15
May

Arsenal sure seems confident they’ve already won the FA Cup

Sports teams jumping the gun on proclaiming themselves winners certainly isn’t something new, (Yes, we’re looking at you, Matt Hasselbeck), but Arsenal has taken it a step further.

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Yep, that’s a bus the Gunners have lined up for a victory parade, complete with a “The FA Cup Winners 2014” decal, despite having not yet played Hull City in the final.

How do we know they’re planning a parade?

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(via @GaryLDN)

Oh, boy. Arsenal certainly made the transition from confident to cocky with these minor hiccups. Surely all Hull manager Steve Bruce needs to do is pop these images up in the dressing room and his boys will be amped.

Who knows? Maybe the Bruce and the Tigers could even pull off the unthinkable upset, ala Truman over Dewey:

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(h/t Hull Daily Mail)

7
May

Arsenal players gear up for FA Cup final in strange ways

With a week and a half to go until they take on Hull in the FA Cup final, several of Arsenal’s players took a time-out from their no doubt serious preparations to sing the club’s long-standing FA Cup chant “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon,” the results of which are, well, they’re not good:

Meanwhile, Gunners forward Lukas Podolski apparently found some time to go back to his home city of Cologne for a little R&R. But in order to remain sharp, he also picked up some tips from the talented sea lions at the local zoo:

Yup, that seal has a first touch that puts even Diego Maradona to shame! In fact, if it’s up to Podolski, they’ll make him a Gunner soon:

GIF via: r/soccer

14
Jan

Gunners set to offer boss new deal?

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According to the English newspaper Daily Star, Arsenal are set to offer manager Arsene Wenger a new contract. The Gunners boss is in his 18th year at the club and the north London club want to extend his tenure.

Elsewhere, Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Dutch striker Luuk De Jong has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Newcastle and Samir Nasri’s dad has blasted Newcastle’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for a ‘spiteful’ tackle that almost ended his son’s World Cup dream.

To read these rumors and the rest of Tuesday’s transfer gossip, click here.

12
Jan

Arsenal step up chase for Draxler

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Arsenal added quality to their midfield in the summer with Mesut Ozil moving to London from Real Madrid. Along with Ozil, the reemergence of talent such as Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, means Arsene Wenger doesn’t have to pay over the odds for midfield talent.

According to one newspaper today Wenger is looking to bring in Schalke star midfielder Julian Draxler. The Gunners have reportedly discovered a £40 million buy-out clause in his contract at the Bundesliga club, and are set to swoop in January or the summer.

For this rumor and the rest of Sunday’s transfer gossip, click here.

8
Dec

Arsenal chase Everton’s Coleman

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Arsenal are searching for a replacement right-back if Bacary Sagna refuses to renew his contract at the club. Arsene Wenger is looking to Everton’s young defender Seamus Coleman as the possible solution.

Coleman is a Republic of Ireland international and has been in fantastic form for the Toffees so far this campaign. He is part of Everton’s mean defense that has only conceded 13 goals so far this season.

If Arsenal are serious about challenging for the league this season it may take more reinforcements than a single defender. A position worth looking at would be up front - cover for Olivier Giroud could be crucial in case he picks up an injury later in the season.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.

27
Nov

Breaking down the “Group of Death”

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With one matchday to go, Arsenal are sitting on 12 points in Group F but are still not officialy through to the Round of 16. How can that be? Thanks to Marseille losing each of their first five games, Dortmund and Napoli are both sitting on nine points and are also very much in the running for a place in the knockout stage.

If Napoli beat Arsenal at home on the final day and Dortmund take care of Marseille as expected, all three teams would sit on 12 points. And thanks to UEFA’s peculiar tie-breaking rules, figuring out who would move on in that very possible scenario is not so simple.

In all three teams are tied on 12 points, the two with the best goal difference in matches involving only the three clubs in question move on to the Round of 16. The results against Marseille get thrown out. In those games, Arsenal lead with a +2 goal difference, while Dortmund are +1, and Napoli are -3.

Since Dortmund plays Marseille last, they will remain at +1 and, if all three clubs are on 12 points, will definitely advance. In that scenario, Arsenal would still move on if they lose by less than three goals.

Here are the scenarios each team would need to qualify:

Arsenal: A win or tie in Napoli will be enough to put them through, as would a Dortmund loss or draw. If Dortmund win, the Gunners can also advance if they lose to Napoli by less than three goals.

Dortmund: Very straightforward: a win and they’re in. A draw would be enough if Arsenal tie or beat Napoli. A loss to Marseille could still be enough if Arsenal beat Napoli.

Napoli: They face the toughest road. If Napoli win by three or more goals, they are guaranteed a spot in the next round. A win by anything less and they’ll need Marseille to get at least a point against Dortmund. If Napoli tie against the Gunners, Marseille would need to beat Dortmund.

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24
Nov

Wenger could make Benteke move

Arsene Wenger yesterday moved to distance himself from rumors he is set to buy a striker in January. The Arsenal boss thinks they have enough firepower with Theo Walcott not far from a return.

However, if today’s newspapers are to be believed then Wenger is set for a swoop for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The forward looked set to leave in the summer before signing a new long-term contract. It could take a sizable sum to tempt Villa to part with their star striker.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.

10
Nov

Gunners close in on Benzema

Arsenal lead the Premier League title race in England and aim to stay there. The league leaders still look light in some areas and a few January signings could cement their great start to the season. The latest player to be linked with the Gunners is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. The French international has been playing well for Madrid of late and it may take a good bid to prize him away from the Bernabeu.

For this rumor and the rest of today’s transfer gossip, click here.