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Robin van Persie missed a golden opportunity to score early in Manchester United's nil-nil draw at the Emirates.

This will have to be viewed as progress for Manchester United as they at least drew against a much better team than the 2-2 draw at home against Fulham over the weekend. The Red Devils will have been disappointed to see Robin van Persie miss out on a golden opportunity to put his new team up a goal early on his old team. Mikel Arteta gave the ball away deep in his own end and van Persie was all alone on the keeper with the ball on his favored left foot, generally the recipe for a goal. The Dutch forward shot tamely in to Wojciech Szczesny's belly to avert an early crisis for Arsenal. Neither team will take a great deal of positive out of the match but if either does it will be United.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Dejan Lovren is at risk of missing this weekend’s trip to Leicester after travelling to Germany to meet with a knee specialist.

It was hoped that the Croatian centre-back would rejoin the main group in training this week following their return from a warm weather training camp in La Manga, but his availability for Monday night looks to be in doubt as he struggles to shake off a persistent knee problem. Lovren has been playing through pain barrier in recent weeks and it was hoped that rest and treatment during the Premier League break would help. However, a decision has now made the decision to send Lovren to Germany in an attempt to find the underlying cause. Joel Matip will line-up in a flat back four while Jürgen Klopp could look to Lucas Leiva or Ragnar Klavan to partner the former Schalke 04 in the heart of the Liverpool defence.
Feb 21 - 4:49 AM

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois missed a television appearance in France because of illness and reports claim that the Belgium stopper is now a doubt for this weekend’s clash with Swansea.

The 24-year-old was due to appear on "Telefoot" last Sunday but the broadcasters were left fuming when Courtois cancelled at the last-minute after contracting gastroenteritis. The bug can be particularly unpleasant and symptoms normally subside within a week but The Sun newspaper claim his availability hangs in the balance due to the severe stomach virus. If Courtois fails to recover in time, then Antonio Conte will look to Asmir Begovic with Eduardo providing back-up from the bench. The Bosnian international is yet to start in the Premier League this season but he is the designated goalkeeper for all domestic cup competitions.
Source: Daily Star
Feb 21 - 5:04 AM

Nacho Monreal is back in the Arsenal starting line-up for their FA Cup match against Sutton United.

Monreal, who seems to have lost his starting spot to Kieran Gibbs but he returns along with a number of other reserves for Arsenal's trip to Sutton. The Gunners will start Ospina, Gabriel, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide and Lucas.
Source: Espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 2:25 PM

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are injury doubts for the week.

The Red Devils manager has ruled out the duo for the club's Europa League second leg match with St Etienne on Wednesday and even expressed doubt that they would be available for the League Cup final on Sunday against Southampton. However, Mourinho said there are no issues with Antonio Valencia and David De Gea, who were each rested in the FA Cup win against Blackburn over the weekend: "De Gea was rested. Rooney is injured. Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover [to face Saint-Etienne on Wednesday]. Valencia was rested but Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday."
Feb 20 - 3:51 PM

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany will play no part in the club's round of 16 match on Tuesday.

It seems the unlucky captain has picked up another leg injury, which kept him out of the club's scoreless draw against Huddersfield in the FA Cup this weekend, and now will miss the Sky Blues' Champions League first leg match against Monaco on Tuesday. However, manager Pep Guardiola said he expects Gael Clichy to return to face one of Europe's top-scoring clubs: "Vincent is not ready for tomorrow. I think it won't be longer. Hopefully, for the Huddersfield game he will be ready. More or less the rest are okay. We will see after the session tomorrow. Gael had a problem in his back. He is much, much better. Maybe he will be back tomorrow. Tomorrow we will also decide which goalkeeper will play."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 20 - 3:55 PM

It looks as though we'll never get to see what Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke is capable of at Stamford Bridge.

This comes from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who said he doesn't think Solanke will re-sign with the club once his contract expires in the summer. The 19-year-old is being linked with a free transfer to Liverpool and Bayern Munich, although Chelsea would receive compensation for losing an academy player, with the 19-year-old reportedly demanding £50,000-a-week in wages: "I think this is his will [to leave]," Conte said. "I have spoken with him to try to understand his will. But we must have great respect for every decision that the player can take. His contract expires in June and he has the full will to stay in Chelsea or to go away."
Source: The Guardian
Feb 20 - 4:00 PM

Theo Walcott became an Arsenal centurion scoring the Gunners' second goal as they ended Sutton United's Cinderella story in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

It has been a long time coming for Walcott who started the season on fire only to be stalled by a familiar foe, injuries. The Southampton youth product caused a distraction that helped Lucas Perez's drive from the corner of the 18-yard box find the net for the opener. It was then Walcott's turn to take a bow as he scored his 100th goal in an Arsenal uniform. The Gunners' reward for beating Sutton United is a date at the Emirates with another non-league opponent in Lincoln City. It should be clear sailing to the semi-finals for the Gunners.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 4:55 PM

Manchester United overcame Blackburn 2-1 to go through to the FA Cup quarter finals where they will face Chelsea on March 11.

Blackburn opened the game energetically, pressuring a sloppy and toothless UNited in the opening stages. Marvin Emnes saw a rasping shot from outside the box denied by Romero but soon after teed up Danny Graham who turned Smalling before firing the hosts ahead. However, United drew level just ten minutes later. Man of the match Henrikh Mkhitaryan surged beyond Mulgrew before releasing Marcus Rashford with a stunning 40 yard ball off the outside of his foot. Rashford made no mistake in rounding the Rovers' 'keeper and slotting home. Save for Mkhi, United struggled and Blackburn spurned a number of opportunities to retake the lead before Mourinho sprung Pogba and Ibra from the bench. The pair combined in the 75th minute to put United ahead. Pogba found the Swede with a long ball and he made no mistake on the half-volley. Blackburn thought the were level late on but Stokes' goal was ruled offside correctly.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 20 - 8:26 AM

Wayne Rooney may not be fit in time for the EFL Cup final on February 26th.

The captain has been struggling with a minor muscular issue and has missed United's last four games along with Phil Jones who is in a similar race against time to recover. Elsewhere, De Gea and Valencia should be in contention again to face St. Etienne on Wednesday after missing the FA Cup win over Blackburn after Mourinho gave them a rest.
Feb 20 - 8:42 AM

Middlesbrough advanced into the FA Cup quarter-finals after a nervy 3-2 win over League One Oxford United on Saturday.

Substitute Cristhian Stuani tapped home at the back post just four minutes from time to book Middlesbrough's place in the next round, after Oxford fought back from 2-0 first half deficit. Aitor Karanka's side broke the deadlock on 26 minutes when Stewart Downing was brought down in the area and Grant Leadbitter hammered the ensuing penalty into the roof of the next, while Rudy Gestede acrobatically cracked home his first goal for Boro just eight minutes later. Despite a comfortable lead at half-time, the visitors clawed their way back with goals during a two-minute span from Harry Maguire and Toni Martinez to bring Oxford level. However, the Teesiders proved resilient as Stuani tapped in from close range on 86 minutes to avoid the shock defeat.
Feb 19 - 3:16 PM

Second-half goals from Perdo and Diego Costa were enough for Chelsea to defeat a resilient Wolverhampton Wanderers to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Antonio Conte made six changes to his squad that drew 1-1 with Burnley in their previous Premier League fixture, but it was first-team constants that made the difference. After a shaky first-half that saw Wolves come closest to scoring, the Blues responded with a confident second-half display. Perdo scored his 10th goal of the season to break the deadlock in the 64th minute, arriving at the far post to head home a stellar Willian delivery, before Diego Costa pounced on a loose ball in the area and swept home his finish to seal the match. The victory for Chelsea sets up an enticing quarter-finals affair with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, marking the 12th time the sides have met in the competition and first time since 2012/13.
Feb 19 - 3:44 PM





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