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Transfer rumor roundup: Zaha to Dortmund; Guendouzi to Arsenal

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For all the improvements Roy Hodgson made at Crystal Palace, none was more important than a healthy and in-form Wilfried Zaha.

The Ivorian, 25, is long removed from his failed spell at Manchester United, and has collecting 16 goals and 16 assists over his last two seasons at Selhurst Park.

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Palace has one win and 11 losses when Zaha is not in the lineup during that span. And reports earlier this weekend say he’s turned down a massive new contract.

Gulp.

Borussia Dortmund is said to be chasing Zaha’s signature with the money it may be accumulating from the sale of Andriy Yarmolenko to West Ham (according to Bild).

Meanwhile, Arsenal is said to be moving closer to bringing Lucas Toreira to North London, what with the Uruguayan’s World Cup recently finished, but a new name is in Unai Emery’s sights according to Sky Sports.

Matteo Guendouzi, 19, could be leaving Lorient for Arsenal. The $9 million youngster played in 18 matches for the Ligue 2 side last season and has represented France from U-18 to U-20 as a center mid.

Report: Wilshere to leave Arsenal with many suitors

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Jack Wilshere will not sign a new contract at Arsenal, according to the multiple reports, but will he leave London?

Crystal Palace and West Ham United are among the sides being linked with the midfielder, who apparently would not be a big part of Unai Emery’s plans, and Everton, Wolves, Sampdoria, and Juventus are also being mentioned as options for the 26-year-old.

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Wilshere has struggled with injuries during his career but has often been magnificent when healthy.

The 34-times capped Englishman has made 67 appearances between Bournemouth and Arsenal over the past two seasons, his most in consecutive campaigns.

Statistical guide to 2017-18 Premier League season

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Sometimes statistics tell new stories.

Take 2014-15, when Burnley was relegated but Kieran Trippier sneakily lead the Premier League in crosses and Aaron Cresswell did the same in minutes.

Both have turned into league mainstays.

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So let’s dig into the numbers from what should be a Man City heavy run through the league leaderboard.

Most wins: Man City (32)

Most losses: Swansea City (21)

Most draws: Southampton (15)

Most goals: Man City (106)

Least goals: Swansea City and Huddersfield (28)

Most goals allowed: West Ham and Stoke City (68)

Least goals allowed: Man City (27)

Best goal differential: Man City (+79)

Worst goal differential: Stoke City (-33)

Most goals: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool (32)

Most assists: Kevin De Bruyne, Man City (16)

Yellow cards: Oriol Romeu, Southampton (11)

Team yellow cards: West Ham and West Brom (73)

Red cards: Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle and Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester (2)

Team red cards: Leicester City (5)

Saves: Jack Butland, Stoke City (141)

Clean sheets: David De Gea, Manchester United (18)

Shots on target: Harry Kane, Spurs (76)

Shots attempted: Kane, Spurs (184)

Shots per game: Man City (17.5)

Least shots per game: Swans (8.9)

Minutes played: Several with 3420 (Jack Cork, Burnley; Lukasz Fabianski, Swans; Alfie Mawson, Swans; Asmir Begovic, Bournemouth; Lewis Dunk, Brighton; Jordan Pickford, Everton; Mat Ryan, Brighton; Harry Maguire, Leicester; Jonas Lossl, Huddersfield; Mathias Jorgensen, Huddersfield).

Fouls suffered: Richarlison, Watford (96)

Fouls committed: Luka Milivojevic, Crystal Palace (69)

Fouls committed per game: Everton (12.1)

Least fouls committed per game: Bournemouth (8.9)

Offsides: Jamie Vardy, Leicester City (45)

Crosses: De Bruyne, Man City (313)

Corner kicks: De Bruyne, Man City (154)

Penalty kicks attempted: Milivojevic, Palace (8)

Penalty kicks converted: Milivojevic, Palace (7)

Penalty kicks converted without a miss: Sergio Aguero, Man City (4)

Total touches: Nicolas Otamendi, Man City (7820)

Passes: Nicolas Otamendi, Man City (2791)

Pass percentage: Man City (89 percent)

Worst pass percentage: Burnley (70.5 percent)

Possession: Man City (66.4 percent)

Least possession: West Brom (42.8 percent)

Interceptions: Dunk, Brighton (99)

Interceptions per game: Yohan Cabaye, Palace (2.5)

Blocks: Kyle Naughton, Swansea (120)

Tackles: Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester (121)

Tackles per game: Huddersfield (19.6)

Least tackles per game: Bournemouth (13.4)

Highest rated, WhoScored.com: Aguero, Man City (7.81)

Lowest rated, WhoScored.com: Andre Gray, Watford (6.24)

Highest rated per 90, Squawka.com: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (57.82)

Lowest rated per 90, Squawka.com: James McClean, West Brom (-18.53)

Combined goals-assists: Riyad Mahrez to Vardy, Leicester (7)

Aerials won per game: Peter Crouch, Stoke and Christian Benteke, Palace (7.8)

Passing percentage: Andreas Christensen, Chelsea (93.4)

Worst pass percentage, non-GK: Sam Vokes, Burnley (49.4)

Offsides won per game: Christian Kabasele, Watford (1.3)

Clearances per game: Shane Duffy, Brighton (8.8)

Own goals: Dunk, Brighton (4)

Key passes per game: Mesut Ozil, Arsenal (3.2)

Dribbles per game: Hazard, Chelsea (4.9)

Long balls per game, non-GK: Jordan Henderson, Liverpool (5.6)

Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom: Eagles soar into 11th

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  • Zaha, van Aanholt score in second half
  • Palace finish in 11th place
  • West Brom finish bottom of PL table

Crystal Palace continued their fine form to end the season as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Second half goals from Wilfried Zaha and Patrick Van Aanholt did the damage as Roy Hodgson‘s side finished the season with four-straight wins.

As for West Brom, they were already relegated but Darren Moore‘s side finished bottom of the table after a dismal season overall.

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West Brom went close early on as Grzegorz Krychowiak smashed an effort just wide.

At the other end Ben Foster, who has had a fine end to the season, made yet another good stop to deny Wilfried Zaha but the Palace winger will feel he could’ve done better.

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The rest of the first half played out with both teams trying to launch counters and having long spells of possession but there were no more clear-cut chances at either end.

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In the second half Palace stepped on the gas. Big time.

Van Aanholt was tapped home by Palace’s player of the season, Zaha, as he celebarated jubiliantly.

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Late on van Aanholt made it 2-0 as the marauding left back got the party going at Selhurst.

Palace makes history while relegating Stoke to Championship

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Crystal Palace will not be relegated from the Premier League despite losing its first seven matches of the season, a remarkable feat made more so by a wild statistic.

The Eagles are the first team in nearly 120 years to avoid the drop despite losing its first seven games.

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Yep, more than a century came and went since Liverpool turned the trick in 1899-00.

So Palace has been concerned with relegation for some time, and that’s making it more difficult for them to celebrate clinching their safety by sending Stoke City to the Championship at the bet365 Stadium.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson admitted he felt the season might’ve been a lost cause given the slow start (He took over for Frank De Boer after a handful of games).

“After seven games, or after 11 games with four points, I never saw it coming,” Hodgson said. “I was hoping it would be a low-scoring year in terms of points for the lower sides and we’d just scrape over the line.”

And like Van Aanholt, he’s having a hard time due to the atmosphere around the Stoke ground. The Potters took an early lead but saw it evaporate along with their Premier League gopes.

“I’m proud of the team not just today but all season but I feel a lot of sympathy and empathy for Stoke. Any joy I feel is measured by looking at the faces of the Stoke players who gave everything today but they came up against a team that wasn’t prepared to lay down.

Paul Lambert‘s said come and have a drink with us, but it’s a hard one because you don’t know what to say. So, I feel a lot of empathy for Stoke today, because I don’t think they could have done anymore, they came up against a team who weren’t willing to lie down, who put in a top, top performance.”