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Santi Cazorla continued Arsenal's momentum from last season's FA Cup win into the new season with the opening goal in Arsenal's 3-0 Community Shield win over Manchester City.

With so much focus on new arrivals Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers, it was the old guard in the form of Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud who scored for Arsenal as they swept to a relatively easy Community Shield win. City's side were decidedly weakened by the absences of Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero but Arsenal were likewise missing Per Mertesacker, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil so the win cannot be entirely discounted. The match was more important for Arsenal than City and it will help them hit the ground running when the season kicks off on Saturday.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 12:19:00 PM

Chelsea confirms Lucas Piazon has extended his loan with Championship side Fulham until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old forward scored on his debut for Fulham in the EFL Cup against Bristol City, and now scored four goals in 17 appearances for the Cottagers since joining on loan this summer. Piazon, a Brazil Under-23 international, has featured three time for Chelsea since joining the club in January 2012.
Jan 17 - 3:38 PM

Diego Costa rejoined training with Chelsea's first-team on Tuesday, Sky Sports reports.

Costa did not travel with the Chelsea squad for their 3-0 win over Leicester City last weekend, with a back injury listed as the official reason for his absence. While it was reported by several media outlets the omission was due to a spat during training over interest from China, worries seemed to be quelled by the striker's return to full training, after spending Sunday and Monday training by himself.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 17 - 4:07 PM

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka says he was impressed by the glimpses of promise Rudy Gestede showed in his debut at Watford last Saturday.

After making his Premier League debut against Watford, introduced as a substitute with half an hour to play on Saturday, Karanka says Gestede will have a big role to play in Middlesbrough's campaign moving forward. Karanka said: "I said when we brought him here that he brings us something different...With him on the pitch, we have the kind of striker who you need sometimes to hold the ball, to create an impact on the pitch, score and defend from set pieces." Karanka added that Gestede will 'for sure' start games in the future, making the Beninese a forward to watch in fantasy over the new few weeks. Middlesbrough will close out the month of January with Premier League matches against West Ham (GW22) and West Brom (GW23), split by their fourth round FA Cup tie with Accrington Stanley on January 28th.
Jan 17 - 4:28 PM

Scan results confirm what most of us suspected on Saturday when a teary Jan Vertonghen was helped from the sidelines in obvious discomfort.

An innocuous stretch by the touchline, unchallenged, has almost ended the Belgium defenders season. Mauricio Pochettino admitted after the game that the ankle "looks bad" and tests since confirm Vertonghen is set for a lengthy spell on sidelines. How long? We can’t be sure at this point, swelling around the ankle joint makes it difficult to give a definitive timeline, but as a guide, Vertonghen will spend a minimum of 6 weeks in the treatment room with the likelihood that it will be closer to ten. The MRI highlighted extensive ligament damage, somewhere between a grade two and grade tear, almost a complete rupture which would’ve resulted in surgery and even more time out. The news will not force Pochettino into the market for a replacement, instead he will turn to the likes of Kevin Wimmer and Ben Davies to maintain the Tottenham title charge.
Jan 17 - 1:28 PM

Swansea City made their second signing of the January window, bringing in Martin Olsson from Norwich City on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Olsson has been Norwich City's primary left back for the past three and a half seasons, two of those in the top flight, and earned Premier League experience prior to that with Blackburn Rovers. He also has 40 caps for the Swedish national team. The timing of the signing helps buffer the loss of Neil Taylor, who is out for a few weeks from a fractured cheekbone and blocks Stephen Kingsley from deputizing in the mean time. Mired at the bottom of the table and on their third manager of the season, Swansea are making transactions, with Spurs Tom Carroll rumored to be headed for the Liberty Stadium. However, Olsson arguably isn't much of an upgrade to Taylor and they need to set their sights on a high-impact player or two to turn their season around.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 17 - 8:29 AM

Swansea City have completed the transfer of midfielder Tom Carroll from Tottenham on a three-and-a-half year deal.

Swansea City continue their January shopping with their second signing of the day and third of the month in Carroll. Carroll has been completely blocked from 1st team action with Spurs, especially with the emergence of Harry Winks this season, having played a total of one minute in league play this season. Now 24 years old, it makes sense for Tottenham to sell. Carroll is familiar with the Welsh side, spending a season there on loan in 2014/2015. Swansea are showing they are willing to buy players in this window in an attempt to survive a drop to the Championship, but, like Martin Olsson signed earlier today, Carroll is not the kind of impact player to lift a club from the bottom of the table. There is not much fantasy appeal in any format, except perhaps deeper draft leagues, and that's only if Carroll can nail down a regular starting role.
Jan 17 - 11:50 AM

The Stoke City attack will be even more depleted following the news that Jon Walters has undergone surgery on his knee.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes confirmed the attacker will miss weeks after requiring knee surgery to fix a minor problem that has affected the Irishman, who has two goals in 17 league matches, throughout the season. The club is already without forwards Wilfried Bony and Mame Diouf due to the African Cup of Nations and could look to the transfer window for help. Said Hughes: "We are missing Jonny Walters unfortunately, who is suffering a problem with his knee. As a consequence of that he is going to be missing for a little bit, so that leaves us short up front to be perfectly honest."
Jan 16 - 6:27 PM

Following a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Spurs this weekend, West Brom will look to get Jonny Evans and Allan Nyom back as soon as possible.

Evans missed out on the weekend due to a calf injury as Jonas Olsson filled in for the former Manchester United man. Manager Tony Pulis said the club hopes to have him back in action for the upcoming weekend against Sunderland. "We were not expecting him to miss the Spurs game so we’re taking nothing for granted. It’s a different injury to his earlier problem but it is in the same area as his calf. We will have to wait and see." Meanwhile, Nyom continues to miss out as the club waits to receive international clearance from Cameroon, who is also holding up Joel Matip at Liverpool. But FIFA is set to intervene this week with the hope of clearing them for the weekend.
Jan 16 - 5:28 PM

Nathaniel Clyne should be back for Liverpool’s next Premier League game after missing the 1-1 draw against Man United because of injury.

The big news prior to kick off at Old Trafford was the surprise inclusion of Trent Alexander-Arnold who made his full Premier League debut at right-back in the absence of Clyne. Previously, the 18-year-old had managed only a brief injury time cameo at Middlesbrough [GW16] although Arnold has been involved in both domestic cup competitions this term. There was no mention of an injury doubt during Friday's media briefing, but Jürgen Klopp did offer an update ahead of the north-west derby: "We all have – a few of us probably have a few more – 14 muscles between the ribs and one of these hurts a lot. He got a knock at Southampton," before going onto to add. "Clyne can nearly cope with everything so we all thought it will work out, but in training [Saturday] he twisted it a little bit. We had to wait overnight and he said this morning ‘no chance’.
Source: The Metro
Jan 16 - 5:20 AM

Chelsea have recalled forward Patrick Bamford from Burnley and are said to plan to sell him permanently to Middlesbrough for a fee up to £10m. .

There is news out of Stamford Bridge about a striker not named Diego Costa. When Chelsea recalled Bamford, one might speculate initially that he was brought back for depth if Costa was to be sold. The Costa situation is still murky but now we know Bamford's recall was to push through a permanent transfer. It has been a tough 18 months for Bamford, having half-season loan spells for Crystal Palace, Norwich City and the Clarets, scoring no goals in any competitions over a total of 22 appearances. Before his career stalled, he had a great 2014/2015 season for Middlesbrough, scoring 19 goals across all competitions. He is still young enough at 23 to get his career on track, but he will still need to earn the trust of Aitor Karanka to earn regular playing time and become a fantasy prospect.
Source: Telegraph
Jan 16 - 6:20 AM

An ever-growing injury list combined with a threadbare squad didn’t stop Hull City from earning three valuable points at home to Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Tigers were rocked during the build-up to game week 21 with the news that Markus Henriksen would be sidelined for up-to three months after he suffered an unspecified shoulder injury during the EFL Cup semi-final defeat at Old Trafford. The Norwegian had started in Marco Silva’s first two games but now the midfielder looks set to miss a large chunk of the relegation dogfight. However, in the face of adversity, cometh the hour, cometh the man as Abel Hernandez served a timely reminder of the what Hull supporters have been missing in recent weeks with a brace in the 3-1 victory. Hull went nine games without a win during his recent absence, a persistent groin problem which ultimately left the striker needing surgery, but his comeback, which coincided with the appointment of Silva has already shown signs that the pair can revive the fortunes of the club.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 16 - 6:52 AM





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