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Arsenal news: Gunners handed doubt boost ahead of Liverpool clash

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Arsenal duo Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey have returned to first-team training. They are both in line for returns against Liverpool this Sunday at Anfield, the Telegraph reports. With two defeats in their last three Premier League games, the Gunners will drop out of the top 4 if they get beaten by the Reds.

Will Conte break Mourinho’s points record with Chelsea?

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Chelsea are on course to land their fifth Premier League title. Under Antonio Conte, they have had the most incredible campaign, going from 8th at the end of September to runaway leaders at the end of February. They are currently 10 points clear at the top, and even though Manchester City can close the gap to 8, the Blues are huge favourites.

Chelsea midfielder signs contract extension until 2021

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Chelsea winger Victor Moses has extended his contract at Stamford Bridge, keeping him at the club until 2021. The Blues reported the news via there official website today. The Nigerian has signed a two-year extension, after becoming a regular in the first team this season under Antonio Conte.

Moses’ future seemed destined to be away from Chelsea at the start of the campaign.

Leicester City sacking Claudio Ranieri is the sad reality of modern-day football

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The entire world seems to have united in support of Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked as manager of Leicester City on Thursday. The affable and cheerful Italian was liked and respected by friends and foes alike. It’ll take some effort to find someone that has a bad word to say about him.

3 areas in which Chelsea still need to improve

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There aren’t too many people who would bet against Chelsea lifting the Premier League title in May. The Blues are currently sitting comfortably at the summit, 8 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Antonio Conte’s men have been a pillar of consistency thus far, and another good run of results should see them seal the deal.

Will Spurs finally finish above Arsenal this season?

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There’s been a lot of banter among the Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea fans in recent times over whether London is red, white or blue respectively. North London though, has unequivocally been red. The Gunners have finished above Spurs in each of the last 21 seasons, and have all the bragging rights in the area.

Arsene Wenger admits interest in signing “next Thierry Henry”

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Arsene Wenger’s search for his next superstar has taken him to a familiar destination in his home country in France. He is interested in bringing Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe to the Emirates Stadium, according to a report today in Le 10 Sport.

Mbappe is only 18 and has already drawn comparisons with Arsenal and France legend Thierry Henry.

Could this be the defining week in the Premier League title race?

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The Premier League title race has been pretty straightforward so far, with Chelsea leading the way comfortably for a few months. The Blues have looked as steady as can be, with 13 straight wins on the bounce between October and December. Antonio Conte’s side are currently 8 points clear at the top with 16 games left to play.

5 most improved players at Chelsea this season

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It’s been quite the turnaround at Chelsea Football Club under Antonio Conte this season. The Blues followed up their title-winning 2014/15 campaign with a 10th-placed finish last year, in a series of events which included the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese seemed very well settled at Stamford Bridge when in season started in August 2015, and looked to be in it for the long haul for the first time in his career.

Jose Mourinho urges this underperforming Manchester United forward to prove his worth

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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has thrown down the gauntlet to Anthony Martial, when he said that the striker’s starting spot against Wigan in the FA Cup this Sunday is an audition for a Premier League starting spot.

When he was asked how Martial had responded to his omission in the EFL Cup tie against Hull in the midweek, Mourinho said: “I don’t know.

Liverpool 2-3 Swansea: Post Match Analysis and Player Ratings

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Liverpool lost their first game at Anfield this season to a seemingly rejuvenated Swansea side, which will surely go down as the shock of the season so far. Two goals from Fernando Llorente and an impressive finish from Gylfi Sigurdsson sealed the historic victory for the Welsh outfit.

It was a rather uneventful first 45 minutes, with neither side managing a single shot on target.

INFOGRAPHIC: Manchester United v Liverpool Stats, Quotes, Key Players

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Manchester United v Liverpool is not only one of the biggest games of the Premier League season, it is also seen as one of the biggest matches in world football – despite neither side having won the English top flight since the 2012/13 season.

The last title was won by Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United four years ago, with the Red Devils now on their third manager since the legendary Scot retired.

Antonio Conte makes history, named Manager of the Month again

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has become the first man in the history of the Premier League to be named Barclays Manager of the Month on three consecutive occasions. The Italian was awarded the gong for December following his victories in October and November, the Premier League confirmed on their official website.

Chelsea should look to complete this deal in January, it makes sense for all parties involved

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With Chelsea raring to win the Premier League, Antonio Conte needs to carry out some preemptive measures. Not surprisingly, there have been suggestions that the Chelsea boss wants to add another striker to the ranks. With Diego Costa being sublime this season, the Blues don’t need a first-team striker, but they do require a capable back-up whenever the need arises.

John Terry transfer: Chelsea captain wants stay, as Bournemouth show interest

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Chelsea captain John Terry has stated his wish to stay at Stamford Bridge beyond this seasonl, according to a story in the Telegraph today. It was reported in November that manager Antonio Conte would be open to selling the defender in January. A host of Premier League clubs including Bournemouth and Swansea City are said to be interested, but the 36 year-old is set on staying on at his boyhood club.

The FA Cup is an unwanted interlude from the Premier League drama nowadays

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On Sunday, the British public were treated to the enthralling encounter of Cardiff City and Fulham on the BBC. Only 5,199 people attended the drab 2-1 win for the away side. Cardiff manager Neil Warnock even admitted that he ‘struggled to get out of bed’ for the tie.

The rest of the Third-Round weekend wasn’t exactly a thrill a minute either.

Game Week 17 Review: Arsenal Are Too Weak To Win The Premier League Title

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Game week 17 of the Premier League season has just been concluded after Liverpool’s 1-0 derby day victory over Everton at Goodison Park. Away from the Merseyside Derby, nine other games produced 22 goals and some very exciting moments. So, these are the five top things we can take away from game week 17 and into the new year.

Game Week 17 Review: Arsenal Are Too Weak To Win The Premier League Title

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Game week 17 of the Premier League season has just been concluded after Liverpool’s 1-0 derby day victory over Everton at Goodison Park. Away from the Merseyside Derby, nine other games produced 22 goals and some very exciting moments. So, these are the five top things we can take away from game week 17 and into the new year.

Arsenal target Marco Reus with Sanchez’s future in the balance

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Arsenal may have started preparing for life without their superstars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. The club is currently under negotiations with the duo to extend their contracts beyond 2018, but no agreement has been reached yet. The major issue is the wage being offered. It has been reported that Sanchez and Ozil have been offered contracts worth £180,000-per-week.

Arsenal target Marco Reus with Sanchez’s future in the balance

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Arsenal may have started preparing for life without their superstars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. The club is currently under negotiations with the duo to extend their contracts beyond 2018, but no agreement has been reached yet. The major issue is the wage being offered. It has been reported that Sanchez and Ozil have been offered contracts worth £180,000-per-week.

Football Leaks: Eden Hazard contract details; Liverpool star's anti-Arsenal clause revealed

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Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino allegedly has a €98m release clause in his Liverpool contract, according to a report published in Le Soir as part of the Football Leaks series.

The most interesting part of his clause is that any club in this world can sign him if they meet his buy-out clause, except Premier League rivals Arsenal.

FA Cup 3rd Round: Stam returns to Old Trafford, Chelsea and Liverpool handed easy draws

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Championship side Reading will travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, the defending champions, in the 2016-17 FA Cup third round.

West Ham will host Manchester City in the all-Premier League ties, while Everton will take on Premier League champions Leicester City.

Bayern Munich considering move for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, has emerged as the number one target to replace Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich.

Bayern are going through a mini crisis at the moment. The Bavarians have dropped points against Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund at the start of this month, and find themselves trailing behind Leipzig by six points at the top of the table.

Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: 5 observations from Blues’ comeback win

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Chelsea made it seven wins in a row to remain top of the league with a 2-1 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. The Blues conceded their first goal in 600 minutes when Christian Eriksen scored an absolute beauty to give Spurs the lead inside the first quarter of an hour.

Didier Drogba confirms Montreal Impact exit at the end of the season

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Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has announced that he will leave Montreal Impact at the end of the current Major League Soccer (MLS) season. The Ivorian was a second-half substitute in the team’s semi-final in the MLS Cup against Toronto FC last night. His team went on to win 3-2, with the return leg in Toronto on November 30.

Mourinho wants to seal deal €60m exciting winger, faces competition from Real Madrid

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European champions Real Madrid are keeping a close eye on one of the world’s emerging talents – Sporting Lisbon’s highly rated winger Gelson Martins.

The Madrid scouts have started taking a serious interest in him after the 21-year-old produced a brilliant performance against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in September.

La Liga club open negotiation with Manchester United target, player happy to wait

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Real Madrid have reportedly started negotiating a deal with Isco, but the Spanish midfielder is contemplating whether or not to accept the offer.

The European champions are trying to tie down their key players with lucrative contract offers, knowing they won’t be able to register any new player before January 2018 due to a transfer ban imposed on them.

Man Utd vs Arsenal: Mourinho is ruining this top class star and other key observations from the draw

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In all fairness this game lacked any true quality. Manchester United did play better, but still created only a couple of clear cut chances one of which they scored from Juan Mata. Arsenal were terrible throughout and were extremely lucky to come away with a point after Olivier Giroud’s 89th minute header.

7 Observations From Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

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Olivier Giroud scored in the 89th minute as Arsenal came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in match day 12 of the 2016-17 season. Here are seven observations from the match.

Arsenal’s tickets and Manchester United’s shirts are the most expensive in England

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According to the BBC’s Price of Football Study 2016, Arsenal charge the most for match day and season tickets.

The cheapest season ticket an Arsenal fan can buy costs £1,014 which is almost three times as much as the cheapest on offer at Manchester City (£299).

Two Ways Everton Can Recover From Chelsea Horrorshow

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Everton will want to forget the Chelsea game as soon as possible. They can quickly recover from this embarrassing defeat if Ronald Koeman, Everton’s manager, makes two important changes.

Everton capitulated to an excellent Chelsea side and were on the end of a absolute hammering.

Chelsea duo pick up Premier League awards for outstanding performances last month

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Chelsea’s tremendous October has landed monthly awards for Antonio Conte and Eden Hazard. The former picked up the Barclays Manager of the Month prize, while the latter was awarded EA Sports Player of the Month. The club confirmed the awards on their official website on Friday.

Conte held off competition from Stoke City’s Mark Hughes, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger to land his award.

Frank Lampard vs Steven Gerrard: Who was the better player?

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It’s an age-old debate, with seemingly no logical conclusion. Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard defined a generation of English central midfielders and yet, they can’t be unanimously separated in an individual comparison. They were similar in so many ways, and yet different in so many others.

Statistically, Lampard’s 211 goals in 648 games for Chelsea seems far far superior to Gerrard’s 186 in 710 for Liverpool.

Five Premier League Managers Most Likely To Be Sacked Before December

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Traditionally, November and December are the months that managers in the Premier League mostly lose their jobs. A recent study reveals that 30% of all managers sacked in the Premier League history are during these two months.

The reason is that by this point the clubs owners get a fair idea about the season’s overall performance.

Barcelona looking to sign Chelsea player in January, Enrique wants him to replace this Spanish player

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Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic may well be thinking about his next move. The Serbian’s contract with the Blues expires in the summer, and it is unsure whether he’ll offered an extension. The club have a policy of giving players above the age of 30 extensions of only one year. Moreover, Ivanovic has lost his place in the side under Antonio Conte, who has switched his system to play three at the back.

Manchester United

Deal Agreed – $100,000-A-Week Star Agrees Manchester United Deal

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Although many Manchester United fans want to see their club bring in new players before the winter transfer window closes, the club has however announced they have agreed a major deal. According to an official statement released on the club's official website, the Red Devils have triggered a release clause in Ecuadorian Antonio Valencia's contract to extend his deal for a further year.

Personal Terms Agreed, 19 Goals 10 Assists Striker Close To Man United Move

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Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in the summer, according to The Independent.

The report claims that Jose Mourinho's men have been in talks with the striker and his representatives for months and have now agreed a salary and a shirt number at Old Trafford.

Diego Costa Could Clear the Path for Zlatan to Win Golden Boot

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Zlatan Ibrahimovi? has settled into life in the Premier League perfectly, and who would have expected anything less from the footballing legend? But due to his six-game goal drought earlier in the campaign, the former PSG man has slipped behind Chelsea's Diego Costa in the race for the Golden Boot.

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Chelsea news: Antonio Conte agrees contract extension until 2020

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Chelsea Football Club have reached an agreement with manager Antonio Conte to keep their manager at Stamford Bridge at least until June 2020, Italian source Tutto Mercato Web reports. Conte had initially signed a three-year contract last summer, but Roman Abramovich has already seen fit to give him an extension.

Done Deals: Arsenal complete two January transfers before deadline

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Ligue 2 side, Tours, have signed Arsenal midfielder, Ismael Bennacer, on loan for the rest of the season. The French club have confirmed the news on their official twitter handle.

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