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A deflected save bounced off of Mathieu Flamini and into the Arsenal net to undo Arsenal's second half comeback and force a late draw against Swansea City.

Arsene Wenger continued to get his team selection wrong this week. Against Chelsea he should have gone conservative and selected Flamini and Arteta in an attempt to hold Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. At the Emirates, Wenger selected two holding midfielders when he should have attacked and paid the price for most of the match as Arsenal failed to mount an attack. Not until the more attack-oriented Lukas Podolski was introduced did Arsenal erase Swansea's 1-0 lead. Podolski and Giroud (from Podolski) scored in quick succession only to see Flamini's OG cost the Gunners two points in the 90th minute.
Source: espnfc.com
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 06:50:00 PM

Burnley have captured wingman Aaron Lennon from Everton for an undisclosed fee.

This could be a very nice addition for Burnley. It is quite possible that Sean Dyche will have two new influential wide midfielders starting, as Georges-Kevin Nkoudou has also come to Turf Moor in this window. On paper, Lennon and Nkoudou would immediately add pace to the attack and more creativity as well. Lennon has hit double-digit assists before, but you have to go back eight seasons. He has a chance to re-ignite his career after several seasons of being a bench option rather than a regular starter and is worth an add in most fantasy draft formats. His arrival crushes the fantasy value of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who will likely give way to Lennon in the near future.
Source: BBC Football
Jan 23 - 10:10 PM

Chelsea youngster Kenedy has joined Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old will spend the rest of the campaign with Newcastle for what will be his second loan spell since moving to Stamford Bridge from Fluminense in August 2015. The left-sided midfielder spent time on loan at Watford last season, but was recalled early because he wasn't seeing enough playing time. Kenedy made five starts for Antonio Conte this season, all in cup competitions, and will now aim to see more regular first time football under Rafa Benitez. Said Benitez: "Kenedy is a player that we have been following since the summer. The reason we are interested is that he can play in several positions – as a winger, a wing back and also as an offensive left full back, so he gives the team many options."
Jan 23 - 4:10 PM

West Ham have been dealt another injury blow after Marko Arnautovic was ruled out for three weeks with a hamstring problem.

The news come as another untimely blow for the Hammers with Manuel Lanzini sidelined for at least a month and Andy Carroll already ruled out for three months. Arnautovic has been in fine form with six goals and three assists in his last eight appearances. The Austria international, who played through the injury against Bournemouth on Saturday, he will now miss the FA Cup clash at Wigan this weekend, as well as league matches against Crystal Palace, Brighton and Watford. Javier Hernandez and Andrew Ayew are positioned to see significant role increases for the duration of Arnautovic's absence, while the handful of injuries could result in the Hammers adding an attacker before the transfer window closes.
Jan 23 - 4:34 PM

David Moyes has been dealt another blow following the news that Marko Arnautovic could miss the next four games due to injury.

The in-form attacker has been managing a niggling hamstring problem all month, and following his involvement against Bournemouth, tests confirm he suffered a setback which is likely to keep him out until mid-February. The update comes as a hammer blow for Moyes who also lost Andy Carroll until April after he underwent surgery on Monday morning to fix a hairline fracture of his foot. Meanwhile, media reports suggest Manuel Lanzini [hamstring] is expected to miss between 4-6 weeks after limping off on Saturday, although there has been no official update from the club. Javier Hernandez, heavily linked with a move to Newcastle, has had a transfer request rejected, and with a growing injury list, it seems highly unlikely that Diafra Sakho or Andre Ayew will move during the window unless the Moyes can add reinforcements first.
Source: The Mirror
Jan 23 - 5:05 PM

Manuel Lanzini faces a lengthy lay-off after scans revealed the midfielder suffered a significant injury against Bournemouth at the weekend.

Lanzini was withdraw just after the hour mark against Bournemouth on Saturday with a suspected hamstring injury. The Argentine went for a scan on Monday, which confirmed fears that the injury will force the playmaker to miss at least six weeks. Lanzini's absence leaves a massive void in West Ham's attack, with Andy Carroll sidelined following ankle surgery and news that Marko Arnautovic will miss at least three weeks because of a hamstring problem. The fallout of the injuries means Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew should see more playing time, while Michail Antonio should come straight back into the starting XI once recovered from a calf injury. However, David Moyes could be forced into bring in a new attacking midfielder without a like for like replacement for Lanzini on the books.
Jan 23 - 5:10 PM

Alexis Sanchez finally has the move to a bigger club that he has been agitating for since the end of last season as the ink is now dry on the swap move seeing he and Henrikh Mkhitaryan switch clubs.

The Chilean attacker was thought for much of the summer and then most of the first half of the season to be signed and sealed to Manchester City to reunite with his former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola. Over the past few weeks the focus has shifted from the Etihad to Old Trafford and now Alexis Sanchez is a Manchester United player. Sanchez's arrival means that Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Jesse Lingard will each see hits to their playing time as Sanchez will surely start regularly.
Source: @manutd
Jan 22 - 2:24 PM

Alfie Mawson swept home a rebound from a Swansea corner kick to give the relegation strugglers a massive win over streaking Liverpool.

The Swans needed a win badly and the combination of as fortunate goal, resolute defending and poor Liverpool finishing was enough to make it happen. The Swans were hardly awash in opportunities on goal but when opportunity knocked, Alfie Mawson tucked a rebound into the bottom corner. After that it was furious defending and some good luck for the win.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 22 - 5:08 PM

Virgil van Dijk played well but wasn't enough to overcome Liverpool's set piece issues as they fell 1-0 to Swansea.

The loss should, in no way, be pinned on van Dijk but it is worth pointing out that Liverpool's struggles on set pieces and at the back in general are bigger than any single player. Until the system improves and the midfield contributes more to goal prevention in their own end then the frustrations will continue.
Source: Espn.com
Jan 22 - 5:14 PM

Andy Carroll may not play again this season after undergoing surgery to repair a hairline fracture in his foot.

The West Ham striker hasn’t played since coming off the bench on January 4 [vs Tottenham] in a five-minute cameo, having picked up the injury against West Brom two days earlier. David Moyes initially suggested that tests [MRI scan] had come back clear sparking rumours of a potential £20 million move to Stamford Bridge, but having missed the next four games, Carroll was sent for a CT scan which revealed the fracture. After seeing a specialist, West Ham were given the option of treating the injury conservatively – wearing a protective boot – or sending Carroll for surgery. He had the operation on Monday and an initial timeline of around three months has been suggested. The news is likely to scupper any chance of Javier Hernandez or Diafra Sakho, who had been linked with moves away, from leaving the London Stadium in January unless Moyes can bring in reinforcements first.
Jan 22 - 5:45 PM

Crystal Palace announced its first signing of the winter window in a loan move for Benfica midfielder Erdal Rakip.

The 21-year-old joins the club through the end of the season on loan from the Portuguese giants after his move from Malmo earlier this month. Rakip, a central midfielder in the Swedish U21 setup, previously made 120 appearances for Malmo's senior side, including 16 Champions League appearances. Palace is hoping to quickly add to its ranks with another deal in place to sign Lubin defender Jaroslaw Jach. Said Rakip: "It will be an honour playing for Roy. He is a legend in Malmö and everyone know who he is. Crystal Palace is a fantastic club with a lot of history that plays entertaining football, and was the best option for my development and my career at this stage."
Jan 22 - 3:37 PM

Within an hour of Alexis Sanchez joining Manchester United, City announced a contract extension for Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian playmaker signs a five-year deal to keep him at the Etihad through the 2023 season after an incredible start to the season that has him in talks for Player of the Year. De Bruyne has recorded six goals and 12 assists this season as a critical part of Manchester City's offensive juggernaut. No player in the Premier League has recorded more than his 38 assists since his return in 2015. De Bruyne follows Fernandinho in signing a new deal over the last week. "As I’ve said previously, my intention has always been to stay here at City, where I’ve felt at home from day one," the 26-year-old said. "Not only are we winning – we are playing great football. It’s a pleasure to be a part of and I’m really excited about what we can achieve in the coming years."
Jan 22 - 3:41 PM





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