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GUARDIAN – Football: Luis Suarez makes cameo as Liverpool beat Thailand

Luis Suarez came on as a second half substitute as Liverpool wrapped up their pre-season tour of Asia and AustraliaLuis Suarez appeared off the bench as Liverpool wrapped up their pre-season tour with a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Thailand national team in Bangkok.Philippe Coutinho, new signing Iago Aspas and captain Steven Gerrard were all on target in a comfortable victory, but it was the presence of striker Suarez, the subject of continuing speculation over his future after two rejected bids from Arsenal, which will grab most attention.The Uruguay international came on for the last 29 minutes and hit the crossbar. It was his second successive substitute appearance on the tour having linked up with the squad late due to an extended break after the Confederations Cup.Coutinho opened the scoring after 11 minutes before setting up Aspas soon after the break. Gerrard added the third with a neat dink over the goalkeeper after 59 minutes. Gerrard also hit the woodwork while Jordan Henderson had an effort cleared off the line.Thailand: Hathairattanakool, Butmathan, Sokam, Daosawang, Wannasri, Lasoh, Anan, Songkrasin, Kraisorn, Wongsa, Dangda.Subs: Boonyong, Weerawattanodom, Chutong, Inpinit, Masuk, Notechaiya, Pathomattakul, Prempak, Puangchan, Skollah, Thaweekarn, Chappuis, Buathong.Liverpool: Mignolet, Jose Enrique, Agger, Toure, Johnson, Lucas, Allen, Gerrard, Coutinho, Aspas, Borini.Subs: Brad Jones, Skrtel, Kelly, Flanagan, Suarez, Spearing, Wisdom, Robinson, Henderson, Alberto, Downing, Sterling, Ibe, Coates, Assaidi, Ward.Liverpool© 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions

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Theo Walcott set for new Arsenal deal despite Liverpool and Chelsea interest

England winger Theo Walcott is set to snub interest from Chelsea and Liverpool to sign a new contract at Arsenal. Theo Walcott is set to commit his future to Arsenal (Picture: Daily Mail) The 23-year-old has turned out almost 150 times for Arsenal following his move from Southampton in 2008, but has been allowed to run his contract down. Arsenal are hopeful they can sign up Walcott to a new four or five-year deal.He has less than 12 months left on his current contract but is believed to want to stay at the Emirates – despite watching Mathieu Flamini, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and now Robin van Persie all walk out of the club in similar circumstances. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger held initial talks with Walcott on the club’s pre-season tour of Asia last month and, after positive discussions, Walcott has since met with the club on a more formal basis. Metro.co.uk understands that a key part of the negotiations is Walcott’s desire to feature more as a striker, and following the departure of Van Persie, Wenger is willing to consider him for a more prominent role down the middle. The England man has been strongly linked with moves to Chelsea, Liverpool, Barcelona and Inter Milan in recent months. Check out our latest daily transfer gossip live blog

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Theo Walcott tells Arsenal: I want trophies, not money

Theo Walcott has warned Arsenal it will be the size of the club’s ambition, not his pay packet, that decides whether he will renew his contract this season. Ambitious: Arsenal striker Theo Walcott (Picture: AFP/Getty) England international Walcott has just 12 months left to run on his current deal, and while Arsenal are yet to begin formal negotiations over an extension, manager Arsene Wenger is seeking assurances over his future. Walcott, a £12 million signing from Southampton in 2006, is currently with the Arsenal squad on their pre-season tour of Asia, where all the talk has been of absent skipper Robin van Persie, who is on the verge of quitting the club, after questioning whether the Gunners are still a competitive force. Now it appears that Walcott will now have to ask the question over whether Arsenal are ambitious, after telling journalists this week his main focus is trophies, not money. ‘The money in football is good but that is not why I turned professional, explained Walcott. ‘As a player, you want to win titles, which Arsenal have not been doing, but I believe we will do so soon. It is more important than anything else in football,’ he said. ‘I hope to win many titles as I want to be remembered after retirement. I want to show my children and grandchildren what a good player I was.’ Walcott is still widely expected to sign a new deal in the next few months, but he is due to ask serious questions over the future of Arsenal at a meeting with manager Arsene Wenger before the start of the season. The 23-year-old, a boyhood Liverpool fan, is a target for the Reds, along with Arsenal’s London rivals, Chelsea.

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