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West Ham set to sign ex-Fulham striker Mladen Petric as Andy Carroll suffers new injury

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West Ham are set to snap up free agent Mladen Petric. The Hammers have moved to strengthen their already lightweight strikeforce after first-choice forward Andy Carroll suffered a new injury. The England international picked up a foot injury in training yesterday. The 24-year-old, signed from Liverpool for £15m in the summer, is waiting for confirmation [.

Video: Liverpool unveil Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure

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Liverpool new boys Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure have faced the press for the first time as Reds at their official unveiling. Goalkeeper Mignolet, signed from Sunderland, says he is looking forward to the competition with Pepe Reina to become Brendan Rodgers' first-choice keeper. He said: "Competition is going to be in every single club.

Man Utd fans mock Liverpool in graffiti at Irish airport

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In Ireland, there is lots of grass, lots of potatoes, lots of Guinness and lots of supporters of both Manchester United and Liverpool. It's the latter factor that has turned Knock Airport into an unlikely battle ground for some Manc-Scouse banter. The airport's first-choice rendez-vous point is signposted as RVP 1.

Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic announces he wants to go to Liverpool

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Asmir Begovic has confirmed he wants to follow manager Tony Pulis through the door at Stoke City. Following Pulis' exit, the goalkeeper has gone public to announce that he intends to move to Liverpool this summer. He said: "I want to start preparing on July 10, with all the players of Liverpool." The Bosnian has [.

Andy Carroll Could Be Left On The Bench For Another Season

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Liverpool has reportedly insisted that they would rather hold onto Andy Carroll for another season than face the prospect of losing him on the cheap before the transfer deadline.
Despite the 6ft 3in England ace not featuring in boss Brendan Rodgers' first-choice plans this season, the club have said they will not compromise on the player's price – meaning the striker is facing the prospect of another campaign warming the bench.


Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny: ‘Arsene Wenger was right to drop me’

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And another BIG thank you to Audi Whetstone for making one of my dreams cone true today Wojciech Szczesny (@13Szczesny13) October 10, 2011 Wojciech Szczesny says Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was right to leave him out of the team last season. The Poland international was dropped in favour of compatriot Lukasz Fabianski, with [.

Real Madrid will move for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez if Arsenal sign Karim Benzema

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In a bit of a perverted transfer love triangle, Real Madrid are planning to sign Liverpool's Luis Suarez if they lose Karim Benzema to Arsenal. Suarez, of course, was the Gunners' first-choice for a new striker, but Liverpool have refused to sell to them France international Benzema now appears to be their preferred target, having [.

Arsenal Debate: Should Monreal or Gibbs be first-choice left-back?

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The Problem With Two Left Feet, er, Backs A Guest Post from Jon Shay from Woolwich1886

At the risk of knocking a good thing, I still find myself questioning the signing of Nacho Monreal. Back when it first happened, I questioned the move as a panicked signing forced on Arsenal by Gibbs's injury and Santos's poor form.

Arsenal Debate – Mannone or Szczesny?

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Is Mannone good enough to remain Arsenal's first choice keeper the entire season? by TS

Vito Mannone through hook and crook has maintained his position as first choice keeper for Arsenal. Obviously, injury to Szczesny and Fabianski has helped that process but there's no denying that the Italian keeper has been an able replacement in goal.

Montpellier 1 – 2 Arsenal: Match Thoughts And Individual Analysis

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Arsene picked a strong line-up that was virtually his first choice eleven. Giroud came in for Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diaby for Coquelin, and Mannone for Szczesny. The back four remained unchanged, Arteta, Cazorla and Podolski held their places, while Gervinho moved to the right flank.

This showed respect to the hosts but disappointed some fans including this blogger.

Arsenal Debate: Mannone or Szczesny for Tuesdays game?

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Arsenal have never ever kept four clean sheets in a row at the beginning of any season, so yesterday's game against relegation-favourites Southampton was a perfect opportunity to put this new Arsenal team into the record books. Vito Mannone was between the sticks for the first three games, but Wenger re-instated a fit-again Wojciech Szczesny to face the Saints.

Arsenal’s difficult midfielder dilemma?

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Arsene's first choice midfield three by TS Arsenal have a midfield dilemma on their hands. Come the end of the month, Wenger will have to pick a midfield of three from Wilshere, Frimpong, Rosicky, Coquelin, Cazorla, Arteta, Diaby and Ramsey. An impressive array of talent that should make for interesting selections come match time.

Arsenal Debate: Should Walcott or Oxlade-Chamberlain be first-choice?

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Theo Walcott v The Ox The two Arsenal wingers are making life very interesting at the moment, both for club and country. So far in the season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has managed to get the better of Theo Walcott pegging him as a first choice starter for both Arsenal and England in two consecutive matches.

Backpage roundup: Sagna voices displeasure at summer sales, Vermaelen highlights Bould’s influence, Fabregas’ thoughts on Highbury exit, Frimpong’s return

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Sagna Unhappy With Summer Sales

Bacary Sagna has voiced his displeasure at summer sales of Robin van Persie and Alexandre Song, and said that the star duo's departure from Arsenal has left 'a lot of questions.'

In an interview with French magazine L'Equipe, the injured right back said: "Everyone was expecting Robin van Persie to leave, but Alex Song, that was a surprise.

Arsenal Debate; Vermaelen v Koscielny v Mertesacker ? What’s your choice?

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Who should Arsenal use as their first choice centre backs? After yesterday's heroic performance from both Thomas Vermaelan and Per Mertesacker, they've created a real dilemma for Le Professor. With Laurent Koscielny fully recovered from injury, who does Wenger use as our first centre-back partnership?

AW explains Arsenal’s perfect defense

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes that humility and a disciplined work ethic has been the key to his side's perfect defensive start to the campaign, with the Gunners keeping three consecutive clean sheets despite missing their first-choice goalkeeper in the last two outings.

Wojciech Szczesny was absent and 24-year old third-choice stopper Vito Mannone had to deputize in the goal as Arsenal made tricky trips to Stoke and Liverpool.

Clinical Gunners down the Reds at Anfield

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Two of Arsenal's summer signings, namely Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla, struck either side of the break to win 2-0 at Liverpool and force the home side to remain without a single win in the Premier League this season.

Podolski made his impact right in front of the Kop at the half-hour mark when he finely struck from the left side of the box to give Pepe Reina no chance of a save.

Will Arsenal sign new right back?

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Should Arsenal be in the market for a right back by TS The transfer season is coming to a rapid close and despite the constant speculation that Arsenal will continue signing players, the lines are divided on whether AW needs a suitable replacement for Sagna. As we all know, our first choice RB suffered a [.

Nuri Sahin coming to Arsenal

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As per the Daily Mail, ESPN, and the Beeb. Now backed up by AS. The Beeb says that it will be a year long loan move but with a view to making it a permanent deal. An announcement is expected early next week but there are reports that Sahin is already in London.

Jose Mourinho's first choice was Liverpool because of his past association with Brendan Rodgers who coached Chelsea's reserve side while he was there.

Normal Service Resumes: Sunderland Preview.

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What a summer: Euro's, Olympics, Wimbledon, early Arsenal signings and our usual transfer nonsense with our best player. And now the real stuff returns.

Mo Farah started the pre-season off well and I am sure Arsene's red and white army will continue to lead from the front, 3 points today will be a fine start.

Normal Service Resumes: Sunderland Preview.

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What a summer: Euro's, Olympics, Wimbledon, early Arsenal signings and our usual transfer nonsense with our best player. And now the real stuff returns.

Mo Farah started the pre-season off well and I am sure Arsene's red and white army will continue to lead from the front, 3 points today will be a fine start.

Tottenham Hotspur

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor: ‘I did not hit Andre Villas Boas’

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Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor says there has been no fall-out with Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas and insists he had no intention of leaving the club over the summer. The Togo international found himself training with the youth team during pre-season and was linked with moves to Schalke or Turkish side Besiktas.

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The Hugo Lloris issue is an unwelcome distraction at the moment and while it's tempting to ignore it, the stories as to who is our number one just won't go away.

Over the weekend, Brad Friedel stirred those reports as he insisted that he remained AVB's first choice.

"The fact of the matter is, right now, we have four quality goalkeepers at the football club.

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While it was a mixed day as far as transfer deals were concerned, Tottenham did secure one of their long term targets as French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the move from Lyon to a life at White Hart Lane.

At a £12m fee and with 38 international caps to his name, Lloris sounds like a perfect long term replacement between the posts but Andre Villas-Boas maintains that Brad Friedel is still his first choice.

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With Julio Cesar part of Mark Hughes' real life game of football manager, it seems that Tottenham's goalkeeping options are now down to just one target. If the papers are to be believed, Lyon's Hugo Lloris has been priority number one throughout the summer but with time running out, can Spurs afford to lose out on the signing?

Sir Alex Ferguson

Was Carlo Ancelotti first choice to become the new Manchester United manager?

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Reports in the French media suggest that David Moyes might have been Manchester United's second-choice new manager. Le Parisien reports that Sir Alex Ferguson personally called PSG manager Carlo Ancelotti to ask whether he would be interested in succeeding him at Old Trafford. Ancelotti is said to have politely declined, leading Fergie and United to [.

Fergie: Not Sure Which Strike Partnership Is The Best

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Sir Alex Ferguson has compared the competition for places up front with the situation we found ourselves in during the 98-99 season, with Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole our first choice, as well as the options of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Teddy Sheringham.

Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney were the two highest scorers in the league last season, so you would presume they would be United's first choice this season, although Danny Welbeck and Chicharito are also competing to start.

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Liverpool Ready To Sell Duo To Buy Sturridge

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Rodgers is keen to bring the Chelsea striker to Anfield and will happily move on Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing to help pay for him.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is lining up a last-minute swoop for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge.
Rodgers will have to pull off a massive clear-out at Anfield to get the proposed £15million deal done though.

Hail Cesar: Azpilicueta joins rampant Chelsea from Marseille

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Hail Cesar: Azpilicueta joins rampant Chelsea from Marseille - originally posted on

Chelsea have continued their summer spending spree by announcing the signature of Spanish right-back Cesar Azpilicueta from Marseille. A fee reported to be in the region of £7 million has been enough to convince the Ligue 1 side to part with the starlet, with the news confirmed on the Stade Velodrome side's official website.

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CONCACAF Champions League Redux

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Article by Anders Aarhus

Whether or not it's a result of the new format, there's been goals galore so far in the 2012-13 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. Last week's action saw an average of 3.25 goals per game. Most importantly, all three MLS teams in action recorded victories that put them in command of their groups.

LA Galaxy vs. Isidro Metapan: Your Running Commentary

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The Los Angeles Galaxy kick off their quest for a Champions League title when they take on El Salvador side Isidro Metapan at Home Depot Center tonight in CONCACAF Champions League action (10pm, FOX Soccer Channel).

The Galaxy will be without Landon Donovan tonight, but will be fielding all the rest of their starters against Metapan, which opened group play with a 3-1 victory against the Puerto Rico Islanders.

The Rest

Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian set to be Chelsea’s first-choice attacking midfield trio

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One of the most interesting selection dilemmas of the season is likely to be how Jose Mourinho chooses to deploy the wealth of attacking midfielder options at his disposal. The Chelsea boss has Oscar, Willian, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Andre Schurrle all vying for the three slots likely to be available [.

De Gea: I’m Still First Choice

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Since joining Manchester United, David de Gea has been under an incredible amount of pressure to perform, with every mistake scrutinised. Whilst other goalkeepers, like Joe Hart or Pepe Reina, have been guilty of several mistakes too, they tend to be brushed under the carpet. It's the popular thing to do to have a go at De Gea.

‘Do Are Ya? Paulo Gazzaniga’s rat-tail (Southampton)

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins is currently playing a game of pin the rat-tail on your first-choice keeper. And the buck has currently stopped with young Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga. Parents along the south coast will be hoping that Gazzaniga is back on the bench before the craze catches on.

Cole vs Baines: Who should be first choice?

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One of the toughest decisions England manager Roy Hodgson has to make throughout this World Cup qualifying campaignand, perhaps,beyond, is who hisfirst choice left back is.

In one corner you have a solid,established English footballing legend, and in the other you have one of the most in-form players in the Premier League at the moment, who is improving by the game.

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SUPERFLY 3-0 WIGSTON UNITED Sunday 9th September 2012 Alliance Football League Division 3 Bosworth Academy, Leicester Lane, Desford
With it being another glorious sunny day and the wife at work this morning, I took advantage of this to take in another game in the Alliance Football League.

Nations begin long road to World Cup qualification

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With the 2014 World Cup qualifiers beginning this month, it's the perfect time to assess which countries out of the home nations can make it to Brazil in two years' time.

Roy Hodgson appears to be overseeing a transitional period for the Three Lions with a mixture of ageing but established stars being complemented by plenty of exciting, up-and-coming talents.

Interlull: why clean sheets are good for Jenkinson and Mannone

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The Interlull is well and truly upon us. The first games take place tomorrow but the lullishness hangs over us like we were a chip pan fire and it were a kind of urine soaked tea-towel. No, I don't know what I mean either.

This time last year, this very day in fact, we were fretting over Thomas Vermaelen who had just undergone surgery on his Achilles.

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But in Turkey, France and Russia it remains open as anyone who was following the incredible Hulk to Zenit St Petersburg deal or the less interesting Raul Meireles to Fenerbahce story will know.

That could yet mean that one of the fringe members of the squad will leave and there are stories emerging this morning that Tom Huddlestone could still make a loan move out of the club.

Liverpool And Others Warned Off Butland

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Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has declared that he has no intention of selling goalkeeper Jack Butland to Liverpool or any other club.
Liverpool have been linked with a £7.5 million move for the 19-year-old, who became England's youngest-ever goalkeeper when he made his debut against Italy in Berne on Wednesday.