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In loving Memory of
Raphina Baby Mohammed
Sunrise:12 December 1937
Sunset :20th December, 2012
We are sad within our memory, Lonely are our hearts today.
For the one we loved so dearly. Has forever been called away.
We think of you in silence, no eye may see us weep,
but many silent tears are shed, When others are asleep.
Lovingly remembered by her: Children: Sherma,
Bobby, Shane, Wayne(dec.), Donna & David.
Sisters: Aysha & JeanSons in law,
Daughters in Law, 11 Grandchildren,
4 Great grandchildren,
Many other family and friends.
Arsenal s three-month stay atop the Eng-
lish Premier League will end on Monday if
it loses to title rival Chelsea in one of the
biggest matches of the season so far.
After dropping five points in its last two
league games, Arsenal is within range of three
teams --- Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester
City --- heading into the first of four rounds
of matches in quick succession over English
football s traditionally busy festive period.
Second-place Liverpool hosts Cardiff on
Saturday and will move provisionally top for
two days with a win at Anfield. Fourth-place
City travels to Fulham.
Here are five things to know about the
upcoming games in the Premier League:
Arsenal looks to be Christmas No 1
By kickoff on Monday, Arsenal will have had
eight days to get over the humiliation of losing
6-3 at Man City --- a result critics seized on
as evidence that Arsene Wenger s side isn t
ready to challenge for the title.
That came after a 2-0 loss at Napoli, which
almost eliminated Arsenal from the Champions
League, and a 1-1 home draw against Everton.
The tough run of opponents eases somewhat
after the Chelsea match, so staying top of the
league by Christmas Day with a win at Emirates
Stadium should see confidence returning among
Arsenal s players.
Covering for Aguero
City s prolific form of late will be tested over
the festive period as top scorer Sergio Aguero
will be missing until the middle of January, at
the earliest, because of a right calf injury.
The Argentina striker s potent partnership
with Alvaro Negredo has been key to the string
of impressive results in recent months that
have put the team back within sight of Arse-
nal.In Aguero s absence, City manager Manuel
Pellegrini must decide whether to play an extra attacking
midfielder or pair Negredo with Edin Dzeko, who started
the midweek League Cup win over Leicester and scored
Fulham has conceded at least two goals in eight of
its last nine games in all competitions and is second
Five Premier League managers have lost their jobs
so far this season, and it wouldn t be a surprise if
Cardiff s Malky Mackay became the sixth.
Not because of results --- Cardiff is four points above
the bottom three and having a solid season in its first
year back in the top division --- but because it seems
Mackay is being increasingly provoked by Malaysian
owner Vincent Tan.
First of all, Tan removed Iain Moody, Cardiff s head
of recruitment and a close ally of Mackay, in October
and replaced him with a 23-year-old friend of Tan s
son who had no previous football experience.
"My only conclusion is you have a business guy
(Tan) operating the club who knows absolutely nothing
about football," Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
said yesterday ahead of tomorrow s match against
Suarez, Suarez, Suarez
At his pre-match news conference yesterday, Rodgers
raised a glass and gave a toast to the assembled jour-
nalists, wishing them a happy Christmas "and for no
Luis Suarez questions."
It s easy to see why.
Suarez has scored 10 goals in his last six games, is
the league s top scorer with 17 --- even though he
missed the first five matches through suspension ---
and will run away with the player of the year award
if he continues his current form.
Rodgers request fell on deaf ears, although he had
no fresh news on reports that Liverpool is ready to
offer a new contract to Suarez that would make him
the highest-paid player in the club s history.
Manchester United may still be eighth in the stand-
ings and 10 points off first place, but two straight away
wins --- one in the league and the other in the League
Cup quarterfinals --- has put a smile back on manager
David Moyes face.
It s been that kind of season for United, with incon-
sistency plaguing the team. But even without injured
Robin van Persie and with Wayne Rooney a doubt
because of a groin problem, Moyes side will be the
clear favourite to beat West Ham at home tomorrow.
Arsenal could lose top spot against Chelsea
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