Off the Post Archives for January 2014

Tactical Review: Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham

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Spurs boss Tim Sherwood felt that he could approach the Liverpool game differently than most teams have. Firstly, he tried to add pressure on the Reds by saying that they might struggle to handle the role of title contenders, which Brendan Rodgers bounced back at him by pointing to the summer spending spree at White [.

Video: Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool can beat Chelsea and Man City

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his team can beat both of their title rivals. The Reds have gone top of the league after today's win over Tottenham, which means title glory is now in their own hands. With rivals Chelsea and Manchester City both still to visit Anfield, the league could be decided by the [.

Tactical Review: Fulham 1-3 Everton

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This game paired two managers perfectly suited for the tasks their teams have ahead; Felix Magath has an impressive record of saving teams from the drop in Germany and Roberto Martinez is a champion of punching above his weight from his days managing to keeping Wigan up against their financial challenges.

Video: Policeman gives Chelsea’s David Luiz a yellow card in new advert

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Chelsea defender David Luiz is one of the stars of this entertaining advert for Brazilian airline TAM. The idea is the the curly-haired Blues star and international team-mates Thiago Silva and Marcelo are finding it tough to get home for the World Cup. It seems football fans in the European countries in which they play [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 29-30 March

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1. Russia and the USA in crisis talks, everybody's talking about Dynasty and Liverpool are top of the league. Welcome to the 1980s. 2. What a pointless stunt! All that money splashed out for an underwhelming display and a poor reception from the crowd. Manchester United definitely would have been better giving the money they [.

Video: Jordan Henderson free-kick makes it Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham

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Brendan Rodgers – The Carefully Chosen One: Liverpool fans mock Man Utd with banner

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Liverpool fans poked fun at rivals Manchester United with a banner declaring: 'Brendan Rodgers The Carefully Chosen One'. Having observed United supporters squabbling over the presence of David Moyes' 'The Chosen One' banner in the Stretford End a squabble that culminated in a plane flying a 'Wrong One Moyes Out' banner over [.

Video and GIF: Low Philippe Coutinho strike makes it Liverpool 3-0 Tottenham

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Liverpool have a 3-0 lead over Tottenham after a clinical Philippe Coutinho striker found the bottom corner.

Video and GIF: Luis Suarez makes it Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

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Luis Suarez has put Liverpool two goals up against Spurs with the help of a defensive howler from substitute Michael Dawson. Tim Sherwood's side have put both goals on a plate for the Reds. Younes Kaboul's own goal made it 1-0, before Dawson attempted this square ball to Kaboul which was easily intercepted by Suarez.

Real Madrid ready to sign Chelsea’s Ashley Cole

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are prepared to offer a two-year contract to Chelsea outcast Ashley Cole, according to reports. The veteran England left-back will be handed a £75,000-a-week deal to become Real's first summer signing, claims The Sun on Sunday. Cole is out of contract in the summer and, having hardly featured under Jose Mourinho [.

Man Utd set to beat Chelsea to Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Manchester United have overtaken Chelsea in the race to sign Southampton left-back Luke Shaw. The 18-year-old is set to join United this summer in a deal worth £27m, according to the Sunday People. Chelsea have long been favourites to sign the boyhood Blues fan, but it now appears they could be pipped by David Moyes.

Video and GIF: Comedy Younes Kaboul owl goal makes it Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham

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Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul paid tribute to Anfield great Djimi Traore to give Liverpool an early lead. The Spurs skipper got his feet in a muddle and turned the ball into his own net after a good (albeit unchallenged) run down the flank by Glen Johnson.

Man Utd ‘prepared to sell’ Wilfried Zaha

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Manchester United could sell youngster Wilfried Zaha just a year after he joined them, according to reports. The former Crystal Palace winger was signed in January 2013, but only linked up with the champions last summer. He made just two starts under David Moyes before being sent to Cardiff City on loan earlier this year.

Top five conclusions: Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa

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1. Moyes has grit David Moyes may not be as tactically brilliant as the likes of Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola but he proved yesterday why he has survived at Everton for over a decade; his resilience to carry on in difficult circumstances. The start of the game severely tested Moyes' focus; a hovering plane [.

Tactical Review: Crystal Palace 1-0 Chelsea

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Formations and tactics will take you so far, but there is nothing more valuable to a manager than his players leaving everything they have on the pitch. Jose Mourinho suggested after the game that his players had not done that. He found his side out-fought and, for once, out-counter-attacked at Selhurst Park.

Tactical Review: Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

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Arsenal and Manchester City are arguably the best passing teams in the Premier League and they both rely on that strength. So, when they meet the winner is likely the team which controlled the game for a longer period. After recent "accidents", Arsene Wenger probably felt that he needed a more solid midfield as he [.

Spurs midfielder Paulinho misses Liverpool game with conjunctivitis

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Galera Bom dia!!! Passando pra dizer que hoje não estarei no jogo, estou com conjuntivite um abraço obrigado a todos!!! Paulinho (@paulinhop8) March 30, 2014 Spurs midfielder Paulinho has revealed he will not face Liverpool this afternoon because of an eye problem. The Brazilian star took to Twitter to confirm that he will not [.

Fulham fan offers linesman a blind person’s stick during Everton game

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Tactical Review: Manchester United 4-1 Aston Villa

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Paul Lambert knew that this could possibly be the best time to take his players to Old Trafford because the off-field events would have a divisive effect on the home crowd. He just needed tactics that could cash-in on the situation. For David Moyes, it was a game in which he needed a good start [...]

Photo: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho writes ‘BALLS’ on a journalist’s notepad

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In response to my question to Mourinho about what qualities he wanted to bring to his side next season he wrote this pic.twitter.com/i4JsWszIQW Paul Lagan (@CFCJourno) March 29, 2014 Jose Mourinho wrote the word 'BALLS' on a journalist's notepad when asked to describe the qualities he wants to add to his squad next season.

Video and GIF: Mathieu Flamini makes it Arsenal 1-1 Man City

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Arsenal midfielder has made amends for his midweek own goal against Swansea by grabbing an equaliser in this evening's game at home to Manchester City.

Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara set to miss both Man Utd games with knee injury

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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara is reported to be out of the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United with a knee injury. The former Barcelona youngster limped off with a knee injury during today's 3-3 draw with Hoffenheim, and it is believed to be a serious problem. The early indications are that it could be [.

Arsenal ‘have signed’ Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic

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Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Nurnberg striker Josip Drmic this summer, according to reports. The youngster will link up with the Gunners at the end of the season, according to Sky Germany pundit Lothar Matthaus. He claims that the 21-year-old's wife has already been househunting in London ahead of the move.

Video: Jose Mourinho says Chelsea “lose any chance” of winning the league

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his side's title challenge is over after today's defeat at Crystal Palace. After the 0-1 defeat at Selhurst Park, he said: "Now we have lost our chance of finishing first. Now we depend too much on other results. "Crystal Palace deserved the victory, they fought for their lives.

Video and GIF: David Silva gives Man City the lead at Arsenal

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Manchester City have taken the lead at Arsenal with a goal that was remarkably similar to their opener at Manchester united earlier this week. David Silva applied the finishing touch this time.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confronts a Crystal Palace ball boy

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho charged at a Crystal Palace ball boy during his side's defeat the afternoon before slowing down and having a quiet word with the youngster. Speaking after the game, Mourinho claimed he hadn't been running over to confront the ball boy but was simply aiming to defuse a possible confrontation between [.

Preview: Fulham vs Everton

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A month ago, it seemed like the top four race was all but over. Now, four wins in a row for Everton and just four points from a possible 12 for Arsenal has changed everything. The Toffees' distant top four hopes have just sprung back to life. When Fulham won against Newcastle, their manager Felix [..

Video and GIF: John Terry own goal gives Crystal Palace the lead vs Chelsea

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There's a cat among the title race pigeons. Chelsea captain John Terry has scored an own goal to put Crystal Palace into the lead at Selhurst Park. Terry got a glancing near-post header that gave keeper Petr Cech no chance.

Video: Javier Hernandez turns in Adnan Januzaj cross (Man Utd 4-1 Aston Villa)

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A pretty angry looking Javier Hernandez completed the scoring in Manchester United's 4-1 win over Aston Villa. The Mexican sub tapped in at the backpost after excellent work on the left wing by Adnan Januzaj.

Video and GIF: Juan Mata scores first Man Utd goal to make it 3-1 vs Aston Villa

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Juan Mata has scored his first goal for Manchester United to give his side a 3-1 lead against Aston Villa.

Arsene Wenger hints he might not sign new Arsenal contract

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has suggested he might perform a u-turn and quit the club this summer. The long-serving Gunners boss is widely expected to sign a new contract at the end of the season. But he now says he could change his mind if he decides his performance this season has been below par.

Liverpool linked with Bayern Munich’s ex-Man City defender Jerome Boateng

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Liverpool are plotting an ambitious summer bid for Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng, according to reports. The former Manchester City man is one of Brendan Rodgers' lofty transfer targets, claims the Metro newspaper. The Reds are certain to strengthen their shaky defence before the next campaign and are said to be looking at Boateng.

Video and GIF: Wayne Rooney penalty makes it Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

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Manchester United have taken a 2-1 lead on the stroke of half-time courtesy of this emphatic Wayne Rooney penalty. Rooney scored his second of the game after Juan Mata had been brought down by Leandro Bacuna.

Billy Davies and Chris Powell bite the dust in March sack race

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The football season is now entering its final phase and, as always, the pressure is continuing to be cranked up on beleaguered football managers the length and breadth of the country. Chairmen and owners are desperate for their clubs to achieve their goals and that, of course, ensures that this is a difficult time of [.

Preview: Liverpool vs Tottenham

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The last time these two sides met, Tottenham were ripped apart by Liverpool at White Hart Lane. Both sides were targeting Champions League places. Ironically, while the game became Andre Villas Boas' last, it was one of the first games that planted the seed of belief in Liverpool that they could go for the ultimate [.

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood warns that appointing Louis Van Gaal could backfire

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Tim Sherwood has warned Tottenham that Louis Van Gaal might not be the right fit for the club. The Spurs boss was responding to suggestions that the experienced Dutch coach is being lined up to replace him this summer. But he said there is no guarantee that Van Gaal would be successful at White Hart [.

Former Chelsea boss says Louis Van Gaal to Spurs is ‘a done deal’

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Ex-Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit says "it's a done deal" that fellow Dutchman Louis Van Gaal will become Spurs manager this summer. Van Gaal, aged 62, will leave his post as Netherlands manager after the World Cup and has been widely linked with the White Hart Lane job. The speculation has been such that incumbent Tim [.

Liverpool set to bid for £8m-rated Inter Milan youngster Mateo Kovacic

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Liverpool are on alert after Inter Milan midfielder Mateo Kovacic's agent revealed he is unsettled at the Serie A side. The 19-year-old is reportedly unhappy at the lack of games he is currently getting at San Siro. The Croatian youngster, rated as one of Europe's best midfield prospects, has been out of favour in recent [.

Man Utd need to solve their preparation problems

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Since July 1, 2013, when David Moyes began his job as a Manchester United manger, very little has worked for him; results have been shockingly bad, the team's performances has been well below par and none of his recruits have hit the ground running. While Moyes is fortunate to be at a club that values [.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany watches classic Arsenal vs Man Utd during pre-game preparations

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On our way to London. Should be an entertaining trip .. pic.twitter.com/nbgVJflodK Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) March 28, 2014 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is preparing for this evening's clash with Arsenal by watching classic footage of Gunners' great Patrick Vieira doing battle with Manchester United skipper Roy Keane.

Rafael persistently fouls you in training, says ex-Man Utd striker Michael Owen

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Manchester United's tough-tackling right-back Rafael doesn't reserve the rough treatment for opponents. He also dishes it out during training, according to former team-mate Michael Owen. Hinting that he didn't always appreciate the Brazilian's attention, Owen said he needed to cut silly fouls out of his game.

Video and GIF: Ashley Westwood free-kick makes it Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa

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Video and GIF: Wayne Rooney equalises (Manchester 1-1 Aston Villa)

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Manchester United have levelled against Aston Villa courtesy of this excellent glancing header from Wayne Rooney. Just what manager David Moyes needed.

Photo and Video: Man Utd fans’ ‘Wrong One – Moyes Out’ banner flies over Old Trafford

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A controversial banner calling for Manchester United manager David Moyes to be sacked was booed as it flew over Old Trafford. The banner, reading 'Wrong One Moyes Out,' flew over the stadium one minute into today's game against Aston Villa. A group of United fans had raised £840 to hire the plane to trail [.

Video: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho offers nuts to journalists

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Jose Mourinho opened his press conference today by playing the part of waiter. The Chelsea boss offered nuts to journalists assembled to hear him speak ahead of tomorrow's game against Crystal Palace. Sir Alex Ferguson used to offer nuts to journalists, but that was different entirely.

Video: Spurs midfielder Paulinho discusses World Cup dream

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Tottenham star Paulinho has been talking about his hopes of being involved in a home World Cup in Brazil this summer. The midfielder was a part of Luiz Felipe Scolari's latest squad and is hoping to be one of the final 23 chosen to play in the tournament. He said: "I am fully aware that [...]

Image: Brendan Rodgers’ first 69 Liverpool games vs Sir Alex Ferguson’ first 69 Man Utd games

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Liverpool fans are really warming to the idea of Brendan Rodgers building a legacy at Anfield (albeit the in-house Bill Shankly comparisons went a step too far). There enthusiasm is backed up by this graphic showing his record during his first 69 games in charged in comparison to Sir Alex Ferguson's first 69 games at [.

Video: Did Man Utd’s Marouane Fellaini spit at Man City’s Pablo Zabaleta?

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Well, did he? The FA isn't sure. They've see the footage above and don't believe it is sufficient to charge Manchester United midfielder Fellaini. They have asked broadcasters to provide more footage to see if there is further evidence that Fellaini spat at Manchester City right-back Zabaleta. The incident happened immediately after Fellaini had been [.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini says Arsenal can still win the title

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Arsenal can still win the Premier League title, according to Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's clash between the two sides, Pellegrini refused to rule the Gunners out of the title race. He predicts that other teams will drop points in the coming weeks and thinks Arsene Wenger's team could get themselves [.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: ‘We expect to beat Tottenham’

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his side expect to beat Spurs on Sunday. While he is expecting a tough, Rodgers says his side will not be happy with anything less than three points because the game is at home. He said: "For us it's going to be a hard game. "They're coming off the back [...]

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood says the pressure is on Liverpool

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Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Spurs clash

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Liverpool's players have been training ahead of Sunday's game at home to Tottenham. It appeared to be quite a relaxed atmosphere considering the Reds are at the business end of a title challenge. Perhaps they recall how much of a challenge Spurs faced last time they played them. Having said that, the all-important duo of [.

David Moyes: ‘I still get great support from Man Utd fans’

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says media reports of a fan revolt against him don't tally with what he's experiencing. Moyes says United fans are still very supportive when he meets them but he knows that he needs results to keep them onside. He said: "Well everywhere I go I get great support from [.

Video: Jose Mourinho says Chelsea’s run-in is tougher than Liverpool’s or Man City’s

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his side have the toughest run-in of the three sides left in the title race. The Blues host Stoke, Sunderland and Norwich, and travel to Crystal Palace, Swansea, Liverpool and Cardiff between now and the end of the season. Despite only the trip to Anfield standing out as a particularly [.

Photo: Man Utd fans’ ‘WRONG ONE – MOYES OUT’ plane banner preparing for take-off

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It looks like the plot by Manchester United supporters to fly a 'WRONG ONE MOYES OUT' banner over Old Trafford tomorrow is going ahead. Images have surfaced showing the banner being attached to the plane ahead of United's game against Aston Villa. Supporters from Manchester United fansites have crowdfunded the £840 needed to pull [.

Preview: Crystal Palace vs Chelsea

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An experienced manager like Tony Pulis knows the importance of getting results at home, especially when fighting for survival. For Jose Mourinho, it is all about building momentum from victory against Arsenal because the other title challengers are hot on their heels. Crystal Palace's lack of goals at home looks unlikely to change because they [.

Chelsea, Liverpool or Man City: who will win the title?

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One point from a possible six has left Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reassessing his targets for the season; last week he was fired-up and looking forward to "the biggest game of the season" against Chelsea, which they lost, and they also drew the following Swansea game. The Frenchman has, at least publicly, lowered his target [.

PSG step-up efforts to sign Chelsea pair Oscar and Eden Hazard

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Paris-Saint Germain are reportedly pushing forward with an attempt to sign Chelsea star Oscar less than a week before the two sides meet in the Champions League quarter-final. And they've also been dropping hint that they would quite like to take Eden Hazard to Parc des Princes, too. The Ligue 1 champions are considering [.

Richard Scudamore: ‘Man Utd’s poor form is bad for the Premier League’

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has suggested that David Moyes' under-performing Manchester United side are damaging his product. As if Moyes wasn't facing enough criticism, he now has to deal with Scudamore informing him that United's dramatic drop in fortunes is causing a similar drop in audience figures around the world.

Man Utd target Ilkay Gundogan set to speak out on his future

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Borussia Dortmund Ilkay Gundogan will make an announcement on his future in the next few weeks. The Manchester United target has so far kept quiet about speculation linking him with a move away from the club but will confirm his plans soon, according to Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke. The 23-year-old midfielder will enter the [.

‘Terrible’ Robert Pires tips Mesut Ozil to come good at Arsenal

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Arsenal legend Robert Pires has predicted that Mesut Ozil will find his best form at the club saying his own first season in the Premier League was "terrible". Ozil, the club's record signing, has struggled for form and fitness since joining from Real Madrid last summer. After a promising start to his Arsenal career, [.

Preview: Manchester United vs Aston Villa

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David Moyes will have try to ignore 70,000 irate fans, a damning banner being flown above Old Trafford and anything else that might happen tomorrow and focus on winning this game. He will be without his chief marksman as Robin Van Persie is still out with a knee injury. His absence has revealed Juan Mata's [.

Preview: Arsenal vs Manchester City

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Arsene Wenger deserves credit for the way he has always been honest about his club's title winning chances; after the Swansea game, he admitted that their chances of winning the league are very slim. Now on Friday, the day before Manchester City visit the Emirates, he has said that a win in this game will [.

Man Utd’s Marouane Fellaini: ‘Man City’s Pablo Zabaleta bounced his jaw into my elbow’

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Marouane Fellaini has defended his elbow on Pablo Zabaleta in the Manchester derby, saying the Manchester City full-back simply bounced his jaw against his arm. The Manchester United midfielder said the collision was accidental. He said his Argentine opponent was "unlucky" to meet his arm. Asked what happened, he told the Daily Mail: "I don't [.

Man City’s Yaya Toure bemoans FIFA 14 shooting stats

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@TempahPlays @EASPORTSFIFA maybe its a mistake yaya toure (@Toure_yaya42) March 26, 2014 Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has suggested his less than impressive shooting stats on FIFA 14. The Ivory Coast international piled in on a fan's suggestion that his shooting was "only 79″ in the game. Toure has shown some outstanding finishing this [.

Chelsea striker Demba Ba hints at Italy move

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Chelsea striker Demba Ba has hinted that he will move to Italy this summer. The Senegal international has reportedly told the Blues that he wants to leave at the end of the season. The 28-year-old has been Jose Mourinho's third-choice striker behind Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres this season and is known to be keen [.

Video: Chelsea stars try their hand at basketball

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Chelsea's players have turned to basketball to take part in a basketball half-court challenge. Star man Eden Hazard found that he's not top dog when it comes to basketball. He and defender David Luiz missed all five of their efforts. Andre Schurrle, Demba Ba and goalkeeper Petr Cech, who distribution with his hands is worryingly [.

Arsenal offer £2m for Rubin Kazan’s ‘Iranian Messi’ Sardar Azmoun

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Arsenal have launched a £2m attempt to sign Rubin Kazan youngster Sardar Azmoun. The 19-year-old, who is dubbed the 'Iranian Messi', is also said to be a target for Italian giants AC Milan and Juventus. But reports in the Russian media suggest that the Gunners have already made an offer for the highly-rated striker.

Video: Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman face Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson in keepie uppie challenge

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Liverpool's Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson have taken on former players Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman in a keepie uppie challenge. The legends were allowed to use a size 3 ball to compensate for any rustiness, while the current pros were restricted to a tennis ball. A celebrity team featuring comedian John Bishop and musician [.

Tottenham ‘consider re-signing’ Steven Caulker from Cardiff

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Tottenham are said to be considering a move to bring Steven Caulker back to the club, just a year after he was sold to Cardiff City. The 22-year-old move to the Bluebirds last summer in an £8m deal. Many Spurs supporters were surprised to see the youth team graduate just as he was starting to [...]

Nicklas Bendtner restored to the Arsenal starting line-up… as he plays FIFA 14 as the Gunners

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Arsenal stiker Nicklas Bendtner might have played his last game for the club in video game form. The out-of-favour and out-of-shape Dane has been missing for Arsene Wenger's teamsheet since his unauthorised trip to Copenhagen a couple of weeks ago. But he was back in the starting line-up to face Chelsea during a TV [.

Man Utd’s Class of 1992 buy Salford City

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Delighted to be part of @salfordcityfc in the future! For clarity No name change/ no ground change and management and committee as before! Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 27, 2014 Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt are set to become the new owners of non-league side Salford City.

Twitter ‘namesakes’ of Man Utd duo David Moyes and Robin Van Persie form support group

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Two unsuspecting Twitter users with accounts names that sounds like the belong to Manchester United manager David Moyes and striker Robin Van Persie have rallied together to discuss their shared problems. Sarah Moyes, of Polmont, Scotland, who has the @moyesy account, has been having a particular tough time recently.

Video: Behind the goal footage of Steven Gerrard’s free-kick goal (Liverpool vs Sunderland)

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Liverpool came through a nervy night at Anfield with three points after last night's game against Sunderland. Their victory was due in no small part to this free-kick from captain Steven Gerrard to open the scoring.

Video: Hilarious casual backpost tap-in own goal from Kaizer Chiefs’ Simphiwe Mtsweni

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Kaizer Chiefs left-back Simphiwe Mtsweni scored a quality comedy own goal during a match in South Africa's Nedbank Cup yesterday evening. The Chiefs were up against amateur side FC Buffalo and, while they eventually scraped through 2-1, it was Mtsweni who displayed the most amateurish defending. Dealing with a harmless cross that he could easily [.

Tactical Review: Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland

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Cardiff City may have conceded six against Liverpool, but they seem to have set a tactical trend on how to impinge the free-scoring Reds. Containing them still remains an improbable task though because it is dependent on near-perfect defending. Brendan Rodgers now seems to expect teams to use numbers to make it difficult for his [.

Video: Hull’s James Chester scores a comedy own goal at West Ham

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Hull defender James Chester's knee secured three points for West Ham last night. The Tigers man appeared to lose control of his limbs, throwing his left leg at the ball, only to make a sweet connection with his knee. The ball flew into the top corner to hand (or knee) the Hammers a 2-1 win.

Man Utd fans plan to fly ‘Moyes Out’ banner over Old Trafford

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A group of Manchester United supporters are plotting to fly a 'Moyes Out' banner over Old Trafford during Saturday's game against Aston Villa. Fans are trying to raise the £840 needed to pull off the stunt after the idea was floated on the Red Issue forum. Donations towards the cause have already started coming in, [.

Chelsea ‘begin negotiations’ to sign £35m Diego Costa

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Chelsea have decided that Diego Costa is their first-choice transfer target this summer and have opened negotiations to sign the Atletico Madrid striker, according to reports. The Blues are widely expected to bring in a big-name striker this summer and have settled on Costa. They have now begun putting plans in place to secure his [.

Top five conclusions: Liverpool 2-1 Sunderland

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1. Sterling and Coutinho rotation is tactical Liverpool have a seven-game winning streak with almost an identical line-up, except for Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho, who seemed to just alternate. But careful analysis shows that Brendan Rodgers carefully rotates for maximum effect against the opponent, not just to give them both games.

Top five conclusions: Arsenal 2-2 Swansea

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1. Chelsea did more than just take three points away from the Gunners Arsenal players were terribly low in confidence. They struggled to get their slick passing and movement off the ball they usually do with ease. Their energy levels were low; they didn't press and tackle as much as they did at the start [.

Time for Arsenal to realise what they’ve got with Arsene Wenger before it’s gone

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Usually when a team suffers terrible results, the manager's position is questioned. At Arsenal, the story is opposite, it is the manager Arsene Wenger who wants to call it quits sooner than his board prefers. "I've set myself a target until 65 and then I will certainly make a move to some different job, unless [.

Spurs hope to beat Liverpool to Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi

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Tottenham believe they will be able to win the race for Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi this summer, according to reports. The 21-year-old is also thought to be a target for Liverpool, with Italian media reporting that the Reds have informed Lazio that they will be launching a bid this summer. Spurs are now in the [.

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard walking a title race tight-rope

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Steven Gerrard has been one of the best performers in Liverpool's quest to win the league title. His qualities are irreplaceable, but his physical commitment to the cause is threatening to throw a spanner in their well-oiled machine. The Reds' skipper has spent the best part of his career as a box-to-box midfielder or even [.

Exuberant Paris Saint-Germain can gun down Jose Mourino’s Chelsea

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Ahead of their Champions League quarter-final it's noticeable that both clubs have some notable similarities to each another. For instance, both PSG and Chelsea currently sit at the top of their domestic leagues. Likewise, both clubs have owners who don't shy away from flaunting their riches for their clubs.

The Anelka sacking and why he deserved it

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If you follow football, which in all fairness you should do if you are on this website, you may have heard about the Nicolas Anelka sacking over at West Bromwich Albion for gross misconduct. He was not actually sacked immediately after the ‘quenelle' gesture he made after scoring against West Ham. It was his unprofessional [.

Man City ‘offer three-year deal’ to Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna

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Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna has been offered a three-year contract to join Manchester City on a free transfer this summer, according to reports. The 31-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and is being targeted by City, the Guardian reports. Sagna has been offered a new deal at the Emirates, but [.

Top five conclusions: Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City

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1. The balance of power has shifted in Manchester David Moyes's starting line-up for this derby summed everything up. It was a team set to thwart Manchester City, whereas the visitors had a team set-up for an outright win. Historically when these teams used to meet, it was United who had its midfielders charging forward [.

Tactical Review: Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City

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When managing a big team traditionally accustomed to attacking and you have a home game, the simple rule is: don't be negative. If you go defensive, you had better win the game or fans will turn on you, no matter the circumstances. Manchester United went into this game as underdogs. David Moyes felt he should [.

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes slams Arsenal and Jack Wilshere

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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes was intent on delivering a few home truths to Arsenal during his work as a Sky Sports pundit last night. Scholes criticised the Gunners for their lack of defensive discipline and the seeming absence of a gameplan when they take to the field. He said: "These, they go 2-0 [.

Photo: Stewards protect David Moyes’ ‘The Chosen One’ banner from Man Utd fans

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Manchester United deployed stewards to protect a banner proclaiming David Moyes to be 'The Chosen One'. The controversial banner has been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks, with many United fans claiming the tribute to their under-fire boss should be removed. United's security team clearly felt the banner was under threat following last [.

Man Utd still think Liverpool are scoring against them during Man City defeat

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Manchester United's 0-3 defeat to Liverpool obviously scarred the club badly they're still having visions of the Merseysiders finding the net at Old Trafford. Even as the champions were slumping to another 0-3 home defeat to local rivals Manchester City, they thought Liverpool players were scoring. United's official Twitter account mistakenly believed that Reds [.

Tactical Review: Arsenal 2-2 Swansea

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The plans of both managers were good in this game; they set up for what this encounter should have been: a home team incessantly attacking and the visitors hoping to keep them at bay. These plans didn't take into consideration just how deflated Arsenal's players would be after their defeat to Chelsea.

Video: Olivier Giroud’s goal makes it Arsenal 2-1 Swansea

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Allow Lukas Podolski to define the corridor of uncertainty for you. The German served up this superb assist for Olivier Giroud as Arsenal came from 0-1 down to take a 2-1 lead at home to Swansea.

Video: Mathieu Flamini own goal gives Swansea last-gasp equaliser at Arsenal

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It looks like Mathieu Flamini's shin has robbed Arsenal of three points against Swansea this evening. The Gunners fought back from a goal down to make it 2-1, only for goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny's to deflect Per Mertesacker's sliding tackle-come-backpass onto Flamini.

Video: Yaya Toure makes it Manchester United 0-3 Manchester City

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Yaya Toure put the cherry on Manchester City's 0-3 derby win at Manchester United with this emphatic effort.

Olivier Giroud is staying at Arsenal, says agent

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will not be leaving the club this summer, according to his agent. The France international has been linked with moves to Italy for football reasons and a return to his homeland for personal reasons in recent weeks. But the 27-year-old's agent Michael Manuello says his client has now intention of quitting [.

Video: Lukas Podolski makes it Arsenal 1-1 Swansea

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Video and GIF: Edin Dzeko makes it Man Utd 0-2 Man City

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Video: Ross Barkley’s solo wonder goal (Newcastle 0-1 Everton)

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Everton youngster Ross Barkley has been channelling his inner Messi at Newcastle this evening. The England international ran from his own half to score this beauty.

Video and GIF: Advertising hoardings become Rafael’s latest victim (Man Utd vs Man City)

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Video and GIF: Wilfried Bony gives Swansea the lead at Arsenal

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Things go from bad to worse for Arsenal: Swansea's Wilfried Bony has scored the first goal in this evening's game. The prolific striker's powerful header from 12 yards piled the pressure on the Gunners after their 6-0 drubbing at Chelsea last Saturday.

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes: ‘I expected more from Maroune Fellaini’

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Paul Scholes admits he has been disappointed by the efforts of his replacement in the Manchester United midfield so far. The United legend hung up his boots at the end of last season. Incoming manager David Moyes spent £27.5m to bring Marouane Fellaini to Old Trafford from Everton. It sounds like Scholes isn't convinced Moyes [.

Video and GIF: Edin Dzeko gives Man City the lead at Man Utd after 45secs

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Manchester City have made a quick-fire start at Manchester United, with Edin Dzeko giving them the lead after just 45secs. David Silva almost waltzed through the United defence a few seconds earlier. The ball broke to Nasri, whose shot hit the post, and Dzeko was free at the back post to apply the finish.

Video: Man Utd and Man City arrive ahead of the derby

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Both teams are at Old Trafford ahead of this evening's Manchester derby. You can see Manchester City and Manchester United players and staff arriving in the video above. And here's photos of the United players turning up. The #mufc squad has arrived at Old Trafford. We'll have team news shortly... pic.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes explains picking Tom Cleverley vs Man City

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has been discussing his team selection ahead of tonight's derby against Manchester City. The surprise selection is the inclusion of under-fire midfielder Tom Cleverley. Moyes revealed he was keen to add more bodies in midfield. He said: "We just wanted to make sure that we've got enough midfield players tonight [.

Tom Cleverley starts for Man Utd vs Man City

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#mufc starting XI vs @MCFC: De Gea; Rafael, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra; Carrick, Cleverley, Fellaini; Mata, Welbeck, Rooney Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 25, 2014 TEAM NEWS: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Clichy, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Nasri, Silva, Navas, Dzeko #MCFC Manchester City FC (@MCFC) March 25, 2014 Under-fire midfielder Tom Cleverley is the surprise [.

Glen Johnson’s a keeper, says Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

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PHOTO: Glen Johnson to Luis Suarez and it's 1-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium #poetryinmotion pic.twitter.com/D9fICtXq9P Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 22, 2014 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is keen to keep Glen Johnson with the Reds beyond the end of his current contract. Dubbing him one of the best full-backs in the [.

Sir Bobby Charlton: ‘Man Utd are sticking with David Moyes for six years’

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Sir Bobby Charlton says Manchester United will "absolutely" be sticking with David Moyes as their manager for the next six years. The United legend and current director says the club are on the up after recent wins over Olympiacos and West Ham games he thinks they would have lost until two weeks ago.

Photos: Vlad Chiriches and Michael Dawson return to Spurs training

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Training today: Good news as Vlad Chiriches is back in full training, here he's up against Daniel Akindayini. #COYS pic.twitter.com/I8bDsGy1Jg Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 25, 2014 Tottenham defenders Vlad Chichiches and Michael Dawson both returned to training today. It was only his first day back and Dawson was already getting done for pace!

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: ‘I hope Liverpool’s Luis Suarez gets ill tonight’

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is wishing illness on Liverpool striker Luis Suarez ahead of tomorrow's meeting between the two sides. Given Suarez's outstanding form this season, the Black Cats boss is hoping that he won't be able to take to field against his relegation-threatened team. Poyet is hoping his Uruguayan compatriot is in for a [.

Manchester United ‘provisionally sign two players’ for next season

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Manchester United's summer transfer activity is already in full swing with the champions having already signed two new players, according to reports. Provisional deals are in place to bring in the first two of several new arrivals, claims The Guardian. The report doesn't name the players involved, but the suggestions tally with earlier claims that [.

Lookalikes: Man Utd vs Man City, The Muppets style

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Made me laugh this #DerbyDay pic.twitter.com/2a3m676aek Wardy (@Wardy_80) March 25, 2014

Inter owner discusses deals for Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna, Man City’s Edin Dzeko and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres

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Inter Milan owner Erick Thohir has admitted that the club "like" Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna and hinted that he will join them on a free transfer this summer. The Italian giants have already signed Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic and appear to be at the front of the queue to sign Sagna, who is out [.

Kim Kallstrom: ‘Arsenal deal was shitty timing’

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Arsenal midfielder Kim Kallstrom has bemoaned the "shitty timing" of his move to the club. He describes the Gunners as the biggest club he has played for overlooking the fact that he hasn't actually played for them since joining in January and expressed his frustration at being injured when the chance arose to [.

Gary Neville confirms he wants to manage Manchester United

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"@iamcallum: @GNev2 Would you ever want to manage Man U or England?" Yes Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 24, 2014 Watch out, David Moyes. Manchester United legend Gary Neville has confirmed that he wants to manage the club one day. As if having one manager elect working on his staff, in the shape of Ryan Giggs, [.

David Moyes disciplines Chris Smalling over 3am Man Utd chants

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has disciplined defender Chris Smalling after he was photographed outside a nightclub at 3am on Sunday morning. The England international, aged 24, was allegedly chanting "We're Man United we'll do what we want" while dancing a jig in the Spinningfields area of Manchester.

Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs linked with Rubin Kazan’s Yann M’Vila

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Premier League quartet Everton, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are reportedly preparing moves for France international Yann M'Vila. The former Rennes star has been told he can leave Russian side Rubin Kazaan after falling out of favour under new boss Rinat Bilyaletdinov. With 21-year-old Paul Mogilevets now preferred in midfield, M'Vila long linked with a [.

Video: Hull boss Steve Bruce reaction to Wayne Rooney’s wonder goal for Man Utd vs When Harry Met Sally

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Hull boss Steve Bruce got a bit overexcited during his press conference on Saturday after catching sight of footage of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's goal from the halfway line against West Ham. Here's his reaction reworked with the famous scene from When Harry Met Sally.

Tottenham plot summer bid for Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku is one of Tottenham's top transfer targets for this summer, according to reports. Spurs are expected to bid for the 20-year-old, who is currently on loan at Everton, at the end of the season. The Daily Telegraph reports that chairman Daniel Levy made a cheeky exchange offer to swap Lukaku for [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: ‘We’re nowhere near where I want to be’

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hinted that there is a lot more to come from his side. The Reds have won plaudits this season for their exciting brand of football and sustained title challenge, which has left them still in the running with eight games to go. But Rodgers says that the club are currently [.

Arsenal target Kiko Casilla commits to Espanyol

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Goalkeeper Kiko Casilla, a target for Arsenal over the last 12 months, says he will stay at Espanyol next season. The 27-year-old was linked with the Gunners last summer before they agreed the loan signing of Emiliano Viviano. With Viviano set to return to Palermo and Lukasz Fabianski out of contract this summer, Arsene Wenger [.

Preview: Liverpool vs Sunderland

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"We're really looking forward to playing at Anfield now on Wednesday night," Brendan Rodgers told Liverpool's official website, confirming what everyone already knows; Anfield is a now a fortress many teams would want to avoid if they had a choice. For Sunderland, fear is a luxury they cannot afford; they are locked in the relegation [.

Arsenal must play to their strengths, like Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool

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Whichever team wins the Premier League will do so despite a weakness of some sort. Three of the four title contenders have employed tactics to increase their chances of winning the league with the players currently at their disposal. Liverpool and Manchester City have concentrated on perfecting their offensive play to compensate for their defensive [.

Photo: Is this Tottenham’s away kit for 2014/15?

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This image, which appears to show the new Tottenham away kit, has started doing the rounds on social media.

Photo: Arsenal players in The Great Gatsby fancy dress hours after Chelsea defeat

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No wonder Arsenal's players look preoccupied against Chelsea at the weekend they were planning their fancy dress costumes, old sport. Several of the Gunners' stars dressed up in the style of The Great Gatsby to celebrate the birthday of Mesut Ozil's girlfriend Mandy Capristo. Ozil and Bacary Sagna are pictured at the party, which [.

Preview: Arsenal vs Swansea

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It's all about an immediate response for Arsenal after suffering a tennis scoreline against Chelsea. They have previously responded well this season after enduring a similar setback against Manchester City. After that, they went on a five-game winning streak. This time they have to try and do it against a Swansea side that are fighting [.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger suggests Chelsea defeat could be due to 12.45pm kick-off

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Arsenal's 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea might be down to an aversion to early kick-offs, manager Arsene Wenger has suggested. The Gunners boss has been hunting around for possible explanations and can only conclude that his sleepy players hate the 12.45pm kick-off time. Wenger sees that as the common link between the Blues defeat and the [.

Real Madrid to offer Fabio Coentrao to Man Utd this summer

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Manchester United will be offered the chance to sign Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao this summer, according to reports. David Moyes attempting to bring the Portugal international in on loan last August, but the last-ditch deal fell through. While in-demand Southampton full-back Luke Shaw is United's first-choice summer target, Coentrao, aged 26, is a viable [.

Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta apologises for Chelsea defeat

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Mikel Arteta has said sorry to Arsenal fans for the "embarrassing" 6-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend. The Spaniard vowed that he and his team-mates would strive to make amends for the thrashing. He told the club's official website: "It's not good enough with the way we started the game. "If you give the ball [.

Video: Man Utd boss David Moyes targets better big game performance vs Man City

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Manchester United manager David Moyes says his side are aiming for victory in tomorrow's derby game against Manchester City. Moyes also wants to see a better performance from his players than they have shown in their other big games this season, most recently Liverpool's visit to Old Trafford. He told his press conference: "We'll do [.

Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain both avoid suspensions over incorrect red card

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More to follow.

Bebe wants Man Utd return after latest wonder goal

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Manchester United flop Bebe says he is hoping to return to Old Trafford but he is yet to hear from anyone at the club about a potential comeback. The £7m signing has been in decent form on loan at Portuugese side Pacos De Ferreira this season, with the most recent evidence being the stunning [...]

Ref Andre Marriner given Newcastle vs Southampton after Chelsea vs Arsenal red card gaffe

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Referee Andre Marriner has avoided being dropped from the Premier League despite sending off the wrong player last weekend. He was expected to be relieved of his top flight duties for a few weeks as a slap on the wrist for incorrectly showing Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs rather than Alex Oxlade Chamberlain a red card during [.

Preview: Manchester United vs Manchester City

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A ravenous Manchester City are looking to plunder their bitter rivals in their own backyard, while the hosts need a big derby win to give their patient fans something to shout about. Manchester United will welcome back Rio Ferdinand at the heart of their defence where he is likely topartner Phil Jones.

Photo: Liverpool training ahead of Sunderland clash

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PHOTO: @luis16suarez and @glen_johnson in training at Melwood today #LFC pic.twitter.com/3PfX8lpwfh Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 24, 2014 PHOTO: Steven Gerrard limbers up for the visit of Sunderland on Wednesday #LFC pic.twitter.com/hYfx0lJ2fC Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 24, 2014 PHOTO: Stevie G and Jordan Henderson share a joke at Melwood earlier today #LFC pic.

Video: Chelsea fans singing ‘Specialist In Failure’ to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

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Chelsea fans latched onto their manager's pre-match insults towards Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during their 6-0 rout at the weekend. They taunted Wenger with the "specialist in failure" line Jose Mourinho had used against him during a recent press conference. You can see fan footage of the chants in full swing in the video above.

Laurent Koscielny out of Arsenal vs Swansea clash, could be injured for longer

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Laurent Koscielny will miss Arsenal's game against Swansea tomorrow evening, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The France international is undergoing a scan on a calf injury today and could be out of action for even longer. Giving his team news ahead of the Swans clash, Wenger told the club's official website: "We have lost Laurent [.

Top five El Clasico conclusions: Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona

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1. Messi won this battle vs Ronaldo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been breaking records that have stood for decades; they are undoubtedly the best players the world of football have seen in a long time. So when their clubs meet, it is not surprising that their performances are treated as a duel even [.

Photos: Arsenal train ahead of Swansea game as they aim to bounceback from Chelsea

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Post by Arsenal. Post by Arsenal. Post by Arsenal.

Liverpool to challenge Chelsea and Man Utd for Southampton’s Luke Shaw

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Liverpool are the latest side to join the race for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, according to reports. With Champions League qualification now looking assured, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is setting his sights high ahead of his summer transfer spending. That includes challenging the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City for the signing of [.

Photo: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere wearing just pants, gloves, a hat and surgical mask

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12 minutes of Chryotherapy to aid recovery!! -100 Degrees...wish me luck!!! #Brrrrrrr pic.twitter.com/B7eJkfRxxv Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) March 24, 2014 Jack Wilshere is feeling cool, even if he isn't looking it. The injured Arsenal midfielder has been undergoing cryotherapy treatment this afternoon as he aims to return to action as soon as possible.

Reported Man Utd target Dante signs new Bayern Munich contract

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Bayern Munich centre-back Dante has ended speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United by signing a new contract with the European champions. The Brazil international talked up a move to Old Trafford in radio interviews during the January transfer window. But, as some pundits predicted at the time, it appears the 30-year-old was [.

Man Utd’s Juan Mata to ask Ryan Giggs for tips on beating Bayern Munich

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Juan Mata has joked that he will be asking Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs for tips on beating Bayern Munich ahead of the Champions League quarter-final meeting between the two sides. Writing in his weekly blog, the Spaniard alluded to United's famous 1999 Champions League final victory over the Bavarian giants as a source of [.

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

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1. It was a record-breaking weekend in the Premier League, with more goals than we've ever seen before in a single weekend. God bless you, inept defenders. 2. If you'd asked Arsene Wenger to describe his worst possible 1,000th game celebration, it would have looked very much like the 6-0 defeat to 3.

Ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou reveals he turned down Arsenal in January

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Former Chelsea forward Salomon Kalou has revealed he rejected the chance to join Arsenal during January. The Lille man was repeatedly linked with the Gunners ahead of the last transfer window and he has now confirmed that an approach was made. But the Ivory Coast international turned down an offer to join Arsene Wenger's side [.

Tactical Review: Real Madrid 3-4 Barcelona

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Take away the rivalry that divides a nation for a while; you have Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, joint winners of the last six Ballon d'Ors, Neymar and Gareth Bale, over £150m of talent, add another seven FIFA best eleven finalists on the starting team sheets then you can grasp the intentions of both clubs.

Man Utd legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘couldn’t care less’ if Liverpool are title contenders

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Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn't in the mood for assessing Liverpool's assault on the Premier League title after his side's 3-6 defeat to them. After the game, the former Manchester United striker was asked whether the Reds looked like potential title winners. He replied: "I couldn't care less.

Inter Milan deny interest in Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna and Man City’s Edin Dzeko

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Inter Milan director Piero Ausilio has denied that his recent visits to England have been to tie-up deals to sign Bacary Sagna and Edin Dzeko. Reports in Italy suggested that Ausilio's regular trips to the UK had been in relation to signing the Arsenal right-back and Manchester City forward. But he has spoken out to [.

Top five conclusions: West Ham 0-2 Manchester United

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1. Rooney's goal showed the instincts of a genius What separates geniuses from everyone else is that extra ability to instantaneously imagine the unthinkable. Wayne Rooney received a looped ball from Ashley Young just after crossing the halfway line. He had no support nearby as his all team-mates were in defensive positions and Adrian, the [.

Bayern Munich will not rival Arsenal in the race for Julian Draxler

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Arsenal have been given a major boost in their hopes of signing Julian Draxler this summer after Bayern Munich announced they will not be bidding for him. The Gunners bid for the Schalke wonderkid in January, but had their offer turned down. While they are expected to launch a fresh move for him at the [.

Tottenham scouting Chelsea, Man City and Newcastle target

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Tottenham are hoping to beat a host of Premier League rivals to the signing of Red Bull Salzburg youngster Sadio Mane. The 21-year-old is a target for Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle, but Spurs boss Tim Sherwood is hoping to take the initiative. Sherwood has already sent the club's new chief scout Ian Broomfield to [.

Bayern Munich expect Arsenal and Chelsea target Mario Mandzukic to stay

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Arsenal and Chelsea target Mario Mandzukic will be a Bayern Munich player next season, the Bavarian giants' chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes. The Croatia international has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League due to the impending arrival of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski at the Allianz Arena on a free transfer.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard won’t be taking his family to the World Cup

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Steven Gerrard has revealed he won't be taking his wife and children to the World Cup in Brazil. Although England manager Roy Hodgson has given permission for partners and children to travel to the tournament, skipper Gerrard says he will be refusing the opportunity to do so. The Liverpool midfielder believes his game will benefit [.

GIF It: Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling responds to Luis Suarez’s hat-trick like a Cardiff defender

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling couldn't contain his disappointment as Luis Suarez completed his hat-trick to secure a 3-6 win at Cardiff. The youngster had been expecting a tap-in as the Uruguayan shaped to pass the ball to him. Suarez instead went alone to grab his third goal, prompting Sterling to mark the occasion by putting [.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ‘was engaged to Joan of Arc’

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A spiritual healer who claims she is the god of all aliens says she was engaged to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a previous life. Stephany Cohen, from Bromley, says she used to be Joan of Arc and had a 15th century romance with Wenger, who was the Dauphine of France in that life. Based [...]

Spurs winger Andros Townsend mocks Kevin Phillips’ pronunciation of Gylfi Sigurdsson

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Shoutout to yesterday's match winning goalscorer siluf gudjersson @Caulker4 pic.twitter.com/D3RlV8dQgI andros townsend (@andros_townsend) March 24, 2014 Tottenham's Andros Townsend has been poking fun at Sky Sports pundit Kevin Phillips this morning over his attempts to say Gylfi Sigurdsson. The veteran Leicester City striker was in the studio for Spurs' win over Southampton yesterday [.

Liverpool join Arsenal in the hunt for West Ham’s Winston Reid

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West Ham defender Winston Reid is a summer transfer target for Liverpool, according to reports. The New Zealand international has been one of the Hammers' star performers over the past couple of seasons. He has struggled for fitness this term, and it's no surprise that his lengthy injury lay-off coincided with a very difficult spell [.

Spurs will not rival Arsenal for Michy Batshuayi

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Tottenham will not battle Arsenal in the race for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi, contrary to rumours. That's according to the Belgium side's owner Roland Duchatelet. Despite reports that both north London sides are in the running for the 20-year-old starlet, Duchatelet says he has spoken to Spurs and they will not be bidding.

Top five conclusions: Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

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1. Fabio still showing moments of immaturity Fabio Da Silva showed more promise than his twin brother Rafael when they both moved to Manchester United. Now Rafael is the first choice full-back at Old Trafford and Fabio has been shipped out. He is struggling to put in disciplined performances. Fabio's problems were highlighted in this [.

William Carvalho to Manchester United ‘deal is done’

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A deal is done to make Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho the first of many summer signings for Manchester United, according to reports. The Portugal international will complete his move to Old Trafford before this summer's World Cup gets underway, claims the Sunday People. Carvalho's agent was reportedly given a tour of United's Carrington training [.

Arsenal’s Carl Jenkinson linked with Newcastle and West Ham

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Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson will spend next season on loan at a Premier League rival, according to reports. The 22-year-old is being linked with switches to Newcastle or West Ham next term. He is currently behind Bacary Sagna in the pecking order. Although the French veteran is likely to leave on a free transfer this [.

Tactical Review: Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

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999 games prior to this one took Arsene Wenger to Emgish football management's elite 1,000 club. The Frenchman needed every bit of tactical experience he has picked uo over the years just to keep up with the proceedings of this game. He probably fell short. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho had to go with a cautious [.

Tactical Review: Cardiff 3-6 Liverpool

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When the season has less than 10 games to go, every strength and weakness in a team is crystal clear. Brendan Rodgers may have Liverpool close to winning the league than they have been in years but he knows that there is very little he can do tactically to stop his team from leaking too [...]

Tactical Review: West Ham 0-2 Manchester United

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In different ways, this game presented both managers with tactical opportunities to exploit. Sam Allardyce had to try to use his direct football to its fullest extend and test Manchester United's makeshift centre-back duo of Michael Carrick and Phil Jones. For David Moyes, it was a game to see how Juan Mata can perform when [.

Video: Liverpool fans sing ‘We’re Gonna Win The League’ at Cardiff

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Any semblance of caution has been throw out now: after their 3-6 win at Cardiff yesterday, Liverpool fans believe they are destined to top the Premier League table this season. They belted out a chorus of We're Gonna Win The League during their victory over the Bluebirds.

Tactical Review: Tottenham 3-2 Southampton

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Generally, when teams visit White Hart Lane, they tend to concede a lot of ground and try to play on the counter, but not Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino. He knew that his exciting team, built around the World Cup-eyeing English quartet, just needed to raise their tempo while maintaining their quality to boss Spurs in [.

Top five conclusions: Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

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1. This was a 1000th game to forget Wenger received a gold canon at the Arsenal training ground on Friday, he was showered with a lot of complementary remarks from highly reputable players and managers and every neutral spectator would have loved this game to have been Wenger's first win over Mourinho.

Video: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere, Spurs’ Michael Dawson and Fulham’s Scott Parker on Celebrity Mastermind

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Premier League stars Jack Wilshere, Michael Dawson and Scott Parker took part in a Celebrity Mastermind sketch for Sport Relief last night. The Arsenal, Spurs and Fulham players were good sports as they played their parts in a routine that played up to the stereotype that footballers aren't necessarily the brightest sparks.

Liverpool and Chelsea battle for Barcelona starlet Seung Woo Lee

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Barcelona's South Korean youngster Seung Woo Lee is a target for Liverpool and Chelsea. Reports in the Spanish media claim that both Premier League signs are trying to get the 15-year-old to sign his first professional contract with them. The young striker is believed to be on the verge of agreeing terms at Camp Nou, [.

Antoine Griezmann: ‘I could be at Arsenal by my 24th birthday’

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Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann has admitted he might celebrate his 24th birthday as an Arsenal player. The France international turned 23 yesterday and seems likely to move clubs this summer. Arsenal have been strongly linked with an attempt to sign him, as have Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain.

Daniel Sturridge: ‘I watch my Liverpool goals on the way to games’

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed he watches videos of his goals for the club when he's travelling to games. The England international says watching his highlights reel helps to pass time on the coach journey, while also helping him to visualise the things he wants to do during the game that's about to kick-off.

Can Man Utd make the most of Robin Van Persie’s injury?

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There are two ways David Moyes can look at Robin Van Persie's knee injury and he news that it will keep him out of action for up to six weeks. One is that fate has conspired against him once again and Manchester United will be without their leading goal scorer ahead of crucial games. The [...]

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes: ‘I feel sorry for David Moyes’

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Recently retired Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says the club should not sack David Moyes. In fact, he went as far as to say he feels sorry for David Moyes' replacement. Scholes tipped United to improve under Moyes next season. He told Goal.com: "It's far too early [to sack him]. with all the injuries he's [.

Video: Man Utd club secretary John Alexander backs David Moyes’ long-term project

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Manchester United's club secretary has backed manager David Moyes to be a success at the club in the long-term. Speaking at Champions League quarter-final draw, John Alexander said that it doesn't matter that Moyes is unlikely to win a trophy in his first season at Old Trafford. He said: "Look, the club are always looking [.

Robin Van Persie out for up to six weeks, Manchester United confirm

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie will be out of action for between four and six weeks. The Dutchman is now a major doubt for the Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich after the club confirmed he has a sprained knee. Van Persie was stretchered off in the closing stages of the victory over Olympiacos [.

Man Utd fans mistakenly think Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos is mocking them

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Several Manchester United fans (with absolutely no say in the matter whatsoever) have called off Toni Kroos' proposed transfer from Bayern Munich. The Germany midfielder infuriated Red Devils fans with a Facebook post that seemed to suggest that drawing United in the Champions League was as good as a bye to the next round.

Video: Chelsea clash is ‘game of the season’, says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal manager Arsenal Wenger says his side's trip to Chelsea tomorrow is the "game of the season", such is its importance to his side. With the title race set to go down to the wire, the game could put the Gunners out of contention or ensure they are right in the mix to lift the [...]

Preview: West Ham vs Manchester United

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After a perfect February which saw West Ham, pick up four straight wins and Sam Allardyce get the manager of the month award, they have slacked off a bit. They are now just six points away from the relegation zone and are beginning to look over their shoulders again. Manchester United are looking to string [.

FA announces seven-minute kick-off delays in tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who died at Hillsborough

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The FA has announced that both FA Cup semi-finals and all Premier League, Football League and Conference matches played on the same weekend will be delayed by seven minutes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. In tribute to the 96 Liverpool fans who last their lives shortly after kick-off in their 1989 [.

Chelsea blocking PSG stars’ £1m per player bonus

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Mettre des buts Zlatanesques ! #monsuperpouvoir pic.twitter.com/PkeQJuUkMd PSG Officiel (@PSG_inside) March 20, 2014 If Chelsea had any doubts about whether Paris Saint Germain will be up for their Champions League quarter final meeting next month, this ought to clarify the situation. Reports in France suggest the the Ligue 1 champions' squad has been promised [.

Video: Chelsea’s Eden Hazard recreates his Fulham rabona

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Video: Mark Noble dubs West Ham team-mate Roger Johnson ‘The Relegator’

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Photos: Arsenal training ahead of Chelsea game

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Arsenal appear to be in good spirits as they put in their final preparations ahead of tomorrow's crunch game with Chelsea. And why wouldn't they be having beaten local rivals Spurs last weekend? Arsene Wenger oversaw the session ahead of his 1,000th game in charge of the team. Post by Arsenal. Post by Arsenal.

Preview: Manchester City vs Fulham

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The favourites to win the league hosts the favourites to be relegated. The highest scoring team in terms of goals per match meets the leakiest defence in the division. And the result looks like a foregone conclusion. Of course, football's not always that straightforward. Manchester City will come into this encounter without the suspended Vincent [.

Video: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s ‘tribute’ to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

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We brought you the quotes earlier, now here is the video of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's tribute to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger on reaching 1,000 games in charge. The Special One in fact paid tribute to the club for sticking with their manager through "quite a lot" of bad times.

Preview: Cardiff vs Liverpool

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High-flying Liverpool are on the road again after thumping bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford last weekend. Cardiff City come into this game in dire need of points as they sit 19th in the table, just a point above the bottom-placed Fulham and three points below Crystal Palace in 17th. The last time these [.

Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie out of West Ham clash, going for a second scan

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David Moyes has confirmed @Persie_Official will miss the trip to West Ham due to the knee injury he sustained on Wednesday. #mufc Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 21, 2014 Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie will miss his side's game against West Ham this weekend, manager David Moyes has confirmed.

Man Utd players and staff respond to Bayern Munich draw

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Great draw in the CL vs Bayern....can't wait! 2 great clubs steeped in great history going at it again! Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) March 21, 2014 Manchester United's players and staff have started to respond to the news that they will face holders Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final. Coach Phil Neville described it [.

Liverpool have the best home fans, Man Utd have the best away fans, say Premier League managers

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Manchester United have the best away fans in the Premier League, but Liverpool supporters generate the best atmosphere at home, according to a survey of Premier League managers. The anonymous poll of top-flight gaffers found that United fans were considered to be most vocal when visiting their grounds.

Mario Mandzukic’s agent flies to London ‘for Arsenal and Chelsea talks’

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Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic's agent has jetted into London to hold talks with Arsenal and Chelsea, according to reports. The Croatia international is likely to be surplus to requirements at the European champions when Robert Lewandowski arrives from Borussia Dortmund, and it seems that progress is already being made in attempts to clarify his [.

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus confirms Liverpool want Rodrigo

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Liverpool are in the hunt for Benfica forward Rodrigo, Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has confirmed. The Reds have been linked with the 23-year-old in recent days, and Jesus says that Brendan Rodgers' side are indeed trying to sign the former Real Madrid youngster. Asked about Liverpool's supposed interest in Rodrigo, he said: "It's normal.

Liverpool set to offer new contract to ‘Red Cafu’ Jon Flanagan

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Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan will be rewarded for his progress this season with a new contract, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed. After previously flirting with the first-team under Kenny Dalglish, the 21-year-old has now established himself as a key part of Rodgers' team. He enters the final year of his current deal this summer, but [.

Graphic: Estimated contract lengths of Arsenal players

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With the undisclosed transfer fee now par for the course, many clubs now go out of their way to keep the contract lengths of their players under wraps. Arsenal are one such club. The Gunners rarely if ever tell supporters or the media how long a player has signed for. And given that the north [...]

Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal

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It may be a landmark game for the visiting manager, but Jose Mourinho has no games to waste on pleasantries, especially after the Blues dropped three points at Villa Park last weekend. This is a six-pointer in the title run-in, so both teams need to win. Chelsea come into this game with a four-point lead [.

Arsenal’s Spurs matchwinner Tomas Rosicky doubtful for Chelsea clash

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Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky is a doubt for tomorrow's clash with Chelsea, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed. The Czech veteran scored the winning goal in last weekend's north London derby win at White Hart Lane, but he might be forced to miss the Gunners' trip to their west London rivals. Rosicky, aged 33, will undergo [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho damns Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger with faint praise

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Jose Mourinho has become a rather unwilling partipant in the tributes to Arsene Wenger ahead of his 1000th game as Arsenal manager. Chelsea host the Gunners tomorrow for Wenger's milestone game, and Mourinho was asked to pay his own tribute. He said: "I admire Wenger and I admire Arsenal, a club that stands by their [.

Photo: Arsenal present Arsene Wenger with a gold cannon

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#afc chairman Sir Chips Keswick presents Arsene Wenger with a gold cannon to mark his 1,000th game in charge. pic.twitter.com/j8d9FavhMR James Olley (@JamesOlley) March 21, 2014 Arsenal have presented manager Arsene Wenger with a gold cannon to mark his 1000th game in charge. Chairman Sir Chips Keswick made the presentation to Wenger at the [.

Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Cardiff trip

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Liverpool have been preparing for tomorrow's trip to Cardiff. Manager Brendan Rodgers led the session as the Reds aim to build on last weekend's win over Manchester United and continue to push for the title.

Video: Spurs’ Tim Sherwood pleased to see Benfica coach Jorge Jesus sweating

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood said it was good to see Benfica counterpart Jorge Jesus sweating as the north Londoners nearly pulled off a surprise comeback in the Europa League. The two bosses rowed on the touchline during Benfica's 1-3 win at White Hart Lane in the first leg, so Sherwood delighted in seeing Jesus squirm [.

Top seven conclusions: Champions League quarter-final draw

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1. Arjen Robben vs Alex Buttner could be a sight to behold. 2. It might be a bit like telling Paul McCartney that give a rendition of Hey Jude if he wants, but David Moyes is entitled to bemoan Manchester United's bad luck at this stage. 3. By contrast, Pep Guardiola could not get any [...]

Photo: Tottenham’s Tim Sherwood managing in the smoking area

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Tim Sherwood is learning all the time in his job as Tottenham manager. Today's lesson is on managing from the stands: fewer gilets, more passive smoking.

Man Utd boss David Moyes ‘wants Southampton’s Dejan Lovren’

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Manchester United have targeted Dejan Loven as a player who could slot into their new look defence next season, according to reports. Captain Nemanja Vidic is leaving in the summer with fellow centre-back Rio Ferdinand also set to depart. Manager David Moyes has highlighted Southampton defender Dejan Lovren as a possible replacements, claims the Daily [.

Mesut Ozil: ‘I want at least one trophy from my first season with Arsenal’

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Video and GIF: Man Utd target Ezequiel Garay makes it Benfica 1-0 Tottenham

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Video: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski gunning for Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea home record

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Lukas Podolski is hoping Arsenal will break Jose Mourinho's unbeaten home record as Chelsea manager to keep their title challenge on track. The Special One has never lost a Premier League game at Stamford Bridge, but Poldi is hoping to change that. Poldi thinks he knows the secret to succeeding where other teams have failed: [.

Photo: Ex-Chelsea and Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas is unveiled at Zenit St Petersburg

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Andre Villas Boas has been unveiled in his new role as Zenit St Petersburg manager. The former Chelsea and Spurs boss said he hopes to take inspiration from Peter the Great. He said: "Peter the Great built this city. I want to build a football team at Zenit which is as great as the city's [...]

Photo: Chelsea’s Oscar poses with One Direction singer Niall Horan

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Chelsea have bizarrely given One Direction singer Niall Horan permission to train at the club as he undergoes rehabilitation for a leg injury. The boyband member has been granted full use of the Blues' Cobham training complex and he's evening been given his own personalised training kit. Blues star Oscar was playing the part [.

Spurs team vs Benfica: Sandro and Fryers at centre-back, Lennon is captain, Eriksen on the bench

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Team v Benfica Friedel; Naughton, Fryers, Sandro, Rose; Lennon, Bentaleb, Chadli, Sigurdsson, Townsend; Soldado. #COYS Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 20, 2014 Tottenham have named their starting line-up for this evening's Europa League clash at Benfica. Tim Sherwood's makeshift defence includes Zeki Fryers and Sandro at centre-back.

Ray Parlour: ‘Liverpool’s Kolo Toure two-footed Arsene Wenger during his Arsenal trial’

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Kolo Toure managed to take out Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp AND manager Arsene Wenger with two-footed tackles during his trial at Arsenal, according to former Gunners star Ray Parlour. The former England international says Toure, now at Liverpool, was a little over-enthusiastic when he first arrived at Arsenal.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez: hero, villain and now superhero

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Too often in football, clubs do not get what they paid for when they sign players. If they're lucky, they get more than they ever bargained for. When Kenny Dalglish was at Liverpool, he felt that the record-breaking departure of Fernando Torres should be followed by a capture of a physical target striker who could [.

Photo: Grim Reaper spotted telling Man Utd boss David Moyes, ‘I’m coming for you’

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This guy came to United dressed as the Grim Reaper and kept shouting at Moyes 'I'm coming for you'. pic.twitter.com/FYcOklohYJ Will Rooney (@wrooney97) March 19, 2014 When Manchester United boss David Moyes is used to death stares focusing upon him from the upper tiers of Old Trafford. It's just that they usually come from [.

Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin talks up Arsenal move

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Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin has suggested that a move to Arsenal could be on the cards. The 24-year-old has been linked with the Gunners for some time and is now freely admitting that he is open to the idea of a switch to the Emirates. He told the French media: "It is my dream to [...]

Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel explains why he spends so much time on Luis Suarez’s shoulders

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Martin Skrtel has been explaining why he always seems to end up on the shoulders of team-mate Luis Suarez during important Liverpool wins. The big centre-back was pictured riding on Suarez during the Merseyside derby win over Everton in January. And he assumed a similar position during the 0-3 victory at Manchester United last weekend, [.

Chelsea to offer Eden Hazard new £200,000-a-week deal

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Eden Hazard is in line for a bumper new contract as Chelsea aim to thwart the advances of Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain. The Belgium international has been one of the Premier League's star performers this season and the Blues are keen to head off interest from his big-spending suitors. Although he still has [.

Video: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce reveals Man Utd counterpart David Moyes was sent-off when he tried to scout him

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed he was once sent on a scouting mission to watch Manchester United manager David Moyes only for the then Dunfermline defender to get sent-off after 38 minutes. Despite seeing him in action for less than a half of football, Allardyce told Preston manager John Beck who [.

Tactical Review: Manchester United 3-0 Olympiacos

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The shape of this game was very much in Olympiacos manager Michel's hands. He had choices to make and, regardless of the result, he made the right ones. For Manchester United boss David Moyes, the time for pulling clever tactics was gone; it was lost in the first-leg defeat. The Manchester United manager came into [.

Video: Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood reveals he has no centre-backs to face Benfica

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Spurs are set to go into tonight's Europa League clash with Benfica fielding a makeshift centre-back pairing of Sandro and Zeki Fryers. Manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed that he has no central defenders available for the game. Jan Vertonghen is suspended, while Vlad Chiriches, Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul are all injured.

David Moyes: ‘Man Utd are capable of winning the Champions League’

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Manchester United are capable of winning the Champions League this season, according to manager David Moyes. Speaking after overcoming Greek side Olympiacos 3-2 on aggregate in the last-16, Moyes said he couldn't see any reason why United couldn't go all the way. But the Scot admits that his side will probably go into their quarter-final [.

Photos: Spurs training at Benfica

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Benfica behind-the-scenes: Lads train at the Estadio da Luz. #COYS pic.twitter.com/c3hmI3TPZT Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 19, 2014 Spurs' depleted squad have been training at Benfica's Estadio da Luz ahead of tomorrow's Europa League clash. In the absence of any centre-backs, Tim Sherwood appears to be working on a 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1 formation.

Top five conclusions: Manchester United 3-0 Olympiacos

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1. Ryan Giggs proves what is missing at Manchester United Giggs may not have the blistering pace he had 15 years ago, but he certainly proved how much Manchester United need a quality ball player. Marouane Fellaini and Tom Cleverley are not comfortable enough with the ball and cannot make the long, accurate diagonal passes [.

Luis Muriel linked with Liverpool move

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Liverpool are set to move for Udinese forward Luis Muriel this summer, according to reports. The Reds are being linked with a £17m bid for the Colombia international. The 22-year-old has allegedly told his current side that he wants to move to the Premier League this summer and Anfield is currently looking like his most [.

Arsenal linked with £7m bid for Gunners fan Serge Aurier

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Arsenal are reportedly lining up a £7m for boyhood Gooner Serge Aurier. Arsene Wenger is continuing to weigh-up potential replacements for right-back Bacary Sagna, whose contract expires this summer. The Toulouse defender is the latest player to be linked with a move to the Emirates. The Gunners have been watching the 21-year-old for some time [.

Chelsea linked with £5m move for Southampton’s Sam Gallagher

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Southampton striker Sam Gallagher is a transfer target for Chelsea, according to reports. The 18-year-old looks likely to be the next youngster to graduate into the south coast club's first team. He scored his first Premier League goal against Norwich at the weekend and the Blues are already working on a deal to take him [.

Video: Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher asks Gary Neville why Ryan Giggs hasn’t been playing for Man Utd

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After Ryan Giggs' excellent performance for Manchester United last night, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was keen for colleague Gary Neville to tell him why the veteran had been sidelined for the past three months. When Neville attempted to suggest that was a matter for United boss David Moyes, Carragher suggested that younger brother Phil, [.

Can Manchester United copy Chelsea to go all the way in the Champions League?

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Manchester United manager David Moyes certainly believes so. After the 3-2 aggregate win over Olympiacos last night he said he believes his team are capable of winning the competition. It's safe to say he's getting ahead of himself a bit. In theory, Manchester United need to only defeat three opponents to win the trophy again, [.

Video: Everton boss Roberto Martinez denies Seamus Coleman is in Man Utd talks

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has rejected suggestions that his side are in advanced talks with Manchester United over the sale of Seamus Coleman. Earlier this week, Martinez suggested that a new contract was in the offing for the right-back as the Toffees sought to head off interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Nacer Chadli says Spurs are trying to keep their heads above water after Arsenal defeat

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Video and GIF: Robin Van Persie hat-trick makes it Man Utd 3-0 Olympiacos

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This Robin Van Persie free-kick has put Manchester United 3-2 up on aggregate in their Champions League last-16 tie against Olympiacos and given the Dutchman his hat-trick. It was a bit of a soft one, with the keeper getting his organisation and angles all wrong, but you won't hear many United fans complaining about [.

Video and GIF: Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie makes it 2-0 to level the tie with Olympiacos

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Robin Van Persie has scored his second goal of the night on the stroke of half-time to level Manchester United's Champions League last-16 tie with Olympiacos.

Video and GIF: Robin Van Persie puts Man Utd 1-0 up against Olympiacos from the penalty spot

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After conceding three penalties at the weekend, Manchester United have finally won one of their own. Robin Van Persie made no mistake from the spot, opting for power to make it 1-0 on the night and 1-2 on aggregate against Olympiacos.

GIF It: The moment Ryan Giggs forgot he’s aged 40 (Man Utd vs Olympiacos)

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With all the excitement of tonight's crunch match between Manchester United and Olympiacos, an overexcited Ryan Giggs thought he was a 25-year-old winger. The 40-year-old decided that Giggs was indeed going to tear them apart again. But the old box of tricks and acceleration isn't quite what it once was.

Photo: Man Utd winger Antonio Valencia sports a nasty swollen eye

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Rio Ferdinand and Phil Jones rumoured to be starting at centre-back for Man Utd vs Olympiacos

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Manchester United manager David Moyes will name Rio Ferdinand and Phil Jones in central defence against Olympiacos this evening, according to reports. The Daily Mirror claims that former England captain Ferdinand will be recalled to the starting line-up, despite a shaky performance in the first-leg and criticism of Moyes appearing on his website this week.

Photo: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski feeds a leopard

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If Arsenal contracts forbid unapproved trips to Copenhagen, we can only assume they also preclude having your hands this close to a leopard. Gunners star Lukas Podolski has been enjoying feline feeding time, passing some meat to his spotty mate. He said: "This new friend of mine is full of power."

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho charged by FA over Aston Villa dismissal

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct after being sent to the stands in the final minute of his side's defeat at Aston Villa last week. The Blues boss' charge relates to him coming onto the pitch and attempting to talk to referee Chris Foy following the sending off of Ramires.

Video: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain impersonates Arsenal team-mate Carl Jenkinson chatting up girls

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Man Utd coach nicknamed “F**k off, (name)”

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A member of Manchester United's coaching staff has reportedly been given the nickname "F**k off, (name)" because that is usually the response of any player he attempts to coach. The staff member's pearls of wisdom are habitually greeted by expletives behind his back, claims The Guardian. However, the nickname is unbeknownst to the coach in [.

Photos: Spurs travel to Benfica

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Spurs have travelled to Portugal for tomorrow's Europa League clash with Benfica. Unlike you and I, Gylfi Sigurdsson starts his journey by donning a blazer and eating a bowl of cereal while standing up in a fancy airport lounge. Just like you and I, Aaron Lennon and the rest of the squad have to hang [.

After Chelsea and Spurs, Andre Villas Boas is playing Russian roulette with his career at Zenit

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When a star player underperforms, clubs are quick protect them because they are usually too expensive to replace. That's not the case with talented managers. A manager is judged not by how much he knows about tactics or how vivid his project is but by the results. Andre Villas Boas is clearly a talented young [.

Man City’s Fernandinho worried he won’t be able to walk down the street if he loses to Man Utd

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho fears he won't be able to walk down the street if they lose next week's Manchester derby. The Brazilian star is hoping to pile the pressure on rivals Manchester United with victory next Tuesday evening then collect hugs from City fans. He fears that he will be housebound if United [.

Why Man Utd’s Shinji Kagawa has floundered while Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has flourished

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In the summer of 2012, the Premier League was graced by the arrival two playmakers with glowing CVs. One of them, Eden Hazard has developed into a Chelsea's talisman and is in the running for player of the season award. The other, Shinji Kagawa, has had a more complicated journey in English football.

Ex-Fulham and Spurs star Clint Dempsey gets two-game ban for testicle slapping

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Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey has been handed a two-match ban for slapping the testicles of an opponent. The former Fulham and Spurs man performed the blatant 'handball' on Toronto's Mark Bloom at the weekend. The incident was missed by match officials at the time, so Dempsey has now been punished retrospectively.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is ‘more tactical’ than Man Utd manager David Moyes, says Ross Barkley

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Everton youngster Ross Barkley has inadvertently piled extra pressure on Manchester United boss David Moyes. With Moyes' tactical nous under increasing scrutiny given his failure to adapt his plans during the 0-3 defeat to Liverpool at the weekend, Barkley has claimed that current Toffees manager Roberto Martinez is "more tactical" than his predecessor.

Rio Ferdinand’s #5 magazine deletes article criticising Man Utd boss David Moyes

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Rio Ferdinand's #5 magazine has been forced to delete an embarrassing article criticising his Manchester United manager David Moyes. The article was published with the title: "Time is running out for Moyes." The title was then changed to: "There's no let up due for Moyes." Now the article has been deleted from the website completely.

David Gill: ‘Paul Pogba was offered a very good deal to stay at Man Utd’

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Paul Pogba was offered "a very good wage" to stay at Manchester United before running down his contract and joining Italian giants Juventus. That's according to former chief executive David Gill. France international Pogba is considered to be the one that got away by many United fans as he continues to establish himself as one [.

Video: Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs in the gym

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Video: Tottenham’s record signing Erik Lamela back in training

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Spurs winger Erik Lamela is working hard in training to win a place in Argentina's World Cup squad. The former Roma man, a £30m buy last summer, has struggled for form and fitness since moving to White Hart Lane. Now back in training after an injury layoff, he is working hard to recover his [...]

Top five conclusions: Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray

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1. Didier Drogba truly belongs to Chelsea The reception Drogba got from the Chelsea was incredible. The fans branded him a king, the players all hugged him and he was equally emotional. The Ivorian striker was the last player to leave the pitch after thanking both sets of fans for their touching support.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Roberto Mancini’s tactics thwarted Didier Drogba

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho couldn't resist continuing the Didier Drogba love-in and giving Roberto Mancini one last kicking following his side's win in last night's Champions League clash. The Blues boss suggested that his Galatasaray counterpart's tactics had left Drogba isolated an unable to have his usual impact on the game.

Video: David Moyes says Man Utd will stick with him long-term

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has denied that his job is under threat and says the club focuses on a long-term vision. The under-fire boss says his six-year contract indicates that United will give him time to get things right. Speaking ahead of the crucial Champions League last-16 second leg against Olympiacos, he said: "The [.

Everton plan new Seamus Coleman contract to thwart Arsenal, Man Utd and Man City interest

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Everton are reportedly planning to offer right-back Seamus Coleman a new contract in a bid to block attempts to sign him. Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City are all said to be interested in the Republic of Ireland international who has found another gear under Roberto Martinez this season.

Tactical Review: Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray

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When Roberto Mancini and Jose Mourinho clash, it is same old same old. Mourinho almost always finds a way to get ahead of his Italian rival. In the first leg, Mourinho clearly won the tactical battle of the first half by ensuring midfield dominance and Mancini tweaked his team to even things up. In this [.

David Moyes’ startling consistent record at Everton and Man Utd

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Say what you like about Manchester United manager David Moyes, but you can't accuse him of being inconsistent.

Photos: David Moyes taking part in Manchester United training

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Preview: Manchester United vs Olympiacos

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For Olympiakos, the job is simple: they overachieved in the first leg and now they come into the game with pressure at absolute zero. For Manchester United their task couldn't contrast more with the visitors; they lost badly in Greece, they were humiliated at home by their bitter rivals last weekend and for the whole [.

Video: Gary Cahill makes it Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray

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Gary Cahill has thumped the ball in from close range to put Chelsea 2-0 up against Galatasaray. The centre-back picked up the scraps after a John Terry free header from a corner.

Video: Wayne Rooney nutmegs Man Utd manager David Moyes

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There's just no let up for Manchester United manager David Moyes. Today's disaster was being nutmegged by Wayne Rooney during a training session this morning. Granted, it's probably preferable to another hammering by Liverpool, but embarrassing nonetheless. Moyes charges after his star striker in mock anger after falling victim to the 'megs.

Video: Didier Drogba free-kick vs Chelsea hits his own banner

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Chelsea's distraction tactics worked a dream on Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba this evening, as exemplified by this free-kick. Faced with a free-kick in a dangerous position, Drogba forgot to aim for the goal and instead picked out a large 'Drogba Legend' banner in the upper tier of Stamford Bridge.

Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Gedion Zelalem sign new Arsenal contracts

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Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Gedion Zelalem have all signed new deals as Arsenal continued their recent spate of contract extensions. The Gunners confirmed that first-team regulars Ramsey and Cazorla had both agreed new contracts, while youngster Zelalem has agreed his first professional deal at the Emirates.

Photo: Galatasaray fans boast to Chelsea that they have Didier Drogba

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Here's what you can do if you have a printer, a few sheets of A4 and Didier Drogba in your side. Galatasaray fans have been boasting to opponents Chelsea that the Blues is lining up in their team.

Video and GIF It: Samuel Eto’o gives Chelsea the lead against Galatasaray inside 4mins

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Samuel Eto'o has given Chelsea the perfect start against Galatasaray with this early goal in their Champions League last-16 second leg.

Arsenal line-up Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek as Bacary Sagna’s replacement

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Arsenal are planning to sign Borussia Dortmund right-back Lukasz Piszczek if Bacary Sagna leaves on a free transfer at the end of the season. The Gunners will launch a £7m bid for the Poland international if they are unable to agree a new deal with Sagna, according to the Metro newspaper. Piszczek, aged 28, has [.

Video: Galatasaray fan feeds a Chelsea shirt to a lion

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One Galatasaray fan has risked losing his fingers in the name of a piece of anti-Chelsea propaganda ahead of tonight's Champions League meeting between the two sides. The daring/stupid Turkish supporter fed a Chelsea replica shirt to a lion through a cage. Galatasaray are nicknamed ‘Aslans', which is the Turkish word for lions, so that [.

Top 10 candidates to be the new Manchester United manager if David Moyes is sacked

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"I have a six-year contract. This club does not work on short-term vision, it works on a long-term vision," said David Moyes at his press conference today. But with Manchester United struggling and the rumours that he could be shown the door are growing, we take a look at possible replacements for the Scottish manager.

Shinji Kagawa will be involved for Man Utd vs Olympiacos

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Shinji Kagawa will be involved in Manchester United's Champions League last-16 second leg against Olympiacos tomorrow evening, manager David Moyes has confirmed. The Japan international's lack of involvement this season has baffled many United fans, but Moyes indicated that the 24-year-old will get his chance tomorrow.

Video: Well-built Liverpool legend John Barnes breaks a trampoline

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Liverpool legend John Barnes revealed that he had reservations about putting a small trampoline under his considerable frame during a Soccer AM feature. It turns out those reservations were very well founded. The former England international broke his trampoline while jumping on it dressed as a miner.

3 success stories of David Moyes’ time at Manchester United

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The failures of David Moyes' time as Manchester United manager spring to mind easily: a disastrous transfer window culminating in supposedly fake United representatives working on a failed attempt to sign Ander Herrera and spending £4m over Marouane Fellaini's release clause; failing to work out how to fulfil the potential of club record signing Juan [.

Video and Photo: Chelsea keeper Petr Cech prepares for Galatasaray with bizarre tennis ball drill

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Chelsea keeper Petr Cech is prepared for whatever Galatasaray have to throw at him this evening even if it happens to be tennis balls. The Blues star took part in this strange training drill to keep him sharp ahead of tonight's Champions League last-16 second leg. Cech had to save footballs and tennis balls [.

Preview: Chelsea vs Galatasaray

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"First of all I was happy to play against my ex-club, against my friends. But at the same time it is a very special moment because I do not know what my reaction will be...You know that I spent eight years at Chelsea, so I really don't know. I am quite apprehensive about it." That [...]

Jose Mourinho certain Didier Drogba will return to Chelsea

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is convinced Didier Drogba will return to the club one day. The Ivory Coast international will make a fleeting visit to Stamford Bridge this evening when his Galatasaray side face the Blues in the Champions League last-16 second leg, but Mourinho thinks it is only a matter of time before he [.

Former Spurs and Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas appointed as Zenit St Petersburg boss

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Zenit has agreed terms on a contract with new head coach André Villas-Boas: http://t.co/DL75K7q5Mp FC Zenit in English (@fczenit_en) March 18, 2014 Andre Villas-Boas has been confirmed as the new manager of Zenit St Petersburg. The ex-Tottenham and Chelsea manager has signed a two-year contract with the Russian side.

Liverpool and Man City target opts for Luis Suarez career path

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Liverpool and Manchester City have both missed out on Dutch youngster Richairo Zivkovic after he decided to follow Luis Suarez's career path. The FC Groningen starlet, aged 17, was wanted by both Premier League sides but has instead decided to join Ajax at the end of the season. That mirrors the route taken by Reds [.

Liverpool linked with Benfica’s former Bolton loanee Rodrigo

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Liverpool are weighing up a £25m bid for former Bolton loan signing Rodrigo, according to reports. The Reds are ready to splash the cash to bring the Benfica to forward to Anfield, according to the Daily Mirror. The 23-year-old has found another gear this season and already has 10 goals this season.

Photo: Man Utd training ahead of Olympiacos game

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The Reds are currently out on the training pitch ahead of tomorrow's @ChampionsLeague match against Olympiacos. pic.twitter.com/FSx6JpFQag Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 18, 2014 Manchester United's players are aiming to work through Sunday's humiliating home defeat to Liverpool as they prepare to face Olympiacos tomorrow.

Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi talks up Arsenal move

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Arsenal target Michy Batshuayi has suggested that he would be keen to join the Gunners this summer. The Standard Liege youngster, aged 20, has been linked with Arsene Wenger's side for several months and has now revealed he is likely to change clubs this summer. He also talked up Arsenal's style of play and said [.

Wojciech Szczesny reveals Arsenal’s equipment manager helped him with Spurs selfie

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Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has revealed that the club's equipment manager Paul Johnson was tasked with bringing his phone onto the pitch to take the selfie after Sunday's win over Tottenham. The Polish keeper had obviously pre-planned the stunt, going as far as to make arrangements to have his iPhone delivered to him at the [.

Liverpool target Xherdan Shaqiri open to quitting Bayern Munich for Premier League

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Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri has said he would consider quitting the club to move to the Premier League this summer. Liverpool have been linked with interest in the Switzerland international, with Borussia Monchengladbach, Juventus and Napoli also chasing him. The 22-year-old has struggled for regular games under Bayern coach Pep Guardiola and it seems [.

Juan Mata paraphrases You’ll Never Walk Alone to give Man Utd fans hope after Liverpool defeat

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One Hour Behind: Commitment until the end http://t.co/8PGUKSY3gB / Compromiso hasta el final http://t.co/bxqhoKGgkF Juan Mata García (@juanmata8) March 17, 2014 Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata inadvertently took inspiration from Liverpool song You'll Never Walk Alone as he wrote about his side's latest humiliation.

Dnipro president urges Yevhen Konoplyanka to join Spurs, not Liverpool

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Liverpool's hopes of signing Dnipro winger Yevhen Konoplyanka have been dealt a fresh blow after the Ukrainian side's president urged the player to join Spurs instead. Both Premier League sides were linked with moves for the 24-year-old in the January window, but it was the Reds who came closest to signing him with a deadline [.

Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney laments Liverpool defeat as ‘worst day in football’ on Facebook

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Post by Wayne Rooney. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has updated his Facebook status to declare yesterday's defeat to Liverpool as one of his worst days in football. In what looks like an effort to take on some captaincy responsibilities ahead of possibly taking the armband next season, Rooney also took it upon himself to [.

Tactics of the weekend feat. Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal

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Our rundown of the tactical masterstrokes of the Premier League weekend 1. Brendan Rodgers (Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool) Brendan Rodgers probably deserves the biggest credit for the way he carefully crafted his team against Manchester United. The Reds boss is generally not afraid to make tactical changes to deal a particular opponent.

David Moyes made the Man Utd job hard for himself, now he has tough decisions to make

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Manchester United manager David Moyes needs to take another look at his squad and the way he uses certain players. A couple of players in the team do not have the ability to perform in the positions they are currently deployed. There may be hard decisions that need to be taken to reignite this squad.

Man Utd boss David Moyes ‘falls out with Ryan Giggs’, ‘angers Rio Ferdinand’ with Phil Jagielka comparisons

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Fergie already "considering" a possible return to Utd management full story in today's new RI. Buy your copy here: https://t.co/LRHH1clPwO Red Issue (@RedIssue) March 16, 2014 An insight into the current levels of disharmony at Manchester United has been given by a fanzine report claiming manager David Moyes has lost the dressing room.

Video: Hull defender James Chester tickles Man City’s Javi Garcia

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Hull's James Chester came up with a novel approach of thwarting Manchester City attacks. During Saturday's game between the two sides, Chester tickled City's Javi Garcia in an effort to boost his man-marking tactics from a set-piece. The pair shared a giggle after Garcia spun round wondering what on earth was going on.

Top five conclusions: Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool

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1. Brendan's tinker man tactics are working Brendan Rodgers played a 4-4-2 formation that had Raheem Sterling at the tip of the diamond. Virtually no one saw that coming but, having trialled it against Southampton, it worked wonder at United. The Reds boss has employed 4-5-1, 4-2-3-1, 3-5-2 and an orthodox 4-4-2 formation this season [.

Tactical Review: Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal

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The Tottenham job has probably evolved Tim Sherwood's football philosophy to some extent. He initially seemed strongly committed to playing the 4-4-2 and allowing his players to concentrate more on freely expressing themselves, but after a while he became more tactically oriented. Ironically, this experience has somewhat stopped the fluidity he got from his team [.

Tactical review: Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool

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In big games, managers tend to tinker with their starting line-ups as they tailor-make their teams to best perform against their rivals. It is a sign of appreciation to another quality side but, in this match, one team made more effective adjustments and clearly deserved to dominate the game. Manchester United boss David Moyes had [.

Photo: Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny’s selfie on the Spurs pitch

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Post by Wojciech Szczesny. We don't know if Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny had been expecting an important phonecall during yesterday's win over Tottenham, but as soon as the final whistle went he produced a mobile and proceeded to take a selfie on the White Hart Lane pitch. Team-mates Per Mertesacker (just about), Kieran Gibbs and [.

Top five conclusions: Tottenham 0-1 Arsenal

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1. Tottenham's season is virtually over After spending a lot of money in the summer trying to rebuild a formidable team without Gareth Bale, Tottenham primarily aimed for a top four finish this season. Their slow start to the season has left them with too much work to do to get into any of those [...

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 15-16 March

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1. The times they are a-changing. You used to go through a whole season without seeing an away penalty at Old Trafford. Now you get three in one afternoon. 2. This was a weekend of crucial title race away wins. Liverpool and Arsenal both picked up three points in tough fixtures to keep themselves in [.

Arsenal confident of beating Man Utd to Freiburg’s Matthias Ginter

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Arsenal are hopeful of winning the race for £8m-rated Freiburg centre-half Mathias Ginter amid strong competition from Manchester United. Arsene Wenger sent chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the 20-year-old in Bundesliga action against Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend, with Freiburg recording a 1-4 away win.

Actress Keira Knightley says Man Utd legend Gary Neville’s commentary is ‘f**king amazing’

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Pirates of the Caribbean actress Keira Knightley has revealed herself as an unlikely fan of Gary Neville's punditry skills. Knightley, who also starred in football film Bend It Like Beckham, has revealed that she just can't get enough of the Manchester United legend's incisive commentaries for Sky Sports.

GIF It: Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood throws his gilet down the tunnel during Arsenal defeat

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Frustration at conceding an early goal in the north London derby or sudden realisation that it was a terrible fashion choice? We may never know. But what we do know is that Spurs boss Tim Sherwood dispensed with his trusty gilet pretty sharpish during yesterday's defeat to Arsenal. Sherwood said he can't remember why he [.

Bayern Munich set to beat Arsenal and Man Utd to Julian Draxler with pay now, buy later deal

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Re: Draxler I understand Bayern will try to make a deal with Schalke where they pay part of fee now, but Draxler will come to Bayern 2015 Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) March 17, 2014 Bayern Munich will win the race for Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler by paying a deposit for him this summer and signing [.

Man Utd, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool scouts watch Sporting Lisbon vs Porto

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Scouts from Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool were all at the game between Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon and Porto over the weekend. United were watching Sporting midfielder William Carvalho for the umpteenth time, with Arsenal reportedly keeping tabs on him, too. Several of the clubs are keeping tabs on Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, [.

Video: Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood throws the ball at Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna

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Liverpool celebrate Man Utd win with bizarre photo of the ghost of Bill Shankley chatting to Brendan Rodgers

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"What's that noise Bill?" #LFC Please Retweet! pic.twitter.com/fUfPUTXj7K Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 16, 2014

Video: Ref Mike Dean hates being touched by Spurs and Arsenal players

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"I'm sorry, I thought for one moment there that you had dared to lay your sweaty paws upon my person."

Luis Suarez posts photo from inside Liverpool’s dressing room after Man Utd victory

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Very happy with this great victory! We continue fighting up there! Great debut of my new @adidasUK Samba Primeknit! pic.twitter.com/A1jvlgymLb Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) March 16, 2014 Luis Suarez posed for a photo with team-mates Daniel Sturridge, Martin Skrtel, Simon Mignole, Steven Gerrard and Joe Allan to celebrate Liverpool's 0-3 win at Manchester United.

Video and GIF: Tomas Rosicky thunderbolt gives Arsenal 2nd minute lead vs Tottenham

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Arsenal have taken a early lead at Tottenham courtesy of this stunning strike from Tomas Rosicky.

Photo: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard recreates his camera kiss celebration vs Man Utd

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrated scoring a brace against Manchester United by recreating his iconic camera-kissing goal celebration from the corresponding fixture in 2010. After tucking his second penalty of the game away, Gerrard wheeled away to enjoy a bit of nostalgia.

Photos: Tottenham and Arsenal players warm up

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Warm up time: @nabilbentaleb42, @ChrisEriksen8, @YounsKabs4 & @Knaughts88 prepare to face Arsenal #COYS pic.twitter.com/C6wJVTeT6Y Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 16, 2014 PHOTO: @m8arteta looks focused in the warm up #THFCvAFC pic.twitter.com/1SDJOAO5MT Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 16, 2014

Lookalikes: Man Utd boss David Moyes and Munch’s Scream

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This sums it up. pic.twitter.com/qE4IX5KwbX Hugh Woozencroft (@HughWoozencroft) March 16, 2014 It would be no surprise if this is what Manchester United manager David Moyes is doing right now after his side's 0-3 home defeat to Liverpool.

Video: Tottenham come out to warm up vs Arsenal

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Tottenham vs Arsenal teams confirmed

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#Arsenal team to play Spurs: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Arteta, Rosicky, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Cazorla, Giroud Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 16, 2014 Our team today: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Sandro; Townsend, Bentaleb, Eriksen, Chadli; Adebayor. #COYS Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 16, 2014 Tottenham and Arsenal have announced their teams for this afternoon's [.

Video and GIF It: Luis Suarez makes it Manchester United 0-3 Liverpool

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Liverpool are coasting to victory at Manchester United after Luis Suarez put them 0-3 up. The Uruguayan raced onto a slide-rule pass and made no mistake.

Photo: The ‘David Moyes Is A Football Genius’ banner appears at Man Utd vs Liverpool

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Video and GIF: Steven Gerrard scores a second penalty for Liverpool vs Man Utd

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Liverpool have gone 2-0 up against Manchester United after less than a minute of the second half and again it was a Steven Gerrard penalty. The second spot-kick was awarded just 26secs after the restart following Phil Jones' clumsy challenge on Joe Allen.

Video and GIF: Steven Gerrard penalty gives Liverpool the lead vs Man Utd

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Liverpool have taken the lead against Manchester United from the penalty spot after Rafael's handball. Steven Gerrard was emphatic with his spot-kick, sending keeper David De Gea the wrong way.

GIF It: Liverpool sub Lucas legs it from Man Utd skipper Nemanja Vidic

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Liverpool substitute Lucas Leiva was one of the last people out of the Reds' dressing room at Old Trafford only to discover that he was accidentally leading Manchester United down the tunnel.

Top five conclusions: Aston Villa 1-0 Chelsea

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1. The little horse in it to win Jose Mourinho has been taking every opportunity to downplay their title ambitions this season, claiming that his team are working on winning the league next season but developments in this game should leave no doubts over what Chelsea are aiming for. His frustration on the touchline over [.

Man Utd skipper Nemanja Vidic: ‘Moyes needs time, but I didn’t think we would be this bad’

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic says he is surprised at how poor they have been this season. Speaking ahead of today's clash with Liverpool, Vidic said the changeover between Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes was always likely be tough, but he didn't anticipate they would be so far off the pace in the Premier [.

Robin Van Persie and Phil Neville’s sons both train with Man City, not Man Utd

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Robin Van Persie sends his son to train with Manchester City's academy rather than Manchester United's youth setup. But this can't be viewed as another slight on United's management because assistant boss Phil Neville does exactly the same. Seven-year-old Shaqueel Van Persie and Harvey Neville, aged 11, are both part of City's youth ranks.

Juventus star Paul Pogba ‘rejects chance’ to rejoin Manchester United

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has turned down the chance to return to Manchester United this summer, according to reports. The France international is believed to be one of manager David Moyes' top summer transfer targets, but the Sunday Mirror claims that he has ruled out a return to Old Trafford. Pogba, aged 20, moved to [.

Tottenham prepare for Arsenal clash by covering Sandro in birthday cake

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Spurs midfielder Sandro has an interesting build-up to today's north London derby against Arsenal after his team-mates slathered him with birthday cake. The Brazilian star turned 25 yesterday, and Tim Sherwood's squad marked the occasion by caking him in, well, cake. The birthday boy namechecked compatriots Paulinho and Heurelho Gomes as being the main culprits.

Video: Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino giggles at Dejan Lovren’s testicle injury

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Southampton manager Maurcio Pochettino and his translator were reduced to giggles as they tried to provide details on Dejan Lovren's injury. The Saints boss reveals that the defender hurt his "huevos". When the pair compose themselves, the translator explains: "Dejan had one of his testicles stepped on.

Tactical Review: Aston Vila 1-0 Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho came into this game with a strange way of using his attacking midfielders. Eden Hazard completed an equal number of touches on each flank in the first half, but Aston Villa's players needed to keep their zones to well to stay in the game. Paul Lambert initially went with a defensive [.

Liverpool and Chelsea scouts watch Hoffenheim’s Roberto Firmino score vs Mainz

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Scouts from Liverpool and Chelsea were in the crowd to see transfer target Roberto Firmino score for Hoffenheim against Mainz yesterday, according to Bild. We reported last week that Liverpool and Manchester United were interested in the Brazilian playmaker, and the German tabloid reports that representatives from both the Reds and Chelsea were in the [.

Video: Former Tottenham man Jermain Defoe scores twice on his Toronto debut vs Seattle

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Tottenham fans will be familiar with Clint Dempsey assists for Jermain Defoe. That was the case in the MLS yesterday despite the fact that the pair were on opposing teams as Defoe made his debut for FC Toronto. Dempsey's dodgy packpass handed Defoe his second debut goal having already got off the mark by racing [.

Man Utd to offer cash plus Shinji Kagawa for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus

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Manchester United are hoping to land Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus in a play-plus-cash deal involving Shinji Kagawa. David Moyes will offer the out-of-favour Japanese playmaker the chance to return to his former club as a makeweight in a swoop for Reus, reports the Sunday People. Reus, aged 24, is the latest Dortmund star linked [.

Man Utd join the race for Arsenal target Julian Draxler

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Manchester United plan to challenge Arsenal and Bayern Munich for the summer signing of Julian Draxler, according to reports. David Moyes' side will make a £37m swoop for the 20-year-old midfielder at the end of the season, according to reports in the Sunday Star and the Sunday People. The Gunners came close to signing the [.

Olivier Giroud’s wife tells him to quit Arsenal and move back to France

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has reportedly been told to secure a transfer back to France by his wife. The 27-year-old made headline news last month when Giroud admitted taking model Celia Kay to his hotel room in the early hours of the morning. Now, his wife Jennifer has told him to leave the Gunners and [.

Barcelona keeping tabs on Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ contract situation

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PHOTO: Brendan Rodgers oversees pre-Manchester United training on Friday #LFC pic.twitter.com/UmceVVB4TJ Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 14, 2014 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is being considered by Barcelona as a possible replacement for Gerardo Martino, according to the Sunday People. The Reds boss has just over 12 months left to run on his Anfield deal and [.

Photo: Man City skipper Vincent Kompany leaves studmarks in Hull’s tunnel after red card

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If Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany thought his red card against Hull yesterday was harsh, it wasn't long before he had committed a nasty studs-up challenge. The centre-back took out his frustration on the tunnel at the KC Stadium after being given his marching orders after 10 minutes of the game.

Chelsea ‘will sell Romelu Lukaku this summer’

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Chelsea plan to offload striker Romelu Lukaku at the end of the season, according to reports. The Belgium international is on loan at Everton this season after incoming manager Jose Mourinho decided to he didn't haven't a part to play at Stamford Bridge during the current campaign. It appears that he has seen nothing to [.

Spurs join Arsenal and Newcastle in the hunt for QPR’s Loic Remy

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Tottenham are the latest Premier League outfit to express an interest in signing Loic Remy this summer, according to reports. The QPR striker has been in impressive form on loan at Newcastle this season. The Magpies would like to make him a permanent signing, but have known for some time that they will face strong [.

Arsenal linked with Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic

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Mario Mandzukic could be a summer transfer target for Arsenal, according to reports. The Croatia international is currently Bayern Munich's first-choice striker, but that will all change when Pep Guardiola welcomes Borussia Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski to his squad at the end of the season. At that stage, Mandzukic, aged 27, is likely to see his [.

Photo: Hairy Galatasaray fan shaves tribute to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba in to his back

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Quite possibly the most disguting thing you'll see today. This hairy-backed Galatasaray supporter has had a tribute to Didier Drogba shaved into his torso. The bald patches on the Turkish fan's back now spell out Drogba's name and his squad number. We particularly like the 'A' squeezed onto his shoulder after his, erm, back barber [.

Photos: Liverpool’s dressing room ahead of Man Utd clash

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PHOTO: Exclusive picture from inside the #LFC dressing room at Old Trafford pic.twitter.com/F0zpruV7bX Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 16, 2014 PHOTO: Another #LFC dressing room shot pic.twitter.com/kQubJeLPaa Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 16, 2014

Video: Chelsea’s Ramires shown red card for horrible two-footed stamp on Aston Villa’s Karim El Ahmadi

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Chelsea were reduced to nine men before the end of their 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa when Ramires was shown a red card for this nasty stamp on Karim Al Ahmadi. If Willian's red card was harsh (and it was), the Blues couldn't have many complaints about this sending off.

Video: Fabian Delph gives Aston Villa the lead vs Chelsea, Man City rejoice

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That's the sound of the title race being blown wide open. Fabian Delph has given Aston Villa a surprise late lead of 10-man Chelsea. The midfielder's sensational backheeled finsh duped Petr Cech and put Paul Lambert's side on course for three points.

Tactical review: Hull City 0-2 Manchester City

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Both managers came into this clash with tactics that were poised to give a great encounter. Hull boss Steve Bruce prepared to combat the usual threats from Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini had made necessary adjustments for his misfiring forwards to keep his side going forward. An unlikely early sending off changed a lot of [.

Top five conclusions: Hull City 0-2 Manchester City

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1. This was a win fit for champions elect Manchester City started this season as the entertainers of the Premier League, but they came into this game having surrendered that title to Liverpool and its famed SAS attacking duo. The Citizens had to work even harder in a tight contest after they lost Vincent Kompany [.

Man Utd legend Gary Neville reckons Nemanja Matic guards the bedrooms of Chelsea’s defenders

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I reckon when Terry and Cahill sleep at night Matic stands at the door watching guard! Gary Neville (@GNev2) March 15, 2014 Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic probably guards the bedrooms of John Terry and Gary Cahill at night, according to former Manchester United defender Gary Neville. The Sky Sports pundit is so impressed by [.

Video: Chelsea’s Willian shown a red card vs Aston Villa

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Video: Man Utd legend Eric Cantona discusses his arrest for assault

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Eric Cantona has been talking about his arrest for assault. The Manchester United legend was arrested in London earlier this week, and he has been discussing the circumstances of that arrest. He said: "The media described him as a ‘man' to make it appear some random common assault; it was a paparazzi who I found [.

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud meets agent with links to Galatasaray and PSG

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Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has been spotted in a meeting with a top agent who has strong links to Galatasaray and Paris Saint-Germain. The France international met UK-based Muzzi Ozcan for a 45-minute discussion on Thursday evening. The meeting took place at Aubaine restaurant in Hampstead at around 5.

Former Liverpool and Arsenal target Jeremy Menez admits his PSG future is uncertain

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Paris Saint Germain winger Jeremy Menez has hinted that he will leave the club on a free transfer this summer. The France international's contract expires this at the end of the season and he doesn't sound optimistic of signing a new deal before then. He said: "We talked about an extension, but it was not [.

Luuk De Jong hope he’s closing in on first goal and permanent deal at Newcastle

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On-loan Newcastle striker Luuk De Jong believes he is getting closer to scoring an elusive first goal for the club and he hopes to do enough to earn a permanent deal with the Magpies. The Borussia Monchengladbach man's contract expires this summer and he is hoping to stay on Tyneside. On the prospect of [.

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic: ‘I like to lunch with big head Branislav Ivanovic’

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic has revealed there is a bromance blossoming between him and team-mate Branislav Ivanovic. The Serbia internationals hang out together even when they are not at work with the Blues. But Ivanovic hasn't always been in his friend's good books. Matic was in the Benfica side defeated in last season's Europea League [.

Preview: Manchester United vs Liverpool

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Fans of both teams pencil-in this game in their diaries before any other. There is a reversal in circumstances though; this time Manchester United are the kingmakers and Liverpool are in the race for the title. For Liverpool, it's simple: keep quietly picking up maximum points in a crowded top four and they may get [.

Nicolas Anelka sacked by West Brom

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West Brom have sacked Nicolas Anelka for 'gross misconduct' after he announced he was leaving the club on Twitter. In a bit of a bizarre 'no, we broke up with you first' situation, the Baggies released a statement saying that Anelka's decision to quit was not legally sound and they have now sacked him instead.

Preview: Tottenham vs Arsenal

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This is the biggest game for both north London sides and one they dare not lose. It will serve as the perfect tonic for whoever comes out on top because both sides would want nothing but to take their midweek European disappointments out on the other. Tottenham will have to manage without their captain Michael [.

Video: Arsenal training ahead of Spurs game

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Arsenal's players have been training ahead of Sunday's north London derby. January loan signing Kim Kallstrom took part in the session amid suggestions that he could make his debut against Spurs. Gunners legend Robert Pires also took part, but he is less likely to make an appearance at White Hart Lane.

Sol Campbell says sorry to Spurs fans for ‘hurt’ of Arsenal move

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Former Spurs captain Sol Campbell has apologised to the club's supporters for the hurt he caused by moving to north London rivals Arsenal. Speaking ahead of this weekend's derby clash between the two sides, Campbell said he wasn't sorry about making the move claiming he had become successful with the Gunners but did [.

Man City’s Stevan Jovetic: ‘Chelsea will drop points and we can will the title’

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Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic has backed his side to chase down Chelsea's nine-point lead over them to win the title. And the Montenegro international says he will score the goals to make sure it happens. The 24-year-old, who signed from Fiorentina for £22m last summer, has struggled for form and fitness since joining City, [.

Video: Malaga encourage fans to paint their Real Madrid kits

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It appears that Malaga have had enough of their fans sharing their loyalties with Real Madrid. Many of the Andalusian side's supporters also have a soft spot for Real but Malaga want that to end. Ahead of tonight's clash between the two sides, they have aired a TV commercial telling fans to pick a [.

Video: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers expecting tough game at Man Utd

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is expected a tough game when his side visit Manchester United this weekend. Although United boss David Moyes has declared Liverpool the favourites, Rodgers isn't so sure. He said: "Well, they are the champions. And they've got players that are serial winners there.

Video: Man City’s Sergio Aguero likely to miss Man Utd game, reveals Manuel Pellegrini

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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will be out for around two weeks with the hamstring injury that forced him off at half-time against Barcelona, manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed. That makes him a major doubt for the derby against Manchester United on March 25. Pellegrini said they would no more about the extent of Aguero's [.

Liverpool linked with Barcelona left-back Adriano

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Barcelona's Adriano is the latest left-back to be linked with a move to Liverpool. The left side of the defence is a problem position for the Reds and Brendan Rodgers has identified Adriano as the man to solve that problem, according to Metro. The 29-year-old was once a key member of Barca's squad but is [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says the Premier League table is ‘fake’

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Jose Mourinho has reiterated his claims that the Premier League table is 'fake'. Chelsea could open up a 10-point lead at the top of the table with victory over Aston Villa tomorrow. But with teams around the Blues, particularly Manchester City, having games in hand, Mourinho seems to believe that his side are hoax pacesetters.

Photo: Liverpool’s Luis Suarez completes headlock training ahead of Man Utd clash

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PHOTO: @luis16suarez preparing to put his unique skills into practice at Melwood #LFC pic.twitter.com/PJmAAwVeju Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 14, 2014 We're not quite sure what Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has got lined up for the Manchester United game this weekend, but he appears to have been doing a special training session to work on [.

Photos: Chelsea train ahead of Aston Villa game

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Chelsea's players have been putting their final preparations in place for tomorrow's game against Aston Villa in the sunshine at Cobham. It looks like John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic reckon doubling up on Willian is the right way to deal with him. Take note, opposition defenders.

Video: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge offers to give fans dance lessons

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Daniel Sturridge is offering dance lessons to Liverpool fans because he thinks their terrible attempts at his goal celebration are making him look bad. He told the BBC: "I'm going to give people a tutorial so they know how to do it as well, because a lot of people are really bad at it. "Some [...]

Preview: Hull City vs Manchester City

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There is one cliché that keeps springing to mind heading into this game: backlash. Out of the FA Cup on Sunday, out of the Champions League last Wednesday and the quadruple dream is shattered for Manchester City. "They have had a difficult week and the one thing they want is to turn us over," was [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes suggests Liverpool are favourites

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has said that Liverpool are probably the favourites to win when the two sides meet at Old Trafford. In a distinctly un-Manchester United assertion, Moyes suggested that Brendan Rodgers' side are the better team at the moment. He told his press conference ahead of the game: "Liverpool's league position suggests [.

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood praises Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger as ‘a top manager’

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Preview: Aston Villa vs Chelsea

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The last time these sides meet, Jose Mourinho's impressive unbeaten home record was under real threat. Aston Villa had a strong penalty claim turned down after John Terry handled in the box. Given that the sides were level, Aston Villa could have easily pulled off a surprise victory. Now they have a chance to give [.

Photo: Nicklas Bendtner’s Arsenal honours

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With Arsene Wenger indicating that Nicklas Bendtner's Arsenal career will be over at the end of the season, bookmakers Paddy Power produced this graphic detailing his medal haul with the Gunners.

Hulk’s agent talks up Premier League move for Chelsea and Spurs target

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Chelsea and Tottenham have been given a boost to their hopes of signing Brazil international Hulk after the player's agent hinted that a summer move to the Premier League is on the cards. Agent Shandor Varga found himself at the centre of a flurry of speculation earlier this week when he was pictured flying to [.

Video: Benfica boss Jorge Jesus’ bizarre goal celebration dance vs Spurs

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Benfica boss Jorge Jesus has been accused of taunting Spurs counterpart Tim Sherwood with this crazy goal celebration. The two managers had a row on the touchline after Sherwood accidentally stepped into the Benfica technical area. It seemed like more than a coincidence that Jesus' celebration was particularly emphatic after his side took the lead [.

Chelsea and Man Utd target Edinson Cavani dismisses transfer talk

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Edinson Cavani has refuted suggestions that he will leave Paris Saint-Germain this summer. The Uruguay international, reportedly a target for Chelsea and Manchester United, was rumoured to be unhappy at the club he joined last summer from Napoli. The £54m man was said to have become unsettled in Paris after upheaval in his personal life.

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood says Benfica manager Jorge Jesus ‘lacks class’

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood says Benfica coach Jorge Jesus "lacks class" after making a three-fingered wave that seemed to be a reminder of the 1-3 scoreline. The pair squared up on the touchline after Jesus' gesture, with the fourth official stepping in to keep them apart. After the game, Sherwood said: "Waving goodbye like that [.

Man City beat Liverpool to Feyenoord wonderkid Rodney Kongolo

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Signing my official Nike contract w/ my younger brother Rodney Kongolo. pic.twitter.com/K6eyK9VVIp TerenceKongolo (@TerenceKongolo1) November 7, 2013 Manchester City have tied up a deal to sign Feyenoord youngster Rodney Kongolo, according to reports in the Dutch media. AD.nl claims that City have won the race for the wonderkid, dubbed the new Patrick Vieira in [.

Photo: Chelsea’s David Luiz enjoys Benfica’s win over Spurs

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Chelsea defender David Luiz enjoyed watching his former side Benfica beat London rivals Tottenham last night. Just days after the Blues had won against Spurs, the curly-haired Brazilian got to watch his old club do exactly the same. Uploading a photo of his TV screen during the game, he wrote: "This is Benfica, man!

Chelsea want Thibaut Courtois to extend his contract, then rejoin Atletico Madrid on loan

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Chelsea are reportedly planning to send young goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois back to Atletico Madrid for a fourth season on loan as long as he extends his contract at Stamford Bridge over the summer. The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the best keepers in the world during his time in Spain.

Robin Van Persie claims he wants to sign a new contract at Man Utd

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie has dismissed suggestions that he is unhappy at the club by claiming that he wants to sign a new contract at Old Trafford. The 30-year-old is under contract until June 2016, but says he would like to stay with the champions beyond that. He said: "The truth is I'm [.

Benfica boss Jorge Jesus’ nonsensical excuse for winding up Spurs manager Tim Sherwood

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Benfica coach Jorge Jesus has rejected suggestions that he mocked Spurs counterpart Tim Sherwood by gesturing the scoreline towards him. The Portuguese boss said his three-fingered salute was actually a tribute to the shirt number of goalscorer Luisao. He said: "I was saying 'number three, Luisao. Number three.

Mesut Ozil out for three weeks, confirms Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

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Mesut Ozil's hamstring injury is not as serious as first feared and the Arsenal star will be back in action in three weeks. The Germany international was initially expected to be ruled out for around six weeks, but manager Arsene Wenger has now revealed that the Gunners will be without their record signing for half [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘You can’t say Spurs have had a bad season’

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EXCLUSIVE! First photo of all seven new #THFC signings pic.twitter.com/WEAxaz22IT Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 13, 2013 Arsene Wenger says Tottenham have not had a bad season and need time to gel after making a raft of summer signings. Spurs have already sacked one manager this season and now have another under-fire gaffer in charge.

GIF It: Santi Cazorla’s son copies Arsenal star’s wrist-kissing celebration

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Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla always kisses his wrist after scoring a goal in tribute to his son Enzo. The celebration involves kissing a tattoo of Enzo's name written in Hebrew. Cazorla has previously explained: "I always celebrate like that because I dedicate goals to my son. You can see the tattoo I have in my [.

RVP’s claims that he’s happy at Man Utd are bad news for Juan Mata

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"The truth is I'm very happy here at this club. I signed for four years and I'd be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left in my contract. This is how I feel although it is not what has been suggested in the media." As we reported earlier, Robin [...]

After defeating Arsenal and Man City, what next for Bayern Munich and Barcelona?

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Barcelona and Bayern Munich, two of the hot favourites in the Champions League, easily progressed to the quarter-finals after overcoming Premier League opposition. They were expected to do so, but they are slightly changing from the previous seasons. This last-16 fixtures demonstrated two club's terrific abilities, but also some concerning weaknesses.

Nicklas Bendtner will be fined and will leave Arsenal this summer, suggests Arsene Wenger

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Nicklas Bendtner will be fined by Arsenal for his midweek antics not because he allegedly unbuttoned his trousers and rubbed himself against a taxi while drunk, but for travelling to Copenhagen without the club's permission. Manager Arsene Wenger also offered a strong but unsurprising hint that the Denmark international will be offloaded when his [.

5 highlights of ex-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness’ career

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After he announced he was stepping down from his "life's work" at Bayern Munich and accepting his prison sentence for tax evasion, Uli Hoeness is still as popular as ever at the Bavarian club. Pep Guardiola recently dedicated a performance to Hoeness because "they all love him". Here's five defining moments in the 62-year-old career [.

Zimbabwean prophet set to sue over Liverpool title prediction

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A Zimbabwean prophet is taking legal action over claims that he predicted Liverpool would win the Premier League this season. Uebert Angel, leader of the Spirit Embassy Church, is suing television station SuperSport for a report they broadcast in December claiming that he had received a message from above that Brendan Rodgers' side would win [.

Video: Man Utd’s Vidic, Chicharito and Evra mock Danny Welbeck for saying Ryan Giggs was his childhood hero

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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck was the butt of the jokes after claiming that Ryan Giggs was his boyhood hero. Team-mates Nemanja Vidic, Javier Hernandez and Patric Evra were laughing as Welbeck spoke about his heroes. Evra led the fun-poking, making a slurping noise as Welbeck talks about supporting United as a child as he [.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain calms fears he and Arsenal team-mates are shopping in Dubai ahead of Spurs clash

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About my last tweet "#TBT" means "throwback"! It's an OLD pic from summer! We're not in dubai now before the derby!! it's straight work! Alex Ox-Chamberlain (@Alex_OxChambo) March 13, 2014 Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has been forced to respond to concerns that he and team-mates Carl Jenkinson and Kieran Gibbs are preparing for [.

Arsenal confirm Aaron Ramsey will miss Tottenham game

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Aaron Ramsey will miss this weekend's north London derby after suffering a fresh injury setback, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The Gunners were expecting to welcome the Welsh midfielder back into the fold at Tottenham, but Ramsey will now miss the game after breaking down in training. Wenger said: "We have had to defer [.

Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski relishing Spurs clash

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Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski says he's looking forward to leaving White Hart Lane on Sunday having taken three points from Spurs. The Germany international says he is a big fan of derby matches and is relishing this weekend's north London derby. He told the club's official website: "I've always liked derbies "When I played [.

Liverpool open talks with Porto over Juan Iturbe signing

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) Liverpool have reportedly made an approach to Porto about signing winger Juan Iturbe this summer. The 20-year-old Argentine starlet has been in outstanding form on loan at Serie A side Hellas Verona this season. He has scored five goals in 22 games for the Italian outfit, who are keen to keep him on a [.

Testing times for Manchester City

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Almost every team goes through rough periods over the course of a season. This campaign has generally been a good one for Manchester City particularly in comparison to neighbours Manchester United but they are now under pressure. The situation at City is concerning to say the least. They did not just lose to [.

Ronaldo gets a flat in Chelsea

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Don't worry he's getting it pumped up so it won't be flat for long!

Chelsea flop Marko Marin wants permanent switch to Sevilla

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Chelsea winger Marko Marin is hoping to make his loan deal at Sevilla a permanent one this summer saying he could stay at the club forever. The former Werder Bremen man joined the Blues in a deal reported to be worth £6.5m in 2012. But he has made just six apperances for the club [...]

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil discusses his injury

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Mesut Ozil has vowed he will come back stronger from the hamstring injury that forced him off at half-time in Arsenal's Champions League game at Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Writing on his Facebook page, he confirmed that he had suffered a muscle injury after just a couple of minutes of the game but played on [.

Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner ‘unbuttoned his trousers and rubbed himself against a taxi’

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner allegedly unbuttoned his trousers and rubbed himself against a taxi on the same night his team-mates were knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich. The Denmark international gyrated against a window while whipping the car with his belt, according to reports in Danish newspaper BT.

Top five conclusions: Barcelona 2-1 Manchester City

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1. Aguero's injury the worst thing for City Before the game, there was a general perception that Manchester City were already out of the Champions League and had nothing to lose in their chase for a "lost cause" as Vincent Kompany dubbed last night's tie. It turns out they actually lost a lot as Sergio [.

Sandro reveals two-hour crisis meeting after Spurs’ defeat to Chelsea

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Training snapshot: @paulinhop8 and @sandroraniere pictured in training on Wednesday. #COYS pic.twitter.com/AJJALVHM8h Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 12, 2014 Sandro has revealed that Tottenham's players spent more than two hours locked in crisis talks after their 4-0 defeat at Spurs last weekend.

Video: Arsenal youngster Jack Jebb scores a Beckham-esque free-kick vs Everton

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Arsenal's Jack Jebb scored a classy free-kick in his side's FA Youth Cup win over Everton. The 18-year-old has a reputation for being dangerous from set-pieces and he proved it against the Toffees this week. This was his second goal of the game, having early scored from the penalty spot, and secured a 3-1 win [.

Tactical Review: Barcelona 2-1 Manchester City

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Tata Martino sent his side out to just control the game and take advantage of time by essentially waiting for City to commit mistakes. He had a regular central midfield trio of Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta in front of the back four. It was up top that Martino's primary emphasis on managing [.

Juventus’ Claudio Marchisio says he has received calls about interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd

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) Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio says he has received phonecalls from agents informing him that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are interested. The 27-year-old was linked with a move to the Premier League in the January transfer window, with United thought to be particularly interested in signing him.

Unsettling Man Utd’s happy super sub Chicharito could be a mistake for David Moyes

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) Chicharito joined Manchester United as a back-up striker who had a future. He rose through the packing order quicker than even he expected, then slipped down to being a super sub striker but was always settled. Now that rumours of his impending departure are gathering momentum, there are a few things that can shed [.

Man Utd striker Javier Hernandez’s Inter Milan move ‘just rumours’, says agent

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez's agent says he has received no concrete offers for his client. Chicharito, aged 25, is widely expected to leave Old Trafford this summer, with Serie A giants Inter Milan reportedly at the front of the queue to sign him. But his agent Eduardo Hernandez says the Inter links are just [.

Patrice Evra set to join Man Utd team-mate Nemanja Vidic at Inter Milan

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) Italian giants Inter Milan are hoping to import the entire left side of Manchester United's defence this summer. United skipper Nemanja Vidic has already agreed a deal to move to San Siro at the end of the season, and Inter are hoping to convince left-back Evra to join him. That's according to reports in [.

Photo: Man Utd training ahead of Liverpool clash

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IMAGE: Robin and Rio on the training ground this morning, preparing for Sunday's big match against Liverpool. pic.twitter.com/2mZIisd0xf Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 13, 2014 Manchester United's players have been training this morning as they prepare to face fierce rivals Liverpool this weekend.

Video and GIF: Vincent Kompany makes it Barcelona 1-1 Manchester City

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Manchester City skipper and star performer Vincent Kompany has grabbed what looks like being a late consolation goal against Barcelona at Camp Nou. Down to 10-man as in the first leg, City at least managed to get on the scoresheet in the tie.

Video and GIF: Lionel Messi goal puts Man City on the verge of Champions League exit

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Manchester City appear to be heading out of the Champions League after Lionel Messi put Barcelona 1-0 with this goal. Barca now lead 3-0 on aggregate and City need to find three goals to go through.

GIF It: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi fuels himself to face Man City with a pre-match biscuit

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Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi prepared for this evening's game against Manchester City with a pre-match biscuit on the pitch. The little maestro's sugary snack appears to have done the trick he's put Barca 1-0 up on the night (3-0 on aggregate) with this goal.

Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic: ‘Call me the Beast’

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Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic says he wants to be known as 'the Beast'. The former Benfica man, signed by Jose Mourinho in the January transfer window, says he has seen Blues fans referred to him by that name following his stunning performance against Manchester City last month. The 25-year-old is now hoping it sticks as [.

Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney: ‘It’s difficult to see Liverpool doing well’

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Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney says it is "difficult" to watch rivals Liverpool thriving this season. The England international has found it tough to watch the champions' fiercest opponents thrive, while United are languishing outside the Champions League qualification spots. He said: "To see City doing well, and particularly Liverpool, is really difficult.

Arsenal prepare to swoop for Nuremberg striker Josip Drmic

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Arsenal are set to shop in Germany again this summer but this time Swiss striker Josip Drmic is their target, according to reports. German tabloid Bild suggests that the Gunners are set to move for the 6ft 2in Nuremburg striker at the end of the season. They have been linked with approaches for a [..

Man Utd linked with bizarre swoop for Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb

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Manchester United are reportedly considering a summer move for Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. The Metro newspaper claims that the champions are interested in making a £10m bid for the 19-year-old. The Algeria international has been widely criticised by Spurs fans, who feel he has been over-promoted by manager Tim Sherwood.

Video: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil ‘injured his hamstring inside 10mins’ and aggravated it by playing on

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) Mesut Ozil's attempts to make amends criticism of his recent performances could have left Arsenal without him for their vital upcoming fixtures. The Gunners' record signing angered some fans with his missed penalty and languid play in the first leg. Now, the Daily Mail reports that the injury that forced him off at half-time [.

Why it’s wrong to blame Arsene Wenger for Arsenal’s Champions League shortcomings

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Arsene Wenger is experienced enough to know that, even if he gets knocked out of the Champions League by one of the best teams in the world, his team will always have to take criticism for some time. He also knows that history proves that this is one strange competition. The highlight of Arsenal's Champions [.

‘I’m not your babysitter’ – Tim Sherwood in fresh blast at Spurs players

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has taken aim at his players for the second time in less than a week after telling them that he's not their babysitter. Sherwood warned his squad that they are playing for their place at the club. He said: "They are men. I am a manager – not a babysitter. "I'm [...]

Video: Newcastle youngster Olivier Kemen scores Hand of God goal vs Chelsea

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Until this week Olivier Kemen's claim to fame was being Newcastle's only permanent signing last summer. But from now on the former Metz youngster will be known as the guy who unleashed the Hand of God in a youth team game! The 17-year-old got a good connection on an inswinging free-kick, but the connection was [.

Photos: Arsenal duo Lukas Podoski and Tomas Rosicky row after Bayern Munich match

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Lukas Podolski and Tomas Rosicky are the latest Arsenal players to be caught engaging in a full and frank exchange of views within shot of the cameras. The pair rowed as they made their way off the pitch after being knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich last night. Mathieu Flamini and Mesut [.

Tactical review: Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal

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Bayern Munich introduced a slightly changed 4-2-3-1 formation from their last encounter. Javi Martinez replaced Jerome Boateng at the back. Bastian Schweinsteiger partnered Thiago Alcantara in midfield. Phillip Lahm played the whole game at the right back. Mario Gotze was flanked by Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben, with Mario Mandzukic as the striker.

Mesut Ozil out of Arsenal’s games against Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City

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Arsenal will be without record signing Mesut Ozil for the crucial forthcoming games against Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City. The Germany international was withdrawn at half-time with a hamstring injury as the Gunners were knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich last night. Initially it was reported as just being a tight hamstring, [.

Video: Thibaut Courtois says his Chelsea future is ‘not clear’

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) Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has hinted that he could quit the club this summer. The Belgium international has been on-loan at Atletico Madrid for the past three seasons. Speaking after the Spanish side's Champions League last-16 win over AC Milan, Courtois said his plans for next season are still up in the air.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany: ‘We don’t want any passengers against Barcelona’

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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has called on his team-mates to pull their weight in tonight's clash with Barcelona, saying they can't afford to carry any passengers. City are attempting to overturn a 2-0 deficit in their Champions League last-16 second leg at Camp Nou. He said: "It's one of those games when I like [.

Former Arsenal captain Alex Song hints at Man Utd move

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Barcelona midfielder Alex Song has hinted that a move to Manchester United could be on the cards. The former Arsenal star has been linked with David Moyes' side in recent month. The Cameroon international has now added to that speculation by claiming that he will definitely return to English football before the end of his [.

Top five conclusions: Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal

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1. Bayern are not perfect Last night's game showed that Bayern Munich may not be as perfect as their impressive results suggest. In the 8th minute, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain made a direct charge forward and he took on Dante for pace. The Brazilian had to commit a bookable offence to stop the Ox. On the [.

Hulk in London for a photoshoot, not to sign for Chelsea or Spurs

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Following yesterday's photo showing Hulk flying to London with his agent, here's another photo of him returning to Russia. It appears the Brazil international flew in for a photoshoot rather than to hold talks with the likes of Chelsea or Tottenham. In the caption to his original photo, the 27-year-old has confirmed it was a [.

Photo: Samuel Eto’o wears leather t-shirt and animal head cap to Chelsea training

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GIF It: Santi Cazorla loses four defenders with one turn (Bayern Munich vs Arsenal)

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Video: Lukas Podolski blasts the ball into the goal (Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal)

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Lukas Podolski has blasted Arsenal level at his former club Bayern Munich. The Gunners forward got away with what looked like a blatant push on Bayern skipper Philipp Lahm, and he took full advantage. Poldi fired the ball in at Manuel Neuer's near post.

Preview: Barcelona vs Manchester City

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Barcelona may be favourites coming into this game with a comfortable 2-0 lead from the first leg, but they will take lightly at their own peril. In the last encounter, Manchester City will feel aggrieved at the result after they went a man down in a tie that had little to choose between the sides. [.

Video: Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s mazy run (Bayern Munich vs Arsenal)

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Farcenal: Arsenal name six subs after taking ineligible Ryo Miyaichi to Bayern Munich

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Arsenal have been forced to name just six substitutes for tonight's Champions League last-16 second leg at Bayern Munich after finding out that Ryo Miyaichi is inelgible. The Japan international was one of the 18 Gunners players to make the trip to Germany, but Arsene Wenger's bench is now a man light after it became [.

Arsenal make approach for Anderlecht defender Cheikhou Kouyate, claims agent

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) Arsenal have opened talks with Belgian side Anderlecht about signing defender Cheikhou Kouyate, according to the player's agent. The Gunners have been linked with a move for the 24-year-old over the last 18 months, and it appears Arsene Wenger is now ready to make his move. Spanish side Valencia had a bid turned down [.

Should FIFA change the ‘obvious goal scoring opportunity’ law after Arsenal, Man City and Spurs’ recent woes?

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The FA's decision to rescind the red card shown to Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul against Chelsea last weekend shines more light on a football law that had already come in for plenty of scrutiny recently. Event of the past couple of weeks have left many in the football world calling for FIFA to reconsider law [.

Spurs’ Younes Kaboul available for Arsenal game after Chelsea red is rescinded

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Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul is available to face Arsenal in this weekend's north London derby after his red card in Saturday's defeat at Chelsea was rescinded. More to follow.

Photos: Tottenham players not being noticeably nastier in training after Chelsea defeat

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Post by Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham duo Aaron Lennon and Roberto Soldado don't seem to have take manager Tim Sherwood's comments to heart. Sherwood bemoaned that his players were too nice to each other following Saturday's 4-0 defeat at Chelsea but it was all smiles at Spurs training. The boss looked a bit more stern [.

Arsene Wenger has ‘ruled out’ bringing Man Utd’s Robin Van Persie back to Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has no intention of bringing Robin Van Persie back to the club, according to reports. The Gunners boss is not interesting in re-signing his former star. Despite refusing to comment publicly on speculation linking him with a move for Van Persie, he has ruled out an Emirates return for the Dutchman, [.

Photos: Manchester City squad travel to Barcelona

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.@EdDzeko makes himself comfortable for the journey. See you on the other side! #mcfc pic.twitter.com/8IA2aMvaqX Manchester City FC (@MCFC) March 11, 2014 Manchester City boarded a flight to Barcelona this morning ahead of their Champions League last-16 second leg clash at Camp Nou. It looks like Edin Dzeko wasn't pleased with his seat!

Photo: Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Mikel Arteta test the turf at the Allianz Arena

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and midfielder Mikel Arteta have had a look at the Allianz Arena's pitch ahead of this evening's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.

Pep Guardiola: taking great careers up a gear

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Tonight's Champions League match between Bayern Munich and Arsenal will see two of the best managers in the world go head-to-head. While Arsene Wenger is renowned for his eye for talent and nurturing skills, Pep Guardiola's career is not yet long enough to be fairly judged on that. But the the former Barcelona boss has [.

Sol Campbell: ‘I’m sure Spurs have moved on from my Arsenal move’

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Former Tottenham captain Sol Campbell says he is sure that the club must have moved on from the move to Arsenal that saw him branded 'Judas'. The ex-England international admitted that the impact of vitriol directed towards him after transferring between the north London rivals was scary. He told the BBC: "I was 25/26.

Man Utd to challenge Arsenal for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata

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Manchester United are reportedly planning to pip Arsenal to the signing of Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata. The Gunners have been linked with the 21-year-old striker for several months, but Real have repeatedly blocked their attempts to sign him either permanently or on loan. But he is set to move on this summer after falling [.

Manchester United ‘open talks’ with Sporting Lisbon over William Carvalho

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Manchester United have reportedly stepped up their attempts to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho by opening talks with the Portuguese club. The champions have scouted the youngster to within an inch of his life and have now begun to make their move, according to both The Sun and the Daily Mail.

Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o posts photo of his birthday cake, reiterates that he’s 33

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Dear All, Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes. It means the world to me. 33..Jesus Christ Age! SEF SEF pic.twitter.com/uaantbzUF4 Samuel Eto'o (@setoo9) March 10, 2014 Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o celebrated his birthday yesterday. Late last night he took to Twitter to share a photo of his birthday cake and to emphasise that he [.

Samir Nasri: Manchester City’s complicated genius

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This article is a follow-up to yesterday's article suggesting Samir Nasri poses a problem for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. *** Manuel Pellegrini is a manager who clearly values technical ability above all else. So, Martin Demichelis gets picked more often than Joleon Lescott. But then, like other managers before him, he has a technically [.

Photo: Former Chelsea and Spurs target Hulk flies to London with his agent

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Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk has uploaded a picture showing him and his agent flying to London. The Brazil international confirmed that it is a business trip though he doesn't clarify whether it is transfer related. He said: "Going into London to work. With my agent and friend." The 27-year-old has previously been linked [.

Inter owner ‘hasn’t spoken’ to Man Utd’s Javier Hernandez or Chelsea’s Fernando Torres

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Inter Milan owner Erick Thohir says he has not been in touch with rumoured summer transfer targets Fernando Torres or Javier Hernandez but he admitted that he rates the Manchester United striker. The Italian giants are expected to splash the cash this summer and are expected to strengthen their strikeforce.

Video: Arsenal don’t need an early goal against Bayern, says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal don't necessarily need an early goal to beat Bayern Munich in tomorrow's Champions League last-16 second league, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners need to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg, but Wenger indicated that he won't be overly concerned if his side don't strike in the opening stages.

Liverpool scout Benfica’s Lazar Markovic, but Chelsea have first refusal

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Liverpool are scouting Benfica attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic but Premier League rivals Chelsea are believed to have a deal in place that gives them first option on him. The Reds' chief scout Barry Hunter was dispatched to the Aviva Stadium last week to watch the youngster in action for Serbia against Republic of Ireland.

Man Utd’s Juan Mata: ‘Play me as a no.10′

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Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata is the latest player to question manager David Moyes' tactics. The Spain international says he is currently being played out of position and wants to be moved to a more central position. Former Chelsea man Mata, a £37.5m arrival in January, says he is not comfortable in his current [.

Five footballers who have turned their hand to poker

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When you hang up your boots as a footballer, the main target career paths are to go into coaching or go into the media. But there is an increasing minority of former players who are now carving out potentially lucrative second careers as poker players. Some just dabble in the occasional tournament, while others treat [.

Preview: Bayern Munich vs Arsenal

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In the first leg when these sides met at the Emirates, Arsenal started well but the complexion of the game changed after Mesut Ozil's penalty was saved by his Germany international team-mate Manuel Neuer. Since then, even his manager admitted that the miss took a lot out of the playmaker's mental fitness.

Is it time for Tim Sherwood to leave Tottenham?

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After Tottenham's indifferent start to the season under Andres Villas Boas, chairman Daniel Levy replaced the Portuguese manager with former Spurs midfielder Tim Sherwood. Sherwood is a man who clearly loves the club. Now that the notion that Sherwood will be replaced in summer is gathering momentum, is it really justified?

Photos: Arsenal fly to Germany for Bayern Munich clash

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And here's the French midfielder joined by compatriot Laurent Koscielny on the plane... #BAYvAFC pic.twitter.com/WDjdufbtj3 Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 10, 2014 Arsenal's squad are en route to Munich for their Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern. PHOTO: Here's Mathieu Flamini flanked by @MesutOzil1088 and @Podolski10 as they prepare to fly to Munich: pic.

Time for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger to take the FA Cup seriously

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When Roberto Mancini joined Manchester City, he initially targeted a domestic cup, preferably the FA Cup, and a top four finish. He felt that a bit of silverware would make an assault on the Premier League title easier the next season. The Citizens won the FA cup and finished third in his maiden season then [.

Man Utd target Kevin Strootman out for nine months with serious knee injury

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Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman has been ruled out for nine months with a serious knee injury, meaning he will miss this summer's World Cup. The Holland international picked up the injury during yesterday's game against Napoli. The 24-year-old is a long-term Manchester United target and as recently as last month was being linked with a [.

Video: Man Utd target Toni Kroos says Premier League move ‘is a possibility’ ahead of Arsenal clash

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Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos says it is "no secret" that a move to the Premier League could be on the cards for him. The Germany international's contract talks with the European champions are currently at a standstill and he has been widely linked with a move to Manchester United. Ahead of his side's Champions [.

Captain Fantastic: Steven Gerrard – the quiet force behind Liverpol’s resurgence

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Steven Gerrard initially broke into the senior team at Liverpool as a right-back and then a holding midfield. He spent his best years as a second striker or an attacking midfielder. He was very effective in the role as he spread the ball well, used his great passing range to provide a lot of assists [.

Photo: Man Utd boss David Moyes spotted at Blackburn vs Burnley

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For all the criticism he has received, you can't argue that David Moyes has been watching a lot of football as he plans for a summer rebuild at Manchester United. One of his own players appears to be the target of his latest scouting mission. The United boss was at Ewood Park yesterday to watch [...]

Manuel Pellegrini: Lack of pace handed Wigan victory vs Man City

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini cited his team's sluggish pace for the first 46 minutes as the reason for yesterday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Championship side Wigan. The Chilean says his side only reacted when the Latics scored their second goal shortly after half-time. He said: "I think we had two games in the [.

Man Utd prepare £30m raid on Southampton for Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana

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Manchester United are planning a double-swoop on Southampton to sign Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, according to reports. United boss David Moyes is ready to offer £30m for the England duo, claims the Daily Express. Given that Saints have been quoting that price for Shaw alone when his various suitors have enquired about his availability, [.

Spurs boss Tim Sherwood and the curious case of the missing ‘s’

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There's little doubt that Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood showed a bit too much of his hand after Saturday's defeat to Chelsea. Unless his post-match rant was a calculated measure to provoke a response from his team in next week's north London derby, he might be reflecting at this stage that it would have been better [.

GIF It: Man Utd team-mates playing in Robin Van Persie’s zones

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Hot on the heels of Robin Van Persie's suggestion that his Manchester United team-mates get in his way comes this compelling evidence. Wayne Rooney is the guilty party on this occasion, showing flagrant disregard for the sanctity of Van Persie's zones by standing in the penalty area. The inevitable collision takes place.

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

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1. This was the weekend of the dodgy headed backpass. Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon and Tottenham's Kyle Walker both cost their teams goals with crazy headers. 2. Following on from that, we can conclude that there were plenty of ill-advised nods of the head even though Alan Pardew's Newcastle didn't have a game.

Thibaut Courtois to ‘run down Chelsea contract’ ahead of Real Madrid move

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois plans to run down his Chelsea contract before moving to Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. The Belgium international has spent that last three seasons on loan at Real's city rivals Atletico Madrid. But he is set to become the first-choice keeper at the Bernabeu in 2016.

Manchester United ‘agree to sign’ Dimitri Oberlin Mfomo from FC Zurich

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Manchester United have won the race to sign Swiss wonderkid Dimitri Oberlin Mfomo, according to media reports. The 16-year-old attacking midfielder has decided to join United this summer when his FC Zurich contract expires, claims the Sunday People. At that stage, Mfomo will be able to move for a small compensation package.

Why Jose Mourinho will not let Chelsea starlet Oscar join PSG

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Reports over the weekend suggested that Chelsea midfielder Oscar could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain in a £40m deal. That's not going to happen. As most teams insist on possession based systems, most successful playmakers are similar. They are usually more efficient in limited spaces think Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Mario [.

Man City duo Samir Nasri and Martin Demichelis not up to scratch for Manuel Pellegrini

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There are a couple of things that Manuel Pellegrini needs to take from yesterday's defeat to Wigan in the FA Cup. Martin Demichelis and Samir Nasri are players he must either improve or improve upon. There are certain flaws that a manger cannot improve in a player, for instance, the lack of pace when a [.

Tactical Review: Manchester City 1-2 Wigan Athletic

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It is not easy to come up with tactics that can neutralise Manchester City at the Etihad. Many teams better on paper than Wigan have left with heavy losses this season. But Latics boss Uwe Rosler did just that and quickly realised his side could do better than just try to keep the side they [...]

Man Utd ‘have not yet bid’ for Fenerbahce’s Salih Ucan

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Manchester United are yet to make an offer for Fenerbahce youngster Salih Ucan despite their reported interest in him, according to his agent. Recent media reports have linked David Moyes' side with the 20-year-old midfielder. Agent Omer Koray Uzun says only Italain side Roma have launched a firm offer for his client so far, but [.

Hoffenheim’s Roberto Firmino ‘wanted by Liverpool and Man Utd’

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Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino is a possible summer signing for Manchester United and Liverpool, according to media reports. The Sunday People claims that both Premier League sides are scouting the 22-year-old Brazilian. But they will face competition from Italian side Inter Milan, who are also said to be interested in Firmino.

Man Utd must finish sixth or higher to qualify for Europe

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Manchester United must finish sixth or higher in the Premier League this season if they want to play in Europe next term. This afternoon's FA Cup semi-final draw guaranteed either Hull City or Sheffield United a place in the FA Cup final. A final between nailed-on Champions League qualifiers Arsenal or Manchester City would have [.

Video: Hull’s David Meyler mock Newcastle boss Alan Pardew with corner flag headbutt

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GIF It: Phil Dowd trolls Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud over affair allegations

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Fourth official Phil Dowd couldn't resist this cheap shot at Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud during yesterday's FA Cup win over Everton.

Video: Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi runs in front of a bull dressed as Batman

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Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has apologised after he was filmed running in front of a bull dressed as Batman. The Spain international performed his stunt during the Carnival celebrations in the Basque town of Azpeitia. After a video appeared online, the player apologised to his team-mates, but will still face a fine for breaking [.

Tactical review: Chelsea 4-0 Tottenham

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Sometimes tactical analysis can tell you exactly where a game was won and lost. This was not one of those games. Nonetheless, here's a breakdown of how the match was shaping up before fortune and individual error swung everything in Chelsea's favour. Blues boss Jose Mourinho came into this game with freshness very in his [.

Liverpool join the race for Arsenal and Man Utd target Martin Hinteregger

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Liverpool are the latest Premier League clubs to show an interest in Red Bull Salzburg defender Martin Hinteregger. The Reds sent a scout to watch the 21-year-old in action for Austria as he won his second cap against Uruguay on Wednesday evening. It is thought the report came back that the young centre-back had performed [.

Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o shows the benefit of experience lacking in Spurs boss Tim Sherwood

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Samuel Eto'o is a player in the twilight of his career. He is gradually losing some of the qualities that made him such a decorated player, but one thing that he has continuously shown to be gaining is anticipation. His goal against Tottenham was a testimony to that. A 20-year-old, no matter how talented, might [.

Tom Cleverley set for £15m new Manchester United contract

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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley is set to sign a new five-year contract worth £15m, according to reports. The champions are set to show their faith in the 24-year-old following recent bursts of vitriol from his critics by tying him down to the new long-term deal. Cleverley's name was booed when it was read out [.

Man Utd target Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen as Nemanja Vidic replacement

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Manchester United want Arsenal benchwarmer Thomas Vermaelen to replace Inter Milan-bound skipper Nemanja Vidic, according to reports. David Moyes has targeted the out-of-favour Gunners captain as the man to replace Vidic, claims The Sun. The 28-year-old would reportedly cost £12m if he was to move to one of Arsenal's Premier League rivals.

Photo: Crystal Palace fan wears cap backwards, uses hand to shield his eyes from the sun

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It was a bit bright at Selhurst Park yesterday for Crystal Palace's game against Southampton. This unfortunate Eagles fan had forgotten his sunglasses and only brought his backwards-facing baseball cap. 'Dammit,' he's thinking. 'Why didn't a bring my front-facing cap?'

Robin Van Persie ready to waive £10m loyalty bonus to leave Man Utd this summer

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Robin van Persie will forego a £10m loyalty payment to leave Manchester United this summer, according to reports. The Sunday Mirror claims that the Dutchman is ready to quit after becoming disillusioned with life at Old Trafford. The 30-year-old is entitled to a £10m bonus if he sees out the final two years of his [.

Photos: Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba celebrate Spurs win in their towels

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Chelsea stars Samuel Eto'o, Eden Hazard and Demba Ba posed with towels wrapped round them and various numbers of digits on display to celebrate their win over Tottenham yesterday evening. Hazard posted the photo online after the 4-0 victory at Stamford Bridge. He wrote: "Congrats @setoo9 for his 300 career goals.

Arsene Wenger tells Joel Campbell he will be in Arsenal squad next season

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Joel Campbell that he is in his plans for next season, according to reports. The Sunday Mirror claims that the Frenchman has been impressed by Campbell's loan spell at Olympiacos and will give him a chance with the Gunners next term. The 21-year-old signed for Arsenal in 2011 but [.

Arsenal set to beat Newcastle to QPR’s Loic Remy

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Arsenal will match Loic Remy's £8m release clause at the end of the season to ensure they beat Newcastle to his signature. The QPR striker has been in excellent form on loan at the Magpies this season but the Gunners could make them pay for not sealing a permanent deal last summer, the Sunday People [.

FA Cup Preview: Manchester City vs Wigan Athletic

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Manchester City know that a Champions League tie with Barcelona is looming and given the recent encouraging events, the Citizens can just about dare dream. But manager Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that they are focusing on the FA Cup for now. For any Championship side, an FA cup quarter–final tie against a team [.

Video: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ‘hails’ easy Tottenham win

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he was able to enjoy the easy 4-0 win over Tottenham yesterday. The Blues boss says his side were in total control after taking the lead. He said: "We can say the first goal was a mistake but we can also say the way Eto'o reads the mistake was fantastic, [...]

Video: Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben expected tough game against Arsenal

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Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich still have to produce a top performance to see off Arsenal in this week's Champions League last-16 tie. The reigning champions go into the home leg with a 2-0 advantage, but Robben insists the job is not done yet. He said: "It is going to be a very tough one. [...]

Man Utd striker Danny Welbeck linked with move to Everton or Newcastle

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Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck is the latest player in David Moyes' squad to have his future called into question. Newspaper reports suggest that the England international could be moved on in the summer as part of a radical overhaul of the United squad. United are set to spend up to £200m to rebuild their [.

Tottenham, Southampton and West Ham to move for Charlton’s Diego Poyet this summer

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Tottenham, Southampton and West Ham are among the Premier League clubs expected to bid for Charlton Athletic's Diego Poyet at the end of the season. The Spanish-born England Under-17 international is likely to be playing Premier League football next season, according to the Daily Mail. But it appears that a link-up with dad Gus at [.

Liverpool ‘offered’ Ajax wonderkid Viktor Fischer

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Liverpool have been given the chance to sign Ajax youngster Viktor Fischer this summer, according to reports. The Denmark international, aged 19, was linked with a host of clubs last year after an impressive debut season in Holland, including the Reds. But he has fallen out of favour this term and has now been offered [.

Manchester United midfield problems apparent even in victory at West Brom

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Manchester United may have come out on top in today's 0-3 win at West Brom, but there were still a few areas of concern very much apparent. David Moyes' side have had a lot of problems recently and when Juan Mata was bought to add creativity, he came with his own liability to the side. [...]

Video:: Kyle Walker howler allows Demba Ba to make it Chelsea 4-0 Spurs

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Tottenham produced a series of errors to allow Chelsea to coast to an easily win this evening. The icing on the cake was this hilarious 30-yard header back towards his own goal from Kyle Walker that allowed Demba Ba to muscle in and score the fourth and final goal for the Blues.

Video and GIF It: Chelsea’s Samuel Eto’o opens the scoring vs Spurs, performs hilarious old man celebration

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Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o took advantage of a disastrous error by Jan Vertonghen to give his side the lead against Spurs then took a potshot at manager Jose Mourinho. The Cameroon international nipped in to intercept Vertonghen's attempted backpass. But it's his celebration that will grab the headlines.

GIF It: Samuel Eto’o pre-match livener (Chelsea vs Spurs)

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After Fernando Torres picked up an injury in the warm-up, his replacement Samuel Eto'o had to hurry his pre-match routine and even had to complete some of it on the pitch. That provided this moment of magic. The Chelsea striker was seen sniffing something up his nose before giving an impression that whatever it was [.

Tactical review: West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Manchester United

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Manchester United got back to winning ways against West Brom today with one eye on the past and one eye on the future. A relatively youthful defence put in a decent display to provide the platform that allowed the champions to coast to the sort of regulation win we were accustomed to before this season.

Alex Oxlade Chamberlain cosies up to Arsenal transfer target

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Tapping up, tapping up, we tell you! Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain has published a photo showing him with his arm round Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto. Given that the 22-year-old has been linked with a £6m switch to the Gunners in recent months and given Arsene Wenger's penchant for snapping up Barca youngsters [.

Chelsea starting to conform to Mourinho’s theory of reliability

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Football is in some ways similar to an academic field. Where theoretical physicists have Sir Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein, in football we have men like Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho. These coaches can envision ways to improve sides that are already good. They have their own theories and ways of conducting their daily business, [.

Video and GIF: Wayne Rooney opens the scoring for Man Utd at West Brom

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£300,000-a-week Wayne Rooney is continuing to earn his keep at Manchester United. He has given David Moyes' side a second half lead at West Brom, nodding in at the backpost to make it 0-1.

Adnan Januzaj booked for attempted Hand of God (Man Utd vs West Brom)

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Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj has been shown a yellow card for this attempted reenaction of Diego Maradona's Hand of God during today's game at West Brom. The teenage winger whose willingness to bend the rules has already brought him some negatve headlines during his fledgling career handled the ball above Baggies keeper [.

Video and GIF: Romelu Lukaku equalises for Everton at Arsenal after superb Ross Barkley

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Everton have equalised at Arsenal in today's FA Cup quarter-final. Romelu Lukaku bundled in Kevin Mirallas' scuffed effort at the back post, but it was all apart a fabulous run from his own half by youngster Ross Barkley.

Photo: Chelsea star Willian gets his afro shaved ahead of Spurs clash

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Chelsea midfielder Willian appears to be parting company with his distinctive hairdo ahead of tomorrow's game against Tottenham. The Brazil international posted a photo to his Instagram account showing someone hovering over his head with clippers poised. Maybe compatriot Bernard advised him it was the best thing to do if he was planning on spending [.

Arsenal ‘approach’ AC MIlan’s Riccardo Montolivo over summer move

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Arsenal have contacted AC Milan star Riccardo Montolivo to discuss a possible summer move, according to his agent. The Gunners have reportedly been in touch with agent Giovanni Branchini to sound out the Italy international about signing him at the end of the season. Branchini revealed the Gunner, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have all [.

Video: Spurs under no pressure against Chelsea, says Tim Sherwood

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood says his club's awful record at Chelsea means they are under no pressure when they visit Stamford Bridge this evening. Spurs haven't won at their London rivals for 24 years ahead of today's meeting. Asked why their track record is so bad, Sherwood said: "No idea. Obviously what's happened in the [.

Video: Spurs boss Tim Sherwood tips Man City to beat Chelsea to the title

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Tim Sherwood says he expects Chelsea to fall short in the title race ahead of his Tottenham side's visit to Stamford Bridge this evening. The Spurs boss believes Manchester City will ultimately have too much for Jose Mourinho's team, although he expects the Blues to be in contention until the end of the season.

Chelsea’s Fernando Torres linked with £20m move to Inter Milan

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Chelsea flop Fernando Torres could make a £20m move to Inter Milan this summer, according to reports. The Spain international joined from Liverpool in a £50m deal in 2011 but has failed to produce anywhere near the form he showed at Anfield. Blues boss Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he believes the striking [.

Video and GIF: Mesut Ozil gives Arsenal the lead against Everton

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Chelsea weigh-up move for Valencia left-back Juan Bernat

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Chelsea are lining up Valencia youngster Juan Bernat as a cut-price alternative to Southampton's Luke Shaw. Manager Jose Mourinho is keen to strengthen at left-back this summer, with Ashley Cole likely to leave at the end of the season and right-back Cesar Azpiliculeta currently standing in on the left flank.

Video: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere is ‘very down’

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Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is "very down" after picking up an injury in England's win over Denmark, according to manager Arsene Wenger. The midfielder is ruled out for six weeks with a broken bone is his feet and Wenger says he has gone on holiday to get over the disappointment. He said: "I think that the [.

Photos: Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flamini and Dennis Bergkamp at Arsenal training

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We're not quite sure what Per Mertesacker's up to here, but we trust it's going to help Arsenal to beat Everton tomorrow. Santi Cazorla seems suitably entertained. Dennis Bergkamp was an interested spectactor at London Colney as the Gunners prepared for the FA Cup clash with the Toffees. He had a chat with Mathieu Flamini [.

Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva to make comeback in U21 game against West Ham tonight

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Watch @LucasLeiva87 return to action with #LFCU21s live on @LFCTV and online tonight http://t.co/a4YFJlHcKZ pic.twitter.com/d6T9AbsQR5 Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 7, 2014 Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva will make his long awaited return to action in an under-21 game against West Ham this evening. The Brazilian star is expected to start for Alex Inglethorpe's Reds [.

England U21 registered the wrong one of Man Utd’s Keane twin

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Manchester United youngster Michael Keane was unable to play for England Under-21s against Wales this week after his twin brother was inadvertently registered for the game instead. Gareth Southgate had wanted the 21-year-old defender in his team for the game, only to discover that his brother Will, currently on loan from United to QPR, had [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes scouts Arsenal target Antoine Griezmann

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Manchester United manager David Moyes was in Paris on Wednesday evening to watch Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann make his France debut against Holland. After scoring 20 goals in Spain this season, Griezmann was given the chance to make an impression for Les Bleus. The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent [.

Liverpool not planning to make Aly Cissokho’s loan permanent

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Liverpool do not intend to spend the £3.3m needed to convert Aly Cissokho's loan into a permanent deal, according to reports. The left-back will be allowed to return to parent club Valencia with the Reds deciding not to take up their option to sign him, according to Valencia-based online newspaper Plaza Deportiva.

Lukas Podolski ready to quit Arsenal for Inter Milan, hints agent

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Lukas Podolski's agent has suggested his client would be interested in leaving Arsenal to join Inter Milan this summer. The Germany international, aged 28, is a firm favourite among Gooners, but has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in Arsene Wenger's side since joining from Cologne in an £11m deal in 2012.

Photo: Spurs fan mocks up personalised wheelchair for Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere

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Jack Wilshere's latest injury set-back has earned him little sympathy in some quarters. One Photoshop prankster presumably a Tottenham-supporting Photoshop prankster has mocked up a personalised wheelchair for the Arsenal midfielder. The 22-year-old's new wheels include his name and number on the back as well as a packet of cigarettes to help Jack [.

Injury recovery time could jeopardise Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s World Cup place

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When Daniel Agger caught Jack Wilshere in Wednesday's international friendly between England and Denmark, it appeared to be a nasty knock that he would be able to run off. Even shortly after the game, Wilshere reassured everyone that it was just a bit sore and that he should be fit again soon. Not even he [.

Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan, claims agent

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan is a transfer target for Arsenal and Liverpool, according to his agent. Both Premier League sides are said to be keen on the Turkey international, who is particularly eager to link-up with Gunners boss Arsenal Wenger. Turan's agent Ahmed Bulut said: "Arsenal and Liverpool?

David Moyes tells Man Utd season ticket holders he ‘didn’t envisage’ difficult season

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Manchester United manager David Moyes has written to the club's season ticket holders to say that he didn't envisage the "difficult season" the champions are currently enduring. With his side languishing in seventh place in the league and trailing Olympiacos 2-0 ahead of the Champions League last-16 second leg, Moyes has acknowledged that while he [.

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for Everton match, reveals Arsene Wenger

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Here's the boss in the press conference. #AFCvEFC pic.twitter.com/uyNIKNEQaJ Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 7, 2014 Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for tomorrow's FA Cup quarter final clash with Everton, manager Arsene Wenger has revealed. The Gunners boss revealed that the France international has returned from his side's friendly against Holland with a [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘Aaron Ramsey and Kim Kallstrom will be fit to face Spurs’

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Arsenal will have midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Kim Kallstrom available to face Tottenham in next weekend's north London derby, according to manager Arsene Wenger. But both players are set to miss tomorrow's FA Cup clash with Everton and the Champions League last-16 second leg against Bayern Munich. Speaking at his press conference ahead of the [.

Video: Man Utd fans performs the Champions League anthem on acoustic guitar

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Perhaps concerned that he is not going to get to hear the Champions League anthem on too many more occasions this season, Manchester United fan Paul Quinn has recorded his own version. Paul says: "A lot of work went into it and I arranged it all by ear." Now he can just sit back and [...]

Jose Mourinho’s denials of Chelsea’s title ambitions are for Oscar and Eden Hazard’s sakes

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Jose Mourinho's ability to use virtually everything at his disposal to the ultimate goal of winning is what makes him one of the best managers in the game. He has tradition of heaping praises on his players or his work; a tradition he is strangely deviating from this season. When he first arrived at Chelsea, [.

Preview: West Brom vs Manchester United

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Manchester United manager David Moyes badly needs this game, not to exact vengeance to what happened at Old Trafford earlier this season but to move on from what happened in Greece. West Brom boss Pepe Mel is also in desperate need for a victory because a winless streak spanning his entire West Brom career leaves [.

Is this leaked photo Manchester United’s new home kit?

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It appears that this might be Manchester United's home kit for the 2014/15 season. The kit features lots of quite ugly black panels, including one on the neck that appears to house a zip. Chevrolet will become United's main kit sponsor next season having paid £25m-a-year to secure that deal, so the logo on the [.

Chelsea’s Ashley Cole, Southampton’s Luke Shaw deny being ‘gay England footballer’

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come on people, sorry to disappoint u but I'm strictly #chicks only Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) March 7, 2014 Chelsea veteran Ashley Cole and Southampton full-back Luke Shaw have both taken to Twitter to deny that they are the current England international who is set to be outed as gay by a tabloid newspaper this [.

Preview: Chelsea vs Tottenham

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Chelsea usually come out on top at home to Tottenham. The statistics are heavily in favour of the Blues: 24 years without a home defeat to Spurs and yet to lose in the league since New Year and if they win they will go seven points clear at the top of the table. Jose Mourinho [...]

Real Madrid ‘open talks’ with Juventus over Man Utd targets Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal

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Real Madrid have reportedly stolen a march on Manchester United by opening talks with Juventus over possible transfers for midfield duo Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal. The Juve pair are considered two of the world's best midfielders at the moment and United have been heavily linked with attempts to sign them.

Photo: Arsenal’s BFG Per Mertesacker reads Roald Dahl’s The BFG

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Islington Reads Champion, Arsenal defender and big friendly giant Per Mertesacker celebrates #worldbookdayuk pic.twitter.com/SKohC3o3Jk Islington Council (@IslingtonBC) March 6, 2014 Arsenal centre-back Per Mertesacker has been reading his namesake Roald Dahl book to celebrate World Book Day. The tall defender is nicknamed BFG Big F**king German by Gooners, so it's little surprise [.

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere put out of action for six weeks by Liverpool’s Daniel Agger

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out for at least six weeks with a broken bone in his foot. He sustained the injury during last night's game between England and Denmark. Liverpool defender Daniel Agger caught the Gunners star with a tackle right on top of his foot. In the process, he may have [.

Lack of character, not quality, is the main problem at Manchester United

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There is a tendency in the football world to look for a glaring problem and presume that it is the main one. Sometimes it is an unfortunate player, a scapegoat. In the case of Manchester United, it's the quality of the squad that is being blamed for everything that's going wrong there at the moment. [.

Man Utd ‘could sell Robin Van Persie to Chelsea’

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Manchester United are considering selling Robin Van Persie this summer and Chelsea would be interested in signing him, according to reports in Italy. Tuttosport claims that Juventus and Monaco are also in the running for the Dutchman, who is said to be unhappy at Old Trafford. United would consider a bid in the region of [.

Photos: Southampton’s Luke Shaw makes his England debut vs Denmark

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Southampton youngster Luke Shaw made his England debut as a half-time substitute in yesterday's drab 1-0 win over Denmark. The 18-year-old replaced Ashley Cole and showed some decent glimpses of his club form. England manager Roy Hodgson reflected: "I wanted the young players to have a chance to get out there and play and I'm [.

Tactics: Liverpool personnel, formation but not performance for England vs Denmark

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With Liverpool in sparkling form and five of England's starting 11 coming from the Reds, Roy Hodgson seemed to have adopted his tactics accordingly. None of the starters come from a team that is currently relying on a conventional 4-4-2 formation anyway. Hodgson knew that the Danes would be defensive so he initially went with [.

Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil booed by Germany fans during Chile fans

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Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil and Manchester United's Tom Cleverley might like to form a group therapy meeting. The Gunners star was booed and whistled by home supporters during Germany's friendly win over Chile last night. Cleverley's name was booed when it was read out over the Wembley PA system.

Video: Mascot flicks the V-sign while holding Liverpool defender Glen Johnson’s hand (England vs Denmark)

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Confronted with a TV camera and the potential to reach an audience of millions, this cheeky mascot couldn't resist flicking the Vs as he made his way out of the tunnel ahead of last night's friendly between England and Denmark. Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson was the player lucky enough to have the privilege of holding [.

Chelsea linked with move for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane

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Chelsea are being linked with a £25m bid for Real Madrid's Raphael Varane after Jose Mourinho lavished praised on him. The Blues boss said the 20-year-old is the "best young central defender in the world". That's prompted suggestions that Mourinho is hoping to sign Varane this summer. He said: "I think he is the best [.

Why Arsenal doomed to near misses

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Arsenal's seasons tend to implode at this time of year, and there is a general understanding that it is due to their poor performances against big teams. Why? Some people point to the need for marquee signings, others blame the maturity of the squad, while some suggest it's a lack of bodies. Here's another theory.

Liverpool fans prepare ‘David Moyes – Football Genius’ banner for Man Utd clash

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"David Moyes is a football genius" http://t.co/SgptwPcw5Q #MoyesOut #thekop pic.twitter.com/JtgdZCYm4y Emil Lundberg (@emlbg) March 6, 2014 Liverpool fans have been giving a sneak preview of a banner they've prepared ahead of their meeting with Manchester United. The old enemies face each other a week on Sunday, and with Liverpool towering above their north-west rivals [.

Video: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge opens the scoring for England vs Denmark

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Daniel Sturridge has nodded England into an 81st minute lead against Denmark. The Liverpool striker benefited from good work from Southampton's Adam Lallana to put Roy Hodgson's side in front.

Video: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge’s crazy dancing celebration from his Man City youth days

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Before Daniel Sturridge had finessed his dancing goal celebration to its now familiar routine, it used to be a bit more up tempo. And slightly crazed. Here's the proto-celebration in action during Sturridge's time at Manchester City. We like the bemused team-mate wondering if there's any chance of a hug when Sturridge has quite finished.

Video: Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke’s outrageous miss for Belgium vs Ivory Coast

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Video: Man City’s Fernandinho and Chelsea’s Oscar score for Brazil vs South Africa

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Fernandinho and Oscar were both on the scoresheet as Brazil beat South Africa 5-0 in a friendly. Barcelona's Neymar scored all three of the World Cup hosts' other goals. Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho scored his first international goal with a spectacular long-range effort after Chelsea playmaker Oscar had opened the scoring with this dinked effort.

Photo: Man Utd legend Peter Schmeichel takes a selfie with son Kasper ahead of England vs Denmark

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Father & son selfie from Wembley @kschmeichel1 pic.twitter.com/Vbq0yolqXX Peter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) March 5, 2014

Photo: Lionel Messi vomits on the pitch during Romania vs Argentina

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Lionel Messi might have put his recent muscle problems behind him, but it appears he is still being troubled by at least one ailment. The Barcelona star threw-up on the pitch during Argentina's friendly against Romania this evening.

All five Liverpool player start for England vs Denmark

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All five Liverpool players in the England squad start tonight's game against Denmark. More to follow.

Photo: Ex-Man Utd and Liverpool striker Little Michael Owen plays the big man role alongside Gary Barlow

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In London today recording The World Cup song with Ex-England players and some proper singers! pic.twitter.com/EjHOb49s1m michael owen (@themichaelowen) March 5, 2014 He might have been known as Little Mickey Owen during his playing days, but it turns out that the former England international is a bit of a giant compared to Take That [.

Javier Hernandez: ‘Manchester United don’t take me into account much’

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Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has revealed he is looking forward to getting a game with Mexico because first team opportunities are so scarce at his club. The 25-year-old says United boss David Moyes doesn't take him into account when it comes to United team selection. Mexico face Nigeria in a friendly this evening and [.

Preview: England vs Denmark

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"I am not going to consider someone just because they score a goal against Denmark and at the same time I am not going to leave someone out who really and truly has been in my plans just because they have a poor game tonight." Roy Hodgson, like every manger has to manage confidence levels, [...]

Video: Footage of Liverpool owner John W. Henry admitting Arsenal met Luis Suarez’s buyout clause

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Photo: Man Utd captain Nemanja Vidic signs Inter Milan contract

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Here's Vidic signing his contract. See you in June, Nemanja! http://t.co/Qtu2q0cd68 #FCIM pic.twitter.com/M62T0rP8wj F.C. Internazionale (@inter) March 5, 2014

Video: Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma scores injury time winner for France U21 vs Belarus U21

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Chelsea's January signing Kurt Zouma was on the scoresheet last night to grab a last-gasp victory for France Under-21s against Belarus Under-21s. The £12.5m man, who will link up with his new club at the end of the season, fired a low shot in at the near post in injury time to secure a 1-0 [...]

‘Sick in bed’ Robin Van Persie is a doubt for Man Utd’s trip to West Brom

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Manchester United striker Robin Van Persie is set to miss Holland's game against France this evening through illness and is now a doubt for his side's game at West Brom on Saturday. The Dutchman is "sick in bed", according to Holland boss Louis Van Gaal, and was unable to train yesterday. Van Gaal admits [.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez says he’d make a better SAS soldier than Daniel Sturridge

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Luis Suarez says he is the member of Liverpool's SAS strike partnership best suited to a career in the other SAS. The Uruguayan says he would make a better soldier than fellow Reds striker Daniel Sturridge. Suarez, aged 26, thinks that fact that he is older than Sturridge swings things in his favour.

Barcelona line-up Chelsea’s David Luiz to replace Carlos Puyol

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Barcelona have identified Chelsea defender David Luiz as their preferred replacement for captain Carlos Puyol. The Catalan giants' long-serving skipper has announced he will be leaving when his contract expires this summer. Barca will renew their interest in the Brazil international as they seek a successor, according to the Telegraph.

Kim Kallstrom set for Arsenal debut against Everton or Spurs

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Arsenal's controversial January loan signing Kim Kallstrom is set to make his debut for the club. The Sweden international, aged 31, was signed from Spartak Moscow despite his medical showing a fractured vertebrae that has prevented him from featuring for the Gunners so far. But he is in line to make his debut very soon.

Daniel Agger looking forward to facing Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge

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Daniel Agger berbicara tentang Sturridge dan Gerrard. Baca selengkapnya di sini: http://t.co/fJhfQwwMnq #LFCIndonesia pic.twitter.com/wzkAKIxmza LFC Indonesia (@OfficialLFC_ID) March 5, 2014 Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is relishing the opportunity to go up against team-mate Daniel Sturridge when Denmark face England this evening.

Tottenham linked with surprise move for Everton’s Kevin Mirallas

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Spurs are reportedly planning to launch a bid to sign Everton forward Kevin Mirallas this summer. The Belgium international has caught the eye on the wing and through the middle this season, and reports suggest that he has been identified as a transfer target by the north London club. Reports suggest that Spurs boss Tim [.

Glen Johnson says Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers is a better man-manager than Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho

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PHOTO: Brendan Rodgers leads #LFC training at Melwood on Friday pic.twitter.com/2ySBYTKWaz Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 21, 2014 Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson says he rates manager Brendan Rodgers as better at man-management than Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. Having played under both men, the England international says it is Rodgers who is able to get the [.

Video: Steven Gerrard discusses England’s Liverpool connections

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England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been discussing the wealth of Reds players in the current national squad. Gerrard is joined by team-mates Glen Johnson, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson in the 30-strong group selected by Roy Hodgson to face Denmark tomorrow evening.

Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner: ‘Prospective buyers think I’m a psychopath’

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner says he has struggled to find a new club because potential buyers think he is a psychopath. The Denmark international says he is misunderstood and that people have got completely the wrong impression about him. He told Jyllands-Posten: "The image that people have about me is that I'm all about partying, [.

Liverpool linked with £10m move for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette

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Liverpool are set to launch a £10m bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette this summer, according to reports. The Reds have been linked with the 22-year-old throughout the current campaign, and will reportedly make their move at the end of the season. Brendan Rodgers has had Lacazette, who has two France caps, scouted several times [.

Video: Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla puts Iker Casillas on his backside

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Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla has scored a cheeky goal in Spain training. The Gunners star sold Real Madrid keeper Iker Casillas an outrageous dummy to put him on his backside before easily rolling the ball into the net. Casillas, now second choice behind Diego Lopez at Real, might conclude that life on the bench isn't [.

Becoming a football superbrain: What do you need?

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Every football fan will know the basics about their favourite club. In all likelihood, they will know about the year the team was founded, what division they play in and where they finished in the league last season. However, there is a lot more to football teams than that, as many have histories which span [.

Ex-Barcelona and Spurs star Gica Popescu jailed for tax evasion and money laundering

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Former Tottenham player Gica Popescu has been jailed for three years and one month for tax evasion and money laundering related to dodgy transfer deals. More to follow.

Arsenal fans petition for Liverpool to give them Luis Suarez and pay £4.5m in compensation

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Irate Arsenal fans have launched a petition demanding Liverpool allow Luis Suarez to join them on a free transfer and pay £4.5m for the privilege. The campaign was started in the wake of Liverpool owner John W. Henry's admission that the Gunners' bid of £40m plus £1 last summer did meet a release clause [.

Video: Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain unsure whether injury will benefit England

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Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade Chamberlain says he doesn't know whether the injury that has blighted his season will turn out to be of benefit to England. The 20-year-old has played very little football this season after a five-month injury lay-off. That led to him being asked whether he is likely to be full of running [.

Stoke ‘surprised and disappointed’ Charlie Adam has been charged for stamp on Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud

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Stoke City say they will "appeal vigorously" against an FA charge relating to a stamp on Arsenal's Olivier Giroud by midfielder Charlie Adam. The Scotland international sparked outrage among Gunners fans when pictures showing Adam's boot on Giroud went viral during Saturday's game. An FA statement said: "Stoke City's Charlie Adam has today been charged [.

Photo: Marco Van Ginkel returns to full training with Chelsea

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Chelsea midfielder Marco Van Ginkel returned to training with the Chelsea senior squad today. The Dutch youngster has been out of action since suffering a serious knee injury during the Capital One Cup tie at Swindon in September. The 21-year-old posted a photo showing him training with the Blues' youth team a couple of weeks [.

Per Mertesacker celebrates new contract by releasing boyhood Arsenal photos

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As a young boy and now-very proud to be a gunner! Thanks fans for your support. Happy to have extended with @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/rsT92OM8kU Per Mertesacker (@mertesacker) March 4, 2014 Per Mertesacker has marked signing his new Arsenal contract by releasing photographs showing him wearing a Gunners kit as a child.

Photo: Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade Chamberlain training at Spurs

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A few familiar faces at Hotspur Way today as we welcomed the England team to our training ground pic.twitter.com/48c7vPpW9z Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 3, 2014 Fear not, Gooners, the Ox has not performed a reverse Sol. The Arsenal youngster joined his England team-mates for a session at Spurs' Hotspur Way training ground this morning.

Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal’s interest in Real Sociedad star Antoine Griezmann

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is keen to sign Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann. The French star has long been linked with the Gunners and Wenger has now confirmed his interest in the 22-year-old. Asked about reports that he wants to sign Griezmann, Wenger told Telefoot: "Yes, we follow him in [.

Top 10 conclusions: Premier League weekend, 1-2 March

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1. Arsenal can't do it on a dry Saturday in Stoke. 2. Contrary to the beliefs of many religious sects, Roberto Soldado scoring from open play for Tottenham is in no way associated with the apocalypse. 3. Alan Pardew joins Mike Tyson in a select club of people who can claim to have headbutted a [...]

Video: Jan Vertonghen’s roulette (Tottenham 1-0 Cardiff)

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Here's Zidane Vertonghen at work during Tottenham's win over Cardiff yesterday. That's certainly one way of bringing the ball out of defence. The Belgian defender sent two Cardiff players speeding in the wrong direction, cartoon style.

Top five Capital One Cup Final conclusions: Manchester City 3-1 Sunderland

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1. One down, four to go for Manuel Pellegrini in his challenge to win five trophies in five years for Manchester City. 2. That was probably the best possible result for Sunderland in the long-term. They played well, weren't humiliated but didn't end up with the trophy that often results in teams clocking off in [.

Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho talks about joining Man Utd this summer

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Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho has been discussing the possibility of joining Manchester United at the end of the season. The 21-year-old has been widely linked with a move to United, who have scouted him at least a dozen times already this season. While the youngster appears certain that he will move on this summer, [.

Liverpool linked with Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen

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Liverpool will swoop for Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen if they beat the north London side to Champions League qualification, according to reports. The Belgian centre-back has hinted that he wants Champions League football next season and will assess his options in the summer if Tim Sherwood's side fail to qualify.

Photo: Sandro shaves off his daft beard after Spurs beat Cardiff

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Tottenham midfielder Sandro must have been longest in the shower after yesterday's win over Cardiff because he found time to shave off his beard. The fit-again Brazilian star added some much-needed steel to the Spurs midfield during the wins over Dnipro and the Bluebirds but it was braided beard that really caught the [.

Photo: Arsenal’s German trio and Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle fly to international meet-up

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Chelsea attacker Andre Schurrle joined Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski for a flight to Germany ahead of their national team's friendly against Chile. And friendly appears to be the operative word, not only because of the amicable travel arrangements of players from both London clubs, but mainly because of how far up [.

Photo: Chelsea’s Brazilian contingent fly to South Africa

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Chelsea's Brazil internationals, Oscar, David Luiz, Ramires and Willian, have flown to South Africa for an international friendly game. The Blues quartet picked up Shakhtar Donetsk's Bernard for the journey.

Video: Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he’s managing Man Utd

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If there's one thing you don't want to take the credit for at the moment it's being the manager of Manchester United. But that's exactly what Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini did after yesterday's Capital One Cup victory over Sunderland. Falling into the familiar trap that's already caught out the likes of former City executive [.

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 [.