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Three more Arsenal first team stars ruled out for the weekend

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Arsenal will be without midfielders Mikel Artera and Mathieu Flamini, and perhaps more crucially key centre back Laurent Koscielny for the visit of Manchester United at the Emirates this weekend.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger shared that the hamstring injury that Laurent Koscielny suffered in the midweek loss to Olympiakos has ruled the Frenchman out for three weeks, which fortunately also coincides partially with the international break, so he won't miss as many games as he might have done.


Carneiro hits out hard against English FA investigation into Mourinho abuse

Former Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro has lashed out hard against the English Football Association for clearing Chelsea Manager Jose Mourinho of using sexist and abusive language towards her, without even hearing her testimony on the matter.

The former Chelsea team doctor was reportedly called "daughter of a wh#$%" in Portuguese by Mourinho, but the English FA in their investigation ruled that despite the video evidence presented by 'Women in Football', Jose Mourinho was not guilty of having said anything derogatory towards Carneiro.


CAS dismisses Neymar suspension appeal

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed today the urgent appeal filed by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Confederación Sulamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL) in relation to the 4-match suspension handed down to the Brazilian player Neymar Jr. during the 2015 Copa América tournament.

In matches played on 14 and 17 June 2015 during the 2015 Copa América Neymar Jr. received two yellow cards, followed by a red card. On 19 June 2015, after holding a hearing into the matter, the CONMEBOL Disciplinary Committee imposed a 4-match suspension on the player. The Brazilian team played two further matches during the 2015 Copa América without Neymar Jr., which leaves two match-bans still to be served.


Mourinho: "My chance to speak will come”

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has maintained his silence for the last couple of months in the controversy surrounding the exit of club doctor Eva Carneiro, and despite having been cleared this week from any wrongdoing by the English FA, Jose has chosen to stay mum on the matter.

Jose was quizzed on his acquittal in the investigation that he used abusive and sexist language towards Dr. Carneiro in the aftermath of her racing onto the pitch to tend to an evidently stricken Eden Hazard, and came in for some more flak when 'Women in Football' produced a transcript which states that Mourinho called the doctor a "daughter of a wh@#&" in Portuguese.


Equatorial Guinea arrives for Banyana Banyana clash

Equatorial Guinea are raring to go having arrived in South Africa on Thursday  ahead of their 2016 Rio Olympic qualifier against the host nation on Saturday, 3 October 2015 at Makhulong Stadium in Tembisa.

Kick-off is at 15h00 and the match will be broadcast live on SABC 3.


Rodgers: "We go there with confidence"

Liverpool's Manager Brendan Rodgers continued to talk the big talk despite the obvious pressure he is under heading into this weekend's Merseyside derby.

The Northern Irishman declared that his side are playing good football, and there is no reason why they cannot go to Goodison Park and pick up a win. Rodgers said, "We are back into that flow of creating chances. We go there with confidence. There is no greater pressure than what I've had before. We are five points off the top. The players and I are very calm."


Martinez wary of being the favourite ahead of Merseyside derby

Everton boss Roberto Martinez sounded wary of being labelled the favourite heading into this weekend's big Merseyside derby against a struggling Liverpool side, whose Manager Brendan Rodgers has been under incredible pressure in recent weeks.

Martinez was quick to play down the tag of being the favourite, and instead looked to put it on Liverpool on account of the money they have splashed in the transfer market in recent windows. The Spaniard said, "If you’re looking at the amount of money Liverpool have spent in the past few seasons they have to be favourites but I don’t think we can take too much into the game. It’s a very important game because we’re coming from an away win… but we know it’s a derby and it doesn’t matter what kind of form you’re in."


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