SoccerLens Archives for January 2013

United’s problems are chronic – and Evra’s at the heart

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United's problems are chronic and Evra's at the heart - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United lost at the weekend. A torrent of statistics clutter the pages of the morning's papers. The worst start to a Premier League by any side since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Certain relegation awaits.

Wenger highlights Napoli’s Insigne as major threat

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Wenger highlights Napoli's Insigne as major threat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Arsenal's crucial Champions League tie with Napoli, the Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has pin pointed opposition winger Lorenzo Insigne as a major threat.

Both Napoli are Arsenal have earned victories in their first Champions League group match and therefore in the Group of Death, the tie is expected to be a cracker at the Emirates.

Photos: Suarez-Sturridge Combo Best In The League says Rodgers

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Photos: Suarez-Sturridge Combo Best In The League says Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed the strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as the best in the Premier League, after the duo helped the Reds earn full three points against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

No offer for Lars Bender Yet But Arsenal genuinely interested

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No offer for Lars Bender Yet But Arsenal genuinely interested - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German giants Bayer Leverkusen have made it clear that they have not received any offers for star midfielder Lars Bender from Arsenal.

The Daily Starclaimed yesterday that Arsenal have had £18.

Suarez dazzles, Lucas liability & other talking points

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Suarez dazzles, Lucas liability & other talking points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool returned to winning ways after suffering two back-to-back defeats against Southampton and Manchester United respectively. Luis Suarez made his first Premier League appearance of the season and scored a brace as the Reds convincingly won 3-1 against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

Torres architect of his own downfall

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Torres architect of his own downfall - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres could face an extended ban (up to four games) if the Football Association decides to act over his violent behavior with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen.

Torres was given the marching orders against Tottenham Hotspur after the Spaniard received two yellow cards during Saturday's London derby at White Hart Lane.

Will Cazorla’s return see Wilshere dropped?

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Will Cazorla's return see Wilshere dropped? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's terrific start to the season continued on Saturday with a 2-1 away victory over Swansea. Arsene Wenger has one selection headache on the horizon, however, with the brilliant Santi Cazorla returning from injury.

Moyes’ mediocrity rises like a froth as he casts doubts on United’ European campaign

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Moyes' mediocrity rises like a froth as he casts doubts on United' European campaign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Moyes is proving so far in his short tenure at Manchester United, why the juries were not convinced with him, when he was appointed in the first place.

Sunderland vs Liverpool preview: Agger fit, Luis Alberto to start?

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Sunderland vs Liverpool preview: Agger fit, Luis Alberto to start? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will travel to the Stadium of Light to face a manager-less Sunderland on Sunday afternoon looking to bounce back from their shock defeat against Southampton at home last weekend.

Possible Liverpool Starting XI to face Sunderland

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Possible Liverpool Starting XI to face Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will face Sunderland on Sunday afternoon at the Stadium of Lights looking to bounce back from their shock defeat at the hands of Southampton last weekend.

Tactics: Should Rodgers revert to 4-3-3 as temporary solution?

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Tactics: Should Rodgers revert to 4-3-3 as temporary solution? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brendan Rodgers started with 4-3-3 formation at Liverpool, when he took over the managerial job at Anfield. His favoured midfield trio was Allen, Lucas and Steven Gerrard while he gave chances to youngster Suso and Sterling on either side of Luis Suarez upfront.

Photos: Ramsey celebrates his Eighth goal of the season

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Photos: Ramsey celebrates his Eighth goal of the season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Aaron Ramsey has scored his eighth goal of the season as Arsenal moved back to the top of the table two points ahead of their derby rivals Tottenham, beating Swansea 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

The Gunners had a terrific 5 minutes spell in the second half that proved decisive as youngster Serge Gnarby first opened the scoring, then in-form Ramsey added another quickly.

Photo: Moyes – frustrated, unhappy and out-of-depth

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Photo: Moyes frustrated, unhappy and out-of-depth - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Moyes clearly looking out-of-depth (photo via @teamtalk)

Manchester United suffered back-to-back league defeats, after the Red Devils lost 2-1 at Old Trafford to Steve Clarke's West Bromwich Albion.

Confirmed Line-Ups: Swansea vs Arsenal – Ramsey and Flamini both start for the Gunners

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Confirmed Line-Ups: Swansea vs Arsenal Ramsey and Flamini both start for the Gunners - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal need a victory against Swansea to reclaim the top of the table, after North London rivals Tottenham drew against Chelsea, early in the day.

The Gunners are on a rampage and have won seven consecutive away fixtures in the league.

Spurs 1-1 Chelsea: Torres wrongly sent off and Other Major Talking Points

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Spurs 1-1 Chelsea: Torres wrongly sent off and Other Major Talking Points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Boy, what a game! Really it lived up to the hype. It had everything – drama, goals, controversy, nasty confrontations, wrong decisions from the Ref. Everything. In the end, I think the score-line is a fair reflection of the game and both the managers would take one point apiece with glee.

Possible Arsenal Starting XI to face Swansea

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

Arsenal will be looking to maintain their impressive away record in the league when they face Swansea City in a Premier League encounter on Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea vs Arsenal preview: Midfield duo to undergo fitness test, Swans skipper doubtful

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Swansea vs Arsenal preview: Midfield duo to undergo fitness test, Swans skipper doubtful - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, looking to extend their impressive away record to eight consecutive victories.

Man Utd v West Brom preview: Van Persie fit, Fellaini returns, Chicharito to start?

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Man Utd v West Brom preview: Van Persie fit, Fellaini returns, Chicharito to start? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will welcome West Bromwich Albion at the Old Trafford on Saturday looking to bounce back strongly in the Premier League, after a humiliating derby defeat in their last league game.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Visitors Look to Continue Perfect Start in Madrid Derby

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Visitors Look to Continue Perfect Start in Madrid Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

All eyes will be on Gareth Bale as the world's most expensive footballer makes his home-debut at the Santiago Bernabeu for Real Madrid in the Madrid Derby on Saturday.

Possible Manchester United Starting XI Against West Brom

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

Manchester United will welcome West Brom at the Old Trafford on Saturday looking to bounce back from their ignominious derby-defeat last weekend.

Confirmed Line-Ups: Tottenham vs Chelsea – Lamela on the bench again, Ramires starts

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Confirmed Line-Ups: Tottenham vs Chelsea Lamela on the bench again, Ramires starts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham welcome Chelsea at the White Hart Lane in the lunch time KO, looking to cement their position at the top of the league. Spurs are joint-toppers in the league, with four victories out of five matches.

Chelsea Formation Against Tottenham: 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3?

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Chelsea Formation Against Tottenham: 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has included Fernando Torres as lone striker to face Tottenham Hotspur at the White Hart Lane.

Mourinho has included Ramires to the side along with Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel, which means the Portuguese can use either 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3.

Confirmed Line-Ups: Man Utd vs West Brom – Chicharito & Kagawa starts

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Confirmed Line-Ups: Man Utd vs West Brom Chicharito & Kagawa starts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United welcome West Brom at the Old Trafford looking to bounce back from their ignominious defeat at the hands of derby rivals Manchester City last weekend.

West Brom are heading into this match on the back of a heart-breaking League Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal a tie that was decided on the penalty shoot-outs.

Five Things to look forward to this weekend of Premier League

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Five Things to look forward to this weekend of Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League is back. After a brief dalliance with Cup-romances in the mid-week, let's get soaked in the hustle-bustle yet narcotic attraction of this league. The Round six of this mesmerizing league promises to be a cracker, as always, with the London Derby and Arsenal's visit to Swansea being the pick of the games.

Tottenham and Chelsea aim for Champions League and catching up with Arsenal

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Tottenham and Chelsea aim for Champions League and catching up with Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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Valladolid v Malaga preview: unavailable players hamper home team preparations

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Valladolid v Malaga preview: unavailable players hamper home team preparations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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Malaga don't have money as they did in the previous two seasons but Bernd Schuster has built a respectable team from the players he has at his disposal

Real Valladolid came home with one point after their match at Levante and considering the way things went during the course of the match, they can be pleased with that result.

How West Brom Can Finally Defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford

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How West Brom Can Finally Defeat Manchester United at Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday, as they look to pick up their first win at the Theatre of Dreams since the 30th of December 1979.

Ron Atkinson was the manager 34 years ago, and Laurie Cunningham, Cyril Regis, Tony Brown and Len Cantello were all on the score sheet as The Baggies won 5-3.

Mourinho: I don’t care what Andre Villas-Boas says

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Mourinho: I don't care what Andre Villas-Boas says - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has refused to discuss the relationship between him and Andre Villas-Boas in the public, but suggested that he doesn't care and certainly least interested to what the Spurs manager has to say.

Photo: Marco van Ginkel smiling again after successful operation

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Photo: Marco van Ginkel smiling again after successful operation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea youngster Marco van Ginkel has undergone a successful operation on Thursday in Barcelona. The 20-year-old, who joined in the summer from Vitesse Arnhem, will be out of action for six months after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament on his left knee.

Rodgers targets top six before reinforcing in January

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Rodgers targets top six before reinforcing in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants his side to remain within top six around Christmas, before making incursions in the winter transfer window to further bolster the squad and give necessary ammunition for a top-four fight till the end of the season.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata targeted by former club Valencia

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Chelsea's Juan Mata targeted by former club Valencia - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

These are really tough times for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. The Spaniard, who was arguably the best player of Chelsea last season, has been given a cold shoulder treatment by Jose Mourinho, while he has been asked to prove his worth.

Arsenal chief predicts more Ozil-like signings, wants Wenger to extend contract

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Arsenal chief predicts more Ozil-like signings, wants Wenger to extend contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's majority share-holder Stan Kroenke, who is often known as Silent Stan, has expressed his strong desire to see Arsene Wenger managing at this iconic club for a long time.

Latest injury report: Flamini and Ramsey face fitness test, Cazorla to return after International break

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Latest injury report: Flamini and Ramsey face fitness test, Cazorla to return after International break - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsene Wenger in his last press conference has given the latest injury update of his squad that will face Swansea City tomorrow at the Liberty Stadium.

Tottenham vs Chelsea preview: Ramires doubtful, Rose to return?

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Tottenham vs Chelsea preview: Ramires doubtful, Rose to return? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham will welcome Chelsea at the White Hart Lane on Saturday Lunch Time Kick-Off, looking to consolidate their position at the top.

Apart from the battle of two heavy weight teams, this particular London derby fixture has two intriguing sub-plots attached to it, relating to each other.

Possible Tottenham Starting XI to face Chelsea

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

Tottenham will welcome London rivals Chelsea at the White Hart Lane in the Saturday Lunch Time Kick-Off where both the managers will face each other for the first time in the Premier League.

Andre Villas-Boas revealed that left-back Danny Rose is 90% fit for this tie and hence is most likely to start on the left back role.

Possible Chelsea Line-Ups to face Tottenham

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Possible Chelsea Line-Ups to face Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to the White Hart Lane to face Tottenham in their second London derby of the season. The Blues earned a convincing victory over London rivals Fulham in the last match and Mourinho will be expecting more of the same against the league-toppers at the moment.

Photo: Liverpool’s Lucas back in Brazil mix and he is overjoyed

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Photo: Liverpool's Lucas back in Brazil mix and he is overjoyed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was only a matter of time, isn't it? Lucas Leiva is back into the Brazil squad. He has been included for next month's friendlies against South Korea and Zambia.

Liverpool have had a good start this season and although striker Daniel Sturridge stole all the lime-light, but Lucas has been nothing but a rock in the defensive midfield role.

Mourinho cried after losing United job? Lies, All Lies says Jose’s adviser

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Mourinho cried after losing United job? Lies, All Lies says Jose's adviser - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Eladio Paramés, the advisor José Mourinho, has denied the claims presented as FACTS by Spanish jounralist Diego Torres, author of "Prepare to lose", where he wrote Mourinho broke down into tears after hearing the news that Sir Alex Ferguson has chosen David Moyes for the Manchester United managerial job.

League Cup Draw: Arsenal to face Chelsea, Manchester giants handed easy opponents

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League Cup Draw: Arsenal to face Chelsea, Manchester giants handed easy opponents - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will host Chelsea in the mouth-watering clash of the Fourth Round of the Capital One Cup. The Gunners needed a penalty shoot-out to defeat West Bromwich Albion last night to set up a titanic clash with Jose Mourinho's men.

Wenger lauds Bendtner’s confidence, says he did ‘very well’

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Wenger lauds Bendtner's confidence, says he did 'very well' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Dane striker Nicklas Bendtner for his all-round performance against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday night at the Hawthorns.

PHOTO: Bendtner reflects on his “Emotional Return” for Arsenal

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PHOTO: Bendtner reflects on his "Emotional Return" for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nicklas Bendtner returned to Arsenal starting 11 for the first time in more than two years yesterday, and the big Dane did justice to his inclusion. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger picked him as lone striker for the Gunners' away trip to West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup tie.

Diego Costa – The Brazilian Bad Boy Turned Good

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Diego Costa – The Brazilian Bad Boy Turned Good - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since making his move to La Liga, Diego Costa has developed a reputation as being a bit hot-headed. His various antics, off-the-ball tussles and petty fights have become somewhat accepted as an inevitability with him which, unfortunately in the view of some, detracts from what a talented player he is.

Will Mourinho take note of Mata’s versatility?

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Will Mourinho take note of Mata's versatility? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Life hasn't been easy for Chelsea star Juan Mata ever since Jose Mourinho returned to the Stamford Bridge hot-seat in the summer.

The talented Spaniard was undoubtedly the best player for Chelsea last season, but under Mourinho, he has been given a sort-of cold treatment so far.

7 Key Issues Rodgers Must Address After Liverpool’s League Cup Exit

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7 Key Issues Rodgers Must Address After Liverpool's League Cup Exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

So, what next for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers?

The Reds had started the season brightly winning the first three matches in a row. They went to the top of the table and the world looked rosy for them.

Villas-Boas: Comparisons with Mourinho are difficult to accept

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Villas-Boas: Comparisons with Mourinho are difficult to accept - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is clearly unhappy with the comparisons made in the press with him and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

This Saturday, Chelsea will travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur, where Villas-Boas will be reunited with his former mentor.

[Photo]: Chicharito celebrates his goal against Liverpool

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[Photo]: Chicharito celebrates his goal against Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Javier Hernandez scored the only goal of the match in the second half as Manchester United moved to the next round of the Capital One Cup tie beating arch-rivals Liverpool at the Old Trafford.

It was a thoroughly entertaining game where both the sides have had their moments.

[Teams]: West Brom v Arsenal – Confirmed Line-Ups

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[Teams]: West Brom v Arsenal Confirmed Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will travel to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion hoping for a victory to reach the next round of the Capital One Cup.

The Gunners are missing few first team players through injury while Arsene Wenger has decided to rest some of his stars for this tie.

[Teams]: Arsenal Confirmed Line-Ups against West Brom

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[Teams]: Arsenal Confirmed Line-Ups against West Brom - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will travel to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion hoping for a victory to reach the next round of the Capital One Cup.

The Gunners are missing few first team players through injury while Arsene Wenger has decided to rest some of his stars for this tie.

[Teams]: Manchester United vs Liverpool – Confirmed Line-Ups

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[Teams]: Manchester United vs Liverpool Confirmed Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Liverpool in the Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday night at Old Trafford hoping for a win to move to the next round of the competition.

Liverpool have welcomed back striker Luis Suarez to the squad, who will be playing for the first time in the season, following his 10-match suspension.

[Photo]: Suarez arrives in Manchester ahead of the Big Match

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[Photo]: Suarez arrives in Manchester ahead of the Big Match - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Photo courtesy: @MrBoywunder

Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford to face arch-rivals Manchester United in the Capital One Cup tie, where Luis Suarez will play for the first time in the season.

Luiz: Me & Mata have nothing to prove at Chelsea

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Luiz: Me & Mata have nothing to prove at Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea defender David Luiz insists that he and Juan Mata have nothing to prove to Jose Mourinho except for their desire to be in the side. The Brazilian says he is not concerned about his Chelsea future, after being dropped from the side recently.

6 Reasons WHY Liverpool Must Re-Sign Xabi Alonso in January

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6 Reasons WHY Liverpool Must Re-Sign Xabi Alonso in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool must bring back club-hero Xabi Alonso in the January Transfer window. According to latest reports from The Metro, the Reds boss has been given a green signal to go for the pass-master of Real Madrid, who is in his final year of his contract and an extension is looking unlikely.

Di Canio, Mourinho and Wenger: ‘Change’ a hard concept for the ‘unchangeable’

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Di Canio, Mourinho and Wenger: ‘Change' a hard concept for the ‘unchangeable' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The career of a professional footballer is a brief one, and within the pressured confines of a top flight league, change is a familiar constant. Some players adapt to change seamlessly, while some find transition much harder; the same can be said in the world of management.

[Photos]: Schurrle gets Samsung TV as gift from Mourinho

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[Photos]: Schurrle gets Samsung TV as gift from Mourinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andre Schurrle is a lucky chap. He really is a lucky chap.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was pictured giving a brand new Samsung TV to Andre Schurrle before the Blues' Capital One Cup match on Tuesday night.

Book Review: I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Book Review: I Am Zlatan Ibrahimovic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Written by Annie Eaves (from Sport Witness)

Little boy lost. Three words which don't automatically spring to mind when thinking of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but that's a theme which keeps returning throughout his excellent autobiography.

[Photos & Video]: OOPS! Vertonghen pulls the shorts down of Villa striker

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[Photos & Video]: OOPS! Vertonghen pulls the shorts down of Villa striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This must go down as one of the comic moments of the season so far.

Last night, at Villa Park, in the Capital One Cup showdown, Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen pulled the pants down of Aston Villa striker Nicklas Helenius and there was a strong claim for a penalty.

Possible Liverpool Line-Up against Manchester United

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Possible Liverpool Line-Up against Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will travel to Old Trafford to face arch-rivals Manchester United in the Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday night, where Luis Suarez will make a comeback after the 10-match suspension.

Possible Manchester United Line-Up to face Liverpool

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Possible Manchester United Line-Up to face Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will welcome arch-rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford on Wednesday night in the Capital One Cup tie, where David Moyes would be looking to silence his critics with a victory against a potential big team.

Manchester United vs Liverpool preview – Suarez returns; Hernandez to start?

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Manchester United vs Liverpool preview Suarez returns; Hernandez to start? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will take on Liverpool in the Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday night at Old Trafford, where manager David Moyes would be looking to avoid secondsuccessivedefeat against their arch-rivals.

Possible Arsenal Line-Up against West Brom

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Possible Arsenal Line-Up against West Brom - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will face Premier League outfit West Brom at The Hawthorns on Wednesday night in the third round of the Capital One Cup tie.

The Gunners are rocked by the latest injury blow with Theo Walcott ruled out for up to four weeks with an abdominal injury.

With Suarez Back, Can Liverpool Push For Top 4?

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With Suarez Back, Can Liverpool Push For Top 4? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It has been 4 seasons in a row now that Liverpool have failed to qualify for the Champions League. For a club that boasts of 5 European Cup wins, that is a serious matter of concern. Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and now Brendan Rodgers have all tried unsuccessfully to get The Reds back where their fans think they belong the Champions League.

Why Players Move: A Guide To Understanding Football Transfers

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Why Players Move: A Guide To Understanding Football Transfers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Under the intense scrutiny of the 21st century football media circus, player transfers often become incredibly tedious and drawn out sagas that make a marathon of the Twilight series look like an afternoon well spent.

Torres is only suited for Cup-games these days – FACT

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Torres is only suited for Cup-games these days FACT - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ever since Fernando Torres has joined Chelsea from Liverpool in the winter transfer window of 2011, he has cut a sorrow figure for his new club to a large extent.

Last season was probably his best for Chelsea, when he racked up 22 goals to his name, but he was no-where near to his 'best'.

Aston Villa v Tottenham preview – Defoe doubtful, Lamela to start?

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Aston Villa v Tottenham preview Defoe doubtful, Lamela to start? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Big games are coming thick and fast for Paul Lambert and Aston Villa.

The Villans have already faced Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool and will face Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League clash on Saturday.

Possible Tottenham Line-up to face Aston Villa

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Possible Tottenham Line-up to face Aston Villa - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham will travel to Villa-Park to face Aston Villa in the third round of Capital One Cup tie tonight, where manager Andre Villas-Boas has been left with no other options rather to rotate the squad to full effect.

Possible Chelsea Line-Up to face Swindon

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Possible Chelsea Line-Up to face Swindon - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to County Ground to play the third round Capital One Cup tie against Swindon on Tuesday night.

Manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to make a wholesome change in the team for this particular tie.

Swindon v Chelsea preview – Big test for Mata, Essien to start?

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Swindon v Chelsea preview Big test for Mata, Essien to start? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to County Ground to face Swindon in the third round of the Capital One Cup tie on Tuesday where manager Jose Mourinho would be looking to give chances to the fringe players of his squad.

Tottenham tracking the prodigiously gifted PSG youngster

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Tottenham tracking the prodigiously gifted PSG youngster - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The new French talent that is making heads turn in European football is the 18 year old PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Rabiot, till recently involved in the youth setup of PSG, has had a sudden rise in his career and is now a regular starter in the French first division.

United Didn’t Want It Enough

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United Didn't Want It Enough - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

4-1. It was worse than the 6-1 in 2010 at Old Trafford in 2011 for the familiarity of it all, worse than the 5-1 in 1989 for the insecurity and doubt that followed. Manchester United were drubbed, in every sense of the word Sunday at the Etihad Stadium, as Manchester City swept away the canvas that is England's number one footballing city and doused it in blue.

Swindon Town vs Chelsea Preview: Mata’s big chance to shine

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Swindon Town vs Chelsea Preview: Mata's big chance to shine - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will be looking to make it two wins on the trot in all competitions when they take on Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup third round at The County Ground on Tuesday night.

All eyes will Juan Mata, who has been confirmed as a starter by Jose Mourinho.

The Sunderland hot seat may still be an Italian job

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The Sunderland hot seat may still be an Italian job - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's often said that countries have national characteristics, that there's certain similar traits that people brought up in a similar culture seem to have. At least sometimes, that's simply not true however.

Who Will Succeed Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland Manager?

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Who Will Succeed Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland Manager? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paolo Di Canio became the first managerial casualty after he was shown the door on Monday. The Sunderland manager was relieved of his duties at the Stadium of Light after a dismal start to the season saw his side floundering at the bottom of the table with just 1 point in 5 games.

City spine the key to entire title race

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City spine the key to entire title race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City's 4-1 demolition of Manchester United at The Etihad on Sunday afternoon was largely down to their world-class spine of Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.

Last season, City's title challenge went out with an absolute whimper well before the season had reached its complex, and the form and fitness of this trio was simply not at optimum level.

Manchester City Vs Manchester United: Player Ratings

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Manchester City Vs Manchester United: Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Samir Nasri Celebrates City's Fourth.

This afternoons Manchester derby saw a thrilling encounter filled with passion from the terraces that created an unrivalled atmosphere. City tactically outclassed United from the start, not to mention also outdoing them in terms of commitment and timing in the tackle.

Wenger: Ozil is our Bergkamp

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Wenger: Ozil is our Bergkamp - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ever since Mesut Ozil landed on English soil following his transfer dead-line day move from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £42.5m, the German international has been ushered with heaps of praise from all corners. But, manager Arsene Wenger has honoured him with probably the best compliment of all.

Mutiny at Sunderland training ground leads to Di Canio sacking

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Mutiny at Sunderland training ground leads to Di Canio sacking - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Paolo Di Canio becomes the first manager of the season to get the sacking orders after Sunderland FC officially confirmed that the Italian's services are no longer required.

The pressure was already mounting on his shoulders.

Four points, four games: Have Milan’s difficulties this season already begun?

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Four points, four games: Have Milan's difficulties this season already begun? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Each May, people already begin debating about who will be the next crop of serious contenders for the Scudetto come the following year. Not surprisingly, Juventus, who claimed the title for the second consecutive season was touted as a key contender to complete a three-peat.

Rodgers hopeful of quick recovery after ‘disappointing’ home defeat

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Rodgers hopeful of quick recovery after 'disappointing' home defeat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season after losing out 1-0 against Southampton at Anfield on Saturday. Manager Brendan Rodgers accepts that their performance against the Saints was pretty flat and is hoping for his team to recover well and go on another good run from here on.

[Photos & Video]: Liverpool defender in tears after saying goodbye

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[Photos & Video]: Liverpool defender in tears after saying goodbye - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho made an emotional return to his former club Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday night and delivered a farewell speech hinting that the journey with his boyhood club is not over yet.

Liverpool led by a returning Suarez could further embarrass Manchester United

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Liverpool led by a returning Suarez could further embarrass Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The journey has not been smooth for the anointed successor of Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. David Moyes is feeling the heat already. At Everton, the Scot has had a poor reputation of failing in big matches against big teams; sadly, the trend has continued at his new club as well.

5 Things We Learnt From the Manchester Derby

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5 Things We Learnt From the Manchester Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Anyone who came to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday hoping to witness a hard-fought, competitive Manchester Derby went home very disappointed indeed. Well, perhaps not the City fans. The Blue Army saw their team put on one of the best performances of the season and thrash the Red Devils 4-1.

Lukaku: Chelsea is My Future

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Lukaku: Chelsea is My Future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku is focused on the present at Everton but considers his future lies with Chelsea only.

Lukaku was heavily praised by manager Jose Mourinho in the summer and was expected to get regular chances at the Bridge this season, having successfully proven himself at this level of football last season with West Bromwich Albion, where he scored 17 league goals.

Mourinho dumps Mata but keeps faith in Torres

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Mourinho dumps Mata but keeps faith in Torres - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems like Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is still keeping faith on former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, but has urged the Spaniard to adjust quickly to his systems.

The 29-year-old has yet to score a goal for the Blues this season but Mourinho is still backing his striker to deliver .

The going gets tough – can Moyes motivate United’s stars?

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The going gets tough can Moyes motivate United's stars? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Over the years, under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United had developed a unique trait of bouncing back from adversities.

It is this phenomenon which redefines their status as ‘Champions' in English football history.

[Photos]: Aguero & Nasri celebrate their goals against Man Utd

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[Photos]: Aguero & Nasri celebrate their goals against Man Utd - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City won the first Manchester Derby of the season after beating rivals Manchester United 4-1 at the Etihad.

Sergio Aguero opened the scoring the blues, after the Argentine picked a cross from Kolarov and slotted home with great aplomb.

5 Things To Look Forward To In The Manchester Derby

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5 Things To Look Forward To In The Manchester Derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sundaysees the first Manchester Derby of the season take place at the Etihad Stadium. Even though it is only the 5th game in the league for both sides, this derby is one of great significance. With new managers at the helm for both sides, victory in this game will be a huge psychological advantage for both sides.

Possible Manchester United Line-Up to face Manchester City

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Possible Manchester United Line-Up to face Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will travel to the Etihad Stadium to face their cross-town rivals Manchester City in the first Manchester Derby of the season on this Sundayafternoon.

It will be the first time in the history of the Premier League, the Red Devils will face their fierce rivals without Sir Alex Ferguson at the managerial helm.

Wenger: Ozil is the Next Bergkamp of Arsenal

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Wenger: Ozil is the Next Bergkamp of Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ever since Mesut Ozil landed on English soil following his transfer dead-line day move from Real Madrid for a reported fee of £42.5m, the German international has been ushered with heaps of praise from all corners.

Arsenal vs Stoke preview: Arteta to return, Will Vermaelen get a chance?

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Arsenal vs Stoke preview: Arteta to return, Will Vermaelen get a chance? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After winning for their tenth successive game away from home, in Marseille on Wednesday, Arsenal return to domestic action as they welcome Mark Hughes' Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in thelunch time kickoffthis Sunday.

Possible Arsenal Line-Up against Stoke City

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Possible Arsenal Line-Up against Stoke City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will take on Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium in the lunch time kick-off this Sunday looking to extend their winning run to seven games in a row.

Arsene Wenger is still missing the services of several key players for this tie like Santi Cazorla, but the Frenchman will be boosted by the return of midfielder Mikel Arteta, who could play for the first-time in the season.

[Photo]: Oscar celebrating his goal against Fulham

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[Photo]: Oscar celebrating his goal against Fulham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea moved to the top of the table after they defeated Fulham 2-0on Saturdaynight at Stamford Bridge, where Oscar and John Obi Mikel were on target for the Blues.

The 22-year-old Brazilian has been arguably the best player for Chelsea so far and Jose Mourinho has heaved high praises on him in the press.

Possible Tottenham Line-up to face Cardiff City

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Possible Tottenham Line-up to face Cardiff City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur get back to Premier League action as they travel to Wales to take on the newly promoted Cardiff City this Sunday afternoon.

Spurs are heading into this game on the back of a convincing 3-0 victory over Tromso in the opening game of the Europa League group stages on Thursday.

[Photo]: Ozil mania reaching fever-pitch among Arsenal Fans

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[Photo]: Ozil mania reaching fever-pitch among Arsenal Fans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

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Mesut Ozil will make his home debut for Arsenal, while Mikel Arteta is starting from the bench along with Nicklas Bendtner.

Arsenal camp has been buzzing since the arrival of the German international on English soil in the transfer deadline day from Real Madrid for a club record signing.

[Photo]: Mikel celebrates his First League Goal For Chelsea

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[Photo]: Mikel celebrates his First League Goal For Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel scored his first goal for Chelsea since 2007, and first in the Premier League, as the Blues earned a convincing 2-0 victory against West London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

[Video]: Dejan Lovren shocks Liverpool at Anfield with this header

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[Video]: Dejan Lovren shocks Liverpool at Anfield with this header - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season after losing 1-0 to Southampton at Anfield. The visitors took the lead in the second half and ensured the score-line remains intact till the end of the match.

4 observations from Liverpool’s poor defeat to Southampton

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4 observations from Liverpool's poor defeat to Southampton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool suffered their first defeat of the season at home to Southampton. The visitors scored the only goal of the match in the second half and that was enough to see off the game in style. Here are my four observations from the match.

Possible Liverpool Starting XI To Face Southampton

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Possible Liverpool Starting XI To Face Southampton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool welcome Southampton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon looking to extend their stay at the top of the Premier League with yet another victory.

The Reds have a slender one point lead over Arsenal and a victory against Southampton will give them their best ever points total after five games of a Premier League season.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-up to face Fulham

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

Chelsea will entertain London rivals Fulham at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening looking to bounce back strongly after their dismal run of form in the past few weeks.

Jose Mourinho spoke about his unhappiness with the system Chelsea have been playing for the last two years and insisted that he would make necessary adjustments.

Chelsea vs Fulham preview: Terry & Ramires to return, Mata on the bench again?

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Chelsea vs Fulham preview: Terry & Ramires to return, Mata on the bench again? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will welcome derby rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge in Saturday's late kick-off in the Premier League and will be looking to return to winning ways after a difficult few weeks.

How Liverpool WIll Play Without Coutinho Against Southamption

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How Liverpool WIll Play Without Coutinho Against Southamption - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool play Southampton this week and Liverpool will have to do it without their Brazilian Magician. During Liverpool's game at Swansea last week Phillipe Coutinho picked up a shoulder injury and is expected to be out until late October, a big blow for Brendan Rodgers and his side.

Arsenal tracking Udinese star Luis Muriel

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Arsenal tracking Udinese star Luis Muriel - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have set their sights on striker Luis Muriel and could make an offer for the Udinese superstar in January, as Arsene Wenger looks to add fire-power to his attacking line-up, according to Italian media outlet Calciomercato.

Mourinho: I prefer Oscar over Mata as Chelsea’s No.10

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Mourinho: I prefer Oscar over Mata as Chelsea's No.10 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We have been speculating this all summer. There probably wasn't a single week in the entire summer when Juan Mata's future had not been speculated.

It was reported in the media that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho does not see Mata as an integral part of his plans, despite the fact that the Spaniard was the Blues' best player last season.

Moses should follow Sturridge and permanently leave Chelsea for Liverpool

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Moses should follow Sturridge and permanently leave Chelsea for Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Victor Moses impressed in his debut match for Liverpool against Swansea. Not because he bagged a goal, which obviously is a plus point, but his movement throughout the match was terrific.

Tottenham can be European Champions this season

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Tottenham can be European Champions this season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having seen Tottenham Hotspur brush aside Tromso 3-0 at White Hart Lane, one cannot help but think that Spurs are really hot favourites to win the Europa League this season.

They should aim to win this competition.

Liverpool vs Southampton preview: Will Rodgers give Luis Alberto a chance?

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Liverpool vs Southampton preview: Will Rodgers give Luis Alberto a chance? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool welcome Southampton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon looking to extend their stay at the top in the Premier League with yet another victory.

The Reds have lost their 100% winning record this week, after they were held to a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea.

Manchester City v Manchester United preview: Silva to return, Welbeck fit again

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Manchester City v Manchester United preview: Silva to return, Welbeck fit again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City will welcome Manchester United in the first Manchester Derby of the season at the Etihad on Sunday, where both the new managers would be looking to draw first blood in the hunt for the Premier League title.

Rooney: Liverpool game is bigger than Manchester derby

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Rooney: Liverpool game is bigger than Manchester derby - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wayne Rooney has stroked the fire ahead of the Manchester Derby on Sunday claiming meeting with Liverpool are still their biggest fixture of any season.

United will travel to Etihad to face potential title challengers Manchester City on Sunday, and despite the fact, that the two Manchester sides are the best sides in the country for the last two seasons, Rooney feels clashes with old adversaries Liverpool mean more to the players than with local derby.

Can Rooney’s new training regime help Manchester United win the title?

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Can Rooney's new training regime help Manchester United win the title? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Under David Moyes, Manchester United are third-favourites in most people's books to retain their Premier League title, behind Chelsea and Manchester City. The change in management, the first at the club in 26 years, saw many pundits cast a doubting eye over the current group of players at Old Trafford and question their ability to win the league in the absence of Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm.

[Teams]: Liverpool vs Southampton – Confirmed Line-Ups

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[Teams]: Liverpool vs Southampton Confirmed Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool welcome Southampton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon looking to extend their stay at the top in the Premier League with yet another victory.

The Reds have enjoyed a great start to the season so far and despite drawing their last match against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, theystill have a slender one point lead over Arsenal; so, another victory will secure their position at the top for another week, irrespective of other results.

Stamford Bridge Losers: Can Chelsea survive the tough challenges ahead?

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Stamford Bridge Losers: Can Chelsea survive the tough challenges ahead? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho is under pressure. That's for sure.

Chelsea are going through a stuttering start having failed to win any of their last four games. The Portuguese himself said he is worried about the two back-to-back defeats, but rejects talks of any possible crisis at the club.

Mourinho: No Crisis At Chelsea, Just Two Bad Results

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Mourinho: No Crisis At Chelsea, Just Two Bad Results - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ahead of Chelsea's London derby against Fulham, Jose Mourinho said there is no crisis at Stamford Bridge but he is worried about the two back-to-back defeats.

Chelsea are currently four games without a victory in all competitions.

Why Moses should follow Sturridge and permanently leave Chelsea for Liverpool

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Why Moses should follow Sturridge and permanently leave Chelsea for Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Victor Moses impressed in his debut match for Liverpool against Swansea. Not because he bagged a goal, which obviously is a plus point, but his movement throughout the match was terrific.

[Video]: Derby Days – Manchester City v Manchester United

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[Video]: Derby Days Manchester City v Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This SundayManchester United will travel to Etihad Stadium to face derby rivals and potential title challengers Manchester City in the first Manchester Derby of the season.

Stepped in long and illustrious history, this derby fixture has come back to life following the rise of Manchester City, after decades of remaining in the shadows of United.

Stupendous Michu inspires Swansea’s European pomp

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Stupendous Michu inspires Swansea's European pomp - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Who would have thought this? Few seasons ago Swansea were languishing in the second division of English Football. And now, they are in Europe and have beaten one of the mighty giants of La Liga, Valencia at the Mestalla.

Clever Business and a Quick Start May Prove Key for BVB

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Clever Business and a Quick Start May Prove Key for BVB - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Whilst selling their best players to their fiercest rivals is something which most clubs would want to avoid by all means, Borussia Dortmund could have been forgiven for allowing Robert Lewandowski to join his former teammate Mario Götze at the Allianz Arena in the summer transfer window.

[Video]: Eriksen’s Amazing Gerrard-esque Goal For Spurs, The First of Many

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[Video]: Eriksen's Amazing Gerrard-esque Goal For Spurs, The First of Many - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Christian Eriksen scored a wonderful goal last night against Tromso in the Europa League, as Spurs dominated and won comfortably 3-0 at White Hart Lane.

The 21-year-old is already considered as one of the bright stars of Europe and it was a surprise that nobody apart from Spurs made serious attempt to sign him in the summer.

Walcott hails the impact of ‘leader’ Flamini and ‘incredible’ Ramsey

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Walcott hails the impact of 'leader' Flamini and 'incredible' Ramsey - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal camp is buzzing at the moment. The buzz was felt when they signed German midfield maestro Mesut Ozil on the transfer dead-line day from Real Madrid for a record fee and from then on, there has been no looking back.

Rodgers rejects talks of fitness issue

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Rodgers rejects talks of fitness issue - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has held talks with his medical staff to address the problem of his team's inability to maintain the same level of performance for the full ninety minutes.

The Reds dropped two points at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City and the performance in the second half raised few questions.

BT Sport: Name That Team, Win Prizes

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BT Sport: Name That Team, Win Prizes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cheese, bubbles and an elderly woman – what does it all mean? These and many more clues appear in the new competition from BT Sport which features 44 sports teams – including all 20 clubs from the Barclays Premier League, which you can see live on BT Sport – albeit it 'hidden' as picture clues to really put sports fans knowledge to the test.

From Italy: Arsenal monitoring Udinese star Luis Muriel

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From Italy: Arsenal monitoring Udinese star Luis Muriel - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have set their sights on striker Luis Muriel and could make an offer for the Udinese superstar in January, as Arsene Wenger looks to add fire-power to his attacking line-up, according to Italian media outlet Calciomercato.

Why Tottenham can be European Champions this season

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Why Tottenham can be European Champions this season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having seen Tottenham Hotspur brush aside Tromso 3-0 at White Hart Lane, one cannot help but think that Spurs are really hot favourites to win the Europa League this season.

They should aim to win this competition.

Premier League Clubs Look at January Sign-Ings

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Premier League Clubs Look at January Sign-Ings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ings in action on Tuesday night in a comfortable Burnley win.

After an explosive start to the season, Premier League Clubs are keeping tabs on 21-year-old Burnley striker Danny Ings. According to the Daily Star, Burnley are fighting off interest from a host of clubs including; Aston Villa, Sunderland, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.

Arsenal’s new-found maturity can help them in the title race

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Arsenal's new-found maturity can help them in the title race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We are all accustomed with this familiar picture of Arsene Wenger shaking his head in disbelief, with lurid face, hands rubbing on it, in utter frustration.

Thousands of times or even more than that in the last few years, Wenger was questioned about the maturity of his players, his philosophy of trusting young guns, every time Arsenal have failed to deliver.

Were Chelsea better under Benitez than they are under Mourinho?

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Were Chelsea better under Benitez than they are under Mourinho? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho's second coming at Chelsea hasn't exactly been smooth. He started with two back to back victories over Hull City and Aston Villa, but has failed to win in the last four games in all competitions.

Remarking on Arsenal’s new-found maturity and how it can help them in the title race

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Remarking on Arsenal's new-found maturity and how it can help them in the title race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We are all accustomed with this familiar picture of Arsene Wenger shaking his head in disbelief, with lurid face, hands rubbing on it, in utter frustration.

Thousands of times or even more than that in the last few years, Wenger was questioned about the maturity of his players, his philosophy of trusting young guns, every time Arsenal have failed to deliver.

Jenkinson and Walcott must stand and deliver, plus: why Arsenal need Llorente

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Jenkinson and Walcott must stand and deliver, plus: why Arsenal need Llorente - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Only four seasons back, Carl Jenkinson was plying his trade in the lower divisions of the Conference league. He is now a reliable right-back option for Arsenal.

Reliable?

Role Reversal: Arsenal find strength as Chelsea break under pressure

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Role Reversal: Arsenal find strength as Chelsea break under pressure - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This has to be the best example of Role- Reversal.

Arsenal were under pressure to make it to the group stages of Champions League after they lost to Aston Villa in the opening day of the season.

Would Chelsea have lost with Mata in the starting XI?

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Would Chelsea have lost with Mata in the starting XI? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A Chelsea defeat at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho is almost unheard of. In his first stint as Chelsea manager, Jose only lost 2 home games in all competitions in 3 and a half years, one of them being a Carling Cup game and the other being against Barcelona.

Liverpool showing great interest in Austrian defender Hinteregger

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Liverpool showing great interest in Austrian defender Hinteregger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are reportedly taking keen interest inthe highly-rated young Austrian central defender Martin Hinteregger.

According to reports from Swiss media outlet Ifoticker.ch,the Reds are showing great interests in the 21-year-old, who plays for Red Bull Salzburg.

Are Real Madrid preparing a sensational swap deal for Aguero in January?

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Are Real Madrid preparing a sensational swap deal for Aguero in January? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid are reportedly turning their attentions to Manchester City's star striker Sergio Aguero and could involve Sami Khedira or Karim Benzema as part of a swap deal.

Aguero, who signed a new contract with City in the summer, revealed back in August that he rejected "one of two" offers from Madrid to further his career at the Etihad.

Is absence of Mata the only problem of Chelsea?

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Is absence of Mata the only problem of Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A lot has been said and written about Juan Mata and the cold treatment he has been receiving from his manager, Jose Mourinho. The Spaniard, who was arguably the best player for Chelsea last season, has been limited to a bit part role by the Portuguese so far, a decision that has not only left the media speculating about the player's future, critics pondering what-went-wrong but have prompted the loyal fans to question the decision too.

Is Mourinho already under pressure?

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Is Mourinho already under pressure? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Enough of the ‘egg' puns now, it's all cracking me up. Oops sorry. That one crept in, but it's certainly no laughing matter for Chelsea fans as the return of the Special One already appears to be slightly derailed. Mourinho is a top table player, and a high-stakes gambler.

Game Against Sunderland Is Already A Must Win For The Baggies

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Game Against Sunderland Is Already A Must Win For The Baggies - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion face Sunderland at The Hawthorns on Saturday in what already could prove to be a pivotal game in The Baggies season.

A win would see Albion rise up the league but a loss would see them slip back down to the foot of the table.

Champions League Review: Arsenal dogged, Chelsea weak and another hat-trick for Messi

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Champions League Review: Arsenal dogged, Chelsea weak and another hat-trick for Messi - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The second coming of Jose Mourinho with Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League got off to the worst possible start as the 2012 winners suffered a shock defeat in their opening game.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho out for 6 weeks

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Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho out for 6 weeks - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have suffered a huge blow today as young Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho will undergo a procedure on shoulder injury that would keep him out of action, until October,the club has confirmed.

Manchester United flop Anderson wanted by Juventus again in January

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Manchester United flop Anderson wanted by Juventus again in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was reported in Italythat Italian champions Juventus targeted Manchester United midfielder Anderson during the summer and could return for him again in the January transfer window.

The Price of Football in 2013: increases stop, but the beautiful game still massively expensive

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The Price of Football in 2013: increases stop, but the beautiful game still massively expensive - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

BBC Sport's Price of Football 2013 study (which analyses the price of attending football matches across England and Scotland) makes for grim reading. Although the bigger picture shows that the steady increase in price has generally halted, the truth is that the beautiful game is not a cheap pastime for the average Joe to pursue.

Top 10 Memorable Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quotes

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Top 10 Memorable Zlatan Ibrahimovic Quotes - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Love him. Hate him. But can you ignore him? He is such an amazing personality. And likewise an equally gifted footballer. He is a genius.

On pitch, he can do things, which mere mortals dread to think of.

Will Manchester United ever find another George Best?

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Will Manchester United ever find another George Best? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last saturday marked the 50th anniversary of George Best's debut for Manchester United, with the achievements of the Belfast Boy being celebrated by the Old Trafford club's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Majestic Rooney joins the Double-century club of legends at Manchester United

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Majestic Rooney joins the Double-century club of legends at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has joined the elite list of great United players who have reached the milestone of scoring 200 goals for this iconic club. The maverick has become the fourth player of United to achieve that feat, after netting a brace against Bayer Leverkusen during theChampions League group stage tie on Tuesday night.

Is This The End of Iker Casillas at Madrid?

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Is This The End of Iker Casillas at Madrid? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Iker Casillas was substituted last night due to a rib injury, it was as if fate was against the captain. He had been sidelined last season and so far this season as well, and the one chance he had to stake a claim for a starting spot resulted in his injury.

Chelsea v FC Basel preview: Team News and Predicted Blues Starting XI

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Chelsea v FC Basel preview: Team News and Predicted Blues Starting XI - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea welcome FC Basel at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League group stage opener on Wednesday night. The Blues have not won their last three matches in all competition and would be looking to start their European journey under Jose Mourinho with a victory.

Marseille v Arsenal preview: Team News, Likely Line-up and Predicted Score

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Marseille v Arsenal preview: Team News, Likely Line-up and Predicted Score - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal travel away to France for their Champions league encounter against Marseille at the Stade Velodrome in the Group League openeron Wednesdaynight. The Gunners have been pitted in a difficult group that features Italian giants Napoli and last season's Champions League finalist Borussia Dortmund, hence a good start to their European campaign is the only thing Arsene Wenger will be hoping for.

Manchester City’s New Cup Kit by Nike

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Manchester City's New Cup Kit by Nike - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City's new 3rd kit, worn by Stevan Jovetic.

Manchester City and Nike have announced City's new 3rd Kit which will be worn for all way Cup Competition games.

Inspired by the club's rich heritage, the kit features a modern take on a traditional sash design.

Boot Room: Nike Football Lights Up The Dark With ‘High Visibility’ Boot Collection

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Boot Room: Nike Football Lights Up The Dark With 'High Visibility' Boot Collection - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike Football has released their new Hi-Vis Collection featuring the Nike Hypervenom, Mercurial IX, CTR360 and Tiempo IV silos.

As winter approaches, match-day conditions, particularly under floodlights, are darker and drearier than during earlier parts of the season.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata wanted by Napoli and Juventus

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Chelsea's Juan Mata wanted by Napoli and Juventus - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Will the Juan Mata circus ever stop this season? We don't have any such indications of that happening.anytime soon.

The Spaniard's future was a regular fodder for press across Europe during the summer.

Champions League Review: Rooney and Ronaldo star on Matchday 1

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Champions League Review: Rooney and Ronaldo star on Matchday 1 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The biggest competition in European football is back in town, as the UEFA Champions League campaign kicked off on Tuesday night with several big names in action. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and PSG all ran out comfortable winners and got their UEFA Champions League seasons off to the perfect start.

Why keeping Wayne Rooney was United’s best deal of the summer

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Why keeping Wayne Rooney was United's best deal of the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes was subject to a lot of criticism in the summer transfer window. His inability to land any of his marquee transfer targets didn't go down well at all with the fans.

Manchester United reveal record annual revenue of £363.2m

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Manchester United reveal record annual revenue of £363.2m - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League Champions Manchester United have announced their record annual revenue figure of £363.2m for the year ending June 30th 2013.

According to Sky Sports, the increment in the revenue has risen by 13%.

Philippe Coutinho Ruled Out For Six-Weeks And Will Undergo Shoulder Surgery

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Philippe Coutinho Ruled Out For Six-Weeks And Will Undergo Shoulder Surgery - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have suffered a huge blow today as young Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho will undergo a procedure on shoulder injury that would keep him out of action, until October,the club has confirmed.

[Teams]: Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City – Confirmed Line-Ups

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[Teams]: Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City Confirmed Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City travel to Prague to face Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League tie hoping to progress beyond the group stages this time around.

Manuel Pellegrini has made five changes to the side that drew at Stoke City on Saturday.

[Teams]: Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen – Confirmed Line-Ups

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[Teams]: Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen Confirmed Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United face German giants Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League Group stage opening match at Old Trafford tonight.

New signing Marouane Fellaini has been given the starting line-up berth, after impressing in the weekend coming on as a sub, while Japanese star Shinji Kagawa is also included in the first eleven.

The Champions League is back: 3 games to watch this week

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The Champions League is back: 3 games to watch this week - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The UEFA Champions League, the most prestigious club competition in world football, returns this week, with 32 of the top sides in Europe battling it out for glory next May.

Here are three games to look out for in the first round of fixtures:-

GALATASARAY vs REAL MADRID

Date:Tuesday, 17th September 2013

Venue:TurkTelekomArena, Istanbul (19:45 GMT)

These two produced a classic contest in last season's quarter-final 2nd leg, with the Turkish side's 3-2 win not quite enough to see them knock outlos Blancos.

Daniel Levy and the gentle art of persuasion

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Daniel Levy and the gentle art of persuasion - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It used to be that Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy was the master of brinkmanship in the transfer window. Never the first to blink in the school of hard knocks that is high level negotiations, he always seemed determined to squeeze the best financial package for his club from any transaction.

[PHOTO]: Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku holding no 17 jersey for Everton

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[PHOTO]: Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku holding no 17 jersey for Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who has joined Everton on a season long loan, will be officially presented as an Everton player today.

The 20-year-old, who was on loan to West Brom last season, is aiming to have an even bigger impact at Goodison Park this season.

Swansea 2-2 Liverpool: 4 Things We Learned – Jonjo Day, Sturridge Scores Yet Again

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Swansea 2-2 Liverpool: 4 Things We Learned Jonjo Day, Sturridge Scores Yet Again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool's winning streak ended last night, after the Reds suffered a 2-2 draw against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium. Despite conceding an early goal, the Reds strongly bounced back and lead 2-1 at half time, but a second half goal from Michu leveled the tie in the end.

Man Utd v Bayer Leverkusen preview: Welbeck doubtful, Kagawa to return?

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Man Utd v Bayer Leverkusen preview: Welbeck doubtful, Kagawa to return? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes will get his first taste of European football on Tuesday, when the Red Devils will take on German giants Bayer Leverkusen at the Old Trafford.

Plzen v Manchester City preview: Skipper Kompany could return from groin injury

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Plzen v Manchester City preview: Skipper Kompany could return from groin injury - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City will start their European campaign tonight away to Prague, to face Viktoria Plzen hoping to progress beyond the group stages this time around.

In the previous two seasons, City have failed to make it past the group stages and Manuel Pellegrini would be looking to change that fortune, with the Chilean having previously enjoyed success with Villarreal and Malaga.

Howard Webb to referee Manchester Derby next Sunday

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Howard Webb to referee Manchester Derby next Sunday - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Howard Webb will take charge of the first Manchester Derby clash on Sunday afternoon at the Etihad Stadium.

The Manchester derby has gained a special significance in recent years, following the rise of Manchester City as a powerhouse of England.

Juanfran claims he rejected a lucrative offer from Arsenal in the summer

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Juanfran claims he rejected a lucrative offer from Arsenal in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran has said that he has rejected a lucrative offer in the summer from English giants Arsenal.

The Spain international who has four years left on his contract at the Vicente Calderon, could have easily accepted a move to the Emirates this summer but rejected such advances.

Mourinho hits back at Del Bosque over the selection of Chelsea duo for the national team

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Mourinho hits back at Del Bosque over the selection of Chelsea duo for the national team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has criticized Spain National team coach Vicente del Bosque over the selection of Chelsea players Juan Mata and Fernando Torres.

Del Bosque left Chelsea duo Mata and Torres out of his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Finland.

Player Ratings Swansea 2-2 Liverpool: Sturridge scores yet again but Reds lucky with a draw

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Player Ratings Swansea 2-2 Liverpool: Sturridge scores yet again but Reds lucky with a draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool remain on top of the Barclays Premier League table after earning a 2-2 draw against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey opened the scoring for the home side within first three minutes.

[Teams]: Swansea v Liverpool: Confirmed Line-Ups

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[Teams]: Swansea v Liverpool: Confirmed Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool visit to Liberty Stadium in Wales to face Swansea City in the Premier League tie on Monday night.

The in-form striker of Reds, Daniel Sturridge, who missed England's World Cup qualifier matches through injury, is fit again to face the tie and has been included in the starting line-up.

Moyes confident Januzaj will sign a new contract

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Moyes confident Januzaj will sign a new contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United will face German giants Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow in the Champions League. Ahead of the crucial European tie, Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is really excited to get the Champions League underway tomorrow.

Wenger showers high praise for Arsenal target

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Wenger showers high praise for Arsenal target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal were reportedly linked on more than one occasions this summer with Marseille defender Nicolas N'Koulou. Although, other English clubs are reported to be monitoring his situation, the interest from Arsenal seems genuine.

Tottenham to make sensational January swoop for AC Milan star

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Tottenham to make sensational January swoop for AC Milan star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur have signed seven players in the transfer window taking their total expense over £100 million. But, they have sold their talisman winger Gareth Bale for about £86 million and considering other players they've sold like Steven Caulker, William Gallas, Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone, the entire money has almost been recouped.

Ronaldo to earn £580,000 a week in new contract at Real Madrid

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Ronaldo to earn £580,000 a week in new contract at Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Finally the wait is over. Cristiano Ronaldo has committed the rest of his playing career at Real Madrid after signing a five-year-contract, which will keep him at the Spanish club until 2018.

Swansea v Liverpool preview: Sturridge fit, Moses to start for the Reds?

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Swansea v Liverpool preview: Sturridge fit, Moses to start for the Reds? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will take on Swansea Cityon Mondaynight at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League looking to cement their position at the top of the table.

The Reds have made a dream start to their season having won all their three matches so far.

Wayne Rooney finally gets his wish at Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney finally gets his wish at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was nice to see Wayne Rooney starting against Crystal Palace this weekend. The Manchester United's maverick star had picked up a nasty head injury that forced him out for England's World Cup qualifiers and a trip to Anfield before that, but he was fit enough to play with a head-band on Saturday.

Ancelotti: Ozil wanted to leave Madrid

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Ancelotti: Ozil wanted to leave Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We all have heard Mesut Ozil's version of leaving Real Madrid and consequently his decision to join Arsenal on the transfer deadline day.The German international who joined Arsenal on a club record signing had stated his reasons earlier why chose to leave Madrid.

What Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool topping the table tells us about the Premier League

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What Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool topping the table tells us about the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After round four of the Premier League we have both the North London clubs and Liverpool sharing same points at the top of the table. And Liverpool may well go three points above of the two London clubs, should they win against Swansea tonight at the Liberty Stadium.

Are City really better than United this season?

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Are City really better than United this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Majority of the journalists and bloggers had tipped Manchester City as the firm favourites to win the title or at least finish above Manchester United this season.It was obvious though. For the first time in the history of Premier League, Manchester United will be without their legendary Sir Alex Ferguson – skepticism are bound to exist.

Sunderland v Arsenal preview: Ozil travels despite Illness, Mertesacker Ruled Out

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Sunderland v Arsenal preview: Ozil travels despite Illness, Mertesacker Ruled Out - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After two weeks of Premier League hiatus, Arsenal are back into action as they visit Stadium of Light to face a struggling Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners are heading into this match on the back of two successive victories against Fulham and Tottenham respectively.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace: Kagawa and Fellaini to start?

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Manchester United v Crystal Palace: Kagawa and Fellaini to start? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are looking to bounce back strongly in the Premier League after their defeat at the hands of arch rivals Liverpool at Anfield before the International break. The Premier League Champions entertain the newly promoted side Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday.

You Know You’re Addicted to Football Manager When…

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You Know You're Addicted to Football Manager When... - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Another Goal Conceded

Football Manager appeals to a certain personality – the stats obsessive, the long-term strategist, the patient and the meticulous. But it doesn't just suit this kind of personality, it engulfs it.

Nottingham Forest v Barnsley preview

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Nottingham Forest v Barnsley preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Both teams going into the meeting at the City Ground on Saturday have lived up to their billing given by many punters before the season began. Billy Davies's squad are sat nicely in the playoffs and are full of Championship and Premiership experience.

Premier League predictions: easy wins expected for Arsenal and Manchester United

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Premier League predictions: easy wins expected for Arsenal and Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just one week without watching our clubs drives us crazy. We want club football and it is back. It is also the first full round since the transfer window shut and will be our first chance to see the completed squads in action.

Tottenham v Norwich Preview: Eriksen and Lamela to make home-debut for Spurs?

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Tottenham v Norwich Preview: Eriksen and Lamela to make home-debut for Spurs? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur welcome Norwich City to White Hart Laneon Saturdayafternoon, looking to bounce back from their defeat against derby rivals Arsenal in the last match.

Spurs have made a good start to the season, winning their opening two matches by a 1-0 margin, with both the goals coming from new signing Roberto Soldado through penalties.

Everton v Chelsea preview: Hazard available, Willian and Eto’o to start for the Blues?

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Everton v Chelsea preview: Hazard available, Willian and Eto'o to start for the Blues? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will travel to Goodison Park to take on Evertonon Saturdayafternoon looking to enhance their unbeaten run to the season.

The Blues are second in the Premier League table with seven points, two points behind Liverpool, after having earned two successive victories in their opening two matches against Hull City and Aston Villa and drew their last league game against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

How much of a future does Alexis Sánchez have at Barcelona?

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How much of a future does Alexis Sánchez have at Barcelona? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Alexis Sánchez came to Barcelona with a big & growing reputation within the game. After being awarded the Serie A player of the year in 2010/11, the Chilean commanded a €26 million fee (with a potential €11 million in add-ons) when leaving Udinese, drawing a lot of attention on him as you'd expect.

Owen: Liverpool is in My Blood

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Owen: Liverpool is in My Blood - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Michael Owen says Liverpool is still close to his heart and explained his decision to join rivals Manchester United, adding he has no regrets over his career.

After graduating from the youth academy at Liverpool, Owen went on to represent the Reds for eight glorious seasons, where he scored 158 goals (becoming eighth highest goal scorer in the club's history) in 297 appearances.

Does Bendtner really has future at Arsenal?

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Does Bendtner really has future at Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has explained why he prevented the transfer of strikerNicklas Bendtner on the transfer deadline day.

The 25-year-old was close to making a switch to the newly promoted side Crystal Palace, but Wenger prevented the deal from happening at the eleventh hour.

Proof That Hodgson Must Change for Final Two Games

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Proof That Hodgson Must Change for Final Two Games - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hodgson's England Must Change Tactics for the Wembley Games

After a monotonous game that had more stoppages than an Audley Harrison fight, I was left contemplating Roy Hodgson's tactics going forward, especially now with the realisation we must take six points from our last two games to qualify.

Patience, Graft, and Faith Critical to the Rise of Gary Cahill

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Patience, Graft, and Faith Critical to the Rise of Gary Cahill - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Roy Hodgson rolled out the simultaneous praise and justification for England's drab, hard-earned draw against Ukraine on Wednesday, there was really only one man who could say that his performance in Kiev was befitting of his splendid start to the new season.

Are England good enough to win the World Cup?

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Are England good enough to win the World Cup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England need to improve the structure of the national setup.

Before we ask ourselves this question, we should really be asking if England are good enough to QUALIFY for the tournament.

The answer to that one is pretty simple.

10 Things to Look Forward to This Weekend of Premier League

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10 Things to Look Forward to This Weekend of Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Glad, the Premier League is back this weekend after the International break. The Round 4 of the league promises to be as exciting as ever. Liverpool on top of the league, Mesut Ozil to make debut, and a new midfielder to start for Manchester United – there is never a shortage of plot, and sub plot in the Premier League.

City hold edge over United

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City hold edge over United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

While this month's Manchester derby will have only a minor say in the Premier League title race, it will give a good indication of where both sides are under new managers.

Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes have each suffered a league defeat in their first three games.

[Photo]: Arsenal skipper back in full training, could feature against Sunderland

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[Photo]: Arsenal skipper back in full training, could feature against Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed today that club skipper Thomas Vermaelen could be included in the squad against Sunderland, following his return from injury.

The Belgium international missed the pre-season after aggravating his back injury, suffered on international duty in June.

Ozil: Arsenal’s title challenge starts on Saturday

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Ozil: Arsenal's title challenge starts on Saturday - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In his first press conference for Arsenal, since joining the North London club on the transfer deadline day from Real Madrid for a club-record transfer fee, Mesut Ozil has vowed to give all to end the club's eight year trophy drought.

Zidane wants tete-a-tete with Arsenal target Casillas

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Zidane wants tete-a-tete with Arsenal target Casillas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane is set to hold a face-to-face session with another club legend Iker Casillas to stop him from moving to the Premier League.

The 32-year-old had struggled to get games under Jose Mourinho last season and the trend hasn't changed either under new coach Carlo Ancelotti as well.

Spurs ask former Arsenal striker to train with reserves

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Spurs ask former Arsenal striker to train with reserves - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Fromer Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been asked to train with Tottenham's reserves as he's barely featured in pre-season and has not played a competitive game after being given extended compassionate leave following the death of his brother in Togo.

Willian: “Chelsea is a better club than Tottenham in every aspect”

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Willian: "Chelsea is a better club than Tottenham in every aspect" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Before Jose Mourinho starts his customary mind games, Chelsea's new signing Willian has already stoked the fire by stating that Chelsea are a better club than Tottenham in every aspect.

Moyes plotting January move for highly-rated Sheffield United defender

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Moyes plotting January move for highly-rated Sheffield United defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes is plotting a smart swoop for Sheffield United's £4million-rated centre-back Harry Maguire, when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Arsenal new boy Ozil will start against Sunderland

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Arsenal new boy Ozil will start against Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems like finally the wait is over. Mesut Ozil, the new record signing for Arsenal is set to make his debut against Sunderland.

The 24-year-old, assist-machine, who joined the Gunners on the transfer deadline-day from Real Madrid returned yesterday to London, following his participation in the World Cup qualifiers with Germany.

Outstanding Ozil scores for Germany, form boost for Arsenal

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Outstanding Ozil scores for Germany, form boost for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Germany are just one point away from securing the World Cup qualifications, after beating Faroe Islands 3-0, where Arsenal's new boy Mesut Ozil has put up yet another scintillating performance for his nation.

No regrets rejecting Liverpool for Everton’s McCarthy

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No regrets rejecting Liverpool for Everton's McCarthy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

New Everton signing James McCarthy has no regrets that he spurned the opportunity of playing for Liverpool as a teenager, and is rather happy with the way things have worked out for him.

It is indeed a dream for any youngster in Britain to get a call-up for trial at Liverpool.

Arsenal’s Wilshere still not 100% fit says Hodgson

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Arsenal's Wilshere still not 100% fit says Hodgson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England manager Roy Hodgson says Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is still not fully fit, and that was the major reason for his lacklustre and below-par performance against Ukraine in the World Cup Qualifiers.

Liverpool set to miss out on Yet Another transfer target

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Liverpool set to miss out on Yet Another transfer target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are set to miss out on yet another potential target, Anzhi Makhachkala forward Lacina Traore, after Dinamo Moscow coach Dan Petrescu claimed that Ivory Coast international will join Serie A Champions Juventus, in January.

Arsenal sign David Beckham’s son Romeo

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Arsenal sign David Beckham's son Romeo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Image courtesy @GoonRambler

Former Manchester United hero David Beckham's son Romeo is reportedly an Arsenal fan. He was seen many a times at the Emirates, cheering for his beloved team with his father. And as per the latest report, Beckham's 10-year-old son has secured a youth contract with his beloved club, Arsenal.

Arsenal close to signing Romanian striker Marica, claims agent

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Arsenal close to signing Romanian striker Marica, claims agent - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are close to landing a striker. Yes, you've read it right.

The Gunners are close to landing the Romanian striker Ciprian Marica, who is close to joining the North London club, as per his agent.

This Dos A Cero Is Klinsmann’s

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This Dos A Cero Is Klinsmann's - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Clint Dempsey's penalty miss in the dying moments of the United States National Team's 2-0 victory over Mexico Tuesday night carried an overwhelming sense of poetry and fate.

A conversion from Dempsey would have made the final score 3-0.

FIFA 2014: Demo, Features, Video Trailer and Player Stats!

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FIFA 2014: Demo, Features, Video Trailer and Player Stats! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The FIFA 14 Demo was officially announced earlier this week. FIFA 14 demo features eight clubs, FIFA 14 Ultimate Team and Camp Nou.

The FIFA 14 demo is available to download now for the Xbox 360 for Xbox LIVE Gold members, PlayStation 3 and for PC on Origin.

AVB warns Spurs’ fans of the need for patience

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AVB warns Spurs' fans of the need for patience - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spurs fans may not be particularly enthused by their manager seeking inject a measure of caution into their booming aspirations, Relating that introducing a large number of players into the squad and getting them to bond, is not an overnight job is however, a simple statement of fact.

Arsenal Rumours: Wenger targeting German midfield duo after Ozil capture

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Arsenal Rumours: Wenger targeting German midfield duo after Ozil capture - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger surprised everyone by landing Mesut Ozil on the transfer deadline day from Real Madrid, for a club record transfer fee. However, the spending spree probably won't stop here as the Frenchman is targeting the emerging football power-house of Europe, Germany, to bring some of their exceptionally talented players to the Emirates.

[Photos]: Gareth Bale meets Cristiano Ronaldo for the First Time at Real Madrid

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[Photos]: Gareth Bale meets Cristiano Ronaldo for the First Time at Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Bale met Cristiano Ronaldo. The present world record transfer fee holder met the past world record transfer fee holder at Real Madrid's training complex. It is a wonderful snap.

[Photos]: Arsenal’s record signing Ozil meets Ox and Podli

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[Photos]: Arsenal's record signing Ozil meets Ox and Podli - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Photo courtesy (@theEpicGooner)

Arsenal's new boy Mesut Ozil has arrived at the club's training ground for the first time since his club record move from Real Madrid on the transfer deadline day.

[Photos]: When Bale Met Ronaldo…

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[Photos]: When Bale Met Ronaldo... - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Bale met Cristiano Ronaldo. The present world record transfer fee holder met the past world record transfer fee holder at Real Madrid's training complex. It is a wonderful snap.

Bale has returned to Spain, following his participation in the international matches for his national team Wales.

[Photo]: Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku in an Everton shirt

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[Photo]: Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku in an Everton shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea youngster Romelu Lukaku, who has joined Everton on a season long loan has posted a picture of himself wearing Everton jersey, with a message written "New start, new adventure...#hardworkwillpayoff"

Everton manager Roberto Martinez said:

"I think it's fair to say that our opening three performances in the league have been really, really good, but all they have been lacking is that goal, the ball hitting the back of the net,"

"The fans realise that and when you see a player arrive who is capable of doing that it excites you.

Manic Man-Management At Sunderland

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Manic Man-Management At Sunderland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Before a ball was kicked this season, Niall Quinn hit the nail on the head when querying whether Paolo Di Canio has the right interpersonal credentials to make Sunderland succeed;

"The big question mark is over Di Canio's man-management skills.

FIFA 14 Soundtrack

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FIFA 14 Soundtrack - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As much as the FIFA franchise is lauded for it's realism, fans around the world have come to love the soundtrack that accompanies each FIFA game. We've even done a best FIFA soundtracks list in celebration of the great music FIFA has exposed gamers to.

FIFA 2014 Demo: Try out FIFA 14 as Tottenham, Barcelona or Dortmund

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FIFA 2014 Demo: Try out FIFA 14 as Tottenham, Barcelona or Dortmund - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The FIFA 14 Demo was officially announced yesterday. FIFA 14 demo features eight clubs, FIFA 14 Ultimate Team and Camp Nou.

The FIFA 14 demo is available to download now for the Xbox 360 for Xbox LIVE Gold members, PlayStation 3 and for PC on Origin, enabling fans to experience the innovation that earned FIFA 14 'Best Sports Game' award at gamescom 2013.

Frustrated Kagawa demands explanation from Moyes for his bit-part role

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Frustrated Kagawa demands explanation from Moyes for his bit-part role - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Shinji Kagawa has spoken out of frustration and hastold reporters to ask David Moyes, why he has not received ample playing time for Manchester United so far.

#FreeShinji campaign started by Dortmund fans

Kagawa was signed by the previous United manager Sir Alex Ferguson last summer from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

Who Else Wants To Fight Arsenal For Benteke?

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Who Else Wants To Fight Arsenal For Benteke? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke will be in demand again in January if the reports are to be believed. Arsenal were already interested for the young Belgian in the summer and might go for him again, having failed to land a striker in the summer transfer window.

[Photo]: Arsenal’s Frimpong trolls ex-Gunners Nasri and Song with FIFA 14 Bench Edition

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[Photo]: Arsenal's Frimpong trolls ex-Gunners Nasri and Song with FIFA 14 Bench Edition - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Emmanuel Frimpong has some sense of humour. Or is he just too smart or too dull to call himself a clown?

The Arsenal midfielder, whose promising career has gone downhill , having made only six appearances for the Gunners, showed the temerity to troll ex-Arsenal players, Samir Nasri and Alex Song on Instagram.

Liverpool owner gives Positive update on Anfield Expansion Plans

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Liverpool owner gives Positive update on Anfield Expansion Plans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

These are exciting times to be a Liverpool fan. The Reds are roaring on pitch, sitting on top of the League table, while off the pitch are making great strides as well.

Liverpool's principal owner John W Henry has insisted today that the club has amassed sufficient funds required to go ahead with their plans of redevelopment of Anfield.

Will Cleverley like Kagawa face cold treatment at Manchester United?

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Will Cleverley like Kagawa face cold treatment at Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This season is extremely vital for Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. Already, the 24-year-old has seen his place in England squad snatched away by Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, all he needs now is to lose his place to United's£27.

Real Madrid to Fight Arsenal for Liverpool star Luis Suarez

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Real Madrid to Fight Arsenal for Liverpool star Luis Suarez - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have successfully dodged all bullets in the form of transfer bids for star striker Luis Suarez in the summer and it seems like the Reds could be in a similar situation again in the January transfer window as well.

Was this Barcelona prodigy right to reject Liverpool?

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Was this Barcelona prodigy right to reject Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello has revealed that he had an offer in the summer from Liverpool which he turned it down.

The Reds were heavily linked with the player, as manager Brendan Rodgers wanted to find a technically gifted wide-man to solve his wing problems.

[Teams]: Ukraine vs England: Confirmed Line-Ups

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[Teams]: Ukraine vs England: Confirmed Line-Ups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England, the leaders of Group H, travel to Kiev where they will be overtaken by Ukraine if they lose this crucial World Cup Qualifier tie on Tuesday.

England midfielder Frank Lampard will become only the eighth Three Lions player to reach the milestone, joining team-mates Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole.

Budweiser: Coach the Coaches

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Budweiser: Coach the Coaches - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

How do you improve grass-roots football?

One of the best ways to ensure that is to train the coaches at lower levels, and when you have so little money available for the game at the lower level, personal time spent by elite coaches in grassroots football is very helpful.

Chelsea’s Petr Cech wanted by Barcelona – Daily News Report

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Chelsea's Petr Cech wanted by Barcelona Daily News Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Whoever has started this game let me tell you it's funny. In the Spanish dailySporton Tuesday, it was published that Jose Mourinho has enquired about Barcelona goal keeper Victor Valdes.

For no reason why, it has been mentioned in the article that Petr Cesch's future is unclear at Stamford Bridge and that's why the Portuguese is looking for his replacement.

Victor Anichebe Will Drag West Brom From The Foot Of The Table

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Victor Anichebe Will Drag West Brom From The Foot Of The Table - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On transfer deadline day, West Brom smashed their transfer record to bring in Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe from Everton. Many fans have been sceptical about the signing but he should bring something different to the Baggies attack.

Chelsea have Courtois puzzle to solve

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Chelsea have Courtois puzzle to solve - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thibaut Courtois may be a name unknown to many in English football, but he signed for a Premier League club two years ago and, if rumours are to be believed, is the subject of £30million interest from no other than Barcelona, Oh, and by the way, he's never kicked a ball for his club in a competitive game.

Profile: Newcastle’s Unsung Hero Who Has The Most Key Passes In The League

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Profile: Newcastle's Unsung Hero Who Has The Most Key Passes In The League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A lot has been said and written about Newcastle United's shambolic transfer window. Despite appointing aDirector of Football at Newcastle, Joe Kinnear,who is supposed to look after the transfer side of football, the Magpies have only landed a 16-year-old kid and Loic Remy on loan from QPR in the summer.

Fabregas: Leaving Arsenal was the hardest thing I ever did

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Fabregas: Leaving Arsenal was the hardest thing I ever did - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cesc Fabregas was in the transfer-lime light throughout the summer. Premier League champions Manchester United chased the Spain international till the very end and went public about their desire (including the bids) to sign him.

Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool midfielder to sign for Getafe

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Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool midfielder to sign for Getafe - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun will return to Spain after eight years, to join Getafe, after finding an agreement on wages with the Spanish side.

The 33-year-old is now a free agent since leaving Chelsea and therefore is entitled to move to any club of his choice, despite the fact the transfer window is closed.

Ozil or not, does Wenger deserve a new deal?

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Ozil or not, does Wenger deserve a new deal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Emirates seems to be the happiest place on earth at the moment. Arsenal fans needed that a signing that will galvanize the entire camp. The mood and atmosphere has changed completely. Fans are overjoyed with their record signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Expensive? Ronaldo and Bale fees nearly equal entire Barcelona squad

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Expensive? Ronaldo and Bale fees nearly equal entire Barcelona squad - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It irks to think that Ronaldo and Bale have jointly cost Real Madrid a figure close enough to buy the entire Barcelona squad. It really irks.

La Liga is a two-horse race between Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Is Johnson’s Injury a Small Blessing in Disguise for Liverpool?

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Is Johnson's Injury a Small Blessing in Disguise for Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

During Liverpool's 1 0 win against Manchester United, Glen Johnson had to go off with an injured ankle. It is uncertain how long he will be out for, but reports are saying that it could be up to ten weeks.

[PHOTOS]: Barcelona’s 2013-14 Third Kit Leaked

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[PHOTOS]: Barcelona's 2013-14 Third Kit Leaked - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nike sponsored FC Barcelona's 2013-14 Third Kit has been leaked. It was one of the last kits that were yet to be unveiled officially.

Yesterday, Barcelona President Sandro Rosell, told the Catalan RAC1 radio channel that the new away kit, would be the most sold away kit ever and will be used as the Third kit at the club, as long as he remains the President.

Berahino brightens England’s and Baggies’ future with a promise of goals

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Berahino brightens England's and Baggies' future with a promise of goals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Saido Berahino is the young England U21 striker with the Brazilian sounding name, but the twenty year old is no product of the Copacabana. He was born in Burundi, fleeing fled the war-torn country with his family at just ten years old, before being granted political asylum in Britain, and settling in the Newtown district of Birmingham.

Manchester United to return to Spain for Herrera or Khedira

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Manchester United to return to Spain for Herrera or Khedira - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

That Manchester United failed to conduct its business astutely in the summer transfer window would be a mild way of saying things. The club searched from pillar to post for a midfield marshal and scouted around for a number of big names, only to end up with Marouane Fellaini while paying £4 million above his transfer trigger price.

Can Mesut Ozil push Arsenal into the title race?

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Can Mesut Ozil push Arsenal into the title race? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A lot is expected from Arsenal's new signing Mesut Ozil, who joined the North London club on the transfer deadline day from Real Madrid.

With every new signing, there is always some expectations to go with it.

Arsenal got lucky with Ozil, now they need luck with injuries

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Arsenal got lucky with Ozil, now they need luck with injuries - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

One of frustrating things Arsenal fans have had to endure along with their lack of silverware is to see so many key players getting injured throughout the season. In the end, when their annual recovery takes place and they clinch the top four, a feeling runs this, what if, they had not been injured.

Have Tottenham really benefited from Gareth Bale’s sale?

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Have Tottenham really benefited from Gareth Bale's sale? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur were one of the few clubs in the transfer window that attracted everyone's attention. Not only had they sold their prized asset Gareth Bale for a world record transfer fee, but they also replenished his void perfectly.

Zidane: Gareth Bale is one of the three best players in the World

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Zidane: Gareth Bale is one of the three best players in the World - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane has showered heaps of praise on Madrid's brand new Galactico, who has been signed from Tottenham Hotspur. The French maestro further believes that Gareth Bale can only improve from here on.

Ozil: I would have joined Arsenal without a Transfer Fee

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Ozil: I would have joined Arsenal without a Transfer Fee - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Every time a new player comes in to a new club, it is expected of him to say few good words about his new club. Mesut Ozil, the new signing of Arsenal who joined from Real Madrid is of no exception here, as he claims that he would have joined the Gunners for free.

Lampard may divide opinion, but his 100th cap deserves respect

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Lampard may divide opinion, but his 100th cap deserves respect - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On Tuesday evening England face Ukraine in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Kiev, in what will be a historic night for Frank Lampard.

The 35-year-old will win his 100th cap for the Three Lions, which is a magnificent achievement.

Perez tries to save face by branding Ozil as unprofessional

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Perez tries to save face by branding Ozil as unprofessional - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid fans wanted Mesut Ozil to stay. It has also become clear that even the Madrid players wanted him to stay. Yet, Ozil was shown the door on the transfer deadline day, without any proper explanations.

Ozil shirts outsell Bale’s by 5 to 1

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Ozil shirts outsell Bale's by 5 to 1 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The pressure is mounting on Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive player. Mind, he hasn't even kicked a ball for Real Madrid in a competitive match. Yet, the pressure is building.

Already his transfer has left the Madrid fans divided into opposing camps.

[Video]: Gabriel Agbonlahor tackles One Direction star Louis Tomlinson in charity game, receives death threats

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[Video]: Gabriel Agbonlahor tackles One Direction star Louis Tomlinson in charity game, receives death threats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Musical band One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was at the wrong end of a tackle from Aston Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, who clattered him on the ground during a charity match for Stiliyan Petrov.

Will Eto’o score more goals for Chelsea than Lukaku?

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Will Eto'o score more goals for Chelsea than Lukaku? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have bolstered their forward line by the smart purchase of Cameroon international Samuel Eto'o. However, the Blues also offloaded youngster Romelu Lukaku on loan to Everton to further his progress.

German legend praises Arsenal’s Ozil

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German legend praises Arsenal's Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Chelsea player and Germany legend Michael Ballack believes his fellow compatriot and new Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil will be a terrific signing for the Gunners.

Ozil has become the record signing for the North londoners following his move from La Liga giants Real Madrid on the transfer deadline day, and Ballack is confident that the German star will be a great addition to the Premier League.

Diego Simeone makes Atletico Madrid believe once again

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Diego Simeone makes Atletico Madrid believe once again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The departure of Radamel Falcao, arguably the world's finest ‘pure' striker right now, was a painful setback for Atlético Madrid during the early stages of the summer– losing your best player always is.

Profile: Thiago Silva

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Profile: Thiago Silva - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Regarded by many as the finest defender of his generation, Thiago Silva, captain of French champions PSG and World Cup hosts and favourites, Brazil, faces a year that could define him a one of the world's all-time top players. It's a far cry from the 21 year old player nearly forced out of the game at the tender age of 21.

Iago Aspas: I’m Very Happy at Liverpool

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Iago Aspas: I'm Very Happy at Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Iago Aspas, the new summer signing of Liverpool, is already enjoying his life at Anfield and says it is a different experience of playing in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old forward was signed from La Liga outfit Celta Vigo in the summer, and although he has yet to score in his three league matches, the striker has so-far left a good impression to the Red fans.

Marek Spilar – Former Club Brugge defender commits suicide

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Marek Spilar Former Club Brugge defender commits suicide - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The footballing fraternity has been rocked by another shocking suicide news as former Slovakia international Marek Spilar has reportedly committed suicide at the age of 38,reports Slovakia newspaper Novy Cas.

[Photos]: Chelsea’s Lukaku celebrates with his Belgium team-mates

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[Photos]: Chelsea's Lukaku celebrates with his Belgium team-mates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com


Belgium are close to fulfilling their dream of reaching the World Cup finals in Brazil, after they defeated Scotland 2-0 in the World Cup qualifiers at Hampden Park on Friday night.

Manchester City Will Return Again For SES in January

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Manchester City Will Return Again For SES in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City will reignite their interest in AC Milan's highly talented youngster Stephan El Shaarawy, when the transfer window re-opens in January, as per reports in Italy.

The former Premier League Champions were linked with a move for the Milan forward this summer heavily, but the youngster ultimately chose to stay at San Siro and further his career with the Serie A giants.

Liverpool’s Future Captain?

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Liverpool's Future Captain? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Steven Gerrard has been Liverpool's leader since 2003, when he took over from Sami Hypia. Almost ten years as the captain, he is on the back end of his career. At the age of 33, he only has a few seasons of quality football left in him.

Gareth Bale enters a familiar warzone at Madrid following Ozil’s Arsenal move

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Gareth Bale enters a familiar warzone at Madrid following Ozil's Arsenal move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Claude Makelele departed the Spanish capital way back in 2003, he did so amidst a cacophony of flabbergasted cries from the famous Galácticos themselves. French legend, and now club assistant manager, Zinedine Zidane was most vociferous in his objection to the sale of Makelele, saying with regard to the David Beckham purchase that same transfer window,

'Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?

[Video]: Ronaldo nets hattrick v nine-man Northern Ireland

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[Video]: Ronaldo nets hattrick v nine-man Northern Ireland - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cristiano Ronaldo is now the second all time top scorer for Portugal, behind Pauleta, after the Real Madrid forward scored a stunning hat-trick against Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

Ronaldo has already surpassed legendary Eusebio's 41-goal tally and another five goals will take him to the top of the all time leading goal scorer charts for his country.

The rise and rise of Jordan Henderson

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The rise and rise of Jordan Henderson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jordan Henderson is finally showing his true worth for Liverpool. The youngster, who joined from Sunderland, was immensely talented but people have often treated him as a scapegoat up until this season, largely because of his price-tag, something which he didn't have any control over.

Jose Mourinho highly Impressed with Serbian wonder-kid Mitrovic

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Jose Mourinho highly Impressed with Serbian wonder-kid Mitrovic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho probably chose to enjoy the international break by going on a scouting mission. What else could be the possible reason for him to take a keen interest on Serbia and Croatia encounter, when there were other mouth-watering fixtures being played elsewhere?

Is Eto’o signing proof that Mourinho hasn’t changed his short term thinking?

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Is Eto'o signing proof that Mourinho hasn't changed his short term thinking? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho came back to Chelsea this summer in the midst of much fanfare and applause.

In his first press conference he spoke of wanting more stability having moved around Europe, collecting trophies as he went.

Routine win overshadowed by Welbeck’s suspension

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Routine win overshadowed by Welbeck's suspension - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

If ever there was a routine win for England, then this was it. From the first kick, to the final whistle, the Three Lions remained professional and, vitally, got the job done. Credit to Moldova though, they were a much improved side to the one that was hammered by England in Chisinau a year ago.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard left training early for Belgium with old Achilles problems

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard left training early for Belgium with old Achilles problems - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is reported to have left the training early, while on national duty, and is set to miss the Belgium's World Cup qualifier tie against Scotland at Hampden Park.

Energy-Tank Jordan Henderson is proving to be a Big-Match-Player already for Liverpool

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Energy-Tank Jordan Henderson is proving to be a Big-Match-Player already for Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jordan Henderson is finally showing his true worth for Liverpool. The youngster, who joined from Sunderland, was immensely talented but people have often treated him as a scapegoat up until this season, largely because of his price-tag, something which he didn't have any control over.

Premier League title is Manchester City’s to lose

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Premier League title is Manchester City's to lose - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Manchester City player and now football pundit Dietmar Hamannfeels Manchester City are clear favourites to the win the Premier League.

Hamannbelieves that City will win back the title at a canter, just like Manchester United did last season.

Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title

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Liverpool can challenge for the Premier League title - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Optimism is high around Anfield after Liverpool started the season brightly, winning three matches in a row and occupying the top position of the Premier League. On top of it, they have won their first big match of the season, beating derby rivals Manchester United 1-0 at home.

City defender Demichelis out for six weeks with injury

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City defender Demichelis out for six weeks with injury - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manuel Pellegrini has been handed the crude test now. The Chilean, who claimed that City have the better squad will have to find a way to deal with so many injury problems to some of his key players, especially in the defence.

Transfer activity shows power shift from Spain to England

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Transfer activity shows power shift from Spain to England - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the transfer window now closed the Premier League sits in a stronger position than when it opened this summer, while La Liga is left with some ghostly vacancies having seen a whole host of its quality players depart for England and other major European leagues.

Ozil can mastermind Arsenal’s Champions League success

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Ozil can mastermind Arsenal's Champions League success - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Ozil-mania is still very much on, and it seems like it is not going to wither away easily. After all, it's natural that people will go crazy, and start building it up about someone when that player is an established world class international and is a record signing for any top European club.

Pepe Reina has signed an agreement to join Barcelona

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Pepe Reina has signed an agreement to join Barcelona - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool goal keeper Pepe Reina has moved a step closer to severing all ties with the Reds, as the Spaniard looks all set to join Spanish champions Barcelona next season.

The 31-year-old goal keeper is currently plying his trade under former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez as Napoli, but reports in Spanish press indicate that he will move to the Camp Nou at the end of the current season.

In England’s Defense…

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In England's Defense... - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Central defence is a burden on this current England squad and for coach Roy Hodgson, filling the gaping hole between ‘old' and ‘new' is vital. Out the retirement door went Rio Ferdinand and John Terry. Before them, Sol Campbell, Tony Adams and Martin Keown.

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois targeted by Barcelona – Daily News Report

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Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois targeted by Barcelona Daily News Report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish champions Barcelona have set their sightson Atletico Madrid's on-loan goalkeeper from Chelsea, Thibaut Courtois and are looking to replace Victor Valdes with the young Belgian.

Navas: Casillas Would Be A Good Fit For Manchester City

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Navas: Casillas Would Be A Good Fit For Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City goal keeper Joe Hart has come under some criticisms after his recent string of poor performances. The 26-year-old made a blunder against Scotland when representing England while he was at fault for two of City's goal against Cardiff City, as the newcomers pulled a shock result to Manuel Pellegrini's team at their home turf.

Navas wants Iker Casillas at Manchester City

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Navas wants Iker Casillas at Manchester City - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City goal keeper Joe Hart has come under some criticisms after his recent string of poor performances. The 26-year-old made a blunder against Scotland when representing England while he was at fault for two of City's goal against Cardiff City, as the newcomers pulled a shock result to Manuel Pellegrini's team at their home turf.

With Ozil in the bag, Wenger turns his attention to renewing contracts

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With Ozil in the bag, Wenger turns his attention to renewing contracts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's widely been acclaimed as the best transfer signing of the summer. The capture of Mesut Ozil for the Gunners was doubtless a major coup for Arsene Wenger, and as details leak out over time, it seems that this was no last minute trolley dash deal, but that much planning had gone into it over the previous weeks.

[Photos]: Record signing Mesut Ozil wearing Arsenal Kit

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[Photos]: Record signing Mesut Ozil wearing Arsenal Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil in Arsenal kit – the image, you've been looking for, is finally here. We already posted earlier here of him holding the shirt with team-mate Lukas Podolski. But, this is him, all alone, wearing the no 11 Red home and away jersey.

As Sturridge moves centre stage, will Suarez be just a side show?

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As Sturridge moves centre stage, will Suarez be just a side show? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Imagine going on holiday from your office, and returning to find someone sitting at your desk. It's the desk you always sit at; the one by the window with a view over the park. It has the chair that you have set up just perfectly for you.

Arsenal’s Ozil waited for one call from Manchester United But it never came

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Arsenal's Ozil waited for one call from Manchester United But it never came - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reputed La Liga expert Graham Hunter says Mesut Ozil wanted to join Manchester United ahead of Arsenal, but with the Red Devils making no bids for him and time running out on the transfer deadline day, Ozil was forced to join Arsenal instead.

[Video]: Masterclass Ronaldinho scores Two Amazing free-kicks v Fluminense

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[Video]: Masterclass Ronaldinho scores Two Amazing free-kicks v Fluminense - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

He hasn't lost it. He might have left his best years behind, he might play in the Brazilian League, might be out of contention for the World Cup squad, but he hasn't lost it.

Ronaldinho Gaucho was born as a magician, played his life as a magician, and at the apogee of his career, still is a wizard.

Luis Suarez Drifting Wide will Only Benefit Liverpool

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Luis Suarez Drifting Wide will Only Benefit Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have started their season brilliantly. Sitting comfortably on top of the league, they have registered three wins in a row, including a morale boosting victory against arch-rivals Manchester United at Anfield in their last match.

Are Everton now a stronger team after Fellaini’s departure?

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Are Everton now a stronger team after Fellaini's departure? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Usually the Blue half of the Merseyside remains quieter than other top ten clubs in the transfer window. However, this season it has been different. While Liverpool with more financial back-up are expected to splurge cash on players, but their derby rivals Everton have done some shrewd business too.

[Video]: Mesut Ozil’s First Interview As an Arsenal Player

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[Video]: Mesut Ozil's First Interview As an Arsenal Player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil has given his first Arsenal interview to the club's official website, where he hailed Arsene Wenger as a world-class manager.

The 24-year-old joined the club on a five-year-deal, after Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign the German international on the transfer deadline day.

England v Moldova preview

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England v Moldova preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ion Caras brings his Moldova squad to Wembley on Friday for a World Cup Qualifier. Second from bottom in Group H and ranked 123rd in the world rankings, the visitors will certainly be up against it if they are to get anything other than a drubbing out of the game.

The Five Types of Signings on Transfer Deadline Day

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The Five Types of Signings on Transfer Deadline Day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Kaka's return to A.C. Milan is a deal fuelled by nostalgia more than merit.

Transfer deadline day is, by far, the most exciting day of the transfer window. It's 24 hours of drama, a day where managers can no longer make promises, drop names or hint at imminent signings – it's now-or-never action that keeps football fans on their toes.

Sturridge and Gerrard the difference as Liverpool impress

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Sturridge and Gerrard the difference as Liverpool impress - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following a turbulent summer with regards to the Luis Suarez saga, one would forgive Liverpool if they started the season poorly, amidst a backdrop of uncertainty and instability at the club. The truth is however, the red half of Merseyside are in fine fettle, indeed this is now their finest start to a top flight campaign since the 1994, when they had a front two of Robbie Fowler and Ian Rush.

September 2013 World Cup Qualifiers: A Global Preview

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September 2013 World Cup Qualifiers: A Global Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the thrills of duel 1-0 derby victories for Arsenal and Liverpool, and the mayhem of transfer deadline day, a crucial international break awaits. With World Cup qualifying winding down, countries can punch their tickets to the World Cup, or fall out of the running as we move closer to Brazil 2014.

Walcott could be England’s main man

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Walcott could be England's main man - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

England will be looking for a bit of Theo Walcott inspiration against Moldova and Ukraine. The 24 year-old has been hitting the right notes for England and Arsenal over the past two years and has established himself as a regular in Roy Hodgson's England set-up.

Angry Ronaldo joins Ramos and Co in slamming Madrid for offloading Ozil to Arsenal

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Angry Ronaldo joins Ramos and Co in slamming Madrid for offloading Ozil to Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Gareth Bale has got a tough job on his hands. Not only the record signing of Real Madrid will have to emulate and perhaps better the performances and influence of Mesut Ozil, but will also have to win the hearts of the Bernabeu faithfuls very quickly.

Olivier Giroud under pressure at Arsenal after Mesut Ozil’s dramatic transfer

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Olivier Giroud under pressure at Arsenal after Mesut Ozil's dramatic transfer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's record-breaking capture of German attacking midfielder, Mesut Ozil, has lifted spirits and anticipation in and around the Emirates Stadium to unfamiliar heights. Gunners fans are just itching to see their new £42.

Arsenal new boy Ozil determined to repay faith shown by Wenger

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Arsenal new boy Ozil determined to repay faith shown by Wenger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal new boy Mesut Ozil has revealed that Arsene Wenger was the central reason why he chose to move to England on the transfer deadline day. The German international signed a five-year-contract at the Emirates, after the North London club agreed a £42.

The 10 midfielders Manchester United bid for this summer

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The 10 midfielders Manchester United bid for this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Marouane Fellaini is a brilliant signing for Manchester United or at least he would have been for £23m on 1st July. Hell, even 31st July (the date of the expiry of his buyout clause).

But fast forward one month and he seems like a consolation prize for the league champions.

Hodgson has no choice but to back Joe Hart

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Hodgson has no choice but to back Joe Hart - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

He's your go to guy. The man you can trust in a crisis. Sure, he's made a mistake or tow, but then again, who doesn't? Everybody said the shirt was his for ten years, so just because he's made a rick or two, it doesn't mean you should drop him.

United seal surprise signing on deadline day

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United seal surprise signing on deadline day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United made a second signing ahead of the deadline by agreeing a £700,000 deal with FC Zurich for teenager Saidy Janko.

Reds coaches got a good look at the 17 year old Janko in the group stages as he helped Zurich to a 0-0 draw against a Manchester United side which featured Adnan Januzaj at this year's FIFA Blue Stars Tournament.

Chelsea wrong to let Lukaku go on loan to Everton

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Chelsea wrong to let Lukaku go on loan to Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have allowed young striker Romelu Lukaku to join Everton on a season-long loan on the transfer deadline day, after the Blues signed Samuel Eto'o from Russian club Anzhi and were further willing to let Ba move elsewhere on loan.

Was allowing Lukaku to join Everton on loan a right move by Chelsea?

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Was allowing Lukaku to join Everton on loan a right move by Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea have allowed young striker Romelu Lukaku to join Everton on a season-long loan on the transfer deadline day, after the Blues signed Samuel Eto'o from Russian club Anzhi and were further willing to let Ba move elsewhere on loan.

Injuries to United and Liverpool players disrupt Hodgson’s preperations

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Injuries to United and Liverpool players disrupt Hodgson's preperations - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roy Hodgson's preparations for England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers have been dealt a huge blow after it was confirmed that Phil Jones and Glen Johnson will follow Wayne Rooney into the treatment room.

United left embarrassed as Arsenal steal the show on D-day

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United left embarrassed as Arsenal steal the show on D-day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Finally, the transfer hang-over is over. Or is it? We have had some shockers on a frantic transfer deadline day yesterday. Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United were all busy with paper works and have finally managed to land some of their targets.

[Photos]: David Moyes with new Manchester United signing Marouane Fellaini

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[Photos]: David Moyes with new Manchester United signing Marouane Fellaini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United had to wait too long, right till the end of the transfer window, to get their first major signing of the season, Marouane Fellaini from Everton.

The towering Belgian international was one of the key players for David Moyes, during his time at Everton, and the Scot chose to bring Fellaini with him to his new club, as he looks to strengthen his midfield options for this season.

[Photos]: Everton’s latest signing speaks to the media at Finch Farm

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[Photos]: Everton's latest signing speaks to the media at Finch Farm - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton wasted no time to fill the void left by the departed Marouane Fellaini, who moved to Manchester United on deadline day. The Toffees did so by landing Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry.

[Photo]: Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski holding Arsenal shirt

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[Photo]: Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski holding Arsenal shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have stunned everyone (even their own supporters) by signing Real Madrid superstar Mesut Ozil on the transfer deadline day.

The Gunners broke their transfer record, after agreeing a£42.

[Photo]: Marouane Fellaini will wear no.31 shirt for Manchester United

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[Photo]: Marouane Fellaini will wear no.31 shirt for Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United new signingMarouane Fellaini will wear the no 31 jersey for the Old Trafford club in the coming season.

The Belgian was the first major signing of the club, after he joined right at the end, on the transfer deadline day, after handing in a transfer request to manager Roberto Martinez, hours before the window closed.

The big deadline day deals in the Premier League

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The big deadline day deals in the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have finally made the promised high-profile signing with Real Madrid attacking-midfielder Mesut Ozil joining the Gunners for £42.4M. The 24-year old playmaker has signed a five-year deal.

Everton roundup: Fellaini, Lukaku, McCarthy, and more

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Everton roundup: Fellaini, Lukaku, McCarthy, and more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League side Everton have been very busy in the transfer market on deadline day.

After it had appeared Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku was set to join West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan, Everton swooped in and have the Belgium international until next summer.

Manchester United miss out on Herrera

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Manchester United miss out on Herrera - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League champions Manchester United have missed out on signing Athletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

Rumours are suggesting a group claiming to be Manchester United representatives spent an hour in La Liga headquarters to finalise the relevant paperwork to complete the transfer.

West Brom leading the chase to sign Romelu Lukaku

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West Brom leading the chase to sign Romelu Lukaku - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League side West Bromwich Albion are close to signing Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku on a season-long loan.

The Belgium international spent last season with the Midlands side making 35 Premier League appearances and scoring an impressive 17 goals.

Arsenal sign Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal sign Mesut Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil has completed a shock move to Premier League side Arsenal.

The German international was bought by the Gunners for €50M, and has passed a medical in Germany.

Last season, the 24-year old made 32 La Liga appearances scoring nine goals, and making 16 assists.

Arsenal Sign Mesut Ozil From Real Madrid

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Arsenal Sign Mesut Ozil From Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have broken their transfer record on the final day of the transfer window, by signing Real Madrid superstar Mesut Ozil, who completed his medical in Munich and signed a five-year-deal with the Gunners.

The 24-year-old will become the North London club's highest paid player, with wages of around £140,000-a-week being proposed and it could reach near £200K, by including the add-ons and other factors, after both the clubs agreed a £42.

Manchester United closing in on Marouane Fellaini

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Manchester United closing in on Marouane Fellaini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are expected to sign Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini in the coming hours of deadline day.

The 25-year old has long been linked with the Premier League champions, and had previously admitted he had aspirations of playing in the Champions League.

Manchester United’s €36m deal for Herrera done, medical pending

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Manchester United's €36m deal for Herrera done, medical pending - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Are Manchester United really going to sign a central midfielder? That too on the transfer deadline day? Rub your eyes. And again. Now read, the story.

Manchester United have agreed a €36 million deal for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrara as David Moyes gets busy on the final day of the transfer window.

PSG and Liverpool in for Juan Mata?

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PSG and Liverpool in for Juan Mata? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juan Mata, I feel sorry for him. The future of that bloke has been speculated all throughout the summer and each and every time Jose Mourinho has had to come out and quash stories linking him with a move away from the bridge.

Erik Lamela – A Look at Spurs’ Immensely Talented Record Signing

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Erik Lamela – A Look at Spurs' Immensely Talented Record Signing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

River Plate's relegation from the Primera División in 2011, the first time the most successful club in Argentina had ever been relegated, worsened the already low bargaining point which South American sides have in comparison to their European counterparts.

Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid lead the way on deadline day

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Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid lead the way on deadline day - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the transfer window cloing on 11pm Monday 2nd September, there are still a few transfers left to wrap up.

While they've tidily done their transfer business ahead of deadline day this summer, Tottenham are the main reason the last day is so spiced up they held up Bale's sale until Sunday, despite having tacitly agreed to sell him at the start of the summer.

Transfer Deadline Day: Arsenal in advanced talks to sign Mesut Ozil

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Transfer Deadline Day: Arsenal in advanced talks to sign Mesut Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are finally looking to make the Transfer Deadline Day interesting, as the Gunners are thought to be involved in advanced talks with Real Madrid to sign attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, reports Sky Sports.

Liverpool announce Sakho and Ilori signing

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Liverpool announce Sakho and Ilori signing - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have confirmed the signings of French international defender Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain and Sporting youngster Tiago llori, the club have announced through their official website.

Liverpool sign Mamadou Sakho

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Liverpool sign Mamadou Sakho - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho for a fee of around £17M penning a deal keeping him at the Merseyside club until 2017.

He successfully passed a medical at Liverpool's Melwood training complex.

Kaka returns to AC Milan

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Kaka returns to AC Milan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid attacking-midfielder Kaka has re-joined Serie A side AC Milan keeping with the Italian outfit until 2015.

A number of sides across Europe had expressed an interest most notably Arsenal. But choosing his former side AC Milan was an easy decision for Kaka.

One-dimensional Spurs showed familiar weaknesses against Arsenal

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One-dimensional Spurs showed familiar weaknesses against Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

In a North London derby billed as 'no spenders' (Arsenal) vs 'big spenders' (Tottenham) it was Arsene Wenger's side who deservedly triumphed on the day.

Spurs have signed many good players, but have sold a sensational one in Gareth Bale, and it showed.

Arsenal to pay Bendtner to leave, close to signing new keeper

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Arsenal to pay Bendtner to leave, close to signing new keeper - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal quite understandably are one of the busiest clubs in the country and in Europe at the moment to get some deals done on the final day. Having wasted the precious time throughout the summer it is now or never for the Gunners, and so far they have started this frantic day on a positive note.

Liverpool sign Victor Moses from Chelsea on season-long loan

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Liverpool sign Victor Moses from Chelsea on season-long loan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have completed their third signing of the day, after successfully concluding a season-long-loan deal for Chelsea winger, Victor Moses.

The Reds have confirmed this announcement on their official website after the Nigerian has successfully passed his medical at the club's Melwood training complex.

New Look Liverpool Defence as Sakho and Ilori Join

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New Look Liverpool Defence as Sakho and Ilori Join - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last season, Liverpool's defence was not as tight as Brendan Rodgers would have liked. Halfway through the season, Martin Skrtel was dropped from the starting XI due to a dip in form and replaced by veteran Jamie Carragher, who has since retired.

Transfer Deadline Day Live: Follow the latest Arsenal, United and other Premier League signings here

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Transfer Deadline Day Live: Follow the latest Arsenal, United and other Premier League signings here - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

13:09 Gareth Barry holds the key to Fellaini's move to United. Everton trying to sign the Man City midfielder on loan, wages a serious obstacle.

Arsenal to sign Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea?

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Arsenal to sign Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As we said earlier that Arsenal are going to dominate this transfer deadline day today, whether or not they can bring in some new faces, only time will tell that.

According to reports from BBC journalist David Ornstein, the Gunners are holding talks with Chelsea to sign striker Demba Ba on a season long loan.

Everton want City’s Barry on loan to replace United-bound Fellaini

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Everton want City's Barry on loan to replace United-bound Fellaini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After being capped 53 times for England, it's fair to say that Gareth Barry's international career has fizzled out during recent times. The midfielder seems unable to break into Manchester City's multi-million pound team and is looking for a move to reignite his Three Lions flame.

Lessons learned from Liverpool’s defeat of Manchester United

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Lessons learned from Liverpool's defeat of Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

We now know three more things. Firstly, that Daniel Sturridge continues to look like a growing force for Liverpool, and possibly England. Secondly, that Brendan Rodgers' renaissance at Anfield continues on track.

[Photos]: Gareth Bale presented to fans at Bernabeu

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[Photos]: Gareth Bale presented to fans at Bernabeu - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish giants Real Madrid have broken the world transfer record again to sign Tottenham's mercurial winger Gareth Bale.

As per reports, Bale has agreed a £170,000 per week, six-year deal, after sealing a record breaking £85.

Manchester City sign Martin Demichelis

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Manchester City sign Martin Demichelis - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Malaga defender Martin Demichelis has completed his transfer to Premier League side Manchester City.

The 32-year old joined the Citizens on a free transfer signing a two-year deal with the club. He will wear the number 26 shirt.

Time To Recapture The Fire For West Brom

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Time To Recapture The Fire For West Brom - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Years ago, many Baggies fans wouldn't have believed their side would have been filled with flamboyant Argentinians, French stars or skilful Africans. The line-ups filled with Matt Carbons', Jason Van Blerks' and Chris Adamsons' seem a life time ago but all is wrong in the Albion camp.

AC Milan closing in on Kaka

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AC Milan closing in on Kaka - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Serie A side AC Milan are nearing a deal to re-sign Real Madrid's attacking-midfielder Kaka, after four years to forget at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 31-year old left Milan to join Madrid for a world-record £60M in 2009.

Gareth Bale finally signs for Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale finally signs for Real Madrid - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was the news Tottenham fans were fearing and expecting, and the news Real Madrid fans were licking their lips over, but Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has finally signed for La Liga giants Real Madrid reportedly keeping him at the Spanish club until 2019.

Roma issue ‘hands-off’ warning to Manchester United

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Roma issue ‘hands-off' warning to Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following a reported £10M bid from Manchester United for Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi, manager Rudi Garcia has made in clear to the Premier League side that De Rossi isn't for sale.

‘Daniele de Rossi isn't only a big player, but he's also a big man.

Will Gareth Bale deal to Real Madrid go to the last day?

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Will Gareth Bale deal to Real Madrid go to the last day? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham forward Gareth Bale signing for La Liga giants Real Madrid has already become one of the most long-winded summer sagas in recent years, but reports are suggesting the deal could now be wrapped up later today.

Tottenham and Liverpool set to take advantage of weak rivals

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Tottenham and Liverpool set to take advantage of weak rivals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The day of the derby is often the most important day for a football supporter. Historic rivals clash and local bragging rights are up for grabs. Today we are treated with two of the biggest rivalries in English football.

City win, but are in need of good ‘Kompany’

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City win, but are in need of good ‘Kompany' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With apologiesto Dickens. It was the best of times. It was the worst of times in this tale of two cities for the Eastlands club. After the unexpected reverse suffered in Wales last weekend, a win going into the international break was the minimum requirement, and City duly delivered that.

Question marks over Ander Herrera’s future

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Question marks over Ander Herrera's future - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United had previously made a failed attempt to sign Athletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera. However, it now appears there may be chance to procure his signature before the summer transfer window closes.

Rooney a major doubt for World Cup double header

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Rooney a major doubt for World Cup double header - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Wayne Rooney is a major doubt for England's forthcoming World Cup qualifying games against Moldova and Ukraine. The 27 year-old striker was accidentally caught by the studs of Manchester United and England team-mate Phil Jones during a training session yesterday (who incidentally was injured in the first half of the Liverpool-United game on Sunday and could miss the qualifiers as well).