It’s six days to Sunday, the first time we’ll see Bruce Arena manage the United States men’s national team since his rehiring late last year. The Yanks host Serbia in San Diego before moving to Chattanooga for a match against Jamaica. Both matches should be open-and-shut wins, as the Americans’ MLS-only lineup get “B-teams” from Serbia and Jamaica. Possible starting center back Matt Hedges and his FC Dallas teammate, Kellyn Acosta, will miss through injury, while Arena sent Kekuta Manneh to Wales for Vancouver Whitecaps camp. That leaves 28 names — full roster at bottom — and the level of competition means Arena can take risks, like his choice to try Graham Zusi at right back. Arena used several
Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been interviewed by police over an allegation he racially abused a staff member at London's Heathrow Airport on Monday. The 24-year-old Switzerland international was not arrested but voluntarily attended a nearby police station after the incident was reported by a third party. According to British media reports Xhaka, shown a red card in Arsenal's 2-1 win over Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday, was seeing off a friend when the alleged incident took place.
It can’t possibly get much worse than allowing the statistically sorriest team in the league to plunder three points and as many goals at Anfield, so much that the end of this January crush of games across three competitions thankfully beckons. Interestingly enough, Wednesday's crucial second leg EFL Cup tie to Southampton could be the first time Jürgen Klopp will be only missing one of his electric first choice XI since before the festive period last year. The reprieve could not have come at a better time, as his side’s January travails have seen them drop back into the tightening pack of league contenders in what is shaping up to be a dogfight for Champions League places rather than a title challenge that had been in the offing only a few short weeks ago.