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Dec 13, 2014

Soccer-Good weekend for Wenger loyalists as Arsenal dazzle

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – From the perspective of the overwhelming pro-Wenger majority Arsenal’s dazzling 4-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday was emphatic proof of their mantra “In Arsene We Trust”.

Everywhere you looked at a chilly Emirates Stadium, whether at the artistry of Alexis Sanchez, the magnetic ball control of Santi Cazorla or the old-fashioned striking prowess of Olivier Giroud, there was something to marvel at.

Dec 10, 2014

Liverpool shortcomings laid bare by Champions League exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool’s Champions League exit was not down to a lack of heart, but manager Brendan Rodgers’ claim that his side were not technically good enough to beat Swiss side FC Basel on Tuesday was a stark admission.

The scene was set for a memorable Anfield night with a win needed in their final Group B match to clamber into the last 16.

Dec 10, 2014

Soccer-Liverpool shortcomings laid bare by Champions League exit

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Liverpool’s Champions League exit was not down to a lack of heart, but manager Brendan Rodgers’ claim that his side were not technically good enough to beat Swiss side FC Basel on Tuesday was a stark admission.

The scene was set for a memorable Anfield night with a win needed in their final Group B match to clamber into the last 16.

Dec 7, 2014

Managerial sack race still on hold in Premier League

LONDON (Reuters) – December is usually a month when managers of struggling Premier League clubs feel about as safe as a festive turkey.

Last December Fulham’s Martin Jol, Tottenham Hotspur’s Andre Villas-Boas, Steve Clarke at West Bromwich Albion and Cardiff City’s Malky Mackay all left their posts.

Dec 6, 2014

City close gap as Chelsea suffer first defeat

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season ended with a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Saturday when Papiss Cisse struck twice to stun the Premier League leaders at St James’ Park.

Champions Manchester City took full advantage of Chelsea’s surprise reverse to cut the gap at the top to three points as Yaya Toure’s penalty earned a 1-0 home victory over Everton.

Dec 6, 2014

Chelsea slump to shock first loss at Newcastle

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea missed out on setting a club record unbeaten run when Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse struck twice in a 2-1 victory on Saturday which rocked the Premier League leaders.

Undefeated in 23 matches in all competitions since April’s Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea proved far from invincible as 10-man Newcastle survived a late barrage to secure a thrilling victory at St James’ Park.

Dec 6, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea slump to shock first loss at Newcastle

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Chelsea missed out on setting a club record unbeaten run when Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse struck twice in a 2-1 victory on Saturday which rocked the Premier League leaders.

Undefeated in 23 matches in all competitions since April’s Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, Chelsea proved far from invincible as 10-man Newcastle survived a late barrage to secure a thrilling victory at St James’ Park.

Dec 5, 2014

Sanchez in red zone, but Arsenal cannot do without him

LONDON (Reuters) – With a hectic Christmas fixture list looming, Arsenal manager faces a dilemma over prize asset Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean forward, a marquee summer signing from Barcelona, has been a shining light during Arsenal’s disappointing start to the season, scoring 14 goals in 22 appearances for the north London club.

Dec 5, 2014

Soccer-Sanchez in red zone, but Arsenal cannot do without him

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – With a hectic Christmas fixture list looming, Arsenal manager faces a dilemma over prize asset Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean forward, a marquee summer signing from Barcelona, has been a shining light during Arsenal’s disappointing start to the season, scoring 14 goals in 22 appearances for the north London club.

Dec 3, 2014

Drogba rolls back years as Chelsea power on

LONDON (Reuters) – Nothing, it seems, can deflect Chelsea from their pursuit of the Premier League title, not even the absence of their leading striker Diego Costa.

Wednesday’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur was achieved without the Spain international who was suspended, but then again, the man filling his boots was Didier Drogba.