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Harry Winks: from flag-bearer to standard-bearer at Tottenham

Midfielder was the quiet force behind a win over Dortmund which he sees as a statement that Spurs mean businessIt is a lovely story, a real ratings winner, and one that bears retelling at times like these. As a 15-year-old Tottenham academy hopeful, Ha…

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Spurs ready for Champions League and Dortmund – then a much-needed break

• Tottenham likely to be without starting services of Danny Rose• Harry Kane and Dele Alli set to be ready for 5 March returnIt has been a punishing schedule for Mauricio Pochettino and his Tottenham players. Since they returned from the November inter…

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Un-brie-lievable: VIP cheese room at new Spurs stadium melts away

• Tottenham’s new £1bn stadium has been hit by delays• Club say there were no plans for cheese room in the first placeIt was trailed as a high-end highlight of Tottenham’s magnificent new stadium and, in many respects, came to be an emblem of the extra…

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Hugo Lloris forgets World Cup to concentrate on glory days at Tottenham

The goalkeeper believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can keep the pressure on the Premier League leadersIt was the fulfilment of the ultimate footballing fantasy. Only 20 men had done it previously, each one a titan, a name to stir awe and respect. …

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Hugo Lloris forgets World Cup to concentrate on glory days at Tottenham

The goalkeeper believes that Mauricio Pochettino’s side can keep the pressure on the Premier League leadersIt was the fulfilment of the ultimate footballing fantasy. Only 20 men had done it previously, each one a titan, a name to stir awe and respect. …

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Arsenal are outsiders in chase for Champions League, says Unai Emery

• Emery: ‘There are teams that are better than us’• Mattéo Guendouzi praised for missing France dutyUnai Emery believes a top-three Premier League finish is beyond Arsenal and has said his club are outsiders in the fight for fourth place with Chelsea a…

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Arsenal’s problems on the road are inside the players’ minds, says Emery

• Gunners have not won in six Premier League away days• ‘We need to prepare by thinking it’s going to be difficult’Unai Emery believes Arsenal’s major problem on their travels has been inside the minds of his players. The team have lost four and drawn …

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Denis Suárez joins Arsenal on loan after extending Barcelona contract

• Arsenal have an option to buy the midfielder in the summer• Club also interested in a loan for Yannick CarrascoDenis Suárez has completed his loan move from Barcelona to Arsenal for the remainder of the season, the Catalan club have confirmed. Arsena…

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Cardiff team scared to fly after Emiliano Sala disappearance, says Sol Bamba

• ‘We’ve all been affected – the lads and the city, the whole club’• Captain reveals he spoke to Sala before striker joined CardiffSol Bamba has said some of his Cardiff City teammates are scared to fly after the disappearance of Emiliano Sala. The cap…

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Chelsea tell Callum Hudson-Odoi he must stay in spite of Bayern Munich bid

• London club reject transfer request from 18-year-old winger• German champions have £35m bid turned downChelsea have rejected Callum Hudson-Odoi’s transfer request, turned down Bayern Munich’s £35m offer for him and told the 18-year-old winger he is s…

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Leicester midfielder Adrien Silva wants to leave before transfer deadline

• The 29-year-old is prepared to move on loan• Silva has only made five appearances this seasonAdrien Silva wants a transfer from Leicester before Thursday’s deadline, whether on loan or on a permanent basis. The Portugal midfielder has made only five …

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Mauricio Pochettino hints Tottenham’s move may have cost them a trophy

• Club’s return to White Hart Lane delayed• ‘We are always close to the last step’Mauricio Pochettino has suggested he might have won a trophy at Tottenham by now had the club not been forced to move away from White Hart Lane as part of their new stadi…

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Mauricio Pochettino calls for VAR in Premier League to be postponed

• Spurs manager fears system harms ‘dynamic’ English game• Win over Chelsea would bring Pochettino closer to first trophyMauricio Pochettino has outlined his grave misgivings about VAR and called on the authorities to postpone its introduction to the P…

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Tottenham’s Dele Alli set to miss at least six weeks with hamstring strain

• Forward picked up injury in game against Fulham• Alli not likely to be back in training until early MarchDele Alli faces a lay-off of at least six weeks, after his worst fears over the severity of the hamstring injury he suffered at Fulham on Sunday …

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Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín faces months out with ruptured cruciate injury

• Defender injured during win over Chelsea on Saturday • Player waiting to learn if there is further damageHéctor Bellerín’s season is over after he was diagnosed with a ruptured cruciate knee ligament and the Arsenal right-back faces a battle to be fi…

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Unai Emery says Arsenal can forget top four if they lose to Chelsea

• Fifth-placed Arsenal are six points behind Saturday’s visitors• Emery wary of threat of Eden Hazard in Emirates showdownUnai Emery accepts that Arsenal’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League via Premier League position will be over if they lo…

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Mauricio Pochettino considers false nine role for Dele Alli at Fulham

• Tottenham look for striking solutions after Harry Kane injury• Academy product Kazaiah Sterling could take place on benchMauricio Pochettino has said he could use Dele Alli as a false nine at Fulham on Sunday, as he wrestles with the dilemma of how t…

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Arsenal’s era of austerity is not over yet: Emery must make do and mend | David Hytner

High wages, the lack of Champions League revenue and Kroenke’s parsimony are making the Gunners uncompetitiveIt was the news that Arsenal supporters had longed to hear and it was delivered with an uncharacteristic flourish by Ivan Gazidis. The date was…

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Unai Emery casts doubt over any Arsenal loan signing in January

• Emery: ‘Not easy to take players that can help us now’• Manager working ‘normally’ with departing Sven MislintatUnai Emery has made it clear that bringing a loan signing to Arsenal this month will be difficult, although the manager suggested the impe…

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Tottenham’s Mousa Dembélé joins Guangzhou R&F for £11m

• Belgian leaves Spurs after six and a half years at the club• Pochettino called him ‘a genius’ and he will be missed by fansTottenham have confirmed the £11m departure of Mousa Dembélé – a player that the manager, Mauricio Pochettino, describes as a “…