Wenger will shake Mourinho’s hand

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Arsene Wenger is willing to let bygones be bygones.

We think.

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Arsenal head to Manchester United on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) in a massive Premier League clash as Wenger and his old pal Jose Mourinho renew their rivalry.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Wenger confirmed he will shake Mourinho’s hand. That’s something he didn’t do following the FA Community Shield last August which was was the latest in a long line of bitter exchanges between the managers.

“Of course. I respect the ritual that is so important in the Premier League,” Wenger confirmed when asked if he’d shake Mourinho’s hand.

Wenger was also asked to describe the relationship between him and Mourinho but dodged that question and put the onus on the players.

“I don’t think I have to describe our relationship,” Wenger said. “He will fight for his team and I will fight for mine. That’s completely normal. I do not make these games a competition between two managers. I can understand people want to create controversy, but it’s not that that makes the audience. What will make the audience is the quality of the game. It’s important it’s a top-level game for the reputation of the Premier League. That will be down to the players on the pitch.”

From Mourinho calling Wenger a “specialist in failure” and Wenger pushing Mourinho on the sidelines, their rivalry has intensified over previous years and that spilled over into games between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Arsenal had Kieran Gibbs sent off at Chelsea in 2014 in a 6-0 win for the Blues and then Gabriel and Santi Cazorla were both sent off in 2015 as Chelsea won again, this time 2-0 in Wenger’s 1000th game in charge of Arsenal.

Wenger would surely love nothing more than to keep Arsenal’s unbeaten streak of 10 Premier League games going and also beat Mourinho’s United to pile more pressure on the Portuguese manager early on in his time in charge at Old Trafford.

There’s just one small thing to consider: Mourinho has never lost to Wenger in 11 Premier League encounters and has only lost once (in an FA Community Shield game last August) in 15 games in all competitions against Arsenal as a manager.

MLS Three Things: RBNY beats Atlanta, is a special club right now

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At this point, Jesse Marsch could take the USMNT job, Tyler Adams could bolt for the Bundesliga, and we’d still have to select the New York Red Bulls to finish with a home playoff game.

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That’s how well run RBNY is these days, which is to take nothing away from their coach and 19-year-old star, but considering they navigated a solid CONCACAF Champions League run en route to this start… well…. wow.

On a night when Luis Robles’ ironman streak ended, Kaku recorded two assists, and Ezequiel Barco bagged his second goal in three matches, they don’t even meet the requirements of our three things.

Form giants deliver more goals

Marsch’s men have been shutout once this season, and most multiple goals in four-consecutive wins. Three of those four wins have come on the road, at LA, Colorado, and now Atlanta.

RBNY has the best points-per-game in Major League Soccer, has scored the joint-most goals despite playing in the second-fewest games, and is allowing barely more than a goal-a-game.

Bet against ’em. We dare ya.

BWP delivers the goods

RBNY’s 33-year-old English star scored twice and won a penalty that Daniel Royer converted as he continued his assault on all future Red Bulls’ hopes of becoming the club’s leading scorer.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has almost 50 more goals than his nearest competitor, Juan Pablo Angel, and he makes headers look like child’s play.

Victory comes with a price

Kemar Lawrence was lost with a scary-looking face-plant on a clearance, and needed to be stretchered off the pitch. Hopefully it’s not long-term for the Jamaican back.

Willian “edits” Conte out of FA Cup champions photo

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Willian is not a fan of Antonio Conte.

Come to another conclusion if you like, but it’s hard to argue the Brazilian wizard’s feelings following his Instagram post after Chelsea beat Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.

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Willian covered his manager in trophies following the win, and it’d be a stretch to call that a tribute to the Italian’s tactical brilliance.

The player recorded seven goals and six assists despite playing less than all but 12 Chelsea players in league play (12th place Alvaro Morata had 11 and 6).

We’re accepting alternative explanations for the since-deleted Instagram photo below:

Elis scores twice as Dynamo beat Fire 3-2

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Alberth Elis scored two second-half goals to help the Houston Dynamo beat the Chicago Fire 3-2 on Sunday for their first road win of the season.

Elis, on a one-on-one breakaway, cut back to evade defender Johan Kappelhof and ripped a right-footer from the center of the box into the back of the net to give Houston (4-3-3) a 3-2 lead in the 74th minute.

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The Dynamo’s Romell Quioto opened the scoring in the fourth, running onto a long through ball from Tomas Martinez and rolling the finish past sliding goalkeeper Richard Sanchez. Nemanja Nikolic tied it in the 14th minute and then fed Diego Campos for a goal about two minutes later. Elis converted from the spot to make it 2-2 early in the second half after Mauro Manotas drew a foul in the area conceded by Sanchez.

Chicago (3-6-2) has lost three of its last four games.

 

Inter Milan back in the Champions League after late heroics (video)

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It’s been more than a half-decade since Inter Milan qualified for the UEFA Champions League, an infamous run that ended on Sunday.

Inter scored twice in the final 13 minutes to beat fifth-place Lazio and advance into the Top Four via head-to-head record.

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Lazio held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but could not get the job done at home, collecting red cards in the 79th minute and stoppage time.

Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino scored his third goal of the season, redirecting a corner kick home in the 81st minute, as Inter clinched fourth place in Serie A.