Premier League

Merson: Mkhitaryan will be a sensation at Arsenal

Former Arsenal attacker Paul Merson is confident Henrikh Mkhitaryan can flourish under Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

Primera Division

Barcelona stay calm after seeing unbeaten La Liga run end

Andres Iniesta has insisted that nobody at Barcelona is panicking after the runaway leaders of La Liga saw their long unbeaten run come to an end.

Premier League

Wenger vows to stick with troubled Arsenal

Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal's turbulent January hasn't affected his desire to remain in charge of the troubled Premier League club beyond this season.

Premier League

Manchester City plan birthday gift for Guardiola

Manchester City plan to give Pep Guardiola a belated birthday present when the leaders try to bounce back from their first Premier League defeat in more than nine months against Newcastle on Saturday.

Drogba looks to future as stellar career winds down

At the age of 39, Didier Drogba is in the twilight years of a glittering football career that has spanned two decades and six countries and brought him a harvest of trophies.

Premier League

Busy week lifts Manchester United spirits

Manchester United are in optimistic mood as they travel to Burnley on Saturday, having spent the week closing in on the signing of Alexis Sanchez, and with Jose Mourinho close to agreeing to a new contract.

Premier League

Forward thinking gives Conte a headache

Antonio Conte will attempt to find a solution to Chelsea's problems in front of goal without the services of suspended pair Alvaro Morata and Pedro when they face Brighton on Saturday.

Premier League

Arsenal's Giroud the answer for Chelsea, says Parlour

Ray Parlour believes Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte should look at Arsenal's France international Olivier Giroud.

Copa del Rey

Wins over substance for Varane and Real Madrid

Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane said victories are vital, no matter how they come following Thursday's 1-0 win at Leganes.

Premier League

Manchester City to bounce back warns Otamendi

Nicolas Otamendi has given due notice to Manchester City's rivals that the Premier League leaders won't let their unexpected collapse at Liverpool derail their title charge.

Premier League

Wenger: Sanchez exit won't hurt like Van Persie

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not expecting the same backlash he received for selling Robin van Persie as Alexis Sanchez nears an exit.

Premier League

De Gea happy to delay Man Utd contract talks

Although Jose Mourinho is hoping the goalkeeper commits his future to Manchester United, David de Gea is not rushing into contract talks.

Copa del Rey

Zidane hopes late Leganes win is turning point for Real Madrid

After Marco Asensio struck a last-minute winner for Real Madrid at Leganes, Zinedine Zidane suggested the victory could be a turning point.

World Cup

Gulati warns Trump issues could hurt 2026 World Cup bid

International political controversies involving US President Donald Trump could hurt worldwide perceptions of America and its joint 2026 World Cup bid with Canada and Mexico, outgoing US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati warned Thursday.

Ligue 1

Toulalan follows Gourvennec out of Bordeaux

Bordeaux have agreed to an early termination of Jeremy Toulalan's contract, making the veteran midfielder a free agent.

Retiring Ronaldinho thanks ball

World Cup winner Ronaldinho took the unusual step of thanking his ball on Thursday as he spoke for the first time about his retirement, announced on Tuesday by his brother.

Super League

Greeks to introduce VAR system next season

The Greek Super League and qualifying Greek Cup matches will use the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system next season, the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media announced on Thursday.

Bundesliga

Dortmund's Durm suffers torn ankle ligaments

Yet to make an appearance in the Bundesliga this season due to injury, Borussia Dortmund's Erik Durm has suffered a further setback.

Premier League

Chelsea send Nathan to Belenenses on loan

After a difficult loan at Amiens earlier this season, Chelsea have sent Nathan to Portuguese side Belenenses for regular football.

Premier League

Chelsea in talks to sign Brazilian full-back

Roma full-back Emerson Palmieri is attracting interest from Chelsea, with his agent claiming initial talks are ongoing.

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