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Arsenal football club may have a new owner in the coming months. US billionaire Stan Kroenke has recently bought another 427 shares in the club at a cost of 5.8 million dollars, bringing his total number of shares to 29.6% of the club valuing the club at 870 million dollars. According to club rules once a person reaches 30% stake in the club they need to submit a bid to take full ownership of the club. Mr Kroenke acquired the stock from the estate of the late British industrialist Ernest Harrison. “I do not know what Kroenke will do,” said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. “All I know is the rules, that if he gets to 30%, he has to make a bid for the club. At the moment, he flirts with the 30, but is not there. “I do not know what his intentions are; I have not spoken to him about it.


8b155d0c299766a669da10e9f2d63558Manchester United is a football team in England. They are one of the best teams in the world. But these days they are losing a lot of their spark.  One of their top players called Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United this summer and moved to Real Madrid.  Ronaldo was one of the top goal scorers for the top premier league team, and since he left Manchester have struggled to win matches.  They recently lost to Burnley, who have just been promoted from the Coca Cola league.  Manchester United need to buy some more players who will be able to win them matches. See video

Manchester United began the day in second place in the Barclays Premier League on goal difference. However, they had the comfort of knowing they had played two less games than their rivals. They were facing a Spurs side who have come a long way from their days at the bottom of the table at the start of the season. The first half was dismal for United as they naanfell behind two goals to nil with Tottenham scoring twice in three minutes to give the Red Devils something to think about. The second half was an entirely different story as the 76,000 plus fans packed inside Old Trafford rallied behind their side to fuel a scintillating comeback that looked completely off the charts. Ronaldo and Rooney bagged a brace each with Berbatov rounding up the scoring in a timespan of about 22 minutes leaving their opponents flabbergasted. It is often said that a win is a win but this result can act as so much more than just another three points looking to Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal on Wednesday.


This weekend Manchester United lost yet another game. After losing to Liverpool last week, no one expected a loss to Fulham F.C. rooney_red_courtesy_400Although Manchester United played Fulham away from home, most people expected a win. Fulham’s first goal came in the 18th minute from a penalty kick. The kick was awarded after Scholes deliberately handled the ball in the box. Danny Murphy converted the kick. Manchester United had several chances including a header by Ronaldo and an unbelievable clearance off the line after a shot by Rooney. With only a few minutes left, Zoltan Gera scored Fulham’s second goal to secure the victory. He finished in spectacular fashion as he controlled the ball and volleyed it in exemplary fashion giving Dutchman Van Der Sar no chance. Ironically, Manchester United defeated Fulham 4-0 at Craven Cottage only a couple of weeks ago. This is United’s second loss in a row in the Premier League and it leaves them only 1 point ahead of Liverpool.

Manchester United has been in incredible form, not only in the Premier League, but also in the Champions League. They had liverpool_man_useemed to be cruising in the league until this past Saturday. Manchester United played a home match against Liverpool in what everyone knew would be a very heated game. No one, however, would have ever predicted the final outcome of 4-1 in Liverpool’s favor, especially considering the match was played at Old Trafford. The start was bright for United as Cristiano Ronaldo scored a penalty midway through the first half. However, it was all downhill from there. Torres scored 5 minutes later as a simple long ball over the top beat United’ defense and Torres finished coolly one on one with Van der Sar. Just before the end of the first half, Evra clearly brought Gerrard down in the box and Gerrard placed his penalty neatly in the bottom right corner. In the 77th minute, Fabio Aurelio scored a well placed free kick after Vidic was sent off for being the last man and fouling Gerrard who was in on goal. To add to United’s misery, Dossena scored a route 1 goal. Pepe Reina took a goal kick and Dossena ran onto it and lobbed it over Van der Sar. It was a weekend to forget for United, but the real test will be how they respond to this loss. They are still 4 points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea with a game in hand. The title is still theirs to lose. P

Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked yesterday according to the club’s website which stated that “Luiz Felipe Scolari has been dismissed as manager of Chelsea Football Club with immediate affect”. The website claimed that the move had been made by the club in order to ” maintain a challenge for the trophies we are still competing for”. Scolari is the third Chelsea boss to be sacked in only a year. He started the job only 8 months ago in June of 2008. Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League but are yet to be knocked out of the Champions League or the FA Cup. Until Chelsea can find a new manager, Ray Wilkins will fill Scolari’s spot. Scolari’s spokesperson is blaming Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, for the loss of his clients job. Aramovich had apparently ran out of patience with the Brazilian manager and wanted results fast, hopefully he finds them with lucky number four otherwise he will be running out of men to hire._45460767_phil_466

manutdql9More than halfway into the 2008-2009 season of the Barclays Premier League, defending champions Manchester United have claimed the lead in the point standings. After dominating English and European club football last season, winning the Premier League and Champions League, the red devils got off to a bit of a slow start to the current season. During the first few rounds of the season, they were a bit cold and suffered some losses and draws that should have been easy victories for the defending champs. The experienced and extremely talented team, United, picked things up around the halfway point in the season and have created a winning streak. They have been victorious in their last 6 league games and will hopefully keep that streak going. They are currently two points ahead of second place Liverpool and have played one game less than them. The Red Devils will continue their Champions League title defense later this month when they face Liverpool in the first round of the knockout stages.


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