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Jan 252016
 
Van Gaal admits failing Man Utd fans

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he has not lived up to expectations as his side were booed by fans after losing against Southampton.

United supporters were mutinous following their
1-0 loss at Old Trafford on Saturday.

They have now failed to net a first-half goal for the 11th game in a row.

“They have – or they had – great expectations of me, and I cannot fulfil them, so I am very frustrated because of that,” said Dutchman Van Gaal.

United are fifth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and 10 off leaders Leicester.


Manchester United: Are they stuck in the past?

The Red Devils have taken 37 points from their first 23 games, their lowest total in the Premier League era and three points fewer than under David Moyes during the 2013-14 season.

After the defeat against Southampton, Van Gaal had said: “They are right to boo. I cannot deny that, I saw the match.

“For better or for worse we have to stick together. We are working very hard, but we have had a lot of injuries. That you cannot change.”

Van Gaal was also criticised on the club’s official television channel, MUTV, with former Reds winger Bojan Djordjic suggesting “the only corner we are turning is into some dark alley where we get robbed again”.

Next up for United is a trip to face Championship side Derby in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday (kick-off 19:55 GMT).


Darmian taken to hospital

Matteo Darmian (right)

Matteo Darmian (right) was injured in a challenge with Shane Long

On Saturday, United were without Ashley Young, who Van Gaal says faces “a long time” out with a serious groin injury, and lost fellow defender Matteo Darmian mid-way through the second half following a clash with Shane Long.

Van Gaal revealed the Italian was “spitting blood” after leaving the pitch and had gone to hospital.

If the 26-year-old is now sidelined it will leave United without a fit senior full-back, with Luke Shaw still out after suffering a double fracture of his right leg last September.


United’s woe in numbers







Man Utd points after 23 games

Manchester United have taken 37 points so far this season – their worst tally after 23 games in a single Premier League season. Their highest is 57 points in 2006-07

Man Utd half-time scores last 11 games

Manchester United have failed to score a goal in the first half of their last 11 home games. The only goal scored in a first half at Old Trafford during that time was Cameron Jerome’s 38th-minute goal in Norwich’s 2-1 win in December

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Jan 252016
 
Costa cost us once more, says Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said they had again fallen victim to Chelsea’s Diego Costa after Per Mertesacker’s “harsh” red card in Sunday’s defeat.

Mertesacker was sent off in the 18th minute after tripping Costa – who scored the only goal in
Chelsea’s win.

“Costa has got two of our players sent off in the last two games against Chelsea,” said Wenger.

“Is the decision right or wrong? I don’t know. That is a fact, without accusing him of anything.”

Costa was also involved in the clash that saw Arsenal’s Gabriel sent off in
Chelsea’s 2-0 home win in September.


Mythbusting – is Diego Costa a dirty player?


Arsenal see red against Chelsea

Per Mertesacker looks on after fouling Diego Costa

All three of Arsenal’s Premier League red cards this season have been against Chelsea

Mertesacker’s 18th-minute dismissal changed the complexion of Sunday’s game at the Emirates, with Arsenal’s defeat leaving them three points behind Premier League leaders Leicester.

It is the seventh red card the Gunners have been shown in games against Chelsea – their most against any one team – and the third they have suffered this season against the Blues, with Santi Cazorla also sent off at Stamford Bridge.

Costa was
given a retrospective three-game ban after that game for a clash with Laurent Koscielny.

Wenger added: “I don’t know whether Costa was offside or not or whether Per Mertesacker touched him or not. It was a decision we had to take on the chin and I thought we did that.

“The referee was very quick to take the red card out. We coped with the decision well and should have had a draw at least. We had the chances. Mentally we were focused. Sometimes when you lose you can still say ‘well done’ to the players.”

Asked whether Costa had made the most of the situation, Wenger said: “Yes. That is the game of the striker. Diego Costa is good at that.”

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink, predictably, disagreed and said: “There was no doubt. It was a great ball through and Diego could run straight at Petr Cech but he was tripped. That is obvious.”


Wenger defends substitution

Wenger’s response to Mertesacker’s red card was to sacrifice main striker and 18-goal top scorer Olivier Giroud, replacing him with defender Gabriel.


Analysis: Why Wenger was wrong to take off Giroud

This left Theo Walcott and Joel Campbell as the Gunners’ chief attacking threats, both of whom were later withdrawn and replaced by Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Wenger said: “Do you want to make a poll on every decision? I thought it was quite a normal decision.

“We knew we had to go deeper and then use pace. The fact is we needed to get strength on the counter attack and needed pace – that’s why I made that decision.”

The league defeat is Arsenal’s fifth of the season and their first at home since the
2-0 opening day loss to West Ham.

It leaves them level with second-placed Manchester City on points – but behind the 2013-14 champions on goal difference and two points above fourth-placed north London rivals Tottenham.


Can Chelsea still make the top four?


Chelsea very ambitious – Guus Hiddink

Chelsea’s win lifts them to 13th place in the Premier League, 14 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

They are now on the longest current unbeaten run in the division, having won three and drawn four of their last seven games.

The reigning champions are unbeaten in all competitions since Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager in December following the 2-1 home loss to Leicester.

Captain John Terry insists a top four place is still “do-able” and Hiddink said: “When the captain says that then I will follow the captain.

“It is a gap and the Premier League is competitive with all teams whether you are down at the bottom or higher in the rankings. If the captain says ‘yes’ we will follow the captain.”

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Drogba will not return to Chelsea

 Posted by at 3:28 AM
Jan 252016
 

Didier Drogba is to remain with Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact, ending speculation the striker could return to former club Chelsea.

Montreal announced that Drogba would join their pre-season training camp.

And the 37-year-old
tweeted:  “On way to Qatar to do some preparation work for pre-season.”

Drogba
held talks with Chelsea in December amid rumours he could join the club’s coaching staff.

At the time, Montreal admitted that Drogba had expressed a “desire to help” Chelsea and that the situation was “out of our control”.

But Drogba subsequently denied reports that he was ready to end his playing career,
tweeting:  “I have not yet announced my retirement.”

And it now appears the Ivorian will see out his contract with Montreal, which runs to the end of this year.

Last season Drogba was top-scorer for Montreal with 11 goals as they reached the MLS Eastern Conference semi-finals.

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Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea

 Posted by at 2:41 AM
Jan 252016
 
74:40

Offside, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel tries a through ball, but Loïc Remy is caught offside.

74:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Theo Walcott.

71:26 Booking

Booking John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:21

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

71:21

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:23

Attempt saved. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Oscar.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chelsea. Loïc Remy replaces Diego Costa because of an injury.

67:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

67:07

Delay in match Diego Costa (Chelsea) because of an injury.

66:02

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by César Azpilicueta.

65:26

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Chelsea).

65:26

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:42

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:42

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

62:50

Attempt blocked. Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

62:47

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Laurent Koscielny following a set piece situation.

62:09

Foul by Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea).

62:09

Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:34 Booking

Booking Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:32

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

59:32

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:06

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:06

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

57:32

Foul by Nemanja Matic (Chelsea).

57:32

Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:37

Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

56:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Alexis Sánchez replaces Joel Campbell.

55:11

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

54:59

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Mathieu Flamini.

54:55

Attempt blocked. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross.

54:38

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Joel Campbell.

53:51

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

51:40

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

51:40

Theo Walcott (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:11

Offside, Chelsea. Nemanja Matic tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

48:36

Offside, Chelsea. Oscar tries a through ball, but Diego Costa is caught offside.

47:18

Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

47:18

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:11

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

46:10

Attempt blocked. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:35

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:35

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

45:00

Second Half begins Arsenal 0, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Arsenal 0, Chelsea 1.

45:00 +0:57

Attempt missed. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey with a through ball.

44:10 Booking

Booking Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

43:57

Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:57

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

42:49

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:49

Foul by Joel Campbell (Arsenal).

42:10

Attempt blocked. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian with a cross.

41:44

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Petr Cech.

41:42

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Willian.

40:55

Foul by Willian (Chelsea).

40:55

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:15

Foul by Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal).

37:15

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:05

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

33:56

Offside, Arsenal. Nacho Monreal tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

33:24

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

31:34

Attempt blocked. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

27:59

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Chelsea) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

26:22

Hand ball by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

24:25

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

23:27

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

23:27

Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Arsenal 0, Chelsea 1. Diego Costa (Chelsea) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Branislav Ivanovic with a cross.

21:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Gabriel Paulista replaces Olivier Giroud.

20:43

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:43

Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

20:21

Foul by Olivier Giroud (Arsenal).

20:21

John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:01

Offside, Chelsea. Willian tries a through ball, but Kurt Zouma is caught offside.

17:53 Dismissal

Dismissal Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) is shown the red card.

17:45

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

17:45

Diego Costa (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:26

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

14:13

Attempt saved. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

14:11

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

10:10 Booking

Booking Oscar (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

10:05

Joel Campbell (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:05

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

9:11

Attempt missed. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joel Campbell.

6:11

Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).

6:11

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:12

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

3:12

César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:51

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Petr Cech.

1:49

Attempt saved. Oscar (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

1:19

Attempt missed. Joel Campbell (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Theo Walcott.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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