Lunchtime Round-Up 20th February

Afternoon all,

Theo Walcott has urged his Arsenal team-mates to bounce straight back after their 3-1 loss to Bayeern Munich last night. I think it is very safe to say that Bayern showed a lot more class in the game, and deserved the win which sees Arsenal needing to overturn a 2 goal away deposit in the 2nd leg at the Allianz Arena. Walcott has still not given up hope on the Gunners progressing to the last 8 of the tournament and has said that they must keep their focus in the league as well if they want to go further in the Champions League

Manchester United’s chief executive David Gill has announced that he will be stepping down as the clubs chief executive in the summer. Gill has been with United for 16 years. Gill was the finance director at Old Trafford from 1997-2003 and from 2003 he was the chief executive. But good news for United fans is that he will be staying on as a director

Stoke City midfielder Brek Shea is in contention to make his debut for the side this weekend against Fulham says one of the clubs coaches Mark O’Connor. Shea joined Stoke on deadline day from MLS side FC Dallas on deadline day, but the deal pondered for quite some time as talks between both clubs were delayed once the winger arrived in England for a medical

QPR midfielder Joey Barton, who is currently on loan with French side Marseille has said that he can’t see himself ever playing for QPR again, but he has admitted that he misses the Premier League. Barton has already said that he is enjoying his time in France and would be open to a permanent move there, but with two years left on his QPR contract, this doesn’t look likely

Manchester City’s Jack Rodwell has said that he wants to model his career in a way that will see him take a similar path to City captain Vincent Kompany. Rodwell has mainly been used as a midfielder in his career, but he has said that he is open to play in defence or midfield, much like the start of Kompany’s career, as he started out as a midfielder then moved back the pitch into the centre back position

Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbwia has admitted that he is very happy at Newcastle and that he has adjusted to life in the city well, and he now hopes that he can make an impact for the football club on the pitch. Yanga-Mbwia joined Newcastle in January from French champions Montpellier and made his debut in the sides 0-0 draw against Ukranian side Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League

Reading midfielder Jobi McAnuff has said that the club can build from their performance against Manchester United on Monday, where they lost 2-1, but they put up a good fight against the Premier League leaders. And McAnuff has said that if the club keeps playing like that then they will be able to escape relegation. Reading host Wigan this weeekend, who are also in a very similar position to Reading. This game really is a true six point relegation battle

Blackburn manager Michael Appleton has said that his side suffered from an FA Cup hangover, after their 2-0 defeat from Hull last night in the Championship. Blackburn performed heroics last weekend by beating Arsenal 1-0 thanks to a goal from Turkish striker Colin Kazim-Richards which sees the club reach the quarter final of the competition where they will face Millwall

Leicester City defender Liam Moore is set to move on loan to League One side Brentford, who are looking very good for the playoffs at this moment in time, and the presence of Moore will without doubt increase their chances even more

League Two side Torquay United appoint former Bury and Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill as interim manager

 

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