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Manchester City missed the chance to go top of the Premier League following a shock 3-2 defeat at Aston Villa.

As mentioned, City were the better sides for long periods and led twice thanks to Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko but they let Villa back in to the game and it leaves Manuel Pellegrini's men without an away win having already drawn at Stoke and lost at Cardiff. They will need to work out what's going wrong away from the Etihad if they are to mount a title challenge this season.
Source: BBC Sport
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 12:11:00 PM

Arsenal believe Santi Cazorla will not play again this season following another major setback.

The Spanish midfielder has been limited to just eight Premier League appearances this term after picking up an ankle injury against Ludogorets in the Champions League last October. Following several weeks of rehab, Cazorla wasn’t progressing as hoped, and the Arsenal medical team in conjunction with specialists decided that the 32-year-old would have surgery on the plantaris tendon in his right foot. Cazorla travelled to Sweden for the procedure and was told a full recovery would take around three months, although the player himself was initially confident of a return within two. However, following several setbacks, Cazorla will now focus on being fit for the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
Source: The Mirror
Feb 22 - 5:49 PM

The brief speculation over Adam Lallana's future at Liverpool is over after the club officially announced he has signed a new contract.

The former Southampton midfielder has been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham in recent months following a stellar run of form that has seen him record seven goals and seven assists this season. But the 28-year-old has now signed a three-year contract reportedly worth £150,000-a-week to make him one of the highest-paid players at the club. Said Lallana: "Signing for a club like Liverpool is obviously a big thing – but to re-sign shows you’ve obviously contributed enough that the people who make the decisions want you to stay longer. This is a really good place to be at the moment and, for a player who wants to be part of something special, I can’t think of a better club to commit your future to."
Feb 22 - 5:53 PM

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho admitted it won't be easy for Luke Shaw to force his way back into the first team.

That's because the manager rates Shaw as the club's fourth-best left-back. The £27 million signing from Southampton has not played in the Premier League since Week 11 and didn't even feature in the club's FA Cup or Europa League squads this week, with Mourinho challenging the 21-year-old to work harder: "Why has Luke Shaw stayed behind in Manchester? Because I am playing with Daley Blind, with Marcos Rojo, with Matteo Darmian and all of them are playing the way I like a full-back to play. Luke has to wait for his chance. He has to work better and better knowing that I give nothing for free."
Feb 22 - 5:57 PM

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero is having none of the rumors linking him with a summer transfer.

The Argentine talisman's future has been questioned in recent weeks since being benched for City's latest prodigy: Gabriel Jesus. But Aguero put all the worries over a rift with manager Pep Guardiola to rest after starting for the club in a 5-3 win against Monaco in Champions League on Tuesday: "As I've always said I want to be here at the club, I've always said that at the end of the season it won't be my decision. The truth is that with these things it's the club that handles everything, and obviously it's always my intention to stay. We (Guardiola) get on very well. What he wants, above everything, from all the players is that we push a little more."
Source: Daily Mail
Feb 22 - 6:00 PM

Manchester United suffer a double injury blow ahead of Sundays’ EFL Cup final.

United travelled to France in the Europa League on Wednesday, but despite a 3-0 first leg lead over Saint-Etienne, Mourinho was taking no chances and named a strong starting XI. However, his gamble looks to have backfired, even though his side progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition. Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick both sustained muscular injuries and the pair are now considered major doubts for the clash with Southampton at Wembley. "Honestly, I don’t think so," said Mourinho when asked if either play would be fit. "I think Henrikh and Michael are both out. But, this is based on my experience, not on my medical knowledge and not based on tests and what they have to do tomorrow. A calf, a hamstring, even if it’s a minor injury, I think they're out." Wayne Rooney has trained ahead of the game and could return after missing the three previous matches because of a muscular problem.
Feb 22 - 6:17 PM

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney is unlikely to leave for the Chinese Super League before their transfer window closes at the end of February.

Rooney's representatives had been in talks with Tianjin Quanjian, but their coach, former World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro, said that talks did not progress. While Rooney may not depart this month, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that the club's record goalscorer will leave in the summer due to lack of game time. However, Rooney is said to wish to see out his contract until 2019 at the club but will not do so in the current circumstances. Rooney did not take part in United's Europa League triumph over St. Etienne as he has just recovered from a hamstring strain. He has started just three games since December 17th.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 22 - 7:33 PM

Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has rejected claims that he wants to leave the club.

Martial had a dream debut season for United after arriving from Monaco in a deal worth at least £35m scoring 17 goals. However, this year, he has just seven goals and finds himself outside the starting eleven and playing on the wing when he does get on the pitch as Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken up permanent residence in United's striker role. Speaking before the Red Devils' second leg victory over St. Etienne, Martial said: "I love Manchester. I love the club. I love the fans. I enjoy them backing me. I try to be as good as possible to make them happy. I want to stay as long as possible in this club... I am sure next season will be even better." He also dismissed reports that he is unhappy playing on the wing: "I started as a central forward but even in Monaco sometimes played as a winger and got used to this role. I enjoy it."
Feb 22 - 7:42 PM

Bournemouth forward Joshua King is confident that he can step up to the plate and replace Callum Wilson as the club's main striker for the rest of the season.

Wilson has been ruled out with another long term knee injury, leaving Norwegian international King to fill the vacuum as he did last term. Last season, he did well in his preferred striker position and finished the season as the club's top scorer. He scored some important goals in wins over Manchester United, Newcastle, Swansea and Aston Villa. In recent weeks, he has again prospered in Wilson's absence, finding the net four times in the Cherries’ past seven games. When quizzed on the atter King said: "I am confident in the team. I have been playing the number 10 role for most of the season and sometimes on the wing... Unfortunately, we have lost one of our main players to injury so it is going to need other people to step up, like we did last season."
Feb 22 - 7:52 PM

Bristol City loanee Tammy Abraham has returned to Chelsea after being ruled out for "two to three weeks" with a thigh injury.

The 19-year-old suffered the injury in Bristol City's 2-1 defeat at Leeds last week and has return to his parent club for treatment, City manager Lee Johnson has confirmed. Abraham has scored 21 goals in 21 matches for the Championship outfit this season, and will resume his season-long loan once he recovers. On the injury, Johnson told Bristol City Player HD: "It’s the best case scenario because at one point we thought it could be six to eight weeks. Tammy is hoping it’s nearer two than three weeks. Chelsea are looking after him at the moment and we’ll get him back in around a week to ten days to start getting him back on the [training pitches]."
Source: www.bcfc.com
Feb 21 - 5:12 PM

Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter is hopeful the club's FA Cup success will be a confident boost ahead of their trip to Crystal Palace.

Leadbitter scored a penalty at the weekend as Middlesbrough advanced to the FA Cup quarter-finals with 3-2 win over Oxford United, putting them one step closer to a trip to Wembley. While Boro currently sit just two points above the drop zone and are winless in their last eight league matches, Leadbitter is looking for the club to carry the confidence of their cup run into this weekend's trip to Selhurst Park. Speaking ahead of Saturday's pivotal fixture at Crystal Palace, who currently sit three points below in the table, Leadbitter said: "At the end of the day we have to start winning a lot more football games and we need to win games to stay in the division. So we’re happy to be in the next round and hopefully it gives the boys confidence going into the next game against Palace."
Feb 21 - 3:55 PM

Arthur Masuaku says he is ready to win back his place in the West Ham United squad ahead of this weekend's trip to Watford.

The left back is fit again after an extended period on the sidelines because of a knee ligament injury that forced him to miss the last 11 Premier League matches. While his return to fitness might not result in a start this weekend, the 23-year-old will be eager to make amends for the club's 4-2 home defeat against Watford in September. Speaking ahead of Saturday's match, Masuaku said his team-mates will have a major point to prove at Vicarage Road. "I remember the game and we played so well in the first 40 minutes and should have killed the game off," he said. " We were unlucky not to get the three points in the last game against West Brom and we could have got the victory if certain decisions had not gone against us. Hopefully we will have more luck in the next game."
Feb 21 - 4:27 PM





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