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Arsenal's defensive injury woes were alleviated by the availability of Bacary Sagna and Keiran Gibbs who were uncertain coming out of the weekend.

With the seemingly serious injury to Laurent Koscielny, the health of Sagna, Gibbs, and Monreal (who returned as a late-match substitute after missing out over the weekend) is critical to Arsenal. PhysioRoom.com are reporting that Vermaelen will be out until mid-to-late September which means Arsenal will likely move Sagna in to partner Mertesacker with Monreal/Gibbs on the left and Jenkinson on the right. Tell us again why Arsenal hasn't purchased someone like Etienne Capoue who can play both as a holding midfielder (last weekend's emergency need) and center back (the current disaster).
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 09:14:00 AM

Arsenal were well beaten by Chelsea 3-0 at the Bird's Nest Stadium as they concluded their tour of Australia and China on Saturday.

There really weren't many positives to take from the match other than that the club seemed to be largely recovered from the digestive issues that struck them earlier on tour. The attack never really got going as the defending Premier League champions pressed from the kickoff. The defense was let off on a couple of botched Chelsea breaks in the early going but their luck didn't hold as first Willian and then Batshuayi scored within minutes at the end of the first half. The second half didn't start any better as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain slipped trying to defend Marcos Alonso allowing the Spaniard a clear run at goal that saw him center for Batshuayi who scored his second from distance for the final 3-0 scoreline.
Source: arsenal.com
Jul 22 - 9:45 AM

Marko Arnautovic has passed his medical ahead of his club-record move to West Ham, which is expected to be finalized on Saturday.

Sky Sports News is reporting that Arnautovic has agreed a five-year-deal, worth £26m, and will become West Ham's highest-paid player once his move is completed. Having failed with two previous bids for the winger, the Hammers were able to reach an agreement with Stoke City on their third approach, which could rise to a fee as high as £25m. Arnie, who handed in a transfer request in order to force through a move, will join Javier "Chicarito" Hernandez as the newest players to seal a move to the London Stadium. Arnautovic and Chicarito are expected to compete for spots in Slaven Bilic's starting XI, with the former likely to operate on the wing and the latter partner up front alongside Andy Carroll.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 21 - 11:20 PM

Brighton have rejected a bid for striker Tomer Hemed.

The Israeli is one of just three strikers in the current Albion squad, alongside Glenn Murray and the crocked Sam Baldock. Championship contenders Reading reportedly submitted a £4 million bid for Hemed, who scored 11 times in 37 Championship games last season. The 30 year old is in the last year of his current deal at the Amex.
Source: The Argus
Jul 21 - 10:39 PM

Brighton winger Anthony Knockaert has sustained an ankle injury which will rule him out for the remainder of pre-season.

The Frenchman was forced off the pitch just 10 minutes into the Seagulls' pre-season encounter with Fortuna Dusseldorf in Austria. There were fears initially that long-term damage was done after the player left the stadium in a protective boot, but fortunately that is not the case. Manager Chris Hughton said: "He has got a ligament (injury) but it's slight, which is good. We're very hopeful that he will make the season." Brighton's first ever PL game takes place on August 12 against Manchester City at the AMEX.
Source: The Argus
Jul 21 - 10:48 PM

Southampton captain and centre-back Virgil Van Dijk is training away from his teammates and has requested to leave the club, according to his manager.

"He is not involved with the team because psychologically he is not 100%," Pellegrino told the press. The Dutchman was heavily linked with a move to Liverpool earlier in the summer, though The Reds were forced to retract their interest after Southampton threatened to take action against their illegal approach for the player. While Southampton continually stress they will not sell the player, it's clear that Van Dijk sees it differently: "When I was talking with him, the boy said that he is not available to play because he wants to leave," said Mauricio Pellegrino. "I need to work with a player that works at 100% to defend Southampton." The Argentine went on to say that he hopes VVD will "review his feelings."
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 21 - 10:14 PM

Liverpool have completing an agreement with Hull City for the transfer of Scottish full-back Andrew Robertson.

The left-back has signed what the club claims to be "long-term contract" after an initial £8 million transfer fee was agreed with Championship side Hull City. That fee could rise as high as £10 million. Robertson played a major role for The Tigers last season as they were relegated, making 39 PL appearances. Robertson spoke of his excitement to have joined a club of Liverpool's stature, while also admitting his ambition to prove to people he belongs at such a high level. Jurgen Klopp added: "For Andrew, this is another big step on what has been a quite incredible personal journey in a very short space of time... I know our environment will benefit him and help him push himself even more than he has already. This is a player who does not limit his ambition."
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 21 - 10:31 PM

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan deal.

The French international has signed new six-year contract with Chelsea as he joins the Potters on loan for the 2017/18 campaign. Zouma, who joined Chelsea from Saint-Etienne in January 2014, completes the temporary move to the Bet365 Stadium in search of regular first-team football. The 22-year-old was limited to 13 appearances last season, having recovered from a serious knee injury in 2016, and was not expected to see many starts this term despite the departures of John Terry and Nathan Ake. Stoke City boss Mark Hughes told the club's official website: "Kurt is undoubtedly one of the most talented young defenders in the game, so naturally his arrival will enhance our playing squad for the forthcoming campaign. We have prioritised adding further strength in depth to defensive positions this summer, and we have certainly done that by fending off any number of clubs who were all interested in taking Kurt on loan."
Jul 21 - 3:39 PM

Aleksander Kolarov will move to Serie A club Roma once Pep Guardiola has rubber stamped the deal.

The Serbian international is currently on City’s pre-season tour of America but if Guardiola can close the deal on Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, then Kolarov has been given permission to return to the Italian capital. "He helped me a lot last season in terms of many, many things. But he had a big chance to go back to Rome where he was before and he spoke to me, the club and asked me to leave. I don't like to stay with players who don't want to stay. That's why it’s the best option for everybody." An initial offer of £44.5 million for Mendy has been rejected, but City will go back with an improved bid as Monaco demand closer to £50m, the fee paid for Kyle Walker.
Source: The Star
Jul 21 - 4:00 AM

Romelu Lukaku was once again on the score sheet as Manchester United beat their city rivals in Texas during the early hours of Friday morning.

The two sides met as part of the International Champions Cup and it was the red half of Manchester who managed to steal the early season bragging rights with a 2-0 victory. Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring, his second in successive games while Marcus Rashford was also on hand to double the lead before the break. After the match, Jose Mourinho was quick to play down the significance of the result, although Paul Pogba "whether it is a friendly game or not, you want to win against Manchester City" took a decidedly different view: "It was a very good training session," said the United mboss. "That is what we thought when we organised the pre-season. Two matches against MLS teams and then we move on to the best teams in the world. It was a good intensity, the players are tired, I am really pleased and I am sure Pep [Guardiola] is the same."
Source: The Mirror
Jul 21 - 4:16 AM

David Silva is expected to miss the International Champions Cup game against city rivals United in Texas on Friday.

City take on Jose Mourinho's men at the NRG Stadium in the early hours [3:05am BST] but the Spanish playmaker is expected to sit this one out after picking up a groin injury in training. Pep Guardiola is not prepared to take any risks with the start of the new Premier League season a little over 3 weeks away and Silva will be rested as a precaution. However, new signings Kyle Walker and goalkeeper Ederson could be in line to make their debuts while Gabriel Jesus has recovered from the fractured eye socket he sustained playing for Brazil. Leroy Sane is also back following nose surgery but Ilkay Gundogan is still missing due to a serious knee ligament injury [ruptured ACL].
Source: The Mirror
Jul 20 - 5:42 PM

Glenn Whelan has officially moved from Stoke City to Aston Villa on a permanent transfer in a deal that could net the Potters £2 million if incentives are hit.

The news that the 33-year-old Whelan is leaving the Britannia Stadium for Villa Park seems to fan the rumors that Mark Hughes has a new holding midfielder lined up in the form of former Aston Villa man Fabian Delph. Stoke City have been rivaling West Brom for Delph's signature in a move reported to be worth around £10 million and this is likely an indication that the Potters have won the race.
Jul 20 - 10:52 AM




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