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Unai Emery vows to rotate Arsenal squad “to protect players”

Unai Emery insists he can keep rotating to “protect” his players and seal a top-four Premier League finish. Arsenal made seven changes from Thursday’s Europa League win in Napoli for Sunday’s league clash with Crystal Palace, only to be beaten 3-2 by the Eagles. The Gunners’ Champions League qualification hopes took a hit in losing a game they expected to win, with Palace claiming their eighth victory on the road this term. Unai Emery, pictured, remains confident Arsenal can still secure a top-four Premier League finish (Bradley Collyer/PA) Granit Xhaka should recover from a hip complaint in time for Wednesday’s league trip to Wolves, as manager Emery looks set to mix up selection once again. “We have had some injuries, like with Aaron Ramsey, and ...

Crystal Palace ‘demanding £80m for Arsenal target Wilfried Zaha’

Crystal Palace reportedly place an £80m price tag on wantaway winger Wilfried Zaha amid alleged interest from Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Crystal Palace have reportedly slapped an £80m price tag on the head of rumoured Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Wilfried Zaha. Zaha confirmed his desire to leave the Eagles in order to play Champions League football earlier today, with Palace now resigned to losing their star man. However, they will not let the 26-year-old leave on the cheap and the Daily Mail claims that Palace will only consider bids of around £75m-£80m for the Ivory Coast international. The asking price could prove problematic for both Arsenal and Spurs, who have scouted the winger intensively but are unlikely to be able to afford spending up to £80m on one player. Borussia ...

Unai Emery talks up Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Wilfried Zaha quality

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has hailed Crystal Palace academy graduates Wilfried Zaha and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and insists he has plenty of his own young players pushing for a place in his squad. The Gunners host Roy Hodgson’s Palace on Sunday and are looking to maintain their place in the Premier League’s top four. While the Eagles have endured difficult spells during the campaign, Zaha and Wan-Bissaka have often stood out as star performers. They both came through the ranks at Selhurst Park and have been linked with moves away this summer. Emery is a confessed fan of Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Paul Harding/PA) Emery singled them out for praise on the eve of the Emirates Stadium clash and explained how nurturing young talent is an important part of his job. “They are tw...

Wilfried Zaha slams David Moyes over failed Manchester United career

Wilfried Zaha claims that David Moyes attempted ‘to play mind games with him’ during his brief period at Manchester United. Crystal Palace‘s Wilfried Zaha has suggested that he failed to make an impact at Manchester United due to the behaviour of David Moyes. Zaha was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson before the Scot’s retirement, and the winger was restricted to just four appearances by Moyes before being loaned out to Cardiff City. The then-youngster received criticism for not progressing his career at Old Trafford, but Zaha has now made the decision to speak about his time with United. The 26-year-old has claimed to the Daily Mail that Moyes criticised his off-the-pitch preferences, while it is also suggested that Moyes gave conflicting instructions to the player. Zaha...

Wilfried Zaha confirms he wants to leave Crystal Palace for Champions League club

Wilfried Zaha has admitted he wants to leave Crystal Palace in search of Champions League football. The 26-year-old only signed a new five-year contract last summer, becoming Palace’s highest-paid player. But now the Ivory Coast forward has put a host of interested clubs on notice by targeting top-level European football as one of his chief career aims. Wilfried Zaha signed a five-year contract at Selhurst Park last year (Nigel French/PA) “I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it, and I’ll do the rest,” Zaha told the Daily Mail. “It gives me goosebumps seeing the crowds, amazing stadiums. “When I’m seeing players I think, ‘What would I do in that predicament?’ “I feel I can get to that stage, with the confidence I have and belief in my ability. I sh...

Preview: Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday’s London derby between top-four hopefuls Arsenal and Crystal Palace, including prediction, teams news and head-to-head records. Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday knowing that anything other than victory could see them surrender the initiative in a fiercely-competitive top-four race. Only goal difference is currently keeping the Gunners above the dotted line, and they take on a Crystal Palace side that needs just a draw to reach the 40-point mark. Arsenal © Reuters It has not all been plain-sailing for Arsenal in the post-Arsene Wenger era so far, but as things stand Unai Emery is on course for a successful first season at the helm. Charged with getting the Gunners back into the Premier League, Emery still has two routes open to ...

Kick It Out: Wayne Hennessey needs “appropriate education” on Nazis

Wayne Hennessey has been told that he requires “appropriate education” to understand the horrors of Nazism after saying he did not know what a Nazi salute was when charged with making the offensive gesture. The Crystal Palace goalkeeper was pictured with his right arm in the air and left hand above his mouth in a photograph posted on Instagram by German team-mate Max Meyer after the Eagles’ FA Cup win over Grimsby on January 5. Hennessey’s defence stated that he did not know what a Nazi salute was, according to the Football Association’s written reasons after the charge was found not proven this month. Wales international Hennessey, 32, will face no punishment but Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, says he should be taught to un...

Premier League Team of the Week – Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil van Dijk

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 34, including Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne and Virgil van Dijk. The 2018-19 Premier League season edged one more game towards its conclusion this weekend, with Liverpool still leading a title race which looks set to go down to the wire. Manchester City momentarily returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the Reds responded by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move two points clear – albeit having played a game more than the champions. Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield saw their top-four hopes take a blow as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all won, with Spurs among the biggest victors of the weekend courtesy of their 4-0 triumph over relegated Huddersfiel...

Result: Raheem Sterling nets twice as Manchester City beat Crystal Palace

Raheem Sterling nets a double as Manchester City move to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon. Manchester City have strengthened their Premier League title bid with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace in Sunday’s fixture at Selhurst Park. Raheem Sterling put City in control with a double and although Luka Milivojevic halved the deficit with nine minutes remaining, a late third from Gabriel Jesus ensured that Pep Guardiola’s team moved back to the top of the standings. City went onto the front foot soon after kickoff, but it was Palace who created the first opportunity of the contest as Luka Milivojevic fired a long-range strike over the crossbar. However, City soon found their rhythm in attack with Palace struggling to deal wi...

Manchester City to rival Manchester United for Aaron Wan-Bissaka?

A report claims that Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka remains a target for Manchester City as they are seeking cover in that position this summer. Manchester City reportedly intend to rival Manchester United for the signing of Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Right-back is rumoured to be one of the areas Pep Guardiola plans to strengthen in the summer, along with a new defensive midfielder – their priority signing – a young attacker and goalkeeper cover. Man United were widely considered to be the favourites to land Wan-Bissaka, but they may have turned their focus elsewhere as Diogo Dalot looks ready to start regularly at the back next season. According to the Daily Mail, Man City intend to follow up their interest in the 21-year-old by making a bid as he ...

Pep Guardiola hails veteran Roy Hodgson’s “special energy”

Pep Guardiola claims he does not have the “special energy” to emulate Roy Hodgson‘s lengthy career. The Manchester City boss may be regarded as the pre-eminent manager of his generation with 25 trophies to his name, but coaching into his 70s, as Hodgson is now, is something he cannot envisage. Former England boss Roy Hodgson has been in management for more than 40 years (Nigel French/PA) Guardiola will pit his wits against Hodgson, Crystal Palace‘s 71-year-old former England boss, as City travel to Selhurst Park this weekend. Guardiola, 48, said: “You have to have a special energy and I think at 71 – except Roy Hodgson – the others cannot do it. In my case? No way. It’s impossible. “Roy Hodgson loves it. It’s incredible. When that happens, it...

Report: Premier League trio after Birmingham City striker Che Adams

A report claims that Southampton have been joined in the race to sign Birmingham City striker Che Adams by two other Premier League sides. Birmingham City striker Che Adams is reportedly a summer transfer target for a trio of Premier League clubs. The 22-year-old is fourth in the Championship scoring charts this season with 22 goals in 41 appearances. According to The Telegraph, Adams could be on his way to the top tier of English football as Crystal Palace, Southampton and Burnley have all expressed an interest in signing him. Birmingham may have to cash in on the former Sheffield United ace and all three clubs are supposedly willing to spend £15m to land him. The report suggests that Southampton and Burnley have been keeping an eye on Adams for quite some time, while Palace have only rec...

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