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Transfers

Wenger loves a surprise signing

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Wenger has always been something of an expert at the surprise signing. You could never bet against him pulling a Frenchman with something to prove out of a hat. The ultimate ‘Abracadabra' was Sol Campbell, who emerged like a mirage, grinning into the Colney sunshine. On that occasion Wenger allowed himself a wry smile in public, while behind the safety of his office door he was far more effusive, flicking his fingers and saying the word ‘sick'.

Davide San-toon speaks to nufcTV

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We learned today that Davide Santon was officially a Newcastle player and that, begrudgingly the Daily Mail was correct. Again. Personal bias aside, the 20 year old utility man gave his very first interview to nufcTV and discussed a few things. An interesting note is that, like many of the new lads through the door, [.

Liverpool

Liverpool to announce Brazilian signing in next 48 hours

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According to reports Liverpool Football Club are close to completing the signing of Granada left back Guilherme Siqueira after agreeing a fee rumored to be around £5million.

Siqueira is reportedly negotiating personal terms with Liverpool and the signing is expected to be announced the next 48 hours.

Transfer Target Profile - Jose Enrique Sanchez - Liverpool FC’s new left back?

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It is no secret that we are in the market for an established left back. Kenny tried out a whole bunch of lads in the position in the latter half of the 10/11 season, with Paul Konchesky, Fabio Aurelio, Jack Robinson, Danny Wilson and Glen Johnson all being tested out.

The Left Back Conundrum

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While the believed transfers into Liverpool FC of Alexander Doni and Stewart Downing continue to dominate Anfield related press, it has gone a little more quiet on the subject of a new left back arriving at the club.

With the club believed to be looking to bolster the squad in that area, will it be the likes of Cissokho, Baines, Enrique, Izaguirre etc arriving at the club or will Kenny Dalglish look to rely on the likes of Aurelio, Agger, Flanagan and Johnson to fill the role in the 2011/12 season?

Did I Just See That?

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Who: Erik Edman When: April 16th,2005 Where: Anfeild,  in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool. What: An unstoppable 38 yard strike.

In his first season Erik Edman successfully established himself as Tottenham's first choice Left-back.

Arsenal

Arsenal Season review – Who is our best left-back?

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Time to assess – Gibbs or Monreal? by DG

It's been a long season, and as the dust settles and the normality of the summer transfer silly season comes upon us I'd like to take a look at some of our squad options...it beats daydreaming about every Tom, Hig and Henry that we are supposedly on the brink of signing.

Why Ashley Cole is NOT Arsenal’s best-ever Left-Back

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Sorry, Ashley. You're not Arsenal's best ever left back

Generally, I don't find too much to disagree with when I read another "All-Time Greatest Arsenal Team" list. I mean, it's hard to dispute the inclusion of talents like Henry, Bergkamp, Vieira and Fabregas. Sometimes my age means I get a little peeved when stars from bygone eras are constantly omitted, but then I'm fortunate to have seen players like Brady and Jennings actually playing for us.

Arsenal Debate – Is Gibbs really one of the best left-backs in the Premiership?

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Kieran Gibbs has been a bit of an enigma for Arsenal fans over the last few seasons, as every time he looked set for a long run in the First XI he has immediately been injured and put back into the treatment room. The same thing happened again this season, but Arsene Wenger thinks that the left-back has improved out of all recognition this season.

Ranking the Top 10 Left Backs in World Football

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Left back is a position that has been in high demand in recent years because there just isn't much depth at the position across world football. Paolo Maldini, Roberto Carlos, Nilton Santos and Giacinto Facchetti represent some of the best left-backs of all time and all of them typified the characteristics necessary to excel at the left fullback position: work rate, crossing, pace, attacking support and defensive aptitude.

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 plot move for Dutch left back-Adios Santos!

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Arsene Wenger has realised that he is wasting his time with Andre Santos. He is just not good enough to be an Arsenal player, and his shirt swapping farce with Robin van Persie showed how little he thinks about Arsenal fans and that his attitude is all wrong for the English game. His only merit seems to be that he is happy and likeable, so he will be great at the Arsenal christmas party, just nowhere near a football pitch.

Arsenal MUST replace Santos in January!

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Why Arsenal need a left back this January by KJ

Arsenal are in a spot of bother at the moment in regards to the left back position. Our main left back who was playing brilliantly is once again injured and is potentially proving the point that he'll need someone of equal or better quality to fill in/compete with him in the future.

Arsenal looking for a new left back?

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Kieran Gibbs is still not ready to play for Arsenal after picking up a thigh problem against West Ham at the start of October. It is a real worry for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners because his stand in, Andre Santos, has been simply dreadful. Gibbs has missed large chunks of his young career, and Wenger may now be considering a move for another left back when the transfer window opens in January.

Silvestre Passes Medical And Is An Arsenal Player!

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Arsenal have secured the signature of Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre for a fee rumoured to be in the region of £750,000. The 31-year-old has played over 249 games for the Premier League champions and has surprising swapped Manchester for north London. Silvestre was reportedly undergoing a medical at bitter neighbours Man City last night when his [.

Ashley Cole

Everton fullback Leighton Baines Deserves Left-Back Starting Role for England

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Everton player Leighton Baines (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Regular viewers of the English Premier League have noticed it for years. And, following Ashley Cole's legal troubles in recent weeks, it is unlikely that anyone could still lay doubt to the fact. Leighton Baines should be England's number-one choice at left-back come the 2014 World Cup.

The Benny Ekotto Show

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There's a very popular past time among Spurs fans at the moment and that's slating our Benny, no matter what's happened in the game, whether it's his fault or not. I'm not sure how he became the current side's scapegoat but every team has got to have one.

Let's have a little history lesson on our left back to begin with.

Top 10 of the Week – Emergency full backs

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The full-back position is one of the most important positions in the modern game; not only do they need to be good defenders, but they need to have the attacking attributes associated with wingers. The true sign of quality is evident when a full back can balance these in perfect harmony, but this is rare and it is clear that there is a distinct lack of them in the game.

England’s Left Back Non-dilemma

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A few weeks back we, like everyone else, wrote of England's left back dilemma in the wake of Ashley Cole's injury. Why?

In fairness, we did conclude the most likely event was Cole recovers and starts, but the hysteria around it was hilarious, particularly considering he was due to be back in plenty of time and bookies had him at 1/3, usually a good indicator.

OK OK – So who should be our left-back at the World Cup?

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I've resisted writing on this as literally EVERYONE else is already but with Wayne Bridge today announcing he is not available for England, just who will fill the injured philanderer Ashley Cole's polygamous boots?

Bear in mind that he could recover in time and Capello could break from his mantra and select him despite lack of game time (I think that's what will actually happen) but in case it doesn't, the contenders.

Pre-season

Roster Reset #12

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Hmmm. Thought we would have had the roster wrapped up by now, but United are apparently still auditioning new trialists with the addition of left winger Lewis Neal to the party. Unfortunately, none of the remaining guys getting a look is a left back a position that is probably United's weakest from the standpoint of starters, and one at which they have zero depth[1].

Lazarus Act

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As of Tuesday's training session Lance Rozeboom, Ryan Richter, Jose Burciaga, Guilherme and Seth C'deBaca were unsigned, but still in camp.

- via dcunited.com
Burciaga's still around? As a reminder, Burciaga has been out of the league since 2008 and failed a tryout for a third-division side last year.

Semantic Footsie

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Camp update from dcunited.com...
There have been no changes to the roster that trained earlier this the week in DC. Trialists Ryan Richter, Seth C'deBaca, Alfredo Martins, Andrew Dykstra, and Guilherme Alves da Costa, along with un-signed Supplemental Draft Pick Lance Rozeboom, all accompanied the team to Charleston on Wednesday.

Got the Itch...

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...but nothing concrete to scratch it with (via dcunited.com)...
He's only been with the team three days, but Brazilian trialist Guilherme continues to impress.

United spent much of Wednesday's session doing 3-v-2 and 2-v-1 attacking exercises. On consecutive turns, the Botafogo player slammed a close-range effort past Andrew Dykstra and then curled a shot from distance around Joe Willis' 6-foot-5 frame.

FM Scouting: Guilherme Alves da Costa

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Once again, we plumb the depths of the FM database and find surprise, surprise that this time our new Brazilian trialist has left a trail of sniffable bits. Whereas Alfredo was little more than a sketch of a player, Guilherme is almost fully fleshed out, which is a little odd given that he seems never to have played a first team match (according to the database anyway.

"Planning"

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via Goff...
Also, the Insider has learned the club is planning to look at a left back, where United lacks depth.
Christ! "Planning" to look? Now that the regular season is less than a month away?

Left back was one of the weakest spots on the roster as far as incumbent starters, had its depth removed in December (Burch gone via Re-Entry draft), and has been consistently identified by United punditry writ large as one of the two gaping holes in the roster for months.

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Make the left side twice as Farfantastic

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Featured image: Nicolae Stoian

When Jordan Harvey was dealt, Peter Nowak said the following about Gabriel Farfan: "From a physical standpoint, and speed, everything is there. And he has some bite, which is very good for a defender." Garfan has been fast and tough, but he has had a steep learning curve.

Jordan Harvey talks to PSP after trade

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PSP: So how has the transition been? What are your early thoughts on this new stage in your career?

Jordan Harvey: It was a great time in Philly. I had a super experience. Right now, I met up with the team here last night and had a chance to meet everyone. It seems like a great group of guys and I'm excited for the next step in my career.

Season review: Jordan Harvey

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When you ask the Philadelphia Union's veteran leaders what the team needs to do to excel next season, they say one word: Consistency.

Danny Califf: "Consistency."

Alejandro Moreno: "Consistency."

And if there is one player who embodies that characteristic it is defender Jordan Harvey.

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Why Spurs MUST Beat Blackpool

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The big games just keep rolling in and tonight's is no different. Our rearranged fixture at Blackpool could see us propel ourselves into the top 3 and pile the pressure on Manchester City and especially Chelsea who would find themselves 5 points behind us with a game in hand which I believe is against United so it's no gimme.

Exclusive: Hunter Freeman Interview Pt. III

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So here we are, the final part of this trilogy. What have I learned so far? Well, Hunter is a straight shooter who isnt shy about giving an opinion - a refreshing change from the cookie cutter responses athletes usually give to dance around questions. I mean, how many times can you hear "Well, I do it for the team" or "The only thing that matters is winning"?

Newcastle United

Barcodes Test of Credentials

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There's so much going on at the moment with regards to the new stadium, political spin left, right and centre. Even Pele's talking about it. This afternoon Daniel Levy wrote an open letter on the official site which unless you're blind confirms the boards first choice is moving to Stratford.

New arrival LINKS

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Word is the Sounders FC could be signing a new left back: Leonardo González of Costa Rica.

It's the only pressing concern for the team so it makes sense. Plus the owners are quite proactive.

Something to keep an eye on.

I'd like to order some links now:
  • TFC makes another move.

The Rest

Who Will Olsen Start at Left Back?

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The Black and Red find themselves in a difficult position heading into the final leg of their series against the New York Red Bulls. Down 2-0 on aggregate, DC United must score at least two goals to send the series into extra time. Give up a goal, and the new away goals rule will force United to have to score at least four to stay alive.

Andre Santos on his way back to Brazil?

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The Brazilian left-back Andre Santos only arrived at Arsenal just over a year ago, but other than a couple of interesting attacking performances last season, he has been decidedly unimpressive for the Gunners.

Since Kieran Gibbs got injured, Santos was given some chances to replace him, but he was so bad that Wenger has now decided to move Vermaelen out to the left rather than keep persevering with the error-prone Santos, and despite the 29 year-old pledging to stay and fight for his place there are rumours that he could be leaving in January.

Gareth Bale: Decision Time.

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In my opinion, the most important question for Harry this summer is to make the final decision on where to play Gareth Bale.

For three years, he's been hailed as one of the most promising young left backs in the game, but has failed to make the left back position his own at spurs.