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

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

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

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

Arteta – Christmas could be crucial for Arsenal

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The Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta knows that the club is losing games that should not have been lost, but he believes that the players are still fully committed and giving everything to turn things back around.

He thinks that just a couple of wins could set them back on the straight and narrow and have them back up near the top of the League again after the crucial Christmas period.

Wenger believes Arsenal are helped by German attitude

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With Arsenal facing German opposition tomorrow in the champions league, Arsene Wenger has been talking about the positive influence that the German Gunners (don't mention the war) are having on the Arsenal team.

Lukas Podolski has taken to Arsenal and the Premier league like a BMW to an Autobahn.

Alex Song defends himself from rumours

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Does anyone remember Alex Song being a particularly disruptive, ill tempered, undisciplined sort? Was he a wantaway? No, not really. These stories of him showing up late for practise and mouthing off in the locker room could be a switch and bait from the real reasons. They were quite well timed.

Ignore the Media hysteria! Arsenal are actually doing okay……

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Stay Positive: by SV Today, I'd just like to have a quick say on the attitude after the Sunderland game. To most Arsenal fans' great credit, we have remained positive following an indifferent performance against Sunderland at the weekend. Usually, this wouldn't be the greatest achievement but I think that, considering the stance of the [.

The Mercury is rising

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A very good morning to you on a humdinger of an English summer's day. 30c+ days are like Chamakh goals in this country – we get a few in late summer then nothing at all for the rest of the year. The new season is upon us too, which means we have one of those glorious crossovers of high summer and football.


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

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

Upside: For the want of trying

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Their Words "We've got a lot of work to do," admitted the boss in his pre-match press conference. "There's absolutely no doubt about that. But for us it won't be for the want of trying. The players here have got a great focus and an incredible attitude. They are very determined and have a real drive to make the supporters proud.

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Who Are Ya? Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

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

Arsenal captain staying positive before West Brom `opportunity`

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Thomas Vermaelen is well aware that Arsenal are struggling for form and that the pressure from the fans is increasing, on the team and on Arsene Wenger. The Belgian defender is not going to let it affect his attitude, however, as he believes that a positive mental attitude is the best way to turn the performances around.

Johnson confident Reds are on the up

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Liverpool extended their unbeaten run to eight games on a row in Barclays Premier League after Sunday's goalless draw at Swansea City and full back Glen Johnson insisted Liverpool will quickly transform draws into wins which will propel them up the Barclays Premier League table.

Liverpool are only five points adrift of Everton in fifth and three of Liverpool's next four league games are against Wigan, Swansea and Southampton which gives the Reds a good opportunity to close into fourth place, if earned maximum points.

Rodgers Wants To Protect Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to shield Raheem Sterling from the hype which has proved a millstone for other potential stars in the Premier League.
The 17-year-old has been earning rave reviews as the positive spark in his club's otherwise poor start to the new season and he has been tipped for a bright future.

Did Man United Made A £38m Bid For Neymar Last Week?

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Neil Custis, who covers Manchester United for The Sun newspaper, wrote this morning  that Man United made a £38m deadline day attempt last week to land Brazil superstar Neymar.

The club record bid failed when the 20-year future superstar said he wanted to stay in Brazil until after his country had hosted the 2014 World Cup.

Arsenal midfielder comes in for praise

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Mikel Arteta's work-horse attitude and energetic performances at the start of the season have certainly not gone unnoticed, with teammate Carl Jenkinson attributing much of Arsenal's defensive success to the Spaniard's support.

With Alex Song off to Barcelona last month, Arteta took responsibility for much of the Gunners' box-to-box work, winning tackles and creating plays throughout the opening three fixtures.

Liverpool Send Andy Carroll To West Ham On Loan

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said that the club would not be sending record signing Andy Carroll out on loan as late as yesterday, and yet today we hear that Carroll has joined West Ham on a season-long loan.

"It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up I just can't wait to get started now," Carroll said.

UKFF Exclusive: West Ham Sign Kamara

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We have been keeping you up to date and now UKFF FC Academy can exclusively reveal that the West Ham Academy are to sign Ishmael Kamara after just one appearance for the UKFF Reserves.Â

Denva McKenzie who gained the permission from UKFF to take Ishmael to West Ham said.

Not another early season crisis ……..

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......... Don't worry! We survived it once and we can do it again, and this time, oh how we are in a better position!

Think back to this god awful time last year. Bye-bye Fabregas and Nasri. Now think about the situation we are in now. Bye-bye Van Persie and Song. Ask yourself, which two players would you prefer to have?

Not another early season crisis ……..

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......... Don't worry! We survived it once and we can do it again, and this time, oh how we are in a better position!

Think back to this god awful time last year. Bye-bye Fabregas and Nasri. Now think about the situation we are in now. Bye-bye Van Persie and Song. Ask yourself, which two players would you prefer to have?

Song Moves From The Heart Of London To The Fringes Of Barcelona

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The last couple of days have flown by in the build-up to Sunderland's visit, the actual game, and the inevitable debates that take place in the aftermath of a game. During this period Arsenal also agreed a deal with Barcelona for the sale of Alex Song. It was a transfer that came out of the blue and was completed at express speed, at least by the recent standards of drawn out sagas that Gooners have experienced.

Wenger: “We have a massive squad”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been quick to move on from Robin van Persie's departure for Manchester United, insisting that he has a "massive" squad at his disposal even after the Dutchman's exit.

Immediately after former skipper van Persie inked a four-year deal at Arsenal's bitter rivals United, Wenger thanked the forward for his contribution over an eight-year period, particularly throughout his brilliant last season.

Gerrard: Time For Youngsters To Step Up

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Steven Gerrard has urged Liverpool's youngsters that they can't afford to be patient and must prove themselves worthy of a place in the first-team.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey and Adam Morgan have impressed while on the club's pre-season tour and will be hoping that new Reds manager Brendan Rodgers gives them a chance in the Premier League.


Tottenham new boy Roberto Soldado hopes Gareth Bale stays, criticises Valencia

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New Tottenham signing Roberto Soldado says he has been watching the Gareth Bale saga unfolding and hopes the club can keep hold of their star winger. Speaking after his £26m transfer from Valencia was completed, the Spain international seemed to suggest that, if Bale does join Real Madrid, it will be up to him and [.

Pardew blames big name injuries for Cardiff capitulation, and Debuchy throws toys again

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Speaking in his post match interview after Newcastle United's abject 4-1 capitulation to the Bluebirds Red Dragons of Cardiff, Alan Pardew blamed injuries to top players for the defeat. In a fairly confusing message from the Grey Gaffer, he also blamed the attitude of the squad because they thought they should have brought the big [.

New England Revolution

Five Questions: Revolution vs. Fire

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Remember all the talk about making Gillette Stadium a fortress?

It was an interesting concept introduced by Jay Heaps earlier this season. The idea: if you want to win some soccer games, your home pitch is probably a good place to start.

At first, the attitude seemed to work. The Revolution went 5-1-3 in their first nine home matches.

Buyer’s Remorse

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So much for all those goals Jose Moreno was supposed to score.

In a move that shocked no one, the Revolution cut ties with well-traveled and oft-injured striker on Monday, thus closing the book on the most curious offseason signing in recent memory.

It's easy to see why the Revolution cut the embattled striker.


England v Ukraine – Match Preview – UEFA WCQ – 11 September 2012

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England looks to remain perfect in 2014 World Cup Qualifying as they host Ukraine on September 11, 2012. The match will take place at Wembley Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 3 PM USA EST.

England manager Roy Hodgson

"They (Olympics) have been such a success for the nation. It is terrific they can come and be paraded at the game tomorrow.

Carroll Asked To Leave

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Andy Carroll has been asked to consider his future with Liverpool after boss Brendan Rodgers told the big money signing that he will be third choice striker at Anfield.
Rodgers is desperate to offload Carroll to fund a deadline day transfer swoop and he has left Carroll out of the Europa League squad to face Hearts tonight to give him time to consider a move.

Modric – time to cash in?

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Luka Modric will be fined by Tottenham after refusing to train and his absence from their pre-season tour.

Whether you bet on politics or sport, you will know that this is perhaps a combination of both. The Croatian midfielder has expressed his desire to leave White Hart Lane for Real Madrid and did not turn up for training or travel on the tour of America.


Jamaica 2, USA 1: A Look Back

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KINGSTON, Jamaica-- Just three weeks after making history by winning in Mexico for the first time, the U.S. team made history again, only it was the kind they definitely didn't want to make.

Jurgen Klinsmann had to know his U.S. team would be in for a tough night without a handful of key veterans, but he also has to know that his teams chances of leaving Jamaica with a point or three were going to hinge on his roster and lineup selections.

Florent Malouda Left Out Of Chelsea’s Champions League Squad, Forced To Train With The Kids

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By Alan Duffy

A fine player on his day, Chelsea wingman Florent Malouda has seen his stock drop like a stone at Stamford Bridge over the last year. Once a key figure in the Blues' side, he is now a forgotten man at the club, having failed to secure a move away in the transfer window.


Burnley Rename Stand After Flogging Sponsorship Rights – Fancy A Seat In ‘The Totally Wicked Bob Lord Stand’ At Turf Moor?

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By Chris Wright

A couple of days after Sheffield United announced that soon their fans would be able to take a seat in Jessica Ennis' lower tier comes the news that Burnley are to rename one of the stands at Turf Moor after signing a sponsorship deal with a Lancashire company that specialises in electronic cigarettes and the like.

Introducing The Seventy Two Archive

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As many of you will be aware, recent weeks have witnessed the closure of The Seventy Two - a blog also devoted to matters football league and a resource that proved to be incredibly popular in the two years of its operation. Before David Bevan launched the site in 2010, The Two Unfortunates had bumbled along rather - in our first year of existence, we covered the Championship alone but took a very laissez faire attitude towards publicity - aside from our then handful of contributors, my dad was pretty much our only regular reader.


Soccer Speak USA Celebrates A Mini Milestone & Recaps On Its 5 Most Read Articles

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Recently Soccer Speak USA, a humble blog of ideas that was created to help act as discussion tool and more optimistically, a catalyst for change at the grassroots of U.S. soccer – surpassed 5000 hits.

Not a number that screams ‘listen to my me because my ideas are great' but rather an indicator that there are indeed people out there that believe soccer can reach its potential in this country through innovative approaches to help foster a cultural shift in the big four ‘Americanized' sports of NFL, Baseball, Basketball and Ice Hockey.

Video Killed The Radio Star But Helped #GrowTheGame Of Soccer In The USA

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One of the most overlooked ways to #GrowTheGame is the sports capacity to embrace new technology at the grassroots. Most of us have a feel for the various mediums available to us, but most don't understand the full capabilities of social media and how it contributes to new fans and prospective revenue streams.

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West Ham’s Matt Jarvis Appears On Cover Of Attitude Magazine

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By Chris Wright

Following in the chiseled, greased-up footsteps of David Beckham and Freddie Ljungberg, West Ham winger Matt Jarvis has become the third footballer to pose for the cover of Attitude the UK's most prominent gay magazine doing his bit to help challenge football's silliest 'taboo'.

What is happening with Cesc Fabregas?

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  • Cesc Fabregas looks like a mis-fit in Barca midfield.

It was all supposed to be really smooth. He was the one with the Barca DNA, so getting into this midfield was not at all a big task for Cesc Fabregas. The only factor to weigh in was how Iniesta and Xavi would be rotated to accomodate Cesc in.

Alves on Mourinho: “He took his time to say sorry”

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Barcelona's Dani Alves has wasted no time in reacting to José Mourinho's apology for his actions during his infamous touchline clash with Tito Vilanova.

"He took his time to say sorry. I think he showed the right attitude, but I wouldn't have waited so long", the Brazilian told the club's official media.

DC United still looking to break through the wall

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The "rookie wall" is a well worn cliché precisely because it is so often encountered. If the rookie in question is lucky enough to break through, he has a good chance to hang around the top level. Last night, rookie Nick DeLeon showed signs of returning to his early season form.

When I asked him in April about the main lesson that he had taken from his father, a former professional player, he noted that it was, "My attitude of going at defenders without fear.

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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.