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    Arsenal revive Jonathan David transfer interest by scouting Lille strike sensation as part of double transfer swoop

    ARSENAL are keen on signing in-form Lille striker Jonathan David, according to reports.The Gunners could see two or more first-team strikers leave next summer.
    David has out-scored Messi in Ligue 1 this termCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    Both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette are out on contract next June and are showing no signs of agreeing to new terms.
    According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal are already drawing up a list of targets ahead of next season to bolster their attacking ranks.
    And Mikel Arteta is prepared to revive his interest in Lille’s David next year.
    The 21-year-old has scored 10 Ligue 1 goals in 16 games for the defending champions, nine more than Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi.
    David has also expressed his desire to play in England, calling the Premier League ‘the best in the world’.
    And with dreams of becoming the best striker in world football, he may make the move over the channel to do just that.

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    He could come at a hefty cost though.
    Lille managed to get around £70million out of the Gunners a couple of seasons ago for Nicolas Pepe, and they’ll undoubtedly try and fetch a high fee again.
    Arsenal could also look to Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
    The 24-year-old is seen as a perfect fit for the Gunners.
    But he has made just three league appearances for the Toffees this season after suffering a fractured toe.
    Like Lille, Everton could look to generate as much money as possible if they’re going to part with their main man.
    But boss Rafa Benitez has admitted every player has a price.
    He said: “Some clubs have been selling players at the right time, and with the money they received they improved the squad.
    “That is something we have to learn. The owner is ready to spend money but we can’t spend all the time without bringing money back in.
    “So I think we have to be clever in the future but at the moment, at this time, we have to make sure we can bring the best out of our players.”
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    Newcastle ‘want to make Man Utd star Jesse Lingard their highest-paid player’ as they line up January transfer

    JESSE LINGARD could become Newcastle’s highest-paid player as they line up a January transfer, according to reports.The Manchester United midfielder, 28, is out of contract at Old Trafford next summer.
    Newcastle are targeting Jesse Lingard for a January transfer next monthCredit: Getty
    And the Red Devils risk losing him for free at the end of season after negotiations over an extension broke down in November.
    But according to The Times, the Toon have made him their No1 target and would be prepared to offer a ‘substantial transfer fee’.
    They would also want to make Lingard the top earner in their history.
    Miguel Almiron currently holds that title with his £100,000-a-week package at St James’ Park.
    However, following the club’s Saudi takeover, they have cash to spend.
    And they need players who will hit the ground running.

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    Newcastle currently sit bottom of the Premier League, six points from safety, and are yet to win a match this season.
    It is thought Lingard – who hopes to return to the England squad – could have a similar impact to his stunning spell at West Ham during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign.
    He scored nine goals and assisted five in 16 Premier League games on loan at the Hammers.
    David Moyes’ side could still make a move to sign Lingard again.
    Lingard’s only start this season came in the Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham.
    But new Magpies boss Eddie Howe refused to reveal his transfer plans for the mammoth window coming up – with relegation a serious threat for the world’s richest club.
    He said: “Processes are happening above me to prepare for January.
    “My immediate focus with the number of games we have is the team and the players we have and trying to maximise their ability.
    “Everyone is doing their jobs behind the scenes but I’m focusing on the team at this current time.”
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    Lionel Messi SLAMMED, Eden Hazard to Fenerbahce, Barcelona want Chelsea’s Azpilicueta, Barbosa Prem link – updates

    CHELSEA remain top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.But there were worrying scenes from the terraces early in the contest with the match suspended for 35 minutes while a supporter was given CPR.
    In the Merseyside derby, Jurgen Klopp’s side showed no mercy on out-of-form Everton as Liverpool romped to a 4-1 victory over their big rivals.
    And the agent of Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa has shot down rumours linking the Brazilian to the Premier League.
    Arsenal have been linked with the 25-year-old, but the star striker is said to ‘very happy’ in Brazil.

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    PEP LINKED TO NEW YORK MOVE
    Pep Guardiola could move to New York City FC – part of the City Football Group – when he leaves Manchester City.
    And plans are being prepared to take Guardiola 50, to the Big Apple, according to 90min.

    The City boss could be keen on the move after spending a year in New York on sabbatical after his Barcelona exit.
    Last month Guardiola praised NYCFC and the work the club has done to promote football in the city, such as its mini-pitch project.
    He said: “I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City during my career.
    “It’s a city I love deeply and over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand New Yorkers’ passion for football.
    “Young people want to play and need a place to play.
    “The fact that there are now 50 new football pitches throughout New York City because of NYCFC and our group is amazing and will make a big difference in the lives of young people.
    “I have said it for many years, I believe there is an incredibly bright future for football in the U.S. and amazing projects like this one will play a part in helping to produce the next generation of young American talent.
    “All over the world, I’ve seen how football can change lives; it brings people together like no other sport – and I’m very proud that our Group has played a part in using our sport to bring people together and give young people more places to play the game we love here in Manchester and around the world.”
    STRU’S THE DADDY
    Manchester United want New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber to be Ralf Rangnick’s new assistant.
    SunSport understands that United have made contact with the Austrian in the last few days over a move to Old Trafford as Rangnick begins his six-month reign in the hotseat.

    However, United would have to buy Struber out of his current contract with New York, which has two years left having joined from Barnsley in October 2020.
    It is unsure how quickly United would be able to get Struber to Manchester, despite the fact the regular MLS season finished last month.
    Rangnick, 63, and Struber, 44, know each other very well after working together at Red Bull Salzburg – the former as director of football and the latter as a youth team coach.
    And following the departure of interim boss Michael Carrick from the club, Rangnick is keen to have people around him with the same footballing and coaching philosophy.
    Rangnick rates Struber highly, and has watched him develop into one of the game’s most talented young coaches.
    Struber spent the majority of his career playing for SV Austria Salzburg – before their Red Bull takeover – and then was a part-time youth team coach at the club while also working in sales at an insurance company.
    TAKING AUBA OFF WAS A THIERRY STRANGE DECISION
    Thierry Henry has questioned why Mikel Arteta took Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang off with Arsenal chasing an equaliser at Manchester United.
    The Gunners captain was replaced by Alexandre Lacazette in the 79th minute last night as United won 3-2.

    And with Arsenal a goal behind going into the latter stages of the game, Arteta decided to sacrifice his skipper in a double change.
    Aubameyang, 32, was an almost invisible figure against the Red Devils, with the striker failing to offer anything.
    His only notable contribution was being denied by David De Gea from yards out, resulting in him being taken off moments later.
    It is now five Premier League games without a goal for the Gabon international, but despite his poor form, Henry believes he should have stayed on the pitch.
    Speaking on Amazon Prime, Arsenal‘s all-time top scorer said: “Aubameyang is your captain. He is your goal scorer.
    “You put him as your captain. 15 minutes to go, you’re losing 3-2 and you take him off. 3-2 away from home, you need a goal and you take your captain, your symbol, off the field.
    “You know he can score you goals so something is not right there.”
    MANE UTD?
    Manchester United are reportedly positioning themselves to snap up long-time transfer target Ousmane Dembele for FREE.
    The Frenchman’s contract at the Catalan giants is set to expire next June, potentially spelling an end to his injury-hit career at the club.
    According to Mundo Deportivo, Dembele’s agent has advised against signing a new deal with Barca.
    Dembele is being fed the impression he could pick up more money elsewhere, with Premier League duo Man Utd and newly mega-rich Newcastle circling.
    United are believed to have the edge in the race to sign the unpredictable winger, already positioning themselves to make a move.
    But it is unclear whether an offer will be submitted in the winter transfer window.
    REUNION – Exclusive by SunSport’s Jordan Davies
    Manchester United want New York Red Bulls coach Gerhard Struber to be Ralf Rangnick’s new assistant.
    SunSport understands that United have made contact with the Austrian in the last few days over a move to Old Trafford as Rangnick begins his six-month reign in the hotseat.
    However, United would have to buy Struber out of his current contract with New York, which has two years left having joined from Barnsley in October 2020.
    It is unsure how quickly United would be able to get Struber to Manchester, despite the fact the regular MLS season finished last month.
    Rangnick, 63, and Struber, 44, know each other very well after working together at Red Bull Salzburg – the former as director of football and the latter as a youth team coach.
    And following the departure of interim boss Michael Carrick from the club, Rangnick is keen to have people around him with the same footballing and coaching philosophy.
    ‘STONEWALL PENALTY’
    Arsenal fans were left fuming after being denied a potential penalty in the 3-2 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
    Takehiro Tomiyasu got away from Harry Maguire on the edge of the box in the first half.
    And to prevent Tomiyasu from getting his head on the ball, Maguire gave the defender a tug.
    But VAR didn’t intervene and play was waived on.
    Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says the incident wasn’t a ‘clear and obvious error’, which is why it wasn’t given.
    One Arsenal fan said on Twitter: “Why haven’t they checked Maguire dragging down Tomiyasu in the penalty box? Stonewall penalty.”
    While another fumed: “That’s a clear foul by Maguire on Tomiyasu in the penalty box… What’s the use of VAR?”

    MAG-NIFIED
    Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson believes that his old side need to replace skipper Harry Maguire.
    He told Paddy Power: “Manchester United must make a few signings at the centre back position, primarily to replace Harry Maguire.
    “He’s a great player and leader, but there are a too many moments that he just doesn’t perform, particularly when he’s one-on-one, or up against pacey players. He needs help defending.
    “They need someone faster, stronger in the air, that can anticipate what will happen and that will be able to stop counter attacks.
    “I like Matthijs de Ligt, Manchester United tried to bring him in a few years ago, but it didn’t quite work out. Manchester United need a player like him. They need to get someone in there to do a better job.”
    RON TO REMEMBER
    Cristiano Ronaldo has paid homage to Michael Carrick after the caretaker boss announced his departure from Manchester United.
    The Portuguese superstar, 36, shared his pride in being able to play alongside Carrick at Old Trafford and to be coached by him over the last few months.
    Ronaldo posted his message to Carrick on Instagram and also used the opportunity to welcome Ralf Rangnick to the club.
    CR7 shared a photo of him shaking hands with Carrick alongside a caption which reads: “Michael Carrick was a class act as a player and he can become a great coach as well.
    “Nothing is impossible for this guy. Personally, I’m proud to have played with him by my side as well as with him as a manager on our bench.
    “But now it’s time to welcome Mister Ralf Rangnick to the wheel… Let’s get started!”

    AU REVOIRAU DEAR
    Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has incurred the wrath of fans following the loss against Manchester United by ‘liking’ Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebratory post.
    The 32-year-old was a passenger for the 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford as the Gunners missed out on the chance to leapfrog West Ham into fourth spot.
    Aubameyang missed a sitter from yards out with the North Londoners seeking an equaliser in what was his only contribution in the match as his poor form in front of goal continues.
    And his activity following the clash has infuriated the Arsenal faithful after the Metro pointed out that Ronaldo’s Instagram post was ‘liked’ by the Gabon international.
    It read: “Our minds are already set on the next game, there’s no time to celebrate!
    “Today’s win was very important to get back on track, but there’s still a long road to go until we reach our destination.
    “Congrats to all my team-mates, great spirit tonight! And a very special thank you to our supporters, we couldn’t have done it without you.”

    PRESSING CONCERNS
    Can this be a coincidence, Man United fans?
    It seems Cristiano Ronaldo DOES have the energy to press more.
    27 – Cristiano Ronaldo made 27 pressures last night against Arsenal, his most in any league game this season, previously averaging 14.4 per 90. He made 16 pressures in the attacking third, more than five times as many as in his previous league start against Watford (3). Ralf. pic.twitter.com/9MLn1c3v5f— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 3, 2021

    RALF AND READY – by SunSport’s Neil Custis
    Ralf Rangnick wants to stay on as Manchester United manager if he is successful at Old Trafford this season.
    SunSport revealed last week that despite a contract being drawn up for just six-and-a-half months as manager and then two years as a consultant he had not given up on getting the job full time.
    And Rangnick confirmed: “Right now I’m fully aware they might be looking for a new manager.
    “If they will then speak with me about that we will see. Maybe if they ask my opinion and everything goes well and we develop the team I might even make the same recommendation to the board that I did at Leipzig twice when I recommended it might be a good idea to keep working with me for one year.
    “But this is all hypothetical. For me now it’s about winning the next games and this is the major focus.”

    BARC-ING MAD
    Manchester United are reportedly positioning themselves to snap up long-time transfer target Ousmane Dembele for FREE.
    The Frenchman’s contract at the Catalan giants is set to expire next June, potentially spelling an end to his injury-hit career at the club.
    According to Mundo Deportivo, Dembele’s agent has advised against signing a new deal with Barca.
    Dembele is being fed the impression he could pick up more money elsewhere, with Premier League duo Man Utd and newly mega-rich Newcastle circling.
    United are believed to have the edge in the race to sign the unpredictable winger, already positioning themselves to make a move.
    But it is unclear whether an offer will be submitted in the winter transfer window.
    JANUARY BLUES
    Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has admitted that it will be ‘difficult’ to sign good players in January.
    He said: “”We haven’t spoken about new players.
    “Now is the time to get to know the current squad in detail, the squad is definitely not too small.
    “There is enough players.
    “Maybe after Christmas, there will be a time to talk about possible transfers in the winter.
    “In my experience, winter is not the time for sustainable transfers. It will be difficult in the winter.”
    MIKE DROP
    Ralf Rangnick has admitted that he tried to convince Michael Carrick to stay on at Man United.
    He said: “”Michael, I got to know this two days ago.
    “I met with Michael and Kieran, I had a long private conversation for more than an hour.
    “I tried to convince him to stay, in the end, I had to accept that.
    “I’m more than happy to work with the current coaching staff, I need their expertise.
    “I will try to find two or three people that will join us in the coming weeks, but due to Brexit, it’s not that easy.”
    KING RALF
    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick hasn’t ruled out staying on as Manchester United manager beyond the end of the season.
    He said: “The people with whom I’ve spoken with, they have been very clear that it is a six-month role.
    “We have never spoken about what will happen in the summer. If they will speak about me with that, we will see.
    “If they ask me about my opinion, I might make the same recommendation that I did at RB Leipzig twice, that it might be better to work with me for one year.”
    WHAT A MESS
    Lionel Messi has been slammed by the French media for his recent performance in Paris Saint-Germain’s 0-0 stalemate with Nice at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
    The Argentine turned in another below par performance, failing to have an impact on the game.
    And French outlet L’Equipe blasted the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner for playing ‘at the same slow pace’, and say he often looks ‘disconnected’ from his PSG team-mates.
    Le Parisien instead shifted most of their fury towards manager Mauricio Pochettino.
    The outlet said: “The game of Mauricio Pochettino’s team is slowly heading towards nothingness.”
    STICKY SITUATION
    Everton have backed under-fire boss Rafa Benitez – despite the Spaniard overseeing the club’s worst Prem run in more than a quarter of a century.
    Furious Toffees fans demanded action after their side were humiliated by Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.
    But in a text message to talkSPORT presenter Jim White, who asked if the club still backed Benitez and which he knew would be broadcast, Moshiri said: “Yes.
    “Football is about crisis one day and glory the following day.
    “Rafa is a good manager and under-performance is largely due to injuries.”
    Everton were without England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose return date from a quadriceps injury is still unknown, Colombian centre-half Yeri Mina and midfielders Tom Davies and Andre Gomes on Wednesday night.
    Moshiri added: “Next two weeks, we will get a full squad and in the meantime results will improve.
    “Rafa needs time to have his mark on the squad. He will be supported to have time.”
    ED AND SHOULDERS ABOVE
    Chelsea are reportedly set to offer goalkeeper Edouard Mendy a bumper new deal.
    The Senegal international has been a revelation for the west Londoners since joining them last summer to replace the bumbling Kepa Arrizabalaga.
    And the Blues brass are said to be keen on rewarding the stopper for his efforts with a sweet new pay packet.
    That’s according to Football Insider, who claim talks over a new deal for the former Rennes man are underway.
    It’s claimed Mendy, 29, is one of Chelsea’s ‘low earning’ stars on a measly £60,000-a-week.
    That figure would likely increase to around £100,000-a-week if he extends his Stamford Bridge stay past 2025.
    PEP TALK
    Plans are already in place for Pep Guardiola to manage New York City FC when he eventually leave Man City, according to reports.
    The Spaniard, 50, has never hidden his love for New York, having spent his sabbatical there after leaving Barcelona.
    According to 90min, plans are already ‘afoot’ for Guardiola to join the City Group’s MLS franchise later in his career.
    On New York itself, the City boss said: “I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City during my career. It’s a city I love deeply and over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand New Yorkers’ passion for football.”
    Pep Guardiola could join New York City FC when he leaves ManchesterCredit: Rex
    LEW BEAUTY
    Arsenal reportedly want to sign Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin to replace Alexandre Lacazette, whose contract expires next summer.
    The England international has missed the majority of this season with a fractured toe.
    But it hasn’t stopped him from attracting interest from a host of top clubs.
    According to the Mirror, Arsenal want to sign Calvert-Lewin to replace Lacazette, who looks to be on his way out of the club.
    The Frenchman, 30, is being tracked by clubs from across Europe, including Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, West Ham and Juventus.
    LLOR BLIMEY
    Tottenham could extend Hugo Lloris’ contract by a further year, according to reports.
    The Frenchman, 34, confirmed in September that negotiations hadn’t begun, despite his current deal expiring in the summer.
    But according to Tutto Mercato, the possibility of an extension is growing after Antonio Conte’s arrival at the club.
    They claim that Lloris could stay at Spurs, even if they try and recruit Jordan Pickford from Everton.
    SHEAR INEPTITUDE
    David de Gea has been slammed for going down too easily in Manchester United’s Premier League win over Arsenal.
    The Spanish stopper went to ground in the 13th minute of Thursday night’s 3-2 victory over the Gunners after team-mate Fred accidentally stood on the back of his foot.
    Emile Smith Rowe’s long-range effort whizzed past the crocked De Gea to give Arsenal the lead, although the Spaniard was back to his feet a few moments later.
    And Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes the 31-year-old made a meal of the contact, saying: “I didn’t see or hear the referee blow. I didn’t see or hear a serious foul on the goalkeeper and it’s only that his own player stands on him.
    “I don’t think I’m being too harsh here, but I don’t think the game has changed that much. That happens in every game, someone standing on your foot or ankle.
    “With him going down like that, not a care to where the ball is, yes they hurt. But I’m not sure he should be staying down like that. He’s up on his feet a minute later anyway, so it couldn’t have hurt that much.
    “There’s an argument, if there would’ve been a serious injury and he couldn’t carry on and had to be stretchered off, then there’s an argument in terms of fairness of play if Arsenal should’ve let Man Utd score.
    “But he’s up on his feet a moment later. He’s walking around, he’s not limping. I think you get them in every game.”

    CAV A LOOK AT THAT
    Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani wants to join Barcelona at the end of the season, according to reports.
    The Uruguayan, 34, has been blighted by injuries this season.
    According to The Times, he he wants to depart Old Trafford when his contract expires in six months… to join Catalan giants Barca.
    Cavani scored 17 goals last year during an impressive debut season in England, but has managed just one in eight outings this term.
    OVERNIGHT ROUND-UP
    Michael Carrick overshadowed history-making Cristiano Ronaldo’s match-winning double by quitting Manchester United.
    Recalled Ron’s double put United seventh with a 3-2 comeback win at home to Arsenal as he became the first modern player to pass 800 club-and-country goals.
    But new interim boss Ralf Rangnick watched as Carrick ended his unbeaten three-game reign by departing the club completely after 15 years.
    Emile Smith Rowe’s controversial early opener – as United keeper David de Gea lay injured – had been cancelled out by Bruno Fernandes.
    Ronaldo then fired two sweet goals, including a penalty winner, either side of Martin Odegard’s 54th minute strike.
    Outgoing Carrick said: “My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career. However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave.”
    Credit: EPA
    Sergi Canos’ early own goal and Son Heung-min’s superb counter-attacking strike lifted much-improved Tottenham to sixth after a 2-0 win over Brentford in the night’s other Prem game.
    Spurs boss Antonio Conte said: “We showed a great desire to win and fight. For sure we can improve and we have a lot of space for improvement in possession.
    “We have to continue to improve in many aspects.”
    On the transfer front, Newcastle have been linked to SIX major targets.
    They include England midfielders in Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard, Chelsea playmaker Ross Barkley and Tottenham link-man Harry Winks, plus Atletico Madrid’s Three Lions’ full-back Kieran Trippier.
    Centre-backs on the list are Liverpool’s Nat Phillips and Burnley main man James Tarkowski.
    Brazilian left-back Alex Telles is reportedly wanted by both Inter and AC Milan in transfer… but the Red Devils will reportedly reject any January approaches.
    Finally, Real Madrid flop Eden Hazard is said to have ‘promised’ he’ll join Fenerbahce – but also has a shock offer to join Belgian minnows KVC Westerlo.
    PITCH INVADER SLAM SUNK
    A pitch invader was slammed to the ground by security during Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal.
    Cristiano Ronaldo and Co watched on in astonishment as the supporter charged the field late on in the Old Trafford clash.

    The person managed to make it all the way up to Ronaldo as United attempted to keep the Gunners at bay from a corner.
    However, the pitch invader couldn’t make it all the way to Ronnie and his team-mates.
    As the person approached the players, security finally caught up with them.
    And they were hurled to the ground with a move more akin to a rugby field.
    The crowd cheered as security then dragged the pitch invader off with just minutes left in the game.
    And there was very soon a louder roar as United secured a pivotal win over Mikel Arteta’s men.
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    Man Utd ‘closing in on Ousmane Dembele transfer with agent advising winger NOT to sign new Barcelona contract’

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly positioning themselves to snap up long-time transfer target Ousmane Dembele for FREE.The Frenchman’s contract at the Catalan giants is set to expire next June, potentially spelling an end to his injury-hit career at the club.
    Dembele’s agent is reportedly advising him to snub a new contract at BarcaCredit: GETTY IMAGES
    According to Mundo Deportivo, Dembele’s agent has advised against signing a new deal with Barca.
    Dembele is being fed the impression he could pick up more money elsewhere, with Premier League duo Man Utd and newly mega-rich Newcastle circling.
    United are believed to have the edge in the race to sign the unpredictable winger, already positioning themselves to make a move.
    But it is unclear whether an offer will be submitted in the winter transfer window.
    Barca boss Xavi says it is one of the club’s ‘priorities’ to tie Dembele down to a new deal, with the Spaniard believing the winger has the potential to be one of the best in the world.
    Xavi said: “Extending Ousmane Dembele’s contract is one of our priorities, yes. He could be the best player in the world in his position.

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    “Ousmane has to work a lot, he has the potential to make the difference at Barca as a world top player. But he needs to be consistent.”
    Dembele was, however, the first casualty of Xavi’s strict, non nonsense approach.
    The 24-year-old was the first player to be fine for being late to training.
    And it appears his time-keeping hasn’t got any better, with Dembele showing up to a Barca team meal an hour after team-mate Pedri’s arrival.

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    Chelsea want FIVE defenders, Barcelona want Azpilicueta transfer, Liverpool hammer Everton, Barbosa Prem link – updates

    CHELSEA remain top of the Premier League after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday.But there were worrying scenes from the terraces early in the contest with the match suspended for 35 minutes while a supporter was given CPR.
    In the Merseyside derby, Jurgen Klopp’s side showed no mercy on out-of-form Everton as Liverpool romped to a 4-1 victory over their big rivals.
    And the agent of Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa has shot down rumours linking the Brazilian to the Premier League.
    Arsenal have been linked with the 25-year-old, but the star striker is said to ‘very happy’ in Brazil.

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    PITCH INVADER SLAM SUNK
    A pitch invader was slammed to the ground by security during Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Arsenal.
    Cristiano Ronaldo and Co watched on in astonishment as the supporter charged the field late on in the Old Trafford clash.

    The person managed to make it all the way up to Ronaldo as United attempted to keep the Gunners at bay from a corner.
    However, the pitch invader couldn’t make it all the way to Ronnie and his team-mates.
    As the person approached the players, security finally caught up with them.
    And they were hurled to the ground with a move more akin to a rugby field.
    The crowd cheered as security then dragged the pitch invader off with just minutes left in the game.
    And there was very soon a louder roar as United secured a pivotal win over Mikel Arteta’s men.
    IT’S SAUL GONE WRONG
    Saul Niguez fears he is caught in a trap at Chelsea as his dream loan move turns into a nightmare.
    The midfielder’s latest blow came at half-time of Wednesday’s 2-1 win at Watford when he was substituted for what Thomas Tuchel claims were ‘tactical reasons’.
    The Chelsea boss later admitted: “I don’t know where he goes from this performance.”
    The one-time Spain international is struggling to adapt to the Premier League but believes he can’t do that without more game time and that his career is stalling at Stamford Bridge.
    Saul, 27, is happy with life in London but is growing increasingly fed up with lack of action.
    But he looks doomed to remain at Chelsea for the entire season regardless of his growing frustrations.
    There is no way back to Atletico Madrid because of Spanish football’s salary cap system. Saul was moved on in August so that his parent club could pay the wages of incoming star Antoine Griezmann.
    He has already played for two teams this season and the only way to play for a third is if he moved out of the UEFA area completely to play in the Middle East, USA or China – which might be on the table in January if things do not improve.
    CARRICK: BEST YEARS OF MY CAREER AT UTD
    Michael Carrick quit United after 15 years with an emotional message.
    The outgoing stand-in boss said after the 3-2 win over Arsenal: “My time at this great club will always rank as the best years of my career.
    “When I first signed over 15 years ago, I never in my wildest dreams could have imagined winning so many trophies and I will certainly never forget the fantastic memories both as a player and as a member of the coaching team.
    “However, after a lot of thought and deliberation, I have decided that now is the right time for me to leave the club.
    “I want to place on record my thanks to all of the players and a special mention goes to the backroom staff, working long hours with such a great group of people has been a real pleasure and I have made some long-lasting friendships.”
    CARRICK QUITS UTD
    BREAKING: Michael Carrick has sensationally quit Manchester United – just minutes after guiding them to victory over Arsenal, writes SUNNI UPAL.
    The former midfielder turned interim boss has left Old Trafford altogether rather than take a backseat to new manager Ralf Rangnick.
    Man Utd had just beaten Arsenal 3-2 at Old Trafford when the club announced the shock decision.
    RON UP TO 801 GOALS AS UTD WIN
    Michael Carrick’s unbeaten three-game United reign ended on a high as Cristiano Ronaldo’s double made him the first modern player past 800 goals as the Red Devils went seventh with a 3-2 comeback defeat of Arsenal.
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    RESULT: MAN UTD 3 ARSENAL 2
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s two goals sealed United’s thrilling comeback win.
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    UNITED SO DANGEROUS ON THE BREAK
    Arsenal’s bid for a leveller is being thwarted by United’s thrilling counter-attacks.
    And the Red Devils’ two-goal hero Ronaldo got a standing ovation when he went off in the dying minutes.
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    GOAL! MAN UTD 3 ARSENAL 2
    Cristiano Ronaldo smashed his penalty home down the middle.
    Arsenal responded by replacing Emile Smith Rowe with Bukayo Saka.
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    F
    PENALTY! RON TO TAKE
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    FRED PENALTY APPEALS REJECTED – BUT GOES TO VAR
    Ref Martin Atkinson rejected strong appeals… but VAR is likely to give it.
    LATEST: MAN UTD 2 ARSENAL 2
    Both sides are going for it now, Ronaldo almost restoring United’s lead.
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    CECH BEATS INEQUALITY
    Petr Cech has picked up his drumsticks once again for a Christmas single to highlight inequalities in society.
    The Chelsea legend is a keen drummer and has long posted videos of himself playing along to his favourite tracks.
    Chelsea legend Petr Cech turns drummer for Christmas single to highlight racial, religious and social injustice
    Last Christmas he teamed up with Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth to release a track to raise money for dementia charities.
    And this year the pair have repeated the trick – recording a version of a song that originally featured Blues heroes Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.
    Cech told ITV News: “The idea was to make this song alive today with some adjustments to the modern days. In the end I think this song became a completely different thing.”
    The original track was entitled ‘Skin’ and released to challenge racism in the wake of the killings of young black men such as Anthony Walker and Stephen Lawrence.
    Artist Ian Wills – lead singer of group Wills & The Willing – recorded a version of the original with Chelsea stars Drogba and Essian.
    Thirteen years later, Wills has updated the song to raise awareness over racial, religious and wider social issues.
    GOAL! MAN UTD 2 ARSENAL 2
    Martin Odegaard squeezes an instant leveller via Gabriel Martinelli’s fine play.
    GOAL! MAN UTD 2 ARSENAL 1
    Cristiano Ronaldo became the first modern-era player to pass 800 goals for club and country with a superb right-footer.
    Marcus Rashford teed up Ronaldo for a bottom-corner finish after the England attacker’s superb right-wing work as United came from behind to lead after 52 minutes.
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    F/T: SPURS 2 BRENTFORD 0
    Sergi Canos’ early own goal and Son Heung-min’s superb counter-attacking strike on 65 minutes put back-in-form Tottenham sixth with an impressive win.
    Brentford improved after the break but had only two efforts on target all night.
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    S/H UNDERWAY: MAN UTD 1 ARSENAL 1
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    H/T: MAN UTD 1 ARSENAL 1
    Emile Smith Rowe’s opener – cancelling out by Bruno Fernandes’ fine leveller on 44 minutes – was the overwhelming talking point of the first half.
    Former England striker Alan Shearer told Prime Video: “My immediate thought was goal. I didn’t hear the referee blow and I didn’t see a foul on the keeper.
    “I think that happens in every game. The keeper goes down without a care to where the ball is and I don’t think he should be going down like that.
    “If it had been a serious injury then there’s an argument that maybe Arsenal should have let Man Utd score but a minute later he’s walking around and not limping.”
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    LATEST: SPURS 2 BRENTFORD 0
    Brentford are pressing late on – with Ivan Toney prominent.
    But Tottenham are surely heading to a victory under Antonio Conte that they richly deserve after a vastly-improved performance.
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    TWO REASONS SMITH ROWE’S GOAL STOOD
    Arsenal scored a controversial goal to open the scoring against Man Utd – and here’s why it stood.
    Emile Smith Rowe volleyed home from a half-cleared corner to give the Gunners the lead in the 17th minute.

    Man Utd were left furious because goalkeeper David de Gea was laying on the ground between his sticks injured.
    The Spanish stopper would’ve probably denied Smith Rowe’s effort – but for his injury.
    Football chiefs released a statement explaining the ball had crossed the line before the whistle blew – meaning the goal had to be given.
    And former referee Mark Clattenburg came on Amazon Prime to clear up any confusion about the incident itself.
    He said on the live broadcast: “Martin Atkinson has to give the goal because Fred accidentally stamps on David de Gea’s foot, so therefore it’s not a foul by an Arsenal player.
    “He doesn’t blow his whistle and therefore he has to give the goal.”
    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta celebrated on the touchline while Man Utd players surrounded the referee.
    UTD FANS IN OLE TRIBUTE
    Manchester United fans unveiled a huge Ole Gunnar Solskjaer banner ahead of their game against Arsenal.
    Supporters in the Stretford End of Old Trafford raised the gigantic sign in the air before kick-off as they sang songs in praise of their former manager and player.

    Solskjaer was sacked last month following a dismal run of form that saw United lose five of their first 12 league games this term.
    And tonight was the Red Devils’ first game at home since Solskjaer’s exit.
    The red banner featured a picture of the Norwegian tactician in black print.
    And across it were the words ‘2O LEGEND’, with ‘OLE’ highlighted in white.
    SunSport reported this week how United had given fans permission to hold up the banner against Arsenal.
    Supporters approached the club about the touching gesture and Old Trafford chiefs approved.
    Following speculation over the United hot seat, Ralf Rangnick was eventually confirmed as the new interim boss.
    However, the German is yet to take charge of a game after struggling with work permit issues.
    And caretaker Michael Carrick was in control against Arsenal following games against Villarreal and Chelsea.
    GOAL! MAN UTD 1 ARSENAL 1
    Fred’s brilliant work teed up Bruno Fernandes for a cool, calm United equaliser just before the break.
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    GOAL! MAN UTD 1 ARSENAL 1
    Fred’s brilliant work teed up Bruno Fernandes for a cool, calm United equaliser just before the break.
    Follow all the action with our live blog HERE
    GOAL! SPURS 2 BRENTFORD 0
    Son Heung-Min deservedly doubled Tottenham’s lead on 65 minutes.
    Harry Kane and Sergio Reguilon masterminded another excellent Spurs counter-attack, leaving Son to nudge the ball home.
    Follow all the action with our live blog HERE
    DON’T LOOK BECK IN ANGER
    Sir Alex Ferguson’s former No 2 Carlos Queiroz has revealed the ‘truth’ behind the infamous ‘flying boot’ clash with David Beckham.
    The legendary Manchester United manager clashed with Golden Balls on several occasions but the best remembered is undoubtedly the battle of February 2003.

    United lost 2-0 to bitter rivals Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round and Fergie was not happy after the game.
    Ryan Giggs missed a sitter when it was still 0-0 but Becks was the one who was the main subject of Fergie’s ire.
    The Scot let rip at the England legend before kicking a stray boot in his direction which struck him in the face.
    Becks needed stitches and was seen sporting butterfly strips over the eyebrow wound in the days after – but Portuguese coach Queiroz says all was not quite as it seemed.
    He told Four-Four-Two: “It’s time to establish the truth behind that story.
    “Someone once told me that if he had intended to hit Beckham with that boot, Sir Alex’s left foot must be real quality.
    “I was there in the dressing room that day and, let’s put things right, it was not a good shot because the boot first hit a table and only after went in Beckham’s direction.
    “Sir Alex, I’m sorry but your left foot was not as good as you think!”
    SPURS 1 BRENTFORD 0: KANE CLOSE
    Tottenham are pressing for a second goal, only Brentford keeper Álvaro Fernández foiling Harry Kane.
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    Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli trained with Man Utd in 2015, met Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra and played in U18 friendly

    GABRIEL MARTINELLI could have ended up joining Manchester United instead of Arsenal.ESPN Brazil claims the Gunners forward, 20, spent a total of two weeks training with the Red Devils between 2015 and 2017.
    Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli trained with Man Utd four times between 2015 and 2017Credit: Getty
    It’s reckoned Martinelli was first spotted by United scouts when he was with boyhood club Corinthians.
    Martinelli, who soon after moved to Ituano in 2015, was then invited to train at Carrington with United’s academy.
    And he seemingly made a huge impression during his sessions, eventually making an appearance for the Under 18s in a friendly match.
    In total, Martinelli made four trips from his home in Brazil to train with United.
    And he got to rub shoulders with some of the club’s biggest stars too.
    Martinelli got to take a picture with Paul Pogba after the Frenchman’s record £89million return in 2016.

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    And he also enjoyed dinner with both Patrice Evra and Marouane Fellaini.
    Reflecting on his time with the Red Devils, Martinelli said: “Between 2015 and 2017 I went there four times and trained for about 15 days.
    “I asked to take a picture with [Patrice] Evra, [Marouane] Fellaini and other guys.
    “Pogba knew I was Brazilian and asked if everything was OK with me and where I was playing. We took a picture together.”
    However, United ended up snubbing the chance to sign Martinelli on a long-term deal.
    The Brazilian also trained at La Masia with Barcelona, and they too eventually passed.
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    But after continuing to shine with Ituano, Martinelli finally cracked Europe in 2019 with a permanent move to Arsenal.
    He has since scored 13 goals in 57 games for the Gunners.
    And Martinelli will be hoping to add to his tally when Arsenal face Man United tonight. More

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    Man Utd star Alex Telles wanted by both Inter and AC Milan in transfer… but January approaches to be rejected

    MANCHESTER UNITED star Alex Telles is being tracked by both Inter and AC Milan.The 28-year-old full-back had been in and out of the United team under the axed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since his arrival in October 2020.
    Inter and AC Milan are keen on Alex Telles… but Man Utd won’t let him go in JanuaryCredit: Getty
    He has made just two Premier League appearances so far this season, including in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on Sunday following Solskjaer’s sacking.
    And SunSport understands both Italian giants are looking to snap him up if his lack of playing time continues.
    Inter and AC were keen on a January loan deal for the ex-Porto defender, but any approach then will be rejected.
    Instead a move next summer is more likely when United would be able to demand more of their £13.5m fee paid back.
    Telles has found it tough to break into the starting eleven since joining, with Luke Shaw first choice.
    He has played just five times this season, including twice in the Champions League and once in the EFL Cup.

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    Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani reportedly wants a move to Barcelona next summer.
    Like Telles, the striker has barely featured this term.
    And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, Cavani is ready to leave Old Trafford.
    Barcelona are long-term admirers of the Uruguayan star.
    And The Times claims Cavani is ready to move to the Nou Camp with new Barca boss Xavi.
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    Eddie Howe believes ‘sudden’ death of his mother while at Burnley has given him personal touch at Newcastle

    EDDIE HOWE believes the death of his mother in 2012 when Burnley manager has given him the skills to deal with any personal problems Newcastle’s players have.The Clarets visit St James’ Park on Saturday with Toon, seven points off safety, desperate for their first win of the season.
    Howe believes his mum’s death has given him a personal touch when dealing with players at NewcastleCredit: Rex
    Howe lasted 19 months at Turf Moor in the Championship before moving back to Bournemouth in October 2012.
    His mother passed away following a short illness seven months earlier, and the Magpies boss has opened up about how it was impossible to grieve because of the demands of management.
    He said: “I think I’ve got a real human side of me that understands when players have a problem, an issue, or whatever it may be in their personal lives.
    “For me, it was a really sudden thing that happened with my mum, who was the closest person to me in my life at the time.
    “I didn’t have any time to grieve. You’re straight back to work as a manager, you’re managing from seven in the morning until seven at night, but you’ve got all these emotions running through you.
    “I felt really far away from my family, who were all in and around the Bournemouth areas.

    “I found I was very detached. I was not grieving. I was not dealing with it.”
    Howe spent 15 months out of the game after leaving Bournemouth following relegation in 2020, declining job offers – including Celtic – and only appearing on television sparingly.
    He added: “I needed to give myself a bit of a break.
    “I just wanted a break from people talking about me.
    “When I did come back, I wanted people to think, ‘where’s he been?’ rather than ‘he’s been in my face too much’. More