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Yaya Sanogo made his first start for Arsenal's first team in the FA Cup match against Liverpool and impressed even in the absence of a goal.

The 21 year-old forward was given his first start in an important match and the moment didn't look too big for him. While he didn't score, he was dangerous with his combination of speed, strength and long limbs. His best sequence was when he won the ball in the box, controlled it, and volleyed it towards goal only to see it blocked. The rebound found it's way to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Arsenal's first goal. Given his performance it seems likely that Wenger will give him a chance to move ahead of Nicklas Bendtner as Olivier Giroud's main deputy. So long as this is his role, he has minimal fantasy value but an extended run of matches could see him produce some value at a low price.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 03:57:00 PM

West Brom has agreed on a fee for the sale of Saido Berahino to Stoke City and the player is on his way to the Britannia for his medical.

Berahino was once one of the bright up-and-coming players in the league. After having his head turned by transfer opportunities to bigger clubs he fell out with West Brom who have effectively banished him for the better part of a season and a half. If the move to Stoke City is finalized Berahino will have a chance to get his career back on track. It is worth remembering that he has a 14-goal campaign to his credit for a team that was never particularly potent.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 1:11 PM

Heurelho Gomes faces a late fitness check as the Hornets travel to the South Coast to face Bournemouth in Week 22 action.

Bournemouth have been a difficult team to predict this season after crushing Swansea 3-0, taking Arsenal to the limit in a 3-3 draw and losing 3-1 to Hull City over their past three matches. That makes predicting the value of a goalkeeper facing the Cherries difficult under any circumstances. Traveling to face them and facing uncertain health makes Heurelho Gomes a massive unknown for Match Week 22 and should probably lead fantasy managers to avoid him if at all possible.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 11:07 AM

Dutch international Janmaat, who has been out since Boxing Day when he strained his groin, could return to the Hornets line-up for their Week 22 trip to Bournemouth.

After posting strong fantasy numbers at Newcastle in their relegation season, Janmaat has been a huge disappointment since arriving at Watford. His play has been spotty when he has been healthy and he hasn't been healthy that often either. Until Janmaat proves that he's healthy and ready to contribute in the Watford system he's not worth so much as a roster spot any but the deepest single-ownership formats.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 11:11 AM

Jonny Evans once again faces a late fitness test as he looks to return to the West Brom line-up after suffering a calf injury.

Evans has been struggling with a calf complaint on and off for about a month now. The former Manchester United center back's initial calf issue popped up during Week 17 and here we are heading to Week 22 and he's still not certain to be ready to go. Unless you can leave decision making to the last minute it is probably best to assume that Evans won't be available yet again. The upside is that if he does play he has a home date against Sunderland which could be a win and a clean sheet.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 11:17 AM

Peter Crouch will look to extend his goal-scoring renaissance at the Britannia as Manchester United visit the Potters.

Peter Crouch has come from the depths of the Stoke City bench to return to the sort of goal-scoring form that once saw him move to Liverpool for big money. The popular wisdom was that, at 35-years-old, his best was well in the rearview mirror. Over Stoke City's past three Premier League matches Crouch has put that notion to rest with three goals in three starts. With two of the three goals against struggling clubs in Sunderland and Watford, it is reasonable to think that Crouch's goal-scoring streak will come to an end with the visit of Manchester United in Week 22.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 11:22 AM

Watford have reportedly signed former West Ham forward Mauro Zarate to boost their sagging attack and it could kick off a series of forward moves around the Premier League.

It is no secret that Watford's attack has struggled mightily for about a full year at this point. Odion Ighalo, who started out his debut Premier League campaign on fire, barely contributed in 2016. Troy Deeney, facing increased attention as Ighalo struggled, hasn't lived up to the standard he set last season either. Stefano Okaka and Isaac Success have struggled with fitness. Enter Zarate on loan from Fiorentina. He hasn't set the world afire in either of his previous Premier League stints at Birmingham or West Ham but he's a healthy body to try to change things up. This could set the stage for Ighalo to move to West Brom which might then trigger Saido Berahino's move to Stoke City.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 10:10 AM

Jake Livermore has completed a £10 million move from Hull City to West Bromwich Albion after Tony Pulis failed in his bid for Morgan Schneiderlin.

Apparently Tony Pulis can only go so long adding attacking options before he needs to reconnect with who he is and bring in a player whose primary purpose is to disrupt attacks rather than spark them. After being beaten to the Morgan Schneiderlin punch by Everton, Tony Pulis has purchased a similar profile of player in former Spurs trainee Jake Livermore. Livermore will have to compete with Claudio Yacob and Darren Fletcher for time in the Albion midfield. Little about Livermore's history leads us to believe that his contributions will be statistically significant for fantasy purposes regardless of scoring format.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 20 - 10:21 AM

Reports in the media are strongly linking Manchester United with a move for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann in the summer.

Diego Simeone has said in the media that he wouldn't "tie anyone down" to Atleti, while Griezmann has previously expressed his desire to play alongside United's Paul Pogba some day. The French striker is seen as out of reach in the current January window for the Old Trafford hierarchy. What is expressly clear is that Atletico are aware they have a struggle on their hands to retain the 25 year old's services while United will need to replace the ageing Ibrahimovic and declining Wayne Rooney.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 19 - 4:00 PM

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has made a full return from injury.

The Dutch goalkeeper has missed the last month due to a dead leg following a collision with a teammate in the Merseyside derby in December. In his absence, Joel Robles has impressed mightily in five appearances with three clean sheets in the last four Premier League matches. With two experienced keepers, Koeman said he is not sure who to start this weekend against Crystal Palace: "He [Stekelenburg] is fully fit. I don’t [want to] say anything about this because last week Maarten Stekelenburg was still not 100-per-cent fit to start the game. Yes, he is now 100 per cent but that’s a decision we need to make."
Jan 19 - 3:25 PM

West Ham fans will be relieved to hear the knock that Andy Carroll sustained this week was only whiplash.

Premier League fans may have been subject of whiplash themselves this week while doing a double take to see Carroll's scissor-kick goal against Crystal Palace. West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said the former Liverpool man suffered the injury later on in the match, but has trained as is expected to be available to face Middlesbrough: "Andy has got a bit of a whiplash injury...He has a sore neck so hopefully he’s going to be OK. It was at the end of the game [and not when he scored his scissor kick goal]. He trained on Tuesday and was brilliant in training, but then he reported some neck pain, but hopefully he’s going to be OK."
Jan 19 - 3:30 PM

Rumours which had garnered a lot of press linking Bournemouth's Max Gradel with a move to Watford appear to have been unfounded.

Gradel has struggled to get game time this season, with just five appearances for Eddie Howe's men. Last season, he was viewed as a key man before suffering a long term injury setback. Gradel joined the club for the second time in 2015 and penned a 4 year contract last July. He is currently at the AFCON representing the Ivory Coast. Reports in the media have noted interest from a host of other clubs in Gradel's services, whether anything transpires from these remains to be seen.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 19 - 3:43 PM





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