SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

Liverpool Eye Move For Young Sensational Argentine Forward: Report

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Liverpool Eye Move For Young Sensational Argentine Forward: Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are showing an interest in young Argentine forward Juan Iturbe. Italian media outlet Calciomercato reported that the Reds are showing an interest in the youngster and it has been published in Portugal's newspaper O Jogo as well, the country where the player's registration is held.

Sepp Blatter apologizes to Ronaldo but says he prefers Lionel Messi

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Sepp Blatter apologizes to Ronaldo but says he prefers Lionel Messi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sepp Blatter has apologized to Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter after the Portuguese star reacted angrily, following some of the controversial comments made by the FIFA president.

Blatter was speaking at the Oxford Union last week where he was asked to compare Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo with Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

David Beckham’s new venture: Setting up MLS team in Miami

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David Beckham's new venture: Setting up MLS team in Miami - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid star David Beckham is likely to set up a Major League soccer team in Miami. According to reports from Guardian, the 38-year-old has been mulling over the location for a prospective MLS franchise, since his retirement from football.

Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic shake things up at this year’s Ballon d’Or ceremony?

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Can Zlatan Ibrahimovic shake things up at this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recently set a few tongues wagging when he recently stated that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is "right now, better than Messi and Ronaldo" following his impressive showing against Belgian outfit Anderlecht in the Champions League.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea: The Blues’ bench-boys turn on the style at the Emirates

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Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea: The Blues' bench-boys turn on the style at the Emirates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Jose Mourinho bemoaned Chelsea's fixture pileup on Monday, with his side making the short but sharp trip to Arsenal just days after hosting Man City at the Bridge, few would have taken his words at face value.

PICTURE: Mourinho keeps Ozil’s shirt as souvenir

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PICTURE: Mourinho keeps Ozil's shirt as souvenir - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho was seen hugging his former player Mesut Ozil and has kept his shirt assouvenir after the match, where Chelsea defeated Arsenal 2-0 in Capital One Cup tie to reach the quarter finals.

It was a one sided game really where Chelsea dominated from the beginning and enjoyed a lion share of possession.

Cash + Benzema offer for Luis Suarez: Paper Review

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Cash + Benzema offer for Luis Suarez: Paper Review - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So, Chelsea and Manchester United move into the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup tie. At one point of time, in the first half, it seemed like Chelsea are playing at home, while the Gunners were chasing the shadows.

Possible Tottenham Starting Line-up Against Hull City + Prediction

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Possible Tottenham Starting Line-up Against Hull City + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will face Premier League outfit Hull Cityat the White Hart Lane for second time this season in four days in the Capital One Cup fourth round tie on Wednesday night.

Spurs faced Steven Bruce's side on Sunday where they emerged victorious by 1-o, thanks to a controversial late penalty from former Valencia striker Roberto Soldado.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Chelsea Line-Ups

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CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Chelsea Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal take on Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at the Emirates in tonight's mouth-watering fourth round Capital One Cup tie clash at the Emirates.

Both the teams are heading into this match on the back of some strong league performances.

Balotelli to Chelsea? Could happen says Agent

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Balotelli to Chelsea? Could happen says Agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Balotelli would be willing to return to the Premier League with Chelsea, according to the player's agent, Mino Raiola.

The 23-year-old joined former Premier League champions Manchester City in 2010 from Inter Milan but after spending two and a half season, where he was embroiled in more controversy than goals, he was sold to AC Milan in the January transfer window of 2013.

Hazard, Suarez, Van Persie included – 2013 Ballon d’Or award nominees

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Hazard, Suarez, Van Persie included 2013 Ballon d'Or award nominees - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2013 Ballon d'Or nominees have been announced. 23 players from all around Europe have been nominated for football's highest individual honour, with German Bundesliga leading the way with six nominees.

Possible Man Utd Starting Line-Up Against Norwich City

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Possible Man Utd Starting Line-Up Against Norwich City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face Norwich City in the Capital One Cup fourth round tie on Tuesday night at Old Trafford where David Moyes would be looking to give more opportunities to the youngsters in the squad.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: 4 Key Battles + Prediction

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Arsenal vs Chelsea: 4 Key Battles + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Chelsea at the Emirates on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup tie where top two teams of England at the moment will lock horns against each other. And of course, needless to say (cup romance & all that) it promises to be a cracker.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Arsenal – John Obi Mikel to Start

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Arsenal John Obi Mikel to Start - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will face London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates in the forth round of the Capital One Cup tie, where Jose Mourinho will be looking to use his bench strength to good effect.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Chelsea

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Chelsea at the Emirates in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup tie on Tuesday night where the Gunners would be looking to make the best use of the home advantage against their London rivals.

Arsenal youngster agrees new long-term contract

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Arsenal youngster agrees new long-term contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal young forward Serge Gnabry has been rewarded with a new long term contract after his impressive progress this season, the club has confirmed.

The 18-year-old, who came on as a sub in Arsenal's 2-0 victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday, is considered as one of the brightest talents in the Arsenal ranks.

Chelsea player ratings vs Man City: El Nino outstanding for the Blues

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Chelsea player ratings vs Man City: El Nino outstanding for the Blues - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea left it late, but Fernando Torres scored one after making another as they beat Premier League title rivals Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Who made an impression on us?

Thomas Vermaelen could leave in January – Italy possible destination?

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Thomas Vermaelen could leave in January Italy possible destination? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side Inter Milan will offer Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen a January exit from the Emirates Stadium.

According to the Metro, the Italian giants are plotting an £8 million swoop for Belgian international Vermaelen, 27.

Baines in line for Old Trafford Move in January

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Baines in line for Old Trafford Move in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports are leaking out that Manchester United expect to seal a deal to sign England left back Leighton Baines from Everton during the January window. An article in the Sunday Express suggest that plands at Old Trafford are well advanced for the deal, and also that Toffees' manager Roberto Martinez sees the loss of Baines as increasingly inevitable and has already begin to look at replacements.

From Best Player to Bench Warmer – Juan Mata targeted by PSG

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From Best Player to Bench Warmer Juan Mata targeted by PSG - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

French champions Paris Saint Germain are looking for an attacking midfielder in the January transfer window and have shortlisted Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich, Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund, Julian Draxler of Schalke O4 and Juan Mata of Chelsea as their possible transfer targets.

Comment – Will the career of Jack Wilshere be ruined by Injury?

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Comment Will the career of Jack Wilshere be ruined by Injury? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere was captain of Arsenal at the tender age of 19. Unfortunately his early career has been stalled by a series of ankle problems that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted today remains an ongoing problem and concern.

Suarez Out For Rest Of The Season

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Suarez Out For Rest Of The Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yes, you read that right. Suarez is possibly out for rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the training. He was on a great form this season and his injury will be a huge blow to his club.

Hang on, are you thinking about Luis Suarez and wondering how and when did it happen?

Wenger turns the up heat on Moyes

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Wenger turns the up heat on Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger knows the value of a good line at a press conference.

On the eve of the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace that maintained Arsenal's place at the summit of the Premier League, Arsene Wenger sat in the standard pre-match press conference, answering the same questions he received week after week after week.

Arsenal: Acid Test For The Gunners Begins Now

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Arsenal: Acid Test For The Gunners Begins Now - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are on a roll here. Against Crystal Palace on Saturday at Selhurst Park, they earned full three points and cemented their position at the top of the Premier League table. It was just another routine away victory for them, despite ending the game with 10-men, after Mikel Arteta was sent off in the second half.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview: Sparks to fly in first El Clasico of the season

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Barcelona vs Real Madrid preview: Sparks to fly in first El Clasico of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fierce Spanish rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid meet at Camp Nou on Saturday evening in the first El Clasico match-up of the new campaign, in what should be an enthralling clash.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-up to face Man City

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-up to face Man City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will face Manchester City on Sunday at the Stamford Bridge looking to keep their cent percent winning record at home intact.

The Blues have bounced back strongly in the league, following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Everton at Goodison Park.

Van Persie Returns – Possible Man Utd Starting Line-Up To Face Stoke City

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Van Persie Returns Possible Man Utd Starting Line-Up To Face Stoke City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face Stoke City on Saturday at Old Trafford where manager David Moyes will be boosted by the return of talisman striker Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman was absent from United's last match against Spanish outfit Real Sociedad which the Red Devils won 1-0.

Chelsea vs Man City: Blues Favourite To Win For These Four Reasons

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Chelsea vs Man City: Blues Favourite To Win For These Four Reasons - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This Sunday, Chelsea will face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge where Jose Mourinho will be looking to earn full three points at home. Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed some great clashes in the La Liga with Real Madrid and Malaga respectively and this will be the first time both the managers will be meeting against each other in English soil.

Chelsea vs Manchester City Preview: a monster mashup of incredible spending power

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Chelsea vs Manchester City Preview: a monster mashup of incredible spending power - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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Chelsea vs Manchester City
Premier League
Stamford Bridge
Sunday, October 27
Kick off: 16:00 BST

Chelsea and Manchester City are coming off midweek away wins in the Champions League and will look to put down an early season marker in Sunday's clash.

Chelsea and Man City Competing For Blaise Matuidi

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Chelsea and Man City Competing For Blaise Matuidi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea and Manchester City are set to do battle for out-of-contract Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

The 26-year-old's current deal at the Parc des Princes runs out in June.

Ancelotti: Ozil was sold for technical reasons

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Ancelotti: Ozil was sold for technical reasons - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans should remain ever grateful to Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian has probably played ‘the major role' in shaping the Gunners' future and destiny.

You might be wondering how?

Possible Arsenal Line-Up To Face Crystal Palace

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Possible Arsenal Line-Up To Face Crystal Palace - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will travel to Selhurst Park to take on the struggling Crystal Palace on Saturday lunch time, looking to consolidate their top position in the Premier League.

The Gunners are enjoying the top spot in the league after amassing 19 points thus far.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: Preview + Team News + Likely Line-Up + Prediction

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Crystal Palace vs Arsenal: Preview + Team News + Likely Line-Up + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will look to bounce back from their midweek Champions League defeat by Borussia Dortmund with an away win across London at managerless Crystal Palace.

Ian Holloway left Selhurst Park by mutual consent after less than a year in charge on Wednesday following widespread speculation about his future.

Possible Liverpool Starting XI Against West Brom

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Possible Liverpool Starting XI Against West Brom - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will face West Brom at Anfield on Saturday afternoon looking to earn yet another home victory and close the gap with league leaders Arsenal.

The Reds have one massive advantage over their rivals this season – lack of European football and they must capitalize it to full effects.

Possible Aston Villa and Everton Line-Ups + Prediction

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Possible Aston Villa and Everton Line-Ups + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mid-table Aston Villa host top seven side Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

Both teams had differing fortunes in their last outings, but victory for either here would march them on towards their ambitions.

Why The World Cup Is Better Than The Champions League

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Why The World Cup Is Better Than The Champions League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For many, this is another Champions League week. The competition is heating up, and on Wednesday night, we'll be at the halfway point of the group stage. It has been an interesting few days, two of the countless Champions League match-days.

Liverpool Interested in Luring Porto Midfield Star For Free

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Liverpool Interested in Luring Porto Midfield Star For Free - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have entered the chase to sign Porto midfielder Fernando, who will be a free agent next summer.

According to Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano, several Premier League club like Everton and Manchester United are interested in buying him including Liverpool.

Kemar Roofe To Follow in Saido Berahino’s Footsteps

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Kemar Roofe To Follow in Saido Berahino's Footsteps - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion have benefited from their successful youth academy this season with Saido Berahino's fantastic performances and match winner at Old Trafford against Manchester United.

Fellow hopefuls Isiah Brown and Yan Dhanda were the next big things being talked about, who had the chance to break into the Albion eleven in years to come, but they have moved on to Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

Win up to £2,000 per week predicting Premier League outcomes with uMAXit – for free!

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Win up to £2,000 per week predicting Premier League outcomes with uMAXit – for free! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The perils of gambling on the beautiful game are there for all to see – losing your hard-earned cash because someone scores with the last kick of a game. Football can be unpredictable and you could lose a lot of money with reckless gambling.

Man Utd player ratings v Real Sociedad – Rooney outstanding yet again

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Man Utd player ratings v Real Sociedad Rooney outstanding yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

An Inigo Martinez own goal was enough to take Manchester United past Real Sociedad and put them a point clear on top of Champions League group A.

So who performed for David Moyes in this must win encounter against this relatively weak opposition for the Red Devils?

Finally Moyes appreciates the Class of Shinji Kagawa

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Finally Moyes appreciates the Class of Shinji Kagawa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Finally. Finally David Moyes said something positive about one of the best creative midfielders in the world and certainly of Manchester United, Shinji Kagawa, after the diminutive Japanese star produced a brilliant performance (his best of the season as per Moyes) against Real Sociedad last night at Old Trafford in the Champions League.

Liverpool Hero: Man Utd Will Not Win The Premier League

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Liverpool Hero: Man Utd Will Not Win The Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Liverpool defender and football pundit Mark Lawrenson clearly has ruled out any chances of Manchester United retaining the Premier League title again this season.

The Red Devils have made a stuttering start to the season, lying eighth in the table, eight points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Comment – Can Arsenal Really Win The Premier League?

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Comment Can Arsenal Really Win The Premier League? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

8 games, 6 wins, 19 points – top of the league. This has been a remarkable turnaround for Arsenal. After the opening day 3-1 debacle at the hands of Aston Villa at the Emirates, things didn't look this bright.

Comment – Chelsea Star Back To His Old Best?

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Comment Chelsea Star Back To His Old Best? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

He hinted of returning back to his old self against Tottenham Hotspur in the London Derby. Although he didn't get a goal to his name, but he was giving the impression of the player he was once used to be. Last night, Fernando Torres rediscovered himself again and inspired Chelsea (in his 100th start for the club) to a comfortable 3-0 victory against German side Schalke 04 in the Champions League.

Arsenal Player Ratings v Dortmund – Giroud Brilliant, Ozil Off-Colour

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Arsenal Player Ratings v Dortmund Giroud Brilliant, Ozil Off-Colour - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal lost for the first time in 13 matches as Borussia Dortmund snatched a late winner in their Champions League meeting at the Emirates.

Who, if anyone, matched up to this first tricky test of the season for Arsene Wenger's charges?

Possible Man Utd Starting XI Against Real Sociedad

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Possible Man Utd Starting XI Against Real Sociedad - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face La Liga outfit Real Sociedad in the Champions League Match Day 3 rounds on Wednesday night at the Old Trafford, looking to cement the top position in Group A.

The Red Devils will be looking to shake off their disappointment in the Premier League, following their 1-1 draw against Southampton at home on Saturday the result leaves them in 8th position, 8 points behind leaders Arsenal.

Did we see the ‘Goal of the Season’ over the weekend?

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Did we see the 'Goal of the Season' over the weekend? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The contenders are racking up, and after Fulham's impressive 4-1 away win against lowly Crystal Palace, one could argue that two more efforts can be added to the list of contenders for the Premier League ‘Goal of the Season'.

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad: Preview + Possible Line-Ups + Prediction

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Manchester United vs Real Sociedad: Preview + Possible Line-Ups + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face La Liga outfit Real Sociedad at the Old Trafford tonight, where the Red Devils will be looking to cement their position at the top of Group A table in the Champions League.

Mats Hummels rubbishes Dortmund exit rumours

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Mats Hummels rubbishes Dortmund exit rumours - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has rubbished rumours that a big money move to Barcelona is around the corner.

The 24-year-old returned from domestic suspension to play in Dortmund's 2-1 away win at Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Debate – Stop Ozil and Arsenal will suffer?

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Debate Stop Ozil and Arsenal will suffer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal suffered a setback in the first difficult test of their credentials in Tuesday's defeat by Borussia Dortmund.

Never mind the fact match winner Robert Lewandowski should have been off the pitch for a blatant elbow on Laurent Koscielny.

Bayern reportedly beat Tottenham to signing of ‘new Modric’

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Bayern reportedly beat Tottenham to signing of ‘new Modric' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have reportedly suffered a blow in the transfer market, with their long-term target Alen Halilovic thought to have agreed a deal to sign for Bayern Munich.

The Croatian sensation has been thrilling spectators in his homeland with his displays of skill and ability on the ball, after becoming the youngest player to ever play for Dinamo Zagreb at the age of 16 years and 101 days.

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad: Must-win game for hosts

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Manchester United vs Real Sociedad: Must-win game for hosts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United vs Real Sociedad
UEFA Champions League Group A
Old Trafford
Wednesday, October 23
Kick off: 7.

Chelsea Eye £35m January Move For Atletico’s Diego Costa

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Chelsea Eye £35m January Move For Atletico's Diego Costa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are weighing up a January swoop for Brazilian-born Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

The 25-year-old was previously a target for Liverpool, but Brendan Rodgers would not match the La Liga club's valuation of Costa in the summer.

Picture + Video: Fernando Torres Back To His Best With Brace Against Schalke

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Picture + Video: Fernando Torres Back To His Best With Brace Against Schalke - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea moved to the top of Group E after beating German outfit Schalke 04 3-0 comfortably at the Veltins Arena in the Champions League group stage tie.

Spain international Fernando Torres celebrated his100th Chelsea start with a brace, as the Blues secured their back-to-back European victory.

CONFIRMED: Chelsea Starting XI – Schurrle, Azpilicueta & Torres Starts

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CONFIRMED: Chelsea Starting XI Schurrle, Azpilicueta & Torres Starts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea face German giants Schalke 04 in the Champions League Match Day 3 at the Veltins Arena looking to earn back to back victories in the competition.

The Blues will miss the services of defender Ashley Cole who hasn't traveled, but Andre Schurrle was included in the 21-man squad.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal Starting XI – Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky Starts

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CONFIRMED: Arsenal Starting XI Ozil, Ramsey, Rosicky Starts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on last season's Champions League finalist Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates tonight looking to cement their position at the top of the Group F table.

Despite pitted in the Group Of Death, Arsenal have surprised everyone by winning both their matches against Marseille and Napoli.

Alex Ferguson: Steven Gerrard is not a Top, Top Player

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Alex Ferguson: Steven Gerrard is not a Top, Top Player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The much anticipated Sir Alex Ferguson's Autobiography is out and as expected he devoted enough space to shed his opinion on Liverpool FC and its players.

The legendary manager of Manchester United devoted an entire chapter on Liverpool and shared his opinions on Steven Gerrard and Rafael Benitez as well.

Possible Arsenal Starting XI To Face Dortmund

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Possible Arsenal Starting XI To Face Dortmund - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will face German giants and last season's Champions League finalist Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates tonight in the Champions League Group Stage, Match Day 3, looking to make it three wins in a row.

PICTURE: Happy Birthday Arsene Wenger

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PICTURE: Happy Birthday Arsene Wenger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have wished their beloved manager Arsene Wenger on his 64th Birthday by posting a picture of the Frenchman and his managerial records on Instagram.

Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and played an immense role in shaping the vicissitudes of the North London club.

Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against Schalke

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Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against Schalke - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have traveled to Germany to face Group E leader Schalke 04 in the Champions League on Tuesday night, where manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to earn back-to-back victories in the competition.

The Blues will miss the services of left-back Ashley Cole yet again.

Man Utd’s Shinji Kagawa to return to Dortmund in January?

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Man Utd's Shinji Kagawa to return to Dortmund in January? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United misfit Shinji Kagawa could return to old club Borussia Dortmund after 18 months away from the Bundesliga.

The 24-year-old Japan international has played just 30 games for United since moving to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012.

Chelsea vs Schalke: Preview+ Possible Line-Up + Prediction

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Chelsea vs Schalke: Preview+ Possible Line-Up + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on German outfit Schalke 04 on Tuesday night in the Champions League at the Veltins-Arena, where manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to earn back-to-back victories in this competition.

Arsenal and Chelsea told to pay over €70m For German Star Julian Draxler

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Arsenal and Chelsea told to pay over €70m For German Star Julian Draxler - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Schalke 04 have quoted Premier League pair Arsenal and Chelsea a fee of €70 million if they want to sign rising German star Julian Draxler.

Both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have been linked with a move for Draxler, 20, who has nine caps for his country.

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund preview: Tough test for the in-form Gunners

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Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund preview: Tough test for the in-form Gunners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund
UEFA Champions League Group F
Emirates Stadium
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Kick off: 7.

Who has been the best Premier League summer signing so far?

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Who has been the best Premier League summer signing so far? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the Premier League back in full flight after the summer transfer silly season, the division is starting to take shape.

The new additions to most squads have been given the thumbs up or down by their respective supporters, but who has been the best new face from the summer?

Marco Reus – The Main Threat For Arsenal

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Marco Reus The Main Threat For Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund will be the talk of Europe tonight as they take on one another in the UEFA Champions League.

Both sides are blessed with attacking talent in abundance, but one name in particular stands out as a threat against the Gunners.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City Target Reveals REAL Interest

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City Target Reveals REAL Interest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spain and Juventus striker Fernando Llorente has revealed Real Madrid tried to sign him twice whilst he was at Athletic Bilbao.

The 6 foot 5 inch target man, 28, left the Basque Country for Turin on a free transfer this summer, but has only made six appearances for Juve, scoring once.

Liverpool Must Sign Arda Turan This Time

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Liverpool Must Sign Arda Turan This Time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"I most want to play at Liverpool because of the culture of the club and the fans."

That was Arda Turan in 2009. Things were different back then. Under Rafael Benitez, Liverpool were one of the major power house of Europe then and could attract big names.

Julian Draxler – The Main Threat For Chelsea

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Julian Draxler The Main Threat For Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to Germany to face Schalke 04 in the Match Day 3 of the UEFA Champions League, where the Blues would be looking for a back-to-back victory in this competition.

The Blues have been handed a more-or-less relatively easy group to deal with.

Chelsea Team News: Ashley Cole Misses Out, Schurrle Travels

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Chelsea Team News: Ashley Cole Misses Out, Schurrle Travels - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to Germany to face Schalke 04 in the Match Day 3 of the UEFA Champions League, where the Blues would be looking for a back-to-back victory in this competition.

The Blues have already lost one match in the Champions League and therefore the double headers against Schalke could prove to be vital for the Blues.

Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic set to clash in World Cup playoffs

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Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic set to clash in World Cup playoffs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Portugal have drawn unseeded Sweden in the standout fixture of next month's World Cup playoffs.

All eyes will be drawn to Lisbon and Stockholm in November as Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic lead their respective countries, knowing one star player will miss out on Brazil.

Arsenal Injury Latest: Mathieu Flamini Ruled Out Against Dortmund

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Arsenal Injury Latest: Mathieu Flamini Ruled Out Against Dortmund - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on German giants Borussia Dortmund at the Emirates Stadium in the Champions League Group Stage Match Day three, looking to cement their position at the top of Group F.

The Gunners are pitted in the Group of Death that also features Serie A giants Napoli and French outfit Marseille as the other two teams.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Nike Mercurial IX CR7 Boot – Out Of This World

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Cristiano Ronaldo: Nike Mercurial IX CR7 Boot Out Of This World - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of next week's El Clasico, Nike, is celebrating the on-pitch dominance of one of the world's best players, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, with their latest version of the Mercurial boot.

Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund: Four Key Tactical Battles

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Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund: Four Key Tactical Battles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal hosting Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund in this season's group stage is one of the standout fixtures in Europe this week.

We look at four head-to-heads where the match may be won and lost for Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp:

Kieran Gibbs v Jakub Blaszczykowski

If Gunners left back Gibbs harbours any World Cup ambitions he must do what Leighton Baines did on international duty: shackle Poland captain Blaszczykowski.

RIDICULOUS – Arsenal player mocks Man Utd’s current plight

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RIDICULOUS Arsenal player mocks Man Utd's current plight - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal player Emmanuel Frimpong really needs a psychiatrist to help him out. He is such a shame to be called a professional.

Friendly banters, making fun of others are something which we commonly associate with us – football fans.

Robin van Persie unhappy with David Moyes’ training methods?

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Robin van Persie unhappy with David Moyes' training methods? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pressure is mounting on David Moyes from all corners. Already, Man Utd have had a stuttering start in the Premier League and are trailing behind league leaders Arsenal by eight points, last things the Scot needs is his talisman player getting frustrated and unhappy.

Javier Hernandez – The Curious Case And Dying Breed Of Strikers

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Javier Hernandez The Curious Case And Dying Breed Of Strikers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The changing nature of the game has led to dominance of the centre of the pitch and thus three-man midfields becoming more and more important to controlling matches. With the extra man generally being pulled back into the midfield from the front-line (rather than from the defence, though three-at-the-back formations are becoming more regularly used), the deployment of lone striker formations has become increasingly common.

Gazza The Legend: Time To Move On, Before It’s Too Late

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Gazza The Legend: Time To Move On, Before It's Too Late - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since Paul Gascoigne retired from Football he has spectacularly failed to fill the void left by the lack of structure, training and the purpose he found as a professional footballer and the satisfaction one feels when practising your preferred vocation.

Five Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Five Footballers Who Love To Play Poker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football and poker may well require different skill-sets, but some attributes are needed for both; calmness under pressure, a steady eye and a calculated approach. Whether footballers are picking up poker tips from their dressing room card games or playing on bwin.

Is Marouane Fellaini Really Manchester United Class?

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Is Marouane Fellaini Really Manchester United Class? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was yet another disappointing performance at home. Yet another disappointing result at home. Manchester United's misery continues and already people have started to doubt the managerial caliber of David Moyes.

Chelsea Plot Audacious £50m January Double Swoop

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Chelsea Plot Audacious £50m January Double Swoop - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are targeting Marseille destroyer Gianelli Imbula and Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala as January reinforcements.

According to the Metro, Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen the spine of the Blues side despite already having a squad with cut-throat competition for places.

Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City – UCL Match Day 3 Predictions

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Chelsea, Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City UCL Match Day 3 Predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Champions League is back this midweek and we have come cracking games to engross ourselves with. Arsenal will take on German giants Borussia Dortmund while Chelsea will travel to Germany to face Schalke 04.

Giuseppe Rossi: Hat-trick completes comeback story

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Giuseppe Rossi: Hat-trick completes comeback story - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Giuseppe Rossi is back and scoring in Serie A.

When Giuseppe Rossi hit a hat-trick that downed Italian champions Juventus this weekend he completed a comeback two years in the making.

Rewind to October 2011.

Why did Newcastle play Ben Arfa, not Remy, through the middle?

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Why did Newcastle play Ben Arfa, not Remy, through the middle? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alan Pardew's Newcastle side battled well to earned a point against Liverpool in a 2-2 draw yesterday, despite being reduced to ten men for the majority of the contest.

The St James' Park side took the lead twice, only to be pegged back, but in the end the home faithful will be relatively satisfied with a point under the circumstances.

Should Manchester United have signed Wanyama, not Fellaini?

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Should Manchester United have signed Wanyama, not Fellaini? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United were held at home by Southampton yesterday, drawing 1-1 in another blow for David Moyes and the Premier League champions.

Few would have begrudged the Saints a point from the game considering their performance, and a late equaliser was just rewards for their efforts over the course of the 90 minutes.

Bundesliga Baffled By Bayer Leverkusen Ghost Goal

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Bundesliga Baffled By Bayer Leverkusen Ghost Goal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German referee Felix Brych's name is mud in Hoffenheim after he awarded Bayer Leverkusen a decisive ghost goal in their Bundesliga match on Friday night.

Stefan Kiessling (pictured above) headed wide 70 minutes in, but the ball went through a hole in the Hoffenheim net.

PICTURE: Steven Gerrard scoring his 100th Premier League Goal

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PICTURE: Steven Gerrard scoring his 100th Premier League Goal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool skipper and club legend Steven Gerrard scored his 100th Premier League goal, after scoring from the penalty spot against Newcastle United at St James' Park.

Liverpool enjoyed the lion-share of possession after Newcastle went down to 10-man, but the Reds could only salvage a point in the end, as the match finished 2-2.

Premier League MatchDay 8 – Five Things To Look Forward To This Weekend

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Premier League MatchDay 8 Five Things To Look Forward To This Weekend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We are into Match Day 8 and as usual expecting yet another cracking weekend of Premier League actions. Plenty of things to look forward to this weekend despite there are potentially no so called big-matches scheduled.

Arsenal vs Norwich: Preview + Possible Line-Up + Prediction

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Arsenal vs Norwich: Preview + Possible Line-Up + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Norwich City on Saturday at the Emirates looking to cement their position at the top of the Premier League table.

The Gunners are on a roll here since their opening day defeat at the hands of Aston Villa.

Januzaj signs new five-year deal at Manchester United

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Januzaj signs new five-year deal at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have confirmed that star winger Adnan Januzaj has signed a new five-year deal with the club.

The Belgian-born attacker has shot into the public eye after netting twice for the Premier League champions against Sunderland in his first Premier League start.

Lambert confirms Tottenham’s summer interest in Christian Benteke

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Lambert confirms Tottenham's summer interest in Christian Benteke - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has confirmed that Tottenham made an enquiry for striker Christian Benteke over the summer.

However, the Scottish boss claims that the north Londoners did not make an official offer for the forward and that he was not worried about the Belgium international leaving Villa Park.

Bosnian golden age sees World Cup qualification long time in making

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Bosnian golden age sees World Cup qualification long time in making - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In scenes of jubilation Tuesday night in Sarejevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, football fans joined in rousing celebrations across the city as the former war-torn province qualified for its first major footballing competition; Not just a European championship; but a World Cup.

Possible Man Utd Starting XI Against Southampton

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Possible Man Utd Starting XI Against Southampton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will entertain Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday looking to win back to back league matches for the first time this season.

David Moyes has no major injury concern for this tie but some of the players have returned with slight knocks and their fitness will be assessed before the game.

The best players in Europe so far in 2013-14

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The best players in Europe so far in 2013-14 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the international break, domestic football resumes around Europe this weekend. Most leagues are starting to take shape, with the potential title contenders making themselves known and the sides that could struggle worrying their fans.

Liverpool preparing bid for Barcelona’s right back Martin Montoya

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Liverpool preparing bid for Barcelona's right back Martin Montoya - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We reported yesterday that Chelsea are targeting Barcelona's young right back Martin Montoya and are keen to land him either in the January transfer window or at the end of the season.

The 22-year-old who made him debut in 2011 under former manager Pep Guardiola has struggled to secure regular starting berth due to the continuous presence of Brazilian right back Dani Alves.

Liverpool Injury Latest + Prediction vs Newcastle

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Liverpool Injury Latest + Prediction vs Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will travel to St. James' Park on Saturday to face Newcastle United looking to cement their position at the top of the table.

Brendan Rodgers will be boosted by the return of right back Glen Johnson for this tie, while midfielder Joe Allen and on-loan left-back from Valencia Aly Cissokho could feature too.

Possible Arsenal Starting XI To Face Norwich City

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Possible Arsenal Starting XI To Face Norwich City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon looking to solidify their position at the top of the Premier League table.

Arsene Wenger said ahead of the match that Mesut Ozil is fit and fine and that the knock he suffered while playing for Germany in the midweek was a minor one.

Premier League MatchDay 8 Predictions – Wins for United, Arsenal and Chelsea

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Premier League MatchDay 8 Predictions – Wins for United, Arsenal and Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League returns this weekend after the international break, with club rivalries and domestic objectives back on the agenda. It is a big weekend for those at the top, who will look to extend their lead, and those at the bottom, who want to escape the lower reaches of the division.

Possible Liverpool Starting XI Against Newcastle

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Possible Liverpool Starting XI Against Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers will get almost a full-strength squad when Liverpool will travel to Tyneside to face Newcastle United in the Saturday lunch-time Kick-off.

Rodgers will continue with his 3-4-1-2 formation and few players would reap the benefit out of it.

Comment – Should Arsenal consider a move for Iker Casillas?

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Comment Should Arsenal consider a move for Iker Casillas? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal must not lose this opportunity in the January Transfer window to sign yet another Real Madrid superstar. You guessed it right I'm talking about Iker Casillas.

One section of Arsenal fans believe that there is no need to buy another goal keeper as Wojciech Szczesny is more than handy enough to keep the gloves week-in-week-out.

Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against Cardiff City

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Possible Chelsea Starting XI Against Cardiff City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will entertain the newly promoted side Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday where Jose Mourinho would be looking for nothing less than full three points.

The gaffer has almost a fully fit squad for this tie.

Three Managerial Casualties From World Cup Qualifying

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Three Managerial Casualties From World Cup Qualifying - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Every manager in the world knows that the price of failure is losing your job. At international level, the margins for error are thin, especially in World Cup qualifying.

As the regular route to Brazil ended this week, here are three coaches now looking for work:

Igor Stimac

Croatia are still in with a shout of making it to the World Cup.

Three things England can expect from Chile friendly

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Three things England can expect from Chile friendly - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England have lined up November friendlies with Chile and Germany after qualifying for the World Cup finals earlier this week.

Anyone who watched the Wembley Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund this past May knows plenty about what sort of test Germany will pose.

Brazil 2014 suddenly looks far away for the land way under

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Brazil 2014 suddenly looks far away for the land way under - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The All Whites celebrating their historic draw against defending champions Italy in South Africa 2012

As the titans of world football played out the final chapters in their seemingly never-ending road to World Cup 2014 in Brazil a small, rather insignificant dot on the football world's heel watched on.

The crazy reason that England are not seeded at the World Cup

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The crazy reason that England are not seeded at the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The ludicrous Fifa ranking system and the sheer pointless nature of international friendlies are summed up in one sweeping, but true, statement: Had England not played against Sweden and Republic of Ireland in friendlies, they would be seeded at the World Cup.

Germany: Five Coaches Since Reunification

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Germany: Five Coaches Since Reunification - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today's announcement that Joachim Low has signed a two-year contract extension to remain Germany manager through until Euro 2016 means he could become the country's longest-serving coach since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Patrice Evra to consider Man Utd future

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Patrice Evra to consider Man Utd future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This could be the final season for Manchester United left back Patrice Evra at Old Trafford. According to reports in France, the defender is giving serious thoughts about leaving the Red Devils at the end of the season.

Liverpool Midfielder Reveals World Cup Dream

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Liverpool Midfielder Reveals World Cup Dream - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva is targeting a spot at the World Cup after making his international comeback.

Lucas, 26, has put a two-year injury nightmare behind him by returning to action with Brendan Rodgers's Reds this season.

Arsene Wenger Set to Sign New Deal With Arsenal

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Arsene Wenger Set to Sign New Deal With Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly agreed to sign a two-year contract extension with the Gunners to extend his stay at the Emirates till 2016.

The Frenchman's contract at the North London club runs down at the end of the season and earlier this year, reports were emerging that Wenger will not sign a new deal with the Premier League leaders.

Kevin De Bruyne Determined to Prove Why He Deserves to Play Under Jose Mourinho

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Kevin De Bruyne Determined to Prove Why He Deserves to Play Under Jose Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea wingerKevin De Bruyneremains confident that he can prove his worth to show Jose Mourinho that he deserves a place in the Blues' starting line up.

Kevin De Bruyne

The Belgium international had a poor run during the West London club's 2-0 Capital One Cup win over Swindon, which had seen the 22 year old being left out of the squad for Chelsea's Champions League trip to face Steaua Bucharest and for the next Premier League tie against Norwich City.

Arsenal and Tottenham Suffer Blow in Signing Lazio’s Hernanes

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Arsenal and Tottenham Suffer Blow in Signing Lazio's Hernanes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur's hope of signing Lazio playmaker Hernanes has suffered a blow after the Serie A club's sporting director Igli Tare revealed that the Italian outfit are keen on keeping the player at the Stadio Olimpico.

Arsenal Injury Latest + Prediction vs Norwich City

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Arsenal Injury Latest + Prediction vs Norwich City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Norwich City at the Emirates on Saturday looking to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table.

Fans of Arsenal were given an injury scare in midweek with the news that record signing Mesut Ozil was forced off in the dying minutes of Germany's 3-2 World Cup Qualifier victory against Sweden.

Man Utd close to signing Brazilian wonderkid Bruno Gomes: Round-Up

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Man Utd close to signing Brazilian wonderkid Bruno Gomes: Round-Up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazilian wonder kid Bruno Gomes has been linked with Manchester United for some time now. And the player himself hinted on Twitter that he could sign for the Premier League Champions today.

Wenger Blames Man Utd Star for Arsenal’s Poor Form Last Season

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Wenger Blames Man Utd Star for Arsenal's Poor Form Last Season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed the sale of Robin van Persie to Manchester United last summer had destabilised the team and had an impact on their form during the early months of the previous campaign.

Liverpool’s Summer Signing Tiago Illori to Leave in January?

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Liverpool's Summer Signing Tiago Illori to Leave in January? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool defender Tiago Illori has been once again a transfer target after joining the Reds from Sporting Lisbon this summer as the La Liga side Valencia are preparing a loan move to bring the centre-back to Spain in January.

Stan Kroenke Aims Silverware Glory After Massive Commercial Success

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Stan Kroenke Aims Silverware Glory After Massive Commercial Success - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's American owner Stan Kroenkehas stressed the importance of winning the Premier League title this season to end their close to a decade trophy drought in the annual general meet, which took place on Thursday.

Four Former Premier League Stars Involved in Football Coaching

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Four Former Premier League Stars Involved in Football Coaching - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ryan Giggs has said he is "enjoying" his role in David Moyes's backroom team at Manchester United.

Red Devils legend Giggs, who turns 40 next month, told the Manchester Evening News: "Education is the next step in my career and I'm enjoying it.

Wenger Outlines Arsenal’s Plan to End Trophy Drought

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Wenger Outlines Arsenal's Plan to End Trophy Drought - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has outlined his side's desire to win the Premier League title this season to finally end their eight year long trophy drought.

Arsene Wenger

The Gunners have failed to lift a single trophy for close to a decade now, which has seen the Frenchman receive all round criticism from the club fans and football pundits across the world.

Juventus preparing a January loan move for Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha

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Juventus preparing a January loan move for Man Utd's Wilfried Zaha - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juventus are planning to raid on Manchester United once again in January as the Italian champions are preparing a loan move forWilfried Zaha.

The 20-year-old was Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing at Old Trafford before United's legendary manager stepped down from his post at the end of the last season.

Latest FIFA World Ranking – Five Winners And Losers

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Latest FIFA World Ranking Five Winners And Losers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The release of today's updated FIFA World Rankings following the end of normal World Cup qualifying saw England miss out on a spot as one of the seeds for the draw.

With that to come in December after the playoffs for the remaining spots have been decided, Soccerlens looks at other winners and losers:

Switzerland

Ottmar Hitzfled masterminded Borussia Dortmund's period of dominance, now he coaches Switzerland.

The Murky World of Political Correctness Enters England’s Dressing Room

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The Murky World of Political Correctness Enters England's Dressing Room - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The story should have been about England reaching the World Cup Finals after winning both of their final qualification matches. Fans rejoiced at how smoothly England progressed in the end as we normally make it far harder for ourselves.

Tottenham Eye January Move For Ezequiel Lavezzi But Do They Need Him?

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Tottenham Eye January Move For Ezequiel Lavezzi But Do They Need Him? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur are looking to make a smart January move for yet another Argentine star Ezequiel Lavezzi.

The 28-year-old has dropped down the pecking orders at the Parisian club following the arrivals of Edinson Cavani from Napoli in the summer.

The Unrivaled Drama Of The World Cup

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The Unrivaled Drama Of The World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

You know the story by now. As the seconds drained away in Costa Rica and Panama, Mexico had completed their final and ultimate capitulation: Needing just a point to seal a playoff berth, El Tri were dreadfully losing 2-1 in the rain against a Costa Rica side with nothing to play for, under their third manager in three months.

PICTURE – Birthday Boy Ozil Celebrates & He Looks Absolutely Fine

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PICTURE Birthday Boy Ozil Celebrates & He Looks Absolutely Fine - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans feared the worst after hearing the news that star midfielder Mesut Ozil was withdrawnshortly before the end of Germany's 5-3 win over Sweden in the World Cup Qualifiers but it seems the injury is not bad as feared.

REVEALED: Kagawa’s Form For Japan Suffering Only For Moyes

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REVEALED: Kagawa's Form For Japan Suffering Only For Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa has admitted that lack of playtime under David Moyes for the Premier League champions has impacted his performance for Japan.

Shinji Kagawa

The 24 year old saw his national side lose two friendly matches during the international break as Japan suffered defeats against Serbia and Belarus.

Arsenal Set To Miss Out On Yet Another Target

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Arsenal Set To Miss Out On Yet Another Target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan have beaten Arsenal to the signature of Valencia centre back Adil Rami with the Serie A side set to take him on loan.

The 27-year-old, capped 26 times by France, has been frozen out at the Mestalla after publicly criticizing Los Che coach Miroslav Djukic.

Liverpool Lose All Hopes Of Getting Back Xabi Alonso Again

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Liverpool Lose All Hopes Of Getting Back Xabi Alonso Again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have suffered a blow in re-signing their former midfielder Xabi Alonso next summer after Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada revealed that the Real Madrid midfielder is likely to sign a two-year deal with a club in the United States.

Chelsea Target Barcelona Right Back Martin Montoya

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Chelsea Target Barcelona Right Back Martin Montoya - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are keen to bring Barcelona's highly talented right-back, Martin Montoya, who is also a reported target of Arsenal and Liverpool.

Montoya has struggled to secure regular starting berth at Camp Nou, due to the continous presence of evergreen Brazilian, Dani Alves.

Confident Wenger Outlines His Philosophy in the Arsenal AGM

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Confident Wenger Outlines His Philosophy in the Arsenal AGM - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke about his philosophy in the latest AGM held today at the Emirates, where he expects good things to come at the end of the season for the Gunners.

Reflecting on last season where Arsenal narrowly pipped their rival Tottenham Hotspur for the top four spot, Wenger said it was tough right from the beginning till the end but the most disappointing aspect was losing out to lower division teams in the Cup competitions.

Arsenal target Adil Rami set for AC Milan loan

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Arsenal target Adil Rami set for AC Milan loan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan have beaten Arsenal to the signature of Valencia centre back Adil Rami with the Serie A side set to take him on loan.

The 27-year-old, capped 26 times by France, has been frozen out at the Mestalla after publicly criticizing Los Che coach Miroslav Djukic.

Former Liverpool Star Alonso Likely to Sign Two Year Deal With New Club

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Former Liverpool Star Alonso Likely to Sign Two Year Deal With New Club - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have suffered a blow in re-signing their former midfielder Xabi Alonso next summer after Spanish journalist Pipi Estrada revealed that the Real Madrid midfielder is likely to sign a two-year deal with a club in the United States.

Arsenal Star Surprised After Real Madrid’s Sale of Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal Star Surprised After Real Madrid's Sale of Mesut Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has revealed that he was shocked when he heard that Real Madrid have allowed Mesut Ozil to join the Gunners.

Mesut Ozil

The German international was signed by Arsene Wenger for a club record transfer fee of £42.

Former Arsenal and England Midfielder Insists England Lack Quality for Brazil 2014

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Former Arsenal and England Midfielder Insists England Lack Quality for Brazil 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former England midfielder and Arsenal legend Ray Parlour insists that Roy Hodgson's side are still far away from having a competitive squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Barcelona Reach Agreement for Long-Term Manchester United Defender Target

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Barcelona Reach Agreement for Long-Term Manchester United Defender Target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's hope of signing long term defender target Mats Hummels have suffered a blow after the Borussia Dortmund centre-back has reportedly reached an agreement with Barcelona.

United Star Kagawa Reveals Reason Behind His Poor Form for Japan

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United Star Kagawa Reveals Reason Behind His Poor Form for Japan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa has admitted that lack of playtime under David Moyes for the Premier League champions has impacted his performance for Japan.

Shinji Kagawa

The 24 year old saw his national side lose two friendly matches during the international break as Japan suffered defeats against Serbia and Belarus.

Luis Suarez Reveals Reason Behind Extending Liverpool Stay Beyond Summer

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Luis Suarez Reveals Reason Behind Extending Liverpool Stay Beyond Summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez has revealed that Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard played a huge role in persuading the Uruguayan international to continue with Brendan Rodger' side.

Steven Gerrard- Luis Suarez

The former Ajax man had urged to leave the Merseyside club in the summer, which had seen him been constantly linked with a move away from Anfield.

Arsenal Eye Move For £13m German Winger Patrick Herrmann: News Round-Up

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Arsenal Eye Move For £13m German Winger Patrick Herrmann: News Round-Up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal would be looking to increase their German contingent in the squad, as manager Arsene Wenger is keen to land the highly rated Borussia Monchengladbach winger Patrick Herrmann.

Thomas doubts the Gunners can fire him to the World Cup

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Thomas doubts the Gunners can fire him to the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After Thomas Vermaelen joined Arsenal for some 10million euros in 2009, he quickly became a regular member of the squad's defence, one of Arsene Wenger's first team regulars and trusted player on the park to extent that he assumed the captaincy.

Ridiculous Dive, Goal, Assist – Suarez back with OLD tricks

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Ridiculous Dive, Goal, Assist Suarez back with OLD tricks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez back with his old tricks again. For a brief period of time, he was a reformed Luis Suarez, after returning back from a 10-match suspension. But, how long can you control your old habits?

England 2 Poland 0: Key Observations

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England 2 Poland 0: Key Observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England secured their place at next summer's World Cup with a 2-0 win over Poland last night, with goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard enough to get Roy Hodgson's men over the line.

With a lot at stake and nerves jangling, the result was exactly what England needed and they consequently topped Group H.

5 Reasons Why Chelsea Must Sign Paul Pogba

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5 Reasons Why Chelsea Must Sign Paul Pogba - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been reported in the media that Chelsea are interested in signing the highly rated young midfielder from Juventus, Paul Pogba and could make a bid in the region of £25m in the January Transfer window.

Former Manchester United starlet and England hopeful in trouble again

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Former Manchester United starlet and England hopeful in trouble again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After an accomplished start to the new season, many are stating that Ravel Morrison has turned a corner and is finally ready to live up to the hype surrounding him.

The West Ham winger has been in excellent form for his club and has also broke into Gareth Southgate's England under-21 side of late.

World Cup qualification roundup: England and Spain through

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World Cup qualification roundup: England and Spain through - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A 2-0 win over Poland booked England's place at the World Cup finals as the European qualifiers came to an end..

Late goals in either half from Wayne Rooney and skipper Steven Gerrard sent Roy Hodgson's team to Brazil.

No Palace Joy for Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha – Another mistake from Moyes?

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No Palace Joy for Man Utd's Wilfried Zaha Another mistake from Moyes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has admitted defeat in signing Manchester United youngster Wilfried Zaha on loan in January.

Wilfried Zaha

The 20-year-old was Sir Alex Ferguson's last signing at Old Trafford after the Premier League champions accepted a deal with Palace in January this year.

Arsenal or Chelsea – Who will land Karim Benzema in January?

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Arsenal or Chelsea Who will land Karim Benzema in January? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid president Florentino Perezhas hinted his side could make a move in signing AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao in the next summer transfer window.

Karim Benzema

The Spanish giants have already added Gareth Bale to their squad on a world record transfer in September and a move for the Colombian striker would make them the dominant force in Europe.

Real Madrid President Hints Move for Former Chelsea Target

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Real Madrid President Hints Move for Former Chelsea Target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid could make an approach for AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao after the Spanish side's president Florentino Perezhinted a move for the Colombian hotshot next summer could be a possibility.

Liverpool Legend Gives Verdict on Return of Reds’ Star

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Liverpool Legend Gives Verdict on Return of Reds' Star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes the return of Glen Johnson from injury has been given the Reds a major boost for upcoming Premier League fixtures.

The England international injured his ankle during the Merseyside club's 1-0 victory over their rivals Manchester United at Anfield in September.

Brazil blog: Scolari takes chance to assess all options

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Brazil blog: Scolari takes chance to assess all options - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazil boss Phil Scolari (right) is getting the best out of star player Neymar.

Familiar names Neymar and Oscar did the damage for Brazil in successive victories on the Far East leg of their World Cup warm-up global tour.

Arsenal goalkeeping target available for right price

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Arsenal goalkeeping target available for right price - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has admitted that his club would find it hard to reject an approach from Arsenal or another top club for highly rated goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

The Bosnia international has grown in stature significantly at the Britannia Stadium over the last 12 months, with the eastern European stopper pulling out some impressive performances for the Potters.

Three keepers Barcelona want to replace Victor Valdes

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Three keepers Barcelona want to replace Victor Valdes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hinting that moneybags Ligue 1 club AS Monaco is his next port of call earlier this week, Barcelona goalie Victor Valdes needs replacing.

Three names in particular have been linked with Barca, so we assess the credentials of each:

Thibaut Courtois

Atletico Madrid loan stopper Courtois is in his third season in La Liga and continues to earn rave reviews.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to face fans fury for failing to keep promises

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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to face fans fury for failing to keep promises - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans have hardly anything to complain about. They were furious, dejected and vocal when the Gunners lost 3-1 in the opening day of the season against Aston Villa at the Emirates.

Thomas Vermaelen hints exit to boost World Cup chances

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Thomas Vermaelen hints exit to boost World Cup chances - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has hinted for the first time that he might consider leaving the club in January in orderto improve his chances of playing in the World Cup finals.

The 27-year-old has lost his starting place to the partnership between Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker and has made only one sub appearance in the league so far.

Man Utd to battle with Barcelona for Atletico’s bright star Koke

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Man Utd to battle with Barcelona for Atletico's bright star Koke - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United may have signed Marouane Fellaini for a hefty transfer fee in the summer transfer window but people have understood by now that he is not the solution to United's midfield woes.

Wilfried Zaha: Three loan options for Man United winger

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Wilfried Zaha: Three loan options for Man United winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The honour of being Sir Alex Ferguson's final signing as Manchester United manager cannot detract from the fact that Wilfried Zaha must feel frustrated.

Since completing his arranged move to Old Trafford in the summer Zaha has play just one hour of football for the Red Devils.

Players Wenger Must Buy in January That Can Define Arsenal’s Fate

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Players Wenger Must Buy in January That Can Define Arsenal's Fate - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Doubters are already weighing in on the stamina of Premier League table toppers Arsenal.

Record buy Mesut Ozil alone cannot elegantly assist the Gunners to a first trophy in nigh on nine years is the cry.

REVEALED: Why Agger Rejected Barcelona Move

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REVEALED: Why Agger Rejected Barcelona Move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Apart from being a fantastic footballer, first thing that comes to mind while talking about the Daniel Agger is – his loyalty and commitment. He has been at the club since 2006 and earned the role of vice-captain and the status of cult-hero with his passion and consistent performance over the years.

Are Real Madrid plotting to pair Falcao and Suarez?

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Are Real Madrid plotting to pair Falcao and Suarez? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Batistuta and Crespo, Ronaldo and Rivaldo, great international South American strike partnerships of modern times. Real Madrid seemingly want to create their own at club level.

Carlo Ancelotti could make swoops in the next two transfer windows for Liverpool's Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez and £50 million Colombian hitman Radamel Falcao of AS Monaco.

Manchester United’s ideal signing unhappy in Spain

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Manchester United's ideal signing unhappy in Spain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's search for a new midfielder looks likely to continue in the January transfer window, with an ideal transfer target potentially unsettled in Spain.

Sami Khedira, who the Premier League champions are thought to have made a late bid for before the summer transfer window closed, has voiced his discontent at Real Madrid, stating that he is being treated as a scapegoat.

Liverpool to move for Sensational £7m Goal-Machine: News Round-Up

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Liverpool to move for Sensational £7m Goal-Machine: News Round-Up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are still not out of the race for signing Barcelona forward Cristian Tello after the Spaniard has opened the door for a move away from the Catalan club next year.

The 22-year-old claimed earlier in the summer that he snubbed a chance to join the Merseyside club in order to continue with the La Liga winners.

Reds Eye Move For Barcelona Starlet; Greek goal-machine linked – News Round-Up

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Reds Eye Move For Barcelona Starlet; Greek goal-machine linked News Round-Up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are still not out of the race for signing Barcelona forward Cristian Tello after the Spaniard has opened the door for a move away from the Catalan club next year.

The 22-year-old claimed earlier in the summer that he snubbed a chance to join the Merseyside club in order to continue with the La Liga winners.

£22m Barca Star linked with Man Utd – News Round-Up

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£22m Barca Star linked with Man Utd News Round-Up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has now a road named after him – Sir Alex Ferguson Way.

The 71-year-old who managed this iconic club for 26 years, before returning in May also received the Honourary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony at the council chambers.

Man Utd News Round-Up: £22m Barca Star linked, Chicharito targeted by Spurs

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Man Utd News Round-Up: £22m Barca Star linked, Chicharito targeted by Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has now a road named after him – Sir Alex Ferguson Way.

The 71-year-old who managed this iconic club for 26 years, before returning in May also received the Honourary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony at the council chambers.

Photos: The Great SAF now has a road named after him – Sir Alex Ferguson Way

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Photos: The Great SAF now has a road named after him Sir Alex Ferguson Way - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yes, you read it right. Former Manchester United boss, who is arguably the greatest ever manager in England, now has a road named after him Sir Alex Ferguson Way.

The 71-year-old who managed this iconic club for 26 years, before returing in May also received the Honourary Freedom of the Borough of Trafford at a formal ceremony at the council chambers.

Liverpool Encouraged In Signing Barcelona Forward

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Liverpool Encouraged In Signing Barcelona Forward - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have been alerted to signing Barcelona forward Cristian Tello after the Spaniard has opened the door for a move away from the Catalan club next year. The 22 year old has been on Brendan Rodgers' radar as the Northern Irishman was keen on landing him in the summer.

Last five meetings: England v Poland

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Last five meetings: England v Poland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England have a very good record against Tuesday's opponents in their final World Cup qualifier Poland.

Unbeaten in 40 years, the current crop knows a win will be guarantee them a place in Brazil.

Why Arsenal Must Sign Karim Benzema in January

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Why Arsenal Must Sign Karim Benzema in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal were linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in the summer but the deal never materialized. The Gunners are linked with Benzema again as The Standard reports the North Londoners were told they can sign Benzema in the winter for a cut price deal.

England v Poland, World Cup qualifiers Preview: Team News and Possible Line-ups

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England v Poland, World Cup qualifiers Preview: Team News and Possible Line-ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England are one win away from registering a place in the 2014FIFAWorld Cupin Brazil as the Three Lions take on Poland for the final qualifiers on Tuesday evening. The English side will have a home advantage as the fixture will be held at the famous Wembley Stadium.

Chelsea Determined To Beat Spurs & Arsenal for Jackson Martinez

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Chelsea Determined To Beat Spurs & Arsenal for Jackson Martinez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Porto striker Jackson Martinez in the January transfer window as manager Jose Mourinho is determined to bolster his attacking options.

According to reports from Daily Mirror, the Blues are preparing a £20m offer for the Colombia striker, who has three years still left on his contract.

REVEALED – Moyes blocked the move for £18m world class Ezequiel Garay

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REVEALED Moyes blocked the move for £18m world class Ezequiel Garay - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United were heavily interested in Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay in the summer but the deal never materialized in the end.

It had been reported in the media that United were looking to add a world class defender as they look to find a long term replacement of ageing Rio Ferdinand while the future of skipper Nemanja Vidic was speculated as well.

Liverpool Tactics – The 3-5-2 Formation & How Reds Could Line-up in Future

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Liverpool Tactics The 3-5-2 Formation & How Reds Could Line-up in Future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sitting pretty at the top (joint) of the table, Brendan Rodgers must be feeling good about how his side are going so far this season. Recently Rodgers has used a 3-5-2 formation and it has worked so far.

Can Persistence Pay Off for Paco Jémez?

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Can Persistence Pay Off for Paco Jémez? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

An immensely strong-willed and determined man, the philosophy of Paco Jémez is one which he vehemently defends. A firm believer of playing football in the so-called ‘right way', Jémez's possession-based Rayo Vallecano side represents his beliefs and desire as a whole when it comes to the style and methods employed in the beautiful game.

Frustrated Iago Aspas Needs to Adapt Quickly Else His Future Over at Anfield

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Frustrated Iago Aspas Needs to Adapt Quickly Else His Future Over at Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Iago Aspas is already feeling the pressure. The Spanish striker is finding hard to force through a move into the first team of Brendan Rodgers and has admitted that it is increasingly getting harder for him to get regular games.

Arsenal Told To Make Move For Karim Benzema In January

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Arsenal Told To Make Move For Karim Benzema In January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal targeted Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema in the summer but the deal didn't materialize then. However, as per latest reports, from The Standard, the Gunners could land the Frenchman in the January transfer window, after Madrid have told them they can sign Benzema in the winter for a cut price deal.

Five teams you can expect to see in World Cup playoffs

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Five teams you can expect to see in World Cup playoffs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tuesday marks the end of the regular World Cup qualifying campaign. But don't think everything will be settled then. There's still the lethal lottery of the playoffs to look forward to.

And we're doing just that.

Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal Given Fresh Hope on Lewandowski Transfer

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Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal Given Fresh Hope on Lewandowski Transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Few weeks ago, it seemed like English clubs have missed the opportunity to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund, after it was reported that the Polish striker has verbally agreed to join the German giants Bayern Munich.

Three alternative Poland dangers for England

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Three alternative Poland dangers for England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Anyone who watched Borussia Dortmund in their run to the Champions League final last season knows how much of a threat Poland pair Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowksi pose.

England would be naive to think they are the only dangers in opposition ranks for Tuesday's final World Cup qualifier, however.

Micah Richards: Why Alan Pardew wants Man City defender

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Micah Richards: Why Alan Pardew wants Man City defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been widely reported in recent days that Newcastle United want Manchester City's Micah Richards.

Richards, 25, has seen his career at the Etihad grind to a halt because of a combination of injuries and the emergence of Pablo Zabaleta.

Ridiculous – Former Man Utd star reckons Steven Gerrard to play at Right Back!

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Ridiculous Former Man Utd star reckons Steven Gerrard to play at Right Back! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Shebby Singh, before becoming the Global Adviser of Blackburn Rovers, in a talk-show for ESPN Asia once said that "Gerrard should play at Right back." In fact, he has written a piece about it in 90 minutes magazine, explaining in details why Gerrard should be deployed at right-back and not at central midfield.

Socceroos selection: Aussie options for new national boss

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Socceroos selection: Aussie options for new national boss - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Successive 6-0 defeats to Brazil and France proved terminal for Holger Osieck's tenure in charge of the Socceroos.

Australia may have already qualified for the World Cup, but these recent results raised serious doubts in the FFA hierarchy about their prospects.

Four nations that qualified for the World Cup on Friday

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Four nations that qualified for the World Cup on Friday - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Three more European countries and a South American side booked their spots at next summer's World Cup in Brazil thanks to victories on Friday night.

We look at how these nations did it and whether or not they can look forward to a successful campaign in eight months' time when the tournament gets underway.

Robin van Persie: Five Premier League hat-tricks

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Robin van Persie: Five Premier League hat-tricks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Robin van Persie hit a hat-trick in the Netherlands' 8-1 mauling of Hungary on Friday night.

In honour of this feat which makes him the Clockwork Orange record goalscorer, Soccerlens looks back at van Persie's five Premier League trebles.

Six midfielders England could call on to replace Tom Cleverley

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Six midfielders England could call on to replace Tom Cleverley - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley.

Tom Cleverley has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland with a calf injury.

The 24-year-old trained with the rest of Roy Hodgson's squad on Thursday, but then complained of soreness in his calf, an FA Statement said.

Going Against the Grain: Wilshere’s comments hit home, but not as intended

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Going Against the Grain: Wilshere's comments hit home, but not as intended - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jack Wilshere's comments on Wednesdayon what it means to be an English footballer were blunt and hard hitting,

"We have to remember what we are.

"We are English.

Time for Moyes to change up Man Utd?

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Time for Moyes to change up Man Utd? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It hasn't been the smoothest of starts for Moyes at United, but he will be given time.

It became something of a trademark under Ferguson; flying wingers, clinging to the thin white line allowing their team to utilize the entire width of the field and launch lightening counter blows against teams that were unprepared for the speed and efficiency of the comnig attack.

Arsenal should be favourites to beat Chelsea for €20m Striker in January

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Arsenal should be favourites to beat Chelsea for €20m Striker in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Quality strikers are in demand in the transfer market these days, therefore all eyes will be on Spanish star Fernando Llorente, whose future has been strongly speculated in the media and is heavily linked with a move to English clubs Chelsea and Arsenal.

Chelsea Plotting Sensational Move For £25m Striker in January

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Chelsea Plotting Sensational Move For £25m Striker in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are looking to bolster their strike department in the January Transfer window and have made Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz as his prime target.

The Blues monitored the situation of the striker in the summer but Turkish club Galatasaray had made it clear that the striker was not for sale.

Five German Premier League players looking to emulate Mesut Ozil

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Five German Premier League players looking to emulate Mesut Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil has hit the ground running with Arsenal.

Just in case you've been living under a rock, Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has taken the Premier League by storm.

Nobody so far this season has made more assists than Ozil in England's top flight after his club record transfer to the Gunners on deadline day from Real Madrid.

Three incidents where we needed GoalControl

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Three incidents where we needed GoalControl - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

GoalControl and other goal-line technology systems have been introduced to avoid instances like this.

Following Thursday's announcement from FIFA that GoalControl will be the goal-line technology at the World Cup next summer, Soccerlens looks back on three notorious incidents when it would have come in handy.

No Way Liverpool can sell their £16m Star in January Or Can They?

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No Way Liverpool can sell their £16m Star in January Or Can They? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has been targeted by his former club Zenit St. Petersburg and according to reports from ESPN, the Russian club will make a £16 million bid in January to secure his services.

Danny Murphy: Five career highlights

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Danny Murphy: Five career highlights - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Danny Murphy (left) pictured tussling with Dimitar Berbatov.


Former Fulham and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy called time on his 20-year playing career today.

Soccerlens looks back on five memorable Murphy moments:

Boyhood dream

Murphy signed for Liverpool, his boyhood club, at the age of 20 in the summer of 1997 after coming through the ranks at Crewe Alexandra.

Which European teams can qualify for the World Cup?

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Which European teams can qualify for the World Cup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup trophy

Find yourself wondering what the state of play is in European qualifying for next summer's World Cup? Soccerlens looks at how the road to Brazil is shaping up with two games to go.

England v Montenegro preview: World Cup qualification at stake

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England v Montenegro preview: World Cup qualification at stake - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

First hosts third in World Cup qualifying Group H when England take on Montenegro at Wembley.

England v Montenegro
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group H
Wembley Stadium
Friday, 11 October 2013
Kick-off: 20:00 BST

England face Montenegro for the fourth time since the Balkan state's independence from Serbia in the first of their final two World Cup qualifiers in Group H.

Three tactical choices key to England’s World Cup hopes

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Three tactical choices key to England's World Cup hopes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wembley expects as England take on Montenegro this Friday.

England prepare to take on Montenegro knowing they have never beaten the former Yugoslav nation in its short history since independence.

Jack Wilshere and the politics of identity

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Jack Wilshere and the politics of identity - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nicotine-stained tyro Jack Wilshere has been provoked to comment on the curious case of Adnan Januzaj. A tiny tiny microcosm of our multicultural world, Januzaj is eligible to play international football for the nations of Belgium (European football's most fashionable team), Albania, Middle Earth, Turkey, Kosovo, 2004 Disney Classic 'National Treasure' and, possibly, England.

Messi, Mascherano and Higuain missing for Argentina

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Messi, Mascherano and Higuain missing for Argentina - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Argentina captain Lionel Messi sits Argentina's final World Cup qualifiers out.

Lionel Messi heads three withdrawals from the Argentina squad for their final FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Peru and Uruguay.

Croatia court Adnan Januzaj as allegiance race intensifies

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Croatia court Adnan Januzaj as allegiance race intensifies - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Teenager Adnan Januzaj (centre) has burst on the Premier League scene this season.

Is there any country not trying to secure the services of Adnan Januzaj?

You can add Croatia to a seemingly ever-growing list of nations after Manchester United's teenage winger.

Germany World Cup qualifying update: Bender brothers add to German absences

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Germany World Cup qualifying update: Bender brothers add to German absences - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sven Bender, and twin brother Lars, are regular inclusions in the Germany squad.

Lars and Sven Bender have pulled out of the Germany squad for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers against the Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

Arsenal target earns first France call

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Arsenal target earns first France call - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kurt Zouma plays for Saint-Etienne. KevFB.

Kurt Zouma has received a late call-up to the France roster for the friendly with Australia and final FIFA World Cup qualifier against Finland.

Zouma, 18, plays as a centre back for Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne and was named in the French Under-21 squad.

Gerrard: Sturridge and Rooney perfect partnership for England

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Gerrard: Sturridge and Rooney perfect partnership for England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England skipper Steven Gerrard (centre) has faith in Daniel Sturridge (right) at international level.

England captain Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool teammate Daniel Sturridge and fellow Scouser Wayne Rooney are the perfect strike pairing to fire England to the World Cup.

Balotelli out of Denmark game injured

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Balotelli out of Denmark game injured - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Balotelli has been Italy's first-choice striker under Cesare Prandelli.

Mario Balotelli will miss Italy's FIFA World Cup qualifier away in Denmark with a thigh problem.

Former Manchester City striker Balotelli, 23, missed the Azzurri training session on Wednesday and went to a local hospital after complaining of pain.

Anelka Close To Turning Corner At Albion

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Anelka Close To Turning Corner At Albion - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following another impressive performance against Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion head into the international break unbeaten in their last four league games. However many Baggies fans are still wondering whether they will see the best of their marque summer signing Nicholas Anelka.

Joe Hart receives backing of England colleagues

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Joe Hart receives backing of England colleagues - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Joe Hart is expected to start in goal for England against Montenegro on Friday.

Joe Hart has the "full backing" of the England squad, according to teammates Phil Jagielka and John Ruddy.

The Three Lions are preparing for their final World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.

PHOTOS – Manchester United Footballers At NBA Game

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PHOTOS Manchester United Footballers At NBA Game - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Some of Manchester United footballers spent a night of the international breakwatching a basketball match in Manchester.

Image Courtesy: NBAE/Getty Images

Teenage sensation Adnan Januzaj was spotted along with his club team-mates Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and David De Gea.

Frustrated With Lack of Opportunity, Man Utd Star Hints At Leaving OT

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Frustrated With Lack of Opportunity, Man Utd Star Hints At Leaving OT - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has hinted for the first time that he may have to leave the club in order to get regular game time.

The 25-year-old has started just two games under David Moyes and is largely seen as an impact player.

Arsenal Must Not Lose Bacary Sagna For These Two Major Reasons

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Arsenal Must Not Lose Bacary Sagna For These Two Major Reasons - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are facing an uphill task in keeping French right back Bacary Sagna at the club after the end of the season, as per reports from Daily Mail.

Sagna's contract will expire at the end of the season and it is understood that Arsenal want to open talks over a new contract.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere doesn’t want United’s Januzaj playing for England

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere doesn't want United's Januzaj playing for England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jack Wilshere has ten caps for England.

Jack Wilshere may be the future of England's midfield, but an extraordinary outburst from the Arsenal player on the eve of crunch World Cup qualifiers continues his recent brush with controversy.

Arsenal Latest: Dennis Bergkamp to return as coach? Defender opens contract talks

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Arsenal Latest: Dennis Bergkamp to return as coach? Defender opens contract talks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has revealed his ambition of returning to Arsenal as a coach. The Dutchman who is regarded as one of the most decorated players in the history of the North London club is currently the assistant coach at Ajax.

Mexes punished for Chiellini punch

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Mexes punished for Chiellini punch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Phillipes Mexes counts AS Roma among his former clubs.

Philippe Mexes will serve a four-match ban after punching Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini during AC Milan's 3-2 Serie A defeat in Turin on Sunday.

Bergkamp: Ozil Head and Shoulder Above The Rest At Arsenal

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Bergkamp: Ozil Head and Shoulder Above The Rest At Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil has made a huge difference to the Arsenal side, since the moment he stepped into the North London club on the transfer deadline day from Real Madrid for a club record transfer fee. His sheer presence has lifted the atmosphere completely at the Emirates while the German took no time to show his genius qualities on the pitch.

Arsenal welcomes BT Sport as official partner

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Arsenal welcomes BT Sport as official partner - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

BT Sport has announced today that it has become an official partner of Arsenal Football club. According to the part of the new partnership deal, the Barclays Premier League broadcaster will promote their extensive offering of live football through Arsenal's digital channels in the UK and Ireland.

Gareth Barry hopeful over England recall after Everton move

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Gareth Barry hopeful over England recall after Everton move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Barry, pictured left, with Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Gareth Barry has not given up hope of playing for England again and believes his loan spell at Everton may help his cause.

Gus Poyet: Problems and promise at Sunderland

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Gus Poyet: Problems and promise at Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gus Poyet played for Chelsea and Spurs before going into coaching under Dennis Wise and Juande Ramos. James Boyes.

Gus Poyet prepares to launch himself as a top flight manager at Sunderland, though the popular Uruguayan steps into an unenviable situation.

How do Chelsea fix their striker troubles?

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How do Chelsea fix their striker troubles? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Samuel Eto'o hasn't found his form since signing for Chelsea.

All teams have a lead striker but all "top" teams have a lead striker that can score. There's no denying that Chelsea have had their problems since Drogba left, and this has left them with a dilemma.

The Importance of Gerardo Martino’s Rotation Policy

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The Importance of Gerardo Martino's Rotation Policy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The demands of constant success over a four year period, including international tournaments in the summer, are a real strain on both the body and the mind of even the very top professionals. To perform so consistently at such a high level requires both a player's mental and physical state to be managed effectively.

Gerrard’s Best Ever Assist For Liverpool?

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Gerrard's Best Ever Assist For Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In his 16 years of illustrious career at Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has been involved in so many assists for great Liverpool strikers that one can watch it on Youtube compilations again and again, without getting bored.

Man Utd Latest: Another Belgian Star Linked, Januzaj to get new contract

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Man Utd Latest: Another Belgian Star Linked, Januzaj to get new contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adnan Januzaj is not only the hottest property in England at the moment but he is the hottest subject of discussion at the moment as well. His contract situation has yet to be resolved that has given birth to wild transfer rumours with the player has been linked with several top European clubs.

Should England have a Hart?

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Should England have a Hart? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini says that Joe Hart needs "love" as he aims to return to form. A series of errors and loss of form has placed the spotlight firmly on Hart as England prepare for the two matches that will decide England's World Cup destiny.

Barcelona Eye Move For Chelsea Youngster, Player Wants to Stay in Spain

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Barcelona Eye Move For Chelsea Youngster, Player Wants to Stay in Spain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thibaut Courtois is one of the most popular figures in Spain. Chelsea signed the Belgian goal keeper from Genk in 2011 and immediately sent him on loan to Atletico Madrid. In the past couple of seasons, he has been sensational for the Rojiblancos earning plaudits from all corners.

Arsenal should be favourites to land any of these 4 German stars

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Arsenal should be favourites to land any of these 4 German stars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have been linked with several top midfielders in the summer and even after the transfer is closed, the trend hasn't stopped. Ever since, German star Mesut Ozil has joined the Gunners on the transfer deadline day from Real Madrid, it seems like North London has become a possible destination for some of the top young German players.

Photo – Leaked! Henry and Giroud wearing Puma Arsenal shirts for next season

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Photo Leaked! Henry and Giroud wearing Puma Arsenal shirts for next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There have been several reports in the media that Puma will replace Nike as Arsenal's main kit sponsors next season, though it has not been officially announced by the club.

The picture above has started doing the rounds of Twitter and so we thought to share with you.

Three Liverpool Players Other Than SAS To Reap Benefit From 3-5-2 System

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Three Liverpool Players Other Than SAS To Reap Benefit From 3-5-2 System - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager clearly stated that his new 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 system has been designed not only to integrate his two strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge but to get the best out of both.

Opinion – Man Utd star should consider leaving OT instead of playing bit-part roles

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Opinion Man Utd star should consider leaving OT instead of playing bit-part roles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mexico will be looking up to Javier Hernandez in their last couple of qualifiers, if they want to progress to the finals of the World Cup. He has made his countrymen proud before in the past and all hopes will rest on his shoulder again, as the boy from Guadalajara will be hoping to procure his magic for his nation.

Ravel Morrison, West Ham’s New Hero

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Ravel Morrison, West Ham's New Hero - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football fans around the country were shocked when the full time whistle blew in a muted White Hart Lane. A monumental victory for the hammers inspired by their man of the moment Ravel Morrison. Praise for the 20 year old's mature performances this season have been continuous with Sam Allardyce labelling his glorious solo effort on Sunday as ‘genius' and it's the West Ham boss who should be taking the credit for Ravel's progression.

Embarrassing Twitter Gaffe – Man Utd make a mess of their History

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Embarrassing Twitter Gaffe Man Utd make a mess of their History - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United enjoyed a great weekend on the pitch after a long time. They came back from a goal down to earn a victory in the league against Sunderland after suffering two consecutive league defeats against Man City and West Brom respectively.

Adnan Januzaj: The Wonderkid of Man Utd – One They Must Not Lose

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Adnan Januzaj: The Wonderkid of Man Utd One They Must Not Lose - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adnan Januzaj's contract expires at the end of the season, like many other young players. The difference is that Januzaj has become the most sought after youngster in Football after a match winning performance against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

Man Utd Eye Move For Another Sensational Belgian Wonderkid

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Man Utd Eye Move For Another Sensational Belgian Wonderkid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United were heavily interested in signing Eden Hazard but London rivals Chelsea snapped him up with a better offer, two years back. But, they have a chance now to land the ‘next Eden Hazard', should they show genuine interest and step up the pursuit.

Comment – Liverpool Should Aim For The Title

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Comment Liverpool Should Aim For The Title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are sitting joint top in the League along with Arsenal after round 7 of the English Premier League. The Reds earned a convincing 3-1 victory over the newly promoted Crystal Palace on Saturday where strike duo – Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez found the net yet again.

Spurs’ season: why yesterday’s comment pieces shouldn’t be yesterday’s news

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Spurs' season: why yesterday's comment pieces shouldn't be yesterday's news - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Foreword

This jeremiad (and jeremiad it will be, just you wait) was written in advance of Tottenham Hotspur's Barclays Premier League game against West Ham United on 6th October 2013.

Only 6 Goals Scored So Far – What’s Wrong With The £100m Stars Of Spurs?

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Only 6 Goals Scored So Far What's Wrong With The £100m Stars Of Spurs? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham suffered their second defeat of the season yesterday after losing 3-0 to West Ham at the White Hart Lane. It was their second London derby in a row (last weekend faced Chelsea) and in both the games, the North Londoners have failed to earn a victory.

Toffees defy doubters but defeat signals real litmus test for Martinez

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Toffees defy doubters but defeat signals real litmus test for Martinez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As we enter October, approaching two months into the new Premier League campaign, events are unfolding in an intriguing manner. Not least for Roberto Martinez as Everton manager. Going into the final fixture before the final international break of the year, the Toffees were sitting pretty in fourth spot.

Photos: Wonder Kid Januzaj celebrates his goal vs Sunderland

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Photos: Wonder Kid Januzaj celebrates his goal vs Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's wonder kid Adnan Januzaj scored twice as the Red Devils came from behind to snatch a 2-1 victory against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The 18-year-old scored two wonderful goals (esp the second one, scored with great technique) and became the second player in Manchester United's history to score a brace in his full-debut.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line Up vs WBA + Prediction

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line Up vs WBA + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on West Brom at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon looking to extend the impressive away form and regain the top spot in the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger revealed that right-back Bacary Sagna will miss out for this tie and in his place Carl Jenkinson will start.

Suarez & Henderson outstanding – Liverpool player ratings vs Crystal Palace

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Suarez & Henderson outstanding Liverpool player ratings vs Crystal Palace - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table, albeit temporarily, after beating newly promoted side Crystal Palace 3-1 at Anfield.

Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard all scored in the first half as the Reds took a healthy 3-0 lead at half time.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace preview – Sterling in, Henderson to fill Lucas’ role

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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace preview Sterling in, Henderson to fill Lucas' role - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will entertain Crystal Palace on Saturday at Anfield looking to register back-to-back Premier League victories.

The Reds got their season back on track following three games without a win by steamrolling bottom placed Sunderland 3-1 in the last match at the Stadium of Light.

The Return of the King – Kenny Dalglish Back At Liverpool

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The Return of the King Kenny Dalglish Back At Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kenny Dalglish is back at Anfield. The king returns to his home though not so ceremoniously like the previous occasion. But, it is always a feel-good-factor to have the legends back at the club and getting associated with various roles.

Moyes: I’m The Right Man for Man Utd

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Moyes: I'm The Right Man for Man Utd - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes insists there is nothing to panic about at the moment and that he is the right man to turn the fortunes around. The Red Devils will travel to the Stadium of Light to face the bottom placed Sunderland where Moyes could field his team without the talisman duo of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line Up vs Crystal Palace

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Possible Liverpool Starting Line Up vs Crystal Palace - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will welcome 19th placed team in the Premier League, Crystal Palace, at Anfield on Saturday, looking to register back to back league victories.

Brendan Rodgers has emphasized on the system 3-4-1-2 he deployed in the last game against Sunderland.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line up Against Norwich City + Prediction

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line up Against Norwich City + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Sunday where Jose Mourinho will be looking to earn full three points after drawing the last league match against Spurs in the London Derby last weekend.

Possible Man Utd Starting XI To Face Sunderland + Prediction

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Possible Man Utd Starting XI To Face Sunderland + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on bottom placed Sunderland in the Premier League, at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon, looking to bounce back from their back-to-back league defeats at the hands of Man City and West Brom respectively.

Is Mourinho scared of Benitez’s Chelsea?

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Is Mourinho scared of Benitez's Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mourinho's return to Stanford Bridge has not been completely smooth sailing thus far.

It was May of 2010. Jose Mourinho stood cradled by the walls of the mighty Santiago Bernabeu after his side Inter Milan hadstormed to victoryin the UEFA Champions League against an outfought and outplayed Bayern Munich side.

For once, Liverpool enjoying a break from European football

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For once, Liverpool enjoying a break from European football - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers demanded patience from the fans last season when Liverpool were going through a stormy phase in the Premier League, especially at the beginning of the season. Fast forward this season and the man has not only proved his class but defied all skepticism about his football philosophy and ideas.

The £15m Midfielder Manchester United Must Sign

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The £15m Midfielder Manchester United Must Sign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United might have paid a ridiculous dosh for midfielder Marouane Fellaini but everyone must have understood by now that he is not the answer to United's midfield woes. He might have Premier League experience, he might play for one of the would-be-heavyweights in world football, if not already but he is simply not the solution.

Premier League Match Day 7 Predictions

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Premier League Match Day 7 Predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League is back again after mid-week actions of European games and it is expected to be yet another cracker this weekend. If you're looking for betting tips for this weekend we have some great predictions for you to back in this article but do make sure to check out reviews of gambling sites here.

PHOTO: Wenger Annoyed As Wilshere is Caught Smoking

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PHOTO: Wenger Annoyed As Wilshere is Caught Smoking - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is certainly not happy with the behavior of midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been caught smoking.

A picture has started doing the rounds in the morning where the talented midfielder was seen smoking, and when it was asked to Wenger in the pre-West Brom presser on Friday morning, the Frenchman didn't sound much happy with the act.

Comment – Arsenal should be absolutely fine without Bacary Sagna

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Comment Arsenal should be absolutely fine without Bacary Sagna - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have suffered yet another injury blow. French right-back Bacary Sagna has suffered a hamstring problem and is expected to be out for at least three weeks.

Sagna, whose future was well speculated in the media last season, because of contract problems, has been one of the consistent performers for the Gunners this season.

Possible Manchester City Starting XI vs Everton

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Possible Manchester City Starting XI vs Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City will welcome Everton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday looking to bounce back from their humiliating defeat against Bayern Munich in the mid-week.

Everton remain the only side in the Premier League that are yet to be defeated in the league so far, but Manuel Pellegrini will take solace from the fact that his side has got maximum points thus far from all their home games so far.

Goals – Defoe and Chadli Put Spurs on Top of Group K

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Goals Defoe and Chadli Put Spurs on Top of Group K - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur earned a comfortable 2-0 victory over Russian outfitAnzhi Makhachkala in Moscow in the Europa League tie.

Andre Villas-Boas made few changes from the squad that drew against Chelsea on Saturday, but it was still enough to crush their opponents.

[Photos & Video]: Tottenham Training ahead of Anzhi clash

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[Photos & Video]: Tottenham Training ahead of Anzhi clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will face Russian outfitAnzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League tie on Thursday at theSaturn Stadium, looking to earn full three points and claim the top position in the group.

John Obi Mikel – The most under-rated player for Chelsea

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John Obi Mikel The most under-rated player for Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For some reasons unknown, Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel does not get the due credit he truly deserves. The 26-year-old is now in his eighth year at the club and has featured in 283 matches in all competitions, yet when talking about performances of individuals, somehow he never gets the limelight properly.

Wenger: I nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo

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Wenger: I nearly signed Cristiano Ronaldo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Before he became a superstar, back in 2003, Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the hottest properties in Europe. He was watched by several English clubs, including the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, but it was Manchester United who scalped him from under the noses of their opponents.

Ferguson: I never fell out with Wayne Rooney

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Ferguson: I never fell out with Wayne Rooney - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed in an interview that he never fell out with striker Wayne Rooney, but reaffirmed that the maverick star asked to leave the club at the end of last season.

Why Chelsea could lose Lukaku to Juventus next summer

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Why Chelsea could lose Lukaku to Juventus next summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is attracting the attention from Italian giants Juventus, according to reports from The Mirror.

The 20-year-old, who was signed from Anderlecht for a reported fee of £18m in 2011, has been sent on a season long loan again, this time to Everton.

Why Arsenal are Favourites to beat Chelsea for £25m German Star

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Why Arsenal are Favourites to beat Chelsea for £25m German Star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports,London giants Chelsea are planning to challenge Arsenal for the signarure of German midfielder, Julian Draxler.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is eager to make a move for the 20-year-old German star in the January transfer window but faces competition from cross town rivals Arsenal.

Possible Tottenham Starting XI to Face Anzhi

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Possible Tottenham Starting XI to Face Anzhi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham will be looking to reach the top of Group K in the Europa League when they travel to Russia to face Anzhi Makhachkalaon Thursday.

Spurs are heading into the match on the back of 1-1 draw with Chelsea at the White Hart Lane.

Arsenal : Top 10 Away Champions League Games

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Arsenal : Top 10 Away Champions League Games - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the recent Champions League victory over Marseille in the south of France as well as a 2-1 win at Swansea, Arsenal are enjoying an impressive winning run away from home. The win over Marseille was also a great start for Arsenal in Europe, claiming three points from their first game away from home in what is an incredibly difficult group.

Bliss in Bucharest: Chelsea’s big away win the perfect tonic for Mourinho’s boys

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Bliss in Bucharest: Chelsea's big away win the perfect tonic for Mourinho's boys - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's 4-0 win away to Steaua Bucharest could not have come at a better time for Jose Mourinho. Having stormed out of the pre-match press conference over the predicament of the axed Kevin De Bruyne, the Portuguese will have been thrilled to have seen his side roll over the sleeping Romanian giants in a display of positive attacking invention and cohesive defensive structure.

How does Steve McClaren still get work?

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How does Steve McClaren still get work? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Steve McClaren has been appointed as Derby County manager on a two and a half year deal.

For many, Steve McClaren is a figure of immense mirth, a perpetual punchline, a running joke. Some even conspiratorially suggest that he was created in a test tube by Sven Goran Eriksson in the early autumn of 2004, composed by the combination of the inscrutable contents of frothing conical flasks to create a successor who would flatter the Swede's legacy.

[Photos, Videos & Tweets]: ‘Amazing’ Ozil scores his first goal for Arsenal

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[Photos, Videos & Tweets]: 'Amazing' Ozil scores his first goal for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal moved to the top of Group F in the Champions League after defeating Napoli 2-0 emphatically last night at the Emirates, where club-record signing Mesut Ozil bagged his first goal for the club.

[Photos, Videos, Tweets]: Ramires brace earns Chelsea 4-0 rout over Steaua

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[Photos, Videos, Tweets]: Ramires brace earns Chelsea 4-0 rout over Steaua - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea responded brilliantly with a 4-0 convincing victory over Romanian side Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League, where Brazilian midfielder Ramires scored a brace for the Blues.

Is Liverpool’s Tactical Change a Long Term Possibility?

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Is Liverpool's Tactical Change a Long Term Possibility? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge partnership, despite having only played a few games together since the latter's move to Anfield in January 2013, has really taken off – and given the promising signs of this it is understandable that Liverpool would do everything they can to get the frightening pair into their best positions.

Possible Manchester City Starting XI to Face Bayern Munich, Team News and Prediction

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Possible Manchester City Starting XI to Face Bayern Munich, Team News and Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City will welcome ‘Kings of Europe' Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday where manager Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to take the full advantage of their impressive home form so far.

Possible Manchester United Starting XI to Face Shakhtar

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Possible Manchester United Starting XI to Face Shakhtar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday at the Donbass Arena in their next Champions League tie looking to cement their position at the top of Group A.

The Red Devils have had a stuttering start to the season under David Moyes.

Champions League Preview: City and United face a tough test of character

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Champions League Preview: City and United face a tough test of character - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are all in action on Matchday 2 of the Champions League on Wednesday. The focus will be on the game at the Etihad Stadium, as City host defending champions Bayern in what promises to be an absolutely thrilling encounter.

Ferguson: Abramovich wanted me to be Chelsea manager

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Ferguson: Abramovich wanted me to be Chelsea manager - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sir Alex Ferguson in his first interview since his retirement revealed that he was approached by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to be the manager of the London club, when the Russian bought the club in 2003.

Five Under Performing Players of Liverpool including Steven Gerrard

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Five Under Performing Players of Liverpool including Steven Gerrard - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are off to a flyer in the Premier League thus far. They are not spectacular like Arsenal but are very very effective in their approach. They have shunned their flamboyant style, earned narrow victories and showed great mentality to grind out the results.

FIFA 14 Wonderkids – picking an Under-18 Best XI

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FIFA 14 Wonderkids picking an Under-18 Best XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Editor's Note: FIFA 14 was released on September 27. You can order the game here.

One of the best things about playing FIFA is the satisfaction you get out of buying talented youngsters and grooming them into world class players over the course of a few seasons.

Photos: Ozil and Giroud celebrate the goals

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Photos: Ozil and Giroud celebrate the goals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal earned their second victory in the Champions League after beating Serie A giants Napoli 2-0 at the Emirates.

Club record signing Mesut Ozil scored the first goal for the Gunners, while the German international provided yet another assist for Olivier Giroud to add his goal tally.

CONFIRMED Line-Ups: Arsenal vs Napoli – Arteta starts, Wilshere on bench

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CONFIRMED Line-Ups: Arsenal vs Napoli Arteta starts, Wilshere on bench - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Serie A giants Napoli at the Emirates in the Champions League group phase tie, where Gonzalo Higuain misses the tie through injury.

The Gunners have made few changes for this game.

CONFIRMED Line-ups: Steaua vs Chelsea: Schurrle, Mata and Luiz starts

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CONFIRMED Line-ups: Steaua vs Chelsea: Schurrle, Mata and Luiz starts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to Romania to face Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League where Juan Mata, David Luiz and Andre Schurrle all starts for the Blues.

Chelsea Line Up:

Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Cole; Ramires, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Schurrle; Torres.

CONFIRMED Line-Ups: Arsenal vs Napoli – Arteta starts, Higuain on bench

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CONFIRMED Line-Ups: Arsenal vs Napoli Arteta starts, Higuain on bench - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Serie A giants Napoli at the Emirates in the Champions League group phase tie, where Gonzalo Higuain starts from the bench for the visitors.

The Gunners have made few changes for this game.

Possible Chelsea Starting XI to face Steaua Bucharest

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Possible Chelsea Starting XI to face Steaua Bucharest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has to find the best possible eleven against Steaua Bucharest tonight as Chelsea have to win this match in order to progress to the knock out rounds of the Champions League.

The Special One has to take few key decisions for this game.

Possible Arsenal Starting XI to face Napoli

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Possible Arsenal Starting XI to face Napoli - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Napoli in the Champions League encounter tonight at the Emirates, looking to continue their impressive form in the season.

Arsene Wenger will be boosted with the return of midfielder Tomas Rosicky for this tie which might force him to change his plans a little bit.

Champions League Preview: Arsenal may have met their match while Chelsea desperately need a win

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Champions League Preview: Arsenal may have met their match while Chelsea desperately need a win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's Matchday 2 of the UEFA Champions League are there are some mouth-watering clashes to look forward to. All eyes will be on Chelsea and Jose Mourinho as they look to bounce back from a shock home defeat on the opening day against FC Basel.

Arsenal vs Napoli preview: Rosicky returns, Insigne major threat for the Gunners

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Arsenal vs Napoli preview: Rosicky returns, Insigne major threat for the Gunners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal entertain Serie A giants Napoli in their Champions League clash tonight at the Emirates, looking to maintain their impressive run-of-form in the season.

Steaua vs Chelsea preview: Hazard Injured, De Bruyne Out, Mata to Start

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Steaua vs Chelsea preview: Hazard Injured, De Bruyne Out, Mata to Start - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to Romania to face Steaua Bucharest where the Blues would be looking for nothing less than a full three points, having already lost their opening game against FC Basel at home.

Wenger, Arsenal and the question of inheritence

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Wenger, Arsenal and the question of inheritence - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

At the beginning of the season, with the club's ability to attract top players to the Emirates in question, following rebuttals in the pursuit of Rooney, Suarez, Higuain, et al, there was disquiet amongst the fans, and many were questioning whether Arsene Wenger's time had come to an end in north London.

Talent and Loyalty: How Liverpool have thrived and suffered when supporting their players

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Talent and Loyalty: How Liverpool have thrived and suffered when supporting their players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Apart from being an astute tactician, one of the best things about Brendan Rodgers is he has terrific man-management qualities. With Liverpool doing so well this season, probably in hindsight we can now say they're reaping the benefit of some bold decisions taken by their manager.

Five reasons Arsenal are genuine Champions League contenders

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Five reasons Arsenal are genuine Champions League contenders - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In his 17-years of glittering career at Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger has achieved all except a Champions League trophy. The Frenchman has come close to winning it in 2006, but a defeat to Barcelona in the final has left him thirsting for the trophy and content with the runners-up medal only.

Gerrard: I feared all summer that Suarez would leave Liverpool

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Gerrard: I feared all summer that Suarez would leave Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has revealed that he feared star striker Luis Suarez would leave the club in the summer.

The maverick striker expressed his desire to leave the club in the summer and was chased by Arsenal and Real Madrid, with the former lodging two unsuccessful bids for the Uruguayan.

Kagawa: I must improve or I won’t survive at Manchester United

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Kagawa: I must improve or I won't survive at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While Manchester fans are wondering what has been going on between midfielder Shinji Kagawa and manager David Moyes, the diminutive Japanese has insisted that he needs to raise his game in order to feature regularly or else survival at the club could become difficult for him.

Too Late? Manchester United to spend up to £80m in January to save the season

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Too Late? Manchester United to spend up to £80m in January to save the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United owners are willing to support their new manager David Moyes in the January Transfer window and the Scot will be given a transfer war-chest to bring players of his own choice.

Di Canio: A Crazy Career in Amazing Stories

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Di Canio: A Crazy Career in Amazing Stories - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paolo Di Canio.

The man with a personality so large he makes Balotelli look like Owen (whose performances as a pundit on BT Sport has been hilariously described as "like listening to paint dry").