Arsenal straight fifth consecutive in premier league continues at Norwich with narrow win 2-1. Van Persie yet again scored in the game for Arsenal. He is now scored 31 in 2011.


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Celebrating Robin Van Persie's 100th goals for Arsenal, Here is the compilation of the video of goals scored by most deadly striker in Premier League 2011.
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Alex song ruled out, Cesc Fabregas is likely pass fit, and will travel to spain. Jack Wilshere is fit after taking a few knock in Sunderland's game.

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Sunday’s Carling Cup Final between Arsenal and Birmingham City should be a walk in the park for the Gunners. Arsenal has already done the league double over Birmingham. The London side have a team of footballers who are more skilled than Birmingham. However, in football, especially a cup final, nothing can ever be taken for granted.
Birmingham have shown glimmers of hope. Obafemi Martins is a proven goalscorer. Nikola Zigic and Craig Gardner can be deadly in front of goal. James McFadden can be dangerous. And what cannot be underestimated is that Birmingham City has nothing to lose. They’ve already won by making it to a Cup Final at Wembley. Even if they lose, their players and fans will feel that they’ve had a great day out.
With Birmingham feeling a little more relaxed and most of the pressure on Arsenal to finally get their first trophy in six years, it’s quite possible that Birmingham may nick a goal when we least expect. If they can do that, we know that City can be a difficult team to score against especially if they play as defensively as we’ve seen them do for most of this season.
In many ways, Sunday’s Carling Cup Final features the Premier League’s most skillful team against the ugliest football team. Birmingham often play a very defensively minded game which is hard on the eyes. Arsenal does the opposite, knocking the ball around and holding on to possession.
The key in this game is who will score the first goal. If Arsenal get an early goal, then I don’t see Birmingham winning it. However, if the Blues can score, it’s quite possible the trophy will be going to the Midlands on Sunday afternoon.
What do you think? What are your thoughts about this Sunday’s Carling Cup? Are there are keys to this match that important to share? Can Birmingham pull off a miracle? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to miss the rest of the season as he requires surgery on a damaged shoulder.
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GettyImagesLukasz Fabianski: Started 14 Premier League games for the Gunners this season

Fabianski broke down with the problem during a warm-up ahead of Arsenal's match with Manchester City on January 5 and has been sidelined ever since.
And now the 25-year-old Poland international's campaign appears to be over after finally establishing himself asArsene Wenger's first choice goalkeeper.
"The doctors expect me to take a long break," Fabianski said. "But we'll see if that will happen."
Fellow Pole Wojciech Szczesny will now get the chance for an extended run in the first team, and the young keeper admits he had a hand in causing Fabianski's injury.
Speaking to sports.pl, Szczesny said: "I was warming Fabian up before the game with Manchester City and I took a very powerful shot. He made a beautiful save but also got an injury. I didn't do it on purpose, I was just doing my job.
"I feel stupid about it. I even told him it would have been better if he didn't save that shot. I take advantage of my team-mate's misfortunes." via Soccernet.com

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Match goals highlights.


Arsenal booked their place at Wembley as they finally broke down Ipswich to win 3-0 in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg at the Emirates Stadium.
The Championship club were protecting a slender 1-0 lead from a fortnight ago in Suffolk, and defended resolutely to frustrate the Gunners for more than an hour.
However, Nicklas Bendtner finally ended their resistance with a fine individual goal before Laurent Koscielny headed in a second and captain Cesc Fabregas kept Arsene Wenger's men on course for a first trophy since 2005.
Nine thousand Ipswich fans had made the journey from Suffolk, perhaps more in hope than genuine expectation of a cup shock.
Arsenal, who named a strong side, made a positive start, and Van Persie - who missed the first leg at Portman Road, but had struck six goals in his last three appearances - fired a volley just over the angle from Bacary Sagna's cross.
Fabregas used his programme notes to hit back at claims from Roberto Martinez he had dived to win a penalty during the 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over Wigan here on Saturday.
After 10 minutes, the Spain World Cup winner burst into the Ipswich box and went down under an outstretched arm from Gareth McAuley, but referee Mark Halsey waved play on.
McAuley was then in the thick of the action at the other end, heading over a deep free-kick into the Arsenal danger zone.
There was then a stoppage after Sagna needed treatment following an accidental clash of heads with his keeper Wojciech Szczesny when trying to defend.
The France international was unable to continue with what looked like possibly a broken nose, so Emmanuel Eboue replaced him after 18 minutes.
A clever flick from Van Persie released Fabregas into the right side of the Ipswich area, but his low shot was saved at the near post by Marton Fulop.
Van Persie then went within inches of levelling the tie when his header crashed against the bar from Bendtner's right-wing cross.
Bendtner's shot was blocked after Fulop dropped a free-kick in the six-yard box as the Tractor Boys continued to defend resolutely.
Jack Wilshere chipped the ball through to Fabregas in the left side of the box, but after bringing it down superbly, the skipper could only drill a low shot across the face of goal - after which the travelling fans took great delight in chanting `1-0 to the rugby team' in reference to Fabregas' post-match comments following the first leg.
It was more of the same at the start of the second half, as Arsenal had plenty of possession, but were faced with trying to break down an organised resistance, Ipswich deploying two banks of four men behind the ball.
The pressure, though, was relentless and when the breakthrough finally came after 61 minutes, it was thanks to a moment of real quality from the much-criticised Bendtner.
A quick ball from Wilshere out to the left was brought down superbly by the Dane, who then cut inside with a deft backheel before curling a low shot into the bottom right corner.
Before Ipswich could recover, it was 2-0.
Fulop came to punch a left-wing corner from Arshavin, but got nowhere near the ball as Koscielny headed in from six yards.
Chants of `Wembley' started to ring out around the stadium as the Gunners fans started to dream of an end to their six-season trophy drought.
There was a warning, though, when substitute Jason Scotland broke into the left of the penalty area and his angled shot was saved at the near post.
Fabregas, however, ended any hopes of a comeback after 77 minutes when he slotted home after being played in by Arshavin following a surging 40-yard run.

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Samir Nasri has tweet in his twitter that he will be given 10 lucky winners when his follower on twitter hits 100,000 followers. While Jack Wilshere also tweets that he will be given free shirts when his followers hit 200,000 followers. So, do follow them on twitter and wait for their signal, and you might be winning free jersey from Arsenal it self.

Follow them here.
Nasri: http://www.twitter.com/Nanas08
Van Persie: http://www.twitter.com/Persie_Official
Jack Willshere : http://www.twitter.com/jack_wilshere
Cesc Fabregas : http://www.twitter.com/cesc4official

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Robin Van Persie is back and firing. Scored 3 and could be more, and missed one penalty.

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Last Night, man who scored 3 and missed one penalty against wigan giveaway free jersey for his fan on Twitter.
But they have to answer a question first from the frontman. 10 lucky winners with correct and fastest answer will be given the prize.

The question is:
                     How many goals have I scored officially (in all    competitions, so the league and cups) for Feyenoord, Arsenal Fc and for Holland."

the contest already over and winner already been picks. hope Samir Nasri will do the same!

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Arsenal won 3-0 over West Ham United at Upton Park. 2 goals from Robin Van Persie, and 1 from Walcott has left The Hammer at the bottom of the league table.


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Van Persie & Walcott Post Match:

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Arsenal have suffered only their second defeat to lower league sides in 42 games under Arsene Wenger. Ipswich win 1-0 in the Carling Cup 1st leg Semi Final.

Tamas Priskin fired Championship strugglers Ipswich to a deserved win over a strong Arsenal side in Wednesday night's Carling Cup semi-final first leg at Portman Road.

                                                                     Tamas Priskin celebrate his goal


The Tractors boys had been thrashed 7-0 at Chelsea in their FA Cup third-round tie on Saturday after axing Roy Keane. However, there was to be no repeat tonight as under the guidance of Ian McParland, with new boss Paul Jewell watching from the stands, a second-half strike from Priskin gave the Suffolk side reward for their endeavours and a slender advantage which to defend at Emirates Stadium in a fortnight's time.

Arsenal had only just scraped a 1-1 draw in their home FA Cup clash against Leeds on Saturday through a last-minute penalty from captain Cesc Fabregas. Arsene Wenger had warned against a repeat performance, and he looked to have taken no chances by naming a strong XI which included Spain World Cup winner Fabregas as well as England internationals Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere.

However, once more the Premier League title challengers failed to hit top gear and were fortunate not to lose by a bigger margin.

Both teams made positive starts, with half-chances for Walcott and Fabregas, while Ipswich forward Connor Wickham, a reported Arsenal target, was also lively on a slick playing surface.

After 14 minutes, the hosts broke quickly as Priskin received the ball up on the left before cutting inside and unleashing a 20-yard curling effort which flashed just wide.

Arsenal continued to probe, with Walcott drilling his shot across the six-yard box. Despite all of their positive build-up, just like on Saturday, the Premier League side lacked a cutting edge in the final third.

Slowly Ipswich worked their way back into the tie, forcing a couple of corners to give the capacity Suffolk crowd a lift. Wojciech Szczesny flapped at a ball into the six-yard box as Gareth McAuley headed over, before Ipswich captain David Norris was inches away from connecting with Wickham's left-wing cross.

The home fans were on their feet when Priskin netted an acrobatic overhead kick after 42 minutes, but celebrations were immediately cut short by an offside flag.

Walcott skipped into the area at the start of the second half, before tripping over the ball - which drew ironic cheers from the home fans after the Arsenal forward had admitted to diving against Leeds.

Fabregas chipped a pass through to Arshavin down the left, but the diminutive Russian could not control his shot, firing an angled volley high and wide.

Ipswich, though, refused to lay down and continued to take the game to their illustrious visitors, Wickham again catching the eye with some powerful runs.

Mark Kennedy robbed Fabregas and, with Szczesny off his line, tried an audacious 35-yard lob, but the recovered quickly to make a comfortable save.

Emmanuel Eboue was then caught in possession by Priskin, but recovered to block the Ipswich striker's goalbound shot.

Just after the hour, somehow Arsenal survived when a long ball caught out Koscielny.

For a moment Priskin was clean through on goal, however Johan Djourou made a brilliant interception to knock the ball over his own crossbar from inside the six-yard box.

As the rain lashed down on Portman Road, Arsenal continued to give the ball away cheaply. Gibbs cut inside from the left and fired a shot wide from 20 yards, before, after 67 minutes, Wenger made a change when Alex Song replaced Wilshere and Marouane Chamakh came on for the ineffective Nicklas Bendtner.

Arsenal immediately looked to raise the tempo, Fulop making a smart save at his near post after Walcott had been played in by Fabregas.

The Arsenal skipper then put Gibbs' cross over from four yards out off his thigh after Chamakh had just failed to connect.

Ipswich finally made the breakthrough after 78 minutes when Colin Healy's through-ball split the Arsenal centre-backs and Priskin got ahead of Djourou to calmly slot into the bottom right corner.

Wenger immediately sent on pacy Mexican forward Carlos Vela, replacing Arshavin.

The Gunners pressed forward, with Fulop coming out to block Walcott before Szczesny saved from Carlos Edwards at his near post and the Tractor Boys closed out for a famous victory.


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Injuries of Varmaelen and Squillaci have force Arsene Wenger to enter transfer market t0 find another defender to cover busy January schedule.

Spoken to official website of Arsenal, the Frenchmen admits he has “internal solutions” and a cramped fixture list will make it difficult to seal a deal but he does have an idea of his requirements.

“Ideally it would be better if they were adapted to English football,” he said. “If you need players now in January then you cannot wait three months before they can play. If the opportunity turns up we will fetch it but, if not, I believe we can cope.

“We always have people in mind and we check them out. We look everywhere. It’s difficult to find [them] at this period of the season but overall I feel at the moment we have so many games that it’s very important just to focus on the next one.

“We have solutions internally with Ignasi Miquel, with Alex Song who can play centre back and with Squillaci, who should come back very quickly.

“If we find somebody at the right level we will do it, if not we will continue like this.” via Arsenal.com

Name of his former players Sol Campbell also being reported to join for third time, but Arsene Wenger ruled out that move by saying “Sol Campbell is at Newcastle,” Wenger told TV Online on Tuesday. “We have not been in touch with him, no.”

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Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has yet again rubbished speculation about his future as he confirmed how his future will be at Arsenal.

Speaking to the News of the World, the 23-year old believes he has no reason to the leave as Arsenal is a fantastic Club and because his dream is to lift trophies with the Gunners. On joining Barcelona to seek a new challenge, the Catalan explained one can be attracted by the prospect of a new adventure but how the challenge at this stage of his career is to help Arsenal win trophies.

On how some questioned his loyalty, the midfielder said that it hurts when people suggested he was not really injured or how his heart was somewhere else as he always gives 100% for the Club.

Fabregas was the hero for Arsenal last Saturday when he came on as a substitute and scored a last-minute penalty to force a third-round F.A. Cup replay against Leeds United.

On his future, he said:----

"Why would I want to leave? It is fantastic here. It would be a dream to lift trophies for Arsenal. It has always been my wish.

Afterwards you can always be attracted by something else, like a new objective, or new challenges because, for me, life is all about challenges. But my real challenge as captain of Arsenal is to bring this football club success.

This is the biggest dream I can have. I want to end these five years without a trophy and, hopefully, I can do it this season.

It hurt me a lot to be injured and then hear some things, that my head was not here and my heart was somewhere else.

I often played when I wasn’t 100 per cent and it is painful to hear that kind of thing when you have worked so hard for this club and when you give everything for them"-----. via GunningHawk.com

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Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry back at Arsenal.

The Gunners legend returned to London Colney on Monday to train with Arsène Wenger's squad. The short-term arrangement will help Henry maintain his fitness ahead of the new MLS campaign, which begins in March.

Henry joined the New York Red Bulls last year and helped them reach the play-offs where they lost on aggregate to San Jose Earthquakes in November.

The former Arsenal captain scored a record 226 goals during a glittering career in north London and was a member of the 'Invincibles' squad that completed an unbeaten campaign in 2003/04. via Arsenal.com

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Sebastian Squillaci suffered slight hamstring injury in FA cup match against Leeds United.

Squillaci suffered a slight strain during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United and the manager says he will assess the extent of the injury before deciding whether to dip into the market.

If the French defender’s prognosis is poor, Wenger would be left with Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou as his only two fit recognised central defenders.

Although long-term absentee Thomas Vermaelen, out since September with an Achilles injury, is pencilled in for a return at the end of January, Wenger isn’t willing to take a chance.

"If he [Squillaci] has a problem then we must quickly go for a player,” said the Frenchman.

"Squillaci came off with a little hamstring problem and if we only have two centre backs then that cannot work with the number of games we have.” via Arsenal.com

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Venue : Emirates Stadium
Results: 1-1.
Replay : 18 or 19 Jan 2011


In The Picture : Walcott vs Bruce

Leeds takes a lead after Snodgrass penalty, Fabregas score an equalizer in stoppage time penalty. Replay will be held at Ellen Road in 18 or 19 Jan 2011. 

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