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  • 'Arsenal need to find money from somewhe...

    Arsenal “have to find some money from somewhere”, says Nigel Winterburn, as becoming a “self-funding club” is not a recipe for success. A frugal approach to recruitment has been favoured at Emirates Stadium for some time. Arsene Wenger was happy to play by those rules during hi...

    'Arsenal need to find money from somewhere' - Gunners can't be 'self-funding', says former star

    Arsenal “have to find some money from somewhere”, says Nigel Winterburn, as becoming a “self-funding club” is not a recipe for success. A frugal approach to recruitment has been favoured at Emirates Stadium for some time. Arsene Wenger was happy to play by those rules during his 22-year tenure and faced regular rounds of criticism for relaxing that stance all too infrequently. His successor, Unai Emery, has been placed into a similar position somewhat against his will. The Spaniard has been made aware that only loan moves can be made in the January transfer window, at a point in the season when big-spending rivals are prepared to invest again if required. Winterburn has questioned the logic of adopting such a stance, with the former Gunners defender telling Love Sport Radio: “Obviously, I don't know the nitty gritty runnings of the football club but looking from the outside it almost seems to me that Arsenal want to be a self-funding club, and I'm thinking that if we want to get back to challenging Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United - who are going to spend more money, and Chelsea who will probably spend again - then we're going to have to find some money from somewhere. “But we're going to find ourselves in this frustrating period where we've made some progression but we're still a way off challenging for the title again.” He added: “Is the money there? That's the question we want to know because if you hear from the manager that we can only get a loan signing in January then that doesn't suggest to me that there is lots of money around unless what they're saying is January is not the right time to go out and buy, let's see what happens and we'll be back in the market for the start of next season. “I could understand that. That would make sense. But we're not hearing that. It's a guessing game with Arsenal and we'll just have to wait and see.” Arsenal have fared admirably under a new coaching regime this season to keep themselves in contention for a top-four finish. Winterburn hopes a challenge for Champions League qualification can be sustained, but admits a return to title contention remains a long way off for a club reluctant to match the ambition of those around them. Quizzed on what the rest of the season holds for the Gunners, Winterburn said: “I'd like to see, and I hope it will happen but I've no idea, is that coming into the last five games we're in a position to get into that top four. “I think it is fourth position. I think that is as realistic as we can be. I don't see us being able to get any higher than that with the teams around us. So, if we were to snatch that fourth place, that would be some progression but then we would need to see that progression the following season. “From an Arsenal point of view, from a supporters' point of view, we just want to see some progression and eventually getting back to challenging for the title, but how long that is going to be is a question I wish I could answer for you!”

  • Huddersfield confirm Siewert as new mana...

    Huddersfield Town have confirmed that Jan Siewert will succeed David Wagner as the Premier League team's next head coach. Wagner left the Terriers by mutual consent last week after three and a half years at the post, having guided the club to the top flight and ensured safety in...

    Huddersfield confirm Siewert as new manager after Wagner exit

    Huddersfield Town have confirmed that Jan Siewert will succeed David Wagner as the Premier League team's next head coach. Wagner left the Terriers by mutual consent last week after three and a half years at the post, having guided the club to the top flight and ensured safety in their debut season in 2017-18.  The German-American and his charges struggled in the current campaign, however, with Sunday's defeat at the hands of Manchester City confirming their position at the bottom of the Premier League with just 11 points and two wins from their opening 23 games. Now Siewert, 36, will be charged with spearheading an improbable survival quest after joining Huddersfield from Borussia Dortmund II. "Huddersfield Town is delighted to announce the appointment of Jan Siewert as its new head coach," the Terriers confirmed in a statement published on the club's official website. "The 36-year-old joins the Terriers from German side Borussia Dortmund II, where he held the position of head coach, signing a contract running until the summer of 2021." Huddersfield chairman Lee Foyle expressed his hopes that Siewert could replicate the success enjoyed by Wagner - who also previously managed Borussia Dortmund II before arrving at the John Smiths Stadium - at the Yorkshire club. “I’d like to begin by officially welcoming Jan to Huddersfield Town. I’m tremendously excited about working with him as our new head coach," he signalled. “Let me start by addressing the obvious. We enjoyed tremendous success under our previous head coach, David Wagner, and we’ve subsequently appointed a new head coach that bears many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund II. “However, that does a disservice to Jan, who is his own man. There is much more to this appointment than that. “Like any good football club – or successful business outside football – we have succession plans in place for our key roles. A major one here is the role of head coach. “Given David’s success at Huddersfield Town, we knew that it was prudent to look to the future in case an offer came in that he couldn’t refuse. David was fully aware that we were undertaking this work; you must prepare for the future. “Jan’s name came to our attention in his previous role as assistant manager and Under-19 Coach at VfL Bochum. We first spoke with him over two years’ ago and we’ve kept in communication since, watching his progress with interest. “His reputation in the game is very good; he’s known as a coach who is ambitious, has many qualities and who has strong philosophies. As such, it came as no surprise to us when he moved to one of the world’s biggest clubs; Borussia Dortmund.” Siewert's first test in charge will come on January 29, when the struggling Terriers will host Everton.

  • Genoa 0 AC Milan 2: Borini and Suso step...

    Fabio Borini and Suso stepped up in the absence of dropped striker Gonzalo Higuain, earning AC Milan a 2-0 win over Genoa at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Higuain was left out of Milan's matchday squad for their first Serie A outing of 2019 due to concerns from head coach Gennaro Gattu...

    Genoa 0 AC Milan 2: Borini and Suso step up with Higuain left out

    Fabio Borini and Suso stepped up in the absence of dropped striker Gonzalo Higuain, earning AC Milan a 2-0 win over Genoa at Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Higuain was left out of Milan's matchday squad for their first Serie A outing of 2019 due to concerns from head coach Gennaro Gattuso – who watched from the stands due to a suspension – over his mindset amid links with a move to Chelsea. Gattuso, punished for angrily confronting the referee after his side's Supercoppa Italiana loss to Juventus last week, saw the Rossoneri toil for much of the game. Milan had previously fired blanks in successive away league matches, but Borini broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute and Suso guaranteed a return to fourth place in the closing stages. Already without Alessio Romagnoli and Mattia Caldara at the back, Gattuso was dealt an early blow when Cristian Zapata went off injured and was replaced by Andrea Conti in the 14th minute. Goran Pandev - selected in place of supsended Milan target Krzysztof Piatek - and Daniel Bessa threatened, the latter seeing a shot kept out by Gianluigi Donnarumma when through on goal as Genoa took control of the contest. Lucas Paqueta nearly fired the visitors in front late in the first half with a well-struck volley that skimmed the outside of the post, shortly after Domenico Criscito's deflected cutback was blocked by Donnarumma. Borini saw an angled drive tipped away by Ionut Radu, while Lucas Paqueta failed to make the most of a free header before Donnarumma's double save denied Christian Kouame and Bessa. Milan did find a way through eventually, however, as an unmarked Borini got on the end of Conti's cutback and converted from eight yards. The Rossoneri survived a scare when Donnarumma touched Miguel Veloso's shot onto the crossbar, but Suso wrapped up the points in the 83rd minute by latching onto Cutrone's throughball and finishing off the inside of the post.   What does it mean? Higuain absence no issue An improved second-half showing from Milan and an end to their three-match winless run on the road in Serie A takes them back into the top four. All eyes were on Gattuso's attacking players and Borini and Suso stepped up thanks to their strikes in the final quarter of the match, making it back-to-back league wins for the first time since the start of November. Donnarumma produces heroics A victory for Milan might not have been possible without the heroics of Donnarumma. The 19-year-old goalkeeper produced a total of seven saves, including a fingertip stop to help Veloso's 25-yarder onto the frame of the goal just nine minutes before Suso sealed the win. Cutrone the odd man out Cutrone retained his place from the side that lost 1-0 to Juventus in the Supercoppa Italiana last week but was noticeably the only member of Milan's attacking trio not to register a goal against Genoa, attempting just 10 passes all match. However, one of those did lead to his side's killer second goal. What's next? Milan welcome second-place Napoli to San Siro next Saturday, while Genoa have a full week to prepare for their trip to strugglers Empoli.

  • Dier: Spurs aren’t sulking over lack of ...

    Eric Dier insists nobody at Tottenham is “sulking” about a lack of transfer movement or “feeling sorry themselves” after losing Harry Kane and Dele Alli to untimely injuries. Spurs have seen their 2018-19 campaign suffer some hefty blows over recent weeks, with a Premier League ...

    Dier: Spurs aren’t sulking over lack of signings

    Eric Dier insists nobody at Tottenham is “sulking” about a lack of transfer movement or “feeling sorry themselves” after losing Harry Kane and Dele Alli to untimely injuries. Spurs have seen their 2018-19 campaign suffer some hefty blows over recent weeks, with a Premier League title bid being called into question as a result. Mauricio Pochettino saw no fresh faces drafted into his ranks last summer and there was always a fear that the depth of his squad would be tested. That is proving to be the case at present, with talismanic frontman Kane being joined on the treatment table by England colleague Alli. Lucas Moura has also been nursing a knock, while Son Heung-min is unavailable while away on Asian Cup duty. Another window of opportunity has opened in January, but Pochettino has once again suggested that there will be little activity in north London. Dier claims the Spurs squad will stand by that call, with the versatile midfielder telling reporters after a dramatic 2-1 win over Fulham: “If that is what the manager said then I agree with him 100 per cent. “He is the boss and I am sure we can find solutions within the squad, like we have done in the past. “We have injuries but every team has injuries and we have to deal with it. We are not sulking about it and feeling sorry for ourselves. We have just got to get on with it. “We are upset that Harry is injured, like we are upset when any player gets injured, but we have to get on with it. It is down to the team and the squad to rally and carry on.” Spurs were able to keep themselves in the title hunt on Sunday when edging out derby rivals at Craven Cottage. Fernando Llorente endured a testing afternoon in west London while deputising for Kane, with the Spaniard putting through his own net. Tottenham were, however, able to dig deep and ensured that there remains just a nine-point gap between themselves at Liverpool courtesy of a second-half effort from Alli and a stoppage-time winner from Harry Winks. “We won and that is the most important thing,” added Dier. “It is not a question of whether we can cope without Harry or not. He is one of the best strikers in the world, so any team would feel his loss when he is not playing. “We have to find solutions and move on. Injuries happen in football. That is why you have a squad, not just 11 players. “Fernando is a very good player. He has very good qualities. We need to give him the service he needs to demonstrate his qualities. I think we can do that and he can help the team.”

  • Man Utd youngster McTominay agrees new c...

    Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023. The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season and has been linked with a loan move in the January transfer window, with ...

    Man Utd youngster McTominay agrees new contract

    Manchester United youngster Scott McTominay has signed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until 2023. The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season and has been linked with a loan move in the January transfer window, with Celtic reportedly interested. But having broken into the first team under Jose Mourinho last season, the midfielder is keen to continue his development with the Red Devils. “Manchester United has been my life since the age of five and playing for the club I've always supported is all I've ever wanted to do," he said. “I'm still young and I'm learning all the time from the manager, his coaching staff and from the world-class players in the squad. ”I can't wait to continue my progress at this great club.“ Interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: "Scott has been with the club from a very young age, he has progressed through our Academy ranks and has made fantastic progress in the last couple of years. ✍️ We are delighted to announce Scott McTominay has extended his contract with #MUFC until June 2023, with the option to sign for a further year. Congratulations, @McTominay10!

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