Rest Of Europe

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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The €50 million man played just 62 minutes in the 2-0 defeat by Borussia Dortmund, again prompting questions over his value to Arsenal and position in the starting XI

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COMMENT: The Dane has become better known for his endless sound bites than his ability in front of goal and must now produce the goods for Wolfsburg or face an uncertain future

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Porto's hat-trick hero, Roma star Gervinho and Arsenal's tormentor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all make the cut in our first select XI of the season

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Mauricio Pochettino takes his side to Serbia as Spurs open up their Europa League campaign with a daunting fixture, with our tipster backing both sides to find the net

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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The Cypriot side gave Luis Enrique's side a tougher test than expected and the 34-year-old midfielder admitted the Spanish side failed to find any fluidity in their game

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The winger nearly won the game for the Portuguese club against Maribor only to be denied late on and he blamed defensive frailties for dropping points in Slovenia

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The coach was frustrated that his side could only secure a slender win over APOEL on Wednesday but says changing his line-up is necessary to keep players fit

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COMMENT: The manager's encouraging words reaped dividends with a captivating display from the attacker, although he must add more goals and cutting edge to become a modern great

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The winger believes that Laurent Blanc's side have to perform to a higher standard, while compatriot Marquinhos had praise for opponents Ajax

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COMMENT: A lacklustre performance from Laurent Blanc's side in Amsterdam suggests there is a great deal of work to do if they are to challenge for top honours

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Ernesto Valverde's team failed to break down the Ukrainian side and were forced to settle for a point in San Mames

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A flurry of first-half goals left the visitors decimated and there was no way back in the second half, which was more of an even-sided affair

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The 24-year-old scored three goals for his side while Jackson Martinez, Adrian and Vincent Aboubakar were also on target as the Portuguese giants picked up an easy three points