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It seems that Mad Jens Lehmann is off to Borussia Dortmund this month, ending weeks of speculation that he would leave Arsenal after losing his place to Manuel Aluminium. The Bundesliga club claims that Lehmann has agreed terms with them, but there are still a few Is to be dotted and Ts to be crossed […]

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Firstly, this was a game Tottenham should have won. They were the better team last night, but we shouldn’t forget that Arsene Wenger fielded a virtual ‘B’ team, where Spurs started with a stronger, more experienced team.

Tonight sees the first leg – do we really need two legs? – of the second Carling Cup semi final. In the red corner, Arsenal’s kids and fringe players (minus Lassana Diarra, who may be on his way out of the club). In the blue corner, Spurs, who will put out a near full-strength side. […]

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Gabriel ‘Sylar’ Gray (played by American actor Zachary Quinto) is one bad motherf**ker in Heroes – he steal everyone’s superpowers, by slicing open their heads no less, and then does bad things with them.

Perhaps not the most wonderful wonder goal you’ve ever seen, but I love its beautiful simplicity. Kanu’s flick is perfectly timed – Luke Young doesn’t know if he’s coming or going. More wonder goals

1991 Spurs midfielder Paul Gascoigne celebrates after scoring with a 35-yard free-kick during the FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham Hotspur won the match 3-1, and went on to lift the trophy, defeating Nottm Forest 2-1 in the final. Photo Simon Bruty/Allsport Watch Gazza’s rocket free-kick after the jump…

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One is a likeable no hoper who constantly gets himself into scrapes on the field of play with his comic strip antics, the other is Philippe Senderos.

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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.

This month Pies will look at each Premier League club and what they need to do in the January transfer window to improve. First up, Arsenal:
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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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Arsene let a few of his kids loose at the Emirates last night, and they were just about good enough to defeat a mediocre Bucharest outfit. Theo Walcott missed a few good chances, but Niklas Bendtner scored and seems to be progressing nicely, although I’m not sure he’ll ever be a world beater.

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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 […]

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Three seasons ago Senderos was hailed as one of the best young central defenders in Europe. Many Arsenal fans believed he would be their new Tony Adams, only with less hair and more brains (he speaks six languages, roughly six more than Big Tony).

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 […]

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Who’s the best and who should be left back in the changing room?

arsenal%20henry%20cannons.jpgThe 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).

It’s been one of the longest running feuds in the Premier League but the latest spat between the two is over Sepp Blatter’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 – 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…

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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 – and bitter, bitter rivals, as they were, and still are – at the very top […]