Sport Swansea full-back Ben Davies has been linked with a move to Tottenham

The Welsh international has impressed at left-back for the Swans and could become Pochettino's first signing as manager at White Hart Lane

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 6 March 2014

Late Sturridge goal punishes Denmark

Aaron Ramsey insists he never doubted his own ability after becoming Arsenal's stand-out star this season

Aaron Ramsey to be rewarded for Arsenal form with five-year £100,000-a-week new contract as he returns to full training

Gunners to be handed a double boost on the same day they also announce new deals for Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky

Nicklas Bendtner has admitted that he is unhappy with his lack of playing time at Arsenal having played just 82 minutes of Premier League football this season

Nicklas Bendtner signals summer exit from Arsenal after stating if you're happy with not playing, you 'need to find another job'

The Danish striker was speaking ahead of Denmark's international friendly against England on Wednesday night

Heading for trouble: Alan Pardew attacks David Meyler in a confrontation which led to him being sent to the stands at the KC Stadium

Alan Pardew head-butt: Newcastle manager has until Thursday to respond to FA charge

Pardew has already been fined £100,000 and formally warned by the club but faces further action from the FA

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 4 March 2014

Lallana: Shaw can be as good as Bale

Steven Nzonzi believes the way to defeat Arsenal is to 'kick them a little bit'

Stoke 1 Arsenal 0: Steven Nzonzi jibes Gunners by admitting they don't like it when you 'kick them a little bit'

Nzonzi was revelling after the Potters 1-0 victory on Saturday in which he said the Arsenal squad crack when you pressure them and get stuck in

Roberto Soldado celebrates his goal for Tottenham Hotspur against Cardiff City

Tottenham 1 Cardiff 0: Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor tipped to click by manager Tim Sherwood

Soldado notched his first goal in nine games to earn victory over the Bluebirds and Sherwood believes his two strikers can form a formidable strike partnership

Alan Pardew head-butt: Newcastle fans call on manager to lead by example ahead of FA decision

Governing body are likely to charge Pardew after he was sent to the stands during Newcastle's 4-1 win over Hull for head-butting David Meyler

Heading for trouble: Alan Pardew attacks David Meyler in a confrontation which led to him being sent to the stands at the KC Stadium
Andre Schurrle celebrates scoring his third goal for Chelsea in their victory over Fulham

Fulham 1 Chelsea 3 match report: Andre Schürrle stars as Chelsea pull four points clear

German’s rapid hat-trick extends the Blues’ lead at the top of the Premier League to four points

David Meyler of Hull City clashes with Alan Pardew, Manager of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United

Hull City 1 Newcastle 4 match report: Alan Pardew apologises – but it can’t undo the damage or escape club fine and formal warning

It was a comprehensive and much-needed win for Newcastle – totally overshadowed by the most inglorious episode in this manager’s career

Head start: Garry Monk has taken a scientific approach to management

Swansea v Crystal Palace: Garry Monk calls for Swans to use Europa League hurt to earn victory against Eagles

Swansea were knocked out of the Europa League last-32 by Napoli on Thursday but Monk wants the team to bounce back in their campaign to avoid Premier League relegation

Costel Pantilimon and Joe Hart (right) are vying to play in goal for Manchester City tomorrow

Manchester City v Sunderland: Joe Hart prepared to sit out League Cup final is Manuel Pellegrini sticks with Costel Pantilimon

Hart has regained his position as first choice goalkeeper but Pellegrini has chosen to play Pantilimon in the domestic cups so far this season

Southampton defender Luke Shaw could be given his first England cap in Wednesday's clash with Denmark

Southampton v Liverpool: Mauricio Pochettino believes in Luke Shaw ahead of his World Cup audition against Luis Suarez

Shaw received his first call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the friendly against Denmark but he must come through today's clash with Liverpool first

Transfer news: Arsenal reportedly interested in summer move to bring back former captain Robin van Persie from Manchester United

Striker is believed to be unsettled at Old Trafford with reports suggesting Arsene Wenger is interested in bringing him back to the Emirates

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