Archives for November 2017

Ashley Young, Anthony Martial Crack Top 20 Individual Player Power Rankings

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Ashley Young is one of three Manchester United players to crack the NBC Sports Premier League individual player power rankings for this week. The list is 20 deep, and Young is joined by teammates Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. The very versatile Young doesn’t often make lists such as these, but he grabbed the final spot here.

Pogba, a regular to individual player power rankings, is #12 while Martial is #14. Manchester City lead the way with four representatives, while Liverpool, Leicester City and Arsenal each have a pair in the group.

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Arsenal and Manchester United Combined Starting XI

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Arsenal hosts Manchester United in what is the weekend’s most hyped up Premier League fixture. Unfortunately, one of the biggest stars in this match, Gunners leading scorer Alexandre Lacazette, is ruled out with a groin injury. On the other sideline, United’s arguably best player this season, holding midfielder Nemanja Matic, is most likely not going to play either.

We’ll know more about Matic’s muscular injury tomorrow, and perhaps United Manager Jose Mourinho will fill us in on how long the Serbian maestro could be out during his weekly news conference.

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Man United vs Arsenal Injury Report: Lacazette, Sanchez, Matic, Fellaini, Carrrick

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Update: video of both managers press conferences today, giving injury updates- Jose Mourinho at this link, for Arsene Wenger click here.

The weekend’s biggest Premier League fixture, Manchester United at Arsenal, will be sans a couple of key/star players. For the Gunners, their leading scorer, Alexandre Lacazette, has been ruled out due to a groin injury. Meanwhile the Red Devils could be without the anchor of their middle and most important player to their offense, Nemanja Matic.

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Predicted Manchester United Starting XI vs Arsenal FC

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Manchester United could be without as many as three of their top central midfielders for their huge clash at Arsenal on Saturday. United Manager Jose Mourinho switched to a three-man midfield in the 4-2 victory at Watford on Tuesday night, with Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard advancing ahead of the team’s anchor, Nemanja Matic, who left injured in the 54′.

Mourinho went with a 3-5-2 formation, that saw Lingard in the central role, instead of in his usual role out on the wing.

However, it does not seem like Mourinho will have the healthy bodies available to go with a three man midfield this weekend.

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Mesut Ozil Has Regained His Fight Says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has definitely had a tumultuous season thus far. First we saw a few club legends rip the team, as the Gunners got off to a slow start, and Ozil post a response on Facebook. This inspired a blowback.

With Ozil set to see his contract expire in June, the German has been the subject of many transfer rumors, including links to both Barcelona and Manchester United. However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said this week that both Ozil and Alexis Sanchez won’t be sold in the January transfer window. This is a sharp contrast from what he had said previously- that both players were on the market.

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Alexandre Lacazette Officially Ruled Out of Manchester United Clash

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The weekend’s headliner Premier League fixture, Manchester United at Arsenal, has lost some luster. For the home side, their leading scorer, Alexandre Lacazette, has been ruled out due to a groin injury. For the visitors, the anchor of their middle and most important player to their offense, Nemanja Matic, most likely will be missing.

“Lacazette has a groin problem and he is out, certainly, for Saturday’s game,” Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed after his side trounced Huddersfield Town 5-0 tonight.

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Chelsea Boss Antonio Conte Apologizes to Official for Getting Sent Off

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Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte got sent to the stands tonight in the Blues 1-0 win over Swansea City at Stamford Bridge. Conte got booted for disputing the referee’s decision not to award a corner kick when the ball went behind off Alfie Mawson.

After the match, Conte revealed to his news conference that he later apologized to referee Neil Swarbrick and official Lee Mason, for his outburst that got him ejected from the touchline.

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Incredible Cezar Azpilicueta Streak with Chelsea Comes to an End

Up until just a few minutes ago, Cesar Azpilicueta had played every single minute of every single Premier League game of that Antonio Conte has managed at Chelsea. The fullback had started 74 games in a row, until being left out of the first team for the midweek clash against Swansea City. The match is currently 0-0 as we head to halftime

This was the longest active streak by an outfield player in the Premier League. The only longer currently active streak belongs to Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, who is at 90 and counting.

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Five of the Most Offside (And Off-Pitch) Football Investments In Recent Years

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Given how many footballers are incredibly overpaid, sometimes we don’t think about how much they plough through their money and see their fortunes disappear faster than Chris Coleman’s tenure with Wales. Naturally, as the career of a footballer declines, the options are to either go into managing or start investing. But many footballers and their associates have made some real messes as far as investments are concerned, so let’s have a look at some of the big ones.

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Nemanja Matic Injury has Manchester United Quite Concerned

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Midfielder Nemanja Matic has probably been Manchester United’s best player this season. You can make a case for a couple other guys, but most pundits will agree that the Serbian acquired from Chelsea in August has been the MVP.

Naturally then, United and their supporters are very concerned about the developments in last night’s 4-2 win at Watford. The stellar holding midfielder left in the 54′ due to an injury that is muscular in nature.

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Arsenal Midfielder Santi Cazorla Provides Injury Update, Has Ninth Surgery

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The injury and rehabilitation saga for Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla continues to carry on. Today brought another development that restarts the return clock yet again. Cazorla posted on Twitter today that he had to have another surgery to repair a tendon in his foot. This will be ninth surgical procedure.

Cazorla had targeted a return in January, but you can definitely scrap that plan now, as this development delays his convalescence and return to action even more.

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Erik Lamela Returns, Discusses “worst of time of his life” Away from Game

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While last night saw Tottenham Hotspur pretty much eliminated from the Premier League title chase, there is a still a true feel good story to report. Spurs winger Erik Lamela made a substitute appearance in the 2-1 loss to Leicester City, and this was his first game in exactly 400 days.

Lamela missed 13 months of action due to hip injuries that required two operations, and the long lay-off had him fearing that he may never play the game again. He also described his time away from the pitch as “probably the worst time of my life.” The 25-year-old Argentine certainly did not hold anything back, opening up about his struggle and the long road back in interviews with the media.

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