Arsenal set to sign Cech

 Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is very likely on his way to Arsenal. The Chelsea FC legend and Czech Republic goalkeeper has made over three hundred appearances for Chelsea and has spent more than eleven years at Stamford Bridge. 

With Chelsea, Cech has won four FA Cup title, four Premier League titles, three League cup titles and one Europa League and Champions League title. He was the number one at Chelsea for many years but last year played second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois from Belgium who has done a great job at Chelsea so far.

Despite Jose Mourinho reportedly not keen on the transfer, the clubs are close to agreeing the details of the transfer which is likely to be somewhere in the region of eleven million. Cech will get around one hundred thousand pounds per week in a three year contract. 

The deal is likely to be finalised in the next couple of days but as is always the case, particularly with Chelsea, I won’t be certain until the transfer is confirmed by the club.

Where does this leave us considering the goalkeeping situation at the club? Over the course of the past season, we have been alternating between Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina and both have done quite well overall.

Peter Cech is certain to bring in a lot of experience to the squad and will be a great asset if he can recapture the form that he has at Chelsea. He still has a couple of good years left in him. It does probably mean that either Szczesny or Ospina will leave the club and the desire of one of them to leave could be behind the somewhat unexpected move.

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Arsenal moves to second after Liverpool thrashing

Sweet revenge that was. Arsenal beat Liverpool FC convincingly in a crunch early kick off at the Emirates. Last season, Arsenal were on the receiving end of a Liverpool bashing. Today, the Gunners outclassed, shredded, and obliterated Liverpool.

Three sumptuous goals before half time were enough to secure all three points for the Gunners. Arguably, that was the best I had seen Arsenal play all the season. Smooth passing of the ball, exquisite finishes and high pressing both on and off the ball. Liverpool just couldn’t match.

The Arsenal Machine seems to be well oiled and quickly moving. Having amassed the most points in 2015 than any other team cannot be under estimated. Wenger will be pinching himself having not replicated this form at the start of the season.

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Arsenal Vs Liverpool Preview

Arsenal will host Liverpool FC in a crunch early kick off. The Saturday match is hugely important for both teams in quest for a top finish. A win for Arsenal will ensure they move 9 points clear of Liverpool.

Liverpool will miss the services of Skrtel (who scored the equalizer in the reverse fixture at Annfield) and Gerald who are absent through suspension. It will be interesting to see who starts at defense for Liverpool.

In the previous meetings, Arsenal has dominated this fixture. The odds are in favor of Arsenal to snatch a win at the Emirates Stadium.

An Arsenal win will keep pressure on Mancity for second. A Liverpool win will mean they move to within 3 points of Gunners. Come on you Gunners! we are confident you will get maximum points.

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What do you expect from Arsenal before end of season?

The mighty Gunners have been on a remarkable run. Winning six games in a row is indeed remarkable. Why on earth did this form not emerge during the start of the season?

Some have not shied away from talking about the title chances for the Gunners. It appears as a rather distant achievement but it is possible. Bridging a seven gap between them and the leaders is a difficult but possible phenomenon.

In the previous two seasons the Gunners have had a strong finish to the season. Odds are backing them to go for second and remain unbeaten in the remaining fixtures. Will that be an achievement for the Gunners?

Of course the Gunners are two games away from retaining the FA cup. Would you consider finishing second and FA triumph as success for Arsenal?

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Arsenal curse of round of 16 continues

Another season another near miss. We have been branded as specialists in glorious failure. We did everything right but at the end of it Monaco condemned us to a 5th consecutive exit in the round of 16. Is that not a curse?

Arsenal were at their best in the away CL fixture at Monaco. Goals from Giroud and Ramsey made Arsenal fans believe that they could overturn the 3-1 defeat at Emirates. The search for the third goal became elusive.

It has been the same story over the years. Arsenal shaky in the first leg only to give a fight in the second leg. Perhaps, Wenger should remind his boys that the knock out is won over the two legs. Have a look at and compare Arsenal players performances.

On a positive note, the fight will give us the momentum for the remaining fixtures. An FA triumph and a top four finish would, perhaps, delight Arsenal fans.

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Welbeck’s strike sinks United at OT

Manchester United were deservedly beaten at home by the brilliant Arsenal in an enthralling FA encounter. Arsenal fans can have the last laugh after previous tormenting defeats by United. In fact, were it not for the brilliant De Gea, the score line would be different.

It was a night to remember, particularly for Welbeck, who capitalized on Valencia error to score past his old club. And ooh boy! He celebrated. Wenger had picked him ahead of Giroud to provide energetics that wobbled the United’s defense.

Arsenal will now face either Reading or Bradford at Wembley for the semis. Happy times to be a Gooner.

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Arsenal embarrassed in Europe again

Oh dear! It happened again. Arsenal humiliation at home by Monaco was a reminiscence of a typical performance from the Gunners. It was pathetic, diabolical and shambolic.

When the draw was announced many Arsenal fans were optimistic of progression. They developed hope. But did they not say that it is hope that kills?

Its nights like these that leave me pondering whether Arsenal will ever win the Champions League. Its 18 years in a row in CL football with nothing to show for it. In other news, we are on the blink for a fifth consecutive round of 16 elimination. Inexplicable!

Previous eliminations by Barcelona, AC Milan and Bayern were understandable. A 3-1 drubbing by Monaco at home is unfathomable. The blame is to be shared by the manager and the players who looked lethargic and out of sorts.

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Arsenal survive Palace late scare to secure 3rd place

Well, Arsenal never looked settled for the entire 90 minutes at Selhurst Park. However, against the run of play, the Gunners somehow led 2-0 for the majority of game. Cazorla’s penalty and Giroud strikes ensured that all the three points went the Arsenal way.

Like I said, the game was not a walk in the park. Were it for not for the Eagles lack of composure and profligacy in front of goal, the Gunners would be talking a different language.

Pardew’s late substitutions caused plenty of problems for the Arsenal defense. A late goal by Murray after a goal mouth scramble brought a nervy finish to the game.

The Gunners are on a good run. Eight wins in nine matches is not bad at all to say the least.

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Professional Arsenal stroll past Boro

Arsenal were back to business in the late FA kick off with Middlesbrough. Two exquisite finishes by Giroud ensured a rather dominant encounter by the Gunners over a team that eliminated Manchester City.

Arsenal controlled the game in all departments. The passing was excellent just as the defending. Ozil and Cazorla bossed the midfield with majestic runs and passes. The all round technical quality translated into Arsenal dominating Boro on all aspects.

The win ensures that the Gunners pursuit of holding the FA cup is very much alive. I am confident the Gunners stand a high chance in retaining the cup.

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Arsenal Fixture List Offers Hope for Top 4 Qualification

In the wake of the North London Derby loss, Arsenal will be hoping to gather resurgence in the run-in. Well, there can be hope as their remaining fixture list looks favorable on paper (disregarding the cliche 'there is no easy game in EPL').

With Liverpool and Chelsea to come to the Emirates, Newcastle and Man United remains as the difficult away fixtures remaining. Looking not far, the next 5 Arsenal fixtures read Leicester (H), Palace (A), Everton (H), QPR (A) and Westham (H). With Arsenal’s quality, these games look winnable.

The Gunners will also gather optimism as their injury fears continue to ease. With the return of Walcott, Ozil and Wilshere (who has returned to full training), the Gunners can boast of enough talent to spur them for a top four finish.

With that said, the defeat at Lane can be a thing of the past if Arsenal can pull better results in the upcoming games.

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Arsenal the Losers in the North London Derby

Losing a North London Derby is one of the worst feelings as an Arsenal fan. Give credit to me for finding strength and sobriety to be writing this article. Awful is an understatement of the feeling.

Arsenal were uncharacteristically bereft. The midfield never clicked losing possession on several occasions. It seemed like another masterpiece for Arsenal as they went ahead courtesy of Ozil but Spurs pressing exposed the Arsenal defense.

With a game on Tuesday, Arsenal have the chance to quickly get up their feet and hit the ground running. Meanwhile, Spurs are still celebrating the win that one would think won them the league. Am pretty sure we will topple them come next week.

North London will always be red. Forever a Gooner!

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Wenger confirms bad news for Arsenal ahead of NLD

Arsene Wenger has revealed the latest news ahead of the North London Derby. Many fans will not be pleased on realizing that Sanchez is not ready for the tie. The Chilean has been sensational for Arsenal since his departure from Barcelona.

However, Wenger has revealed that Welbeck is back after missing from action since Dec 28. The boss also said that Wilshere will be back to full training starting from Sunday.

As a goner, there is no fixture I long for than the North London Derby. Am confident we will emerge victorious once again.

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Villains Gets a H!5 at the Emirates

It was one of those days you don’t watch an Arsenal match with your heart in your mouth. An exquisite performance that stifled ,choked and mortified a goal shy Aston Villa.

Goals from Giroud, Ozil, Cazorla (p), Walcott and Bellerin ensured a rather comforter victory for the Gunners. Arsenal toyed with Villa and their passing was excellent throughout the game.

With the win, Arsenal leapfrogged Spurs to the 5th position as the race for the top four tightens. What a contest it will be in the upcoming North London Derby.

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Arsenal confirms the signing of Gabriel from Villarreal

Arsenal FC have confirmed the signing of Gabriel from Villarreal. The 24-year old Brazilian has been a core figure in the Yellow Submarines defense this season. Other than a center back, Gabriel can also play as a left back or right back.

Speaking after the confirmation, Gabriel said, ‘’I am arriving at a big club and the fans can expect to find a Gabriel with a great will to help everyone’’.

The signing of Gabriel will bolster the Arsenal defense that has been plagued by injuries from time to time. His addition will also give Wenger options in defense.

All Arsenal fans welcome Gabriel to this great club. We wish him all the best as an Arsenal player.

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Who should be in Arsenal starting XI when all players are fit?

Arsenal FC is a club known to be plagued with frequent injuries to players. It has always been difficult for Wenger to have a fully fit team at a particular point in a given campaign. Currently, Arteta, Debuchy, Wilshere, Welbeck and Diaby are all unavailable for selection.

Arsene Wenger is likely to suffer a slight headache over choosing his best starting XI when all the players are available for selection. With the return of Ozil and Ramsey from injury, picking the best XI will prove a headache to the gaffer.

In the attacking role, Wenger will have options to pick from Walcott, Ox, Sanchez, Giroud, Welbeck and Campbell. In the midfield position, Wenger will have a lot of options to choose from. Ramsey, Arteta, Flamini, Coquelin, Ozil, Cazorla, Rosicky, Diaby and Wilshere are all options when fully fit.

So, who would you pick as your best starting XI for Arsenal FC when all the players are fit?

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Disciplined Arsenal hammer Citizens at the Etihad

Wow! Not even the most optimistic Arsenal fan saw that coming. A disciplined, compact and efficient performance from the Gunners edged past the champions. In all truth, that is the best I have seen Arsenal play against the big boys for a long time.

Excellent defending, efficient attack and an imperious midfield did the impossible against the star studded Manchester City. Arsene Wenger must have listened to his backroom staff to change his tactics when playing away games against the big boys.

It was an exciting all round performance from the players but Cazorla and Coquelin were simply unplayable. Cazorla controlled the midfield majestically while Coquelin negated every attack from the Champions.

That was splendid stuff, great game and delighted for the boys. Kudos Wenger for a long awaited impressive win against a big team. Happy to be a Gooner!

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EPL preview: Champions Manchester City host FA Champions Arsenal on Super Sunday

An eagerly anticipated crash awaits football fans on Sunday. The Champions Manchester City will entertain the FA holders, Arsenal. Both teams are on a good run. Manchester City are on a 12-game unbeaten run. Arsenal have managed 9 wins in their last 12 games.

Both teams have a share of absentees. Manchester City will play without Nasri who has been ruled out for 3 weeks. Edin Dzeko also remains a doubt. The Gunners will miss the services of Debuchy and Arteta who have been ruled out for three months a piece.

The crash between Arsenal and City never lacks excitement. In the last 7 games, there have been 26 goals involved. Six red cards have been produced in the 9 crashes.

Recently, this fixture has not fallen in favor of the Gunners. Its only last season they were thrashed 6-3 by the Citizens. To get a result on Sunday, the Gunners need to find a good balance between attack and defense. Good luck to the boys!

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Alexis is the best in the Premier League

Sanchez has quickly adapted to the premier league and has shown to be one of the best players in the division. These are words that have been echoed by his Chilean compatriot, Manuel Pellegrini.

Speaking ahead of the weekend encounter with Arsenal, Pellegrini showered praises on Sanchez by hailing him as the premier league’s best. Speaking to AS the city boss said, ‘’I am happy for him because, at this time, he is the best player in the English football ’’.

Alexis Sanchez has already scored 12 premier goals. Arsenal can count themselves lucky to have the services of the ever hardworking Chilean.

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Arsenal stroll past the Potters

Arsenal looked unplayable against Stoke FC. A stellar performance from Sanchez and company ensured a pretty comfortable 3-0 victory for the Gunners. It seems like Stoke City FC can only play on the wet and windy nights at the Britannia.

As usual, the star performance was from Alexis. Two goals and an assist capped an exquisite performance by the Chilean genius. We cannot thank Barcelona enough for this man! Sanchez is a cut above the rest.

Arsene Wenger will be impressed by the return of Ramsey and Ozil who have been missing with injuries. Their return will provide Arsenal with more attacking intent as well as options in the upcoming congested fixtures. The only blemish in the game was the injury to Debuchy.

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Transfer news: Arsenal linked to Isco, Morgan Schneiderlin among others

As I said, Arsenal will be linked to several players in this January window transfer. Now Arsenal is being linked to Isco for a whooping transfer fee of £64M. The Spanish midfielder could be pushed away from Bernabeu to accommodate Bale.

Arsenal has also been linked to Morgan Schneiderlin in a bid to add more steel to their midfield. The Gunners will have to battle with Tottenham for the signature of the Frenchman.

Reports also indicate that the Gunners will also look at other options for the defensive midfielder. Wanyama has been reported as an option.

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Who is your wish list signing for Arsenal this January?

The January transfer window is already open. It’s a window characterized by a dearth of signings but provides a golden opportunity for teams to strengthen.

Arsenal in particular, having closed the summer short in some areas and now plagued with injuries have the opportunity to strengthen. A defensive midfielder and a defender probably should be top of Wenger’s list.

However, with Wenger’s reluctance to spend and unavailability of quality players in the January window transfer, Arsenal fans can only wait. They won’t elude the perennial heartache associated with the transfer period.

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Was letting Podolski go a mistake?

The January transfer has been opened and Arsenal have already let Podolski join Inter Milan on a loan spell of 6 months. With the prevailing injury crisis, was it wise to let Podolski leave on loan?

Arsenal injury problems are well documented. Actually, I cannot recall the last time Arsenal had all the players available for selection. Against Southampton, the Gunners did not have any fit striker. The Gunners were forced to play with a makeshift attack.

With Podolski gone, the Gunners have lost one of the most lethal strikers around the world. How he never had enough game time is beyond us. Only Wenger knows why.

Podolski may have his limitations but letting him leave amid the injury concerns of the Arsenal squad seems inexplicable. Hope Wenger won’t regret. All the best King Poldi #Aha #RedArmy #Thanks

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Happy New Year to All Gooners

We are into the New Year. Firstly, we give all the due thanks to the Almighty for guiding us through the year 2014. It was a wonderful year of football. For the Gunners, could the year have been a good one?

In 2014, Arsenal FC broke their trophy-less era by winning the FA cup. Perhaps that was an epitome in itself in anticipation to exciting times ahead.

As we usher in a new year, expectations are far and wide. Arsenal fans will hope that 2015 becomes a trophy laden year. Is that what every fan want?

Happy, Happy New Year 2015!

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