English Premier League

Europa League position gives Wenger opportunity to test youth

Arsene Wenger says winning Europa League is not how Arsenal want to qualify for next season’s Champions League. Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side and navigating the weather conditions in their comprehensive victory. Arsene Wenger hasn’t ruled out Aaron Ramsey for the Carabao Cup final and remains hopeful the midfielder will be available against Man City. Arsenal take on Östersunds FK at the Emirates on Thursday from a strong position. They won the first Europa League leg in Sweden 3-0 and it means that Arsene Wenger can rotate his squad with Sunday’s Carabao Cup final in mind. While still taking the game seriously to avoid what he calls a “bad surprise,” he will want to keep his key players fresh. That...

Paul Pogba left out by Manchester United for Sevilla clash – sources

The Exploding Heads provide unique cases for both Sevilla and Man United as to why each will advance in the Champions League. The ESPN FC crew delve into the complexities of Sevilla vs. Manchester United, including how Paul Pogba will play if he features for Jose Mourinho’s side. Check out the key stats and big stories before Sevilla and Manchester United square off in the last 16 of the Champions League. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho discusses the issues he’s facing in choosing his starting XI for the Champions League. Paul Pogba is set to be left out of the Manchester United team to play Sevilla, sources have told ESPN FC. The Frenchman missed the win over Huddersfield on Saturday because of illness. But after returning to training on Sunday, the midfielder travelle...

Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson set to return from injury vs. Brighton

Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson missed the fifth-round FA Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday. Alfie Mawson is set to make his return from a knee injury in Swansea City’s Premier League game at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, the club have announced. Mawson could give Swansea a boost in their relegation battle as they and Brighton are separated by one point in the table. The 24-year-old pulled out of the fifth-round FA Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday just before kickoff because of the injury. Swansea said that Mawson saw a specialist and underwent an MRI scan on the knee and is set to return to training this week. England manager Gareth Southgate was at Hillsborough for the FA Cup tie, a goalless draw, with 24-year-old Mawson understood to be the subject of his scouting mis...

Liverpool know treble’s elusiveness and can use it against Manchester City

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his League One team didn’t even look at the draw for FA Cup quarter-final before knocking out Premier League leaders Manchester City. Wigan’s shocking 1-0 FA Cup win over Manchester City ensured Pep Guardiola’s team cannot secure a clean sweep of trophies. In the often petty world of football fandom this was good news for rivals Manchester United and Liverpool, who despite their own unrivalled success had never achieved that either. The best any English club has won is three trophies in a season: United in 1998-99; Liverpool in 1983-84 and 2000-01. It demonstrated once again that talent alone isn’t enough. Few fans around at the time who watched Joe Fagan’s team win everything but the FA Cup — thanks to a defeat at S...

Juan Mata: Man United target Champions League after Premier League failure

From Juan Mata’s VAR encounter to the emergence of kid pitch invaders, the Exploding Heads get you caught up with the latest happenings in FA Cup in 90 seconds. The ESPN FC crew delve into the complexities of Sevilla vs. Manchester United, including how Paul Pogba will play if he features for Jose Mourinho’s side. Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata said it would be a “big blow” for his team to be knocked out of the Champions League considering their big deficit in the Premier League. United are second in the domestic standings but 16 points adrift of leaders Manchester City after 27 games played. They will face Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Wednesday, with the return leg on March 13. “If we had less of a gap with respect to the Premier League l...

Arsenal need to rest starters for Sunday, play the kids vs. Ostersunds

With the Carabao Cup final set for Sunday, Arsene Wenger must be smart and rest his starters Thursday vs Ostersunds. Arsenal have two cup games on the agenda this week, although you wouldn’t know it if you were going on the conversation among Gunners supporters. The fixture against Ostersunds is passing almost without mention, as eyes and tongues understandably focus on Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. It’s clear where the fans’ focus is, and Arsene Wenger should follow suit. With just a few days between the two games, there is no need to risk the first team in the Europa League. This is the definition of a meaningless contest. Arsenal got the job done in the first leg, coming through with a comfortable 3-0 win. The Gunners deserve considerable cr...

Nicol: Chelsea won’t make top four

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Former Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri set for Palace – sources

As the fight to avoid relegation wages on, Paul Mariner and Ross Dyer take a look at the bottom half of the Premier League after week 27. Crystal Palace are poised to sign former Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on a free transfer, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC. Palace boss Roy Hodgson is looking to add to his goalkeeping options after losing Julian Speroni for a couple of months because of a knee injury. Hodgson is looking to add cover for No. 1 keeper Wayne Hennessey as he does not want to leave his side short for the last 11 games of the season and he has been scouring the free agent market for a suitable player. Former Brazil international Cavalieri is a free agent after cancelling his contract with Fluminense at the end of last year. The 35-year-old has spent the las...

Gueye: New contract is good for me and Everton

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RB Leipzig on the trail of Tottenham youngster Reo Griffiths – sources

League One bottom-feeders Rochdale stunned Tottenham with a 93rd-minute equaliser to force a fifth round FA Cup replay at Wembley. ESPN FC’s Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest transfer rumours surrounding the likes of Paul Pogba, Willian, Dele Alli and more in Transfer Rater. Max Allegri highlights the lessons Juventus learned from their Champions League draw with Tottenham as keys to their Turin derby win over rivals Torino. Tottenham youngster Reo Griffiths has emerged as a target for big-spending RB Leipzig sources have told ESPN FC. Griffiths, who is regarded as the new Harry Kane at Tottenham, enhanced his growing reputation with a hat trick in Tottenham’s Premier League Youth Cup semifinal win over North London rivals Arsenal at the weekend. The 17-year-old, who has scor...

Arsenal need of new blood and summer could bring major changes

Arsene Wenger credits Arsenal for taking the game to a ‘nervous’ Ostersunds side in their comprehensive victory. Though there’s plenty of this season left to run and Arsenal still have the chance to procure silverware from two competitions (Carabao Cup and Europa League), the summer of 2018 is bound to be in the planning stages at this point. It remains to be seen if Arsene Wenger will be the man in charge of the team. Success — or indeed lack of it — could see him depart with 12 months of his contract remaining, although he last week signalled his intention to see out the duration of his deal. January saw the Gunners do some serious business to revamp their attacking lineup. Out went Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, replaced by Pierre-Emerick ...

Transfer Rater: Chelsea-City swap deal for Aguero?

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