Matthew Pennington joins Leeds United from Everton


Everton defender Matthew Pennington has joined Leeds on a season-long loan.

Pennington, 22, has made nine first-team appearances for Everton since coming through their academy.

The centre-back, who scored in the Merseyside derby in April, has previously spent time on loan in League One, playing for Tranmere Rovers, Coventry City and Walsall.

He will provide competition for Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper in the centre of Thomas Christiansen’s defence.

Pennington is the Elland Road club’s 10th summer signing, following the arrivals of Samuel Saiz, Ezgjan Alioski, Vurnon Anita, Caleb Ekuban, Madger Gomes, Matuesz Klich, Hadi Sacko, Felix Wiedwald and Jansson.

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Preview: Arsenal VS Sunderland

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Olivier Giroud and his teammates celebrate his goal for Arsenal in 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.

There are only three things that are inevitable in life. They are tax, death and Arsenal having an injury crisis. Every single season. It was a November to forget for the Gunners as they picked up just two points from three games. This, coupled with this latest but expected injury crisis has threatened to derail Arsenal’s season. However, they will be encouraged by the fact that they are not too far away from the leading pack and could even finish the weekend on top if all results go their way.

They face a Sunderland side who are buoyed by two consecutive wins over Crystal Palace and Stoke. The Black cats have never won at Arsenal since the start of the Premier League but they have gotten three creditable draws in their last five visit. Last season’s stalemate guaranteed that Sunderland survived the drop. They will be looking to take advantage of Arsenal’s injury worries and inflict more misery on the Gunners.

Sam Allardyce’s record at Arsenal has been abysmal. The Sunderland boss has lost his last seven games against Arsenal and last claimed a victory over Arsenal five years ago while manager of Blackburn Rovers. Arsenal have also won seven of their last 11 matches against Sunderland, with the other four ending in draws. Wenger will hope his team can continue this fantastic run and also end a poor run of form in the process.

 

Team News

Arsenal

The North London side will be without star men Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla. Both are the latest casualty following the costly draw at Norwich. Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs and MIkel Arteta are all sidelined. Laurent Koscielny has recovered in time for the game while Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are available for selection again.

Sunderland

Jermaine Defoe and Sebastian Larsson both miss out due to hamstring and knee problems but Billy Jones who was suspended last weekend is available again.

Latest Football News

Sir Alex Ferguson is driving Manchester United’s push to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. The Scot has taken the opportunity to sweet talk the Madrid star on several occassions recently as he tries to persuade the Portuguese to shun PSG for Old Trafford.

 

Meanwhile, Paris St-Germain will offer Ronaldo £250,000 a week after tax in an attempt to persuade the 30-year-old Portugal international to leave the Spanish capital.

 

Pep Guardiola is set to sign a new £17m-a-year contract to remain as Bayern Munich manager.

 

Luis Enrique is keen on a move for Miralem Pjanic but the Roma midfielder’s €50 million valuation is too high for Barcelona. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also keen on the 25-year-old.

 

Manchester United’s hopes of signing Thomas Muller received a boost as the latest round of talks between the striker and Bayern Munich hit a roadblock. The German is hesistating over a new deal, but his current contract runs until 2019.

 

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren will be given more time and money despite their Premier League position. The Magpies are 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

 

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, now manager at Shanghai SIPG, wants Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, to join him in China.

 

Arsenal are preparing a new move for Inter Milan’s Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 22, when the January transfer window opens. The Gunners had a £32m bid for Icardi rejected in the summer.

 

Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been made aware of the availability of Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, 26, in the January window. Pato is on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians.

 

Juventus are lining up a January move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco as they look to move back up the Serie A table, following their disappointing start to the season.

 

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 26, has been told to stop driving a top-of-the-range sports car to prevent the risk of hamstring injuries.

 

Southampton will not sell forward Sadio Mane to Manchester United in January, although the 23-year-old Senegal international may leave at the end of the season.

 

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 35, will train with the club next week but has ruled out a loan move back to Anfield. Gerrard is currently with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, whose season has ended.

 

Tottenham are in pole position to sign Axel Witsel in January. Spurs are long-time admirers of the Belgian, who is keen to leave the Russian Premier League. AC Milan are also interested, but Witself rejected a loan move to San Siro previously.

 

Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish, 20, has been told to train with the club’s Under-21 squad after allegedly visiting a Manchester nightclub hours after the club’s 4-0 defeat at Everton.

 

Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, 32, has reiterated his commitment to Turkish club Fenerbahce after being linked with Chelsea.

 

Manchester City are set to appoint Simon Davies as Under-21 manager to replace Patrick Vieira. Davies was Vieira’s former assistant and was a member of Manchester United’s so-called ‘Class of 92’.

 

Birmingham City want to sign Czech striker Libor Kozak, 26, from neighbours Aston Villa. Kozak, a £7m signing from Lazio in September 2013, has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.

 

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and Chelsea coach Steve Holland have pulled out of the race to be the next manager of Fulham. Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is the favourite for the job.

 

Liverpool and Burnley will present their case regarding the transfer of Danny Ings, 23, at a tribunal next year. The Reds must pay compensation for the striker as he is under 24, and value him at £5m, but Burnley say they previously had a £12m bid from Tottenham.

 

Former Arsenal defender Arinse Uade, 19, turned out as a trialist for Norwich City Under-21s in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.

 

Raheem Sterling, 20, has employed a music teacher after spending £10,000 on a new piano.

 

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 22, believes his future lies away from the club after failing to make an appearance for the Magpies since August 2013. Bigirimana has re-joined League One Coventry, the club where he started his career, on loan.

 

Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson, 31, will fly to the United States to see specialists for a second time in an attempt to return from a career-threatening head injury. Wilkinson has not played since February.

 

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 26, is wanted on loan by three Championship clubs – Leeds United, Reading and Cardiff City.

 

Middlesbrough are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to extend midfielder Bruno Zuculini’s loan at the Riverside. The former Argentina Under-20 international has made three appearances for Boro since joining at the end of October.

World Cup Qualification Results: Asia – AFC

Jordan's Hamza Al Daradreh earned his team a penalty and scored the second goal against Australia
Jordan’s Hamza Al Daradreh earned his team a penalty and scored the second goal against Australia

Group A

Saudi Arabia lead Group A after a 2-1 win at home over the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed Al-Sahlawi scoring twice to rally his side to victory.

A stoppage-time goal from Ahmed Abu Nahyeh gave Palestine a 1-1 draw against East Timor. Ramon Saro had put East Timor ahead.

Group B

Jordan scored twice in the second half to upset continental champions Australia 2-0, and move to the top of Group B.

Hassan Abdel Fattah blasted a penalty high into the net after a Matthew Spiranovic foul in the area.

Hamza Al Daradreh sealed the win for the hosts, who also defeated the Socceroos in qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

The result, in front of a passionate home crowd in Amman, gave Jordan a one point lead over the Socceroos with four games remaining.

The match between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan ended in a 2-2 draw.

Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov and Anton Zemlyanukhin (penalty) scored for Kyrgyzstan, while Dzhakhongir Dzhalilov and Farkhod Vasiev scored for Tajikistan.

Group C

Maldives ran out to a four-goal lead and held off Bhutan to win 4-3.

Qatar also maintained maximum points with a 1-0 win over China, to move five points clear of the visitors.

Group D

Turkmenistan defeated India 2-1.

Iran and Oman played a 1-1 draw.

Iran’s Jalal Hosseini scored in the 70th minute to cancel out Eid Al-Farsi’s opener, but Iran could not find a winner.

Group E

AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda and Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki scored second-half goals as Japan beat Syria 3-0 in Oman, where Syria plays its home games for security reasons, to take top spot in Group E.

The win puts Japan a point clear of Syria and two ahead of Singapore, who had a 1-0 win over Afghanistan.

Group F

Iraq needed an injury-time penalty from Younis Mahmoud to salvage a 1-1 draw in Vietnam and move two points behind Group F leader Thailand.

Group G

A first half header from Koo Ja-cheol gave South Korea a 1-0 win in Kuwait to make it four wins from four in Group G.

The Taeguk Warriors were missing injured Premier League stars Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace’s Lee Chung-yong.

Lebanon recorded a 2-0 victory at Myanmar.

Group H

North Korea’s winning streak in World Cup qualifying came to an end with a 0-0 draw against the Philippines.

The North Koreans lead Group H with 10 points from four game but are just a point clear of Uzbekistan who won 4-0 in Bahrain.

Group A

Timor-Leste 1 – 1 Palestine

Saudi Arabia 2 – 1 U.A.E.

Group B

Jordan 2 – 0 Australia

Kyrgyzstan 2 – 2 Tajikistan

Group C

Bhutan 3 – 4 Maldives

Qatar 1 – 0 China

Group D

Turkmenistan 2 – 1 India

Oman 1 – 1 Iran

Group E

Singapore 1 – 0 Afghanistan

Syria 0 – 3 Japan

Group F

Vietnam 1 – 1 Iraq

Group G

Myanmar 0 – 2 Lebanon

Kuwait 0 – 1 South Korea

Group H

North Korea 0 – 0 Philippines

Bahrain 0 – 4 Uzbekistan

The top team from each of the eight groups and the best four second-place teams advance to the next round of qualifying.