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The Arsenal Laundry Service Cancelled.

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That win was too good to just let go after a couple of days; we have been waiting all summer long for that feeling so this post is unashamedly designed to prolong the crowing.

Yes indeed and why you may ask has the Arsenal laundry service has been cancelled? Because of all the clean sheets, of course.

The Arsenal Laundry Service Cancelled.

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That win was too good to just let go after a couple of days; we have been waiting all summer long for that feeling so this post is unashamedly designed to prolong the crowing.

Yes indeed and why you may ask has the Arsenal laundry service has been cancelled? Because of all the clean sheets, of course.

Lucas Thanks Rodgers

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Lucas Leiva insists the kind words of new boss Brendan Rodgers helped him make a remarkable recovery from knee surgery.
The 25-year-old Brazil international went under the knife after damaging his knee ligaments last November and was not expected back until the autumn.
But the midfielder stunned medical staff at the club by declaring himself fit for Liverpool's pre-season tour of the US and came off the bench to face Tottenham in Baltimore.

Benitez Dreaming Of Anfield Return

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Rafael Benitez admits "it would be a dream" to manage Liverpool again in the future.
The Spaniard only left Anfield last summer and while his successor Roy Hodgson lasted barely half a season, he himself was similarly unsuccessful at Inter Milan.
"I am really proud of being the manager of Liverpool Football Club and I would like to come back in the future," Benitez told Sky Sports News.

Roy Hodgson Reveals Right-Back Glen Johnson Could Return Against Napoli

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has revealed that right-back Glen Johnson could return from injury in the Europa League clash with Napoli on Thursday night – but Dirk Kuyt, Daniel Agger and Joe Cole are all out.
Johnson has missed the past four games with a muscle injury but, after training on Tuesday, he is likely to be involved at some stage on Thursday.

Aquilani Progress Pleases Benitez

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Rafael Benitez is convinced Alberto Aquilani will prove to be a good signing for Liverpool.

The Reds splashed out £20million on the Italian midfielder last summer, keen to find an able replacement for the Real Madrid-bound Xabi Alonso.

Unfortunately, the Anfield faithful have seen little of their big-money signing this season, with injury and illness keeping him sidelined for long periods.

Rafa Hopeful Over Johnson

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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez insists Glen Johnson is making good progress from his knee injury.

Johnson suffered a knee ligament problem during his side's 1-0 win over Aston Villa at the end of December.

Reports have suggested that the injury could sideline Johnson for up to three months, with Liverpool initially suggesting the England right-back would be back in action in a month.

Rafa - Debt Had To Be Managed

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Rafa Benitez has revealed that playing a part in helping to reduce Liverpool's debt burden was one of the most important issues he had to manage over the summer.

Liverpool's financial situation has been cited as a reason for the team's lacklustre first half to this season, with Benitez not given the funds to strengthen his squad.

Liverpool Manager Rafael Benitez Rates Weekend Opponents Arsenal

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Ahead of Liverpool's final game of their Champions League campaign this season, against Fiorentina, Rafael Benitez has spoken about the upcoming challenge in the Premier League against Arsenal.

The Spaniard insists that while some players may be rested for the Gunners game, he will still likely field his star players against the Serie A side.

Rafa Benitez In Talks With Bosses Over Liverpool FC's Champions League Situation

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Rafael Benitez has held talks with his Liverpool bosses over the implications if the club fail to reach the last 16 of this season's Champions League.

Discussions were also held on if the club fail to qualify for next season's lucrative European competition.

The Liverpool manager revealed today that the club did not budget this term for anything beyond the group stages.

Rafa Benitez: Liverpool Are Better Than People Think

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Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez thinks his side are still well capable of beating Manchester United on Sunday and ending their catastrophic run of four consecutive defeats.

The Reds can reduce the gap between themselves and United to four points should they win on Sunday, and Benitez was focusing firmly on the positives ahead of Sunday's game.

Benitez Points To Positives

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Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is confident his squad are beginning to display the benefits from their pre-season activities.

The Reds recorded a first victory in four warm-up matches as they hammered Singapore 5-0 in the Far East on Sunday.

Benitez believes his players have benefited from the tour of Asia and that they are shaping up well ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

English Premier League

Wenger: “We were nervous”

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted that his side was nervous in the first half against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, but was pleased by picking up all three points in a tricky away game. The Gunners found themselves level with the Rovers 1-1 at halftime after Manchester United loanee Mame Biram Diouf cancelled out Theo Walcott's blistering opening goal.

Benitez Eyes Turning Point

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Rafa Benitez hopes the victory over Tottenham will act as a springboard for Liverpool to go on a winning run.

The Reds have received fierce criticism for a disappointing sequence of results this season, while their cause has not been helped by injuries to key players such as Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Glen Johnson.

Liverpool Confident Of Reaching Champions League Last 16

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Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has not given up hope of qualifying for the later stages of the Champions League this season.

Escaping the group stages is looking like an uphill struggle for the Reds after losses to both Lyon and Fiorentina, who currently occupy the top two places in the group.

English Premier League Transfer Updates

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The transfer merry-go-round is starting to wind itself up. A few big money moves have already taken place - Ronaldo, Kaka, Glen Johnson - and the next few days are bound to see some more cash flying around.

Major League Soccer

Garber In Montreal To Discuss Expansion

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Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber paid a visit to the city of Montreal recently, meeting with Impact President Joey Saputo and local government officials to discuss bringing the club into MLS as an expansion franchise. MLS President Mark Abbott traveled with Garber as they held talks with Quebec Minister of Finance Raymond Bachand and Montreal Mayor Gerald Tremblay.

Garber Meeting With Montreal Owner

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We've known for several weeks months that the next round of expansion in Major League Soccer would start with Montreal. The league has taken another step closer to getting to that point today as MLS commissioner Don Garber has traveled to Montreal to meet with Joey Saputo and some local government officials.

The Rest

1860 Munich

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Bayern Munich to send 1860 into administration?
Disturbing news filtered through to EFW Towers today that 1860 Munich look set to face administration due to a farcical situation with their tenants Bayern Munich. We immediately reached for the phone to dial up our good friend and 1860 fan Michael Stoffl who takes up the story:

Today our very popular 1860 chairman Manfred Stoffers resigned just one day after the club lost a decisive court case against FC Bayern.

Hunt completes Wolves move

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Wolves insist Stephen Hunt will return as good as before after dismissing fears of his injury.

The 28-year-old Ireland international completed his £3m move to Molineux yesterday on a three-year contract, despite being in rehabilitation for a damaged foot sustained against Wolves at the end of January.

Greatest World Cup matches: Morocco-Portugal (1986)

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African nations were late entrants into the World Cup. Morocco participated in 1970, and Zaire in 1974 with pathetic results. In 1978 Tunisia was the first African team to win a match in a World Cup when they defeated Mexico 3-1, and in 1982 two African teams, Cameroon and Algeria, had extraordinary results but without qualifying to the second round.

São Paulo sack coach that won them three Brasileiros

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the end of the wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube man

Muricy Ramalho has been given the chop by São Paulo. On Friday evening, the coach had a meeting with club president Juvenal Juvêncio were it was decided that Ramalho had no future at the Morumbi. The decision came after São Paulo's exit form the Libertadores after they lost 2-0 at home to Cruzeiro on Thursday.