Fabianski nears Arsenal exit as Celtic interest increases

Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski has emerged as one of the main Summer transfer targets for Scottish Premier League champions Celtic, the Daily Mail reports. The 28-year-old Polish stopper is in his seventh season with Gunners, following his move from Legia Warsaw, but has only played 31 league matches in that time, finding himself behind compatriot Wojciech Szczesny for the majority of the time. Fabianski’s contract expires at the end of the current season, and the ‘keeper is reportedly looking for an Arsenal exit, in search of first team football, and…

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Sunderland vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

Struggling Sunderland have the chance move to within just a point of safety on Monday evening as they take on West Ham United. A lack of goals has been the big problem for Gustavo Poyet in recent weeks. Should Sunderland be relegated, the Uruguayan may very well look back at the defeat at Norwich City or the frustrating goalless draw against Crystal Palace, two very big games. There will have been much encouragement from the way they ended the match at title-chasing Liverpool, but they still lost, and points are…

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Manchester United’s top 5 Premier League thrashings

United’s defeat to Manuel Pellegrini’s City may have ended hopes of Champions League football and it will be of little consolation to Red Devils fans that it could, and indeed has, been much worse. That Derby day loss may also loosen David Moyes’ grip on the manager’s job as he shortens to 4.40 with Betfair to leave Old Trafford before the start of next season. But City aren’t the only team to have handed United the occasional thrashing and here are the club’s five worst defeats in the history of…

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Liverpool vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

In-form Liverpool will be looking for their eighth consecutive Premier League victory when Tottenham visit Anfield on Sunday. The game against Sunderland on Wednesday was not Liverpool’s most convincing performance of their excellent recent run, but the Reds got the result they wanted to move to within just a point of leaders Chelsea, who they still have to face at home as well as fellow title hopefuls Manchester City. Issues still remain is defence, but Brendan Rodgers has the Premier League’s best attacking options at his disposal at present. Despite…

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Fulham vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Fulham, the Premier League’s bottom club, face a crucial game on Sunday as they meet an Everton side which still has Champions League ambitions. Felix Magath’s team started quite well away to Manchester City last time out, but the award of a penalty to the hosts ruined their game-plan. The sending off of Fernando Amorebieta in the second half allowed the floodgates to open and Fulham’s goals against column to look even worse, but it is at Craven Cottage where their fate will lie, and they will still fancy their…

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Liverpool vs Tottenham – Premier League best and worst

Liverpool meet Tottenham in a crucial Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon, and it is a fixture which has produced plenty of memorable moments in the past: Last Meeting A topsy-turvy game finally saw Liverpool come out on top against their in-form visitors in March 2013. Luis Suarez opened the scoring with a neat near-post finish, but early in the second half, the Reds found themselves behind through two goals from Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen. However, from then on Tottenham were the architects of their own downfall as Kyle Walker’s…

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Wenger praises Arsenal spirit in Man City draw

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has praised his team’s spirit after they came from behind to earn a point against title favourites Manchester City, Sky Sports has reported. Man City took the lead after 18 minutes when David Silva touched home the rebound after Edin Dzeko’s powerful angled shot had hit the woodwork. That goal allowed them to dictate the rest of the first half, but Arsenal improved considerably in the second. Mathieu Flamini made amends for his late own goal against Swansea City on Tuesday by turning in a left-wing…

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Lambert delighted by Southampton performance

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert was left to hail his side’s ‘best performance of the season’, after helped them to a 4-0 win over Newcastle United, Sky Sports has reported. After Jay Rodriguez had missed two fine opportunities to put the Saints in front, Lambert set up the former Burnley striker to tuck home a deserved opening goal on the stroke of half time, before getting on the score-sheet himself with an emphatic finish into the roof of the net early in the second period. Adam Lallana capped another impressive performance…

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Everton considering bid for Remy

Everton are considering making a summer bid to sign striker Loic Remy, but only if they fail to bring Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku back to Goodison Park for next season, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Merseyside club are keen on re-signing Lukaku on loan for 2014-15, but have also weighed up the possibility of making a bid to sign the Belgian international on a permanent basis, but Chelsea have told them that it would cost them in the region of £20m. Remy has spent the whole of this season on…

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Mourinho: Chelsea lacked character

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that his side’s hopes of winning the Premier League title are over after they fell to a shock defeat at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace, BBC Sport has reported. The 51-year-old was also critical of his side’s lack of character, and admitted that the hosts deserved their win. The Blues are still top of the Premier League, but Liverpool can overtake them by avoiding defeat against Tottenham on Sunday, while Manchester City are just two points behind, and have two games in hand. Crystal Palace created…

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Ferguson would have struggled at Man Utd this season, claims Moyes

Manchester United manager David Moyes has claimed that even his legendary predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson, would have struggled to gain success at the club this season, reports ESPN. Ferguson retired in May 2013 having won his 13th Premier League title at Old Trafford by an 11-point margin, but Moyes has overseen a decline which has led the champions slip to seventh in the Premier League this season, already destined for their lowest points tally since its inception in 1992. Their poor Premier League campaign has included six home defeats, most…

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West Ham back Allardyce despite booing

West Ham United vice-chairman Karren Brady has offered her support to manager Sam Allardyce after the team was booed off the pitch by sections of the club’s fans on Wednesday despite beating Hull City, Sky Sports has reported. The Hammers struggled to impose themselves upon the 10-man Tigers, who has goalkeeper Allan McGregor sent off, but came out on top thanks to an own goal by James Chester. Despite the result, some supporters were frustrated by the team’s performance and responded with boos at the final whistle. Allardyce, as well…

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Tottenham owner Levy in meeting with van Gaal

Former Chelsea boss Ruud Gullit has claimed that Tottenham owner Daniel Levy has met Louis van Gaal over the possibility of becoming the club’s new manager from next season, BBC Sport has reported. Since confirming that he would leave his post as manager of the Dutch national team after this summer’s World Cup, van Gaal has spoken several times of his desire to manage in the Premier League. Despite current Tottenham Head Coach Tim Sherwood being offered a contract until the end of next season, it has been widely reported…

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Arsenal won’t rush Ramsey back, says Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the cub will not rush Aaron Ramsey back from his thigh injury, the Guardian has reported. Ramsey has now been out for six weeks, having been forced off in the 2-2 draw at Southampton on February 11. Despite being expected to make his return for Saturday’s game against Manchester City, Wenger has insisted upon not rushing the Welshman back to avoid the risk of aggravating a more serious injury. “Ramsey is progressing well, but we need to be patient for a few more…

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Man Utd midfielder Fellaini rejects spitting claims

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has told manager David Moyes that he did not spit at Manchester City’s Pablo Zabaleta during the game between the sides on Tuesday, writes BBC Sport. The FA has asked for additional television footage over the alleged incident, which apparently came in the immediate aftermath of Fellaini being booked for a elbow on the right-back. The request from the governing body comes after a video was posted online, one which suggested that the Belgian had stood over Zabaleta before spitting at him. However, Moyes has…

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Premier League betting preview – Man City good value over Arsenal, Liverpool to continue run

This weekend’s Premier League action kicks off at 12.45pm on Saturday afternoon when Aston Villa visit a Man United side low on confidence at the moment, and the action continues until Monday evening when Sunderland welcome West Ham to the Stadium of Light. The best place to start is at the beginning, and so first off is the Man United vs Aston Villa clash Saturday lunchtime, and while Man United may be at something of a low ebb domestically this season advancement in the Champions League will give the fans…

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Why NOT finishing in the Europa League places is crucial for Southampton

It happens every season. A team who usually tend to roam around the lower regions of the Premier League, find themselves much nearer to the top of the English football pyramid than they’re acclaimed to. They find themselves beating top teams, and gaining continental praise. The next step of this transition from being a lower mid-table club, to growing into an internationally renowned footballing powerhouse is an achievement, something that makes football fans everywhere sit up and take notice. Maybe a League Cup, or finishing in a European spot. You…

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Rodgers rejects Sherwood’s ‘pressure’ claim

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has disputed claims by his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Tim Sherwood that the Reds are under pressure as the Premier League title race reaches its climax, Sky Sports has reported. The sides meet on Sunday at Anfield and Sherwood suggested Liverpool were nervous in the midweek win over Sunderland because they are feeling the pressure of fighting it out at the top. But Rodgers replied at his pre-match Press conference that the opposite was the case and hinted that Spurs should feel the pressure due to their…

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Moyes sure of Man Utd fan support

David Moyes believes he has the support of the majority of Manchester United fans despite plans to fly an anti-Moyes banner over Old Trafford this weekend, Sky Sports has reported. United play Aston Villa at home on Saturday but it has been revealed that a group of supporters have hired a light aircraft to fly a banner reading: “Wrong one – Moyes out” over the stadium during the match. The message on the banner refers to the banner inside Old Trafford that describes Moyes as the chosen one after he…

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Pardew expects Newcastle backing

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew expects the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, to provide the funds to rebuild the squad this summer, Sky Sports has reported. Pardew has said that he wants money to add to the attacking power in the side, with loan players Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong the only signings made in recent transfer windows in the forward positions. The manager added that he believes Ashley wants to see new faces as much as he does. “Mike is very much aware. The one thing he likes in his…

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Mourinho: Chelsea disadvantaged by Champions League

Jose Mourinho believes Chelsea are at a disadvantage in the Premier League title race because they are still in the Champions League, Sky Sports has reported. The Blues play Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday in the first-leg of their quarter-final while Manchester City were knocked out by Barcelona and Arsenal by Bayern Munich in the previous round. Liverpool have had no Champions League football to contend and Manchester United, who remain in the competition, are not a factor in the title race. “We play Champions League, they don’t,” Mourinho said. “We…

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Man Utd target Carvalho ‘happy at Sporting’

William Carvalho is said to be happy to stay at Sporting Lisbon despite being a target for Manchester United, Sky Sports has reported. The president of the Portuguese club, Bruno de Carvalho, has denied that the midfielder is looking to leave Sporting for United, Chelsea or Real Madrid, who are said to rival David Moyes’ side for the 21-year-old’s signature. It had been suggested that representatives from United were at the Sporting training ground this week to discuss a move but de Carvalho dismissed the reports as speculation. “We are…

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Arsenal match not a title decider, says Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has insisted the outcome of the weekend’s game against Arsenal will not decide the destination of the Premier League title, Sky Sports has reported. A City victory would take Pellegrini’s team to 69 points, the same tally currently held by leaders Chelsea, and City would still have two games in hand. They would also be six points clear of the Gunners with Arsene Wenger’s side having only six games to play. But Pellegrini told his pre-match Press conference that nothing will be decided this weekend.…

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Arsenal vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Manchester City will be aiming to keep up their considerable pressure on leaders Chelsea by adding to Arsenal’s recent misery. Now almost certainly out of the title race, Arsenal are beginning to come under some pressure from Everton and Tottenham for fourth place. They still have a six point cushion, but the two points dropped due to conceding the unlucky equaliser against Swansea City on Tuesday was hardly ideal. And now, with the supporters appearing to show discontent again, this is another big game for manager Arsene Wenger. The visitors…

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Southampton vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton play host to Newcastle United in a game between two sides scrapping for position in the top half of the Premier League. The home side are currently just a point behind eighth-placed Newcastle with a superior goal difference, meaning they would be ahead of their opponents had they managed to hold on at Tottenham last time out. Dominating the game and appearing high on confidence, the Saints looked to be sailing to victory until a mistake allowed Christian Eriksen to pull one back, giving Spurs the momentum to launch…

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