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Kevin Strootman not keen to talk about Manchester United move

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Manchester United are widely expected to sign Kevin Strootman this morning or tomorrow at the very latest. And it looks like they have found a player with some common sense as he refused to comment on a potential move while representing Holland Under-21s. Betting on the PSV Eindhoven youngster moving to Old Trafford was suspended [.

For fans of common sense, take a deep breath...

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By Azeem Banatwalla

The footballing world in its entirety knows what happened before and after the clash between Manchester United and Liverpool yesterday. YouTube is a wonderful thing, isn't it? So there's not much point repeating what happened, but in the aftermath of yesterday's events, debates have sprung up, as they usually do, on Facebook status updates, newspaper websites, and pretty much every space of internet brave enough to host a comments section.

Captain Kompany, the perfect role model

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 I appealed because I obviously completely disagreed with the interpretation of the officials on the day but that happens in football and we move on. I wonder though if we are now going to see an unprecedented wave of red cards on match days because we sanction "if's" and "maybe's"? Are we going to look back at video evidence for every single challenge that goes unnoticed by the officials, look at different scenarios and potential outcomes of what could have been considered a good tackle and then sanction it?


Robin Van Persie Departs, “But Life Still Goes On…”

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Robin van Persie released his statement for the fans on the USA's independence day. His transfer was announced on India's. The dates surely must be a coincidence but it's not too difficult to imagine the Dutchman performing his version of the Queen's I want to break free to persuade Wenger into selling him all through the summer.

If only Richard Marx could have warned us somehow

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As you will know, this is a blog about Arsenal. Hence the name.

Obviously I have a keen interest in all things Arsenal. I want the the club to do well, to win things, to compete and to sign good players. When we sign those players, I will welcome them (unless they're one of these signings in which case I'll hedge my bets and make a 'this tastes yukky' face whilst suggesting we should wait and see how they do), and players we don't sign don't interest me in the slightest.

No Big Signings For Barcelona This Summer

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Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu says the club will not "enter the madness market" this summer in pursuit of fresh faces.

Barca have been linked with big money moves for Tottenham winger Gareth Bale and Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, but Bartomeu is prepared to admit while these players would be welcome additions to the Camp Nou ranks, but insists they have no plans to make a move.

Are we doing enough to avoid ‘disaster’?

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Earlier in the week Chairman Peter Hill-Wood said that while he'd obviously like Arsenal to finish in the top four, it wouldn't be a 'disaster' if that didn't happen.

Obviously he was talking about it from a financial point of view. The implications of playing Europa League instead of Champions League are obvious.

Peter Nowak

Off the field: A message, a date, and a place

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Photo: Daniel Gajdamowicz

Three thoughts on Philadelphia Union:

Hackworth sends a message

If you didn't like the Union's starting lineup Saturday, then you haven't been paying enough attention.

John Hackworth's choice to start Jack McInerney for the suspended Lio Pajoy was a bold move that signaled a sharp break with Hackworth's predecessor, Peter Nowak.

A rule-breaker, autocrat, or something else?

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Saturday's road game against Chicago is a must-win for Peter Nowak.

Imagine the spectacle on March 31 if Philadelphia Union lose to Chicago and limp into PPL Park winless to host Sebastien Le Toux and the vastly improved Vancouver Whitecaps. What would be louder, the cheers for Le Toux or the jeers for Nowak?

“Peter Nowak doesn’t really want me in his team” — Le Toux

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Photo: Paul Rudderow

 "You just ripped the heart out of your squad. And your fan base."Â

Martin Longman, Union fan, on the Union web site

"Horrible day, horrible decision. All the guy did was give his heart, soul and sweat to this team for two years and this is how you repay him.


Well hello …

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Good morning, after 10 days out of the saddle I'm straight back in the game and off the bench to mix my metaphors.

I am slightly browner than when we last spoke, due to the fact they have this amazing thing in Spain called summer. The sun shines, it's warm and the sea isn't as cold as a football agent's heart.

Corner: Rule Revisions

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What got through the rigorous International Football Association Board approval process over the weekend? Head scarves are now allowed for women's soccer, reversing a silly insistence on rules that ignored basic common sense. Oh, and players will be required to use the same color tape as the socks they're wearing.


Loyalty schmoyalty

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A day after two managers have left their clubs to go to bigger and supposedly better ones, can we really expect anyone in the game to show loyalty? Or what we'd define as loyalty?

Brendan Rodgers has had a great season at Swansea but when the plaintive Scouse cry was directed towards him, he was up and out the door.

Liverpool Attacker To Be Offered Coaching Role

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With Liverpool attacker Dirk Kuyt's future shrouded in uncertainty, his former club Feyenoord is hoping to entice him back to Holland with the offer of a player/coach role.
The 31 year-old Dutch international left Feyenoord to join Liverpool in the summer of 2006, after enjoying three seasons at the club.

Reds Won't Rush Sterling

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Kenny Dalglish is refusing to fast-track Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling into becoming a regular starter for the club.
Sterling, 17, made his debut in Saturday's defeat against Wigan as a late substitute and many fans at the club believe he should have already been introduced this term.
Dalglish has played fellow Academy graduates John Flanagan and Jack Robinson this term but he insists he will not fully unleash Sterling until he is physically ready.

Liverpool Kenny Dalglish in pointlessly narky press conference shocker

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Kenneth Dalglish, the great press conference raconteur, has yet again turned an innocuous question from a journalist into a talking point. The Liverpool manager responded to a straightforward question about the role of one of the club's hottest prospects in his now customary passive aggressive style.

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Should Instant Replay Include Goals Waived Off by Bad Refereeing?

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This past weekend saw an obvious bad call by the referee in the Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake match.

Sporting KC had an obvious header for a goal, a great header, but the ref said the player pushed off to create space to make the play.

Bayern Munich’s basketball team wanted Bastian Schweinsteiger to play for them last season

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Existing in the shadow of Bayern Munich's much more popular football team, the club's title-winning basketball team wanted to draw some attention their way at the end of last season. So, head coach Dirk Bauermann came up with an idea.

From the AFP:

"With five games remaining, we won the championship (in 2011) and Bastian Schweinsteiger could have actually played for us at the time," Bauermann wrote in his new book, which has been serialised in German daily Bild.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs - Bolton Preview: A Break From Our March Towards Doom

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This, I am reliably informed is a desperate situation. Quite possibly the desperatest. Handily glossing over the fact that our three consecutive defeats have been to three teams who, for one reason or another, stumbled upon optimum form just as they took to the field against us, the people have spoken in their lilywhite hordes, and this run of form is now scientifically proven to be the most wretched thing in history.

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My first visit to White Hart Lane came in February 2001. It was an FA Cup Fifth Round tie against Stockport County. My uncle had driven up from Southampton on the morning of the game and surprised me with a ticket.

I fell in love with the stadium and the atmosphere. I loved being part of the crowd and watching Spurs easily dispose of the opposition as they won 4-0.

The Rest

Match Of The Week: Lewes 1-2 Enfield Town

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It feels as though the new football season has started a little too soo this afternoon. A summer which had rather looked as if it might not arrive at all has settled to a ninety degree heat from which there is no respite, even in the shade. Even by the coast in Brighton, this is weather that simply makes you want to curl up and fall asleep.

Transfer Window Talk: Who Might Be Leaving This Summer?

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So, the transfer window opens next week. And the Revs currently maintain a 28-man roster. What we already know is that the Revolution are currently trialing guys, specifically forwards. Now, it's no real shock that Jay Heaps is looking for another forward to play up top with Saer Sene--someone who, as Abram put it earlier this week, can provide the Revs with that secondary scoring threat, which at this point they desperately lack.

League Cup: Winners and losers

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Celtic win the league cup. Quite a lot.

Kilmarnock don't win the leage cup. Not at all.

That, basically, is the backstory to a game that pitches the 14 times winners against a team that have lost on their five previous visits to the Scottish League Cup final.

This season Kilmarnock have blown hot and cold as their manager has blown mildly entertaining hot air.

The Secret Behind Roberto Di Matteo’s Success at Chelsea

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What is Roberto Di Matteo doing at Chelsea that Andre Villas-Boas wasn't doing? The pundits can analyze it until they're blue in the face but the answer is quite simple. Di Matteo is using common sense. While AVB tinkered and ...

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Welding Supplies

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In today's times welding no longer stays a profession that's picked by unskilled persons. It is a significant profession as devoid of welding, even program equipments would develop into difficult to make use of. In actual fact, the occupation has become so well-known that there is a whole university devoted to teaching men and women regarding the many specifications of welding.

Abbey Crouch: Say It, Don’t Spray It

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Where there's subtle product shilling and grammatically correct Tweets on social media, you know there's a shameless publicity stunt just 'round the bend, Kickettes. And for you today we have one of the promo shots starring none other than Mrs Peter Crouch for the launch of Lynx Attract For Her.

Kean In, Venkys Out

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By Gareth McKnight

As Blackburn Rovers languish towards the bottom of the Premier League, manager Steve Kean continues to be backed by the club's Indian owners: The Venkys Group. Despite the current trend in the game of sacking underperforming managers prematurely, fan protests outside Ewood Park and the total inexperience of Scottish coach Steve Kean at this level, Kean still remains on the Lancashire side's bench.

Grinding It Out

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I will always remember last night's game for Callejon's Celebration: The Canterano showed the world that a man who wears THAT badge never surrenders. Never. I was reading Guillem Balague's pre-match thoughts on last night's game in Sky sports here and this was what he had to say about Mallorca: .

Kakuta Goes On Loan + News & Notes

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There's some news you might be interested in. Might. More, after the jump:

Back to France

Dijon have confirmed that, after a protracted series of negotiations, Gael Kakuta will be joining the club for the remainder of the campaign. Over the last ten days, Chelsea have been engaged in a series of loan discussions with both Dijon and Olympiakos.