Newcastle striker Ranger to go on trial | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger is due to go on trial today accused of assaulting two revellers and two police officers on a night out.

Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger is due to go on trial today accused of assaulting two revellers and two police officers on a night out.

Ranger, 21, is charged with assault and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place in Newcastle city centre on August 27 last year.

The striker, who lives in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, and has played on loan for Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley and in Crystal Palace and Southampton‘s youth teams, denies the charges.

The trial at Newcastle Crown Court is scheduled to last two to three days.

Liverpool fullback Johnson: Hodgson made great England impact | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson enjoyed playing for England coach Roy Hodgson at the Euros.

Liverpool fullback Glen Johnson enjoyed playing for England coach Roy Hodgson at the Euros.

Johnson had been impressed with the impact Hodgson had already made before England were beaten 4-2 on penalties by Italy in last night’s quarter-final in Kiev.

He said: “What impact has Hodgson made? I think he has done fantastic and in such a short space of time.

“To come into the job so close to the start of a major tournament is never going to be easy in setting down your laws and the way you want things to be run.

“But I think he has gradually tried to set out what he wants to do and the lads have adapted.

“The lads have been around the game a long time so they are not stupid.

“Things are going to settle in quite quickly and I think things are looking bright for the future as long as we keep going the way we are.”

Man City midfielder Nasri facing TWO-YEAR ban | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri could be hit with a two-year international ban by France for his bust-up with a local reporter.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri could be hit with a two-year international ban by France for his bust-up with a local reporter.

Nasri could be banned from international football for two years following his attack on a journalist at Euro 2012, says L’Equipe.

French Football Federation president Noel le Graet labelled Nasri’s behaviour ‘intolerable’ and warned the player he must assert more self-control in future.

Arsenal boss Wenger thrilled to close Giroud signing | Transfers | Tribal Football

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delighted with the signing of Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is delighted with the signing of Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of the France international Giroud from Montpellier on a long-term contract.

Wenger said: “We are delighted to have secured the signing of Olivier Giroud. He has a very good physical presence and is exceptional in the air, with a great work ethic. We are excited about Olivier joining us and he will add an additional dimension to our attacking options next season.

“He has proved that he is capable of performing at the top level with club and country, and we saw what a big influence he was in Montpellier’s championship-winning side last season. We all look forward to Olivier joining us and seeing him play in an Arsenal shirt.”

Limpar likens ex-Arsenal boss Graham to Saddam Hussein! | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Arsenal hero Anders Limpar has likened former manager George Graham to Saddam Hussein!

Arsenal hero Anders Limpar has likened former manager George Graham to Saddam Hussein!

The former Gunners player, who won five trophies during four years in north London, including the league title in 1991, added that the Scotsman did not even shake his hand after telling him he would not be offered a new contract.

“George Graham’s regime was like living in Iraq under Saddam [Hussein],” Limpar told Aftonbladet TV. “He was disgusting. You would turn up for training one day and he would call [one player] into his “room”, although it wasn’t a room because everyone could hear what he was saying. Then he [Graham] would say: ‘I have sold you to Leeds.’ So the player replies: ‘I don’t want to join Leeds.’ Graham then says: ‘Well, you just have to pack your bag and leave.’

“What a swine. I have never seen a guy like that [player]. Tears running down his cheeks. Had been at Arsenal since he was 16. I think it was Leeds he was sold to.”

Liverpool fury as Sigurdsson chooses Tottenham | Transfers | Tribal Football

Tottenham are regarded as favourites to land Hoffenheim winger Gylfi Sigurdsson ahead of Liverpool.

Tottenham are regarded as favourites to land Hoffenheim winger Gylfi Sigurdsson ahead of Liverpool.

The Daily Mail says the Iceland ace, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, could complete his £8million switch to White Hart Lane by the end of the week.

Sigurdsson has agreed personal terms with Spurs, snubbing the chance to work under former Swans chief Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.

Rodgers is said to be furious with Sigurdsson’s decision to join Tottenham after holding extensive talks with the 22-year-old.

Giroud completes Arsenal move: I'm delighted to be here | Transfers | Tribal Football

Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud has completed his move to Arsenal.

Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud has completed his move to Arsenal.

Arsenal have confirmed the signing of the France international Giroud from Montpellier on a long-term contract.

“I am delighted to be here at Arsenal and to be part of one of the great teams in English football,” said Giroud, who passed a medical on Monday evening. “It’s a huge satisfaction to join this great club and it’s been a dream since I was young to play in the Premier League.

“I was attracted by the philosophy of football and Arsène Wenger’s ‘touch’ at this club. I have always admired Arsenal with its great history and reputation, and I now hope to achieve great things here. I’m very proud to be a Gunner and I will give my best for all the Arsenal fans.”

Merson brands Liverpool's Carroll "ABSOLUTE DISGRACE!" | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Former Arsenal and England striker Paul Merson has slammed Liverpool forward Andy Carroll.

Former Arsenal and England striker Paul Merson has slammed Liverpool forward Andy Carroll.

Merson was stunned that Carroll didn’t take a penalty in England’s failed Euros shootout against Italy.

He wrote in the Daily Star: “It’s an absolute disgrace that he didn’t take a penalty for England. He cost £35m – it’s his job to score goals!

“Ashley Cole is the best left-back in the world. It’s his job to defend, not score goals.

“That’s what Carroll is there for.

“How he doesn’t take a penalty in front of Cole is disgusting. It winds me up so much.”

Lescott future at Man City in doubt | Transfers | Tribal Football

The future of Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is in doubt.Lescott is returning to England after an outstanding Euro2012 campaign with England.

The future of Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is in doubt.

Lescott is returning to England after an outstanding Euro2012 campaign with England.

But talkSPORT says the defender’s future at City is no guarantee and he may be squeezed out of the club as manager Roberto Mancini seeks a new centre-half signing.

Arsenal and Tottenham will be among clubs alerted to Lescott’s availability.

Bale happy to stick with Tottenham – beyond next season | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Gareth Bale sees his future at Tottenham – even beyond next season.The Welsh wonder has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, but is happy at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale sees his future at Tottenham – even beyond next season.

The Welsh wonder has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid, but is happy at White Hart Lane.

The People says still only 22, Bale wants another year in north London and will push for a move only if Spurs fail to qualify for Europe’s elite competition again next season.

Bale still has three years left on his existing deal and is likely to be offered a new deal worth £70,000 a week, which would bring him in line with the club’s top earners.