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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Wenger slams fixture scheduling, Chapecoense to rebuild

The FC panel discuss Arsene Wenger's tactics against Bournemouth that saw Arsenal come back from a three-goal deficit.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger blamed the Premier League scheduling for Arsenal's poor start but admitted he must "shut up and cope with it" after they rallied from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

- William Gallas has told his former club Arsenal they need to abandon their ambition of playing "perfect football" if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.

- Arsenal are set to sign 20-year-old left-back Cohen Bramall from seventh-tier club Hednesford Town and hope he can develop into a player for the future, a Gunners source has told ESPN FC.

- Arsene Wenger plans to give several of his top stars a short winter break this week by allowing them to skip Saturday's FA Cup game at Preston, a club source has told ESPN FC.

CHELSEA: Antonio Conte has the chance to stay at Chelsea "forever" after winning over everyone at Stamford Bridge with an impressive first half of the season, according to the club's technical director Michael Emenalo.

- Chelsea are monitoring West Ham United's Michail Antonio, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

- Conte believes rival managers are complaining about Chelsea's greater rest time during the festive schedule simply because they are frustrated by the blistering run of form that has taken the Blues clear at the top of the Premier League.

- Chelsea are ready to cut short Patrick Bamford's loan spell at Burnley to send him to another club, sources close to the London side have told ESPN FC.

TOTTENHAM: Mauricio Pochettino has heralded Antonio Conte's tactical nous and smooth transition to English football with Chelsea clear at the top of the Premier League.

- Pochettino has heralded Dele Alli, telling Spanish news agency EFE that the midfielder is "the most important player to emerge in English football in recent years."

MAN UNITEDManchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month award for December. Ibrahimovic, 35, enjoyed an impressive month for United, scoring five goals in six league appearances for the club, including a brace against West Bromwich Albion.

- Jose Mourinho has told MUTV he fell in love with Manchester United because of the supporters and said he is "really happy" with life at Old Trafford.

MAN CITY: Fernandinho will serve a four-match ban after an appeal against his red card during the 2-1 defeat of Burnley on Monday was dismissed by the Football Association.

- Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told NBC he will need time to achieve his targets with the Premier League side.

- Yaya Toure and Bacary Sagna both remain relaxed about their futures despite their Manchester City deals running out at the end of the season.

LIVERPOOL: Reported Liverpool target Emil Forsberg could leave RB Leipzig during the January transfer window, according to the player's agent.

- Liverpool youngster Pedro Chirivella is close to completing a loan move to Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles, a source has told ESPN FC.

SUNDERLAND: West Ham United have had a £6 million bid rejected by Sunderland for striker Jermain Defoe, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede for a fee reported to be in the region of £6 million. Gestede, 28, has signed a deal which will keep him at the Riverside Stadium until June 2020 after agreeing personal terms on Tuesday.

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is being rested for Wednesday's Copa del Rey round of 16 first leg at home to Sevilla -- leading to surprise among some in the local media who have called the decision a risk.

- Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has dismissed speculation that any of James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata or Pepe will be leaving the club in January, saying all are committed to working hard at the Santiago Bernabeu.

BAYERN MUNICH: Thomas Muller will struggle for playing time at Bayern Munich in the second half of the season, Lothar Matthaus has said in his column for Sport Bild.

BUNDESLIGA: RB Leipzig have made a move for highly rated Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

BARCELONA: Luis Enrique says Barcelona are always looking to improve their squad amid continued reports they're hopeful of signing Shakhtar Donetsk's Darijo Srna in January.

- Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been thanked by former Spain international Joan Capdevila for visiting his sick 20-month old son and other children in hospital during the Christmas holidays.

ATLETICO MADRID: Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez has admitted that his form this season has dipped, with injuries and formation changes not helping him to get the consistency he showed during 2015-16.

AC MILAN: Carlos Bacca's agent has brought a swift end to rumours the Colombia forward might be leaving AC Milan this winter by saying there is no reason for him to move on.

CHAPECOENSE: Brazilian club Chapecoense, who were devastated by an air crash disaster five weeks ago are ready to rebuild their team with the signing of 18 to 20 news players for the upcoming season.

HULL: Former Olympiakos coach Marco Silva has emerged as a surprise candidate to rival ex-Birmingham boss Gary Rowett for the vacant manager's job at Hull City, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

- Hull City announced on Tuesday that they have parted company with manager Mike Phelan. Phelan, 54, was sacked with the Tigers bottom of the Premier League, having taken only 13 points from their first 20 games.

SWANSEA: New Swansea City boss made "a real positive contribution" after coming out of the stands to watch from the touchline as his new club beat Crystal Palace 2-1, caretaker manager Alan Curtis said.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Sam Allardyce re-evaluated the task in front of him while blaming"fatigue" as the reason behind Palace's second-straight defeat on Tuesday, a 2-1 setback at home to fellow relegation battlers Swansea City.

JUVENTUS: Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta says there is no reason to doubt that Paulo Dybala is committed to the club amid rumoured interest from Real Madrid.

PSG: New Paris Saint-Germain signing Julian Draxler is delighted to have linked up with compatriot Kevin Trapp at Parc des Princes.

DORTMUNDBorussia Dortmund have started their preparation for the second half of the Bundesliga season without seven players, including Mario Gotze, Raphael Guerreiro and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

LIGA MX: Mexico and Atlas captain Rafa Marquez stressed on Tuesday that Liga MX players must come together to improve their bargaining power with club owners and the Mexican federation.

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