Chelsea Defender Aina Joins Hull City On Loan

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Chelsea’s Anglo-Nigerian player, Ola Aina has joined Hull City on a season long loan.

The 20-year-old will link up with the Championship side to further his first-team experience having been a member of Chelsea title-winning squad last season.

The highly rated defender made Chelsea debut in the League Cup win over Bristol Rovers at Stamford Bridge in September 2016 and went on to play six times in total during a memorable campaign.

At Academy level, Aina helped the Blues to lift three FA Youth Cups and two UEFA Youth Leagues.

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Lukaku Voted Premier League Player Of The Month

Lukaku Voted Premier League Player Of The Month
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Romelu Lukaku’s four goals in March have earned the Everton striker the Premier League Player of the Month award.

Lukaku received the accolade after moving to the top of the scoring chart, taking his tally to 21 strikes for the season with three deadly performances.

He finished March with two goals in a 4-0 triumph over Hull City, making him the first Everton player in history to reach 20 goals in a single Premier League season.

The 23-year-old Belgian claimed the prize ahead of Artur Boruc and Joshua King of Bournemouth, Nathan Redmond of Southampton, Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho and Liverpool midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum.

Wenger Says Arsenal’s Title Dream Not Over

Wenger Says Title Dream Not Over For ArsenalDespite back-to-back Premier League defeats Arsene Wenger insists his Arsenal side are still in the Premier League title race.

The Gunners are 12 points behind leaders Chelsea with 14 matches to play but Wenger insists his fourth-placed team are not yet out of the running.

“It’s never over – we cannot behave like that,” Wenger told Arsenal.com. “Even if you think it is, I don’t. We cannot even think like that.

“We look at the teams around us and we’re all in a pack that is very tight, where the fight for every position will be massive like it has always been in the Premier League, maybe even more this season than ever before.

“The way we respond to our disappointing result last Saturday is vital. If it is over for us, it’s over for everybody else. We are all together in a pack there, so first we have to focus on staying at the top, and then if we can reduce the distance between us and Chelsea after, you never know.

“They have an advantage where they aren’t playing in Europe. They have no midweek games, so of course they are in a very strong position.”

Arsenal next play a revitalised Hull City side fresh from a 2-0 victory over Liverpool, at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Wenger is not underrating The Tigers taking close look at their revival under new manager Marco Silva.

“Not really because I felt they played well since the start of the season but they had not always the results,” he said.

“The Premier League is difficult for everybody – they were a bit unlucky sometimes so they are a tough opposition for us.

“Every game is difficult, especially at the Emirates. We have to prepare well to face a Hull team with more confidence than when we played them, so we have to prepare well.

“We need to focus on what we do well and the quality of our game. As well these players have been great players [before] last Tuesday, they are still great players one week later. You are not a different player. You have to have common sense a little bit.”

Mourinho Says New Defender Unnecessary For Manchester United

Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, DefenderManchester United Coach, Jose Mourinho, says he will not sign a new defender in January despite losing Eric Bailly to the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Portuguese explained that a new defender would be needless for the club since Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo were performing well.

He added that Phil Jones was also back to full fitness, saying he would manage the three players before Bailly returns.

“No, I’ll wait for Bailly (and) I hope the three can control the situation in those eight matches.

“I will try to rest one in every game. On Saturday (against Reading in the FA Cup) I will rest one, against Hull (in Tuesday’s League Cup semifinal first leg) another.

“We’ll try to make a rotation between these three. We still have Daley Blind as the fourth in case we need him to play there. We have Michael Carrick, so let’s try,” Mourinho told reporters at the Red Devils’ training base.

Hull City Pleased With Silva As New Manager

Marco Silva, Hull CityHull City have expressed delight with the appointment of Marco Silva as their new Head Coach.

The Tigers Vice-Chairman, Ehab Allam, told the club’s website that one of the reasons they considered before the confirmation on Thursday was the 39-year-old’s football philosophy.

He added that the club was already working hard with the new manager to bring in more crucial additions in the transfer window.

“He (Silva) has a great track record and we feel this is a bold and exciting appointment in our aim to retain the club’s Premier League status. Marco will be bringing in his own back-room team who have all played their part in his recent success.

“We are already working hard with Marco and his team to deliver some key additions to our squad during this transfer window,” he said.

Silva was previously managing Olympiacos, where he won the Greek league title and enjoyed a memorable Champions League victory over Arsenal last season.

He has also managed Estoril in his home country, who he guided to fifth and then a club record fourth place finish in the Portuguese top flight.

Hull City Sack Mike Phelan As Manager

Hull City Sack Mike Phelan As ManagerCoach Mike Phelan has been sacked as Hull City head coach less than three months after securing the role on a permanent basis.

Phelan was installed as Hull caretaker boss following the departure of Steve Bruce in July and led The Tigers until October 13, when he was finally given the role on a full-time basis until the end of the season.

The 3-1 defeat away at West Bromwich Albion on Monday left Hull in 20th place on 13 points and without a win in the Premier League since November 6.

Hull have won just three times since securing promotion back to the top flight via the championship play-offs last May and are currently three points from safety.

Ross Barkley Heads Everton Into Comeback Draw

Ross Barkley Heads Everton Into Comeback DrawRoss Barkley’s late header cancelled out a wonderful Robert Snodgrass free-kick as Everton fought back to draw 2-2 at Hull City.

The Everton midfielder connected with Leighton Baines’ deep cross with six minutes left, after Snodgrass curled a free-kick superbly into the top corner on 65 minutes.

Michael Dawson rifled in his third goal of the season to put Hull 1-0 up on six minutes, before goalkeeper David Marshall deflected a corner into his own net for Everton’s equaliser in first-half stoppage time.

Not long after hitting the post with another superb set piece, Snodgrass put Hull 2-1 up, but Everton’s pressure was rewarded late on. The result lifts Hull into 19th place. Everton remain seventh.

Newly Promoted Hull City Shock Leicester In EPL Opener

leicester, hull city, eplThe English Premier League title holders, Leicester City have started the season on a negative note, falling a goal behind to newly promoted team, Hull City.

Hull City forward, Adama Diomande, opened the scoring on the stroke of halftime.

Two minutes into the second half, Riyad Mahrez, last season’s Premier League Football Association’s player of the year, levelled up for Leicester from the penalty spot.

Scottish midfielder, Robert Snodgrass, sealed the game for the home team in the 57th minute after a mistake by Leicester goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel.

However, the defending champions fought hard to get an equaliser but to no avail as Hull City claimed the first three points of the 2016/2017 campaign.

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.

Hull City Force Arsenal FA Cup Replay

fa cup-ArsenalFA Champions, Arsenal, will play a fifth-round replay at Hull City after failing to beat the championship leaders at the Emirates.

The Tigers created little, but defended admirably to frustrate Arsene Wenger in his 100th FA Cup game as Gunners manager.

Championship side, Reading, came from behind to earn a shocking 3-1 fifth round win over West Brom.

Despite falling behind to a Darren Fletcher goal in the 54th minute, goals from Paul McShane, Michael Hector and Lucas Piazon gave the Royals victory at the Madjekski stadium.

Odion Ighalo’s Watford progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2007 after Scott Wootton’s own goal gifted them victory against Leeds.

Everton also secured passage to the next round with a 2-nil away victory over AFC Bournemoth.