SoccerLens Archives for January 2014

PHOTO: Andre Schurrle with the hat-trick ball

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PHOTO: Andre Schurrle with the hat-trick ball - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea consolidated the top spot in the Barclays Premier League as they earned a 3-1 victory over Fulham at the Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Andre Schurrle, who has appeared mostly as sub this season (12 subs, 8 starts) scored his first hat-trick for the Blues.

Twitter: Liverpool players react to 3-0 victory over Southampton

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Twitter: Liverpool players react to 3-0 victory over Southampton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool moved second in the Premier League table after the Reds earned an emphatic 3-0 victory over Southampton at the St. Mary's.

As a result of this victory, Liverpool are now second in the table behind Chelsea, and are trailing by just four points, with 10 games left.

‘Massive Setback’ – Wenger reacts after Arsenal defeat

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'Massive Setback' Wenger reacts after Arsenal defeat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said his side has suffered a massive setback in their quest for the Barclays Premier League title, after suffering a 1-0 defeat against Stoke City at the Britannia on Saturday afternoon.

Chelsea: Twitter reacts to Schurrle’s hat-trick – “Should be our striker”

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Chelsea: Twitter reacts to Schurrle's hat-trick "Should be our striker" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Andre Schurrle scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea, as the Blues earned a convincing 3-1 victory over derby rivals Fulham at the Craven Cottage in the Premier League.

The Blues, with that victory, have consolidated the top position in the Premier League and moved four points ahead of Liverpool (who won against Southampton) and Arsenal (lost against Stoke City).

Liverpool: Twitter Reacts To Suarez’ Performance – “Lethal, He is a Genius”

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Liverpool: Twitter Reacts To Suarez' Performance "Lethal, He is a Genius" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luis Suarez in his 100th Premier League appearances produced yet another master class performance as the Reds earned a 3-0 victory against Southampton at the St Mary's on Saturday.

Moyes plotting move for Liverpool’s Pepe Reina?

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Moyes plotting move for Liverpool's Pepe Reina? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes has sent scouts over to Italy to watch Liverpool goal-keeper Pepe Reina, and yes, I repeat, Liverpool goal keeper Pepe Reina.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers claimed recently that Reina, who is currently plying his trade with Napoli on a season-long-loan has no future at the club.

Wenger confirms interest in Antoine Griezmann

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Wenger confirms interest in Antoine Griezmann - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal were thought to be one of the several parties for highly rated French winger Antoine Griezmannand the Gunners could make a move for him in the summer.

During the January transfer window, Spanish journalist Alfredo Duro claimed while speaking on Spanish TV show ‘El Chiringuito' that the Gunners had made a bid for the Real Sociedad winger.

Just how good or bad is Tom Cleverley?

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Just how good or bad is Tom Cleverley? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The international squads announced for the next week's round of international friendlies offered an opportunity to compare the merits of various squads. What doesn't show very favourably for England is that a midfield player of the quality of real Madrid's Isco cannot force himself into Spain's squad, whilst Tom Cleverley is, and always was going to be, in Roy Hodgson's selection.

Rodgers plots move for Cardiff star, Moyes targets ex-Man City defender

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Rodgers plots move for Cardiff star, Moyes targets ex-Man City defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool have been a joy to watch this season. The attacking unit of Suarez, Sturrigde and Sterling have wrecked havoc this season and overall their sleek passing game is highly entertaining.

What They Said: Rodgers hails Suarez’ influence, Wenger on season-defining March

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What They Said: Rodgers hails Suarez' influence, Wenger on season-defining March - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For major part of the season, preventing Luis Suarez from scoring became a nightmare experience for the opposition defenders. Despite missing handful of league games in the beginning, the Uruguayan has netted 23 goals in 17 appearances.

Liverpool legend: van Persie reminds me of Torres under Hodgson

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Liverpool legend: van Persie reminds me of Torres under Hodgson - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool legend and now Sky Sports football pundit Jamie Carragher says that the situation of Moyes is more-or-less similar to that of Liverpool under Roy Hodgson.

After taking charge of managerial hot-seat from Sir Alex Ferguson in the summer, everybody expected that the journey won't be smooth for David Moyes, but frankly, very few had predicted it would be this bad.

No Champions League Money? No problem – Man Utd have other ideas

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No Champions League Money? No problem Man Utd have other ideas - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are struggling horribly this season under new manager David Moyes. They are out of domestic cup competitions, title race and now even top four challenge seems a difficult task at the moment.

Pellegrini keen to land £22m Manchester United and Chelsea target

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Pellegrini keen to land £22m Manchester United and Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luke Shaw could be one of those players for whom several English clubs could go into the bidding war in the summer. For two reasons mainly. Homegrown advantage and secondly he is sheer quality.

Manchester United: Van Persie let off the hook despite criticising teammates

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Manchester United: Van Persie let off the hook despite criticising teammates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have decided against punishing striker Robin van Persie for his comments made in the aftermath of their poor 2-0 defeat away to Olympiakos last week, where he described the struggling champions as 'lousy'.

Disappointment for Dnipro as dismissal ruins chances

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Disappointment for Dnipro as dismissal ruins chances - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A controversial red card swings in Spurs' favour to secure their place in the Europa League last 16, but what can be done to reduce seemingly unjust decision making?

Minutes into the second half and the Europa League game between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Tottenham Hotspur is finally heating up, with Roman Zozulya putting one past Hugo Lloris to take the lead at White Hart Lane, doubling their aggregate and gaining the away goal.

The REAL reason why Arsenal failed to sign a striker in January

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The REAL reason why Arsenal failed to sign a striker in January - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans everywhere bemoaned Arsene Wenger's lack of activity in the January transfer window, with the majority wondering why on earth the Frenchman didn't bring in a striker to help Olivier Giroud and the inexperienced Yaya Sanogo up top.

Liverpool player has no future at Anfield says Rodgers

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Liverpool player has no future at Anfield says Rodgers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool could be one of the busiest clubs next summer, should they qualify for Champions League spot this season. That doesn't mean if they do not qualify this season, they won't spend next season, but with Champions League money coming in, there could be few ins and outs.

Arsenal: Spanish star set to sign new deal at the Emirates

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Arsenal: Spanish star set to sign new deal at the Emirates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is set to become the third Gunners star to agree a new contract at the club, with the Spaniard to sign a deal to keep him at the club until 2017.

According to the Daily Mail, the Spanish attacker is to follow Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky and agree a contract extension,which will see him earn an improved £80k per-week in North London.

Tottenham vs Cardiff: A must-win for the hosts

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Tottenham vs Cardiff: A must-win for the hosts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham take on Cardiff at White Hart Lane on Sunday with pressure on the hosts to gain three points.

With a six-point gap between Spurs in fifth and Liverpool in fourth, the North Londoners have a chance to close the deficit as the Reds travel to face a tricky fixture against Southampton on Saturday.

Chelsea: Courtois in a ‘difficult’ situation as Real Madrid rumours surface

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Chelsea: Courtois in a 'difficult' situation as Real Madrid rumours surface - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Thibaut Courtois has admitted that his current situation is proving to be 'difficult', with Real Madrid the latest team to show an interest in the Chelsea loan star.

Courtois, who is currently in his third season on loan at La Liga side Atletico Madrid, is unsure whether his long-term future is at Stamford Bridge, with Petr Cech still the Chelsea number one under Jose Mourinho.

Wenger pinning hopes on Mesut Ozil to deliver

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Wenger pinning hopes on Mesut Ozil to deliver - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that club's record signing midfielder Mesut Ozil is putting too much pressure on himself. With a price tag of £42.5m, hanging on his shoulders like an Albatross, he carries an extra amount of pressure with him, which has proved too heavy at times.

What They Said: Wenger echoes Mourinho’s words, Moyes gets support from his player

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What They Said: Wenger echoes Mourinho's words, Moyes gets support from his player - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels that Liverpool have a great advantage in the title race as they don't have any side distractions.

For the first time in many years, Liverpool are mounting a challenge for the Champions League spot, but with just four points off the summit with 11 games to go, an outside shot at the Premier League title cannot be ruled out either.

17 goals, 13 assists – Liverpool target £12m Brazilian midfielder

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17 goals, 13 assists Liverpool target £12m Brazilian midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are thought to be interested in Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino as a potential target in the summer.

The Reds are clear favourites to secure the Champions League spot this season.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-up Against Fulham

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

Chelsea will travel to the Craven Cottage to face derby rivals Fulham on Saturday, where Jose Mourinho will be looking for nothing less than full three points.

Of all the Premier League clubs, Chelsea had a better outing in the Champions League, as they salvaged a draw against Galatasaray in the mid-week.

Manchester United and Liverpool monitoring Senegalese youngster

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Manchester United and Liverpool monitoring Senegalese youngster - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to sources emanating from Italy, both Manchester United and Liverpool monitoring the progress of Inter Milan's young full-backIbrahima Mbaye.

Italian website, 'www.fcinternews.

Memo to David Moyes – Drop van Persie and save your job!

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Memo to David Moyes Drop van Persie and save your job! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having one of your key players criticising your tactical acumen after a particularly difficult defeat, and you're in trouble. Having it as common knowledge that the player in question doesn't really rate you or your management techniques and you're in big trouble.

Lamela ‘bait’ may push Spurs ahead of Arsenal in chase for Super Mario

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Lamela ‘bait' may push Spurs ahead of Arsenal in chase for Super Mario - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Milan wants Super Mario

For a number of weeks now, the unlikely story of Arsenal pursuing Nilan's Mario Balotelli. Although seemingly outlandish at first, the rumours were given traction when Puma signed a mega-bucks deal on kit sponsorship with the Gunners.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-up Against Southampton

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Possible Liverpool Starting Line-up Against Southampton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool will travel to St Mary's on Saturday to take on Southampton in the Premier League where the Reds will be looking to close the gap with other title contenders.

Ahead of the match, Brendan Rodgers gave few positive updates regarding team news.

Waste of Money – The player Chelsea simply MUST sell this summer

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Waste of Money The player Chelsea simply MUST sell this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Is this a break up? Well, it certainly should be. In any relationship there should be equal amounts of give and take. Despite probably genuine efforts to the contrary, this certainly hasn't been the case with the case with Chelsea and Fernando Torres however.

Mertesacker: True leader on the field – with or without the captain’s armband

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Mertesacker: True leader on the field – with or without the captain's armband - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Lukas Podolski may have had a great international scoring record for Germany. Mesut Ozil may have been the big-money, glory signing to set the pulses running, but most Arsenal fans will probably agree that the best German signing by Arsene Wenger was centre back Per Mertesacker.

Chelsea striker closing in on ‘prefered’ move to Inter Milan

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Chelsea striker closing in on 'prefered' move to Inter Milan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's ageless hit-man, Samuel Eto'o, is edging closer to joining former club Inter Milan at the end of the season.

Eto'o, who previously admitted his desire to play for La Liga side Majorca once again, has now been linked with a moved back to the San Siro, with 'Corriere Dello Sport' revealing that the player's agent met with the Inter Milan sporting director in London on Wednesday.

Ozil back – Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Stoke

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Ozil back Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Stoke - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will travel to the Britannia Stadium to face Stoke City in the Premier League, where the Gunners will be looking to maintain their title-challenge with yet another away victory.

The Gunners are second in the league with just one point behind Chelsea and manager Arsene Wenger predicts that it will be a close title-race this season.

Manchester United: Milan’s Philippe Mexes to replace the departing Vidic?

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Manchester United: Milan's Philippe Mexes to replace the departing Vidic? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

AC Milan defenderPhilippe Mexes is reportedly top of Manchester United's list of candidates to replace Nemanja Vidic in the summer.

Vidic, 33, is said to be on the verge of completing a free transfer to Inter Milan, and according to Italian site 'Sport Mediaset', the other Milan club may well provide the replacement.

Arsenal or Barcelona? Who has signed Alen Halilovic, ‘The Croatian Messi’?

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Arsenal or Barcelona? Who has signed Alen Halilovic, 'The Croatian Messi'? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Dinamo Zagreb midfield prodigyAlenHalilovic has ended the uncertainty surrounding his future by revealing on his 'Instagram' page that he is to join La Liga giants Barcelona this summer.

Pellegrini eyes move for Manchester United and Liverpool target in summer

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Pellegrini eyes move for Manchester United and Liverpool target in summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City, one of the title contenders this season, are planning to bolster their squad next summer and are keen interested in Porto's defensive midfielder Fernando, who is also a reported target of Manchester United and Liverpool.

Top 10 Stats: Premier League ‘Gameweek 28′ Preview

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Top 10 Stats: Premier League 'Gameweek 28′ Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Premier League season is entering into its final 10 game stretch, and with everything still up for grabs, it will surely prove to be one of the most exciting ends to a season for many years.

Gameweek 28 has been hit hard by red tape, with a whole host of games postponed or rescheduled, leaving only eight matches for the baying crowds to sink their teeth into.

‘Footbe’: Statistical football betting made easy

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'Footbe': Statistical football betting made easy - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The world of footballing betting is wide and expansive; hard work for the seasoned pro, and a daunting abyss for beginners. Wouldn't it be great if all your football betting needs were catered for by one, all-encompassing app?

Chelsea and Man Utd not alone in race for £22m defender

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Chelsea and Man Utd not alone in race for £22m defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City have reportedly joined both Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Southampton's Luke Shaw, with the Premier League trio all desperate to snatch him up.

Shaw has burst onto the scene this year with a host of mature displays at the back for Southampton, with the 18-year-old mooted to be a dark horse in the race for a place in the England World Cup squad.

If Atletico Madrid are chasing Soldado, is Diego Costa bound for Chelsea?

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If Atletico Madrid are chasing Soldado, is Diego Costa bound for Chelsea? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roberto Soldado giving Spurs fans a thumbs up after beating Crystal Palace 1-0.

Roberto Soldado has not has the happiest of times at White Hart Lane. Althoguh a reular starter under Andre Villas-boas, his opportunities have been curtailed under the stewardship of Tim Sherwood, and the new manager has placed his faith in Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor – and has been well rewarded for that faith.

Admiring managers watch another Terry ‘tour de force’ performance!

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Admiring managers watch another Terry 'tour de force' performance! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Under the guise of at least two – if not three – admiring managers, John terry turned in another performance of organisation, grit and determination last night against Galatasaray. He did of course err to allow the Turkish champions a second-half equaliser, but that to one side, he must have impressed each of those managers.

Should Scott Sinclair Start In The West Brom First Team?

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Should Scott Sinclair Start In The West Brom First Team? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion sit in 17th place in the Premier League, just one point ahead of Sunderland after a disappointing 1-1 draw with Fulham. After the game Manchester City loanee Scott Sinclair expressed his displeasure at the club because he is not featuring regularly in the side.

Is The Premier League Still The World’s Best?

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Is The Premier League Still The World's Best? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United, England's defending champions, went to Greece and were soundly beaten by a club called Olympiakos.

Chelsea, only a year and a half removed from winning the trophy, played Turkish side Galatasaray to a 1-1 draw.

ESPN Announces TV Schedule For US World Cup Coverage

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ESPN Announces TV Schedule For US World Cup Coverage - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yesterday, ESPN released the full match schedule for their exhaustive of all 64 World Cup matches in the US.

Of the 64 games, 11 will appear on ABC, 10 on ESPN2, and the remaining 43 matches will appear on ESPN's main channel.

Fulham vs Chelsea: Preview and Prediction

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Fulham vs Chelsea: Preview and Prediction - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea travel to Fulham this Saturday in a top vs bottom clash at Craven Cottage, with the latest edition of this particular London derby holding real significance to both sides.

The Blues are currently top of the Premier League, only one point ahead of Arsenal, and three ahead of Manchester City.

Liverpool preparing summer bid for Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic

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Liverpool preparing summer bid for Barcelona's Bojan Krkic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Spanish strikerBojan Krkic is reportedly a summer target for Liverpool, with the Premier League outfit believing a fee of just £5m to be enough to persuade Barcelona to part with the 23-year-old.

Arsenal ready to pounce after £37m top target’s stunning admission

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Arsenal ready to pounce after £37m top target's stunning admission - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Schalke 04 star Julian Draxler has revealed his intention to leave the German outfit at the end of the season, with Arsenal now seemingly clear to launch an assault for the German in the summer.

PHOTO: Torres gives Chelsea priceless away goal vs Galatasaray

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PHOTO: Torres gives Chelsea priceless away goal vs Galatasaray - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea managed a 1-1 draw in their Champions League last 16 tie against Galatasaray tonight, with Fernando Torres giving the Blues a priceless away goal in Turkey.

The Spaniard pounced on Cesar Azpilicueta's inviting pullback on the ninth minute to put the Blues a goal to the good, and while Galatasaray scored a deserved equaliser throughAurelien Chedjou in the second half, Torres' early away goal keeps Chelsea in the driving seat ahead of the second leg on the 18th March.

PHOTO: Arsenal’s Joel Campbell celebrates his spectacular goal against Man Utd

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PHOTO: Arsenal's Joel Campbell celebrates his spectacular goal against Man Utd - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A night to remember / Una noche para recordar pic.twitter.com/CuqmH3qa1O

— Joel Campbell (@joel_campbell12) February 25, 2014

Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell, who is on loan to Olympiakos, scored a stunner yesterday as the Greek side earned a 2-0 victory against Manchester United.

Twitter Reacts to Joel Campbell’s performance – “Take a bow, You beauty”

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Twitter Reacts to Joel Campbell's performance "Take a bow, You beauty" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Until yesterday, many hadn't heard the name of Arsenal player Joel Campbell. He joined the Gunners in 2011 as a low-key signing and was immediately sent back on loan. Since then, two-and-a-half years have passed, the player is seen nowhere near the vicinity of the Emirates.

Why You Should Support Brazil At The World Cup

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Why You Should Support Brazil At The World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

No run-up to a major tournament World Cup, European Championships, Olympics, and more is without incident.

Putting together a huge gathering of the world is extremely difficult, especially in places that aren't accustomed to having so many games and guests.

Five Reasons Why Chelsea should sign Radamel Falcao next season

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Five Reasons Why Chelsea should sign Radamel Falcao next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Recently, The Guardian ran a story about how Monaco's Colombian striker Radamel Falcao could be on his way to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho's star striker capture this summer. They could well be right, and here are five reasons why.

What They Said: Van Persie criticizes Moyes’ tactics, Mourinho embroiled in war of words again

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What They Said: Van Persie criticizes Moyes' tactics, Mourinho embroiled in war of words again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last thing David Moyes is tensions within the dressing room and senior players voicing their frustrations. After yet another humiliating defeat at the hands of Olympiakos in the Champions League, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has criticized the tactics of David Moyes.

Man Utd: Twitter reacts to Cleverley’s performance – “Pathetic Player”

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Man Utd: Twitter reacts to Cleverley's performance "Pathetic Player" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have a mountain to climb to stay in the Champions League, after they were beaten 2-0 in the first leg at the Athens by Olympiakos.

The overall performance was dire to say the least, with fans and critics questioning about the team selection and overall approach to the game.

Guillem Balague: Alvaro Morata WILL sign for Arsenal, if a fee can be agreed

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Guillem Balague: Alvaro Morata WILL sign for Arsenal, if a fee can be agreed - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has finally agreed a move to Arsenal, according to Spanish journalistGuillem Balague.

Speaking on SkySports' Revista de La Liga on Tuesday night, Balague claimed that the 21-year-old attacker, who was linked with a move to Arsenal for almost the entirety of last month's winter transfer window, is set on a summer switch to North London, but that the move hinges on the clubs agreeing a fee.

Premier League Clubs Support ‘Football v Homophobia’ Campaign

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Premier League Clubs Support ‘Football v Homophobia' Campaign - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham are among the first to join the ‘Football v Homophobia' campaign, with the group hoping to gain support from at least 50% of professional clubs in England.

Liverpool targeting €30m Real Madrid ace to replace Steven Gerrard?

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Liverpool targeting €30m Real Madrid ace to replace Steven Gerrard? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Real Madrid midfielder Isco is reportedly a summer transfer target for Liverpool, who are looking to crank up their search for Steven Gerrard's long-term replacement.

Rumours of a potential Liverpool move for the Spaniard has reached the well-trained ears of both TuttoMercatoWeb and The Guardian, with both relaying that the 21-year-old is being lined up as Gerrard's potential successor.

Under the Lens: Mesut Ozil, Eden Hazard and David Silva compared

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Under the Lens: Mesut Ozil, Eden Hazard and David Silva compared - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It certainly is the tightest Premier League title race for many a year, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all battling relentlessly for the right to be crowned champions of England.

Moyes willing to pay €30m for Arsenal and Liverpool target

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Moyes willing to pay €30m for Arsenal and Liverpool target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last summer Manchester United were heavily interested in signing Barcelona prodigy Thiago Alcantara, who joined Bayern Munich in the end.

According to reports from Spain, Manchester United are one of those interested clubs that are looking to sign Thiago's brother Rafa Alcantara in the summer.

£10m Arsenal and Liverpool target reveals transfer plans

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£10m Arsenal and Liverpool target reveals transfer plans - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Marseille play maker Mathieu Valbuena, who is tipped to leave the club in the summer, has revealed his desire to play at the Vicente Calderon because of his Spanish origins.

The 29-year-old French international has been at the Stade Vélodrome since 2006 after completing a move from minnows Libourne.

Mourinho blames the media – You should be embarrased

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Mourinho blames the media You should be embarrased - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It was coming really. After Jose Mourinho made a sensational comment about his strike force (albeit could have said jokingly) and further dropping hints on the Blues' long term transfer target Radamel Falcao, it became obvious that he will be asked to clarify the statements in his press conference.

Superstar Footballers and their Cars

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Superstar Footballers and their Cars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Things have changed quite a bit since the days of leather footballs and half-time oranges. Football's ascension into the economic stratosphere has heralded a complete makeover, transforming the game in every conceivable way, for better or for worse.

Liverpool star’s future at Anfield is under huge threat

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Liverpool star's future at Anfield is under huge threat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger's future at Anfield is under huge threat as manager Brendan Rodgers questioned the player's ability to handle Premier League's physically imposing forwards.

Agger, who joined in 2006 from Brondby, is the second most senior player in the squad after Steven Gerrard, but that hasn't earned him automatic selection in the first team, with Rodgers preferring Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho ahead of the Dane.

Arsenal star handed extended break by Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal star handed extended break by Arsene Wenger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has had a miserable past one week. The German superstar was heavily criticized by Arsenal fans and pundits for missing a penalty against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and was rested against Sunderland in the weekend.

Moyes considers Belgian defender as possible replacement of Vidic

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Moyes considers Belgian defender as possible replacement of Vidic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United manager David Moyes will be handed a hefty transfer kitty in the summer to sculpt the squad according to his own taste. Despite the poor show in the Premier League, the Red Devil fans are highly supportive of their manager and understand that it is a long project, where the Scot deserves time and support.

England’s Euro qualifying group should be a stroll

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England's Euro qualifying group should be a stroll - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It certainly should give the lie to any assertion that there's no easy qualification in modern international football. England's draw in the European Championships has offered Roy Hodgson what may be the easiest passage to a major tournament for many a long year.

Don’t Believe The Hype: Beckham’s MLS Team Is Destined To Fail

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Don't Believe The Hype: Beckham's MLS Team Is Destined To Fail - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Miami is widely and correctly regarded as the worst major sports market in the United States. Despite traditionally having hugely successful and highly envied sports franchises across the three biggest professional sports, in addition to college football, in the country, Miami's support for these teams has been shaky at best and dire at worst.

Inter Milan target summer swoop for €15m-rated Chelsea midfielder

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Inter Milan target summer swoop for €15m-rated Chelsea midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel could well be on the move this summer, with Inter Milan reportedly keen on taking the Nigerian international to Serie A.

According to Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, the new Inter owner Erick Thohiris keen to splash the cash this summer, and continue to revamp the current squad, with Mikel firmly on the transfer agenda.

The Beauties and the Beasts: Superstar footballers and their cars

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The Beauties and the Beasts: Superstar footballers and their cars - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Things have changed quite a bit since the days of leather footballs and half-time oranges. Football's ascension into the economic stratosphere has heralded a complete makeover, transforming the game in every conceivable way, for better or for worse.

Ouch! Arsenal star Mesut Ozil in hit-and-run police quiz

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Ouch! Arsenal star Mesut Ozil in hit-and-run police quiz - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal super star Mesut Ozil is being investigated by police after an allegation that he drove his car into a photographer according to reports.

The club record signing midfielder was visited by police officers on Friday night over allegations that he drove his high-powered SUV and hit the snapper.

Chelsea: Mourinho hints move for €60m striker

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Chelsea: Mourinho hints move for €60m striker - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dropped a huge hint recently about his transfer policy for the summer hinting that Colombia international Radamel Falcao is in his sights.

The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea in the past, but chose to join French giants Monaco instead.

Mourinho: John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole set for new Chelsea deals

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Mourinho: John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole set for new Chelsea deals - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Blues boss Jose Mourinho has revealed that Chelsea trio Frank Lampard, John Terry and Ashley Cole 'probably will' be offered new contracts at the end of the season, if they deserve it.

Enzo Zidane accepts France call-up

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Enzo Zidane accepts France call-up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Enzo Zidane, son of France legend Zinedine, has decided to accept a French under-19s call-up, with the 18-year-old taking another step towards emulating his illustrious father.

More commonly referred to as Enzo Fernandez, the attacking midfielder is one of four of Papa Zidane's boys currently in the Real Madrid youth setup, with brothersLuca, Theo, and Elyaz all playing in different age groups at the club.

John Obi Mikel has plenty of miles left on his clock at Chelsea yet

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John Obi Mikel has plenty of miles left on his clock at Chelsea yet - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

To say it was a transfer mired in controversy is probably understating the convoluted process by which John Obi Mikel ended up at Stamford Bridge, finally signing for Chelsea after Manchester United thought that they had secured a deal to take the Nigerian teenager to Old Trafford from Lynn Oslo.

Wenger: Arsenal’s ‘Little Mozart’ will stay at the Emirates

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Wenger: Arsenal's 'Little Mozart' will stay at the Emirates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is set to sign a new contract extension at the club, with Arsene Wenger 'adamant' that the Czech international must stay in North London.

The 33-year-old has endured some hard times at the club, with a series of problematic injures ensuring a stuttering career.

The shadow of van Gaal continues to haunt Tim Sherwood at Tottenham.

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The shadow of van Gaal continues to haunt Tim Sherwood at Tottenham. - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After a disappointing and dispiriting defeat to Norwich City at the weekend, Spurs' manager Tim Sherwood will not be comforted by the returning rumours linking Holland national coach Louis van Gaal with the manger's seat at White Hart Lane.

Arsenal: Was the Rosicky goal vs Sunderland better than Wilshere’s effort?

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Arsenal: Was the Rosicky goal vs Sunderland better than Wilshere's effort? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's 4-1 win over struggling Sunderland at the Emirates on Saturday kept the Gunners within touching distance of Premier League leaders Chelsea, with Tomas Rosicky's fine effort the pick of the goals.

Tottenham Eye Move for £16m Liverpool target

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Tottenham Eye Move for £16m Liverpool target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool were so close in landing him on the transfer day. Yet, they were so far. Reports emerged that the player had undergone medical, yet there was no deal signed. In the end, it turned out to be a futile trip to Ukraine for Ian Ayre and the medical team.

Liverpool: Twitter reacts to Sturridge’s performance – “Thanks Chelsea”

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Liverpool: Twitter reacts to Sturridge's performance "Thanks Chelsea" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

He simply can't stop scoring at the moment, can he?

With a better goal per minute ratio, this guy stands ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Daniel Sturridge is on fire at the moment.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Olympiakos

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

Manchester United's Premier League campaign this season has left worrying remarks among the fans, but their European journey thus far has been terrific.

Crucial for them now is to carry forward that form into the knock-out rounds as well.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Galatasaray

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

Chelsea will take on Turkish giants Galatasaray in the Champions League round of 16 knock-out tie on Wednesday at the Stamford Bridge.

The much hype surrounding this match is the return of club legend Didier Drogba to the Bridge, but Jose Mourinho will have the plans ready in place in stopping the Ivorian from scoring.

Chelsea: Why you sold Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool?

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Chelsea: Why you sold Daniel Sturridge to Liverpool? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Even at the time, it seemed like an odd bit of business. Liverpool under new manager Brendan Rodgers were beginning to gain a bit of momentum as the Northern irishman sought to return the club to its former glories.

Manchester United should beware of Greeks apparently bearing gifts

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Manchester United should beware of Greeks apparently bearing gifts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's a caution that relates to the gift of a wooden horse to the besieged Trojans of Homeric fame that eventually led to their downfall. Manchester United visit Athens this week for a tie in the round of sixteen of the Champions League that was widely perceived as the easiest possible draw for the Old Trafford club of the teams that qualified from the group stages.

Not Fabregas – Moyes plotting move for ex-Arsenal midfielder

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Not Fabregas Moyes plotting move for ex-Arsenal midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Two things are known to all – first, Manchester United need a central midfielder in the summer and secondly, manager David Moyes will be handed a hefty transfer kitty to operate. Now, go and link with any central midfielder you want.

A hat-trick of misses for Mesut Ozil

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A hat-trick of misses for Mesut Ozil - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

But it's (probably) all in the eyes

For the second time in the Champions League this season Mesut Ozil failed to score from the penalty spot, making it a hat-trick of misses for the German international.

Manchester United ready to pay £250,000-a-week for £30m German midfielder

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Manchester United ready to pay £250,000-a-week for £30m German midfielder - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United, irrespective of their league position this season, is expected to spend heavily next summer to bolster their squad. The Red Devils will be mainly focusing on improving the central midfield department, as it needs an immediate surgery.

PHOTO: Chelsea away kit 2014/15 leaked

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PHOTO: Chelsea away kit 2014/15 leaked - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite being blue in every way, Chelsea have splashed yellow on their away shirts and goalie kits since the days 'Autoglass' were emblazoned across the front; and if the below images are legit, the Chelsea away kit 2014/15 is certainly in keeping.

Mata: Wayne Rooney is a model player at Manchester United

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Mata: Wayne Rooney is a model player at Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Juan Mata, the new record signing of Manchester United, will miss the Champions League action tomorrow. The Spaniard is cup-tied having already paid for Chelsea before in this competition.

Manchester United will face Greek side Olympiakos in the first leg of the Round of 16 tie on Tuesday night at the Karaiskakis, and Mata is hopeful of a positive result.

PHOTO: Mesut Ozil meets fellow penalty sufferer, Dennis Bergkamp

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PHOTO: Mesut Ozil meets fellow penalty sufferer, Dennis Bergkamp - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil may be having a tough time of it of late, but he still has plenty of time to get back on the horse, something former Gunners striker Dennis Bergkamp, an Arsenal stalwart of over 10 years, would strongly endorse.

PHOTO: Arsenal honour club-legend with statue at the Emirates

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PHOTO: Arsenal honour club-legend with statue at the Emirates - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Today Arsenal honoured one of their greatest heroes of recent times when a statue of Denis Bergkamp was unveiled at the emirates stadium before the home game against Sunderland.

Bergkamp now employed back in his native Holland as a coach with his former club Ajax was in attendance and the fans gathered early to pay due regard to the striker.

Sanogo, the ‘new Anelka,’ could save Arsenal a fortune!

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Sanogo, the 'new Anelka,' could save Arsenal a fortune! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has declared that his young French striker, Yaya Sanogo, could be the new Anelka. It's high praise for the young player who was surprisingly thrown into the maelstrom of a game against Bayern Munich last week, but if Wenger thinks that highly of him, it probably explains why he was prepared to play him against the European champions.

Is Juan Antonio Pizzi The Right Man To Restore Valencia’s Glory?

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Is Juan Antonio Pizzi The Right Man To Restore Valencia's Glory? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Five head coaches in a little over a year time is the kind of reality the Spanish football giants of Valencia CF have been facing lately. This season started with the team's former favourite Miroslav Djukic at the helm of the team, but although the former Serbian international had the ambition of challenging the dominance of Real Madrid and Barcelona, he failed to achieve any kind of success.

Top 5 Funny Photos of the Day: Wayne Rooney and John Terry feature

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Top 5 Funny Photos of the Day: Wayne Rooney and John Terry feature - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City all recorded victories on Saturday, with the title race still very much a three-horsed affair.

Yaya Toure grabbed the crucial winning goal for City with only twenty minutes remaining, while Chelsea left things rather late, with captain John Terry's dramatic 90th minute effort snatching all three points from a plucky Everton.

Chelsea: Twitter reacts to John Terry’s late winner vs Everton

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Chelsea: Twitter reacts to John Terry's late winner vs Everton - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea beat Everton 1-0 at Stamford Bridge today, with John Terry's goal right at the death keeping the Blues just ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City in the race for the title.

Terry's timing was impeccable, with the Blues looking destined for yet another 0-0 draw in the league, and his dramatic winner has been hailed on Twitter.

GIF: Arsenal and Liverpool target scores unbelievable goal for Hamburg

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GIF: Arsenal and Liverpool target scores unbelievable goal for Hamburg - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hamburg midfielderHakan Calhanoglu, who is said to have been a recent transfer target for both Arsenal and Liverpool, scored an absolutely blinding free-kick against German giants Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, with the effort being hailed as goal-of-the-season so far.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Swansea

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

Liverpool will take on Swansea Cityat Anfield on Sunday afternoon with the Reds looking to close in on the top three.

The Reds suffered a disappointing exit from the FA Cup against Arsenal in the last round match but will be looking to consolidate their top four position, which is their main target at the moment.

Wayne Rooney’s New Contract: A Bittersweet Symphony For Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney's New Contract: A Bittersweet Symphony For Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Late into Friday evening, pen was finally put to paper as Wayne Rooney committed his long term future to Manchester United. Even as the ink began to dry on what by all accounts is the most lucrative contract in Premier League today, a torrent of mixed emotions must have washed over the supporters of the club.

Chelsea vs Everton: Mourinho closing in on 90 games unbeaten

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Chelsea vs Everton: Mourinho closing in on 90 games unbeaten - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's Chelsea vs Everton tomorrow afternoon at Stamford Bridge, and a win for the Blues would see them temporarily extend their lead at the top of the table. A win would also see Jose Mourinho, darling of the Blues faithful, extend his mind-boggling unbeaten domestic run at Stamford Bridge to a whopping 90 games.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Everton

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

Chelsea will take on Everton on Saturday lunch time in the Premier League, where the Blues will be looking to maintain their impressive home record this season with another victory.

Not only do the Blues have not lost a single game at home this season but their record against Everton at the Stamford Bridge is equally terrific – the Londoners are undefeated in their last 19 home matches against the Toffees in all competitions.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Crystal Palace

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

Manchester United will travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

This has been one hell of a torrid start for new Manchester United manager David Moyes (and frankly, this has become a cliché by now) and the Red Devils are currently languishing 7th in the Premier League, 11 points off the Champions League spot.

Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview

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Euro 2016 Draw: The Big Preview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Welcome to Soccerlens' preview and upcoming coverage of Sunday's Euro 2016 draw, which will take place at 11:00 GMT in Nice, France.

With qualification for this summer's World Cup in Brazil all sorted, we can turn our attentions to the upcoming European Championships in France, with a whole host of international heavyweights awaiting this Sunday's gala event, which will determine the fate of the 55 teams spread through six seeded pots.

Wayne Rooney: Manchester United striker agrees new contract

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Wayne Rooney: Manchester United striker agrees new contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-and-a-half year contract, where he will earn up to up to £300,000 per week.

The new contract will tie him down till June 2019, though the Old Trafford club has yet to officially announce the deal.

Arsenal: Four reasons why Mesut Ozil is misfiring

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Arsenal: Four reasons why Mesut Ozil is misfiring - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Mesut Özil arrived at theEmiratesin a blaze of glory in September of last year, there came with him a sense of optimism aroundArsenalthat this world class playmaker could be the missing ingredient that would bring a return to the glory days in North London.

Luis Suarez dreams of playing Champions League football with Liverpool

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Luis Suarez dreams of playing Champions League football with Liverpool - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez dreams of playing in the Champions League with Liverpool, casting further doubt on a summer move away from Anfield.

The 26-year-old signed a new long term deal at the club last year, and despite continued links with the likes of Real Madrid, Suarez says he wants to remain on Merseyside and guide Liverpool into the top echelons of European football,

"I want to be there with Liverpool.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Sunderland

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

Arsenal will take on Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon, where the Gunners will be looking to shake off their mid-week disappointment with a positive result in the Premier League.

VIDEO: Former Chelsea flop scores Europa League stunner for Porto

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VIDEO: Former Chelsea flop scores Europa League stunner for Porto - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Football's greatest enigma, Ricardo Quaresma, provided yet another example of his boundless talent last night, as he scored a sensational goal for Porto in their 2-2 Europa League draw against Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

VIDEO: Liverpool’s failed €18m signing does a number on Tottenham

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VIDEO: Liverpool's failed €18m signing does a number on Tottenham - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yevhen Konoplyanka just can't stay out of the headlines, can he? Not a full month has gone by since his failed move to Liverpool and he's already back frustrating the English once more.

Manchester United legend courts Barcelona star for his MLS Miami franchise

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Manchester United legend courts Barcelona star for his MLS Miami franchise - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Beckham's plans for his MSL franchise in Miami seem to be gathering pace as plans move along to build a new stadium and near the waterfront on Biscayne Bay is potential site.

Chelsea: Mourinho may lure £30m Real Madrid prodigy to Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea: Mourinho may lure £30m Real Madrid prodigy to Stamford Bridge - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Cherry-picked when he was barely 18, Raphael Varane's path to the big time was quite something. Seen the film 'Goal 2′? Well, dumb that down a little and apply to a centre-back, and you have Varane's 2013.

The Transfer Lens: Ogbonna to Liverpool? Vertonghen to Manchester City?

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The Transfer Lens: Ogbonna to Liverpool? Vertonghen to Manchester City? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Despite being a country mile away from any semblance of a transfer window, we at Soccerlens remain vigilant of any mutterings and murmurings, and with the Transfer Lens, we have the vehicle in which to dismantle and discuss any potential deals bubbling under the surface.

Bayern dominance of Gunners belies true tale

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Bayern dominance of Gunners belies true tale - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After the final whistle blew on events at the Emirates on Wednesday night, much of the talk was of how the Bayern Munich machine dominated Arsenal in their own back yard. Much chat was of the Bavarians 863 total passes compared with the Gunners 222 and a second half possession dominance of 88% would suggest the visitors had total control over their hosts.

The Psychology Of Caleb Porter

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The Psychology Of Caleb Porter - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's one of Caleb Porter's favorite topics of conversation: You'll talk about his tactics, he'll talk about hispsychology. You'll talk about the pretty play on the field, and he'll talk about getting his players' minds right off the field.

Chelsea’s Courtois reignites feud with Liverpool star

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Chelsea's Courtois reignites feud with Liverpool star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea's on loan keeper ThibautCourtoishas continued his war-of-words with fellow Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, with the 21-year-old accusing the Liverpool keeper of being disrespectful of his status as Belgian number one.

100 not out: Infamous Arsenal red cards under Arsene Wenger

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100 not out: Infamous Arsenal red cards under Arsene Wenger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reached an unsavory mile-stone last night in the 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, asWojciech Szczęsny became the 100th Gunners player under the Frenchman to be sent off.

GIF: Szczesny gesture could spell even more trouble for Arsenal

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GIF: Szczesny gesture could spell even more trouble for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal keeper WojciechSzczesny may find that his red card against Bayern Munich was only the start of his problems, after the Polish international was caught making a rude hand gesture as he made his way off the pitch during Arsenal's 2-0 defeat at the Emirates.

Arsenal: Twitter Reacts to Ozil’s performance – “Coward, Disgrace, Pathetic”

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Arsenal: Twitter Reacts to Ozil's performance "Coward, Disgrace, Pathetic" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League at the Emirates on Wednesday night. The Gunners went down to 10-men after goal-keeper Wojciech Szczesny was given the marching orders for a foul on Arjen Robben inside the penalty box.

Arsenal: Twitter reacts to Szczesny red card – “Harsh, Disgrace”

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Arsenal: Twitter reacts to Szczesny red card "Harsh, Disgrace" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, with their hopes of reaching the quarter finals of the Champions League all but over.

The game swung completely in Bayern's favour on the 37th minute, when Gunners keeperWojciech Szczesny was dismissed for a late lunge on Bayern winger Arjen Robben.

What They Said: Wenger puts the blame on Robben, Fabregas says Mourinho should shut up

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What They Said: Wenger puts the blame on Robben, Fabregas says Mourinho should shut up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Having seen the chance of progressing to the quarter-finals in the Champions League obliterated by Bayern Munich last night (though the Gunners can still progress), Arsene Wenger has directed his rage towards Arjen Robben, while sympathised with Mesut Ozil for missing a penalty.

Ajax join the race to sign Liverpool target Richairo Zivkovic

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Ajax join the race to sign Liverpool target Richairo Zivkovic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester City are reportedly showing keen interest in Groningen wonderkid Richairo Zivkovic, who is dubbed as the next Arjen Robben.

Dutch giant Ajax are also interested in the youngster, who became the youngest player to appear for the Eredivisie side in their history, while appearing at the age of 16 in 2012.

£16m Liverpool target could make difference against Tottenham: Ex Spurs boss

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£16m Liverpool target could make difference against Tottenham: Ex Spurs boss - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Dnipro manager Juande Ramos is hopeful that Liverpool's January target Yevhen Konoplyanka will prove to be the difference in their Europa League last 32 clash with Tottenham.

Manchester United push to the front of the queue for £23m Chelsea target

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Manchester United push to the front of the queue for £23m Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The pre-transfer market skirmishing over Southampton left back Luke Shaw shows no signs of easing down. Whilst a couple of weeks ago rumours abounded that Chelsea were winning the fight to sign the player who was reportedly a boyhood Blues fan, now reports suggest that Manchester United are trying to muscle their way to the front of the queue.

Not Falcao – Manchester United to revive interest in the Colombian star

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Not Falcao Manchester United to revive interest in the Colombian star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have had been linked with a move for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao in the past, but manager David Moyes had insisted the club were not looking for a central forward.

Who Are FIFA’s World Cup Referees?

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Who Are FIFA's World Cup Referees? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Over the last decade, everything player salaries, fan support, level of play, atmosphere, equipment, television rights has gotten better in MLS. Except refereeing.

It's simply ignorant to call MLS a Mickey Mouse league anymore, but the officiating is cartoonish.

149 passes, 97% accuracy – How €40m Manchester United target destroyed Arsenal

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149 passes, 97% accuracy How €40m Manchester United target destroyed Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For the second time in a couple of days one of the Premier League's top clubs was humbled at home by a club from Europe's highest echelon. But the similarities don't end there.

PHOTO: Arsenal’s Ozil caught fighting with Flamini

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PHOTO: Arsenal's Ozil caught fighting with Flamini - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal suffered a 2-0 defeat against Bayern Munich at the Emirates last night in the first leg of the Round of 16 Champions League tie.

Record signing Mesut Ozil had a shocker of a match. The German missed a penalty but more than anything else his commitment and body language has been questioned on Twitter.

Chelsea and Tottenham scouts following €25m-rated Florian Thauvin

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Chelsea and Tottenham scouts following €25m-rated Florian Thauvin - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Included in the Guardian's top 10 most promising youngsters in the world this year, Marseille wingerFlorian Thauvinis certainly catching the eye.

According to reports emanating from France, both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have sent scouts to closely watch the 21-year-old, with the Premier League pair expected to be represented for Marseille's Ligue 1 game on Saturday.

Chelsea and Arsenal target could sign contract extension with European Champions

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Chelsea and Arsenal target could sign contract extension with European Champions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic can extend his contract at the German club, despite the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski in the summer, according to Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Benitez accuses Mourinho: “You sold Chelsea’s best player!”

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Benitez accuses Mourinho: "You sold Chelsea's best player!" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has launched a veiled attack on Jose Mourinho, claiming that the now Portuguese did wrong by selling the Blues' best player of the last two years to Manchester United.

Arsenal player ratings vs Bayern Munich – Brave Gunners Overrun

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Arsenal player ratings vs Bayern Munich Brave Gunners Overrun - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's Champions League dreams look all but over after a 2-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich, with goals from Toni Kroos and Thomas Muller sealing victory for Pep Guardiola's side.

WojciechSzczesny's first half red card was the game's turning point, with Arsenal having to spend the best part of an hour defending for their lives against a relentless Bayern, who poured forward with intent, grabbing two goals, and effectively ending the tie.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Bayern Munich lineups

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CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Bayern Munich lineups - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal take on Bayern Munich at the Emirates tonight in the first leg of their Champions League second round tie.

It will surely be the Gunners' biggest test of the season, with Bayern Munich currently in phenomenal form, with the current holders of the Champions League having only lost twice in their last 51 matches.

Manchester United: €15m fallen star set for Besiktas escape?

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Manchester United: €15m fallen star set for Besiktas escape? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Shinji Kagawa's merry ride in Manchester has been nothing short of frustrating, for both player and fans worldwide, and it is looking increasingly likely that the Japanese international will soon be packing his bags for pastures new.

Will West Brom Struggle To Avoid Relegation?

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Will West Brom Struggle To Avoid Relegation? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion sit just one place above the relegation zone, loitering above Sunderland on goal difference having played a game more and former manager Steve Clarke has come out and said that they may struggle to avoid relegation.

What They Said: Wenger confident of beating Bayern, Pellegrini blasts ref after Barca defeat

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What They Said: Wenger confident of beating Bayern, Pellegrini blasts ref after Barca defeat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After suffering 3-1 defeat at the Emirates against Bayern Munich last season, no body, and yes no body, kept any hope of an Arsenal comeback. It was that difficult.

Liverpool join the race to sign Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna in summer

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Liverpool join the race to sign Arsenal's Bacary Sagna in summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reaped the rewards, so far, for fielding his trusted back four in most of the games this season. With Thomas Vermaelen almost certain to leave the club next summer, the only fly in the ointment remains for Wenger is the contract situation of star defender, Bacary Sagna.

Is the WWE coming to Toon, as Vince McMahon looks to buy Newcastle United?

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Is the WWE coming to Toon, as Vince McMahon looks to buy Newcastle United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's a story rich in opportunities for puns, but I'll try to resist the temptation to indulge in such frippery. It will be difficult however when discussing the possibility of WWE owner and showman supreme Vince McMahon apparently beinginterested in buying Newcastle United from Mike Ashley.

€40m Manchester United and Liverpool target set to sign a new contract

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€40m Manchester United and Liverpool target set to sign a new contract - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

During the January transfer window, La Liga expert Gulliem Balague wrote that Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool's target Sevilla's Ivan Rakitic is almost certain to leave in the summer.

Arsenal make contact with Loic Remy’s representatives

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Arsenal make contact with Loic Remy's representatives - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are in the hunt of a new striker in the summer. Many Gunners fan opine that they should sign a striker, albeit temporary, in the January transfer window.

The general feeling among the fans is that Arsenal will spend heavily on a top striker next summer, with players like Jackson Martinez, Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao have had been linked with the club.

Chelsea and Man City target to decide future ‘in the next few hours’

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Chelsea and Man City target to decide future 'in the next few hours' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

PSG dynamo Blaise Matuidi is reportedly on the verge of signing a new contract with PSG, putting paid to Chelsea and Manchester City's hopes of bringing the combative midfield operator to the Premier League.

Liverpool player wants move away from Anfield

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Liverpool player wants move away from Anfield - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool goal keeper Pepe Reina, who is currently plying his trade in Italy with Napoli, claims that he will not continue his career with the Anfield-club, after he finishes his loan period.

Reina is due to return to Anfield when his season-long loan spell with Napoli ends in June.

Manchester City: Twitter reacts to Barcelona penalty incident

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Manchester City: Twitter reacts to Barcelona penalty incident - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City were beaten 2-0 by Spanish giants Barcelona tonight, with goals from Lionael Messi and Dani Alves all but securing the Catalan side's progression to the quarter finals of the Champions League.

£37m Manchester United star confident of top four finish

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£37m Manchester United star confident of top four finish - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United star Juan Mata feels that there is still time bounce back in the league and snatch the top four positions from the grasp of Liverpool.

The Red Devils have had a poor start to the season and are languishing in 7th place, 11 points adrift of Liverpool.

Chelsea/Barcelona Best XI: How Mourinho fairs against Barca’s ‘worst team’

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Chelsea/Barcelona Best XI: How Mourinho fairs against Barca's 'worst team' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ok Jose, I'll bite.

The outspoken Chelsea boss has hit the headlines recently with his ill-advised attack on Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, and now he has stoked the fires ahead of Barcelona's Champions League second round tie against Manchester City by claiming the Spanish giants are currently at their weakest point for 'many years',

"Of course by history Barcelona is the favourite, but this Barcelona, this season, is showing that it is not the same in previous years," Mourinho told ITV,

"Of course, they have [Lionel] Messi he is special and they have more than him.

What They Said: Mourinho on “worst” Barca side, Pellegrini claims City best in Manchester

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What They Said: Mourinho on "worst" Barca side, Pellegrini claims City best in Manchester - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

You might love him. You might hate him. But, you simply cannot ignore him. Jose Mourinho loves to play the psychological game – directly or indirectly.

Ahead of Manchester City's crucial Champions League tie with Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium, Mourinho reckons that City have a high chance of progressing to the next round, as he feels the current Blaugrana side is the "worst" team in many, many years.

Stat Attack: Why Arsenal should face Bayern Munich with BELIEF

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Stat Attack: Why Arsenal should face Bayern Munich with BELIEF - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

On the day before they take on European Champions Bayern Munich, there's reason for Gunners' fans to be optimistic. Of course their opponents are the reigning champions, and yes, they did win every trophy in their focus last year.

Mourinho says Ashley Cole is his second choice left-back

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Mourinho says Ashley Cole is his second choice left-back - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has made it clear that left back Ashley Cole will have to accept the bit-part role at the club, because of the continued good form of Cesar Azpilicueta.

Cole started as the first choice left-back this season, while Azpilicueta struggled to force his way into the starting XI.

Arsenal vs Bayern Munich: Key Battles, Tweets and Predictions

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Arsenal vs Bayern Munich: Key Battles, Tweets and Predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's almost that time again. The UEFA Champions League will hit this week with force not unlike an anvil, with Arsenal thrown into the deep end against current European champions and omnipotent German overlords Bayern Munich.

Possible Manchester City Starting Line-Up Against Barcelona

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

Manchester City will face a huge Champions League tie on Tuesday night when they entertain Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.

The home side are heading into this match on the back of a strong 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the FA Cup and manager Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping for yet another strong result at home.

Possible Arsenal starting lineup against Bayern Munich

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Possible Arsenal starting lineup against Bayern Munich - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Champions league will return this week, with both Manchester City and Arsenal involved in blockbuster clashes with two of the world's most dangerous sides.

Both English sides face daunting tasks, with City to face Barcelona on Tuesday, while Arsene Wenger's high-flying Gunners will resume their fight with last year's second round vanquishers, Bayern Munich.

Arsenal and Man Utd captains could play together next season

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Arsenal and Man Utd captains could play together next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yes. You read it right. Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen and Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic could play together next season at Inter Milan, if the reports are to be believed.

Vidic, who has been at Manchester United for eight long years, has confirmed recently that this will be his final season at the Old Trafford club.

What They Said: Wenger labels Mourinho as “an embarrassment”, Rodgers blasts Webb after FA Cup defeat

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What They Said: Wenger labels Mourinho as "an embarrassment", Rodgers blasts Webb after FA Cup defeat - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The relationship between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho, reached its lowest ebb, after the Arsenal boss has branded the Portuguese as "an embarrassment".

Wayne Rooney agrees £86m deal with Manchester United

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Wayne Rooney agrees £86m deal with Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United superstar Wayne Rooney will sign a £86 million contract this week and will become the highest paid player in the Premier League history.

The 28-year-old has been one of the star performers for Manchester United this season, and the England striker will finally end speculation about his future by signing a new 5½-year deal worth about £300,0000 a week that will tie him to Old Trafford until June 2019.

PHOTO: Podolski celebrates with Arsenal players after FA Cup triumph

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PHOTO: Podolski celebrates with Arsenal players after FA Cup triumph - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal moved to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, after they earned a 2-1 victory over Liverpool at the Emirates.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored the opening goal for the Gunners, while Lukas Podolski added another in the second half.

Arsenal: Twitter reacts to Ozil’s performance – “A Class Act”

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Arsenal: Twitter reacts to Ozil's performance "A Class Act" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mesut Ozil received fair bit of criticism for his lackluster performances in the last few matches, but the German superstar was back in form again, as Arsenal earned a 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the FA Cup tie yesterday.

Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge left ‘Heartbroken’ after FA Cup defeat to Arsenal

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Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge left 'Heartbroken' after FA Cup defeat to Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was seen sitting on the ground, dejected as the Reds lost 2-1 at the hands of Arsenal in the FA Cup tie at the Emirates yesterday.

The England striker, who has been in tremendous form this season, missed two very good chances in the opening few minutes of the game and after the match wrote a simple message to share how he feels – ‘heart-broken'.

Javier Mascherano says he left Anfield with bad taste

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Javier Mascherano says he left Anfield with bad taste - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Liverpool midfield dynamo Javier Mascherano has finally broken his silence and revealed the true story behind the claims that he refused to play for the Reds against Manchester City in August 2010 before completing his move to Barcelona.

Micah Richards available for £8m in the summer – should Liverpool go for him?

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Micah Richards available for £8m in the summer should Liverpool go for him? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Many of the impressive elements of Liverpool's season have very much been about the front end of the squad, rather than the defence. Whilst Suarez, Sturridge et al have plundered goals aplenty, the defence has looked somewhat less than totally secure.

Revenge Accomplished – Resilient Arsenal see off Liverpool in Style

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Revenge Accomplished Resilient Arsenal see off Liverpool in Style - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Yesterday's pulsating FA Cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool saw the Gunners take revenge for their humiliating reverse at Anfield recently. Although the game was certainly not as one-sided as the previous encounter, Arsene Wenger will draw no little satisfaction from it.

Moyes Eyes £95m Move For German Trio

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Moyes Eyes £95m Move For German Trio - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With reported midfield targets Pogba and Vidal linked to new deals at Juventus, Manchester United's attention appears likely to be shifted to Germany to recruit the quality currently absent in their midfield engine room.

Manchester United keeping a close watch on Luka Modric

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Manchester United keeping a close watch on Luka Modric - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Expect a massive summer for Manchester United next season, irrespective of the fact, they finish in top four or not.

David Moyes has had a turbulent first season at Manchester United thus far and although many fans are voicing their discontentment with his negative style, majority is willing to judge him over a considerable period of time, that too after given a hefty transfer war-chest.

Manchester United scout Porto’s William Carvalho for the 12th time

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Manchester United scout Porto's William Carvalho for the 12th time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Portuguese newspaper 'A Bola', Manchester United have now scouted Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho a whopping 12 times, with David Moyes expected to follow up his obvious interest with a bid this summer.

Liverpool target Valencia’s Daniel Parejo

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Liverpool target Valencia's Daniel Parejo - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are showing keen interest in Valencia midfielder Daniel Parejo and the Reds could make a move for him in the summer.

According to reports Spanish based newspaper Superdeporte, the 24-year-old has become a target for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Eden Hazard rejects PSG to continue stunning Chelsea evolution

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Eden Hazard rejects PSG to continue stunning Chelsea evolution - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea maestro Eden Hazard has effectively ended all talk of him making a move to PSG in the near future, with the Belgian set on continuing his extraordinary development in West London.

The 23-year-old has been in scintillating form this season, leading Chelsea to the very top of the Premier League, and reportedly attracting interest from mega-bucks PSG along the way.

Donadoni’s Parma Challenging for European Spots

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Donadoni's Parma Challenging for European Spots - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Roberto Donadoni was quickly forgotten after his time as the Italian national team's coach. His selection for the 2008 EURO's included Antonio Cassano who's rebirth was still being questioned and there was little that Cassano or Donadoni could do when the eventual winners Spain knocked the Azzurri out on penalties.

Mourinho vs Wenger: The Pitfalls of Baiting and Berating

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Mourinho vs Wenger: The Pitfalls of Baiting and Berating - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho's comments concerning Arsene Wenger's 'specialist subject' sliced open the pair's bitter and contentious war of words once more, and my how we have not missed it.

Mourinho reacted strongly to Wenger's claim that the Chelsea boss had a 'fear of failure', and the ensuing fallout has been extensive and venomous.

Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: The Photo Gallery

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Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: The Photo Gallery - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea were comfortably beaten 2-0 by rivals Manchester City tonight, with Manuel Pellegrini's side advancing to the quarter finals of the FA Cup.

The Blues were comprehensively outplayed by City, who exacted revenge upon Jose Mourinho's side for the 1-0 Chelsea win earlier this month in the league.

Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: The Player Ratings

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Manchester City 2-0 Chelsea: The Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City progressed to the quarter finals of the FA Cup with a comfortable 2-0 win over Chelsea at the Etihad.

Goals from Stevan Jovetic and Samir Nasri secured City's passage through to the last eight, and gave Manuel Pellegrinionly his second ever win over Jose Mourinho.

Mario Balotelli: Should Arsenal dabble with football’s ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ striker?

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Mario Balotelli: Should Arsenal dabble with football's 'Jekyll and Hyde' striker? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Mario Balotelli. A surreal personification of the dreams the majority of youngsters play out in their heads on a nightly basis; namely a 'super-villain-esque' confidence, an extraordinary footballing ability, and a penchant for believing that the game has no superior.

Manchester United continue to track Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis

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Manchester United continue to track Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer window is now closed. But, there's no stopping of rumours in the press. We will therefore continue to update all the latest gossips and rumours.

Premier League Champions Manchester United and French outfit Monaco are reportedly chasing Atletico Madrid's left-back Filipe Luis.

Ex-Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas was ‘flattered’ by Manchester United bids

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Ex-Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas was 'flattered' by Manchester United bids - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Arsenal skipper and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that he was 'flattered' by Manchester United's interest in him last summer.

Fabregas was one of the prime targets of Manchester United last summer as David Moyes wanted to make the Spaniard his marquee signing, but despite lodging two formal bids, couldn't lure the former Arsenal hero at the Old Trafford.

Have Premier League clubs performed better before or after their managers have been sacked this season?

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Have Premier League clubs performed better before or after their managers have been sacked this season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With news that Fulham have sacked Rene Meulensteen and replaced him with Felix Magath, it is fitting to examine whether Premier League clubs have benefited from changing their manager this season.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Arsenal

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

Liverpool will travel to North London to face Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup tie on Sunday, looking to end their Emirates jinx.

The Reds are buoyed by their recent Premier League results – back to back victories against Arsenal and Fulham – that has helped them consolidate their 4th position in the league and will travel to London with high expectations, as Brendan Rodgers said that the Reds are aiming to win the FA Cup this season.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Liverpool

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

Arsenal will take on Liverpool on Sunday afternoon in the fifth round of the FA Cup tie at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger is likely to rest several key players for this tie, keeping in mind their upcoming Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich.

Liverpool scout highly rated Arsenal target

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Liverpool scout highly rated Arsenal target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer window is now closed. But, there's no stopping of rumours in the press. We will therefore continue to update all the latest gossips and rumours.

The Reds had previously shown interest in the Colombian international and could make a move for him in the summer, irrespective of the fact whether Luis Suarez stays or not.

Mourinho says Wenger is a ‘specialist’ in failure

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Mourinho says Wenger is a 'specialist' in failure - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When he returned for the second time in England, Jose Mourinho claimed that he is a changed and a happy one, but it seems, his nature of engaging in war-of-words hasn't completely left him.

We all know, he loves to play mind-games and he has started to play it again.

World Cup 2014: Russia Away Kit

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World Cup 2014: Russia Away Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas present official away kit of Russia national football team, which the players will present during the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Innovative Features

The best feature of this uniform is its lightness.

World Cup 2014: Germany Away Kit

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World Cup 2014: Germany Away Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas has presented the Germany national football team's away kit for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in collaboration with the German football Association (DFB).

For the first time in Germany's World Cup history, national coach Joachim Löw's team will play in jerseys with black & red horizontal stripes.

2014 World Cup: Spain Away Kit

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2014 World Cup: Spain Away Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas has presented the Spain national football team's away kit for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil, in collaboration with the Spanish National Football Team.

The away kit is as sparkling as like the home kit of Spain, that was introduced during last November.

Inter join the race to sign Manchester United defender

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Inter join the race to sign Manchester United defender - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Reports in the press this morning suggest that Patrice Evra may be in demand in Italy when his contract expires at Old Trafford this summer. It's been widely rumoured that the French full back would be part of the exodus of players moving on to make way for the new signings planned in Manchester United's squad overhaul.

Kagawa, Sahin, Gotze – The Curse Of The Ex-Dortmund Players

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Kagawa, Sahin, Gotze The Curse Of The Ex-Dortmund Players - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the January transfer window finally picking up as the early pace-setters look to reinforce and those lagging behind attempt to inject some impetus into their ailing campaigns, there will doubtlessly be plenty of eyes on Jürgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side.

Is the lack of a ‘Plan B’ denting Arsenal’s goal threat?

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Is the lack of a 'Plan B' denting Arsenal's goal threat? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

During the summer transfer market, many 'Gooner' fans were pressing Arsene Wenger to sign another striker to bolster the squad's attacking power. The Frenchman however seemed content to keep faith in what he had as a focal point of his attack.

Why Chelsea shouldn’t sign Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira

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Why Chelsea shouldn't sign Real Madrid's Sami Khedira - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Spanish reports, Chelsea are back in for Real Madrid's central midfielderSami Khedira, with Jose Mourinho said to be interested in taking his former charge to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

2014 World Cup: Argentina Away Kit

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2014 World Cup: Argentina Away Kit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Adidas has presented the Argentina national football team's away kit for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The new kit is dark blue in colour with white and gold applications.A navy-blue away kit isn't new to the la Albiceleste fans.

Arsenal Latest: Cazorla out of Liverpool clash

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Arsenal Latest: Cazorla out of Liverpool clash - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal will face Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA Cup tie at the Emirates on Sunday. The Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger, in the pre-match build-up, gave an update on team news, thoughts on title race and latest contract situation of right-back Bacary Sagna.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Manchester City

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

Chelsea will travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup tie on Saturday, looking to progress to the next round of the competition.

The Blues are heading into this match on the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw against West Brom in mid-week, while Manchester City's match against Sunderland was cancelled off due to bad weather.

Five Manchester United Players Set For A Summer Exit

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Five Manchester United Players Set For A Summer Exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United vice-chairman Edward Woodward has claimed that the club are gearing up for a major summer revamp, with a number of squad members set for the chop.

Woodward's words have cranked up the rumour mill once more, with a number of players thought to be on the verge of a summer exit from the club.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Manchester City

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

Chelsea will travel to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup tie on Saturday, looking to progress to the next round of the competition.

The Blues are heading into this match on the back of a frustrating 1-1 draw against West Brom in mid-week, while Manchester City's match against Sunderland was cancelled off due to bad weather.

Man Utd: Twitter reacts to David Moyes’ tactics vs Arsenal – ‘Dark Ages’

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Man Utd: Twitter reacts to David Moyes' tactics vs Arsenal 'Dark Ages' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United's 0-0 draw away to Arsenal has left their champions league ambitions hanging by a thread, with Liverpool's last grasp win at Fulham taking them 12 points clear of the champions in fourth place.

Chelsea in talks to sign €22m Manchester United target

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Chelsea in talks to sign €22m Manchester United target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer window is now closed. But, there's no stopping of rumours in the press. We will therefore continue to update all the latest gossips and rumours.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has targeted German midfield maestro Sami Khedira and have already held talks with Real Madrid over a possible summer move.

Mesut Ozil or Santi Cazorla: Which Arsenal attacker is more important?

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Mesut Ozil or Santi Cazorla: Which Arsenal attacker is more important? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Manchester United did little to further either side's aspirations this season, with both giants severely lacking in consistent attacking invention.

The Gunners' were hoping from a moment of magic from either Santi Cazorla or Mesut Ozil to win them the game and take them back up to the top of the Premier League, but it never quite came.

Suarez risks re-opening Evra race row – I was charged without proof

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Suarez risks re-opening Evra race row I was charged without proof - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just when we thought it is finally all over, done and dusted, it appears again, courtesy Luis Suarez. Who else?

The race row that saw all possible twists and turns resulting in Liverpool player getting banned, his image tarnished, but Suarez claims that although biting Branislav Ivanovic was a mistake but he has no regrets over the Patrice Evra race incident, which he described as "all false".

Millions of reasons why Manchester United fans should stay calm – or should they?

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Millions of reasons why Manchester United fans should stay calm – or should they? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of course it's been a poor season in comparison to recent times, but let's be honest, Manchester United fans have had it pretty good for an awfully long time, and eventually even the Old Trafford trophy-machine was going to have a less than brilliant season eventually.

PHOTO: Marco van Ginkel back in Chelsea training

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PHOTO: Marco van Ginkel back in Chelsea training - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Good news for the Chelsea fans. Young midfielder Marco van Ginkel has recovered from his ACL injury and has returned to training.

The 21-year-old midfielder suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Capital One Cup match against Swindon in September.

Liverpool: Twitter reacts to Sturridge’s performance – “Little gem”

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Liverpool: Twitter reacts to Sturridge's performance "Little gem" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool defeated Fulham 3-2 on Wednesday night at the Craven Cottage and consolidated their fourth position in the Premier League.

After earning a scintillating 5-1 victory over Arsenal the previous match, the Reds needed to maintain the momentum and build on that with another strong result.

Chelsea’s pursuit of £35m star could mean Torres exit

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Chelsea's pursuit of £35m star could mean Torres exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

During the January transfer window, pundits curious as to why Chelsea were not pursuing a top-class striker to fill the gaping hole in their squad had their questions on the subject parried by Jose Mourinho saying that in the summer the plan would become clear.

How Much Longer Will Manchester United Stick With David Moyes?

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How Much Longer Will Manchester United Stick With David Moyes? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's an age-old football debate. Does a manager need time, or does time take all managers?

Some say that a boss needs time to implement his regime, win respect, and build a culture. Others say that as time passes, players get comfortable, stop listening to the manager, and work rate goes down.

Rodgers praises Joao Teixeira after impressive debut

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Rodgers praises Joao Teixeira after impressive debut - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Steven Gerrard rescued Liverpool yet again, as the Reds earned 3-2 victory against Fulham at the Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has heaped high praises on the players, who showed great mental fortitude in coming back twice from behind and snatch a winner in the end.

Gerrard: Liverpool are dark horse in the title race

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Gerrard: Liverpool are dark horse in the title race - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard feels the Reds have passed a significant test, after beating Fulham 3-2, on a windy night at the Craven Cottage on Wednesday.

The Reds captain scored the match-winning penalty right at the death, as Liverpool not only consolidated their position in top four but also closed the gap with other contenders.

Tottenham beat Arsenal in the race to sign the “Nigerian Iniesta”

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Tottenham beat Arsenal in the race to sign the "Nigerian Iniesta" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The transfer window is now closed. But, there's no stopping of rumours in the press. We will therefore continue to update all the latest gossips and rumours.

Tottenham are close to signing one of Nigeria's most talented youngsters who is often compared to Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, according to reports from Nigeria.

Ex Arsenal Star: 100% convinced – We’ll win the Premier League

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Ex Arsenal Star: 100% convinced We'll win the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Arsenal star Lauren is convinced that the North London club will edge out the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool and win the Premier League this season.

Lauren was one of the key members of the Arsenal side that won the Premier League for the last time under Arsene Wenger in 2004.

Why Juan Mata failed to make the difference against Arsenal

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Why Juan Mata failed to make the difference against Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

A few nice touches, and the occasional interesting glimmer is all we saw from Juan Mata yesterday at the Emirates. Manchester United's record signing failed to make a meaningful impression against Arsenal, and was hauled off at the 75th minute mark as David Moyes attempted to inject a little more vigour into his side.

Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United: The Player Ratings

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Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United: The Player Ratings - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League after being held to a frustrating draw at home to Manchester United.

The Gunners were indebted to keeperWojciech Szczesny, who made a stunning reflex save from former Arsenal man Robin van Persie's point-blank header.

CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Manchester United lineups – Mata and Ozil start

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CONFIRMED: Arsenal vs Manchester United lineups Mata and Ozil start - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates this evening, with both sides eager to get back to winning ways after a disastrous weekend of results.

Arsenal were taken apart by a vibrant Liverpool side at Anfield on Saturday, with Brendan Rodgers' side coming out 5-1 winners.

Manchester United’s revenue up, but their league position is down. Which is more important to the Glaziers?

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Manchester United's revenue up, but their league position is down. Which is more important to the Glaziers? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United have reported an increase in revenues of some 11.6% for the second quarter of the club's financial year. Despite United declaring that its income had been boosted by strong growth in commercial and broadcasting sales however, fans will not be too impressed by the data as the Reds remain in an unimpressive mid table position and in serious danger of missing out on Champions' League football for next season.

Arsenal: Will the ‘real’ Mesut Ozil Turn Up?

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Arsenal: Will the 'real' Mesut Ozil Turn Up? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As Arsenal prepare to face Manchester United at the Emirates tomorrow in what will surely be one of the most pivotal games of their season, one question beckons. "Will the 'real' Mesut Ozil turn up?"

When the German midfielder joined from Real Madrid just before the end of the summer transfer window, it was heralded as an outtanding piece of business by Arsene Wenger, plunging for a player that Jose Mourinho has described as the best midfield player in the world.

PHOTO: Arsenal star writes heartfelt message to the German legend

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PHOTO: Arsenal star writes heartfelt message to the German legend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is not just one heck of a class player, but also the Germany international is fast becoming a popular figure in North London.

Ahead of the Gunners' crunch Premier League tie with Manchester United on Wednesday, Podolski has shown his affection by encrypting a message into his boots in support of F1 legend and fellow German, Michael Schumacher.

Neymar fitness boost for Barca as City tie looms

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Neymar fitness boost for Barca as City tie looms - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City go into the home game tonight knowing that, after Chelsea's stumbling draw at the Hawthorns, unless Arsenal beat Manchester United, a win would take them back to the top of the pile ahead of the break in league action for the FA Cup.

Moyes deserves plenty of time: Manchester United legend

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Moyes deserves plenty of time: Manchester United legend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United icon Roy Keane expects a major overhaul of the playing stuff at Old Trafford and opines that under-pressure manager David Moyes should be given plenty of time to turn things around.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Fulham

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

Liverpool will take on Fulham at the Craven on Wednesday night looking to consolidate their fourth position and close the gap with other rivals in the Premier League.

The Reds are heading into this match on the back of an emphatic 5-1 victory over Arsenal and manager Brendan Rodgers will be further boosted by the return of defensive duo of Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson.

CONFIRMED: West Brom vs Chelsea lineups – No Torres, Eto’o starts

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CONFIRMED: West Brom vs Chelsea lineups No Torres, Eto'o starts - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea travel to West Brom tonight, and can extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points with a win over Pepe Mel's side.

The Blues go into the match on the back of a fine 3-0 win over Newcastle, with Jose Mourinho's men currently on a 10 game winning run in the league, scoring 17 and conceding only three times.

Possible Manchester United starting line-up against Arsenal

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Possible Manchester United starting line-up against Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United travel to the Emirates on Wednesday to take on old foes Arsenal, with David Moyes side eager to get back to winning ways after a poor draw at the weekend.

David Moyes' side could only manage a 2-2 draw with bottom side Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday, with the Cottagers describing United's game plan as 'straightforward' after the game.

Possible Arsenal starting line-up against Manchester United

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Possible Arsenal starting line-up against Manchester United - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal host Manchester United in Wednesday's crucial Premier League clash at the Emirates, with both sides looking to bounce back from disappointing results at the weekend.

The Gunners were comprehensively dismantled by Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool on Saturday, with Mikel Arteta the extent of Arsene Wenger's fury during the 5-1 defeat,

"The manager was really upset at half-time, that's normal because it wasn't good enough for this football club.

Arsenal vs Manchester United: Key Battles, Tweets and Predictions

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Arsenal vs Manchester United: Key Battles, Tweets and Predictions - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Eternal foes Arsenal and Manchester United are to go toe to toe tomorrow evening in what could well be the most important encounter between the two for a decade.

Both sides endured a horrid weekend, with the Gunners smacked off the top spot by a rampant Liverpool, and United managing a 'conference' level draw with bottom-club Fulham.

Can Thievy Save West Brom’s Season?

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Can Thievy Save West Brom's Season? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Bromwich Albion only made on piece of business during the January transfer window bringing in French under 21 striker Thievy Bifouma on loan with a view to permanent transfer from Espanyol. But what kind of impact can he have at the club and can he save Albion's season?

The Pitfalls of Foreign Coaches At The World Cup

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The Pitfalls of Foreign Coaches At The World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

You could say that Choi Kang-Hee had a crisis of confidence, but that wouldn't be quite right Choi never had any confidence to begin with. Time and time again in 2011, the South Korean FA came to Choi asking him to taking over the national team.

Is Moyes’s tactical approach to blame for United’s poor performances?

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Is Moyes's tactical approach to blame for United's poor performances? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As if the result against Fulham on Sunday wasn't galling enough for Manchester United supporters, hearing the opposition manager and a novice opponent voicing the same criticism that many of them have been hurling at manager David Moyes for most of the season, really is rubbing salt into very open wounds.

Manchester United had £17m bid rejected for Atletico star – report

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Manchester United had £17m bid rejected for Atletico star report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to Spanish newspaper 'AS', Manchester United saw a £17m bid for Fillipe Luis rejected by Atletico Madrid in January.

It has been common knowledge that David Moyes is looking to revamp his current United squad, with the defence in dire need of an overhaul.

Manchester United style likened to Conference as Moyes feels the ‘Burn’

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Manchester United style likened to Conference as Moyes feels the 'Burn' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United' 2-2 draw with Fulham on Sunday was, as David Moyes put it, 'as bad as it gets', with the Cottagers' Dan Burn rubbing salt into the wound by claiming United's style of play was akin to Conference-level football.

Arsenal join the race for £40m Manchester City target

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Arsenal join the race for £40m Manchester City target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal have reportedly joined in the hunt for Porto defenderEliaquim Mangala, with the Gunners looking to beat title rivals Manchester City to the Frenchman this summer.

Mangala, who is said to have a buyout clause of around £40m, was strongly linked with a move to Man City in January, and despite a move failing to materialise, the 22-year-old is set to take centre stage this summer, with Portuguese newspaper 'A Bola' claiming that Arsenal are now showing interest in the defender.

Arsenal duo set for summer exit

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Arsenal duo set for summer exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal pairBacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski are reportedly set to leave the Emirates in the summer, with the defensive duo rejecting contract extensions to stay at the club.

The Gunners, who were hammered 5-1 by Liverpool on the weekend, are to lose both Sagna and Fabianski for nothing in summer, according to the Daily Star, with both players' contracts set to expire come the end of the season.

’2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’ game set for April release

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'2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' game set for April release - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With 121 days still to go before the start of the World Cup, EA Sports have announced the impending arrival of the official '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' video game, with fans able to get their teeth into the action as soon as April.

Is Tim Sherwood facing the inevitable sack at Spurs?

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Is Tim Sherwood facing the inevitable sack at Spurs? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It seems a weird thing to say, I know. Here's a guy that has taken over the reins at a club where another Andre Villas-Boas 'project' had broken down. Not only has he revitalised the club's fortunes by getting the enigmatic Adebayor back into the team and firing goals, he's also got Spurs back to the edge of Champions' League qualification.

PSG tie up Ligue 1 and can now concentrate on Champions’ League glory

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PSG tie up Ligue 1 and can now concentrate on Champions' League glory - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Last night saw PSG travel to the French riviera to tie up their Ligue 1 campaign. Five points clear of Claudio Ranieir's Monaco, with only fresh air in third place, it was a game that the home team simply had to win if they were to keep a realistic hope of hauling in the the richest club in France.

David Moyes and the frustration of managing Manchester United’s crisis season

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David Moyes and the frustration of managing Manchester United's crisis season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Moyes at the game against Norwich City

Unless he wins the lottery, but loses his ticket, it's difficult to see how David Moyes's luck can get much worse. Of course others will say,with United fans among them, that luck has very little to do with it, and that as time goes by it seems more and more like Moyes may not be the man for the job at Old Trafford.

AC Milan Slump in Defeat Against Napoli

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AC Milan Slump in Defeat Against Napoli - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For about three minutes at the San Paolo, Seedorf's vision for AC Milan seemed to have clicked into place. With Kaka and Honda unable to start it was the new signing Adel Taarabt the man who had always won on his debut who put Milan ahead with a low curled shot around Reina.

Mourinho creates Hazard’s ‘garden of Eden’ at Chelsea

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Mourinho creates Hazard's 'garden of Eden' at Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer, he inherited a team with some outstanding talents, but the difference between a good coach and and an exceptional one is the ability to turn outstanding players into truly exceptional ones.

Are Arsenal ‘gunner’ come back against Manchester United?

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Are Arsenal 'gunner' come back against Manchester United? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

For the second time this season, Arsenal have visited a title rival and come away after a sound beating with their tails tucked humiliatingly between their legs. After a sobering defeat at Eastlands against title favourites Manchester City, Saturday lunchtime saw them suffer a similar experience against Liverpool.

Liverpool: Twitter Reacts to Sterling’s performance – “Going to be some player”

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Liverpool: Twitter Reacts to Sterling's performance "Going to be some player" - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool earned an emphatic 5-1 victory over Arsenal at Anfield, where youngster Raheem Sterling scored twice.

It was one of the best home performances of the season thus far by any team and has to be one of the best first half for the Reds for a long time.

PHOTO: Eden Hazard celebrates his goal as Chelsea win yet again

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PHOTO: Eden Hazard celebrates his goal as Chelsea win yet again - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea moved to the top of the Premier League after the Blues earned a convincing 3-0 victory against Newcastle United.

Eden Hazard, the Belgium winger, scored a magnificent hat-trick as the Blues capitalized on the early slip-up from Arsenal, who were humiliated 5-1 at Anfield by Liverpool.

PHOTO: Mohamed Salah made his Chelsea debut against Newcastle

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PHOTO: Mohamed Salah made his Chelsea debut against Newcastle - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

New January signing Mohamed Salah made his debut for Chelsea and did well during his cameo performance.

The new #15 of Chelsea came on in the 78th minute for Willian and got himself into two goal scoring positions, but couldn't convert those chances.

PHOTOS: Skrtel bags first-half brace as Liverpool run riot

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PHOTOS: Skrtel bags first-half brace as Liverpool run riot - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool smashed in four first half-goals against Arsenal at Anfield this afternoon, with centre-back Martin Skrtel grabbing two in the first 10 minutes.

Brendan Rodgers side came flying out of the blocks this afternoon, with Skrtel bagging his first within the first minute, tapping in Steven Gerrard's dipping free-kick.

Mourinho: Arsenal legend could lure Ashley Cole to America

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Mourinho: Arsenal legend could lure Ashley Cole to America - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jose Mourinho has once again insisted that he would like Ashley Cole to stay at Chelsea beyond the end of the season, but admits that his future may lie away from Stamford Bridge.

Cole has found his first team opportunities severely limited this season, with Mourinho having chosen to utilise Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back for the majority of the season so far.

Former Arsenal striker admits he criticised AVB in front of whole team

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Former Arsenal striker admits he criticised AVB in front of whole team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham Hotspur striker, Emmanuel Adebayor, has admitted that he candidly criticized former Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas in front of his team mates.

The 29-year-old, who was signed by Villas-Boas from Manchester City permanently, was critical of the Portuguese's methods and admits that he spoke his mind in front of his team-mates.

Former Arsenal flop lashes out at Wenger

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Former Arsenal flop lashes out at Wenger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Arsenal attacker Gervinho has slammed Arsene Wenger for sapping his confidence through extended periods on the bench during his two year stay in North London.

The Ivory Coast international, who signed for Serie A side Roma last summer for €8m, is enjoying a new lease of life under new boss Rudi Garcia, and has clearly highlighted the difference between his experiences,

"The fundamental difference between the Roma and Arsenal is the coach,"Gervinho told 'Sports Ilustrated',

"Garcia here gives me confidence, I know that he believes in me.

CONFIRMED: Liverpool vs Arsenal Line-Up

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CONFIRMED: Liverpool vs Arsenal Line-Up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool face Arsenal at the Anfield on Saturday in the mouth watering clash, where the Reds will be looking to consolidate their fourth position in the league.

Brendan Rodgers has named an unchanged first 11 from the team that suffered a 1-1 draw against West Brom in the last match.

Spurs legend: Radamel Falcao could still move to the Premier League

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Spurs legend: Radamel Falcao could still move to the Premier League - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Tottenham legend David Ginola has said that he expects the saga of Radamel Falcao to flare up again in the near future, with the Premier League still a highly desirable destination for the Colombian striker.

Possible Manchester United Starting Line-Up Against Fulham

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

Manchester United will take on Fulham at the Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, looking to bounce back in the league, after their 2-1 defeat against Stoke City in the last match.

The Red Devils are struggling horribly under David Moyes and are lying 7th in the league, seven points behind 4th placed Liverpool.

The Big-Match Lens: Liverpool vs Arsenal

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The Big-Match Lens: Liverpool vs Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Premier League leaders Arsenal will take on fourth placed Liverpool in Saturday's early afternoon kick-off at Anfield, and we could be in for a real cracker!

The Gunners, still on course for the title, are about to enter a veritable gauntlet run of difficult matches against the Premier League's top sides.

The Transfer Lens: Luis Suarez to Chelsea? Ayoze Perez to Arsenal?

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The Transfer Lens: Luis Suarez to Chelsea? Ayoze Perez to Arsenal? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Just because the January transfer window has slammed shut doesn't mean the ol' rumour mill can take a breather!

No, the rumours are just ceaseless. So 'The Transfer Lens' is back to try and extract the truth from the tosh.

Benitez: Everyone at Chelsea was waiting for me to leave

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Benitez: Everyone at Chelsea was waiting for me to leave - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez didn't enjoy a great time during his time at Chelsea, where he served as an interim-manager of the London club last season.

It was obvious. Fans were quick to understand Rafa's tactical acumen, but he was never going to be favourite among the fans, because of his previous successful association with Liverpool.

Liverpool and Real Madrid set for transfer battle over ‘new Aguero’

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Liverpool and Real Madrid set for transfer battle over 'new Aguero' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool are reportedly set for a summer transfer battle with La Liga giants Real Madrid for promising young Argentine strikerLuciano Vietto.

The 20-year-old attacker has been dubbed the 'new Sergio Aguero' in his homeland due to his small build, lethal finish, and fast pace.

Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic Confirms summer Exit

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Manchester United: Nemanja Vidic Confirms summer Exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United defender and skipper Nemanja Vidic has announced that he will leave the club once his contract expires at the end of this season.

The 32-year-old has spent the past eight years at Old Trafford but insisted he has no intention of joining any other Premier League club.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Newcastle

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

Fresh from their brilliant 1-0 win against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the last match, the Blues will look to maintain the juggernaut, as they face Newcastle United on Saturday at the Stamford Bridge.

PHOTO: Chelsea Star back in training after injury

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PHOTO: Chelsea Star back in training after injury - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea will take on Newcastle United on Saturday at the Stamford Bridge looking to extend their undefeated run at home this season.

The Blues will be further boosted by the return of striker Fernando Torres, who missed the last few games with a knee injury.

PSG will be back for Adnan Januzaj in the summer

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PSG will be back for Adnan Januzaj in the summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After an abortive early bid for the player was quickly rebuffed by Manchester United, PSG seem keen to renew their interest in the Old Trafford starlet Adnan Januzaj in the summer, and may seek to tempt David Moyes to part with his prodigious young talent with a mega-bucks offer.

After taking a beating at Real Madrid, what now for Atletico?

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After taking a beating at Real Madrid, what now for Atletico? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The midweek Copa del Rey beating that Atletico Madrid suffered at the hands of their city rivals in the Bernabeu was probably the first real jolt that they have had in a season that sees them sitting three points clear at the top of La Liga, ahead of both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Will Messi or Ronaldo grab World Cup glory?

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Will Messi or Ronaldo grab World Cup glory? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Pele did it on more than one occasion. Maradona had a great one, a mediocre one and then an embarrassing one. Johan Cruyff had a couple of really good ones, unveiled a 'turn' in one that still carries his name, but was ultimately unfulfilled.

Possible Arsenal Starting Line-Up Against Liverpool

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

Arsenal will travel to Merseyside to face Liverpool at the Anfield on Saturday lunch time, where the Gunners will be hoping to consolidate their lead at the top.

The Gunners face a series of tough fixtures in Feb-March that could define their season, and the game at Anfield hold paramount importance to both the side.

Possible Liverpool Starting Line-Up Against Arsenal

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

Liverpool will take on Premier League leaders Arsenal at the Anfield on Saturday lunch time, looking to consolidate their top four position.

The Reds were left frustrated in the last match against West Bromwich Albion, where despite taking the lead, they had to return with one point from the game.

Wing Wizards Wanted: Who can keep England’s World Cup hopes airborn?

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Wing Wizards Wanted: Who can keep England's World Cup hopes airborn? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With just under 124 days until the 2014 World Cup kicks its first ball, England boss Roy Hodgson is faced with a familiar, almost traditional conundrum; an age old issue that threatens once more to undermine the quality and optimism in the Three Lions camp.

Manchester United – Five Defenders who can replace Nemanja Vidic

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Manchester United Five Defenders who can replace Nemanja Vidic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidicannounced yesterdaythat he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

The 32-year-old has spent eight glorious years at Old Trafford and insisted he has no intention of joining any other Premier League club, out of respect for United.

The next Ronaldo? Chelsea’s forgotten wide-man ordered to ‘build more muscle’

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The next Ronaldo? Chelsea's forgotten wide-man ordered to 'build more muscle' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

German international Andre Schurrle has reportedly been told to bulk up by manager Jose Mourinho if he wants to be reinstated into the Chelsea squad.

The 23-year-old has only completed one full Premier League match since moving to Stamford Bridge from Bayer Leverkusenin the summer.

Is Rodgers right to rule Liverpool out of the title race?

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Is Rodgers right to rule Liverpool out of the title race? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has ruled out the possibility of his side winning the Premier League this season, claiming that the size and current state of his squad does not yet match up to likes of Manchester City and Chelsea in the race for the title.

Manchester United: Shinji Kagawa ‘irritated’ at Old Trafford

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Manchester United: Shinji Kagawa 'irritated' at Old Trafford - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has had a tough time since he joined the Red Devils last season from Borussia Dortmund under Sir Alex Ferguson.

This season, under David Moyes, he has largely played a peripheral role and has started in only seven league games thus far.

Disgusting! Real Madrid’s Pepe blows snot at Chelsea target

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Disgusting! Real Madrid's Pepe blows snot at Chelsea target - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Diego Costa was at the centre of a hotly contested Copa del Rey clash between Atletico and Real Madrid last night, with Portuguese defender Pepe clearing his nose on the striker's face during Real's 3-0 win.

Vidic pointing the way ‘outta’ United and ‘Inter’ Milan this summer

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Vidic pointing the way 'outta' United and 'Inter' Milan this summer - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

David Moyes is reportedly organizing an overhaul of Manchester United's faltering squad over the summer months, and news reports today suggest that centre-back Nemanja Vidic may be one of those to departOld Trafford.

Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and the gift that keeps on ‘tweeting’

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Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic and the gift that keeps on 'tweeting' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Twitter adherents may be aware of the banter currently going on between Zlaten Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo. It certainly doesn't appear to be a case of any real malice, but it would probably be accurate to call it a ‘healthy rivalry.

How Much Will West Brom Miss Anelka If He Does Get Banned?

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How Much Will West Brom Miss Anelka If He Does Get Banned? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Nicholas Anelka has chosen to appeal his ban after he was charged by the Football Association over his quenelle gesture during a 3-3 draw against West Ham, in which he scored two goals. However if he does get banned just how much will West Bromwich Albion miss him?

Arsenal transfer shortlist: Which striker would be the best for the Gunners?

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Arsenal transfer shortlist: Which striker would be the best for the Gunners? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to reports, Arsenal have compiled a summer shortlist of potential striker signings, with Arsene Wenger ready to bring in a major name to placate restless Gunners fans, and to help take over their excellent form into next season.

Chelsea: German prodigy ‘available’ for €25.5m

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Chelsea: German prodigy 'available' for €25.5m - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to major German newspaper Bild, Schalke 04 midfielder Max Meyer has a buyout clause of €25.5m, with Chelsea said to have already failed with a bid for the 18-year-old.

Meyer has emerged as one of the brightest young prospects in German football, and was reportedly the subject of a failed €15m bid from Chelsea last November.

Wenger: Arsenal have no regrets over failed Suarez move

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Wenger: Arsenal have no regrets over failed Suarez move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that he has no regrets over the club's failure to lure Liverpol striker Luis Suarez to North London last summer.

Wenger, who is preparing for Arsenal's Premier League clash at Liverpool this Saturday, was ratherblaséwhen asked about his thoughts over Suarez, with the 27-year-old set to line up against the Gunners at Anfield,

"No, there are no regrets," Wenger said, via the Guardian,

"You have sometimes regrets when a player played for you, and scores goals or does well somewhere else [but] he was never our player.

Liverpool: Konoplyanka holds resentment over failed January move

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Liverpool: Konoplyanka holds resentment over failed January move - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Ukrainian winger Yehven Konoplyanka has said that he feels some resentment over his failed move to Liverpool in January.

The 24-year-old was expected to make a deadline day move to Anfield from Ukrainian side FCDnipro, but the deal failed to materialse, and Konoplyanka feels a little bitter at the outcome,telling reporters (via Goal.

Arsene Wenger: Man City looked jaded against Chelsea

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Arsene Wenger: Man City looked jaded against Chelsea - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has commented on Chelsea's stunning 1-0 win over Manchester City on Monday, saying that while the Blues deserved to win, he felt City were not at their best.

"Chelsea looked always dangerous and Man City looked for me a bit jaded," Wenger told the official Arsenal website,

"They were not as fluent or as strong physically as they were at Tottenham but it could have gone to 1-1, it could have gone 2-0 for Chelsea,"

"At the end of the day, they [Chelsea] had 65 per cent possession with 25 shots on goal so sometimes that can be a 1-1 [draw], but I must say Chelsea had opportunities for the 2-0 [win].

Manchester United rejected ‘lightweight’ Chelsea maestro

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Manchester United rejected 'lightweight' Chelsea maestro - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United reportedly pulled out of a move for Eden Hazard back in 2012, with the club believing that the Belgian was not suited to the physical nature of the Premier League.

Hazard, then at Ligue 1 side Lille, was on the cusp of stardom in 2012, and had attracted strong interest from a number of Europe's top clubs.

What They Said: Mourinho on title chances, Ex-Arsenal target on Man City project

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What They Said: Mourinho on title chances, Ex-Arsenal target on Man City project - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With a victory over Manchester City on Monday, Chelsea are now just two points behind London rivals Arsenal. For the first time in many years, we are witnessing a genuine three-horse title-race, excluding Manchester United.

Chelsea: The Fall of Ashley Cole

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Chelsea: The Fall of Ashley Cole - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

TheMondaynight fixture between two of the wealthiest teams in England was a battle won squarely by Chelsea, with manager Jose Mourinho trumping his counterpart.

One highlight was the balance of the Chelsea first eleven, every player seemed to know his remit and worked tirelessly to live up to the manager's expectation of themselves.

Liverpool: Sebastian Coates set for loan exit

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Liverpool: Sebastian Coates set for loan exit - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The January transfer window has closed but there is no stopping of rumours as clubs continue to work behind the scenes at identifying the targets for summer.

Liverpool have failed horribly in the winter transfer window, failing to land any single player.

Man Utd and Liverpool set to miss out on wantaway Porto ace

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Man Utd and Liverpool set to miss out on wantaway Porto ace - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernando has reportedly told Porto he wishes to leave Porto this summer, with Manchester City set to win the race for his signature.

City failed with a bid to land Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala from Portolast month, but will surely return for the pair come the summer, with Fernando seemingly set on a move.

Man Utd star on the verge of Inter Milan move – report

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Man Utd star on the verge of Inter Milan move report - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is reportedly moving closer to securing a summer move to Serie A side Inter Milan, and a deal may be agreed in the next few days.

Inter Milan had appeared as potential January suitors for the 32-year-old, but nowSilvia Vallini of Sky Italia has claimed thatthe Serie A side are almost certain to procure the centre-back in the summer.

The Klinsmann Revolution Requires Four More Years

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The Klinsmann Revolution Requires Four More Years - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jurgen Klinsmann worked for ESPN as a pundit during the 2010 World Cup, and Klinsmann's charisma and easy nature made him a natural in front of the camera. When he talked about the tournament, especially Germany, he was good.

The Klinsmann Revolution Required Four More Years

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The Klinsmann Revolution Required Four More Years - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Jurgen Klinsmann worked for ESPN as a pundit during the 2010 World Cup, and Klinsmann's charisma and easy nature made him a natural in front of the camera. When he talked about the tournament, especially Germany, he was good.

Fixture List Frenzy: Who has the best Premier League title run-in?

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Fixture List Frenzy: Who has the best Premier League title run-in? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With the Premier League title race arguably the closest we've seen for years, Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea are down to just fourteen games to show that they are worthy of winning the Premier League trophy.

Chelsea legend hails ‘new Desailly’ Kurt Zouma

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Chelsea legend hails 'new Desailly' Kurt Zouma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has hailed new signing Kurt Zouma, stating that the 19-year-old can be as good as former France legend Marcel Desailly.

Leboeuf, who played alongside Desailly at Stamford Bridge and for France, has said that Zouma can make a huge impact in West London.

Arsenal to solve striker problems with £25m Serie A signing?

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Arsenal to solve striker problems with £25m Serie A signing? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal are planning a big-money move for former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli this summer, according to the latest reports from Italy.

The enigmatic Italian, who joined AC Milan for€20m last January from City, could be line for a summer move back to the Premier League, according to TuttoSport.

TWIF: Miami MLS Team On The Brink Of Reality

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TWIF: Miami MLS Team On The Brink Of Reality - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

THIS WEEK IN FOOTBALL

On a week of derby thrashings in the Premier League, abizarre deadline-day miss for Liverpool, and Wondolowski's big day capping the USA's January camp.

USA

- David Beckham is in the United States he made an appearance at the Super Bowl on Sunday and he's flying to Miami today to continue work on bringing his MLS team to the city.

No ‘parking the bus’ at City for Chelsea’s first class coach!

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No 'parking the bus' at City for Chelsea's first class coach! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The Manchester City juggernaut was brought to a shuddeing halt last night as Chelsea ripped up the Eastland's club 100% home league record. Many had seen this game as a clash between the maverick goal-getters of City and the pragmatic approach of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.

Manchester United plotting summer move for ‘new Patrick Vieira’

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Manchester United plotting summer move for 'new Patrick Vieira' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester United are reportedly looking to kick-start their summer overhaul with a move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

The 21-year-old destroyer, who has been likened to former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, is said to be high on the agenda for David Moyes, with the Metro reporting that the Scot sent scouts to watch the player during Sporting's 0-0 draw with Academica on Sunday.

Have Chelsea found their perfect midfield combination?

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Have Chelsea found their perfect midfield combination? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea' s magnificent 1-0 win at the Etihad last night really cannot be understated. To a man, the Blues were exceptional, and under tactical genius of Jose Mourinho, Chelsea arguably played their best 90 minutes since the early days of Carlo Ancelottiin 2010.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs Man City: Hazard and Cahill Superb

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Chelsea Player Ratings vs Man City: Hazard and Cahill Superb - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea beat Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad this evening, in what was arguably the game of the season so far.

Branislav Ivanovic's first half pile-driver was the difference between the sides, but the margin could have been even greater, with the Blues hitting the post three times in what was a counter-attacking masterclass from Jose Mourinho's men.

Manchester City vs Chelsea: Live

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Manchester City vs Chelsea: Live - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Hello and welcome to Soccerlens' live coverage of tonight's Premier League match, Manchester City vs Chelsea.

Hosted by Tom Gatehouse, the Lens will keep you up to date with events as they unfold at the Etihad.

CONFIRMED: Manchester City v Chelsea Line-Up

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CONFIRMED: Manchester City v Chelsea Line-Up - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City in the crucial encounter at the top of the Premier League.

Manchester City haven't lost at home this season and a victory tonight will take them back to the top spot in the league table.

Arsenal: Imperfect January could spell disaster for Wenger

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Arsenal: Imperfect January could spell disaster for Wenger - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal's season so far has had all the security of a wire loop game. Gunners fans everywhere are preparing for the worst, as despite Wenger's steady hand, the Frenchman seems determined to avoid necessary precautions so as to avert disaster.

What They Said: Wenger on Kallstrom injury, Zaha could be next CR7 claims Ole

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What They Said: Wenger on Kallstrom injury, Zaha could be next CR7 claims Ole - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted yesterday that he knew about the back injury of Kim Kallstorm before signing him on the deadline day.

The 31-year-old swede has fractured vertebrae, which Arsenal medical team alerted Wenger during an extensive medical on Friday.

PHOTO: Arsenal players pose with Oxlade-Chamberlain

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PHOTO: Arsenal players pose with Oxlade-Chamberlain - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal moved back to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

After a goal-less first half, England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first goal of the season after his cool finish from an intelligent play from Santi Cazorla.

Possible Chelsea Starting Line-Up Against Manchester City

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

Chelsea visit the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City in the crunch Premier League encounter at the top of the Premier League table on Monday night.

Manchester City have a chance to reclaim the top spot in the league, should they beat Chelsea, while the Blues would be looking to close the gap with the title rivals, after dropping points in midweek.

Manchester United: Van Persie summer exit to solve Rooney-Mata conundrum?

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Manchester United: Van Persie summer exit to solve Rooney-Mata conundrum? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Losing to Stoke City on Saturday somewhat took the wind out of the sails of the much-heralded renaissance of Manchester United. And if that wasn't bad enough for United fans, Sunday newspapers are carrying a story that will only add to their depression.

Moyes’s amazing swap deal proposal – and who it involved!

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Moyes's amazing swap deal proposal and who it involved! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of course you never know the truth of it, but no-one seems to be offering up any denials. If it had happened, it may not have been the biggest deal in terms of money, but it would surely have been the biggest surprise.

‘I’m the main culprit’ – Liverpool player takes the blame after poor show

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'I'm the main culprit' Liverpool player takes the blame after poor show - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool failed to take the chances of increasing the lead with other top-four contenders, as the Reds only managed a 1-1 draw against West Brom at the Hawthorns yesterday.

Kolo Toure's blunder (side pass to Anichebe) gave West Brom the lucky equalizer and cost two points, which could prove costly in the race for top four.

Man City vs Chelsea: Between Strikers, Legend and Transformation

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Man City vs Chelsea: Between Strikers, Legend and Transformation - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Living in central London has many perks, with the overwhelming rat race quietly offset by a number of extra-curricular outlets.

One of which is always having between 3-5 Premier League 'choices' every weekend, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and Fulham all rolling out the show, as they have done since the beginning of our collective obsession.

Berbatov opts for French leave at Monaco

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Berbatov opts for French leave at Monaco - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Transfer deadline day always throws up a few unexpected moves. Injuries to players open the door to a few short-term signings giving others opportunities they perhaps weren't expecting. One example was Kevin Doyle's loan move to QPR battling at the top of the Championshp, from Wolves where he was struggling to get a game for the League One outfit.

Will the Gunners missing out on striker signing cost them?

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Will the Gunners missing out on striker signing cost them? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal fans will be more than a little concerned at the relative lack of activity from their club during the January transfer window. Whilst the eleventh hour signing of Kim Kallstrom is of course a welcome addition to the squad, it's not really addressing what many feel to be the outstanding requirement.

PHOTO: Arsenal reveal Kallstrom’s shirt number

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PHOTO: Arsenal reveal Kallstrom's shirt number - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

New Arsenal signing Kim Kallstrom will wear the number 29 shirt for the Gunners, the club have revealed.

We can now reveal the number Kim #Kallstrom will wear for Arsenal.