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Juventus want Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, Arsenal want Juventus’s Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo. You can see where this one is going, right?

Juventus will offer their Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo in exchange for Arsenal’s Robin van Persie. Hey! You were right! (Guardian)

On Friday night, Aaron Ramsey released the following statement:

“I remember what happened clearly and after the tackle went in I saw that my leg was broken and hanging at an angle. I have seen images of the aftermath of the collision again but I don’t want to dwell too much on the challenge as I can’t change what has happened.

“It is difficult for me to take everything in at the moment. I thought I had been progressing well this season, so of course this is a real setback. It is very hard to take but I am young and have time on my side. I had an operation last weekend and while it will take time for my leg to heal, I am determined and focussed on overcoming this injury and hope to be back fitter and stronger than before.

“I have been overwhelmed by the terrific support I have received from so many people including fans from many different football clubs. In particular, I would like to thank the medical team here at Arsenal for their efforts as well as the staff at both hospitals. Glenn Whelan was especially kind and I really appreciated his immediate assistance on the pitch as well as the medical support from Stoke City. I also want to say thanks to Arsenal for helping my family this week.

“Last but certainly not least I have been blown away by the fantastic messages of support from the Arsenal fans. I am proud to be an Arsenal player and your support has been incredibly touching. Finally, I want to wish my teammates all the best for the remainder of the season. I know that we are capable of winning a trophy and I will be backing them all the way.” (Offical Arsenal Site)

Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas may miss Tuesday’s Champions League tie against Porto after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday’s win over Burnley.
The Gunners skipper scored the opener in the 3-1 victory but was forced off soon after and will undergo tests on Sunday to determine the damage done.
Manager Arsene Wenger said: “How big the damage is we don’t know yet. We’ll see tomorrow and Monday.
“We will have to make a late decision if he plays on Tuesday, certainly.”
Fabregas was sidelined for three weeks after aggravating the same hamstring in December against Aston Villa – a game in which he produced a 27-minute cameo appearance as a substitute and scored twice before limping off.
Losing Fabregas again would be a massive blow to Arsenal, who need to turn around a 2-1 deficit when they host Porto in the second leg of their last-16 tie. (BBC Sport)

Its been a busy old time at the Emirates and as Chelsea stutter we are handily placed to mount a realistic title challenge and we can in someway draw some comfort from the Aaron Ramsey horror tackle in as much as it may galvanise the team even further as they look to win it for their stricken teammate and on the subject of THAT tackle it is good to see that our Welsh youngster has decided to not waste his breath on the player who put him in hospital and decided instead to thank Glenn Whelan, the Stoke City man who comforted and supported the injured Ramsey as all around the pair tried to comprehend what had just happened.

I think as Gunners fans we should give our wholehearted applause to the Irish international for the way he was immediately on hand to help the teenager through what must have been a very traumatic experience.

Now it appears that many red tops and sports websites are whirling with speculation about the desire with which we are chasing Juventus midfielder Felipe Melo and in turn the interest the Italian side has shown in a number of Arsenal players, most notably Robin Van Persie. Now I rate the Brazilian defensive midfielder, he has a bite and determination of a young Gilberto Silva, but there is no way whatsoever we would allow RVP to leave, he is just too important to us. The Dutchman has obviously had his constant injury concerns but when he is on song there are few better more intelligent front men than the former Feyenoord man.

Cesc is a doubt for Tuesday and that is a huge blow. The game against Porto is the biggest match of the season and I will be crossing my fingers and toes that when I arrive at the Emirates I will hear his name called out.

We are beginning to grind out results now and showing some signs of grit and determination. Four straight Premier League wins was what we needed after those Chelsea and Man United defeats and we should aim for nothing less than six points from our up and coming battles against relegation threatened Hull City and West Ham.

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