Jack Wilshere: ‘Friendship is the reason for Arsenal’s away wins’

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere says a burgeoning friendship among the squad is the reason for their success away from home. The Gunners star thinks the fact that the players get on with each other is helping them pick up results on the road. He said: "There was a mentality at the end of last season [.

Arsenal star Jack Wilshere says photos of Gonzalo Higuain’s wife will get pinned to the wall

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Photos of Gonzola Higuain's actress wife are destined for the walls of Arsenal's dressing room if the Real Madrid striker completes his move to the club. That's according to Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere, who seemed impressed when, during a recent interview, he was shown a picture of Soledad Fandiño modelling underwear.

English Premier League

Video: Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway disappointed with lack of belief against Spurs

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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said he was disappointed by the lack of belief shown by his players during their 1-0 defeat to Spurs in their opening Premier League match. The Eagles never really looked likely to get a result against their London rivals, but in the end only a Roberto Soldado penalty separated the [.

Chelsea players practice their basketball skills

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A training session with a difference for some of the lads at Cobham... #CFC Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) August 13, 2013 With just a few days until the new season starts, some of Chelsea's players have been putting the finishing touches... to their basketball skills. Many of the Blues' squad are away on international [.

Who Are Ya? Gary Hooper (Norwich)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Gary Hooper Age: 25 Position: Striker Signed from: Celtic Fee: Undisclosed (reported £5m) Did you know? Former Spurs youngster Hooper has never played for England at any level. Attempted call-ups to the Under-21, and reportedly the senior squad, have always been thwarted by injury.

Disillusioned Premier League referees consider ‘boycotting Chelsea games’

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That's according to ex-Premier League referee Clive Wilkes anyway. Drawing on chats he has had with the current crop of officials, Wilkes believes that Chelsea's complaint against Mark Clattenberg could irrevocably damage referees relationship with the West London club and have a devastating knock-on effect for the top-tier itself.

Johnson Confident Liverpool Can Be Successful Under Rodgers

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Glen Johnson says Brendan Rodgers has made his philosophy clear to the Liverpool players and he has backed the manager to be successful in time.
The Reds have made a disappointing start to the new season under Rodgers, picking up just one point from their opening three Premier League matches.
Rodgers was appointed earlier in the summer after building a reputation with Swansea, and Johnson has called for patience as a long-term project develops.

Responsibility, Teamwork, Goals – We could be onto something

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A trip to Anfield is always full of trepidation, despite Liverpool's recent decline, they are still a team that hold many dangers. If the Kop are allowed to get into the game they can be a telling 12th man roaring their team on. With this in mind Arsène Wenger and his newly arranged squad deserve a large amount of credit for making the game a very relaxed enjoyable affair for us fans.

Responsibility, Teamwork, Goals – We could be onto something

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A trip to Anfield is always full of trepidation, despite Liverpool's recent decline, they are still a team that hold many dangers. If the Kop are allowed to get into the game they can be a telling 12th man roaring their team on. With this in mind Arsène Wenger and his newly arranged squad deserve a large amount of credit for making the game a very relaxed enjoyable affair for us fans.

West Ham Confirm Carroll Loan

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West Ham have confirmed the signing of Andy Carroll on loan from Liverpool with a view to a permanent deal.
The Hammers have worked hard to do a deal for the England forward with Liverpool initially reluctant to do a loan deal for the man they paid £35million for last year.
But the newly-promoted side have persuaded the 23-year-old to move to London and confirmed they have an option to make the signing a permanent one for an undisclosed fee next summer.

Liverpool Send Andy Carroll To West Ham On Loan

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said that the club would not be sending record signing Andy Carroll out on loan as late as yesterday, and yet today we hear that Carroll has joined West Ham on a season-long loan.

"It's great to be here at West Ham and all signed up I just can't wait to get started now," Carroll said.

Pardew – We Showed Chelsea Too Much Respect

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Newcastle lost the game on Saturday in the first half, when they conceded two goals, and that was always going to be difficult for the lads in the second half to come back, but they at least gave it their best shot, and had Chelsea on the back foot for a lot of that second half. Vurnon Anita trips Torres - penalty Chelsea 1-0 ahead But the performance in [.

PREVIEW: Chelsea v Newcastle - Questions asked - time to deliver.

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This afternoon will be Chelsea's toughest test so far this season as Newcastle come to Stamford Bridge. This is no easy game at all and by far from a "home banker" against Alan Pardew's side. Chelsea need to be at their best in ALL area's of the pitch today to get three points but will have to work hard to earn it.

Midfielder: Gunners start in fantastic mood

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Despite the departure of former captain Robin van Persie earlier this week and persistent rumors surrounding the future of star midfielder Alex Song, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident that Arsenal start the Premier League season in great mood this afternoon.

The Gunners welcome Sunderland to the Emirates in a rematch of the FA Cup clash that resulted in the former's elimination six months ago but this time around, Oxlade-Chamberlain is feeling very optimistic about his side's chances.


Sunderland players working 9am-6pm under Paolo Di Canio

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Sunderland's squad are working from 9am until 6pm under manager Paolo Di Canio's gruelling pre-season routine. Black Cats skipper John O'Shea has given an insight into the club's new working hours. And it sounds like the players' shopping and gaming schedules have been severely affected. The squad reports for training at 9am for two morning [.

West Ham squad goes rowing, Mark Noble among those to take a dip

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Not content with being award the Olympic Stadium as their new ground, West Ham have now taken over the London 2012 rowing lake. The Hammers took to Dorney Lake for a team-building rowing session with Olympic silver medalist Mark Hunter. As you might expect with a Sam Allardyce team-building session, the water-based fun was not [.


Video: Pay-to-play Macclesfield fan nearly scores against Stoke

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And when we say 'nearly scores' we mean 'flings himself in the general direction of a cross'. Macclesfield Town supporter Jomes Gorfin became the first person to take advantage of the club's pay-to-play initiative. The 40-year-old stumped up £10,000 to train with the first-team squad for a week ahead of a substitute appearance against the [.

Serbian FA release outrageous smear video against Danny Rose

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The fallout from the racism that overshadowed England U21′s victory in Serbia this week continues after the Serbian FA released an inflammatory video on their official YouTube account. The video is entitled: "Danny Rose is lying to whom?" It's accompanied by a lengthy spiel, which digs further into the Serbian position that there was no [.

Newcastle United

Boyband One Direction train with Real Madrid

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Pop band One Direction appear to be making plans for careers in football when the bubble bursts on their music careers. After recently training with Newcastle, the group have now taken part in a Real Madrid training session. Jose Mourinho handed out personalised shirts to the lads, before they lined up in a wall to [.

Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 – Full Match Report

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Here's the game as we saw it as it happened. The lads came out with their black tops on and with the words on the back  Ryan Taylor Over The Top as a nice gesture to Ryan Taylor, who looks like he'll be out for up to six months with his ACL knee injury. [...]

Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 1 – Ben Arfa Brilliance Rescues Magpies

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Newcastle overcame a lackadaisical first half today when they went one goal down after 22 minutes, but came back strongly in the second half and another simply magnificent Ben Arfa goal this time with his right foot got the point for Newcastle but we pressed so much after the goal that the lads were unlucky not to get all 3 [.

Newcastle’s European Dates Quickly Arranged

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Newcastle have announced the dates of their six group games in the Europa League, and that's good because it will allow fans who can go and want to support the lads to get their tickets and travel  booked. Alan Pardew managed only two hames in Europe with West Ham The group is a good one for [..


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Andy Carroll has finally ended his Liverpool-nightmare by officially joining Sam Allardayce's West Ham Utd.

Carroll has gone on loan for the Season with an option to buy in next Summer.

The big Geordie was not wanted by Anfield Supremo, Brendan Rodgers who is hoping to add either Clint Dempsey, Daniel Sturridge or An Other.

Newcastle vs Atromitos – Match Preview

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Newcastle only need to draw 0-0, to go through in tonight's second leg tie against Greek Super League side Atromitos, but we hope the lads can win the game at St. James' Park, and qualify for the group stages of the Europa League. It was a tough game last Thursday night in Athens, and Newcastle did well [.

Ryan Taylor The Best In Premier League At Dead Ball Situations

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Newcastle strolled through the game tonight in Athens, Greece, but there again we didn't expect the lads to be rushing around with the temperature in the 80s, and they had to maintain their energy for the whole 90 minutes, and although there were a few careless mistakes made at the back, Alan Pardew seems well [.

Newcastle’s Chance To Atone For Cardiff Disaster – Beat Spurs

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Local lad Steven Taylor has come out this morning and he's yet another player who has now apologized for the terrible display against Cardiff City last Saturday, and said the lads let down the faithful Newcastle fans who traveled all the way to Cardiff, and had that stuff to watch from the Magpies.

Newcastle’s New Home Strip Looks Great – On Sale Now

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The new Newcastle strip looks great. and it has gone on sale today in the Newcastle club shops, and it's certainly grown on us big time, since we first saw the lads wearing them,  on 13th July to be precise. Terrific looking new Newcastle strips It's not only that the shirt has a lot more white in it than before, and therefore has [.

Manchester United

Video: Manchester United Legends to face Real Madrid Legends

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Want to briefly regain your childhood? If you're about my age and answered 'yes', this is probably the match for you. Manchester United Legends are taking on Real Madrid Legends in a charity match for the MU Foundation. The teamsheets read like a who's who of mid-1990s sticker albums. Dwight Yorke, Andrew Cole, Denis Irwin, [.

Manchester United’s players can expect to do some pre-season vomiting

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David Moyes is set to make his first mark on Manchester United by implementing a gruelling pre-season boot camp. Everton players will testify to Moyes' tough fitness regime, including his infamous 'Horseshoe Runs'. The intensive sprint sessions often leave players retching and barely able to stand by the time they've finished.

Rooney: Other Managers Wouldn’t Have Dropped Me

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Between Boxing Day and New Year, Wayne Rooney, Darron Gibson and Jonny Evans went out for a meal and a few drinks with their WAGs.

The three players were dropped for our next game against Blackburn, amidst rumours that they were unable to train properly, presumably due to a hangover.

United went on to lose that game, with Rafael and Park starting as our central midfielders.

Fergie: We never give up

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Sir Alex Ferguson watched his team secure victory in his 1000th league game as Manchester United manager in typical fashion for us, leaving it until the last few minutes to turn a 2-1 defeat in to a 3-2 win.

"We never give up," he told MUTV. "Of course, it's in the history books.


Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre unveils the club’s first four signings of the transfer window

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Obviously everyone knew about Daniel Sturridge's arrival, but we're not sure about the other players that Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre is taking on a tour of Melwood. Solid lads all of them but with their lack of mobility, they're not exactly built in the Brendan Rodgers mould. Still, they'll probably be more effective than [.

Liverpool v Arsenal Indepth Review – Diaby Is The New Vieira!

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Liverpool 0 – 2 Arsenal: Arsene Wenger proves the doubters wrong after a subpar transfer window by KJ What a game to start our new journey with "The Arsenal". Today was a great performance and result from the lads and especially the new boys in our squad (including one special Frenchman). The game kicked off [.

Brendan's Boys In Bonnie Scotland

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Could Carroll get a start?...
Hearts are the opposition for Liverpool on Thursday night as they continue their attempts to proceed through the Europa League rounds. The Reds will look for a result to take back to Anfield and with Manchester City looming at the weekend they will surely want to go about this in the easiest way possible.

Joe Allen: Welcome To Anfield

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He looks pretty chuffed...
Liverpool have completed the signing of Joe Allen making it the shock of the century after he was spotted watching the lads versus Gomel, I hope whoever planned that one doesn't have to organise a surprise birthday party...

But nevertheless he's here and we're happy.

The Rest

Sunderland caretaker boss Kevin Ball gives ketchup a reprieve

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Leading the queue of those hoping for a second chance at Sunderland after Paolo Di Canio's sacking is the club condiments. Ketchup and mayonnaise banned by the Italian during his time in charge have been reinstated in the Black Cats' canteen with the permission of caretaker manager Kevin Ball. The temporary boss is [.

Gareth Bale signs shirts for Spurs team-mates as he says goodbye

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Some Tottenham players got Gareth Bale to sign their shirts as they bid him an emotional farewell yesterday. The squad jetted out to Monaco for today's friendly. Bale didn't join them, and the squad are not expecting to find him at the training ground upon their return. By that stage he will either be a [.

Snapshot: Celtic Players Cover Teammate Mohamed Bangura’s Audi In Post-It Notes!

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By Chris Wright

This is how Celtic pranksters Kris Commons, Joe Ledley and Scott Brown spent their Wednesday; covering misfiring striker Mohamed Bangura's Audi in hundreds of Post-It notes after the dud Senegalese forward was shipped back out on loan to former club AIK until Christmas earlier in the week.

Doncaster Rovers Chairman Promises Player His Bentley If He Scores 20 Goals This Season

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By Alan Duffy

It's fair to say that footballers are rather fond of a flash motor, a penchant Pies have already featured today. And it's this love of high-end cars which Doncaster Rovers Chairman John Ryan is hoping will spur attacking midfielder Kyle Bennett on to great things this season.

POTD : Man City Wins Community Shield With Samir Nasri, Tevez and Toure Show As Di Matteo Backs Ivanovic

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Blame it on the fatigue or preseason woes (yes, they do exist!) for Chelsea, but their 3-2 loss to an impressive Manchester City side earlier today cannot possibly be attributed to any of those reasons. The Community Shield is often viewed as a prelude to the Premiership season, a curtain raiser of sorts based on the premise of providing a motivational boost to the eventual winners.