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By all accounts, 17-year-old Jack Wilshere was a revelation for Arsenal in the Emirates Cup this weekend. So much so that many Gooners are now calling for the teenager to be fast-tracked into not only Arsenal’s first team, but England’s senior squad too. Yes, the hype machine has been activated. A few quotes on Wilshere’s […]

Today’s best example of Transfer Toss can be found in the back pages of the Independent. Sam Wallace, the paper’s football correspondent, reports that Arsene Wenger is “set to spend big on [Daniele] De Rossi.” Except, er… in reality, Wenger is definitely not set to spend big on De Rossi, who would cost in the £30m […]

Can you name that Arsenal player in one? Leave a comment with your shout. Yesterday’s answer: Matty Upson Gold stars for Lee M, Mike P, Mikey and AFJ, who all went for Upson. No star for Oller, who guessed Gareth Barry: FAIL.

Arsenal’s central defenders, at time of writing: William Gallas Philippe Senderos Mikael Silvestre Thomas Vermaelen Johan Djourou The Kolo Touré-shaped hole is large, but despite the Ivorian’s undoubted class, he never played particularly well alongside Billy Gallas; the two didn’t get along off the pitch and that showed on it. Because when you talk about […]

Plenty of transfer toss to consider today, but by far the most interesting rumour comes straight from the big mouth of Ian Wright. The Arsenal goalscoring legend claims that Paddy Vieira may be set for a second stint under Arsene Wenger. Speaking on his TalkSport radio show, Wrighty said: “I’m hearing Vieira, pay-as-you-play back at […]

So the Man City monster rumbles on, scooping up players from the big four and beyond. The latest arrival is Kolo Touré, who has signed a four-year deal worth more than £100,000 a week [@ Man City's official website]. The ex-Arsenal star joins former teammate Emmanuel Adebayor at Eastlands, along with four more new summer […]

The force is strong with this rumour: Kolo Touré has not denied he’s interested in a move to Man City. Put in Monsieur Wenger’s geography teacher-style shoes, I’d be seriously tempted to let the Ivorian go for around £16m. He’s still only 28 (yeah, you’d think he was older) but he’s not shown the form […]

It’s happened people. The madness continues… Emmanuel Adebayor is officially a Manchester City player now, the club having confirmed on its official website that he has signed a five-year contract, for an undisclosed fee. This from the City website:

Arsenal drew at Barnet in their traditional pre-season friendly at the Underhill. Tomas Roskicky captained the Arsenal, a fine sight for Gooners who haven’t seen Rosicky in action for many months, while new signing Tomas Vermaelen made his debut.

Emmanuel Adebayor is off to Man City, barring a problem with his work permit; and as that wasn’t a problem for him when he joined Arsenal, it should be fine this time around. Arsenal will get around £25m for the striker, which seems like a fair price. I think Adebayor has the potential to be […]

A simple vote, just because I’d be interested to see which fans ‘win’. (I know who my money is on, just as I know who I’d vote for - every time - but I won’t say just now.) So let it out… which team’s fans do you find the most irritating, self-righteous, idiotic etc? Vote below: Which of […]

[Photo: PA] Firstly, let me say that I think Cesc Fabregas is very happy and settled at Arsenal. But that doesn’t mean he’s ruled out moving to Barcelona – his boyhood club – this summer. The two states of mind aren’t mutually exclusive. The Cesc-to-Barca whispers are mounting, and it’s not as if Barcelona president […]

Felipe Melo, who looked very good at the heart of Brazil’s midfield in the recent Confed Cup, is off to Juventus, not north London. He has agreed a deal in principle to move to Juve for around £17.5m (Fiorentina, Melo’s current club, also get winger Marco Marchionni as part of the deal, though Marchionni appears […]

In this silly season, plagued by filthy agents stirring the pot, it’s nice to report that a couple of highly valued footballers have pledged their futures to the clubs they play for. Steven Gerrard has signed a four-year deal that will keep him at Liverpool until he’s 33. Great news for Scousers, if not that […]

So Arsenal have stuck a £40m price tag on Cesc Fabregas, or that’s what ‘sources’ at the club told the tabloids. Whether or not there’s any truth in this story – I doubt it - I wanted to ask you all, how much do you think Cesc is really worth? Because to my mind, he’s worth […]

Before: After: Take one picture of Manuel Almunia conceding a goal. Open Photoshop, change the position of the ball (not a crucial detail, after all), change the kit, erase the hoarding sponsor, and – ta-dah! – you have one shiny, on-brand ad for Arsenal’s new goalkeeping kit. The truth? Screw the truth. ‘By the way, […]

Did Arsenal get Arshavin to replicate his famous goal celebration for a photo shoot for the Gunners’ new third kit, or is this just a very good bit of Photoshopping? Either way, Arsenal’s new third kit is rather smart, even if some Gooners have complained that it looks a bit too much like Tottenham’s classic […]

Carla Suarez Navarro of is Spain’s hottest female tennis talent. Samir Nasri… well, you know exactly who he is. Now this is what I call a first-class Shit Lookalike. They don’t really look much like each other, but at the same time I see exactly what Paul Beatty (the reader who suggested it) means. Good […]

… According to Spanish rag Marca, anyway - but then Marca is the mouthpiece of Real Madrid, so it’s pretty much what you’d expect to hear. But I have to say Marca sounds very confident that the deal is already done (for around €35m), and also that it will be announced in the next 24 hours. […]

Probably the most bullshit-flavoured transfer talk I’ve seen The Sun trot out so far this summer. Arshavin’s quote - if he even said it – carries about as much weight as me saying “I would quite like to sleep with Adriana Lima one day… she’s very attractive.” [Image and more quality ranting @ Arseblog]

After spending much of last summer talking out of turn about a possible transfer to Milan, it seems Emmanuel Adebayor has learned absolutely nothing. The player’s agent, Stephane Courbis, has been mouthing off again, on his client’s behalf. In an interview with Calciomercato.it, Courbis talked about Adebayor’s future: “As of today, I have not even […]

The opening round of group games continues with a couple of peaches… Nemanja Vidic v Didier Drogba (Group G) They should put this match-up in a caged “Octagon”. I’d pay to see that. But you’re not voting on who’s the hardest (I take Vidic, every time; The Drog is all bark and no bite), you’re […]

Arsenal could really use Felipe Melo. The 25-year-old Brazilian had a great season with Fiorentina in 08/09, and he’s playing well for his country right now at the Confederations Cup (he scored against the USA). Melo is the perfect type of player to protect Cesc Fabregas at the heart of Arsenal’s midfield. He reminds me […]

After a wee break, the Best Player in the World World Cup is back. We kick off again with the opening ties in Group F. First up, an all-Prem, all-midfield tie: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard takes on Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano. A tough one for Lampsy, this…