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Arsenal

Koscielny confirms he is ready to face Chelsea

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Arsenal have been playing with Mohamed Elneny in the back three on tour due to Holding and Chambers taking an extended break, and Gabriel was left in London having treatment. Then Laurent Koscielny sustained a back injury in training, leaving only Bielik, Monreal and Per Mertesacker as our only central defenders until the Big German [.

The Sagna Conundrum

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The Sagna Conundrum

The first thing to know about the Sagna Conundrum is that it does not involve Bacary Sagna.

The Sagna Conundrum is a problem created not by his presence, but by his absence, and it comes down to this: when our super-consistent French right back is not available, who should take his place?

The Sagna Conundrum

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The Sagna Conundrum

The first thing to know about the Sagna Conundrum is that it does not involve Bacary Sagna.

The Sagna Conundrum is a problem created not by his presence, but by his absence, and it comes down to this: when our super-consistent French right back is not available, who should take his place?

Observations on Arsenal’s Asian Trip

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First off, let me say I am most encouraged by the way everyone went for goal. Wenger always says he likes everyone in his team to score, and it seems they are really taking it to heart. Is it just for pre season, or is it really a new attitude?  I hope it continues into the regular season. I sometimes wonder if our guys are a little gun- shy, because we think everything has to go through van Persie.

Observations on Arsenal’s Asian Trip

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First off, let me say I am most encouraged by the way everyone went for goal. Wenger always says he likes everyone in his team to score, and it seems they are really taking it to heart. Is it just for pre season, or is it really a new attitude?  I hope it continues into the regular season. I sometimes wonder if our guys are a little gun- shy, because we think everything has to go through van Persie.

State of the Union: Arsenal, Polkraine

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The Arsenal won't play a competitive match until August, but that's no reason to cease obsessing and expounding upon the team. With two strikers, several wingers, midfielders, a couple central defenders and a goalkeeper in Polkraine, we're fielding a mostly full team. No fit right or left back, but then that was the month of January.

English Premier League

Mourinho gives downbeat assessment on key Manchester United trio

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will hope no mishap befalls central defenders Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo after announcing on Friday both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will be out till “mid-May”.

Mourinho, speaking after United returned from Belgium where they drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, added pivotal midfielder Juan Mata would be out till “late May”, which could mean he misses all of the Premier League run-in.

Mourinho gives downbeat assessment on key Manchester United trio

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will hope no mishap befalls central defenders Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo after announcing on Friday both Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will be out till “mid-May”.

Mourinho, speaking after United returned from Belgium where they drew 1-1 with Anderlecht in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final, added pivotal midfielder Juan Mata would be out till “late May”, which could mean he misses all of the Premier League run-in.

ALLARDYCE ON COSTA: "Defenders not to get involved with how he might upset them!"

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Diego Costa is immense and it's a simple as that. His style of play, his work rate and his goals has taken the Premier League by storm. Love him or loathe him, you would want him to be playing for your team!

Sam Allardyce spoke to the media yesterday ahead of tonight's game at Upton Park and was keen to emphasise to his defenders that they must get wound up by Costa or become agitated because it will only inspire the Spanish striker to play better!

Wenger talks about the new role of defenders at Arsenal

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Football has changed alot in the Premier league since Arsene Wenger became the manager of Arsenal sixteen years ago, in fact the Frenchman can be seen as responsible for a large part of those changes. The old chant of 1-0 to the Arsenal and the famous Arsenal back four are things of the past. The role of defenders, especially centre halfs has changed considerably in the modern game, as they have to adapt to the new formations and styles of play.

United defender faces delayed return

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has reportedly hit another setback in his bid to return to action. The experienced defender suffered a groin injury that has forced him out of the Red Devils first two Premier League games this season, and despite initial hopes of a return against Southampton this weekend it's now been revealed that he could be out for another fortnight.

Thoughts On Tactics And Starting Eleven Against Stoke

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So it's Stoke on a warm Sunday afternoon. Will it be any different? The scenario might not match the cliche but the football most certainly will. This is a classic battle between two diametrically opposite philosophies where both sides understand the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition. It just boils down to the execution on a given day.

United outplayed by a sharper, better prepared Everton team

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I wasn't planning to write a post tonight but after watching Man Utd's sloppy, uninspired opening performance against a much better prepared Everton side, I just felt compelled to do so. A stunning header in the 67th minute from Marouane Fellaini dampened United's energy and left them already three points adrift of Man City and Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

Man Utd outplayed by a sharper, better prepared Everton team

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I wasn't planning to write a post tonight but after watching Man Utd's sloppy, uninspired opening performance against a much better prepared Everton side, I just felt compelled to do so. A stunning header in the 67th minute from Marouane Fellaini dampened United's energy and left them already three points adrift of Man City and Chelsea in the Premier League title race.

No team has won the Premier League without a centre half.

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Can a team win the prem without one?

To start a debate on this subject we need some caveats and small preface questions;

What's the difference between a centre half and a central defender?

Is it only a case of different names for the same position? Am I engaged in nothing more than semantics?

No team has won the Premier League without a centre half.

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Can a team win the prem without one?

To start a debate on this subject we need some caveats and small preface questions;

What's the difference between a centre half and a central defender?

Is it only a case of different names for the same position? Am I engaged in nothing more than semantics?

Martin Keown on Arsenal’s Future & the Modern EPL

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Arsenalinsider got the chance to pose some questions to Martin Keown.

Question: Would you like to coach at Arsenal?

Keown: Wow! I think every former player that you'd speak to right now would love the opportunity to work with the current group of players that they've got.

Rodgers' Red Vision

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Brendan Rodgers is one of the more interesting managerial appointments in recent years. He has no extended record of success and his reputation is largely based on one excellent season at Swansea, persuading Liverpool to entrust him with heavy hopes that have claimed many talented managers down the years.

PSG fail in massive bid for City target

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AC Milan owner and honorary president Silvio Berlusconi has confirmed that his side turned down a €46 million bid from Paris St. Germain for defender Thiago Silva, who has also been on Manchester City's wishlist.

Berlusconi reportedly flew all the way to Paris to conduct negotiations with PSG Sporting Director and former Milan boss Leonardo but eventually, Milan decided against selling Thiago.

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Mourinho ‘totally against’ international friendlies

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is “totally against” international friendlies following injuries to key central defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on England duty.

Mourinho expects to be without five first-team players against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, including the injured Paul Pogba and suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho ‘totally against’ international friendlies

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London (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is “totally against” international friendlies following injuries to key central defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones on England duty.

Mourinho expects to be without five first-team players against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, including the injured Paul Pogba and suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Manchester United

Spurs in surprise Everton link

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Since the Michael Dawson rumours surfaced, Spurs have been linked with a number of central defenders but the latest story seems one of the more unlikely. Everton's John Heitinga has been mentioned but the rumour looks to have been denied almost as quickly as it surfaced.

The 28 year old Dutch international was left out of the squad to face Manchester United on Monday amidst reports that he was carrying a knock.

The ‘Man United are in crisis’ post. Not random at all.

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Look, I cannot deny that, much more than the result, I was just glad that the season finally did start, approximately two years after everyone else. At one point, I had gone through all of the previous 9 games twice over and I still counted 15+ hours to kickoff. It is great to finally get football that you actually care about, are invested in.

Sergio Ramos vs Rio Ferdinand

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Two of the best central defenders in the game are Sergio Ramos and Rio Ferdinand. Sergio Ramos plays in the center of defense for Real Madrid when the situation arises, otherwise he is mostly deployed as a right back where he excels also. Rio Ferdinand plays for Manchester United and has been playing for them [.

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TFC shipping DeGuzman to FC Dallas, making way for defensive help

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Toronto FC's roster makeover continued late Thursday night, with the club pulling off a major deal that could pave the way for some much-needed defensive help.

Toronto FC is preparing to trade away Canadian midfielder Julian DeGuzman to FC Dallas in a deal that will free up the cap room and Designated Player slot the team needs to land a high-profile central defender, sources told SBI on Thursday evening.

Post-Match Chalkboard: Slamming A Red Bull Does Give You Wings

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Three straight losses against beatable clubs (including the U.S. Open Cup defeat to a USL team) does not do wonders for confidence. Both the Chicago Fire squad and fans had to feel pretty low heading into the international break. Fortunately, the squad found motivation during the two weeks off, and they came out with their best performance of the season, and arguably, their best performance in the last two years.

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Game 17: Chicago vs Houston recap: No goals? REJOICE!

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0-0 the WORST SCORELINE IN SOCCER was achieved in the heat against Houston last night. In many ways we shouldn't be surprised. Quick turnaround for both clubs. Houston played on Saturday and of course the Fire rocked KC's world on Friday. While there wasn't a lot of meat on the bones in this game (both teams looked like they were cool with the draw) lets dig in and see what we can find.

Holland On Brink Of Elimination As They Lose To Germany 2-1

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Two first half goals by Mario Gomez have all but assured Germany's place in the quarter-finals and left Holland needing to be Portugal by three clear goals if they are to have any hope of progressing in the competition.

Holland's camp has been torn apart by infighting between players and the duo at the centre of the Dutch storm, Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar were once again left on the bench.

Euro 2012

Euro 2012: Portugal 0-0 Spain (2-4 Pens) – No Final For Ronaldo As La Roja Battle To Spot-Kick Victory (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

As Portugal went out on penalties to Iberian rivals Spain in Donetsk, the question on everyone's lips was why the hell was Cristiano Ronaldo no. 5 on the list of penalty takers for Paulo Bento's losing side? In the end, the superstar didn't even get a chance to take one, as Bruno Alves saw his shot crash off the crossbar before Cesc Fabregas netted the deciding spot-kick (going in off the post).

Why Didn’t Ronaldo Take A Penalty?

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Just finished watching the Spain and Portugal match, which was a very interesting spectacle despite having barely any goal mouth action until late on with Spain looking most likely to score in extra-time.
What I really can't understand though is the decision of Cristiano Ronaldo or the coach to take the 5th penalty for Portugal was it that he wanted to score the glory goal, the winning penalty which could take Portugal through to the Euro 2012 finals?

Euro 2012: Poland battles to tie Russia, Czechs score early to put away Greece

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Despite being the lowest-ranked side in Euro 2012, Poland is not going quietly.

A stunning goal from Jakub Blaszczykowski in the second half salvaged a 1-1 draw for the co-hosts against Group A leaders Russia in Warsaw.Â

The match was an end-to-end one, as the teams combined for 26 shots.

Ukraine v Sweden – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 11 June 2012

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Co-host Ukraine being the UEFA Euro 2012 tournament with a Group D match against Sweden. The match will take place at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Ukraine manager Oleh Blokhin

"We're like a good horse waiting for the race to start – we want to get going, but we're still waiting.

The Rest

The Revs Need a Box-to-Box Midfielder

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The Revs need to do some off-season shopping and top of their list should be a steady presence in the midfield.

The New England Revolution have a good squad. In fact, they have a squad that shouldn't be missing the playoffs two years in a row. Adding three new central defenders in Claude Dielna, Benjamin Angoua, and Antonio Delamea, along with striker Krisztian Nemeth were good pieces, but the Revolution still have one major void left to be filled.

Center-Halves And Full of Goals

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Chad Marshall's fourth goal elevated him into an elite group of Seattle goal-scoring central defenders, including one who led Sounders in scoring.

Down through the years, Seattle certainly can claim its share of goal-scoring central defenders. Beginning with David Gillett driving home a corner kick in '74 and renewed through Chad Marshall's flick to the far corner versus Chicago, the big backline boys have often proven the difference between victory and defeat, at both ends of the pitch.

2015 Philadelphia Union Depth Chart: Defenders

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We continue our look at the Philadelphia Union depth chart by taking a look at the defenders.

As a defender myself, in a family of defenders, building a team based on a strong defense is something that I would make me very happy. Jim Curtin has said that is how he wants to play, so let's have a look at the players he'll use to form that sturdy back line.

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Transfer Window Closing

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MLS' secondary transfer window is set to close on Friday, the 27th. KC has announced one signing during the window, Neven Markovic, and another looks set to happen, Oriol Rosell. Two central defenders that have helped to address some of the concerns that I'd personally had regarding our depth in defense.

PSG seal deal for Silva, still waiting on Zlatan

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Paris St. Germain have finalized the first half of their jaw-dropping double swoop of AC Milan stars on Saturday, completing the deal to land Brazilian centerback Thiago Silva.

PSG signed Silva to a five-year contract on Saturday after completing a 42 million-Euro transfer for him.

MLS Agrees To Sell Geoff Cameron To Stoke City

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We're a go.

A US defender who grew up about 20 minutes from Providence, Rhode Island is going to the Providence of England.

Brian Sciaretta has the scoop. MLS agreeing Friday to send the Houston Dynamo center defender to Stoke City. The two sides are near completion on the financial terms and final announcement is expected on early next week.

Euro 2012: Denmark 2-3 Portugal

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What a strange game of football this was. Jamie Carragher in the ITV studio called it the tournament's best to date. But Clyde Tyldesley in the ITV commentary box was struggling for euphemisms for dull in the third quarter. And vast swathes of the first half weren't much cop either. AND Cristiano Ronaldo got away with a stinker.