Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekends action | Guardian sport

Lampard must hope young players can step up for Chelsea, promoted trio show they are up for the fight and Zaha finds home comfort at Selhurst Park 1) Howe keeping his options open Eddie Howe has a quality problem when it comes to goalkeepers. In the end it was the 21-year-old Aaron Ramsdale, who has been capped at youth level by England and shone in League One with AFC Wimbledon during the second half of last season, who got the nod ahead of Artur Boruc, Mark Travers and Asmir Begovic to make his Bournemouth debut against his former club, having left Sheffield United for around 800,000 on deadline day in January 2017. At the time Chris Wilder was six months …

Aubameyangs Arsenal winner gives Steve Bruce losing start at Newcastle

A deft second-half finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at St James Park A little bit of a boycott and an awful lot of rain ensured that Steve Bruces Newcastle United reign began in downbeat mode as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang emphasised his enduring importance to Arsenal by cutting through the gloom and registering an exquisitely incisive winner. If it hardly bodes well for Bruce that Unai Emerys supposedly vulnerable backline managed that real north Londoners collectors item, a clean sheet on the road, at least the sight of the watching Andy Carroll keeping his ponytail dry by wearing a baseball cap emblazoned with the word Icon hinted at the prospect of potentially better days ahead. Unfortunately …

Arsenal in line to seal double signing of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney

David Luiz looks to be on his way to Arsenal after not training with Chelsea on Wednesday and Unai Emery is further strengthening his defence with Celtics Kieran Tierney for 25m David Luiz could be on his way to Arsenal, with Chelsea believed to be open to letting him join their London rivals as Unai Emerys side are also set to seal the 25m signing of the Celtic defender Kieran Tierney on a busy transfer deadline day. David Luiz signed a new two-year deal in May, having come within weeks of becoming a free agent in what was an unusual step for Chelsea, who have a policy of not offering more than one-year deals to players over 30. Yet with …

Premier League 201920 preview No 1: Arsenal

The time for excuses is over. Emery must return Arsenal to the Champions League, and signing Pp would be timely Guardian writers predicted position: 6th (NB: this is not necessarily Nick Amess prediction but the average of our writers tips) Last seasons position: 5th Odds to win the league (via Oddschecker): 50-1 It was still possible to believe Laurent Koscielny when, among the standard new-signing platitudes, he described Arsenal as a reference for football. It was July 2010 and they had just finished third in the Premier League, 11 points shy of champions Chelsea, but the afterglow of Arsne Wengers best days had not quite faded and the most fiscally painful moments of the heave into Emirates Stadium appeared to …

Arsenal to offer zil and Kolasinac psychological support after robbery drama

Arsenal will offer Mesut zil and Sead Kolasinac psychological support if required after the players were attacked by two men wielding knives Arsenal will offer Mesut zil and Sead Kolasinac psychological support if required after the pair were Footage of the attack showed Kolasinac jumping out of zils 4×4 Mercedes G-Class to fight off the two men, standing his ground despite being threatened with a knife. The players are understood to have then been pursued by their attackers, who were riding mopeds apparently without registration plates and whose faces were hidden by helmets, as they drove on to a Turkish restaurant in nearby Golders Green where staff came to their assistance. Arsenal had been in close contact with the players …

Arsenals Sead Kolasinac fights off armed men trying to rob Mesut zils car

Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac fought off two men wielding knives after he and team-mate Mesut zil were attacked in north London on Thursday The Arsenal full-back Sead Kolasinac fought off two men wielding knives after he and his teammate Mesut zil were attacked in north London on Thursday. In a video of the incident, Kolasinac can be seen jumping out of a vehicle to confront the masked aggressors, who had pulled alongside the car on mopeds. In the footage, both men were seen brandishing knives at 26-year-old Kolasinac, who ran at them regardless. A witness, Azuka Alintah, told the Daily Mail that zil had subsequently spoken to police outside a nearby Turkish restaurant, from which staff had come to the …

Emery says Arsenal and Koscielny ‘need to speak’ as Martinelli scores on debut

Unai Emery has said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the captain refused to travel with the squad for their pre-season tour The Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, has said he is awaiting a decision on Laurent Koscielny after the Original Article : HERE ;

Chelseas waltzing wizard Eden Hazard hopes for one last dance

The Europa League final against Arsenal will likely be Eden Hazards farewell but he has always aimed to leave on a high Eden Hazards plan was always to go out on a high. That was clear even when times were toughest, a little over three years ago, as the incoming Chelsea head coach paid a visit to Cobham. Antonio Conte, still Italys national team manager, was not due to take up the reins at Stamford Bridge until after the summers European Championship, but planning for the role he would assume required reassurances from an ailing stellar player. Hazard was entrenched in the first prolonged slump in form of a seven-year senior career. He had endured 28 scoreless league appearances, stretching …

Arsne Wenger: All of us have competition. My toughest one was with myself

The former Arsenal manager tells Amy Lawrence he is enjoying life away from football but is still looking for the next big innovation When Arsne Wenger Sign up for the Fiver, our daily football email. The freedom to pause and look around and the variety of engagements he chooses have recharged him. Notably, though, most of it is still deeply connected to football. This week he played against Kylian Mbapp at a charity event for ill children in Paris (he is quick to note he won). The next day in London he announced his investment in a new sports data device, Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Petr Cech: ‘Abramovich didnt want to see me in an Arsenal shirt’

The keeper on being in a coma, not watching back his greatest moment and the prospect of facing Chelsea in his final game Petr Cech begins at the end. The hope is a playing career that has spanned two decades will extend for another fortnight, that Arsenal progress beyond Valencia and, in far-flung Baku, their veteran goalkeeper is 3-1 advantage from the first leg, but there would be something splendidly appropriate about Cech bringing down the curtain with a 15th winners medal after a collision with Chelsea at the Olympic stadium. After all, he had moved to Arsenal in 2015 intent upon guiding the club to European success, emulating in part what he had achieved over that glittering 11-season stint …

For 13 years Spurs have tried to be more like Arsenal. Its time to do the opposite | Barney Ronay

Arsenal used to be in a strikingly similar position to Tottenham now but Spurs dont want to follow their rivals path since 2006 The short interval since Tottenhams wild, fun, chancy away-goals losing to Barcelona in the final, an event Tottenham have a chance to replicate in six weeks time. The sense of good health was palpable but brittle. Arsenal had a star international striker linked intermittently with a move to Spain. Arsenal had a charismatic manager who was also hugely invested in the project, and were also operating under early stadium-enforced austerity. Arsenal had a visionary vice-chairman whose influence was felt in every detail. It was arguably the departure of David Dein, a year after the stadium move, that …

Aubameyang atones from spot to help Arsenal leapfrog Manchester United

Granit Xhaka and a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal a 2-0 win over Manchester United to go fourth in the Premier League After the the euphoria of Paris Manchester United tasted Premier League defeat for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjr. This topsy-turvy season continues to confound and, as the dust settled, the fight for third and fourth places in the top-flight table could not be more tantalisingly poised. Arsenal had been abject in the 3-1 defeat in France on Thursday in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 but they found a way to maintain their imposing form at the Emirates Stadium. It was not a vintage display but one in which they laboured for …