In-form Arsenal thrash 10-man Liverpool in EPL

In the absence of Luis Suarez, who was sold to Barcelona last year, and Daniel Sturridge, who has been injured for much of this season, Sterling has often been Liverpool’s most potent attacking weapon.

Early on, he did much to emphasize just why Liverpool do not want to let him go. But referee Anthony Taylor brushed away complaints from Can and his teammates before brandishing the second yellow and subsequent red card.

With a comeback now highly unlikely, Arsenal made absolutely sure of the win when in-form striker Giroud curled home with a delightful strike in injury time.

Speaking after the game, a satisfied Gunners boss, Arsene Wenger, said “It was a very great day. With just seven games of the season remaining, The Reds could be as many as eight points behind fourth-placed Manchester United who occupy the final qualification spot by the end of Saturday.

“It was a game we needed to take something from,” a philosophical Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers told BT Sport after the match. Liverpool had had the better of proceedings up until that point with Sterling and Philippe Coutinho both going close through long range efforts. And things were to get worse for before the half was out.

A second yellow card for Emre Can, however, reduced the Merseysiders to 10-men just when it was looking to put the squeeze on its opponents.

The German defender seemed to lose his footing as went to challenge Arsenal substitute Danny Welbeck. Much of the pre-match conversation had centered around Liverpool’s young striker Raheem Sterling.

The 20-year-old, who recently broke off talks over a new contract, spoke out in a controversial interview earlier in the week, cryptically describing how he would be reassessing his options at the end of the season.

Pacey and skillful, intelligent and freakishly strong for one so slender, Sterling is undoubtedly one of England’s most exciting talents. Ozil stepped up after Alexis was fouled to expertly place a well-controlled free-kick into the bottom of Mignolet’s right-hand corner from 23-yards out.

Liverpool was now well and truly stunned.

Arsenal added another goal through Olivier Giroud shortly after.

The 4-1 result moves Arsenal into second position ahead of Manchester City which doesn’t play until Monday.

For Liverpool, it leaves qualification to the Champions League looking increasingly unlikely. Now they were staring down the barrel of a second EPL loss on the bounce.

Rodgers brought on England international forward Sturridge to try and breathe some new life to his flagging side.

And while they did stem the flow of goals, Arsenal was first to come close in the second period as Giroud rose to bullet a header that Mignolet did well to fist away.

Yet Liverpool persevered under pressure and found a way back into the game when Bellerin felled Sterling in the penalty area after 77 minutes.

But it was to fall two behind just two minutes later. Sterling would have opened the scoring had Lazar Markovic been more careful in squaring to his onrushing teammate when clear through on the Arsenal goal.

The deadlock was soon to be broken at the other end of the field, however.

Full-back Hector Bellerin glided past Alberto Moreno in the 37th minute, waltzing on into the Liverpool area unchallenged where he took aim and curled the ball beyond Simon Mignolet.

The goal was against the run of play. We had the chance to make a difference with Liverpool and we took the chance.”

“Their keeper kept them in the game and then they had a good chance before we scored, but we were focused, clinical, and I think if you look at the table and see the number of goals we score, it’s no coincidence.”

The Gunners have now won nine EPL fixtures on the trot, and although overhauling league leaders Chelsea will likely be a bridge too far, they could finish as runners up for the first time since season 2004/05.

Arsenal also has the semifinals and defense of its FA Cup to look forward to.

After another tough season when high expectations have not always been met, there may be a silver lining in store if Wenger’s men can maintain this impressive form.

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. Rapid-fire strikes from Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez sent the Gunners well on their way to a convincing victory before the first half was up.

And although Jordan Henderson pulled a goal back from the penalty spot late in the second period, Liverpool were reduced to 10-men when defender Emre Can was dismissed for a second bookable offense. Liverpool sought to expose these mental fragilities by pushing for a second goal that would have made for a grandstand finish. “Today is a big disappointment, but we didn’t defend well enough in key moments of the game.”

If only the buildup to this lunchtime fixture could have been assessed with such clarity.

Alexis latched on to Olivier Giroud’s pass at the edge of the Liverpool area after 44 minutes before lashing the ball beyond Mignolet once more.

Brendan Rodgers’ men had gone 13 EPL games undefeated until a 2-1 home defeat last time out by arch rival Manchester United. Henderson, captain in the absence of the suspended Steven Gerrard, stepped up and smashed the ball low past Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina who got a hand to the midfielder’s strike.

In times past, Arsenal have been criticized for wilting under the slightest of pressure

Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers Plays Mind Games With New Manchester United Mentor Louis Van Gaal.

The manager contends that the Glazer family reneged on their promise to erstwhile coach David Moyes to establish long term stability instead of instant championships.

Nevertheless, just five games into his lead as manager, Van Gaal has upped the confidence of his players after inheriting a team that lacked the bravado under the Moyes regime. Rodgers believe that there are five to six heavily favored squads who will tussle it out for the cup and that Van Gaal will be immediately put to the fire to deliver. . I think the competition will probably take him by surprise and that’s from foreign managers I have spoken to over the years.”

History is beside Van Gaal as he was able to capture trophies during his initial year in Spain and Germany but the recent transfer transactions of Arsenal, defending champions Manchester City and Chelsea as well as the established Liverpool, the level of competition is tough and varied. All rights reserved.

This comes after Van Gaal’s wards drew initial blood in the rivalry with United’s win behind Michael Rooney’s inspired second half comeback 3-1 victory to capture the Guinness International Champions Cup on Monday evening. You don’t get that a lot in the other leagues.

Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers went straight to the point in delivering the first tactic to the rivalry between his club and Manchester United when he commented that it would be extremely unlikely for new Red Devils mentor to win the title in his maiden season.

Rodgers is also wary of the mindset of Manchester United owners to deliver immediate success instead of building the team from the ground up. The Dutchman’s track record is gaining the respect of his players and his personality of tenacity and championship caliber is rubbing off the performance of the roster.

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Copyright 2014 Gale, Cengage Learning. Rodgers insist that Van Gaal will see first-hand the level of competition in the English Premier League and will be hard pressed to replicate the success he achieved with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

“I think what he’ll find is the competition in this league will be different from any other league that he’s worked in,” said Rodgers (http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/aug/05/liverpool-brendan-rodgers-louis-van-gaal) per the Guardian.com , “In a lot of the other leagues there are one or two teams and those are the teams that are expected to win. “This is a league where the top team plays the bottom team and on any given day you can lose

Romero wants De Gea to stay at Man United | Reuters

One has won everything and the other has his career ahead of him to continue to win things. For me it’s a privilege,” Romero said.

“But it makes me happy to work with those two,” he added.

(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

“The truth is that I have no idea (what will happen). It happened to me last year in Sampdoria. But for me I hope that De Gea stays here because he’s a good team-mate who always works hard and that is best for the group,” the 28-year-old told the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester United’s Sergio Romero hopes goalkeeping rival David De Gea, who has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid, stays at the club even if it puts his own position in the side at risk.

Romero has started the first two Premier League games of the campaign with manager Louis Van Gaal saying De Gea was not 100 percent focussed on the job.. I was not playing but I was working as if I was going to play,” he added.

The Argentina international also expressed his surprise at being the Red Devils’ first-choice keeper, after being chosen ahead of De Gea and Victor Valdes who had a public fall-out with Van Gaal.

“They are two fantastic goalkeepers. He is a great professional, a great person. “He works hard every day

SpaceX provides a peek inside their new crew vehicle

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14 sharesfeedbackfeedback to editors. If things go as hoped, the first commercial crew flights under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program contract could take place in 2017.

But with the white and black interior and the clean lines, the imagery is reminiscent of the interior of the spacecraft in “2001: A Space Odyssey.” See below for the non-HAL 9000 computer screen, and well as more images and a video scanning the interior:

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SpaceX provided just snapshots of parts of the interior, and so its hard to get a feel for what the entire crew cabin will be like and how roomy it might be.

More information:www.spacex.com/crew-dragon

The futuristic interior is “designed to be an enjoyable ride,” says SpaceX. Four windows provide passengers with views of Earth, the moon, and the wider solar system right from their seats. commercial spaceflights on either SpaceX or Boeing crew transportation vehicles. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX provides a peek inside their new crew vehicleCrew Dragon will be a fully autonomous spacecraft that can also be monitored & controlled by on board astronauts and SpaceX mission control in Hawthorne, California. The explosion happened about 148 seconds after an initially successful launch. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX released new images today of the sleek interior of “Crew Dragon,” SpaceX’s spacecraft designed to carry humans to the International Space Station, and possibly other future destinations. The agreement between NASA and the commercial companies is that at least one member of the two person crews for the initial flights will be a NASA astronaut – who will be “on board to verify the fully-integrated rocket and spacecraft system can launch, maneuver in orbit, and dock to the space station, as well as validate all systems perform as expected, and land safely,” according to a NASA statement.

SpaceX provides a peek inside their new crew vehicleExterior of the Crew Dragon capsule. Credit: SpaceX

The second crew member would likely be a company test pilot, but the details remain to be worked out.

SpaceX provides a peek inside their new crew vehicle

SpaceX provides a peek inside their new crew vehicleA look inside SpaceX’s ‘Crew Dragon’ from an exterior window. Credit: SpaceX

SpaceX said the escape system provides a safe way to carry astronauts to safety if there is a problem and the crew would experience about the same G-forces as a ride at Disneyland.

SpaceX provides a peek inside their new crew vehicleCrew Dragon’s displays will provide real-time information on the state of the spacecraft’s capabilities – anything from Dragon’s position in space, to possible destinations, to the environment on board. The seats–which don’t look especially plush–are made from high-grade carbon fiber and Alcantara cloth.

There’s not been indication as of yet if the explosion of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon cargo ship loaded with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS) on June 28, 2015 will have an impact on when the first crewed Dragon flights will take place. It was later determined an in-flight failure of a critical support strut inside the second stage liquid oxygen tank holding a high pressure helium tank in the Falcon 9 rocket was the likely cause of the accident.

SpaceX provides a peek inside their new crew vehicleCrew Dragon features an advanced emergency escape system to swiftly carry astronauts to safety if something were to go wrong.

NASA named four astronauts earlier this year who will fly on the first U.S

Arsenal Fans Create #MiracleInMonaco Hashtag As They Pray For Divine Intervention In Champions League

Thats our desire and thats our belief we can do it.”

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David Seaman: Played in both Double-winning sides and was much more reliable for his club than his country. These series events proved pivotal as Arsenal won the League for the first time in four years, along with the FA Cup. Tough, indomitable, skilful and inspirational, Arsenal have never truly replaced him.

Cesc Fbregas: One of the most naturally gifted footballers to have played for Arsenal, his great regret must be that he only won one trophy during his time in north London.

Robert Pires: A graceful and hypnotic winger who too often sullied his brilliance with theatrics, Pires was an instrumental figure behind Arsenal’s dominance of English football between 2002 and 2004.

Dennis Bergkamp: Arguably the most aesthetically-pleasing footballer to have graced the red shirt, however spiky he was on the pitch, Bergkamp drew admiration – and envy – from opposition fans.

Marc Overmars: His magnificence in the 1997-98 season alone makes him worthy of a berth in the XI.

The north London side lost at home 3-1 in the first leg and have to win 3-0 to progress and the omens are on their side as they haven’t lost to a French team away in the last 10 games.. Benefitted from two excellent back fours.

Lauren: Edges out Lee Dixon due to his five-and-a-half years in the first team. The result from the first leg is against us, were conscious of that.

“But no matter how big the percentage is, we are going to give absolutely everything to make the stats lie. Campbell’s Gunners career descended into farce when he returned overweight and over-the-hill in 2010, but for three years he was awesome.

Tony Adams: Rejuvenated by Wenger’s coaching, Adams was gradually phased out but still started the 2002 FA Cup final and was a vital presence at the club during the late 90s influx of young foreigners.

Ashley Cole: A superb, homegrown left-back who bastardised his legacy when he thought a 55,000-a-week wage was beneath him.

Patrick Vieira: The captaincy transition was seamless thanks to Vieira. Not a particularly solid defender, Lauren was nevertheless a niggly right-back who started in three FA Cup final wins and was part of the Invincibles side.

Sol Campbell: In 2001, Sir Alex Ferguson overlooked Campbell, sold Jaap Stam and signed Laurent Blanc. Must regret leaving for Barcelona in 2000.

Thierry Henry: Voted the greatest player in the club’s history by supporters, Henry was consistently world class over a five-year period with Arsenal, which makes it surprising that they never managed to regain the championship during that time.

Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter and created the #MiracleInMonaco hashtag in the hope that divine intervention will see the Gunners through to the next round in the Champions League in Monaco. “They are against us. Ex-Monaco manger Arsene Wenger has great belief that his side can overturn the deficit “The statistics dont matter,” he said

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His sad fate would have been the natural destiny of any inheritor of what was clearly a poisoned chalice, made more poisonous by the addition of that lethal factor of self-delusion. His choice of timing is callous and unfortunately his PR plans lack the class he showed on the pitch during his playing career.

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More than three years have passed since Ryan Babel became the first player charged by the FA over comments made on Twitter and players are still falling foul of the regulations in new and inventive ways.

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The fact that there is probably some truth in what Sheedy suggests – that Moyes’ tactics are a little direct and certainly not based on playing patient, passing football – is lost on me. He may not adapt to the side’s style of play, he may not get enough time on the field or he may inexplicably lose all footballing ability, what’s known as doing a Torres. No one wants to be a loser. The club don’t have to win the Premier League, but a renewed competitiveness and a minimum of fourth place is crucial. Because Manchester United have succeeded in convincing themselves that they are something special; the Biggest Club in the World.

Poor old David Moyes may be humiliated by an appalling first and only season at the helm of Manchester United but at least his predecessor, Sir Alex Ferguson – the man who chose him for the role – hasn’t labelled him as someone with ‘brains less than a guinea pig’…

Fans of Manchester United and the football community as a whole have reacted quickly to the Red Devils’ newly found frailties after a brief period of uncertainty at the beginning of the season.

It seems incredibly harsh to place all of the blame on Moyes considering the state of the club when Ferguson departed, primarily in terms of their squad. What does this public and ritual flogging say about us?

And just like that, it is finished. Manchester United possess a wealth of talent, however, the main problem is that their young players are still not at the level required for Premier League glory and their more experienced men are past their peak.

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Kat is a campaigner on mental health and international development. Here are five players who can relate to this and need to leave their current clubs as soon as possible if they hope to shine again.

The referee’s award, in the opening match, of a controversial penalty to host nation Brazil, can be explained by psychology. It’s been a nightmarish and arduous 10 months in the Old Trafford hot seat for David Moyes, and, having served up a feast of failure during his time in Manchester, it is perhaps fitting that the all-powerful United deities chose Easter weekend to publicly sacrifice their ‘chosen one’.

This has not been about David Moyes at all. But over the years history has provided plenty of drama and excitement for this campaign to live up to and here’s a look back at five of the very best seasons since the new era began in 1992.

Each team will sign a player at one stage or another who just simply fails to perform. Attacking the newspapers when they are looking for the headline – however outrageous they may be – is an own goal. But what if glorious frustration is better than ignoble victory, trying and failing to do what is right more preferable than getting away with acting improperly?

This was not an episode from HBOs much anticipated Season 4 of Game of Thrones though, but the real live drama unfolding at Manchester United as David Moyes was sacked and the battle for his successor starts to take place.

After just one bad campaign United haven’t fallen yet, but their precarious position dictates that the 2014/15 season is more important than any other ever has been. The same psychological processes could also determine the outcome of the tournament, new research reveals.

Loser is such a pejorative word. She sits on the board for South West London St Georges Mental Health Trust and is a trustee for Results UK. And he should not have been deterred from his line of thinking whatever the provocation.

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The 2014/15 Premier League season promises to be one of the best yet with eagerly anticipated competition throughout the table from top to bottom…

Roy Hodgson seems to have forgotten the basics this week. Anything less could be catastrophic.

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Lionel Messi Trumps Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez to be Voted UEFA’s Best Player of 2014/15

I thank all my teammates because they deserve part of it. AFP. Lionel Messi was Thursday voted UEFA’s best player in Europe for 2014-2015 with Germany’s Celia Sasic winning the women’s award. (Lionel Messi or Diego Maradona: The Greatest Player of All Time Debate Continues)

The Argentina star, who won the Champions League, Spain’s La Liga and Spanish Cup with Barcelona, claimed the award for the second time ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.

“I am happy to win the award. I depend a lot on the team like everyone else,” the 28-year-old said.

FFC Frankfurt’s Sasic, 27, was voted the best women’s player ahead of France’s Amandine Henry and fellow German Dzsenifer Marozsan.

Messi also won in 2010-2011 and succeeds Real Madrid rival Ronaldo who won last year.

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Lionel Messi has been voted as UEFA’s best player for 2014/15 ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo

Vidal completes $44 million move from Juve to Bayern | Sports | Reuters

I think the best opportunity to do so is with Bayern.”

Vidal was a member of the Juventus team beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in last month’s Champions League final at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

He becomes Bayern’s second major signing of the transfer window after Brazilian midfielder Douglas Costa joined from Shakhtar Donetsk at the start of July.

Bayern have also sold Germany playmaker Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United.

Vidal is no stranger to the Bundesliga having played for Bayer Leverkusen for four seasons until 2011.

He also helped Chile win the Copa America title for the first time on home soil this month.

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal has completed his transfer from Juventus to Bayern Munich by signing a four-year contract with the Bundesliga champions.

No fee was disclosed but media reports put it at 40 million euros ($44.23 million).

“I wanted to take another big step forward in my career,” the 28-year-old Vidal told the Bavarian club’s website (www.fcbayern.de) on Tuesday. Continued…

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“I want to keep developing as a player and win important trophies like the Champions League