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Arsenal are celebrating being top of the table once again this weekend - after brushing Cardiff City aside at the Cardiff City Stadium yesterday.
Aaron Ramsey bagged a brace while Mathieu Flamini also found the net in a dominant display.
Ramsey did not celebrate either goal against his boyhood team - which received plenty of commendation from the crowd in the Welsh capital.
Arsene Wenger was also resounding in his praise for Aaron Ramsey after the game, and when asked if he was as good as countryman Gareth Bale stated:
“He can defend, he can attack, he can score goals - what more do you want? And he's young - another quality that I have lost as well. That shows you that he can develop more when you look at his improvement in the last two years, why should he stop now?”
He also made it clear he feels that Arsenal can win the league this season:
"What is good for Arsenal is that we can show consistency until now. And that is always a very good sign for a team and every win makes you a bit stronger. If you can take care of the concentration level and of a desire to improve we will have a good chance (of winning the league). Yes."
The Gunners have been linked with Manchester City defender Micah Richards this weekend. The versatile England international has been earmarked with an Emirates switch after these comments this weekend:
“My contract is up at the end of next season and, although I've already spoken to City and know that they are happy to extend my deal, I've told them I want to see how many games I play this season. I don't ever want to leave Manchester City, with the way it's going. But it's one of those where I will have to look at my career and say, 'Are you playing enough?’ Come the end of the season, I'll do that …”
Jan Aage Fjortoft, a Swindon Town legend, said on his official Twitter account that Arsene Wenger talks to the Schalke 04 star regularly.
Wenger has launched an attack on the Ballon d’Or. The award has announced much debate recently - as the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery and Zlatan Ibrahimovic go head-to-head for the crown of best player in the world.
But Wenger says of the award:
“Who do I want to win this year? I do not want anyone at all. I am against individual awards. This is an endorsement of an individual which goes against the essence of our sport. I fight like a mad man against the award, which hurts football. Unconsciously, the player is prompted to favour individual performance over that of the team."
Michael Owen has caused a storm on Twitter - by standing by his initial prediction that Arsenal will finish fifth in the Premier League this season.
Despite their excellent start the former Liverpool and Manchester United striker still believes they will fall away this term.
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