Arsenal boss Wenger issues stadium warning to Tottenham

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned arch rivals Tottenham that moving to a new stadium provides ‘terrible stress’ financially, the Independent has reported. Having lost out to West Ham United in their attempts to become tenants of the 2012 Olympic Stadium, Tottenham are now exploring the possibility of building a new ground to replace their current home, White Hart Lane. They have admitted that they are looking for extra investment to help fund the project, although there are no takeover discussions. American consortium Cain Hoy recently expressed an interest, but…

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Arsenal vs Tottenham – Premier League preview and team news

Saturday’s second big local derby takes place at the Emirates Stadium, as Arsenal meet Tottenham in the battle of North London. Three Premier League draws in succession had Arsenal slipping behind the searing pace set by Chelsea at the top, but they responded well with a three-goal salvo at Aston Villa as the leaders dropped their first points at Manchester City. It was a win which went some way to silencing the critics following the poor display in Dortmund in the Champions League, while the under-fire Mesut Ozil produced when…

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Liverpool vs Everton – Premier League preview and team news

Although the Premier League season is only five weeks old, its first Merseyside derby is a vital game for both sides, as Liverpool and Everton have both made sluggish starts. With three defeats already, the hosts have shown few signs that they are about to make another challenge for the title, with the win at Tottenham representing their only consistent display so far. A number of new attacking players are still yet to fully gel with their teammates, while the much-criticised defence continues to leak goals with alarming regularity for…

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Chelsea vs Aston Villa – Premier League preview and team news

Premier League leaders Chelsea have the chance to maintain – or indeed extend – their five point gap over the chasing pack as they take on Aston Villa. The home side dropped their first points of the season last time out at Manchester City, and despite taking the lead against 10 men and seeing former star Frank Lampard net the equaliser, it is a result they will happily take. It has been almost the perfect start, but manager Jose Mourinho is refusing to be carried away, even when his side…

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Southampton vs QPR – Premier League preview and team news

Southampton are looking to win for the fourth Premier League game in a row against a Queens Park Rangers side that has conceded eight without reply in their two away fixtures. Since taking one point from their opening two matches, the Saints have not looked back, with Ronald Koeman having enjoyed considerable success early on with his new-look team. Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle have linked up well, while Sadio Mane looked a livewire on his debut at Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, which also ended in victory. However,…

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Sunderland vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

Swansea City will be hoping to return to winning ways in the Premier League as they travel to the North East to face winless Sunderland. Gustavo Poyet’s men had chances in their last league game at Burnley, but at present they are simply not doing enough to win matches, and that showed again as Stoke City triumphed at the Stadium of Light in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. The biggest consolation the Uruguayan can take is that his side are proving difficult to beat, with four draws from their…

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Hull vs Man City – Premier League preview and team news

Champions Manchester City are searching for their first Premier League win in four matches away to Hull City, who will also be frustrated with their recent results. A poor first half showing saw the Tigers lose at Aston Villa before the international break, and since the resumption, they have thrown away valuable leads to draw against West Ham United and Newcastle United, before succumbing to another fight-back against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup. Manager Steve Bruce will be looking for his defence to tighten up here for…

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Man Utd vs West Ham – Premier League preview and team news

After Manchester United’s remarkable defeat at Leicester City, an expectant crowd waits at Old Trafford for redemption against West Ham United, who have lost on each of their last seven visits. When Ander Herrera’s neat flick put the Red Devils 3-1 in front in the East Midlands, all the talk was of the club’s expensive attacking talents and the impact they had made, with Angel Di Maria shining in particular. However, their defensive frailties became the headline as Leicester took them apart in the final half hour. Back at home,…

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Crystal Palace vs Leicester – Premier League preview and team news

Having upset the odds by beating Manchester United in their last game, promoted Leicester City aim for their third straight win at Crystal Palace. Neil Warnock emulated the achievements of predecessor Tony Pulis by gaining a 3-2 victory away to Everton, a game in which their front three of Yannick Bolasie, Fraizer Campbell and Jason Puncheon proved too difficult for the Merseyside club to handle. Defeat in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday was a minor setback, but they will now be in a more buoyant mood having earned that…

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New FIFA game angers Premier League stars

The latest in the popular series of FIFA football video games was launched today, but some players are far from happy, according to The Daily Star. The game is as popular with players as it is with fans, and each new edition is eagerly anticipated as the real life stars pour over their virtual selves’ ratings in areas such as speed, shooting ability, defence and passing. But as game developers toured football clubs to photograph players for digital reconstruction, they were subjected to a number of complaints. Queens Park Rangers…

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Real WILL sell Ronaldo for the right price

Real Madrid are prepared to let star player Cristiano Ronaldo leave the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium provided they can find a willing buyer, according to The Independent. Ronaldo’s former club Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move to bring the fans’ favourite back to Old Trafford, but such an operation would come at a high price. It is understood that the Portuguese international would require wages of £380,000 a week, on top of a transfer fee that could be anything up to the £80 million that Real paid Manchester…

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Van Persie: Man United clear-the-air meeting lasted an hour

Dutch striker Robin van Persie has revealed that the Manchester United squad held an hour-long meeting to discuss their latest crisis following their humiliating 5-3 capitulation against Leicester City, The Guardian reports. Van Persie got the ball rolling at the King Power Stadium with a headed goal after 13 minutes, and with the Red Devils 3-1 to the good with little more than half an hour remaining, the result seemed to be a foregone conclusion. However, the Foxes hit back in stunning style, netting four times in the final 28…

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Lloris asks fans to be patient

Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has asked fans to remain patient despite their team’s indifferent recent form, reports Sky Sports. Spurs began the season well enough, beating London rivals West Ham United and Queens Park Rangers without conceding a goal, and securing a place in the Europa League group phase with home and away victories over Cypriot outfit AEL Limassol. But a crushing 3-0 defeat by Liverpool was followed by a disappointing draw with Sunderland and a tame defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion. Two late goals secured a Capital…

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Uefa investigating Liverpool over possible Financial Fair Play breach

Uefa investigating Liverpool over possible Financial Fair Play breach Uefa have launched an investigation into possible breaches of their Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules, and Liverpool are one of the clubs in the spotlight, reports BBC Sport. Seven clubs have been named in total, but the Reds are the only Premier League side under investigation. The other clubs whose records are being scrutinised are AS Monaco, Inter Milan, AS Roma, Besiktas, Sporting Lisbon and Russian newcomers FC Krasnodar. According to a Uefa statement, “The Club Financial Control Body has opened…

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West Brom vs. Burnley – Premier League preview and team news

While the upcoming match between West Brom and Burnley is a clash of two sides in the lower reaches of the Premier League, the Baggies will be going into on the back of a morale-boosting victory over Tottenham at White Hart Lane, while Burnley continue to labour. So what can we expect from this clash? Burnley’s success in winning promotion to the Premier League last season surprised most observers, but most expected that they would struggle this year, and so far that has proven correct. When you look at their…

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Sturridge could make Liverpool return against Everton

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will give Daniel Sturridge as much time as possible before making a decision on his involvement in the weekend’s Merseyside derby against Everton, Sky Sports has reported. Sturridge hasn’t featured in September for the Reds after he was injured while away with England, picking up a problem with his hamstring. But speaking to reporters on Thursday, Rodgers suggested Sturridge was close to a comeback after missing three games, a Champions League win and two Premier League defeats. “We’ve got a number of injuries that we’re just…

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Arsenal and Man Utd chasing Aston Villa’s Vlaar

Arsenal and Manchester United will both look to tempt Ron Vlaar away from Aston Villa in the January transfer window, the Metro has reported. Vlaar’s Villa contract expires at the end of the season and there have been no talks regarding an extension, which could see the Gunners and the Red Devils try to exploit the situation with a mid-season move. The 29-year-old was part of Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad for the World Cup, with Vlaar missing the decisive penalty in the semi-final shootout against Argentina as the Dutch…

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Everton motivated by derby record, says Martinez

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the club’s poor record against Liverpool at Anfield will be added motivation for Saturday’s Merseyside derby, Sky Sports has reported. Martinez’s first visit to Anfield as Everton manager last season ended in a 4-0 drubbing for the Toffees, the 16th straight game the team has crossed Stanley Park and returned with a defeat. Despite the weight of history – and the poor form on the back of which Everton enter the tie, conceding six goals in two games against Crystal Palace and Swansea City –…

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Fellaini: Van Gaal didn’t tell me to leave Man Utd

Marouane Fellaini has denied Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal made any attempt to force him from the club over the summer, ESPN has reported. Fellaini was signed by van Gaal’s predecessor David Moyes, who was hired from Everton and returned to his former club to swoop for the Belgium midfielder. But Fellaini struggled to make an impression at Old Trafford and it was rumoured United would look to sell the £27.5m signing this summer. However, an ankle injury meant Fellaini’s proposed loan move to Napoli broke down while he…

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Toure sure Liverpool will cut out errors

Kolo Toure is confident Liverpool will put in some error-free performances, starting against Everton in the weekend’s Merseyside derby, ESPN has reported. The Reds have struggled at the start of the new Premier League season after ending last year as runners-up to Manchester City, losing three out of their first five games and needing a marathon penalty shootout to beat Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup. Toure converted his penalty, one of 30 in a 14-13 final tally, and believes the side will learn from what’s gone wrong in previous…

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Vertonghen ‘not signing’ new Tottenham deal

Jan Vertonghen has revealed he won’t be signing a new Tottenham Hotspur contract but insists he is happy at the club, according to ESPN. It was reported over the summer that the club had approached the Belgium international with terms for a five-year deal, which would represent a one-year extension to the four currently on Vertonghen’s contract. Vertonghen was adamant he isn’t unsettled at White Hart Lane, despite mooted interest from Barcelona, but wouldn’t be signing the offered deal. “I am not signing, no,” Vertonghen said. “We agreed not to.…

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Arsenal pair Mertesacker and Gibbs ready for Tottenham game

Arsenal could have Per Mertesacker and Kieran Gibbs available for the North London derby against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, ESPN has reported. Both players were substitutes for the Gunners’ 2-1 home defeat against Southampton in the Capital One Cup with manager Arsene Wenger confirming they were carrying knocks and he decided against risking them. But Wenger said after the Saints game that the players were close to being included against Southampton and should be ready to play Tottenham at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday evening. Without the duo against Southampton,…

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Milner: Playing time will determine Man City future

James Milner has suggested that the amount of games he plays will decide if he stays at Manchester City past the end of his current contract, which expires next summer, ESPN has reported. The England midfielder confirmed talks have gotten underway on extending his deal with the Premier League champions but admitted he is in no hurry to put pen-to-paper, instead preferring to see how the season develops and what role he plays under Manuel Pellegrini after being marginalised last season. Milner was restored to the City side for the…

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Koeman pleased with Mane’s Southampton debut

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has praised Sadio Mane after the winger helped knock out Arsenal in the Capital One Cup on his debut, Sky Sports has reported. The Saints saw off the Gunners with a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium despite falling a goal behind from Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick. Goals from Dusan Tadic, a penalty, and Nathanial Clyne with a long-range rocket overturned the deficit, but it was Mane who most caught Koeman’s eye. “It was very positive,” Koeman said of the forward’s first appearance. “I think he showed…

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Altidore unhappy with Sunderland defeat

Jozy Altidore has lamented Sunderland’s Capital One Cup defeat against Stoke City, Sky Sports has reported. The United States international scored the opening goal in the 2-1 reverse and said that while he doesn’t feel the Black Cats should have been on the losing side, it’s not acceptable to give up a winning position. “I don’t think we deserved to lose. I don’t think we played that bad,” Altidore said. “But this has haunted us the whole of last season and a bit this year. Games we should win, we’re…

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