Monday Kickoff: Wenger tempted by Henry, Liverpool faces Spurs and more

Monday Kickoff: Wenger tempted by Henry, Liverpool faces Spurs and more

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Monday Kickoff: Wenger tempted by Henry, Liverpool faces Spurs and more




Thierry Henry's return to Arsenal may last just a little longer than expected, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

The French striker has enjoyed his brief loan spell at Arsenal, netting a goal in the club's 7-1 win over the weekend.  After the game, Wenger revealed to the media that there's a possibility that the New York hitman could stay for another two weeks.  

The extra two weeks would allow Henry to play in the London club's FA Cup clash with Middlesbrough/Sunderland and, perhaps more importantly, its Premier League match with Tottenham on February 26th.

Whether or not Henry sticks around has yet to be seen, however it's on the radar of Wenger and could come to fruition, should things line up for Arsenal.

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In what has already been a whirlwind few days in soccer may only get better as two of England's heavyweights prepare to clash tonight, admittedly with two different long-term objectives in mind.

Tottenham will look to keep their title dreams alive as they makes their way north to Anfield where an in-form Liverpool will be waiting.

The Reds still harbor Top 4 hopes, and a win today would ensure its contention in the race after Chelsea dropped points in yesterday's match with Manchester United.  The return of Luis Suarez to Liverpool's lineup could prove vital, as Andy Carroll has finally begun to show signs of life in the striking department.   

The last time the two sides met, Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayoor stole the show in a 4-0 destruction of Liverpool at White Hart Lane.  The Welshman and Togolese International will be looking to emulate that performance today at 3:00PM ET.


As per usual, it seems, there is fresh controversy coming out of the English national team set up — this time, from head coach Fabio Capello.

The Italian openly criticized England's Football Association with its decision to strip long-time captain John Terry of the armband in the wake of his ongoing racial investigation.

Terry, who has been the subject of intense media scrutiny after allegations that he racially abused Anton Ferdinand in a Premier League match.  His court date was set on Friday for July 9, 2012, allowing Terry to potentially play in the Euro 2012 tournament.

However, Capello, who is currently making $9.5 million a year, is reportedly breached his contract with his comments and could find himself in hot water after FA Chief Executive said the matter is being taken "very seriously."


Today marks the anniversary of a tragic day in the illustrious history of Manchester United, as 54 years ago, Flight 609 crashed upon takeoff and killed eight members of the squad and three staff members.

In total, there were 23 fatalities, also including journalists, crew and close friends.  

Notably, Bobby Charlton was among the survivors (21 in all) and went on to play one of the most distinguished careers in the game, winning the Ballon d'Or the World Cup and dozens more honors.

Here is a tribute to the legacy of the disaster.


Think Henry will stick around a little longer? Who do you see coming out on top between Liverpool and Tottenham?  What's the key to victory?

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