Swansea City Fire Manager Bob Bradley

Swansea City, Bob Bradley, West HamEnglish club, Swansea City say they have parted company with manager Bob Bradley.

Confirming Bradley’s sack on Tuesday night, the club said on its website that departure comes after the disappointing 4-1 Boxing Day defeat to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

“We are sorry to lose Bob after such a short period of time. Unfortunately things haven’t worked out as planned and we felt we had to make the change with half the Premier League season remaining.

“With the club going through such a tough time, we have to try and find the answers to get ourselves out of trouble. Personally, I have nothing but praise for Bob. He is a good man; a good person who gave everything to the job. His work-rate is phenomenal and we wish him well for the future,” Swans chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed.

Bradley had 11 games at the helm after replacing Francesco Guidolin on October 3.

But with the Swans currently in the relegation zone with 12 points, the club felt it needed a change after Bradley picked up just two wins and two draws during his stint in charge, with 29 goals conceded along the way.

Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini Completes Crystal Palace Move

Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini Completes Crystal Palace MoveEnglish club, Crystal Palace have completed the signing of former Arsenal midfielder, Mathieu Flamini.

The Eagles announced on Thursday on their website that the former AC Milan defensive midfielder joined the club on a contract deal until the end of the season.

He had been a free agent subsequent to his release by the Gunners in the summer.

During his seven seasons at the Emirates stadium, the 32-year-old Frenchman won three FA Cups and reached the 2006 UEFA Champions League final.

Reacting to his move, Flamini said: “Crystal Palace is a very ambitious club with great players and I am looking forward to being part of that squad.

“It is a very interesting challenge for me and I am very excited to be here.

“I have had chance to discuss the move here with Alan Pardew and he really helped me make my decision.”

On his part, Pardew, who manages Crystal Palace, stressed the need to sign an experienced midfield player to join his squad.

“I thought it was important to get another midfield player.

“His playing ability will help us but also, his leadership qualities and his ability of how to win games in a passing style.

“I am delighted that we have secured a player of his stature,” the Eagles boss said.

Arsenal Beat Everton To Revive Title Ambition

arsenalArsenal defeated Everton 2-0 in Saturday’s early kick off in the English Premier League.

Welbeck opened scoring in the 7th minute with Alex Iwobi doubling the lead in the 42nd minute to put Arsenal two goals up at half time.

Arsenal kept the ball for ages until Sanchez quickened things up with a short ball into Ozil. Then he took the return and slid a gentle through pass to Welbeck, who moved smoothly around the keeper to score.

The second was a simple counter-attacking goal. Bellerin curled an excellent long pass that allowed Iwobi to charge through on goal from the halfway line. He ran into the box and slid the ball through Joel’s legs and into the net.

It was Alex Iwobi’s first Premier League start.

Giroud also had a goal disallowed by Referee Mark Clattenburg in the 83rd minute. He headed Sanchez’s corner into the net from six yards, but the whistle had gone for a foul by Iwobi on Jagielka.

The gunners held on to the highly important victory which ensures that they remain third on the log, moving within eight points of Leicester City having played same number of games.

Other Results 

 

Chelsea 2 – 2 West Ham United
Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Leicester City
Watford 1 – 2 Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 1 Norwich City
Swansea City 1 – 0 Aston Villa

Lukaku Will Be Arsenal’s Headache – Lukaku

ArsenalArsène Wenger says Romelu Lukaku will provide Arsenal with “another headache” on Saturday.

The Gunners defence faced Barcelona’s feared front three of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar on Wednesday, and will now have to deal with the Belgian international at Goodison Park.

Lukaku has scored five times in his last four appearances and Wenger has been impressed with how the striker has developed since arriving in England as an 18-year-old.

“We knew him from Belgium, but he went to Chelsea,” he said. “He then went out on loan to Everton and I expected him to go back to Chelsea. After that, we were never on the case [to sign him].

“He’s developing well – year after year he’s better. His finishing his better, technical link-up play is better. He is promising a big career, it’s always a sign when the numbers are better year after year.

“We’ve just played against Neymar, Messi and Suarez, so [Lukaku] give us another headache. Our defenders should take encouragement from the performance they put in against Barcelona.”

The Gunners head into Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off against Everton 11 points behind league leaders Leicester City, but with a game in hand.

Wenger’s side have not won a league game since February 14, and the manager feels they must be pragmatic if they are to get back into the race.

“I would say we have to go step by step,” he said. “Let’s get back to winning habits first, that starts tomorrow… if we win tomorrow, we’ll see. That’s our target.

“But at the moment, the only way to achieve something special is first to be realistic and humble enough to deal first with Everton.

“Things will change until the end of the season, that’s for sure. We have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves.

“It’s very tight, but I believe the Premier League is far from over. We are in a position where we hope for the best. I agree that a negative result would be very bad for us, but we focus on a positive result. We know now is the time for us to produce the result we want.

“We also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are.”

Arsenal Trash Hull City 4-0 In FA Cup Replay

ArsenalEnglish club, Arsenal, have beaten Hull City 4-0 in an FA Cup fifth-round replay to set up a quarter-final match against Watford.

Oliver Giroud set the pace for the Gunners as he netted the first goal in the 41st minute of the game which lasted till the end of the first half.

The Frenchman scored his second goal in the 72nd minute which gave Arsenal a hope of winning the game.

Theo Walcott remarkably sealed the win for the Gunners when he side-footed in and then rifled in a late shot in the 77th and 89th minutes as they edged Hull City out of the competition.

The Tigers had forced a replay after Arsenal failed to beat them at the Emirates Stadium.

United secures controversial win against Chelsea

EPL leader; Chelsea this evening bowed to pressure from the Red Devils in a crucial EPL clash by a goal margin of 2-3 making the defeat the first for the London club since the EPL season started.

No thanks to the two red cards given to defender Ivanovic and striker Fernando Torres which pundits opined is questionable as it culminated into the Blues’ loss at home against their arch rivals.

The league leaders fought to gain control of the game which they lost control of giving after giving United a double lead in a space of 12 minutes but in the 44th minute, Spaniard Juan Mata Chelsea a reason to fight for a win and in the 53rd minute in what looked like a usual Chelsea comeback Ramirez dealt United an unbelievable blow after he secured an equalizer for Chelsea in what brought uproar from Stamford Bridge stands.

As if a defeat was perceived by United and referee Matt Clattenburg because the Blues were looking likelier winners as their performance by now has started generating results with the control of the midfield, the referee who turned a blind eye to the obvious offside by Javier Hernandez before he scored the third and final goal for United, started a move that was purely unknown to Chelsea as he slashed the 11-man team and brought in disarray after sending off Branislav Ivanovic on the hour and Fernando Torres later for an offense not clear to even football pundits as to why Torres got a second yellow card which led to the red card.

Now with this evening’s game, United have succeeded in reducing the difference in points between them and the league leaders to one point, a win the Red Devils have been dying to get at Stamford Bridge since 2002.

Despite the result, there was plenty in Chelsea’s performance to reinforce their credentials as real title challengers, though they were handicapped by a haphazard start.

We have ourselves to blame for Juventus draw – Di Matteo

Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo reacted to the poor finish of the Blues at home in Stamford Bridge against Italian club Juventus in their first game of the UEFA Champions League Campaign for the 2012/2013 season.

Di Matteo said Chelsea is blaming itself for blowing a two-goal lead and making the title defence sloppy from the start of the campaign after giving up the lead to settle for a draw against Juventus ending the game 2-2.

From the start, Chelsea proved to be ready for their title defence with debutant Oscar scoring a stunning first-half double, but the Italian champions ruthlessly exposed the holders’ defensive deficiencies to snatch a Group E draw at Stamford Bridge, with Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella on target.

Chelsea’s defending was bad enough when Juventus pulled a goal back through Vidal before half-time. But just when it looked as if the holders had done enough to hang on, they went missing again, with John Obi Mikel giving the ball away and failing to track back with David Luiz straying away making impossible to stop Quagliarella whose goal drew level for Juventus.

Di Matteo said he thinks Chelsea should have dealt with it a little bit better as there was no pressure on the ball and it was pretty difficult to play offside.

The Chelsea Manager said Chelsea lost possession just beforehand and should have reacted much quicker to losing the ball than his team did even though Chelsea played some good stuff but loose the ball a bit too cheaply.

Oscar was sensational in term so good football in a two-minute spell just past the half-hour mark. Di Matteo raised eyebrows by handing the £25million Brazil star his full debut but it proved an inspired selection.

The 21-year-old’s opening goal owed a lot to the kind of luck Chelsea enjoyed in spades en route to their Champions League triumph but his second was the kind of spectacular strike that would have had billionaire Roman Abramovich drooling.

Di Matteo said it was a great debut for Oscar and he thought it was the right game to start him and he did a perfect job tactically because he proved that by scoring two goals and the second one was a wonderful goal. He is a big talent and he has got a bit of everything.

Champions League: Juventus 2-2 draw dampens Chelsea

European champions, Chelsea were left stunned by Italian Club Juventus last night at Stamford Bridge as the visitor rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 2-2 draw, thanks to Fabio Quagliarella’s brace in the 80th minute souring the Blues’ Champions League title defense.

Chelsea’s Oscar scored on long-range shots in the 31st and 33rd minutes, the first deflecting off Leonardo Bonucci into the corner of the net and the second a superb curler from the edge of the penalty area.

Arturo Vidal reduced the deficit in the 38th for Juventus, making its return to the competition after a three-year absence. Quagliarella tied the score six minutes after entering the match.

Chelsea Manager lamented saying “We are disappointed and a little bit deflated to get in a great position to win the game and come away with only a draw,”

The Manager said further that Chelsea should have closed the game.

World Cup 2014:Lampard declares interest

Come 2014 world cup in Brazil, Captain Frank Lampard will likely be a frontrunner for England’s World Cup campaign from playoffs to the finals as he declared his interest to be part of the 2014 team as he hopes also that his age will not begin to tell before and during this period in terms o fitness and contribution on field.

Lampard who will be 36 come World Cup 2014 in Brazil will be the captain of England’s international friendly with Italy in Berne after missing the Euro 2012 finals through injury.

The Chelsea Captain and England Captain believes that if he puts his best in his playing career and he is at an optimal performance then his chances of making it into the team will not be in doubt as he knows that there are younger players vying for his position on field.

Lampard who has won 90 caps for England so far said he wouldn’t want to laze around for the wrong reasons so as to win 100 caps.

 

But the Chelsea midfielder never considered retiring after being forced to sit out the Euros and is now looking forward to being one of the senior members in a youthful-looking squad as Hodgson looks to the future.

He said he is excited to amongst a younger squad as people will talk about the merits of this friendly each year but overall, he feels the manager has picked a very intelligent squad because he rested players who played in the Euros and brought in some young players to get a feel of the England set-up which he concluded it is a good move.