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Latest football news Update 7th Sept 2011
HILL-WOOD: WENGER WILL NOT GO
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has rubbished suggestions that Arsene Wenger's job is in doubt.
After six seasons without a trophy, Arsenal have endured their worst start in recent history after picking up just one point from nine, including an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United.
The poor start has led to fresh angst amongst some sections of the Arsenal fan-base, who are far from happy having also seen star names Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri depart.
But Hill-Wood is insistent that the club's board are not even considering Wenger's position.
"It's complete and utter rubbish and absolute nonsense. I think he is happy enough and we are happy enough," Hill-Wood told the Daily Star.
Wenger brought a number of new players in on the eve of the deadline, and Hill-Wood is hopeful they can make an impact.
"We have brought some new players in and although I don't know that much about many of them I think, generally speaking, they are going to improve the squad," he added.
And Hill-Wood also responded to Barcelona vice-chairman Josep Maria Bartomeu's claim that Fabregas was a bargain, saying: "He is absolutely right - they did get him on the cheap. But he wanted to go back there and we respected that."
M'VILA SET TO MOVE NEXT SUMMER
Rennes coach Frederic Antonetti has conceded that highly-rated midfielder Yann M'Vila is likely to move on next summer.
The France international was the subject of intense speculation during the recent transfer window, with a number of clubs reported to be chasing his signature.
Arsenal are believed to be among those to have expressed an interest, with Arsene Wenger keen to add bite to his midfield.
The rumours came to nothing, though, as M'Vila saw out the window as a Rennes player.
Antonetti is delighted to still have the 21-year-old at his disposal, but admits there is little chance of the player seeing out a contract that is set to run until 2015.
He told L'Equipe: "With us he will be able to keep fresh and will be well prepared for Euro 2012 as well.
"Then he will take flight and will go very high in the game because there are very few players like him.
"If he continues the way he is going, he could end up playing in front of the Barca defence."
PLATT HAILS HARGEAVES RISK
Manchester City tactical coach David Platt has described Owen Hargreaves as a 'calculated risk' - and one well worth taking.
The former Manchester United and England midfielder joined City as a free agent on deadline day after being released by the Red Devils following three injury-plagued seasons saw him hardly feature at all at Old Trafford.
While City are fully aware of Hargreaves' injury-hell, Platt believes the midfielder is top quality and worth having in the squad as he bids to get back to his best.
Platt told the Manchester Evening News: "We needed a central midfield player but unfortunately in terms of players going out and bringing in transfer fees, a lot have gone out on loan, so fees haven't come in for them.
"For a few weeks we have understood, from a business perspective, that after signing Samir Nasri, there wasn't going to be a big-name signing coming in.
"You have to get creative. The owners and the board have been terrific in saying 'We know you need a midfield player but we have to be creative about it'."
Platt added: "A lot of people would say it's a gamble, but I think gamble is too strong a word. When you put all the things into the mix it's a calculated risk, and one that we feel is well worth taking.
"What we do know is that if we look at the glass as half full, and it works out for us and for Owen, we get the kind of player that it's very difficult to find - a player that has got that Champions League experience.
"If we are talking about Owen Hargreaves as was, he is one of the best midfield players in the world."
BESSONE DEAL APPROVED
Swansea have confirmed they have received international clearance from FIFA over the transfer deadline day signing of Federico Bessone from Leeds, but are still awaiting similar news on fellow new arrivals Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche.
The trio of signings were made late last Wednesday night, and a delay in processing the transfers means the Swans have had to wait for clearance.
But Bessone, who returned to the club as defensive cover after Alan Tate, is now free to be part of the squad for Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Arsenal.
But they continue to wait over the deals for Situ, signed from Lens for an initial £250,000, and Halliche, who arrived on loan from Fulham.
A statement on the official Swansea website, http://www.swanseacity.net, read on Wednesday: "Swansea City can confirm the club has today received international clearance from FIFA regarding the signing of Federico Bessone.
"The Swans are, however, still waiting to receive international clearance for French defender Darnel Situ following his move from RC Lens along with Algerian defender Rafik Halliche, who is due to arrive on loan from Fulham."
RAMS PLAN CLOUGH TALKS
Derby County are keen to extend manager Nigel Clough's contract, but are not putting a timetable on agreeing a fresh deal.
Clough has been in charge at Pride Park since January 2009 and the former Burton boss' current contract expires at the end of the season.
The Rams have enjoyed a positive start to the new Championship campaign and chief executive Tom Glick has confirmed there will be talks regarding an extension.
"We are delighted with how the team has started the season," said Glick in the Derby Evening Telegraph.
"I think our commitment to Nigel has been on display for everyone to see for some time. He has been our guy and he continues to be our guy.
"What we certainly do not want to do is conduct any contract extension in public.
"We are all aware his contract is up at the end of the season and we have no intention of leaving it to next summer.
"I don't want to put a timetable on it. He and I have not put a timetable on it. We will be working together with him to hopefully extend him for some time to come."
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