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Mesut Ozil continued his return from injury with a goal and an assist against Newcastle as Arsenal won 3-0 at the Emirates.

Ozil hasn't been quite the revelation that Gooners had hoped for since coming over from Real Madrid but he did his part Monday with a goal, an assist and a few other strong passes that could have been converted. It seems clear that Ozil is most effective when partnered with a more direct player like Aaron Ramsey in midfield. With Ramsey as the focal point, Ozil and Olivier Giroud, who scored from Ozil's assist, both seem far more at ease in their roles. While Ozil's contribution will look great on the stat sheet, it should be noted that his goal looked a lot like it came from an offside position.
Mon, Apr 28, 2014 06:34:00 PM

West Bromwich Albion have signed Rickie Lambert from Liverpool on a two-year deal.

Lambert went from great redemption story at Southampton two seasons ago to feel-good story of last summer when he went to boyhood club Liverpool to massive disappointment after a poor season after arriving at Anfield. He will have a chance to change the narrative at West Brom who are in desperate need of a target man to front Tony Pulis' battering ram style of play. Victor Anichebe could be that guy but he's frequently injured and Brown Ideye is hardly proven. Lambert could step in and be the starter if he proves he's fit and that last season was just a poor fit between player and playing style.
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Jul 31 - 12:51 PM

Stevan Jovetic has left the Premier League and Manchester City for Serie A and Inter Milan according to a Tweet from Inter.

Jovetic arrived at the Etihad with much fanfare but poor health robbed him of a chance to really establish himself in the side. With Wilfried Bony arriving last January and Raheem Sterling coming this summer, the writing was on the wall for Jovetic. He will now move on and see if he can recreate the great Serie A form that saw City buy him in the first place. There is some question over the nature of the deal with Inter having announced a four-year permanent deal and Manchester City indicating a year-and-a-half loan with an option to buy permanently. The terms don't matter too much on the pitch but City have put together a string of disappointing transfers and to not get a transfer fee back for Jovetic for another 18 months minimum would be another brutal indictment of their transfer dealings.
Jul 31 - 12:57 PM

Theo Walcott ended speculation about his future after signing a four-year contract extension with Arsenal.

With only the upcoming season remaining on his current deal, there was some urgency on both sides to figure out the future. If Walcott hadn't signed then Arsenal might have considered a late August or January sale. With Walcott signed for the next four years, Arsenal will be very picky in the transfer market with Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and even Aaron Ramsey all signed long term and able to play in the three primary attacking roles around Mesut Ozil.
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Jul 31 - 10:42 AM

Santi Cazorla, who had only one year remaining on his current contract, has signed a new deal with the club committing his future.

Santi Cazorla was the subject of at least some transfer rumors over the summer because his Arsenal deal was set to expire at the end of this season. While the length of the new deal wasn't revealed in any of the initial press releases this new deal presumably ties Cazorla to the club for at least this season and the next. With Cazorla turning 31 in December it is reasonable that this season or next season would be his last as a consistent starter for the Gunners. Whether he stays on in more of an Arteta/Rosicky-type role after that or elects to step down a level to keep playing consistently remains to be seen.
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Jul 31 - 10:51 AM

As the player remains AWOL from Manchester United's pre-season tour, a permanent move to PSG appears to be nearing completion.

No, a deal hasn't been announced officially by either club but it's close enough that we're going to call it done. Angel di Maria's short and disappointing tenure in the Premier League with Manchester United is over. His departure opens a place that reportedly will be filled by Pedro. The interesting question raised by the arrival of Pedro is where Memphis Depay fits into the United attack. With Pedro, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata around it may be that Depay starts the season as more of a super-sub than a guaranteed starter. It isn't an unreasonable strategy for helping him adapt to a better league in the real world but it would certainly upset fantasy managers who are drafting Depay 20th overall in draft-style leagues.
Jul 31 - 10:57 AM

Out of favor Man City striker has confirmed his transfer to Roma, agreeing terms with the Serie A club according to Sky Sports. Now it is just a matter of settling on a fee…

It is a transfer that has been rumbling for a number of weeks. Bosnian front man Edin Dzeko was always going to be too good to sit on Man City’s bench, but perhaps never quite good enough to force his way into the team. Especially if Manual Pellegrini is going to tweak the shape this season, opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation to get the best out of new signing Raheem Sterling and City’s best creative force David Silva. Dzeko has always scored goals – a remarkable 50 in 74 starts, no less – but with Sergio Aguero at the club, very much played the bridesmaid role. He even scored the ultimate ‘bridesmaid’ goal, getting the oft-forgotten equalizer in the legendary last-day encounter with QPR that clinched City’s first title in 2011/12. Aguero got the winner, of course. Personal terms have been agreed, Roma and City just need to agree a price thought to be in the region of £8m.
Jul 31 - 4:10 AM

As injury problems mount for Everton – Darron Gibson, Mo Besic, Aiden McGeady and Tony Hibbert will all miss the start of the season – there is more bad news for Roberto Martinez concerning center-back John Stones. Manchester United have now made an enquiry…

It’s not been a good summer for Roberto Martinez and Everton. His intention was to strengthen each ‘line’ of his team – Defense, Midfield and Attack – but has spent most of his energies keeping his current squad intact. John Stones looks certain to go, with Chelsea’s second bid of £26m unlikely to be their last. And now that prime target Sergio Ramos is set to sign a new deal with Real Madrid, Manchester United have entered the race. United have an extra £45m in the pot from Angel Di Maria’s departure, so Everton can at least expect to get top dollar for Stones from a Chelsea v Man United bidding war. And Man City may yet still have a say. The Mirror report that United are ready to throw Jonny Evans into the package, which might appeal as Everton are down to the bare bones in central defense.
Jul 31 - 4:24 AM

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is set to join Crystal Palace in an £8 million deal…

It is not often that a transfer seems to suit all parties, but this one does. Crystal Palace need a striker and Alan Pardew favors one with a physical presence. Sunderland are keen to offload Connor Wickham, who has only performed intermittently since his transfer from Ipswich – scoring just 15 goals in 91 matches. Wickham himself is desperate to kick start his career as a center-forward having spent much of his time last season as a left winger. Sunderland meanwhile look set to get the fee they paid four years ago. Everybody happy. For it to blossom into a real success story, Wickham will link up with Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford and lead Palace to a top ten finish. And Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat will reinvest the money in the striker he craves to lead Sunderland into the top 16. Oh, go on then, top 14.
Jul 31 - 4:37 AM

Southampton brushed aside Europa League opponents Vitesse Arnhem on Thursday but the comfortable 3-nil victory was marred by the news that Jordy Clasie could miss the start of the season because of injury.

New signing Clasie has been touted as the perfect replacement for the recently departed Morgan Schneiderlin but the $13 million summer signing lasted just over an hour before a hamstring strain curtailed his evening. Post-match Ronald Koeman revealed the midfielder had suffered a tear which would require a scan although the likely prognosis is at least 2-weeks ruling the Dutchman out of GW1.
Jul 30 - 6:21 PM

Newcastle United made a much needed move for a defender in the transfer market by acquiring center back Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht for a fee around £8m.

This deal was all but official for several days but McClaren recruits his second signing from the Belgian club that also parted ways with Aleksandar Mitrovic. It can only help the transition to their new surroundings to have an established relationship with each other. More importantly, Mbemba offers a bright future as a strong, quick center back and should take little time establishing himself as a regular starter for McClaren. As long as Fabricio Coloccini sticks around, the one to suffer most for playing time with this addition is Taylor, who was looking to re-establish himself after a long absence from an Achillies rupture. We may see a corresponding move that sees Taylor or Mike Williamson move on and have their wages off the books.
Jul 30 - 6:26 PM

Jordan Ibe has dazzled enough so far this summer that Brendan Rodgers has now gone on record to state that the winger will feature heavily in the first team this coming season.

Bargain alert in the early weeks for fantasy managers as Ibe could pay real dividends for investors as their low-end midfielder. Priced at just 5.0 in the FPL game, he is worth a shot if only for the first four weeks. After that comes the international break and the closing of the transfer window when managers can assess his value going forward. Could he be the next Sterling for the Reds?
Jul 30 - 6:34 PM




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