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Another long-rumored transfer came to it's inevitable conclusion today as Mathieu Debuchy was officially announced as an Arsenal player.

The France and Newcastle right back joins Arsenal after weeks of waiting for the move to become official. In need of a replacement for Bacary Sagna who left for Manchester City on a free transfer, Arsenal's signing of Debuchy is indicative of their more recent transfer policy. Debuchy is not young (he'll be 29 when the season starts) but rather comes to the club as a fully blooded international with experience in a top competition (in this case the Premier League). After years of buying young and hoping the players would mature into world class players, Wenger has been buying mature players in the form of Cazorla, Podolski, Mertesacker, Arteta, Ozil, Sanchez and now Debuchy. A solid move for the Gunners even if it means they'll be looking again in three years or so as Debuchy starts slowing down.
Source: @ArsenalFC
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 01:44:00 PM

Iconic forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic added to the prolific Manchester United trophy case in a League Cup title on Sunday.

The Swedish striker added to his growing legend, scoring two goals in the League Cup final in a 3-2 win against Southampton at Wembley Stadium for the first of what he expects to be multiple trophies of his Manchester United career. The first goal, a 25-yard free-kick in the 19th minute, was outdone by his match-winner, a headed effort with just three minutes to go before the final would have gone to extra time. Said Ibrahimovic: "This is what I came for - to win, and I am winning. The more I win the more satisfied I get. You appreciate it more the older you get. Wherever I have gone I have won. I think this is trophy number 32 for me. This is what I predicted. My friend, I keep doing it. I'm enjoying it in England."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 27 - 7:16 AM

Mauricio Pochettino confirms Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen will be checked over the coming days after the pair were forced off during Sunday’s 4-0 win over Stoke City at White Hart Lane.

Reports after the match suggest that both players asked to come off as a precaution, although the extent of their problems won’t be known until they are fully assessed. Alderweireld signalled to the bench at the beginning of the second half due to an apparent groin problem while the nature of Vertonghen’s injury is yet to be determined. The Belgium defender was making his first Premier League start since damaging ankle ligaments against West Brom six weeks ago, and the injury maybe related. Tottenham are already without Danny Rose who is "a number of weeks away from a return to full training" and Pochettino can ill-afford to lose another key player with his side pushing hard for a Champions League place.
Feb 26 - 1:28 PM

Tony Pulis has confirmed winger Matt Phillips will undergo a second scan next week after missing the 2-1 win over Bournemouth because of a problem with his hamstring.

West Brom made one change for the visit of Eddie Howe’s men on Saturday as Jonny Evans, available again following a recent calf injury, was recalled in place of Phillips who was omitted from the match day 18. Pulis said his squad had "one or two niggles" heading into game week 26 but there was no specific mention of names and the doubts were thought to James Morrison and Nacer Chadli who were replaced at West Ham due to muscular injuries. However, both players were passed fit and Pulis later admitted "it was too much of a risk" to involve Phillips and lose him "further down the line." The 25-year-old will have another scan on Wednesday to determine his availability for the visit of Crystal Palace next weekend.
Feb 26 - 1:01 PM

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was quick to defend the club's players in Claudio Ranieri's dismissal this week.

Reports emerged immediately after Ranieri's departure that the club's senior players had turned on the FIFA Manager of the Year, which was the deciding factor in the board's decision to relieve the Italian of his duties just nine months after leading the club to the Premier League title. The Foxes dropped into the bottom three on Saturday following a win by Crystal Palace and have not won a single match in 2017. Said Schmeichel: "There's absolutely no truth in that whatsoever. We are players and we can only affect on the pitch - and we haven't done that. What happens above our heads at boardroom level is completely out of our control."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 26 - 1:08 PM

All the damage was done in the first half as Harry Kane scored a hat trick and assisted another goal as Tottenham trampled Stoke City, 4-0.

After a forgettable end to their underwhelming showing in European play this season, Tottenham looks to have put that behind them as they carved through the Stoke defense, putting the match away in the first half. Kane scored the game's first three goals, in the 14th, 32nd and 37th minutes. He scored the first goal after a series of passes around the area set him up. The next was a left-footed strike courtesy of a Christian Eriksen corner. Five minutes later, the trick was complete when Eriksen tapped a free kick in the Englishman's path and a shot from range deflected past the keeper. Kane then put the icing on the cake, collecting an assist by unselfishly setting up Dele Alli. The bad news for Spurs is that Toby Alderweireld had to exit early with a leg injury which will be assessed in the coming days.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 26 - 10:26 AM

For the second time this season, Stoke City were thoroughly beaten by Tottenham, losing 0-4 at home back in Week 3 and 4-0 today at White Hart Lane.

The Potters are in much better shape now than when these two sides first met back in September, but you would not have thought that watching them today. A leaky defense that let them down consistently in the early weeks of the season reared its ugly head again today, conceding four times in the opening half. The scoreline could have been more lopsided were it not for a couple of quality saves by Lee Grant. The only glimmer of promise in the attack was from teenager Ramadan Sobhi, who looks capable of setting up chances for his teammates but the rest of the attack were kept in check. Stoke will lick their wounds and look to repair their defense with a nice home matchup against a lackluster Middlesbrough attack.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 26 - 10:36 AM

Mauro Zarate may have kicked his last ball of the season after suffering what appears to be a serious knee injury against former club West Ham.

Zarate was quick out of the blocks at Vicarage Road on Saturday, drawing a foul from Cheikhou Kouyate to win his side a penalty after only three minutes. The January signing from Fiorentina was starting his third successive Premier League game, and was arguably putting in his best performance, before his evening ended early due to a twisted knee. Zarate was carried from the field on a stretcher after eight-and-a-half-minutes of treatment and taken to hospital for further tests. "I saw Zarate in a lot of pain," said Walter Mazzarri. "Unfortunately, it is not a good sign. Hopefully, it is not too bad." Captain Troy Deeney wished his teammate a "speedy recovery" but admitted: "The injury doesn't look good. It was a nice touch from the West Ham fans to sing his name. Hopefully he can get an MRI as quickly as possible."
Source: The Mirror
Feb 25 - 4:23 PM

Michail Antonio was sent off for two petulant yellow cards but in-between he picked up an assist as West Ham came from a goal down to pick up a point at Vicarage Road.

Antonio's first yellow came when he went in on Valon Behrami high and late after he had dispossessed Antonio. After a few controversial non-calls went against the Hammers in the second half Antonio's frustration boiled over and he deliberately handled the ball after slipping. It wasn't all bad as Antonio hit both posts on a second half shot and the rebound came out to Andre Ayew for the equalizer.
Source: Espnfc.com
Feb 25 - 3:16 PM

Isaac Success came on as a substitute with the score level at one and proceeded to confound with his performance.

Success appears to have bountiful physical gifts but it didn't appear that coordination was one of them based on Saturday's evidence. Success flailed on multiple dribbles after coming on stopping Watford attacks short. He had a golden opportunity to redeem himself in stoppage time but he failed to get even a touch on a Troy Deeney headed cross that would have won the match with the final touch.
Source: Espnfc.com
Feb 25 - 3:22 PM

Hull City are sweating on the fitness of centre-back Harry Maguire after the defender sustained a knee injury against Burnley at the KCOM Stadium.

Marco Silva confirmed during Fridays’ press conference that Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson could be out for another month with respective hamstring and calf injuries and the Tigers can ill-afford to lose another key defender. Speaking after the hard fought 1-1 draw, Silva revealed that Maguire was "maybe 50 percent for the whole of the second half and the last 10 minutes of the first half," after appearing to twist his knee which required lengthy treatment. Silva added: "I hope it's a knock, we'll see over the next few days." However, Liverpool loanee Lazar Markovic "should be okay" for the game against Leicester City in game week 27 after a training ground injury ruled him out of todays’ match.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 25 - 4:01 PM

Patrick Van Aanholt scored as Crystal Palace moved out of the bottom three with a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

Crystal Palace started the match with the better attacking chances and found the breakthrough on 34th minutes when Middlesbrough failed to clear a strike by Yohan Cabaye. The misplayed clearance fell to Van Aanholt, who touched onto to his left foot and popped a low strike into the bottom of the net, past a sprawling Victor Valdes. The victory for Palace was their first under Sam Allardyce and lifts the club to 17th place, on 22 points.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 25 - 12:41 PM





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