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Arsene Wenger unhappy with Andre Santos

Wenger slams Santos for swapping shirts with Van Persie midway through United defeat

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 5 November 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has let Andre Santos know that swapping shirts with Robin van Persie midway through Saturday's defeat to Manchester United was unacceptable.

The Brazilian left-back was team-mates with Van Persie until the striker's acrimonious departure to Old Trafford during the summer.

Santos endured a torrid time against United and also came under scrutiny for exchanging shirts with the Holland international at half-time of a game in which Arsenal slumped to a 2-1 defeat.

Slammed: Andre Santos (left) was criticised by fans and now his manager after trying to swap shirts with Robin van Persie at half-time during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United

Slammed: Andre Santos (left) was criticised by fans and now his manager after trying to swap shirts with Robin van Persie at half-time during Arsenal's 2-1 defeat to Manchester United

Centre of attention: Santos was in training on Monday ahead of Arsenal's Champions League tie against Schalke

Centre of attention: Santos was in training on Monday ahead of Arsenal's Champions League tie against Schalke

Reports suggested Santos could be dropped from Tuesday's Champions League tie at Schalke as a result but, while angry with the left-back, Wenger was keen to downplay the incident.

'I spoke about that but I don't want to make too much of a big story of that,' the Arsenal boss said.

'I believe that was not the right thing to do at all, but that is not an explanation for our bad performance on Saturday.'

Wenger was not the only one to hit out at Santos after the ill-advised shirt-swapping.

Arsenal fans were furious with the Brazilian's decision to pursue Van Persie, particularly after the defender had delivered a poor performance in the first 45 minutes in Manchester.

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour blasted Santos for the incident, and for his defensive abilities.

Ill advised: Santos accosted Robin van Persie at half-time

Ill advised: Santos accosted Robin van Persie at half-time

Controversial: Van Persie left Arsenal for 24million to Manchester United in summer

Controversial: Van Persie left Arsenal for 24million to Manchester United in summer

'That's a joke. I wouldn't have that,' Parlour said in The Sun. 'At half-time he should be concentrating on his game and he was having a nightmare.

'He can't play in a back four as he gets caught out of position all the time.'

Incensed fans also took to Twitter to vent their fury with the left-back.

On Twitter, @LBFutbol wrote: 'Santos shouldn't be allowed to come back on the pitch after that,' while another added, 'Incredible demonstration after that shambles of a 45 minutes from the “defender”.'

Others, including @GoonerTalk, said, 'Unbelievable', @wilforiley added, 'Andre Santos… The single biggest joke to ever wear the Arsenal shirt', and ‏@EddieBaby66 wrote, 'I present to you…. Andre Santos. Truly shocking'.

Unhappy: Arsene Wenger let Santos know that it was inappropriate to swap shirts with Van Persie before the game was up

Unhappy: Arsene Wenger let Santos know that it was inappropriate to swap shirts with Van Persie before the game was up

Van Persie travelled north in the summer for 24million after refusing Arsenal's offers of a new contract.

The Dutchman took only three minutes to score in his first game against his former club, but refused to celebrate his goal out of respect.

Van Persie said: 'I played at Arsenal for eight years and had a fantastic time. It was out of respect for the fans, players, manager and the whole club.'

And the gesture seemingly resonated with the men in purple and black, with Wenger first shaking hands with the Dutchman at the break, before Santos bounded the length of the pitch to ask for his shirt.

Patrice Evra doubled United's lead after Wayne Rooney had missed a penalty and Santi Cazorla hit a consolation with the last kick of the ball.

Tough task: Arsenal now turn their attentions to Schalke in their bid to progress in the Champions League

Tough task: Arsenal now turn their attentions to Schalke in their bid to progress in the Champions League

Star man: Santi Cazorla scored Arsenal's consolation goal at Old Trafford on Saturday

Star man: Santi Cazorla scored Arsenal's consolation goal at Old Trafford on Saturday

Rory McIlroy shines in BMW Masters second round in Shanghai

McIlroy charges through the field to put heat on Hanson as Ryder stars shine in Shanghai

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UPDATED:

10:57 GMT, 26 October 2012

Peter Hanson, the one European to draw a blank at the Ryder Cup, now has 10 of his team-mates chasing him at the top of the BMW Masters leaderboard in Shanghai, including a certain Rory McIlroy.

While Welshman Jamie Donaldson crashed from four ahead to six behind with a second round 74 – 12 worse than his opening course record – Hanson moved onto 14 under par with a nine-birdie 64.

The 35-year-old Swede, far from happy about being given only two games by captain Jose Maria Olazabal in Chicago a month ago, goes into the weekend two ahead of title favourite McIlroy.

Sign of the times: Rory McIlroy waits for a marshal to rule on his ball's lie on the seventh hole

Sign of the times: World No 1 Rory McIlroy waits for a ruling on his ball's lie on the seventh hole, before the obstruction is moved (below) so he can continue with his fine round, which ended with a seven under par 65

Good news: The sign is removed for McIlroy to play his shot
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'I'm really looking forward to it,' Hanson said. 'Playing with the world No 1 is always fun – it used to be Tiger, now it's Rory.

'I like to test myself and there's no better way than head-to-head. It's a good way to test your mental abilities and if you can play well it makes it so much nicer.

'I'll be playing 30-40 yards behind him and he's going to be tough to beat, but hopefully I can give him a match.'

McIlroy added a bogey-free 65 to his first day 67 and that opened up a three-stroke gap to third-placed Robert Karlsson, who burst out of the pack with a 64.

Looking good: McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the second round of the BMW Masters

Looking good: McIlroy watches his tee shot on the 14th hole during the second round of the BMW Masters

'I played very well and gave myself a lot of opportunities,' said McIlroy, seeking a fifth victory of the season on the same Lake Malaren course where he won the Shanghai Masters a year ago.

'I saw Peter was going well and wanted to stay in touch. When I needed to get up and down I was able to make those and then got on a nice little run (he had a hat-trick of birdies from the 13th).'

Donaldson's golden touch of 24 hours earlier deserted him with five bogeys in nine holes either side of the turn.

'There were too many sloppy shots,' he commented. 'It was a tough day and slightly frustrating, but that's golf sometimes.

Leading the way: Peter Hanson hits an approach during his brilliant second round of 64

Leading the way: Peter Hanson hits an approach during his brilliant second round of 64

'I started pretty good and didn't capitalise, then my iron play was poor, but you never know what you are going to get with me – it's like a box of chocolates.

'Hopefully I'll sort it out and hit it close again – if I shoot a good score I'll be right in the mix of things.'

On eight under he is in a share of fourth place with another Swede, Alex Noren, England's Justin Rose and also Irishman Shane Lowry, winner of the Portugal Masters only two weeks ago.

Lowry dropped plans to go the PGA Tour qualifying school afterwards and admitted after his 64: 'I did a bit too much celebrating – it was a bit mental – but I came here early and did a good bit of practice'.

Fashion victims: John Daly (second left) is watched by a group of local fans at Lake Malaren

Fashion victims: John Daly (second left) is watched by a group of local fans at Lake Malaren

Karlsson might have to enter the Tour school in America to keep his card there. With one event to come next month he is down at 161st on the money list and only the top 125 retain membership.

At least he is back playing well after the horrors of the summer. He was having such problems with his swing that he even pulled out of The Open just before it started.

Rose is second to McIlroy on this season's European Order of Merit – the Northern Irishman has already secured that title in the States – and a second successive 68 kept alive his hopes of reeling him in.

In the hunt: Justin Rose is clinging on to McIlroy's coat-tails in the European Tour's Race to Dubai

In the hunt: Justin Rose is clinging on to McIlroy's coat-tails in the European Tour's Race to Dubai

Luke Donald, who did the trans-Atlantic double last year, is in joint eighth place on seven under, Scot Paul Lawrie one further back and both Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter five under.

Disappointed to be alongside them is Olazabal. Freed of the pressures of the captaincy, he began with a 67 to be joint fourth, but followed it up with only a 72 on another day of low scoring.

Andre Villas-Boas says Gary Cahill can be a vital part of Chelsea"s future

AVB says Cahill has correct skills to complement his footballing revolution at the Bridge

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says new signing Gary Cahill can be the flag-bearer for his Stamford Bridge revolution.

The capture of the England international defender, who has agreed an 80,000-per-week deal which will expire in 2017, brings to an end Villas-Boas’ six month chase for the Bolton player.

The Portuguese boss says Cahill’s style will become a vital component of Chelsea’s future.

New boy: Gary Cahill waves to fans at Stamford Bridge during Chelsea's win over Sunderland

New boy: Gary Cahill waves to fans at Stamford Bridge during Chelsea's win over Sunderland

‘He had good technical abilities which is important in the way we want to play and to implement our passing philosophy.’

Chelsea defender Alex is on his way out at Stamford Bridge, with QPR having bid for the Brazilian centre-back.

His compatriot David Luiz has raised some eyebrows with his risky style of defensive play, so it is likely Cahill will challenge him to partner fellow Englishman John Terry in the centre of the Blues' defence.

Liverpool 0 Stoke 0: Shot-shy Reds fail to break down stubborn Potters

Liverpool 0 Stoke 0: Shot-shy Reds fail to break down stubborn Potters

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish failed to come up with the winning formula at Anfield as his side were held to a goalless draw against Stoke.

An unfamiliar line-up to combat the visitors' obvious physical strengths initially appeared to cause more problems for the Reds than it did their opponents.

It took until after the break for Dalglish's side to find their feet but they still struggled to carve out chances against the obdurate Potters and it cost them yet another three points.

Guilty: Dirk Kuyt (centre) should have scored for Liverpool but missed a simple chance

Guilty: Dirk Kuyt (centre) should have scored for Liverpool but missed a simple chance

MATCH FACTS

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Coates, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Carragher, Adam, Henderson (Bellamy 74),Gerrard, Downing (Carroll 58), Kuyt.

Subs Not Used: Doni, Aurelio, Shelvey, Kelly,Flanagan.

Stoke: Sorensen, Woodgate (Wilkinson 78), Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Delap, Whelan, Palacios (Whitehead 62), Etherington (Fuller 87), Walters,Crouch.

Subs Not Used: Begovic, Jones, Pennant, Jerome.

Booked: Shawcross,Sorensen,Walters.

Att: 44,691

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

They may still be unbeaten at home this season but they have now drawn seven of their 11 matches and the issue is starting to become more of a problem.

The point was exactly what Stoke had come for, however, and they left happy after doing a textbook job in stifling their hosts' creative abilities.

Liverpool lined up in the same 3-4-2-1 formation with which they beat Stoke at home last season but with the personnel different – including summer signing Sebastian Coates being given his first Barclays Premier League start – they struggled to adjust.

Dirk Kuyt, without a league goal since the final day of last season,
lacked support up front and while Glen Johnson, on the right of
midfield, roamed everywhere on the opposite flank Jose Enrique got
forward less than he did playing at left-back.

There appeared to be misunderstanding and confusion everywhere Liverpool
turned and Stoke were more than grateful to watch it all unfold in
front of them with little intervention required on their part.

Very little quality was evident in the first half – Steven Gerrard's
raking 60-yard crossfield ball straight to the feet of Enrique apart –
as players ran down the blind alleys Stoke shepherded them into.

Eyes on the ball: Martin Skrtel (left) vies with Stoke midfielder Matthew Etherington

Eyes on the ball: Martin Skrtel (left) vies with Stoke midfielder Matthew Etherington

In fact the visitors had probably the best chance midway through the
first half from a quick counter-attack but even then Matt Etherington's
shot from outside the penalty area was easily saved by Jose Reina.

Stewart Downing, Gerrard and Jordan Henderson all had shots from
distance but only the latter's troubled goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

For all their struggles at home this season, with four wins and six
draws in 10 matches before kick-off, it was easily the worst 45 minutes
seen at Anfield since Dalglish returned as manager a year ago.

Chance: Stewart Downing lines up a shot as Liverpool struggle to a goalless draw at home to Stoke

Chance: Stewart Downing lines up a shot as Liverpool struggle to a goalless draw at home to Stoke

There was a slight improvement after the break but not to the standard expected of a side with top-four ambitions.

Johnson twice cut in from the right to shoot with his left foot, having
his first blocked and dragging the second wide, and when Enrique finally
got forward his cross from the left byline was too close to Sorensen.

Rare: Matthew Etherington tries his luck for Stoke but his side posed little threat in front of goal

Rare: Matthew Etherington tries his luck for Stoke but his side posed little threat in front of goal

Striker Andy Carroll made his entrance in the 59th minute to replace
Downing and immediately caused a problem with Robert Huth putting him a
headlock, unseen by referee Howard Webb, from Gerrard's corner.

Stretching: Steven Gerrard played off Dirk Kuyt but even he couldn't inspire Liverpool to a win

Stretching: Steven Gerrard played off Dirk Kuyt but even he couldn't inspire Liverpool to a win

The England international's next intervention was less helpful, however,
blocking Henderson's goalbound volley from Enrique's cross before then
deciding he required a change of footwear.

Gerrard's threaded through ball picked out the toiling Kuyt in the area
but the Holland international's first touch let him down.

Frustration: Andy Carroll protests to the fourth official as Liverpool stutter to a drab draw

Frustration: Andy Carroll protests to the fourth official as Liverpool stutter to a drab draw

The Dutchman was to miss Liverpool's best two chances in the final 13
minutes when he headed Enrique's deflected cross wide and then nodded
into the side-netting at the far post.

Come on ref! Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish reacts to a challenge on Stewart Downing

Come on ref! Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish reacts to a challenge on Stewart Downing

Prior to those chances he had also gone down in the area as he tried to reach Johnson's cross after Carroll had twice appeared to be fouled by Huth in the box.

Martin Skrtel's downward header from Craig Bellamy's corner bounced over and with it went his side's chances of getting a winner as the hosts ran out of ideas.

Below par: Andy Carroll started on the bench (above) and failed to make an impact when he came on (below)

Below par: Andy Carroll started on the bench (above) and failed to make an impact when he came on (below)

Below par: Andy Carroll started on the bench (above) and failed to make an impact when he came on (below)