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  • Wenger facing up to Giroud blow

    Arsene Wenger admits losing Oliver Giroud once again is a body blow to Arsenal's Champions League push. Giroud is facing three games out after his red card in the 2-1 Boxing Day win against QPR. The Frenchman was sent off for a headbutt on Nedum Onuoha and his lack of discipline will see him…

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  • Rodgers encouraged by battling Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes his side proved they have the guts to rescue their spluttering season after grinding out a 1-0 win over Burnley. After a miserable run which included their exit from the Champions League, Rodgers' side have now lost once in their last nine games in all…

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  • Lloris expected to be fit for United showdown

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino eased fears over Hugo Lloris's fitness by confirming the France goalkeeper was unharmed after a collision with Leicester striker Jamie Vardy. Lloris will be fit for Sunday's home match against Manchester United despite going down in an incident that brought…

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  • Best XI: Week 18

    Galin Dragiev lists some important injuries from today and gives the Best XI for week 18.

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  • Chelsea, Man City win in English Premier league

    LONDON (AP) -- Chelsea and Manchester City enjoyed commanding victories in the English Premier League on Friday while Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool also won on a successful day for the top teams.

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  • Toure close to fourth straight African award

    Johannesburg (AFP) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure moved closer to a record fourth consecutive African Footballer of the Year title on Friday when he was included in a three-man shortlist.

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  • Sanchez saves Arsenal as Giroud sees red

    Alexis Sanchez helped maintain 10-man Arsenal's Champions League push as his man-of-the-match display condemned Queens Park Rangers to a 2-1 Premier League defeat on Friday. The Chilean forward went from zero to hero after squandering an early penalty and then putting Arsenal ahead with a…

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  • Revitalised Saints down Palace, into top four

    Southampton climbed back into the Premier League's top four with a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Friday. Ronald Koeman's side moved into the fourth and final Champions League place with their second successive victory to maintain their revival after a run of five games without…

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  • Eriksen keeps Spurs in top four chase

    Tottenham claimed their third successive Premier League win as Christian Eriksen's free kick sealed a 2-1 success at bottom-of-the-table Leicester on Friday. Mauricio Pochettino's side had goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to thank for an outstanding performance as Leicester dominated for long periods after…

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  • Wenger backs Mertesacker ahead of QPR visit

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has defended under-fire centre-back Per Mertesacker ahead of his side's Premier League home game with Queens Park Rangers on Friday. Mertesacker was criticised after apparently ducking beneath the ball to allow Martin Skrtel to net a 97th-minute equaliser for…

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  • Van Gaal hasn't given up on title

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists that winning the Premier League title remains a goal for him and the players despite being 10 points adrift of leaders Chelsea heading into Friday's fixtures. The 63-year-old Dutchman -- who originally said when he took over after the World Cup this…

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  • Manchester City-West Brom Preview

    West Bromwich Albion are in need of some Christmas cheer as they open their three-match festive schedule against title-chasing Manchester City at The Hawthorns on Boxing Day.

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  • Bad news for Balotelli as Liverpool alter system

    MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- There's a very different feel to Christmas Day at Liverpool this season.

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  • Wenger upbeat as injured Gunners return

    Arsene Wenger is upbeat about a strong second half of the season showing from an Arsenal side set to capitalise on the return of injured players like Mesut Ozil and Mikel Arteta. Wenger expects Ozil and Arteta to return to action in January, while Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey and Laurent Koscielny…

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  • China names 23-man squad for Asian Cup

    Beijing (AFP) - China on Tuesday announced its 23-man squad for the 2015 Asian Cup to be held in Australia in January.

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  • Deila wants 'sleeping bear' Celtic to wake up

    Manager Ronny Deila wants his "sleeping bear" of a Celtic side to wake up, the Norwegian giving only a six out of 10 at best for the year-ending report card. The Hoops are four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership despite losing their first league game in nine against Dundee United…

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  • Spot-on Napoli beat Juventus to Super Cup

    Italian Cup holders Napoli beat Juventus 6-5 on penalties to claim their second Super Cup on Monday after a dramatic final played in Doha which saw the game finish 2-2 after extra-time. The match, moved to December to accomodate Napoli's Champions League play-off commitments last August, was…

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