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Live updates: There's a Women's Super League title fight ahead of another busy Premier League weekend. Join John Brewin (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueAn important article here on the importance of education and engagement in the fight against homophobia. Education and engagement must continue to play a vital role in football's ongoing fight against homophobia, according to the co-founder of LGBTQ+ fan group Proud Canaries. Norwich is dedicating Saturday's program for their home game against Premier League leaders Manchester City to both LGBTQ+ History Month and the Football v Homophobia campaign. It will feature articles on former Canarias striker Justin Fashanu, who became the first male professional to come out as gay in 1990 while still playing. Di Cunningham helped found the Proud Canaries in 2013, at a time when it felt a lot like LGBTQ+ supporters had "parked identity at the turn when you walk in." "But that in itself was an opportunity because it was an opportunity for other fans around that person to say, 'mate, that's not acceptable', he was reported and treated (by the club) but it wasn't a ban . "Some clubs will say, 'You'll be banned for life for something like that', but football is changing, the world is changing. Earlier this year, the Crown Prosecution Service announced a decision to define the use of the term "prosecutor" in a chant as a homophobic slur. Any fans who chant these words during a game are committing a hate crime and will be prosecuted. Cunningham believes addressing the issues raised head-on can also help educate supporters. "The key is really to understand that people get drawn into these things — with the 'Rent Boy' chant, people don't even know what it means that it's homophobic," she said. "Once you point that out to people, many will say, 'I'm really sorry, you're a fan of my club and I want you to be welcome, so I won't be singing that anymore'. "Other people kind of double down, and they're the difficult ones that say, 'Well, we've always sung it, it's not homophobic, so I'm going to keep singing it.'" Cunningham added, "Our visibility as LGBTQ+ fans , whether at our clubs, national or international level, is changing the game because people realize that football has changed and that we should feel just as welcome as everyone else. "And a lot of people say, 'Thank god we get to see LGBTQ+ fans play football because it makes us feel better and it means the game we love is evolving and keeping up with society'."

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Premier League team news, WSL prep for Chelsea v Arsenal - live!

Live updates: There's a Women's Super League title fight ahead of another busy Premier League weekend. Join John Brewin (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueAn important article here on the importance of education and engagement in the fight against homophobia. Education and engagement must continue to play a vital role in football's ongoing fight against homophobia, according to the co-founder of LGBTQ+ fan group Proud Canaries. Norwich is dedicating Saturday's program for their home game against Premier League leaders Manchester City to both LGBTQ+ History Month and the Football v Homophobia campaign. It will feature articles on former Canarias striker Justin Fashanu, who became the first male professional to come out as gay in 1990 while still playing. Di Cunningham helped found the Proud Canaries in 2013, at a time when it felt a lot like LGBTQ+ supporters had "parked identity at the turn when you walk in." "But that in itself was an opportunity because it was an opportunity for other fans around that person to say, 'mate, that's not acceptable', he was reported and treated (by the club) but it wasn't a ban . "Some clubs will say, 'You'll be banned for life for something like that', but football is changing, the world is changing. Earlier this year, the Crown Prosecution Service announced a decision to define the use of the term "prosecutor" in a chant as a homophobic slur. Any fans who chant these words during a game are committing a hate crime and will be prosecuted. Cunningham believes addressing the issues raised head-on can also help educate supporters. "The key is really to understand that people get drawn into these things — with the 'Rent Boy' chant, people don't even know what it means that it's homophobic," she said. "Once you point that out to people, many will say, 'I'm really sorry, you're a fan of my club and I want you to be welcome, so I won't be singing that anymore'. "Other people kind of double down, and they're the difficult ones that say, 'Well, we've always sung it, it's not homophobic, so I'm going to keep singing it.'" Cunningham added, "Our visibility as LGBTQ+ fans , whether at our clubs, national or international level, is changing the game because people realize that football has changed and that we should feel just as welcome as everyone else. "And a lot of people say, 'Thank god we get to see LGBTQ+ fans play football because it makes us feel better and it means the game we love is evolving and keeping up with society'."

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Premier League team news, WSL prep for Chelsea v Arsenal - live!

Live updates: There's a Women's Super League title fight ahead of another busy Premier League weekend. Join John Brewin (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeaguePlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Live updates: There's a Women's Super League title fight ahead of another busy Premier League weekend. Bad news for Everton in a relegation battle. Yerry Mina is expected to be out for two months after suffering an injury at Newcastle on Tuesday. Demarai won't be fit for Leeds but with any luck he should be fit next week. Chelsea need to learn a lesson to silence Palmeiras and clinch first world title available to Zouma for Leicester trip says Moyes West Ham boss David Moyes says Kurt Zouma remains available for selection as he his line-up plans for Sunday's trip to Leicester Moyes drew criticism Moyes said: "Yes, he's available to play Leicester. We as a club made that decision and I stand by it. "I don't think so that the club could act more or faster. He's a really good boy - we're going to help him and try to give him as much help as we can. We'll do everything we can to make sure Kurt is safe looking into it and getting better and understanding.” Thanks Dave for your hard work. Here is another comment from David Moyes about the PA Media reporter. But I understand why people would be disappointed with the decision to play him." #whufc - Andy Sims (@AndyCSims) February 11, 2022 Right, that's it from me. I'll hand you over to Mr .John Brewin Derby have announced they have reached an agreement between their former owner Mel Morris and Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson over the Teesside club's legal claim against the Rams Derby was placed under the administration and the sale of the club to new ownership has been complicated in part by claims from Middlesbrough and Wycombe The club said details of the agreement between Morris and Gibson were not available ahead of the sides' meeting in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday with the Quantuma administrators said news of the agreement follows the release of a lengthy statement by Morris last Friday rde and an invitation to Boro and Wycombe to assert their claims against him in person in the High Court. Morris said this would allow his old club "to carry on for the good of the fans, the city of Derby, the sport and the EFL". Details of the deal were not released but Derby's statement said Morris and Gibson had been interested in developing it ahead of Saturday's game at Riverside Stadium. "The allegation was clearly a cause of major concern for both sets of fans, particularly those of Derby County," the statement said. "The fact that a resolution has been discussed and agreed should be comforting to both groups of supporters." Advancing plans to sell the club." Administrator Carl Jackson added: "We are delighted to see that an acceptable solution has been found, allowing us to move forward with our plans to sell the club." Our vigilant trio of Nick Ames , Paul Doyle and Will Unwin this weekend uncovered 10 things to watch out for in the Premier League. Take a look here: Related: Premier League: 10 things to watch out for this weekend That Wilf Zaha misses a penalty, eh. Despite Zaha puffing his lines spectacularly in the 1-1 draw at Norwich, he remains in the shootout , says Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira. "People always remember the last penalty but if you look at his penalty record it was really good so there's no reason why he should change," said Vieira. Zaha has netted five, scored four and missed one in his Palace career. Wilfried Zaha with one of the misses of the season from the penalty spot ❌ pic.twitter.com/HKKYk4lg8s - Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 10, 2022 To be fair to the Eagles winger, he scored a nice goal to equalize in the Carrow Road, although Vieira wants more goals from him. "I said he needs to score more because he has the ability to do that. He's a player who I believe can do more and score more goals with his skills," said Vieira. “But it's not going to be about himself, he needs the team around him to create those chances or put him in a situation where he can express his talent. “The way we play, the chances we create to be more decisive. He has the ability but the way we play as a team will allow him to do it more often.” Some of Wayne Rooney's reactions to the news that an agreement has been reached between former Derby owner Mel Morris and Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson. "Obviously that was the biggest stumbling block to moving forward," said the Derby coach. “I have been striving to find new owners and this is a big step towards making that possible. "So obviously the next step is for the administrators to get in touch with the preferred bidders and win the right bidder." Connected: Middlesbrough settles legal claims against Derby after talks with Mel Morris. Some stats ahead of today's WSL showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal. After beating Chelsea 3-2 in the opening weekend of this season, Arsenal are looking to complete the WSL double against the Blues for the first time since the 2013 season under boss Shelley Kerr. Chelsea's Pernille Harder has scored more WSL goals against Arsenal than against any other side (3), with all three goals coming in their last two such games. The last player in the competition to score in three straight games against the Gunners was Jane Ross in September 2017. Arsenal's Beth Mead has assisted 35 goals in the Women's Super League and needs one more to top Karen Carney as the player with the most Templates to surpass the history of the competition. Only Toni Duggan (11) has scored more WSL goals against Chelsea than Arsenal's Beth Mead (8), although each of those goals have come in home games and have failed to score in seven away games against the Blues. Jurgen Klopp certainly liked what he saw of new signing Luis Diaz against Leicester last night. Relative: Klopp hails Luis Díaz's first Liverpool start as 'one of the best I've seen' Kane vs Son. Who is more important to Spurs? Try this stat from Opta: Since the first game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in April 2019, Spurs' Son Heung-min has scored (23) and assisted (16) more Premier League goals than any other local player. In fact, the Korean has scored more goals in 50 Premier League games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (23) than in 61 home games for Spurs at Wembley and White Hart Lane combined (22). Son has outperformed Kane at the new stadium. Photo: Peter Cziborra/Action Images/Reuters After scoring the crucial penalty in the Africa Cup of Nations final, it seemed fair to give Sadio Mane some time to soak in the celebrations (not literally; he's beaten down) and to relax after his assignments in Cameroon. Ahead of last night's 2-0 win over Leicester, Jurgen Klopp said: "Sadio is in bed" but hot news: Mane is set to return to training on Friday morning. The Senegalese striker may have noticed how well new signing Luis Diaz played in his position last night and decided it was best to wake up from his slumber. Photo: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters Klopp said on Friday: "Sadio will be available. Emotionally he will still fly high but we have to see how he is. Klopp also confirmed captain Jordan Henderson will be back in the squad for the trip to Burnley after being rested against Leicester with a back problem. Education and engagement must continue to play a vital role in football's ongoing fight against homophobia, according to the co-founder of LGBTQ+ fan group Proud Canaries. Norwich is dedicating Saturday's program for their home game against Premier League leaders Manchester City to both LGBTQ+ History Month and the Football v Homophobia campaign. It will feature articles on former Canarias striker Justin Fashanu, who became the first male professional to come out as gay in 1990 while still playing. Di Cunningham helped found the Proud Canaries in 2013, at a time when it felt a lot like LGBTQ+ supporters had "parked identity at the turn when you walk in." While the prospects are much more inclusive now, she feels football remains "a bit behind the curve". Cunningham told the PA news agency: "We were really, really lucky. "But that in itself was an opportunity because it was an opportunity for other fans around that person to say, 'mate, that's not acceptable', he was reported and treated (by the club) but it wasn't a ban . "Some clubs will say, 'You'll be banned for life for something like that', but football is changing, the world is changing. We need to recognize that and give people the opportunity to change and learn.” Earlier this year, the Crown Prosecution Service announced a decision to define the use of the term “prosecutor” in a chant as a homophobic slur. Any fans who chant these words during a game are committing a hate crime and will be prosecuted. Cunningham believes addressing the issues raised head-on can also help educate supporters. "The key is really to understand that people get drawn into these things — with the 'Rent Boy' chant, people don't even know what it means that it's homophobic," she said. "Once you point that out to people, many will say, 'I'm really sorry, you're a fan of my club and I want you to be welcome, so I won't be singing that anymore'. "Other people kind of double down, and they're the difficult ones that say, 'Well, we've always sung it, it's not homophobic, so I'm going to keep singing it.'" Cunningham added, "Our visibility as LGBTQ+ fans , whether at our clubs, national or international level, is changing the game because people realize that football has changed and that we should feel just as welcome as everyone else. "And a lot of people say 'thank god we get to see LGBTQ+ fans at football because it makes us feel better and it means the game we love is evolving and keeping up with society'." Brighton shines every Game tied 1-1, but ninth in the table with 30 points is far from a seemingly never-ending battle against relegation. Graham Potter has spoken about the club's ambitions in his morning press conference. We have to be realistic, we have to be pragmatic and also ambitious, so it's difficult," said the Brighton manager. Photo: Ashley Western/Colorpsort/REX/Shutterstock When we started our journey here the season before we arrived, the team ended up with 36 points and was probably a third or fourth bottom team in terms of performance. Now we've taken steps and are a bit higher than before, but it wasn't always an obvious journey to the top. “You get a kick in the butt along the way and you have to get off the floor, face all that criticism and move on. When you can do that and things are aligned and you understand what you're trying to achieve as a football club, it's pretty amazing what you can achieve. "So I would never say never, but at the same time I respect the financial game we play. You must keep up the good things you do, keep an open mind, and keep challenging your position. "For example, Swansea were once considered a model Premier League club and then suddenly they were relegated and things aren't looking too good. Again, it's about how you position your club - be strong with your ideas, be guided by the resources you have, be realistic, communicate with the key people, but at the same time be ambitious, because what else is it? "We want to dream, we want to come to the football club to believe that we can win. It's really important, I think, for the fans.” Today's clash between Chelsea and Arsenal WSL is being boosted on social media. Just a note on the healthy number of Twitter followers both teams have: Chelsea 473.6k, Arsenal 409.6k. It's the game day you've all been waiting for... COME ON GUNNERS! 💛 pic.twitter.com/qlOneonDil - Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) February 11, 2022 Here is a remarkable story by Will Unwin about Galatasaray defender Omar Elabdellaoui. Here's your chance to find out more about Arsenal's Rafaelle Souza in this excellent post by Julia Belas Trindade. Could the Brazilian play a key role against Chelsea tonight? Back to Marcelo Bielsa and the Leeds boss who has attacked commercial decisions in football that override player welfare. It's a well-worn path among managers and Bielsa isn't content with Leeds having three games to play in six days when they face Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham. The games are planned in such a way that this aspect is clearly ignored," he said in Friday's press conference. “The commercial aspects and the obligations arising from the sale of the games make the decisions solely dependent on this. Teams face each other under different conditions. “The games are planned without the possibility of recovery and the possible injuries are ignored, but that is the same for everyone. "But the compromises that should be made for the spectacle of the game and for the fairness of the competition is a second thought." His solution: "You guys (the media) know better than we do what the best solution is - less to gamble and admit that less gamble means less revenue. The less revenue there is, the less we all have to earn.” It's back-to-back wins for Newcastle after they followed a 1-0 win at 15th-ranked Leeds with a 3-1 home win over 16th-ranked Everton. Boss Eddie Howe spoke to the press this morning and the chat focused on French dribbling wizard Allan Saint-Maximin, who played a key role in Everton's win. Not quite the image of Maradona against Belgium but it takes a lot of players to stop Saint-Maximin. Photo: Richard Lee/REX/Shutterstock Here's Howe with his wax on Max: "Look at his performance the other day - the cross on Ryan Fraser's goal from a position where there was no room to put the ball in the box was incredible but his overall work rate, commitment and attitude has been very good and if he can hit that consistently then what a player he can be. "There's no doubt he has the talent to do anything he wants to do, but finding that on a consistent basis will be the challenge for any player of his type. It's not easy, but I've been very, very happy with him over the past few weeks. “He is unique as a person and as a player. Every time he steps on the pitch you get the feeling that you don't know exactly what he's going to do and how he can win this game because he's a match winner, there's no doubt about that. "Some of the things he did in his last game I think were extraordinary but I want to see that again and again and more consistently." The eyes tell us Manchester United are still struggling to rise above the ordinary , and so do the numbers. Here's WhoScored's stats expert Josh Wright with a Guardian Sport Network article on the lack of a revolution emerging under Ralf Rangnick. Also read: Manchester United show little sign of improvement under Ralf Rangnick Norwich were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in August, but as The Monkees sang in their unforgettable mid-'80s comeback single, That Was Then (Daniel Farke) and this is now (Dean Smith). Chuck in a couple of FA Cup triumphs over Charlton and Wolves and Smith has guided the Canaries to four wins and a draw in their last six games. Man City, meanwhile, aren't quite setting the world on fire after they've scored just seven goals in their last five Premier League starts, although, to be fair, Pep Guardiola's leaders have picked up 13 points from 15 in those games. Here's Smith: "I'm not going to upset Pep again by suggesting they're the best team in the world, but they're certainly up there. They're a very good team, star-studded everywhere, and whichever team they field, you know it's going to be a challenge. “But there is also an opportunity for players – all players want to compete with the best. Hopefully then you can go and do the right thing, then you'll have a bit of luck on our way. Smith has also lent his support to Jack Grealish. The pair were at Aston Villa together but Grealish has only scored twice in the Premier League this season following his £100m move in the summer. "Jack is going to be a top-top player - and he's shown moments at City. He'd like to find more consistency in the team there, but he's playing in the midst of a roster of star players there and he's one of them himself. "He's enjoying the experience and working with people like Pep Guardiola, he's learning more and more. Jack is a top talent and a top kid too – and anyone who's worked with him will tell you that.” Arsenal are back at the top of the table, although I'm talking about sending off players here. The Dirty Gunners topped the 2019/20 red card chart with five, were second (again with five) behind Brighton last season and are now setting the pace alongside Aston Villa with three this season after Gabriel Martinelli last night was sent off. As Ben Fisher described it in his match report: “Arsenal had the Wolves at a distance but Martinelli received two yellow cards within seconds – the first for interfering with a throw-in and the second for a hot-headed drive on Chiquinho – to set up a nervous crescendo . 'It's the first time I've seen a red card like this in 18 years' - Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 11, 2022 Team news from Leeds and boss Marcelo Bielsa has given an update on the pivot in midfield (I like that word) Kalvin Phillips. "He is expected to return in the first days of March and his recovery has been as predicted," said Bielsa soberly ahead of Saturday's trip to Everton. He's not the only Leeds player with a gammy hammie. Before we continue with some press conference chats and team news, let's get back to what happened in WSL last weekend. It prepares the big game well tonight. "A draw or even a defeat in both directions is not necessarily decisive," says the blues boss. We have a John Brewin MBM tonight just to mark your cards. Also read: Chelsea's Hayes shrugs off pressure ahead of Arsenal title fight Speaking of Portugal, things didn't go too well for Bruno Lage and Wolves last night. A quick throwback to last night when Diogo Jota proved once again that he is the most prolific Portuguese forward in the Premier League (12 top division goals to Ronaldo's 8). As for the other important games this weekend... Opinions on who will win the Premier League are divided. Liverpool fans still believe they could be: a game in hand and a chance to win at the Etihad in April could reduce the current nine-point deficit to three. It is doubtful the dispute will have continued after this weekend as the top two will have to play the bottom three (Norwich v Man City and Burnley v Liverpool). As Newcastle gain momentum, the battle for relegation widens. Everton (home of Leeds) and Brentford (home of Crystal Palace) are certainly getting nervous, their best hope being that wily old-timer Roy Hodgson doesn't do any stunts at Watford. For the battle to be the least dire, Manchester United, West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham appear to be taking turns tripping over their own feet. Tommy T's men have no Premier League game this weekend as they take on Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final on Saturday – a huge thing in Brazil; a bit of an afterthought over here. Undoubtedly the importance of Chelsea's home game tonight in the Women's Super League. Emma Hayes' side are home to leaders Arsenal and that could go a long way towards deciding the title. The Gunners, who tended to get away with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United last weekend, have a chance for a fifth lead. But if Chelsea wins, they would go up a point with a game in hand. Your weekend starts here. Let's get this thing up and running...

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The women's Super League faces more twists and turns when Chelsea host Arsenal

Faceoffs between first and second have decided title races in years past, but the Women's Super League is more unpredictable this season (Author: Gardener)

Super LeagueOn the face of it, tonight's clash between Chelsea and Arsenal in the Women's Super League has all the ingredients needed for a classic title decider. We may only be in February but both sides have entered the run-in and face off in this Friday night encounter under the lights of Kingsmeadow, separated by two points and less than 10 games to go this season. A win for Chelsea would see the reigning WSL champions overtake Arsenal to top the table for the first time this season and with a game in hand. Arsenal need an answer after dropping points in three of their last four league games and restoring their four-point lead at the top looks set to put the Gunners in a dominant position. A London derby between Chelsea and Arsenal is a big game no matter what, but while the debate over expanding the WSL rages on, the reality is that a 12-team league and 22-game season will result in clashes between those teams at the top Table carries an even greater importance. Chelsea won the title by two points last season and their second consecutive championship was effectively sealed when they defeated Manchester City in a 2-2 draw last April. Head-to-head results between the top four teams effectively determined who finished as champions, with Chelsea only losing points in one more game to a team in the bottom eight. It's tempting, therefore, to view tonight's clash in a similar light, but that would mean ignoring the twists and turns that have made this WSL one of the most unpredictable of recent years. Since early December, Arsenal have been beaten by bottom-placed Birmingham City and Chelsea have lost to Reading, with their lead in the title race appearing to fluctuate week by week. It's not just a two-horse race either. Manchester United are finding impressive form under Mark Skinner to emerge as a potential contender, with Tottenham Hotspur just a point further behind. Their opening day win over Chelsea at the Emirates set the tone for the start of the season and immediately made them the side to be chased by the rest of the chasing pack and Chelsea in particular. Arsenal won their first six games, scoring 23 goals and playing free-flowing attacking football. Looking back at the first few weeks of the season, however, there were indications that Arsenal's form was unsustainable. Chelsea appear poised to take advantage and it would be an ominous statement from Emma Hayes' champions if they reached the front at this point. However, the Blues have shown weakness at times this season, particularly during a difficult period around the turn of the year when they were eliminated from the Champions League group stage after a 4-0 defeat by Wolfsburg. Hayes' side are yet to rediscover their full flow of play and Sunday's dismal 1-0 win over Manchester City was a sign Chelsea are ready to put an end to that. The win certainly had all the hallmarks of a seasoned champion. It was a test and if Chelsea pass it against Arsenal they will be on pole, although the rest of the league still believe they can upset them in the future. Chelsea still have two games to play against Spurs, as did Manchester United on the last day. Before that, however, Chelsea and Arsenal will take center stage. It's a great game that deserves its own spot for maximum attention on a Friday night, but it's also telling in that it doesn't feel like the campaign's defining duel.

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Premier League team news and WSL prep for Chelsea v Arsenal - live!

Live updates: There's a Women's Super League title fight ahead of another busy Premier League weekend. Join David Tindall (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Live updates: There's a Women's Super League title fight ahead of another busy Premier League weekend. It's back-to-back wins for Newcastle after they followed a 1-0 win at 15th-ranked Leeds with a 3-1 home win over 16th-ranked Everton. Boss Eddie Howe spoke to the press this morning and the chat focused on French dribbling wizard Allan Saint-Maximin, who played a key role in Everton's win. Not quite the image of Maradona against Belgium but it takes a lot of players to stop Saint-Maximin. Photo: Richard Lee/REX/Shutterstock Here's Howe with his wax on Max: "Look at his performance the other day - the cross on Ryan Fraser's goal from a position where there was no room to put the ball in the box was incredible but his overall work rate, commitment and attitude has been very good and if he can hit that consistently then what a player he can be. "There's no doubt he has the talent to do anything he wants to do, but finding that on a consistent basis will be the challenge for any player of his type. “He is unique as a person and as a player. Every time he steps on the pitch you get the feeling that you don't know exactly what he's going to do and how he can win this game because he's a match winner, there's no doubt about that. "Some of the things he did in his last game I think were extraordinary but I want to see that again and again and more consistently." The eyes tell us Manchester United are still struggling to rise above the ordinary , and so do the numbers. Here's WhoScored's stats expert Josh Wright with a Guardian Sport Network article on the lack of a revolution emerging under Ralf Rangnick. Also read: Manchester United show little sign of improvement under Ralf Rangnick Norwich were beaten 5-0 by Manchester City in August, but as The Monkees sang in their unforgettable mid-'80s comeback single, That Was Then (Daniel Farke) and this is now (Dean Smith). Chuck in a couple of FA Cup triumphs over Charlton and Wolves and Smith has guided the Canaries to four wins and a draw in their last six games. Man City, meanwhile, aren't quite setting the world on fire after they've scored just seven goals in their last five Premier League starts, although, to be fair, Pep Guardiola's leaders have picked up 13 points from 15 in those games. Here's Smith: "I'm not going to upset Pep again by suggesting they're the best team in the world, but they're certainly up there. They're a very good team, star-studded everywhere, and whichever team they field, you know it's going to be a challenge. “But there is also an opportunity for players – all players want to compete with the best. Hopefully then you can go and do the right thing, then you'll have a bit of luck on our way. Smith has also lent his support to Jack Grealish. The pair were at Aston Villa together but Grealish has only scored twice in the Premier League this season following his £100m move in the summer. "Jack is going to be a top-top player - and he's shown moments at City. He'd like to find more consistency in the team there, but he's playing in the midst of a roster of star players there and he's one of them himself. "He's enjoying the experience and working with people like Pep Guardiola, he's learning more and more. Jack is a top talent and a top kid too – and anyone who's worked with him will tell you that.” Arsenal are back at the top of the table, although I'm talking about sending off players here. The Dirty Gunners topped the 2019/20 red card chart with five, were second (again with five) behind Brighton last season and are now setting the pace alongside Aston Villa with three this season after Gabriel Martinelli last night was sent off. As Ben Fisher described it in his match report: “Arsenal had the Wolves at a distance but Martinelli received two yellow cards within seconds – the first for interfering with a throw-in and the second for a hot-headed drive on Chiquinho – to set up a nervous crescendo . "This is the first time I've seen a red card like this in 18 years" - Football Daily (@footballdaily) February 11, 2022 Sadio Mane is taking some time to (not literally; he's totally freaked out) feel the celebrations inside and to relax after his hardships in Cameroon. Ahead of last night's 2-0 win over Leicester, Jurgen Klopp said: "Sadio is in bed" but hot news: Mane is set to return to training on Friday morning. The Senegalese striker may have noticed how well new signing Luis Diaz played in his position last night and decided it was best to wake up from his slumber. Photo: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters Klopp said on Friday: "Sadio will be available. Emotionally he will still fly high but we have to see how he is. Klopp also confirmed captain Jordan Henderson will be back in the squad for the trip to Burnley after being rested against Leicester with a back problem. Team news from Leeds and boss Marcelo Bielsa has given an update on midfield pivot (I like that word) Kalvin Phillips. "He is expected to return in the first days of March and his recovery has been as predicted," said Bielsa soberly ahead of Saturday's trip to Everton. He's not the only Leeds player with a gammy hammie. Before we continue with some press conference chats and team news, let's get back to what happened in WSL last weekend. It prepares the big game well tonight. Also read: Chelsea's Hayes shrugs off pressure ahead of Arsenal title fight Speaking of Portugal, things didn't go too well for Bruno Lage and Wolves last night. A quick throwback to last night when Diogo Jota proved once again that he is the most prolific Portuguese forward in the Premier League (12 top division goals to Ronaldo's 8). As for the other important games this weekend... Opinions on who will win the Premier League are divided. Liverpool fans still believe they could be: a game in hand and a chance to win at the Etihad in April could reduce the current nine-point deficit to three. Everyone else says Man City. It is doubtful the dispute will have continued after this weekend as the top two will have to play the bottom three (Norwich v Man City and Burnley v Liverpool). As Newcastle gain momentum, the battle for relegation widens. Everton (home of Leeds) and Brentford (home of Crystal Palace) are certainly getting nervous, their best hope being that wily old-timer Roy Hodgson doesn't do any stunts at Watford. For the battle to be the least dire, Manchester United, West Ham, Arsenal and Tottenham appear to be taking turns tripping over their own feet. At the moment it is nobody. Tommy T's men have no Premier League game this weekend as they take on Palmeiras in the Club World Cup final on Saturday – a huge thing in Brazil; a bit of an afterthought over here. Undoubtedly the importance of Chelsea's home game tonight in the Women's Super League. Emma Hayes' side are home to leaders Arsenal and that could go a long way towards deciding the title. The Gunners, who tended to get away with a 1-1 draw against Manchester United last weekend, have a chance for a fifth lead. But if Chelsea wins, they would go up a point with a game in hand. Your weekend starts here. Let's get this thing going... 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Red card and guts: Wolves' win shows why Arsenal don't finish in the top four

Arsenal were away from action for over two weeks before that game against Wolves – but after the final whistle it felt like they had never been away. There were brilliant flashes from youngsters like Bukayo Saka, clear evidence Arsenal need to sign a new striker and plenty of defensive prowess. (Author: Gardener)

fourArsenal were away from action for over two weeks before that game against Wolves – but after the final whistle it felt like they had never been away. Mikel Arteta described the three points that propelled Arsenal to fifth in the Premier League as "a good summary of who we are today" and it's hard to disagree considering that performance had a lot of the hallmarks that we expect from this team. There were brilliant flashes from youngsters like Bukayo Saka, clear evidence Arsenal need to sign a new striker and plenty of defensive prowess. Also of concern was the trend for a lack of discipline as Gabriel Martinelli took the number of red cards since Mikel Arteta was put at 15. "We have some really good players but we were inconsistent at times," said Arteta. “We scored a good goal and we were in total control in an action that all started with a free kick where we are in control and we're a bit naive and we've got 10 men for 20 minutes. Of the red cards Arsenal amassed under Arteta, last night was certainly one of the toughest. Play resumed and as Martinelli rushed back, he tripped Chiquinho to stop Wolves from counterattacking. Referee Michael Oliver wooed Martinelli twice, once for each offense, within seconds and the winger was given his marching orders. Arteta and his staff were marginally incredulous, and the Spaniard added having never seen such a sacking in his career. "I think you have to be pretty prepared to give a red card in that situation," he said. Arteta wants talks with the PGMOL, the referees' governing body, about last night's decisions and other decisions, but he also needs to talk to his own players. 15 red cards are clear evidence of a discipline problem and Arsenal cannot allow their top four hopes to derail. "We know with 10 players in this league you're not going to get points, enough points, the points we want and we have to stop it," Arteta said. Ultimately, Martinelli's red card didn't stop Arsenal from getting the job done last night. However, the red card gave them hope and Arsenal had to put their bodies on the line in the final 20 minutes. Rob Holding, who came on for Saka after Martinelli's dismissal, led the rear and made nine clearances during that time, three more than any other player in the entire game. Arsenal partied wildly after full-time, prompting Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves to quip: 'It was like they won the league'. Arsenal just need to ensure their defensive trend continues - and not their lack of discipline.

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Mikel Arteta demands explanation from Premier League officials on fourth red of 2022

Arsenal held out at Wolves with 10 men for the last 20 minutes to win 1-0 and move up to fifth place; Gabriel Martinelli was sent off for two bookable offenses in the same period; "I've never seen anything like it," Gunners boss Mikel Arteta said after the win (Author: Gardener)

Premier LeagueMikel Arteta has demanded answers from PGMOL, the Premier League's official refereeing body, about the back of Arsenal's fourth red card in six games. The Gunners were able to last the final 20 minutes at Wolves without Martinelli to win 1-0 and move up to fifth in the Premier League after top-four rivals Manchester United and Tottenham dropped points earlier in the week. The Gunners have had a long-standing red card problem under Arteta, but with this fourth game in six, the Arsenal boss suggested raising the issue with the group Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which runs refereeing for the Premier League. At his post-match press conference, Arteta said: "I'm not happy with the decisions we've made this season, but that's a discussion I'll have with the officials. "I need an explanation for what happened today has happened. Those discussions will happen soon." Although Arteta was amused by Oliver's decision, he also made it clear that his players must avoid facing similar situations. Asked how he plans to keep his players from being sent off, the said Arsenal manager told BT Sport : "I've run out of ideas." Winning four games like this [after a red card] is extremely difficult. "But today something happened that I've never seen in my career. I'm glad we managed to win the game. I've never seen anything like it. "We've had to play 11 in the last 16 games Playing players - that will be key to give us the best possible chance of winning football matches." Arsenal fought hard throughout the game, which proved a difficult proposition against a potential top-four rivals in Molineux, however they dug in to get their first win of the new year and Arteta was delighted with the performance."I'm very happy with the result because it's a great result for us away against a very good side who made few mistakes makes and is very dangerous," said Arteta. "The red card changes the context. Today was another example, but there are so many. Arsenal defender Gabriel's goal proved crucial at Molineux but Wolves demanded it not be allowed and the hosts claimed Alexandre Lacazette fouled goalkeeper Jose Sa in the pre-season. They also felt pretty shattered when Arsenal's Granit Xhaka headed into his own net but Raul Jimenez was ruled to have disrupted the game from an offside position. Lage felt his side had done enough to deserve the three points but were let down by the referees: "I think we were the better team, the pace we put into the game was very good," he told BT Sport. "In the end we didn't score but I think we managed to score [the disallowed goal]. I think it was two strange decisions, both goals. That doesn't justify everything because I think we have a lot of chances to score played out. But the situations were very strange, especially our goal. The picture is clear to me, I think. The striker kicked Jose Sa's hand and they move on and score after that. I think it's so clear, I don't know whether the situation went to VAR. I think that was a strange decision." Tottenham host Wolves at 2pm on Sunday while Arsenal are next in action at home to Brentford on Saturday 19 February; Kick-off 3 p.m

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Chelsea vs. Arsenal: The WSL's fiercest rivalry

Both teams are packed with global superstars and quite contrasting coaches (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaFebruary may sound far too early in the year to bill a game as a "decider," but the smaller number of teams in the WSL means that after Friday's sell-out competition, one of the teams will know they've lost the title is their hands with only eight full rounds remaining. And neither side will want to understand the idea of ​​the other enjoying glory in May. 15-time English champions, Arsenal are the country's most historic women's club, but Chelsea, the dominant force of the professional era, have seen the happier times of modern times, winning the WSL trophy four times. September's second leg of the season's opening weekend ended in a thrilling 3-2 win for Arsenal, and with that game's terrific individual goals, controversial refereeing decisions and Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall's kneeling celebration near Chelsea's technical zone after Full-time , it set the tone for a blossoming rivalry that has blossomed. Chelsea manager Emma Hayes joked that she was "purring" after her side's 3-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup final in December, days after Eidevall admitted to being superstitious about black cats. There is also respect between the two managers, with Eidevall applauding Hayes' work in the game when asked about her MBE from the New Year's Honors list. But behind the scenes, it has emerged that many of the discussions between clubs and the Football Association on everything from picking kick-off times for broadcasts to rearranged match dates had a fierce competitive edge, with neither club wanting the other a "competitive advantage" with varying amounts of rest days between games. A source described the atmosphere as "very tense" and said it has taken longer to agree rescheduled game dates this season than in any previous WSL campaign. Nonetheless, Hayes, who was Arsenal's assistant when they won the European Championship in 2007, says they are "undoubtedly" the best Arsenal team in recent years, adding: "They have shown consistency and [showed] the courage to go into the To stay in play. There's no denying they were at the top for a reason and the rest of us must try to emulate him. Both teams are packed with global superstars, from Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema to Chelsea's Sam Kerr - who are once again the league's top two scorers this season - right down to their rather contrasting managers Hayes, in charge of Chelsea in her 10th season, is the league's established figure compared to the 39-year-old former Rosengard manager Eidevall, who is in his first season in English football after taking charge last summer The Swede's fiery passion was also evident at times, and he was booked numerous times during this tenure for verbal sparring with officials. When asked if he felt his passion was sometimes misinterpreted, Eidevall replied, "I can't really control how other people interpret me. Unfortunately, I'm not perfect, but I'm trying to learn from it." Hayes had nothing but praise for her counterpart on Thursday, saying, "He's a passionate, emotional leader. For us to be the best league in the world we need the best managers and he's done a great job." That intense determination could aid his side's ability to fight back late in games, as recent comebacks have shown in which They have drawn late in their last three games against both Manchester clubs, but it is also true that Arsenal's form has fallen sharply since December. In all competitions they have lost five, drawn two and won three of their last 10 games. Bookmakers have defending champions Chelsea as clear favorites to take the title but Eidevall declined to predict Friday's result, adding: "I don't know because I don't have a crystal ball. I'm not afraid to lose, which means we want to win. It's about trying to win the game and not being afraid of losing. "We have to believe that we're going to play this game to win and that can't be 70 or 80 percent. It doesn't work that way, it has to be 100 percent; 100 percent belief in the way we're going to play. We will express ourselves in which direction the title will go.”

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Arteta seeks PGMOL red card discussion

Mikel Arteta has demanded answers from PGMOL, the Premier League's official refereeing body, about the back of Arsenal's fourth red card in six games. (Author: Gardener)

ArtetaMikel Arteta has demanded answers from PGMOL, the Premier League's official refereeing body, about the back of Arsenal's fourth red card in six games. The Gunners were able to last the final 20 minutes at Wolves without Martinelli to win 1-0 and move up to fifth in the Premier League after top-four rivals Manchester United and Tottenham dropped points earlier in the week. The Gunners have had a long-standing red card problem under Arteta, but with this fourth game in six, the Arsenal boss suggested raising the issue with the group Professional Game Match Officials Limited, which runs refereeing for the Premier League. Wolves 0-1 Arsenal - Match Report How the teams lined up | Match StatsPremier League Matches | Results | Table At his post-match press conference, Arteta said: "I'm not happy with the decisions we've made this season, but that's a discussion I'll have with the officials. "I need an explanation of what happened today. Those discussions will happen soon." Although Arteta was amused by Oliver's decision, he also made it clear that his players must avoid facing similar situations. Asked how he plans to keep his players from being sent off, the said Arsenal manager told BT Sport : "I've run out of ideas." Winning four games like this [after a red card] is extremely difficult. "But today something happened that I've never seen in my career. I'm glad we managed to win the game. "We have to play with 11 players in the last 16 games - that will be the key to give us the best possible chance of winning football games." "I'm proud to be the coach of these lads" Arsenal fought hard throughout the game, which proved to be a rough affair at Molineux against a potential top-four rivals emerged but they dug in to take their first win of the new year and Arteta was delighted with the performance."I'm very happy with the result because it's a great result for us away against a very good team, who makes few mistakes and is very dangerous," said Arteta. "The red card changes the context. Today was another example, but there are so many. I'm proud to be the coach of these players." Situation unhappy with "two strange decisions" Arsenal defender Gabriel's goal proved crucial at Molineux but Wolves demanded it not be allowed. The hosts claimed Alexandre Lacazette fouled goalkeeper Jose Sa in the run-up They also felt hurt when Arsenal's Granit Xhaka headed into his own net, but Raul Jimenez is said to have disrupted the game from an offside position deserved the three points but was let down by the referees."I think we were the better team, the pace we put into the game was very good," he told BT Sport. "In the end we didn't score, but I think we scored [the disallowed goal]. I think it was two strange decisions, both goals. It doesn't justify everything because I think we created a lot of scoring chances. But the situations were very strange, especially our goal. I think the picture is clear. I think it's so clear I don't know if the situation went to VAR. It was a strange decision, I think." Tottenham host Wolves at 2pm on Sunday, while Arsenal are next in action at home against Brentford on Saturday 19 February; kick-off 3pm

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Wright dismisses Arsenal's undisciplined claims and names 'favourites' for fourth place

Ian Wright hit back when it was claimed Arsenal had a "disciplinary problem" after the side beat Wolves, although the 1-0 win made Gabriel Martinelli the fourth player to be sent off in just six games. (Author: Gardener)

WrightIan Wright hit back when it was claimed Arsenal had a "disciplinary problem" after the side beat Wolves, although Gabriel Martinelli became their fourth player to be sent off in just six games in the 1-0 win. Gabriel Magalhaes broke the stalemate midway through the first half at Molineux and the visitors survived a barrage of late attacks to seal all three points with just 10 men on the field, their third away win in the Premier League. The Gunners had to dig deep to secure the win after Martinelli was shown a bizarre red card for two bookable offenses in the same passage of the game in the 69th minute of the clash. The Brazilian's first yellow was for a jab at Daniel Podence and his second came after a foul on Chiquinho just moments later, while Wolves pushed forward in search of an equaliser. It means Arsenal have four players sent off in 2022 and have had a total of 15 red cards since Arteta's reign began in December 2019, seven more than any other Premier League club during that period. Asked if he was concerned about Arsenal's record red card shortly after the win, club legend Wright told Premier League Productions: "Not really, especially when you look at this one and look at what [Granit] Xhaka did. But at the same time you look at them and we're not talking about players flying in and doing dumb challenges and stuff like that. "I think that's what people will try and say, but that's not the case." The result saw Arsenal edge Manchester United into fifth place and Arteta's men are now just a point behind West Ham in the table, but with two games in hand . "It matters a lot because Arsenal are in a place that a lot of people didn't think they were," Wright added. "When the season started with Arsenal signings people said things like, 'He's a waste of money! Why did they spend so much money on him?!” and he kind of has the team … considering how they started, three losses and bottom of the table, and then they started to get it going and the players started to find her feet. 'That was a very, very good performance in terms of digging in and getting a result and now Arsenal just have to do what they do, score a few more goals and see if they can stick with it. "There are people who slip and that's all you can do. Just win your games, if it's 1-0 then it's 1-0. If you go somewhere and play the teams around you, as long as you don't lose, you stick with it and that's all Arsenal have to do now." When asked which club is the favorite for fourth place, Wright replied : 'I'd say West Ham are favourites, because West Ham are right there.' MORE: 'I've run out of ideas!' - Mikel Arteta opens up on Arsenal's lack of discipline after Wolves win

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