Arsene Wenger to Thierry Henry: just relax

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It never made much sense to me, this Thierry Henry-loan-to-Arsenal thing.

I know it made some sense last year, as Gunners needed some extra cover during a furiously busy spell, and Henry longed for his lost love and to reignite his mutual man-crush on Arsenal boss and fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger.

And it did happen that Henry scored a memorable goal and assisted in the cause around the Emirates, so all lived happily ever after.

But Henry is a year older. Gunners’ need of the moment doesn’t seem as fierce.

And as I keep saying, “What do the Red Bulls get from all this?” The Major League Soccer club does, after all, hold the man’s contract. As such, they have significant stakes in the game here.

Apparently, Wenger feels the same way now. Or, he says to, at least.

This story reports that Wenger has ruled out the possibility of a second loan to the Emirates Stadium.

Watch Live: Brighton and Hove Albion vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Paulo Gazzaniga is between the sticks for Tottenham Hotspur as the North Londoners attempt to end a three-match losing skid on Saturday at Brighton and Hove Albion (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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It’s the 26-year-old’s first start for Spurs since blanking Crystal Palace on Nov. 5, 2017.

Dele Alli is on the bench for Spurs, as Heung-Min Son gets a start.

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Brighton and Hove Albion: Ryan, Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong, Stephens, Propper, Bissouma, Knockaert, Murray, March. Subs: Button, Balogun, Kayal, Jahanbakhsh, Locadia, Andone.

Tottenham Hotspur: Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Lucas, Son, Kane. Subs: Whiteman, Aurier, Sanchez, Wanyama, Winks, Lamela, Dele.

Pulisic nabs equalizer for 10-man Dortmund (video)

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Borussia Dortmund was down a goal, then a man.

Fortunately, Marco Reus and Christian Pulisic are wearing black and yellow.

[ WATCH: Pogba’s otherworldly assist ]

BVB came back for a point after Abdou Diallo was shown red with 15 minutes to play in Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Pulisic then showed his supreme poacher’s instincts when Reus slid a ball into the six with six minutes plus stoppage to go at Rhein-Neckar Arena.

It’s Pulisic’s second goal in the week of his 20th birthday, having scored against Club Brugge in the Champions League at midweek.

Joelinton scored for Hoffenheim. The Pulisic goal and red card offense are below.

PL AT HALF: Stars shining across six 10 a.m. ET kickoffs

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We’ve seen goals, goals, goals across five of six Premier League matches which kicked off at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday.

[ MORE: Fulham draw Watford ]

There’s a lone nil-nil in the bunch, and that one’s offered promise of finish as well.

Manchester United 1-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

A sensational first touch pass from Paul Pogba (see above) and a low drive from Fred have the Red Devils leading at Old Trafford.

Leicester City 1-1 Huddersfield Town

The struggling Terriers took a surprising early lead, but Kelechi Iheanacho had the score line before the break.

Liverpool 3-0 Southampton

The Saints were unable to use Liverpool loanee Danny Ings, and the attack is struggling to do anything while the Reds have goals from a Xherdan Shaqiri-prodded own goal for Wesley Hoedt and a follow-up marker from center back Joel Matip.

Mohamed Salah scored in stoppage time after a Liverpool free kick rang off the cross bar and bounced on the goal line for the Egyptian to deposit in the goal.

Cardiff City 0-3 Manchester City

Moments after Cardiff nearly found a shocking way into the champions’ goal, it was Sergio Aguero who restored order for Manchester City. Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan added goals before halftime.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United

Chances for both sides at Selhurst Park, though the Eagles are holding control of it.

Burnley 2-0 Bournemouth

Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon score two minutes apart to give Turf Moor a delightful halftime break.

Watch Live: Man United, Man City, Liverpool in action at 10am ET

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Six Premier League games are coming your way at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all in action.

[ STREAM: Every PL game live here ] 

Let’s see if the big boys can rotate their squads expertly after UEFA Champions League action a few days ago.

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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.

[ STREAM: “Goal Rush” here ]

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 four games at 10 a.m. ET is below and you can stream each game live by clicking on the links.


10 a.m. ET: Liverpool vs. Southampton – NBCSN [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Cardiff City vs. Manchester City – CNBC [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Burnley vs. Bournemouth – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle United – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Leicester City vs. Huddersfield Town – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]
10 a.m. ET: Manchester United vs. Wolves – NBC Sports Gold [STREAM]