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Ten Quickfire Conclusions As Arsenal Advance To EL Knockout Stage

There were no goals but plenty of talking points as Arsenal booked their place in the last 32 of the Europa League with a draw against Sporting Lisbon.  1) Unai Emery seems to have chosen his first-choice goalkeeper.  Arsenal have a tradition of playing their second-choice goalkeeper in cup competitions and saving their first-choice for the league. An injury to Petr …

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Southgate Defends Decision to Honour Rooney As Wilson Called Up

Gareth Southgate defended the decision to honour Wayne Rooney by fielding England’s top international goalscorer in a friendly against the USA at Wembley next week. The Football Association announced on Sunday that Rooney would be awarded his 120th cap as a tribute to his England career which appeared to have come to an end when he retired from international football …

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Dembele Ruled Out Until 2019 Through Ankle Injury

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele is likely to miss the rest of the year due to ankle ligament damage, Spurs confirmed on Thursday. “Unfortunately, Mousa Dembele’s scans have confirmed ligament damage to his right ankle and he is unlikely to be available until the New Year,” Spurs said in a statement. The 31-year-old will also miss Belgium’s Nations League matches against …

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Juventus Fightback Hands United Timely Boost Ahead Of Derby

Evoking memories of their astonishing Champions League win in 1999, Manchester United breathed new life into a stuttering season by improbably turning around their match against Juventus in the final five minutes to win 2-1. Not since the Nou Camp final of 1999, on arguably the club’s greatest-ever night, when the Red Devils scored twice in stoppage time against Bayern …

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Man United Stage Extraordinary Late Comeback To Beat Juventus

It’s been a season of struggle so far for Manchester United, but this is undoubtedly the highlight of their season to this point. This away win over Juventus in the Champions League is also one of the best moments in Jose Mourinho’s tenure at the club. United were negative for the most part, looking content to secure a draw having …

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Watch: Man City Gifted Arguably Worst Penalty Call Ever Seen

Manchester City are currently in action against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. After three fixtures in Group F, the Premier League champions are in a dogfight. While atop the group, City are one point ahead of Lyon and four in front of both Hoffenheim and Donetsk. Pep Guardiola’s side got off to a fine start at home, with David …

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FA To Appeal Decision To Clear Mourinho Of Using Foul Language

Jose Mourinho

The Football Association has announced that it will appeal a decision not to charge Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho for comments he made after the Newcastle match last month. The FA charged Mourinho for using foul language after he appeared to swear at a television camera in Portuguese following United’s 3-2 win. However, United appealed the charge and an independent …

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Report: FIFA President “Directly Negotiated” To Reduce City FFP Fine

Manchester City allegedly attempted to bypass UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations by allowing their Abu Dhabi-based sponsors to make cash injections. The German news magazine, Der Spiegel, said it had seen internal documents in which the club’s officials discussed how to wipe out a shortfall of almost £10 million. The allegations are the latest in the so-called Football Leaks …

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Carragher On “The Only Chance” That Liverpool Can Win The Title

Jamie Carragher

Manchester City’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton at the weekend coupled with Liverpool’s 1-1 draw away to Arsenal at the Emirates means that there is now ground to make up on the reigning champions who sit atop the Premier League table with 29 points from a possible 33.  Liverpool and City were neck and neck up until the weekend’s fixtures and …

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FA Issue Warning To James McClean Over “Offensive” Language

James McClean

The Football Association (FA) have issued a warning to James McClean due to the “offensive” language he used in the now-famous social media post which he put out on Instagram in the aftermath of Stoke City’s clash with Middlesbrough. In the post, McClean quoted Bobby Sands and also referred to the fans who abused him as “uneducated cavemen”. As reported …

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Reports: Klopp Considering Dropping Shaqiri From Belgrade Visit

Reports have emerged on Sunday night indicating that Jurgen Klopp has a big decision to make ahead of the Champions League this week. The Liverpool boss and his side travel to Belgrade, Serbia to take on Red Star in the competition’s group stage. Red Star Belgrade, now known as Crvena Zvezda, lost 4-0 to the Reds at Anfield two weeks ago …

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Sarri Sees Huge Potential In Mentally ‘Fragile’ Morata

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes a maturing Alvaro Morata can be the free-scoring striker his side needs after scoring twice in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. However, the Italian called on Morata to keep improving physically, mentally and technically if his goals are to help Chelsea keep pace with Premier League leaders Manchester City. After a fast start to …

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Morata Double Sends Below-Par Chelsea Into Second

Alvaro Morata scored twice to take unbeaten Chelsea above Liverpool into second place in the Premier League behind Manchester City on Sunday, but Maurizio Sarri’s men made hard work of seeing off Crystal Palace 3-1. Morata has now scored four in his last four Premier League games after just two goals in his previous 20 domestic matches, and his return …

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Sterling At The Double As Man City Hit Saints For Six

Raheem Sterling scored twice fresh from agreeing a new five-year contract with Manchester City as the champions swept aside Southampton 6-1 on Sunday to return to the top of the Premier League table. Sergio Aguero, with his 150th league goal, David Silva and Leroy Sane were also on the mark as Pep Guardiola’s side continued their unbeaten start to their …

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Rooney Set For England Comeback Apperance At Wembley

Wayne Rooney will come out of international retirement temporarily to make a farewell appearance for England against the United States. The 33-year-old has not played for the Three Lions since a 3-0 victory over Scotland in November 2016. The friendly game against the US on 15 November will give Rooney the chance to win his 120th cap and will also raise funds …

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