Arsenal ‘not close’ to new signing, admits Wenger

first_img1 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed the club are not close to making a new signing and were never offered the chance to sign Pedro.The Gunners were linked with the Spaniard in recent weeks but the Barcelona star chose Chelsea ahead of strong interest from Manchester United and Manchester City.Speaking at a news conference ahead of his team’s clash with Liverpool at the Emirates on Monday night, Wenger said: “We expect, like you, (journalists) to make a signing but we are not close.”“It was a surprise to me,” the Frenchman admitted when he found out Pedro joined Chelsea. “I thought he was landing in Manchester and he lands in London.“We weren’t offered Pedro. We have many players on the flanks.”The Frenchman also revealed his desire to keep striker Joel Campbell – who as talkSPORT told you has been heavily linked with a move to Serie A side Palermo.“Personally I want to keep him,” the 65-year said.“I need to sit down with him. I would be happy if he stayed.” Arsene Wenger last_img read more

Worth £36million? See Anthony Martial’s highlights against Portugal

first_imgAnthony Martial made his international debut on Friday night as France played Portugal in a friendly.The pacy attacker came off the bench to replace Karim Benzema and had 16 minutes to make a mark.While he didn’t look too effective, Martial, wearing the No. 20 shirt, was on the pitch when Mathieu Valbuena curled home the winning goal from a free-kick.You can see how Martial got on in the video above…last_img

‘A shame Wayne Rooney has stayed on the pitch though!’ – Manchester United fans react to Memphis Depay being dropped

first_img1 Memphis Depay Despite coming with a big reputation, Memphis Depay has hardly set the Premier League alight this season.He has only managed one goal and has been widely criticised for a perceived lack of effort.He was also part of the Netherlands side who embarrassingly missed out on qualifying for Euro 2016 next summer.And now it appears Louis van Gaal has finally lost patience with the winger, having dropped him for the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton.But what do Manchester United fans make of the manager’s decision? See below for the best reactions on social media …Manchester United XI to face Everton: De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Jones, Rojo, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Herrera, Rooney, Martial.last_img

Hart is ‘way ahead’ of Butland in battle to be England No.1, ‘keeping legend says

first_imgDavid Seaman says Joe Hart remains England’s undisputed number one despite the emergence of Jack Butland.Butland has impressed in the Premier League for Stoke this season and was given his chance to impress for the Three Lions in their final Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania.The 22-year-old claimed a clean sheet with a solid display and is being tipped to push Hart hard for his starting jersey, but Seaman insists he still has some way to go to oust the Manchester City star.“For me, Joe is number one by a long way,” the goalkeeping legend, who won 75 caps for England, told talkSPORT“He is a proper goalie. He is being tested every week, he has played big high-profile games.“Jack will get that eventually, he is sampling England games as well, so his experience will build. But, for me, Joe is way out there.”last_img read more

Thiago Silva – ‘I think Cristiano Ronaldo could join Paris Saint-Germain…I am hopeful’

first_img1 Cristiano Ronaldo Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo could join Paris Saint-Germain, according to club captain Thiago Silva.The Portugal international still has over three years on his contract at Real Madrid but has been linked with a move away.Manchester United are reportedly interested but now PSG could join the race after Silva revealed the players would love the 30-year-old at the Parc des Princes.“It is always great to play with big players and Ronaldo is the best player in the world,” Silva told RMC.“If the club decide to pursue him, the players would be happy, too. He is a great player, someone who would be vital for any team, and especially for PSG who dream of winning the Champions League with great players.“I don’t know what happened between him and Blanc, because the coach did not tell the rest of the squad about their conversation.“But I am hopeful. I think Ronaldo could join PSG.”last_img read more

Arsenal news: Nacho Monreal rejects rumours of possible return to Spain

first_img1 Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal with team-mate and fellow Spaniard Santi Cazorla Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal has played down talk of a move away from the club.The 29-year-old has 18 months to run on his current contract and has been linked with a return to Spain, with recent reports suggesting the Gunners had rejected an approach from Athletic Bilbao in the summer.However, Monreal has denied such speculation and instead revealed that he is loving life at the Emirates.“Everything feels right,” Monreal told the Arsenal Weekly podcast.“I can say that I feel at home on and off the pitch. If you don’t feel good off the pitch and in life in general, obviously you can’t give 100 per cent.“However, at the moment, I love England, I love London and I love my team-mates so everything is positive.”last_img read more

Jose Mourinho: Chelsea stars ‘needed’ night out to enhance group dynamic

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has jumped to the defence of his players who were pictured leaving a London nightclub in the early hours of Thursday morning.Mourinho hopes the Christmas party, which involved a dinner and then a trip to the venue, has benefits for the dynamic of a squad, boosted by the availability of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after a three-month absence with a knee injury.“I think they need that and many times so many circumstances it’s not easy to do it,” Mourinho said.“They told me the dinner was really good and the after dinner was even better. Everybody was happy.”Asked if the management team would have a night out, Mourinho added: “I’m tired of them.”Mourinho also sees no reason why Diego Costa’s future is subject to speculation, but declined to say if the striker will start in Saturday’s Premier League game against Bournemouth.Costa dropped to the substitutes’ bench for last week’s draw at Tottenham and threw his bib in Mourinho’s direction when it became apparent he would not feature at White Hart Lane.Speculation has heightened that Chelsea are looking to recruit a new striker in January and that Costa, who has three Premier League goals this season, was nearing the end of his time at Stamford Bridge, 18 months after his £32million move from Atletico Madrid.Mourinho said: “I don’t know why. For me no question marks. Always played, was on the bench one match, which I think is more than natural. No problems, no problems at all.“I think he always tried to give his best, sometimes playing phenomenal, other times not so well. But he is a player that always tried.“I didn’t ask him (his reaction to last Sunday), but he trained very well. That’s the only thing that matters to me.“I cannot say better than ever, because normally he trains very well.”Costa was one of the three players, along with Ramires and Kenedy, pictured leaving the nightclub with boxer James DeGale, and Mourinho feels the press misconstrued the nature of the event after giving his squad blessing.“The paparazzi was not the best,” Mourinho said.“I think the paparazzi had a problem with the memory card. There were 25 players inside and he only got three.”last_img read more

Coral Daily Download – Man United’s Champions League campaign on knife edge ahead of crucial clash

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager brings us the latest odds ahead on tonight’s Champions League action, with Manchester United’s campaign on a knife edge.Can Louis van Gaal’s men find their shooting boots at the right time? The Red Devils travel to Wolfsburg in what is a crucial final group game, and are 20/10 for victory against the German side.The draw is priced at 12/5 draw, and if that should happen, United will have to hope PSV also tie their game against CSKA Moscow to have any chance of progressing.Manchester City are the other Premier League side in action tonight and, though already through, are 4/6 to beat Borussia Monchengladbach at the Etihad Stadium, with a win likely to see them top the group.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

FA charge Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti for Andy Hessenthaler kick

first_imgLeyton Orient club president Francesco Becchetti has been charge with misconduct by the Football Association.The charge follows an incident with O’s assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler after the 3-2 Boxing Day victory over Portsmouth.Television cameras captured an exchange between Becchetti, who had taken a seat behind the dug-out at the Matchroom Stadium, and Hessenthaler, after which the Italian made his way on to the pitch and appeared to aim a kick at head coach Ian Hendon’s number two.It is alleged Becchetti’s behaviour amounts to violent and/or improper conduct and he has until 6pm on January 4 to respond to the charge.The club had issued a statement on Sunday playing down the incident, saying: “Mr Becchetti and Mr Hessenthaler would like to clarify the reports in the media following the Boxing Day game.“The event reported in the media was very much in good humour for both the president and assistant manager and part of an ongoing and good natured exchange between the two over the past few weeks.“There was absolutely nothing untoward about the exchange and the two men get along very well professionally on the pitch and personally off the pitch.“Mr Becchetti and Mr Hessenthaler were extremely pleased with the result of the game and were celebrating a very well deserved and exciting win.” FA charge Leyton Orient president Francesco Becchetti for Andy Hessenthaler kick 1last_img read more

Man City target £32m Bundesliga starlet, Simeone set for Man United job? Paper review

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Manchester City have made Leroy Sané, the highly rated 19-year-old Schalke forward, a prime transfer target but would hope to pay less than the €40m (£32m) the German club are holding out for. City have been monitoring Sané since December 2013 and have now stepped up their interest. Txiki Begiristain, the sporting director, would hope to seal the transfer in January but the summer is considered a more realistic prospect. (Guardian)Liverpool are expected to confirm the signing of Marko Grujic on Monday. The 19-year-old has been granted a work permit after the Reds had a £5.1m bid accepted by Red Star Belgrade. The midfielder is now expected to fly in over the weekend to complete a medical before an official announcement next week. He will become Jurgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool, although he will spend the remainder of the season on loan at Red Star. (Daily Star)Manchester United stars believe Diego Simeone will be their new boss. Jose Mourinho knocked back advances from Real Madrid to boost his chances of succeeding under-fire Louis van Gaal. But several squad sources have independently told The Sun they think Atletico Madrid chief Simeone is the front-runner to take over from LVG next summer. (The Sun)Jose Mourinho’s job options look likely to reduce with Paris Saint-Germain set to offer Laurent Blanc a new contract. The Ligue 1 club have a long-term interest in Mourinho, who is now available following his Chelsea sacking. But PSG are committed to extending Blanc’s deal at the Parc de Prince. (Daily Mail)Arsenal are confident of signing Basel’s Mohamed Elneny for £5million — even though the Egyptian is struggling to get a work permit. The midfielder, 23, is in Paris trying to complete the necessary paperwork with the British Embassy after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. (The Sun)Arsene Wenger has hinted Arsenal will offer Jack Wilshere a new contract despite the midfielder not kicking a ball in anger this season. (Daily Mail)Sunderland have made an enquiry about QPR defender Steven Caulker, with manager Sam Allardyce lining up various options to help solidify his creaking defence in the January transfer window. Caulker, who joined QPR for £8m from Cardiff, is on loan at Southampton but has failed to find form. Lamine Kone is also close to signing for Sunderland from Lorient, while Jan Kirchhoff is keen to join from Bayern Munich as Allardyce looks to improve a defensive line that has conceded 38 goals this season. (Daily Mail)Watford hotshot Odion Ighalo has told Atletico Madrid: “I want to stay in the Premier League.” Ighalo, who has 14 goals this term, is a £12million target for the Spanish side. But he is determined to remain in England. (The Sun)Frank de Boer has told managerless Swansea to come and get him. The 45-year-old has been in charge of Ajax since 2010, winning four league titles, but is out of contract at the end of the season and fancies a move to the Premier League. (Daily Star)And here’s the latest headlines…Danny Murphy tells talkSPORT: Only three Liverpool players would get into Tottenham’s teamJohn Barnes says Liverpool lack invention and flair and urges Klopp to sign creative midfielderTottenham aiming to complete deal for young Italian striker Domenico BerardiPSG goalkeeper not interested in joining Premier League strugglersChelsea planning to beat Tottenham to Bologna starlet with £11m swooplast_img read more