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  1. Unai Emery has claimed that Arsenal still have much room for improvement despite winning their last nine games in all competitions. Having lost their opening two games of the season under Emery against Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal are now in a fine run of form going into their Monday night clash with Leicester City at The Emirates. But the Spaniard, who took over from Arsene Wenger in the summer, says he would like to see more control in Arsenal's play, and says every team can cause them problems. In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Emery said: "Not a surprise. We are doing the things better in our way, but we also need to continue improving, getting better, because we won more consecutive matches but we also need to improve our control in the game. "Every match, every team has solutions and quality to give us problems, and Leicester is the same. Our success every day is work, continuing to work hard to improve these things. "(The Premier League) is competition. Here there are more competitive teams, and with the best players at Man City and Chelsea and Liverpool and Tottenham. "Can we stay with them in the table? We are close but in two matches against them we lost and our challenge is to continue to find a performance for these different [games] to get closer to beating them." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  2. Roma striker Edin Dzeko has left himself open to a Premier League return but admits it might be too late given his age. The ex-Manchester City forward was on the verge of joining Chelsea in a double-deal with Emerson Palmieri in January. However, the deal collapsed late on and the Blues signed Olivier Giroud instead. The 32-year-old scored 72 goals in 189 appearances across five seasons with City, winning two Premier League titles between 2011 and 2015. Dzeko has scored 78 goals in all competitions since joining Roma and he remains "happy" as first-choice up-front, scoring twice in seven starts in Serie A so far this season. "Regarding the Premier League, maybe it's too late," he told Sky Sports. "You never know. "I had four-and-a-half great years there, and had fun every minute of every game. I love the Premier League and England, so we'll see. At the moment I'm happy in Rome."
  3. Jose Mourinho has challenged Paul Pogba to give the "best he has" for Manchester United following his World Cup heroics with France. The 25-year-old played a starring role for Les Bleus in Russia, starting in all but one of the games and scoring in the final as they eased past Croatia with a 4-2 win in Moscow. Mourinho, who demanded more consistency from Pogba last term, believes that the midfielder found form in the summer due to the tournament format rather than style of play. "I don't think it's about us getting the best out of him, it's about him giving the best he has to give," the United manager told ESPN FC. "I think the World Cup is the perfect habitat for a player like him to give [their] best. Why? Because it's closed for a month, where he can only think about football. "Where he's with his team on the training camp, completely isolated from the external world, where they focus just on football, where the dimensions of the game can only motivate. "During a season, you can have a big match then a smaller match, then one even smaller, then you can lose your focus, you can lose your concentration, then comes a big match again. "In the World Cup, the direction of the emotion, of the responsibility, of the big decisions is always growing up. "You are in the group phase, you go to the last 16, to the quarter-finals, to the semi-finals, to the finals. This feeds the motivation. This feeds the concentration of a player. So I think it was the perfect environment for him." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  4. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he will be under pressure to deliver trophies this season after spending large sums of money in the summer transfer market. The Reds have spent upwards of £170m on high-profile signings Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker. The German has yet to win silverware with the Reds and he acknowledges he is under pressure to end the club's barren spell, having lost three major finals during his time at Anfield. "I cannot give guarantees here but I understand if people think that. I know about the expectations and that is completely normal," Klopp told Sky Sports. "First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something. We cannot talk about winning something before we start the season. "I am confident we can build on last season. It's not that we lost things completely but you have to work on it to get it back. "The football the boys played last year was not easy. There was a lot of work invested into playing like that. That's what we will do again. I am not in doubt about our basis or that we will reach it again. "Other teams, of course, will do transfer business as well. They will not be weaker than last year. City brought in (Riyad) Mahrez. I did not hear that they lost one player so far. "So it means the quality of last year plus Mahrez. That's a nice plan as well. United will go for it, too, and that's completely normal. "We expect more from ourselves. We will go again for the championship and each kind of cup but that does not mean I can sit here and we will get it. We have the highest ambitions, 100 per cent." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  5. Leicester City boss Claude Puel has urged Harry Maguire to remain at the King Power Stadium amid reported interest from Manchester United. The 25-year-old starred for England this summer, helping the Three Lions reach the semi-finals of the competition with a string of impressive performances in central defence. United boss Jose Mourinho is understood to be keen on bolstering his defensive options and has been linked with making a bid for Maguire. Indeed, the former Hull City man told The Sun that, though he is happy at Leicester, he is an ambitious player, and insists that all players want to play at "the highest level". Puel responded by telling Sky Sports: "It is important for Maguire to continue for Leicester. "It is a good feeling. If our players are interesting a lot of clubs it is because we are recruiting well and doing good work. It is important we continue this. "When we welcome players back from the World Cup, I hope we can give them the opportunity to continue advancing their ambitions and perform in the Premier League." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  6. Leroy Sane has tipped Chelsea to pose the biggest threat to Manchester City's Premier League title defence next season. The Blues finished fifth last season, outside the Champions League places and 30 points adrift of Pep Guardiola's runaway champions. Chelsea have also had a chaotic summer, with the sacking of manager Antonio Conte not confirmed until after the start of pre-season training. Maurizio Sarri has succeeded Conte, and Sane saw enough from two matches against his Napoli side last season to think he will have a positive impact. "I think Chelsea [will be the biggest threat to Man City] because they have brought a really good coach," the Germany international told Sky Sports. "If you have seen how Napoli played last season, it was really, really attractive and really good. We really suffered against them. "They will need some time to get really used to his tactics. They could be really tough. Also Liverpool too - they bought really good players. They could be really strong next season." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  7. Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has laid into Mesut Ozil following his decision to stop playing for Germany, saying "he's been playing shit for years". The Arsenal midfielder announced on Sunday that he would "no longer be playing for Germany" after accusing German FA officials of racism. Ozil, who was born in Germany but has Turkish heritage, has been the subject of criticism in the nation after posing for a photograph with Turkish president Recep Erdogan before the World Cup. Germany went on to exit the tournament at the group stage, with Ozil being dropped for the second game, and now Hoeness has launched a scathing attack on the 29-year-old. The former West Germany international told SKy Sports: "I'm glad it is over. He's been playing shit for years. "He last won a tackle before the 2014 World Cup. And now he hides himself and his crap performance behind this photo. "His 35 million follower boys, who of course do not exist in the real world, think he has played excellently if he plays a cross to a man." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  8. Jose Mourinho has criticised Manchester United by saying they "are not a team" yet following their 0-0 draw with San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday evening. The Portuguese coach was blase about his side's second consecutive draw on its United States tour, conceding it was "one more training session". With many of his best players missing the trip after World Cup commitments, Mourinho appeared content that the squad was able to get some practice in, if nothing else. "We are not a team. We're a group of players from different teams," he told MUTV after the game. "Some are first-team, some under-23s, some coming from loans and going on loan, some are younger, under-18s. "We don't have a team to play much better than we did but [it's] one more training session." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  9. Former England captain John Terry has denied reports of having retired from football. Reports on Sunday claimed the 37-year-old had decided to hang up his boots after leaving Aston Villa at the end of last season. Terry, who won 78 caps for England, spent one season in the Championship with Villa after spending 19 years as a player at Chelsea. But the former Blues and Three Lions skipper denied that was the case, saying he was "weighing up" his options. He said on Instagram: "Just to confirm I haven't retired. "I'm currently enjoying my holidays with my family and weighing up ALL my options." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  10. New Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has stated that Renato Sanches is "top quality" and is "unfreezing" following a bad start to life at the Bundesliga club. Former Bayern assistant coach Paul Clement took Sanches on loan at Swansea last season and said it was clear that the "damaged" Golden Boy winner was struggling for confidence. However, under new boss Kovac, Sanches has appeared to find a new lease of life, his free kick inspiring Bayern Munich's fightback in a 3-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain in Saturday's pre-season friendly. "I'm pleased for Renato who hasn't had an easy time here in Munich," Kovac told Sky Sports. "But I saw immediately on my first day he's got a great body language. He's a top-quality player and I notice him unfreezing a little. "If he has the necessary self-confidence he knows what he is capable of. When you give him the necessary self-confidence and recognition, then you can always perform well and his free kick was exceptional. "We practised free kicks in our final training yesterday and all of his went in and he also managed it today." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  11. Joe Hart has stressed that he would like to secure a permanent move away from Manchester City this summer instead of going on loan for a third consecutive season. The England international is back at the Etihad Stadium after loan spells at Torino and West Ham, but finds himself third choice behind Ederson and Claudio Bravo. City boss Pep Guardiola has said he wants to "find a solution" for Hart and the 31-year-old goalkeeper is keen to begin a new chapter in his career. "I need to go somewhere permanent, I think that's obvious," Hart, who missed out on selection for England's World Cup squad, told BBC Sport. "I did what I did in the previous two seasons because I needed to play to be involved in the World Cup - and look where that got me. "I'm experienced, I've played at the highest level for a long time and done a lot of things in the game. "I need to be an important player at that club and I think that can only happen with a permanent move. "Of course, if I don't find a solution which suits both parties, I'm contracted to Manchester City. "I need to do what's right for me and my family and that's the decision I'll be making. It's a tough one, but it's a situation which will be resolved." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  12. Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's transfer spending after signing goalkeeper Alisson for a world-record £67m. The Alisson deal took Liverpool's summer spending to more than £170m after Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri were also brought in and follows the £75m outlay on Virgil van Dijk in January. Two years ago, when Manchester United paid around £90m for Paul Pogba, the Liverpool manager insisted he would quit football if huge transfer fees became the norm. Speaking before Liverpool's opening International Champions Cup match against Borussia Dortmund in North Carolina on Sunday, Klopp said spending at the top end of the transfer market had moved on. "I'll do whatever it takes to make Liverpool successful," he told Sky Sports. "I couldn't have imagined since then that the world would change like it has. Two years ago £100million was a crazy number. Since then the world has changed completely. "First and foremost my responsibility is to make this club as successful as possible. It's not about pushing through my thoughts or saying 'No, I don't want to buy players, I don't want to pay big money' and then in the end Liverpool FC is not successful. "We have a really good team, a really good squad and to improve it is expensive. To find better players than we already have, they aren't waiting around the corner." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  13. Naby Keita is convinced that Liverpool can compete with Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. The Guinean completed his move from RB Leipzig on July 1 after a deal was agreed between the clubs in August last year Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson have since joined the Reds and Keita believes his new side now has enough quality to mount a title challenge. Asked if he felt his new club have the quality of squad to compete with City this season, Keita said: "I know we have enough quality. "It's all about having the mindset and desire to want it and fight for it enough. I think that goes a long way, having that desire and belief. "I'm someone who has this real winning mentality," he added. "I have a huge desire to win. That's why I'm aggressive in a positive sense on the field." Asked about the physicality of the Premier League, Keita said: "I don't think that physical aspect is going to have a negative effect on me at all. "I've watched a lot of English football and I'm getting used to this kind of physical aspect. Through the process of the pre-season friendlies, hopefully I'll be up to speed with it. Winning the ball back is something I like." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  14. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has stressed that Leroy Sane must "move forward" after being left out of Germany's World Cup squad as the omission may "make him stronger". Sane vowed to return stronger following Joachim Low's decision not to take him to Russia, admitting his disappointment at not being included in the 23-man squad, who were eliminated at the group stages. Guardiola has challenged last season's PFA Young Player of the Year to prove his worth for both club and country by eclipsing the heights he reached in the previous campaign. "Leroy has to accept that this decision may make him stronger," Guardiola told Sky Sports. "He's so young and in two years it is another European Championships and then in four years another World Cup. "I think it's the past now. The national trainer decided what's the best for the national team. "Leroy has to accept it and move forward. He has the chance to show the national team from Germany and first of all us, he has another season to show his quality." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.
  15. Wales international goalkeeper Danny Ward has completed his move from Liverpool to Leicester for a reported £12.5m. The 25-year-old leaves Anfield after slipping to fourth choice following the arrival of Alisson for a record £66.8m from Roma. Ward, who has made four appearances for Wales but only managed three for Liverpool, has signed a four-year contract and the Reds have included a 20% sell-on clause in the deal. Speaking to LCFCTV after penning the deal, Ward said: "I'm delighted to be here and I'm really looking forward to the future with this football club. "I've come here to develop my all-round game and hopefully help deliver some more success. The club has had that in recent years and hopefully there's more to come in the future." Leicester boss Claude Puel added: "I'm very happy to welcome Danny to Leicester City Football Club. Pre-season preparations have started well for us and with Danny joining the group, it will give us even more competition in the squad, which is crucial for us ahead of what will be another very competitive Premier League campaign." Share your thoughts about this news story on Football Manics by signing up for FREE to the website, visiting the forum and joining the chat with fellow football fans.

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