Sanchez Treble Helps Arsenal Sink West Ham 5-1

Sanchez Treble Helps Arsenal Sink West Ham 5-1Alexis Sanchez got a 14-minute hat-trick as Arsenal eased past West Ham United 5-1 at London Stadium.

The Gunners took the lead on 24 minutes, when Sanchez raced through to square to Mesut Ozil to score.

Sanchez doubled Arsenal’s lead on 72 minutes from an angle after a neat turn from Shkodran Mustafi’s pass, before firing in his second in the 80th minute from the edge of the area.

West Ham hit back when Andy Carroll nodded in after Dimitri Payet’s free-kick had hit the woodwork.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored from distance to make it 4-1 before Sanchez moved joint-top of the scoring charts with 11 goals, racing through, dummying and chipping in.

Arsenal rose to second, three points behind Chelsea, while West Ham are 17th with 11 points.

In the day’s early kick-off, Chelsea defeated Manchester City 3-1 at the Ethiad Stadium.

The Blues rallied from a goal down to overcome Manchester City and stretch their winning sequence to eight Premier League matches.

Other Results

Crystal Palace 3 – 0 Southampton
Stoke City 2 – 0 Burnley
Sunderland 2 – 1 Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur 5 – 0 Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion 3 – 1 Watford

Arsenal Fight Back To Draw West Ham 3-3

Arsenal West HamAndy Carroll’s hat-trick for West Ham dealt another blow to Arsenal’s already slim title hopes, despite the gunners fighting back to draw 3-3 at Upton Park.

Arsenal are 10 points behind leaders Leicester at the third position, with six games to play while West Ham are seven points behind Arsenal on the sixth position.

Both teams have played 32 matches this season.

Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez converted Alex Iwobi passes at the 18th and 35th minutes respectively to put Arsenal two goals up but Carroll netted twice in 160 seconds to bring his side level by half-time.

A fifty-second minute far-post header completed Carroll’s treble, before Laurent Koscielny hooked in Arsenal’s equaliser from 10 yards.

The hosts extended their unbeaten home run in the Premier League to 14 games but Slaven Bilic’s are five points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-1.

West Ham Sign Emmanuel Emenike On Loan

emenike_clubNigerian international, Emmanuel Emenike, has expressed delight to join English Premier League side, West Ham United on loan.

The 28-year-old is confident he will have an instant impact for Slaven Bilic’s squad, having known the manager from his spells coaching in Russia and Turkey.

Emenike, was capped 37 times by Nigeria and spent part of this season on loan at the Arabian Gulf League side, al-Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

The Hammers have the option to make the transfer permanent in the summer and the forward would provide options for Bilic with Andy Carroll side-lined again by injury.

Mourinho, Matic Sent Off As Chelsea Lose At West Ham

ChelseaJose Mourinho and Nemanja Matic were both sent off as Chelsea’s troubles deepened courtesy of a 2-1 loss at West Ham.

Argentine striker, Mauro Zarate, gave West Ham the lead in the 17th minute at Upton Park. The ball broke to the edge of the box following a corner, and Zarate drove into the corner past Asmir Begovic.

Kurt Zouma’s header appeared to have crossed the line for an equalizer in the 35th minute but goal-line technology showed that part of the ball was still on the line.

Things got worse for Chelsea in the 44th minute as Nemanja Matic was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Chelsea coach Louro reacted angrily to Matic’s sending off  and was subsequently sent to the stands as well.

Words later filtered to match commentators after Mourinho failed to retake his position at the pitch side that the Portuguese had been sent off too.

Nonetheless, 10-man Chelsea showed character to get a deserved equalizer in the 56th minute after Zouma and Cahill challenged for Willian’s corner, the ball falling kindly for Cahill to send home.

However, Andy Carroll emerged from the bench to powerfully head in Aaron Cresswell’s cross with 10 minutes left to inflict another damaging defeat on Mourinho and the Blues.

The defeat becomes Chelsea’s fifth of the Premier League season as pressure continues to mount on Jose Mourinho.

Brazilian Striker, Firmino, Joins Liverpool In £29m Deal

Liverpool Sign Brazil Striker, Firmino In £29m DealEngland football giants, Liverpool FC, have signed Brazilian striker, Roberto Firmino, from Hoffenheim for about £29m.

The 23-year-old’s five-year deal was subject to a medical, which would take place after his return from the Copa America in Chile.

The Brazilian forward has scored 47 goals in 151 games for Hoffenheim, becoming the Reds’ second most expensive player after Andy Carroll, who was signed from Newcastle for £35m in 2011.

Liverpool have so far resisted two offers from Manchester City for England forward, Raheem Sterling.

However, having spent the last four and a half seasons in the Bundesliga, Firmino was on target for Brazil in their 2-1 Copa America victory over Venezuela on Sunday.

Andy Carroll Says West Ham Can Win Premier League

Andy CarollAndy Carroll claims that West Ham United are genuine contenders to win the Premier League title after their sparkling start to the season.

The 25-year-old scored his first goals of the campaign on Sunday as his brace helped the Hammers record a 3-1 win over 10-man Swansea and move up to third in the table.

West Ham will face Chelsea and Arsenal in the space of 48 hours over the festive period, and it is fair to say the bookmakers are still somewhat sceptical of the possibility of Caroll’s dreams becoming reality.

“We have a great squad,” Carroll said, “and I can’t say we are going to give up now we are in the top three. We have got a great team and we can go all the way.

“With the team we have got, and the manager, the way he is coaching everyone, it is fantastic, and I don’t think we will be giving up at all. I think there is no limit. We can go all the way to the top.”

Several reactions have trailed Andy Caroll’s thirst for glory considering the fact he had scored only twice in the league ahead of the fixture.

Carroll has missed plenty of football through injury but has not felt the pressure to come back scoring plenty of goals with the likes of Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho performing well in attack in his absence.

“I have been out for a long time,” he said.

“The last couple of games I’ve been playing, I haven’t been fully fit. There have been a lot of injuries and I was put in unexpectedly. Now I’m feeling good and strong and I can put myself about a bit more.”

Coach Sam Allardyce decided to sign Carroll rather than Wilfried Bony in the summer of 2013 and the West Ham boss had said that his decision would prove right over time.

If the EPL trophy is what Big Sam is also aiming at to justify his transfer decision, fans would have to wait till May 2015 to find out. Perhaps the wait could be over by the end of December.

 

Andy Carroll back for West Ham

Reported injured, Andy Carroll is billed to be back on board from injury for West Ham against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) as manager Sam Allardyce confirmed his return to Loftus Road.

Though on loan, Andy Carroll who was the striker for Liverpool has been glued to the bench for four whole weeks with hamstring injury which he sustained last month during his debut match for West Ham as Allardyce confirmed that the striker will be back tonight.

The 23-year-old, who has moved to Upton Park until the end of the season, was outstanding on his debut against Fulham before being forced off after just 68 minutes, making West Ham play without a win recorded, scoring twice in three games.

Carroll has made a quicker recovery than expected but, despite returning to the squad two weeks ahead of schedule, is not ready to start against the Premier League’s bottom side.

The news Carroll’s return to fitness will also delight and serve as a boost for England manager Roy Hodgson as the English squad meeting San Marino and Poland on Thursday for this month’s World Cup qualifiers will be named.

Loaning Andy Carroll a great mistake – Brendan Rodgers

Manager Brendan Rodgers painfully admitted that Liverpool made the worst move as regards the loan move of Andy Carroll over the summer transfer window.

According to the loan deal, the striker will be spending the rest of the season on loan at West Ham after it appeared he didn’t fit into the former Swansea manager’s new scheme and tactics at the Merseyside club.

With three Premier League matches in his kitty this season, Rodgers has already conceded that loaning Carroll was a mistake, and one that the club could regret throughout the 2012/13 season.

Rodgers’ admissions about the star striker’s departure from the club could not have come at a more interesting time for the Reds, with owner John Henry penning an open letter to the club’s supporters as to the reasons behind their lack of summer transfer activity—particularly on the transfer deadline day, when it was revealed they would not be able to sign Clint Dempsey from Fulham.

Henry stated that the club would not be drawn into “expensive, short-term quick fixes that will only contribute for a couple of years and went out to state they would not be making similar transfer mistakes to those made in the past few seasons.

On one level, not so much—the real mistake is the fact that they did not manage to sign another striker to add to their team this summer. The exit of Carroll on loan this season to try and regain some Premier League form is okay, as long as the Reds aren’t left a striker short for the remainder of the season—which it appears they have been.

Luis Suarez cannot be expected to shoulder all the attacking responsibilities, and Joe Allen simply will not be as effective as he could be at Anfield following the departure of Carroll—the same could also be said for Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool’s mistake was not ridding themselves of the £35 million signing; their mistake was not adequately replacing him with another striker and leaving themselves a man down for the remainder of the 2012/13 English Premier League season.

Chelsea defeats Liverpool 2- 1 to lift FA Cup

A beleaguered season seems to be ending in a fairy tale for Chelsea FC as it lifted the FA Cup at Wembley stadium with goals from Ramires and Didier Drogba.

The Brazilian opened the scoring after just 11 minutes when he latched on to a long ball from Juan Mata and fired past Pepe Reina.

Drogba scored Chelsea’s second just after the break, becoming the first player to score in four FA Cup finals.

Andy Carroll fired Liverpool back into the contest with a fine finish just eight minutes after coming on as a substitute.

The £35 million striker thought he had levelled matters with less than 10 minutes remaining but his header was adjudged not to have crossed the line as Chelsea’s keeper Petr Cech displayed some brilliant reflexes by deflecting his header on to the bar. Carroll turned away to lead Liverpool’s insistent protests that the ball had crossed the line but referee Phil Dowd and assistant referee Andrew Garratt waved play on, with even a succession of replays proving inconclusive.

Chelsea survived and can now turn their attentions to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in Germany later this month as they face an increasingly arduous task to finish in the Premier League’s top four.

As Di Matteo celebrated and captain John Terry raised the trophy, the Italian increased his claims to become the permanent successor to Andre Villas-Boas by landing a trophy.

For Liverpool, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failure to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup and not mounting a challenge to reach the Champions League places.

The final started with £85m worth of striking talent on the bench as Carroll was a Liverpool substitute and Chelsea’s Fernando Torres missed out on a starting place against his former club.

The Reds were on the back foot early on when a catalogue of defensive errors led to Ramires giving Chelsea the lead. Jay Spearing conceded possession in midfield and Ramires escaped Jose Enrique far too easily before scoring at the near post with a shot Reina should have saved

 

Dalglish defends disgraced Liverpool squad

channels_television_andy_carrollLiverpool Coach Kenny Dalglish openly stood behind the Liverpool squad that faced Newcastle over the weekend ended the game with a 2-0 defeat.

Dalglish said moving Andy Carroll of the game 11 minutes to fulltime was necessary as Carroll was of really happy with his late substitution as he kept swearing while storming into the tunnel staring the direction of his coach; he was replaced by Dirk Kuyt.

Earlier, goalkeeper Pepe Reina created a drama around himself that has caused him the FA cup semi-final against Everton which will be holding at Wembley as he got a red card for harassing James Perch; a Newcastle defender as it was obvious that Pepe Reina head butted the player.

According to Dalglish; the frustration and disappointment led to what Liverpool fans and management would not have loved to see as the players as whole acted in frustration and disappointment mostly on the part of Pepe and Carroll.

He however asked his players to next time channel their desperation, frustration and the likes into better use not disrupt their games to the extent of being disgraced.

Andy Carroll for one did not channels his desperation well enough as he was desperate to win the day by every means right from the start of the game as in frustration he was booked for diving, he was all the more desperate because he was playing against his former club where he left to play for Liverpool which explains why he wanted to win the day.

Booing was the intent of Newcastle supporters to give to their former player but on studying the event on field but decide against the move as Newcastle got a 2-goal lead against Liverpool.

Carroll’s coach maintained that him getting a yellow card for the clash with Newcastle goalkeeper was not fair enough as he never meant what happened that even if he even he was able to go past the goalkeeper he still would have fallen over because he had no balance at that moment in time.