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Dele, Kane score as Spurs beat Watford

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  • Dele, Kane score
  • Spurs eye third place
  • Watford stays 13th

Tottenham Hotspur earned some breathing room in the Top Four race with a 2-0 win over Watford at Wembley Stadium on Monday.

Dele Alli and Harry Kane scored for Spurs, who are a point back of second place Liverpool and have a match-in-hand on the Reds. Chelsea is five back of Tottenham and four behind Liverpool.

Watford is now winless in its last seven Premier League matches, and sits six points clear of 18th place Southampton.

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An unremarkable quarter hour gave way to Dele’s fitting opener, as Watford goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis fumbled a catch to Christian Eriksen. The Dane passed to Dele, who calmly slotted low into the goal.

Watford came close to leveling the score when ex-Spurs man Etienne Capoue slid Andre Gray on goal, but the English striker’s less-than-perfect low effort was saved by Hugo Lloris.

The Frenchman made a save on a breaking Richarlison in the 44th minute, and then rushed out of his  box to slide the ball away from Abdoulaye Doucoure.

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While the Hornets made it to the break down one, the deficit expanded less than three minutes into the second half.

Heung-Min Son‘s pass was behind a slipping Harry Kane, but the English striker righted himself to pot Kieran Trippier‘s square ball back into the mixer.

Kane would later have a goal disallowed, while Moussa Sissoko skied a 90th minute effort over the bar from inside the 18.

Lloris made a fine stop deep in stoppage time to preserve the clean sheet.

Arsenal 3-0 Watford: Cech gets milestone

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  • Mustafi scores 1,000th Arsenal home PL-era goal
  • Mkhitaryan to Aubameyang for 2-0
  • Cech stops Deeney penalty
  • Arsenal ends three-match losing run

Petr Cech stopped a penalty and kept his 200th clean sheet as Arsenal ended a league losing skid with a 3-0 win over Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan assisted each other’s goals, an Shkrodan Mustafi opened the scoring for Arsenal.

Arsenal sits in sixth, 10 points back of the Top Four, while Watford is nine points clear of the drop zone in 10th.

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Mesut Ozil slipped Aubameyang through on goal in the second minute, but the Gabonese striker hit the ball at Orestis Karnezis.

The Gunners went ahead in the 8th, as Mustafi headed an Ozil free kick across goal.

Sead Kolasinac just missed a sliding Aubameyang with a ball through the six in the 17th minute.

Watford missed a sitter in the 27th minute after Richarlison‘s free kick was parried to Roberto Pereyra, who blazed his effort over the bar.

Karnezis then made an outstanding leg save on Ozil within a minute.

Watford won a corner when Rob Holding intervened to stop a dangerous chance, but the Hornets couldn’t find a way past Cech. The Czech goalkeeper also denied Richarlison’s header deep into first half stoppage.

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Aubameyang found an insurance goal through old pal Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who cut a ball between the lines to find the striker. Aubameyang walked around Karnezis and passed home to give him his third Premier League goal.

It was less than a minute when Pereyra cut between Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alex Iwobi to win a penalty, but Cech denied Deeney’s shot down the middle.

Adrian Mariappa escaped punishment despite going cleat-to-ankle on Mkhitaryan in the 64th minute.

Mkhitaryan got a deserved goal in the 77th, spinning a Mkhitaryan pass off Karnezis and home.

Danny Welbeck was saved by Karnezis off a Jack Wilshere feed in the 86th.

Watford 1-0 West Brom: Deeney buries Baggies

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  • West Brom eight points adrift
  • Watford climbs ninth
  • Deeney scores in 300th league app

Troy Deeney‘s second half goal led Watford to a 1-0 win over struggling West Bromwich Albion at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

It was the sixth-straight loss for West Brom, who may make its second managerial switch of the season. The Baggies are eight points back of 17th place Southampton with nine matches to play.

The Hornets revived their season and sit four points back of seventh, seven clear of the relegation zone.

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Both sides came out shooting, but deflections or inaccuracies stopped the goalkeepers from action.

Johnny Evans nearly hooked the back-end of a corner kick off Orestis Karnezis, the goal post, and in, but the goalkeeper wrangled the orb.

Richarlison was pulled early in the second half. healthy, which was a bit surprising for a match begging for a difference maker. Stefano Okaka, however, has been in good form.

But it was Deeney, on his 300th league appearance for Watford, who had ages alone with Ben Foster after slipping past the West Brom defense. Finishers gonna finish. 1-0.

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Reports: Newcastle adds Joselu; Chasing Wilshere, three others

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Newcastle United’s search for an answer up top is heading South, directionally, and their hope for help in the midfield may be as well.

The Magpies are said to be on the verge of adding Joselu from Stoke City for about $6 million, and are linked to Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere amongst a host of other names as Rafa Benitez aims to build up his club for a long Premier League stay.

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Joselu, 27, arrived at Stoke from Hannover 96 two years ago but struggled to find First Team time under Mark Hughes. He scored four goals in two preseason appearances for the Potters this season, but had reportedly already agreed to part ways with the club.

A story in The Express says Benitez is also chasing Greek keeper Orestis Karnezis and Legia Warsaw center back Michal Pazdan as well as oft-linked target Lucas Perez of Arsenal.

Speaking of Arsenal, Benitez is said to be requesting both Perez and Wilshere from Arsene Wenger. Wilshere went on loan to Bournemouth last season and played his most matches since 2013-14.

Newcastle fell 2-0 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, though the match was scoreless when Jonjo Shelvey took an absurd red card in the 50th minute for stamping on a prone Dele Alli‘s achilles.

Benitez’s striker corps is Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic, and the latter is out of favor with the manager for his potential to lash out at opponents. Joselu has a pair of double digit seasons in the Bundesliga, and perhaps the Spaniard can find his scoring boots under one of his countrymen.

Monday transfer rumor roundup: Defenders the focus as Liverpool unload, United search

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Defending is something Liverpool stocked up on this summer, while Manchester United has struggled to do so.

Now that the Reds have too many defenders, they’re looking to offload a few.

In the last few days, Turkish club Trabzonspor made a play for Kolo Toure, but the Ivorian rejected their advances. 23-year-old Sebastian Coates is rumored to be on Sampdoria’s wish list.  They’ve already sold Martin Kelly to Crystal Palace.

Newly coming to light now is that the Reds are hoping to send out 21-year-old Tiago Ilori (pictured) out on loan, something they did last season as well.

He performed well at Granada during his half-year loan, even potentially saving them from relegation when, during a match with Barcelona, he intercepted a ball from Neymar that had already passed goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and was headed for the back of the net. Granada ended up beating Barcelona 1-0, and two weeks later avoided relegation by a mere two points.

The likely destination this time around would seem to be Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1. Ilori was present in the stands at Bordeaux’s last home match, a 4-1 thrashing of Monaco, and reports from both France and England have him headed to Stade Chaban-Delmas soon.

Meanwhile, Manchester United continue to struggle in their pursuit of defenders capable of passing for not only Champions League quality, but also those that can play in Louis van Gaal’s 3-at-the-back formation.

They seem to be behind in their pursuit of Serie A pair Philippe Mexes and Mehdi Benatia, with the latter proving a serious disappointment.  Thusly, Manchester United have turned to Marcos Rojo, and although the player has maturely backed down from his strong desire for the transfer, many are reporting that does not mean the deal is dead.

The Guardian says that their club sources called the deal “very complex” but that it should go through, with van Gaal desperately needing at least one left-sided defender. Not one of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, and Jonny Evans fits that bill.

Something else that may concern United is the stance of Real Madrid on star winger Angel Di Maria.  Manager Carlo Ancelotti was coy on the future of last year’s La Liga assists leader, but left the door open for his exit.

“I don’t know what Di Maria has decided,” Ancelotti said. “But I know that he’s training and that he could help us in tomorrow’s match [against Atletico]. Until August 31 it will continue the same way and after that everything will be cleared up and things will return to normal.”

With the arrival of James Rodriguez, Di Maria’s status has been thrown into question despite being a massive player in the team’s Champions League run.  Rumors of his exit have flooded the market this window, almost to the point of oversaturation, but yesterday they picked up around Manchester significantly.

Back to the defender roundtable, someone who desperately needs one is West Ham United. The club is facing an injury crisis with James Tompkins, James Collins is suspended after his opening day red card, and just Winston Reid left in the middle.

The Hammers are now reportedly hoping to pick someone up in time for their match with Crystal Palace next weekend.