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Thursday, February 9, 2012


Arsene Wenger remains confident Arsenal have the strength of character needed to force themselves back into the top four of the Premier League.

Aston Villa
Aston Villa have been lifted ahead of their clash with Man City with news that Agbonlahor, Collins and Albrighton could return from injury.

Morten Gamst Pedersen admits Blackburn are in Premier League peril, but is backing his side to respond positively to their mauling by Arsenal.

Bolton boss Owen Coyle believes he is on to a winner signing Arsenal youngster Ryo Miyaichi, who was outstanding while on-loan at Feyenoord.

Nicolas Anelka claims to have been made to feel like an outcast during his final days at Chelsea, but says he has no regrets about leaving.

Everton youngster Jake Bidwell admits that he is in the dark about his Brentford future, but would be happy to extend his stay at Griffin Park.

Dickson Etuhu is hoping he has done enough to start Fulham's clash with Stoke City after being brought in from the cold by manager Martin Jol.

Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has his sights set on playing a role for Liverpool this month as the Reds bid for the FA Cup and Carling Cup success.

Manchester City
Manchester City are eyeing a move for Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol, who has fallen out of favour since the arrival of coach Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United
Park Ji-sung is proud after making his 200th appearance for Manchester Utd and silencing those who claimed he was only bought to sell shirts.

Newcastle United
Newcastle's Sylvain Marveaux is set to return to running next week as he recovers from a groin injury, but he fears his season could be over.

Norwich City
Russell Martin feels Norwich City showed their ambition by refusing to part ways with captain Grant Holt during last month's transfer window.

Queens Park Rangers
Clint Hill has accepted that the current campaign will be his last at QPR, with the club having decided against offering him a new contract.

Stoke City
Stoke City chairman Peter Coates has called for a review of the FA's appeal procedures after Robert Huth's red card and suspension was upheld.

Sunderland will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round after Sessegnon scored in extra time to eliminate Middlesbrough from the competition.

Swansea City
Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers feels midfielder Ferrie Bodde has to be 'one of the unluckiest players alive' following his latest injury setback.

Harry Redknapp admittted the last five years have been 'a nightmare' after the Tottenham manager was cleared of all charges of tax evasion.

West Brom
Roy Hodgson believes Keith Andrews is ready to make his West Brom debut in Sunday's derby at Wolves - but he has doubts over Liam Ridgewell.

Wigan Athletic
Winger Jean Beausejour believes his return to the Premier League will not be short-lived because he is confident Wigan can stay up this season.

Wolves winger Michael Kightly will miss Sunday's derby against West Brom due to a back injury but could return to action against Newcastle.

La Liga

Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia believes Fernando Llorente's current form for the club will not complicate their contract renewal talks.

Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone stresses that the quality of play is much more important than the number of minutes enjoyed by a player.

Barcelona will take on Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final after Fabregas and Xavi scored to eliminate Valencia from the competition.

Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino has demanded his team to tighten up more and show more teeth because it is not easy to keep their position.

Getafe striker Arizmendi knows that it will a difficult match at Rayo, and urges his team to quickly forget about their defeat to Real Madrid.

Good news for Granada as goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez has resumed training after severel weeks out and he is likely be available this weekend.

Midfielder Vicente Iborra has said that if Levante can beat Real Madrid in the first half of the season, they can do it again this weekend.

Bad news for Malaga as Martin Demichelis has been handed a two-match suspension after he was sent-off during the defeat to Granada on Monday.

Osasuna striker Ibrahima Balde has acknowledged that it is extremely difficult to win at Barcelona, but in his world nothing is impossible.

Racing Santander
Good news for Racing Santander head coach Juanjo Gonzalez as striker Alvaro Gonzalez has been able to resume squad training without problems.

Rayo Vallecano
Javi Fuego claimed Rayo are looking forward to the visit of Getafe, even though the Azulona have improved in the second half of the season.

Real Betis
Real Betis president Miguel Guillen is concerned about their results, but remain convinced that Pepe Mel will be able to reverse the situation.

Real Madrid
Manchester City are eyeing a move for Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol, who has fallen out of favour since the arrival of coach Jose Mourinho.

Real Mallorca
Real Mallorca midfielder Tomas Pina has warned his team-mates not to 'fall asleep' against Malaga as his side are too close to the drop zone.

Real Sociedad
It was reported that David Zurutuza has made big progress in his new contract talks with Real Sociedad and could put pen to paper very soon.

Real Zaragoza
Real Zaragoza midfielder Apono claimed their situation at the bottom of the chart is difficult but not impossible, and that he has seen worse.

Sevilla striker Manu del Moral believes the club have done well in chosing coach Michel, who has successfully change their negative dynamics.

Sporting Gijon
Midfielder Carmelo admits that Sporting Gijon were tired and did not play intelligently against Osasuna, but believes they did well overall.

Barcelona will take on Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final after Fabregas and Xavi scored to eliminate Valencia from the competition.

Javier Camunas said Villarreal's main challenge now is to maintain their current good form after recent results against Barcelona and Sevilla.

Serie A

AC Milan
Defender Martin Caseres scored twice for Juventus to take a slim lead over AC Milan in their Coppa Italia first leg clash at the San Siro.

AS Roma
Daniele De Rossi scored his fourth Serie A goal of the season as Roma registered their second away draw following the match against Catania.

It was reported that Juventus are continuing to monitor the situation of Schelotto and Gabbiadini at Atalanta as they prepare a summer bid.

Bologna striker Marco Di Viao is confident that he will recover in time for their next big clash against Serie A leaders Juventus this weekend.

After being monitored for a long time, Grpsseto's Brazilian midfielder Ronaldo Pompeu Da Silva is now officially on the wish list of Cagliari.

Nicola Legrottaglie scored his fourth Serie A goal of the season as Catania registered their fourth home draw following the match against Roma.

Cesena manager Daniele Arrigoni has claimed that those players that remain can still do something important and maintain their 3-5-2 system.

It was reported that Universidad de Chile are keen to acquire the services of Chievo striker Fernando Uribe, following the exit of Canales.

President of the Montenegro FA Dejan Savicevic believes Stevan Jovetic is likely to leave Fiorentina in June and join on of Europe's top clubs.

Alberto Gilardino is hoping to become a regular again at international level and to be a part of Euro 2012, following his transfer to Genoa.

Inter Milan
Inter Milan defender Cristian Chivu has not been in contact with Bayern Munich or AC Milan - but he would consider a switch to either club.

Defender Martin Caceres scored twice for Juventus to take a slim lead over AC Milan in their Coppa Italia first leg clash at the San Siro.

Director Igli Tare stressed that Lazio did not want to weaken the team by selling Djibril Cisse, but claimed that the striker wanted to leave.

Lecce defender Davide Brivio insists that his side will approach the match against Atalanta with the intention of achieving a positive result.

Napoli are reportedly ready to iniatiate contact with Brescia about the possibility of taking midfielder Omar El Kaddouri to the San Paolo.

New Varese striker Pablo Granoche said he left Novara because the Serie A club chose to focus their attention on other attackers in the squad.

It was reported that Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini is accelerating the contruction of a new stadium, which could open beginning 2014.

Cristian Zaccardo admits Fiorentina star striker Stevan Jovetic will be a good test for Parma's defenders when both sides clash this weekend.

Siena coach Giuseppe Sannino is excited about giving the opportunity for his fringe players to demonstrate something important on the Coppa.

Francesco Guidolin tells Udinese they need to be 'more ruthless' if they are to defeat Milan this weekend and progress in the Europa League.