When Ronald Koeman took over as Southampton boss, a lot of people thought it was a mistake. The Saints were in tatters, most of their top layes had been sold and a new foreign manager had arrived to effectively start from scratch. It was tipped to be a disastrous season for the club, the 2014-15.
But Koeman accepted the challenge. It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise because he never hesitated to do that as a player either – the Dutchman always took his opponents on and was one of the most outrageous and arrogant defenders of his time. Continue reading
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has heaped praise on Arsene Wenger ahead of his 1000th game in charge of the club, the Daily Star understands.
The Gunners’ boss, whose first match was a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on October 12th, 1996 will reach the landmark at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, when his side take on league leaders Chelsea, and Flamini has hailed the achievement as ‘unbelievable’, before congratulating the man who re-signed him from AC Milan last summer.
Meanwhile, the Mirror understand that the club are considering a move for Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier as they continue to search for a replacement for Bacary Sagna, who is expected to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Ivory Coast international has made twenty-five Ligue 1 appearances so far this season, scoring five goals, and is valued at around £6m.
However, an alternative option could be Southampton prospect Callum Chambers, according to the Independent.
The 19 year old is the latest in a long line of graduates from the Saints famed academy to have broken into the first team, appearing in seventeen league games so far this season.
Gunners duo Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both cut their teeth in the South Coast side’s youth set up before securing big money moves to the Emirates.
Premier League leaders Arsenal dropped points in the title race after being held to a 2-2 draw at Southampton yesterday evening.
The south coast club took their lead on twenty-one minutes through Jose Fonte, though two goals in four minutes early in the second half from Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla handed Arsene Wenger’s men the advantage.
However, the Gunners lead was short lived as Saints captain Adam Lallana fired in to draw level, and give Mauricio Pochettino’s men a share of the spoils.
Matthieu Flamini was shown a straight red card for a two-footed challenge on fellow Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin with ten minutes on the clock, and will now miss the forthcoming matches against Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Manchester United.
Arsenal are now just two points clear of second place Manchester City, who along with Chelsea could move above them this evening.
City travel to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea host West Ham United, so any of the three could end the day in top spot.
Elsewhere yesterday, fourth place Liverpool thumped Everton 4-0 in the 222nd Merseyside derby, while champions Manchester United beat Cardiff City 2-0, with former Gunner Robin van Persie scoring on his return from injury.
Arsenal won for a sixth game in succession after beating Fulham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Santi Cazorla bagged a second half brace to secure the points for Arsene Wenger’s men, who remain top of the division, one point clear of second place Manchester City, who beat Cardiff City 4-2 on Saturday and two ahead of Chelsea, who stay third after their 3-1 win against champions Manchester United yesterday afternoon.
The Gunners will now turn their attention to Friday evening’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Coventry City, before returning to Premier League action at Southampton on Tuesday week.
Meanwhile, reported Arsenal target Alvaro Morata has ruled out a move from Real Madrid to the Premier League, according to the Mirror.
The Spain U21 international, who came off the bench to score in Real’s 5-0 win over Real Betis on Saturday afternoon, has insisted that he is happy with life at the Bernabeu.
Elsewhere, Paris Saint Germain are preparing a big money offer for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, the Metro understands.
Cabaye, who like Morata was on the score-sheet at the weekend, netting twice as Alan Pardew’s men beat West Ham United, has also been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Manchester United.
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Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League with a 1-0 victory over in form Newcastle United at St. James’ Park yesterday afternoon.
Olivier Giroud’s 65th minute header was enough to secure all three points for Arsene Wenger’s men, and move them back above Manchester City, who briefly overtook them after beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
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A double from Olivier Giroud sealed victory for Arsenal over Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The France international scored in either half to secure all three points for the Gunners, who have now opened up a four point lead at the top of the Premier League after second place Liverpool only managed to draw in Merseyside derby earlier in the day.
Arsenal will be hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League with victory over high-flying Southampton tomorrow afternoon.
Theo Walcott is in line for a shock return against the side where he began his career after missing the last two months with an abdominal injury, while Aaron Ramsey should also after feature despite dropping out of international duty with Wales with a hamstring complaint.
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Theo Walcott could be in line for a surprise return to the Arsenal side against his former club Southampton at the weekend, the Metro understands.
The England international has been out of action for the last six weeks with an abdominal injury, and was set to remain side-lined until December.
Arsenal have no fresh injury worries ahead of their clash with Liverpool at the Emirates in tomorrow’s late kick off in the Premier League.
Mathieu Flamini and Serge Gnabry remain out of contention along with Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby, though Mikel Arteta returns following a one-match suspension.
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