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Ozil, Welbeck guide Gunners to 3-0 win over Aston Villa

A four minute spell from the Gunners which saw them bang in three goals was enough to help Arsenal secure a comfortable 3-0 win at Villa Park against an Aston Villa side that flattered to deceive. Villa started the game brightly and had one terrific chance to open the scoring, but the Gunners hit their stride after the half hour mark and a brief spell saw Mesut Ozil spring to life and score one and make one for Danny Welbeck before an Ally Cissokho own goal sealed the points for Arsenal. The second half was a real snorefest with both sides happy to accept the scoreline as it stood and offered nothing of note in terms of an attacking threat.

Villa made two changes to the side that beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield last week with centre back Neil Baker replaced by Ciaran Clark, who Arsenal fans might remember having scored a brace against the Gunners in a memorable 4-2 game a few seasons back, and Ashley Westwood dropping out due to illness and 'The Rock' Carlos Sanchez replacing him.


Kranjcar curls in late equalizer for QPR

In a game that neither side could really afford to lose, it was Nico Kranjcar in the 88th minute who salvaged a point for Queens Park Rangers with a delectable free-kick against a very competitive Stoke City side at Loftus Road.

Stoke dominated the first half and took a deserved lead through Mame Biram Diouf after the former Manchester United reject headed home from close range from a knock down by Peter Crouch. Stoke and Crouch had plenty of chances in the first half to put the game beyond doubt, but were left to regret their profligacy in front of goal as Crouch stabbed a Steven Caulker header into his own net on the stroke of half-time to allow QPR to head into the break on level terms.


Arsenal and Liverpool looking to sign Real star

Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool, who were earlier understood to be wishful of taking aboard Barcelona ace Pedro, have now turned their sights towards another Spaniard. According to reports in The Daily Express, the English sides are looking to make a move for Real Madrid star Isco, with an intent to land him at their respective dens in the near future.

The 22 year old, who joined Los Blancos in 2013, following an impressive stay at Malaga, is understood to have fallen out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu this season. New arrivals, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, have cemented their place in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, thus leading to Isco’s sidelining. Obviously, it hasn’t gone down well with the player, with reports in the media suggesting that he is looking to move away from the club when the transfer window reopens in January. This, in turn, has alerted the aforementioned Premier League sides, both of which would be glad to have him aboard.


Mourinho gives his pre-game verdict ahead of mega Man City clash

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Jose Mourinho was in top form in today's press conference ahead of Chelsea's crucial trip to Manchester City at the weekend, sharing that his side is ready and raring to go as they take on the Premier League champions.

Mourinho was in a buoyant mood with his side top of the Premier League standings this season and said, "It's one more game and three more points but when matches are between title contenders, every point makes a difference. We know what it's like to win there and lose there. I watched last season's games to identify the differences."


USA leads FIFA Women's Rankings, Germany and France catching up

The September edition of the FIFA Women’s World Ranking has been heavily shaped by many qualifying matches, particularly for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup™ in Canada. The ranking points awarded for these games have seen three South American teams – Peru (52nd), Paraguay (54th) and Ecuador (49th) – return to the ranking, which means that all ten CONMEBOL teams are in the table once again, quite a turnaround in fortunes as only three South American teams were in the ranking in the second half of 2013.

Once again there are no changes at the very top, although Germany have cut the USA’s lead to a mere six points. World champions Japan are also looking over their shoulders in third place as France are now just 14 points behind them.


Wenger eyes former reject

Arsenal’s embarrassing defeat at Dortmund on Tuesday night has seen the tabloids come up with a range of free agent candidates who could mitigate some of the shortcomings that were made ever so palpable in Europe. The Express has thrown the name of the most surprising candidate yet into the mix; French international midfielder Lassana Diarra.

Arsene Wenger had been repeatedly urged by all the fans as well as the footballing pundits to bring in at least one world class defensive midfielder, but the naming of Mikel Arteta as club captain effectively laid plain Wenger’s plan of putting a fresh coat of paint on a car that badly needed a new engine.


Juventus swoop for Arsenal target

Arsenal could be thwarted in the pursuit of yet another one of their transfer target, this time by Juventus, according to reports in the Express.

Throughout his Barcelona career, Pedro Rodriguez has had to endure the denigration of being a substitute. The change of hierarchy at Camp Nou has done little to change his fortune and new manager Luis Enrique has shown little inclination to give him his deserved share of chances. The return of Luis Suarez in October will see Pedro’s position come under increased jeopardy as Enrique is unlikely to tinker with a front three that features Suarez, Neymar and a certain Lionel Messi.


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