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Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Theo Walcott believes Arsenal players owed Arsene Wenger good results as their boss has been taking a lot of stick for their poor performances.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa coach Alex McLeish has announced that Chris Herd is close to full fitness after a two month lay-off with ankle ligament damage.

The Indian national football team have announced they have scrapped their planned visit to Blackburn due to the current difficulties at Rovers.

Bolton midfielder Ricardo Gardner may have a future at the Reebok Stadium even though he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Andre Villas-Boas remains under close examination from Roman Abramovich after the Chelsea owner again spent time at his club's training ground.

American star Landon Donovan says Everton can compete with any team in the Premier League - and hopes to prove it on Saturday against Chelsea.

Fulham forward Moussa Dembele admits he is looking for his squad to make progress in the Premier League after a difficult game on Saturday.

FA's Gordon Taylor wants a line to be drawn under the race row involving Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra by the duo shaking hands this weekend.

Manchester City
Manchester City keeper Joe Hart believes that his side must focus on their own game rather than thinking about their rivals Manchester United.

Manchester United
Manchester United head coach Sir Alex Ferguson has called for the authorities to crack down hard on any new incident of racism in football.

Newcastle United
Striker Demba Ba has revealed he found rumours that he could leave Newcastle United in January 'funny' after insisting he is happy at the club.

Norwich City
Norwich City and West Ham are reportedly trailing Reading's teenage sensation Michael Hector, who has been dubbed the 'new Chris Smalling'.

Queens Park Rangers
QPR chief executive Phillip Beard insists relegation from the top flight would not prevent the club pressing ahead with their long-term plans.

Stoke City
Robert Huth has lost his appeal against his red card against Sunderland, meaning the Stoke defender must now serve a three-match suspension.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has launched a stout defence of David Meyler after he was accused of play-acting to get Robert Huth sent off.

Swansea City
Swansea City have confirmed Ferrie Bodde is to undergo a knee operation amid fears the midfielder may be forced to call time on his career.

Scott Parker believes Tottenham's defensive performance against Liverpool at Anfield has proved that they are more than just an attacking team.

West Brom
Shane Long should return this weekend and West Brom manager Roy Hodgson hopes he will forge a successful partnership with Peter Odemwingie.

Wigan Athletic
Emmerson Boyce admits he would rather Wigan be playing badly and winning than the reverse but remains confident they can escape relegation.

Captain Roger Johnson believes the next five games will determined whether Wolves will be able to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Bilbao are through to the Copa del Rey final after Muniain, Laskurain, Aurtenetxe and Llorente scored to kick Mirandes out of the competition.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has yet to return to squad training after he was injured last weekend and is doubt for the Racing clash.

It was claimed that Barcelona have not given up on Thiago Silva and have made the Milan defender their primary target in the summer market.

Espanyol winger Javi Lopez is pleased to be in fifth place but warned his side not to underestimate Real Zaragoza's desperation this weekend.

Getafe midfielder Abdel Barrada insists he is not paying attention to rumours about Jose Mourinho's interest because it might not be true.

Granada midfielder Mikel Rico wants his team to aim for the comfort of mid-table position by securing a victory over Villarreal this weekend.

Levante quartet of Munua, Del Horno, Iborra and Botelho are threanten by suspension as all of them are currently carrying four yellow cards.

Malaga keeper Willy Caballero believes his team should be aiming to enter their names into the club's history and not just playing in Europe.

Osasuna coach Mendilibar is convinced Barcelona will drop points before the season ends, but admits they are the clear favourites this weekend.

Racing Santander
Racing Santander announced that youngsters Jairo and Dani Sotres have been called by the Spanish U19 to join their training session next week.

Rayo Vallecano
Bad news for Rayo Vallecano as Roberto Trashorras is out for at least two weeks with an ankle injury after he was stampped by Ruben Micael.

Real Betis
Real Betis striker Roque Santa Cruz believes his team have been playing with only their heads and are missing the desire needed to win a match.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid attacker Jose Callejon is confident that coach Jose Mourinho will stay in the Spanish capital as he seems calm and happy there.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca striker Gonzalo Castro admits the club have yet to call him about a new contract, but insists there is plenty of time for talks.

Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad striker Diego Ifran is hoping to recover before the next home match against Sevilla, which will be important for their survival.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza are not only last in the La Liga, but with just 12 points in 21 games, the club are also the worst in 7 major European leagues.

Michel is new coach of Sevilla until the summer and he has been promised a long-term contract if he is able to secure a Champions League spot.

Sporting Gijon
Bad news for Sporting Gijon coach Inaki Tejada after it was confirmed that Ivan Hernandez tore a muscle and is set to be sidelined for 10 days.

Unai Emery said the Copa match against Barca symbolises opportunity and hope for Valencia and they have the reponsibility to work hard for it.

President Fernando Roig claimed that Villarreal are still in talks with Sao Paulo about Nilmar, but he would rule out a move to other club.

Serie A

AC Milan
Pippo Inzaghi feels that the three-game ban handed to AC Milan teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic is excessive and hopes they can cover his absense.

AS Roma
AS Roma coach Luis Enrique insists his Giallorossi side cannot dream of the Scudetto just yet because they are still lacking in consistency.

Atalanta winger Ezequeil Schelotto admits he is flattered being linked to Inter Milan, but insists he is comfortable playing for the Orobici.

Bologna manager Stefano Pioli said they are doing their best to prepare for the Juventus clash as bad weather are affecting their training.

Radja Nainggolan's agent has reiterated that there is no certainty that the Cagliari midfielder will be joining Juventus in the summer market.

Vincenzo Montella has warned Catania that they must concentrate for each of the remaining 25 minutes of their abandoned fixture with Roma.

Cesena were beaten by Russian outfit Zenit St Petersburg in a friendly after Aleksandr Kerzhakov managed to score the only goal of the game.

Chievo announced that they have agreed to loan Simone Grippo to Lugano until the end of June, following the arrival of Mickael Facchinetti.

New Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim is targeting summer raid on former club Fiorentina for midfielders Mathieu Flamini and Riccardo Montolivo.

Genoa have confirmed that striker Lucas Pratto has joined Velez Sarsfield on loan until the end of 2012 with an option to make it permanent.

Inter Milan
Captain Javier Zanetti has admitted that Inter have put their Scudetto dream on hold and are focusing on finishing the season in third place.

Antonio Conte has declared that Juventus will do everything to beat Milan in the Coppa, even as he confirms first-team changes will be made.

Good news for Lazio manager Edy Reja as striker Libor Kozak is expected to resume training this week after a month out with a groin injury.

Lecce owners the Semeraro family announced that they are currently evaluating whether or not the Tesoro family are capable of running the club.

Napoli are serious about their interest in Benfica striker Rodrigo Moreno and the Partenopei have reportedly contacted the Portuguese club.

Novara midfielder Marco Rigoni admits they face a very difficult challenge against Inter, but stressed that his side have nothing to lose.

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has conceded that striker Fabrizio Miccoli is playing himself towards a new deal at the Stadio Barbera.

Parma coach Roberto Donadoni has compared Sebastian Giovinco to the legendary Gianfranco Zola and believes that he is ready for a big club.

Siena striker Erjon Bodgani has claimed the hunger that exist within the squad was one of the reason he accepted the challenge at the club.

Coach Francesco Guidolin is confident that Udinese will improve on their concentration and be more cynical in front of the goal against Milan.