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Sunderland v Arsenal: Team News, Tactics, Line-ups, and Prediction

Saturday’s match at the Stadium of Light pits two teams coming off disappointing results in their last English Premier League matches. Sunderland got destroyed by Southampton, suffering an 8-0 defeat. Arsenal played poorly against Hull City, with about 20 minutes of good play being sufficient to get a point out of a match where they should have expected to get all three. For Arsenal fans, this match against Sunderland should not feel too different to many of Arsenal’s encounters this season. The question will be whether Arsenal have found some new ways to attack these all too familiar strategies and tactics. Read more »

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Arsene Wenger: Sunderland Will React After Embarrassing Defeat

Arsenal manager admitted he considered selecting Theo Walcott for tomorrow’s game against Sunderland but conceded that he is not yet match fit. The England international is closing on a first-team return after featuring for the under-21s last week, and the manager has been impressed by Walcott’s positive attitude during this nine-month lay-off. “He had a very difficult time,” said Wenger. “He’s a very polite and social guy, but behind that, he’s mentally strong as well.” “For what he has gone through in the last nine months, you gain even more respect for him, because he had some difficult times and always responded very positively. He’s got a young baby, where they had some problems, but he has done extremely well.” “[Theo] had some difficult times and always responded very positively. I am not sure to involve him tomorrow. Certainly next week.” “He has to get used to contact again. He has been out for nine months, it was a big […] Read more »

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Brendan Rodgers: Is This The Mario Balotelli Press Conference?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has cast doubt over Mario Balotelli’s long term future at the club. Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has spoken to Mario Balotelli about his shirt swap with Real Madrid defender Pepe at half-time and admitted that the Italian striker would face punishment for his actions. Rodgers refused to comment on reports that the 24-year-old will face a sanction from the club but raised doubts regarding Balotelli’s long-term success at Liverpool. “Any action I would take with Mario [Balotelli] would be kept within ourselves. We’ve had a conversation about the culture in this country and in particular Liverpool and that is it. Matter closed,” said Rodgers at Thursday’s press conference. “There’s been no reaction to Mario Balotelli’s shirt swap from the rest of the squad but speculation is inevitable.” “The Mario Balotelli show is no different to me. He is treated like any other player. We have an image of a team here, of how we play […] Read more »

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Arsenal – Podolski Will Talk To Wenger About Possible Departure

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski will discuss his situation with manager, Arsene Wenger and may leave the club in January. The German international is yet to start a single Premier League game for Arsenal this season, enjoying just 37 minutes of action on the pitch, and was again ignored in the 2-2 draw against Hull City on Saturday. With Theo Walcott reaching full fitness, the chance of Podolski starting a league game are thinner than before and the 29-year old admits a move away from the London club might be ideal for his career. The 29-year-old told Sport Bild: “I have a contract with Arsenal until 2016. I feel at home in London and get on with the fans very well.” “Nevertheless, I will try to speak with the coach and the club to see what is best for all parties. “I want to play football and am not the type to sit on the bench until my contract expires.” Lukas Podolski […] Read more »

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Liverpool 0-3 Real Madrid: Galacticos Dish Out Champions League Lesson

Liverpool were humbled by a masterclass display meted out by the European champions Real Madrid. Three goals in the space of 18 first half minutes settled the contest early as the Reds were comprehensively dispatched at their own backyard. Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 20th time in 13 appearances this season and subsequently moved to within one goal of former Real Madrid legend Raul’s Champions League record of 71 strikes. After the flurry of goals it was a matter of damage limitation for Rodgers’ men and the English club put on a spirited display in the second half. Mario Balotelli had another horrible evening as he was substituted at half time and his shirt swap with Real Madrid defender Pepe did not go down well with the Reds boss. Rodgers,however, insisted that Balotelli’s substitution was based on tactical reasons. “It’s not something I like,” he said. “We had an incident last year with a player that was dealt […] Read more »