Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Walcott Injury, Vidic Won't Extend Contract, Sunderland vs. Manchester United, Scribes, Podcast, Free Chili If You Buy A Pint

Top of the Tuesday to you. Theo Walcott's all banged up and won't play again this season. He also will not play for England in the World Cup. It's that cruciate ligament, don't you know. Cue loads of articles on who Arsenal should buy to replace Theo and how England are now really screwed. Amy Lawrence thinks there's no need to panic. Alan Smith begs to differ. Phil McNulty simply looks at all the angles.

Up in Manchester, everyone's favorite Serb Nemanja Vidic could leave for nothing this summer after a contract extension at Old Trafford was ruled out. Apparently, he's keeping his options open. Speaking of United, they're up at The Stadium of Light for the Capital One Cup Semi-Final First-Leg showdown against Sunderland (2:45pm EST on beIN Sport USA).

It's wicked cold as all get out out there so let's hit the U.S. Men's National Team Hot List. Corona? Shea? Onyewu? Go on. Warm up.

Speaking of hot and warm, The Mill is here. As is your Plus One.

International Scribe Time! Phil Ball is still AWOL. What's up with that? Here are his Brothers in Arms:

Location: Spain
Scribe: Sid Lowe

Location: Italy
Scribe: Paolo Bandini

Location: Germany
Headline: Battling Blatter
Scribe: Uli Hesse

Location: Germany
Scribe: Raphael Honigstein

Location: Germany
Scribe: Raphael Honigstein

Location: Brazil
Scribe: Tim Vickery

Podcast! On today's Football Weekly, AC Jimbo has Barry Glendenning, Rafa Honigstein and Jacob Steinberg along for the ride to look back on all the action in the FA Cup, where a fairly uninspiring list of fixtures threw up a surprising amount of drama. We start at Old Trafford, where Swansea claimed the biggest scalp, beating Manchester United, before moving onto Nottingham Forest's 5-0 mauling of West Ham. At least the Hammers and the Red Devils can redeem themselves in the Capital One Cup midweek. Or not. Next, we pour scorn on Paul Lambert whose weakened Aston Villa got what they deserved by being dumped out of the cup by Sheffield United, and wonder how much Arsenal will miss Theo Walcott after he was injured in their 2-0 win over Spurs. Finally, we catch up on some transfer gossip, find out how Juventus got on against Roma, and resume contact with our foul-mouthed friend in Spain, Sid Lowe – all the while hoping that Jimbo doesn't get a parking ticket …

FA CUP 4TH ROUND DRAW (Ties to be played on weekend of January 25/26)
Sunderland v Kidderminster or Peterborough
Bolton v Cardiff
Southampton v Yeovil
Huddersfield v Charlton or Oxford
Port Vale or Plymouth v Brighton
Nottingham Forest v Ipswich or Preston
Southend v Hull
Rochdale v Macclesfield or Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal v Coventry
Stevenage v Everton
Wigan or MK Dons v Crystal Palace
Chelsea v Stoke
Blackburn or Manchester City v Bristol City or Watford
Bournemouth or Burton v Liverpool
Birmingham, Bristol Rovers or Crawley v Swansea
Sheffield United v Norwich or Fulham

And finally...free chili if we buy a pint? Consider our arms twisted...



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