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Lacazette was in good shape as Arsenal moved past Sheffield United


Eight cup finals for Spurs

Jose Mourinho said after Sunday’s loss to Manchester United that the facts cannot be debated. Nor is the Premier League table lying: Spurs are six points behind the top four with seven games to go.

It will take a lot of momentum to bring Champions League football back to Spurs next season, a minimum expectation from Mourinho at the start of this campaign.

With Harry Kane’s future hotly debated since Saturday morning – he is expected to tell Tottenham he wants to leave if he does not qualify for the Champions League next season – Spurs will have eight cup finals by the next season. end of the campaign. It just might be sliding door time for the decade to come.

Missing the Champions League has its football and financial cost, but they can go back next year. Lose Kane with it, and they don’t just lose one player. They lose their talisman, arguably their greatest player in generations, and they make another team immeasurably stronger.

And in this time when Spurs and Daniel Levy were supposed to match this sparkling, world-class new stadium with regular silverware, while developing and recruiting world-class talent, they will not have been able to keep theirs. . It’s easy to see where things start to go downhill from there.

Many say football has lost its importance and context this season without fans, but starting at Goodison Park on Friday night, it’s arguably Spurs’ biggest time of this century.
Gerard Brand

Man Utd emerges from the peloton

Twenty-eight points gained now by losing positions. Manchester United’s ability to bring up points after poor starts has been a hallmark of their season and has rarely been as emphatic as here. Tottenham scored first but United showed their attacking prowess in the second half.

If Fred’s role in the equalizer came as a surprise, the identity of the man who scored what turned out to be the winning goal was more predictable. Edinson Cavani’s movement, hooking up on a deep pass from the impressive Paul Pogba, could well have earned him a goal earlier. Ultimately, it is.

Cavani has shown what is possible for this team when a world class striker is waiting in the box. As Gary Neville pointed out in the co-commentary of Sky Sports, the prospect of replacing him will be expensive but when it makes the difference like here, the need for such a player is clear.

His disallowed goal in the first half was a setback, but perhaps not as much as it might have seemed. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer later admitted that the incident sparked United, but it remains a mystery why it requires a catalyst other than the referee’s whistle at kick-off to ignite this team.

What we do know is that they have quality within the team, underlined by the powerful finish of Mason Greenwood for the third late goal. It’s been four out of four Premier League wins now, the only side in the competition in this type of form, and it has seen them emerge in second place.

This represents constant improvement. Third in his first full season, second in the next, Solskjaer is making progress and with one foot in the Europa League semi-finals, the hope will be that United will have a trophy to win this summer as well. Work still to be done, but encouraging signs.
Adam Bate

Lacazette in the spotlight in the absence of Aua

Granted, it was a Sheffield United side that looked relegation in the face, but there was a notable absentee for Arsenal as they kept up their hopes of playing in European competition next season.

Sunday’s 3-0 triumph at Bramall Lane was achieved with minimal fuss and without Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, absent due to illness.

Mikel Arteta later revealed that the Gabonese striker has not been able to train for the past two days, but hopes he will be available again for the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Slavia Prague on Thursday.

The question, however, is whether Aubameyang will be selected after an impressive display from Alexandre Lacazette and his supporting cast in South Yorkshire. Bukayo Saka’s new injury and concerns over Emile Smith Rowe and Martin Odegaard may well strain Arteta’s hand, but the Spaniard will be aware of a growing trend.

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Alexandre Lacazette was in good shape as Arsenal moved past Sheffield United

Arsenal have won 66.6% of their six Premier League appearances this season without Aubameyang (W4 D1 L1), compared to 36% of those with him in the squad (9/25). So, will the forward be overlooked during the club’s hour of need this week?

“We had a really good performance and a clean sheet that was needed after a long time,” said Arteta. “We were efficient and smart with the ball. We showed the right attitude so overall I’m really happy. Winning always breeds confidence and we will need it before Thursday. “

Arteta will know all about the role momentum can play in football after seeing Arsenal’s four-game winless streak come to an end, and after a listless display against Liverpool last week, Aubameyang could well face a race against time to be named to the bench.
Ben Grounds

The cameo of the season?

Steve Bruce might not have made a more impactful substitution in his career. His decision to bring Allan Saint-Maximin with his team a down goal and just 33 minutes to go cannot be described as inspired as the Frenchman is clearly Newcastle’s best player, but timing is everything in football . Bruce released him at the right time. It was only a matter of time before Burnley doubled his advantage in what was a one-sided game until Saint-Maximin entered the fray.

Newcastle shouldn’t be anywhere near the relegation zone with a player like this on their books.

Saint-Maximin – who before last week’s substitution had been out since February – came alongside top scorer Callum Wilson, returning after seven games with a hamstring problem.

Bruce has said how much they’ve missed the Frenchman this season and he scores a point. In 13 games missed by Saint-Maximin this season, Newcastle have won just twice. That winning percentage climbs to 33% (six wins in 18 games) in matches the 24-year-old has played in. You can be sure that if he had played more than 1014 minutes this season, Bruce’s boys wouldn’t be. struggling to survive, they would be comfortably in the middle of the table.

Bruce said, “Probably only Allan could have done it, and when you see games like this you see what we missed. I hope we can keep them both. [Callum Wilson] good because we are a different animal with them on the team. ”
Lewis Jones

What chance for an Old Trafford to come back for Lingard?

Gary Neville suggested on Monday night football Manchester United may want to bring Jesse Lingard back to Old Trafford after his last man-of-the-match display after his West Ham loan ended.

Well, I wonder what the former United captain is thinking after Lingard put on another hugely impressive performance to help the Hammers get ahead of their first four rivals Leicester City in a five-goal thriller on Suntil Sunday?

Lingard’s first-half brace, of which the first to open the scoring at London Stadium was a brilliant play, means the forward has now scored in four straight league games for West Ham.

Not only that, but since his high-flying debut for West Ham, the England international has been directly involved in more goals than any other player – seven goals and three assists.

And if he continues in this form, then the 28-year-old will surely not only be in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad this summer, but also back in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans next season?
Richard Morgan

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