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Cech tells Gunners to set their sights on unbeaten run

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London (AFP) – Petr Cech believes Arsenal will have to win all their remaining matches if they are to secure a place in the top five of the Premier League.

The Gunners are currently six points adrift of fifth-placed London rivals Chelsea, with both sides having a maximum of 15 points to play for from their five remaining league games this season.

Cahill says privileged to follow Terry as Chelsea captain

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London (AFP) – Chelsea legend John Terry’s captaincy of the Premier League giants is an impossible act to follow, his successor Gary Cahill said in Tuesday’s London Evening Standard.

Terry, 36, is Chelsea’s most successful skipper, leading them to four Premier League titles and four FA Cup wins amongst others, but is no longer first choice with Cahill captaining the side that has opened up a commanding 10 point gap at the top of the table.

Chelsea Transfer News: Club ready to pay £80m for world class star, will offer wages of £570k-a-week

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has apparently had a furious bust-up with manager Antonio Conte.

London Evening Standard are reporting that the Spanish international was involved in a training ground spat with his manager which ended with Conte asking him to leave for China.

Bellerin keen to stay at Arsenal

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London (AFP) Arsenal's Hector Bellerin insisted Friday he was happy to see out his existing contract with the Gunners amid reports linking him with a move to Premier League leaders Manchester City or Spanish giants Barcelona.

The 21-year-old Spain full-back, battling to be fit for the North London derby at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, began his career at Barcelona's celebrated La Masia academy but he told the London Evening Standard: "If Iwanted to play there I would have stayed there.

Chelsea to sign star before Arsenal game, agent in London and terms agreed

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Chelsea are all set to complete the signing of Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato this week.

The 26-year-old striker has been in outstanding form for Sao Paulo and is keen on a move to Europe this month.

Liverpool cancel talks with Raheem Sterling after alleged outlandish comments by agent

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Raheem Sterling's contract saga with Liverpool has taken another new twist after the club canceled Friday's scheduled meeting with the player and his agent.

Sterling's representative Aidy Ward had requested a sit down with chief executive Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rodgers to discuss the 20-year-old's future, having turned down a £100,000-a-week deal in January.

Liverpool cancel talks with Raheem Sterling after alleged outlandish comments by agent

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Raheem Sterling's contract saga with Liverpool has taken another new twist after the club canceled Friday's scheduled meeting with the player and his agent.

Sterling's representative Aidy Ward had requested a sit down with chief executive Ian Ayre and manager Brendan Rodgers to discuss the 20-year-old's future, having turned down a £100,000-a-week deal in January.

Interview With Patrick Barclay: The Art Of Football Writing

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In the latest of our Art of Football Writing series, I had the distinct pleasure of chatting to author and writer Patrick Barclay.

In short, Paddy is one of the most talented and esteemed writers around. He has written for The Times, The Guardian and The Independent in his time as a journalist and now contributes to the London Evening Standard four days a week.

Magpies boss emphasizes realism

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has called for fans, players, and board members to be realistic about the Magpies' chances in next year's Premier League.

Coming off one of the club's greatest seasons in the Premier League era, Pardew has cautioned fans that a top five finish next year may not be feasible given the club's European obligations.

How important is Ade?

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Transfer columns last week were busy suggesting that Spurs were about to finally admit defeat in their efforts to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a long term deal. With reported wages at Manchester City of £170,000 a week, a rumoured offer of £100,000 plus a £4m signing on fee was thought to have fallen far too short.

Andrei Arshavin Joins Zenit On Loan

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Looks like the Andrei Arshavin era at Arsenal is coming to an end as the Gunners have loaned Arshavin to his old club, Zenit St. Petersburg, for the rest of the season, according to The London Evening Standard.

Reporter James Olley tweeted Friday:

"Decision made. Arsenal agree to loan out Arshavin until the end of the season.

George Graham questions Arsenal’s lack of depth

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Former Arsenal manager George Graham (1986-1995) said the Gunners starting 11 are good enough to beat anybody when they're healthy, but once the club has to dip into its squad it struggles. Graham told James Olley of the London Evening Standard that If the team happens to finish in the top four this season and makes it to the Champion League it'll be one of Arsene Wenger's greatest accomplishments.

Midfielder backs Blues boss

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As the English media continues to scrutinize Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas for reducing veteran Frank Lampard's role in team, all eyes will be on the Blues' team sheet when they face Valencia in the UEFA Champions League tonight.

However, regardless of who Villas-Boas prefers to choose, midfielder John Obi Mikel is convinced that the manager's arrival has sparked a healthy competition for places and for that, he must be lauded rather than criticized.

Arsenal

No exceptional salary measures for Sanchez, says Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal should not change their wage policy in any new contract offer to Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, said beleaguered Gunners manager Arsene Wenger on Saturday.

The 67-year-old Frenchman’s remarks may further enrage Arsenal fans who are divided as to whether he should sign a new contract and extend his 21-year reign after a season of crushing disappointments.

No exceptional salary measures for Sanchez, says Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal should not change their wage policy in any new contract offer to Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, said beleaguered Gunners manager Arsene Wenger on Saturday.

The 67-year-old Frenchman’s remarks may further enrage Arsenal fans who are divided as to whether he should sign a new contract and extend his 21-year reign after a season of crushing disappointments.

Arsenal midfielder linked with Panathinaikos move

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Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has been offered to Greek side Panathinaikos, according to the London Evening Standard. The 32-year-old is out of...

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Arsenal ‘to warn’ Emmanuel Frimpong after racism row

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Arsenal plan to remind Emmanuel Frimpong of his 'responsibilities when using social media', according to reports in the London Evening Standard. The Gunners midfielder sparked a racism row after appearing to suggest that he had been left out of the squad to face Chelsea in last night's Capital One Cup tie because of the colour [.

Arsenal close in on £21m Bernard deal

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Arsenal are on the verge of completing the £21m signing of Brazil international Bernard. The Atletico Mineiro player will become the Gunners' first major signing this summer, according to reports in the London Evening Standard. The Brazilian has reportedly agreed a take home pay packet of £50,000-a-week with the north London side and is expected [.

“If Arsenal do not finish in the top four, Van Persie will leave next summer” – A fair prediction?

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With the news that Arsenal are to leave Robin Van Persie's contract talks until the summer, London Evening Standard writer James Olley provided a candid analysis of the chances of the Dutchman staying at the club in a frank interview with talkSPORT on Friday evening. Asked if a Champions League spot would ensure Van Persie [.

Cockney Media Claim Evra On Trial

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It beggars belief that somebody could earn a salary for writing such dross but James Olley, from The London Evening Standard, has managed to do just that.

Olley claims that if Evra cannot prove that he was racially abused then he should have the book thrown at him. Is that how justice works?

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho's FIVE MAN transfer wish-list revealed.

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According to various reports, Chelsea are preparing to spend big in January to bolster our squad as we look to climb the League table. Revealed are the names Jose Mourinho wants!

According to the London Evening Standard, here are the names of five players that Jose Mourinho has given the Chelsea board as we prepare for the January window.

EXTENSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOSE MOURINHO.

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Jose Mourinho is featured in today's London Evening Standard speaking of his life in London, his family, his love for the City, for Chelsea and his intentions of staying here.

Mourinho on Chelsea:

"I'm not here thinking about my next move because I don't want to have a next move.

DE BRUYNE: Agent flies to London looking for transfer away from Chelsea!

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The Kevin De Bruyne situation has not improved in the slightest of late, despite comments made recently by Jose Mourinho and it seems that the only way De Bruyne sees a solution is to leave the club.

His agent Patrick De Koster is quoted in the London Evening Standard as saying:
"I am going to fly over to London to find a proper solution with Chelsea.

Ashley Cole defends John Terry, Arsenal fans at trial

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Three days into the John Terry trial over allegations of a racial slur used against QPR's Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last season and the proceedings seem to have gotten lost in a farcical bizarro world.

On a day that included statements proclaiming the good character of John Terry from just about everyone ever associated with Chelsea (including the likes of Jose Mourinho and the club's bus driver), key witness Ashley Cole took the stand and made it clear that he felt this wasn't a matter that should have gone to trial.

Some Chelsea players called Andre Villas-Boas ‘DVD’

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Now that Andre Villas-Boas' brief and confrontational reign at Chelsea has been mercifully end, giving way to the club's resurgence under caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, all the little details about how AVB and Chelsea just weren't a good fit for each other are coming out.

According to the London Evening Standard, some in the dressing room came up with a nickname for Villas-Boas, who served as Jose Mourinho's opposition scouting video compiler in his first stint at Chelsea.

Manchester United

RoM Reads

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Scott writes for The Metro about why Moyes has done well to appoint Phil Neville.

The Guardian claims Sir Alex Ferguson will stay away from Old Trafford for Moyes' first few games.

The Daily Mail reports on advice that Eric Steele has for our new coaches.

The London Evening Standard talks to Ravel Morrison.

Wayne Rooney to miss four weeks with leg gash

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Wayne Rooney didn't start in Manchester United's 3-2 win over Fulham, but after he did come on in the 68th minute, he ended up leaving on a stretcher. Rooney attempted to slide in and block a Hugo Rodallega shot from distance in added time, resulting in the Fulham man landing on Rooney's thigh and slicking it open.

RoM Reads

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London Evening Standard reports on the Glazers' ridiculous valuation of our shares.

The Independent reckons the Glazers will leave if the share prices go any lower.

The Daily Mail talks about Ferguson's phone call to Wenger over RvP.

Beautifully Red has the best GIFs from our win over Hannover.

Stand up if you hate Man U – Manchester United against the world

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Following United's game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last season, a match report appeared in the London Evening Standard. The opening paragraphs did not mention the score or the man of the match or anything to do with the tactics, instead they focussed on our fans' most popular chant at the time.

Alan Pardew

Fabricio Coloccini Like The Great Bobby Moore

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Lat night, in a rather lengthy interview Newcastle manager Alan Pardew  gave to the London Evening Standard he talked about his influential captain Fabricio Coloccini. Bobby Moore holds the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft in 1966 That's hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst partially shown Fab has done a great job on the field of play for Newcastle this season, with his top performances and also with [.

Fabricio Coloccini Like The Great Bobby Moore

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Lat night, in a rather lengthy interview Newcastle manager Alan Pardew  gave to the London Evening Standard he talked about his influential captain Fabricio Coloccini. Bobby Moore holds the Jules Rimet Trophy aloft in 1966 That's hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst partially shown Fab has done a great job on the field of play for Newcastle this season, with his top performances and also with [.

Pardew plans to “educate” unrealistic Toon fans and eventually replace Hodgson

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In yesterday's London Evening Standard, Newcastle United's Silver Supremo gave a fairly lengthy and candid interview to the Standard's Mihir Bose. In it, he spoke of his ambition to replace Roy Hodgson as the next England manager, and also how he intends to "educate" Newcastle United fans that we cannot expect to compete in Europe [.

footballer

Eco-Friendly Footballers

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Contrary to popular belief, not all athletes have air or rocks for brains. In fact, there are quite a lot of athletes who defy the stereotype. For example, the late Brazilian legend Socrates earned a medical degree during his playing career, and after retiring, he made full use of the degree.

BAE Continues to Impress Me With His Straight Talking and Professionalism

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Following my original article singing Benny's praises as a footballer and all round good egg, he continues to impress me no end. Assou Ekotto is a complete breath of fresh air in today's game. This week he's been "rewarding inspirational teenagers" where more than 70 young people received their Educational Achievement Awards from the man himself at a special ceremony at White Hart Lane as part of a joint initiative between Haringey Council and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation.

The Rest

Ramos is “using” United

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Sergio Ramos is "using" Manchester United to get a better contract at Real Madrid, according to the London Evening Standard's Simon Johnson.

The Spanish defender, who has played over 400 times for Real Madrid since joining from Sevilla 1o years ago, has been linked with a move to United as part of the deal that looks set to take David De Gea back to the Spanish capital.

Borussia Dortmund charm London with humor and love campaign

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With two German clubs in the Champions League final, their London hosts are probably a bit more apathetic about the event than they would otherwise be. So to combat that lack of enthusiasm and win over the locals, Borussia Dortmund have organized a rather impressive friendship campaign in the lead-up to the match against more well known Bayern Munich.

Tottenham, Fulham and Aston Villa set to battle for Watford’s Matej Vydra

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Spurs, Fulham and Aston Villa will head the race for Watford star Matej Vydra if the Hornets fail to make it to the Premier League. The 21-year-old is one of a host of Udinese players currently on loan at Vicarage Road. His 22 goals have been instrumental as Gianfranco Zola's side have pushed for [..

SHOULD BA AND TORRES START GAMES TOGETHER?

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Demba Ba is heavily featured in an interview with the London Evening Standard and has championed the idea of Rafa Benitez starting him alongside Fernando Torres against Liverpool.

He said:
"When he came on the pitch against City he helped me a lot. We caused them problems so I think we could play together.

Adel Taarabt praises Harry Redknapp as a ‘peerless motivator’

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Harry Redknapp gets a lot of grief for not caring much about tactics and his inability to spell, use a computer or write above the level of a two-year-old. But after getting QPR their first win of the season, Adel Taarabt reveals the secret of Redknapp's managerial success.

From the London Evening Standard:

"He [Redknapp] is a peerless motivator.

Mid-Day Ticker: Bellamy fit for Carling Cup, Arshavin loaned out and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Despite some concern earlier this week, it turns out Liverpool will have the full services of forward Craig Bellamy at its disposal Sunday in the Carling Cup final against Cardiff City.

Bellamy, who leads Liverpool this season with six Premier League goals, missed last weekend's F.