Monday Morning Manager - WK35

Monday Morning Manager - WK35
Neal Thurman tips his hat to Chelsea's title and wonders how long the marriage can last this time as well as a full relegation wrap-up.
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Hull City were first unlucky and then overrun in the first half as Arsenal took a 3-0 lead into the break on the way to victory at the KC Stadium.

Stephen Quinn's consolation goal had a hint of a foul on Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny but it went uncalled and Quinn headed home to give Hull City a brief glimpse of hope. It wasn't to be as there was too much Arsenal in the first half with Alexis Sanchez, Aaron Ramsey and Sanchez again scoring for the Gunners. On to Burnley next weekend where Hull City need a win in the worst way to avoid relegation.
May 4 - 4:51 PM

Alexis Sanchez scored two in the first half as Arsenal beat Hull City comfortably to draw even with Manchester City in second place with a match in hand.

Sanchez's first goal had a touch of luck to it as his free kick deflected off of Michael Dawson's head to wrong-foot Steve Harper. Sanchez watched as Santi Cazorla provided Arsenal's second goal as he fed Aaron Ramsey with a ball from deep that allowed the Welshman to turn neatly and loop a slightly deflected ball over the again-helpless Steve Harper. Sanchez capped off the first half with a smoothly taken goal from an Aaron Ramsey pass. Ramsey put the Chilean in and he rounded Harper to slot it into the open net. Arsenal gave up a Stephen Quinn headed goal in the 56th minute but closed it out for the 3-1 win.
May 4 - 4:51 PM

Arsene Wenger made it 4-games unchanged as Arsenal travelled to the KC Stadium on Monday knowing that a comprehensive victory would steal second place back from rivals Manchester City. However the Gunners’ did recall Tomas Rosicky to the bench as injury ruled Danny Welbeck out.

The England international was not available for selection because of knee inflammation although Wenger confirmed the "problem did not look serious." It is envisaged Welbeck will be available for the visit of Swansea next weekend [if not] then certainly for the Manchester United game 6-days later. The Arsenal physio room is looking unusually sparse these days with only Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [groin] and Mathieu Debuchy [hamstring] receiving treatment which has coincided with a major upturn in league form.
May 4 - 4:37 PM

Ramires has taken to social media to reassure supporters that he is okay after the Chelsea midfielder was a late withdrawal from the side which took on Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Juan Cuadrado came in for only his third league start [since moving from Fiorentina] but the winger once again failed to live up-to his $40 million price tag before being replaced at half-time. Meanwhile Brazilian TV reported that Ramires had been taken to hospital because of kidney pain although there was no official press-release from the club. Post-match Jose Mourinho confirmed that he would be cutting his celebrations short to visit the midfielder, however it wasn’t until 24 hours later that Ramires was able provide an update - renal complication - amid growing speculation of a serious problem. The player is hoping to feature again this season but having won their fourth Premier League title on Sunday Mourinho may decide not to risk Ramires.
Source: London 24
May 4 - 4:13 PM

Tottenham Hotspur squandered a chance to gain ground on Manchester United for one last push toward a Champions League place after losing at home to Manchester City, 0-1.

It was a battle between the two top goal scorers this season, Kane and Aguero, but it would be Aguero to find paydirt and White Hart Lane. Tottenham created some chances and had some nice moments from Erik Lamela and Eric Dier, but once they conceded the opener, it was City's defending that told the story. Kane is now two goals behind Aguero for the Golden Boot but should he fall short of that accomplishment, it has still been an amazing season well beyond anyone's expectations.
Source: NBC Sports
May 3 - 1:12 PM

Sergio Aguero continued to give Tottenham nightmares as he scored the only goal of the match to snap Manchester City's road losing streak in a 0-1 final.

The now-former champions of the Premier League did not let Chelsea's title clinch earlier in the day and their poor road form stop them. Above all of that is Sergio Aguero's goal rate against Spurs, whom he has had more success against than any other opponent. A swift counter-attack in the 22nd minute provided the only goal of the match. David Silva had loads of space as he entered the final third of Spurs and timed a perfect pass to Aguero sprinting into the box. At a tight angle, he smashed it inside the near post for his 23rd goal of the season. In addition, their defending was as effective as it has been in recent memory, shutting down some decent chances by Tottenham. Now two goals ahead of Kane for the Golden Boot, Kun will be licking his chops with a home match against QPR next.
Source: NBC Sports
May 3 - 1:01 PM

A hand injury forced Queens Park Rangers defender Steven Caulker off at Anfield in GW35 as a late Steven Gerrard winner all but sealed the fate of Rangers’ who are now 7–points from safety with an inferior goal difference.

Caulker suffered a suspected fractured hand and his injury provided Suk-Young Yun with a chance of a return having missed the previous month after suffering from concussion against West Brom. The Korean international is the player most likely to be tasked with keeping Sergio Aguero quiet in GW36 if Caulker is ruled out although he may be able wear a protective cast. The availability of Rio Ferdinand is not currently known – the defender has battled his way back to full fitness but is now on compassionate leave after the player announced his wife – Rebecca - had lost her short battle with breast cancer.
May 3 - 12:03 PM

John O’Shea ended his record of being the only Premier League player to have participated in every single minute of every game this season after failing to recover from a couple of early knocks against Southampton.

O’Shea required treatment following a collision with Shane Long before a rib injury ended his afternoon on the half hour mark as Santiago Vergini partnered Sebastian Coates in the heart of defence. Having won 3-points at the Stadium of Light Sunderland have given themselves a real chance of survival with a game in hand and Dick Advocaat will be sweating on the availability of his skipper. Wes Brown [knee] is expected to join the main group early next week but after almost 2-months out the defender may not be ready for a start.
May 3 - 11:05 AM
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