2-0 up early in the second period.

The Catalans were eventually pegged back, though, and had to settle for a 2-2 draw as Arsenal rallied late on.

It was perhaps an unfair reflection of the play, which Barca dominated, creating 22 chances overall and an incredible 11 in the first 15 minutes.

But Guardiola says a repeat of that performance cannot be expected tomorrow.

“What we did the other day has nothing to do with tomorrow’s match,” Guardiola said. “I am not expecting a first 15 minutes like we played in London or a game with 22 chances for us, that doesn’t happen often in the Champions League. Read more…

Walcott ready to attack Barca

April 6th, 2010 No comments

phpR6eR4vTheo Walcott has vowed to give Barcelona a run for their money again when Arsenal head to the Nou Camp.

The Gunners looked all but out of the Champions League following a brilliant opening by the Spaniards to the quarter-final first leg at Emirates Stadium last week, when they dominated the opening stages and went on to take what looked a commanding 2-0 lead.

However, the introduction of the England winger helped turn the match, as Walcott ripped full-back Maxwell to shreds and slotted in an impressive individual goal before a late penalty from captain Cesc Fabregas levelled a dramatic tie at 2-2.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola was full of praise for the impact of the 21-year-old, who produced an efficient display when restored to the starting XI in the Barclays Premier League against Wolves on Saturday.

Walcott would like nothing more than to be given another chance to impress against the European champions.

“As a winger, an attacking player, you always have to be on the front foot. Hopefully I can get at them and will give them a problem,” Walcott said. Read more…

Wenger fight for Vermaelen’s red card

March 23rd, 2010 No comments

phpeHlRiCArsenal have lodged an appeal with the Football Association against defender Thomas Vermaelen’s dismissal in the 2-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.

The 24-year-old was sent off for a foul on Guillermo Franco that referee Martin Atkinson ruled denied the West Ham striker a goal scoring opportunity.

The appeal for the Belgium defender’s one-match ban will be heard on Tuesday.

Vermaelen is currently suspended for Saturday’s trip to Birmingham as the Gunners continue their title push.

Vermaelen has been a key figure for the Gunners this season, scoring seven league goals since arriving at the Emirates from Ajax in the summer for £10m.

And his absence, along with centre-back partner William Gallas through what manager Arsene Wenger describes as an “endless calf injury” is sure to test the Gunners’ strength in depth as they approach a crucial period in the club’s season.
Veteran defender Sol Campbell has been deputising for Frenchman Gallas, while Mikael Silvestre could be called in to cover for Vermaelen should the appeal fail. Read more…

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