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FIFA 14 Bench Edition: Emmanuel Frimpong winds up former Arsenal team-mates Samir Nasri and Alex Song

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Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been taking aim at former Gunners Samir Nasri and Alex Song. With the internet abuzz over the launch of the FIFA 14 demo, Frimpong uploaded a photo of a very special 'Bench Edition' of the game, with Nasri and Song as the cover stars. Frimpong clearly feels that the duo [.

Arsenal and Liverpool given hope on Martin Montoya signing by his agent

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Arsenal and Liverpool's chances of signing Barcelona defender Martin Montoya after his agent suggested that a free transfer away from Camp Nou is a real possibility. Jose Maria Orobitg went as far as to namecheck Brendan Rodgers' side as he explained that his client might not extend his contract beyond this season.

Man Utd target Cesc Fabregas tells Barca he doesn’t want to leave

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Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova says Cesc Fabregas has told him he doesn't want to leave the club. The former Arsenal midfielder was the subject of a £25m bid from Manchester United yesterday, but Vilanova says Fabregas is keen to remain at Camp Nou. He said: "I know he has received offers from other teams.

Backpage roundup: Djourou still In Wenger’s plans, Coquelin’s ‘Play me or lose me’ threat, Sagna criticises English players and Baines linked with Arsen

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Djourou Still Has Arsenal Future Wenger

Arsene Wenger has said that Johan Djourou still has a future at Arsenal despite the fact that the centre-half wanted to leave the club in the summer transfer window.

Djourou made just 14 first-team appearances for the Gunners last season and hasn't featured at all in the club's 2012/13 campaign.

We can compete but we can’t compete with competing. Or something.

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Morning all,

many headlines this morning regarding PHW's interview in the Standard screaming 'WE CAN'T COMPETE', which really doesn't tell the full story. We can't compete in some respects, we know that, and that's what the Chairman said.

"At a certain level, we can't compete"

And he's talking about the clubs whose resources are endless.

We can compete but we can’t compete with competing. Or something.

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Morning all,

many headlines this morning regarding PHW's interview in the Standard screaming 'WE CAN'T COMPETE', which really doesn't tell the full story. We can't compete in some respects, we know that, and that's what the Chairman said.

"At a certain level, we can't compete"

And he's talking about the clubs whose resources are endless.

Now Cesc Fabregas is suffering because he doesn’t play enough for Barcelona

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Before Cesc Fabregas finally forced his move from Arsenal to Barcelona in the summer of 2011, he was in Ibiza and, according to Xavi, he was suffering. In the year since his Barca DNA was mercifully returned home, the 25-year-old Fabregas was a standout performer early on and won the Club World Cup and Copa del Rey, plus another European Championship with Spain.

Frenzy Friday – LiveBlog!

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Fellow Gooners,

The conclusion to the frenzy has arrived with less than 8 and one half hours to go, we'll know exactly who is and isn't an Arsenal player. I'm still holding out hope for that one big signing, I mean c'mon, I wouldn't be an Arsenal fan if I didn't! I'm not sure how well Blyve liveblog will be compared to CoverItLive, but at least this will give us some sort of liveblogging forum.

Reasons for Optimism; Reasons for Concern: 11 Thoughts on Stoke 0 Arsenal 0

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Note to self - don't stay up until 3 AM the night before an Arsenal game, if said AFC game starts at 8.30 AM. Thank you Motorola, and your ridiculously aggressive phone alarm. Anyway, thoughts as follows:

* If there was one name that stuck out on the team sheet, it was Mannone. I feared the worst, but we actually defended pretty well, leaving Vito with relatively little to do.

Transfer Talk

Alexander Buttner’s agent hits out at Man Utd boss David Moyes

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Alexander Buttner's agent says there is a lack of trust between his client and new Manchester United boss David Moyes. The former Everton manager's frantic attempts to bring in a new left-back during the transfer window have left question marks over Buttner's future. His agent Alexander Bursac says the Dutchman has been promised a loan [.

Stoke target Manchester City striker John Guidetti

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Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is planning to raid former club Manchester City to sign striker John Guidetti. The Potters are being linked with a £5.5m bid for the Swedish youngster. The 21-year-old was, and perhaps still is, considered one of City's brightest talents. But now into his early twenties and yet to play for [.

Liverpool want Barcelona’s Cristian Tello in Pepe Reina deal

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Liverpool will attempt to bring talented Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello to Anfield as part of any deal that takes goalkeeper Pepe Reina to the Spanish champions. Barca want to bring 30-year-old Reina to Camp Nou to replace Victor Valdes, who is expected to leave the club this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to [.

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But in Turkey, France and Russia it remains open as anyone who was following the incredible Hulk to Zenit St Petersburg deal or the less interesting Raul Meireles to Fenerbahce story will know.

That could yet mean that one of the fringe members of the squad will leave and there are stories emerging this morning that Tom Huddlestone could still make a loan move out of the club.

Who Are Ya? Nuri Åžahin (Liverpool)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Nuri Åžahin Age: 23 Position: Central midfielder Signed from: Real Madrid Fee: Season-long loan deal Did you know? Despite being born in West Germany, growing up in the country, coming through the youth ranks at Borussia Dortmund and being a German citizen, Åžahin has opted [.


Top five mysteriously in-favour Premier League players

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Hot on the heels of yesterday's mysteriously out-of-favour Premier League players, here are five players who are being regularly picked for reasons best known to their managers. 1. Gervinho Where do you start? Arsenal splashed out £10.8million on Gervinho and have seen very little return. Arsene Wenger persists with the enigmatic Ivorian, presumably on the [.

Trade Official, Rapids Get Draft Pick

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Here's the official announcement, the Rapids get a conditional draft pick from Chicago in exchange for Wells Thompson.

There's a good deal of consternation in the on-line Rapids fanbase about wells asking to be traded to find playing time, but it doesn't bother me. Look at what's happened this season:

*Wells was on pace for 727 minutes this year, his lowest season total of his career.

Mid-Day Ticker: Zenit in talks over Nani deal, Starikov goes on loan, & more

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The transfer window may be closed throughout most of Europe but one country in which it is still open is Russia, and one club there is trying to take advantage of that by luring Manchester United winger Nani.

Blues set to complete huge swap

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Chelsea are finally set to seal the deal to bring sensational young German winger Andre Schurrle to Stamford Bridge, with Daniel Sturridge poised to make a loan move out.

The Blues unsuccessfully chased Schurrle earlier this summer, with the player's Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen turning down their offer with immediate effect.

Gyau completes loan to St. Pauli

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The opportunity has presented itself for Joe Gyau to display his talents on the first-team level.

Gyau, one of the top midfield prospects in the U.S. pipeline, was loaned to 2. Bundesliga club St. Pauli for the 2012-13 season by Hoffenheim, a move that provides a chance for the speedy 19-year-old winger to receive consistent playing time.

Gyau on trial with St. Pauli

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Joe Gyau's quest for first-team playing time may involve a drop down to the 2. Bundesliga.

According to second-division German side St. Pauli, Gyau trained with the club Tuesday ahead of a potential move from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. It is unclear whether that move would be a loan or permanent, but either way it would provide Gyau for a chance at first-team minutes that he is not receiving at Hoffenheim.

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MLS Notes: Thompson seeks trade, San Jose clinch playoff berth, and more

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Wells Thompson has seen his playing time dwindle in a big way this season, and now he's looking to move on to greener pastures.

The Colorado Rapids announced on Sunday that the midfielder has requested to be traded to another team in Major League Soccer.

Teenager Villarreal provides key spark for the Galaxy

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CARSON, Calif.—It has been a wild eight months for rookie Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Jose Villarreal.

Since signing a Homegrown contract at the end of 2011, the 18-year-old California native has spent the majority of his playing time in the reserve league, but lately, that has been changing.

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Squad Appraisal: The curious case of Chelsea’s strike force

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Much has been spoken and written about Liverpool's wafer thin striker line up for the current season. Luis Suarez has been particularly wasteful in front of the goal and Fabio Borini hasn't shown any resourcefulness either. To add to their compounding woes, their pony-tailed striker Andy Carroll has moved to West Ham on loan (with Big Sam at the helm, it's a match made in heaven).

RUMOUR: Essien to Arsenal?

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It's deadline day and expect another 12 hours of madness! One rumour that has literally come out of the blue this morning is that Arsene Wenger is considering a bid to take Michael Essien to the Arsenal!.

The thing is, as each season passes by and each transfer window comes and goes, you can get an idea of the moves certain clubs will be making.

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Friday Afternoon Union Freekicks: The Road To 2014 Continues Tonight

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Union, MLS, and U.S. National team related news and notes...

United States Lineup Projection: Anyone's Guess With Donovan Out [Kevin McCauley, Stars and Stripes FC] - "Projecting a first choice starting XI for the United States when everyone is healthy isn't too tough, but when two key players are missing?

Dempsey A ‘Coup’ For Tottenham

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Clint Dempsey completed a move to Tottenham on Friday. (Photo Credit: Tottenham Hotspur)

Looks like Deuce might need a new nickname. Clint Dempsey has been handed the number 9 jersey at Tottenham Hotspur according to Sky Sports.

Though it may be a bit presumptuous to put much meaning on Dempsey wearing the number often reserved for a club's star striker, it's another sign Spurs manager André Villas-Boas plans to give Dempsey a significant role.

Spurs A Good Fit For Clint

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Clint Dempsey in a June 4 friendly between the U.S. and Spain at Gillette Stadium. (Photo: Chris Aduama/

Tottenham Hotspur's last minute swoop to acquire Clint Dempsey for around $9.6 million may have come as a surprise, but on paper at least the move makes a lot of sense for both parties.

Clint Dempsey calls Spurs move ‘a dream,’ thanks Fulham for not ruining his day

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It took until the last minute, but Clint Dempsey finally got the move away from Fulham that he desperately wanted. Though he had his heart set on Liverpool, a breakdown in communication between them and Fulham combined with a weak deadline day offer of £3 million (£7 million less than what Fulham originally wanted and half of what Spurs ended up paying) prevented that from happening.

Newcastle Still Negotiating To Get Andy Carroll Back

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The local papers have been reporting that Newcastle have been negotiating with Liverpool this week for the return of Andy Carroll, and with the rumors the Mersyside club will soon bring in American striker Clint Dempsey from Fulham, Andy will not see much playing time at Anfield this season. Andy Carroll back to Newcastle [.

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Americans Abroad Spotlight: Altidore overcomes obstacles to hit stride with AZ

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Jozy Altidore may be finding the back of the net more frequently than ever and may be playing some of the best soccer in his career, but that is not to say the recent success has come easy for the young American striker.

Perlaza Reportedly Returns to Colombia, Joins Millonarios

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Under former head coach Peter Nowak, and Sporting Director Diego Gutierrez, Colombia was a source of talent for a Philadelphia Union team that needed an influx of it during an offseason. Now Colombia has become a place of departure for exiting Union players.

First it was Faryd Mondragon returning to Deportivo Cali, the team he began his professional soccer career with, and today it was Jorge Perlaza, heading to Millonarios after his rather forgetful time with the Union.

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Edu completes three-year deal with Stoke, awaits work permit for eligibility

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Maurice Edu's move to Stoke City is officially complete.

Edu signed a three-year deal with Stoke Thursday, and the club has been given the green light by the English FA to finalize his work permit that will make him eligible for selection. According to the club's official website, it is unlikely that will be completed ahead of this weekend's match against Wigan Athletic, meaning that Edu will debut for the club following the international break.

Edu joins Stoke City

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Maurice Edu has found a new home and when he gets there he will see a familiar face.

The U.S. national team midfielder/defender has signed with English Premier League squad Stoke City, agreeing to personal terms with the club on Saturday. He joins the Potters just as U.

The Rest

Wells Thompson apparently traded to the Chicago Fire

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Rumors about Wells Thompson being traded to the Chicago Fire started yesterday. That's weird I thought. Wells Thompson is a guy that this team doesn't need. The rumors persisted today but the move seemed so odd, I brushed it off. I don't have that luxury anymore as Wells Thompson went to Facebook to post a picture of himself in the Fire's locker room with the words, "Breaking News: Newest Member of the Chicago Fire Team!

No Thompson Trade Yet

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The team has confirmed that Wells has asked for a trade to find more playing time but states that no deal is complete yet. Roster freeze date is Saturday, so safe bet he'll be traded sometime this week (I'm guessing an official announcement tomorrow).

Revolution 2-0 Crew: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Steve Stoehr, Corey Major, Matty Jollie, and Abram Chamberlain.

Revolution vs. Union: Know Thy Enemy

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The New England Revolution will play their third match in seven days on Saturday night as they welcome the Philadelphia Union to Gillette Stadium. The Revolution managed to halt a five-match losing streak on Wednesday when they drew 3-3 with Chivas, but are still struggling through a nine-game winless run.

Cropper signs with Southampton

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It is official. An American has secured a move to a Premiership club on deadline day, but it might not be who you would orginally think of.

U.S. Under-20 men's national team goalkeeper Cody Cropper has signed with Premiership club Southampton, Cropper's agent confirmed to SBI on Friday.

MLS Notes: Union cut Perlaza, Dynamo sign English midfielder Barnes and more

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The Philadelphia Union's trade haul for former No. 1 overal MLS SuperDraft pick Danny Mwanga did not last very long at PPL Park.

Colombian forward Jorge Perlaza was unceremoniously cut by the Union not even three months after being acquired from the Portland Timbers in exchange for Mwanga in early June.

Preview: Midweek English action

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Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan hope to see playing time in Aston Villa's game against Tranmere Rovers, while Geoff Cameron could see the field in Stoke City's match with Swindon Town.