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Alan 12:36 Sun Mar 8
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Manchester City are willing to allow Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 31, to leave this summer if they fail to overturn their European ban. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea are targeting Sheffield United's English goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 22, on loan from Manchester United, as a solution to their goalkeeping problems. (Star on Sunday)

Chelsea could also move for Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, 27, if he decides to leave Barcelona this summer. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is prepared to splash out £80m on Inter Milan's Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 25, in a bid to solve his defensive problems. (Sunday Express)

England forward Tammy Abraham, 22, has turned down Chelsea's latest contract offer and is looking for parity with the club's biggest names players before committing his future to the Blues. (Sunday Mirror)

Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31, is set to sign a new contract to extend his stay at Manchester United beyond the end of this season. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will step up his efforts to bring Manchester City's England defender John Stones, 25, to the Gunners this summer. (Team Talk)

Former Juventus playmaker Zinedine Zidane claims to have received no approach from the Turin club over a return as manager but offered no guarantees over his future as coach of Real Madrid. (Goal.com)

Inter Milan are interested in signing Tottenham's Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer. (SempreInter)

Inter also have Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, on their radar. (Calciomercato)

Everton are one of a host of clubs interested in Manchester City's English defender Tosin Adarabioyo, 22, who is on loan this season at Blackburn. (90 Min)

Everton are also plotting a summer move for Newcastle's French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 22. (Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool's Wales winger Harry Wilson, 22, currently on loan at Bournemouth, is set to be in demand this summer - but the Reds remain his preferred option in terms of where he spends next season. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has hinted Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 31, on loan at Roma this season, could still have a future at the club.(Evening Standard)

Arsenal have been monitoring Aston Villa's English winger Jaden Philogene-Bidace, 17. (Birmingham Mail)

Rangers could slash the asking price for English defender James Tavernier, 28, to around £4m to free up some cash for a summer overhaul. (Football Insider)

Everton defender Mason Holgate, 23, says his international future lies with England despite being eligible to play for Jamaica. (Mail on Sunday)

Southampton has been put up for sale with an asking price of about £250m. (Sunday Times)

England's friendlies against Italy and Denmark are set to be cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. (Sun on Sunday)


Moyes rues VAR after Lacazette and Arsenal punish wasteful West Ham

Nick Ames at the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal could not afford to squander this opportunity so they will not care too much that, in giving their prospects of Champions League qualification genuine life, they committed something akin to daylight robbery. This was, from start to finish, a slog for Mikel Arteta’s side as they struggled to make their monopoly on possession pay and wobbled repeatedly when probed by an intelligent West Ham. Had Bernd Leno not burnished his status as one of the most underrated keepers around, or the visiting forwards not squandered a slew of clear openings, their claim to a top-four spot would now appear fantastical. However, the fine margins went in their favour and never more so than in the game’s deciding incident.

Alexandre Lacazette had been involved only sporadically since replacing Eddie Nketiah before the hour. The tide had largely been flowing in the opposite direction but in the 78th minute he applied the kind of finish that has defined his career. When Bukayo Saka darted inside and fed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the striker’s shot was deflected by Declan Rice and looped up towards Mesut Özil, who was stationed to the right of goal. Özil’s header across to Lacazette was precise and the first-time volley equally so. The celebrations were cut short by an offside flag and nobody, not even Arteta, initially sensed much cause for complaint. “When the goal was disallowed I thought: ‘OK, that’s fine,’” he said.

However, Arteta was soon informed by his staff that something was amiss and, by that point, the lines and vectors at Stockley Park had whirled into action too. Not even the most painstaking examination of toe and elbow positions could rule Özil had edged in front of Aaron Cresswell when Aubameyang struck the ball, while Lacazette had even less of a case to answer. It took several minutes but eventually Kevin Friend, the VAR official, made the right call and Arsenal’s celebrations left no doubt about the moment’s importance.

For David Moyes, whose setup could not be faulted, the frustration was clear. The West Ham manager professed not to hold an opinion about the overruled decision but did not require too much pressing to hint at his distaste. “A very good referee and linesman gave the offside but someone else chose to change their mind,” he said.

Given the number of times VAR operates, or is applied, in an entirely negative way for the sport it seems fair to give credit where it is due here. And in fairness to Moyes, his disappointment was channelled at far greater length towards his team’s inability to score. West Ham created “as many chances at Arsenal as I’ve [had] in a long time” and the close calls came from the very start.

Less than two minutes had been played when Jarrod Bowen, seizing on a loose Granit Xhaka pass, struck the base of Leno’s right post from 20 yards. Then Pablo Marí, making his Premier League debut, missed an interception but Michail Antonio and Sébastien Haller botched a golden chance. Shortly after that Haller overran the ball when played through and just before the interval Antonio turned it wide in front of goal after Issa Diop had nodded down a corner.

By the midway point Arsenal had, despite hogging the ball, made little use of it bar a Sokratis Papastathopoulos header that clipped the bar. A small improvement after the restart meant Lukasz Fabianski denied Nketiah after more good work from Saka, but Leno saved outstandingly from Antonio and Haller either side of the winner and nobody could deny Lacazette’s lethal contribution had been an outlier.

“I’m really happy with the result because big teams find a way,” Arteta said. “When they don’t have their best day they find a way to win it.” Arsenal will not get away with a showing such as this at Manchester City on Wednesday but their head coach is, at least, aware that an increasingly plausible top-four push still needs firmer ground. “[People] tell me I’ve turned the ship around,” he said. “That ship still has to turn a few times more to see what we want to see.” It listed here but, for now at least, they remain afloat.


Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno 8; Sokratis 6, Luiz 6.5, Mari 5.5, Saka 7; Ceballos 7, Xhaka 5; Pepe 6 (Nelson 69, 6), Ozil 6 (Bellerin 89), Aubameyang 6; Nketiah 6 (Lacazette 59, 7)

Subs not used: Martinez, Willock, Guendouzi, Martinelli Booked: Sokratis

Booked: Sokratis

Manager: Mikel Arteta 6.5

Goal: Lacazette 78

West Ham (4-4-2): Fabianski 7; Ngakia 6.5, Diop 7, Ogbonna 7, Cresswell 7; Bowen 7 (Snodgrass 90), Noble 7 (Soucek 81), Rice 6.5, Fornals 6.5 (Anderson 87); Haller 6.5, Antonio 6

Subs not used: Randolph, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Lanzini Booked: Fornals, Antonio David Moyes 7.5

Booked: Fornals, Antonio

Referee: Martin Atkinson 6.5

Attendance: 60,335


Late Harrison Ashby strike extends U18s' unbeaten run to ten games

A stoppage-time winner from Harrison Ashby ensured West Ham United U18s made it ten league games unbeaten with a 3-2 victory over Leicester City U18s on Saturday afternoon.

Kevin Keen’s side went ahead in both halves, but the visitors managed to level twice and thought they had salvaged a point when Shane Flynn capitalised on a defensive error in the 90th minute.

With mere seconds remaining however, a fine individual run from Ashby saw him break into the box, and the Scotland U19 International made no mistake in finding the bottom corner to seal all three points.

The win sees the young Hammers remain just three points behind league leaders Fulham in U18 Premier League South - setting up a top-of-the-table clash with the Cottagers at Little Heath next Saturday.

West Ham U18s were in the ascendancy from the off in east London and went deservedly in front in the 17th minute through Kai Corbett.

A well-worked team move saw Iyiola Adebayo feed Will Greenidge down the left-hand side, the defender then shrugging off his marker and firing the ball across the box for Corbett to finish from close range for the attacker's fifth of the season.

After going a goal, behind the visitors enjoyed much more of the possession and were level just before the break. Foxes midfielder Liam Loughlin took aim from the edge of the box and his low effort found the bottom right corner beyond an outstretched Krisztian Hegyi to equalise.

The Irons took the lead for a second time on the hour mark through a towering Harrison Ashby header. The defender rose highest to connect with an in-swinging Jayden Fevrier corner for his first goal of the season, and the junior Hammers' second of the afternoon.

Leicester continued to apply pressure as the game headed into the latter stages and took advantage of a miscommunication at the back to restore parity once more.

A chipped ball forward found Foxes substitute Terel Pennant one-on-one with Hegyi, and the winger's looped effort over the Hungarian stopper fell between both the West Ham centre backs. Shane Flynn reacted quickest for the away side to poke the ball into the empty net, leaving a share of the spoils looking seemingly inevitable.

Not to be deterred, Ashby seized possession from the resulting restart and powered into the Leicester box. The full-back rode one Leicester challenge and angled a low drive into the bottom-left corner to seal victory, complete with a warm embrace from his teammates.

Following the final whistle, Assistant Coach Mark Phillips was pleased to see the U18s' unbeaten run continue.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be so many unbeaten. There have been games when we’ve been much better than today, but we’re so pleased with boy’s application and to cap that off with a victory is very satisfying."

Midfielder Iyiola Adebayo returned to the starting line-up for the first time since October following his recovery from a shoulder injury.

“It was great to have Iyiola (Adebayo) back,” Phillips said. “He’s been out for a long time and hasn’t played since the Leasing.com Trophy game against Cheltenham, so we were really pleased to get him back out on the pitch and he did well.”

Phillips also took time to praise the togetherness of the U18s, after the Academy side showed great character to seal victory late on.

“The cohesion that we’ve shown this season and the shape of the team, it’s been excellent. We know exactly what our philosophy is, and I’ll give the boys a lot of credit, they stick to it and all do their jobs for the team.”

Next up for the Hammers U18s is a top-of-the-table clash with Fulham U18s at Little Heath on Saturday 14 March.

“We’re looking forward to a big game next week,” Phillips continued. “They’re obviously top of the table and it’ll be a tough test for us. If we get a positive result in that game then maybe, we can look at the league a bit more closely, but we’re really pleased with where we are and how the season has gone for us up to this point.”

West Ham United U18s: Hegyi, Ashby, Baptiste, Okotcha, Greenidge, Forson, Chesters (Baker-Boaitey 62), Fevrier (Caiger 68), Adebayo, Corbett, Simon-Swyer (Parkes 75)
Subs: Sanneh, Nebyla

Goals: Corbett 17, Ashby 60, 90+4

Booked: Okotcha, Adebayo

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Mex Martillo 8:22 Sun Mar 8
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:54 Sun Mar 8
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THanks Ted 1 -6, sunday march 8th

ted fenton 1:46 Sun Mar 8
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:39 Sun Mar 8

Thanks Alan 12:39 Sun Mar 8
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 12:37 Sun Mar 8

Sven Roeder 12:37 Sun Mar 8
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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