2018 October

Liverpool’s early Champions League exit leaves EVERYONE with questions to answer admits Brendan Rodgers

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Brendan Rodgers admitted EVERYONE at Liverpool faces questions about their futures after the Reds crashed out of the Champions League at the end of the group stage. ' manager refused to offer any excuses, despite a night of controversy that saw the home side's Lazar Markovic was dismissed, after what appeared blatant cheating from Basel’s Bahrang Safari. A bitterly-disappointed Rodgers said following : “We didn’t qualify and didn’t deserve to – it is as simple as that. “We have to analyse why – everyone, manager, players, we have to look at everything. If we don’t qualify then everyone gets looked at. “Of course, we have to look at where we have come too, so it is a case of managing expectation – we came into this year with a great excitement and wanting to do well, after earning the right to be here with our performances last season. “But over the course of the games were weren’t good enough, didn’t collect enough points. We are obviously disappointed, we can’t have any excuses about qualifying, we had enough games. “The big disappointment was the away game in Basel, when we didn’t do enough – we can have no complaints, we haven’t been good enough tnited boss Steve Bruce insists they didn’t deserve defeat at home to Everton.Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s brace sandwiched Fabian Schar’s goal for the hosts.Bruce said: “I don’t think we deserved to get beaten today. It was important we didn’t lose the mao get through.” Skipper Steven Gerrard echoed the thoughts of his manager, when he lamented what he admitted was a series of sorry mistakes earlier in qualifying. “We haven’t gone out of the competition because of our performance tonight, we’ve gone out because away at Basle we weren’t good enough, in our last game we conceded a stupid goal towards injury time,” he said. “You always qualify over the six games and unfortunately we haven’t been good enough.” Rodgers though, did unloadcontent_img a broadside on Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers, who was conned by a theatrical dive by defender Safari, who fell clutching his face even though Markovic barely brushed his face with his fingertips, when he pushed his arm out. The Liverpool manager believes that moment changed the course of the game, even if his side responded brilliantly when reduced to 10 men, to make up for a desperately poor first half when they gifted the Swiss a goal through the impressive Fabian Frei.   P W D L GD Pts Real Madrid 6 6 0 0 14 18 Basel 6 2 1 3 -1 7 Liverpool 6 1 2 3 -4 5 Ludogorets 6 1 1 4 -9 4 uno is being linked with a return to Spain this summer.Madrid media sources state the Portuguese is on the shortlist at Atletico Madrid in the event they agree to part ways with Diego Simeone.There’s a growing school of thought that Simeone has compl He said: “I thought the sending off was a really, really disappointing decision by the referee. I don’t know if he was close enough to make it. “If Markovic gets sent off for that… his finger barely touched the defender, and he is the one that should be looked at for that reaction. “I thought a lot of the decisions were disappointing – it’s not the Premier League and we respect that, the players have played enough internationals to understand the refereeing is certainly different, but it was still hugely disappointing. “We reacted so well to going down to 10 men and showed incredible spirit to respond to that, but it wasn’t to be. The first half we weren’t good enough, it was as simple as that, it simply wasn’t good enough, or what we expect, but we showed courage when going down to 10 men.” Will Liverpool be back in the Champions League next season?4000+ VOTES SO FAR

James Alexander Gordon retires: The voice of classified football results bows out following larynx removal

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James Alexander Gordon – a voice familiar to tens of millions of football fans – is retiring from reading out the classified football results on radio following surgery to remove his larynx. The operation to treat throat cancer has left the 77-year-old without a voice strong enough to broadcast. It brings an end to a long career that made Gordon – known by his initials JAG – one of the most recognisable voices on radio, featuring on Radio 2 and later Radio 5 live. Fans were often able to predict the result of their team by the broadcaster's inflection. But the BBC confirmed that while the operation was a success, sadly his voice is no longer strong enough to broadcast with. Richard Burgess, head of BBC Radio S Semedo wants to leave Barcelona this summer.The Portugal fullback’s agent, reports Catalunya Radio, has told Barca this week that his client wishes to leave.Early favourites to land Semedo are Atletico Madrid, though for the moment Barca final after his red-card against West Ham United was rescinded.The 34-year-old was dismissed after a clash with Michail Antonio, meaning he would have missed Saturday’s final with Manchester City.But the FA have confirmed the decision has been overtare referriport, explained: "This is desperately sad news for everyone at BBC Sport and we know our sadness will be shared by many millions of listeners. "It's not an exaggerationcontent_img to say that Saturdays at 5pm will never be the same again without the warm, melodious sound of James's voice just after the Sports Report theme on BBC Radio 5 Live. "A voice which is, of course, recognised around the globe through the BBC World Service and a voice which embodies authority, clarity and charm. "For so many of us, James has been a mainstay in our lives – a reassuring and reliable presence every week. He is a broadcasting legend." Mark Pougatch, presenter of 5 Live Sport, said: "Even people who don't really even like football knew who James was, even if they didn't realise it. "Such was James's unique style of reading the classifieds, his wonderful inflections and stresses, that even non-believers of the sport knew the result after the home team's score. "Nobody else will be able to say 'Wolverhampton Wanderers' with quite such mellifluous tones. "But enough of this 'James'. To those of us lucky enough to work at BBC Radio Sport, he is JAG. And JAG is an institution, a legend and a gentleman all rolled into one." And as Mark E Smith shows, it's not as easy as it looks, either…

Capello plays ‘omerta’ card after England exit

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Fabio Capello has insisted thacontract.Williams impressed manager Jurgen Klopp with his performance in the FA Cup fourth-round replay victory over Shrewsbury Town.And Klopp wants to reward the 18-year-old with a bumper contract, per Football Insider.Williams will earn a significat he will not go into detail on the reasons behind his resignation. Capello told ANSA, the national Italian news agency: "I leave England and I will not say anything else." When asked about the quotes attributed to him by other Italian news agencies, he said they were "false". The Italpress agency quoted Capello at length attacking the Football Association. His son Pierfilippo said in an email: "A story on football-italia website quoting Fabio Capello is not accurate and not true. "We will take legal actions against any further story of this naturchairman Ed Woodward over Paul Pogba’s future.Pogba has two years left on his deal – with United alsocontent_img holding a one year option.But the World Cup winner is keen to join Real Madrid – 12 months after seeing a potential switch to Barcelona blocked by We." Capello resigns: All the latest news, reaction, analysis and opinion

Get it sorted! Pardew orders Toon to wrap up Europa League qualification in Bruges

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Alan Pardew has ordered Newcastle to "get qualification sorted" as Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini prepare to face Bruges tomorrow (Thursday). The United boss will field . Newcastle fly to Bruges this afternoon without Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and James Perch meaning Pardew is running out of scope to make the usual 9-10 changes from his Premier League line up. But the prize could seal a place in the lanholt after victory over Newcastle United.The Dutch fullback scored the only goal of the game on the day.Hodgson said, “We rate Patrick van Aanholt very highly – we know what level of technical ability he has, both in our open play and from set-piast 32 knockout stage with a win, as long as Maritimo don't beat Bordeaux, relieving the pressure for the last two Group D games. Newcastle face a Bruges side who sacked manager Georges Leekens on Sunday night after a 1-0 defeat to Waregem. Player Tom Hogli admitted: "We need to regain our self confidence. Sitting in a corner crying will not help us." Pardew said: "This is an opportunity to get the qualification sorted, and that's what we want to do. But it's easier said than done because we're all aware of Brugge's qualities after the first game and we're carrying three more big injuries after the trip to Liverpool at the weekend. "Cabaye, Perch and Demba definitely won't play, so that's three big players that are out of the equation before we've got on the plane. That doesn't give me a lot of options to rest players or shuffle the team around. "The squad is really being stretched at the moment, and there's no doubt that events at Anfield at the weekend have hurt us. "But because of their suspensions, Coloccini and Tiote definitely come into the equation where they might not have in other circumstances. "That will help, and I'm confident we'll be going there with a strong enough team to hopefully get a win. "We saw enough from Brugge in the game at St James' to know that they'll pose a threat on their home ground. European teams at home are often a very different proposition to when they're playing away. "It will be a tough game – we're under no illusions about that. It's going to be important that we're the ones controlling proceedings from the very first minute. We'll do our best to do that and hopefully that will enable us to come away with another positive result in Europe." United attacker Sammy Ameobi is hoping for another start and said: "The content_imgEuropean games have been even more important this season because they're geneinsists they can win the Champions League.At the weekend the manager said that his team is not yet ready to lift the elite European prize, despite the vast investment in his squad.Asked what he meant in a press conference on Monday, Guardiola said: “rally the ones we've been playing. "It's been a fantastic experience so far, and hopefully we'll get another chance to show what we can do in Bruges. It's another big opportunity to show we deserve to be here, and at this stage in our careers, it's important to grasp every opportunity that comes along. "As young players, you can sometimes go months without getting anywhere near the first team, but because of all the matches we're playing at the moment, that hasn't been the case here. That's fantastic, but brings a pressure to perform. "It's especially valuable to be playing European matches away from home because you learn so much. It's different to even playing away in the Premier League and I think we, as young players, will benefit so much from the experience of travelling away to Europe to play teams in a foreign setting. "It takes you out of your comfort zone. You travel to different places, and you also experience different styles of football as well. That's great for our experience as young players coming through."

Hull City’s Tom Huddlestone is ‘best player in Premier League’ says teammate Alex Bruce

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Hull defender Alex Bruce insists there is no better player in the Premier League on current form than mis if they win the Europa League final.The Gunners are hoping they can clinch qualification for next season’s Champions League by beating Chelsea in Baku on May.Arsenal-stars-line-10m-bonus-win-Europa-League.html”>The Daily Mail says Unai Emery’s squadfielder ended his 32-month goal drought in the 6-0 win over Fulham on Saturday and the former Tottenham star played a part in three of his side’s other goals, too. It left Hull manager Steve Bruce calling for the 27-year-old to be picked by England at the World Cup this summer in Brazil – and his son Alex agrees. Huddlestone has got four caps for the Three Lions, but has not been cormer Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is being linked with a move to China.The Telegraph says Mourinho has held shock talks to replace Fabio Cannavaro as manager of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Econtent_imgvergrande.Mourinho, who left Manchester Unialled up by his country since being in the November 2012 squad for a friendly with Sweden. And Bruce junior said: “If Tom continues to play as he is, then he must be going to Brazil because, for me, there is no one better in the country right now. “His goal against Fulham was unbelievable and then he hits a free-kick from 45 yards which creates another goal. Only certain people can do that.” Huddlestone, a £5.25million summer signing from Spurs, was given a standing ovation on his return to the dressing room after the emphatic win over the Cottagers. And young Bruce added: “If had been there against Fulham, then Tom would be on the plane to Brazil. “It was a master-class performance – one of the best I’ve ever seen. He was unplayable and in a different class. “If Tom keeps playing like that he has to be in contention for England. There is not an if, but or maybe about it.”

Aston Villa fan fury as tickets for FA Cup semi-final at Wembley go on sale for £855

Tickets for ’s at are being sold online for more than £800 EACH, sparking fury from disappointed fans desperate to see the big match. ‘VIP Club Level’ tickets, thought to belong to Club Wembley members, who are not necessarily even football fans, have a posted price of £855 on a website called 1st4footballtickets.com. And ‘Category 1’ tickets for the Sunday April 19 showdown are being sold for £7ased a clean bill of health for his squad.The Austrian manager says that he does not have any concerns regarding injuries as they head into their second game of the season.The Saints take on Livepressed by Inter Milan centre-forward Romelu Lukaku.Lukaku has shone in his first season in Italy.Balotelli said, “I like [Inter forward Romelu] Lukaku. The people who say he is not quick, they don’t understand anything. “But it’s Lautaro [Martinezrpool, who may be fatigued after their UEFA Super Cup e50 – more than 10 times asking price of £63 – despite the team’s opponents yet to be decided. The news is sickening for loyal supporters who are still waiting their turn to see if they can get to see the game. The official club ticket office is currently working its way down a sliding scale of eligibility criteria, with longtime season ticket holders already snapping up precious Wembley seats. But many fans have to wait until after April 9, when those who have been to five or more games this season, have their turn. Villa are still waiting to learn the identity of their semi-final opponents, with Blackburn hosting Liverpool in the quarter-final replay at Ewood Park on April 8, but that has not reduced demand. Alex Males, chairman of the East Midlands Lions Club – one of Villa’s official supporters’ clubs – warned fans not to pay the inflated prices. “It is total exploitation,” he told the . “They are trying to make money out of fans who can’t get tickets for whatever reason. The danger is that genuine fans end up paying through the nose to see the club play at Wembley.” Males, himself a season ticket holder for 20 years, is waiting for another round of the official Villa sale so he can book seats with friends who have lesser eligibility criteria. “People should go through the official route with the club rather than with third-party providers or whoever else,” he said. “Tickets are changing hands for hundreds of pounds. I don’t know how people managed to obtain them. “There is a long wait for some people and everybody wants to be there but there are big risks involvecontent_imgd unless you go through the official channels.” The 1st4footballtickets.com website, operating since 2004, says it is a “football ticket marketplace where fans can purchase tickets for hard-to-get football matches across the globe”. Aston Villa lose to Swansea, in pictures… The website blurb states: “Tickets listed on the website are advertised by independent, 3rd party Ticket Brokers. The Ticket Brokers procure tickets for resale and price them depending on supply and demand. As such, ticket prices can vary from day to day.” A member of staff at the website, who did not give his name, referred to another online ticket seller, Viagogo, as he defended the operation. “We are basically an online market place,” he said. “We are not doing anything different to what Viagogo or anyone else is doing. We are not exploiting fans.” Sites such as Viagogo, which is not advertising FA Cup tickets, have been championed in the past by Commons Committees set up to reduce ticket touting. Viagogo’s pledge is that “buyers are guaranteed to get the tickets they pay for in time for the event”. A viagogo spokesperson commented: "viagogo is the Official Ticket Marketplace for Aston Villa. Our ticket exchange service enables season ticket holders who can no longer attend a home game to resell their ticket at face value. That means they can recoup their money, while giving another fan a chance to go to the game." Aston Villa is posting all tickets out by recorded delivery in a bid to stop them falling into the hands of the touts. Should the FA impose a cap on the price of Wembley tickets?0+ VOTES SO FAR

Premier League LIVE replay: Catch up on all the action from Saturday’s matches

Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted seeing their derby win over Manchester City.United completed a Premier League double over neighbours City for the first time since the 2009/10 s consider themselves underdogs ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg clash against Atletico Madrid.The Reds are the defending champions and will be heavy favourites against Diego Simeone’s side.But Gomez insists his teammates won’t leecontent_imgason, following their 2-1 victory over Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etiha

Sergio Aguero hands Manchester City New Year boost with early return from knee ligament injury

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Sergio Aguero is set to hand Manchestheir valuation of star player Wilfried Zaha.While Palace understand the desire of the player to leave, they are not going to budge on the £80million price tag they have put on his head.Clubs will have to get very close to that figure if they want Zaer City a sensational New Year boost with an early return from injury. Aguero, has been missing for the past three weeks with ligament damage to his left knee. was not expected to make his comeback until late January, in line with his projected six to eight week enforced absence. But Mirror Sport has learned Aguero is ahead of schedule in terms of his rehab and could even feature in City’s away trip to Everton on January 10. City’s medical staff and boss Manuel Pellegrini are wary of rushing back Aguero too soon But Aguero is a tough, resilieuccess and he should be fit in time for Tottenham’s pre-season fixtures.Davies was predominantly a substitute for the last part of the season for Spurs, as Mauricio Pochettino opted to play Danny Rose at left-back.On Thursday night, Davies confirmed nt competitor and his team-mates have noted his buoyant mood That would put the 26-year-old forward on course to make his comeback earlier than first thought, a major boost for Pellegrini, who is currently without all three of his recognised strikers. Edincontent_img Dzeko has a calf injury and is not due back until mid-January, while Stevan Jovetic has an ongoing hamstring problem which has kept him out of City’s last three games. Pellegrini is desperate to have Aguero back and match-fit for City’s potentially decisive encounter with Premier League title rivals Chelsea on January 31 at Stamford Bridge. City are also without skipper Vincent Kompany, who has had a recurrence of a hamstring strain, but he is making good progress and could be fit to face Sunderland on New Year’s Day. Who do you think will win the Premier League? 4000+ VOTES SO FAR

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t Florentino Perez has new plans to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.El Desmarque says Real spent much of the summer chasing the Frenchman but United stood firm on their stance that he would not be sold.Thatled how his laptcontent_imgop is helping improve his game.The youngster admits working off his pc is assisting his development.He explained to evertonfc.com: “I am working on my movement and it’s not always necessarily on the training pitch.“I get on my lap hasn’t halted Madrid’s interes

Fergie tips Valencia for starring role in title-chasing drama

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Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced Antonio Valencia could have a major role to play in Manchester United's Premier League title quest. Valencia returned after a month on the sidelines at Wolves yesterday and produced a virtuoso performance, scoring one goal and making two others as United sauntered to a 5-0 win. The result moved Ferguson's side four points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City, who are at home to Chelsea on Wednesday. And the Scot is certain Valencia will be a man to rely on over the remaining nine games. "He could be very important," said Ferguson. "His form before he got the injury was outstanding. "Now he is back we hope he stays back fit. He is such an honest, hardworking player. "You get two sides to Antonio. He is prepared to work really hard. He can tackle, he can run, but he can also beat a man. "He has got everything really." City play twice before United are in action again, with Saturday's visit to Stoke also looming. "They (City) have a big game on Wednesday of course," said Ferguson. "Chelsea are back to form so it will be really interesting. "The important thing was for us to do our job. &quhing after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat of Levante.The visitors had several chances to score in the second half and were only able to take one of them at the Camp Nou.”I’m very happy with lots of things, but not with everything,” Setien said after the game.”Wot;There are nine games left and we have to keep whittling them down. "Eventually the games run out and hopefully we will achieve what we want." United were never in trouble once Wolves had suffered the twin trauma of conceding the opening goal to Jonny Evans – his first for the Red Devils – and losing Ronald Zubar, who was sent off for the second of two bookable offences. Valencia drove in an excellent second and Danny Welbeck added another before the break, with Javier Hernandez netting twice after half-time. At one stage it looked as though United may get close to beatinhis career at the very top.The centre-back, 30, has featured sporadically over the past two seasons.But he is confident this is not the twilight of his career.”I’m patient. I’m working behind closed doors a lot and sometimes it is frustrating when yog their 8-1content_img win at Nottingham Forest in 1999 that remains the largest away victory since the Premier League was formed. There was little consolation for Wolves in the fact they avoided that humiliation. However, at least Ferguson can see some hope. "Credit to Wolves," he said. "They are an honest team and that gives them a chance. "They are down at the bottom in a group of five teams. If they can pick up a couple of wins it could all change round for them. "They have great support and they are a great football club. "You just hope that the history they have got, they stay in the league. "The Premier Division needs Wolves." Wolves 0-5 Man United: Daily Mirror match report

Liverpool’s empty cups: King Kenny hits out at ‘obsession’ with Premier League

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Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes an "obsession" with the Barclays Premier League appears to be reducing the value of winning cup competitions. The Reds head into Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea looking for their second piece of silverware this season having already lifted the Carling Cup. However, Liverpool's league form has been wildly inconsistent in the current campaign and a fourth home defeat to Fulham last night means they have now dropped 30 points at Anfield. Their eighth-place position is well below the standard required by principal owner John Henry, who arrived on Merseyside today ahead of Saturday's trip to Wembley, who at the start of the season felt Dalglish's side should have been challenging for a top-four place. But while the Reds boss accepts their league form has not been good enough he does not believe it erpool defen Fernandes.Benfica are believed to be willing to sell Fernandes, but have slapped a £42.5m price tag on the 20-year-old.Moyes has only just taken back charge of the Hammers, and admitted he is keen on strengthening in the transfer window.“I don’tnder Joe Gomez insists there’ll be no relaxing from the Premier League leaders.Gomez insists every player wants to face Everton in Sunday’s FA Cup Merseyside derby as the feeling in the changing room is that no one wants to “chill” despiteshould devalue their progress in knockout competitions, having ended a six-year wait for silverware. "Any competition you enter you want to do the best you possibly can in," said the Scot. "In the league it is 38 games and at the end you finish in a position which tells you how successful it has been. "In cup competitions there are obviously not as many games and if you get beaten you are out. There is an obsession with the Premier League simply because of what it holds for every club and the value financially for every club, the rewards you get for finishing in the tcontent_imgop four and getting in the Champions League. "But there is a satisfaction from winning a cup competition which you don't get from finishing fifth or sixth in the league. "We have already tasted a cup final this year, albeit the Carling Cup, and getting to the FA Cup final should never be under-estimated in any way. "It is a fantastic day out for everyone and is great reward for the efforts and commitment of the players and the respect we have paid to the competition. "We think we deserve to be there and we are happy to be there. We will see what happens. We are in the cup final and there is no guarantee we will win but there is a guarantee we will give everything we have got to try to win. "The season will be assessed when it's finished." Captain Steven Gerrard has spoken a number of times in the past of having to address their league form and he and veteran defender Jamie Carragher both reiterated that stance. However, both insisted winning two trophies in a season – the only two competitions they realistically had a chance of success in as they were well off the Premier League pace even before the campaign kicked off – should be regarded as an achievement. "It is a successful season. This club is all about winning big trophies and the FA Cup certainly comes under that," said Gerrard. "We will assess the season after the weekend. If we can look back and say we have won two cups we will be happy. "But of course we still have to address the problem of our league position." Gerrard added: "Some of the biggest experiences myself and Jamie have had over the years have been winning cups. They are nights when you are successful you look back on with fond memories. "The FA Cup is special altogether but we got a taste of success winning the Carling Cup and that will help some of the younger players in the squad and everyone really because winning breeds confidence." Carragher insisted putting silverware back in the cabinet at Anfield was important for the club's standing and for the players' confidence. "We had gone five or six years before this season without a trophy and in that time we have had some great nights – European Champions League nights – but at the end of your career you want trophies to look back on as well," said the 34-year-old. "We have one this season and if we get two, having been in three competitions, that will be a great season." While not decrying the Carling Cup, Carragher admitted the FA Cup was another step up in prestige. "Playing for Liverpool in a cup final is special but we realise playing in an FA Cup final is a bigger stage than the Carling Cup final," he added. "It is fantastic for the club, supporters, manager and players. It is something to look forward to."

Watch Celtic superfan Jay Beatty react to winning the SPFL’s Goal of the Month competition

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Celtic's number one fan Jay Beatty has comprehensively won January's Goal of the Month competition after scoring a sensational goal against Hamilton Academical. Jay, who has Downs Syndrome, has become a crowd favourite with everybody associated with Scottish football after Since then Jay has been to sing songs on the team bus, flown to Greece to hang out with his new mate Samaras before jetting off to the World Cup with the Greek international. a day that included scoring a goal on the pitch to thousands of fans chanting his name. That goal has now won the official Goal of the Month competition with an incredible 97 per cent of the vote. The announcement was made on Sky Sports News an aFormer Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has taken another swipe at vice-chairman exec Ed Woodward.Van Gaal managed United for two seasons between 201e needs a big squad if he is to be successful at Chelsea.Several players are unhappy with the amount of game time they have received so far this season.But withcontent_img all the cup competitions in full flow, Lampard knows that he will need every member of hi4 and 2016, taking the team to fourth and fifth in the table and winning the FA Cup in his finalccompanying message from two of his friends, Samaras and Neil Lennon.

Arsenal news and transfer rumours: Javi Martinez unhappy at Bayern Munich and looking to move?

is Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny is currently level on 16 Premier League clean sheets with Chelsea’s Petr Cech this season. The Poland international can beat Cech, who is out with a dislocated shoulder, by blanking on the final wSunday.Pogba had a back spasm before United’s friendly against Kristiansund in Oslo last week and that was given as the official reason for his absence against AC Milan in Cardiff at the weekend, even though the Frenchman was fit to play in a behind-eekend of the campaign Szczesny said: “I must admit it was in my head for the last 10 or 15 minutes of  and I didn’t want to concede. “We’ve had a fantastic defensive record at home and we kept it going here. That’s something that we want to keep next season. If I win the Golden Glove I would love it.” are confident that with but Arsenal hope that the former Lorient man will follow in the footsteps of Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Tomas Rosicky in inking a new deal. Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has  had been identified as Arsene Wenger's top target for the summer window,  But Bender is quoted as saying: "I signed my new contract until 2019, and that should have told everyone how happy I am at Leverkusen. "I feel settled here and see no reason to change anything." And ahead of the FA Cup final, has Wednesday's Arsenal news from otherto put on the line for this one? Mikel Arteta. How much are you willing to wager? A reputation? Some bad reviews? C’mon. How about your job…? Because at the very least, that’s what Arsenal’s brainstrust should be offering the board when it comes to newspapers and websites According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal and Manchester City have made enquiries over Bayern Munich midfielder . has been one of the big losers at the Allianz Arena since Pep Guardiola's arrival, having lost his starting midfield spot where he starred under former boss Jupp Heynckes. Instead, the versatile Spanish international has been used as more of a stop-gap by Guardiola, filling in for other players when absent, rather than being assured of his own starting role. And German newspaper Bild has quoted Martinez as saying that life under Guardiola is "not as I'd imagined it." Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal were close to signing – before being gazumped by Chelsea. Speaking on BeIN Sports, Wenger revealed that Hazard's agent was at his house as Arsenal looked to sign the player from Lille, whilst declaring that can develop to be on the level of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the future if he continues to progress. "Yes, I wanted to take him, I had his agent at my home but again the barrier was financial and Chelsea made an effort that I couldn’t make," said Wenger. "He can be one of the players who grows into the Messi, Ronaldo stature if he continues to develop well." Burnley full-back has opened talks to stay with the Clarets – despite rumoured interest from Arsenal and other Premier League sides. The 23-year-old has a year left on his current deal at Turf Moor, having been watched by the Gunners and others in recent weeks. However, after a year where he was named in the Championship's PFA Team of the Year, Trippier is remaining tight-lipped over his future. "I'm happy at Burnley; I'm 10 mincontent_imgutes away, close to my family and friends, so we'll see what happens," Trippier is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. Which goalkeeper should Arsene Wenger select for the FA Cup Final?1000+ VOTES SO FAR

Kop idol: ”Complete midfielder” Jack Wilshere says he’s still learning from Steven Gerrard

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Jack Wilshere has revealed Steven Gerrard is his inspiration as he bids to become the complete midfielder. The Arsenal schemer, tipped as a future captain, saved his side with a last-gasp winner in on Wednesday. Wilshere's goal five minutes from time spared the Gunners a gruelling 3- minutes of extra time, just days before Sunday's Premier League blockbuster against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. His overall performance – as he continues his comeback from a 17-month layoff – drew widespread acclaim from fans, neutrals and boss Arsene Wenger, who is insisted The 21-year-old did show impressive maturity as he took the game by the scruff of the neck when Arsenal were struggling to make the breakthrough. But Wilshere maintains he still needs to improve as a player, and he pinpointed Liverpool captain Gerrard – his England midfield colleague – as the ideal person to learn from. "Steven is a great role model." he said, echoing . "He has been the heartbeat of Liverpool for years. "He has also been the stand-out performer for England as well. He is a great role model for me. "If I can get anywhere near as good as him and drive the team forward like he does, then I will be happy. "He was someone I looked up to when I was younger. He has 100 caps for England. For any young midfielder he is someone to base your game on and try to be like him." Wilshere likened his late winner on Wednesday to the crucial Champions League goal scored by Gerrard in 2004, which helped sink Olympiacos and sent Liverpool into the knockout stages of a competition they would go on to win. The sensational strike with which Gerrard helped the Reds win the FA Cup back in 2006, when it seemed West Ham would take the trophy, also came to mind. Wilshere, who now faces a trip to Championship side Brighton in the fourth round, added of Gerrard: "He is a great player, I think I'm a bit different. His long passing is better than mine. "But I do remember him scoring a similar goal to mine in the FA Cup Final against West Ham and the Champions League game against Olympiacos. "We want to win the FA Cup. We've won it in the past and it is the last trophy we won. So we know what it means to the fans." Despite all the attention he's received him since he burst onto the scene at the Emirates, Wilshere refuses to get a big head. "I've got a great family around me who keep me grounded." he said. "I don't see myself different to anyone else. I have to work hard. "I missed a year of football, which is tough, particularly because I'm a young player who was breaking through. "But I'm not where I want to be yet. I just want to work hard on my right foot, on my long passing, things like that, and just get better and better." Asked if he now sees himself as a leader of his side, he went on: "I think that's part and parcel of my game.             re interested in midfield pair Ivan Rakitic and Arturo Vidal.Inter, Juventus and AC Milan are all keen on the duo.Cardoner told Tuttosport: “If they don’t play so much it’s because, as our coach has explained several times, we have a lot of players i "I like to pick the ball up and run at players and drivcontent_imge the team od midfielder Scott McTominay admits he was scared of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.In an interview on BBC’s MOTDx show, McTominay explained how Ferguson had a role to play in him celebrating getting his scholarship. The Scotland international recan. But it is not just me. "We've got Santi Cazorla, who I thought was excellent. Francis Coquelin, who is young, came in and was excellent. Abou Diaby can do the same. "We've got a lot of players who can pick the ball up and drive and that changes up the game by opening up space for other players. It helps. "We are delighted to be in the next round. We didn't want extra time, we've got a big game on Sunday and had a tough game [against Manchester City] last Sunday." Wilshere conceded Arsenal are likely to feel the backlash after Chelsea blew a 2-0 lead and only drew at home to Southampton on Wednesday. But he insisted his side were confident after their spectacular 5-3 win there last season. He said: "Chelsea is a big game for us. They had a tough game against Southampton. "So we have to recover and get up for it. We won there last year so we know we can do it. We have to take our game to them and play our football. We know they got great players, great individuals who can change the game, but we have as well.            "Chelsea don't like playing against us. We play football and so do they. "If you can take the game to them, get in behind them, get Theo to use his pace and get Santi in the holes, we can do well." Meanwhile, former Arsenal chief .

What would YOU do to fix Manchester United? We ask the MirrorFootball writers for their opinion on how to turn things around

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Manchester United's already poor season lurched further toward the embarrassing with a 2-2 draw at home to rock-bottom Fulham this weekend. The reigning champions were one-dimensional and once more disappointing as they went behind against Rene Meulensteen's men, and things should have been worse when Kieran Richardson managed to waste a glorious chance to double the Cottagers' lead. While David Moyes appeared to have turned things around to steal all three points, former United coach Meulensteen had the last laugh as Darren Bent netted the late equaliser. Juan Mata is bedding in, but the Spaniard has hardly looked the answer to the Old Trafford club's raft of problems this season, so we asked a selection of experts, writers and opinionistas for their view on the million-dollar question. Even if things are bleak at the moment, David Moyes' recent admissions that a rebuild of the squad is needed is good news. It's been long overdue and even if this season is a write-off, it shows that he is not going to let United drift. He to close some deals this summer. As for the short-term, Moyes shouldn't be afraid to ask for intervention either. It's easy to say that United need strengthening but in the here and now, the XI that started against Fulham (for example) played well short of their capabilities. , get out the hairdryer and explicitly endorse Moyes' authority in front of the players, then so be it. (Football writer and purveyor of whimsy) David Moyes makes a convenient scapegoat, and there's no doubt that he's having a stinker, but the Manchester United players need to have a serious look at themselves. . They’re the champions of England, but they’re playing like cowards. We know that they are capable of far more, we’ve seen it with our own eyes. But perhaps they’ve forgotten.  I&aposed plans to enter management.Berbatov has revealed he is taking his coaching badges with a view to going into management.He said: “Just finished my coaching lessons for the week. A couple more classes and then who knows? Maybe you’re looking at a fut;d sit them down, put on a video of the 5-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen and then throw stones at them while shouting, "THIS WAS LESS THAN THREE MONTHS AGO! WHAT ON EARTH IS WRONG WITH YOU?!" It’s a subtle man-management trick I picked up when I worked in telesales and I think it could really pay dividends here. (Football writer) At this point, it's getting to the stage where but that still seems unlikely. As such, the most pressing issue is to change the way they play, try something more varied, more modern. Players like Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie can and should be linking up through the centre to devastating effect. We haven't seen any of that. What we have seen are orthodox crosses, an absurd amount. . One attacking approach, producing 81 crosses, but only two goals and really the kind of result that the content_imgchampions should really not be suffering. If you're going to play so many aerial balls, why didn't Moyes try and sign someone like Andy Carroll? That's a ludicrous question, of course, but it sums it up. (MirrorFootball contributor and Manchester United fan) United aren’t working. The play is ponderous, predictable and stilted and the team bereft of any confidence or ideas. A top four finish would take the form of champions, and unless a win at the Emirates acts as the mother of all catalysts that won’t happen. David Moyes needs to focus on steadying the ship and keeping his job. This . It’s mindless and screams of panic. It’s self-fulfilling too; the more United do it the more opposition defences will flood the central areas and invite it. The solution is to increase the sluggish tempo of the passing and switch direction far more often. This is where . Crossing – or playing through the middle – is easily defended when you don’t have to move. Drag and pull defenders out of position by speeding things up and spreading the play. (Poet, writer and Manchester United fan) How to fix Manchester United in the immediate sense?  David Moyes should to play passing football, and he needs far more tactical input from them.  Rooney, Mata, Robin van Persie, Januzaj and Kagawa are players who should be working intensively on , not getting on the end of knockdowns. (Opta Sports UK Head of Content and Media) : with 13 games still to go, United are only about 200 short of their total from 2007-08 when an ultra-fluid 4-6-0 cut teams apart with pace and variety. 81 crosses against Fulham is a number that will echo down the ages, or until Wednesday at least. : Forget about his injury-hit displays for United so far this season, at Everton last year Fellaini was a genuine menace. A record of five headed goals and a league-high 16 headed efforts on o leaving Southampton this summer.The Gabon international is wanted by Atalanta.Speaking to The Mirror, the 25-year-old midfielder said: said: “I still have another three years of contract. But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seetarget sounds like the perfect returning player for a team who are addicted to swinging the ball in. : three assists in three PL games means the Spaniard is only one shy of the combined total of United’s other midfielders this season. Last season the midfield provided 25, twenty years ago the likes of Keane, Ince, Kanchelskis etc came up with 35. (MirrorFootball burbler) I said a while back that frankly, I feel United made the wrong choice.  – not to mention desperate for the job – but that decision has been made and they're not going back on it. It's hard to see any way for Moyes to get United back on track. Even after spending a huge amount of money on someone as talented as Juan Mata to play through the middle, he put on this exhibition of needless crossing against Fulham that cemented in my mind how one-dimensional and reactive his management style is. There's no way to replace him now with anyone worth having, but in all honesty if I were a Manchester United director I'd be sounding out the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte already. Make them feel wanted and, in July, cut this failed experiment short. (MirrorFootball contributor and Man United fan) While David Moyes cannot escape his share of the blame – Antonio Valencia has been partly at fault for a goal every time he's played at right-back, keeping everybody back on corners is insanity – The team is simply not good enough, and add in players not trying or stirring trouble, and you get this season. Moyes has been unlucky lately – recent bad results have been games we would've won 99 times out of 100, rather than earlier in the season when we were just terrible. , but of the first-team players, Valencia, Carrick, Hernandez, Cleverley, Young and Nani are not good enough to play for United. Jones and Smalling just about deserve another season. Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra and Giggs will leave anyway. It's not beyond us to be very good again very soon. – two midfielders, a left-back and a centre-back could see us have a fine team, and while other players will be needed for squad depth the rebuilding job is not one which cannot mostly be done in the summer.