David Moyes and West Ham have an uneasy marriage – can both do better?

David Moyes’ contract at West Ham expires at the end of the season and both parties have shown little intention of agreeing a new contract – Steven Paston/PA Wire These are strange days at West Ham United. Seventh in the Premier League, in the last 16 of the Europa League and with a very experienced … Read more

The figures that show that Arsenal are better than last season

The arrival of Declan Rice has changed the face of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal – Reuters/John Sibley Could a team two places lower in the Premier League, with fewer points and fewer goals scored than at the comparable stage of the previous campaign, have improved? It sounds unlikely, but evidence is mounting that this is true … Read more

Arsenal stoke title hopes as Gabriel Martinelli punishes Liverpool’s mistake

Newcastle claim their bid to join the elite is being held back by spending rules

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe (right) is limited in the transfer market – Reuters/Carl Recine Newcastle United believe Premier League spending rules are preventing them from splitting up the ‘Big Six’. The club also warned that they would have to sell players they would rather not lose to fund further investment to improve the quality … Read more

Nine training sessions in 60 days will not stop Bristol City from taking on West Ham

Liam Manning, Bristol city manager Liam Manning is 60 days into his mission to deliver Premier League football to a south-west region that has been locked out of the top flight for 44 years. A whirlwind of back-to-back games and recovery time in the middle of Championship winter has allowed just nine full training sessions … Read more

10 talking points from the weekend’s action

I am 16 years old and my nephew already has a dart set

Luke Littler is the story of the World Darts Championship so far – PA Wire/Zac Goodwin If you thought 18 months was young for Luke Littler to get his first dartboard, guess what the child prodigy bought his nephew before the child was even born? You can hardly blame the 16-year-old sensation for coming to … Read more

Arsenal may need a new number 9, but Mikel Arteta has other concerns about the transfer

Many Arsenal supporters would like to see Mikel Arteta sign a new centre-forward and Gabriel Jesus play out wide – Ryan Pierse/Getty Images The inevitable consequence of Arsenal’s shock defeat to West Ham United, in which Mikel Arteta’s side took 30 shots but scored with none of them, was a new debate about strikers – … Read more

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