Arsenal update: one last try to sign David Villa, but now Man City want him too

In what is perhaps the most predictable news of the day The Daily Mail is running with the story that after crisis talks with Ivan Gazidis Arsene Wenger is going to have one last try to sign David Villa in the window. The Mail says Arsenal remain in pursuit of Barcelona striker Villa, despite Wenger insisting yesterday that a potential …

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AshleyArsenal update: one last try to sign David Villa, but now Man City want him too
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Milan Director and PA report that Mario Balotelli to AC Milan deal is done

There’s no word yet from Manchester City but The Press Association are reporting that deal has been agreed for striker Mario Balotelli to join AC Milan. PA says that Milan are going to pay around £20 million for the player to rte-join his boyhood team Milan director Umberto Gandini has also confirmed the deal too. He tweeted “Transfer agreement for …

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Man City tactics – Milner Better Option Than Nasri on Form

It’s strange to think that Samir Nasri, artistic playmaker, and James Milner, determined workhorse, cost Manchester City roughly the same amount of money, depending on one’s valuation of Stephen Ireland in the Milner swap deal. But although Nasri is the more talented footballer, Milner was excellent against Arsenal last weekend, and deserves to keep his place for the home match …

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Five postive things Arsenal can take from the 2-0 defeat by Man City

At face value Sunday was not a good day at the office for Arsene Wenger’s men. A 2-0 home defeat to a team who last won away against them in 1975, to say nothing of lost points in the  race for fourth place. However, call me an eternal optimist, but there were some positive points that I think Arsenal can …

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Pep Guardiola says he wants a job. But where will he be next season? Bayern? Chelsea?

Ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed that his extended sabbatical in New York is going to come to an end soon and that he is looking for a new job. The 41 year old told the press conference ahead of today’s Ballon d’Or ceremony that he will be managing again. Guardiola said “Yes, I would like to come back [to …

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The other side of the Balotelli bust up – the problem it presents Roberto Mancini

Mario Balotelli has a habit of doing the most absurd things at precisely the most brilliant time. If he’d planned to get into a training ground scrap with his own manager, picking this week was a wonderful way to provide Roberto Mancini with the possibility to react instantly, with the transfer window offering the possibility for a quick-fire sale. But …

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Is Micah Richards going to be Brendan Rodgers’ next big signing for Liverpool?

Liverpool have already made one of the key signings of the window in snapping up Daniel Sturridge, but it seems that Brendan Rodgers’ spree isn’t going to end there. A few papers are reporting that the Liverpool manager is back on the case renegotiating the return of Thomas Ince from Blackpool with a fee of around £5 million. But Italian …

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Mancini tells BBC that Robin Van Persie could cost City the title

A few weeks ago we ran a story about how had Arsenal kept Robin Van Persie for another season and his goal rate stayed the same they would be top of the Premiership and Man United would have been mid-table stragglers. Now someone else is declaring that the Dutchman is the difference between the sides competing for the title. Roberto …

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Villa, Sneijder, Zaha and the 10 most wanted players in the transfer window

So, there is just a few hours to go before paper talk can become reality and the winter transfer window opens. This winter expect some serious cash to be flying with Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool desperate to strengthen their squads to keep them in the frame for Champions League qualification, and Man City and Chelsea mulling over big money strikers. …

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Good news for Man United – six of the last eight Christmas Premiership leaders won the title

So which Premiership manager has Santa for good news for this year? It could have been so much better for Fergie. Well if United had sneaked a winner against Swansea and Mike Dean ruled out Gareth Barry’s last minute winner for City against QPR. But the United boss still finds his team four points clear of City at Christmas and …

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AshleyGood news for Man United – six of the last eight Christmas Premiership leaders won the title
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Theo Walcott is on his way to United/Chelsea/City/Juve/nowhere

There’s a lot of news about Arsenal’s speedy winger this morning, though, let’s just say that very little of it falls into ‘from the horse’s mouth’ category and you should take it all with a tankard of salt. Until a few weeks ago it seemed that Theo Walcott would possibly end up at Liverpool leading the line alongside Suarez. Then …

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Secret talks? Is Fergie lining up Pep Guardiola as the next Man United manager?

There’s an intriguing bit of journalism from the Daily Mirror this morning which seeks to add one and one and make seven. According to the paper Pep Guardiola is now in the hot seat not for a job in London with Chelsea or even Arsenal, both of whom could be looking for managers come the summer, but United. And how …

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Five reasons why the title race is not over – Van Persie, the Champions League, Wesley Sneijder and more

So Manchester United suddenly have a six point gap over their noisy neighbours. Coupled with the psychological advantages of beating their local rivals some pundits are already calling the title for the Reds. But there is still a long way to go this season and here are five reasons why the title race clearly isn’t over. 1 City don’t have …

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Mancini’s dilemma – Dzeko, Balotelli, Tevez… Who should he pick to play Man United?

Every other manager in the Premier League would envy Roberto Mancini’s selection dilemma ahead of the Manchester derby: he must select two from Edin Dzeko, Mario Balotelli, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero. That’s over £00m worth of talent. Crucially, each player offers something different, meaning Mancini can alter the balance of the side subtly. Dzeko is a penalty box presence …

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City will never overtake United – says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Is he right?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been turning up the heat on the eve of the Manchester derby. The former United striker has told the BBC that Manchester City are like a “little brother” who will never take their “big brother’s” place. In a statement sure to wind up City fans even further Solskjaer said,: “It’s always this thing about being the …

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Why Manchester City need the Europa League like a hole in the head

So Champions League Group D, aka The group of Death, has turned out to be a bit of a mare for City. With no chance of qualification Mancini’s men will clearly be glad to see the back of it tonight too as they head off to Germany to face group leaders Borussia Dortmund. Even if it was a game that …

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