The Wales international was arguably the best player in the Premier League in the first half of the season
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Tuesday 27 May 2008
Arsenal's largest shareholder - and the man who holds the balance of power at the club - said yesterday that Arsene Wenger would be given all the resources he asked for this in this summer's transfer market. Danny Fiszman said, however, that it would be a "big talent" rather than a "big name" that his club sought in the transfer market.
Saturday 10 May 2008
Far be it for this column to blow its own trumpet, but here goes anyway. On 11 August last year, on the opening day of the Premier League season, it began thus: "You don't have to be Nostradamus, or even Eileen Drewery, to predict what is going to happen in the Premier League season, which begins today with no certainties except that Manchester United will win it, Chelsea will finish second, Arsenal will finish third and Liverpool fourth. That I know this before the season kicks off is of course dispiriting beyond belief, and means that as a source of excitement I must already focus on the relegation battle: any three from Derby County, Wigan, Birmingham City, Fulham, Reading and Sunderland."
Thursday 08 May 2008
Arsène Wenger has admitted that he needs to make two top-class signings to his Arsenal squad this summer, with a powerful central defender and a "creative player" his priorities.
Thursday 08 May 2008
"Arsene Knows". The banner declaring this simple tenet has been part of the decor at Highbury, then the Emirates Stadium, for the best part of a decade. Now, though, the question is being pondered: Does he? The departure of Mathieu Flamini, the possibility that Alexander Hleb will follow him and the refusal to countenance serious spending on a par with the rest of the "Big Four" has left Arsenal fans feeling like heretics. What if "Le Professeur" has got his calculations wrong?
Saturday 03 May 2008
Arsène Wenger said yesterday that he would not allow Arsenal to "go bust" by caving into the wage demands of players such as Mathieu Flamini – and, again, hit out at Chelsea's spending by claiming it was "morally not right" to behave in the way they have since Roman Abramovich's takeover.
Friday 02 May 2008
Danny Fiszman yesterday showed where the power lies at Arsenal with the sudden sacking of managing director Keith Edelman. The secretive millionaire is becoming more heavily involved in the day-to-day running of the Premier League club and will take control of the process to find Edelman's successor.
Friday 25 April 2008
Arsenal are considering finally selling Philippe Senderos this summer. Indeed it is possible that the 23-year-old Swiss defender has played his last game for the club as manager Arsène Wenger said yesterday that he could rest some of those involved in Euro 2008 for Arsenal's last three league matches of the season.
Thursday 24 April 2008
The Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini appears to be on the verge of leaving the club and joining the Italian side Juventus.
Monday 21 April 2008
Five minutes into the second half of a match where Arsenal had already established a 2-0 lead, the home side's passing and movement reduced Reading's defence to chaos. As centre-backs scrambled to cover for him, the visitors' keeper Marcus Hahnemann was stranded out of position at left-back, in the manner of a chess king being set up for checkmate.
Sunday 20 April 2008
Wednesday 16 April 2008
Emmanuel Adebayor claims Arsenal owe it to their fans to finish the season on a high rather than looking back to reflect on what might have been. Any lingering hopes of silverware were extinguished following defeat at leaders Manchester United, which left the Gunners nine points off the pace with only four games to play.
Sunday 13 April 2008
Thursday 10 April 2008
For a manager whose side had progressed so falteringly, with a formation which so patently did not work, Rafael Benitez's outlook on the Champions League yesterday was an extraordinary one. "We have done it before and won and now we can do it again. Why not us in the final?" Benitez enthused. "We will always do our best and we know we can do it because we have done it in the past."
Wednesday 09 April 2008
Ryan Babel has found Liverpool a bewildering kind of place in the past 12 months. He has often resorted to dodging the ice baths which his manger insists his players take after games and admits he has found rotation difficult to deal with.
Liverpool 4 Arsenal 2 <i>(Liv. win 5-3 on agg)</i>: Gerrard snatches the glory from Arsenal on night of high drama
Wednesday 09 April 2008
There are the good Anfield European nights, there are the great ones and then, like this one, there are those remarkable occasions which fall into a different category altogether. This morning Liverpool awake to contemplate the prospect of a third Champions League semi-final against Chelsea in four years, although how they got there is a story that will outlive whatever else happens this season.
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