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James McArthur | Midfielder | #18

Team: Crystal Palace
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/7/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 141

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Crystal Palace were trailing with just over twenty minutes to go, but a couple of mistakes by Stoke City allowed the Eagles to score twice in the final stages to nab a 1-2 win.
To no one's surprise, the Eagles were unchanged following their 5-0 display last weekend. They had a tough assignment in this one, facing a Stoke side fighting for their top flight lives, and it took some time to find the net. The first half was marked by bad news, as Joel Ward had to be removed with an ankle injury that looks to probably cut his season short. Then, the Eagles would concede just before the break. Fortunes turned in the final half hour though. Stoke had just brought on young Ramadan Sobhi as a substitute and he promptly gave away the ball that led to a quick counter-attack which ended with Reuben Loftus-Cheek linking with James McArthur, the latter scoring for the second match straight. Then another error by Stole with four minutes and change to go allowed Wilfried Zaha pick out Patrick van Aaholt on the break, and the Dutchman finished calmly to grab the match-winner. After a historic miserable start, Palace will end the season solidly at mid-table. May 5 - 9:56 AM
Source: NBC Sports

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Just about everything that could go right, did for Crystal Palace, as they all but guaranteed their survival chances with a dominant 5-0 wing over Leicester City.

Today was the cherry on top of a magnificent turnaround season for the Eagles, who began the campaign with a league record seven straight losses, failing to score in all of them, and now look one of the more fluid midtable sides in the league. In the first half, James McArthur's backheel pass was slotted home by Wilfried Zaha. Zaha then returned the favor before the break, feeding McArthur who spun and blasted home. The Eagles coasted in the second half but poured on the goals when Leicester went down to ten men. Reuben-Loftus Cheek scored from a Mamadou Sakho ball and Patrick van Aanholt got on the score sheet with a Jeffrey Schlupp assist. The scoring wrapped up in the waning moments when Christian Benteke drew a penalty and converted it.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 28 - 12:01 PM

Crystal Palace completed a late late turnaround to beat Watford 2-1 at Selhurst Park.

The game couldn't have started any better for the Hornets, who grabbed an early lead through full-back Daryl Janmaat assisted by fantasy football darling Richarlison. That was the Brazilian's eighth goal contribution in an away game in the PL this term. Watford looked to be heading towards three points up until the 87th minute when Tom Cleverley was sent off. Just a couple of minutes later Bakary Sako bundled in and then James MacArthur slid in to convert a cross by Zaha to complete the comeback.
Source: BBC Sport
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 05:16:00 PM

Crystal Palace received a boost with the return of midfielders Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur this week.

Manager Roy Hodgson was relieved to announce the midfield duo is back in training ahead of the Bournemouth match on Saturday. McArthur was a doubt for much of the week due to illness while Cabaye missed the draw with West Brom due to a minor knee problem. But the midfielders are set to play this weekend, although Hodgson did reveal that Joel Ward remains a doubt for the club: "We're looking pretty good at the moment. James McArthur had an early scare with a virus at the beginning of the week, but he's trained for the first time again today so he's recovered. Connor Wickham is long term and Joel Ward is a doubt for the game simply because he felt his groin after three matches in a week."
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:40:00 PM

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the club is nearing full fitness.

Hodgson said that forward Christian Benteke is a couple weeks away from a return after missing the last four weeks with a knee injury while Connor Wickham is the only long-term concern. However, ahead of the weekend match against West Ham, who defeated Spurs on Wednesday in the League Cup, Palace will have to check on the fitness of midfielder Lee Chung-yong and James McArthur. "Lee got a kick at Bristol and he’s having a scan today. James McArthur has been receiving treatment all week but we hope he will be OK."
Thu, Oct 26, 2017 02:30:00 PM

James McArthur scored two first half equalizers but Crystal Palace couldn't keep up and Liverpool pulled away for a 4-2 away win

It was a case of terrible Crystal Palace defending in the first half as Liverpool scored three goals including two headers that Palace will be embarrassed about. THE eventual winner by Joel Matip was particularly bad as the center back was wide open in the middle of the penalty area on a corner kick. PALACE had a couple penalty shouts late but we're denied by the referee.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 02:23:00 PM

Crystal Palace will have midfielder James McArthur back for a critical stretch of the season after the midfielder recovered from an ankle injury.

Initially, it appeared as though McArthur would miss the remainder of the season after tearing ankle ligaments at the beginning of February. But McArthur has been named on the bench against Manchester United ahead of the weekend FA Cup semifinal against Watford at Wembley Stadium. Manager Alan Pardew said the club will hope to see the Scottish international come in as a substitute on Wednesday in order to prove his fitness: "He's been a real miss for us; his energy, his experience and his quality, so really good news for us for these remaining four games."
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 02:44:00 PM

James McArthur is closing in on a return to action and the Palace midfielder could be back before the FA Cup semi-final on April 24.

When McArthur damaged ankle ligaments back in February, the player posted a social media update suggesting his season was over. But on Tuesday, Alan Pardew revealed the 28-year-old is back with the first team: "McArthur is very close, he’s trained with us now. If all goes well he could feature at Man United." The Eagles boss was speaking ahead of his sides’ midweek Premier League clash with Everton. He also confirmed Emmanuel Adebayor has been passed fit and will be added to the squad. Meanwhile, Connor Wickham could make his first start in more than six weeks following his appearance from the bench on Saturday.
Source: London 24
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 04:51:00 PM

James McArthur has made a remarkable recovery from ligament damage in his ankle and is set to return in the coming weeks.

The Crystal Palace holding midfielder was initially ruled out for the season after suffering the ankle injury against Bournemouth back in Week 24 at the beginning of February as even McArthur himself admitted his season looked to be over. However, manager Alan Pardew said the Scottish international has not suffered any setbacks and is on track to return for the club's FA Cup semifinal against Watford on April 24 at Wembley Stadium. McArthur had started every Premier League match but one before the injury. In the meantime, Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley have filled in alongside Yohan Cabaye.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 01:04:00 PM

Crystal Palace could be handed a huge fitness boost before the end of the season with the return of James McArthur from a serious ankle injury.

The Scottish international was expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering torn ligaments in his ankle toward the beginning of February. However, McArthur said he is hoping to be back before the end of April, possibly in time for the club's FA Cup semi-final against West Ham or Manchester United: "It’s a slow injury and it’s taken its time to heal but the target is for me to be back in three weeks. I think it’s going to be tight, we’re trying to push it as much as we can but it’s got to be controlled as well. It’s not going to be a case of I’ll be ready to go indefinitely, but I’m doing everything I can to get it better so I can play as soon as possible."
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 08:03:00 PM

James McArthur is expected to miss the remainder of the season after the Crystal Palace midfielder sustained ankle ligament damage against AFC Bournemouth in game week twenty-four.

Alan Pardew provided an update ahead of last weekends’ trip to Swansea: "I have some disappointing news. McArthur is out for a long time." Before the player himself wrote on Twitter: "Looks like season is over for me with ankle ligaments torn. Just another challenge in my career to make sure I work hard and come back stronger." To compound matters further, the Eagles will also be without Jason Puncheon for around a month after the winger pulled up with a hamstring problem during the same game. On a brighter note, Connor Wickham is available for the visit of Watford this weekend having served his three match ban.
Source: The Guardian
Wed, Feb 10, 2016 07:00:00 AM

Crystal Palace registered their biggest win of the season in a 5-1 drubbing of Newcastle as Alan Pardew managed a win against the club he coached just one year ago.

It was James McArthur who provided the biggest surprise of the day by scoring his first two goals of the season from his midfield role. Yannick Bolasie also starred for Palace with two goals as the winger has now scored four goals, his entire total for last season. Connor Wickham proved that he can provide some offensive spark for a struggling attack in the absence of Dwight Gayle and Bakary Sako by recording two assists, one to McArthur and one to Bolasie. Wilfried Zaha also added his name to the score sheet with a hgoal while Damien Delaney also picked up an assist.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 12:45:00 PM

Premier League new boys look to Crystal Palace’s James McArthur to strengthen their midfield.

With Palace boss Alan Pardew eyeing up a reunion with his former Newcastle lynchpin Johan Cabaye, midfielder James McArthur might be surplus to requirements. Norwich manager Alex Neil knows McArthur well from their playing days at Hamilton Accies and will value the steel and energy the Scottish international will add to Norwich’s engine room. McArthur cost Palace £7 million last summer and been a fixture this season (playing 30 matches), so it will command a similar fee to take prize him away. Not the marquee signing the Norwich faithful will be hoping for, but with Hull’s Robbie Brady and Man
Mon, Jun 8, 2015 04:57:00 AM

James McArthur joined Wilfried Zaha and Joel Ward in scoring on Saturday as Palace cruised past London rivals Queens Park Rangers.

Goals are not really McArthur's thing. 143 of his 179 points so far this season have come from defensive phantom points (tackles won, passes intercepted and blocked shots). The fact that he added a goal, and the winning goal at that, to his defensive efforts made Week 29 a big one for McArthur. You can expect that he will continue to deliver the phantom defending points but don't base any of your plans around him scoring more than one more goal for the entire season.
Wed, Mar 18, 2015 12:57:00 PM

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur left Selhurst Park on Saturday in a protective boot fearing he may have fractured his foot during a hard fought victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

The tough tackling Scot revealed the injury occurred with around 20 minutes remaining but McArthur wanted to carry on to help secure three points for the Eagles’ in Alan Pardews’ first Premier League game in charge – a win which catapulted Palace out of the relegation zone. Further tests will confirm the extent of the problem but if broken the player could be sidelined for between 4-6 weeks, a huge blow considering Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie are also unavailable because of their international commitments. However there was some good news on Sunday when the player himself took to social media to provide an update - his foot had settled / improved a little which could be an indication that the injury is not as bad as originally feared.
Mon, Jan 12, 2015 01:20:00 PM