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Emery says Arsenal can sign only loan players ... and the reason should worry fans

Last week, Arsenal boss Unai Emery said something surprising: "We cannot sign players where we have to make a payment ... we can only make loan signings." That's not what you'd expect to hear from a club that is six points away from fourth place and in danger of finishing outside the Champions League spots for the third successive season after 19 consecutive years of playing in the world's biggest club competition.

Nor is that what you'd expect from a club that ranked sixth in the most recent Deloitte...

Solskjaer shows he can be more than Man United's caretaker. PLUS: trouble ahead for Spurs, praise for Messi

So it's now six wins out of six games for Manchester United under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. And while the first five were eminently winnable, Tottenham away was meant to be the Norwegian's first real test. He passed, again, with flying colors.

He didn't pass because United won -- although that too is important in the hunt for a top four spot -- but because, frankly, it could have been very different if not for David De Gea's string of saves. (Indeed, the xG shows that Tottenham...

Can Solari fix Real Madrid? PLUS: Why Chelsea signed Pulisic; it's time to fix the FA Cup

The last time Real Madrid lost at home to Real Sociedad was on the final weekend of the 2004 season. Florentino Perez was there -- it was his first stint as president, and the wheels had started coming off -- and so was Santi Solari, albeit on the pitch. It was their fifth consecutive defeat and they finished fourth that season.

Sunday's 2-0 home defeat leaves them fifth, 10 points off the pace. It's not a perfect symmetry but there are parallels that go beyond Florentino and Solari. At the...

Soccer wishes for 2019: UEFA and FIFA work together, VAR is improved, fight against racism continues

The New Year brings some new wishes as well as some old ones. We all want better and with the changing of the calendar comes a desire for renewal and a belief that, at least in these first few days of January, even improbable hopes can come true.

This is my sixth year doing this -- check the years for 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions -- and I wish we didn't have to repeat things, but that's the nature of the struggle for a better footballing world. Things take time.

Happy 2019!


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Man City shouldn't worry about gap in Premier League title race. PLUS: Inter will regret Nainggolan deal

I'm not sure that Roy Hodgson reinvented the wheel in leading Crystal Palace past Manchester City on Saturday. Rather, the defeat reminds us that there's a fairly basic blueprint you can use when facing Pep Guardiola. If things break your way and you execute well, you can be successful.

Stay tight, deep and dense at the back and fill your team with the sort of speedsters who are built for the break, like Jeff Schlupp, Max Meyer, Andros Townsend and, of course, Wilfried Zaha. Then, if Kyle Walker...

Will Jose Mourinho ever get another top gig after his Manchester United debacle?

Jose Mourinho has built his career on three pillars: results, cohesion and brand. He survived moments when one of the above was absent. At times, the structure held when two were missing. But with all three pillars crumbling, the edifice came crashing down.

Few managers found a way to drop their achievements into conversation as frequently and casually as Mourinho. They were both a source of pride and a stick with which to beat his rivals. From memorable rants about how his adversaries had won...