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ESPN FC News 10 Dec 06:30

Six Thailand players in AFF Suzuki Cup team of semifinals

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts discuss Thailand's dominant second-leg performance against Myanmar in the AFF Cup. With the finalists decided, Asian football commentator Dez Corkhill picks the best AFF Suzuki Cup XI from the semifinals. Do you agree? Have your say in the comments below. ESPN FC's team of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals. Goalkeeper: Kawin Thamsatchanan (Thailand) This was a straight choice between Kawin and Indonesia's Kurnia Meiga. It goes to Kawin because of his wonderful, if unheralded, performance in Thailand's 4-0 second-leg victory over Myanmar on Thursday night. The Muang Thong United man made a wonder save high to his left to deny Yan...

ESPN FC News 10 Dec 06:05

U.S. Soccer names Altidore 2016 player of the year, Pulisic best young player

Janusz Michallik says Jozy Altidore's stellar play is owed to his maturation over the MLS season. Don Garber explains the importance of Christian Pulisic playing in Europe, despite desire to see the young American in MLS. Jozy Altidore's best highlights in Major League Soccer. CHICAGO -- Jozy Altidore has been selected as the U.S. Soccer Federation's Male Player of the Year in a close vote over Bobby Wood, and 18-year-old Christian Pulisic was an overwhelming choice as Young Male Player of the Year. Altidore, a 27-year-old forward who also won the award in 2013, received 32 percent of the vote, followed by Wood (30 percent) and Geoff Cameron (15 percent), the U.S. Soccer Federation said Friday. Altidore led the national team with six goals this year despite missing the...

ESPN FC News 10 Dec 03:55

Popovic: Victory have 'cover' for Rojas

WSW manager Tony Popovic remains wary of Melbourne Victory's attack, despite the absence of Marco Rojas.

ESPN FC News 10 Dec 03:51

Zidane's Real Madrid squad for Depor will make for nervous 90 minutes

Steve Nicol and Alexis Nunes have a go at predicting the latest La Liga fixtures. Zinedine Zidane comes almost full circle on Saturday when Real Madrid host Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu. It is fair to say the Frenchman's first calendar year in charge of the senior side has been a good one since Depor last came calling in Zidane's first match as head coach for Los Blancos on Jan. 9. A 5-0 victory on his debut had the press purring and also went some way to expunging the brief and tumultuous tenure of Rafa Benitez, whose bow in the Real hotseat was an insipid 0-0 away...

ESPN FC News 10 Dec 03:48

Guardiola calls for more substitutes

Pep Guardiola is adamant that with the growth of football, more subs are necessary to help teams compete year-round.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 10 Dec 02:24

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil agents in powerful positions over Arsenal contract talks... and are 'working together' in bid for new bumper deals

The agents of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are calling the shots in contract talks with Arsenal and are even believed to be in cahoots behind the scenes.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 10 Dec 01:54

Arsenal cashing in on Shkodran Mustafi's David Moyes debt... Kid who quit Everton is now Arsene Wenger's rock at the back

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: There might come a time, if it has not already, that Everton regret the decency David Moyes once showed to the sick boy who is now turning out and impressing for Arsenal.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 9 Dec 23:33

Arsenal vs Stoke: Team news, kick-off time, probable line-ups, odds and stats for Premier League clash

Get the latest team news and stats ahead of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Stoke at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 9 Dec 21:07

Win two tickets to watch Arsenal vs Crystal Palace - courtesy of Europcar

MailOnline Sport has teamed up with Europcar, Arsenal’s official car and van rental partner, to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to Arsenal vs Crystal Palace on January 1.

Arsenal F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 9 Dec 20:26

Can you identify all 20 famous ex-footballers from a picture of what they look like now? Take our fun quiz

Anyone can identify famous footballers from a photograph. But can you name footballers who retired years ago from a photograph of what they look like now?

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 15:47

PL team news: Injury boosts for Arsenal, Spurs, Man Utd and Chelsea

Check out all the latest team news ahead of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures, with injury boosts for Tottenham, Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea…

Watford v Everton

Saturday 10 December 2016 (12:30)
Vicarage Road, Watford

Watford team news to follow…

Seamus Coleman

Everton defender Seamus Coleman is fit for the trip.

The Republic of Ireland international was forced off in Sunday’s draw with Manchester United after a clash with Zlatan Ibrahimovic but returned to training on Thursday.

Winger Yannick Bolasie is out for the season with knee ligament damage but midfielders Ross Barkley and James McCarthy may have to settle for a place on the bench again.

 

Arsenal v Stoke City

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Emirates Stadium, London

Arsenal could have Hector Bellerin back for the visit of Stoke.

The right-back has been missing with an ankle injury but is back in training and may come straight into the side to replace Gabriel.

Petr Cech will return in goal after David Ospina deputised in the Champions League win over Basle on Tuesday, while Santi Cazorla (Achilles), Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck (both knee) are all definite absentees.

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Bruno Martins Indi and Marko Arnautovic will be fit for Stoke.

Defender Martins Indi was sent for precautionary X-rays after he was elbowed in the face by Burnley striker Ashley Barnes last weekend but he has been passed fit along with midfielder Arnautovic, who was also nursing a knock following the 2-0 home win against the Clarets.

Ryan Shawcross remains a major doubt with his calf complaint and Geoff Cameron (knee) is still a couple of weeks away from getting back to fitness.

 

Burnley v Bournemouth

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Turf Moor, Burnley

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is likely to return for Burnley.

The England international has missed two games with a calf injury but has trained well and should take over from Paul Robinson.

Winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson is out with a hamstring injury, while Steven Defour and Sam Vokes could return to the XI.

Tom Heaton Burnley

Bournemouth will have left-back Charlie Daniels available following a hip problem.

Junior Stanislas has an ankle injury which is expected to sideline the midfielder for a few weeks.

Midfielder Andrew Surman, who has not featured since October, continues his rehabilitation from a hamstring problem.

 

Hull City v Crystal Palace

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
KCOM Stadium, Hull

Hull could have Shaun Maloney back in their squad.

The 33-year-old midfielder has been out since mid-October due to a back problem but has been back in training ahead of a possible return for Mike Phelan’s men.

Abel Hernandez (groin) is still out, as are the likes of Will Keane, Moses Odubajo and Allan McGregor, while striker Dieumerci Mbokani serves the second game of a three-match ban.

Yohan Cabaye: Crystal Palace midfielder

Crystal Palace will have midfielder Yohan Cabaye back from a one-match suspension.

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda has undergone surgery on a knee injury and is set for around five weeks of recovery.

On-loan Chelsea striker Loic Remy continues his rehabilitation from a calf problem, while forward Connor Wickham (knee) and defender Pape Souare (broken thigh bone) are also long-term absentees.

 

Swansea City v Sunderland

Saturday 10 December 2016 (15:00)
Liberty Stadium, Swansea

Swansea are again without Ki Sung-yueng and Federico Fernandez.

South Korean midfielder Ki has missed the last two games with a broken toe, while Argentina defender Fernandez suffered a similar injury before last weekend’s 5-0 defeat at Tottenham.

Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Fernando Llorente are all in contention to return for a Liberty Stadium game, which has taken on extra importance for under-fire Swansea boss Bob Bradley after the Spurs debacle.

Ki Sung-yueng: Out injured for two weeks

Sunderland boss David Moyes has to decide on who should replace Duncan Watmore.

Watmore will miss the rest of the season with cruciate knee ligament damage and the likes of Wahbi Khazri, Seb Larsson and Adnan Januzaj are all vying to take his place.

Fabio Borini (groin) may also play some part for the first time since August but Lee Cattermole (hip), Jack Rodwell (hamstring) and Paddy McNair (knee) remain on the casualty list.

 

 

Leicester City v Manchester City

Saturday 10 December 2016 (17:30)
King Power Stadium, Leicester

Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel could make a surprise return against former club Manchester City after a fractured hand.

Boss Claudio Ranieri is prepared to let the Denmark international make his own call on his fitness after being sidelined for over a month.

Danny Drinkwater remains suspended for the Premier League match but Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani, Robert Huth and Andy King are all set to return after being left at home for the Foxes’ 5-0 Champions League defeat in Porto on Wednesday.

Kasper Schmeichel: Underlines family values

Raheem Sterling is in contention to return to the Manchester City side after recovering from a knock.

Midfielder Fabian Delph, who last featured in August, is also fit having overcome a groin injury but City will be without Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Nicolas Otamendi through suspension.

Aguero was sent off for a tackle on Chelsea’s David Luiz last weekend that sparked the melee in which Fernandinho was also dismissed while Otamendi collected his fifth yellow card and must sit out one match.

 

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion

Sunday 11 December 2016 (12:00)
Stamford Bridge, London

Nemanja Matic has beaten a calf problem to be fit for Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Brom.

John Terry remains sidelined with a gluteal strain, but Matic and Fabregas will battle it out for a start in Antonio Conte’s midfield.

Chelsea could still however field the same starting XI for the eighth successive Premier League match.

Nemanja Matic: Reports claim he could be sold for £18m

James Morrison and Gareth McAuley are doubts for West Brom.

The pair have not trained this week as they are suffering with what boss Tony Pulis described as knocks and will be assessed ahead of the game.

Saido Berahino continues to train with the squad but is unlikely to feature as he regains fitness having not played since September with the club having already sent him to France for a personal fitness camp.

 

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

Sunday 11 December 2016 (14:15)
Old Trafford, Manchester

Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling remain absent for Manchester United.

The defenders continue to be sidelined through injury, but those that featured in Thursday’s Europa League win at Zorya Luhansk, including Eric Bailly, have emerged unscathed.

Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian come back into contention after being rested for the trip to Ukraine.

Luke Shaw & Chris Smalling; Duo criticised

Toby Alderweireld is set to make his first start in eight weeks when Tottenham take on United.

Alderweireld has been out with a knee injury but came off the bench in Wednesday’s Champions League win over CSKA Moscow.

Erik Lamela is unavailable as he is still in Argentina attending to his brother, who is in hospital. Vincent Janssen remains out with an ankle problem.

 

Southampton v Middlesbrough

Sunday 11 December 2016 (14:15)
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Southampton will be without forward Charlie Austin because of a shoulder injury.

Serbia midfielder Dusan Tadic could be in line for a return to the side after making a substitute appearance in the Europa League tie against Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Thursday night following his broken nose.

Forward Jay Rodriguez and midfielder Sofiane Boufal may feature having been rested from the European tie, when captain Jose Fonte was left on the bench.

Alvaro Negredo: Celebrates his first goal for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough have doubts over attacking trio Gaston Ramirez, Alvaro Negredo and Jordan Rhodes.

None of the three trained on Friday due to unspecified knocks but manager Aitor Karanka will allow them time to prove their fitness, with David Nugent and Cristhian Stuani standing by.

George Friend (knee) is close to a return but may not be ready until next week.

 

Liverpool v West Ham United

Sunday 11 December 2016 (16:30)
Anfield, Liverpool

Liverpool defender Joel Matip is set to return for the visit of West Ham having missed last weekend’s defeat at Bournemouth with an ankle injury.

Midfielder Adam Lallana is pushing for a start having made his comeback from a groin problem as a substitute on Sunday.

Striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of the next two matches as he continues his recovery from a calf injury.

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West Ham have had a boost as Michail Antonio and Aaron Cresswell are fit enough to return to the squad.

The pair have been out due to groin strains and have been back in training this week but the game comes too soon for Cheikhou Kouyate (groin) who is still recovering.

James Collins (muscular injury), Reece Oxford (ankle) and Diafra Sakho (hamstring) are all unavailable.

As another weekend of Premier League football approaches, we have writen another betting preview for Betsafe, which includes Alan Mcinally, Paul Dickov, Harry Redknapp and Ricky Hatton’s tips.

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Arsenal – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 14:12

Wenger in confident mood ahead of Champions League draw

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed his side to beat holders Real Madrid if they get paired with the Spanish outfit in Monday’s draw for the last 16 of the Champions League.

The Gunners advanced to the knock-out stages as group winners for the first time since 2012 after beating Basle 4-1 in Switzerland on Tuesday night.

Theoretically, topping the group gives a team an advantage as they face a side who progressed in second position.

But, despite Arsenal breaking their hoodoo, they could still land a tricky tie – with Madrid among the possible opponents – as they look to get into the quarter-finals for the first time in six years.

Last season’s Europa League winners Sevilla are another possibility, along with German pair Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen and Portuguese giants Benfica and Porto.

Arsenal face Stoke at home in the Premier League on Saturday before attention turns to the draw in Nyon and, with Wenger’s side having lost just twice in all competitions so far this season, he insists the Gunners can beat anyone.

“You look at the teams you can get, some look more prestigious, more difficult, and you would like me to say ‘I do not want this or that’,” he said.

“But that will already put us in an inferior position if it happens. Yes, you can take Real Madrid as maybe a favourite to win, because they are the holders of the competition.

“But even against Real Madrid we’ll have a chance to qualify and we’ll have to do the absolute maximum to achieve that.

“It’s another inconvenient fact for us that we haven’t qualified for the quarter-final for six years. That will be a huge challenge for my group but I’m sure we will relish that.”

Arsenal FC Press Conference

The draw takes place at 11am on Monday, when Wenger will be out on the training pitch with his players ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Everton.

And he said he will not nip away to watch as he hopes for a little bit of luck in avoiding the perceived bigger names, having landed the likes of Barcelona and Bayern in recent years.

Asked if he would be watching, Wenger replied: “No, I prefer to be on the pitch than being nervous in front of the television.

“I don’t know who decides the luck but I haven’t found the way to speak to this person!”

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Arsenal – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 13:12

Rumour Mill: Three-way fight for Van Dijk; Mbappe in demand

Man Utd and Man City are among the five Premier League clubs chasing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, with the Manchester clubs also fighting over Virgil van Dijk…

Arsenal

Arsenal are among a number of Premier League clubs interested in signing Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and West Ham are also keeping tabs. (HITC)

Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Wolfsburg twins Davide-Jerome and Gian-Luca Itter. (Kicker)

Arsenal youngster Daniel Crowley is to undergo a trial with Go Ahead Eagles before a potential loan switch to the Dutch club. (Go Ahead Eagles’ website)

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Bournemouth

West Ham are weighing up a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in January. (ESPN FC)

 

Burnley

Sean Dyche admits striker Lukas Jutkiewicz could complete a permanent move to Birmingham. (Burnley Express)

Chelsea

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are both keen on signing 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak, who is also interesting Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham (Marca)

Chelsea face competition from Tottenham and Juventus for 19-year-old Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie (Gianluca Di Marzio)

Chelsea are eyeing Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, although Atletico Madrid are also interested. (Calciomercato)

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will not leave the club in January. (Bleacher Report)

Manchester United and Chelsea will battle for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has a £25m release clause. (The Times)

Franck Kessie: Hot prospect for Atalanta

 

Everton

Everton could try to sign Leicester winger Demarai Gray, 20, in January after losing Yannick Bolasie to a serious knee injury, which could keep him out for over a year (Daily Mirror)

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

Romelu Lukaku says an English club ‘who was really keen to buy me’ in the summer. (Sport/Voetbalmagazine)

 

Hull

Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez has been linked with Hull, but West Brom and Swansea are also interested. (The Mirror)

Leonardo Ulloa: A more than capable deputy for Jamie Vardy

Leicester

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, who is a target for Sunderland, is prepared to leave the Premier League for China (Sunderland Echo)

 

Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp is preparing a summer bid for Atalanta star Franck Kessie. (Corriere dello Sport)

Galatasaray want Mamadou Sakho but the Liverpool defender is only interested in staying in the Premier League. (Hurriyet and BipSpor, via Sport Witness)

Mamadou Sakho: Hasn't played for Liverpool since April

Manchester City

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are both keen on signing 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak, who is also interesting Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham (Marca)

Manchester City are bracing themselves for defender Eliaquim Mangala, 25, returning in the summer as loan club Valencia do not want to take up their £15m option to sign him (Sun)

Man City could join the list of clubs interested in Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. (The Mirror)

Inter and AC Milan could rival Sevilla for the permanent signing of Samir Nasri. (Clubcall)

 

Manchester United

Manchester United are worried that they will not be able to offload full-back Matteo Darmian in the January transfer window. (The Sun)

Everton are interested in Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, 22, and attacking Napoli player Manolo Gabbiadini, 25, for whom they may be willing to bid £18m (Sun)

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

United are leading the race to sign £30million-rated Lazio centre-half Stefan de Vrij. (Il Messaggero)

Manchester United and Chelsea will battle for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has a £25m release clause. (The Times)

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Middlesbrough

Boro are set to rekindle their interest in Sevilla’s Timothee Kolodziejczak next month. (Nortern Echo)

Southampton

Manchester United and Chelsea will battle for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, who has a £25m release clause. (The Times)

Man City could also join the list of clubs interested in Van Dijk. (The Mirror)

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Sunderland

Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa, 30, who is a target for Sunderland, is prepared to leave the Premier League for China (Sunderland Echo)

Sunderland are tracking Deportivo La Coruna’s Romanian striker Florin Andone. (The Chronicle)

 

Swansea

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

 

Tottenham

Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have both been linked with a £50million move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea face competition from Tottenham and Juventus for 19-year-old Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie (Gianluca Di Marzio, via Daily Star)

Dele Alli: Part of another frustrating Wembley night

Watford

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

 

West Brom

Watford, West Brom, Swansea and Everton want Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 31 (Manchester Evening News)

Simone Zaza: Clause in his contract after 10 games

West Ham

Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are both keen on signing 17-year-old AIK striker Alexander Isak, who is also interesting Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham (Marca)

Valencia could try to sign Italy forward Simone Zaza, on loan at West Ham from Juventus in January (Superdeporte)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has held talks with West Ham star Dimitri Payet about a possible January move. (Le 10 Sport)

 

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Arsenal – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 12:53

?If Ozil and Sanchez leave? Arsenal fans should scream ?Arsene out!??

Our readers continue to discuss Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, plus Michael Carrick’s role at Man United, Massimo Cellino’s ban at Leeds and much more.

Have something to get off your chest? We’d love to hear from you – have Your Say right here.

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Explain to me why its ok for the club to set limits on what is pays to players. But has no problem charging the highest ticket prices in Europe??

Our fans are so passive and weak it defies belief. Arsene, Ivan and Stan get away with murder. They are robbing us blind selling us the idea we cant compete at the top end in terms of wages…WTF not!!!!!

Why do our part, pumping more money into the club than other other set of fans pump into their own club!!! So whats this rubbish about not having the money? Where does the money go????

Why do we allow these fools to dictate to us what is the case? Why do the three blind mice go unchallenged? Last season – the 70th minute walk out. Instead we had a bunch of plebs chanting Wenger’s name, as he lead us to a undignified second to Leicester City (hang on, I thought Wenger said he couldnt win due to inferior resources?).

Some Arsenal fans are just lightweights, and have been let down and disappointed so often, that you all resign yourself to losing Ozil and Sanchez.

Cut the S yeah. Heres what needs to happen. Ozil and Sanchez sign on the dotted line. And if not – the fans riot and we stick our heads int he sand and scream Arsene out. If some pundits tries to tell us ‘Arsene is still the man for Arsenal’ – we dont even engage, we just keep rioting and telling them all to F off.

Excuses are gone. How can the blind french fool talk about progress should he repeat a Nasri/Cesc situation – nothing learned.

Steven Whitaker

Steven, you could always get a protest going yourself mate. With social media, it shouldn’t be too difficult to organise. At least try – otherwise you’re as bad as those of us you’re attacking.

Don’t get me wrong, I agree 100% with your sentiments re: the club and what we get in return for the prices we pay, but it’s very easy to sit there behind a computer screen and slag off other fans. It’s a lot harder to actually take some action yourself.

I’ve got a season ticket and have got more and more fed up with what I get for my money. As it goes, this season I couldn’t afford it anyway but I’d decided at the start of last season that it would be my final one for a while.

However, I was on the waiting list for 13 years and only got my ticket when I did because of the move to the Emirates. The only people who would feel the affect of me giving up my ticket altogether is me and the mate I’m letting use it this season – the board wouldn’t give a shit and then regardless of who’s running the club in the future, I’d be unlikely to be able to get another ST in my lifetime.

So for me, the only option was to either give it to a mate until I want it again, or sell all my games via the Ticket Exchange. Giving up the ticket altogether was never an option.

There’s tens of thousands of people waiting for STs and even if all the genuine fans stopped going, the corporations would probably take the rest – they don’t care whether we win the league or what players we keep, they just want to give their clients a nice day out, watching good football in a top stadium.

Again, I don’t disagree with your sentiments about what we get in return for our money but you’re not really in a position to slag off other fans unless you’re doing something about it yourself – are you???

Al The Gooner

Fabregas could be key

Cesc Fabregas: Resurgence at Chelsea

From what I have seen of Conte he seems more than willing to allow a player who has a good game to remain. Based on that logic I can see him starting with Fabregas and Willian.

Regardless of how well WBA have been playing (and I saw the Burnley game on TV and they looked good but equally Burnley were poor and deserved to be punished on the day), I simply cannot see TP trying to go toe to toe with us. He knows that individually we have better players.

I see him filling the midfield and then using the pace and power of Phillips and Rondon on the break.

Although Fabregas makes us weaker in the midfield (in terms of tackling) it is his range of passing that could bypass a packed midfield and open up the game for us. That is why I would also stick with Willian because although Pedro is much improved this season I still think the work rate and tracking back of Willian is superior and compensates for what Fabregas cannot do.

Being at home, I would like to think that Conte will want to take the game to WBA and set down a marker for our December fixtures. Obviously time will tell because I also have no other inside information regarding injuries…? KTBFFH

CFC1905

Damned if you do…

Michael Carrick: Relaxed about his future
Juventus relied on this one chap who was 35 two years ago and they didn’t do too badly – won the double in their domestic league and also made it to the final of the Champions League.

He may not have been at his highest levels but the manager and the club realized what he brought to the team in terms of passing ability, calmness and bringing the best out of the players around him, such as Pogba.

The stats may not be the full story but they do paint a pretty clear picture nonetheless – Carrick has been used in matches we were expected to win and others were we weren’t and we get the wins, we’ve played the likes of bottom-of-the-table Stoke and poor Burnley at home without him and still didn’t get the results even though they should have been 3 easy points for a team of our level.

Maybe Carrick calms the entire team down and gives players like Pogba and Herrera the peace-of-mind to be a better threat up front as well as re-assures the defense to concede less goals?

Whatever the case may be, for me Carrick needs replacing ASAP however he remains the best player to play alongside Pogba and/or Herrera.

Sympathy for the Devils

Where’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah?

TImothy Fosu-Mensah: Defender penned new deal

It’s no surprise that an 18 yr old ‘kid’ appears raw and “green”,that will only improve with age,games and experience.

It’s very rare than any player of that age is even close to being the finished article,for example at the same age Keano was playing for Cobh Ramblers and Robbo was playing for WBA reserves.

The lad has got so much going for him physically and is no mug technically either and I just can’t see him failing to do really well over the next 2 or 3 years given the right guidance.

Blacky

Hated clubs

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My hatred has changed over the years too.

Disdain for Arsenal is included in the Spurs supporters pack, but there’s always been a grudging respect for some of their success.

Same for Man Utd and their sense of entitlement, and like most, the dislike was strengthened by “that Mendes goal”.

I’ve always had a particular dislike of Liverpool, and the constant “someone else’s fault” and history lessons that their supporters dish out. Liverpool related attire is also something that grates on me. It’s never subtle and makes supporters look like a scrote to be avoided.

For several years however, my absolute hatred has been for Chelsea. They’re just an odious club. Not because of their dirty money and 13 year history, it’s their attitude and arrogance. There are no redeeming qualities about Chelsea whatsoever.

brenlong (Tottenham fan)

Keep on marching on

Massimo Cellino: Time at Leeds drawing to a close

Whilst we are contemplating someone allegedly wanting to buy a 50% stake in the Club, the FA has waded in with a hefty fine and long term ban for Massimo Cellino and a hefty fine for the Club as well.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of this it is a very unwanted distraction at a time when, for a change, we are making a positive difference on the pitch. Allied with the fact that if MC does what he says he is going to do and puts in an appeal this thing is going to drag on for ages.

Some are suggesting that this is the end of Cellino and will force him to take the money and sell up. We should be so lucky!

Personally, I am not bothered one way or another if MC stays or goes so long as he carries on as he has this season – sometimes seen but never heard and basically backs away from the day to day stuff – and we keep on the upward curve.

I know it is a contradiction considering that I am writing this message but I am going to try and ignore all this and keep my mind on the team.

Phoenixunited

Letter to Sepp

Sepp Blatter: One of FIFA officials under investigation

Dear Septic,

I note with some distress your comments concerning how the current incumbent President of FIFA, the organization charged with the control of the beautiful game, has note been paying you the attention you think you deserve, or should that be crave?

All I have to say, as a fan of the beautiful game, is can you please simply crawl back under the rock from where you appeared, like the worm that you are?

You have done nothing but bring disgrace on the game, a game millions of people around the globe love and cherish. Your well documented shady dealings and your feathering of your own nest in both a commercial and egotistical sense, has left me with nothing but contempt for you and an itchy feeling in my palms that my own good doctors say will only be cured by slapping your face numerous times.

As for future commercial activities, may I suggest you contact “Oscar’s Dairies”, offering your services to promote their new, and very tasty, line of cheese products, the perfect accompaniment to the constant whining which still escapes from that hole under your nose.

Please save what little grace you have left and disappear from the game, and planet for that matter, forever.

Best Regards,

Banjo Chuckers

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 9 Dec 12:43

Arsenal v Stoke City

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Arsenal and Stoke City.

Arsenal – teamtalk.com 9 Dec 12:30

It could be Arsenal?s year, says rival Prem boss

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says it could be Arsenal’s turn to lift the Premier League title this season.

The two sides meet at The Emirates on Saturday and both are in good form, although Hughes is wary of what could lie in wait in the capital.

“We are in the best place we could be in,” said Hughes. “We don’t have a great record there and we would love to change that at the weekend. It will be tough but we are in a good place.

“Arsenal, as a team, look in good shape and whilst we have a lot of confidence, given their form too, it isn’t a good time to play them.

“At times, Arsenal have struggled with consistency, and it has cost them, but you sense this could be their year. It’s important for us to give ourselves an opportunity to get something out of the game, we need to stay in the match and frustrate them.”

Arsenal have won each of their last 14 home games in all competitions against Stoke, keeping eight clean sheets in the process. And in fact  Stoke’s last away league win at Arsenal came in the first game of the 1981/82 season, with Lee Chapman scoring the only goal of the game.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 8 Dec 12:00

Wenger calm over Sanchez & Ozil talks

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the club will do the "maximum of what we can" to keep Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 8 Dec 00:24

Champions League: Who can face who?

Arsenal, Leicester City and Manchester City will represent England in the knockout stage of the Champions League - but who could each side face?

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 7 Dec 00:36

FC Basel 1-4 Arsenal

Arsenal finish top of Champions League Group A thanks to a Lucas Perez hat-trick in Basel and Paris St-Germain's draw with Ludogorets Razgrad.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Arsenal | BBC 7 Dec 00:34

'Less guilt' for group winners Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he will feel "less guilt" if his side get a tough draw in the Champions League last 16 after they topped Group A.

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