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The Short Fuse Aug 15, 2014

Making The Case for Arsenal (Or, Really, The Case Against All the Other Contenders)

Arsenal's going to win the Premier League this season. I'm in the minority for saying so. Here's why I'm sticking to it. I woke up this morning, thumbed through the Guardian on my phone (as is my custom most mornings), and came across the NBC Premier League team's predictions for the upcoming season, including the outrageous assertion from Robbie Earle that Arsenal won't win the league because they didn't replace Johan Djourou. (Seriously, he said that.) Most pundits agree that there are six realistic title contenders, with Spurs and Swansea hanging out just below the success zone. Though...
The Short Fuse Aug 7, 2014

Johan Djourou seals permanent move to Hamburg

Good luck, Johan. In a move that should surprise nobody, Johan Djourou has signed with Bundesliga side Hamburger SV on a permanent basis, according to Arsenal's official website. The Swiss defender spent all last season with Der Dinosaurier as well as part of 2012-13 on loan with another German side, Hannover 96. Djourou had not started a match for Arsenal since 2012, when he featured in two league cup matches, and there was virtually no chance he would ever feature in Arsène Wenger's plans again. After a somewhat promising 2010-11 season was derailed by a dislocated shoulder, Djourou...

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