Breakfast Briefing: Revenge is sweet for Arsenal while Rodgers angered by penalty snub
Arsene Wenger has hit back at 'silly' remarks from Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea manager branded him a 'specialist in failutre'. The Arsenal manager took the opportunity to label his rival's comments as 'embarrassing' after seeing his side move into the next round of the FA Cup following a 2-1 win over Liverpool. Goals from Alex Oxlaide-Charmberlain and Lukasz Podolski were enough to see the Gunners home despite a Steven Gerrard penalty to gain some sweet revenge after their earlier 5-1 reverse in the league.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was left disappointed by another penalty decision though, as referee Howard Webb waved away appeals after Luis Suarez was brought down by a clumsy challenge from Oxlaide-Chamberlain. An angry Rodgers labelled the decision 'blatant' as the Reds crashed out of their last remaining cup competition.
Awaiting Arsenal in the next round of the FA Cup are Everton, after their 3-1 win against Swansea City. Former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez kept his hopes of retaining the FA Cup alive as he masterminded a win over another of his former clubs, with goals from Lacina Traore, Steven Naismith and Leighton Baines sending Everton on their way.
Naismith will have to be watched carefully though after he appeared to suffer concussion, with Martinez confirming that his player could not remember scoring the winning goal. "I've told him he scored from 40 yards," he joked.
Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is determined to come back stronger than ever following a long lay-off due to illness. The 30-year-old has started just nine top-flight games for United in the last two seasons, but wants to make up for lost time as he returns to regular first team action.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has warned Fulham's players that they are in for a nasty surprise as new manager Felix Magath takes the reins at Craven Cottage. Hoeness claims that Magath's 'ridiculous' training methods push players way beyond their physical limits and would ultimately 'lead to disaster'.
FIFA will drug test every player before the opening match of the World Cup, head doctor Jiri Dvorak has announced. Football's international governing body has asked all 32 teams to hand in their schedules ahead of the tournament, so they can administer surprise drug tests ahead of the June 12.
Carlo Ancelotti is not surprised by Jese Rodriguez's emergence as the young striker starred in Real Madrid's 3-0 win at Getafe. The 20-year-old's goal was his eighth of the season and third in his last three league games, as the Madrid giants won their fourth match in a row despite missing Cristiano Ronaldo.
More bad news for struggling Bundesliga outfit Hamburg as captain Rafael van der Vaart was ruled out for three weeks with a torn ankle ligament. The Netherlands international was substituted in the team's 4-2 loss to Eintracht Braunschweig and the club has since confirmed the severity of the injury.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia has slammed critics for a lack of respect in the lead-up to their 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. The win kept Roma in second place and four points clear of Napoli, but Garcia is evidently still smarting from the team's Copa Italia loss to the same opponents.