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Daily Nation : February 2nd 2014
SUNDAY NATION February 2, 2014 BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his side to apply pressure on their Premier League title rivals by reclaiming top spot with victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday. The Gunners lost their place at the summit of the table to Manchester City following their mid-week 2-2 draw at Southampton. While Arsenal dropped points at St Mary’s last Tuesday, City were rampant in a 5-1 mauling of Tottenham Hotspur 24 hours later. But Wenger hopes his men can get back to winning ways immediately at the Emirates Stadium against Tony Pulis’s resurgent outfit. That will restore a two-point advantage for the Gunners over nearest rivals City, who host third-place Chelsea on Monday. “That’s our target,” Wenger said. “Can you win the next game if you give absolutely everything? Yes, so let’s do it. “It is a great opportunity for us to win our game and respond to our draw at Southampton. “At the moment they (City) are on fire. But I believe we have just to focus on our own run because if you look at the schedule, if we are consistent we have a good chance to do it. “You cannot speculate on any weakness in Man City in the coming months. So let’s focus on us.” BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE | Visitors claim big victory as MOyes’s charges fail to deliver Woeful Red Devils fall again Sport 47 BRIEFLY LONDON Derby stroll maintains Sunderland cruise Adam Johnson continued his rich run of form as Sunderland claimed a second successive 3-0 away win over Tyne-Wear derby foes Newcastle United in the Premier League yesterday. Gus Poyet’s side won for the sixth time in their last eight games to climb further clear of danger as they made it three consecutive league victories in this fixture for the first time since 1923. It is a different story for Alan Pardew, as the Newcastle manager suffered a third straight loss in the battle for northeast bragging rights. LONDON Nolan double lifts Hammers out troule Kevin Nolan lifted West Ham United out of the Premier League relegation zone as the midfielder’s double strike clinched a 2-0 win over Swansea City yesterday. Sam Allardyce’s team secured only their fifth league victory this season thanks to two first-half goals from Nolan at Upton Park. The Hammers couldn’t relax until the final whistle however as they had to survive the final 30 minutes without England striker Andy Carroll, who was sent off for violent conduct following a clash with Swansea’s Chico Flores. MADRID Bale out of Madrid trip to Atletico Bilbao C Welsh winger Gareth Bale PHOTO | AFP Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam (centre) celerates after scoring the opening goal that took a deflection from Manchester United’s English midfielder Michael Carrick during the English Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium yesterday. stoke wo 2-1. Battling Stoke City Champions at Old Trafford in thrilliner London since 1984 on a miserable afternoon for the champions. United started with Juan Mata, C Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney for the first time but fell behind when Adam’s free-kick flew in off Michael Carrick. Van Persie levelled with a neat finish just after half-time. But Adam immediately restored harlie Adam’s double strike gave Stoke their first league win over Manchester United Stoke’s lead in spectacular style with a fierce 25-yard strike into the top corner. Arsenal signed Sweden midfielder Kim Kallstrom on loan until the end of the season from Russian club Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger moved for Kallstrom on Friday as he looked to add depth to a midfield hit by injuries to Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere and Mathieu Flamini’s suspension. The 31-year-old, who has also played for BK Hacken, Djurgardens and Rennes, has a wealth of experience at the highest level after starring at French club Lyon. Kallstrom made over 200 appear- ances for Lyon, winning the Ligue 1 title twice and helping the club reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2009-10. He has also won 108 caps for Sweden and appeared in the European Championships in 2004, 2008 and 2012, as well as the 2006 World Cup. Impressobe pedigree Wenger believes Kallstrom’s impressive pedigree will make him a valuable addition as the Gunners, currently second in the Premier League, look to end their long trophy drought. “Kim Kallstrom is a hugely-experi- enced player,” Wenger told Arsenal’s website. “He is a midfielder with proven qual- ity at both club and international level. We welcome Kim to Arsenal.” Although Kallstrom has appeared for Spartak Moscow in this season’s Europa League at the play-off stage, when they were eliminated by Swiss club St Gallen, Arsenal say he will be eligible for the Gunners for the remainder of this season’s Champions League campaign. With a potentially thrilling end to the season in prospect, Kallstrom is determined to help Arsenal finally win silverware after an nine-year drought. “Arsenal is an amazing club with a lot of great players and a coach who has done really well here for a long time,” Kallstrom said. “I am so pleased to come here to learn as much as possible. I’m here to do my best for Arsenal and to help out the team, so we can achieve good results for the last part of the season.” (AFP) Spain Euro 2008-winning coach Aragones dies Madrid RID, Feb 01, 2014 (AFP) - Luis Aragones, the coach of Spain’s 2008 European Championship-winning side, died on Saturday at the age of 75, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced. “The RFEF is sorry to announce the death of Luis Aragones,” read a statement on their website. “The RFEF wants to express its pain and consternation at the death of a man who was a player and coach at a number of Spanish clubs and around the world, and the Spanish national team coach at the beginning of its most glorious era of success at international level.” As well as the Spanish national side, Aragones managed 10 different clubs during a 35-year coaching career and also had a decorated playing career. He is most fondly remembered at Atletico Madrid, where he won three league titles as a player and one as a coach in the 1976/77 season. “Luis Aragones was a great player and coach, but more than that a great person and friend,” said the Atletico president Enrique Cerezo in a statement on the club’s website. “He was an Atletico man above all else. I want to express on behalf of all those at the club our condolences to the family.” His crowning glory came on the international stage, though, in Austria and Switzerland in 2008 when he guided the until-then perennially underachieving will miss a second consecutive game due to a calf injury as Real Madrid travel to fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao in a key La Liga clash on Sunday. Bale was substituted at half- time in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Granada due to the problem and has been unable to train with his teammates all week. The 24-year-old has now missed a total of eight games to injury in four separate spells since joining from Tottenham Hotspur for a reported $122.7million back in September. However, Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident he will be fit in time for the first leg of Real’s Copa del Rey semifinal against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. MIUNICH Scent of surrender as Frankfurt face Bayern There is the unmistakable scent of surrender about relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt’s trip to runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich today. European champions Bayern went into the weekend’s matches with a 13-point lead at the top and it seems only a matter of time before they are confirmed German champions for the 24th time. Bayern can extend their record unbeaten league run to 44 matches at Munich’s Allianz Arena while, at the other end of the table, 14th-placed Frankfurt came into the weekend just two points above the relegation playoff place.
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