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Best goal of the season so far. It’s not as good as Marco van Basten’s wonder volley in the 1988 Euro Championships (some pundits claimed it was), but it’s still a heck of a goal from Arsenal’s flying Dutchman.

Arsenal will be hoping for another Thierry Henry goal against Charlton this afternoon (particularly one as special as this outrageous backheel from October 2004).

Arsene Wenger has been told he has a job for life at Arsenal by vice-chairman David Dein. Dein made the pledge as he congratulated Wenger on his ten years as Arsenal manager. The BBC has put together a very nice feature looking at Wenger’s decade with Arsenal, including this picture looking at Wenger then and […]

Arsenal fans have officially stopped mourning their mediocre start to the season to concentrate on more pressing matters (such as pointing out that Spurs have had an even worse start to the 2006/07 campaign). A 3-0 home win against Sheffield United with their north London rivals losing by the same margin at Liverpool has worked […]

When you are the role model of every young striker in the country, who do you look up to? Well, Paul Dickov and Kevin Davies, according to Thierry Henry. The Arsenal striker cited the pair when asked about his role models. He said: "I look at Paul Dickov, the way he moves as he’s always […]

Javier Mascherano to continue his tour of unusual destinations for top players with a move to Serie B Juventus [Mirror] Craig Bellamy and Stephen Carr involved in Anfield tunnel ‘spat’ [Guardian] Leeds to move for Dennis Wise after sacking Kevin Blackwell [Mirror] Ljungberg: ‘Arsenal need to get tough’ [The Sun] Mourinho claims Chelsea match is […]

Fulham top of the Premier League!

September 20th, 2006

Fulham fans, rejoice! Your team is currently top of the Premiership injury league, with an impressive eight players stuck on the physio table! They are: Boa Morte (fractured cheekbone), Christanval (knee), Bouba Diop (thigh), Bullard (knee), Elrich (knee), Milsom (back), Pembridge (calf), Elliott (calf). Boa Morte’s cheek injury means Fulham knock Charlton off the top […]

You have a clear sight of goal with the score at 0-0 in one of the biggest matches of the season. Your team have had a good start to the season which has given you a slight lead over your big rivals, but failing to win would bring them back into contention. Would you go […]

There was some very camp behaviour in the weekend’s Premier League matches. Match of the Day 2 showed some footage of Kolo Toure (in the words of Adrian Chiles) "mincing off" a hip injury. Didier Zokora also did something a bit strange when Franck Queudrue accused him of diving. And then there was John O’ […]

Engrossing game at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon. Arsenal’s five-man midfield really stymied United. Fergie should not have played both John O’Shea and Darren Fletcher in such a big home game, not with Michael Carrick sat on the bench. And Wayne Rooney looked horribly out of touch after returning from his three-match suspension – a suspension […]

Continuing our build up to the Manchester United v Arsenal game, here’s another Classic Moment for you. Ryan Giggs taking on most of the Arsenal team a couple of times before blasting past David Seaman and revealing his gorilla chest. Ruud van Nistelrooy’s missed penalty sparks a brawl [Rob Parker]

I’m neither an Arsenal fan nor a Man Yoo fan (my French is pretty poor and I’m not a big fan of prawn sandwiches), but I love watching them play each other. The Arsenal v United games have a tempo, an atmosphere and a bite like no others. Ahead of Sunday’s match at Old Trafford […]

Portsmouth assistant manager Tony Adams has set off on the dangerous path cleared by Ian Holloway of comparing football to women. Adams claimed former club Arsenal was like an ex-girlfriend he still took an interest in. He told The Sun: "Arsenal are like an old girlfriend who you sometimes keep an eye on but I […]

The latest excerpts from Ashley Cole’s sizzling autobiography reveal that he almost crashed his car when his agent told him that Arsenal had offered him just £55,000 a year, rather than the £60,000 he claimed he’d been promised. Cole writes: ‘I nearly swerved off the road. "He is taking the piss, Jonathan [Barnett, Cole's agent]!" […]

Arsenal might have had a terrible start to the season on the pitch but they are top of the table in the musical stakes. With accomplished mandolin and guitar player Gilberto Silva already at the club, the samba rhythm is beating well at the Emirates Stadium with the arrival of Julio Baptista. ‘The Beast’ plays […]

‘I have decided that I’m not going to say anything further about Ashley Cole and the serialisation of his shitty book. I know he’s a deluded little c**t, you know he’s a deluded little c**t and right now he’s a deluded little Chelsea c**t.’ [Arseblog]‘Some Arsenal fans have said they will boycott the book. My […]

Oh Arsene, give it a rest mate – no one is interested in your excuses. Have you considered that Arsenal’s poor start to the season is down to you and the players? If you haven’t heard, Arsene Wenger (pictured) has had a pop at the Grove’s stadium announcer, who was apparently gabbing on during Arsenal’s […]

I am currently reading Gianluca Vialli‘s book The Italian Job – which is a cracking read by the way if you get the chance – and stumbled across this prophetic quote from the Special One: "For example, if I have to shout at John Terry after a poor game and call him an effing disgrace, […]

Something odd is happening in football. It seems that there is a power struggle going on. Players are trying exert some of their weight into decisions, and clubs are trying regain the power they once had. Two big stories this week prompted this. Firstly, the story of William Gallas and the ‘own goal’. Gallas wanted […]

Julio Baptista video compilation

September 6th, 2006

Julio ‘The Beast’ Baptista was unstoppable for Sevilla. Then he joined Real Madrid’s galaxy of stars and it all went wrong, as it has for so many talented players. The press haven’t made too much of Baptista’s loan-deal to come to Arsenal (Juan-Antonio Reyes moves in the opposite direction), but I think his move is […]

‘Eighty per cent of qualifying matches [for Euro 2008] this weekend were without interest – and that’s being quite optimistic. We are going to destroy the interest of the spectator long-term,’ Arsene Wenger told The Sun. The Arsenal gaffer continued: ‘In each Euro qualifying group, there are seven or eight teams resulting from the break-up […]

I know that Arsenal fans’ love of Pascal Cygan (who’s off to Villareal) is laced with a healthy amount of irony, but I thought he wasn’t that bad…

Thank Christ that’s over. The facts: 1) Cashley Cole is now a Chelsea player. Hmm, I may have to lose Wayne Bridge from my fantasy team. And I’d only just signed him. Bah. 2) William Gallas is now an Arsenal player. Arsenal are also £5m richer. Would you rather be Arsenal or Chelsea on this […]

The summer transfer window will close tomorrow, blown firmly shut by a chilly, autumnal gust. Several big-name British clubs haven’t finished spending though. Panic buying, anyone? Here are the five hottest transfer rumours:1 Ashley Cole is stuck at ArsenalArgghhhh! Jesus wept, does anyone still care about the Cole/Chelsea/Arsenal love triangle? If you do, at least […]