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Aaron Ramsey: I thought I had agreed a new contract with Arsenal

• Offer of extension from club no longer on the table• Midfielder ready to stay for rest of the seasonAaron Ramsey has revealed that he thought he had reached an agreement with Arsenal over a new contract only for the club to perform a U-turn but he ha…

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From better than Giggs to ‘drinking and drinking’: how Ben Thornley battled back | David Hytner

At Manchester United Thornley was regarded as superior to Giggs, Scholes and Beckham – then a bad tackle shattered his dreams. He talks regrets, rock bottom and why he is finally at peaceIt was a Sunday get-together that featured Manchester United roya…

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Pochettino unhappy with Martínez for revealing Vertonghen hamstring injury

• Tottenham defender faces up to six weeks out• Belgium manager Roberto Martínez revealed newsJan Vertonghen is expected to be out until after the November international break, although Mauricio Pochettino was unhappy at how Roberto Martínez, the Belgi…

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Unai Emery’s quiet revolution at Arsenal reaping early rewards | David Hytner

Meticulous Spaniard has implemented a huge amount of change so far in his brief reign and while his team have ridden their luck at times, eight successive wins is hard to argue withBack when Arsenal was the personal fiefdom of Arsène Wenger, the player…

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Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris struggles to put private life problems behind him | David Hytner

A second-minute blunder against Barcelona was not an ideal start on his return to action but the Spurs goalkeeper aims to keep battling to get back to his bestHugo Lloris had not played since 27 August and everybody knows what has happened since – the …

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Mauricio Pochettino hopes for sweet reunion with Ernesto Valverde

The Tottenham manager will face the man who once culled him from Espanyol and knows victory over Barcelona would ease a problematic period for his current clubMauricio Pochettino was, by his own admission, living inside the typical footballer’s bubble….

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Tottenham’s Harry Kane sets sights on Messi as Barcelona come to town

• England striker ‘motivated’ by prolific Argentina forward• ‘He’s definitely set the standard for the rest of us’Harry Kane has spoken of his determination to emulate or better the prolific scoring output of Lionel Messi, as he prepared to face the Ba…

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‘It was so close’: Pochettino’s and Messi’s sliding doors moment | David Hytner

Tottenham manager’s team face Barcelona and their star forward at Wembley on Wednesday but their paths almost crossed at EspanyolThe way that Mauricio Pochettino tells it, Lionel Messi was about to become his teammate and then, who knows how the future…

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Arsenal can still see best of Aaron Ramsey this season, says Unai Emery

• Midfielder looks set to leave in 2019 after contract talks ended• Emery: ‘I don’t think the situation will affect his performances’Unai Emery is confident Aaron Ramsey’s performance levels will not be affected by the breakdown of his contract talks. …

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Tottenham wanted rid of Gareth Bale and got lucky, says Mauricio Pochettino

• Bale was an unspectacular left-back in his first Spurs years• Welshman went on to shine as a winger and join Real MadridMauricio Pochettino has seemingly confirmed one of Tottenham’s dirty secrets – that they were prepared to get rid of Gareth Bale a…

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Mauricio Pochettino praises calmer, more mature captain Dele Alli

• Alli captained Spurs’ Carabao Cup win against Watford• Pochettino: ‘I hope it will help him improve even more’Mauricio Pochettino has said Dele Alli is now a calmer and more mature player, as he praised the way the midfielder handled his first experi…

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Aaron Ramsey poised to leave Arsenal after club withdraw contract offer

• Midfielder’s current contract expires in June 2019• Ramsey’s demands influenced by Mesut Özil’s new dealArsenal have withdrawn the offer of a new contract for Aaron Ramsey, meaning that the Wales midfielder could be sold in January or leave for nothi…

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Petr Cech: Arsène Wenger was more worried about playing style than winning

• Veteran says Arsenal working much harder under Unai Emery• ‘This is how it should be. We have very healthy competition’Petr Cech believes that Arsenal have fallen short in recent years because their obsession with playing football in a certain way un…

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Mauricio Pochettino tells Tottenham to toughen up for trip to Brighton

• Three defeats leave manager concerned about lack of desire• Post-World Cup tiredness no excuse for slump, Pochettino saysMauricio Pochettino has demanded that his Tottenham players run harder and mark tougher at Brighton on Saturday as he expressed f…

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Strain of Hugo Lloris’s arrest ‘maybe created injury’ says Pochettino

• Spurs keeper ‘was under stress’ in Manchester United game• Lloris targets return at Huddersfield on Saturday weekMauricio Pochettino has admitted that the “massive strain” of Hugo Lloris’s drink-driving arrest was a factor behind the thigh injury he …

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Ivan Gazidis leaves Arsenal just as his biggest challenge was about to begin | David Hytner

The Arsenal chief executive is departing after nearly a decade and says he is energised by a move to Milan. Did he decide the gap to the top at the Emirates was too big?Ivan Gazidis loves to talk about process, about journeys, about minutiae and he was…

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Harry Kane is struggling but Spurs have other worries too | David Hytner

Star striker’s form is just one of a growing number of issues for Mauricio Pochettino to contend with after Spurs’ limp display against LiverpoolHarry Kane knows the drill. When things go wrong, the highest-profile players find themselves in the crossh…

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Harry Kane is struggling but Spurs have other worries too | David Hytner

Star striker’s form is just one of a growing number of issues for Mauricio Pochettino to contend with after Spurs’ limp display against LiverpoolHarry Kane knows the drill. When things go wrong, the highest-profile players find themselves in the crossh…

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Mauricio Pochettino demands Spurs find killer instinct as Liverpool await | David Hytner

Defeat at Watford meant a difficult international break for Tottenham’s manager, who has questioned his players’ mentalityMauricio Pochettino laughed a touch uneasily and made the symbol for a telephone with his thumb and little finger. “If we play in …

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Nwankwo Kanu: ‘We have saved 542 lives. This means more than football’

The former Arsenal striker on how his heart problem inspired him to set up a foundation and why clubs should do more to monitor their players’ healthNwankwo Kanu remembers the shouting, the confusion and the overriding sense of desperation. A woman had…