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Van Persie - We must win these games

Posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by PA

Robin van Persie has billed the clash against Fulham at Craven Cottage as a true test of Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title credentials.Playmaker Andrey Arshavin returns from a groin injury while England winger Theo Walcott has recovered from a side strain and is available again - but goalkeeper Manuel Almunia is still troubled by the chest infection so Vito Mannone could continue in his pl...Full Story »

Pulis relishing united visit

Posted Saturday, September 26, 2009 by PA

Stoke manager Tony Pulis admits a date with Manchester United at the Britannia Stadium is the stuff of dreams.The Potters have made a decent start to their second season in the top flight and have a home record that is the envy of many.And the Welsh boss, while respectful of United, expects his side to continue in positive mode against the Barclays Premier League champions on Saturday.Strikers ...Full Story »

Benitez points to players` belief

Posted Saturday, September 26, 2009 by PA

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez insists it is belief among his players and not a change in tactics which has made his side more attacking this season as he prepares to welcome Hull to Anfield.The Spaniard has a reputation for being a defensively-minded coach and certainly his teams in recent years have been well organised and difficult to score against.There were both positive and negative effe...Full Story »

Fabregas misses Celtic clash

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Arsenal will be without captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring) for the Champions League second-leg clash with Celtic at Emirates Stadium, but he could return for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Manchester United.Both Abou Diaby and Aaron Ramsey are in contention as the Gunners look to defend a 2-0 lead, with manager Arsene Wenger set to rotate his side.Czech winger Tomas Rosicky (hamstring...Full Story »

Villa wait on Carew

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Striker John Carew could return for Aston Villa for Thursday night's Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna at Villa Park.Norway international Carew has yet to feature for Villa this season because of injury.He missed the first game against Wigan with an infected toe and sat out the 1-0 defeat against Vienna in the first leg and Monday's 3-1 win against Liverpool with a virus.But he has been a...Full Story »

Hodgson set for late team decision

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has a host of injury concerns ahead of Thursday's Europa League play-off second leg away to Amkar Perm.The Cottagers, already without Andy Johnson, will also be missing Danny Murphy, Bobby Zamora and Paul Konchesky as they seek to defend a 3-1 first-leg lead.Striker Johnson suffered a broken collarbone in that encounter last Thursday at Craven Cottage, while captain Murph...Full Story »

Moyes targets four new signings

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Everton striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu has been included in the squad to face Sigma Olomouc in the Europa League play-off second leg in the Czech Republic on Thursday.Manager David Moyes named the Nigerian in his travelling party after watching the striker mark his comeback on Tuesday night with a goal after only 31 seconds in the reserves 3-0 victory against Burnley.It was his first game since last N...Full Story »

Hearts welcome back Driver

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Andrew Driver will return to the Hearts squad for Thursday night's Europa League play-off round second leg against Dinamo Zagreb.The winger has missed the start of the season with a heel injury but will be on the bench at Tynecastle.Defender Marius Zaliukas returns in the midst of his domestic ban, captain Michael Stewart is also available after suspension, but Laryea Kingston (knee) is still mi...Full Story »

Martinez ponders changes

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is likely to make wholesale changes for the Barclays Premier League trip to Everton.The Spaniard was furious after the midweek Carling Cup defeat to Blackpool when the nine squad players he brought in failed to perform.Only defender Paul Scharner and midfielder Moham d Diame from the starting line-up at Bloomfield Road are likely to survive the cull.Following the g...Full Story »

Blues duo return

Posted Friday, September 25, 2009 by PA

Chelsea will welcome back Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa for the home clash with Tottenham.The pair were suspended for the midweek Champions League win over Porto but are available for domestic games.Joe Cole (knee), Yuri Zhirkov (knee) and Paulo Ferreira (knee) are all out with coach Carlo Ancelotti saving their return for next week's Carling Cup tie with Queens Park Rangers.Defender Alex is s...Full Story »

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