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Arsenal

Arsene Wenger reveals that Arsenal don’t need to buy a striker this summer

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Every Arsenal fan and their dogs expected Arsene Wenger to buy a new striker last summer to complement (if not replace) Olivier Giroud, and that seemed to be confirmed by the Gunners interest in Luis Suarez, but nothing came of it and we got Mesut Ozil instead to calm the fans frustration. But the fact [.

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 [.

Nicklas Bendtner hails ‘emotional’ Arsenal return

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Nicklas Bendtner managed an assist and converted a penalty as he made his return to the Arsenal first-team. The Dane scored from the spot during a shoot-out win for the Gunners against West Brom in last night's Capital One Cup tie. And the striker said he had been moved by the reception he received from [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: ‘Nicklas Bendtner can be unstoppable’

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Nicklas Bendtner can be "an unstoppable striker" according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. And we don't think he means that the hefty Danish star would be like a freight train once he gets up to speed. Wenger was speaking ahead of the Denmark international's return to the Gunners first-team for tonight's Capital One Cup clash [.

Tottenham could beat Arsenal and West Ham to Ciprian Marica signing

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Spurs are set to pip Premier League rivals Arsenal and West Ham to the signing of free agent Ciprian Marica. The Romania international appeared to be free to choose between acting as backup to Olivier Giroud at the Gunners or leading the line for the Hammers in Andy Carroll's absence. But the Sunday People reports [.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praises improved Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud

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Arsene #Wenger is currently talking in the press conference ahead of #AFCvSCFC. Full video on #Arsenal Player later pic.twitter.com/9RbbJE2L5y Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 20, 2013 Arsene Wenger has praised both Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud for the improvements they have made to their games. Midfielder Ramsey and striker Giroud have both been instrumental in the [.

Photo: Mesut Ozil stands on a chair for his Arsenal initiation

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Even £42.4m signings cannot sidestep age-old football rituals like forcing the new boy to sing a song. Mesut Ozil performed his Arsenal initiation by standing on a chair and belting out a tune. The moment was snapped by youngster Chuba Akpom, although the striker didn't reveal what Ozil had sung.

Chelsea striker Demba Ba was ‘ready’ to join Arsenal

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Demba Ba has admitted he came very close to joining Arsenal during the summer transfer window. But now the Senegal international has reaffirmed his commitment to fighting for a place in Chelsea's first-team after the move failed to materialise. He said: "I was ready to go and play [for Arsenal] but it didn't happen.

Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea target Fernando Llorente for January move

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Spain international Fernando Llorente is a January transfer target for Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea. The former Athletic Bilbao striker has failed to make an impression since joining Juventus on a free transfer earlier this summer. He finds himself behind Carlos Tevez and Mirko Vucinic in the Old Lady's pecking order and is also rumoured to [.

Arsenal close to signing Ciprian Marica, says his agent

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Romania striker Ciprian Marica is on the verge of joining Arsenal, according to his agent. The 27-year-old is available on a free transfer after leaving German side Schalke at the end of last season. He was linked with a move to West Ham earlier this week, but his agent, Ioan Becali, claimed that Arsenal were [.

Arsenal youngster Yaya Sanogo: ‘Give me time to toughen up’

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Yaya Sanogo says he will 'toughen up' to be a success in England. Watch the interview: http://t.co/4XZoMpZ2B7 pic.twitter.com/8doid6pIMP Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 10, 2013 Arsenal's summer signing Yaya Sanogo has said it will take him time to adapt to English football but says he will get stronger to ensure he is a success at [.

English Premier League

How do Chelsea fix their striker troubles?

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How do Chelsea fix their striker troubles? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Samuel Eto'o hasn't found his form since signing for Chelsea.

All teams have a lead striker but all "top" teams have a lead striker that can score. There's no denying that Chelsea have had their problems since Drogba left, and this has left them with a dilemma.

Di Canio the first major casualty of sack race as season kicks into gear

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The new football season may only be a few weeks old but already we are starting to see some movements on the 'Managerial Merry-go-Round'. We are not even in October yet but Paolo Di Canio has already become the first major casualty in the Premier League having been given the sack as manager of Sunderland.

Everton’s Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku: ‘I watch every minute of every Premier League game’

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Romelu Lukaku says he watches every minute of every Premier League game in an effort to improve his own game. The Belgium international, currently on loan at Everton from Chelsea, wants to become the best striker in the league, so he likes to see what the competition are up to. The 20-year-old conducts his marathon [.

Photo: Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has a pleasant dream

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FORTY WINKS: A behind the scenes gallery from Plzen is on the way here's a sneak peek featuring @AgueroSergioKun: pic.twitter.com/AsE1NiO0sX Manchester City FC (@MCFC) September 18, 2013 We assume he's having an enjoyable dream. Perhaps that's just the way you sleep when you're a Premier League footballer.

Newcastle target Bafetimbi Gomis will stay at Lyon until the end of the season

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Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has confirmed he will stay with the club until next summer which means his Premier League suitors might not be able to sign him in the winter transfer window. The France striker was widely linked with a move to Newcastle during the transfer window. At one stage he appeared to [.

Liverpool

GIF It: Daniel Sturridge handballs Liverpool into the lead against Sunderland

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Daniel Sturridge continued his run of goals with this dubious opener against Sunderland today. The Liverpool striker performed a move technically known as the Trevor Brooking to dive in and find the net with his arm.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez return will improve Daniel Sturridge

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Photo: The manager in conversation with @D_Sturridge and @VictorMoses at Melwood pic.twitter.com/eqteyTSKRH Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 27, 2013 Brendan Rodgers insists Luis Suarez's return to Premier League action with Liverpool will only help in-form Daniel Sturridge, and not stifle his excellent start to the season.

Photos: Liverpool training ahead of Sunderland trip

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Photo: Luis Suarez getting ready for his Barclays Premier League return pic.twitter.com/wtiSvpTAx6 Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 27, 2013 Liverpool's squad have been in training ahead of their visit to Sunderland on Sunday. Striker Luis Suarez is preparing for his long-awaited Premier League comeback after he biting ban following his return to action in the [.

Liverpool scout Lazio’s ice cube prankster Keita Balde Diao

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Liverpool sent scouts to watch former Barcelona youngster Keita Balde Diao in Lazio's Europa League victory over Legia Warsaw last week. Sky Italia reports that the Reds are keeping tabs on the 18-year-old, who joined the Italian side in 2011. He was rated as one of Barca's hottest prospects until he fell out with the [.

Robin Van Persie out of Man Utd’s game against Liverpool

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Robin Van Persie has been ruled out of tomorrow's Capital One Cup clash with Liverpool and is a doubt for Saturday's game against West Brom. The Manchester United striker missed his side's derby day defeat to Manchester City on Sunday and will not feature against the Reds. United boss David Moyes said: "I don't think [.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez is ‘chomping at the bit’ ahead of Man Utd match

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Brendan Rodgers chose an unfortunate turn of phrase as Luis Suarez prepares to return from his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic. At his press conference ahead of the Capital One Cup clash with Manchester United, Rodgers claimed the Uruguayan striker was "chomping at the bit". The Liverpool manager said: "It has been a [.

Video: Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and his daughter sing You’ll Never Walk Alone

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Liverpool want Arsenal target Abel Hernandez

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Liverpool are plotting a January swoop that would see Palermo striker Abel Hernandez link-up with Uruguay international team-mate Luis Suarez at Anfield. The Daily Express claims the Reds are keen to sign Hernandez, linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer, in a £4m deal. The 23-year-old is known to be unhappy in Italy, [.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll out with ‘ballerina’ injury

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The injury that threatens to ruin Andy Carroll's World Cup hopes and West Ham's season is one usually suffered by ballerinas, not footballers. That's according to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. The former Newcastle and Liverpool striker does so much jumping that he has picked up an injury that is more common among ballet dancers and [.

Video: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defends Daniel Sturridge

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Brendan Rodgers has defended Daniel Sturridge after it emerged that he will play in Liverpool's match against Swansea on Monday evening despite having missed England's recent World Cup qualifiers. The Reds boss said it was medical experts, not the player himself, who ruled him out of the games against Moldova and Ukraine.

Video: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge cooks up some Jamaican-style chicken

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has shown he's got a taste for goals already this season. But he is also partial to some Jamaican-style chicken and has posted an Instagram video in tribute to the food. Studge shows his chicken frying in olive oil, before throwing in some before and after shots. He wrote: "One [.

Photo: Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers and Daniel Sturridge receive Manager and Player of the Month awards

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PHOTO Congrats to @LFC's Daniel Sturridge & Brendan Rodgers August's Barclays Player & Manager of the Month winners pic.twitter.com/ciMlkOKksZ Premier League (@premierleague) September 13, 2013 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been named Barclays Player of the Month for August, while Brendan Rodgers picked up the Manager of the Month award.

Videos

Video: See more of Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa than you ever wanted to see

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It turns out that Aston Villa's Nicklas Helenius got off lightly having his shorts pulled down against Spurs yesterday. Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa was fully de-kegged during his side's clash with Osasuna. Spanish TV audiences were treated to the Brazilian's sizeable behind rolling across their TV screens in slow-motion.

Video: Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi scores his first international goal (Nigeria 4-1 Burkina Faso)

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Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has done a bit of a Rickie Lambert by scoring his first international goal at the age of 31. The Magpies forward scored the third goal in Nigeria's 4-1 win over Burkina Faso yesterday. He held off the Burkina Faso defence to turn and fire the ball home. He told BBC [...

Manchester United

Man Utd target Robert Lewandowski confirms he’ll sign for Bayern Munich in January

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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has confirmed that he will sign a contract with Bayern Munich in January. Asked by SPORT1 reporter Christian Ortlepp if he was switching to Bayern in January, Lewandowski answered: "Yes, because then I can officially sign a contract. Officially, I can only say something in January.

GIF It: Sergio Aguero’s goal (Manchester City vs Manchester United)

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Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City the lead in today's Manchester derby with this superb volley. After a quick break down the left flank, the cross from Aleksandar Kolarov was actually a bit behind the Argentine striker. But that didn't matter one bit. He wrapped his foot around the ball to score with a beautifully controlled [.

Man Utd boss David Moyes thought Wayne Rooney had ‘gone soft’

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Moyes: "I think Wayne's attitude is he's a big-game player. Fans come to see people like him make the difference." pic.twitter.com/64d3nNRRem Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 21, 2013 Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is pleased to see a bit more aggression from Wayne Rooney because he thought the striker had "gone soft".

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 [.

Video: Man Utd’s striker Robin Van Persie scores long-range curler (Andorra 0-2 Netherlands)

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The Netherlands made hard work of beating World Cup qualification minnows Andorra before this Robin Van Persie strike gave them a breakthrough. After a goalless first-half, the Manchester United striker curled this effort inside the post from outside the penalty area. While that helped to settle a few Dutch nerves, they still only emerged with [.

Photo: An update on Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney’s massive gash

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Thanks to @WayneRooney for taking time out to have this picture.... #legend pic.twitter.com/DYedNCfon2 Sam Saunt (@berbasaunt10) September 7, 2013 After Wayne Rooney shared a photo of his nasty head injury last week, he appears to have jetted off to Portugal during the international break while the wound heals.

Transfer Talk

Manchester City increase scouting of Udinese forward Piotr Zielinski

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Manchester City are stepping up their scouting ahead of a possible January move for Udinese youngster Piotr Zielinski. The 19-year-old has scored three goals in five caps for Poland, and has impressed Manuel Pellegrini with his handful of appearances for Udinese's first team. The Chilean is increasing City's monitoring of the striker, who only signed [.

Tottenham ‘plot transfer swoop’ for AC Milan’s Stephan El Shaarawy

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Tottenham are planning to bring AC Milan striker Stephan El Shaarawy to White Hart Lane in January, according to reports in the Sunday People. Andre Villas Boas is said to want to invest a large chunk of Gareth Bale's transfer fee in the 20-year-old Italy international. Spurs want extra firepower following the arrival of Roberto [.

The Rest

Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine ‘very likely’ to go to jail

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A judge has told Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine that he is "very likely" to be jailed after being found guilty of two separate assaults. The BBC reports that the Owls star hit Daniel Beresford in the Paris Bar in February 2012, and attacked Reece Hall in the Viper Rooms a month later. The jury [.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho confirms Samuel Eto’o will make his debut

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Here is Jose Mourinho mid conference. #CFC pic.twitter.com/RC79b7OU4w Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) September 13, 2013 Samuel Eto'o will make his Chelsea debut against Everton tomorrow, Jose Mourinho has confirmed. The Blues boss didn't say whether the Cameroon international would be in his starting line-up or on the bench, but indicated that he was likely to [.