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Now Arsenal Have A Goalkeeping Crisis?

Emirates_NightThis is getting ridiculous. First a poor summer transfer policy left Arsenal woefully short of defenders, and now we hear that Arsenal will be forced to play their third choice goalkeeper in Wednesday’s Champions League match with Anderlecht.

With first-choice keeper Wojciech Szczesny suspended for getting sent off in MatchDay 2 against Galatasaray, and his backup David Ospina unavailable due to injury, U21 goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will be thrown into the first-team firing line in Belgium with academy goalkeeper Ryan Huddart likely to be named on the bench.

How can this be happening at Arsenal?

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lvg-newReally interesting comments from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal about his young English stars playing in the European Under 21 Championships this summer.

The Manchester United boss wants Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and other United youngsters to be picked in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the finals in the Czech Republic at the end of the season believing it will help further their careers.

‘That tournament is a very good education and I said that as the coach of the Dutch national team as well,’ said Van Gaal.

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Barca And Real Warm Up For Classico With Wins

El_ClasicoBarcelona maintained their four-point lead over Real Madrid at the top of La Liga ahead of next weekend’s first El Clasico of the season with a 3-0 win over Eibar.

Madrid cruised to victory earlier in the day as they secured a seventh consecutive win in all competitions with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice in a 5-0 rout away to Levante. After a frustrating opening 45 minutes, Barça finally went in front when Xavi Hernandez dinked home his first goal of the season from Lionel Messi’s slide rule pass on the hour mark.

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SouthamptonCesc Fabregas scored early in the second half as Chelsea maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table with a 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace. Sergio Aguero scored all four in a 4-1 win for Manchester City over Tottenham in the lunchtime kick-off, while Danny Welbeck netted in injury time to salvage a 2-2 draw for Arsenal at home to Hull.

But the headlines will go to Ronald Koeman’s Southampton, who obliterated Sunderland with five second-half goals on the south coast. A 12th-minute own goal from Santiago Vergini set the tone for an afternoon Black Cats boss Gus Poyet will wish to forget, before Graziano Pelle and Jack Cork put the game out of sight before the break.

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Chelsea Blow As Costa Out For Three Weeks

Premier League leaders Chelsea have been dealt a blow as top scorer Diego Costa is expected to be sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

Costa, the Premier League top scorer with nine goals, played in his nation’s defeat to Slovakia and victory over Luxembourg during the international break. Costa returned from international duty on Monday and has been having treatment this week.

Chelsea have been carefully monitoring Costa’s hamstrings all season, rarely playing him in two games in the sam week. But that was not the case with Spain where he played all but eight minutes in the two games combined.

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Lee Nguyen Leads Revs To Victory

Lee-NguyenMajor League Soccer MVP candidate Lee Nguyen scored both of the New England Revolution’s goals to lead the Revs to a 2-1, come-from-behind victory on the road over the Houston Dynamo. Nguyen scored his 16th and 17th goals of the year in the 65th and 87th minutes, respectively, to help New England overcome a 1-0 halftime deficit.

With the win, New England (16-13-4, 52 pts.) secured at least a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference, avoiding the Knockout Round between the four and five seeds. The Revs have one game left – next Saturday, October 25, at Gillette Stadium against Toronto FC. With the loss, Houston (11-16-6, 39 pts.) dropped the season series to the Revs, who went 2-1-0 against the Dynamo this season.

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ozil-arsenal2Gobsmacking comments from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger today that Mesut Ozil heard a crack in his ruptured left knee before half-time in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat at Chelsea on October 5.

In an exclusive interview with beIN Sports, which will be broadcast on Thursday and again on Saturday, Wenger said:

‘He had a little problem just before he went out at half-time. He had a little pain with his knee, he felt a crack.

‘I said to our physio to keep an eye on him and if there was anything wrong with him, tell me because when you’re 1-0 down, you want to keep your offensive players on the pitch.

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Gareth-Bale-Champions-LeagueUEFA has announced that the seeding for the Champions League will change next season, a decision that will have potentially a huge impact on the fortunes in Europe of English and Spanish sides.

The existing UEFA format means that seeding is based on the results of clubs competing in the five previous seasons of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League. This season that meant that the top seeds come from just four different nations: Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid representing Spain, Chelsea and Arsenal representing England, Porto and Benfica.

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Are Premier League Games Coming To America?

MCFC-ChampionsReports in the English press suggest that the Premier League is once again considering playing a round of matches in the USA in late November or early December, a scenario that Toronto FC president Tim Leiweke is not impressed with.

The Premier League is looking to expand its brand, and bring in more money, and they look at the attendance numbers from this summer’s game and they want some of that revenue.

This is not a new proposal from the Premier League. Six years ago, Premier League chief Richard Scudamore was widely criticized for his ill-fated ‘Game 39’ proposal, an extra match added to the League season to be played abroad, But this new proposal would seemingly be worked into the existing 38-game League format.

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Fergie Hails Brilliant Van Gaal

lvg-mufcI cannot recall former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson calling his hand-picked successor David Moyes “brilliant”, but that is what he thinks of Louis van Gaal’s reign at United so far.

Ferguson has been an interested onlooker as Van Gaal has gone about the task of rebuilding the squad he inherited from David Moyes in the summer.

LVG Thas spent big as he looks to undo the damage of the 2013-14 season but Fergie has endorsed Van Gaal’s approach and said:

‘Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually, maybe he’s doing the right thing — to clear the decks and build his own team.

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