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WENGER HAD NO CHOICE

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By , May 1, 2014 4:08 pm

The manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, has said that he didn’t want Cesc Fabregas to make his way to Barcelona 3 years back, but, he had no choice apart from letting him go because he was so keen to play for his boyhood club.

Fabregas had learnt all his football at Barcelona and had even played for their youth team before moving to Arsenal in 2003. He remained at Arsenal for 8 years and developed enormously as a player under the guidance of Wenger.

But, after becoming a superstar, he left Arsenal and returned to Barcelona. The Arsenal fans were absolutely gutted about that back then and so was the Arsenal management.

Talking about Fabregas’ transfer yesterday, Wenger said, “I badly wanted him to stay with us and I had a few animated discussions with him as well on that topic, but, I finally gave up. He was so eager to get back to his roots. He wanted to represent Barcelona and you know there was a bit of logic in that decision of his. That’s the place where he comes from, his family is there; his grandpa is associated with the club. So, it was pretty natural for him to be keen to return.”

When asked at which position Fabregas can be utilized the most, Wenger said, “I think he performs the best when he plays in the midfield. He plays upfront occasionally for his national side, but, I don’t think that’s the position where you can extract the best out of him. He is not one of those guys who rely on his physical presence that much.”

Fabregas played more than 200 league games for Arsenal during his 8-year long tenure and found the back of the net 35 times.

PICKING THE PACE

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By , March 7, 2014 10:57 am

Carlisle United are slowly picking the pace in the race to avoid relegation at the end of the season. They are currently 17th in the table, but a healthy two points away from the drop zone. The club are still capable of getting pulled into the relegation dogfight with only a few matches remaining in the season, but Graham Kavanagh has been able to manage the squad brilliantly in the last few weeks. He could only watch his team get a 1-2 defeat at home to Rotherham United. This was a disappointing result for the club, but it was also extremely hard on the players as well.

The pitch was not suitable for a passing style of football and Kavanagh has revealed that he has given the players rest in order to recover from the match. He says that the rest would not have been provided on any other matchday. Since the pitch was exceptionally poor, he had to give them rest so as to extract the maximum performance from the next home match – against Brentford. For long periods of the match, it looked like Carlisle had done enough to get at least a point from this encounter. However, Agard scored in injury time to give Rotherham a win.

The defeat has left the club only four points above the relegation zone, according to www.anfieldroar.com.

“The group looked jaded and need a few days off. Late on, some of them were dead on their feet. That’s understandable because the pitches we’ve trained on haven’t been great. It was then a heavy pitch for the game – it’s been difficult. I had hoped to sign someone before the game but his club changed their mind. As a result, we lost the chance to keep Michael,” said the Carlisle United manager.

Kavanagh said recently that he expected the club to be promotion challengers.

ON THE UP?

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By , January 17, 2014 1:19 pm

Carlisle are only 3 points above the last few bottom relegation spots of League One and their latest match result saw them losing 4-0 against Leyton Orient. Brad Potts of Carlisle knows that if his club wants to evade being relegated they have to dig deep and pick up positive results quickly.

Potts said: “The lads know we need to dig deep. If we don’t pick up we will be in a relegation battle. We know there will be a lot of pressure on next weekend’s game but everyone just wants to put it right.”

“Since I’ve been at the club the team has always been inconsistent – win a game, lose one, win a couple, lose, draw and we need to put that right. That means being more solid as a team, working hard for each other and that way we will start picking up results’’.

The side of Graham Kavanagh also has to cope with the absence of Paul Thirlwell who is suffering from a calf injury and will unavailable to play for a few weeks. Greg Fleming made his debut for Carlisie during their lost against Leyton Orient as the goalkeeper could do little to deny the opposition from scoring on 4 occasions.

The 19 years old midfielder Brad Potts talked about their defeat against Leyton when the match concluded.

“I don’t mind where I play but I do like playing in midfield, I feel that’s my best position.  But Saturday wasn’t a day where I could show what I can do’’.

“I don’t think we really had a shot in the entire game and it was one of those days when we didn’t get the ball out to David Amoo and Tom Lawrence as quickly as we could. Without that it’s hard to create stuff because they are matchwinners’’.

O’HANLON RELIEVED

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By , December 3, 2013 1:55 pm

The centre-back of Carlisle United, Sean O’Hanlon, is relieved with the fact that his team is back to winning ways in League One.

In their previous League One game against Crewe Alexandra, Carlisle United secured a 2-1 victory. That was their first League One win in about 30 days or so. With that win, they moved up to no. 17 in the points table, but, still, they are not that far away from the relegation area.

However, according to O’Hanlon, the victory against Alexandra might just be the beginning of a good run for Carlisle.

Talking to the reporters after the game against Alexandra, O’Hanlon said, “We had begun well under Graham, but, then we lost our way. Our performance in the recent games wasn’t that good, but, today, we were spot on. We needed a win badly today so that we could widen the points’ gap between us and the sides which are in the relegation zone.”

“Hopefully, this is the start of a good run in the league for us. We are looking to make our way to top 10.”

Graham Kavanagh had been appointed as the manager of Carlisle United in September this year and under him, the Blues started flourishing straightaway. He guided the team to three consecutive wins. But, after suffering a 2-4 defeat against Bristol City towards the end of last month, the Blues lost their momentum and for the next 4 weeks or so, they couldn’t win a single League One game.

Meanwhile, there have been some reports that Carlisle United is looking to make a few loan signings in the next couple of days. The players who are believed to be on their radar are Tom Lawrence, Craig Roddan, Josh Morris and Courtney Meppen-Walter.

CARLISLE SUFFER

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By , September 30, 2013 7:54 am

Carlisle United have suffered a lot in the left back position recently due to several injuries to key players. However, it looks like they will be certainly having a lot of options in this position due to the return of several players back from injury. This has forced caretaker manager Graham Kavanagh into taking a decision over the players after the club. Reece James and Conor Townsend have impressed a lot during the loan spell, and Kavanagh has spoken about the possibility of extending the loan deals.

He has also said that Chris Chantler will be back in full training very soon after recovering sufficiently from his ankle injury. Even though there is a lot of uncertainty around the position of Kavanagh, he is prepared to talk for the benefit of the club to these players. Kavanagh was recently appointed as the caretaker manager after the sacking of Greg Abbott. He has managed to overturn the poor form of the club to get two consecutive victories in the league. Kavanagh has said that even though he will be talking to the players about the loan spell, he has admitted that keeping them at the club is largely the decision of managing director John Dixon.

Reece James will be at the club until 1 January. Townsend is on loan from Hull city.

“That is something I’m going to look at. I haven’t spoken to either player yet but I also have to speak to [managing director] John Nixon about it. I would love to keep Reece. He’s a great kid and a good footballer. He’s been unfortunate with injuries but to his credit he has come back and fitted straight back in. Troy is an absolute must to stay. He is an absolute colossus, a big powerful boy,” said the manager.

LEWIS GUY SIGNS

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By , July 29, 2013 7:55 am

Carlisle United recently managed to bring in Lewis Guy on a one-year contract. The 27-year-old striker has said that he is extremely delighted to come to the club and he wants to prove that he is worth more than the one-year he has been offered by the club. As a result of this signing, Carlisle have a very strong strikeforce that already features the likes of Mark Beck, Lee Miller, and Josh Gilles. Guy is a former Newcastle United youth team prospect, who has struggled to establish himself in recent years. He has been on trial with Carlisle United throughout the pre-season.

He has impressed manager Greg Abbott, who is keen on strengthening the team in order to win promotion. Carlisle have been able to sign Guy after the player negotiated the release from his contract with St Mirren. After moving closer to home, Guy has said that he does not want to be complacent and instead wants to fight for a place in the team. The 27-year-old reckons that he is at the right stage in his career to help the team push on for a play-off place in the coming season.

Carlisle recently managed a 4-1 win over Burnley and Guy demonstrated his potential by scoring one of the goals.

“I hope people don’t think I’m coming here just so I can get back home and be here for the ride. It feels nice to be back home around familiar faces and accents, but first and foremost I’m here for my career and to do well for Carlisle United. This is a new challenge for me and I’m not here just because it’s given me the chance to move back home. I’m only 27 and a lot can happen in football,” said the striker, who is a favourite to start against Leyton Orient on the first day of the season.