Premier League: 10 speaking factors from the weekend’s motion

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Premier League: 10 speaking factors from the weekend’s motion


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Billing and Bournemouth deserve reward

Generally, soccer has to come back second. When Tom Lockyer collapsed within the sixty fifth minute of Luton’s recreation towards Bournemouth, the match rightly turned a distant afterthought. The Hatters’ official social media put up truly apologised to supporters of each groups when asserting the abandonment of the sport, however there was no want, such was the understanding proven by each a part of the Vitality Stadium. It will need to have been an extremely distressing state of affairs for all, and significantly unusual for these related with Bournemouth. Not that you’d have identified. Reward is deservedly being dished out to Philip Billing, who was the primary to sprint over to the stricken Lockyer, and to his teammate Dominic Solanke, who was seen calling urgently for medical help. The velocity with which they grasped the severity of the state of affairs was commendable and so they performed an element in getting Lockyer the assistance he wanted. When the sport was deserted, it was with the complete help of Bournemouth’s gamers, workers and supporters. They confirmed the perfect of the attractive recreation. Dominic Sales space


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Varane makes case for place in United defence

We’re all left to surprise why Erik ten Hag didn’t play Raphaël Varane for nearly two months. He returned in defence towards Bayern Munich, a crew aiming to win the Champions League, and carried out admirably contemplating his rustiness. The centre-back stored his place for the go to to Anfield to face a crew stuffed with attacking verve however, alongside Jonny Evans, stored Liverpool comparatively quiet. Varane affords a cool head in robust environments and proved his value to United. It was the eighth totally different centre-back pairing to start out a recreation for Ten Hag this season however they seemed extra comfy than every other duo who’ve been slung collectively. There are rumours Varane could also be out there for switch in January however his expertise and management in robust conditions are worthwhile belongings. If that is how he performs after a prolonged spell out with out being afforded any minutes then, if he can get a run within the facet, United’s defence shall be in a greater place. Will Unwin



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Gabriel and Saliba add metal to Arsenal’s title hopes

Arsenal shall be prime of the league because the annual festive brouhaha kicks in. Massive deal. They had been prime final Christmas too, and prime for 28 of 38 match days. What has modified is the feel of this crew. Arsenal are much less fascinating. That is good. The two-0 defeat of Brighton was a technique of regular sporting away. The important thing distinction is the defence. Gabriel and William Saliba, at present the perfect pairing within the league, had been understatedly safe. The entire crew defends with a mania. Just one crew for the reason that yr 2000, Manchester United in 2013-14, has received the Premier League whereas conceding greater than a purpose a recreation. Final season Arsenal conceded 1.13 per recreation. To this point this season it’s 15 in 17 video games, equal fewest with Liverpool. What occurs now’s a unique world to what occurs in April when the muscle mass begin to tighten. However in a season of fragility elsewhere, and for all the top scratching over David Raya, it’s Arsenal’s defence that ought to give them hope. Barney Ronay


William Saliba (pictured) has given Arsenal a strong base in partnership with Gabriel Magalhães. {Photograph}: Richard Heathcote/Getty Pictures

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Guardiola hopes Saudi journey will do Metropolis good

Disenchanted with the late penalty conceded by Phil Foden that price Manchester Metropolis victory over Crystal Palace, Pep Guardiola was happier with the general show and urged his gamers to overlook concerning the potential hole to the league leaders once they subsequent play within the Premier League – at Everton on 27 December. “In fact, we now have to win video games to make it rely on ourselves,” he mentioned. “It’s not to consider what they do [City’s competitors] and what could be attainable. The efficiency was actually good towards Crystal Palace.” Metropolis are actually in Saudi Arabia forward of Tuesday’s Membership World Cup semi-final towards Urawa Pink Diamonds in Jeddah.We like to go to play within the Membership World Cup,” Guardiola insisted. To go there you need to win the Champions League. I’m more than happy and excited to attempt to win it.” Jamie Jackson



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Newcastle accidents ask questions of Howe

One other match, one other two Newcastle accidents. This time it was Fabian Schär (glute) and Joelinton (hamstring) heading for a Tyneside remedy room already bursting on the seams. With a number of casualties struggling smooth tissue issues, the second for a full-scale overview – not simply of Newcastle’s medical division but in addition Eddie Howe’s coaching strategies and enjoying model – has certainly arrived. Because of a mix of Raúl Jiménez’s early dismissal for a ridiculous karate problem on Sean Longstaff and the excellent Lewis Miley’s first senior purpose, Newcastle arrested a run of three straight defeats in all competitions. We are able to count on Marco Silva to obtain an FA misconduct cost following a rant concerning the “inexperienced” referee, Sam Barrott. Fulham’s supervisor was irritated Barrott missed a perceived elbow on Jiménez from Jamaal Lascelles and believed he ought to have caught to his unique choice to warning the ahead reasonably than improve to a crimson following VAR’s intervention. Louise Taylor



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Pochettino seeks proper man for No 10 function

This was the second time that Mauricio Pochettino has tried Cole Palmer as a No 10 this month. Once more, the ploy didn’t work. Palmer discovered it tough to get on the ball throughout the first half towards Sheffield United. He was crowded out and his affect was minimal. He was higher after Pochettino shifted him to the precise at half-time. Palmer had more room and scored Chelsea’s opening purpose after combining with Raheem Sterling. Seven minutes later he popped up once more to make Nicolas Jackson’s purpose, and Pochettino would later settle for the plaudits for the change. Chelsea have struggled towards a low block and it’s comprehensible their supervisor tried to offer them a unique dimension by switching from a 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1, with Enzo Fernández on the bench, Conor Gallagher and Moisés Caicedo in midfield and Palmer, Sterling and Mykhailo Mudryk behind Jackson. It stays a piece in progress. Jacob Steinberg

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Mauricio Pochettino gesticulates wildly on the sidelines
Mauricio Pochettino still has a lot of work to do. Photograph: John Walton/PA

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Martínez escapes red card amid his red mist

There was a refreshing outbreak of adults in the room as Thomas Frank and Unai Emery reacted to a game that threatened to become known as the Battle of the Gtech. Both managers were probably pre-empting any charges, though, after a game of 10 bookings and two red cards, with coaches also censured. “Today, maybe not good,” said Emery of his Villa team’s behaviour. “We lost a bit of our control.” The visiting manager pointed to provocation from the opposition while admitting his team played their part. “I didn’t like all the incidents, that’s not how the game should be played,” said Frank. “Yes, it’s heated and, yes, there’s emotion and, yes, we want to win, but I didn’t like it.” Emery raced to calm Emi Martínez as the game’s final seconds boiled over, and the keeper escaped a red card. Good thinking. Without Martínez, Brentford would have had the game sewn up. The Argentinian is needed for Villa’s challenges ahead. John Brewin



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Paquetá benefits from greater freedom

Lucas Paquetá may make David Moyes feel like pulling his hair out at times but the Brazilian showed his class with three brilliant assists against Wolves on Sunday. The 26-year-old dazzled in tandem with Mohammed Kudus in the 3-0 win and the West Ham manager admitted his star player has been given some extra “leeway” to accommodate his talent. “He’s a special player. I’ve not had a huge amount of special players with that amount of talent,” said Moyes. “There’s a bit of leeway we have to give him. As I’ve got a bit older I’ve realised when they have that talent you have to let them flourish. But his work rate as well for the team has been excellent.” Ed Aarons



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Dyche adapts to maintain Everton run

It is now four consecutive victories without conceding a goal for Everton, the first time they have enjoyed such a run in 21 years. Sean Dyche might not offer the most exciting brand of football but he certainly knows how to organise a team. Three of last weekend’s back four were missing through injury and suspension, forcing Dyche to adapt to a back five, including the winger Dwight McNeil on the left. Despite the changes, Everton looked comfortable throughout as Burnley managed only two shots on target. The Clarets had 61% possession but it was rarely in the areas that mattered, leaving them to take aim from distance, a situation Jordan Pickford and his colleagues were very happy with. This Everton team is more adaptable than the Burnley squad Dyche managed for nine and a half years but is proving to be equally organised and resolute in defence, giving the Toffees the perfect foundation to build on. WU


Amadou Onana is mobbed by his teammates after scoring Everton’s opener against Burnley
Amadou Onana is mobbed by his teammates after scoring Everton’s opener against Burnley. Photograph: Tony McArdle/Everton FC/Getty Images

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Bissouma’s absence another blow for Spurs

Ange Postecoglou has had to recast his Tottenham team on a few occasions this season. James Maddison’s ankle injury forced him to tweak his midfield and Micky van de Ven’s hamstring complaint has made him shift full-backs inside to centre-half. Yves Bissouma’s red card leaves another hole, this time at the base of the Spurs midfield. Bissouma will serve a four-match ban because his dismissal in victory at Nottingham Forest was his second of the season. The Mali international may not play again for Spurs until mid-February, depending on when he returns from Africa Cup of Nations duty. Postecoglou has options: Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Oliver Skipp both came on to take the heat out of the game at the City Ground, but Bissouma’s absence represents another blow. “The guys are having to adapt to learn to play our football without crossing a line, but I love their commitment,” Postecoglou said. “Unfortunately, we paid a price because he obviously misses a big chunk now.” Ben Fisher



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