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Theo Walcott rejected contract offer from Arsenal

Arsenal have failed to reach an agreement with England winger Theo Walcott over a contract extension, but talks are ongoing. The 23-year-old, whose contract expires in 2013, wants to stay and is willing to continue negotiations. Walcott, 23, and his representatives had been preparing to continue negotiations beyond Friday’s 11pm transfer deadline on a new deal for the player, having rejected the club’s first two offers. However, despite interest from Manchester City and Liverpool they feel under no pressure to agree to a move away from the club by Friday with so many factors in their favour.

It is understood Walcott has been offered an improved five-year deal worth £75,000-a-week. City have already made it clear they are chasing another winger, after selling Adam Johnson to Sunderland. He has scored 42 goals in 222 appearances and won 28 England caps during his time at the club. Walcott contributed 12 assists in the Premier League last season, many of which were for Robin van Persie. Van Persie moved to Manchester United for £24m on 17 August, three days before Alex Song joined Barcelona. The feeling from Arsenal’s side is that they cannot allow the player to leave for a relatively small compensation next July when his contract expires and he would be entitled to a lucrative Bosman free transfer. That has been the long-held fear at the club and yesterday’s threats to sell him for £11m appears to be a last-ditch move to apply pressure to the player to sign. Arsenal waited until after the campaign began to open dialogue with Walcott’s representatives. They feel they have enough cover in wide positions if he is sold, with Lukas Podolski, Gervinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Andrey Arshavin and 17-year-old Serge Gnabry all available to manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal would like to keep the player but at the moment the two sides are far apart in their valuation of Walcott’s worth to the club, with the player seeking a £100,000-a-week deal. Arsenal regard that level as too much relative to what he has achieved so far at the club.

Due To Inappropriate comments on Twitter FA fines Arsenal midfielder Frimpong £6,000

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been fined £6,000 by the Football Association. In addition to the fine, the 20-year old has been hit with a charge of improper conduct by the governing body after using “a derogatory term” to a Tottenham fan on the internet. The governing body has also charged the former Wolves loanee with improper conduct as well as issuing a warning about the player’s future conduct on the social networking website. According to a statement on the FA website,  Frimpong posted a comment “amounting to improper conduct and/or which brought the game into disrepute”. The offending comment also “included a reference to faith”.

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The Ghana-born midfielder posted a comment on his official Twitter account  on 15 July which read “if you going church today Pray For me Giving today A Miss”.  This was met with a response from a Tottenham fan who replied: “I prayed you break your arms and legs”. Frimpong responded by retweeting the post and adding a derogatory term which “included a reference to faith”. Frimpong quickly removed the tweet, but it sparked a debate on the social networking site among supporters of both clubs and did not escape the FA’s attention. Emmanuel Frimpong Arsenal Emmanuel Frimpong is the latest Premier League player embroiled in Twitter controversy. The charge, issued under FA Rule E3, related to controversial comments the 20-year-old made on the social network site. Frimpong made 14 appearances for Arsenal last season before joining Wolves in a spell that was cut short by a knee injury in February. Arsenal last week confirmed the player had been ‘reminded of his responsibilities when representing the club’. On the same day the Premier League revealed new guidelines for social media by players, following consultation with the FA and the Professional Footballers’ Association. Frimpong said: “Just wanna Say didn’t even no the word is offensive as u hear it all the time but u live and learn from ur mistakes Have a gd afternoon.” The term that the midfielder is believed to have posted has been used to identify Tottenham supporters because of the proportion of Jewish supporters at the club.

This week, the FA charged Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand with improper conduct following comments he made on the social media site in reference to Chelsea’s Ashley Cole. The 33-year-old appeared to condone the use of the term ‘choc ice’ in relation to the Chelsea full-back, which is slang for a person that is ‘black on the outside but white on the inside’. A campaign was launched last year by comedian David Baddiel to stamp out use of the word in football chants as it can be viewed as anti-Semitic.

Watford have confirmed the signing of seven new players-including former Arsenal ‘keeper Manuel Almunia and Fitz Hall.

Watford have announced the signing of seven new players as Gianfranco Zola begins to make his mark following his recent appointment as boss.  The Hornets have tonight confirmed former Queens Park Rangers defender Fitz Hall and ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia have signed one-year contracts. Both Almunia, 35, and Hall, 31, have agreed one-year deals at Vicarage Road and will add experience to Gianfranco Zola’s Hornet’s squad, reports the club’s official website. The other five players are on season-long loans from Udinese and Granada – both owned by the Pozzo family, who took over Watford last month.

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They are Udinese trio Almen Abdi, Steve Leo Beleck and Matej Vydra and Granada duo Daniel Pudil and Ikechi Anya. Manager Gianfranco Zola also used the strength of new owners the Pozzo family’s extensive European network to complete loan deals for five new recruits. Midfielder Almen Abdi and forwards Matej Vydra and Steve Leo Beleck have arrived from the Italian club and defender Daniel Pudil and striker Ikechi Anya were brought in from the La Liga outfit. Watford technical director Gianluca Nani expressed his delight with the acquisitions but voiced his intention to make further additions. Nani told the club’s official website: “We expect these players to make a very positive impact on Gianfranco Zola’s squad. We are constantly looking to add quality here for Watford, and this is a task which will be ongoing throughout the season.” Almunia was released by Arsenal at the end of last season after eight years in north London, during which he made over 100 league appearances for the club.

He is expected to be Watford’s new number one, after Scott Loach’s departure. Almunia, who made 175 appearances for Arsenal after joining them in 2004, will fill the gap left by Scott Loach’s departure to Ipswich. Journeyman centre-half Hall, who has arrived at Vicarage Road has spent time with Southampton, Newcastle and QPR during his career, has the task of replacing Adrian Mariappa, who left the club to join Premier League new boys Reading. Among the others, only Glasgow-born Anya, 24, has played league football in England before, having had spells with Wycombe and Northampton before heading for Spain, where he spent last season on loan at Cadiz from Granada. Pudil, 26, and Udinese midfielder Abdi, 25, are both full internationals, for the Czech Republic and Switzerland respectively, and have impressed in pre-season friendlies for Watford. Both Anya and Pudil join the north Londoners from La Liga outfit Granada. Vydra, 20, has represented the Czech Republic at youth level, while Udinese club-mate Beleck, 19, was born in Cameroon and played for AEK Athens on loan last season, scoring five goals in 27 appearances.
Watford’s opening game of the season is against Wycombe Wanderers in the Captial One Cup on August 11. However, some of the loan signings may cause misgivings among some fans. Prior to the takeover by the Pozzos, and the installation of Zola as manager, the Watford Supporters’ Trust expressed concern about the possibility of the club being used as a ‘nursery’ to provide experience for youngsters from Udinese.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey keeping his fingers crossed to stay skipper Robin van Persie

Aaron Ramsey is staying hopeful that Arsenal captain Robin van Persie will decide to stick with the club and resist the temptation to leave. He  is keeping his fingers crossed that skipper Robin van Persie will resist the temptation to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer. Speculation over the Holland international’s future has been rife in recent weeks with Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus having all been linked with moves for the 28-year-old in the wake of his announcement that he would not be signing a new contract,which expires next year.

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Manchester United have already confirmed an interest in signing the striker, while Manchester City and Juventus are also understood to have made bids for the Dutchman. Van Persie scored 37 goals last season, 30 of them in the Barclays Premier League, and claimed both the PFA and Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year awards, and Ramsey is hopeful that despite all the rumours, the club can retain his services. They still finished 19 points behind the two Manchester clubs, but Ramsey is convinced a better start this time around could help them to close that gap. Ramsey is also keen to see his team-mate stick around in North London, particularly after Van Persie scored 37 goals for Arsenal in all competitions last season.”He had a brilliant season last year and he is a big player for us, so we are just hopeful that he will stay.” said Ramsey, who is on Team GB Olympic duty.

He said: We don’t know anything that goes on. We hope that he stays at Arsenal.   He said that If we get off to a better start this season than we did last season, we know we are capable of finishing pretty strongly, like we did last year.We have brought in a couple of players who are well known and hopefully we can put ourselves in a position to compete early on. Van Persie’s sparkling form helped the Gunners to stage a fightback after a poor start to the season which saw them win just two of their first seven league games, a run which included an 8-2 drubbing at Manchester United and a derby defeat at Tottenham. They rallied to such an extent that they eventually ended the campaign in third place and secured a Champions League qualification berth which at one point looked beyond them as they claimed 33 of the final 45 points on offer. Nevertheless, the Gunners, who have added Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to the squad during the summer, still finished 19 points behind the two Manchester clubs, and Ramsey is convinced a better start this time around could help them to close that gap.