There’s no shortage of celebrity admirers of the Arsenal; from legendary music performers Mick Jagger and Jay-Z, to sports stars including Lewis Hamilton and Ian Poulter. However, with an estimated 27,000,000 fans world-wide, there’s a few faces who we may have overlooked. Introducing 5 of our fellow Gooners you may not have known about: Hugh Laurie Although not as publically forth-coming in his love of the beautiful game as fellow Blackadder star Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, who git global celebrity status for his portrayal of the enigmatic Dr Gregory House in the hit US TV Series “House” revealed to fans that he is “part of the Arsenal family” in 2009. Although Laurie hasn’t been spotted at the Emirates, he is said to keep an eye on matches from his house in the States. Anthony Holden As well as an established broadcaster, author and newspaper columnist, Tony Holden is also renowned for his exploits on the card table as a poker enthusiast. In his 20 year poker career he has earned some decent prize money and now follows in the footsteps of fellow card luminaries like FullTilt’s Gus Hansen by tutoring the next generation of aspiring poker players; most recently teaching a group of students the tricks of the trade at the Oxford University Poker Federation. Jimmy Anderson English cricketing superstar Jimmy Anderson has made no secret of his love of the Gooners. The 31-year old swing bowler, who helped guide England to a satisfying 3-0 ashes triumph over the Aussie’s this summer, is friends with a host of his Arsenal heroes and states that Ian Wright was his footballing idol growing up as a young lad. Francois Hollande He recently inaugurated French president can also be counted as one of the Arsenal faithful after being snapped in the famous jersey by photographers earlier this year in Corrèze. Hollande is a close friend of Laurent Koscielny; although running one of Europe’s biggest country’s means he probably won’t be heading to North London to watch his team in action anytime soon. Aled Jones Welsh singer and TV presenter Aled Jones became an Arsenal fan at the age of 18 and declared that the Emirates is ‘his spiritual’ home in a 2011 interview. The Songs of Praise presenter’s voice is certainly a welcome addition on the banks of The South Stand.
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Mesut Ozil's late arrival at the Emirates was greeted with much relief and considerable joy by Gunners fans and players alike on transfer deadline day, but his capture must now be backed up by a much more structured transfer policy from the club in January. Everyone knows the story over the summer. Arsenal, we were (in the end correctly) told, had a stash of cash to spend on the right quality of player(s), that would potentially turn them from perennial top-four finishers into a side capable of being among the favourites in the Premier League t
After the euphoria of signing Mesut Ozil died down, Arsenal fans will have come back down to earth again when they realised that Nicklas Bendtner was still at the club. The 25-year-old Denmark international striker has not featured in the Gunners first team for over two years, his last appearance coming in the 2-0 home defeat to Liverpool in August 2011. He spent most of the 2011-12 campaign on loan at Sunderland, where he found the net eight times in 28 Premier League appearances, before joining Juventus last term, although he only started two
After a difficult few weeks in the transfer market, Arsenal prepare to take on Tottenham in the north London derby this week with depleted resources. Arsene Wenger though is ready to stick to his tried and tested methods by bringing in young players to fill the void in the squad. After giving the likes of Ryo Miyaichi and Yaya Sanogo opportunities against Fenerbahce, more talented teenagers are in line to play at the weekend. Gedion Zelalem and Serge Gnabry are other options who could get some game time, if Wenger fails to bring anybody else in
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour thinks that the Gunners’ desperation to sign players is pricing them out of the market but he is adamant that Arsene Wenger must strengthen his squad if another trophy-less season is to be avoided at the Emirates. Having seen Arsenal slip to a humbling 3-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, Parlour was particularly concerned by the lack of depth in Wenger’s squad and even jokingly suggested that he could be in line for a recall. “The squad is so thin that I could probably get a game
There have been many top youngsters to roll off the Arsenal production line in recent years, and American midfielder Gedion Zelalem looks like he’ll be the next after a strong showing in pre-season. Arsenal have worked hard to bring Zelalem over to north London despite possible work permit complications, and he is now proving his worth. The new Cesc Fabregas, is what people are saying, and the comparisons are easy to make. Zelalem is excellent on the ball, a superb pass-master and a real battler. He has heart, spirit and is a down to earth yo
Arsenal have completed the signing of Auxerre striker Yaya Sanogo, ending Arsene Wenger's lengthy hunt for a youthful centre forward. The Gunners, who are set to confirm the £22million arrival of Gonzalog Higuain within days, have moved for Sanogo as Wenger freshens up his striking options. Maraoune Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Benik Afobe have all been told they can leave the Emirates Stadium, after months of speculation, proving those.
Arsenal’s transfer dealings for the summer have begun in earnest with news striker Gonzalo Higuain is set to secure a £22m move to the Emirates by the end of the week. The Real Madrid forward, who scored 18 goals last season, is said to want a new challenge away from La Liga and the Gunners could certainly do with a fresh face up front to bolster their attacking line. Gervinho is reportedly attracting interest from Marseille and Marouane Chamakh is likely to leave the club this summer; that leaves Olivier Giroud as Arsene Wenger’s only out