Huddersfield Town 1 West Ham 4: Arnautovic runs riot to secure Moyes’ 200th PL win Alex Fisher Last updated 1 year ago 00:51 1/14/18 Getty Images West Ham extended their unbeaten league run to four games with a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town, a win inspired by Marko Arnautovic. Marko Arnautovic created three and scored the other as West Ham lifted themselves away from the Premier League relegation zone with a 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town.For the third successive away game, Arnautovic found the back of the net for the Hammers, his latest strike coming 11 seconds into the second half at the John Smith’s Stadium.The Austria international created the opener for Mark Noble midway through the first half, only for Joe Lolley to level things up with his first league goal of the campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Huddersfield were not level for long, though, as Arnautovic stunned the home crowd with his sixth of the season, a powerful drive beyond Jonas Lossl.He then turned provider for Manuel Lanzini, his strike partner netting twice in five minutes to take the game away from their hosts.Victory lifts the Hammers into 11th place in the table, above Huddersfield, while also giving David Moyes his 200th Premier League victory.This guy pic.twitter.com/9JpXuRBuZJ— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) January 13, 2018Huddersfield had the better of a competitive start with attacking trio Rajiv van La Parra, Tom Ince and Lolley leading the charge.However, it was West Ham who broke the deadlock just before the half hour after a mistake by Lolley from Lossl’s short goal kick.Town’s attempts to play the ball out backfired dramatically as Arnautovic and Noble applied pressure, the pair dispossessing Lolley before the latter slotted home.Making such a mistake on his first home Premier League start could have easily affected the 25-year-old, but he responded in the perfect fashion by levelling things up before the break.A neat Huddersfield move on the right ended up at Lolley’s feet, he cut inside and was given plenty of time to curl a sumptuous shot out of Adrian’s reach.David Wagner’s hopes of Huddersfield maintaining momentum in the early stages of the second half were quickly extinguished by a sensational Arnautovic strike from the kick-off.A long ball from Angelo Ogbonna was flicked onto the Austrian by Cheikhou Kouyate, he lifted it over Tommy Smith and lashed beyond Lossl to restore West Ham’s lead.11 – 69% of Huddersfield’s home goals conceded in the Premier League this season have been against London clubs (11/16). Smoked. #HUDWHU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 13, 2018With the wind in their sails, West Ham pushed for a third and came within inches as Aaron Mooy cleared off the line after Lossl had failed to deal with an Aaron Cresswell corner.And there was no respite as Lanzini put the game to bed with two strikes in quick succession.His first came after a neat passing move that finished with Arnautovic slipping the Argentine in, Lanzini making no mistake from 15 yards.As the clock ticked past the hour he had his second, this time profiting from Arnautovic’s rapid counter attack to lift the ball beyond Lossl.The introduction of new signing Alex Pritchard gave Huddersfield renewed hope, but there was nothing the former Norwich City man could do as Moyes celebrated his milestone win. Key Opta stats: – This was David Moyes’ 200th win as a manager in the Premier League, becoming the fourth person to achieve this feat after Alex Ferguson (528), Arsene Wenger (468) and Harry Redknapp (236).- Huddersfield have conceded seven goals in their last two Premier League games, this after conceding six across their previous six.- Marko Arnautovic had a hand in three goals in a single Premier League game for the first time in his career (one goal, two assists).- No Huddersfield player has scored or assisted more Premier League goals than Aaron Mooy (6 – 4 goals, 2 assists).- Mark Noble has now scored (35) or assisted (27) 62 Premier League goals for West Ham – only Paolo Di Canio (78) has had a hand in more for the club. read more
Transfers Wales appoint Ryan Giggs as manager Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 21:09 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Transfers Wales The Dragons have announced the Manchester United legend will succeed Chris Coleman at the helm of the national team Ryan Giggs has been appointed as the new Wales manager, the Football Association of Wales has confirmed on social media.The former Manchester United winger made 64 appearances for the country between 1991 and 2007, but never managed to reach a major international tournament.Giggs succeeds Chris Coleman, who resigned in November and subsequently took over at Sunderland, having guided Wales to the last four of Euro 2016 – their first major finals appearance since 1958. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Coleman’s last competitive game ended in a 1-0 home defeat to the Republic of Ireland, which saw Wales fail to secure a play-off place in qualifying for the World Cup in Russia later this year.Having taken interim charge of United at the end of 2013-14 following David Moyes’ sacking, Giggs remained at Old Trafford as assistant to Louis van Gaal but departed when Jose Mourinho arrived ahead of the 2016-17 campaign.He has previously been linked with a number of managerial vacancies, including Swansea City, but on Monday the FAW confirmed him as their choice ahead of reported fellow interviewees Osian Roberts, Craig Bellamy and Mark Bowen.#CroesoGiggsy#TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/V5P8Q12Arb— Wales (@Cymru) January 15, 2018
Transfers Why Chelsea chose not to fight the Manchester clubs for Alexis Sanchez Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:17 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Transfers Chelsea Arsenal A. Sánchez Antonio Conte Premier League Manchester United Manchester City The Chile international has sparked a bidding war for his services, but the reigning Premier League champions refuse to spend big money on the forward With Alexis Sanchez hell-bent on leaving Arsenal during the January transfer window and Chelsea in desperate need of attacking reinforcements, one would expect the Blues to be all over the Chile international.Instead, they are nowhere to be seen – regardless of rumours to the contrary – as Manchester United are the strong favourites to sign the former Barcelona man, having leapfrogged Manchester City in the race for his signature.Antonio Conte previously tried to sign Alexis while at Juventus and has not hidden his admiration for the forward, but Chelsea have opted against pursuing the Arsenal ace due to the costs involved, with the 29-year-old’s wage demands well above what they are willing to spend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Alexis is believed to be demanding a whopping £350-400k a week, with Chelsea’s current highest earner in Eden Hazard on ‘just’ £200k – even if he is set for a raise.The Stamford Bridge outfit also recognise that they would have to part with a significant bonus for agent Fernando Felicevich and a hefty transfer fee for a player who is out of contract in six months.Chelsea might have outdone their rivals on the pitch in 2016-17 as they cruised to Premier League glory, but they are lagging behind the Manchester clubs in the transfer market.They made a £15.3 million profit for the year ending June 30, 2017, but that was largely down to a number of outgoing transfers. More significant, however, is the fact that their £361.3m turnover for last year was not even close to the £581m posted by United or City’s £473.4m.Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour is estimated to be four times as wealthy as Chelsea’s Roman Abramovich and Soccerex ranked City as the most financially powerful club in the world .Meanwhile, Manchester United’s business model sees them blow their rivals away in the commercial market, allowing them to spend big on the transfer market. They might not have an owner capable of huge cash injections, but they have more than doubled their commercial income since 2013 from £123m to an incredible £276m.Their commercial revenue means that even though Man Utd spend more on salaries than Chelsea, the amount of money they use on wages represents a mere 45 per cent of their total budget, compared to Chelsea’s 65 per cent.Chelsea are unable to compete for high-profile names unless they operate using a one-in, one-out approach. Alvaro Morata was brought in because Diego Costa was being sold, Tiemoue Bakayoko joined as Nemanja Matic left for United.Man City, meanwhile, spent big on players such as Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Ederson and Bernardo Silva without worrying too much about making money on outgoing transfers – with Kelechi Iheanacho their only sale over £20m.Elsewhere in Europe, Paris Saint-Germain lured Neymar away from Barcelona for €222m, while also committing to bringing in Kylian Mbappe for a reported €180m after his one-year loan spell.Chelsea are not the only club struggling to keep up with City and PSG as La Liga president Javier Tebas controversially accused the clubs of “financial doping”, while Bayern Munich have also conceded they cannot compete with such financial prowess. But whereas Bayern, United, Barcelona and Real Madrid have the advantage of legacy, with Financial Fair Play benefitting these traditional giants and their business models that are mature compared to the new challengers, Chelsea are in a different situation. They aim to increase commercial revenue and build a new 60,000 seater stadium, but they may have to be patient to reap the rewards. Therefore, Chelsea’s transfer policy is mainly seeing them sign players in their mid-to early 20s as re-sale value becomes increasingly important, a strategy also employed by Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco among others. Summer arrivals Morata, Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger as well as winter signing Ross Barkley all fit that bill. Sanchez not so much.Not only would he disrupt the club’s wage budget with key figures such as Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois already due for renewal talks, but he also does not fit their philosophy age-wise.Chelsea currently have a policy whereby they do not offer players over the age of 30 contracts that last longer than a year – Yossi Benayoun in 2010 was the last thirty-something to earn a longer deal. Alexis turns 30 this year and the Blues are not prepared to pay such high wages for an ageing player.United and City can still be challenged in the market by Chelsea, but they will have to pick their battles and focus on the players that fit their new philosophy.Sanchez is not the first player Chelsea will miss out on with this strategy and he will not be the last. That’s the new reality the club’s fans will have to get used to until their new stadium is ready.
Arsenal Man City pile fresh misery on Arsenal with record-breaking first-half Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:55 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League Manchester City Arsenal v Manchester City Arsène Wenger Leroy Sané The Gunners suffered a historic low in the Premier League on Thursday as they suffered a woeful start to their latest test against the leaders Manchester City inflicted Arsenal’s worst first-half performance of the Premier League era on the Gunners with a breathtaking display in a 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.Leroy Sane helped to set up two brilliant goals for Bernardo and David Silva and scored the third himself as the champions-elect ran riot over Arsenal again, four days after Sunday’s 3-0 Wembley win in the Carabao Cup final.Arsenal had never conceded three goals before half-time at home in the Premier League before, but they were perhaps fortunate to escape without further punishment, with Petr Cech denying Sergio Aguero his 200th City goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player 3 – Arsenal have conceded three goals in the first half of a Premier League home game for the first time ever. Overwhelmed. pic.twitter.com/BGR7ok0X7f— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 1, 2018Henrikh Mkhitaryan had urged Arsenal to “fight” for under-fire manager Arsene Wenger, but an awful defensive display will likely lead to fresh calls for the Frenchman to be replaced.The result was City’s biggest victory at Arsenal in any competition since a 4-0 win in November 1912. Furthermore, the match tied the record for Arsenal’s worst loss at home in the Premier League, with the Gunners also falling by three-goal margins to Coventry in 1993, Middlesbrough in 2001 and Chelsea twice in 2009.With seven defeats, Wenger’s men also have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League team.”Not a lot to talk about, it was a game with a team of top quality full of confidence, we are a bit low on confidence,” Wenger told Sky Sports . “First half was difficult for us after what happened on Sunday.”But they took advantage of our lack of confidence and I must say our team put a real physical effort in, technically as well. We are going through a difficult period, their quality made it difficult for us.”It’s tough but it’s explainable by the fact [of] what happened on Sunday, the consequences of the hype about our performance, it hits you. But I think the players put in huge effort today and unfortunately we had some weak defending.”Arsenal — now sitting in sixth place, 10 points out of the top four — travel to face Brighton on Sunday before facing AC Milan next Thursday at the San Siro in the first leg of a Europa League last-16 clash. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Manchester City Man City Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Everton Sam Lee Last updated 1 year ago 14:30 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Manchester City Premier League Raheem Sterling Guardiola Yaya Touré İ. Gündoğan Kevin De Bruyne Leroy Sané Sergio Agüero Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Goodison Park on Saturday evening Manchester City have come through the international break largely unscathed but Sergio Aguero could miss Saturday’s game at Everton.City’s game at Goodison Park kicks off a hectic period containing a Manchester derby sandwiched between two Champions League games with Liverpool.Should City beat Everton they will be able to clinch the title by beating Manchester United next weekend, and it seems Pep Guardiola will have plenty of players to choose from in the coming weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MAN CITY INJURIES Aguero missed Argentina’s two international friendlies as he recovers from a knee injury and Saturday’s game could come too soon.John Stones has a concussion, which he sustained in England’s game with Italy, and he will miss out.Fabian Delph has not played since February 19 and is doubtful for Saturday’s game. Delph sustained a knee injury against Liverpool in January, returned for the Champions League last-16 clash in Basel and the FA Cup game at Wigan, but was sent off at the DW Stadium, banned for three matches and then, having served his suspension, picked up another muscle injury, which has kept him out for the last six weeks.David Silva was granted compassionate leave by Spain over the international break but that was always planned, and as it stands he will be available for City’s decisive run of matches.Benjamin Mendy is back in training following his knee injury but he is not in contention to make a first-team return just yet.MAN CITY SUSPENSIONS City do not have any suspensions but Ashley Williams is banned for Everton.MAN CITY POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Guardiola will likely start Gabriel Jesus up front if Aguero misses out. The Argentine has upped his performances considerably over recent weeks and could be a key man against Liverpool and United. Jesus started City’s last game in Aguero’s injury enforced absence, and he also scored for Brazil against Germany in midweek.Should Delph not feature at left-back Danilo could be selected ahead of Oleksandar Zinchenko.Vincent Kompany was substitued at half-time of Belgium’s game against Saudi Arabia but it the decision is not believed to have been taken as a result of any injury. Should the captain be fit, he is likely to partner Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back following his fine form for City in recent matches.EVERTON TEAM NEWS The Toffees have a number of injuries to contend with, as well as Williams’ suspension.Gylfi Sigurdsson could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, while James McCarthy is out with a broken leg.Mason Holgate left the England U21 camp last week to undergo minor surgery on an ankle injury, and Eliaquim Mangala is both injured and ineligible, given he is on loan from City.Idrissa Gueye will be assessed before the game, having struggled with a muscle injury recently. Tom Davies sustained a head injury on March 17 but is thought to be ready to return. OPTA MATCH FACTS Everton have won six of their last nine home games against Man City in all competitions (D1 L2), winning 4-0 last season under Ronald Koeman. Man City are winless in their last four Premier League matches against the Toffees (D3 L1), last going five league games without a win against them in December 1989 (a run of eight). The Toffees haven’t won three consecutive Premier League games since January 2017. Everton have only won three of their 38 Premier League games against sides starting the day top of the table (D8 L27), with two of those sides going on to win the title anyway (Chelsea in 2009-10 and Man City in 2011-12). Man City could become only the third team to beat all other teams in a single Premier League season, after Chelsea in 2005-06 and Manchester United in 2010-11. Pep Guardiola is currently on 49 Premier League wins from his 68 games in the competition. If he wins here, he’ll be the second quickest manager to reach 50 wins in the Premier League, after Jose Mourinho (63 games). Guardiola has faced Everton more often without winning than any other opponent as a manager (three games).TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Kick off is 17:30 GMT (12:00 ET) on Saturday March 31, and will be shown on BT Sport in the United Kingdom. It will be shown on NBC in the United States, and on various channels around the world. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
WTF ‘He would even buy games for us!’ – Boksic pays tribute to disgraced ex-Marseille chief Tapie Goal Last updated 1 year ago 01:01 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty WTF Olympique Marseille Ligue 1 The president saw his club embroiled in a serious match-fixing scandal, but the forward has fond memories of his time at Stade Velodrome Alen Boksic has paid bizarre tribute to ex-Marseille president Bernard Tapie, crediting him for buying games on behalf of the Ligue 1 club and making their players rich. Boksic was just 22 when he joined the southern French club in 1992, and in his first season lifted the European Cup before going on to star for the likes of Lazio and Juventus. Marseille’s triumph, however, was later tainted by charges of match-fixing that saw the club relegated to the second tier and stripped of their 1992-93 Ligue 1 title, while Tapie was sent to jail. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But according to the Croatia legend, a footballer could not ask for a better employer than the disgraced former l’OM chief. “Recently I went to Marseille for the 25th anniversary of winning the European Cup. We were a great team and had the best president!” he told Croatian TV show “Vecernji pressing.””He bought a game for us and then we even got a bonus for that victory! And in the end he got punished (in jail, suspended from football) and us players profited!”As I arrived to Marseille, I was young and ready, and I played with Rudi Voller, who was older and didn’t have to prove himself any more, so he was not selfish and allowed me to score as much as I can. That helped me a lot.”Boksic never represented Croatia at a World Cup, missing the chance to shine in 1998 through a knee injury he described as “torture”. He is now looking forward to seeing the likes of Ivan Rakitic star in Russia, although he is concerned that Croatia’s indiscipline could ruin their chances. “Rakitic has surprised me a lot, even training him in national team, I never believed he could reach the level he has reached,” he added. “Croatia have great players but they need to be more disciplined. They don’t have a leader to push them when things are not working as they should.”Boksic added that Croatia could use a player like Sergio Ramos, who has been known to straddle the line between legal and illegal maneuvers. “Take the Champions League final for example,” Boksic said. “It was decided by [Mohamed] Salah’s injury. Sergio Ramos knew what he had to do and he never even got a yellow card!”His move in the final was just as valuable as Bale’s scissor-kick goal. And without those kinds of players you can not build a champion team!”
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