West Brom 2-1 Arsenal: Baggies fight back to stun Gunners

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  • Arteta OG wins it for WBA
  • Giroud put Gunners ahead
  • Coquelin, Arteta both injured
  • Cazorla misses late PK

West Bromwich Albion beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday as Tony Pulis‘ side battled back to win.

Olivier Giroud headed Arsenal into the lead but James Morrison equalized and then an own goal from Mikel Arteta sealed all three points for the home team who also saw Santi Cazorla miss a late penalty kick as he slipped when kicking the ball.

With the win the Baggies move up to 13th on 17 points, while Arsenal drop to fourth on 26 points.

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West Brom made a decent start as James McClean whipped in a dangerous cross but no Baggies attacker could get on the end of it.

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Arsenal were handed an early injury blow as Francis Coquelin had to go off injured after clattering into a challenge with Claudio Yacob. The Frenchman was clutching his right knee and was replaced by Mike Arteta. The Gunners went close to taking the lead as Alexis Sanchez’s free kick looped up and over the wall but Boaz Myhill saved well.

Giroud did give Arsenal the lead before the half hour mark as he headed home Mesut Ozil’s free kick with the German grabbing an assist for the seventh-straight PL game.

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Before half time the Baggies were level as Morrison cleverly finished with the outside of his right foot to make it 1-1. The Hawthorns was bouncing. Five minutes before half time West Brom went 2-1 up as Salomon Rondon played in McClean down the left and his cross was pushed onto Arteta’s hand by Petr Cech and the ball bobbled into the goal. Own goal, as Arsenal trailed 2-1.

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In the second half Arsenal’s injury woes continued with Arteta, the sub, had to be subbed through injury with Matheiu Flamini coming on. Despite that setback Arsenal pushed hard for an equalizer as Ozil hit the post and Kieran Gibbs had an effort which was superbly blocked by Craig Dawson. Late on Arsenal continued to push with Ozil hitting the post but Chris Brunt headed across the bar as West Brom thought they had gone 3-1 up but goal-line technology said otherwise and a free kick was also given for a push in the box.

In the 83rd minute Arsenal were then handed a penalty kick as Brunt was adjudged to have knocked Sanchez to the ground in the box with Mark Clattenburg pointing to the spot. Cazorla stepped up to take the PK but slipped as he did so and the ball looped up and over the bar in a huge let-off for the Baggies.

West Brom held on to win despite late pressure from Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger‘s side missed the chance to go top of the Premier League.

Man Utd set to add $20m Swans winger James

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Manchester United’s first signing of the summer will be a Welsh international forward, but not that one, presuming the clubs sort out the transfer fee.

Swansea City winger Daniel James has agreed to terms with United, according to Sky Sports.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s men about $20 million.

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James scored five times with 10 assists for Graham Potter in all competitions this season, totaling 2800 minutes for Swans.

Only Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish was fouled more per game than James, who was taken to the turf 2.7 times per match. He mostly played on the left wing this season.

Twice-capped by Wales, James turns 22 in November. How long will it take him to make the jump from Championship star to Premier League contributor?

Martinez names Kompany in Belgium squad

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Roberto Martinez is going to suit up a manager as Belgium fights to qualify for EURO 2020.

Okay, okay, that manager is Anderlecht player-manager Vincent Kompany, mere days removed from sealing a domestic treble for Manchester City.

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Kompany, 33, has been called up by Belgium for the first time since November. He has 87 caps with four goals for the Red Devils, and perhaps the nickname will be a little less awkward now that he’s not a member of the Premier League’s “noisy neighbors.”

Here’s what Martinez had to say about Kompany’s inclusion.

“In modern football it is not easy to combine the job of player and coach,” Martinez added. “In England they have a tradition of that but less and less because the job of coach has become enormously demanding. We must give him time. We will support him in everything he does.”

Belgium is in a qualifying group with Russia, Cyprus, Scotland, Kazakhstan, and San Marino, and should waltz into the tournament.

USMNT dates to host Cuba, Canada revealed

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MIAMI (AP) The United States will host Cuba on Oct. 11 and Canada on Nov. 15 in the first CONCACAF Nations League.

CONCACAF said Tuesday that the Americans, seeded in Group A, will play at Canada on Oct. 15 and at Cuba on Nov. 19.

Sites have not been determined.

Other Nations League groups are:

B – Bermuda, Mexico, Panama

C – Martinique, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago

D – Costa Rica, Curacao, Haiti

The top team in each League A group advances to the semifinals in March, and the last-place team is relegated to League B.

The U.S. intends to play exhibitions on the September FIFA dates for national teams.

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Five players Man United should sign

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Manchester United need a massive rebuild this summer.

Everybody knows it.

Their manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have both spoken publicly about their desire to strengthen the squad, with Solskjaer aiming to bring in young, hungry players to the club. Something drastic has to change.

But which five players should United make their top targets this summer as they aim to push their way back into the top four of the Premier League?

Even though United have been through struggles in recent seasons, the allure of playing for one of the most popular clubs on the planet and dragging them back to the top of the game will attract plenty of players. So too will the fact that United’s finances allows them to pay top dollar.

Here’s a look at five players they have to sign this summer to complete the dramatic rebuild they need.


Joao Felix (Benfica, release clause of $133 million)
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder will provide goals and assists and he has shone in Portugal. The last time United were off the pace a little in the PL, they plucked a bright young talent from Portugal called Cristiano Ronaldo. That worked out pretty well. Felix may never reach Ronaldo’s heights, but the fact Man City and Real Madrid want to sign him says it all.


Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham, release clause of $32 million)
Doesn’t really fit into the “young and hungry” category, but the Belgian defender would add a steadying influence to United’s defense. At 30 years old Alderweireld is set for one big final pay day in his career and that is why he has such a small release clause in his contract after Spurs had to trigger a one-year extension. His displays for Spurs over the past few years have been consistency excellent.


Harry Maguire (Leicester, valued at $100 million)
At 26 years old Maguire is still to enter his prime. That is wild considering how well he has played for Leicester and England over the past two seasons. He almost joined United last summer but decided to stay at Leicester, and another great season has soon his value rise by $25 million. Maguire and Alderweireld at center back would be a great partnership, but it is likely only one of them will arrive. Maguire is more expensive but would be a long-term purchase.


Declan Rice (West Ham, valued at $60 million)
His meteoric rise has seen him become a star for West Ham and make his England debut. Shows so much poise in the holding midfield role and if Rice, still just 20 years old, arrived then it could help Paul Pogba out as he will win the ball back and feed the Frenchman in good areas. West Ham will reluctantly sell, and Rice should be a top priority to shield United’s shaky defense.


Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace, valued at $60 million)
Ashley Young has been handed a one-year extension and Antonio Valencia is leaving, so United are looking a little weak at right back. Wan-Bissaka, 21, has been sublime for Crystal Palace and is a solid defender as well as adding an attacking presence. Palace will be reluctant to sell both AWB and Wilfried Zaha in the same summer, which could be an issue. Right back is an area where United need to strengthen. Now.