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How does a team that's squandered so many opportunities this season retain a tenuously-high standing? No doubt Frank Klopas's side played one of their best games last weekend, but they were backed up against the wall.
Juan Luis Anangono points skyward after his first MLS goal. (photo by chicago-fire.com)
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On Saturday evening, Chicago Fire leapt into a playoff spot for the first time in 2013. Somehow, the Men in Red overcame controversy, gaffes, missed chances, and a rather cynical opponent to earn all three points, thereby putting themselves in position to make a postseason run.
Will Bruin's brace lifted the Houston Dynamo past the Chicago Fire 2-1 in the knockout round of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Wednesday night. The Fire attempted a comeback with Brazilian playmaker Alex coming off the bench and scoring a [...]
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Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal youngster to take advantage of the "fantastic opportunity" to establish himself as a first-team regular. Injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have presented the 18-year-old with the chance to get some game-time under his belt. The German youngster featured in last weekend's victory against Stoke, and Wenger wants [.
Mesut Özil with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. #aha pic.twitter.com/5uH1kPaFVp Sir Jenkinson (@theEpicGooner) September 11, 2013 Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil has arrived at the club's training ground for the first time. The £42.4m man returned from international duty to report with the Gunners for the first time since joining from Real Madrid.
Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been taking aim at former Gunners Samir Nasri and Alex Song. With the internet abuzz over the launch of the FIFA 14 demo, Frimpong uploaded a photo of a very special 'Bench Edition' of the game, with Nasri and Song as the cover stars. Frimpong clearly feels that the duo [.
Arsenal are on the verge of making their first big-name signing of the summer in the form of Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo, the Daily Telegraph reports. The holding player was often involved in the Bayern side that won the treble last season, but the arrival of Thiago Alcantara means he has fallen down the [.
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was ridiculed by team-mates Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Theo Walcott over his lack of pace. The Welshman's post-match interview was hijacked by the Ox, who immediately quizzed him on his failure to get on the end of a long ball from Lukasz Fabianski. Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain then took it in turns [.
Now is the time for Arsene Wenger to move for Paris Saint Germain's Mamadou Sakho. The young French centre back has recently said that he may leave the French champions if he does not get more game time in a congested defence that has now got even worse because of the £27 million signing of Marquinhos from Roma.
Arsenal eased to a 7-1 victory in their pre-season friendly against Vietnam. French striker Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick his second is worth watching out for in the video above and was joined on the scoresheet by Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Chuba Akpom (2) and Ignasi Miquel. Vietnam pulled a goal back late on [.
Arsenal's British players have fronted a promotional video for the club's new away kit, which was unveiled yesterday. Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Ramsey star alongside Arsenal fans as they all prepare for a match by following their own rituals. The video is built around the tagline: "Our Style.
Mark Chamberlain, dad of England star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, missed his son's excellent goal against Brazil after falling asleep during the game. The former England international blamed an early morning airport run for his dozing, but we reckon the first-half of the match should also shoulder some of the blame.
England goalscorer Alex Oxlade Chamberlain came in for some minor criticism during the 2-2 draw with Brazil after being spotted staking a claim for Neymar's shirt during the game. The Arsenal midfielder struck up a shirt-swap deal with Brazil's Barca-bound pin-up boy in the middle of the match. ITV pundits Gareth Southgate and, particularly, Roy [.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson have got potential careers as pilots when they hang up their boots. The Arsenal trio are more accustomed to being on the wing than in the cockpit, but they practiced flying the Airbus A380 in a flight simulator session. The players took it in turns to bring [.
You can't fail to laugh at this. In the sort of cringe-laughter way that made you enjoy The Office so much. Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song thought that his scintillating performances for Barcelona this season had been noted by his colleagues and that he was to be given the honour of being the first to [.
Gareth Bale and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain are the stars of this new Lucozade commercial in which they play as ringers in 5-a-side teams. The north London duo are in the familiar position of being on opposing sides as they square-up in the less familiar surroundings of a tiny astroturf pitch. Would it do them any [.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that midfielder Jack Wilshere has been taking painkillers to get through matches. The injury prone England international is set for furhter surgery on his troublesome ankle at the end of the season. We reported that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain had let that particular cat out of the bag last month.
Jack Wilshere's latest injury scare is a minor issue caused by a screw in his ankle, according to Arsenal team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Gooners will have feared the worst when it was touted that the England international will probably undergo another operation at the end of the season. But midfield colleague Oxlade-Chamberlain says the problem only [.
It looks like Arsenal and England star Alex Oxlade Chamberlain doesn't have a future as a voiceover artist when he hangs up his boots. The young midfielder had a few reading problems as he attempted to lend his voice to a video celebrating the FA's 150th anniversary. The Ox seemed to particularly enjoy attributing England's [.
Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Olivier Kemen Age: 16 Position: Midfielder Signed from: Metz Fee: Undisclosed (rumoured £600,000) Did you know? Kemen had the chance to join Lyon's youth set-up three years ago but was impressed by Metz's academy and joined them instead.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain-Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images
Valencia were once a side that carried significant threat. The likes of David Villa, Juan Mata, Joauqin and David Silva lining up at the Mestalla gave the Spanish side an attacking potency that the opposition couldn't handle.
New PSG Signing David Beckham-Photo by Marc Piasecki/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain have taken the football world by storm, in both a sporting and monetary sense.
In January, the French club continued their summer expenditures with the signing of David Beckham on a five-month deal likely not the last big player to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and Thiago Silva in the capital over the next few seasons.
Is this proof that yellow cards that are incorrectly given for diving are good for football? Gareth Bale, a man who has previously claimed that the slightest touch will always send him sprawling when he's running at full pace, opted for the Messi approach against Norwich last night. Despite a blatant foul from the Canaries' [.