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David Beckham has started training with Arsenal, in a bid to stay fit during the MLS’s off season. He will mostly train with Arsenal’s reserves over the next few weeks but he may join up with the first team when they are short of players. Will he also wear official Arsenal kit to train in though? – no doubt tabloid sports editors (and me too, if I’m honest) are praying that he does.
The first Shit Lookalike of 2008 naturally sees me draw on my festive experience of watching the entire first season of Heroes on DVD. I was struck by how much D.L. Hawkins (played by Leonard Roberts), the guy who can walk through walls, looks like Arsenal’s Lassana Diarra (the new Claude Makelele).
Not a classic encounter by any means; however, it was fascinating stuff between two teams who clearly hate each other. Here are three things I learned from the match: No.1 Making William Gallas captain was one of Arsene Wenger’s unlikeliest masterstrokes. Gallas strikes me as vain, petulant and arrogant – but give him a bit [...]
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Seriously, I know Eboue wasn’t in our poll of most hated players in the Prem, but he really should have been. An oversight on our part.
The Ivorian might have been sent off twice over against Middlesbrough at the weekend. Once for a double-slap to the face of Emanuel Pogatetz (he connected with the second slap), twice for a deliberate raking of Stewart Downing’s thigh that could have resulted in a serious injury.
May 1998 Emmanuel Petit and manager Arsene Wenger celebrate winning the championship after the FA Premiership match against Everton at Highbury. Arsenal won 4-0 to secure the title. Photo Shaun Botterill/Allsport
I didn’t expect Arsenal to get three points out of their trip to Villa Park this weekend. Martin O’Neill’s side came into the game full of confidence after their 4-0 win at Blackburn, and they would have fancied their chances at home to the league leaders. But in the first half, Arsenal destroyed them. Emmanuel [...]
Sevilla stormed to victory despite conceding an 11th-minute goal from Eduardo da Silva. It was Arsenal’s first defeat of the season, and in a match they didn’t have to win. I don’t think it heralds a dip in form for the Gooners, who had already qualified for the next stage of the Champions League. Seydou [...]
Whoâ€™s the best and who should be left back in the changing room?
The gang at Deuce of Davenport spotted this gem. This Arsenal fan presumably got this tattoo as a tribute to his beloved Gunners and their loyal El Capitan. Now it has taken on a whole new meaning (or two).
Itâ€™s been one of the longest running feuds in the Premier League but the latest spat between the two is over Sepp Blatterâ€™s plans to limit the number of foreign players in English teams.
Just in case you’ve forgotten how good Dennis Bergkamp was here’s the final goal of his sensational hat-trick that destroyed Leicester in 1997 â€“ all three goals were so good that they won first, second and third places in Match of the Day’s Goal of the Month competition. We dare you to suggest a better threesome that doesn’t involve girls…
Slavia Prague v Arsenal, Weds 7 November (ko 7.45pm BST)
Prediction Slavia Prague 1-1 Arsenal
I used to think Ashley was such a nice boy when he was making his way at Arsenal – the sort of polite young man you could take to meet your parents. Then, something happened to him. He went over to the Dark Side, for what reason I don’t know exactly. It all started with [...]
If tomorrow’s Arsenal v Man Utd clash offers one tenth of the entertainment of this amazing FA Cup match, I’ll be a happy man. I still don’t think I’ve seen a more pulsating game in this country. Two teams â€“ and bitter, bitter rivals, as they were, and still are â€“ at the very top [...]
No cutting edge from the Blades last night (groan). Sean Bean’s lads were powerless to stop Arsenal’s young’uns.
As requested, here’s Roo’s wonder goal that announced him to the world. He was just a few days shy of his 17th birthday at the time â€“ scary. I didn’t think Clive Tyldesley’s voice could go any higher, but it goes off the scale here, like some parodic, Spitting Image version of himself.
Stevie Gerrard and Cesc Fabregas staked their individual claims for the Premier Leagueâ€™s best midfielder yesterday with inspiring performances and a goal apiece that split the points. But, which one would you prefer in your team?
HEROES Rob Green Saved a last-gasp penalty (pictured) to snatch a point for West Ham at Pompey. Surely Green now has to be taken seriously for England’s No.1 shirt instead of Paul Robinson? Cesc Fabregas Showed off the full extent of his freakish maturity and talent with a wonderfully authoritative performance at Anfield. Stevie G [...]
Even on this YouTube video, you can hear the oohs and aahs of anticipation from the Southampton fans every time Walcott gets the ball. His feet were clearly faster than his brain, but Arsene Wenger is seeing to it that Walcott turns into a talent England can be proud of.
Both are studious types in charge of a collection of young children…