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Arsenal boss believes Leicester are title contenders

Wenger and Van Gaal say Leicester are title contenders. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has joined Louis van Gaal in considering Leicester as genuine Barclays Premier League title contenders.

The Foxes sit at the top of the table after a superb start to the season under Claudio Ranieri - with Jamie Vardy leading the drive as the division's top goalscorer.

"Of course, you cannot rule them out," the Frenchman replied when asked if Leicester could win the title.

"Mathematically, you cannot rule Chelsea out. Even the bottom teams are in it. It is so difficult. It is so tight and I don't even look at the league anymore because it is very, very tight.

"Last week as you said, we had a bad result against West Brom and so did Manchester City (against Liverpool) so it compacted the whole table."


Gerrard wanted Spurs midfielder to replace him at Liverpool

Steven Gerrard has revealed that he wanted Dele Alli to replace him at Liverpool.

Gerrard left the Reds this summer to join LA Galaxy and has singled out Spurs and England midfielder Alli as the man he wanted to step into his shoes at Anfield.

Gerrard wanted Liverpool to sign Alli. Credit: PA

"He looks ahead of me as far as England games and appearances are concerned," Gerrard told BT Sport.

"He's got more experience because he came through at MK Dons which has helped him progress and make the impact he has done at Tottenham.

"I was actually disappointed Liverpool didn't sign him. I thought he was certainly a player Liverpool might've tried to go for, especially with me coming to the end.

"He's certainly a player that could play for Liverpool for 15 years, he's got that ability."


ECB rules helmets must be worn in county cricket

Wearing helmets will be mandatory. Credit: PA

Wearing helmets will be mandatory for professional cricketers in England and Wales from next season.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the changes, following a joint review with the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA), which will see male and female professional players required to use helmets which meet the latest British Safety Standard.

The change in helmet regulations comes a year on from the tragic death of Australia batsman Phil Hughes after he was struck on the neck, just below the helmet he was wearing, while playing for New South Wales in Sydney.

Former England and Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter was also forced to retire from the game after he was struck in the face by a bouncer while playing in the LV= County Championship in 2014.

The regulation change will apply to batsmen facing all types of bowling, wicketkeepers standing up to the wicket and fielders closer than eight yards from the batsman's middle stump, except behind the wicket on the off side.

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