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What games should I watch this weekend?

Let’s have a look-see. Kind of a rote Saturday in the Premier League. Sunderland vs Southampton is the early game at 7:45 AM EST, which you can watch if you want to overhear announcers talk about an ownership situation for a while. Whole lotta meh after that. In Italy, Juve vs Samp is on at 2:45 PM EST, and in La Liga Real Betis face Real Madrid at 10:00 AM. Refreshingly early!

On Sunday, Swansea vs Spurs at 8:30 AM, and then the genuinely interesting Chelsea vs Man United at 11:00 AM, if only for the could-have been stuff. If you’re an early bird you can watch Udinese vs Lazio at 6:30 AM, and then later in the day the new and possibly improved Milan under Seedorf face Hellas Verona.

And guys! Eredivisie! Ajax vs PSV! 10:30 AM EST! Rockin’ it! Enfin, Atletico vs Sevilla at 3:00 PM, en La Liga. That’s basically it.

What’s the big story?

Arsene Wenger knows his future plans at Arsenal, and he wants the January transfer window abolished.

The first point is obviously raising eyebrows:

Arsene Wenger indicated he has already decided whether to stay on as Arsenal manager, with public confirmation of a contract extension expected to follow in the coming weeks.

The 64-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and talks have been going on for some time to tie up the long-term future of the French coach.

As ever, how this news is received among Arsenal supporters is directly related to their place in the Premier League, and it’s as good as it has ever been.

Any other news?

Southampton manager Pochettino will stay on at Saints until the end of the summer, at least, as he weighs what to do after chairman Nicola Cortese departs.

Man United’s Anderson set for a move to Fiorentina, Aston Villa pick up Ryan Bertrand.

The Philadelphia Union take the first pick in the MLS SuperDraft, and it’s a goalkeeper, Andre Blake.

Brendan Rodgers is pretty sissboombah on Daniel Sturridge, and Liverpool’s title chances. Slow news day guys.

RvP backs David Moyes at United, so everything’s fine.

In a much fairer light, Ian Ladyman’s look at Moyes at United ahead of the Chelsea match is balanced.

Seedorf arrives in MEEEEEELan!

Words come out of Grant Holt’s mouth.

Neymar picks up a nasty ankle knock.

The Ravel Morrison situation deteriorates at West Ham.

Any fun stuff?

Messi was injured?

Any good reads?

I’ll take Sid Lowe on Pepe Mel:

Mel certainly has a way with words. When his former club Real Betis lingered near the foot of the table last season, he publicly claimed that he would rather his teenage daughter announced she was pregnant than see his team relegated. Betis recovered brilliantly, while the remark said something about Mel’s ability to communicate with the fans, creating a communion between stands and pitch. It also showed how much he cared.