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Arsène Wenger confirmed Shkodran Mustafi will be assessed ahead of Sunday’s game at Southampton.

The Arsenal defender has been slammed for his shambolic performance during the opening exchanges of last weekends game with Manchester United. With the Gunners already 1-0 down after four minutes, Mustafi lost the ball in his own half to Jesse Lingard, who linked with Anthony Martial to put the visitors two-up. Following the goal, Mustafi dropped to the ground and was replaced by Alex Iwobi. After the game, Wenger admitted: "I don’t know what [injury] he has. I don’t know what’s wrong with him at all," but following further tests a "little thigh problem" was diagnosed. If Mustafi does miss out at St Mary’s, then Per Mertesacker or Calum Chambers could come into the side. However, he should be back to face West Ham at the Emirates three days later.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:15:00 AM

Shane Long looks set for a spell on the side-lines as he may need surgery to cure a longstanding ankle problem.

The Southampton striker was poised to line-up against Watford last weekend, but suffered a setback in training on Friday, and now Mark Hughes believes that an operation may be the only answer. "He might need a small procedure on his ankle to address that problem he had had for some time," he said. "If he does, and it's not confirmed as yet, it could be a little bit of washout to free out the ankle. That would be two weeks maybe." However, the Saints boss went onto add that if the problem is more serious than initially thought, then Long could be missing for up-to six weeks, ruling him out until the new year. With Danny Ings currently nursing a hamstring problem, Southampton would potentially head into game week 13 relying on Charlie Austin as the only experienced out-and-out striker available.
Source: Daily Echo
Nov 14 - 4:23 PM

Brighton's former record-signing Jurgen Locadia wants to leave the club in January according to reports in his homeland, The Netherlands.

Locadia claims he "never had the chance" to show his ability for the Premier League club, whilst also claiming that he is not sure why he hasn't been playing nor does he believe the situation will improve. Locadia spoke about his initial good form after his January move but aired his frustration at how that didn't translate into game-time, with his pre-season efforts apparently going without notice. Judging by Locadia's quotes, it seems it will be very difficult for Chris Hughton to bring Locadia into the first team without appearing to bow to player pressure even though the team are performing well. A move away, or at least a loan, seems likely in the winter transfer window.
Source: The Argus
Nov 15 - 10:58 AM

Veteran Brighton striker Glenn Murray has signed a one-year extension to his current contract which will keep him at the AMEX until the end of next season.

Murray, 35 since September, is the Seagulls' top scorer so far this term with six Premier League goals - just two short of Golden Boot leader Sergio Aguero. Brighton manager Chris Hughton said: "We are delighted to have extended Glenn’s contract. He has proved a vital member of the team and his goals have been crucial to us." Murray recently passed the 100 goal milestone for Brighton, and he is now just 23 short of taking the all-time record. Many expected Murray to fade out of the Brighton side this season but so far, he has successfully made himself undroppable.
Source: The Argus
Nov 15 - 11:28 AM

Brighton and Hove Albion officially announced that forward Glenn Murray has signed a one-year contract extension.

It's remarkable that the Premier League journeyman continues to produce at the rate he is, leading the team with six goals to put him behind only Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this season. The 35-year-old is now guaranteed a contract through the summer of 2020 after scoring his 100th goal for the Seagulls. Said Murray: "It means a lot that the club has shown another year's faith in me. I just want to carry on in the form I'm in at the minute and continue scoring goals at this level for Brighton. I don't think at any stage of my career I'd have believed I would be getting another contract in the Premier League at this age, but you just never know what can happen in football."
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 13 - 10:18 PM

The first manager of the 2018/2019 season to lose his job is Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, and the Cottagers have installed an immediate successor in Claudio Ranieri.

The move was probably in motion before the Liverpool match even took place, as no one could have expected Fulham to get a positive result in what would be Jokanovic's final game in charge. With the international break, it allows Ranieri more time to get acclimated with his new surroundings. Clearly, the issue that hurt Jokanovic the most and is Ranieri's primary objective is to turn around a defense that is currently on pace to concede the most goals in a single PL season. Of course, Ranieri's resume is well documented, as he guided Leicester to their improbable title win. This would seem a more difficult task for Ranieri though. Jokanovic could not find the right mix of defenders and Fulham may find it difficult to make the personnel moves in January necessary to stave off relegation.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 14 - 5:58 AM

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Matthew Doherty has been withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming internationals due to injury.

The 26-year-old took a nasty knock in the face [cheek] at Arsenal and met with a specialist yesterday to determine the extent of the problem. Although the precise details are yet to be revealed, the Football Association of Ireland [FAI] confirmed on Wednesday that Doherty will miss the friendly with Northern Ireland and the UEFA Nations League game in Denmark next week. Doherty received pelters at the Emirates on Sunday from Gunners fans - who believed he was playacting - following lengthy treatment late on with the score tied at 1-1. However, Doherty will now return to Compton Park and is considered an early doubt for the clash with Huddersfield Town at Molineux when the Premier League fixtures resume. Doherty has started every game this term, but if he does miss out, then Nuno Espírito Santo may look to Adama Traore who impressed from the bench last time out.
Nov 14 - 8:22 AM

Crystal Palace have kept defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka in south London during the international break due to injury.

Wan-Bissaka has started every single Premier League game but one this season, which he missed due to suspension, but will miss international duty with the England U21 side due to a shoulder problem. The 20-year-old has been one of the hottest fantasy picks of the season due to his low price in FPL.com (£4.1) and reliability as a starter. His first start saw him earn praise from across the league, including some transfer interest. Said manager Roy Hodgson: "As far as we're concerned of course we have him as our player, he's under contract with us and we have no desire or intention of selling him so it's certainly not anything which occupies my waking moments or sleeping moments either for that matter,"
Nov 13 - 10:13 PM

Danny Welbeck is already on the road to recovery following his release from hospital on Tuesday.

The Arsenal forward confirmed via his personal Twitter account that he was: "Back home..." after being admitted on Thursday evening following an awkward landing in the Europa League tie versus Sporting which left him with a broken ankle. "Thanks for all the love and support," his social media post read. "No doubt I will be back stronger than ever before. Recovery grind starts now." Unai Emery revealed after the 1-1 draw with Wolves that Welbeck went under the knife on Friday, although he was unwilling to give a potential time frame on his absence. "I think it’s better for the doctor to say to you. It’s a big injury but the outcome… the doctor can answer that better than me." The club then confirmed a planned second operation had taken place on his right ankle and that both procedures went well, without complications. "Danny will now recuperate and start his rehabilitation. It’s too early to say how long this will take."
Nov 13 - 4:03 PM

The Football Association have confirmed Tottenham Hotspur full-back Kieran Tripper has been withdrawn from the upcoming international fixtures against the United States and Croatia.

Trippier limped off after 24 minutes at Selhurst Park on Saturday due to a muscular problem, and his involvement during the break, was always in doubt despite an optimistic update from manager Mauricio Pochettino after the win over Palace. "I don't believe it will be a big issue," he said. "It's a groin, he felt a little tired. We'll see if he's involved on international duty or not." But, after an assessment at St George’s Park, Trippier was released from the squad and will return to Hotspur Way for treatment. Spurs take on London-rivals Chelsea in the late kick-off when the Premier League reconvenes on November 24, and if Tripper fails to recover, Tottenham have a readymade replacement in Serge Aurier. The Ivory Coast understudy has only started one league game in 2018/19 – the opener at Newcastle – but he has featured more prominently in domestic cup competition and in Europe.
Source: Reuters
Nov 13 - 4:28 PM

Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha will miss Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea due to injury.

The talismanic Crystal Palace attacker was a surprise omission from the matchday squad on Saturday after he failed to recover from an unreported hamstring strain which he suffered during the defeat at Stamford Bridge six days earlier. Roy Hodgson decided against disclosure during Thursday’s press conference, as Zaha was still hopeful of playing. "Nothing special to report at the moment," he said. "We haven't recovered any of the injured players, but haven't lost any [new ones] either." However, Zaha missed the Tottenham clash with most speculating that a late training ground injury was the cause for his absence, although Hodgson confirmed later that his involvement was always in the balance. "He picked up a hamstring injury against Chelsea and it was always extremely unlikely he would recover in time, basically it is trying to get him fit for Manchester United [in game week 13]."
Nov 13 - 5:19 PM

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini said he hopes that forward Andy Carroll can return this month from an ankle injury.

The former Liverpool and Newcastle frontman is expected to play in a friendly this week in his first action since the preseason when he suffered a recurrence of a previous injury. But the Hammers could be in for a boost for the festive period with Jack Wilshere also starting to work with the squad. Said Pellegrini: "Andy is close to playing again. At the start of last week he started working a little bit with the squad, not 100 per cent, and he will work again this week. On Thursday we will play a friendly game and we'll see if he can play some minutes, and I think in the second week of the international break Jack Wilshere will also be able to work with the squad."
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 12 - 2:23 PM





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