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Wenger vexed as Arsenal's injury woes mount SOUTHAMPTON: Arsene Wenger acknowledged he is facing mounting midfield problems as Arsenal enter a decisive stage in the campaign.French midfielder Mathieu Flamini will be suspended for at least three matches, ruling him out of Sunday's meeting with Crystal Palace and the clashes against Liverpool and Manchester United, after collecting a red card in the 2-2 draw at Southampton on Tuesday.And the Arsenal manager revealed Aaron Ramsey has suffered a set-back in his recovery from a thigh problem that forced the Wales midfielder to miss the trip to St Mary's Stadium.The draw meant Arsenal missed out on the chance to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League table and could head into the next round of fixtures in third place if Manchester City beat Tottenham on Wednesday and Chelsea secure a two-goal margin of victory over West Ham on the same day.Ramsey is expected to at least ...

Moyes enthused by Mata's winning entrance MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager David Moyes believes that the options he now has available in his squad will guarantee an improvement in his team's results.Moyes was able to give club-record signing Juan Mata a debut in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday and strikers Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney both returned from injuries against the Welsh club.Van Persie had been absent since December 10 and Rooney had not featured since January 1, ...

Derby romp gives Liverpool edge LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes that his side's 4-0 victory over Everton will give them a psychological advantage in the race to qualify for the Champions League.The Reds claimed an emphatic win over Everton at Anfield on Tuesday, their biggest over their city rivals since November 1982, thanks to a brace from Daniel Sturridge and a goal apiece for Luis Suarez and captain Steven Gerrard.It helped Liverpool consolidate fourth place in the Premier League ...

ICC deal 'pretty good' for New Zealand: Snedden WELLINGTON: New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday dismissed fears it will miss out under a proposed shake-up of the world game, with board member Martin Snedden saying the deal was "pretty good" for the organisation.Snedden, in Dubai representing New Zealand at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting discussing the game's structure and governance, said NZC's finances would receive a significant boost under the plan put forward by India, England and Australia.He also assured fans the ...

ICC backs 'principles' behind cricket shake-up LONDON: World cricket was set for a shake-up after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave "unanimous support" for "principles" to change its structure and governance.However, no sooner had the ICC presented a united front following the first of a two-day board meeting at its Dubai headquarters Tuesday, than South Africa broke ranks.Prior to the meeting, Cricket South Africa had opposed leaked draft proposals designed to give the sport's most financially powerful 'Big Three' nations of ...

Lisicki withdraws from Pattaya Open PATTAYA: Top seed Sabine Lisicki has withdrawn from the Pattaya Open due to a right shoulder injury.The 2013 runner-up struggled in her first round match on Monday, taking two hours to overcome Croatia's Donna Vekic in three sets, and admitted after the match that it had been almost impossible for her to serve effectively. "It was pretty obvious I wasn't able to serve in the second and third sets," she said on Tuesday."I love the ...

Tiger and Rory together in Dubai DUBAI: Top draws Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will go head-to-head over the first two rounds of the 25th anniversary Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday and Friday.They will be hoping for a better showing than a year ago when both opted to start their season in nearby Abu Dhabi and, playing together, miserably missed the cut.This time, both players have already lit the fuse to their new seasons with contrasting fortunes.The 38-year-old Woods missed a ...


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Banking Review 2013

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