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Cannon Fodder News and Links: I don't like Mondays

Footballing news for Monday, April 25, 2016.

Raise your hand if you don't like Mondays
Raise your hand if you don't like Mondays
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Apologies for the unscheduled absence last Friday! Hopefully plenty of links to bring you up to speed on the weekend's action.

Wenger: We should have taken first half chances | Arseblog News - the Arsenal news site
A clearly deflated Arsene Wenger faced the BBC after Arsenal’s drab 0-0 draw at Sunderland.

Wilshere: The boss feels I’m ready | Arseblog News - the Arsenal news site

If there was a positive from yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland it was the sight of Jack Wilshere making his first team return after eight months sidelined with a fractured fibula.

Player focus: Elneny strong even when Arsenal fail to impress | Daily Cannon

In a match ultimately overshadowed by our incapacity to close games out, Mohamed Elneny continued to excel in a midfield role, where he has settled in perfectly since his January switch from Basel.

Arsène Wenger a victim of the game’s vitriol but also his own flaws | Daniel Taylor | Football | The Guardian

The anger shown to the Arsenal manager by some fans is absurd – but so is Arsène Wenger’s stubbornness

Arsenal's Insipid Performance at Sunderland Shows the Need for a New Striker | Bleacher Report
Arsenal have arguably needed a top-class centre-forward for years. However, their blunt performance in the 0-0 draw at Sunderland confirmed the necessity of adding a new striker this summer.

For Dummies: Why Arsenal didn’t sign Luis Suárez | Daily Cannon
Almost three years on from Arsenal bidding for Luis Suárez, plenty of people don’t seem to understand the whole thing and it’s infuriating.

West Ham to face Juventus at Olympic Stadium -
The Hammers will welcome the Italian giants to their new home in August, as part of a Betway Cup pre-season fixture, as they mark their move away from Upton Park

Sakho considers response to Uefa as he faces prospect of a lengthy ban -
The 26-year-old has until Tuesday to reply to Uefa over his sample showing traces of a banned substance, understood to be triggered by fat burners.

Champions League news: Pellegrini does not feel betrayed by Guardiola -
The Manchester City boss insists he does not blame his replacement for accepting the job at the Etihad Stadium from next season.

Bayern Munich news: Neuer upset with Schalke insults -
Guy who plays for team full of mercenaries upset when people are mad at him for leaving their club. I'm so surprised. /s

Pardew says Van Gaal’s career could hinge on FA Cup Final (Really, he said that) – ProSoccerTalk
LVG has won league titles with Barcelona, Ajax, AZ and Bayern, and his Holland side finished third at a World Cup. Alan Pardew, everybody.

Serie A: Tunku Ismail on AC Milan takeover bid -
Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor, has denied he is about to launch a bid to buy the Italian giants from Italy's former Prime Minister.

Hillsborough disaster inquests to deliver verdict on Tuesday | UK news | The Guardian
Jury indicates majority decision made on whether 96 people were unlawfully killed by gross negligence manslaughter.

Manchester United’s Juan Mata admits footballers earn obscene money | Football | The Guardian
You don't say.

MLS Rewind: Bruce’s big dilemma, refs (again) + TotW & PotW – ProSoccerTalk

PST's resident MLS connoisseur digs into the biggest topics from the weekend just completed, and looks ahead.

Fading Green; or, how Nigeria failed to qualify for AFCON
This piece of football poetry captures how Nigeria, the 2013 African Champions, have now failed to qualify for back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations.