SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Spurs

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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Spurs - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Tottenham at the Old Trafford on the New Years' Day, looking to extend their winning to seven games.

After a stuttering start to the season, the Red Devils have bounced back strongly in the league, winning their last four Premier League matches.

Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup Against Cardiff

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Possible Arsenal Starting Lineup Against Cardiff - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will host struggling Cardiff City at the Emirates on New Year's Day, with the Gunners looking to consolidate their place at the top of the Premier League table.

Arsenal managed a crucial win at Newcastle last weekend, with the three points propelling the Gunners back up to the summit, but only two points separate first from third in the league.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Hull

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Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Hull - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will take on Hull City on the New Years' Day at Anfield in the Premier League, looking to keep their title hopes alive with a victory.

The Reds suffered back to back league defeats for the first time under Brendan Rodgers, as they slipped back 5th in the Premier League table.

Possible Chelsea Starting lineup Against Southampton + Prediction

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Possible Chelsea Starting lineup Against Southampton + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea travel to Southampton on New Year's Day, with Premier League games continuing to come thick and fast as we move into January.

The Blues will go into this fixture full of confidence, having toppled Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Liverpool: 4 areas where Reds must bolster in January

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Liverpool: 4 areas where Reds must bolster in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have slipped to fifth in the Premier League table after suffering successive defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea. But, they're still just 6 points behind league leaders Arsenal and manager Brendan Rodgers feels that his side is very well capable of challenging for the title.

Should West Brom Stick With Their New 5-3-2 Formation?

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Should West Brom Stick With Their New 5-3-2 Formation? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion have reverted to a 5-3-2 formation in the previous two games under Keith Downing, and picked up two vital away points in their relegation battle, but will it stick under a new manager?

The Soccerlens Best XI: 2013′s Best Footballers

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The Soccerlens Best XI: 2013′s Best Footballers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Best XI's are tricky: No one is ever completely happy, and there are so many worthy candidates, it's a shame you can't pick an entire 23 man squad. But it's a fun exercise that lets you know exactly where the cream of the soccer world sit after the year is finished.

2013′s Best Football Quotes

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2013′s Best Football Quotes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

"After a perfectly normal challenge, Ibra turned to me and provoked me, making a joke about my mustache, saying, "That is really terrible." I told him he should think about his nose." Sacha Kljestan

"He (Suarez) bit someone.

2013′s Biggest Football Stories

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2013′s Biggest Football Stories - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2013 was a varied and often frustrating year in football on the world stage. From the Qatar World Cup debacle, to the looming outline of match-fixing becoming ever clearer behind the curtain of the game, there were plenty of scandals and sagas.

PHOTO: Eden Hazard celebrates his goal with Oscar against Liverpool

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PHOTO: Eden Hazard celebrates his goal with Oscar against Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea end 2013 on a high after the Blues came from behind to earn an emphatic 2-1 victory over Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday. The victory took them to third in the table, just two points behind league leaders Arsenal.

PHOTO: Mertesacker celebrates Arsenal victory against Newcastle

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PHOTO: Mertesacker celebrates Arsenal victory against Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal overtook Manchester City to regain top spot in the Premier League after the Gunners earned a scrappy 1-0 victory over Newcastle at the St. James' Park.

The Gunners created several chances early on, but it was Newcastle who created best opportunities and almost went ahead in the first half, when Mathieu Debuchy headed against the bar.

Jose Mourinho brands Luis Suarez as an ‘acrobatic, swimming pool’ diver

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Jose Mourinho brands Luis Suarez as an 'acrobatic, swimming pool' diver - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea consolidated their third position in the Premier League, after the Blues earned an emphatic 2-1 victory over rivals Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho was quick to criticize Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and accused him of diving.

Serie A chief ‘in London’ to snatch up Chelsea and Spurs outcasts

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Serie A chief 'in London' to snatch up Chelsea and Spurs outcasts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the Italian press, Juventus' Director General Giuseppe Marottahas flown to London to further explore the transfer options of Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne and Tottenham's Erik Lamela.

Could Nick Powell be the next Paul Scholes?

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Could Nick Powell be the next Paul Scholes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the January transfer window just round the corner, Manchester United have another opportunity to fill the longstanding void in their midfield left by Paul Scholes' retirement.

Since the legendary Red Devils' playmaker's ability diminished and he called it a day, the Old Trafford outfit have lacked a dominant creative force in the centre of the park.

Wenger rules out renewed bid for Yohan Cabaye, should Man Utd go for him?

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Wenger rules out renewed bid for Yohan Cabaye, should Man Utd go for him? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger quashed all speculations about a possible move for Newcastle United play-maker Yohan Cabye, saying there is no room for another midfielder in the squad at the moment.

£50m Ross Barkley shoots to the top of Man Utd’s January wish-list

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£50m Ross Barkley shoots to the top of Man Utd's January wish-list - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton's Ross Barkley has been one of the breakout stars of the Premier League this season, and the English youngster's terrific performances have reportedly caught the eye of Man Utd.

Dortmund stand firm over €30m Man Utd target

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Dortmund stand firm over €30m Man Utd target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Borussia Dortmund have rubbished reports that Turkish midfielder Ilkay Gundogan is to leave the club; with the midfielder having been linked with Real Madrid and Man Utd in recent weeks.

Club executiveHans-Joachim Watzke told German newspaper Bild (via Sport.

Liverpool close to signing Barcelona winger Cristian Tello

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Liverpool close to signing Barcelona winger Cristian Tello - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are close to signing their long-term target, Cristian Tello of Barcelona, according to reports in Spanish media.

The 22-year-old winger has been linked with a move quite a number of times in the past with Liverpool and even he himself revealed he had an offer on table from the Merseyside giants.

Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool: The Player Ratings

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Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool: The Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 at Stamford Bridge to move up to third place in the Premier League, and consign Liverpool to successive defeats.

The Reds had taken the lead through Martin Skrtel after only four minutes, but goals from the excellent Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto'o secured a valuable three points for Jose Mourinho's men.

Arsenal player ratings vs Newcastle: Visitors defend like champions

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Arsenal player ratings vs Newcastle: Visitors defend like champions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal finish 2013 on top of the Premier League table after an invaluable three points picked up on Sunday against Newcastle at St James' Park.

Olivier Giroud scored the solitary goal to earn Arsene Wenger's men a 1-0 victory, with a stern defensive effort by the Gunners seeing the game out

Here are the Arsenal player ratings for the clash.

10 Biggest Football Stories Of 2013

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10 Biggest Football Stories Of 2013 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

2013 was a varied and often frustrating year in football on the world stage. From the Qatar World Cup debacle, to the looming outline of match-fixing becoming ever clearer behind the curtain of the game, there were plenty of scandals and sagas.

Liverpool target ‘happy in Spain’; £15m Argentine encourages Chelsea rumours

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Liverpool target 'happy in Spain'; £15m Argentine encourages Chelsea rumours - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona winger Pedro has insisted he wants to remain in the Camp Nou, dealing a potentially fatal blow to Liverpool's hopes of luring the Spaniard to the Premier League in January.

Top 5 goals: Liverpool vs Chelsea – featuring Torres, Drogba and Riise

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Top 5 goals: Liverpool vs Chelsea featuring Torres, Drogba and Riise - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

There can be no doubt that a bitter rivalry has been forged between Liverpool and Chelsea in recent times. Ghost goals, shared Spanish managers, and stolen strikers; the Reds and the Blues have have created a rich and varied tapestry of war over the last decade.

Man Utd player ratings vs Norwich – Young the main man

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Man Utd player ratings vs Norwich Young the main man - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd survived a veritable onslaught from Norwich at Carrow Road, snatching a 1-0 win thanks to a second-half strike from substitute Danny Welbeck.

The England striker relived the pressure off the Champions, who obviously missed the influence of the injured Wayne Rooney.

Chelsea vs Liverpool: Terry vs Suarez and five key battles

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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Terry vs Suarez and five key battles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool face another daunting trip to one of the Premier League's toughest away days on Sunday, with the Reds taking on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Brendan Rodgers' men put in an admirable display against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Boxing Day, but were beaten 2-1 in a tight game.

Liverpool and Tottenham show interest in Spanish defender

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Liverpool and Tottenham show interest in Spanish defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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

The 22-year-old, who made his debut under ex-manager Pep Guardiola, has a contract till 2014 and will be a free agent at the end of the present campaign.

Possible Tottenham Starting Lineup vs Stoke + Prediction

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Possible Tottenham Starting Lineup vs Stoke + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham will host Stoke City on Sunday, in what will be the second round of quick-fire Premier League fixtures after Christmas.

Spurs have made an underwhelming start to life under Tim Sherwood, with the former Spurs midfielder drawing his first match at home to West Brom on Boxing Day.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Liverpool

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

Chelsea will take on Liverpool on Sunday at the Stamford Bridge, where the Blues will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record at home.

Jose Mourinho has insisted that his side needs to take chances to kill off the games and will be very disappointed with the performance of his strikers so far.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Chelsea

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

Liverpool will travel to London to face Chelsea in the Premier League, looking to bounce back strongly in the title-race after their heroic defeat against Manchester City on Boxing Day.

Despite losing against City on Thursday, Liverpool can take great pride from their performances and certainly there would be no shortage of confidence when they take on Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Norwich

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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Norwich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Norwich City at the Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League, looking to extend their winning streak to six games.

After a stuttering start to the season, the Red Devils are finally getting back to their familiar groove and the confidence in the camp will be high after earning a 3-2 victory against Hull City on Boxing Day.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Newcastle

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

Arsenal will travel to St James' Park on Sunday to take on Newcastle United in the Premier League, looking to cement their position at the top of the table.

The Gunners are undefeated in25 of their last 28 matches in the Premier League while they hold an impressive record against the Magpies as well, having remainedundefeated in 14 of their last 15 matches against Newcastle in all competitions.

Iker Casillas ‘may leave Spain in June’; Chelsea’s Cole ‘hopes’ for Shaw signing

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Iker Casillas 'may leave Spain in June'; Chelsea's Cole 'hopes' for Shaw signing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid stalwart Iker Casillas will reportedly leave the Spanish giants in June, with Arsenal chief among potential suitors for his signature.

According to Spanish newspaper 'AS', Casillas is growing frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities afforded to him at the Bernabéu, and will be forced to leave his beloved Real if things do not improve.

Man Utd warned off £15m Lallana; Man City’s Dzeko off to Spain?

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Man Utd warned off £15m Lallana; Man City's Dzeko off to Spain? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd have been warned off Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana, with Saints' managerMauricio Pochettino insisting that the club are under no pressure to sell any of their star players.

Can United’s Tom Cleverley make England’s World Cup squad?

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Can United's Tom Cleverley make England's World Cup squad? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the World Cup just over six months away, plenty of Premier League players are looking to adequately impress Roy Hodgson with the goal of winning a place in England's squad to travel to Brazil.

Should Arsenal extend Tomas Rosicky’s contract?

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Should Arsenal extend Tomas Rosicky's contract? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the January transfer window approaching, it is not only new faces that the main Premier League clubs need to concentrate on.

Existing players who have expiring contracts in the summer will be able to sign for a new club ahead of next season, with plenty of decisions of whether to renew deals or cut stars free to be made.

PHOTO: Walcott and Podolski celebrate during Arsenal win

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PHOTO: Walcott and Podolski celebrate during Arsenal win - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal moved up to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over London rivals West Ham at Upton Park.

Theo Walcott grabbed a brace, while Lukas Podolski scored his first goal since returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Tottenham player ratings vs West Brom: Walker the best of a bad bunch

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Tottenham player ratings vs West Brom: Walker the best of a bad bunch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham drew 1-1 with West Brom today at White Hart Lane, with the hosts struggling to create the required chances to win all three points.

Christian Eriksen opened the scoring with a sublime free-kick in the first-half, but Tim Sherwood's men conceded straight after when Jonas Olsson converted after poor defending.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Swansea – Ivanovic impressive

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Swansea Ivanovic impressive - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea earned three points on Boxing Day with a lackluster 1-0 win over Swansea that served to further highlight the goal-scoring crisis at the club.

Eden Hazard scored the winner for Jose Mourinho's men, who despite putting their opponents under pressure for long periods of the game, couldn't translate their dominance into further goals.

Chelsea can sign Diego Costa – by selling Courtois to Atletico

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Chelsea can sign Diego Costa – by selling Courtois to Atletico - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Chelsea's strikers struggling to hit the net on a consistent basis, the west London side have been constantly linked with some of the world's top frontmen over the last 12 months.

The latest in-form hitman to be speculated as a possible target for Jose Mourinho's men is Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa.

Chelsea & Arsenal Target Jackson Martinez Hints Move to Premier League

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Chelsea & Arsenal Target Jackson Martinez Hints Move to Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Porto striker Jackson Martinez has dropped hints of his desire to join any top Premier League clubs in near future, and admits he supported London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea when he was kid.

Chelsea Latest: Ramires wishes Nemanja Matic to join the Blues

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Chelsea Latest: Ramires wishes Nemanja Matic to join the Blues - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are expected to be busy in the winter transfer window. The Blues are not only in need of a striker, but they probably will look to bolster their midfield as well.

Frank Lampard is approaching the apogee of the career while John Obi Mikel's future has come under speculation as well.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against West Ham

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

Arsenal will travel to Upton Park to face West Ham on the Boxing Day, looking to earn full three points against their London rivals.

The Gunners drew their last match against Chelsea at home and are now second in the league behind Liverpool.

Man Utd itching to sign £30m Spanish star; Arsenal target £8m Belgian hotshot

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Man Utd itching to sign £30m Spanish star; Arsenal target £8m Belgian hotshot - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd are firmly in the hunt for midfield reinforcements and, according to the Daily Mirror, have identified Atletico Madrid operator Koke as the man to revamp their flagging midfield, with David Moyes having personally seen the rising star in action.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Swansea

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

Chelsea will entertain Swansea City at home on Boxing Day, wherethe hosts looking to move top of the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho will be looking to reshuffle his team, keeping in mind with Sunday's game with Liverpool is likely to drop several senior players today.

Man Utd linked with £40m bank-breaking swoop for Dortmund attacker

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Man Utd linked with £40m bank-breaking swoop for Dortmund attacker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

They have been dominating global gossip columns in recent weeks, and now it has been reported that Man Utd will have to smash their club transfer record if they are to land Borussia Dortmund's German flyer, Marco Reus.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Manchester City

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Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will travel to Manchester to face Manchester City on Boxing Day at the Etihad Stadium, looking to consolidate their position at the top.

The task is easier said than done. Not just because Man City are one of the title contenders.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Hull

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Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Hull - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Hull City on Boxing Day at the KC Stadium where David Moyes will be looking for nothing less than full three points and continue their march towards top four.

After a stuttering start to the season, the Red Devils seem to have found some good form and are on a four-game winning run in all competitions.

What They Said: Lukaku has ‘no problems’ with Chelsea boss

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What They Said: Lukaku has 'no problems' with Chelsea boss - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Romelu Lukaku has moved to quash any lingering rumours about his relationship with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Whispers of a rift between the pair have been steadily growing louder, with Mourinho hinting that the Belgian striker asked to leave Chelsea before he was loaned out for the season to Everton.

Manchester United X-Mas Wishlist: 3 Ideal Signings

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Manchester United X-Mas Wishlist: 3 Ideal Signings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United need reinforcement in the January transfer window. This is a general consensus among the fans. David Moyes, would have understood by now that Marouane Fellaini is probably not the solution to solve his midfield problems, so expect the Scot to go for another central midfielder in the January.

Chelsea Xmas Wishlist – 3 Ideal January Signings

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Chelsea Xmas Wishlist 3 Ideal January Signings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Christmas nearly here, Jose Mourinho will surely be contemplating the gifts he could receive from Roman Abramovich come the January transfer window.

But who should Chelsea sign?

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Arsenal X-Mas Wishlist: 3 Ideal Signings for the Gunners

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Arsenal X-Mas Wishlist: 3 Ideal Signings for the Gunners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For a while, let us a take a break from serious stuffs. So many top players are linked with our beloved clubs and we wish that most of them to come true. With January transfer window approaching shortly, let us take a look at three ideal winter signings for the Gunners.

£12m Brazilian Player of the Year – ‘I want to play for Man Utd’

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£12m Brazilian Player of the Year 'I want to play for Man Utd' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd have been handed a significant boost in the race for Cruzeiro'sblockbuster midfielder, Everton Ribeiro; with the Brazilian admitting that he wants to play for the club.

The 24-year-old, who was recently crowned 'Brazil Player of the Year', told Brazilian news site 'Globoesporte',

"Yes, I would prefer that (United).

Olivier Giroud – is he the man to lead Arsenal to the title?

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Olivier Giroud – is he the man to lead Arsenal to the title? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Chelsea drew 0-0 in a cagey top of the table affair last night in the Premier League, with opportunities for either side few and far between.

The hosts did have a chance at the death to sneak all three points, with Olivier Giroud skewing his lines when put through one-on-one with Petr Cech.

Chelsea attacking duo targeted by ambitious PSG – French reports

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Chelsea attacking duo targeted by ambitious PSG French reports - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

PSG are reportedly preparing an approach for Chelsea pair Juan Mata and Eden Hazard in the upcoming January transfer window.

The duo have experienced contrasting favor under Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, but both are reportedly transfer targets for mega-bucks French outfit, PSG.

Tim Sherwood – Inspired move or lunacy by Tottenham?

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Tim Sherwood – Inspired move or lunacy by Tottenham? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, Tottenham have confirmed that Tim Sherwood has been installed as the club's manager on a permanent basis.

The former midfielder was initially being eyed as a caretaker while the search for a replacement was made, but the north London outfit have announced that Sherwood has been handed a contract until the end of next season.

Serie A side scout Arsenal’s struggling captain, and want Liverpool defender

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Serie A side scout Arsenal's struggling captain, and want Liverpool defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports emanating from Italy, Arsenal'sThomas Vermaelen has joined Liverpool's Daniel Agger at the top of Napoli's January transfer agenda.

Italian newspaper 'Corriere dello Sport' report that Napoli executive Maurizio Micheli was present during the 0-0 draw between Arsenal and Chelsea last night, and ran the rule over Vermaelen.

PHOTO: Two Poor Decisions Went Against Arsenal

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PHOTO: Two Poor Decisions Went Against Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal dropped to second in the Premier League after their league encounter with London rivals Chelsea ended in a 0-0 draw at the Emirates tonight.

Both the teams hardly threatened to score and there are very talking points really, but one of them definitely is the poor referring from Mike Dean.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Arsenal: Terry and Lampard lead by example

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Arsenal: Terry and Lampard lead by example - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Chelsea played out a cagey 0-0 draw in the driving rain at the Emirates. Both London sides created little, and the stalemate was arguably a fair result in the end.

Frank Lampard had the best chance for Chelsea, smacking the bar with a first half volley.

Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea: Sagna and Ozil the Gunners’ best

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Arsenal player ratings vs Chelsea: Sagna and Ozil the Gunners' best - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Chelsea played out a 0-0 draw on Monday night, with neither side able to break the deadlock in what turned out to be a cagey affair.

The hosts had the lion's share of the ball, but only started to get glimpses of Petr Cech's goal in the last 20 minutes.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Chelsea lineups – Walcott and Torres start

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CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Chelsea lineups Walcott and Torres start - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal face Chelsea at the Emirates this evening in what is arguably the biggest game of the season so far. Get ready, we are surely in for a cracker!

The Gunners have dropped down to third in the table after wins for Liverpool and Man City respectively over the weekend, but could re-establish a two point lead at the summit with a win over arch-rivals Chelsea.

Should West Brom Hire A Foriegn Manager?

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Should West Brom Hire A Foriegn Manager? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League is filled with foreign players and managers alike, but should West Bromwich Albion appoint one to become manager of the club?

Managers like Pepe Mel, Ralf Ragnick and even Argentinean great Diego Maradona have been linked with the Baggies post since former boss Steve Clarke was sacked and they all will bring a different style to the Albion side.

Tottenham Job: National team manager hints at interest, Hoddle wants it too

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Tottenham Job: National team manager hints at interest, Hoddle wants it too - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur have yet to appoint a permanent manager after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, with interim manager Tim Sherwood taking charge of the club at the moment.

Sherwood oversaw his first victory in Sunday's 3-2 win against Southampton; will take charge of the club over the Christmas period against West Brom and Stoke City respectively.

Suarez commits to Liverpool – at least for now

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Suarez commits to Liverpool at least for now - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

'Suarez signs new contract' is everything that Liverpool fans will have wanted to hear. With their talismanic striker now committed to the club long term, and in the scintillating form that prompts people to talk of him as the best player on thep lanet, the future for a Reds renaissance seemed well on track.

Chelsea Transfers: Midfielder set for Exit, Ba makeweight for Colombian?

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Chelsea Transfers: Midfielder set for Exit, Ba makeweight for Colombian? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is more-or-less certain to leave the club in the January transfer window. What remains unclear is – where will he go, as he has plenty of suitors and secondly will it be a temporary move or a permanent one?

What They Said: Mourinho & Wenger praise Arsenal superstar

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What They Said: Mourinho & Wenger praise Arsenal superstar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho simply loves Mesut Ozil. The pair worked together during their time with Real Madrid and ahead of Chelsea's crucial Premier League encounter with Arsenal, the Portuguese didn't forget to praise the German superstar.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Five key battles

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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Five key battles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Chelsea go head-to-head in the Premier League tonight, with three invaluable points on the line at the Emirates Stadium.

Both sides are within touching distance of the table's summit, and will look to build momentum going into a busy new year schedule with a win here.

Chelsea target Diego Lopez to replace club hero – Spanish Report

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Chelsea target Diego Lopez to replace club hero Spanish Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are planning to shake things up in the summer as Jose Mourinho said in the presser yesterday that "Next season, Chelsea will have a phenomenal team."

According to Catalan press Sport, Chelsea manager is preparing to make a move for Real Madrid goal keeper Diego Lopez in the next summer, while long servant of the club Peter Cech and veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer would be allowed to leave.

Arsenal scout impressed with Manchester United target William Carvalho

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Arsenal scout impressed with Manchester United target William Carvalho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sporting Lisbon midfielderWilliam Carvalho has been attracting attentions of top Premier League clubs for a while, and as per the latest report from Portuguese newspaper, A Bola, Arsenal have joined the race with Manchester United and Chelsea to sign the youngster.

Chelsea and Man Utd desperate for £32m La Liga top scorer

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Chelsea and Man Utd desperate for £32m La Liga top scorer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

He has been one of the best players in the world this season, and is leading the fight against Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga; but it seems Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa is not long for the Spanish capital, and latest reports are linking both Chelsea and Manchester United with the explosive striker.

Real Madrid want cheap Rooney deal; Arsenal to miss out on young talent

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Real Madrid want cheap Rooney deal; Arsenal to miss out on young talent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly targeting Wayne Rooney, and are keen on a cut price summer swoop for the Manchester United striker.

Rooney has been in superb form this season, with eight goals and 10 assists to name in the Premier League so far.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata loves London and urges win at Arsenal

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Chelsea's Juan Mata loves London and urges win at Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With tonight's crunch encounter between Arsenal and Chelsea coming up fast, Blues midfielder Juan Mata has urged his side to push for all three points at the Emirates, and has spoken of his family's happiness in London this winter.

11 Games, 1 Goal – Should Spurs go for struggling Roma hit-man?

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11 Games, 1 Goal – Should Spurs go for struggling Roma hit-man? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manager-less Tottenham are reportedly targeting Roma striker Marco Borriello, with a January swoop on the cards, as the North London club search for an answer to their striker crisis.

Spurs are currently eighth in the table, and have scored a paltry 15 goals all season.

Manchester United watched €80m Benfica trio yet again

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Manchester United watched €80m Benfica trio yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The general consensus among the Manchester United fans is that the Red Devils will buy few quality players in the January window, despite manager David Moyes claiming that he won't be going for any panic buys.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: Who would make the combined XI this season?

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Arsenal vs Chelsea: Who would make the combined XI this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal take on Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, with three invaluable Premier League points up for grabs.

The game is being eagerly anticipated due to the sheer quality on show, with superstars all over the park.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Arsenal

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

Chelsea will travel to the Emirates Stadium to face league leaders Arsenal on Monday night in the London derby, where a victory will see them leapfrog the Gunners in the race for the Premier League title.

No new Everton deal on the table for Utd target Baines

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No new Everton deal on the table for Utd target Baines - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton full-back Leighton Baines has not opened talks over a new deal at Goodison Park, it was revealed today.

The England international, linked strongly with Man Utd last summer, has only 18 months left to run on his current deal; with the Mirror reporting that there have been no steps taken towards a contract renewal.

Chelsea will win race for £7m flyer – if they promise to start him

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Chelsea will win race for £7m flyer if they promise to start him - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are set to win the race for highly rated Southampton full-back Luke Shaw that is if they can guarantee the 18-year-old a place in their star-studded starting XI.

According to the Sunday People (via the Mirror), Luke Shaw could move to Stamford Bridge as soon as January, but only if they provide assurances that he will not be placed on the fringes of the squad.

Man Utd Rule Out January Exit for Attacking Duo

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Man Utd Rule Out January Exit for Attacking Duo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd boss David Moyes has ruled out the possibility of Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa leaving Old Trafford in January.

The Daily Mail reports that the Scot wants to keep his existing attack in place so as to continue Utd's recovery, with the Red Devils having suffered some damaging defeats in the build-up to the festive period.

Man Utd’s Rio Ferdinand ‘Considering Retirement’ – Report

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Man Utd's Rio Ferdinand 'Considering Retirement' Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd's Rio Ferdinand is considering retiring from the game at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old has found the amount of first team action under new manager David Moyes severely limited this season, and 'The Independent' claim that he is now mulling over whether to continue to fight for his place, or enter the world of football punditry.

Manchester United player ratings vs West Ham – Januzaj and Rooney star

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Manchester United player ratings vs West Ham – Januzaj and Rooney star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester United recorded a much-needed three points on Saturday with a 3-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford.

Goals from Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young ensured victory, while Carlton Cole netted a consolation for the visitors.

PHOTO: Luis Suarez scored twice, Liverpool top of the table

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PHOTO: Luis Suarez scored twice, Liverpool top of the table - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez produced yet another virtuoso performance as Liverpool earned a convincing 3-1 victory against Cardiff City at Anfield and moved to the top of the Premier League table.

The Uruguayan genius scored twice in the first half and took his goal tally to 19 in just 12 matches, as Liverpool went 3-0 at half time.

Chelsea join Arsenal in the race to sign £32m striker

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Chelsea join Arsenal in the race to sign £32m striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have joined the race alongside Arsenal and Manchester United to sign Atletico Madrid's goal machine Diego Costa.

Earlier this week, The Mail reported that Premier League leaders Arsenal are showing keen interest in landing Costa.

Liverpool keen to sign Manchester United target for Free

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Liverpool keen to sign Manchester United target for Free - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Porto's Fernando is a highly rated defensive-central midfielder, who has been catching the eye-balls of top European clubs due to his contract situation.

The 26-year-old will be out of contract with Porto next summer and the player is reluctant to sign a new contract with the Portuguese club.

Chelsea Latest: 4 players Facing Exit including John Obi Mikel

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Chelsea Latest: 4 players Facing Exit including John Obi Mikel - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to sell some of the under-performing players from the squad in the January transfer window. The Blues manager is looking to free up spaces from the squad in order to land at least 3-4 quality players in the winter transfer window.

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 in the Premier League on Monday night at the Emirates Stadium, where a victory for the Blues will see them leapfrog the Gunners in the race for the Premier League title. A victory for Arsenal will see them extending their lead at the top by five points with their London rivals.

Xabi Alonso ‘to leave Madrid’, with English trio ready to pounce

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Xabi Alonso 'to leave Madrid', with English trio ready to pounce - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso's proposed contract renewal at Madrid has been the talk of Spain for the past few months. The play-maker is out of contract in the summer, and can walk away from the Spanish giants for free; something Real are reportedly loath to let happen.

Could Suarez’s contract be the start of a dominant period for Liverpool?

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Could Suarez's contract be the start of a dominant period for Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool fans will have been dancing on the streets of Merseyside on Friday, as star striker Luis Suarez put pen to paper on a new long-term contract with the Anfield club.

The Uruguay has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the past, but this season he can do no wrong, with 17 goals in 11 Premier League games.

Willian can replace Juan Mata at Chelsea

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Willian can replace Juan Mata at Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Willian Borges da Silva was arguably the most underwhelming big-money signing in the history of Chelsea Football Club.

Signed from under the noses of London rivals Tottenham for a cool £30m last summer, the Brazilian was immediately branded as a 'preventative purchase', only sanctioned to stop their rivals from harnessing his Samba skills.

What They Said: Welbeck hits back at Moyes’ comments, Messi accuses Barcelona director

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What They Said: Welbeck hits back at Moyes' comments, Messi accuses Barcelona director - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Danny Welbeck has hits back on the claims of his manager David Moyes that he needs to do extra training at Manchester United.

Moyes revealed publicly that he spoke to Welbeck around a month ago informing him that he should follow the examples of Wayne Rooney and take note on extra finishing practices United's Carrington training base.

Arsenal vs Chelsea – Which Club is Better Run and Why

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Arsenal vs Chelsea Which Club is Better Run and Why - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Chelsea will clash at the Emirates on Monday evening in what will arguably be the most important match of the Premier League season so far.

While the result will have a huge effect on who will top the league at Christmas, it will also be the next chapter in the long-running rivalry between two clubs of vastly different ideologies.

Liverpool vs Cardiff: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Liverpool vs Cardiff: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will take on Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday lunch time in the Premier League where the Reds can go to the top should they earn full three points.

It will be the last match of the year at Anfield and with tough games – away trips to Manchester City and Chelsea – coming on their way during the busy festive period, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for yet another home victory.

Chelsea’s Cole Benched Against Arsenal After Xmas Party Betrayal

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Chelsea's Cole Benched Against Arsenal After Xmas Party Betrayal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Ashley Cole will be left on the bench against Arsenal on Monday, after photos appeared showing the England man at the Arsenal Christmas party on Wednesday.

Arsenal Transfer Latest: Madrid Duo Top Wenger’s Xmas Wishlist

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Arsenal Transfer Latest: Madrid Duo Top Wenger's Xmas Wishlist - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger has always planned for the future. Capturing young talent from every corner of the globe is rather his forte when it comes to the transfer market.

But with Arsenal currently sitting top of the Premier League, the Frenchman has supposedly altered his stance as we approach the January window.

PHOTO: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez signing new contract

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PHOTO: Liverpool's Luis Suarez signing new contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez has signed a new long term contract at Liverpool and with that has become the highest paid player in the history of the club.

The 26-year-old insisted that he is proud to have signed a new deal for the club while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said that it was important to secure the services of Suarez, who is a world class player, in order to meet the ambitions of the club.

Arsenal Injury Boost: Wenger confirms Star available against Chelsea

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Arsenal Injury Boost: Wenger confirms Star available against Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that German international Lukas Podolski is available for the selection against Chelsea on Monday.

In the pre-match conference, Wenger has confirmed that defender Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Jack Wilshere will miss out through injury and suspension respectively.

Luis Suarez signs new contract at Liverpool

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Luis Suarez signs new contract at Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a long term contract, the club has confirmed.

The 26-year-old has expressed his delight at having signed a new deal and says he is proud to have put pen to papers and focused on helping the club achieve its target this season.

PHOTO: Superman Mesut Ozil & Hulk Podolski at Arsenal Christmas Party

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PHOTO: Superman Mesut Ozil & Hulk Podolski at Arsenal Christmas Party - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is Christmas Party time and Arsenal camp are in festive mood as well. Sitting top of the Premier League, they have enough reasons to celebrate.

On Wednesday evening they celebrated their annual Christmas Party, where German duo Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski dressed themselves in comic characters.

Chelsea target ’99% certain’ to join Liverpool in January

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Chelsea target '99% certain' to join Liverpool in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are favourite to beat Chelsea in the race for Mohamed Salah, if the words of his close friend former teammate Mohamed Zika are believed to be true.

The 21-year-old forward, who is often dubbed as ‘The Egyptian Messi' has grabbed the eye-balls of top teams, after his performances in the Champions League, most notably against Chelsea.

21 games, 21 goals – Arsenal & Liverpool Target signs new contract

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21 games, 21 goals Arsenal & Liverpool Target signs new contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Liverpool suffered a serious transfer blow as one of their reported transfer targets Kostas Mitroglouhas extended his contract with Olympiacos, while his new deal eliminates his €8 million release clause.

Arsenal & Manchester United chase €31m Italy midfielder

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Arsenal & Manchester United chase €31m Italy midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Manchester United are targeting Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio in the January transfer window.

According to reports from Metro, who are citing Italian newspaper Il Sussidiario as the source, both the Premier League heavy weights are looking to bolster the squad in winter and have earmarked the 27-year-old to make difference for them in the second half of the season.

22 goals, 21 games – Man Utd join Arsenal in the race for £32m striker?

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22 goals, 21 games Man Utd join Arsenal in the race for £32m striker? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are showing keen interest in Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has a £32m release clause on his contract.

The Mail reported couple of days back that Arsenal are showing interest in landing Costa from Spain.

Man Utd target €16m Moroccan; German side closes in on Chelsea’s De Bruyne

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Man Utd target €16m Moroccan; German side closes in on Chelsea's De Bruyne - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd are reportedly looking to put in a €16m January bid for Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia.

According to European sources (via the Daily Star), Utd are interested in bringing in the Moroccan, having been impressed with his progress at Roma this season.

Arsenal’s ideal January signing losing patience in Spain

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Arsenal's ideal January signing losing patience in Spain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the January transfer window just around the corner, a lot of talk in the media has been about Arsenal and their need to strengthen their squad with an additional striker.

Olivier Giroud has been over-relied on, with little-to-no faith in the abilities of Nicklas Bendtner as a deputy.

Strange Times At Chelsea As Mourinho Struggles

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Strange Times At Chelsea As Mourinho Struggles - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of the running subplots to Chelsea's circus 2012-13 season was whether Frank Lampard's contract would be renewed. On the face of it – actually, anyway you look at the issue – it was an entirely dumb debate.

Manchester United Star wanted by Juventus in January

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Manchester United Star wanted by Juventus in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Italian giants Juventus are plotting a move for Manchester United winger Nani, according to reports from Turin based newspaper Tuttosport.

According to the report, the Bianconeri are keen on luring him to Turin in the January transfer window and could offer striker Mirko Vucinic to Manchester United in exchange.

Possible Man Utd Starting XI vs West Ham + Prediction

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Possible Man Utd Starting XI vs West Ham + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd host West Ham in the afternoon kick off on Saturday, with David Moyes' men looking to build on their growing good form.

Having lost two consecutive home games for the first time in 10 years, Utd have slowly begun to regain their confidence, and the results are starting to improve.

Possible Liverpool Starting XI vs Cardiff + Prediction

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Possible Liverpool Starting XI vs Cardiff + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool host Cardiff City in the early afternoon kickoff on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers' side have been in sensational form of late, having ripped rivals Tottenham to shreds last weekend, and currently lie second in the Premier League.

Opinion: Chelsea must adapt to help their strikers

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Opinion: Chelsea must adapt to help their strikers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's 2-1 League Cup defeat to Sunderland on Tuesday served as another example of the proflagacy currently shown by the Blues strike force. Jose Mourinho seems to be at his wits end with his forward line, who have looked devoid of attacking intent for as long as the mind can remember.

Man Utd ‘bid €40m’ for Real Playmaker – Spanish Report

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Man Utd 'bid €40m' for Real Playmaker Spanish Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Spanish reports, Real Madrid rejected a €40m bid from Man Utd for Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso last summer, with the matter far from finished as we approach January, due to the Spaniard's failure to sign a new contract.

Will Robin van Persie play for Man Utd again?

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Will Robin van Persie play for Man Utd again? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It is all getting rather uncomfortable for new Man Utd manager David Moyes.

The pressure of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, arguably the greatest manager there has ever been, was always going to be a heavy burden; but the bumpy ride thus far has been recently exacerbated by the growing discontent of their most treasured superstar.

Opinion: Chelsea must adapt to help their strikers

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Opinion: Chelsea must adapt to help their strikers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's 2-1 League Cup defeat to Sunderland on Tuesday served as another example of the proflagacy currently shown by the Blues strike force. Jose Mourinho seems to be at his wits end with his forward line, who have looked devoid of attacking intent for as long as the mind can remember.

PHOTO: Evra and Young on target as Man Utd progress

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PHOTO: Evra and Young on target as Man Utd progress - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd survived a pre-match injury to Wayne Rooney, and a torrential downpour at the Britannia Stadium to beat Stoke 2-0, and advance to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup.

While many of the Utd fans will not regard the Capital One Cup as an essential competition for the Red Devils, the win will bring much satisfaction, given Utd's poor form of late.

Chelsea looking to beat Man Utd in the chase for €50m midfielder

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Chelsea looking to beat Man Utd in the chase for €50m midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea are showing great interest and have stepped up the chase in signing their former player Nemanja Matic, who is also a transfer target of Manchester United.

In November, Portuguese newspaper A Bola reported that Manchester United are seriously considering a move for Benfica trio of Nemanja Matic, Niko Gaitan and Ezequiel Garay.

Transfer Roundup: Serie A side to rival Chelsea for Hulk; Casillas to Man City?

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Transfer Roundup: Serie A side to rival Chelsea for Hulk; Casillas to Man City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This week, we brought you the news that Chelsea target Hulk is looking for a way out of Russia; and now it seems that the Blues have a rival for the Zenit striker's signature, with Inter Milan preparing a January bid.

Liverpool: Reds open contract talks with Luis Suarez’s agent

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Liverpool: Reds open contract talks with Luis Suarez's agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have opened talks over a possible new contract with Luis Suarez' agent, Pere Guardiola, with an intention to keep the talisman striker at Anfield and out of the reach of Europe's heavy weights for the prime of his career.

Tottenham: Former Spurs manager ready to return IF club makes approach

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Tottenham: Former Spurs manager ready to return IF club makes approach - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle is ready to take the vacant job at Spurs, if approached by the North London club. After Andre Villas-Boas was sacked, Tim Sherwood has been placed in interim charge of Spurs, while Fabio Capello and Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the position as well.

Scouting Fredy Guarin: Chelsea’s next superstar signing?

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Scouting Fredy Guarin: Chelsea's next superstar signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in the British press are suggesting that Chelsea have made a significant move ahead of the January transfer window opening, and are closing in on the signature of Fredy Guarin.

The Inter Milan midfielder has been one of the Italian side's standout players this season, and has caught the eye of Jose Mourinho.

Man Utd Eye £14m Brazilian to Replace Veteran; Ex-Liverpool Boss Chasing Agger

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Man Utd Eye £14m Brazilian to Replace Veteran; Ex-Liverpool Boss Chasing Agger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd have stepped up their hunt for a successor to Patrice Evra, according to reports, with Porto's Alex Sandro to be the subject of a potential bid in January.

The 'Metro' reports that Utd boss David Moyes watched the full-back in Porto's Champions League defeat to Atletico Madrid, and is ready to make a move, with Everton unwilling to allow former charge and main target Leighton Baines to leave until at least the end of the season.

Man Utd’s David Moyes to be Replaced by Antonio Conte?

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Man Utd's David Moyes to be Replaced by Antonio Conte? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In a bizarre report, Italian publication 'TuttoSport' claim that David Moyes' tenure at Man Utd could be coming to a swift end, with Juventus boss Antonio Conte linked with replacing the Scot at the end of the season.

Possible Manchester United Line-Up Against Stoke City + Prediction

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Possible Manchester United Line-Up Against Stoke City + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will travel to Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday.

Ahead of the match, David Moyes has hinted that he could make several changes, as the Scot will be looking to keep the squad fresh in the busy festive period.

Possible Tottenham Line-Up Against West Ham + Prediction

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Possible Tottenham Line-Up Against West Ham + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Totteham will begin their post Andre Villas-Boas era, as they take on West Ham at home in the Capital One Cup quarter finals on Wednesday.

Critics are divided into opinions about the sacking of Villas-Boas, who lost his job following his side's 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday.

The rise and rise of Atletico Madrid.

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The rise and rise of Atletico Madrid. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Diego Costa ran in to lace a penalty into the top corner of the Valencia net and give his team a 3-0 lead, it was his 17th goal in 15 games paralleling the record of Ronaldo at Real Madrid. It's a little heralded stat outside of Spain however, and Costa does not carry the same aura as the Portuguese.

Who Is Paul Clement And Why Is He Linked With The Baggies Job?

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Who Is Paul Clement And Why Is He Linked With The Baggies Job? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke was sacked, many well-known names across England have been linked with the job such as Glenn Hoddle and Martin Jol, but a leading contender to land the role may be an unfamiliar one to fans up and down the country.

Andre Villas-Boas’ People Problem

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Andre Villas-Boas' People Problem - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andre Villas-Boas is nothing if not stubborn. There it was again Sunday against Liverpool: A suicidal high-line anchored by a slow captain, John Terry becoming Michael Dawson. There was a three-man midfield so devoid of creativity a herd of robots would have looked inspirational in comparison, and less service to lone-striker Roberto Soldado than economy class gets on a commercial airline.

€24m Arsenal & Chelsea Target would be an ideal signing for Moyes

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€24m Arsenal & Chelsea Target would be an ideal signing for Moyes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sami Khedira grabbed the headline on the transfer deadline day in the summer, when reports emerged that theRed Devils had launched a bid for Real Madrid midfielder for €40 million which was rejected by Madrid.

Five Chelsea players that can ensure they win the Premier League

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Five Chelsea players that can ensure they win the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has been brought back to Chelsea this season with the objective of regaining the Premier League title. The Blues were last crowned champions of England back in 2009-10, but have since had to watch on as the Manchester sides battle it out for top spot.

Chelsea striker target ‘to stay in Paris’, Spurs missed out on maestro over 500k

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Chelsea striker target 'to stay in Paris', Spurs missed out on maestro over 500k - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will have to cross another potential attacking reinforcement off the list, after Edinson Cavani's agent today rubbished claims that the Uruguayan was set for a move from PSG this January.

Final match tonight for Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne?

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Final match tonight for Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup quarter-final tonight which could be the final match in Blues shirt for Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne.

The Blues manager Jose Mourinho is likely to rest some players who played in the last Premier League game and would be looking to give chances to the fringe players, which include De Bruyne as well.

Why Liverpool Should Aim For The Premier League Title

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Why Liverpool Should Aim For The Premier League Title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems strange that after almost half of the season gone, Liverpool still second in the Premier League, but nobody are even considering them as serious threat for title challenge. It has one major advantage though.

Chelsea €45m target ‘wants to leave Russia’; Liverpool’s Suarez Italy bound?

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Chelsea €45m target 'wants to leave Russia'; Liverpool's Suarez Italy bound? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the transfer window almost upon us, news coming in from Russia has Zenit striker Hulk linked once more with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea reportedly still keen on the Brazilian hit-man.

Possible Chelsea Starting XI vs Sunderland – De Bruyne and Eto’o to start

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Possible Chelsea Starting XI vs Sunderland De Bruyne and Eto'o to start - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea travel to Sunderland on Tuesday for the League Cup quarter final at the Stadium of Light.

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has said that he expects every member of the Chelsea squad to play a part in the festive period, with predicting a starting line-up a rather tricky exercise.

CONFIRMED: Manchester City vs Arsenal Line-Ups

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

Manchester City host Arsenal on lunch time at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, where both the managers will be looking for a positive result.

Arsenal are top of the table, six points ahead of City and a victory here would take them nine points clear off their opponents on Saturday.

Photo: Jack Wilshere In Hot Water Over Finger Gesture

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Photo: Jack Wilshere In Hot Water Over Finger Gesture - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Young Jack has a way of staying in the public eye, and not always for the best of reasons. It hasn't been that long since the whole 'smoking incident' died down, and now Wilshere may find himself under scrutiny once more for his finger gesture in Saturday's incredible 6-3 defeat to Man City.

Photo: Per Mertesacker’s outrage on Mesut Ozil for ignoring the away fans

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Photo: Per Mertesacker's outrage on Mesut Ozil for ignoring the away fans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal suffered a humiliating 6-3 defeat at the hands of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. The result saw City closing the gap with the Gunners to just three points at the top of the table.

Man City 6-3 Arsenal: Player Ratings

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Man City 6-3 Arsenal: Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man City sent another deafening message to the rest of the Premier League with a merciless display of attacking prowess at the Etihad, coming out 6-3 winners over leaders Arsenal. Fernandinho grabbed a super brace as City gave another example of their ability to dominate the top sides in Manchester.

Video (Goals): Man City 6-3 Arsenal – Gunners humiliated, City close gap

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Video (Goals): Man City 6-3 Arsenal Gunners humiliated, City close gap - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City produced yet another scintillating performance at home, as they earned an emphatic 6-3 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League.

With that victory, City have now moved 3rd in the table, 3 points behind Arsenal and maintained their unbeaten run at home this season, thus far.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction

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Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will travel to Villa Park to face Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, looking to get their title defence back on track.

The task is easier said than done.

What went wrong for Arsenal against Man City

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What went wrong for Arsenal against Man City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League table toppers Arsenal were brought back to earth with a bang on Saturday, as Arsene Wenger's men were put to the sword 6-3 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The north London side looked tired from their trip to Napoli in midweek and were thoroughly outplayed by Manuel Pellegrini's men.

Why Liverpool are favourites to beat Tottenham

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Why Liverpool are favourites to beat Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham host Liverpool at White Hart Lane on Sunday, with both sides looking to further their ambitions of a top-four finish this season.

Both teams have had a couple of encouraging results of late, and can close the gap on league leaders Arsenal with three points here.

Tottenham vs Liverpool: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction

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Tottenham vs Liverpool: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Ups & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Liverpool in the Premier League at the White Hart Lane, where both the team will be looking to earn full three points and give their title chance a major boost.

Liverpool want £12m winger after secret trip; Moyes intent on signing and selling stars

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Liverpool want £12m winger after secret trip; Moyes intent on signing and selling stars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is gearing up for a busy January if reports are to be believed, with the 40-year-old making the trip to Germany last week to watch two of Europe's finest young talents in action.

CONFIRMED: Tottenham vs Liverpool Line-Ups

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CONFIRMED: Tottenham vs Liverpool Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Liverpool in the Premier League at the White Hart Lane looking to close in on the top four.

Tottenham are back in form, after a dip in autumn and are unbeaten in the last five games.

Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool: The Player Ratings

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Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool: The Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool smashed fierce rivals Tottenham at White Hart lane on Sunday, triumphing 5-0 thanks to a vibrant attacking display typified once more by their Uruguayan talisman Luis Suarez.

The controversial striker grabbed two and set up the other three, as Liverpool remain on course for a top-four finish, and are still in with a shout for the title.

VIDEO (Goals): Spurs 0-5 Liverpool – Skipper Suarez scored brace

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VIDEO (Goals): Spurs 0-5 Liverpool Skipper Suarez scored brace - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool bagged an emphatic 5-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at the White Hart Lane.

It was undoubtedly the best away performance of the season for the Reds, and as a result of this victory, they've moved second in the league, two points behind Arsenal.

West Brom Need Someone Like Roy Hodgson

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West Brom Need Someone Like Roy Hodgson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion have been left without a manager after Steve Clarke was sacked after some less than impressive performances. Chairman Jeremy Peace decided to pull the plug on the ex-Chelsea assistant after a 1-0 away defeat to Cardiff.

Luis Suarez – Villain, Hero, Skipper & Demi-God

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Luis Suarez Villain, Hero, Skipper & Demi-God - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez. What a player! Really he is a joy to behold for all the neutrals around the world and for the Red fans – his transformation this season from a villain to hero, to skipper and possibly to the pedestal of Demi-God is all but justified.

Man Utd to rival Chelsea for €60m ‘Killer’; Wenger still dreams of Luis Suarez

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Man Utd to rival Chelsea for €60m 'Killer'; Wenger still dreams of Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

He only moved to the Parc De Princes in the summer, but rumours that PSG striker Edinson Cavani has failed to settle in the French capital have been rife over the last few months.

Tottenham Sack Andre Villas-Boas

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Tottenham Sack Andre Villas-Boas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham have sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas, after an appalling result against Liverpool at White Lane yesterday left the club in disarray.

The Portuguese manager has been under huge pressure in recent weeks, with a string of poor results leaving Spurs languishing seventh in the Premier League.

Arsenal Face Bayern Munich – Champions League Round of 16 Draw

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Arsenal Face Bayern Munich Champions League Round of 16 Draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City will face La Liga champions Barcelona in the Champions League Round of 16 matches.

Premier League champions Manchester United will face Greek side Olympiakos, and most importantly the Red Devils will enjoy the 2nd leg at home.

Champions League draw reaction: Arsenal and City face Europe’s best

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Champions League draw reaction: Arsenal and City face Europe's best - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League was made today in Nyon, with some mouth-watering ties sure to be captivating viewing.

Of the English sides, Arsenal and Manchester City face some of the biggest teams in the world game, while Chelsea and Manchester United will be relieved to have missed the heavy hitters.

Should Spurs have sacked Villas-Boas?

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Should Spurs have sacked Villas-Boas? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With Andre Villas-Boas dismissed by Tottenham this morning, fans and pundits alike have begun to argue whether or not the Portuguese had to go.

There are arguments for and against this notion; with some saying that Spurs' recent humiliation at the hands of two of their fiercest rivals clearly proving that a change in direction is needed.

Manchester United need to pay €20m to land Benfica’s Nico Gaitan

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Manchester United need to pay €20m to land Benfica's Nico Gaitan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's interest in Benfica's winger Nico Gaitan is nothing new. The Red Devils have had registered their interest quite a number of times and there are numerous reports in Portugal press that suggest the interest hasn't died down yet.

Blow for Man Utd as €36m target rules out January move, wants to sign a new contract

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Blow for Man Utd as €36m target rules out January move, wants to sign a new contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United target Ander Herrara has made it clear that he doesn't want to switch to Old Trafford in the January; rather he is targeting a long term stay in Bilbao.

Possible Chelsea Starting XI vs Crystal Palace + Prediction

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Possible Chelsea Starting XI vs Crystal Palace + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will host a revitalised Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, with the Blues looking to satisfy Jose Mourinho's wish for a more clinical performance.

The Portuguese manager has been critical of the Chelsea strike force of late; with Torres, Ba and Eto'o having only scored four goals between them in the Premier League.

Possible Arsenal Starting XI vs Man City – Flamini and Ramsey to start

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Possible Arsenal Starting XI vs Man City Flamini and Ramsey to start - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal travel north on Saturday to face title rivals Man City at the Etihad Stadium. Arsene Wenger will be desperate for his side to return to winning ways in this crucial Premier League encounter.

Arsenal player ratings vs Napoli – Flamini & Koscielny outstanding

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Arsenal player ratings vs Napoli – Flamini & Koscielny outstanding - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal were beaten 2-0 by Napoli on Wednesday night but the result was enough to see the north London side progress to the knockout rounds of the Champions League at the Italians' expense.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Bucharest – Willian superb, Mikel poor

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Bucharest Willian superb, Mikel poor - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea secured top spot in Group E on Wednesday, with a scrappy Demba Ba goal earning the Blues a 1-0 win overSteaua Bucharest at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues dominated a toothlessSteaua for long periods of the game, and despite an unconvincing scoreline, were well worth the three points.

Manchester United Eye Move For Koke, Chelsea plot £13m January bid for Kurt Zouma

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Manchester United Eye Move For Koke, Chelsea plot £13m January bid for Kurt Zouma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With pressure mounting on the shoulders of David Moyes like barometer readings on the summer in Indian subcontinent; the Manchester United manager has vowed to turn it around.

Chelsea “in trouble” declares Mourinho

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Chelsea "in trouble" declares Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's laboured victory over Steaua Bucharest will have done little to ease the mind of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The victory brought the team it's first clean sheet for a number of games, and that certainly will have been welcome, but the opposition was hardly of the calibre that should worry a tam with the Blues' aspirations.

Why Chelsea are favourite to beat Arsenal for €45m German star

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Why Chelsea are favourite to beat Arsenal for €45m German star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of all the clubs involved in the chase for German attacking Julian Draxler, Chelsea and Arsenal are thought to be favourites to land him, if the reports are to be believed.

The Schalke 04 midfielder, who signed a six-year-deal in the summer and has a release clause of €45m, spoke about his admiration about English football and Arsenal in particular.

Chelsea must act on Rooney’s contract stalemate

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Chelsea must act on Rooney's contract stalemate - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

News coming in today hints at the reappearance of one of the most lengthy and high-profile transfer sagas of the summer.

According to Goal.com, Man Utd'sWayne Rooney is still refusing to sit down and discuss a new deal at Old Trafford, which is set to expire at the end of next season.

Gunners Legend Shocked by Arsenal’s Champions League Task

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Gunners Legend Shocked by Arsenal's Champions League Task - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Napoli saw them qualify from Group F in second place, with the Gunners now facing a daunting last-16 tie against one of Europe's most dangerous teams.

Indeed, the sheer scale of the task ahead proved to be too much for Arsenal legendThierry Henry.

Chelsea’s Steaua win sees old problem resurface for Mourinho

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Chelsea's Steaua win sees old problem resurface for Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea progress to the last 16 of the Champions League as winners of Group F, with their 1-0 win overSteaua Bucharest on Wednesday enough to seal top spot.

But despite the well-earned win and the long overdue clean sheet, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is faced with a selection dilemma, as the attacking midfield of Willian, Hazard and Oscar were individually excellent.

Napoli 2 Arsenal 0: Wenger was right to bench Ramsey

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Napoli 2 Arsenal 0: Wenger was right to bench Ramsey - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal progressed through to the knockout rounds of the Champions League on Wednesday night, despite being beaten 2-0 by Napoli in Italy.

The Gunners knew that they only needed to avoid losing by three goals, and Arsene Wenger set his team up with damage limitation in mind.

Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw

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Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After months of eager anticipation, the World Cup draw was finally broadcast around the world, slowly filling football fans everywhere with contrasting feelings of hope and dread.

With the mainstream eye firmly fixed on the draw in Sao Paulo, Budweiser took the show to ground level; filming the immediate reactions of those who matter the most the people.

USA Faces The Group of Death – Or Glory

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USA Faces The Group of Death Or Glory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been awhile, and there's still only two ways to look at the USA's World Cup draw, there's only two potential outcomes in Brazil: Death, or glory.

The natural and first reaction is that the draw was crushingly cruel to the USA.

Napoli vs. Arsenal preview – Gunners must contain Gonzalo Higuaín

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Napoli vs. Arsenal preview Gunners must contain Gonzalo Higuaín - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal take on Napoli in theStadio San Paolo on Wednesday, with the Gunners able to clinch top spot going into the Champions League knockout round.

Arsene Wenger's side need to avoid defeat by 3 goals in order to secure safe passage out of the group; and a win will see them finish in first place, giving them a better chance of a favourable tie in the knockout round of 16.

PHOTO: Arsenal star Lukas Podolski back in training ahead of Napoli clash

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PHOTO: Arsenal star Lukas Podolski back in training ahead of Napoli clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Arsenal's crucial Champions League tie against Napoli, Arsenal fans will be delighted to see Germany international Lukas Podolski is back in full training with the squad again.

Arsenal alerted on €45m German star, £15m Chelsea target set to hand in transfer request

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Arsenal alerted on €45m German star, £15m Chelsea target set to hand in transfer request - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal target Julian Draxler has been constantly dropping hints that he might leave Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 next summer, and recently he voiced his frustration again at playing out of position.

Manchester United target Kevin Strootman happy at Roma says agent

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Manchester United target Kevin Strootman happy at Roma says agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kevin Strootman's agent has confirmed that his client his happy at Roma and has an intention to stay here for a long time.

Yesterday, we reported that Manchester United manager David Moyes has targeted Strootman to lead his midfield.

Arsenal fight for ‘new Mesut Ozil’; Chelsea star’s future decided ‘in two weeks’

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Arsenal fight for 'new Mesut Ozil'; Chelsea star's future decided 'in two weeks' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have reportedly joined Premier League rivals Liverpool in the battle for Hamburg's young midfield talent,Hakan Çalhanoğlu.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are the latest club looking at the 19-year-old, who is gradually attracting more and more suitors after a number of brilliant showings for Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

Man Utd Player Ratings vs Shakhtar Donetsk – Phil Jones to the rescue

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Man Utd Player Ratings vs Shakhtar Donetsk Phil Jones to the rescue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd qualified for the knockout round of the Champions League on Wednesday, as a Phil Jones thunderbolt gave them a hard-fought 1-0 win over an excellent Shakhtar Donetsk outfit.

The result has duel meanings for Utd manager David Moyes, who avoided a third straight home defeat as well as guiding his side through to the last 16 of Europe's premier competition as group winners.

In Germany, Klinsmann Faces The Monster He Built

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In Germany, Klinsmann Faces The Monster He Built - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The best kind of questions asked in press events with football managers leave no room, no backdoor for a clichéd escape. The best kind of questions are poignant, unobvious, and make even the person answering the question think.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Napoli + Prediction

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Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Napoli + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal head into the final game of the Champions League, leading the group F table with 12 points – yet their progression to the next round is not guaranteed. Though, the Gunners should qualify unless they press the self-destructive button.

Man Utd Chase £30m Dutch Star, Arsenal Target £8m goal machine

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Man Utd Chase £30m Dutch Star, Arsenal Target £8m goal machine - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It doesn't need any rocket science to guess that central midfield is the one area that Manchester United need bolstering in the upcoming transfer window. Throughout the summer, the Red Devils were linked with avalanche of midfielders, including the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Ander Herrera, but none of the deal materialized, as the frugal search continues.

Chelsea Transfer Latest: Star set to leave in January, €35m defender targeted by Barcelona

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Chelsea Transfer Latest: Star set to leave in January, €35m defender targeted by Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In the Chelsea Transfer Latest, we bring you stories of two unsettled stars at the club and their probable destination in the upcoming transfer window.

Simon Johnson of The Standard reports that Chelsea midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is all set to leave the club in January, after failing to get regular game time for the Blues.

Arsenal join the race to sign Liverpool player reports Spanish press

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Arsenal join the race to sign Liverpool player reports Spanish press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pepe Reina is still a Liverpool player in theory, but his future surely lies elsewhere after the end of the season. Either he could sign with Napoli on a permanent basis or his possible destination could be Barcelona next summer.

Manchester United Eye Move for €17m Dutch midfielder in January

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Manchester United Eye Move for €17m Dutch midfielder in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are considering a January move for Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder, according to reports from The Guardian.

Sneijder is a long term target of Manchester United and as per the report; David Moyes is seriously considering a move for the Dutch playmaker.

Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: Revenge on the cards for Pellegrini’s men

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Bayern Munich vs Manchester City: Revenge on the cards for Pellegrini's men - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have arguably the toughest game in world football to play on Tuesday night; an away day against European champions Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola has continued on where Jupp Heynckes left off, with the Bavarian powerhouses steamrollering everything in their path this season – including City at the Etihad Stadium.

Man Utd Latest: Has Moyes found Kagawa’s €45m replacement?

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Man Utd Latest: Has Moyes found Kagawa's €45m replacement? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd's Shinji Kagawa has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for many weeks now; and after his no-show at the weekend against Newcastle, reports in the German press are insisting a return to Borussia Dortmund is on the cards.

Barcelona join the race to snatch €30m Manchester United target

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Barcelona join the race to snatch €30m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are reportedly interested in Borussia Dortmund's highly rated midfielder Ilkay Gundogan. The Daily Telegraph's award winning writer Mark Ogden wrote recently in article that the Red Devils indeed have shown interest in him.

How Much Pressure Are West Brom Really Under?

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How Much Pressure Are West Brom Really Under? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since beating Manchester United at Old Trafford, West Bromwich Albion have only picked up one win in nine games, slipping to 15th in the process, two points above the relegation zone. Fans are beginning to worry whether their side will be dragged into another relegation dog fight after so many in the past, but how much danger are The Baggies really in?

Mikel To Start – Possible Chelsea Starting XI vs Bucharest

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Mikel To Start Possible Chelsea Starting XI vs Bucharest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will host Steaua Bucharest in their final Champions league group stage tie on Wednesday evening; with the Blues able to win the group if they beat the Romanian Champions.

The Blues can still come first in Group E with adraw, but it will depend on Schalke 04 earning a draw with FC Basel, otherwise the equation may become tricky.

Bayern Munich vs Man City: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Bayern Munich vs Man City: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City will face European champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the Champions League Group D match at the Allianz Arena. Both the teams have qualified to the knock out rounds, but Pep Guardiola, whose side has won all the five matches so far, is still wary of the threat City can pose.

Manchester United vs Shakhtar: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Manchester United vs Shakhtar: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After back to back defeats in the Premier League, Manchester United will look to return to winning ways at the expense of Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

The Red Devils have already qualified to the knock out phase of the competition, but David Moyes would be looking for nothing less than a victory tomorrow at the Old Trafford.

Possible Manchester United Starting XI vs Shakhtar – Rooney Returns

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Possible Manchester United Starting XI vs Shakhtar Rooney Returns - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd will host Ukrainian championsShakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night, in what has turned into an absolutely critical game for manager David Moyes.

So often an impenetrable fortress, Old Trafford has of late been a place of wretched agony for the Man Utd faithful; with both Everton and Newcastle registering hard fought 1-0 wins over the last week.

Stat Attack: Are Liverpool Over-Achieving This Season?

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Stat Attack: Are Liverpool Over-Achieving This Season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool courtesy of their 4-1 win against West Ham on Saturday have climbed up to the second place in the Premier League. It is their best start to a league season in many years and while they are far from being a complete team, manager Brendan Rodgers has somehow managed to keep the side going from strength to strength.

Chelsea’s Leaky Defence: Analysing the Last Seven Goals Conceded

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Chelsea's Leaky Defence: Analysing the Last Seven Goals Conceded - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Upon the Portuguese pitching up once more at Stamford Bridge, everyone expected Jose Mourinho's Chelsea to return to the days of impenetrable rearguards, and record-breaking defensive solidarity.

Arsenal 1-1 Everton: Ramsey, Barkley & Other Major Talking Points

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Arsenal 1-1 Everton: Ramsey, Barkley & Other Major Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal and Everton played out a high-quality spectacle on Sunday, with two second-half goals resulting the in the spoils being shared at the Emirates Stadium.

Mesut Ozil looked to have given the hosts victory with a late strike, but Toffees' substitute Gerard Deulofeu struck a swift equaliser to seal a draw.

Chelsea want £10m defender in January, Barcelona target Aguero & Van Persie

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Chelsea want £10m defender in January, Barcelona target Aguero & Van Persie - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho's second stint with Chelsea hasn't been a smooth ride so far with strike problem remains a major thorn in flesh for the Blues. The cause for frustration further stems out from the fact that defence, which was Mourinho's major strength in his first spell, hasn't provided enough safety at the back, as Chelsea continue to leak in goals at an alarming rate.

Steven Gerrard could be out for six weeks – Huge blow to Liverpool

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Steven Gerrard could be out for six weeks Huge blow to Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool started their crucial month of December with great hope and trepidation all at the same time. If the convincing 4-1 victory over West Ham is the hint of good-things-to-come in an otherwise hectic and tough run-of-fixtures, the injury to skipper Steven Gerrard leaves a blotch in the spirited Reds camp.

Blackburn’s DJ Campbell arrested in football spot-fixing probe

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Blackburn's DJ Campbell arrested in football spot-fixing probe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Blackburn Rovers forward DJ Campbell is one of the six people arrested in connection with a football spot-fixing investigation, his club have confirmed.

On 28th November, we covered a story based on the reports of The Telegraph that said six people were arrested including a former Premier League player as a part of an ongoing investigation on suspicion of fixing English football games, but due to confidential reasons, the name wasn't published then.

Arsenal and Liverpool Set to Gain from Spanish Giant’s ‘Exodus’?

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Arsenal and Liverpool Set to Gain from Spanish Giant's 'Exodus'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish giants Barcelona are gearing up for war this transfer window, with a whole host of names reportedly close to leaving the Camp Nou.

According to Spanish newspaper, Marca, no less than seven players in and around the first team are edging towards the exit, in what they are describing could be an impending 'exodus'.

PHOTO: Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal against Everton

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PHOTO: Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal against Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal were held to a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Emirates by Everton and were denied a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

After a stalemate first half, where the visitors had the better possession and created more half chances, the game opened up in the second half.

Tottenham win at Sunderland – five things we learned

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Tottenham win at Sunderland – five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs made it two wins in a week with another 2-1 victory on Saturday, this time against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The north Londoners needed to come back from a goal down after Adam Johnson's strike, but a Paulinho effort and John O'Shea's own goal gave the visitors three points.

Arsenal Eye £10m Move for Irish Defender, Chelsea Chasing French Youngster

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Arsenal Eye £10m Move for Irish Defender, Chelsea Chasing French Youngster - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The contract situation of Bacary Sagna is very critical for Arsenal. The Frenchman will be a free agent in the summer but Arsene Wenger wants to keep the 30-year-old at the club.

PSG enter the race to snatch €50m Manchester United Target

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PSG enter the race to snatch €50m Manchester United Target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Benfica's Matic has attracted the interest of a lot of big clubs in Europe, with PSG Benfica's oppoents in their next and decisive Champions League match reportedly being the latest in that list.

Manchester United Transfer: Barcelona Eye Move For Robin van Persie, reports Catalan press

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Manchester United Transfer: Barcelona Eye Move For Robin van Persie, reports Catalan press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish media is abuzz with gossip of Robin Van Persie handing in a transfer request and on his way to join league leaders Barcelona in next window.

Van Persie reportedly has been critical of the training and management methods of David Moyes and the lethargic performance of last season's Premier League winners would have done little to vindicate Moyes's management abilities to the Dutch striker.

Chelsea Transfer: David Luiz wanted by Barcelona

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Chelsea Transfer: David Luiz wanted by Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona have been searching for a center back for a while now, with very little success. The names that have been on the table over the past few years include high profile names like Thiago Silva, Mats Hummels, Jan Vertonghen.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Stoke – Schurrle Brace Not Enough

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Stoke Schurrle Brace Not Enough - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea stumbled to a first league defeat against Stoke for 38 years, with a late screamer from substituteOussama Assaidi earning all three points for Mark Hughes' side at the Britannia.

The Blues had led after Acdre Schurrle's superb swivel and shot into the far corner; but Peter Crouch capitalised from some poor Chelsea defending to draw his side level against the run of play.

More Agony for Moyes – Man Utd player ratings vs Newcastle

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More Agony for Moyes Man Utd player ratings vs Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yoann Cabaye's second half effort condemned Man Utd to their second consecutive home defeat for 10 years, as a hard-working Newcastle outfit triumphed at Old Trafford, 1-0.

The result will heap further pressure on the beleaguered David Moyes; with the Scot having had the luxury of picking Dutch hit-man Robin Van Persie for the game, having been without him for the last three matches.

Manchester United 0 Newcastle 1: Five key observations

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Manchester United 0 Newcastle 1: Five key observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Newcastle ended a run of over 40 years without a win at Old Trafford by recording a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on Saturday.

Yohan Cabaye's second-half strike was enough to give Alan Pardew's men the three points and condemn the hosts to their second 1-0 defeat at home in a week.

CONFIRMED: Stoke vs Chelsea starting lineups – Torres and Mata start once more

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CONFIRMED: Stoke vs Chelsea starting lineups – Torres and Mata start once more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea travel to Stoke today for the afternoon kickoff at the Britannia stadium.

The Blues have had a very good winter so far, with consecutive wins over Southampton and Sunderland keeping them within touching distance with leaders Arsenal.

CONFIRMED: Liverpool vs West Ham Line-ups – Sakho & Allen starts

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CONFIRMED: Liverpool vs West Ham Line-ups Sakho & Allen starts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool take on West Ham at Anfield in the Saturday 3′o clock Kick-off, where Brendan Rodgers would be hoping for yet another league victory.

The Reds earned an emphatic 5-1 victory against Norwich City in the last match, where Luis Suarez produced one of the best individual performances of the season so far.

Van Persie wants to leave Old Trafford, Arsenal target €26m Argentine winger

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Van Persie wants to leave Old Trafford, Arsenal target €26m Argentine winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Manchester United's home tie against Newcastle United on Saturday, former Liverpool hero and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has dropped a huge bombshell suggesting that Robin van Persie has asked Manchester United for a move out.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata targeted by Pep Guardiola – Report

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Chelsea's Juan Mata targeted by Pep Guardiola Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's Juan Mata has been the subject of increasingly varied transfer speculation in recent months; and now, according to the Spanish Press, Bayern Munich are the latest club looking into the possibility of signing the Spaniard.

CONFIRMED: Man Utd vs Newcastle Line-ups – Van Persie & Januzaj starts

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CONFIRMED: Man Utd vs Newcastle Line-ups Van Persie & Januzaj starts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd take on high-flying Newcastle Utd in today's early afternoon kickoff at Old Trafford.

Utd manger David Moyes has come in for some bitter criticism after Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at home to Everton.

Why Fellaini needs to step it up against Newcastle

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Why Fellaini needs to step it up against Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wednesday evening was one of great significance to Everton. The Toffees' board had the job of replacing David Moyes in the summer their manager of 11 years but this week the Merseyside club had the opportunity to face up against the man who left them for Manchester United.

World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia’s group of death and much more

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World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia's group of death and much more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup draw was completed today, with the groups decided for next summer's spectacle in Brazil.

There are a number of standout groups, with mouth-watering clashes galore, grudge matches and what is sure to be some scintillating action.

Stoke vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Stoke vs Chelsea: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday at the Britannia Stadium, where Blues manager Jose Mourinho would be looking for nothing less than full three points.

Southampton vs Man City: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Southampton vs Man City: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Southampton suffered their fourth defeat in the midweek, when they lost 2-3 at the hands of Aston Villa. It was incidentally their first defeat at home but most worryingly, it was their third consecutive defeat in the Premier League.

Five Arsenal Players Who Are Leading The Gunners to Glory

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Five Arsenal Players Who Are Leading The Gunners to Glory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Life has not been easy for the Gunners faithful this past decade. Bitter discontent and perennial frustration have been ever-present; with the years since Arsenal won a piece of silverware continuing to increase.

Luis Suarez says he is happy at Liverpool and will stay until the end of the season

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Luis Suarez says he is happy at Liverpool and will stay until the end of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool fans witnessed yet another magical night at Anfield in the midweek, where Luis Suarez produced arguably one of the best individual performances of the season thus far, as the Reds earned a 5-1 victory over Norwich.

Chelsea eye £15m move for Italian star, Manchester United midfielder face exit door in January

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Chelsea eye £15m move for Italian star, Manchester United midfielder face exit door in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems like it will be a busy January transfer window for Chelsea. Jose Mourinho is looking to bring a central defender to bolster his squad and according to reports from Daily Mirror, the Portuguese is keen to land Inter Milan and Italy defender Andrea Ranocchia in January.

Arsenal frustrated after €12m Real striker declares loyalty

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Arsenal frustrated after €12m Real striker declares loyalty - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have fallen victim to a dramatic transfer U-turn, as Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has confirmed that he is staying at the Bernabéu.

Reports coming from the Express this week claimed that Arsenal had signed the Spanish striker on a six-month loan deal.

Walcott To Start – Possible Arsenal Starting XI Against Everton

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Walcott To Start Possible Arsenal Starting XI Against Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal come up against an in-form Everton side in the late afternoon kick-off on Sunday, in what will be a stern test of Arsene Wenger's side's title credentials.

The Toffees are fresh from their tremendous smash-and-grab win at Old Trafford midweek, which has left David Moyes' Utd reeling, now 12 points behind the Gunners.

Manchester United vs Newcastle: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Manchester United vs Newcastle: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pressure is mounting on the shoulders of David Moyes. After 14 games in the Premier League, the Red Devils find themselves in an awkward position – 9th in the league table, 12 points behind league leaders Arsenal.

Possible Manchester United Starting XI Against Newcastle – Rooney out, Van Persie Doubtful

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Possible Manchester United Starting XI Against Newcastle Rooney out, Van Persie Doubtful - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd host Newcastle at Old Trafford in the early afternoon kickoff on Saturday.

David Moyes' side are coming into the game off the back of a hugely demoralising loss at home to Everton on Wednesday, and will be desperate for a win to put their title push back on track.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-up Against Stoke + Prediction

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

Chelsea will make a second trip north of London in a week on Saturday; with the Blues heading to Stoke for the afternoon kick-off at The Britannia Stadium.

Chelsea triumphed 4-3 in the midweek match against Sunderland at the Stadium of light, but were made to work for it by Gus Poyet's side.

Manchester United Transfer: €30m Target Heading To Real Madrid?

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Manchester United Transfer: €30m Target Heading To Real Madrid? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Telegraph's Mark Ogden, who named Football Journalist of the Year at the Northwest Football Awards in November, wrote couple of days back that Manchester United are interested in three players and one of them is Borussia Dortmund's central midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-up Against West Ham + Prediction

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Possible Liverpool Starting Line-up Against West Ham + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Games are coming thick and fast in the Premier League and squad depth of Liverpool will be tested now. The Reds face West Ham at Anfield on Saturday lunch-time kick off, where Brendan Rodgers would be hoping to see his side continue playing in the same form that dismantled Norwich City 5-1 on Wednesday.

Betting On Teams After A Surprise Defeat

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Betting On Teams After A Surprise Defeat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In early November of this Premier League season, Sunderland caused a shock result when they defeated Manchester City 1-0 at the Stadium Of Light. City started the match at odds of 1.40 meaning the bookmakers gave them roughly a 71% chance of coming away with a victory.

Pot X And The FIFA Games

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Pot X And The FIFA Games - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

FIFA have done it again. Just when everyone thought they had the World Cup Draw format figured out, Sepp Blatter, Michal Platini, and the bribe-accepting, cigar-smoking, ghost-whispering FIFA delegates pulled the rug out from under the feet of at least one poor European nation.

Real Madrid want Liverpool’s Suarez & Coutinho, what’s going on?

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Real Madrid want Liverpool's Suarez & Coutinho, what's going on? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Well, well, well. Only yesterday, we saw a breathtaking performance from Liverpool talisman Luis Suarez and equally good performance fromPhilippe Coutinho, and there you go, Spanish press reports Real Madrid are planning a£80m move for the Reds duo in the summer.

Give us €100m: Monaco ready to sell Falcao to Chelsea

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Give us €100m: Monaco ready to sell Falcao to Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the latest reports from France, Monaco super-striker Radamel Falcao could be available for a mammoth €100m; with Chelsea ready to pounce.

French newspaper, Le 10 Sport, have revealed that growing discontent within the ranks at the French club, particularly between Falaco and manager Claudio Ranieri, have forced Monaco to entertain the idea of losing their prized asset.

Arsenal Player Ratings vs Hull – Ozil and Bendtner clinical

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Arsenal Player Ratings vs Hull Ozil and Bendtner clinical - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger's men recorded another win on Wednesday night, beating Hull 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

The victory keeps Arsenal's momentum going, and in truth the Emirates Stadium side were relatively comfortable in victory.

Manchester United Out of Title Race, Magician Suarez & Other Observations

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Manchester United Out of Title Race, Magician Suarez & Other Observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The midweek round of Premier League fixtures threw up some intriguing fixtures, with scintillating action on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

A total of 33 goals were scored over the course of the ten games, with some significant results in the round.

£50m Ramsey watched by Barca scouts; Tottenham target £30m Italian finisher

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£50m Ramsey watched by Barca scouts; Tottenham target £30m Italian finisher - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal's man of the moment, has been watched by scouts from Barcelona on more than four occasions, according to the latest reports from England.

The Daily Mail today reported that Ramsey, who set up Mesut Ozil for the second goal in the Gunners' 2-0 win over Hull City last night, is being closely monitored by the Spanish giants; and they have even watched him play for Wales.

Liverpool Player Ratings vs Norwich – Suarez is the New Demi-God of Anfield

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Liverpool Player Ratings vs Norwich Suarez is the New Demi-God of Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After producing one of the best individual performances of the season so far, one can hardly help buy sway in the floods of exaggeration for Liverpool's maverick star Luis Suarez.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Sunderland – Hazard a class apart

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Sunderland – Hazard a class apart - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea managed to hold off a spirited Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening, coming out 4-3 winners after a hugely entertaining match.

In a game of endless attacking raids from both sides, Chelsea were ultimately indebted to some brilliant individual play from Eden Hazard, and a strength of character particularly inherent to Jose Mourinho's teams.

Striker ‘excited’ by Arsenal’s interest, with Chelsea hovering – Spanish report

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Striker 'excited' by Arsenal's interest, with Chelsea hovering Spanish report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The saga of Barca striker Tonny Sanabria is one that has refused to relent this week; with the latest report from 'Sport.es' claiming that the 17-year-old is 'excited' to join Arsenal.

PHOTO: Genius Luis Suarez destroys Norwich

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PHOTO: Genius Luis Suarez destroys Norwich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez produced arguably the best individual performance of the season so far, as Liverpool earned a convincing 5-1 victory over Norwich City at Anfield in the Premier League.

The Uruguayan who has an uncanny knack of scoring against Norwich, scored 4 spectacular goals and created history for the Reds.

PHOTO: Lampard and Hazard on target, Chelsea win yet again

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PHOTO: Lampard and Hazard on target, Chelsea win yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea overcame a spirited Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday, coming out 4-3 winners after a dramatic encounter.

After Jozy Altidore put Sunderland ahead early on, Frank Lampard rose unchallenged to head Chelsea level.

PHOTO: Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal with Monreal

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PHOTO: Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal with Monreal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal earned yet another convincing victory, as they defeated Hull City 2-0 at the Emiratesand kept their four-point lead at the Premier League summit.

Danish strikerNicklas Bendtner opened the scoring for the Gunners in the second minute of the match, when he headedin Carl Jenkinson's cross.

CONFIRMED: Liverpool vs Norwich Line-Ups – Agger & Allen Start For the Reds

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CONFIRMED: Liverpool vs Norwich Line-Ups Agger & Allen Start For the Reds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool take on Norwich City in the Premier League midweek clash at the Anfield tonight, where Brendan Rodgers' side will be looking to bounce back strongly in the league after their Sunday's defeat against Hull City.

CONFIRMED: Sunderland vs. Chelsea Lineups – Mata, Willian start for the Blues

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CONFIRMED: Sunderland vs. Chelsea Lineups Mata, Willian start for the Blues - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea travel up north for the evening kickoff against Gus Poyet's Sunderland, with the Blues looking to close the gap on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League.

The West London side are coming in off the back of a moral boosting win over Southampton on the weekend.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Hull Line-Ups – Rosicky, Monreal start for the Gunners

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CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Hull Line-Ups Rosicky, Monreal start for the Gunners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Hull City in the Premier League at the Emirates Stadium, where the Gunners will be looking to maintain their position at the top of the table.

The Gunners are four points clear at the top of the league table, following their impressive 3-0 victory against Cardiff City in the last match.

CONFIRMED: Man Utd vs Everton Lineups – Kagawa starts, no Van Persie

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CONFIRMED: Man Utd vs Everton Lineups Kagawa starts, no Van Persie - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd host the in-form Everton in this evening's kickoff at Old Trafford.

David Moyes will be looking to get one over his old side, as the Toffees travel to Manchester for the first time since the Scot took over at the Utd.

Arsenal Transfers: Auxerre striker reveals Gunners’ admiration + Latest on Morata

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Arsenal Transfers: Auxerre striker reveals Gunners' admiration + Latest on Morata - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yesterday, we published the conflicting reports surrounding Alvaro Morata, the youngster from Real Madrid. English tabloid Daily Express reported thatArsenal have secured a six-month loan deal with Morata, while Madrid based newspaper, Marca, who obviously have better connections with the club, reported the player is not leaving the club in January.

Liverpool Transfer: Reds to reignite interest in PSG star?

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Liverpool Transfer: Reds to reignite interest in PSG star? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

PSG talent, Lucas Moura may well be a January target for Liverpool, if the latest reports are to be believed.

According to talkSPORT, the Anfield outfit are ready to make a loan move for the 21-year-old Brazilian, with the player currently struggled this season in competition with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Chelsea Transfer: Valencia keen to sign Oriol Romeu permanently

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Chelsea Transfer: Valencia keen to sign Oriol Romeu permanently - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Oriol Romeu is slowly making the best use of his loan move at Valencia and is developing as a more complete player with every passing game.

Romeu joined Chelsea from Barcelona in 2011, but the Spaniard found it hard to settle in at the London club due to injuries mainly and was sent on loan this season.

€50m world class striker ‘extremely eager’ to join Barcelona, reports Spanish press

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€50m world class striker 'extremely eager' to join Barcelona, reports Spanish press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man City striker Sergio Aguero has reportedly told Man City that he is ready to join Barcelona; with Spanish reports indicating that the Catalan outfit already have an agreement with the player.

Saido Berahino’s New Contract Means A Bright Future For Albion

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Saido Berahino's New Contract Means A Bright Future For Albion - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion's England Under 21 striker Saido Berahino signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2017, but the rest of the Baggies youth set up should see him as a role model.

Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku targeted by Barcelona reports Spanish press

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Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku targeted by Barcelona reports Spanish press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For whatever reasons unknown, it seems like Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku and Jose Mourinho do not enjoy any amicable relationship. We could be wrong here, but the impressions they give suggest so.

Video: Blast From The Past – Gus Poyet’s Chelsea screamer vs Sunderland, 99/00

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Video: Blast From The Past Gus Poyet's Chelsea screamer vs Sunderland, 99/00 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea gear up to face Sunderland in the Stadium of Light on Wednesday evening, and the majority of the Blues faithful will reserve a special round of applause for the Black Cats boss, Gustavo Poyet.

Arsenal Rant: Right time for Wenger to let go Vermaelen?

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Arsenal Rant: Right time for Wenger to let go Vermaelen? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger scotched exit rumors of defender Thomas Vermaelen leaving the Gunners emphatically when he said on Arsenal TV that keeping him out of the team is a difficult decision he has to take.

Liverpool Rant: Forget Sturridge, Defence is the major concern for Rodgers

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Liverpool Rant: Forget Sturridge, Defence is the major concern for Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The injury to Daniel Sturridge has hurt Liverpool badly more than the defeat to Hull City. Sturridge along with Luis Suarez has been one of the key players for the Reds this season.

Arsenal refusing to give up on Barcelona’s Sanabria

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Arsenal refusing to give up on Barcelona's Sanabria - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports across Europe, Barcelona's young forward, Antonio Sanabria is close to signing for Roma; but Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger is refusing to accept that the race is over.

Italian newspaper, Il Tempo claims that the Serie A side are looking to pip the Gunners to the post for the 17-year-old striker; and could secure the signing within the week.

Arsenal join Chelsea in Battle for Midfield Sensation

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Arsenal join Chelsea in Battle for Midfield Sensation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following new reports from France, it seems that Chelsea will face stiff competition from Arsenal for the signature of PSG's midfield talent, Adrien Rabiot.

French newspaper, Le Parisien have reported that Arsene Wenger has joined Jose Mourinho in inquiring after the player this season; with this not being the first time Arsenal have been attracted to the prospect.

Arsenal Transfer: Conflicting reports on Alvaro Morata’s loan switch

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Arsenal Transfer: Conflicting reports on Alvaro Morata's loan switch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to the ‘Daily Express', Arsenal have secured a six-month loan deal with Real Madrid's young striker Alvaro Morata; and yet, conflicting reports in the Spanish press claim that no deal has been agreed.

Arsenal vs Hull City: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-up & Prediction

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Arsenal vs Hull City: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Hull City on Wednesday in the Premier League tie, where the Gunners will be looking to maintain their juggernaut at the top of the table.

The league leaders have won five of the last six games and are four points clear of second placed Chelsea.

Man City’s Yaya Toure named ‘BBC African Footballer of the Year’

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Man City's Yaya Toure named ‘BBC African Footballer of the Year' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yaya Toure has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for 2013.

The Ivorian topped the list ahead of Chelsea pair Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund, and Rennes winger Jonathan Pitroipa.

Arsenal and Man Utd in race for €22m Spanish Winger

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Arsenal and Man Utd in race for €22m Spanish Winger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports from Spain, Barcelona's Pedro is interested in a move to the Premier League, having lost his first team place in the Catalan side.

Spanish newspaper, MundoDeportivo reports that the 26-year-old is mulling over his future at Barca, having dropped behind Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas in the pecking order.

Manchester United vs Everton: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction

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Manchester United vs Everton: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-Up & Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This must be a very special occasion for David Moyes much more than just a battle for a three pointer. Manchester United will take on Everton at the Old Trafford on Wednesday, where for the first time Moyes will face his old club, since he left Goodison Park in the summer.

Possible Liverpool Starting XI Against Norwich + Prediction

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Possible Liverpool Starting XI Against Norwich + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool face Norwich City at Anfield on Wednesday evening, with the Reds desperate to return to form after the dismal defeat to Hull on the weekend.

Brendan Rodgers is eager for his side to put the defeat behind them, and come out flying against Norwich.

Chelsea’s David Luiz unhappy with Mourinho, asked for transfer in January reports Spanish press

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Chelsea's David Luiz unhappy with Mourinho, asked for transfer in January reports Spanish press - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The situation of Chelsea defender David Luiz is getting interesting day by day. Spanish giants Barcelona are heavily interested in signing the Brazilian, if the reports are to be believed, while Luiz himself may look for a move elsewhere, as he is not getting regular game time under Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool targets Tello and Montoya could leave Barcelona at the end of the season

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Liverpool targets Tello and Montoya could leave Barcelona at the end of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The news would excite Liverpool fans a little bit. Barcelona duo Cristian Tello and Martin Montoya, who are reportedly targets of the Anfield club, have not ruled out a possible exit from the Catalan club, at the end of the season.

Stat Attack: Chelsea striker better than Henry and Van Persie

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Stat Attack: Chelsea striker better than Henry and Van Persie - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If stats are parameters of judging how well a player has been progressing, then take a look at the stats of Chelsea's youngster Romelu Lukaku.

The 20-year-old, who impressed everyone last season after scoring 17 goals in the league for West Bromwich Albion, was sent on loan again to Everton this season.

Possible Arsenal Starting XI Against Hull City + Prediction

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Possible Arsenal Starting XI Against Hull City + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League leaders, Arsenal welcome Hull City to the Emirates on Wednesday evening, with the Gunners entering into a highly testing winter period; one that will go far in determining the fate of their Premier league bid.

Possible Man Utd Starting XI Against Everton + Prediction

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Possible Man Utd Starting XI Against Everton + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man Utd host the in-form Everton at Old Trafford on Wednesday, with both sides looking for a boost going into the Christmas period.

Utd were lucky to salvage a 2-2 draw against Tottenham last time out, with Wayne Rooney the man to save the day for the Red Devils with a crucial brace.

Arsenal Rant: Gunners’ fate to be decided over the winter

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Arsenal Rant: Gunners' fate to be decided over the winter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's been a fascinating season so far for Arsenal. From the unexpected acquisition of Mesut Ozil for an eye-watering amount of dosh, to their current state perched atop the English top flight four points ahead of the chasing pack; Gunners fans everywhere are full of good cheer as we approach Christmas.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Sunderland + Prediction

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Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Sunderland + Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As we enter into the Christmas period, Premier League games will come thick and fast; and Chelsea make the trip up north on Wednesday for the evening kick-off against struggling Sunderland.

Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Pato bid rejected, latest on Sanabria

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Arsenal Transfer Round Up: Pato bid rejected, latest on Sanabria - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The biggest test of this young Arsenal side will be the busy month of December, and they will continue to rely on their only recognised/viable striker, Olivier Giroud, to lead the line, despite growing concerns of fatigue.

Sergio Aguero in shock €57m Real Madrid link, with Casillas a possible makeweight

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Sergio Aguero in shock €57m Real Madrid link, with Casillas a possible makeweight - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to ‘The Sun', Man City's Sergio Aguero is now the top ‘Galactico' transfer target for Real Madrid; with the Spanish giants willing to pay colossal €57m for his signature.

Hull 3 Liverpool 1: Five things we learned

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Hull 3 Liverpool 1: Five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool were eager to keep recent strong form going against newly promoted Hull, but found the going tough. Brendan Rodgers' men slumped to a 3-1 defeat, with two second-half goals proving the difference for the hosts.

Chelsea 3 Southampton 1: Five things we learned

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Chelsea 3 Southampton 1: Five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side came back from conceding a goal in the first minute of their clash against Southampton on Sunday to win three points and close the gap on table toppers Arsenal.

Despite Jay Rodriguez's opener, goals from John Terry, Gary Cahill and Demba Ba gave the hosts a hard-fought victory.

Tottenham 2 Manchester United 2: Five things we learned

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Tottenham 2 Manchester United 2: Five things we learned - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham and Manchester United played out one of the best games of the weekend in the Premier League on Sunday, with the sides unable to be separated at White Hart Lane.

With both teams in need of points, the level of commitment and desire was there for all to see, with an end-to-end game captivating the fans.

Liverpool dealt blow over £24m midfielder; Dortmund boast about £30m Utd target

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Liverpool dealt blow over £24m midfielder; Dortmund boast about £30m Utd target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paris Saint Germain's Argentine midfielder, Javier Pastore has spoken of his desire to remain in the French capital; damaging any plans Liverpool had of luring him to England.

Chelsea Rant: Mata delivers and Now Mourinho needs to trust him

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Chelsea Rant: Mata delivers and Now Mourinho needs to trust him - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea moved second in the Premier League after the Blues earned an emphatic 3-1 victory over Southampton at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho included Juan Mata into the side for this tie.

English duo defeated in race for German teenager; PSG midfield pair on Liverpool radar

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English duo defeated in race for German teenager; PSG midfield pair on Liverpool radar - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Schalke04 talent, Max Meyer, has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until 2018, effectively ending Arsenal and Chelsea's interest in the midfielder.

Man Utd Player Ratings vs. Spurs – Rooney saves the day

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Man Utd Player Ratings vs. Spurs – Rooney saves the day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wayne Rooney twice came to the Utd's rescue against Tottenham on Sunday, as they played out a riveting 2-2 draw at White Hart Lane.

The England striker scored one in each half, the second a calmly-taken penalty, as the Champions fought back from behind against a revitalised Spurs.

Liverpool player ratings vs Hull City – Poor performance from the Reds

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Liverpool player ratings vs Hull City Poor performance from the Reds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hull City claimed their first ever win against Liverpool, as the Reds were beaten 3-1 at the KC stadium on Sunday in the Premier League.

The hosts took the lead in the 20th minute of the match, when Jack Livermore's shot took a wicked deflection off defender Martin Skrtel.

Cardiff vs Arsenal: Key observations

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Cardiff vs Arsenal: Key observations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points with a 3-0 away win at Cardiff on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsey scored a brace against his former club, while substitute Mathieu Flamini also hit the net.

Arsenal: Wenger must help Giroud before it’s too late

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Arsenal: Wenger must help Giroud before it's too late - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are flying high at the top of the league, indeed now seven points clear of the chasing pack; but a troubling issue, one which has been bubbling under ever since the summer, is starting to creep into the spotlight.