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1) #Tierney a leader awaiting #Arsenal

#Eighteen months after arriving from #Celtic, #Kieran #Tierney overcame injuries and homesickness to become such an influential player at #Arsenal that #Mikel #Arteta considers him a future club captain. “I think he can be,” #Arteta said after the dominant left-back performance in the 4-0 win at #West #Brom. “#He has the respect and admiration of every staff member and every player. #It’s just the way it is. #He does it in a natural way. #He’s a really shy boy but he represents all the values ​​that are in the DNA of this club. #He is a natural leader. #You see how he behaves in the field. #And when he speaks, he says the right thing. #He is someone who is exactly what he is looking for. #Tierney opened the scoring with a magnificent solo goal at the #Hawthorns and never gave in, preparing #Alexandre #Lacazette for #Arsenal’s fourth. “He can still improve but for the moment he’s a real threat in attack and is doing very well defensively too,” added #Arteta. “#This is the kind of contribution we need.” #Paul #Doyle

• #Match report: #West #Brom 0-4 #Arsenal

2) #Spurs have yet to share goals around more

#All felt good with the world for #José #Mourinho and #Tottenham after their 3-0 win over #Leeds ended a four-game winless streak and it was no surprise that #Son #Heung-min and #Harry #Kane were on the spot. match sheet. Their goals gave them 12 and 10 respectively for the #Premier #League season, but although #Mourinho was happy to see #Toby #Alderweireld score his campaign debut, statistics show that, #Son and #Kane aside, the team did not. managed only seven goals in the competition. . #Midfielder productivity is simply too low for a side aspiring to fight for the title and although #Steven #Bergwijn, #Tanguy #Ndombele and #Pierre-Emile Højbjerg took positions against #Leeds they couldn’t finish. #Bergwijn is of particular concern, having failed to score all season and was guilty of high-profile misfires. “We need him to score,” #Mourinho said. “##We know he has the capacity for this.” #David #Hytner

• #Rapport de match: #Tottenham 3-0 #Leeds

#Toby #Alderweireld celebrates scoring a rare goal with his prolific teammate #Son #Heung-min against #Leeds. #Photograph: #Julian #Finney / #Reuters

3) Gündogan sparks #City masterclass

#Manchester #City’s sublime front-three will receive much of the credit for their stylish #Chelsea praise, but the lesser-announced players behind them deserve just as much praise. #Of #City’s starting XI on #Sunday, only #Raheem #Sterling and #Kevin #De #Bruyne have been at the club longer than #Ilkay Gündogan, but the #German has often gone under the radar. #He was the beating heart of #City midfielder at #Stamford #Bridge and represented their superiority in this area, scoring the excellent first goal that kicked off a devastating and decisive 25 minutes for his side. #Chelsea’s defense was once again obliging, which will intensify the clamor for a new recruit, but many of their problems here were due to basic lapses in focus rather than shortfalls in ability or pace . #City’s forwards were able to dodge their markers with ease and at will to remind us that they are firmly in the title calculation. #Tom #Davies

• #Rapport de match: #Chelsea 1-3 #Manchester #City

4) The villa seems suitable despite the defeat

#Aston #Villa had chances to win at #Old #Trafford on #Friday night but lacked cruelty, especially in the dying moments when #Matty #Cash and #Keinan #Davis were blocked by a save from #David de #Gea and a block from #Eric #Bailly. There is, however, a larger picture at play that #Dean #Smith can be proud of. The #Villa manager is building a #Premier #League-proof squad in the truest sense of the word. #Jack #Grealish is the star as he once again illustrated in an authoritative display, but the captain has support as well. #Ollie #Watkins is a credible number 9, #Anwar #El #Ghazi has scored four goals in his last six #Premier #League outings, while #John #McGinn’s midfielder intrigues complement #Grealish. #And in defense, #Tyrone #Mings may have been guilty of #Anthony #Martial’s opening header, failing to clear the center, but here’s a rare mistake from a center-back who provides leadership and whose musculature embodies a physicality which is another vital component of #Villa. #Jamie #Jackson

• #Rapport de match: #Manchester #United 2-1 #Aston #Villa

5) #Eze excels in all areas and can become a regular

#Eberechi #Eze stole the show against #Sheffiled #United as #Crystal #Palace returned to victory. #But rather than his brilliant solo goal just before half-time, #Roy #Hodgson was most impressed with the 22-year-old’s second-half display. “#He showed intensity, focus and determination to defend properly to make sure we weren’t in any shock,” said the former #England manager. #Eze was left out of the starting lineup by #Hodgson after #Palace scored 10 goals in two games against #Liverpool and #Aston #Villa, but with #Jeffrey #Schlupp looking for a spell on the sidelines, the summer signing of 19.5 million pounds sterling from QPR will surely be handing over more opportunities in the coming weeks. “The whole team is helping him improve his game,” #Hodgson said. “##He had to take one more step when he entered the #Premier #League.” #Ed #Aarons

• #Rapport de match: #Crystal #Palace 2-0 #Sheffield #United

6) #Saint-Maximin’s cult hero status reinforced by absence

#Steve #Bruce says #Allan #Saint-Maximin is “difficult to deal with” as the winger reportedly led his former #Nice manager #Patrick #Vieira to the distraction but there are good reasons why “# #Saint-Max” is a cult hero on #Tyneside. The brilliant but unpredictable #Frenchman is a game-changer that allows #Newcastle to win games they don’t always deserve and his absence with the coronavirus and its after-effects is deeply felt. #As #Saint-Maximin recovers in #France, #Callum #Wilson is increasingly isolated in #Bruce’s attacks and #Newcastle are on the kind of underwhelming run that can easily suck teams into relegation. #Since his last appearance on the first team before contracting #Covid-19 in late #November, #Bruce has desperately missed the outlet his improvisational rich maverick invariably provides and surely sympathizes with the adage that absence makes the heart more loving. . #Louise #Taylor

• #Rapport du match: #Newcastle 1-2 #Leicester

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#Callum #Wilson made an isolated figure against #Leicester. #Photograph: #Paul #Ellis / #Reuters

7) #Zeqiri could be the focal point #Brighton needs

#Before #Saturday #Andi #Zeqiri had only played 18 minutes of football for #Brighton. #Lausanne’s #September signing had to bide its time and, at 21, still has rough edges to iron out. #But he had an instant effect coming in at halftime against #Wolves with his side 3-1 down, his first touch bringing a header from which #Neal #Maupay won a game-changing penalty. #Zeqiri is a big, lively striker with a decent line in heist play; in other words the kind of focal point #Brighton, who flounders too often when reaching the penalty area, needs. #He created space for the others in a much more convincing second half for the #Seagulls and should have scored too when he exploded after #Adam #Webster hit the bar. #While it would be an exaggeration to say that he will propel #Brighton away from relegation issues on his own, #Zeqiri has shown enough to suggest he can play a key role for #Graham #Potter. #Nick #Ames

• #Match report: #Brighton 3-3 #Wolves

8) lack of wolf control raises questions about #Nuno

#When will questions be raised about the future of #Nuno #Espírito #Santo? #His closeness to the owners’ special advisor, recently crowned ‘agent of the century’ #Jorge #Mendes, seems to make him more brassy than most managers, but the season has been disappointing. #At #Brighton, a winless team at home all season, #Wolves have shown a glaring lack of the controlled football that has characterized #Nuno’s reign. #With the scores 3-3 in the 70th minute, #Brighton seemed the most likely winner until #Wolves substitute #Owen #Otasowie missed a glorious chance with the very last kick. #Despite three goals scored at the #Amex, #Wolves lack firepower after losing #Raúl #Jiménez to injury and selling #Diogo #Jota. “I’m disappointed with myself, everyone,” #Nuno said afterwards. #January’s transfer activity could explain just how confident #Mendes et al are in him. #John #Brewin

#After taking his first points at #Goodison #Park since leaving in 2013, #David #Moyes spoke of a desire to recreate at #West #Ham what he has built with #Everton. There were undeniable parallels in that regard on #Friday, as an extremely well-organized and committed team, led by the incredible #Angelo #Ogbonna, defied a ridiculous schedule to claim a deserved first victory in five games. The power of #Liverpool-born left-back #Aaron #Cresswell echoed #Leighton #Baines ‘influence for #Moyes’ #Everton, while the collective spirit in #West #Ham’s ranks – evident in the impact of big substitutes names such as #Andriy #Yarmolenko – was another similarity. and the mark of a team with substance. “#Getting that result in a third game in six days, and a third away game in four over the #Christmas season says a lot about the boys,” #Moyes said. “#They know if you don’t come you will be left behind, but everyone contributes.” #Andy #Hunter

• #Match report: #Everton 0-1 #West #Ham

#Fulham’s postponement of successive matches shows behind the scenes of fighting clubs to stem the tide of #Covid-19. #Questions of personal liability of the players arise. #Reports that #Aleksandar #Mitrovic attended a #New #Years party with #Crystal #Palace midfielder #Luka #Milivojevic have been deeply useless for a club which incurred the wrath of #José #Mourinho when their game at #Tottenham was called off last #Wednesday. #Once three of #Mourinho’s players were found to have broken protocols, #Spurs’ higher ground was lost. #But where #Fulham could fit their two games into an accordion schedule is an important question given a distinct lack of wiggle room in the schedule. #For #Burnley, the club’s new majority owners, ALK #Capital – and new chairman #Alan #Pace – have been denied a first game at the helm. #Americans entered #English football during a period of turmoil. #John #Brewin

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