The Wales international was arguably the best player in the Premier League in the first half of the season
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Tuesday 08 April 2008
Rafael Benitez admitted yesterday that his competitiveness extends to refusing to allow his elder daughter Claudia to beat him at computer games but it was another more intimidating adversary with whom he found himself in disagreement yesterday. Benitez was back on the attack against Arsène Wenger, telling the Arsenal manager that it was a myth he had assembled a team of overachieving young players.
Sunday 06 April 2008
Thursday 03 April 2008
They called him "El Nino" in Spain and, for a while last night, Fernando Torres did look like a kid. Dumped to the turf by Mathieu Flamini, complaining about Philippe Senderos's challenge and then out-muscled by William Gallas. But it is a nickname that the 24-year-old has outgrown.
Wednesday 02 April 2008
The positive messages crackled from Arsène Wenger yesterday: his team would play with no fear, they can beat any other side in the world, the next 12 days would define what could be an extraordinary season and the moment of truth, therefore, had now arrived.
Sunday 30 March 2008
Thursday 20 March 2008
France's coach, Raymond Domenech, hopes next week's meetings with Mali and England will help him finalise his squad for the European Championship.
Thursday 06 March 2008
They are the double-act taking the Champions League by storm and after taming Kaka and Andrea Pirlo, the Arsenal duo of Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini would appear to fear no team. "There are no limits to what this team can achieve," Flamini said on Tuesday night, and for once it seemed that the old football hyperbole had its roots in truth.
Sunday 02 March 2008
Sunday 24 February 2008
Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger is normally composed by the time he faces the media after games but he could barely contain his anger yesterday over the tackle by the Birmingham defender Martin Taylor that broke Eduardo da Silva's leg.
Mathieu Flamini: "We have to be at the front of the physical battle... if we have to fight, we fight"
Wednesday 20 February 2008
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With a virtual ever-presence this season, a clutch of man-of-the-match awards and a great "complicity", as he calls it, with the rest of the Arsenal midfield, Mathieu is not having it. "No, no, no," he says when asked about the nickname he acquired from his team-mates. "It was the African players who started it because, you know, I never give up."
Sunday 17 February 2008
When a rivalry is as deeply scored as that between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty, such a triumph is satisfying, indeed, for the victor. But for Sir Alex Ferguson, this humiliation of his most resourceful and begrudgingly respected opponent was a reminder that, on all fronts, United are unbowed by recent events. Although this was a welcome respite from Premier League endeavours, supremacy in that competition is never far from the Scot's mind.
Sunday 17 February 2008
Tuesday 12 February 2008
It may only be five points, but those in pursuit of Arsenal are now obliged to mind the gap. Arsène Wenger's team extended their lead in the title race last night with a victory that turned Manchester United's Sunday from hell into an equally miserable Monday for Sir Alex Ferguson. After the weekend when the rest of the best wobbled, Arsenal's nerve held.
Saturday 09 February 2008
Arsène Wenger has not ruled out the extraordinary possibility of asking Kolo Touré to play two games in three days to ease what is rapidly becoming an injury crisis in the centre of Arsenal's defence.
Thursday 31 January 2008
Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini maintains their young side can come of age this season and deliver the Premier League title.
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