Off the Post Archives for January 2013

Video: Cardiff owner Vincent Tan boos at the end of 2-2 draw against Sunderland

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Vincent Tan appeared to boo the Cardiff fans as the end of yesterday's 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland. Cardiff had let a two-goal lead slip, leading to a chorus of boos ringing out at the final whistle. Tan seemed to join in with these boos, before producing a smirk that suggested a degree of [...]

David Moyes rules out January spending spree at Manchester United

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has claimed he will not be bringing in many players during the January transfer window. The champions have been linked with a range of signings following their poor start to the season, but Moyes has rejected suggestions that he will be bringing in a raft of new faces next month.

Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City target Nicolas Otamendi hints at January move

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Porto defender Nicolas Otamendi has suggested he is open to the idea of a January transfer. The Argentine centre-back has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. And he has now claimed that a move in the upcoming transfer window would not harm his chances of [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 28-29 December

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1. Liverpool have learned how cruel the festive period can be, particularly in this very tight Premier League season. Top at Christmas, fifth going into the new year. 2. Luis Suarez is the little boy that cried penalty. After a clear foul by Samuel Eto'o, the Liverpool striker didn't get a spot-kick.

Arsenal and Spurs set to challenge Barcelona for Wolfsburg’s Luiz Gustavo

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North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are likely to battle Barcelona for the signing of Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo after the Brazilian revealed he was open to a move. The former Bayern Munich man was a target for the Gunners in the summer, but opted for a surprise switch to Wolfsburg instead.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: ‘Man City are title favourites, not Liverpool’

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Liverpool are not the favourites for the Premier League title. The Reds were top of the table at Christmas and sit in fourth place ahead of their game against Mourinho's side on Sunday. But the Blues boss thinks that Manchester City are the most likely champions, but believes a lack [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘I was emotional after Man City defeat’

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Brendan Rodgers says he was emotional after Liverpool's Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City. The Reds boss had described the officiating as "horrendous" and expressed his surprise that Lee Mason, a referee from Greater Manchester, had been selected to officiate the game. Speaking at his press conference yesterday, he said he had been emotional in [.

Erik Lamela ‘wants to leave’ Tottenham on loan

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Spurs winger Erik Lamela wants to leave the club on loan to guarantee his place at next summer's World Cup. The £30m has failed to make an impression in the Premier League since joining from Roma in the summer. And now he wants to temporarily quit White Hart Lane to ensure he is involved in [...]

Arsenal linked with Newcastle’s on-loan QPR striker Loic Remy

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Arsenal are plotting the £12m signing of QPR striker Loic Remy, according to reports. The Frenchman has been in sensational form on loan at Newcastle this season and was singled out for praise from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this week. The compliments could be the pre-cursor to an offer for the hotshot, according to Caught [.

Video: Hull midfielder Tom Huddlestone gets an on-pitch haircut

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Tom Huddlestone has been growing his hair for a while now after vowing not to cut it until he scored a goal. After finding the net against Fulham today, the former Spurs man was due for a trim and he got the process started as part of his goal celebration! Huddlestone's hair was left [...]

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hopes Liverpool’s Luis Suarez suffered ‘little injury’ against Man City

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is hoping for an injury to Luis Suarez before his side go up against Liverpool on Sunday but just a little injury. The in-form Uruguayan has scored 19 goals in 13 Premier League games so far this season. The Blues' strikeforce of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have [.

Video: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho learns football cliches

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho isn't quite up to speed with his English yet, so he has been getting lessons in football cliches from a young Reds fan. The Brazilian, who scored against Manchester City yesterday, worked through a series of tired post-match interview fodder, including "he worked his socks off" and "at the end of [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Loic Remy is Newcastle dangerman

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has highlighted Newcastle striker Loic Remy as the main threat to his side ahead of Sunday's game between the two sides. The Frenchman, on-loan from QPR has been in outstanding form so far this season for the Magpies and Wenger is wary of the danger he poses to the top-of-the-table Gunners.

Man Utd and Arsenal target Alessio Cerci wants Champions League football after January

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Torino star Alessio Cerci has suggested that he is ready to move to a Champions League club in the January transfer window. Manchester United and Arsenal have been strongly linked with bids for the £16m-rated forward, who can play as a winger or second striker. Now Cerci has been talking up the chances of getting [.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard set for early return from injury

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Steven Gerrard is set to return from his hamstring injury sooner than expected. The Liverpool captain limped off during the recent win over West Ham and was due to be out of action for around six weeks. But after a good recovery process, Gerrard could be back within the next 10 days, according to manager [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers blasts ‘horrendous’ officials after Man City defeat

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hit out at "horrendous" officiating during his side's 2-1 defeat at Manchester City. He felt that City were the beneficiaries of some poor decisions from the match officials in yesterday's Boxing Day clash. The Reds boss said: "I was very proud of the players. I thought they were absolutely outstanding.

Video: Tim Sherwood on pressure of Tottenham job

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New Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has been talking about the pressures of the role after a 1-1 Boxing Day draw at home to West Brom. Sherwood indicated that he knows a point against the Baggies at White Hart Lane will not be considered good enough by the club's hierarchy or its fans. He said: "To [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini hails win over ‘best team in the league’ Liverpool

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says his side beat the best team in the league when they recorded a 2-1 win over Liverpool yesterday. City came from a goal down to secure victory against the Reds and their Chilean manager was pleased to prevent Brendan Rodgers' side opening up a gap at the top [.

Top 10 conclusions, Boxing Day Premier League matches

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1. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini got some generous officiating, some generous opposition goalkeeping, a resurgent Joe Hart and a new hoodie for Christmas. 2. 'Tis the season for showing goodwill to your opponents before beating them. Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all allowed the opposition to take the lead before securing wins.

Everton ready to move for Wycombe defender Kortney Hause

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Teenage Wycombe defender Kortney Hause is reportedly a January transfer target for Everton. The 18-year-old has made an impressive start to his career with the League Two strugglers, and Toffees boss Roberto Martinez has had the youngster watched several times in recent weeks, the Daily Mail reports.

Video: West Ham defender James Tomkins getting arrested

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West Ham defender James Tomkins had a pretty miserable Christmas even before yesterday's 1-3 defeat against Arsenal. The former England Under-21 international was c harged with assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and being drunk and disorderly after being arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning at Sugar Hut nightclub in Essex.

Liverpool and Spurs linked with Chelsea’s Ashley Cole

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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole could be offered the chance to stay in the Premier League by Liverpool or Tottenham. The veteran full-back is a target for both clubs, according to the Metro. The 33-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season and is currently sidelined having fallen behind Cesar Azpilicueta in Jose Mourinho's pecking [.

Ex-Spurs midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng hospitalised in Christmas Day attack

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Merry Xmas from the family SATTENG pic.twitter.com/cxftrzloKd Kevin-Prince Boateng (@KPBofficial) December 24, 2013 Schalke star Kevin Prince Boateng is recovering in hospital after being assaulted on Christmas Day, according to reports in Germany. Tabloid newspaper Bild claims that the former Tottenham man suffered injuries to his ribs, back and neck after being attacked in [.

Malky Mackay sacked by Cardiff City

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The Board of Directors at #CardiffCity have relieved Malky Mackay of his duties. A new first team manager will be appointed in due course. Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) December 27, 2013 Cardiff City have sacked manager Malky Mackay after a meeting of the club's board of directors. The club's official Twitter account tweeted: "The [.

Top 10 candidates to be the next Cardiff City manager

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Following the news that Malky Mackay has been sacked as Cardiff City manager, here are the current top 10 candidates to become the new Cardiff manager in the immediate aftermath of the news. 1. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer Former Manchester United striker Solskjaer is frequently linked with a move to England these days.

GIF It: Incredible Liverpool attack thwarted by Man City keeper Joe Hart

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Video: Vincent Kompany levels it at Man City 1-1 Liverpool

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Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany has grabbed an equaliser in this evening's clash with Liverpool. The Belgian cancelled out Philippe Coutinho's opener by heading in at the near post from a corner after winning his tussle with marker Martin Skrtel.

Video: Alvaro Negredo makes it Man City 2-1 Liverpool

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Alvaro Negredo has put Manchester City into the lead against Liverpool on the stroke of half-time. The Spaniard scored after an incisive counter-attack for City, although he got a big helping hand, literally, from Reds keeper Simon Mignolet.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil delighted to beat West Ham (and delighted to be in London)

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three points and a short way home. Poldi is a hero. Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 26, 2013 Mesut Ozil was happy that Arsenal picked up three points at West Ham today and equally pleased that he doesn't have far to travel on Boxing Day. The Germany international revelled in the win and the [..

Photo: Terrible offside decision against Raheem Sterling (Man City vs Liverpool)

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Liverpool were the victims of an atrocious offside decision in this evening's game against Manchester City. Raheem Sterling the Liverpool player furthest forward in the photo above was flagged offside. As you can see, he was miles on when the ball was played. Sterling went on to tuck the ball in the back [.

GIF It: Philippe Coutinho gives Liverpool the lead at Man City

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Liverpool have taken a first-half lead in this evening's game at Manchester City. The Reds are heading for a return to the top of the table after Philippe Coutinho's opener.

GiF It: Lukas Podolski scores vs West Ham on his Arsenal comeback

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Lukas Podolski marked his first Arsenal game since August with the third goal in a 1-3 win over West Ham. The Germany international has been unable to play much of a role in his side's excellent start to the season, but indicated that he is now ready to make amends with a goal on his [...]

Video: Christian Eriksen’s free-kick goal (Tottenham vs West Brom)

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Christian Eriksen scored the first goal since Tim Sherwood was given the Tottenham job on a permanent basis to give them the lead against West Brom. The Denmark international curled in the opening goal in the Boxing Day clash with the Baggies.

Arsenal ready to make £8m bid for Standard Liege’s Michy Batshuayi

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Arsenal are set to launch an £8m bid for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi. As we reported at the start of the month, the Gunners have been watching the 20-year-old hotshot closely. And they are now stepping up their scouting efforts with a view to bringing him to the Emirates in January, according to the [.

Southampton’s Adam Lallana linked with £15m move to Man Utd

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Southampton's Adam Lallana is the latest midfielder to be linked with a move to Manchester United. The gossip columns are full of stories linking David Moyes with various midfield stars and England international Lallana is one of them. The Daily Star reports that United plan to make a £15m bid for the Saints skipper.

GIF It: James Chester scores an own goal (Hull City 2-3 Man Utd)

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Man City’s Yaya Toure not planning friendly family festivities against Liverpool

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@Toure_yaya42 Sorry big bro, I am gonna have to put family on a side this evening! Manchester is blue, you already know!!!!!! yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) December 26, 2013 Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has issued an apology to brother Kolo ahead of this evening's head-to-head with the Liverpool defender.

GIF It: David Meyler makes is Hull City 2-0 Man Utd

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Christmas keeps getting better and better for Hull City! They're now 2-0 up at home to champions Manchester United. Jonny Evans stuck out a leg to divert David Meyler's tame effort past David De Gea. United look all over the place at the back. See James Chester score the opening goal here.

GIF It: Chris Smalling scores to make it Hull City 2-1 Man Utd

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Manchester United are back in the game against Hull after defender Chris Smalling pulled a goal back for them. Smalling headed in a Wayne Rooney free-kick to make is 2-1 in today's early kick-off.

GIF It: Wayne Rooney’s stunning volley makes it Hull 2-2 Man Utd

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Hull vs Manchester United is the Christmas gift that keeps on giving. Wayne Rooney has scored the fourth goal in the first 25 minutes to tie the scores at 2-2. And he did so in style with this beautiful long-range volley after link-up play with Danny Welbeck.

GIF It: James Chester gives Hull the lead vs Man Utd

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Chelsea linked with £48m move for Napoli’s former Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain

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Chelsea are set to bolster their misfiring strikeforce with a big-money move for Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain. The Blues are planning a £48m bid for the Argentina international, according to reports in The Sun. Higuain was widely linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer but instead made the switch to Italy.

Former Spurs and Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas set to take overseas job next summer

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Recently sacked Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has hinted that he plans to take a job outside England next summer. The ex-Chelsea manager indicated that he is in no hurry to find a new job and that he will take stock before seeking employment for next season. And it doesn't sound like he thinks his [.

Man Utd told to pay £40m for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus

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Manchester United have been quoted £40m to sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund. David Moyes is keen to strengthen his midfield for the second half of the season, but has been told he must pay top price to bring the Germany international to Old Trafford. Reus, aged 24, previously had a £29.4m release clause in [.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez now has two release clauses

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Luis Suarez can leave Liverpool for a world record £100m thanks to a clause in his new contract. But the release fee only applies to foreign clubs Premier League sides will have to pay £130m to secure his signing. The Uruguayan striker and his advisors reportedly insisted on the clause being included in the [.

Arsenal quoted £22m for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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Arsenal must pay £22m to sign Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye in January. The Magpies have told the Gunners the asking price for their French star, the Daily Mail reports. Cabaye was a target for Arsene Wenger during the summer transfer window, but their £11m bid was rejected. The 27-year-old's stock has risen since then given [.

Louis Van Gaal watched Tottenham match with Daniel Levy

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Holland coach Louis Van Gaal watched Tottenham's win over Southampton with chairman Daniel Levy, according to reports in the Dutch media. The former Barcelona boss is now the hot favourite to land the White Hart Lane job. He is likely to remain in his current post until after next summer's World Cup.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 21-22 December

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1. Arsenal have managed to find themselves under increased pressure this weekend without even having kicked a ball. Defeat in tonight's game against Chelsea would see them slip to fourth. 2. A change is as good as a rest for Emmanuel Adebayor. In fact, a managerial change stops you having a rest. 3. If that [.

Arsenal set to lose out in race for Barcelona’s Antonio Sanabria

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Paraguay international Tonny Sanabria is said to be close to joining Roma. The Barcelona youngster has been widely linked with a move to Arsenal, but they are now poised to miss out on the 17-year-old. Sanabria is free to leave Barca if any club matches his £3.6 million release clause. The Daily Mirror reports that [.

Video: Tim Sherwood not interested in short-term Spurs role

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Tim Sherwood has indicated that he's not prepared to keep the Tottenham hot-seat warm for a big-name candidate to arrive in the summer. The caretaker boss has taken charge of the two games since Andre Villas Boas' sacking. And after guiding his side to a 2-3 win at Southampton yesterday, Sherwood suggested that he is [.

Arsenal and Liverpool target Pedro to evaluate future

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Barcelona striker Pedro has said he will have to evaluate his future at the club as his playing time diminishes at Camp Nou. Arsenal and Liverpool have both been linked with the Spain international in the past and are likely to monitor his situation. The 26-year-old has a £125m buy-out clause in his contract, but [.

Luis Suarez’s new Liverpool contract ‘includes exit clause’

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Photo: How's this for an early Christmas present, Reds fans? Luis Suarez signs his new long-term #LFC contract pic.twitter.com/rNRSu4crsS Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 20, 2013 Liverpool striker Luis Suarez's bumper new contract includes the exit clause that he mistakenly believed was included in his previous contract, the Daily Star reports.

Tottenham director of football Franco Baldini ‘offered to resign’

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Franco Baldini and Andre Villas Boas on the touch line on Saturday. #THFC pic.twitter.com/cQKcLjq95v Addicted to Spurs (@AddictedtoSpurs) September 29, 2013 Spurs director of football Franco Baldini offered his resignation to the club last Monday, according to the Telegraph. The Italian, who dominated the north London side's transfer policy over the summer, told the [.

World Cup 2014: Which days should you book off work?

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The World Cup may be in Brazil, but the time difference does suit UK audiences, to a degree. The group stages feature three games per day, with kick off times at 5pm, 8pm/9pm and 11pm UK time. FIFA typically tries to cater for the European TV audience, but since so many of us are lucky [...]

Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney ‘has a chance’ of facing West Ham

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is in with a chance of being fit to face West Ham this weekend, according to manager David Moyes. Asked if the England international would be available to play against the Hammers tomorrow, Moyes said: "He's got a chance. So hopefully we'll see how he is tomorrow.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez celebrates £200,000-a-week contract with a trip to Costco

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez doesn't seem to be going too wild after agreeing a new £200,000-a-week contract. In fact, he's celebrated with a trip to Costco to do his grocery shopping. It looks like the Uruguay international might treat himself to a Corona or two after putting pen to paper on the new four-and-a-half year [.

Video: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino refuses to discuss Tottenham rumours

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to comment on suggestions that he is one of the main contenders to become the new Tottenham manager. The Argentine's impressive performance as Saints boss has led to him being linked with the Spurs vacancy. But he would not be drawn on those rumours in his press conference today.

Chelsea, Man City and Barcelona in for Villarreal’s Mateo Musacchio

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Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona lead the race for Villarreal defender Mateo Musacchio. The Argentine centre-back, aged 23, has been in sensational form this season, playing every minute of the Yellow Submarine's 16 La Liga games to date. He has helped his side to five clean sheets so far this campaign and they are currently [.

Newcastle have no interest in Man Utd’s ‘stalling’ winger Wilfried Zaha

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has denied having any interest in bringing Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha to the club on loan. The England Under-21 international has struggled for first-team action under David Moyes this season. The United boss has made it clear that he will listen to any loan offers for the youngster.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says turning down Tottenham was ‘a close shave’

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Brendan Rodgers has described joining Liverpool rather than Tottenham as "a close shave". The then Swansea manager was in-demand in the summer of 2012. After a successful Premier League campaign with the Swans, Rodgers was wanted by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy as Harry Redknapp's replacement. But he was offered the Liverpool job and believes he [.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool told to pay £33m for Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool must pay Ivan Rakitic's £33m release clause if they want to sign the Sevilla star. The playmaker recently spoke out to express his frustration at the lack of progress and silverware at the club. That has prompted the club's hierarchy to make it clear that they will play hardball if [.

Ex-Man Utd star Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ready to open talks with West Brom

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Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set for talks with West Brom about their vacant manager's position. The Molde manager has been in talks with Polish side Legia Warsaw, but has now turned down their approach. He is believed to want a job in the Premier League. Molde chief executive Tarje Nordstrand Jacobsen [.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas on the pain of being sacked… by Chelsea

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In what has turned out to be an ill-advised interview, former Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas has opened his heart on the pain of being sacked. The recently dismissed Portuguese boss discussed the effect of being sacked in managers' union the League Managers Association's The Manager magazine. He was talking from the comfort of his [.

Video: Ex-Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson appears on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

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Sir Alex Ferguson won £50,000 for the Manchester United Foundation after an appearance on a celebrity edition of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? last night. Fergie was teamed up with TV presenter and United fan Eamonn Holmes for the quiz show. The pair won £32,000 when they appeared on a previous edition of the [.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants Leighton Baines and two loan signings for Christmas

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Bainesy and Blue Santa at today's #bluecrimbo visit to the Belvidere Family Centre in Toxteth. pic.twitter.com/rDVeGVLgaE Everton (@Everton) December 18, 2013 Everton manager Roberto Martinez says the imminent return to action of Leighton Baines is the perfect Christmas present for him. And the Toffees boss is also planning to treat himself to two loan [.

Man Utd plan to keep Javier Hernandez, says agent

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Javier Hernandez's agent says Manchester United will not sell the Mexican striker in January. Chicharito has been linked with moves away from Old Trafford where he currently finds himself well down the pecking order. Indeed, he retweeted transfer speculation suggesting he would leave the club from his official Twitter account.

Luis Suarez signs new Liverpool contract

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Photo: How's this for an early Christmas present, Reds fans? Luis Suarez signs his new long-term #LFC contract pic.twitter.com/rNRSu4crsS Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 20, 2013 Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has signed a new four-and-a-half year deal with the club. The new contract will eventually see the Uruguay international earning £200,000-a-week from next summer onwards.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: ‘Ashley Cole will not start against Arsenal’

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Jose Mourinho has confirmed that out-of-favour left-back Ashley Cole will not start in Monday evening's crunch clash with table-topping Arsenal. Cole will not be in the lineup to face his former club. Mourinho told his press conference today that Cole would be "on the bench or at home" for the game. Right-back Cesar Azpilicueta is [.

Man Utd and Sunderland face two games in two days in January

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Manchester United will play two matches within less than 50 hours early next month after the schedules for their cup matches were confirmed. United's Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg against Sunderland will be played on Tuesday, January 7, just two days after their FA Cup third round clash with Swansea.

Video: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers toasts no Luis Suarez questions

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has raised the first Premier League toast of the festive season. The Reds boss started his press conference today by inviting the media to join him in a toast to "no Luis Suarez questions". After Suarez's controversial behaviour on the pitch last season, his attempts to leave the club over the [.

Video: Arsenal players in fancy dress for their Christmas party

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Post by Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal's stars donned fancy dress costumes last night for their Christmas party. Some of the outfits were captured by goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in a video he posted to his Facebook page. Santi Cazorla dressed as video game character Mario, Lukas Podolski came as the Hulk and Ryo Miyaichi was Fred Flintstone.

West Brom contact former Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas for talks

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West Brom have approached recently sacked Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas to discuss their vacant manager's post, according to reports in The Times. The Baggies are not certain AVB is their man but want to talk to him, along with other candidates. The reports claim that any hopes of luring the Portuguese manager to the [.

Tottenham ‘approach’ Ajax boss Frank De Boer

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Spurs approached Ajax coach Frank De Boer with a view to making him their new manager but that approach has been rejected, according to various media reports. The Daily Mirror claims that the former Holland international is Tottenham's preferred choice to replace Andre Villas Boas. The 43-year-old's advisers have been sounded out about the [.

Video: Spurs lose Tim Sherwood’s first game in charge against West Ham

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Any bounce effect from Tottenham's sacking of Andre Villas Boas was not immediately apparent during last night's Capital One Cup defeat to West Ham. Caretaker manager Tim Sherwood's first game in charge ended in a 1-2 home defeat to the Hammers. Sherwood had made six changes to the side that lost 0-5 to Liverpool at [.

Chelsea join Arsenal, Man Utd and Spurs in race for Inter’s Andrea Ranocchia

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Chelsea are the latest Premier League side to join the battle for Inter Milan centre-back Andrea Ranocchia. The Italy international, aged 25, has seen his first-team chances limited since Walter Mazzarri took charge at Inter. Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham had already been linked with January moves for the defender.

AVB didn’t want Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen, Vlad Chiriches or Nacer Chadli at Spurs

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EXCLUSIVE! First photo of all seven new #THFC signings pic.twitter.com/WEAxaz22IT Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2013 Recently sacked Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas didn't want four of his summer signings, according to the Daily Mail. The summer transfer activity was the work of director of football Franco Baldini, and Villa Boas was reportedly left [.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny set for Boxing Day return vs West Ham, will miss Chelsea game

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Post by Laurent Koscielny Officiel. Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny will return to action on Boxing Day, according to reports in his native France. The centre-back, who has been in outstanding form this season, suffered a serious gash to his knee during last weekend's defeat at Manchester City. French newspaper L'Equipe claims that Koscielny will [.

Man City and Man Utd target Andres Iniesta signs new Barcelona deal

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Andres Iniesta has signed a new contract at Barcelona. The Spain international signed a three-year extension at Camp Nou today. The new deal will keep the Barca star at the club until 2018. He will be 34 when his contract expires. The contract can then be renewed with 12 month extensions depending on how many [.

Video: Tim Sherwood sick after Spurs defeat

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Tottenham caretaker manager Tim Sherwood said he was "absolutely sick" after last night's defeat to West Ham. Spurs were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in Sherwood's first game in charge. Despite the negative result, the temporary boss was pleased with the performance from his players. He said: "I thought we started the game [.

Photo: Andre Villas Boas still named as head coach for Spurs vs West Ham

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It looks like Tottenham's programme designers were among those taken by surprise by Andre Villas Boas' sacking on Monday. The programme for tonight's Capital One Cup clash with West Ham lists the now departed boss as the team's head coach for this evening's game. Whether it had already gone to press before AVB was sacked [.

Southampton’s Dani Osvaldo charged over Newcastle fracas

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Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has been charged in relation to the touchline scrap at the end of his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle last weekend. The £15m summer signing faces a charge of violent conduct. Magpies goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman has been charged with improper conduct over his role in the 94th minute brawl, which [.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool target Ivan Rakitic discusses his frustrations at Sevilla

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Sevilla playmaker Ivan Rakitic has hinted that he could be ready to quit the club. In an interview with Slovakian website Nogomania, the Croatia international revealed his frustration at the lack of progress at the Andalusian side. The 25-year-old said: "Such is the nature of our business. I'm in Seville for three years now and [.

Charni Ekangamene set for Man Utd debut vs Stoke

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Manchester United midfielder Charni Ekangamene is set to make his debut in this evening's Capital One Cup tie at Stoke. The 19-year-old midfielder was recently given the squad number 43, which suggests that he will be pressed into first-team duties sooner rather than later. That could mean a place on the bench for tonight's trip [.

Newcastle’s Tim Krul, Stoke’s Asmir Begovic and Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois targeted by Napoli

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Napoli are lining up possible moves for Newcastle's Tim Krul, Stoke's Asmir Begovic or Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois. The Italian side fear that on-loan Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina will opt to sign for Barcelona as Victor Valdes' replacement next summer rather than sign a permanent deal with the. As a result, they are starting to prepare [.

Liverpool youngsters Jordan Rossiter and Brad Smith set to be promoted to the first-team

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed his is ready to add youngsters Jordan Rossiter and Brad Smith to his first-team squad. The Times journalist Tony Barrett reports that both players could now train with the club's senior stars. He says Rodgers has branded both players as "outstanding". Rossiter, aged just 16, is an English midfielder [.

Bulgarian youngster Stefan Velkov on trial at Man Utd

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Slavia Sofia defender Stefan Velkov is currently training with Manchester United as he seeks to earn a move to the club. The 17-year-old is at Carrington and working with the club's under-21 squad as he seeks to impress United's coaches. The 6ft 3in centre-back is also a target for Juventus and Inter Milan, reports the [.

Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini singing Jingle Bells

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Arsenal scout Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa

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Arsenal will send scouts to two Atletico Madrid matches this week ahead of a possible move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa. The Brazilian-born naturalised Spaniard has been highlighted as a transfer target by manager Arsene Wenger and chief scout Steve Rowley. The Gunners are weighing up a January move for the in-form forward, according [.

Arsenal and Man City both keeping tabs on Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas

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Arsenal and Manchester City are monitoring Iker Casillas's situation. The Real Madrid icon is a one-club man, but finds himself behind Diego Lopes in the Bernabeu pecking order. That situation started during Jose Mourinho's tenure and continues under Carlo Ancelotti. Both the Gunners and City are watching closely to see if the 32-year-old might be [.

Liverpool fan gets Luis Suarez to sign a new five-year contract

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A cunning Liverpool fan has tricked Luis Suarez into signing a new five-year contract at the club. The sneaky supporter folded the terms and conditions of the fake contract out of sight and then went autograph hunting. Suarez duly provided his signature, creating a signed document that reads: "I hereby commit my future for the [.

Fredy Guarin close to Chelsea move, but Man Utd are still interested

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Chelsea are reportedly on the verge of beating Manchester United to the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin. The champions are still interested in the Colombia international, but the Blues' deal is progressing faster. According to reports on Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio's transfer news website, Inter have accepted an offer worth €15m plus [.

Brad Friedel: Tottenham players not happy to see AVB sacked

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Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Fridel says none of the club's players were happy that Andre Villas Boas was sacked on Monday. But the American said the squad would rally behind whoever was appointed as AVB's replacement. He said: "I think all the players in the changing room really wanted things to work out for Andre.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: ‘Man Utd’s Adnan Januzaj seems to get a lot of decisions’

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A Capital One Cup fifth round tie between Stoke and Manchester United doesn't seem like it would be a hotbed of mind games, but that appears to be the case ahead of this evening's game. United boss David Moyes had suggested that 18-year-old winger Adnan Januzaj needed protection from referees in future games after claiming [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho doesn’t want to go defensive

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Jose Mourinho is looking for ways to make Chelsea more consistent without deploying ultra-defensive football. The Special One's first spell at Stamford Bridge first came to an end after owner Roman Abramovich reportedly became tired of Mourinho's dour tactics. Despite some poor results this season, Mourinho is reluctant to rely on sitting back and playing [.

Man Utd step-up interest in Porto’s Alex Sandro, good news for Everton

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Manchester United are increasing their interest in Porto left-back Alex Sandro which could mean they decide against a new bid for Everton's Leighton Baines. While the England international is still David Moyes' preferred option to replace Patrice Evra, the 22-year-old Brazilian is now considered a viable alternative.

Man Utd striker Danny Welbeck benefiting from extra training, says David Moyes

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says he had to tell Danny Welbeck to do extra work on his shooting and thinks his goals against Aston Villa prove that it's paying dividends. The United boss advised Welbeck to learn from Wayne Rooney and work on his finishing at the end of every training session.

Chamakh For Good: Crystal Palace fan’s tribute song to Arsenal flop

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Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh has bagged three goals in his last three for the Eagles prompting this love song from comedian Jim Daly. He's reworked Take That's 1990s hit Back For Good as Chamakh For Good, in praise of the former Arsenal flop's recent surge in form. Describing his efforts, Daly says: "A song [.

Video: David Moyes wants to make Capital One Cup his first Man Utd silverware

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Manchester United manager David Moyes said he will be doing everything possible to ensure the Capital One Cup is his first trophy at the club. While the United boss is likely to rotate his team for tonight's fifth round clash with Stoke, he insists that he is serious about winning the competition. He said: "You [.

Chelsea battle AC Milan for Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez

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Chelsea are going head-to-head with Italian giants AC Milan in their efforts to sign Swiss youngster Ricardo Rodriguez. But the Blues have been told they will have to wait until the summer before they have any chance of landing the 21-year-old left-back. Wolfsburg are telling suitors of their young star that he will not be [.

Man Utd have had no offers for Wilfried Zaha

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that Wilfried Zaha is available for loan but says he has not received any offers from clubs keen to sign the winger. The former Crystal Palace man has been widely linked with a loan move away from Old Trafford in January, with Newcastle and Everton reportedly the [.

Spurs youngster Laste Dombaxe revels in Chelsea defeat

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Buzzing Chelsea lost haha now we going to do the job on West Ham tomorrow COYS Laste Dombaxe (@Diz12L) December 17, 2013 Tottenham academy star Laste Dombaxe was very pleased to see London rivals Chelsea knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Sunderland. And he has confidently predicted that Spurs won't suffer the [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes happy with job security

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David Moyes says he is thankful for his job security at Manchester United and in his previous posts. The recent spate of Premier League sackings at Crystal Palace, Fulham, West Brom and Tottenham have got Moyes thinking he has struck gold with employers throughout his managerial career. Speaking at his press conference ahead of the [.

Video: Tim Sherwood’s first interview as Tottenham caretaker manager

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Tottenham caretaker manager Tim Sherwood has given his first interview since taking temporary charge of the first-team squad. Sherwood took his first training session today and said he was trying to get his ideas over quickly ahead of the Capital One Cup clash with West Ham. He said: "They've been good.

Video: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski gets into his Ghanaian music

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Arsenal star Lukas Podolski has been showing he's quite into his Ghanaian music. Encouraged by team-mate Emmanuel Frimpong, the Germany international was listening to some Ghanaian tracks in the dressing room at the Gunners' training ground. And Poldi seems to have a particular fondness for Slow Down by R2Bees ft.

PSG plot January moves for Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

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Paris St-Germain are planning January bids for Premier League duo Juan Mata and Yohan Cabaye, plus Juventus' Paul Pogba, according to reports in the French media. L'Equipe claims PSG want to strengthen for the second half of the season with moves for out-of-favour Chelsea playmaker Mata and Newcastle midfielder Cabaye.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet asks Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho not to play Eden Hazard

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is pleading with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho not to name Eden Hazard in his side to face the Black Cats in their Capital One Cup quarter final clash this evening. The Belgian winger was the difference between the two sides in their thrilling Premier League encounter earlier this month.

Fabio Capello unaware of Tottenham vacancy yesterday evening

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Fabio Capello, one of the early favourites to becomes the next Tottenham manager, has claimed that he was still unaware that Andre Villas Boas had been sacked. Spurs announced they were parting company with the Portuguese boss yesterday morning. Many pundits reached the conclusion that Capello had been lined up to replace him given his [.

Harry Redknapp backs Tim Sherwood for the Tottenham job

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We can announce that Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will take charge of the First Team whilst the Club progresses discussions. Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2013 Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says caretaker boss Tim Sherwood should be given the job on a permanent basis.

Manchester United tracking Dinamo Bucharest winger Dorin Rotariu

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Manchester United are ready to step up their interest in Romanian teenager Dorin Rotariu after scouting his for a year. Reports in the young winger's homeland claim that Rotariu has met the United scouts who have watched him on several occasions over the last 12 months. The 18-year-old was reportedly recommended to United by Kenny [.

Video: Mike Tyson trolls Man City on behalf of Man Utd fans

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If Manchester United fans needed a bit of a pick-me-up after their dodgy start to the season left them trailing neighbours Manchester City, then here it is courtesy of former boxer Mike Tyson. The ex-undisputed heavyweight champion of the world made it apparent that City's global reach is not yet on par with United's.

Olympiakos will struggle to keep Konstantinos Mitroglou from the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle

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Olympiakos have acknowledged that they face an uphill struggle to keep hold of hotshot Konstantinos Mitroglou, with reports suggesting that Arsenal and Liverpool are both keen to sign the striker. The Greece international has been in outstanding form so far this season, scoring 22 goals for club and country so far this campaign.

Glenn Hoddle website suggests he would take Spurs job

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A website with close links to Glenn Hoddle has suggested he would like to become the new Tottenham manager. Zapsportz.com, which was co-founded by the former England manager, indicated that Hoddle would take the job if it was offered. There are suggestions that he could be given the job until the end of the season, [.

Video: The moment Man City’s players found out they were playing Barcelona

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Video: Darren Fletcher is not interested in what Man Utd team-mate Ashley Young has to say

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Manchester United's return to first-team action against Aston Villa yesterday was preceded by a spell on the bench next to Ashley Young. The former Aston Villa man attempted to give his views on something to the Scotland international, who seemed barely able to conceal his contempt.

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor apologises over Liverpool photo

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I apologise to all Spurs fans who thought from the Assou-Ekotto picture that we were making fun out of the defeat. That picture (...ctd) Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) December 16, 2013 ..was taken BEFORE the game.I couldn't have possibly known the score.I would NEVER DO THAT.That pose is how I pose in all my pictures.

Man City beat Man Utd to ‘new Peter Schmeichel’ Kjetil Haug

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City have beaten United and Arsenal to the signing of Norwegian goalkeeper Kjetil Haug (15) according to his dad. pic.twitter.com/gVRyFGiSDQ City Watch (@City_Watch) December 13, 2013 Manchester City have beaten neighbours Manchester United to the signing of a Norwegian youth goalkeeper dubbed the new Peter Schmeichel.

Newcastle plan to watch Southampton, West Brom and Fulham Jonathan Pitroipa

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Newcastle are the latest Premier League side to show interest in Rennes winger Jonathan Pitroipa. Southampton, West Brom and Fulham have already scouted the Burkina Faso international this season, and the Magpies intend to follow suit on Wednesday when Rennes face Bordeaux, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

Sunderland consider move for former Chelsea and Man City left-back Wayne Bridge

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Veteran full-back Wayne Bridge is reportedly a transfer target for bottom-of-the-table Premier League side Sunderland. The England international is currently playing for Reading. But the 33-year-old played some of his best football in recent seasons during a loan spell to Gus Poyet's Brighton from Manchester City in 2012.

Video: Spurs caretaker boss Tim Sherwood discusses tactics for away trips

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Here's new Tottenham caretaker manager Tim Sherwood discussing tactics for away matches. The priority seems to be on nullifying the threat from neighbouring hotel rooms. Sherwood, in his Blackburn playing days in the video above, is discussing the practical jokes played by him and team-mate David Batty during overnights stays.

GIF It: Fernandinho makes it Man City 3-1 Arsenal

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Fernandinho has given Manchester City a two-goal cushion over table-topping Arsenal with this curling long-range effort. The Brazilian took advantage of some slack play from the Gunners and, finding himself in acres of space, curled the ball past Wojciech Szczesny. See Alvaro Negredo scoring City's second goal.

GIF It: Theo Walcott’s fantastic second goal (Man City 3-2 Arsenal)

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It looks like impregnating is good for Theo Walcott's form. The newly-announced dad-to-be scored his second goal of the game to get Arsenal back into contention at Manchester City.

GIF It: David Silva makes it Man City 4-2 Arsenal

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The goals are coming thick and fast at the Etihad. David Silva reinstated a two-goal lead for Manchester City just moments after Theo Walcott had put Arsenal back in contention.

Man City and Man Utd want Everton’s Ross Barkley

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Everton's Ross Barkley is a transfer target for both Manchester City and Manchester United. The Daily Star reports that the two Manchester clubs are both ready to bid for the 20-year-old. They claim United boss David Moyes met chief executive Ed Woodward last week for a five-hour meeting in which they thrashed out transfer targets.

Video: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere gives Man City fans the finger

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is likely to find himself in trouble with the FA after giving a middle-finger salute to Manchester City fans during yesterday's 6-3 defeat at the Etihad Stadium. The Gunners star was caught on camera gesturing towards City fans.

Photo: Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny’s knee injury

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Post by Laurent Koscielny Officiel. Arsenal centre-back Lauren Koscielny has shared this photo of his knee injury. The Frenchman limped off during yesterday's defeat to Manchester City. While Gooners will be disappointed that the nasty gash will probably keep him out of action for a game or two, they will also be very relieved [.

GIF It: Newcastle’s Moussa Sissokho whacks ref Mike Jones in the face

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Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissokho was so busy gesticulating at Southampton players during yesterday's 1-1 that he didn't notice that referee Mike Jones had stepped into range of his angry hand movements. The result was an uppercut to Jones' face, albeit one not delivered with the sort of force that merited the dive it got from [.

Video: Per Mertesacker yells at Mesut Ozil for not thanking Arsenal fans

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Mesut Ozil got an earful of abuse from Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil after he refused to thank the club's travelling fans after yesterday's 6-3 defeat at Manchester City. The former Real Madrid man headed straight for the tunnel after the final whistle and Mertesacker wasn't impressed. Ozil has since apologised for his actions.

West Brom’s Saido Berahino brands Steve Clarke sacking as ‘f*cking sh*t’

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West Brom striker Saido Berahino appears to be less than impressed at the decision to sack head coach Steve Clarke. Shortly after the Baggies confirmed that Clarke had been "relieved of his duties", the England Under-21 international took to Twitter to post a comment that seemed to be in response to the sacking.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 14-15 December

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1. It wasn't a great weekend to be a north Londoner. Eleven goals shipped across the board by Arsenal and Tottenham. 2. Manuel Pellegrini is a 6-3 thing. 3. It turns out Manchester United just needed to get that useless Robin Van Persie out of the way and let Danny 'Fox In The Box' Welbeck [...]

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas says ‘harsh’ red card was key to Liverpool defeat

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says the "harsh" sending off of Paulinho was the key to his side's 0-5 home drubbing at the hands of Liverpool. The Brazilian midfielder was dismissed for a high challenge on Luis Suarez when the score was 0-2, and Villas Boas believes that had a significant impact on the result.

Benoit Assou Ekotto and Emmanuel Adebayor all smiles during Spurs’ defeat to Liverpool

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What a game tonight....happy to see my man @E_Adebayor (LOL) pic.twitter.com/6hsnFaJLCQ Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) December 15, 2013 Benoit Assou Ekotto and Emmanuel Adebayor risked infuriating Spurs supporters after posting this photograph of them seemingly enjoying the club's 0-5 defeat against Liverpool.

Man Utd flop Ashley Young linked with Aston Villa return

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Manchester United winger Ashley Young is being touted for a return to former club Aston Villa. The England international has flopped at Old Trafford indeed his constant flopping has irked those inside and outside the club and David Moyes is keen to move him on, according to the Daily Mail. Young made his [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers not thinking of title

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is hoping for continued improvement from his side this season not a title challenge. While the Reds boss admits he dreams of winning the Premier League, he hinted that for this season he would be happy with an improvement on last season's 7th place finish. The club's challenge for the [.

Tottenham sack manager Andre Villas Boas

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We can announce agreement has been reached with Head Coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services http://t.co/at9ZjSiA13 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 16, 2013 Tottenham have sacked manager Andre Villas Boas. In a statement, the club said that the termination had been by "mutual consent".

Top 10 potential candidates to be the new Tottenham manager

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Following the news that Spurs have sacked Andre Villas Boas, we look at who the club might be lining up to replace him. 1. Fabio Capello The former England boss is the early favourite. His reputation minus the England years precedes him. And he is a well-known ally of Spurs director of football [...]

Bacary Sagna not yet ready to commit to Arsenal

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Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has confirmed he is negotiating with the club over a new deal but claims he is not yet ready to commit to staying at the Emirates. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger went public last week to say that he is confident the France international will sign a new contract, which is [.

Champions League draw: Man City vs Barcelona, Arsenal vs Bayern Munich, Chelsea vs Galatasary and Man Utd vs Olympiakos

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Here's are the results of the #UCLdraw in full ... pic.twitter.com/KxCSuqA8HM Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 16, 2013 Manchester City will face Barcelona in the Champions League round-of-16. And Arsenal's failure to top their group has earned them a tie against holders Bayern Munich. Chelsea and Manchester United have easier draws on paper, going up [.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini: ‘Barcelona will be very concerned about Champions League draw’

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PELLEGRINI: "I think Barcelona will be very concerned that they have drawn us. They are not the team of two years ago." Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 16, 2013 Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has indicated that Barcelona will be more concerned than him after the two sides were drawn to place each other [.

Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba faces ‘two home games’ after Chelsea draw

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I am very happy that we drew @chelseafc because for both games I will be playing at home Drogba Foundation (@FondationDrogba) December 16, 2013 Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba says he has been handed two home legs after his side were drawn against former club Chelsea in the Champions League last-16.

Video: Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner complains that the Man City tunnel ‘stinks of piss’

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Against all odds, Nicklas Bendtner is somehow playing himself back into the good books at Arsenal with a couple of goals in recent weeks. But that didn't stop him observing that Manchester City's tunnel "stinks of piss" ahead of the Gunners' defeat at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Danish striker immediately voiced his concerns [.

Tottenham appoint Tim Sherwood as caretaker manager

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Spurs have appointed Tim Sherwood as Andre Villas Boas' replacement for the short-term at least. The coach has been named caretaker manager and will take charge of Wednesday's Capital One Cup quarter-final with West Ham. Sherwood, who won the Premier League as a player with Blackburn and also played for Spurs, will expand his [.

Man City striker Sergio Aguero out for a month

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PELLEGRINI: "Sergio has a calf injury. The doctor can say how many weeks he will be out... Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 16, 2013 Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been ruled out for around a month with a calf injury. The Argentine star had to be substituted during Saturday's 6-3 win over Arsenal.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini expects ‘beautiful’ games against Barcelona

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says the Champions League last-16 clash between his side and Barcelona will be "beautiful" and he's warned that it's not a straight shootout between Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi. Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, the Chilean said the tie was not something for him to worry about [.

Liverpool’s Kolo Toure: ‘Man Utd are still dangerous’

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Liverpool defender Kolo Toure believes champions Manchester United still pose a threat to his side's title ambitions. The former Manchester City centre-back says he and his team-mates are capable of winning the league, but he knows a lot of things can change between now and the end of the season including a United comeback.

Video: Roberto Soldado scores his and Tottenham’s second vs Anzhi

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Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado scored his and his side's second goal in the first 15 minutes of this evening's Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala. The Spaniard tucked away a cool finish after getting on the end of Erik Lamela's pass.

Video: Roberto Soldado heads Spurs in to the lead against Anzhi

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Roberto Soldado has grabbed his first goal from open play since October 20 in the opening minutes of tonight's Europa League game against Anzhi Makhachkala. The Tottenham striker got the faintest of headers to a Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick to give his side an early lead.

Sam Allardyce and Gus Poyet agree that West Ham vs Sunderland is ‘must-win’

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Both Sam Allardyce and Gus Poyet have branded this weekend's clash between West Ham and Sunderland as a 'must-win' game. Poyet takes his bottom-of-the-table Black Cats to fellow strugglers the Hammers. He said: "I think it's like any other next match. The next match is normally the most important especially because of what has happened [.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke defends Christmas party

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Steve Clarke has defended a Christmas jolly that saw his players fly to Dublin. The Baggies had lost three games on the bounce before the squad went to Ireland for their party. But their manager has defended the decision to allow the festivities to go ahead. He said: "Listen, they have to relax and enjoy [.

Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis dismisses Chelsea critics

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Tony Pulis has rejected criticism of Chelsea's start to the season. Pulis takes his Crystal Palace side to Stamford Bridge this weekend and he can't understand those who have been dismissive of the Blues' start to the season. He said: "I think it's absolutely amazing that people are criticising Chelsea.

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong posts Man Utd ‘speeding’ gag

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Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong never one to miss a chance to kick Manchester United via his social media accounts has posted a new meme showing David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini working as traffic cops outside Old Trafford. The punchline, inevitably, relates to three point being handed out to everyone.

Man Utd and Tottenham ‘in talks’ over Inter Milan’s Fredy Guarin

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Manchester United and Tottenham are both in talks over the £17m signing of Inter Milan's Fredy Guarin, according to reports in Italy. Those reports suggest that Inter directors Marco Branca and Piero Ausilio, along with Guarin's agent Marcelo Ferreyra, flew to London today for meetings with both Spurs and United.

Video: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew seeking revenge over Southampton sacking

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Alan Pardew admits there will be an element of revenge involved when he faces former club Southampton on Saturday. The Newcastle boss was sacked by Saints in what he and many onlookers felt were harsh circumstances. He admits that will spur him on at the weekend but is also looking forward to seeing [.

It’s a pleasure to work with Ross Barkley, says Everton boss Roberto Martinez

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez says it is a pleasure for him to work with midfielder Ross Barkley. The Toffees youngster has cemented his place in the first-team and won England caps this season. His boss says that his quality and his listening skills mean he is easy to manager. Martinez said: "Well I don't think [.

Arsenal and Chelsea tussle for Liverpool target Kurt Zouma

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Arsenal and Chelsea are the frontrunners for French youngster Kurt Zouma. The Saint-Etienne defender has previously been linked with a move to Liverpool but he now looks set to move to London. The Guardian reports that the Blues are planning a £13m bid for the 19-year-old, while the Daily Express claims that the Gunners have [.

Video: Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis hopes to catch Chelsea off-form

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Tony Pulis is hoping to catch Chelsea on a bad day so he continue his promising start as Crystal Palace manager. The Eagles' fortunes have improved considerably since Pulis took over, but they now face Jose Mourinho's side this weekend. Former Stoke boss Pulis is hoping for a bit of luck to help his team, [.

Man Utd winger Wilfried Zaha set for loan move to Newcastle or Everton

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Wilfried Zaha is expected to leave Manchester United on loan next month. The former Crystal Palace man has struggled to make an impact since joining the champions and David Moyes has reportedly reached a decision that the England international is not yet ready for the United first-team. Newcastle and Everton are the favourites to secure [.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley ‘banned’ from selling Chelsea’s kit

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Newcastle owner Mike Ashley will not be allowed to sell Chelsea replica kits in his Sport Direct shops from next season. The Blues' kit supplier Adidas has reviewed its distribution channels for the kits and decided that Ashley's stores will no longer sell Chelsea gear. Sports Direct chief executive Dave Forsey said: "We don't believe [.

Arsenal’s 35-pint preparation for winning the double

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Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour has revealed the booze and fags culture that helped the Gunners win the Double in Arsene Wenger's first season in charge. He recalled one pre-season afternoon when five of the Gunners' English stars sank 35 pints of beer. Meanwhile, the team's new French contingent went to a coffee shop where [.

Liverpool scout Chelsea and Arsenal target Julian Draxler

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was in Germany last night to watch Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler. The 20-year-old has been linked with moves to Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months, and is also wanted by clubs across Europe. But Rodgers travelled to see the midfielder in action against Basel ahead of a possible bid in January.

Video: Manchester United’s Christmas Challenge

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Manchester United have been getting into the festive spirit with a Christmas challenge at their training ground. Ashley Young, Anderson and Kiko Macheda took part in the challenge. They went up against former players Quinton Fortune, David May and Mickey Thomas, as well as a team comprising head of fitness and conditioning Tony Strudwick, fitness [.

Spurs star Sandro wishes England players good luck over Manaus trip

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Sandro has offered England players his sympathy ahead of their trip to Manaus to face Italy in next summer's World Cup. The Brazil international had never played in the 80 per cent humidity of the Amazonian city, so he was only able to wish Roy Hodgson's men good luck for the game. The Tottenham midfielder [.

Photo: Man Utd boss David Moyes scouts Koke and Eliaquim Mangala at Atletico Madrid vs Porto

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David Moyes and his scouting team took the opportunity to watch two of his January transfer targets in the same last night. The Manchester United boss has been linked with moves for both Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and Porto's Eliaquim Mangala, so he was in attendance when the two sides met in the Champions League [.

Chelsea to move for Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney again next summer

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Chelsea will launch a fresh attempt to sign Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney next summer. The Blues were linked with the England international throughout last summer after he reportedly asked to leave Old Trafford. But their £24m bid was rejected and United refused to sell. Rooney has since been in outstanding form for the champions, [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hoping for Didier Drogba reunion in Champions League

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Jose Mourinho is hoping the Champions League draw will see Didier Drogba return to Chelsea. The former Blues striker's Galatasaray side have qualified for the knockout stages, and Mourinho is hoping that will result in a Stamford Bridge comeback for the Ivory Coast international. He said: "I think deserves to come here.

Video: Arsene Wenger hopes Arsenal are lucky in Champions League draw

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping his side get a luckier draw in the Champions League knockout stages than in recent seasons. The Gunners qualified from their group in second place, which means they will go up against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris St-Germain or Atletico Madrid in the next round.

Video: Young mascot cries his eyes out at being paired with Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta

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We're not sure if this child had got his heart set on being the mascot for a Napoli player or whether pre-match nerves got the better of him. Either way, he was in floods of tears as he accompanied Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta onto the pitch for last night's Champions League tie. Perhaps he just [...

Newcastle, Arsenal and Southampton forced to wait until next summer for Cheikhou Kouyate

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Arsenal, Newcastle and Southampton will have to wait until next summer if they want to reignite their interest in Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate. The Senegalese defender has confirmed he wants to stay at the Belgian club until the end of the season. The trio of Premier League were linked with moves for the 23-year-old in [.

Video: Man Utd and Arsenal old boys Gary Neville and Thierry Henry mock Jamie Redknapp’s Liverpool defending

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Gary Neville and Thierry Henry ganged up on Jamie Redknapp during last night's Champions League coverage on Sky Sports. Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry set Neville up to run some analysis on Redknapp's tracking back or lack thereof while playing against the Gunners for Liverpool.

GIF It: Napoli’s Jose Callejon scores to give Arsenal a scare

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Arsenal had a nervy 20 seconds or so after Napoli's Jose Callejon scored his side's second goal in the third minute of injury time in tonight's Champions League clash. Another goal for the Italian side would have meant the Gunners were knocked out of the competition. As it was, they kept the ball safely from [.

GIF It: Gonzalo Higuain opens the scoring for Napoli vs Arsenal

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Gonzalo Higuain has scored the first goal of tonight's game between Napoli and Arsenal. The ex-Real Madrid man, linked with a moved to the Gunners over the summer, turned neatly and fired home from the edge of the box.

GIF It: Mikel Arteta sent-off (Napoli vs Arsenal)

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Video: Chelsea and Arsenal target Julian Draxler scores for Schalke vs Basel

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Schalke youngster Julian Draxler has got himself on the scoresheet in his side's Champions League game against Basel this evening. The 20-year-old linked with a part-exchange move to Chelsea involving Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in tonight's match.

GIF It: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny coolly plays the ball off Gonzalo Higuain’s forehead for a goal kick

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Luis Suarez scores Premier League goals for Liverpool even when it’s not a matchday

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Luis Suarez added to his tally of Premier League goals today, despite the fact Liverpool didn't have a fixture. The Uruguayan striker was awarded a second goal from the Reds' 4-1 win over West Ham last weekend. His long-range effort deflected off Joey O'Brien for Liverpool's fourth goal of the game, and most sources recorded [.

Video: Arsenal legend Thierry Henry keeps f*cking swearing on TV

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Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry made his first appearance as a pundit for Sky Sports' Champions League coverage this evening ahead of his old side's clash with Napoli. And he's not likely to be invited back soon if he keeps up his current ratio of swear words.

GIF It: Demba Ba gives Chelsea the lead vs Steaua Bucharest

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Arsenal weigh up move for Real Sociedad’s Antoine Griezmann

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Arsenal are being linked with a January move for Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman has long been a target for Arsene Wenger. The Gunners' current form coupled with the promise of money to spend in the upcoming transfer window has created the perfect opportunity to move for the 22-year-old.

Tottenham set to miss out on Internacional striker Leandro Damiao

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Long-term Tottenham transfer target Leandro Damiao appears to be on the verge of a move to Santos. The Internacional star has been linked with a move to Spurs, who are believed to be in the market for a striker, for the last three transfer windows. They had been expected to launch a fresh attempt to [.

Video: Chelsea’s Ashley Cole answers his critics

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Following his Twitter post earlier, Ashley Cole is now featured in this video in which he once again hits out those who think his career at the top level is coming to an end. Adopting that scowling face that we've come to expect from the Chelsea left-back, he said: "Who you calling done? "You think [.

AC Milan confirm signing of Tottenham target Keisuke Honda

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AC Milan have confirmed the widely anticipated news that Japan international Keisuke Honda will join them in January. The CSKA Moscow striker was linked with a move to Tottenham, but for the past few weeks it has seemed like a foregone conclusion that he would move to San Siro. That's now been made official by [.

Chelsea ready to offer cash plus Kevin De Bruyne for Schalke’s Julian Draxler

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Chelsea will make a part-exchange bid for Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler in January, according to reports in Germany. Bild claims that the Blues will offer cash plus wantaway winger Kevin De Bruyne in the hope of securing the highly-rated 20-year-old midfielder. The reports suggest that Jose Mourinho is stepping up his long held interest in [.

West Ham cancel Christmas party to focus on relegation fight

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West Ham have cancelled the players' Christmas party to ensure that moving away from the Premier League relegation zone has their full attention over the festive period. Captain Kevin Nolan has scrapped plans for the squad to fly to Dublin for a party. The Daily Mail reports that Nolan, aged 31, announced that the trip [.

Everton players go pub sports crazy

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Everton's players seem to have become a bit obsessed with pub sports this week. On-loan Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofeu has been trying his hand at darts. Meanwhile, left-back Bryan Oviedo has been showing young Toffees his pool skills. Last but not least on http://t.co/IQhRPOAvi0, pics of @Bryan_Oviedo's trip with #EitC to a Kickz event.

Photo: Ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Man Utd target Wesley Sneijder romp in the snow (Galatasaray 1-0 Juventus)

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Galatasaray progressed in the Champions League at Juventus' expense after today's snow-delayed final group game. The game was abandoned last night, so the remainder of the match was played this afternoon. Wesley Sneijder scored the only goal of the game to ensure the Turkish side made it through. The Dutchman, linked with a January move [.

Photos: Tottenham training in the fog

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Training in a foggy North London this morning, the lads prepare for tomorrow's @EuropaLeague tie #THFC pic.twitter.com/vMCj9C0rQt Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 11, 2013 A fog has descended at Tottenham. Not the metaphorical fog that clouds their strikers' ability to score goals, but a literal fog that stops everyone from seeing what's happening at training.

Video: Manuel Pellegrini doesn’t know one more goal would have seen Man City top the group

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Manchester City's incredible 2-3 win at Bayern Munich was overshadowed slightly by what appears on the surface to be some staggering incompetence from manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean boss seemed to shut up shop when City took the lead at the Allianz Arena, taking off forward Edin Dzeko and replacing him with holding midfielder Jack [.

Photo: Arsenal team-mates mock Mesut Ozil’s pyjamas

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We love your "pyjamas" Mesut@MesutOzil1088 pic.twitter.com/ZW2IcSBGlk Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) December 10, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has come in for some stick for the pair of pyjamas he wore to bed last night. The Gunners are in Italy ahead of tonight's Champions League game against Napoli.

Spurs winger Andros Townsend retires from tracking back on the basis of a fortune cookie

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This is what came out my fortune cookie.... Looks like I don't have to track back and defend anymore guys! Haha pic.twitter.com/c5rGT5KFSz andros townsend (@andros_townsend) December 10, 2013 Tottenham star Andros Townsend has decided he doesn't have to bother defending anymore because a fortune cookie told him not to.

Photo: Chelsea skipper John Terry goes Christmas shopping in Poundland

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A starstruck footballer ... meets Knaphill Athletic winger Jack Jeffery in Woking today ... #moptop pic.twitter.com/UiXSltXRNc Knaphill Athletic FC (@KnaphillAFC) December 5, 2013 John Terry has been careful not to blow too much of his £170,000-a-week pay packet this Christmas by doing his shopping in Poundland.

Spurs consider sending Erik Lamela on loan to Atletico Madrid

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Erik Lamela could be sent to high-flying Spanish side Atletico Madrid for the second half of the season as he struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League. The Argentinian winger was expected to replace Gareth Bale in the Tottenham side, but has failed to have any impact since he joined from Roma for [.

Man City beat Man Utd and Barcelona to Racing Club youngster Bruno Zuculini

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Manchester City have reportedly won the race for highly-rated Argentinian midfielder Bruno Zuculini. The 20-year-old holding player was also wanted by Manchester United and Barcelona but is set to join City, according to reports in The Sun and Goal.com. Zuculini currently plays for Racing Club in his homeland, but will move to the Etihad for [.

Kevin De Bruyne’s agent set for Chelsea meeting ahead of transfer window

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Chelsea winger Kevin De Bruyne's agent has revealed he will meet the club soon to discuss his client's future. The Belgium international has been tipped to leave Stamford Bridge in January as he aims to find regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup. And it has now emerged that the 22-year-old's representatives will talk [.

Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger assesses his side’s season so far

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Arsene Wenger has given his assessment of Arsenal's season to date ahead of tonight's Champions League game against Napoli. With the Gunners currently top of the Premier League and only needing to avoid a thrashing in Italy this evening to ensure their progression in Europe, Wenger was understandably pleased with how the campaign has gone [.

Chelsea’s Ashley Cole hits back at critics with Twitter image

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7 FA Cups, 3 league titles, an undefeated season. I'm still not done. #niketiempo @nikefootball pic.twitter.com/YspBifK3nQ Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) December 10, 2013 Ashley Cole has taken to Twitter to hit back at those suggesting his current spell out of the Chelsea team could signal the end of his career at the highest level.

Man City’s Micah Richards promises £20,000 charity donation after injury

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Thanks for the support! For this great support id like to offer 20k of my own money to anyone who convinces me there charity needs it most. Micah Richards (@MicahRichards) December 11, 2013 Micah Richards has put a positive slant on the injury he sustained in the opening stages of last night's win over [.

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong narrowly escapes £1,000 late fine

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Traffic need go hit the training ground for 10.30 I hope I make it pic.twitter.com/gqLHXQNOwS Emmanuel Frimpong (@IAMFRIMPONG26) December 11, 2013 Emmanuel Frimpong kept his Twitter followers updated with his attempts to avoid being fined by Arsenal this morning. The midfielder hasn't travelled with the squad for the Champions League game against Napoli and [.

Man Utd among the favourites to win the Champions League, says David Moyes

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says the club could be included among the favourites to win the Champions League. The Premier League champions won their group after a 1-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk last night. Despite their dismal league form, Moyes thinks his side are among the contenders to be crowned champions of Europe.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho throws a tantrum over the club’s in-house TV channel

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Jose Mourinho showed he is less than enthralled by his commitments to Chelsea's in-house TV channel after his press conference today. The Blues boss was speaking ahead of tomorrow's Champions League game against Steaua Bucharest. He thought his media duties were done only to be told that he had to speak to Chelsea TV.

Napoli plan to copy Everton to thwart Arsenal

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Napoli coach Rafa Benitez says his side have learned from Everton's performance against Arsenal at the weekend. The Toffees held the Gunners to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates on Sunday. Benitez hopes to emulate their tactics when Napoli face Arsene Wenger's side tomorrow. He said: "Everton did a great job the other day, and [.

Photos: Arsenal travel to Italy for Napoli clash

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.@aaronramsey is looking relaxed as the team prepare for their flight to Italy ahead of #NAPvAFC pic.twitter.com/PAqQ0jpiNd Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 10, 2013 Arsenal have flown to Italy ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with Napoli. We're not sure Aaron Ramsey is strictly complying with the seating rules ahead of take-off, but we presume [.

Ex-Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger is the best Premier League manager

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Arsene Wenger is the best manager in the Premier League, according to former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez. The Napoli manager goes head-to-head with Wenger tomorrow in the Champions League. Speaking ahead of the game, the Spaniard said: "I think Arsene Wenger can be considered the best coach in the Premier League.

Video: Emmanuel Frimpong and Lukas Podolski laugh at whatever Arsenal team-mate Nacho Monreal has in his pants

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Arsenal's squad eased themselves into today's training session by mucking about for a while. After Emmanuel Frimpong and Jack Wilshere have exchanged kicks to the backside, Frimpong joins Lukas Podolski to inspect the contents of Nacho Monreal's trousers. The Spaniard has his back to the camera, so it's impossible to know what he was showing [.

Gareth Bale’s mum says Cristiano Ronaldo has help her son settle after leaving Spurs

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been credited with helping Gareth Bale settle in Spain by the Welshman's mum. The former Tottenham star moved to Real Madrid three months ago. While many pundits expected a fierce rivalry between Ronaldo and Bale after the move, Bale's mum says the former Manchester United man has been instrumental in ensuring [.

Photos: Tottenham’s training session

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Behind-the-scenes: photos from the boot-up room ahead of training this morning #THFC pic.twitter.com/HLljxTJ3Hs Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 10, 2013 Spurs have been in training today and the club has released photographs of the action. If the ratio of photos are anything to go by, the squad spent more time in the dressing room [.

Arsenal tracking Ajax’s ‘new Dennis Bergkamp’ Davy Klaassen

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Getting hold of the original Dennis Bergkamp was one of the best decisions Arsenal have ever made, so it makes sense that they would want to sign the new one. The Gunners are reportedly keeping a close eye on blond-haired Ajax youngster Davy Klaassen, a playmaker who can be deployed as a striker. Sounds familiar [.

West Ham linked with Inter Milan veteran Diego Milito

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West Ham could end their striker shortage with a move for veteran Inter Milan forward Diego Milito. The 34-year-old is out of contract in the summer, so the Hammers will try to secure a cut-price deal for him during the January transfer window. Reports in Italy suggest that the Italian giants would be willing to [.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher and Man Utd old boy Gary Neville want Arsenal to win the league

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Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville both say they would like to see Arsenal win their Premier League title this season if their former clubs can't achieve that feat. The pair of Monday Night Football pundits seem to believe that winning the league is beyond their old sides, so the Gunners are their second choices.

Man City boss Pellegrini to pick side to face Bayern Munich with Arsenal in mind

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he will pick a team to face Bayern Munich tonight conscious of the fact that his side have a tough game against table-topping Arsenal coming up on Sunday. Both side have already qualified for the knockout stages, so tonight's game will only decide who goes through as group winners.

Arsenal ‘believe they are favourites’ to sign Barcelona’s Tonny Sanabria

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Arsenal are confident that they will be able to sign Barcelona wonderkid Tonny Sanabria. According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners believe they are in pole position to sign the Paraguay international. The 17-year-old is reportedly prepared to quit Camp Nou in search of first-team football. Indeed, he has rejected recent contract offers from the [.

Video: The booking that prompted DJ Campbell’s arrest for alleged spot-fixing

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Footage has now emerged of the yellow card that has led to DJ Campbell's arrest for alleged spot-fixing. The Blackburn striker was booked for this challenge on Ipswich Town's Aaron Cresswell in a game last Tuesday.

Jermain Defoe transfer could be dependent on Spurs signing Man Utd striker

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Jermain Defoe will only be allowed to leave Tottenham in January if the club can sign a suitable replacement. The England international's move to MLS side Toronto was believed to be all but finalised. But the Evening Standard claims Defoe will be forced to stay at White Hart Lane if a new striker cannot be [.

Everton Ribeiro knows he can play for Man Utd after scouting them on video games

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Éverton Ribeiro costuma passar horas jogando videogame em sua casa em Belo Horizonte. pic.twitter.com/sVO7cn8h6l FÃS Éverton Ribeiro (@Sempre_Everton) November 15, 2013 Brazilian star Everton Ribeiro is confident that he can slot into the Manchester United midfield because he has played video games as the Premier League champions.

Photos: Man City training ahead of Bayern Munich clash

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Post by Manchester City FC. Manchester City have been training at the Allianz Arena this evening ahead of tomorrow's game against Bayern Munich. Spanish midfielder David Silva took part in the session as he prepares to make his comeback from injury in the game. Post by Manchester City FC. Post by Manchester City FC.

Barcelona ‘told of Man Utd’s asking price for Robin Van Persie’

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Barcelona have been informed how much they will have to pay to buy Manchester United's Robin Van Persie, according to reports in the Spanish media. The Sport newspaper claims that the Dutchman has become unsettled at Old Trafford since David Moyes took over and the team's form nosedived. The reports claim that Barca executives have [.

Ex-Man City Roberto Mancini ‘can’t remember’ why he didn’t sign Paul Pogba from Man Utd

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Roberto Mancini says he almost brought Paul Pogba to Manchester City on a free transfer and can't remember why he pulled out of the deal. The then Manchester United youngster ran down his contract after becoming frustrated at the lack of first-team football on offer under Sir Alex Ferguson. Pogba ended up moving to Italian [.

Pep Guardioa: Man City have unbelievable players

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has warned his side that Manchester City will be dangerous opponents. City face the reigning European champions tomorrow evening in Germany, and Guardiola is wary about the quality of City's squad. He said: "Tomorrow will be a very dangerous team and game. Manchester (City) have unbelievable players.

Video: Fan footage of Olivier Giroud hitting the post in the closing seconds (Arsenal 1-1 Everton)

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Arsenal came within a whisker of going seven points clear at the top of the Premier League yesterday. This fan footage captured Olivier Giroud hitting the post with the final kick of the game in the 1-1 draw with Everton. The Frenchman's effort rebounded off the woodwork and the Gunners were forced to settle for [.

Manchester United prepare 10-man clearout

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Manchester United are ready to offload as many as 10 members of their first-team squad as David Moyes tries to put his stamp on the club. The Manchester Evening News reports that Moyes will seek to get rid of many established United players to bring in fresh faces. The champions' recent string of poor results [.

Ex-Man Utd and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre senses this could be the Gunners’ year

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Former Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre thinks his old club could become Premier League champions if they can maintain their current lead through the festive period. The Frenchman, who won five league titles during his time at Manchester United, says Arsenal's efforts to capitalise on their rivals' faltering form has given them every opportunity of securing [.

Video: Tottenham’s Kyle Walker praises relationship with Aaron Lennon

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Spurs right-back Kyle Walker has praised his partnership with winger Aaron Lennon. The England international believes the pair's work down the right-flank is working well for the team. He was speaking after Tottenham secured a 1-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday evening. Walker said: "I feel me and Azza now are striking up a good [.

Ivory Coast hope to tempt Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry

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Ivory Coast are reportedly planning to offer Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry a spot in their World Cup squad in a bid to convince him to commit his international future to them. The 18-year-old is a Germany youth international and has been mentioned by senior coach Joachim Low in terms of a full call-up.

Photos: Man City squad (including David Silva) travel to Germany

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BAYERN v CITY: @aguerosergiokun beats the queue and checks in ahead of time! #mcfc pic.twitter.com/tZMeeTccjf Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 9, 2013 Manchester City have travelled to Germany for their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. Among the party was Spanish midfielder David Silva, who is set to make his comeback from injury in [.

Manchester United scout Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho

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Manchester United sent scouts to watch Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho in action at the weekend, according to reports in the Portuguese media. A Bola claims that the Red Devils were at the Estadio Cidade de Barcelos to see the 21-year-old play in the away game against Gil Vicente. A strong defensive midfielder, Carvalho is [.

Manchester United fan ‘committed suicide after Newcastle defeat’

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A Manchester United supporter in Kenya is reported to have killed himself after his side lost to Newcastle at the weekend. John Jimmy Macharia, aged 23, is said to have jumped from the seventh floor of a building after watching David Moyes' team succumb to a second successive home defeat. Nairobi County police chief Benson [.

David Moyes takes ‘complete responsibility’ for Man Utd defeats

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says he takes "complete responsibility" for the champions losing successive home games to Everton and Newcastle. Moyes says he is to blame for United's form, which sees them lying ninth in the Premier League table. He said: "I take complete responsibility for results.

Man Utd’s Shinji Kagawa missed Newcastle defeat after eating too much

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Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa was sidelined for his side's defeat to Newcastle at the weekend after eating too much food, manager David Moyes has revealed. As we reported last week, paramedics raced to the Japan international's aid after he complained of breathing problems following the midweek loss to Everton.

Man Utd miss out on Desportivo Brasil youngster Bruno Gomes

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Highly-rated Brazilian youngster Bruno Gomes has decided not to join Manchester United. The 17-year-old has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time. He has visited United several times over the past two years and posed for photos with Sir Alex Ferguson and the club's star players. Fergie is also reported to [.

GIF It: Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa adds to Man Utd boss David Moyes’ frustrations

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As if David Moyes wasn't frustrated enough towards the end of his side's defeat to Newcastle on Saturday, he had to put up with Hatem Ben Arfa. The Toon winger entertainingly prevented the Manchester United manager from returning the ball to his players quickly to take a throw-in. We're not sure Moyes would have seen [.

Blackburn striker DJ Campbell arrested in match-fixing investigation

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Blackburn Rovers striker DJ Campbell is one of six people arrested as part of an investigation into match-fixing. The former QPR, Birmingham and Blackpool man is alleged to have deliberately picked up a yellow card during his side's game against Ipswich last Tuesday evening. His arrest is connected to a story published in The Sun [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ‘not asking’ for January signings

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Chelsea will not be bolstering their strikeforce in January, judging by comments from Jose Mourinho. The Blues have been linked with moves for the likes of Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and Porto's Jackson Martinez in the upcoming transfer window as current forwards Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o struggle to find the net.

Chelsea and Manchester United interested in Rennes midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko

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Rennes youngster Tiemoue Bakayoko is reported to be a transfer target for Chelsea and Manchester United. The defensive midfielder has impressed after breaking into the first-team earlier this year. Now the France Under-18 international is being linked with a move to the Premier League. The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Rennes, and the [.

Steven Gerrard could miss Liverpool’s busy festive period

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Liverpool fear they could be without captain Steven Gerrard for their packed fixture list over the festive period. The England skipper was substituted during Saturday's win over West Ham. He clutched his hamstring after a shot at goal in the 55th minute and immediately asked to come off. Although manager Brendan Rodgers initially played down [.

Arsenal weigh up move for Everton’s Seamus Coleman

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Arsenal are set to move for Everton right-back Seamus Coleman if Bacary Sagna does not agree a new deal at the club. Manager Arsene Wenger would prefer Sagna to stay, but he is out of contract at the end of the season and reports suggest that he wants to move to secure a bumper salary [...]

Arsenal and Liverpool chase Hamburg youngster Hakan Calhanoglu

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Arsenal and Liverpool are battling for the signing of Turkish youngster Hakan Calhanoglu. Both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers have sent scouts to Germany this weekend to watch the Hamburg starlet in action, according to the Sunday People. The 19-year-old has established himself as a regular starter for the Bundesliga side and has already won [.

Video: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce hits out at ‘nasty’ Liverpool youngster Jon Flanagan

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has slammed Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan for a "nasty challenge" on former team-mate Stewart Downing. The Hammers boss claimed his winger has been hosptialised by Flanagan. He said: "Stewart Downing in hospital, having his achilles and his calf stitched up off a nasty challenge from Flanagan.

David Moyes says rumours Robin Van Persie has asked to leave Man Utd are ‘absolute nonsense’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has rubbished suggestions that striker Robin Van Persie has handed in a transfer request. The rumour spread yesterday after being broadcast by pundit Mark Lawrenson during an appearance on an Irish radio station. The former Liverpool defender said friends in the print media had told him Van Persie had asked [.

Tottenham boss AVB calls for victory over Liverpool

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Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas has called on his side to follow yesterday's 1-2 win at Sunderland with victory over Liverpool next Sunday. He believes a win over the Reds at White Hart Lane next weekend will put his side's season back on track after recent blips. The Portuguese manager said: "Now we have Liverpool [.

Brendan Rodgers praises improvements in Liverpool’s goalscoring on his watch

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has lauded the improvement in Liverpool's goalscoring credentials during his time in charge. The Reds boss says scoring goals was a "big issue" when he came to Anfield. But after yesterday's 4-1 win at home to West Ham became the latest in a trend of high-scoring victories for Rodgers' side, he [.

“I’m not stupid,” says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho after subbing Andre Schurrle

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declared that he is not stupid after journalists asked why he had substituted Andre Schurrle during yesterday's 3-2 defeat at Stoke. The Blues lost 3-2 after Oussama Assaidi's late strike won the game for the Potters. But members of the media were curious as to why Schurrle, scorer of both Chelsea [.

Chelsea boss Mourinho: ‘We’re not doing bad in relation to Man City, Man Utd, Tottenham and Liverpool’

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says is content with their league position despite yesterday's 3-2 defeat at Stoke. Although he is wary that Arsenal are building a considerable lead at the top of the table which could be extended to seven points with victory over Everton today he thinks his team are performing [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 7-8 December

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1. It was a great weekend for Liverpool. Every other team in the top five dropped points, but the Reds secured a comfortable win over West Ham. 2. David Moyes will not be getting a street named after him if he doesn't sort Manchester United out very soon. 3. The Theatre of Dreams is really [...]

Liverpool and Everton scout Dundee United trio

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Scouts from Everton and Liverpool were both at Dundee United's 4-1 win over Hearts at the weekend to watch three young players in action. Toffess head scout Kevin Reeves was at the game, as was Liverpool's chief scout Alan Harper. Typical you travel hundreds of miles and bump into your neighbours. The pair were [.

Everton’s on-loan Man City star Gareth Barry says he nearly joined Arsenal

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18 HOURS TO GO: Can Gareth Barry add a Merseyside triumph to his Birmingham and Manchester derby wins? #EFCLFC pic.twitter.com/NHuWA7kSvO Everton (@Everton) November 22, 2013 Gareth Barry says he nearly joined Arsenal rather than Everton in the summer. The Manchester City midfielder claims the Gunners had been in touch to discuss a possible deal, [.

GIF It: Liverpool loanee Oussama Assaidi scores a late winner for Stoke against Chelsea

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Stoke pulled off a shock win against Chelsea courtesy of this stunning late goal from Oussama Assaidi. The Moroccan winger, on loan at the Britannia Stadium, secured victory for Mark Hughes' side this afternoon. The 25-year-old cut in to fire a right-footed shot past Petr Cech and into the top corner.

Photo: David Moyes ruins a young Man Utd fan’s weekend

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We can't decide if this young Manchester United fan was genuinely shellshocked by this afternoon's defeat to Newcastle or if he just knew he'd get on TV if he waited around for long enough. Either way, he wasn't up for leaving his seat after the final whistle. He just stayed put with his bottom lip [.

Arsenal’s German contingent making it way too easy for Emmanuel Frimpong

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The @Arsenal squad trained today ahead of charity matchday v Everton. View our picture special http://t.co/CG3XeOmOss pic.twitter.com/2IRwUVciw5 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 7, 2013 It appears that Arsenal's Germany internationals are not taking Emmanuel Frimpong's threats of violence seriously. After Ghana were drawn in the same World Cup group as Germany, Frimpong claimed he would [.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero is better than Liverpool’s Luis Suarez

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Manuel Pellegrini talks to the media ahead of tomorrow's game at Southampton. Updates to follow... pic.twitter.com/ZHVZuDKOg6 Manchester City FC (@MCFC) December 6, 2013 Sergio Aguero is a better player than Luis Suarez, according to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. The Chilean believes City's Argentinian star's all-round play gives him the edge over [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho backs John Terry to play until he’s 40

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John Terry could continue to play for Chelsea until he's 40, according to manager Jose Mourinho. The Blues skipper turns 33 today, but Mourinho thinks the club could get a few more years' service from him yet. He has backed his captain's experience and lack of international football to allow him to continue to thrive [.

Man Utd are still contenders, says Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Manchester United will not panic and are not out of the title race, despite the fact that they are currently ninth in the league and 12 points behind leaders Arsenal. The Blues boss acknowledges that he would write off the title hopes of any other team in a similar position, [.

Arsenal becoming more ambitious with each win, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger says his Arsenal side's current run of form has boosted their confidence and is making them more ambitious. But the Frenchman is keen to ensure that the increasing confidence level around his squad doesn't manifest itself as complacency. He said: "We have just put a few results together, but that should make us [.

Barcelona aim to beat Man Utd, Chelsea and Tottenham to Inter’s Fredy Guarin

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Barcelona are hoping to win the race for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin. The in-form Colombia international is also a target for Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham, but the Catalan giants are keen to ensure he signs for them. Reports in Spain claim Barca boss Gerardo Martino has specifically asked president Sandro Rosell to sign [.

Wilfried Zaha again denies rumours he slept with David Moyes’ daughter

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Twitter: Wilfried Zaha I've never dated or even met David moye's Daughter so that isn't the reason for my absence in games ... Twitter: Wilfried Zaha I would like to stop all these false accusations .. I will play for Manchester United when my manager feels I'm ready ... Manchester United youngster Wilfried [.

Photo: Marouane Fellaini too busy texting to watch Man Utd’s defeat to Newcastle

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Manchester United's big summer signing Marouane Fellaini wasn't even in the squad for today's defeat to Newcastle. The former Everton man watched from the directors' box, and we use the term 'watched' very loosely. Fellaini seemed to be more interested in texting than seeing what was happening on the pitch.

Mark Lawrenson claims Man Utd star Robin Van Persie has handed in a transfer request

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Pundit Mark Lawrenson claims Robin Van Persie has handed in a transfer request. The former Liverpool defender says the Manchester United star has asked to leave Old Trafford. Speaking to an Irish radio station, Lawro said he had heard from a friend working in the print media that Van Persie had submitted a transfer request.

Top 10 conclusions: World Cup 2014 draw

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1. We're going to see a very sweaty, very red Wayne Rooney England's worst climate fears have been realised: England v Italy will be played in Manaus in the Amazon rainforest in ridiculous levels of humidity. We might see a more slender Wayne Rooney than ever before. 2. There'll be no brollies in the rainforest [.

Emmanuel Frimpong threatens to injure Arsenal team-mates before World Cup

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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong threatend to injury team-mates Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski in training after Ghana were drawn in the same World Cup group as Germany. In a Twitter post that was hastily deleted, the Ghana international suggested he would do his compatriots a favour on the Arsenal training ground.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere bullish over England’s World Cup draw

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Tough group...but so what? If we want to win it we will have to play the best teams anyway!! Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) December 6, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has reacted to England's tricky World Cup draw and he is pretty bullish about it. Roy Hodgson's side will face Italy, Uruguay and Costa [.

Video: Greg Dyke indicates what he thinks of England’s World Cup hopes

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez: ‘Arsenal deserve respect’

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Table-topping Arsenal deserve respect, according to Everton manager Roberto Martinez. The Gunners have opened up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and Toffees boss Martinez says they have been the "outstanding team" so far this campaign. He said: "I think Arsenal deserve a lot of respect.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini says David Silva could be back on Monday

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Manchester City star David Silva could return from injury on Monday, according to Manuel Pellegrini. The Spain international picked up a calf injury during the Champions League game against CSKA Moscow at the start of November. He was expected to be out for four weeks, so he appears to be on course to reach that [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes confirms he would like to strengthen in January

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Here are the key points from David Moyes' pre-match press conference... #mufc pic.twitter.com/WV4Rd8hMWh Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 6, 2013 Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that he wants to strengthen his squad in January. Moyes said that is the target ahead of every transfer window and he will try to add players in [.

Rio Ferdinand criticises David Moyes’ policy for naming Man Utd teams

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says David Moyes' approach to picking the Manchester United team is turning him "into a madman". He told BT Sport: "This manager's a bit different in that he doesn't name the team beforehand. You don't really get to know the team. The old manager used to give you a kind [.

Swansea, Liverpool and Man City scout Tenerife’s Ayoze Perez

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Tenerife hotshot Ayoze Perez is reported to be a transfer target for Swansea, Liverpool and Manchester City. The 20-year-old has seven goals in 15 Segunda Division games so far this season. That return has alerted scouts across Europe. Representatives from the Swans, Reds and City have all been in Tenerife to watch Perez in action.

Real Madrid monitoring Glen Johnson’s Liverpool contract situation

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Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on Glen Johnson's contract negotiations with Liverpool, the Daily Mail reports. The Spanish giants have been linked with the England international for more than 18 months and could be about to pounce. The 29-year-old's £100,000-a-week deal expires in 2015. As the Reds have demonstrated with their handling over [.

Man City closing in on Lech Poznan’s Milosz Kozak

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Manchester City are believed to be on the verge of tying up a deal to sign Polish youngster Milosz Kozak. The 16-year-old, currently with Lech Poznan, is widely expected to move to the Etihad Stadium in the near future. City are clearly quite confident that they have won the race for Kozak since their scouts [.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany could miss Southampton game

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Manchester City could be without captain Vincent Kompany for tomorrow's game against Southampton as Manuel Pellegrini ponders whether to risk playing him for a second time in four days. The Belgian defender returned from his injury layoff for Wednesday evening's match at West Brom. While his comeback saw City secure their first away win of [.

Photo: Sandro drives the Tottenham team bus

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Spurs fans would have been annoyed if they thought Andre Villas Boas had issued instructions to park the bus ahead of their game against Fulham on Wednesday. But it looks like at least one member of the squad was ordered to do that. Brazilian midfielder Sandro has posted this photo of him in the driver's [.

Mikel Arteta tips Nicklas Bendtner to bolster Arsenal’s title bid

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Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta has tipped Nicklas Bendtner to play his part in the club's title challenge after his goal against Hull on Wednesday evening. The former Gunners outcast could be a vital player over the busy Christmas period, claims Arteta. And he says Bendtner has earned his returns to the teamsheet and the scoresheet.

Paramedics race to Man Utd star Shinji Kagawa

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Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa was caught up in a medical emergency just hours after playing in his side's defeat to Everton on Wednesday evening. Paramedics raced to the Japanese star's home in the early hours of Thursday morning after he complained of breathing problems. The Sun reports that the emergency services dashed to the [.

Liverpool keep tabs on Fenerbahce left-back Caner Erkin

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Fenerbahce's Caner Erkin is the latest left-back to be linked with a move to Liverpool. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has publicly pondered adding another left-back to his squad in January, with first-choice Jose Enrique out until at least February following knee surgery. Reports in Turkey suggest that Erkin is one of his top targets.

Ryan Giggs says Man Utd are still in title contention

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Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has denied that the champions are out of the title race, saying the gap opened up by table-topping Arsenal is "bridgeable". United currently find themselves in ninth place and 12 points behind the Gunners. But their 40-year-old player-coach believes they can still fight back to put themselves in with a [.

Arsenal and Man Utd on alert as Borussia Dortmund hint at Ilkay Gundogan exit

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Arsenal and Manchester United are both monitoring the situation of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan after the German side admitted they are unsure whether he will commit his future to them. Dortmund are desperate to keep hold of him given that they know Robert Lewandowski will leave on a free transfer in the summer.

Tottenham watch Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon

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Spurs are keeping tabs on Chelsea attacker Lucas Piazon during his loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem. The Brazilian youngster has been in sensational form during his time in Holland so far, scoring seven goals and creating a further five in his 13 appearances. Despite his strong performances, the 19-year-old is likely to struggle to break [.

SFA performance director tells Dundee Utd wonderkid Ryan Gauld to reject Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and Real Madrid

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Dundee United's 'mini Messi' Ryan Gauld has been advised to reject the advances of Europe's top clubs to stay at Tannadice by SFA performance director Mark Wotte. Wotte believes Gauld's talent could be swallowed up by an academy in England or Spain and has urged the youngster to continue his development with his current club [.

Porto ready to offer Anderson a Man Utd exit route

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Manchester United flop Anderson could be set to end his time at the club with a return to former side Porto. Sir Alex Ferguson paid £24m to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford from the Portuguese giants in 2007. He is set to return for a far less substantial fee. The 25-year-old could join Porto [.

Man Utd in talks with Liverpool target Everton Ribeiro

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Manchester United are in talks with Cruzeiro star Everton Ribeiro, according to his agent. Ribeiro has recently talked up a potential "dream" move to Old Trafford and United were reported to be interested, but rivals Liverpool are also keen to sign the midfielder. That's not the case according to agent Robson Ferreira, who says he [.

Allardyce: West Ham must stop Liverpool’s service to Luis Suarez

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PIC: Big Sam talks to the print media ahead of Saturday's #BPL trip to @LFC #COYI http://t.co/QxcwoZE2iS West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) December 6, 2013 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says stopping Liverpool getting decent service to Luis Suarez will be key to his side's hope of success at Anfield tomorrow.

Liverpool’s Tiago Ilori set for Sporting Lisbon return

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Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori could return to former club Sporting Lisbon in January. Sporting have confirmed they are looking into the possibility of bringing Ilori back on loan. The Portuguese youngster has failed to make an impression on the Reds' first-team but manager Brendan Rodgers says he was never supposed to.

Video: Man City youngster John Guidetti sings Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You

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John Guidetti must be starting to think Manchester City really hate him. Not only has been given little or no chance of established himself in the first-team, he's now been tasked with young All I Want For Christmas Is You. In fairness, the Swedish striker gives it his all, adopting a Bee Gees-esque falsetto for [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wary of West Ham’s Stewart Downing

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Stewart Downing rarely posed a threat for Liverpool during his time there, but manager Brendan Rodgers fears he could be a threat against them when he lines up for West Ham this weekend. The ex-Reds winger will face his old club for the first time since his £5m switch to Upton Park in the summer. [.

Arsenal, Man City and Chelsea target Paul Pogba set to sign Juventus contract

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The host of clubs hoping to coax former Manchester United youngster Paul Pogba back to the Premier League look set to miss out on their man. Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been linked with the midfielder, but he is reportedly on the verge of signing a contract extension at Juventus. The France international [.

Liverpool linked with Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka

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Liverpool are reportedly planning a January move for Switzerland international Granit Xhaka. The 21-year-old Borussia Monchengladbach is seen as the long-term replacement for skipper Steven Gerrard, according to Metro. Gerrard signed a new deal in the summer, but will be 34 when next season gets underway.

Arsenal fan puts toothpaste in his mum’s eyebrows after losing Nicklas Bendtner bet

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AS PROMISED, FUCK YOU BENDTNER pic.twitter.com/4a1PtS1PCD MITCH (@MitchGordon1997) December 4, 2013 An Arsenal supporter put toothpaste in the eyebrows of his sleeping mother after Nicklas Bendtner scored. Mitch Gordon, from Leicester, followed through with his forfeit after telling his Twitter followers: "If Bendtner scores tonight I will toothpaste my Mums eyebrows whilst she's asleep.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew want to capitalise on Everton’s win at Man Utd

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping the pressure on Manchester United's players following their defeat to Everton will work in his favour on Saturday. The Magpies boss takes his team to Old Trafford on Saturday with the aim of overcoming the Toon's poor record at United and inflicting a second successive home defeat on the [.

Nicklas Bendtner on the ‘fantastic feeling’ of scoring for Arsenal

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It's quite possible that Nicklas Bendtner had forgotten how it feels to score for Arsenal. But after finding the net against Hull last night, he certainly knows now. It appears the Danish forward was reliving the moment this afternoon. He snapped a photo of his TV screen and posted it to his Instagram account.

Arsenal involved in bizarre unsliced bread legal case

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Arsenal are suing a corporate box holder for £375,000 in a dispute over unsliced bread. The Gunners are seeking the money in a High Court writ against Captstone Sports Management. The dispute stems from claims that Capstone stopped paying for their executive box in April after Arsenal refused to slice a loaf of bread for [.

Man Utd and Liverpool target Koke won’t leave Atletico Madrid in January or next summer

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke won't be leaving the club in January or next summer, according to his agent. The in-demand youngster is considered to be new Xavi and is wanted by the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona. Some media reports claimed United were closing in on a £16m deal to sign the 21-year-old [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Sunderland’s Gus Poyet both praise Eden Hazard

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Both managers were happy to sing Eden Hazard's praises after Chelsea's 3-4 win at Sunderland last night. The Belgium winger weighed in with two goals and an assist in the match, and was in outstanding form throughout the game. Blues boss Jose Mourinho said: "He was fantastic from the first minute getting the ball attacking [.

Liverpool close to signing Arsenal and Man Utd target Valmir Berisha

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Liverpool are reportedly nearing the completion of a deal to sign Swedish youngster Valmir Berisha. The 17-year-old dubbed the new Zlatan Ibrahimovic in some quarters has previously rejected trials at Arsenal and Manchester United, but has been wooed by Brendan Rodgers' promises of a fast-track into the Liverpool first-team.

Arsenal keeper considering Bundesliga move

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Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is considering a January switch to German side Schalke. The Poland international has seen compatriot Wojciech Szczesny establish himself as the Gunners' number one over the past couple of seasons, and Arsene Wenger also signed Palermo's Emiliano Viviano on loan in the summer.

Tottenham targeting top four after Fulham win

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas believes his side can set their sights on Champions League qualification after last night's victory at Fulham. Spurs came from a goal down to win 1-2 at Craven Cottage, and Villas Boas believes that will spur his side on. He said: "Happy because it was important for us to get [.

David Moyes says Man Utd can still win the title after Everton defeat

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Manchester United manager David Moyes believes his side are still in contention for the title this season despite losing to his former club Everton last night. The champions are ninth in the Premier League, and sit 12 points behind leaders Arsenal. But Moyes insists they can still mount a comeback. Asked if United can [.

Arsenal ‘chasing Standard Liege’s Michy Batshuayi’

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Arsenal are pursuing Standard Liege youngster Michy Batshuayi, according to the Belgian side's president. The Het Laatste Nieuws newspaper quotes Standard president Roland Duchatelet as saying the Gunners are interested in signing the 20-year-old striker. But he claims the highly-rated attacker is not for sale.

Arsenal and Man City linked with former Chelsea midfielder Lassana Diarra

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Arsenal and Manchester City are both considering moves for midfielder Lassana Diarra. The 28-year-old previously played for both the Gunners and Chelsea, but failed to make an impression at either club. He moved to Portsmouth, where his form earned him a move to Real Madrid. He was a big-money signing for Anzhi Mackachkala in 2012 [.

Atletico Madrid target Chelsea’s Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne

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Spanish side Atletico Madrid are planning an audacious double swoop on Chelsea to sign Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne, according to reports in the Daily Star. Diego Simeone's side are currently flying high in La Liga and want to strengthen in January amid fears that midfielder Koke will leave for Manchester United or Barcelona.

Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep prefers Arsenal move over Chelsea, Man Utd and Tottenham

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French youngster Paul-Georges Ntep has revealed he would like to move to Arsenal. The 21-year-old is being tracked by a host of Premier League clubs, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Arsenal all reportedly scouting the Auxerre striker in his recent game against Metz.

Video: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard jokes about passing, laughs hysterically

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard was having a good old laugh after his outstanding performance at Sunderland last night. The Belgium winger said it was his aim to "make passes for these guys," gesturing in the direction of Frank Lampard who had benefited from a Hazard assist to score Chelsea's opener. At that point he bursts [.

Luis Suarez will stay at Liverpool ‘until the end of the season’

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has said he is happy to stay at Anfield until the end of the season. The Uruguay international tried to force through a move away from the club over the summer, but has since been in excellent form for the Reds, including his four-goal haul against Norwich last night. Judging [.

GIF It: Mesut Ozil scores for Arsenal vs Hull

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Bit of a role reversal at Arsenal this evening: goalscoring extraordinaire Aaron Ramsey set this one up for assist maestro Mesut Ozil. The Gunners' record signing has put them 2-0 up against Hull.

Video: Ashkan Dejagah gives Fulham the lead against Tottenham

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Is Rene Meulensteen in line for a dream start to his tenure as Fulham manager? Ashkan Dejagah has put the Cottagers 1-0 up against Tottenham this evening.

GIF It: Bryan Oviedo scores for Everton at Man Utd

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Leighton who? Bryan Oviedo is on two goal in two games... and it looks like this one is going to be the winner against Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Costa Rican has struck four minutes from time to give Everton a late lead against former manager David Moyes. Voted most likely to grow up [...

Liverpool and Man Utd scout Wigan keeper Lee Nicholls

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A league debut for Latics today for Lee Nicholls who kept a clean sheet! #wafc pic.twitter.com/AcQgZmtMa2 Wigan Athletic (@LaticsOfficial) October 27, 2013 Wigan goalkeeper Lee Nicholls has been watched by both Liverpool and Manchester United in recent days, according to the Daily Mail. The reports suggest that Liverpool coach John Achterberg was sent to [.

GIF It: Nicklas Bendtner gives Arsenal the lead against Hull

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A Nicklas Bendtner goal? The night after a Marouane Chamakh goal? See you later, folks, we're heading down to the bunker in the hope of sheltering from the apocalypse. Everybody's favourite late night workout fanatic put Arsenal into an early lead in their game against Hull this evening.

GIF It: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez’s 20-minute hat-trick vs Norwich

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There's only one thing Luis Suarez hates more than FA disciplinary panels, and that's Norwich City. He always scores against them and he usually scores a hat-trick against them. Tonight he's bagged a 20-minute first-half hat-trick against the Canaries.

Barcelona scouting Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey

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Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey is being tracked by Barcelona. The Daily Mail reports that the Catalan giants have sent scouts to watch the in-form midfielder in action in his last four games for the Gunners and two Wales internationals. Arsene Wenger has been making it clear in recent days that he values Ramsey at well [.

Cardiff hope to beat Man Utd and Chelsea to sign Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno

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Cardiff are lining up a shock bid for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno. The 21-year-old has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea in recent weeks. Both sides were linked with deals that would activate the £25m release clause in Moreno's recently extended contract. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay is reportedly banking on the paper [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson stopped by police on his way to face Hull

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Just stopped Carl Jenkinson of @Arsenal . What a nice guy and fully insured! Good luck at tonight's game #Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/EcaurDaony Sgt Richard Berns (@MPSBrownswood) December 4, 2013 Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson's trip to his side's game against Hull was interrupted when he was pulled over by police.

Rumour: Everton left-back Leighton Baines could face Man Utd tonight

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Rumours about Leighton Baines possibly back for #EFC at #MUFC tonight. He's definitely here. Chatting on pitch with Martinez Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) December 4, 2013 Leighton Baines could make a surprise return from injury to face the club that tried to sign him in the summer, according to rumours swirling around Goodison Park.

Besiktas set for £2m move for Liverpool’s Samed Yesil

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Liverpool youngster Samed Yesil is a £2m January transfer target for Turkish side Besiktas. The 19-year-old joined the Reds from Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, but injuries have slowed his progress during his time on Merseyside. Although Brendan Rodgers is said to rate the young striker, the Germany youth international could quit in order to make [.

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina talks up Barcelona move

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has confirmed he would love to join Barcelona next summer. The Catalan giants are eyeing replacements for long-term number one Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season. Reina, currently on loan at Italian side Napoli, has made it clear he is [.

Liverpool linked with Burnley’s Danny Ings

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England Under-21 striker Danny Ings is a January transfer target for Liverpool. Although Reds boss Brendan Rodgers yesterday played down his transfer window ambitions, the Daily Mirror reports that he will move for the Burnley youngster. Rodgers wants to add another striker to his squad with Daniel Sturridge out for around six weeks with an [.

Man Utd set to swap Nani and Antonio Valencia for Chelsea target Wesley Sneijder

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Manchester United are set to do business with old adversary Roberto Mancini in the hope of landing Wesley Sneijder. The Daily Express cites reports in the Turkish media that claim United will offer wingers Nani and Antonio Valencia to Galatasaray, where Mancini is now in charge, to boost their chances of signing the 29-year-old Dutchman.

Porto prepare pay rise for Chelsea, Man Utd and Man City target Eliaquim Mangala

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Porto are ready to offer defender Eliaquim Mangala an improved contract in an effort to ward off interest from his Premier League suitors. The 22-year-old has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, as well as Catalan giants Barcelona. The Portuguese side are already protected by a £40m release clause in their French [.

Man Utd coach Phil Neville tempted to sleep at the club’s training ground

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Phil Neville says he loves his Manchester United coaching role so much that he is sometimes tempted to sleep at the club's training ground. The former England international is so enthralled by his position on David Moyes' backroom team that staying at Carrington occasionally feels more enticing than going home.

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard, Spurs’ Jermain Defoe, Man Utd’s Phil Jones and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard get to grips with the Brazuca World Cup ball

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England players have been familiarising themselves with the Adidas Brazuca, which is the matchball for next summer's World Cup. Skipper Steven Gerrard, Jermain Defoe, Frank Lampard, Leighton Baines, Phil Jones and Gary Cahill were among those to get their hands on the ball.

Barcelona deny £50m bid for Man City’s Sergio Aguero

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Barcelona have dismissed reports that they are preparing a £50m bid for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. Speculation in the Spanish media claimed that the Catalan giants were ready to swoop for the Argentina international, but club officials have denied they are interested in signing him. Vice-president Josep Bartomeu said: "No we have had no [.

Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal, Man Utd players and one ex-Spurs star make UEFA team of the year shortlist

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Eight Premier League players and one recently departed homegrown star have been shortlisted for UEFA's team of the year. There are no English players on the shortlist, which makes Real Madrid's Gareth Bale the only British representative. He was a Tottenham player for most of the period in question and you might just have guessed [.

Liverpool take Almeria youngster Joaquin Fernandez on trial

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Spanish youngster Joaquin Fernandez has joined Liverpool on trial, according to the Daily Mail. The 17-year-old midfielder currently plays for Almeria. He has reportedly joined the Reds for 10 days while the club's academy staff assess him. Liverpool scouts have already picked him out as a player capable of making the grade at Anfield.

Fabrice Muamba says Bolton board is a “bunch of idiots”

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"@MatthewIcke: @fmuamba need u back son!!"I love the fans but people in the board room bunch of idiots fabrice muamba (@fmuamba) December 3, 2013 Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba says the club's board is a "bunch of idiots". Muamba played for the Trotters before his on-pitch cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie at [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes says Everton don’t need a manager

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David Moyes reckons he had Everton so well drilled that they didn't need a manager but he acknowledges that successor Roberto Martinez has made a good job of it so far. The Manchester United manager says the levels of organisation in his former squad were such that they could do their jobs without input [.

GIF It: Ravel Morrison gets away with a shove to the face (Crystal Palace 0-1 West Ham)

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West Ham youngster Ravel Morrison was lucky to avoid a red card after the final whistle in this evening's defeat at Crystal Palace. The former Manchester United trainee was shown a yellow card, although it wasn't clear whether the officials had spotted him raising his hands or whether he was cautioned for dissent.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praises ‘fearless’ Hull

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says tomorrow's opponent Hull have "no fear". The Gunners boss also praised Steve Bruce's side for their tough tackling and pacy attacks. Asked about the Tigers' strengths in his pre-match press conference, Wenger said: "No fear. They are very strong in the challenge. "They are very dynamic going forward.

West Brom’s Youssouf Mulumbu escapes fine over Arsenal comments

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West Brom manager Steve Clarke says he does not intend to fine Youssouf Mulumbu despite the midfielder making comments that suggested he was considering a move to Arsenal in January. The Congo international indicated that he had previously been approached by the Gunners and that he could leave the Hawthorns when the transfer window opens.

GIF It: Arsenal flop Marouane Chamkh scores for Crystal Palace vs West Ham

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Video: Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby goes busking after finding a guitar

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Post by Lewis Holtby. Lewis Holtby decided to bring the plot of a dodgy movie to life yesterday. The Spurs midfielder revealed he was not in the best of moods perhaps as he still struggles to hold down a regular spot in Andre Villas Boas' starting lineup when he happened upon a guitar [...]

Ed Woodward thinks Man Utd fans will warm to Glazers in hindsight

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward believes the club's supporters might decide that they misjudged the Glazer family at some stage in the future. United's owners remain unpopular figures among fans. Although the breakaway of FC United and the lack of impact of the green and gold scarf protest has taken some of the sting [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes refuses to say if he would celebrate goals against Everton

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Manchester United manager David Moyes would not be drawn on whether he would celebrate any goals his team score against former club Everton. The two sides meet tomorrow evening for the first time since Moyes left Goodison Park for Old Trafford in the summer. Speaking at his press conference ahead of the game, he said: [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Man Utd are still in the title race

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Arsene Wenger has rejected suggestions that Manchester United are already out of the title race. With the champions lagging behind after a sluggish start to the season, the bookmakers believe Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester City will win the league. But Wenger is refusing to rule out a United comeback.

Video: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino expects ‘physical’ test against Aston Villa

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Southampton are expecting a tough, physical game when they face Aston Villa tomorrow, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Saints are aiming to bounce back from defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea against Paul Lambert's side. Pochettino said: "It will be a very physical game. Aston Villa are a very physical side who are very strong.

Heurelho Gomes expects to leave Spurs for Brazil in January

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Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes thinks there is a good chance of him moving to a Brazilian club in the January transfer window. The former number one is now third-choice behind Hugo Lloris and Brad Friedel. He has now revealed to the Brazilian media that he expects to return to his homeland next month and [.

Video: Andros Townsend interviews Spurs team-mates Kyle Walker and Nacer Chadli

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Photos: Chelsea train ahead of Sunderland trip

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Chelsea have been training today ahead of tomorrow's clash at Sunderland. Ashley Cole, who has been promised a return to the Blues' starting line-up in one of their next two fixtures, was in action. And fresh from his goal against Southampton at the weekend, Demba Ba will be please to note Jose Mourinho was paying [.

Arsenal agree deal to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata

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Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata will join Arsenal in January on a six-month loan deal. The 21-year-old is keen to secure first-team football as he pushes for a place in Spain's World Cup squad. He had been linked with moves to teams including Tottenham over the summer, but Real kept hold of him in the [.

Spurs linked with £30m bid for ex-Man Utd youngster Giuseppe Rossi

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Tottenham are reportedly planning to bolster their struggling attack with a move for Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi. The former Manchester United youngster would cost the north Londoners around £30m, but chairman Daniel Levy would consider that a small price to pay if the prolific Italy international could fire them towards Champions League qualification.

Arsenal ‘have £6.5m Alexandre Pato bid rejected’

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Corinthians have rejected a £6.5m bid from Arsenal for Alexandre Pato, according to reports in Brazil. Sports daily Lance! claim that the Gunners lodged an offer for the Brazil international, who is also wanted by Tottenham. The Brazil international, touted as one of the world's top talents when he arrived in Italy in 2007, has [.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino uncertain on Artur Boruc layoff

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MP: "It's difficult to analyse how many weeks Artur will be out for. We have a few players who won't be fit tomorrow." #saintsfc Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 3, 2013 Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is still unsure how long his side will have to cope without first-choice keeper Artur Boruc.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praises Thomas Vermaelen’s dignity

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Here's the boss in the press conference. How many microphones?? #AFCvHCFC pic.twitter.com/b5GlYWsVWy Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 3, 2013 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised club captain Thomas Vermaelen for the way he has handled being left out of the team. The Belgium international has barely had a sniff of first-team action this season given [.

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski set to resume full training on Thursday

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski is due to return from his long-term injury layoff this week, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed. The Germany international has been sidelined since August with a hamstring injury, but Wenger expects him to resume full training on Thursday. Speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow's game against Hull, the Gunners [.

Roberto Soldado wants more Tottenham goals

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Our 100% @EuropaLeague record was maintained last night in Norway http://t.co/zrdXSOiwal #THFC pic.twitter.com/EeJvTLqTg4 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 29, 2013 Under-fire Spurs striker Roberto Soldado has admitted he is unhappy with his goal return since joining the club. The Spain international has struggled for form and goals since his £26m move from Valencia in the [.

Video: Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta teaches you how to pronounce his name

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Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta has had enough of you butchering his surname, you uncultured bunch of so-and-sos. The Spain international has been forced to produce a YouTube video guide to pronouncing his name. And the verdict is: ATH PILLY KWETA

Video: Man Utd legend Paul Scholes scores from a corner

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Chaddy Park Legends new boy Paul Scholes looks like he could be one to watch. As if they are rationing out Scholes magic now that it's not so readily available, Chadderton Park FC have followed up yesterday's long-range lob by releasing footage of him scoring directly from a corner in the same game against Chaddy [.

Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho agree it’s too early for title talk

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Here's the boss in the press conference. How many microphones?? #AFCvHCFC pic.twitter.com/b5GlYWsVWy Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 3, 2013 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho have both dismissed talk of title challenges and claim they are only concentrating on their forthcoming fixtures.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers plays down January spending plans

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Liverpool will not be spending big in the January transfer window, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The Reds boss said his focus is on getting the best from the players he signed in the summer and those who were already at the club. And he said that the club cannot afford to bring in new [...]

Photos: Spurs in training ahead of Fulham match

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In between drills, @Andros_Townsend spotted the camera in the distance... #THFC pic.twitter.com/tqSIzmzKuO Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) December 2, 2013 Tottenham followed up yesterday's 2-2 draw against Manchester United with a training session today in preparation for Wednesday's game against Fulham.

Video: Roberto Martinez plays down facing Everton predecessor David Moyes ahead of Man Utd clash

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has denied suggestions that going up against former Toffees boss David Moyes adds any extra spice to Wednesday's clash with Manchester United. Moyes comes up against his old team for the first time since moving to Old Trafford in the summer. But Martinez says the United boss' Everton connections do not [.

Video: Sandro unleashes a Fake Sandro on Spurs fans

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Tottenham joker Sandro had a laugh at the expense of the club's fans by sending out a lookalike to trick them. The Brazilian midfielder gave his tracksuit top and hat to his brother, who also happens to sport a beard, and sent him out of White Hart Lane before him following yesterday's 2-2 draw with [.

Photo: Keeper Emiliano Viviano makes a save for Arsenal U21

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Here's @EmilianoViviano in action during the first half of the U21 game. Just into 2nd half now. Top picture this. pic.twitter.com/JbSUlbnbWa Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) December 2, 2013 Wojciech Szczesny's excellent form this season had kept Arsenal summer loan signing Emiliano Viviano on the sidelines so far.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘Blame me for Hull defeat’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he and not his players should be blamed for yesterday's defeat at Hull. The Reds slipped to a 3-1 defeat against the Tigers, and Rodgers is in doubt as to where the blame lies. He said: "It was painful that was definitely the over-riding feeling. "We've been doing so [.

GIF It: Tottenham fan pinches Man Utd defender Patrice Evra’s bum

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra ended up in the White Hart Lane stands yesterday after hurtling past the byline. One cheeky Spurs fan took the opportunity to pinch the Frenchman's backside. It's safe to say Evra was not impressed by the inappropriate touching.

Liverpool want PSV Eindhoven youngster Dani Van Der Moot

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PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Dani Van Der Moot is a transfer target for Liverpool. The Daily Mail reports that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is a big fan of the 16-year-old. Although the young striker is too raw to be able to bolster Rodgers' attack during Daniel Sturridge's injury layoff, Liverpool are keen to bring the youngster [.

Video: Jermain Defoe scores in Tottenham training

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Jermain Defoe showed Spurs what they're missing out on by finding the net in training today. First-choice striker Roberto Soldado is still struggling to score and Defoe seems set to join MLS side Toronto in January. Defoe gave Andre Villas Boas a reminder of his undoubted finishing ability with a neat half-volley on the turn [.

Arsenal, Spurs, Man City and Man Utd all expected to scout Auxerre’s Paul-Georges Ntep

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Scouts from Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City are all due to scout Auxerre's Paul-Georges Ntep at Metz this evening, the Daily Mail reports The 21-year-old was tracked by Hull over the summer, but his form in Ligue 2 this season has attracted several more Premier League suitors.

Man City win race for 14-year-old Malaga wonderkid Brahim Abdelkader Diaz

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Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Malaga youth team starlet Brahim Abdelkader Diaz. Reports in the Spanish media suggest that the 14-year-old will finalise his switch to the Etihad this week. City's boss Manuel Pellegrini's Malaga connections appear to have paid dividends after the Moroccan-born youngster opted to join the City academy.

Man Utd plot bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus

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Manchester United are considering launching a £29.3m bid for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus in January. The Daily Mail reports that David Moyes want to activate his buy-out clause to bring him to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens. Dortmund are currently trying to persuade the 24-year-old to sign a new contract in the [.

Liverpool want to sign Everton Ribeiro

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Liverpool are reported to have joined Manchester United in the race for Brazilian midfielder Everton Ribeiro. While the thought of Everton chants ringing out from the Kop might not immediately appeal to Liverpool fans, it would be a significant coup if they can beat their old rivals to the signing of the Cruzeiro star.

West Ham’s Sam Allardyce criticises ‘immature’ Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas

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West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has accused Tottenham counterpart Andre Villas Boas of showing "immaturity" in his handling of the media. The Spurs boss suggested that some of the coverage following his side's 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City last week had been agenda-driven. But Allardyce had criticised the Portuguese's handling of the situation.

Video: Man Utd legend Paul Scholes scores long-range lob

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Recently retired Manchester United legend Paul Scholes showed he has definitely still got it by scoring this long-range lob in a seven-a-side game. Scholes turns out for Chadderton Park Legends in their Thursday night league, and he lit up their recent game against Chaddy Park Vets with this stunning effort from distance.

GIF It: Liverpool’s Kolo Toure beats the ground vs Hull

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Liverpool supporters can be less than impressed with the defeat to Hull yesterday, but they cannot accuse their players of not caring. Well, they cannot accuse Kolo Toure of not caring. The former Manchester City and Arsenal defender was seen beating the pitch in annoyance at the Reds' performance.

Bad news for Arsenal and Chelsea: West Brom’s Saido Berahino signs new contract

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Arsenal and Chelsea target Saido Berahino has signed a new contract at West Brom. The England Under-21 international's existing £850-a-week deal was due to expire at the end of the season. That prompted rumours that the likes of the Gunners and the Blues could swoop to snap-up the Burundi-born youngster on the cheap.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend 30 November – 1 December

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1. Liverpool fans were forced to remember that Luis Suarez couldn't always singlehandedly dig them out of a hole before he had Daniel Sturridge to help out. 2. Defeat at Upton Park proved to be a Hammer blow for Martin Jol's Fulham career. Defeat at Sam Allardyce's striker-less West Ham was clearly the final straw [.

GIF It: Spurs loanee Jake Livermore bullies Robbie Brady (Hull City 3-1 Liverpool)

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Amid his delight at scoring the opening goal against Liverpool yesterday, Jake Livermore was a bit cruel to Hull team-mate Robbie Brady. In fact, the on-loan Spurs midfielder's goal celebration seemed to consist of grabbing hold of Brady and throwing him to the ground.

Arsenal and Chelsea target Max Meyer signs new Schalke deal

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Arsenal and Chelsea's hopes of signing German wonderkid Max Meyer have been dealt a blow after he signed a new three-year deal at Schalke. The 18-year-old would was being touted for a move to the Premier League if his current side decided to cash-in on one of their top youngster. But they have instead convinced [.

West Brom’s Youssouf Mulumbu touts January move to Arsenal

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Arsenal are planning a January bid for West Brom midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu after he publicly declared his interest in joining them in the next transfer window. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to the Emirates for some time. Now he has claimed that Gunners have approached him about joining them in the past [.