Granit Xhaka admits fault after Crystal Palace draw

Switzerland international Granit Xhaka has taken the blame for the penalty conceded during the final minutes of the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace. The Gunners looked to have made another comeback after coming from a goal down but they were pegged back seven minutes from time after Xhaka fouled Wilfried Zaha in the box.

Speaking after the game, Xhaka admitted that he has no complaints regarding the penalty decision after clearly touching Zaha before the forward dropped to the ground. He told Sky Sports: “It was a clear penalty. I came too late and I touched him. We can’t be happy because for me we have lost two points. If you are 1-0 down and you change the game and come back to lead 2-1 then you must be clever at the end. We know the Premier League is difficult and we know we can’t win all the games. Palace are difficult at home, but it was not our best game.”

What next for Spurs and Harry Kane?

In 158 games as a Premier League player, Harry Kane has scored 113 goals and picked up the Golden Boot on two occasions as the division’s leading scorer. In that time, a World Cup Golden Boot has also come his way and it isn’t bad set of statistics for a player who may feel is overrated and a ‘one-season wonder.’

There will always be detractors however and now, following a positive if unspectacular start to the new season, all the talk is of burn out and the idea that the Spurs striker is simply carrying too much of a burden for club and country.

Wayne Rooney: Jose Mourinho is an ‘easy target’ amid Manchester United’s poor form

Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney feels Jose Mourinho is being made the easy target for the players’ shortcomings during the ongoing campaign. The Red Devils have been far from impressive since the Premier League season started in August and they find themselves seven points behind the leaders after just eight matches into the campaign.

As a result, there has been plenty of criticism levied towards the club’s head coach but Rooney believes the player have to stand up and produce strong performances on the field, he told The Telegraph: “It's tough [at United], it has been a tough situation.The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season.

Welbeck set to Renew Contract

It looks like Arsenal have decided that Danny Welbeck is too valuable a resource to be allowed to leave on a free transfer next season, with the Gunners management team now discussing his new contract, and hopeful a new deal can be concluded in a matter of weeks.

The decision to keep Welbeck at the Emirates has been backed by Ian Wright, with the enthusiastic Gunners legend saying that Arsenal needed to keep players such as ex-Manchester United Danny Welbeck, if they are to compete for the Champions League spaces once more.

Gareth Southgate reveals Luke Shaw should return in a week’s time

England head coach Gareth Southgate has revealed that Luke Shaw has not suffered any major problem and he should return to first-team action with Manchester United after the mandatory one-week break. The left-back made his first England start in nearly 18 months during the Nations League game against Spain last week and he managed to make a meaningful contribution with an assist.

Despite this, the Three Lions suffered their first defeat at the Wembley Stadium in over two years and the game also ended on a sour note for Shaw after he got concussed following an aerial collision with Spain’s Dani Carvajal. Speaking regarding the same, Southgate confirmed that Shaw has returned to normalcy after the incident and he should return to first-team action once the mandatory rest period is complete, he said: “All being well he has a mandatory six to seven-day rest period, but he should be back as soon as that is done.”

Unai Emery keeps the trust on goalkeeper Petr Cech

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has indicated that he has the full confidence on goalkeeper Petr Cech, who started the season opener versus Manchester City. The 36-year-old was impressive with key saves during the 2-0 defeat at the hands of the reigning champions but his poor distribution skills led to fans and pundits alike calling for Bernd Leno to start between the sticks.

However, speaking to reporters, Emery has stressed that he is ‘very happy’ with the performance of the veteran goalkeeper and does not see the reason for a change for the London derby against Chelsea this weekend, he said: “I am very happy with his performance. I think he has experience, quality, and capacity like a first goalkeeper with us - and also Bernd Leno. They are two goalkeepers important for us. Different qualities but for us, like we want to play, the two goalkeepers can play. Saturday the decision is easy, Petr Cech will continue to start the match, I believe in him. If he starts bad, I believe in him also.”

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