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What is your New Year wish for Arsenal?

I'm a sensitive soul and I know that a great many Gooners - indeed a great many Arsenal players - are not of the Christian faith, so I resisted the temptation last week of prompting you lot to tell us what you would buy our beloved club for Christmas.

I can't think I'll offend anyone by asking what your New Year wishes might be, but if I'm wrong let me know and I'll ammend my ways accordingly. And before you say it, I know that some nations and religions have different dates for New Year, but hey, it's the 1st of January globally tomorrow, so get with the programme and give me a break - it's not called the New Year's Day fixture list for nothing.

So now that I've apologised in advance, I'd like to hear your New Year wishes for Arsenal, or Arsene Wenger, or any of the players, directors, or day I say it, former players of Arsenal Football Club. A broken leg for Cashley Cole was suggested by a friend of mine, but seeing as that might actually improve his level of performance, it would be a wasted wish.

If you can't think of anything obvious, then think about the January transfer window - who would you like to see coming to the club, or leaving it for that matter? If you need some inspiration, read on...


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Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger: Who would you choose to play against West Ham?

Thanks to Manchester United slipping up on Saturday, Arsenal are back at the top of the Premier League with a two point advantage as we look forward to the first game of 2008 against West ham.

And the great news for us Gooners is that we go into tomorrow's match with two in-form strikers in the shape of Emmanuel Adebayor and Eduardo who between them have scored 20 goals this season.

Unfortunately, Nicklas Bendtner will be suspended for the Hammers game, while Robin van Persie remains a spectator until he can shake off his latest knock, so I'd guess that Arsene Wenger has already pencilled in Ade-cool and the Crozilian as his front two. That should allow Theo Walcott a place in the squad, if he has recovered from the injury and illness that has sidelined him for the past two weeks. And if he hasn't, then one of the youth players may find that his New Year wish comes true earlier than he thought.

There could be another Gunners goalscoring hero in the Emirates Stadium tomorrow afternoon though, as Thierry Henry said earlier this season that he'd take advantage of the mid-season break in Spain to visit the Arsenal so that he could say goodbye properly. As long as that stunt doesn't act as a distraction for his former team mates, I hope that Titi is given a tremendous welcome, as he deserves nothing less...


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Today's Backpages and Blogs: Arsene Wenger will play ugly to win league

The Sun - Wenger willing to win ugly
Arsene Wenger is ready to take the Route One approach to another Premier League crown. The Frenchman’s Arsenal side have been accused in recent years of playing too much pretty football at the expense of points.

The Independent - Arsenal display ruthless edge of true champions
Among several compelling reasons why David Moyes is emerging as a front-rank manager is that he is a terrible loser. Defeat is not an imposition, not even a tragedy, it is an affront to all that is right.

The Telegraph - Arsenal to loan out wonderkid Fran Merida
Fran Merida, Arsenal's teen prodigy, is set to join Real Sociedad on loan until the end of the season. Merida, dubbed 'the new Cesc Fabregas' for his similar style to his fellow Spaniard, is highly rated by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger but is unlikely to dislodge one of the established midfielders at the Emirates this season.

The Guardian - Wenger reaping the benefits of a side who win every way
Phil Neville happily courted allegations of bias with the assertion that the final Saturday of 2007 would have no decisive influence on the destination of the title. That, of course, remains a matter of conjecture. What are beyond dispute, and should alarm anyone of an Old Trafford persuasion, are Arsenal's convincing responses to the harshest of interrogations.


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Poll: Who was Arsenal's Man Of The Match Against Everton?

I couldn't watch the game against Everton live yesterday, but I did manage to catch most of the first half on the radio and I have to admit that at half time I was rather pessimistic about Arsenal's chances.

Imagine my delight at seeing the full-time score. A resounding 4-1 victory away from home against arguably the in-form team in the Premier League. Job done.

I'd love to know what Arsene Wenger said during his team talk at the interval, but whatever it was it certainly did the trick, as the Gunners came out strong in the second half and Crozilian striker Eduardo paid back a hefty chunk of his transfer fee with clinical finishing netting him a brace of goals to put Arsenal into the lead.

Eduardo's second goal was courtesy of a Nicklas Bendtner flick, but the big Dane had an early bath as a clumsy challenge on Andy Johnson saw him pick up a second yellow card, which saw his dismissal just as Arsenal were trying to replace him with Emmanuel Adebayor.


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Today's Backpages and Blogs: Arsenal bounce back to top the Premier League

The Sunday Times - Two see red in Arsenal romp
There are occasions when a young team takes an important step forward and last evening was one such for Arsenal.

The Sunday Mirror - Fab elbow storm
Cesc Fabregas was booed out of town yesterday after the 4-1 win that took Arsenal to the top of the Premier League.

The Independent On Sunday - Eduardo puts 10-man Gunners top
The suspicion that Arsenal's title challenge is beginning to unravel can be put away, at least until the New Year. Last night they took advantage of Manchester United's slip in East London to return to the top of the Premier League and confound the notion they lack fibre when the fantasy football doesn't work.

The Sunday Telegraph - Eduardo da Silva puts Arsenal back on top
Another day of festive-season drama saw Arsenal return to the top of the Premier League with a 4-1 win at Everton after Manchester United lost 2-1 at West Ham.


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Today's Backpages and Blogs: Arsene Wenger blasts want-away stars

The Sun - Diaby is seeing Double
Abou Diaby is backing Arsenal for an amazing league and European double this season.

The Times - Arsene Wenger lays down law for complaining stars
As Arsenal approach the new year in rude health, dissent in the camp is the last thing they need. Arsene Wenger yesterday laid down the ground rules to the disgruntled few.

The Mirror - Wenger slams sulking Diarra
Arsene Wenger last night read the riot act to his growing list of unhappy players and told them they would be making a big mistake by leaving Arsenal's "paradise".

The Independent - Wenger faces fight to keep Arsenal's troubled trio
Portsmouth have emerged as the favourites to sign Lassana Diarra from Arsenal in the January transfer window – although they will face strong competition from other Premier League clubs.


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Your vote: Tomas Rosicky was Arsenal's Man Of The Match against Portsmouth

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Us Gooners may all have been a tad disappointed with our team's performance at Fratton Park on Wednesday, but the improving form of Tomas Rosicky gave us something at least to take from the goal-less draw.

The Czech midfielder has never quite been at his best since signing for the club in the summer of last year, but we all know what he is capable of, having been one of the star players of the 2006 World Cup and having scored some scorching goals for Arsenal, notably his double against Liverpool in the FA Cup last season.

Tomas has played the last 11 consecutive league games for the Gunners and has thankfully stayed injury free, culminating in his impressive performance against Portsmouth in midweek, which hopefully means he is finally coming into top form for his club.

Our No.7 has already been recognised by his country as he will skipper the Czech team that plays in next summer's Euro 2008 tournament. And with any luck the string of games he is putting together for Arsenal will mean we get to see him repay some of the estimated £7 million that Arsene Wenger paid Borrusia Dortmund to secure his services.


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