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My Loyal readers, I sincierly apologise for not posting for quite some time now.  For reasons you don’t want to know. Okay…. I moved. I’m like more than 2000 kms (change that into miles) away from home. Couldn’t find a decent internet connection for home. So I’m here in an internet cafe. I’ll be posting less frequently but I promise to write atleaset once in 3 days. So cheer up folks, I’m back with the latest scoops

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Theo won’t play again

61019.jpgArsene Wenger has said that Theo Walcott will not play again this season.

The 18-year-old will go under the knife on Tuesday after aggravating his shoulder injury during a substitute appearance in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

Surgery had been delayed because of injury and suspension problems within the Arsenal squad.

Wenger said: “Walcott’s season is over. He will have surgery on Tuesday. The medical advice is to do it now.

“He was doing well until he damaged his shoulder, now he is only 50% of what he was before.

“You can see that now. He was on for only 10 minutes and his shoulder popped out, you cannot play football like that.”

Henry wont play again this season

60089.jpg Thierry Henry suffered a torn groin and stomach muscle while playing PSV in the Emirates Stadium and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Henry was sent for a scan and the results have prompted the club to draw a line under his season.

Arsenal bowed out of the FA Cup and UEFA Champions League this month and with the Premiership effectively out of reach, manager Arsene Wenger has opted not to take any risks with Henry.

“Thierry Henry will be out for a minimum of three months,” said Wenger.

“Unfortunately this means he will now miss the rest of this season both domestically and internationally, but we are confident that he will be ready for the start of next season.”


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Adebayor ban increased

60764.jpg Emmanuel Adebayor has been given an additional one-match ban by The Football Association (FA).

Adebayor was slapped with a three-match suspension after being sent off during the Carling Cup final against Chelsea on 25th February.

Adebayor had refused to accept the charge of reacting aggressively and failing to leave the field of play immediately, and had requested a personal hearing.

The hearing took place on Friday and the FA Disciplinary Commission gave an extra suspension and also fined him £7,500.

A statement on The FA’s website read: “In sentencing, the Commission stated that it had taken into account Adebayor’s playing record and the mitigation offered.

“Adebayor is currently serving a three-match suspension following his sending off during the match, this additional suspension will come into effect after those three games have been completed.”

The FA has also confirmed that Arsenal have admitted a charge of failing to control their players and/or officials, also relating to the Carling Cup final.


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I’ll be back – Bendtner

Niklas Bendtner has said that he will return to Arsenal at the end of the season.

The striker, who is currently on-loan to Birmingham City, said that despite interest from a host of top clubs including AC Milan, he would still like to try and make it at Arsenal.

Bendtner is confident of his ability to make the grade at Arsenal.

He said: “This is a fantastic experience for me, but I’m an Arsenal player, it is still my ambition to break into the Arsenal team and I hope to do that next season.

“I believe I could play in this Arsenal team, otherwise I wouldn’t be going back.

“It’s going to be tough, because there are some great strikers at the club, but I can compete for a place.


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Want new contract – Emmanuel Adebayor

Emmanuel Adebayor has said that he wants to negotiate a new contract with Arsenal after the Togo striker was made aware of interest from Premiership leaders Manchester United.

Spanish side Valencia are also tracking Adebayor.

Despite the interest, Adebayor said that he wants to remain at the Emirates Stadium.

Adebayor said: “My agent has told me both Manchester United and Valencia are following me.

“But I am not getting carried away with that, even if they’re two massive clubs.

“I am doing well at Arsenal, but they have to show me they want to construct something with regard to my new status in the team.

“I would love to extend my contract. I am in the heart of the supporters.”


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LMA to meet Wenger

The League Managers’ Association will contact Arsene Wenger this week before deciding whether to back the gaffer in his feud with the Football Association.Wenger has been asked by the FA to explain his comments accusing the assistant referee in the Carling Cup final of lying in his account of the controversial match at the Millennium Stadium.

Wenger has vowed to continue his fight to clear Emmanuel Adebayor’s name following the striker’s dismissal against Chelsea, and the Gunners boss has also commented that “the whole system is not honest” after his club faced action this week.

Former Premiership referee Graham Barber said: “People are allowed to disagree but questioning the integrity of the officials is completely wrong and completely out of order.”

LMA chief executive John Barnwell will attempt to talk with Wenger early this week, but vice-chairman Frank Clark hinted that the Arsenal boss may have overstepped the mark on this occasion.

When asked if he agreed that Wenger was out of order, Clark said: “I think so. Managers are allowed to criticise officials, the Premier League, FA and we agree with that.

“It has to be done in a sensible and constructive way, all managers know that foul and abusive language towards officials won’t be tolerated. Anything that can put doubt on their integrity won’t be tolerated.

“Constructive criticism is allowed and we would fight to defend that.”

Clark added on BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek: “I’m sympathetic to all managers but it doesn’t mean they are right all the time, our policy is not to support managers if we think they are wrong.

“In quite a few occasions there are mitigating circumstances for instances on the touchline and we’d be happy to support that. We’ll be speaking to him to get the facts and when we see the charge-sheet we’ll make our decision.”

Fulham boss Chris Coleman believes Wenger’s words may have been lost in translation.

“We have to remember he’s a Frenchman, even though he speaks very good English,” said Coleman. “It’s the same with Jose Mourinho at times. The words that come out of their mouths are not the words they mean.”

However, former referee Barber feels the Arsenal boss should be held accountable for what he said.

He added: “There is nothing wrong with a manager having an opinion but sometimes the timing is inappropriate.

“I’m 100% sure he knew what he was saying and it was not the correct thing to say.”


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