EPL result – Super subs Ramsey and Giroud complete Arsenal comeback victory against Leicester

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger’s men were 3-2 down with seven minutes remaining but goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud stole the game from under Leicester’s noses.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.

Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger.

“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”

The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute.

Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period.

“I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said.


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Manchester United are planning to spend around £120 million in the summer rather than make January signings, though they realise top targets Gareth Bale and Thomas Muller are unlikely to be available.

Real Madrid still want to buy Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 25, in the summer despite their transfer ban.

Real want United to sign midfielder Toni Kroos, 26, to help them fund a bid for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 28.

David De Gea has cooled reports of a move to Real Madrid and insists he wants to win trophies at Manchester United and become a legend for the club.

Former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, 74, would be willing to help Ryan Giggs if Louis van Gaal loses his job.

Jose Mourinho believes he will succeed Van Gaal, 64, as United manager within six months, and has sounded out some of his former assistants about joining him at Old Trafford.

Mourinho, 52, turned down the chance to return to Real Madrid in order to resume his Premier League career.

Barcelona sent a scout to watch 21-year-old Everton defender John Stones at Chelsea on Saturday.

Barca are confident of taking Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey to the Nou Camp, and have made signing the 25-year-old one of their summer priorities, with a fee of up to £60million being reported.

Liverpool are prepared to pay £25m for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 29, this summer.

Chelsea are looking at Crystal Palace defender Scott Dann, 28, as a replacement for captain John Terry, 35.

The Stamford Bridge side are also looking at Leicester playmaker Riyad Mahrez, 24.

West Ham are set to bid £10m for Liverpool’s Italian striker Mario Balotelli, 25, who is on loan at AC Milan.

West Brom are demanding £7m for Callum McManaman, 24, after QPR and Middlesbrough became the latest clubs to register an interest in the winger.

Swansea are prepared to sack head coach Alan Curtis after the club slipped into Premier League relegation zone less than two weeks after appointing the 61-year-old as full-time successor to Garry Monk.

Newcastle are looking to take Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 30, to St James’ Park.

The Toons have made a £25 million bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as they look to take advantage of the Ligue 1 outfti’s financial situation.

If Lacazette cannot be convinced to join the heavy French foreign legion at St James’
Park, it’s claimed Newcastle will turn their attention to Stoke’s Senegalese frontman Mame Biram Diouf.

Chelsea are weighing up making a £20 million bid for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, who is seen as a potential replacement for Eden Hazard.

John Terry praised his Chelsea teammates for their fighting spirit to earn a 3-3 draw against Everton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but “doesn’t really care” if his controversial late goal was offside.

Manchester City have put contract talks with teenage striker Kelechi Iheanacho on hold after a row broke out over which group of agents is representing the youngster.

Having already had a £11 million bid for Swansea City’s Andre Ayew rejected, the Black Cats are now set to offer £14m for the Ghana international.

Roma has settled their contract issues with Ashley Cole and paved the way for LA Galaxy to sign the left back, with an announcement possibly coming Tuesday.

Various reports both in the USA and Italy on Sunday suggest Cole is set to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy, where he will link up with his former England team-mate Steven Gerrard.

Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning are set to offer Yaya Toure a £230,000 per week contract and Manchester City £10 million to buy the midfielder.

Louis van Gaal has refused to allow Victor Valdes join Newcastle on loan, with the Spain international not allowed to join another Premier League club.

Leicester City want to take Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira on loan, with the midfielder having been told he can leave for “the right club”.

The Foxes are hopeful of sealing a deal for FC Copenhagen’s Daniel Amartey by the end of the week.

Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has revealed that he will quit the club in January as he wants to play for France at Euro 2016.

Arsene Wenger says he faces even more hostility from Stoke City fans these days than from Tottenham supporters.

Louis van Gaal says he has learned to control himself on the touchline, but that he used to be like new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp has become something of a cult figure in the Premier League for his animated antics in the dugout, but as Man United prepare to face Liverpool, Van Gaal insists that officials are not bothered by anything the managers do.

Luis Enrique says that Neymar’s style of play is not “offensive” and has warned Sunday’s opponents Athletic Bilbao that any retribution for the Brazilian’s flick over Unai Bustinza’s head in the closing stages of the 2014-15 Copa del Rey final won’t be tolerated.

At Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards, Paul Pogba said to Lionel Messi: ”I love to play with you at the club”.

Everton are planning a £10 million bid for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, who has previously been linked to Liverpool.

QPR are keen to take Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo on loan while Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers want Toffees midfielder Darron Gibson.

Watford have joined the battle to sign QPR winger Matt Phillips with West Brom and Bournemouth also interested.

Posters of former manager Jose Mourinho are on sale in Chelsea’s club shop for £1 each, a month after the Portuguese left.

Real Madrid director general Jose Angel Sanchez has claimed that FIFA is looking into Premier League clubs over breaches of the same regulations that saw Atletico and Real Madrid given transfer window bans last week.

A potential return to Bologna for Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 25, has hit a snag over the length of contract on offer.

Norwich manager Alex Neil says his club are interested in signing 27-year-old defender Timm Klose from Wolfsburg.

Singer Ed Sheeran may be taking a self-imposed break from social media,but that didn’t stop Newcastle legend and BBC pundit Alan Shearer tweeting a photo of the two of themat Newcastle’s 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley gave away £2.5m of winter jackets from his Sports Direct firm after his side beat West Ham on Saturday.

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Louis van Gaal, 64, plans to resign as Manchester United manager if they lose a fifth game in a row – against Chelsea on 28 December.

Manchester City could be a step closer to making Pep Guardiola their next manager after director of football Txiki Begiristain met with the 44-year-old Bayern Munich boss last week.

Chelsea have chosen Manuel Pellegrini to become their next permanent manager and view the Chilean as the ideal candidate after Jose Mourinho’s turbulent reign.

Real Madrid are doing everything in their power to persuade Jose Mourinho to return to the Santiago Bernabeu, following his sacking at Chelsea, but the Portuguese boss would prefer a move to Manchester United.

Mourinho, 52, would like to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager if the 68-year-old leaves the job after next summer’s European Championship.

The Football Association, however, is lining up Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, 54, and Valencia manager Gary Neville, 40, to replace Hodgson.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says he will speak to striker Diego Costa about his temperament after the 27-year-old Spain international was booked against Watford, ruling him out of Monday’s match against Manchester United.

Didier Drogba has recommended to Chelsea’s decision-makers that the Stamford Bridge club should take steps to re-sign Romelu Lukaku back from Everton.

Carlo Ancelotti has begun planning his summer signings for when he takes over at Bayern Munich & will return to former club Real Madrid to try sign Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Real Madrid will not make a bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in January, but will launch a £40 million bid in the summer of 2016.

The Spanish giants are keeping close tabs on Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Ante Coric, a Croatian Under-21 international. A financial proposal has not yet been made by the Spanish club.

With Denis Cheryshev struggling for first-team appearances at Real Madrid, Villarreal are looking at making a move for the Russian winger in the winter window.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is said to have made contact on several occasions with Neymar’s camp over a move to the Bernabeu, though each team the answer has been the same: not interested.

Barcelona director Ariedo Braida is said to be a big fan of Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva, with the player himself interested in a move to Camp Nou. Barca would be unwilling to meet the player’s current valuation of €35 million, however.

Manchester City are planning a £30m bid to take Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 28, to Etihad Stadium.

However, Leicester City will offer Jamie Vardy a new contract that will see his wages doubled from their current £40,000 per week.

Kevin de Bruyne has urged his Manchester City team-mates to give injured captain Vincent Kompany a happy new year by claiming top spot in the league for his return.

The agent of 19-year-old Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane has told Liverpool he does not want to discuss a potential transfer for the £11m-rated player until the summer.

In the market for a new goalkeeper, Liverpool are weighing up the merits of a move for Lazio shot-stopper Federico Marchetti.

Alternatively, the Reds could bid £15 million for Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera as they look to replace the out-of-form Simon Mignolet.

Arsenal will make a £33 million bid in January for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak as they look to cover the loss of Francis Coquelin in midfield.

Arsenal have agreed a £5 million deal to bring Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny to the Emirates Stadium, with the 23-year-old having undergone a medical.

Tigres winger Jurgen Damm, said to be one of the fastest players in the world with the ball at his feet, has attracted the interest of Arsene Wenger. The £10.1m-rated wideman is also being monitored by PSG and Sporting CP.

Manchester United are set to lodge a £10 million bid for Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto in a bid to bolster their attacking options.

Former United striker Dwight Yorke said his old club were “painful to watch” as they lost 2-0 at Stoke.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to sign Matt Ritchie, 26, from Bournemouth but West Ham, West Brom and Manchester United are also keen on the winger.

Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor will be allowed to leave next month for £3m – and three clubs in the United Arab Emirates are interested in signing the 29-year-old forward.

The Villans will offer QPR £8m for striker Charlie Austin, 26, in the January transfer window.

West Ham United and Crystal Palace are on the trail of Juventus striker Simone Zaza, who could be available for £19.9 million, as the Italian is behind Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata in the Turin pecking order.

Stoke are considering a permanent move for 25-year-old Ghana forward David Accam – the top scorer for MLS side Chicago Fire last season – after he impressed during a trial.

Leicester’s Vardy wins November award



Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has been named November’s Premier League Player of the Month.

Vardy wins the accolade for the second successive time after sealing October’s prize, having continued his scoring run in consecutive games to break Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record and extend it to 11 matches.


The 28-year-old forward, who recently made his England debut, has been in superb form this season with 14 goals in all competitions.


Vardy has beaten fellow England forwards Harry Kane and Ross Barkley to his prize, as well as Troy Deeney, Romelu Lukaku and Dejan Lovren.

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Gary Neville has been appointed as head coach of Valencia until the end of the season, leaving his role with Sky Sports to join his brother Phil at the Mestalla.


Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are among the Real Madrid star names to be excused from Wednesday’s Copa del Rey last-32 first leg at Cadiz — but James Rodriguez has been named in the travelling party by Blancos coach Rafa Benitez.


Lionel Messi has been left out of Barcelona’s squad for Wednesday’s Copa del Rey last-32 second leg at home to Villanovense, amid reports in the local media the Argentina captain has missed training this week due to an unknown issue.


Manchester United are discussing the possibility of replacing Louis van Gaal at the end of the season and are considering Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.


Chelsea would be willing to sell Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer if the Santiago Bernabeu outfit are willing to pay £84.2 million for the winger.


Chelsea’s Diego Costa could be heading back to La Liga, with former side Atletico Madrid ready to activate a £28m release clause in the 27-year-old Spanish striker’s contract.


Manchester United target Arjen Robben, 31, has addressed speculation about his future – insisting he is happy at Bayern Munich.


United have joined the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.


Barcelona are being pushed to the absolute limit of their finances as they fight to keep Ballon d’Or contenders Messi and Neymar from the clutches of the Premier League.


Arsenal are fans of Manchester City winger Jesus Navas and could make a bid in January so as to ease the workload on Alexis Sanchez.


The Gunners have been handed mixed injury news after initial scans revealed Alexis Sanchez will only miss a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury, though Santi Cazorla faces a longer period on the sidelines.


Arsenal are keen to bolster their central midfield options in January and are considering making a bid for Crystal Palace’s James McCarthur.


Liverpool are set to open contract talks with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet despite reports he could be dropped by Jurgen Klopp.


Jurgen Klopp has been given the green light to make a move for Borussia Dortmund players by the Bundesliga club’s chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.


Manchester City’s pursuit of Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has been boosted by a £265m sale of a stake in the club.


But City insist owner Sheikh Mansour will not pull out of the club after selling 13% of the holding company to Chinese investors.


The president of Mauritania ordered the country’s cup final to go to a penalty shootout in the 63rd minute – because he was bored of the match.


Leicester forward Jamie Vardy has been having sessions in a cryotherapy chamber – in which temperatures drop to -135°F – in attempt to shake off hip and groin problems for Saturday’s trip to Swansea.


Vardy could have been playing this weekend for Leicester’s next opponents Swansea – who were offered the chance to sign him from Fleetwood for £800,000 in 2012.


Manchester United target Arjen Robben, 31, has addressed speculation about his future – insisting he is happy at Bayern Munich.


Karim Benzema’s lawyer says it was “surprising” to hear French Prime Minister Manuel Valls suggest that his client should not play for the national team again in the wake of the Mathieu Valbuena blackmail case.


French club Lille want out-of-favour Yoan Gouffran, 29, who will be made available by Newcastle United in January.


Jack Grealish, 20, stayed behind for extra training on Tuesday in a desperate bid to win over new Aston Villa manager Remi Garde.


But Grealish has been told to train with the Villa’s Under-21 squad for another week as he continues to face punishment for breaching club discipline.


Swiss officials have told ESPN FC that it will be at least five years before any cases are brought to court from its investigations against suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter and alleged corruption in the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.


Swansea’s sale of Michel Vorm to Tottenham will be the subject of a court hearing next month after Utrecht claimed they are owed a sell-on over the deal.


He’s refusing to confirm the news, but it’s understood Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will soon be named as QPR boss in succession to Chris Ramsey


Furious Roma fans turned up at the club’s training base with 50kg of carrots and held up a banner that read: “Enjoy your meal, rabbits.”


Manchester City are planning to offer tattooed fans free laser surgery if the club badge is redrawn.


West Ham are concerned that striker Diafra Sakho, 25, could miss the rest of the season with a torn thigh muscle.

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Bayern Munich are prepared to fight for Pep Guardiola amid reports the Spanish boss has agreed to join Manchester City next season.


Guardiola is “understood” to see Manchester United as his preferred option when he decides to leave the German giants.


However, Guardiola, has also refused to answer questions about reports in his native Spain linking him to the manager’s job at City.


Real Madrid have added Guardiola to the list of possible replacements for Rafa Benitez.


Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, is ready to return to Manchester United, even if he gets an offer from French champions Paris St-Germain.


Real have made Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno a January transfer target, causing fears that they’ll lose the Spaniard midway through the season.


Juventus are desperate for a new midfielder, with Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan top of their shortlist.


Manchester City will offer £28.1 million to sign with Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. The Brazilian player impressed the Citizens in the last Champions League matchday.


City defender Martin Demichelis, 34, could leave the club in January, with Rosario Central interested in taking the Argentine back to his homeland or move to MLS club New York City FC.


Chelsea are ready to make a £30m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, 25, in January.


Brazilian Teixeira has revealed the reigning Premier League champions are now in “deep” talks to sign him.


Chelsea midfielder Willian, 27, has been backed to break the record for the most number of goals from free-kicks in a single Champions League season by the man who set it – ex-Lyon midfielder Juninho Pernambucano.


Leicester City would be willing to let in-form striker Jamie Vardy leave in the January transfer window, should Chelsea or Manchester City offer more than £30m for the 28-year-old.


Plenty of current and ex-professionals congratulated Jamie Vardy on breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, including the former Manchester United striker. The Dutchman tweeted:”Well done Vardy7! You’re number one now and you deserved it.”


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a fan of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and could make a mega-bid in the coming months.


Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Roma’s Miralem Pjanic ahead of a January bid, though Barcelona are also monitoring the situation.


Arsenal are set to enter the race for Everton defender John Stones, 21, and manager Arsene Wenger is willing spend big to land his man.


However, the Toffees defender has also alerted La Liga giants Barcelona after it was reported he is taking Spanish lessons.


Arsenal have also emerged as the frontrunners to sign Germany midfielder Lars Bender, 26, from Bayer Leverkusen in January.


The Gunners are keen to beat north London rivals Tottenham to the signing of teenage striker Breel Embolo, who is valued at £21 million by Basel.


Tottenham are ready to offer England winger Andros Townsend, 24, plus cash in a £25m package for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22.


Liverpool are ready to make a £20m swoop for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, 22, but face competition from Merseyside rivals Everton.


Jurgen Klopp will look to raid his old club for £31.5m-rated winger Marco Reus and defender Mats Hummels, both 26, valued at £24.5m.


Manchester United could resurrect a deal for Paris St-Germain forward Lucas Moura, 23, who they almost signed four years ago.


AC Milan’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is understood to have impressed Manchester United and Chelsea, is worth £119m, according to his agent Mino Raiola.


Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, says he is on course to make his comeback from his knee injury over the festive period.


Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has some advice for Aston Villa’s 20-year-old Jack Grealish, who has been dropped after his partying antics were criticised. Carragher says ex-Reds boss Gerard Houllier told him: “Don’t go to the nightclubs now. Buy a nightclub when you have finished playing.”


West Ham are reviving their interest in 27-year-old Inter Milan full-back Danilo D’Ambrosio after failing to agree a deal in the summer.


The Football Association is to ask the Premier League to reduce the elite division from 20 clubs to 18, in a move the FA believes will give leading clubs more breathing space as they contest European honours and would also help England.


Everton and Aston Villa are monitoring £15m-rated Burnley striker Andre Gray, 24, who began the season at Brentford and has scored 11 goals this term.


Former Magpies manager Chris Hughton, now in charge at unbeaten Championship side Brighton, insists McClaren is the right man for Newcastle.


Jose Mourinho has claimed former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba criticised the club because he is looking to sell copies of his new book.


Neymar said he wants to extend his Barcelona contract after scoring more in Saturday’s 4-0 La Liga win against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou.

Vardy wins Barclays Player Of The Month for October


Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has been named the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for October.

The 28-year-old, currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 12 goals.

Vardy scored five goals in the month of October keeping his scoring streak that now stands at nine consecutive games.

Vardy beat Watford striker Odion Ighalo, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Arsenal duo of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud and Stoke’s Jack Butland to the award.

He will be aiming to match Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of 10 consecutive goals when Leicester City travel to Newcastle in matchday 13.