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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tells Serge Gnabry to take his big chance

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Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal youngster to take advantage of the "fantastic opportunity" to establish himself as a first-team regular. Injuries to Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain have presented the 18-year-old with the chance to get some game-time under his belt. The German youngster featured in last weekend's victory against Stoke, and Wenger wants [.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez haunted by the ghost of Roberto Di Matteo during Arsenal win

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It all got a bit nervy yesterday at Stamford Bridge when it looked like Chelsea could be on the verge of throwing away a second 2-0 lead in less than a week. As if Rafa Benitez wasn't already feeling the pressure he had the ghost of Roberto Di Matteo breathing down his neck during the [...]

One large helping of revenge please

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Hello, welcome to Sunday.

If you're hoping for plenty of action-packed, cliff-hanging, edge of seat, thrilling and spilling Arsenal news then I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed. The only spilling this morning is my coffee from out of my new Bodum©®, and even that was only a little bit.

‘Only Andrei Arshavin himself knows the second condition’ for Zenit to take him back

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Zenit St Petersburg showed their intent to become a European power by dumping between €80-100 million on Hulk and Axel Witsel, but one player noticeably absent from their acquisition list as the Russian transfer window draws to a close is Andrei Arshavin. Arsenal loaned the out of favor 31-year-old back to Zenit, the club they got him from in 2009, for the second half of last season and a permanent deal seemed inevitable.

Seven conclusions from Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2

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Liverpool 0 Arsenal 2

1) If we insist - rightly - on giving new signings a chance, then it's pretty inconsistent to jump to extensive conclusions too quickly. Have Arsenal looked better defensively in the first three games of the season? Yeah, absolutely.

But to argue that this mean we now have the best defence in the League is not so much over-egging the point as scrambling it (if you'll forgive the terrible metaphor).

Podolski Scores In Arsenal Win

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Allen performed well in midfield...
Liverpool lined up against Arsenal on Sunday with their two front men Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez, after the loaning out of Carroll on deadline day, these two men have the weight of the world on their shoulders as they are Liverpool's front line until January and they need to score goals.


Video: Manchester United 1-0 Liverpool

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Manchester United bounced back from their derby defeat to Manchester City with victory over Liverpool in last night's Capital One Cup clash. A Javier Hernandez goal just after half-time was enough to secure the win for David Moyes' side. Liverpool had created the better chances in the first-half, but their slack defending of a corner [.

Video: Arsene Wenger praises ‘patient’ Arsenal

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised the patience of his side as they secured a 1-2 away win against Marseille in their Champions League opener. The Frenchman was happy to see his players ride out a strong performance from the home team in the first-half, then take their own chances in the second-half.

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti: Gareth Bale will play on the right against Villarreal

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Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal tomorrow and that he will be deployed on the right wing. He didn't say whether Bale would start or be named on the bench. On the Welshman's fitness, he said: "We play 100 per cent. I don´t know if [...]

Video: Brendan Rodgers delighted with Liverpool players after Aston Villa win

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is delighted with his players after a 1-0 away win at Aston Villa continued their 100 per cent start to the season. The Reds secured a second successive 1-0 win of the campaign in which Daniel Sturridge has scored the only goal of the game. Rodgers said: "Tactically we [.

Video: Luis Suarez scores… just not for Liverpool or Arsenal

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez found the net in Uruguay's match against Japan today. The wantaway star / appreciator of Liverpool supporters set-up a goal for Diego Forlan before scoring himself in the second-half as Uruguay recorded a 4-3 win. Following his recent proclamations that he will be staying at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping [.

Video: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’ comedy fall / mazy run

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Fernando Torres gave the first indication that he intends to continue veering between the sublime and the ridculous this season during Chelsea's pre-season victory over AC Milan. The Spaniard managed to fall over the ball while under virtually no pressure whatsoever. But having recovered his footing, he went on a mazy run, beating three Milan [.

Video: Former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin scores his first goal in 14 months

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Ex-Arsenal attacker Andrey Arshavin found the net for the first time since May 2012 during last night's 1-1 draw between Zenit St Petersburg and Kuban Krasnodar. The Russia international came off the bench to slide in the opening goal in the second-half. Zenit were pegged back by Ivelin Popov's 79th minute strike.

Video: Urawa Red 1-2 Arsenal

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Arsenal Yellow recorded a 2-1 win against Japanese side Urawa Red in today's pre-season. All the goals came in the second-half, with Lukas Podolski giving the Gunners the lead shortly after the break. Yuki Abe volleyed in an equaliser, before youngster Chuba Akpom took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score the winner.

Video: Sandro entertains Spurs team-mates with impromptu dinner concert

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Tottenham fans can take some comfort from this evidence that Sandro's dodgy knee is now strong enough for him to stand on chairs to sing for his team-mates. The Brazilian midfielder missed the second-half of last season with a knee injury, but was fit and well to entertain his team-mates during dinner on the club's [.

Video: Pacos de Ferreira 1-1 Newcastle

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A second-half Shola Ameobi goal secured a draw for Newcastle against Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira. Rui Caetano gave Pacos the lead, but both he and Fabricio Coloccini were sent-off after coming to blows. The Magpies skipper ended up throttling the goalscorer in the ensuing melee. Ameobi fired in on the hour mark to ensure [.

Video: Ref Mark Clattenburg forgets his cards (Reading 0-0 Liverpool)

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Referee Mark Clattenburg suffered an embarrassing moment during yesterday's encounter between Reading and Liverpool when he realised he had forgotten his cards. Clattenburg forgot to bring his notepad and yellow and red cards out for the second-half of the match. He only realised he had left the items in his dressing room when he attempted [.

Video: Hotshot striker Fernando Torres scores again (Chelsea vs Monterrey)

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Gol de Torres 0-2 (Monterrey vs Chelsea)... by fccaptura It looks like Chelsea might have unearthed a goalscoring sensation. The once misfiring Fernando Torres has continued his current streak with another goal. The Spaniard found the net 16seconds into the second-half of the Blues' World Club Cup semi-final against Monterrey.

Serbian FA release outrageous smear video against Danny Rose

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The fallout from the racism that overshadowed England U21′s victory in Serbia this week continues after the Serbian FA released an inflammatory video on their official YouTube account. The video is entitled: "Danny Rose is lying to whom?" It's accompanied by a lengthy spiel, which digs further into the Serbian position that there was no [.

World Cup qualifiers: Jamaica beat USA for the first time, 2-1

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The USA celebrated a historical win over Mexico beating them for the first time in Mexico about three weeks ago. Today, it was the Reggae Boyz recording their first win ever against the USA in nineteen meetings as they took advantage of a midfield without Michael Bradley and his potential link up with the men on top.


Tottenham midfielder Sandro: ‘Only the Champions League will do’

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Spurs midfielder Sandro says only Champions League qualification is good enough this season. He believes the club's summer signings mean they are better equipped than ever to secure a place in Europe's premier club competition. He said: "Obviously we lost a great player in Gareth Bale, but of course Andre has also bought a lot [.

Game 26 Chicago vs Houston: That was Positive

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So last night was fun wasn't it? When I started writing this I thought the only thing I'd be able to say was "and then that was awesome". So prepare yourselves. Everything below the jump is going to a giant thing of positivity. Well almost everything. The negativity isn't even really that bad.


Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho out for six weeks

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Table-topping Liverpool have been dealt a blow with the news that Philippe Coutinho will be out of action for six weeks. The Brazilian playmaker will be out of action until the end of October due to a shoulder injury he sustained during Monday's 2-2 draw at Swansea. The 21-year-old will have to undergo surgery on [.

Defensive mistakes sink Liverpool

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Liverpool narrowly lost out to Udinese in their Europa League group-stage after second half goals from Antonio Di Natale, own goal by Sebastian Coates and a classy strike from Giovanni Pasquale put the visitors well ahead.

Liverpool lead before halftime after a well-worked Jonjo Shelvey goal, but the Italian side leveled straight after the interval.


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.

Spurs boss Andre Villas Boas happy to have Sandro and Younes Kaboul back

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Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas says he is happy to have Sando and Younes Kaboul back after long-term injuries. Brazil midfielder Sandro missed the second-half of last season with a knee problem, while Kaboul missed all but the first match of the season with knee and thigh injuries. Villas Boas said: "To see them back, [.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes puts himself on eBay

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Paul Scholes has listed himself on eBay to raise funds for his son's team. The recently retired Manchester United midfielder is taking to the field one last time to play for Stalybridge Celtic Juniors. The club are auctioning the chance to line-up alongside Scholes for that match and bidding is already up to £4,100.

Unlikely hard-nut Dimitar Berbatov scored late Fulham goal despite broken rib

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Given that Dimitar Berbatov traditionally pirouettes around the pitch like he's auditioning for Swan Lake, it's easy to jump to the assumption that a broken rib would see him off the pitch quicker than you can say 'Fergie should have played him more'. Slapped wrists for us and many others, for Dimi has proved himself [.

Extra Time

Bradford knock Aston Villa out to reach Capital One Cup final

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Badford are heading to Wembley and there's not an egg-shaped ball in sight. The League Two side beat Aston Villa 3-4 on aggregate after a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park last night. Paul Lambert's side crashed out in humiliating circumstances, losing to a side three divisions below them over two legs. Christian Benteke gave [.

Kamara and Sierra Leone Draw at Home

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Kei Kamara and Sierra Leone will have a tall task ahead of them when they travel to Tunisia for the second leg of their African Cup of Nations qualifying series. Today in Sierra Leone, the Leone Stars drew 2-2 with Tunisia. That means that Sierra Leone will now need to win on the road in Tunisia or draw 3-3 or greater to advance automatically.

World Cup

Ex-Ajax FB George Ogararu Joins Sounders On Trial

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In what promised to be the Eidur Gudjohnsen showcase, another player with European pedigree entered the Seattle Sounders' roster picture. Romania international George Ogararu, 32, played right fullback in the second half of Sunday's 4-2 Reserve League win over Chivas USA and apparently could sign with the Sounders if all goes well.

UEFA World Cup Qualifying – Match Recaps – 7 Septmeber 2012

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Russia, England, Belgium, Ireland, Bosnia, Hungary, Netherlands, France, Germany, and Portugal all won in UEFA World Cup Qualifying on September 7, 2012.

Russia 2-0 Northern Ireland

Russia cruised to a home victory to move on top of Group F.

30′ Viktor Faitzulin 1 0 77′ Roman Shirokov (pen) 2 0 Azerbaijan 1-1 Israel

Azerbaijan fought back from an 0-1 deficit to earn a draw at home.

Jamaica rallies from early deficit to earn first win over USMNT

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For a second straight month, Jurgen Klinsmann and the U.S. men's national team made history, but this time the result was not one they wish to remember.

Weeks after beating Mexico for the first time at Azteca Stadium in a friendly, the United States resumed their World Cup qualifying campaign by suffering a 2-1 loss to Jamaica at National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday night.

The Rest

Wayne Rooney thanks Man Utd fans

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Wayne Rooney has thanked Manchester United's supporters for the reception he got after scoring his 200th goal for the club. The striker netted twice in last night's Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen to become only the fourth player in United's history to hit the 200 goals mark. Supporters showed their appreciation when he was [.

Spurs goalscorer Andros Townsend says that’s what he has to do

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Spurs youngster Andros Townsend says displays like the one he gave against Dinamo Tbilisi last night have to continue if he wants to make his mark at the club. The 22-year-old scored a superb solo goal to open the scoring in the 5-0 away win, and then went on to set-up two more goals. And [...]

Wenger – It was a disatrous first half! (plus Reading v Arsenal Highlights)

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There is not much that couldn't be said about the amazing turnaround by Arsenal at Reading last night when they came back from 4-0 down to win the game. Okay Wenger played a team of mostly reserves, but the first half was a total disaster for the Gunners.

Wenger said after the game: "We went from disaster to, I must say at least at some stage, pride because we at least came back in the second half with a decent performance.

UVA Men Falls to No. 8 UNC 1-0

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – No. 8 North Carolina scored an early second-half goal and then withstood constant pressure throughout the second half from the Virginia men's soccer team in posting a 1-0 win over the Cavaliers Friday evening at Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C. The tightly-contested match was the NSCAA's National Game of the Week on FOX Soccer Channel.

Freshmen lead UMW women to 3-0 win over Guilford College

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The University of Mary Washington women's soccer team used three goals and three assists from freshmen in a 3-0 win over Guilford College on Sunday at the Battleground. The Eagles improve to 4-0 on the season.

The Eagles opened the scoring at 19:18, when freshman Michelle Gibbons scored on a Sydney Cook assist.

Super fly to victory

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SUPERFLY 3-0 WIGSTON UNITED Sunday 9th September 2012 Alliance Football League Division 3 Bosworth Academy, Leicester Lane, Desford
With it being another glorious sunny day and the wife at work this morning, I took advantage of this to take in another game in the Alliance Football League.

A Slap in the Face (Getafe 2 – Real Madrid 1)

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"I like the [Getafe] coach Luis Garcia. I like how organised his teams are and how he puts them into practice. I admire his work." said Mourinho before the game. My wife and I have started to teach our 15-month old son the nursery rhymes: "The wheels on the bus go.... Round and round (3x).