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Sterling’s first strike keeps Arsenal behind till ‘end of the match’

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The Belgium midfielder, who came off the bench in the win at Everton in midweek, tried to pick out Ilkay Gundogan but his errant pass betrayed a little rustiness.

Manchester City moved a step closer to the Premier League title as Raheem Sterling’s early goal gave the runaway leaders a 1-0 win against Arsenal on Sunday.

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Pep Guardiola’s side made it 18 successive victories in all competitions thanks to Sterling’s second-minute header at the Emirates Stadium.

With 13 games left, City are 10 points clear of second-placed Leicester, who had closed the gap to seven with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa earlier on Sunday.

City have equalled the club record of 11 successive away victories in all competitions, set from May to November 2017.

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They are the first top-flight team to win their opening 11 league matches in a calendar year.

Storming towards a third title in four seasons, City have won 13 consecutive league matches and are unbeaten in 25 games in all competitions since a defeat at Tottenham in November.

Incredibly, that was the last time they trailed in any league fixture.

Guardiola’s men weren’t even at their best on their return to north London, but they still had enough in the locker to hand Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal a third defeat in their last four league games.

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“It was hard like we expected it would be. We suffered a lot. It’s difficult to play against Arsenal and Mikel. That’s why I give the players incredible credit for this victory,” Guardiola said.

“People look at our run of wins and think it’s so easy. I didn’t expect it. I’m more than grateful for these players for what they’re doing, but winning these games 1-0 is what we need to do.

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“The last 10-15 minutes was brilliant. We know what we want to do. We want to make a big step.”

Borussia Monchengladbach have the next chance to stop City’s incredible winning streak in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday.

If anyone would have the secret to stopping City’s march to the title, it might have been Gunners boss Arteta.

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The Spaniard served as Guardiola’s City assistant before taking charge of Arsenal last season.

But Arteta had to make changes as several of his players were fatigued after their midweek Europa League draw against Benfica.

“When we conceded the first goal it put us in a difficult situation. It was tough. With the formation and the players they use they are really comfortable,” Arteta said.

“After that the team reacted really well, were on top of the game and created chances but we lacked the quality in those situations to score the goal.”

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Ruthless City

City ruthlessly pounced on the uncertainty in Arsenal’s reshuffled line-up as they took the lead after just 80 seconds.

Ruben Dias played a superb long pass to Riyad Mahrez and the Algeria winger lofted a cross into the six-yard box, where Sterling defied his diminutive stature as he rose above Rob Holding to head into the far corner.

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Sterling’s 13th club goal of the season was his sixth in his last nine appearances.

He should have had another moments later when Kevin De Bruyne’s pass split the Arsenal defence, but this time Sterling delayed his shot and Bernd Leno was able to save at the forward’s feet.

Mahrez was tormenting Arsenal left-back Kieran Tierney and he danced past him for a shot that deflected wide.

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City’s De Bruyne was making his first start for over a month after a hamstring injury.

The Belgium midfielder, who came off the bench in the win at Everton in midweek, tried to pick out Ilkay Gundogan but his errant pass betrayed a little rustiness.

City nearly conceded against the run of play when Tierney’s volley forced a good save from Ederson.

They regained their momentum at the start of the second half and De Bruyne was just wide with an audacious chip from the edge of the area.

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Leno had to save well from Gundogan’s 20-yard drive before De Bruyne’s volley whistled wide.

Joao Cancelo nearly gifted Arsenal an equaliser when his high backpass was volleyed straight to Mohamed Elneny by Ederson, but the midfielder blazed just wide.

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Here is what Tottenham clash mean to Chelsea’s Tuchel.

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Tuchel’s team must also show some more creativity against yet another side who will look to sit back and frustrate the Blues.

For even the biggest Frank Lampard supporter, it was hard to overlook his Chelsea side’s shortcomings in big games.

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His Blues roared to the top of the Premier League table by dispatching of so-called smaller teams, but whenever a genuine rival rocked up at Stamford Bridge, it was a different story, and that was a large part of the reason why he was given the boot.

Owner Roman Abramovich was concerned that Chelsea didn’t have what it took to fight their way back into the top four under Lampard, so he made the hugely controversial decision to show Lampard the exit door and replace him with Thomas Tuchel.

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The German’s infectious positivity has won over most fans already, and a 0-0 draw with Wolves and 2-0 win over Burnley have brought a nice start to the Tuchel reign, but Thursday’s meeting with Tottenham will be the first real test.

Lampard was sacked after a string of poor results | Pool/Getty Images

Level on points with Chelsea but with a game in hand, Spurs are the first top-ten opponent Tuchel will face since moving to Stamford Bridge, and they’re the first real chance for the boss to prove he can take Chelsea further than Lampard could.

It’s an opportune time to play Spurs, who are down in the dumps after bad defeats to Liverpool and Brighton. Even the eight-game unbeaten streak which has only just ended wasn’t impressive enough to keep spirits high.

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Turning his Chelsea side into one who don’t hand out free wins to struggling teams (a flaw present well before Lampard’s time) is important enough, but Tuchel’s team must also show some more creativity against yet another side who will look to sit back and frustrate the Blues.

Against Wolves, a league high in passing brought zero goals, and while the chances were more frequent against Burnley, there was still a feeling that Chelsea were missing a little oomph. Relying on Callum Hudson-Odoi to outpace Robbie Brady isn’t a tactic.

That lethargy is to be expected, given Tuchel has been in charge for just two games. His Chelsea have shown improvement already, but they must go one step further against a Spurs side who will likely prove to be stiffer opposition.

Thomas Tuchel is set for his first meeting with Jose Mourinho | Julian Finney/Getty Images

This is the game which will kick-start the Tuchel era. A dominant victory will bring some real momentum, but a pass-heavy performance with little in attack will bring back terrifying memories of Maurizio Sarri’s tenure.

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Likely being without the injured Kai Havertz won’t help that, but in Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, Tuchel has more than enough firepower to pick through Spurs’ stubborn defence.

Lampard had the same tools in his arsenal, but as we saw in November’s goalless draw between these two sides, he was unable to make them click. It was decided that Tuchel could do that, and this is his first real chance to prove it.

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Mixed reactions on Twitter after United mercilessly torture Southampton in 9-0 win.

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It took seconds for the first jibes to appear as the internet’s best and brightest lined up to take the mickey out of Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is literally Groundhog Day (check your calendar) and we have just witnessed Southampton lose 9-0 in a Premier League game. it is deja vu all over again…

This time, their tormentors were Manchester United and much like when Leicester subjected them to the same scoreline last season, social media greeted the news in typically understanding, respectful fashion.

Only joking.

It took seconds for the first jibes to appear as the internet’s best and brightest lined up to take the mickey out of Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side.

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Before we dive into all of that carnage, how about a few stats as a light starter?

United were in merciless form on Tuesday night | Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images

One of the very best reactions came from the: ‘Has the 9-0 Been Mentioned’ Twitter account, set up in protest of pundits constantly referencing that Leicester defeat whenever they cover a Southampton game.

Of course, they quickly changed the name to the brilliant: ‘Have EITHER of the 9-0’s Been Mentioned.’

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Well, if you can’t laugh at yourself…

Southampton’s bitter rivals, Portsmouth, then got in on the act.

A few famous faced were involved as well…

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Even on one of the most historic nights in Premier League history some people could not help but notice how Mike Dean had managed to steal the show, taking an age to review the incident that led to the penalty for United’s eight goal.

Before we let Southampton fans begin their recoveries, we could not live with ourselves if we did not share some of these fire tweets with captured the mood of a momentous evening perfectly.

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Or, more accurately, just made us laugh.

We will see you next time the Saints treat us a nine goal thriller.

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Aubameyang to miss Manchester United clash.

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Partey and Smith Rowe were both forced off last time out against Southampton, while Tierney missed the game altogether, but all three made it back to training in time to be in contention.

Arsenal are again expected to be without striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.

The Gabon international has missed the last two games, FA Cup and Premier League meetings with Southampton, as he has been taking care of his mother, who has been suffering with an illness.

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He took to Twitter on Wednesday to explain his absence and reveal that his mother has made progress in her recovery, leaving some fans hopeful that Aubameyang may be back in time for Saturday’s game.

However, according to football.london, that will come too soon for Aubameyang, who will remain away from the squad for at least one more game.

“Yes, he’s our captain and one of the most important players,” manager Mikel Arteta said when asked about Aubameyang’s absence. “We are doing everything we can to have him as quickly as possible.

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“But understanding that he’s been through difficult days that he had to support his family. We were here to support him as well with the time that he needed to get that sorted.”

While being with Aubameyang is obviously a huge blow, Arteta has been handed a boost elsewhere as Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe and Kieran Tierney were all part of training in the build-up to the United clash.

Real Madrid loanee Martin Odegaard was also part of training and is now in line to make his debut for the Gunners, with Arteta revealing his excitement at the prospect of working with such a fascinating young player.

“He hasn’t played that many minutes in Madrid but he’s been training hard and he looks so excited, as we are, to have another big talent at our club,” the boss added.

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“He’s a specialist to play in the pockets, to play in the eight or ten positions. He can play off the sides. He’s a really creative player who’s really comfortable on the ball in tight spaces. He has the capacity to create chances and to score goals.

“Something that he has improved a lot is his work-rate without the ball as well, so it’s another option to give us more creativity for sure in the final third, and give us more options to set up in different ways against certain teams.”

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Thomas Tuchel ‘rules out’ Premier League title challenge this year.

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Tuchel added that he had huge admiration for the outgoing boss as both a player and a person, and revealed he’d already spoken to Lampard since being appointed.

Thomas Tuchel has described any chance of Chelsea embarking on a Premier league title challenge this season as ‘not realistic’, and says he intends to focus his efforts on the Champions League and FA Cup.

The German boss was addressing the media in his first press conference since being appointed Blues manager, despite having already taken charge of his first game at the helm.

His maiden outing saw his side fail to break the deadlock against a resolute Wolves side on Wednesday evening – a result which leaves them 11 points adrift of league leaders Manchester City – and while Tuchel recognises he must deliver success, he’s already ruled out a title challenge this season.

“Realistically this year it’s the Champions League and the FA Cup,” he told reporters (via the club’s official YouTube channel). “To speak now about the Premier League title there are too many teams between us and this is not realistic, we will just lose the focus.

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“At Chelsea it is about results for us as managers. We always try to bring in performances, to bring in and develop and improve players and increase their value, but in the end I’m very realistic.

“I’m in a cub whose DNA it is to win and go for trophies and I’m here to challenge for every trophy we play for.”

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Despite underling the need to deliver consistent silverware during his time at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel also stressed the importance of entertaining the fans in the process.

“Success is also to make the stadium happy,” he added. “People should be exited to come to Stamford Bridge, people should be excited to watch our team, people should be excited and feel like the team plays with a special energy and atmosphere.”

Tuchel had been out of work for little over a month when he was announced as Chelsea’s new boss, though he said he couldn’t pass on such a glorious opportunity when the job was offered to him.

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“It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world in the most competitive league of the world,” he said. “It felt like we should not miss the chance to be part of the Chelsea family and to compete for titles with the best manager and best teams. That was a pretty easy choice.”

The recent sacking of Frank Lampard has not been well received by some sections of the Chelsea fan base, with a banner hung on the gates of Stamford Bridge voicing displeasure at the decision to dismiss the former Blues midfielder.

“I was a huge fan of Frank as a player,” he said. “It was a huge joy to watch him play and to see how he played with personality. He was one of the key players to demonstrate in 90 minutes what Chelsea was about – intensity, devotion and winning mentality.

“I have the biggest respect for him personally and for his legacy, It just got bigger when I received a personal message this morning to wish me all the best and maybe meet in the future when this is possible.”

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When quizzed about the possibility of adding to his squad during the January transfer window, Tuchel insisted he’s keen to show faith in those already at the club, though he failed to completely rule out any new arrivals.

“I have the feeling right now that the guys deserve to be trusted and I want to trust everybody,” he added. “If the possibility comes along that we all agree on making us stronger right away we will not hesitate, but it’s not like we have the absolute need to do something.”

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Goalless Chelsea, Wolves clash means a lot to me – Tuchel

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Despite that enthusiasm, Tuchel urged fans to be realistic about their aspirations for the current season, insisting the main goal for Chelsea is to make it back to the top four again.

New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has insisted that he was pleased with his side’s 0-0 draw with Wolves on Wednesday, claiming it was a real sign of things to come during his reign.

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The game, which came just 24 hours after Tuchel’s first training session with the team, saw Chelsea dominate possession and set records for both single-half and full-game passing numbers this season. However, clear-cut chances remained at a premium and it was Wolves who arguably had the better opportunities to win the game.

It wasn’t exactly the most inspiring performance, yet Tuchel was determined to see the positives and could not hide his delight at Chelsea’s energy and determination.

“Yes [disappointed not to win], it was deserved for the effort the guys put in,” Tuchel said (via Sky Sports News). “But I spoke in the dressing room and told everybody there was no room for disappointment or doubts.

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“I was very happy with the performance energy-wise, we were structured and didn’t allow any dangerous counter-attacks against one of the most dangerous teams. We were very well-organised, brave, played with courage as a team both offensively and defensively.

“We had a good impact from the bench and a very good attitude from the players who did not come on. It was hard work, but we never lost intensity and for that I am happy. If this is our starting point I’m looking forward to where we will end up.”

“The title is far away, we have to be realistic,” the boss continued. “Honestly, when you sign for Chelsea or, like me, as a manager, you sign for the expectation of challenging for titles; the Premier League, Champions League and all of the Cups. That’s absolutely clear.

“At the same time you have to be realistic and, at the moment, there are a lot of points and places between us and fourth. We have to work on a daily basis on the details and the progression of our game and the points will follow, I’m absolutely sure.

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“We have the capacity with this squad to hurt everybody in every league, in every competition, and it’s my job to bring the team to that level as fast as possible.

“We will build a team that nobody wants to play against. And that’s the challenge for me to do that as quickly as possible.”

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Morgan Sanson joins Aston Villa from Marseille

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Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Morgan Sanson from Marseille on a four-and-a-half year deal.

The midfielder made 157 appearances for Les Olympiens over the past four seasons, registering 25 goals and 22 assists.

Speaking to the club’s website, he said he hoped his stay at Villa Park would be a fruitful one.

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“I’m really happy to be here. I’m very proud to join the Aston Villa Family, and in the future I hope we can do great things together. It’s a magical club, a big club in England. When Aston Villa called me, I didn’t have to think about it for a long time – it was the best opportunity for me and my career,” he began.

“I spoke with the coach and he is a great coach who is appreciated by the fans. He makes good football and the team play well, and I like the players who play for this team.

“I’m very excited to play with my new teammates. I have watched the team very intensely since we talked with the club.

“I love the team; I love the spirit – I’m a warrior and I like it when all the players run for the team and run for the club. I appreciate watching Villa because it’s good football. I hope the best for the club. I think we have a very good team.”

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Villa boss Dean Smith also revealed his delight at the move, saying: “Morgan has performed consistently at the highest level in French football for a number of seasons as well as in this season’s Champions League, and is a player with the quality and experience to play in any midfield position.

“He will add real competition for starting places and gives us more squad depth which is vital to competing successfully in the Premier League.”

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EPL agrees to ‘implement concussion substitutions’

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There is now a solution that will ensure teams can at least immediately replace a player suspected of having suffered a concussion.

The Premier League has approved a trial of concussion substitutions that could be introduced to games very soon.

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In the event of a suspected concussion, it will give clubs the power to make additional substitutions and contribute to better player welfare.

Once the final details surrounding implementation are ironed out between FIFA and international lawmakers IFAB, the trial can begin and each side in a game will be allowed to make a maximum of two concussion substitutions, regardless of the number of substitutions made already.

As things stand, players with a head injury or suspected concussion may force themselves to carry on, putting themselves at risk of more serious injury, if the only alternative is that their team would be at a numerical disadvantage without them.

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A Premier League statement explained: “Premier League Shareholders today formally agreed to introduce the International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) additional permanent concussion substitutions trial.

“The trial will be confirmed when the implementation of the reporting processes, including private medical information, has been resolved with IFAB and FIFA.

“With player welfare the Premier League’s priority, the protocols will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number.

“The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team have made already.

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“The trial is a result of the IFAB’s consultation with stakeholders and recommendations from their concussion expert group to allow additional substitutions for players with actual or suspected concussion.”

With Premier League games coming thick and fast in an ever more congested season, any measures intended to improve player safety, health and welfare cannot come soon enough.

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Aston Villa, Everton EPL clash ‘postponed’ over COVID-19.

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As a result, the Premier League Board has agreed to Aston Villa’s request to postpone the match on Sunday

The Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Everton on Sunday 17 January has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the Villa camp.

Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground was closed on Thursday 7 January following a number of positive tests among the Villans first team.

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Dean Smith’s side were forced to field a starting XI of debutants from their Under-23 and Under-18 sides for the FA Cup third round clash with Liverpool the following day.

Their Premier League fixture against Tottenham that had been scheduled for Wednesday 13 January was postponed as a result of the outbreak, and the Premier League confirmed that Sunday’s clash has been too.

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“Aston Villa’s home match against Everton, scheduled to be played on Sunday 17 January at 12pm, has been postponed by the Premier League Board,” the statement released by the Premier League read.

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“Following the rescheduling of Villa’s game against Tottenham Hotspur, which was due to be played last night, a significant number of players and staff remain in isolation.

“Newcastle United’s postponed match at Aston Villa, which was due to be played on 4 December 2020, has been rescheduled and will now be played on Saturday 23 January at 8pm, live on Sky Sports.

“The Premier League, in consultation with its clubs, has enhanced its COVID-19 protocols, in addition to reimplementing a twice-weekly testing programme as the heath of players and staff remains the priority.

“The protocols, which strengthen key elements of the existing guidance, came into immediate effect last week.”

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Public Health England guidelines state that individuals who have tested positive for Covid or anyone who has come into contact with someone who has tested positive must self-isolate for 10 days.

Nine Aston Villa first team players and five staff members tested positive – meaning the earliest the Villa squad can come out of isolation is Sunday 17 January.

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Tottenham’s draw against Fulham gets Mourinho ‘yelling’

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho was left hugely frustrated after seeing his side held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham and miss the chance to climb up to third in the Premier League.

Spurs took the lead midway through the first half as Harry Kane headed home a wonderful cross from Sergio Reguilon, but some sloppy finishing (and a fantastic showing from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola) kept the visitors alive.

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Spurs’ profligacy was punished late on as Ivan Cavaleiro responded with a header of his own, and Mourinho was left to field questions about Spurs’ failure to push on and see off yet another opponent.

“Not good enough, but good enough to win,” Mourinho said of Spurs’ performance (via football.london).

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“Not good enough because I think we have to play better in a more consistent way, but good enough to create four or five big chances, good enough to give Hugo in a very quiet evening.
Good enough to win the game but not good enough because we have to play better than we did.

“I understand that in the first half we had chances to kill the game. Some of them are Areola’s responsibility. In the second half we had the biggest chance to kill the game but when you don’t do it you cannot concede goals the way we did do it.

“This is the same story basically since the beginning of the season. We can talk about not killing the game yes, we can speak about that, and today was a clear situation where we could and should have killed the game in the first half but then you go back to the goals that we concede and it’s not also easy to assimilate that.

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“I think there are things [to do with the goals Spurs have conceded] that have to be with the characteristics of players. There are things that are difficult too. There are some things they have to do with organisation of the team, but other things they have to do with individual skills, individual ability, and its as simple as that.”

It was a performance which also left midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg frustrated, with the Dane questioning Spurs’ lack of bravery yet again.

“Very disappointing,” said Hojbjerg (via the Daily Mail). “We have to do better in a couple of aspects of the game. More bravery, more focus in terms of organising the team and being solid as a team.

“That doesn’t mean you have to stand in your own box and defend, it means the team is compact, the team is close to each other. I had a chance, I had to score. There are many details we have to do better.

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“I’m happy there is a game in three days again so we can show a reaction, show we are better than this. We are ready to go again, and of course heads are high.

“There’s a long way to go. We’re still very ambitious. We’re still very solid and very hungry as a team. We’ll keep going.”

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‘It took City’s solid defense’ to have defeated Brighton.

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Their victory over Brighton was their seventh on the bounce, and their recent success has been built on their newfound solid defensive foundations.

A touch of class from Phil Foden coupled with Manchester City’s newfound defensive solidity proved to be the difference as Manchester City recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Brighton on Wednesday evening.

After two flawless, title-winning campaigns, Pep Guardiola’s side could hardly muster a Premier League title challenge last season, with Liverpool runaway champions – and the Citizens’ vulnerability at the back was a major contributing factor in their failure to defend their crown.

After a slightly unconvincing start to the 2020/21 campaign, City have come into a bit of form of late.

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Ruben Dias – evidence to suggest that if you throw enough money at a problem it might actually go away eventually – and John Stones have forged a really nice central defensive partnership, the pair complimenting each other well. They’re assured, calm and composed – and you don’t get the fear that they’ve got a mistake in them…a concern that Stones has previously been guilty of.

The centre back pairing of Dias and Stones have kept 11 clean sheets in the 14 games they have started together. With City’s backline finally settled and sorted, they have been able to flourish going forward.

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This wasn’t necessarily the case against Brighton. Having turned in sumptuous attacking performances against Chelsea and Manchester United at the beginning of January, City were slightly more subdued going forward on Wednesday evening.

This is in part a credit to Brighton, who were compact, dogged and frustrated Guardiola’s side for large periods of the game.

But this is where the class of Foden shone through.

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The Manchester City youngster has not been used quite as lavishly in the Premier League as had been expected following the departure of David Silva in the summer.

However, Foden had been the beating heart of City’s recent victories over Chelsea and United, and he proved to be the match winner on Wednesday too.

The 20-year-old drifted past Joel Veltman and collected Kevin De Bruyne’s pass on the edge of the box, before getting the better of Adam Webster with a fabulous first touch.

Having singlehandedly created the space inside the area, Foden then found the bottom corner with a low, pin point effort.

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It was a demonstration of Foden’s soaring importance at City, who would not have taken all three points against Brighton were it not for the England international’s moment of quality.

In this season’s most bizarre of title races, sitting four points off top spot with a game in hand, a consistent, solid defensive base and the watch-winning capabilities Foden is a pretty healthy position to be in.

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PFA warns EPL Players over goals Celebration

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The Premier League, Women’s Super League, English Football League and FA Cup – both men’s and women’s – have all had games postponed this season due to the pandemic.

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has reminded players to be careful when celebrating goals, as COVID-19 cases increase in England.

“We’ve sent a message to all our members saying: ‘You have done a great job, you’ve kept the game going and you deserve a lot of credit, but it’s important you keep to the protocols,’” PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor told the Times.

“Always abide by what you’re being told by doctors and medical staff with regard to the protocols about keeping your distance and the hygiene that’s required.

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“I understand with the celebration of a goal it’s difficult to just put the ball in the back of the net and act as though nothing has happened.

“It’s that adrenaline rush… that’s what the game is all about, but that’s part and parcel of the process, so they’ll be reminded.”

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Crystal Palace trashes 10-Man West Bromwich

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At the other end of the table, the margin of defeat sees West Brom sink behind Burnley to second bottom.

Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke both scored twice as Crystal Palace made West Brom pay for Matheus Pereira’s first-half red card in a 5-1 rout at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

The Eagles had struggled for goals in recent weeks, but with Zaha restored after missing defeats to Burnley and Newcastle due to coronavirus, Palace were a team transformed as they moved to 11th and within three points of the top four.

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Zaha made an instant impact as Palace took the lead after eight minutes when his low cross was turned into his own net by Darnell Furlong.

Furlong made amends on the half hour mark when his cross was swept home by Conor Gallagher.

But just four minutes later the game swung decisively in the visitors’ favour when Pereira was sent off after kicking out at Patrick Van Aanholt.

Zaha restored Palace’s lead 10 minutes into the second half when he brilliantly curled in from 16 yards.

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Four minutes later Benteke marked his return to the starting line-up with a first goal since July by stooping to head home Van Aanholt’s cross.

Zaha made it 4-1 after 68 minutes when he stabbed in following Eberechi Eze’s strong run into the box and Benteke rounded off the scoring in style by turning his marker and powering home a left-footed drive from just inside the penalty area eight minutes from time.

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Aston Villa disgrace Arsenal in 0-3 away win.

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Aston Villa went up a gear in the second half with Jack Grealish pulling the strings in midfield and it was no surprise when Watkins headed home in the 72nd minute.

Aston Villa returned to winning ways in stunning fashion as Ollie Watkins scored twice in a 3-0 away thumping of an abject Arsenal in drizzly north London on Sunday.

The visitors had already seen a John McGinn goal ruled out for a harsh offside decision when Bukayo Saka, under pressure from Trezeguet, put into his own goal after 25 minutes.

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Watkins struck again three minutes later after a rapid counter-attack to seal the points.

Two consecutive defeats had halted Aston Villa’s early season charge but they moved back up to sixth with 15 points from eight games.

Inconsistent Arsenal are down in 11th with 12 points after four wins and four defeats so far.


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Guardiola already experiencing his worse season at Mancity

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Manchester City currently sit in 13th place in the Premier League table after two wins, two draws and one defeat from their opening five matches. Pep Guardiola has never been in a lower position at this stage of the season at any of his previous clubs.


On Saturday, City dropped yet more points after a 1-1 draw against West Ham at the London Stadium, having already drawn with Leeds and lost at home to Leicester this campaign.

“At this level, we’ve already dropped seven points, which is a lot,” Guardiola said on Saturday. “We’ve had difficulties. We have to go game by game and see what happens.”

With eight points from five games, City are already five points behind joint league leaders Everton and Liverpool, with the latter looking to defend their Premier League title.


At no point in his four seasons at Barcelona, three at Bayern Munich and previous four at City has Guardiola been lower than fifth in a league table after the first five games of the season – let alone his current position of 13th.

Before this season, Guardiola’s previous worst start to a campaign was the 10 points he picked up from his first five games as Barcelona boss in 2008/09 and the first five games in the Premier League in 2019/20.

Never have his teams scored fewer goals (eight) and conceded as many goals (eight) as City this season.

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Causes
Guardiola has pointed out that the packed schedule has had an adverse effect on the fitness levels of his City squad this season.

“We’ve had problems with lots of injuries and the lack of preparation and time to recover between matches,” Guardiola said.

“Gabriel Jesus got injured in the first game, [Kevin] De Bruyne has been out, [Sergio] Aguero spent four months out, [Ilkay] Gundogan recovered from coronavirus, which has happened to five players… We’ve had barely any time to rest.”

On top of those names the City boss mentioned, Benjamin Mendy, Fernandinho, Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Ake have all suffered injuries this season, while Aguero is now sidelined again.

In terms of performance, Guardiola’s team still dominate games – no one reaches their average possession of 63 percent in the Premier League this season – but five teams have scored more goals than them.


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Final Score: Man Utd 0-0 Chelsea

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Cavani fired just wide with his first touch while Marcus Rashford went close late on. And down the other end Chelsea felt they should have had a penalty when Harry Maguire held Cesar Azpilicueta down. But ultimately nobody could argue the goalless draw wasn’t a fair result.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

12′ Cavani is watching the game on bench

27′ James’ free kick stopped by De Gea

31′ Fernandes’ long shot too straight

34′ Pulisic’s shot wide out

35′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

41′ Mata’s shot stopped by Mendy

58′ Cavani subbed on to make his Manchester United debut

59′ Cavani’s shot wide out

80′ Ziyech subbed on to make his Chelsea debut

90′ Rashford’s shot stopped by Mendy

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Line-ups
Man Utd XI: Mata, De Gea, Lindelof, Maguire, Fred, Shaw, Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay

Subs: Cavani, Matic, Pogba, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, Tuanzebe, Greenwood

Chelsea XI: Thiago Silva, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Jorginho, E. Mendy, Kante, Werner, Chilwell, Pulisic, Havertz, Reece James

Subs: Caballero, Giroud, Kovacic, Rudiger, Ziyech, Abraham, Mount.


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Final Score: Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United

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Defending champions Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a hard-fought comeback victory over struggling Sheffield United at Anfield.


Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

13′ Penalty Goal! Liverpool 0-1 Sheff Utd (Berge)

21′ CHANCE! McBurnie’s shot inches wide

22′ Robertson handball overlooked by ref

25′ CLOSE! Osborn’s shot denied by Alisson

41′ GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Sheff Utd (Firmino)

48′ CLOSE! Baldock’s shot inches wide

53′ CLOSE! Salah’s shot over the bar

62′ OFFSIDE! Salah’s goal disallowed

64′ GOAL! Liverpool 2-1 Sheff Utd (Jota)

76′ CLOSE! McGoldrick’s shot over the bar

81′ OFF THE POST! Salah nearly scores

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Line-ups
Liverpool XI: Wijnaldum, Henderson, Alisson, Firmino, Salah, Mane, Fabinho, Robertson, Joe Gomez, Jota, Alexander-Arnold

Subs: Milner, Adrian, Shaqiri, Minamino, Curtis Jones, N. Phillips, Neco Williams

Sheff Utd XI: Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, McBurnie, Berge, Ampadu, Ramsdale, Brewster

Subs: Jagielka, McGoldrick, Sharp, Norwood, Robinson, Verrips, Burke.


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Mancity Vs Liverpool’s clash postponed till next month

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Manchester City’s crunch clash with title rivals Liverpool has been moved to Sunday, November 8 after the Premier League announced the next cohort of matches to be broadcast live.


A host of fixtures have been moved around in order to accommodate the broadcasting slots for television, with the league now announcing the run-down of games from match weeks 8 to ten.

City will now welcome Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the Etihad for a 4.30pm kick-off, following on from the earlier fixture of the day which will see Leicester City take on Wolves, as part of Sky Sports’ ‘Super Sunday’ package.

Revised schedule can be found at the bottom of this article

Other key fixtures to have been shuffled around for TV include Newcastle’s clash with Chelsea – now Saturday November 21 at 12.30pm – and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United welcoming Arsenal to Elland Road – now 4.30pm on Sunday, November 22.

The Premier League announced the dates and kick-off times via its official website on Friday, though included no mention of whether select games would continue to go ahead on the controversial pay-per-view (PPV) basis.

At present it has been indicated which games will be shown live by either Sky Sports or competitors BT Sports, though further word is expected regarding whether some games will remain accessible only by further payment.

In recent weeks fans across the entire Premier League have express their disdain at the money-spinning move, with many boycotting the PPV matches and instead donating money to other causes.

Last week it was revealed that both Sky and BT had refused to release the sales figures from their first weekend of paid for Premier League matches.

Sportsmail learned that even internal staff are not being briefed on the success or otherwise of the sales figures, although they suspect that is because the numbers are low.

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Sky said the information was ‘commercially sensitive’. However, they have previously revealed numbers for sports such as boxing. BT Sport have said that they do not typically release viewing figures for their broadcasts.

Newcastle fans responded by boycotting Sky’s PPV offering of their 4-1 home defeat by Manchester United and have instead raised £19,000 for the city’s West End Foodbank.

Other supporters’ groups, including Leeds, are now encouraging fans to give to charity rather than pay to watch matches.

Likewise, Arsenal supporters are calling for a boycott of their side’s upcoming PPV tie with Leicester, with fan groups urging others to turn their back on the game and instead donate to local north London causes including Islington Cares.

On Thursday Liverpool FC fan group Spirit of Shankly took to social media to state that supporters clubs of all 20 Premier League sides are now united behind the movement referred to as #CharitynotPPV.

Spirit of Shankly wrote: ‘In a time of crisis & struggle for so many, fans should not be asked to pay extortionate fees to watch their team #BoycottPPV.’

Liverpool’s match with Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United takes the headline act on Saturday with the late 8pm slot, though thousands of supporters are expected to go without seeing their team play in refusal to pay the £14.95 viewing fee.


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Final Score: Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham

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Tottenham came from behind in remarkable fashion to inflict an embarrassing home defeat on a shambolic Manchester United, who played an hour of the game with 10 men.

2020/2021 Premier League
1-6
Bruno Fernandes (2′ PEN)
Martial (28′)
Ndombele (4′)
Son (7′)
Kane (30′)
Son (37′)
Aurier (51′)
Kane (79′ PEN)

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Match Events
2′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-0 Tottenham (Bruno Fernandes)

4′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-1 Tottenham (Ndombele)

7′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-2 Tottenham (Son)

28′ Red Card! Martial sent off

30′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-3 Tottenham (Kane)

37′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-4 Tottenham (Son)

51′ GOAL! Man Utd 1-5 Tottenham (Aurier)

63′ Yellow Card! Bailly booked

69′ Alli replaced by Ndombele

79′ Penalty Goal! Man Utd 1-6 Tottenham (Kane)

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Line-ups
Man Utd XI: Matic, De Gea, Pogba, Maguire, Shaw, Martial, Bruno Fernandes, Bailly, Rashford, Wan-Bissaka, Greenwood

Subs: Mata, Lindelof, Fred, Lingard, Dean Henderson, Van de Beek, McTominay

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Sissoko, Lamela, Son, Aurier, Kane, Hojbjerg, Dier, Sanchez, Ndombele, Reguilon

Subs: Hart, Alderweireld, Lucas, Doherty, Ben Davies, Alli, Winks


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Final score: Arsenal 2-1 Sheffield United

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Arsenal scored two quick-fire team goals to extend Sheffield United’s point-less start to the Premier League season – although the Blades did manage their first goal.

2020/2021 Premier League
2-1
Saka (61′)
Pepe (64′)
McGoldrick (83′)

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Match Report
The Gunners did not really get going until the 60th minute when Bukayo Saka celebrated his first England call-up with a header from Hector Bellerin’s cross.

Three minutes later they doubled their lead with Nicolas Pepe’s good run and finish into the bottom corner – finishing off a move with 19 passes.

They looked completely in control until David McGoldrick curled home the Blades’ first league goal of the season.

But it was not enough to affect the outcome and United have now lost seven consecutive top-flight games for the first time since 1975.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal move onto six points from three games, having lost 2-0 to champions Liverpool last Monday.

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Match Events
0′ The match is about to start!

5′ Leno makes a timely clearance

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12′ Basham makes an important deffence

29′ Nketiah’s header too straight

37′ Aubameyang’s shot over the bar

38′ Yellow Card! Berge booked

44′ Aubameyang’s bycicle kick stopped

61′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheff Utd (Saka)

64′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 Sheff Utd (Pepe)

78′ McBurnie’s long shot parried by Leno

83′ GOAL! Arsenal 2-1 Sheff Utd (McGoldrick)

Line-ups
Arsenal XI: Willian, Luiz, Aubameyang, Leno, M.Elneny, Bellerin, Tierney, Ceballos, Gabriel, Nketiah, Saka

Subs: Lacazette, Xhaka, Runarsson, Pepe, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Willock

Sheff Utd XI: McGoldrick, Basham, Stevens, Baldock, Robinson, Egan, Lundstram, Osborn, Burke, Berge, Ramsdale

Subs: Sharp, Fleck, Norwood, W. Foderingham, M. Lowe, McBurnie, Ampadu


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Final score: Southampton 2-5 Tottenham

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SON HEUNG-MIN has given Tottenham a crucial win by banging in FOUR goals to see off Southampton.

Danny Ings gave the Saints the lead, but Son responded with a brilliant display as Harry Kane assisted every one of his goals.

And the England captain finally got on the scoresheet himself for the fifth, before Danny Ings grabbed a consolation with a controversial penalty.

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Match Events
0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

3′ OFFSIDE! Kane’s goal disallowed

10′ What a save from Lloris

15′ Handball early, Ings’ goal disallowed

27′ Lucas offside, Kane’s goal disallowed

32′ GOAL! Southampton 1-0 Tottenham (Ings)

44′ Yellow Card! Bertrand booked

47′ GOAL! Southampton 1-1 Tottenham (Son)

47′ GOAL! Southampton 1-2 Tottenham (Son)

64′ GOAL! Southampton 1-3 Tottenham (Son)

73′ GOAL! Southampton 1-4 Tottenham (Son)

82′ GOAL! Southampton 1-5 Tottenham (Kane)

90′ Penalty Goal! Southampton 2-5 Tottenham (Ings)

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Line-ups
Southampton XI: Bertrand, McCarthy, Romeu, Armstrong, Ings, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Bednarek, Adams, Walker-Peters, Djenepo

Subs: Shane Long, F. Forster, Vestergaard, Vokins, W. Smallbone, Obafemi, N. Tella

Tottenham XI: Lloris, Son, Lucas, Kane, Doherty, Hojbjerg, Ben Davies, Dier, Winks, Sanchez, Ndombele

Subs: Hart, Sissoko, Alderweireld, Lamela, Aurier, Bergwijn, Lo Celso


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Bale to be EPL’s top salary earner

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The Welsh striker appears destined for a return to Tottenham Hotspur with his departure set to alleviate the Spanish club’s annual financial outlay.


Following his 2013 101 million euro move to Real Madrid, during his time at the club, Gareth Bale has bagged some key goals for the Spanish side, left behind a legacy overshadowed by injuries and in recent years has fallen foul of the Bernabéu faithful with lacklustre performances. The club paid the player 30 million euro last season in salary and with the striker only featuring for 1.260 minutes, (27.5% of possible playing time) this equated to Bale being paid 23,800 euro per minute of match action.

Bale’s iconic goals in the famous white shirt are undoubtedly his 2014 Copa del Rey effort where he out-sprinted Bartra at Mestalla to bag the winner and his spectacular over-head effort in the Kiev Champions League final where Zidane’s men overcame Liverpool in the 2018 final. The Welsh international was named man of the match upon being interviewed post game, demanded more playing time for the club.

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Differences with Zizou
That night in May served to add to tension with French coach Zinedine Zidane with the relationship between both individuals overshadowed with tension which culminated with Bale poised to move to China in the summer of 2019 only for the LaLiga club to make an eleventh hour u-turn. Zidane’s feelings on the Cardiff born striker’s continuity at Real Madrid was epitomised in his famous “better that he leaves today rather than tomorrow” comment at a press conference.

Bale is now set to take a break from his life as a Real Madrid player despite his contract with the Spanish side not expiring until June 2022. In his time in the Spanish capital, the striker has bagged 105 goals in the white shirt, delivering 68 assists in 251 official matches. The Welsh international has secured four Champions League titles, two LaLiga winners medals along with success in one Copa del Rey final. Bale has also lifted three UEFA Super Cups, one Spanish Super Cupo and four FIFA Club World Cups.


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Final Score: Fulham 0-3 Arsenal

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Game is over and the final score is Fulham 0-3 Arsenal. Willian and Gabriel shone as Mikel Arteta’s side swept to three points away at Fulham.

2020/2021 Premier League
0-3
Lacazette (8′)
Gabriel (49′)
Aubameyang (57′)


Match Events


0′ The match is about to start!

0′ KICK-OFF! Who can win this match?

7′ Odoi’s shot stopped

8′ GOAL! Fulham 0-1 Arsenal (Lacazette)

18′ Odoi’s cross too high

21′ Elneny’s shot blocked

27′ Willian’s free-kick hits the post

37′ CLOSE! Aubameyang’s attempt stopped

46′ Kebano’s free-kick cleared off

47′ Aubameyang’s cross blocked

49′ GOAL! Fulham 0-2 Arsenal (Gabriel)

55′ Yellow Card! Bellerin booked

57′ GOAL! Fulham 0-3 Arsenal (Aubameyang)

67′ Leno denies Mitrovic’s effort

73′ CHACNE! Xhaka’s shot blocked

78′ Aubameyang’s good chance blocked by Hector

79′ Subs! Ceballos replaces Xhaka

83′ Bellerin’s cross blocked on the box

86′ Subs! Nketiah in, Lacazette out

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Line-ups


Fulham XI: D. Odoi, T. Cairney, T. Ream, N. Kebano, M. Hector, Ivan Cavaleiro, J. Bryan, J. Onomah, H. Reed, M. Rodák, A. Kamara

Subs: Le Marchand, Areola, Knockaert, C. Christie, B. De Cordova-Reid, Mitrovic, Anguissa

Arsenal XI: Willian, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Leno, Xhaka, M.Elneny, Bellerin, Maitland-Niles, Tierney, Holding, Gabriel

Subs: Kolasinac, Macey, Pepe, Ceballos, Willock, Nketiah, Saka.


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