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Crystal Palace Transfer News: Eagles Swoop For Nicklas Bendtner & Barry Bannan

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Crystal Palace are turning to Aston Villa’s Barry Bannan and Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner in order to bolster their squad for this season’s relegation fight, according to Metro.

The Eagles won their first game of the season on Saturday and are looking to keep the feel-good factor at Selhurst Park by signing the two Premier League stars.

The Scot is reportedly at Selhurst Park having a medical and Bendtner was apparently sighted at Palace’s training ground earlier this afternoon.

With Bannan frozen out at Villa Park and Bendtner unwanted at Arsenal, Palace boss Ian Holloway is hoping to lure the pair with promises of first-team football.

Bannan hasn’t played since March and with Arsenal keen to see the back of the Danish striker – they’re reportedly paying 3 million to encourage his departure – Palace look to soon add their 14th and 15th signings of the window.

Yet Holloway still may not be done – the Bristolian is hoping to sign Spurs under-21 starlet Tom Carroll on loan, and is rumoured to be in for William Gallas, Carlton Cole and Adrian Mariappa before the window shuts at 11pm tonight.

The Londoners also moved for Liam Bridcutt and Leonandro Ulloa from rivals Brighton, but any potential moves have been slapped down by the Seagulls.

Palace have made moves for Brighton duo Liam Bridcutt and Leonandro Ulloa but they have been rejected by the Seagulls.

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Arsenal News: Mikel Arteta Faces 6 Week Lay-Off

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Spaniard Mikel Arteta faces over a month on the sidelines, after picking up a thigh injury, according to reports.

The former Everton midfielder’s injury was revealed by manager Ars ne Wenger at a press conference on Thursday morning. A scan showed he’s picked up a torn quadricep, which means over a month out of action for the player.

Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are also nursing injuries, but may be available for selection for their opening Premier League fixture tomorrow against Aston Villa. Walcott was taken off during England’s 3-2 win over Scotland after sustaining a knee injury, while Ramsey’s ankle injury prevented him from playing against Ireland. Thomas Vermaelan and Nacho Monreal are both injury concerns for the Gunners, with both players expected to miss the Aston Villa match at the Emirates Stadium.

It’s a bad time for Wenger’s inspirational midfielder to be missing, with the opening rounds of Premier League matches approaching, and two crucial Champions League qualifiers against Fenerbache also on the horizon for next Wednesday. With no serious summer signings made to date, Wenger needs every available player fit for a crucial month ahead.

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Arsenal Transfers: 5 Alternatives To Luis Suarez Now He’s Unavailable

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Luis Suarez has signed a new contract at Liverpool.

The controversial Uruguayan striker put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Anfield club this afternoon, thereby quashing any rumours of a January exit.

Arsenal were heavily linked with the 26-year-old forward over the summer, making two offers – one of 30 million and another, a club-record bid, of 40 million and 1.

Both were rejected and, despite Suarez threatening to take his club to arbitration in an effort to force through a move, now looks set to see out the twilight years of his career on Merseyside.

The South American has been in menacing form this season since returning from a 10-match biting ban, scoring 17 Premier League goals in 11 appearances.

And his decision to stay at Liverpool will come as a hammer blow to the Gunners, who have until recently had to rely on Oliver Giroud as their only fit senior striker due to an injury pile-up.

Manager Arsene Wenger was hoping to bring in a new forward in January to take some of the burden off the overworked Giroud, but will now have to look elsewhere following Suarez’ snub.

And here, we take a look at 5 Alternatives To Luis Suarez Now He’s Unavailable.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Mesut Ozil £42.4 Million Signing To Be Confirmed


Arsenal will announce the successful signing of Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil in the “coming hours”, according to the BBC’s David Ornstein.

Gunner’s manager Arsene Wenger has come in for intense criticism in recent weeks over the lack of new signings at Emirates Stadium this summer but he looks set to finally splash the cash on the Germany international.

The Londoners are set to break their club-transfer record after agreeing a 42.4 million deal with Real for the services of the 24-year-old, who scored nine La Liga goals last season.

Ozil has agreed personal terms with Arsenal but must undergo a medical before the Gunners can confirm his signing, while BBC Sport’s David Ornstein goes on to report “the documentation is being signed and completed as we speak.”

“Arsenal are preparing to confirm the signing of Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. The Gunners are set to make an announcement in the coming hours. The documentation is being signed and completed as we speak.”

The deal would easily dwarf the 17.5 million Arsenal paid Sevilla for Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004, with the Spain international being the Gunner’s costliest purchase to date.

The arrival of Ozil would give Gooners some much needed cheer this summer, with striker Yaya Sanogo, 20, and midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 29, being the only new arrivals so far, both arriving on free transfers.

Ozil is set to fall down the pecking order at the Bernabeu if he stays, after Madrid signed Gareth Bale from Tottenham for a world-transfer-record 85 million.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Karim Benzema Won’t Leave Real Madrid For Gunners

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Karim Benzema’s agent has moved to quell rumours of an impending move to Arsenal in a major French Sunday newspaper, reports the Guardian.

Le Journal du Dimanche featured an interview with the player’s agent Karim Djaziri, who was adamant the player will be staying put at the Bernabau.

We can not fight against the rumours, but I assure you Karim will not go to Arsenal. There has never been any discussions and no contact has been established.

He went on to say;

We are working on a contract extension for three years,” he said. “Discussions are taking place quietly, without deadline. Karim could well end his career at Real, the club of his dreams.

If true, this is yet another major setback for Ars ne Wenger in the transfer market. The 25-year-old French international striker became a target after it became clear that Luis Suarez was staying put at Liverpool, for the time being at least.

With a week to go in the transfer market, and literally no signings of any major significance made at Arsenal despite a reputed 70 million war chest, it seems that the Wenger frugality approach is to the fore once more. Whether this is by choice or design is another question, but the lack of new faces has worried the Arsenal faithful, and the bad news seems to be coming thick and fast.

Who should Arsenal sign? Let us know in the comments below.

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Liverpool News: Luis Suarez Denies Saying He Wants To Stay

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Arsenal’s pursuit of Luis Suarez has taken another twist after the Liverpool striker denied making comments saying he could stay at Anfield this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Yesterday, the 27-year-old was quoted by a Uruguayan newspaper saying he could stay at the Merseyside club for the “affection of the people”.

But it seems as though Suarez has now performed an amazing U-Turn, saying after Uruguay’s 4-2 win over Japan yesterday:

“I didn’t say that. Maybe someone else did and the main thing is that I am here now with the national team.”

Suarez’s original (alleged) comments to Uruguayan newspaper El Observador were:

“For now, due to all of the people’s affection (for me), I will be staying.”

Uruguayan journalist Martin Chaquero also claimed he had been told Liverpool would keep the club’s top goalscorer last season.

Chaquero even claimed Suarez could sign a new contract at Anfield.

“Luis Suarez confirms to me he will not leave Liverpool. The support of the fans has influenced his decision.

“Suarez see it as likely that he’ll sign a renewal (extension) to the contract that binds him to Liverpool.”

However, a contract extension appears unlikely at best considering the way the striker has behaved in recent times, with his efforts to force through a move to Arsenal leading to manager Brendan Rodgers barring him from training with the first team.

Suarez has been the subject of two failed bids from Arsenal, the most recent being an offer of 1 over 40 million, which was instantly rejected by the Reds, who maintain that the player is not for sale.

And Rodgers has since refused to answer questions on the ongoing transfer saga and will not be making any more public comments on the issue.

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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Have To Increase Offer For Luis Suarez


Arsenal have been told they aren’t “anywhere near” matching Liverpool’s valuation of striker Luis Suarez, according to the BBC.

Liverpool have rejected two bids from Arsenal for the Uruguayan, including a Gunner’s club-record 40 million plus 1 offer, but Suarez wants to talk with the North Londoners.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo:

“If Arsenal want the player they have to produce the value for the player.

“There was an offer a few weeks ago of 35m and two weeks later it is now 40m and 1. I don’t think it is anywhere near the value of what he is worth.

“It is two-fold really. A player may want to go, but then somebody has to pay the value or worth of that player.”

Suarez made his first appearance in a Liverpool shirt yesterday since the infamous Branislav Ivanovic biting incident, coming off the bench during the club’s 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory at the MCG.

The 26-year-old had an almost instant impact, setting up new signing Iago Aspas for the winner.

After the game, Rodgers declared there was no new news to report on Suarez’s future but wanted to remind the player of the “debt” he feels he owes the Liverpool fans, who have stood by him for two highly-controversial seasons.

“The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled.

“In this period of time he’s missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him like a son and really looked after him. Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it’s something you can never forget.”

While Liverpool remain fiercely determined to keep hold of Suarez, their resolve could be significantly put to the test should Arsenal continue increasing their offers.

Should the Gunners persist and have a bid accepted, it would more than double their previous highest outlay on a transfer.

The Gunner’s club-record-transfer fee remains the 17.5 million they paid Sevilla for Jose Antonio Reyes in 2004.

Suarez wants to leave Anfield to play for a Champions League club despite only signing a new long term deal on Merseyside last year.

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Arsenal Transfers: 5 Alternatives To Júlio César

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In a previous article I made the prediction that Arsenal would win the Premier League this coming season. However one key thing they may need to address is their goalkeeper.

This position never seemed to be an issue through a great deal of Wenger’s rein, with Seaman filling the gloves till 2003 and Lehmann coming until 2008. Since a handful of keepers have been given the chance and ever step forward is greeted with 2 steps back. As last seasons first choice showed , Wojech Szczesny, at times he showed promise but had lapses which sadly often cost his team.

All summer J lio C sar, who produced some great performances in a woeful QPR team last season, has been tipped to join the Gunners and has spoke of his desire to remain in the capital. However lately with talks that he’d have to take a wage cut and other clubs like Napoli and Milan coming in for the Brazilian number one, his destination is in the balance.

Here are 5 potential alternatives that Wenger could call upon if he doesn’t get J lio C sar.

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups


  • Date: Tuesday, 19th February
  • Venue: Emirates Stadium
  • K/o: 19:45 GMT

Team News

Centre-back Laurent Koscielny is a doubt ahead of the visit of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich for this Champions League last-16 clash; the Frenchman will have his calf injury assessed ahead of kick off.

Left-back Nacho Monreal is ineligible, while Kieran Gibbs misses out with a thigh injury. Fellow defender Carl Jenkinson returns to the side however following a one-match suspension.

Bayern Munich will welcome back summer signing Javi Martinez, with the former Athletic Bilbao midfielder having recovered from a bruised toe.

The German league leaders are however still without Claudio Pizarro through illness and defensive duo Holger Badstuber (knee) and Jerome Boateng (suspension) are also out.

Match Preview

The letter “B” is looking like a fairly ominous one for Arsenal in cup competitions this season.

First, they were dumped out of the Capital One Cup in December by League 2 side Bradford, before being eliminated from the FA Cup last weekend by Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.

Now they face Bayern Munich, a team who are the runaway leaders of their division by 15 points and have won all of their last five games, including a 2-0 away win over Wolfsburg prior to this encounter. Contrastingly, Arsenal have not enjoyed such a fruitful last few months, with the Champions League now representing their only shot at silverware this season.

The two teams last met in 2005, in the last-16. Arsenal claimed a 1-0 win at home but were defeated at Bayern’s former home the Olympic Stadium 3-1 to go out 3-2 on aggregate.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be hoping for a better result this time round if he is to salvage something this season.

Likely Line-Ups

Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Arteta, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cazorla, Podolski, Walcott

Bayern Munich
Neuer, Lahm, Van Buyten, Dante, Alaba, Schweinsteiger, Martinez, Muller, Kroos, Ribery, G mez

Source: BBC

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Arsenal: 5 Reasons Why Wenger MUST Deliver A Trophy This Season


When Arsene Wenger joined Arsenal back in 1996, few could have predicted the success that would follow. He won the Premier League and F.A Cup double in 1998, won another league and cup double in 2002, retained the FA Cup the following year and a year after that won the league without losing a single match, the first club to do so since Preston North End 115 years ago. In 2006 they moved to the Emirates stadium in the hope it would let them compete financially with the biggest clubs in the world, but things did not go according to plan.

If Arsenal ends the 2012/2013 season without winning a trophy that will be a total of eight long years since Arsenal lifted the F.A Cup back in 2005. For a club the size of Arsenal, used to competing for the top honours in club football, this would be close to disastrous. Here we’re going to look at the reasons why Arsene Wenger must deliver a trophy this season…

5. His Reputation Is At Stake


When ‘Le Professeur’ joined Arsenal he brought a vision of attacking football to a club known for its great defensive but unspectacular forward play. The fans, the players and the media rightly praised him for his attacking mentality and he was rewarded with trophies, plaudits and a contract making him one of the highest paid managers in world sport.

Arsene Wenger was a trailblazer and a trend setter: his template for a winning team was adopted by other teams in the Premier League who wanted to compete for the title. He changed the way all football clubs dealt with nutrition and training, he was one of the first coaches to realise the importance of, and concentrate on, the psychology of their players. One cannot underestimate the impact he had on the Premier League.

Now it’s 2013 and Arsenal are approaching eight years without a trophy and the knives are out: football pundits are questioning his tactics, his team selections, his transfers and even his ambition. If Arsene can deliver a trophy this season then he can shut his critics up and the Arsenal fans won’t have to worry about an ignominious end to the greatest manager they have ever had when he eventually waves goodbye.

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