Off the Post Archives for January 2013

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger defends Rafa Benitez’s record as Chelsea manager

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Arsene Wenger says Rafa Benitez was treated harshly during his time at Chelsea. The Arsenal boss goes head-to-head with the Spaniard tomorrow when the Gunners face his Napoli side in the Champions League. But Wenger looked back to Benitez's last job during his pre-match press conference. Asked if Benitez got a rough ride at Stamford [.

Video: Jose Mourinho storms out of Chelsea press conference over Kevin De Bruyne questions

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho brought his Champions League press conference ahead of the game against Steaua Bucharest to a premature end after taking offence to questions about Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian winger is training with the Blues' youth team after being dropped for the Steaua match. But Mourinho was clearly unhappy to be asked [.

Video: Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini meets his Galatasaray players

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Roberto Mancini has been appointed as the new coach of Turkish side Galatasaray this evening. And he's now met his new players for the first time.

Spurs outcast Emmanuel Adebayor reveals he’s back with the first-team

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Hey guys, today was my first day back training with the first team. Good to be back and feeling good! Have a great day everyone! Emmanuel Adebayor (@E_Adebayor) September 30, 2013 Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has confirmed that he training with the first-team squad today for the first time this season.

Arsenal star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain mocks Man Utd striker Danny Welbeck’s hair

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When your sat at the bottom your stairs for 20 mins tryna find the energy to make to climb to the sofa! #Fatigued pic.twitter.com/N7OSXEzadU Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) September 30, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has poked fun at England team-mate Danny Welbeck's hair after fans thought he had pinched the Welbeck look.

Arsene Wenger knew Arsenal’s players would recover from Aston Villa ‘accident’

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his side's defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season was just an "accident". He said he knew his players would bounceback from the disappointing result and the anger from supporters that followed (including the memorable outburst featured in the video above).

Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta says he nearly pursued a tennis career

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Arsenal star Mikel Arteta says he had to decide at the age of 15 whether to try to become a professional footballer or a tennis player. The Spaniard was good at both sports as a youngster, and had to decide which sport to pursue. He said: "I was a really good tennis player when I [...]

West Brom hope to offer Morgan Amalfitano a permanent deal after Man Utd heroics

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West Brom want to sign on-loan winger Morgan Amalfitano on a permanent deal after his stunning goal in the victory over Manchester United. The Frenchman has looked an excellent acquisition so far this season and Steve Clarke will now seek to extend his stay beyond the end of the season, according to reports in the [.

Robert Pires trains with Arsenal, Arsene Wenger denies he will sign him

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Campbell, Flamini and @piresrobert7 are reunited at the #Arsenal training ground. What do you think they are saying? pic.twitter.com/v9RxxU60kg Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 30, 2013 Arsenal favourite Robert Pires has been training with his old club but manager Arsene Wenger says he will not be signing the Frenchman.

West Brom’s Man Utd hero Saido Berahino earns just £850-a-week

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West Brom match-winner Saido Berahino earns less in a year than the Manchester United strikers he outshone earn in a week and a little bit more than they earn in a day. The 20-year-old striker is great value for money for his winning goal at Old Trafford at just £850-a-week. The likes of Robin [...]

Kevin De Bruyne axed by Chelsea and sent to train with the youth team

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dropped Kevin De Bruyne for this week's Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest and forced him to train with the club's under-21 squad. The Daily Mail reports that the Blues boss was less than impressed with the Belgian's efforts in the Capital One Cup tie against Swindon Town last week.

Sir Alex Ferguson pleaded with David Moyes to keep his Man Utd backroom staff

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David Moyes ignored Sir Alex Ferguson's pleas to keep his backroom staff when he took over as Manchester United manager. The former Everton boss brought in his own team, including Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, coach Jimmy Lumsden, goalkeeping coach Chris Woods and long-term assistant Steve Round. Now, The Sun reports that Fergie advised Moyes to [.

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

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1. You'd have got great odds betting on champions Manchester United being below two newly promoted sides in the table after six games. 2. Manchester has gone from being 50 per cent miserable last Monday to 100 per cent miserable this Monday. 3. Luis Suarez is back with a bang. Can we resist the 'more [.

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend apologises for diving against Chelsea

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Spurs' Andros Townsend has apologised for the dive that saw him booked during Saturday's clash with Chelsea. The winger, tipped by many to start in England's vital World Cup qualifiers next month, was shown a yellow card for taking a tumble as he sped past Blues midfielder Frank Lampard. The 22-year-old has now held his [.

Metro newspaper advertises Spurs vs Chelsea two days after it was played

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It seems the 'news' aspect of a newspaper need not extend to the advertising. Today's Metro featured an advert from BT Sport promoting the game between Tottenham and Chelsea which, as we all know, was played two days ago. The only question is was it a total balls-up or a stroke of marketing genius? Yes, [.

Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini set to be appointed by Galatasaray

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Başkan Ünal Aysal ve İcra Kurulu Başkanı Lutfi Arıboğan, Roberto Mancini ile bir araya geldi. Detaylar @GSTV'de... pic.twitter.com/3lRadSapzz Galatasaray SK (@GalatasaraySK) September 29, 2013 Roberto Mancini is set to be named as the new Galatasaray manager later today. The Italian, sacked by Manchester City towards the end of last season, has been in talks [.

Lucas Leiva backs Luis Suarez to fire Liverpool to silverware

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Luis Suarez will help Liverpool to compete for "good things" this season, according to team-mate Lucas Leiva. The Uruguayan scored two goals on his return to Premier League action against Sunderland yesterday, and Lucas thinks that having him back in the team will put the Reds in contention for trophies.

Tottenham weigh-up move for Swansea left-back Ben Davies

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Spurs are considering a bid for Swansea left-back Ben Davies, according to media reports. The 20-year-old Wales international has been consistently excellent since breaking into the Swans first-team during Neil Taylor's long-term injury layoff. Taylor was linked with moves to some of the Premier League big boys before picking up his injury, but Davies is [.

GIF It: Kolo Toure gives Emanuele Giaccherini an intimate massage (Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool)

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Liverpool defender Kolo Toure put in an incredible performance against Sunderland yesterday, while recent Sunderland signing Emanuele Giaccherini was on the scoresheet for his side. The pair congratulated each other on a job well done with some light petting at the side of the pitch.

Why Derby were right to sack Nigel Clough (even if it does hurt to say it)

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There was a pouring of outrage, shock, confusion and relief last night as news emerged that Nigel Clough had been sacked as Derby County manager. Judging by the majority of tweets and phone calls however along with the thoughts of people such as Robbie Savage anger and upset edge out happiness and excitement [.

Video: Arsene Wenger and Bacary Sagna arrive for their press conference

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and defender Bacary Sagna have arrived to speak to the media ahead of the Champions League clash with Napoli.

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud’s best years are ahead of him

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All smiles from the boss and @Sagnaofficial in the press conf. #AFCvNAP pic.twitter.com/4ky7v2Hz8F Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 30, 2013 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has singled out striker Olivier Giroud for praise ahead of the Champions League game against Napoli. The in-form Frenchman has established himself as one of the Gunners' key players in the [.

Photos: Chelsea players in action vs Spurs (including John Terry’s celebration)

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Some pics from Saturday's game coming up. Starting with JT celebrating his goal...#CFC pic.twitter.com/RJDuoTnh3N Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 30, 2013 Chelsea have released a series of photos from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Spurs. The images include John Terry celebrating his equaliser at White Hart Lane.

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway tells a journalist he’s dropped after Southampton defeat

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway sidestepped some searching questions after his side slipped to another Premier League defeat in comical fashion. The Eagles boss refused to be drawn on what he would say to his players after the 2-0 defeat to Southampton. Instead, he opted to turn the tables on the reporter posing the questions.

Newcastle linked with Spurs striker Jermain Defoe

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Out-of-favour Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe could be a January transfer target for Newcastle. The England international has found himself down the Spurs pecking order following the arrival of Roberto Soldado from Valencia. According to the Mail on Sunday, the 30-year-old is not prepared to bide his time on the bench during a World Cup season.

Man Utd assistant boss Steve Round lifts the lid on the reason for their poor start to the season

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The reasons for Manchester United's poor start to the season is starting to become clear. That's if this quote from David Moyes' assistant Steve Round is anything to go by. Round has been talking to the Manchester Evening News about his credentials for the Old Trafford Role. He said: "I have also worked with some [.

Arsenal prepare £20m January bid for Lars Bender

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Arsenal are plotting a second bid for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender. Arsene Wenger had an £18.5m offer turned down over the summer, but has not given up on landing his man. He will return with an improved £20m bid for the Germany international when the transfer window reopens, according to the Daily Star Sunday.

Chelsea skipper John Terry set for new contract

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Jose Mourinho has given the nod for John Terry to be offered a new deal at Chelsea. The Blues boss has been convinced that his skipper has still got what it takes to perform at the top level based on his performances so far this season. Terry, aged 33, was being linked with a move [...]

Video: Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois pretends he’s been kicked by Spurs old boy Gareth Bale

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Torres vs Vertonghen wasn't the only Chelsea vs Spurs handbags at the weekend. Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, on loan from Chelsea, was rolling around his penalty area pretending that former Tottenham star Gareth Bale had kicked him during yesterday's Madrid derby. Real Madrid's world record signing had actually done nothing of the sort, but [.

West Ham’s ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison tipped for England call-up

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Ravel Morrison's excellent start to the new season could be rewarded with a call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad. The West Ham midfielder could be the surprise call-up for next month's decisive World Cup qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro, according to the Daily Mail. The 20-year-old has only played five Premier League games for the [.

Man City consider £7m move for St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma

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French teenager Kurt Zouma is reported to be a £7m transfer target for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini The St Etienne centre-back has been earmarked as the young pretender who could help City avoid the defensive injury crises that seem to befall them quite regularly while also providing competition for Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastastic.

Arsenal and Liverpool linked with £12m Mario Balotelli signing

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Mario Balotelli could be set for a bargain basement move to Arsenal or Liverpool. The Daily Mail claims that the former Manchester City striker will be available for the 'knock down' price of £12m in the January transfer window. The Italian side are said to be running short on patience with Balotelli's regular bust-ups, while [.

Video: Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler apologises for calling Chelsea’s Fernando Torres and Spurs’ Jan Vertonghen ‘girls’

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Robbie Fowler has been forced to apologise on live TV after comparing Chelsea striker Fernando Torres and Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen to "a pair of girls". The Liverpool legend was working as a pundit on the BBC's Final Score programme. In his analysis of the on-going squabbles between the two players, Fowler said: "They were [.

Video: Chelsea youngster Thorgen Hazard scores two for Zulte Waregem

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Chelsea loanee Thorgen Hazard helped current side Zulte Waregem to a 4-2 win over Lokeren yesterday. Eden's younger brother bagged the opening two goals of the game after benefiting from a couple of goalkeeping errors.

GIF It: Luis Suarez grabs his second of the game (Sunderland vs Liverpool)

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Luis Suarez scored Liverpool's first second-half goal of the season and his second of the game to put the Reds 3-1 up at Sunderland. The Uruguayan marked his return to Premier League action with a brace at the Stadium of Light. And he survived a two-footed tackle from Steven Gerrard. See his first goal here.

GIF It: Emanuele Giaccherini pulls one back (Sunderland vs Liverpool)

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It's game on at the Stadium of Light after one of Paolo Di Canio's summer signings, Emanuele Giaccherini, pounced to pull a goal back from Sunderland against Liverpool.

GIF It: Luis Suarez scores his comeback goal (Sunderland vs Liverpool)

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Luis Suarez marked his return to Premier League action with a goal against Sunderland. The Liverpool striker slid in at the backpost for an easy tap-in to make it 2-0 to the Reds.

Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs, Man City and Chelsea fans join forces for #MoyesIn campaign

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Just hope Fergie doesn't come out of his retirement... #MoyesIn Carina Anders (@CarinaAnders) September 28, 2013 Following Manchester United's back-to-back Premier League defeats, it wasn't long before disgruntled United fans and various armchair pundits took to Twitter to call for the new manager to be given the chop.

Tottenham’s Erik Lamela still getting to grips with driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road

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Spurs' summer signing Erik Lamela has revealed that he is not yet accustomed to driving on the left as he gets used to living in a new country. Thankfully for Tottenham fans, it's apparently just the motoring laws that are stopping the Argentine star from feeling fully at home. He said: "Cars on the opposite [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes writes off Champions League hopes

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David Moyes on CL: "I think it has become a harder competition to win with the spending power of some of the big teams in other countries." Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 29, 2013 Manchester United manager David Moyes says there are not enough world-class players in his squad to be able to mount a [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticises Spurs ‘special guy’ Jan Vertonghen

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Jose Mourinho has branded Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen as the 'special guy' for his apparent ability to influence referees. The Chelsea boss was infuriated by the Belgian's role in Fernando Torres' red card, which came in the same week that he had managed to avoid conceding a penalty despite pulling down the shorts of Aston [.

Manchester City offer to triple Adnan Januzaj’s Manchester United wages

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Manchester City plan to offer Adnan Januzaj a big money deal to quit rivals Manchester United. Reports in the Metro suggest City plan to take advantage of the 18-year-old stalling over a new contract by offering him a £45,000-a-week deal to move across Manchester. That would triple his current United salary.

Man Utd keeper David De Gea: Too many tacos, too much sleep, not enough English

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David De Gea's first season in the Premier League was undermined by lifestyle issues and his reluctance to learn English, according to former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele. The Spaniard was heavily criticised by the media and fans during an underwhelming start to his career at Old Trafford.

Atletico Madrid target Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool face a battle to keep hold of playmaker Philippe Coutinho amid interest from Atletico Madrid. If they are still in Champions League contention come the January transfer window, the Spanish side will reportedly bid for the little Brazilian. Brendan Rodgers side's lack of European football means Coutinho would be eligible to play in the [.

Manchester United consider cut-price move for Barcelona’s former Spurs target Sergi Roberto

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Barcelona youngster Sergi Roberto is a target for Manchester United. The 21-year-old is available for a cut-price £6m in January, according to reports in the Metro. The midfielder has 18 months left on his Camp Nou deal, but his agent is already touting his client to various European clubs. The Spain Under-21 star has failed [.

Video: Arsenal fans perform embarrassing Macarena dance and throw inflatable sheep around at Swansea

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We guess that one or two of the Arsenal fans involved in this Macarena routine might be regretting taking part now that it's going to be seen by thousands of people on YouTube. Gunners supporters were singing an entertaining Per Mertesacker chant to the tune of the cheesy Spanish pop hit ahead of yesterday's win [.

GIF It: Daniel Sturridge handballs Liverpool into the lead against Sunderland

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Daniel Sturridge continued his run of goals with this dubious opener against Sunderland today. The Liverpool striker performed a move technically known as the Trevor Brooking to dive in and find the net with his arm.

GIF It: Steven Gerrard’s standing up FAIL (Sunderland vs Liverpool)

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Video: Manchester United 1-2 West Brom

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Manchester United suffered a second successive Premier League defeat as they lost 1-2 at home to West Brom. The Baggies took a surprise lead through Morgan Amalfitano's incredible mazy solo goal. It looked like normal service was about to be resumed when Wayne Rooney found the net with another free-kick.

GIF It: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil spit out chewing gum, kicks it up, catches it in his mouth

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Video: Aston Villa 2-3 Manchester City

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Aston Villa vs Manchester City 3:2 GOALS... by footballdaily1

Video: Fernando Torres’ ridiculously harsh red card (Spurs vs Chelsea)

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tosent by 89ly Chelsea striker Fernando Torres was shown a red card for a second bookable offence for this nothing challenge with Spurs' Jan Vertonghen. The pair had clashed at various points throughout the game, and Torres was lucky to still be on the pitch, but the sending off was harsh when it came.

Video: John Terry equalises for Chelsea against Spurs

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Tottenham vs Chelsea 1:1 John Terry by footballdaily1 Chelsea captain John Terry headed in his side's equaliser against Spurs. The centre-back got his head on the end of half-time substitute Juan Mata's beautifully delivered free-kick.

Photo: Chelsea’s Juan Mata looks delighted to be coming on against Spurs

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The happiest sub in the world. Juan Mata is all smiles after being brought on as a half-time subtitute during Chelsea's game against Spurs. The Blues trailed 1-0 at the interval.

GIF It: Fernando Torres claws Jan Vertonghen’s face (Spurs vs Chelsea)

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Video: Gylfi Sigurdsson gives Spurs the lead against Chelsea

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10 by 89ly Gylfi Sigurdsson has given Spurs an early lead in today's lunchtime kick-off against Chelsea. New White Hart Lane hero Christian Eriksen was once again in the thick of things. The Dane turned neatly before squaring the ball for Roberto Soldado. Sigurdsson got on the end of Soldado's lay-off, bundled through a John [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Juan Mata has impressed him, might start against Spurs

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Juan Mata could start for Chelsea against Spurs today after manager Jose Mourinho praised his determination to alter his game to suit Chelsea's new tactics. The Portuguese boss said the Spain international had "come in my direction" and that he was impressed by Mata's attempts to adapt to his style of football.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard: ‘We need to win against Spurs’

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard says the team need to win today's London derby against Tottenham. He said: "It's a big derby for the fans, very important. We need to win." Asked about the Blues' preparations for the much, he added: "We work a lot, like every day. We need to play very very well. "We're [...]

Liverpool could swoop for PSG midfielder Javier Pastore

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Liverpool are being linked with a move for unsettled PSG midfielder Javier Pastore. The Argentine was briefly the poster-boy of the French side's new spending power when he arrived from Palermo for £36.7m in 2011. But he has not really impressed since then and now faces stiff competition from Marco Veratti and Blaise Matuidi for [.

Manchester United to finally bid for gossip column favourite Ezequiel Garay

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Manchester United could be ready move for Benfica centre-back Ezequiel Garay at last. The 26-year-old has been scouted by the champions for years, which means he has been a regular name in the Premier League rumour mill over the last few seasons. Now, David Moyes is set to bring the player long considered to be [.

Tottenham encourage fans to adopt the Christian Eriksen chant that mocks Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Erik-sen-sen-sen... #THFC pic.twitter.com/o7KejxJVqq Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 28, 2013 Earlier this week we told you about Spurs fans' new Christian Eriksen chant to the tune of Black Lace's Agadoo that takes a pop at Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil. In fact, Spurs and Arsenal fans are still engaging in the art of banter in [.

Sunderland caretaker boss Kevin Ball gives ketchup a reprieve

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Leading the queue of those hoping for a second chance at Sunderland after Paolo Di Canio's sacking is the club condiments. Ketchup and mayonnaise banned by the Italian during his time in charge have been reinstated in the Black Cats' canteen with the permission of caretaker manager Kevin Ball. The temporary boss is [.

Willian had already signed Spurs contract before deciding to join Chelsea

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It was already apparent that Willian had come pretty close to joining Spurs before deciding his future lay with Chelsea. But today it's emerged that he had actually signed for Andre Villas Boas' team. The Brazil international had signed a contract at White Hart Lane before his "change of heart", according to reports in The [.

GIF It: Kyle Walker puts a hole in Eden Hazard’s sock (Tottenham vs Chelsea)

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Chelsea's Eden Hazard was left with a hole in his sock and a sore ankle after this collision with Tottenham's Kyle Walker. The England right-back's studs raked down Hazard's ankle as the pair landed after a challenge in the air. After a bit of treatment, his scruffy appearance seemed to be the only lasting damage [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez return will improve Daniel Sturridge

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Photo: The manager in conversation with @D_Sturridge and @VictorMoses at Melwood pic.twitter.com/eqteyTSKRH Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 27, 2013 Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suarez's return to Premier League action with Liverpool will only help in-form Daniel Sturridge, and not stifle his excellent start to the season.

Di Canio the first major casualty of sack race as season kicks into gear

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The new football season may only be a few weeks old but already we are starting to see some movements on the 'Managerial Merry-go-Round'. We are not even in October yet but Paolo Di Canio has already become the first major casualty in the Premier League having been given the sack as manager of Sunderland.

Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini: ‘We’re only thinking of Aston Villa, not Bayern Munich

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Nobody at Manchester City is letting their thoughts wander towards next week's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. That's according to boss Manuel Pellegrini who says that he and his players are entirely focused on their game against Aston Villa. He said: "I am sure that nobody of us is thinking about Bayern Munich.

David Moyes: ‘I’m still learning at Man Utd’

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David Moyes says he is still learning what it takes to be Manchester United manager but he thinks predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson was still learning until the moment he retired from the job. The Scot says he has learnt something new every week since taking over at Old Trafford. He said: "I've been learning [.

Odds slashed on Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson becoming new Republic of Ireland manager

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An Irish bookmaker has slashed its odds on Sir Alex Ferguson being appointed as the Republic of Ireland manager after a flurry of bets. Boylesports has cut the former Manchester United boss' odds of replacing Giovanni Trapattoni from 66/1 to 20/1 after a series of bets were placed this afternoon. Martin O'Neill was thought to [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho takes a swipe at Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at former protegee Andre Villas Boas as he prepares to face his Tottenham team. Tomorrow's clash will be the first time they have been in opposing dugouts, and Mourinho has taken the opportunity to make it clear that he no longer has any sort of friendship with the [.

Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie will be involved against West Brom, says David Moyes

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Moyes on van Persie: "Robin will be back, involved somewhere. He trained today and is fit. But we'll have to see exactly where he is." #mufc Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 27, 2013 Robin Van Persie will return from injury to play some part in Manchester United's game against West Brom tomorrow, according to David [.

Photos: Chelsea training ahead of Spurs clash

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Here's a pic of the rest of the squad, taking part in some small sided games...#CFC pic.twitter.com/wG4lPllrIu Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 27, 2013 Chelsea's squad have been playing some small-sided games in preparation for tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off against London rivals Spurs. Goalkeepers Petr Cech and Mark Schwarzer were put through their paces away from [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tells Serge Gnabry to take his big chance

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Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal youngster to take advantage of the "fantastic opportunity" to establish himself as a first-team regular. Injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have presented the 18-year-old with the chance to get some game-time under his belt. The German youngster featured in last weekend's victory against Stoke, and Wenger wants [.

West Ham won’t be widening doors for ex-Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison’s big head

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They might be preparing for a move to the Olympic Stadium, where no doubt the doorways and corridors are a bit wider than Upton Park, but West Ham will not be widening them any further to accommodate Ravel Morrison's big head. Manager Sam Allardyce says he is working hard to keep the former Manchester United [.

Photo: Chelsea’s Marco Van Ginkel in hospital bed after knee surgery

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Chelsea midfielder Marco Van Ginkel appears to be keeping his spirits up after an anterior cruciate ligament injury ruled him out for the rest of the season. Everybody's favourite footballing Justin Bieber lookalikes was still smiling and giving the thumbs up in a photo posted to his official Instagram account.

Stan Kroenke: ‘Nothing would be cooler than Arsenal winning the title’

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Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke has set his sights on seeing his side winning the Premier League while he's still around to see it. The 66-year-old tycoon said it would be cool if Arsene Wenger's side could win the title. He said: "There would be nothing cooler, I've never experienced it over here, to win the [.

Yoann Gourcuff contract talks stall, Arsenal ready to pounce

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Arsenal are said to be on alert after France international Yoann Gourcuff's contract negotiations with current side Lyon ground to a halt. The 27-year-old is under contract until 2015, but the French side want him to sign an extension. They are also in the middle of a drive to reduce their wage budget, and top [.

Manchester United to scout Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera ahead of new bid

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Manchester United are planning to step-up their scouting of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera with a view to launching a new attempt to sign him in January. The champions bid €30m for the 24-year-old at the end of the summer transfer window. It was also reported that they tried to activate his €35m buy-out clause [.

Simon Mignolet: ‘Friendship and French are the reason for the solid Liverpool defence’

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says he burgeoning friendship with Kolo Toure and the fact that they both speak French as their first language is behind the Reds' solid defensive record so far this season. Brendan Rodgers' side have conceded just three goals in the league so far this season and two of [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger compares Swansea’s Michu to Dennis Bergkamp

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Wenger on Michu: "I see him a little bit like a Bergkamp, positionally" #SCFCvAFC Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 27, 2013 Arsene Wenger says Swansea star Michu reminds him of Dennis Bergkamp. Arsenal face the Swans this weekend and ahead of that game, Wenger has taken time to praise a player who was thought to be [.

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini face fitness tests ahead of Swansea clash

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Here's the boss speaking at his press conference. #SCFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/jJA7c4fAkW Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 27, 2013 Arsene Wenger says midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini both face fitness tests ahead of tomorrow's game against Swansea. Ramsey is carrying a thigh problem, while Flamini is struggling with a shoulder problem.

Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Sunderland trip

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Photo: Luis Suarez getting ready for his Barclays Premier League return pic.twitter.com/wtiSvpTAx6 Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 27, 2013 Liverpool's squad have been in training ahead of their visit to Sunderland on Sunday. Striker Luis Suarez is preparing for his long-awaited Premier League comeback after he biting ban following his return to action in the [.

Pick Man Utd for finishing, Arsenal for pace when it comes to FIFA 14

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Manchester United are the Premier League's best goalscorers, while Arsenal are the top flight speed merchants. That's if the player stats for FIFA 14 are to believed. According to the game, United boast three of the Premier League's top five finishers. Robin Van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney are all in the list.

GIF It: Shinji Kagawa nutmegs Steven Gerrard (Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool)

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There has been something of a clamour among Manchester United fans for Japanese playmaker Shinji Kagawa to be given more of a run in the first-team. And there are likely to be a few more fans in his corner now after this cheeky nutmeg on Steven Gerrard during last night's Capital One Cup victory over [.

Video: Liverpool supporters throw flares at Man Utd fans

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Video footage has emerge that seemingly shows flares being thrown at Manchester United fans from the Liverpool end during last night's Capital One Cup meeting between the two sides. The FA is now investigating the matter following reports that four flares were thrown by somebody among the 7,200 Liverpool supporter in attendance at Old Trafford.

Photos: Spurs training ahead of Chelsea clash

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Preparing for their first derby match against Chelsea, @NChadli @chriseriksen8 and Erik in training today #THFC pic.twitter.com/zRe3fcYuMh Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 26, 2013 Tottenham have been training today ahead of their vital Premier League meeting with Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas backs Juan Mata to re-establish himself in the Chelsea team

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has backed Juan Mata to reassert himself as a regular Chelsea starter just as he was during Villas Boas' time in charge. The Spurs boss said the Spain international has the talent to overcome being sidelined by Jose Mourinho and thinks he will soon be a key part of [.

Spurs boss AVB: ‘Knowing Mourinho is no advantage for Chelsea match’

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says his previous work on Jose Mourinho's backroom staff will not give him any advantage as he prepares his side to face Chelsea this weekend. The two managers previously worked together at Stamford Bridge, but Villas Boas doesn't think that will have any impact on what happens on the pitch [.

Video: Spurs duo Sandro and Paulinho show off their samba dance moves

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Inspired by Paulinho's goal celebration against Aston Villa on Tuesday night, the Brazilian midfielder and compatriot Sandro have been showing off their dance moves. The Tottenham pair did a bit of a routine for the club's in-house media team.

Sandro: ‘Spurs are determined to win against Chelsea’

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Spurs midfielder Sandro says the squad is "determined" to beat Chelsea on Saturday to make amends for last season's home defeat to their London rivals. The Brazil international is aware of just how important the fixture is and says he and his team-mates want to secure a "big win" He told the club's official website: [.

Video: Arsenal old boy Gervinho scores his first goal for Roma

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Until now, Gervinho's brief spell at new club Roma had been notable only for a couple of glaring misses of the kind that Arsenal fans had come to know and love. But perhaps he's turning a corner... The Ivorian grabbed his first goal for the Italian side in last night's clash with Sampdoria, which was [.

Video: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

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Manchester United bounced back from their derby defeat to Manchester City with victory over Liverpool in last night's Capital One Cup clash. A Javier Hernandez goal just after half-time was enough to secure the win for David Moyes' side. Liverpool had created the better chances in the first-half, but their slack defending of a corner [.

Chelsea’s Marco Van Ginkel out for the season with cruciate ligament injury

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Marco Van Ginkel will miss the rest of the season with the knee injury he sustained during Tuesday's Capital One Cup clash with Swindon. The Dutchman was substituted in the first-half after twisting his knee awkwardly. He immediately looked to be in trouble, but initially tried to play on. But an MRI scan carried out [.

Liverpool scout Lazio’s ice cube prankster Keita Balde Diao

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Liverpool sent scouts to watch former Barcelona youngster Keita Balde Diao in Lazio's Europa League victory over Legia Warsaw last week. Sky Italia reports that the Reds are keeping tabs on the 18-year-old, who joined the Italian side in 2011. He was rated as one of Barca's hottest prospects until he fell out with the [.

Manchester City and Arsenal head the queue for transfer listed Valencia defender Adil Rami

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Valencia defender Adil Rami, transfer listed for criticising coach Miroslav Djukic, is a target for Manchester City and Arsenal. Reports in Spain suggest the France international has been fined and also told he can leave the club over an outspoken interview in which he complained of "confusion" at the Mestalla.

Nicklas Bendtner hails ‘emotional’ Arsenal return

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Nicklas Bendtner managed an assist and converted a penalty as he made his return to the Arsenal first-team. The Dane scored from the spot during a shoot-out win for the Gunners against West Brom in last night's Capital One Cup tie. And the striker said he had been moved by the reception he received from [.

GIF It: Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner smashes into the post vs West Brom

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is a bit rusty after so long without playing. He's forgotten what this football lark is all about. Instead of heading the ball towards goal during last night's Capital One Cup game against West Brom, he opted to hurl himself at the post instead.

Video: Luis Suarez’s individual highlights (Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool)

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Liverpool might have been knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Manchester United last night, but the obvious silver lining was the return of Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker instantly rekindled his SAS strikeforce with Daniel Sturridge, with the duo combining well at various points during the game.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘Luis Suarez ran himself into the ground’

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Brendan Rodgers praised Luis Suarez's performances as he returned to the Liverpool team from his 10-match biting ban. The Reds boss was pleased with what he saw, and he is expecting even more from the Uruguay international in the coming weeks. Rodgers said: "I thought he was excellent. "I thought, considering he's been out for [.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla pencils in West Brom game for comeback

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Santi says: "I will be fit maybe in one week, I hope I can play at West Brom" #AskSanti Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 26, 2013 Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is hoping to be fit for a return to first-team action in about a week and has pencilled in the games against West Brom on October [...]

Spurs fans reckon Lewis Holtby is better than Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Spurs’ new Christian Eriksen chant mocking Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Spurs fans have unveiled a chant for new hero Christian Eriksen and they couldn't resist including a pop at Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil. The song, to the tune of Black Lace's Agadoo, goes: Eriksen, sen, sen; He's our number 23. Eriksen, sen, sen; Came to play for AVB. To the left to the [...]

Chelsea defender David Luiz: ‘I have nothing to prove’

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David Luiz insists he has nothing to prove to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. In fact, he said he respects Mourinho's rotation policy and has even adopted the Special One's tactics of talking about himself in the third person. Speaking about being left out of the squad for Saturday's win over Fulham, Luiz said: "It was [.

Video: Jan Vertonghen pulls down Nicklas Helenius’ shorts (Aston Villa 0-4 Spurs)

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Aston Villa were hammered at home to Spurs in last night's Capital One Cup tie, but the biggest humiliation of the evening came on one of the rare occasions when it looked like they might score. Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen pulled down the shorts of Villa's Nicklas Helenius as he raced through on goal.

Man Utd offered Spurs £100m for Gareth Bale

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Manchester United DID make a bid for Gareth Bale before he completed his move to Real Madrid, according to the Spanish side's president Florentino Perez. Perez says the Premier League champions made a late swoop for the Welshman, and outbid Real with a £100m offer. Bale flew back from Spain to hold talks with United [.

Video: Tromso fan talks about wearing an Arsenal shirt at Spurs

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The Tromso fan who donned an Arsenal shirt at White Hart Lane during her side's Europa League defeat to Tottenham has been talking about becoming an internet sensation. Lena Mari Edvardsen said she is also a Gunners supporter and took her shirt to the match so that she could restore a bit of pride if, [.

Video: Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle and Ryan Bertrand attempt to lip-sync with Drake

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Chelsea players passed the time on their coach trip home from Swindon last night by listening to rapper Drake. Andre Schurrle and Ryan Bertrand did their best to mouth along to the track, but without a great deal of success. Meanwhile, striker Demba Ba offered up a few dance moves.

Chelsea staff and players express concern over Marco Van Ginkel

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Happy with the victory but sad for Marco's injury. Get well soon my friend. We are all with you.... http://t.co/JqnRrxNQD6 César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) September 24, 2013 Chelsea coaches and players have been sending well wishes to midfielder Marco Van Ginkel who suffered what looked like a serious knee injury during last night's Capital One [.

Man Utd target Robert Lewandowski confirms he’ll sign for Bayern Munich in January

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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has confirmed that he will sign a contract with Bayern Munich in January. Asked by SPORT1 reporter Christian Ortlepp if he was switching to Bayern in January, Lewandowski answered: "Yes, because then I can officially sign a contract. Officially, I can only say something in January.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘Nicklas Bendtner can be unstoppable’

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Nicklas Bendtner can be "an unstoppable striker" according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. And we don't think he means that the hefty Danish star would be like a freight train once he gets up to speed. Wenger was speaking ahead of the Denmark international's return to the Gunners first-team for tonight's Capital One Cup clash [.

Spurs old boy Gareth Bale rents Kaka’s house in Madrid

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Gareth Bale is going for the authentic galactico experience at Real Madrid by renting the house of Brazil star Kaka. With Kaka returning to Italy for a season-long loan with AC Milan, the former Tottenham man is set to move into his pad. The Welshman will live in the €7.2 million mansion for his first [.

Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs monitoring Andrea Pirlo contract situation

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The Premier League big boys are said to be keeping a close eye on Andrea Pirlo's contract situation amid rumours that the Italy great could end his career in England. Juventus are still deciding whether to offer the veteran midfielder a new deal. If Antonio Conte's side decide not to extend the 34-year-old's, he is [.

Video: See more of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa than you ever wanted to see

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It turns out that Aston Villa's Nicklas Helenius got off lightly having his shorts pulled down against Spurs yesterday. Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa was fully de-kegged during his side's clash with Osasuna. Spanish TV audiences were treated to the Brazilian's sizeable behind rolling across their TV screens in slow-motion.

Photos: Fulham’s Michael Jackson statue being removed

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Ladies and gentlemen MJ has left the building pic.twitter.com/P48yC14smi Sarah Brookes (@sarahbrookes1) September 25, 2013 Fulham have finally got rid of their hideous Michael Jackson statue. It took four workmen to remove the world's most oddly positioned full-colour celebrity statue, but it has now left Craven Cottage.

Arsenal tracking Austrian youngster Martin Hinteregger

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Arsenal and Juventus are among the teams keeping tabs on Red Bull Salzburg's Martin Hinteregger. The young defender, comfortable at left-back or centre-back, has featured in nine league games already this season for table-topping Salzburg and is not a fixture in the first-team. The 21-year-old has caught the eye of some of Europe's top clubs [.

Video: Injured West Brom keeper Ben Foster’s impressive strength training

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Let's face it, most of us would be happy if we could do this without one leg in a cast. West Brom keeper Ben Foster isn't letting his current injury problems stopping him from keeping fit he just lets his arms take some of the strain!

Video: Fernando Torres scores (Swindon vs Chelsea)

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http://youtu.be/yCdb1RtdxZE Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has looked like he feels he's got a point to prove in the first-half of tonight's Capital One Cup tie against Swindon. That included scoring the opening goal in the match. The start of a turnaround in the Spaniard's fortunes or evidence that he's found his level at League One?

GIF It: Marco Van Ginkel’s nasty knee twist (Swindon vs Chelsea)

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Chelsea youngster Marco Van Ginkel had to be subbed inside the first 10 minutes of tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Swindon after this nasty looking twist of his knee.

Photo: Chelsea warm-up ahead of Swindon match

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Chelsea are out here at the County Ground... #CFC pic.twitter.com/lph47PykiD Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 24, 2013

Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick: ‘Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo are the most gifted players I’ve played with’

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Michael Carrick says he can't choose between former Manchester United team-mates Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo to pick the most gifted player he's ever played alongside. The England international also includes opponents Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta in the same bracket. He said: "Scholesy's a genius.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott out of England’s World Cup qualifiers with stomach injury

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Theo Walcott will miss England's vital World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Ukraine with an abdominal injury. Arsenal have confirmed that Walcott will need surgery on the problem and that will rule him out beyond the October international break. The winger missed the Gunners' win over Stoke at the weekend with the injury and it [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ‘cried’ upon learning that David Moyes had got Man Utd job

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Jose Mourinho cried when he discovered that he would not be replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager, according to a book due to be published in Spain tomorrow. Prepárense Para Perder (Prepare To Lose), written by journalist Diego Torres, claims that Mourinho thought he was nailed-on to be Ferguson's successor at Old Trafford.

Barcelona monitoring Chelsea’s Spanish trio

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Barcelona are tracking Chelsea's Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta, according to reports in the Spanish media. The Sport newspaper claims that the La Liga champions are keeping tabs on all three following Jose Mourinho's arrival at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has publicly admitted that he doesn't believe Mata currently merits a place in his [.

Everton’s Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku: ‘I watch every minute of every Premier League game’

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Romelu Lukaku says he watches every minute of every Premier League game in an effort to improve his own game. The Belgium international, currently on loan at Everton from Chelsea, wants to become the best striker in the league, so he likes to see what the competition are up to. The 20-year-old conducts his marathon [.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas praises Paul Lambert’s youth policy at Aston Villa

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'The amount of players he has brought through is something remarkable, with results too' #THFC pic.twitter.com/PlTeQIVy3j Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 24, 2013 Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has praised Aston Villa counterpart Paul Lambert for successfully developing academy players into his first-team squad.

Robin Van Persie out of Man Utd’s game against Liverpool

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Robin Van Persie has been ruled out of tomorrow's Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool and is a doubt for Saturday's game against West Brom. The Manchester United striker missed his side's derby day defeat to Manchester City on Sunday and will not feature against the Reds. United boss David Moyes said: "I don't think [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes ‘shocked’ by Man City defeat

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David Moyes has admitted he was shocked by that nature of Manchester United's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in Sunday's derby match. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Capital One Cup game against Liverpool, Moyes said he had but the City loss behind him. He said: "Well it's gone now so I can't do anything about it.

Florentino Perez says Real Madrid signed Gareth Bale from Spurs on the cheap

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reckons he got a bargain when he signed Gareth Bale from Spurs. The deal was drawn out while Perez and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy haggled over the figures. Despite breaking the world transfer record, Perez thinks he paid under the odds for the 24-year-old. He told a Spanish radio station: [.

Philippe Coutinho tells Liverpool fans: ‘I’ll be back soon’

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has declared the operation on his shoulder a success and vowed to back in the team soon. The Brazilian star required surgery after falling awkwardly following a foul by Ashley Williams during the 2-2 draw with Swansea. But Coutinho says the procedure went well and he is now on his way [.

Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs hoping yoga sessions will earn him a World Cup spot

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Injury-prone Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs is hoping taking up yoga can help him to force his way into the England squad ahead of next summer's World Cup. The 23-year-old once looked nailed-on to become Ashley Cole's understudy at left-back. But a succession of niggles have held his career back. Gibbs is hoping a new fitness [.

Man Utd skipper Nemanja Vidic: ‘Man City defeat hurt’

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic says the derby day thrashing at the hands of rivals Manchester City hurt. The Serbia international said the champions had the experience to bounce back from the 4-1 reverse, but acknowledged that questions would be asked of the squad and of new manager David Moyes.

Video: Adam Morgan’s sensational long-range strike (Liverpool U21 vs Man City U21)

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Xabi who? Liverpool youngster Adam Morgan took Reds supporters back to a certain Senor Alonso's time at the club with this 45-yard wonder goal for the under-21 side against Manchester City.

Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet set to reject Sunderland

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Roberto Di Matteo and Gus Poyet, two of the early favourites to replace Paolo Di Canio as Sunderland manager, are both set to rule themselves out of contention for the post. The Guardian reports that the pair both plan to spurn any approach from the Black Cats, with "Di Matteo, especially, and Poyet apparently lukewarm" [.

Leighton Baines’ goals inspired by being dropped by Everton team-mate Leon Osman

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Leighton Baines says he scored his stunning free-kick double against West Ham in response to being left out of Leon Osman's fantasy football. Osman dropped his Everton team-mate after claiming that he wasn't bringing in enough points this season. Baines vowed that was about to change and he wasn't wrong.

Arsenal chairman Chips Keswick promises more big spending

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Arsenal are preparing to follow the Mesut Ozil signing by splashing the cash again, according to their new chairman. Chips Keswick, who became the Gunners' chairman in June in an appointment that ruined search engine optimisation for Cumbrian take-away businesses, said that Arsene Wenger will be given cash to spend on strengthening his squad even [.

Mathieu Flamini allegedly warned by FA for threatening to blind Stoke’s Marc Wilson

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Rumours coming out of Arsenal suggest that Mathieu Flamini was cautioned by the FA over suggestions that he threatened to blind Stoke defender Marc Wilson. We can't verify how much factual basis there is to the suggestions. Certainly the Frenchman was seen having words with Wilson while pointing to his eyes during yesterday's game.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil ‘stoked’ at beating Stoke

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dear fans, 3-1 win and Arsenal top of the league. i'm still totally stoked about the fantastic atmosphere. thank... http://t.co/Gssu7PWw3x Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) September 23, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil seems to be settling into life in England very well. So much so, that he is already punning his way to mocking opposition teams [.

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

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1. Manchester City gave a pretty big clue that they think their derby win over Manchester United was secured during the transfer window. Just look at the hoardings above. 2. I 4-1 didn't see that result coming. 3. Paolo Di Canio must be really good at projecting his voice. Not so good at keeping his [.

GIF It: Dancing Steve Bruce (Newcastle 2-3 Hull City)

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Hull City boss Steve Bruce was so pleased with Sone Aluko's winning goal against Newcastle on Saturday that he unleashed some toddler dance moves on the St James' Park touchline.

Top 10 reasons why Sunderland are mad to fire Paolo Di Canio

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1. They've just allowed this bloke to sell arguably their best two players over the summer. 2. They've also allowed him to sign more than a dozen players for whom just about the only thing they have in common at the moment is that Paolo Di Canio wanted to sign them. 3. They went to [...]

Arsenal and Juventus battle for Basel defender Fabian Schar

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Juventus and Arsenal are set to go head-to-head in their efforts to sign Basel centre-back Fabian Schar. The 21-year-old has caught the eye with his performances at the back for the Swiss side, not least with a great display in last week's victory over Chelsea. He only joined them from minnows FC Wil last year, [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez is ‘chomping at the bit’ ahead of Man Utd match

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Brendan Rodgers chose an unfortunate turn of phrase as Luis Suarez prepares to return from his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. At his press conference ahead of the Capital One Cup clash with Manchester United, Rodgers claimed the Uruguayan striker was "chomping at the bit". The Liverpool manager said: "It has been a [.

GIF It: Paulinho’s injury time winning goal (Cardiff 0-1 Tottenham)

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Spurs midfielder Paulinho scored a backheeled winner deep in injury time to earn his side three points away at Cardiff. The game seemed destined to finish goalless until the Brazil international popped up with this 93rd minute goal to make it a 0-1 win away win for Andre Villas Boas' side.

Video: Mesut Ozil’s three assists and individual highlights (Arsenal 3-1 Stoke)

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil had a hand in all three goals as he helped his new side to a 3-1 win over Stoke on his home debut. Ozil's free-kick was tucked home by Aaron Ramsey after Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic parried it out. Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna then headed in from the German [...

GIF It: Yaya Toure shins it in (Manchester City vs Manchester United)

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Yaya Toure shinned Manchester City into a 2-0 half-time lead in today's Manchester derby. United failed to deal with a City corner just before the break, and Toure took full advantage to divert the ball into the net at the back-post.

Hugo Lloris’ wonder save / handball (Cardiff vs Spurs)

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GIF It: Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey scores against Stoke

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If you put Aaron Ramsey in your fantasy football team at the start of the season, you're laughing right now. The Arsenal midfielder can't stop scoring right now and it took him just five minutes to find the net against Stoke today. That sent the Gunners on their way to a 3-1 win over the [...]

GIF It: Sergio Aguero’s goal (Manchester City vs Manchester United)

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Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City the lead in today's Manchester derby with this superb volley. After a quick break down the left flank, the cross from Aleksandar Kolarov was actually a bit behind the Argentine striker. But that didn't matter one bit. He wrapped his foot around the ball to score with a beautifully controlled [.

Video: Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches sing at their Spurs initiation

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Tottenham new boys Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches officially became Spurs players yesterday by undertaking an initiation ceremony. Ahead of today's game at Cardiff, the duo marked their first away trip with the squad by singing for their new team-mates. Right-back Kyle Walker was on hand with his camera so that we can all share [.

Video: Paolo Di Canio conducts long-distance on-pitch conversation with angry Sunderland fans

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It's safe to say that Sunderland supporters are not pleased with what they've seen from Paolo Di Canio's side so far this season. A 3-0 defeat at West Brom yesterday prompted an angry reaction from some supporters. The Black Cats boss went onto the pitch at the Hawthorns and tried to engage the fans in [.

Video: Man Utd youngster Jesse Lingard scores four goals on loan at Birmingham

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Jesse Lingard was one of the Manchester United youngsters to earn rave reviews from supporters during pre-season. He's now gone out on loan to Birmingham to get regular first-team football and he marked his debut by scoring an incredible four goals. The 20-year-old scored a 14-minute hat-trick in the first-half against Sheffield Wednesday.

Liverpool monster Mamadou Sakho banned from the club gym

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Sakho: "It's all going well and I've settled in quickly. I'm excited about the project here." http://t.co/kiYkV5hBYI pic.twitter.com/oZ0HzyJfb8 Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 20, 2013 Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been banned from the training ground gym for being too strong. The Frenchman is barred from using the equipment until the Reds get it reinforced.

Spurs star Christian Eriksen: ‘I turned down Manchester City’

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Christian Eriksen has revealed that he turned down the chance to sign for Manchester City last summer because he feared he would become a professional benchwarmer. The new Spurs hero said he only felt ready for a move to a Premier League team this summer after years of speculation linking him with English clubs.

Tottenham could beat Arsenal and West Ham to Ciprian Marica signing

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Spurs are set to pip Premier League rivals Arsenal and West Ham to the signing of free agent Ciprian Marica. The Romania international appeared to be free to choose between acting as backup to Olivier Giroud at the Gunners or leading the line for the Hammers in Andy Carroll's absence. But the Sunday People reports [.

Video: Liverpool boss Rodgers looking forward to Suarez ‘magic’

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Brendan Rodgers said he was looking forward to having Luis Suarez back from his 10-match ban after Liverpool slipped to a 0-1 home defeat to Southampton. The Reds boss said the returning Uruguayan would add some "magic" to his "lethargic" side. He said: "We never got going from the off. It was a bit lethargic [.

Video: Man Utd’s Patrice Evra said he was sick before his first Man City clash

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has admitted that he threw up before his first Manchester derby. Speaking ahead of this afternoon's derby, Evra said pre-match nerves coupled with an early kick-off time made him sick before the game. But he kept it a secret from Sir Alex Ferguson, fearing the then United boss would think [.

GIF It: Noise of a John Obi Mikel goal is too much for a young Chelsea fan

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Video: Everton left-back Leighton Baines’ incredible free-kick brace vs West Ham

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Leighton Baines helped Everton on their way to victory over West Ham today with two amazing free-kicks.

Video: Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku scores debut winner for Everton

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If Chelsea fans were questioning the wisdom of sending young goal-machine Romelu Lukaku out on loan again, they'll be posing even more questions after he bagged the winning goal on his Everton debut. The Belgium international came off the bench to head in the third goal in a 2-3 win at West Ham.

Protected: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho drops ‘unconvincing’ Juan Mata

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Video: Former Man Utd youngster Ravel Morrison scores for West Ham vs Man Utd

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West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison scored his first Premier League goal in today's game against Everton. The 20-year-old was once considered one of Manchester United's brightest prospects before his bad boy reputation convinced the champions to sell him. He has hardly set the world alight since moving to the Hammers and was loaned out to [.

Video: West Brom’s Stephane Sessegnon scores against former club Sunderland

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Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and his daughter sing You’ll Never Walk Alone

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Video: Iago Aspas reminds Liverpool fans not to expect goals from him

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Iago Aspas has told Liverpool fans that they shouldn't expect to see him on the scoresheet too often.

Video: Mesut Ozil in Arsenal training ahead of Stoke City clash

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has been in training ahead of his second Premier League match for the club. The Germany international is set to face Stoke City tomorrow. This lengthy video shows him going through his training routine ahead of the clash with the Potters. Ozil is seen chatting with compatriot Per Mertesacker and [.

Arsene Wenger confirms Nicklas Bendtner will get Arsenal recall

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Nicklas Bendtner will return from the Arsenal wilderness to feature in the Capital One Cup game against West Brom next week, Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The Gunners boss confirmed that he had intended to sell the Denmark international over the summer. But with the 25-year-old still on Arsenal's payroll, Wenger intends to make use of [.

Video: Jermain Defoe says he doesn’t want to be Spurs’ super sub, but almost talks himself into it

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Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe claimed he doesn't want to be an impact player from the bench, then went on to explain why he's perfectly suited for the role. But having nearly talked himself into, the England international finally reiterates that the life of a super-sub is not for him. He said: "I don't want to [.

Liverpool want Arsenal target Abel Hernandez

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Liverpool are plotting a January swoop that would see Palermo striker Abel Hernandez link-up with Uruguay international team-mate Luis Suarez at Anfield. The Daily Express claims the Reds are keen to sign Hernandez, linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer, in a £4m deal. The 23-year-old is known to be unhappy in Italy, [.

Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard tells Ross Barkley to stay at Everton

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Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley has been advised to stay at Goodison Park by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. The 19-year-old found himself in regular conversation with the England skipper while they were on international duty. And Gerrard put Merseyside allegiances to one side to tell Barkley to say where he is.

Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson targets England right-back spot

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Carl Jenkinson believes he is the long-term answer to England's right-back problems just as soon as he can overtake Bacary Sagna in the Arsenal pecking order. The 21-year-old thinks he can find another gear if he gets regular first-team football and hopes that would help him to secure a spot in Roy Hodgson's starting [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes thought Wayne Rooney had ‘gone soft’

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Moyes: "I think Wayne's attitude is he's a big-game player. Fans come to see people like him make the difference." pic.twitter.com/64d3nNRRem Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 21, 2013 Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is pleased to see a bit more aggression from Wayne Rooney because he thought the striker had "gone soft".

Man City car washers gutted to lose big tipper Gareth Barry to Everton

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Gareth Barry at carrington pic.twitter.com/ROWFvmbL jackie allen (@TOJMCFC) June 23, 2012 Gareth Barry's departure from Manchester City has not exactly been mourned by the club's supporters except those responsible for washing the players' cars. While his on-pitch exploits were not always appreciated at City, his tipping certainly was.

Video: Libor Kozak scores his first Aston Villa goal vs Norwich City

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New Aston Villa signing Libor Kozak scored his first goal for the club less than a minute after coming off the bench a real Kozak moment The former Lazio man signed for £7m broke his Villa duck in just his second appearance for the club. The Czech international managed to fluffed an [...]

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praises improved Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud

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Arsene #Wenger is currently talking in the press conference ahead of #AFCvSCFC. Full video on #Arsenal Player later pic.twitter.com/9RbbJE2L5y Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 20, 2013 Arsene Wenger has praised both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud for the improvements they have made to their games. Midfielder Ramsey and striker Giroud have both been instrumental in the [.

Video: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere sings ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ very badly

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You've got Emmanuel Frimpong to thanks for this one. He's uploaded an Instagram video of Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere doing a spot of karaoke. Sporting a rather fetching pairs of glasses, the England international delivers a just about recognisable rendition of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. Looking and sounding a little worse for wear, Wilshere [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho maintains Romelu Lukaku is better off at Everton

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Jose currently addressing the media here at Cobham...#CFC pic.twitter.com/kIQX3qrng5 Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 20, 2013 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has defended his decision to let young striker Romelu Lukaku go out on loan. He also confirmed that the Blues are unable to recall the Belgium international in January.

Video: Andre Villas Boas and Michael Dawson look forward to Spurs’ game against Cardiff

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Spurs manager Andre Villas Boas and captain Michael Dawson have both been talking about this weekend's trip to Cardiff. Villas Boas said: "We have started well in the league. It will be extremely important for us to get a win out of the game against Cardiff, understanding that they beat Man City and over there [.

Photos: Chelsea in training ahead of Fulham match

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Training is underway with some keep-ball, featuring @cesarazpi... #CFC pic.twitter.com/07ymNYlUnA Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 20, 2013 Chelsea have completed their final training session ahead of tomorrow's west London derby against Fulham. The Blues have released a series of photos of the action.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini will both play plenty of games

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Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have healthy competition in midfield this season. The Gunners boss said he expects injured Mikel Arteta to be able to force his way back into the starting line-up, but says the Spaniard, recent signing Mathieu Flamini and his other midfielders will all have plenty of chances to play over the course [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes: ‘Squad number change behind Antonio Valencia’s good form’

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Antonio Valencia's current run of good form could be down to his change in squad number, claims Manchester United boss David Moyes. The Ecuador international ditched the legendary number 7 shirt at the start of the season to revert to his old number 25 jersey. Moyes seems to think that decision is proving to be [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger both unsure on Wayne Rooney contract situation

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Both Manchester United manager David Moyes and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger seem to be uncertain as to whether Wayne Rooney intends to sign a new contract at Old Trafford. Asked if it was too soon to open contract talks with Rooney, Moyes sidestepped the question. He said: "We go step by step and to see him [.

Video: The ‘highlights’ from Willian’s Chelsea debut

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It's safe to say that Brazilian midfielder Willian didn't exactly set the world alight on his Chelsea debut. The former Anzhi man and would-be Tottenham signing showed little of evidence of why the Premier League's great and good were tussling for his signature over the summer during the 1-2 home defeat to Basel.

Video: Jose Mourinho criticises Chelsea’s style of play

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Jose Mourinho says he doesn't like the way Chelsea have been playing for the last couple of seasons. Indicated that he was trying to change the Blues' style of play, he said: "I don't like the way Chelsea was playing in the last couple of years. The club doesn't like we want to change. [...]

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes’ press conference ahead of Man City clash

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has been speaking about the prospect of facing Manchester City in his first Manchester derby. He said: "We've played well in the last few games and have got a bit of confidence and hopefully we'll try and show that in the game on Sunday. "There is an excitement for any [.

Video: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are title contenders

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Arsenal are in with a chance of winning the Premier League this season, according to Arsene Wenger. After a promising start to the campaign, the Frenchman believes that his side are among four or five who teams who are genuine title contenders. He said: "I believe we have a chance and my full energy has [.

Assault case against Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling dropped

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#Raheem #Sterling of #lfc arrives at #Liverpool Magistrates Court to answer a charge of assault. @BBCNWT Hearing 2pm pic.twitter.com/I2Qd13iSdP Andy Gill (@MerseyHack) September 20, 2013 Liverpool and England winger Raheem Sterling has walked free from court after being cleared of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Photos: Spurs (including new hero Christian Eriksen) train ahead of Cardiff match

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Fresh from scoring a gem last night, @ChrisEriksen8 is back in training today #THFC pic.twitter.com/JsoQGoTBQa Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 20, 2013 Tottenham were straight back into training after last night's Europa League win over Tromso. All the players were in for a light recovery session.

Mikel Arteta could be included in Arsenal squad to face Stoke

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Arsene Wenger has released the latest team news ahead of #AFCvSCFC http://t.co/aMF1QCZxey pic.twitter.com/m3OZp05yxI Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 20, 2013 Arsene Wenger says Mikel Arteta could make his return from injury this weekend. The Spaniard picked up a thigh injury ahead of Arsenal's Premier League opener against Aston Villa.

Fulham to give Michael Jackson statue to Mohamed Al Fayed

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Fulham are taking swift action to remove one of the uglier aspects of former owner Mohamed Al Fayed's legacy by returning his Michael Jackson statue to him. Al Fayed made the Cottagers the laughing stock of the footballing world when he unveiled the statue outside Craven Cottage. At the time, he said: "Why is it [.

Video: Wilfried Bony gives Swansea the lead at Valencia

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Swansea took a surprising first-half lead in their Europa League clash away at Valencia. Michael Laudrup's side led 1-0 at the interval at the Mestalla courtesy of this Wilfried Bony goal.

Video: Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas tells you everything you need to know about Tromso

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Ahead of this evening's Europa League clash between the two teams, Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas is keen for you to know that he has done his homework. Allow him to give you a whistle-stop tour of the Norwegian side's recent games, league position, current form, previous Europa League performances and fixture list.

Chelsea fan David Baddiel says Spurs fans’ use of ‘Yid’ is race hate

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Comedian David Baddiel says Spurs fans' use of the word 'Yid' is a race hate issue. The Chelsea fan spoke out the day after prime minister David Cameron defended Spurs supporters, saying that they should not be prosecuted. Supporters often chant "Yiddo" or "Yid Army" during Tottenham matches. Baddiel, who is Jewish, thinks the term [.

Video: Chelsea 1-2 Basel

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Jose Mourinho's beautiful, young eggs cracked under the pressure of last night's Champions League opener against Basel. Chelsea appeared to be heading for a routine victory when Oscar fired them into the lead late in the first-half with his first time shot. But second-half goals from Mohamed Salah and Marco Streller gave the Swiss side [.

Video: Marseille 1-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal secured a valuable three points away from home to get their tricky Champions League group off to the best possible start. The Gunners took the lead through an uncharacteristically cool Theo Walcott finish. The England international volleyed the ball into the far corner as it dropped out of the sky following an attempted clearance.

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland all want Burnley’s Danny Ings

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Burnley are bracing themselves for January transfer bids for star striker Danny Ings. Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Sunderland are reported to be among a host of Premier League clubs looking very closely at the Championship forward. The 21-year-old has seven goals in nine games so far this season as Sean Dyche's side find [.

Video: Jose Mourinho takes responsibility for Chelsea defeat

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to blame his players for last night's defeat to Basel. The Blues fell to a 1-2 home defeat in their Champions League opener, but Mourinho would not single anyone out for criticism. He said: "When we lose, I don't speak about players, I don't speak about individuals, I speak about [.

Video: Arsene Wenger praises ‘patient’ Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised the patience of his side as they secured a 1-2 away win against Marseille in their Champions League opener. The Frenchman was happy to see his players ride out a strong performance from the home team in the first-half, then take their own chances in the second-half.

Video: Jurgen Klopp shows you his murder face (Napoli 2-1 Borussia Dortmund)

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Ever wondered what Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp would look like if he was killing someone? He gave us a pretty good clue during last night's Champions League defeat to Napoli. The German boss flew into a crazed rage when Gonzalo Higuain scored what proved to be the winner. After coming close to biting the [.

Spurs linked with fresh move for Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Tottenham hope to bring Chelsea star Juan Mata to White Hart Lane in January, according to reports in the Daily Express. The Blues playmaker is by no means a guaranteed starter under Jose Mourinho, and Andre Villas Boas is reportedly hoping to capitalise on that by offering the Spaniard an exit route when the transfer [.

Video: Man City star Sergio Aguero trains with Man Utd fan Usain Bolt

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Manchester United fan Usain Bolt has been doing his best to help the team ahead of this weekend's derby match by attempting to wear out Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. In a tongue-in-cheek viral video, the Jamaican sprinter is seen over-hitting a succession of passes to the Argentine star in the hope of sapping his [.

Photo: Demba Ba and Michael Essien put Chelsea’s Champions League defeat behind them

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Smiles from @dembabafoot and @michaelessien during training today... #CFC pic.twitter.com/rvhGxFvbSa Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 19, 2013 Chelsea duo Demba Ba and Michael Essien appear to have put the disappointment of last night's Champions League defeat to Basel behind them very quickly. Ba, who came on as a sub, and Essien, who did not feature [.

Chelsea have taught Spurs the value of the Europa League, says Andre Villas Boas

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Chelsea's Europa League victory has shown Tottenham's players just how seriously they should be taking the competition, claims Andre Villas Boas. The Spurs boss has always been a keen advocate of the competition, and he believes seeing how their London rivals celebrated winning it just a year after winning the Champions League has [.

Wayne Rooney thanks Man Utd fans

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Wayne Rooney has thanked Manchester United's supporters for the reception he got after scoring his 200th goal for the club. The striker netted twice in last night's Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen to become only the fourth player in United's history to hit the 200 goals mark. Supporters showed their appreciation when he was [.

Tottenham midfielder Sandro: ‘Only the Champions League will do’

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Spurs midfielder Sandro says only Champions League qualification is good enough this season. He believes the club's summer signings mean they are better equipped than ever to secure a place in Europe's premier club competition. He said: "Obviously we lost a great player in Gareth Bale, but of course Andre has also bought a lot [.

Photos: Arsenal set to play on a building site tonight

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Arsenal are going to play their match against Marseille on a building site, judging by these photos. The French side are in the middle of major works to their stadium and it shows. Daily Mirror reporter John Cross has posted these pictures on Instagram. He reports: "More of a building site than a football [.

Photo: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has a pleasant dream

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FORTY WINKS: A behind the scenes gallery from Plzen is on the way here's a sneak peek featuring @AgueroSergioKun: pic.twitter.com/AsE1NiO0sX Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 18, 2013 We assume he's having an enjoyable dream. Perhaps that's just the way you sleep when you're a Premier League footballer.

Andre Villas Boas: ‘Spurs players’ careers are at risk’

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says his players are being forced to jeopardise their careers by the scheduling of this season's Capital One Cup. Following tomorrow night's Europa League clash with Tromso, Spurs face Cardiff City in the Premier League on Sunday just two days before their Capital One Cup third round clash with Aston [.

Video: Man Utd legend Roy Keane says Mourane Fellaini is a ‘top player’

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How do you go up in Roy Keane's estimations? By saying you want to be the new Roy Keane, of course. That's what recent Manchester United signing Marouane Fellaini has done and, in the process, he's earned a gushing review from the man himself. Ahead of last night's victory over Bayer Leverkusen, Keane said Fellaini [.

Photo: Olivier Giroud and his Arsenal team-mates stroll around Marseille

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Had a walk this morning in Marseille "vieux port" Now go for a nap and focus on this evening... X pic.twitter.com/ZUpqKVU35P Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) September 18, 2013 Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has posted a photo of himself and his Arsenal colleagues going for a matchday walk around Marseille.

Photos: Spurs train ahead of Tromso clash

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Birthday boy, @LewisHoltby, receives an embrace from @sandroraniere! Surely, there's no better birthday gift pic.twitter.com/FICdf3Wzh2 Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 18, 2013 Tottenham's players have been training ahead of their Europa League clash against Tromso. In training today, @YounsKabs4 shares a joke with Erik Lamela #THFC pic.

Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis will stay at Lyon until the end of the season

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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has confirmed he will stay with the club until next summer which means his Premier League suitors might not be able to sign him in the winter transfer window. The France striker was widely linked with a move to Newcastle during the transfer window. At one stage he appeared to [.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho out for six weeks

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Table-topping Liverpool have been dealt a blow with the news that Philippe Coutinho will be out of action for six weeks. The Brazilian playmaker will be out of action until the end of October due to a shoulder injury he sustained during Monday's 2-2 draw at Swansea. The 21-year-old will have to undergo surgery on [.

Video: Ask Wayne Rooney about his Man Utd future and he may kill you

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Wayne Rooney might have been angling for a move away from Manchester United over the summer, but he doesn't expect you to ask him about that. ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke asked him if he was happy at Old Trafford, prompting Rooney to give a straight-bat answer about concentrating on his football and getting his head [.

GIF It: Swansea’s Ashley Williams kicks Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in the nuts

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Now that everybody has stopped talking about Jonjo Shelvey, this GIF from Monday night's clash between Swansea and Liverpool has had time to surface. It shows Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho trying to get past Swansea defender Ashley Williams. The centre-back gets a flick on the ball but his leg is left dangling awkwardly in front of [.

Video: David Moyes congratulates Wayne Rooney on his 200th Man Utd goal

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has praised Wayne Rooney for becoming just the fourth player in the club's history to score 200 goals. Rooney's two goals against Bayer Leverkusen ensured he followed in the footsteps of Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley in becoming a double-centurion. Moyes said: "I'm not a historian for Manchester [.

Arsene Wenger: ‘Arsenal have the toughest Champions League group’

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his side have been drawn in the toughest Champions League group. The Gunners face Marseille this evening, but will also come up against Napoli and last season's finalists Borussia Dortmund in their group. Asked if it was the hardest group, Wenger said: "I would say yes, it's the hardest group [.

Man City boss Pellegrini: ‘Beating Viktoria Plzen will help us against Man Utd’

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes his side's comfortable Champions League win at Czech side Viktoria Plzen will help them ahead of this weekend's clash with Manchester United. The Chilean thinks the 3-0 win in their European opener will give them a boost ahead of the Manchester derby.

Juventus and Galatasaray to battle for Liverpool target Lacina Traore in January

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Liverpool will battle Turkish side Galatasaray and Italian giants Juventus for the signing of Anzhi striker Lacina Traore. The Russian side is clearing out all its well-paid foreign players, and Traore could follow former team-mates Samuel Eto'o and Willian to the Premier League. The Daily Express reports that the Ivory Coast international is a long-term [.

Fabio Borini’s agent: ‘Joining Liverpool was a mistake’

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Fabio Borini's agent claims his client made a mistake when he decided to join Liverpool last summer. The Italy international moved to Anfield from Roma in a £10.5m deal, but injuries and lack of form kept him sidelined for much of his debut season. He has now been sent on loan to Sunderland. His agent [.

Chelsea striker Demba Ba was ‘ready’ to join Arsenal

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Demba Ba has admitted he came very close to joining Arsenal during the summer transfer window. But now the Senegal international has reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for a place in Chelsea's first-team after the move failed to materialise. He said: "I was ready to go and play [for Arsenal] but it didn't happen.

Photo: Mesut Ozil stands on a chair for his Arsenal initiation

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Even £42.4m signings cannot sidestep age-old football rituals like forcing the new boy to sing a song. Mesut Ozil performed his Arsenal initiation by standing on a chair and belting out a tune. The moment was snapped by youngster Chuba Akpom, although the striker didn't reveal what Ozil had sung.

Manchester City increase scouting of Udinese forward Piotr Zielinski

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Manchester City are stepping up their scouting ahead of a possible January move for Udinese youngster Piotr Zielinski. The 19-year-old has scored three goals in five caps for Poland, and has impressed Manuel Pellegrini with his handful of appearances for Udinese's first team. The Chilean is increasing City's monitoring of the striker, who only signed [.

Man Utd write to fans who complained about their transfer activity

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Letter From Philip Townsend regarding Manchester United's Summer Transfer Window !!! pic.twitter.com/GVgqxWeheZ Michael Dixon (@RetroRedDevil) September 17, 2013 Manchester United have written to fans who contacted them to express concern about the club's performance during the transfer window. Supporters who wrote to complain about the lack of summer signings have received replies defending manager [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘I was reluctant to sign Mathieu Flamini’

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Arsene Wenger admits he has doubts about re-signing Mathieu Flamini following his decision to leave Arsenal in 2008. The former AC Milan man managed to convince Wenger to give him another chance through his attitude, Wenger claims. He told the club's official website: "First of all I believe that he realised what he had here.

Video: Arsenal train ahead of Marseille clash

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Arsenal have been training ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with Marseille. Unsurprisingly, there were plenty of eyes on record signing Mesut Ozil during today's session at London Colney.

Video: Spurs stars Christian Eriksen, Lewis Holtby and Harry Kane do the crossbar-volley challenge

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It's a crossbar challenge... but with volleys. In theory. Spurs stars Christian Eriksen, Lewis Holtby and Harry Kane were supposed to be hitting the crossbar then volleying the rebound. When it became clear that was beyond them, they reverted to a more traditional crossbar challenge.

Video: Jose Mourinho says Chelsea have the taste for Champions League success

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Jose Mourinho says winning the Champions League will spur Chelsea on to more successes. The Special One claims that the Big Ears trophy is not one you can once and then move on. And he's speaking from personal appearance. He said: "For me the important thing is that Chelsea had a dream and the dream [.

Video: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho describes his squad as ‘beautiful, young eggs’

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has compared his squad to young eggs that he's taking care of until they are ready to hatch. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's Champions League clash with Czech side Viktoria Plzen, Mourinho suggested he was a dad to the young eggs among his squad. He said: "Beautiful young eggs, eggs that need [.

Video: The Jonjo Shelvey Show (Swansea 2-2 Liverpool)

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Jonjo Shelvey played a part in all four goals as his current club Swansea drew 2-2 with former club Liverpool. The England international look set for the perfect reunion with the side he left this summer when he broke into the box and scored the opener after just two minutes. But he then managed two [.

Arsenal ready to pay £11m for Liverpool target Kyriakos Papadopoulos

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Arsenal are preparing an £11m bid to beat Premier League rivals Liverpool to the signing of Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos. It's not clear whether Brendan Rodgers side will launch a bid of their own. The Reds were heavily linked with the Greece international but, having signed PSG's Mamdou Sakho and Sporting Lisbon's Tiago Ilori, Rodgers [.

Aleksandar Kolarov: ‘Man City players are looking forward to Vincent Kompany’s return’

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Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov says the squad are looking forward to welcoming captain Vincent Kompany back into the team. The Belgium international has been out of action since limping off during the club's Premier League opener against Newcastle. But he is expected to be fit to start tonight's Champions League opener against Czech side [.

Spurs old boy Gareth Bale considers buying Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s old house in Madrid

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Former Tottenham star Gareth Bale is thinking about buying the former Madrid home of Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil. After his protracted summer transfer saga, the Welshman is hoping for a simpler deal when it comes to snapping up Ozil's £1m pad. Ozil has already put his former home on the market for rent or [.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claims nobody wants to grow-up to be like Man Utd stalwart Gary Neville

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Jamie Carragher reduced the Monday Night Football team to fits of laughter with his assertion that no-one wants to grow-up to be Gary Neville. The Liverpool legend was initially making a general point about most full-backs being failed wingers or failed centre-backs. But, spotting he had touched a nerve with professional right-back Neville, he hammered [.

Manchester United’s Champions League finals

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Another Champions League season group stage gets underway this evening. Premier League champions Manchester United are at home to Bayer Leverkusen. The German side beat United in the 2002 Champions League semi-final, and David Moyes will be hoping they don't cause any such problems as he attempts to make his first Champions League campaign a [.

GIF It: Liverpool fan falls over the hoardings

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What lengths would you go to to get your hands on a t-shirt worn by Daniel Sturridge? For this Liverpool supporter, the answer was some painful bruises, an embarrassing fall and humiliation in front of your peers and a global TV audience.

Football Lookalikes: Man Utd pair Maroune Fellaini and Wayne Rooney vs Home Alone

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Uncanny. Via 101GG

Video: More footage of Manchester United training ahead of Bayer Leverkusen match

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Photo: How Anderson sees his Man Utd team-mates

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#GGMU pic.twitter.com/0Nusm3KtKb Bandit Nanna (@BanditNanna) September 14, 2013 A nice idea, but we find it hard to believe there are that many greens involved. And here's a reminder of how the United squad see Anderson.

Chelsea’s Juan Mata thinks his injury niggles are behind him

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Juan Mata is hopeful that he has overcome the muscle injuries that dogged him during pre-season. The Spain international was playing catch up with his team-mates after an extended break following his participation in the Confederations Cup with Spain. The muscle problems arose just as he was trying to get his fitness levels on par [.

Yohan Cabaye issues apology to Newcastle fans over failed Arsenal move

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Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has apologised to the club's supporters for his attempts to engineer a move to Arsenal during the transfer window. The France international refused to play for the Magpies as he attempted to force through his transfer to the Gunners and has received a mixed reception since coming back into the team.

David Moyes warns Man Utd fans: ‘It’s a tough group’

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Moyes on Group A: "We've got a leading team from Germany and Spain to play, and have to go to Donetsk to play Shakhtar. It's a tough group." Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 16, 2013

Photo: Man Utd star Wayne Rooney trains without his headgear

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The Reds were working hard this morning ahead of tomorrow's @ChampionsLeague fixture. #mufc pic.twitter.com/g4NS5ngy1x Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 16, 2013 Wayne Rooney trained for Manchester United's Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen without the protective headgear he wore at the weekend.

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

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1. It was a weekend for the new heroes to create goals. Both Mesut Ozil at Arsenal and Christian Eriksen at Spurs got debut assists. 2. The Special One might not enjoy such a special second stint if his side doesn't learn to convert its chances. 3. It's a good job the Aaron Ramsey death [...]

Video: Which Tottenham star is in the laundry basket?

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Spurs have released this funny behind-the-scenes video from last week's team photoshoot showing some of the team forming a laundry basket bobsleigh team. No prizes for guessing who's inside.

Brendan Rodgers: Luis Suarez is no longer Liverpool’s main man

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez cannot expect to be the club's "main man" when he returns from his 10-match ban. The Reds have been flying in Suarez's absence and Rodgers has made it clear that in-form striker Daniel Sturridge is very much on level pegging with the Uruguayan. He told the Sunday Mirror: [.

Former Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson was on texting terms with ref Mark Halsey

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Opposition fans have always felt that referees didn't do them any favours at Old Trafford, so you can understand the controversy surrounding the revelations that Sir Alex Ferguson used to text referee Hark Halsey. The details are revealed in Halsey's new book in which the ref admits texting Fergie, including to get his support for [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘Mesut Ozil was like a guy who was invited to play for us’

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Mesut Ozil was like someone who had been invited to play for Arsenal for one match, says manager Arsene Wenger. Gunners fans don't need to pinch themselves the Germany international is definitely at the Emirates for keeps. But having missed training on Friday through illness, the £42.4m club record signing walked onto the pitch [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘Mamadou Sakho looks an absolute monster in training’

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Mamadou Sakho trains at Melwood on Friday afternoon #LFC pic.twitter.com/mZIHSnGVl0 Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 13, 2013 It sounds like Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is quite pleased with his summer spending from what he's seen so far. The Reds boss has described new centre-back Mamadou Sakho as "an absolute monster" after seeing him in training [.

Video: Man Utd train ahead of Bayer Leverkusen match

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Manchester United have been in training ahead of their Champions League opener against Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow. The club has released a short video clip of the squad running through cones under the watchful eye of the media.

Jack Wilshere: ‘Friendship is the reason for Arsenal’s away wins’

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says a burgeoning friendship among the squad is the reason for their success away from home. The Gunners star thinks the fact that the players get on with each other is helping them pick up results on the road. He said: "There was a mentality at the end of last season [.

Sevilla fans try to find Marko Marin a Spanish wife to stop him returning to Chelsea

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Sevilla supporters are playing matchmaker with on-loan Chelsea winger Marko Marin in the hope it will persuade him to join them permanently. The former Werder Bremen man has struggled to make an impression since arriving at Stamford Bridge in 2012, but Sevilla fans are pleased with what they've seen in the six games he has [.

GIF It: Michael Carrick’s midfield Roulette (Man Utd 2-0 Crystal Palace)

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You don't usually associate Michael Carrick with anything too flash. He tends to pull the strings in midfield in a fairly understated fashion. But during yesterday's victory over Crystal Palace, the Manchester United midfielder proved he does have the skills in his locker if they are needed. He unleashed this Zinedine Zidane-style Roulette on the [.

Photo: Mesut Ozil explores the Arsenal trophy room

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After being presented to the media on Thursday, taking part in his first training session the same day and making his debut on Saturday, all that was left for Mesut Ozil's Arsenal induction was a tour of the trophy room at the Emirates Stadium.

Spurs flop ruins Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid debut

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Gareth Bale's Real Madrid debut was ruined by a former Tottenham team-mate. Spurs flop Giovani Dos Santos scored a late equaliser to earn Villarreal a 2-2 draw against Real. The Mexico international fired the ball into the net after goalkeeper Diego Lopez's parry fell nicely for him. Bale had earlier scored his first Real goal [.

Training ground intruder threatens to kill Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

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A crazed fan scaled the fence at Liverpool's Melwood training ground before hurling abuse and death threats at Steven Gerrard. The Reds skipper initially ignored the man, whose hands were covered in anti-vandal paint from climbing the barrier around the training ground, and continued practising free-kicks with Philippe Coutinho and Simon Mignolet.

Video: Christian Eriksen’s Spurs debut vs Norwich

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Tottenham new boy Christian Eriksen put in an impressive performance for his debut in yesterday's 2-0 win over Norwich. You can see all the Dane's individual highlights from the match in the video above.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea target Fernando Llorente for January move

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Spain international Fernando Llorente is a January transfer target for Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea. The former Athletic Bilbao striker has failed to make an impression since joining Juventus on a free transfer earlier this summer. He finds himself behind Carlos Tevez and Mirko Vucinic in the Old Lady's pecking order and is also rumoured to [.

Tottenham ‘plot transfer swoop’ for AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy

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Tottenham are planning to bring AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy to White Hart Lane in January, according to reports in the Sunday People. Andre Villas Boas is said to want to invest a large chunk of Gareth Bale's transfer fee in the 20-year-old Italy international. Spurs want extra firepower following the arrival of Roberto [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho praises Samuel Eto’o and Eden Hazard

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Jose Mourinho praised the efforts of Samuel Eto'o and Eden Hazard following Chelsea's 1-0 defeat at Everton. The Blues manager bemoaned his side's failure to take their chances, but was pleased to see new signing Eto'o involvement in key areas. He said: "Samuel was a killer all his career and the situations where he was [.

Bad news for Man Utd: Cristiano Ronaldo signs new Real Madrid contract

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Manchester United's hopes of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back from Real Madrid have been dealt a significant blow after he signed a new five year contract with the Spanish giants. As if the new deal wasn't enough to discourage United, the Portuguese star spelt out his intentions. He said: "Everyone knows that I was in Manchester [.

Video: Spurs old boy Gareth Bale scores on his Real Madrid debut

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Gareth Bale needed just 39 minutes as a Real Madrid player to score his first goal for the club. The world's most expensive player drifted off the flank to score an equaliser for his new side. Bale had not made much of an impact in the game against Villarreal until he found himself in the [...]

Video: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defends Daniel Sturridge

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Brendan Rodgers has defended Daniel Sturridge after it emerged that he will play in Liverpool's match against Swansea on Monday evening despite having missed England's recent World Cup qualifiers. The Reds boss said it was medical experts, not the player himself, who ruled him out of the games against Moldova and Ukraine.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini wary of Stoke’s aerial threat

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is getting into the swing of Premier League stereotypes by claiming he is concerned about Stoke's aerial threat ahead of today's match. The Chilean's side face the Potters at the Britannia Stadium today. City have looked vulnerable from set-pieces this season, so Pellegrini seems to be in no doubt as [.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll out with ‘ballerina’ injury

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The injury that threatens to ruin Andy Carroll's World Cup hopes and West Ham's season is one usually suffered by ballerinas, not footballers. That's according to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. The former Newcastle and Liverpool striker does so much jumping that he has picked up an injury that is more common among ballet dancers and [.

Arsenal tracking Inter Milan youngster Patrick Olsen

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Inter Milan's young midfielder Patrick Olsen is a transfer target for Arsenal, according to Italian media reports. The Denmark Under-21 star was only signed from Brondby earlier this year, but Arsene Wenger is keen to move him on once again. The Gunners have not made a bid for the 19-year-old, but have been scouting the [.

Chelsea join Man Utd in the race for Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire

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Chelsea are the latest team to express an interest in Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire. We reported earlier this week that Manchester United had been scouting the 20-year-old for months and were ready to make a move in January. If United see Maguire as a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand, it seems [.

Chelsea scouting Everton midfielder Ross Barkley

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Chelsea are said to be upping their interest in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley. The 19-year-old made his England debut against Moldova last week, and is very much a target for the Blues. The west London club will use today's meeting between the two sides to add to their growing scouting dossier on Barkley, the Daily [.

GIF It: Mesut Ozil’s first Arsenal assist

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It didn't take Mesut Ozil long to make an impression at Arseanl. The German playmaker set up this goal for Olivier Giroud in the Gunners' 3-1 win at Sunderland today. After his debut, the £42.4m man expressed his pride to be playing for Arsenal on Twitter. 3:1 i am so proud, to be member [...]

Video: Man Utd youngster Adnan Januzaj highlights vs Crystal Palace

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All eyes were on the Manchester United bench today for the game against Crystal Palace. While the Old Trafford faithful were expecting to see new signing Marouane Fellaini make an impact as a substitute, it was youngster Adnan Januzaj who stole the show. The 18-year-old put in an excellent performance to win rave reviews from [.

GIF It: Steven Naismith gives Everton the lead vs Chelsea

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Everton's Steven Naismith has nodded his side into a first-half lead against Chelsea. The Scot got on the end of Nikica Jelavic's back-post head to put the ball past Petr Cech on the brink of half-time.

Photo: Sir Alex Ferguson watches Man Utd from the stands

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In the stands: David Moyes said he thought Sir Alex Ferguson would "be pleased" with today's performance. #mufc pic.twitter.com/XMkV7mdsrO Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 14, 2013 A very strange sight at today's game between Manchester United and Crystal Palace: Sir Alex Ferguson watching the champions as a mere spectator.

Video: Marouane Fellaini’s first Man Utd press conference

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Manchester United's deadline day signing Marouane Fellaini has given his first press conference since joining the club. The Belgium midfielder was presented to the media, with manager David Moyes alongside him. On his new signing, Moyes said: "Very pleased. He never let us down at Everton. Experienced in Premier League and can play different positions.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine ‘very likely’ to go to jail

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A judge has told Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine that he is "very likely" to be jailed after being found guilty of two separate assaults. The BBC reports that the Owls star hit Daniel Beresford in the Paris Bar in February 2012, and attacked Reece Hall in the Viper Rooms a month later. The jury [.

Photos: Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori, Victor Moses and Steven Gerrard in Liverpool training

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Mamadou Sakho trains at Melwood on Friday afternoon #LFC pic.twitter.com/mZIHSnGVl0 Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 13, 2013 Some of Liverpool's new signings and one or two old timers have been in training at Melwood today. Victor Moses trains with his new teammates at Melwood #LFC pic.twitter.com/eNQDJpTHVg Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 13, 2013 [.

Photo: Marouane Fellaini is officially unveiled as a Manchester United player

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Another exclusive picture of @fellainiM at his unveiling today at Old Trafford. #mufc pic.twitter.com/31CGHiqPWS Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 13, 2013 Marouane Fellaini has been officially unveiled as a Manchester United player this afternoon. The international break stopped the former Everton man doing an official press conference and photoshoot until now.

Sampdoria catch Genoa’s youth team goalkeeping coach spying on them

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Sampdoria claim their have caught a Genoa spy ahead of this weekend's derby clash between the two teams. The Serie A outfit allegedly caught Luca De Pra, youth team goalkeeping coach at Genoa, hidden in trees near their training ground watching a closed training session. De Pra was decked out in his camouflage gear trying [.

Photo: Tottenham’s seven summer signing pose together

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EXCLUSIVE! First photo of all seven new #THFC signings pic.twitter.com/WEAxaz22IT Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2013 All seven of Tottenham's summer signings have posed for a photo. Paulinho, Christian Eriksen, Roberto Soldado, Nacer Chadli, Etienne Capoue, Vlad Chiriches and Erik Lamela lined up for a picture as Spurs took their team photo for the [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirms Samuel Eto’o will make his debut

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Here is Jose Mourinho mid conference. #CFC pic.twitter.com/RC79b7OU4w Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 13, 2013 Samuel Eto'o will make his Chelsea debut against Everton tomorrow, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The Blues boss didn't say whether the Cameroon international would be in his starting line-up or on the bench, but indicated that he was likely to [.

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti: Gareth Bale will play on the right against Villarreal

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Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal tomorrow and that he will be deployed on the right wing. He didn't say whether Bale would start or be named on the bench. On the Welshman's fitness, he said: "We play 100 per cent. I don´t know if [...]

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: ‘I trust Juan Mata’

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Here is Jose Mourinho mid conference. #CFC pic.twitter.com/RC79b7OU4w Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 13, 2013 Jose Mourinho says he likes and trusts Chelsea star Juan Mata. The Spaniard has been on the fringes since Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge. The Blues' player of the season two years running has been linked with moves to Arsenal, [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger jokes about not spending money

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Having splashed the cash to bring Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger is now quite happy to joke about his lack of spending it seems. In yesterday's press conference, journalist Amy Lawrence was asking Ozil about the pressure of his £42.4m price tag. She said: "This club has never spent that kind of money before.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boss: ‘I expect great things from Christian Eriksen’

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Andre Villas Boas says it is time to move on from Gareth Bale and start expecting to see brilliance from Christian Eriksen instead. The Tottenham manager made it clear that he sees Eriksen as someone who can develop into a player who is equally important to the club as the recently departed Welshman.

Juventus’ ex-Man Utd youngster Paul Pogba ‘rejected Arsenal and Chelsea’

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Juventus youngster Paul Pogba says he turned rejected the advances of Arsenal or Chelsea in the summer. The former Manchester United player claims his love of Juventus meant he only ever wanted to stay in Serie A. He told Sky Sports Italia: "Were there other clubs chasing me? Yes, but I had my mind only [.

Arsenal and Spurs could go head-to-head over Sochaux’s Sebastien Corchia

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North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham are set for a January transfer battle over French full-back Sebastien Corchia. As we reported yesterday, the Sochaux right-back also comfortable at left-back has made it clear that a move in the next transfer window is a distinct possibility. The 22-year-old was linked with a move to [.

Gareth Bale could play at left-back for Real Madrid, Spurs fans smirk

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Tottenham fans will allow themselves a wry smile this morning at the news that Gareth Bale could be deployed at left-back by Real Madrid. Spurs played the Welshman as a full-back at the start of his White Hart Lane career, before realising they had one of the world's best wingers on their hands. And the [.

Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches teaches you how to say his name

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New Tottenham signing Vlad Chiriches has put an end to hours of pub debate before it has even started by teaching supporters how to say his name. Spurs have released an audio recording of the Romanian centre-back pronouncing his name correctly. Posting the club, the club's official Twitter account wrote: "You've been tweeting us asking [.

Video: Liverpool star Lucas Leiva’s son has a decent volley

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Given that he is two years old, wearing Ugg boots and playing in the living room, it looks like little Pedro Lucas Leiva has got a decent volley. Showing the sort of coordination that would put most of us to shame, the toddler gets a good connection as he receives the ball from his dad, [...]

Video: Christian Eriksen scores a great solo goal in Spurs training

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Tottenham have been whetting the appetites of supporters desperate to see new signing Christian Eriksen in action by releasing this video of him scoring an excellent solo goal in training. The Denmark international embarks on a mazy run before firing the ball past goalkeeper Brad Friedel. Manager Andre Villas Boas won't be surprised: he's already [.

Photo: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers and Daniel Sturridge receive Manager and Player of the Month awards

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PHOTO Congrats to @LFC's Daniel Sturridge & Brendan Rodgers August's Barclays Player & Manager of the Month winners pic.twitter.com/ciMlkOKksZ Premier League (@premierleague) September 13, 2013 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been named Barclays Player of the Month for August, while Brendan Rodgers picked up the Manager of the Month award.

Man City fan vows to get Man Utd tattoo for charity

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A Manchester City supporter has promised to get a Manchester United tattoo if he manages to raise £1,500 for charity. Chris Worthington, of Macclesfield, is raising funds for the When You Wish Upon Star charity, which helped his seven-year-old daughter Poppy during her battle with a brain tumour. If he reaches his target, Chris will [.

Video: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge cooks up some Jamaican-style chicken

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has shown he's got a taste for goals already this season. But he is also partial to some Jamaican-style chicken and has posted an Instagram video in tribute to the food. Studge shows his chicken frying in olive oil, before throwing in some before and after shots. He wrote: "One [.

Arsene Wenger says Thomas Vermaelen is in contention for Arsenal vs Sunderland

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Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team mates on the Asia Tour the next few weeks. I will be staying in London...1/2 Thomas Vermaelen (@T_Vermaelen05) July 11, 2013 Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen could make his return from injury in tomorrow's game against Sunderland, according to Arsene Wenger.

Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirms Micah Richards, David Silva, Gael Clichy and Vincent Kompany are out of Stoke match

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Manuel Pellegrini has arrived for his pre-match press conference at Carrington. #stokevcity pic.twitter.com/bLgp6z6ydW Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 13, 2013 Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that Micah Richards, David Silva, Gael Clichy and Vincent Kompany will all miss Manchester City's game against Stoke.

Video: Watch Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s press conference LIVE

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Jose Mourinho's pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea's match against Everton will be broadcast live at around 1.30pm. Just hit play on the video and sit tight. Update: Looks like Chelsea have blocked it from being played on other websites just follow the link through to YouTube.

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo goes in studs-up on Spurs old boy Gareth Bale

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Welcome to Madrid. Gareth Bale has been given a warm welcome to Real Madrid by the man he's overtaken as the world's most expensive footballer. Cristiano Ronaldo went in studs-up on the former Tottenham player in what appeared to be a harmless game of piggy in the middle. Bale skins Ronaldo with a cheeky nutmeg [.

Photos: Tottenham pose for a team photo

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Smile for the camera! @sandroraniere @friedel_b and Hugo during today's team photo-shoot #THFC pic.twitter.com/72HtZ1Pw1p Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2013 Enjoying the group photo Andre, @YounsKabs4 and @Aaron7Lennon share a joke in the photo-shoot #THFC pic.twitter.com/Nst8CU5ZOU Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2013 Erik Lamela and @kylewalker2 get ready for their close-ups during [.

Video: Gareth Bale says he is ‘behind physically’ compared to his Real Madrid team-mates

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Gareth Bale says he is lacking in the fitness department compared to his new Real Madrid team-mates but is hoping to catch-up soon. He hinted that his chances of playing against Villarreal this weekend hang in the balance, although it would be a huge surprise if manager Carlo Ancelotti doesn't hand him a debut [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says signing Mesut Ozil was dependent on Spurs selling Gareth Bale

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Arsene Wenger says he thinks he was only able to bring Mesut Ozil to Arsenal because Spurs sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. He said he was surprised that Real Madrid were prepared to let the Germany international leave and thinks the arrival of Bale from Spurs must have been the reason for that. He [.

Video: Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas says Emmanuel Adebayor must train with the youth team

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas has said Emmanuel Adebayor must train with the youth team for as long as he finds it "appropriate". He said: "At the moment Adebayor is not with us because we have granted him authorisation to stay until Monday in his country for personal reasons, so he's not going to be [.

Spurs defender Vlad Chiriches reveals his love of a full English breakfast

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#Vlad6: 'Yes, I like a full English breakfast so I think this is my favourite.' Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 12, 2013 Expect Spurs new boy Vlad Chiriches to be hauled before the club's nutritionists at training tomorrow after he revealed that he is a partial to a full English breakfast.

Video: Mesut Ozil’s first training session

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Photo: Arsene Wenger officially unveils Arsenal’s record signing Mesut Ozil

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.@MesutOzil1088 was officially unveiled at #Arsenal today and you can see our pictures here http://t.co/YzpteB08NA pic.twitter.com/EwcjWVXQdf Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 12, 2013

Liverpool set to move for Derby starlet Will Hughes in January

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Liverpool are being linked with a £6m move for Derby County wonderkid Will Hughes. The England Under-21 international is known to have a number of Premier League suitors, and Brendan Rodgers' side were tipped to sign the 18-year-old over the summer. Despite holding talks with the Rams about a possible deal, the transfer never materialised.

Willian: ‘Chelsea is a better club than Tottenham in every aspect’

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New Chelsea signing Willian says he snubbed Tottenham because the Blues are better. The Brazilian midfielder was set to move to White Hart Lane from Russia side Anzhi this summer. But having passed a medical with Spurs, he became aware that Chelsea were also in the running to sign him. That prompted a change of [.

Arsenal target Sebastien Corchia hints at January move

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Sochaux defender Sebastien Corchia, a transfer target for Arsenal, has suggested he could leave the club during the January transfer window. The full-back had been expected to join Marseille and Lyon during the summer, but a deal with French football's big guns failed to materialised. That could pave the way for Arsene Wenger to make [.

Roberto Carlos warns Chelsea about Samuel Eto’o

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Brazilian great Roberto Carlos has warned Chelsea that new signing Samuel Eto'o could disrupt their dressing room. The former Real Madrid left-back was team director at the Cameroon international's old club, Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, and has warned that the forward's presence can be "damaging".

Liverpool delete crass 9/11 tweet

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Liverpool have deleted a September 11 tribute tweet showing two Liver birds emerging from the smoking Twin Towers. As we reported yesterday, the club's official American Twitter account, @LFCUSA, posted the image, which was accompanied by the slogan: "You'll Never Walk Alone America." The message was retweeted by the club's official account, @LFC.

Joey Barton goes through the back of Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio (Newcastle XI vs AC Milan XI)

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Testimonials are usually friendly affairs, but not so when you've got an allegedly fascist Sunderland manager up against an amateur left-wing philosopher with a penchant for violence representing Newcastle. Sounds like an unlikely set-up but that's exactly what happened when Newcastle and AC Milan met for Steve Harper's testimonial last night.

Man Utd defender Phil Jones ‘wants written apology’ from Stuart Pearce

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Phil Jones is demanding a written apology from former England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce, according to the Daily Telegraph. Pearce criticised players aged under-21 who pulled out of representing the Under-21 team in tournaments because they had already been capped by the senior team. And he went as far as to name Manchester United defender [.

Barcelona linked with Chelsea’s Juan Mata

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Chelsea star Juan Mata is reportedly a transfer target for Barcelona but Jose Mourinho may block any move because of his ongoing feud with the Catalan club. Mourinho and Barca enjoyed a less than friendly rivalry during his time as Real Madrid manager and even during his first stint at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson says his injury ‘doesn’t seem as bad as first thought’

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Injury doesnt seem as bad as first thought, hopefully be back sooner than originally expected! #BetterNews Glen Johnson (@glen_johnson) September 12, 2013 Glen Johnson says his injury is not as bad as was first feared. The Liverpool defender was expected to be out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle injury sustained in [.

Photo: Mesut Ozil’s first Arsenal training session

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We had our TV cameras at the first session for @MesutOzil1088. See this pic. Video up soon. #OzilisaGunner pic.twitter.com/GevzC2lunD Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 12, 2013 Photos have emerged of Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil taking part in his first training session. The new boy appears to be sticking close to compatriot and Germany national team [.

Arsenal sign Beckham

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Arsenal have reportedly signed Romeo Beckham. David and Victoria Beckham's second child is said to have joined the Gunners' youth academy on a one-year development contract. The 10-year-old is known to be a keen supporter of Arsene Wenger's side and hopes to follow in his dad's footsteps to become a professional footballer.

Mesut Ozil: ‘Arsenal can win the Premier League’

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@MesutOzil1088 and Arsene #Wenger in the press conference that shows once and for all that #OzilisaGunner #Arsenal pic.twitter.com/xHgEv5CjdK Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 12, 2013 Record signing Mesut Ozil says he can't promise to bring trophies to Arsenal but says the squad are capable of winning the Premier League.

Photo: Liverpool’s shameful 9/11 Twitter image

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The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool Football Club are with those affected by the events of 9/11. YNWA pic.twitter.com/YgHuKsRp1h LFC USA (@LFCUSA) September 11, 2013 Liverpool's PR team were supposed to be getting a better handle on things this season after some disastrous work by the communications department in recent years.

Photo: Arsenal new boy Mesut Ozil meets Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski

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Mesut Özil with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. #aha pic.twitter.com/5uH1kPaFVp Sir Jenkinson (@theEpicGooner) September 11, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has arrived at the club's training ground for the first time. The £42.4m man returned from international duty to report with the Gunners for the first time since joining from Real Madrid.

Video: Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi scores his first international goal (Nigeria 4-1 Burkina Faso)

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Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has done a bit of a Rickie Lambert by scoring his first international goal at the age of 31. The Magpies forward scored the third goal in Nigeria's 4-1 win over Burkina Faso yesterday. He held off the Burkina Faso defence to turn and fire the ball home. He told BBC [...

Speech by Man Utd’s Patrice Evra spurred France to victory, say team-mates

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Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has been praised by his France team-mates for a half-time speech that spurred them on to victory against Belarus. Didier Deschamps' side was trailing 1-0 at the interval, but left-back Evra's intervention at the interval is being credited with a dramatic turnaround that resulted in France winning 4-2.

Video: Man Utd’s striker Robin Van Persie scores long-range curler (Andorra 0-2 Netherlands)

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The Netherlands made hard work of beating World Cup qualification minnows Andorra before this Robin Van Persie strike gave them a breakthrough. After a goalless first-half, the Manchester United striker curled this effort inside the post from outside the penalty area. While that helped to settle a few Dutch nerves, they still only emerged with [.

Video: Man City’s Aleksandar Kolarov scores a howitzer against Wales

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Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov has not been at the top of Manuel Pellegrini's pecking order so far this season, but firing in goals like this can't do any harm in catching his eye. The Serbia international fired home this thunderbolt against Wales last night. He controlled the ball, let it roll away from him, [.

Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker on target for Germany

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil and his new team-mate Per Mertesacker were both on the scoresheet for Germany's 0-3 away win against the Faroe Islands last night. Per Mertesacker got as close as Per Mertesacker is ever likely to get to ghosting in at the back post, sticking out a long leg to guide Jerome [.

Video: Samuel Eto’o takes part in his first Chelsea training session

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New Chelsea signing Samuel Eto'o took part in his first training session with the club yesterday. We brought you a photo of Eto'o taken at the end of the session, but now the club has released footage of the Cameroon international meeting his new team-mates for the first time and taking part in a light [.

Arsenal close to signing Ciprian Marica, says his agent

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Romania striker Ciprian Marica is on the verge of joining Arsenal, according to his agent. The 27-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving German side Schalke at the end of last season. He was linked with a move to West Ham earlier this week, but his agent, Ioan Becali, claimed that Arsenal were [.

Manchester United tracking Sheffield United youngster Harry Maguire

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Manchester United are lining up Sheffield United centre-back Harry Maguire as a long-term replacement for Nemanja Vidic or Rio Ferdinand. Media reports today suggest that the champions have been scouting the 20-year-old since last season when Sir Alex Ferguson was taking an interest. The 6ft 4in defender is rated at £4m, but that might rise [.

FIFA 14 Bench Edition: Emmanuel Frimpong winds up former Arsenal team-mates Samir Nasri and Alex Song

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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been taking aim at former Gunners Samir Nasri and Alex Song. With the internet abuzz over the launch of the FIFA 14 demo, Frimpong uploaded a photo of a very special 'Bench Edition' of the game, with Nasri and Song as the cover stars. Frimpong clearly feels that the duo [.

Man Utd’s Shinji Kagawa: ‘Ask David Moyes why I’m not playing’

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Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has told reporters to ask David Moyes why he is not playing. The Japan international has been left out of the new United boss' team, despite the fact that they have shown a lack of attacking flair against the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool. And it appears he is as [.

Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello: ‘Liverpool tried to sign me’

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Cristian Tello has revealed that Liverpool tried to sign him during the summer transfer window. The Barcelona winger claims he rejected the advances of Brendan Rodgers' side to focus on cementing a regular starting place at Camp Nou. The 22-year-old has two subsitute appearances to his name so far this season but is happy to [.

Video: Hilarious corner taken by Armenia’s Aras Ozbiliz vs Denmark

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You've got Aras Ozbiliz of Armenia to thank your this disastrous attempt at a corner during last night's game against Denmark. Ozbiliz manages to kick the corner flag, accidentally take the corner, trip over the ball and commit a handball. Perhaps the worst corner ever.

Jamie Carragher on his centre-back partnership with Liverpool new boy Mamadou Sakho

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No, Jamie Carragher's not out of retirement. But the Liverpool great has been talking about the time he partnered the Reds' new signing Mamadou Sakho in defence. The pair was teamed up during a charity match in Corsica 18 months ago, so he has seen the former PSG man at close quarters. He told the [.

Video: Interview with Spurs signing Vlad Chiriches

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New Tottenham signing Vlad Chiriches has been speaking about his "incredible" transfer to the club. He described it as a "dream" move, saying Spurs play his kind of football.

Photo: An update on Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney’s massive gash

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Thanks to @WayneRooney for taking time out to have this picture.... #legend pic.twitter.com/DYedNCfon2 Sam Saunt (@berbasaunt10) September 7, 2013 After Wayne Rooney shared a photo of his nasty head injury last week, he appears to have jetted off to Portugal during the international break while the wound heals.

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini says he gets better with age ‘like wine’

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Mathieu Flamini says he has got better with age, "like a wine". Full story, with video, here: http://t.co/R5npi19FRT pic.twitter.com/180jHcyQqQ Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 10, 2013 Mathieu Flamini says he's getting better with age like a fine wine following his return to Arsenal. The summer signing has been getting back into the Gunners' training regime [.

Photo: Spurs keeper Heurelho Gomes takes time out from washing the dishes to collect a cross

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Rising high: @GOMESNUMBER1 reaches to claim a @Knaughts88 cross in training #THFC pic.twitter.com/qb7yXhBWsg Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 10, 2013 With Hugo Lloris away on international duty, Heurelho Gomes was pressed into action at Tottenham training today. It looks like his involvement came as such a surprise that he didn't even have time to change [.

Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo: ‘Give me time to toughen up’

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Yaya Sanogo says he will 'toughen up' to be a success in England. Watch the interview: http://t.co/4XZoMpZ2B7 pic.twitter.com/8doid6pIMP Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 10, 2013 Arsenal's summer signing Yaya Sanogo has said it will take him time to adapt to English football but says he will get stronger to ensure he is a success at [.

Video: Christian Eriksen’s first interview as a Tottenham player

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New Tottenham signing Christian Eriksen has given his first interview since joining the club. He outlined his determination to return the club to the 'fun' of Champions League football. The Denmark international said: "I played in the Champions League the last three years at Ajax. I know what it's about and it's the best place [.

Real Madrid to invest Mesut Ozil money in Liverpool’s Luis Suarez or Monaco’s Radamel Falcao

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Real Madrid will use the cash they pocketed from Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil to bring either Luis Suarez or Radamel Falcao to the club in January, according to reports in the Spanish media. You could be forgiven for thinking that £42.4m was already spoken for given the world record signing of Gareth Bale, but not [.

Bafetimbi Gomis says Newcastle deal fell through when they haggled on wages

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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis claims he had agreed a deal to join Newcastle in the summer. But the transfer collapsed when the Magpies asked him to lower his wage demands. The France international had agreed a deal verbally with the Toon. But when it came to progressing the deal after a fee had been agreed [.

Arsenal and Liverpool given hope on Martin Montoya signing by his agent

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Arsenal and Liverpool's chances of signing Barcelona defender Martin Montoya after his agent suggested that a free transfer away from Camp Nou is a real possibility. Jose Maria Orobitg went as far as to namecheck Brendan Rodgers' side as he explained that his client might not extend his contract beyond this season.

Roy Hodgson: Tottenham youngster Tom Carroll is outstanding

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England manager Roy Hodgson has branded Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll as "an outstanding footballer". Hodgson has seen the youngster at close quarters while working with the Under-21 squad. And he singled the 21-year-old out for praise to illustrate a point he was making about Rickie Lambert. The Southampton striker has been misjudged throughout his career [.

Video: Liverpool youngster Andre Wisdom sent-off for kicking out (Finland U21 1-1 England U21

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http://youtu.be/QGDusbmCoew?t=3m35s Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom was shown a red card while captaining England Under-21s last night. The Reds right-back kicked out at a Finnish opponent right in front of the referee with 16 minutes remaining in last night's 1-1 draw. A free-kick had already been awarded against Wisdom when showing that his surname might [.

The Chelsea and Barcelona goalkeeper love triangle

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Media reports in Spain suggest that Chelsea and Barcelona are ogling each other's goalkeepers they just can't decide who gets who in this little love triangle. What seems certain is that Victor Valdes will leave Barcelona at the end of the season. His contract expires next summer and he has indicated that he wants [.

Video: Man City’s Micah Richards mimics Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s goal celebration dance

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge's slightly irritating goal celebration dance is becoming very well known after his excellent start to the season. In fact, it's so well known that players at other Premier League clubs are now making their own tribute videos. Here is Manchester City defender Micah Richards doing his interpretation of Studge's celebration.

Video: Ashley Cole praises Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard ahead of his 100th England cap

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Ashley Cole has paid tribute to his international and Chelsea colleague Frank Lampard, who will join him in England's 100-cap club this evening. The left-back reached the milestone at the end of last season and is now delighted to see his team-mate become a centurion. Cole said: "It's a great achievement, I think he was [.

Video: Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris determined to skipper France to the World Cup through play-offs

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Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is determined to captain the France national team to next summer's World Cup but realises that will probably mean qualifying through the play-offs. Both Lloris and manager Didier Deschamps appear resigned to finishing behind leaders Spain in Group I. The World Cup holders are three points clear with two games [.

West Ham set to sign ex-Fulham striker Mladen Petric as Andy Carroll suffers new injury

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West Ham are set to snap up free agent Mladen Petric. The Hammers have moved to strengthen their already lightweight strikeforce after first-choice forward Andy Carroll suffered a new injury. The England international picked up a foot injury in training yesterday. The 24-year-old, signed from Liverpool for £15m in the summer, is waiting for confirmation [.

Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori leaves the door open for England call-up

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Tiago Ilori: It's not a bad choice for me to have... http://t.co/5f5U6XzHGe #LFC pic.twitter.com/vSL8oSmA7p Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 10, 2013 New Liverpool signing Tiago Ilori has not ruled out representing England at international level, but says he intends to stay loyal to Portugal. The 20-year-old, signed from Sporting Lisbon for £6.

Photo: Samuel Eto’o in Chelsea training

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Training at Cobham is finished. @juanmata10 and @setoo9 have been chatting... #CFC pic.twitter.com/eDb0Y2eI60 Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 10, 2013 Chelsea have released this photo of new signing Samuel Eto'o in training. The former Barcelona star, brought in on a free transfer from Russian side Anzhi, is shown chatting with Juan Mata at the end [.

Video: Chelsea star Frank Lampard walks around Kiev in knee-high socks

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Frank Lampard tried to help England gain a psychological advantage over opponents Ukraine by walking round Kiev dressed like a colonial era explorer. While most of the squad opted for ankle or trainers socks for their stroll, the Chelsea veteran decided to wear football socks pulled up to his knees. It's an interesting casual look [.

Kieran Gibbs: ‘Mesut Ozil can take Arsenal to the next level’

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Mesut Ozil can push Arsenal to the next level, says his new team-mate Kieran Gibbs. The left-back says the club record signing of the Germany international is a statement of intent from the club and says Ozil is the signing that "everyone's been waiting for". He told the club's official website: "I'm very excited, when [.

Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny: ‘Arsene Wenger was right to drop me’

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And another BIG thank you to Audi Whetstone for making one of my dreams cone true today pic.twitter.com/6OX6OOw0 Wojciech Szczesny (@13Szczesny13) October 10, 2011 Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was right to leave him out of the team last season. The Poland international was dropped in favour of compatriot Lukasz Fabianski, with [.

Man Utd target Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke for January bid

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is considering a move for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke in January. The Scot watched the 22-year-old in action during Friday's match between Belgium and Scotland. reports the Daily Mirror. Now he is considering bringing in the Belgian to become United's new number 9.

Heerenveen striker Alfred Finnbogason in Newcastle’s sights

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Newcastle are aiming to draw a line under their disastrous summer transfer window by starting to plan for their January targets. High on the list of priorities is Iceland international Alfred Finnbogason. The Heerenveen striker, who scored 24 goals in last season's Eredivisie, was reportedly offered to the Magpies for around £5m over the summer.

Sunderland lose behind-close-doors friendly to their Under-21 side

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Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is said to be furious with his players after they lost a behind-closed-doors friendly to the club's Under-21 side. The Italian boss organised a private practice match against the development squad to keep up the first-team's fitness levels during the international break.

Video: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard waiting to hear if he will earn his 100th England cap

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Chelsea veteran Frank Lampard says he hasn't been told yet whether he will win his 100th cap for England in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine. The 35-year-old is set for the milestone it once appeared he might fall just short of reaching. Asked if manager Roy Hodgson had told him whether he would be [.

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor: ‘I did not hit Andre Villas Boas’

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Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor says there has been no fall-out with Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas and insists he had no intention of leaving the club over the summer. The Togo international found himself training with the youth team during pre-season and was linked with moves to Schalke or Turkish side Besiktas.

Video: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud shows off his seated keepy-uppies

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Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has had an excellent start to the season. We can't really envisage a need for his seated ball juggling skills in the Premier League, but Gooners can rest assured that the Frenchman has them in his arsenal should they ever be required. The former Montpellier forward showed off his skills during a [.

Chelsea star Juan Mata wants your travel tips

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Juan Mata has appealed for help to plan his next holiday. The Chelsea midfielder has revealed that he is a keen traveller. He is disappointed that he doesn't get to explore the many places that he visits with Chelsea, so he loves nothing better than discovering new places over the summer. And now he wants [.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenolo on deciding where to send players on loan

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Chelsea technical director Michael Emenolo has been discussing how the Blues decide when and where to let their players go out on loan. Emenolo says the club has implemented a policy of sending out players on loan deals to help them to comply with Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules, but also to give regular first-team [.

Liverpool tried to sign Gabriel Batistuta

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Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has revealed he tried to bring legendary Argentinian striker Gabriel Batistuta to the club. Evans had hoped to pair 'Batigol' with Reds legend Robbie Fowler in the mid-1990s, but the deal never materialised. As it happened, Batistuta remained in Italy with Fiorentina, for whom he scored 168 goals in 269 [.

Injured Arsenal star Lukas Podolski posts grumpy photo

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Arsenal star Lukas Podolski is not enjoying being injured. So much so that he's felt compelled to post a photo of himself looking thoroughly miserable. Adopting a facial expression best described as 'vandalism victim poses for local newspaper photographer', Poldi sat for the photo before uploading it to his Instagram account.

Hilarious football video featuring Man Utd legend Bobby Charlton, Liverpool hero Ian Rush and others

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Thanks to the team at Retrospective Punishment for alerting us to the outstanding compilation of football obscurities and oddities that they've put together. If you're not fighting back the tears within a couple of minutes, you're probably not a football fan.

Video: Chelsea captain John Terry almost scores from his own half

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As we all know, the highlight of yesterday's Stiliyan Petrov charity match was Gabriel Agbonlahor clattering into a member of One Direction causing him to vomit. But a very close second was this long-range effort from Chelsea skipper John Terry. He proved that all those years on international duty with David Beckham were put to [.

Tottenham defender Kyle Walker apologises for taking laughing gas

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Apologies for not commenting sooner on a story about me today. I've been training and am focussed on Tuesday's game for England Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) September 8, 2013 Now I know the health risks, it was poor judgement on my part. Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) September 8, 2013 I won't be doing this again [.

Video: Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor knocks One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson into next week

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Stiliyan Petrov's testimonial match was understandably played in a certain spirit, but Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor couldn't resist the opportunity to take out One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson.

Man Utd set to offer Wayne Rooney a new long-term contract

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Manchester United are hoping to tie Wayne Rooney down to a new contract that would keep him at the club "well into his thirties", according to a club source. The England striker's future has been uncertain since he reportedly asked for a transfer at the end of last season. He was linked with moves to [.

Man Utd had put aside £80m for Cristiano Ronaldo deal

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Manchester United had £80m budgeted to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer, according to the Mail on Sunday. The reports claim that the plan had been in place since Sir Alex Ferguson and former chief executive David Gill were at the club and it could still be revisited in January or, more likely, next summer.

Newcastle made deadline day enquiry for Blackpool’s Thomas Ince

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Newcastle made an enquiry about England Under-21 winger Thomas Ince on transfer deadline day. Reports in the Mail on Sunday suggest the Magpies approached Blackpool about buying the son of their manager Paul Ince. But the deal was vetoed before it got anywhere by people within the Toon's "management team" who were not convinced a [.

Video: Man Utd’s Nick Powell nearly breaks the net in England U21 training

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Manchester United youngster Nick Powell smashed home a powerful half-volley during England Under-21 training. The former Crewe player's sweetly struck shot was captured by the FA's cameras. The 19-year-old has just joined Wigan on loan for the season.

Video: QPR’s Spurs loanee Benoit Assou Ekotto skydiving

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Spurs defender Benoit Assou Ekotto has posted a video of himself skydiving during the current international break. The left-back, currently on loan at QPR, uploaded the video to his Instragram account. Having been left out of the Cameroon squad, he opted to head to Miami and jump out of a plane instead.

Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian set to be Chelsea’s first-choice attacking midfield trio

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One of the most interesting selection dilemmas of the season is likely to be how Jose Mourinho chooses to deploy the wealth of attacking midfielder options at his disposal. The Chelsea boss has Oscar, Willian, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle all vying for the three slots likely to be available [.

Mesut Ozil: I’d have joined Arsenal for free

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New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil says he would have joined Arsenal for free. He says a phone call from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger sold him on a move to the Emirates to the extent that he would have gone even without all the financial trappings that came with his £42.4m transfer. He told German newspapier [.

Video: Roberto Soldado’s son dons a Spurs shirt, scores a goal

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Tottenham might have one more hotshot Soldado number 9 to grab a goal for them than they had bargained for. New signing Roberto Soldado has uploaded an Instagram video of his young son scoring a goal wearing a 'Soldado 9′ shirt. The kid's got a powerful shot.

Kieran Gibbs: ‘Even Spurs fans should have jumped for joy when Mesut Ozil joined Arsenal’

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Arsenal left-back Kieran Gibbs said even Tottenham supporters should have jumped for joy when they found out Mesut Ozil was joining the Gunners. He immediately had a change of heart deciding that his side's north London rivals probably weren't so excited at news of the signing but maintained that you didn't have to [.

Arsenal planning to swoop Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender

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He used to be accused of only buying French players, but now Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is considering two more additions to his growing collection of Germans. According to the Daily Mirror, Wenger is plotting moves for midfielders Ilkay Gundogan, of Borussia Dortmund, and Lars Bender, of Bayer Leverkusen.

Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scores two goals (Uruguay 2-1 Peru)

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GIF It: Man Utd’s striker Danny Welbeck’s two goals (England 4-0 Moldova)

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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck grabbed a brace in England's 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Moldova at Wembley last night. Welbeck showed an excellent first touch and a better eye for judging the flight of a ball to score England's third just before half-time. And he added the fourth with a lovely clipped finish [.

Video: Man Utd striker Danny Welbeck hogs Tunnelcam

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The Tunnelcam from last night's match between England and Moldova features Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck returning to the dressing room from the pitch twice in different states of undress. Possible explanations: - Some sort of evil twin scenario - A revolving door at the other end of the dressing room that confused him - [.

Video: Arsenal new boy Mesut Ozil records 99% pass accuracy (Germany 3-0 Austria)

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil was on international duty for Germany last night. And he gave Gooners something to whet their appetites: a near perfect individual display featuring 99 per cent pass accuracy. Ozil helped his team to a 3-0 win over neighbours Austria in last night's World Cup qualifier.

Video: Everton’s Kevin Mirallas scores (Scotland 0-2 Belgium)

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Everton's Kevin Mirallas scored a late goal to help Belgium to a 2-0 away win over Scotland in their World Cup qualifier. Steven Defour had given the Belgians the lead, but they had to wait until the 88th minute to add to that when Mirallas' neat turn aided by some slack defending left [...]

Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina set to join Barcelona in the summer

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Pepe Reina seems likely to have played his last game for Liverpool, with media reports in Spain suggesting he has already agreed a deal that will see him join Barcelona next season. The long-serving keeper has been shipped out on loan to Napoli this season after Brendan Rodgers paid £9m to bring Sunderland goalie Simon [.

Video: Gareth Bale gets grabbed by two fans during half-time warm-up

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If Gareth Bale was in any doubt about his new galactico status, he was given a reminder at half-time during Wales' defeat to Macedonia yesterday. The new Real Madrid signing was an unused substitute in the game. But he was accosted by two fans who ran onto the pitch during his half-time warm-up. Celtic's Adam [.

West Ham turn to ex-Schalke player Cirprian Marica in hunt for new striker

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West Ham are weighing up a move for former Schalke striker Cirprian Marica as they seek to boost their attacking options. Marica is currently without a club since leaving the German club at the end of last season. But he was on target for Romania against Hungary yesterday evening. The Hammers had invited recently released [.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany could now miss Man Utd clash

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Team was great. I felt great. Injury is a blow after all the hard work. I'll be back to that level in no time. Thanks for all the support!. Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) August 19, 2013 Vincent Kompany is a serious doubt for the Manchester derby because he is taking longer than expected to recover [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘We can’t get carried away’

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Brendan Rodgers: "It's been a great start for us but we can't get carried away." http://t.co/yxISLQJsg7 #LFC pic.twitter.com/i5or318GTp Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 7, 2013 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned his top-of-the-table players not to get carried away by their excellent start to the season.

Liverpool striker Iago Aspas would recommend the Premier League to anyone

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Contento x el debut la victoria y el golito!!sera el primero de muchos #YNWA pic.twitter.com/K8rSJ5Gakw Iago Aspas Juncal (@aspas10) July 13, 2013 Liverpool's summer signing Iago Aspas says he is loving life at the club and would recommend a move to the Premier League to any player. The 26-year-old feels he is adapting well [.

Video: Gareth Bale says he will miss the Spurs players, staff and manager

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Real Madrid new boy Gareth Bale says he will miss Andre Villas Boas and the Tottenham squad. Asked what he would miss about Spurs, Bale said: "Obviously everybody there was great the players, the staff and the manager. "I'll probably miss all them, obviously having such a close relationship with them all.

Video: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard scores (England vs Moldova)

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Captain Steven Gerrard opened the scoring for England in tonight's World Cup qualifier against Moldova at Wembley.

Photo: Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard and Chelsea’s Frank Lampard arrive for England vs Moldova

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England captain Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard, who is set to win his 99th cap, have arrived at Wembley ahead of tonight's World Cup qualifier against Moldova.

Everton to reward ‘loyal’ Leighton Baines with new contract after Man Utd bids

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Leighton Baines is to be rewarded with a new contract for the way he handled himself amid interest from Manchester United over the summer. The Everton left-back was the subject of at least two £12m bids from the champions over the summer. While fellow United target Marouane Fellaini ultimately handed in a transfer request and [.

Video: Juan Mata says he is happy to be at Chelsea

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Juan Mata insists he is happy at Chelsea despite a series of rumour linking him with a move away from the club during the transfer window. The 25-year-old was being touted for a transfer to Manchester United, Arsenal or Paris St-Germain over the summer, but none of those moves materialised. Mata claims he is committed [.

Photo: New Arsenal keeper Emiliano Viviano in training

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New signing @EmilianoViviano has completed his first week of training. Here's the keeper in action #WelcomeViviano pic.twitter.com/6eruwLEBom Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 6, 2013 Arsenal have released a photograph of new signing Emiliano Viviano in training. It's all looking promising so far: the Italian goalkeeper signed on a season-long loan from Palermo appears to [.

Arsenal could move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez again in January

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Arsenal are continuing to monitor Luis Suarez's situation at Liverpool ahead of a possible swoop in January, according to reports in the Daily Mirror. The Gunners were involved in a farcical pursuit of the Uruguay international this summer, which culminated in the infamous £40,000,001 bid aimed at activating a non-existent buy-out clause in Suarez's contract.

Kolo Toure offers to change his name to match Liverpool fan’s dodgy tattoo

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"@JoshKillner: Can't believe @domjpearson made The Metro with his 'Kolo Touro' tattoo. #lad http://t.co/BJkggXENwf" I will change my name Kolo Toure (@KoloKolotoure28) September 5, 2013 Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has offered to change his to 'Kolo Touro' to match a misspelled tattoo on a supporter's foot.

Man City’s defensive crisis is back on, Martin Demichelis out for six weeks

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Manchester City are once again in a defensive injury crisis after reasonably priced panic buy Martin Demichelis was ruled out for six weeks with a knee ligament injury. The Argentina international was signed from Atletico Madrid for £3.5m on Sunday despite the fact he had only joined them on a free transfer from Malaga [.

Steven Gerrard says the international stage was set for Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge

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England captain Steven Gerrard says the injury to his Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge is "a shame" because he had the chance to shine in international football in tonight's World Cup qualifier against Moldova. Sturridge, already a matchwinner for the Reds three times this season, had to pull out the Moldova game through injury.

Zlatan ‘would die’ for Chelsea boss Mourinho, Wenger made him feel like a boy at Arsenal

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said he would be prepared to die for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who managed him at Inter Milan. But he says he rejected the chance to join Arsenal as a 20-year-old because Arsene Wenger made him feel like a boy. Writing in his autobiography, the PSG striker said: "Jose Mourinho is a [.

Andre Villas Boas: ‘Gareth Bale put Spurs under intense pressure’

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says Gareth Bale put the club under "intense" pressure to force through his move to Real Madrid. Off-the-record briefings by sources close to Bale during the transfer saga and the player's refusal to hand in an official transfer request meant the majority of Spurs fans were kept onside throughout the [.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres on trying to combine being a footballer AND an economics student

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Fernando Torres has been discussing combining life as a professional footballer with studying for an economics degree. Apparently, it's not really feasible. The Chelsea striker tried to go to university while already a member of the Atletico Madrid first-team. He stuck at his degree for six months before deciding he had taken on too much.

Micah Richards has fun with Man City skipper Vincent Kompany’s shoes while he’s away

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Just because they're gucci doesn't mean they're nice

Video: West Brom’s Saido Berahino scores the winner (England U21 1-0 Moldova)

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West Brom striker Saido Berahino scored the only goal of the game as England Under 21s beat Moldova 1-0 this evening. The 20-year-old's strike looked like being the first of many for Gareth Southgate's side. But despite totally outplaying their opponents, they failed to convert another of their many chances.

Wales manager Chris Coleman delayed by passport problems

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Manager Chris Coleman will arrive in Skopje later tonight after an passport issue delayed his departure from Cardiff. FA Wales (@FAWales) September 5, 2013 Chris Coleman will arrive in Macedonia later than his Wales squad after being held up by passport problems. The Wales boss is now due in Skopje later this evening.

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert to start for England vs Moldova

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Rickie Lambert will make his first start for England in tomorrow's World Cup qualifier against Moldova. The Southampton striker is the beneficiary of Roy Hodgson's injury woes. With Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge ruled out with a thigh injury. Wayne Rooney was already out of contention because of a cut to his head.

Gareth Bale: ‘I’d have quit Spurs even if they were in the Champions League’

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The most expensive footballer of all-time, Gareth Bale, says he would have left Tottenham for Real Madrid even if his former club had qualified for the Champions League last season. Spurs were pipped to fourth place and Champions League football by north London rivals Arsenal last term. But Bale says he would have still left [.

Mathieu Flamini says it feels like he never left Arsenal

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Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he feels like he's come home after returning for a second stint with the Gunners. The Frenchman, snapped up on a free transfer this summer, made his second debut in last weekend's north London derby win over Spurs. And after Jack Wilshere's illness pushed him into the team perhaps a [.

Arsenal vs Tottenham: A Yank investigates the North London Derby

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I am in north London talking about Gareth Bale's penis. It's huge, according to the three Tottenham Hotspur supporters seated across from me. We are in a vintage clothing shop recording a football podcast, even though I'm woefully under-qualified to talk football. I appreciate the game but I'm American: tactics are lost on me.

Everton launch the worst football tie-in ever

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Everton fans, if watching Roberto Martinez's boys passing the ball around has restored your faith in God (or if you're already feeling inclined to start praying for a win), you club has got just the thing for you. They've launched a tie-in to be able to offer supporters a two-for-one deal on tickets of Jesus [.

Ex-Liverpool and Spurs director of football Damien Commoli says Man Utd need someone in that role

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Manchester United need to appoint a director of football, according to Damien Commoli. The former Tottenham and Liverpool director of football claims the champions' activity during the transfer window indicates that they need to create a similar role at Old Trafford. "If there was a club in need of a director of football to ease [.

Manchester United new boy Marouane Fellaini: ‘I want to win trophies’

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Marouane Fellaini says he has joined Manchester United because he wants to win trophies. The Belgium international was aware that former club Everton were keen for him to stay. But after five years at Goodison Park the 25-year-old felt it was time to move on to pursue his ambitions of winning silverware and playing in [.

The 2013/14 Summer Transfer Window Awards

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The summer transfer window of 2013/14 had the potential to be the most dramatic of all transfer windows. But was it? At the start of the summer (how long ago does that feel?), for the first time in the history of the Premier League the top three teams changed their manager. The return of the [...]

Wigan and Watford lead race for Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah

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Wigan and Watford are the favourites to secure Chelsea starlet Nathaniel Chalobah on loan for the season. The 19-year-old earned rave reviews with his performances for the Hornets last season, prompting Jose Mourinho to scout him in the Championship playoff final before he had been officially confirmed as the new Chelsea manager.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew plans talks with Yohan Cabaye after failed Arsenal move

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Alan Pardew will hold talks with midfielder Yohan Cabaye after his decision to go on strike failed to force through a transfer to Arsenal. The Newcastle star refused to play for the club after learning of a £10m bid from Arsenal. But the Gunners refused to meet the Toon's valuation of their star and the [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers tells Roy Hodgson to look after Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has used the club's official warning to send a reminder to England boss Roy Hodgson that he needs to take good care of Raheem Sterling. The 18-year-old was in scintillating form at the start of last season and has started to show glimpses of his potential again this term.

Video: Violence erupts at Bristol City vs Bristol Rovers

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The derby match between Bristol Rovers and Bristol City was marred by violent scenes after a pitch invasion. The two sides met for the first time in seven years in last night's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash. But the football was overshadowed by fighting between fans of both clubs. Twelve people were arrested and three police [.

Alexander Buttner’s agent hits out at Man Utd boss David Moyes

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Alexander Buttner's agent says there is a lack of trust between his client and new Manchester United boss David Moyes. The former Everton manager's frantic attempts to bring in a new left-back during the transfer window have left question marks over Buttner's future. His agent Alexander Bursac says the Dutchman has been promised a loan [.

Video: Gervinho shows Arsenal fans what they’re missing on Roma debut

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Sorry, that should have read: Gervinho shows Arsenal fans he's still missing on Roma debut. The Emirates flop appears to have taken his Arsenal form to Serie A with him after he fluffed two one-on-ones in his first outing since his switch from the Gunners. The Ivory Coast international spurned some excellent chances in his [.

Willian vows to respectfully fight his Chelsea team-mates

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Chelsea signing Willian has promised to fight his new team-mates but he's going to do it with respect. The Brazilian is keen to carve out a place in the Blues' starting line-up. And given the array of attacking midfielders at Jose Mourinho's disposal, the 24-year-old knows he will have to scrap it out for [.

Video: Mesut Ozil’s first interview with Arsenal

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Mesut Ozil says Arsene Wenger is one of the main reasons he chose to join Arsenal. Speaking to the club's media team for the first time, the former Real Madrid man said he had been convinced to join the Gunners because he felt Wenger could help him to develop further as a player. Arsenal's style [...

Steven Gerrard touts himself as a future Liverpool manager

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Gerrard: "The dream come true would be to manage Liverpool." http://t.co/c0BDOKsD7c #LFC pic.twitter.com/WsHkLwBMl3 Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 5, 2013 Watch out, Brendan Rodgers: Steven Gerrard is after your job. The Liverpool captain revealed that he has set his sights on managing the club one day.

Gareth Bale says waiting for Tottenham to sell him was ‘stressful’

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Real Madrid's new world record signing Gareth Bale says it was "stressful" waiting to complete his move from Tottenham. The Welshman said he understood that Spurs had to do their own transfer business before letting him leave, but still says it was a hard time for him as he waited for the deal to be [.

Photo: Mesut Ozil in an Arsenal kit

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And here's the full picture gallery of @MesutOzil1088's @Arsenal photoshoot! http://t.co/OPVCrEzczC #OzilIsAGunner pic.twitter.com/HWzF7ZF9nI Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 4, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has done his first photoshoot since his £42.4m move from Real Madrid. The Germany international posed in a Gunners kit in a shoot for the club's official website.

Video: Patrice Evra says he has to bring Man Utd team-mate Anderson burgers

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Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra says he has to bring team-mate Anderson burgers at 1am. In footage from United's summer tour filmed by Rio Ferdinand, Evra moans about having to cater for his Brazilian colleague's dietary requirements. Via 101GG

Ex-Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas would not have joined Man Utd for double his wages

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says he had no intention of joining Manchester United this summer even if they had offered to double his salary. The former Arsenal captain had been widely linked with a move to Old Trafford during the transfer window, with David Moyes' side lodging bids for him with Barca.

Cesc Fabregas’ sorrow over missing Arsenal shirt

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Cesc Fabregas has expressed his sadness that he doesn't have a number 57 shirt from when he broke into Arsenal's first-team. The Barcelona midfielder uploaded a photo of his collection of Arsenal, Barcelona and Spain jerseys to his social networking sites but there's one that's missing. When he made his debut for the Gunners [.

Man Utd star Wayne Rooney posts photo of his massive gash on Facebook

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Wayne Rooney has provided photographic evidence of the head injury that has ruled him out of England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers and kept him out of Manchester United's defeat to Liverpool last weekend. Rooney collided with defender Phil Jones in United training last week and it's pretty clear who came off worse.

Fulham sign Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s son

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's teenage son has signed for west London rivals Fulham. Goalkeeper Jose Mario, aged 14, has joined the Cottagers' youth team after a one-month trial at the club. The youngster was previously on the books of Real Madrid youth team Canillas. But since the family has now moved back to England, he [.

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill defends Man City keeper Joe Hart

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has praised his under-fire England colleague Joe Hart, saying he is "top drawer". Manchester City keeper Hart's form over the past 12 months has been questioned by many critics, not least his new club boss Manuel Pellegrini, who suggested that reserve keeper Costel Pantilimon could challenge for his first-team spot.

Michael Carrick says Everton’s Ross Barkley and Spurs’ Andros Townsend have impressed him

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says he has been impressed by Ross Barkley and Andros Townsend during England training. Everton midfielder Barkley and Tottenham youngster Townsend both received their first call-ups for England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, and Carrick says both players have caught his eye.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy tried to block Arsenal’s move for Mesut Ozil

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How do you feel about @MesutOzil1088 joining #Arsenal? Leave your messages for Mesut using the #OzilIsAGunner hashtag pic.twitter.com/fBm41X2pyt Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 2, 2013 Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy called Real Madrid president Florentino Perez in a bid to stop him selling Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, according to reports in the Spanish media.

Manchester United ‘had bid rejected for Wesley Sneijder’, claim Galatasaray

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News of Manchester United's scattergun approach to transfer activity this summer continues with Turkish side Galatasaray claiming they rejected a bid for midfielder Wesley Sneijder a fortnight ago. It is not clear how much the champions bid for the Netherlands international, but the timing of the offer suggests that he was above Athletic Bilbao's Ander [.

Video: Theo Walcott says he’s excited to play with Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

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Arsenal star Theo Walcott says he is excited at the prospect of lining up alongside Mesut Ozil. Walcott is currently on international duty with England, but says he is looking forward to teaming up with the Gunners' £42.4m record signing upon his return. He said: "It's very exciting. I played against him for the Under-21s [.

Video: Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne meets his lookalike

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Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has had an interesting preparation for Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Scotland: meeting his doppelganger. The Red Devils squad each got to meet their lookalike as part of a sponsor's event. The players were in fits of giggles as they were presented with their doubles before teaming up with them [.

Real Madrid outflanked Man Utd by offering Gareth Bale £16.9m if they DIDN’T try to sign him

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Real Madrid reportedly put themselves in the box-seat to sign Gareth Bale from Spurs three months ago by offering him a payment of £16.9m if they DIDN'T bid for him. According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, Real wanted to prove how badly they wanted the Wales international. So they promised him the bumper payment if [.

Video: Sami Khedira sad to see Mesut Ozil join Arsenal

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Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira said he is said to see Germany international team-mate Mesut Ozil leave the club to join Arsenal. The pair came through the Germany Under-21 ranks together and both joined Real in the summer of 2010. Khedira revealed that he is disappointed that a close friend is moving away, but equally [.

Spurs skipper Michael Dawson says players have to ‘put it right’ after Arsenal defeat

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Tottenham captain Michael Dawson has called on the squad to "put it right" after last weekend's north London derby defeat to Arsenal. He wants the side to bounce-back from the loss with victory against Norwich in their next Premier League game. He said: "We know what it means to everyone and it's a tough one [.

Liverpool star Luis Suarez set for the wing after biting ban

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Luis Suarez will be deployed as a winger when he returns from this 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, reports The Guardian. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reluctant to break up the partnership between Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho which has helped the Reds to win their first three Premier League fixtures.

Video: Jermain Defoe interviews Spurs team-mate Andros Townsend

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Welcome to The Defoe Show. That's Spurs striker Jermain Defoe self-styled format for interviewing Tottenham team-mate Andros Townsend on his first England call-up. Townsend said: "I've started the last four games but I know I need to continue that now and not rest on my laurels. "I've got rewarded for my fine start to the [.

Ander Herrera speaks out on failed Manchester United move

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Ander Herrera has spoken publicly for the first time since his deadline day move to Manchester United collapsed. Speaking at a press conference in Bilbao, the Athletic star said was flattered by United's interest but was happy to stay with his current club. He said: "I'm very flattered that a club like Manchester United made [.

Transfer Window Review: Everton

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BARRY DELIGHT: England international speaks to evertontv upon signing for the Blues! http://t.co/NzQbiq2Rvv #EFC pic.twitter.com/U7PqhKv32n Official Everton (@Everton) September 3, 2013 Five word review: Are you Wigan in disguise? In: James McCarthy (Wigan, £13m), Arouna Koné (Wigan, £6m), Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid, £2m), Antolín Alcaraz (Wigan, Free), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona, Loan), Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea, [.

Transfer Window Review: Crystal Palace

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Bannan just minutes after putting pen to paper. pic.twitter.com/BRckNGVei3 Crystal Palace FC (@Official_CPFC) September 2, 2013 Five word review: Where's the TV money gone? In: Dwight Gayle (Peterborough, £6m), Adrian Mariappa (Reading, £3m), Jack Hunt (Huddersfield, £2m), Jimmy Kébé (Reading, £2m), Jose Campana (Sevilla, £1.

Transfer Window Review: Hull City

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We are delighted to confirm the signing of Tom Huddlestone for an undisclosed fee from @SpursOfficial #UTT #hcafc pic.twitter.com/UnbPAy5cd3 Hull City Official (@hullcityteam) August 14, 2013 Five word review: Spurred on towards survival. In: Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham, £5m), Curtis Davies (Birmingham, £2.

Transfer Window Review: Chelsea

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#PeterisaBluebird pic.twitter.com/OkH5Wz9IRW Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) September 3, 2013 Five word review: Good, but no special striker. In: Willian (Anzhi Makhachkala, £30m), André Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen, £18m), Marco van Ginkel (Vitesse Arnhem, £9m), Christian Atsu (Porto, £3.5m), Cristian Cuevas (O'Higgins, £3m), Isaiah Brown (WBA, £209,000), Mark Schwarzer (Fulham, Free), Stipe Perica (NK Zadar, Undisclosed), [.

Transfer Window Review: Manchester City

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DEMICHELIS: Follow our new signing on Twitter @demichelisok #MCFC pic.twitter.com/nMoecwM1IF Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 2, 2013 Five word review: Revolution not evolution for Pellegrini In: Fernandinho (Shakhtar Donetsk, £30m), Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina, £22m), Jésus Navas (Seville, £17m rising to £22.

Transfer Window Review: Manchester United

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"Being a Manchester United player is something that every player dreams of" @fellainiM. #WelcomeFellaini pic.twitter.com/ODIb2lsBjW Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 3, 2013 Five word review: The old pros cock it up In: Marouane Fellaini (Everton, £27.5m), Guillermo Varela (Penarol, £2.4m), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid, Loan, pending confirmation).

Transfer Window Review: Newcastle United

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New signing Loïc Remy seconds before walking out onto the St. James' Park turf for the first time #NUFC pic.twitter.com/dCDsyDQ09o Newcastle United FC (@NUFCOfficial) August 10, 2013 Five word review: You must be jokin' 'ere. In: Olivier Kemen (Metz, £350,000), Loïc Rémy (QPR, Loan). Out: James Perch (Wigan, £750,000), Brad Inman (Crewe Alexandra, £100,000), [.

Transfer Window Review: Norwich City

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.@RvWolfswinkel9 will be making his first appearance for City when he starts against @SJEarthquakes this evening! pic.twitter.com/XynwlyeDdi Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) July 20, 2013 Five word review: God bless you, Rupert Murdoch. In: Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon, £8.5m), Leroy Fer (FC Twente, £7m), Gary Hooper (Celtic, £5m), Martin Olsson (Blackburn, £2.

Transfer Window Review: Southampton

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PHOTO: New #SaintsFC striker @danistone25 poses with First Team Manager Mauricio Pochettino. #WelcomeOsvaldo pic.twitter.com/74i4M2QBnB Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) August 19, 2013 Five word review: Top quality where it's needed. In: Pablo Daniel Osvaldo (Roma, £15m), Victor Wanyama (Celtic, £12.

Transfer Window Review: Stoke City

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@stokecity are delighted to confirm the signing of Marko Arnautovic from Werder Bremen #scfc #tdld pic.twitter.com/NPH6YVTW4X Stoke City FC (@stokecity) September 1, 2013 Five word review: Gradual improvement without spending big. In: Erik Pieters (PSV Eindhoven, £3m), Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen, £2m), Alex Grant (Portsmouth, Free), Marc Muniesa (Barcelona, Free), Juan Agudelo (New England [.

Transfer Window Review: Sunderland

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PIC: Emanuele Giaccherini in the new 2013-14 home kit! pic.twitter.com/HwSBS1l5zs Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) July 16, 2013 Five word review: Rip it up, start again In: Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar, £6.5m), Emanuele Giaccherini (Juventus, £6.5m), Charis Mavrias (Panathinaikos, £3m), Vito Mannone (Arsenal, £1.

Transfer Window Review: Swansea City

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COVER STAR: Wilfried Bony on the front cover of Saturday's programme v @ManUtd. Pre-order > http://t.co/GWe9VDHUat pic.twitter.com/M5Q6PVOXMf Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) August 15, 2013 Five word review: Europa League squad building exercise. In: Wilfried Bony (Vitesse Arnhem, £12m), Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, £5m rising to £6m), Jordi Amat (Espanyol, £2.

Transfer Window Review: Tottenham Hotspur

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We are delighted to announce that we've reached agreement with AS Roma for the transfer of Erik Lamela #THFC pic.twitter.com/FVBCSDcpnv Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 30, 2013 Five word review: Spending the Bale out fund. In: Erik Lamela (Roma, £30m), Roberto Soldado (Valencia, £26m), Paulinho (Corinthians, £17m), Christian Eriksen (Ajaz, £11.

Transfer Window Review: West Brom

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Here's Stephane Sessegnon with his new no.29 shirt! Tweet us your welcome messages for Stephane. #transferdeadlineday pic.twitter.com/AmHySzZyeF WBAFCofficial (@WBAFCofficial) September 2, 2013 Five word review: Baggies just lacking a Lukaku. In: Stephane Sessegnon (Sunderland, £6m), Victor Anichebe (Everton, £6m), Nicolas Anelka (Shanghai Shenhua, Free), Lee Camp (Norwich, Free), Diego Lugano (Paris St-Germain, Free), Goran [.

Transfer Window Review: West Ham

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PIC: Sam Allardyce posed with three of his new signings at training this morning. pic.twitter.com/1sv3iXsHQt West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) August 15, 2013 Five word review: Revealed Big Sam's big plan. In: Andy Carroll (Liverpool, £15.5m), Stewart Downing (Liverpool, £6m), Danny Whitehead (Stockport, Undisclosed), Adrián (Real Betis, Free), Razvan Rat (Shakhtar Donetsk, Free).

Manchester United sign Everton’s Marouane Fellaini and Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao

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Manchester United have signed Marouane Fellaini from Everton for £27.5m. The champions have also snapped up Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao on a season-long loan. Neither deal had been announced before the 11pm transfer deadline and the club has still not released official confirmation, but it is believed both transfers were completed in time.

Kitman: Thrifty Arsenal fan saves money on his Mesut Ozil personalised kit

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@arseblog any chance you could advertise my GREAT away shirt please?? pic.twitter.com/Q8e1f6YmmC GoonerJohn (@mrjohnfriend) September 2, 2013 Why splash out £60 on a personalised Mesut Ozil shirt when you could simply adapt your old Arsenal O2-sponsored kit? That's exactly what one Gooner has done simply adding an umlaut and 'IL' to the front [.

Arsenal complete signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid

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It's official... @MesutOzil1088 is an #Arsenal player. Read the full story, with quotes from Ozil: http://t.co/sFtrKrcOaG #OzilIsAGunner Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 2, 2013 Arsenal have signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for a club record £42.4m fee. The 24-year-old Germany international has been widely linked with a move to the Emirates all day and the [.

Manchester United’s move for Ander Herrera is off

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the Ander Herrera deal is OFF. Manchester United will only sign one midfielder (Fellaini) despite trying for both all day Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) September 2, 2013 Manchester United have scrapped their attempts to sign Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao. Spanish journalist Guillem Balague is reporting that the deal is "completely dead".

Sunderland sign Fabio Borini from Liverpool and Andrea Dossena from Napoli

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Sunderland have completed a deadline-day season-long loan deal for @LFC forward Fabio Borini. Sunderland AFC (@SAFCofficial) September 2, 2013 Sunderland have completed the signings of both Fabio Borini and Andrea Dossena. More to follow.

Manchester United have €40m bid for Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira

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Real Madrid have rejected a €40m from Manchester United for midfielder Sami Khedira. Reports in the Spanish media suggest United made a last-gasp offer for the Germany international, but that has been turned down by Real. United are also battling bureaucracy to complete a move for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

Photo: Man Utd target Marouane Fellaini leaves Everton’s training ground after talks

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Fellaini has left. #EFC pic.twitter.com/EEoXXlmAt9 juliette ferrington (@juliette_grace) September 2, 2013 Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini has been at the club's Finch Farm training ground for talks this evening. He had been excused from international duty with Belgium until his future was resolved and arrived at the training ground at around 7pm this evening.

Who Are Ya? Libor Kozak (Aston Villa)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Libor Kozak Age: 24 Position: Striker Signed from: Lazio Fee: £7million Did you know? Harry Redknapp took Kozak on trial at Portsmouth in 2008 but decided against signing him. What's the deal? Despite previously indicating that he had finished his business for the summer, Villa [.

Who Are Ya? Emiliano Viviano (Arsenal)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emiliano Viviano Age: 28 Position: Goalkeeper Signed from: Palermo Fee: £1million (loan) Did you know? His wife Manuela Tosini will be pleased that the deal is done and dusted, and the family can make plans to move to London. She revealed that in the last [.

Arsenal complete Emiliano Viviano signing

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Arsenal have completed the signing of Palermo goalkeeper on a season-long loan for £1m. The Gunners have the option to sign the Italy international from the Serie B side on a permanent basis for a further £5m. The 27-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Fiorentina, will initially be backup to first-choice keeper Wojciech [.

Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye went off Arsenal move after hearing audio saying he would be a reserve

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I'm told Mike Ashley let Cabaye listen to phone negotiations last week + he heard Arsenal say: "25 million a lot for a reserve" #moodchanger James Pearce (@Pearcesport) September 2, 2013 Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye reportedly decided against a move to Arsenal after owner Mike Ashley played a recording of Arsenal's negotiators saying he [.

Video: Arsenal keep Wojciech Szczesny plays ‘We Won The League At White Hart Lane’ on his piano

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Multi-millionaire footballers have all sorts of ways to celebrate victory over their fiercest rivals. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny marked yesterday's 1-0 win over Spurs in the north London derby by making a video of himself playing We Won The League At White Hart Lane on his piano and uploading it to Facebook.

Video: Erik Lamela gives his first interview as a Spurs player

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Erik Lamela has been giving his first interview as a Tottenham player to the club's official Spurs TV channel. In a recording that seems to have been made before yesterday's north London derby defeat to Arsenal in which Lamela came on as a second-half sub the Argentina international says he believes Spurs have [.

Kitman: Arsenal fans start getting Mesut Ozil shirts printed

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Gooners can't wait any longer,some have put Ozil on their shirts already lol pic.twitter.com/5xILKvfhzo AFC FŪTŪRĖ ﷺ (@madimaadi) September 2, 2013 Some Arsenal fans haven't been able to contain themselves long enough to wait for official confirmation of Mesut Ozil's transfer from Real Madrid and have already got personalised shirts made.

Manchester United ready to meet Ander Herrera’s €36 million buy-out fee

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Manchester United are willing to meet the €36 million release clause for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera. More to follow.

Who Are Ya? Morgan Amalfitano (West Brom)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Morgan Amalfitano Age: 28 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Marseille Fee: Loan (with possible permanent move) Did you know? Amalfitano was tipped to join Arsenal in 2011 before opting to sign for Marseille instead. What's the deal? Amalfitano has been angling for a move away from [.

Who Are Ya? Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Marko Arnautovic Age: 24 Position: Winger Signed from: Werder Bremen Fee: £2 million Did you know? Last year, Arnautovic was ruled out with a knee ligament injury sustained while playing with his dog. What's the deal? Mark Hughes has snapped up the 6ft 4in Austrian [.

Liverpool confirm signing of Mamadou Sakho from PSG

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Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Frenchman Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain. pic.twitter.com/J0CbquFFT6 Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 2, 2013 Paris Saint-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho has completed his transfer to Liverpool, the Reds have confirmed. The 23-year-old has signed what the club have described as a "long-term contract".

Who Are Ya? Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Mamadou Sakho Age: 23 Position: Defender Signed from: Paris Saint-Germain Fee: Undisclosed (reported £16-18m) Did you know? Sakho is nicknamed Kirikou after a character in a French animated film with a similar hairstyle. What's the deal?

Arsenal bid £42.5m for Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal have launched a bid for Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil, Sky Sports News is reporting. The Gunners are said to be in "advanced talks" with the 24-year-old. They are hoping to take advantage of Gareth Bale's move to the Bernabeu from north London rivals Spurs. Selling Ozil would allow Real to recoup almost half [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger aiming for “one or two super signings”

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is hoping to add "super players" to his squad on transfer deadline day. The Gunners have reportedly bid £42.5m for Real Madrid star Mesut Ozil, and he seems likely to be one of the big-name players Wenger is after. Speaking after yesterday's north London derby win over Tottenham, Wenger [.

West Brom in talks for Everton’s Victor Anichebe and Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon

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West Brom are in talks to sign both Everton striker Victor Anichebe and Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon, according to Sky Sports News. The Baggies are preparing to pay £6m to sign Anichebe from the Toffees. Sessegnon was left out of Sunderland's defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday following his drink driving arrest last week.

Liverpool sign Victor Moses on loan from Chelsea

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Liverpool Football Club is delighted to announce the season-long loan signing of Chelsea forward Victor Moses. pic.twitter.com/1N7PT2fXGU Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 2, 2013 Liverpool have completed the loan signing of Chelsea's Victor Moses. The Nigeria international was widely expected to move to Anfield after being spotted in the crowd for yesterday's victory over Manchester [.

Victor Moses says former Chelsea team-mate Daniel Sturridge talked him into Liverpool move

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New Liverpool signing Victor Moses says striker Daniel Sturridge convinced him to make the move. The 22-year-old decided to press ahead with a loan switch to Anfield after his former Chelsea team-mate told he would "love it" at the Reds. The day after speaking to Sturridge, Moses decided to press ahead with the move.

Video: Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid medical

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The world's most expensive footballer, Gareth Bale, has completed his medical at Real Madrid. The former Spurs star completed his £86m move to Spain yesterday evening. This morning he underwent a medical ahead of his unveiling at the Bernabeu at 12pm BST.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini undergoing a medical at Sunderland

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Fabio Borini er ankommet Academy of Light. #2dld #lfc pic.twitter.com/4jdOlYqQ9W Mikael T. Larsen (@KingLarzen) September 2, 2013 Fabio Borini is undergoing a medical at Sunderland ahead of a loan switch from Liverpool, Sky Sports News is reporting. The Italian striker has been linked with a temporary move away from Anfield to get first-team football [.

Man City left-back Gael Clichy says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is “amazing”

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Gael Clichy has praised "amazing" Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger as the most influential manager of his career. The France star went as far as to say Wenger taught him how to play football. Asked who was his most important coach, the Manchester City left-back said: "Without a doubt it would have to be Arsene Wenger.

Video: Watch Gareth Bale’s Real Madrid unveiling live

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Around 50,000 Real Madrid fans are gathered at the Bernabeu to see Gareth Bale being presented. Watch it live in the video above. The 24-year-old has signed his contract and is now officially a Real player. .@GarethBale11 firmando su contrato con el Real Madrid... #WelcomeBale pic.twitter.com/X5TNu0hNYs Real Madrid C.

Mesut Ozil undergoing Arsenal medical ahead of £42.4m transfer

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Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil is reportedly having a medical for Arsenal before he completes his £42.4m move to the club. It is looking increasingly likely that the deal has been lined up for a while and was merely dependent on Gareth Bale making the switch to Real Madrid. And as Bale was unveiled at [.

Arsenal make enquiry for Chelsea striker Demba Ba

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Arsenal have made an enquiry about the possibility of signing Demba Ba from Chelsea. Sky Sports News is reporting that an approach has been made. It is not yet clear whether the Gunners would want the Senegal international on loan or sign him on a permanent basis. The former Newcastle man does not appear to [.

Real Madrid sign Gareth Bale from Spurs

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Gareth Bale has completed his transfer from Tottenham to Real Madrid. More to follow.

Video: Steven Gerrard calls Robin Van Persie a “f***ing prick” (Liverpool 1-0 Manchester United)

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Aside from a late chance, the only time Robin Van Persie was seen during today's match was getting into scraps with Liverpool players. That includes this incident in which Reds skipper Steven Gerrard told RVP exactly what he thought of him.

GIF It: Olivier Giroud gives Arsenal the lead against Spurs

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Video: Tottenham players arriving at Arsenal

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Spurs have released a video of their players arriving at the Emirates Stadium ahead of this afternoon's north London derby against Arsenal. The footage was posted on the club's official Instagram account around one hour and 20 minutes ahead of kick-off.

Jack Wilshere says he would never play for Spurs in Arsenal programme interview

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Decent piece in Sport Magazine this morning.Thanks @Sportmaguk #OwnIt http://t.co/LTeZEbDIoc pic.twitter.com/P4dlu1gWI3 Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) August 16, 2013 Talk about a loaded question. In an interview in today's north London derby match programme, somebody at Arsenal's media team asked Jack Wilshere: "Which team would you never play for?

Photo: Imminent Liverpool signings Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori and Victor Moses watching Man Utd game

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GIF It: Daniel Sturridge holds his thigh during warm-up (Liverpool vs Man Utd)

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There was a slight concern for Liverpool ahead of kick-off in today's clash with Manchester United when Daniel Sturridge appeared to be struggling with an injury. The Reds' star player so far this season held his left thigh during the warm-up before going to discuss his problem with the coaching staff.

GIF It: Daniel Sturridge gives Liverpool the lead against Man Utd

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Daniel Sturridge continued his excellent goalscoring run by opening the scoring in today' match between Liverpool and Manchester United. The former Chelsea man came from behind the goal-line to flick Daniel Agger's header into the net.

Graffiti of Daniel Sturridge dancing next to Munich 58 slogan ahead of Liverpool vs Man Utd

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Graffiti near Anfield:- pic.twitter.com/GhU4ysugfd Daniel (@Luzhniki2008) September 1, 2013 Ahead of today's match between Liverpool and Manchester United someone has painted 'Munich 58′ next to a picture of a dancing Daniel Sturridge on a wall near Anfield. The graffiti comes in the same week that Liverpool were forced to apologise after its official Twitter [.

Photo: Mamadou Sakho at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground

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SAKHOOOOO pic.twitter.com/DAvop4L6Ft Andy (@_AndyLFC) August 31, 2013 Rumours that Liverpool are on the verge of signing PSG defender Mamadou Sakho have been given serious weight by this photo showing the player at Melwood yesterday. Sakho doesn't exactly look thrilled to be there, but perhaps he has been put through an intensive training session and [.

GIF It: Ian Holloway’s celebration dance (Crystal Palace 3-1 Sunderland)

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The joy of recording a first Premier League win of the season was too much for Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway to contain. After his side scored a third goal late on in yesterday's 3-1 win over Sunderland, the rhythm got to him and he burst into an impromptu touchline dance routine. Of course, it's [.

Ander Herrera set to join Man Utd, on the bench for Athletic Bilbao

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Ander Herrera warming up for Bilbao, unsure if he will feature though. #MUFC pic.twitter.com/7hEDIRcpAz Joe Krishnan (@joekrishnan) September 1, 2013 Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is set to join Manchester United as long as the champions meet his £30m release clause. The 24-year-old sat on the bench for the Basque side during today's [.

Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano set for loan move to Arsenal

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Update on @EmilianoViviano: deal closed on loan between @palermocalcioit and @Arsenal: he'll travel to London at 18pm from milano Gianluca Di Marzio (@dimarzio) September 1, 2013 Arsenal have reportedly tied up a loan deal for Palermo keeper Emiliano Viviano. The Italy international will be heading to London for a medical today, according to Sky [.

Everton plot to spend Fellaini and Baines cash on Wigan’s James McCarthy and Chelsea’s Ryan Bertrand

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Everton seem likely to sell Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines to Manchester United before tomorrow's transfer deadline and they are lining up replacements. According to reports in the Sunday Mirror, the Toffees will do business if the champions return with a joint-bid around the £45m mark. They are planning a £7m bid for Chelsea [.

Swansea tell Arsenal they’ll ‘fight tooth and nail’ to keep Michu and Ashley Williams

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Swansea have warned Arsenal that they will not let Michu and Ashley Williams leave without a fight. The Swans stars have been repeatedly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer and the Welsh club are clearly concerned that Arsene Wenger might be plotting a last-ditch bid to sign both players.

Chelsea new boy Willian likes chant claiming he hates Tottenham

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Recent Chelsea signing Willian has given his seal of approval to a new chant claiming he hates Tottenham. The former Anzhi player used his Instagram account to like a video posted on the social networking site of the song being sung ahead of Friday's Super Cup clash with Bayern Munich. The Brazilian midfielder had been [.

Photo: Real Madrid have to dismantle the Bale Box, Gareth Bale still a Spurs player

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Here is the photo to make every Spurs fan smile before the NLD tomorrow. Goodbye stage! (for a day at least) #Levyed pic.twitter.com/9ZGK9vQHTo Spurspanyol (@spurspanyol) August 31, 2013 Real Madrid have been forced to dismantle the presentation stage dubbed the Bale Box. The stage, scaffolding and perspex screens were put in place just over [.