Carrick To Extend Manchester United Contract Till 2017

Michael Carrick , Manchester UnitedEnglish football giants, Manchester United, have confirmed that Michael Carrick has agreed to stay with the club till June 2017.

The English professional footballer said that the club has been part of his life for the past 10 years, expressing delight that the incredible journey was continuing.

He is also optimistic working with the new Red Devils’ manager, Jose Mourinho, saying that Manchester United could go on to win more trophies.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to work under Jose Mourinho, who has achieved so much during his managerial career,” he told the club’s website.

On his part, Coach Mourinho Mourinho described Carrick as “a very intelligent midfielder and a great reader of the game”.

He expressed delight that the 34-year-old would be extending his contract, adding that his present form showed that his ability and pleasure in the game were as strong as ever.

The English midfielder joined Manchester United in July 2006 and has won five English Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and a UEFA Champions League amongst other achievements with the club.

Mertesacker Sees Red As Arsenal Lose To Chelsea

ArsenalArsenal lost a chance to return to the top of the English Premier League with an home loss to London rivals, Chelsea on Sunday evening.

The Gunners started the match as the brighter side to the delight of their fans but defender, Per Mertesacker, obstructed a goal chance in the 18th minute, leaving referee Mark Clattenburg with no option other than sending him off.

In quick reaction to the red card, the Gunners sacrificed striker, Olivier Giroud for defender, Gabriel Paulista but before the Brazilian could settle, the Blues took advantage of Arsenal’s nervous defending in the 23rd minute.

Diego Costa scored with an assist from Branislav Ivanovic and the first half ended 1-0.

Arsenal started the second half with more belief and Arsene Wenger’s introduction of Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the 77th and 75th minutes further ensured that they remained likely to get an equalizer.

Chelsea, however, thwarted all possible chances made by the Gunners in securing a draw.

The match ended 0-1 and the victory means Chelsea remain unbeaten since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho and they have also not lost in their last nine league meetings with Arsenal.

This is Arsenal’s first home defeat since West Ham on the opening day of the season.

Arsenal have moved to the third position on the English Premier League table while Chelsea progressed to the 13th position, their highest position since October 2015.

Leicester City sit top of the league going into February, with Manchester City second.

Arsenal, Bayern Munich Coaches Anticipate UCL Victory

Arsenal, Bayern Munich Coaches Anticipate UCL Victory
Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger

Coaches of English and Bundesliga giants, Arsenal and Bayern Munich, have expressed optimism of securing victory in Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group F matches.

Speaking ahead of the ‘make-or-break’ clash against Olympiacos, Arsenal’s manager, Arsene Wenger, affirmed that the Gunners could win anywhere in Europe.

Arsenal visit the Greek champions needing to win by two clear goals or by scoring at least three times in their final Group F game to pip their opponents to a place in the last 16.

Wenger believes the challenge holds no fear for his players addig that nerves could prove an issue for the Greeks.

In the meantime, Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, said the Bundesliga giants want to keep winning as they prepare for their clash with Dinamo Zagreb.

Bayern Munich Coach, Pep Guardiola

Bayern have already secured top spot in Group F, while the Croatian champions are bottom of the group with only three points in five games.

Guardiola insisted his players always want to win every game as they look to rebound from their first league defeat of the season.

Brazilian full back, Rafinha, also echoed his manager’s sentiments, saying that winning was imperative for Bayern every time they take to the pitch.