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Mesut Ozil joined by Man City stars in Premier League team of the weekend

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:20:00 PST

Kevin De Bruyne and Mesut Ozil were both among the goals in the Premier League on Saturday, but who scored the goal of the day? Pep Guardiola revels in Kevin De Bruyne's instrumental role in Manchester City's dominant win over Tottenham. After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully selects 11 star performers along with a manager. Do you agree or disagree? You can have your say on those picked or overlooked in the comments section at the foot of the article or on Twitter using the hashtag #ESPNFCTOTW. ESPN FC's Premier League Team of the Weekend. Goalkeeper: We kick off with a familiar face. Manchester City No. 1 Ederson was selected last week, and following another impressive showing in...

Mesut Ozil, Ainsley Maitland-Niles catch the eye in win over Newcastle

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:18:00 PST

Mesut Ozil's volley earns Arsenal three points to put them back into the top four. English Premier League: Mesut Ozil (23') Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle Craig Burley joins SportsCenter to recap the key storylines from Saturday's Premier League action, with Arsenal and Chelsea recording narrow wins. Arsene Wenger challenges Mesut Ozil to take more risks, and gives a classic response when asked about the German's contract situation at Arsenal. Arsene Wenger says it's great to see Jack Wilshere maintaining his high standards in midfield for Arsenal. Arsenal narrowly edged out Newcastle to end a run of three Premier League games without a win. A stunning Mesut Ozil volley was enough for the Gunners to claim the three points, although a late rally from Rafa Benitez's men certainly had the home fans worried. Arsenal Newcastle United 1 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Ozil once again produced a performance of quality and commitment. It's curious: As his contract is winding down, he looks to be playing with more determination than ever before. Perhaps he's looking to attract potential suitors...

Ozil's wonder goal gets Arsenal back on track, as Newcastle's winless run hits nine

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:12:00 PST

Mesut Ozil's volley earns Arsenal three points to put them back into the top four. English Premier League: Mesut Ozil (23') Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle Craig Burley joins SportsCenter to recap the key storylines from Saturday's Premier League action, with Arsenal and Chelsea recording narrow wins. LONDON -- Three thoughts from the Emirates on Arsenal's 1-0 over Newcastle in the Premier League. 1. Arsenal win but make it difficult on themselves If someone one day writes a book about the latter years of Arsene Wenger's tenure at Arsenal, they might want to call it "They Don't Make It Easy For Themselves." Arsenal claimed a 1-0 win against a game but limited Newcastle side at the Emirates, but the closing moments were much more tense than they should have been. Mesut Ozil's brilliant...

Wilshere, Cech and Ramsey star as Arsenal celebrate Xmas Jumper Day

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:28:00 PST

The puns were out in force as Arsenal celebrated Christmas Jumper Day on Friday, both to spread a little festive cheer and, more importantly, help raise money for Save the Children. Several Gunners stars donned their finest seasonal knitwear for the occasion, each complete with a jumper-related pun on the back. Jack Wilshere and Arsenal teammates don Christmas jumpers as midfielder sweats over Gunners future https://t.co/Qviik188Wm pic.twitter.com/jrGMOy9S2F— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) December 14, 2017 Jack Wilshere became "Jack Woolshere" while Petr Cech became "Sweater Cech" and Aaron Ramsey was re-dubbed "Aaron Lambsey" -- you get the idea. Arsenal have been heavily involved with the...

Man United eye Chelsea's Willian, expecting winter Mkhitaryan bids

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:55:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Willian to Manchester United? It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Jose Mourinho has asked his scouts to find him a "magician" in January and Chelsea's wing wizard Willian has emerged as the leading target, according to the Daily Mail. The Brazilian was in fine form in the Blues' victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday but...

Not good enough at present, Arsenal desperately need a jolt from January window

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 09:50:00 PST

With Arsenal trailing Manchester City by 18 points, the FC crew examine the reasons behind their inconsistency this season. Arsene Wenger cited the quick turnaround from Sunday's match as a possible influence in Arsenal's scoreless deadlock with West Ham. It is an affliction of modern life that it is becoming impossible to properly concentrate on anything anymore. With a washed-out blue glow emanating from the smartphone which is permanently attached to your palm, there is a ready-made distraction device always at hand, luring your attention away from whatever else it is you are supposed to be doing. When watching Arsenal play away in the Premier League, the condition is even more acute. There were spells during the 0-0 draw away at West Ham on...

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil could be answer to Man United's No. 10 woes

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:20:00 PST

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop delves into the latest transfer rumours surrounding Luke Shaw, Mesut Ozil, Danny Rose and many more. Arsene Wenger has no fears that rumours linking Mesut Ozil to Man United will have any impact on the German's performances. That Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho likes Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is not in dispute. He has said as much: calling his former playmaker at Real Madrid "the best No. 10 in the world" in 2013. But Mourinho's admiration is likely to be growing with each passing day he stands on the sidelines at Manchester United's Carrington training base. He already has two natural No. 10s in his squad, yet Henrikh Mkhitaryan's form has been so dismal that he has not even made the bench in seven of United's...

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City or Arsenal's 'Invincibles' of 2003-04?

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:56:00 PST

The FC panel discuss the positive impact Pep Guardiola has had on English football and whether or not his City side can finish the season unbeaten. ESPN FC's Mark Ogden and Man City correspondent Jonathan Smith assess City's chances of finishing the Premier League season unbeaten. Manchester City have broken Arsenal's 14-game record for consecutive Premier League victories (held since 2002) with a rousing 4-0 win over a severely outclassed Swansea team and can now set their sights on equalling the Gunners' achievement of going a whole season unbeaten. It was Man City's fifth win of the season by four or more goals and means Pep Guardiola now holds the record for longest managerial win streaks in the Premier League (15), La Liga (16) and Bundesliga (19), with his City team...

Sanchez struggles as uninspired Arsenal drop more points

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:29:00 PST

Arsenal have not secured a win in the Premier League so far in December as they drop two points to David Moyes' West Ham. With Arsenal trailing Manchester City by 18 points, the FC crew examine the reasons behind their inconsistency this season. It's three games without a win in the Premier League for Arsenal after a frustrating 0-0 draw at West Ham. Alex Iwobi hit the post in the first half and Jack Wilshere, back in the starting XI as one of Arsene Wenger's four changes that also saw a switch to a back four, missed the biggest chance of the second when he fired horribly off target. After a home defeat to Manchester United and a draw at Southampton, this stalemate in East London leaves Arsenal languishing in seventh place, behind Burnley....

West Ham spoilers again under David Moyes, frustrating Arsenal in draw

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 02:21:00 PST

LONDON -- Three quick thoughts from the London Stadium after West Ham held Arsenal to a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Wednesday: 1. West Ham spoilers again as Gunners frustrated Arsenal were held to another frustrating away draw that dented their top-four aspirations even further, as David Moyes' West Ham claimed another impressive result against a top team. Arsene Wenger's decision to ring the changes both in terms of personnel and formation backfired as the Gunners struggled to create...

Arsene Wenger must sort Arsenal travel sickness to kickstart campaign

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 03:21:00 PST

Arsene Wenger looks ahead to Arsenal's trip to West Ham. Arsenal have problems on the road in the Premier League, so after dropping two points to Southampton at St Mary's on Sunday, Arsene Wenger will be keen for his team to make up for that when they face West Ham away on Wednesday night. This season the Gunners have won just twice on their travels, drawn a couple, and lost four times with a goal difference of minus four. It's a problem that doesn't just apply to this campaign. In the calendar year of 2017 they've lost half of their games away from the...

Aaron Ramsey injury allows Arsene Wenger to reconfigure Arsenal

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:07:00 PST

Following Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Southampton, the ESPN FC guys question how much the squad trust in Arsene Wenger. With Arsenal learning their fate for the UEL round of 32, Craig Burley and Ross Dyer predict how they'll approach Ostersunds. Ross Dyer and Craig Burley battle it out in predictor ahead of a midweek slate of Premier League fixtures on matchday 17. An injury to a fist-team player is never good news. Arsenal were disappointed to drop two points at Southampton on Sunday, and the loss of Aaron Ramsey to a hamstring problem merely compounded their misery. However, while the Wales international will undoubtedly be missed, manager Arsene Wenger must seize upon the opportunity to reshuffle his first team. Arsenal face another away trip midweek, and the current set-up simply isn't working on the road. Only the Manchester clubs have a better home...

Arsenal preparing one final offer in effort to keep Ozil in North London

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:10:00 PST

With the calendar soon turning over to the new year, the gossip ahead of the January transfer window is heating up. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest rumours. Gunners to make final Ozil offer It's now or never as far as Arsenal's hopes of keeping Mesut Ozil are concerned, says the Mirror, which reports that the Gunners will make one more attempt to persuade him to sign a new deal. Ozil, out of contract in the summer, has been linked with both Manchester United and Barcelona. Talks...

Ostersunds mock Wenger coat woes after Europa League draw

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:47:00 PST

In the wake of the draw for the Europa League Round of 32, Arsenal took the time to get in touch with their next opponents, Ostersunds, via social media. Indeed, the Gunners gave Ostersunds a prod on Twitter after the draw was conducted, informing the Swedish minnows, perhaps a little ominously, that they would "see them soon." See you at Jamtkraft Arena in february! Please make sure that Wenger has fixed his jacket before traveling, it's going to be cold in Ostersund ;) #vigerossaldrig pic.twitter.com/nHxPcZqLeh— Östersunds FK (@ofk_1996) December 11, 2017 However, Ostersunds, whose manger Graham Potter is the only English coach left in European competition this season, proved their mettle by snapping back at the Premier League...

Arsenal's Europa League opponents Ostersunds: Five key facts

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:29:00 PST

With Arsenal learning their fate for the UEL round of 32, Craig Burley and Ross Dyer predict how they'll approach Ostersunds. Following Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Southampton, the ESPN FC guys question how much the squad trust in Arsene Wenger. Swedish club Ostersunds BK will face the biggest game in their history after being drawn against Arsenal in the Europa League's round of 32 on Monday. Few football fans in Europe had even heard of the club before their first-ever European campaign this year, but here are five things to know about Ostersund: Only existed since Wenger became manager For Arsenal, it can be hard to remember life before Arsene Wenger became manager. For Ostersund, it's actually impossible. Ostersunds Fotbollsklubb...

Petr Cech shines amid dreadful day for Arsenal in 1-1 draw at Southampton

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:11:00 PST

Olivier Giroud's 88th-minute equalizer canceled out Charlie Austin's opener to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Southampton. After Arsenal's slow start against Southampton, Janusz Michallik re-opens the discussion regarding their poor concentration levels. Following Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Southampton, the ESPN FC guys question how much the squad trust in Arsene Wenger. Olivier Giroud's 88th-minute equalizer canceled out Charlie Austin's opener to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Southampton. After last week's defensive disaster against Manchester United, Arsenal were lucky Southampton didn't make more of a similarly disastrous opening period for them, as the Gunners grabbed a late goal to salvage a point at St Mary's. Sloppiness and poor defending allowed Charlie Austin to open the scoring in the third minute, and but for Petr Cech and some wastefulness on the part of the home side, Arsenal could have found themselves further behind. It set the tone for what was an insipid Arsenal performance,...

Olivier Giroud rescues Arsenal at Southampton but flaws exposed again

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 06:15:00 PST

After Arsenal's slow start against Southampton, Janusz Michallik re-opens the discussion regarding their poor concentration levels. Following Arsenal's 1-1 draw at Southampton, the ESPN FC guys question how much the squad trust in Arsene Wenger. Olivier Giroud's 88th-minute equalizer canceled out Charlie Austin's opener to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Olivier Giroud's 88th-minute equalizer canceled out Charlie Austin's opener to earn Arsenal a 1-1 draw at Southampton. SOUTHAMPTON, England -- Three points from Arsenal's late rescue of a point against Southampton at St Mary's 1. Giroud salvages last-gasp draw for Arsenal Olivier Giroud hauled Arsenal out of jail at St Mary's to give Arsene Wenger's men a point that, for long periods, did not look likely. They had laboured in response to Charlie Austin's third-minute goal, barely creating a chance in the second half and being fortunate not to fall further behind. But Giroud's towering header three minutes from time,...

Has Wilshere convinced Wenger he should start against Southampton?

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 10:15:00 PST

Jack Wilshere reflects on breaking his goal drought with Arsenal and how he can build off of it for the rest of the season. With the likes of Giroud, Walcott and Wilshere fighting for spots in Arsenal's lineup, Arsene Wenger lauds his squad players' spirits. Arsenal could barely have wished for an easier Europa League campaign. Qualified with two games to spare, top of the group with one in hand and finishing things off in considerable style thanks to a 6-0 drubbing of BATE Borisov on Thursday night. All conducted with the minimum of fuss and without recourse to Arsene Wenger's biggest names. The only problem is that it may have been too easy. As an exercise in giving first-team football to young talents and fringe players, it has been an unparalleled...

Arsenal's Wilshere, Walcott and Debuchy turn back the clock vs. BATE

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 02:51:00 PST

Jack Wilshere ended his two-and-a-half year goal drought as Arsenal thrashed BATE 6-0 in front of the lowest-ever crowd at the Emirates. Jack Wilshere ended his two-and-a-half year goal drought as Arsenal thrashed BATE 6-0 in front of the lowest-ever crowd at the Emirates. Jack Wilshere reflects on breaking his goal drought with Arsenal and how he can build off of it for the rest of the season. With the likes of Giroud, Walcott and Wilshere fighting for spots in Arsenal's lineup, Arsene Wenger lauds his squad players' spirits. Arsenal's second string hammered a woeful BATE Borisov 6-0 to round off the Europa League group stage in style. There were five different scorers for the Gunners on the night, with Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere, Olivier Giroud and Mohamed Elneny all adding to a cracker of an own goal from Denis Polyakov. An undersized Arsenal crowd enjoyed a good show as Arsenal cruised comfortably into the knockout phase.  Arsenal BATE Borisov 6 0 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » Highlights GameCast Lineups and Stats Positives Those Arsenal fans that bothered to show up were treated...

Premier League Christmas fixtures: Festive predictions for 'big six'

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 03:30:00 PST

Alison Bender previews the Manchester derby as Manchester United prepare to host Manchester City at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho takes a dig at Manchester City injury 'stories'. Former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell feels Arsenal need to spend big on a few defensive players to keep up with the Premier League's best. Arsene Wenger insists there were no mind games that Alexandre Lacazette might not feature versus Man United last weekend. The Premier League's Christmas fixture period is always a pivotal time in the season, and with the division's "big six" clubs battling for just four Champions League places this year's festive period is set to be crucial. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all have seven league matches to play between this weekend and 2018's first round of games, after which the FA Cup third round will provide a brief respite. ESPN FC's club correspondents take...


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