Arsenal legend brands Gunners’ pursuit of Karim Benzema ’embarrassing’

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has claimed that the Gunners were left humiliated after failing to sign Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, according to the Metro. The 27-year-old was often touted as the answer to Arsene Wenger’s side’s attacking problems after being linked with a switch to the Emirates for much of the summer (via Metro). However, speculation was quashed when the Frenchman sent a Tweet confirming that he planned to remain at the Bernabeu, and Wright believes that Benzema’s snub was an embarrassment for his former side. “The Benzema thing was…

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Arsenal can go and win Premier League title, claims former Gunner

Arsenal are good enough to go on and win the Premier League title this season, according to former Gunners hero Charlie Nicholas, the Daily Mirror report. Arsene Wenger’s side bounced back from an embarrassing defeat on the opening day of the season against West Ham to go unbeaten in their next four games, including three wins, and Nicholas suggests that they can build on their solid start to end their long wait for the title (via Mirror). “I may be the only one who thinks this but I believe that…

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Chelsea to battle El Clasico pair for signature of Porto starlet

Chelsea are set to battle it out with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona for the signature of Porto starlet Ruben Neves, according to the Metro. The 18-year-old has moved into the first-team reckoning at Jose Mourinho’s former side, having made 24 top flight appearances since his debut last year. The Metro suggest that the Premier League champions are likely to make a move for the holding midfielder in January, but face the prospect of a bidding war should the La Liga pair decide that they also want the youngster. Neves…

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Barcelona planning move for Liverpool’s key man Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona plan to celebrate the end of their transfer embargo by making a move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in January, according to the Daily Express. The Catalan giants have put the Brazilian near the very top of their shopping list, and hope to bring him to the Nou Camp at the earliest opportunity. Although the 23-year-old’s most recent appearance for the Reds saw him sent off during the thrashing to West Ham, Coutinho has established himself as the key man in Brendan Rodgers’ side in the last couple of…

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Man United plot £4m bid for Leeds United prospect Charlie Taylor

Manchester United are reportedly planning to make a £4m bid for Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor, according to the Daily Star. The Red Devils were hoping to prise one of the brightest talents in Uwe Rosler’s squad away in the summer, but due to the horrific injury sustained by Luke Shaw against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League, the Premier League side now plan to make their bid in January (via Star). The 21-year-old is now one of the first names on Rosler’s teamsheet, after establishing himself midway through last…

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Arsenal news: Gunners motivated to win Champions League, but Wilshere out for three months

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Arsene Wenger has insisted that the Gunners are more than motivated to try and win the Champions League, the Daily Mirror report. The side begin their competition tonight against Dinamo Zagreb, hoping that they can go further than the last 16 stage for the first time in six years. “This drive [to win the competition] is immense,” he said. “It has never been done at Arsenal and we were very, very, very, close,” he added. They will have to negotiate the group…

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Chelsea gossip: Terry among four set to be dropped, while Spanish defender wanted

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: John Terry is among four first-team players that are set to be dropped for the Blues’ Champions League tie with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to Daily Mail. Nemanja Matic, Branislav Ivanovic, and Diego Costa are reportedly all set to be rested for the game at Stamford Bridge. Asmir Begovic has suggested that it is up to the players to end Chelsea’s poor run of form, rather than Jose Mourinho, according to the London Evening Standard. The champions have collected just one win…

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Man United gossip: Shaw hoping to be back this season, but squad unbalanced says United legend

Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: Luke Shaw is reportedly hoping that he will be back playing before the end of the season, according to the Daily Star. The left-back had surgery on the double leg fracture suffered during the defeat to PSV Eindhoven, and the Star have suggested that he will not be out for quite as long as first feared. Hector Moreno has apologised for the challenge that led to Shaw’s horrific injury, according to BBC Sport. The defender – who suffered a similar injury…

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Chris Smalling says Man United have a lot to learn following Champions League defeat

Chris Smalling has suggested that Manchester United have a lot to learn after they fell to a surprising defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the opening game of their Champions League group stage campaign, according to the Daily Star. The Red Devils took the lead in the game – that was marred by the horrific injury suffered by Luke Shaw – thanks to an excellent bit of skill from former PSV star Memphis Depay. Despite their dominance however – with United having 67% of possession and having 11 more attempts on…

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Arsenal star insists he never wanted to leave club, despite speculation linking him with summer exit

Arsenal star Santi Cazorla has insisted that he never wished to leave the Emirates during the summer, despite speculation linking him with a move back to La Liga, according to the Metro. The 30-year-old has been an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s side since his arrival in 2012, but was nevertheless, linked with a return to Spain, with Atletico Madrid reportedly monitoring his situation (via Metro). However, Cazorla has quashed the suggestion that he ever wanted to quit the Gunners. “I never said I wanted to return to Spain,” he…

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Liverpool plan to leave Christian Benteke out of Europa League squad for Bordeaux clash

Brendan Rodgers is planning to take the brave step to leave Christian Benteke out of the squad that travels to Bordeaux for the opening clash of their Europa League campaign, the Daily Mirror report. The Belgian is being left behind to ensure that he remains fit for the upcoming Premier League game with Norwich City this weekend (via Mirror). The Mirror suggest that Divock Origi – who has plenty of experience coming up against Ligue 1 sides – is likely to be awarded his first start since his move to the…

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Chelsea captain John Terry to be DROPPED for Champions League clash

John Terry is set to be one of four first-team players that will be dropped for Chelsea’s Champions League group stage opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Mirror. The Daily Express previously reported that Branislav Ivanovic, Diego Costa, and Cesc Fabregas were all set to be left out, but it now appears that Jose Mourinho has decided to change his mind slightly. The Mirror suggest that Fabregas could well be given another chance, but Terry, and Nemanja Matic will both be dropped for the clash at Stamford…

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Louis van Gaal admits Man United star was reduced to tears following sickening challenge

Louis van Gaal has admitted that Luke Shaw was in tears after suffering a double leg fracture during Manchester United’s Champions League group stage defeat to PSV Eindhoven, according to the Daily Star. The left-back was stretchered off and had to be given oxygen following a sickening challenge from PSV defender Hector Moreno – who has since apologised for the injury sustained by Shaw, but insisted that he thought it was not a bad tackle (via Guardian) – and van Gaal revealed the devastating impact that the injury had on the…

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Arsenal confirm Jack Wilshere requires surgery and will be out for THREE MONTHS

Arsenal have confirmed that Jack Wilshere requires surgery on a hairline fracture in his left leg, and is set to miss the next three months of action, the Daily Star report. “Jack will have surgery in London in the forthcoming days. This will involve inserting a small plate in his left fibula. Jack is likely to be out for approximately three months,” the statement read. The England international has not featured for Arsene Wenger’s side so far this season, and this latest setback will mean that he will not play…

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Chelsea set to battle European heavyweights for Spanish defender

Chelsea are set to battle it out with Real Madrid and Manchester City for the signature of Valencia defender Jose Gaya, according to the Metro. The 20-year-old was attracting the Blues’ attention in the summer, and though a move failed to take place, it seems that Jose Mourinho is still interested in the left-back. However, the Premier League champions face serious competition for his signature, with the current leaders of the top flight and ten-time champions of Europe also monitoring Gaya’s situation. Meanwhile, the possibility of the Spain under-21 international…

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Liverpool captain flies to America in attempt to speed up recovery from heel injury

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has flown out to America in an attempt to speed up his recovery from a heel injury, and, in the process, help to take some of the pressure off manager Brendan Rodgers, according to the Daily Express. The midfielder has been missing since limping out of the victory against Bournemouth, and in his absence, the Reds have failed to collect a single win, and have been thumped at West Ham, before losing against Manchester United. The Express report that Henderson has been told that rest will…

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Arsenal gossip: Cavani admits he could have left PSG, while approach made for Isco

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Arsenal: Reported Arsenal target Edinson Cavani has admitted that he had plenty of offers on the table to leave Paris Saint-Germain, according to the Metro. The Gunners were linked with a possible £45m move for the Uruguayan, but he revealed that he is more than happy where he currently is. “Many transfer opportunities presented themselves,” he said. “But PSG has always trusted me. This is the club who can give me what is better,” he added. The north London side have reportedly made…

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Chelsea news: Trio could be axed for Champions League tie, and banter banned from training ground

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Chelsea: Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, and Diego Costa are all set to be axed for the Blues’ Champions League group stage opener with Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Daily Express. The trio are set to be punished for the side’s poor start to the campaign, with Baba Rahman, and one of either Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy being possible replacements. Jose Mourinho has taken the bizarre step to ban players from joking around on the training ground as the club try to…

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Man United gossip: £88m bid rejected for Muller, but winger claims to be the striker United need

Here is Tuesday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United: Bayern Munich rejected a world record £88m bid from the Red Devils for striker Thomas Muller in the summer, according to reports in Germany (via Independent). The 26-year-old would have received a yearly salary of £9.2m had he moved to Old Trafford. Ashley Young has claimed that he would be more than capable of playing up front if required, according to the Daily Star. The winger may be required to feature in the role in tonight’s Champions League clash with PSV…

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Jose Mourinho set to drop out-of-form trio for Chelsea’s Champions League opener

Jose Mourinho appears to have lost his patience with some of the stars that took Chelsea to the Premier League title last season, as the Daily Express report that Branislav Ivanovic, Cesc Fabregas, and Diego Costa are all set to be dropped for the Blues’ Champions League group stage opener with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Like the rest of the team, the trio have struggled for form during this season. Ivanovic has been a part of the leakiest defence in the Premier League – no side in the top flight has…

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Man United star Memphis Depay vows to celebrate if he scores against former club PSV Eindhoven

Memphis Depay has vowed that he will celebrate should he find the back of the net during Manchester United’s Champions League group-stage opener against PSV Eindhoven, according to the Daily Express. “When I step on to the pitch I will think about when I first played for PSV but the match is a different thing. A lot of people have asked me if I will celebrate if I score but it’s a game we want to win, I play for United now, so of course I will celebrate and of…

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Man United winger willing to fill in as striker with Wayne Rooney set to miss PSV clash

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With captain Wayne Rooney out of Manchester United’s Champions League group-stage opener with PSV Eindhoven (via Metro), Ashley Young has claimed that he is more than capable of spearheading the Red Devils’ attack if required, the Metro report. “If the manager wants me to play there, then yes, of course I would,” he said. “I can play in lots of positions and I have done that under the manager, whether it is upfront or in midfield,” he added. If Louis van Gaal decides that Anthony Martial and James Wilson are…

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Arsenal expected to make January move for reported Barcelona target

Arsenal are still planning to make a move in January for Leicester City’s star winger Riyad Mahrez, according to the Metro. The 24-year-old has been attracting the attention of Catalan giants Barcelona, but the Gunners are hoping to swoop in ahead of Luis Enrique’s men for the Algeria international (via Metro). Mahrez – who reportedly arrived at the King Power Stadium for just £500,000 (via Daily Express) – has made a sensational start to the new campaign, so it is no surprise that some of Europe’s biggest sides are keeping…

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Arsenal target Edinson Cavani confirms he had chance to leave PSG this summer

Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani has confirmed that he had several opportunities to leave Parc des Princes this summer, but insisted that staying with the Ligue 1 champions was the best option for him, according to the Metro. “Many transfer opportunities presented themselves,” he explained. “But PSG has always trusted me. This is the club who can give me what is better,” he added. The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the previous window, and there was even suggestions in the final days of the summer…

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Arsenal to battle Tottenham in race to sign Belgian striker

Arsenal are set to battle with their north London rivals Tottenham in the race to sign Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi, according to the Daily Express. The 21-year-old was being pursued by several top clubs during the summer, but none were willing to meet the Ligue 1 side’s valuation of £22m (via Express). However, with both the Premier League rivals lacking depth up front, the Express report that a January move may well be on the cards. Although the Gunners have Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud to call upon to spearhead their attack,…

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