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After a drawn out recruitment involving a work permit exception being granted, Gabriel Paulista is officially an Arsenal player.

The Brazilian joins Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as the only specialist center backs on the Arsenal roster. Arsene Wenger will hope that Paulista allows him to keep Calum Chambers and Nacho Monreal as deputies at the outside back positions with Hector Bellerin and Kieran Gibbs the presumed starters. It seems likely that Paulista will be thrown into the fire quickly with Mertesacker and Koscielny both in need of some rotation periodically.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 28 - 11:48 AM

Mikel Arteta's agent has indicated that his client has signed a one year extension to his contract with Arsenal that extends his time with the team through the 2015-16 season.

With Francis Coquelin ascending (and presumably signing a new contract) and Krystian Bielik potentially knocking on the door of the first eleven next season it isn't clear how much Arteta might play over the course of this one year extension. Given the Spaniard's recent injury history and fading physical abilities his best role is probably as a late-game substitute and spot starter anyway.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 28 - 10:46 AM

Paris Saint-Germain are exploring the possibility of taking Tottenham’s Emmanuel Adebayor on loan until the end of the season.

Sky Sports are running this story, suggesting discussions have already taken place between PSG and Tottenham, but it's noted that the French side could face competition for the striker's services from Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers. Adebayor has scored 42 goals in 111 appearances for Spurs but has found first-team opportunities limited this season due to injuries, personal issues and of course, the form of Harry Kane. The Togo forward was also booed by sections of the home support when he captained the side for their Capital One Cup semi-final first leg tie against Sheffield United last week, and it may be best for all parties to allow Adebayor to explore other options before the transfer window closes on Monday.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 28 - 10:44 AM

Tony Pulis has confirmed to the team's official web site that the Baggies have acquired Wigan FA Cup hero Callum McManaman for an undisclosed fee.

Pulis was promised funds to put his stamp on the Baggies when he signed and bringing in dynamic attackers for the wide areas is clearly one of his priorities. With a solid, Pulis-like back line already in place and Saido Berahino scoring goals centrally, Callum McManaman will get a chance to boost the Baggies attack in support of Berahino and Victor Anichebe.
Source: wba.co.uk
Jan 28 - 10:31 AM

Liverpool were full of promise and hope having acquitted themselves well against champions elect Chelsea at Anfield a week ago, their high pressing game and searing pace on the break caused numerous problems on the night earning Thibaut Courtois the man-of-the-match award.

But all hopes of a cup final appearance were dashed as Branislav Ivanovic headed home Willian’s cross early in extra-time to seal the win. Liverpool are almost unrecognisable from the side which stuttered through the early weeks of their Premier League campaign and now look assured and something like the side which pushed Manchester City hard last season. However Wednesdays’ misery was compounded by the loss of Mamadou Sakho not long after half-time to an unspecified injury – the defender has excelled since his return from a thigh injury in December and last night was the first time he has tasted defeat in 12 games. Dejan Lovren could return should the Frenchman miss the visit of West Ham on Saturday.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Jan 28 - 7:26 AM

Jose Mourinho has been left counting the cost of Wednesday nights’ Capital One semi-final win as Chelsea could potentially be without up to FOUR first team regulars for the crucial top-of-the-table clash against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Branislav Ivanovic grabbed the only goal of the game in extra-time to confirm a date at Wembley in March but the win was slightly marred by the loss of Cesc Fabregas [hamstring] and Felipe Luis [calf] to injury while Ivanovic himself played through the pain-barrier with a foot laceration. The trio will be assessed further over the next 24/48 hours and their involvement on Saturday is uncertain. Fabregas was said to be replaced as a precaution after feeling muscle tightness which hopefully gives the Spanish maestro a decent chance but Luis is a concern – however Azpilicueta is a like for like replacement. The English FA will also be awaiting a referees report from the game to decide if they need to take any retrospective action against Diego Costa for ‘alleged’ stamping.
Source: Soccerlens
Jan 28 - 6:49 AM

Siem de Jong is nearing a return to fitness from a lengthy thigh injury, having recently played 45 minutes against Carlisle United in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

One of the big signings for Newcastle this past summer, de Jong has not featured in a league match since August and his return will be a major boost to their midfield, as he and Remy Cabella were brought in to be the creators of the majority of Newcastle's goals. de Jong may make the bench for the match with Hull this weekend but he may need an additional match or two as a sub option before he can be trusted to start. His fantasy price should be much lower than it was when he initially arrived to St. James' Park and should be monitored as a potential budget option over the next several weeks.
Jan 27 - 4:54 PM

Samuel Eto'o has moved on from Everton to join Serie A side Sampdoria on a free transfer.

Eto'o managed just three league goals for the Toffees in his short-lived time at Goodison Park, but they were at least memorable. He scored as a substitute on opening day against his previous club Chelsea, and bagged a brave in the Toffees win over Burnley in Week 9. Romelu Lukaku has taken a step back in his development this season and Eto'o is probably no longer interested in playing second fiddle to a struggling striker on a struggling club. He moves back to Serie A, where he enjoyed some of his best years as a member of Inter.
Jan 27 - 4:40 PM

New Aston Villa signing Carles Gil was phenomenal in Aston VIlla's 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup.

Gil made his Premier League debut off the bench against Liverpool and showed some flair in his first match, but it was his FA Cup appearance that flashed brilliance. Aston Villa are desperate for goals and could use the creativity of the youngster. The 22-year old makes for an interesting stash in season-long and dynasty leagues and could be a great bench option in the Yahoo! game for the rest of the season.
Jan 27 - 12:21 PM

Chris Herd has joined Wigan on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

There are no fantasy implications here and this is just a player who isn't good enough for the Premier League joining a lesser side. Herd is a third or fourth stringer at Villa and will pick up some good experience while on loan.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 27 - 11:46 AM

The latest reports from Spain suggest Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during last nights’ 4-1 victory over Rochdale at Spotland in the FA Cup.

Bojan went down unchallenged and despite the striker seemingly wanting to stay on the ensuing pitch assessment deemed the in-form Spanish star unfit to continue. It was hoped that his withdrawal was more of a precautionary measure but it now seems that the clubs worst fears have been confirmed - a scan revealed an ACL tear Bojan's left knee although there is no official news. A rupture will almost certainly mean around 9 months out leaving Mark Hughes in a dilemma with Peter Odemwingie suffering a similar fate back in August leaving the Potters a little lightweight up front with Mame Biram Diouf currently away on AFCoN duty.
Jan 27 - 9:41 AM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is expecting Adam Johnson to recover from a calf injury in time to face Burnley at the Stadium of Light in game week 23 but the Black Cats do have a number of concerns ahead of the match.

Defender Wes Brown and midfielder Lee Cattermole [both knee] missed out last weekend and Poyet is sweating over the fitness of the pair although it is hoped they will be back with the group at some-point over the next few days. Anthony Reveillere hasn’t featured since limping out of the derby warm-up at St James’ Park back in December but the veteran full-back is close having recovered from an Achilles issue. However Sunderland will be without Jack Rodwell who serves a one game suspension – Ricardo Alvarez or Emanuele Giaccherini are likely to deputise for Saturdays’ crucial game.
Jan 27 - 6:34 AM

Jason Burt of the Telegraph is reporting that Darren Fletcher has been granted a free transfer away from Manchester United. West Ham is a rumored destination.

Darren Fletcher has been linked with a number of potential destinations including West Ham United and West Brom and Manchester United have made the rumored move easier allowing Fletcher to leave on a free. Fletcher has played infrequently since recovering from a long-term bowel issue and is looking for a move away from Old Trafford to secure more regular playing time. West Ham has a solid central midfield group with Alex Song, Mark Noble and Cheikhou Kouyate but Song is only around on loan and Fletcher would be a nice back-up plan should Song not sign a permanent deal at Upton Park.
Jan 26 - 5:03 PM

Stoke striker Bojan Krkic had an eventful 30 minute cameo during Monday nights’ FA Cup fourth round tie as Stoke City took on League One side Rochdale at Spotland.

A crisp volley within 4 minutes opened the scoring as the Spanish summer signing made it 3 goals from the last 5 games as he continued his rich vein of form. Bojan then picked up his third yellow card of the season – unsporting behaviour – before going down unchallenged holding his knee. Mark Hughes was taking no risks and despite Bojan insisting he was okay to continue the physio signalled to the bench that a change would need to be made. Hopefully his withdrawal was only precautionary with Mame Biram Diouf currently away on AFCoN duty and Peter Odemwingie [ACL] expected to miss the remainder of the campaign – Peter Crouch is the only out-and-out striker currently available although Jon Walters and Marko Arnautovic are able to play in more advanced roles.
Jan 26 - 4:18 PM

Jefferson Montero will be pushing for his first start mid-December after making an appearance off the bench for Swansea City in their FA Cup loss to Blackburn Rovers.

Garry Monk will need the talents of Montero if the Swans have any hopes of scoring when they travel to Southampton for their next league match. With Wilfried Bony no longer with the club and Gylfi Sigurdsson set to serve a three match ban, it is hard to look to anyone else as a serious goal threat. Wayne Routledge will miss the match as well, nursing a calf injury, so unless Monk sees something he doesn't like in training this week, he should be penciling Montero into his lineup. Playing as a winger but classified as midfielder, Montero has potential fantasy appeal for what is currently a very attractive price.



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