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Manchester City ace Samir Nasri has revealed that the reason he didn’t move to Manchester United because he would have had to go to war with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for it.

He told BeIN Sports: "We met in Paris with Sir Alex in a private apartment so as not to fuel rumours by meeting in a hotel. I was not convinced by his speech. There was one thing that was a problem. He said he had never hired an Arsenal player and he'd have to go to war. I told him that it does not interest me to go to war with Arsene Wenger."

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Olympique Lyon have made it clear that they would not be parting ways with their star forward Alexandre Lacazette this winter, despite the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool reported to be following him closely.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was quoted telling Bein Sports: "I don't think there will be any movement for [Lacazette]. Our goal is to become a top European club in the next five years, and that's why we don't want to sell him. I spoke with Man City, but it was about other topics and not a transfer. There will be no departures in the winter and I also think the same in the summer."

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Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini was unhappy with his team missing a number of chances during their Premier League match against Everton at the Goodison Park, which ended 1-1.

The manager was quoted in BBC Sport, saying: "In the first half we had clear chances. In the second half Everton improved and had a chance to draw and did so. If you said at the beginning you are going to draw at Everton away maybe it is not so bad. It's so important in first 25 minutes because if you score then it is a different game. We didn't and Everton grew in the second half and it was a very close game in the last 35 minutes. We had a lot of chances but were maybe missing the last pass."

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Making full use of their home advantage, Chelsea notched up a hard earned 2-0 victory over Newcastle United tonight to go 2 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The Blues got the lead through Oscar late in the first half when a quick corner allowed him to strike from 8 yards. Diego Costa then doubled the lead in the 59th minute from a low shot at goal which was the result of perfectly executed teamwork.

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Everton managed to bounce back from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw against Premier League title contenders Manchester City. In a match which was evenly contested between the two teams, City enjoyed most of the possession, with Everton getting a few more clear cut chances to score from.

The Citizens got the lead in the 74th minute when a deflected shot by David Silva was headed into the goal by Fernandinho. The visitors’ happiness, however, was short-lived as the Toffees equalised just 4 minutes later when Steven Naismith headed home from a well-struck Leighton Baines free kick.

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Manchester City are set to make a shock move for Olympique Lyon stars Alexandre Lacazette and Nabil Fekir, thus pouring cold water on the hopes of rivals Arsenal and Liverpool, according to reports in The Daily Express. While Lacazette is being coveted by the Reds, Fekir is a wanted man at the Emirates Stadium.

It is believed that the Citizens recently sent scouts to watch the duo in action for their club, and they were pretty pleased with what they saw. Because of this, they are expected to make a move for them in the summer, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas already making it clear that the club wouldn’t part with the duo in the winter transfer window.

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In reports that could come as a huge shock for the football world, Atletico Madrid are understood to be ready (read: desperate) to sell their forward Mario Mandzukic, who is believed to be on the wishlist of the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

The 28 year old moved to the Vicente Calderon Stadium last summer from Bayern Munich for a fee of around £18m, but with Fernando Torres having returned to the club, Los Rojiblancos manager Diego Simeone is understood to be keen to offload the Croat.

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