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Resilient Middlesbrough holds off Arsenal in 0-0 draw at Emirates
Arsenal struggled to assert themselves against Middlesbrough and were lucky to escape with a point as they were held to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates.

The Gunners took control of the game early on but could not break through a stubborn Middlesbrough defence. Mohamed Elneny fizzed a long shot wide, while Mesut Ozil went down in the box after a Theo Walcott cross but was not given a penalty.

Out of nothing, Boro almost went ahead. Lauren Koscielny gave the ball away to Adama Traore but Petr Cech blocked his effort before parrying Alvaro Negredo’s follow-up away also.

Gaston Ramirez’s free kick then hit the bar and, shortly after, Alexis Sanchez had his own effort beaten away by Victor Valdes.

Cech then came to the rescue for the Gunners again as he kept out Ramirez’s header well, with Boro looking the better side before the half-time break.

Arsenal were a whisker away from opening the scoring as Valdes flapped at a cross, Sanchez directed the ball across goal and Laurent Koscielny missed connecting with a header by inches with the goal gaping.

Sanchez curled another free kick just wide and then hammered a powerful shot on goal from outside the box, but Valdes tipped it round the post.

Traore stormed away on the break and Cech came to the fore again to save the Gunners with a strong palm away as Boro continued to look dangerous.

Arsenal made changes, but could not find a way through at the other end as their bid for an eighth win on the bounce fell short.

In truth, they will be happy with a point as Koscielny was forced into a fine tackle on Negredo in the final minute when he was clear through on goal, though there was still time for Mesut Ozil to have a goal ruled out for offside.

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Chelsea intensifies Andy Carroll Chase

Reports making the rounds today reveals that Chelsea are hugely interested in signing Andy Carroll from West Ham this month.

The Premier League champions has suffered a third successive goalless draw, for the first time in their history, against Leicester City on Saturday seems to have lost faith in Álvaro Morata.

The Spaniard has scored only twice in the top flight since mid-November and has gone five games without a goal.

Antonio Conte has now turned to Carroll for rescue as the Italian man continues to be reluctant to play Michy Batshuayi who will possibly be going on loan to Sevilla if a replacement can be secured.

Andy Carroll signed for West Ham from Liverpool in 2013 for £15m, and has seen his impact limited by injury in the years since.

Verge24 understands that the move for Chelsea signing Carroll may be a short-term solution before a summer recruitment drive, and West Ham would take some persuasion to part with Carroll on a six‑month loan deal.

David Moyes suggested last week that he would not want to see any of his forwards depart. Yet that may not dissuade Chelsea from exploring the option, reflecting the need to pep up the forward line amid a cluttered schedule.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Seen Selling Frozen Chicken In Lagos

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Cristiano Ronaldo Seen Selling Frozen Chicken In Lagos

If you think you are having a bad day, then you’ve got to rethink that as Cristiano Ronaldo is currently having one of the worst part of his career.

the Portuguese attacking forward who has been having one of the worst goal drought of his career was spotted at Ipaja selling frozen chicken.

Real Madrid was beaten on Saturday after Valencia scored a late goal to pile more pressure on Zidane and his men.

See the billboard of Cristiano Ronaldo selling frozen chicken below as shared by a twitter user.

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Kelechi Iheanacho Going Nowhere – Claude Puel

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Kelechi Iheanacho Going Nowhere - Claude Puel

Kelechi Iheanacho Going Nowhere – Claude Puel

Leicester City coach Claude Puel has dismissed speculation of his £25 million striker Kelechi Iheanacho leaving due to lack of playing time this January.

Puel refused to write off the former Manchester City forward, who has found the back of the net just once for the club this season.

Kelechi Iheanacho signed for Leicester in the summer from Manchester City but has made just two Premier League starts for the foxes.

The Nigerian Super Eagles attacking forward is expected to be on his way out of the club for a possible playing time in a quest to guarantee his place in the team to represent Nigeria in Russia later this year.

Last week, Nigeria national team handler Gernot Rohr said that he expects Iheanacho and his teammate Ahmed Musa to leave the King Power Stadium because of their lack of playing time, Puel has however dismissed any exit talk. According to him;

“We don’t know about what the national trainer said. We will see. We have discussions with different players. For example Iheanacho is a young player, arrived this season, and he will stay with us.

“I cannot talk about details about players. It is important to have a good balance in the team and have a good game time for the players.

“Iheanacho is a young player, he signed this season with us and we have to develop him. I hope he can have more game time in the second half of the season.”

He is a young player who arrives in a good team where there is competition and he needs to keep working and improve.”

Leicester will visit Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League with Jamie Vardy fit after a groin injury.

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