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RVP Deal Completed

Robin van Persie has completed his move to 19 Time English Champions Manchester United earlier today. The former Arsenal player signed a reported 24m deal which will see him at United until 2016, the 29 year old striker enjoyed his best ever season in the English Premier League last season .

Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football. His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.”

An official unveiling will take place today, we’ll be sure to bring you a more detailed post on this major deal.

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Gunners Demolish Sorry Rovers At The Emirates

Last season Blackburn Rovers lost 7-1 to Manchester United and allowed Dimitar Berbatov to score a sensational five goals. This season the Rovers found themselves on the receiving end of the same scoreline but this time in hands of Arsenal, there was no five goal scorer today but Robin van Persie did get himself a hat-trick.

Van Persie got the scoring off in the 2nd minute with Theo Walcott providing the assist, Rovers equalized half an hour later through Morten Gamst Pedersen. It was game on at the Emirates, well at-least that’s what the traveling Rovers fans thought.

Arsenal hitman Robin van Persie restored the Gunners one goal lead four minutes later with Walcott being the provider once again. The big Dutchman went from scorer to provider two minutes later by setting up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with his first goal for the Gunners. Continue reading Gunners Demolish Sorry Rovers At The Emirates

Cesc Urges Robin van Persie To Leave The Gunners?

I’m not too sure how Arsenal fans will react to hearing their former captain who left this summer to return to his childhood club FC Barcelona advice to his former teammate Robin van Persie.

The 28 year old Dutchman is having his best season at the club with the goals coming fast and often, recently the striker said that he’s in no hurry to negotiate a new contract with his club despite having 18 months left on his current contract.

“I don’t know if they will keep him. It is his decision,” Fabregas said of his former team-mate.

“At his age, if he wants to move it will be his last chance and if he wants to stay he will stay and retire at Arsenal. Continue reading Cesc Urges Robin van Persie To Leave The Gunners?

Late Drama At The Emirates

The race for the EPL title took another twist today as Arsenal and Liverpool both share a point in dramatic fashion at the Emirates. Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the 97th minute of stoppage time as Jay Spearing clumsily brought down Cesc Fabregas. Robin van Persie looked to have given the Gunners all three points after calmly putting home the spot kick sending Jose Reina diving in the wrong direction.

Emmanuel Eboue gifted Liverpool a lifeline in the 101st minute of stoppage when he bundled over Lucas Leiva in the penalty area, it was a silly challenge by the Ivory Coast international who was visibly upset with himself as he held his face in his hands in despair. Dirk Kuyt stepped up and blasted the ball into the net to give his team the equalizing goal and damaging Arsenal’s title hopes in the process.

Arsenal will feel aggrieved to not have gotten all three points as they were the better team on the day and created the better chances but their failure to put their chances away played a big part in today’s result. Some credit should be given to Liverpool who defended well despite losing defenders Jamie Carragher to a head injury and Fabio Aurelio to a strained hamstring. Jamie Carragher’s injury was the cause for the heavy amount of injury time that was added as the Liverpool medical staff had to take all precautions before removing him from the field of play.

Arsenal’s title hopes now hang in the balance as they no longer have a game in hand on leaders Manchester United and are now six points behind instead of four had they gotten all three points, with six matches left it’s still too close to call with Chelsea still in with a shout to retain their title.

Gunners Come Up Short At The Nou Camp

In the first 45 minutes of this 2nd leg encounter Barcelona enjoyed majority of the possession but were once again failing to capitalize on any of their chances. The Spanish champions were all over Arsenal and were doing most the damage on the wings causing all sorts of problems for the Gunners fullbacks.

In the 34th minute David Villa struck the post after being sent through on the wing. One of Barcelona’s best chance of the first half came when Lionel Messi cut across the box but fired the ball straight into the grateful hands of Manuel Almunia who was subbed on for the injured Wojciech Szczęsny.

The Gunners defense was shaky throughout the entire first half and were finally beaten in first half stoppage time. Cesc Fàbregas gave the ball away cheaply with a back pass which Andres Iniesta picked off and sent Messi through on goal and the little Argentine popped the ball up over Almunia and volleyed it into the the wide open goal.

After 45 mins – (BAR) 68%-32% (ARS). (BAR) 6 attempts-0 attempts (ARS).

Arsenal got leveled in the 52nd minute after Arsenal had won a corner which Samir Nasir took and Sergio Busquets inadvertently headed it into his own goal, moments later and Barcelona were almost on the scoresheet again when David Villa was sent through but Almunia came rushing off his line to block the Spaniard.

56th minute Robin van Persie was issued a second yellow card after kicking the ball away and was sent off to add more drama to the match.

The Catalan Giants went on the attack and almost restored their lead after some nice build up play which saw the final ball played to a wide open Daniel Alves who skied it over the crossbar. Almunia was called into action in the 67th minute and answered the call as he stopped David Villa who broke through on goal.

Almunia couldn’t keep the Spanish champions out for too long and in the 69th minute he was beaten after Iniesta dribbled through the Arsenal defense and passed it off to Xavi who slotted the ball past Almunia with a slight deflection off Bacary Sagna.

Things got worse for the Gunners as Laurent Koiscelny clumsily brought down Pedro Rodríguez in the box giving the home side a penalty which Lionel Messi calmly slotted home to give his side a 3-1 lead in the match and a 4-3 lead on aggregrate. The game wasn’t completely over and the Spaniards were swarming the Arsenal defense but were unable to get a fourth goal due to poor finishing and some fine goalkeeping from Manuel Almunia.

Arsenal almost goat a second goal that would’ve sent them through to the next round as they had a counter-attack as the ball fell to substitue Nicolas Bendtner but the striker was poor in his decisions and allowed Victo Valdes to come and cover the ball, that was the final chance for the Gunners who were unable to get a second and for a second straight season exited the UEFA Champions League with a loss at the Camp Nou.

Congratulations Birmingham City

AwkwardlyTalented.com would like to congratulate Birmingham City on winning the 2011 Carling Cup Final.


It wasn’t supposed to be like this, everyone had Arsene Wenger and his Gunners as overwhelming favourites to lift the trophy and put an end to their trophy drought instead it was Alex McLeish’s side who came out victorious at Wembley Stadium to give Birmingham City their first major trophy since 1963.

Nikola Zigic opened the scoring in the 28th minute from a corner kick which was headed on by Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson before the Serbian headed the ball into the goal. Moments before the goal was scored Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny brought down Lee Bowyer in the penalty but the play was stopped for an offside call which was clearly the wrong call. Zigic almost doubled Birmingham City’s lead but Wojciech Szczesny stopped the striker who went in 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper.

However, Birmingham City were made to pay for their failure to extend their lead when Robin van Persie scored a nice right footed volley in the 39th minute to get his team back in the game before the halftime whistle. The goal after Jack Wilshire had a shot rebound off the crossbar and landed to Andre Arshavin who then set up Robin van Persie.

The second half saw a different Arsenal side but it was Birmingham City who came close to going ahead when Keith Fahey had a shot hit the post. Last season Ben Foster was instrumental in Manchester United winning this tournament and this season he was once again star of the show as he came up with some crucial saves to keep the Gunners from getting a game winning goal.

In the 88th minute Birmingham City were rewarded a freekick which Foster took and played it into the box which caused problems for Arsenal as Nikola Zigic headed down the ball but Wojciech Szczesny fumbled the ball and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny scuffed his clearance and it landed kindly to Obafemi Martins who kicked the ball into the the wide open net giving Birmingham City a last minute winner to help them lift the Carling Cup, it was a well deserved victory.

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