Darren Fletcher, the Veteran Stoke City midfielder laid it on the line for his shocked and confused teammates after the draw of Brentford. Fletcher has sent a no-nonsense message to his teammates of the Stoke City. He sent the message “We have got to get better quickly, and we have to move to start winning games”. Because of the yesterday 1-1 draw with Brentford, Fletcher was not as downbeat as some and he believes that the game should have won by the Stoke.
He admits that the team has much more things to learn about playing in the game when it comes to playing at Championship level. He said, “It is really disappointing to lose the game when you are in the winning position.” He said, “After having a kind of sticky start, the thought came to mind before 20 minutes of that half-time that we played really well, we got the team into the leading position, we created some excellent opportunities and may be should have gone in two-up, but sadly in the second half we didn’t play the way, we should have.”
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Former Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp believes that the Premier League title race will be between Manchester City and Liverpool.
He said that the favorite for him to win the title this season will be Manchester City after their demonstration last season. He said that Pep Guardiola has transformed Manchester City into a formidable winning machine and that it will be hard for the other Premier League teams to stop them.
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According to a book released by a football agent Jon Smith, Arsenal were forced to pay almost double the price tag on Russian talent Andrei Arshavin when he moved to the Emirates.
Smith’s book titled: ‘The Deal: Inside the World of a Super-Agent,’ contained details of the deals the Gunners made years back for the former Zenit St Petersburg star.
Following a impressive display at the Euro 2008 whilst in action for the Russian national side, Arsene Wenger wanted to lure the Russian player to England. The deal was completed on January 31st, 2009 but the book claims that the London-based outfit paid much more than needed to secure the services of Arshavin.
The Russian joined Arsenal for a record fee of £15 million, even though the initial valuation was about half the price. Smith said in the book that Arsene Wenger was frustrated and had to pay double the fee as Russian leader Vladmir Putin was very much involved in the deal. He claims that the Russian president’s boyhood club was Zenit and that the club is run by state-owned energy company and sponsors of the UEFA Champions League.
“Every conversation with Arsenal was based around how Arsene was feeling and things he thought they could do to bridge the gap. Arsene was totally in control on that environment,” Smith wrote. The agent revealed that he was the bridge between Arsenal and the player as they wanted to avoid breaking the “conventional ethical boundary of not pinching other people’s staff.” He revealed that 30 percent Gunner shareholder Alisher Usmanov was the one that helped get the deal over the line.
In a surprising twist, the agent claimed he paid the difference of £1.2 million himself in order to land the Russian as the transfer window deadline was looming. Arshavin eventually joined Arsenal, scoring 31 goals in 97 games.
Just under a third of the Premier League season remains, with each club still slated to play 14 more matches. Typically at this stage, football supporters across England and the rest of the world are gearing up for an exciting finish as the few remaining contenders fight fiercely for the EPL crown. But heading for the home stretch of the 2014/15 campaign, this isn’t the case. In fact, many supporters may already be losing some interest in the Premier League season, simply because the race for the title looks to be all but over. Continue reading Is the Premier League Race Over?
Steven Gerrard, the man that has never joined another club other than Liverpool is now deciding on whether or not he should continue playing with the Premier League club when his current contract reaches its end.
The coach of Liverpool has already revealed that Gerrard has been offered a contract extension and now all that is left is for the experienced English midfielder to make a decision.
Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers said: “Everyone knows his history at this club. What a player he has been, and still is. I see his talent every day and just need to manage that and think how it can be most effective. I love working with Steven Gerrard. He is arguably the best player in the history of the Premier League I’ve enjoyed every single minute. I hope that continues I need to focus that talent and utilize it in the games that he plays. He is a world-class talent’’
Steven Gerrard has not been making impressive performances for Liverpool in this season and fans are starting to question as if it would be the correct decision for the club and the team to further extend the contract of Gerrard for another season.
The 34 year old midfielder made his debut for Liverpool back in November 29 of 1998 when Liverpool faced off with Blackburn Rovers and from there on out he has went through a career where he has managed to lift a number of titles including the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup just to name a few of them.
The Premier League title is a piece of silverware that Steven Gerrard has always managed to lift with Liverpool and the club came close on securing it in the previous season but fell short by 2 points and in the current season it’s close to impossible for Liverpool to secure it as Chelsea, Southampton and Manchester City are the clubs at the top of the English League and have a huge numerical advantage over Liverpool which started the season on a rocky road.
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw, who almost joined Chelsea in the summer, says that he is very much looking forward to facing the team that he supported as a youngster. The England international was one of the hottest properties in British football during the summer. Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United were reportedly interested in bringing him for well over £ 30 million. United finally secured his signature by also being an astronomical figure of £ 100,000 per week’s wages. Chelsea were not prepared to meet this figure and settled for Filipe Luis instead.
The blues will be the visitors to Old Trafford this weekend in one of the massive clashes across Europe in football. Chelsea come as the table leaders with a huge 10 point advantage over United. This is the combination of Chelsea’s impressive form in the early weeks of the season and Louis Van Gaal failing to get his footing at United. The Dutchman has been showing the quality at his disposal in recent weeks after United. Shaw says that he is expecting a top of the table clash encounter at Old Trafford. He expects United to completely overcome the defensive frailties that they have shown this campaign.
Chelsea are likely to be without their top scorer Diego Costa and Remy. “Playing against Chelsea is a big thing in my family and among my friends because I was born around that area of London. I used to watch them when I was younger. When I first played at Stamford Bridge with Southampton it was a bit of a surreal experience in a lot of ways because it was at a ground I’d visited as a kid. But playing against Chelsea with United at Old Trafford is a different proposition altogether. I’m really looking forward to it, especially with how big this fixture is,” said Shaw.