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Oh the media monkeys and their junket junkies will invite you to their plastic pantomime. Throw their invites away.

Wednesday Headlines: Did Nike Make Ronaldo Choose Corinthians?

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Flamengo think Nike engineered Ronaldo’s move to Corinthians. (Goal)

Everybody Loves Beckham. (The Beautiful Game)

Wenger tells fans to expect more from Bendtner.  So he’s going to wear an all-pink wardrobe and leak Arsene’s new age handouts as well as the lineup to the opposition? (Arsenal-Mania)

Ten worst transfer fees of all time. (The Spoiler)

The Madoff scandal may have prevented the Mets’ owners from buying Newcastle (SportsbyBrooks)

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Matthew Upson to Arsenal?

200px-matthew_upsonArsene Wenger may have found his “special class” defender, former Arsenal man Matthew Upson.

Upson, 29, played for the Gunners from 1997 to 2003.  However, he made just 56 appearances, suffering from injuries and a bloated depth chart in central defense.  After regular runs at Birmingham and later West Ham, Upson is considered one of the better defenders in the Premier League.

West Ham, though hardly in the financial position to negotiate, would probably want at least the £7.5m they paid Birmingham for him two years ago.  With West Ham likely selling a striker, Arsenal could negotiate a part-exchange deal, should they allow Nicklas Bendtner to leave.

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Headlines: Bendtner Punished with Pink Boots

nicklas-bendtner-789Nike will punish Nicklas Bendtner for his incompetence, by making him wear pink boots. (The Spoiler)

Tevez and Mother. (OkeydokeFootball)

MLS will indoctrinate the next generation, while they are young. (MLS Rumors)

Djimi Traore, goal-scoring machine. (The Offside)

Giuseppe Rossi will make his first start for Italy (Gazzetta dello Sport)

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Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-1, Salvaging Title Campaign?

 

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Arsenal inspired little on Saturday, but two Samir Nasri goals, one legit and one lucky, produced a gratifying win over Manchester United, seemingly restarting Arsenal’s stalled season.

The Gunners sustained their previous problems in this match.  Gallas and Silvestre anchored  a still shambolic back-four.  Almunia again looked the clown, stupidly picking up a back-pass at the start.  As with the Tottenham match, Arsenal could not compose themselves with the lead.  No one at the Emirates, including the eleven wearing red on the pitch, felt assured in injury time.  Manchester United, however, facilitated their task, squandering numerous chances that could have changed the result.

Paradoxically, facing United seemed easier for Arsenal than lesser opponents.  Man U open up and get forward, leaving them vulnerable to quick counterattacks.  With Hargreaves out, United had no one to break up Arsenal’s passing in midfield, exposing their stalwart center-halfs to long chances, adeptly exploited by Nasri.  This, perhaps, bodes well for future top four pairings, where Arsenal must pick up points.

Wenger will keep Bendtner until Adebayor returns, but he should consider giving Vela a trial up front.  Though technically proficient, Bendtner looked out of sync and toothless much of the match.  He’s not a bad player, but he would not sniff a Manchester United or Chelsea squad.  While Vela may struggle to hold the line, he could account for it with his dangerous presence.

Fabregas also needs figuring out.  He has played awfully the past few weeks.  His passing has been Gerrardian in its wastefulness.  His forward runs are indecisive and he has failed to track back effectively.  He’s hurt, either physically or in confidence.  It will take more than motivational handouts to revive him.

Arsenal’s victory certainly revived the squad, but it was hardly a resounding corroboration of Wenger’s vision.  The club should celebrate but should retain no illusions.

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Headlines: Another Liverpool Player Robbed

leivaAnother Liverpool player was robbed.  It must have been an Everton fan. (BBC)

MLS is still over-reporting DP salaries.  Ljungberg’s deal is closer to $1.3 million. (Washington Post)

Nicklas Bendtner pledges to do his best against Man United.  Hopefully, that involves moving around. (Arsenal Mania)

Michael Owen to Chelsea reserves for £5m? (Soccernet)

Owen Hargreaves heads home to North America to get his knee checked out. (Setanta)

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