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1 Gabriel and Diego Costa square up Chelsea v Arsenal was always going to be a tasty affair at Stamford Bridge and Diego Costa ensured that was the case on Saturday afternoon.The fiery Spain star was booked for an incident involving Laurent Koscielny and moments later became embroiled in an argument with Gunners defender Gabriel.Both players received a caution but then Costa claimed his opponents had kicked out at him and referee Mike Dean agreed, resulting in a sending off for Gabriel.The incident infuriated Gooners everywhere and you can see how they reacted on Twitter below…
1 Nir Bitton Nir Bitton’s agent claims his client has no plans to leave Celtic – despite talk of interest from Arsenal and Sunderland.The defensive midfielder has been a hit since moving to Scotland in 2013, arriving for just £700,000 from Israeli side FC Ashdod.The 24-year-old’s performances have seen him linked with clubs in the Premier League and it was reported that a £10m offer would be enough to lure him away from Celtic.But now Bitton’s agent, Dudu Dahan, has denied speculation that his client will be leaving for England in the summer.“These reports are not correct, I have never said that Nir will leave Celtic,” Dahan told the Celtic official website.“Nir has signed a new contract with Celtic and appreciates everything he has at Celtic. He loves the club and wants to be at Celtic for a very long time.”
5. Block Cesc Fabregas’ pass to the forward – Click the right arrow for more ways Arsenal can beat Chelsea… – The ex-Arsenal man hasnt had the greatest campaign ever but he remains a huge threat. Against Everton he linked superbly with Diego Costa and, if the bruising centre forward is fit, Fabregas will be looking to use their partnership to get goals at the Emirates. The Gunners centre-backs will have to marshal the frontman and watch for Fabregas pinpoint passing. 5 5 4. Shackle the improving Oscar – Without Francis Coquelin, youd have been forgiven for thinking the Gunners would have crumbled but theyve remained pretty resilient. Conceding three goals against Liverpool and four against Southampton were an aberration but they must keep a close eye on Brazil star Oscar on Sunday. If he returns to the starting XI for the Blues, he is likely to put on a show given his recent resurgence. Stop him and youve most probably stopped Chelsea. 5 5 3. Get Theo Walcott to use his pace against Branislav Ivanovic – The Serbian right-back is beginning to improve after a terrible start to the season, but hes still way off his former glory. If speedster Walcott can punish Ivanovic then Arsenal could well be on their way to a triumph. On the outside, or in the channel between right-back and centre-back, the Englishman can do real damage if hes on form. 5 It wasn’t always this way, but Arsenal haven’t beaten Chelsea in the Premier League since October 2011.The Gunners went undefeated in the Premier League against the Blues from September 1995 until August 2005 but are now on the other side of things, with their rivals retaining bragging rights for far too long.Even Chelsea struggling at the start of the current campaign couldn’t help Arsene Wenger’s men down their opponents, who they had recently defeated in the Community Shield.Now, at the Emirates, the Gunners need to grab three important points from the match as they look to keep pace in the title race.But just how can Wenger guide his team to glory? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see how we think Arsenal can beat Chelsea… 2. Keep your cool and don’t rise to the bait – When the two sides met earlier in the campaign, Gabriel lost his head when dealing with Diego Costa and saw himself sent off in the first half, while in the second period Santi Cazorla was sent off for two bookable offences. Do that again and it will be costly, the Gunners stars need to keep a level head and get business done. 1. Focus the attacks down the right flank – It might sound obvious given the attacking prowess of full-back Hector Bellerin, but Arsenals best option is to hit the Blues down the right side and double up on Cesar Azpilicueta. Chelsea star Willian has been superb on the opposite side and has held up some star performers while doing his defensive duties. Whether its Pedro or Eden Hazard trying to halt Bellerin, they wont do nearly as much work going back, allowing the Spanish youngster, and Joel Campbell, time and space. It will be essentially one of the two cuts inside too, as this is where Everton found plenty of joy up against the Blues.
1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino warns fans of ‘very tough period’ Mauricio Pochettino has warned Tottenham supporters the club’s new stadium means facing up to a lean period of spending similar to the one Arsenal have endured under Arsene Wenger.Spurs chose not to sign any senior players in the January transfer window, despite their almost complete reliance on Harry Kane up front, with only Ebbsfleet United’s 17-year-old midfielder Shilow Tracey joining the club’s academy.It continues a marked change in policy under Pochettino, who has stayed faithful to a strategy of either buying younger players with potential or promoting from within, rather than splashing large fees on higher-risk signings.Son Heung-min and Toby Alderweireld both arrived in the summer for a combined fee of just over £30million, but that outlay was offset by the sale of fringe players including Etienne Capoue, Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.Last month Andros Townsend was sold to Newcastle for £12million.Pochettino maintains he is happy with the balance of his squad, but he also points to Arsenal’s period of prudence before their new stadium was opened in 2006 and insists Tottenham must now go through a similar process.“We have in front of us a very tough period,” Pochettino said.“I hear a lot, because I read a lot, always Google translate English to Spanish, that Arsene Wenger says the most tough period of the club was in the period that we built the stadium.“And now I think that you need to know and the people need to know that this is a very tough period for us.“I think that the people are excited to see how we play and we need to be careful, because we need to arrive to the new stadium in a very good condition to try to fight for everything and try to show that we are one of the best clubs and teams in the world.”
The 42-year-old Swede had an 18-under 192 total on the LaCantera Golf Club Resort Course after opening with rounds of 61 and 65. He won the last of his five PGA Tour titles in the 2001 Honda Classic. Fellow Swede Mathias Gronberg was 15 under after a 65. Texan Justin Leonard, the 2000 and ’01 winner, was 14 under after a 64, and Ryan Armour (64), Daniel Chopra (64), Shigeki Maruyama (65) and Chris Stroud (64) followed at 12 under. ETC.: Suzann Pettersen chipped in from 35 yards for an eagle on the ninth hole and finished with an 8-under 64 for the lead in the Longs Drugs Challenge in Danville. Pettersen, the 26-year-old Norwegian who won the Michelob Ultra Open in May for her first LPGA Tour title and took the McDonald’s LPGA Championship in June for her first major victory, had a 12-under 204 total for a one-stroke lead over Canadian Lorie Kane (67). Lorena Ochoa (67) was another stroke behind. … Loren Roberts overcame a slow start to shoot a 3-under 67 and take a three-stroke lead over Fred Funk after three rounds of the Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour’s final major of the year. After making 14 birdies and only four bogeys over the first 54 holes at Timonium, Md., Roberts is at 10-under 200. Tom Watson carded a 68 to move into third place at 5 under. Horse racing Artiste Royal edged The Tin Man by a length in the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree meeting. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Artiste Royal ran 1 miles on the turf course in 1:59.89 and paid $11.20, $3.80 and $2.80. The Tin Man returned $2.20 and $2.10, and Isipingo paid $3.80 to show. Ireland-bred Artiste Royal, winless in nine previous U.S. starts, ran down defending champion The Tin Man, a 9-year-old gelding, in midstretch. ETC.: War Pass took the early lead and never missed a beat, cruising to an easy 1 -length victory in the $400,000 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. The 2-year-old colt improved to 3-for-3 for trainer Nick Zito and is sure to be among the favorites for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Oct. 27. … Tragic breakdowns – at least two of them fatal – marred a record slate of stakes races at Keeneland in which four horses earned automatic spots in the Breeders’ Cup. Teuflesberg, the 17th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, pulled up short in the Grade 3 Phoenix Handicap with fractures to his left front foot. There was no immediate word on his condition. Dream of Angels was euthanized after he was injured while being saddled for the Phoenix. … Donato Hanover matched the fastest mile ever by a trotter, winning the $742,000 Kentucky Futurity in 1:50.1 at The Red Mile in Lexington. Donato Hanover matched the record set earlier in the day by Giant Diablo and set a record for 3-year-old colt trotters en route to his 19th straight victory. Tennis Top-seeded Venus Williams was upset by Virginie Razzano, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4, in the final of the Japan Open in Tokyo. Williams had three match points in the tiebreaker of the second set, but couldn’t finish off Razzano, who won her second straight WTA tournament. On the men’s side, top-seeded David Ferrer of Spain defeated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, 7-6 (3), 6-3, and will face Richard Gasquet of France in today’s final. ETC.: Top-ranked Justine Henin defeated Jelena Jankovic, 7-6 (2), 7-5, and will play Tatiana Golovin for the title of the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Golovin upset second-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova, 6-2, 6-4. … Top seed Tommy Robredo defeated Nicolas Mahut of France, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Moselle Open in Metz, France. The Spaniard faces third-seeded Andy Murray in today’s final. Rugby France ousted favorite New Zealand, 20-18, and England upset Australia, 12-10, as the Rugby World Cup underdogs had their day in Paris. Figure skating Caroline Zhang and Johnny Weir helped the United States defeat Japan in a team figure skating competition at Yokohama, Japan. The U.S. women defeated the heavily favored Japanese women, featuring world champion Miki Ando, by a total of 289.00 points to 284.90. The U.S. men outpaced Japan, 362.81 to 334.48. Cycling Jennie Reed won her third championship at this week’s national meet when she, Sarah Hammer and Dotsie Bausch teamed to win the first-ever women’s team pursuit by a whopping 9 seconds at the ADT Event Center in Carson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityJones pleaded guilty Friday in the U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y. to lying to federal investigators when she denied using performance-enhancing drugs. After the hearing, she announced her retirement. “A lot of people believed in the achievements of Marion Jones and this confession leaves a bitter taste, and tarnishes the image of a sport in which a majority of athletes are honest and clean,” Diack said. ETC.: Katerina Thanou’s lawyer insists the Greek sprinter deserves the 100-meter gold medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics after finishing runner-up to Jones. Michalis Dimitrakopoulos had the nerve to make the statement even Thanou was, was at the center of a doping scandal at the Athens Games four years later. “I believe that since (Jones) used banned substances and undeservedly won the race with the use of illegal means, it would be correct for her to lose the gold medal. It should deservedly be awarded to Ms. Thanou,” he said. Golf Jesper Parnevik moved a step closer to his first PGA Tour victory in 6 years, shooting a 4-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Texas Open in San Antonio. From news services Lamine Diack, the head of IAAF, track and field’s governing body, branded Marion Jones as “one of the biggest frauds in sporting history.” Diack said Saturday he was “deeply disappointed” with the news that Jones had admitted to taking banned drugs when she won three Olympic golds and two bronze medals in 2000. “If she had trusted to her own natural gifts and allied them to self sacrifice and hard work I sincerely believe that she could have been an honest champion at the Sydney Games,” Diack said in a statement. “Now, instead, Marion Jones will be remembered as one of the biggest frauds in sporting history.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.There, he will be safe from all the breakaways, odd-man rushes and uncleared pucks that filled his nightmares from two weeks with the NHL club. “I struggled with this decision from the very beginning, and it’s almost like a moral dilemma,” Lombardi said. “I asked myself what’s best for him and the franchise. It’s a tough decision, but I think it’s the best thing for the franchise in the long run.” Bernier might have been the top goalie on the Kings, but it wasn’t worth damaging his confidence on a 1-5 team that is off to its worst start in 20 years. The Kings assigned rookie Brady Murray to minors affiliate Manchester for the same reason. Jesse Boulerice, who last week was given the longest single-season suspension in NHL history for hitting a player in the face with his stick, was placed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers. The 29-year-old Boulerice was suspended 25 games by the league for cross-checking the Canucks’ Ryan Kesler in the face on Wednesday. The penalty matched the ban given to New York Islanders forward Chris Simon in March for his two-handed stick attack of Ryan Hollweg of the New York Rangers. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said the decision was based on the need for more roster space while dealing with injuries. Flyers jettison Boulerice Around the league Penguins: Defenseman Brooks Orpik sustained a concussion while being leveled in Saturday’s game in Toronto but is expected to play Wednesday against New Jersey. Coach Michel Therrien said Orpik passed a neuropsychological test and was cleared to resume playing. Miscellany: The NHL Players’ Association officially nominated former U.S. assistant district attorney Paul Kelly for its executive director position. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Kings general manager Dean Lombardi decided enough was enough. If Jonathan Bernier was going to be the team’s goalie of the future, he couldn’t take any more shellings in the present. The Kings returned the 19-year-old to his junior team in Lewiston, Maine, on Monday.
1 Olivier Giroud in action for Arsenal Juventus are lining up a shock move for Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud, claim reports in Italy.The Italian champions have made signing a striker their top priority this summer and will approach Arsenal about Giroud’s availability should they fail to land their number one target Edinson Cavani.Juve face competition from Chelsea for the Paris Saint-Germain striker and the French club will only be interesting in sanctioning a deal that includes Paul Pogba coming to the Parc des Princes. So now, according to Tuttosport, Juventus are exploring other options and are eyeing up an approach for Giroud.Despite going through an inconsistent spell recently, Giroud is still Arsenal’s leading goalscorer this season with 20 goals and remains a key figure at the club.But the French international has managed just two league goals in 2016 and is now second choice behind Danny Welbeck.Giroud’s contract with the Gunners expires in 2018 and Arsenal are unlikely to enter negotiations with any club unless they receive an offer in excess of £30m.
1 Davide Zappacosta has turned a lot of heads with his performances for Torino this season Brighton and Swansea are ready to battle it out for Torino defender Davide Zappacosta.The right-back only moved to Turin last summer to act as a replacement for Matteo Darmian, who joined Manchester United for around £12million.However, since leaving Atalanta for Torino, Zappacosta has been a revelation and clubs have taken note of his consistent displays.Both Brighton and Swansea, according to Tuttosport, have scouted the Italian and are now ready to pounce this summer.Brighton’s pursuit of Zappacosta is likely to be dependent on them securing promotion to the Premier League and this may allow Swansea to act first.The Welsh club had scouts watch the right-back earlier this month and a formal offer could be made before the season ends.
Manuel Neuer has signed a new five-year contract with Bayern Munich, the club have confirmed.The announcement ends speculation linking the World Cup-winning Germany goalkeeper with a move to Manchester City.Currenty Bayern boss Pep Guardiola is leaving to take charge of City in the summer and had reportedly earmarked Neuer as his number one transfer target.But the 30-year-old has always made it clear he is happy at Bayern and has now committed his future to the Bundesliga champions until 2021.Neuer is approaching 250 appearances for the German giants having moved to the Allianz Arena from Schalke in 2011.He has helped the club win a host of major honours during his time with the club, including the Bundesliga [three times], the Champions League and the Club World Cup.Bayern remain on course for the treble this year, holding a seven-point lead at the top of the table, through to the final of the cup, courtesy of Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen, and in the last four of the Champions League, where they will face Atletico Madrid. 1 Manuel Neuer in action for Bayern Munich