Arsenal regain lead against West Ham… Brighton take on Tottenham
Arsenal will be looking to regain their lead when they meet their neighbors West Ham, who are sixth in the points table, in a heated London derby that will witness another meeting between Tottenham and Brighton at the end of the nineteenth round of the English Premier League.
Arsenal (40 points) need three points to return to the summit, which Liverpool (42) grabbed after beating Burnley with two clean sheets on Tuesday, and strengthen their hopes of the title crown. Not in its coffers since the 2003-2004 season. Arsenal's task against West Ham will not be easy, especially in light of the high technical level of Scottish coach David Moyes, who have won 3 of their last four matches, the last of which was a 2-0 win over their guests Manchester United. on Saturday.
Arsenal are unbeaten at home in all nine of their league matches (winning seven) and have lost just once in their last 16 home games against West Ham.
Arsenal struggled in the last-gasp draw with Liverpool as they failed to score after an early goal in the fourth minute. However, the Gunners have failed to score just once in their last seven matches.
Spain coach Mikel Arteta's side are playing without German striker Kei Havards (4 goals and one assist) due to suspension.
On the other hand, West Ham coach David Moyes said: “To get 30 points this season is great. It's hard to get any wins in the league and we've got nine so far, which is a great total for us. We will continue to try to keep up with other teams competing for the top spots.
Fourth-placed Tottenham on 37 points will provisionally play ninth-placed Brighton on 22 points in a tough match for both teams.
Tottenham's coach, Australian Ange Postecoglou, has suffered a fresh blow to his side after his Argentina international defender Cristian Romero suffered a hamstring injury that will keep him out of action for four to five weeks.
The absence of defender Romero (25 years old) comes after he returned from a three-match suspension in early December.
Romero picked up the injury during Saturday's 2-1 win over Everton in the 18th round, with Postecogulo commenting, “(The situation) is not good with Romero. He underwent tests and confirmed a thigh injury. We are talking about four or five weeks out.” It's disappointing to lose again.”
Romero joins fellow Dutchman Van de Ven in the 1-4 loss to Chelsea last November with the same injury and is not expected to feature against Manchester United in mid-January. The next phase is on the 21st.
Tottenham were also missing playmaker James Maddison, Uruguayan Rodrigo Bentoncur, Alfie Weidemann (ankle injury), Croatian Ivan Perisic, Israeli Manor Solomon (knee), and Ryan Sessegnon (thigh), but the team regained striker Dane Scarlett after loaning him to Ipswich. A season.
After this match, Tottenham will play their games for a month in the absence of South Korean captain Heung-min Son as he takes part in the Asian Cup in Qatar.
On the other hand, two days after British billionaire Jim Radcliffe completed a deal to buy a minority stake (a quarter of the shares) in Manchester United, his right-hand man, Dave Brailsford, has seen the best and worst of the team. A thrilling 3-2 win over Aston Villa from two goals down.
Brailsford, director of sport at Ineos who has been appointed United director since the end of Radcliffe's contract, sat in the booth on Tuesday evening to watch the team get a much-needed win, marking a fresh start for Dutch coach Eric. Den Haag welcomed.
Den Haag added: “We are looking forward to the move forward and I think it will be beneficial for the club officials and new partners to step in. They have great experience in the field of sport at the highest levels such as Formula 1, cycling (Ineos. Grenadiers) and other football. clubs, so they can help us achieve our goals.”Looking forward, they want to work with us and we want to work with them.”
For his part, Jim Radcliffe has asked Manchester United fans to be patient as he hopes to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford after pledging to invest $300 million to refurbish Old Trafford and the training centre. United have not won the league since 2013, and while Radcliffe (71 years old) believes things can turn around once he takes over football operations, he revealed there are no quick fixes, saying in an open letter to United fan associations : “I believe in our ability to bring success.” The player is on the pitch to continue the commercial success the club has previously enjoyed. It requires time, patience and highly professional management. I know the limit of your ambition. “There are no guarantees in the game and the transition may take some time, but we will start immediately.”
The game against third-placed Aston Villa was mixed in both halves as Old Trafford fans cheered on the players who trailed by two goals in the first half, while Argentina's Alejandro Carnacho saw a marked change. A brace was scored and Danish Rasmus Hojlund ended a league scoring drought spanning 1,027 years. The minute he scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute, the complaining crowd turned into a strong supporter with cheers and warm applause after the final whistle.
Den Haag said: “We have said many times that we have to believe in ourselves. That's what I ask the team. I said it before the match, I said it during the first half, believe, we will win.
Hoyland has scored five goals in four Champions League games since joining United from Atalanta in Italy last August, but his failure to score in the English Premier League has raised some eyebrows.
Den Haag said of his efforts to keep Hoyland's confidence up: “I had several conversations with him and each time I told him, 'I scored a lot for Denmark, I scored in the Champions League'.” Showcase your talent. You can. “You have to be confident and believe in your abilities, and the goals will come.”
Hoyland expressed his joy with his first goal in the league, which gave his team victory: “I'm the happiest man alive.” The 20-year-old cost the club 64 million euros ($81 million) to sign. He explained in the summer: “It's been a long time, but I'm … happy. I'm the happiest man alive now, and you can see it in the celebrations. We hoped to win until the end, and we showed strength again.
Manchester United had not scored a goal in their last four matches in all competitions and looked set to extend their winless run to five matches before they fell behind against Aston Villa.
Hoyland hopes to increase his goal tally in the league after ending his long goal drought.
He said: “I scored goals in the Champions League but it's been a long time since I scored in the Premier League. I hope to keep scoring in the league.”
On the other hand, Aston Villa coach Unai Emery said his side squandered a “fantastic chance” to take the three points after conceding a two-goal lead in the 21st minute through Scot John McGinn and Belgian Leander Dentoker (26). His first defeat in 11 matches in all competitions. .
Villa, who are third with 39 points from 19 matches, squandered a chance to draw level on points with leaders Liverpool.
“It's been a fantastic first half of the season and the way we've played,” Emery said. We missed a good chance to get three extra points after the first 60 minutes we played.
Emery, who has revived Aston Villa's fortunes less than a year since taking over from England legend Steven Gerrard, said he wants to quickly overcome a disappointing result when they host 19th-placed Burnley at Villa Park on Saturday. He said: “The players are disappointed but our reaction can be against Burnley on Saturday, which is the next challenge we have to face. It is very important that we are fully prepared and that we have the support of our fans.” “It is important to recover mentally and physically after the results we achieved at Old Trafford. The team is still confident after the positive things we have achieved in our journey so far.”
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