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SiN2010-04-27 20:30:48 +0000 #1
You will find all the general news from inside Arsenal itself in this thread.
SiN2010-04-27 20:33:09 +0000 #2
Arsenal star Robin van Persie has risked ruffling some important feathers at the Emirates by insisting the club must be prepared to spend more on salaries in order to prevent from finding themselves in a state of constant upheaval.

The Dutch international's open criticism came just a day after the Gunners' finance director insisted that the club would not break their strict wage structure, suggesting that the long-term implications outweigh the short-term benefits.

The overwhelming belief is that new Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini only left Arsenal for the money and that Alexander Hleb is set to follow suit. Now, Van Persie has warned that this trend will likely continue, unless Arsenal are prepared to stop 'nickel and diming'.

"They should make sure that these players stay,” said Van Persie. “Arsenal have a policy in which they will not go over a specific amount of money when agreeing the salary of a player.

"They won't pay enormous amounts of money. I think that they should go to a higher level of salary.

"If you want to keep the group together, you have to keep them happy. If you are 27 or 28, I can understand that you would make the decision to go elsewhere if you can earn three or four times as much.

"If that sort of money was also paid here, I'm sure that person would stay.

"It is the principle. It is very important that Arsenal keep these guys. This group is unique. If a number of them leave, it will be different.

"I think of myself as an Arsenal man but Arsenal should also try to make sure that we all grow together."
Elicea2010-04-27 20:38:33 +0000 #3
Eduardo may return earlier than expected:


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Arsenal striker Eduardo could be set to make an early return from the horrific leg break he suffered against Birmingham in February.

Eduardo suffered a compound fracture of the left leg following a tackle from Blues defender Martin Taylor early in the 2-2 draw at St Andrews.

It was feared the Brazilian-born Croatian could be out of action for up to 15 months but the striker has revealed his rehabilitation is progressing much better than expected.

It is hoped 25-year-old could return to the UK from Rio De Janeiro where has been recovering, as early as July and could be back in training before the start of the Premier League season.

Eduardo told Croatian sports daily Sportske Novosti: "I am returning to Europe from Brazil at the beginning of August, perhaps even the end of July.

"Doctors tell me by then I will be fully recovered and able to play football again. I hope so too.

"I'm feeling well and my rehabilitation is going better than I would ever have hoped."

The Croatian international is also optimistic over the prospects of Slaven Bilic's side in this summer's European Championships.

"I think the boys will play very well without me.

"They'll get through the group and, after that, we'll have to wait and see."
I Am Legend2010-04-27 20:40:53 +0000 #4
This leaves me wondering what all of the fuss was about? This injury was obviously not as serious as everyone was trying to make out. Sepp Blatter should apologise to Martin Taylor of Birmingham!
Elicea2010-04-27 22:01:13 +0000 #5
Apparently Arsenal wants Yaya Toure included in any deal with FC Barcelona with any regards to Hleb
Gunner2010-04-27 22:28:06 +0000 #6
i heard this, but hleb has said twice that he doesnt want to leave..
Elicea2010-04-27 23:17:38 +0000 #7
And Barca has stated that Yaya is not on the market, and that he is an important part of Guardiola's new project.. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how things turn out.
nelly2010-04-27 22:39:30 +0000 #8
Ok so any team news ahead of tonights Champions league game against the Master tactician the Artist formely known as the England manager (Steve Maclaren).

I hear no Fabregas or Nasri, Areon Ramsey might play?

Score line predictions anyone ?

I say Arsenal to win 2-0



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