Who Are Ya? Emiliano Viviano (Arsenal)

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Your whistle-stop guide to the latest Premier League arrivals Name: Emiliano Viviano Age: 28 Position: Goalkeeper Signed from: Palermo Fee: £1million (loan) Did you know? His wife Manuela Tosini will be pleased that the deal is done and dusted, and the family can make plans to move to London. She revealed that in the last [.

Arsenal starlet talks defensive concerns

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Wojciech Szczesny has admitted that Arsenal need to improve defensively in the 2012-13 campaign but is confident about the team's preparations in showing the required improvement.

Manager Arsene Wenger acknowledged that the club's defensive struggles in the pre-season showed that there is still work that needs to be done.

Winger: Wenger or Wonga?

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Here's my belated tupporth on Theo, penned long after the issue's been battered around the interwebs and beaten into digital submission.

Something's likely to give this summer, one way or the other, because the run-the-contract-down option is unlikely to come to pass. Hence the stories that we are now seeing – whatever the truth in them.

Arsène to be top spender?

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Season end approaches and once again the phantom shopping trolleys are being pushed around the blog world by deluded supporters expecting their clubs to go to market. Well sorry folks, in most cases it isn't going to happen the coffers are empty; the players have had it on their toes with the bread and many of them too, are in for a nasty shock.

Arsène to be top spender?

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Season end approaches and once again the phantom shopping trolleys are being pushed around the blog world by deluded supporters expecting their clubs to go to market. Well sorry folks, in most cases it isn't going to happen the coffers are empty; the players have had it on their toes with the bread and many of them too, are in for a nasty shock.

One man team talk seems to have slowed down

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What an incredibly frustrating week not to be able to blog. Henry's return in the cup against Leeds, a dour affair until he emerged from the bench, was settled by three sublime touches a delicious through ball from Song, an immaculate piece of control, and a trademark cool finish to take the man to 227 goals for Arsenal and send thousands of Gooners into a mad bouncing frenzy.

Don’t FAC(it)up

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We are still a few days away from the Leeds game and I don't want to step on what will surely be another (auto paste here) splendid pre match from the master himself. But without wishing to step on toes I want to get some thoughts off my chest.

Having spent most of Christmas and New Year struggling to find the back of net I have started to change my mind about the importance of this game and who should be playing.

Deportivo Saprissa Striker Josue Martinez Linked To Union For $400-500,000

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Back in July, the Philadelphia Union were linked to Deportivo Saprissa striker Josue Martinez, and reportedly even made a bid of nearly $1 million for him. MLS Rumors spotted a new report, out of Norway, that says that the Union are set to bid for the forward again, but this time are the most likely destination for Martinez with Norwegian club FFK unable to afford a transfer themselves of between $400-500,000.


RvP: Scholes Makes United Tick

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Whilst Robin van Persie was named Man of the Match for today's 3-2 victory over Southampton, our striker claims that it is Paul Scholes, who came on for the last half an hour when we were 2-1 down, who was the best player on the pitch.

"Of course everybody worked hard, but I have to say a big thank you to Paul Scholes because everything started to tick when he came on," Robin said in an interview with Sky Sports.

Of Course Robin van Persie Is Going To Be 'Coy'

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I wouldn't read too much into Robin van Persie being 'coy' about his contract situation at Arsenal.

He is bound to be after all isn't he?

Robin's next contract, wherever that may be, is going to be the most important one he will sign in his life. Well, except for his next mobile phone contract I suppose.

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Brazil waxes US, more news

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Checkout PSPs match report and look for an analysis piece later today.

As the Sporting News said about last night's USMNT game, "It quickly became apparent...that Brazil is not Scotland."

On the surface, The New York Daily News headline says it all: "US soccer outclassed and out-executed in 4-1 friendly against Brazil at FedEx Field.

Klinsmann wants USMNT players nastier, less naive

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LANDOVER, Md. -- U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sat at the table in the press conference room at FedEx Field on Saturday night without his usual cheerful smirk. Instead, he sported a stern look as he prepared to speak to the several dozens of reporters that filled the room for his postgame talk.

Nowak defends lineup selections, Goal/SaveOTY, Blatter does it again, more

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Ahead of last week's end of the season press conference, we posted a piece that looked at all of the different midfield lineups the Union fielded in 2011 (there were 26 of them). published a piece yesterday with quotes from Nowak defending his use of so many different lineups and formations.


Cesc Fabregas Turns Up At 2012 Brit Awards, Bestows Ed Sheeran With ‘Best Breakthrough’ Trinket (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Looking dapper from his napper to his toes, Cesc Fabregas turned up at the 2012 Brit Awards in London last night with Nicole ZingerTowerBurger from the Pussycat Dolls on his arm to dole out the 'Best Breakthrough Act' trinket to Ed Sheeran and his hair of pure fire.

Video: Robbie Findley’s shocking miss (Leicester City 4-0 Nottingham Forest)

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Couldn't Find the target Nottingham Forest got a 4-0 spanking from East Midlands rivals Leicester City during last night's FA Cup third round replay. The score was only 1-0 when Forest had this chance to grab an equaliser. Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel generously dropped the ball onto the toes of Forest striker Robbie Findley just [.

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Man City Torsos: Mildly Diverting

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Image via Joleon Lescott's Twitter. Given the contents of this photo, all we can focus on is Joe Hart's serious case of the scrunchy toes. Well, not entirely all.

Plight of the MLS Team Administrator

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Continuing the ongoing series "Plight Of..." I continue to look into those working behind the scenes in Major League Soccer. Think of all the travel MLS teams are tasked with. Someone must arrange buses to matches, flights, hotel rooms, meeting room arrangements and do it all while keeping the players and coach happy.

Smalling: We Want Manchester’s Bragging Rights

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Ahead of tonight's game against his former club, Chris Smalling has talked of the desperation the players feels to win the league this season.

"We're both Manchester clubs. That's bragging rights for a whole year. We can't let that happen!" he said. "They are not used to playing for just one trophy at United.

Red Bulls' Rodgers Inches Closer to Visa... Perhaps

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Rodgers: The Neverending StoryIn today's installment of the longest-running visa saga in the 16 year history of MLS, the New York Red Bulls reported this afternoon that, after a meeting with the U.S. Consulate in London, striker Luke Rodgers may be inching closer to securing a work permit that will allow him to return for a second season with the club.

Roman Abramovich is back on the scene!.

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With matters outside of football keeping Roman Abramovich busy, it was great to hear that he was at Cobham to see the players train on Saturday, to see AVB for a chat about things and to attend the game on Sunday. Roman even popped in to chat with the players for 30 minutes after the 3-3 draw with United.

David Beckham: "My naked days are over"

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Launching his new underwear range for H&M, David Beckham said that his sons' reaction on glimpsing their dad in his latest unclad ad campaign was: "'Oh my GOD Daddy - not again. They were like: 'that's really good, but everyone's gonna see you in your pants." The underwear line goes on sale in 1800 H&M stores around the world on February 2.

Sounders' Steve Zakuani Says Only Goal Is To Play Again

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We all have our ghosts. For Steve Zakuani, that ghost is memories of his former self.

As the Seattle Sounders midfielder continues his recovery from a horrific leg injury that cost him the final six months of the 2011 season, the progress he has made is obvious. On Friday, Zakuani was able to participate in full training for the first time since that April 22 tackle broke his right leg.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – The U.S. Men's National Team opened the year in dramatic fashion as Ricardo Clark tallied a game-winning goal seven minutes into second-half stoppage time for a 1-0 win against Venezuela at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

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Top five conclusions: England 1-0 Spain

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Inglaterra 1 España 0 by jordixana 1. This is the conclusion where we say that England are now effectively world and European champions and leave it to you to decide just how tongue-in-cheek that is. 2. Judging by how long it takes for him to remember the names of players, Fabio Capello must start naming [.