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ARSENAL FANS WANT BELLERIN AS CAPTAIN

Arsenal fans prefer Hector Bellerin to become the captain of the club after the recent crisis involving current captain Granit Xhaka. The Swiss international was embroiled in controversy during the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace some weeks back.


Xhaka appeared to rile the crowd at the Emirates who booed him after his name was called up for substitution. He also took off his shirt and headed to the tunnel which signified a major clash with the supporters.
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GLEN JOHNSON REVEALS WORST TEAMMATE

Former Liverpool rightback Glen Johnson has revealed that Burundi international SaidoBerahino is one of the worst teammates that he has played with. Berahino who recently moved to Belgium side ZulteWaregem was Johnson’s teammate at Stoke City.

Berahino signed for Stoke City in 2017 from West Brom in a deal worth £12 million but was a troublesome player during his time at the club. The Potters had to pay the last three years of his contract in a final move to get him out of the club.
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LIVERPOOL INTERESTED IN TURKISH STAR

Liverpool are said to be interested in Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir according to reports from Turkey. Cakir has been one of the standout performers in the Turkish League this season making excellent saves and showing good command of the defence.

His agent Erdi Kirkpinar revealed to the local media that Liverpool have joined in the race for the highly-rated stopper. According to him the Reds have sent scouts and have spoken to his representatives over a potential deal.
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JOHNSON VILIFIES FORMER BOSS

The appointment of Brendan Rodgers by Leicester last week was one of the biggest news as the former Liverpool manager made a return to the Premier League after 3 seasons in Celtic. His arrival has been greeted with a sense of optimism at the club due to his success in the Scottish League.

However, one person who appears to think lowly of the tactician is former England defender Glen Johnson. Johnson was a key player at Liverpool during the tenure of Rodgers and it looks like he was unimpressed with some of his antics as club boss.
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Claudio Ranieri hails Fulham striker as one of Europe’s best

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has hailed Aleksandar Mitrovic as one of Europe’s best strikers after helping the Cottagers register a 3-2 win over Southampton over the weekend. Ranieri recently took over the reins from Slavisa Jokanovic after Fulham went without a point for six-straight league matches but he has since sorted them with a much-needed triumph.

Speaking after Fulham’s second league win of the season, Ranieri was pleased with the performance brought forward by the team and he reserved special praise for Mitrovic, who scored a goal in either half including the match-winner following the hour mark of the Saturday afternoon encounter. Ranieri said: “For me, Mitrovic is one of the best strikers in Europe. When I say in Europe, I say all the world. He’s only 24 years old, he’s a fantastic player, and it is important to give the ball to him.”
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Birmingham City boss plans to appeal Craig Gardner sending off

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk has admitted that the club could appeal the red card given to Craig Gardner during the recent 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough. Gardner was sent off during the 83rd minute of the game after a lunge on Jonny Howson but Monk believes there was not much malice involved in the challenge.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “For me it wasn’t, I looked straight at it so I had the front on view. There was no malice, it wasn’t done dangerously. The ref was the other side, he’s from the back of it so he’s given it. We will have to have a good look at that.We will consider an appeal. He was making an honest attempt to go for the ball. From my point of view it wasn’t a red card.”
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OPINION: CHELSEA’S BEST EVER XI

Premier League side Chelsea have undergone several changes over the years. Before Roman Abramovich billions, there have been some stellar players that have passed through the Stamford Bridge ranks. Since the intervention of the Russian, there have been even more successes, and many more stars.

In goal, PetrCech takes the spot in Chelsea’s best ever XI. The Czech Rep star played brilliant football for 11 years. His passion was evident, and his records were a testament. He has the best clean sheet record in the league, ahead of Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel.
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Johnson: I Have No Regrets Leaving Liverpool

Glen Johnson made 200 appearances during his six-year stint on the Merseyside before joining Stoke City when his contract with the Reds expired in the summer. Glen Johnson insists he bears no grudges over his Liverpool exit and claims he rejected the chance to stay at Anfield.

The belief had been that Glen Johnson was forced to leave the Anfield against his own wishes. However, the former West Ham right-back claims he has no regrets over his departure as he left on his terms. He said: “I had a very good time [at Liverpool] and enjoyed the majority of it. But I turned down a new contract at the end of the day, so it ended exactly how I would like.”

He revealed that he met Mark Hughes who said to him everything that he wanted to hear. He says he’s settling in well and he feels welcomed in the club so it couldn’t have been going any better at the moment. Liverpool missed out on a Champions League spot after a disastrous end to the 2015/2016 season that saw them win just one of their final six matches, including a 6-1 drubbing at Stoke on the last day.

Rodgers brought in Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino and James Milner as part of a massive overhaul the next summer that has seen skipper Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling join Johnson out the exit door. Johnson began his career at West Ham United, spending time on loan at Millwall, and was signed by Chelsea for a £6 million fee after West Ham’s relegation in 2003. He helped Chelsea win the 2004–05 Premier League title and the 2005 League Cup Final. In June 2006, Johnson joined Portsmouth on loan for the 2006–07 season.  Following a successful season on loan at Fratton Park, Johnson joined Pompey a permanently for a fee of around £4 million.

Glen Johnson FACES UNCERTAIN STOKE CITY FUTURE

Glen Johnson is heading for his Stoke exit due to the arrival of the Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, who joined the Potters on loan this summer.


The 33-year old Englishman, will have to exit at the end of the campaign as a free agent as he has not penned down another contract with his side so far.

It can be revealed that the former Chelsea, Portsmouth and Liverpool defender needed to play 25 Premier League games last season for him to be given a new deal but he fell short of the required amount. Meanwhile the England international has interest from his old club West Ham while Crystal Palace are also considering a move this summer.

When he was signed from Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015, his wages are understood to be around the £60,000-a-week mark while the now ex-Stoke City right-back, Bardsleywho was earning less, battled with Johnson for the right-back position before he eventually left for the newly promoted Burnley upon Stoke’s renewal offer. Continue reading “Glen Johnson FACES UNCERTAIN STOKE CITY FUTURE”