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Apr 022016
 
Mesut Ozil (right) says Arsenal have “mucked up” their Premier League title hopes

Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil’s negative comments about Arsenal’s season were “not welcome”.

The Gunners boss will speak with the Germany midfielder about his suggestion in midweek that Arsenal had “mucked up” their Premier League title challenge.

“I agree the statement is not welcome,” said Wenger. “No matter if it just one chance in 100, we have to believe.”

Three wins in 10 Premier League games have left Arsenal 11 points behind leaders Leicester with a game in hand.

Arsenal are at home to Watford on Saturday in a repeat of last month’s FA Cup quarter-final, which the Hornets won.

Asked whether he would discuss the quotes with Ozil, Wenger said: “We will talk about that of course.

“The worst thing in life is to have wrong beliefs. You have to make sure you give absolutely your best, and at the end accept if somebody is better than you.”

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Apr 022016
 
Jordan Rhodes’s goal against QPR is his first in since 9 February

Middlesbrough moved to second in the Championship as they held on for an enthralling win at QPR.

Boro’s Jordan Rhodes bobbled the opening goal over QPR keeper Alex Smithies, only for Jamie Mackie to level with a superb effort off the bar.

Grant Leadbitter had a penalty saved by Smithies before the Boro captain then found Gaston Ramirez with the ensuing corner to nod home a second.

Ben Gibson made it 3-1 before QPR’s Tjaronn Chery set up a tense finish.

More to follow.

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Apr 022016
 
Celtic won at Tynecastle in the League Cup earlier this season

Previews and team news as Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic host Hearts while struggling Motherwell travel to Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

All kick-offs at 15:00 BST unless otherwise stated.

Celtic v Heart of Midlothian (12:30)

Dundee v Ross County

Inverness Caledonian Thistle v Motherwell

Partick Thistle v Kilmarnock

St Johnstone v Dundee United

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Apr 012016
 

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Costa’s coming together with Gareth Barry

Chelsea striker Diego Costa will serve an additional one-match ban and has been fined £20,000 after admitting a charge of improper conduct.

The 27-year-old has been punished for his reaction to his sending-off against Everton in an FA Cup tie on 12 March.

The Spaniard clashed with Gareth Barry and motioned towards biting him, although the Everton midfielder later said no contact had been made.

Costa was originally handed a two-match ban, but will now miss three games.

The first of those was the 2-2 draw with West Ham on 19 March and he is suspended for Saturday’s away game at bottom-placed Aston Villa.

Costa, who has also been warned as to his future conduct, will now be absent for his side’s trip to Swansea on 9 April.

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Diego Costa: Match of the Day pundits on Chelsea striker’s ‘bite’

Everton won the FA Cup quarter-final 2-0 at Goodison Park and Costa was sent off in the 84th minute for two bookable offences – the first on-pitch red card of his Chelsea career.

However, he originally received a two-game automatic ban as it was considered to be his second dismissal of the season after he was given a retrospective three-match ban for altercations with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel in September.

Costa helped Chelsea win the Premier League title last season and has scored 11 goals in his past 16 games under manager Guus Hiddink.

On Friday, the Dutchman said he would use the final eight games of the Premier League season to “experiment”, with the club 10th in the table.

Diego Costa’s sending-off against Everton was the first of his Chelsea career during a game

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