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

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

Chelsea’s Gary Cahill defends Man City keeper Joe Hart

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

Jake ready for competitive international bow

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Our own Jake Livermore continues to build on the best 12 months of his career and following on from his full England debut last month, Jake has been called into Roy Hodgson's squad to face Ukraine tomorrow night.

With Theo Walcott and Adam Johnson returning to their clubs after injury, there was a need for reinforcements in midfield and although the best that he can hope for is a subs place, it's further recognition of Livermore's progress.

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

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

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

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

Juventus hope to pinch Man Utd starlet Adnan Januzaj

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Italian side Juventus are planning to sign highly-rated Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj just 12 months after doing the same with Paul Pogba. The Old Lady find United to be a decent feeder club at the moment, and hope to once again snatch a young star from the champions by promising them more regular [.

Norwich striker Grant Holt moves to Wigan: a pie-eating match made in heaven

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Wigan have completed the £2million signing of big-boned Norwich striker Grant Holt. Having had his fill of mustard and Delia's cooking, Holt has moved to Wigan, where residents are known as 'pie-eaters'. Latics boss Owen Coyle said: "This is a fantastic piece of business for us at a really good price.

Stoked! Michael Owen Finally Gets A New Gig, Joins The Potters In 12-Month Deal

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By Alan Duffy

Pint-sized horse-lover Michael Owen has finally found himself a new team after spending the summer on the mooch for some football.

Since leaving Man Utd, the 32-year-old striker had even been linked with a move back to Anfield. However, rather than get a chance to join Brendan Rodgers' tiki-taka revolution on Merseyside, Owen has signed up for the far more prosaic tactics of Tony Pulis and co.

No shock as van Persie goes, but what a shame

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The bottom line is that I want to win trophies with Arsenal, not with anybody else. I know you can win trophies in many countries and in many ways, but I want to do that in our way and in an Arsenal shirt.

‘I'm sure I could win things at another team in another country, but would it feel like our trophy, my trophy?

Man United Sign Robin Van Persie

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Breaking news (well 3 hours ago anyway), as reported on Twitter by a BBC Sports journalist Man United and Arsenal have agreed a fee for the transfer of Robin Van Persie. Van Persie will join United subject to passing a medical, with the fee apparently in the £24 million region.

Feedback generally from social sites seem to consist of over-joyed Man United fans, surprised that they've spent so big and got such a talented striker as RVP when perhaps a central midfielder is more of a priority.

Fernando Llorente Rejects Latest Contract Offer

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Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente has turned down a new contract offer from the club, a decision that stunned the club.

Llorente wants Athletic to double his wages and has rejected a three-year extension after they refused to meet his demands.

The striker's current deal expires next summer and is said to be asking for £80,000-a-week, while Bilbao are only willing to go to £60,000.

Senegal sensation could be a good fit for Spurs

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During Harry Redknapp's finest wheeling and dealing days, a major tournament would be invariably followed by a flood of new players at his club, most of whom were relatively unknown before those tournaments began.

If our ex manager were still here, he might just be looking at the Olympics' top scorer Moussa Konate – then again, because the Senegalese striker is the right side of 30 maybe he wouldn't.

Atletico Madrid Say Adrian Is Going Nowhere

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Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone insists Adrian will not be leaving the club amid continued speculation linking Tottenham Hotspur with the striker.

Adrian joined Atletico from Deportivo La Coruna 12 months ago and he enjoyed an impressive debut season at the Vicente Calderon, scoring 18 goals and playing a key role in the club's Europa League triumph.

Liverpool

Steven Gerrard touts himself as a future Liverpool manager

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

Liverpool get opposition fans to do their scouting for them, Aston Villa fan obliges

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Liverpool have come up with a cost-effective new way of scouting opposition teams: simply ask an opposing fan to provide tips on stopping their star player. That's exactly what the Reds have done ahead of the match against Aston Villa. And Villa fan James Laishley has, perhaps surprisingly, offered up his thoughts on thwarting striker [.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard set to sign new contract

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Steven Gerrard will sign a new two-year contract at Liverpool within the next 24 hours. The Reds skipper is in the final 12 months of his current deal, but the 33-year-old will put pen to paper on his new contract later today or tomorrow. The extension will keep him at Anfield beyond his 35th birthday [.

TACTICS COLUMN: ARTETA AND DIABY FORM UNLIKELY PARTNERSHIP

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Abou Diaby looks like the perfect footballer; tall, agile, with a quick turn of pace and a smooth pass. But he has a problem; his body. In his six years at Arsenal, Diaby has suffered 31 injuries, roughly 5 ayear, but is adamant he's not injury prone and rather, his problem is biomechanical.

Liverpool v Arsenal – live blog

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Join us today for live blogging of Liverpool v Arsenal in the Premier League, kick off 1.30pm

Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. This season we've added a mobile specific theme which should detect your phone making it much easier to follow the updates.

Liverpool vs. Arsenal – Preview

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Once again we are playing Liverpool early in the season in a match that may well show how strong our team really is.

When Liverpool came to the Emirates around this time last season, the transfer window was still open, and players came and went in that time. We fielded an unbelievably weak team, and were punished so.

Who Are Ya? Oussama Assaidi (Liverpool)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Oussama Assaidi Age: 24 Position: Winger Signed from: Heerenveen Fee: £3 million Did you know? He's nicknamed Roi Lion D'Atlas the Atlas Lion King. What's the deal? The goalscoring winger he bagged 20 goals in 68 appearances for Heerenveen has sealed his [.

Inter Milan To Rival Liverpool For Theo Walcott

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Inter Milan are reportedly planning a bid for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who remains a transfer target for Liverpool.
The England international has less than 12 months remaining on his current contract at the Emirates Stadium and little progress has been made in negotiations about an extension.

Liverpool Transfer News Latest

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Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that the Reds are in talks with Cardiff City over the possibility of Craig Bellamy rejoining the Welsh club.

Bellamy scored six goals in 24 appearances for Liverpool after moving to Anfield on a free transfer little over 12 months ago.

"We have been in talks with him and Cardiff," said the Liverpool manager.

Alberto Aquilani Joins Fiorentina On Three-Year Deal, May Still Have A Future At Liverpool

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By Chris Wright

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has just announced that his club have secured the signature of Alberto Aquilani, signing him up on a three-year deal worth €1.7 million a year though he may still have a future at Liverpool if...

Liverpool’s Andy Carroll Turns Down West Ham Loan Move

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In a sign of how desperate Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool are to get rid of Andy Carroll, last night they accepted an offer from West Ham United of £2 million to take Carroll on loan for the coming season and then £17 million to make his move permanent in 12 months' time, providing West Ham avoid relegation.

Liverpool Agree £13.5m Fee For Swansea Pass Merchant Joe Allen

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By Chris Wright

Liverpool have reportedly agreed a whopping £13.5 million fee with Swansea over the transfer of Joe Allen, with former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers keen to cherry pick one of his leading lights from last season by invoking a release clause written into Allen's labyrinthine contract.

Liverpool Agree £13.5m Fee For Swansea Pass Merchant Joe Allen

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By Chris Wright

Liverpool have reportedly agreed a whopping £13.5 million fee with Swansea over the transfer of Joe Allen, with former Swans manager Brendan Rodgers keen to cherry pick one of his leading lights from last season by invoking a release clause written into Allen's labyrinthine contract.

Did Arsenal Really Turn Down A £25million Bid For Theo Walcott?

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According to the Daily Express, Arsenal have turned down a £25million bid from Chelsea for Theo Walcott.

Last night, Walcott's agent told the newspaper said that he did not believe Chelsea would make a higher offer and that he was no longer in negociations with them.

Gobsmacked that Chelsea would make such a offer for a player with only one year left on his contract and equally shocked that Arsenal would turn it down.

Liverpool Poised To Test Fulham's Resolve With Dempsey Bid

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Liverpool is set to make a £5m move for Fulham striker Clint Dempsey.
Martin Jol is desperate to keep last season's top scorer and has offered the American a new deal to keep him at Craven Cottage.
But with just 12 months left on his current deal sources close to the club have told talkSPORT they are bracing themselves for a bid from Liverpool.

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Tottenham’s Clint Dempsey signs for Seattle Sounders

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Clint Dempsey has left Spurs to return to the MLS with Seattle Sounders. The USA international has gone back to his homeland in a deal believed to be roughly the same as the £6m Spurs paid to sign him from Tottenham 12 months ago. The 30-year-old said: "I am very excited about coming back to [...]

Will he, won’t he: Shakhtar’s Willian wants Tottenham switch

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Will he, won't he: Shakhtar's Willian wants Tottenham switch - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With less than a week remaining in the transfer window, Tottenham are expected to be one of the main clubs eager to bring in a new face or two before the opportunity ends. Andre Villas-Boas faces the prospect of losing star playmaker Luka Modric to Real Madrid, and is eager to add a creative midfielder to his repertoire, with one name in the mix Brazil international Willian.

Dos Santos incurs AVB’s wrath

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There's been a fair bit of talk about players ‘rotting' at White Hart Lane next season and comments from Gio dos Santos this week might just lead to that sort of situation.

Gio has incurred the displeasure of head coach Andre Villas-Boas by publicly stating that he will not be renewing his contract with Spurs when it runs out in 12 months time.

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Video: Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne scores a greal goal, but gets injured in the process

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Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne gave fans a glimpse of why they signed him 12 months ago with a well taken goal against a Malaysian XI. But the Belgian injured himself in the process of scoring the goal. The 22-year-old was involved in an awkward collision as he fired his volley into the net. Fans initially [.

Karanka Hints At Real Madrid Exit For Kaka

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Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka appeared to suggest that Kaka could be on his way out of the Bernabeu following his omission from Jose Mourinho's squad for a pre-season friendly against Oviedo.

Kaka has been regularly linked with a move away from Real over the past 12 months, after struggling to justify the then-world record fee of £50.

Theo Walcott

Thoughts on Theo

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Morning all,

and the madness has begun. It's all based around Theo Walcott and his apparent refusal to sign a new contract with the club. As I mentioned on yesterday's blog, he was one of the players I felt could leave the club this week because of his contract issue. The situation is he has less than 12 months left on his deal, Arsenal face the prospect of losing him on a free and for that reason alone his departure would not be a surprise.

Santi? Course he’s coming to town.

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Morning all,

and the main event this grey Friday is, of course, Santi Cazorla. Absent from training at Malaga yesterday he traveled to London as everything had been agreed between the clubs, underwent a medical and all going well should be unveiled as an Arsenal player today.

It is, perhaps, 12 months later than Arsene Wenger would have liked.

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Stoke v Arsenal – live blog

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Join us today for live blogging of Stoke City v Arsenal in the Premier League, kick off 1.30pm

Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match. This season we've added a mobile specific theme which should detect your phone making it much easier to follow the updates.

Arsenal v Sunderland – live blog!

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Welcome a new season and a new season of liveblog here on Arseblog. Join us today for live blogging of Arsenal v Sunderland, at the Emirates, kick off 3pm

Live blog is 100% free to follow on your computer or mobile device and gives you real time text commentary from the match.

The Rest

Has Sagna’s return demoted The Corporal?

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There was a bit of confusion amongst Arsenal fans when Wenger plucked Jenkinson from Charlton after only 9 appearances for the first team, but his rise over the last 12 months, including a call up to the full England squad has shown not only that Wenger can still spot talent, but more importantly that Arsenal have a potential future star on their hands.

USMNT: The Good German Part 3 – Everybody into the Pool

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"If the young players are better, they are going to play." In his 12 months in charge of the US National Team, Jurgen Klinsmann called up 53 players over the course of 16 games. They represented teams in the US, England, Scotland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Italy & the Turkish 3rd division.

Never Forget: Fulham’s 2008 Great Escape

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Tweet69 Minutes gone and Fulham are 2-0 to Manchester City on the 16th of April 2008. As it stands Fulham's destiny next season is the Championship... After a shocking 12 Months as April 2008Â approached. Fulham find themselves with a record of only four home wins, zero away wins and three points from safety.