Pep Guardiola delighted with Sergio Aguero’s performance against Arsenal

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has expressed his delight over the performance of Sergio Aguero in the 3-1 triumph over Arsenal. The Citizens were on the wrong side of a shock 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United earlier in the week but they managed to make amends by beating the Gunners with Aguero starring with a 10th Premier League hat-trick.

Speaking after the game, Guardiola was pleased with the showing of Aguero, who managed to score for the fourth successive match across all competitions, he told Sky Sports: “Everybody knows about his [Aguero's] goals. It's important how you fight, so I think he is incredible. I know it is not for his body to run like Gabriel [Jesus] or Bernardo [Silva] or the other ones, but he tried to do absolutely everything and that for the team will never be a problem for us. Of course he scores a lot of goals and in that way it is important.”

Emery unsure of Petr Cech’s future

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has said that he is unsure whether the current season could be the last for goalkeeper Petr Cech. The former Czech international has not featured for the Gunners since picking up a hamstring problem in September and during this period, he has played second fiddle to Bernd Leno between the sticks.

Owing to this, there has been regular speculation that Cech could be released at the expiry of his contract in the summer and Emery has now hinted that could be the case.

Roy Keane believes Paul Pogba’s departure won’t be a big deal for Manchester United

Manchester United legend Roy Keane believes the Red Devils won’t be overly concerned with the situation of Paul Pogba, should the Frenchman leave the club in the near future. The France international has undergone a disappointing season with United where he was been inconsistent with his performances and of late, he has been a regular on the substitutes’ bench.

Due to this, there has been increased speculation that the midfielder could make way from the Red Devils next year and Keane feels United can handle the situation with much concern, he told Sky Sports News: "I think there are one or two problems with players, obviously not on top form. And the obvious one being Pogba. If he's sitting on the bench today and not getting on then you're thinking his days must be numbered. I don't think they'll do anything with Pogba in January but come the summer you move him on and it's no big deal, he's left Manchester United before."

Andrew Robertson admits disappointment after Arsenal draw

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson has said that there is a sense of disappointment after the Reds failed to make the most of their chances during the recent Premier League clash at Arsenal. Jurgen Klopp’s side appeared destined for another win after James Milner scored before the hour mark but they were pegged back in the final 10 minutes with Alexandre Lacazette impressively curling in the equaliser from close range.

Speaking after the game, Robertson admitted that the result is a tough one to take, given the Reds had more clear-cut opportunities to put the game to bed, he told the club’s official website: “It was a hard one because we took the lead and this season we’ve been really good at holding on to leads. I thought that was going to be the case. We lost a poor goal from our point of view. If you look back on the game they probably had more possession but the clear-cut chances have all fallen to us. On another day we could have been a bit more comfortable, but two good teams went at it and a draw is probably a fair result.”

Willian insists Chelsea have no one to fear in the Premier League title race

Chelsea attacker Willian believes his side have no one to fear in the Premier League title race and they are prepared to fight until the end to reclaim the English crown. The Blues have won the Premier League title in two of the previous four campaigns and they are now on the hunt for yet another league crown after making a strong start to the season.

As such, Willian feels the Blues have the opportunity to offer a strong challenge for the title this term with new manager Maurizio Sarri bringing the best out of the players at the west London club, he said: “We have no one to fear in the Premier League this season, we have a team who will fight until the end and I am sure we are going to do that. It’s been a very good start, we’ve played good football and it’s all credit to Sarri. The way he works, it is all about playing good football and he has given us more opportunities to show our quality more. I am not here to criticise other managers or how they worked because every manager has a different philosophy.”

Will Germany Miss Mesut Ozil?

With Joachim Low recently reiterating that there will be no Germany return for Mesut Ozil, the footballing world was in mourning at the very real prospect that we will never see the midfielder on the international stage again.

Regardless of whether you accept or reject Ozil's comments surrounding the German national team policy, one thing that cannot be disputed is his class on the pitch and the team are sure to miss his creativity in the middle of the park. With that being said, just how much of a blow will Ozil's absence be to Germany and do they have any ready made replacements for the Arsenal star?

Anfield Misses Daniel Agger Even To This Day

Despite the exit of Daniel Agger from the Premier League in 2014, he is still missed at Anfield. Admitedly Liverpool's defence has improved markedly since Jurgen Klopp spent a massive sum of £75 million on Virgil van Dijk during the transfer window in January but behind him the resources are thin, and they could definitley do with someone as reliable as Agger was as a backup.

A great competitor and fan favourite, Daniel Agger was often the first one to be named on the team-sheet for a procession of managers working at Anfield, and it is testament to his abilities that he played for them from 2006 all the way through to 2014. The one area you would want to improve in his game was his fitness - which also utlimatley proved to be his downfall.

Riyad Mahrez’s reacts after his penalty miss against Liverpool

Manchester City attacker Riyad Mahrez has said that he won’t be affected despite missing a key penalty during the Premier League clash against Liverpool on Sunday. The clash was hyped as the one of the most important games of the campaign but ultimately, there was an anti-climax with the teams settling for a goalless stalemate after Mahrez booted his 87th-minute penalty kick over the bar.

Speaking after the 0-0 draw, Mahrez suggested that the missed spot-kick won’t hamper him in the forthcoming games for the Citizens, who put a strong performance at Anfield, he said: "It's football, it's life.It won't affect me at all. Everyone misses penalties, even big, big players. Of course I wanted to score to help the team to win.It is part of football, you have to go forward and stay strong. Sometimes you score, sometimes you miss. But the most important thing is the performance was very good."

Phil Neville wants Unai Emery to start with both frontline strikers

Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville believes Unai Emery should go with the combination of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette when Arsenal face Newcastle United on the road this weekend. Emery had been hesitant to play both strikers from the starting lineup during the first three games of the season before the duo combined together for the away triumph at Cardiff City.

During that game, Lacazette marked his maiden start of the campaign with a goal and an assist and Neville has advised Emery to stick with the Frenchman upfront against the Magpies, he said: “They score more goals, they have better movement. Defenders don't like playing against him [Lacazette] because of his little sharp, darting movements. Arsenal are a better side with him. They look better going forward.It's just a question of how long Aubameyang can sacrifice himself or be happy on the left-hand side.”

Ethan Ampadu Needs More First-Team Action at Chelsea, Claims Babb

Former Liverpool defender Phil Babb claims that Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu is one most exciting talents to come out of the club’s youth academy in recent years.Ampadu is a Welsh international who has been displaying his wide array of talents in recent matches under Ryan Giggs. However, he has not been able to get much of a look in the Chelsea first-team, which is currently under the management of Maurizio Sarri. The Italian has transformed several aspects about Chelsea, but he continues to remain just like every other Chelsea manager of the past – preference for experienced players over youth.

Ampadu was at his devastating best in the recent 4-1 victory for Wales over Republic of Ireland. Even though he is a centre back by trade, he is also equally adept when it comes to playing in the centre of the park. Ryan Giggs decided to hand him with the first international appearance and he played in the midfield for this match. Despite being a youngster,Ampadu dominated the play like a seasoned professional. His impact on the game was evident in the way he provided an assist for Aaron Ramsey buy outmuscling experienced campaigners like Jonathan Walters. Aged only 17,Ampadu still has a long way to go before he has learnt all the tricks in the game, but Babb has urged Sarri to consider the youngster in forthcoming matches.


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