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Arsenal link roundup for Sunday, June 20

Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

So, really not a lot going on today in the Arsenal world except for the World Cup and the occasional transfer speculation.  So far, Arsenal players have made a pretty good accounting of themselves on the world's biggest stage, Nicklas Bendtner scoring a good goal yesterday while Alex Song looked solid for Cameroon (apart from one almost-costly slip).  Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna have performed as well as one could expect of anyone on the sorry French team.  Robin van Persie set up the Netherlands' goal yesterday in their 1-0 win over Japan, scored by Roy Batty Dirk Kuyt Wesley Sneijder (apologies).

Also, please take a moment to visit SBNation's main World Cup page.  It features writing from our soccer editors as well as all of our EPL bloggers for your reading pleasure.

Here are a small handful of links for your Sunday reading pleasure:


  • Arsène Wenger says that even though all is quiet right now, by the end of the World Cup he says he will have brought in at least one new face, most likely in defense.  Any hopes on who it might be?
  • According to John Cross, Nicklas Bendtner was still struggling with his groin injury prior to yesterday's clash with Cameroon.  It didn't prevent him from scoring, and his movement was excellent throughout the match, but at times he did seem to be moving a little slowly, perhaps saving his energy for bursts like the one that led to his goal.
  • And speaking of Nick, here's a really important, timely, and enemy-spirit-crushing goal he scored mere seconds after coming off of the bench two years ago.
Coming up this afternoon: Brazil vs. the Côte d'Ivoire and (hopefully) Emmanuel Eboué.  Open thread to follow.