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arsene-wenger-beachClinical Welbeck blasted the Gunners into a 2-0 lead and once Alexis Sanchez had stretched the advantage further, the £16 million signing from Manchester United added his third as the Turkish club were swept aside at the Emirates Stadium.

The only blot on an otherwise fine night was the red card shown to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny for bringing down Burak Yilmaz, who rifled home from the spot.

“Danny was on the end of good movements. It’s good that slowly he gains confidence and finishes well. Hopefully the hat-trick will help him gain confidence,” Wenger said.

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brendan-rodgers1Brendan Rodgers lamented Liverpool‘s “poor” defending after the Reds crashed to a 1-0 Champions League defeat against Basel, to fall behind the Swiss side in their group standings.

Liverpool manager Rodgers felt his side played well enough to get something from the game but let themselves down by failing to deal with Basel’s set pieces.

“We defended very, very poorly on the corner and it’s not the first time so it’s very, very disappointing we couldn’t get something from the game and the game was decided by a poor defensive corner,” he told Sky Sports.

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danny-welbeck-afcReal Madrid narrowly avoided what would have been the biggest upset in the Champions League in recent memory as they have to come from behind to beat Ludogorets 2-1. The defending European champions went one down n Razgrad thanks to Marcelinho’s early effort, but Cristiano Ronaldo responded to missing one penalty by scoring another, before Karim Benzema got a second for a 2-1 victory.

Like their city rivals, Atletico Madrid managed a slender victory, but their win came against far more decorated opponents. Diego Simeone’s side saw off Italian champions Juventus 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon thanks to Arda Turan’s effort 15 minutes from time.

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becks-jay-zBarcelona suffered a rare group stage defeat at Paris Saint-Germain while Manchester City once again struggled at home in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The match-up in Paris between PSG and Barcelona brought up the stars with Jay-Z, Beyonce and David Beckham all taking in the game. And they saw Barca concede for the firs time this season as the Lique 1 champions won 3-2.

David Luiz, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi got the goals for the French side while Lionel Messi and Neymar scored for Barca.

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Manuel Pellegrini And MLS Heading For Conflict

Frank-Lampard-NYCFCSomeone needs to explain the loan rule to Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini as Pellegrini seems to feel that City and not New York City FC own the rights to midfielder Frank Lampard,

Lampard has been brilliant the last week for City, scoring four goals and Pellegrini says that the interests of Manchester City will come first when a decision is made about Lampard’s future.

City’s sister club New York City FC want Lampard to join them as planned in January for the new MLS season, no matter how well he plays while on loan in the Barclays Premier League club in the meantime.
But City boss Pellegrini underlined that the decision that is made will be motivated by his team’s needs.

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kaka-orlandoThe MLS Players Union have released the latest salary figures and former Real Madrid and AC Milan star Kaka heads the list, despite never having played for his club.

The 32-year-old Brazilian, who signed for Orlando City in June and was immediately loaned to Sao Paulo, is on a total salary of $7,167,500, making him not only the highest paid in the league, but the highest-paid player in MLS history.

Clint Dempsey is second on the list for 2014 salaries, with a total compensation of $6.7 million. The top five is rounded out by Michael Bradley ($6.5 million), Jermain Defoe ($6.2 million) and Landon Donovan ($4.6 million).

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Rooney: I Deserved To Be Sent Off

rooney-newWayne Rooney admitted he deserved to be sent-off in Manchester United‘s 2-1 win over West Ham as his sixth career red card again put his temperament under the spotlight.

Rooney, who has been appointed skipper by coach Louis van Gaal this season and is celebrating a decade at Old Trafford, was dismissed for a reckless lunge on Stewart Downing just on the hour mark on Saturday.

“I knew at the time that I misjudged it,” 28-year-old Rooney said Sunday. “It is a red card and I don’t think it will benefit anyone to appeal against the decision. It was probably the right decision. I saw the West Ham player making a counter-attack and I tried to break-up the play, but I just misjudged it.

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diego-costa-cfcJose Mourinho has some injuries concerns ahead of a big week for his Chelsea squad. The Premier League leaders head to Portugal on Tuesday for a Champions League Group G clash with Sporting Lisbon before playing London rivals Arsenal next weekend.

The concern for Mourinho is who will play up front as Didier Drogba did not travel with the team to Portugal. Diego Costa did travel despite his ongoing hamstring problems which had previously limited his involvement to one game a week.

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LVH Tips Giggs To Be Next United Manager

lvg-mufcFor the first time Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has public confirmed that he is grooming Ryan Giggs to eventually replace him as Manchester United manager.

The former Dutch national team manager praised Giggs at an annual charity dinner at Old Trafford and called the United legend the perfect example for the players and also underlined his excellent communication skills.

Here is a transcript of Van Gaal’s speech in which he was gushing with praise for his assistant.

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Ibra Misses Showdown With Barcelona

Ibra PSGThe marque matchup on Champions League match day two is Barcelona‘s trip to the Parc des Princes to play French giants Paris Saint-Germain. Barca‘s trip will be a little easier with the news that PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday’s match due to a nagging heel problem.

“As the different tests carried out this morning on the problem with his left heel were not satisfactory, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of the match against Barcelona,” said a statement released by PSG on Monday.

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