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Shaktar Donetsk's star attacking midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, will, as expected, be signing for Borussia Dortmund.

Liverpool were keen on the player, but will now be forced to look elsewhere. The club still need to find more goals from midfield, and more creativity in the center of the pitch, as the likes of Philippe Coutinho are probably too slight to prosper infield.
Source: SBNation
Mon, Jul 8, 2013 12:33:00 PM

Celtic Football Club have announced that they have secured the signing of Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett on loan for the 2015-16 season.

Celtic, out of the Champions League group stages after a play-off loss and facing the departure of Virgil van Dijk, have moved to secure their central defense with the signing of Blackett from the Red Devils. Blackett was a surprise when injuries forced him into the starting line-up at Old Trafford sooner than anyone would ever have expected. With United's fitness likely better this season, the move to Celtic Park to get first team opportunities makes sense for everyone involved.
Source: Twitter.com
Aug 29 - 11:15 AM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain didn't get credit for the goal but he caused it to go in off of Fabricio Coloccini for the only goal in Arsenal's 1-0 win against Newcastle at St. James' Park.

For the second week in a row, Arsenal were on the wrong end of an official's call as Hector Bellerin wasn't awarded a penalty after being tripped in the box by Florian Thauvin. The Gunners did get some luck when Oxlade-Chamberlain's second half shot deflected slightly off of Coloccini and found it's way into the far corner for a much-needed goal. The Gunners started with Theo Walcott in place of Olivier Giroud as a center forward and were missing Mesut Ozil but the attack didn't look much more fluid than it had in the first three weeks as the Gunners continue to struggle to start the season.
Aug 29 - 9:47 AM

Fabricio Coloccini added to Newcastle's difficult start to the season with an own goal as Newcastle dropped a decision at home to Arsenal in Week 4 action.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was the player who really got the action going when he was shown a straight red card in the 16th minute. The call might have been a bit harsh but the player has already carved out a reputation for himself in English football after picking up yellow cards by the bunch early in his Magpies career. After the dismissal, Steve McClaren's men had trouble mounting any danger and mostly contented themselves with keeping Arsenal out. When Coloccini's deflection ruined that plan it was always going to end with an Arsenal win.
Aug 29 - 9:51 AM

After seeing yellow within moments of being introduced in his first two Newcastle matches, Mitrovic upped the ante to a red card after 16 minutes in Week 4.

Newcastle supporters would certainly argue that calling Mitrovic's studs-up challenge a straight red card was probably harsh. He wasn't particularly out of control nor did there appear any chance that he was intentionally trying to injure with the challenge. Still, once you forge a reputation as he has so far since his arrival, you are going to have to live with it and you can't blame an official for being on the lookout for bad behavior from Mitrovic and then over-reacting to it when it inevitably happened. Papiss Cisse should be restored to the starting line-up with Mitrovic suspended.
Aug 29 - 9:55 AM

David De Gea will continue to watch on from afar as Manchester United attempts to decide his short and long term fate. Sergio Romero will deputize again at the Liberty Stadium.

As the David De Gea saga rolls on, the logic that Manchester United are employing to decide what their next move becomes less and less clear. They aren't getting any immediate benefit out of one of the best players on their roster. They, and specifically Louis Van Gaal, seem to be straining the relationship thereby reducing the chances that De Gea's heart will be in it if he does end up staying. At the same time, United seem like they are content to let the keeper stay only to lose him on a free next summer. Maybe there's a strategic plan that none of us are seeing but it surely isn't obvious and whatever it is had better work because United will look terrible if it doesn't.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:25 PM

Marcos Rojo will make the squad for a Premier League match for the first time this season as United travel to Wales for a Week 4 match against last season's tormentors Swansea.

Marcos Rojo sure took his time recovering from his Copa America experience over the summer. While other participants who went just as far in the tournament have been back for a couple of weeks, Rojo is just now rounding into match fitness. With Chris Smalling looking very good and Daley Blind seemingly entrenched at the other center back spot (and United having yet to concede in the league), Rojo will likely have to wait his turn now that he is fit. Not exactly what you'd expect from a high profile transfer in last summer.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:28 PM

Gael Clichy's prognosis had been a bit murky thus far but Manuel Pelligrini clarified this week that the left back would be out another six or seven weeks.

While this is bad news for Clichy and fans of depth at the left back position, it is great for Aleksandar Kolarov and everyone who took a risk on picking him up in fantasy leagues. By no means a sure starter, Kolarov has been the most productive defender in most formats thus far with three clean sheets and a goal to his credit as well as a bundle of peripheral stats. Another nearly two months of starts will be a huge bonus for managers who might have been getting nervous at the potential return of last season's regular starter.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:34 PM

The newly signed Nicholas Otamendi remains unavailable as he awaits his work permit after signing with Manchester City.

Eliaquim Mangala owners will be happy that their man has received an administrative stay of execution (or at least benching) as Otamendi's lack of work permit will mean that the France international will continue to start alongside Vincent Kompany at the heart of City's defense. With Watford, City's Week 4 opponent, not having scored in their past two matches there is every chance that City and Mangala will put up a fourth consecutive clean sheet to start the season.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:38 PM

Newly signed Ola Toivonen will be immediately welcomed into the Sunderland squad and may even get a start in his first week at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland are looking for answers and Toivonen has been brought in to potentially be one of those answers. Jermain Defoe has been Jermain Defoe and Jeremain Lens has been an assist machine so far but the Black Cats need more at just about every position if they are to avoid the relegation race. Exactly where Swedish international Toivonen fits remains to be seen. As an attacking midfielder, his goal record in Holland was exceptional but when viewed more as a forward his production in the Eredivisie and Ligue 1 wasn't anything special. His debut, either as a substitute or a starter, deserves some attention to see where he fits and whether he looks to be ready to compete in the Premier League after only registering 14 goals in 46 appearances for Rennes over a season and a half.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:43 PM

Bojan looked like he'd be ready to start last weekend but Mark Hughes played it safe, will this be the week he gets his first start of the season for the Potters.

Who would have guessed that Stoke City would ever field a starting eleven that includes high profile flair-type players like Bojan and Xherdan Shaqiri but that's exactly what could happen this weekend as the two are likely to feature together for the first time. Former manager Tony Pulis will barely recognize the red and white striped squad that he used to lead with those sorts of skills on display. With the Baggies struggling so far and Stoke City restored to close to full strength the Potters seem likely to get the better of their old manager.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:11 PM

Chris Brunt injured his hamstring against Port Vale in the League Cup in mid-week and had to be substituted. He remains a significant doubt for Saturday's match against Stoke City.

Brunt, probably still somewhat angry after James Morrison bullied his way into taking a penalty against Chelsea and subsequently missing it, may have to wait for a more satisfying league outing. His hamstring complaint seems likely to force him out of this week's trip to the Britannia to face Stoke City. Brunt's absence would open up an opportunity for another Baggies player (McManaman?) to take kicks and corners and even a penalty if one were to be awarded. Let's hope it isn't Morrison who gets that spot if the need arises.
Source: espnfc.com
Aug 28 - 1:17 PM




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