Arsenal’s striker fears grow: Danny Welbeck has surgery, out long-term

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Oh, Arsene Wenger… why didn’t you buy another striker in the summer transfer window?

On Thursday Arsenal released a statement confirming that striker Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery on his troublesome left knee and the England international will be out for “a period of months” with the ailment he suffered in April earlier this year.

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Welbeck, 24, arrived at the Gunners from Manchester United on Deadline Day in 2014, but has never really got going at the Emirates Stadium (eight goals in 34 games during his debut season backs that up) with injuries like this plaguing his time in north London so far. His injury now leaves only Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott as Arsenal’s only two senior strikers, with Joel Campbell still around too. Youngsters Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom are out on loan and as for Walcott, he’s usually a winger.

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Many Arsenal fans lambasted Wenger for not spending big on a top striker this summer — hence why they received a disgraceful mark in our transfer window grades too — but the Arsenal manager has since come out and pleaded his innocence, claiming that no players of real quality were available for the Gunners to buy.

Here is the release from Arsenal in full, as they will be without Welbeck for quite some time and the burden is now all on Giroud and Walcott after an edgy start to the season which has seen them take seven points from their opening four games.

Danny Welbeck has undergone surgery on his left knee after being unable to sufficiently step up his rehabilitation work.

The striker has been working throughout the summer to recover from the injury sustained at the end of April.

It had been hoped he would avoid surgery but after increasing his training workload, the injury to his cartilage did not respond as well as hoped and the decision was taken last week for him to undergo surgery by a leading specialist in the field.

Danny is now expected to be out for a period of months and everyone at Arsenal wishes him well.

Full list of every transfer made by Premier League clubs during the Summer Transfer Window

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More than $1.3 billion was spent by Premier League clubs this summer in the most expensive transfer window in English history.

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Below we take a look at every move made in the Summer Transfer Window, from loans to multi-million dollar deals.

Arsenal

In
Petr Cech (Chelsea) $15 million
Jeff Reine-Adelaide (RC Lens) $5 million

Out
Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli) Free
Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City) Free
Abou Diaby (Marseille) Free
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich Town) Loan
Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray) $3 million
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United) Loan
Wojciech Szczesny (AS Roma) Loan
George Dobson (West Ham) Undisclosed
Chuba Akpom (Hull City) Loan
Isaac Hayden (Hull City) Loan
Yaya Sanogo (Ajax) Loan
Jon Toral (Birmingham City) Loan
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Gedion Zelalem (Rangers) Loan
Josh Vickers (Swansea City) Free
Jack Jebb (Stevenage) Free
Austin Lipman (Released)
Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon Town) Free
Damian Emiliano Martinez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Dan Crowley (Barnsley) Loan
Wellington Silva (Bolton Wanderers) Loan

Aston Villa

In
Scott Sinclair (Manchester City) $4 million
Micah Richards (Manchester City) Free
Mark Bunn (Norwich City) Free
Idrissa Gueye (Lille) $15 million
Jordan Amavi (Nice) $15 million
Jordan Ayew (Lorient) $15 million
Jose Angel Crespo (Cordoba) $800,000
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) $9.5 million
Jordan Veretout (Nantes) $11 million
Adama Traore (Barcelona) $11 million
Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) $3 million
Matija Sarkic (Anderlecht) Undisclosed
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Out
Darren Bent (Derby County) Free
Enda Stevens (Portsmouth) Free
Andreas Weimann (Derby County) $4 million
Matt Lowton (Burnley) $1.5 million
Yacouba Sylla (Rennes) Free
Antonio Luna (SD Eibar) Free
Shay Given (Stoke City) Free
Fabian Delph (Manchester City) $12 million
Christian Benteke (Liverpool) $49 million
Graham Burke (Notts County) Loan
Aly Cissokho (Porto) Loan
Alfie Crooks (Released)
Chris Herd (Released)
Craig Hill (Released)
Bradley Lewis (Released)
Isaac Nehemie (Released)
Daniel O’Brien (Wigan Athletic) Free
Callum Robinson (Bristol City) Loan
Janoi Donacien (Wycombe Wanderers) Loan
Ron Vlaar (Released)
Courtney Wildin (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Nathan Baker (Bristol City) Loan

Bournemouth

In
Artur Boruc (Southampton) Free
Adam Federici (Reading) Free
Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) Tribunal
Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Loan
Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town) $11.5 million
Sylvain Distin (Everton) Free
Max Gradel (Saint Etienne) $11 million
Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) $4.8 million
Filippo Costa (Chievo) Loan
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) $6 million
Joe Bennett (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Tomas Andrade (River Plate) Loan

Out
Ian Harte (Released)
Josh McQuoid (Released)
Darryl Flavahan (Released)
Mohamed Coulibaly (Released)
Joe Partington (Released)
Miles Addison (Released)
Ryan Fraser (Ipswich Town) Loan
Brett Pitman (Ipswich Town) Undisclosed
Jayden Stockley (Portsmouth) Loan
Joshua Kaye (Released)
Aly Coulibaly (Released)
Benjamin Buchel (Released)
Aristide Bassele (Released)
Lee Camp (Rotherham United) Free

Chelsea

In
Nathan (Atletico Paranaense) $5 million
Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco) Loan
Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) $12.5 million
Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade) Free
Baba Rahman (Augsburg) $23 million
Pedro (Barcelona) $34 million
Kenedy (Fluminense) $9.7 million
Papy Djilobodji (Nantes) $4 million
Michael Hector (Reading) $6 million

Out
Christian Atsu (AFC Bournemouth) Loan
Didier Drogba (Released)
Gael Kakuta (Sevilla) $6.8 million
Petr Cech (Arsenal) $15 million
Mario Pasalic (AS Monaco) Loan
Josh McEachran (Brentford) $1.2 million
Izzy Brown (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Lewis Baker (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Marco van Ginkel (Stoke City) Loan
Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) Loan
Patrick Bamford (Crystal Palace) Loan
Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid) $18 million
Danilo Pantic (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Dominic Solanke (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma) Loan
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Loan
George Brady (Sunderland) Free
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) $8 million
Alex Davey (Peterborough United) Loan
Nathan (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan
Matej Delac (Sarajevo) Loan
Todd Kane (NEC Nijmegen) Loan
Wallace (Carpi FC) Loan
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK) Loan
Jordan Houghton (Gillingham) Loan
Andreas Christensen (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Ulises Davila (Vitoria Sport Clube) Loan
Cristian Cuevas (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Joao Rodriguez (Sint-Truiden) Loan
Victor Moses (West Ham United) Loan
Lucas Piazon (Reading) Loan
Michael Hector (Reading) Loan
Islam Feruz (Hibernian) Loan

Crystal Palace

In
Yohan Cabaye (Paris Saint Germain) $15 million
Patrick Bamford (Chelsea) Loan
Alex McCarthy (QPR) $5.5 million
Connor Wickham (Sunderland) $14 million
Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Free
Marcus Johnson-Schuster Free
Kleton Perntreou (Hibernian) Free
Andreas Breimyr (Bryne FK) Undisclosed

Out
Lewis Price (Sheffield Wednesday) Free
Owen Garvan (Released)
Peter Ramage (Released)
Stephen Dobbie (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Jerome Thomas (Released)
Shola Ameobi (Released)
Jerome Binnom-Williams (Burton Albion) Loan
Hiram Boateng (Plymouth Argyle) Loan
Michael Chambers (Released)
Kyle De Silva (Notts County) Free
Brede Hangeland (Released)
Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) Loan
Ryan Innis (Port Vale) Loan
Chris Kettings (Stevenage Town) Loan
Chris Scales (Crawley Town) Loan
Ghassimu Sow (Released)
Glenn Murray (AFC Bournemouth) $6 million
Adlene Guedioura (Watford) Undisclosed

Everton

In
Tom Cleverley (Manchester United) Free
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) $7 million
David Henen (Olympiacos) $315,000
Mason Holgate (Barnsley) $1.5 million
Ramiro Funes Mori (River Plate) $14.5 million
Aaron Lennon (Spurs) $7 million

Out
Antolin Alcaraz Released
Sylvain Distin (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Luke Garbutt (Fulham) Loan
Chris Long (Burnley) $1.6 million
George Green (Oldham Athletic) Free
Russell Griffiths (Northwich Victoria) Loan
Jonjoe Kenny (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Curtis Langton (Released)
John Lundstram (Oxford United) Free
Ben McLaughlin (Released)
Francisco Junior (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Leicester City

In
Christian Fuchs (Schalke) Free
Robert Huth (Stoke City) $4.7 million
Shinji Okazaki (Mainz) $12.5 million
N’Golo Kante (Caen) $10 million
Yohan Benalouane (Atalanta) $7.9 million
Gokhan Inler (Napoli) Undisclosed $7.9 million
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) Loan

Out
Chris Wood (Leeds United) $4 million
Paul Konchesky (QPR) Loan
Matthew Upson (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Esteban Cambiasso Free
David Nugent (Middlesbrough) $6.3 million
Zoumana Bakayogo (Released)
Marcel Barrington (Released)
Jacob Blyth (Cambridge United) Loan
Adam Dawson (Released)
Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) Free
Ben Hamer (Bristol City) Loan
Kieran Kennedy (Released)
Tom Lawrence (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Conrad Logan (Released)
Herve Pepe-Ngoma (Released)
Louis Rowley (Released)
Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Released)
Ryan Watson (Northampton Town) Loan
Liam Moore (Bristol City) Loan

Liverpool

In
James Milner (Manchester City) Free
Danny Ings (Burnley) Tribunal
Adam Bogdan (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Joe Gomez (Charlton Athletic) $5.5 million
Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim) $45 million
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) $20 million
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) $49 million
Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy)

Out
Steven Gerrard (Los Angeles Galaxy) Free
Glen Johnson (Stoke City) Free
Brad Jones (Bradford City) Free
Sebastian Coates (Sunderland) $3.2 million
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City) $75 million
Andre Wisdom (Norwich City) Loan
Rickie Lambert (West Brom)
Mario Balotelli (AC Milan) Loan
Lazar Markovic (Fenerbahce) Loan
Fabio Borini (Sunderland) $15 million
Iago Aspas (Sevilla) $6 million
Lloyd Jones (Blackpool) Loan
Jordan Lussey (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Sheyi Ojo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) Loan
Rafael Paez (AD Alcorcon) Free
Marc Pelosi (Released)
Luis Alberto (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Kevin Stewart (Swindon Town) Loan
Lawrence Vigouroux (Swindon Town) Loan
Daniel Ward (Aberdeen) Loan
Michael Williams (Swindon Town)
Taiwo Awoniyi (FSV Frankfurt) Loan
Tiago Ilori (Aston Villa) Loan

Manchester City

In
Enes Unal (Bursaspor) $3 million
David Faupala (Lens) Free
Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) $75 million
Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) $13 million
Patrick Roberts (Fulham) $8.2 million
Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia) $50 million
Aleix Garcia (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg) $85 million
Yaw Yeboah (Right to Dream) Undisclosed
Thomas Aygepong (Right to Dream) Undisclosed

Out
Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa) $4 million
James Milner (Liverpool) Free
Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) $2.25 million
Angelino (New York City FC) Loan
Micah Richards (Aston Villa) Free
Kerim Rekik (Marseille) $5.7 million
Stevan Jovetic (Inter Milan) Loan
Matija Nastasic (Schalke) $11 million
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan
Thomas Aygepong (FC Twente) Loan
Adam Drury (Released)
Edin Dzeko (AS Roma) Loan
Shay Facey (New York City) Loan
Seko Fofana (Bastia) Loan
John Guidetti (Released)
Jordy Hiwula (Huddersfield Town) $250,000
Frank Lampard (New York City) Free
Greg Leigh (Bradford City) Free
Alvaro Negredo (Valencia) $32 million
Olivier Ntcham (Genoa) Loan
Dominic Oduro (Released)
Enes Unal (Genk) Loan
Yaw Yeboah (Lille) Loan

Manchester United

In
Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven) $38 million
Matteo Darmian (Torino) $20 million
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich) $22 million
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) $38 million
Sergio Romero (Sampdoria) Free
Anthony Martial (AS Monaco) $55 million

Out
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Free
Ben Amos (Bolton Wanderers) Free
Tom Thorpe (Rotherham United) Free
Saidy Janko (Celtic) $315,000
Nani (Fenerbahce) $6.5 million
Will Keane (Preston North End) Loan
Rafael Da Silva (Lyon) $3 million
Robin van Persie (Fenerbahce) $7 million
Angel Di Maria (Paris Saint Germain) $69 million
Jonny Evans (West Brom) $9 million
Adnan Januzaj (Borussia Dortmund) Loan
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) $13 million
Anders Lindegaard (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Callum Evans (Barnsley) Free
Angelo Henriquez (Dinamo Zagreb) $1.9 million
Reece James (Wigan Athletic) $1.5 million
Ryan McConnell (Released)
Ben Pearson (Barnsley) Loan
Joe Rothwell (Barnsley) Loan

Newcastle United

In
Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven) $23 million
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Anderlecht) $21 million
Chancel Mbemba (Anderlecht) $13.5 million
Ivan Toney (Northampton Town) $800,000
Florian Thauvin (Marseille) $21 million

Out
Jonas Gutierrez (Released)
Ryan Taylor (Hull City) Free
Adam Campbell (Notts County) Free
Remie Streete (Port Vale) Free
Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) Loan
Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) Loan
Freddie Woodman (Crawley Town) Loan
Mehdi Abeid (Panathinaikos) $675,000
Jak Alnwick (Port Vale) Free
Remy Cabella (Marseille) Loan
Shane Ferguson (Millwall) Loan
Davide Santon (Inter Milan) $4.2 million
Haris Vuckic (Wigan Athletic) Loan

Norwich City

In
Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) $4.6 million
Youssouf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) Free
Robbie Brady (Hull City) $11 million
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool) Loan
Jacob Kean (Blackburn Rovers) Free
Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kiev) Loan
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

Out
Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town) $160,000
Mark Bunn (Aston Villa) Free
Kyle Callan-McFadden (Released)
Carlos Cuellar (Released)
Javier Garrido (Released)
Sam Kelly (Port Vale) Free
Remi Matthews (Burton Albion) Loan
Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) Loan
Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) Loan
Josh Murphy (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Bradley Johnson (Derby County) $9.1 million
Tony Andreu (Rotherham) Loan
Vadis Odjidja Ofoe (Rotherham) Loan

Southampton

In
Juanmi (Malaga) $7.9 million
Cedric Soares (Sporting CP) $7.4 million
Maarten Stekelenburg (Fulham) Loan
Cuco Martina (FC Twente) $1.7 million
Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord) $14 million
Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) $8 million
Harry Lewis (Shrewsbury Town) Undisclosed
Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) $17.6 million

Out
Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth) Free
Jos Hooiveld (Released)
Cody Cropper (Milton Keynes Dons) Free
Omar Rowe (Released)
Jake Sinclair (Released)
Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) $20 million
Dani Osvaldo (Released)
Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) $38 million
Sam Gallagher (MK Dons) Loan
Emmanuel Mayuka (Metz) Undisclosed
Chris Johns (Released)
Jack Stephens (Middlesbrough) Loan
Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) Loan

Stoke City

In
Jakob Haugaard (Midtylland) $675,000
Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer Leverkusen) $4.3 million
Joselu (Hannover 96) $9 million
Marco van Ginkel (Chelsea) Loan
Shay Given (Aston Villa) Free
Glen Johnson (Liverpool) Free
Moha El Ouriachi (Barcelona) Free
Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona) Free
Xherdan Shaqiri (Inter Milan) $19 million
Sergio Molina (Real Madrid) Free
Dominic Telford (Blackpool) Undisclosed
Mark Wadidngton (Blackpool) Undisclosed

Out
Thomas Sorensen (Released)
Wilson Palacios (Released)
Andy Wilkinson (Released)
Steven Nzonzi (Sevilla) $11 million
Robert Huth (Leicester City) $4.7 million
Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) $12.5 million
Tomi Adeloye (Released)
James Alabi (Ipswich Town) Free
Daniel Bachmann (Ross County) Loan
Sam Coulson (Released)
Alex Grant (Released)
Robbie Parry (Released)
Nathan Ricketts-Hopkinson (Released)
Adam Thomas (Released)
Charlie Ward (Released)
Elliot Wheeler (Released)

Sunderland

In
Sebastian Coates (Liverpool) $3.2 million
Adam Matthews (Celtic) $3 million
Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kyiv) $12.8 million
Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) $4.5 million
Yann M’Vila (Rubin Kazan) Loan
Ola Toivonen (Rennes) Loan
Fabio Borini (Liverpool) $15 million
George Brady (Chelsea) Free
DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham Hotspur) Loan

Out
El-Hadji Ba (Charlton) Undisclosed
Santiago Vergini (Getafe CF) Loan
Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) $14 million
Jordan Pickford (Preston North End) Loan
Emmanuele Giaccherini (Bologna) Loan
Peter Burke (Released)
Andrew Cartwright (Released)
Joel Dixon (Released)
David Moberg Karlsson (Nordsjaelland) $565,000
Tom McNamee (Released)
Anthony Reveillere (Released)

Swansea City

In
Andre Ayew (Marseille) Free
Franck Tabanou (St Etienne) $5.5 million
Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Heerenveen) $960,000
Eder (Braga) $8 million
Ollie McBurnie (Bradford City) $400,000
Gerhard Tremmel (Unattached) Free
Botti Biabi (Falkirk) Undisclosed
Josh Vickers (Arsenal) Free

Out
Alan Tate (Released)
David Cornell (Released)
Jazz Richards (Fulham) $800,000
Tom Atyeo (Released)
Modou Barrow (Blackburn Rovers) Loan
Rory Donnelly (Gillingham) Free
Corey Francis (Released)
Giancarlo Gallifuoco (Released)
Kenji Gorre (ADO Den Haag) Loan
Joseph Jones (Released)
Adam King (Crewe Alexandra) Loan
Kurtis March (Released)
Curtis Obeng (Released)
Gareth Owen (Released)
Connor Roberts (Yeovil Town) Loan
Scott Tancock (Released)
Dwight Tiendalli (Released)
Alex Samuel (Morton) Loan
Nathan Dyer (Leicester City) Loan

Tottenham Hotspur

In
Kevin Wimmer (Cologne) $6.5 million
Kieran Trippier (Burnley) $5.5 million
Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid) $17 million
Clinton Njie (Lyon) $19 million
Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen) $34 million

Out
Cristian Ceballos (Charlton Athletic) Free
Bongani Khumalo (Released)
Paulinho (Guangzhou Evergrande) $15.5 million
Lewis Holtby (Hamburg) $7.3 million
Etienne Capoue (Watford) $9 million
Younes Kaboul (Sunderland) $4.5 million
Benjamin Stambouli (Paris Saint-Germain) $9 million
Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) $18 million
Dominic Ball (Rangers) Loan
Vlad Chiriches (Napoli) $7.9 million
Shaquile Coulthirst (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Ryan Fredericks (Bristol City) $280,000
Brad Friedel (Retired)
Grant Hall (Queens Park Rangers) Undisclosed
Aaron McEneff (Released)
Alex McQueen (Carlisle United) Free
Jonathan Miles (Released)
Nathan Oduwa (Rangers) Loan
Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage Town) Loan
Grant Ward (Rotherham United) Loan
DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland) Loan
Aaron Lennon (Everton) $7 million

Watford

In
Sebastian Prodl (Werder Bremen) Free
Giedrius Arlauskis (Steaua Bucharest) Free
Jose Holebas (AS Roma) $2.8 million
Matej Vydra (Udinese) $9.5 million
Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) $9 million
Valon Behrami (Hamburg) $4 million
Allan Nyom (Granada) Free
Miguel Britos (Napoli) Free
Jose Manuel Jurado (Spartak Moscow)
Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar) $7.3 million
Nathan Ake (Watford) Loan
Alessandro Diamanti (Guangzhou Evergrande) Loan
Obbi Oulare (Club Brugge) Undisclosed
Victor Ibarbo (Roma) Loan
Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace) Undisclosed
Matej Vydra (Reading)

Out
Jonathan Bond (Reading) Undisclosed
Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) $485,000
Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) Loan
Christian Battochio (Brest) Undisclosed
Uchu Ikpeazu (Port Vale) Loan
Juan Moreno (Deportivo La Coruna) Loan
Marco Motta (Released)
Sean Murray (Wigan Athletic) Loan
Luke O’Nien (Wycombe Wanderers) Free
Vujadin Savic (Released)
Miguel Layun (Porto) Loan
Gabriele Angella (Queens Park Rangers) Loan
Matej Vydra (Reading) Loan
Connor Smith (Stevenage) Loan

West Bromwich Albion

In
James McClean (Wigan Athletic) $2 million
James Chester (Hull City) $13 million
Rickie Lambert (Liverpool) $4.5 million
Serge Gnabry (West Bromwich Albion) Loan
Salomon Rondon (Zenit St Petersburg) $19 million
Jonny Evans (Manchester United) $12 million
Anders Lindegaard (Manchester United) Free

Out
Graham Dorrans (Norwich City) $4.6 million
Alex Jones (Birmingham City) Free
Kemar Roofe (Oxford City) Undisclosed
Youssouf Mulumbu (Released)
Chris Baird (Derby County) Free
Jason Davidson (Released)
Liam O’Neil (Chesterfield) Undisclosed
Adil Nabi (Delhi Dynamos) Loan
Brown Ideye (Olympiacos) Undisclosed
Wesley Atkinson (Released)
Aaron Birch (Released)
Sebastian Blanco (San Lorenzo) Undisclosed
Donervorn Daniels (Wigan Athletic) Undisclosed
Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) Free
Mani O’Sullivan (Released)
Joleon Lescott (Aston Villa) $3 million

West Ham United

In
Darren Randolph (Birmingham City) Free
Pedro Obiang (Sampdoria) $7 million
Dimitri Payet (Marseille) $17 million
Angelo Ogbonna (Juventus) $15 million
Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) Loan
Manuel Lanzini (Al-Jazira) Loan
George Dobson (Arsenal) Undisclosed
Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed
Alex Song (Barcelona) Loan
Victor Moses (Chelsea) Loan
Nikica Jelavic (Hull City) $4.5 million
Michail Antonio (Nottingham Forest) $10 million

Out
Dan Potts (Luton Town) Free
Carlton Cole (Released)
Guy Demel (Released)
Jussi Jaaskelainen (Wigan Athletic) Free
Nene (Released)
Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) $8 million
Diego Poyet (Milton Keynes Dons) Loan
Reece Burke (Bradford City) Loan
Kevin Nolan (Released)
Kieran Bywater (Released)
Sean Maguire (Released)
Kusu Makasi (Chelmsford City) Loan
Paul McCallum (Leyton Orient) Free
Matt Jarvis (Norwich) Loan

VIDEO: Premier League Team of the Week — Round 4

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The UEFA Champions League clubs don’t find themselves well-represented in the Premier League Team of the Week after a weekend of shocks around Britain.

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Sure there’s Raheem Sterling after he broke his Man City duck in the powerful side’s win over Watford, but mostly it’s that “next level” of squad in the TotW.

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You don’t even need to win to get honored, as Toffees’ netminder Tim Howard warmed-up for his return to USMNT duty with a stellar display against Tottenham, while hard-luck loser Chancel Mbemba gets lauded for his work in a 1-0 loss against Arsenal (Mbemba has been incredible for NUFC since joining from Anderlecht).

Premier League Team of the Week

Goalkeeper: Tim Howard (Everton)

Defenders: Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham United), Joel Ward (Crystal Palace), Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United)

Midfielders: Dusan Tadic (Southampton), Sadio Mane (Southampton), Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Forwards: Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United), Bafetimbi Gomis (Swansea City), Scott Sinclair (Aston Villa)

Premier League Playback: It’s time to change the Transfer Window rules

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As Deadline Day looms, it’s time to have a rethink

With 24 hours to go until the transfer window slams shut for Premier League clubs, a frantic day of scrambling for last minute bargains is expected up until the deadline at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

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Although there will be plenty of arrivals in the coming hours as windows shut across Europe’s other big leagues earlier, the theme throughout the final week of the window has been players handing in transfer requests as they aim to push through a move to another club. The way the system is set up, that’s their only option and the selling club, who doesn’t want to sell its star players, is then left with an unhappy player who cannot move on. If the selling club do end up selling, they then have to scramble and pay over the odds for a replacement player on Deadline Day. That’s just not the way it should work and the big question remains: should the rules of the transfer window be changed to see it end on the eve of the new PL season each year?

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John Stones, Saido Berahino and Victor Wanyama have all had transfer requests turned down in the past week, as big boys are lurking to snatch top prospects from ambitious, but smaller, teams.

Speaking of Stones, I was present in Roberto Martinez’s press conference following Everton’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. He did not lambaste Chelsea for their pursuit of the 21-year-old England international and said they acted within the laws — the Blues have made three bids over the summer with the latest in excess of $60 million but Everton turned it down — but Martinez instead criticized the current system in place.

“In the modern game now there is a lot of talk about bringing players in and new names, a 24-hour channel checking who’s coming in and who’s coming out,” Martinez said. “We [Everton] have got a very strong project where we give young players the chance to play and we develop them. We need to have a long-term ambition to allow that to happen. It is very hard in the modern game to have players like John Stones, Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku, young players that are fulfilling huge roles. We want to become a winning team and John Stones is a big part of that.

“As I’ve said all along, there are certain aspects I don’t agree with the transfer window. When the official games have started, I think they disrespect and devalue the competition. This is not right for the fans who support our institutions, our football clubs, and it gets to a point where we need to protect our players. The position that John has been put in is wrong. From a human point of view it shouldn’t be allowed to happen. If you expand and look throughout the dressing rooms up and down the country, you have one or two cases in every single team. It is wrong. It is about time we do something.”

“The authorities should look into it and do something about it,” Martinez continued. “I know it is difficult because you have to have a period where you assemble your squad, and rightly so, but I think the period where the first official game starts, all of that circus should be stopping as well. Chelsea, like any other team, will try to assemble their squad and they will try to do it in their own way like everyone does. Unfortunately, that’s the way it happens in any league in the world. My complaint to the football authorities is that we are putting our youngsters under massive pressure and let’s protect them. I think everyone knows that a footballer is not just a footballer but a human being. They should be a little bit more protected.”

He’s right. Martinez hit the nail on the head. We all love the juicy rumors and the hustle and bustle of hearing about mega-deals taking place on Deadline Day. Trust me, I love it. Those whispers are latched onto by fans, journalists and even club officials and the news is broadcast in papers, on 24-hour sports TV stations and websites across the world. It’s news. It’s exciting and there’s no denying this industry has spiraled out of control, just like the transfer fees, in the past decade. There’s no need to put an end to it, but limiting it would be better for everyone. With Everton taking a stance and turning down the endless riches of Chelsea to keep a young star, their fans showed their appreciation to the owners on Saturday by signing the following song at White Hart Lane.

Like Martinez said, why can’t we adjust the rules and end this window on the eve of the season?

The January transfer window could be shortened too, perhaps to just the opening week of January when the FA Cup takes over in England and clubs who are on a break from PL action could then have a week to add more players or shift on a few more. This would make those days of negotiations and deals even more exhilarating. For now, we will sit back and watch the deals trickle in on the final day of the summer window. When it’s over, we will reflect on how successful this summer has been for each Premier League club. But in the long-term, changes need to be made to make this process fairer and limit the longevity of this seemingly never-ending circus.

Premier League Schedule – Week 4

Result Recap & Highlights
Aston Villa 2-2 S’land Recap and watch here
B’mouth 1-1 Leicester Recap and watch here
Chelsea 1-2 C. Palace Recap and watch here
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham Recap and watch here
Man City 2-0 Watford Recap and watch here
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal Recap and watch here
Saints 3-0 Norwich Recap and watch here
Stoke 0-1 West Brom Recap and watch here
Swansea 2-1 Man United Recap and watch here
Tottenham 0-0 Everton Recap and watch here

De Bruyne joins as Man City go all in 

One club which will surely not be doing any business on Deadline Day is Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have spent big this summer, splashing out over $200 million in transfer fees alone with Raheem Sterling, Nicolas Otamendi and Kevin de Bruyne arriving. Talk about making a statement.

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De Bruyne, 24, is expected to be the final piece of the attacking jigsaw as the Belgian international arrived for a staggering $84 million from Wolfsburg on Sunday. He recorded 20 assists in the Bundesliga last season, the most of any player in Europe’s top five leagues, and alongside fellow new-boy Sterling and the wizard that is David Silva, those three will provide the predatory Sergio Aguero with countless opportunities to score. With City failing to concede a goal in their opening four games of the season and scoring 10 times in four-straight wins to go top of the standings, it’s been a dream start to the season for Pellegrini. It’s been a dream in the transfer market too, even if question marks remain over KDB’s ability to reproduce his exploits from Germany in England’s top-flight. Chelsea let the Belgian flyer leave for $30 million in January 2014 after he failed to impress Jose Mourinho. Know De Bruyne has arrived back in the PL for almost three-times that amount and could be a key factor in grabbing City the title off his old club Chelsea.

For a man worth $84 million, you’d expect to be buying a player with a body the Greek gods of yesteryear (and Cristiano Ronaldo) would be proud of and someone who’d strike fear into the hearts of opposition defenders with a single picture. It may be slightly surprising then to see one of the images City released (above) to announce the signing of De Bruyne, who was having his medical. Talk about unflattering…

Early season trend: Away day success continues

After the opening 40 games of the PL season we have seen 17 wins from away teams. That’s a significant trend, even if some of the bigger teams have been handed somewhat easier games away from home to open up. Especially when you consider there has only been nine victories by home teams throughout the opening four weeks of the new season, that’s 22.5 percent of games have so far been won by the home teams, and looking at the stat below it was even less than that after Saturday’s games.

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There are many theories for this, but the pressure put on teams at home from their own fans who want their teams to go all-out attack in search of all three points is perhaps the most feasible reason to explain this upsurge in away wins. Opposing teams know this. They sit back, soak up the pressure and many are not perfectly suited to hit teams on the counter-attack.

Take Crystal Palace, for example. They have perfect the art of winning away from him since Alan Pardew arrived as manager last January. In Pardew’s 10 away games as Palace boss, they have won eight of 10 matches, losing just once. On Saturday they beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge (their first victory at their London rivals since 1982 and only the second in their history as a club) and even though they didn’t sit back the entire game, the way they were set up was perfect to win on the road.

It will take a few more matchdays to figure out if this trend of away teams dominating is set to continue, but it certainly seems like home advantage is no longer all its cracked up to be.

Contentious calls mount up

Six red cards were dished out this weekend, and plenty of them were contentious.

Let’s play the role of referee — which I’m not pretending isn’t a very difficult job for one second — and look at all six.

  • Aleksandar Mitrovic (17th minute, Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal) – The Serbian striker has a reputation and has been booked within seconds of coming off the bench in recent games. His high foot onto the shin of Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin didn’t look like anything untoward on first viewing, but it was certainly dangerous and you can understand why referee Andre Marriner sent him off. Good call? Correct.
  • Ibrahim Afellay (25th minute, Stoke City 0-1 West Brom) – After being hacked down by Craig Gardner, Afellay got up angrily. Gardner tapped him in the face, but Afellay then lashed out and lightly tapped Gardner in the face. Referee Michael Oliver showed Afellay a red card, when really both players deserved a yellow and told to calm down. Good call? Incorrect.
  • Charlie Adam (31st minute, Stoke City 0-1 West Brom) – Remarkably Stoke were down to nine-men just six minutes after Afellay was sent off. The Scotsman slid into a challenge with Dawson but as he got up he appeared to tread on his opponents ankle. It looked accidental and Mark Hughes was incensed on the sidelines. Somehow Stoke only lost 1-0 but they can feel hard done by. Good call? Incorrect.
  • Philippe Coutinho (52nd minute, Liverpool 0-3 West Ham) – The diminutive Brazilian doesn’t know how to tackle. We all know that. However, Coutinho slid in to try and stop Dmitri Payet’s skillful turn and with the West Ham already flying right at him, he couldn’t get out of the way. Coutinho got a second yellow but maybe this was a little harsh. Good call? Correct.
  • Mark Noble (78th minute, Liverpool 0-3 West Ham) – Mark Noble lost control of the ball on the edge of the box and he did lunge in on Danny Ings but got the ball and did not touch the man. The whistle had already blown, and this sending off was another that could have been avoided.  Good call? Incorrect.
  • Steven Whittaker (31st minute, Southampton 3-0 Norwich City) – Two silly yellow cards left the referee with no other option. First yellow for putting Matt Targett in a headlock as he attempted a quick throw-in, then he hauled down Dusan Tadic forcefully minutes later. Whittaker put his side in a bad spot and they suffered badly. Good call? Correct.

Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United all fall

It was a weekend of shocks across the Premier League, as the heavyweights tumbled. Hard. In Jose Mourinho’s 100th Premier League home game as Chelsea boss, he suffered just his second PL home defeat to Palace. Chelsea went behind in the second half when Bakary Sako finally punished Chelsea’s defense which was ruthlessly ripped apart by Palace’s pacy wingers, and although Radamel Falcao equalized in the 79th minute for his first Chelsea goal which seemed to have rescued his side a point, Palace’s winner arrived moments later when Joel Ward headed home. It was a demoralizing day for Mourinho, as his side have now made the second worst start to a title defending season in PL history. That will leave “The Special One” with plenty to mull over during the international break…

Elsewhere, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool suffered a shock home defeat, their first loss of the season, to West Ham United. The Hammers are another team, like Palace, who have excelled on the road so far this season, winning at both Arsenal and Liverpool but have lost to Leicester City and Bournemouth at home in-between those marquee wins. Try and explain that. The Hammers scored early through Manuel Lanzini, then Dejan Lovren suffered a relapse to hand Mark Noble another. Two red cards muddied the waters, then Diafra Sakho added a clincher late on as Liverpool’s issues at the back reared their ugly head once again.

Then, there’s Manchester United. With slow progress being made under Louis van Gaal, his side once again looked stagnant in attack as Wayne Rooney fired a blank. Despite Juan Mata giving the Red Devils the lead, Swansea hit back through Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis as Garry Monk’s men continue to kick on and won their third-straight game against United. Gomis becomes the first Swansea player to score in four consecutive games to start the season ( he has four total, while new signing Andre Ayew has three) and the Frenchman’s famous wild panther celebration came out of the locker once again as he tore United apart. Epic.

Swansea beat United away from home in Van Gaal’s opening game as United boss at the start of last season. Another early defeat to the Swans this season begs the question: how much have United really improved under the man known as the “Iron Tulip?” United have seven points from their opening three games, but with matches against Liverpool, Southampton and Arsenal coming up in their next four outings, it could all start to unravel rather soon. Sorting out the David de Gea situation remains the main dilemma at Old Trafford, while French teenager Anthony Martial looks set to join United in a whopping $55 million on Deadline Day. Is LVG panic buying to cover up this mediocre start to the season?

USMNT update: Howard stands out before international return

This week marks the first time in over a year that all four of the Premier League’s U.S. internationals have been called up by Jurgen Klinsmann.

With friendlies against Peru and Brazil coming up over the next 10 days, Tim Howard has returned to the squad following a self-imposed sabbatical, while Geoff Cameron is also called into his first squad since 2014 after his impressive start to the season at center back with Stoke City. Aston Villa’s goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Tottenham’s right back DeAndre Yedlin both made the cut, but it is Howard who is once again making the headlines after his sublime display for Everton as they grabbed a 0-0 draw at Tottenham on Saturday.

His boss Roberto Martinez told ProSoccerTalk after the game at White Hart Lane that Howard is ready to return.

“He is ready. I think sometimes as a player you need a little bit of a mental break more than anything. I think he had a very good season in terms of being at the club and having a bit of a rest. Now he is ready. He is one of those personalities that they need to be the number one for the USA and needs to be the number one for Everton. I think he’s got some terrific years ahead.”

With Klinsmann saying Guzan is his man for the foreseeable future and Howard must come back into the team as the No. 2 goalkeeper, many would say that’s the correct way to play things with Villa’s goalkeeper not doing much wrong over the past 12 months. However, if Howard keeps pulling off superb saves like he did to deny Harry Kane and Co. on Saturday, it will not be long until he returns as the starter as the huge Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico looms on Oct. 10.

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

Premier League roundup: Chelsea, Liverpool suffer stunning home defeats

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What a crazy Saturday we saw during Week 4 of the Premier League.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool were humbled at home by Crystal Palace and West Ham respectively, while Manchester City took full advantage of those slip ups by beating Watford.

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Elsewhere Tim Howard stood on his head to hold off Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, Arsenal ground out a 1-0 win away at 10-man Newcastle United and their were draws at Aston Villa and Bournemouth, while nine-man Stoke City lost at home to West Bromwich Albion.

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Here’s a quick recap of all the games with plenty of reaction, videos and analysis below.

Chelsea 1-2 Crystal PalaceRECAP

In Jose Mourinho’s 100th home game in charge of Chelsea, he lost a home match for just the second time in the Premier League. Bakary Sako put Palace ahead in the second half but Radamel Falcao jumped off the bench to head Chelsea level in the 79th minute. Moments later Palace were back in front as Joel Ward headed home the winner and the Eagles could have increased their lead late on. Chelsea is now eight points behind Manchester City after four games. Mourinho looks a worried man as the defending champs continue their slow start.

Liverpool 0-3 West Ham UnitedRECAP

What a win for the Hammers as they shocked Liverpool to win at Anfield for the first time since 1963. West Ham led 2-0 at the break after Manuel Lanzini scores his first goal for the club, then Mark Noble added another. In the second half both Philippe Coutinho and Noble were sent off but Diafra Sakho added another goal late on to seal a superb win for the Hammers after they had gone 42 games without a win at Anfield. For Liverpool, it was their first defeat of the season.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 EvertonRECAP

Tim Howard put in a Man of the Match display to deny a goal-shy Harry Kane as Everton and Tottenham battled out a 0-0 stalemate at White Hart Lane. Howard stopped from Kane in a one-on-one duel in the 23rd minute and the USMNT star made a string of fine saves to keep Spurs at bay. Everton’s best chance was Arouna Kone’s second half header which went just wide, while two nasty injuries to Tom Cleverley and Moussa Dembele saw both men stretchered off.

Manchester City 2-0 WatfordRECAP

Second half goals from Raheem Sterling (his first for City) and Fernandinho sealed a comfortable win for City as Watford failed to score for the third-straight game. The Hornets struggled to get any stranglehold on the game and it’s now a perfect four wins from four to start the season for Manuel Pellegrini‘s side who are top of the table heading into the international break.

Newcastle United 0-1 ArsenalRECAP

The Gunners made hard work of this one. Despite playing 74 minutes up a man after Aleksandar Mitrovic‘s red card, an own goal from Fabricio Coloccini was the only difference between the two teams as Arsene Wenger‘s side continue to limp through the opening weeks of the season. A win is a win, but plenty of credit has to go to Newcastle for battling on and making a game of this.

Aston Villa 2-2 SunderlandRECAP

A double from Scott Sinclair had Villa ahead but the Black Cats fought back to grab a point as M’Vila had opened the scoring with a cracking free kick and another new boy, Jeremain Lens, leveled things up to share the spoils. Neither Villa or Sunderland will be happy with a point, but as new players continue to bed in, not the worst result in the world.

Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester CityRECAP

Callum Wilson‘s stunning bicycle kick looked to have handed the Cherries all three points for the second-straight game but a late penalty from Jamie Vardy, which he won, stole the victory away from Bournemouth down on the South Coast. Leicester’s unbeaten run is now stretched to four games, while the Cherries will rue more points dropped at home after dominating.