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PLAY IT SHORT: Harry heartbreak at Spurs; Nani climbdown must impress Fergie; Welcome back Kieran Gibbs

WELCOME BACK KIERANKieran Gibbs? How could we forget you? Barely a week ago, it was all about Ryan Bertrand and Everton's Leighton Baines challenging the England place of Chelsea star Ashley Cole. But at Anfield yesterday, Gibbs reminded us all that he is back. The Arsenal left-back was outstanding, producing a performance of energy, drive and passion - as Olivier Giroud will admit after copping both barrels from the youngster for blanking him when he was wide open in the first-half. It's no coincidence that both Arsenal goals came from Gibbs' left-side and Liverpool were constantly forced across to their right when trying to find a way around Arsenal's defence.

FRIEDEL DESERVES AVB SUPPORTTottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has to stick with Brad Friedel. No matter the price paid for Hugo Lloris or his reputation, Friedel's performance on Saturday rescued AVB from a home defeat and more scrutiny. The American is now 42, but age shouldn't matter for his manager if he continues performing as he did against Norwich City. Friedel saw off Heurelho Gomes last season and AVB should give him every chance to remain the club's No1, no matter the pressure that comes from above.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HARRY'S SPURS?It's been a heartbreaker for Harry Redknapp this past week. There was definitely something missing from Friday's deadline day with no footage of Harry sitting in his car talking transfers with reporters. Privately, he has to be hurting at the way his squad has been dismantled. The betrayal has been two-fold. Not only the departures of Van der Vaart, Modric and Kranjcar, but also the money Tottenham splashed out to bring in the likes of Adebayor, Dempsey and Vertonghen - just months after he was restricted in January to only bringing in Saha and Nelsen on frees. That's not to mention the treatment of favourites like Dawson and Huddlestone. No matter how you slice it, AVB and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy have failed to build on what Redknapp established. Instead, they've ripped it apart - as results prove.

NANI CLIMBDOWN MUST IMPRESS FERGIEAfter seeing Paul Pogba and Zeki Fryers quit for bigger money, Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has to appreciate the climb down by Nani in the past week. The latest is that his camp have agreed to continue on his current salary, with an improvement in bonuses. He could more than double his money elsewhere - in Italy, France and particularly Russia - but he's showing he wants to stay and play for United. Ferguson talked about Robin van Persie last week rejecting a bigger offer from Manchester City and Nani's gesture must make him rethink.

WHAT CAN RODGERS DO ABOUT REINA?Plenty of talk about Brendan Rodgers' lack of options in attack - but what about between the posts? Pepe Reina is in calamitous form, a shadow of his former self, but what can Rodgers do about it? Denied the chance to sign Dorus de Vries from Wolves, Rodgers finds himself having to stick with Reina, as the howlers mount up. Doni is still on the books, but given Rodgers' push for De Vries, he doesn't have great confidence in the Brazilian.

FULHAM WELCOME THEIR NEW DEMBELEBetter than the old one? Moussa Dembele has introduced himself to Fulham with a superb hat-trick. No, not the Belgian at Tottenham, but the French teen. Dembele has been likened to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and announced his arrival on the weekend with a hat-trick for Fulham U18s against Crystal Palace. Fulham managed to land Dembele thanks to PSG's mega spending, which left the 16 year-old non-plussed over his long-term first team chances. The Cottagers are convinced they've pulled off a coup with the France U17 international's capture and early signs are promising.

Chris Beattie
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