London Lite Wednesday, 28 October 2009 47 WATT CAN WIN ITBREAKING NEWS... Probe by FA after trouble at United tie POLICE have confirmed a total of seven fans were arrested at Oakwell last night as a result of the trouble which flared during the Carling Cup clash between Barnsley and Manchester United. The FA have launched their own investigation after visiting fans wrecked one of the bar areas in the concourse of the North Stand and stole food and money in an incident that marred Uniteds 2-0 win. Eight catering staff were trapped inside a food kiosk and had to barricade themselves in a store room for around 25 minutes as fans broke in. Stewards on the pitch also had food thrown at them during the violence. In a separate incident, three Barnsley fans were arrested for running on to the pitch during play (above). A Barnsley spokesman said: Its a hell of a mess down there. Doors have been kicked in, tills have been damaged and theres food and drink everywhere. It looks like a swamp in one of the bars. Agassiprobe overdruglies THE Association of Tennis Professionals were today considering their response to Andre Agassis revelation that he used the drug crystal meth in 1997 -- and lied to avoid a ban. Agassi has admitted in a new book he convinced the ATP not to punish him after writing a letter to argue the use was accidental. The ATP released a statement saying: It has always been ATP policy not to comment on anti- doping test results unless and until an anti-doping violation has occurred. The ATP has always followed this rule. I LIED TO ESCAPE BAN: PAGE 43 GUNNERS DONT SCARE US: PAGE 44 Golden opportunity for Jordan as old enemy is looking into his Crystal ball SIMON JORDAN has hinted he would welcome a takeover bid for Crystal Palace from his former sworn enemy David Gold. The ex-Birmingham City owner is believed to be eyeing a takeover bid for the Championship club after ending his 16-years at St Andrews. He is keen to return to football but wants to find a club closer to his home in Surrey, and Palace -- who were put up for sale by Jordan over a year ago -- would appear the obvious choice, although he has also been linked with Charlton and West Ham. Jordan and Gold have enjoyed a combustible relationship. The Eagles chairman was infuriated when Birmingham lured his former manager Steve Bruce to the west midlands in 2001. But Jordan insists the pair have now settled their differences and said: All that stuff is in the past. But at the moment [any sale] is hypothetical. There has been no enquiry and no offer. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley pledged to invest 20m back into the Magpies after he last night took the club off the market. In a move to bring some much-needed stability to the St James Park outfit, Ashley also confirmed Chris Hughton as permanent boss. The club revealed that a bid from Barry Moat had fallen through after he failed to come up with the asking price of 80m. That prompted Ashley to take the club off the market with a promise to reinvest. BY GEOFF TEATHER CARLING CUP, FOURTH ROUND, EMIRATES STADIUM, TONIGHT, 7.45PM. REFEREE ALAN WILEY (STAFFS) KEY MEN SAMIR NASRI ARSENAL HES not quite lived up to the New Zidane tag since his arrival from Marseille at the start of the 2008 season, but Arsene Wenger will welcome the Frenchman back to his playing squad with open arms tonight. Nasri is back after a complicated shin problem and ready to push for a first team place in a midfield which is holding things together quite effectively. Time to be the new Zizou, Samir. RYAN BABEL LIVERPOOL ITS been two long years since the move to Liverpool and those first glimpses of Ryan starring for the Dutch Under-21s as they edged out Englands Young Lions for the European title. And hes hardly thrived at Anfield, where competition for places has kept the 10m signing from Ajax spending most of his time on the substitutes cushion. Tonight he gets a rare chance to start and Rafa will be watching. Carefully. ARSENAL 4-3-3 LIVERPOOL 4-2-3-1 Fabianski Gilbert Gibbs SilvestreSenderos NasriCoquelin Fabianski Ngog Benayoun Dossena Degen Aurelio EduardoBendtner Ramsey Cavalieri Benayoun POSSIBLE LINE-UPS Watt ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL Nasrisbeenthrown totheWolves,now hesreadyforReds SAMIR NASRI is ready to repair a ruined season when he makes his return from injury against Liverpool tonight. Nasri has been sidelined since July after breaking his fibula in a tackle with Abou Diabi during their pre-season tour to Austria. The French midfielder needed surgery to clear up the problem and has finally resumed training. He even played 58 minutes for the reserves last week in a 2-2 draw against Wolves. Nasri is now hoping to regain his best form and show Arsene Wenger that he is ready to cement his place in the first-team again. Nasri said: I feel good. I was a little bit tired but I am so happy to be back on the pitch. It has been three months since I was injured so I am really glad to be back. It has been difficult but I was always looking forward for a speedy recovery. I knew it would be hard but everyone was behind me and helping me so I am okay. I need to play because nothing can replace the games. So I work well with [fitness coach] Tony Colbert and now after one or two games I will be ready to come back to the first team. It was the first serious injury I have had. Two years ago in Marseilles I twisted my ankle but it was not bad like this one. I was also sick when I had meningitis, so that was bad, but this is the first time I have broken a bone in my body. But I am really happy, I had a quick recovery and everything is fine now. Wenger is ready to go against his policy of fielding reserve players in the Carling Cup to give Nasri the chance to build up his fitness and help get his season back on track. Wenger said: It could be a good opportunity for players returning from injury like Samir Nasri. It could coincide nicely for them to give them a game. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Ready to talk: Palaces Simon Jordan LIVE ON SKY SPORTS 1 Time to be the new Zizou: Samir Nasri will make his comeback tonight BabelBabel Mascherano CarragherKyrgiakosKyrgiakos SpearingSpearing LITESPORTLITESPORT index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html