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Five Things We Learned From The First December Premier League Weekend

Manchester City won their sixth Premier League match on the spin to underline their status as firm favourites but Liverpool clung on to their coat-tails after a dramatic late win against Everton. Elsewhere on a Premier League weekend dominated by derbies, Arsenal beat Tottenham 4-2 and Chelsea overcame Claudio Ranieri’s Fulham 2-0. The top five are now eight points clear …

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Jordan Pickford Apologises For Howler Against Liverpool

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Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford apologised on Sunday to fans for his blunder that handed Liverpool a 1-0 victory in the Merseyside derby at Anfield but said he is mentally strong enough to bounce back. The England international misjudged a looping, miskicked shot from Virgil Van Dijk, appearing to push the ball upwards before it bounced on top of the bar …

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Watch: Pickford Howler Gifts Liverpool Last-Second Derby Win

It looked as though the Reds had lost some crucial ground to leaders Manchester City. The Merseyside derby had somehow approached its conclusion without a goal for either side. Xherdan Shaqiri threatened early on for Liverpool, while Everton’s best chance came via Andre Gomes, who was denied a goal by the duo of Alisson and Joe Gomez. The near-certainty of …

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Aubameyang Stars In Fiery Derby As Arsenal Fightback Stuns Spurs

Arsenal won an explosive north London derby as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace and Alexandre Lacazette’s crucial strike inspired a pulsating 4-2 win over bitter rivals Tottenham on Sunday. Unai Emery’s side extended their unbeaten run to 19 matches in all competitions after fighting back from 2-1 down in arguably the Premier League’s game of the season so far. Aubameyang’s penalty had …

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Watch: Dier Celebration Ignites Melee At North London Derby

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This is the derby atmosphere that we all know and love. Spurs and Arsenal are currently in action at the Emirates, and it’s 2-2 between the North London rivals. Arsenal took the early lead through a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang penalty after Jan Vertonghen handled the ball in the box. After a half hour, a Christian Eriksen free kick found Eric Dier …

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Mourinho Regrets Lack Of ‘Mad Dogs’ After United Draw

Jose Mourinho suggested after a third Premier League match without victory that his team had not had enough “mad dogs” on the field in their 2-2 draw with Southampton. To a neutral, it seemed that it was not rabid canines that were missing but intensity and desire at key times in the stalemate with a side who have yet to …

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Damning Stats Sum Up Man United’s Season Thus Far

It’s now December and Manchester United are outside the top six. After a solid October and early November that saw their only dropped points come against Chelsea in a draw, United have been dominated by derby rivals City and drew in depressing fashion at home against Crystal Palace. Even with that bright period, it’s been poor overall. Manchester United's last …

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Watch: Michael Obafemi Provides Assist In First Premier League Start

Relegation-threatened Southampton are in the lead against Manchester United, thanks in no small part to an Irish debutant. Some early chances were available in what is a must-win game for both sides at St. Mary’s. Romelu Lukaku has yet to score in the league since mid-September, and he really should have punished an early error from Saints keeper Alex McCarthy. …

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Sterling Sparkles As City Move Five Points Clear, Palace End Winless Run

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Manchester City moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League as Raheem Sterling inspired a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace clinched a crucial 2-0 victory over relegation rivals Burnley on Saturday. Pep Guardiola’s side racked up their sixth successive league win thanks to a second half surge after Bournemouth shocked the Etihad Stadium. City hold …

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Guardiola Admits FIFA Plan Will Change City’s Transfer Policy

Pep Guardiola says FIFA proposals designed to limit the number of players allowed to be loaned out to rival clubs will seriously alter Manchester City’s business model. City and Chelsea are among the Premier League teams who will be most seriously impacted by the proposals that, from 2020, clubs will only be allowed to have between six and eight players …

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Watch: Goalkeeper Howler Sends Leeds To Top Of The Championship

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A dreadful blunder by Sheffield United goalkeeper Dean Henderson helped Leeds to a 1-0 win on Saturday, their first at Bramall Lane since they won the old First Division title 26 years ago. Spanish veteran Pablo Hernandez slotted the ball into an empty net after Henderson had passed the ball to Leeds youngster Jack Clarke, to send Leeds to the …

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Pochettino Won’t Let Derby Affect Friendship With Emery

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is not going to let the north London derby clash on Sunday affect his friendship with Arsenal boss Unai Emery. The two old friends will meet for the first time in the Premier League with third-placed Spurs three points better off than the Gunners. Pochettino is especially touched by the memory of Emery, who at …

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Sanchez Faces Sideline Spell With “Aggressive Muscular Injury”

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Alexis Sanchez’s miserable spell at Manchester United took another turn for the worse on Friday with manager Jose Mourinho announcing he faces several weeks out with a hamstring injury. The 29-year-old Chilean forward, dropped from the squad for Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League win over Swiss outfit Young Boys, suffered the injury in training on Thursday. “It is an aggressive muscular …

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Mourinho On De Gea: “He Wants To Stay And I Want Him To Stay”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he is confident Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea will sign a new deal linking him long-term to Old Trafford. The 28-year-old de Gea’s long-term future at the club has been shrouded in uncertainty, although the club this week did activate an option to extend his current contract by a year, meaning he is …

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Arsenal And Chelsea Power On In Europa League

Londoners Chelsea and Arsenal both enjoyed high-scoring Europa League wins on Thursday as Glasgow giants Celtic and Rangers were left with work to do on the final matchday to qualify for the next stage. Unai Emery selected a youthful Arsenal to play in the Ukraine and they romped past Vorskla Poltava 3-0, guaranteeing top spot in Group E in a …

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