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Arsenal: All the latest Arsenal flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs

Continuing on a Harry Enfield/Paul Whitehouse tip, here’s the funniest sketch Enfield ever did. Still makes me chuckle out loud…

muamba.jpgBirmingham City’s squidgy-nosed boss Steve Bruce has pulled off a bit of a coup by snapping up Arsenal loanee Fabrice Muamba on a permanent basis. The 19-year-old has been one of the stars of the Blues promotion season. Arsene Wenger had previously indicated that Muamba would not be allowed to leave the Emirates permanently.

image2.jpgArsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are set to sign Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski [F365]
Man City to decide fate of Joey Barton [BBC Sport]

Let’s hear it for Arsenal Ladies! In winning the Women’s FA Cup at the weekend (4-1 against Charlton Women), they completed an unprecedented quadruple (League Cup, Premier League, FA Cup and Uefa Cup). In other words, they did what Chelsea couldn’t. Many congrats to all concerned – a fantastic achievement.
It was also very encouraging to see that a crowd of almost 25,000 turned up at Nottingham Forest’s City Ground to watch the FA Cup final – that’s double the previous record crowd for a women’s FA Cup final. [Photo: Getty Images]

Yesterday’s crunch game at the Emirates was absorbing, if only to watch Chelsea’s grip on the Premiership title finally relax – they’ve been bravely hanging on with one hand to the edge of a cliff for several months now. A team with a lesser manager than Jose Mourinho would have capitulated long ago, so I give the Blues my respect for pushing Man Utd almost all the way.

arseaway08.jpgMost Arsenal fans are not happy with Nike’s away kit for the 2007/08 season (and can’t manufacturers wait until this season is over?). As far as I’m aware, it’s only a third kit anyway (like Spurs’ yummy chocolate and gold kit, which I hated at first but now love) and so they’ll wear it only two or three times in the season.

73489263.jpgJose Antonio Reyes, currently on loan from Arsenal to Real Madrid, recently said he ‘wouldn’t like to go back to London’. Reyes started quite strongly at Madrid, but he’s gone rapidly downhill since his first few matches (sound familiar?) and is now out of favour with coach Fabio Capello.

73517113.jpgThierry Henry says he’ll stay at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger stays too. Good to see a bit of loyalty in football these days. [BBC]

Arsenal Mastermind

April 27th, 2007

I’m a heterosexual guy but Cesc Fabregas is cuter than a basket full of baby squirrels. And Jens Lehmann knows f-all about squad shirt numbers… anyway, click on to see who is the Arsenal Mastermind champions [spotted on Guardian Unlimited]

73835226.jpgYes, you did read that right and it’s not something I thought I’d ever write. Arsene Wenger thinks his arch rival Alex Ferguson should be manager of the year: ‘I feel this year Sir Alex Ferguson, because he’s in a position to fight on every front,’ Wenger told ‘…And Steve Coppell, who is in a position where nobody expected him to be and he has a team who do not play negatively – they have a positive attitude everywhere they go.’

Alien-Motiontracker.jpgA few transfer bits and bobs doing the rounds today…

Put simply, it was a shit weekend for goals in the Premiership, so I won’t post the top five. There were just two half-decent goals scored, both of which you can watch below…

Queen supports Arsenal

April 23rd, 2007

The Queen has revealed that she has supported Arsenal for more than 50 years. The Sun claims that the Queen has followed in the footsteps of the late Queen Mother by following the Gunners. A ‘senior royal source’ confirmed that Her Majesty’s admiration for former player Denis Compton had led to her being a Gooner […]

img_david_dein.jpgI suppose this is, like, big news to some people – like Arsenal fans and other Premiership vice-chairmen. To me, it has about as much to do with football as… erm… something that has not very much to do with football. Cricket, for example. In other words, I could hardly care less that Dein has stormed off in a huff.

_42814093_arsenal203.jpgArsenal move into third in the Prem table, above Liverpool, ending Man City‘s five-goal unbeaten run.

Here is Villareal’s physio room hermit Robert Pires in his days as an Arsenal winger. A Spurs fan returns the ball to him, albeit with a little more venom than Bobby had anticipated. [Rob Parker]

On the back of our Player of the Season vote, the shortlist for the official PFA Player of the Year award has just been announced. Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba head the list, naturally, with a supporting cast of Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and… wait for it… you’re gonna love this… […]

1 Alan Mahon, Watford v Portsmouth Hit with his weaker left foot. Hate to see what he could do with his good foot. Unstoppable.

We did feature this Classic Moment on Pies many moons ago, but it is worth seeing again as Liverpool and Arsenal meet at Anfield tomorrow. Michael Thomas bundles his way through the Reds’ defence to win the league for Arsenal in the most dramatic circumstances. “It’s up for grabs now!” [Rob Parker]

The entire Czech Republic squad has been stung with a £25,000 fine after Tomas Rosicky and five team-mates spent the night in a Prague hotel with six prostitutes, following the team’s 2-1 home defeat to Germany in the Euro 08 qualifiers. All very rock ‘n’ roll, but you have to wonder what was going through […]

Is this the jammiest goal ever scored in the history of the Premier League? Diaby is one lucky lucky sod. Diaby 0-1 AstonVilla-ArsenalUploaded by Tyfoon-Gunners

Henry luvs Arsenal 4eva

March 13th, 2007

He may have made his stomach fall to bits by playing whilst injured, but contrary to reports, Thierry Henry insists that he hasn’t played his last game for Arsenal. The Gunners captain has said that he will stay with the club "for life". Henry, now out for the season after he buggered up his groin […]

Steve Morrow. Remembered for only one thing. Being unceremoniously dumped on his head after scoring the winner in a cup final for Arsenal and nearly perishing. So, what better way to relive the moment than with Baddiel and Skinner taking the piss out it? [Mof Gimmers]

The Carling Cup final and now this… I know loads of non-Arsenal fans who will have chuckled out loud when PSV equalised at the Emirates last night. You want to shake Thierry Henry and his talented chums and shout: ‘For God’s sake, we know you’re all brilliant players, but just stick the ball in the […]