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Thursday, September 15, 2011


Midfielder Mikel Arteta claims he was being denied the chance to win trophies at Everton and expects to make up for lost time with Arsenal.

Aston Villa
Richard Dunne says he has got 'a new lease of life' and that the entire Villa squad have got their fight back following Gerard Houllier's exit.

Blackburn owners have appealed for calm as fans are planning a 1,000-strong march on Saturday to ask for the removal of Steve Kean as manager.

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden has edged closer to a return after making a full appearance for the reserve team against Arsenal on Wednesday.

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says that he is unfazed by Man Utd's impressive start to the season and looks forward to their big test.

Midfielder Mikel Arteta claims he was being denied the chance to win trophies at Everton and expects to make up for lost time with Arsenal.

Fulham boss Martin Jol said he may have to rearrange his squad for the game against Twente, after admitting he made a mistake with Bryan Ruiz.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish believes there is great benefit to be gained from more regular discussions between managers and match officials.

Manchester City
Aleksandar Kolarov scored his first Champions League goal of the season as Man City registered their first draw following the visit of Napoli.

Manchester United
Ryan Giggs scored his first Champions League goal of the season as Man Utd registered their first draw following the match against Benfica.

Newcastle United
Young Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling is hoping he can help to bring in some goals to make up for the loss of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.

Norwich City
Norwich striker James Vaughan was given an apology from West Brom's Gabriel Tamas for the elbow incident that left him with a badly cut mouth.

Queens Park Rangers
Winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has vowed to follow up his impressive Queens Park Rangers debut and insists the team will get better over time.

Stoke City
Stoke City manager Tony Pulis says that he is excited at his team playing in the Europa League - despite their 'horrendous' travel schedule.

Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley will serve a four-match suspension after the club decided not to contest an FA charge of violent conduct.

Swansea City
Veteran Swansea defender Alan Tate has signed a new four-year contract until June 2015 and hopes to finish his career at the Liberty Stadium.

Harry Redknapp has denied that he is not taking the Europa League campaign seriously as he is set to make 10 changes to his Tottenham side.

West Brom
West Brom have confirmed there has been Championship interest in Craig Dawson, but the young defender is in line to face Swansea this weekend.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan head coach Roberto Martinez was unrepentant after rotating his squad and vowed to do the same when the FA Cup comes around in January.

Winger Matt Jarvis has offered a timely boost to Wolves manager Mick McCarthy by declaring himself fit for the match with Queens Park Rangers.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Former Bilbao coach Joaquin Caparros has given his support to Marcelo Bielsa and urged fans to give their new boss time to do well at the club.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has spoken of his dream of winning the Europa League again this term and playing in the Uefa Super Cup.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has stated that the 2-2 draw against Milan in the Champions League was pure bad luck and totally unfair.

Espanyol head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits he is surprised that the club are again facing with problems of injuries that require surgery.

Getafe coach Luis Garcia Plaza has been handed two-match suspension after he was sent-off in the 86th minute in the match against Real Madrid.

Midfielder Fran Rico is convinced Granada will soon be playing good football and warned Villarreal that his side will face them with no fear.

Levante defender Javi Venta has warned his side not to allow Real Madrid to get comfortable this weekend or the Blancos will do great damage.

Malaga winger Santi Cazorla insisted he prefers setting up a goal rather than scoring them, despite having scored three goals in two games.

It has been confirmed Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar will be missing defender Sergio Fernandez for three weeks due to a hamstring injury.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander midfielder Papa Diop has been handed a one-match ban after he was sent-off in the 81st minute in the match against Levante.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallevano midfielder Pedro Botelho said despite being happy with 2 points from 2 games, the team believe they could have collected more.

Real Betis
Real Betis defender Chechu Dorado said his squad are determined to correct their mistakes and impose their football on Bilbao this weekend.

Real Madrid

Real Mallorca
Mallorca coach Michael Laudrup is hoping to have Michael Pereira available this weekend, even though he has yet to receive medical discharge.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad midfielder Asier Illarramendi is convinced that his side can win at Sevilla this weekend, but knows it will be a very difficult match.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza striker Luis Garcia said the draw with Rayo was very important in restoring confidence, following the 6-0 drubbing by Real Madrid.

Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic said his side must continue to aim for the Champions League again, and also declared he has fully recovered.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting midfielder Alberto Rivera admits they expected a better start to the season and that his team struggle once they are behind on goal.

Valencia midfielder Dani Parejo feels that his side could have done better against Genk, but was satisfied with his individual performance.


Serie A

AC Milan
AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani has admitted that his side were lucky to net a 2-2 draw against Barcelona, who had most of the ball.

AS Roma
Michel Bastos' agent has denied reports of Roma's interest, insisting that sports director Walter Sabatini did not ask for him on deadline day.

Atalanta midfielder Simone Padoin believes his team must use counter-attack tactics against Palermo and take advantage of their home support.

Bologna defender Andrea Raggi admitted his side struggled to put into practice everything they tried in training during the defeat to Viola.

Lazio are reportedly ready to reignite their interest in Davide Biondini and could make a bid for the Cagliari midfielder in the winter market.

Catania striker Andrea Catellani believes Maxi Lopez will score nine goals before the year ends and he is only second to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Cesena head coach Marco Giampaolo said Guillermo Rodriguez has resumed training and is being considered for their next match against Catania.

Chievo Verona striker Cyril Thereau is hoping to hit double figure this season after opening the Frenchman account in the draw against Novara.

Fiorentina coach Sinisa Mihajlovic is confident he will be able to silence his critics this season after rebuilding the squad in his image.

Genoa striker Ze Eduardo has returned from his treatment in Brazil and is likely to be available to manager Alberto Malesani in mid-October.

Inter Milan

Milos Krasic's agent has denied rumour linking the winger with a January move to the Premier League, insisting that he is happy at Juventus.

Lazio are reportedly ready to reignite their interest in Davide Biondini and could make a bid for the Cagliari midfielder in the winter market.

Lecce striker Cristian Pasquato admits he was disappointed to miss the Udinese clash but announces that he is ready for action this weekend.


Good news for Novara coach Attilio Tesser as he has a virtually complete squad for the weekend clash except for striker Riccardo Meggiorini.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is relieved he passed on Juventus striker Amauri, and praised the work of sports director Sean Sogliano.

Parma defender Cristian Zaccardo said the team are determined to make peace with their fans with a good display against Chievo this weekend.

Striker Emanuele Calaio is confident Siena can upset Juventus at the weekend because they know how coach Antonio Conte wants his team to play.

Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin reveals he will be rotating his squad for the Europa League, but insists they not snubbing the competition.