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Saturday, September 24, 2011


Manager Arsene Wenger is confident that he can turn Arsenal's season around and has dismissed reports suggesting he is to hire another coach.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa head coach Alex McLeish claims his team are in a period of transition and has called for patience from the Villa Park faithful.

Manager Steve Kean hopes Blackburn can build on their win over Arsenal as they go in search of a sixth successive victory at St James' Park.

Bolton head coach Owen Coyle is convinced Arsenal will finish in the top four of the Premier League despite their woeful start to the season.

Andre Villas-Boas believes it is strange Chelsea have been accused of 'naïve' defending in a country that claims to love attacking football.

Everton have signed veteran keeper Marcus Hahnemann on a short-term contract until January as they need a cover for Tim Howard and Jan Mucha.

Fulham boss Martin Jol insists Bryan Ruiz should not yet be branded a transfer failure, as foreign players need time to adapt to a new country.

It was reported that Liverpool will be sending scouts to watch Gaston Ramirez in action as they prepare a January bid for the Bologna star.

Manchester City
Manchester United have rejected Owen Hargreaves' claims he was incorrectly given injections to cure knee problems during his time at the club.

Manchester United
Manchester United have rejected Owen Hargreaves' claims he was incorrectly given injections to cure knee problems during his time at the club.

Newcastle United
Midfielder Cheick Tiote believes Yohan Cabaye's presence is helping him recuperate the sort of form he managed for Newcastle Utd last season.

Norwich City
Norwich boss Paul Lambert is not afraid to change a winning team because he will need every single one of his squad for the challenges ahead.

Queens Park Rangers
QPR head coach Neil Warnock has been boosted by the news that Jamie Mackie has returned to full training after breaking his leg in January.

Stoke City
Stoke City striker Kenwyne Jones has been ruled out for three weeks with the hamstring injury he suffered against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.

Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet believes his side have a good chance of picking up some more points following their first win last weekend.

Swansea City
Midfielder Mark Gower hopes Swansea can pick up their first 'bonus point' of the campaign when they travel to Chelsea in the Premier League.

Keeper Heurelho Gomes could leave Tottenham in January after manager Harry Redknapp admitted first-team opportunities are likely to be scarce.

West Brom
West Brom captain Chris Brunt has challenged his team-mates it is time to start turning performances into results, ahead of the Fulham clash.

Wigan Athletic
Roberto Martinez admits there can be no special plan for flying winger Gareth Bale because Tottenham have so many players who can hurt Wigan.

Wolverhampton manager Mick McCarthy has admitted his love of being the underdog as he looks to repeat their heroic at Anfield this weekend.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente is optimistic about their chances of beating Villarreal, following a much more performance against Malaga.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano urged his team to show no fear when they take on Barcelona, who have been held back twice this season.

Bad news for Barcelona as Ibrahim Afellay has torn his knee ligament during training and is likely to be sidelined for the next six months.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino will wait until the very last moment before deciding whether or not to field Joan Verdu against Levante.

Getafe manager Luis Garcia has stressed that this is not the time to panic and is convinced his side will be able to reverse the situation.

Granada goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez has warned his team-mates that they must add points at home, ahead of their tough schedule in October.

Levante defender Pedro Lopez said the referee was wrong to award Rayo with a penalty, although he was pleased that his team could win the game.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini believes he has the best team in the world but will not set any other goal other than to win their next game.

Good news for Osasuna coach Jose Luis Mendilibar as keeper Asier Riesgo has recovered from his knee injury and is available to face Granada.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander boss Hector Cuper admits he was surprised by Ariel Nahuelpan's performance as the striker began the season late due to injury.

Rayo Vallecano
Bad news for Rayo Vallecano coach Jose Ramon Sandoval after it was confirmed that Raul Bravo will be sidelined for three weeks due to injury.

Real Betis
Betis coach Pepe Mel will not appologise because his side is leading the league and admits for the moment everything is going well for them.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho dismissed suggestions that his side were in a moment of crisis, after dropping five points in the past week.

Real Mallorca
It was claimed that Real Mallorca head coach Michael Laudrup will be shown the exit door if his side failed to beat Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier has warned his side that Mallorca will be as tough as Sevilla, despite their current losing streak.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza goal hero Juan Carlos said his team were disappointed about the defeat to Betis, but happy with the work they did until the end.

Manager Marcelino Garcia Toral insists Sevilla are on the same level as Valencia and they will not change their approach for any opponents.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting coach Manolo Preciado is convinced that his team can repeat last season's feat and 'rise from the ashes' to finish well in the chart.

Bruno Saltor believes Valencia's true strength lies in their collective, having sold the likes of Villa, Mata and Silva in the last 15 months.

Villarreal coach Juan Carlos Garrido admits the next four games are key to correcting their course and to challenge for the top spots again.

Serie A

AC Milan
Max Allegri admits AC Milan are in an emergency situation due to injuries, but with two points from three rounds assures there is no crisis.

AS Roma
Sports chief Walter Sabatini has revealed Roma's anger at the Argentine Football Federation for playing an injured Erik Lamela this summer.

Atalanta striker German Denis believes his good start to the new season is due to the minutes he was getting and also from a change of diet.

It was reported that Liverpool will be sending scouts to watch Gaston Ramirez in action as they prepare a January bid for the Bologna star.

Cagliari will be keen to avoid their second consecutive defeats when they take on Udinese, who are hoping to register their second away win.

Catania will be hoping to avoid their second straight defeats when they face Juventus, who are confident of registering their second away win.

Cesena coach Marco Giampaolo is working to improve his players' mentality after three undeserved defeats, ahead of their trip to face Milan.

Good news for Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo as striker Sergio Pellissier has recovered from a bad bruise and is available to take on Genoa.

Stevan Jovetic's agent has revealed that director Pantaleo Corvino's persistence and attention were the reason his client joined Fiorentina.

Genoa sports director Stefano Capozucca insists it is an exaggeration to call his team a revelation after the excessive critiscm last month.

Inter Milan
Sulley Muntari hopes to silence the critics at Inter with help from new Coach Claudio Ranieri, after being on the exit list for over a year.

Mirko Vucinic, who is banned for one game, has apologised for his red card, that his teammates believe cost Juventus the win against Bologna.

It was reported that Lazio are keeping an eye on River Plate midfielder Adrian Cirigiliano and could submit their offer as early as January.

Lecce midfielder Carlos Grossmuller has been handed a two-match suspension for his 63rd-minute dismissal during the match against Atalanta.

Walter Mazzarri expected to be massacred in the papers after Napoli's defeat, but points out they are still doing better than Milan and Inter.

Novara will be hoping to register their second consecutive victories when they take on Atalanta, who have yet to register a defeat this season.

Palermo midfielder Eran Zahavi has promised his commitment to the club, following reports that Milan are Inter are interested in his services.

Parma coach Franco Colomba is looking to take advantage of Roma's teething problem, but warned his side they will have to fight for the result.

Director Giorgio Perinetti is pleased with Siena's performance against Roma and believes the future is bright if they can maintain the form.

Udinese's Giampiero Pinzi admits the draw at Milan boosted their morale and is convinced that they are physically better that the Rossoneri.