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  • Pompey snap up Gunner Lauren

    Portsmouth have signed Arsenal full-back Lauren on a two-and-a-half year contract, with Harry Redknapp hailing him a 'great athlete'.The Cameroon international, who turns 30 on Friday, has joined for an undisclosed fee, ending his six-and-a-half-year stay with the Gunners.

    Pompey boss Redknapp told the club's official website...

    "He will be a tremendous asset to us, is extremely versatile and can play in a number of different positions at the back and in midfield."

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    While 'arry sings the praises of Lauren's versatility, and yes, he came from Spain to Arsenal as a right-winger, it seems

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  • Monday Morning Manager

    "I mean, really... couldn't you do worse than a starting XI of Carson, Hoyte, Rodwell, Ferreira, Quaresma, N'Zogbia, Kilbane, Savio, Sidibe, Arshavin, and Drogba?"

    What better way to start our Monday Morning than looking back to the MDOT and seeing how our "Sub-Seven All-Stars" did. Do we know what we're talking about or are we full of... it?

    Carson was shelled but came through with half a point. WBA are just not of Premier League quality at the back and no matter how pretty their football is
    they are not going to win matches. Oh and they play @Eve and home to Ars next week. Stock up on

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  • Lampard out for fortnight

    England midfielder Frank Lampard will be out for two weeks due to a torn thigh muscle, Chelsea have admitted.

    "Scans today have revealed a tear in Frank Lampard's right
    thigh," the club said. "The tear is not in the same leg that Frank
    injured earlier this season.

    "He will begin his rehabilitation immediately and we hope to have him back playing within a few weeks.''

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    Per Neal's "This morning's reports weren't specific on Lampard's prognosis so if
    you got Ballack before his price went up, hold on to him until the news
    comes out."
    in TWA, there's your answer.

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  • Dunn Set For Wanderers

    UPDATED BELOW.

    Steve Bruce says David Dunn is set to complete a move to Bolton, despite a late Blackburn bid.

    Bruce confirmed Dunn had passed a medical at the Reebok Stadium and did not expect personal terms to be a problem for the 27-year-old player.

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    Bruce said: "As we speak, Dunny is in talks with Bolton. He has been there for the best part of a week. His injuries are well documented and knowing Sam Allardyce and the medical staff at Bolton, they would have done every test possible.

    "We have been told in the past half hour that he has passed all tests as part of the medical.

    "I would

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  • The Week Ahead

    Not exactly a lot of time to process what we saw yesterday and get something turned around for this weekend but we'll give it a try.  Before we get started though, I have to give CRon his due.  Just about everything that can be written about his talent has been written but I'm not sure the quality of his performance this season can be emphasized quite enough, so I'll pile on.  The free kick yesterday was just silly.  Given his personality and the fact that he plays for ManYoo, it's hard to give him proper credit but you really just have to sit back and watch in amazement sometimes.

    A few other

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  • Matchday Open Thread

    Yesterday was always going to be an important match.  Commentators have been talking for weeks about how Arsenal were going to have a big hand in deciding the title race as they still had to play both Liverpool and Manchester United.  Yesterday, Liverpool needed the points to keep the pressure on Manchester United but Arsenal, paradoxically, also needed the same thing.  A ManU team that was still fighting on two fronts wouldn't be able to focus on their upcoming Champions League semi-final against the Gunners.  In the end the draw probably doesn't really help or hurt anyone. 

    But for

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  • Team News

  • The Injury Update

    All Paddy Kenny jokes aside, it was a pretty quiet international week in terms of injuries. Here are a few that raised my eyebrow as I thought about my team for the weekend...(sorry, couldn't find a picture of Mssr. Kenny with or without his eyebrow to put up).

    Arsenal v. NUFC - Gilberto joins Rosicky in being out but it is unclear what that might mean for the Gunners midfield. If they were smart, they'd take Jeremy's advice and put Toure in central midfield with Cesc with Gallas and Senderos in central defence but more likely you'll see some deployment of Cesc, Ljungberg, Hleb, and Flamini.

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  • The Week Ahead

    I have to admit, I'm STILL a little on edge after the big showdown at the Emirates.  What a great match between two exceptional teams.  As an added bonus, the guys I had in that particular match (Cesc and CRon) both scored.  One more Arsenal goal and it would have been perfect but given the way that ManYoo continued to push ahead getting the draw was a reasonable outcome.

    The other strong statement that was made over the weekend was by Rovers who, despite only getting a draw, outplayed Liverpool and no 8-goal outbursts against inferior Turkish opposition can hide the fundamental flaws in the

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