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Crystal Palace have continued their deadline day dealings by signing Scotland international Barry Bannan from Aston Villa on a three year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Bannan was seen as a star of the future when he first surfaced at Villa three seasons ago, but he has rarely featured under Paul Lambert and had become frustrated at the lack of playing time. The midfielder has played under Ian Holloway before while on loan at Blackpool and he will be hoping this move can kick-start his career. Bannan is a creative player capable of excellent set piece delivery and he will improve Palace's options in the middle of the park.
Mon, Sep 2, 2013 02:08:00 PM

The Theo Walcott redemption tour continued with a first half brace against Basel in the Champions League group stage.

Arsenal scored twice in the first half through Theo Walcott and then cruised to a 2-0 victory at the Emirates. With PSG also winning the result put the two clubs even atop Group A with four points and a two goal differential each. The only significant changes Arsene Wenger made was continuing with Granit Xhaka due to the injury to Francis Coquelin and bringing in David Ospina as has been his habit in the Champions League.
Source: arsenal.com
Sep 28 - 4:53 PM

Arsene Wenger has indicated that Aaron Ramsey will definitely miss out on matches with Burnley and Basel before the international break.

Ramsey's hamstring injury suffered in Week 1 against Liverpool has lingered longer than expected and the Arsenal manager has indicated that the player won't make it back before the international break. With an extra week to recover, Ramsey should be available when the Gunners return to action against Swansea at the Emirates on October 15th. Given the strength and health of the current squad expect Arsene Wenger to be conservative in bringing Ramsey back from his injury.
Source: arsenal.com
Sep 28 - 1:06 PM

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has signalled his intention to play Zlatan Ibrahimovic twice this week.

The Swede will start Thursday's must-win Europa League clash with Zorya Luhansk as well as the Stoke game in Gameweek 7. Even though Zlatan is turning 35 on Monday, Mourinho believes that his body is able for the intensity since he will not be playing during the international break immediately after. Some FPL managers will fear that fatigue will affect the big man in this weekend's game - they had better hope the Red Devils are out of sight quickly tomorrow night so that their precious Zlatan is ready to inflic more misery on the Potters.
Source: manutd.com
Sep 28 - 9:10 AM

Harry Kane, who was thought to be out of action for about two months because of ligament damage in his ankle, is thought to be able to fully recover in a matter of six weeks.

A six week absence for a player like Kane is still a tough blow for Spurs to navigate around, but a shortened timetable will certainly lift spirits for the club, especially considering that gives him a target to return in time for the derby match against Arsenal in early November. Tottenham have been hit with the injury bug in recent times but showed they have adequate depth by grinding out a Champions League win last night against CSKA Moscow, despite missing Kane along with Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele, Moussa Sissoko and Eric Dier. Another tough test comes at the weekend when they attempt to snap Manchester City's perfect record.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 28 - 5:11 AM

Sam Allardyce is no longer England manager after the FA mutually agreed to terminate his contract just 67 days into his "dream job."

Following a sting by London based broadsheet newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Allardyce had to go following an investigation which raised concerns that "the guardians of [our] game" had fallen below the standards expected. Allardyce was caught on camera discussing ‘third-party ownership’ and specifically offering advice on how to circumvent the rules governing transfers. Following yesterdays’ meeting at Wembley Stadium, the FA released a statement confirming he would leave by "mutual consent" in order to protect the "wider interests of the game." Allardyce admits he made a "terrible error of judgement" and that his behaviour was silly. "Entrapment has won on this occasion and I have to accept that," he said. Gareth Southgate will now take charge of the next four international matches with the Football Association branded a ‘laughing stock’ by former England and Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer.
Sep 28 - 6:31 AM

Mike Phelan is not ruling out a defensive future for Jake Livermore who has made the successful transition from midfield maestro to ball-playing centre-back following a number of injuries at the start of the new campaign.

Livermore stepped in for the season opener against champions Leicester City and he hasn’t looked back since. Losing Michael Dawson and Harry Maguire [both ankle] in pre-season, and with limited options in a threadbare Tigers squad, Livermore slotted into the back-four to partner Curtis Davies and the 26-year-old has started every Premier League game even though Maguire is now fit. "I've never really had the conversation with Jake as to where he sees his future, whether that's in midfield or the position he's in at the moment," said Phelan. "He's taken to it really, really well. When we look at the games and we analyse, he's very comfortable there. He's added a certain amount of calmness to proceedings."
Sep 28 - 6:53 AM

Jose Mourinho has revealed a few players who will not be able (by choice and necessity) to play in the Europa League against Zorya Luhansk this Thursday.

Luke Shaw was deemed unwell by the Man Utd club doctor and sent home from training today, this does not appear to be a serious setback for the young Englishman. Having confirmed that Wayne Rooney would play against Zorya earlier in the week, Mourinho has cast doubt on this as he has a back issue, which prevented him training yesterday. Mkhitaryan will not be in action in spite of training in the last few days. Anthony Martial has recovered from the calf injury which meant he didn't even make the squad for last weekend's Leicester victory.
Sep 28 - 9:01 AM

AFC Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has stated that the club are open to making Jack Wilshere's loan at the club permanent.

Wilshere joined the Cherries from Arsenal on loan in a bid to get his career back on track after consistent set backs in recent years. He was no longer guaranteed game time so joined Eddie Howe's outfit to build fitness, confidence and form back. Wilshere has so far made three appearances for the club, showing some glimpses of his class in the process. However, he has not done enough to prevent the club's poor start to the season which finds them languishing in 15th position in the table. He hit the crossbar in last weekend's 1-0 win over Everton after a Coleman block stopped him scoring his first Bournemouth goal. He is yet to play 90 minutes for the club.
Source: ESPNFC
Sep 27 - 5:55 PM

Harry Arter put in a fantastic shift which has earned him plaudits from across the board in Bournemouth's unexpected victory over Everton last weekend.

Arter was both an attacking presence and a key part of Bournemouth's isolation of Everton's dangerous front four of Barkley, Mirallas, Bolasie and Lukaku. He was superior to Barkley in midfield, winning 10 duels compared to the Englishman's two. At the other end, he made the assist for Stanislas' goal and created a further chance. He also took four shots, some of which looked dangerous but were off target. One came from inside the box. Howe lauded him after the game for his tireless performance, praising him for "covering every blade of grass". He was positioned as a CM just off Wilshere as CAM. Surman player behind him to shore up the defence.
Source: BBC Sport
Sep 27 - 6:08 PM

Arsenal came out on the positive side of injury news after Arsene Wenger revealed Francis Coquelin will only miss three weeks.

Reports suggested Coquelin could miss as much as two months with a knee injury similar to the injury that kept him sidelined for two full months last season. But Wenger said the scan did not reveal too much damage in the knee he injured in a 3-0 win against Chelsea over the weekend: "He is out for the game tomorrow, but it should be a short-term injury because the scan was quite positive and I think it will be three weeks out. It’s positive because last year during this period we got some bad news and a few long-term injuries and it was a handicap in our season."
Sep 27 - 6:13 PM

Despite only receiving his first Premier League start of the season this past weekend, Cesc Fabregas has a role under Antonio Conte.

Said the Italian manager last week: "Cesc is in my plans and in Chelsea’s plans. We all know Cesc as a fantastic player. I see him in every training session with great work rate. If he continues in this way, it’ll be very difficult for me to choose my midfield. But I want this, putting many doubts in my mind over choosing someone else." The Spanish international has been linked with a move to West Ham if his playing time doesn't improve as he has battled for a spot in the starting lineup this season with midfielder Oscar.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 27 - 6:24 PM




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