Month: December 2019

  • Walcott to Barcelona? Arsenal winger shock January target for Catalan giants – reports

    first_img Arsenal forward Theo Walcott Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is a shock target for Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.The England international has been in brilliant form this season and has scored four times for the Gunners already.Walcott is currently sidelined for the Gunners after suffering a calf injury in the League Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, but, according to Mundo Deportivo, the flyer’s prior performances have attracted the interest of the Spanish champions.Barca are on the hunt for a rapid winger when their transfer bid is lifted in the January transfer window after Brazilian star Rafina was ruled out for the rest of the season.And the Catalan club have reportedly set their sights on a move for 26-year-old Walcott as his replacement.Arsenal, though, have no plans to part with Walcott – who only signed a new deal with the club in July – and are expected to reject any forthcoming approaches for the versatile attacker. 1last_img read more

  • ‘Luckily Peter Lim didn’t buy LFC!’ Reaction to astonishing appointment of Neville at Valencia

    first_imgGary Neville is the new Valencia head coach.Yes, the former Man United defender has left his role as a telly analyst to move to the Spanish club where brother Phil has been coaching.Valencia owner Peter Lim, who was in the running to buy Liverpool in 2010, has a stake in non-league Salford City, as does Neville.Man United fans are hoping his appointment means a future at Old Trafford beckons, though there was varied reaction as you can see here. The Mestalla Stadium in Valencia where Gary Neville will be barking orders on the sideline 1last_img read more

  • Stoke midfielder Steve Sidwell joins Brighton on loan

    first_img Stoke midfielder Steve Sidwell 1 Steve Sidwell has left Stoke to join Brighton on loan for the rest of the season.The 33-year-old midfielder completed the switch on Monday and returns to Albion, where he had a two-month loan spell in the Championship in 2002/03.Manager Chris Hughton told the club’s official site: “Steve is an experienced player who has played virtually his entire career in the Premier League. He knows this club, as well as a few of the squad and will supplement our existing midfield options.“Beram Kayal, Dale Stephens, Andrew Crofts and others have been excellent in midfield for us this season, but we also need to make sure we have good options in every position of the team, and options which will be enough for us through until the end of the season.“Steve brings that, and in addition, he is another experienced head; he is a player who’s proven at the very top level of English football. Brighton fans will know Steve is also a great athlete and top professional, so I’m absolutely delighted he has decided to join us.”Ex-Fulham and Chelsea midfielder Sidwell scored five goals in 12 games during his previous loan at Brighton and has been at Stoke since 2014 but has played just 20 times.last_img read more

  • Arsenal hero argues with Gunners fans about Monreal ‘foul’ for Vardy pen

    first_img Jamie Vardy scores against Arsenal for Leicester City 1 Leicester City took the lead in their crunch game away to Arsenal thanks to a Jamie Vardy penalty.The English striker scored his 19th Premier League goal of the season, after the Foxes were awarded a penalty for a Monreal foul on Vardy.Meanwhile, on Twitter, former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon was left debating the merit of Leicester’s spot-kick after he tweeted that there was “no doubt” it was a penalty.Take a look at the discussion and share your thoughts on the subject by leaving a comment below.last_img read more

  • West Ham set to welcome back key duo for Sunderland clash

    first_img Winston Reid [right] in action for West Ham 1 West Ham are set to receive a double injury boost for Saturday’s clash with Sunderland as both Andy Carroll and Winston Reid should return to the squad.Carroll sustained a groin injury while warming up ahead of the game at Norwich earlier this month but still came off the bench in the 62nd minute as West Ham secured a 2-2 draw.But he missed last weekend’s FA Cup trip to Blackburn and manager Slaven Bilic said he expected the striker to be out for a couple of weeks.However, the club’s co-chairman David Gold took to Twitter on Wednesday to reveal that Carroll, as well as centre-back Reid, should be fit enough to face Sunderland – and former boss Sam Allardyce – at the weekend.Reid was forced off after 65 minutes of West Ham’s FA Cup tie with Liverpool on February 9 with a hamstring strain that looked set to keep him out for at least a month – but he is also ahead of schedule in his recovery.Gold posted: “Andy Carroll and Winston Reid should both be available for the Sunderland game. Dg”last_img read more

  • Hart defeats Canyon with last-second field goal

    first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY — The Hart Indians defeated the Canyon Cowboys on a last-second field goal tonight, ending a four-game losing streak to its crosstown rival. William S. Hart’s Johnny McArthur kicked a 43-yard field goal with one second left in the game on a rain-soaked field at Canyon High School. McArthur’s field goal gave Hart a 31-28 win in the Foothill League opener for both teams.last_img read more

  • Derby 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday: Late Darren Bent strike secures point for Rams

    first_img Darren Bent scored the equalising goal for Derby 1 Sheffield Wednesday’s hopes of establishing themselves in the play-offs were dashed as substitute Darren Bent netted a late equaliser to earn Derby a 1-1 draw from pulsating clash at the iPro Stadium.A superb Barry Bannan strike put Wednesday ahead in the second half but Bent scored with his first touch eight minutes from time to celebrate only his second league goal of the season.Derby had already secured their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs but it was a significant day for Will Hughes, who made his first start since injuring a knee on the opening day of the season in place of George Thorne who was ill.Wednesday still had work to do to guarantee a top-six finish and they came close to falling behind in the fifth minute when Craig Bryson’s persistence got the ball to Chris Martin but his low shot from 18 yards was held by Keiren Westwood.As the Wednesday fans sang “we’re on our way back,” Kieran Lee made a strong run at Derby’s defence and almost set up Gary Hooper in the 10th minute before Jacob Butterfield forced Westwood into another save.Hughes made a crucial tackle to halt Hooper on the edge of the box but the midfielder was booked in the 19th minute when he barged over Fernando Forestieri out on the left touchline.Wednesday were having a good spell and they went close in the 21st minute when Bannan’s deflected shot was saved by Scott Carson and Jason Shackell beat Hooper to the rebound.In an open game, Derby had the next chance when Bryson finished a classy passing move with a 20-yard shot that Westwood tipped over in the 29th minute.There was a three-minute delay after a clash of heads between Marcus Olsson and Forestieri but both were able to continue and when play resumed, Butterfield’s delightful pass found Johnny Russell in the area but he lost his footing.An entertaining half ended with Tom Ince curling a 25-yard free-kick just over and the second started with Carson clawing behind a Forestieri shot in the 49th minute.It was a great save and Westwood matched it twice in the space of two minutes by turning behind a Bryson strike in the 55th minute before he denied Russell with his legs.But Bannan produced an unstoppable effort in the 68th minute when he beat Carson from 20 yards with a shot that went in off the underside of the bar after a clever back-heel by Hooper.Forestieri clipped the top of the bar with a free-kick but Derby equalised in the 82nd minute when Russell crossed for Bent to head in at the back post a minute after coming on.Derby could have won it through another substitute, Nick Blackman, but he failed to convert at the back post with Wednesday looking in vain for offside and the game ended with Daniel Pudil becoming the ninth booking in a game that was competitive but never dirty.last_img read more

  • Huge boost for Man City as key man declares himself fit for Real Madrid clash

    first_imgVincent Kompany says he is fully fit and raring to go against Real Madrid on Tuesday night.The Manchester City skipper has struggled with calf problems throughout the season and has made just one appearance in the last five weeks.He didn’t feature in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Stoke in the Premier League, but Kompany insists he is ready to lead the team out against the mighty Real in the first leg of their last-four tie at the Etihad Stadium.Asked about his fitness level at City’s pre-match press conference, the Belgian said: “100 per cent. Everything went well. When you are injured you have to work a lot harder than the rest and that is what I did.“People talk about my injuries but I talk about my comebacks. That is what I have in my head. People talk about 14 injuries to my calf and I talk about 14 times I have come back and played like I have never been away. It takes a lot of strength of character to do that.”City face a formidable challenge to reach their first ever Champions League final.Real have won the competition a record ten times and boast an array of superstars – Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale among them.But Kompany says his side are relishing the showdown with the Spanish giants and cannot wait for Tuesday night. “When you get to the semi-final, there is nothing bad for you anymore, you just want to play,” he said.“The whole squad has been positive and it has lifted us in the Premier League. It has given us something important to look forward to. If you are not hungry tomorrow, you never will be.” Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany 1last_img read more