Sunderland slipped into the relegation zone after a 2-0 defeat against Arsenal. Even though this was comparatively much better than the 8-0 thrashing that they suffered last week against Southampton, it was yet another match without any points for the club that only narrowly avoided relegation last season. Many expected Sunderland to be in the Championship this campaign, but a remarkable improvement in form towards the last few matches of the season saw them climb out at the expense of Fulham. This season, though, there has been yet another the relegation fight at the Stadium of Light.
Defender Wes Brown committed a mistake in the first half to allow Alexis Sanchez to score the opening goal. A poor back pass in the final few minutes of the match meant that goalkeeper Vito Mannone was unable to prevent Sanchez from scoring another goal and securing three points for the team from London. Poyet was once again a disappointing manager during the postmatch press conference. He highlighted the much better performance from his players, but he was unable to look away from the fact that his team are now in the relegation zone after nine matches in the season.
Poyet, though, has given his backing to the players who have committed individual mistakes in the last few weeks. “It’s not easy to comment because if you take the two mistakes away, we defended well, we competed well as a group, we tried harder. We really tried our best against a team that will always control the ball. Saying that, I wasn’t expecting the two mistakes for the two goals that we conceded. There is a little bit of disappointment in those terms because after everything that happened last weekend, you expect to not concede the goals that we conceded today,” said Poyet.
Arsenal have been given a major blow after German international Mesut Ozil has been ruled out for more than three months with a knee injury. The 25-year-old has been struggling for form in the last six months, but he has also been playing non-stop football during this period.
Last season, he had a break for a couple of weeks that helped him find his form towards the business end of the campaign. It also would have been partly responsible for his superior form at the World Cup 2014, where he helped Germany lift the title. Continue reading
The January transfer window is less than 90 days away from opening and rumors involving the future of certain players have really been starting to spread and one of those players is the German midfielder of Real Madrid, Sami Khedira.
Sami Khedira has fallen behind the pecking order of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid as the Italian manager usually prefers to utilize Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez in the midfield section of his squad and this leaves no space for Khedira to perform in. Continue reading
Arsenal’s poor form at the start of the season continued after a 2-0 defeat against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League. The result leaves Arsene Wenger’s team with just one win in the last five matches. The poor start to the Champions League campaign is unlikely to worry the gunners since they saw the other group opponents – Galatasaray and Anderlecht – only manage a draw themselves. As a result, they are only one point below the final qualification spots to the knockout stages.
Dortmund, though, could have won the match even more comprehensively had it not been for some poor finishing by the Germans. Recalling this fact, midfielder Sebastian Kehl says that the Premier League outfit will consider themselves lucky to be returning home with a small defeat. Dortmund took the lead just a few minutes before the half-time break through Ciro Immobile. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang doubled the advantage for the Germans just after the break, but there were several opportunities for Dortmund especially on the counter-attack.
Arsenal left themselves wide open on several occasions and Jurgen Klopp’s team were only prevented by the bar on some occasions. Kehl says that he is surprised at the dominance that Dortmund had over Arsenal. He is expecting a much tougher game in the return leg at the Emirates.
“Arsenal never really offered much. I was very confident after we got the first goal and I knew we’d be going for it again in the second half. We could easily have won three or four-nil. I’m not really surprised by how dominant we were. We know we can be very good when we put a lot into it and that’s what happened Tuesday night. Arsenal never really got into the game, they never really got going, and in the end we scored and deserved to win based on the way we played,” said Kehl.
A last minute winner from Fernando Torres secured a 2-1 victory for Chelsea against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge yesterday afternoon.
Andre Schurrle opened the scoring on thirty-three minutes with his first goal for the club, only for Sergio Aguero to pull the visitors level four minutes into the second half.
The game looked to heading for a draw before Fernando Torres capitalised on a defensive mix up to steal in and grab the winner on ninety minutes to hand all three points to Jose Mourinho’s men, and keep the pressure on leaders Arsenal who beat lowly Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Blues will reclaim top spot if they beat Newcastle United on Saturday lunchtime, with Arsenal hosting Liverpool in the day’s late kick off.
However, they will first turn their attention to the League Cup fourth round tie with the Gunners at the Emirates tomorrow evening.
Meanwhile, the Blues will reignite their interest in Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney when the transfer window reopens in January, according to the Mirror.
Mourinho failed in his attempts to take the England international, who’s current deal at United expires at the end of next season, to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
The Aston Villa centre back Ron Vlaar has said that he is unsure about his future at the moment. According to the 29-year Old, he would make any decision only after having a chat with his representative.
Vlaar was a vital part of Holland’s back line in Brazil. His performance was the key reason why the Oranje had made it to the Round of 4 there without any hiccups. He was rock solid as wall in the heart of Holland’s defence.
After Vlaar’s great display in the World Cup, it has been rumoured that he might be taking a transfer this summer. He is just a year away from the completion of his contract at Villa Park and thus, he is free to hold talks with the other clubs.
Vlaar, however, made it clear in one of his interviews earlier this week that he hasn’t thought about it till now as he had been holidaying for a couple of weeks. He would now have a meeting with the agent of his and then, he would decide what the best option for him is.
Speaking in that interview, Vlaar said, “The club (Villa) is not in favour of me leaving and I know that. There is still a season remaining for my contract to expire here. Let’s see what happens. I am not in a position to say anything right now because I am not certain myself what I would do. I haven’t had the time to give it a proper thought.”
“I would like to talk to my representative first and know what options I have got. Meanwhile, Villa would be playing a friendly this weekend and I would definitely be there. I would not be in action though as I have been away from training for a while.”