SoccerLens Archives for January 2011

Transfer Rumors: Chelsea Fail In Bold Meireles Bid

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Transfer Rumors: Chelsea Fail In Bold Meireles Bid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the summer transfer season nearing its end in less than 24 hours, you can expect plenty of wild speculation emanating from sources credible and not.

So then, while it's surprising to see former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves (remember him?

10 Things We Learned From Manchester v North London and Premier League Week 3

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10 Things We Learned From Manchester v North London and Premier League Week 3 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We're just three weeks into the new English Premier League season and we have already seen two of the greatest team performances of recent times, two of the worst team performances of recent times, and two clubs in crisis.

Was Luka Modric right to ask not to play?

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Was Luka Modric right to ask not to play? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Guardian reported after Sunday's match against Manchester City that Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric asked manager Harry Redknapp not to play. Allegedly, the Croatian said his "head was not right", echoing Redknapp's own words on the player from only a week before.

Transfer Rumors: Arsenal To Strengthen Back Line After United Rout

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Transfer Rumors: Arsenal To Strengthen Back Line After United Rout - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After one of the most horrific (you could also insert heinous, unsightly, abject, horrid, terrible, and so on and so on) defensive displays ever seen in the history of Arsenal Football Club, it would seem almost unfathomable that the

Arsenal After Brazilian Duo?

Liverpool’s Flying Start, Hodgson’s Era and The Dalglish Effect

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Liverpool's Flying Start, Hodgson's Era and The Dalglish Effect - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hodgson's Reign:

Starting with Hodgson's era and the horrific start to the season Liverpool had last year under him. The things were shockingly worse for the Merseyside club.

Wilson Palacios to Stoke City? Why Tottenham Should Not Sell Their Hidden Gem

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Wilson Palacios to Stoke City? Why Tottenham Should Not Sell Their Hidden Gem - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If rumours are to be believed Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur have entered advanced talks about the transfer of Honduran international Wilson Palacios from White Hart Lane.

Hearts’ Thrashing Shows Financial Fair Play Is Misdirected

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Hearts' Thrashing Shows Financial Fair Play Is Misdirected - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Tottenham stepped off the pitch at Tynecastle, having subjected a Hearts team who finished in 3rd place in the SPL last season and briefly looked to challenge the Old Firm duopoly the laments for the state of Scottish football were loud and numerous.

Realisations Come Home to Roost at Tottenham

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Realisations Come Home to Roost at Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur were ripped apart at White Hart Lane as Roberto Mancini finally removed the shackles from his multi-million pound Manchester City team.

The 5-1 Sunday afternoon thrashing experienced by Spurs, was a culmination of several factors.

Transfer Rumors: Chelsea Preparing Final Modric Bid?

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Transfer Rumors: Chelsea Preparing Final Modric Bid? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As one would expect, the final Sunday before the end of the summer transfer window is rife with speculation from far and wide. Some of it will come to fruition, while a fair bit will crash and burn over the next few days.

Transfer Rumors: Arsenal To Sign South Korea Skipper

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Transfer Rumors: Arsenal To Sign South Korea Skipper - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since signing from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2005, Park Ji-Sung has proven to be a great bargain for Manchester United. Unheralded as he may be in comparison to some of his teammates, Park has been an integral part of United's success over the last several seasons and is almost always one of the first names Sir Alex Ferguson pencils in on the teamsheet for crucial clashes.

Transfer Rumors: Barton Joins QPR

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Transfer Rumors: Barton Joins QPR - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So, the Joey Barton era is over at Newcastle. It doesn't come as a surprise, but is it a real shame or the best thing for both parties? I'll settle for somewhere in the middle, as he was arguably Newcastle's most influential player, but the relationship between player and club had perhaps reached the point of no return.

Joey Barton: QPR Sign Player from Newcastle on Free Transfer

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Joey Barton: QPR Sign Player from Newcastle on Free Transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Queens Park Rangers have pulled off something of a major coup after Joey Barton was snapped up on a free transfer from Newcastle United. The midfielder had had surprisingly announced the move on Twitter late on Wednesday night and now he looks set to make his debut for QPR on September 12, against his old team Newcastle.

Samir Nasri – Money Talks

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Samir Nasri Money Talks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Samir Nasri's departure means Arsenal lose another world class player after their prolific captain Fabregas signed for Barcelona a week ago. However the difference is very clear. Fabregas left after serving the club for 8 long years and he stayed for just 3 years.

Aquilani’s departure epitomises Daglish’s philosophy

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Aquilani's departure epitomises Daglish's philosophy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alberto Aquilani's recent move to AC Milan stands as a visual representation of Kenny Daglish's football ideology. While Liverpool's recent treatment of Aquilani is at best confusing, and at worst troubling, it most likely typifies the philosophy of the pragmatic Scotsman who currently wears the crown at Anfield.

Everton Shouldn’t Panic – Yet

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Everton Shouldn't Panic Yet - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We're told some Everton fans are desperate. In fact, we're told it's not just Everton fans, but their Chairman too. Bill Kenright admitted as much to a supporters group, to discuss their problems. Everton have exhausted their overdraft and the banks, probably sensibly, don't see any reason to extend it.

Transfer Rumors: One Final Chelsea Bid For Modric?

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Transfer Rumors: One Final Chelsea Bid For Modric? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Luka Modric not taking part tonight in Tottenham's Europa League playoff tie against Hearts, speculation of a big-money move to Chelsea is still alive and kicking. But will it come to fruition, or will Tottenham be able to keep Modric in North London?

Transfer Rumors: Mata & Nasri Sign On The Dotted Line

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Transfer Rumors: Mata & Nasri Sign On The Dotted Line - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With one more week left in the summer transfer window, there's still plenty of time to find and secure necessary reinforcements (or unnecessary, if you so choose). But at the same time, there needs to be a little haste in negotiations and decisions to prevent a deal going down to the wire, getting gazumped (word of the day!

Samuel Eto’o completes curious move to Russia

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Samuel Eto'o completes curious move to Russia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Inter Milan have sold striker Samuel Eto'o to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for a fee of £21.8 million. Eto'o will become the highest paid footballer in the world at £17.9m per season. Makhachkala are attempting to become a Russian and European power by spending large amounts of cash on international stars.

Transfer Rumors: Nasri Is The Man For City

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Transfer Rumors: Nasri Is The Man For City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For much of the summer, Arsene Wenger had to field questions about the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, trying to ward off the speculation and likelihood that arguably Arsenal's two best players would be leaving the Emirates Stadium this summer.

The next step for Financial Fair Play

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The next step for Financial Fair Play - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is fact that the gap between the "haves" and "have nots" in European football grows evermore larger. Last season in the English Premier League proved this adroitly when Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure reportedly earned more per week than the entire Blackpool squad.

Liverpool are still a mid-table side

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Liverpool are still a mid-table side - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's usually wise not to judge a team after just two league games, but in Liverpool's case it might be possible to make an exception. The problems that Kenny Dalglish failed to address last year still persist, and you can expect to see them outside the Champions League places again this year.

Transfer Rumors: Chelsea Close On Special Juan

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Transfer Rumors: Chelsea Close On Special Juan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There's a little more than a week left in the summer transfer window, and as is the case every summer, there are a few unresolved situations heading into the homestretch.

We'll report the latest developments on those fronts in due time, as there is something new to report with two of the summer's longest-running remaining transfer sagas.

Manchester United sign £40m training kit sponsorship deal

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Manchester United sign £40m training kit sponsorship deal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have confirmed two new commercial partnerships, including an extension of their existing partnership with logistics firm DHL, who will be their first training kit sponsor.

The new four-year-agreement sees the DHL logo included on the Club's training kit worn by all first, reserve and youth team players during domestic competitions and builds on DHL's relationship behind the scenes at the club, who have been Manchester United sponsors for over an year and were the official sponsors for United's pre-season tour of the United States this summer.

Mourinho out of time in Madrid?

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Mourinho out of time in Madrid? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has many gifts. For organisation, for having team buy into a philosophy, for quick quips and irritation. It's perhaps fitting that a master of hyperbole has been pilloried by the more rampant sensationalists in the British media concerning his antics during and after the Spanish Supercup.

Chelsea Enjoy the Sun as Arsenal’s Summer of Pain Continues

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Chelsea Enjoy the Sun as Arsenal's Summer of Pain Continues - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The English weather summed up Saturday's football in its own unique style. Grey clouds and torrential rain for Arsenal, whilst Chelsea enjoyed late afternoon summer sun.

André Villas-Boas claimed his first three points of the season, as the title challengers saw off a determined West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal slip again as Wenger obsesses over wantaway players

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Arsenal slip again as Wenger obsesses over wantaway players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Arsenal players struggled to convince Scousers that losing is part of being a trendy North Londoner this weekend, you'd be forgiven for asking exactly where all the adversity came from. A team carrying Robin Van Persie, Andrei Arshavin and Thomas Vermaelen shouldn't struggle very often, yet it couldn't pull away from a team containing Charlie Adam.

Arsenal slip again as Wenger obsesses over wantaway players

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Arsenal slip again as Wenger obsesses over wantaway players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Arsenal players struggled to convince Scousers that losing is part of being a trendy North Londoner this weekend, you'd be forgiven for asking exactly where all the adversity came from. A team carrying Robin Van Persie, Andrei Arshavin and Thomas Vermaelen shouldn't struggle very often, yet it couldn't pull away from a team containing Charlie Adam.

Can Wilshere and Ramsey replace Fabregas and Nasri?

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Can Wilshere and Ramsey replace Fabregas and Nasri? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stats show that youngsters Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are ready to fill the creative void in Arsenal's midfield left by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and (soon-to-be-confirmed) Samir Nasri.

Can Wilshere and Ramsey replace Fabregas and Nasri?

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Can Wilshere and Ramsey replace Fabregas and Nasri? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stats show that youngsters Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are ready to fill the creative void in Arsenal's midfield left by the departures of Cesc Fabregas and (soon-to-be-confirmed) Samir Nasri.

Suarez is Liverpool’s best hope for silverware this season

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Suarez is Liverpool's best hope for silverware this season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stats show that Luis Suarez is currently showing the kind of form that can help Liverpool to some silverware this season, with the stocky striker netting a total of 20 goals (for club & country) since the start of the 2010/11 season.

Football Manager 2012: Miles Jacobson Interview

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Football Manager 2012: Miles Jacobson Interview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football Manager 2012 is due to hit the shelves before Christmas, and our good friends over at Football Manager Stories have just snagged an exclusive interview with Miles Jacobson (OBE), Studio Director at Sports Interactive, the company that develops Football Manager.

From Dublin To Los Angeles: Always Keane to Impress

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From Dublin To Los Angeles: Always Keane to Impress - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's another step in the forward moving efforts to increase the profile of Major League Soccer (MLS), and one that carries with it more weight than the recent World Football Challenge (WFC), which saw the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus make fleeting pre-season visits to US shores.

Tottenham confirm interest in Adebayor

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Tottenham confirm interest in Adebayor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs' boss Harry Redknapp said that Tottenham are talking to Manchester City about striker Emmaneul Adebayor. The former Arsenal forward would be an excellent addition for Spurs, who are in desperate need for a quality striker.

How Do Promoted Teams Fare In The English Premier League?

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How Do Promoted Teams Fare In The English Premier League? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

How well do promoted teams fare in the English Premier League? What can fans of Swansea, QPR and Norwich City expect from the upcoming season? The graphic below plots the survival rates of teams promoted to the Premiership across the past decade and tells a stark tale.

How Much Did Your Club Earn From The 2010-2011 Champions League?

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How Much Did Your Club Earn From The 2010-2011 Champions League? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Arsenal battle their injuries as much as Udinese for a place in the UEFA Champions League group stages, it's a good time to underscore exactly how important Champions League revenue is to football clubs.

Football Manager 2012: New Features, Screenshots and Video Previews

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Football Manager 2012: New Features, Screenshots and Video Previews - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football Manager 2012 will be launched before Christmas (most likely in November to give enough time for holiday-season Football Manager madness and the inevitable post-release Football Manager patch).

Adidas F10 Review

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Adidas F10 Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The adidas F10 boot is the entry level adidas Football boot based on the world's lightest football boot, the adidas F50 adizero.

The adidas F50 is a phenomenal piece of engineering when reviewed side by side, the F50 was noticeably lighter than Nike's top-line offering, the Mercurial Vapour Superfly IIIs.

Five Things We Learnt This Weekend

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Five Things We Learnt This Weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After three months of feigning interest in golf, cycling and cricket the Premier League football season finally returned and here are my "Five Things We Learnt This weekend."

1. Liverpool Used to be Home to the Fab Four.

Redknapp In Need Of Dutch Courage

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Redknapp In Need Of Dutch Courage - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been a strenuous summer for Harry Redknapp in every way. He was back in court regarding the ongoing investigation into tax evasion of which he is still to clear his name; he had to persistently deal with questions regarding the potential sale of his star player; and has struggled to penetrate the transfer market in the way he had wished.

What Went Wrong For Liverpool Against Sunderland

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What Went Wrong For Liverpool Against Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manager Kenny Dalglish unleashed his 100 million worth signings against Sunderland, still Liverpool were only able to earn a single point from the game. After an impressive first half of dictating the play, Liverpool somehow completely turned off in the second one.

Carling Cup 2nd Round Draw: Liverpool away to Exeter as Everton host Sheffield United

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Carling Cup 2nd Round Draw: Liverpool away to Exeter as Everton host Sheffield United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool were drawn away to League One side Exeter in the second round of the Carling Cup, while city rivals Everton will host Sheffield United.

Meanwhile, Doncaster host Leeds in a Yorkshire derby, while Sunderland face a long trip south to Brighton.

Manchester United’s £16m deal to win EVEN MORE free-kicks and penalties

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Manchester United's £16m deal to win EVEN MORE free-kicks and penalties - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's £16m signing Ashley Young brings several key advantages to the team.

When Ferguson realised that you can't buy a successor to Ryan Giggs for 3m (bye bye Obertain), nor can you force a right-sided winger (Nani), an ageing CAM (Park), a striker (Rooney), an OAP (Giggs) or a young defender (Fabio) to run up and down the wing and create chance after chance for United, he splashed the cash for Aston Villa's Ashley Young.

Do Liverpool have a title-winning midfield?

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Do Liverpool have a title-winning midfield? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's transfer signings this summer are a strong bet made by the owners that with Arsenal and Tottenham struggling and Liverpool resurgent under Kenny Dalglish, this season is the best time for them to return to the Champions League.

The Biggest Manchester United Season Preview You’ll Ever Read

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The Biggest Manchester United Season Preview You'll Ever Read - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Imagine that you're appointed manager of Manchester United tomorrow morning. The world is at your feet. You have (statistically speaking) the best team in the world alongside Barcelona in club football and you have a phenomenally talented young squad that will win titles before it reaches it's full potential.

Socceroos defeat of Wales: a sign of things to come

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Socceroos defeat of Wales: a sign of things to come - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Socceroos' upcoming World Cup campaign looks on firm ground. This morning's friendly against Wales showed the evident class of both sides' top players, but a workmanlike Australia were the superior team against a side whose Premier League pedigree belies it's FIFA ranking of 119.

Jurgen Klinsmann opens U.S. career in entertaining fashion

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Jurgen Klinsmann opens U.S. career in entertaining fashion - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Wednesday night, the U.S. National Team ushered in the Jurgen Klinsmann era with a 1-1 tie against Mexico in Philadelphia. The new U.S. coach spent most of the evening with a smile on his face, and although the first half of his debut was less than promising, the second half provided plenty of reason to be optimistic.

Why Not All Liverpool Fans Love Carroll

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Why Not All Liverpool Fans Love Carroll - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool fans are well-known for supporting their players to the fullest. Even when they are not performing well, fans are patient but to a certain extent. Majority of the fans are still backing Andy Carroll however having spent record 35 million pounds for him who has not proved his worth yet some fans think otherwise.

Can Chelsea Topple Manchester United?

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Can Chelsea Topple Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Even though Chelsea failed to put pressure on Manchester United towards the end of last season for the title. Chances are that they will this season. They're the only team that are thought to be able to pose a challenge to Alex Ferguson's men.

Liverpool Plot Return To Champions League

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Liverpool Plot Return To Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A disappointing 6th place finish will let Liverpool concentrate on their English Premier League stint. They will be hoping to make it even with Manchester United once again. This is a very good opportunity for manager Kenny Dalglish to make the right decisions and take Liverpool back to Europe at least.

Manchester City can’t stop Manchester United or Chelsea

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Manchester City can't stop Manchester United or Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It will definitely be a busy season for Manchester City and a welcome one too. They earned their spot in the top four last season and they will be looking to keep it and try their luck against the giants of Europe in the UEFA Champions League.

Are Manchester United Good Enough For The 20th League Title?

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Are Manchester United Good Enough For The 20th League Title? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 19-time champions of England, Manchester United will now be looking to avenge their defeat of the UEFA Champions League final twice in three years against Barcelona. Alex Ferguson's eyes will be set at the coveted trophy as rumors of his retirement and his possible replacement are renewed every season.

Another Disappointing Season For Tottenham?

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Another Disappointing Season For Tottenham? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham managed to reach the quarterfinals in their debut run in the UEFA Champions League last season but they will have to do with Europa League this season.

Spurs have a very good team but this transfer window should have been used to add some depth to the squad.

Chelsea To Pip Manchester United To The Title – 2011/2012 Premier League Preview

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Chelsea To Pip Manchester United To The Title 2011/2012 Premier League Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been a strange summer. Given that last season saw the Premier League's top teams treat first place like a hot potato, and given that Manchester United's relatively turgid trudge over the finishing line ahead of a resurgent but technically limited Chelsea, a cautious-bordering-on-paranoid Manchester City and Arsenal's theatre de l'absurd, one might have expected the world's richest league to have buzzed with transfer activity.

Can Arsenal Survive In The Top Four?

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Can Arsenal Survive In The Top Four? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Displaced by Manchester City last season and not able to sign the players they need yet. Arsenal are looking towards another disappointing season unless Arsene Wenger can somehow get his current team to perform as well as their potential.

Why Spurs’ inactivity this summer could cost them

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Why Spurs' inactivity this summer could cost them - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Harry Redknapp and shrewd transfer usually go hand in hand, the cheaper the better. However this summer has been a period of austerity at Tottenham and that, excuse the pun, could cost them this season.

While many clubs are undergoing some degree of financial conservatism this summer, they are the sides that finished below Tottenham.

How much have the EPL’s promoted teams have spent so far?

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How much have the EPL's promoted teams have spent so far? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When writing a piece for the Montreal Gazette concerning how much each promoted side had paid to assemble their roster, it was interesting to note the circumstances of each team. Queens Park Rangers, though ostensibly backed by the capacious pockets of Bernie Ecclestone and perhaps Lakshmi Mittal, have spent a miserly ₤1.

Udinese are the easiest hurdle for Arsenal in an incredibly tough August

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Udinese are the easiest hurdle for Arsenal in an incredibly tough August - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The season hasn't started yet, but Arsenal are already contemplating a tough month ahead with matches against Liverpool, Manchester United, Newcastle and Udinese to start their season with, plus trouble in the transfer market with Fabregas and Nasri pushing for moves away and a lack of incoming talent.

Storelli Sports Review: Enhanced Protection For Goalkeepers

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Storelli Sports Review: Enhanced Protection For Goalkeepers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Outside of gloves, the gear market for goalkeepers is relatively sparse. The number of manufacturers that focus specifically on the position is even fewer and further between. Outside of Reusch and Uhlsport, not many manufacturers come to mind.

Anderson: Mr Inconsistent or Just Inconsistently Played?

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Anderson: Mr Inconsistent or Just Inconsistently Played? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Anderson. Inconsistency. Two words which seem to be glued to each other as much as Javier Hernandez and goal. But when thought about from a different angle, offer an entirely different meaning.

The greatest reason for the Samba star's inconsistency is due to the intense competition for a place in the Manchester United midfield.

Inaction and interaction at St. James’ Park: too much talk, or not enough?

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Inaction and interaction at St. James' Park: too much talk, or not enough? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Talk is cheap, or so the old cliché goes. In footballing reality, it is absolutely vital: the communication between the holy trinity of club, players and fans is integral to team morale, which is in itself a major contributing factor to success.

Stat Attack: Who’s the best goalkeeper in Manchester?

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Stat Attack: Who's the best goalkeeper in Manchester? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With David De Gea's arrival, Manchester hosts two of the most promising young goalkeepers in European football today. And as Manchester City and Manchester United make their preparations for their first of several clashes this season (the 2011 Community Shield), De Gea looks certain to make his debut in the United goal.

MLS: Friendlies against foreign teams still don’t work

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MLS: Friendlies against foreign teams still don't work - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Major League Soccer is not doing American soccer any favors by having its all-stars play against top foreign teams year after year. The entertainment value is never as high as expected, and it inevitably just leads to more discussion about how far behind the rest of the world Americans are.

Klinsmann in, Bradley out as US National Coach

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Klinsmann in, Bradley out as US National Coach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In a coup d'état so swift it could represent the final guillotine strike in a pepole's revolution, Bob Bradley has been replaced as manager of the United States Mens' Soccer team by Jürgen Klinsmann.

Carling Cup Third Round Draw: Manchester United Away To Leeds

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Carling Cup Third Round Draw: Manchester United Away To Leeds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea host Fulham in one of several all-Premier League ties in the third round of the Carling Cup. Manchester United are away to Leeds while Liverpool, who seem to be taking the Carling Cup very seriously this season, are away to Brighton.