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Injuries threaten to derail Arsenal


VOTE: The best of 2014

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 By Nick Miller

Has Mauricio Pochettino cracked the code to make Spurs a success?

Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino praised Erik Lamela's strong performance in their 2-1 win over Burnley.

A few years ago, a comedian and fan of NFL team the Cleveland Browns recorded a YouTube video in which he dubbed his team's stadium the Factory of Sadness, reflecting their consistent failure and ability to bring down the mood of an entire city. That title could apply to quite a few Premier League sides, but perhaps the most apposite comparison is Tottenham Hotspur.

Being a Spurs fan this past decade or so must be like living through perpetual limbo, never really calamitously bad but never quite...

Arsenal's ridiculous list of injuries will wreck their season if it doesn't improve

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger showed signs of frustration after his side's 2-2 draw against Liverpool.

Make no mistake, the biggest problem Arsenal have right now is the injury crisis. Maybe crisis is the wrong word; it makes it sound like a short-term issue.

The injury situation. The injury saga. The injury chronicle. Whatever name you want to give it, it's an ongoing problem which is having a negative impact on the team's performances and results.

For Sunday's 2-2 draw at Liverpool, the Gunners were without midfield options including Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Tomas...

Vote for the 2014 ESPN FC Awards

Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Manuel Neuer, along with Philipp Lahm and Lionel Messi have all had standout years. Who will win ESPN FC's Player of the Year award?

As 2014 draws to a close, ESPN FC is asking you to vote in the second edition of our annual awards. A year ago, Cristiano Ronaldo won the 2013 Belonged To award and this year, in addition to that accolade, we have added nine other categories. Vote now!

Here are the ballots for this year's awards (voting closes at midnight on Dec. 29).

Who did 2014 belong to?

Cristiano Ronaldo: If Ronaldo's superstar performances last year earned him the Ballon d'Or and our own ESPN FC award, a case could be made that he is even...

 By Chris Wright

Ecuadorian player sent-off for horror lunge on his little brother

Over in Ecuador, Emelec clinched their second successive Primera A title on Sunday evening with a 4-1 victory over SC Barcelona in the second instalment of the two-legged play-off final between the sides.

With the first game finishing 1-1 on Thursday, Emelec cruised it on their home turf, winning 3-0 largely thanks to a brace from Miller Bolanos -- though the 24-year-old attacking midfielder was fairly lucky to still be on the pitch by the time he lumped home his first goal in the 81st minute.


- The Wall: Newspaper's De Gea tribute
- Cheeky t-shirt: Man Utd fans poke fun at Gerrard
- Mud, glorious mud: Club World Cup farce
- Foot flap: West Brom player's gruesome injury
- Wenger is Frozen: Funny Arsenal manager parody
- Pecs appeal: Crouch copies Ronaldo
- Him again: Crouch goes crowd surfing

- World Cup bonanza: Gotze's boot sells for millions


Five things we learned in La Liga this weekend

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Barcelona's emphatic 5-0 over Cordoba.

1. Suarez finally ends wait for La Liga goal

Barcelona's home game against Cordoba on Saturday was Luis Suarez's final opportunity of 2014 to end the "80 million euro summer signing still hasn't scored in La Liga" narrative, which had been getting louder and louder through recent weeks in the Spanish and Catalan press.

The former Liverpool man had one half-chance in the first 45 minutes, but otherwise his performance was similar to most recently -- lots of running in the channels, some clever passes...

The good and bad: India's football future following the ISL

Atletico de Kolkata claimed the inaugural Indian Super League title in dramatic fashion as Mohammad Rafique scored a stoppage time winner against Kerala Blasters.

Atletico de Kolkata were crowned the inaugural champions of the Indian Super League following a 1-0 victory over Kerala Blasters in Mumbai on Saturday night. The ten-week football festival was designed to initiate a new dawn for the game in India, where cricket is the number one sport.

Here's a look at the future of football in India, with five good and five bad points to come from the tournament.

There's an appetite for football in India

In total, 1.5 million people attended the 61 matches that...