Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says former manager Jose Mourinho's expected return to the club 'should be good'. Asked about the Special One's imminent return to Stamford Bridge, he said: "Well, it looks like it. He's certainly a great manager, he knows the players, he knows the atmosphere, so... it should be good.
1996 was a fine year for humanity. The Cable Guy hit the cinemas and showed us all just what was
truly possible, the IRA bombed the Arndale centre, millions of people the world over began finding
that Ask Jeeves 'preferred the term jovial' and Mark Morrison warned us all about the imminent
Return of the Mac (despite no-one realising he'd been away) before being jailed for hiring a ringer
to do a bout of community service.
With the news that Jose Mourinho has signed a new deal with Real Madrid, fans in England of the
"Special One" will have to wait a little longer before seeing the return of the master tactician to
the Premier League.
With the job up for grabs with his former club Chelsea and the vacancy at Anfield with Liverpool,
there were suggestions the Portuguese coach could be set for an imminent return to the Premier
League, where he claimed two titles with the Blues.
United fans will be very happy to hear of the imminent return of David Petrucci. Along with
Ravel Morrison, Paul Pogba and Magnus Eikram, Petrucci, 20, is seen as one of the club's best
prospects. Sidelined for almost a year with a knee ailment, Petrucci is expected to put in a full
shift for the first time against Manchester City on November 23rd.
If it had not been for such a difficult start to the season, Arsenal would now be
fighting for the title.
And, that includes the loss of points against Wolves at home (unfortunate) and Fulham away (well
deserved). The last few games have been disappointing, but Arsenal have gathered 29 points in their
last 13 games and during the process it was able to pre-qualify for the CL against a very good
Udinese, and win their CL-group against strong opposition with style and dominance.
Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is on course to make his return against West Bromwich Albion in
tomorrow afternoon's key fixture for Arsene Wenger's men.
Almost two weeks ago, the Frenchman injured his ankle in the Gunners' 4-1 win at home to 10-men
Bolton Wanderers. It is only fitting that Diaby is now looking forward to making a comeback at the
same venue pending, of course, a fitness test later today.
Brett Chase is a guest contributor to Arsenal Station. He is the Vice-President of
the New York City Arsenal Supporters' Club and has supported the Arsenal for a decade. Here, he
talks about the position which Cesc finds himself in regarding the media and the constant
speculation surrounding his future.
It seems like we are reverting back to the Spurs of a few years ago with awful luck where
players getting injured is concerned. After losing Bassong and Ledley on Sunday, our defence is
literally in pieces. Woodgate has no imminent return date and although Dawson isn't too far away
now, him leading the line is something I don't want to think about.
Liverpool's Lucas fears scan will reveal cruciate ligament injury
• Midfielder carried off in Carling Cup win at Chelsea • Liverpool recall Jonjo Shelvey from
Blackpool as cover Liverpool are anxiously awaiting the outcome of a scan on Lucas Leiva's knee,
amid concerns the influential midfielder could be out for the rest of the season.
There's an undeniable, some might say, palpable level of excitement evident amongst Liverpool fans
as they await the imminent return of their captain Steven Gerrard as a regular starter for the
team. Gerrard's frequent and untimely headaches with a...
Things went horribly, horribly wrong on Sunday, but we've already covered that. Perhaps it
doesn't come as a huge surprise, though, that a lot of the places that talk Liverpool have gone a
touch quiet following their obligatory (and rather depressed) match reviews in the wake of Sunday's
sad showing at Spurs.
Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane this weekend looking to bounce back from defeat against
Stoke. Jonathan Walters' first half penalty ensured that the Reds crashed to their first defeat of
the season and they will be eager to avoid a second at a ground which has not been a happy place
for them in recent seasons.
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres doubt for derby Lennon ruled out of England game, Downing in Jean
Beausejour to miss Birmingham's trip to Arsenal Injured Jagielka ruled out Arsenal buoyed by
imminent return of Cesc Fábregas and Theo Walcott Frank Lampard optimistic of return for Chelsea's
match at Aston Villa Finally, lost in this week's "blogasm" over Liverpool FC, I think we've lost
There is a feeling that Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez can be a little too stubborn for his own good
at times and he is putting his reputation in unnecessary jeopardy by belligerently backing
misfiring midfielder Lucas.
Few Liverpool observers are convinced that the Brazilian midfielder has what it takes to claim a
regular role in the heart of Benitez's side and his woeful performance in the defeat against
Fiorentina on Tuesday night did little to silence the army who believe he would be more effectively
employed as a bench warmer.
It was announced several weeks ago that Michael Owen was planning to feature in Jamie
Carragher's testimonial at Anfield and the press have picked up on it today. The match is set to be
played at the beginning of September against Carragher's boyhood team, Everton, who he supported
whilst on the books at Liverpool.
Michael Gspurning was deemed "ready" by Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid following Thursday's
training. The assumption being that Gspurning is due to make his first start since May 2, allowing
for the obvious caveats that anything can happen between now and then.
It's been another fortnight of stewing over Arsenal's weaknesses. The previous international
break came right after the pounding at Old Trafford; this one came after the derby defeat. On each
occasion the fortnight off has been seen as something of a blessed relief a time to lick our wounds
and work on the basics.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has stressed the imminent return of captain Steven Gerrard will
not detract from the work which will have to be done in the wake of their White Hart Lane
Even before the Reds had Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off in Sunday's 4-0 defeat it was
apparent they were nowhere near the level Tottenham were playing at.
One by one they walked off, the golden generation. Jermain Defoe shirtless; Joe Cole man of a match
he would never wish to remember; Paolo Di Canio staring straight ahead, perhaps contemplating his
pledge to commit suicide if West Ham were relegated.
I hope none of you are satisfied with Saturday's performance. One point is better than none,
certainly, but an expansion team on a long road trip that has conceded five goals in their last two
league matches should be easy pickings for a club looking to be a playoff contender.