2019 February

That’s my boy! Adkins is proud of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.. but hopes he has an off day on Saturday

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Nigel Adkins is proud ocontent_imgf the way Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has developed since leaving Southampton – but promised to do everything he can to stop him and Arsenal tomorrow. The 19-year-old graduated from the south coast club's academy and helped Saints to automatic promotion from the third tier in his only full season there in the first team. Oxlade-Chamberlain's performances saw him join Arsenal for a fee rising to £15million last summer and he could now face his former club at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow. Adkins is proud of the way the winger has developed since leaving St Mary's and, while he would love him to be lining up for Saints, takes pride in his performances. He does, though, hope the winger has an off day tomorrow. "I am very proud," Adkins said. "I think everybody should be proud because he has come through our system. "We said at the time we would have loved him to have stayed with us because this is where we wanted to be. "We wanted Alex to be playing for us in the Premier League, but as a League One player he made the decision to then move. "He has done fantastic there. I think if we can give them (players) the right principles in life and the right standards in how they conduct themselves, they can improve. "It is always a joy to watch him play. You want him to do well for England, and for himself and his family at his football club. "On Saturday, though, it is about us winning so we will do everything we can to get that win. "We want that winning mentality but it is great to see that Alex is doing ever so well at this moment in time. "As long as he keeps his feet on the ground, keeps working very, very hard on his game and does not take anything for granted, there is no reason why he can't go from strength to strength." Tomorrow's match at the Emirates Stadium caps a tough set of fixtures for recently-promoted Southampton. After a 3-2 defeat at champions Manchester City on the opening day, the south coast side lost to Wigan and then Manchester United at St Mary's to leave them pointless after three matches. While that leaves Southampton bottom of the standings, Adkins insists the group remain upbeat and confident of springing a surprise in north London. "The three games we have played already has given everybody a lot of confidence and belief," he said. "On paper we probably weren't expected to get anything Man City, Man United or Arsenal. "We've got a crack at Arsenal, who have not conceded a goal yet. The lawnchester United.The Manchester Evening News says Phelan wants the technical director job as the club continues its prolonged process to identify the right candidate.Phelan returned to United as assistant manager with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December of averages suggests the next game they have got a chance of conceding a goal. "They are a top, top side. Arsene Wenger has done a magnificent job over the years at Arsenal. "They've not won a trophy for the last couple of years, but they have won the Barclays Premier League, they have got to European Cup finals, they have built a brand new stadium. It is all about finance in football now and they have got some fantastic players. "From our point of view at Southampton, it is wonderful that we can go to the Emirates and compete against them in the Barclaysreturning to Celtic next season.Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers said he’d be happy to send the 21-year-old back to Glasgow on loan.”I read the comments from Brendan Rodgers. At the moment I really do not know what will happen when my loan expires,” Benkov Premier League." New singings Gaston Ramirez and Maya Yoshida could be involved for the first time tomorrow, while fellow new boy Emmanuel Mayuka will also be pushing for a starting role after his substitute appearance against Manchester United. Danny Fox is in contention after overcoming a groin injury that ruled him of international duty with Scotland, but Guly do Prado may be dropped after this week admitting drink-driving.

Jack Wilshere admits to cigarette ‘mistake’ but insists he is not a smoker

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Arsenal midfielder West Ham striker Javier Hernandez’s deadline day move to Sevilla.Adrian left the Hammers at the end of last season.”I am bético, but not antiscontent_imgevillista,” the Spaniard told Canal Sur.”I told him that he was going to a very good club that have done r Jack Wilshere has sought to draw a line under the smoking row that has rumbled on over the last few days. was photographed with a cigarette in his mouth, prompting questions to be asked over his nocturnal habits. Wilshere has now admitted that he sent out the wrong message, but insists he is not a smoker. “I made a mistake," he told the official Arsenal website. "Players make mistakes. I am not a smoker. “No, it's not [an issue I expect to crop up again]. I am not a smoker so I think that will be my last one. This comes after Arsene Wenger played down the furore over the incident, whilst . hich competition to prioritise next week.Mourinho will tell the club’s board to choose between Burnley on Saturday and RB Leipzig next week after his side were knocked out of the FA Cup on Wednesday night, reports the BBC.Spurs crashed out of the dom"I spoke with the boss and he asked me what happened," revealed Wilshere. "I explained to him and we sorted it out. He put me in the team today and hopefully I repaid him.” The Arsenal fans certainly seemed to see the funny side during the 1-1 draw with West Brom, .

Wilshere picks up speed on road to Arsenal recovery

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Jack Wilshere has given ­Arsenal a major boost with the speed of his recovery from his latest injury nightmare. The 20-year-old midfielder’s comeback from an ankle injury came to a shuddering halt after suffering a stress fracture in the same foot. Wilshere was ordered to rest for three weeks, but Arsenal have brought forward the date of his next scan to this wee fed-up with the favouritism shown to teammate Neymar.With Real Madrid president Florentino Perez keeping close tabs, it’s emerged Mbappe is frustrated with the excuses management grant his senior teammate.Speaking on El Golazo de La Mañana on Gol, k after making better progress than expected. If he is given the all-clear, Wilshere will step up his rehabilitation and could be back playing next month to boost his chances of making ­England’s Euro 2012 squad. Meanwhile, Robin van Persie will go head-to-head against the man he looks ­certain to succeed as the ­captain of Holland. The Champions League clash between ­Arsenal and AC Milan in Italy on Wednesday night puts Van Persie in direct ­content_imgconflict with Mark van Bommel. Van Bommel currently wears the armband for ­Holland but his appearances for the Rossineri have become ­sporadic. And Arsenal’s hopes will be enhanced by their impressive record in their away matches against high-profile clubs. Indeed, theimenez.Goal reported that Jimenez, 28, is a £51million transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the United boss attempts to bring in a striker during this month’s window.After their 0-0 FA Cup draw, Nuno was asked about the speculation surroundiny won 2-0 away to AC Milan four years ago and manager Arsene Wenger said: “It was a great night because we stayed faithful to our game. “Even Milan said we were the better team.” Wenger prepared to poop on Gervinho's ACN party celebrations

Arsenal should bring back former vice-chairman David Dein to help Arsene Wenger says Niall Quinn

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Niall Quinn has called for the Gunners hierarchy to bring back David Dein to the club. have failed to win any silverware since and Quinn reckons that returning to the club would help Arsene Wenger turn the club into a dominant force once again. The Sky Sports commentator reckons that Dein's influence at the club continues to be sorely missed and that Wenger has been spread too thin looking over both the on-field and off-field side's of the club. However, Quinn does believe that if Dein returns, then Wenger is still the man to bring major success to the Emirates Stadium. He told : “I content_imgam a great admirer of Arsene Wenger and always will be. "The job he has done economically and commercially for that football club is incredible, to oversee t a “lively” Norwich City this weekend.The Canaries shook current champions Manchester City with a confidence-boosting 3-2 last time out at Carrow Road.Cork said: “All the teams that came up this season have looked quite sharp and lively and Norwichhat move and to have the whole thing work the way it did, but in that time no trophies makes it difficult to understand the mentality and logic of the club’s board and ambition. "I think he has been stifled. The day David Dein left that club was the day Arsenal became a comfang boss Rafa Benitez has spoken of working for David Moores at Liverpool.Benitez admits “it’s clear” Moores made a mistake selling the club to George Gillett and Tom Hicks. However, he admits current owners FSG now have the club fulfilling it’s potmercial entity as opposed to a club that were really at the top of their game, in terms of getting players in and what have you. "If he was to stay [Wenger], bite the bullet and get David Dein back and give the supporters hope that Arsene can be given a fairer crack of the whip." Will Wenger's Arsenal ever win the title again?14000+ VOTES SO FAR

Watch Gareth Bale’s double strike as Real Madrid wallop Sevilla in La Liga

After an injury-hit start to his Real Madrid career, – scoring a brace and setting up two on his home debut. scored the first couple of goals as the Spanish giants thrashed Sevilla 7-3 at the Bernabeu. But one man went one better. Cristiano Ronaldo, having been displaced as the world's most expensive player earlier in the summer, struck a hat-trick to join Diego Costa as La Liga's top scorer. Bale said after the game that there is much more to come over the next few months. &quat football must stop silencing players who spemmate David McGoldrick.McGoldrick’s return to action following injury has helped United consolidate their status as the highest of the newly promoted clubs and Fleck insisted their upturn in form is no coincidence.”He (McGoldrick) is unbelievable to ak out against racist abuse.Wijnaldum was especially upset at a recent incident that involved Mario Balotelli in an Italian Serie A game.The Netherlands international has taken a vocal posicontent_imgtion on the maot;After not having a normal pre-season I have to keep building rhythm so I can give my best," he explained. "Obviously I need time to improve physically but I am very happy to have played 90 minutes. "Now I need to keep improving and working hard and I will try to be at 100 percent as soon as possible." And you can see his first and second goals above and below.

Jose Mourinho blames himself for extra scrutiny as win against toothless Fulham brings welcome respite

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Jose Mourinho believes he has become his own worst enemy – but he would not have it any other way. Mourinho felt thersonal against Mesut Ozil.The Gunners’ head of football believes the midfielder’s “qualities are without question” but admitted he must work harder.Speaking at an Arsenal fans forum, Sanllehi said: “Unai has had many good players in other teams also, flak last week, even some normally loyal Blues fans questioning following back-to-back defeats and his public fall-out with Juan Mata. gave him welcome respite and, asked if he was under extra scrutiny, the Portuguese replied: “Yes. And that is my fault. My fault. “When you win once in 10 years people don’t expect a lot of you, When you win in 10 consecutive years people expect a lot. “So I’m guilty of that and accept the ­criticisms. “For me it’s fantastic. If I didn’t want this job I’d go to a national team and I’d play one game every month. “This is fantastic. It’s not easy. It’s tough. But with the money we get we shouldn’t complain. “Am I tough? I’m a tough professional. Not a tough person. In my family and with my people I am a soft, sweet guy.” Some may doubt that but not Mourinho’scontent_img assertion that his players nen a big club.The Portugal international is wanted by Manchester United.”I know nothing, I will take the next few days to understand what is true,” Fernandes told Sport Mediaset.”We know that newspapers sometimes have to make a show to move the marketeded the “real doping, the fair doping” of victory. It was a win handed on a plate when David Stockdale fumbled Andre Scuerrle’s deflected shot and Samuel Eto’o’s follow-up to gift Oscar the opener before John Obi Mikel’s first Premier League strike late on. Fulham boss Martin Jol ­grumbled: “They were worried. They were a bit nervous and they couldn’t properly express ­themselves so it was ­disappointing we weren’t a bit more brave. “When you concede a goal against a top side like Chelsea it’s almost impossible to get back into the game.” Certainly against the old Chelsea. , although ­Mourinho suggested there could still be a way back for Mata, who will play at Swindon tomorrow. Blues defender Gary Cahill conceded: “We were a bit tentative, a bit nervous, not our usual selves. But it was all about winning. It takes time. We had two dodgy results back to back but we have a great squad now, a proven manager, and I’m sure we will do well. “It was just ­important that we got back to winning ways.” The look on Roman ­Abramovich’s face during the game suggested Chelsea’s Russian owner was deeply ­unimpressed by events, although he did smile and clap after Mikel sealed the victory. Mourinho, who expressed confidence that Eto’o and his replacement Fernando Torres – both still looking for their first league goals of the season – will come good, promised ­Abramovich he will have more to smile about. “Of course we will get better if we believe in our work and our players,” he said. “We believe we can only improve and have a lot of room for improvement. “This is different to the first time. It’s not easy to win without a winning history, and to win for the first time, which we did. “But to change the philosophy of the coaching in terms of the work we do on the pitch is ­difficult as you start a tactical system and a way to think. “That is not easy but it is enjoyable.”

Bolton 0-3 Fulham: Sunday Mirror match report

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Tricky Texan Clint Dempsey put on his shooting boots yet again – and kicked Bolton’s winning streak into touch. The prolific USA star just can’t stop scoring at the ­moment, and the Texas ­Ranger put Martin Jolr-old midfielder has publicly stated his desire to leave Southampton this summer.Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is happy to see Lemina moved on, according to the Daily Mail.Manchester United, Atalanta and Leicester City are all interested in the 25-yea’s side ahead with a ­wonderful ­30-yard free-kick. For an encore, Dempsey headed home bang on half-time to chalk up his 21st goal of the season and his 15th in the Premier League. It brought to a halt Bolton’s recent revival that has seen them fuelled by the ‘Play for Muamba’ feelgood factor to notchcontent_img up three consecutive wins. Fulham boss Martin Jol said: “Clint could have had a hat-trick easily, his first away from home, to add to his other two hat-tricks. “He’s always on the end of things. That’s 21 goals – and most of those from a wide position.” Jol added: “We needed ­inspiration and motivation playing against a team with three wins on the trot and one that is fighting for their lives. So I’m pleased with all the guys, They deserved this win.” Bolton manager Owen Coyle wasn’t happy with his side’s defending, particularly in the first half. He said: “I’m disappointed, especially when you’re ­looking at making it four wins on the bounce. “The other results could have let us open up a gap if we’d got a result. “But Dempsey scores a ­brilliant free-kick goal and we then give him a free header and gave away an equally poor goal.” Jol has ­ambitions that he can match the eighth-place chalked up last season by Mark Hughes, who had said that was far as he could take Fulham. Certainly, the side that Jol is beginning to shape at Craven Cottage showed they meant business from the start, with Dempsey and tricky winger Damien Duff causing the ­damage. Bolton didn’t have one shot on goal until the 37th minute when Marcos Alonso got in a low drive that experienced keeper Mark Schwarzer saved comfortably. The home side will be ­disappointed with that kind of chance tally, particularly as it seemed they’d eased their ­relegation fears with victories over fellow strugglers QPR, Blackburn and Wolves in their last three Premier League ­encounters. But against Fulham, they failed to find any kind of ­fluency – and came up against an inspired striker in the calm but ruthless ­Dempsey. Bolton spent the early part of the game in retreat, with Duff sending out a warning early on, his tricky cross ­forcing Bolton defender David ­Wheater to head over his own goal for a fruitless corner. Duff then succeeded with his trademark cut-inside from the right flank, before ­unleashing a sizzling left-foot effort that flashed just wide of the post. Fulham even had a goal ­disallowed when creator-in-chief Duff set up Dempsey who whipped home his shot, only for it to be ruled out for offside. But then Dempsey made the breakthrough that Fulham’s superiority deserved. Darren Pratley fouled ­ilio Alvarez.Alvarez worked closely with David De Gea at Atletico Madrid before the pair reunited at Old Trafford.No reason has been given for his departure – but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did bring in his own senior goalkeeping coach in Richard Hartis Mahamadou Diarra outside the box to set up a free-kick. Cool dude Dempsey stepped up and from a full 30 yards out, curled his ­effort over the defensive wall and beyond the reach of goal­keeper Adam Bogdan. The former New England ­Revolution striker even tried an overhead spectacular – again from a Duff set-up – but just missed the target. But it was oh so easy for ­Dempsey when Duff got in a deadly cross for the striker to find himself ­unmarked and able to nod past Bogdan. Dempsey was unlucky not to get his hat-trick when he wriggled free of Bolton’s ­defence yet again to send a low shot that whistled the wrong side of the post. But with 10 minutes to go, Fulham turned the screw when Diarra slotted home after John Arne Riise carved out the chance with a run down the left wing and a low cross into the goalmouth. Add to all this a Duff double salvo on goal and Bolton were lucky to keep the score down. Duff turned Alonso for one ­effort, then sent in another low shot that keeper Bogdan only just reached. Bolton will point to a penalty rejection when Wirral ref Mike Dean ruled that a ­challenge by Aaron Hughes on David N’Gog was fair. A lovely four-pass move ended with Ryo Miyaichi snatching at his shot that went ­hopelessly wide. And Bolton had an attacking first-half flurry that saw N’Gog miss out, and Nigel Reo-Coker test Schwarzer. But it was all over well ­before Diarra put home number three – his first goal for the club – as he finished off a counterattack in some style.

Art of war: Mikel Arteta promises Arsenal will hold their nerve in battle for Champions League finish

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Mikel Arteta last night claimed the Champions League places will come down to a battle of nerve – and promised Arsenal will hold theirs. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are locked in a three-way power struggle for the top four with Arteta insisting it will go right to the wire on the final day of the season. Arteta admits they and claims they will have to be more "clinical" in theier Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren says Anthony Martial should be played on the wing.Despite scoring 12 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils this season, the 24-year-old forward has been criticised for his recent displays fr final three games. midfielder Arteta said: "We have tough games to play and it will be very close and will go to the last game. "It will be about who is the most clinical at the right moments. When it gets to the last games the teams who are the most clinical win the games. We have seen that over the last few weeks. It will be a difficult battle for everyone. "You want to do well when you go for challenges or make a mistake. There is pressure on us like there is for the other teams. Every team in the Premier League is playing for something – relegation or Europe. It will be interesting. "I believe in our players but we have to show we can do it. It is easy saying we have a better chance but it is up to us to do it on the pitld have a regular place in the Liverpool side.The Ox reminded everyone of his talent when he scored a wonder goal as the Reds marched past Genk in the UEFA Champions League group stages.Ferdinand believes that Oxlade-Chamberlain has qualities that arch. Every game is difficult and anything can happen. We have to play for that." Arsenal have yet to play relegated QPR and Wigan and Newcastle who are both battling for survival which could prove a different challenge to Manchester United. Arteta admits they missed a big chance after blowing a lead against United which would have given them a major advantage. But Arteta claims will inspire them next season. Arteta added: "We are in the same situation as we were beforehand. We want to be in that situation, to walk on the pitch andcontent_img the other teams showing respect because you are the winners. Hopefully, along with our young players, we will have the chance to do it." Meanwhile, Arsenal are watching Cameroon teenage striker Ernest Thierry Anang who currently plays for Panthere Sportive.

Ah! Oui! The lads! Newcastle’s French legion is a good thing insists Yanga-Mbiwa

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Alan Pardew’s Gallic revolution will see Newcastle boast FOURTEEN Frenchmen or primarily French-speaking stars – but new signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa insists that’s a source of strength not division. content_imgthat putting too many French players together in a Premier League squad will lead to the dressing room being “unbalanced” and claiming there will “be problems.” But as David Cameron announced an In-Out referendum on EU membership, Newcastle were busy ensuring they are very much part a common market which they have assiduously cultivated in the past two years. Yanga-Mbiwa was joined late on Wednesday Bordeaux striker Yoan Gouffran and Nancy’s Massadio Haidara, a 20-year-old left-back, is set to follow. Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 23, is being signed on a pre-contract agreement for the summer, but could yet arrive this month. That adds to France international Mathieu Debuchy’s arrival earlier this month, those of six other French nationals in prior windows and the presence of three African players for whom French is their first language. Newcastle have long targeted Ligue 1 as a place to find transfer-market value, and have wined and dined the country’s top football agents while hunting for value deals. All players are required to learn English, and to speak it around the training ground – and most do. Far from being a clique, the French contingent is now the vast majority, which has lead Newcastle to become one of the Premier League teams shown most often on French TV – which Yanga-Mbiwa says has sparking interest from players curious about a move to Le Toon. Houllier said: “The Newcastle dressing room will be totally unbalanced. You can’t stop French speaking French together. There’ll be problems.” Even Alan Pardew has had his reservations in the past about creating a team with foreign foundations. During a spat with Arsene Wenger in 2006 over Arsenal’s French contingent, Pardew warned: “To some extent, we could lose the soul of British football – the English player.” (See below for Pardew's full quote). And defender Steven Taylor has warned that the new French contingent will have to get to grips with the Geordie obsession fast. He said: “I’m getting hammered when I wasn’t even playing, and I’m getting told off in the street! That’s part and parcel of what being a Newcastle United player is all about, and the French lads have got to realise that.” But Yanga-Mbiwa is a cool customer. He explained: “The fact there are so many French players here meant Newcastle was on television back home far more than any of the other teams. "Newcastle has always attracted French players. Once one comes, it definitely sparks interest in others to come and play here. Once that happens it will generate even more interest with other French players about coming the club. “When you see that, it gives you the desire to come here, to play for Newcastle and discover the league for myself. "In the French national team, with so many of our players here, we would talk about Newcastle when we met up. We discussed Newcastle a lot and that definitely helped with my decision. “The fact there are so many French people here, and the fact the club showed their willingness to really support me and help me settle was very important. It will be a big help for me as I get used to the Premier League. “I have been indirectly preparing for this move by watching Newcastle on television. I just want to get into the training as quickly as possible and obviously get into the matches. There are no nerves from me at all.” The 23-year-old, signed for £6.7million from Montpellier, was asked about joining Newcastle during such a troubled run of results. He said: “I don’t have any ideas or thoughts about relegation going through my head. I believe that is not going to happen. “I know where we are, I know our position in the league and it’s not where this club should be. So it is definitely a big challenge and we, myself and the whole team, must move as fast as we can out of the relegation zone. “I have a strong mentality, I never give up and always try to give my very best in every game. What do I want to achieve? I want to be a winner. I want to do my best for the team. “I want us to be in a good position in the league and why not try to get some success in the cups, and reach the Champions League as well and have some success in the Europa League.” That’s Newcastle these days… very much in Europe. What Pardew said about non-English Arsenal “I saw a headline saying Arsenal are flying the flag for Britain. I kind of wondered where that British involvement actually was when I looked at their team. “It’s important that top clubs don’t lose sight of the fact that it’s the English Premier League and English players should be involved. Foreign players have been fantastic. We have learned from them and from foreign coaches. “But, to some extent, we could lose the soul of British y winner against Leicester City last season was emotional.Kompany’s rocket from 25 yards was the only goal in last season’s 1-0 win at the Etihad, a result that proved pivotal as City won their game in hand to go into the final day with an important football – the English player. We have a young team at West Ham and we are proud we have so many Englishmen. "The soul of this team will remain with at least three or four English players as long as I am West Ham. I think that’s important, I really do.” Newcastle's French Foreign Legion Debuchy, Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Amalfitano, Marveaux, Obertan, Abeid, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gouffran. Haidara, Sissoko. BiArsenal youngster Jordi Osei Tutu has joined 2.Bundesliga side VfL Bochum.He moves on loan for the 2019/20 season.The 20-year-old has twice featured on the bench in Premier League games and was part of last season’s pre-season tour of Singapore.The full-back endured an injury-plagued season and will now head to Germany to gain more first-team experience.girimana, Tiote, Cisse. Sammy Ameobi.

Brendan Rodgers insists league leaders Liverpool will not be complacent ahead of Christmas period

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers insists his side won't let complacency creep in as they enter the Christmas period top of the Premier League table. have had an excellent start to the season and will head into their Boxing Day tie against Manchester City as the league leaders on goal difference from second-place Arsenal. Rodgers admitted today that after a difficult four or five years at the club the supporters deserve to dream of title success come the end of the season. But he is keeping feet firmly on the ground as they "haven't done anything yet". "You don't get the rewards at Christmas. It is a nostalgic time and people always want to know where the team is at around Christmas Day," he said. "We want to be there but we want to be there at the end of the season and for that there is a lot of hard work ahead. "It is brilliant for supporters, I am not going to deny them a dream – it is nice for us all to dream. "It hr Nubel is being watched by Manchester United.BILD says United are interested in highly rated Schalke keeper Nubel.The 23-year-old made the breakthrough to the German’s sides first-team, starting all seven games in the Bundesliga.However, his contracas been a hard period in this club for four or five years and this (being top) was probably a distant thought for them. "They have to enjoy it but for me as a manager my concentration has always been and always will be on the next game. "That has served us well and seen us grow so I won't change that. Strategically we have to keep pushing the club forward. "We can't be complacent and we won't be because we haven't done anything yet. "We are top at Christmas, which is great, but we need to continue that run in the second half of the season." Rodgers does, however, have a number of injury concerns ahead of the Thursday evening match against City and has only SEVENTEEN fit first-team players available. Jon Flanagan will be assessed before of the trip, while Jose Enrique, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge have been ruled out. And that could lead to the Reds heading into the transfer market over the next month. He said: "That's something that will take place in the coming weeks. If we have 17 players, we would need to strengthen the group. We'll assess it after the Christmas period. "There's nothing we can do now about it, so I'm not going to worry so much about that. There is work going on behind the scenes, looking at recruitment of playcontent_imgers that can come in and improve ther Christian Fuchs a new contract.The 33-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has been a bit-part player under Rodgers, having made 14 appearances this season.But Rodgers understands the Premier League winner’s importance to his squad.He saie team; if we can do that in January, great." Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Agger, Flanagan, Lucas, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Jones, Kelly, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Moses, Cissokho.

Wait for it! Why Abramovich will have to play patience if Pep does put pen to paper

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Predictably championing the cause of Roberto Di Matteo – Robbie, to the lads – Frank Lampard announced: “He deserves it completely. I can’t speak highly enough of him. Look at our record (since he took charge) … it’s not a coincidence.” It certainly isn’t. Today, they are heroic Chelsea, lauded for their indomitable spirit, breathtaking defiance, their unyielding commitment. Particularly the 10 men deserted by their captain after just 37 minutes in the Nou Camp. Interestingly, eight of those characters who showed such backbone in Barcelona were on duty at The Hawthorns on March 3, where, in a 1-0 defeat, they produced as spineless a performance as one could imagine. It was a display which elicited these words from Andre Villas-Boas – indeed, his final ones as Chelsea manager: “West Brom were far, far ­superior than us for every minute of this game.” With that, he was gone. In came Robbie, who told the senior players they were wonderful. Normal order was restored. Downed tools were lifted. Once again, the players had dictated managerial policy at Stamford Bridge. And they are queuing up to do it again – with buddy Robbie their beneficiary. They are clearly enjoying life under his regime. There is no other way to explain the ­discrepancy between the gutsiness in Catalonia and the gutlessness in West Bromwich. In many ways, the epic feat in Barcelona was a manifestation of an uncomfortable truth. While Roman Abramovich – eight managers since 2003 – appears the epitome of a ruthless owner, the power at Stamford Bridge is also still in the gift of Terry, Lampard et al. And why change that when the ­dynamic has brought eight ­trophies in nine years and could bring two more by the middle of next month? Firstly, because those players have rounded the final bend of their careers. Secondly, if Abramovich really has a long-term vision of how he wants Chelsea to play, how he wants them to be perceived ­Europe-wide and worldwide, how he wants them to stop relying on his obscene largesse, a change in philosophy is ­imperative. As commendable as it was, there was an irony about the victory over Barcelona. It is accepted wisdom that Abramovich has hankered after a more attractive style of play. It was mooted as a reason for Jose Mourinho’s exit. Yet the performance that has ­received the most acclaim – given by a team that cost £200m to assemble ave made an offer for Olympique Marseille winger Lucas Ocampos.L’Equipe says Marseille are trying to sell several first-team players this summer in order to fund more signings.Ocampos is the subject of a £10million offer from Burnley, but Sevilla aragainst a team costing half that figure – was one of the most negative ever ­witnessed at such a late stage of a major competition. Maybe that is why Roman did not pitch up – to watch a team bankrolled by his billions play without the ball. He did attend Chelsea’s 4-0 victory over Blackburn in the first leg of the FA Youth Cup Final, though. Perhaps that is a small but significant pointer to where he wants the club to head. I am sure Pep Guardiola would be an ideal coach for that. But that would require Abramovich to discover a smidgeon of patience, to see beyond his players’ short-term reaction to a new boss. Guardiola’s record is sensational, but he has benefited from an unrivalled academy ­system. Sign Pep, and you don’t sign the beautiful game overnight. And he remains a relative rookie in the transfer market, something Chelsea still have to rely on. But Guardiola’s commitment to nurturing homegrown talent, to developing a style, to winning friends as well as silverware must make him attractive. He insists he is taking a long rest. Abramovich will try to convince him otherwise. But if he is serious, he must cull the players who do not buy into the ­vision and believe they can remain the powerbrokers despite advancing years. Or at least make it clear that their roles will be to help the development of ­future generations. And not to undermine another boss whose brief is to look beyond the next pot. Abramovich’s ­untold riches will not sway a principled guy such as Guardiola. The challenge of creating a new, successful dynasty based on developing young talent – and devoid of the unseemly player power that accounted for so many managers – just might. *** If Manchester City win on Monday night and go on to claim the Premier League, they should mint a very special medal for Mario Balotelli. It can go with the rest of his bling. They should mint it for taking idiocy to a new level when he got ­himself sent off at the Emirates. Since then, City have played three, won three, scored 12, conceded one. He is available for the game against United, but Roberto Mancini should remember it was by making himself unavailable that Balotelli resurrected City’s title hopes. *** “After discussions with both Chelsea and QPR about the potential and specific legal context in relation to John Terry and Anton Ferdinand, the decision has been taken to suspend the handshake convention for Sunday’s match” – Premier League statement, April 26. Translation: Anton said he had no intention of pressing the flesh with JT and that’s not the sort of image we want going around the world as we tell everyone how great this league is. *** I see Tito Vilanova pipped Stuart Pearce to the Barcelona gig! It must have been close – after all, anyone who can hold three top jobs at once must be at the head of any wanted list. It really is getting beyond a joke. Why on earth has Pearce sounded off about naming a Euro 2012 squad on May 10, three days before the final round of Premier League fixtures, 19 days before the official deadline? And sounded off at a function to mark the Olympic draw? The fact that Team GB was grouped with Senegal, Uruguay and the UAE at London 2012 became a mere footnote to his latest pitch for the full-time England job. I remain just about convinced the FA – and the four-man panel who will appoint the next permanent manager – have got matters in hand. But it’s time they told everyone else … because, usually, we wait arriving at a major tournament before we make a laughing stock of ourselves. *** This is the stage of the season for glamour, for the best to be garlanded. For celebration and dejection, triumph and despair, to be beamed into living rooms. But a word for those down the footballing food chain. I’m thinking of Chester FC – a phoenix club formed by fans from the ashes of Chester City. They won the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, with over 100 points and after scoring over 100 goals. For their promotion-clinching game, they attracted a crowd of over 5,000, a record for the seventh tinager.Campbell has agreed his ninth signing of a busy summer at League Two Macclesfield by landing midfielder Jay Harris from Tranmere. Harcontent_imgris, 32, began his career as a trainee at Everton and has gone on to serve Accrington, Chester, Wrexham and Traer of English club football. The team had an open-top bus parade around the city yesterday. They and their fans deserved it.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger takes another swipe at Frank Lampard’s Manchester City move

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has taken another swipe at Frank Lampard's loan move to Manchester City. have taken thing and will be joining the club’s front office. The Spanish World Cup winner is recovering from a heart attack suffered at the end of last season.”Iker Casillas will be part of the technical staff of the football team as soon as he recovers from hise England international on a six-month loan deal from sister club New York City, after Lampard left Chelsea to join the MLS side following the expiration of his contract at Stamford Bridge. has already questioned whether City have gone around Financial Fair Play rules in taking Lampard until January. And speaking ahead of the Community Shield clash between the two sides on Sunday, Wenger has once again had his say on Lampard's move – joking there were easier ways to exchange west London for Manchester. "If you look at a map, the shortest way from Chelsea to Manchester City is not to fly to New York first," declared Wenger. The Frenchman has for purchasing other clubs around the world – with sister clubs in Australia and the United States already established. Nevertheless, he is looking for his own players to prove their quality when they come up against Manuel Pellegrini's men at Wembley. "We have an opportunity to show we have grown [since the FA Cup final]. Man City will be a good test," added Wenger. And the Gunners chief also confirmed that Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil wil bocontent_imgss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted Romelu Lukaku could’ve played Perth Glory on Saturday.Lukaku has been heavily tipped for a move to Inter Milan this summer, with delegates from the Serie A giants having been in Manchester last week to discuss a l miss the opening of the league campaign. "Our World Cup winners are back on the 11th August. They will miss the start of the Premier League," he confirmed. Premier League – Summer deals:

Diego Maradona in row with plane passenger who offered him a diet supplement

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Football legend Diego Maradona finally met his three-month-old son following a chaotic return to Argentina. The former footballer, whose weight ballooned after he retired, allegedly assaulted a passenger for offering him a diet supplement on his flight to Buenos Aires. Then he ordered bodyguards to manhandle photographers as he left through customs with new girlfriend Rocio Oliva shouting: “Walk and elbow them.” Later he hurled stones at journalists after stopping his car on tcontent_imghe motorway and jumping out in a rage. Maradona, 52, who has four other children, spent just over an hour with ex-girlfriend Veronica Ojeda, 33, and their new son Diego. A passenger on the former Naples and Barcelona star’s flight from Dubai later accused him of being drunk and assaulting him. Maradona got a suspended jail sentence in 1994 forea have appealed the transfer ban imposed on them by Fifa which would prevent them signing players for the next two windows.After their first two appeals were rejected, they have taken the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Italian pund shooting aUEFA Champions League clash against Napoli.The Reds are set to face a tough test against the Italians, who they have played in the competition in recent years.And they could be without their key left back Roberston, who suffered a knock in their mostt reporters with an air rifle.

Jailed ex-Prem striker blames prison term on depression and says he tried suicide

Jailed former Norwich derstand the full nature of his groin injury.Barnes has experienced significant issues with his groin over the past few weeks.It has caused him to miss games, and the injury will not go away.Now he will see a specialist, per the Press Association.Barstriker Leon McKenzie has released an emotional statement blaming his six-month prison term on depression – and claims to have attempted suicide. Ex-Canary caged for driving ban dodge  The ex-Premier League player, best known as Dean Ashton's former strike partner, was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court today after admitting sending bogus letters to the police in a bid to avoid a driving ban. Friends of McKenzie released the following statement from him on Twitter: "I prepared this statement to be able to share with you all how I am feeling and most of all to explain what happened. "A few years ago, I was not in a good place and couldn't always make sense of what was going on. Some things being personal and some being work related. Unfortunately at that time I fell deep into depression, which led me to try and take my life. "Around that period I wasn’t thinking straight, and got caught up with the wrong people around me. My behaviour towards certain things like these speeding offences were totally unacceptable and very naive of me to allow a third party to take my points for me. I allowed someone to take my points innocently, not knowing the seriousness of what was actually happening. "My mindset at the time was confused and not like it is now. Allowing someone to take my points from me, was very stupid of me and I only wish I was in a better place back then and that I could turn back the clock. "These offences happened two years ago. I was arrested over a year ago and had been told by the police at the time of the arrest if I answered all questions, told the truth and gave them everything they needed I would be cautioned and not charged. I did all that was asked off me, and as result I was given a caution. "It was only when I was arrested when I really understood just how serious this was. I was cautioned and given a chance to start to get my life back again. Which I did and learn't from my mistakes. "Five months after receiving the caution, I was told that the police officers that were in charge at the time had made a mistake and that I would now be facing charges. The officer in charge reversed his decision and got the caution removed. Two years on, I am left with being charged for these offences. "I broke the law six times in that two year period which I am now very aware of . I am truly sorry for these offences that I committed. I must stress to you all, I was not representing the real me back then and realise how stupid I have been. As most of you, especially the people who really know me are aware, I have been in a better place recently and I have really turned my life around. "It took a lot to speak out publicontent_imgcly about trying to end my life and now turning it around with helping others with issues of depression and starting a new career in music. I feel like I have given back in a lot of ways and will continue to do so as soon as I possibly can. "Anyone reading this, I hope you take note and learn by my mistakes, especially if you are in a bad place with depression, "I ask anyone with depression to Barca captain was vocal with his anger in the away dressing room after the 2-0 loss.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.”Messi was p****d off inside the locker room, naturally,” revealed Inda. “speak out to someone before you start making any mistakes like I did. "I am not the Leon that I was a few years ago. I didn’t set an example and I am truly sorry for that. I believe now, I am Leon, not the Leon I was during that two year period, my only comment is that I wasn’t well at that particular time and was not thinking in a way that i am now. I allowed a third party to take points without realising the extent and impact it would cause to mine and my families lives today. "I am now leaving my wife and my beautiful four children along with some fantastic friends and family. God willing they will be okay. "Anyone that knows me, knows my heart and more importantly knows the change in me from where I was compared to where I am now. I am a fighter and looks like now I don’t have a choice but to battle on which I will do. "I would like to say a massive thanks to my family and friends for the support they have given me, especially while this has been going on for so long." Friends of McKenzie, who is planning to release a single in March, later Twtted from his account: "From Leon: I'll be back soon. Love to ya all 4 the support. My music will wait for me. x"

England’s World Cup 2014: What the FA must do next to prevent another Brazil disaster

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So, after all that, what next? For the Football Association, attacked for their perceived extravagance in Rio – it's THEIR money, they can do what they want with it – But from the ashes, a Phoenix has to fly, or the failure to heed the lessons of the past will return time and time again. Greg Dyke's Commission findings may help, if only to, slightly, stem the flow of foreign players, increase the opportunity for the next generation of English talent. Widening the home-grown quota requirements and toughening work permit criteria – the few restrictive measures that meet EU Law – are a necessary start. The Premier ager Carlo Ancelotti.The Toffees are deep in talks with the veteran boss about taking over the position that has been vacant since Marco Silva’s sacking.The Evertons-offer-wants-clarification-summer-transfer-window.html” target=”_blank”>Daily Mail saLeague clubs, so resistant to change, so wedded – understandably, as commercial entities – to selfcontent_img-interest have to accept they need to be more enlightened. That if the image of continues to be downgraded, it will, eventually, blow back onto them and the value of their own competition, their own organisations. But the FA has to learn, at last, to stand up to the vested interests, to the power of the Premier League. To make them recognise their obligations. Yes, the FA itself has to adapt. That money spent on St George's Park needs to start delivering value, coaches, and thus players. Maybe we need it to become, after all, Lilleshall Mark Two. Proper coaching standards, with young players taking their badges from the start, in case they don't quite make it but can groom the next generation. And, surely, given the clear difference between those countries whose players learn and adapt from going abroad, to our own insular attitude, time for the FA to push for youngsters to have a year at an overseas ''finishing school''. To make them better, more rounded, fit for purpose. How can it be that, since Paul Ince quit the international scene, the only proper holding midfield player England has had, the least technical position on the pitch, was stolen from Bayer coach Neil Redfearn praised Florian Lejeune for his attitude in their draw with Middlesbrough.Lejeune played just 45 minutes of the Premier League 2 draw with Middlesbrough before going off in a pre-arranged substitution. Redfearn told Chronicle Livn Munich? Why are the likes of Glenn Hoddle and Chris Waddle unused? Dyke and Co have these questions, and others, to answer. may have ended any uncertainty, but only for the short-term. Lose in Switzerland in September, and the debate will rise again. If Costa Rica, Algeria, Nigeria and the USA – among others – can remain at the World Cup a week or more after England have gone home, serious issues have to be addressed, in a serious manner. At the launch of Dyke's Commission report, Howard Wilkinson, twice – briefly – an England manager, responded to colleague Danny Mills' question over the end-game if ''we end up with an England team picked from the second, third tier of English football'' with a single word. ''Cyprus!'' said Wilkinson. Unless there is action, Cyprus will become an aspiration. To borrow from Winston Churchill, what is required is Action This Day. Are you listening, Mr Dyke? How will England do at the 2018 World Cup?1000+ VOTES SO FAR