11 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 2. Mathieu Debuchy (right-back) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted Arsenal team by leaving a comment below 16. Aaron Ramsey (central midfield) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) Arsenal travel to Croatia tonight as they look to kick off their Champions League campaign with a win over Dinamo Zagreb.The Gunners know an early victory will be vital given they are sharing a group with Bavarian behemoths Bayern Munich.But Arsene Wenger’s men will be coming up against a team who have, astonishingly, not lost a game since November last year.So which team will the Frenchman pick to combat a side in such good form?Click the right arrow above to scroll through our predicted line up…Dinamo Zagreb v Arsenal is live on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Wednesday 16 September. 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfielder) 11 17. Alexis Sanchez (left-sided forward) 11 11 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 19. Santi Cazorla (central midfield) 5. Gabriel (centre-back) 3. Kieran Gibbs (left-back) 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right-sided forward) 11 11
Wojciech Szczesny 1 Roma have confirmed Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny faces a spell on the sidelines after dislocating his finger.The Poland international, who is currently on a season-long loan with the Italian club, suffered the injury during Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Barcelona in the Champions League.Szczesny was forced to leave the field after the incident and will now undergo further tests to assess the damage.“Medical tests have revealed Wojciech Szczesny dislocated the ring finger in his left hand during this evening’s Champions League tie with Catalan side Barcelona,” a statement on the Roma website read.“The Polish goalkeeper was forced to leave the field after injuring the finger in a challenge with Luis Suarez in the 50th minute of the game.“He will undergo further tests in the next few days to determine the extent of the injury.”
1 Caolan Lavery Portsmouth have completed the loan signing of Sheffield Wednesday striker Caolan Lavery.The 22-year-old scored three goals in eight league outings during a brief spell at League One outfit Chesterfield last season.He has featured twice for the Owls this term – both in the Capital One Cup – but has now been sent out on loan once more to find more regular first-team football.The Northern Irishman, who played under current Pompey boss Paul Cook at Chesterfield, will remain at Fratton Park for three months.He said: “I had offers from other places a lot closer to Sheffield and in higher divisions, but I know Paul and Leam [Richardson, assistant manager] very well.“Their ambition is fantastic, as is the way they like football to be played and when you look at the size of this club, I couldn’t really say no.“I’d like to be part of the success that I’m sure Pompey will have this season and I’m looking forward to getting started. At the age I’m at now, I need to be playing games on a regular basis and scoring goals.”
1 Gary Neville enjoys a laugh with England players in training Gary Neville’s appointment as the Valencia head coach until the end of the season came as a surprise to most of us.It’s undoubtedly a gutsy move from the Manchester United legend who has won a legion of fans thanks to his superb punditry on Sky Sports.But now, as football fans face up to the realisation they won’t be hearing Neville’s dulcet tones on their televisions any more, there were plenty of hilarious reactions on Twitters.So here at talkSPORT we’ve taken a look at some of the best memes and vines doing the rounds following the news.You can check out the funniest of the bunch below…
1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho is convinced he will be the next Manchester United manager, according to widespread reports.The former Chelsea boss is being heavily linked with the job at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal under severe pressure.It was revealed last week that United had already held talks with Mourinho’s representatives as they plan for Van Gaal’s possible departure.Now, according to Wednesday’s national newspapers, the 53-year-old has informed friends that it is a ‘done deal’ he will take charge of United.The Daily Telegraph quotes a well-placed source, saying: “Mourinho’s going to Manchester United. It’s a done deal. Chelsea is the only big job up for grabs.”Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, just months after leading the club to the Premier League title.He is desperate to remain in England and has long coveted the United job.Should the Portuguese take charge at Old Trafford, it would reignite his bitter rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Manchester City in the summer.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The school was scheduled to be closed tomorrow because of Thanksgiving and will reopen Monday, Posner said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FULLERTON – The campus of Fullerton College will remain closed today because of a power outage, a campus spokesman said. The outage at the community college at 321 E. Chapman Ave. occurred early this morning, said college spokesman Marc Posner. He said the outage was triggered by a problem that developed on the Southern California Edison grid around 4:45 a.m. and caused a transformer on the campus to burn out. The problem on the grid was expected to be resolved quickly, but the transformer needs replacement parts, he said. As a result, he said, the 1,500 classes scheduled today were cancelled, affecting virtually the entire 20,000- strong student population.
Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture in the Seanad Brian Ó Domhnaill has condemned the decision by the Minister for Agriculture to close the Dairy Equipment Sheep Handling Equipment, Water Harvesting and other Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) to new applications.Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill said: “I cannot understand why the Minister has closed these schemes for new applications given that all three schemes have only been up and running for a short period of time together with the fact that no one farmer has yet been approved or received payment under the scheme.”“The shock suspension of these schemes follows on from major cuts by the New Government to the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS) which is clearly an attack on Agriculture and Rural Ireland by this Government.” “I find it quite unacceptable that schemes which are 50/50 funded by the EU and which would therefore attract EU funding of €45 into the Country would be suspended by this Government. In essence the Governments decision would mean that Irish Farmers are losing out on EU Funding available under the TAMS scheme. In addition to this hundreds of farmers, many of whom were waiting for planning permission to meet scheme conditions, were caught unawares of the shock suspension.”The three schemes include; The €45 Dairy Equipment Scheme – Opened on 1st March and was due to remain open until December 2013. The €8m Sheep Equipment Scheme – Opened last November. Some 810 farmers applied in the first application window. The third application window was mid-way through when the Minister closed the scheme. The €8m Rainwater Harvesting Scheme – Low uptake with less than a dozen applications to date. The €13m pigs and €16m Poultry schemes were the first to open. “The suspension of the schemes now means that for the first time in a generation there is no grant aided farm modernisation scheme available. The decision by the Government flies in the face of the Food Harvest 2020 Report target. ”Ó DOMHNAILL CONDEMNDS CLOSURE OF FARM GRANT SCHEME was last modified: June 14th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Graeme Le Saux insists Claudio Ranieri’s jovial manner is all a front for a man who is actually a ‘ruthless football manager’.The Italian’s Leicester team need three points from their last three matches to land the title and complete their astonishing transformation from relegation favourites to champions.Yet few took the 64-year-old seriously when he was appointed last summer, and his manner in public is of a man who is not taking the Foxes’ title charge too seriously.However, Le Saux – who worked under the Italian at Chelsea – insists Ranieri’s eccentric manner is merely a front for a ‘ruthless’ man willing to do all he needs to do to win.“That’s all veneer, don’t be fooled, that’s part design,” the former defender said.“He’s a very shrewd operator and he wouldn’t shirk a big decision. Behind the smile there’s a ruthless football manager, a guy who is happy to make big decisions.“At Leicester he hasn’t had to, the team picks itself. He’s not had to deal with dropping big names and moving people on. Once he’s established his team and his shape, he’s been the polar opposite to what we were calling him, the Tinkerman.”The ‘Tinkerman’ nickname came around when Ranieri was in charge at Stamford Bridge, with the Italian refusing to settle on a best XI, and often making strange subsitutions in games which costs positive results.On this subject, Le Saux added: “Did he tinker too much? Yes, and it’s frustrating as a player when you work on a system all week and on the day of the game he changes it. But that’s not a criticism of who he is now“When he took over I wasn’t prepared to bring those flaws out because it was 12 years since I worked with him, so I thought ‘give him a chance’, and obviously I won’t be the one wearing my pants on a TV show any time soon.” Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri 1
Michael O’Neill claims Northern Ireland and Wales will serve up a “good old-fashioned British game” in the French capital and he wants his players to feed off the hype surrounding the last-16 tie.The two British countries, who are both debutants in the tournament, meet for a place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 at the Parc des Princes in a game which will be officiated by England’s Martin Atkinson.Coleman’s team have already faced a home nation in France in the shape of England and he has urged his players not to get caught up in the emotional aspect of another fixture against near neighbours.Yet O’Neill refuted the notion he would do the same, insisting instead that such an atmosphere must act as a catalyst.“I want my team to play with loads of emotion; I want them to fully understand the significance of the game,” he said.“When you look at our performances, especially in the latter two games, you couldn’t question the effort of the team from the first minute to the last minute.“I don’t think you can play without emotion. I don’t expect my team to and I think it will be a big factor in the game tomorrow night.“It will be like a cup tie, but whether it’s like a Premier League team going to a Championship team…that’s irrelevant.“The main importance is that we make it a cup tie. We were bottom of the simulation rankings and we’re proud of that. We have an English referee and we want everything that is good about the British game in it.“We want to do our best within the rules and we expect a good old-fashioned British game tomorrow night.”A ‘battle of Britain’ certainly emerged 12 years ago in front of 63,500 fans at the Millennium Stadium when three men were sent off inside 22 minutes before the Welsh fought back to claim a 2-2 draw.O’Neill was neither playing or managing in that contest, and his relatable derby experiences come from a comparatively smaller stage.“When I was manager at Brechin, the Brechin-Montrose derby atmosphere was electric with those 500 people,” he joked.“My (derby) record is not something I give a lot of thought to.“We played Scotland recently in a derby game. The games have an edge to them but this would not be different against any other European nation because of the pride at stake.“If me and Chris had been told we would face each other for a place in the quarter final I think both of us would have readily accepted that.”For both managers and many of the players, Saturday’s game will be the biggest of their careers.Asked what he would tell his team prior to kick-off, O’Neill responded: “The message for the team is simple – play the game of your life. We don’t want this to end, we want to be going forward to Lille in the next round.“We have wrung every drop we can out of this experience and we want more.” Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill 1