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Olivier Giroud was consistently a fraction off when given an opportunity which left Arsenal to a frustrating nil-nil draw with Manchester United.

Arsenal's attack has been struggling mightily in the absence of Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott and Wednesday was no different as the also struggling Red Devils held them goalless at the Emirates. Olivier Giroud had two good chances - one on an early header and another on a late cross from Bacary Sagna. The header was directed well wide while he couldn't get enough contact on the cross to put it home. The breaks that were seemingly going the Frenchman's strong start to the season are going the other way now and Arsenal are suffering as a result.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Nathaniel Clyne should be back for Liverpool’s next Premier League game after missing the 1-1 draw against Man United because of injury.

The big news prior to kick off at Old Trafford was the surprise inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold who made his full Premier League debut at right-back in the absence of Clyne. Previously, the 18-year-old had managed only a brief injury time cameo at Middlesbrough [GW16] although Arnold has been involved in both domestic cup competitions this term. There was no mention of an injury doubt during Friday's media briefing, but Jürgen Klopp did offer an update ahead of the north-west derby: "We all have – a few of us probably have a few more – 14 muscles between the ribs and one of these hurts a lot. He got a knock at Southampton," before going onto to add. "Clyne can nearly cope with everything so we all thought it will work out, but in training [Saturday] he twisted it a little bit. We had to wait overnight and he said this morning ‘no chance’.
Source: The Metro
Jan 16 - 5:20 AM

Chelsea have recalled forward Patrick Bamford from Burnley and are said to plan to sell him permanently to Middlesbrough for a fee up to £10m. .

There is news out of Stamford Bridge about a striker not named Diego Costa. When Chelsea recalled Bamford, one might speculate initially that he was brought back for depth if Costa was to be sold. The Costa situation is still murky but now we know Bamford's recall was to push through a permanent transfer. It has been a tough 18 months for Bamford, having half-season loan spells for Crystal Palace, Norwich City and the Clarets, scoring no goals in any competitions over a total of 22 appearances. Before his career stalled, he had a great 2014/2015 season for Middlesbrough, scoring 19 goals across all competitions. He is still young enough at 23 to get his career on track, but he will still need to earn the trust of Aitor Karanka to earn regular playing time and become a fantasy prospect.
Source: Telegraph
Jan 16 - 6:20 AM

The disappointing loan spell of forward Simone Zaza at West Ham officially came to an end on Sunday.

Juventus and West Ham mutually agreed to cut short the Italian's loan in east London after 11 matches where Zaza failed to score a goal. Reports claim, had Zaza reached 14 appearances, a clause in his loan deal would have been triggered to make the loan permanent in a £20 million move, which led manager Slaven Bilic to announce Zaza would no longer feature for the side. The striker will now join La Liga side Valencia on loan for the rest of the season while the Hammers actively look for another forward in the current window.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 15 - 2:50 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel confirmed captain Jose Fonte will not play this month while he sorts out his future.

Fonte submitted an official transfer request at the beginning of the month, leading to rumors of interest from Liverpool, Crystal Palace and West Ham. But while the transfer window and speculation continues, Puel said he will not waver on his decision to bench the defender amid the rumors and talks over his future. Said the manager: "The situation for Jose is the same for the moment," said Puel. "I don’t comment on his possibilities with other clubs, but for the moment we stay with the same consideration about his situation. I prefer for Jose to stay out the team, to leave him to give him an opportunity and for us to stay focused on the players available in the team." In his absence, Maya Yoshida has filled in along the back-line and will likely continue to do so until the end of the month with little cover at center-back.
Source: Daily Echo
Jan 15 - 2:55 PM

Sunderland manager David Moyes could have goalkeeper Jordan Pickford back from injury earlier than initially thought.

The young goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in a Boxing Day defeat to Manchester United and he was expected to miss around two months. But Moyes confirmed Pickford is pushing for an early return in less than a month, two weeks earlier than the original timetable: "Jordan will hopefully be back sooner than we originally thought, but obviously we have to go by what the doctors and the surgeons say as well. He didn’t have surgery which is good and he’s been saying to me he feels good, so hopefully it’ll maybe be another three to four weeks."
Jan 15 - 3:00 PM

James Milner converted a penalty early but Liverpool struggled to create chances and will be happy with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.

It is reasonable to think that Liverpool would be happy with the result. With Sadio Mane away at the African Cup of Nations, Philippe Coutinho just back from a long injury layoff and Nathaniel Clyne out the Reds were hardly at full strength. On the other side, Manchester United were both healthy and in great form. Jurgen Klopp's side didn't create a great deal but got a goal early but couldn't quite make it stand up.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 15 - 3:04 PM

Manchester United dominated possession for most of the match but trailed for the majority before Zlatan leveled in the 84th

The big Swede kept his hot streak going with a late goal that went in off the frame. The goal canceled out James Milner's penalty earned when Paul Pogba handled the ball in the box. The result was a fair one as neither side created an excess of strong chances in the hotly contested rivalry.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 15 - 1:42 PM

Everton shocked the Premier League world on Sunday as they thrashed Manchester City 4-0.

It was the third "big" club of the weekend involved in a 4-0 result but this time with a big twist. Arsenal and Spurs both cruised to 4-0 victories but it was City losing by the same score on Sunday with Lukaku, Mirallas, Davies and debutant Lookman scoring for Ronald Koeman's side.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jan 15 - 10:56 AM

Arsenal made sure they kept in touch with league leaders Chelsea after a comfortable and well deservedly win at the Liberty Stadium, although the loss of Olivier Giroud to injury, did take the shine off.

The France star opened the scoring on 37 minutes, his fifth in as many games, before signalling to the bench because of a problem with his lower leg. Surprisingly, Giroud reappeared after the break, only to be withdrawn on the hour mark: "Olivier did well again and he was important for us," said Arsène Wenger. "He had an ankle injury after 30-35 minutes and got to 60 minutes." Struggling with his fitness post-Euro 2016, Giroud started his first Premier League game on December 26, and this setback will serve as a bitter blow for the 30-year-old. "I don't know how bad it is," the Arsenal manager went onto add. "He is being assessed by the doctor. But he's limping quite a lot. I hope it’s not too bad."
Jan 14 - 4:09 PM

Victor Valdes returned as Middlesbrough put just one shot on target at Vicarage Road, but battled to a scoreless draw with Watford on Saturday.

Valdes returned to the starting XI after missing the last two matches, making five saves in a match where Middlesbrough failed to connect in the final third. Aitor Karanka's side, the lowest goalscores in the league so far this season, saw their lone strike on goal by Fabio denied by the palm of Heurelho Gomes. Despite the second-half introduction of new signing Rudy Gestede, who looked lively, Boro were unable to find the net. The draw lifts Boro to 20 points for a four-point margin above the drop zone in 16th place.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 1:51 PM

Watford drew 0-0 with Middlesbrough on Saturday after an emotional pre-match tribute to legendary manager and football icon Graham Taylor.

'One Graham Taylor' rang around Vicarage before the match as football icon Graham Taylor, who passed earlier this week, was remembered by all in attendance. Watford were the better side throughout the match and had chances to seal a victory, however, the Hornet's were unable to find the net. After a dull first half, Watford pushed following the restart but saw their efforts denied by Boro keeper Victor Valdes. While the draw keeps Watford in 14th, with 23 points, they will be sweating the health of their goalkeeper, as Gomes was forced off with a back problem on 63-minutes.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 14 - 2:11 PM





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