Off the Post Archives for January 2013

Video: Spurs beat Hull City 8-7 on penalties

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Video: Edin Dzeko’s goal (Newcastle 0-2 Man City)

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Manchester City appear to have booked their place in the Capital One Cup quarter finals with a second extra-time goal at Newcastle. Some neat interplay involving James Milner opened up the Newcastle play for Edin Dzeko to put City 0-2 up.

Video: Paul McShane’s goal gives Hull an extra time lead at Spurs

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Hull defender Paul McShane has put his side on the brink of an Capital One Cup upset with an extra time goal against Tottenham. Some slack Spurs defending allowed McShane to head his side into a 1-2 lead.

Video: Tottenham’s Harry Kane equalises against Hull

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Penalties are now looming at White Hart Lane after Harry Kane's equaliser against Hull. The young striker turned well on the edge of the area and showed good strength and composure to run across the box until he found the space to fire a low shot into the net. It's 2-2 with just a few [...]

Video: Alvaro Negredo puts Man City 1-0 up at Newcastle

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Newcastle vs Manchester City 0:1 Negredo by footballdaily2 Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo has scored an extra time goal to put his side in front at Newcastle. The Spaniard got across his man to put the ball past Tim Krul in the Magpies goal.

Video: Ex-Spurs star Gareth Bale scores his second of the game (Real Madrid vs Sevilla)

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Video: Brad Friedel’s own goal (Spurs vs Hull)

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Hull have levelled at White Hart Lane, with a bit of help from Spurs keeper Brad Friedel. There was more than a hint of farce to the Tigers' equaliser. Curtis Davies' terrible attempted tap-in was somehow heading wide when it seemed easier to score before it hit Friedel and deflected into the net.

Video: Gareth Bale scores for Real Madrid vs Sevilla

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GIF It: Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy play ball boy vs Man City

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We know Mike Ashley's banned the local media from St James' Park, but has he done away with the ball boys as well? Mathieu Debuchy got fed up waiting for a ball to be returned to him during tonight's game against Manchester City. So he ran down an exit gate to retrieve the ball for [...]

Video: Gylfi Sigurdsson’s long-range wonder strike (Spurs vs Hull)

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Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Hull City (Amazing Goal... by all-goals

Photo: Manchester City keepers Costal Pantilimon and Joe Hart warm-up at Newcastle

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Costel and Joe warm up on a chilly night in Newcastle #nufcvcity #mcfc pic.twitter.com/iZL8PyUlw8 Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 30, 2013

Diego Maradona calls Man City striker Sergio Aguero a ‘wimp’

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is a "wimp", according to his former father-in-law Diego Maradona. Speaking on his 53rd birthday, Maradona hit out at Aguero over his break-up with wife Giannina. The couple ended their four-year marriage earlier this year. Their son Benjamin lives in Madrid with his mother.

Video: Spurs shirts in the dressing room ahead of Hull clash

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Spurs have released a video of the shirts of their starting line-up hanging in the White Hart Lane dressing room ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Hull. Mousa Dembele took the time to pose with his shirt. And apparently they ran out of time to include Christian Eriksen's shirt.

Costal Pantilimon starts ahead of Joe Hart for Man City vs Newcastle

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It's matchday! Team news from @NUFCOfficial v @MCFC coming right up. #NUFC #MCFC @CapitalOne_Cup pic.twitter.com/UgKQ5aOeRq Newcastle United FC (@NUFCOfficial) October 30, 2013 Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Costal Pantilimon has been named in Manuel Pellegrini's starting lineup for tonight's Capital One Cup clash against Newcastle.

Photo: Etienne Capoue on the pitch ahead of Spurs vs Hull

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A few of our lads and Hull City players walk the pitch before tonight's match here at the Lane #THFC pic.twitter.com/N2nMmnoc8y Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 30, 2013 A promising sight for Tottenham fans: Etienne Capoue on the pitch ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Hull. The Frenchman made a promising start to [.

David Beckham hoped ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson would manage his MLS franchise

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David Beckham claims he was hoping to coax Sir Alex Ferguson into becoming the manager of his new MLS franchise before the former Manchester United manager's retirement. Reports today suggest that Beckham is now actively pursuing starting an MLS team in Miami and he has confirmed that he wanted Fergie to be its first [.

Video: Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand on cleaning boots at Gillingham

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Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand has been reminiscing about his time spent scrubbing boots. The England international came through the youth ranks about Gillingham before joining Chelsea as a 15-year-old in 2005. And he's got fond memories of cleaning the boots of Gills players. He said: "I was at Gillingham before so we had to clean [.

Photo: Frank Lampard, Andre Schurrle and Oscar in Chelsea training

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Some players have a day off today, others have been in training this morning. #CFC pic.twitter.com/QvufmiDVtX Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) October 30, 2013 Any Chelsea players who didn't strain themselves too much in helping the team to a 0-2 win at Arsenal last night were in training as usual today. While many of the squad [.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City target Saido Berahino set to sign new West Brom contract

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West Brom striker Saido Berahino is set to put an end speculation linking him with a cut-price move to Arsenal or Manchester City. The England Under-21 striker has been in great form so far this season, with the highlight coming when he scored the Baggies' winner against Manchester United. After that game it was widely [.

Real Madrid ‘to offer £20m and Karim Benzema’ for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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Real Madrid are willing to offer striker Karim Benzema plus £20m to Liverpool in exchange for Luis Suarez. The Daily Star reports that the Spanish giants will make their move for the Uruguayan star in January. They are confident that Suarez still wants to quit Anfield in search of Champions League football despite settling back [.

Spurs and Arsenal battle for Alexandre Pato

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North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are going head-to-head in a battle to sign Brazilian star Alexandre Pato, according to reports in the Italian media. La Stampa claims that the Corinthians forward is wanted by both clubs in January. The former AC Milan man claims Spurs tried to sign him in the summer, but the [.

Arsenal ‘to warn’ Emmanuel Frimpong after racism row

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Arsenal plan to remind Emmanuel Frimpong of his 'responsibilities when using social media', according to reports in the London Evening Standard. The Gunners midfielder sparked a racism row after appearing to suggest that he had been left out of the squad to face Chelsea in last night's Capital One Cup tie because of the colour [.

Language barrier halting Erik Lamela’s Spurs progress

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Erik Lamela's lack of English is holding him back as he attempts to settle in at Spurs, according to manager Andre Villas Boas. The former Roma player was expected to be the closest thing to a replacement for Gareth Bale amid Villas Boas' array of summer signings. But the Argentina international has so far struggled [.

Video: On-loan Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi’s sweet strike (Birmingham 4-4 Stoke)

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Oussama Assaidi has barely had a sniff of first-team football since joining Liverpool last summer. And he's found opportunities just as hard to come by since joining Stoke on loan. That might be about to change after this outstanding striker against Birmingham in last night's Capital One Cup clash. This was the opening goal in [.

Photo: David Moyes photobombs a Man Utd fan

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Sister just got photobombed by David Moyes... pic.twitter.com/4hnQNO3OCS Sarah Holt (@SarahHolt1) October 29, 2013 Ian Holloway has recently left Crystal Palace, so Manchester United boss David Moyes is preparing to fill the void as the Premier League's prankster manager. The Scot photobombed a Manchester United fan who happens to be the sister of [.

Liverpool legend John Barnes: ‘Fines and bans won’t get rid of racism’

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Former Liverpool star John Barnes says education is the only way to get rid of racism in football. The ex-England international was asked for his thoughts following the racist abuse suffered by Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure during last week's Champions League win over CSKA Moscow. Amid calls for the Russian side to be thrown [.

Southampton plan to sign Victor Wanyama’s brother McDonald Mariga

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Southampton are considering a deal to double their Wanyamas by making a move for Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga. The Kenya international, currently on loan at Parma, is the older brother of Saints star Victor Wanyama. Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to strengthen in January to push towards a surprise Champions League qualification.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho gets Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal shirt

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho picked up a memento of last night's Capital One Cup win over Arsenal: Mesut Ozil's shirt. The Blues boss got his former Real Madrid player's jersey after guiding his side to a 0-2 win at the Emirates. Alas, he didn't offer Ozil his puffa jacket in return. Ozil found time to [.

Wolfsburg target Man Utd’s Shinji Kagawa and Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne

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German side Wolfsburg have made it clear they are happy to help find new homes for out-of-favour Premier League duo Shinji Kagawa and Kevin De Bruyne. Manchester United playmaker Kagawa has struggled to hold down a regular place since joining from Borussia Dortmund last summer and has fallen further down the pecking order since David [.

Nicklas Bendtner insists he’s trying to help Arsenal to win trophies

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner insists he is doing everything possible to ensure the club's success this season. The Denmark international was given a rare start during last night's Capital One Cup defeat to Chelsea, but was berated by fans during an underwhelming performance. Supporters chanted for first-choice forward Olivier Giroud to be introduced in his [.

Photo: Robin Van Persie poses with Man Utd fans with tattoos of him

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Manchester United star Robin Van Persie has had a photo taken with supporters bearing tattoos of him. The Dutchman uploaded the picture to his Instagram account after meeting the two United fans with his image inked on their arms. It has to be said, the tattoos could be a bit more lifelike than they are.

Video: Juan Mata’s beautiful strike (Arsenal vs Chelsea)

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Juan Mata did his best to catch the eye of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho with this excellent goal in tonight's Capital One Cup tie with Arsenal. The Spanish playmaker hit a swerving right-footed strike from the edge of the box to beat Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Lookalikes: Chelsea’s Juan Mata celebrates his Arsenal goal with two Kevin De Bruynes

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To celebrate his stunning strike against Arsenal, Chelsea star Juan Mata decided to step into some sort of parallel universe that is overrun by Kevin De Bruyne. During his goal celebration, Mata appeared to have one De Bruyne on his back and another in the crowd in front of him.

GIF It: Michael Essien puts a shot out for a throw (Arsenal vs Chelsea)

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And it's not even particularly close to the corner flag. Chelsea midfielder Essien attempted to unleash a shot from the edge of the box against Arsenal this evening, but it ended up being a pretty decent clearance.

Liverpool sign former Miss World

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Liverpool have snapped up former Miss World Rosanna Davison as a host for their in-house TV channel. The Irish model and presenter, daughter of Lady In Red singer Chris De Burgh (rather appropriately), was brought in to present two separate half-hour programmes. The first will look at the Reds' greatest Irish players, while the second [.

Video: Javier Hernandez gives Man Utd the lead against Norwich

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A Javier Hernandez penalty has given Manchester United a first-half lead in their Capital One Cup tie with Norwich. The Mexican striker followed his winner against Stoke at the weekend with this confident spot-kick against the Canaries.

Video: Cesar Azpilicueta gives Chelsea the lead at Arsenal

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Chelsea have taken the lead in tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Arsenal after Cesar Azpilicueta capitalised on a defensive howler from fellow right-back Carl Jenkinson. The Gunners defender got nowhere near enough on an attempted header to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, allowing Azpilicueta to nip in and score his first goal for the Blues.

Puma mat and branding at Arsenal ahead of sponsorship announcement

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@LadyArse @DarrenArsenal1 @GeoffArsenal Rumours that #Arsenal set to announce Puma partnership on Saturday pic.twitter.com/t6emlZ6kU7 ارسنال الحب (@GoldenCannon92) October 29, 2013 The fact that Puma will replace Nike as Arsenal's kit supplier is one of football's worst kept secrets (not least since Linford Christie tweeted a photo of Thierry Henry wearing a Puma-branded Gunners shirt).

Xavi tips Celtic keeper Fraser Forster to succeed at Barcelona

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Barcelona star Xavi has made it clear that his club are interested in signing Celtic keeper Fraser Forster. The former Newcastle youngster, known as La Gran Muralla (The Great Wall) by fans of the Catalan side following his incredible Champions League displays against them, has long been rumoured with a move to Camp Nou.

Photo: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski celebrates his return to the pitch

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Injured Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has been revelling in his next step towards a return to action. The Germany international took to the pitch at the Gunners' London Colney training ground today. He celebrated by posting a clenched fist photo on his Instagram account. He wrote: "I've been waiting for this moment back on [.

Mario Balotelli’s agent talks up Chelsea move

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AC Milan star Mario Balotelli's agent has opened the door for a possible transfer bid from Chelsea. Mino Raiola says he doesn't expect the former Manchester City striker to stay at the San Siro for the rest of his career and suggested a reunion with Jose Mourinho. The pair previously worked together at Inter Milan.

Video: Austrian side fail with Arsenal-style trick penalty

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It's amazing that footballers still refuse to learn the lesson taught by Arsenal duo Thierry Henry and Robert Pires all those years ago. This time it's Austrian fifth division outfit ATSV Stadl-Paura falling foul of the trick penalty. Milan Koprivarov and Mario Petter are the players involved in what turns out to be a pass [.

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti: ‘I was never offered Neymar because Perez wanted to sign Bale from Spurs’

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he was never offered the chance to sign Neymar because club president Florentino Perez had already decided he want to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham. Neymar was the star of the show as Barcelona beat Real in Saturday's El Clasico. With many pundits wondering whether Ancelotti's squad would have [.

Spurs’ Kyle Walker touts England to make the World Cup final

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Kyle Walker: his outstanding athleticism sometimes seems to be the universe's way of compensating him for a lack of brain cells. Less than a month after securing World Cup qualification with England, the Spurs right-back has broken ranks to say he thinks Roy Hodgson's squad can reach the final. With Hodgson and skipper Steven Gerrard [.

Sunderland hero Fabio Borini still hoping to build Liverpool career

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Sunderland striker Fabio Borini became an instant Wearside hero with his stunning derby day winner against Newcastle on Sunday. But the on-loan Italian is still planning on making an impression at parent club Liverpool. The former Roma man had a difficult first season in the Premier League last term, picking up an injury just as [.

Video: Man Utd’s Darren Fletcher makes comeback for U21s

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Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has made his return from a long illness layoff. The Scotland international featured in last night's under-21 game against Norwich.

Emmanuel Frimpong dismisses Arsenal race row

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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has denied he was attacking the club in a Twitter observation on racism. The Ghana international tweeted: "Sometimes I wish I was white and English #realtalk." The post was soon deleted, but The Sun has splashed with a story that Frimpong was referring to his absence from the Gunners' Capital One [.

Jose Mourinho aims to bring Xabi Alonso to Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is planning a reunion with his former Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso. Mourinho hopes to persuade the ex-Liverpool star to return to the Premier League with the Blues. The 31-year-old's contract at the Bernabeu expires this summer and is by no means certain to stay with Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Photos: Aston Villa players take part in an open training session

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The Villa players take to the field for the open training session, led out by skipper @RonVlaar4. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/7KT03Qhj1D Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) October 29, 2013 Aston Villa's squad is today training in front of supporters at Villa Park. Paul Lambert's side are holding an open training session with many local schoolchildren currently off [.

Daniel Agger rejects Liverpool exit rumours

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has responded to media reports that he is about to leave the club by saying that he is not going anywhere. The Denmark international had been linked with a move away from Anfield in national newspapers after losing his place in the Reds' starting lineup. But he took to Twitter to [.

Emmanuel Petit: ‘Spurs paid for my taxi to go to sign for Arsenal’

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Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit has revealed he was in talks with Tottenham before he decided to join the Gunners. Indeed the World Cup winner was talking to the north London rivals so close together that Spurs actually paid for his taxi on his way to sign for Arsenal. He told the Daily Mail: "Before [.

Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini out for up to three weeks

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#Arsenal fans have chosen Mathieu Flamini as their #WBAvAFC man of the match. Well done Mathieu! pic.twitter.com/z46rSQH3x4 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 7, 2013 Arsenal's hopes of maintaining the momentum of their excellent start to the season have been dealt a blow with the news that Mathieu Flamini is out of action for up to [.

Moussa Dembele: ‘Small pitch is hurting Spurs attacks’

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Tottenham's small pitch is responsible for their lack of goals so far this season, according to midfielder Moussa Dembele. The Belgium international thinks the size of the White Hart Lane playing surface has played a significant part in blunting his side's attacks. He told the Evening Standard: "It's not easy for us.

Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote avoids jail over fake driving licence

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Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote has been given a suspended prison sentenced and order to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work after admitting using a fake driving licence. The Ivory Coast international had bought a fake Belgian licence for £12,800 and used it to apply for UK driving licence from the DVLA.

Man Utd’s Maroune Fellaini says he nearly joined Arsenal instead

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Marouane Fellaini could have become an Arsenal player over the summer, he has revealed. Manchester United's only major summer signing joined the champions on transfer deadline day. But the Belgium international claims the Gunners were also interested in signing him. The former Everton man told beIN Sport: "This was done at the last minute.

Spurs’ Andros Townsend discusses his advertising hoardings fall

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Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has been talking about the incident that saw him fly headfirst over advertising hoardings during yesterday's 1-0 win over Hull. He said: "I didn't realise how deep the ground was after the hoardings. "I kind of got the cross in and kind of flipped over and just fell, and just kept [.

Arsenal watching Nigerian youngster Kelechi Iheanacho

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Arsenal are keeping an eye on the progress of Nigeria's Kelechi Iheanacho after he impressed during the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. The 17-year-old is said to have attracted the Gunners' attention with his four goals against Mexico in the tournament, which is being hosted in the United Arab Emirates. The Daily Mail reports that chief [.

Everton’s Leon Osman hopes for England recall

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Everton midfielder Leon Osman is hoping he can force his way back into the England set-up ahead of next summer's World Cup. The Toffees veteran's outstanding form last season led to him winning his first two England caps at the age of 31. Osman has not been in Roy Hodgson's thoughts so far this season, [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 26-27 October

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1. The loan system strikes again! Fabio Borini managed exactly what his Liverpool team-mates couldn't do last week by beating Newcastle. 2. Despite the derby win and a jump to a whopping four points, we would advise Sunderland fans to ensure a period of reflection before getting any Gus Poyet or Fabio Borini tattoos.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba helping Liverpool’s excellent start to the season

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed the role played by his former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba in the Reds' promising start to the campaign. The England international says a chat with the Blues legend over the summer has helped him fire Brendan Rodgers' side to third in the table. He told the Sunday Times: "I [.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham chase Anderlecht duo

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Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all interested in a deal to bring two talented Belgian youngsters to the Premier League. Midfielders Dennis Praet, aged 19, and Youri Tielemans, aged 16, both played for Anderlecht against Paris St-Germain in last week's Champions League clash. And the Daily Star reports that scouts from all three English clubs [.

Man Utd chasing Basel starlet Michael Goncalves

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Manchester United are being linked with a move for Swiss wonderkid Michael Goncalves. Media reports in Switzerland claim the Under-21 international is a target for David Moyes. And United could bid for the 18-year-old defender as early as January. The Basel youngster is highly rated and Moyes has already demonstrated that he is interested in [.

Video: Tottenham’s Andros Townsend collides with a photographer

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We brought you the GIF yesterday, now we have the video of Spurs winger Andros Townsend's nasty fall in the closing stages of yesterday's victory over Hull. The England man went flying head first over the advertising hoardings, smacking his head on the ground and delivering a cut to the head of a Daily Mail [.

Arsenal and Liverpool want in-form Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou

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Olympiacos goal machine Kostas Mitroglou is a transfer target for Arsenal and Liverpool, the Daily Star reports. The 25-year-old became the first Greek player to score a Champions League hat-trick earlier this season and that was just one of the three hat-tricks he's scored so far this campaign. His goalscoring streak has given him [.

Video: Cesc Fabregas’ Arsenal debut, 10 years ago today

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Yes, we're going to get your week off to a bit of a gloomy start by making you feel very old. It's 10 years today since a little known Spaniard by the name of Francesc Fabregas made his Arsenal debut. The Gunners' number 57 made his bow in a home Carling Cup tie against Rotherham [...]

Serge Gnabry signs new Arsenal contract

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Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry has signed a new "long-term contract" with the club. The Gunners haven't revealed how long the German's new deal runs, just that he has put pen to paper. Manager Arsene Wenger said: "We signed Serge Gnabry because I believe that he will be a great player. He's nearly there now, and [.

GIF It: Roberto Soldado scores from the penalty spot (Spurs 1-0 Hull)

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Tottenham appear to have sneaked a win against Hull courtesy of a soft Roberto Soldado penalty. The Spaniard made no mistake with his spot-kick, but you can decide for yourself whether this was a deliberate handball. Via Feint Zebra.

GIF It: Fernando Torres scores a late winner (Chelsea 2-1 Man City)

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Fernando Torres won this afternoon's game against Manchester City with a late goal. The Chelsea striker took advantage of a monumental defensive cock-up involving Joe Hart and Matija Nastasic to sneak in for his first Premier League goal of the season.

GIF It: Tottenham’s Andros Townsend crashes over the advertising hoardings

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Spurs and England winger Andros Townsend needed treatement after falling over the advertising hoardings and colliding with a photographer. A stretcher was on the scene for both parties, but it appears that the photographer came off worse as he got his head bandaged. Townsend was able to walk away from the scene after receiving treatment.

GIF It: Sergio Aguero equalises for Man City at Chelsea

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Sergio Aguero has made it all square at Stamford Bridge with this equaliser early in the second haf. The Manchester City striker fired in a powerful left-footed shot that beat Chelsea keeper Petr Cech at his near-post.

GIF It: Andre Schurrle gives Chelsea the lead vs Man City

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Fernando Torres made amends for another outrageous miss by putting this chance on a plate for Andre Schurrle. The German made no mistake and tucked away his first Premier League goal.

GIF It: Jose Mourinho’s response to Fernando Torres miss (Chelsea vs Man City)

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1. GOA... 2. How did he miss that? How much are his wage... 3. Oh, better not look too angry TV cameras. 4. Sneaky look to see if they put me on the big screen.

Video: Mamadou Sakho sings to Liverpool fans through his car window

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Mamadou Sakho was clearly in good spirits after yesterday's win over West Brom. Being chauffeured home after the game, the France international wound down his window and serenaded Liverpool fans in a neighbouring car. He's learned the lyrics to the Reds' 'Liverpool, Liverpool' chant, but the tune still needs a bit more work!

GIF It: On-loan Liverpool striker Fabio Borini’s stunning goal (Sunderland vs Newcastle)

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Fabio Borini has swung the Tyne-Wear derby in Sunderland's favour with this incredible strike in the 85th minute. The on-loan Liverpool striker took advantage of Newcastle switching off after conceding a free-kick on the halfway line. The ball eventually broke outside the box to the young Italian who fire his effort past Toon keeper Tim [.

GIF It: Mathieu Debuchy equalises for Newcastle at Sunderland

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Mathieu Debuchy took advantage of some slack Sunderland defending to grab an equaliser for Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby. The French right-back ghosted in at the back-post and was on hand to finish as the Black Cats switched off and let the ball run all the way across their area.

Man United, Man City, Arsenal or Chelsea could sign Robert Lewandowski for just £7m

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Robert Lewandowski is being offered to the Premier League's elite for as little as £7m. Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea have all been told that the Borussia Dortmund striker is available for a cut-price deal in January. The Poland international revealed earlier this month that his expected move to Bayern Munich next summer [.

GIF It: Steven Fletcher gives Sunderland the lead vs Newcastle

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Steven Fletcher has given Gus Poyet's Sunderland the perfect start in today's Tyne-Wear derby. The Scot headed the Black Cats into the lead inside five minutes of the clash with Newcastle. No kneeslides to report at this stage.

Video: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers takes another swipe at ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

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After a week in which he seems to have spent most of his time issuing angry responses to comments made about his players in Sir Alex Ferguson's book, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers couldn't resist a couple of tongue-in-cheek comments in his press conference following yesterday's 4-1 win over West Brom.

Fer Play: Leroy Fer’s cheeky disallowed goal (Norwich 0-0 Cardiff)

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With time running out in yesterday's 0-0 draw between Norwich and Cardiff, the Welsh side's keeper David Marshall threw the ball out of play so that Canaries midfielder Alex Tettey could receive treatment. When the ball was return to play by Norwich, Leroy Fer decided to show that he's Fer by name but not fair [.

Man Utd closing in on £15m signing of Everton’s Leighton Baines

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Everton left-back Leighton Baines will join Manchester United in January for £15m, the Sunday Express reports. David Moyes had two £12m bids for his former charge rejected over the summer. Now the Toffees are said to have 'advanced plans' to sign Swansea City's Ben Davies or Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand as a replacement for Baines.

Liverpool hope to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs to Stephan El Shaarawy

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Stephan El Shaarawy is a transfer target for Liverpool. The Daily Star reports that the Reds are hopeful of signing the £25m-rated AC Milan star. The 20-year-old has found himself in the shadow of former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli at the San Siro. The Italy international is also said to be wanted by Chelsea, [.

Arsenal interested in West Brom’s Youssouf Mulumbu

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West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is a £7m transfer target for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is keen to find an alternative combative midfielder to shared Mathieu Flamini's workload. Some pundits had suggested that the Gunners looked lightweight without Flamini against Borussia Dortmund last week, and Wenger wants to add another option to his squad.

Crystal Palace player ‘requested Direct Debit’ to simplify his rule-breaking

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A Crystal Palace player was apparently so determined to continue his persistent breaking of club rules that he asked to pay his fines by direct debit. The Eagles star said to be one of the club's many summer signings took exception to a ban on using his mobile phone in the treatment room. [...]

Arsenal to challenge Spurs for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke

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Arsenal are planning to battle north London rivals Tottenham for the signing of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. Villa boss Paul Lambert recently confirmed that Spurs enquired about Benteke over the summer and Andre Villas Boas' side have been linked with rekindling their interest in January. Now the Daily Mail reports that the Gunners will [.

Video: Luis Suarez’s hat-trick and Daniel Sturridge’s stunning chip (Liverpool 4-1 West Brom)

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The SAS partnership once again made a huge impact for Liverpool today. Luis Suarez grabbed a first Anfield hat-trick before strike partner Daniel Sturridge helped himself to arguably the best goal of the game as the Reds sailed to a 4-1 win over West Brom.

Man Utd apologise for sending ‘Nazi’ imagery to fans

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Manchester United have apologised for an official email sent to supporters containing a Swastika-style logo and the headline 'New Order'. The email invited fans to read an article on the club's next generation of players, with Adnan Zanuzaj acting as the poster boy. But directly above Januzaj's head were the letters MUFC arranged to look [.

GIF It: Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey fights with a Crystal Palace corner flag

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Aaron Ramsey has looked capable of doing almost anything so far this season, but it turns out dealing with corner flags is not part of his repertoire. The Arsenal midfielder did a passable impersonation of an awkward teenager in a high school sex education class as he tried to return the flag to its pole.

Ex-Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas: ‘I didn’t even think about joining Man Utd’

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he never considered joining Manchester United over the summer. The former Arsenal star insists he didn't get involved in the gossip and only ever planned to stay at Camp Nou. Asked whether he was tempted by United or if he would only return to Arsenal, Fabregas told The Guardian: "I [.

Barcelona battle to stop Antonio Sanabria joining Arsenal or Manchester City

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Barcelona are trying to tie wonderkid Antonio Sanabria into a new contract to stop him defecting to Arsenal or Manchester City. The 17-year-old has a £2.5m release clause, which is making him a tempting target for the two Premier League sides and Italian giants Juventus. The Paraguayan's current deal expires in 2015, but Barca are [.

Liverpool set to move for Djurgarden youngster Daniel Amartey

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Liverpool are ready to increase their interest in Ghanaian youngster Daniel Amartey. The 18-year-old Djurgarden defender is a target for clubs across Europe following his impressive performances for his club so far this season. The player's agent, Patrick Dark, has confirmed that his client is being tracked by some of Europe's biggest clubs, but would [.

Newcastle ban Steven Taylor from wearing ‘stamp collector’ boots at Sunderland

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has banned defender Steven Taylor from wearing boots with the words 'The Stamp Collector' stitched on the side. Ahead of last season's derby, Taylor stoked up tensions by claiming that he "would rather be a stamp collector" than go to watch Sunderland. The 27-year-old was hoping to wear boots bearing the [.

Everton’s on-loan Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku loses to Kevin Mirallas, smashes PlayStation controller

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Romelu Lukaku smashed a PlayStation controller after losing a game of FIFA 14 to Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas. The on-loan Chelsea striker let his emotions get the better of him after defeat to his Belgium national team colleague. The youngster said: "I dont this but euhm... Kevin had won this time and this the result [.

Aly Cissokho ‘outstanding’ in Liverpool training

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says left-back Aly Cissokho has been "oustanding" in training. The on-loan Valencia defender is set to get his second Premier League start at West Brom today, with Jose Enrique still injured. But Rodgers had no qualms about including Cissokho in his line-up and believes he will now challenge Enrique for a [.

Photo: Burnley mascot sent-off for offering his glasses to linesman vs QPR

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Burnley mascot Bertie Bee has been given his marching orders during this afternoon's top of the Championship clash with QPR. The ref sent the cheeky mascot off after he offered his glasses to a linesman!

Video: David Moyes wants Man Utd to score more goals

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says he would like to see his team score more goals. The Scot thinks his defence has been showing promising signs in recent games, but he now wants United to start scoring more regularly. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's game against Stoke, he said: "Yeah, well you know, if you're not [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini says Chelsea match is a six-pointer

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Manchester City's game against Chelsea on Sunday is a six-pointer, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean says the Stamford Bridge meeting is as important as the Manchester derby for his side. He said: "Of course it is an important moment. It is always an important moment about playing against the team that always has [.

Photo: Man Utd wonderkid Adnan Januzaj rocking flip flops and socks and Maroune Fellaini’s short shorts

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Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini standing around with a group of schoolchildren cuts a pretty funny image to begin with. Then we noticed Fellaini appears to be showing a bit too much leg than is necessary when you're just hanging out with a gang of kids you don't know. And then we noticed that Januzaj [.

‘Pyro’ dogs to be unleashed on Sunderland vs Newcastle crowd

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Sunderland have confirmed that "pyro-deteccting" police dogs will be at work at the Stadium of Light for Sunday's game against Newcastle. The animals will be responsible for stopping fans taking flares and smoke bombs to the Tyne-Wear derby match. . Sunderland security manager Paul Weir said: "Police will have pyro-detecting dogs and queuing fans will [.

Pope poses with a Sunderland shirt ahead of Newcastle match

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Delighted to meet Pope Francis yesterday and present him with a Sunderland strip @SAFCofficial pic.twitter.com/0M4CZtnp4L Fr. Marc (@frlydensmith) October 24, 2013 Rock-bottom Sunderland are trying everything in the book to get the better of Newcastle in this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby and that includes divine intervention.

Man Utd’s Patrice Evra dismisses exit talk

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Patrice Evra has denied rumours that he is set to quit Manchester United. The France international is out-of-contract at the end of the season and comments he made on his future seemed to indicate he was ready to leave Old Trafford. But he has rejected those suggestions. Speaking to MUTV, he said: "I did an [.

Olivier Giroud: ‘Arsenal’s fans’ Hey Jude chant gives me goosebumps’

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says he gets goosebumps when the club's supporters sing his name. After a tricky first season, the Frenchman has established himself as a vital member of the team this term. As a result, his chant 'Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-Giroud' to the tune of The Beatles' Hey Jude has been getting plenty of [.

David Moyes denies Man Utd are vulnerable

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has rejected suggestions from Stoke boss Mark Hughes that the champions are vulnerable. He told his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's game against the Potters: "That might be Mark's opinion. "He's entitled to that but we'll wait and see. "There's only two months of the season gone and [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Thomas Vermaelen is frustrated amid Inter Milan rumours

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his club captain Thomas Vermaelen is frustrated at being out of the team. The Belgian has suffered for form and fitness over the past year and is currently unable to get past the excellent Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny to command a first-team spot. Wenger said he understands the 27-year-old's [.

Spurs star Andros Townsend bemoans FIFA 14 hairline

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Spurs winger Andros Townsend has revealed his annoyance at just how life-like FIFA 14′s version of him is. The England sensation is probably due an upgrade on his statistics on the video game following his recent excellent form, but he's not best pleased that they've got his receding hairline spot-on.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany out of Chelsea clash

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PELLEGRINI: Vincent is still injured, so he will not have a chance to play this game #mcfc Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 25, 2013 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is not fit to face Chelsea this weekend. Manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed that the Belgium international has not recovering from his thigh injury.

Cesc Fabregas talks about Arsenal return

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Former Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas has been talking about his plans to return to the club in a coaching role. The Barcelona star, who left the Gunners in 2011, reckons a return to north London would be the perfect way to start his career as a coach. At the age of 26, it appears Fabregas [...]

Video: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Spurs’ Nacer Chadli wash dishes for a fan

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard and Spurs winger Nacer Chadli helped out with household chores for Belgium supporters. During a recent international break, the pair were dispatched to knock on the doors of fans and see if they could lend a hand as part of a PR exercise by the Belgian FA. One family tasked the [.

Liverpool face battle to sign ex-Man Utd keeper Ron-Robert Zieler

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Liverpool's hopes of signing Hannover 96 keeper Ron-Robert Zieler appear to be fading. Brendan Rodgers was hoping to snap up the former Manchester United player by activating a £7million release clause in his contract before next summer, German newspaper Bild reports. But German clubs Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach are also interested in Zieler.

Fulham boss Martin Jol: ‘Fergie still owes me Man Utd airfare’

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Martin Jol claims Sir Alex Ferguson still owes him for a plane ticket he bought to discuss becoming the Manchester United assistant manager. The Dutchman, then in charge at RKC Waalwijk, flew to England in 2004 to discuss becoming Ferguson's new deputy after Carlos Queiroz's departure to Real Madrid.

Luis Suarez ‘so happy’ with Liverpool strike partner Daniel Sturridge

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Liverpool star Luis Suarez has expressed his happiness at working alongside Daniel Sturridge. Having carried the Reds' goalscoring threat alone in past seasons, the Uruguay international is revelling in having somebody else to occupy opposition defenders. And Suarez rates England international Sturridge as a very good player in his own right.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘Man Utd need 10 new players to win the league’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers need 10 new signings if they want to win the Premier League. The Reds boss was as he has been for a large chunk of the past few days responding to comments made in Sir Alex Ferguson's book. The former Manchester United boss claimed that his old Merseyside rivals [...

Video: Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas on moving closer to Europa League progression

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Tottenham are now within easy reach of qualification for the Europa League knockout stage. Manager Andre Villas Boas is pleased with that even if he sounded a little underwhelmed at how hard his time found it to finish off Moldova's FC Sheriff in last night's game. Spurs eventually won 0-2, but the hosts ensured it [.

Ex-Liverpool star Djibril Cisse blasts ‘idiots’ who bet on a Swansea win last night

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You bunch of idiots insulting me coz you bet on the wrong result its not my failt if you are stupid djibril cisse (@DjibrilCisse) October 24, 2013 Djibril Cisse has launched a Twitter rant at fans who insulted him for ruining their bets. The former Liverpool striker's late penalty for Kuban Krasnodar earned the [.

Chelsea and Bayern Munich ‘bid €250m’ for Barcelona’s Lionel Messi

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Bayern Munich and Chelsea launched €250m bids for Barcelona star Lionel Messi last summer, according to reports on Spanish TV. The rumours, touted on the Punto Pelota show, suggest that Adidas were ready to bankroll a move to one of their marquee clubs. The three-stripe band is said to be keen not to have its [.

London shopping centre rebrands after visit from Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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In honour of Arsenal star Özil popping in to the centre today, we've had a bit of a re-brand... pic.twitter.com/gUpUGRJXIa Brent Cross (@brentcross) October 24, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil popped into London's Brent Cross Shopping Centre yesterday. It's safe to say it was a bigger deal for them than it was for [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals Mesut Ozil was sick before Borussia Dortmund game

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The boss is all smiles in the press conference today. See this pic #CPFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/u37xpGOsm2 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 25, 2013 Arsene Wenger says illness was the reason for Mesut Ozil's below-par performance against Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Arsenal's record signing was not at his scintillating best as the Gunners suffered a home defeat.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: ‘Man City game is a test but not a title decider’

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says opponents Manchester City are title challengers but he doesn't think this week's game between the two side will decide who has the best chance of winning the league. Speaking at his press conference, Mourinho said: "At this moment no result will put a team in a great situation or [.

Photo: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini heads for the M&S wine aisle

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@MCFC Spotted at Trafford Centre M&S, what a nice guy! pic.twitter.com/pKAvzKYA57 Terry Wrist (@Michaelllson) October 24, 2013 How do you unwind after a flying visit to Russia during which members of your team have been racially abused? In the case of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, the answer appears to be to head to [.

Photos: Liverpool (including Philippe Coutinho) train ahead of West Brom match

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PHOTO: @Phil_Coutinho continues his comeback in training at Melwood pic.twitter.com/ZMmXler1y7 Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 24, 2013 Liverpool have been training ahead of this weekend's game against West Brom. There's no doubting the big news: Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho was back in action, although the rest of the squad were under instructions not to clatter [.

Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler touts Arsenal move

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German goalkeeper Rene Adler has indicated that he is prepared to move to Arsenal at the third time of asking. The Hamburg man says he has twice been approached by the Gunners in the past and twice turned them down. But a move to north London could now be on if Arsene Wenger's side [...]

Video: Jermain Defoe’s goal (FC Sheriff 0-2 Tottenham)

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Tottenham's European goalscoring extraordinaire Jermain Defoe scored the club's second goal in a 0-2 away win over Moldova's FC Sheriff this evening.

FC Sheriff fans display Arsenal banner at Spurs game

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Fans of Moldovan outfit FC Sheriff are doing anything possible to help their side secure an upset against Tottenham. And that includes waving banners featuring the logo of Spurs' north London rivals Arsenal. You'd imagine the impact would be negligible, but you never know.

Liverpool linked with January move for Manchester City striker

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Manchester City forward John Guidetti is rumoured to be a January transfer target for Liverpool. The 21-year-old was tipped for big things after a hugely successful loan spell at Dutch side Feyenoord in the 2011/12 season. But injury and illness have halted his progress since then and he is still very much on the fringes [.

Tired Man Utd defender faces no action over ‘tramp’ comments

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Patrice Evra will face no further action after calling four football pundits including World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu "tramps". The French Football Federation asked the Manchester United left-back to explain that and other disparaging comments made during a television interview. But the investigation found that Evra should not be disciplined.

GIF It: Vlad Chiriches’s amazing goal-line clearance (FC Sheriff vs Spurs)

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Tottenham took an early lead against FC Sheriff in Moldova, but they were only able to keep it thanks to this wonderful defending from Vlad Chiriches. With keeper Hugo Lloris beaten, the Romanian centre-back got back to his goal-line to make an incredible block.

GIF It: Jan Vertonghen gives Spurs the lead at FC Sheriff

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Jan Vertonghen has put Tottenham 1-0 up in Moldova against FC Sheriff. The Belgian centre-back rose well above his marker to head in a Christian Eriksen cross.

Video: Shinji Kagawa’s individual highlights (Man Utd 1-0 Real Sociedad)

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Shinji Kagawa's performance against Real Sociedad was hailed by manager David Moyes as the best he had seen from him. See what impressed Moyes in the video above, which collates all the Japan international's touches.

Photo: Spurs players’ kit, swivel chairs, towels and programme ahead of FC Sheriff clash

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Liverpool boss Rodgers: ‘Fergie will apologise for criticising Jordan Henderson’s running style’

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Sir Alex Ferguson will one day apologise to Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson for questioning his running style, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has predicted. Rodgers says the former Manchester United's comments on the former Sunderland youngster were the most disappointing aspect of Ferguson's new book.

Chelsea’s Ashley Cole pokes fun at Man Utd birthday boy Wayne Rooney

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Happy birthday @WayneRooney have a nice one lad loving ur new hairstyle pic.twitter.com/PknPKwDaXO Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) October 24, 2013 Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has been enjoying a bit of banter with England team-mate Wayne Rooney on his birthday. The Manchester United striker turned 28 today, so Cole sent him birthday greetings accompanied by [.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho will be fit to face Arsenal

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says playmaker Philippe Coutinho will be fit to make his comeback from an injury lay-off in next week's game against Arsenal. The Brazilian had been one of the Reds' top performers this season before injuring his shoulder in last month's 2-2 draw at Swansea. Rodgers said: "He's joined in with the [.

CSKA Moscow deny Man City’s Yaya Toure was racially abused

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CSKA Moscow have released a ridiculous statement denying that their fans racially abused Yaya Toure during last night's game against Manchester City. The monkey chants aimed at the Ivory Coast international were clearly audible during the game. But CSKA didn't see it that way. A club statement said: "Having carefully studied the video of the [.

Chelsea and Man City vie to sign PSG’s Blaise Matuidi on a free transfer

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Chelsea and Manchester City are both planning to tie Paris St-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi into a pre-contract agreement in January. The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is free to talk to other clubs from the start of 2014. According to French newspaper L'Equipe, both Premier League signs will [.

Chelsea hopeful of winning race for Wolfsburg’s Julian Brandt

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#VfL-Talent Julian Brandt trainierte heute zum ersten Mal in dieser Saison bei den Profis mit. pic.twitter.com/IVqJH9cZVz VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) August 20, 2013 Chelsea hope to beat the likes of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund to sign German youngster Julian Brandt. The 17-year-old has turned down a new long-term contract at Wolfsburg and will now leave [.

Newcastle plot move for MK Dons wonderkid Dele Alli

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Newcastle United are reportedly planning a January raid for MK Dons youngster Dele Alli. The highly-rated 18-year-old has been scouted several times by the Magpies, according to The Journal. Although the left winger is currently out with an ankle injury, Alan Pardew's side are ready to move for him in the January transfer window.

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud allegedly exclaimed ‘F**k Man Utd!’ – then posed with United fan

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A Manchester United supporter claims Olivier Giroud told him "F**k Man Utd" when he saw him in the street wearing an official United jacket. But the Arsenal star was more than happy to pose for photos with the fan in question, even if he wasn't sure about his taste in football teams and outerwear. The [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes praises Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa

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Manchester United manager David Moyes was full of praise for both Wayne Rooney and Shinji Kagawa following last night's 1-0 win over Real Sociedad. United took an early lead through an own goal after good work by Rooney, and Moyes was pleased with his efforts. He said: "Wayne, from day one I kept getting told [.

Liverpool boss Rodgers attacks ex-Man Utd manager Ferguson over ‘lack of ethics’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has accused former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson of lacking "old school values and ethics" by publishing his new autobiography. The Anfield boss thinks Fergie broke unwritten rules by revealing dressing room secrets from his managerial career. Rodgers told talkSPORT: "Anyone who's been in football knows that whatever is said [.

Video: Juventus’ Arturo Vidal performs the worst ever dive and worst ever cross simultaneously

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You've got to hand it to Juventus star Arturo Vidal. He decided if he was going to make a fool of himself in last night's game against Real Madrid, he would really go to town. The Chile international completely messed up an attempted cross and instead delivered a thunderous kick to the Bernabeu pitch.

Mike Phelan: ‘Man Utd would have signed one of the world’s best with Fergie in charge’

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Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan claims Sir Alex Ferguson had plans in place to sign one of the best players in the world over the summer. In what can only be viewed as criticism of United's new regime of manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward, Phelan said Ferguson had a marquee [.

Video: Comedy own goal gives Man Utd the lead against Real Sociedad

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March by footballdaily1 Manchester United have take a very early lead against Real Sociedad in tonight's Champions League game at Old Trafford. Wayne Rooney made a mazy run into the box and hit a curling effort the bounced off the inside of the post. Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez was first to the ball, but [.

Man City’s Yaya Toure targeted by racist monkey chants vs CSKA Moscow

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was subjected to racist abuse during this evening's Champions League win at CSKA Moscow. Monkey chants could clearly be heard coming from Russian supporters behind one of the goals during the second half of the game. Toure said he was aware of the abuse during the game.

Video: Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard appears on Loose Women

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Frank Lampard has been doing the media rounds today to promote a series of children's books he has written. One of his more interesting bookings was an appearance on lunchtime chat show Loose Women. See the Chelsea veteran's appearance above.

GIF It: Joe Hart makes a match-winning save (CSKA Moscow 1-2 Man City)

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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has found his form called into question in recent months. But there was nothing wrong with his efforts in thwarting CSKA Moscow striker Keisuke Honda from point blank range and ensuring Manuel Pellegrini's side return from Russia with all three points.

GIF It: All the goals from CSKA Moscow 1-2 Manchester City

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Sergio Aguero was the star of the show as Manchester City defeated Russian side CSKA Moscow. The Argentina striker grabbed both goals for Manuel Pellegrini's side. It was former Manchester United youngster Zoren Tosic who put the hosts into the lead. But Aguero soon levelled the scores.

Russian TV station confuses Manchester City with Manchester United

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Russian TV station NTV is going to have a surprise when they turn up at CSKA Moscow's stadium later they're expecting to find Manchester United but they will be confronted by Manchester City. Still, if it was good enough for Garry Cook...

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud says he’s tired and needs a rest

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Fears over Arsenal's lack of squad depth appear to becoming a reality just a couple of months into the season. Olivier Giroud the Gunners' only senior, trusted striker has admitted that his high workload is beginning to take its toll. But the Frenchman hopes that giving Nicklas Bendtner striking duties for the Capital [.

Former Man Utd assistant manager Mike Phelan new favourite to become Middlesbrough boss

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Mike Phelan's odds of becoming the new Middlesbrough manager have tumbled, making him the new favourite for the job. Sir Alex Ferguson's former assistant has overtaken Tony Pulis as the frontrunner to land the Riverside Stadium hot-seat. Phelan has been out-of-work since being told he would not be needed as part of David Moyes' backroom [.

Photo: Spurs cut the grass ahead of Sunday’s game against Hull

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How long is a piece of string? Well, in our case, the length of the pitch. They help our groundsmen cut the grass pic.twitter.com/YaeAILjT0M Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 23, 2013 Tottenham's groundstaff are busy preparing the pitch for their Premier League clash with Hull this weekend. The club has released a couple of photos [.

CSKA Moscow paint the pitch green ahead of Man City clash

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CSKA Moscow have responded to criticism of their pitch ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Manchester City by painting it green. More to follow.

Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang calls Spurs ‘weird’

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Former Tottenham transfer target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he will never join the club after they ruined a chance to sign him in 2012. The Borussia Dortmund striker, who came on a substitute in last night's win at Arsenal, says he turned down a move to White Hart Lane after becoming fed-up of Spurs' "weird" negotiations.

Video: West Brom striker Saido Berahino’s mum shows off her one-touch passing

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If West Brom boss Steve Clarke does end up losing youngster Saido Berahino to Arsenal or Manchester City, he could always sign his mum. England Under-21 international Berahino has posted a video of him and his mother doing a passing drill in the living room. And she completes the sessions with Xavi-esque pass completion statistics.

Arsenal fan: ‘A half-conscious Mathieu Flamini is better than Mikel Arteta’

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It's safe to say that this Arsenal supporter, 'Bully', was not best pleased with Mikel Arteta's performance against Borussia Dortmund last night. The Spaniard was handed the holding midfield role, with Mathieu Flamini still recovering from the concussion he sustained against Norwich at the weekend. But Bully would rather have seen Flamini play.

Jan Vertonghen touts Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend as the ‘new Gareth Bale’

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Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen hasn't done anything to lift the increasing weight on Andros Townsend's shoulders by branding his team-mate "the new Gareth Bale". Speaking to the media yesterday, Vertonghen suggested that the England sensation could become Tottenham's best-ever player if he can maintain his current levels.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere throws in some casual national stereotyping

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Albeit he's been stitched up along the way, Jack Wilshere's media persona has gradually turned into something tantamount to a Daily Mail editorial in recent weeks. And the Arsenal star added a little bit of national stereotyping to his repertoire after last night's defeat to Borussia Dortmund. Asked why Dortmund were difficult to play against, [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes rejects talk of Javier Hernandez joining Spurs

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Javier Hernandez will not be leaving Manchester United in January, according to David Moyes. The United manager insists that the Mexico international reportedly a £15m target for Tottenham has a big part to play this season, despite once again being on the fringes at the start of the campaign. Moyes said: "It [Hernandez's [.

Former Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs defender William Gallas joins Perth Glory

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William Gallas has agreed a one-year deal with Australian side Perth Glory. The A-League outfit reportedly beat a number of clubs, including Crystal Palace and at the height of their defensive injury crisis Manchester City, to Gallas' signature. Gallas will officially complete the move once he has undergone a medical.

Arsenal and Spurs target Adrien Rabiot ready to quit PSG in January

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Highly-rated Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has revealed he will consider quitting the club if they sign another midfielder in January. The 18-year-old is worried about being sidelined as PSG continue to pursue a galactico model. Rabiot has mainly been used as a late substitute so far this season.

Chelsea weigh-up bid for Atletico Madrid’s former Liverpool target Diego Costa

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa is a transfer target for Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror. The £35m-rated striker was targeted by Liverpool over the summer, but opted to sign an improved deal at Atletico instead. He has been in superb form at the start of the new season and has found himself at the [.

Video: Jose Mourinho praises Chelsea for controlling Schalke game

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said his side controlled the game as they emerged 0-3 winners from last night's Champions League clash at Schalke. The Blues boss was particularly impressed with his defensive ranks. He said: "I think everything started with the way we defended, and I think my goalkeeper, my four defenders and Rami [Ramires] [.

Arsene Wenger: ‘Arsenal too hesitant and too slow against Borussia Dortmund’

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his team were off the pace in last night's home defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. The Frenchman bemoaned his side's hesitancy and seemed to indicate that his players could be tired. He said: "Well I felt that we started a bit hesitant, which we didn't do against [.

Tottenham ready to bid £28m for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke

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Spurs are preparing to launch a fresh attempt to capture Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and they will pay up to £28m to sign the Belgium international. Villa boss Paul Lambert recently confirmed reports that the north Londoners had enquired about Benteke over the summer, although they stopped short of making an official bid.

Nigel Clough appointed as new Sheffield United manager

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Sheffield United have named Nigel Clough as their new manager. The 47-year-old, who was sacked by Derby County, has been appointed as David Weir's replacement. Sheffield United co-chairman Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud told the club website: "Nigel was the clear, first choice of the board.

Video: Eden Hazard makes it Schalke 0-3 Chelsea

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Eden Hazard topped off a comfortable Champions League win for Chelsea at Schalke with this late goal.

GIF It: Fernando Torres scores his and Chelsea’s second against Chelsea

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Fernando Torres has put Chelsea 2-0 up against Schalke in tonight's Champions League game.

Photos: Man City players training ahead of CSKA Moscow clash

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MOSCOW LIVE: The lads gather round for a team talk under the lights of the Khimki Arena #cskavcity #cityontour #mcfc pic.twitter.com/X9hwPqA2yy Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 22, 2013 Manchester City's player were well wrapped up for a training session in Russia ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow.

GIF It: Olivier Giroud equalises for Arsenal against Borussia Dortmund

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Olivier Giroud struck late in the first-half to ensure Arsenal went in level with Borussia Dortmund at half-time in tonight's Champions League clash.

Cristiano Ronaldo inadvertently creates a child p0rn scandal for himself

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Poor old Cristiano Ronaldo. He tried to run a nice little social media competition for his Twitter followers and ended up getting his knickers in a bit of a twist. Followers had been invited to: "Upload your best, craziest and funniest fan image showing your love for CR7 and win a trip to meet Cristiano [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes defends Wayne Rooney after Fergie criticism

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Manchester United boss David Moyes had defended striker Wayne Rooney in the wake of criticism from his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson. Rooney's attitude last season is called into question in Ferguson's new autobiography, but Moyes says he has experienced no such difficulties with the England international.

GIF It: Fernando Torres gives Chelsea the lead at Schalke

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres had put Chelsea into an early lead against German side Schalke in tonight's Champions League clash. The Spaniard nodded in at the back post.

GIF It: Henrikh Mkhitaryan gives Borussia Dortmund the lead at Arsenal

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Arsenal's recent buoyant mood has been undermined slightly by an early goal for Borussia Dortmund in tonight's Champions League play. It was a mistake by form player Aaron Ramsey that led to former Liverpool transfer target Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring the opener.

Video: Ex-Man Utd skipper Roy Keane hits back at Sir Alex Ferguson criticism

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Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas ‘likes’ a pizza picture on Instagram

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Just moments after we brought you Sir Alex Ferguson's admission that he still doesn't know who threw pizza at him in the infamous Pizzagate scandal, former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has offered a pretty big hint that he was the culprit. Arsenal fansite Arseblog reported the same passage from Ferguson's new autobiography as us by [.

Photo: Chelsea go for a pre-match stroll ahead of Schalke game

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The @chelseafc first team have had their pre-match stroll and lunch... #CFC pic.twitter.com/reK3ei6w1C Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) October 22, 2013 Chelsea's players have been out for a pre-match walk ahead of their game against Schalke this evening. The Blues squad wandered around Gelsenkirchen for some fresh air before tucking into their lunch.

Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson admits kicking a boot at David Beckham’s head

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Sir Alex Ferguson has broken his silence on one of the great legends of his time as Manchester United by revealing he did inflict a scar on David Beckham's head by kicking a boot at him. Writing in his new book, Ferguson said: "In his final season with us, we were aware that David's work [...]

‘I’m still not sure if Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas threw the pizza,’ says ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

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Sir Alex Ferguson says he has no idea who covered him in cheese and dough in the infamous Pizzagate incident. In 2004, after one of the many emotional charged meeting between Manchester United and Arsenal of the time, Ferguson had a pizza thrown at him by an Arsenal player. Urban legend names Cesc Fabregas as [.

Ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: ‘Rafa Benitez’s decision to make it personal hurt Liverpool’

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Former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez's decision to engage Sir Alex Ferguson in a personal battle stopped Liverpool winning the league, the ex-Manchester United boss has claimed. Speaking ahead of the launch of his new book, Fergie made it clear that he believes the Reds' attempts to challenge for trophies was hindered by the Spaniard's feuding.

Sir Alex Ferguson had a painting by Kieran Richardson hanging in his Man Utd office

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One of the more bizarre revelations to come out of Sir Alex Ferguson's new book is that he had a piece of artwork created by former Manchester United winger Kieran Richardson hanging in the manager's office. Fergie said: "I had a lovely painting in my office that Kieran Richardson did." A bit of research reveals [.

Former Arsenal man Nelson Vivas sacked after punching a fan

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Nelson Vivas has been sacked from his managerial role in Argentina after punching a fan. We told you over the weekend that the then Quilmes boss was in hot water after being caught on camera decking a supporter. And that has proven to be the case. The 44-year-old, a former understudy to Lee Dixon and [.

Barcelona line up Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is said to be a transfer target for Barcelona. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that the Catalan giants want the England international to form part of a new-look midfield as they prepare to replace the ageing Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Xavi, aged 33, has looked increasingly off the pace in recent [.

Video: Jamie Carragher’s favourite Liverpool team goal

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Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was asked to name his favourite Liverpool team goal in response to Jack Wilshere's effort for Arsenal against Norwich at the weekend. Without too much thought, this is the one that Carra opted for: Patrik Berger's strike against Derby County in October 2000. The Czech star applied a thunderous final [.

Patrice Evra signals he will quit Man Utd

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra had made it clear he intends to leave at the end of the season. The France international is out-of-contract in the summer and is set to move on for what he has said are "personal" reasons. The 32-year-old claims United want him to stay, but it doesn't seem likely that [.

Video: Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville praise Arsenal’s ‘best player in the league’ Aaron Ramsey

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey received a glowing review from Monday Night Football pundits Jamie Carragher and Aaron Ramsey last night. Carragher praised Ramsey as being "the best player in the league" on his current form. Neville was also keen to praise Gunners boss Arsene Wenger for ignoring criticism in the media and from Arsenal supporters [.

Man City battle Barcelona for 14-year-old Malaga wonderkid Brahim

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is hoping to raid former club Malaga for youth team sensation Brahim. But the Chilean faces competition from Barcelona in his efforts to sign the talented youngster. Barca have already failed in two attempts to sign the playmaker, despite wheeling out Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi to convince him [.

Sir Alex Ferguson: ‘Selling Jaap Stam was my worst Man Utd mistake’

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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has described his decision to literally drive Jaap Stam out of the club as the worst mistake of his managerial career. The Dutch centre-back was abruptly sold to Lazio in 2001. At the time there were conflicting reports as to whether Stam was forced out because he wrote [.

Video: Ex-Spurs star Gareth Bale becomes Forrest Gump for Spanish TV sketch

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Gareth Bale has definitely arrived at Real Madrid: his character has been introduced to satirical football sketch show Crackòvia. Not that he appears in the most flattering of lights. The Welshman is portrayed as Forrest Gump! It's clear that the Spaniards don't think that Bale is the brightest spark.

Spurs ‘miss out’ on transfer target Keisuke Honda

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Tottenham target Keisuke Honda has agreed to join AC Milan in January, according to reports in his native Japan. The 27-year-old striker was believed to be one of Andre Villas Boas' top targets for the winter transfer window as he seeks to bolster his strikeforce. But it looks like Spurs will be forced to pursue [.

Shane Long hints at West Brom exit

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West Brom striker Shane Long has made it clear that he is considering leaving the club on a free transfer. The Republic of Ireland international has been on the fringes at the Hawthorns this season and is struggling to reach an agreement with the Baggies over a new deal. Now, Long has acknowledged that he [.

Photo: Man Utd training ahead of Real Sociedad clash

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Working hard ahead of tomorrow night's match against Real Sociedad... #mufc pic.twitter.com/ANkdYeEbeb Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 22, 2013 Manchester United's players were on the training ground this morning in preparation for tomorrow's Champions League game against Real Sociedad. Midfielder Anderson training with the squad despite having played for more than an hour in an [.

Liverpool hopes Andre Wisdom’s Derby loan will sweeten Will Hughes deal

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Liverpool are hoping that sending Andre Wisdom on loan to Derby County will help to improve their prospects of landing Rams wonderkid Will Hughes. The England Under-21 skipper is expected to join Steve McClaren's side shortly and the Daily Star reports that the move is seen as a bargaining chip. The Reds are one of [.

Video: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s new Adidas ‘The Enlightened’ boots

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will be among the players hoping to dazzle the opposition in a new pair of boots this evening. Adidas have launched their 'The Enlightened' pack of boots. The boots made in the brand's Nitrocharge, f50, adiPure and Predator models will be worn by Adidas sponsored players in this week's [.

Ex-Man City star Mario Balotelli: ‘Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic will make me look boring’

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AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has warned the English media that his antics will pale into insignificance once they see Marko Arnautovic's wild side. Stoke's summer signing has a reputation that precedes him but with former Manchester City star Balotelli now claiming the morale high-ground, perhaps the Potter should be worried.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho faces FA charge

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Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after being sent to the stands during Chelsea's victory over Cardiff on Saturday. An FA statement read: "Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct in relation to his behaviour during his side's game against Cardiff City on Saturday 19 October 2013.

Video: Arsenal training ahead of Borussia Dortmund match

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Arsenal were in training at London Colney today ahead of tomorow's Champions League game against last season's finalist Borussia Dortmund. Record signing Mesut Ozil was all smiles during the session, while Jack Wilshere celebrated his excellent goal against Norwich at the weekend by donning a silly hat.

Photo: Fulham owner Shahid Khan watching Crystal Palace game from a roof

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New Fulham owner Shahid Khan was forced to watch part of his side's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace from a roof above the Selhurst Park away end after his executive box was evacuated. A fire alarm in the first half forced Palace staff to ask those in the posh seats to leave their boxes [...]

GIF It: Steve Sidwell’s stunning volley (Crystal Palace vs Fulham)

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Fulham are halfway towards volleying their way to an away win at Crystal Palace. Hot on the heels of Pajtim Kasami's spectacular equaliser came another long-range volley, this time from midfielder Steve Sidwell.

GIF It: Pajtim Kasami’s stunning volleyed goal (Crystal Palace vs Fulham)

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Fulham youngster Pajtim Kasami has lit up tonight's Premier League game at Crystal Palace with this outrageous volley. It's one of those wide angle volleys that just have no right to end up in the net. Simply stunning.

Video: Chelsea training ahead of Schalke match

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Chelsea trained at their Cobham training ground today before heading to Germany for tomorrow's Champions League clash with Schalke. The session took place in some fairly miserable conditions, with defender David Luiz opting for some interesting headwear to protect his curly locks.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ‘not focused’ on transfers

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Arsene Wenger has dismissed transfer speculation linking Arsenal with moves for the likes of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, saying he is "spoilt for choice" with his existing squad. Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund, Wenger said transfer are not on his mind at the moment.

Arsenal fans add Ozil umlaut to a Sky Spörts News van

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Fans of Mesut Özil have decorated our car #bvb #Arsenal @Arsenal #ssnhd pic.twitter.com/9rITKAhjwT Sascha Bacinski (@Sky_Sascha) October 21, 2013 The German branch of Sky Sports News is in London to cover tomorrow's Champions League clash between Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund. While you might think they would have a better grasp of the German language [.

West Ham after former Newcastle target Alfred Finnbogason

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West Ham are being linked with a move for Icelandic striker Alfred Finnbogason. The Heerenveen striker was reportedly a target for Alan Pardew's Newcastle over the summer but the Magpies never got as far as making a bid. Now Sam Allardyce is weighing up a January offer for the 24-year-old. He sent scouts to watch [.

Photo: Arsene Wenger leads Arsenal training ahead of Borussia Dortmund clash

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Here's the @Arsenal manager issuing instructions at this morning's training session #AFCvBOR pic.twitter.com/yrqSoyz8Rj Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 21, 2013 Arsene Wenger has been speaking to his squad on the training ground ahead of tomorrow's Champions League game at home to Borussia Dortmund. If his subsequent press conference was anything to by, he was probably [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 19-20 October

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1. When a goalkeeper is bouncing the ball it is still in his possession. We can now all conclude that is factually correct. Even those of us that didn't know before this weekend, right Anthony Taylor? 2. Jose Mourinho is a more passionate supporter than the average Chelsea fan. 3. Arsene Wenger should have retired [.

Audio: Chelsea fan Brindley blames arrogant Cardiff keeper David Marshall for Samuel Eto’o incident

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We get our fair share of blinkered fan boys around here, but even we had to have a little chuckle when we heard Brindley the Chelsea fan over the weekend. He phoned BBC Radio 5Live's 606 show to blame the arrogance of Cardiff keeper David Marshall for the controversial incident in which Samuel Eto'o pinched [.

Chelsea linked with £25m move for Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula

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Marseille midfielder Giannelli Imbula is a £25m transfer target for Chelsea, the Metro reports. Blues boss Jose Mourinho is set to move for 21-year-old France Under-21 international in January. The young midfielder is viewed as a more reasonably priced alternative to Juventus' former Manchester United trainee Paul Pogba, who now has a £40m asking price.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini told his players Man Utd beat Southampton

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini ensured his players were in the right frame of mind for their game against West Ham on Saturday evening by telling them that Manchester United had won. City's players were aware that Robin Van Persie had given United the lead against Southampton, but Pellegrini neglected to mention that the Saints [.

Five players who refused to wear their team’s sponsor

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In this article, we look at players who haven't seen eye-to-eye with their bosses over their choice in sponsors. 1. Frederic Kanoute Mali international Kanoute refused to wear a sponsorship logo for the 888 poker website on religious grounds during his time with Spanish side Sevilla. The former West Ham striker deemed the deal to [.

Man Utd defender Patrice Evra questioned over ‘tramp’ comments

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has been asked to explain comments in which he described four television pundits as "tramps". The French Football Federation want to know what the 32-year-old meant when he directed his comments towards World Cup winner Bixente Lizarazu and his colleagues. Evra told a French TV station: "People have a good [.

Video: Another rude hand gesture on BT Sport. This time from Raphael Honigstein

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BT Sport have broadcast a second naughty hand gesture in the space of two days. And again one of their studio pundits was to blame. Following David Ginola's efforts yesterday, German football pundit Raphael Honigstein did exactly the same this evening in a strange sort of tribute to Ginola. Honigstein was offered the chance to [.

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong mocks Man Utd’s troubles

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He never seems to play football for them so we presume Emmanuel Frimpong is kept on the Arsenal payroll to lower morale at opposition clubs with his social media output. His latest effort is a swipe at Manchester United's underwhelming league position. The midfielder posted a photograph on his Instagram account of a group of [.

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny taps up Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski on Facebook

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With Robert Lewandowski making it clear that his rumoured move to Bayern Munich is not yet completed, he is now being linked with a move to Arsenal or Manchester City. Gunners keeper and Lewandowski's Poland international team-mate Wojciech Szczesny has let it be known where he thinks the Borussia Dortmund striker should go.

The Daily Mail’s predicted England World Cup, featuring Arsenal’s Gavin Hoyte, Chelsea’s Sam Hutchinson and Spurs’ Dean Parrett

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An excellent spot by Steve Angelesey in his 3pm column for the Mirror. The image above shows the Daily Mail's predicted England line-up for the 2014 World Cup. They gazed into their crystal ball back in 2007... but it's not looking promising at this stage. Theo Walcott will probably make the squad, and Scott Sinclair [.

GIF It: Roberto Soldado’s goal (Aston Villa vs Tottenham)

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Roberto Soldado scored his first Premier League goal from open play to put Spurs 2-0 up at Aston Villa this afternoon. The Spaniard was played in by Paulinho after Lewis Holtby's cut-back, and finished coolly.

GIF It: Assistant ref hit by a flare (Aston Villa vs Tottenham)

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Assistant referee Dave Bryan was hit by a flare shortly after Tottenham's opening goal in today's game against Aston Villa. The flare appeared to be thrown from the Spurs support at Villa Park. Bryan was able to carry on with his duties after the incident.

Chelsea’s Ashley Cole ‘could miss out’ on World Cup spot

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Ashley Cole is not a guaranteed pick for next summer's World Cup, according to reports in today's Daily Mail. The Chelsea and England veteran missed out on the decisive qualifiers through injury, but the reports claim that Everton's Leighton Baines would have been picked ahead of him in any case. Baines is, in England manager [.

GIF It: Andros Townsend’s goal (Aston Villa vs Tottenham)

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Andros Townsend's month to remember continued with this lucky opening goal against Aston Villa today. The Spurs winger's curling cross eluded team-mates Roberto Soldado and Lewis Holtby, and Villa keeper Brad Guzan, to nestle in the far corner.

Man Utd linked with Celtic keeper Fraser Forster

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Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is a reported transfer target for Manchester United. The Daily Mail claims that the jury is still out on Spanish youngster David De Gea at Old Trafford, despite the fact he has improved his form and cut his mistakes considerably. The report suggests that David Moyes' goalkeeping coach Chris Woods is [.

Newcastle set to move for West Ham’s James Tomkins in January

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Newcastle are said to be monitoring James Tomkins' situation at West Ham ahead of a possible bid when the transfer window reopens. The Daily Mail reports that the former England under-21 international is frustrated at the lack of first-team football on offer at Upton Park. The 24-year-old has recently forced his way back into Sam [.

Chelsea fan posts pictures of Jose Mourinho sitting next to him during Cardiff game

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OMG morinho is sitting next to me wtf!!!!! pic.twitter.com/wFGQBbjykQ Sean Buxton (@Sean_Buxtonzz) October 19, 2013 Chelsea fan Sean Buxton knew he'd got pretty decent seats for yesterday's game against Cardiff City but he didn't realise they were going to be this good. He ended up sitting next to Blues boss Jose Mourinho, who [.

Video: QPR boss Harry Redknapp gets hit in the head by a ball thrown by Millwall fan

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It's safe to say that Harry Redknapp was not best pleased to be hit in the head by a ball during QPR's draw against Millwall yesterday. The incident, which came seconds before the Lions' late equaliser, saw Redknapp get pretty irate and hurl obscenities at the fan involved. Of course, it should come as no [.

Out of favour at Man Utd, now Wilfried Zaha faces England U21 axe

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Wilfried Zaha is set to be dropped from the England Under-21 setup following his on-pitch scuffle with West Ham's Ravel Morrison. The Sunday People reports that manager Gareth Southgate already had doubts about Zaha's attitude since he took the job and the pushing and shoving during the 5-0 win over Lithuania reinforced his concerns.

Spurs’ Andros Townsend: ‘I don’t go drinking, I watch Spanish football’

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Tottenham winger Andros Townsend has promised to continue to work hard to build on the promising start to his career for club and country. After establishing himself as a Spurs regular and an England international already this season, the 22-year-old says he has no intention of letting it go to his head.

Arsenal and Man City battle over Robert Lewandowski signing

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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will be targeted by Arsenal and Manchester City in January. His contract expires at the end of the season, so he is free to talk to other clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement in the new year. It was widely reported and hinted at by the player that [...]

GIF It: Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini’s sickening clash of heads with Norwich’s Alex Tettey

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The main downside of yesterday's demonstration of sexy football by Arsenal against Norwich was the substitution of Mathieu Flamini following this nasty clash of heads with Alex Tettey. The Frenchman, instrumental in the Gunners' excellent early season form, had to be taken off early in the second half following this incident.

Karim Benzema’s agent hints that Arsenal are ready with £43m offer

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Arsenal are ready to make a £43m bid for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, his agent has hinted. The Gunners have long been linked with a move for the France international and are the favourites to secure his signing. Now Benzema's agent, Francois Gallardo, has divulged more details about a potential deal.

Video: Chelsea’s Lucas Piazon still on fire at Vitesse Arnhem, scores two more

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Lucas Piazon's loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem has got off to an absolute flyer. And he continued his outstanding form with two more goals in yesterday's victory over Heerenveen. If he keeps this up, the Brazilian youngster should be able to force his way into Jose Mourinho's first-team plans at Chelsea.

Video: Mesut Ozil scores for Arsenal vs Norwich

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil doubled Arsenal's lead against Norwich with this effort.

Video: Robin Van Persie scores for Man Utd vs Southampton

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Manchester United have settled any lingering nerves with a first-half goal against Southampton. Robin Van Persie beat the offside trap to put David Moyes' side into the lead.

Video: Eden Hazard equalises (Chelsea 1-1 Cardiff City)

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Eden Hazard cancelled out Cardiff's early goal with an equaliser for Chelsea.

GIF It: Jordan Mutch gives Cardiff the lead against Chelsea

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Midfielder Jordan Mutch has put Cardiff City into a surprise early lead against Chelsea. Some interesting defending from David Luiz there...

GIF It: Jack Wilshere’s goal for Arsenal vs Norwich

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Video: Former Arsenal player Nelson Vivas attacks a fan

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Ex-Arsenal player Nelson Vivas is now coaching Quilmes in his native Argentina. That's correct at the time of writing at least because he's now facing the sack after punching a fan in the head. The incident was captured on camera following yesterday's draw with Atletico Rafaela. The fan involved denies insulting Vivas, claiming he was [.

Video: Paul Dummett ghosts in to score (Newcastle vs Liverpool)

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Paul Dummett has but 10-man Newcastle into the lead at home at Liverpool. The youngster only on as a substitute after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa's red card late in the first-half crept in at the back-post to find the net with a nicely controlled finish to make it 2-1 to the Magpies. It was the [...]

Video: Daniel Sturridge scores, Luis Suarez assist (Newcastle vs Liverpool)

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Newcastle vs Liverpool 2:2 Sturridge by footballdaily1 Liverpool have equalised for a second time against 10-man Newcastle to make it 2-2 at St James' Park. The SAS partnership struck again, with Luis Suarez providing the cross and Daniel Sturridge nodding in a simple header.

Video: Former Newcastle and Spurs star David Ginola does a naughty hand gesture on live TV

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BT Sport has been forced to apologise after David Ginola was shown making a rude gesture towards host Jake Humphrey during the build-up to today's game between Newcastle and Liverpool. The Frenchman was unimpressed with Humphrey's critique of his outfit. Moments later he demonstrated to fellow pundit Steve McManaman exactly what he thought of the [.

Video: Steven Gerrard penalty and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa red card (Newcastle vs Liverpool)

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Video: Stefan Kiessling’s bizarre ghost goal (Bayer Leverkusen vs Hoffenheim)

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Bayer Leverkusen secured a 2-1 win against Hoffenheim in last night's Bundesliga clash courtesy of this Stefan Kiessling 'ghost goal'. Kiessling headed wide from a 70th minute corner, but the ball went through a hole in the side netting and ended up in the back of the net. Referee Felix Brych awarded the goal despite [.

Man Utd can sign Remy Cabella for £15m, says Montpellier boss

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Manchester United target Remy Cabella would be allowed to join them in a £15m deal, Montpellier coach Jean Fernandez has confirmed. David Moyes has been linked with a move for the 23-year-old playmaker, with reports suggesting he was considering a £15m bid. Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin has previously slapped a £100m price tag on his [.

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert confirms Spurs made Christian Benteke enquiry

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Tottenham did make an enquiry about Christian Benteke over the summer, Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has confirmed. But the north London side stopped short of making an official bid for the Belgium international. The 22-year-old had told Villa that he wanted to leave, but Lambert said he knew that would not happen.

Man City scouting West Brom’s Saido Berahino at Stoke today

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Manchester City have dispatched scouts to the Britannia Stadium to watch West Brom starlet Saido Berahino in action against Stoke today. The striker impressed again with two goals for England Under-21s in midweek, and City are now monitoring the 20-year-old ahead of a possible bid in January. The Burundi-born youngster's contract situation has been well-documented [.

Adnan Januzaj signs new five-year contract at Man Utd

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BREAKING: Adnan Januzaj signs new five-year contract with #mufc. Adnan: "I've always felt this was the right club." pic.twitter.com/u7wNoeWW8F Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 19, 2013 Manchester United wonderkid Adnan Januzaj has signed a new five-year deal at the club. The 18-year-old proved to be the match-winner in United's last Premier League outing against Sunderland.

Jan Vertonghen wants Spurs to bounce-back against Aston Villa

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is calling on his team-mates to comeback from the disappointing home defeat to West Ham with a good result in tomorrow's clash with Aston Villa. The Belgian centre-back said: "I think Villa's a very tough game especially away but I think we've shown before that we can win there.

Video: Yohan Cabaye’s stunning 35-yard goal (Newcastle vs Liverpool)

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Newcastle vs Liverpool 1:0 Cabaye by footballdaily1 Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has given his side the lead against Liverpool with this stunning 35-yard strike. The Frenchman's swirling, bouncing effort beat Reds keeper Simon Mignolet, who might think he should have done a bit better.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes brands Southampton ‘dangerous’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is concerned that tomorrow's opponents Southampton have the potential to make his side's disappointed start to the season even more dismal. Going into tomorrow's game, United are ninth in the table, while Maurcio Pochettino's Saints are fourth. Moyes said: "They're all dangerous.

Andros Townsend signs new four-year contract at Spurs

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We delighted to announce that Andros Townsend has signed a new four-year contract with the Club #THFC pic.twitter.com/ggBd3UfZI1 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 18, 2013 Tottenham have struck while the iron is very much hot and tied Andros Townsend down to a new four-year contract. England's new star today signed a new deal to keep [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on space monkey joke – ‘There’s no story’

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Jose Mourinho says there is "no story" behind England manager Roy Hodgson's controversial 'space monkey' joke. Hodgson's half-time team talk about Spurs winger Andros Townsend has dominated the headlines since England's World Cup qualification. But Mourinho can't understand why. The Chelsea manager said: "So when the players, they come out to support the manager, when [.

Video: Mikel Arteta tries to get Serge Gnabry sent-off in Arsenal training

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Arsenal's players had an entertaining game of keep-ball during their training session today. In the middle of all the fun, midfielder Mikel Arteta jokingly suggested that he had been elbowed by youngster Serge Gnabry.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s press conference ahead of West Ham game

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini would not be drawn on reports that he has overturned bans on music and the colour purple at the club at his press conference today. There have been rumours that the Chilean has reversed some peculiar rules put in place by previous boss Roberto Mancini, but he refused to comment.

Photos: Chelsea’s training session ahead of Cardiff clash

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Chelsea's squad have been training today ahead of tomorrow's game against Cardiff.

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes starts coaching role at Stalybridge Celtic

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Paul Scholes has taken his first steps into management by taking coaching sessions at Stalybridge Celtic. With his son Aaron on the books at Stalybridge, the former Manchester United star has always done what he can to help the club out. And that has now extended to a temporary coaching role. The Conference North side [.

Photo: Patrice Evra and Robin Van Persie joking at Man Utd training

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It's good to be back! Reunited after international duty, Patrice and @Persie_official share a joke in training today. pic.twitter.com/41NlrXnivf Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 18, 2013 Manchester United's disappointing start to the season doesn't seem to have hit training ground morale. Patrice Evra and Robin Van Persie have been pictured sharing a joke in training [.

Adnan Januzaj can’t expect to play every week, says Man Utd boss David Moyes

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has warned new star Adnan Januzaj and the club's fans that the youngster will not play every game for the champions. Despite his impressive match-winning performance in United's previous game, Januzaj will have to fall back into a rotation system, Moyes said. Speaking at a press conference ahead of the [.

Video: Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas answers fan question on team selection

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Andre Villas Boas has answered a question about team selection posed by a Tottenham fan. The Spurs boss was asked whether a player's previous performances against particular opponents influenced his decisions. And it turns out that sometimes the do. AVB said: "Sometimes it's part of our decision-making, yes.

Spurs linked with Jordan Lukaku, brother of Chelsea youngster Romelu

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Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Jordan Lukaku, who is the younger brother of Everton's on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu. Jordan, aged 19, is a left-back who is currently enjoying a loan spell at Oostende from Anderlecht. Romelu has previously stated that it is an ambition to line-up alongside his brother in a competitive game.

Photo: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere slobbering on a massage table

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Ohhhh nooo! Tell me I haven't got @JackWilshere again!! There's a nice bit of dribble this time 4 u all to enjoy! pic.twitter.com/tQzDz5fJB6 Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) October 18, 2013

Liverpool’s Iago Aspas reveals ruptured rectum injury on Twitter

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Confirmado rotura en el recto en el entrenamiento de ayer,unas 5semanas de baja #YNWA Iago Aspas Juncal (@aspas10) October 18, 2013 Liverpool striker Iago Aspas has tweeted to say that he is out for five weeks with a "ruptured rectum". The Spaniard tweeted: "Confirmed rupture in the rectum in training yesterday, about 5weeks of [.

Manuel Pellegrini lifts Roberto Mancini’s bans on music, purple and even numbers at Man City

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly ditched three strange bans imposed by predecessor Roberto Mancini. The Daily Star reports that Mancini had banned music before and after games, barred players from wearing the colour purple and stopped meetings that started at even-numbered times.

Martin Jol rules out Fulham loan for Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha

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Out-of-favour Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha will not be joining Fulham on loan in January, according to Cottagers boss Martin Jol. The England international has failed to break into David Moyes' first-team plans at Old Trafford and is now set to make a loan move in the new year. Fulham were one of a number [.

Video: Robert Lewandowski lookalike picking up girls

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As Robert Lewandowski always says, you can't score until you score. So he (or at least a very approximate lookalike) set off on the streets of an American city aiming to pick up girls armed with just a Borussia Dortmund kit, a ball and the confident assertion that he is Robert Lewandowski.

Video: Micah Richards pranks Man City’s marketing team with fake injury

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards got the club's marketing team hook, line and sinker with this prank. The England international slipped while recording a TV advert. He fakes a pulled hamstring when he next sees photographer Sharon Latham and marketing manager Jane Farquhar. The pair know that putting Richards out of action for six weeks [.

Video: Chelsea return to training

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Chelsea's players returned to training after the international break yesterday. Oscar, Juan Mata, Willian, Kevin De Bruyne and Demba Ba are all featured in the video above, with Mata cheekily showing an imaginary yellow card to the Blues' media team. Preparing for another go at goal, Mikel shoots in training.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge offers to teach strike partner Luis Suarez how to dance

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Daniel Sturridge says his Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez doesn't have the rhythm to perform his goal celebration dance. But he has offered to teach the Uruguay international. He said: "I don't know if he's got the rhythm for that yet. "But what I will say is he is definitely someone I could try to teach.

Diego Maradona wants to replace ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli

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Diego Maradona has set his sights on becoming the next coach of his former club Napoli just as soon as Rafa Benitez shifts. The ex-Argentina manager believes people are reluctant to employ him because they are scared of him. But he fancies his chances of being given a fair crack of the whip on [...]

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirms Mesut Ozil is fit to face Norwich

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Here's a shot of boss in the press conference. pic.twitter.com/UnIUQ7X6H7 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 18, 2013 Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil is available to face Norwich tomorrow despite limping off during Germany's win against Sweden on Tuesday. The 25-year-old picked up a knee injury and was immediately substituted, but there has been no lasting [.

Spurs showcase Paulinho’s ‘Barbara’ boots

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Once you anglicise Paulinho, you're getting pretty close to having a girls' name. But Spurs' Brazilian midfielder goes the whole hog and plays in boots bearing the word 'Barbara'. It turns out that Barbara is not his tough-tackling alter ego but his wife. So whereas most players have their own little marketing slogans attached, Paulinho [.

Google might own the patent to ex-Spurs star Gareth Bale’s goal celebration

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We reported earlier this year that Gareth Bale was attempting to trademark his annoying heart gesture goal celebration. Now it emerges that it might already be patented by Google. It seems the Google Glass the search engine giant's head mounted display equivalent of a Facebook 'Like' will be to look at something and [.

Newcastle legend Faustino Asprilla offered one-film deal by ‘adult movie’ company

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Faustino Asprilla is currently embroiled in one of football's more colourful contract sagas. An adult entertainment company is, erm, tapping him up to be their star signing. Santa Latina wants the former Newcastle striker to agree a one-film deal with them and is willing to pay him £6,500 for his troubles.

Video: Spurs winger Andros Townsend on his ‘unbelievable week’

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England's man of the moment has been reflecting on a whirlwind few days after his return to Tottenham. Andros Townsend says he is now focusing on his Spurs duties again after an outstanding week with the national team. He said: "It's been an unbelievable week for me, getting my first two England caps, scoring my [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho arrives for his press conference

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's press conference has just got under way, and the Blues boss has revealed that none of his players know who will start against Cardiff tomorrow. Of his striking options he said: "Torres is ready to play and he is selected [in the squad]. "I have Fernando, Eto'o and Demba all ready, [.

Video: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Stevie G is the best when it comes to tempo

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Brendan Rodgers has praised Steven Gerrard for his ability to play at a high tempo. The Liverpool manager says his captain is the best he has ever worked with when it comes to upping the pace of a game and maintaining his quality. He said: "He's probably the best player I've ever worked with at [...]

Video: Sandro scores the winner in a Spurs training match

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If you were wondering just how competitive professional footballers are, look how excited these Spurs players are when their side wins a training match. With next goal wins announced by manager Andre Villas Boas, it was Brazilian midfielder Sandro who made his mark, sliding in at the back post to tap the ball in at [.

Photo: Aaron Lennon returns to Spurs training

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Andre has described @Aaron7Lennon's return to action as a 'major plus' #THFC pic.twitter.com/cBjWQNIaff Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 17, 2013 After suddenly finding himself very much in the shadow of fellow pacy English winger Andros Townsend for club and country, Tottenham's Aaron Lennon has returned to training from his injury lay-off.

Newcastle target Micah Richards insists he’s happy at Man City

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards insists he is as happy at the club. While the England international admits he will have to "see what the future holds", he told BT Sport Live that he is focusing on reestablishing himself as a regular starter after his recent injury problems. He said: "I did say at the [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho on John Terry’s ‘self-esteem’ problems

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John Terry is only now starting to recover from "self-esteem" problems that have dogged him in recent seasons, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. The Blues boss believes his skipper's off-the-field problems, injuries and treatment by former managers had all taken their toll. He told the Guardian: "He's recovering his self-esteem.

Photo: West Ham players put new number plate on Razvan Rat’s ‘Ratmobile’

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PIC: Razvan Rat's team-mates thought it funny to put a new number plate on his 'Ratmobile'! #COYI pic.twitter.com/XQEPSJ0RhX West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) October 17, 2013

Liverpool ‘preparing to bid’ for Barcelona defender Martin Montoya

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Liverpool are ready to launch a bid for Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya, according to German newspaper Bild. The 22-year-old has found playing time difficult to come by under new manager Gerardo Martino and the Reds want to take advantage of that. The defender is out of contract at the end of the season and would [.

Photos: Liverpool players in training ahead of Newcastle clash

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Photo: @D_Sturridge, @LucasLeiva87 and Stevie G in training at Melwood on Thursday morning pic.twitter.com/hgJ7dSzKza Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2013 Liverpool's squad has reported back from international duty and begun preparations for this weekend's game against Newcastle. Skipper Steven Gerrard took part in the session following his World Cup qualification heroics on Tuesday evening [.

Video: Newcastle traffic stopped by drunken tribute to Man City’s Yaya Toure and Liverpool’s Kolo Toure

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Newcastle city centre was blocked off in the early hours of yesterday morning as a crowd of students took to the road for a mass 'Toure chant'. Students poured out of nearby nightclubs to join in the tribute to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and his elder brother, Liverpool defender Kolo, at around 3am.

Chelsea and Man City target Eliaquim Mangala hires Jose Mourinho’s agent

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Chelsea's hopes of capturing Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala appear to have been given a boost after it emerged that he now shares an agent with Jose Mourinho. The 22-year-old France international has chosen to be represented by Jorge Mendes, who has done plenty of business with the Blues over the years.

England boss Roy Hodgson apologises to Spurs’ Andros Townsend over ‘racist’ joke

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England manager Roy Hodgson has been forced to apologise to Andros Townsend after someone in the dressing room suggested he had directed a racist joke towards the Tottenham winger. Hodgson had actually been referencing an old NASA joke from the time that monkeys were being sent into space. But it seems at least one player [.

Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sings Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now

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Arsenal's resurgence and table-topping forming has been given a musical tribute. Manager Arsene Wenger is seen reworking Don't Stop Me Now by Queen in this video, which is made by the same people who brought you the One Day More (Transfer Deadline Day Remix).

Video: Martin Demichelis plays his first game for Man City

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Martin Demichelis' long-awaited first appearance for Manchester City came on the less than auspicious occasion of a Manchester Senior Cup tie against Rochdale. The Argentina international has struggled with injury since his deadline day arrival, but he was fit to line-up alongside City's elite developmenyt squad for yesterday's 2-2 draw.

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal tells Wesley Sneijder to join Chelsea

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Wesley Sneijder should quit Galatasaray and join Chelsea. That's the recommendation of his national team manager. Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has made it quite clear that he wants the midfielder to move to Stamford Bridge ahead of next summer's World Cup. He thinks the transfer would help the 29-year-old to rediscover his best form.

Tottenham linked with out-of-favour PSG star Ezequiel Lavezzi

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Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi is a January transfer target for Tottenham, according to the Metro. The Argentina international has fallen down the pecking order since the arrival of his old Napoli team-mate Edinson Cavani and now fears for his place at next summer's World Cup. Spurs are said to be at the front of [.

Arsene Wenger pleased that Arsenal are spending big

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AST AGM is underway and rightly with a tribute to Peter Hill-Wood pic.twitter.com/CgbS3hktdX tim payton (@timpayton) October 17, 2013 Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal's annual general meeting that he is pleased the club is now spending money again. He acknowledges that the Gunners had to curb their spending as they paid for the move [.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis mocks Arsene Wenger’s zip skills

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis got a cheap laugh at the club's AGM by mocking manager Arsene Wenger's inability to zip up his coat. The Frenchman has been caught on camera numerous times engaged in battle with his Nike puffa jacket, and Gazidis couldn't resist poking fun. He told shareholders: "We also have a few [.

Spurs aren’t our rivals, says Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis

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Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has bemoaned the transfer of Gareth Bale from Spurs to Real Madrid because the Welshman now plays for a rival club. Speaking at the Gunners' AGM today, Gazidis couldn't resist the urge to win favour among those present with the odd anti-Spurs jibe. And he was presented with the perfect [.

Photo: Chelsea ‘geezers’ David Luiz and Oscar land in London

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Self-styled geezers David Luiz and Oscar have returned to London after their long-haul trip to China with Brazil to face Zambia. Luiz posted a picture of the Chelsea pair landing in the UK. He joked: "China's not too far is it, Oscar Emboaba? Hahahah." He added: "Just landed in London! #tired #cansado #feliz #happy #geezers.

Video: West Ham defender James Collins combs his hair

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Ravel Morrison is the director of this instant classic comedy film: bald West Ham defender James Collins combing his hair.

Andros Townsend praises England link-up with Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker

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England's new hero Andros Townsend has spoken of his burgeoning relationship with Spurs right-back Kyle Walker for club and country. Walker's suspension prevented the duo combining in last night's win over Poland, but they impressed in Friday's qualifier against Montenegro, as they have done in Spurs' games so far this season.

Mesut Ozil set to be fit for Arsenal’s clash with Norwich

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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil is expected to be fit for this weekend's game against Norwich despite hobbling off during Germany's game against Sweden last night. The £42.4m record signing had to be substituted after picking up a knock to his knee. That immediately prompted to concern among Gooners that the former Real Madrid man would [.

Sacked Liverpool chauffeur denies swearing at Andy Carroll, accuses player liaison chief Ray Haughan of selling black market tickets

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A constructive dismissal case has been brought by a former Liverpool chauffeur sacked for allegedly swearing at former Reds striker Andy Carroll. Dave Sloan told an employment tribunal that he had flown to Ibiza with a visa for Carroll so that he could join the Reds' US tour. But he was later sacked for swearing [.

Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon wants ‘special’ loan spell to impress the Special One

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Lucas Piazon wants to ensure he has a "special" stint at Vitesse Arnhem in order to force himself into Jose Mourinho's Chelsea first-team. The 19-year-old has been at Stamford Bridge for two years but is yet to impose himself on the squad. After time on loan with Spanish side Malaga last season, the Brazilian youngster [.

Christian Benteke expected to make Aston Villa comeback against Spurs

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Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke could make his return from injury against Tottenham this weekend. The Belgium international had been out with a hip injury sustained against Norwich on September 21. He had been expected to be out of action for between four and six weeks, but was named as an unused substitute for his [.

Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson’s grandad wins £100,000 on Wales international bet

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Great moment for me personally tonight, would like to thank everyone for the support and all the kind messages! harry wilson (@harrywilson_) October 15, 2013 Harry Wilson's grandad last night pocketed £100,000 on a 14-year bet that the youngster would play for Wales. Peter Edwards, aged 62, placed the wager when his grandson was [.

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela still adapting to Premier League physicality

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Spurs' star summer signing Erik Lamela says he is struggling to adapt to the increase in physicality and decrease in tactics that has accompanied his move from Italian. The Argentina international admits he is still getting to grips with the Premier League, but knows he will have to start performing sooner rather than later in [.

Video: Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey scores for Wales vs Belgium

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Belgium might have taken their foot off the pedal slightly having already qualified for next summer's World Cup, but a 1-1 draw was still a very respectable scoreline for Chris Coleman's Wales. Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey brought his club form to the national team as he found the net yet again. The Wales skipper tucked [.

GIF It: Chelsea star Andre Schurrle’s hat-trick (Sweden 3-5 Germany)

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There was nothing to play for in last night's qualifier between Sweden and Germany. Not that you could tell that from the scoreline. Germany eventually emerged with a 3-5 win thanks in no small part to Chelsea's Andre Schurrle. He weighed in with an excellent hat-trick for his nation. If his first and second goals [.

Video: Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez’s outrageous miss (Costa Rica 2-1 Mexico)

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Mexico needed a favour from the USA to help them sneak into the World Cup qualification play-offs after a disappointing 2-1 defeat in Costa Rica. Their cause was not helped by this ridiculous miss from Manchester United's Javier Hernandez. Perhaps a little rusty from his lack of playing time at Old Trafford, Chicharito completely miscued [.

Video: Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha and West Ham’s Ravel Morrison on-pitch fight

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Ravel Morrison showed the less savoury side to his character with an on-pitch scrap with Wilfried Zaha during last night's England Under-21 game. The West Ham midfielder came to blows with the Manchester United winger in a row after an England set-piece. The 20-year-old suggested the row had been about his attempts to complete his [.

Video: West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison’s excellent solo goal for England U21s

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Perhaps it's just as well that the world is talking World Cup qualification this morning if we want to keep Ravel Morrison's feet on the ground. If it hadn't been for Roy's boys securing qualification on the same evening, we'd all be raving about this goal. The West Ham midfielder scored his second stunning solo [.

Video: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez wins a penalty with ridiculous dive (Uruguay 3-2 Argentina)

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It doesn't look like it's taken Luis Suarez too long to get back to old habits. The Liverpool striker somehow won a penalty with this blatant dive during yesterday's World Cup qualifier between Uruguay and Argentina. Suarez threw himself to the ground after brushing against Sebastian Domínguez in the box.

Video: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard ‘feeling really high’ after England qualification

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England skipper Steven Gerrard said he was "feeling really high" after securing World Cup qualification for England. In a post-match interview that could have encouraged anti-doping testers to ruin Gerrard's night, the Liverpool captain spoke of his happiness at booking a place in Brazil next summer.

Newcastle cult hero Nolberto Solano applies for Bury manager’s job

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Former Newcastle United star Nolberto Solano has applied to become the new Bury manager. The ex-Peru international has thrown his hat and trumpet into the ring to be the new Gigg Lane boss. Solano, aged 38, has submitted a formal application to the League Two side after previous manager Kevin Blackwell was sacked.

Wales play Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson to keep England at bay

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Great moment for me personally tonight, would like to thank everyone for the support and all the kind messages! harry wilson (@harrywilson_) October 15, 2013 Liverpool's Harry Wilson became the youngest player ever to represent Wales or any of the home nations when he came on as a substitute in last night's 1-1 draw [.

Video: Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne scores against Wales, assist from Everton’s Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne was on target for Belgium in their 1-1 draw against Wales yesterday evening. The out-of-favour Blues youngster combined with would-be team-mate Romelu Lukaku, who's currently on loan at Everton, to give the already qualified Belgians the lead. Watch Aaron Ramsey's equaliser here.

Photo: Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle and Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker fly back to London together

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Germany internationals Andre Schurrle and Per Mertesacker are returning to the UK together after their side's epic 3-5 win in Sweden last night. The Chelsea attacker and the Arsenal centre-back sat next to each other for the trip. Schurrle posted the photo to his Instagram account. He commented: "Back to London:)) great evening yesterday!

Video: Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah and West Ham’s Ravel Morrison compare their nutmegs

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Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah and West Ham's Ravel Morrison have been in an Instagram discussion about who managed the nicest nutmeg. The England Under-21 pair both showed off their skills against Lithuania but who has the slickest moves? After Morrison had uploaded a video of his effort, Chalobah responded with a video of his own.

Top five conclusions: England 2-0 Poland

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1. Yes, it was a bit tense in places but that was a must-win game in which England actually played well. Almost unheard of. 2. Whipping off Wayne Rooney's headband creates a goalscoring rush of blood to his head. 3. We love Andros Townsend. It's like having a Theo Walcott or Aaron Lennon that can [..

GIF It: Spurs winger Andros Townsend’s stunning curled effort (England vs Poland)

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Andros Townsend was desperately close to making it two goals in two caps for England against Poland this evening. He wrapped his foot around the ball to curl this dipping left-foot effort past Wojciech Szczesny in the Poland goal, only to see it rebound off the crossbar.

GIF It: Wayne Rooney gives England the lead vs Poland

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The scarred forehead of Wayne Rooney put England ahead just before half-time in this evening's World Cup qualifier against Poland. Rooney broke the deadlock to alleviate a bit of pressure after an open first half that was edged by Roy Hodgson's side.

Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil scores for Germany against Sweden

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Mesut Ozil has got himself on the scoresheet in Germany's dead rubber against Sweden this evening. The Arsenal playmaker made the score 2-1 shortly before the break. Ozil's Germany have already qualified as group winners while Sweden's play-off spot is assured.

Video: England manager Roy Hodgson amuses himself with pun about Chelsea’s Frank Lampard

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FA can’t tell the difference between West Brom’s Saido Berahino and West Ham’s Ravel Morrison

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GOAL! Berahino turns home Zaha's cross in the second minute! #EngvLit The FA (@FA) October 15, 2013 GOAL! Scored by that black fella. Y'know him. Plays for West Whatsthereface. The goal which you can see here was actually scored by Ravel Morrison.

Man Utd’s Chris Smalling and Michael Carrick both start for England vs Poland, Spurs’ Andros Townsend also plays

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England Team: Hart, Smalling, Baines, Gerrard, Cahill, Jagielka, Townsend, Carrick, Sturridge, Rooney, Welbeck #EngvPol The FA (@FA) October 15, 2013 Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is the surprise selection for England for tonight's must-win qualifier against Poland. He gets the nod ahead of club team-mate Phil Jones to replace the suspended Kyle Walker.

GIF It: West Ham’s Ravel Morrison scores for England U21, Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha with assist

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West Ham's Ravel Morrison has continued his excellent run of form with an early goal against Lithuania in this evening's England Under-21 game.

Video: Chelsea’s Michael Essien scores for Ghana vs Egypt

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Ghana are in a comfortable position in the first-leg of their World Cup qualification play-off against Egypt and Chelsea's Michael Essien has got himself on the scoresheet. The Blues embarked on a twisting run before bundling the ball into the net to put the Black Stars 2-0 up. It might still go down as an [.

Photo: Liverpool’s Lucas, Chelsea’s David Luiz and Brazil team-mates celebrate Zambia win

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has posted a photograph to his Instagram account showing him celebrating Brazil's win over Zambia with his team-mates. Chelsea's Ramires and David Luiz are also featured celebrating the 2-0 victory.

Photos: Roberto Soldado, Sandro and other Spurs players in training

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Glove weather in north London: @R9Soldado, Nabil and @sandroraniere in training action today #THFC pic.twitter.com/dO1I0baMAI Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 15, 2013 It's business as usual for Tottenham players not involved in international fixtures today. That meant a training session for the likes of Roberto Soldado, Sandro, Aaron Lennon and skipper Michael Dawson.

Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs dress up as rail workers

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Guess what Carl and Kieran are up to? Find out next week with #Arsenal Membership Rewards! pic.twitter.com/RIYWOnm9Te Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) October 15, 2013 Arsenal duo Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs have been enjoying a bit of fancy dress while on promotional duties. It looks like the full-backs can fall-back on a career working in [.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ‘crossing his fingers’ for England qualification

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crossing my fingers for my english and turkish friends tonight. hopefully you guys will make it. #brazil2014 #worldcupqualifiers M1Ö Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) October 15, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil is hoping that England book their place at next summer's World Cup this evening. Having made plenty of friends in London since joining the [.

Video: Chelsea’s Oscar scores for Brazil vs Zambia

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Chelsea midfielder Oscar helped Brazil to a 2-0 friendly win over Zambia this afternoon. His dipping effort from outside the box gave Luiz Felipe Scolari's side the lead. Dede headed a second to secure a win for the World Cup hosts.

Ex-Spurs star Gareth Bale ‘will be fit’ for Real Madrid’s next game

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Gareth Bale will be fit to play in Real Madrid's game at home to Malaga on Saturday, according to the club president Florentino Perez. Perez has been under-fire over Bale's fitness problems since his world record move to the Bernabeu. But he insists the Welshman's slow start was to be expected after he skipped most [.

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick tipped to start for England vs Poland

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Michael Carrick will be named in England's starting line-up to face Poland this evening, according to the Daily Mail. Media reports appear to be unanimous in their assessment that Chelsea's Frank Lampard will drop to the bench from the team that faced Montenegro on Friday. While the Daily Star suggested that Arsenal's Jack Wilshere would [.

Scary Arsenal keeper Emiliano Viviano hopes to make opponents run away

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Imposing Arsenal keeper Emiliano Viviano is hoping to scare opposition strikers away from his goal when he gets his chance in the Premier League. The 6ft 5in Italian, signed on loan from Palermo in the summer, hopes his sizeable frame will be enough to stop opponents approaching his goal. He joked: "It's difficult to talk [.

Lazio battle Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke

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Italian side Lazio hope to challenge Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for the signature of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The Belgium international was expected to leave Villa for one of the Premier League's top five over the summer. He eventually signed a new deal with Paul Lambert's side, but interest in the 22-year-old is [.

Thomas Vermaelen considers quitting Arsenal to boost World Cup hopes

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has hinted that he will quit the club in January if he can't force his way into the team by January. The injury-hit defender has lost his place in the team to the impressive partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in recent months. The Belgium international is concerned about losing [.

Chelsea quoted £40m for Juventus’ ex-Man Utd youngster Paul Pogba

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Juventus have told Chelsea to pay £40m if they want to bring former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba back to the Premier League. The France international has established himself as one of Serie A's top talents since moving to Turin from Old Trafford in 2012. But Juve are wary that the 20-year-old is refusing to [.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere set to start for England vs Poland ahead of Chelsea’s Frank Lampard

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Jack Wilshere will return to England's starting line-up for tonight's must-win game against Poland, according to the Daily Star. The Arsenal youngster is tipped to replace Chelsea's Frank Lampard in Roy Hodgson's midfield. The reports also claim that Manchester United's Phil Jones has been chosen to replace the suspended Kyle Walker at right-back.

Man Utd and Barcelona battle for Atletico Madrid youngster Koke

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Manchester United are set to go head-to-head with Barcelona for the signing of highly-rated Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke. The 21-year-old, dubbed the new Xavi, was one of the stars of Spain's victorious European Under-21 Championship squad over the summer and is now pulling the strings for Atletico.

Newcastle set for £6m permanent move for QPR’s Loic Remy

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Newcastle want to tie-up Loic Remy's long-term future in January. The Magpies are desperate to keep the on-loan QPR striker on a permanent basis and will offer £6m to Harry Redknapp's side when the transfer window reopens. That fee is on top of the £2m they have already paid to take Remy to St James' [.

Video: Middlesbrough’s Bradley Fewster and Liverpool’s Ryan Kent secure victory for England U18s vs Hungary U18s

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Two goals apiece from Middlesbrough's Bradley Fewster and Liverpool's Ryan Kent gave England Under-18s a 4-0 win over Hungary Under-18s at St George's Park. Strikers Fewster and Kent both helped themselves to a brace as Neil Dewsnip's side coasted to a comfortable victory.

Video: Sunderland’s Jozy Altidore and Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan on Panama vs USA

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Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan will get a chance to impress USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann in the qualifier against Panama. With qualification secured, Klinsmann has allowed Tim Howard to return to Everton and will give Guzan a rare start. The 29-year-old said: "For me, every game I get is important. It is a huge chance [.

Man City’s Stevan Jovetic says he is happy at the club

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Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic says he stands by his decision to swap Serie A for the Premier League. An injury-hit start to his City career has reduced the Montenegro international to a bit-part role under Manuel Pellegrini. Despite failing to make an impression in England yet, the 23-year-old insists he doesn't regret choosing City [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski hangs out with Poland at Wembley

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski might be a Germany international, but he is Polish by birth. And with his compatriots in town to face England tonight, the injured Gunners star went along to Wembley to meet the squad during their final training session. In an inadvertently damning assessment of Arsenal's achievements in recent seasons, he wrote: [.

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger committed to the club but won’t rule out Barcelona move

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Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger says he is hungry to win something with the club and intends to see out the final two-and-a-half years of his contract. But he will not role out a move to Barcelona. The Denmark international was linked with a move to the Catalan giants over the summer. While Agger respects the [.

Kevin De Bruyne insists he’s happy at Chelsea

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Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne says he is not thinking about leaving the club in January. The Belgian winger has been linked with a move away from the Blues to boost his World Cup prospects. But he says his fall down Jose Mourinho's pecking order is more of a problem for the media than it [...]

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois warns he won’t be Petr Cech’s understudy

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Thibaut Courtois has warned Chelsea that he won't be returning to Stamford Bridge to sit on the bench. The highly rated goalkeeper has spent three impressive seasons on loan at Spanish side Atletico Madrid. And having been first-choice during that time, he has no interest in playing second fiddle to current Blues no.

Newcastle’s Loic Remy writes off a taxi

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Newcastle striker Loic Remy has written off a taxi after it was involved in a collision with his Audi R8. The Daily Mail claims that Remy's £100,000 motor pulled in front of the Fiat cab at a junction less than a mile from St James' Park. Taxi driver Andrew Watson said: "The car turned right [...]

Stoke would consider selling Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea target Asmir Begovic

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Stoke owner Peter Coates has admitted the club would have to consider selling goalkeeper Asmir Begovic if one of the big clubs interested in him made a bid. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international is likely to be in even higher demand if his nation qualifies for next summer's World Cup. Although the Potters are keen [.

Chelsea and Man Utd on alert after Sami Khedira outburst against Real Madrid

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Chelsea and Manchester United target Sami Khedira has hit out at current club Real Madrid, accusing them of making him a "scapegoat". In an interview in his homeland, the Germany international blasted his treatment by the Spanish giants and says he will never be valued at the Bernabeu. Khedira told Kicker: "I'm not a Spanish [.

Arsenal ‘offered Karim Benzema in cut-price deal’

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Arsenal have been told they can sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema on the cheap in January. The Spanish side are reportedly keen to offload the France international quickly to fund their pursuit of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez or Manchester City's Sergio Aguero. Arsene Wenger is known to be a fan of Benzema and the [.

Video: England train ahead of Poland clash

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England have been training ahead of tomorrow's must-win World Cup qualifier against Poland. Roy Hodgson's squad were put through their paces at Arsenal's London Colney training ground earlier today. Late call-up Raheem Sterling appeared to be in good nick.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea back in the hunt for Robert Lewandowski

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Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is once again on the radars of the Premier League big boys after hinting that he has rejected the chance to join Bayern Munich. The Borussia Dortmund star has refused to sign a new contract at his current club. It was widely reported that he had reached an agreement with Bayern [.

Photo: Ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson has a road named after him

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Revealed: Sir Alex Ferguson Way. #mufc pic.twitter.com/twPV6jzcKQ Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 14, 2013 Sir Alex Ferguson has been given the Freedom of the Borough of Trafford today. And as part of the festivities, the former Manchester United manager has had a road named after him. Water's Reach, a road running away from Old Trafford [.

Video: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere urinates live on TV

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When you've gotta go, you've gotta go. And Arsenal star Jack Wilshere needed to go in the middle of England training today. The midfielder could clearly be seen urinating against a fence during live TV coverage of Roy Hodgson's squad going through their stretching routine.

Liverpool’s Anfield redevelopment plan could be thwarted by bats

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Liverpool's hopes of redeveloping Anfield into 60,000 capacity stadium could be scuppered by bats. The protected species has been seen flying around the stadium and the Reds are now obliged to ensure that any building work does not 'adversely affect' them. The plans to rebuild the Anfield Road end are yet to get the go-ahead [.

Manchester City’s Reece Wabara set for Premier League opportunities

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Manchester City are ready to recall young right-back Reece Wabara from his loan spell at Doncaster and give him a chance to impress in the Premier League. City are pleased with the progress the 21-year-old has been making with the Championship and are ready to let him challenge Pablo Zabaleta for a spot in the [.

Chelsea linked with Juventus’ ex-Man Utd youngster Paul Pogba

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is pushing for the club to sign former Manchester United wonderkid Paul Pogba. The Special One is keen on the £25m-rated France international and the player is equally sold on a return to England, according to the Sunday People. Pogba, aged 20, has two-and-half years remaining on his current deal but [.

Ezequiel Garay says David Moyes blocked Man Utd move

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Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay says his move to Manchester United was blocked by new manager David Moyes. The Argentina international has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford. And the 27-year-old believes the deal was finally coming to fruition until Moyes was appointed. He thinks the former Everton boss was not prepared to [.

Arsenal scout Genoa defender Sime Vrsaljko

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Arsenal are scouting Genoa right-back Sime Vrsaljko as they prepare to lose Bacary Sagna at the end of the season. As we reported last week, Sagna is set to leave on a free transfer as he seeks a bumper final pay day as he heads towards retirement. That has led to the Gunners' scouting network [...]

Video: Everton’s Kevin Mirallas loses to Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku at FIFA 14

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Romelu Lukaku has been celebrating Belgium's World Cup qualification by beating Everton team-mate Kevin Mirallas at FIFA 14. The Chelsea youngster emerged victorious in a best of three series between Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Photo: Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen, Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet and Man City’s Vincent Kompany as kids

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The Belgium media are revelling in their golden generation qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. To celebrate they've been looking pack at what the current crop of stars were up to when the national team last qualified for a World Cup in 2002. An excellent excuse to roll out some photos of Premier League stars [.

Video: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s individual highlights (Germany vs Republic of Ireland)

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil won his 50th cap for Germany against the Republic of Ireland on Friday evening. And he was in impressive form, as ever. His performance included 81 passes with 95 per cent passing accuracy.

Tiago Ilori says he’s quicker and less aggressive than Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher

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Liverpool youngster Tiago Ilori has been talking of how much he admires recently retired Anfield great Jamie Carragher. The pair never played together, with Carra hanging up his boots at the end of last season and Portuguese youngster Ilori only joining on transfer deadline day. Although they are very different defenders, the 20-year-old said he [.

Video: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wagers a Mars bar on finishing above Everton

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has bet an Everton fan a Mars bar that his side fill finish above the Toffees this season. The Toon manager was signing autographs at Goodison Park ahead of the Magpies' 3-2 defeat last month. He ended up in a discussion about Newcastle's prospects for the season ahead, which resulted in [.

Spurs legend Teddy Sheringham: ‘Play Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard at right-back vs Poland’

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Teddy Sheringham thinks England captain Steven Gerrard should be deployed at right-back in tomorrow night's must-win World Cup qualifier against Poland. First-choice Kyle Walker is suspended after picking up a yellow card against Montenegro on Friday night. Manchester United pair Chris Smalling and Phil Jones are the favourites to replace him, but former Tottenham and [.

Photo: Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas scouts Barcelona B youngster Sergi Samper

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Pictures: Tottenham coach Villas-Boas attended Barcelona B v Deportivo today [md] http://t.co/JXefwq5LX6 pic.twitter.com/Qe0pErk4bg barcastuff (@barcastuff) October 13, 2013 Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas was in Spain yesterday to watch Barcelona B take on Deportivo La Coruna's second-string. The Portuguese boss was reportedly watching Barca youngster Sergi Samper.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce fears Man Utd will swoop to re-sign Ravel Morrison

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has revealed he fears Manchester United will try to bring youngster Ravel Morrison back from Upton Park. United sold him in January 2012, with manager Sir Alex Ferguson believing the young midfielder needed to leave Manchester to put his off-field problems behind him. With the 20-year-old making a big impression [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta catches up with ex-Everton team-mates Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines

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Nice moment at #England training today when @Arsenal's @m8arteta welcomed ex-Everton team-mates Baines and Jagielka pic.twitter.com/7ttg797nS7 The FA (@FA) October 14, 2013 Both England and Arsenal's non-international players were training at London Colney this morning. That presented an opportunity for former Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta to catch-up with former team-mates Phil Jagielka and Leighton [.

Video: Everton’s Leighton Baines says England don’t know how Poland will approach their qualifier

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England left-back Leighton Baines says the players don't know what frame of mind Poland will be in when they meet on Tuesday night. The Poles are no longer in contention for World Cup qualification, but Baines isn't sure if that will be a help or hindrance. The Everton star believes England just have to concentrate [.

Doctor says signing Gareth Bale from Spurs was an ‘error’ by Real Madrid

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Real Madrid made an 'error' when they signed Gareth Bale, according to a Spanish doctor. The Welshman's injury problems have been a hot topic since he moved to the Bernabeu in the summer. Real have denied rumours that Bale needs surgery on a back injury, but they have felt obliged to comment. They said the [.

Video: Arsenal’s Emmanuel Frimpong and Chelsea’s Michael Essien bond with his Ghana team-mates

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Premier League duo Emmanuel Frimpong and Michael Essien have been bonding with their Ghana international team-mates by dancing to traditional music and waving white handkerchiefs. It's safe to say the team morale seems to be high as the Black Stars prepare to face Egypt in their World Cup qualifying play-off on Tuesday.

Video: Spurs youngster Alex Pritchard scores another stunning free-kick for Swindon

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Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard is fast establishing himself as a bit of a set-piece specialist while on-loan at Swindon. The 20-year-old scored this excellent free-kick against Rotherham this weekend and it's not his first of the season. Definitely a youngster who Tottenham supporters will be watching progress with interest.

Video: West Ham’s Ravel Morrison, Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha, Norwich’s Nathan Redmond and Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi on target in training

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England Under-21′s players have been working on their shooting in training. West Ham's Ravel Morrison, Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha, Norwich's Nathan Redmond and Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi were among those to find the net. The slow-motion footage of Zaha's curler is particularly worth a watch.

Video: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris in training for France vs Finland

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Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris has been doing a one-on-one training session as part of his preparations for France's clash with Finland on Tuesday. Lloris' goalkeeping coach put him through his paces in a staged or well-edited session in which the former Lyon keeper does not concede once.

Arsenal hold talks with Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes

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Arsenal have held transfer talks with Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, according to the Sunday Times. But the player is set to snub the Gunners and opt for a move to Monaco instead. The Spain international has already confirmed that he will quit Barca at the end of the season when his contract expires.

Man Utd join race for ‘Octopus’ Fernando

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Manchester United are reportedly planning a cut-price deal for Porto defensive midfielder Fernando, who is nicknamed the Octopus. The 26-year-old is being linked with a move to Old Trafford by Portuguese newspaper A Bola. The report that Fernando is out of contract at the end of the season and Porto will cash-in when the transfer [.

Ex-West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas hospitalised Rapid Bucharest’s Daniel Pancu by ‘showing him Premier League heading technique’

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Rapid Bucharest's Daniel Pancu needed hospital treatment after a drunken demonstration of a Premier League heading technique from former West Brom defender Gabriel Tamas got out of hand. The former Baggies man, who joined Cluj during the summer, was showing Pancu the best way of winning headers in English football when he elbowed his mate.

Photo: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard dons some World Cup qualification shades

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard celebrated Belgium's World Cup qualification in style with these fetching sunglasses. The distinctive eyewear features Belgium on one lens and Brazil on the other. The glasses read: "Come on Belgium!"

West Ham pay Man Utd £25,000 a game to play Ravel Morrison

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Ravel Morrison's emergence as one of West Ham's star players this season is proving expensive for the east London club. The Hammers have to pay Manchester United £25,000 every time he makes an appearance for them. And with the 20-year-old rapidly establishing himself as one of the first names on Sam Allardyce's teamsheet, the costs [.

Spurs target Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez

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Tottenham are targeting Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez as they seek to bolster their attack. The Mexico international is a proven Premier League goalscorer but struggles to get on the pitch for United these days. The Daily Mail reports that Andre Villas Boas wants to add the 25-year-old to his squad to provide another option [.

Man Utd plot £15m bid for ‘£100m rated’ Remy Cabella

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Manchester United are considering a bid for Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella. The 23-year-old has had a £100m price tag slapped on him by Montpellier president Louis Nicollin, but United are confident a deal can be done for nearer to £15m. A creative midfielder comfortable behind a striker or on the wing, Cabella is the latest [.

Spurs prepare to triple Andros Townsend’s wages

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Tottenham are preparing to reward Andros Townsend for his excellent start to the season with a three-fold increase in his salary. With the winger now making waves on the international scene, Spurs are determined to tie their youngster down. And that will mean a considerable increase to his £10,000-a-week wages.

Manchester United boss David Moyes scouts Tendayi Darikwa at Fleetwood vs Chesterfield

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Manchester United fans hoping for an overdue marquee signing in January might not be overly enthused by manager David Moyes' latest scouting mission. The Scot watched the League Two clash between Fleetwood and Chesterfield yesterday. Moyes was among the crowd at the Cod Army's 5,327-capacity Highbury ground to see a 1-1 draw.

England aim to poach Liverpool wonderkid Harry Wilson from Wales

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England will attempt to snatch Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson from Wales if he doesn't feature against Belgium on Tuesday. The 16-year-old was an unused substitute for the game against Macedonia on Friday. He will against be in the squad for the World Cup qualifier against Belgium. If he plays, he will become the youngest ever [.

Video: Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel scores a comedy own goal (Greece 1-0 Slovakia)

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Gary Neville will have some sympathy for Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel this morning. The Slovakia international scored an own goal remarkably similar to the one Neville and goalkeeper Paul Robinson contrived to score on Croatia's behalf back in the day. Former Everton keeper Jan Mucha was responsible for the hilarity as he completely missed Skrtel's [.

Liverpool and Chelsea battle for Benfica’s Nemanja Matic

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Liverpool and Chelsea are fighting for the signature of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic. The Blues have only got themselves to blame for finding themselves in the middle of scrap they sold Matic to Benfica in 2011. The Serbian defender was used as a a makeweight in the deal that saw David Luiz move to [.

Spurs closing in on Japan international Keisuke Honda

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Tottenham are said to be close to securing a deal to sign Japan star Keisuke Honda on a free transfer. The CSKA Moscow forward's contract expires on December 31, and he is being tracked by a host of top European clubs. Juventus, Monaco and Liverpool are among those thought to be interested in the 27-year-old.

Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler touts moves to Man Utd, Arsenal or Chelsea

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German sensation Julian Draxler has name-checked Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea while talking of his dream to move to a big club. Both the Gunners and the Blues have been heavily linked with the 20-year-old Schalke star in recent months. And, although he recently signed a new contract with his current club, it seems they [.

Liverpool’s Iago Aspas finding it tough on the bench

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Iago Aspas says he is finding life tough at Liverpool after being largely confined to the bench since joining the club. The Spaniard arrived at Anfield from Celta Vigo for £7.5m over the summer. But the 26-year-old is very much behind Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order. And in the six games [.

Juventus warn Man Utd to offer Adnan Januzaj a new deal or lose him

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Juventus general director Giuseppe Moratta says it is "difficult to understand" Manchester United's handling of Adnan Januzaj's contract. The Belgian wonderkid burst into the public consciousness with his two goals against Sunderland last weekend, yet is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

Everton and Stoke linked with Marseille striker Jordan Ayew

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Stoke and Everton are both reported to be interested in signing Marseille striker Jordan Ayew on loan in January. The 22-year-old wants first-team football and is currently out-of-favour at the French club. The Daily Mirror reports that the Toffees and the Potters would both be keen on bringing the Ghana international to the Premier League.

Video: Man City keeper Joe Hart shares a moment with the Wembley security team

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Considering the pressure he was under coming into the game, Joe Hart was clearly pleased with England's 4-1 win over Montenegro last night. So much so that the Manchester City keeper gave a beaming smile and a fist pump in the direction of members of the Wembley security team as he made his way down [.

Video: Kyle Walker praises ‘dedicated’ Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend for England goal

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England right-back Kyle Walker has praised Tottenham team-mate Andros Townsend on his debut goal for England. Walker said Townsend had got his reward for his hard work. He said: "Andros, he lives, breathes, eats, sleeps football and all his hard work and dedication has paid off for him tonight. "Hopefully this is just a stepping [.

Stoke beat Arsenal, Man Utd and Real Madrid to Belgian youngster Julien Ngoy

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Stoke City have seen off competition from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Real Madrid to sign highly-rated Belgian youngster Julien Ngoy. After a short trial with the Potters, manager Mark Hughes has snapped up the 15-year-old despite interest from some big-name rivals. Although the deal was wrapped up two weeks ago, Stoke have [.

Video: Spurs’ Andros Townsend scores stunning debut goal (England vs Montenegro)

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Spurs winger Andros Townsend marked his England debut with this fabulous goal against Montenegro. After a bit of a shaky spell for Roy Hodgson's side, this strike from outside the box gave them a bit of a cushion at 3-1.

Video: Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney gives England the lead after good work from Spurs’ Andros Townsend

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After a nervy, goalless opening 45 minutes against Montenegro, England took the lead in this evening's must-win qualifier through Wayne Rooney. The goal was created by a lung-busting run from debutant Andros Townsend. His cross created a bit of a scramble in the box and Rooney applied the finish.

Video: Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye scores (France vs Australia)

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France are on their way to a very comfortable friendly win against Australia and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has continued his recent form by getting on the scoresheet. He scored the fourth goal of the night for Didier Deschamps' side.

Video: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scores a cheeky lob (France vs Australia)

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been continuing his strong club form at international level. He scored this cheeky close-range lob for France against Australia this evening. He then added his second and France's third with this effort.

Video: Chelsea target Burak Yilmaz scores for Turkey vs Estonia

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Burak Yilmaz has been widely linked with a move to Chelsea, with even Galatasaray's chairman saying he would welcome a bid from the Blues. He has been showing what he's about on international duty for Turkey this evening with a goal against Estonia.

Video: Everton’s Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard celebrate

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Romelu Lukaku celebrated his two goals in Belgium's 1-2 win in Croatia by videoing the dressing room and sharing the results with his Instagram followers. Unfortunately, his multimedia skills aren't as good as his finishing: he forget to turn his sound on.

Video: Man Utd defender Jonny Evans’ red card (Azerbaijan 2-0 Northern Ireland)

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Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans was sent-off in injury time in Northern Ireland's 2-0 defeat against Azerbaijan this evening. He took a wild swing at opponent Rauf Aliyev long after the ball had gone and was shown a red card. Aliyev also got a kick in the head from keeper Roy Carroll for his troubles.

Video: Everton’s on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku scores his second (Croatia vs Belgium)

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Romelu Lukaku is continuing his excellent start to the season in Croatia this evening. He has now scored his second goal of the game for Belgium, this time bundling and sprinting his way from his own half to dink the ball into the net. See his first goal here.

Video: Carlton Cole attempts to get West Ham to re-sign him vs Charlton

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Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole is still doing his best to convince the club to re-sign him. The ex-Chelsea man played in yesterday's behind-closed-doors friendly against Charlton Athletic. His efforts to prove his form and fitness are not necessarily evident in the match highlights. Although he is visible during both West Ham goals in [.

Video: Everton’s on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku gives Belgium the lead vs Croatia

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Another kick in the teeth for Jose Mourinho. It turns out Romelu Lukaku is free-scoring at international level too. The Chelsea striker, on loan at Everton for the season, has put Belgium in front in Croatia.

Arsenal consider January raid for West Brom’s Saido Berahino

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering bidding for West Brom youngster Saido Berahino in the January transfer window. The Baggies are in talks with the England Under 21 international over a new deal after it became public knowledge that he is currently on a £850-a-week contract that expires at the end of the season.

Liverpool’s Joe Allen nearly ready to return from injury

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Joe Allen says he is almost ready to restart his season after injury. The Liverpool midfielder has been out of action since picking up a hamstring problem during the Capital One Cup victory over Notts County in August. But the Wales international is hoping to get his season back on the tracks and expects to [.

Spurs winger Andros Townsend set for surprise England start

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Tottenham youngster Andros Townsend is set to be handed his first England start in tonight's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro. More to follow.

Wayne Rooney refuses Man Utd contract talks

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Wayne Rooney has reportedly rejected Manchester United's attempts to open talks over a new contract. The England international is not willing to discuss a new deal at Old Trafford, claim Goal.com. The striker turns 28 later this month and is rumoured to want a fresh start at another Champions League club.

Video: Ex-Chelsea, Aston Villa and Leeds defender Tony Dorigo goes wine-tasting, talks getting a passport to play for England

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Tony Dorigo a topically non-English England international has being doing a spot of wine-tasting for this very specialist YouTube channel. Footballers' Wines takes old pros for some wine-tasting and a chat about their lives and careers. Of course, Dorigo's appearance is very relevant to the current Adnan Januzaj debate.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil hasn’t tried fish and chips yet

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BREAKING NEWS: Ozil orders a pizza. Disgusting behaviour from the Arsenal man. #PatheticEnglishMedia pic.twitter.com/OKt2jhko72 Rambö (@ArsenalDinho) October 4, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil says he is loving life in London but hasn't tried fish and chips yet. The £42.4m says he prefers to stick to healthier options, although he was photographed clutching [.

Video: Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Man City’s Samir Nasri and Newcastle’s Loic Remy score sweet volleys

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Some of the Premier League's French contingent took part in a volleying session in France training today. Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri and Newcastle forward Loic Remy were all on target. Giroud, continuing his fine club form, fires one into the top corner that both the keeper and the camera struggle [.

Juventus striker Fernando Llorente linked with January move to Arsenal

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Arsenal could snap-up Spain international Fernando Llorente in January. The former Athletic Bilbao star has struggled for form since moving to Juventus and is rumoured to have a difficult relationship with would-be strike partner Carlos Tevez. Juve are currently playing one up-front, with Tevez reportedly having declared Llorente as the worst striker he has ever [.

Ex-Man City boss Roberto Mancini wants Man Utd’s Antonio Valencia at Galatasaray

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If Manchester United thought Roberto Mancini was glaring in their direction during his time at Manchester City, it turns out he was just making eyes at winger Antonio Valencia. One of Mancini's first moves since taking over at Galatasaray will be to lure the Ecuador international away from Old Trafford.

Newcastle make enquiry for Man City’s Micah Richards

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Newcastle have approached Manchester City about signing right-back Micah Richards. The Magpies made the informal inquiry with a view to launching a bid for the England international in January, according to The Sun. The 25-year-old is behind Pablo Zabaleta in City's pecking order and has not looked like featuring regularly since Manuel Pellegrini took charge.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere sees hopes of an England start go up in smoke

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Jack Wilshere has reportedly been dropped by England manager Roy Hodgson for tonight's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro. Both The Sun and the Daily Star report that the Arsenal youngster will not start the match. The 21-year-old has had a controversial week. He was caught smoking outside a nightclub ahead of last weekend's game against [.

Video: Liverpool new boy Mamadou Sakho wrecks a Martin Skrtel interview

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He might be nicknamed Killer by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, but it looks like Mamadou Sakho is a killer with a sense of humour. He interrupted an interview with team-mate Martin Skrtel with this impressive repertoire of silly faces.

Juventus try to tempt Nemanja Vidic to quit Man Utd

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Juventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic. The Italian giants are reportedly planning to snap-up the Serbia international on a free transfer. He is out of contract at the end of the current season, which means he can start talking to overseas clubs in January.

Man Utd failed in last-ditch attempt to pinch Mesut Ozil from Arsenal

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Manchester United mounted a desperate late bid to beat Arsenal to the signing of Mesut Ozil. When it became clear that the Real Madrid star was about to join he Gunners, David Moyes attempted to derail the move and get Ozil to join the champions instead. But his efforts were unsuccessful. The Manchester Evening News [.

Video: Spurs youngster Harry Kane scores a hat-trick for England U21

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane was on target with a hat-trick as England Under-21s beat San Marino 0-4 last night. The 20-year-old scored a penalty and two scrappy close-range efforts to help Gareth Southgate's side to a comfortable victory. Southgate said Kane should be proud of his achievement. He said: "It is always memorable to score [.

Video: West Ham’s ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison bamboozles San Marino defenders

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This slow-motion footage from last night's England Under 21 match gives you a good look at some of Ravel Morrison's tricks. The San Marino Under 21 defenders didn't seem to know what the West Ham midfielder was going to do next.

Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla gets foot massage as part of rehab

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Working hard to come back as soon as posible! pic.twitter.com/VSgn4GWCJS Santi Cazorla (@19SCazorla) October 9, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is due back from his injury lay-off soon. It's safe to say that today hasn't been the toughest in his rehab programme. The Spaniard has tweeted photos of himself lounging on a massage table [.

David De Gea set to sign new Man Utd contract

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is set to sign a new deal at Old Trafford. The 22-year-old is already under contract until 2016, but the champions want to extend his stay and increase his pay to ward off the interest of Barcelona. The extension is likely to keep the Spaniard at the club until [.

Man City star David Silva rejects Real Madrid talk

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David Silva has dismissed suggestions that he is interested in a move to Real Madrid. The Manchester City star was confronted with the rumours while on international duty with Spain. But ahead of this evening's clash with Belarus in Mallorca, Silva spoke out to say there is no truth in reports linking him with a [.

Spurs striker Jermain Defoe: ‘Scoring the goals to take England to the World Cup would be special’

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Jermain Defoe is dreaming of getting on the pitch against Montenegro tonight and Poland on Tuesday and firing England to next summer's World Cup finals. The Tottenham striker is clearly excited about the vital World Cup qualifiers, and is hoping to add to his 19 international goals over the coming days.

Man Utd midfielder Tom Cleverley out of England games

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Manchester United's Tim Cleverley has pulled out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland. The midfielder complained of a sore calf and was sent for a scan. He has now returned to United for treatment on the calf injury and will not be available for either of England's forthcoming matches.

Manchester City unveil plans to increase stadium capacity to 61,000

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Manchester City have unveiled plans to make the Etihad Stadium the third biggest club ground in the country. Subject to planning approval, City plan to add extra tiers to the North and South stands, which are behind both goals. A club statement said: Each level will boast approximately 6,750 new seats.

Arsenal legend Lee Dixon forced to deny adopting an owl

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Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon has been using those defensive skills to deny adopting an owl and giving it a stupid name. Photos emerged today of an owl enclosure with a sign declaring that one of the birds had been adopted by Lee Dixon. Lee had named his owl Hooty McOwlface. But after the image [.

Joey Barton: ‘Ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t coach to save his life’

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Anyone who thinks Fergie was a great coach is mistaken. He was a great manager. One of, if not the best these shores have ever seen. Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) October 10, 2013 QPR midfielder Joey Barton says Sir Alex Ferguson couldn't coach to save his life. The former Manchester City and Newcastle midfielder used [.

Benfica’s Ivan Cavaleiro not thinking about Man Utd move

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Teenage Benfica attacker Ivan Cavaleiro has played down rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United, insisting he is concentrating on holding a regular spot with the Portuguese side. The 19-year-old is reported to be a transfer target for David Moyes, who had been admiring the Portuguese youth international even before he took over [.

Harry Redknapp rejected Arsenal legend Ian Wright to sign his non-league mate

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H arry Redknapp has revealed he missed the chance to sign Ian Wright during his Bournemouth days. The current QPR boss opted to spend £10,000 on Wright's mate Carl Richards instead. Despite Wrighty's best efforts to inform 'Arry that he was a safer bet, it was Richards who got his move to the Cherries.

Video: Everton’s on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku signs a bike

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku was asked to autograph a bicycle after Belgium's training session. The on-loan Chelsea youngster went to see fans who had watched the session and was promptly handed the bike to sign.

Video: Juventus president fears losing former Man Utd youngster Paul Pogba

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Juventus president Andrea Agnelli fears the club will lose young midfielder Paul Pogba if a club comes in with a bid. Agnelli is unlikely to get much sympathy from Manchester United fans after Juve snapped up the France international from them on a free transfer last summer. The Italian club are worried that they will [.

Video: Man City’s Joe Hart, Norwich’s John Ruddy and Celtic’s Fraser Forster show off their skills

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England's goalkeepers have been preparing for the qualifier against Montenegro hopefully they won't need to demonstrate their keepy uppy skills tomorrow evening. Joe Hart, John Ruddy and Fraser Forster did some ball juggling skills before moving on to move traditional goalkeeping requirements. Around the 1min 29secs mark it sounds like goalkeeping coach Dave Watson [.

Napoli’s on-loan Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina sleeps in Mario Balotelli’s shirt

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Pepe Reina has revealed his interesting choice in nightwear: a match-worn Mario Balotelli shirt. After becoming the first man to save a Balotelli penalty the Liverpool keeper, currently on loan at Napoli, has taken to wearing the former Manchester City man's shirt to bed. He revealed: "After saving Mario's penalty I couldn't not ask for [.

Ex-Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa’s zingers for QPR boss Harry Redknapp

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Jose Bosingwa has hit back at his former QPR manager Harry Redknapp, saying "the wine he drinks every morning" means he doesn't know what he's saying. The ex-Chelsea right-back is one of those who comes in for criticism in Redknapp's autobiography. 'Arry described his refusal to be a substitute for QPR last season as "disgraceful".

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard says he didn’t send good luck text to Harry Redknapp

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Steven Gerrard tells me he never sent a text to Harry Redknapp backing him for England manager Dan Roan (@danroan) October 10, 2013 Steven Gerrard says he never sent a text wishing Harry Redknapp good luck in his bid to become England manager. Redknapp claims in his autobiography that a number of senior England [.

Galatasaray chairman would welcome Chelsea bid for striker Burak Yilmaz

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Galatasaray would be open to an offer from Chelsea for striker Burak Yilmaz, according to the Turkish side's chairman Unal Aysal. He is at Stamford Bridge for today's Leaders In Football conference, and was asked to comment on today's media reports that the Blues are considering a swap deal involving Demba Ba to sign Yilmaz.

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard backs ‘patriotic’ Arsenal star Jack Wilshere

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The question was should foreign players be allowed to play for England, and in my opinion I don't think they should! He is a great player... Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 9, 2013 England captain Steven Gerrard has backed Jack Wilshere in the row over England eligibility. Wilshere's "the only people who should play for [.

Chelsea to offer Demba Ba as bait to beat Arsenal and Liverpool to Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz

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Chelsea hope to win the race for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz by offering Demba Ba in part-exchange. Yilmaz was linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool over the summer, but he has been persistently been named as a transfer target for the Blues. The 28-year-old had a £20m asking price over the summer, which deterred [.

Liverpool and Spurs target Harmeet Singh says he wants to move England

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Feyenoord midfielder Harmeet Singh has declared his intention to play in the Premier League. The former Valarenga youngster was targeted by Liverpool and Spurs last summer, but instead opted to move to Holland. But the 22-year-old has found first-team opportunities limited in Rotterdam and is now plotting his next move.

Spurs plot £15m move for Basel’s Mohamed Salah

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Basel winger Mohamed Salah is said to be a £15m transfer target for Tottenham. The 21-year-old has been in impressive form for the past couple of seasons and it was quite a surprise that he started this season with the Swiss side. Andre Villas Boas has reportedly been monitoring the Egyptian youngster for several months [.

Paulo Futre bought the West Ham No.10 shirt off John Moncur for two weeks in the Algarve

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West Ham flop Paulo Futre bought the number 10 shirt from John Moncur when he arrived at Upton Park, former manager Harry Redknapp has revealed. The Portuguese star was handed the number 16 by the kitman when he signed for the club, but he refused to play in it. He brought his lawyers to the [...]

Fabio admits he’s ready to quit Man Utd

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Manchester United left-back Fabio says it is time for him to leave the club. The 23-year-old is behind Patrice Evra and Alex Buttner in the left-back pecking order, and manager David Moyes is keen to strengthen in that position. While his twin brother Rafael has become a regular at right-back, Fabio thinks a move back [.

Wales call-up Liverpool’s ‘new Gareth Bale’

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Liverpool youngster Harry Wilson has been called up for Wales' squad to face Macedonia tomorrow despite the fact he is aged just 16. Dubbed 'the new Gareth Bale', Wilson is the beneficiary from the ridiculous number of withdrawals from Chris Coleman's squad. Some 10 players have withdrawn from the original squad forcing Coleman to bring [.

Former Liverpool and Man Utd striker Michael Owen starts new career as a jockey

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Big day today. About to sit on a horse for the first time in my quest to learn how to ride and take part in a race next summer. michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 10, 2013 Ex-England international Michael Owen has revealed he is in training to become a jockey. The recently retired striker has [..

Ex-Fulham, Spurs and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy retires

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Danny Murphy has announced his retirement from football. The former England international had been without a club since leaving Blackburn at the end of last season. He told talkSPORT: "There have been some press reports about whether I'm still playing or available but I decided a little while ago I would retire, I just didn't [.

Photo: Man City keeper Joe Hart makes a save in England training

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#England keepers Joe Hart, John Ruddy and Fraser Forster warming up for today's training session at London Colney pic.twitter.com/B2IcRJeHAl The FA (@FA) October 10, 2013 No sign of those weak wrists at England training today. Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was snapped making a save at the start of today's training session at Arsenal's [.

Photo: Chelsea youngster Marco Van Ginkel starts his injury rehab

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Chelsea midfielder Marco Van Ginkel posted this photo on his Instagram account to show he has started on the long road to recovery after his serious knee injury. The 20-year-old is out for at least six months after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in the Capital One Cup tie against Swindon. The Holland international has [.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was ‘devastated’ by England withdrawal

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Daniel Sturridge says he doesn't think people realise how much playing for England means to him and says he was devastated that injury prevented him from taking part in last month's World Cup qualifiers. The in-form Liverpool star is set to lead the line in the upcoming qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland, and is [.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil praises ‘super coach’ Arsene Wenger

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Pressekonferenz mit Hansi Flick, Mesut Özil und Sami Khedira Highlights auf http://t.co/Om92OH6WyS pic.twitter.com/7xtktYj0NZ DFB-Team (@DFB_Team) October 10, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has hailed his new manager as a "super coach". Last time he was away on international duty, the Germany star was in the process of completing his move to the [.

Jurgen Klopp tells Man Utd to forget about getting Neven Subotic in Shinji Kagawa deal

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Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has told Manchester United they will not be getting defender Neven Subotic as part of any deal to take Shinji Kagawa back to the Champions League finalists. David Moyes had been linked with a part-exchange deal for centre-back Subotic that would see Kagawa return to his former club.

Mesut Ozil says it’s too early to talk about Arsenal winning the title

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It is too soon to start thinking about winning the Premier League, says Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil. Arsene Wenger's side are top of the league going into the current international break, and Ozil has been asked about the Gunners' title credentials while on duty with Germany. Ozil told the German Football Association website: "I [.

West Ham chairman David Gold says ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison has no release clause

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"@Richard33639078: Good Morning david.Is it true that Morrison has a get/buy out clause on his contract? There is no buy out clause. dg David Gold (@davidgold) October 9, 2013 Media reports earlier this week suggested that West Ham were preparing to offer Ravel Morrison a new contract in a bid to remove a £19m buy-out [.

Photos: Tottenham’s non-international players in training

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Here's Andre in training today... #THFC pic.twitter.com/hCwzT5OhnO Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 9, 2013 For the Spurs players not called up by their national teams, it was business as usual today. Manager Andre Villas Boas led a session for those not on international duty. Here's @LewisHoltby again, this time chased at pace by Kevin Stewart.

Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney takes indirect swipe at Chelsea skipper John Terry

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Wayne Rooney has taken a bit of swipe at Chelsea defender John Terry, saying he believes that Steven Gerrard should have been given the England captaincy much earlier in his career. Liverpool captain Gerrard and Terry were the two contenders for the captaincy when David Beckham was moved aside by Steve McClaren in 2006.

Photo: Aaron Lennon returns to Spurs training after injury

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Good afternoon from the Training Centre! Great to see @Aaron7Lennon back in full training after his foot injury. pic.twitter.com/d2FsqFnQ45 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 9, 2013 Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has returned to training from the injury that has ruined his start to the season.

Video: Levski Sofia fans force coach Ivaylo Petev to strip at his first press conference

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Gus Poyet can be grateful that there was no widespread backlash against his appointment by Sunderland fans. On the same day the Uruguayan boss was unveiled by the Black Cats, Bulgarian side Levski Sofia held a first press conference for new coach Ivaylo Petev. Levski fans are furious at the appointment, claiming Petev is a [.

Video: Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney hails England striker options as best in his time

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says the attacking options at Roy Hodgson's disposal are the best he can remember during his time with the squad. He reckons the goalscoring threat of Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert and himself tops anything that's been available since he made his international debut in 2003.

Video: Spurs’ Lewis Holtby does a great impression of Man City keeper Joe Hart

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While international team-mates are away, there is plenty of time for Premier League stars to mess around on the training ground. That meant Lewis Holtby was in goal at Tottenham training today. The German did a great impersonation of Manchester City keeper Joe Hart's current floppy wrist problems as he failed to keep out Michael [.

Javier Hernandez hints he could leave Man Utd to find first-team football

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez says he needs to be given more opportunities and is working towards being a regular starter whether that's at United or another club. The 25-year-old enjoyed a sensational first season in English football after joining from Chivas Guadalajara for £6m in 2010.

Arsenal agree to sign Aston Villa, Chelsea and Tottenham target Kristopher Da Graca

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Swedish youngster Kristopher Da Graca has agreed a deal to join Arsenal. The 15-year-old defender was wanting by a host of Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa, Chelsea and Tottenham. He had been on trial with all four clubs, but has opted to join the Gunners following his stint with them in August.

Bacary Sagna set to quit Arsenal

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Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is set to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season. The Daily Mail reports that the France international has 'privately acknowledged' that he will not be signing a new deal at the Emirates. The 30-year-old is reportedly seeking the big pay day that would accompany [.

David Vaughan reveals Sunderland players have been gagged over Paolo Di Canio

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Sunderland's players have been banned from talking about former manager Paolo Di Canio's time at the club. As Gus Poyet was unveiled as the Black Cats' new manager, midfielder David Vaughan revealed that the players have been told not to discuss Di Canio's brief stint in charge. With various rumours about Di Canio's interesting disciplinary [.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho: ‘Sometimes I drive on the wrong side of the road’

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Photo: Suarez celebrates with Sakho after making it 2-0 at the Stadium of Light pic.twitter.com/AgRifCIBWP Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 29, 2013 Liverpool's summer signing Mamadou Sakho has revealed he sometimes finds himself driving on the wrong side of the road as he adapts to life in England. The former PSG defender says he has [.

Swansea tell Arsenal and Liverpool to pay £30m if they want Michu

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Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has slapped on £30m price tag on star striker Michu following his call-up to the Spain squad. The 27-year-old was linked with moves to Arsenal and Liverpool over the summer, and rumours persist that both clubs are interested in the former Rayo Vallecano man. Manager Michael Laudrup claimed that Michu was [.

Photo: Spurs star Mousa Dembele limps out of Belgium training

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Pech voor #Dembélé #Tottenham #RodeDuivels #krobel #HLN pic.twitter.com/9Ys68EwYax Kjell Doms (@D_Boy85) October 9, 2013 Worrying news for Tottenham fans as midfielder Mousa Dembele limped off during Belgium's training session today. The former Fulham man was helped off the field by two members of the Belgian medical team.

Arsenal want to sign Aston Villa keeper Brad Guzan

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Arsenal are interested in signing goalkeeper Brad Guzan from Aston Villa. That's according to the official MLS website. They report that the Gunners are still hoping to add competition for first-choice Wojciech Szczesny after his loss of form last season. Stoke's Asmir Begovic, QPR's Julio Cesar and Newcastle's Tim Krul have all been linked with [.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere: ‘I didn’t say Man Utd youngster Adnan Januzaj shouldn’t play for England’

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Just to clarify a few things....again! Seems to be a trend in this country, poor journalism in my eyes! I wasn't referring to Janujaz... Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 9, 2013 The question was should foreign players be allowed to play for England, and in my opinion I don't think they should! He is a [.

Dennis Bergkamp wants to return to Arsenal as a coach

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Dennis Bergkamp says he would love to return to Arsenal in a coaching role and has given some unexpected support for Tony Adams' claim to the manager's job. The Dutchman is currently working as a coach at Ajax and intends to continue in that role for the next few years. But beyond that he sees [...]

Photos: Adnan Januzaj, Rio Ferdinand and other Man Utd stars watch NBA basketball game

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A host of Manchester United's non-international players took in some basketball this evening. The champions' new hero Adnan Januzaj was courtside. Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher, David De Gea and youth teamer Scott Johnstone were also among the crowd for the clash between Oklahoma City Thunder and Philadelphia 76ers at Manchester's Phones4U Arena Ferdinand said: "It's [.

Leyton Orient ban FIFA 14 on matchdays

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Leyton Orient have banned their squad from playing FIFA 14 on matchday after a slump in the club's form since the game was released. That's despite the fact that the game's makers, EA Sports, are one of their shirt sponsors. A club spokesman said: "The staff were quick to implement a 'no Fifa on a [.

Video: Liverpool defender Daniel Agger gives his shirt to a fan he hit with a ball

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Daniel Agger Gives a fan a shirt after... by LFCmostar Watching Liverpool train is not without its dangers as this young supporter found out to his cost. The fan was spectating at the Reds' Melwood training ground when a stray shot from defender Daniel Agger smacked him in the head. The lad was reduced to [.

Former Man Utd assistant Mike Phelan says the club were right to sell Ravel Morrison to West Ham

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Mike Phelan, assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson during their time at Manchester United, says the club were right to let Ravel Morrison leave. The young midfielder was sold to West Ham for an initial fee of £650,000 in January 2012. With the 20-year-old now starting to proving himself, some critics have questioned whether Morrison [.

New Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: ‘Don’t compare me to Paolo Di Canio’

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Newly appointed Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says he shouldn't be compared to previous boss Paolo Di Canio. Speaking at his official unveiling, the former Brighton manager was asked if his first task was to prove he was different to his predecessor. He said: "Firstly, I think we are all different. I don't think you can [.

Jack Wilshere: ‘Training with England is a step up in quality from Arsenal’

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted he gets nervous ahead of England meet-ups because of the step up in quality from club football. The 21-year-old says it is exciting but also nerve-wracking to join up with Roy Hodgson's squad and train with the 'top players'. He said: "You get the same feeling when you're coming [.

Former Spurs boss kept £30k down his trousers for Arsenal legend during a match

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Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has revealed he once managed Portsmouth with £30,000 stuffed down his trousers. 'Arry alleges that the money was given to him before kick-off by Paul Merson, who owed it to a slightly dubious gang of Irish bookmakers. Writing in his new book, Redknapp reveals: "One day at Millwall he came [.

Video: Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling vs Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha

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Video: Man Utd youngster Michael Keane’s screamer in England Under-21 training

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If Manchester United youngster Michael Keane is hoping to catch the eye of new England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate during training, scoring top-corner screamers like this won't do any harm. The 20-year-old defender produced this effort in today's training session at St George's Park.

Video: Man Utd midfielder Maroune Fellaini trains with Belgium, delays wrist surgery

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Injured Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been in training with the Belgium national team. The former Everton man missed the champions' win at Sunderland last Saturday and was rumoured to be out for three months with a wrist injury. But he has now gambled on delaying his operation until after next summer's World Cup.

Video: Man Utd fans give their Adnan Januzaj chant its first outing vs Sunderland

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Manchester United fans were forced to quickly adopt a chant for wonderkid Adnan Januzaj during his match-winning performance against Sunderland last weekend. You can hear it in the video above. As mentioned by our pals at Mirror Football earlier today, there's definitely scope for a reworking (and probably an improvement upon) Coldplay's Paradise in the [.

Photos: Man City’s £80m non-international players in training

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TRAINING GROUND LIVE: Keepy-uppy getting serious! #mcfc pic.twitter.com/GBYiomMpyQ Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 8, 2013 Manchester City's non-international players have been taking part in a light training session at Carrington this morning. Even with many of their stars away to play for their national teams, City could field a pretty expensive five-a-side team.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez: ‘Biting ban calmed me down’

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he has returned from his 10-match biting ban as a calmer player. Returning to Uruguay to play for his national team, the Reds star has told the media that a more tranquil approach to football is helping him keep a lid on his temper. He said: "I am aware that [...]

Harry Redknapp: Watching Chelsea win the Champions League was one of the biggest mistakes of my life

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Harry Redknapp has described watching Chelsea win the Champions League as one of "biggest mistakes" of his life. The then Spurs boss travelled to Munich with son Jamie to watch the Blues face Bayern Munich. But victory for Roberto Di Matteo's side meant that Champions League qualification was snatched away from Tottenham.

Sunderland appoint Gus Poyet as their new manager

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#SAFC confirm new head coach Gus Poyet http://t.co/UiwV9upWV1 Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) October 8, 2013 Sunderland have appointed Gus Poyet as their manager. The former Brighton boss has signed a two-year contract at the Stadium of Light. He replaces Paolo Di Canio, who was sacked last month after a poor start to the season.

Man Utd favourites to land Brazilian youngster Bruno Gomes

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Manchester United are set to see off competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Udinese and Sao Paulo to sign Brazilian starlet Bruno Gomes. The 17-year-old wonderkid was on trial with the champions last summer. At that stage a deal was struck with his current club Desportivo Brazil giving United first refusal on the player.

Derby boss Steve McClaren expecting to lose Will Hughes to Liverpool, Man Utd or Arsenal

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New Derby County boss Steve McClaren says wonderkid Will Hughes' departure is inevitable. The 18-year-old is being tracked by several Premier League sides, including Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, and McClaren says Hughes will become too good to stay at Pride Park. Former England manager McClaren, in charge of the Rams for just two games [.

West Ham to offer ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison a new contract to get rid of his £19m release clause

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Ravel Morrison is set to be offered a new deal in January as West Ham try to remove a £19m release clause from his contract. The former Manchester United trainee has been in sensational form at the start of this season, culminating in his superb solo goal against Tottenham at the weekend. When the Hammers [.

Spurs linked with surprise Andrea Pirlo signing

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Tottenham are being linked with the shock signing of Italy legend Andrea Pirlo. The veteran midfielder is no longer an automatic starter for Juventus and is currently fighting for a new contract. The 34-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the season. If no new contract is forthcoming, the playmaker is set to try [.

Man Utd target Alex Song ‘would consider Arsenal return’

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Barcelona midfielder Alex Song would consider a return to Arsenal. Reports in the Daily Star suggest that the Cameroon international said to be a transfer target for David Moyes' Manchester United would be happy with an Emirates comeback. The 26-year-old is struggling to make an impression at Barca, where he finds himself behind [.

Fulham move for Arsenal and Liverpool target Alexander Milosevic

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Fulham boss Martin Jol has joined the race for Arsenal and Liverpool target Alexander Milosevic. The 21-year-old has earned a number of admirers with his performances for Swedish side AIK, and there is likely to be a scramble for his signature when the transfer window opens. The young defender is about to enter the final [.

Rafael rejects suggestions he is set to quit Man Utd

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Manchester United right-back Rafael has denied reports linking him with a move back to Brazil. The 23-year-old has been widely touted for a transfer to Corinthians, with many onlookers suggesting that a return to his homeland would boost his chances of being named in Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup squad.

Kitman: Is this Thierry Henry wearing next season’s Arsenal home kit?

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Next season's Arsenal kit seems to have leaked online and it's Gunners legend Thierry Henry who is seen wearing it. There have been rumours that Puma will replace Nike as the club's kit supplier from next season. While that hasn't been officially confirmed, the leaked photo would appear to confirm those reports.

Photo: Injured Man Utd star Marouane Fellaini with his strapped up wrist

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been pictured on international duty with Belgium sporting some heavy bandaging to his wrist. The summer signing missed United's victory over Sunderland with the injury, and reports suggested that surgery would keep him out of action for up to three months.

Romelu Lukaku hopes Everton finish above Chelsea

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On-loan Everton star Romelu Lukaku wants his goals to fire Everton above Chelsea this season. The Chelsea youngster has revealed his annoyance at being shipped out on loan for a second successive season having proven his Premier League pedigree at West Brom last term. But having found himself at Goodison Park, the Belgium international is [.

Schalke confident of staving off Arsenal or Chelsea’s interest in Julian Draxler

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Schalke will be able to fend off Arsenal and Chelsea's attempt to sign youngster Julian Draxler. The 20-year-old Germany international is likely to be in demand when the transfer window opens. But Schalke general manager Horst Heldt is confident that Draxler will not be going anywhere in January. Arsenal had considered a summer bid for [.

Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye blames Joe Kinnear for Arsenal transfer fiasco

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Yohan Cabaye has indicated that Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear is to blame for his failed move to Arsenal. The France international refused to play for the Magpies as he attempted to force a switch to the Gunners. Although he is now putting in outstanding performances for the Toon, the midfielder has spoken out [.

Video: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard tells Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney he’s looking ‘rugged’

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Frank Lampard is now very much the elder statesman of the England squad. Alas, it appears he has also turned into an Alan Partridge figure. Reporting for duty carrying his bin liner luggage, Lamps greets Wayne Rooney by telling him that he's looking "rugged". Judging by Rooney's reaction, we guess it refers to a bit [.

Photo: Spurs underwear lover Jan Vertonghen makes West Ham’s Ravel Morrison his latest victm

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Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen has attempted to steal another opponent's shorts. The Belgian hit the headlines last month when he revealed Aston Villa striker Nicklas Helenius' underwear to the world during a Capital One Cup tie. Having somehow avoided conceding a penalty on that occasion, Vertonghen has clearly decided that it's quite an effective tool [.

Video: Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, Man Utd’s Jesse Lingard, Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah and Spurs’ Tom Carroll play head tennis

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England's Under-21 stars have been battling out in a game of head tennis. Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, Man Utd's Jesse Lingard, Chelsea's Nathaniel Chalobah and Spurs' Tom Carroll were all involved. You might not expect it to be particularly cut-throat, but Sterling still ends up in a dispute with the ref over a debatable call.

Adnan Januzaj tells Belgium boss that he plans to stay at Man Utd

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Manchester United supporters have been given a huge boost this evening with indications that Adnan Januzaj is preparing to commit his future to the club. With the wonderkid making all the headlines at the weekend and out of contract at the end of the season, there were concerns that the 18-year-old might opt to pocket [.

Swansea striker Michu ‘like a kid’ after Spain call-up

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Michu says he is "like a kid" after being handed a first call-up to the Spain national team. The Swansea striker got the nod as a replacement for the injured David Villa (whose nickname, appropriately is, El Guaje or the Kid). The former Rayo Vallecano man said it was a privilege to be picked for [..

Spurs star Mousa Dembele disappointed to lose ‘small game’ to West Ham

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Mousa Dembele says Tottenham need to get their act together in "small games" against sides like West Ham if they want to finish in the top four this season. The Belgium international was disappointed with his team's 3-0 defeat to their London rivals, and repeatedly belittled the Hammers when reflecting on the match.

Chelsea scout confirms Marseille’s Gianelli Imbula is a transfer target

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Marseille midfielder Gianelli Imbula is wanted by Chelsea, according to one of the club's top scouts. Guy Hillion, one of the Blues' most senior scouts, confirmed that he had been tracking the France Under-21 international ahead of a possible £25m move, according to the Evening Standard. Hillion said: "I have seen [Imbula] often.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere: ‘That was my last cigarette’

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Jack Wilshere caught smoking pic.twitter.com/wypq1u1yzr Djourou Unchained (@FormidableTH14) October 4, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says smoking was a 'mistake' and that he has had his last cigarette. The England international maintains that he is not a regular smoker, but was photographed with a fag in his mouth outside a London nightclub last week.

Harry Redknapp tapped up Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers to become his England No.2 during a Spurs game

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp has revealed that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would have become his assistant manager if he had been given the England manager's job. Redknapp approached the Liverpool manager then at charge at Swansea during a Tottenham game to ask him to join his backroom staff with the national team.

GIF It: Victor Wanyama’s bizarre kneeslide celebration FAIL for disallowed goal (Southampton 2-0 Swansea)

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It's the perfect storm of celebration FAIL: an attempted kneeslide that goes horribly wrong coupled with the goal that you were attempting to celebrate being disallowed. That's exactly what Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama gave us yesterday and it's the gif that keeps on giving. The Kenya international thought he had put Saints 2-0 up [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘You’ll only know if we have the mentality to be champions in March’

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Arsene Wenger says his Arsenal side will only be able to demonstrate they have the resolve to win the Premier League in March. The Gunners boss was speaking after a 1-1 draw at West Brom took his side to the top of the table on goals scores. Wenger believes it is too early to start [...]

Man Utd to offer Adnan Januzaj £50,000-a-week to ward off Man City

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Manchester United plan to offer teenage sensation Adnan Januzaj a £50,000-per-week deal to ensure they don't lose him for free. Concerned by the interest of rivals Manchester City and Juventus, and burned by the departure of highly-rated Paul Pogba to the Serie A side in similar circumstances last year, the champions will move quickly to [.

Photo: West Brom vs Arsenal matchball takes a dig at Aston Villa

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Today's match ball!!!! Did anyone notice? @KitmanPat pic.twitter.com/PJz9m0AxjV Gareth McAuley (@G23mcauley) October 6, 2013 The matchball for yesterday's game between West Brom and Arsenal featured a personalised slogan. A photo of the ball was posted by Baggies defender Gareth McAuley on his Twitter account.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hails ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison as a ‘genius’

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West Ham wonderkid Ravel Morrison is a "genius", according to manager Sam Allardyce. The former Manchester United trainee put the icing on the impressive cake that was the Hammers' 3-0 win over Spurs with a spectacular solo goal. And his boss was clearly delighted with what he saw. He said: "It's the genius of Ravel [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 5-6 October

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1. No prizes for guessing who was the star of the weekend. Adnan Januzaj's brace certainly announced his arrival as a Premier League player. 2. Perhaps Ravel Morrison's wonder goal for West Ham will focus United's minds on ensuring they don't let another young talent slip through the net. 3. It was a bad weekend [.

Spurs supporter arrested for using the word ‘Yid’ will not face charges

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A Tottenham fan arrested at yesterday's defeat to West Ham for using the term 'Yid' will not face charges. Both sets of fans were warned in advance by police that they could face arrest for chanting 'Yid' or 'Yiddo' at the game, with Spurs telling supporters to "be mindful" of their language. Despite widespread chanting [.

Brendan Rodgers ‘most important person’ in Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool return

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Brendan Rodgers explains why it's important to have #LFC legends back at the club: http://t.co/rNZoBMccnv pic.twitter.com/WVUrgAXuFj Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 7, 2013 Newly appointed Liverpool director Kenny Dalglish says manager Brendan Rodgers played a vital role in his return to the club. Despite being Dalglish's replacement, Rodgers is reportedly happy to have the Anfield [.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew wants a permanent deal for QPR’s Loic Remy

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Newcastle are hoping to strike up a permanent deal for in-form loan star Loic Remy. The France international is on loan at St James' Park from QPR until the end of the season. But after his match-winning brace against Cardiff on Saturday took his tally to five goals in his last three appearances, Remy could [.

QPR plot bold loan move for Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne

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Championship side QPR are planning an ambitious loan deal with west London rivals Chelsea for Kevin De Bruyne, according to reports in the Italian media. Tutto Mercato claims that Harry Redknapp's side want to sign the Belgian winger until the end of the season. Although the 22-year-old started the season in Jose Mourinho's starting 11, [.

Video: Chelsea fans singing ‘He Hates Tottenham’ after Willian’s goal

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Chelsea fans delivered their most rousing performance yet of their 'He Hates Tottenham' chant after Willian's wonder goal against Norwich yesterday. The song suggests the Brazilian midfielder opted to pull-out of a proposed move to Spurs to join the Blues because, as you may have deduced for the name of the chant, he hates Tottenham.

Video: Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi indulges in some unlikely racism towards West Brom’s Saido Berahino

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Newcastle star Sammy Ameobi is renowned for his comedy social media output. Now he has opted for some racism towards West Brom striker Saido Berahino. With the duo sharing a room on England Under-21 duty, Ameobi records the Burundi-born star talking in his native tongue on the phone. He then adopts his poshest accept to [.

Jack Wilshere loves Arsenal fans’ ‘he smokes when he wants’ chant

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Love the new song for me today! Haha fans were incredible again! Good point nice to get a goal hopefully a few more to come! #Gooners Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 6, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he loves the song Gunners supporters came up with to mark his smoking controversy. The England international [.

Willian thanks God for his first Chelsea goal

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Muito feliz pelo primeiro gol e pela vitória. Obrigado Senhor I'm very happy for the first goal... http://t.co/dRwdqIu5dP WILLIAN (@willianborges88) October 6, 2013 Willian has taken to his social networking account to declare his happiness at opening his Chelsea account. The Brazilian star scored a stunning long-range goal against Norwich today and he [.

Video: Arsenal’s ‘How does it feel to be Tottenham?’ song

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Arsenal unveiled a new chant during today's 1-1 draw against West Brom. 'How does it feel to be Tottenham?' is you won't be surprised to learn aimed at their north London rivals. In particular, it focuses on a pithy analysis of the summer transfer activity of both clubs. The words are: How does [...]

GIF It: Ball juggling Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny

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There's something strangely therapeutic about watching Arsenal keeper Szczesny doing keepie uppies on a loop. The time-killing Poland international showed off his skills during a break in play in today's 1-1 draw with West Brom.

GIF It: West Ham go 2-0 up against Spurs thanks to Ricardo Vaz Te

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GIF It: Ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison puts West Ham 3-0 up against Spurs

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Tottenham appear to be suffering the mother of all European hangovers following their midweek trip to Russia. West Ham are now 0-3 up at White Hart Lane after Ravel Morrison grabbed a third for his side.

GIF It: Jack Wilshere’s equalising goal for Arsenal at West Brom

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Jack Wilshere had been enduring a torrid afternoon at West Brom until he produced this long-range effort to get his side back into the game against West Brom. The Arsenal midfielder hadn't been able to put a foot right all afternoon... but then he grabbed the equaliser for Arsene Wenger's side. That prompted the Gunners [.

GIF It: Winston Reid gives West Ham the lead against Spurs

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GIF It: Claudio Yacob gives West Brom the lead against Arsenal

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West Brom defender Claudio Yacob has headed his side into a surprise lead against Arsenal. He struck just before half-time and against the run of play to put the Baggies 1-0 up.

GIF It: Norwich’s Martin Olsson’s spectacular air-shot against Chelsea

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Talk to Martin Olsson and we'll guarantee you'll hear he got a nasty bobble on this.

Dani Osvaldo already talking of quitting Southampton for Argentina

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Southampton's club record signing Dani Osvaldo is talking about quitting St Mary's for a return to Argentina. The former Roma star, signed for £15m in August, is unimpressed with the physical nature of the Premier League. And it sounds like he's had enough already. He said: "Football here is so physical, but it doesn't have [.

Man City’s Sergio Aguero overtake Liverpool’s Luis Suarez on Real Madrid’s shopping list

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GOAL CAM: Brilliant shot of @aguerosergiokun celebrating @_AlvaroNegredo_ 's goal #cityveverton #mcfc pic.twitter.com/JpxxquDn56 Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 5, 2013 Real Madrid are plotting a move to sign Manchester City star Sergio Aguero. The Spanish giants' desire to buy a South American striker from the Premier League is well-known, but it appears that Argentina [.

GIF It: Willian’s stunning first goal for Chelsea (vs Norwich)

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Brazilian star Willian has announced his arrival at Chelsea with a truly incredible strike against Norwich this afternoon. The former Anzhi Makachkala fired the ball into the top corner from outside the box. After an underwhelming start to life with the Blues leading many Spurs fans to suggest that they dodged a bullet when [.

Photo: Arsenal star Lukas Podolski shows off his muscles

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Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski is using his current injury lay-off to work on his fitness. The Germany international says he's undergone an intensive week of training to get himself ready for a return to first-team action. And it looks like he's pleased with the work he's done on his biceps. He wrote: "An intensive week [.

MOTD announce Roy Hodgson as the Premier League’s all-time top goalscorer

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You'd think having the current England manager as your pundit would be enough of a selling point for a TV show. Not so for Match of the Day. They decided to over-egg Roy Hodgson's appearance on the show by claiming that he is also the Premier League's all-time leading goalscorer. That honour actually belongs to [.

Man Utd join Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal in the race for Belgian wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali

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Manchester United will rival Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal for the signing of PSV Eindhoven youngster Zakaria Bakkali. The 17-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League since the summer. He burst onto the scene at the start of the season when he became the youngest ever player to score an Eredivisie [.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal interested in Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is a transfer target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal after he was told he can find himself a new club. The Sunday People reports that Real have told the France international's representatives that he is free to move elsewhere in January. The former Lyon forward has never really found [.

Man Utd to offer Antonio Valencia to Everton as Leighton Baines makeweight, Spurs and Chelsea also interested

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Manchester United are set to reignite their interest in Everton left-back Leighton Baines in January. The Mail on Sunday reports that David Moyes will offer the Toffees £15m plus winger Antonio Valencia when the transfer window reopens. That would represent a big increase on the £12m United were prepared to pay for the England international [.

Chelsea linked with West Brom youngster Saido Berahino

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Chelsea are reportedly keen to capitalise on the uncertainty over Saido Berahino's future by mounting a January bid. The Burundi-born youngster's £850-a-week contract became public knowledge after his winning goal against Manchester UNited last week. The 20-year-old has five goals in six games for the Baggies this season.

PSG plan £35m bid for Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Paris Saint-Germain are plotting a £35m swoop for unsettled Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata in January. The French champions were among the clubs linked with a move for the Spaniard in the summer. That never materialised and Mata has since returned to Jose Mourinho's team, but his future remains uncertain.

Man Utd consider £20m bid for Everton’s Ross Barkley

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PHOTO: @RBarkley20 skips past former clubmate Joleon Lescott. #EFCMCFC pic.twitter.com/sug7L3aVsw Official Everton (@Everton) October 5, 2013 Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley is a January transfer target for Manchester United. The England international is wanted by David Moyes, the man who gave him his Premier League debut, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

Video: Oscar gives Chelsea the lead at Norwich

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fgdfgf by 21cad Chelsea wasted no time in taking the lead against Norwich today. Striker Demba Ba put the ball into the path of Oscar, who finished very nicely from the edge of the box.

FA approach Man Utd matchwinner Adnan Januzaj about playing for England

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FA officials have contacted Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj about the possibility of playing for England, according to David Moyes. The United boss says Januzaj has been sounded out by the FA even though he wouldn't be eligible to play for the national team for five years. The Belgian-born youngster is of Albanian descent.

GIF It: Luis Suarez’s nutmeg rabona (Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace)

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David Dunn, eat your heart out. Luis Suarez is definitely back now. Yes, we've seen goals from him, but it is this nutmeg rabona that has really announced his return to the Liverpool first-team.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere tweets a smoking joke ahead of West Brom clash

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So... Now that all the smoke has blown over, let's all focus on the game tomorrow! Need a win before the international break! #Gooners Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 5, 2013 Having found himself at the centre of a smoking controversy on Friday, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere now seems to be able to laugh at [.

Man Utd’s Maroune Fellaini ‘out for three months’ with wrist injury

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David Moyes confirms @FellainiM missed today's match with a wrist injury. "It doesn't look good. We'll send him to see a specialist." #mufc Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 5, 2013 Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could be out for up to three months with a wrist injury.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini says it was a ‘difficult decision’ to play Joe Hart

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Manuel Pellegrini says it was not easy to play Joe Hart in today's victory over Everton following his poor performance against Bayern Munich in midweek. Asked if he considered dropping Hart, the Chilean said: "It wasn't a simple decision, it was a very difficult decision, but I think that Joe needs the trust of all [.

GIF It: Luis Suarez’s nutmeg rabona (Liverpoo 3-1 Crystal Palace)

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Video: David De Gea described as ‘best ever’ by Man Utd legend Peter Schmeichel

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This David De Gea save has been described as one of the best ever seen in the Premier League by Peter Schmeichel.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas hits out at Vlad Chiriches’ agent over Chelsea comments

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has criticised Vlad Chiriches' agent for suggesting the Romania international was using the club as a stepping stone for a move to Chelsea. Chiriches was voted man of the match by Spurs fans following the Europa League win over Anzhi Makachkala on Thursday night. And that seemed to convince his [.

Ex-Man Utd and Liverpool striker Michael Owen outs himself as a rabbit killer

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Just ran over a rabbit. Devastated. michael owen (@themichaelowen) October 5, 2013 Michael Owen has taken to Twitter to confess to the brutal killing of a rabbit. The former Liverpool and Manchester United star gave the bunny a battering with his motor then immediately 'fessed up to his social media following.

GIF It: Adnan Januzaj’s stunning volleyed second goal (Sunderland vs Manchester United)

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Manchester United have turned it around against Sunderland and it's down to one man. Youngster Adnan Januzaj scored the equaliser and has now given the champions the lead with this excellent left-footed volley.

GIF It: Adnan Januzaj’s first goal (Sunderland vs Man Utd)

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Video: Craig Gardner gives Sunderland the lead against Man Utd

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gar by 21cad Sunderland have heaped even more pressure on new Manchester United manager David Moyes after taking an early lead in this evening's late kick-off. Midfielder Craig Gardner put the Black Cats 1-0 up inside five minutes. If it stays this way, it won't do much for Moyes' job security but it will definitely [.

Photo: Sergio Aguero is quite pleased with Alvaro Negredo’s goal (Man City vs Everton)

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GOAL CAM: Brilliant shot of @aguerosergiokun celebrating @_AlvaroNegredo_ 's goal #cityveverton #mcfc pic.twitter.com/JpxxquDn56 Manchester City FC (@MCFC) October 5, 2013 A camera behind the goal at today's Manchester City vs Everton match captured Sergio Aguero's reaction to Alvaro Negredo's effort crossing the line.

GIF It: Luis Suarez falls over, scores anyway (Liverpool vs Crystal Palace)

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Liverpool's Luis Suarez can fall over and still be a better finisher than most Premier League strikers. This chance against Crystal Palace appeared to have been lost when the Uruguayan slipped over. But he tucked it away regardless.

Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj gets first Premier League start, Wayne Rooney fit

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It will be Adnan Januzaj's first @PremierLeague start today, as he lines up for David Moyes on the left wing. #mufc pic.twitter.com/l9ysXRTsn6 Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 5, 2013 Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj will make his first Premier League start in this evening's game against Sunderland.

Luis Suarez brings his newborn son onto the pitch ahead of Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

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Little Benjamin Suarez has had an eventful start to life. Last week he was the subject of a t-shirt-based goal celebration as Liverpool beat Sunderland. This week he became the world's smallest mascot as dad Luis carried him onto the Anfield pitch against of the Reds' game against Crystal Palace.

Spurs captain Michael Dawson signs new three-year contract

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The Club is delighted to announce that Michael Dawson has signed a new three-year contract, committing his future to the Club until 2016 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 5, 2013 Michael Dawson has signed a new three-year deal at Tottenham. The Spurs skipper has extended his contract until 2016.

Joe Hart could be dropped for Everton clash, says Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that he could drop Joe Hart for today's lunchtime kick-off against Everton following his error-strewn performance against Bayern Munich. Hart was at fault for two goals in midweek and could now be left out for the Toffees clash. Pellgrini will decide whether to give reserve keeper Costel Pantilimon [.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez never wanted to join Arsenal, says Edinson Cavani

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Luis Suarez is biding his time for a move to Real Madrid and had no interest in joining Arsenal. That's according to his Uruguay international team-mate Edinson Cavani. The Paris St-Germain star says a transfer to the Bernabeu would be Suarez's dream move. Arsenal embarked on a farcical pursuit of Suarez in the summer, culminating [.

Man Utd write to Premier League to complain about Man City’s tunnel cam

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Manchester United have written to the Premier League to raise concerns about Manchester City's 'tunnel cam'. City have cameras running in the Etihad tunnel as one of the key components of their excellent social media coverage. But their rivals are unhappy with the tunnel footage from the 4-1 derby match, according to reports in the [.

Video: Romelu Lukaku scores at Man City for Everton, Chelsea fans free to ask ‘why?’

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On-loan Everton star Romelu Lukaku has again found the net. The Chelsea striker scored the opening goal against Manchester City today, proving that he can definitely cut it among the Blues' title rivals. That's his fourth goal in three games for the Toffees. All of which will have the Stamford Bridge faithful wondering why they [.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke unhappy Saido Berahino’s wages became public after Man Utd win

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Steve Clarke is not pleased that Saido Berahino's £850-a-week pay packet became public knowledge after his winner against Manchester United. The West Brom manager pointed the finger squarely at Berahino's agent. Clarke said: "If you've seen what came out in the press after the game last week, obviously his agent has been a little bit [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho against criticises Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen

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Jose Mourinho has once again hit out at Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, accusing him of simulation. The Chelsea boss was unhappy at the Belgium international's role in Fernando Torres red card in last Saturday's game. And it was still on the agenda ahead of this weekend's clash with Norwich. Despite Torres scratching Vertonghen's face, the [.

Real Madrid linked with a move for Chelsea midfielder Ramires

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is considering a raid on former club Chelsea to sign midfielder Ramires. With former Real Sociedad star Asier Illarramendi not yet cutting the mustard at the Bernabeu and Xabi Alonso out injured, Ancelotti is keen to bolster his options in the centre of the park. Ramires was brought to Stamford [.

David Moyes convinced Man Utd picked the right man as their manager

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Manchester United manager David Moyes believes Manchester United are the sort of club that would definitely appoint the best person for the job to be their manager. He said: "It's a good club Manchester United, and I'm sure they (the Man Utd board) they picked the right man for the job and Sir Alex (Ferguson) [.

Spurs tell fans to ‘be mindful’ of their use of the Y-word ahead of West Ham clash

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Tottenham have told supporters to "be mindful" of using the word 'Yid' or 'Yiddo' ahead of this weekend's derby clash with West Ham but stopped short of telling fans not to use the term. As we reported yesterday, the Metropolitan Police warned fans that they face arrest for using the term. That message has [.

Revealed: Arsenal star Jack Wilshere’s OTHER dirty habit

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Yes, on the same day that he was caught smoking, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has also been outed as a nose-picker.

Arsenal target £12.7m Bayern Munich midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri

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Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is reportedly a transfer target for Arsenal. Media reports in Shaqiri's homeland claim the Switzerland international will be the subject of a £12.7m bid from Arsene Wenger. The Infoticker news site claims that the Gunners will attempt to sign the 21-year-old in January despite the fact he has only [.

Man Utd set to swap Shinji Kagawa for Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic

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Manchester United will allow Shinji Kagawa to rejoin Borussia Dortmund as part of swap deal for defender Neven Subotic. The Japan international has failed to make an impression at Old Trafford and has fallen further down the pecking order since David Moyes took charge. Reports in A Bola claim that Moyes is happy for Kagawa [.

Newcastle, West Brom and Stoke want Wilfried Zaha on loan from Man Utd

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Manchester United youngster Wilfried Zaha is wanted on loan by Newcastle, West Brom and Stoke. The former Crystal Palace star was bought by Sir Alex Ferguson last January and immediately loaned back to the Eagles. But it seems that new manager David Moyes does not yet rate him as a United player. Despite the poor [.

Video: Man Utd legend Gary Neville praises the Arsenal defence

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Gary Neville has picked out Arsenal's back-four plus holding midfielder Mathieu Flamini as the key players in the club's recent resurgence. The Sky Sports pundit believes that the back-four and Flamini have made the difference in comparison to the Gunners of recent seasons. Neville said: "If they keep those fit, they're the five key players [.

Zlatan urges Wayne Rooney to quit Man Utd for PSG

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic says things are not going very well at Manchester United at the moment and Wayne Rooney should join him at Paris St Germain. But if Rooney's reasons for wanting to leave Old Trafford were that he didn't want to play second fiddle, Ibrahimovic has already made it clear that he would remain the [.

Liverpool target Lacina Traore can leave Anzhi in January

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Anazhi Makachkala striker Lacina Traore's agent has confirmed he will be allowed to leave the club in January. The Russian side has been selling off its overseas stars in a bid to cut its expenditure and the Ivory Coast star could be the next player to leave. The 23-year-old has scored 13 in 27 league [.

Arsenal and Chelsea set to miss out on PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Zakaria Bakkali

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Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea could be disappointed in their pursuit of PSV Eindhoven youngster Zakaria Bakkali. The Dutch side of preparing to offer their 17-year-old star a new long-term contract to ward off interest from the Gunners and the Blues. Both sides were said to be scouting Bakkali over the summer, with Manchester [.

Ex-Liverpool and Man Utd star Michael Owen on why he can’t stand Arsenal fan Piers Morgan

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Michael Owen has been talking about why he always goes hook, line and sinker for Arsenal fan Piers Morgan's Twitter trolling.

Arsene Wenger criticises Arsenal star Jack Wilshere for smoking

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Jack Wilshere caught smoking pic.twitter.com/wypq1u1yzr Djourou Unchained (@FormidableTH14) October 4, 2013 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised midfielder Jack Wilshere after he was photographed smoking. The England international was seen puffing on a cigarette outside a London club in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool players hoping to learn from Man City vs Bayern Munich

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Photo: The manager in conversation with @D_Sturridge and @VictorMoses at Melwood pic.twitter.com/eqteyTSKRH Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 27, 2013 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he and a few of his players went to watch Manchester City's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. And he's hoping they can learn from what they saw.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere denies he’s a smoker, tweets a photo of Zinedine Zidane smoking

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pic.twitter.com/11x6Qb51hd Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 4, 2013 Arsenal star Jack Wilshere says he is not a smoker but tweeted a photograph of Zinedine Zidane enjoying a cigarette to suggest that he doesn't think a crafty fag will impact upon his career. The England international was criticised by Arsene Wenger after being spotted smoking [.

Chelsea ‘agree deal’ to sign Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi

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Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi will join Chelsea in the summer, according to media reports in Spain. Marca claims that a deal has already been agreed that will see the Argentinian centre-back become a Blues player at the end of the current campaign. The two clubs are said to have held talks about a possible move [.

Spurs and West Ham fans face arrest if they chant ‘Yid’ at Sunday’s derby

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Tottenham and West Ham fans have been warned that they could be arrest if they use the terms 'Yid' or 'Yiddo' at this Sunday's clash between the two sides. The use of the word has been widely debated in recent weeks, with opponents saying it is a racist term and some Spurs fans maintaining that [...]

Video: Man Utd youngster Nick Powell scores for Wigan vs Maribor

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QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Newcastle are welcome to keep Loic Remy

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Loic Remy does not have a future at QPR, according to manager Harry Redknapp. The French striker, currently on-loan at Newcastle, will not be part of Redknapp's plan even if the Loftus Road side win promotion back to the Premier League. The 26-year-old has struggled for fitness since moving to St James' Park, but has [.

Video: Swansea keeper Gerhard Tremmel saves the world’s worst penalty vs St Gallen

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Ex-Arsenal star and Man Utd target Alex Song set to hand in transfer request at Barcelona

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Barcelona midfielder Alex Song is set to hand in a transfer request to force through a January move. The Tutto Mercato publication claims that the Cameroon international is unhappy with his place on the fringes of Tata Martino's squad. With several top European clubs, including Manchester United, interested in signing him, the former Arsenal man [.

Liverpool bring in Spice Boys coaching team

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Liverpool are raiding their 1990s line-up to inspire the club's next generation to follow their lead. Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones are all joining the Reds' coaching staff at manager Brendan Rodgers' request. All three players will work with the under-21s and under-18s at the club's academy on a part-time basis.

Video: Jermain Defoe gives Spurs the lead against Anzhi

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Jermain Defoe gave Tottenham the lead and moved to within one goal of the club's European goalscoring record with this strike against Russian side Anzhi Makachkala. The striker tucked away his first decent chance of the game on 33 minutes. Defoe took advantage of a wonky defensive line to beat the offside trap before firing [.

Video: Nacer Chadli makes it Anzhi 0-2 Spurs

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Tottenham have doubled their lead in Russia against Anzhi Makachkala. Summer signing Nacer Chadli was on target. He swept Kyle Walker's low cross into the back of the net from around 12 yards. Watch Jermain Defoe's opener.

Are Spurs’ players going to the electric chair ahead of their game against Anzhi?

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Man Utd monitor Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho

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Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho is being watched by Manchester United as the champions weigh up a bid for him. The holding midfielder has a very reasonable £5m buy-out clause, which United are tempted to activate (even if they haven't had much luck with buy-out clauses of late). The 21-year-old is viewed as one to [.

Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Crystal Palace game

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Photo: Aly Cissokho back in training after injury at Melwood #LFC pic.twitter.com/nJLn1qGfJ2 Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 3, 2013 Liverpool's players have been training ahead of this weekend's clash with Crystal Palace. The good news for the Reds is that summer signing Aly Cissokho has returned to training after his injury.

Chelsea, Man United and Roma to battle for Ajax forward Viktor Fischer

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Chelsea are vying with Manchester United and Roma for the signature of highly-rated Ajax forward Viktor Fischer. The 19-year-old is on Jose Mourinho's wish-list as he seeks to add more firepower to his squad, according to talkSPORT. Fischer is under contract until 2017 and the Dutch champions are in no hurry to sell.

Birmingham boss Lee Clark praise on-loan Man Utd youngster Jesse Lingard

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Birmingham City manager Lee Clark says the work ethic of on-loan striker Jesse Lingard is "ridiculous". Fortunately, he meant it in a good way. The Manchester United youngster is setting an example to the rest of the Blues' squad, according to Clark. He said: "Every Manchester United player on loan has it.

Video: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge works on new goal celebration dance

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is going the extra mile for his team. He's forcing himself to hit local nightclubs so he can work on new dance moves for his goal celebration. The England international unleashed this interesting bunny hop move on the dancefloor with his mates. He promised: "New dance coming soon.

Photos: Tottenham’s training sessions ahead of Anzhi Makhachkala

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Now that's what you call 'moving the goal posts!' #THFC pic.twitter.com/3FPbxt9ImC Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 3, 2013 Spurs have released photos of yesterday's training session ahead of their Europa League clash with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. Andre Villas Boas' squad were put through their paces at Moscow's Saturn Stadium in preparation for tonight's match.

Celtic’s Fraser Forster will not oust Man City’s Joe Hart, says Roy Hodgson

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England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Manchester City keeper Joe Hart will keep his place in the team for the vital World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro. Hart has come under pressure for a series of high profile errors, most recently two gaffes in last night's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Roy Hodgson says Man Utd’s Ashley Young ‘fell out’ of his England squad

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England manager Roy Hodgson says he hasn't dropped Ashley Young the Manchester United winger has merely fallen out of his squad. Young has been under fierce criticism from inside and outside Old Trafford for his recent performances for David Moyes' side, and Hodgson appears to subscribe to that view.

Video: Tottenham train ahead of Anzhi match

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Spurs completed their final training session ahead of tonight's Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala. The session got underway with an intensive goalpost-moving workout. The squad then played a match on a reduced pitch.

Arsenal and Man City target Marco Reus ‘comfortable’ at Borussia Dortmund

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Arsenal and Manchester City have been warned that they face an uphill battle to convince Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus to join them. The Germany international is a transfer target for many of the Premier League big boys. The 24-year-old has a £34m buyout clause in his contract. Both Arsenal and City would be happy [.

Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj ‘wanted by several clubs’, claims agent

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Adnan Januzaj's agent claims several top European clubs are trying to sign his client. Dirk De Vriese, who represents the 18-year-old, refused to name clubs but indicated that his client is in demand after contract negotiations with United stalled. Talks over a new deal for the Belgian youngster were halted by Sir Alex Ferguson's resignation.

Man Utd almost travelled to Donetsk without goalscorer Danny Welbeck

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Danny Welbeck scored a vital goal to earn Manchester United a point in Shakhtar Donetsk last night but he nearly didn't make the trip after being left behind at the training ground. United's squad trained on Tuesday morning before catching a flight to Ukraine. But is has emerged that the coach arranged to take [.

Arsenal prepare to offer Arsene Wenger a new three-year contract

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Arsenal are ready to start formal talks with Arsene Wenger over a new three-year deal. The new contract would increase the Frenchman's salary by £500,000-a-year to £8m. The Gunners have already budgeted for those terms, according to the Daily Mail. And with Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis having already spoken informally, agreeing a deal [.

Video: David Moyes says Man Utd’s draw against Shakhtar Donetsk ‘not too bad’

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Manchester United boss David Moyes was disappointed to see his side let a one-goal lead slip away at Shakhtar Donetsk last night, but overall he was happy with a point from the match. He said: "A bit of disappointment that we didn't see the game out but Shakhtar did a lot pressure even in second [...

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres out for three weeks

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Chelsea have confirmed that striker Fernando Torres will be out of action for three weeks with a knee injury. The Spaniard picked up the injury during Tuesday evening's Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest. A club statement read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm Fernando Torres suffered a medial collateral ligament injury to his left knee [.

Mathieu Flamini says ‘fighting spirit’ has made all the difference at Arsenal

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Mathieu Flamini believes adding a bit of grit to Arsenal's performances has been the main reason for their outstanding form. The Frenchman believes that the Gunners now have the fight to match their flair as they seek to compete for silverware this season. He told the club's official website: "I think everyone knew Arsenal have [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini refuses to blame Joe Hart for Bayern Munich defeat

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Manuel Pellegrini refused to single out goalkeeper Joe Hart for blame as Manchester City lost 1-3 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. The England keeper was at fault for the first and last Bayern goal, but Pellegrini said the whole team was below par. He said: "I will talk about the team, [.

Video: Roberto Martinez reveals new Everton club crest

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video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Everton manager Roberto Martinez has revealed the club's new crest following a fan vote. The winning design received more than 78 per cent of the vote from Toffees. He said: "I was impressed straight away when I saw it." Martinez added: "I think it captivates what we were looking for.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger delivers farewell speech

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With today's news that Arsenal are about to open contract talks with Arsene Wenger, here's a look at the alternative for Arsenal fans. In the video above, the Frenchman is saying an emotional farewell to fans of his previous club Nagoya Grampus 8 in 1996. Wenger left the Japanese side to take up his role [.

Jurgen Klopp banned from the touchline for Borussia Dortmund’s visit to Arsenal

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Arsenal have been handed another little boost in their so far impressive attempts to escape from the Champions League group of death. Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp will be forced to watch from the stands when his side visit the Emirates on October 22. Klopp received a one-match touchline ban for his scary confrontation with [.

In-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and injured Man Utd star Wayne Rooney both in England squad

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Roy Hodgson has announced his squad to face Montenegro and Poland in England's vital World Cup qualifiers. In-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is again named in the squad after being forced to withdraw from last month's qualifiers through injury. Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, who also missed the September games through injury, is included, too.

Video: Arjen Robben scores, again not great from Joe Hart (Man City vs Bayern Munich)

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Arjen Robben has put Bayern Munich 3-0 up against Manchester City, with Joe Hart beaten at his near post for the second time in the game.

Video: Man Utd pegged back as Taison equalises for Shakhtar Donetsk

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Manchester United's hopes of picking up a decent away win at Shakhtar Donetsk might have disappeared after Taison equalised for the hosts. It was remarkably similar to Danny Welbeck's opener. Again a low ball across the box was cut out but not cleared. Taison took full advantage.

Video: Alvaro Negredo’s goal (Manchester City vs Bayern Munich)

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Alvaro Negredo has bagged what at least will be a rather tasty consolation goal for Manchester City at home to Bayern Munich. The Spaniard curled a powerful left-footed effort in from the edge of the penalty area to lift the mood of the City supporters. It's still 1-3 to Bayern though.

Video: Thomas Muller’s goal makes it 2-0 (Man City vs Bayern Munich)

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mjiu by 11MYM Bayern Munich seem to be well on their way to victory at Manchester City this evening after Thomas Muller put them 2-0 up. The Germany international beat City's offside trap to get on the end of a lofted ball. One-on-one with goalkeeper Joe Hart, he kept calm and slotted the ball home.

Video: Joe Hart howler hands Franck Ribery a goal (Man City vs Bayern Munich)

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A weak hand from Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart allowed Franck Ribery to beat him at his near post with a speculative effort from outside the box and give Bayern Munich an early lead in tonight's Champions League clash.

Video: Danny Welbeck gives Man Utd the lead against Shakhtar Donetsk

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Wayne Rooney out of Man Utd vs Shakhtar Donetsk due to shin injury

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Wayne Rooney misses tonight's match after receiving a kick in the shin during training yesterday. #mufc Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 2, 2013 Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney misses tonight's game against Shakhtar Donetsk with an injury he picked up in training yesterday. United's official Twitter account tweeted that he had been kicked on the [.

Ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson: Chelsea tried to poach me

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that Roman Abramovich tried to lure him to Chelsea when he bought the club in 2003. The recently retired Manchester United manager claims he was approach by the Russian through a third-party, but instantly rejected the offer. Speaking to American broadcaster PBS, he said: "They used an agent to approach [.

Spurs boss AVB says not banning Chelsea’s Fernando Torres is a ‘disgrace’

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Andre Villas Boas has branded the decision not to hand a retrospective ban to Fernando Torres for his scratch on Jan Vertonghen as a "disgrace". Torres and Vertonghen clashed repeatedly during the 1-1 draw between Spurs and Chelsea last weekend. The biggest flashpoint was when the Spaniard scratched his fingers across the Tottenham defender's face.

Edin Dzeko denies wanting to leave Man City

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Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has denied that he wanted to leave the club in the summer. The Bosnian was a bit-part player under Roberto Mancini and was widely expected to leave the Etihad Stadium over the summer. But a transfer never materialised and Dzeko has since become a far more important figure under new [.

Video: Mesut Ozil’s individual highlights (Arsenal 2-0 Napoli)

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See all the key moments from a performance described as "absolutely amazing" by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Mesut Ozil's highlights from last night's Champions League win over Napoli, including his first goal for the Gunners, are rounded up in the video above.

Chelsea release video to refute suggestions Jose Mourinho stormed out of his press conference

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Chelsea's in-house TV station have released this footage of Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference ahead of yesterday's Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest. The Blues claim that Mourinho had already asked to leave and agreed to answer one more question, which turned out to be the question on Kevin De Bruyne which angered him.

Fulham, Norwich and West Ham target Sweden international Jiloan Hamad

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Fulham, Norwich and West Ham are believed to be three of the four Premier League clubs chasing Malmo star Jiloan Hamad. The Sweden international's agent claims four English sides are keen to sign him on a free transfer in January. Ferhat Cifci told Sky Sports: "There are four clubs in England's Premier League who are [.

Tottenham weigh up bid Leyton Orient winger Moses Odubajo

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Spurs are considering a January move for Leyton Orient winger Moses Odubajo. The 20-year-old has been a key player in Orient's stunning start to the season, which sees them unbeaten and at the top of the League One table. Manchester United and Arsenal are also said to be scouting the youngster, but Tottenham have firmer [.

Arsenal goalscorers Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil post ‘half naked’ celebratory photo

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Arsenal heroes Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil sent Napoli back to Naples with a flash of their nipples. Frenchman Giroud uploaded this dressing room photo to his Instagram account, adding the risque hashtag "#halfnaked". #afc #win #championsleague #naples #mezut #assist #me #happy #halfnaked #topman #easy #football http://t.

Photo: Dropped Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne watches his team-mates on TV

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Lets go boys. Win this game pic.twitter.com/pC5b9tPWqe Kevin De Bruyne (@DeBruyneKev) October 1, 2013 Kevin De Bruyne, axed from Chelsea's Champions League squad and forced to train with the under-21s for three days, was relegated to the role of armchair fan as his team-mates thrashed Steaua Bucharest last night.

Liverpool secrets set to be exposed at employment tribunal

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Liverpool could face some embarrassing media coverage following an employment tribunal scheduled for later this month. Former club chauffeur David Sloan, a former police officer who has driven high profile Reds figures including American owner John W Henry, is taking the club to tribunal seeking compensation for losing his job.

Photos: Spurs stars go sightseeing in Moscow

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Gylfi, @KyleWalker2 and @IAmJermainDefoe visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow this morning #THFC pic.twitter.com/i4hPGYMLw2 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 2, 2013 Footballers often don't get chance to do the tourist thing during their travels, but that doesn't appear to be the case for Spurs during their trip to Moscow to face Anzhi.

Everton’s Phil Jagielka tries to avoid on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku in training

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Everton centre-back Phil Jagielka has admitted that he tries not to go head-to-head with new team-mate Romelu Lukaku in training. The on-loan Chelsea star is so tough to defend against that the England international would rather avoid having to do it every day. The Toffees skipper said: "He's definitely a handful.

Arsenal’s ‘next Jack Wilshere’ Jack Jebb given four-match racism ban

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An Arsenal youngster dubbed the next Jack Wilshere has been handed a four-match ban for racism. Jack Jebb, aged 18, has been banned for four games and fined £1,800 by the FA for "using abusive and/or insulting words" that "included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race". The incident relates to an under-18 [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘Mesut Ozil was absolutely amazing’

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Arsene Wenger has described Mesut Ozil's first-half performance against Napoli this evening as "absolutely amazing". Arsenal's record signing scored his first goal for the club and put a second Gunners goal on a plate for Olivier Giroud. His boss was clearly delighted with his efforts. He added: "Fantastic.

Why buying FIFA 14 is a bit like Gareth Bale’s transfer from Spurs to Real Madrid

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According to the tagline being bandied around by EA Sports, makes of the FIFA 14 series, 'We Are FIFA 14′. Meaningless marketing strapline? Possibly, but there is an element of truth in there. The FIFA series has now seen off all-comers and established itself as the ultimate football game. We already know we are FIFA [.

Video: Ramires get his second and Chelsea’s third goal vs Steaua Bucharest

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Chelsea seem to be coasting to a comfortable win against Steaua Bucharest after Ramires put them 3-0 up. The midfielder found himself applying the finish to a lovely passing move to grab his second of the game.

Video: Comedy own goal makes it Steaua Bucharest 0-2 Chelsea

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Video: Olivier Giroud scores an easy goal (Arsenal vs Napoli)

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Mesut Ozil added an assist to his earlier goal by putting this on a plate for Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman easily tapped the ball into the back of the net to give Arsenal a 2-0 lead over Napoli at the Emirates.

Video: Ramires gives Chelsea the lead against Steaua Bucharest

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Video: Mesut Ozil scores his first goal for Arsenal (vs Napoli)

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OZI by 11MYM Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has opened his goalscoring account for the club and he did it in style. The Germany international opened the scoring with a beautifully controlled finish from the edge of the box.

Newcastle fan gets Sunderland players to pose with ‘SMB’ signs

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My mates just got the new Sunderland players! Haha in stitches! @nufcfans #nufc pic.twitter.com/cxYVxkRc0B Gary Davison (@Gazza_D_) September 29, 2013 A Newcastle fan has been kicked Sunderland's players while they're down with this humorous photo prank. Picking on new boys Jozy Altidore and El-Hadji Ba, the devious supporter got the Black Cats stars to [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini expecting a ‘big response’ from his players

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Manuel Pellegrini wants to see his Manchester City team respond to Saturday's defeat to Aston Villa with a big performance against Bayern Munich tomorrow. The game against the current European champions provides City with a stern test following the disappointment of losing from a winning position at Villa.

Video: Spurs star Lewis Holtby shows off his tennis ball keepie uppies

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Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby has been demonstrating his tennis ball keepie uppies for the club's in-house media team. The Germany international had been the subject of some tongue-in-cheek ridicule from the club's supporters have lost the first two challenges he had been set. But he came back for more and triumphed in this tennis ball [.

Man Utd’s Wilfried Zaha says rumours about David Moyes’ daughter are ‘childish’

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Rumours going round Wilf Zaha has been dropped because he was caught in bed with Moyes' daughter.. Can U blame him? pic.twitter.com/Mz5qgpw5eL The Away Fans (@theawayfans) September 30, 2013 Wilfried Zaha appears to have responded to rumours that he was axed from the Manchester United first-team after being caught in bed with David Moyes' [.

Video: Gary Neville jokes that Liverpool will drop Daniel Sturridge to ensure he’s fit for England

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England coach Gary Neville has suggested Liverpool should leave Daniel Sturridge out of their team to face Crystal Palace at the weekend to ensure he is fit for England's vital World Cup qualifiers. The in-form striker came under criticism during the last international break when he pulled out of the squad and was, somewhat harshly, [.

Video: Adnan Januzaj and Wilfried Zaha star for Manchester United Under-21s

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Adnan Januzaj and Wilfried Zaha, two players many Manchester United fans would like to see given more game time for the struggling champions, gave David Moyes more food for thought with their performances for the under-21 team last night. Both were on the scoresheet in a 4-0 win over Bolton Under-21s.

Video: Romelu Lukaku makes a mockery of Chelsea’s decision to send him out on loan (Everton 3-2 Newcastle)

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A Romelu Lukaku-powered Everton held on for a 3-2 win in a game in which it once looked like they would coast to victory. Lukaku's two goals and an assist aided by some woeful Newcastle defending saw Roberto Martinez's side race into a 3-0 first-half lead. The Magpies improved after the break, with [.

Stoke owner tackles pro-Pulis vs anti-Pulis dressing room divide

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Stoke owner Peter Coates has been forced to step in to end a dressing room divide between players who support former boss Tony Pulis and those who were glad to see the back of him. The catalyst for the row was comments made by striker Kenwyne Jones in which he accused Pulis of playing "sky" [...]

Liverpool target Tottenham star Gylfi Sigurdsson

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is keen on bringing Tottenham's Gylfi Sigurdsson to Anfield. While the Iceland international is an integral part of the team right now, including scoring Spurs' goal against Chelsea at the weekend, Rodgers isn't convinced he will get regular football once the dust settles on Andre Villas Boas' summer signings.

Man Utd join Arsenal in the race for Red Bull Salzburg’s Martin Hinteregger

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Manchester United are the latest club to show interest in Austrian youngster Martin Hinteregger. The Red Bull Salzburg centre-back is being tracked by the champions, according to the Daily Star. The 21-year-old has already been linked with a move to Arsenal or Juventus. Now the player himself is quoted as suggesting that David Moyes' side [.

Ex-Arsenal flop Gervinho hits out at Arsene Wenger

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Former Arsenal player Gervinho has taken a swipe at Arsene Wenger, saying he already has more "affinity" with Roma boss Rudi Garcia than he ever had with Wenger. The Ivory Coast international never got going during his time at the Emirates, which will be most fondly remembered for a series of comical misses.

Video: Man City striker Sergio Aguero interviews Lionel Messi

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has tried his hand at journalism to interview Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi. Aguero quizzed the Barcelona superstar for a light-hearted video. Kun starts the interview by joking that it's nice to meet Messi. He then: - Asks Messi what he thought of him when they first linked up for Argentina's [.

Photos: Man Utd train then head to Donetsk

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See more photos from the Reds training today on our Facebook Page: http://t.co/z84TMJlPZ2. #mufc pic.twitter.com/XEtNwAm6JQ Manchester United (@ManUtd) October 1, 2013 Manchester United were in training at Carrington today before heading to the airport to jet out to Ukraine for tomorrow's Champions League game against Shakhtar Donetsk.