Belarusian finally gets his way Alexnder Hleb underwent a medical at Barcelona today, ahead of his Â£11.9m move to the Camp Nou. Unless one of Hleb’s legs falls off, the deal is in the bag. Barcelona confirmed the deal for the 27-year-old Belarusian and he arrives as Ronaldinho travels to Italy for a medical with […]
Now Arsenal want a piece of Villa’s captain. But which team is best for the coveted midfielder’s club career? Arsene Wenger is considering a last-ditch bid to snatch Gareth Barry from Aston Villa. Liverpool have had several offers for Barry rejected since the end of last season as Villa boss Martin O’Neill holds out for […]
Who’s headed for sunnier climes this season? 1. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal to AC Milan) Arsene Wenger didn’t have the cash to keep Cesc’s midfield buddy at the Emirates. AC Milan stepped in with a better offer, then failed to reach the Champions League, for the first time in centuries. Arsenal fans will at least have […]
Today’s hottest news, rumours and lies have a three-chilli rating Aston Villa are very close (medical permitting) to signing Chelsea misfit Steve Sidwell (pictured) for Â£5m, as direct replacement for outgoing captain Gareth Barry. Who wants to point out to Martin O’Neill that Sidwell is nowhere near as good as Barry… [BBC] More after the […]
Barca star snapped wandering around NYC, looking for new club It’s not a fashion crime as such, simply because Henry manages to look good in just about anything (bastard) – that includes an ironic t-shirt, accessorised with old-school high-top sneakers. Pies verdict Thierry gets away with it; John Terry, for example, wouldn’t. [Via The Spoiler]
Gooners look to the past for new Nike away strip An official photograph of Arsenal’s new away kit has been leaked on the worldwide web. The shirt is yellow with navy sleeves and red piping, which is reminiscent of Arsenal’s famous away shirt from the late 1980s. We leaked an unofficial pic of this kit […]
Finding the Lonely Hearts of Euro 2008 the perfect home in the Premier League
Arsenal – Artur Boruc
Poland’s keeper was in top form during the competition and a move to a top four club could be enough to tempt him away from Celtic. The Gunners – with Jens Lehmann on his way out – could be interested.
Hleb, Flamini, Diarra and possibly Adebayor off to pastures new? Why do Arsenal’s best players want to leave? Here are a few reasons why… 1. A rigid wage structure Rightly or wrongly, Arsenal has a wage structure that it’s not prepared to mess with. In theory, that’s a good thing – if every other club […]
Togolese striker to turn his back on Arsenal? Adebayor is “80 per cent” an AC Milan player, according to one of his agents, Vincenzo Morabito. “Arsenal are looking for Adebayor’s replacement. Until that search is over, the negotiations won’t reach the final stage, but I am fairly optimistic,” Morabito said on Italian TV show Studio […]
Just a few of the many rumours filling up today’s back pages 1. Samir Nasri to Arsenal The 21-year-old French playmaker is expected to join the Gunners at some stage in the next week, although his agent Jean-Pierre Bernes insisted last night the reports on the midfielder’s site of a done deal were “premature”. The […]
Arsene Wenger gets his man The next Zidane, eh. That would be Samir Nasri, the 20-year-old French midfielder who made a very brief cameo appearance from the bench against Italy, only to be taken off when Eric Abidal was shown a red card. Reports suggest that Nasri, currently a Marseille player (he joined them when […]
A Fab fashion crime, par excellence In which young Cesc smoulders with his very best boy-band look. [Picture spotted at Kickette]
Euro links for your enjoyment C-Ron voted the hottest player involved in Euro 2008, according to poll of 12,000 women (he hasn’t slept with them all). [MSN Sport] Dutch striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s opening goal in the win over Italy was legitimate, says Premier League referees’ chief Keith Hackett. So there. [BBC] And some non-Euro […]
THEN: John Jensen’s inability to find the net became legendary during his time at Arsenal, and yet it was he who opened the scoring in the Euro 1992 final against Germany. The goal, it seemed, prompted Arsenal manager George Graham to move for Jensen, although the transfer later became embroiled in the bung investigation that saw Graham sacked. Jensen only scored one goal in his time with the Gunners, against QPR in his 98th match for the club. He had become the subject of the chant, “We’ll be there when Jensen scores” due to his bad luck in front of goal. He left Highbury in 1996, but played on for six years in his homeland with Brondby and HerfÃ¸lge.
Dennis Pennis creator Paul Kaye on top form, as ever Give Paul Kaye a knighthood now. Or an OBE, at least. More Paul Kaye football vids… Kaye as Labian Quest, football chant composer Kaye gives hooligan lessons in self-defence (classic)
AC Milan’s new signing not good enough for France, apparently France coach Raymond Domenech obviously disagrees with the judgment of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. Mathieu Flamini, much coveted by Wenger, has been left out of France’s 23-man squad for Euro 2008, whereas Lassana Diarra, let go by Wenger, has been included. So, a Portsmouth player […]
This Arsenal away kit is a high profile example of a Shit Kit. The sickly yellow and black outfit donned by the Gunners in the early 1990s has been confined to history as the ‘bruised banana’ shirt (for obvious reasons). Arsenal have had a few dangerous flirtations with the colour yellow, but this effort is by far the worst.
Is this what Arsenal will be wearing next season? This is a “leaked” photo of Arsenal’s new home and away kits for the 2008/09 campaign. It’s been floating around the web for a while now, but I’m still suspicious of the photos’ authenticity. To my eyes, the kits look unfinished, amateurish even – especially for […]
Arsenal are on the verge of signing French youngster Samir Nasri so we had better give you the lowdown.
Name Samir Nasri
Club history Marseille
Transfer truths or sneaky speculation from bored hacks? You decide.
1. Samir Nasri to Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has launched an Â£11 million bid to bring the new Zidane to the Emirates. Nasri wants to make the move and the only stumbling block is Marseille’s masterplan that they might get Hatem Ben Arfa in a swap deal if they sell to Lyon instead.
Location, location, location – should it matter to a professional footballer? It’s grim up north, so they say. They might have a point – for example, here’s the best pic I could find of the Middlesbrough skyline (with apologies to Jeff Stelling, who I would not want to upset). There’s no doubt that in the […]
Monday’s most attractive transfer gossip. Surely one of these might happen? 1. Samuel Eto’o to Spurs Tottenham have outbid Italian giants AC Milan and Inter for the mouthy Barcelona striker (pictured). The Yids will go up to Â£24m for the Cameroon international – that’s Â£8m more than the Italian sides are prepared to pay. [Epping […]
Today’s hotter-than-July lies… 1. Mauro Zarate to Arsenal The on-loan Birmingham star (pictured) is on the wish list of one big-four club, at least according to his agent. I guess it’s Arsenal who want him, as an Eduardo replacement. [Setanta] 2. Jonny Evans to Sunderland Roy Keane is reported to have bid Â£5m for United’s […]
First in a new series celebrating the Premier League’s biggest ingrates Hardly anyone had heard of Alex Hleb before he came to Arsenal, in 2005 – he was a nothing player, playing in Germany for a mediocre club (Stuttgart). He was pretty shit in his first season, not a lot better in his second, and […]