<p class="introduction" id="story_continues_1">Santi Cazorla scored a goal and created another as Arsenal ended Manchester City’s 12-match unbeaten league run and damaged their title hopes.</p>
<p>Spain playmaker Cazorla converted a first-half penalty after Vincent Kompany fouled Nacho Monreal.</p>
<p><a href="http://thegunners247.uk" target="_blank">Arsenal</a> added a second after the break when Cazorla’s free-kick picked out Olivier Giroud and the France striker headed in from close range.</p>
<p>The result left City five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea</p>

Santi Cazorla scored a goal and created another as Arsenal ended Manchester City’s 12-match unbeaten league run and damaged their title hopes.

Spain playmaker Cazorla converted a first-half penalty after Vincent Kompany fouled Nacho Monreal.

Arsenal added a second after the break when Cazorla’s free-kick picked out Olivier Giroud and the France striker headed in from close range.

The result left City five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea

<p class="introduction" id="story_continues_1"><strong>Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says failing to sign Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard remains one of his greatest transfer disappointments.</strong></p>
<p>Mourinho was close to signing the midfielder in his first spell as Chelsea manager in 2005 before Gerrard chose to stay at Anfield.</p>
<p>"We did everything to try [to sign him] and it was almost there," said Mourinho.</p>
<p>"I was dreaming of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield."</p>
<p>Mourinho added: “We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders. Me, Mr Abramovich and [former Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.</p>
<p>"His people were open to him joining a top side like Chelsea. But to me personally he never said he would come. Never.</p>

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says failing to sign Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard remains one of his greatest transfer disappointments.

Mourinho was close to signing the midfielder in his first spell as Chelsea manager in 2005 before Gerrard chose to stay at Anfield.

"We did everything to try [to sign him] and it was almost there," said Mourinho.

"I was dreaming of Claude Makelele, Gerrard and Frank Lampard in midfield."

Mourinho added: “We were playing in a proper triangle without a number 10 and playing Maka in front of the defenders. Me, Mr Abramovich and [former Chelsea chief executive] Peter Kenyon at that time, we dreamed of that.

"His people were open to him joining a top side like Chelsea. But to me personally he never said he would come. Never.

<p class="introduction" id="story_continues_1">West Ham moved back to within four points of the Champions League places after consigning relegation-threatened Hull to a third consecutive defeat.</p>
<p>Steve Bruce’s injury-ravaged Hull had the better of the first half but were badly exposed after the break.</p>
<p>Andy Carroll prodded in after Allan McGregor pushed out Enner Valencia’s shot and a cute Morgan Amalfitano dink from Valencia’s pass doubled the lead.</p>
<p>Stewart Downing then rolled in a third after Alex Song split the Hull defence.</p>

West Ham moved back to within four points of the Champions League places after consigning relegation-threatened Hull to a third consecutive defeat.

Steve Bruce’s injury-ravaged Hull had the better of the first half but were badly exposed after the break.

Andy Carroll prodded in after Allan McGregor pushed out Enner Valencia’s shot and a cute Morgan Amalfitano dink from Valencia’s pass doubled the lead.

Stewart Downing then rolled in a third after Alex Song split the Hull defence.

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<h1 class="story-header">Manuel Pellegrini: Man City can cope without Yaya Toure</h1>
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<p class="introduction" id="story_continues_1">Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has “no doubts” that Yaya Toure remains committed to the club.</p>
<p>And Pellegrini believes his side can cope without the midfielder, 31, while he is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast.</p>
<p>"I don’t think our team depends just on one player," said Pellegrini.</p>
<p>Asked about Toure’s future, the Chilean added: “I think Yaya is 100 per cent committed with our team. I don’t have any doubts about that.”</p>
<p>Speaking in an interview while on international duty earlier on Friday, Toure was asked about his long-term future.</p>
<p>"I don’t know. I’m at City at the moment," he told CNN, before laughing.</p>
<p>Speculation surrounded Toure’s future last summer after his agent claimed Manchester City’s owners showed him a lack of respect on his 31st birthday.</p>
<p>"I don’t think any of us know what will happen in six months," Pellegrini added.</p>

Manuel Pellegrini: Man City can cope without Yaya Toure

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has “no doubts” that Yaya Toure remains committed to the club.

And Pellegrini believes his side can cope without the midfielder, 31, while he is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast.

"I don’t think our team depends just on one player," said Pellegrini.

Asked about Toure’s future, the Chilean added: “I think Yaya is 100 per cent committed with our team. I don’t have any doubts about that.”

Speaking in an interview while on international duty earlier on Friday, Toure was asked about his long-term future.

"I don’t know. I’m at City at the moment," he told CNN, before laughing.

Speculation surrounded Toure’s future last summer after his agent claimed Manchester City’s owners showed him a lack of respect on his 31st birthday.

"I don’t think any of us know what will happen in six months," Pellegrini added.

<p class="introduction" id="story_continues_1">Liverpool midfielder Suso has joined AC Milan in a permanent deal.</p>
<p>The 21-year-old Spaniard signed professional terms with Liverpool in November 2010 and made his debut in September 2012.</p>
<p>He spent last season on loan at Almeria before returning to Anfield, scoring against Middlesbrough in September.</p>
<p>Suso made a total of 21 appearances and the club said: “Everybody at Liverpool thanks Suso for his contribution and wishes him the best for the future.”</p>

Liverpool midfielder Suso has joined AC Milan in a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old Spaniard signed professional terms with Liverpool in November 2010 and made his debut in September 2012.

He spent last season on loan at Almeria before returning to Anfield, scoring against Middlesbrough in September.

Suso made a total of 21 appearances and the club said: “Everybody at Liverpool thanks Suso for his contribution and wishes him the best for the future.”

<p class="art-txt-first"><strong>West Brom have contacted Manchester United about the possibility of signing Darren Fletcher, according to Sky sources.</strong></p>
<p>The Scotland captain has had limited first-team opportunities under Louis van Gaal this season, starting just four times in the Premier League, and Albion have enquired about his availability.</p>
<p>Fletcher is United’s longest-serving player having made his debut almost 12 years ago, and he counts five league titles and a Champions League winner’s medal among his honours.</p>
<p>The 30-year-old midfielder has revived his career after a series of successful operations helped him overcome ulcerative colitis, an illness which kept him out for almost the whole of 2013.</p>

West Brom have contacted Manchester United about the possibility of signing Darren Fletcher, according to Sky sources.

The Scotland captain has had limited first-team opportunities under Louis van Gaal this season, starting just four times in the Premier League, and Albion have enquired about his availability.

Fletcher is United’s longest-serving player having made his debut almost 12 years ago, and he counts five league titles and a Champions League winner’s medal among his honours.

The 30-year-old midfielder has revived his career after a series of successful operations helped him overcome ulcerative colitis, an illness which kept him out for almost the whole of 2013.

<p class="art-txt-first"><strong>Paul Jewell has left West Brom just a week after being appointed assistant head coach.</strong></p>
<p>Jewell joined head coach Tony Pulis at the Premier League strugglers last Tuesday in a revamped backroom staff which also included David Kemp.</p>
<p>However, the former Ipswich and Derby boss has decided not to continue in the role – his first in club football since leaving Portman Road two years ago – with Gerry Francis instead resuming his partnership with Pulis.</p>
<p>Reports claim Jewell had reservations about his role at the Hawthorns while Albion insist his departure was by mutual consent.</p>
<p>Former QPR and Tottenham manager Francis has previously worked alongside Pulis at two Premier League sides spanning seven years.</p>
<p>Francis will work alongside Pulis and Dave Kemp, who will be assistant head coach.</p>
<p>“Gerry and I have worked well together at both Stoke and Crystal Palace and it was always part of my plan for him to join me at Albion,” said Pulis on Albion’s website.</p>
<p>“I value his insight and experience of the very highest levels of our game and I’m delighted that he is now on board. We have an agreement that we have employed in the past and suits us both.”</p>
<p>Francis added: “I’ve been working with Tony since the Gateshead game and now I’m happy I have finalised a deal.</p>
<p>“I like the set-up. Albion have a good training ground, good facilities – but just as was the case at Stoke and Palace, it’s vitally important for the club to retain Premier League status.</p>
<p>“There’s going to be a number of teams involved in the situation. We’ve had three decent results, but there’s a lot of work to do with the side and Tony is obviously looking to strengthen if he can. But I’m looking forward to the challenge.”</p>

Paul Jewell has left West Brom just a week after being appointed assistant head coach.

Jewell joined head coach Tony Pulis at the Premier League strugglers last Tuesday in a revamped backroom staff which also included David Kemp.

However, the former Ipswich and Derby boss has decided not to continue in the role – his first in club football since leaving Portman Road two years ago – with Gerry Francis instead resuming his partnership with Pulis.

Reports claim Jewell had reservations about his role at the Hawthorns while Albion insist his departure was by mutual consent.

Former QPR and Tottenham manager Francis has previously worked alongside Pulis at two Premier League sides spanning seven years.

Francis will work alongside Pulis and Dave Kemp, who will be assistant head coach.

“Gerry and I have worked well together at both Stoke and Crystal Palace and it was always part of my plan for him to join me at Albion,” said Pulis on Albion’s website.

“I value his insight and experience of the very highest levels of our game and I’m delighted that he is now on board. We have an agreement that we have employed in the past and suits us both.”

Francis added: “I’ve been working with Tony since the Gateshead game and now I’m happy I have finalised a deal.

“I like the set-up. Albion have a good training ground, good facilities – but just as was the case at Stoke and Palace, it’s vitally important for the club to retain Premier League status.

“There’s going to be a number of teams involved in the situation. We’ve had three decent results, but there’s a lot of work to do with the side and Tony is obviously looking to strengthen if he can. But I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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<h2><a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk" target="_blank">Arsenal Latest News</a> : ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger warned Chelsea last night: “We will hunt you down!”</h2><p>The Emirates manager was positively crowing about having a virtually full-strength 
squad, strengthened by the arrival of Brazilian defender Gabriel 
Paulista for £11.2million from Villarreal.</p><p>League leaders Chelsea will need to collapse like a pound shop suitcase for <a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk" target="_blank">Arsenal </a>to back Wenger’s claim.</p><p>But even he is allowed to dream and, while it’s tempting to dismiss an Arsenal title challenge as a stuff of fantasy, history is on his side.</p><p>Seventeen years ago Wenger’s Arsenal were 13 points behind leaders Manchester United over Christmas but whittled it down to lift the title.</p><p>He’s positive history can repeat itself now that his squad is coming together and the likes of Jack Wilshere will soon be fit.</p><p>The Gunners are on a roll, having beaten Manchester City away and, when Wenger was asked if they can be serious title contenders, he said: “We can. It is our target.</p><p>"We have to be realistic, but you never know.</p><p>"A few mistakes and the picture changes. What we want is to win every game. We can at the moment.</p><p>"Chelsea are 13 points ahead. It could be more by the end of the weekend and they need to lose five games while they have lost only two until now.</p><p>"What we want to do is focus on our performances and show that we can produce consistent results. That’s what we want to do."</p><p>Wenger is so confident about the final hurdles he allowed the likes of Yaya 
Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell to go out of loan.</p><p>"I 
still have a selection dilemma," said Wenger. "We’ve got three players 
out on loan so you imagine the number of players we have.</p><p>"We have a good squad, compact, but of quality. With the competition it will be very hard to choose between them."</p><p>He’s looking at Olivier Giroud to continue his goal scoring at Aston Villa today and revealed he never once thought of selling him despite a dip in form.</p><p>"Olivier is doing very well at the moment," said Wenger. "He had a
 good game at Manchester City and an acceptable one at Brighton.</p><p>"There
 was never a time when I thought his future might be elsewhere. No, 
never, because always he’s a player who gives you different options in 
the game.</p><p>"In some games you can play Alexis Sanchez or Danny 
Welbeck up front, but Olivier, his specific qualities, are always 
interesting, he always gives you that."</p><p>Wenger can’t wait to see Gabriel play because he admires the qualities players from Sao Paulo bring to football.</p><p>He added: “We have had Gilberto Silva from there, we were lucky also having Edu and Sylvinho from the same place.</p><p>"They are top-level class people with the hunger and love for football. In their country it is a religion.</p><p>"Sao Paulo is a bit like London, you have many clubs and every game is a fight."</p>

Arsenal Latest News : ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger warned Chelsea last night: “We will hunt you down!”

The Emirates manager was positively crowing about having a virtually full-strength squad, strengthened by the arrival of Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista for £11.2million from Villarreal.

League leaders Chelsea will need to collapse like a pound shop suitcase for Arsenal to back Wenger’s claim.

But even he is allowed to dream and, while it’s tempting to dismiss an Arsenal title challenge as a stuff of fantasy, history is on his side.

Seventeen years ago Wenger’s Arsenal were 13 points behind leaders Manchester United over Christmas but whittled it down to lift the title.

He’s positive history can repeat itself now that his squad is coming together and the likes of Jack Wilshere will soon be fit.

The Gunners are on a roll, having beaten Manchester City away and, when Wenger was asked if they can be serious title contenders, he said: “We can. It is our target.

"We have to be realistic, but you never know.

"A few mistakes and the picture changes. What we want is to win every game. We can at the moment.

"Chelsea are 13 points ahead. It could be more by the end of the weekend and they need to lose five games while they have lost only two until now.

"What we want to do is focus on our performances and show that we can produce consistent results. That’s what we want to do."

Wenger is so confident about the final hurdles he allowed the likes of Yaya Sanogo, Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell to go out of loan.

"I still have a selection dilemma," said Wenger. "We’ve got three players out on loan so you imagine the number of players we have.

"We have a good squad, compact, but of quality. With the competition it will be very hard to choose between them."

He’s looking at Olivier Giroud to continue his goal scoring at Aston Villa today and revealed he never once thought of selling him despite a dip in form.

"Olivier is doing very well at the moment," said Wenger. "He had a good game at Manchester City and an acceptable one at Brighton.

"There was never a time when I thought his future might be elsewhere. No, never, because always he’s a player who gives you different options in the game.

"In some games you can play Alexis Sanchez or Danny Welbeck up front, but Olivier, his specific qualities, are always interesting, he always gives you that."

Wenger can’t wait to see Gabriel play because he admires the qualities players from Sao Paulo bring to football.

He added: “We have had Gilberto Silva from there, we were lucky also having Edu and Sylvinho from the same place.

"They are top-level class people with the hunger and love for football. In their country it is a religion.

"Sao Paulo is a bit like London, you have many clubs and every game is a fight."

<h2><a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk/" target="_blank">Arsenal Latest News </a>: ARSENE WENGER claims Gabriel Paulista will need time to settle – 
because he could cost Arsenal goals until he learns the lingo.<br/></h2><p>The
 24-year-old Brazilian is in the squad for Sunday’s clash with Aston 
Villa after completing his £15m transfer from Villarreal this week.<br/></p><p>But
 Wenger hinted it could be a while before the defender is trusted to 
become a first-team regular – because he doesn’t speak a word of 
English.</p><p><a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk/" target="_blank">The Gunners</a> boss said: “You always need time to adapt, especially in a defensive position because you need to know your partners.</p><p>“At the moment he does not speak a word of English</p><p>“It is a position where you need to know your partners and you 
need to communicate as well. We try to teach the important words. 
Offside, for example.”</p><p>Despite the language barrier, Wenger 
insists his latest signing can become a first-choice for Arsenal at the 
back – because he has all the tools to succeed in the Premier League.</p><p>He said: “Of course, he comes for that. We are in a job where competition exists and people of the moment play.</p>

Arsenal Latest News : ARSENE WENGER claims Gabriel Paulista will need time to settle – because he could cost Arsenal goals until he learns the lingo.

The 24-year-old Brazilian is in the squad for Sunday’s clash with Aston Villa after completing his £15m transfer from Villarreal this week.

But Wenger hinted it could be a while before the defender is trusted to become a first-team regular – because he doesn’t speak a word of English.

The Gunners boss said: “You always need time to adapt, especially in a defensive position because you need to know your partners.

“At the moment he does not speak a word of English

“It is a position where you need to know your partners and you need to communicate as well. We try to teach the important words. Offside, for example.”

Despite the language barrier, Wenger insists his latest signing can become a first-choice for Arsenal at the back – because he has all the tools to succeed in the Premier League.

He said: “Of course, he comes for that. We are in a job where competition exists and people of the moment play.

<h2><a href="http://www.thegunners247.uk/" target="_blank">Arsenal Latest News</a> : ARSENE WENGER has revealed why he let Joel Campbell leave the Emirates. </h2><p>Campbell, 22, completed a loan move to Villarreal on Wednesday as part of the deal which saw Gabriel Paulista, 24, move the other way.</p><p>Speaking ahead of Sunday’s home match against Aston Villa, Wenger hailed the Costa Rican international, and explained his decision to loan him out.</p><p>He said: “Joel has extended his contract so he will go to Villarreal and he needed games.</p><p>"Here was a bit obstructed for him because there were too many players in the same position.</p><p>“After six months, he worked very hard every day and didn’t get enough chances to play, so I wanted to give him a chance to continue to get experience at the top level.”</p>

Arsenal Latest News : ARSENE WENGER has revealed why he let Joel Campbell leave the Emirates.

Campbell, 22, completed a loan move to Villarreal on Wednesday as part of the deal which saw Gabriel Paulista, 24, move the other way.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s home match against Aston Villa, Wenger hailed the Costa Rican international, and explained his decision to loan him out.

He said: “Joel has extended his contract so he will go to Villarreal and he needed games.

"Here was a bit obstructed for him because there were too many players in the same position.

“After six months, he worked very hard every day and didn’t get enough chances to play, so I wanted to give him a chance to continue to get experience at the top level.”

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