Wenger: Man Utd won’t park the bus against Arsenal

Arsene Wenger expects Manchester United to play on the front foot when they travel to play Arsenal on Saturday. Drop your predictions.

The Gunners are in fine form in front of their home fans and beat Jose Mourinho’s men at the Emirates last season. Arsenal thrashed Huddersfield 5-0 last night, extending their winning run on their own patch to 12 games. NaijaBet.com

But despite their imposing record, Wenger isn’t expecting bitter rival Mourinho to shut up shop and be content to play for a point.

Asked if he thinks the visitors will ‘park the bus’, he said: “No, I don’t expect anything special. NaijaBet.com

“I just expect us to be ready to recover now. Man United is a strong team and I expect us just to cope with the problems they will give us. They will attack as well. They will not only defend.

“It is a game between Arsenal and Man United at home. I just want to focus and to prepare well my team, and give my team a good chance to win the game. Man United is doing well at the moment, we are doing well at the moment, so it looks to be a promising game.”

Wenger expects to have Alexis Sanchez fit to play United. The Chilean limped off on Wednesday night with a hamstring problem. But the Gunners boss is remaining upbeat. NaijaBet.com

“Sanchez had a little hamstring problem – that’s why I took him off but I think he will be alright,” Wenger said.

Conte apologises after sending off

Antonio Conte lifted the lid on his touchline bust-up with the fourth official during Chelsea‘s 1-0 victory over Swansea. NaijaBet.com

The Italian was typically animated on the sidelines on Wednesday evening and was sent to the stands at Stamford Bridge by referee Neil Swarbrick in the dying moments of the first-half.

‘The problem is I was frustrated because the opponents were wasting time,’ he explained after Antonio Rudiger secured three points for Chelsea with the only goal of the game in the 55th minute. ‘I tried to tell this to the fourth official not only once but a few times.

‘But I have apologised because I did the wrong thing. I have been in to see them after the game. It’s right to speak and apologise with them. ‘I don’t know if it was fair [to be sent off] but we have to respect this decision. NaijaBet.com

‘Sometimes there is a lot of frustration like in this case but sometime you can make a mistake and I did this.’ Chelsea remain third in the Premier League after the defeat of Swansea, while Paul Clement’s men stay 19th in the table.

Klopp top choice for Bayern manager job

Bayern Munich have earmarked Jurgen Klopp as their preferred candidate for the first-team manager’s role, according to a report.

The Bundesliga giants dismissed Carlo Ancelotti earlier in the season and have seen their form improve under veteran coach Jupp Heynckes. NaijaBet.com

However, the 72-year-old – in his fourth spell as head coach at Bayern – has recently reiterated his intention to step down at the end of the season.

According to Bild, the Bavarians have four potential candidates in mind for the permanent role, with the Liverpool manager seen as the most viable option. NaijaBet.com

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, Germany manager Joachim Low and Hoffenheim head coach Julian Nagelsmann are also believed to be on Bayern’s radar.

Lacazette ruled of Man Utd clash

Arsenal’s record signing Alexandre Lacazette will miss Saturday’s home clash with Manchester United after the French striker suffered a groin injury during the 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.

Lacazette scored his seventh Premier League goal of the season to give his side an early lead but was replaced at halftime by Olivier Giroud who scored twice.  NaijaBet.com Continue reading Lacazette ruled of Man Utd clash

Arsenal vs. Huddersfield Town, PREMIER LEAGUE: TEAM NEWS, LIKELY LINE-UPS, INJURIES, PREDICTIONS AND ODDS

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Predict the outcome of this game.

Arsenal welcomes Huddersfield Town to the Emirates on Wednesday in Premier League play, as Arsene Wenger’s team aims to keep up its fine form. The Gunners are back in the top four after jumping Tottenham and now sit just a point behind Chelsea.

Team News

Arsenal

  • Mesut Ozil missed Sunday’s clash with Burnley through illness and Arsene Wenger may opt against playing him here with a view to this weekend’s clash with Manchester United. NaijaBet.com
  • With Alex Iwobi also unlikely to play due to a dead leg, Jack Wilshere will fancy his chances of making a first Premier League start of the season.
  • Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud will push for the chance to lead the line if Wenger wants Alexandre Lacazette fresh for the reception of Manchester United. NaijaBet.com

Huddersfield

  • Rajiv van La Parra is suspended after being sent off at the end of their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.
  • David Wagner will almost certainly have to ring the changes for the trip to Arsenal after their draining performance at the weekend.
  • Part of those changes should see Steve Mounie start his first game since September, while Elias Kachunga will come back into the reckoning after failing to get on against City.
  • Chris Löwe may also regain his starting spot at left-back, while Abdelhamid Sabiri and Florent Hadergjonaj may also get rare chances to start. NaijaBet.com

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Buffon scoops Italian Serie A Best Player award

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Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has added to his huge silverware collection after winning the Serie A Best Player award at the Gran Gala del Calcio.

The legendary Italian picked up the award for his performances during the 2016-17 season at a star-studded ceremony in Milan on Monday, organised by the Italian Football Federation. NaijaBet.com

And it was another brilliant night for Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus side as they dominated the Serie A awards ceremony at the Megawatt Court. Continue reading Buffon scoops Italian Serie A Best Player award

Barca players furious at Naymar for wanting Real move

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Barcelona players are reportedly furious that PSG star Neymar wants to join Real Madrid. NaijaBet.com

Barcelona only bid farewell to Neymar back in the summer, with PSG paying a world-record £200million to bring him to the Parc des Princes.

The Brazil international has been a huge hit in France so far, scoring 14 goals from 15 games to help PSG break Champions League records and top the Ligue 1 table. NaijaBet.com

However, reports claim Real Madrid are already planning to sign the Brazilian – possibly as a replacement for the struggling Cristiano Ronaldo.

And Spanish news outlet Don Balon say Barcelona players are furious at the prospect of Neymar turning out for their fierce rivals in the future. Real have long wanted to have the 25-year-old on their books. Continue reading Barca players furious at Naymar for wanting Real move

Mayweather eyes 51st fight, but not against Amir Khan

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Mayweather famously came out of retirement for one last hoorah in August, when he welcomed UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor to the boxing ring.

Having surpassed the 49-0 record of Rocky Marciano, Mayweather was expected to hang up his gloves for good with his pristine 50-0 career and minimal damage sustained over 21 years in the fight game. Continue reading Mayweather eyes 51st fight, but not against Amir Khan