Arsenal Debate – Should Wenger have given the players a rest ?

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Arsene Wenger defends his decision to give the players some time off! by Ash Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been criticised for allowing the Arsenal players to take two days off this week following the end to their hectic schedule. The Gunners played five times in just over two weeks and a half, four of [.

Midweek media waffle

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One of the consequences of doing well is lack of drama. Which isn't to say folks don't love a bit of it – witness the non-event that is the transfer window to see how nothing much can become an all-encompassing spectacle, not helped by the signing of Spine Krackedstromm, in fairness – but one tidy win later, to keep us top of the table and it does seem a bit like yesterday's news.

Arsene Wenger says Thomas Vermaelen is in contention for Arsenal vs Sunderland

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Unfortunately, due to a back injury I can't join my team mates on the Asia Tour the next few weeks. I will be staying in London...1/2 Thomas Vermaelen (@T_Vermaelen05) July 11, 2013 Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen could make his return from injury in tomorrow's game against Sunderland, according to Arsene Wenger.


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho opens up on his tactics for the season

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The likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle can expect to do plenty of running this season. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been talking fairly candidly about his tactical plans for the season ahead and it involves a trio of attacking midfielders working very hard as the first line of defence.

Our team to face Newcastle – what’s yours?

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While the goalkeeper and the striker might be sorted, the rest could be anybody's guess. AVB said after the Stevenage game that he likes to play ten behind the striker – a good plan when you only have one forward at the club.

The full backs also pick themselves but there would be a question in the middle.

English Premier League

Top 10 conclusions Premier League weekend 3-4 November

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1. After years of singing that scores when he wants, Arsenal fans must be wishing that Robin Van Persie hadn't wanted to score against them with his first touch. 2. It was a great weekend for Manchester United. They were the only side in the top six to take all three points. 3. Roberto Martinez [...]

Figueroa Goal v Nottingham Forest

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He doesn't score many but when he does there screamers, this one was scored in Wigan's midweek's 4-1 League Cup win over Nottingham Forest into the same top corner as ,a href="http://www.attackingsoccer.com/2012/08/simon-cox-wonder-strike-v-wigan/">Simon Cox's screamer for Forest during the same game.

Failure to Beat Sunderland: We’re All Doomed (and Player Ratings)

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Well, all those hoping for quick and easy answers to what our season holds will be disappointed.

There were not enough positives in our 0-0 with Sunderland to have the optimists planning their outfits for the Champions Parade, nor enough negatives for the pessimists to start slashing their wrists.

Failure to Beat Sunderland: We’re All Doomed (and Player Ratings)

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Well, all those hoping for quick and easy answers to what our season holds will be disappointed.

There were not enough positives in our 0-0 with Sunderland to have the optimists planning their outfits for the Champions Parade, nor enough negatives for the pessimists to start slashing their wrists.

Liverpool's Wish To Play Allen In Friendly Against Leverkusen Was Blocked

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Joe Allen was blocked from making his Liverpool debut on Sunday after Swansea City refused to grant special dispensation for him to play in a pre-season friendly.
Allen signed for his new club after a 5pm deadline on Friday. He needed to be registered with the Premier League before then so he could face Bayer Leverkusen at Anfield yesterday.

RvP: I don’t share Arsenal’s vision

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Arsenal captain Robin van Persie has stunned the entire Gunners community by revealing that he won't sign an extension with the club due to diverging views about future development.

Van Persie, 28, enjoyed the best season of his injury-plagued career last year and despite making it clear several times that he was desperate to win silverware, the team remained hopeful of retaining him because of loyalty reasons.

PL Preview: Liverpool v Chelsea

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And so it goes, as per the schedule, that we are to do battle once more with Liverpool. In fairness, I could do without this routine of exercises, particularly after our weekend triumph. But the schedule is what it is, and we have a trip to Anfield on the books. So lets make the most of this then, and at rub some additional salt in those wounds.


Recap: Midweek German action

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Matchday seven saw Americans taking on Bundesliga royalty with Daniel Williams and Fabian Johnson playing Bayern Munich and Steve Cherundolo and Hannover taking on Dortmund.

Recap: Midweek German action

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Fabian Johnson scored again for as all three Americans were victorious in Germany's top-flight, while Matt Taylor scored twice to help Munster stay on course for promotion in the 3. Bundesliga.

Newcastle United

Neat Alan Pardew Flick v Atromitos

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Alan Pardew shows he's still got the touch with this neat flick during Newcastle's 1-0 win over Atromitos while in Europa League action midweek.

DEBATE: Chelsea exposed??

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Watching Soccer Saturday this morning and comments made by Paul Merson, I want to open this up for debate this afternoon ahead of what will be a big, big test against Newcastle.

Everyone is talking about Chelsea's attacking players and rightly so as they do look really exciting, at the same time Merson believes that against the big, big teams, Chelsea at the moment look exposed at the back and maybe he has a point.

Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup Final Betting Odds

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Chelsea v Liverpool FA Cup Final Betting Odds - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2012 FA Cup final takes centre stage on Saturday (5.15pm KO, Live on ITV1) and bookmakers make Chelsea favourites to beat Liverpool in normal time. The Blues have been chalked up at 2.5 (Betfred and bet365) to do the business in 90 minutes, with Liverpool 3 chances (Betfred and Boylesports), and the draw rated a 3.

Major League Soccer

2012 MLS, Week 25: Predictions

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Salt Lake hopes to get back on track in league play this week against Philadelphia. (Getty Images)

Yet another busy week in Major League Soccer kicks off tonight with the first of eight games this weekend.

This weekend will be a big one for a number of reasons. Here are the talking points I put out yesterday on that matter.

Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Toronto FC

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Complete player rankings for every Timbers player that appeared in the match, along with a composite ranking for the coaches and team.

2012 MLS, Week 18: Power Rankings

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After a week off, the Power Rankings are back here at WVH. Only a few moves to really talk about this week as the top four remained in the top tier. Only one club moved up a tier while the bottom two clubs look like they could be joining the third tier here shortly.

Team Rank (Last) Record (W-L-T) Comments Top Tier (teams seen to be head and shoulders above the rest) 1 (1) 11-4-4 37 pts.

Portland Timbers continue frustrating efforts away from home, lose 3 to 0 to Real Salt Lake in Utah

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The frustrating pattern of road losses continued for the Portland Timbers in their July 7 date in Salt Lake City. After a resounding win versus San Jose midweek, the Timbers fell apart in a second half meltdown that led to a Alvaro Saborio hat trick and six cautions for the Timbers. The end result is a 3 to 0 loss, and according to multiple rumors filtering out on July 9, it could be leading to significant changes for the Timbers.

July 4th Downturn

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Traditionally, Independence Day is a big event for Major League Soccer, with fireworks extravaganzas, big crowds and big publicity. Last year, the league's broadcast partners joined the fun, with a crammed schedule of nationally telecast games. Fox Soccer started things off at 7:00 on Saturday with a live broadcast from RFK.

2012 MLS, Week 16: Power Rankings

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After a busy week that saw six games in the midweek and eight on the weekend the Power Rankings saw plenty of movement.

At the end of it all we have a new leader in the clubhouse as well as one team inching their way back towards Tier 2.

Here is how I see things after this past week.

2012 MLS, Week 16: Fantasy Manager Recap

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Ouch. Ew. That's ugly.

Yeah that's how I am feeling when I look at my fantasy manager results from this past week. The moves that were made in the midweek failed to pay off. It didn't help that this was possibly the one weekend in the league that saw a ton of goals scored though. The usual points from the defense didn't come through even though I just started three players in the back.

2012 MLS, Week 14: Picks

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Kyle Beckerman and RSL look to rebound at home against San Jose. (Getty Images)

It may be had to believe but June is nearly over in the 2012 season. This week has been as busy as I can remember for some time. Six games on Wednesday followed up by a full eight games this weekend.

Three rivalry games this weekend (if you do count Columbus-Chicago as a rivalry I do, so should you!

2012 MLS, Week 14: Wednesday Fantasy Recap

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Last night's six pack of games in Major League Soccer also meant it was an extra week/session/round in the MLS Fantasy Manager game.

Each team got three transfers for the short week, which meant you needed to use them wisely. I thought I did a decent job as I kind of made selections for the midweek and for the weekend in mind.

DC Hopes to Avoid Toronto Trap

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As Ray Hudson would say, this is a classic banana peel match. TFC is 0-8, gave up a heartbreaking tie in Vancouver midweek and is verging on wallowing through the worst season in MLS history. United on the other hand handled TFC easily a few weeks ago, has lost only once since March working its [...]

MLS 2012, Week 9: Power Rankings

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A lot of moving this week in the Power Rankings. The four tiers are starting to fill out a little differently than in the previous weeks.

The top tier gained a team while the second tier lost two sides (though they did gain a couple newbies as well). The bottom tier is still a total mess. Teams 13-18 are just a toss up and I totally understand any argument for anyone being higher/lower than they currently are.

MLS 2012, Week 9: Fantasy Recap

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Week 9 was a solid one once again for my fantasy team, WVH AC. A decent 78 points put thanks to a few double-dips and a massive outburst by Chris Wondolowski. The Quakes' leading man bagged a nice 19 points for the week by since he was the team captain it was a double of that for 38 points.

Again, Wondo was the big winner on the week.


Brazil x Honduras probable starting line-ups 4 August 2012

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On Saturday, Brazil take on Honduras in the quarter-finals of the men's Olympic football tournament. Â Mano Menezes is expected to makes changes from the side that eased past New Zealand midweek. Chelsea's new signing, Oscar, should return to the midfield with Lucas Moura dropping to the bench.

Our team to face Aston Villa – what’s yours?

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With Scott Parker looking to be heading back to full fitness, the only question seems to be whether Harry will make room for Scott in a side that has now won two in a row.

"Scott Parker feels a bit better this morning so he's going to come out and train. We're hoping he's going to be fit.


Wenger on van Persie and Giroud + UEFA shame

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It's midweek and if there were such things as online tumbleweeds they'd be blowing through the virtual Arsenal landscape right now.

With pre-season for the non-Euro players still a half a week away (they're probably getting down in discotheques across the exclusive holiday resorts right now.

TSG’s Official USA vs. Scotland Preview: Action Jacksonville

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Steve Cherundolo: Putting his foot down on international attackers since September of 1999.

On Saturday, the US senior side kicks off its longest run of matches since the 2010 Gold Cup tournament with a set of three friendlies followed by the first triple of World Cup qualifying games.

Will Klinsmann have the US standing tall in World Cup qualifying?

The Rest

Preview: Midweek German action

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Jermaine Jones meets Marco Reus for the first time since the infamous ankle-stomp when Schalke face Dortmund, while the inaugural Andrew Wooten Bowl occurs when Sandhausen travel to FCK.

DTotD: Efraín Juárez breaks his arm during Copa Mexico game

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After failing to secure regular football at Celtic and a disappointing loan spell at Real Zaragoza, Efraín Juárez may have hoped his fortunes would improve when he signed for Club America this summer. Turns out they haven't.

In a midweek Copa Mexico match with Correcaminos, the 24-year-old fell awkwardly from a tackle and quickly learned that elbows aren't supposed to bend inwards.

MLSTalk Podcast: A Breather

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It's hard to believe the month of July has nearly passed. What was once an outlook of fixture congestion from U.S. Open Cup, midweek fixtures, and meaningless friendlies will quickly transform into the doldrums of August. In a similar fashion, ...

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Matchday @Red Bull Arena: Red Bulls vs Fire

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Good Morning! It's matchday @The Cathedral of Football, Red Bull Arena (built by Makita) and our Red Bulls are facing, not one, but two opponents today. First off, they're taking on the Chicago Fire in MLS action (1:00pm ET, MSG+, match notes here). Their biggest opponent today, however, might be the mid-July heat, as temperatures at the 1:00pm kickoff are projected to be near 100F, with a heat index of 105F.

Road Trip Ends

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Sporting Kansas City's 3 game road trip is coming to an end tomorrow in Houston. Sporting KC make their first trip to BBVA Compass Stadium to take on the Dynamo. KC comes in having won their last two games on this road trip, both by a 2-0 score line, over Philadelphia and Columbus. Houston on the other hand had the midweek off last week, but beat DC at home on Sunday, 4-0.

Revolution Vs. Toronto: Know Thy Enemy Part 2

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It seems like just yesterday that the New England Revolution earned a last-gasp draw against Toronto FC at BMO Field. In fact it was only about three weeks ago, but who's counting? The Revs are going to welcome the Reds to Gillette Stadium on Saturday night with the hopes of winning big over the Eastern Conference basement dwellers.

Highlights and celebrations as Sampdoria win last Serie A spot

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Sampdoria earned promotion back into Serie A on Saturday night with a 1-0 victory away at Varese, securing a 4-2 aggregate win.

Trailing 3-2 from the first leg in midweek, Varese knew a win by any scoreline would send them up with the tiebreaker in the event of an aggregate draw being league position.