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Cannon Fodder News and Links: Zombie groundhog day

Bits and pieces from around the soccer/footballing world for February 2, 2016.

BALL: Whatcha thinkin about, Lolo? KOSCIELNY: I dunno, ball, just soccer stuffs.
BALL: Whatcha thinkin about, Lolo? KOSCIELNY: I dunno, ball, just soccer stuffs.
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Dutch Opta Editor Maps All 30 of Arsenal Loanee Yaya Sanogo's Touches for Ajax | Bleacher Report
Not great, Bob.

Revealed: The inside story of Arsenal's new Nigerian wonderkids with the world at their feet - Mirror Online
Nigerian football journalist Colin Udoh profiles Arsenal's exciting new signings

Wenger & Walcott wary of Saints’ attack | Arseblog News - the Arsenal news site
Theo Walcott says Arsenal are determined to get their title challenge back on track by avenging their Boxing Day hammering at Southampton.

When Something's Not Right, It's Wrong

As the managerial landscape has changed over the last few months, a discussion of how Arsenal prepare for life beyond Arsène Wenger.

The Gospel According to Mathieu

As Mathieu Debuchy departs on loan for the rest of the season, a look at why it has not worked out and why he is unlikely to be mourned by many.

'Pellegrini wants Premier League stay after Manchester City exit' -
Manuel Pellegrini is open to joining another Premier League club once he leaves Manchester City, according to the Chilean’s agent.

TRANSFER GRADES: How did each Premier League team fare in January? – ProSoccerTalk
TRANSFER GRADES: How do our idiotically miscalibrated expectations align with real life? Still, thought this might be interesting.

Liverpool supporters label club’s new ticket prices as ‘morally unjustifiable’ | Football | The Guardian
Some of you folks are interested in ticket price stuff, so I thought you might find this interesting.

Real Madrid transfer summary: Expect fireworks in the summer -
Could this mean opportunity for Arsenal come summer?

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp to resume rivalry - ESPN FC
Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp will resume their rivalry in the Premier League next season. The pair faced each other eight times in the Bundesliga.

Manchester City's money buys more happiness with hiring of Pep Guardiola | FC Yahoo - Yahoo Sports

From Yahoo Sports: Luring the world's most sought-after manager to the Etihad completes Man City's construction into one of soccer's elite clubs.

FIFA Blocks $20 Million in Payments to Scandal-Ridden Groups - Bloomberg Business

FIFA has blocked $20 million in funding to the organizations that oversee soccer in the Americas, dealing yet another blow to the confederations at the center of a sprawling U.S. corruption case.

Who is US international Christian Pulisic, and how did he make the Borussia Dortmund first team at 17 years old? |

A good question!

Why China, not MLS, is luring stars away from Europe | Football | The Guardian
Attendances and broadcast deals are rising in China as the government looks to build its homegrown talent too

US buoyed by Steve Birnbaum goal vs. Iceland - ESPN FC
Steve Birnbaum wasn't initially called up for the U.S. January camp, but the young defender made the most of his chance, Jeff Carlisle writes.

Punxsutawney Phil's Canadian counterpart dies days before Groundhog Day |
Good lord that's depressing.

And finally, a submission from user Nathaniel Perlow: