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Thursday Headlines: Fergie Gets Frisky at Man U Semi-Final Celebration

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Sir Alex Ferguson acts like he’s been there before after the Carling Cup Semi-Final Win. (Off the Post)

Maurice Edu blames US Soccer for placing too much pressure on Freddy Adu. (Tribal Footall)

Arsenal will make the Emirates Stadium much more technology-savvy. (Arsenal Mania)

Emerson thinks Kaka should move to Real Madrid (The Beautiful Game)

MLS is not pleased with Sports Business Journal over wording. (LA Times)

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Tuesday Transfer Twaddle: Pennant to Portsmouth

jermaine-pennantOft-troubled Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant has accepted a temporary loan move to Portsmouth, to play for former Arsenal teammate Tony Adams.  Pennant deflected interest from AC Milan and Real Madrid, originally preferring to stay at Liverpool, despite not playing.  Who wouldn’t want a player with that type of ambition?

Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness’ raging jealousy of AC Milan has lingered after the Dubai trip.  Upset by the audacity of Milan’s 120 million euro valuation of Kaka, Hoeness has tried to one-up them, by claiming Franck Ribery is worth 150 million!  Unfortunately for Bayern, Ribery does want to leave eventually, possibly for free when his contract expires in 2011.

Talks between Arsenal and Zenit St. Petersburg for Andrei Arshavin have hit an impass, with Zenit demanding that the London club raise their bid from £10m to £15m.  Five million pounds is a substantial sum, of course.  So is the £40m they would lose by not qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Lukas Podolski will return, as speculated, to his former club FC Koln, with Koln essentially returning the £10m Bayern paid for him in 2006.  However, there’s still a solid six months of awkwardness before that happens, as the clubs will not consummate the deal until July 1.  The 23-year-old should have a fabulous sulk party on the bench with new signing Landon Donovan. 

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Tuesday Headlines: City Blame Milan for Failed Kaka Transfer

6275067Manchester City believe AC Milan spoiled the Kaka transfer by going public. (101 Great Goals)

Manchester United’s new home shirt. (EPL Talk)

Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to talk about winning the title, which is convenient because everyone knows they are out of the race. (Arsenal Mania)

Can Hoffenheim continue their dream season without Ibisevic? (Unprofessional Foul)

Manchester United have only come from behind in a second leg once. (Chickendinner)

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Wednesday Headlines: Did Nike Make Ronaldo Choose Corinthians?

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Flamengo think Nike engineered Ronaldo’s move to Corinthians. (Goal)

Everybody Loves Beckham. (The Beautiful Game)

Wenger tells fans to expect more from Bendtner.  So he’s going to wear an all-pink wardrobe and leak Arsene’s new age handouts as well as the lineup to the opposition? (Arsenal-Mania)

Ten worst transfer fees of all time. (The Spoiler)

The Madoff scandal may have prevented the Mets’ owners from buying Newcastle (SportsbyBrooks)

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Headlines: Arsenal Interested in Stephen Ireland?

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If Arsene Wenger desires players with class, surely, this rules out a transfer for Stephen Ireland. (News of the World)

Cheryl Cole is having difficulty getting a work permit in the U.S., because of a 2003 assault conviction. (WAGS Blog)

Juventus’ equipment manager was caught stealing thousands of jerseys for black market sale. (The Beautiful Game)

David Beckham charges $730,000 for an interview. (The Spoiler)

A Spanish official gave out 19 red cards. (The Guardian)

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Matthew Upson to Arsenal?

200px-matthew_upsonArsene Wenger may have found his “special class” defender, former Arsenal man Matthew Upson.

Upson, 29, played for the Gunners from 1997 to 2003.  However, he made just 56 appearances, suffering from injuries and a bloated depth chart in central defense.  After regular runs at Birmingham and later West Ham, Upson is considered one of the better defenders in the Premier League.

West Ham, though hardly in the financial position to negotiate, would probably want at least the £7.5m they paid Birmingham for him two years ago.  With West Ham likely selling a striker, Arsenal could negotiate a part-exchange deal, should they allow Nicklas Bendtner to leave.

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Headlines: £400,000 for Theo Walcott?

theo-walcott_01NBA teams are not the only ones awaiting the Summer of 2010.  Theo Walcott, unsigned beforehand, could leave Arsenal for just £400,000. (The Daily Express)

Robin Van Persie is a darts aficionado. (Off The Post)

ADug will give Mark Hughes time to rebuild City’s squad. (Man City Blog)

Arsene Wenger will only bring in players of “a special class” in January.  If only he had such requirements for his starting XI… (The Guardian)

Manchester City and Inter Milan could swap Brazilian wastrels. (The Daily Mail)

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Sunday EPL Results: The Deuce Runs Loose on Chelsea

156202256_22681c61afNewcastle 1 – 5 Liverpool: Liverpool emphatically guaranteed they will be title leaders by Christmas.  How bad does your defense need to be for a team playing two holding midfielders and leading the line with Dirk Kuyt to score five goals?  That is with Shay Given’s brilliance maintaining reason.

Fulham 2 – 2 Chelsea: Clint “Deuce” Dempsey played up to his nickname, dueling Frank Lampard to a stalemate in the West London derby.  Chelsea had more chances, but did not use them.  Scolari’s men have taken just 10 of their last 21 possible points.

Blackburn 2 – 2 Manchester City: I flipped this one off with about five minutes remaining.  Oops.  Daniel Sturridge and Robinho in injury time spoiled a competent performance from Big Sam’s boys.  City are two points above the relegation zone and Blackburn are two points below.

Arsenal 1 – 0 Portsmouth: It was one-nil to the Arsenal, but there wasn’t much to sing about.  The Gunners managed just one goal against Portsmouth’s porous defense, and that was from a defender.  Far from the beautiful game, Arsenal’s current group plays with neither invention nor competence in any facet of the game.  Relegation candidates Portsmouth have lost four straight.

West Brom 2 – 0 Tottenham: Tottenham succumbed from two late goals, but West Brom’s victory over the ten-man side was deserved.  Harry Redknapp, bizarrely, questioned the ref’s competency while admitting the penalty call. 

Everton 3 – 0 Sunderland: Without a healthy striker, Everton needed goals from midfield.  Fortunately, that midfield contains Cahill, Fellaini and Mikel Arteta, scorer of two early goals in this match.  Ricky Sbragia’s deal at Sunderland is now permanent.  Unfortunately, his salubrious effect may not be.

West Ham 2 – 1 Stoke City: West Ham scored a resilient victory, coming back from an early goal.  They were aided by Stoke City, who dropped to ten after Ricardo Fuller saw red for taking a shot at his own captain, Andy Griffin.  

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Wenger Whines About Refs, Ignores the Obvious

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accused Aston Villa’s coaching staff of pressuring referees during the teams’ 2-2 draw on Friday.  Wenger believes this badgering may have influenced referee Lee Mason’s decision to award a crucial penalty against William Gallas in the second half.

“I know how it works here,” Wenger said.  “At half-time the referee gets stick and in the second half every little 50-50 decision goes the other way.  That’s what happens.  I waited at halftime to see what happened and I was disappointed.  There is nothing to explain more than that.”

Villa manager Martin O’Neil admitted sending assistant John Robertson to speak to Mason at halftime, but to get an explanation for why Gabby Agbonlahor did not receive a free kick leading up to Denilson’s opening goal.

The whine of sour grapes helps little.  Having a squad where Alex Song is not starting in central midfield in the most crucial fixture of the season with an overmatched 18-year-old deputizing would benefit Arsenal far more.

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Boxing Day Premier League Results

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Boxing Day is rough for all and, generally, Premier League defenders are not excepted.  With lapsed concentration get slapped haphazardly around the area, with goals raining in from every direction to the delight of spectators (See Chelsea 4 -4 Aston Villa).  This year, alas, only Manchester City and West Ham received the memo.

The Citizens stormed out of the relegation zone, beating Hull City so badly they looked as if they had met Joey Barton outside a McDonalds.  Robinho was fancy, but effective bagging a brace and imposing his flourish on an overmatched Hull defense.  The drubbing was so bad, Phil Brown refused to let Hull return to the dressing room.  Mark Hughes retrieved some of his pride after the loss to West Brom, but dousing the burner under his bottom after one match would be hasty.

West Ham won just their second Premier League victory in their last 13 matches, but it was impressive.  Carlton Cole and Craig Bellamy penetrated the casual and sloppy Portsmouth back line.  How does a team coached by Tony Adams concede nine goals in three matches?  Perhaps, they were too busy packing.

Arsenal drew Aston Villa 2-2 in the tastiest tie of the day, leaving Villa a three-point advantage for fourth place.  Martin O’Neill’s men comprehensively outplayed every Arsenal partisan on the pitch, except the goal post.  Arsenal then, inexplicably, went 2-0 up.  William Gallas gave away a legit penalty in the 65th minute, and Zat Knight, of all people, knocked in an injury-time equalizer.  Both sides could have won.  Both could have lost.  It was the fairest result.

United were big in Japan, and Carlos Tevez was just big enough to score the late winner against Stoke City.  United have scored just three goals in their past five Premier League matches, however they have not conceded and earned three 1-0 victories.  Given Liverpool and Chelsea’s inconsistency of late, Man U could be title favorites if they pick up their games in hand.

Liverpool’s Robbie Keane can be dangerous on a hot run, which he appears to have hit.  His two second-half goals in the 3-0 win against Bolton, as well as his equalizer last weekend against Arsenal have kept Liverpool on top of the table, shocking since this was their first December victory in all competitions.

The other contenders, Chelsea, earned their first home victory since Nov. 1 with their 2-0 defeat of West Brom.  Drogba received the central role, and scored his first league goal since March after three minutes.  Trim, reliable Frank scored in first-half injury time.  Chelsea put the game away.

Wigan vanquished Newcastle 2-1, with Ryan Taylor again tormenting the barcodes.  Approximately 80,000 combined people witnessed Tottenham – Fulham and Sunderland 0 – Blackburn 0.  They went home profoundly bored.

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