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  • Wenger being coy

    "It looks like Eboue will not be back," said Wenger.

    "I don't know about Hleb, Djourou and Henry, but Adebayor will be out.

    "We have a few uncertainties from Sheffield United - Robin van Persie got a knock on his ankle and Julio Baptista will be out. He had a kick and has a bad ankle.

    "We have to assess the situation as late as possible.

    "Alexander Hleb has a chance and I will see with Henry."

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    Return of the King? 

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  • What We Know And What We Think

    Since we have a bit of a break in the action as a result of the upcoming Internationals, I thought it made sense to spend a little time evaluating what we've learned so far this season.  Some of what we've learned, is pretty certain hence, "What We Know."  Some of it is still just in the hypothesis stage and for that, we go with "What We Think." 

    WE KNOW...Bolton have changed their stripes and are trying to become a more entertaining team.  This is going to be a disaster in the table for them.

    WE THINK...Despite the disaster in real results, Anelka and Diouf are going to benefit from Bolton's

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  • Sagna out for three to five weeks

    More information as we get it...

    Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna has been ruled out for at least three weeks with an ankle injury.

    The right-back was substituted late on in the 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last Sunday, not long after scoring the opening goal.

    The injury means that he will miss both legs of the Champions League semi-final against Liverpool, as well the vital Premier League clashes against the Merseysiders and Manchester United.

    Emmanuel Eboue and Justin Hoyte are the most experienced dedicated right-backs in the squad after Sagna. Captain William Gallas played at full-back during his

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  • Doing a Giggs

    Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani
    have been ruled out of Portugal's Euro 2008 warm-up with Greece in
    Duesseldorf, Germany on Wednesday due to injuries, the Portuguese
    Football Federation said on Monday.

    Ronaldo
    and Nani, who both scored in United's 3-0 win over Liverpool on Sunday,
    are suffering from leg muscle problems, the federation said on its Web
    site (www.fpf.pt).

    "We proposed to coach (Luiz Felipe Scolari) that the players be released from the squad and he accepted," squad doctor Henrique Jones was quoted as saying. No replacements were named.

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    Anyone doubt that

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  • Famous Last Words

    Sanchez: We can deal with Mido
    Sat 18 Aug, 12:15 PM

    Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez is confident his players have nothing to fear as Mido prepares to make his Middlesbrough debut against them.The Egyptian striker has completed a switch to the Riverside from Tottenham, with Gareth Southgate's side aiming for their first points of the new Premier League season.

    Fulham have already gained their first win of the campaign, a midweek success over Bolton.

    Sanchez is confident that the side he has rebuilt over the summer will be able to deal with Middlesbrough's latest acquisition.

    "Gareth has spent

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  • Wednesday Matchday Open Thread

    Wenger is unlikely to risk Cesc Fabregas this evening, while the
    absence of the injured Alexander Hleb and Mathieu Flamini means the
    midfield will take on an experienced look.

    Lassana Diarra and
    Denilson can both expect to start, while Wenger may be forced to switch
    to two up front, with Eduardo da Silva joining Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Allardyce has equally vexing injury problems, despite the likely return of Steven Taylor to the centre of defence.

    He
    is without Claudio Cacapa, Abdoulaye Faye and Stephen Carr, while
    Michael Owen continues to miss out and James Milner is a doubt.

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    Consider this

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  • The Kewell List

    Last week, we spent a little time discussing possible destinations for players who are likely to escape from about-to-be-relegated teams.  In part two of the transfer window series, we will examine another group that is likely on the move - Big Four Players Who Aren't Making The Grade.  Since that's an unwieldy title, I've decided to name it in honor of one of the players on the list, Harry Kewell.  As it turns out, there were all sorts of options here (Wayne Bridge comes to mind next) but no need to belabor my internal process for naming random columns.

    The idea here is that there are a bunch

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  • Buy a vowel?

    Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was injured during the warm-up for the Red Devil's FA Cup sixth round tie against Middlesbrough at The Riverside and is unable to play.

    Van der Sar pulled a calf muscle and his place will be taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.
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    Something to look at this week as Kuszczak is an attractive 7.92 and at home to a struggling (though we never bet on or against them) Bolton.
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  • They Are Who We Thought They Were

    For those of you who don't follow the NFL, the title of this post will be fairly meaningless.  For those who do, presumably you'll get the reference to Dennis Green blowing a gasket in a post-game press conference after his perpetual doormat Arizona Cardinals spectacularly blew a lead against the heavily favored Chicago Bears.  He was clearly under a lot of pressure and just couldn't control himself.  

    Why do I reference this bit of American sporting trivia? Because like the Cardinals, Bolton has recently risen from the depths of presumed mediocrity on the strength of a string of recent wins

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  • Sheva Kicks Himself On To Injury List

    Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko has been ruled out of Wednesday's Premiership clash at West Ham with a self-inflicted injury caused by an air-kick during Sunday's FA Cup semi-final against Blackburn.

    As well as missing the game at Upton Park due to his damaged thigh, the Ukrainian is rated extremely doubtful for this weekend's match at Newcastle and may even miss next week's Champions League tie with Liverpool.

    Although the Blues have yet to confirm publicly how the injury was suffered, it is believed that it was caused by Shevchenko's mis-kick against at Old Trafford.

    Presented with a

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