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Tottenham 0 vs Man u 1

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a Wembley masterclass as interim manager Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer made it six wins out of six to damage Tottenham’s Premier League title ambitions.

Marcus Rashford’s low finish from Paul Pogba’s superb pass on the stroke of half-time stretched Solskjaer’s flawless start – but the Norwegian had De Gea to thank for a magnificent display as Spurs laid siege to United’s goal after the break.

The Spaniard made a succession of crucial interventions, 11 in total, including many with his feet, as Spurs tried in vain to avoid a defeat that makes their task of keeping pace with Liverpool and Manchester City even more arduous.

Brighton 0 vs Liverpool 1

Mohamed Salah’s penalty earned Liverpool a gritty 1-0 win at Brighton that moved them seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Having lost their previous two matches in 2019, the Reds were frustrated in a tight first half at the Amex Stadium.

SPURS 0 VS MANU 1

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea produced a Wembley masterclass as interim manager Ole Gunnaer Solskjaer made it six wins out of six to damage Tottenham’s Premier League title ambitions.

Marcus Rashford’s low finish from Paul Pogba’s superb pass on the stroke of half-time stretched Solskjaer’s flawless start – but the Norwegian had De Gea to thank for a magnificent display as Spurs laid siege to United’s goal after the break.

The Spaniard made a succession of crucial interventions, 11 in total, including many with his feet, as Spurs tried in vain to avoid a defeat that makes their task of keeping pace with Liverpool and Manchester City even more arduous.

 

Chelsea 2 vs Newcastle 1

Chelsea had failed to score in their previous two league matches at Stamford Bridge – a 1-0 loss to Leicester and a goalless draw with Southampton – but they netted in the ninth minute when Pedro collected David Luiz’s ball over the top, took a touch, then shot past Dubravka for his seventh goal of the season.

However, with Eden Hazard again featuring as a ‘false nine’ with Olivier Giroud on the bench and Alvaro Morata left out of the squad, they struggled to create further clear-cut chances before Clark equalised, powerfully heading in from Matt Ritchie’s corner.

There were boos heard inside Stamford Bridge at half-time, but Sarri’s side were greatly improved in the second half, with Hazard a much more prominent threat.

The Belgian led Chelsea’s attack, which resulted in their second goal as he ran at the Newcastle defence, offloaded to Willian who, from a tight angle, cut inside onto his right foot and curled a beautiful effort past Dubravka with the ball going in off the post.

With nine minutes left, 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi, the subject of a £35m bid from German champions Bayern Munich , came on for only his second Premier League appearance.

 

Weekend results

Westham 1 vs Arsenal 0

Declan Rice scored the only goal as West Ham beat Arsenal, while Marko Arnautovic appeared to bid farewell to the London Stadium.

Rice picked a good time to grab his first West Ham goal, powering the ball beyond Bernd Leno from 12 yards three minutes after half-time in a game of few clear-cut chances.

The main talking point came when Arnautovic seemed to wave goodbye to the home fans when he was substituted with 71 minutes played, days after West Ham rejected a £35m bid for the Austrian from an unnamed Chinese club.

Player ratings

Home Team: Fabianski (7), Zabaleta (7), Ogbonna (7), Diop (7), Cresswell (7), Noble (6), Rice (8), Antonio (6), Nasri (7), Anderson (6), Arnautovic (7).

Subs: Carroll (6), Snodgrass (6), Obiang (n/a)

Arsenal: Leno (6), Mustafi (6), Sokratis (6), Koscielny (6), Maitland-Niles (5), Xhaka (5), Guendouzi (6), Kolasinac (5), Iwobi (5), Lacazette (6), Aubameyang (6).

Subs: Ramsey (5), Torreira (6), Bellerin (5)

Man of the match: Declan Rice

Arsenal managed just two shots on target across the whole 90 minutes as their wretched away form continued, leaving them with one win on their travels in their last seven Premier League games.

Unai Emery’s side had shown the greater intent before half-time but lacked the invention to regularly find a way through the home defence, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang onlookers for long spells of the first half.

Arnautovic appeared to wave goodbye to the home fans when he was substituted

Both sides exchanged cursory efforts early on but Arsenal did carve out the first real opportunity when Lacazette held off Pablo Zabaleta and powered into the box. Lukasz Fabianski saved his first effort from 12 yards, and he skied the rebound over.

Emery has lost back-to-back away games for the first time as Arsenal boss

But with the restored Arnautovic looking untroubled by the speculation around him at the tip of West Ham’s attack, the hosts always had a focal point they could play off and he held the ball up for Samir Nasri, only for the Frenchman to strike the side netting from a tight angle.

Felipe Anderson also came close when Nasri waited for his run and laid the ball into his path 25 yards out, before Matteo Guendouzi rounded off an even, but uninspiring first half by going close from a similar distance.

Team news

West Ham made five changes from their FA Cup win over Birmingham, including a return for Marko Arnautovic and a Premier League return for Samir Nasri.

Unai Emery reverted to the Arsenal line-up which beat Fulham in their last league game, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles on the right of midfield in a 3-4-3.

The second half sprang into life within five minutes of the restart with Nasri, who had been busy before half-time, teeing up Rice after a poor Granit Xhaka header to blast the ball beyond a rooted Leno from 12 yards.

Aubameyang was put off his stride by Aaron Cresswell’s sliding challenge in the box and Alex Iwobi just missed the far post when played in on the left as Arsenal pressed, but they still did not work Fabianski enough.

The arrival of Aaron Ramsey and Lucas Torreira and even the pace of Hector Bellerin off the bench failed to ignite the Gunners’ usual second-half charge, which has seen them pick up eight points in the last 10 minutes of games alone, as the hosts saw out a first victory over Arsenal on home soil since 2006.

 

Opta facts

The managers

Manuel Pellegrini says he will wait and see what happens with Marko Arnautovic but insists they must do what is right for the club.

Manuel Pellegrini: “I was pleased with the balance and consistence of the team. We did not allow Arsenal any chances despite their quality of players. We played with a mentality of a big team, always going for the second goal.”

Unai Emery says his since created more chances but were not clinical enough in their Premier League defeat to West Ham.

Unai Emery: “It’s a bad results for us. It’s concerning because we need to be competitive at home and away. At home we feel good but away we are not getting the results we want. Today we had to do more to impose our ideas. If we could have been more competitive with more quality we could have done better.”

Man of the match – Declan Rice

Besides scoring the winner, Rice did a brilliant job anchoring the West Ham midfield, often doing the legwork of both himself and Mark Noble, who struggled to keep up with the pace of the game on the few occasions Arsenal got going.

Rice celebrated his goal passionately with his team-mates

He won the ball back more times (10) than anyone else on the pitch, but he never shied away from the ball either, scoring the only goal of the game and of his team-mates only Noble and Anderson had more touches over the 90 minutes.

“I’m trying to think of a defensive midfielder in the Premier League who does it better than him,” said Sky Sports guest and West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere.

“I’m not saying he’s the best in the league because he’s got a long way to go, but he’s on the right track. His reading of the game, his maturity and today I saw a bit more – he wanted to go forward more and he can bring that to his game.”

What’s next?

West Ham travel to Bournemouth next Saturday at 3pm, shortly before Arsenal face another London derby with Chelsea at the Emirates at 5.30pm.

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CARLING CUP

Tottenham 1vs Chelsea 0

Spurs defeat Chelsea through a controversial penalty.

Harry Kane’s first-half penalty gave Tottenham a slender advantage after the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at Wembley.

Referee Michael Oliver awarded the 26th minute spot-kick after consulting VAR for offside and Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s foul on Kane.

Spurs and Chelsea both had chances in a fiercely fought contest and Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri will feel this tie is still very much alive before the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, 24 January.

Chelsea hit the woodwork twice in the first half through N’Golo Kante’s near-post flick, and when Spurs keeper Paulo Gazzaniga athletically turned Callum Hudson-Odoi’s deflected cross onto the post.

Andreas Christensen missed a glaring opportunity from six yards after the break while Arrizabalaga also produced a fine save from Kane as this semi-final remains in the balance.

Man city 9 vs Burton 0

Pep Guardiola said his Manchester City team would take the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg “seriously” after his side beat Burton 9-0.

Gabriel Jesus scored four times, with further goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez.

The second leg, merely a formality, takes place on Wednesday, 23 January.

“The result was good and of course we are already in the final but we have to play the second leg,” said Guardiola.

The win at Etihad Stadium was the largest winning margin in the semi-final of the competition, and the widest victory in the tournament in more than 32 years – since Liverpool beat Fulham 10-0 in a second-round first-leg tie in September 1986.

FA CUP

Man u 2 vs Reading 0

Manchester United won their fifth straight game under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they beat Reading in the FA Cup – but there was VAR confusion in the first half.

Fred’s goal was ruled offside but United were awarded a penalty for a foul on Juan Mata in the build-up.

The Spaniard scored from the spot, before Romelu Lukaku doubled their lead.

 

FA CUP RESULTS

Arsenal 3vs Blackpool 0 

Arsenal cruised through to the FA Cup fourth round with teenager Joe Willock scoring twice at Blackpool.

The 19-year-old striker headed in after Aaron Ramsey’s free-kick hit the post and tapped in another before half-time.

League One Blackpool struggled to keep pace with the Gunners, whose arrival at Bloomfield Road was delayed when a protestor sat on top of their bus.

But after Armand Gnanduillet went close, they improved after the break before Alex Iwobi’s late finish.

 

Transfer news

Chelsea FC complete the signing of Christian PulisicChelsea have made two big statements by wrapping up a €64 million (£57.6m, $73.1m) deal for Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic. First and foremost, they have reminded football’s biggest clubs that they remain a powerful force in the transfer market, an outfit with the ambition and capability to beat their rivals to the signature of a rising star such as the 20-year-old Pulisic.

Jemaine Defore to Rangers on loan.

Rangers are poised to sign Bournemouth’s former England striker Jermain Defoe on an 18-month loan deal.

The 36-year-old has been restricted to just four substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and hasn’t scored since the end of March.

Aaron Ramsey to Juventus

Arsenal’ s Aaron Ramsey has signed a pre – contract with Juventus and could even officially join the team this month, according to reports in Italy .

On Wednesday , Juve director Fabio Paratici had said the Italian champions were “ monitoring ” the Wales international’ s transfer situation , with his Arsenal contract set to come to an end at the end of this season.

Newcastle 0 vs Man u 2 

Man u go on a 4 game unbeaten run under a new manager Man Utd go from strength to strength under Solskjaer

After convincing wins over Cardiff, Huddersfield and Bournemouth, this was Manchester United’s sternest test under Solskjaer.

They lost the corresponding fixture last season 1-0 but came through this examination while keeping a first clean sheet in eight top-flight matches.

This was another high-octane, attacking performance from a team that has come alive under the caretaker manager.

Chelsea 0 vs Southampton 0

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Chelsea 0 Southampton 0: Toothless

Blues held and lose Willian to injury

Southampton left Stamford Bridge with a well-earned point after holding depleted Chelsea to a 0-0 Premier League draw on Wednesday.

Chelsea produced a toothless display as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by struggling Southampton and lost Willian to injury in the process.

Maurizio Sarri reinstated Alvaro Morata to the team with Olivier Giroud ruled out, yet the service to the Spaniard was poor as Saints dug deep to hold on for a well earned point

 

EPL WEEK ROUND

Man city 2 VS Liverpool 1

Sane strikes as City close gap as Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane move champions to within four points of leaders on a night of high drama, Pep Guardiola’s side inflicted Liverpool’s first league defeat of the season, after 21 match to make the title open

 

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