Arsenal linked to another surprise defender as top targets seem unreachable

Arsenal are in the transfer market for a central defender following a long-term injury to Per Mertesacker and have been linked with a number of replacements. The Gunners reportedly had been offered the chance to seal a £37 million transfer of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, ahead of Chelsea and Everton. However, the Serie A giants have not been keen to selling the Senegalese international and the same proved to be true for AS Roma defender Kostas Manolas. Meanwhile, Arsenal have had their first bid of £15 million for centre-back Shkodran Mustafi rejected by Valencia,…

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Crystal Palace vs Swansea – Premier League preview and team news

After gaining a crucial three points on Boxing Day, Swansea City will be targeting back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they travel to South London to face a Crystal Palace side currently sitting pretty in fifth place. The Eagles have already suffered a couple of unwelcome injury setbacks over the festive period and the absence of Yannick Bolasie in particular perhaps showed in their attacking play as they fired a blank in a goalless draw at Bournemouth on Saturday. It was a decent result against another in-form team…

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Crystal Palace vs Sunderland – Premier League preview and team news

Sunderland will be hoping to close the gap between themselves and the safety line when they make the tricky trip to South London on Monday evening to take on Crystal Palace. The home side ended a mini dip in form last time out by becoming the first team to condemn new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to defeat, thanks to the constant aerial threat that central defender Scott Dann poses from set-pieces. The 28-year-old also had to defend astutely at the other end of the field, as he helped notch his…

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How the England team would look based on current form: Man United striker and Chelsea defender nowhere near

With England set to qualify for Euro 2016 this weekend, many wondered why Roy Hodgson didn’t decide to experiment a little for the clash with San Marino. Instead, the Three Lions boss opted to spring for a full strength squad, though the announcement may have been lost amid all of the transfer deadline hubbub. But thanks to WhoScored (via The Guardian) we’re now able to see what the best England XI would look like if Roy picked solely on form alone. It’s quite an eye opener. GK: Jack Butland Stoke…

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Premier League preview: Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa – Adama Traore set for Villans debut

Crystal Palace will be aiming for their first home win of the new season when they entertain Aston Villa, who also lost narrowly to one of last season’s top four in their previous match. There were plenty of positives for the Eagles to take from their defeat to Arsenal, losing out to an unfortunate own goal after Joel Ward’s crisply struck equaliser. It was another strong performance which, on another day, would have been enough to gain at least a point, so they will undoubtedly come into this very different…

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