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Arsenal eye cheap Portuguese purchase

Arsenal’s injury crisis at the start of this year’s campaign could force Arsene Wenger to enter the transfer market in January, an activity he usually likes to refrain from. Reports in the Express indicate that the Gunners are eyeing Portuguese defender Vitorino Antunes as a cheap solution to their extensive injury woes.

The Gunners once again started last night’s derby match against Tottenham without a single recognized defender on the bench. The usually pragmatic Arsene Wenger has dropped the ball with his transfer policies for this season and an untimely injury to new arrival Mathieu Debuchy as well as Nacho Monreal has stripped his defensive lines to its bare minimum.

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Ronaldo gets a call he can’t ignore

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10 man Manchester United just about scraped through with a 2-1 win against West Ham last night and although Louis Van Gaal will talk about grit and resilience in the face of adversity, former united manager Sir Alex Ferguson remains unconvinced, so much so that the Scottish legend has decided to take matters into his own hands, albeit from behind the scenes.

In excerpts of an interview carried in the Metro, respected football agent Francois Gallardo was quoted as saying, “On Wednesday Cristiano received a call from Ferguson [about returning to United]. He was he was happy at Real Madrid but the whole transfer depends on Jorge Mendes.”

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Mourinho: "I’m happy"

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He might not always look it, but the Chelsea Manager said it in two very simple words after his team retained their comfortable lead at the top of the Premier League standings with another solid display, crushing Aston Villa 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Always good for an excellent quote, Jose Mourinho said after the game, "I’m happy."

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Goalscorers react to today's North London derby

Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nacer Chadli were unsurprisingly thrilled with their contributions to today's North London derby as Tottenham grabbed a share of the spoils at the Emirates, holding Arsenal to a 1-1 draw.

Belgian international Nacer Chadli gave Tottenham the lead early in the second half, latching on to Erik Lamela's inch perfect pass and slotting the ball across goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and into the Arsenal goal.

He said after the game, "I'm very happy to score in the derby. Erik gave me the ball and I just tried to shoot into the far corner."

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Pochettino: "It is a good result for us"

Tottenham Hotspur Manager Mauricio Pochettino was a happy man after his Spurs side picked up a hard earned draw at the Emirates today, holding a rampant Arsenal side 1-1.

Arsenal dominated the game for long periods, but failed to create enough goal scoring opportunities as a tightly knit Tottenham defence kept the Gunners at bay for long periods. Tottenham scored against the run of play through Belgian winger Nacer Chadli before Arsenal fought back through England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to level the scoreline.

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Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham: Player Ratings

Arsenal dropped another two points at home this week to arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur as the Gunners failed to convert their tons of possession into meaningful chances in front of goal, and eventually needed an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain equalizer in the 74th minute to earn them a share of the spoils after Nacer Chadli had put the visitors ahead with a good finish early in the second half.

Here's how the players performed on the night...

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Tottenham hold Arsenal to a draw in North London derby

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Arsenal continued to drop points at home in the Premier League this season as they were held to their 4th draw in 6 games in the League this year as the Gunners came back from a goal down to ensure a share of the spoils against a very ordinary Tottenham side at the Emirates.

Arsenal bossed the game completely over the 90 minutes, having had almost 70% of the ball, but failed to create enough clear cut opportunities with a lot of their play very one dimensional in the absence of Olivier Giroud. As a result, Tottenham defended stoutly for large periods and even took the lead against the run of play in the 56th minute with Nacer Chadli grabbing a goal after Mathieu Flamini was caught in possession by Christian Eriksen, who released Erik Lamela, who in turn found the Belgian.

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