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Premier League Team of the Week — Round 16

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There’s a sentimental story amongst this week’s Premier League Team of the Week.

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter had a tough week, dealing with the tragic passing of his daughter during childbirth.

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But he dedicated his performance to his family in helping the Cherries to a historic win over Manchester Untied, one week after Bournemouth toppled Chelsea.

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Goalkeeper: Rob Elliot (Newcastle United)

Defenders: Allan Nyom (Watford), Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion), Leighton Baines (Everton)

Midfielders: Joshua King (Bournemouth), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace), Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace).

Forwards: Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

West Brom’s Jonas Olsson backs Zlatan for Premier League move

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With his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expiring in the summer, where Zlatan will go next is one of the biggest mysteries in football.

Having already played in the Netherlands, Spain, Italy and France, the Premier League would be a logical next step in Zlatan’s career.

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However, at 34-years-old, Zlatan himself has said it is “too late” for him to play in England, adding more mystery to where he will end up.

Despite what Zlatan says, his teammate on the Sweden national team Jonas Olsson believes the PSG striker is more than capable of playing in the Premier League.

Olsson, who has made nearly 400 appearances for West Bromwich Albion over the past eight seasons, said Zlatan’s elite talent would be fit for England’s top flight.

He’s still at the top of his game. He is the strongest player I have faced. I really hope he comes.

Zlatan on his day is the most talented footballer in the game. He has played under Mourinho before and the only place where he’s not 100% appreciated is in the UK.

I think he can play for any team in this league – he is still that good.

Even at 34, Zlatan has proven he is still one of the best strikers in the world. He recently became Paris Saint-Germain’s all-time leading scorer, and has scored at least 30 goals in each of the past four seasons.

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The Premier League certainly has the money to entice Zlatan, and it is the biggest league in the world that he hasn’t conquered yet. Expect his name to be linked with a move to every major club in Europe for the rest of the year, as we’ll just have to wait until June and see what he decides.

Arsenal 4-1 West Brom: Walcott hat-trick marks quick Gunners start

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Arsenal got three goals in the first 20 minutes of the match, and cruised from there as the Gunners confirmed their third-place finish.

The 26-year-old Walcott got things going early with the opener just inside four minutes with a very impressive strike from a tight angle, slamming the ball past West Brom defender Jonas Olsson and off the underside of the bar into the back of the net.

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Walcott, earning just his fourth start of the season and first since March 14, snatched his second just 10 minutes later as Arsenal’s fast start continued. Wilshere burst into the box, touched centrally to Mesut Ozil and a quick touch came to Walcott who skipped past a defender and poked the ball home while falling over.

It would get better for the Gunners as another returnee, Wilshere, picked up Arsenal’s third still prior to the 20-minute mark. An off-balance shot from Alexis Sanchez was blocked and fell to Gabriel Paulista, who touched to Wilshere outside the box and the England international slammed a thunderbolt into the top corner.

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Theo forced a massive save from Boaz Myhill to keep out his hat-trick in just the 23rd minute, but he would get the triple on 37 minutes. Wilshere and Santi Cazorla played a one-two on the left before the latter cut a cross along the face of goal and Walcott was there to poke it home at the far post for his third of the day.

West Brom got one back as Gareth McAuley headed home a corner when David Ospina missed with a punch, but that was it for the Baggies. They nearly had another in stoppage time when Ospina failed to track a Craig Gardner shot properly but he just was able to tip it over.

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Arsenal finish the season in third with 75 points, 12 back of the champions Chelsea. West Brom ends the season in 13th with 44 points.

LINEUPS:

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Coquelin (Ramsey 69′), Cazorla, Wilshere (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77′), Ozil, Alexis, Walcott (Giroud 69′).

Goals: Walcott 4′, 14′, 37′; Wilshere 17′

West Brom: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson (Anichebe 51′), Lescott, Fletcher, Yacob (Baird 60′), Morrison, McManaman (Gardner 54′), Brunt, Berahino.

Goals: McAuley 57′

Premier League roundup: Big day for relegation battlers

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Seven Premier League games took place on Saturday, as plenty of teams at the bottom secured big wins to shake up the relegation picture.

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Leicester, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Sunderland all prevailed, while poor old Burnley and QPR went down fighting away from home but their days in the top-flight looked numbered.

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In the top half there were only wins for Liverpool, Swansea and West Ham as Manchester United slipped up at home to West Brom to breath new life into the top four race.

Below are recaps, reaction, videos and more from another busy day around the PL.

Aston Villa 3-2 EvertonRECAP

A double from Christian Benteke put Villa 2-0 up at half time. Romelu Lukaku scored a PK to put Everton back in the game but Tom Cleverley made it 3-1 before a late consolation from Phil Jagielka set up a tense finish. Huge win for Villa who now sit on 35 points. Everton’s six-game unbeaten run is over.

Manchester United 0-1 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

Jonas Olsson turned out to be the hero for the Baggies, as Manchester United lost their third-straight PL  match. That’s something the Red Devils haven’t done since 2001 and their recent struggles have come at a pivotal stage of the season with the top four race now back on. Robin van Persie had a second half penalty kick saved by Boaz Myhill as West Brom won at Old Trafford for the second time in a row and are now seven points clear of the relegation zone with three games left.

Liverpool 2-1  QPRRECAP

Liverpool went ahead early on as Coutinho curled in a beauty but then QPR equalized with just over 15 minutes to go as Leroy Fer volleyed home. A crazy last 10 minutes then played out as first Steven Gerrard had a penalty kick, which Nedum Onuoha gave away, saved by Robert Green and then Onuoha was sent off for two yellows. In the 87th minute Gerrard rolled back the years and glanced home a header to make it 2-1.

Sunderland 2-1 SouthamptonRECAP

Two penalty kicks from Jordi Gomez sealed the win for the Black Cats as Dick Advocaat’s side boosted their survival chances. Sunderland still remain in the bottom three but are just one point off safety with three games to go. Saints’ lone goal came via Sadio Mane, who finished well after a defensive mix up, but Ronald Koeman’s men were lackluster and lost ground in the race for a top six finish.

Leicester City 3-0 Newcastle UnitedRECAP

The Foxes’ wonderful form continued as they raced into an early lead and never looked back. Leonardo Ulloa gave Leicester the lead after 38 seconds and Wes Morgan added another on 17 minutes. Newcastle were all over the place and Ulloa scored a penalty kick three minutes into the second half to put the game beyond doubt. The Magpies then had Daryl Janmaat and Mike Williamson sent off as they are now just two points above the drop zone with three games to go. Leicester have now won five of their last six and is one point above the bottom three.

West Ham United 1-0 BurnleyRECAP

It was a nightmare start for Burnley at Upton Park as Michael Duff was sent off and Mark Noble scored the resulting penalty kick to give the Hammers a lead after 25 minutes. The Clarets never fully recovered and despite the Hammers being wasteful, they secured their first win in five matches. Burnley is now eight points from safety with three games left. It’s time to start waving goodbye to the PL, Burnley fans.

Swansea City 2-0 Stoke CityRECAP

The Swansea scored twice late in the second half to grab all three points and keep their record-setting season going. Garry Monk’s boys took the lead through Jefferson Montero and Ki sealed the victory in the final minute. Stoke had Marc Wilson sent off late on for two yellows.

Manchester United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Myhill stops RVP pen to save upset

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Call it an RV-PK gone awry.

Boaz Myhill stopped a Robin van Persie penalty to keep Manchester United from finding an answer to a Jonas Olsson-deflected goal as West Bromwich Albion moved seven points clear of the drop zone with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.

United remains in fourth place, four points ahead of Liverpool in the race for fourth place. They’ve now lost three-straight Premier League matches for the first time since December of 2001.

West Brom is now in 13th place, Tony Pulis almost certainly having saved the club from the drop zone.

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The Old Trafford crowd gave a minute’s applause in honor of the late wife of longtime Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand, now with Queens Park Rangers. Rebecca Ellison passed away Saturday night after a battle with cancer.

United did its best to ignite the first half, but the Baggies did a better job of shutting it down. Despite attempting 10 shots and 14 crosses, Louis van Gaal’s unit could bring life into the game.

West Brom, for its part, aimed at sucking it out of the affair. United carried nearly 80 percent of possession into the second half.

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Shockingly, though, it was West Brom that broke through off a deflected goal. Chris Brunt ripped a shot through outside the wall that took a hard turn off Olsson’s calf and beat De Gea. 1-0, WBA. Game on.

United had a shout for a penalty when Juan Mata’s cross caught Joleon Lescott’s hand near, but not at, his side. No call came from Anthony Taylor, and it played on 1-0.

And then, on the edge of the box at the other end, Berahino was called for a handball in the 73rd minute. The ensuing penalty from Van Persie? Saved by a diving Boaz Myhill!

Finally, revisiting our lead, should it be RVP-K or RV-PK?

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, McNair (Falcao, 84′), Blind (Di Maria, 63′), Mata, Herrera, Fellaini, Young, Rooney, van Persie. Subs: Valdes, Blackett, Jones, Di Maria, Januzaj, Pereira, Falcao.

West Bromwich Albion: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Brunt, Yacob, Gardner (Wisdom, 89′), Mulumbu (Baird, 76′), Fletcher, Berahino (Ideye, 80′). Subs: Rose, Wisdom, Baird, Sessegnon, McManaman, Ideye, Anichebe.

Goal: Olsson (63′).