2018 April

Ever wondered which Premier League teams are on TV the most? Here’s the answer

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and have been broadcast live in the UK more than other club over the last two and a half years. The old foes some 60 times between 2013 and 2015. Despite not winning the league, Liverpool were shown a whopping 28 times out of 38 games last season. Eventual champions were shown 25 times – the same as rivals United who finished in seventh place. managed just seven appearances on TV last season – making them the least shown club in In fact, between the start of the 2012/13 season and the beginning of December this year, Stoke will make just 19 TV appearances – less than any other club to have been in the Premier League for each of those seasons. This season, newly promoted are scheduled to appear in six games – the same as and twice as many as who have three. However, this is only thr Roman Abramovich is sponsoring a play to help take a stand against anti-Semitism.The Russian is proud of his Jewish faith, and wants to create better understanding regarding anti-Secontent_imgmitic attitudes in Western society.He is sponsoring a reworking of e schedule until December, the total number for these other clubs may increase as the season progresses. Check out where YOUR team ranks with the interactive chader Jesse Lingard will miss England’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifies against Kosovo.The Three Lions announced that Lingard would be returning to his club “through illness” before Saturday’s match against Bulgaria at Wembley.”We decided to send [Jesse] rt below.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill happy with ‘understated’ Euro 2016 qualifying draw

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Michael O'Neill admitted he was happy with labelling it as "understated". will compete with Greece, Romania, Hungary, Finland and the Faroe Islands for a place in the finals in France. O'Neill believes Greece will start out as favourites but feels his side's home form could keep them well in the hunt. "The group's a little bit understated but there are teams in there we can compete with," he said. "We're happy with the draw. "Greece are the only team in recent times that have a track record of qualifications. We need to pick up points at home and learn from the mistakes of previous campaigns. I think we're well capable of doing that." The top two in each e Foxes were in scintillating form in Sunday’s 5-0 thrashing of Newcastle United.The win leaves the 2016 Premier League title winners in third place, but Rodgers has cooled expectaticontent_imgons of his side.”It’s very early in the season,” said the Northern Igroup will qualify for along with hosts France. But the best third-placed team will also qualify, with the eight other third-placed sides playing off for the remaining four spots, something that gives O'Neill great hope. "It does give everyone a realistic belief, which I think is important," he added. "Obviously automatic qualification is the aim but having third place to aim at also helps. You could possibly get third place with 14 points, which I think is achievable. "It's important for us to get points on the board and get momentum." Will Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016?0+ VOTES SO FEverton are willing to cut loose Fraser Hornby.The Scottish striker signed with KV Kortijk this week on a season-long loan.And Kortijk have confirmed the deal includes a permanent option to be triggered in June.The centre-forward, who was snapped by Everton five years ago from Northampton Town, is tied to the Blues to 2021.Hornby has been handed the No9 shirt by Kortijk.AR

Red Devils seal last-minute deal for Pogba…as Paul’s brother Mathias signs for Crawley

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The Red Devils have completed the signing of Poeturned to the China national team post.“I was close to Roma several times in my career, including recently. I was about to go there when Eusebio Di Francesco was fired,” Lippi told Tuttosport.“They called me and asked if I was available to be thgba. But don't get too excited, Manchester United fans. Crawley Town have brought in Mathias Pogba, the brother of The 24-year-old spent the first half of the season in Italy with Serie B club Pesacara but was released last month. He made only four appearances for the Italian outfit, before returning to English football. Pogba played in 56 of Crewe Alexandra's League One fixtures during his spell with them between 2012 – 2014, and was with Conference side Wrexham before that. It was in North Wales where Dean Saunders met him, and the former Liverpool man is delighted to bring him the Broadfield Stadium. “I know Mathias from my time at Wrexham," Saunders said. "We’re lucky to get him really because he’s been in Italy, with a team who paid £300,000 for him and we’ve got him for free. “He’s a big, strong lad. He doesn’t look pretty on the eye at times but he can do most things and he’s scored goals at this level. “He’s got a presence, he’s good at set pieces and he’ll use his strength to hold the ball up for us." after leaving Manchester United for Juventus in 2012. Since then, he has demer Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti says he’s yet to hear from any interested clubs.Spalletti was axed and replaced by Antonio Conte at Inter last month.”I am honoured to have had the opportunity to train Inter,” said Spalletti at a sponsorship eveloped into one of the best midficontent_imgelders in world football and was tipped to make a big-money return to Old Trafford. However, his current Juve team-mate Andrea Pirlo Should Manchester United have let Paul Pogba go?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad

Jose Mourinho didn't bring in too many new faces this summer, but his acquisitions have already given Chelsea . Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa are doing the business in attack, while Thibaut Cited.The Sun says the Gunners are considering cutting Nketiah’s loan spell at Leeds short amid concerns over his playing time.The 20-year-old is yet to play 90 minutes in the Championship for Leeds this season with Patrick Bamford currently Marcelo Bourtois has ousted Petr Cech from between the sticks. Many people's picks for the title, Chelsea have a new-look frontline – with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o all leaving and Didier Drogba and Loic Remy also coming in. All Premier League clubs were required to submit their squads to the authorities following the closure of the transfer window. However, teams are still able to register free agents who they sign after today, while the loan window opens in just a few days' time, . Under the current rules, a club must have no more than 17 players who are ineligible for 'Home Grown Player' status, but can name as many U-21s as they like, over and above the limit of 25 players. To qualify as home-grown, a player must have been registered with any club tied to the Football Association or Football Association of Wales for at least three whole seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday, however it does not have to have been in one continuous stretch. Clubs will only be able to make changes to their squad – excluding emergency loans and free agent signings – once the transfer window reopens on January 1 2015. Here's who will be eligible to feaelsea winger Christian Pulisic is considering his future.Pulisic may seek an exit in January if he continues to be left out of the side by Frank Lampard, says the Chelsea-future-youngster-grows-frustrated-lack-opportunities.html”>Chelsea-future-youngture in the league for Chelsea over the next four months: 25-man squad list (Home Grown?) Azpilicueta Tanco, Cesar Borges Da Silva, Willian *Cahill, Gary James Cech, Petr Courtois, Thibaut Da Silva Costa, Diego Dos Santos Emboaba Junior, Oscar Drogba, Didier *Fabregas Soler, Francesc Hazard, Eden Ivanovic, Branislav Kasmirski, Filipe Luis Matic, Nemanja Mikel, John Obi Remy, Loic Salah, Mohamed Santos Docontent_img Nascimento, Ramires Schurrle, Andre Schwarzer, Mark *Terry, John George In pictures – Everton vs Chelsea: Under-21s list (Contract and Scholars) Abraham, Tammy Aina, Temitayo Olufisayo Olaoluwa Ake, Nathan Benjamin Ali, Mukhtar Abdullahi Baker, Lewis Renard Bamford, Patrick James Beeney, Mitchell Ryan Blackman, Jamal Clint-Ross Boga, Jeremie Bolkiah, Faiq Jefri Brady, George Brown, Isiah Jay Chalobah, Nathaniel Nyakie Christensen, Andreas Bodtker Christie-Davies, Isaac David Clarke-Salter, Jake-Liam Colkett, Charlie Collins, Bradley Ray Conroy, Dion John Cuevas Jara, Cristian Alejandro Dabo, Sheik Mohamed Fankaty Dasilva, Jay Rhys Davey, Alex James Feruz, Islam Hazard, Thorgen Ganael Francis Houghton, Jordan Kalas, Tomas Kane, Todd Arthur Lucien Kiwomya, Andrew Alexander Loftus Cheek, Ruben McEachran, Joshua Mark Mitchell, Reece Steven Muheim, Miro Max Maria Musonda, Charles Musonda, Tika Kafusha Oliveira Dos Santos, Wallace Omeruo, Kenneth Palmer, Kasey Remel Pasalic, Mario Perica, Stipe Piazon, Lucas Domingues Rodriguez Gonzalez, Jhoao Leandro Sammut, Ruben Scott, Kyle Solanke-Mitchell, Dominic Ayodele Swift, John David Tomori, Fikayo Traore, Bertrand Wakefield, Charlie Mark Wright, Kevin Zouma, Kurt Happy

A letter written by a teenage Steven Gerrard.. and why his time at Liverpool is up

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There is an excerpt from an open letter written by , aged 15 and three-quarters. It was part of a self-appraisal exercise for young players at Liverpool’s academy. This was Gerrard’s assessment of his character and his future… “I am easily approachable, always up for a laugh and try to get on with everyone. “The coaches would say there are no doubts about my ­footballing ability but I need to control my temper on the field. I hope they think I am a good lad off the field as well. “In five years’ time, I see myself he Sun says Scott looks set to join Newcastle for free on a two-year deal.Scott, 21, has been out of contract since being let go by Chelsea last month and joins the Toon on a freebie.The central midfielder is said to have agreed to personal terms andhopefully playing first team football, settled with a girlfriend and talking of houses and family.” That went to plan then. The letter was shown to me ahead of an event – organised by football writers – to honour . That it actually goes into greater self-analysis should surprise no one. Maybe it was that tendency to examine his own plus and minus points that fooled successive England managers into believing he was not suitable for the captaincy. There were suggestions that Fabio Capello, for example, believed Gerrard was not confident and assertive enough to lead his team. It was just o Gerrard was given the England captaincy way too late. He should have succeeded David Beckham in 2006. Particularly with England, Gerrard’s honesty has often been mistaken for self-doubt. But honesty is Gerrard’s most enduring quality and honesty has surely led him to this ­decontent_imgcision. Honesty tells him the time is fast arriving when a place is not guaranteed in Liverpool’s most effective X1. And who could blame Gerrard if part of him wanted to escape the claustrophobia of a city passionate about its football and its footballers? Way back, Gerrard explained what happened to him in the wake of his sending-off in the first Merseyside derby of the 1999-2000 season. “I had people being aggressive towards me in the street and spreading stories about me doing things. “If you play for Liverpool and live local, you will get people spreading rumours and doing the jealousy bit.” And for a decade and a half, Gerrard has had to put up with that sort of nonsense. But Gerrard is fiercely proud of his roots. In the area where he was brought up, the local council is now chargChampions League round of 16 opponents RB Leipzig.The two clubs were paired together in today’s draw.King said, “It’s going to be a tough test. RB Leipzig play with pace and intensity and they have been a surprise package so far, so it will be a gooding so much for the hiring of football pitches, that local clubs are folding in increasing numbers. He is one of a dying breed. With that pride comes humility. At that football writers’ event, Gerrard was asked about his one-club status. Here is his reply. “A lot of people talk about my loyalty to Liverpool but what doesn’t get mentioned is ­Liverpool’s loyalty to me. “I've been here since I was eight years of age and the contracts have kept coming.” Until now. Maybe ­Liverpool could have tried harder to keep Gerrard. But maybe his continuing presence when not in the team would have been an unwanted distraction for Brendan Rodgers. Whatever the unexposed reasons for his departure, you always had a nagging feeling that Gerrard would fancy a peek at life outside the Anfield goldfish bowl. And for that honesty and humility with which he has conducted his Liverpool career, Gerrard deserves to enjoy it. The aspirations of the 15-year-old’s self-appraisal have been met – it’s time for fresh goals. There have been a million tributes to Gerrard over the last couple of days and there will be a million more before his final game, so it is tough to think of a fitting one. “I hope they think I am a good lad off the field as well.” Steven Gerrard: good lad. That’ll do.

Does Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs know who killed Lucy Beale?

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Question and answer sessions on Twitter regularly throw up a range of weird and wacky questions… and Kieran Gibbs' was no different. Despite not watching Eastenders, nor knowing who Lucy Beale is, with his opinion of the killer, which gets revealed on Thursday night's episode of the progracontent_imgmme. Gibbs believes that the killer will be someone nobody is expecting, he thinks that the Alpha 'mail' postmanas admitted it was not his best season for the club.Lascelles showed great form last term, as the Magpies managed a top ten Premier League finish.While they have stayed up this season, Lascelles is disappointed with his own level of performance.Lasce Masood Ahmed was the one who did the deed. But he did admit, before throwing his opinions around that he had no idea who Lucy Beale was. Tweeting off Arsenal's official Twitter, he wrote: "I don't watch it and -1 defeat of Bournemouth.The Magpies made it successive wins in the Premier League wins thanks to goals from DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark who helped cancel out Harry Wilson’s opener.Bruce admitted there was still room for improvement, he said: “IfI don't know who Lucy is or who could have killed her. The postman?!" Gibbs revealed on Twitter that Mathieu Flamini bites at every possible opportunity, making him the most gullible member of the team. He also pointed out that Aaron Ramsey is the worst FIFA player in the team, and that Per Mertesacker is the worst dressed member of the team. Who do YOU think killed Lucy Beale?48000+ VOTES SO FAR

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ieuws says Chelsea have put the Belgium international up for sale after deciding it best for the player to moveuidolin has revealed he was offered a job for life by Udinese.The Italian is undoubtedly one ofcontent_img the Bianconeri’s greatest coaches, having spent two spells at the club in 1998/98 and from 2010 to 2014.It was in the latter period when Guidolin confirme on.The 26-year-old is at best third on the strikers’ pecking order behind the currently injured Tammy Abraham (22) and Olivier Giroud (33)

Luis Suarez’s unveiling in pictures: Best images as Uruguayan faced Barcelona press

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Luis Suarez has been officially unveiled as Despite a four-month ban for biting Iale of the ccontent_imglub’s stadium, Hillsborough, to owner Dejphon Chansiri.The Championship club sold its Hillsborough Stadium for £60m helping them achieve a pre-tax profit of £2.5m for 2017-18. However, the EFL’s charges relate to “how and when” it was staly's Giorgio Chiellini After seeing he made And on Tuesday he was finally unveiled officially and Here are the best pictures from the flashy ceremd a bid for River Plate striker Rafael Santos Borre.Fox Sports says Everton have offered €15m for Santos Borre, who featured in the weekend’s Copa Libertadores final defeat to Flamengo.However, River have turned down the bid – referring Everton to ony.

Everton and Roberto Martinez should be thanked by England as new contract ensures Barkley can be banked on

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It is a moment that could help define . A young lad with the world at his feet finds a mentor, shows loyalty and ­focuses on building a career. Basic principles like that are hard to find in the modern game. In a world of fast cars and even faster money, it is all about how quickly you can get up the status ladder. has stolen the headlines, but it is Ross Barkley’s commitment to Everton with a new contract that gives us all hope. Hope of success. Hope of a national hero. Hope that others will follow his lead. Some of us were ready to believe was ready to wave goodbye to lifelong friends at Everton. We imagined him packing his bags, probably landing in a pile of cash at ­Manchester City. The next Scott Sinclair. The next Jack Rodwell. A promising talent destined for a season on a subs bench near you, soon. A deal in the region of £60,000-a-week at Goodison is not to be sniffed at for a lad of 20, particularly one who only made his big breakthrough last season. But this really is not about the money. Upon signing the deal, Barkley spoke of his passion for the club. He told of the moment Wayne Rooney walked out to join Manchester United, leaving him – a young Evertonian – heartbroken. Behind the scenes, you can be sure Roberto Martinez made sure the ­youngster knows there is no place like home. This manager-player relationship seems as strong as any you will find in the Premier League. Over the past year Martinez’s belieect Adama Traore.Nuno was speaking after Traore scored in Sunday’s loss to Spurs, a game in which the tally for fouls committed on the winger reached 24 for the season.”I think the referees know. They realise they should punish the tackles – just lf in Barkley and the way he has managed his game time has helped the midfielder ­mature. That progress will continue. Greg Dyke and Roy Hodgson must want to throw an arm around the Everton boss right now as is doing as much as anyone to shape the future of England’s game.            Barkley arrived in a flurry of ­step-overs, fancy flicks and backheels that bedazzled seasoned Premier League stars. He weighed in with top-class goals and rave reviews, and by the end of the season earned a World Cup call-up. He is the kind of player we crave in our national team. A natural two-footed ­attacker who can shrug off a challenge as ­easily as he can then secontent_imgnd a dipping drive into the top coleave West Ham United on loan this season due to UEFA rules.The 22-year-old attacker wants more game time, as he has struggled for first team opportunities under Manuel Pellegrini.But he cannot leave for another club on loan in January, as he played rner. Comparisons have already been made to Gazza. One thing for sure is Barkley is going to be a major part of Hodgson’s campaign. He has made sure of that by staying at Everton. Hodgson perhaps did not choose his words too cleverly when trying to ­deflect attention from him in a World Cup warm-up match against Ecuador. He suggested the youngster was ­giving the ball away too often when all he really wanted was to ensure Barkley did not become a poster boy too soon. He wants Barkley to fulfil his ­potential. Hodgson also wants a side of players who are featuring at the top level week-in, week-out – and that is becoming harder. There are fresh considerations this ­season. Where will Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fit in at Arsenal? Can Adam Lallana ­become a regular with Liverpool? Is ­Danny Welbeck going to stay in the frame at Old Trafford? Barkley’s role at Everton is one to watch. In time he will add more depth to his game, and by the time France 2016 gets under way he should be one of the first names on the England team sheet. When Dyke drew up his plan for ­England to win the World Cup in Qatar 2022 he was ridiculed. With England knocked out of Brazil 2014 in June, there were suggestions the whole thing really was a mockery. We can forget about ­trophies for now, but if there is to be a brighter future we must not under­estimate the influence of Martinez. He has paid special attention to Barkley’s development, yet he is ­backing other English talent, too. Leighton Baines, John Stones and Phil Jagielka are all in his plans. Even Gareth Barry was back on Hodgson’s radar after Martinez rebuilt him last season. None of this will have gone unnoticed by Dyke and other suits at the FA. Everton – – are being admired further afield than Merseyside. In two years’ time when Hodgson steps aside and England look for a new manager, maybe – just maybe – ­Martinez will emerge as a contender for the job.            How will England do at the 2018 World Cup?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Watch Southampton new boy Shane Long wow crowd with outrageous dummy pass

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This piece of outrageous skill is well worth £12million. with many querying the size of the fee. may have only netted four goals in his half-season for but if he keeps wowing the crowd like this then he might well prove well worth it. During Saints' Capital One Cup win over Millwall the 27-year-old executed this lovely no-look dummy pass much to the delight ocontent_imgf the travelling support at the Den. Long didn'United are launching bid for Ajax star David Neres.Yahoo Brazil says United have entered the transfer battle for the 22 year-old attacker.Indeed, it’s claimed United have already tabled a €50m offer for the Brazil international.However, Ajax are sat get on Champions League final against LiverpoolSpurs’ road to Saturday’s final saw them overcome late knockout stage drama against Manchester City and Ajax.And Lamela says the spirit of his teammates means they are ready for glory in Madrid.”Of course, we athe scoresheet against the Lions

Hull fear Jake Livermore transfer plans have been wrecked by Tottenham firing Andre Villas-Boas

Hull boss Steve Bruce fears Andre Villas-Boas’ sacking at Spurs he’s frustrated with his squad make-up.Even though the English transfer window has closed, leagues around Europe can still come in for Premier League talent, with Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen reportedly still on Real Madrid’s radar.”We will see whs will wreck his hopes of signing Jake Livermore. England international midfielder Livermore is on a season-long loan from Tottenham, and Bruce wants to snare him for on a £3million permanent deal in the January transfer window. But Bruce is concerned that whoever replaces Villas-Boas will want the 24-year-old back at White Hart Lane. A source revealed: "Steve is keen to land Jake onking “progress” under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The Red Devils find themselves in fifth in Solskjaer’s first full season in charge, and remain alive in the FA Cup and Europa League.And the club’s executive vice-chairman has been pleased with the Norwegian a full-time transfer, and the boy himself has already said he is happy to make a permanent switch to the KC Stadium next month. "Jake is really enjoying himself at Hull and is happy because he is getting the chance to play week-in, week-out in the Premier League. "He is in a rich seam of form and has established himself as an integral part of Steve’s team acontent_imgnd what they are trying to achieve this season. "It would be a big blow to lose Jake at this stage, but it’s all down to what the new manager at Tottenham decides he wants to do.”

Fight night: Hatton brothers will be in opposite corners for the derby

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They are boxing’s brothers-in-arms but Ricky and Matthew Hatton will be in ­opposite corners tonight. Ricky will be in the blue corner as, like virtually every other member content_imgof the Hatton clan, he is a Manchester City fan. In the red corner will be Matthew, who decided to support Manchester United when he was six after a customer at the family’s pub gave him a badge of the Old Trafford club. The banter between them this season has been as lively as one of their sparring sessions while United and City have slugged it out for the title. Ricky landed the first jab and the former two-weight world champ couldn’t resist a dig at his brother’s reason for being seduced by the dark side, as he sees it. “What a pathetic excuse,” grins Ricky. “He follows United because he got given a badge the size of a one-pence piece!” Ouch! Ricky continues the attack by hitting his younger sibling with the 6-1 derby win and this still hurts Matthew. “I try not to wind him up too much, but I couldn’t resist it after the derby at Old Trafford,” said the Hitman, who puts on his biggest boxing show at ­Manchester’s Velodrome on June 16. “It was no good though, because his phone must have been switched off for a ­fortnight. “The 6-1 was incredible and yet you still hear Unitnternational says he was contacted by Les Bleus as a teen.He said, “I could’ve played for France. Sportingly speaking, it would’ve been the best thing to do.“At 18, when I played for Lyon, their CT called me. He was interested in me, but it was ted fans going on about how they had to play with 10 men and we only scored most of our goals at the end. “But when we played them with 10 men in the FA Cup, we almost came back from 3-0 down to draw and only lost 3-2.” Matthew is on the ropes, but the former European welterweight champ counters well and turns defence into attack by ridiculing the number of City fans who have crawled out of the ­woodwork this season. “When some City fans get some success, to say they are ­unbearable is an understatement,” he said. “There are more City shirts around than I’ve seen in my life. You hear ‘Blue Moon’ everywhere and they have the flags hanging out of their cars. “If they win, I won’t be able to leave the house.” Ricky felt that one and responds with one of his famous rib-cracking body shots, claiming his brother will be switching his phone off again come 10pm tonight. “ey’re confident signing Liverpool winger Ryan Kent.McAllister believes Rangers will be “first in line” to loan Ryan Kent this summer – should Liverpool decide against selling the winger in the transfer window. “It is ongoing, but the decisions at LPeople say that Manchester United always come good in the home straight, but there are a lot of new players in their team now,” he said. “Those players haven’t won a title before, so it’s as new to them as it is to the City players. “Tevez has got the bit between his teeth, Aguero is scoring goals and I just fancy them to win 3-1.” The winded Matthew recovers his composure and although he is nervous, he is going for the draw, which would effectively hand United the title. “I’ve got to say I’m a little bit worried,” he said. “But United are still favourites. We’re three points ahead with three games to go.”

Aguer-no: Kun to miss City’s trip to the Emirates on Sunday

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Roberto Mancini has confirmed Sergio Aguero will miss Manchester City's trip to Arsenal on Sunday. Aguero suffered a hamstring injury in City's 3-0 win over Stoke on New Year's Day and has failed to recover for the trip to the Emirates. "Sergio is not available for Sunday," said Mancini. "We don&aposer City midfielder Fernandinho does not mind filling in at centre-back when it is necessary.Given the champions are experiencing an injury crisis in the position, Fernandinho has been asked to fill in for Pep Guardiola’s side.And he is happy to do so;t want to take a risk with him. "He continues to do treatment this week. I hope he can play against Fulham next game. "We can’t take a risk with him now. If Arsenal was the last game [of the season] then, okay, but like this it's impossible. "Sergio is out for one game but this won't change things, because we have another three strikers. "We can change our system at any moment, not because we are missing Sergio or other players." City currently trail leaders Manchester United by seven points, but Mancini said he was confident his players can close that gap. "Seven points is too much for me in this moment because I don't thcontent_imgink we deserve to be seven points behind," said Mancini. "Now we can do nothing, oier this summer Hernandez had expressed his desire to leave the Hammers.But speaking ahead of the Premier League Asia Trophy in China, the striker was ready to perform in preseason.He told the club’s website: “I think it’s going to be a good trip, tonly start to win. Also we have a difficult game because we play against Arsenal, but the season is long and very difficult. "We have another 17 games. I think we can recover these points." City have not beaten Arsenal away since 1975 and lost there 1-0 last season before winning their final six games to snatch the title from United on goal difference. Mancini's men could find themselves 10 points behind United before they kick-off at Arsenal, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side playing Liverpool in the lunchtime kick-off. "To play against Arsenal in London is very, very difficult because they play well," said Mancini. "We changed many things last year and it's time now to change this situation [away to Arsenal]. "Also it's difficult because we are missing important players, but we want to do a good job on Sunday.”

Ashley Cole snubbed Arsenal ‘Invincibles’ documentary because Gunners fans “wouldn’t want” him involved

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Ashley Cole has explained his decision not to attend Members of Arsenal's 2003/04 title-winning campaign met up this week to chart their record-breaking season, in which they went the full term unbeaten. However, , who acrimoniously joined Chelsea two years later, was a notable absentee, and he has taken to Twitter to explain his no-show. Thierry Henry scored 30 goals while won 26 games and drew 12, on their way to the incredible feat of going a whole season without losing a single match. Arsenal finished the season with 90 points, scoring 73 goals and conceding 26 – by far the best stats in the league come the end of the season. The Gunners were the first team gard a bumper pay-rise.Lingardg admitted a move to Bayern Munich was close over the summer, Gundogan penned terms to 2023 with City.Now he is “not thinking at all” about a return to Germany, though the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder says he remains a fan.”I follow the Bundes, 26, still has two years left on his deal, but manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to nail down his integral players, says The Sun.He will see his pay rise by a quarter to £130,000 a week — still some way short of Unisince Preston North End incontent_img 1888 to complete a top-flight season without losing a single game. Remember EVERY match in their remarkable 38 game season here:

Barcelona v Real Madrid: Five of El Clasico’s most memorable moments ahead of Saturday’s monster clash

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There have been some unforgettable El Clásico moments spanning from the first game between Real Madrid and Barcelona in 1902 to the last game between the teams now over 7 months ago.  Given the frequency of them over recent years, this has felt like an eternity. Here, in no particular order, are five memorable moments from the meetings in the modern era…. 5. The one with the “Calma, Calma…” It was the game with everything on the line. Pep Guardiola told his Barcelona players lose or draw and the La Liga title was heading to Real Madrid, carried in the hands of José Mourinho. With just 5 games remaining Barca had cut the gap down to four points, with only five games left. An early blow was Madrid taking the lead through Sami Khedira, and it wasn’t until with 20 minutes remaining that Barca finally found the breakthrough. Alexis Sánchez’s goal was futile however, for Madrid’s other giant Portuguese would effectively seal the title. Cristiano Ronaldo was put through by Arsenal man Mesut Ozil, and the former Man Utd man didn’t flinch. He smashed home and wheeled away with a now iconic celebration. “Calm, calm…I’m here” mouthed Cristiano to a silent Camp Nou. Game, set acontent_imgnd La Liga title. 4. The one with José’s debut It was the greatest start by any coach in Real Madrid history, and Jose Mourinho was the darling of Madrid. Then he met a man named Pep Guardiola and a team called Barcelona. Mourinho’s team up until this November night at Camp Nou had seemed impenetrable. They’d waved away all comers, and couldn’t have have been better prepared for Barca. Or could they. The game ended 5-0 with Mourinho’s tactics nothing short of embarrassing. Messi, without scoring, was sensational in a ‘false 9 role’ picking Madrid apart. To rub it in, Barca sent on Jeffren to get on the score sheet. It was a humiliation, the worst defeat of the Portuguese’s career. The next day Madrid were labelled thugs, Neanderthals an Manchester United are watching highly-rated Le Havre youngster Tom Cadoche.The 15-year-old is set to make a decision on his future at the end of the year. France Bleu says the defender has caught the eye of Premier League giants United, Arsenal and d medieval. Barca were labelled the dream team, from another planet and Pep a god. 3. The one with the 5-0 (twice) and….a Swansea manager He’s turned out to be a very decent manager, but Michael Laudrup back in the day was a very special player. So much so, he was one of the few to play for both Barca and Real Madrid. With Johan Cruyff in charge the ‘Dream Team’ was constructed at Barca and at the heart of it was Laudrup. Elegant, intelligent and influential. Laudrup would help Cruyff land a European Cup in 1992 – Barca’s first ever – and four consecutive La Liga titles between 1990 and 1994. One of the highlights was a 5-0 thumping of Madrid, with Laudrup and the ‘Dream Team’ in their pomp. The dream soon became a nightmare as the Dutchman and Dane’s behind the scenes bickering reached fall out. Laudrup watched the next Clásico from the stands, and for good measure a European Cup Final defeat to Milan. Laudrup wanted out. Laudrup wanted Real Madrid. His first Clásico in the white shirt ended in a 5-0 triumph for his new side, and his first season ended with a trophy. Cruyff and Barca ended with empty hands. 2. The one with the ovation 2005, and a Brazilian with the biggest smile you’ll ever see was at the peak of his powers. This particular night provided an image as powerful as the pig’s head. Ronaldinho was in town and after a first half that Samuel Eto’o had given Barcelona the lead in, it was the Brazilian who would take over. The speed and skill combined to make the sublime. His fellow countryman Roberto Carlos received the worst of it, as he could only watch as Ronaldinho left him behind. Eliaquim Mangala has left Manchester City for Valencia on a two-year deal.The 28-year-old signed a one-year extension with City in February after returning from a loan spell with Everton.He spent the 2016/17 season with Valencia.”The club has reached an agreement with Eliaquim Mangala,” Valencia said on their website.The famous full-back may as well have been on the beach in Rio. The image of the night however, was the Bernabeu on its feet. Those in white shirts stood and applauded. Real recognise real. They’d just seen Ronaldinho. 1. The one with the iconic image There has been 166 Clásicos leading up to the one this weekend, but perhaps no image is more striking, more severe, more symbolic. The head of a pig. The head of a pig on a football pitch. What was it doing there? Barca fans could ask the same question about Luis Figo. It was his third season at Madrid since he turned his back on Barca; the first time was a cauldron of whirring noise, the second season he was injured. The third would create the most powerful feeling though. Figo went to take a corner, and the game was eventually held up for 16 minutes the volume of missiles thrown was that heavy. In amongst it all, there it was, a pig’s head.