Arsenal go top, van Gaal backtracks

first_imgLONDON (AP): Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth yesterday, while Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said there was “not any reason” for him to resign despite a 0-0 draw with Chelsea extending his team’s winless run to eight matches. Gabriel Paulista and Mesut Ozil led Arsenal to the top – for 24 hours at least – with goals in each half, while goalkeeper Petr Cech set a Premier League clean-sheet record with his 170th shutout. The victory was an authoritative response from Arsenal after losing 4-0 to Southampton on Saturday. Arsenal are a point clear of second-place Leicester and four points above Tottenham and Manchester City. Leicester can replace Arsenal at the top by beating City today. “We were focused from the start,” Arsenal manager ArsÈne Wenger said. “It took us a while to get going, but (we) were in control of the game and did very well.” UNITED’S ATTACKING DISPLAY At Old Trafford, United produced an attacking display against Chelsea to end their four-match losing run, but missed good chances for a first league win since November 21, against Watford. Juan Mata and Anthony Martial hit the crossbar and the post, while Thibaut Courtois denied Ander Herrera from point-blank range, and Wayne Rooney missed from six yards late on. Chelsea also had chances to score, with David De Gea turning John Terry’s header over the bar, before making an impressive double save from Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta early in the second half. The draw leaves United five points behind the Champions League positions, but Van Gaal, who said he could resign as manager after defeat at Stoke two days ago, was encouraged by his team’s display. “When the players can give such a performance, when there is a lot of pressure, then it is not any reason to resign for me,” Van Gaal told BT Sport. “I shall not do that. It is not a question of staying, it is a question of fulfilling my contract.” Elsewhere, Tottenham won their third straight league match to provisionally go third with a late 2-1 victory over 10-man Watford, while Stoke beat Everton 4-3 with a last-minute penalty from Marko Arnautovic. Tottenham will be dislodged from third if City get at least a draw against Leicester. Also yesterday, Norwich beat last-place Aston Villa 2-0, West Bromwich Albion defeated Newcastle 1-0, and Crystal Palace drew 0-0 against Swansea. West Ham also came from a goal behind to beat Southampton 2-1 and move seventh in the standings, a point behind United.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Liverpool legend blasts ‘rudderless’ Reds and claims Rodgers is heading for the sack

first_imgBrendan Rodgers is heading for the exit door at Liverpool, Steve Nicol has told talkSPORT.The Reds have made a poor start to the Premier League season and are out of the Champions League after failing to beat Swiss side Basel in their final group game on Tuesday night.Rodgers has now been warned by Nicol he must turn things around quickly if he is to stop the club’s American owners from making a managerial change.“If things don’t change then ultimately Brendan will pay the price,” said the Anfield legend, speaking on Extra Time.“If this team keeps performing the way it is, I don’t think they will have any other option [but to sack Rodgers].“We are not even halfway through the season yet and I’m guessing most people don’t expect Liverpool to get into the top four.“We will find a lot out in the transfer window. He has spent a lot of money and the question will be, are the Fenway Group going to back him in the transfer window? If they don’t, that tells you he has only got the second part of the season to at least get the performances better.“The biggest surprise is how bad the performances are. The result against Basel was a complete disaster on so many levels. The performance level, the fact they are out of the Champions League and the fact they now go into the Europa League, which is going to do nothing but harm them in the Premier League.“You really wonder where this team is going. He has tried to add to the squad to make it better and somehow it has turned the other way. It is a team that is completely rudderless.“If you watched the game against Basel and the game against Sunderland, they don’t look to have any imagination going forward, and defensively they look at odds. This is just a desperate time for Liverpool.”last_img read more

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JOURNALIST JOHN WATERS VISITS MOVILLE TO SEE SITE OF PLANNED SEWAGE PIPE

first_imgResidents meet John WatersThe renowned Irish Times journalist John Waters has travelled to Donegal to visit the site of the proposed controversial Waste Water Treatment Plant and it’s associated discharge pipe in the town land of Carnagarve midway between Moville and Greencastle.He was provided with details of the sewage plant and pipe by members of the Campaign for a Clean Estuary Group and local residents.Said Enda Craig, from the campaign group: “Mr Waters was highly impressed with the beauty of the area and it’s surroundings. “He has stated that he will make a return journey at some point in the future and will also study in detail the information provided to him.”Last week the European Commission launched an investigation into Donegal County Council’s handling of the dispute, which has been running since 1989. JOURNALIST JOHN WATERS VISITS MOVILLE TO SEE SITE OF PLANNED SEWAGE PIPE was last modified: January 19th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarnagarveGreencastleIrish TimesJohn Watersmovillelast_img read more

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