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Poll: Who should be Arsenal's captain next season?

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is still to make a decision on whether William Gallas will retain the Arsenal captaincy next season, so I thought I'd give you lot a say in who our skipper should be.

I've ruled out Gilberto through age, Jens Lehmann through lunacy and the likes of Robin van Persie and Tomas Rosicky because they are injury prone, so my short list is down to just six players, but as with all polls that are worth their merit, I've left an 'Other' key for anyone else you want to nominate.

For the record, I have to say that Le Gaffer's decision to appoint Gallas as captain was inspired. A Chelski supporting friend of mine points out that whinging Willie needs to feel like he's the centre of attention, so to make him the boss on the pitch was a great move by Wenger and I believe he's got the best out of Gallas as a defender as a result.

Where I feel the experiment has gone wrong is that Gallas does not have the right mentality to be an Arsenal captain. He might be able to lead the defence, but his ridiculous antics at the end of the Birmingham game back in February show that he's not the right man to be the skipper when the chips are down...

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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 22, 2008 9:14 AM in Debate of the Day| News| Players
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Can Arsenal outbid Juventus to keep hold of Mathieu Flamini?

According to various reports today, Italian giants Juventus have offered Gunners' midfielder Mathieu Flamini a deal worth about £17.5 million over five years to prise him away from North London.

Flamini can walk away from Arsenal on a Bosman-style free transfer next month if he doesn't get the kind of deal he wants to remain at the club, but if the rumour about Juve's offer is true, I don't see what the problem would be with Arsene Wenger holding on to his hard working star.

£17.5 million over five years works out to £3.5 million per year, or about £70,000 per week. There are players at Arsenal being paid more than that, but putting those arguments aside, even if Le Gaffer wanted to keep Flamini on about £50,000 per week, it would mean setting up some kind of agreement where the 24-year-old would get a £5 million signing-on fee, which would be far less than the club would have to pay to come up with a replacement.

Quite frankly, I'm getting sick fed up of Arsenal's players being linked with moves away from the club at the end of every season. Us fans had to endure it with Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry for years and now the same is happening with Alexander Hleb, Flamini and Cesc Fabregas. Getting Flamini to stay and sign an long extension to his contract might just help nip such speculation in the bud.

What do you think? Should Arsenal be matching Juve's offer? Or is £70k a week too much to pay for the Flamster's services? Share your thoughts here

Posted by Gordon Masson on April 21, 2008 1:24 PM in Debate of the Day| Players| Transfers
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Poll: Who was Arsenal's Man Of The Match against Reading?

Arsenal returned to winning ways on Saturday as they cruised against Reading to run out 2-0 winners.

The atmosphere at the ground was a bit like a pre-season friendly and it was obvious that with nothing left to play for but pride this season, many Gooners had decided to stay away from the match. The announcement that the attendance was 60,109 was farcical given the fact that thousands of empty seats could be seen around the stadium.

But down to the game itself. Reading very rarely found themselves in Arsenal's half, never mind threatening to score, but on the odd occasion when they did make it to our penalty area, Jens Lehmann kept his concentration to keep a clean sheet.

Goals by Emmanuel Adebayor and Gilberto (albeit via a deflection) killed the game before the interval, but I don't think I'm alone in saying that I would have liked to have seen a few more goals in the second half and again I believe it backs us Gooners who are calling for a striker to be among Arsene Wenger's summer signings...

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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 21, 2008 10:23 AM in Match Report| Players| Poll
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Will want-away Arsenal stars treat final games as a shop window?

With only four games left to play this season, Arsene Wenger might understandably take the opportunity to have a look at some of his younger fringe players to see how they cope with a place in his first team squads.

But the Frenchman is aware that there are a host of his players who are eying moves away from Emirates Stadium and if such transfers come to pass, then Wenger will want to make sure he gets top dollar for the players he has helped to develop.

We all know that Mathieu Flamini's agent is still trying to hammer out a deal with the club to secure his future with Arsenal, but Le Gaffer was hoping to wrap up that contract last month and the longer the negotiations drag on, the more I fear we might have seen the last of the Flamster. I hope not, but the pessimist in me tells me all is not well.

Flamini is injured and will miss the next couple of games. But he's had such a fantastic season that he doesn't really need to prove himself in the handful of matches that remain.

But some of his colleagues might be wanting to use the time they have left this season to put themselves in the shop window for potential new employees...

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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 18, 2008 11:02 AM in Debate of the Day| Players| Transfers
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Play Fantasy Arsene Wenger: Pick your first team to face Reading

With Mathieu Flamini joining Tomas Rosicky and Eduardo on the sidelines and Abou Diaby still suspended, we could see Arsene Wenger experimenting in midfield on Saturday and I for one wouldn't mind seeing either Denilson or even Kolo Toure filling in for the missing Flamster.

Hopefully Bacary Sagna will return to duty having shaken off his ankle knock and indulging in my end of season mentality, I'd like to see Alex Song getting some time on the pitch alongside William Gallas. With Euro 2008 around the corner, I'd also like to see Wenger allowing Jens Lehmann to get some match practice, so that he's sharp enough to retain the No. 1 jersey for his country.

The other night I watched the footage of Arsenal's 7-0 win over Slavia Prague and it was interesting to see the way that Theo Walcott linked so naturally with Nicklas Bendtner and I'm hoping we get the chance to see that again before the end of the season, although I can't see it happening this weekend.

However, this is all about who you'd choose to play against Reading, so feel free to be as experimental as you want when you share your thoughts about your starting 11.

Here's who my team would be:

Sagna Song Gallas Clichy
Walcott Fabregas Toure Hleb
Bendtner Van Persie

Subs. Almunia, Eboue, Gilberto, Denilson, Adebayor

Posted by Gordon Masson on April 17, 2008 12:15 PM in News| Players
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With nothing material to play for, is it time for Arsenal to blood young Guns?

A win against Reading on Saturday will guarantee Arsenal a Champions League qualification slot for next season, so with nothing else to prove this season, should Arsene Wenger take the opportunity of his remaining four league games to give some of his youth and reserve players a first team appearance?

Now I know there will be those among you who reckon we can still pip Chelsea to second place, but ignoring that for a moment, I wouldn't mind the chance to see one or two of our emerging stars given a cameo role during the run-in to the end of this campaign.

Certainly, players like Cesc Fabregas, William Gallas, Gael Clichy and Alexander Hleb could do with a break and with three of those players expected to feature in this summer's Euro 2008 tournament, Wenger may take the opportunity to rest them. That might not happen during our remaining home fixtures against Reading and Everton, but away to Derby and Sunderland, I don't see that we really need to risk our star performers.

But just who could we expect to see promoted to the first team squad if Le Gaffer agrees with me that this is an ideal chance to blood some of his young Guns? Well, here are five players we could potentially see in the first team squad before the end of the season...

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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 17, 2008 10:59 AM in Debate of the Day| News| Players
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No silverware for Arsenal, but here's five results to look back on

It's been a disappointing season in terms of silverware, but when it comes to how most people thought Arsenal would cope this season, the club has outperformed all but Arsene Wenger's hopes for the campaign.

The team have played the kind of fantasy football that rival supporters can only wish their clubs can achieve, once again we've finished a country mile ahead of Tottenham and we've broken records along the way - notably the Arsenal record for unbeaten games in all competitions (28 between April and November 2007).

Next season will hopefully see Arsene Wenger's latest squad even stronger and sharper and able to bring some trophies to the Emirates Stadium, but in the meantime, I thought I'd remind you of five results to look back on with pride as the season winds up...

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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 16, 2008 12:16 PM in News| Players
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