Thursday, February 20, 2014

Arsenal Set To Open Talks With High Rated Striker - Reports

It is an open secret that Arsenal are in the market for a new striker. The Gunners were unable to bring in a stop gap on loan in the winter window to complement Giroud for the remainder of the season and the failure to bring in a new striker in January irked Arsenal fans who are said to be growing tired of paying big for Tickets to see Arsenal without any trophy to show for it in the last few years. However, it is expected that Wenger would spend big on one of the strikers on his A-list in the summer.

But it seems Wenger has a different idea altogether. According to ESPN reports, Arsenal are keen on QPR’s French striker Loic Remy who is currently on loan at Newcastle and have already opened preliminary talks with the French striker’s camp.

One would wonder why Wenger would opt for Remy instead of the other marquee targets that he had erstwhile penciled down. The reason isn’t far-fetched. According to the reports in ESPN, a fee of 9 million Pounds will be enough to prise the Frenchman from Loftus road permanently. Compared to the huge fee the other top names might command, 9 million Pounds is a pittance.

Remy would be a decent addition if you ask me because he has all that is required to reach high heights at Arsenal. He is fast, skilful, strong and has an eye for goals. His 11 goals this season is a prove to that. If he is playing at Newcastle with very limited creative support and has bagged 11 already, at Arsenal and with the plethora of creative players on offer at the Emirates, he would certainly score more.

Another positive about Remy is his versatility. The French forward can play as a central striker and also on either wings. That means he won’t be so much of a direct competitor with Giroud and the fact is that Wenger likes his players versatile.

Besides that, he already understands the Premier League and would settle in seamlessly at the Emirates unlike the other targets that despite costing much more, might initially struggle since they will have to come to terms with the rigours of the Premier League.

With his heroics at Newcastle, it is not a surprise that the Magpies want to keep him but if he is torn between staying at Newcastle and moving to Arsenal, I am quite sure he will opt for the latter, no doubt the lure of Champions League football would prove too big to turn down. At Marseille, he was playing Champions League football regularly but since his move to England, it had become elusive and I don’t know when Newcastle would finish in the top 4 to get such an opportunity. Hence, Arsenal and Newcastle are a mis-match for his services.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Simple Rules For Texas Hold

The game of poker is becoming more popular all the time, and especially with online casinos that have their own specially designed poker rooms where you can bet as little or as much as you want. And with techniques such as poker hands, you can make profit playing the game of poker right from the comfort of your home.

While there are many variations on the game of poker the most popular one people are playing at the online casinos is called “Texas Hold’em” in which you make the strongest hand from five dealt cards.

The dealer will start buy shuffling a single deck of cards before dealing one card each face down to the players at the table, and then going around a second time dealing one more card to each player until all the players now have two cards that are face down and known only to themselves.

Players now look at their two cards and bet with the person to the left of the big blind betting first once everyone has had a chance to bet or check the dealer then turns over the top card on the remaining deck which is called the “The Flop.”

After the flop the first active player to the left of the dealer button acts first by either betting or checking once everyone has had a chance to bet or fold the next card is turned over from the top of the deck which is called “The Turn.”

Again those remaining in the game bet now having seen four cards with just one final card to be turned over which is called “The River.”

Once the river card is turned over there will be no more cards dealt with everyone remaining in the game betting on who has the highest hand combining the three community cards and the two cards that only the person dealt then can see.

Once the call is made the hole cards are exposed and the dealer pushes the pot to the player with the winning hand.


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Arsenal Keen On Anderlecht Star - Reports

Seem Arsenal are keen on landing another defender in this January window. the Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for Anderlecht’s towering defender Cheikhou Kouyate in the media and the player’s agent has also gone further to confirm the Gunners’ interest in his client. The players agent, Saffet Balkan according to the Mirror has revealed that he is locked in talks with Arsenal and Liverpool as he seeks to ascertain his client’s next point of call.

“We are discussing with the representatives of Arsenal and Liverpool, in particular the first are very interested in him,”

“I also had contact with Manchester City and Southampton, so he’s very likely to arrive in the Premier League shortly.”


With these words, it seem Wenger is really hell bent on luring the Senegalese to the Emirates but I wonder what Arsenal need another centre-back for considering the fact that captain Thomas Vermaelen isn’t one of the happiest around owing to dearth of regular first team football. The Belgian despite been linked with move away, he is still at the Emirates and a move for another centre-back could create a frosty relationship and unhealthy rivalry in the dressing room.

The only way a centre-back could be needed this season is if Vermaelen is on the move this month and that looks unlikely. If I am allowed to choose, I would rather keep Vermaelen till the end of the season in the least than sell him and bring in Kouyate mid-season. The Anderlecht man is unlikely to hit the ground running and with Arsenal chasing domestic honours and even honours on the continent, they don’t have the luxury of time to give a new defender to bed in.

Vermaelen might not be as good as Koscielny and Mertesacker currently but he seems more experienced and understands the league better than a newcomer like Kouyate.
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Arsenal Fans' Trivia.


There are certain things that every Arsenal fan should know for sure.

Some obvious things that we tend to neglect but that makes us a unique team! Few days ago, I was chatting with a friend who is a Manchester United. fan and he dropped some interesting facts about his team so I checked sites and sports magazines looking for something interesting as well about my beloved Arsenal.

It didn´t take me too long to find a lot of amazing facts at places like SportsBettingDime.com and Wikipedia. These rwo sources completed the big picture, showing the majestic history of one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Let´s test your knowledge about the Glorious Arsenal FC:

- How much is the value of the Arsenal FC?

Well, the Arsenal is the fourth most valuable association football club in the world as of 2013, valued at more than $1.3 billion, according to Wikipedia.

- How many cannons were featured in the original crest?

Unveiled in 1888, Royal Arsenal's first crest featured three cannons viewed from above, pointing northwards with a great similarity with the coat of arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich. Sometimes they can be mistakened for chimneys but there is a carved lion's head and a cascade that clearly indicates that they are cannons.

- Why is Arsenal´s home shirt red?

The red colour is in recognition of a charitable donation from Nottingham Forest FC around 1886.

- Can you list the stadiums where Arsenal had played?

In the beginning, at the south-east London area, the team played at the Manor Ground in Plumstead, then a 3-year period at the nearby Invicta Ground between 1890 and 1893. The Arsenal Stadium, mostly known as Highbury was the club's home from September 1913 until May 2006. In 2006, the Emirates Stadium was completed, thanks to the largest sponsorship deal in English football history (£100 million).

Even nowadays, a portion of the fans referred to the ground as "Ashburton Grove" or "The Grove". The name will remain until at least 2028.

- What does the number 49 mean to a Gunner?

Besides the unbeaten run in the 2003-2004 immaculate season, it represents the number of nationalities that had been represented in our 127-year existence. That´s a lot of places!

- Did you know Arsenal FC had appeared in a number of media "firsts"?

This is a very interesting subject in our history. It began on 22 January, 1927 at Highbury against Sheffield United been the first English League match to be broadcast live on radio.

Later on 16 September 1937, an exhibition match between Arsenal's first team and the reserves was the first football match in the world to be televised live.

Arsenal also featured in the first edition of the BBC's Match of the Day which screened highlights of their match against Liverpool at Anfield on 22 August 1964.

And more recently, BSkyB's coverage of Arsenal's January 2010 match against Manchester United was the first live public broadcast of a sports event on 3D television.

So, I hope you can use this knowledge next time you want to talk about your favorite team at the pub.
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Arsenal And Chelsea To Go Head To Head For The Signature Of La Liga Star

Arsenal’s quest to sign Sociedad’s flying winger Antoine Griezmann just got tougher as reports have it that Chelsea have joined the race for him as Blues’ coach Jose Mourinho targets him as a replacement for Spanish star Juan Mata who is set to join Premier League rivals Manchester United.

Arsenal have tried for the Frenchman already this month as reports have it that they had a bid of 12 million Pounds rejected because the Spanish side wanted more money and was only willing to do business at double that figure.

Now that Mourinho is interested, it can’t get anymore difficult for Wenger. The Portuguese is armed with lots of cash from Mata’s sale to Manchester United and would be ready to pay what Sociedad wants even if it means paying over the odds to get him. Mourinho is renowned for overpaying for a player even if he is someone he doesn’t really need just to prevent his fierce rival from getting him. This season Arsenal have proven themselves to serious title contenders and the addition of another wide man would certainly strengthen them in the wake of the injury to Walcott.

If it comes to choosing between Arsenal and Chelsea, I believe Griezmann would choose Arsenal since chances of him playing is brighter there. If Mata found it difficult to play under Mourinho, is it him that would play?

Besides, guess it is time for Arsenal to play dirty in the transfer market. It is time to arm-twist Sociedad into selling their prized asset to Arsenal. They have Vela who is our product and there is a clause in the Mexican’s contract that Arsenal can buy him whenever they choose to. They should give the La Liga outfit two options, sell Griezmann to us or we get back Vela. However, all these would work only if Arsenal are really interested.
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Mourinho Hits Back Wenger

The decision of Chelsea to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United has led to other rival managers attacking Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. The verbal attack was led by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Manchester City gaffer Manuel pellegrini. Now, the Blues’ boss has hit out at his critics notably Arsene Wenger.

"Wenger complaining is normal because he always does,' said Mourinho. 'It's in his nature. If it was Arsenal or City or Liverpool and Juan desired to go, we would do the same.

"A team can only play with 11 players, not 12.

"City, Arsenal and United are full of top players, so if Juan plays for them it means somebody else is not playing. So why not? Wenger is a very intelligent man who always has an opinion and likes to share it. We have to accept the way he is. But when he says this is not fair, I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best day to play. Always, always."

"In the Capital One Cup we had to play 24 hours after, they had 72 hours. That's not fair. This week, who plays Friday? Who plays Sunday? It's never fair because they always get to rest."

Wenger hinted that Chelsea were keen to sell Mata because they have played United twice with Arsenal, City, Liverpool and Everton to play again.

Meanwhile in a very usual manner, Manchester City manager Pellegrini  has added his voice. Saying;

"Maybe Arsene Wenger had a correct reason, but my argument is more general. I feel that if a player has made more than five or six appearances for his club, he cannot join another one in the same league at this stage."

And Mourinho replied,

"If Wenger sells Mesut Ozil to Man United, I will be happy because he's selling a very important player. He should be happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata."

Mourinho won’t cease to amuse me with his cynical remarks. He said if Arsenal had come in for Mata and the Spaniard was willing to go at that price, he would have been sold. If that was the case, why didn’t he allow Ba join Arsenal on loan in the summer? After all, Arsenal were ready to pay what Chelsea wanted as loan fee and Ba was eager to make the switch to North London, but he pulled the plug over the move claiming Arsenal’s acquisition of Ozil had made them a huge and serious title contender and allowing BA join them would have aided their title push. He actually said those statements so I wonder if the stand he is positing now is really is stand.

He also said Arsenal always get the favourable time to play. Is he kidding me? Did Arsenal get a favourable schedule when they played 3 tough games in a space of 6 days? Playing City lunch time on Saturday was that a good time to play a fellow title rival, what happened to Super Sunday?

Saying that Arsenal played on Friday while Chelsea would be playing on Sunday holds no water, maybe he should be reminded that Arsenal had their penultimate fixture against Fulham on Saturday and Chelsea had theirs on Sunday against Manchester United. I am sure if his FA Cup clash was scheduled for yesterday, he would have cried blue murder.

About claiming that Arsenal should be happy because he sold Mata is nothing but gibberish. Mata was no longer a regular which meant he didn’t consider him an important figure in his setup. Why didn’t he sell Hazard, after all PSG are interested?

It is crystal clear that he decided to sell Mata to Manchester United knowing fully well that Chelsea no longer play them and they were still going to play Arsenal and City that are the front running rivals for the title but what he doesnt know is that with or without Mata, Arsenal are good enough to beat Manchester United. Mata might strengthen their attack but their defence still remains very weak and by the time Arsenal will be playing them which is just 3 weeks way, Mata will still be struggling to acclimatize with his new teammates so his impact might be so strong.

Finally, what does it profit Chelsea if Arsenal beat Manchester United and City humiliates Chelsea? Guess that is food for thought for him.
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No Julian Draxler For Arsenal This Month

Arsenal have been linked with plethora of players in this winter window but there is a transfer rumour that has refused to leave the rumour mill and it is that of German youngster Julian Draxler that has been linked with a switch to the Emirates.
Yesterday, reports emerged that Arsenal have agreed a fee with the German sice Schalke for the transfer of the highly rated and talented youngster. This report was championed by Telegraph.

The report as peddled by the Telegraphy was also corroborated by a trusted German source, Norweigan journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft, who tweeted about it.

“I understand that Schalke and Arsenal have agreed a fee. If he will leave now I don’t know. But this is latest info”

He might not have made a name as a player but seems to be making one for himself as a journalist and transfer speculator. After all, he broke the news of Ozil’s transfer to Arsenal and it happened despite there not been nothing to point to it but as for the Draxler news, he has the déjà vu of Ozil’s transfer to point to.

Trust Wenger not to accept even if the media was right. The Frenchman simply poured cold water on the proposed move.

"That again is an illusion.

There’s nothing happening. Honestly, no. we have no need for players on the flanks, we have 17 players on the flanks. We don’t rule it out but at the moment I can’t announce anything."
Said Wenger when asked about the rumours linking the German to Arsenal.

Of course that is Weger’s style, denial until caught in the act. I wasn’t expecting him to admit and say, “ yeah, you are right, he is on his way here” but past antecedents show that Wenger might just be talking tongue in cheek for whatever reason.

While refuting the rumour, he said we don’t need players on the flanks and that might just be true because reports have it that Wenger is playing to turn him from a winger into a central striker, the same treatment he meted out to Henry and Van Persie.

Time would tell whether the media goofed or Wenger was only trying to keep an open secret.
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Kampl dreaming of Arsenal


Red Bull Salzburg youngster Kevin Kampl has opened the door for Arsenal to make a move for him after admitting he dreams of the possibility of one day plying his football in the Premier League with Arsenal. The 23-year-old Slovenia international began his career at Bayer Leverkusen before signing for Salzburg in 2012, going on to establish himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in European football.

After a sensational season so far for the Austrian club scoring 10 goals in 27 appearances from midfield, Kampl has been a key reason behind Salzburg’s sensational first half of the season, making them the current overwhelming favourites with Betfair to win the Austrian Bundlesliga title this year. 

With a number of Bundesliga clubs looking to take the midfielder back to Germany, a move to the Premier League might have to wait for the Slovenia star despite Kampl admitting he dreams of playing under Arsene Wenger for Arsenal, and has opened the door for a possible future move to the Emirates Stadium.

"England has its own charm and London is a unique place. There's also Arsenal, the club that I like very much because of their style of football,” admitted Kampl.

"Sometimes when I watch their games, I close my eyes and dream of how it would be if I was there playing for them. This certainly is a dream and I hope that one day it will come true for me which is why I'm always giving my all during training sessions."

Currently third favourite for the title with Betfair, Wenger will be looking to ensure he has a squad capable of finishing the job off this season. While a striker may be higher on Wenger’s list than a midfielder, if Kampl continues his sensational form between now and the end of the season, Wenger may be come calling for the 23-year old in the summer and there could be some value in backing Kampl with Betfair.com to move to the Premier League in at the end of the season.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wenger Opens up on Transfers, Arsenal to Announce New Deal plus Team Injury Update.

Hi Arsenal Faithfuls!
It's a pleasure being with you once again to talk on issues related to our dear club. I know many of you are patiently waiting for that special news which is 'the signing of a prolific striker'. At the moment, there are no strong links to any player. All we've just been hearing of are the usual speculations which spring up whenever the transfer window opens.

Yesterday, Arsene Wenger was seen at the Heathrow Airport in London but his destination was unknown to us as at that time. Many rumours suggested he was travelling out of England to seal one or two deals. He was later spotted watching the Levante vs Barcelona match which developed news that he was there to spy on Cristian Tello and Sergi Roberto. But according to club sources it was a personal trip not a scouting one.

The Frencham himself has come out to clear the air saying he wasn't in Spain because of any player. He revealed he isn't close to signing anyone yet but would be on the look-out in the remaining few days of the transfer window.

If you are subscribed to Arsenal's Press email updates then you should have seen a mail which contains an invitation to a special media conference to be held on Monday. It seems the club is set to officially announce it's new kit deal with Puma.

The club had kept quiet over the issue despite pictures of some Puma-designed Arsenal jerseys being leaked on the internet. I guess they are just trying to act in a professional way since their current deal with Nike hasn't ended yet. Would have loved to share some of those images with you but right now, they aren't at my disposal. The kits are pretty cool anyway. I can't wait to order mine from OLX Free Classified. They are a very reliable company that offer different services. You can buy your sporting materials from there. Even if you have any of such things you want to sell, the above mentioned organisation is the right place to be. I assure you they won't let you down.

Finally, as we prepare for tomorrow night's FA Cup 4th Round tie against Coventry, the boss has given an update on who we should and shouldn't expect to see in the team. Nicklas Bendtner who had been out for a while has been passed fit to start in the crucial match.

Tomas Rosicky's broken nose will keep him out of the game. Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta are also not available but are expected to resume training on Monday. The trio should be available for our midweek encounter against Southampton.

That's all for today. See you soon.
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