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Bournemouth: Bright, Young Eddie Howe™ Named Premier League Manager Of The Month (Photo)

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Congratulations are most definitely due to Bright, Young Eddie Howe™, who has ended Pep Guardiola's record-breaking streak by being named Premier League Manager of the Month for January.

Guardiola won the award an unprecedented four times on the bounceup to December, but Howe has now put a stop to all that after his Bournemouth side went unbeaten over the course of last month, including magnificent victories over both Chelsea and Arsenal.

Premier League: Paul Clement Named January Manager Of The Month After Dragging Swansea Out Of Drop Zone (Photo)

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Paul Clement has been named Premier League 'Manager of the Month' for January in his very first month in charge at Swansea City.

Having taken over on 3rd Januarywith Swansea bottom of the league, Clement produced three wins from his first five games to end the month one point outside the relegation zone.

Premier League: Everton Youngster Tom Davies Wins January PFA Player Of The Month Award (Photo)

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Yet more congratulations are in order for Tom Davies who, despite being five minutes into his senior career, has already been bestowed with a Premier League player of the month award.

Specifically, the 18-year-oldhas been crowned PFA Fans' Player of the Month for January after his breakthrough performance in Everton's 4-0 win over Man City a couple of weeks ago.

Liverpool Latest: Playmaker’s future ‘to be announced’; £20m Maestro to stay in France?

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Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso could be set to finally resolve his future, with Spanish newspaper AS reporting that a meeting between the player and the club is imminent.

AVB’s striker situation could kick ‘the Kid’ back into gear.

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Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou's imminent January departure for the African Cup of Nations, along with the sale of Nicolas Anelka to Chinese Super League Club Shanghai Shenhua has left manager André Villas-Boas facing a possibly head-scratching dilemma.

The loss of these three household names could force goal-shy Fernando Torres back in to the equation at Stamford Bridge, a move which some would consider a risk.

Reds target £22 million duo in January

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Liverpool are reportedly set for another spending spree in January as Kenny Dalglish is being linked with moves for Chelsea's Salomon Kalou and Manchester City's Adam Johnson.

The Reds have had a mixed start to their campaign, with some impressive outings being overshadowed by a humiliating 4-0 defeat at Spurs, which followed a disappointing 1-0 reverse away to Stoke.

Adebayor move casts doubt on City project

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Emmanuel Adebayor experienced mixed fortunes during his time in English football. Still the victim of some less than favourable chants from Arsenal fans following his controversial big money move to Manchester City, and with his ridiculous goal celebration against his former club that came shortly after that move, his time at Eastlands wasn't much more [.

Sunderland ‘good enough for Europe’

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Sunderland new signing Sulley Muntari reckons the Black Cats need to bounce back from a disappointing few weeks if they want to finish in the Premier League top six. The former Portsmouth midfielder arrived in the north-east on loan from Inter Milan during January and made his debut in Sunderland's disappointing defeat to Stoke City [.


Reports: Things Hot Up As Man Utd Lodge Rival Bid For Alexis Sanchez In Attempt To Derail Man City Machinations

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Well, well, well. Just when it looked like Alexis Sanchez joining Man City was an inevitability, somebody goes and throws a Manchester United-sized cat in amongst the pigeons.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, both Mancunian clubs have tendered offers for Sanchez, either to take him off Arsenal's hands for a lump sum in January or to offer a pre-contract terms that will see the Chilean leave for nowt when his current deal ends in June.

Reports: West Brom Captain Jonny Evans To Leave Club In January With Possible Man Utd Return On The Cards

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West Brom look set to take a considerable hit in their efforts to stave of relegation this season with the news that captain Jonny Evans is likely to leave the club in January.

Evans still has 18 months to run on his contract at the Hawthorns but the Telegraph are reporting that the influential 29-year-old midfielder has no intention of extending his stay and may also be tempted to "pursue a new challenge" should offers start rolling in next month.

The Five Biggest Transfers Likely To Happen in January

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It is around this time of the year that managers have had a look at how their team has performed over the opening 6 or 7 games and they are already drawing up a potential wish list of players that they would like to see arrive in the January transfer window.

Wenger set for 2 year Arsenal contract extension and 40m to spend in January

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What a difference a week makes! Last Sunday there was a general feeling amongst Arsenal fans that Arsene Wenger was on very thin ice indeed. The North London Derby victory over our fierce rivals Tottenham took some of that pressure off the Frenchman, but many fans' feelings on the manager were on hold until the [.

Wenger hints there will be NO Arsenal transfers!

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This is news that will have most Arsenal fans gnashing their teeth and kicking the dog. Arsene Wenger spoke about the January transfer window today and his words seemed designed to prepare the ground for a specific number of signings this January, a nice round figure, zero. Wenger has said that Arsenal have been working hard to find players who will add to the squad, but today suggested that he has been unable to find any.

I’m optimistic of a great January for Arsenal! Are you?

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Is it the start of our happy new year? by John M

Many Arsenal fans will have woke up this morning with at least a bit of happiness this morning after our 1-0 win against Swansea last night in the FA Cup 3rd round.

It was an all round different performance against what has been difficult opposition of late with a 86th minute winning goal from Jack Wilshere.

Walcott is Holding up Arsenal Transfers!

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Arsene Wenger has money to spend on the Arsenal squad, apparently, and he and his staff are working hard to identify and secure the right players for Arsenal. The boss will not discuss just what sort of players or positions he is thinking of, because he keeps his transfer dealings a secret as possible, but it does not look as if he will finalise any transfer until the Theo Walcott contract situation is settled.

Barcelona confirm David Villa won’t join Arsenal or anyone else!

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There has been much speculation in the Spanish media that the Barcelona striker David Villa has had enough of being left on the sidelines at the Nou Camp and is looking for a loan move to the Premiership this summer with Arsenal being mooted as a possible destination.

But today the Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta has said the prolific hitman will not be going anywhere in this coming transfer window.

Juventus step up Walcott pursuit as Bendtner drops out

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The Italian giants Juventus brought in Nicklas Bendtner in the summer as they failed at getting any of their foremost striker targets, and have since been monitoring the contract talks between Theo Walcott and Arsenal as they try and shore up their dilapidated forward line.

Arsenal have refused to budge on their 75,000 a week offer to Walcott and the latest Arsenal rumours say that Juve are willing to go as high as 90,000 to persuade the England international to move to Serie A instead of staying in the Premier League with Liverpool or Chelsea.

Arsenal boss addresses January window

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Despite speculation surrounding his team's transfer business in January, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has avoiding commenting explicitly on his approach on transfers next month.

The Gunners have been without a Premier League win since last month's North London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur and the Spurs' far more consistent form since then has somewhat negated the impact of that result too.

Arsenal might lose defender in January

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The fantastic form that Kieran Gibbs has shown at left back for Arsenal had kept the Brazilian Andre Santos out of the side until the young England international picked up an injury against West Ham just before the current international break.

There has been no official word about the return of Gibbs, but the injury was just a muscle strain, apparently, and should be better very soon, if not already.

Why is Wenger reluctant to spend Arsenal transfer kitty in January?

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If you believe what the papers say then Arsenal are going to hand Arsene Wenger anything from £35 million up to over £50 million to spend on players in the January transfer window. Latest reports suggest that Le Prof is carefully considering whether to spend it or not.

Arsenal fans the world over could provide a quick and easy answer to that question, of course you spend it Arsene.

Arsenal eyeing top-class striker for January transfer window

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There are reports this morning that Arsene Wenger has instructed his Arsenal scouts to identify a top-class striker to be brought in during the January transfer window, with Fernando Llorente, Adrián López, Robert Lewandowski and Stevan Jovetic reported to be top of his wish-list.

Although Wenger has been experimenting with different players in the centre-forward role, the Frenchman has realised that only having Olivier Giroud as his only out-and-out hitman could be a negative in the second half of the season if Arsenal are going to aim to challenge on all fronts against the much deeper squads of Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs.

Peter Hill-Wood urges Wenger to spend £35million in January (on Falcao?)

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Arsenal Football Club showed a more than £35million profit at the end of last season, and the Gunners Chairman Peter Hill-Wood has insisted that this full amount is available to Arsene Wenger to spend in the January transfer window if he finds the "right player".

There are rumours that Arsenal could go for the prolific striker Falcao to help the Gunners push on for the Premiership title this season after an excellent start by Arsene Wenger's squad.

Llorente in and Walcott out of Arsenal in January?

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There are numerous Arsenal rumours in the papers this weekend, and mostly they are confirming that the out-of-favour Theo Walcott is going to be allowed to leave the Emirates in January after the Gunners management have refused to come back to the winger with an improved offer since the talks failed earlier this month.

Expect more ups and downs

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Consider this a 'half season review', but with one game added on. After a terrible start, followed by an excellent run, followed by a topsy turvy Christmas period, I feel we now have a good idea of how the season is going to go.

When we beat QPR and Chelsea lost at home to Villa, we leapfrogged them into 4th place.

Arsenal keen to swap Chamakh for unhappy England international

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All the latest Arsenal transfer news on the grapevie this morning is concerning the possible loan move for Thierry Henry after Arsene Wenger admitted that a short-term (6 week) signing would be "ideal", but there is still much discussion before the New York Red Bulls would consider giving permission for that to happen.

King Henry set to help out Arsenal in January?

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It is being reported that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a loan move for New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry, who is currently training at the club, in the upcoming January transfer window. According to The Times, the Frenchman will try and sign the Arsenal legend on a one month loan deal [.

Arsenal back in for Gary Cahill after constant defensive injuries?

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According to todays Metro Arsenal have rejoined the race to sign Gary Cahill after suffering yet another defensive injury against Manchester City yesterday. Johann Djourou will be out for at least three weeks, and he joins the other full-backs Bacary Sagna and Andre Santos on the treatment table, with Santos expected to be unavailable for [.

Should Wenger sign the Arsenal legend Thierry Henry just for January?

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The Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has reaffirmed his love for the club when the Gunners honoured the Frenchman with a statue at the Emirates, and is currently keeping fit in the MLS close season by training with Arsenal. Arsene Wenger has already stated that he will be short of strikers when both Gervinho and Marouane [.

Maybe Arsenal should just bring in some loan defenders in January?

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The current injury list of Arsenal consist mainly of our full backs. Sagna, Jenkinson, Gibbs and now our newly purchased Brazilian left back Andre Santos, all are out with rather severe injuries. Out of desperation, Arsenal are now deploying their centre halves to play at the defensive half of the flanks, Vermaelen at left back [.

Wilshere looking for January return, and a title challenge from Arsenal!

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Arsenal's young hotshot Jack Wilshere might be back for the Gunners sooner than expected judging by the way his recovery is going. The midfielder had to undergo ankle surgery, and was expected to return to the pitch somewhere in February, but the English International announced that he might be ready to play sooner.

Arsenal are more likely to buy Gotze than Hazard in January

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The back pages of the newspapers write about it, every football website worth its salt writes about it and every Arsenal fan knows about it. Arsene Wenger is looking at the two players who can make the difference with this Arsenal side – Mario Gotze and Eden Hazard. Some Arsenal fans think that both of [.

Should Arsenal fans really be disappointed if Wenger doesn’t spend in January?

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The Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has never been known to spend huge amounts on players but with this season starting in worrying fashion, Gunners fans have piled on the pressure for him to open his chequebook in January to ensure that the promising revival will continue until May. The North London club has been linked [.

Are Arsenal Planning Massive Swoop For Striker In January?

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According to rumours today Arsenal are preparing to smash their transfer record in January with a sensational move for Carlos Tevez. City value Tevez at around £40million, but they will get nowhere near that due to recent events, but they could get somewhere nearer the £25-30million mark. It has been reported in recent weeks that [.

Newcastle sink sorry Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, England — Newcastle scored their first win since the departure of striker Andy Carroll on Tuesday, winning 2-0 at Birmingham with a goal in each half from Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best. Lovenkrands opened the scoring for the visitors after only two minutes, sliding in to meet a low cross from Jonas Gutierrez at [.

Transfers & Rumours

Reports: West Ham Happy To ‘Listen To Offers’ For Javier Hernandez Just Five Months After Fluffing £16m On Him

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West Ham really are the pits when it comes to this transfer malarkey. No matter how hard they try, they just cannot do it properly.

Indeed, it's being reported that Messrs Davids Gold and Sullivan are willing to "listen to offers" for Javier Hernandez, the man they spent £16million to acquire just five months ago.

Reports: Everton Agree Deal To Blow £25m Of Their Christmas Money On Besiktas Striker Cenk Tosun

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Word has it that Everton are poised to blow their Christmas money on a striker in the January sales, with Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun top of their wish list.

According to Ed Aarons of the Guardian, the deal has already been struck after the Toffees saw their £25million offer accepted by their Turkish counterparts.

‘We Need Him To Qualify For Europe’ – RB Leipzig Will Not Allow Naby Keita To Join Liverpool In January Under Any Circumstances

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Liverpool have been thwarted in their attempts to expedite Naby Keita's transfer from RB Leipzig after being told they will have to wait until the end of the season as agreed.

The Reds secured Keita's services by triggering his £48million buyout clause in August, striking a deal with Leipzig that will see the Guinean midfielder move to Anfield at the conclusion of the 2017/18 campaign.

The Rest

Arsenal rumours – Walcott out – And Thierry Henry to return in January?

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It is hardly a new Arsenal transfer rumour that Arsene Wenger is expected to sell Theo Walcott in January, but the Frenchman has yet again reiterated that Walcott only has until December to make up his mind on the offered extension. Wenger said yesterday: "My desire is to keep Theo. We do what's needed to keep him and hopefully, as I told you many times, we can sort this situation out very soon.

January Highlights

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January was another interesting month at the Lamex Stadium. After an unbeaten December and with Stevenage now in the shake up for the League 1 play-offs, Graham Westley was a wanted man. GW and his team were snapped up by Preston North End after weeks of uncertainty over his future. A new era has begun at Stevenage with Gary Smith appointed as the new manager.

Ajax sign Twente ace Theo Janssen

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AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Ajax have completed their swoop for FC Twente ace Theo Janssen in a reported €3million (£2.6m) deal. The 29-year-old, a key performer for Twente this term, has joined the Eredivisie champions on a two-year contract, with the option for a third year. Janssen, voted player of the season by Dutch newspaper De [.