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Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has signed a new four-year deal with the defending Premier League champions.

Dzeko was very nearly on his way out of the Etihad door towards the end of Roberto's Mancini's reign, but the striker has enjoyed working under Manuel Pellegrini and should play a key role for Manchester City as they look to defend their Premier League title. The 28-year-old joins Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany and David Silva in committing their futures to the club.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 21 - 7:58 AM

Mikel Arteta is awaiting the results of his scan after the Arsenal midfielder suffered an ankle injury during Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League qualifying game against Besiktas.

Post-match Arsene Wenger revealed the player had "turned his ankle" and as the Spaniard hobbled through the press zone wearing a protective cast clearly in pain the initial prognosis did not look good. On Wednesday Arteta went for a scan to confirm the severity of the problem and dependent upon the results of those assessments the Arsenal coach could be forced to step-up his search for a replacement defensive midfielder. Recently linked to Cheick Tiote, Newcastle United have confirmed their Ivorian holding player is available having reportedly turned down an $12 million bid from Lokomotiv Moscow; although the transfer fee could prove to be a huge stumbling block with the Magpies holding out for around $20 million.
Aug 21 - 7:11 AM

Newcastle United had a quiet fantasy day as expected in their loss to reigning champions Manchester City, but Remy Cabella was particularly disappointing given his over 15m price tag.

Committing two fouls and not registering a single shot on target is not conducive to the kind of fantasy production you would expect from a midfielder at Cabella's price. The weekend trip to Aston Villa should provide a kinder climate for Cabella to show us what he can do but for the money it takes to own him, he needs to show us something first.
Source: Yahoo Sports
Aug 20 - 8:53 PM

Queens Park Rangers continue to add Premier League experienced players to their promoted side, now having signed Leroy Fer from Norwich City for three years at a reported £8m.

The move is a good one for QPR and Fer alike. Fer is too talented to spend a year in the Championship and Rangers were in need of an upgrade in central midfield. The addition spells the end for Alejandro Faurlin as a regular with Fer slotting straight in to partner the enigmatic Joey Barton in the middle. Fer has goals in him, he scored one for the Dutch as a substitute in his very limited pitch time at World Cup 2014.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 20 - 1:40 PM

For the second time in as many days, an Argentine international defender has joined the ranks of Premier League players as center back Federico Fernandez officially joined Swansea.

With the departure of Chico Flores, Swansea have been in the market for a new starting center back and Fernandez's name has been linked to the club for a number of weeks. With the deal now official Swansea can start to feel comfortable that they have a strong central pairing of Fernandez and Ashley Williams. Fernandez featured four times for World Cup runners up Argentina this past summer and now makes his move from Napoli to Swansea. He should be a starter as soon as Gary Monk feels he has sufficient time in training.
Source: The Guardian
Aug 20 - 1:02 PM

We didn't get much of a chance to judge Tom Ince in his brief Premier League cameo last season but this season started off very strong for the Son-of-Paul.

I guess we need to initiate the Mido All-Stars (for guys who take a lot of shots and a lot of them end up being shots on target) in addition to the Joel Ward All-Stars (for guys who get a lot of blocks/interceptions/tackles). If/when we do create that team then Tom Ince is looking like a strong candidate based on his Week 1 performance. His three SOTs combined with three corners won saw him pile up an exceptional 12 points in the Yahoo format despite not scoring or assisting. With Robert Snodgrass reportedly out for six months and Shane Long off to Southampton, Ince seems likely to get a serious run in the team and should have very solid potential.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 12:15 PM

Hull City left back Andrew Robertson continued his rocket ride up from the Scottish third division with a great fantasy debut in Week 1.

I'm pretty sure the Scottish third division is just a touch more competitive than most pub leagues but Andrew Robertson has risen quickly from those origins to being a first choice starter for Hull City in their Premier League season opener. The young left back picked up 14 points in the Yahoo format and 7 in the PL.com format on the strength of a blocked shot, 2 passes intercepted, 3 tackles won, and a successful cross. Hull aren't likely to pile up the clean sheets but the "phantom" stats and his low price in both formats as an unheralded new entrant to the league mean he will have some serious value potential for at least the next few weeks, longer in the PL.com format.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 11:58 AM

Alexis Sanchez's competitive debut for Arsenal was a mixed bag depending on whether you are looking at it in the short term or long term.

Alexis Sanchez scored 9 points in the Yahoo format and 5 points in the PL.com format which are both solid results in the short term. The worry, especially in formats that lean on a lot of secondary statistics like successful crosses, shots on target, etc, is that the big driver of Sanchez's solid fantasy outing was an assist. While he did OK with some of the "phantom point" categories, he also committed five fouls which erased any good from his positive phantom points. That he avoided a yellow card was a bit of a miracle after committing five fouls. Definitely something to keep an eye on in future weeks.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 11:34 AM

Jack Wilshere rose above his history as a mediocre fantasy player to score well in the Yahoo format in Arsenal's season debut.

Likely a temporary member of the starting line-up until Mesut Ozil is ready to return, Jack Wilshere put up 11 fantasy points in the Yahoo format despite Arsenal's muted display against Crystal Palace on Saturday. The one-time "future of England" wasn't as productive in the PL.com format with only two points but the Yahoo focus on stats like Fouls Won (6), Shots on Target, Passes Intercepted, Corners Won, and Tackles Won (all one each) worked in Wilshere's favor. Ozil's return seems imminent and the opposition is tougher this weekend with Everton coming to town. Seems likely this was a one week wonder for Arsenal's smoking central midfielder.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:28 AM

Despite a rotten showing from his team, Phil Jones managed to score well for fantasy managers without the benefit of a clean sheet, goal or assist.

There are certainly worries all over the pitch for Manchester United supporters and fantasy managers who own United players alike but Phil Jones wasn't one of them in Week 1. He managed to fill the stat sheet with interceptions (4) and tackles (4) as well as being fouled by Swansea players (4 times). In the Yahoo format that led to 11 points which is a very solid performance for a defender on a losing team. The only immediate concern is whether the arrival of Marcos Rojo and return of Jonny Evans to full health will impact Jones' playing time. For the record, I don't think either will have an impact but we don't know what Louis Van Gaal thinks of his central defenders yet since he hasn't had enough where he's been able to show a preference.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:23 AM

Given the overall disaster that was Manchester United's opening match, it's hard to get a strong sense of how good Herrera can be in reality or in fantasy this season.

By all accounts, Ander Herrera is a very good player. By those same accounts, Manchester United were a rotten team on Saturday. By the numbers, Herrera's debut was a bomb with the player scoring a mere two points in both the Yahoo and PL.com formats. Watching him actually play the match the best thing you could say about his performance was that United's midfield conspired to get worse when he was substituted out in the second half. It is probably worth waiting to see what United's team looks like after the transfer window closes and injured players return before writing Herrera off as a fantasy player.
Source: Yahoo.com
Aug 20 - 10:17 AM

After a protracted transfer saga Argentine international defender Marcos Rojo has joined Manchester United with Nani going the other way to join Sporting Lisbon.

The versatile defender may give us some insight into Louis Van Gaal's tactical intentions. Rojo is able to play the left-most of three center backs or left wing back in a 3-5-2 formation as well as left back in more conventional four-defender alignments but as not typically played as a center back in four-defender alignments. Given the huge investment in Luke Shaw earlier in the summer to play left back, the acquisition of Rojo seems to indicate that United intend to play a 3-5-2 more often than not with Shaw as the preferred wing back on the left and Rojo with Johnny Evans and (presumably) Phil Jones as the central trio. When Shaw is not available Rojo would slide to the left and play wing back with Chris Smalling slotting into his center back slot.
Aug 20 - 9:32 AM

La Gazetta dello Sport is reporting that Arsenal have beaten Juventus and Roma to the signing of Greek international center back Kostas Manolas.

With Per Mertesacker still recovering from his World Cup exertions over the summer and Laurent Koscielny playing despite a Achilles complaint, Arsenal's lack of depth at center back has been exposed early in the season. Calum Chambers has played well as Mertesacker's deputy but one more center back was pretty clearly needed to round out a solid squad at the Emirates after Thomas Vermaelen's departure. Reports from Italy indicate that Kostas Manolas will be that man. Well regarded after a strong World Cup for Greece, the 23-year-old has been linked to a variety of big European clubs all summer. If La Gazetta dello Sport is to be believed, the deal is done.
Aug 20 - 9:09 AM

Steve Bruce has confirmed that new signing Robert Snodgrass is set to miss at least six months after a scan revealed the midfielder dislocated his knee and damaged ligaments during the win over QPR.

The news comes as a devastating blow for the Scottish international who was hopeful of a return within 2/3 months; but a second battery of tests indicated the damage was far worse than first feared after his initial scan proved inconclusive. The Hull City squad is already stretched having to fight on two separate footballing fronts - Premier and the Europe League - and this latest development could force the Tigers coach back into the transfer market with only ten days of the window remaining.
Aug 20 - 8:28 AM

Marouane Fellaini joins Manchester United’s ever growing list of injured players as the Belgium midfielder is spotted leaving Bridgewater Hospital in the North West of England on crutches with his foot in a protective cast.

The injury reportedly occurred during a training session at Carrington on Monday although the full extent of the problem hasn’t been established. Sources in Belgium claim the ankle is not broken although there may be ligament damage; Fellaini will need a scan to confirm. The removable brace doesn’t necessarily indicate a significant issue as quite often this type of plastic cast will be applied as precaution to avoid any further complications; however the injury is likely to mean the midfielder will not move within this transfer window – Napoli had been touted as potential suitors of a loan deal before the end of August.
Source: Daily Mail
Aug 20 - 8:13 AM


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