Team News - Week 25

Team News - Week 25
All the starting XI's, substitutes and lineup changes for Week 25 in the Premier League can be found here.
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Theo Walcott became an Arsenal centurion scoring the Gunners' second goal as they ended Sutton United's Cinderella story in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

It has been a long time coming for Walcott who started the season on fire only to be stalled by a familiar foe, injuries. The Southampton youth product caused a distraction that helped Lucas Perez's drive from the corner of the 18-yard box find the net for the opener. It was then Walcott's turn to take a bow as he scored his 100th goal in an Arsenal uniform. The Gunners' reward for beating Sutton United is a date at the Emirates with another non-league opponent in Lincoln City. It should be clear sailing to the semi-finals for the Gunners.
Source: espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 4:55 PM

It looks as though we'll never get to see what Chelsea starlet Dominic Solanke is capable of at Stamford Bridge.

This comes from Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who said he doesn't think Solanke will re-sign with the club once his contract expires in the summer. The 19-year-old is being linked with a free transfer to Liverpool and Bayern Munich, although Chelsea would receive compensation for losing an academy player, with the 19-year-old reportedly demanding £50,000-a-week in wages: "I think this is his will [to leave]," Conte said. "I have spoken with him to try to understand his will. But we must have great respect for every decision that the player can take. His contract expires in June and he has the full will to stay in Chelsea or to go away."
Source: The Guardian
Feb 20 - 4:00 PM

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany will play no part in the club's round of 16 match on Tuesday.

It seems the unlucky captain has picked up another leg injury, which kept him out of the club's scoreless draw against Huddersfield in the FA Cup this weekend, and now will miss the Sky Blues' Champions League first leg match against Monaco on Tuesday. However, manager Pep Guardiola said he expects Gael Clichy to return to face one of Europe's top-scoring clubs: "Vincent is not ready for tomorrow. I think it won't be longer. Hopefully, for the Huddersfield game he will be ready. More or less the rest are okay. We will see after the session tomorrow. Gael had a problem in his back. He is much, much better. Maybe he will be back tomorrow. Tomorrow we will also decide which goalkeeper will play."
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 20 - 3:55 PM

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho confirmed that Wayne Rooney and Phil Jones are injury doubts for the week.

The Red Devils manager has ruled out the duo for the club's Europa League second leg match with St Etienne on Wednesday and even expressed doubt that they would be available for the League Cup final on Sunday against Southampton. However, Mourinho said there are no issues with Antonio Valencia and David De Gea, who were each rested in the FA Cup win against Blackburn over the weekend: "De Gea was rested. Rooney is injured. Jones is injured. I don’t think they will recover [to face Saint-Etienne on Wednesday]. Valencia was rested but Rooney and Jones haven’t trained with the team yet so I don’t think they will be there for Wednesday."
Feb 20 - 3:51 PM

Nacho Monreal is back in the Arsenal starting line-up for their FA Cup match against Sutton United.

Monreal, who seems to have lost his starting spot to Kieran Gibbs but he returns along with a number of other reserves for Arsenal's trip to Sutton. The Gunners will start Ospina, Gabriel, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide and Lucas.
Source: Espnfc.com
Feb 20 - 2:25 PM

Wayne Rooney may not be fit in time for the EFL Cup final on February 26th.

The captain has been struggling with a minor muscular issue and has missed United's last four games along with Phil Jones who is in a similar race against time to recover. Elsewhere, De Gea and Valencia should be in contention again to face St. Etienne on Wednesday after missing the FA Cup win over Blackburn after Mourinho gave them a rest.
Feb 20 - 8:42 AM

Manchester United overcame Blackburn 2-1 to go through to the FA Cup quarter finals where they will face Chelsea on March 11.

Blackburn opened the game energetically, pressuring a sloppy and toothless UNited in the opening stages. Marvin Emnes saw a rasping shot from outside the box denied by Romero but soon after teed up Danny Graham who turned Smalling before firing the hosts ahead. However, United drew level just ten minutes later. Man of the match Henrikh Mkhitaryan surged beyond Mulgrew before releasing Marcus Rashford with a stunning 40 yard ball off the outside of his foot. Rashford made no mistake in rounding the Rovers' 'keeper and slotting home. Save for Mkhi, United struggled and Blackburn spurned a number of opportunities to retake the lead before Mourinho sprung Pogba and Ibra from the bench. The pair combined in the 75th minute to put United ahead. Pogba found the Swede with a long ball and he made no mistake on the half-volley. Blackburn thought the were level late on but Stokes' goal was ruled offside correctly.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 20 - 8:26 AM

West Ham United are hoping to have Andy Carroll available for their next Premier League match.

Carroll missed out on the 2-2- draw with West Brom but could make his return when the Hammers face Watford on February 26th. Despite the injury, the forward traveled with the West Ham squad to Dubai for their five-day warm weather training camp last week and looks on track ahead of their trip to Vicarage Road. Speaking on Carroll's injury last week, Head of Medical and Sports Scince Stijn Vandenbroucke said: "We got Andy fit enough to face Middlesbrough and then also to face Southampton, but the West Bromwich Albion game came too quick and Andy is now working towards the Watford game." Elsewhere, Vandenbroucke revealed that fellow forward Diafra Sakho started running last week, but will need some time before he is fully recovered from back surgery.
Feb 19 - 4:39 PM
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