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Crystal Palace team to play Arsenal: Speroni, Kelly, Dann, Tomkins, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke
Arsenal team to play Crystal Palace: Cech, Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Wilshere, Ozil, Sanchez, Lazazette
Palace subs: Hennessey, Van Aanholt, Fosu-Mensah, McArthur, Puncheon, Riedewald, Sako
Arsenal subs: Ospina, Walcott, Holding, Iwobi, Welbeck, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles

Crystal Palace 0-0 Arsenal LIVE: Follow all the action

Arsenal are aiming to keep tabs on the Champions League places as the festive Premier League fixture list continues at Selhurst Park.  The Gunners - managed by Arsene Wenger for a record-equalling 810th time in the Premier League - will move to within one point of Liverpool with a win. Crystal Palace meanwhile could go as high as 13th with victory. Kick-off is at 8pm GMT, and you can follow all the action live right here with Sportsmail's MATTHEW SMITH taking you through everything that happens in this London derby...

Klopp urges fans to forget about Virgil van Dijk's price

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool fans should forget about Virgil van Dijk's price tag and focus on what he can bring to Anfield as the club's new signing was pictured leaving Southampton's training ground on Thursday. The Dutchman has agreed to move to Merseyside for £75million, the highest fee paid for a defender, from Southampton on January 1. Van Dijk was pictured collecting his belongings from Southampton's Staplewood training ground on Thursday morning, choosing to not park in his usual space and looking sombre as he departed in his Mercedes.

Barcelona are growing increasingly concerned that one of either Manchester United or City will pay Samuel Umtiti's release clause after Virgil van Dijk's big money move to Liverpool.

Jamie Carragher said the Premier League has become 'a joke' for the defensive way sides set up against the top six teams. But is Carragher right? Sportsmail's team of reporters have their say.

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw brought a touch of much needed festive cheer to the club's training ground over Christmas after ordering 50 hampers for the staff.

Gunners legend Wenger will break Sir Alex Ferguson's 810-game record for the highest number of Premier League matches managed after his side visit West Brom on New Year's Eve.

George Weah will be elected president of Liberia after dominating the run-off election in his homeland. Ex-Chelsea star Weah has won 61.5% of the vote with 98.1% of ballots counted.

Morgan Schneiderlin reveals celebrity bowling scoreboard

With the two best football clubs in the Premier League squeezed into one mid-sized city in the north of England, it is no surprise to see Manchester's All Star Lanes littered with famous footballers from time to time. The scores of every celebrity have been tallied onto a Top Gear-style scoreboard and the wife of Morgan Schneiderlin (inset) posted a picture of it on Instagram (left), revealing the top scores of Zlatan Ibrahimovic (top right), Coleen Rooney (bottom right), Anthony Martial (bottom left) and Rihanna (top left) among others.

Swansea appoint Carlos Carvalhal as new manager

Carlos Carvalhal has been appointed the new Swansea manager. The Portuguese boss, who succeeds the sacked Paul Clement, has been given the job until the end of the season with the option of an extension. However Sportsmail understands should the club avoid the Premier League drop — the basement boys are five points behind 17th-placed West Ham — former manager Roberto Martinez remains a long-term possibility.

After playing a key role in winning five titles with Real, the Portuguese forward has been chosen as the Best European Sportsperson of 2017 in a vote by 26 international news agencies.

Raheem Sterling says Pep Guardiola has removed the needless dribbles from his game and has turned him into a ruthless goalscorer. Sterling has now scored 17 goals this season.

Manchester United will not renew their interest in Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann as manager Jose Mourinho is not convinced he can live up to his price tag in the Premier League.

SIMON JONES: Sam Allardyce and Steve Walsh are pushing to get business done early in January with Everton's squad stretched with injury and illness.

Barcelona are ready to ramp up their interest in Liverpool's Phillippe Coutinho ahead of the January transfer window - and will meet his agents in the new year.

Arsene Wenger v Alex Ferguson: How do records stack up?

This week is a big one in the career of Arsene Wenger, as he equals old rival Sir Alex Ferguson's record for the most Premier League games managed. The Arsenal boss takes his side to Crystal Palace on Thursday night for his 810th outing, and then the visit of Chelsea on January 3 will take him into the outright lead. But how do the two old foes compare with one another? Here, Sportsmail takes a look back at their records, signings, legacy, entertainment value and more... 

Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown answers your questions following Harry Kane's hat-trick exploits and also looks ahead to the next round of Premier League fixtures.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said he would rather sacrifice his job and walk away from the Emirates than renounce his football values, adding he gave 'substance' to the club.

Liverpool's Klopp prepares to 'collect the bones'

A thumping 5-0 win over Swansea on Boxing Day is put to the back of the collective mind as the Reds prepare to take on Leicester on Saturday before travelling to Burnley on Monday. Klopp and his players were out on the training pitches at Melwood trying to physically prepare for the rigours of two games in such a short period of time.

England Under-17 World Cup winner Brewster has revealed the multiple incidents of horrific racist abuse he has already suffered in his career - and he feels UEFA do not care enough about the issue.

SHERIDAN BIRD: Patrick Cutrone, who will be 20 years old on January 3, scored the only goal in Wednesday night's cup derby between AC Milan and Inter.

Manchester City look set to bolster their defensive options during the January transfer window with Jonny Evans and Ryan Bertrand part of a five-man shortlist.

Chris Hughton has defended the right of the so-called smaller clubs to set up negatively against the likes of Manchester City after Newcastle drew criticism from some quarters on Monday night.

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker could come face-to-face as early as mid-January, with their proposed unification clash expected to be finalised in the coming days.

CHRIS CUTMORE: Yes, I can hear the groans from here. But come on – ‘tis the season to be jolly. Right now, England boast two of the three most exciting goalscorers in the Premier League.

Virgil van Dijk profile: Liverpool's new £75m signing

After one of the most drawn-out and contentious transfer pursuits in the club's history, Liverpool finally have their man. All-too-aware of his team's long-standing need for a top class central defender, Jurgen Klopp never entertained any other option as the best man for the job. Virgil van Dijk (pictured with girlfriend Rike Nooitgedagt, main pic) will officially join the Liverpool squad on Monday after the Reds shelled out £75million to sign him from Southampton.

Liverpool to sign Virgil van Dijk for £75m

Liverpool have smashed the world record fee for a defender by sensationally completing the £75million signing of Virgil van Dijk. He will officially become a Liverpool player on Monday, when the January transfer window opens. He has signed a contract worth more than £180,000 per week that will run until June 2023.

Last night it was announced that Liverpool had finally got their man and Virgil van Dijk will be heading to Anfield for £75million on January 1. But where will he fit in for Jurgen Klopp?

Southampton have a history of selling off their best players for an incredible profit. Sportsmail runs down their amazing XI they have recouped £300million for in recent seasons.

Leicester manager Claude Puel says Southampton star Virgil van Dijk can be the best defender in the world following his record £75million move to Liverpool.

Virgil van Dijk is an important signing for Liverpool, but while centre back is a position Jurgen Klopp needed to strengthen, one player will not fix the problems in his defence.

Alastair Cook hits 200 as England establish lead

PAUL NEWMAN AT THE MCG IN MELBOURNE: The relief of reaching his hundred was replaced by pure joy when Alastair Cook doubled it to carry his bat and England on his broad shoulders towards a position where they can finally hope to defeat Australia. What a moment it was for Cook when he played what is a rarity for him in the form of the most perfect of straight drives off Jackson Bird to take him to his fifth double hundred and surely one of the most satisfying innings of his long career. Yes, the Ashes may have gone but there is plenty still at stake in this Test, not least proof of the continuing excellence and desire of an opener who has made it clear that there is to be no dying of his light just yet.

Six things you missed from day three of the Ashes Test

Alastair Cook ended the third day of the fourth Ashes Test on 244 not out as England established a lead of 164 runs over Australia to further boost their chances of averting a 5-0 whitewash. The England opener batted magnificently as England chased down and then overtook Australia's first innings total to finish the day on 491 for nine at the MCG. As always, Sportsmail has rounded up some of the things you may have missed from the latest day of Ashes action.

At some point, Root is going to have to sit down and ask himself whether he's working out those percentages properly. He's got all the shots in the world.

Australia told us they were going to be ruthless with their sledging in this Test but a third-day scoreboard of 491 for nine suggests they haven't been up to scratch.

A wine advert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was made to look rather silly after its joke about England's lack of opening batsman was played alongside Alastair Cook's double century.

Man Utd players train in the cold before Southampton game

Manchester United players trained in the freezing cold at their Carrington base on Thursday as they gear up to face struggling Southampton at Old Trafford on Saturday. Goalkeeper David de Gea looked particularly prepared for the conditions as he covered his face with a Manchester United snood. Swedish defender Victor Lindeloff followed suit as did a host of other players as they tried to keep the cold at bay.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez snuggles up to beloved dog Atom

Ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace, Alexis Sanchez has been enjoying some quality downtime after Christmas by chilling at home with his beloved dogs. The Chilean international took to Instagram on Wednesday night to post a couple of short videos of Atom snuggling up next to his owner.

Real Madrid are already lining up a move for Kane, with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy well aware of the growing interest. Kane has become one of the most valuable players.

The ugly fall-out following Guy Noves' sacking as France coach has begun, with the French Rugby Union reportedly pursuing a case of serious misconduct against their former boss.

Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is poised to become Sam Allardyce's first signing as Everton boss after a £25million transfer fee was agreed.

Everton remove T-shirt using Kop image from online store

Everton have removed a T-shirt from their online store after eagle-eyed supporters noticed that the main image was in fact of Liverpool's Kop. The 'Everton Royal Crowd T-Shirt' was swiftly taken off of sale after the embarrassing gaffe was noticed. Using the image of Liverpool fans, Everton had mixed the photo with a blue background before adding the club's logo on top.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino hopes to recruit at least two new players following the £75million sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool. Van Dijk will be available at Anfield from January 1.

Kick It Out has urged the Football Association to act with 'urgency' over alleged racist chanting during Millwall's Sky Bet Championship match with Wolves on Boxing Day.

West Ham are ready to scupper Borussia Monchengladbach’s hopes of signing Reece Oxford on a permanent deal by recalling the starlet from Germany next month.

Carlos Carvalhal insists Swansea can avoid Premier League relegation following his surprise appointment as Paul Clement's successor.

Roger Federer snaps selfie with quokka ahead of Hopman Cup

Roger Federer is so well loved across the globe, even marsupials are delighted to meet him. That much was evident as he snapped selfies with Perth's famously happy quokkas on Thursday. The world No 2 is in Western Australia to partake in this weekend's Hopman Cup and took the chance to visit Perth's Rottnest Island, famed for the large population of the tame quokka. Federer was seen snapping selfies with the little creatures and later posted the pick of the bunch to social media, showing the quokka appearing to smile for the camera alongside the living tennis legend.

Andy Murray back on court and relishing return to fitness

Former world number ones Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are relishing their return to competition after serious injuries cut their last campaigns short, but the overriding aim for both players in the New Year is to stay fit and healthy. Murray, who has struggled with a persistent hip injury since the Briton's quarter-final exit at Wimbledon in July, pulled out of the US Open and dropped to 16th in the world rankings. The 30-year-old is scheduled to participate in the Brisbane International which starts on December 31 as he gears up for the Australian Open, but a season blighted by injury has changed the double Wimbledon champion's outlook.

World No 1 Rafael Nadal's ongoing knee injury has seen him pull out of the season-opening Brisbane International.

Novak Djokovic's comeback match in Abu Dhabi will be against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut. Djokovic has not played a match since shutting down his season at Wimbledon.

Newcastle were trailing 1-0 having had only two touches in the opposition box at home against City - who had 15 shots in the first 45 minutes - leading Carragher to blast the negative tactics.

FIFA 18 esports pro loses 10-1 after OGs and red cards

We all have that one friend who will start slide tackling at every opportunity when they get frustrated in a game of FIFA 18. When you're losing, it's a good way of taking out some of your anger on your opponent.  However, you wouldn't expect an esports professional to do it, especially in the middle of an actual league match. 

George North announces engagement to cyclist Becky James

Northampton Saints and Wales rugby star George North has announced his engagement to Olympic cyclist Becky James on Twitter. The 25-year-old winger and double Olympic silver-medallist James made the news public on Wednesday as he shared a loving photo of the duo in front of a Christmas tree.

Pep Guardiola has admitted he wants to 'escape' from a 'terrible' holiday programme despite seeing Manchester City surge 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Kompany limped off less than 10 minutes into City's Premier League clash with Newcastle United on Wednesday night. The Belgian looked pained, both through the knock and in frustration.

AC Milan have joined Premier League clubs in the hunt for Ajax starlet David Neres. The forward is enjoying a stellar campaign grabbing nine goals in 22 games including 12 assists.

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Shinji Kagawa turns into Competitive Dad by nutmegging son

'Competitive Dad' was a famous character on the popular comedy The Fast Show whose aim is to beat his kids in every sporting endeavor - and it appears former Manchester United star Shinji Kagawa is carrying on the fine tradition.  The 28-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder posted a video on social media of him nutmegging his young son an incredible eight times.  Despite the poor lad's best efforts he couldn't get the ball off his father, prompting him, unsurprisingly, to burst into tears.

Ronaldo celebrates 2017 with special gala in his honour

It has been another remarkable year for Cristiano Ronaldo - and what better way to celebrate than throwing a party in his own honour. After a 2017 that saw him win the Champions League, La Liga and Club World Cup with Real Madrid, as well as earn a record-equalling fifth Ballon D'Or and become a father to three more children, Ronaldo threw what was dubbed the 'CR7 Gala'. Ronaldo organised the evening himself to mark his achievements in the company of his family and friends. 

West Ham United are hopeful of strengthening their central midfield and are also targeting right-sided players in the January transfer window, manager David Moyes has said.

Mohamed Salah will be the star of the Egypt team at next summer's World Cup and is good enough to play alongside the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid, claims Hector Cuper.

Gattuso admitted that he may be 'the worst coach in Serie A' before urging his AC Milan players to go on a winning run after beating rivals Inter. Patrick Cutrone scored in the 14th minute of extra time.

Crystal Palace could have landed Liverpool's soon-to-be record signing Virgil van Dijk for a paltry £6m from Celtci former Eagles boss Neil Warnock has revealed.   

Sevilla have appointed ex-AC Milan boss Vincenzo Montella as their new manager to replace Eduardo Berizzo. Berizzo was dismissed from his position as Sevilla manager on Friday.

Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet has revealed the club are in takeover talks with 'various interested parties'. Duchatelet made the announcement on the club's official website.

Newcastle 0-1 Manchester City: Match report

NEWCASTLE UNITED 0-1 MANCHESTER CITY - IAN LADYMAN AT ST JAMES' PARK: Not only are Manchester City a terrifically exciting football team, they also have the majority of the Premier League in a psychological stranglehold. Here was the hard evidence. This was a game that only really became a game in the final 10 minutes. Newcastle and their manager Rafael Benitez clearly didn’t believe they could beat City, not even at home. Who really does believe they can beat them anymore? Pep Guardiola’s team have now won their last eighteen league games and that run has drained the belief, the optimism and the courage from just about everybody else.

Tony Pulis takes Middlesbrough training for the first time

Tony Pulis has taken his first training session as Middlesbrough manager since his Boxing Day appointment.  The former Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion boss was brought in by the Championship club after they surprisingly sacked Garry Monk on December 23. After watching his new charges beat Bolton at the Riverside Stadium on the day he was announced, Pulis will take charge for the first time when they host Aston Villa on Saturday.

The former England manager joined the Israeli outfit as a coaching consultant to manager Jordi Cruyff in August, but on Thursday, McClaren revealed that he will return home.

Abdullahi recently helped the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer and would be available for £500,000 in January with his side reluctant to lose him for nothing.

Burnley are no longer intimidated by the prospect of difficult Premier League fixtures on their travels, manager Sean Dyche said after his side recorded two draws and a win in their last four away games.

Sir Alex Ferguson cannot envisage Jose Mourinho changing Manchester United's style of play, says Dwight Yorke. Yorke was speaking to the former United manager about Mourinho's tactics.

QPR centre back Steven Caulker has left the Championship outfit by mutual consent with an immediate effect. The 25-year-old has not appeared for the R's since September.

The 26-year-old, who joined the Ibrox club from Wigan Athletic in 2015 for £200,000, is open to a return to England where Championship rivals Reading have also expressed interest.

Blazing fire tears through Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium

A blazing fire tore through the Quisqueya Juan Marichal Stadium in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, just moments before a baseball match was scheduled to begin. The inferno broke out in the designated press area on the seventh floor of the stadium, located in the country's capital Santo Domingo, moments before the Cibao Giants and the Escogido Lions were due to play. Reports suggest it was an electrical fire that started in one of the air conditioning units in a canteen.

Wright beaten by Lewis at the World Darts Championship

Peter Wright suffered a shock World Darts Championship second-round loss on Wednesday night as the world No 2 was beaten by an inspired Jamie Lewis. Lewis was 1-0 down to Snakebite, who almost had to withdraw from this tournament after being hospitalised for gallstones, but came back to win 4-1 with a 107.27 average at Alexandra Palace in London. Second seed Wright, 47, was runner-up in 2014 but appears to have been unable to find form after his disrupted build-up due to his illness.

Bath have been fined £60,000 for allowing Taulupe Faletau to feature in Wales' autumn international with South Africa. Wales' fourth autumn Test fell outside World Rugby's window.

Former world number ones Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic are relishing their return to competition after serious injuries with both players hoping to stay fit and healthy in 2018.

Novak Djokovic is relishing his return to tennis after being out of the game for six months. The Serb has not played since abandoning his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych.

Serena Williams will make her playing comeback following the birth of her daughter at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.

Young, 50, who won 51 Wales caps and went on three Lions tours, was on the shortlist to replace head coach Warren Gatland when he leaves Wales after next year’s World Cup.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA AT THE ASHES: The Ben Stokes affair is now the subject of even more friction between the varying camps.

Three of the last seven renewals have been run in early January and in consultation with the race sponsor and the British Horseracing Authority, the card has been saved once again.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Thursday's meetings at Lingfield, Leicester, Catterick and Leopardstown.

Jose's blame game: Manchester United boss moaned about cash, history and pressure... but is he right on ANY of it?

Jose Mourinho was moaning again after Manchester United dropped more points at home to Burnley on Boxing Day. The under-fire United boss pointed the finger of blame – but this time there were multiple targets. His players, his transfer budget, his rivals and a dig at Manchester City were among the hot topics as Mourinho spoke after the match at Old Trafford. Here, Sportsmail breaks down his comments – and assesses whether he has a point on each of them…

Harry Kane broke Alan Shearer's 22-year record for most goals in a calendar year on Tuesday against Southampton. He scored a hat-trick in Tottenham's 5-2 victory.

DOMINIC KING: They rave about the brilliance of Philippe Coutinho, offer eulogies to Sadio Mane and Mo Salah, but Roberto Firmino is world-class and invaluable to Liverpool.

Whose name was considered too risque for Blackpool? Who rejected Birmingham for a porn career? And why might it matter if your goalkeeper is a duck-billed platypus?All this and more.