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Arsenal

Arsenal linked with Schalke youngster Julian Draxler

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Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler is reported be the latest name to be added to Arsenal's last-minute shopping list. Arsene Wenger is still yet to make a signing of note this summer and is now being linked with a last-ditch bid for the young German midfielder. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is believed to be the driving [.

Arsenal have a great TEAM – now we need a great SQUAD

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A Key to Success by AH

If Arsenal are to be a successful football club then they need to have more than a good group of players. You need an entire squad full of talent that can be rotated for fitness, quality and replacements if an injury or suspension occurs.

Too many times over the last few seasons, we have seen our squad decline in quality, a prime example is the Carling Cup final that we lost two years ago against Birmingham City.

Should Arsenal go NUCLEAR to get rid of the fringe players?

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Clearing the Fringe Squad Players from Arsenal. by CS It's well known, and has been for a while now, that there are a number of Players at Arsenal who are considered ‘surplus to requirements'. I won't use the term ‘deadwood' as has been regularly used in the Media as that's a term that is not [..

Arsenal summer sale now on! Please buy

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Arsenal prepared to slash prices by TS So the transfer window is closing all the more quickly now it would seem, and Arsenal's board are beginning to panic. Panic? Really? Well, yes, it would seem they are. Apparently, the board is fed up with fringe players sucking the life out of our wage budget and [.

It’s a centre-half themed blog

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Morning to you, and welcome to midweek.

Yesterday we were treated to the first pictures of pre-season training and, leaving aside the the fact that the training kit looks like it was designed by Prince and Helen Keller, everything seemed pretty rosy. Andre Santos was there, looking like he'd spent most of the summer eating delicious pies of all kinds.

Arsenal making progress to clear out the deadwood?

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Arsenal need to make room for new blood- and it's looking good by BA Reports today suggest that Arsene Wenger might get his wish and offload a number of players in order to bring in new talent. It is thought that Robin van Persie will stay a Gunner if the club can show him that [...]

Chamakh heads to shisha bar after QPR loss

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Arrogant Arsenal players live in a bubble

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Many of you will now be aware of the Twitter row between cocky celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan and outspoken fringe player Emmanuel Frimpong that took place last night in the wake of our 2-0 FA Cup exit to Sunderland.

Let me make this clear very early: I detest Piers Morgan. I think he's a vile attention-seeker.

Liverpool

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly gets a marriage proposal in Bangkok

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Martin Kelly receives marriage proposal in Bangkok: @MartinKelly1990 #lfctour pic.twitter.com/aSWfh3CkJo Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2013 Martin Kelly's lovely new locks appear to be going down very well in south-east Asia. The Liverpool defender received a marriage-proposal-by-banner during the team's pre-season stay in Bangkok.

GIF It: Liverpool youngster Jack Robinson takes Luis Suarez’s shooting advice on-board

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"I speak not just for me for I am only Jack Robinson, a Liverpool fringe player but with the voice of a thousand men. Most notably Patrice Evra, Asamoah Gyan, Tony Pulis and Sir Alex Ferguson."

Paper over the cracks: Liverpool’s cup confusion?

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By Max Grieve

With apparently false obstinacy, both red and blue repeated the tired lines. "We'll pick a team that will do this club justice," said Dalglish. His captain nodded in approval: "We've got the game against Fulham, and then we can get ready for Chelsea".

No go for two of Spurs current squad

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We've gone past the mid-way point in this winter's transfer window and as yet there's little sign of movement into or out of White Hart Lane. It's looking like it could be a repeat of last year's quiet January and for now, rumours linking two of Tottenham's fringe squad have been denied.

Vedran Corluka has hardly featured for the first team all season yet when asked if the Croatian would be sold in this window, Harry Redknapp answered with an emphatic ‘no'.

Tottenham Hotspur

Our team to face Norwich – what’s yours?

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There's no definitive news from the Spurs camp as yet so the team is even harder to speculate upon. It could be that Ryan Mason, Iago Falque and similar fringe players could be involved although assistant manager Steffen Freund has promised a strong side.

We do know that Moussa Dembele is set to miss out again along with long term victims Scott Parker, Younes Kaboul and BAE but will there be space for Emmanuel Adebayor?

How should Spurs treat the Europa League?

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In amongst the media frenzy that led up to the closing of the transfer window on Friday, news of the Europa League and Capital One Cup draws was almost lost amongst the gossip and rumour.

As we all know, the club has been drawn away to Carlisle in the Cup while Lazio, Panathinaikos and Maribor await in the Europa League.

10 Players Looking for a Contract

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With just three weeks to go before the start of the season, one of the most surprising aspects of this summer is the enhanced quality of the ‘out of work' list – a roster of players that can be pondered with increasing incredulity here. In the past, the directory was populated with the kinds of players one might expect – journeymen who had reached the end of their shelf life and eternal fringe performers.

Conflicting stories on Pienaar’s future

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There are two very different sides to the same story in the press today as one of Spurs' fringe players is set to decide his future. Some sections of the media claim that Steven Pienaar will look to stay and impress AVB while others suggest that Everton will now pursue their interest now that a Head Coach has been appointed at the Lane.

Khumalo off but only on loan

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While two of Spurs' fringe players have already left the club, the issue of Bongani Khumalo's long term future seems set to drag on with reports that he is heading to Greece on a season long loan.

The player's agent Glyn Binkin, who has been very vocal about his client's potential worth to Spurs, claims

"The clubs have agreed and the player and myself will be travelling to Greece this week with a view to agreeing and finalising the player's personal terms for the loan deal," Binkin said.

Pienaar may be waiting on Moyes’ future

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Steven Pienaar's immediate future may be settled before too long, assuming the appointment of a new Spurs manager is confirmed shortly. If that new boss did just happen to be David Moyes then the South African international might just have a different view as to where he will be playing his football next season.

Dos Santos not working hard enough to impress Harry

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Many of Spurs' fringe players have been linked with a move away from the club and generally speaking, rumours about possible departures for the likes of Vedran Corluka and Steven Pienaar have been met with a clear ‘no' from Harry Redknapp.

That hasn't been the case with Gio Dos Santos however and after the manager is believed to have vetoed a last minute move in the summer, it now seems that he is finally prepared to let the Mexican go.

WAGs

Fashion Night Out Face Off: Nagore Aranburu vs Victoria Beckham

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Nagore, while we admire your exceptional pins of tanned and toned glory, we are not down with the fringe Bedazzler pyjama party motif you were rocking last night in Madrid. Better luck next time. Now go see your husband. He's been looking way too hot to be left on his own for long. As for [...]

Maxi Lopez: Birdbath Gone Bad

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Image:Â Claudio Villa/Getty Images.

We're not sure how feathers and fringe got so popular, but WAGs and footballers everywhere are suddenly looking like real-life Angry Birds.

We no likey.

White Hart Lane

Has Bentley failed to take advantage of his ‘clean slate’

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When Andre Villas-Boas arrived at White Hart Lane, there was talk that he'd offered a number of fringe players the chance to prove themselves under his tenure. One such player was David Bentley.

"I've already spoken to the manager and he just said, 'You've got a clean slate, so do what you can do and try to impress," the player said last month.

Who’s for the White Hart Lane exit door?

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Yesterday we looked at the possibility of new arrivals at White Hart Lane and the general consensus was that we were due for a quiet day. Later in the evening, reports suggested that Vedran Corluka was a target for Bayer Leverkusen and they seem to be gaining momentum this morning.

At the start of the month, Harry said that the Croatian would definitely not be leaving but after omitting him from the cup games where much of the fringe side appear, it may well be that Charlie is on his way.

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Top Drawer Soccer names Doniak, Meier Top Freshmen to Watch

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TopDrawerSoccer.com has released their list of Ten Freshmen to watch in Women's Soccer.

Making the list where University of Virginia F Makenzy Doniak and Virginia Tech MF/D Ashley Meier.

F Makenzy Doniak, Virginia
Seven starters are returning for Virginia, and the addition of an explosive player like Doniak is going to help the program maintain its high level.

Professionalism, MLS and "Europe"

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Professionalism is an odd topic. It can be as simple as "Does one get paid?" The NCAA has hundreds of pages and dozens of people dedicated to codifying the differences between amateur and pro status. Yesterday, after the Portland Timbers debuted their new dedicated training facility some on Twitter were claiming that the Timbers are still not a fully professional organization because they play on artificial turf.

United States v Venezuela: Friendly Gamethread

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The January friendlies are usually for the hardest of die hards. Being held outside of a FIFA sanctioned window means that player pool is reduced for both sides, and tonight's game isn't against the highest profile of opponents. Venezuela is decent, currently ranked 31st and slightly ahead of the United States by ESPN's Soccer Power Index.

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Stoke 1-1 Arsenal : ruffians upset monsters

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Match report Video By the numbers

And so did venture a pack of brave knights into a land where did live monsters. The monsters did try and slay the knights through tactics of brute strength. They did lob high missiles into the air and a crumply giant did strike the first blow of the battle.

Stoke 1-1 Arsenal : ruffians upset monsters

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Match report Video By the numbers

And so did venture a pack of brave knights into a land where did live monsters. The monsters did try and slay the knights through tactics of brute strength. They did lob high missiles into the air and a crumply giant did strike the first blow of the battle.

Manchester United

Is Manchester United star Wayne Rooney set for another hair transplant?

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Poor old Wayne Rooney. No sooner has he fronted up to the jokes about undergoing a hair transplant than he appears to be in need of another one. The Manchester United striker made the headlines when he went public to say he was fed up with his receding hairline and to confirm that he had [...]


Newcastle United v Blackburn Rovers

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With the last two teams to defeat Manchester United coming together at St. James's Park in the FA Cup third round, this could be a more entertaining game than many are predicting. With Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote not being able to play for Newcastle Until the 26th of February, those two spots are now up for grabs.

The Rest

Man City prepare clear-out of fringe players, says Manuel Pellegrini

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is prepared to offload a selection of fringe players as he looks to cut down his inflated squad. It means...

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USA vs. Canada, Friendly: Brad Evans, Eddie Johnson figure to feature

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It is the final tuneup of the January camp for the United States National Team as they face off against Canada in a friendly. With two rosters stocked with MLS players this is an opportunity for a few of the fringe guys to make their case for World Cup Qualifying when that play resumes on February 6th down in Honduras.

What Is The Core?

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In the transition from 2011 to 2012 the Seattle Sounders lost about a third of their roster. A vast majority of those moving on were fringe players with a couple supplementary types. Only by the most liberal definition of core did they lose two members of that group. A certain Keller was definitely a Core player and maybe Friberg or Riley.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Fulham

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We struggle in the league cup at the best of times, so an away trip to a very in-form Sheffield Wednesday was a disaster waiting to happen. In the event, Wednesday appear to have fully deserved their win, a penalty from Gary Madine making the difference. Fulham thought they had equalised Hangeland headed home a Rodallega free-kick but this was ruled out for unspecified reasons, and that was that.

Newcastle Brazilian Star To Get Lots Of Games Next Season

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With Newcastle likely to play a lot of games in the coming season, James Perch also known as Brazilian star Perchinho (at least on this web-site) is one fringe player who will get lots of games for Newcastle United in the coming season, and will likely play a lot of his football in Europe too.

ESPN- MLS hopes to build National Profile

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ESPN- MLS hopes to build National Profile

Decent article. Portland shoutouts though with Jeld Wen Field picture and this line that made me chuckle:

"When your hottest team is in Portland, Oregon, it reinforces the perception you are a fringe sport that will do well to pull a slow build toward a 2.

Three Questions With The Daily Wiz

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Sorry, it's a little later than usual, but here are The Daily Wiz's answers to our three questions preceding tonight's game against Sporting Kansas City. (No questions the other way, sorry)

1 - Sporting's typical three forward set is Kamara, Sapong, Convey. Will Seattle see those three in light of international duty and injury?

Internationals, defenders and summer travels

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Right then, stupid pointless, irritating internationals are out of the way, now we can get back to the real thing.

So far there have been no reports of maimings, snappings, twistings or any other ings which might prove damaging to an Arsenal player's chances of playing on Saturday. Robin van Persie played 45 minutes against England, Bert van Marwijk saying that he'd spoken with the skipper and because he'd had a bit of a groin problem he agreed to only play him for a half.

New England Revolution vs. Real Salt Lake: Preseason Live Thread

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The New England Revolution are gearing up for their second-to-last Desert Diamond Cup match tonight against Real Salt Lake. Jay Heaps has already announced that he will be resting core players today to give the trialists and fringe guys a chance to get their fitness and fight for spots. That said, Kevin Alston, A.

Red Bulls Notes: Ream, Trialists and a Residential Academy?

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The Hard Work Starts NowThe Red Bulls preseason got underway in earnest today at Montclair State University, as an expanded group of players reported to camp, including a massive 12-13 trialists. The size of the group is hardly surprising, considering the number of reserve and fringe players the club has shed since November.