Premier League Playback: How have Arsenal blown another title bid?

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WHY DOES ARSENAL KEEP BLOWING IT?

It’s happening again. It always happens. Why is it happening again?

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That’s likely to be the question most Arsenal fans are asking themselves this morning and they have every right.

After crashing to an injury-ravaged Manchester United 3-2 on Sunday at Old Trafford, Arsenal’s title hopes are quite in ruins but it’s getting there.

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Five points behind leaders Leicester with 11 games to go, the Gunners crumbled under the pressure. Leicester won on Saturday (Leonardo Ulloa’s late winner saw the Foxes beat Norwich 1-0) to move five points clear. Arsenal knew they needed to win on Sunday and although they started the game brightly – Mesut Ozil’s delicious flick set Nacho Monreal clean through but he shot right at David De Gea to squander a gilt-edged chance — that urgency soon faded as defensive lapses left them crumpled in a heap.

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Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel failed to pick up Marcus Rashford as Gabriel’s poor clearance was picked up and then swept home by the teenager (much more on him, soon) and then he ghosted in-between the duo in the box to head home and put United 2-0 up in the first half. Defensively, Arsenal were shocking. Would Per Mertesacker‘s experience have helped? Probably not.

The Gunners showed some fight with Danny Welbeck scoring to make it 2-1 right on half time, but then they imploded again with poor midfield tracking and a lack of tenacity in the engine room the underlying issue in this defeat. Francis Coquelin left Ander Herrera with far too much time and space on the edge of the box and his deflected effort put United 3-1 up. Still, Mesut Ozil scored to make it 3-2 with 20 minutes to go and there was hope but Arsenal never truly looked like netting an equalizer on a day where star names didn’t show up. Big time. Being present in Wenger’s press conference after the game, it was clear he was annoyed with the performance. He snarled at suggestions stating that this defeat was his worst-ever to United because of their under-strength team and refused to criticize his senior players who didn’t deliver.

[ MORE: Wenger says title hopes still alive ]

Ozil had a goal and assist but did little apart from that. Alexis Sanchez struggled to have any influence on the game. Theo Walcott looked lost out wide. Even Petr Cech seemed to be struggling to demand his defense and organize them coherently.

That was the big issue here and in recent times, it’s nothing new. Arsenal last won the title 10 years ago and this season clearly represents their best chance to end that drought. This was meant to be a new Arsenal, a side who could go away from home, sit back and defend then hit teams on the break. They’ve got better at it, but after putting themselves in a good position their customary end of season charge doesn’t look like materializing once again this year. Coquelin and the lightweight, disappointing Aaron Ramsey went missing with Morgan Schneiderlin and Ander Herrera all over them to cut off the supply line to Arsenal’s underperforming attacking midfield trio of Sanchez, Ozil and Walcott.

With Arsene Wenger’s attacking team selection, he seemed to want to go for the jugular and rub salt in the wounds of a wounded, bitter long-term rival as United had several key players out. It backfired.

“I think they defended well. Every time we got in the flow they stopped us with little free kicks in the middle of the park,” Wenger said. “On set pieces I expected us to do more. We were not dangerous enough.”

Is Wenger the problem? Many had questioned his “naïve” tactics and insistence on playing “the right way” over digging in and getting the job done. Those critics will find a fine voice once again after this damaging defeat. Coupled with Tottenham Hotspur’s comeback win against Swansea, it is now Spurs who trail Leicester by two points and lead Arsenal by three. The Gunners face Swansea at home on Wednesday and then a huge north London derby at Tottenham on Saturday.

This is it. Their title hopes will come down to the next two games. Can they pick themselves up and beat Swansea heading into the biggest derby matches against Spurs in PL history? They need to. Deep down, Wenger knows it.

“Nobody knows,” Wenger said, with  shrug. “We dropped three important points and we have to show we can fight and bounce back on Wednesday night [against Swansea] and not feel sorry for ourselves.”

Although he hasn’t given up on winning the title this season, he knows it’s do or die in the next seven days. Arsenal’s fans have seen this last chance saloon scenario play out too many times to be surprised. They’re already starting to feel sorry for themselves.


UNITED’S YOUNGINS

Premier League Schedule – Week 27

Result Recap & Highlights
 Leicester 1-0 Norwich Recap, watch here
 Man Utd 3-2 Arsenal Recap, watch here
 Saints 1-2 Chelsea Recap, watch here
 Stoke 2-1 A. Villa Recap, watch here
 Tottenham 2-1 Swansea Recap, watch here
 Watford 0-0 B’mouth Recap, watch here
 WBA 3-2 C. Palace Recap, watch here
 West Ham 1-0 S’land Recap, watch here

The eruption of noise at Old Trafford when Rashford lashed home a shot to put Manchester United 1-0 up against Arsenal on Sunday was unlike anything I’ve heard in recent times at OT. Perhaps it was the loudest since Sir Alex Ferguson retired…

[ MORE: Rashford on his dream week ]

Scratch that. Rashford, 18, struck again in the first half and the noise was even louder. His two goals and assist led United to the win over Arsenal and the teenager, who only made his pro debut four days ago, now has four goals in his first two outings as a United player. Not bad.

The local lad seemed composed, unfazed and received glowing praise from both managers post-game. His movement was particularly impressive as he peeled away at key moments and didn’t panic when two chances dropped his way. He did get lucky with a handball shout at the other end as he appeared to block the ball on the line with his arm, but the way his luck is going right now Craig Pawson missed it.

Rashford wasn’t the only United youngin to make a scene. This week alone Van Gaal has handed debuts to five players from their academy and since he arrived at United just over 18 months ago he has handed 23 players their debut for the Red Devils. With eight academy products in United’s 18-man squad on Sunday, their recently criticized academy does seem to be getting something right. He’s always been an advocate of promoting youth players quickly and has had huge success doing it at Ajax and Bayern Munich.

“It is the culture of Manchester United and that is why they take me as a manager,” Van Gaal said. “It is of course crazy all the injuries we have, today 12 injured players so now it is a little bit overdone, I think, but you see youngsters give always spirit to the team. I have a lot of experience with that and that is also a very important aspect of my philosophy.”

That said, this sudden influx of acne and flattop haircuts into United’s starting lineup was out of necessity rather than ingenuity. 12 first team players are out injured, plus Marcos Rojo went down during the game.

Of the youngsters who did play on Sunday, Guillermo Varela was solid and grew into the game from right back, while Rashford stole the headlines up top and although it’s difficult to class Memphis and Jesse Lingard as “’youngins” they’re still under 23. That fact and with two midfielders Michael Carrick and Daley Blind playing center back emphasized how impressive of a patch-up job United did. For some reason, this song from a baby-faced Wiz Khalifa popped into my head as I watched the multiple academy products make their debut for United over the past few days. They’re definitely on their grind, just like Wiz was back in the day.

18-year-old Dutchman Tim Fosu-Mensah came off the bench to play most of the second half, while James Weir also made his first team debut late on in this huge game. The fact that none of these youngsters really looked out of place (well, Fosu-Mensah hardly look comfortable at left back with the midfielders usual attacking instincts kicking in, but he put in a great shift) playing against one of the best teams in the PL bodes well for the future. Sure, the adrenaline pumping may have improved their performance levels but this experience will hold them in good stead. A by-product of this injury crisis at United is that these youngsters will increase LVG’s options, should he remain beyond the end of this season.

With United now just three points off the top four – crosstown rivals and fourth-placed Man City have a game in hand though – after this gritty win with a depleted team, maybe Van Gaal can salvage this season and get the fans back on his side.

Moments like the one below will certainly help.


“AND THE Oscar GOES TO… Louis Van Gaal!”

This was a moment which could define Louis van Gaal’s tenure at Old Trafford.

In the 72nd minute, with United leading 3-2 but Arsenal pushing hard for an equalizer, Van Gaal took exception to Alexis Sanchez going down after a tackle. The usually docile Dutchman jumped out of his seat and rushed out to the edge of the technical area to remonstrate with fourth official Mike Dean, the linesman and the refereeing crew.

[ MORE: Van Gaal explains decision to flop

Then, as the entire home support at United had noticed his outburst and began to roar him on in almost gladiatorial fashion, Van Gaal fell. He didn’t trip. The Dutchman threw himself to the floor forcefully (but, impressively, still held onto his beloved clipboard) to demonstrate his disdain at what he perceived was simulation from Arsenal’s players.

The fans loved it. “Louis van Gaal’s Red Army!” was belted out by the Stretford End and it was a genuine “what have I just seen?” moment. Speaking to a can driver in Manchester after the game, he was laughing his head off and loving it. “I don’t like Van Gaal,” the cabbie explained, “but at least he got out of Fergie’s seat and actually showed a bit of emotion for once instead of scribbling on his bloody clipboard!”

After the game, LVG rather sheepishly explained his decision to take a tumble.

“That was too emotional because at that time you a little bit too emotional because it is not good for the referee, the linesman, the fourth referee. I was emotional,” Van Gaal said. “It happens not too much. Normally I am sitting on my bench and I have a lot of criticism because I am sitting on my bench. I have apologised to the referee and the linesman. I have to control my emotions.”

With constant reports linking Jose Mourinho to take over form Van Gaal this summer and many believing the United board set to release the Dutchman 12 months earlier than planned, that may still happen. Following the huge criticism for his “boring tactics” and many of the players he paid big money for not performing, he’s still under severe pressure. But finally showing some emotion proved to United’s fans that he has passion and something as simple as on overzealous demonstration of frustration could buy him some more time. At least until the end of the season.


TWO HORSE TITLE RACE?

With Arsenal’s defeat and Manchester City in League Cup final action, a golden opportunity for Leicester and Spurs to pull away present itself.

Both took advantage of it. Just.

We mentioned Leicester’s last-gasp home win over Norwich and for much of the game they were second best as the Canaries had chances and limited the Foxes. However, just like all good title-winning teams do, they found a way of winning. Leicester still lead the way but are only two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur we have a huge week on the horizon.

[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings | Schedule ] 

Spurs have now won six-straight PL games as they battled back in the second half to overturn a 1-0 deficit to beat Swansea City 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Mauricio Pochettino‘s team are rolling and they haven’t won seven-straight league games since 1967. They have momentum and, compared to Leicester, have more offensive weapons and individually their players are better. It;s all been about the collective for Spurs and that’s why they are where they are and boast the best defense in the PL.

With a trip to West Ham United on Wednesday (Watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET http://www.nbcsports.com/live-extraonline via Live Extra) the clash against their rivals and in-form Hammers will be a tough test. Add to that a north London derby against Arsenal on Saturday at the Lane and it’s a huge week for Tottenham. They can not only boost their title hopes this week, they can also put a monumental dent in Arsenal’s. The biggest NLD in PL history awaits, but first Spurs must take care of business at West Ham.

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The fact that both Leicester and Tottenham is challenging for the title is remarkable. If either of them sees this out and wins the PL, it would be perhaps the most astonishing achievement in league history given the vast wealth and power the so-called “big six” possess. Of course, Leicester would be more incredible but the growing feeling is that Spurs are gathering steam and they are the bookmakers favorites to win the PL. If you uttered that sentence back in August, the stray jackets would’ve been on you quicker than you could say “bob’s your uncle.”


WILLY THE HERO FOR CITY

While all of these title contenders were jostling, there was the small matter of a League Cup final taking place at Wembley Stadium between Liverpool and Manchester City.

City won 3-1 on penalty kicks, as Willy Caballero saved three of Liverpool’s four spot kicks to be the hero and Yaya Toure rolled in the winner to send City’s fans wild at Wembley.

Fernandinho had given City the lead courtesy of Simon Mignolet‘s howler but the Belgian goalkeeper did keep Liverpool in the game with some fine saves and Philippe Coutinho equalized seven minutes from time to force extra time.

Jurgen Klopp would’ve been bitterly disappointed to lose but it’s hard to begrudge Manuel Pellegrini at least one trophy in his final season at City. His comments on playing with Caballero instead of recalling Joe Hart were also spot on. Pellegrini had promised Caballero he would play in every domestic cup game this season and despite the Argentine goalkeeper putting in a shaky display in the 5-1 FA Cup defeat at Chelsea last week, Pellegrini proved he’s a man of his word.

“I would prefer to lose a title than lose my word,” Pellegrini said. “My word is more important than football. We deserved to win the game before penalties, but I’m happy to win it that way with Willy as a great hero.”

Brilliant. Here’s the moment Yaya won it for City.

Also, check out this pre-game prediction from former Oasis front man Noel Gallagher. Doesn’t get any more accurate than this.


CAMERON RETURNS

Finally, it’s great to see a U.S. national team player back fit and firing in the Premier League.

Geoff Cameron returned from nearly two months out on Saturday to star at the heart of Stoke City’s defense as the Potters beat Aston Villa 2-1. Cameron had previously suffered an ankle injury which was healing slowly and he’d only had a few days of practice before being chucked back into the starting lineup by Mark Hughes with Stoke’s other center backs out injured.

To mark the occasion, I caught up with Cameron at his house in Manchester as he kindly invited us in to chat all things PL, USMNT and more.

Click play on the video below to see us throw around some banter, discuss Geoff’s favorite flavor ice cream (seriously) and more.

Premier League Playback comes out every week as PST’s Lead Writer and Editor takes an alternative look at all the action from the weekend. Read the full archive, here

Chelsea in Portugal for Enzo Fernandez medical ahead of record deal

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Chelsea is ready to trigger Enzo Fernandez’s $129 million release clause and is in Portugal to conduct a Deadline Day medical on the World Cup winner.

The fee would break the British record set by Manchester City when it purchased Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Fernandez, 21, has been chased by Chelsea for some time and wants to make the move to Stamford Bridge from Benfica.

[ MORE: Weston McKennie moves to Leeds United ]

The Argentina star has a goal and six assists in 22 matches across all competitions, but his skills as an elite ball progressor are what most attracts the Blues.

Fernandez ranks in the 99th percentile of midfielders in progressive passes per 90 at 9.47 and in the 95th percentile in shot-creating actions per 90 (FBref.com).

Chelsea’s revolutionized its squad since the club was purchased by Todd Boehly’s consortium last year, with Wesley Fofana, Mykhaylo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Marc Cucurella, and many more.

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Premier League transfers: Complete list of January deals

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The January transfer window has again seen big-name imports into the Premier League, and the final hours of the window we saw a flurry of deals take place.

Chelsea spent big, once again, as a British record $130 million deal for Enzo Fernandez nears completion, while Liverpool signed Cody Gakpo and Arsenal added Trossard, Jorginho and Jakub Kiwior to strengthen their title hopes.

[ TRANSFER NEWS: Liverpool | Chelsea | Tottenham | Man City | Man United | Arsenal ]

Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur made additions to deepen their squads’ top-four pushes late in the window too and there were plenty of late deals for clubs in the relegation battle.

Below we list the confirmed deals from January in terms of ins and outs at Premier League clubs.


Latest transfer deals developing – January 31

Weston McKennie to Leeds United was a done deal on Jan. 30, as the American midfielder has joined on loan until the end of the season, with Leeds having an option to buy him for $36 million.

As for deadline day itself Jorginho has joined Arsenal from Chelsea in a big move across London, while Manchester United are chasing the singing of Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich after they lost Christian Eriksen to injury.

Chelsea are pushing hard to sign Enzo Fernandez and it looks like it could happen right around the deadline, while Bournemouth, Southampton, Fulham and Tottenham are all busy on deadline day too and pushing deals through late on.


AFC Bournemouth

In
Dango Ouattara (Lorient)
Darren Randolph (West Ham)
Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City)
Matias Vina (Roma) Loan
Illia Zabarnyi (Dynamo Kiev)

Out
Ferdinand Okoh (Dorchester) Loan
James Hill (Hearts) Loan
Will Dennis (Slough) Loan
Noa Boutin (Gosport) Loan
Gavin Kilkenny (Charlton Athletic) Loan


Arsenal

In
Leandro Trossard (Brighton)
Jakub Kiwior (Spezia Calcio)
Jorginho (Chelsea)

Out
Brooke Norton-Cuffy (Coventry) Loan
Miguel Azeez (Wigan) Loan
Arthur Okonkwo (Sturm Graz) Loan
Ovie Ejeheri (SJK Seinajoki) Loan
Harry Clarke (Ipswich Town)
Marquinhos (Norwich) Loan
Omar Rekik (Wigan) Loan
Albert Sambi Lokonga (Crystal Palace) Loan


Aston Villa

In
Aaron Ramsey (loan recall)
Tyreik Wright (loan recall)
Alex Moreno (Real Betis)
Jhon Duran (Chicago Fire)
Bertrand Traore (loan recall)

Out
Cameron Archer (Middlesbrough) Loan
Tyreik Wright (Plymouth Argyle)
Frederic Guilbert (RC Strasbourg)
Indiana Vassilev (St. Louis City SC)
Danny Ings (West Ham)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
Morgan Sanson (Strasbourg) Loan
Ludwig Augustinsson (loan recall)
Marvelous Nakamba (Luton Town) Loan
Aaron Ramsey (Middlesbrough) Loan


Brentford

In
Byron Wilson (Coventry)
Conor McManus (Bray Wanderers)
Fin Stevens (loan recall)
Mads Bech (loan recall)
Beaux Booth (Dorking)
Kevin Schade (Freiburg) Loan
Paris Maghoma (loan recall)
Romeo Beckham (Inter Miami) Loan
Nathan Young-Coombes (loan recall)
Vincent Angelini (Watford)

Out
Myles Peart-Harris (Forest Green Rovers) Loan extension
Aaron Pressley (Accrington) Loan
Lachlan Brook (Crewe) Loan extension
Edon Pruti (Hartlepool)
Mads Bech (Groningen) Loan
Ellery Balcombe (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Tariqe Fosu (Rotherham) Loan
Paris Maghoma (MK Dons) Loan
Charlie Goode (Blackpool) Loan
Sergi Canos (Olympiacos) Loan


Brighton & Hove Albion

In
Facundo Buonanotte (Rosario Central)
Jamie Mullins (Bohemians)
Mark O’Mahony (Cork)
Yasin Ayari (AIK)

Out
Aaron Connolly (Hull) Loan
Reda Khadra (Birmingham)
Ed Turns (Leyton Orient) Loan
James Beadle (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Leandro Trossard (Arsenal)
Antef Tsoungui (Lommel) Loan Details
Lorent Tolaj (Dundee) Loan


Chelsea

In
David Datro Fofana (Molde)
Benoit Badiashile (Monaco)
Andrey Santos (Vasco da Gama)
Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Mykhailo Mudryk (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Noni Madueke (PSV Eindhoven)
Malo Gusto (Lyon)

Out
Bashir Humphreys (Paderborn) Loan
Malo Gusto (Lyon) Loan
Cesare Casadei (Reading) Loan
Jude Soonsup-Bell (Tottenham Hotspur)
Jorginho (Arsenal)

Chelsea transfer news
Benoit Badiashile (Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Crystal Palace

In
Luke Plange (loan recall)
Naouirou Ahamada (Stuttgart)
Albert Sambi Lokonga (Arsenal) Loan

Out
Killian Phillips (Shrewsbury) Loan
Jack Butland (Man Utd) Loan
John-Kymani Gordon (Carlise) Loan
Malcolm Ebiowei (Hull) Loan
Ryan Bartley (Eastbourne Borough) Loan
David Boateng (Dover) Loan
Luke Plange (Lincoln City) Loan


Everton

In
Ellis Simms (loan recall)
Nathan Broadhead (loan recall)
Niels Nkounkou (loan recall)

Out
Salomon Rondon (released)
Nathan Broadhead (Ipswich)
Tom Cannon (Preston) Loan
Niels Nkounkou (Saint-Etienne) Loan
Sebastian Quirk (Accrington Stanley)
Tyler Onyango (Forest Green) Loan
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle)
Joe Anderson (Sunderland)


Fulham

In
Anthony Knockaert (loan recall)
Sasa Lukic (Torino)

Out
Idris Odutayo (Maidenhead) Loan extension
Anthony Knockaert (Huddersfield) Loan
Ibane Bowat (Den Bosch) Loan
Connor McAvoy (Partick Thistle) Loan
Josh Onomah (mutual termination)
Nathaniel Chalobah (West Brom)


Leeds United

In
Max Wober (RB Salzburg)
Georginio Rutter (Hoffenheim)
Weston McKennie (Juventus) Loan
Diogo Monteiro (Servette)

Out
Mateusz Klich (MLS pending)
Alfie McCalmont (Carlisle) Loan
Leo Hjelde (Rotherham) Loan
Max Dean (MK Dons)
Cody Drameh (Luton) Loan
Joe Gelhardt (Sunderland) Loan
Diego Llorente (Roma) Loan


Leicester City

In
George Hirst (loan recall)
Victor Kristiansen (Copenhagen)
Tete (Lyon)
Nathan Opoku (Field Masters Sporting Club)

Out
George Hirst (Ipswich) Loan
Ben Nelson (Doncaster) Loan
Jakub Stolarczyk (Hartlepool) Loan
Ayoze Perez (Real Betis) Loan
Nathan Opoku (OH Leuven) Loan


Liverpool

In
Cody Gakpo (PSV)
Billy Koumetio (Austria Vienna) Loan recall
Max Woltman (loan recall)
Jakub Ojrzynski (loan recall)
James Balagizi (loan recall)
Fidel O’Rourke (loan recall)
Rhys Williams (loan recall)

Out
Jake Cain (Swindon Town)
Jarell Quansah (Bristol Rovers) Loan
Luke Chambers (Kilmarnock) Loan

Liverpool transfer news
Cody Gakpo photo vis twitter.com/LFC

Manchester City

In
Liam Delap (loan recall)
Maximo Perrone (Velez Sarsfield)

Out
Josh Wilson-Esbrand (Coventry) Loan
Liam Delap (Preston) Loan
Kayky (Bahia) Loan
Joao Cancelo (Bayern Munich) Loan
Luke Mbete (Bolton Wanderers) Loan


Manchester United

In
Jack Butland (Crystal Palace) Loan
Wout Weghorst (Burnley) Loan
Marcel Sabitzer (Bayern Munich) Loan

Out
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Shola Shoretire Loan (Bolton Wanderers)
Charlie Savage (Forest Green) Loan
Ondrej Mastny (Portadown) Loan
Di’Shon Bernard (Portsmouth) Loan
Charlie McNeill (Newport) Loan


Newcastle United

In
Amadou Diallo (free) 
Garang Kuol (Central Coast Mariners)
Martin Dubravka (loan recall)
Anthony Gordon (Everton)
Harrison Ashby (West Ham)

Out
Garang Kuol (Hearts) Loan
Chris Wood (Nott’m Forest) Loan
Dylan Stephenson (Hamilton) Loan
Niall Brookwell (Darlington) Loan


Nottingham Forest

In
Gustavo Scarpa (Palmeiras)
Danilo (Palmeiras)
Alex Mighten (loan recall)
Chris Wood (Newcastle United) Loan
Felipe (Atletico Madrid)
Jonjo Shelvey (Newcastle United)
Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan

Out
Loic Bade (loan recall)
Dale Taylor (Burton Albion) Loan
Aaron Donnelly (Port Vale) Loan
Ateef Konate (Oxford United) Loan
Brandon Aguilera (Estoril) Loan


Southampton

In
Mislav Orsic (Dinamo Zagreb)
Carlos Alcaraz (Racing Club)
Jan Bednarek (loan recall)
James Bree (Luton)
Kamaldeen Sulemana (Stade Rennes)
Paul Onuachu (Genk)

Out
Dynel Simeu (Morecambe) Loan
Dan Nlundulu (Bolton) Loan
Nico Lawrence (Torquay) Loan
Kazeem Olaigbe (Harrogate Town) Loan
Lewis Payne (Eastleigh) Loan
Thierry Small (St Mirren) Loan
Jack Turner (Braintree Town) Loan


Tottenham

In
Arnaut Danjuma (Villarreal) Loan
Jude Soonsup-Bell (Chelsea)

Out
Bryan Gil (Sevilla) Loan
Djed Spence (Stade Rennais) Loan
Matt Doherty (Atletico Madrid)


West Ham United

In
Luizao (Sao Paulo)
Armstrong Okoflex (loan recall)
Danny Ings (Aston Villa)

Out
Thierry Nevers (Bradford) Loan
Craig Dawson (Wolves)
Pierre Ekwah (Sunderland)
Darren Randolph (AFC Bournemouth)
Will Greenidge (Colchester) Loan
Harrison Ashby (Newcastle)


Wolverhampton Wanderers

In
Matheus Cunha (Atletico Madrid) Loan
Joe Young (loan recall)
Louie Moulden (loan recall)
Theo Corbeanu (loan recall)
Christian Marques (loan recall)
Lewis Richards (loan recall)
Mario Lemina (Nice)
Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain)
Craig Dawson (West Ham)
Dan Bentley (Bristol City)
Ki-Jana Hoever (loan recall)
Joao Gomes (Flamengo)

Out
Leo Bonatini (released)
Joe Young (Telford) Loan
Goncalo Guedes (Benfica) Loan
Theo Corbeanu (Arminia Bielefeld) Loan
Leonardo Campana (Inter Miami)
Connor Ronan (Colorado Rapids)
Fabio Silva (PSV) Loan
Matija Sarkic (Stoke) Loan
Ki-Jana Hoever (Stoke) Loan
Jackson Smith (Walsall) Loan
Chem Campbell (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan

Premier League transfers
Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matheus Cunha  (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Transfer Deadline Day, live! Join our show, send questions, analysis

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Transfer deadline day is here for January 2023, as the winter window shuts at 6pm ET on Jan. 31 for Premier League clubs.

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The clock is ticking late in the window and we will have all angles covered for you here at Pro Soccer Talk.

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From clicking on the links above to read the latest reports and analysis, having Sky Sports News live on Peacock all day long and to our own Pro Soccer Talk live deadline day show which starts at 5:30pm ET on Jan. 31, you won’t miss a thing.

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Click on the video below to send in your questions for the PST crew for our deadline day chat where we will round up all of the deals happening late in the window, dish out grades to Premier League teams based on their business and give our analysis on the best signings of the January window.


Newcastle takes care of Southampton, reaches League Cup Final

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Sean Longstaff scored twice and Newcastle United navigated a concession to reach its first domestic cup final since 1999 by outlasting Southampton in the League Cup semifinal.

The Magpies entered the second leg up 1-0 on a Joelinton goal and moved their aggregate advantage to 3-0 in the first half before Che Adams scored a pretty goal to bring Saints within two at St. James’ Park.

But it wasn’t all good news as Bruno Guimaraes was sent off after Video Assistant Referee reviewed a hard, studs-first tackle outside the 18 with about 10 minutes to play and will miss Newcastle’s next three matches.

[ MORE: How to watch Premier League in USA ]

Newcastle seems likely to meet Manchester United in the final, which will be played at London’s Wembley Stadium on Feb. 26, as the Red Devils lead Nottingham Forest 3-0 after one leg and return home to Old Trafford for Wednesday’s semifinal second leg.

Newcastle is off to a final for the first time since the 1998-99 FA Cup, when the Magpies were beaten by the famed, treble-winning Manchester United side.

[ MORE: Weston McKennie joins Leeds: Is this a good move for the USMNT star? ]


Newcastle can dream of silverware earlier than expected

Newcastle suffered a precipitous decline under former owner Mike Ashley, and it’s been a decade since the Toon Army’s experienced European football via quarterfinal run in the 2012-13 Europa League.

It may surprise younger fans to note that the Northeast side qualified for the UEFA Champions League on either side of turn of the century, and the city’s been ready to erupt for their boys for some time. The vibes at St.James’ Park on Tuesday were terrific.

The Magpies not having Bruno Guimaraes — assuming the red card isn’t overturned — is a huge miss for the next three games, but they will have Bruno for the final against Manchester United’s mighty and experienced midfield assuming it holds onto its first-leg advantage over Nottingham Forest.

For Saints, they’ll turn their attention to the FA Cup and keep their attention on the relegation fight, which should be very, very tricky as Premier League sides are fortifying on this Deadline Day.


Stars of the Show

Sean Longstaff

Sven Botman

Nick Pope

Mohammed Salisu

Che Adams


What’s next?

Newcastle hosts West Ham at 12:30pm ET Saturday in Premier League play, while Saints are off to Brentford for a 10am ET kickoff on the same day.


Newcastle vs Southampton score: Hosts lead 2-1, 3-1 on aggregate


How to watch Newcastle vs Southampton live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 3 pm ET, Tuesday
Online: Stream via ESPN+


Key storylines & star players

Eddie Howe’s side has performed well above expectations this season, mounting a serious top-four challenge one or two years ahead of reasonable expectations. Getting to — and winning — a final in the same season would merely be icing on the cake for Howe, who took over the Premier League’s 19th-place side (5 points from 11 games) from Steve Bruce in November 2021.

Saints reached the League Cup final in 2017, but were somewhat controversially beaten by Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. Southampton have won more cup ties (6 of 7) than PL fixtures (4 of 20), which goes a long way toward explaining why Nathan Jones’ side sits rock-bottom of the PL table with just 15 points.


Newcastle team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Jonjo Shelvey (calf), Matt Targett (foot), Emil Krafth (knee)

Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Juan Larios (adductor), Duje Caleta-Car (suspension), Moussa Djenepo (head), Alex McCarthy (ankle)

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