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Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Alex Song accepts it is not normal for Arsenal to be in such disarray, and says the players must dig deep to turn the Gunners' season around.

Aston Villa
Darren Bent insists his partnership Gabriel Agbonlahor can silence the doubters - including previous Aston Villa head coach Gerard Houllier.

Under-pressure Blackburn boss Steve Kean is confident he will receive a continued vote of confidence when he meets the club owners this week.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is backing his team to climb the Premier League table after they gained no rewards from a 'horrendous' run of games.

Chelsea's stadium plans moved forward on Monday after they offered to buy back the parts of Stamford Bridge sold to supporters in the 1990s.

Everton have vowed to take 'firm and far-reaching action' against anyone who is found to have thrown objects at Liverpool players on Saturday.

Defender Brede Hangeland believes Fulham's resounding win against west London rivals QPR has relieved the pressure building at Craven Cottage.

Stewart Downing has revealed his delight with Liverpool's recent form and knows they must keep in touch with the teams at the top of the table.

Manchester City
Adam Johnson believes Mario Balotelli is ready to shoulder added responsibility at Manchester City and capable of scoring 20 goals per season.

Manchester United
Coach Sir Alex Ferguson hopes Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley will be fit for Manchester United's next game against Liverpool.

Newcastle United
Coach Alan Pardew admits he is facing a selection dilemma at Newcastle Utd as he looks to have a fully fit squad for the visit of Tottenham.

Norwich City
Marc Tierney believes Norwich's efforts at Manchester United on Saturday shows the Canaries have what it takes to stay in the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers head coach Neil Warnock refused to comment on reports that Adel Taarabt stormed off after being replaced against Fulham.

Stoke City
Manager Tony Pulis is adamant that he will not use Stoke's Europa League exertions as an excuse for their poor Premier League performances.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has assured Connor Wickham and Ji Dong-won their time will come and has urged the strikers to be ready for action.

Swansea City
Striker Danny Graham insists he did not feel the pressure of having to wait for his first Swansea goal after scoring in their win over Stoke.

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale believes Arsenal are paying the price for selling key players while Spurs are benefiting from keeping Luka Modric.

West Brom
West Brom are reportedly looking to finalise a deal to bring in Dundee United starlet Scott Allan, who is currently out of favour at Tannadice.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce believes the international break will give the squad a chance to regroup after a run of five successive defeats.

Jamie O'Hara has blasted Wolves' supporters for cheering Karl Henry's substitution midway through the second half in the defeat to Newcastle.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao coach Marcelo Bielsa said their victory over Sociedad was fair and has highlighted the efforts of striker Fernando Llorente.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Gregorio Manzano has hailed his side's performance against Sevilla and but regretted that they could not get the win.

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has categorically denied allegations that Lionel Messi is a diver in the wake of his side's victory over Gijon.

Espanyol are waiting to know the recovery period for Juan Forlin, after it was revealed that he cracked his fifth metatarsal of his right toe.

Getafe coach Luis Garcia is hoping to recover goalkeeper Moya and defender Masilela for their next match against Villarreal in two weeks time.

Ikechukwu Uche and Fran Rico are the only players to have scored for Granada after both managed to find the net once in six league matches.

Coach Juan Ignacio Martinez admits he is enjoying Levante's current lofty position in the league, but insists no one is getting carried away.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has made it clear that the Rosaleda outfit are eager to quickly close the gap with Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Osasuna will resume training without internationals Javad Nekounam and Jukka Raitala, who have been summoned by Iran and Finland respectively.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander youth striker Mamadou Kone has been recommended to head coach Hector Cuper as the solution to their current lack of speed.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo coach Jose Ramon Sandoval wants his side to be La Liga revelations, after receiving an award for Best Coach in Segunda Liga last season.

Real Betis
Bad news for Real Betis head coach Pepe Mel after it was confirmed that defender Mario will be sidelined for three weeks due to muscle injury.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho expects Nuri Sahin to return to action in two weeks following a knee injury he sustained in pre-season.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca are reportedly set to complete the hiring of Joaquin Caparros as replacement for manager Michael Laudrup in the next 24 hours.

Real Sociedad
Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier said the defeat to Bilbao was hard to swallow, but admitted their opponents were more effective in attack.

Real Zaragoza
Luis Garcia is currently the leading goal scorer for Real Zaragoza with three goals after making five starts for the club so far this season.

Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo declared himself happy at the club and believes it is impossible to compete with Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon coach Manolo Preciado said his squad did their best against Barcelona, but it was not enough against he best team in the world.

Valencia are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Dimitar Berbatov, who seems to have lost his place in Manchester Utd's squad.

Villarreal captain Marcos Senna is confident that the team will return to winning ways, but they need to stay calm and improve their dynamic.

Serie A

AC Milan
AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he is starting to think about retirement, but assures that it will not happen in another year or so.

AS Roma
AS Roma goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is unsure whether he will play for Holland over the next 10 days and does not want to take any risk.

Luca Cigarini was surprised to be called up by Italian national squad but believes it is a reward for what Atalanta have done so far this term.

It was claimed Davide Ballardini is in pole position to replace Pierpaolo Bisoli at Bologna, following their problematic start to the season.

Good news for Cagliari as striker Moustapha El Kabir said he is recovering well from injury and hopes to be available again starting next week.

Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti was satisfied with the hard fought draw against Novara and said David Suazo's injury is nothing serious.

Cesena defender Maurizio Lauro believes his side deserve a victory against Chievo and said last season they played worse but won the match.

Chievo coach Domenico Di Carlo admits the performance at Cesena was a step backwards, but at least they got a point against a direct rival.

Fiorentina are confident that Stevan Jovetic will sign a new contract at the club, but they will not put extra pressure on the player to do so.

Genoa president Enrico Preziosi is reportedly considering the future of Coach Alberto Malesani after consecutive defeats to Chievo and Parma.

Inter Milan
Inter Milan midfielder Joel Obi has been handed a one-match ban for protesting against the referee in the defeat to Napoli over the weekend.

Andrea Barzagli has cooled the enthusiasm around Juventus after their win over Milan, believing that it is too soon to be Scudetto favourites.

Djibril Cisse has appologised for not being able to deliver a great performance against Fiorentina, but admitted the win was more important.

Lecce defender Nenad Tomovic has warned his side that they must recover quickly before their consecutive defeats turn into something negative.

This could be the season for Napoli to win the Italian championship as Milan and Inter struggle with problems, says captain Paolo Cannavaro.

Novara coach Attilio Tesser admits there is some regrets that they did not manage to beat Catania, but claims the performance was excellent.

Napoli are the strongest side and have a better chance of winning the Scudetto than Juventus this term, says Palermo chief Maurizio Zamparini.

Franco Colomba claims Sebastian Giovinco has the most quality in his Parma squad and could become a star for Italy on the international stage.

Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino conceded that his team failed to beat Palermo because they were not gritty enough despite dominating possession.

Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia was delighted with the win over Bologna and revealed that talks over his future will only begin next season.