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Zenith Trying To Inflate Arshavin’s Price, Claims Agent

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on January 7, 2009

arshavinZenit St. Petersburg is trying to use the media to inflate the price of star playmaker Andrei Arshavin, according to the player’s agent Dennis Lachter. When asked to comment on the reports that Arshavin is on the verge of signing a three year deal with the club, Lachter had this to say:

“There is no news, no negotiations yet. I represent the player and I can assure you I would know if something had been discussed. It is the people of Zenit trying to initiate some kind of interest. They are trying to use the media to make the price of Arshavin £20million – I would not take it seriously.”

Meanwhile, Zenit have confirmed that Arsenal is the only club they are talking to about a deal for Arshavin. Maxim Mitrofanov, the club’s General Director, said that a deal could be reached within the next two weeks. However, he wasn’t willing to name a price for the player. He said:

“It’s very difficult to discuss the Arshavin value. We want to get an adequate payment. We also need to see what player will be coming to us to replace Andrei.”

Emmanuel Eboue, who said that the Emirates boo boys made him a stronger person, has now revealed that Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan are interested in him. He went on to say that although he is happy at the Emirates at the minute, the decision lies with the manager. He said:

“I have been linked with Inter before, but at the moment I am happy at Arsenal. I am fighting to reach the level I was at in 2006. I have been the victim of many injuries and that is why I have not been consistent enough. But I will fight and prove my worth to the fans. I am happy at the club. Inter are a great club as well, but I don’t know what will happen. Let’s wait and see.”

Jack Wilshere has signed professional terms with the club.  Jack turned 17 on New Year’s day, which allowed him to sign his first professional contract. Speaking about the boy’s qualities, Arsene Wenger said:

“We are delighted that Jack has signed a professional contract with us. Jack is a player with great potential, with an ability to find the final ball and also score goals.  Jack is a passionate and committed young player, he is not afraid of tackles and I am convinced he will have tremendous penetrative power in a few years.  We have already seen Jack’s qualities in both his first team performances and in training on a regular basis, and we look forward to Jack being an important part of our first team for years to come.”


Arsenal Top Of The Table, Register £36.7 million Pre-Tax Profits

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on September 21, 2008

It wasn’t a game we controlled from beginning to end, but did enough to take all three points and move to the top of the table. With Liverpool, Chelsea and United dropping points, we’ll be at the top of the table for atleast a week. The game against Bolton again showed our defensive frailties. Every single time Davies won the header ahead of Gallas and Toure. And it was one of the set peices that gave Bolton the lead, as Davies headed home while William Gallas ball watched. After going down, we suddenly found our rhythm and soon Eboue scored after Bendtner put in a nice through ball. Although he was offside, we deserved a bit of luck and I’m not complaining. The very next minute, Bendtner scored to make it 2-1 in our favour. The best part about this goal was the build-up to the goal. The passes that led up to the goal was exceptional. Walcott was introduced and he and Adebayor combined before Denilson scored the third for us. The victory,however, was marred by the sick challenge on Clichy by Davies. He was taken to the hospital but since has been given the all clear. Wenger termed it a ‘a convincing, united and classy performance.’ You can read the interview here.

Meanwhile, our financial results are out and we have made pre-tax profits of £36.7 million, which is very good. Although our debt has risen to £318.1 million, the Highbury Square development is almost over and over the next year it could generate some revenue for us. Ours is a sound business model and on top of that, our board believes in keeping the club British. Chairman Peter Hill-Wood says that he would not allow the club to fall in foreign hands. This is very reassuring indeed. I mean, it is very hard to keep them away, especially since Arsenal Football Club PLC is public. But with Kroenke on board now, we have a little more financial power up there. Doesn’t mean we trust him entirely though. Why would he be there unless of course he wants returns on his investment. But like I said the other day, I’d always choose Kroenke over that ugly fat Uzbeki.

Right, that’s about it now. Till tomorrow.

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Gunners deny charge

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on March 1, 2007

Emmanuel Adebayor and Emmanuel Eboue have both denied FA charges stemming from the Carling Cup final brawl on Sunday.

Both were charged on Tuesday following the melee in injury time of Chelsea’s 2-1 win at The Millennium Stadium.

Adebayor was charged for his reaction to his red card, incurring a charge of ‘reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately after being sent off’.

The Togolese striker had unsuccessfully appealed against his dismissal and has now requested a personal hearing regarding the new charge.

Eboue was cited by The FA for striking Chelsea defender Wayne Bridge, but the Ivory Coast international has now denied the charge of violent conduct.

Eboue’s case will be heard on Thursday, with The FA set to deal with Adebayor on Tuesday.

“Emmanuel Adebayor and Emmanuel Eboue have denied FA charges resulting from Sunday’s Carling Cup Final,” read a statement on the club’s official website.

“Adebayor has denied a charge of reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately after being sent off. He has requested a personal hearing which will take place on Tuesday, March 6.

“Eboue has denied a charge of violent conduct. Eboue was charged for striking Chelsea’s Wayne Bridge. The case will be heard by an FA disciplinary commission on Thursday on the basis of documents and video evidence.”

Kolo Toure has already incurred a three match ban for his dismissal in injury time, with Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel also having his red card upheld by The FA.

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Who will be the right back?

Posted in Arsenal by Our Correspondent on February 20, 2007

Arsenal will be without their two regular right backs when they face PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Emmanuel Eboue is still sidelined by a persistent ankle problem and Justin Hoyte has also been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Wenger earmarked two potential replacements before his 18-man squad left for Holland on Monday afternoon.

“We have Eboue out and Hoyte is out with a hamstring problem, but he should be back for [the Carling Cup Final on] Sunday,” explained Wenger.

“Gallas has responded well to the weekend game [against Blackburn] and he is in the squad. It will be Johan Djourou or Gallas at right back.

“Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby have been left behind with Sunday in mind.”

Alexander Hleb (cold) and Djourou (knee) return to the squad after minor ailments ruled them out of the FA Cup tie against Blackburn. Jens Lehmann, Gilberto and Julio Baptista are also back in contention after being rested at the weekend.

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