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Wojciech Szczesny suffered a double whammy on Saturday as the goalkeeper was not only taken out by his own defender resulting in the opening goal at home to Manchester United but the injury forced the Polish international off with less than 15 minutes gone in the second half.

In an attempt to clear an in swinging cross from Ashley Young Szczesny came scampering off his line and collided with full-back Kieran Gibbs who was the recipient of an unnoticed Marouane Fellaini push – as both players remained on the floor the onrushing Antonio Valencia slammed the ball back into the box only for the outstretched leg of Gibbs to divert the ball into his own net. Szczesny remained down and following treatment a decision was made to introduce Damian Martinez despite the keeper wanting to continue. Post-match Wenger revealed the problem was not serious – hip injury - although his participation in the UCL against Dortmund is in serious doubt. He joins David Ospina on the sidelines meaning youngster Ryan Huddart could make the squad on Wednesday.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 23 - 5:55 PM

Newcastle were hoping to make it five Premier League wins on the spin as Queens Park Rangers came to St James’ Park having failed to take a single point on the road this season. However the home were missing a number of key players as Alan Pardew was forced to reshuffle his side.

With Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor both missing central defensive duties were left to the returning Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett but it was in midfield where the Geordies were struggling. Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan were all ruled out which meant Ryan Taylor was afforded his first Premier League start in over two-and-a-half years following injury and it was the returning defensively midfielder who left the field in tears on 34 minutes. Taylor broke down unchallenged in the first half and following a quick assessment it became apparent he could no longer continue – although tests on his knee are still ongoing – the player himself has confirmed there are "no major problems."
Nov 23 - 3:42 PM

Roberto Martinez will be happy his Everton side were able to come away with all three points this weekend as his injury-ravaged squad were just able to edge out West Ham at Goodison Park.

The Toffees went into game week 12 with up to eleven players at risk or ruled out through injury while Aidan McGeady was another late omission following a bout of sickness. Leighton Baines, Steven Pienaar and Darron Gibson all failed late fitness tests but Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy were able to start the game. However the biggest surprise was the inclusion of Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas - having missed the previous two months – who managed to complete 66 minutes before his replacement Samuel Eto’o scored the winning goal. But as the game was drawing to a close Steven Naismith overstretched for a ball causing a muscular tear – his withdrawal will almost certainly mean a spell on the sidelines although the initial assessment revealed the problem won’t "keep him out for too long."
Nov 23 - 3:17 PM

Cristian Eriksen lead the way for Tottenham to a 2-1 win over Hull City.

Eriksen was very active after Hull City went down to 10 men due to Gaston Ramirez being sent off. The midfielder hit a stunning a free kick which bounced off the post and into Harry Kane's lap, who tapped it in for the first goal. Eriksen then proceeded to score in stoppage time to give Spurs the win. The red card really hurt the Tigers as they had control of the game before that and they'll have Ramirez to blame for this result. Spurs are now in 10th place but are only two points away from fourth, providing us with one of the best races for Europe we've seen in recent years.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 23 - 1:01 PM

Liverpool continue their poor start to the season by squandering an early advantage and eventually were outmatched by Crystal Palace in a 3-1 loss.

The day began perfectly. Lambert, a Liverpool native, scored his first goal for his childhood club just 90 seconds in. Adam Lallana delivered a fantastic deep lob pass directly to Lambert's foot as he entered the area, and Lambert finished in what looked like footage from Southampton 2013. The wheels began to fall off though as the Eagles tightened up in the back and Pool reverted back to their lackluster attacking display. Pool are facing their worst season after 12 matches since the first season of the Premier League in 1992. Brendan Rodgers has to make some drastic changes post haste.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 23 - 10:51 AM

Crystal Palace shook off an early Liverpool goal and gradually took over the contest, with a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes making the difference as the Eagles win 3-1.

Down a goal after 90 seconds, Palace could have been in for a long day but Dwight Gayle leveled things after 17 minutes and the crowd at Selhurst Park could smell blood. Gayle was gifted a kind rebound from a Bolasie strike that clanked straight off the post and squeaked it past Simon Mignolet. The Eagles went into an extra gear in the second half and again Bolasie was at the center of seemingly every chance. Impossible to contain, he was drawing extra defenders toward him whenever he was on the ball and that opened up space for others. He would find Joe Ledley wide open in the 78th minute and Ledley nutmegged Mignolet to give the Eagles the lead. They would put the game to bed when Mile Jedinak scored his fourth of the season with a picture perfect deep free kick that no keeper could reach. Now out of the relegation zone, Palace will look to build off the win when they travel to Swansea next.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 23 - 10:33 AM

Olivier Giroud scored Arsenal's only goal against Manchester United in stoppage time to mark his return to competitive action.

It was a short but busy substitute appearance for Olivier Giroud against Manchester United at the Emirates on Saturday. His first touch after coming on was a header from an Arsenal corner that wasn't too far from target. In stoppage time he managed to score a goal and get a yellow card. With Danny Welbeck limping toward the end of the match it seems likely that Giroud will get a start next weekend.
Nov 22 - 2:36 PM

Jack Wilshere played well but couldn't convert when it counted and then suffered yet another ankle injury as Arsenal fell to United 2-1.

Arsenal were dominant for most of the first half and should have had at least one goal. Arsenal's high pressure forced a turnover in the United end and Jack Wilshere was in alone on David De Gea with time to pick his shot. The England midfielder can score great goals but in this case he put it right at a sprawling De Gea and the opportunity went begging. Early in the second half, Wilshere suffered another ankle injury from a Paddy McNair tackle. It will give Arsenal no solace that they played better football than their opposition today since it ended in yet another loss to their bitter rivals.
Nov 22 - 2:33 PM

David De Gea was a huge presence for Manchester United as they beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates despite Arsenal dominating play for most of the match.

Arsenal were on the attack for large stretches of the match and Manchester United did everything they could to hold on. In the end, David De Gea was there to stop a number of Arsenal chances that should have resulted in early goals. The Red Devils got lucky with a Kieran Gibbs own goal for the opener and then got a Wayne Rooney goal on the counter as Arsenal were pressing forward for the final 2-1 scoreline. United weren't very good but De Gea did enough to give them a chance and they took it to move into fourth place in the Premier League.
Nov 22 - 2:29 PM

Swansea took an early lead thanks to a goal from Wilfired Bony, but Manchester City would eventually come from behind to win as they defeat the Swans 2-1.

Nathan Dyer was given a chance in the starting XI again and the choice didn't take long to pay off as he flicked the ball over defenders to find Bony who finished from point blank range. The last three gameweeks were always going to be tough with matches against Everton, Arsenal and City, but the Swans gained a respectable four points and now have a lovely run of fixtures to come. Bony may be due for a cluster of goals in that time - after failing to score in Swansea's first seven games, he then clustered four together over the next three, so it appears his goals may be coming in bunches this season, meaning today's tally may point to a very productive next few weeks for him.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 22 - 12:44 PM

Yaya Toure came through in the clutch to score Manchester City's game-winner over Swansea as the Sky Blues desperately try to keep pace with Chelsea in a 2-1 final.

Stevan Jovetic leveled the match in the opening half not long after Swansea took the early lead, as he guided home a Jesus Navas cross but City were not looking like they were in their typical form, with Sergio Aguero having an especially quiet day by his standards. Class would eventually prevail however, and it came just after the hour mark. Fernandinho delivered a slick back heel to a surging Toure, and the Ivorian smashed it home for his second of the year and City would hold on to take the points. With two goals in 12, Yaya is on pace for about 6 or 7 this season, which is right in line with the seasons he had with City prior to last year's MVP performance of 20 goals. In other words, don't go gaga for Yaya yet - it may be another six weeks until we see his heroics again.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 22 - 12:33 PM

Geoff Cameron's turn as a center back for Stoke City did not go as the US international would have hoped with a 2-1 loss to lowly Burnley.

USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann has indicated that Geoff Cameron needs games for his club as a center back if he is going to secure a regular spot for the Red, White and Blue. He got that chance on Saturday but it didn't go well with Stoke City conceding two early goals and ultimately losing at home to relegation-threatened Burnley. The defensive issues can't be pinned entirely on Cameron but it certainly doesn't bode well for his chances at more starts once Marc Wilson returns to fitness.
Nov 22 - 12:30 PM

Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman both scored to give Everton a 2-1 win over West Ham United.

This was one of the better matches of the day as it featured action on both sides of the pitch. Everton were the better team and deserved to win three points. Lukaku opened up the scoring early before Mauro Zarate's shot deflected into the goal for an equalizer. In the second half, the referee played advantage on a foul when he saw Samuel Eto'o making a run forward, and Eto'o brilliantly picked out Osman for an easy tap in. Everton are finding their form and are climbing the table, where they are now in eighth place.
Source: Sky Sports
Nov 22 - 12:27 PM

Danny Ings scored in the 11th and 12th minutes at the Britannia to give Burnley their second win on the trot.

Just when we all thought that the season was a lost cause, Burnley have strung together two wins in a row against teams that weren't considered terrible going into the match-up. This time it was a supposedly solid-if-not-great Stoke side playing at home that fell victim to two Danny Ings goals in the space of about a minute. Burnley are by no means safe but they are at least looking like they'll make it a relegation battle instead of being guaranteed a spot in the bottom three.
Nov 22 - 12:26 PM

Combined with a win by Burnley this afternoon, Queens Park Rangers 1-0 loss to Newcastle United sees them dead last in the Premier League.

Rangers have just 9 points through the first dozen gameweeks and it appears clear that whatever ideas Harry Redknapp has in mind clearly are not working. He has several players good enough to play in this league but there seems to be no direction in their attacking or defending. It will be an interesting transfer window for QPR. Unless they show signs of righting the ship by the end of the festival season, it may be time to hold a fire sale. Hosting Leicester next week, it could be do or die for Harry at Loftus Road.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 22 - 12:23 PM



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