Reports: Arsenal to begin contract talks with Wenger

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English media outfit The Sun are reporting that Arsenal will soon open talks with Arsene Wenger to keep him at The Emirates.

The Sun say they will be offering Wenger a 2-year contract potentially worth £7.5 million ($11.7 million) per year.

Wenger has been rumored for a while now to covet a return to France, something he has vehemently denied in the media multiple times in the past few years.

However, with Paris Saint-Germain struggling to find a new manager to replace Carlo Ancelotti this summer, it was often said that what put many potential candidates off was PSG’s insistence on just a one-year deal. This essentially guaranteed any signee would be simply a placeholder until Wenger’s contract at Arsenal expires, which it does after this year.

PSG eventually signed Laurent Blanc to a 2-year deal, finding it impossible to attract any sort of manager worth the spot with such poor job security, but it is still believed they would be thrilled to persuade Wenger to leave the Premier League.

This is something the Gunners are throwing everything they have at preventing, throwing a shiny new contract his way.

The article also states Arsenal will look to sweeten the pot and convince him to stay by handing him £40 million ($62.5 million) to work with in the January transfer market.  Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis declared in June that the club had around £70 million ($109.5 million) for summer transfers, but failed to spend a single iota of that until the final day when they splashed £44 million ($68.8 million) of it to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Wenger took a lot of heat during much of the transfer window for not spending, but it was decided he deserves an extension when a phone call with Ozil revealed other teams may have offered him more money but it was Wenger who convinced him to join the Gunners.

AT HALF: Arsenal hangs four on Palace; Unreal WBA assist (video)

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No Alexis, no problem for Arsenal, while West Bromwich Albion saw a classy pass from Grzegorz Krychowiak open their scoring at Goodison Park.

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Arsenal 4-0 Crystal Palace

This match looks nothing like the 3-2 thriller in late December, and has drawn plenty of banter with Alexis Sanchez out of the Arsenal picture.

Alexandre Lacazette, Alex Iwobi, Laurent Koscileny, and Nacho Monreal all on the board for the Gunners, with Lacazette’s goal just gorgeous football (embedded above).

Burnley 0-0 Manchester United

Sean Dyche‘s men are frustrating the visitors in a match with an over/under of two for “oohs and aahs” for the second half.

Leicester City 1-0 Watford

Jamie Vardy knows how to draw a penalty, and beat Orestis Karnezis after Molla Wague fouled him in the box just before halftime.

Everton 0-1 West Bromwich Albion

Big Sam Allardyce‘s Everton tenure continues to morph into a version of his West Ham United tenure, as Jay Rodriguez converted this incredible pass from Krychowiak to give Alan Pardew‘s Baggies a somewhat surprising lead.

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Stoke City 0-0 Huddersfield Town
West Ham United 0-0 Bournemouth

Hughton feels Chelsea lucky not to give two PKs to Brighton

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Chelsea posted a controlling 4-0 score line in Saturday’s visit to Brighton and Hove Albion, but the host manager feels his side is betrayed by the final score and the referee’s judgment.

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Chris Hughton feels the Seagulls should have been awarded a pair of opportunities from the spot during the loss.

The first was Wily Caballero’s takedown of Ezequiel Schelotto, who had an outstanding match in the blowout loss, and the second was a less offensive coming together between Schelotto and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

“For me, we should have had two penalties,” Hughton said. “The first one I thought at the time, the second I wasn’t sure. But when the keeper comes out there is every chance there is going to be a decision to be made, so you have to get yourself into a position to see it. If he says he hasn’t seen it, it’s not one I don’t believe, but there was always going to be a decision to be made.”

Chelsea scored twice in the first 10 minutes, but the match may have been a bit different were one of the penalties awarded and converted by Brighton. Still, 4-0 at home sinks his Hughton’s men closer to the drop zone. Brighton has 23 points, two points above 17th place Saints and three clear of 18th place Stoke City.

Watch Live: Six Premier League games at 10am ET

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Six Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.

You can watch all the games live online.

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Arsenal welcome Crystal Palace, Man United head to Burnley, West Ham host Bournemouth, Stoke and Huddersfield clash, while Leicester welcome Watford and Everton do battle with West Brom.

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You can access additional games by purchasing the new “Premier League Pass” via NBC Sports Gold which also includes an extensive selection of shoulder programming such as Premier League News, Premier League Today and NBC Sports originals such as Premier League Download and much more.

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For those of you familiar with the Premier League Breakaway Show during busy days (Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Championship Sunday etc.) in the PL, this will follow that model of being similar to the NFL RedZone with action shown from all of the games in the 10 a.m. ET window. More info is available here.

The schedule for all six games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Manchester United – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Everton vs. West Brom – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Watford – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Stoke City vs. Huddersfield Town – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: West Ham United vs. Bournemouth – NBC Sports Gold  [STREAM]

Brighton 0-4 Chelsea: Magic Hazard runs the show

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  • Chelsea snap run of five-straight draws
  • Brighton have one win in last 13 PL games
  • Hazard scores twice, rips Brighton apart
  • Chelsea have won 11 of last 16 games

Chelsea beat Brighton and Hove Albion 4-0 at the Amex Stadium on Saturday as Eden Hazard scored twice and tore the Seagulls apart.

Two goals in the opening six minutes from Hazard and Willian set Chelsea on their way to victory, then Hazard capped the win off with a fine individual goal late on and Victor Moses added a fourth.

Brighton battled hard and hit the woodwork and had penalty shouts but Chris Hughton‘s men were outclassed by Hazard in dazzling form.

Without the suspended duo of Alvaro Morata and Pedro, plus injured goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea deserved the win and moved level on 50 points with second-place Manchester United, while the Seagulls are just three points above the drop zone.

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Less than three minutes into the game Chelsea took the lead as Moses’ cross from the right deflected into Hazard’s path and the Belgian took a touch to settle himself before he rifled home.

It got worse soon after for Brighton as Chelsea pounced to double their lead via Willian. The Brazilian surged forward, played the ball into Eden Hazard and he then flicked the ball into Michy Batshuayi with the back of his heel and Batshuayi followed suit to play in Willian who fired home. 2-0 with six minutes on the clock.

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Brighton responded well and should have had a penalty kick as Willy Caballero rushed off his line and appeared to catch Ezequiel Schelotto, but no penalty kick was given and Chelsea cleared the danger. Moments later a high ball into the box caused Cabellero problems again as he flapped at a cross but his defense bailed him out.

On the break Batshuayi had an effort stopped by Mat Ryan as Hazard ran riot, while at the other end Caballero then made a superb save to deny Tomer Hemed and Shane Duffy nodded wide as Brighton had their chances in a action-packed first half.

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In the second half, Brighton continued to push for a goal back and Davy Propper‘s header hit the post and came out. Andreas Christensen was then forced off after being involved in a nasty clash of heads as David Luiz came on.

At the other end Willian had his free kick pushed onto the post by Ryan as Chelsea looked to end any hope of a Brighton comeback.

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Hazard (who else?) did just that in the closing stages as he sauntered towards goal and send Ryan the wrong way with a fine finish to make it 3-0.

Charly Musonda then made a great impression as he jumped off the bench and clipped a fine ball forward for Moses who controlled and finished for Chelsea’s four goal to hammer the final nail in Brighton’s coffin.