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There are reports from a number of outlets that Arsenal and Gonzalo Higuain have agreed on personal terms and all that is left is for Arsenal and Real Madrid to finalize the transfer fee.

With betting on the move apparently suspended, this one seems like it will be happening and it is a huge move for Arsenal. Outside of whatever impact Higuain makes as a forward, Olivier Giroud will likely move back in the pecking order from being an adequate-but-not-spectacular first-teamer to being a much better reserve #9 than Arsenal has had in some time. It also likely means the end of conversations about Walcott, Gervinho or anyone else on the current roster playing as a central forward on anything other than a fill-in basis.
Source: TeamTalk.com
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 12:53:00 PM

Swansea's dream start to the season continued with an easy 3-0 win over West Brom that featured a Nathan Dyer brace.

Nathan Dyer scored his first just seconds after the opening whistle from a Gylfi Sigurdsson backheel. Wayne Routledge scored a crazy jumping side volley for the Swans second. Dyer completed the scoring in the second half when he beat Ben Foster to his near side. Wilfried Bony should have scored as well seeing one great chance go over the bar and another kept out of the goal by a defender's arm without it being called.
Aug 30 - 12:30 PM

Stoke forward Mame Biram Diouf slotted home a spectacular solo goal in the second half that was enough for his side to defeat Manchester City 1-0.

The goal was spectacular but Joe Hart should have done better and will be blamed for the goal today. This is a big blow for Manchester City who have not looked as impressive in their title defense this year. A home defeat puts pressure on the team and the coach, especially when it's against a mid-table squad. Stoke City, on the other hand, now have four points from their first three matches, putting them in ninth place, right around where they belong.
Source: Sky Sports
Aug 30 - 12:51 PM

Charlie Austin scored the only goal of the game as Queens Park Rangers grabbed their first points of the season.

Harry Redknapp's came into the game off the back of three straight defeats without scoring a goal, but Charlie Austin has finally given his manager something to smile about. Austin played as the main striker with Loic Remy excluded from squad prior to a move to Chelsea, and he scored from close-range following a corner on the stroke of half-time. Sunderland put the home side under plenty of pressure, but Rob Green deserves credit for a couple of remarkable saves to keep his side in the lead, and QPR are out of the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 30 - 12:01 PM

In an enjoyable contest where the lead changed hands, the standout performer for Newcastle United was Rolando Aarons, an 18 year old prospect who notched a goal and an assist as a substitute as the Magpies played Crystal Palace to a 3-3 draw.

Who is this kid? Replacing Yoan Gouffran midway through the 2nd half, Alan Pardew found unveiled a secret weapon in the 18 year old Jamaican midfielder. He headed in a Remy Cabella corner to level the match in the 73rd minute, then struck a glorious curling effort that clipped the far corner of the bar. Mike Willamson was there to clean up the rebound and gave Newcastle the late lead. They would however concede in stoppage time to settle for a draw. Hard to say how much playing time Aarons bought himself today, but if you want to take a chance on him, stash him as your 5th mid now as he is currently only a shade over 1m.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 12:16 PM

Burnley turned in a positive defensive display and went toe to toe with Manchester United to earn their first point of the season in a 0-0 final.

Burnley are the latest to take advantage of Manchester United's "transitional period" by keeping their mistakes at a minimum and getting their share of attacking chances. Jones came closest, when he smashed the bar by way of a free kick. He would again challenge De Gea about a half hour in, but a lack of quality from the supporting attack kept Burnley from breaking through. Jones did show enough threat to creep into the fantasy radar as he currently costs just over 5m.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 9:46 AM

Angel Di Maria was thrust immediately into Manchester United's starting XI and showed some promising displays but United as a unit once again failed to impress both attacking and defending, settling for a 0-0 against Burnley.

United were actually lucky to come away with a point in this one as the newest savior tasked to successfully replace Sir Alex Ferguson, Louis van Gaal still waits for his first win in charge. Di Maria had stretches of brilliance but also looked understandably rough around the edges as he begins his career under van Gaal. Apologists for United's slow start will point out that Robin van Persie is still not up to speed and the likes of Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo have yet to show their influence, but at the end of the day, they played Burnley and this fixture should be earning them three points given the talent at their disposal. The Red Devils now have the international break to work toward a better league showing, but if they cannot easily dispose of QPR at Old Trafford in Week 4, you can officially hit the panic button.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 30 - 9:57 AM

Stephen Ireland will be held out of the Stoke City squad for Week 3 as he nurses a rib injury back to health.

Ireland wasn't likely to see a great deal of playing time with the arrivals of Steve Sidwell, Bojan Krkic, and Victor Moses to the midfield ranks but a rib injury will ensure that he doesn't figure in Week 3. It seems likely he'll be ready to return after the international break.
Aug 29 - 5:19 PM

Jonny Evans returned to active duty against MK Dons this week and will likely eye a return to league action this weekend against Burnley

He isn't likely to put it on his resume given the embarrassing result but Jonny Evans is fit again and featured for Louis Van Gaal in the Capital One Cup this past week. With a central defense that featured little experience after Chris Smalling went out last weekend and Marcos Rojo still awaiting a work permit, Evans is likely to be welcomed back to the starting eleven this weekend as United search for a much-needed victory.
Aug 29 - 4:57 PM

Sebastien Pocognoli has had a strong start to his West Brom career but he won't get to continue it in Week 3 with the right back out with a thigh injury.

He certainly isn't setting the world on fire but Sebastien Pocognoli has been a solid addition to a West Brom back line that needed a big renovation over the summer. As more of the projected starting group (Gareth McAuley and Cristian Gamboa) return to the line-up, Pocognoli will exit for at least one week.
Aug 29 - 5:09 PM

A groin injury is set to keep US international Geoff Cameron out of the Stoke City squad for the Week 3 trip to Manchester City.

With transfer rumors and rumors of his falling down Mark Hughes' pecking order for playing time all swirling around him, Geoff Cameron will miss out on Week 3 with a groin injury. The American defender has been linked with multiple moves away from Stoke City in recent days so this weekend could be an interesting one for him but apparently nothing interesting will be happening on the pitch.
Aug 29 - 5:16 PM

Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Adam Lallana will be in the squad for Liverpool when they travel to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham this weekend.

Rodgers went on further to say that the midfielder was still short of match fitness so you can rule out any chances of him starting. In fact, it is likely Lallana will not feature at all unless in an emergency situation as he is making a quicker-than-expected recovery from his knee injury.
Aug 29 - 10:24 AM




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