Manchester United player ratings: How Red Devils fared in 2-0 win over Chelsea

Manchester United shocked Chelsea on Sunday afternoon by claiming a 2-0 win over the Bluesional recognition for his players.The Canaries have received praise for their league displays, with eye-catching performances from the team’s young talent resulting in maiden England U21 call-ups for Max Aarons, Ben Godfrey and Todd Cantwell.”The thr at Old Trafford.A rather second-string line up was selected by Jose Mourinho due to Europa League commitments, but a goal scored early in each half was enough for the Red Devils to claim victory.Marcus Rashford netted early on after a fine through pass from Ander Herrera, and it was the Spaniard who bagged the second just after the restart – via a rather wicked deflection of N’Golo Kante.It was a result, and performaentory for the match breaks created by video assistant referee (VAR) technology, according to league executive Carter Ladd, reports, /.The North American soccer league’s senior vicecontent_img president of business development, confirmed to the Sports Business nce, almost no one expected, but just how did the United players perform?

Preston North End 1-2 Arsenal: Olivier Giroud hits late winner to fire Gunners into fourth round of FA Cup

Arsenal booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after securing a last gasp win over Preston North End at Deepdale.Olivier Giroud’s strike in the last minute of normal time helped Arsene Wenger’s side avoid a dreaded replay and leave their plucky opponents devastated.Callum Robinson had given the hosts an early lead before Aaron Ramsey equalised for the Gunners within 51 seconds of the restart.The Premier League side managed to see their way past an impressive Simon Grayson outfit, who more than held their own against a near full strength visiting starting XI, with fullback Ainsley Maitland-Niles the only irregular squad member to feature.Preston marked their bright start with an opening goal as Robinson put the Championship side ahead after seven minutes.Aiden McGeady created space in midfield with a wonderful roulette-turn outside the penalty area before attempting to slip in Jordan Hugill. A combination of Nacho Monreal and Gabriel challenges saw the ball ricochm transfer from Bournemouth.The signing will be the new Premier League side’s fifth of the transfer window as they look set to break their transfer record for a third time.The French striker, 23, joined the Cherries from Le Havre in 2016 for a reportet kindly for Robinson, who tapped home from six-yards out.Midway through the first half, the hosts were pushing for a second and nearly doubled their lead through another Robinson effort.Robinson’s over-hit pass still found its target in Hugill, who managed to pick out his teammate with a lovely floated cross. Robinson directed a header downwards from close range, but Shkodran Mustafi blocked the ball with an unintentional outstretched arm.Simon Grayson’s side were firmly on top as they wasted yet another glorious chance to stretch their advantage over a woeful Arsenal side.Robinson and Hugill were once again heavily involved as the former tried to pick out his teammate with a low and dangerous crocontent_imgss. But the goal scorer applied too much force to his delivery, leaving Hugill frustrated on his back in the Gunners penalty area.Arsenal could count themselves extremely lucky to be within striking distance of their Championship opponents, as they provided their first genuine threat on goal approaching half time.Fullback Ainsley Maitland-Niles raced clear down the right flank before centring for Ramsey to steer a header on target. But unfortunately for the Welsh midfielder, his effort was easily held by a grinning Chris Maxwell in goal.The visitors would survive another scare before the break as Monreal was forced to clear the ball off his line.Mustafi committed two errors in quick succession as Paul Gallagher took advantage and proceeded to lob the ball over David Ospina. The Scottish forward’s effort looked destined to end up in the back of the net before Monreal managed to hack the ball clear.Having been thoroughly outplayed in the first half, Arsenal drew level within 51 seconds of the restart as Ramsey finished expertly.Alex Iwobi found his teammate on the edge of the box, leaving Ramsey with the opportunity to sidestep his markers and caress the ball into the far corner. The accuracy of his strike earned a thumbs up from his manager Arsene Wenger, who casually retreated back to his dug-out.The away side managed to seize the imitative and were claiming for a penalty just past the hour mark for a challenge on Giroud.Granit Xhaka dinked a free-kick into a crowded penalty area, where Giroud was competing with Gregory Cunningham to get the vital first touch. The Preston defender wrapped his arms around the striker’s neck before heading back to his goalkeeper, but referee Bobby Madley was left unconvinced.Arsenal continued to push and nearly went ahead after Mustafi’s clever touch from a corner forced Preston goalkeeper Maxwell into action.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s delivery found the German international, who raced towards the near post, before skimming an effort towards goal. But Maxwell showed impressive reflexes to react and catch the defender’s effort and calm any home nerves.But Arsenal managed to avoid a dreaded replay after Giroud tucked home from cl Karius was delighted for parent club Liverpool after seeing them reach the Champions League final.Last season’s final defeat in Kiev marked Karius’ last game for the Reds before he was shipped out on-loan to Turkey.After seeing his old teammates stuose range in the last minute of normal time.Mustafi’s angled pass found Giroud in the box, who exchanged passes with teammate Lucas Perez before finding the back of the net via a deflection off defender Alan Browne, leaving Preston’s players disconsolate after missing out on a trip to the Emirates.

Chelsea FC transfer news: Simon Kjaer rules out leaving Fenerbahce for Premier League

Simon Kjaer has dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from Fenerbahce.Reports have claimed that Premier League leaders Chelsea have been monitoring Kjaer throughout the season.Blues boss Antonio Conte wants to add defensive reinforcements to his squad during the summer and had identified the 27-year-old as a potential target.However, s of re-signing Leicester City winger Bartosz Kapustka next season.This past campaign’s loan was cut short late in the season due to a serious knee injury. The Pole is now doing his rehab back in England and Leicester’s Belgian partners accept he wonDenmark international Kjaer has insisted he is happy in Turkey and is not looking for a move away.“I am happy at Fenerbahce and have no intento says he needs to feel the “pressure”.“I’ll tell you, if content_imgit were up to me, I would only play some important games,” the Portuguese international told France Football. “Those of the national team and in the Champions League.“It’s these kinds ion of leaving Turkey in the near future,”Kjaer was quoted as saying byFotospor.

Podcast: Danny Kelly’s Trans Europe Express – Sunday, December 4

Danny Kelly is joined by Andy Brassellto take a look at all the big football news from the continent.They discuss Sergio Ramos’ status at Real Madrid start of the season.Victory over Chelsea in the final on Wednesday would see Emery go out front with four titles, one ahead of Giovanni Trapattoni.”My titles incontent_img this competition are no guarantee,” said Emery. “Each match, each year is different.”The – take in action from Italy, Spainand Portugal, and have ime at Manchester City.Denis has been discussing his time in England.“At first it was fine. I got there and I went on pre-season with the first team to the United States, I debuted with the first team in the first round of cup when I was 17 years oa chat about who deserves FIFA’s Best Player and Manager Awards.This week’s European cult hero is the former Benfica and Portugal striker Eusebio, and there’s also a round-up of all the action from Russia, Holland, Turkey and Switzerland.Listen above, or .

Manchester United transfer news: Jose Mourinho wants ‘two or three good players’ in the summer – who could they be and how will they fit in?

Jose Mourinho is already looking to the summer transfer window after Manchester United’s League Cup triumph.Speaking after , the Portuguese coach stated: “I think we will be ready in July to open the door for two or three good players to help us to improve our level.”He went on to add: “We are stable in the way the team plays and we need one more push.“The next push is the next transfer window.”So who could Mourinho be looking to bring in for the 2017/18 season?We’ve taken a look at the rumours and at four possible starting line-ups for United next term. Check them out below.Eric Bailly has been excellent in his debut campaign, but Mourinho hasn’t had the luxury of a settled centre back partnership, due to injuries and the Africa Cup of Nations. Next term will be different, particularly with reports suggesting Benfica’s Lindelof is wanted, perhaps to step in ahead of the underperforming Chris Smalling. Lindelofhas been on the club’s radar for the pacontent_imgst couple of months having been excellent inPrimeira Liga.Similarly, Carrasco has been mooted with an Old Trafford transfer this season. The winger has eight goals and three assists in La Liga so far, settling superbly in his second term at Atletico Madrid. The problem may be funding a move though, with his release clause said to stand at £86m.It’s Griezmann, however, who is the star man wanted from Atletico.He features in each of our possible line-ups, as it seems he is the marquee signing wanted by United in the summer. Mourinho has been optimistic that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will extend his stay, sothe Red Devils boss would want the striker and Griezmann on the pitch, likely resulting in the latter moving out wide.Henrikh Mkhitaryan could settle as a number 10.Moving away from Lindelof and Griezmann, Kessie is another name that’s been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford. The player himself, who has reportedly been watched by Liverpool, Chelsea and United scouts this season,recently , stating:“I like the Premid on last season’s success.The club are hoping that they can break into the top six over the coming seasons, and the board have admitted that it is more important than a stadium revamp.Executive chairman Jeff Shi told the Express & Star: “Work oner League and in particularManchester United, the club I dream of playing for”.It’s now down to Mourialkeeper Norberto Murara – better known as NetoThe Gunners are searching for a replacement for Petr Cech, who will retire from football after the Europa League final.According to Plaza Deportivo, Emery wants to bring in 29-year-old to serve as Bernd nho, who may be under pressure to move his attention away from established talent to up and coming players,to react to his come-and-get-me plea.The 20-year-old is considered one of the finest young players in Europe, excelling as a powerful box-to-box central midfielder for Atalanta.His presence could allow Paul Pogba to push further on, though he would likely be embedded slowly into the team given his limited experience.Mourinho would no doubt be delighted if he ended the summer transfer window with this trio secured. An attacking quartet of Griezmann, Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic is the stuff of dreams for United and nightmares for their rivals. Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashfordwill also be fighting for a starting place.Luke Shaw could be of interest in the summer, too. The left back has come in for criticism by his manager this season, making his future uncertain. An exit is difficult to envisage, but next term really could be make or break for his career in Manchester.Along with Kessie, Casemiro is another player of similar quality in midfieldwho has reportedly been on Mourinho’s radar. The Brazilian has become a key player to Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid, but claim he’s unhappy with his current contract, believing it isn’t a true reflection of his importance to the Los Blancos team. He’s regularly praised for doing the ‘dirty work’ that often goes unnoticed.Midfield aside, it’s Mourinho’s attack that will be of great interest in the summer. With Griezmann, this front three could be available to United– and what a trio it would be.

International injury round-up: Newcastle, Stoke City and Manchester United players suffer season-ending setbacks

The international break is a dreaded period for the players’ club managers.While those involved on the pitch wear their country’s shirt with pride, there is always the concernthey may return for domestic duty in damaged condition.And, sadly, that has been the case for some as the most recent international break passes.At such a late stage in the season, this will be a major blow to the plHertha Berlin winger Valentino Lazaro is in Italy to sign with Inter Milan.Lazaro is due to undecontent_imgrgo a medical on Monday.”He’s very happy,” agent Federico Pastorello told reporters. “He needs his rest now, as the medical is set for very early tomorrow morning.”Inter are believed to have paid €21.5m plus another €3m in bonuses for thent Kompany says he knew his Manchester City career was over after his stunning goal against Leicester City.The defender scored a long-range piledriver to clinch a 1-0 victory for City, who eventually won an unprecedented domestic treble.Kompany has d Austria international.ayers’ clubs – to find out who has returned to the Premier League with an injury view the slideshow above.

West Ham transfer news: The striker with the ‘wow factor’ Slaven Bilic could yet sign this summer

Football statistics experts assess the merits ofWest Ham Unitedtarget Mario Gomez. Read their assessment below, then check out.As the minutes tick closer to the Premier League season, teams continue their quest to strengthen in the transfer window. Clubs are expected to bring in a number of new faces before the end of the month in a bid to achieve their seasonal goal – whether that is a title challenge, securing a European spot or simply evading the drop.For West Ham, unnar Solskjaer is the right man in charge.Johnsen is convinced United are improving under his fellow Norwegian. “It definitely was my biggest time as a footballer. We won a lot of trophies, I was part of a fantastic team [with] a fantastic manager,”though, the summer market has been a struggle to secure main targets. It’s no secret that the Hammers are searching for another striker ahead of their first season at the Olympic Stadium, yet have reportedly failed with bids so far for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette.That hasn’t stopped the club in their mission to bolster their squad, however. Deportivo Maldonado’s Jonathan Calleri is set to move to east London, while Swansea City’s Andre Ayew is also a target for Slaven Bilic.The pair, though, don’t have the wow factor that comes with a big-money signing.As such, reports of a move for Mario Gomez arrive with little shock. The Germany international scored more goals (26) than any other player in the Super Lig last season, while his two netted from three starts at the Euro 2016 finals only reinforces his statistically calculated strength of ‘Finishing’.Gomez has consistently netted for his club team across Europe and after opting against remaining with Besiktas for the coming campaign, is a viable option for West Ham.Bilic has already secured the services of Sofiane Feghouli and Gokhan Tore from Valencia and Besiktas, respectively. And the latter’s arrival, in particular, should encourage Gomez over a move to the Hammers. Both manager and player are familiar with Tore’s ability from their respective time with Besiktas. While the Turkey international registered just six assists in the Super Lig last season, two of those were for Gomez, with Tore well versed with the runs his former team-mate makes into the opposition penalty box.Having netted every 104 minutes in Turkey’s top tier last term, Gomez is one of the more consistent performers in Europe when it comes to goalscoring. Furthermore, Bilic is able to call on – at the time of writing – one of the most potent creative forces in Europe to help provide the ammunition for Gomez. Only Mesut Ozil (146) played more key passes than Dimitri Payet (119) in Europe’s tons.United are “in discussions” over a third January window signing, according to manager Chris Wilder.Wilder has already brought both Jack Rodwell and Jack Robinson to Bramall Lane this month, the latter moving from Nottingham Forest earlier this weep five leagues last season, with the Frenchman enjoying a superb debut campaign for West Ham.The experienccontent_imged playmaker was a star man at Euro 2016 and isn’t short of admirers. West Ham are understandably keen to retain Payet’s services this summer and if they bring in Gomez, the duo could form a deadly partnership in the final third.Coupled with the arrivals of Feghouli and Tore, Bilic could call on an attack capable of firing the Hammers to an automatic European finish this coming season.West Ham have exhausted their lengthy list of striking targets this summer, but the arrival of Gomez would send a real signal of intent to their rivals. Given his goal return for Besiktas last season, the German’s arrival would have fans’ fingers looming over the famous ‘Gomez Button’ should the Hammers acquire the 31-year-old.

Johnnie Jackson apologises for ‘disgraceful’ Charlton performance at Huddersfield and vows to reimburse fans

Charltoncaptain Johnnie Jackson has vowed to reimburse fans who travelled to watch the team’s humiliating defeat at Huddersfield on Tuesday night. as their woeful season took anoz says the presence of Sadio Mane is psychologically bad for Liverpool’s opponents.The Senegalese forward came off the bench to score a sensational goal to secure a 1-0 win over Norwich City ocontent_imgn Saturday.”All the different ways and different forms of ther turn for the worse.Jackson posted a message on Twitter after the game:“I know words are cheap but on behalf of myself and the players, I want to apologise for tonight. It was disgraceful and you deserve better.“We are going to reimburse fans who travelled up to support us. I will arrange this with the club + they will let you know how to be refunded.”Charlton’s defeat to the Terriersfollowed an FA Cup exit at the hands of League One strugglers Colchester on Saturday and has left interim bossKarel Fraeye’s future in doubt.Fraeyewas plucked from the Belgian third division to take on the job in aying alongside Tottenham ace Harry Kane in England’s attack.Abraham struck his first goal for England in last night’s 7-0 Euros qualifying rout of Montenegro last night, with Kane hitting a hat-trick.”It’s always been a dream for me to be on the samOctoberand has overseen just two wins in 13 Championship matches.Charlton fans are dismayed by the failure to appoint a permanentreplacement for the axed Guy Luzon and haveheld protests at The Valleyin recent weeks to voice their displeasure with club owner Roland Duchatelet and chief executive Katrien Meire’s running of the club.Fraeye refused to talk to the media following the defeat at Huddersfield and there weresuggestions he had been sacked.But Charlton have yet to make any comment on the 38-year-old’s future and he remains in interim charge for now.

Watford boss Walter Mazzarri keen to keep Tom Cleverley permanently once Everton loanee’s deal expires

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri is eager to keep Tom Cleverley at Vicarage Road beyond the end of the season.The Hornets signed Cleverley on loan from Everton in January with a view to a permanent transfer and the midfielder has settled in quickly at his new club.Watford have gone four Premier League matches unbeaten with Cleverley on the pitch, including back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Burnley, both of which the 27-year-old started.Cleverley will be aiming to make it three from three against his old club Manchester United on Saturday and Mazzarri hopes his new acquisition stays at Watford for good.“I want to say Tom Cleverley has surprised me in a positive way in how well he managed to get in this environment,” Mazzarri said.“It seems like he has been playing for us since a long time. Of course it would make me very happy if he would stay here with us because he is not only a great player but we need him as well.”Cleverley was one of three January arrivals at Watford along with M’Baye Niang and Mauro Zarate, both of whom started the win against Burnley, with Niang heading home the decisive goal.After a disappointing Christmas period, Watford appear to have turned a corner, having climbed to 10th in the table and 10 points clear of the relegation zone.Mazzarri believes the new signings have given the whole squad a lift.“I always said that competition is very important for us and for the players,” Mazzarri said.“The players that are coming back and starting to play means there is competition. “Even Troy (Deeney), you see he is doing extremely well now, much more than before.“He knows that I expect the maximum intensity in trainihe coming days.The Mirror says Inter will this week launch a bx.The Mirror sacontent_imgys Liverpool will have to pay £18million if they want to land Max.The Augsburg left-back is being considered as an option as Jurgen Klopp looks for backup to Andrew Robertson following Alberto Moreno’s departure to Villarreal.Barcelonid for United’s £75 million want away striker Lukaku.Antonio Conte has made signing the Belgium international his number one priority and Inter are keen to make a statement by getting himng because at the end of training I take my decisions and decide who can play.”

Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Gunners player ratings

Arsenal saw their grip on a top four position take a hit as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool at Anfield.Danny Welbeck looked to have gher to get themselves out of relegation trouble. The Hornets are bottom of the table with just one win for the season, which leaves them seven points from safety.”When I joined last week and when Craig joined me, we knew that have at our disposal somiven tcontent_imghe Gunners a fighting chance ofSalzburg striker Erling Haaland has been named Austria’s Footballer of the Year for 2019.The poll held by APA, saw the 19-year-old receive a total of 27 points from the twelve voting coaches of the Austrian Bundesliga. The Norwegian clearly prevailed securing a positive result, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation strike.The loss leaves the Gunners outside of the top four and two points behind Manchester City – who have a game in hand.But, just how did Arsene Wenger’s men perform at Anfield?

Andy Goldstein’s Sports Bar Best Bits – 2015

Andy Goldstein rounds up t an offer for RB Salzburg striker Erlicontent_imgng Haaland in January.The Times says United will bid for Haaland in January — with bidding expected to exceed £60m.United have been closely scouting Haaland and they are ready to pounce during the window at thhe highlights from abrilliant year of the Sports Bar alongside Bobby Go surgery.Allegri revealed the news ahead of Sunday’s game with Sampdoria.He said, “Szczesny has a knee problem and will have keyhole surgery over the next few weeks, but he is available for tomorrow. Cristiano Ronaldo is not making the trip, as he neuld and Jason Cundy.

Besiktas condemn Istanbul terror attack after explosion outside Vodafone Arena

Besiktas and the Turkish Football Association have condemned the terrorists who apparently targeted police with a car bomb outside the Istanbul club’s Vodafone Arena.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed there have been fatalities.The explosion, which reportedly targeted a riot police bus right outside the stadium, took place at round 10.30pm local time following Besiktas’ 2-1 home win over Bursaspor.The blast was followed by a second one in Macka Park near the stadium which was being treated as a suicide bomb, Turkish Interioral has shouldered the responsibility of being United’s main striker during Marcus Rashford’s absence, with Keane highlighting just how well he has performed over the past few weeks.”We have definitely seen something more out of him over the last few Minister Suleyman Soylu said.“One is located just outside the stadium…and the other is in Macka Park. Macka Park is considered a suicide bomb,” he was quoted by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.Turkish media reported the explosions were followed by gunshots.Erdogan said in a statement that there had been “martyrs and wounded”, but he did not mention a number.Soylu had said earlier that around 20 people, macontent_imginly riot police officers, had been injured.Images posted on social media appeared to show the remains of a burnt-out vehicle, with debris, and police helmets, strewn across the road and fires burning in the wreckage.Besiktas, the Turkish Super Lig champions, released a statement condemning “the terrorists…who attacked our heroic security forces, who provided secumpressed by the work of U21 coach Shaun Cooper.The former Cherries star is approaching the one-year anniversary of stepping into the hotseat having replaced Carl Fletcher in October 2018, after he took on a new role as the club’s loan manager. Howe trity for both our supporters and those of our visitors Bursaspor”.The Istanbul-based club added: “We hope that the citizens who were wounded in the attack will have a speedy recovery and that no greater suffering will be experienced.“We condemn violence and hatred.”The Turkish FA expressed its “tremendous sorrow” at the injuries and condemned the “inhuman brutal terrorist attack”.Soylu said the explosion occurred at the exit where Bursaspor fans left the stadium, with the club saying supporters had already left the stadium and that none of their fans had been caught up in the incident.Bursaspor added that they wished the “injured security personnel and citizens a speedy recovery”.

Gary Brazil and Jack Lester to remain in charge of Nottingham Forest’s first team until end of season

Gary Brazil and Jack Lester will remain in charge of Nottingham Forest’s first team until the end of the season.The duo had been in interim charge of the Championship side since Philippe Montanier’s departure from the club in January.Forest have enjoyed a resurgence in form, securing three wins in their last four matches, helping the club move up to 15th in the table.Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough turned down an approach to take over in favour of staying with the Brewers in their fight against relegation.Clough insiscontent_imgted that the club’s lack of stability p’s Internaniors are eyeing Barcelona striker Luis Suarez.Suarez is being linked with a move to Argentina at the end of the season.Martin Castilla on CNN Radio reports the option might be there depending on who wins the club’s elections. His arrival would be hutional Champions Cup (ICC), the annual pre-season women’s competition, reports, /.The deal was brokered by agency Relevent Sports Group (RSG) and will mark another addition to Budweiser’s growing soccer portfolio.The Women’s ICC will take played no part in his decision to reject the chance to manage at the City Ground, where his father Brian enjoyed unprecedented success.However, last week a US group still said it held interest in taking over from Fawaz Al Hasawi.

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha has ‘no regrets’ after turning back on England to play for Ivory Coast

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha insists he has no regrets at turning his back on England to pursue an international career with the Ivory Coast.The Abidjan-born star won two senior England caps over three years ago, but as both were in friendly matches he was able to switch his allegiance to his country of birth.England boss Gareth Southgate had hoped to persuade Zaha to change his mind, but the 24-year-old was included in the Ivory Coast squad for the upcoming African Nations Cup and hene Mings.The two were involved in an incident at the end of the first half, when Mings had words with El Ghazi about not tracking back.But Grealish says the issue was resolved in the dressing room between the two players, and it will not linger any f made his Elephants’ debut in a 2-1 pre-tournament win over Sweden on Sunday.Zaha, who moved to London when he was four, said on : “I went to England when I was young and I did not return home. So I did all my classes in my adopted country and it was most normal that I played for the England youth sides.“But for four years, I’ve had a lot of time to analyse the situation and take into account the requests of the Ivory Coast Associatiron Ramsdale.The Irish goalkeeper played the final two top-flight matches of the 2018-19 campaign, but is yet to make a matchday squad in the league this term with Aaron Ramsdale and Artur Boruc selected instead. Discussing Travers’s approach to thison. So I made my choicontent_imgce. Now I want to play with the Ivory Coast.“It is gratifying, firstly because I am proud to play for my country, and also because the Ivory Coast has quality players and has always been a breeding ground of talent. So I made the right choice and I don’t regret it.”The Ivory Coast are due to face Uganda in a friendly on Wednesday, before getting their African Nations Cup campaign under way against Togo on January 16.

Arsene Wenger insists he wants Jack Wilshere at Arsenal long-term and will offer midfielder new contract

Arsene Wenger will offer Jack Wilshere a new deal at Arsenal after insisting the decision to allow him to leave on a season-long loan to Bournemouth remains the correct one.The 24-year-old asked to leave on a temporary basis in the summer when it became clear he would not be a regular in Wenger’s first team despite returning to fitness after missing the majority of the previous two years through injury.Bournemouth ended up taking him to the Vitality Stadium for the season and he has flourished to the extent that he returned to the England squad for the recent double-header against Scotland and Spain.The Cherries visit Arsenal on Sunday with Premier League rules stipulating Wilshere will not be allowed to play against his parent club, having played in the last seven games for Eddie Howe’s side.Wenger has allowed Wilshere to go about his business on the south coast but revealed the academy graduate, whose current deal expires in the summer of 2018, will be offered fresh terms after the festive period.Asked if he wanted to extend Wilshere’s stay at Arsenal, Wenger replied: “Yes, of course.“We have to plan that around the new year. I think it was basically in the end a big decision for him to go.“He gets regular football and now on the observations I get from our people who watch him, he’s getting stronger every week.“That’s exactly what he needed – to have regular football, maybe not every three days but every week at the start. That has helped him a lot to develop and come back to the level he deserves to be at.”Wenger said he had not spoken to Wilshere since his temporary departure and was not worried when he heard the player was hoping for Bournemouth to run out the winners on Sunday lunchtime.“Not since he left,” the Frenchman replied when asked how often he speaks to Wilshere.“I leave him to deal with his manager. Every week I ask, ‘How did he play?’, I read the reports and when I can see highlights or watch him on television, I will watch him.“I’m happy that he hasn’t had any injuries since he left us.“That (wanting Bournemouth to win) is normal when you’re committed to a club. When you sign for a club you are committed to a project and you have to do well in that season.“You can’t say you want your own team to lose the game.&#822content_img1;While Wilshere was concerned about the number of midfielders in front of him in the pecking order, Wenger has been having to make do without the influential Santi Cazorla.The Spain international injured his Achilles in the 6-0 win over Ludogorets last month and there is still no date set on his return.“He’s important to our technical stability in the team, to the quality of our decision making and to our build-up from deep midfield to the high midfield,” Wenger said of Cazorla.“That’s an important stage because it gets the ball out from the defenders. We have enough quality players in our side to get around that, even if Santi is a massive player for us.”With Cazorla sidelined, Wenger has played Francis Coquelin with Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey in the last three games.Some Arsenal fans have been perplexed by the lack of opportunities handed to Xhaka, who signed for over £30million in the summer.The 24-year-old Switzerland international has started just five Premier League games but Wenger insists he is pleased with the progression of the former Borussia Monchengladbach man.“I’m very happy with his commitment,” he said.“I think he’s developing well. He hag has opened the door to leaving in January.Puig spoke on Sunday after Barcelona B’s draw with Andorra at the Johan Cruyff stadium and said he wants more first team action.”I’d like to have more minutes (up a level) and if I see I won’t get them I’llsn’t maybe started enough since the start of the season but he is adapting to a different league, a different way of playing.“Overall I’m happy because everAmazon’s December 2019 debut as a domestic broadcast partner for the Premier League peaked with an audience of approximately two million viewers for the Merseyside derby between Liverpool and Everton, according to online media outlet Digiday, reports, /.The figure is comparable to the audience on pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports when the two clubs last played each other in March.y day he’s focused on working hard and I’m confident he’ll get his number of games.”