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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

EPL 2011/11/23

Arsene Wenger welcomes back Abou Diaby back into his Arsenal squad for the first time this season for their clash against Borussia Dortmund.

Aston Villa
Chris Herd wants Aston Villa to bounce back from their hugely disappointing performance against Tottenham by winning at Swansea on Sunday.

It was reported that Blackburn are set to battle Auxerre for Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu, who is under contract until the summer of 2013.

Bolton Wanderer boss Owen Coyle has called upon his experienced players to up their game and show they are good enough to stay at the club.

It was reported that Barcelona's teenage midfielder Sergi Roberto is at the top of Chelsea's shopping list for the January transfer window.

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill admits the squad are prepared to 'win ugly' in order to get the points they need to move up the league table.

Chris Baird is happy to continue being Fulham's Mr Versatile - although he is not relishing the prospect of facing speed demon Theo Walcott.

Striker Alberto Gilardino is fully focused on doing well with Fiorentina despite talk linking him with a Liverpool move, insists his agent.

Manchester City
Edinson Cavani scored his fourth Champions League goal to condemned Man City to their second defeat in Group A following the match at Napoli.

Manchester United
Darren Fletcher scored his first Champions League goal as Man Utd registered their third draw in group C following the match against Benfica.

Newcastle United
Newcastle Utd goalkeeper Steve Harper has admitted he would jump at the chance of another loan deal, just hours after returning to Tyneside.

Norwich City
Norwich City defender Marc Tierney insists that being mentally fit as well as physically fit is important when playing in the Premier League.

Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Warnock has revealed that they are looking to sign players from Asia to help develop the club 'as a brand'.

Stoke City
Stoke's Rory Delap has admitted he would have given the Potters 'a bit of a stick' if he had been a fan watching the last few home matches.

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce believes keeper Keiren Westwood will 'take some shifting' following an impressive start to his Black Cats career.

Swansea City
Midfielder Joe Allen insists his Swansea City side can turn the Liberty Stadium into one of the most feared grounds in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur coach Joe Jordan insists that finishing in the top four in the Premier League is a realistic goal for the club this season.

West Brom
Peter Odemwingie is facing one of the biggest battles of his career if he is to make it back into West Brom's starting XI, says Roy Hodgson.

Wigan Athletic
Wigan Athletic legend Arjan de Zeeuw has warned his old club to turn the ship around quickly - or risk being cut adrift before the New Year.

Mick McCarthy has assured all of his Wolves players that they will have the chance to earn a starting place heading into the festive fixtures.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera is wary of the excessive praise they are getting and warned his side that they have yet to achieve anything.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid defender Joao Miranda admits his team were playing below par against Levante and they could not explain their poor away form.

It was reported that Barcelona's teenage midfielder Sergi Roberto is at the top of Chelsea's shopping list for the January transfer window.

Good news for Espanyol as Sergio Garcia's injury are not as bad as they thought it was, but the hitman is still a doubt for the weekend match.

Striker Miku believes with focus and dedication Getafe can bounce back from their defeat in Gijon and register a surprise against Barcelona.

Young Granada supporter who threw the infamous umbrella over the weekend has been released, but the club may be punished for the incident.

Levante midfielder Jose Barkero said his team made the mistake of trying to get their second goal too soon and ended up losing to Atletico.

Malaga striker Sebastian Fernandez admits he is happy with his personal form after scoring against Racing and also for Uruguay against Italy.

Osasuna midfielder Damia Abella has admitted their clash against Rayo was their worst display at home, but they can use the game to improve.

Racing Santander
The APR have admitted there is still the possibility that Racing Santander will remain without an owner, investors and no Board of Directors.

Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano striker Andrija Delibasic said his team will try to get points against Valencia and hopes to enjoy their match at Barcelona.

Real Betis
Real Betis coach Pepe Mel introduced several changes to his side in training as he prepares for the weekend match that could decide his job.

Real Madrid
Gonzalo Higuain scored his first Champions League goal as Real Madrid registered their fifth win in Group D following the match versus Zagreb.

Real Mallorca
Bad news for Mallorca as defender Jose Manuel Flores suffered a mild sprain against Granada and is a doubt for the visit of Racing Santander.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad have confirmed that midfielder Asier Illarramendi will undergo knee surgery and could be sidelined for the next three months.

Real Zaragoza
Zaragoza coach Aguirre is set to promote Kilian Falcon to the first team as Pablo Alcolea is set to undergo surgery after breaking his finger.

Sevilla's Martin Caceres was absent from training due to the muscle problem sustained on Sunday and were joined by Kanoute, Medel and Fazio.

Sporting Gijon
Sporting Gijon striker Nacho Novo, who scored last Sunday, is reportedly a candidate to enter the 'Hall of Fame' of his former club Rangers.

Valencia midfielder Mehmet Topal is honoured to be linked with a Premier League move, with Chelsea and Manchester City reportedly interested.

Mario Gomez scored his sixth Champions League goal to condemned Villarreal to their fifth defeat in Group A following the match in Munich.

Serie A

AC Milan
AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri knows that his team need to be balanced, patient and play a little higher on the pitch against Barcelona.

AS Roma
Miralem Pjanic has revealed AC Roma's minimum target is to finish third in order to take part in next season's Champions League competition.

Striker German Denis has underlined that he is happy at Atalanta because the club make him feel important, following links to Inter Milan.

Bologna midfielder Gaby Mudingayi has been handed a one-match suspension after receiving his fourth yellow card of the season against Cesena.

Bad news for Cagliari coach Davide Ballardini after it was confirmed that star striker Nene is sidelined for 30 days due to muscle injury.

Catania defender Nicolas Spolli has been handed a one-match suspension after receiving his fourth yellow card of the season against Chievo.

Cesena defender Maurizio Lauro has been handed a one-match suspension after receiving his fourth yellow card of the season against Bologna.

Chievo sports director Giovanni Sartori is pleased with the performance of Junior Tallo, and has tipped the young defender to be a success.

It was reported that Fiorentina are set to initiate a complex negotiations with Santos for the summer transfer of midfielder Marcos Arouca.

Goalkeeper Sebastien Frey has praised Genoa boss Alberto Malesani because he pays close attention to human relationships with his players.

Inter Milan
Ricardo Alvarez scored his first Champions League goal as Inter registered their first draw in Group B following the match versus Trabzonspor.

Marco Motta's agent has said the defender will only leave Juventus for a foreign club and that there are plenty of offers to move in January.

Italian goalkeeping legend Dino Zoff says Federico Marchetti needs a few more years before he can be compared to Lazio idol Angelo Peruzzi.

Lecce midfielder Rodney Strasser has conceded that his team only started to push forward and looking for goals after they fell behind Roma.

Edinson Cavani scored his fourth Champions League goal as Napoli registered their second win in Group A following the match against Man City.

Novara striker Riccardo Meggiorini receives a 3-game suspension for for using an 'insulting expression' towards the referee at the weekend.

Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly agreed terms with Federico Balzaretti - now Palermo have to decide whether to sell in January or June.

Parma defender Alessandro Lucarelli want his team to continue to focus on their own performances and urges them to go beyond the set goals.

Emanuale Calaio is the leading scorer for Siena with 5 goals after making 14 attempts in his 10 Serie A appearences for the side this season.

Winning the Scudetto or qualifying for the Champions League is not a top priority for Udinese this term, insists striker Antonio Di Natale.