Off the Post Archives for January 2014

Liverpool and Manchester City battle for Feyenoord’s Rodney Kongolo

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Liverpool and Manchester City are vying to sign Feyenoord youngster Rodney Kongolo, who has been dubbed the 'new Patrick Vieira'. The 16-year-old is touted as one of Europe's most promising midfielders and has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months. City were believed to be the front-runners.

Olivier Giroud ‘begged’ for threesome with Arsenal team-mate and ‘sexy brunette’

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud begged a 'sexy brunette' to have a threesome with him and a team-mate, according to The Sun. The French star, who has been dogged by revelations about his personal life in recent weeks, is said to have asked the woman to 'romp' with him and a fellow Gunners player ahead of [.

Hull plot bid for Arsenal’s Johan Djourou

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Hull City are reportedly lining up a £2.6m move for Arsenal outcast Johan Djourou as they seek to bolster their defence ahead of next season. The Switzerland international has been on the Gunners' books since 2002, but has spent the last 12 months on loan in Germany with Hannover and Hamburg. His previous loan spell [.

GIF It: Tottenham pair Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen kiss at kit launch

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It's always exciting to see the kit your nation will be wearing at a World Cup. In the case of Spurs duo Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen that excitement manifest itself in a kiss. The pair had a quick smooch while unveiling Belgium's new kit. We're not quite sure what the context is for the [...]

Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos is considering Man Utd move, says his brother Felix

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Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos is weighing up a move to Manchester United, according to his brother. Werder Bremen's Felix Kroos suggested that his sibling was currently deciding whether to make the move. The 22-year-old made it clear he would jump at the chance to move to Old Trafford. He said he had discussed the [.

Video: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge raps in his car after Southampton victory

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge marked yesterday's 0-3 win at Southampton in the only way he could: videoing himself rapping in his car. The England international, who wasn't on the scoresheet for once, recording himself showing off his rap skills accompanied by the car stereo.

Man Utd and Arsenal must pay £8m to sign Red Bull Salzburg’s Martin Hinteregger, says agent

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Red Bull Salzburg will demand at least £8m for Manchester United and Arsenal target Martin Hinteregger, according to the youngster's agent. Both Premier League sides and Serie A outfit Lazio have been linked with the 21-year-old defender, who has been putting in some impressive performances for Salzburg.

Manchester United linked with PSV Eindhoven right-back Santiago Arias

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PSV Eindhoven's £8m-rated right-back Santiago Arias is the latest player to be linked with a summer move to Manchester United. The 22-year-old Colombia international is being targeted by David Moyes as he continues to put plans in place to rebuild in the summer, the Daily Star reports. With a price tag of less than £10m, [.

Arsenal headhunt QPR’s former Spurs scout Ian Broomfield

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Arsenal will appoint former Spurs scout Ian Broomfield once he has served his notice period at QPR. Broomfield is a long-term ally of Harry Redknapp, but has been headhunted to join the Gunners' scouting setup, according to the Sunday Express. While the haphazard approach to recruitment at Loftus Road might strike fear into many Arsenal [.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry admits Arsenal DID meet Luis Suarez’s buyout clause

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Liverpool owner John W. Henry has revealed that Arsenal's infamous £40m plus £1 bid for Luis Suarez DID activate the striker's release clause. Henry said the Reds simply refused to accept the deal and gambled that the Gunners wouldn't take the matter to the courts. At the time, the Gunners and Suarez were viewed to [.

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott offers to buy cupcakes for Tottenham fans

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Injured Arsenal star Theo Walcott says he will buy cupcakes for two Spurs-supporting stretcher-bearers who were pelted with coins after he made a 2-0 gesture to the crowd. The incident happened in January as Walcott was stretchered off during the FA Cup third round clash between the north London rivals.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s top five touchline controversies

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1. Headbutting Hull's David Meyler (March 2014) 2. Pushing linesman Peter Kirkup (August 2012) 3. Calling Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini a "f**king old c**t" (January 2014) 4. Winding up then squaring up to then Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill (March 2012) 5. Winding up then squaring up to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (November 2006)

Man Utd boss David Moyes scouts Freiburg’s Matthias Ginter

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Manchester United manager David Moyes was in Germany last night to watch Freiburg's game against Hertha Berlin. Young Freiburg centre-back Matthias Ginter was the subject of his scouting mission, according to reports. The 20-year-old is rated at £10m and is considered one of Germany's hottest young defensive talents.

Video: Dietmar Hamann and Jamie Carragher tell the story of getting locked up on a Liverpool trip to Japan

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Former Liverpool pair Dietmar Hamann and Jamie Carragher have been telling the story of a trip to Japan that ended with the German midfielder being arrested. The story takes places in Tokyo after the Reds' participation in the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship. Over to Didi...

Santi Cazorla set to sign new £80,000-a-week Arsenal deal

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is rumoured to be on the verge of signing a new three-year contract at the club. The Spain international is currently under contract until 2016, but the Gunners have been in discussions with him about an improved salary and an extension until 2017. The 29-year-old is thought to want to conduct [.

Arsenal get ‘green light’ to sign Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata

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Arsenal will revive their attempts to sign Alvaro Morata this summer after before given the 'green light' by Real Madrid, according to reports. The Gunners were keen to sign the 21-year-old last summer and were linked with a loan move in the January transfer window. Real have previously been unwilling to part with the youngster, [.

Photo: Jack Wilshere brings a little touch of Spurs to the Arsenal badge

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Cheesy heart-shaped hand gestures were once the preserve of Tottenham's side of the north London divide, but Jack Wilshere has attempted to change that. The Gunners midfielder revived Gareth Bale's goal celebration to show some love to the Arsenal crest. Alas, there was no sign of the Arsenal crest when he turned up half-naked for [.

GIF It: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew sent-off for headbutting Hull’s David Meyler

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew's touchline behaviour has been getting increasingly erratic this season, and it has come to a head (quite literally) against Hull City today. The Magpies boss was sent-off by referee Kevin Friend after this headbutt on Tigers midfielder David Meyler. After the game, Pardew told the BBC: "It was just a heat [.

Video: Jon Walters penalty secures victory for Stoke vs Arsenal

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Arsenal have fallen four points behind league leaders Chelsea after suffering a 1-0 defeat at Stoke this afternoon. A Jon Walters penalty, awarded after a Laurent Koscielny handball, was enough to secure victory for the Potters. Was referee Mike Jones right to award the spot-kick?

Photo: Man City’s Fernandinho prepares for Sunderland with a kickaround with his son

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho probably shouldn't be playing football today given that he's taking part in his first cup final in English football tomorrow, but Manuel Pellegrini will probably excuse him as long as he doesn't pick up an injury. The Brazilian star got himself ready for tomorrow's trip to Wembley by having a driveway [.

Man Utd target former Man City defender Stefan Savic

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Ex-Manchester City centre-back Stefan Savic is rumoured to be a surprise target for Manchester United as David Moyes seeks to bolster his defence this summer. United are likely to need at least two new centre-halves, with Nemanja Vidic expected to join Inter Milan at the end of the season and Rio Ferdinand also likely to [.

Petition to ban Man Utd’s Tom Cleverley from playing for England attracts more than 4,000 signatures

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A petition to ban Tom Cleverley from representing England has received more than 4,000 signatures in less than one day. The under-fire midfielder has found himself under pressure from Manchester United fans for his performances this season, and it appears that England supporters are no more enthused about the prospect of him being in their [.

Video: Man City’s Sergio Aguero is fit to face Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final, confirms Manuel Pellegrini

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Striker Sergio Aguero is fit to play in this weekend's Capital One Cup final, Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed. The Chilean will be able to call upon his star striker as he seeks to secure his first trophy in English football. But he will wait until tomorrow before deciding whether Aguero is fit [.

Photo: Chelsea’s Frank Lampard training ahead of Fulham clash

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Chelsea are all smiles ahead of this weekend's west London derby against Fulham. Veteran midfielder Frank Lampard was grinning away during the training session as the Blues do their final preparations before facing the Cottagers.

Photo: Topless bus journeys, starring Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

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We've heard of players getting fined for turning up to travel in the wrong clothes, but we're not sure what happens if you turn up in no clothes at all. Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Wojciech Szczesny posed for a photo before boarding the team bus ahead of tomorrow's game against Stoke. And even Szczesny [.

Spoof: Man Utd striker Robin Van Persie’s post-Olympiacos interview gets reworked

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Foreign language interview, fake subtitles and hilarity: it's a well-trodden route, but this reworking of Robin Van Persie's controversial interview after Manchester United's defeat at Olympiakos is particularly well done.

Man City fans get glasses with Poznan ‘wing mirrors’

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League Cup sponsors Capital One are issuing Poznan-proof glasses to Manchester City fans ahead of their clash with Sunderland this weekend.

Man Utd boss David Moyes faces yet more criticism over Germany international released by Everton

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As if he's not under enough pressure at his current club, David Moyes is now coming under fire for a decision he made as Everton manager. Defender Shkodran Mustafi has handed a Germany call-up and is now in contention for a place in Joachim Low's World Cup squad. The 21-year-old was on Everton's books until [.

Spurs target Alen Halilovic announces he’s joining Barcelona

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Tottenham have missed out on Dinamo Zagreb youngster Alen Halilovic after he announced that he has agreed to join Barcelona. The Croatian wonderkid was on the verge of moving to White Hart Lane last summer before the deal collapsed in a bizarre row over his siblings' school fees. Now, it seems the 17-year-old will join [.

Video: Brendan Rodgers discusses his Liverpool ideology

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his side's success this season has come from players and staff buying into an ideology. The Reds boss believes everyone involved in the team has taken his ideas and footballing philosophies on board and the the club is now reaping the rewards on the pitch. He said: "It's just [.

Video: Ice Cube rates the rap efforts of Liverpool legend John Barnes and Man Utd great Andy Cole

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Former NWA member Ice Cube has been assessing the hip hop credentials of John Barnes and Andy Cole. The rapper was joined by comedian Kevin Hart for an appearance on talkSPORT. The pair were played extracts of World In Motion, Anfield Rap and Cole's Outstanding to assess. The reviews were, erm, mixed.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny inadvertently writes his own chant

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Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny has accidentally written his own chant while making tongue-in-cheek comments about Gooners' lack of affection for him. The French defender was asked by the club's official website why he doesn't have his own song when so many of his team-mates do. He replied: "I don't know!

Photo: Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood salutes Emmanuel Adebayor

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Emmanuel Adebayor's saluting goal celebration has been getting plenty of action in recent weeks, not least yesterday evening when he almost singlehandedly hauled Tottenham past Dnipro in the Europa League. The Togo striker's efforts were not lost on Spurs boss Tim Sherwood, who acknowledged Adebayor's performance by returning the salute.

Former Spurs and Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas linked with Barcelona job

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Andre Villas Boas is one of five potential candidates being considered to replace Tata Martino as Barcelona manager next season according to reports. Barca are considering a change in the summer amid reports that Martino has lost some of the dressing room. The Daily Mail claims that Villas Boas is on a five-man shortlist to [.

Spurs ready to offer Erik Lamela to pip Arsenal to Mario Balotelli

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Tottenham are reportedly planning to offer transfer flop Erik Lamela to AC Milan as part of a bid to sign Mario Balotelli. The former Manchester City striker has been linked with a big-money move to Arsenal this summer, with suggestions that the Gunners' new kit suppliers Puma would be keen to see their marquee player [.

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood hails ‘fantastic’ fans

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood praised the club's supporters for their role in last night's Europa League win over Dnipro. Sherwood was also delighted with his players' response to going 0-1 down on the night, as they fought back to win 3-1. He said: "Many of you probably thought we were dead and buried when they [.

Chelsea captain John Terry has ‘affair’ with Marge Simpson

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Earlier this week, we told you about a commercial tie-in that saw Chelsea players turned into characters from The Simpsons. Among them was captain John Terry, so perhaps what happened next should come as no surprise. Read more about Chelsea's arrangement with The Simpsons.

Photo: Toronto-bound Jermain Defoe says goodbye to Tottenham

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JD now being interviewed on the pitch 'I'm going to miss this place..." #FarewellJD pic.twitter.com/1Rt9wChdvQ Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 27, 2014 Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has appeared on the White Hart Lane pitch to say goodbye ahead of his switch to MLS side Toronto. Currently carrying a slight injury, Defoe was presented to [.

Photo: James Collins customises West Ham team-mate Adrian’s coat

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West Ham goalkeeper Adrian has been left in no doubt as to what his team-mates think of his coat. Defender James Collins posted an Instragram picture showing the Spaniard's puffa jackets had been customised with tape to display the slogan: 'Sh*t coat'. Collins commented: "Worst coat at the club, and he loves it.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley supplies Sunderland’s Capital One Cup final suits

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Sunderland's suits for Sunday's Capital One Cup final appearance will be supplied by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. Black Cats fans imagining their team arriving at Wembley in Donnay shell suits, fear not: the gear isn't coming from Sports Direct. Instead, Sunderland have agreed a deal with another of Ashley's retail brands, Cruise, that will see [.

Video and photos: Tottenham warm-up for Dnipro clash

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Spurs' Europa League round of 32 second leg game against Dnipro is now underway. Here's Tim Sherwood's side putting the finishing touches to their pre-match preparations. Lads warm-up @R9Soldado and the returning @sandroraniere #COYS pic.twitter.com/rpeorLeJvv Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 27, 2014 Lads warm-up here's @andros_townsend applauding the fans.

Video: Roy Hodgson explains England call-ups for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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England manager Roy Hodgson has been explaining his decision to call-up Southampton's Luke Shaw and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling for next week's friendly against Denmark. Saints left-back Shaw, aged 18, is named in a senior squad for the first time. Hodgson said: "I think everyone who has watched him play recently will not deny that he [.

Man City linked with Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote

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Manchester City are reportedly planning a surprise summer move for Cheick Tiote. The Newcastle midfielder has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in the past, but has not been playing at his best over the past 18 months. He has shown signs of rediscovering his top form in recent weeks, and the Daily Mail [.

Video: Dnipro boss Juande Ramos does not expect stronger Spurs side

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Dnipro manager Juande Ramos does not expect a significant increase in the Spurs team his side will face tonight in comparison to the one they beat 1-0 in the first-leg. Tim Sherwood left some of his top talent at home for the trip to Ukraine, but Ramos doesn't think their return will have a major [..

Video: Arsene Wenger defends Arsenal’s two-day break

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended his decision to give his players two days off at the start of the week. The Frenchman was not pleased at having his judgement questioned and said he did not have to justify himself. He said: "It's not necessarily fatigue, what you call fatigue. They could run on Sunday, [.

Capital One Cup FInal: Sunderland’s Gus Poyet promises improvement from Arsenal defeat for Man City clash

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has promised he side will be better for this weekend's Capital One Cup final against Manchester City than they were against Arsenal last weekend. The underwhelming Black Cats were torn apart at the Emirates last weekend. Poyet knows his side face an equally tough challenge against City on Sunday, but is [.

Southampton’s Luke Shaw, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Cardiff’s Steven Caulker named in England squad

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Southampton defender Luke Shaw has been called up to England's squad to face Denmark next week. The 18-year-old is promoted from Gareth Southagate's England Under-21 side for his first senior call-up. Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has been rewarded for his excellent form with a recall to Roy Hodgson's squad, while Cardiff defender Steven Caulker is [.

Arsene Wenger discusses Joel Campbell’s Arsenal future after Man Utd exploits

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Arsene Wenger says there is no reason why Joel Campbell can't have an Arsenal future. The Frenchman said he will decide whether he wants the Costa Rican youngster in his first-team squad next season at a later date, but he is pleased with the 21-year-old's progress. Asked about Campbell's future, he said: "I will decide [.

Photos: Chelsea players return to UK after Galatasaray clash

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Come back to London with the goalscorer @Torres! Stamford Bridge will be key in the second leg #CFC #KTBFFH pic.twitter.com/Uu39v5GKVG César Azpilicueta (@CesarAzpi) February 26, 2014 Chelsea made their way back to London last night after securing a 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in Istanbul. Goalscorer Fernando Torres had compatriot and the man who [.

Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson: ‘People have to tell me to stop training’

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Jordan Henderson says the Liverpool coaching staff sometimes have to tell him to stop training for his own good. The Reds midfielder was the butt of more than one Forrest Gump joke after Sir Alex Ferguson criticised his running style in his autobiography. And that situation won't be helped by Henderson's latest revelations that he [.

Man City join Chelsea and Man Utd in the race for Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Manchester City are the latest side to step-up their interest in Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. Chelsea and Manchester United are widely expected to launch bids for the England Under-21 international this summer, and it now seems likely that City will also make an approach. The Guardian reports that Manuel Pellegrini has doubts over both Gael [.

Video: Man City’s Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero film themselves at Beyonce gig

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Manchester City stars Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero bagged themselves front row seats for Bayonce's gig in Manchester last night. The duo, who were accompanied by Nasri's girlfriend Anara Atanes, filmed themselves as the music superstar performed just a few metres from them. Aguero is shown nodded along to Beyonce's hit Halo, before Nasri attempts [.

Liverpool linked with £5m move for Barcelona’s Bojan Krkic

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Liverpool are set to bid £5m to sign Barcelona's Bojan Krkic, according to reports. The one-time wonderkid of Spanish football was valued at £35m in 2011, but could now be available for just £5m. The 23-year-old has been watched by Reds scouts several times during his current loan spell at Ajax, the Daily Mirror claims.

Video: Jose Mourinho says Chelsea lacked ‘killer instinct’ vs Galatasaray

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has bemoaned a lack of 'killer instinct' from his side in their Champions League game at Galatasaray. The Blues boss felt his team should have killed off the tie during the opening 30 minutes, when they were dominant. Instead they had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Speaking at his press [.

Everton beat Man Utd, Liverpool and Spurs to Irish wonderkid Stephen Kinsella

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Everton have beaten a host of Premier League rivals to the signing of highly-rated Irish teenager Stephen Kinsella. The 15-year-old Templeogue United winger was being tracked by Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham, but it is the Toffees who have won the race for his signature. Manager Roberto Martinez is so keen on the youngster that [.

Photo: Fulham’s John Arne Riise gets a Liverpool tattoo

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Fulham left-back John Arne Riise is going under the needle to get a tattoo celebrating Liverpool's Champions League victory. Posting a picture of a tattooist at work on his arm, the Norwegian defender announced that he would be getting a tattoo of the Champions League trophy with the date of Liverpool's triumphant night in Istanbul [.

Video: Aurelien Chedjou makes it Galatasaray 1-1 Chelsea

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Chelsea have been pegged back in their Champions League tie at Galatasaray this evening. Defender Aurelien Chedjou has grabbed a second-half equaliser for the Turkish side. He scored a simple close range volley after keeper Petr Cech was caught in two minds.

Video: Burak Yilmaz’s disallowed goal as John Terry is beaten by the multi-ball (Galatasaray vs Chelsea)

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Jose Mourinho declares Didier Drogba coaching role talk ‘nonsense’

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Reports that Didier Drogba will become Chelsea strikers' coach this summer have been branded "nonsense" by Jose Mourinho. Speaking ahead of tonight's Champions League game against Galatasaray, in which Drogba is going head-to-head with his former club, Mourinho rubbished reports carried in Sunday's newspapers.

Video: Ex-Tottenham man Gareth Bale scores a beauty for Real Madrid at Schalke

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After a couple of abject Tottenham performances of late, Gareth Bale has given a timely reminder of the bit of magic that was taken out of the team last summer. The £85m man produced this incredible jinking run after cutting in from the right before delivering the finish to put his side 0-2 up at [.

Video and GIF: Fernando Torres gives Chelsea the lead at Galatasaray

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Man Utd season ticketholders face Man City ban if they don’t buy Olympiakos tickets

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Manchester United season ticketholders have been warned they will face being banned from the derby clash with Manchester City if they don't buy a tickets for the Champions League last-16 second leg tie at home to Olympiakos. Presumably worried fans will stay away after the 2-0 first leg defeat, United emailed and texted fans giving [.

Photo: Chelsea stars become The Simpsons characters

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Simpsonized! @chelseafc are the latest club to join @TheSimpsons' global soccer program. Info: http://t.co/vmMecxYHsh pic.twitter.com/bGltRwngZ6 FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 26, 2014

Photo: Spurs training ahead of Dnipro clash

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Training today: @paulinhop8 @NChadli & @Aaron7Lennon warm up in the sun #COYS pic.twitter.com/KO83KZamIP Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 26, 2014 Tottenham's players have been training in the sun today as they prepare to turn around a 1-0 deficit against Ukrainian side Dnipro at White Hart Lane tomorrow night.

Mathieu Flamini: ‘I enjoy doing Arsenal’s dirty work’

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Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini says he enjoys doing the team's dirty work while his more creative team-mates get on with scoring and creating goals. The Frenchman has been one of the Gunners' most valuable players this season after rejoining on a free transfer last summer. He is under no illusions as to what his role [.

Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is ‘aged 39′, claims ex-girlfriend

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Chelsea forward Samuel Eto'o is 39 years old seven years older than his reported age of 32 according to an ex-girlfriend. Blues boss Jose Mourinho found himself in an embarrassing situation this week when off-the-record jokes suggesting that the Cameroon international might be 35. But that light-hearted comment was actually a conservative estimate, [.

Photo: Olympiakos fans display stolen Man Utd banners

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Olympiakos ultras have been showing off two Manchester United banners they captured during last night's Champions League victory over the Premier League champions. One banner appears to belong to a 'Finedon Reds' supporters club, while the other bears the slogan 'The Best A Red Can Get'.

Man Utd star Robin Van Persie questions David Moyes’ tactics

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Robin Van Persie has raised concerns about they way Manchester United are currently being set-up, saying the club's tactics have a negative impact on his game. The Dutchman says that under United's current system, team-mates are running into the spaces where he is at his most dangerous. He claims that is forcing him deeper.

Joel Campbell wants Arsenal return after Man Utd heroics

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Arsenal striker Joel Campbell, who scored a wonder goal against Manchester United last night, says he is ready to play for the Gunners next season. The 21-year-old fired a curling left-footed effort past David De Gea to give Olympiakos a 2-0 first-leg lead in their Champions League tie against United.

Arsenal target Julian Draxler hints he is considering Bayern Munich move

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Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler has refused to rule out a move to European champions Bayern Munich. The 20-year-old was the subject of a €30m bid from Arsenal in the January transfer window, but that was rejected. While the Gunners were expected to return with a fresh approach this summer, Draxler's comments appear to be aimed [.

Andrea Pirlo tips Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard to thrive in deeper role

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Juventus star Andrea Pirlo says Steven Gerrard has all the attributes required to be a success in his new deeper midfield role. The Italy international, arguably the finest example of an attack-minded deep-lying midfielder, has tipped the Liverpool captain to reinvent himself and continue to play for club and country for many years.

Liverpool ‘favourites’ to sign Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes

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Liverpool are leading the race to sign Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, according to reports in the Catalan media. The 32-year-old is out of contract this summer and has already made it clear that he will be leaving in order to seek a new challenge. French sides Monaco and Paris Saint Germain were believed to be [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: ‘Eleven Cesar Azpilicuetas could win the Champions League’

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho thinks his side would be shoo-ins to win the Champions League, if he was able to name this line-up: Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Cesar Azpilicueta Speaking ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Galatasaray, Mourinho [.

Photo: Chelsea training in Istanbul

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Chelsea have training in Istanbul ahead of tonight's game against Galatasaray. Apparently, captain John Terry kept losing his footing during the session. Must've been mosque-ow all over again...

Fulham and Swansea the latest Premier League clubs to pull the trigger as they look to save their seasons

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With just over 10 Premier League games to go until the season reaches its crescendo, there will be a handful of chairmen weighing up their options as to whether to stick or twist with their current boss or twist and get some new blood in to try and turn things around before fates are decided [...]

Video: Comedian Kevin Hart puts a penalty past Man City keeper Joe Hart

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American comedian and actor Kevin Hart visited Manchester City today. And he took time out from his busy schedule to take keeper Joe Hart down a peg or two. The Real Husbands of Hollywood star scored a penalty against Hart. Although it wasn't the cleanest strike you've ever seen, he tucked it into the corner.

Man City and Chelsea target Blaise Matuidi signs new PSG contract

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Manchester City and Chelsea's summer transfer plans have been dealt a blow after Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi signed a new contract with the French champions. The 26-year-old was due to become a free agent this summer and had been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League in recent times.

Video: Man Utd legend Roy Keane slates Michael Carrick for ‘flat’ interview

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Manchester United legend Roy Keane has hit out at midfielder Michael Carrick for a "flat" post-match interview after tonight's defeat to Olympiakos. ITV pundit Keane said: "That just reflected United's performance tonight flat, no urgency." Here's the mumbling interview to which Keane took exception.

Five positives for Manchester United fans after Olympiakos defeat

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FT: Olympiacos 2 United 0. A night to forget for #mufc, who now have it all to do in the second leg at Old Trafford. pic.twitter.com/D4XGS4Q0LK Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 25, 2014 1. That summer transfer warchest must be getting bigger all the time. Even the cash conscious Glazers must have watched that performance [.

Video: Arsenal’s Joel Campbell scores for Olympiakos vs Man Utd

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Video and GIF: Chori Dominguez gives Olympiakos the lead vs Man Utd

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Manchester United have gone 1-0 down in their Champions League tie away at Olympiakos. Argentine midfield Chori Dominguez got a crucial deflection to a shot from outside the box, sending United keeper David De Gea the wrong way.

Video: Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva in another rehab training session

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva is edging closer to a return to first-team action as he posted another video of his rehab process. The Brazil international is not yet in full training, but was being put through his paces by the Reds' rehab fitness coach Jordan Milsom and physio Paulo Barreira. He was full of praise [.

Sandro set to return to Tottenham action vs Dnipro

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Positive early team news @sandroraniere back in the frame to face Dnipro on Thursday night. http://t.co/zk2j89dbXi pic.twitter.com/F18kUGIrvU Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 25, 2014 Tottenham have been handed a timely boost after Sunday's defeat to Norwich with the news that Sandro is ready to return to first-team action.

Arsenal take Canadian youngster Caniggia Ginola Elva on trial

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You'd think being named after a Spurs legend would hold you back in your attempts to carve out a career at Arsenal, but Caniggia Ginola Elva is giving it his best shot. The Gunners are taking a look at the 17-year-old, and if proves to be half as good as the quality on display in [...]

Atletico Madrid president says Arsenal and Chelsea target Diego Costa is not for sale

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has warned Arsenal and Chelsea that he doesn't expect star striker Diego Costa to leave this summer. The 25-year-old has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League ahead of next season, but Cerezo is adamant that he will be staying put. And, in a thinly-veiled swipe at [.

Cardiff captain Mark Hudson gives his kids comedy moustaches

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Cardiff skipper Mark Hudson suffered a further injury setback earlier this week but it looks like he's finding ways to keep his spirits up. With wife Marie-Louise away on holiday with fellow Cardiff WAGs Kelly McNaughton and Shelley Cowie, the Hudson boys decided to have a bit of fun. Hudson branded his efforts "Le [.

Video: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho slams media for reporting Samuel Eto’o comments

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Jose Mourinho has criticised the media for publishing comments he made suggesting striker Samuel Eto'o might have lied about his age. The Chelsea boss was caught on camera claiming the 32-year-old Cameroon international might actually be 35 during what he believed was a private discussion with sponsors.

Photo: Has Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini floored Yaya Sanogo this time?!

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Mathieu Flamini has been ruffling a few feathers at Arsenal of late. There was his on-pitch bust-up with Mesut Ozil, his training ground row with Jack Wilshere and a subsequent posed punch-up with Wilshere to show there were no hard feelings. Now comes this photo of Flamini possibly planning a stamp on a horizontal Yaya [.

Video: Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell gunning for Manchester United with Olympiakos

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Arsenal striker Joel Campbell will be tasked with taking down the Gunners' Premier League rivals Manchester United. The Costa Rica international is currently on loan at the Greek outfit. And after the sale of Kostas Mitroglou to Fulham and with leading scorer Javier Saviola injured, the 21-year-old is in line for a starring role against [.

Video: Charlton manager Chris Powell celebrates Sheffied Wednesday win with crossbar chin-up

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Charlton manager Chris Powell celebrated in style after his side beat Sheffield Wednesday in last night's FA Cup fifth round. The Addicks boss made his way to the goalmouth and produced an impressive crossbar chin-up. Not bad considering he'll suited and booted.

Arsenal and Spurs target Mehdi Benatia is Man Utd’s ‘top priority’ summer signing

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Manchester United have made Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia their top summer target as they seek to replacement Nemanja Vidic, according to reports. The champions have been linked with a host of defenders since skipper Vidic confirmed he would quit Old Trafford at the end of the season. Italian media reports suggest Benatia is their first-choice [.

Former Man City boss Roberto Mancini takes credit for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s Champions League win with Inter

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Galatasaray manager Roberto Mancini has stoked the flames ahead of tomorrow night's game against Chelsea, claiming he left Jose Mourinho with an open goal to win the Champions League with Inter Milan. The former Manchester City boss managed to simultaneously take a pop at both Mourinho and his replacement at the Etihad, Manuel Pellegrini, by [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes praises Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie

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David Moyes has being hailing strike duo Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. The Manchester United manager is clearly delighted to have both players fit and available for selection going into the Champions League knockout games. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's game against Olympiakos, Moyes was singing the praises of both players.

Video: Olympiakos captain Giannis Manniatis says they’re not afraid of Man Utd

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Olympiakos captain Giannis Manniatis is trying to instil just the right level of apprehension among his team-mates ahead of tomorrow's game against Manchester United. The Greek side's skipper says they must ignore those telling them that United are a bit rubbish this season, but also says they shouldn't be afraid of the Premier League champions.

Video: Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney hoping to feed his Champions League trophy addiction

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is desperate to feed his Champions League trophy habit. It turns out winning the Champions League is very moreish, and Rooneysays it is impossible to settle for just one. He wants to add another winners' medal to the one he picked up in Moscow in 2008. The £300,000-a-week man is [.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil questioned by police after a photographer is allegedly run over

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has been quizzed by police over allegations that the car he was driving was involved in a collision with a photographer. The alleged incident happened in Highgate, North London, last Friday. Ozil was dropped by the Gunners for their win over Sunderland the following day and has since returned to [.

Man Utd pair Jonny Evans and Phil Jones out of Olympiakos game

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Manchester United defenders Jonny Evans and Phil Jones have not travelled to Greece for tomorrow's Champions League clash with Olympiakos, manager David Moyes has confirmed. United are already without the cup-tied Juan Mata and, speaking at his press conference, Moyes revealed that Evans and Jones would also be absent.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli: ‘Tottenham links are fantasy football’

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Italy boss Cesare Prandelli says rumours linking him with the Tottenham manager's job are "fantasy football". Reports last week suggested that the former Fiorentina coach was in contention to take over from Tim Sherwood this summer. He is allegedly keen on a return to club football after this summer's World Cup.

Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie: ’10 teams capable of winning the Champions League’

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie thinks the Champions League is wide open. Speaking before United kick-off their participation in the knockout stages, Van Persie said up to 10 of the 16 teams left in the competition are in with a shout of winning it. He told UEFA.com: "If you play well and are lucky [.

Former Liverpool loanee Nuri Sahin suggests Chelsea’s Eden Hazard should give him a kicking

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Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin has joked that he needed Chelsea star Eden Hazard to give him a good kick during his ballboy days. The former Liverpool player, currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund, found an old image of him lurking behind Brazilian striker Ronaldo hoping to get his shirt after a Champions League game [.

Photos: Chelsea players travel to Istanbul for Galatasaray game

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Off to Istanbul. #ChampionsLeague #CFC pic.twitter.com/9OghTVtllL Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) February 24, 2014 Chelsea's players have travelled to Turkey ahead of their Champions League clash with Galatasaray this week. .@hazardeden10 and @willianborges88 board the plane... #CFC pic.twitter.com/rfmTwJwZql Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) February 24, 2014

Crystal Palace will ban fans who threw coins at Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Browett says the club will ban fans who threw coins at Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Pictures from the game showed Rooney being pelted with coins when he went to take a corner at Selhurst Park. The England international picked up one and handed it to referee Mark Clattenburg.

Barcelona and Man City target Jan Vertonghen hints at Tottenham exit

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Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen has hinted he will seek a transfer this summer if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League. The Belgian centre-back narrowly missed out on Champions League qualification in his first season in English football, and now looks destined to miss out this year too.

Photo: Man Utd travel to Greece for Olympiakos clash

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Manchester United's players have been posting photos to their social media accounts during their Champions League travels. Goalkeeper David De Gea posed for a photo with Javier Hernandez and wrote: "Champions League time!! Let's go to Greece." Wingers Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia also uploaded a photo, with Young commenting: "On the way to Greece!

Does the Europa League kill your season? Feat. Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Aston Villa, Newcastle

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With Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood refusing to blame a European hangover for his side's defeat at Norwich yesterday, we looked at some of the figures. Qualifying for the Europa League costs a team at least two places in the Premier League on average. Since the competition started in 2009, qualifiers have dropped an average of [.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Man Utd target Ivan Rakitic set to extend Sevilla contract

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Liverpool transfer target Ivan Rakitic is set to sign a new contract with current club Sevilla, according to reports. The Reds face more transfer disappointment with the news that the Croatian star is set to stay in Andalusia. Rakitic, aged 25, is also said to be wanted by Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona and Inter Milan.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects title to be decided on the final day of the season

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Arsene Wenger has predicted that Premier League title race could be decided on the final day of the season. The Arsenal manager is expecting it to go down to the wire. He told the Arsenal website: "It looks like the last game could be decisive. "Nobody knows. What is for sure, the most consistent team [.

Video: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he’s not happy to grind out results

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Performances will be as important as results for Liverpool for the remainder of the season, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The Reds boss says he is not happy grinding out results as he aims to secure Champions League qualification and sustain a title challenge. He said: "I'm not one that is totally satisfied with just [.

Man Utd star Juan Mata reveals he a bit of a table tennis whizz

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If he wasn't starring in the Premier League, Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata could be working on his table tennis skills and hoping to secure a place at the Rio De Janeiro 2016 Olympics. The former Chelsea man says the sport he's best at other than football is table tennis. He said: "I used to [.

Video: Manchester United’s Juan Mata practices scoring from corners

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Jose Mourinho suggests Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o is older than he claims

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has risked causing a rift with striker Samuel Eto'o after claiming that the Cameroon international might be older then he says. The Blues forward, signed from Anzhi Makhachkala last summer, is officially 32 years old, but Mourinho seems to believe he might have shaved a few years off his actual age.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 22-23 February

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1. Liverpool winning 4-3? Dig that retro 1990s vibe. Brendan Rodgers is probably taking them all shopping for white suits today. 2. Crystal Palace fans obviously feel that Wayne Rooney is underpaid at £300,000-a-week. They had a whip-round, which they duly whipped towards him at high velocity. 3. Talk about upstaging Dennis Bergkamp, Sunderland unveiled [.

Man Utd ready to triple Toni Kroos’ Bayern Munich wages

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Manchester United will offer Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos a whopping £250,000-a-week in an effort to lure him away from the European champions. That would represent a three-fold increase in his salary as David Moyes tries to ensure he get his man this summer. Germany international Kroos will enter the final 12 months of his [.

Tomas Rosicky has agreed a new Arsenal contract, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has agreed a new contract to extend his stay at the club, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners boss says the Czech star, aged 33, has reached an agreement over a new deal and said an announcement would be made shortly. Wenger has previously spoken of how keen he is [.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino eyes PSG job

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he would love the opportunity to manage Paris Saint Germain. The Argentinian spent three years with the big-spending French champions during his playing days and has made it clear he would relish the opportunity to return in a coaching role. He told Beln Sports: "Why not?

Photo: Ex-Man City and Man Utd star Carlos Tevez caught in hilarious pose

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Undoubtedly the Picture of the weekend, perhaps the season! pic.twitter.com/DfQvdATgOU 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) February 24, 2014 Juventus striker Carlos Tevez has been caught simultaneously trumpeting and twerking thanks to this rather unfortunate camera angle. The former Manchester City and Manchester United star was attempting to celebrate his goal against Torino will a simple [.

Manchester United want Barcelona’s former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song

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Barcelona's Alex Song is the latest midfielder to be linked with a move to Manchester United. Reports in the Spanish media claim that David Moyes wants to take the former Arsenal star to Old Trafford. Catalan newspaper Sport claims that the Cameroon international could be targeted this summer. They claim that United were sniffing around [.

Barcelona join Man City and Arsenal in the hunt for ‘new Sergio Aguero’ Angel Correa

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Manchester United are the latest Premier League side to join the race for Argentine wonderkid Angel Correa. The San Lorenzo youngster, comfortable as a striker or in a more withdrawn role, has earned comparisons to comaptriot and Manchester City star Sergio Aguero with his exciting displays so far in his fledgling career.

Louis Van Gaal hints at taking Tottenham job this summer

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Holland manager Louis Van Gaal has indicated that he would be happy to take the Tottenham job this summer. Spurs reportedly approached the veteran boss after sacking Andre Villas Boas, but he declined to bail on his homeland ahead of this summer's World Cup. But the former Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Ajax manager has confirmed [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho pours cold water on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani transfer talk

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has denied claims that his side could launch big-money moves for Paris Saint Germain pair Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. Mourinho knows Ibrahimovic well from their time together at Inter Milan, but denies that he will attempt to bring the 32-year-old to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Photo: Manchester United training ahead of Olympiakos game

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Manchester United's players have been taking part in a training session this morning before they fly out to Greece for tomorrow's Champions League clash with Olympiakos. United will be without cup-tied Juan Mata for the game. The club record signing has already played for Chelsea in this season's competition.

Arsenal should play a weakened team against Bayern Munich, says former boss George Graham

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Arsenal must write-off the Champions League to focus on their Premier League title bid, according to former manager George Graham. The Gunners area trailing 2-0 from their home leg against Bayern Munich, and Graham says Arsene Wenger should field a weakened side in the second leg. He told BBC Radio Five Live: "One of the [.

Jamie Carragher: ‘Liverpool are in the title race’

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Liverpool are now genuine title contenders, according to club legend Jamie Carragher. The Sky Sports pundit says former team-mates Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez can stop talking about a top four finish in interviews and make an assault on the title. He said: "Liverpool are going for the title as well now.

Video: John Terry fronts Chelsea anti-discrimination video

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If dictionaries did videos, the definition of irony would be clip above in which Chelsea captain John Terry introduces the club's anti-discrimination video. Terry says: "It doesn't matter if you're..." At which point a succession of talking heads, many of them Chelsea players, chip in which things that it doesn't matter if you are.

Video and GIF: Robert Snodgrass gives Norwich the lead vs Tottenham

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Norwich have taken the lead against Norwich early in the second half at Carrow Road. A zippy Canaries break led to Snodgrass picking up the ball about 25 yards out, and he supplied a quality finish to put Chris Hughton's side 1-0 up.

GIF It: Ex-Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea defender William Gallas’ air-shot clearance howler for Perth Glory

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Premier League veteran William Gallas is now plying his trade in the A-League, showing the Aussies how it should be done. Take this defensive masterclass as a case in point. The former Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal man tries to make amends for a poor touch by just hoofing the ball downfield. But even that proves [.

Video: Arsene Wenger praises Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud’s character

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised Olivier Giroud's strength after character after he returned to the starting lineup to score two goals in yesterday's 4-1 win over Sunderland. The French striker had been rested for the previous two games, having failed to score in his previous five Premier League outings and seen revelations about his [.

Video and GIF It: Loic Remy scores an injury time winner for Newcastle vs Aston Villa

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Newcastle striker Loic Remy has snatched a dramatic injury time winner against Aston Villa. After a drab game, the Frenchman turned neatly in the box and lashed the ball into the net in time added on.

Video and GIF It: Jordan Henderson’s second goal makes it Liverpool 4-3 Swansea

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Bit of humdinger at Anfield this afternoon. It's currently Liverpool 4-3 Swansea after Jordan Henderson's second goal of the game put the Reds back into the lead. The midfielder scored at the second time of asking after a spot of penalty area pinball.

Video: Liverpool defender sent-off for foul on team-mate

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A strange incident from the Championship game between Blackpool and Birmingham, where Liverpool youngster Jack Robinson was shown a red card for a foul on team-mate Jordon Ibe. Robinson, on loan with the Seasider, was deemed to have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity to Ibe, who made his loan move to Birmingham last week.

Video: Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey scores a beauty against former club Liverpool

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Jonjo Shelvey has pulled a goal back for Swansea against former club Liverpool and he's done it in style. The midfielder casually side-footed the ball into the top corner from outside the area.

Video: Great goal from Jordan Henderson (Liverpool 2-0 Swansea)

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Video: Daniel Sturridge goal makes it Liverpool 1-0 Swansea

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Crystal Palace fans throw coins at £300,000-a-week Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney took his weekly earnings to £300,003.82 with the help of Crystal Palace supporters. Fresh from signing his bumper new contract on Friday, the 28-year-old was pelted with coins as he prepared to take a corner during yesterday's fixture at Selhurst Park. A line of stewards had to intervene to create [.

Tottenham linked with cut-price deal for AC Milan’s Kevin Constant

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AC Milan's Kevin Constant is being linked with a bargain switch to Tottenham. The utility man, originally a midfielder but currently playing at left-back, has reportedly asked to leave his current club. The 26-year-old came close to moving to Italian rivals Napoli in January. That fell through but he is likely to move on this [.

Chelsea to offer Romelu Lukaku to beat Spurs and Arsenal to Diego Costa

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Chelsea will use Romelu Lukaku as bait to secure the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, according to reports. The naturalised Spaniard is wanted by a host of top clubs, including Premier League sides Tottenham and Arsenal. The Daily Mail claims that the Blues will offer Romelu Lukaku a ready-made replacement plus [.

Manchester United ‘confident’ of signing Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is confident of signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan this summer according to reports. The champions have been watching a number of midfield targets in recent weeks, but the Germany international is the one Moyes believes he is most likely to land, claims the Daily Star Sunday.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to sign Joe Allen from Liverpool

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez is reportedly planning to convince Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen to make the switch across Stanley Park. The 23-year-old has failed to make an impression at Anfield since moving from Swansea 18 months ago and Martinez, who gave him his Swans debut, is ready to offer him an exit route.

Didier Drogba set for Chelsea coaching role

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Didier Drogba is set for a return to Chelsea in a coaching role. The Galatasaray striker will return to Stamford Bridge this week for a Champions League clash with his former club but he could be in line for a longer term comeback, according to reports. The Sunday Times and Sunday People both claim [.

England face Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino in Euro 2016 qualifying draw

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England have been handed what looks to be a fairly kind qualifying group for Euro 2016. Roy Hodgson's side are in Group E with Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino. The toughest game appears to be against Switzerland, who were formerly managed by Hodgson. The draw includes trips to the Baltic to face Estonia, [.

Video: Edin Dzeko’s hilarious worst miss ever (Man City vs Stoke City)

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GIF It: Olivier Giroud gets his and Arsenal’s second after backpass howler from Sunderland’s Santiago Vergini

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Olivier Giroud is returning to the Arsenal starting line-up in style. The French striker has his second goal of today's game at home to Sunderland after capitalising on a defensive howler from Black Cats defender Santiago Vergini. See Tomas Rosicky score a lovely team goal for Arsenal's third.

GIF It: Tomas Rosicky scores a lovely team goal (Arsenal 3-0 Sunderland)

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Arsenal are scored a beautifully 'Arsenal' goal to make it 3-0 before half-time against Sunderland. After some lovely one-touch passing, Czech midfielder Tomas Rosick played a one-two on the edge of the box and dinked the ball past Vito Mannone.

GIF It: Olivier Giroud opens the scoring for Arsenal vs Sunderland

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GIF It: John Terry scores an injury time winner for Chelsea vs Everton

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Chelsea captain John Terry got a flying toe on the end of a free-kick to score a priceless injury time winner for Chelsea in today's early kick-off against Everton.

Video: The moment Wayne Rooney signed his new Manchester United contract

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As we reported last night, Wayne Rooney has signed a new five-and-a-half year deal at Manchester United. And here's the very moment he put his name on the dotted line. The smile at the end is one of a man who's just made himself a lot of money.

Photo: Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young meet Pharrell Williams at Man Utd team hotel

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The R'n'B fans among Manchester United's squad 'got lucky' last night when they bumped into Pharrell Williams at their team hotel. Staying in London ahead of this evening's game against Crystal Palace, United duo Danny Welbeck and Ashley Young posed for a photo with the N.E.R.D. frontman. Williams' pink ten-gallon hat stole the show some [.

Glen Johnson can earn new Liverpool contract, says Brendan Rodgers

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PHOTO: @glen_johnson continues his comeback to fitness on Friday pic.twitter.com/NSQmSRuJ9g Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 21, 2014 Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson could still earn a new contract at the club, according to manager Brendan Rodgers. The England international will enter the final years of his current deal this summer and turn 30 in August.

Jose Mourinho expects Thibaut Courtois to be at Chelsea next season

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Serial loanee Thibaut Courtois is set to return to Chelsea and challenge Petr Cech for the goalkeeper's jersey next season. Manager Jose Mourinho says he thinks the Belgium international will be at Stamford Bridge for the 2014/15 campaign, but refused to give any guarantees about playing time. Asked if the 21-year-old would be a Blues [.

Man Utd coach Phil Neville uploads Instagram picture of Eric Cantona ahead of Crystal Palace game

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Manchester United coach Phil Neville has ensured he'll get a warm reception ahead of this evening's game at Crystal Palace by uploading a picture of Eric Cantona to his Instagram account this morning. Cantona was infamously red carded for a kung-fu kick on a Palace fan in January 1995. Emotions are already running high ahead [.

Photos: Arsenal unveil Dennis Bergkamp statue

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Ken Friar makes a speech and the #DB10Statue is unveiled. "Sign him up!" sing the fans pic.twitter.com/L8TVPWeURw Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 22, 2014 A statue of Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp has been unveiled outside the Emirates Stadium. The Dutchman said: "They asked me if they could build a statue.

Photo: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini in ANOTHER fight (this one’s not so serious)

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Flam was not happy when I walked on the bus tonight! Sorry mate I promise to never disagree with you again!! #Angry pic.twitter.com/a5fSDmzGZz Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) February 21, 2014 Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini have been at pains to point out that there are no problems between them after their training grow [.

Video: Wayne Rooney interview after signing new Manchester United contract

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has been talking about signing a new five-and-a-half year deal at the club and he said David Moyes was a big factor in his decision to stay at Old Trafford. He said: "There was a lot of speculation over the summer and I was really pleased when David Moyes [...]

Official: Wayne Rooney signs new five-and-a-half year deal at Manchester United

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Read the full press release on @WayneRooney's new contract: http://t.co/e5uDeCEJdg #rooneymufc pic.twitter.com/5tOOk2ZkUA Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 21, 2014 Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has signed a new deal that ties him to the club until June 2019. Rooney said: "I am made up to be staying at United.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini apologises for referee comments after Barcelona defeat

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Manuel Pellegrini has apologised for accusing referee Jonas Eriksson of being "not impartial" after Manchester City's Champions League defeat to Barcelona. The Chilean said his comments were made out of anger and frustration. He said: "When you lost the game the way we lost against Barcelona you are frustrated, you are angry and of course [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes says there is no news on Wayne Rooney’s contract

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has batted away suggestions that Wayne Rooney has agreed a new five-and-a-half year deal at the club. Reports earlier today suggested his £300,000-a-week new contract is finalised and just needs to be formally announced. But Moyes claims there is no news at the moment.

Video: Man Utd will ‘try to be good’ against Crystal Palace, says David Moyes

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says his side will try to be good against Crystal Palace tomorrow AND the Champions League game against Olympiakos on Tuesday. But it's clear that the United boss has some concerns about playing in the late kick-off slot on Saturday and then playing in Europe on Tuesday.

Photo: Man Utd stars Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj on the train to London

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Manchester United are on their way to London for tomorrow's game against Crystal Palace. Record signing Juan Mata is sitting beside wonderkid Adnan Januzaj for the journey. The Spanish playmaker uploaded this photo to his Instagram account. He observed: "Train time!" United fans will be putting their faith in these two more than most of [.

Arsenal ‘prepare dossier’ on Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender

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Arsenal have targeted Lars Bender as Mikel Arteta's long-term replacement, according to reports. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is being lined up to take over from the veteran Spaniard in the Gunners' engine room, the Daily Mail claims. Bender's name has been linked with the Gunners for some time, but this summer could be the time [.

Arsenal linked with young Udinese goalkeeper Simone Scuffet

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Arsenal have reportedly been in touch with Serie A side Udinese about a deal for young keeper Simone Scuffet. The 17-year-old shot-stopper is said to be Arsene Wenger's first-choice target as he seeks to sign a new goalkeeper this summer. With Lukasz Fabianski set to leave the club when his contract expires this summer and [.

Tottenham set to offload Roberto Soldado to Atletico Madrid

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Tottenham flop Roberto Soldado could be sold to Atletico Madrid this summer. Reports in Spain suggest that Tim Sherwood has lost faith in the £26m striker, who has scored just five goals in 21 Premier League games. The Spain international could be heading back to his homeland, with reports in the Spanish media claiming that [.

Spurs hope to snap-up Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford

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Tottenham are aiming to sign Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford this summer. The 20-year-old former Nottingham Forest youngster has been in sensational form in successive loan spells at MK Dons and Derby County. But the England Under-21 striker is likely to find first-team football very difficult to come by at Stamford Bridge, and Spurs will hope [.

Photo: Man Utd’s Marouane Fellaini training and fit to face Crystal Palace

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Manchester United summer signing Marouane Fellaini is available for selection for tomorrow's game against Crystal Palace. United's Instagram account said: "Great to see Marouane Fellaini on the training pitch today, fit again and ready for a return to action."

Manchester United advertise for a new manager

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You can understand David Moyes being a bit twitchy given Manchester United's recent record. But the Scot can breath easy the job in question is to become general manager of United's events team, not their football team. The successful candidate for the post will have "a mandate to drive an increase in revenue and [.

Video: Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva in training as he continues his recovery

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Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has posted this video showing he is closing in a return to action. The Brazilian star is shown training on his own as he continues his recovery. Accompanied by a couple of members of Liverpool's medical team, Lucas can be seen going though a pass and move exercise. The fact he [.

Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado deal could pave the way for Arsenal switch

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Arsenal's hopes of signing Colombian attacker Juan Cuadrado are set to be boosted after it emerged that Fiorentina are attempting to buy him outright. The 25-year-old is currently part-owned by Fiorentina and partly by former club Udinese, making signing him very difficult for the Gunners. But the Viola are reportedly trying to strike up a [.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew dismisses Mathieu Debuchy exit rumours

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has played down suggestions that Mathieu Debuchy could move to Paris Saint Germain. Quotes attributed to the right-back in the French media suggested that he would not be averse to joining the big-spending Ligue 1 champions. But Pardew insists that the France international is committed to the Magpies.

Turkish side Besiktas hope to sign Shinji Kagawa from Man Utd

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Manchester United playmaker Shinji Kagawa is wanted by Turkish side Besiktas. The Japan international has failed to make an impression at Old Trafford since his £24m arrival from Borussia Dortmund in 2012. He has fallen further down the pecking order since the arrival of Juan Mata. Besiktas are ready to rescue the 24-year-old from his [.

Photos: Liverpool (including Glen Johnson) training ahead of Swansea game

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PHOTO: @glen_johnson continues his comeback to fitness on Friday pic.twitter.com/NSQmSRuJ9g Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 21, 2014 Liverpool have been preparing for Sunday's game against Swansea and right-back Glen Johnson took part in the session. Manager Brendan Rodgers, who led training, confirmed that the defender will be in the squad to face the Swans.

Photos: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini in training ground bust-up

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Passion vs passion. Wilshere vs Flamini. #afc pic.twitter.com/p8inDjVbaC Halo Gooner (@db10Halo) February 21, 2014 Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini were involved in a heated row during training this morning. Frenchman Flamini appears to be the aggressor, though it's not clear what he took exception to.

Chelsea’s David Luiz out of Everton game

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Chelsea defender David Luiz is out of this weekend's clash with Everton. Jose Mourinho confirmed that the Brazilian centre-back has a muscle injury, but the Blues boss hopes that Luiz will be available for next week's Champions League game against Galatasaray. He also told his press conference that skipper John Terry is fit to face [.

Manchester United scouts watch Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala vs Eintracht Frankfurt

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Manchester United sent scouts to Porto's Europa League game against Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday evening to watch Eliaquim Mangala. The champions have long been linked with interest in the France international, but it was rivals Manchester City who had a bid rejected in the January transfer window. The 23-year-old is one of Europe's most sought-after central [.

Wayne Rooney ‘agrees new Manchester United contract’

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has agreed a new £300,000-a-week deal that ties him to the club until June 2019, according to reports. The 28-year-old has agreed the new five-and-a-half year contract at Old Trafford. United are yet to formally announce the deal, but the BBC is confidently reporting that an agreement has been reached.

Maradona ‘fury’ after fiancee flirts with Man Utd’s David De Gea

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Great to be with the best number 10!! "El Pelusa" pic.twitter.com/09XnNeJuFn David De Gea (@D_DeGea) February 17, 2014 Argentina legend Diego Maradona is said to be 'MADadona' after accusing is fiancee of flirting with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea. The Spaniard and other members of United's squad met Maradona during their recent warm [.

Spurs striker Roberto Soldado responds to his terrible miss

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Tottenham's Roberto Soldado has been discussing his woeful miss against Dnipro on Instagram. The Spaniard acknowledges that firing over from four yards with an open goal at his disposal probably cost his side the game. He went on to say that he will continue to work to ensure he produces his best form for Spurs.

Man Utd fans plot Eric Cantona tribute for Crystal Palace trip

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Manchester United supporters are planning to honour their former star Eric Cantona at the scene of his infamous kung-fu kick. The champions travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace tomorrow and it appears that Cantona masks, flags and songs will be in abundance during the game. But many Palace fans and neutrals [.

Man Utd linked with Barcelona youngster Rafinha Alcantara

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Manchester United are hoping to make amends for losing out on Thiago Alcantara last summer by snapping up his brother this year. Bayern Munich won the race for the elder sibling, where he was reunited with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, but United are tracking emerging star Rafinha with a view to signing him at [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger promises changes for Sunderland game

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Arsene Wenger enters the stadium under the watchful eye of legendary Arsenal manager Herbert Chapman. http://t.co/NNrqTgU4jm Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 20, 2014 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he will make changes from the side that lost to Bayern Munich in midweek for tomorrow's game at home to Sunderland and that will include [.

Arsene Wenger backs Yaya Sanogo to make ‘huge contribution’ for Arsenal

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Here's the boss talking at the press conf now. Topics Bayern, Sunderland, @MesutOzil1088 & Mannone. Video up later pic.twitter.com/r2vzgritr8 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 21, 2014 Yaya Sanogo will make a "huge contribution" for Arsenal between now and the end of the season, according to Arsene Wenger.

Video: Man Utd target Alex Sandro scores comedy own goal (Porto 2-2 Eintracht Frankfurt)

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German side Eintracht Frankfurt grabbed a surprise 2-2 draw at Porto thanks to this comedy own goal from Alex Sandro. Manchester United are hopeful of signing Southampton's Luke Shaw this summer, but the Porto left-back is one of David Moyes' alternative options. It's safe to say the 23-year-old Brazil international would rather have his kung-fu [.

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood blasts Dnipro pitch

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Tim Sherwood lamented the 'disgraceful' pitch as Tottenham slipped to a 1-0 Europa League defeat at Dnipro. The Spurs boss was unhappy with the Ukrainian side's playing surface, but said that was not an excuse for the loss. He said: "They played very well, but the pitch is a disgrace. "It's no excuse because both [.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil needs a rest

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has advised Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger to give Mesut Ozil a rest ahead of this weekend's meeting between the two sides. The Gunners' record signing was heavily criticised for his work-rate against Bayern Munich on Wednesday, and Poyet believes the German star might need to recuperate in order to rediscover his [.

Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny will be disciplined over ‘w*nker’ gesture

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Arsenal will discipline goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for making a rude gesture after being sent-off against Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening. The Poland international is unlikely to be reprimanded by Uefa after the incident was omitted from the referee's match report, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that internal disciplinary action will be taken.

Arsenal set to rival Man City with £30m move for Real Madrid’s Isco

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Arsenal are planning to go head-to-head with Manchester City for unsettled Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to reports. The former Malaga playmaker, aged 21, has failed to settle at the Bernabeu since his move last summer. Reports emerged last week that the Spain international is unhappy with training and the lack of a regular starting [.

Man Utd and Man City battle for Celtic’s Virgil Van Dijk

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Local rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are currently involved in a tug of war for Celtic defender Virgil Van Dijk, according to the Daily Telegraph. The 22-year-old has put in some impressive displays since his £2.6m arrival from FC Groningen last summer. The centre-back has been linked with clubs including Arsenal, but it is [.

Luis Suarez: ‘I can fulfil my dreams at Liverpool’

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he can fulfil his dreams at the club but he dismissed talk of a title challenge this season. The Uruguayan star thinks the Reds can secure Champions League qualification this season and has indicated that he has put his attempts to engineer a move away from Anfield behind him.

Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe joins Birmingham

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BREAKING NEWS: #BCFC sign @LFC winger @IbeJordon on a youth loan until the end of the season: http://t.co/w7iQ4KCxPS pic.twitter.com/lAMsPaDrG6 Birmingham City FC (@BcfcDotCom) February 21, 2014 Liverpool youngster Jordon Ibe has agreed a loan switch to Birmingham. The Reds confirmed that the 18-year-old winger has moved to St Andrew's until the end of the [.

Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil is not yet over Bayern penalty miss, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil has not yet recovered from his penalty miss against Bayern Munich. The Gunners boss said it was too soon for the club's record signing to have put the disappointment behind him. He told his press conference: "Is he over it now? Certainly not, because 48 hours is a [.

Man City scouts watch ‘new Sergio Aguero’ Angel Correa

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Manchester City scouts were in Argentina on Wednesday evening to watch San Lorenzo youngster Angel Correa in action. The 18-year-old striker who is also comfortable playing in a deeper position as a second striker has been branded 'the next Sergio Aguero'. City's representatives were at San Lorenzo's game in Buenos Aires against Argentinos [.

Chelsea linked with deal for 40-year-old Inter veteran Javier Zanetti

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is considering a deal to sign 40-year-old Javier Zanetti from Inter Milan, according to reports in Italy. The Blues boss is known to be a big fan of Zanetti's professionalism and commitment from their time together at the San Siro, and they remain close friends. Despite 33-year-old Ashley Cole likely to [.

Video: Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado with a terrible miss from four yards

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Roberto Soldado cannot catch a break at the minute. The Spurs striker spurned a glorious chance to put his side into the lead against Dnipro in this evening's Europa League meeting. The Spaniard blazed over from four yards with an open goal at his disposal.

Would-be Liverpool star Yevhen Konoplyanka scores for Dnipro vs Spurs

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Yevhen Konoplyanka, who nearly joined Liverpool last month, has scored from the penalty spot to give Dnipro a 1-0 lead over Tottenham. And here he is taking Kyle Naughton for a dance.

Everton looking at Arsenal and Liverpool target Federico Fazio

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Everton are targeting Sevilla defender Federico Fazio for a possible summer move. The 26-year-old has long been linked with Arsenal, while Liverpool have also scouted the Argentina international. Despite cash-strapped Sevilla offloading many of their top stars in recent time, Fazio has so far been happy to stay put.

Photos: Tottenham’s warm-up at Dnipro

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Skipper Michael Dawson leads the team out for the warm-up at the Dnipro Arena. KO is 6pm UK. #COYS pic.twitter.com/BcLKjpC6oY Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 20, 2014 Tottenham have been out on the pitch to warm-up for this evening's Europa League game a Dnipro. Kick-off is now moments away.

Manchester City and Newcastle scout Arsenal and Liverpool target Richairo Zivkovic

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Newcastle and Manchester City are the latest clubs to send scouts to watch FC Groningen's Richairo Zivkovic in action. The 17-year-old attacker, who is comfortable as a striker or on the right wing, has been earning rave reviews for his performances so far this season. Arsenal, Liverpool, Ajax and Barcelona are among the clubs already [.

Man Utd have been unlucky, says Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis

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We've become accustomed to a Premier League manager telling us that Manchester United have been unlucky this season, but until now it has been David Moyes. Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis has bought into Moyes' defence and is inclined to agree with the beleaguered United manager. Speaking ahead of Saturday's match between the two sides, [.

Video: Fulham will avoid relegation, says new boss Felix Magath

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New Fulham manager Felix Magath says the club will avoid relegation this season. Speaking at his first press conference since replacing Rene Meulensteen, the former Bayern Munich and Schalke boss confidently predicted that the bottom-of-the-table Cottagers will escape the drop. He said: "Now we are in serious situation, sure, you know.

Lukas Podolski defends Arsenal team-mate Mesut Ozil

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Post by Lukas Podolski. Arsenal's Lukas Podolski has defended team-mate Mesut Ozil amid criticism for his performance in last night's Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich. Podolski urged Gooners not to target Ozil. The club's record signing missed a spot-kick inside the first 10 minutes and was accused of neglecting his defensive duties in the [.

Video: Tottenham train ahead of Dnipro game

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Schalke add £41m release clause to Liverpool target Donis Avdijaj’s contract

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Liverpool face an asking price of £41m for transfer target Donis Avdijaj's after Schalke added a buyout clause to his contract. German tabloid Bild claims that the mammoth release clause has been inserted in the 17-year-old's new deal. The Reds have been credited with interest in the young forward for some time, but Schalke will [.

Video: Spurs arrive at the Dnipro Arena for their Europa League tie

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Tottenham's players have arrived at the stadium ahead of their game against Ukrainian side Dnipro. Christian Eriksen gets slightly paranoid that the camera follows him along the corridor, while many of his team-mates were allowed to pass by with the camera staying still. The starting line-up has been confirmed as: Friedel; Naughton, Dawson, Vertonghen, Rose; [.

Inter Milan owner says deal for Man Utd skipper Nemanja Vidic is ’90 per cent done’

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Inter Milan owner Erick Thohir has revealed that a deal to sign Manchester United captain 90 per cent complete. The Serie A side have been the favourites to land the Serbia international since it was confirmed that he would leave Old Trafford when his contract expires this summer. And it appears those rumours were accurate, [.

Photo: Dennis Bergkamp statue arrives at Arsenal

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@KieranCPhotoAFC @AFCAcademy pic.twitter.com/pJExVf0ke0 Cookie (@SimplyCookie_) February 20, 2014 Bergkamp has arrived! pic.twitter.com/W0mVJDKsvK Cookie (@SimplyCookie_) February 20, 2014

Video: Southampton enjoy some Winter Olympics inspired human curling

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When you hear of human curling going on in the dressing room of a south coast club, you might assume Gus Poyet is involved. Not so. Southampton have been getting in to the spirit of the Winter Olympics by emulating the curling competition in their dressing room. One member of the squad becomes the stone [.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil apologises for Bayern Munich defeat

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Post by Mesut Özil. Mesut Ozil has taken to Facebook to apologise for Arsenal's 0-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in last night's Champions League encounter. He wrote: "The next morning doesn't feel better either. Sorry guys it wasn't planned that way. Outnumbered it was really hard to win against this team.

Ex-Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez says Jose Mourinho sold ‘their best player’

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Former Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has accused Jose Mourinho of selling the Blues' best player by allowing Juan Mata to join Manchester United. The Napoli boss, back in the UK for tonight's Europa League clash with Swansea, tried not to get involved with issues relating to his old club, but couldn't resist a quick comment [.

Video: Mesut Ozil pushes Arsenal team-mate Mathieu Flamini

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil hasn't had too many good days for the club recently, but his performance against Bayern Munich yesterday was particularly poor. Aside from his lazy penalty being saved by Manuel Neuer, Ozil's all-round performance was equally lazy. His refusal to track-back, stay with runner and, on the rare occasion that he [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger makes a diving gesture to Arjen Robben

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not best pleased to see young striker Yaya Sanogo pick up a yellow card for a nothing challenge on Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer. Spotting Arjen Robben nearby, he clearly thought: 'Now there's a man with whom I can hold a conversation about diving.' The Dutch winger appears unimpressed by [.

Photo: Man Utd boss David Moyes at Arsenal vs Bayern Munich. Scouting Toni Kroos?

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Manchester United manager David Moyes was in the crowd to see Bayern Munich's 0-2 win at Arsenal last night. With United have completed their games against the Gunners this season, it can only have been Bayern that attracted Moyes' interest. He travelled to Germany to see the European champions in action last month when midfielder [.

How Arsenal’s ambush nearly caught out an unguarded Guardiola

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Given that in cup ties most successful managers resort to a high tempo game when playing at home against a superior opposition, it was strange that Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola seemed to be ambushed by Arsenal's tactics last night. Bayern's early performance suggested they weren't prepared for such an onslaught.

William Carvalho – Man Utd given the go-ahead for £37.5m move for Sporting Lisbon starlet

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Manchester United have reportedly been given the nod that they will be able to sign William Carvalho for £37.5m this summer. His current club Sporting Lisbon are happy for the deal to go ahead after lining up his replacement, the Daily Mirror reports. The 21-year-old has a £37.5m release clause in his contract, but the [.

Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka: ‘Liverpool and Tottenham interest is news to me’

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Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka has been playing dumb over his collapsed moved to Liverpool last month. Speaking ahead of his side's Europa League clash with Tottenham, who also made an attempt to sign him in January, the Ukraine international jokingly denied any knowledge of the scramble for his signature.

Arsenal ‘tracking Zakaria Bakkali’, claims PSV source

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Arsenal are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven winger Zakaria Bakkali and are set to bid for him this summer. That's according to reports in the Dutch media that cite a PSV club source. The Gunners, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been credited with interest in the 18-year-old, who burst onto the scene earlier this [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer in school team photo

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Arsenal fans have been pondering why, of the 11 players on their team, the one the opposition goalkeeper has been watching take penalties since he was 11 years old was chosen to take their spot-kick against Bayern Munich yesterday. Manuel Neuer duly saved Mesut Ozil's spot-kick and here's the evidence that the know each [.

Man Utd confident of pipping Chelsea to Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Manchester United boss David Moyes is eager to beat Chelsea to the signing of Southampton youngster Luke Shaw and he is confident of doing so. The 18-year-old is one of English football's most sought-after talents. The Blues are believed to have the edge in the deal, with Shaw having grown up supporting the club.

Video: Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku working hard to get fit at Everton

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Everton's on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has uploaded a video showing him doing extra training at the end of yesterday's session. The Belgium international is keen to get his sharpness back as quickly as possible after missing the last three weeks with an ankle injury. And that has meant staying behind after training to put [.

Video: Ex-Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas apologises for Barca’s Man City win at BRIT Awards

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Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas has issued a public apology for beating Manchester City at this evening's BRIT Awards. Arriving on stage at the British music industy's award ceremony, he said: "Sorry about last night ... I come in peace."

GIF It: Thomas Muller makes it Arsenal 0-2 Bayern Munich

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Ten-man Arsenal survived a Bayern Munich onslaught at 0-1 until the 88th minute. But sub Thomas Muller has grabbed what could be a decisive second away goal for the reigning European champions.

GIF It: Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos fires them into the lead at Arsenal

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Video: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny sent-off for foul on Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben

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Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny has been shown a red card for denying Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben a clear goalscoring opportunity. The Pole came flying out after substitute Nacho Monreal failed to track Robben's run. Szczesny made a w*nker gesture as he made his way off the pitch. See it here.

GIF It: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny’s w*nker gesture after being sent-off vs Bayern Munich

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No prizes for guessing what Wojciech Szczesny thought of his red card against Bayern Munich.

Video: On-loan Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois makes a stunning save for Atletico Madrid vs AC Milan

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Video: Arsenal mascot experiences a rock-solid Per Mertesacker high-five

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A young mascot at this evening's Arsenal vs Bayern Munich game offered Per Mertesacker a high-five... and immediately regretted doing so.

Video: Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer saves penalty from Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has blown a chance to give his side an early lead against Bayern Munich. His weak penalty was saved by his old schoolfriend Manuel Neuer. Ozil had won the penalty himself, being brought down by Jerome Boateng after cutting inside from Jack Wilshere's through ball.

Yaya Sanogo starts for Arsenal, Olivier Giroud doesn’t look impressed

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Arsenal have sprung a team selection shock for tonight's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich: French youngster Yaya Sanogo starts. The former Auxerre man gets the nod ahead of Olivier Giroud, who looked less than pleased as he arrived at the stadium.

Video: Arsenal star Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski preview Bayern Munich clash

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Video: Ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong stops his car to take on the BNP

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Barnsley's Emmanuel Frimpong was not impressed to see BNP placards on display around his new hometown. So, the former Arsenal man pulled over his car to confront activists working for the far-right party. In a NSFW outburst, Frimpong said: "I'm just trying to earn a living in this f**king country and you're trying to kick [.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud: ‘I did not commit adultery’

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Ultimate precision with respect to my apologies...Yes I made a mistake but not I have not committed adultery! Things are clear... Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) February 18, 2014 Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says he made a "precision" apology after taking a model back to the team hotel hours before a game.

Video: Man Utd legend Roy Keane says Man City skipper Vincent Kompany ‘doesn’t know what he’s talking about’

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane said Manchester City's Vincent Kompany didn't know what he was talking about after last night's 0-2 defeat to Barcelona. The ITV pundit had just listened to the City skipper claim that Barcelona were not "superior" to them and had been "there for the taking".

Man City got tactics spot-on against Barcelona, but Arsenal boss Wenger had already called this one

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"It is always the big players who make the difference on the pitch. Football is not a chess game. It belongs to the players. We prepare the team to do well but don't forget that the main heroes are on the pitch, not on the bench." While Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was referring to his [...]

Photo: Proof that Barcelona’s penalty award against Man City was correct

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Manchester City are feeling slightly aggrieved that Barcelona were awarded a penalty against them in last night's Champions League game. Replays appeared to show that Martin Demichelis' foul on Lionel Messi took place outside the box. That's prompted fans to produce this tongue-in-cheek 'evidence' that a penalty was the correct decision.

Video: Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford’s wonder goal for Derby at Sheffield Wednesday

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Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford is enjoying a prolific loan spell at Derby County and that continued at Sheffield Wednesday last night. The 20-year-old curled in this beautiful left-footed effort to take his Rams record to five goals in seven games. The strike secured a 0-1 away win for Steve McClaren's side.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini blames ref for Barcelona defeat

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson was "not impartial" for yesterday's 0-2 defeat at home to Barcelona. The Chilean was angry that Jesus Navas was not awarded a free-kick in the build-up to the Spanish champions' opening goal, and at the award to penalty that resulted in that goal.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli touted to become Spurs boss

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Prandelli: "Non siamo i migliori ma possiamo battere i migliori" pic.twitter.com/gN8IgTLkJq FIGC Vivo Azzurro (@Vivo_Azzurro) December 28, 2013 Italy boss Cesare Prandelli could replace Tim Sherwood as Tottenham manager this summer, according to reports. The former Fiorentina boss is set to leave his post with the Azzurri after this summer's World Cup and has [.

Video: Arsenal train ahead of Bayern Munich clash

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Arsenal have completed their final training session ahead of tonight's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. The Gunners released a short video of yesterday's session showing the squad being put through their paces in anticipation of the visit of the European champions.

GIF It: Newcastle old boy Yohan Cabaye scores first PSG goal vs Bayer Leverkusen

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Former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has opened his account at new club Paris Saint Germain by scoring the fourth goal in a 0-4 win at Bayer Leverkusen. Cabaye placed the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box after a clinical PSG attack and lay-off. But the new signing's exploits were overshadowed [.

Liverpool ‘make substantial offer’ for Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna

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Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is a target for Liverpool, according to reports in Italy. The France international is out of contract at the end of the current season and the latest reports suggest that negotiations over a new deal have broken down. Serie A side Inter Milan were thought to be the frontrunners to sign [.

West Ham confirm Ravel Morrison has joined QPR

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NEWS: West Ham United can confirm that @morrisonravel has joined Queens Park Rangers on a 93-day emergency loan. #WHUFC #QPR West Ham United FC (@whufc_official) February 19, 2014 West Ham have confirmed that midfielder Ravel Morrison has moved to QPR on loan. He has been brought in on a long-anticipated 93-day emergency loan deal.

Video: Bayern Munich train at QPR ahead of Arsenal game

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Bayern Munich's players took to the pitch at Loftus Road this morning for a light training session ahead of tonight's game against Arsenal. The European champions had been granted use of QPR's ground after deciding against training at the Emirates yesterday evening. Bayern were concerned that the London traffic would make a session at the [.

Photo: Spurs fly to Ukraine to face Dnipro

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Tottenham's players are en route to Ukraine for tomorrow's Europa League tie against Dnipro. Striker Roberto Soldado posted this photo of him and midfielder Christian Eriksen from the plane. The Spaniard wrote: "Ready for 4 hours flight. Tomorrow Europa League."

Video: Dani Alves makes it Manchester City 0-2 Barcelona

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Barcelona have delivered what looks like being a late sucker punch to Manchester City. Right-back Dani Alves slid this effort through Joe Hart's legs from an angle in the 90th minute of the game. Heading to Camp Nou with a 0-1 deficit looked like a tall order, but two away goals appears to signal the [.

GIF It: Martin Demichelis sent-off as Lionel Messi wins a penalty (Man City vs Barcelona)

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From the moment Manchester City named Martin Demichelis in their team to man mark Lionel Messi you sensed danger. And so it proved. The Argentine defender was sent-off for denying Messi a clear goalscoring opportunity. The Barca star dusted himself down and tucked the penalty away himself. Watch the penalty here.

Manchester City delete tweet praising Martin Demichelis’s performance

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Manchester City deleted a tweet they posted praising Martin Demichelis's performance just moments before he was sent-off. In the 51st minute of the game, City's official Twitter account wrote: "51. Demichelis has been a rock at the heart of the City defence. The Argentine is thwarting everything Barca throw at him so far!

Video: Lionel Messi gives Barcelona the lead at Man City with a penalty

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Liverpool scout Nottingham Forest’s Jamaal Lascelles and Sheffield United’s Harry Maguire

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Liverpool dispatched scout Neil Richardson to take advantage of a triple-whammy scouting opportunity at Sheffield United's 3-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Richardson was able to report on the performances of two potential transfer targets Nottingham Forest's Jamaal Lascelles and Sheffield United's Harry Maguire while also keeping tabs on Reds [.

Pepe Reina: ‘I’ve got to return to Liverpool, but it’s unlikely I’ll stay’

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is not sounding particularly thrilled at the prospect of returning to the club at the end of his loan spell with Napoli. The Spain international was shipped out on a season-long loan to the Serie A side against his wishes but the idea appears to have grown on him. Clearly [.

Jack Wilshere: ‘Arsenal would take a 0-0 draw against Bayern Munich’

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says he and his team-mates would be satisfied with a 0-0 draw at home to Bayern Munich tomorrow evening. He suggested that the Gunners' squad have become a bit more savvy about the dangers of of conceding at the Emirates after being knocked out by Bayern on away goals last season.

Man Utd wish Barcelona’s Gerard Pique good luck ahead of Man City game

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Manchester United are usually sick of the sight of a rampant Barcelona team, but that's what they will be hoping for this evening as the Catalan carousel goes up against neighbours Manchester City. Indeed, United have been sending messages of good luck to their former defender Gerard Pique as he prepares to face City at [.

Video: Bayern Munich’s Dante loses his cool ahead of Arsenal game

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Bayern Munich defender Dante nearly got himself into hot water ahead of tomorrow's Champions League tie at Arsenal. The Brazil international was furious at members of the media for laughing at him during a game of keep-ball in Bayern's final training session before the left for London. Dante's mistake is not captured on camera, but [.

Ex-Liverpool and Bayern defender Markus Babbel: ‘Arsenal always mess up big games’

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Former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel is predicting victory for his old side Bayern Munich in their Champions League tie against Arsenal because the Gunners always mess up big games. The 41-year-old thinks Bayern will just need to keep their concentration in order to assure their progress in the tournament.

Video: Man City reveal Blue Moon mosaic for Barcelona game

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Manchester City have given a sneak preview of the card mosaic that will be displayed ahead of this evening's clash with Barcelona. City are encouraging supporters to arrive at the stadium early to participate in the Blue Moon-themed tifo. The club's social media accounts urged: "Raise the card get in your seats early at [.

Juan Mata tips Man Utd to beat Liverpool, Spurs and Everton to fourth spot

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Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata says there is still time to secure Champions League qualification this season. The Spanish playmaker acknowledges the champions have an uphill battle to secure fourth spot but he thinks it is possible. He told Canal+: "The objective is to get to the Champions League spots.

Former Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann offers £2,000 reward for safe return of his manbag

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My dear followers, I am asking for some help. My bag has been stolen today out of a red fiat500 at Duke Street, London, W1, near Selfridges. Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) February 17, 2014 If the back and all personal contents can be returned to me by Wednesday, I will pay 2.000 pounds. Please contact [.

Video: Bayern Munich travel to Arsenal clash

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Bayern Munich are on their way to London for tomorrow's Champions League game at Arsenal. The club released this footage of manager Pep Guardiola and his players at the airport ahead of their flight to the UK. They had earlier completed their final training session ahead of the game at their training base.

Photo: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny hits his swimming pool to prepare for Bayern Munich

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Post by Wojciech Szczesny. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny reckons he has found the perfect way to prepare for tomorrow's game against Bayern Munich a swim in his indoor pool. The Poland international posted a photo of him taking a dip in his home swimming pool. And he says that his aquatic activities will ensure [.

Arsenal in ‘better mental shape’ for Bayern Munich clash

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The boss and @JackWilshere look confident in the press conference ahead of #AFCvBAY pic.twitter.com/qu302AwjXY Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 18, 2014 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his team are better prepared mentally and have a stronger team spirit than when they met Bayern Munich last season.

Tomas Rosicky available for Arsenal vs Bayern Munich

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The boss and @JackWilshere look confident in the press conference ahead of #AFCvBAY pic.twitter.com/qu302AwjXY Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 18, 2014 Tomas Rosicky is in contention to face Bayern Munich tomorrow evening, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The Gunners midfielder was left out of the FA Cup win over Liverpool at the weekend, with [.

Wrestling supremo Vince McMahon linked with Newcastle takeover

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World Wrestling Entertainment owner Vince McMahon is a surprise candidate to buy Newcastle. The WWE boss is rumoured to be looking into the possibility of buying Mike Ashley's stake at the club. A Newcastle source told the Winner Sports website: "Vince McMahon has been sniffing around the club and seems keen on pursuing his interest.

Why Wayne Rooney must drop into midfield to get Man Utd’s season back on track

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"Well, I don't know what we have to do to win..." has become the familiar muttering from David Moyes this season. While he has generally blamed Manchester United's woes so far this season on fortune, there are things he can do to immediately improve their fortunes. With Wayne Rooney reportedly on the verge of signing [.

Video: England manager Roy Hodgson visits Manaus, dons a hard hat

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GIF It: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers suffers Arsene Wenger’s zip problems at Arsenal

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers found himself afflicted with Arsene Wenger's zip problems during his trip to Arsenal last weekend. Gunners boss Wenger is regularly seen wrestling with a troublesome zip at the Emirates Stadium and the problem seems to be catching. Rodgers was spotted sitting in his dugout desperately trying to zip up his [.

William Carvalho to Manchester United even more likely after twelfth scouting mission

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A bid from Manchester United for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho looks nailed-on for the summer after the champions scouted him for a twelfth time this season. David Moyes is aiming to leave nothing to chance as he weighs up a move for the 21-year-old, having him watched on a dozen occasions already this campaign.

Juventus and AC Milan working on a deal to sign Nani from Man Utd

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Italian giants Juventus and AC Milan are both currently working on a deal to sign Nani from Manchester United, according to reports. Tuttosport claims that Juve have been in touch with the Portuguese winger's representatives in recent days. They were keen to get an update on the knee injury that has kept Nani out of [.

Video: Referee Howard Webb does not appreciate being touched by Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling

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Contrary to what Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling previously thought, he and referee Howard Webb do not have a touchy-feely relationship. The Reds youngster placed his hand on Webb's chest during Sunday's FA Cup defeat at Arsenal. In return he got short shrift and a look of absolute contempt. Meanwhile, Webb has had his profile removed [.

Arsenal keen to pip Newcastle to Loic Remy

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Newcastle striker Loic Remy could move to Arsenal this summer. The French star has been in excellent form for the Magpies, where he is on-loan from QPR, but the Gunners could swoop to beat them to his signature. Newcastle failed to tie-up a permanent deal to Remy last month and the 27-year-old could now be [.

Video: West Ham players emerge for an open training session

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It being half-term and all, West Ham have put on an open training session at Upton Park for their young supporters. Fans were treated to a full session as the Hammers prepare for this weekend's game at home to Southampton. Here are some photos from the session: PIC: Training continues in full swing #COYI pic.

Neymar: ‘I would never have chosen Man City over Barcelona’

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Barcelona star Neymar says there was no chance of him opting to join Manchester City ahead of Barcelona. Speaking ahead of tonight's Champions League clash between the two sides this evening, the Brazil international spoke out to say that picking City over Barca was never on the agenda. He said: "I could have left Brazil [.

Yaya Toure: Man City’s team can beat Barcelona’s stars

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Manchester City can beat Barcelona by working together as a team, according to midfielder Yaya Toure. The Ivorian hinted the City's whole could be greater than the sum of Barca's superstars when the two sides meet in tomorrow's Champions League clash. He also credited manager Manuel Pellegrini for getting the team into a position in [.

Bayern Munich scrap Arsenal training over traffic fears

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Bayern Munich have rejected the chance to train on the pitch at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow night. Instead they will stay at their training ground for their final session ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Arsenal. The European champions fear an evening jaunt through the London traffic could prove to be more of a [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini tells Man Utd ‘there’s only one team in Manchester’

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has told local rivals Manchester United that there is only one team in Manchester at the moment. Ahead of his side's Champions League clash with Barcelona, the Chilean was asked whether the city now had two great teams. He considered that to be an over-estimate on current form.

Javier Mascherano quit Liverpool over ‘broken promises’

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Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano says he quit Liverpool due to broken promises. The Argentina international namechecked England manager Roy Hodgson, in charge at Anfield when Mascherano left, and former Reds managing director Christian Purslow as people who "know the truth". He told The Times: "I didn't want to say anything at the time because of [.

Photo: Mesut Ozil jokes that Arsenal superheroes are gunning for Bayern Munich

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Post by Mesut Özil. Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has joked that Arsenal's superheroes will be able to match Bayern Munich this week. Ozil posted a photo of himself dressed as Superman, accompanied by Lukas Podolski as the Hulk and Bacary Sagna as Rambo, and suggested that talent would help them against the European champions.

Video: Liverpool fans celebrate Steven Gerrard goal in Arsenal end, home fans unimpressed

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A couple of Liverpool supporters with tickets in the Arsenal seats for yesterday's FA Cup clash were on the receiving end of some stern looks as they made the questionable decision to celebrate Steven Gerrard's goal. The Reds skipper scored from the spot after some words of encouragement from the impostors.

Man Utd website omits Robin Van Persie from ‘potential captains’ list amid Arsenal rumours

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie was a notable absentee from a list of potential captains published on the club's official website. The champions are in need of a new skipper for next season after it was confirmed that Nemanja vidic will leave the club in the summer. The United website decided to run the [.

Fulham ‘sack Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins’

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Fulham have sacked Alan Curbishley and Ray Wilkins, according to reports. Sky Sports News claims that the pair have both had their short stints at Craven Cottage brought to an end. Technical director Curbishley and assistant head coach Ray Wilkins were brought in to work alongside former manager Rene Meulensteen, who was sacked over the [.

Video: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s individual highlights (Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool)

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Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has made quite an impression since coming back from his injury layoff. The Ox was on the scoresheet again during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup yesterday. Of course, his blatant foul on Luis Suarez which wasn't given as a penalty by referee Howard Webb was his [.

Photo: Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor brands himself ‘The Wolf of White Hart Lane’

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Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor has posted this image describing himself as The Wolf Of White Hart Lane. The Togo international uploaded the picture to his Instagram account this afternoon. He wrote: "Coming out soon (life's good)."

Man City linked with summer move for Real Madrid’s Isco

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Manchester City are set to make a fresh move for playmaker Isco in the summer, according to reports. City boss Manuel Pellegrini was reportedly keen to secure the Spain international from former club Malaga last summer. The 21-year-old moved to Real Madrid instead, but has failed to command a regular sport in Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Video: Manchester City (including Fernandinho) train ahead of Barcelona clash

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Video: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ‘embarrassed’ for Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho

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Arsene Wenger said he is "embarrassed" for Jose Mourinho. The Arsenal boss was referred to the Chelsea manager's suggestion that he is a "specialist in failure". Wenger said he was more concerned about the effect Mourinho's words have on Chelsea than on him. Speaking after yesterday's FA Cup win over Liverpool, he said: "I am [.

Photos: Man Utd stars cuddle Diego Maradona

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It appears warm weather wasn't the only reason for Manchester United jetting out to Dubai for the last few days. The champions were also looking for a bit of bromance with Diego Maradona.

Arsenal failed to meet Julian Draxler’s asking price

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Arsenal were unable to sign German wonderkid Julian Draxler in the January transfer window because they refused to meet his asking price, according to Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt. He indicated that the Bundesliga side are keen to keep hold of their young playmaker, but would have sold him to Arsenal for a bid in [.

Video: Arsenal stars Olivier Giroud, Bacary Sagna, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta fly an A380 simulator

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Arsenal players Olivier Giroud, Bacary Sagna, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta have been flying the Airbus A380 plane in simulator form at least. The Gunners are still flying high in the Premier League so far this season so the flight simulator challenge was quite apt. It was France vs Spain as the players got [.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez comes under fire from his gran

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Liverpool's Luis Suarez is no stranger to criticism but it doesn't usually come from his own grandmother. He has now come under fire from 65-year-old Maria Josefa Reyes, who claims she has been thrown out of the family's luxury home in Uruguay. Suarez bought the home for his mother and grandmother, and has been [.

Fernandinho included in Man City squad to face Barcelona

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PELLEGRINI: @fernaoficial has a chance to play. He is in the squad and trained well without any problems today. Sergio is not in the squad Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 17, 2014 Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has been included in the squad to face Barcelona in tomorrow's Champions League clash.

Video: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool, FA Cup fifth round highlights

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Liverpool and Everton set to battle for Levante keeper Keylor Navas

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Liverpool and Everton are set to go head-to-head for Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas. The 27-year-old currently plays for Spanish side Levante, but is reportedly being monitored by both Merseyside clubs. Navas, rated at £8m, is enjoying a sensational season in La Liga. His performances have attracted the interest of scouts from Sevilla and Atletico [.

Liverpool and Galatasaray compete for Man City defender Micah Richards

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards will be an £8m target for Liverpool and Galatasaray this summer. The Reds were linked with a move for the England international last month, but City rejected their enquiry given the lack of cover at right-back in their squad. But according to The Sun, Manuel Pellegrini does not see a [.

Chelsea want to sign Southampton’s Luke Shaw and PSG’s Edinson Cavani before World Cup

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Chelsea will aim to have their summer transfer business completed early by swooping for Southampton's Luke Shaw and Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani before the World Cup gets under way. Manager Jose Mourinho wants just two major signings this summer and it is well known that left-back and striker are the positions he wants to [.

Man United striker Robin Van Persie’s agent ‘met Arsene Wenger to discuss Arsenal return’

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Rumours about a shock return to Arsenal for Robin Van Persie appear to be gathering weight after his agent reportedly met Arsene Wenger to discuss a move. The Dutchman moved to Manchester United in 2012 and won the title in his first season, but there have been a succession of whispers that he is frustrated [.

Arsenal target Maximilian Arnold is not looking for a new club, says agent

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Wolfsburg youngster Maximilian Arnold is happy at the club and does not want a transfer, according to his agent. The 19-year-old was linked with a move to Arsenal earlier this week, but is not looking to move. His agent Karl Herzog says Arnold is happy to stay where he is for the foreseeable future. Herzog [.

Fulham sack Rene Meulensteen and appoint Felix Magath as manager

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Fulham have announced the hiring of Felix Magath as First Team Manager, effective immediately. http://t.co/5ytybDdMjG pic.twitter.com/1fQWSjF7gI Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) February 14, 2014 Just when you think Fulham have had a final throw of the dice in their attempts to avoid relegation, they pick them up and throw again.

Jose Mourinho hints Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois could be sold to help Chelsea meet Financial Fair Play

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has reeled off a list of young players Chelsea could see to keep them on the right side of Financial Fair Play regulations. Proven Premier League talent Romelu Lukaku and La Liga star Thibaut Courtois are among those he mentioned. Mourinho suggested that investing in the youngsters in previous years would [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho brands Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ‘a specialist in failure’

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has described Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as a "specialist in failure". He was responding to comments Wenger had made earlier today in which the Gunners boss had suggested that Mourinho was using mind-games out of "fear" of failure. Wenger said: "It is fear to fail.

Iraqi Luis Suarez lookalike meets Liverpool ‘strike partner’ Daniel Sturridge

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A Luis Suarez lookalike from Iraq has travelled to Liverpool in the hope of meeting his doppelganger and he's already posed for photos with would-be strike partner Daniel Sturridge.

Man Utd, Chelsea and Tottenham still in the hunt for Croatian wonderkid Robert Muric

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Premier League trio Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham have not given up hope of signing Dinamo Zagreb youngster Robert Muric after it emerged that his anticipated move to Ajax is not yet finalised. Muric, aged 17, is out of contract in the summer and is likely to be available for a small compensation package in [.

Juande Ramos used to spy on Tottenham players at McDonald’s

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Former Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has criticised his old players for tucking into fast food while they were playing for him. The Spaniard, currently in charge at Dnipro, who meet Spurs in the Europa League next week, says he used to spot his players eating burgers in McDonald's in Chigwell. Ramos was also very open [.

Atletico Madrid want Spurs’ Hugo Lloris if Thibaut Courtois goes back to Chelsea

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Atletico Madrid will move for Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris if on-loan Chelsea youngster Thibaut Courtois returns to his parent club. Talks are believed to be ongoing behind-the-scenes between Courtois, aged 21, and the Blues. The Belgium international has been at the Vicente Calderon for the past three seasons and has made it clear that he [.

Video: Kostas Mitroglou scores twice in his first game in a Fulham shirt vs Aston Villa U21

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Fulham's big-money January signing Kostas Mitroglou played his first game for the club this week. The Greece international played for the Cottagers' Under-21 side in their game against Aston Villa. Mitroglou helped himself to a brace, including one excellent long-range curler, as Fulham won the game 5-3.

GIF It: Steven Gerrard praises Liverpool youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira as ‘f**king brilliant’

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was full of words of encouragement for debutant Joao Carlos Teixera during the Reds' 2-3 win at Fulham on Wednesday evening. Gerrard was captured on camera telling the Portuguese youngster: "That, what you did there, was f**king brilliant." The skipper was referred to a block tackle Teixeira had made after coming [.

Video: Aly Cissokho – saviour of the Liverpool captain’s armband

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Aly Cissokho: part full-back, part footman to Steven Gerrard. While most Liverpool players were busy going mad after Gerrard's last-gasp winner at Fulham on Wednesday night, Cissokho's first through was to salvage the captain's armband that had been flung aside during the skipper's epic goal celebration.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla out of Liverpool clash with illness

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TEAM NEWS: Flamini is back from suspension. Cazorla is ill so will not be available http://t.co/V0VsBKP2F2 #AFCvLFC Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 14, 2014 Santi Cazorla will miss Arsenal's FA Cup fifth round clash with Liverpool this weekend through illness. Arsene Wenger confirmed that the Spanish playmaker will be absent for Sunday's game at his [.

Arsenal vs Liverpool FA Cup clash could affect the title race, says Arsene Wenger

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The boss is talking about Liverpool, Man Utd and Bayern in the press conference right now. Here's a pic. pic.twitter.com/RF2YmpJ7FW Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 14, 2014 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes this weekend's FA Cup fifth round clash with Liverpool could impact the Premier League title race.

Bacary Sagna ‘not close’ to signing a new Arsenal deal

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Wenger on Sagna: "No, he is not close to signing [a new deal]. It is an ongoing process." http://t.co/V0VsBKP2F2 #AFCvLFC Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 14, 2014 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that right-back Bacary Sagna is "not close" to signing a new contract. The France international's current deal expires at the end of [.

Jose Mourinho: ‘Chelsea are relaxed, calm and going in a good direction’

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his club are relaxed, safe in the knowledge that success is just round the corner. He says that even if his side don't win anything this season, the Blues are building a team that will definitely win trophies in the future. Mourinho said: "You know, we go match after match.

Video: Chelsea legend Didier Drogba shows off his goalkeeping skills

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We're not sure if Galatasaray are planning to spring a huge tactical surprise on Chelsea, but Blues legend Didier Drogba has been training in goal ahead of the Champions League clash with his former club. The veteran striker was between the sticks for a training session with his Turkish side and it was pretty easy [.

Video: Wilfried Bony sings his own chant on his way to Swansea training

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Swansea striker Wilfried Bony has got a unique way of gearing himself up for training. The former Vitesse Arnhem man was filmed singing his own chant as he made his way onto the training pitch yesterday.

Image: Arsenal fans organise card display for Bayern Munich game

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REDaction have organised this for the Munich game. All Arsenal fans please retweet! Spread the info! pic.twitter.com/axbT5vAp1x Arsenal Focus (@FocusAFC) February 13, 2014 Arsenal fans are being urged to get into the stadium early for next week's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich to take part in a stadium-wide card display.

Funny football chants

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"Niall Quinn's disco pants are the best, they go up from his arse to his chest, they are better than Adam and the Ants, Niall Quinn's disco pants." Manchester City fans celebrate their former striker's night on the tiles wearing just denim cut-offs (it's explained in the video above). "Leighton Baines, I bet you think [.

Video: Man City’s Yaya Toure & Vincent Kompany, Liverpool’s Kolo Toure and Southampton’s Victor Wanyama campaign against wildlife crime

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A quartet of Premier League players with connections to Africa have lent their support to a video campaign to end wildlife crime. Manchester City pair Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany, from the Ivory Coast and of Congolese descent respectively, Southampton's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama and Liverpool's Ivorian defender Kolo Toure are all featured in the [.

Tottenham to pip Man City to Nigerian wonderkid Musa Yahaya

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Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Musa Yahaya. Dubbed 'the Nigerian Iniesta', Yahaya is a 16-year-old midfielder who caught the eye of many European scouts with his excellent performances at the recent Under-17 World Cup. Manchester City and Ajax have both been credited with interest in the youngster, who currently plays for Mutunchi [.

Man Utd stadium tours ‘dropped by 45%’ since David Moyes took charge

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Tours of Manchester United's stadium have dropped by 45 per cent since David Moyes took over as manager, according to a gift experience website selling the tours. Sales of Old Tafford tours dropped by 34 per cent immediately after Moyes' appointment and average sales figures have continued to decline month-on-month ever since, claims Buyagift.

Video: Miley Cyrus vs Liverpool’s Kolo Toure feat. Phil Dowd

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Photo: Marco Van Ginkel returns to Chelsea training

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Chelsea youngster Marco Van Ginkel has returned to full training today. The Dutch midfielder, aged 21, has been out of action since suffering knee ligament damage in an awkward fall at Swindon in the Capital One Cup clash at the end of September. The Justin Bieber lookalike has been working hard on his rehab since [.

GIF It: Ex-Fulham, Spurs and Man Utd star Dimitar Berbatov scores his first Monaco goal

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International playboy Dimitar Berbatov is off the mark for Monaco. The Bulgarian striker joined the Ligue 1 side from Fulham last month and he scored his first goal in last night's Coupe de France game against Nice. Berbatov's extra time winner was enough to see his new team through to the quarter finals.

Video: Brendan Rodgers brands Liverpool as the title race ‘chihuahua’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said his side are a "chihuahua" in comparison to the "little horse" of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. After the Blues boss' infamous comments about his team being a little horse, Rodgers was asked how he saw his team after last night's 2-3 win at Fulham. Although he initially tried to distance [.

Video: Individual highlights from Joao Carlos Teixeira’s Liverpool debut vs Fulham

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Given the excitement of the stoppage time winner and coming from behind twice, another piece of good news for Liverpool was buried a little bit in the wake of last night's 2-3 win at Fulham. Brendan Rodgers blooded Portuguese youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira in the game. The 21-year-old came on as a second half substitute [.

Spurs star Emmanuel Adebayor: ‘I haven’t been this good since Arsenal’

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Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor says he is currently enjoying his best form since his Arsenal days. Frozen out under Andre Villas Boas, the Togo international has eight goals in 10 Premier League games since Tim Sherwood took charge. Adebayor says he hasn't played so well since he was at Spurs' north London rivals.

Roy Hodgson hints Southampton’s Luke Shaw could go to the World Cup ahead of Chelsea’s Ashley Cole

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England manager Roy Hodgson had made it clear that Chelsea benchwarmer Ashley Cole's World Cup place is under threat from Southampton youngster Luke Shaw. Hodgson appeared to indicate that he currently considers Everton's Leighton Baines to be his first-choice left-back. And 106-cap Cole is not even guaranteed a spot on the plane, with Shaw likely [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger ‘met Mario Balotelli’s agent on Monday’

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is said to have met Mario Balotelli's agent earlier this week up to discuss a summer move for the Italy star. The former Manchester City man is unsettled at AC Milan and the Gunners are on the lookout for a star striker. Wenger has been linked with a £25m deal for [...]

GIF It: Even David Moyes is fed up of Man Utd’s negative tactics

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After weeks of stats and graphics showing Manchester United's lack of attacking thrust, this ball from Michael Carrick was one backward pass too many, even for David Moyes. The United boss was pictured going mad in the corner of our TV screens as the England midfield turned to play the ball backwards rather than attempt [.

Spurs and Aston Villa join Man Utd and Chelsea in the race for Ajax’s Davy Klaasen

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Ajax striker Davy Klaasen is the subject of interest from Tottenham and Aston Villa, according to reports. The Holland Under-21 star is already rumoured to be wanted be wanted by Manchester United and Chelsea, but talkSPORT claims that both Spurs and Villa have joined the race for his signature. The 20-year-old is considered to be [.

Photo: Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie and Nemanja Vidic enjoy lunch in Dubai

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Proof that all those Emirates adverts around Arsenal's pitch do work: Manchester United were immediately inspired to hop on a plane to Dubai after last night's game. Striker Robin Van Persie uploaded a photo of him and skipper Nemanja Vidic tucking into their lunch after arriving in the UAE. He wrote: "Enjoying good lunch with [.

Video: Pepe Mel takes his West Brom players to Spain

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We don't know if new West Brom boss Pepe Mel is homesick already, but he has rounded up the Baggies squad and taken them on a trip to Spain. West Brom are taking advantage of a free weekend to get some warm weather training under their belt.

Mario Balotelli: ‘I miss the Manchester City fans’

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AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli says he misses Manchester City fans, but doesn't miss English food, weather or driving. It's just over 12 months since the Italy international quit the Etihad to move to the San Siro. The 23-year-old says he has happy memories of his time in Manchester. He also joked about his bad [.

GIF It: Nacer Chadli scores his first Tottenham goal (Newcastle 0-4 Spurs)

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Nacer Chadli put the icing on a comfortable Spurs win by grabbing the fourth goal in a 0-4 win at Newcastle this evening. It was the Belgium international's first goal since joining the club last summer but it was arguably worth the wait.

GIF It: Injury time Steven Gerrard penalty gives Liverpool a 2-3 win at Fulham

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After going behind twice at Fulham, Liverpool appeared destined to drop points this evening. But having twice equalised, this stoppage time penalty from captain Steven Gerrard earned a 2-3 victory for the Reds. It was heartbreak for the Cottagers, who must have thought they would be coming away from the game with at least a [.

GIF It: Kieran Richardson makes it Fulham 2-1 Liverpool

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Fulham are back in front against Liverpool courtesy of Kieran Richardson. The ex-Manchester United winger took advantage of a mix-up between Jon Flanagan and Martin Skrtel.

GIF It: Philippe Coutinho scores a great equaliser (Fulham 2-2 Liverpool)

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Philippe Coutinho has fired Liverpool level at Fulham. The Brazilian playmaker struck from the edge of the D to make it 2-2 at Craven Cottage.

Video: Paulinho makes it Newcastle 0-2 Tottenham

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GIF It: Rafael’s painful fall (Arsenal vs Man Utd)

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Manchester United right-back Rafael suffered a nasty landing on his head after an awkward during the first-half of this evening's game at Arsenal. A couple of paracetamol with his half-time tea, we reckon.

GIF It: Daniel Sturridge equalises for Liverpool at Fulham

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It's 1-1 at Craven Cottage after this Daniel Sturridge goal. But the equaliser was all about the stunning assist from Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard.

Video: Liverpool’s Kolo Toure flattens referee Phil Dowd

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Referees have to go through rigorous tests to ensure they are physically up to life in the Premier League... but they don't do anything to prepare for this. Phil Dowd was sent tumbling to the ground after colliding with Liverpool defender Kolo Toure during their game against Fulham this evening.

GIF It: Kolo Toure’s hilarious own goal (Fulham vs Liverpool)

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Bacary Sagna set for Arsenal exit

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Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna is likely to leave the club at the end of the season after contract talks broke down. Manager Arsene Wenger previously said it looked positive that Sagna would sign a new deal, before rowing back slightly from expectation to hope. Sagna turns 31 this week and is keen for a bumper [.

Video: Everton’s on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku does a physio session

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Romelu Lukaku is well on the road to recovery after his recent injury problems and he's posted a video to prove it. The Chelsea striker, currently on loan at Everton, is shown doing some slow-motion, on-the-spot running on a bouncy surface while holding some weight as part of his rehabilitation. The 20-year-old has nearly [.

Arsenal ready to move for Wolfsburg youngster Maximilian Arnold

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Wolfsburg playmaker Maximilian Arnold is being scouted by Arsenal ahead of a possible summer move. The 19-year-old tipped to become the next Mesut Ozil is available for £8m thanks to a buy-out clause in his contract, which runs until 2015. He made his Wolfsburg debut in 2011 and started to make a name [.

Man Utd target Arturo Vidal agrees new contract until 2018 with Juventus

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Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has agreed a new deal that will tie him to the club until 2018. The Chile international, who was reported to be one of Manchester United's top summer transfer targets, will pocked around £200,000-a-week under his new terms. The 26-year-old only signed a new deal to keep him at the club [.

Eden Hazard – ‘flattered’ by PSG interest but committed to Chelsea

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has said he is "flattered" by reported interest from Paris Saint Germain but there is not question of him leaving Stamford Bridge. The Belgium international signed from Lille for £32m in 2012 has been linked with a return to French football with the Ligue 1 champions. While the [.

Video: Magician Troy swaps an Arsenal badge for a Tottenham crest on a fan’s replica shirt

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A magician by the name of Troy is currently ramping up the publicity for his new series and he's certainly grabbed the attention of most of north London with this trick. Meeting up with Arsenal fans ahead of the north London derby and having established just how much they dislike Tottenham he [...]

Galatasary boss Roberto Mancini wants to raid Man City for Matija Nastasic

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Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is hoping to raid his old club to sign defender Matija Nastasic this summer. The Galatasaray manager is weighing up a move for the Serbia international. The 20-year-old made his debut under Mancini last season and was touted as one of the best young centre-backs in European football after [.

Video: Southampton’s two goals in 1-0 win over Hull

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Southampton scored twice in last night's victory over Hull but only got one goal for their troubles. In the attack you can see in the video above, the Saints had four shots, two of which crossed the line. Mauricio Pochettino's side wisely played to the whistle, but goal-line technology showed that Jose Fonte had [.

Photo: Liverpool fan mocks Man Utd’s ‘penis’ tactics

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A Liverpool supporter has engaged in some very juvenile but highly amusing tactical analysis of Manchester United's performance against Fulham weekend. Using a Match of the Day graphic showing Liverpool's neat little triangles in their comfortable win over Arsenal as a starting point, the Reds fan sought to identify similar patterns in the formation set [.

Real Madrid’s former Spurs star Gareth Bale tweets of his joy at reaching Copa Del Rey final

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Brilliant to reach my first final with @realmadrid! First of many I hope... Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) February 11, 2014 Gareth Bale has been expressing his delight at reaching his first final as a Real Madrid player. The world's most expensive footballer, signed from Tottenham last summer, will play in the Copa Del Rey final [.

Video: Jose Mourinho accuses Chelsea players of a ‘lack of personality’

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Jose Mourinho says his Chelsea players showed a "lack of personality" by allowing West Brom to grab a late equaliser in last night's game. The Blues were leading 0-1 until Victor Anichebe levelled for the Baggies in the 87th minute. Asked about the reasons for allowing West Brom back into the game, he said: "No, [.

Arsenal star Lukas Podolski regrets leaving Bayern Munich

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Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski says he has regrets about quitting Bayern Munich. The Gunners star left the Bavarian giants in 2009 in order to return to hometown side Cologne. He had previously left Cologne in 2006 to join Bayern. He failed to make an impression after making the switch, but now wishes he had hung [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere show off his pre-Manchester United haircut

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Wilsh trim done! Thanks @MMichael66 ready for the massive game tonight! See you later Gooners! #AFC pic.twitter.com/RZWueds6fU Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) February 12, 2014 Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been for a self-styled "Wilsh trim" ahead of tonight's televised clash with Manchester United.

Photo: West Ham’s Andy Carroll goes public about new girlfriend Billi Mucklow

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West Ham striker Andy Carroll has revealed that he is going out with former This Only Way is Essex star Billi Mucklow. The couple confirmed the relationship via a photo on her Instagram account. The couple have reportedly been dating last summer... so Billi has only has only really been dating a footballer for the [.

Video: Spanish supporter throws a dog at the referee

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A Spanish football fan is facing animal cruelty charges after throwing a dog at the referee. The 50-year-old was arrested at the amateur game in Almeria. He grabbed the dog from the arms of a supporter next to him and threw it from the upper tier of the stand towards the referee below in protest [...

Man Utd vice-chairman Ed Woodward: ‘David Moyes acknowledges league position is disappointing’

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Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has told the club's shareholders that manager David Moyes acknowledges that the current league position is disappointing. In a statement to shareholders, he said that Moyes and those below him in the club's structure his backroom staff and the players are disappointed that the champions currently occupy 7th [.

Video: Liverpool’s Yan Dhanda, Man Utd’s Zachary Dearnley and West Ham’s Jahmal Hector-Ingram score for England U16 vs Denmark

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A brace for Liverpool's Yan Dhanda, and goals from Manchester United's Zachary Dearnley and West Ham's Jahmal Hector Ingram helped England Under-16s to a 4-1 win over Denmark this evening. Kenny Swain's side are currently taking part in a development tournament at St George's Park.

Video: Arsenal target Juan Guillermo Cuadrado scores a wonder goal (Fiorentina vs Udinese)

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Fiorentina winger Juan Guillermo Cuadrado has been linked with a move to Arsenal over the last few months and it's easy to see how he caught Arsene Wenger's eye after this goal. The Colombia international cut inside to fire this unstoppable effort into the Udinese net in this evening's game. The Gunners were reported [.

Video: West Brom’s Victor Anichebe scores a late equaliser vs Chelsea

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A little horse is no match for a big Victor Anichebe. The West Brom striker has got himself involved in the title race again by grabbing a late equaliser against Chelsea in this evening's game. The former Everton man also scored against Liverpool last month.

Video: David Marshall’s save of the season (Cardiff 0-0 Aston Villa)

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Cardiff City got a point from their game at home to Aston Villa this evening and they had goalkeeper David Marshall to thank for it. Marshall pulled off this wonder save from Andy Weimann in the closing moments of the game. The Scotland international smacked his head on the ground as he landed having [.

GIF It: Cristiano Ronaldo gets hit by a lighter

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Man Utd linked with summer moves for Kevin Strootman and Georginio Wijnaldum

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Manchester United boss David Moyes will make bids for Dutch international pair Kevin Strootman and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer, according to reports. The Daily Star claims Moyes has highlighted the duo as answers to his midfield problems, according to the Daily Star. Former PSV Eindhoven man Strootman has been in impressive form since moving to [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes to ‘continue doing the right things’ at Arsenal

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says his side will continue doing "the right things" when they face Arsenal tomorrow in the hope that their luck changes. Moyes defended his squad and said they would go to Emirates with the intention of proving that. He told his press conference: "We are going to play the way [.

Cardiff’s Craig Bellamy accepts three-match ban over Swansea clash

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Cardiff's Craig Bellamy will miss the club's next three games after accepting a violent conduct charge from the FA. The veteran striker was charged for striking Swansea's Jonathan De Guzman during Saturday's south Wales derby defeat. Bellamy has decided not to appeal the ban. Cardiff tweeted: "Craig will now miss Cardiff City's next three matches [.

Arsenal fans infuriated by Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla photo

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Arsenal supporters have vented their frustration after the club uploaded a photo of Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla messing around on the training ground. Gooners on the club's official Instagram page were clearly not in the mood to see the players laughing and joking so soon after the hammering at Liverpool and a day before [.

Video: The Olympic Stadium is converted to be used by West Ham

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West Ham have had to make considerable changes to the London 2012 Olympics Stadium ahead of their move into it. This time-lapse footage shows those changes being made.

Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris embarrassed by Arsenal rumours

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Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has said he is embarrassed by suggestions that he would like to join Arsenal. Gunners striker Olivier Giroud suggested in a French TV interview that his compatriot wanted to make the switch between the north London rivals. But France skipper Lloris has dismissed those suggestions.

GIF It: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s incredible vibrating lips vs Arsenal

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It's difficult to know precisely what could have frustrated Daniel Sturridge this much during Liverpool's 5-1 in over Arsenal at the weekend. But the England international exhaled and unleashed this fantastic lip-flapping display. Here it is for you to enjoy ad infinitum.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini withdraws from mind games with Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has opted for a change of tactics in his dealings with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. After a week of rising to Mourinho's bait over transfer spending and little horses, Pellegrini has now retired from the mind games. After the Special One's comments on City midfielder Yaya Toure escaping an FA [.

Jan Vertonghen set for new contract as Tim Sherwood fears Spurs exodus

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Tottenham are hoping to tie defender Jan Vertonghen down to a new long-term contract but manager Tim Sherwood fears a host of the club's stars will quit if they miss out on Champions League qualification. Belgium international Vertonghen, aged 26, will be offered a £60,000-a-week deal to bring his wages into line with the [.

Tottenham flop Erik Lamela set for an extended spell on the sidelines

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Erik Lamela's hopes of making more of an impression in the second half of his debut season in the Premier League appear to have been thwarted by an injury setback. The Tottenham winger has failed to settle since his big-money move from Roma last season. Recently he has been out of action with a thigh [.

Video: Arsenal will respond to Liverpool defeat against Man Utd, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed his players to respond positively to their thrashing at Liverpool when they face Manchester United tomorrow. The Gunners host the champions on Wednesday evening, and Wenger believes it is their home form that will determine where they finish this season. He said: "We will respond tomorrow in a very [.

Video: It’s Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, you know

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Arsene Wenger won’t comment on rumours linking Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie with Arsenal return

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to be drawn on suggestions that Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is being lined up for a return to his former club. The Gunners' shortage of strikers and rumours of an uneasy relationship between RVP and new United boss David Moyes have prompted reports that Wenger could re-sign [.

Photos: Chelsea in training ahead of West Brom clash

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Chelsea have completed their training session ahead of tonight's game against West Brom. Oscar, who has been on the fringes over the last couple of weeks, will be hoping to his stake his claim for a starting place towards the business end of the season. German forward Andre Schurrle was working on his volleying.

Rio Ferdinand left out of Man Utd’s Dubai trip

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Manchester United have left Rio Ferdinand out of training camp in Dubai amid speculation that the former England captain is about to quit football. The 35-year-old will remain in the UK as the rest of United's squad jet out to the Middle East for some warm weather training. David Moyes will take his players away [.

Video: Manchester United boss David Moyes is Flappy Bird

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Infamously difficult iPhone game Flappy Bird was removed from the App Store this week amid suggestions that its creator was receiving torrents of abuse for making the game so hard. One man who can sympathise with both camps people receiving torrents of abuse and people finding things too difficult is Manchester United manager [.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris would like to join Arsenal, claims Olivier Giroud

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"When you make a nice save and you lose, it means nothing" Hugo analyses Sunday's win http://t.co/3VDn0AdDbh pic.twitter.com/y1VhYoyXCv Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 10, 2014 Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris would be keen on quitting White Hart Lane to join north London rivals Arsenal, according to Gunners star Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal and Chelsea target Max Meyer ‘has no reason to leave’ Schalke

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German wonderkid Max Meyer says there is no reason for him to quit Schalke at the moment. The 18-year-old is wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea. He says that he is aware of interest from top European clubs but is currently enjoying his time at Schalke, where he is establishing himself as a first-team regular and [.

Liverpool owner John W. Henry wades in on potential Fulham postponement

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Arsenal, West Ham and Leyton Orient all ready for the strike but not Fulham? John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) February 11, 2014 Liverpool owner John W. Henry has made it clear he believes tomorrow's game against Fulham should go ahead despite the London Underground strike. The Cottagers are due to decide whether to call the [.

Arsenal and Spurs consider move for Udinese’s Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu

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North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both considering summer moves for Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, according to reports. The 23-year-old has developed into an important part of the Serie A outfit's side this season, scoring three goals in 16 games. He had mainly been on the bench in previous seasons but has shown [.

Cardiff winger Wilfried Zaha’s thinly-veiled pop at Man Utd boss David Moyes

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Manchester United youngster Wilfried Zaha has posted an Instagram update that can only be read as criticism of David Moyes. The England winger, who joined Cardiff City on loan last month, uploaded a photo of him and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The picture was accompanied by the message: "Nothing like someone who believes in you.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger defends Mesut Ozil ahead of Man Utd clash

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The boss looking confident in the press conference ahead of #AFCvMUFC. He is talking right now. pic.twitter.com/wuPcpCDrF7 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 11, 2014 Arsene Wenger has defended Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil ahead of tomorrow's game against Manchester United. The former Real Madrid star was singled out for particular criticism by Gooners following his [.

Norwich’s Ricky Van Wolfswinkel pleased Man City’s Yaya Toure wasn’t banned

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Good to see Touré not getting suspended. Players like him belong on the pitch! What happens at Carrow Road stays at Carrow Road. RickyvanWolfswinkel (@RvWolfswinkel9) February 10, 2014 Norwich striker Rocky Van Wolfswinkel has revealed he is glad that Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure wasn't given a suspension for kicking him.

Brendan Rodgers: ‘I came to Liverpool to win the league’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he took the job to with the Premier League. The Reds boss was discussing his hopes of qualifying for the Champions League this season but he was keen to point at that the bigger picture is assembling a side capable of winning the title. He suggested his squad is [.

Photo: Arsenal star Lukas Podolski sends ‘Get well soon’ message to Michael Schumacher via his boots

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#getwellsoon #kämpfemichael #fightmichael pic.twitter.com/5arl9N9GnO Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) February 11, 2014 Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski will be sending his best wishes to compatriot Michael Schumacher in tomorrow night's game against Manchester United. The Gunners star has had boots made featuring a get well soon message for the legendary Formula One driver, who is still fighting for [.

Fulham vs Liverpool is definitely ON

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Fulham's Premier League clash at home to Liverpool is definitely on after a planned London Underground strike was called off. But at least one of the unions who called the strike, the TSSA, will no longer take industrial action. It seems likely the RMT Union will follow suit, although that has not yet been confirmed.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho mocks Man City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini’s maths

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has taken a pop at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini over his assessment of the Blues' transfer policy. The Special One joked that Pellegrini, an engineer by training, needed a calculator to help him with his sums. Mourinho said: "He is an engineer by academic formation.

Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel among the best centre-backs in the league, says Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has labelled Martin Skrtel as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League. The Slovakia international has been solid at the back this season. And he weighed in with two goals in the 5-1 drubbing of Arsenal last weekend. Rodgers thinks Skrtel has been showing his class this season.

Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery out of Arsenal clash

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Franck Ribery will miss Bayern Munich's Champions League trip to Arsenal, the Bavarian giants have confirmed. The France star had surgery on a burst blood vessel in his buttock last Thursday. After tests today, the procedure was declared a success but it will keep the 30-year-old out of the first leg of the Champions [.

Fulham vs Liverpool could be postponed

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Liverpool's trip to Fulham on Wednesday could be called off after the west London side expressed concerns about the impact of a London Underground strike. The Cottagers are concerned that the strike will stop their staff members getting to Craven Cottage in time, jeopardising the safety of supporters.

Video: Alan Pardew wants victory over to Spurs to guarantee Newcastle’s safety

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping for three points against Tottenham on Wednesday in order to guarantee Premier League football next season. The Magpies are currently on 37 points and Pardew thinks a win at home to fifth-placed Spurs will ensure his side are not dragged into a relegation scrap.

Man Utd’s ‘straightforward’ gameplan was ‘easy’ to combat, says Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen

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Fulham manager Rene Meulenstreen says it was "easy" to deal with Manchester United's tactics during a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford yesterday. He said: "The gameplan was quite straightforward, you know get it wide, get it in." He added: "If you're well organised and the goalkeeper is in good positions to come and collect [.

Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez frustrated under David Moyes, says Mexico boss

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Mexico manager Miguel Herrera claims Javier Hernandez has become frustrated at Manchester United since David Moyes took charge. Chicharito met up with his national team boss on Saturday evening and Herrera has not exactly been discreet about what was on the agenda. He told Raza Deportiva: "Chicharito is frustrated because the current manager is [.

Man City tracking 12-year-old Swede Kevin Ackermann

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Manchester City are in talks with Swedish youngster Kevin Ackermann. The 12-year-old is currently with IFK Gothenburg, who are not best pleased at the prospect of using their young talent. IFK academy director Roger Gustafsson said: "We certainly think it's scary here. It's not a trend we want to see.

Ajax defender Joel Veltman scouted by Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal

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Scouts from Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal were all in attendance at Ajax's game against PEC Zwolle over the weekend. The host of Premier League sides are all keeping tabs on highly-rated Ajax defender 22-year-old Joel Veltman. The 22-year-old is tipped as one of the Dutch side's finest prospects after overcoming a knee [.

Chelsea skipper John Terry to return for Man City match

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Mourinho: 'John Terry is still out. Fernando is back and available for selection.' #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) February 10, 2014 Chelsea captain John Terry should be fit to face Manchester City in this weekend's FA Cup fifth round clash, according to Jose Mourinho, Terry will miss tomorrow's visit to West Brom, but striker Fernando [.

Man City and Man Utd target Fernando signs a new Porto contract

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Manchester City and Manchester United transfer target Fernando has signed a new contract at Porto. City bid for the Brazilian midfielder on transfer deadline day, but the deal fell through. And it seems Manuel Pellegrini's side may have missed their chance after the 26-year-old signed a three-year contract extension with his current club.

Arsenal in talks to sign Viktoria Plzen striker Martin Graiciar

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Arsenal are in talks with Viktoria Plzen to sign wonderkid Martin Graiciar. The Gunners are hoping to a tie-up a deal that will seen the Czech outfit's highly-rated striker move to north London. He arrived at Arsenal for a trial just before Christmas and scored a hat-trick for the Gunners' under-16 side.

Fulham defender Dan Burn compares Man Utd’s tactics to non-league football

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Fulham centre-back Dan Burn has been talking about dealing with the aerial bombardment from Manchester United during yesterday's 2-2 draw at Old Trafford. The hosts put no fewer than 81 crosses into the box over the course of the match. Burn, who as one of the tallest players in the Premier League was well equipped [.

Photo: Liverpool goalkeeper’s shirt makes an appearance in the Egyptian Premier League

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Is this Liverpool's new goalkeeper declaring his love for fast food? No, it's Ghazl Mahalla goalkeeper Mahdi Soliman, who donned the Reds' goalkeeper kit for his side's 1-0 defeat to Al Ahly at the weekend. Mahalla's kitman reportedly forgot to pack the keeper's shirt ahead of the game. He was forced to head to a [.

Liverpool fan stabbed to death by Arsenal supporter after 5-1 win

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A Kenyan-based Arsenal fan enraged by his side's 5-1 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend stabbed a Reds fan to death. The killing happened outside a pub in Meru where fans of both teams had gathered to watch the game. The victim has been named as Anthony Muteithia, who has been described in the Kenyan [.

Video: Man Utd’s 81 useless crosses vs Fulham

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Manchester United's 2-2 draw at home to Fulham yesterday set a new Premier League record for the most crosses in a game. There were 85 crosses it total, and 81 of them belonged to United. The champions kept whipping the ball in from wide areas despite no evidence that anything would ever come from their [.

Video: Wayne Rooney’s passionate goal celebration (Man Utd 2-2 Fulham)

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There are two ways of looking at this Wayne Rooney celebration: 1. Look how much at least one Manchester United player cares about putting things right after their terrible run. 2. Look how far Manchester United have fallen that they now celebrate taking the lead against the Premier League's bottom side at Old Trafford like [.

Video: Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe fears he’s going the way of Arsenal’s Steve Morrow

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Spurs striker Jermain Defoe said goodbye to White Hart Lane after yesterday's 1-0 win over Everton. That was his final home game before he joins new side Toronto at the end of the month. While the farewells were emotional, the England international was in fear that they were about to get very painful.

Video: Man Utd flop Bebe’s hilarious free-kick (Porto vs Pacos de Ferreira)

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Manchester United's £7m signing Bebe has been doing pretty well in recent weeks, scoring a couple of nice goals on loan at Pacos de Ferreira. But he was back to the Bebe we know and love at the weekend by launching this hilarious free-kick into orbit against Porto. Going for goal, the 23-year-old very nearly [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 8-9 February

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Why does Mick Hucknall look older than Sir Alex? pic.twitter.com/gMEbxt9YcD Arsène's Sön (@hughwizzy) February 9, 2014 1. When Ar5en1 get whipped, they do have an unfortunate habit of losing by a scoreline that lends itself to a reworking of their name. 2. Liverpool's SSAS stikeforce (Skrtel, Sterling and Sturridge) are deadly.

Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez’s cryptic Instagram update

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Javier Hernandez stirred things up at Manchester United as if they needed stirring up with a strange post to his Instagram account yesterday. Following the 2-2 draw at home to Fulham, Chicharito uploaded a photo of himself accompanied by a message suggesting that all is not well at Old Trafford. He wrote: "The [.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard eats more than Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard eats far more than bulkier compatriots such as Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and Everton's Romelu Lukaku, according to the Belgium team chef. Wim Casteleyn has branded Hazard the greediest member of the squad, saying the 5ft 8in puts away more food than his 6ft-plus team-mates.

Play the app that helps to fight cancer

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A slight departure from football, but it's all in aid of a good cause, so please bear with us. The video above will tell you about Play to Cureâ„¢: Genes in Space, a free app that combines a fun space-themed adventure with some serious work in the fight against cancer. Cancer Research UK were joined [.

Video: Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino’s excellent chest and knee control vs Stoke

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Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino showed he's still got the technique that made him an Argentina international during his side's draw with Stoke on Saturday. The Saints manager showed fantastic touch to control a high ball on his chest and knee. Sadly, he then handled the ball rather than adding a volleyed pass to his routine.

Kitman: England 2014 World Cup home shirt leaked

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This appears to be the shirt England will wear at the 2014 World Cup.

GIF It: Fulham’s Steve Sidwell scores vs Man Utd, assist from Spurs loanee Lewis Holtby

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Fulham's Steve Sidwell got on the end of a wonderful ball from Lewis Holtby to put his side into the lead against Manchester United.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger points out it’s ‘mathematically possible’ to win the league

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Arsenal can still win the league this season as long as it is mathematically possible, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners' title credentials were brought into question following yesterday's 5-1 hammering at Liverpool. But their long-serving boss says it is how they respond to that defeat that will determine whether they continue to challenge [.

GIF It: Emmanuel Adebayor scores a vital goal for Tottenham vs Everton

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Tottenham have scored a hugely important goal against Everton in the battle for fourth. Striker Emmanuel Adebayor broke the deadlock on 65 minutes. He took a long Kyle Walker pass down on his chest and finished in style.

Arsenal set to sign Everton star Gareth Barry on a free transfer from Man City

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Arsenal will snap up Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry on a free transfer this summer, according to reports. The England international has been in excellent form on loan at Everton this season, but the Gunners will swoop to sign him on a permanent deal when his City contract expires this summer.

Photo: Man Utd boss David Moyes bemoans bad luck in Fulham programme notes

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has used his programme notes for this afternoon's clash with Fulham to complain his side's bad luck so far this season. The former Everton boss says his side must continue to work hard in the hope of changing their luck. He writes: "There is no doubt that the ball has [.

Liverpool join Arsenal in the hunt for Nottingham Forest youngster Jamaal Lascelles

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Liverpool will challenge Arsenal for the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles this summer. The 20-year-old centre-back has been watched twice in the last two weeks by the Reds' chief scout Dave Fallows, according to the Sunday People. He was most recently scouted in the midweek FA Cup tie at Preston.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho kills the horses

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has killed off the metaphorical title race horses. The Blues boss was ridiculed after describing his team as a "little horse" battling against the big horses of Manchester City and Arsenal. But after yesterday's 3-0 win over Newcastle, Mourinho announced the sad passing of his imaginary equines.

Photos: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger falls over at Liverpool Lime St Station

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Arsene Wenger probably thought he had suffered enough humiliation for one day after Arsenal's 5-1 defeat at Liverpool but fate had other ideas. As the Gunners boss made his way though Liverpool Lime Street station on his way to catch the train back to London, he tuck a tumble and landed on his backside.

Arsenal star Olivier Giroud in ’3am romp’ hours before Liverpool defeat

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud broke team rules to sneak a model into his hotel room hours before yesterday's defeat to Liverpool, according to The Sun. The allegations claim that married Giroud "romped" with "34D babe" Celia Kay until 3am on Saturday morning less than 10 hours before the Gunners kicked-off in their 5-1 thrashing [.

Man City ‘fan’ switches to supporting Chelsea after Norwich draw

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Officially a @chelseafc fan after the disgrace of a performance from @MCFC #COYB pic.twitter.com/BIW6ENOHXI BrettJackson (@BrettJackson95) February 8, 2014 A Manchester City supporter we use the term loosely has swapped allegiances to support Chelsea. It appears that yesterday's 0-0 draw at Norwich was too much for Brett Jackson to take after defeat [.

Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool: the Twitter and Facebook apologies

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After yesterday's 5-1 thrashing at Liverpool, many Arsenal players took to social media to say sorry to the fans. Here's a round-up of what they had to say... Post by Wojciech Szczesny. Was a really poor performance today from me! Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) February 8, 2014 We have to face our responsabilities and bounce [.

Chelsea youngster mocks Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s performance at Liverpool

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Chelsea wonderkid Ruben Loftus-Cheek took to Twitter to poke fun at Arsenal's Mesut Ozil during the Gunners' 5-1 defeat to Liverpool yesterday. The 18-year-old posted a tweet suggesting that the former Real Madrid star wasn't enjoying the physicality of the Premier League. He wrote: "Ozil this is the Prem mate, it's not all #niceynicey over [.

Video: Ex-Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh tries to head a throw-in before it’s been taken (Crystal Palace vs West Brom)

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To say that Tony Pulis has given Crystal Palace striker Marouane Chamakh a new lease of life is an understatement. The former Arsenal man is now doing a passable impression of a salmon in order to win possession from opposition throw-ins before they've even been taken. Eagles fans at yesterday's win over West Brom appreciated [.

Photo: Cardiff’s Wilfried Zaha aged 10 years on the Manchester United bench

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David Moyes isn't the only one who's suddenly 10 years older after a few short months on the Manchester United bench. Winger Wilfried Zaha has been afflicted by the same problem. According to a Sky Sports graphic ahead of yesterday's game between Swansea and Cardiff, the England Under-21 regular is now aged 31.

Man Utd linked with moves for Everton’s Seamus Coleman and Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is planning on spending £45m to strengthen both full-back positions, according to reports in the Daily Star. He is set to raid former club Everton to sign right-back Seamus Coleman. While he has long been linked with signing a Toffees full-back, Moyes has previously focused his attention on left-back Leighton [.

Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker suffers a black eye in training ground bust-up with Yaya Sanogo

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Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was sporting a black eye in yesterday's defeat at Liverpool amid reports of a training ground bust-up with team-mate Yaya Sanogo. The giant German had a nice shiner on display for the trip to Anfield but there was some confusion as to it source. The Gunners acknowledged a training ground [.

Video: Ex-QPR, Fulham and Spurs man Adel Taarabt scores a beauty on his AC Milan debut

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Fulham fans wouldn't have minded a bit of this earlier this season. Adel Taarabt's flashes of brilliance were notable only by their absence at Craven Cottage. Having now switched to a loan spell at Italian giants AC Milan, the former Tottenham youngster scored a wonderful solo goal with his first shot in Serie A.

Video: Would-be Liverpool star Yevhen Konoplyanka scores for Dnipro

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After yesterday's 5-1 over Arsenal, the failings of the transfer window are probably far from the mind of most Liverpool supporters. But the player they were eager to sign on deadline day, Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, was on target for Dnipro yesterday. He scored the fourth goal in a 4-0 friendly win over Lyubimets.

Liverpool fans get the chance to recycle Tottenham’s 5-1 memes against Arsenal

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Liverpool fans are able to get some mileage out of pre-made 5-1 memes. The Reds have beaten Arsenal by that margin at Anfield today. Given Tottenham's famous win over the Gunners by the same scoreline in the 2008 League Cup, all the hard work has been done for Liverpool fans eager to troll their opponents.

GIF It: Mikel Arteta pulls one back from the penalty spot (Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal)

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Arsenal have pulled one goal back at Anfield to make it 5-1. Mikel Arteta converted from the penalty spot after Steven Gerrard's foul on Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.

GIF It: Raheem Sterling’s second goal makes it Liverpool 5-0 Arsenal

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It's getting humiliating now for Arsenal. Liverpool have scored their first goal of the second half to make 5-0 at home to the Gunners. Raheem Sterling needed two bites of the cherry but eventually but the ball past Wojciech Szczesny for his second goal of the game.

GIF It: Daniel Sturridge’s goal makes it Liverpool 4-0 Arsenal

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Unbelievable. Liverpool are now 4-0 up against Arsenal after just 20 minutes. The strikers are getting in on the act, with Daniel Sturridge grabbing the fourth. See Raheem Sterling scoring the third goal.

GIF It: Raheem Sterling makes it Liverpool 3-0 Arsenal

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Liverpool are running riot against Arsenal. Young winger Raheem Sterling has put the Reds 3-0 up after just 17 minutes. The Reds broke after dispossessing Mesut Ozil on the halfway line, and Sterling was left with an easy tap-in at the back post. Watch Martin Skrtel make is 2-0.

Liverpool bid £2m for Wolfsburg’s Tolga Cigerci

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Liverpool have made a £2m bid for Wolfsburg midfielder Tolga Cigerci, according to reports in Germany. The Bild newspaper claims that the Reds want to sign the Germany Under-19 international and are key to finalise a move for him before the end of the season. The youngster, who has been on loan at Hertha Berlin [.

GIF It: Martin Skrtel gives Liverpool an early lead against Arsenal

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has put his side into the lead against Arsenal after 1min 23secs. The Slovakian stuck out his knee to convert a beautiful Steven Gerrard free-kick into the net. Brendan Rodgers' side were given the opportunity when Gunners defender Per Mertesacker fouled Luis Suarez on the left wing.

GIF It: Martin Skrtel scores his and Liverpool’s second

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Martin Skrtel has scored two goals inside the first 10 minutes to put Liverpool 2-0 up against Arsenal. The big defender found the net with a stooping header after Wojciech Szczesny had put Jon Flanagan's shot behind for a corner.

Video: Newcastle ‘deserve’ three or four new players, says Alan Pardew

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hopeful of signing three or four new players in the summer, saying the club deserves to bring in new players. After failing to replace Yohan Cabaye after selling him to Paris Saint Germain last month, the Magpies are set to bring in reinforcements at the end of the season.

Galatasaray’s Semih Kaya wanted by Man Utd to replace Nemanja Vidic

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Galatasaray centre-back Semih Kaya is one of Manchester United's top targets to replace defensive stalwart Nemanja Vidic, according to reports. United skipper Vidic has confirmed that he will leave the club on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer and David Moyes is likely to be in the market for at least one [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger reveals he got the Tube, just like Spurs flop Christian Gross

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The @Arsenal boss at his pre-match press conference #LFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/OVzJpE9aFs Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 6, 2014 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he took the London Underground to work on his first day in the job. Ex-Tottenham manager Christian Gross became a laughing stock when he arrived in north London brandishing a Tube ticket [.

Arsene Wenger uncertain over Bacary Sagna’s Arsenal future

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been revising his confident predictions that Bacary Sagna will stay at the club. The France international is out of contract at the end of the season and is yet to show any indication that he will sign a new deal. Wenger recently claimed that he "expects" Sagna to sign soon.

Video: Sunderland fans brag to Newcastle about ‘cheesy chips on Wembley way’

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Sunderland fans are looking forward to their trip to Wembley to face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final. They took last weekend's Tyne-Wear derby win over Newcastle as an excuse to boast to their local rivals about some of the London cuisine they hope to sample during the trip. "Cheesy chips on Wembley [.

Video: Drunken Man City fan goes to Man Utd club shop to look for Phil Jones’ penalty

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Post by The SPORT Bible. You can get all sorts of rubbish in the Manchester United shop, but you're unlikely to find Phil Jones' missed penalty from the Capital One Cup semi-final defeat to Sunderland. That's exactly what this drunken Manchester City fan was after when he called into the store. Entering the shop in [.

Video: Liverpool youngster Tiago Ilori makes his Granada debut vs Espanyol

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Tiago Ilori hasn't seen much first-team action for Liverpool since his move from Sporting Lisbon last summer. But having gone on loan to Spanish side Granada, the Portuguese youngster is now getting some experience. You can see individual highlights from his debut against Espanyol in the video above.

Shakhtar’s Maicon dies in a car crash, Chelsea’s Willian pays tribute

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Shakhtar Donetsk striker Maicon died in a car crash in the early hours of this morning. The club released a statement confirming that the 25-year-old had passed away following an accident in Donetsk. His compatriot and former Shakhtar team-mates, Chelsea midfielder Willian, led the tributes. Uploading a photo of Maicon to his Instagram account, Willian [.

Video: Jose Mourinho again claims Chelsea are ‘outsiders’ for the title

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Hot on the heels of his "little horse" comments, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has again dismissed his side's title credentials. The Blues boss claimed his squad were outsiders in comparison to Manchester City. He said Chelsea were in a league of their own, simply striving to improve. He said: "I'm not saying we are not [.

To five candidates to replace Nemanja Vidic at Manchester United

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With Manchester United confirming that captain Nemanja Vidic will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season and no sign of a new contract for 35-year-old Rio Ferdinand, the champions will be in the market for at least one and possibly two new centre-backs this summer. Who are they likely to want?

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini mocks Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho over ‘little horse’ comments

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has poked fun at Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho for his "little horse" comments. The Blues boss compared his multi-million pound squad to a little horse going up against the big horses of Arsenal and City in the title race. Pellegrini was keen to point out how much money has been [.

Per Mertesacker thought Liverpool’s ‘cheeky boy’ Luis Suarez would fit in at Arsenal

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Per Mertesacker has revealed the Arsenal squad were looking forward to welcoming Liverpool's Luis Suarez into their squad last summer and expected him to fit in well. Describing Suarez as a "cheeky boy", Mertesacker said the squad were "up for it" when they heard the Gunners were trying to sign the Reds' star striker.

Jose Mourinho confirms that Mohamed Salah will make his Chelsea debut vs Newcastle

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You can watch our exclusive first interview with Mohamed Salah here: http://t.co/89icfTC5pd #CFC pic.twitter.com/EhPYUxknPK Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 31, 2014 Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that January signing Mohamed Salah has been selected to face Newcastle tomorrow. The Egypt international, captured from Swiss side Basel for a fee in the region of £11m, [.

Video: David Moyes says Nemanja Vidic’s Man Utd exit is right for both parties

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says captain Nemanja Vidic's departure is best for the club and the player. The Serbia international has confirmed he will leave Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the season. Moyes says that's the right decision for both parties and claimed the pair had decided together that [.

Arsenal’s Dennis Bergkamp statue set to be unveiled

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A statue of Dennis Bergkamp will be unveiled outside Arsenal's stadium later this month, the club has confirmed. The Gunners announced last year that they had commissioned a statue to honour the Dutchman. They have now revealed it will be unveiled on February 22 ahead of the game against Sunderland. The Bergkamp statue is completed [.

Photo: Arsenal’s German contingent of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry in training

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What's the collective noun for a group of German Gunners? No, not an 'SS', you cheeky scamps. Anyway, Mesut Ozil uploaded this photo of himself and compatriots Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry in close proximity during training. They are perhaps planning their next special sausage smuggling mission.

Premier League All-time Top Scorers

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Who are the all-time top scorers in the Premier League? 1. Alan Shearer (260 goals in 441 games) The former England captain continues to lead the way at the list of the top Premier League scorers and by some way. He fired Blackburn to the Premier League title, before moving to hometown club Newcastle [.

Photo: Fernando Torres returns to Chelsea training ahead of Newcastle game

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Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has returned to training after his knee injury. The Spain international was photographed taking part in yesterday's session ahead of this weekend's game against Newcastle. Torres has been out of action since picking up the injury in last month's win over Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.

Nemanja Vidic confirms he will leave Manchester United this summer

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Nemanja Vidic played the first of his 287 matches (so far) for #mufc on this day in 2006. How time flies... pic.twitter.com/ovb8EhjVom Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 25, 2014 Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has confirmed he will quit the club when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Video: Brendan Rodgers wants to see Liverpool’s home form continue against Arsenal

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has called on his team to continue their excellent home form and big game form to secure three points against Arsenal tomorrow. The Reds boss thinks the previous game against the Gunners was a rare example of his team falling short against a Champions League qualification rival so far this season.

Photo: Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski drives a London bus

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Lukas Podolski appears to have taken public transport concerns into his own hands amid Tube strikes in London. The Arsenal striker was photographed sitting in the driver's seat of a bus. Uploading the picture to his Instagram account, he wrote: "Welcome to my bus." The Germany international would be comfortable with the routes after his [.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal linked with Marseille youngster Maxime Lopez

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French side Marseille are bracing themselves for approaches for youngster Maxime Lopez amid interest from a host of Premier League clubs. Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal have all been linked with the 16-year-old, with reports in France suggesting that all four clubs have already approached his representative about a possible deal.

Liverpool plot £5m bid for Al-Ain’s Omar Abdulrahman

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Al-Ain winger Omar Abdulrahman is reported to be a £5m transfer target for Liverpool. The United Arab Emirates international, aged 22, caught the eye of Premier League scouts while playing in the London 2012 Olympics. The skillful wideman turned down a trial at Arsenal last summer because he wanted a permanent move to the Premier [.

David Ginola wants to coach Andros Townsend at Tottenham

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Former Tottenham star David Ginola says he wants a coaching role at the club and he is particularly keen to work with England international Andros Townsend. The ex-France winger is keen to join Spurs' backroom staff. He believes getting the best out of 22-year-old Townsend would be among the most pressing tasks in his [.

Newcastle linked with Metz striker Diafra Sakho

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Newcastle are among the clubs reportedly tracking Metz striker Diafra Sakho. The 24-year-old is the top scorer in Ligue 2 this season and has been watched by up to 15 scouts in some games. His 12 goals in 21 games have put his side in contention for promotion to Ligue 1 in what has been [...]

Frank De Boer says he turned down Liverpool and Tottenham jobs

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Om 12:15 uur LIVE op #Ajax Exclusive TV: de persconferentie van Frank de Boer. http://t.co/QV4LF2cws7 #pecaja pic.twitter.com/UJEAB86tnu AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) February 7, 2014 Ajax manager Frank De Boer has revealed that he has rejected approaches from Liverpool and Tottenham. But he says managing either side in the future would be his "cup of tea".

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois takes aim at Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on loan at Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons has done his best to shoot down Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet's World Cup ambitions. Responding to comments from Mignolet suggesting he could be Belgium's number 1 going into Brazil 2014, the Blues youngster begged to differ.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez denies assistant Graeme Jones will take Swansea job

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez has rejected suggestions that his assistant Graeme Jones will become the next Swansea manager. Jones, who has been Martinez's number two at the Swans, Wigan and now the Toffees, is the bookmakers' favourite to land the Liberty Stadium hot-seat. But Martinez says that Jones will be staying at Goodison Park.

Liverpool battle for ‘new Sergio Aguero’ Luciano Vietto, claims agent

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Liverpool are set to go head-to-head with Real Madrid for Argentine starlet Luciano Vietto. The Racing Club youngster's agent claims that the Reds want to sign him and tipped him to move to Europe this summer. Agent Jorge Cyterszpiler said: "We know that many top clubs are following Vietto. "There is a lot of competition [.

Chelsea make Liverpool’s Luis Suarez their top transfer target

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is reportedly Chelsea's number one transfer target for this summer. The Blues are known to be in the market for a top attacker ahead of next season and Suarez is their preferred option, according to the Metro. The reports claim that Jose Mourinho's side will open the bidding at £55m after [.

Ben Foster should be ahead of Man City’s Joe Hart for England, says West Brom boss Pepe Mel

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West Brom manager Pepe Mel has branded Ben Foster the best goalkeeper in England and says he should be ahead of Joe Hart in the national team pecking order. Foster, aged 30, is set to go to the World Cup this summer after putting his injury problems behind him and making himself available for [...]

Spurs youngster Nabil Bentaleb set for World Cup with Algeria

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Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is ready to commit his international future to Algeria ahead of this summer's World Cup, according to reports in the north African national's media. Algerian newspaper Le Buteur claims that the France-born 19-year-old will declare for his parents' homeland and represent them in Brazil.

Man Utd and Chelsea target Edinson Cavani’s agent travels to London for talks

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Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani's agent has reportedly travelled to London for talks as the Uruguay international considers his future. Chelsea and Manchester United are both interested in signing the 26-year-old. The former Napoli man is thought to be unhappy at being forced to play in a wide role at PSG in order to [.

Joe Kinnear ‘told Newcastle he was going to sign Mohamed Salah for £25m’ after he had agreed Chelsea move

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Former Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear allegedly claimed he was about to sign Mohamed Salah from Basel in a £25m deal when the player had already agreed a transfer to Chelsea for around half that fee. The Daily Mail and The Independent have both published a series of claims about why Magpies owner [.

Man City midfielder Fernandinho hopes to be back in ’15 days or less’

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Good afternoon, I would like to tell you about my injury and quell rumors. I return to play in 15 days or less! Fernandinho (@fernaoficial) February 6, 2014 Fernandinho has sought to reassure Manchester City fans that he will be back soon by promising that he will be ready for action in "15 days or [.

Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Arsenal clash

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Photo: The boss leads pre-Arsenal training on Thursday #LFC pic.twitter.com/NBtvL8ck1j Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 6, 2014 Liverpool have been training today in preparation for Saturday's early kick-off against Arsenal. Manager Brendan Rodgers took the session and will deliver his press conference ahead of the game at 2pm this afternoon.

Man Utd boss David Moyes is the new Tinkerman

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has been dubbed the new Tinkerman after stats showed he has made more changes than any other Premier League manager so far this season. The United boss has made a whopping 83 changes to date and has not named an unchanged side for consecutive Premier League games at all since [.

Video: Everton’s Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku is gripped by a penalty shootout

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku, who is currently on loan at Everton, was back in his native Belgium this week to watch the cup semi-final clash between KV Oostende and Lokeren. The tie went to penalties, with Lokeren eventually emerging 9-8 victors. It's safe to say that Lukaku was getting into the drama.

GIF It: Real Sociedad keeper Enaut Zubikarai’s hilarious own goal vs Barcelona

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This is one of those unfortunate situations where the scoresheet indicates that the goalkeeper scored an own goal, but the blame lies entirely with a defender. Real Sociedad keeper Enaut Zubikarai is the innocent victim. He had already been beaten by a shot from Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, but must have breathed a sigh of relief [.

Porto’s Fernando ready to give up World Cup dream in order to join Man City

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Porto midfielder Fernando may be forced to sacrifice his hopes of playing in a World Cup in his homeland in order to join Manchester City. The Brazilian-born star is now a naturalised Portuguese and is being talked about as a possible contender for Portugal's World Cup squad. But after the 26-year-old's proposed move to City [.

‘Furious’ Man Utd captain Nemanja Vidic ready to sign for Inter Milan

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Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic is reportedly on the verge of signing a deal to join Inter Milan in the summer. The Serbia international is said to be fuming at the Premier League champions' failure to offer him a new contract and is now resigned to moving on at the end of the season. The [..

French sides Monaco and PSG aim to beat Man City and Man Utd to Eliaquim Mangala

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Monaco and Paris Saint Germain have joined the race for Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala. Both club have reportedly made contact with the Portuguese side about deals to take the France international back to his homeland. The 22-year-old is high on Manchester United's summer shopping list and was the subject of a deadline day bid from [.

Arsenal should have Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta fit for Liverpool clash

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The @Arsenal boss at his pre-match press conference #LFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/OVzJpE9aFs Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 6, 2014 Arsenal midfielders Jack Wilshere and Mikel Arteta should be fit for this weekend's trip to Liverpool, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. England international Wilshere is back in contention, although his is a slight doubt for the Liverpool clash, [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger didn’t want Liverpool’s Luis Suarez to replace Olivier Giroud

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The @Arsenal boss at his pre-match press conference #LFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/OVzJpE9aFs Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 6, 2014 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that he tried to replace star striker Olivier Giroud with Luis Suarez last summer. The Gunners bid £1 over a non-existent £40m release clause in the Liverpool talisman's contract.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tells Chelsea to pull out of the title race

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Arsene Wenger has invited Chelsea to step aside if they're not interested in competing in this season's title race. The Arsenal manager was responding to Blues boss Jose Mourinho's claims that his side are not in contention to be champions this season. Following Monday night's win over Manchester City, Mourinho described his side as 'a [.

Joe Kinnear quits and Newcastle immediately make a signing

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No sooner is former director of football Joe Kinnear out the door than Newcastle are able to announce an exciting new signing. Unfortunately for the Toon Army, the big deal is a commercial tie-in with pizza-floggers Papa John's. In true Kinnear style, the deal only runs until the end of the season. We're happy to [.

Photo: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard takes on a group of kids

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Premier League defenders have been struggling to get to grips with Chelsea's Eden Hazard this season, so the kids at the Chelsea Foundation probably didn't stand much of a chance. The Belgium international is already Jose Mourinho's golden boy, but a bit of community work won't harm that reputation at all.

Swansea defender Chico Flores hits out at West Ham’s ugly play

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They should be more preoccupied with the ugly way their team play football: always making very long passes and never quick short passing. Chico Flores (@ChicoFlores12) February 5, 2014 Swansea centre-back Chico Flores has responded to online abuse from West Ham fans angry at his role in Andy Carroll's red card last weekend, claiming [.

Cesc Fabregas ‘cannot wait to see’ if Arsenal can win the league

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Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas says he watches every Arsenal game and is hoping to see his old side "finally" win the Premier League this season. The ex-Gunners midfielder is cheering on Arsene Wenger's side and says it would be amazing to see them end their trophy drought this season. He told the Daily Mail: "I [.

Funny football team names

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We've scoured world football in search of the funniest football team names. Here's the best we've found. Deportivo Wanka The infamously named Peruvian outfit has carved out a strong replica shirt sales market built exclusively around shifting D. Wanka branded merchandise to English-speaking football fans with a suitable juvenile sense of humour.

GIF It: Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen nutmegs a small child, child cries

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Getting nutmegged hurts. Even if you're a toddler and your opponent is a Premier League footballer, getting nutmegged hurts. Just ask this little fella, who was reduced to tears by Tottenham star Christian Eriksen. The Spurs playmaker's skills were too much to take and the youngster ran away in tears.

Paul Ince the headline name in January sack race update

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As always during the football season, January is a busy time both on and off the pitch for managers, with the relentless pressure of results and the transfer window weighing heavily on their minds. We are now past the half-way mark in the Premier League as well as the Football League, and gaffers the length [.

Photo: Swansea caretaker boss Garry Monk takes his first training session

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PHOTO: New Head Coach Garry Monk takes training this afternoon. #swans pic.twitter.com/euZy1D2SAZ Swansea City FC (@SwansOfficial) February 5, 2014 Swansea caretaker manager Garry Monk has taken his first training session since taking over Michael Laudrup's duties yesterday evening. And the Swans stalwart made the most of it: he ordered a double-session for his players [.

Photo: Disabled Arsenal fan trolls Chelsea skipper John Terry

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Chelsea captain John Terry was reduced to fits of laughter after finding himself on the end of some excellent wind-up work by an Arsenal fan. Terry was, to his credit, visting QEF Independent Living Services in Leatherhead, Surrey, recently. Among the people he met was Arsenal supporter Ben Rycraft. The cheeky Gooner, who has difficult [.

Brendan Rodgers rules Liverpool out of title race after watching Man City vs Chelsea

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Brendan Rodgers and #LFC's backroom team took part in an @LFCFoundation challenge day today: http://t.co/CKfyZkuJS9 pic.twitter.com/0RWwvhGfMx Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 5, 2014 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers concluded that his side are not title contenders after watching Manchester City and Chelsea in action.

Man Utd and Aston Villa legend Eric Djemba-Djemba joins St Mirren

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Eric Djemba-Djemba one of the greatest dodgy Manchester United signings has joined Scottish side St Mirren. The 32-year-old has joined the Buddies until the end of the season after passing a medical this afternoon. The Cameroon international has been given the No.99 squad number. Sir Alex Ferguson signed Djemba-Djemba from French side Nantes [.

Stevan Jovetic says he chose Man City ‘project’ over Real Madrid

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Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic claims he turned down Real Madrid to join the club last summer. Injury and the outstanding form of Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo has prevented the Montenegro international from progressing at the Etihad so far, but he has started to get more chances in recent weeks.

Zenit aim to pip Man Utd to Benfica’s Ezequiel Garay

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Manchester United could be beaten to long-term transfer target Ezequiel Garay by Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. The Benfica defender has been viewed as Rio Ferdinand's successor for some time at Old Trafford. But despite rumours almost every transfer window, United are yet to tie-up a deal for the Argentina international.

Man Utd target Toni Kroos: ‘I’m happy at Bayern but haven’t signed a new deal’

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Post by Toni Kroos. Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos has taken to Facebook to assure fans that he is happy at the club. The Germany international has been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks after David Moyes was spotted scouting him. The 24-year-old has been unable to agree a new contract [.

Five things to look out for in this weekend’s Liverpool vs Arsenal clash

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1. A tight affair There's a lot at stake in this one. Arsenal are back on the top of the table after Manchester City's surprise home defeat to Chelsea they won't want to be playing catch-up again any time soon. Liverpool's impressive 4-0 derby win over Everton was sandwiched by two draws and they [..

Adel Taarabt: ‘Tottenham, QPR and Fulham are not as professional as AC Milan’

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As if he hadn't already hit the jackpot by convincing AC Milan to sign him, Adel Taarabt has taken the opportunity to stick the boot into his former English clubs. The 24-year-old says that Tottenham, QPR and Fulham are not as professional as his new team. He said: "This is a big change for me. [...]

Robert Lewandowski: ‘Wojciech Szczesny tried to get me to join Arsenal’

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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has confirmed that Arsenal keeper Wojcicech Szczesny tried to tempt to him to move to north London. The Gunners star took it upon himself to tell his Poland international how good life is at the Gunners and just how highly Arsene Wenger rates him. The ploy didn't work Lewandowski [.

Is Chelsea’s Ashley Cole on his way back to Arsenal?

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It's difficult to imagine he is, but that's the claim from the Daily Mail today. The reports suggest that Cole could return to Arsenal when his Chelsea contract expires this summer. The basis of the rumour is a comment made by Arsene Wenger following the 0-0 draw between the two sides in December. Asked if [.

Photo: Josh McEachran in the crowd for Chelsea’s trip to Man City

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Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran, currently on loan at Wigan, watched his parent club in action at Manchester City on Monday evening. The midfielder made the short trip across Manchester to see the Blues' 0-1 win, and was in the crowd with the travelling fans.

John Terry set to sign new one-year contract at Chelsea

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Chelsea captain John Terry is reportedly close to signing a new one-year deal at the club. The Blues stalwart's future had looked very uncertain. He was keen to be offered a two-year contract, whereas Chelsea have a policy of only offering 12-month extensions to players aged over 30. Other clubs would have happily given the [.

Schalke vow to fight Arsenal to keep Julian Draxler this summer

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Schalke are promising Arsenal that Julian Draxler will not be sold without a fight this summer. The Gunners came close to signing the 20-year-old wonderkid last month, but a deal could not be agreed with the Bundesliga side. While it is widely assumed that the Germany international will now move on at the end of [.

Atletico Madrid striker and Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool target Diego Costa signs a contract with Adidas

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Atletico Madrid star Diego Costa has been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent months. He has now signed a new deal, but it is sportswear brand Adidas that has won the race for his signature. Costa celebrated the deal by posing in front of a flaming goal-frame. The Brazilian-born naturalised [.

Man Utd ‘want Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote’

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Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is a target for Manchester United, according to reports in today's Daily Star. In what sounds like a ridiculous rumour, the Premier League champions are said to be tracking the Ivory Coast international and reportedly lodged an enquiry about the 27-year-old's availability last month.

Man Utd keeper Anders Lindegaard advises you to check out his ‘drop dead gorgeous’ girlfriend

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Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has taken to Twitter to encourage his followers to ogle his wife. The Denmark international pointed people in the direction of her Instagram page. He wrote: "Check out missebeqiri on Instagram. Street smart and drop dead gorgeous. Thank god she's mine!" Check out missebeqiri on Instagram.

Top 10 candidates to be the next Swansea City manager

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With the news that Michael Laudrup has been sacked, we look at the runners and riders to become the new Swansea City manager. 1. Garry Monk Club captain and long-term servant Monk has been installed as caretaker boss and was the hot favourite to become Laudrup's replacement even before he was sacked.

Barcelona’s Xavi: ‘Man City are complicated rivals’

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Manchester City will be difficult opponents, according to Barcelona veteran Xavi Hernandez. The midfielder says he knows his side are in for a very difficult tie when they face big-spending City in the Champions League knockout stages later this month. He said: "I think they are a very complicated and difficult rival.

Swansea sack Michael Laudrup

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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has been sacked. Club captain Garry Monk in charge for Saturday's south Wales derby against fierce rivals Cardiff City. Swans chairman Huw Jenkins said: "It is a decision we have taken reluctantly. "But it's a decision made in the best interests of Swansea City football club and our supporters.

Man City beware: Lionel Messi says he’s ‘completely recovered’ from his injury

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi says he is now "completely recovered" from the injury problems that blighted him in 2013. That's not great news for Manchester City, who go head-to-head with the Catalan giants in the Champions League knockout stages later this month. He said: "I am happy to be back playing again.

West Ham lose Andy Carroll’s Swansea red card appeal

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DISGRACEFUL!!! Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) February 4, 2014 West Ham striker Andy Carroll has failed in his bid to have his red card in last weekend's win against Swansea overturned. The England international branded the decision as "disgraceful" on his Twitter account. Carroll's flailing arm hit Swans defender Chico Flores, but most pundits agreed that [.

Ex-Fulham, Man Utd and Spurs star Dimitar Berbatov is unveiled at Monaco

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Dimitar Berbatov has been official unveiled as a Monaco player today. The Bulgarian has joined the Ligue 1 side on loan from Fulham until the end of the season. He said: "I have decided to come here because it's a great team, I know the coach he was working in England so it [...]

Video: Jose Mourinho says Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is the best young player in the world

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Jose Mourinho's return to Chelsea was always likely to have an element of romance, but few would have predicted the burgeoning love affair between the Special One and Eden Hazard. The Blues boss has frequently indicated how fond he is of the Belgium. In the latest installment he has branded him the best young player [.

Kim Kallstrom ‘gagged’ by Arsenal

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Arsenal's new signing Kim Kallstrom has been "gagged" by the club, according to media reports in his native Sweden. The Aftonbladet newspaper claims the 31-year-old would not talk to them on the record, but was happy to chat to their journalists on an off the record basis. They say he would only be quoted as [.

Seydou Keita reveals he snubbed Liverpool to join Valencia

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VÍDEO: Gran expectación para recibir a Keita en Mestalla http://t.co/jk3CVjQUIn pic.twitter.com/Rv8iOH0fuu Valencia CF (@valenciacf) February 3, 2014 Former Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita claims he was in advanced talks with Liverpool before opting to join Valencia instead. The Mali international suggests a move to the Reds was on the cards before the Spanish side's interest [.

Will the Europa League scupper Man Utd’s pre-season tour to the USA?

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BREAKING: We can confirm this year's #mufc pre-season tour will take place in the United States. #mutour pic.twitter.com/9Mf2C2P71a Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 4, 2014 Manchester United have announced plans for a pre-season tour of the USA this summer. The champions have been understandably vague about the itinerary for the trip.

Video: Man City’s Yaya Toure and Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o swap shirts at half-time

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o swapped shirts at half-time during last night's Premier League clash. The former Barcelona team-mates were sensible enough to wait until they were off the pitch before completing the exchange, but it was captured by City's Tunnel Cam.

Everton came close to re-signing Jack Rodwell from Man City on deadline day

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Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell was on the verge of a transfer deadline day return to Everton only to see the deal blocked when his current club failed to land Porto midfielder Fernando. The former England Under-21 international, aged 22, was one of the Toffees' brightest prospects when he joined City in 2012, but [.

Video: Top nine transfers from January 2014 feat. Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal

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The video above rounds up the transfers that grabbed most headlines during the January 2014 transfer window. We didn't compile it, but included in there are: - Michael Essien - Yohan Cabaye - Mohamed Salah - Hernanes - Kim Kallstrom - Juan Mata - Ever Banega - Nemanja Matic - Dimitar Berbatov Arsenal fans would [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Billy the masseur gave team-talk for Man City game

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Jose Mourinho can't take all the credit for last night's win over Manchester City. The Chelsea boss revealed that Billy the masseur had delivered the team-talk before kick-off. The Special One had entrusted Billy McCulloch to deliver some final words of wisdom to the team ahead of the game, claiming he had not spoken to [.

Photo: Manchester City unveil new banner for Manchester United boss David Moyes at Chelsea game

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Manchester City supporters gave a new banner honouring Manchester United manager David Moyes at last night's defeat to Chelsea. The banner features a less than flattering photo of the United boss in his playing days accompanied by the slogan: "Football Genius." It was all very funny before kick-off, but was probably less amusing by the [.

Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear resigns

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Joe Kinnear has resigned from his role as Newcastle's director of football. The former Wimbledon boss had come under increasing criticism from fans having told critics to judge him on his signings and then failed to make a single permanent deal in two transfer windows. The 67-year-old was responsible for transfers, with manager Alan Pardew [.

Zenit set to bid for Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen

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Arsenal are bracing themselves for a bid for captain Thomas Vermaelen from Russian side Zenit St Petersburg. The Gunners skipper has found himself sidelined by the impressive centre-back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Although he has hardly featured this season, the Belgium international remains Arsene Wenger's first backup option.

Photo: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers and Man Utd manager David Moyes scout Man City vs Chelsea

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You can tell that the Manchester United job is taking its toll on David Moyes. He had visibly aged as he sat alongside Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for last night's game between Manchester City and Chelsea. In truth, only Rodgers was there. But it appeared that City had seated the Reds boss to cause optimum [.

What to do if you have spare tickets

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It's not so long ago that if work shifts or an inconveniently planned wedding interfered with your plans to go to the match, your only hope of avoiding being out of pocket was offering your ticket around the pub and hoping to find a taker. That was all very well, except that it usually turns [...]

Video: Chelsea are still not title contenders after Man City win, says Jose Mourinho

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists that his side are not title contenders despite their win over favourites Manchester City last night. The Special One continued his claims that he is building for a bid to become champions next season even after an impressive victory at the Etihad. Confronted with the suggestion that the Blues have [.

Arsenal ‘want to sign’ former Man City star Mario Balotelli

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Arsenal are planning to bring ex-Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli back to the Premier League, according to reports in the Italian media. Tuttosport claims that the AC Milan star is a target for Arsene Wenger. The reports suggest that the fact that Milan are unlikely to qualify for next season's Champions League and their poor [.

Brazilian legend Cafu dubs Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan ‘the Red Cafu’

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.@paulhamill88 I have fan tweets who say RedCafu is Flanagan at Liverpool. I must watch more Premier league to see both ! Cafu. (@officialcafu) February 3, 2014 World Cup winner Cafu has given Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan a mention on his Twitter account, referring to him as 'the Red Cafu'. The Brazilian legend was [.

Top 10 conclusions: Manchester City 0-1 Chelsea

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1. The title race is wide open. There goes City's home record. Perhaps it's going to be close than many were predicting. 2. Jose Mourinho knows how to win big games. That was the sort of counter-attacking Mourinho display that even managed to halt Barcelona at their peak. 3. It's not very often that Yaya [.

GIF It: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho furious that Man City’s Matija Nastasic isn’t sent-off

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Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic hauled down Oscar on the halfway line during tonight's game against Chelsea. He was the last defender at the time, and it's safe to say that Jose Mourinho thought he should have been sent-off. Referee Mike Dean saw it differently and booked the young centre-back.

Bologna forget to collect new signing Ibson from the airport

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Italian side Bologna's transfer dealings descended into farce when they forgot to pick-up their new signing from the airport today. Brazilian free agent Ibson signed for the Serie A side after terminating his contract with Corinthians by mutual consent. He flew into Rome this morning as planned, only to find that nobody from his new [.

Man City advertising hoardings actively encouraging Chelsea kit clash

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"Be Blue," is the instruction from Manchester City's advertising hoardings this evening, as if there was any choice in this game. Both City and Chelsea have been allowed to play in blue kits.

GIF It: Branislav Ivanovic smashes Chelsea into the lead at Man City

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Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic has fired his side into the lead at Manchester City with a stunning left-footed hit. The ball rebounded out of the City box towards the Serbia international and he absolutely nailed it to put Jose Mourinho's side 0-1 up.

Man City and Chelsea sides cost exactly the same

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been enjoying playing the pauper card whenever Manchester City have come up in conversation in recent weeks. So, this Sky Sports graphic makes for particular interesting reading: the two sides cost exactly the same amount.

Fernandinho out of Chelsea game – were Manchester City playing mind games?

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CITY v CHELSEA: @fernaoficial feeling good ahead of tomorrow's clash with @chelseafc http://t.co/K9kBIVB2iw #mcfc http://t.co/QUHHZPSMTG Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 2, 2014 Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is not in the team to face Chelsea this evening. The Brazilian an influential part of City's team this season was reportedly injured in training yesterday.

Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris not thinking about PSG… for now

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Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris has responded to rumours linking him with a move to Paris Saint Germain by saying he is only thinking of his current club until the end of the season. The France international is reportedly a target for the Ligue 1 champions. While Lloris has sort quash those rumours he was [.

Arsenal defenders hate conceding goals, says Laurent Koscielny

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Laurent Koscielny says Arsenal's solid defensive record this season comes from a hatred of conceding goals. The Gunners have been superb in defence this season, particularly the centre-back pairing of Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. The Frenchman says the backline hate to concede. He told the club's official website: "The team needs all the players on [.

Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela out of World Cup on ‘mental and emotional’ grounds

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Mexico striker Carlos Vela will not be selected for this summer's World Cup for "mental and emotional" reasons. The Mexican FA announced that its representatives had spoke to the Real Sociedad man and it had been decided that he will not play a part in the World Cup squad. A statement claimed: "The player said, [.

Anderson says lots of Man Utd players want to quit the club

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Manchester United midfielder Anderson, who recently joined Fiorentina on loan, claims that he and lots of other players want to leave the club. Just a couple of weeks into his time in Italy, the Brazil international has made it clear that he expects to convert his loan into a permanent move. And he believes several [.

Chelsea,Tottenham and Arsenal prepare to scout Sheffield United’s Diego De Girolamo

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Scouts from a trio of London clubs are expected at the FA Cup replay between Fulham and Sheffield United in the hope of seeing Blades youngster Diego De Girolamo in action. Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal will all have representatives at the game, according to the Daily Mail, and it's United's 18-year-old striker that they want [.

Liverpool and Man City monitor Birmingham youngster Reece Brown

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Birmingham startlet Reece Brown is reportedly attracting the attention of Manchester City and Liverpool. The 17-year-old has broken into the Blues' first-team this season and signed his first professional contract at St Andrew's last month. Now, both City and the Reds are watching his progress as they consider a move for the youngster.

Man Utd’s Juan Mata hopes to get a house this week

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Exclusive: Here's the first photo of @JuanMata8 training with his new #mufc team-mates at the Aon Training Complex. pic.twitter.com/ULGSvUyvOX Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 30, 2014 Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata has revealed that he hopes to move into a house in the Manchester area this week.

Photo: Are Man Utd trying to offload Tom Cleverley to a non-league team?

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Danny Welbeck and @tomclevz23 are backing Wythenshawe Amateurs' bid to win an FA grant. More: http://t.co/2s57klNvND pic.twitter.com/Vh1bUnuaJC Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 3, 2014 Manchester United are not trying to shift out-of-form midfielder Tom Cleverley to a non-league outfit, but you could be forgiven for thinking they were.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure acknowledges ‘crazy’ mistake against West Brom

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Kolo Toure has held his hands up to the awful pass that allowed West Brom to grab an equaliser against Liverpool yesterday. The Reds defender's terrible ball across his penalty area allowed Baggies striker Victor Anichebe to score. Toure said: "I made a bad pass. I made a bad decision. I don't know why I [.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll nearly ended up in the bath with Sky Sports News presenter Charlie Webster

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It's officially over. She's had an ice bath and eaten a load of carbs. pic.twitter.com/Jg9vGqVZHu Charlie Webster (@CharlieCW) February 1, 2014 Andy Carroll nearly had to take a bath with Sky Sports News presenter Charlie Webster after his red card in West Ham's win over Swansea on Saturday. Webster had completed a 250-mile charity [.

Video: Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain unaware of Manchester City vs Chelsea game

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Sky Sports were brought crashing down to earth yesterday when it became clear that some people are immune to their hype machine. In his post-match interview after his man of the match performance against Crystal Palace, Arsenal's Alex Oxlade Chamberlain was asked if he would be watching tonight's top-of-the-table clash between Manchester City and Chelsea.

Video: Arsenal match-winner Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s individual highlights vs Crystal Palace

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Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain hit the ground running in his first Premier League start since the opening day of the season. The England international got his injury-hit season on track by scoring both goals and delivering a man of the match performance in yesterday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 1-2 February

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1. Manchester United are hopeless. They slipped to another defeat against Stoke, even though they now have Juan Mata combining nicely with Robin Van Persie. 2. Lucky deflection or world class strike, Charlie Adam will celebrate will equal vigour. 3. Liverpool's Kolo Toure must have wished he had a shower curtain to hide behind after [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he wouldn’t have signed Kim Kallstrom if it hadn’t have been deadline day

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he only signed Kim Kallstrom because it was late on transfer deadline day and he didn't have time to find an alternative. The Frenchman admits he had reservations about signing the 31-year-old after learning he was carrying a back injury. Asked if he had considered pulling out of the [.

Fenerbahce could sign Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse today

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Turkish side Fenerbahce could put together a deal to sign Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse today, according to reports. The Senegal international was being offered to everyone and anyone on transfer deadline day, but his preference for a permanent move deterred several clubs who wanted to sign him on loan.

Chelsea’s Oriol Romeu to decide on future this summer

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Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu has hinted that he will leave the club in the summer. The 22-year-old says the Blues have been taking a keen interest in his progress during his loan spell at Valencia, but he freely admits that his long-term future will be up for discussion at the end of the season. Romeu [.

Man Utd scouted Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho last weekend

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Manchester United scouts were at Sporting Lisbon's game against Academica at the weekened to watch midfielder William Carvalho in action. The transfer window might have closed a couple of days earlier, but United's scouting work remained in full swing perhaps spurred on by their own 2-1 defeat at Stoke on Saturday.

Transcript of Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s awkward press conference after Sunderland defeat

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After their humiliating defeat to Sunderland in Saturday's Tyne-Wear derby, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was left to front up to the press. The Magpies boss was grilled as to why the club had not replaced star player Yohan Cabaye after his transfer to Paris Saint Germain during the transfer window. The resulting exchanges make for [.

Arsenal send Aaron Ramsey to Dubai for warm weather training

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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been sent to Dubai to continue his recovery from injury. The Wales star is ruled out for a further six weeks after suffering a setback in his recovery. But the Gunners star has been given the chance to follow in the footsteps of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to head [.

Police release photos of Tottenham fans suspected of throwing coins at Arsenal’s Theo Walcott

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Police have released CCTV photos of three Tottenham fans suspected of throwing coins at Arsenal winger Theo Walcott. The Gunners star was pelted with coins as he was stretchered off during last month's FA Cup third round clash between the north London rivals. That prompted Walcott's controversial 2-0 gesture as he was being carried off.

Video: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo’s soft red card vs Athletic Bilbao

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Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo found himself on the receiving end of somebody going down too easily during his side's game against Athletic Bilbao. The boot was on the other foot as the former Manchester United man was sent-off for violent conduct after doing very little wrong. He reacted to a shove by Carlos Gurpegi [.

Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea on alert as Toni Kroos is dropped by Bayern Munich

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A host of Premier League clubs are monitoring Toni Kroos' situation amid reports of deterioration of relations between the midfielder and Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old was benched for the European champions' win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend. He is refusing to sign a new contract at the Allianz Arena.

Photo: West Brom boss Pepe Mel sends out youthful side to face Liverpool

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West Brom manager Pepe Mel was always likely to bring his own ideas to the Baggies' squad, but the scenes in the tunnel ahead of this afternoon's game against Liverpool suggested a radical overhaul of the team.

Liverpool to blame for collapse of Yevhen Konoplyanka deal, claim Dnipro

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Liverpool were to blame for the collapse of their attempts to sign Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, according to the Ukrainian club. The version of events being briefed by Reds sources since the transfer deadline passed is that Dnipro's president simply refused to sign the paperwork despite Liverpool's bid activating a release clause in the 24-year-old's [.

Hard Tackle: What is Nicklas Bendtner up to on the Arsenal bench?

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Nicklas Bendtner has been called some names by Arsenal supporters in recent seasons, and it appears at least one of them is accurate.

West Brom goalscorer Victor Anichebe got Everton text telling him to ‘do’ Liverpool

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Everton old boy Victor Anichebe says he received a text from the Toffees camp requesting that he "do" Liverpool this afternoon. The West Brom striker duly came off the bench to grab the equaliser against the Reds in today's 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns. Everton masseur Jimmy Comer has asked for Anichebe's intervention following his [.

GIF It: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain scores his and Arsenal’s second vs Crystal Palace

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Arsenal's game against Crystal Palace this afternoon is all about Alex Oxlade Chamberlain. The youngster, making his first league start since August, has scored both goals to give the Gunners a 2-0 lead. His second

Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie linked with shock Arsenal return

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Robin Van Persie could make a surprise move back to former club Arsenal this summer, according to report. The Daily Mail reports that as indicated by rumours throughout the season the Dutchman is unhappy with life at Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement and the subsequent departure of compatriot Rene Meulensteen from [.

Toni Kroos – Man City to challenge Man Utd for Bayern Munich midfielder

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Manchester City are set to go head-to-head with neighbours Manchester United for the signing of Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos this summer. United scouted the midfielder last month and has been linked with a move before last Friday's transfer deadline day. That didn't materialise, but David Moyes is thought to be interested in making his move [.

Video: Ex-Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong’s red card on his Barnsley debut

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Former Arsenal youngster Emmanuel Frimpong hasn't exactly endeared himself to the people of Barnsley since his deadline day switch to the Championship side. First he took to Twitter to bemoan the potential impact of the move on his ability to attract women, then he got sent off within 30 minutes of his debut.

Video: Highlights of Man Utd youngster Wilfried Zaha’s Cardiff debut vs Norwich

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He might have flopped during his time at Manchester United so far, but Wilfried Zaha proved he can cut it in the Premier League with a great debut performance for Cardiff yesterday. The England international was brought on for his first appearance since joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on loan in the 38th minute of [.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal could challenge Man City’s Champions League qualification under FFP

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Manchester City could face a challenge from their Premier League rivals over their right to compete in next season's Champions League, according to reports. Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are considering approaching UEFA to ascertain whether City should be barred from the competition for overspending.

Photo: Lukas Podolski tries to get Arsenal higher up the table by standing on a ball

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We want to get higher back on the TOP! Come on AFC #afc #arsenal #gunners #stayfocus #poldi #aha #9 pic.twitter.com/sWKveWtKxi Lukas-Podolski.com (@Podolski10) February 1, 2014 Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski isn't fond of life away from the top of the table. Having being knocked off top-spot by Manchester City this week, the Gunners' star [.

Arsenal try to send Kim Kallstrom back to Spartak Moscow

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Arsenal are attempting to get a refund on loan signing Kim Kallstrom and send him back to Spartak Moscow as damaged good, according to reports. The Sweden international is out for up to two months with a back injury sustained playing beach football with his Spartak team-mates last week. Although the Gunners were aware of [.

GIF It: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain gives Arsenal the lead vs Crystal Palace

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After a frustrating first-half, Arsenal have taken the lead early in the second half of their game against Crystal Palace. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, making his first Premier League start since the opening day of the season, got on the end of a lovely Santi Cazorla ball after a neat Arsenal move. The England international showed [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has zip trouble for the umpteenth time

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It's just as well that Arsenal's new kit supplier Puma has revealed tackling Wenger's zip problems is its priority.

Video: Arsenal old boys Paul Merson and Charlie Nicholas’ despair at Kim Kallstrom injury

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Video: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet praises ‘outstanding’ players after Newcastle win

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has praised an "outstanding" performance from his players to record a 0-3 win at Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby. The Uruguayan thought his team got everything right mentally, defensively and in attack. He said: "The players deserve all the credit because they go on the pitch and know how difficult it [.

Video: Man Utd’s Phil Jones sustains concussion in clash with Stoke’s Jon Walters

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Manchester United defender Phil Jones had to be taken off in the first-half of this afternoon's defeat to Stoke with a head injury. The former Blackburn youngster was involved in a collision with Stoke's Jon Walters. Although the injury looked very serious at the time, United have confirmed that there is no cause for concern.

Newcastle lost their heads against Sunderland, says Alan Pardew

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has accused his players of losing their heads in today's 0-3 defeat to neighbours Sunderland. The Magpies suffered a humiliating reverse at home to their fierce rivals and Pardew suggested the occasion had got the better of their decision-making. He said: "You know, in terms of attitude and application and winning [.

GIF It: Paulinho earns a point for Spurs at Hull

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Brazilian midfielder Paulinho saved Tottenham's blushes by grabbing this equaliser at Hull.

Video: Kevin Mirallas’ stunning free-kick winner for Everton vs Aston Villa

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Everton secured all three points against Aston Villa this afternoon thanks to this 86th minute free-kick from Kevin Mirallas.

Arsenal signing Kim Kallstrom injured in first training session

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Arsenal's new signing Kim Kallstrom injured himself in his first training session at the club. The 31-year-old joined his new team-mates today as they prepared for tomorrow's game against Aston Villa. But he was forced out of the session after injuring his back. He faces a spell on the sidelines, although the seriousness of his [.

GIF It: Man Utd suffer 2-1 defeat at Stoke

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Manchester United have suffered another Premier League defeat after losing 2-1 at Stoke this afternoon. A Charlie Adam brace secured victory for the Potters. He opened the scoring with the deflected free-kick above. The slightest of consolations for United was Juan Mata combining with Robin Van Persie to score the equaliser.

Video: Dumbstruck Man Utd boss David Moyes during Stoke defeat

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Manchester United manager David Moyes was clearly seething as his side slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Stoke today. He looked absolutely furious and baffled as to what to do next after the Potters scored the winner. See all three goals from the game here.

Julian Draxler reveals he wanted to join Arsenal

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Julian Draxler has made it clear he would be an Arsenal player now if things had gone his way. The Schalke wonderkid says he had "a good offer" from the Gunners and wanted to make the switch. But the deal didn't go through because his current club refused to sell. He said: "I want to [...]

Photo: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski attempts to fire the cannon outside the Emirates

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has always posed an attacking threat, but never more so than when he's manning a cannon. The German star took charge of the decorative arsenal outside the Emirates Stadium. He said: "Preparing the guns for tomorrow's game and the next week's."

Top five strikers Arsenal failed to sign on transfer deadline day

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Sorry, Gooners, but the failure to get a new striker through the door yesterday has got Olivier Giroud hamstring tweak written all over it. Try as they might, Arsenal couldn't sign a striker yesterday. Here's who they missed out on. 1. Julian Draxler It might seem strange to start this list with an attacking midfielder, [.

Man City sign Porto’s Fernando for next season

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Manchester City have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Porto midfielder Fernando despite missing out on bringing him to the club before the transfer deadline. Manuel Pellegrini's side made a deadline day swoop for Fernando and team-mate Eliaquim Mangala, but a fee could not be agreed for the duo. City were happy to pay [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says refs give everything in Man City’s favour

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has cranked up the mind games ahead of Monday's meeting with Manchester City by claiming that referees always give the crucial decisions City's way. The Blues boss insists this is purely coincidence but thinks Manuel Pellegrini's side have been very lucky so far this season.

Yevhen Konoplyanka’s English agent ‘gutted’ at collapse of Liverpool deal

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Absolutely gutted, can't put it in to words. James Lippett (@JamLipp78) January 31, 2014 One of Yevhen Konoplyanka's agents has tweeted his disappointment at the collapse of his client's move to Liverpool. A £15m bid for the Ukraine winger failed after his current club Dnipro refused to sanction the deal, despite reports that the [.

Photo: Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre presents the club’s January signings

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Ian Ayres now landed back from the Ukraine and he's showing off our latest transfer window coup at the airport! #LFC pic.twitter.com/SF1jgnpKSz Feint Zebra (@feintzebra) February 1, 2014 Yes, Ian Ayre is back from Ukraine and is proudly showing off Liverpool's January signings. Excellent work from Feint Zebra.

Arsenal fans welcome Tennessee ‘soccer mom’ Kim Kallstrom to the club

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@BenAFC78 Thanks...I did play soccer back in the day, but won't be playing for the Arsenal. I am just a soccer mom in Tennessee now! Lol Kim Kallstrom (@KKallstrom) February 1, 2014 Confused Arsenal supporters have been welcoming a Tennessee ‘soccer mom' as their club's new signing. Some Gooners taking to Twitter to herald [.