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Wenger to get apology

Monday, August 31, 2009

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to receive an apology from Mike Dean and co after the way they acted in the game versus Manchester United. Wenger was humiliated in front of all the United fans, first made go up into the stand for kicking a water bottle ( a ridiculous reason to send off a manager ), and he was not even given directions of where to sit.

Wenger was fuming after Robin Van Persie's last minute goal was ruled off for offside. Wenger kicked an empty water bottle and fourth official Lee Probert reported the incident to Mike Dean. Dean sent Wenger to the stands but it now seems he was wrong. Referee's chief Keith Hackett received a complaint from League Managers' Association chief Richard Bevan, who had this to say.

"Although correct in 'law', it was completely out of context in the game and it was followed by the nonsense over where Wenger should sit''.

Bevan has also been promised an apology for Arsene Wenger for the way Probert and Dean reacted to the situation. I thought the way it was handled was hilarious and has been completely thrown out of context. Wenger does deserve an apology but for the story to be all over the news is a bit over the top.

Are City title contenders?

Sunday, August 30, 2009

So far this season Manchester City have won every game, and not conceded a single goal. They are widely expected to challenge strongly for the 'top four' this season, but their impressive start might signal their intent to go a step further.

Everyone knows that City have an excellent team, but at the start of the season no one was talking about the them being serious title contender. Three games in, nine points and no goals conceded might be the start of a terrific season for the Sky Blues. Iv watched City play a couple of times this season, and iv been very impressed. Adebayor looks a different player than he did at Arsenal last season. He looks like he wants it more, and i thought he was sluggish at time for Arsenal. Gareth Barry has been a huge success. He has been the anchor in midfield and gives the more attacking players a lot of freedom. Although Teves hasn't scored yet, its only a matter of time. He look lively and is fighting for everything.

At the back City look equally impressive. Toure has made a huge impact at the heart of the defence, and with Lescott beside him they look very sturdy at the back. Even if Toure and Lescott have a bad day, they have arguably the best keeper in the league in Shay Given. With Richards at right back and Bridge at left back, I can't see City conceding much goals this season.

Maybe its too early to make judgement on who's going to win the League, but I have a strong feeling City will be there or thereabouts come next May.

Premier League round up - Sunday 30 August

Portsmouth v Man City: Struggling Portsmouth were looking to get their first points over the season against big spending Manchester City today, but a header from Adebayor denied them anything. City kept their 100% record intact.

Everton v Wigan: Everton also looked to get their first points of the season at home to Wigan, and with late drama they grabbed all three. Scharner scored for Wigan and Saha got one for Everton, before a 94Th minute penalty from Leighton Baines gave Everton the victory.

Aston Villa v Fulham: A straight forward 2-0 win for Villa gave them their first successive wins since January. An o.g from Panstill and an Agbonlahor goals gave them victory.

Premier League round up - Saturday 29 August

Saturday, August 29, 2009
Blackburn v West Ham: Blackburn looked to get their first points of the first campaign and they got one in a bore 0-0 draw with West Ham.

Bolton v Liverpool: Liverpool fans will be relieved that Liverpool got three points today. After two defeats already they needed a big performance but fell behind to a goals from Kevin Davies. Glen Johnson equalised for Pool but Tamir Cohen gave Bolton the lead again. Fernando Torres then scored before Gerrard, slated by his boss midweek, scored the winner. Sean Davis was harshly sent off for Bolton. Final score was 2-3

Chelsea v Burnley: Chelsea strolled to victory in Stamford Bridge today against new boys Burnley. Goals from Anelka, Ballack and Cole gave them a 3-o leave and ensures their 100% start stays intact.

Man Utd v Arsenal: The late kick-off today gave the first fixture of the 'top four' between Man Utd and Arsenal. Arsenal took the lead through a rocket from Arshavin, but a penalty from Wayne Rooney and then a ridiculous own goal from Abou Diaby gave United the victory. It ended 2-1, but it was a fascinating match which either team could have won.

Stoke v Sunderland: The Britannia Stadium has became a bit of a fortress for Stoke last season, and they grabbed victory over Sunderland with Dave Kitson's first goal in the Premier League for Stoke. The final score was 1-0.

Tottenham v Birmingham: Tottenham are sending out a real message that they are contenders this season, showing real fighting spirit against Birmingham. Peter Crouch gave Spurs the lead but Lee Bowyer leveled for the visitors. And then, in the fourth of five minutes of added time, Aaron Lennon fired Spurs to victory with a shot into the bottom corner.

Wolves v Hull: Hull got a terrific start, Brazilian Geovanni gave them the lead in the third minute. Wolves fought back though, and Richard Stearman got a deserved equalizer in the 46Th minute.

Premier League Preview

Friday, August 28, 2009
The third weekend of the Premier League sees the first clash of the 'top four' take place. Arsenal look to keep their 100% start to the season intact, while Man United will not want another defeat. Spurs still lie on top of the table with 9 points, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference. Everton are dead last, though with a game in hand over Pompey.

Fixtures and my predictions
Chelsea v Burnley (12.45) - Chelsea 4-0 Burnley
Blackburn v West Ham (3.00) - Blackburn 1-1 West Ham
Bolton v Liverpool (3.00) - Bolton 0-2 Liverpool
Stoke v Sunderland (3.00) - Stoke 1-1 Sunderland
Tottenham v Birmingham (3.00) - Tottenham 3-0 Birmingham
Wolves v Hull (3.00) - Wolves 0-2 Hull
Man Utd v Arsenal (5.15) - Man Utd 2-1 Arsenal

Portsmouth v Man City (1.30) - Portsmouth 0-2 Man City
Everton v Wigan (3.00) - Everton 1-0 Wigan
Aston Villa v Fulham (4.00) - Aston Villa 2-0 Fulham

Goal of the Week
My goal of the week for last week goes to Carlton Cole for his goal against Spurs. A great strike from about 25 yards, to bad what he did next was diabolical. A great threw ball to Jermain Defoe for Spurs to equalize.

Gerrard needs to up his game - Rafa

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has admitted that captain Steven Gerrard needs to up his game if Liverpool are to put their bad start behind them. Gerrard performances have been below par this season, which has seen Liverpool slip to two defeats in their first three games.

Gerrard is no doubt the key to Liverpool's success. Countless times he has won games for The Reds, and he will have to be in good form if Liverpool are to challenge for anything this season. Benitez recognises that Gerrard is the key to success, so he has urged his captain to return to good form.

"We have seen Steven playing really well for a while now. He is one of our big names, a key player. He will continue to be that''.

"He will know that he has played a couple of games that are not up to his best level''.

I couldn't agree more to be honest. Gerrard is a fantastic players and will be key in any Liverpool success. I'm sure it wont be long before we see the best of Stevie G again.

Champions League group stages draw made

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Here are the Champions League groups 2009/2010.

Group A

Bayern Munich
Maccabi Haifa

Group B

Manchester United
CSKA Moscow

Group C

AC Milan
Real Madrid
FC Zurich

Group D

Atletico Madrid
APOEL Nicosia

Group E


Group F

Inter Milan
Dinamo Kiev
Rubin Kazan

Group G

Unirea Urziceni

Group H

AZ Alkmaar
Standard Liege


Group A- A very tough group. Bayern Munich and Juventus have proven class, although Bordeaux are French Champions. I can't really see Maccabi Haifa making much of an impact although they might pick up a few results at home. Juventus and Bayern are my pick to go through.

Group B- Runners up last year Man Utd were handed a difficult enough group, but they should have the strength to qualify. Champions of Germany and Turkey, Wolfsburg and Besiktas, were also drawn in this group, along with CSKA Moscow. A difficult group, but i expect Man Utd and Wolfsburg to qualify.

Group C- Probably the most exciting group of them all, simply because it includes Real Madrid. Everyone will want to see how the big name signing do in the big stage. They will face AC Milan, Marseille and FC Zurich. Milan are obviously a massive team with a huge reputation in Europe, and Marseille also have the quality to compete but i expect Real Madrid and AC Milan to qualify.

Group D- In my opinion this will be a fascinating group. Chelsea are obvious favourites, but Athletico and Porto are both very good teams and I expect this to go down to the wire. Nicosia might as well try enjoy their spell in Europe, its likely to only last six games. I expect Chelsea to qualify, and I think Athletico will just nudge second place.

Group E- In a group with Liverpool, Lyon and Fiorentina you can expect a very close race for qualification to the next round. Lyon have been very good in Europe over the years, and Liverpool have also been among the top teams in the Champions League. Fiorentina will be no walk overs either though and you can expect them to challenge strongly. Debrecen will be out of their comfort zone playing these top team. In my opinion, Liverpool and Lyon are going through.

Group F- Reiging Champions Barcelona will be expected to go the distance again this year will have to fight Inter Milan for a top spot. The other two teams, Dinamo Kiev and Ruben Kazan, will be competing for a Uefa Cup place. Inter have been known to under perform in Europe, but i fully expect them and Barcelona to qualify.

Group G- Rangers, Sevilla, Stuttgart and Unirea Urziceni make up this group and it doesn't really look very exciting does it. Rangers, Sevilla and Stuttgart will fight it out to qualify, but I expect Sevilla and Stuttgart to make the cut, with Rangers making Uefa Cup.

Group H
- Arsenal will be very pleased with their draw, with only one team capable on challenging for top spot. Olympiakos will fight all the way and i would expect them to finish second, with Standard Liege third and AZ Alkmaar to finish last. I was surprised to see AZ Alkmaar seeded in the second group, with teams of far higher quality in lower groups.

Moyes plans to bring in several new faces.....he needs to

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Everton manager David Moyes says he plans to bring in several new faces before the transfer window shuts. Moyes plans to bring in at least four new players to try and add some quality to the team, who have so far had a terrible start to the season.

"I would be disappointed if we didn't get at least four, maybe more,"

So far the Everton boss has failed to make any major signing in the transfer market, but has recently secured the service of Russian winger
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Moyes will also be in the market for a central defender after losing Joleon Lescott for £24 million to Manchester City. One man linked to the Merseyside club is out-of-favour Arsenal centre back Phillipe Senderos.

In my opinion Moyes does need to strengthen his squad, especially after losing Lescott and he should probably be looking for someone with a bit more class than Senderos, who to be honest isn't a very good player.

Anderson on his way out?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Manchester United midfielder Anderson's future is in doubt after an alleged bust up with manager Alex Ferguson. The Brazilian midfielders was apparently furious of being left out of the squad for the Community Shield loss against Chelsea, and was again left out against Wigan, with Darren Gibson making the cut to replace Paul Scholes.

Anderson hasn't featured much this season, only playing 60 minutes against Burnley, where he made little or no impact in a 1-0 defeat. And according to the The Mirror, the bust up left manager Alex Ferguson fuming, thus leaving Anderson out of the Wigan match.

Anderson arrived from Porto in 2007 for nearly £18 million, a fee which he has not nearly lived up to. There is no doubt he has bags of potential and Ferguson does not want to lose the man he bought as a long term replacement for Paul Scholes but the Brazilian needs to have a chance in the first team or he would be right to pack his bags and leave.

Liverpool lose...again

Monday, August 24, 2009

Liverpool have lost for the second time this season already, and with only three points from a possible nine, are Liverpool already digging themselves a hole. Their first defeat came at the hands of Tottenham on opening day and tonight defeat against Aston Villa ( at home ) is a big blow so early in the season.

On the bright side for Pool fans, Aston Villa and Spurs are two tough fixtures, but if Liverpool are to challenge for the tittle they will have to get back on track soon. I watched the match tonight, and it was a poor performance overall. Nothing like the fluent Liverpool of last year.

Aston Villa took in a 0-2 lead at half time, through goals from a Lucas og and Curtis Davies. Fernando Torres gave Liverpool a glimmer of hope but it was soon gone when Ashley Young dispatched a penalty just three minutes after Torres scored.

After the first few games of the Premier League, I think it could be the closest one yet. There are so many team who will be challenging for the Champions League spots, and in particular I think City and Spurs have a great chance of grabbing a Champions League spot, but then again, were only three games in. Probably too early to tell.

Lescott saga coming to an end

Everton defender Joleon Lescott is set to move to Manchester City in the next 24 hours, thus ending a summer long saga of the England internationals future.

Lescott has been linked constantly with City, and Everton boss David Moyes rejected several offers for his start defender. But with Lescott growing unhappy, and Moyes forced to drop him from the team he had little or no choice but to let the defender go. The fee is thought to be in around £24 million. Moyes wasn't in a very good mood at his press conference, angry at City for taking so long to come up with the cash and maybe feels they are at fault for Everton's terrible start to the season.

"But we shouldn't have been asked to wait this length of time for an amount of cash we think was the correct value for the player''.

Everton will now be in the market for a new defender, but time will be against them. However, City have plenty of defenders, with Sylvinho joining the City ranks on a free transfer today. The former Arsenal man signed a one year deal from Barcelona.

What are Arsenal without Cesc

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Arsenal fans and staff are sweating on the fitness of captain Cesc Fabregas who was pulled off at half time against Portsmouth yesterday with a hamstring complaint. The Gunners captain could be out for up to three weeks if the hamstring is pulled, but he could be back by Wednesday is the problem isn't serious.

However, if the injury were to keep him out for three weeks, you would have to say Arsenal would be in trouble. Fabregas has been instrumental in Arsenal's excellent start to the season and if he were to be sidelined he would miss key games against Celtic, Manchester United and Manchester City. These are all tough and important games and Arsenal cannot afford to be missing their influential midfielder.

In nearly every Arsenal match you watch, Fabregas pulls the strings. He was immense against Everton on opening day, pulled the strings against Celtic and half of the Portsmouth game ( until he was subbed with the injury ). For me, I can't see anyone who can replace him in the centre of the Arsenal midfield. Denilson and Song are both defensive players, and with Nasri and Rosicky injured I cant see anyone to fill the void left if he is injured. Some people will look at Abou Diaby after his brace and great display against Portsmouth, but to be honest he doesn't really have the Fabregas affect does he?

In my opinion, Fabregas will need to stay injury free this season if Arsenal are going to challenge for anything this season.

Premier League round up - Saturday

Saturday, August 22, 2009
Arsenal v Portsmouth: Arsenal's impressive start to the season continued with a 4-1 victory over struggling Portsmouth. The goals came from Diaby(2), Gallas got his 3rd in three games and Aaron Ramsey finished the rout. Portsmouth's goal came from Younes Kaboul.

Birmingham v Stoke: Newly promoted Birmingham and Stoke played out a0-0 draw to share the points. This ,by the way, is the first draw of this years Premier League.

Hull v Bolton: Hull got their first win of the season against Bolton at home courtesy of a goal from new signing Kamel Ghilas. Final score was 1-0

Man City v Wolves: City continued their fantastic home form from last season today with a 1-0 over new boys Wolves. The goals came from Adebayor, but in truth it could have been six or seven.

Sunderland v Blackburn:
Sunderland game from a goal down to claim all three points this afternoon. The visitors took the lead through Gael Givet, but two goals from Kenwyne Jones gave Sunderland a 2-1 victory.

Wigan v Man Utd: Manchester United looked to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Burnley midweek to trounce Wigan 0-5 at the DW Stadium. It was a tight contest until Wayne Rooney broke the deadlock after 56 minutes, and further goals from Rooney, Berbatov, Owen and Nani gave United an emphatic victory.

After today's fixtures Arsenal sit on top of the table on goal difference, with everyone bar West Ham, Fulham, Aston Villa and Everton playing at least two games.

Premier League Preview

Its the second weekend of the Premier League, and following the the midweek games Spurs lie on top of the table on goal difference with 6 points, although many teams have a game in hand. Here are Saturdays and Sundays fixtures and my predictions.

Fixtures and my predictions.
Arsenal v Portsmouth ( 3.00 ) - Arsenal 3-1 Portsmouth
Birmingham v Stoke ( 3.00 ) - Birmingham 1-1 Stoke
Hull v Bolton - ( 3.00 ) - Hull 2-2 Bolton
Man City v Wolves ( 3.00 ) - Man City 3 - 0 Wolves
Sunderland v Blackburn ( 3.00 ) - Sunderland 2 - 0 Blackburn
Wigan v Man Utd ( 3.00 ) Wigan 2-3 Man Utd

Burnley v Everton ( 3.00 ) - Burnely 1-2 Everton
Fulham v Chelsea ( 4.00 ) - Fulham 0-0 Chelsea
West Ham v Spurs ( 1.30 ) - West Ham 1-3 Spurs

Goal of the Week
My goal of the week, including the midweek games, goes to Hugo Rodallega for the cracker he scored on opening day against Aston Villa. In my opinion, already a contender for Goal of the Season.

City not giving up of Lescott

Friday, August 21, 2009

Manchester City boss Mark Hughes has today confirmed he is still keen to sign Everton defender Joleon Lescott after reports suggested he had given up on the England international. Lescott was dropped for Everton's European clash with Sigma Olomouc after Moyes has issues with Lescott's attitude.

"When we feel there is nowhere else to go and it is not going to happen, then we will walk away''.

Lescott has been constantly linked away from Everton this summer, with Everton rejected numerous bids from City, and in my opinion Moyes needs to accept the next off from the Sky Blues as Lescott won't be happy until he is wearing a Manchester City jersey. The defender would be likely to bring in a huge amount of money, in around £18 million, for me that would be a fair price fro both clubs.

Benitez going nowhere.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez had today stated that he will not be leaving Liverpool and is fully committed to the club. Bookies had suspended betting on the Liverpool boss leaving the club, fueling speculation his time at Liverpool was coming to an end.

After defeat to Spurs on opening day, it seemed Rafa's future was already in doubt, but after the demolition of Stoke last night, it looks as though Benitez is staying at Anfield this season.

"I remain 100 per cent committed to the club, the fans and players."

In my opinion sacking Rafa Benitez would be the worst thing Liverpool could do. It would disrupt the team, and that's the last thing they need so early in the season, especially when they are expected to compete strongly for the title this year.

Celtic 0 - 2 Arsenal: Game over?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The first leg of the most anticipated game of the Champions League qualifiers is done, and a 0-2 victory for Arsenal in Park Head might mean the whole tie is over. The Gunners scored two away goals, courtesy of William Gallas and a Gary Caldwell o.g.

The hostile Celtic fans were supposed to give Celtic the upper hand, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted his squad were capable of dealing with the hostile atmosphere. Celtic matched Arsenal stride for stride in the first half, until an extremely lucky goal from Gallas gave the Gunners the lead. The Frenchman was trying to duck from Cesc Fabregas' freekick but the ball deflected off him and into the net.

"We had two huge slices of luck''. - Robin Van Persie

From then on Arsenal were always in control, and killed the tie in the 71st minute when Gael Clichy's cross was deflected into his own net by Gary Caldwell. With Arsenal surely heading to the Champions league group stage, unless Celtic win by two or more goals in London, football betting experts have priced Arsenal at 12/1 to win the Champions League, which might be worth a punt considering the excellent start to the season they have had.

In other football news, Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford, Barcelona the interested party. Vidic arrived to Man United from Spartak Moscow in 2006, and has since became one of the worlds best defenders, hence Barcelona keen to sign the Serbian international. So maybe Vidic's time at United is coming to an end? Might you need to take him out of your fantasy football team? I know I will if the big Serb left for Spain.

Chelsea to bid £50 million for Aguero?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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Chelsea have been told they will have to meet Sergio Aguero's get-out-clause of £50 million if they are to have any chance of landing the Argentine youngster. They will also have to make the offer pretty quickly, as Aguero is set to play against Panathinaikos tonight in Atletico Madrids Champions League qualifier, and of course if Chelsea were to sign him after he would be cup-tied for the Champions League.

Of course Atletico do not want to let go of their prize asset, and will do anything to keep him but if a bid of £50 is made they will have no choice but to accept under the rules of Aguero's contract. I'm sure that all Atletico Madrid's fans would be devastated to lose Aguero so close to the new season. But Ancelotti will be desperate to land at least one major signing this summer, after losing out on Brazilian ace Kaka and French star Frank Ribery.

To be honest, if Chelsea were to sign Aguero they would be my favourites for the Premier League. Imagine Aguero and Drogba up front, it would be a mouth-watering strike force.

Are Liverpool title contenders?

Monday, August 17, 2009

So Liverpool's title challenge got off to the worst start possible on Sunday, losing 2-1 away to Spurs. Liverpool are expected to strongly challenge for the title this season, but already they are three points down.

To be fair, Tottenham away is a tricky tie, but the same could be said for Arsenal who trounced Everton 1-6 in Goodison Park so does this mean Arsenal are stronger contenders. In my opinion this is not the case. I believe Liverpool have just had a bad start, and will surely find good form soon enough. They would have to with the quality of players they have.

I think Liverpool have a serious chance of winning the title this year, even with the loss of Alonso they still have a terrific squad and providing key players can stay injury free, surely they will put the opening game loss behind them.

Premier League round up

Saturday, August 15, 2009
Chelsea v Hull: In the first game of this years Premier League Chelsea got their first win, in a 2-1 victory over Hull. But it wasnt easy, the visitors got the lead threw Stephen Hunt but two goals from Didier Drogba gave Chelsea the win.

Aston Villa v Wigan: Aston Villa challenged for the top last season, but trailed off at the end and it looks like their bad form has continued in a 0-2 home loss to Wigan, with goals from Rodallega and Koumas.

Blackburn v Man City: Man City, The team that everyone is watching because of their big spending today started their challenge to break the 'top four' with a 0-2 victory over Blackburn with goals from Emmanuel Adebayor and Stephen Ireland.

Bolton v Sunderland: Sunderland got a hard earned victory away from home with a 0-1 victory over Bolton cortousy of new signing Darren Bent.

Portsmouth v Fulham: A rather scrappy goals from Bobby Zamora earned Fulham the three points against Pompey today.

Stoke v Burnley: New boys Burnley suffered their first defeat at the hands of Stoke threw goals from Ryan Shawcross and an og from Jordon.

Wolves v West Ham: The other new boys Wolves almost got off to a losing start losing 0-2 at home to West Ham, the goals coming from Mark Noble and Matthew Upson.

Everton v Arsenal: A rather stunning performance gave Arsenal the perfect start to the campaign with a 1-6 victory over Everton. Goals from captain Cesc Fabregas (2), Eduardo, Gallas, new signing Thomas Vermaelen and Denilson gave the Gunners victory in a classy performance.

Opening Day

The Premier League kicks off today, as you all know. It should be a thrilling campaign and I can't wait to see what happens.

Fixtures and my predictions.

Chelsea v Hull ( 12.45 ) - Chelsea 2-0 Hull
Aston Villa v Wigan ( 3.00 ) - Aston Villa 2-1 Wigan
Blackburn v Man City ( 3.00 ) - Blackburn 1-3 Man City
Bolton v Sunderland ( 3.00 ) - Bolton 1 - 2 Sunderland
Everton v Arsenal ( 5.30 ) - Everton 1 - 1 Arsenal
Portsmouth v Fulham ( 3.00 ) - Portsmouth 0-0 Fulham
Stoke v Burnley ( 3.00 ) - Stoke 1-0 Burnley
Wolves v West Ham ( 3.00 ) - Wolves 1 - 2 West Ham

Arsenal's injurys not an excuse

Thursday, August 13, 2009

It seems like every time you hear news on Arsenal, its about a new injury, and it looks like its set to continue this season. Arsenal have a tough first game, away to Everton and already they are missing Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky ( no surprise there ), Johan Djourou, Abou Diaby, Lukasz Fabianski and Theo Walcott.

To be honest, I feel sorry for Arsene Wenger. Lets not forget Eduardo's horrific leg break in Feburary 2008, Rosicky only just returned after 18 months out and is injured again, Robin Van Persie had constant injury problems in the past, Fabregas was missing for four months last season, Theo Walcott was missing for 3 months with a dislocated shoulder ( and injury which kept Manchester United winger Nani out for two days ), not to mention Samir Nasri is suffering from a broken leg, although not a serious one.

You have to think, are all these injuries the reason why Arsenal are trophy less four seasons in a row. Of course the injuries will have played some part, but in my opinion, Wenger is the problem. Wenger's policy of maturing young players into stars is good for the future, but I'm pretty sure Arsenal fans are sick of the lack of signings from the French tactician. This season he has only signed centre back Thomas Vermaelen, who is not tested at this sort of level. I'm not saying Wenger is a bad manager, I think hes one of the best but his lack of transfers is affecting Arsenal's chance of winning anything this year.

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Sunderland swoop for Catermole

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Sunderland have today completed the signing of highly rated Wigan midfielder Lee Cattermole. Cattermole has been linked with many clubs this summer, including the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool which prompts the question why did he join Sunderland?

Well, in my opinion its a good move for the youngster, and a move to a top four club will not be far away. I watched Cattermole regulary last season and he a player of some potential. At Sunderland he will be given a fair go at regular first team action, which would not be guaranteed at Liverpool or Arsenal.

In my opinion, Sunderland have got a bargain as Cattermole will only cost £6 million ( which could rise to £8 million ). Considering the potential he has and the fact that he was captain of Wigan at age 20, and is capped at England U21 Wigan fans may feel they could have held out for a bigger offer.

Blues miss out on De Rossi

Chelsea look set to miss out on Roma defensive midfielder Daniele De Rossi. Ancelotti launched a bid of £22 million for the Italian star but Roma rejected the bid, claiming De Rossi is 'untouchable'.

"The offer was a lot of money but it was refused. For Roma, this player is untouchable."

However it is thought that Ancelotti will now make a bid for Norway midfielder Erik Huseklepp. It is thought that an offer of in around £2.5 million would be enough to secure the Brann star services. In my opinion Chelsea should not give up on De Rossi. I know Roma probably over-price the midfielder, but Chelsea have not been short of money over the past few years.

I have only seen De Rossi a few times, for Roma in the champions league and player for the Italian national side. In my opinion he would be a very good addition to Chelsea as his strength and style of play would, in my opinion, make him fit right in the premier league and maybe even replace the gap left my Claude Makalele which in my opinion has never been filled.

Lescott transfer request rejected

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Everton have rejected an official transfer request from star defender Jolean Lescott. Lescott has been strongly linked with big-spending Manchester City and his transfer request is likely to have caught Mark Hughes attention.

Everton have so far this summer rejected various offers for Lescott from Man City, and lately their interest died down but after Lescott stated his intent to leave the club a series of transfer bids is likely to be offered by City in the coming days. Hughes is keen to add Lescott to his squad after missing out on Chelsea captain John Terry.

Before his transfer request Lescott never really stated his intent to leave and the request will more than likely upset the Everton faithful and staff. To be honest I think Lescott will be making the right choice if he joins City. The players City have brought, in my opinion, make them a better team than Everton and have more of a chance to break into the 'top four'.

Chelsea plan Ribery raid

Chelsea look ready to try strengthen their squad before the transfer window shuts, with the Blues planning a huge £40 million bid for Bayern Munich ace Frank Ribery. Ribery has been linked with many clubs this summer, including Barcelona and Manchester United.

Apparently, it was Roman Abramovich who made the approach for the French winger. Manchester are still keen on Ribery but now it seems Abramovich's approach will give Chelsea the lead in signing the French star.

"We are still resolved to keep Ribery but Hoeness agreed to meet with Abramovich in Germany to discuss any offer."

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti was promised a major signing by Ambramovich, and after failing in signing Kaka and Alexandre Pato the Russian billionaire is prepared to splash the cash on Ribery. Personally I think Ribery is a fantastic player. His ability to run at defenders and beat them is amazing and in my opinion he would fit right into the Premier League. In my opinion, his pace would cancel out lack of strength, sort of the same as Theo Walcott

Barca rekindle their interest in Cesc Fabregas

Monday, August 10, 2009

Spanish giants Barcelona have today stated their interest in signing Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas. The Catalans have been linked with Fabregas numerous times in the past, and are prepared to spend a lot of money providing the asking price isn't too high.

However, they could be wasting their time as Italian side AC Milan, who have also been linked with Fabregas numerous times in the past, were reportedly ready to offer £30 million of the Arsenal talisman until they were told to back off.

"We do not know how much it will be yet. We have not asked Arsenal''.

To be honest I can't see Fabregas leaving the Gunners this summer, but another trophy-less season at Arsenal could see their captain pack his bags. In my opinion this will happen unless Arsene Wenger decides to strengthen before the transfer window closes.

Ancelloti 1 - 0 Ferguson

Sunday, August 9, 2009

So Chelsea have won the Community Shield 4-1 on penalties. The score in normal time was 2-2 with Wayne Rooney equalizing in the 92nd minute. Initially Nani gave the Red Devils the lead in the tenth minute before goals from Carvalho and Lampard gave Chelsea the lead.

But then again, its only the Community Shield, both managers have bigger things on their mind.

Lampard wants to be a blue even after he retires

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has today stated that he would someday love to manage Chelsea. But he will have to battle it out for the job, as Chelsea skipper John Terry previously admitted his intent to manage Chelsea when his playing days are over.

"I'm a Chelsea lifer now and management does interest me''.

But Lampard admitted that even though he would love to manage Chelsea, it wont happen anytime soon. The England international doesn't plan to retire for another 6 or seven year, planning to stay a player until he is 37 or 38.

"With the correct training and nutrition I don't see why I can't go on until I am 37 or 38''.

Id love to see either John Terry or Frank Lampard manage the Blues in the future, but personally I think Terry's leadership and experience would make him a better manager. But I could be very wrong.

Benitez interested in Hull's Michael Turner

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has today revealed that he is interested is Hull defender Michael Turner. The Liverpool boss believes he need to enter the transfer market for a centre-back after injuries to Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Jamie Carragher.

Turner was one of Hull's top performers last season, and was top of the list for Hull's most minutes played. And now it seems his good form is set to pay off as reports say Liverpool had a £12 million pound move rejected for the English international. But Benitez says that if he fails to land Turner, he has other options, one being working with the younger players they have.

"We have two options. One is to bring in someone at the back and the other option is to keep working with the young players we have.''

In my opinion a move to Liverpool would be the wrong move for Turner. I have no doubt that when the likes of Carragher and Agger return he would find himself sitting on the bench.

Champions League play-off draw

Friday, August 7, 2009

FC Sheriff v Olympiakos

SV Red Bull Salzburg v Maccabi Haifa

FK Ventspils v FC Zurich

FC Copenhagen v Apoel Nicosia

Levski Sofia v Debrecen

Lyon v Anderlecht

Celtic v Arsenal

FC Timisoara v VfB Stuttgart

Sporting v Fiorentina

Panathinaikos v Atletico Madrid

The Champions League play-off draw certainly has some mouth watering fixtures, but the Celtic v Arsenal tie certainly stands out. I can't wait to see what happens.

Bassong heading to White Hart Lane

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Newcastle defender Sebastian Bassong is all set for a move to Tottenham Hotspur after a bid of £8million was accepted by Newcastle. Bassong stated his intention to leave Newcastle after they were relegated to the Championship.

Bassong joined Newcastle from Metz last year and throughout the campaign he was one of the clubs top performers. Spurs were keen to sign Bassong this summer as Harry Redknapp looks to strengthen his defence with injury worries for Ledley King, Michael Dawson and Jonathan Woodgate.

Bassong has been linked with a host of clubs this summer, including Everton, Manchester City and Spurs bitter rivals Arsenal. Bassong did state Tottenham would be his preferred option, and that he had to leave Newcastle if he wants to play for the French national side. I think that leaving Newcastle is the right option for Bassong, but in my opinion he might be in danger of falling down in the pecking order once Woodgate and King return to fitness.

Aquilani heading to Anfield....That was fast

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Just 24 hours after Liverpool accepted a bid from Real Madrid for Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso, the Reds have had a bid accepted by Roma for midfielder Alberto Aquilani. Alonso today passed a medical and is expected to complete a £30 million pound move sometime in the next 24 hours.

But now the Liverpool faithful will turn their attention away from Alonso and onto Aquilani. The Italian midfielder has been linked to Liverpool for some time, and today a £20 million pound move was accepted and the midfielder will surely be a Liverpool player pending a medical and agreeing personal terms.

Personally, I don't think Aquilani was anywhere near the quality of Alonso. Iv seen him play a few times, for the Italian national side and for Roma in the Champions League and although he is a good player, Alonso is in my opinion far better.

Real Madrid's Alonso bid accepted

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Finally, after weeks of speculation, Liverpool have accepted a sizeable bid for Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso. Alonso's future has been in doubt all summer, but Liverpool boss did not want to part with his star midfielder, but has been forced to let him go after Alonso handed in a transfer request to force a move to Madrid.

The fee is believed to be in around £30 million and will make Alonso Madrid's fifth major signing, following Kaka, Benzema, Albiol and most notably Cristiano Ronaldo. Alonso's addition will be their first in the central midfield department, meaning the future of many of the Real players will be in doubt.

It was thought that Rafael Van Der Vaart or Wesley Sneijder would be part of the deal, but it seems the cash offer was enough for Liverpool to part with Alonso. However, the cash is likely to be used in signing a replacement, with Alberto Aquilani and recently Christian Poulsen linked with the Reds. However, in my opinion I don't think they will be able to replace Alonso. He is a quality player and in my opinion definitely value for money.

Real insure Ronaldo's legs

Spanish giants Real Madrid have splashed the cash once again but this time not on a new signing. The Galacticos today insured Cristiano Ronaldo's legs for a sum of 100 million euro. Ronaldo moved to Madrid for a record fee of 94 million euro.

Of course, Madrid would be devastated if the Portuguese star suffered a career threatening injury, so they insured the wingers legs so that if the event ever occurred they would receive 100 million euro is damages, even more than the Galacticos payed for the Player of the Year.

Out of all Madrid signings this year, Ronaldo has been by far most celebrated by the fans. They should hope that Kaka's, Benzema's, Albiol's and possibly Alonso's legs don't feel unloved.

Chamakh gunning for Arsenal move

Monday, August 3, 2009

Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh has today signalled his intent to join Arsenal after blasting his club over not accepting Arsenal's bid of £5 million, as Bordeaux want the offer doubled. Chamakh launched a vicious attack on Bordeaux claiming that he will not sign a new contract and if he does not leave this summer he will leave next summer for free.

"One thing is certain, I will not be signing a new contract - if they will not let me go now, I will leave for free''.

Chamakh was also linked to Sunderland but Bordeaux rejected the offer claiming Chamakh was too good for them. This, understandably, left Chamakh fuming as he thought he should be deciding his own future, not the club.

"Already I am told that Sunderland is not the club for me. But since when does a club chose the future of a player?''

Personally, I have not seen enough of Chamakh to see how good he is. But, I've always been a fan of Arsene Wenger and in my opinion if Wenger sees quality in Chamakh then he must be good enough for Arsenal. However, I do not think a striker is what Wenger's top priority should be. Arsenal already have Van Persie, Bendtner and Eduardo, not to mention Vela, Walcott and Arshavin who can all play up front, so in my opinion a defensive midfielder should be Wenger's top priority.

Van der Vaart wants to leave

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Real Madrid midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart has today stated his intention to leave the Bernabeu this summer. The Dutch star only joined Madrid last summer for a fee of £8 million from Hamburg and an offer of around the same value would be enough to land the little midfielder.

The news of his eagerness to find a new club is likely to have alerted Aston Villa who are in the market for a new midfielder are their talisman Gareth Barry left for Manchester City, but Spurs, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool are also interested. However, Van der Vaart has stated that a return to his former club Hamburg is a possibility.

"The coach told me I won't get much chance to play, so it's not an option to stay here''.

"Of course I am interested in Hamburg, but it's not the only option for me''.

In my opinion Van der Vaart would be an excellent signing for any club. He is a quality player, and in my opinion £8 million would be a steal for any club. To be honest, he was wasted a Real Madrid and is making the right decision in leaving.

Stoke make shock move for Bent

Stoke have today made a shock move for Darren Bent. The offer of £15 million would smash their previous transfer record of £5.5 million for Dave Kitson who proved to be a massive flop.

Bent was widely expected to join Sunderland recently and was set for talks with Sunderland and a medical before stoke made a bid which would see their transfer kitty emptied. It seems that a deal had been struck for Bent by Sunderland, but Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy believes the Stoke offer is a better deal. But now its up to Bent, apparently the personal terms Sunderland are offering better personal terms which might tempt the England international.

Personally, I think Bent would be an excellent signing for Stoke as he would no doubt be their main striker. However, he would also more than likely lead the line for Sunderland as well, although they have more quality in attack.

Rafa ready to splash Alonso cash

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez claims he would be ready to splash out on Spanish striker David Villa with the money received from the Alonso transfer. Although Alonso is still a Liverpool player at the moment, he is widely expected to sign for Madrid before the transfer window closes.

It is believed Real will pay the £30 million demanded by Liverpool, and Benitez is ready to lure Villa in with the intention he will link up with Torres as well as the Spanish pair did at Euro 2008. Villa has already rejected a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona already this summer, but Liverpool feel that playing beside international compatriot Torres could lure Villa to Anfield.

However, their is no guarantee of Villa joining Liverpool. After all, he did turn down the Champions of Europe and big-spending Madrid so the chances of him wanting to join Liverpool, in my opinion, would be slim to none. But there is another option for the Reds, with Alberto Aquilani already signalling his intent to join Liverpool by reportedly handing in a transfer request. To be honest, for me its keep Alonso or don't mount a serious challenge for the tittle. For me Alonso is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and it would be a massive blow to lose him.