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Fourth-tier Ipswich aim for ‘biggest upset ever’ against Manchester City

One of the country’s most progressive clubs want to do far more than enjoy their day against the FA Cup holdersDuring the autumn, when ticket promotions for the FA Women’s Cup final were circulated, the Ipswich Town squad made each other a promise. The…

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RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg: ‘We’re not here to buy Mbappé and Messi. We’re here to develop players’

The Sweden international on facing Tottenham in the Champions League, having a famous father and those who hate his clubIt was in Aue, a small mountain town near the border with Czech Republic, that Emil Forsberg fully understood he had got into someth…

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Reiss Nelson: ‘It was always, Reiss and Jadon Sancho, who’s better?’

Arsenal winger discusses the debt he owes his brother, his worries on loan in the Bundesliga and what makes Mikel Arteta differentOne of the clearest memories Reiss Nelson holds of the day he made his Arsenal debut comes from its aftermath, when the in…

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Arsenal can still qualify for the Champions League, insists Mikel Arteta

• Arteta backs team to make up 10-point gap to Chelsea• Manager happy to have had ‘mini pre-season’ winter breakMikel Arteta is convinced Champions League football remains within Arsenal’s grasp and that a strong run of form upon the resumption of thei…

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Arsenal sign Cédric Soares on loan until end of season

Southampton right-back is out of contract in the summerHe’s another strong addition to our defensive unit, says EduArsenal have completed their second January signing with the addition of Cédric Soares, the Southampton right-back, on loan until the end…

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Arsenal sign defender Pablo Marí on loan from Flamengo for rest of season

Marí was on Manchester City’s books while Arteta was thereSpanish centre-back joined Brazilian club Flamengo in 2019Arsenal have signed the central defender Pablo Marí on loan from Flamengo, with an option to buy this summer, in the first incoming tran…

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José Mourinho unhappy at Spurs’ winter break timing with Leipzig tie looming

• Tottenham play Villa three days before Champions League tie• Mourinho keen to avoid Saints replay and wants win at St Mary’sChristian Eriksen will travel to Milan and have a medical early next week before completing a move to Internazionale after the…

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Tottenham is still a happy camp, insists Toby Alderweireld

• ‘Maybe we are too nice’ says defender after reports of discord• Eric Dier defends Christian Eriksen after crowd jeersToby Alderweireld has rejected suggestions that Tottenham’s players are unhappy under José Mourinho, joking that if anything the squa…

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Wolves v Liverpool: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 8pm GMT game at MolineuxThe Fiver: sign up now and get our free daily football emailAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet @NickAmes82 1.03pm GMT Is this the night? Could it be? Are we going to be asking this question ever…

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Sheffield United v Manchester City, Everton v Newcastle and more – live!

Premier League updates from Tuesday night’s gamesChelsea v Arsenal – live! Follow our MBM reportLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet him @NickAmes82 7.30pm GMT Tonight’s games are underway … 7.26pm GM…

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Sheffield United v Manchester City, Everton v Newcastle and more – live!

Premier League updates from Tuesday night’s gamesChelsea v Arsenal – live! Follow our MBM reportLive scoreboard: the latest from Tuesday’s matchesAnd feel free to email Nick or tweet him @NickAmes82 7.30pm GMT Tonight’s games are underway … 7.26pm GM…

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Beating Chelsea is essential for Arsenal’s top-four hopes, says Mikel Arteta

• Manager says his challenge is to inspire more consistency• Arteta admits ‘possibility’ there will be no January signingsArsenal’s ambitions of mounting a late bid for the Champions League places are on the line at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday and Mikel…

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Mikel Arteta says Reiss Nelson no longer ‘confused’ and can shine at Arsenal

• Arsenal manager has faith in 20-year-old forward• ‘Now I can see he really wants it’, says ArtetaMikel Arteta has backed Reiss Nelson to become a world-class player with Arsenal, saying the young winger has overcome a “confused” period and is ready t…

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Nigel Pearson thought managerial career was over before Watford call

• Pearson: ‘I was semi-retired, more or less’• Watford’s fortunes transformed by Pearson’s arrivalNigel Pearson has admitted he thought his managerial career was on its last legs before he was asked to save Watford’s season and that the idea he would b…

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Arsenal explore possible deal for PSG left-back Layvin Kurzawa

• Arsenal’s two left-backs are currently out injured• Kurzawa is out of contract in the summerArsenal are exploring the possibility of a deal for the Paris Saint-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa as Mikel Arteta looks to bolster a defence ravaged by inj…

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Arsenal await security all clear for February training trip to Dubai

• Mikel Arteta looking at four-day break in UAE• Possible FA Cup replay could also affect Arsenal’s travel plansArsenal will assess security advice before deciding whether or not to press on with plans to spend a four?day mid?season break in Dubai, alt…

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José Mourinho raises prospect of Harry Kane missing Euro 2020 with injury

• Manager says Kane out until ‘May, next season, I don’t know’• Kane had surgery on Saturday to repair a ruptured tendonJosé Mourinho has cast doubt on whether Harry Kane will be available again this season or for Euro 2020, suggesting the Spurs and En…

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Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta pleased with commitment of ‘terrific’ David Luiz

• Brazilian centre-back much improved since Arteta arrived• ‘His attitude in training … it’s superb,’ says head coachDavid Luiz is showing his worth as a leader, according to Mikel Arteta, who believes the player’s vast experience should be a powerful …

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Mikel Arteta not expecting ‘big things’ from Arsenal during transfer window

• Arteta wants to focus on his current group of players• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will not be sold in JanuaryMikel Arteta does not expect Arsenal to do “big things” in the January transfer window and says he would rather focus on what his current play…

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Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City: Carabao Cup player ratings

Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez starred for City while Victor Lindelöf was overrun for United in the League Cup semi-final4-2-3-1 Continue reading…