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Flamster Looking To Extend Stay

Have you got over the CC defeat to the spuds yet? No???

Heeeey, c'mon, lighten up - you wouldn't begrudge a spud (I'm sure you know one...) the one victory over us - I mean, let's face it, Halley's Comet is a more regular occurrence, is it not?

Well, it's happened now, anyway, so you'd better over it, and look forward to the rest of our season - a trip to wembley in the CC would have been nice, but once again, it's served to be a very useful blooding ground for the young players again, and hopefully will have enabled Arsene to see more clearly who looks like they're made of the right stuff.

And anyhows, here's some good news to cheer you up. Various news sources quote Matty Flamini as saying that his first priority is to stay at Arsenal. The Flamster was quoted from an interview with Arsenal's official magazine, and said,

I'm talking with the club. I am very happy and have some close friends here, I really hope that I will be staying and I'm very optimistic about it.

Arsenal is my priority and I hope that everything gets sorted out because I love this club - the atmosphere is amazing, the new stadium, the supporters, everything.

We are creating a new story here and I want to be part of that story.

What we are trained to do is attack together and defend together, but I'm more defensive than Cesc, Tomas Rosicky and Alex Hleb. I stay behind them to clean up.

It is important for every team to have someone like that - if you win the battle in midfield, you can win the game.

The midfield does the transition of the ball, it turns it over.

I see it as a compliment to be seen as a defensive midfielder, protecting the defence so that we can win the ball and use it. I do it with pleasure.


In my eye, he's somewhat more than just a 'water carrier'. That phrase suggests and carries with it the image of the player who is adept at receiving the ball, before moving it on again, and well, pretty much what Matty said. But he's got a real dynamism to his game - such tenacity, and he carries that goal threat that I constantly refer to.

Good news though, I'm sure you'll agree - it's a little more definite than the previous utterances when the subject was first raised a couple of months ago.

As ever though, optimism should be displayed and felt with a degree of caution - nothing, as we know, is certain in football, and today's statement is tomorrow's fallacy. Anyone remember TH14 saying he'd be at Arsenal for life?

Whilst the Flamster hasn't made such a proclamation, here's hoping he puts pen to paper real soon and prolongs his stay at the club by the reported five years that Arsenal are supposed to be offering him...




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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 24 2008

Time: 8:07PM

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With Gilberto playing absolute gash, Diarra confirming to the world that any braincells he has are merely decorative and Diaby trying to break the world record for laziness, the Flamster staying has become vital to us. I'm certain he will.
Little Dutch
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24/01/2008 20:28:00

this is reassuring, here's hoping that pen is put to paper soon so as to avoid any big offers coming in over the next few months. We need you Mathieu!
JakeB
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24/01/2008 20:53:00

i think that flamini would stay (i mean why wouldn't he?) but LD talking about diaby don't u think that latley he has been very selfish i mean he always thinks about either dribbling or shooting at times i just shout "can't u just pass the ball!"
princeoflove909
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24/01/2008 21:09:00

Diaby's been well greedy in the last few games, just trying too hard to impress, a bit like Theo. I'm actually quite concerned about this Ade/Bendtner altercation, can't be a good sign when your players do that. I get this feeling that Niklas is going to be too impatient to stick around at Arsenal.
Gooner_Vin
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24/01/2008 21:52:00

"I'm only on cos you're shh1tt" Ades words that he repeated to Bendtner, had to laugh at that despite the fact that infighting aint exactly what we need right now.
nikolaijns
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24/01/2008 21:58:00

Did he really say that?
Keplaz
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25/01/2008 02:38:00

Keplaz, that's the thing. Only The Sun repoted it, quoting 'a source', then boom all other newspapers copied the story. Come on it's the Sun...
Lou the Gunneress
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25/01/2008 05:05:00

sign him quickly i say, tie him down, he will be the best holding midfielder in the world in the next few years...
luckys_10
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25/01/2008 08:34:00

All logic points to a contract extension for Flamini. I can see it happening, and I'm not concerned if it takes a little longer.
prits
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25/01/2008 09:17:00

erm...yes. I have got over it. i was never under it to be honest. We lost. simple.
Goofle
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25/01/2008 10:49:00

Changing to Diaby a bit... What is going on?! He hasnt really done anything wrong... but I am a bit worried as to whether he can fulfil his full potential.. which is MASSIVE! ive always believed that he can make it and i still do, but he better start improving. not that hes not good, but he should be even better.
ArsenalRob
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25/01/2008 15:35:00

after the spuds loss I thought you'd all be hibernating!
merlin
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26/01/2008 21:18:00

No merlin, were p*ssing ourselves laughing at the way they are carrying on - commemorative mug and dvd release - it was a semi final game against a bunch of youngsters fer ****s sake! I heard talk we are going to release a 22 dvd pack commemorating the last time we lost against them!
Cesky
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27/01/2008 20:19:00

Nope Cesky, its a dvd pack commemorating all the wins against the no heart lane mob these last 9 years, Ex rox found the ad for it and here it is (can't go wrong with a free fork lift!)
nikolaijns
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27/01/2008 22:09:00

Quality! Where can i get me one of them! lol
Cesky
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27/01/2008 23:50:00

 

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