2018 June

Picture special: Ten pics of new Arsenal signing Lukas Podolski touring The Emirates stadium

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Arsene Wenger has already bucked his try and steal Chris Wilder from Sheffield United.The Hammers will decide this week whether to part ways with Manuel Pellegrini after a horror run which leaves them 16th on the table.The Mirror says that along with Wilder, Chris Hughton, Bournemouth reccontent_imgent transfer window trend by splashing out on and before the end of June. Today Geim Low expects Manchester City crock Leroy Sane to be fit before the end of the season.The 23-year-old is expected to miss most of the season after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament during City’s Community Shield win over Liverpool a fortnight rmany international Podolski arrived at the Emirates Stadium to take in his new surroundings. Check out our gallery below.

In-form Shane Long’s contract situation will ‘sort itself out’, says West Brom manager Steve Clarke

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Steve Clarke says striker Shane Long is “on fire” and insists it is inevitable he will earn a bumper new deal at West Brom. Head coach Clarke has to leave contract negotiations to Richard Garlick, their sporting and technical director. Long, 26, is out of contract in the summer whenhave an option to extend it by 12 months. Long is keen to resolve his long-term future and nearly joined Hullgent of Benfica midfielder Florentino Luis has told Manchester City they can forget about signing him this summer.Luis has been linked with City in recent days.But agent Bruno Carvalho told calciomercato.com: “He will be among the top six players i on deadline day. He has since become Albion’s top striker with three goals in two games, He will be looking for more goals against Newcastle on Saturday and Clarke claimsmost joined Real Madrid from Liverpool.The winger instead joined Portsmouth for the remainder for the 2008-09 season.”When I was at Liverpool, Real Madrid came to sign me in my last year of contract. (agent) Sky Andcontent_imgrew held negotiations with the pres on current form Long is undroppable and must not be sold. “I’m not in charge of the contract situation,” he said. “My job is to get Shane playing to the level he’s playing at on the pitch and in the last couple of games I think I’ve done that pretty well. “If Shane continues to play at that level the contract issue will sort itself out.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hits hat-trick as PSG regain top spot in Ligue 1 with 3-1 victory over Lorient

struck a hat-trick as PSG regained top spot in the with a 3-1 victory over Lorient. The shy and retiring Swede struck an early penalty after being fouled by goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte, before Jordan Ayew equalised for the visitors. A foul on Javier Pastore gave Ibrahimovic the chance to double his tally from 12 yards eight minutes from time, before he went in one on one with Lecomte to complete his treble in stoppvenated under Mikel Arteta and suggested the former club captain has a better connection with the Arsenal dressing room.Ozil, whose £350,000-a-week contract ends at the end of next season, has been linked with a move to Fenerbahce but made clear he age time. It ends a tough couple of weeks for Zlatan, who has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons. He was sent off during the French side's victory over ChelseAC Milan’s move for Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu is on hold.Calcio Mercato report that the club’s sporting director Leonardo could leave the club in the summer.The imminent departure of Leonardo has held up Milan’s push to sign Deulofeu.The Serie A giants will not pursue acontent_img deal until Leonardo has been replaced.a in the Champions League, and will be forced to sit out the first leg of their quarter-final against his former club Barcelona. He was also filmed screaming a foul-mouthed rant, claiming France 'do not deserve' following their defeat to Bordeaux, for which he must attend a hearing on April 9. The result takes PSG back to the top of Ligue 1, until lunchtime tomorrow at least, when Lyon could return to the summit if they draw with or beat Nice. Will PSG win Ligue 1?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Crystal Palace stalwart Mile Jedinak hails blossoming team spirit under new manager Alan Pardew

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Mile Jedinak missed the start of Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace reign because he was on the other side of the world. Yet, in many ways, that makes the perfect person to assess how different life at Selhurst Park is under Pardew now he his back. When Jedinak headed off for international duty at the turn of the year he left behind a club with a cloud hanging over it. Ex-boss Neil Warnock had been sacked days before the 0-0 draw at QPR, Jedinak’s last Eagles appearance, and Keith Millen was in caretaker charge, tasked with steadying the Palace ship once more. But when Jedinak returned this month from leading the Socceroos to Asia Cup glory, Pardew was the new man in and the mid-season gloom had lifted. Jedinak said: “I have seen “I came into the training ground last week. First day back and I could already see the ­difference. Just the positivity around and that’s what you need at this level. The way we have taken to what has happened in the last six weeks is great. Very encouraging.” The return of their ­inspirational captain will give Palace another timely lift ahead of Arsenal’s visit to Selhurst today. Jedinak, 30, came back with a winner’s medal around his neck after Australia triumphed on home soil. And he gave the team-mates he left behind some of the credit for his country’s success. The Eagles claimed four wins, one draw and suffered just one defeat while Jedinak was away and he said: “It’s never easy being away from your team mid-season but you have to go out thcontent_imgere and put your sole focus on that. “The only thing I would do was look at the Palace score in the morning on my phone. I wouldn’t watch highlights or do ag last season to sign Brendan Rodgers from Celtic, it has been revealed.The Celtics-annual-report-reveals-Leicester-paid-nearly-9m-compensation-Brendan-Rodgers.html”>Daily MailCeltics-annual-report-reveals-Leicester-paid-nearly-9m-compensation-Brendany of that. “As much as I wanted to, I knew I just had to keep focused on Australia. “I got texts and would send texts to the boys and the manager just to wish them all the best, but I found that a little bit difficult sometimes because although you are a million miles away you still want to be a part of it. “I am glad I did it the way I did though because it gave me that focus to get us to where we got to. “It’s brilliant when you go away but see your team doing well. You have got nothing but pride. Irison is being linked with a return to Sweden.Sheffield United could give him the chance to resurrect a Premier League career.The 26-year-old came through the ranks at Manchester United and was one of football’s hottest prospects while at West Ham Un say to people, ‘Oh, that’s my team, that’s my team, those are my boys doing their stuff’. “I said when I was going, ‘I won’t be surprised if we pick up some really good results’. It fills me with the utmost pride. “It set the tone of my day when I saw that Palace had won. I would be the happiest guy in the whole camp.” Jedinak missed a couple of Australia’s group games with an ankle injury, which has delayed his return to action for Palace, but believes he has come back a better skipper. He said: “I learned other ways you can help out and try to get the best out of everyone when you’re not able to ­influence it yourself.” And now Jedinak’s focus is firmly back on 13th-placed Palace and leading their attempts to stay up. He added: “We have got some good results recently but we are nowhere yet. “We have just got to keep building and going and will be doing our utmost to make sure that does happen.” Who will win on Saturday?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Robert Green can keep QPR in Premier League AND return to England team says Sam Allardyce

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Sam Allardyce reckons his former keeper has refound the form to keep QPR up – and challenge Joe Hart as England No 1. Green moved across London from to QPR after in 2012 on a lucrative Bosman, before Rangers bought Brazilian Julio Cesar and then suffered relegation. Now Green, 35, is a vital member of again fighting the drop and back in the England squad. Despite some recent wobbles behind the creaky Hoops defence, Allardyce said:et was delighted to score for Sheffield United in Monday’s 1-0 victory over Arsenal.The summer signing from Bournemouth endeared himself to the Blades faithful after his 30th minute strike sealed a memorable victory at Bramall Lane.He told Sky Sports “I think he could rival Joe Hart. "Robert has had an unfortunate England career by the fact that, when called upon, he made a mistake that has probably haunted him for a while. "If he has has overcome that then the experience he has gained since then should make him a better goalkeeper now.” Green, who will always be known for his error for England against the USA at the 2010 World Cup, helped the Hammers to promotion via the play-offs three years ago. Yet his subsequent signing by QPR was symbolic of the West London club’s financial folly. Allardyce recew their clash with Newcastle United.Pochettino didn’t take kindly to a question about whether he might experiment with his starting line-up for the home match against Newcastle on Sunday.”Experiment? I’m not a scientist. I am not a chemist,” Pochettalled: “Financially we couldn’t get there – that was the key element. "It wasn’t that Robert didn’t want to stay – he did. But we couldn’t match, at that time, coming back into the Premier League, his financial demands and obviously QPR did. "Ancontent_imgd after a difficult time at QPR, he has shone through again because of his dedication. “Robert works tirelessly on his game and has got a huge amount of experience now which hopefully – not on Saturday – help QPR .” West Ham travel to Loftus Road on a run of only two wins in 16 Premier League games since Boxing Day. Top scorer Diafra Sakho is set to miss the rest of an injury-hit season with a thigh problem. And back home in Senegal, he has claimed he could have played in the African Nations Cup if he had been supported by the Senegal FA. The striker’s withdrawal because of a back injury caused a complaint to FIFA from his country. Sakho said: “I didn’t put any pressure on after the decision made by the club. But I could have if I had been supported the (Senegal) directors. I cannot start a row with my club in these conditions.” Will QPR stay up?4000+ VOTES SO FAR

Sam Allardyce slams ‘irresponsible’ Kevin Nolan after West Ham skipper dismissed again

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Sam Allardyce has hung his disgraced captain Kevin Nolan out to dry and accused him of costing West Ham a vital relegation six-pointer. Big Sam branded Nolan “irresponsible” after Nolan, skipper, was dismissed for the second time in less than a month in a damaging . Nolan, shown a straight red card by referee Mark Clattenburg for kicking out at Cottagers defender Fernando Amorebieta, now faces a four-match ban and possibly being axed as club captain. Lbetter position by the end of this season. Mourinho takes the reins from Mauricio Pochettino with Spurs sitting in 14th after 12 Premier League games. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash at West Ham United, Mourinho said: “In relation to the Premier Last month, for a malevolent challenge on Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, and Big Sam – whose side are now three points adrift of safety – turned on his skipper. Allardyce, whose job is under serious threat at Upton Park, raged: “I don’t understand why he has lost his cool or why it’s happened. "I know their centre-half has obstructed him and fouled him, and I also know Mark Clattenburg didn’t give us a free-kick which he should have, but there’s no excuse for what he (Nolan) did. “He is responsible for us losing the game, no doubt about that. “For me, the rest of the players did a fantastic job trying to stay in the game and then trying to come back for 2-1 down. But I don’t understand it because this indiscretion comEverton.The 19-year-ocontent_imgld, signed from Juventus in the summer, made his second appearance for the Toffees in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Watford.”I am ambitious and I am with a club which wants to achieve big things in the future,” Kean told Everton’s offies straight after he has come back from a ban for what he did at Liverpool. “I’m going to have to find out what’s wrong with his mentality at the moment. I’ve known Kevin for many years, and for all his age and experience I’ve never seen this type of reaction or situation that he has put himself in. “The responsibility of every player is to play the game as best as he can, apply his talents in the correct manner within the rules of the game – not to lose his cool or his head and not to do anything silly.” Asked whether he would strip Nolan of the captaincy, Allardyce admitted: “I don’t know yet – I’m just disappointed with what he has done. My thoughts are with the players who are available for the next four games, not with Kevin Nolan. “We are in a massive hole and we’ve got to start digging ourselves out. Today we would certainly have got a result if Kevin had not been irresponsible the way he was.” The game was locked at 1-1 when Nolan lashed out at Amorebieta off the ball, a minute before the break. Fulham went on to beat the East Enders’ 10 men through Dimitar Berbatov’s second-half winner.

Ohh la la: Watch as Danielle Lloyd is stumped by French club names as she predicts results

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WAG pals have been getting their crystal balls out to predict the winners in the final week of the French season for The Football Pools. Joining Jamie O'Hara's missus was Bianca Slater, wife of Ryan Bertrand, and Nicola Mclean, the better half of Notts County's Teper Jasper Cillessen.Cillessen could replace Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal against Celta Vigo.”I could use [Cillessen] in these games,” Valverde said. “Each time there’s a possibility, he’s played a match, like he didn’t last year. We’om Williams. Danielle was stumped by a couple of the League 1 matchups so had toave Chelsea.But the midfielder says he always wanted to make it at the club.Speaking to the Blues’ website, Mount said: “It was the start of my Under-16 season and there were other options available but I was always so focused to play for Chelsea.”It cacontent_imgll her husband, midfielder Jamie, for advice. So, who are Danielle and the girls predicting three points for? Do they see a win for David Beckham's PSG as he to football? And just who exactly are Sock Axe and will they be winning this weekend? Find out in the très amusing video above, then challenge Danielle at .

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet not dwelling on error that contributed to defeat at Man City

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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is refusing to dwell on the mistake that consigned his side to a on Boxing Day. could only meet Alvaro Negredo's tame effort with a weak palm to give City the lead at the Etihad on the stroke of half-time. Manuel Pellegrini's side eventually held on for an important win but Mignolet, who became most expensive keeper of all-time when he in the summer, is unfazed by the mistake. He said: "It is one of those things that happens, unfortunately, when you are a goalkeeper. Any goal you concede is a disappointment. "I probably should have done better with it. I've been there in the past as a goalkeeper and you have to accept it and move forward to the next game. "It was a very awkward moment for us just before we went into half-time. It gave them a lift and we went in being down but then again in the second half we lifted our heads and tried to create as many chances as we could." Despite the loss, the Reds performed well against free-scoring City, and Mignolet is looking to take the positive display into the next gettable birthday present yesterday.Following the finalcontent_img whistle for victory over Newcastle, the Senegal international Mourinho feels Jurgen Klopp is in a perfect place as a coach at Liverpool.Mourinho – who predicted three months ago that Liverpool would win the Premier League – knows exactly the size of the “challenge” his side face at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to showed his class as he gave his shirt away to a lucky fan.Billy Ripley, who was attending the match with his dad, was shocked as Mangame away to Chelsea on Sunday. "I thought we played well and created a lot of opportunities but unfortunately we came out with a defeat rather than the three points because I think we had chances to win the game," he added. "We can certainly take positives out of this game moving forward to the Chelsea game at the weekend. "We have to make sure we prepare ourselves for Chelsea and do things right there."

‘My God he is paying us back handsomely’: Newcastle boss hails Moussa Sissoko’s home debut

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The Toon Army hailed two-goal home debutant Moussa Sissoko as the hero of their French revolution as he heaped more misery on stuttering Chelsea. Magpies manager Alan Pardew, whose side said: “Moussa Sissoko’s winning goal signalled his entry into the Premier League. He was absolutely outstanding, confirming everything I knew about him. “I don’t need to say too much about him. His performance said it all. “I first saw him 14 months ago and knew he was the one for us. We were going to do the deal in the summer but we accelerated it. My God he is paying us back handsomely. “But don’t under-estimate Yohan Cabaye. He was magnificent. We saw some real French flair today. “But, coming after the win at Aston Villa, this was a very important victory for us. We need to cherish it.” But for under-fire Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez this dramatic defeat at Newcastle signalled yet another vociferous denouncement of a reign that is fast unravelling. Angry Chelsea fans were in head-hunting mood high in the St. James’ boss Quique Sanchez Flores’ job is on the line going into their clash with Southampton.The Spaniard has won just one of his nine Premier League matches in charge since his return to Vicarage Road in September, leaving Watford bottom of the table ahePark stands as they poured scorn on an interim manager whose record is the worst of content_imgany manager in the Roman Abramovich era. And there is a growing feeling that Benitez may not even last until the end of the season. As Chelsea chucked awaa insists he doesn’t want to lose his best young players.Indeed, the Portuguese feels he can develop his youngsters into world class stars.He said, “I am not thinking of selling any of our players and that includes Under. We can’t just have 11 playy a 2-1 lead provided by brilliant goals from Frank Lampard and Juan Mata the visiting fans yet again repeatedly reminded the Spaniard that he is not wanted at Stamford Bridge. The Blues defeat in a game that is a contender for match of the season must pose huge question marks against Benitez’s future after a round of four successive away league and cup games without a win. But Bentitez, whose side have failed to win in a run of four successive away league and cup games, blamed referee Howard Webb for the defeat for bottling a penalty decision for what he claimed was a foul by Fabricio Coloccini that left Demba Ba with a broken nose. Benitez said: “It should have been a red card and a penalty. It was so clear that Coloccini kicked Ba in the face. Anywhere else on the pitch the referee tales action. “We reacted with two good goals but we were unlucky to lose. We allowed them to play on the counter-attack and paid the penalty. “But when we are on form we are capable of beating anyone.” Chelsea remain in third place, but their dejected fans at St. James’ Park were not buying Benitez’s latest round of excuses. By contrast delighted Newcastle fans were celebrating long after the whistle as their French signing spree seems to have ensured that they can forget all about relegation worries.

Big hair but not a big head: Oliver Holt meets Everton’s Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini strode out of the main building at Everton’s Finch Farm training ground and into the car park. He is six-foot four-and-a-half inches tall. And considerably bigger when you add his hair. He walked past the fancy cars, the BMWs, the Ferrari, the 4x4s. Then he stopped next to a Vauxhall Corsa, opened the door and shoe-horned himself into the driver’s seat. “See,” he said, pointing at himself with a mischievous grin as he began to drive off. “Normal guy.” That’s what he had been saying earlier. Normal guy. Pointing at his feet in his yellow flip-flops. Indicating they were firmly on the ground. “He’s not bothered about material things,” said Everton captain Phil Neville. “The lads love him.” Normal guy, maybe. Abnormal talent, certainly. His goal against Arsenal on Wednesday was a reminder of that. Big character too. He has been picked by American sportswear company Warrior to be the first player to wear their new boots this weekend. The colour scheme is not exactly subdued, but Fellaini has the style to wear them well. He is, in fact, a man in demand. As January approaches, he is rumoured to be . Everton are desperate to hang on to him and Fellaini is grateful to the club and David Moyes for giving him his chance and insists he would be happy to stay. He has earned more rave reviews this season as Moyes has encouraged him to play in a more forward role. And he will be seen as the main threat to Manchester City’s unbeaten record when the two teams meet on Saturday. “I think I am a defensive midfielder,” the 25-year-old said. “But the manager thinks I can play number 10, number eight, number six, so I play wherever he wants and I give my maximum. “I prefer defensive midfielder because I know my job when I play there. More things are in front of you. “It is difficult to play with your back to goal. It is not my position but the manager likes me there and I am happy to do it. “I don’t have a goal target. Now I have more chances to score because I play in front but scoring is not my obsession. “It’s the same for me whether I score or other guys score. “Some people say there is a beauty about defending. Beauty is nice but the most important thing is success. “If you have beauty but win nothing, it is no use.” Fellaini, a Belgian of Moroccan descent, is keen to test himself on Saturday afternoon against his countryman Vincent Kompany. Kompany and Fellaini are part of a vibrant Belgium national team, also including Eden Hazard, Christian Benteke and Thomas Vermaelen, tipped to shine at the 2014 World Cup. “Kompany is a very good player,” Fellaini said. “That’s why he is the captain. He has done a great job. He won the league last year. “He is difficult to play against. He is a strong player. A strong defender. He is strong mentally, quick, good in the air, good on the ball. “He is one of the top five defenders in the Premier League and he has a lot of quality. “But Everton is a difficult team to play against. We are at a stage now where . “My ambition this season is to finish in the top four with Everton. Everybody is working hard for this. “I don’t know the future but Everton gave me the chance to play in the Premier League. They gave me a lot of confidence. I am happy here.” Fellaini, Everton’s £15million record signing, admitted that he found it hard to adjust to life in England when he arrived as a raw 20-year-old. But he has matured on and off the pitch and has become one of the most admired players in the Premer United midfielder Scott McTominay has hailed the form of Fred this season.The Brazil international struggled last season as the club toiled under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho.But Fred has been a regular this season and caught the eyier League. “Life was difficult when I arrived,” he said. “I was young. My family was in Belgium. I lived here alone.win over Manchester United prior to the international break.Spirits on Tyneside ebbed at an all-time low heading into the clash with United at St. James’ Park.Positive signs resembled long forgotten friends for Newcastle supporters, who had watched t My language was bad. Now it is also bad. “But Everton helped me a lot. There are some good guys here. And now I live in Cheshire. It’s quiet. “I’m a guy who stays at home and rests, because the Premier League is hard. I sit at home and watch Sky Sports. “The money is not difficult for me to cope with. When I was young, I was a normal guy with a normal life. Now I’m the same. “I play in the Premier League, bucontent_imgt I’m just a guy who likes football and my family. “My family look after me all the time. My feet are on the ground. I have some friends that I know are my friends.” And what about his trademark hair? How much time does he take styling it? Does he have a dedicated hairdresser like many star players? Fellaini smiled. A normal guy, remember. “I wash it sometimes,” he said. “But that’s it.”

Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea: Goal that never was causes Wembley storm

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They might have won it anyhow. But we will never know. After all, the scoreline ended emphatically, the clinical edge that Spurs lacked ruthlessly demonstrated as Chelsea proved, once again, they have what it takes to win big matches. But we will never know. What we do know, as much as confirmation that Didier Drogba remains a beast of a player, Frank Lampard is not past his sell-by date, Juan Mata is a matador and John Terry epitomises this Chelsea side, is that this game was decided, determined, by one decision. Video: See Chelsea ghost goal which caused Spurs fury  A decision that, surely, could not be made. Not with the certainty demanded on this stage above all others. A decision that killed Spurs stone-dead. Martin Atkinson, remember, is the man who didn’t see Clint Hill’s header for QPR at Bolton which was a foot over the line. The man who didn’t see Mario Balotelli plant his studs in Alex Song’s knee last week, yet also the man who sent off Jack Rodwell for winning the ball in the Merseyside derby in October. And yet, somehow, even though everybody else inside Wembley, including, to add insult to Tottenham injury, John Terry, knew Mata’s shot had not crossed the line five minutes after the break, the man who ruled it had. Without consulting his assistant. Without any hesitation, even though, with Terry on the line when the ball hit him, he was also, by the letter of the law offside. No retrospective action, no apologies, can undo the damage to broken Spurs hearts. Nothing, now, can prevent Chelsea taking their place against Liverpool back under the Arch next month. By the end, it was a monstering, three clinical strikes in the final quarter, from Ramires, Lampard and Florent Malouda, nailing the coffin shut. Drogba was at his relentless best, scoring a goal that would have been the talking point in normal circumstances. Mata orchestrated in the hole, with Spurs always teetering on the defensive brink after failing to take their first half opportunities and Roberto Di Matteo’s men head for their Barcelona showdown with belief starting to run through their veins. Yet it did ncontent_imgot, does not feel right, just. After Wigan last week, and now this, Chelsea must believe they have more than used up their share of fortune for the season. Di Matteo, though, deserves real credit for the way he has transformed a side that was on the verge of implosion just a few weeks ago and now stands on the edge of glory. He has consistently made big selection calls, too, which have paid off nearly every time. Yesterday, it was going with Drogba and Lampard rather than Fernando Torres and Raul Meireles, trusting Jose Bosingwa against Gareth Bale on the right. The latter choice looked dangerous throughout the first period and had Terry not got back on the line to block Rafael Van Der Vaart’s header on the line, or Emmanuel Adebayor made any contact with the Dutchman’s cross which pinged back off the post, it may have finished very differently. Enter, just before the break, Drogba. Lampard played up from the back, brilliantly shielding from William Gallas, spinning into space and unleashing a stunning left-footer that flew past Carlo Cudicini following Sunday’s shock 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.Despite dominating possession, Spurs only managed two shots on target against the Magpies.“We created some chances. Not too many, not enough to be honest,” he said.“That is why we’re very dis. Tottenham were rocking. Cudicini thwarted Mata and, from the resulting corner, David Luiz, but in the aftermath Mata’s strike was deemed by Atkinson alone to have crossed the line. It was deja-vu for Spurs, done in similar circumstances when Frank Lampard was awarded a ghost goal against them at Stamford Bridge last season. Spurs channeled their fury. Scott Parker released Adebayor, up-ended by Petr Cech after Luiz pulled up with a hamstring injury set to rule him out against Barcelona, before Bale found the empty net, the Chelsea keeper getting the benefit of the eventual outcome. But Spurs had run out of puff, Harry Redknapp’s gamble in sending on Jermain Defoe leaving them exposed and opened up. Mata teased through for Ramires to clip home, Lampard smashed in a stunner and James has revealed he’s playing for his idol in Frank Lampard.James has revealed he has a shirt signed by his manager hanging over his bed. He recalled to Four Four Two: “I got taken into the Chelsea dressing room, they gave me a shirt and all the pat the death – after John Obi Mikel escaped with a yellow for a blatant kick on Parker – Malouda capitalised on more Mata magic.

Arsene Wenger WILL extend Arsenal contract according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis

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Arsenal expect manaould be back by December after “perfect” surgery to his knee problem.Sane was the subject of intense transfer speculation in the summer after Bayern Munich made him their top target as he stalled on signing a new contract.But an injury early in theger Arsene Wenger to sign a new contract to stay with the club. And according to chief executive Ivan Gazidis, an announcement on the long-serving manager's future will be made "at the right time." has led Arsenal since arriving from Japanese side Nagoya Grampus Eight in 1996, taking the club to three Premier League titles and four FA Cup's. "We’ve always supported Arsene, the board has always been completely behind content_imghim as has (owner) Stan Kroenke," said Gazidis, when asked about the long-serving manager whose contract expires at the end of the season. "We are comfortable in the position, relaxed about it. "As I’ve said before, Arsene will be extending with us and at the right time we’ll make that announcement," he added. Gazidis was speaking as Arsenal announced a new partnership with German sportswear company Puma. Although no official figures were confirmed on Monday, the commercial dplored his Liverpool squad to play with freedom in Wednesday’s crunch Champions League meeting with Atletico Madrid at Anfield. The Spaniards have a 1-0 lead after the first leg of the last-16 tie.And Klopp has said his players must use the threat ofeal has been described as "the biggest deal in Puma and Arsenal's history". The Gunners are understood to receive around £30million a year from main sponsors Emirates Airlines, and it has been reported the new deal will be for a similar amount when Puma takes over from Nike, who Arsenal have partnered since 1994.

Sturridge and Rodwell get their first England call-ups

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Daniel Sturridge and Jack Rodwell have been handed their first England call-ups by Fabio Capello for the friendlies with Spain and Sweden. The pair have both been elevated from Stuart Pearce's Under-21 squad after excelling for Chelsea and Everton respectively this season. As expected, John Terry is also named, whilst Manchester United duo Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney are omitted from a 25-man squad. There is also a return for Aston Villa's in-form Gabriel Agbonlahor, at the expense of Andy Carroll, who has struggled for consistency at Liverpool this season. Reds full-back Glen Johnson returns from injury, forcing Manchester City's Micah Richards out of Capello's squad. Joleon Lescott is back too, with Ashley Yor Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard snapchat controversy last week.Fowler criticised Lingard for his video and questioned his commitment over his behaviour.On Tuesday, football journalist Sam Cunningham wrote a piece in defence of Lingard, tung the fourth member of the squad that faced Montenegro last month to miss out, this time through injury. As usual, there was no captain named, and it remains open to debate whether Terry will wear the armband against the world champions this weekend. However, Capello has insisted such a move would be for footballing reasons only, given he has already decided Terry is "innocent ucontent_imgntil proven guilty" of the racism allegations that have been levelled against him and are now the subject of both police and FA investigations. The reaction of a sell-out crowd on Saturday cannot be predicted with any certainty, and Capello has already suggested the likes of Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka and Lescott may be presented with the chance to excel against a side that has proved itself the best in the world for the past four years. Ferdinand will be asked to work on his fitness, whilst Rooney was told in a private meeting with Capello on Thursday that he will be excused duty and may, with United's permission, attend an eventuaThe Molineux outfit recorded a brave 2-1 away win over Slovan Bratislava on Thursday, with Jimenez scoring the decisive penalty.He told BT Sport: “For me it’s always in my mind that I’m going to score. It’s my style of shooting penalty kicks, I’m nevl UEFA hearing into the three-match ban he picked up for his dismissal in Podgorica. None of this will have any effect on Sturridge. The 22-year-old has come into his own at Stamford Bridge after a productive loan spell with Bolton last season. Sturridge has scored five goals for Chelsea this season and started yesterday's win at Blackburn. "He's an interesting player and a player who scores goal," said Capello. "I saw him play right wing, left wing and centre forward. He has improved a lot." Rodwell has been spoken of as a potential England player for some considerable time. However, it is only this season the 20-year-old has been able to put his injury problems behind him. And whilst the Toffeemen may be having a difficult campaign, he is standing out. Agbonlahor has not been able to add to the last of his three caps, won against Belarus 25 months ago, having twice withdrawn through injury since. Remarkably, every time he has played for his country, it has been from the start, including the last time England faced Spain, a chastening defeat in Seville in February 2009. The 25-year-old does seem to be blossoming under new Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish though, drawing warm praise from the Scot for his goalscoring performance in yesterday's 3-2 win over Norwich. "In that kind of form, Gabby has got to have caught the eye the Fabio," said McLeish. "Gabby has to take confidence from the way he's playing and the extra expectations on him to deliver in every game. "That's what you expect of a top player." The England squad to face Spain and Sweden is: Hart (Man City), Carson (Bursaspor), Stockdale (Ipswich); G Johnson (Liverpool), Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Bolton), Terry (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Baines (Everton), Jagielka (Everton), Lescott (Man City), Walker (Tottenham); Lampard (Chelsea), Rodwell (Everton), Downing (Liverpool), Barry (Man City), A Johnson (Man City), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Walcott (Arsenal); Bent (Aston Villa), Sturridge (Chelsea), Agbonlahor (Aston Villa), Zamora (Fulham), Welbeck (Man Utd).

15-year-old Norwegian receives rave reviews after making debut for hometown club

A-15-year-old Norwegian teenager has received rave reviews after he became the youngest footballer to make his debut in Norway's top flight. Europe's top sides are already rumoured to be keeping a closeer United striker Louis Saha believes that Romelu Lukaku had confidence issues at the club.The Belgium international is now at Inter Milan, having moved clubs prior to the closing of the Premier League transfer window.”Lukaku hasn’t been able to fulf eye on Nordic starlet Martin Odegaard following his man-of-the-match dislays for hometown club Stromsgodset IF. The attacking midfielder looks set to follow in the footsteps of former Norwegian stars like Tore Andre Flo, John Carew and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in making an impact outside his native country. Judging by this highlights reel of the teen starlet's perforer United win trophies again. The Premier League’s leading title winners went trophy-less last season.”I think when the club and the manager said we would take time we believe it’s not going to be too long,” said Mata before Thurscontent_imgday’s Europa League mances, Odegaard's dribbling skills and ability to both score and set up some wonderful strikes could see him as one to watch.

Fulham 2-1 Arsenal: Daily Mirror match report

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Arsene Wenger should ask Thierry Henry if he im Adeyemi.Barca have been watching Adeyemi this season and are weighing up moving for him in January.Transfermarkt says Barcelona have contacted RB Salzburg’s sports director Christoph Freund about the attacker, who is currently on-loan with FC Liefcan play in defence. Forget the strike force, Wenger desperately needs reinforcements to strengthen his creaking back four who succumbed to two late, late goals in a thrilling Fulham fightback. Arsenal finished the game with 10 men after Johan Djourou was sent off after two bookable offences to give their injury-hit defence even more problems. But, in truth, Arsenal can have no complaints because the defeat was of their own making. They were awful in the second half, having bossed the first 45 minutes. They also made two bad ­defensive errors to allow Steve Sidwell and Bobby Zamora to halt their climb up the table towards a Champions League place. Wenger moaned about the sending off, not getting a penalty and the officials in general. Wenger gunning for ref after last-gasp defeat at Fulham  Yet it sounded like sour grapes because when the Gunners boss calms down he will know ­defensive frailties were to blame. Arsenal have looked a bit jaded in their last few games and seemed to run out of gas late on. But they started brightly and looked in the mood to try to take apart Fulham with slick movement and passing. Gervinho, in particular, caused Fulham all sorts of problems and was always in the thick of it. He went down under Philippe Senderos’s 13th-minute challenge. Referee Lee Probert waved play on and few Arsenal players protested, but TV replays showed Gervinho had been tripped. But Wenger could not have been cursing for too long on the ­touchline as Laurent Koscielny made Arsenal’s pressure pay. Aaron Ramsey’s cross deflected off Fulham defender Stephen Kelly and the ball arrived at a perfect height for Koscielny to head past keeper David Stockdale. Stockdale, second choice behind injured Mark Schwarzer at Craven Cottage, excelled himself two minutes later, saving brilliantly from Ramsey’s close-range shot and then somehow pushing Alex Song’s follow-up onto a post. Arsenal were in charge and yet, with Stockdale producing another fine save from van Persie, Fulham created plenty of problems for the visitors’ makeshift defence. Zamora, starting his first Premier Lcontent_imgeague game in nearly a month after a combination of injury and rows with manager Martin Jol, was a threat but the support act of Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele and Bryan Ruiz were more dangerous. Ruiz twisted and turned past Song before firing wide and also had a penalty shout after going down under the Arsenal ­midfielder’s 33rd-minute ­challenge. Arsenal, despite dominating, looked below par. Theo Walcott misplaced shots and passes, while Mikel Arteta and Robin van Persie were uncharacteristically off key. The most telling statistic of all perhaps is Arsenal have won just once in nine games this season when van Persie has not scored. And when he does not play well, Arsenal struggle too. Henry will be a valuable loan signing when he joins, not least bea 1-0 win at Old Trafford yesterday.”When you play as a defender, you want to keep a clean sheet and hope the boys up the top can go and get the goals,” said Young.”On days you’re not going to play well and you’re going to win games. On days you’re gcause they will now need a lift after a distinctly average festive period. Arsenal switched off after the interval and Fulham pinned them back for almost the entire second half. The Gunners defence – already without four injured full-backs – was never going to hold out. Djourou was booked for a foul on Dembele and, from the resulting Danny Murphy free-kick, Senderos headed just wide. Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny denied Ruiz with a brilliant save. The pressure was mounting. Djourou got his second booking for pulling back Zamora and even though the Fulham striker went to ground easily, he was running powerfully towards goal. Finally, Arsenal buckled. Ruiz’s corner was weakly punched by Szczesny, Senderos headed back into the danger zone and Sidwell nodded home – two former Arsenal players conspiring against their old club. It looked as if Arsenal would at least come away with a point. But, in the second minute of injury time, Kelly’s cross was not cleared by substitute Sebastien Squillaci and the ball fell perfectly for Zamora to hit a left-foot volley inside Szczesny’s near post. Neil McLeman's Big Match Verdict: Zamora comes in from the cold to prove he is Fulham's main man