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  • Welcome to Newcastle Rafa: He returns to the Premier League

    He is back! Rafa Benítez looks set to take over as the new head coach at Newcastle. The Spaniard still has a great reputation in England and, according to MARCA sources, is the man chosen to lead the Magpies' fight for survival.

    Newcastle currently lie second from bottom in the table and are on an atrocious run of both form and results. The club have hand-picked the Spaniard to replace Steve McLaren and, barring any last-minute hiccups, he will sign for the club in the next few hours.

    Benítez had already decided to accept the challenge of saving the club's Premier League status but still had to agree on the length of his contract.

    News of the former Real Madrid boss's appointment came as a breath of fresh air at the troubled club. Newspapers ran with headlines like "Please, save us Rafa", which just about sum up the historic English club's precarious position.

    Source: http://www.marca.com/en/football/international-football/2016/03/10/56e16122268e3e22738b45c2.html

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  • Wenger reponded Angrily : "I don’t care over Arsenal fans protest banner"

     

    The Frenchman has defended himself, insisting his record at the north London club speaks for itself and says it is unfair to judge his team before the end of the season


    (GOAL.COM )Arsene Wenger insisted he was not bothered by Arsenal fans holding up a banner asking for the Frenchman to quit during the Gunners’ 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup.

    Supporters were seen with a banner reading: 'Arsene thanks for the memories but it's time to say goodbye' during the sixth round clash at the KC Stadium on Monday night.

    Fans have grown frustrated with the club after falling eight points off the top of the table and with their Champions League hopes looking forlorn after a 2-0 first-leg defeat to Barcelona.

    However, Wenger was defiant after the match, insisting his record speaks for itself and that he will continue to do his job.

    "There's nothing disappointing for me - you know, I do my job," Wenger told reporters.

    "Look at the history of the club, since the club exists, and you will see that I have nothing to be scared of. I don't care. I do not want to speak about that because it is always the same story.

    "I told you already sometimes the press conferences are very boring and it is enough now. If you have any questions, you ask anybody else but you don't come back to me with that.

    “Do you know someone who has won it [the FA Cup] more than me?"

     

    Wenger also insisted it was unfair to write Arsenal’s season off just yet and insisted his side would continue to fight on three fronts. 

    "We have not given up anywhere and you will see that in the coming weeks. This club has been in a much worse position than it is today."

    "We judge the season afterwards and I’m quite amazed so many people judge it so early," he added.

    Source: http://www.goal.com/en/news/780/fa-cup/2016/03/09/21137602/i-dont-care-wenger-defiant-over-arsenal-fans-protest-banner?ICID=HP_TS_2

     

     

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  • Only 9 Games To go But who stands in the way of Leicester City ?

    Leicester City are just nine steps away from Premier League heaven... so who stands in the way of Claudio Ranieri's men?  

    • Leicester City currently enjoy a five-point lead at top of the Premier League
    • They won 1-0 at Watford on Saturday as Tottenham drew with Arsenal
    • Claudio Ranieri's team are now just nine steps away from fairytale triumph
    • They have a sequence of winnable matches coming up in the next weeks
    • Leicester finish in May against Man United, Everton and Chelsea

    Football fans have been expecting them to slip-up for quite some time now but Leicester City continue to stay the Premier League course.

    This weekend's results left Claudio Ranieri's men five points clear of Tottenham and they are now just nine steps away from heaven.

    We take a look at the remaining hurdles Leicester must overcome in order to pull off one of the most sensational triumphs in football history.

    The good news is that they have taken 23 points from a possible 27 in the reverse fixtures. 

     

    Monday March 14 - Newcastle United (H) 8pm, Live on Sky Sports 1 

    Last time: Newcastle 0 Leicester 3 (Vardy, Ulloa, Okazaki)

    On the face of it, Leicester should have absolutely no problems here with home advantage against a team seemingly doomed to relegation and about to change their manager.

    Leicester comfortably won at St James' Park earlier in the season and, barring a catastrophic off-day by the leaders, you can't see any other outcome than three points.

    Toughness rating: 2/10 

     Saturday March 19 - Crystal Palace (A) 3pm

    Last time: Leicester 1 (Vardy) Crystal Palace 0

    A little earlier in the season and a visit to Selhurst Park would have been a tricky proposition for the Foxes and there wasn't much between them at the King Power Stadium back in October.

    But Palace can't buy a win at the moment - they are 12 Premier League matches without success - and Leicester will start as strong favourites.

    Toughness rating: 5/10 

    Sunday April 3 - Southampton (H) 1.30pm, Live on Sky Sports 1

    Last time: Southampton 2 (Fonte, van Dijk) Leicester 2 (Vardy 2)

    Leicester were forced to settle for a share of the spoils at St Mary's earlier in the campaign, with talisman Jamie Vardy scoring twice, but they should have the edge this time.

    Southampton did have a mini-revival that reignited hopes of a European place but that appears to be short-lived and Leicester should get the points.

    Toughness rating: 4/10 

    Sunday April 10 - Sunderland (A) 1.30pm, Live on Sky Sports 1

    Last time: Leicester 4 (Vardy, Mahrez 2, Albrighton) Sunderland 2 (Defoe, Fletcher)

    The Foxes will again start as heavy favourites on Wearside but will encounter a Sunderland team scrapping for their top-flight survival.

    They started their incredible campaign with a 4-2 home win over Sunderland and may have to grind out another win at the Stadium of Light.

    Toughness rating: 4/10 

    Sunday April 17 - West Ham (H) 1.30pm, Live on Sky Sports 1

    Last time: West Ham 1 (Payet) Leicester 2 (Okazaki, Mahrez)

    Arguably the toughest match in Leicester's run-in, against a West Ham side who could well still be in contention for a Champions League place.

    Slaven Bilic's side have performed very well against the top sides this season, especially on the road, and will offer a stiff test of Leicester's title credentials.

    Toughness rating: 8/10 

    Sunday April 24 - Swansea City (H) 4.15pm, Live on Sky Sports 1

    Last time: Swansea 0 Leicester 3 (Mahrez 3)

    Riyad Mahrez had one of his finest hours in a Leicester shirt in the reverse fixture and, if everything goes to form, this could be the match where Leicester win the title.

    Swansea are engaged in a relegation battle and may well still need points to guarantee survival, but Leicester should have the quality.

    Toughness rating: 5/10 

    Sunday May 1 - Manchester United (A) 1.30pm, Live on Sky Sports 1

    Last time: Leicester 1 (Vardy) Man United 1 (Schweinsteiger)

    Leicester will hope to be a fair distance in front by the time they enter a demanding trio of fixtures that will conclude their season.

    Having said that, a trip to Old Trafford isn't anywhere near as daunting as it once was and Leicester could well get three points.

    Toughness rating: 6/10 

    Saturday May 7 - Everton (H) 3pm

    Last time: Everton 2 (Lukaku, Mirallas) Leicester 3 (Mahrez 2, Okazaki)

    In their dreams, Leicester will be lifting the Premier League trophy in front of their own fans after this fixture with Everton.

    But chances are, they will still need something from the game and they'll need to keep the nerves in check despite being favourites.

    Toughness rating: 6/10 

    Sunday May 15 - Chelsea (A) 3pm

    Last time: Leicester 2 (Vardy, Mahrez) Chelsea 1 (Remy)

    A fairytale ending would see Leicester winning at Stamford Bridge to depose the current champions and take their crown.

    If they still need to get something, it could be a nerve-racking afternoon against a Chelsea side who have vastly improved under Guus Hiddink.

    Toughness rating: 7/10

     


     

    THE TITLE CONTENDERS' FIXTURES IN FULL 

    * All fixtures subject to change 

    LEICESTER CITY

    Mar 14 Newcastle (H)

    Mar 19 Crystal Palace (A)

    Apr 3 Southampton (H)

    Apr 10 Sunderland (A)

    Apr 17 West Ham (H)

    Apr 24 Swansea (H)

    May 1 Man United (A)

    May 7 Everton (H)

    May 15 Chelsea (A)

    TOTTENHAM 

    Mar 13 Aston Villa (A)

    Mar 20 Bournemouth (H)

    Apr 2 Liverpool (A)

    Apr 10 Man United (H)

    Apr 18 Stoke (A)

    Apr 25 West Brom (H)

    May 2 Chelsea (A)

    May 7 Southampton (H)

    May 15 Newcastle (A)

    ARSENAL

    Mar 12 West Brom (H)

    Mar 19 Everton (A)

    Apr 2 Watford (H)

    Apr 9 West Ham (A)

    Apr 17 Crystal Palace (H)

    Apr 24 Sunderland (A)

    Apr 30 Norwich (H)

    May 7 Man City (A)

    May 15 Aston Villa (H)

     

    MANCHESTER CITY 

    Mar 12 Norwich (A)

    Mar 20 Man United (H)

    Apr 2 Bournemouth (A)

    Apr 9 West Brom (H)

    Apr 16 Chelsea (A)

    Apr 24 Stoke (H)

    May 1 Southampton (A)

    May 7 Arsenal (H)

    May 15 Swansea (A) 

    TBA Newcastle (A) 



    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3480090/Leicester-City-just-nine-steps-away-Premier-League-heaven-stands-way-Claudio-Ranieri-s-men.html#ixzz42Er4CHp1 
     

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  • It was Bloodied Derby: The Fans Had fights at white Hart lane

    Violent scenes outside White Hart Lane as Tottenham and Arsenal fans clash ahead of crunch North London derby

    • Mounted police unsheathed batons before today's crunch derby match 
    • At least one fan suffered a head injury outside White Hart Lane today 
    • A heavy police presence greeted rival fans outside Tottenham's ground 
    • The Metropolitan Police confirmed they have arrested two men 


    Baton wielding police were forced to act as Arsenal fans were being led towards White Hart Lane this afternoon in advance of today's crunch Premiership match.

    At least one fan suffered a cut head outside Tottenham's ground despite a heavy police presence.

    Mounted police intervened as fans tried to make their way into the ground for today's lunchtime kickof


     

     

     

     

     

    Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow was one of the few Arsenal fans today wearing any colours on their way into the ground.  Traditionally, Arsenal fans are escorted into White Hart Lane by the Metropolitan Police to reduce the chance of any incidents.  The Metropolitan Police said: 'Two men were arrested in connection with public order offences ahead of the Arsenal/Tottenham Hotspur football match taking place at White Hart Lane today. 

    'The two individuals were detained separately, in unconnected incidents, around 12:30hrs at the junction of High Road and Park Lane.  'They have been taken to north London police station where they currently remain. An appropriate policing plan is in place for the event.' Last time Arsenal met Tottenham at White Hart Lane, the away fans were accused of ripping off hoardings at the ground, which is due to be demolished in the near future. 

    Tottenham fans in response destroyed some toilets at The Emirates.  

    SOURCE:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3478036/Violent-scenes-outside-White-Hart-Lane-Tottenham-Arsenal-fans-clash-ahead-crunch-North-London-derby.html

     

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  • Wenger Hits back on Henry Comments: "He sits in the best seats!"

    The former Gunners striker claimed that the supporters had never been as angry as they were in their 2-1 defeat to Swansea but the manager has now rebuked his assertion

     


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that club legend Thierry Henry is in no position to speak about the level of disillusionment among fans, claiming that the former striker makes his judgements from the "best seats" at the Emirates Stadium.

    Wenger's men lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City on Wednesday as their Premier League title bid again faltered to leave them six points behind leaders Leicester City.

    Henry, Arsenal's record scorer and double Premier League winner, later claimed in his column for The Sun that he had "never heard the Arsenal supporters as angry" as in midweek.

    "They were less patient than I have ever known, booed one of the manager's substitutions and groaned every time a pass went astray or a tackle was lost," Henry added.

    But Wenger, who signed Henry from Juventus in 1999, says his fellow Frenchman is not best placed to comment.

    "Thierry Henry has his opinions. He has not found the measurement of the fans' anger, of 60,000 people, straight away," said the Arsenal boss, speaking on the eve of Saturday's clash with bitter rivals Tottenham, who are second.

    "Because he sits in the best seats of the stadium."  

    Henry has worked as a pundit since hanging up his boots in 2014.
     

     

     

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