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Arsenal has reached the 6th round of the FA Cup and they will be playing against Manchester United on March 7. Even though Arsene Wenger and his men have reached this point of the FA Cup, the Frenchman has announced that reaching a spot in the top 4 positions of the Premier League is his main objective in this season.
“Our basic is always to finish in the top four and then win a trophy on top of that. We want always to be in the Champions League and this season it will be very tight if you look at the table. Every game now becomes a cup game.”Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger has a love-hate relationship with Arsenal fans as some of the supporters of the club want to see him step down as the manager of the team after not being able to accomplish anything really significant with Arsenal in over 5 years and they just can’t stand seeing Arsenal only being able to get into the top 4 but not making a true and genuine charge for the Premier League title. Read more »
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The arrival of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos to Real Madrid has forced other players in Real Madrid to stay on the sidelines and one of those players was the German defensive midfielder Sami Khedira who has not played an important for Real Madrid in this season and he is rumored to be leaving the Spanish club when his contract expires in June of 2015 or possibly even earlier during the January transfer window if any other club launches a good enough offer.
Arsenal and Chelsea are some of the clubs in the Premier League that have shown interest in signing him but taking into consideration all of injuries that continue troubling Arsene Wenger and his squad, it seems like Arsenal are in much more need of signing the experienced player.
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has dismissed suggestions that the club have already managed to seal the league title after opening an eight point advantage over Manchester City. The 2-1 win over Liverpool coupled with City dropping points against QPR meant that Chelsea already have a sizeable advantage in the Premier League despite this season just being 11 matches old. Courtois may be struggling to get clean sheets on a regular basis unlike his compatriot Petr Cech, but he has not been at fault for most of the goals conceded by Chelsea this campaign.
In fact, the blues have one of the best defensive records in the division after having allowed only 11 goals. Second placed Southampton have a far better defensive record with only five goals conceded in 11 matches. Courtois says that every match in the Premier League is extremely difficult and Chelsea will not become complacent over the next few weeks. Traditionally, Chelsea have struggled during the months of November and December and this has often cost them the title. The blues will be playing in a number of matches over the course of the next two months due to their involvement in the Capital One Cup and Champions League.
“We don’t have the title in the bag. We are working game by game. The Premier League is very difficult. We are trying to win with every game that is possible but there will be a still a long way to win the title. We are working hard. Hopefully that will be enough,” said Courtois. Chelsea’s large advantage is primarily due to the fact that none of the clubs like Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United have been able to keep pace with them. Only City were close enough and once they have dropped out of the running, the lead looks substantial.
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Tottenham’s record signing Erik Lamela did not appear to have future at the club after a disastrous opening season at White Hart Lane. However, he finally appears to have settled under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine has been putting in some good performances over the last few months, but the best part of his Tottenham career so far came in the Europa league match against Asteras Tripoli. Tottenham managed to beat in the Greek club 5-1 just a few days before the Premier League encounter against Newcastle.
Lamela’s astonishing goal against the Greek club was not talking point of the match. It has put him in the spotlight ahead of the Newcastle match, but Alan Pardew believes that his players will be more than capable of overcoming the quality shown by Lamela. Newcastle come into the match still searching for the first win of the season. This will be even more tough because it is an away match, but it will also provide some respite from the hard treatment given by the Newcastle supporters to Pardew. He says that he is feeling extremely confident ahead of the match. Tottenham have not been in the best of form of late and they were beaten by City 4-1 last week.
“It was amazing. I haven’t really seen that on the training ground when the ball is coming across like that, at that pace. To hit it like that was amazing. We have one or two who can do it from a dead ball situation when they just manoeuvre it, but I don’t think I have ever seen a goal quite like that in training, let alone in a match. Spurs have great players – they have always had great individuals. But so do we, and we have got to hope that our individual players stand up and produce a moment like that,” said Pardew.