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Wenger to leave Arsenal: 'I feel it is the right time'

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has announced that he will step down from the role he has occupied since 1996 at the end of the season.

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LIVE: Wenger to step down - all the reaction

Arsene Wenger is to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, follow all the developments throughout the day.

Ogden: Wenger leaves Arsenal with tarnished legacy

Arsene Wenger leaves Arsenal with a tarnished legacy after staying on too long but in time, fondness and respect for his achievements will return.

Man United or Spurs: Who needs the FA Cup more?

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Pogba and Co. must avoid more Spurs woe

January's Wembley defeat at Spurs was a night to forget for Man United and their most-expensive signing. Saturday offers a chance to make amends.

Tottenham need FA Cup win but Mourinho wants it more

Mauricio Pochettino should stop talking down the FA Cup. Spurs have a 10 year trophy drought but serial winners like Jose Mourinho prove that winning a cup can spark more success.

Pochettino: FA Cup win won't take Tottenham to the next level.

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Manchester United or Spurs: Who needs the FA Cup more?

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Pochettino: No Wembley advantage for Spurs.

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TOP HEADLINES

Morata's Chelsea nightmare continues

Antonio Conte's side maintain hope of a top-four finish after beating Burnley to claim their second away win in five days, but Alvaro Morata's ongoing frustration was visible once again.

Morata apologises for substitution tantrum

Antonio Conte said he will consider playing Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud together in attack for Chelsea's FA Cup semifinal against Southampton.

Who's to blame for Chelsea's failed season?

With Chelsea on the outside looking in when it comes to the UCL next season, the FC crew examine who's to blame for their underwhelming campaign.

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Burnley 1-2 Chelsea: Chelsea five points from 4th.

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Burnley 1-2 Chelsea: Chelsea five points from 4th.

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Moses restores the lead for Chelsea.

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Fortuitous finish by Barnes brings Burnley level.

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Morata misses golden chance to double Chelsea's advantage.

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Kevin Long's own goal gifts Chelsea the lead.

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Premier League Highlights

Burnley 1-2 Chelsea: Chelsea five points from 4th.

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Leicester City 0-0 Southampton: Spoils shared.

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Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United: "B" squad does just fine.

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Brighton 1-1 Tottenham: Hosts earn valuable point.

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Prem: Top goals of Week 34.

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WATCH: Manchester City's top goals of the season.

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Transfer rumours

Transfer Talk: Man City to renew Mahrez pursuit

The most contentious saga from the winter window is back as Man City ready a summer bid for Riyad Mahrez. Transfer Talk has the latest.

Transfer Rater: Eriksen to Barcelona

Christian Eriksen to Barcelona and Jack Wilshere to Wolves are two of today's transfer rumours, courtesy of Football Whispers.

Tierney to replace Shaw at United?

Scouting Spotlight looks at a potential replacement for Luke Shaw at Man United and two young Germans who could be on the move to England.

Major League Soccer

WATCH: LAFC unveil new stadium.

LAFC co-owners Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Mia Hamm and Nomar Garciaparra share their excitement as Banc of California Stadium is unveiled.

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Magic: I can't wait for LAFC's first home game.

LAFC co-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson shares his thoughts on the impact Banc of California Stadium will have on the LA community.

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Weekend football

FA Cup and Premier League predictor.

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W2W4: Do Spurs care about FA Cup?

W2W4 previews the weekend's action by highlighting its most compelling storylines as Man United and Tottenham vie for a place in the FA Cup final.

Pogba, Man United respond to Mourinho criticism

With their under-scrutiny midfielder impressing, much-changed Man United got a confidence boost ahead of Saturday's FA Cup semifinal vs. Tottenham.

Pogba and Herrera land 9/10s for United

Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera dictated play for Manchester United, as one would expect them to at their best. But Luke Shaw looked rusty.

WATCH: Mourinho on Pogba's performance.

Jose Mourinho was asked to rate Paul Pogba and respond to Paul Scholes' scathing criticism of the Frenchman after the West Brom match.

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Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United: "B" squad does just fine.

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Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester United: "B" squad does just fine.

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Romelu Lukaku makes it 2-0.

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Lingard and Smalling connect for United's first.

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WATCH: Mourinho on Pogba's performance.

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Who starts for Jose Mourinho on Saturday?

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Wilson: I wouldn't dive with an open goal in front of me.

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last train to russia (watch in u.s. on espn+)

Last Train to Russia: Ekaterinburg.

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Last Train to Russia: Kazan.

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Last Train to Russia: Samara.

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Last Train to Russia: Saransk.

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Last Train to Russia: Nizhny Novgorod.

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Last Train to Russia: St. Petersburg.

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fifa world cup

Ibrahimovic: I am going to the World Cup.

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Baggio's penalty, Poll's card trick in World Cup bloopers

Roberto Baggio's penalty, Graham Poll's three-card trick and Rene Higuita's walkabout feature in Nick Miller's World Cup Top Tenner of bloopers.

World Cup auditions highlight Libertadores

One of the early trends in this year's Copa Libertadores is that players are getting a chance to audition for European clubs and World Cup spots.

Italian Serie A

Napoli visit Juventus with title race firmly back on

Just days ago, Napoli's title challenge seemed to be dead but favourable results Wednesday make Sunday's trip to Juventus the "mother of all games."

Gab Marcotti recaps a wild day in Serie A.

Juventus' shock draw against Crotone opens up the door for Napoli in the Serie A title race. Gab Marcotti and the FC boys recap it all.

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Sturaro 4/10 as Juve's title bid stumbles

Juve let two important points slip ahead of their clash against Napoli on Sunday, with Stefano Sturaro typifying the Bianconeri's lax attitude.

Moreno: Toronto looked like they didn't belong.

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Toronto must discover ruthless streak

After missing chances in the first leg, Toronto must now score two goals at minimum, something no team has done to Chivas in this tournament.

Chivas' attacking endeavor surprises Toronto FC

After delivering a gritty performance to get past NYRB in the previous round, no one expected Chivas to stun Toronto like it did on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid

Soccer

Money won't deter Perez over Arrizabalaga

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is keen on signing Athletic 'keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and when Perez wants you, cost isn't normally an issue.

Zidane: Real Madrid don't listen to you guys.

Zinedine Zidane defended his side's recent performances and admitted that they try to avoid what the press have said about them.

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Real Madrid's Ronaldo equals scoring record

Madrid face Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal with Ronaldo having scored in his last 12 matches.

Bundesliga

Bayern dominance, Bundesliga brain drain

The semifinals of the DFB Pokal highlighted some glaring problems in the Bundesliga, with Bayern Munich's hegemony continuing to go unchallenged.

Muller, Lewandowski on fire for Bayern

Bayern brushed aside Leverkusen with top-shelf goalkeeping by Sven Ulreich and a relentless attack led by Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller.

WATCH: The art of dribbling with Leon Bailey.

Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey gives ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes a crash course in the art of dribbling and reveals his influences growing up.

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Premier League

Premier League winter break plan not fit for purpose

A mid-season break is long overdue in England, but the current proposals are deeply flawed and nothing more than a lame attempt at ticking a box.

Premier League winter break: How it could work

The Premier League in February confirmed it is open to the idea of introducing a winter break, and reports suggest it could be announced soon.

Safe standing should return to English football

Football grounds are safer than they have ever been. Safe standing provides a chance to further reduce the risk to matchgoing supporters.

Must see video

City2City: Carli Lloyd visits Chicago super fan - Via Man City.

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Conte warns of Manchester City domination.

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PSG have given Neymar too long a leash.

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Do UEFA referees favour Real Madrid?

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Premier League

PFA Team of the Year - alternative XI

The PFA Premier League team of the year is out. But which players can consider themselves unlucky not to have made the final XI?

VOTE: Do you agree with PFA Team of the Year?

Manchester City dominated the Professional Footballers' Association's Premier League team of the year, but do you agree?

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Liverpool

Soccer

Liverpool gearing towards a title challenge

Liverpool are fighting for second place as they look to lay down a marker ahead of a potential title challenge next season.

Liverpool reveal 2018-19 home kit

Following the success of this season's kit, which honoured the club's 125th anniversary, Liverpool have decided to retain the retro look.

Are Salah, Firmino and Mane Liverpool's best-ever front three?

Liverpool's front three of Salah, Firmino and Mane have no historical equal statistically, but silverware can end the 'best-ever' argument for good.

Mbappe 8/10 as PSG reach Coupe de France final

While most of his teammates were below standard, Kylian Mbappe rose to the occasion, scoring twice to carry PSG into the Coupe de France final.

PSG deserved Coupe de France finalists - Silva

Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva felt that his team are deservedly into the Coupe de France final after beating Caen 3-1.

PSG have given Neymar too long a leash.

With Neymar in Brazil playing poker during PSG's title celebrations, the ESPN FC guys question his priorities and commitment to his club.

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Barcelona

Soccer

Does Barcelona's unbeaten streak mean anything?

Barcelona's draw with Celta secured the longest unbeaten streak in La Liga history, but Craig Burley thinks they'll be defined by their UCL exit to Roma.

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Mina, Gomes look out of their depth

Barcelona were fortunate to leave Balaidos with a point after Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes turned in sub-par performances for the La Liga leaders.

No La Masia stars in Barcelona lineup

After Barcelona included no La Masia graduates in their side for the 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo, here's a look at when that last happened, 16 years ago.

The Toe Poke

Drogba backs Salah after Liverpool milestone

Didier Drogba sent Mohamed Salah a message of congratulations after the Egyptian became the highest scoring African player in a single season.

Zlatan as a movie star? Yes, please!

Everyone's favourite Swashbuckling Swede -- the one and only Zlatan Ibrahimovic -- has admitted he's considering a career as a film star.

WATCH: Conte's wife calls during press conference.

Antonio Conte was embarrassed in front of a room full of journalists as a phone call from his wife interrupted his press conference.

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international champions cup

ICC includes Madrid, Barca, Manchester clubs, Liverpool

The International Champions Cup announced its full 2018 schedule, featuring games like Real Madrid-Man United and Man United-Liverpool.

Man Utd-Liverpool, Madrid-Juve among the biggest games

The International Champions Cup is back for 2018 and will see the game's top teams face off in preseason. Here are six must-see games.

WATCH: Stars heap praise on International Champions Cup.

Luis Garcia, Michael Essien and many more former stars heap praise on the ICC tournament and how it prepares for the long season ahead.

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major league soccer

MLS: 34 goals in 90 seconds.

From NYCFC's rout of RSL to Darwin Quintero's debut goal, check out all the goals from the seventh round of MLS action.

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Power Rankings: Portland Timbers on rise

While the top four teams remain unchanged in the Power Rankings, the Portland Timbers moved up six spots after notching their first victory.

Atlanta 2-2 NYCFC: Barco makes debut - Via MLS.

Ezequiel Barco came off the bench to make his MLS debut, and David Villa scored career goal No. 399 as Atlanta and NYCFC split the points.

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Manchester City

Soccer

Big spending Man City have managerial nous too

Pep Guardiola's critics are obsessed about his spending power and it's an insult to suggest his success is purely down to money.

Man City's title win down to chemistry

While Manchester City relied on individual stars in past title runs, coach Pep Guardiola has created a power this season through team cohesion.

Is there more to come from Manchester City?

ESPN's Mark Ogden and Jonathan Smith discuss whether Pep Guardiola can break even more league records after Manchester City won the Premier League.

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Kane sluggish as Brighton hold on for draw

Harry Kane didn't look his usual self but Spurs moved eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea; Brighton went eight clear of the relegation zone.

Aurier's missteps continue as Spurs stumble

A heavily rotated Tottenham had to settle for a draw from their trip to Brighton, as Serge Aurier gave away his third penalty of the season.

Kane explains Spurs' attacking adjustment in Brighton draw.

Harry Kane breaks down how a tactical switch in the second half helped him get on the ball more and score in Tottenham's draw at Brighton.

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Mexico

Soccer

EXCLUSIVE: Marquez opens up about World Cup hopes.

Mexican legend Rafa Marquez sits down with ESPN to discuss his lengthy career and the possibility of playing in a fifth World Cup before retiring.

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Osorio's big idea for Mexico's World Cup prep

Juan Carlos Osorio has developed an online platform of learning and nutrition for his Mexico players as they prep for the World Cup.

Herrera, Lozano shine among Mexico's Europeos

Looking back at the past week, Mexican soccer fans can revel in Hector Herrera's match-winner for Porto and Hirving Lozano's triumph with PSV.

Brazil

Soccer

Neymar positive on World Cup fitness.

Following the first surgery of his career, Neymar is positive he will be in good shape for the start of the World Cup in June.

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Naldo deserves Brazil World Cup call

Naldo is one of the Bundesliga's greatest-ever imports, and he could yet be heading to the World Cup finals with Brazil.

Pele: Brazil have the best individual players.

Brazil legend Pele feels Tite will have challenging few months ahead of him in terms of assembling the best XI as the Selecao aim to reach the World Cup final.

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Liga MX

Soccer

Unravelling the Liga MX playoff picture with two rounds to go

With the Liga MX playoff picture far from settled with just two weeks remaining, Cesar Hernandez breaks down all 18 teams' chances into four tiers.

Cristante has Toluca ready to break Liga MX curse

Just seven times since Mexico went to a short-season calendar has the league leader won Liga MX. Toluca is out to do it for a record fourth time.

Power Rankings: Toluca keeps top spot, Tigres No. 2

Toluca rebounded from their Copa MX defeat to beat Morelia, retain their Liga MX lead and also top spot in the Power Rankings for Week 15.

MLS Highlights

MLS: 34 goals in 90 seconds.

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New England 0-1 FC Dallas: Dallas remain unbeaten - Via MLS.

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New York 3-1 Montreal: Red Bulls bounce back - Via MLS.

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San Jose 2-2 Houston: San Jose net late equalizer.

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Highlights | POR 1-0 MIN - Via MLS.

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Vancouver 0-2 LAFC: Vela & Rossi lead the way - Via MLS.

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Philadelphia 0-2 Orlando City: Lions make it 3 straight.

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UEFA Champions League

Marcotti reveals Roma's weakness vs. Liverpool.

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Are Real Madrid underdogs against Bayern?

The FC crew are split on whether Bayern Munich or Real Madrid is the likelier side to prevail in their Champions League semifinal tie.

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Who will go through in UCL/UEL?

With the draws made for the semifinals in the Champions League and Europa League, here's a look at how the big games will pan out.

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