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Win £500 by sharing your video footage with Cisco

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The lovely Visual Networking people at Cisco have teamed up with Arsenal Pies' parent company Shiny Media to entice you lot to cash in on your home videos by dangling some juicy prizes before your eyes - including vouchers for NikeTown, which would allow you to buy next year's Arsenal kit.

All you have to do is create a video that illustrates 'My Video Life', using your camcorder or your mobile phone or whatever other device you use to capture film footage. It could be your match day experience or you and your mates recreating a moment of Gunners' genius in the local park. Just get something on camera and submit it for the chance of winning some great clobber.

The overall winner will get £500 worth of vouchers for a shopping spree and the chance to spend a day in the studio with Cisco's experts to make another video - plus have Your Video Life featured on the Cisco consumer web site. There are also eight £50 vouchers from top sports retailer Nike up for grabs, so you have a really good chance of nabbing one of the prizes.

Here's how you enter:

We want to know about 'My Video Life' in less than three minutes. Show us what you do and how you do it. What's your favourite way to use video and what for?

• You can shoot a piece straight to camera telling us what you use video for
• You can shoot an interesting and creative video
• You can even send us a link to footage you have shot previously.

All we need from you is a link to the footage which has to be hosted on YouTube. You simply email the link to [email protected]


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D-day for Mathieu Flamini. Will Arsenal get to re-sign the Flamster?

It's decision time for Mathieu Flamini, with boss Arsene Wenger wanting to hear the 24-year-old's plans for next season before the end of today.

According to various reports, Mathieu has been offered deals by Juventus and AC Milan that could see him earning €4 million per year, or about £3.2 million in real money. Wenger has stated that he doesn't want to break Arsenal's pay structure and to match such a deal the Gunners would have to pay the Flamster about £60,000 per week. But for me that would be perfectly reasonable, if it was to persuade the midfielder to stay.

What people forget about the Arsenal pay structure is that it has been broken before. Sol Campbell arrived at the club on a free transfer from Tottenham and was paid somewhere in the region of £110,000 per week to make up for not getting a signing on fee. Last season, Thierry Henry became the club's record earner, on a salary of about £120,000 per week. And Arsenal's highest player at present is supposedly William Gallas, who is said to be on £90,000 per week.

So if Arsenal are determined to hold on to Flamini, there should be no excuses. Obviously I don't know what's going on behind the scenes, but the reports are that he has been offered a deal that would be worth about £55,000 a week, so if that's true I wouldn't blame the lad for moving on...


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Poll: Who was Arsenal's Man Of The Match against Derby?

Arsenal strolled to victory at Derby last night, but while our football was pretty to watch, the frailties that have left us trophyless this season were all too apparent again.

Yes, we had a weakened side out against the Rams, but they are the worst team the Premier League has ever seen and yet they still managed to score two goals against us. That's only the fourth time Derby had scored more than once in the league this season.

Lukasz Fabianski made his league debut, but I can't fault the Pole in the goal for either of Derby's efforts, as that was more down to our defenders losing their concentration - something that has happened all too frequently this season.

At the other end of the pitch, Emmanuel Adebayor hit a hat trick to take his goal tally to 30 for the season, with Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner notching the others, but it could - and should - have been so much more, with only woeful finishing, notably from RvP and Theo, letting us down...


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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 29, 2008 9:58 AM in Match Report| Players| Poll
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Should Arsenal break transfer record for Gareth Barry?

According to various newspaper reports, Arsene Wenger is considering parting with £15 million to sign Gareth Barry as a potential replacement for Mathieu Flamini.

Flamini has until Wednesday to make up his mind on whether he will sign a contract extension at Arsenal, or leave for Italy at the end of the season and the sounds coming out of Emirates Stadium are that the Flamster has all but left the club.

Cue the rumours that Wenger is set to break Arsenal's transfer record by submitting a £15 million bid for Aston Villa skipper Barry.

Personally, I can't see Wenger parting with that much cash for Barry, even though I can see he might be a good replacement for Flamini. But if Wenger is even contemplating spending a fraction of that £15 million on signing a defensive midfielder, I just can't understand why he wouldn't use it as a signing-on bonus to keep Flamini at the club...


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Could Thierry Henry's declaration of love persuade other Gunners to stay?

The legend that is Thierry Henry has spoken again of his love for Arsenal Football Club and seems to have dismissed speculation linking him with a move back to the Premier League - unless, of course, it's back to the Gunners.

I'd take Titi back in a second, but Arsene Wenger has a policy of never re-signing a player, so I think any speculation that Henry will return to the club will be short lived.

However, it's great to hear what our record goalscorer has to say about Arsenal and I reckon he's made the comments in an attempt to persuade those of his former team mates who are pondering a summer exit that the grass is not greener elsewhere.

In an interview with the BBC's Football Focus, to be broadcast tomorrow, Henry talks about having only one club in his life and hints very strongly that he'd like to return to that club, if at all possible.

So what, you might say. Well, Henry may currently be a Barcelona player, but the influence that our former captain has on his former team mates should not be underestimated and they'd do well to listen to him when the time to sign a new contract comes around...


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Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger: Pick your team to face Derby

While the rest of the Premier League resumes normal service this weekend, Arsenal have to wait until Monday evening before getting back into action when we visit lowly Derby for what should be an easy win.

Arsene Wenger has hinted that he will rest those Gunners who are due to take part in Euro 2008, while he has also said that he wants to give Lukasz Fabianski a run in goal, so we know to expect changes for the trip to Pride Park. Wenger isn't usually one for sentimentality, but if he does opt for the Pole in the Goal, then I can see Jens Lehmann getting selected for our final home game against Everton, to let us fans say what could be a final farewell to the madman.

Wenger was at the reserves game on Monday when our young Guns won 2-0 against West Ham thanks to an inspired performance by 16-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere. The English teenager is drawing comparisons to Alexander Hleb in his style of play and the way in which he set up Rui Fonte for the Gunners' opener, before curling his own goal into the top left corner of the visitors' net, must have impressed Le Gaffer.

He's perhaps a bit too inexperienced to merit a first team squad place at the moment, but Wilshere has the potential to be a great player and Arsene always says that if a player has the talent, then age is no barrier...


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Your vote: Cesc Fabregas should captain Arsenal next season

Earlier this week I asked you who you would like to see as the Gunners' skipper and in the short time that you've had to vote, it resulted in Arsenal Pies' biggest ever online poll.

Arsene Wenger has hinted that it might be time to rethink his choice of skipper by stating that he will review the position after the season ends, but with incumbent captain William Gallas under scrutiny for his leadership skills, it would seem that the vast majority of you want someone new.

Only 11% of you voted for Gallas, which shows just what a fickle lot us football fans can be. Had Arsenal still been in the reckoning for the Premier League title and Champions League crown, then I'm guessing that we'd all be applauding Gallas and the thought of having a new skipper next season would be the furthest from our minds.

However, as it is, you lot have voted for Cesc Fabregas to replace Gallas as club captain next year, with the Spanish superstar amassing 34% of the vote. If Wenger follows your advice, then Fab 4 could become Arsenal's youngest ever captain...


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