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Sol Campbell: Arsenal need more players like Alexis

Alexis Sanchez could be next in line to depart Arsenal for more silverware-laced climes Credit: PA

Arsenal need more players with the mentality of Alexis Sanchez throughout the team to be successful, according to Sol Campbell.

Chile forward Sanchez's future at the Emirates Stadium is in doubt as his current contract expires in the summer of 2018.

Chelsea are among those linked with making a move this summer for Sanchez, who Campbell believes could have played alongside him in the Arsenal team which completed the 2003-04 season undefeated.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League, 19 points behind leaders Chelsea, ahead of this weekend's resumption following the international break.

Campbell crossed the North London divide when moving from Tottenham to Arsenal, while more recently Petr Cech swapped Chelsea for Arsenal.

The prospect of a Sanchez move to Stamford Bridge could be more likely if Real Madrid's perennial interest in Eden Hazard materialises.

Former England defender Campbell told ESPN FC that, far from losing Sanchez, Arsenal should be looking to add more players of his kind to the side.

(Arsenal need) more Sanchez-type of mentality players, from defenders to up front.

I think that for me they need more players like that on the pitch.

Sanchez would easily play in our (Invincibles) side.

(Sanchez) has everything. If you want to win things, you've got to have more guys like that.

– Sol Campbell


Merseyside derby a fitting send-off for Moran - Fowler

Robbie Fowler is confident the Merseyside derby will be a fitting setting to honour Ronnie Moran Credit: PA

Robbie Fowler believes next week's Merseyside derby will provide a fitting Anfield send-off for former Liverpool captain and assistant manager Ronnie Moran.

Moran, who served Liverpool in a variety of capacities for 49 years, died last Wednesday at the age of 83.

A minute's applause was held prior to Saturday's LFC Foundation 'legends' charity match between Liverpool and Real Madrid and further tributes are set to take place when Everton visit in the Premier League next Saturday.

Moran made 379 appearances for the Reds between 1952 and 1968 and then moved onto the coaching staff, retaining a position until his retirement in 1998.

He was one of the famous Anfield Boot Room coaches and played an influential role under managers Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish, Souness and Roy Evans.

He also had two spells as caretaker boss himself and Fowler feels the derby match is the perfect setting to honour Moran's memory.

I'm actually quite glad it's against Everton, the next game.

I think the Everton fans, when things like this happen, they are so respectful as well. I'm not saying anyone else isn't but, the fact is, I think he was involved in almost 100 Merseyside derbies throughout his career. I think the Everton fans will appreciate that as well.

It is terribly sad, but I couldn't think of a better game really for the next game and hopefully his family will all be there and the Everton fans will get right behind the family.

Certainly Liverpool fans will, because he deserves an absolutely unbelievable send-off.

He will get that at an Everton-Liverpool game.

– Robbie Fowler


Man City fined for misconduct over player protests

Manchester City players crowded the referee after Liverpool were awarded a penalty Credit: PA

Manchester City have been fined £35,000 for the misconduct of players during their recent Premier League clash against Liverpool, the Football Association has announced.

City last week pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium on March 19.

City players protested after Liverpool were awarded a controversial penalty early in the second half. They continued complaining after James Milner had struck from the spot to give the visitors the lead, delaying the restart of the game.

A statement from the FA read: "Following an independent regulatory commission hearing, Manchester City have been fined £35,000 after the club admitted an FA misconduct charge.

"City breached FA Rule E20(a) in that in or around the 50th minute of the game against Liverpool on 19 March 2017, the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion."

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