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Arsene Wenger delighted by the way his team is maturing tactically


Arsene Wenger was in a lot more charitable mood than most Gunners fans yesterday, as he gave West Ham hatchet man Mark Noble the benefit of the doubt over his horrendous foul on Alexander Hleb.

Noble came lunging in, feet first, to scythe the Belarus midfielder down and the way he jarred Hleb’s leg, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he has damaged his ligaments.

That isn’t what angers me most about the challenge though. It was Noble’s reaction that he had done nothing wrong and his claim that he had won the ball, which had departed from Hleb’s feet several light years earlier, that infuriated me.

If Noble’s “tackle” was accidental, surely he would have been checking to see whether his opponent was OK, rather than remonstrate with the referee to make sure the card that came out of the pocket was yellow rather than red.

However, after the match, Le Gaffer was more forgiving than the majority of us Gooners.

"If it was an accident, it is a very bad accident, because if you see his leg it is unbelievable,” said Wenger. “It is red and bruised from the knee down to the toes. We are quite optimistic because, for me, Noble is usually a fair player. I don't know if it was an accident or not, but he caught him very well."

Wenger also gave mixed news about his players’ injuries ahead of our trip to Bucharest in the Champions league this week...


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Posted by Gordon Masson on September 30, 2007 1:10 PM in Champions League| Match Report| News| Players
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What the papers say: Arsenal march on, despite key injuries

Arsenal made it 10 wins out of 11 games in all competitions yesterday, maintaining our two point lead at the top of the Premier League table. But the victory came at a price, with Alexander Hleb stretchered off following a vicious foul by West Ham’s Mark Noble and Emmanuel Abebayor limping off with a hamstring injury.

Here’s what the main Sunday newspapers are reporting:

The Mail On Sunday - Noble assault is a Hammers horror show
The curse of West Ham has been lifted but Mark Noble's horrible foul on Aleksandr Hleb cast a shadow over the game

The Sunday Times - Arsenal foil defiant Robert Green
At Upton Park, history did not repeat itself. West Ham did not beat Arsenal 1-0, as they did last season; they succumbed by the same score.

The Sunday Mirror - Wenger: Walcott is ready for England
Theo Walcott has been put forward by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as the man to solve England's front-line crisis in the absence of Michael Owen.

The Independent On Sunday - Van Persie banishes bogey side curse
Arsenal march on at top of table as Dutchman's header puts nail in Hammers' coffin.

The Sunday Telegraph - Van Persie keeps Arsenal on top
It will be of scant consolation to West Ham, but holding Arsenal to a single-goal deficit at present isn't bad at present.


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Posted by Gordon Masson on September 30, 2007 11:15 AM in Match Report| News
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Justice. Not a big word, but it has a huge meaning.

And that’s what we got at Upton Park today. A pinpoint header by Robin van Persie secured us all three points, but I just know there will be West Ham fans grumbling tonight.

And I’ll agree with them on one point: Freddie Ljungberg’s goal should not have been chalked off, as he was onside when the ball was put through to him on the edge of the area.

But West Ham should have been down to 10 men, if not nine by that stage. And you'll have to forgive me, but the power of being the Arsenal Pies editor means I will have an occasional rant...


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Posted by Gordon Masson on September 29, 2007 9:45 PM in News| Players| Poll
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It's Blades v Gunns in the Carling Cup


Arsenal’s fringe players will travel to the Steel City next month to take on the Sheffield United in the Carling Cup.

The draw for the fourth round was made at lunch time today and will see the Gunners travelling to Bramall Lane in the week commencing 29th October.

The Blades defeated Morcambe 5-0 in the last round of the competition, while earlier rounds saw them progress past MK Dons and Chesterfield.

Arsene Wenger will be happy to have avoided other Premier League opponents, but the Yorkshire club has a decent record against Arsenal, beating us 1-0 on our last visit to Bramall Lane in December last year.

The full draw is:

Luton Town v Everton
Portsmouth v Blackburn Rovers
Chelsea v Leicester City
Sheffield United v Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur v Blackpool
Bolton Wanderers v Manchester City
Coventry City v West Ham United
Liverpool v Cardiff City

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Posted by Gordon Masson on September 29, 2007 1:13 PM in News
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What the papers say: Alisher Usmanov vows takeover within the year

As it emerges that representatives of the Arsenal board help talks with Farhad Moshiri, his billionaire business partner Alisher Usmanov is confidently predicting that he will take control of the club within 12 months.

Here’s what the main dailies are saying about Arsenal today:

The Telegraph - Arsenal in talks with Alisher Usmanov partner
Arsenal held their first face-to-face talks this week with Alisher Usmanov's business partner, Farhad Moshiri, as the Uzbek billionaire stepped up his takeover bid for the club.

The Mirror - 'I'll carry on buying'
Russian tycoon Alisher Usmanov last night promised he would continue to 'buy, buy, buy' - and take over Arsenal within 12 months.

The Sun - Dein will be cursing Gunners
David Dein probably doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at the moment. There are Arsenal, top of the Premier League, with a seemingly never-ending production line of kids coming through. And he is on the outside looking in.

The Times - Arsene Wenger sticks to his guns over need for glamour buy
Arsene Wenger has reiterated his opposition to the possibility of making multimillion-pound signings at Arsenal by claiming that such an approach would “ruin” his long-term planning for the club.


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Posted by Gordon Masson on September 29, 2007 11:15 AM in News
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Carlos Vela's education continues with Primera Liga debut


Arsenal’s Mexican wonderkid Carlos Vela has enjoyed a successful debut in the Spanish top flight with his loan club Osasuna.

The 18-year-old had his first run out in the Primera Liga against Levante on Wednesday night and helped his team to a 4-1 home victory, courtesy of goals by Javi Garcia, Francisco Juanfran and a brace by Walter Pandiani.

Vela came on as an 81st minute substitute for Juanfran and was given a fantastic welcome by the Pamplona club’s supporters.

Last season, Vela spent the year with Segunda Division outfit Salamanca whom he helped secure a credible 12th position in the league, having been promoted from Segunda Division B the previous season.

Coincidentally 17-year-old Brazilian Pedro Roberta Silva, signed on the quiet by Arsenal from Figueirense this summer, has been loaned out to Salamanca for this season...


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Posted by Gordon Masson on September 28, 2007 6:55 PM in News| Players
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Wenger - I'll splash a wad of wonga on one player

wenger.jpgArsene Wenger has revealed he will not shy away from spending a ‘fortune’ on a single player if and when one becomes available.

Lets face it, as satisfying as it is to witness the path chosen by Le Boss, with regards to developing a team from scratch using predominately young players, no Arsenal fan would reach for the protest boards if the club announced the £20miliion signing tomorrow of say, Robinho of Real Madrid.

A world class talent, with his best years ahead of him. He could make an ‘instant impact’ on our team. Yet until now, and for at least another season after this according to Wenger, Arsenal will not be entering any bidding wars for such high-priced, proven talent.

But at the end of the 2008-09 campaign, that is all likely to change as the Gunners will be financially capable to compete for the most sought-after signatures in the game.

“I think that we will see the difference at the end of the 2008/09 season,” he told France Football.


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