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On the back of Roberto Mancini’s appointment as Inter boss, we take a look at Inter’s strikeforce from the 2014/15 season ahead of the Milan derby.

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welbeck-arsenalArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned he cannot offer guarantees of a place in the starting XI to any of his strikers. For the first time in years, Wenger has quality attacking options with Danny Welbeck, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez all in contention for a starting spot.

That competition has caused Germany international Lukas Podolski to reassess his future at the Emirates as he is getting frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities, but Wenger insists that is all part and parcel of competition at a leading club.

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Balotelli: I don’t listen to critics

Mario Balotelli LiverpoolStruggling Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli insists criticism of his performances this season does not affect him and he is putting in more effort than ever before. The Italian international has yet to score in the English Premier League since his £16m summer move from AC Milan with his two goals coming against Bulgarian UEFA Champions League opponents Ludogorets and Swansea City in the League Cup.

There is added pressure on the 24-year-old in the continued absence of Daniel Sturridge, who has not played for his club since August 31 because of injury and was this week ruled out until 2015 by a new thigh problem. But Balotelli stressed his approval rating outside his inner circle is not something which concerns him.

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Falcao-scoresManchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects to be without midfielder Daley Blind for some time. The midfielder was taken off in the 20th minute of the Netherlands‘ 6-0 win over Latvia last Sunday with a knee injury. Van Gaal said initial tests on the player’s knee proved inconclusive and he will undergo another scan the week after next to determine how long he would be out for.

The United boss said:

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ozil-arsenal2Arsenal and German star Mesut Ozil says that he has complete trust in manager Arsene Wenger making him a better player.

The Gunners’ club-record signing is currently recovering from a knee injury suffered at the start of October, and is not expected to feature again until early 2015.

Ozil, who helped Germany win the World Cup last summer, has often been criticised for perceived inconsistent displays, with questions raised over whether the former Real Madrid playmaker could cope under the physical demands of the Barclays Premier League.

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Messi Hints That Barca Could Sell Him

messi_world-player-of-yearBarcelona striker Lionel Messi has given the strongest hint yet that he could leave the Spanish giants saying “things can change a lot in soccer ” before appearing to contradict himself by adding “if it was up to me I would stay forever”.

The four-times world player of the year, who joined Barça’s academy at the age of 13, has had a tough 18 months as he has struggled with injuries and lack of form combined with a long battle with Spanish tax authorities.

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PodolskiLukas Podolski has admitted that he wants to speak to Arsène Wenger about his future at the club. The 29-year-old said that while he is happy at the Emirates he is concerned at how little he is playing this season.

“I have to speak to Wenger because the situation at the moment is not good for me because I have to play, so we will see what happens,” Podolski said after Germany’s 1-0 victory over Spain on Tuesday night. “I am happy at Arsenal and happy in London but the only thing is I don’t play. I don’t get the chance to play. I play always ten to 15 minutes. I cannot be happy with this.”

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Liverpool Striker Daniel Sturridge Injured Again

daniel-sturridgeThe knock on Daniel Sturridge is that he is always injured and that looks to be the case again after the Liverpool striker pulled up in training with a thigh problem, the third fitness setback of a desperately trying season for the 25-year-old and his manager, Brendan Rodgers.

Sturridge had been expected to give Liverpool’s attack a much-needed jump start by returning from a 10-week lay-off at Crystal Palace on Sunday. But, having been back in full training since last week, he suffered another thigh injury at Melwood and could be set for another extended spell on the sidelines.

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Man United Returning To The USA In May

mufc-tour-2014Remember last summer when new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal complained about United’s USA preseason tour and how they were traveling too much? Well wait until LVG sees the plans for next summer as it looks United are heading to the Far East in January, then the USA in May before heading to Asia for a lucrative pre-season tour.

Not being in the Champions League cost United around £50 million and the Glazers and Ed Woodward are determined to make back that revenue however they can.

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I understand that Manchester City are the parent club of New York City FC, but do there kits have to be so similar? It looks like NYC FC went for a cheap knockoff of the City shirt.

NYC FC unveiled their new sky blue strip at New York’s Terminal 5 venue on Thursday, and as you can see it beats a striking resemblance to Man City‘s kit.

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Speaking at the event, NYC FC Chief business officer Tim Pernetti said:

‘This is a milestone day for New York City Football Club.

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