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Charlie Adam keeps thanking goodness for his move from Blackpool to one of world football’s most successful teams, Liverpool FC.
Charlie Adam couldn’t use a better word to describe the Merseyside Reds. In an interview with the English press on Thursday, the £7M signing was quoted as saying:
“No disrespect to Blackpool, but the size of this club is ginormous. It's one of THE top ones in the world, one of the elite. There aren't many who would get nearly 40,000 fans watching a training session, 80,000 watching a friendly.
“The reception in Asia, the whole thing, was incredible and shows the size of this place. But that's the expectation of being here.
A breath of fresh air is what they have been and Ian Holloway insists that he is proud of his players despite Blackpool's relegation from the Premier League.
Blackpool were at one point close to doing what no team have done at Old Trafford this season. After all, they became the first away team to score during the first half at Old Trafford when Charlie Adam smacked in a brilliant free-kick past Edwin Van der Sar. However, football showed its cruel side as the Tangerines were eventually swept off by the Premier League champions at the end of the day.
But Holloway was very bold and realistic about the summary of Blackpool season combined with their upcoming challenge in the Championship next season during his post-match interview.
The Premier League title battle may have been decided but the relegation dogfight at the bottom of the table reaches its peak moment this weekend.
Relegation Battle will be the absolute theme of this weekend's action in the Barclays Premier League. Five teams are still in danger of getting relegated and four matches will determine the two teams that will be doomed of playing Championship football alongside the already relegated West Ham United.
Wolves have had a very mixed season and once again, to predict their imminent future is indeed a difficult task considering their inconsistency. Worse still, they face another relegation candidate this weekend in Blackburn Rovers in a do-or-die encounter at the Molineaux.
Home advantage will be a key aspect of their chances as they have only lost once in their last six home games, scoring 13 goals as well. Steven Fletcher is also in red hot form having scored 5 goals in his last five Premier League matches. It all depends on whether Wolves can produce one final performance to secure their spot among the elite for next season.
After a humiliating defeat to Arsenal this season at the Emirates Stadium, Blackpool’s Charlie Adam is hoping to get a positive result in the Scotland vs Brazil friendly, on March 27.
An exciting game seven months ago saw Arsenal FC thrash Premier League new comers Blackpool in London, in front of approximately 60,000 watchers. A hat-trick from Theo Walcott, along with useful contributions by Diaby, Arshavin and Chamakh were just what were needed by the Gunners to sink their visitors; but Charlie Adam is looking forward to much better consequences ahead of his next match at the Emirates Stadium for Scotland against Brazil.
“We don’t want that sort of thing happening again,” he was quoted saying by the Telegraph. “We want to go and perform because everybody watches Brazil worldwide.”
Football’s last day in the January transfer window was crazy. The funniest news, perhaps, is that Tottenham Hotspur failed to sign Blackpool’s Charlie Adam on time. Well, this is no joke!
Initially, the Blackpool captain was hot on Liverpool’s radar. Coach Kenny Dalglish was reportedly so anxious about signing the talented player. However, the Merseyside Reds’ efforts to sign Charlie Adam got blown away by Blackpool.
In their first bid, Liverpool offered £4.5M to the Seasiders – a transfer fee which Blackpool coach Ian Holloway described as “disgraceful”. In their last try, Liverpool added £2M to their first offer but it got rejected as well. The Seasiders were not willing to let Charlie Adam leave for less than £10M.
Manchester City’s “troublesome” Mario Balotelli is going nowhere during the January transfer window, according to agent Mino Raiola. The ex-Internazionale star’s future is at Eastlands... at least, for now.
Following his rather poor display against Everton last Monday – a game which Manchester City lost – rumours that Mario Balotelli had enough of life in England intensified. The Italian international of Ghanaian origins was eventually dropped by Coach Roberto Mancini for the Sky Blues’ next match which they won 3-1 against Newcastle thanks to a Carlos Tevez-inspired performance.
It’s actually been rumoured that the 20-year-old wants to quit Eastlands to join Internazionale’s local rivals AC Milan anytime soon. So when asked about Mario Balotelli’s unwanted behaviour at Manchester City, former Inter Milan boss Mancini told The Sun last Friday:
Concerns regarding Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation have gone higher lately as fans moan over the credibility of current number one goalie Manuel Almunia and second choice Lukasz Fabianski.
Now former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman gave his thoughts as the Gunners work around the clock to solve the issue. He made his point clear while speaking to the media:
“Both Almunia and Fabianski didn’t end the season well. They both made mistakes in high-profile games that effectively cost them the chance of some silverware.”
Presently, reports suggest that Arsenal are looking to replace goalkeeper Manuel Almunia with either Fulham’s goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer or Manchester City’s Shay Given. David Seaman encouraged the Gunner’s choice to land the 37-year-old Australian shot-stopper. He stated:
“He is a great player. He has been tried and tested, and he can make saves that wins you games.”
Arsenal will have to do without versatile midfielder Samir Nasri for at least a month.
The French international picked up a knee injury on Sunday, and it was reported on Wednesday that he would require surgery. This means that Samir Nasri, who displayed remarkable performances for the Gunners during the club’s preseason tour, will miss Arsenal’s next five matches which include a tricky trip to Sunderland in the English Premier League.
A statement from the club on Wednesday read:
“Samir Nasri will today undergo minor surgery on his knee, following a meniscal injury sustained during the match against Liverpool on Sunday. Nasri, who has been in impressive form, will be out of action for a month.”
In the heat of the sun, the clash between this summer’s transfer window issues and the start of the English Premier League season is creating a bit of confusion as English teams all aim to gather concentration and kick off their campaign on a positive note.
Now Wigan Athletic will have to deal with Charles N’Zogbia’s transfer request ahead of the club’s opening English Premier League match against promoted side Blackpool. Fresh reports from Sky Sports News indicated that the midfielder is to hand in his request on Thursday; that is, one day after the player received his first international cap for France in a friendly match against Norway.
Charles N’Zogbia’s style of play characterized by aggression and explosive runs down the flanks attracted Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson a couple of years ago while he was a Newcastle player. In the end, the French international of Congolese descent joined Wigan Athletic last year, and his injury time goal against Arsenal to seal his side’s 3-2 comeback will forever be remembered in the history of the club as it effectively saved the Latics from relegation.