Friday, October 31, 2008


Harry Redknapp displayed his magical touch as Tottenham grabbed a last-gasp equaliser through Aaron Lennon to thrilling 4-4 draw with Arsenal 4-4 at the Emirates Stadium. Trailing to David Bentley's stunning opener, Arsenal replied with goals from Mikael Silvestre and William Gallas.
Emmanuel Adebayor added his obligatory goal - he now has eight from seven starts against Spurs - before Darren Bent pulled one back. Robin van Persie netted his 50th goal for Arsenal but Spurs Jermaine Jenas' late strike gave them hope before Lennon struck at the death.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Theo Walcott has said he would be willing ''to die for England'' and play for the Under-21s in next summer's European Championships in Sweden. His declarations could send a worrying message to Arsene Wenger's who fear the youngster could be at risk of burnout..

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has made no secret of his desire to take the young Gunners to the finals and Walcott insists he would be more than happy to play. Walcott has been in a great form this season scoring three goals for Arsenal in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Arsenal secure maximum points from a hard-fought 2-0 win at West Ham. The Gunners - fresh from a fine 5-2 Champions League trashing of Fenerbahce in Turkey - certainly had to dig deep for their win. The first goal came in courtesy of Julien Faubert own goal When he deflected a shot from substitute Emmanuel Adebayor late in the second half.
And the African later wrapped things up in stoppage time. The Gunners away win at West Ham cement their grip on fourth spot and keep them within touching distance of the Premier League summit.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes striker Eduardo will return from injury in November and would be eased back into first-team action. The Croatia international suffered an horrific broken leg against Birmingham City back in February by a challenge from Martin Taylor.

His rehabilitation is progressing well and Wenger has confirmed that he may return to action next month. The 25-year-old signed for the Gunners from Dynamo Zagreb in 2007 and has netted 12 goals in 31 appearances before he suffered the injury.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Arsenal recorded another convincing 5-2 win over Turkey's club, Fenerbahce. Both teams defended poorly and the only difference between the two was up front where Arsenal took their chances and Fenerbahce did not. It was the hosts' first defeat in Europe at home in 16 matches but in truth they were the architects of their own downfall.

Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott put the Gunners 2-0 up inside 11 minutes and although Mikael Silvestre's own goal reduced the deficit, Abou Diaby restored the Gunners' cushion. Four minutes after half-time Alex Song volleyed in a fourth to extend the Gunners' lead at the top of the group. Fenerbahce pulled a goal back in the 77th minute but it was too late to affect the outcome and substitute Aaron Ramsey fired in off a post in the fourth minute of injury time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard are among 11 Premier League players shortlisted for this year's Ballon d'Or. The trio are the only England players nominated for the award alongside the likes of Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo, the clear favourite and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

The France Football magazine today revealed the condensed list of 30 contenders for their European golden ball award. Spain are represented by seven players after winning Euro 2008 in the summer - Torres and Fabregas being joined by Marcos Senna, Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, David Villa and Xavi.

Nominees Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Nemanja Vidic, Edwin van der Sar (all Manchester United), Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack (all Chelsea), Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres (both Liverpool), Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Adebayor (both Arsenal), Iker Casillas, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Rafael van der Vaart, Sergio Ramos, Pepe (all Real Madrid), Lionel Messi, Xavi, Samuel Eto'o (all Barcelona), Sergio Aguero (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Valencia), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Kaka (AC Milan), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Inter Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Franck Ribery, Luca Toni (both Bayern Munich), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow). Karim Benzema (Lyon)


Cesc Fabregas has rejected new 90,000 pound-a-week contract talks to Arsenal, paving the way for him to quit the Emirates at the end of the season. Spanish giants Real Madris and Barcelona have been put on alert after Fabregas turned down the chance to renegotiate his existing deal.

The Gunners wan to offer Fabregas a 35,000 pound-a-week pay hike plus a two year extension to his deal, which runs until 2014. According to 'News of The World', Fabregas, 21, has put off talks as he wants to see what Real Madrid and Barcelona can offer next summer. Lionel Messi has also urged Barcelona to break the bank to lure Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas back to Nou Camp.


Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal had saved their season after beating Everton. The Gunners showed the kind of fighting spirit they will need to stay the course in the Premier League title race after coming from behind to beat Everton 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were facing another home defeats after falling behind to Leon Osman's well taken goal until they were transformed in the second period and eventually cruised home thanks to strikes from Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott. The victory provided a timely fillip for Wenger, whose main concerns ahead of Tuesday's Champions League meeting with Fenerbahce surround the fitness of his key players.