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    (Original post by marcusmerehay)
    The BBC managed to write a whole article on the fact that our fans were booing Stoke - I'm amazed.

    It takes them a full 5 or 6 paragraphs to even mention the fact that Wenger didn't complain, urgh.
    We already had a fairly lengthy discussion on that article about a page ago

    The BBC's journalists are becoming more and more tabloid-esque... that's fine but they can at least start putting adverts on the TV channels to stop us paying for this kind of ****e.
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    Apparently we're to report losses this financial year. First time in yonks.
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    Fabregas could play in the league cup final, according to his personal trainer Juan Ferrando:

    "We are optimistic after tests this morning. Cesc asked for the change [against Stoke] as a precaution. He noticed a strange feeling but it stopped."

    "Cesc could play this weekend."

    "If the scanner confirms what we hope, Cesc can play at Camp Nou on March 8 without problems, no doubt."

    Source: http://www.goal.com/en/news/9/englan...ague-cup-final
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    Also from Fabregas's twitter: "Too long to captain a final for arsenal and i wont give up till the last second."
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    Hmm...there is a general theme.

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news...cle706237.html

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...al-chance.html


    I think that 'theme' is BS though.

    Wenger has a press conference later on today so he'll probably be asked about it then.
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    (Original post by Overmars)
    Hmm...there is a general theme.

    http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news...cle706237.html

    http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage...al-chance.html


    I think that 'theme' is BS though.

    Wenger has a press conference later on today so he'll probably be asked about it then.
    Clearly Cesc wants to play but clearly he isn't 100% and I'm happy Wenger's saying no. He usually lets the player play if he feels like he's fine and this ALWAYS ends up back firing. The team he can play is more than capable and it's much more important to have Cesc for the rest of the season. Sure he'll be annoyed but he's not a player who's gonna go sulk.
    Then again, maybe he is really fit or the articles are just a load of crap.

    @The financial loss, expecting a lot of articles talking about how we're not really well run and then the benefits of foreign ownership :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by Psychotic546)
    @The financial loss, expecting a lot of articles talking about how we're not really well run and then the benefits of foreign ownership :rolleyes:
    There's a good summary on Arseblog:

    (Original post by Arseblog)
    Arsenal are set to release their interim financial results shortly which will cover the period June – November 2010. According to the Arsenal Supporter’s Trust we could well see the club post a loss for the first time in a long time. There are five main contributors to this:

    1. No major players sales in the summer – in previous years we’ve earned big on Adebayor, Toure, Henry, Hleb etc. This time only Eduardo left the first team squad. The £56m profit from last year included £38m from player sales.

    2. Improved contracts - 17 player contracts have been improved and the wage bill has increased by £7m

    3. Property deals done – a projected £4m profit on sales of Highbury Square flats and only the Queensland Road site remains. This is likely to be sold within 12-18 months

    4. Commercial income static – Arsenal’s sponsorship deals, tied in with the new stadium, mean we earn far less than many of our competitors and commercial income has stagnated. However, reviews of sponsorship deals are being looked at as is the prospect of a foreign tour this summer.

    5. Timing – as we play more fixtures, and more high profile fixtures, in the second half of the season, match day and TV revenue is greater in that period.


    Now, that might all sound bad, but it’s merely an explanation as to why these results will be posted. The fact that we didn’t sell a major player this summer could easily be seen as a positive, for example, and hints at a greater underlying financial strength.

    http://arseblog.com/#
    Also if you listen to today's Arsecast, about just over half way through, some guy from the Arsenal Supporters' Trust who's clued up with the finances explains it further: http://arseblog.com/podcasts/arsecast_episode190.mp3
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    Footballers are human, we only heard a while back that RVP used to lie to all the trainers and doctors about how he felt so that he could play again, what are the chances Fabregas is doing the same? :rolleyes:

    I for one wish Cesc is available for that match not because we need him, if we did (and no disrespect to Birmingham FC here) then we might as well forfeit now, but because the psychological effect of missing that match could be disastrous.

    I think we should be as cautious as possible, I am optimistic enough to hope this is not the biggest game of our season and risking him for one game should be avoided at all cost. Maybe a 89th minute subs or something would not be a problem :dontknow:

    Can anyone remember how we risked him last year and how badly it backfired?
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    (Original post by Overmars)
    There's a good summary on Arseblog:



    Also if you listen to today's Arsecast, about just over half way through, some guy from the Arsenal Supporters' Trust who's clued up with the finances explains it further: http://arseblog.com/podcasts/arsecast_episode190.mp3
    Ahh I saw that on Arseblog earlier but I never listen to Arsecast! Idk why but lemme give it a check today
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    Just hope Cesc is fit for Nou camp tbh.
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    (Original post by Psychotic546)
    Ahh I saw that on Arseblog earlier but I never listen to Arsecast!
    Nor do I, really. Just had a listen today.

    The finest ever Arsecast has to be the one directly after the Stoke game last season with Ramsey's injury:

    http://arseblog.com/podcasts/arsecast_episode153.mp3

    7:45 to 10:00 is basically RobbieC on crack.
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    (Original post by Overmars)
    Nor do I, really. Just had a listen today.

    The finest ever Arsecast has to be the one directly after the Stoke game last season with Ramsey's injury:

    http://arseblog.com/podcasts/arsecast_episode153.mp3

    7:45 to 10:00 is basically RobbieC on crack.
    I miss RobbieC's rants.
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    (Original post by Overmars)
    Nor do I, really. Just had a listen today.

    The finest ever Arsecast has to be the one directly after the Stoke game last season with Ramsey's injury:

    http://arseblog.com/podcasts/arsecast_episode153.mp3

    7:45 to 10:00 is basically RobbieC on crack.
    :rofl2:

    Nearly as good as the Alan Davies rant on the same subject.
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    (Original post by Colonel.)
    :rofl2:

    Nearly as good as the Alan Davies rant on the same subject.
    http://podcast.playbackmedia.co.uk/a...Redemption.mp3

    Yeah, that is better actually.

    :toofunny:

    But I'm usually a fan of the repressed, psychotic anger that trickles out slowly rather than Alan Davies' full-on meltdown.
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    :rofl3:

    Rob and Alan would get along.
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    (Original post by Colonel.)


    :rofl3:

    Rob and Alan would get along.
    "walking around like he's failed some X-Factor audition, GET OFF THE FIELD!"

    Awesome
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    "We're the only team that goes to away games with a coach and an ambulance." Looool
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    seems that RVP is captaining the cup final team :sogood:
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    Not if Chamakh plays
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    Arsenal.com confirmed that V.Persie is captaining the side for the league cup final.

    Bad news for Theo: “Theo Walcott will be two to three weeks for an ankle problem,” said Wenger.

    “I would say today it will be very unlikely he will be fit for the second Barcelona game.
 
 
 
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