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Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion

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Guardiola: Man City will not go unbeaten in Premier League

The City boss is adamant his record-breaking side will lose games in league play at some point season

Guardiola: Man City will not go unbeaten in Premier League

The City boss is adamant his record-breaking side will lose games in league play at some point season

Prediksi Chelsea Vs Southampton: Pantang Terjungkal

Chelsea wajib memenangi pertandingan melawan Southampton untuk terus menjaga asa di papan atas Premier League 2017-2018.

Arsenal Masih Dihantui Kekalahan dari Manchester United

Manajer Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, mengatakan pikiran para pemainnya masih dihantui oleh kekalahan 1-3 dari Manchester United di Premier League

Rotasi Pemain Bukan Penyebab Menurunnya Performa Liverpool

Liverpool menuai dua hasil imbang ketika bersua Everton dan West Bromwich Albion pada pertandingan Premier League.

Antonio Conte Anggap Manchester City Beruntung

Manchester City terus menuai kemenangan di Premier League 2017-2018.

Transfer news: The latest rumours from Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and all the top teams

Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer stories from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond

Man City are a 'championship team' - Defoe

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe thinks Manchester City have all but wrapped up the Premier League title already.

Man City are a 'championship team' - Defoe

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe thinks Manchester City have all but wrapped up the Premier League title already.

Man City are a 'championship team' - Defoe

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe thinks Manchester City have all but wrapped up the Premier League title already.

Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Soccer Football - Premier League - Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - December 13, 2017 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino gestures Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

'Premier League title is ours to lose' - Sterling wary of Man Utd pressure

'Premier League title is ours to lose' - Sterling wary of Man Utd pressure

'Premier League title is ours to lose' - Sterling wary of Man Utd pressure

The Citizens are currently 11 points clear, but the England international is refusing to get carried away despite their record run of victories

'Premier League title is ours to lose' - Sterling wary of Man Utd pressure

The Citizens are currently 11 points clear, but the England international is refusing to get carried away despite their record run of victories

'Premier League title is ours to lose' - Sterling wary of Man Utd pressure

'Premier League title is ours to lose' - Sterling wary of Man Utd pressure

Kyle Walker, pictured in September 2017, has played a key role as Manchester City have streaked clear of the of the Premier League field

Kyle Walker, pictured in September 2017, has played a key role as Manchester City have streaked clear of the of the Premier League field (AFP Photo/Paul ELLIS)

Kyle Walker, pictured in September 2017, has played a key role as Manchester City have streaked clear of the of the Premier League field

Premier League Preview: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace

Names like Zaha, Loftus-Cheek, Mahrez, and Gray are ready to bless the match with pace and creativity.

Premier League Preview: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace

Names like Zaha, Loftus-Cheek, Mahrez, and Gray are ready to bless the match with pace and creativity.

Premier League Preview: Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace

Names like Zaha, Loftus-Cheek, Mahrez, and Gray are ready to bless the match with pace and creativity.

Jürgen Klopp believes Manchester City already have the title in the bag

The Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, says Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are too good for the rest of the Premier League.

Arsene Wenger: Don't compare Man City with Arsenal's Invincibles - we didn't have petrol money

Arsène Wenger has a taken a swipe at Manchester City by claiming his ‘Invincibles’ side achieved success without “petrol” money. City have made the best start to a season in Premier League history after recording 15 successive top-flight victories. Pep Guardiola’s side have also scored more than 50 goals and in 17 games have earned 49 points. They have managed to remain unbeaten too and that has naturally led to comparisons with Wenger’s 'Invincibles’ who were unbeaten in the league throughout 2003-04. However, while the Arsenal manager has admitted Guardiola’s side could replicate his team’s achievements, he has had a dig at the league leaders over the financial backing they receive from their Abu Dhabi owners. Indeed, when asked to compare the two sides, Wenger said: “We had no petrol but ideas, they have petrol and ideas. “So that makes it more efficient and, overall, yes - they are like that, so everybody expects and projects that they will last. Why not? It can happen [that Manchester City go the whole season unbeaten], but there is still a long way to go. Jens Lehmann exclusive: The secrets behind The Invincibles “At the moment I think everything goes for them inside the games, but maybe as well they have the quality to turn it in their favour.” When pressed to clarify what he meant by “petrol and ideas”, Wenger replied: “They have resources. Money and quality is what I wanted to say and in their management and players they have everything that is needed to be successful. “It’s still not easy, they still have to respect that achievement.” While Manchester City are streaking away at the top of the table, Arsenal are hoping to get their top-four race back on track against Newcastle at the Emirates on Saturday. Arsenal were toothless at West Ham Credit: REUTERS/David Klein The Gunners have slipped to seventh in the Premier League after being held in their last two games against Southampton and West Ham. Wenger believes those results are a testament to how it is now harder than ever to break down teams from outside the top six, as supporters of those clubs have lowered their expectations. He explained that, unlike in the past, fans of those sides are now happy for their teams to shut up shop and claim a point, which makes it harder for the likes of Arsenal to find a way through their defence. “That has changed. Because first of all the crowds accept it,” said Wenger. “They start with the idea that if it’s a nil-nil, it’s a good result. Every tackle they make, the crowd is 'Wahhhh!' “You would say as long as you don’t score the first goal you’re in a position where you have to take a gamble. What is even worse - you know if you have not scored in the last 10 minutes you will have to go through one moment, they will find one moment, one free kick or corner where you’ll be in trouble and that’s what could’ve happened at West Ham.”

Pep Guardiola warns Premier League rivals the best is yet to come from Man City

Pep Guardiola warns Premier League rivals the best is yet to come from Man City

Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City’s players it would be a “big mistake” to think they were “doing enough” and warned his Premier League rivals that the best was still to come from his rampaging side. In a revealing insight into  Guardiola’s exacting demands, the City manager claimed the league leaders could do “much, much  better” and listed a series of specific areas where he felt his players were capable of offering more. Guardiola also refused to rule out a bid for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez in the transfer window next month and wants to sign a  centre-half, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, Jonny Evans, of West Bromwich Albion, and Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez on the radar. City can extend their advantage at the summit of the table to 14 points this evening when they host Tottenham Hotspur, who have won just one of 17 league away matches against the established top six  under Mauricio Pochettino. But despite a record-breaking top-flight run of 15 wins, Guardiola believes City have only scraped the surface of their capabilities and that the high-flying players should be casting a very critical eye over their performances. “What’s important is to focus on the pitch what we have to do to play better, to increase our chances and to concede few – that’s what we have to do,” he said. “I have the feeling we can do better – much, much better. That’s what we have to try to insist in them. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good “They see after the game what we have done [that is] good and many things that are not good. We speak individually to some players and we show them the actions we can improve. “Always there are weapons – in the good sense – that we use to make them feel they can be better players. So, we try not just to think that if we win, that’s good, and it’s enough, and if we lose, it’s bad. That, I think, is a big mistake. “You have to increase the amount you talk about the bad things when you win a match. Because after that, they [the players] don’t believe that it’s just a complaint or a regret. It’s saying to them, ‘OK, we can still do better’. “They are more open. That is when you have to work the most – when you win. When you lose, you have to work more on their confidence, and say, ‘That is part of the game, you can do better’.” What makes David Silva Manchester City's most important player? Guardiola believes there are  specific “individual aspects” where City can improve. For example, he wants the full-backs, usually Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph, to better limit the space in behind them for rivals to exploit. “Our full-backs sometimes allow the opponents to make a cross,” he said. Walker faces Spurs for the first time competitively since his £50 million move from the club to City in the summer. Guardiola  believes the England right-back is now among the best in the world in his position but says it is important that the 27-year-old continues to cultivate his game intelligence  because the time will come when his physical prowess wanes. “I’d like to help him to solve problems not just through his  physicality but also through his thinking,” Guardiola said. “When you are so strong physically, you solve all the problems that way. When you get to a certain age – 28, 29, 30 – after that, you need to think more about what’s going to happen. Kyle Walker battles Anthony Martial for the ball during the Manchester derby Credit: PA “Of course, against [Marcus] Rashford and [Anthony] Martial [in the Manchester derby] they are so fast and he was able to control them and few players in the world can control them like he did. That’s why he’s so important for us.” Guardiola also wants the positional play of his wingers to be  better “when they receive the ball” and claims the team as a whole need to become wiser to adapting to  tactical changes opponents make in an attempt to stifle their creativity. “In the last game against United, they had played the last three games with five at the back but they played four against us,” Guardiola said. “We cannot wait until half-time to understand what is the way you have to defend when they play one system or the other.” Jose Mourinho, the United manager, had claimed before the derby that City committed deliberate “tactical fouls” when they lost possession to kill opposition counter-attacks, but Guardiola rejected any suggestion he told his players to do that. “I never, never, never, never sent a message to my players,” he said. “You can ask these players and the old players [at Barcelona and Bayern Munich], if my message on the pitch was to make fouls,” he said. “I don’t use this kind of message.” Asked what he does tell his men to do to thwart counter-attacks, Guardiola said: “To be ready, to be close to their run. But of course, we make fouls. Of course, we do that. We are not a saint.” City’s winning run does not yet match Guardiola’s best as a manager. He won 16 league games in succession at Barcelona and 19 at Bayern. He added: “The record is OK, but records stay there and one day are going to be broken. Statistics are statistics. It’s good to write about that but with the way we play I am satisfied the most.”

Pep Guardiola warns Premier League rivals the best is yet to come from Man City

Man City are on course for the title, but Liverpool can aim to be best of the rest, says manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his Premier League ambition for the rest of the season is to become ‘the best of the rest’ as Manchester City stride towards the title. Any hope of Liverpool competing for the championship have been undermined by seven draws in 17 games. They have been beaten only twice – by City and Spurs – but dropped a massive 18 points behind the leaders in midweek. Klopp is realistic about the prospects of cutting that deficit – he has written off the chances of anyone catching City - but argues his team can still make significant progress. “This season nobody is really fighting anymore for the title. I don’t think United are,” said Klopp. “We will all try to come as close as possible but if City doesn’t have any drop then they will probably win it so does that mean all the others have to stop? To be the best of the rest could be a fantastic target. So it is to try to have the best position in the table which for us – for the last I don’t know how many years – is probably third or second. “Yes others are ahead of us as well in the moment but our performances show we could do it if we bring our skills often enough on the pitch. That’s what we are thinking about. Anything else would only disturb. I can’t imagine why we would think about things that would disturb our development. It’s our situation.” Modern heroes: Who has done most for your club in the last 20 years? Klopp can identify similarities between Liverpool’s current position and the development he oversaw in Dortmund in the shadow of Bayern Munich's wealth and power. In his first two full seasons at Borussia Dortmund he finished sixth and fifth before guiding the club to back-to-back titles. At Anfield, gradual improvement has always been the reasonable aim. “If you make your own targets because of your neighbour then you can never move on,” said Klopp. “You want to have the nicer garden, the nicer garage or the nicer car then you will always be a little bit behind. You have to make your own targets and go for it. You maybe face the other team twice a season, maybe more in FA Cup for the third time or in the Champions League for the fourth and the fifth time. That’s probably possible. Usually you only face them twice and that’s the only moment you should be concerned about them or think about them. There is no other chance. We cannot chase City, like we couldn’t chase Bayern [Munich] in these times but we could have beaten them in the Champions league final – that’s 100 per cent. Sport tweets of 2017 “We were not worse, it was an open game and nobody saw in this game a team 25 points ahead. We didn’t play a bad season, we got to the Champions League final and had some of our best moments in our life in that campaign. The games against Bayern were always close. They were not in the specific games against us five classes better or something.” Klopp will have Adam Lallana back in his squad at Bournemouth and recall Simon Mignolet.

Pep Guardiola warns Premier League rivals the best is yet to come from Man City

Pep Guardiola warns Premier League rivals the best is yet to come from Man City

Mauricio Pochettino: If we beat Man City then the music will be blaring out

Mauricio Pochettino says the music will blare out from the away dressing room at the Etihad Stadium if Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City and bring to an end their Premier League record-breaking run of 15 successive victories. The Spurs manager added that he had no problem with City’s post-match celebrations, which so angered Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho last weekend, and explained that it was normal practice to play loud music and his players will do so if they “kill” Pep Guardiola’s side. “I am never going to complain if another team celebrate because sometimes it's good, when you lose, and you hear all that happens in another changing room, it's good to feel the pain,” Pochettino said. “With respect of course, because it's always about respect but sometimes it's good to listen. If we run more, and we play better and we care more... come on maybe we need to translate that feeling to the opposite changing room.” Pochettino added: “When we won our games, like was in Huddersfield, or like was in Wembley against Stoke, the players put music and it's so loud... it's normal, if you lose the game, you are not going to put music. But…they are winning, winning, winning, it's normal they put music in the changing room.” How the Manchester derby tunnel row played out timeline The music was loud again at the Liberty Stadium in midweek, when City brushed aside Swansea City 4-0, and could be heard in the press room as the managers spoke afterwards. It is becoming a feature of City’s season with Pochettino accepting there is an “aura” about them. “I agree with you in terms of the aura,” he said. “For us, we felt the same last season at White Hart Lane – that something special happened around the team. I think it was a player a week or two ago that said ‘Wow, I remember last season, we always start 1-0 up at White Hart Lane because something special was happening’. And for the opponent, it was tough to play against us. But now, of course, City are doing fantastic. But… we're going there to fight, to kill them and try to win.” Spurs, in fourth place, trail leaders City by 18 points with Pochettino explaining that – right now – it is difficult to compete because his club is “in a completely different way” with the focus on building the new stadium. After they move in they can be judged and “blamed” if they do not win trophies. Spurs could drop as low as 7th if they lose to City and results go against them this weekend Credit: REUTERS Right now, Pochettino said, it is about trying “to be competitive, to try to play Champions League, to try to fight with the big sides like City, United, that they in the end don't care what to spend, if you can win. “But, for us, it's completely different and I think it's not fair to compare the club, not myself, I don't put myself like a victim, it's only to say this is what the club is doing. And maybe in a few years is the moment say ‘aye, come on, the club now need to win and need to compete’ and with the same tools as another big club. That is the moment to say 'compare', 'compare with another club', but today it's completely unfair that the people, the media is going to compare Tottenham with this type of club like Manchester City, United or Chelsea.” Sport tweets of 2017 The tension for Spurs will be to try and convince players to stay until they are on a more level-playing field – with the likes of Kyle Walker, for example, having already left for City for £53million in the summer. “Maybe some players are not agreed with this strategy, and of course they are right to complain, to talk and in the end to move or have another challenge for different reasons, because we are all different and we all have different challenges, motivations, roles in our life. That is normal,” Pochettino said. There have been “some conversations with people from the coaching staff” following his angry response to Guardiola’s description, back in October, of Spurs as “the Harry Kane team”. “It was a thing that happened in that moment,” Pochettino said. “I admire Pep… My idea as a manager… I think he is one of the managers I am more close to in football.”

Mauricio Pochettino: If we beat Man City then the music will be blaring out

Mauricio Pochettino says the music will blare out from the away dressing room at the Etihad Stadium if Tottenham Hotspur beat Manchester City and bring to an end their Premier League record-breaking run of 15 successive victories. The Spurs manager added that he had no problem with City’s post-match celebrations, which so angered Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho last weekend, and explained that it was normal practice to play loud music and his players will do so if they “kill” Pep Guardiola’s side. “I am never going to complain if another team celebrate because sometimes it's good, when you lose, and you hear all that happens in another changing room, it's good to feel the pain,” Pochettino said. “With respect of course, because it's always about respect but sometimes it's good to listen. If we run more, and we play better and we care more... come on maybe we need to translate that feeling to the opposite changing room.” Pochettino added: “When we won our games, like was in Huddersfield, or like was in Wembley against Stoke, the players put music and it's so loud... it's normal, if you lose the game, you are not going to put music. But…they are winning, winning, winning, it's normal they put music in the changing room.” How the Manchester derby tunnel row played out timeline The music was loud again at the Liberty Stadium in midweek, when City brushed aside Swansea City 4-0, and could be heard in the press room as the managers spoke afterwards. It is becoming a feature of City’s season with Pochettino accepting there is an “aura” about them. “I agree with you in terms of the aura,” he said. “For us, we felt the same last season at White Hart Lane – that something special happened around the team. I think it was a player a week or two ago that said ‘Wow, I remember last season, we always start 1-0 up at White Hart Lane because something special was happening’. And for the opponent, it was tough to play against us. But now, of course, City are doing fantastic. But… we're going there to fight, to kill them and try to win.” Spurs, in fourth place, trail leaders City by 18 points with Pochettino explaining that – right now – it is difficult to compete because his club is “in a completely different way” with the focus on building the new stadium. After they move in they can be judged and “blamed” if they do not win trophies. Spurs could drop as low as 7th if they lose to City and results go against them this weekend Credit: REUTERS Right now, Pochettino said, it is about trying “to be competitive, to try to play Champions League, to try to fight with the big sides like City, United, that they in the end don't care what to spend, if you can win. “But, for us, it's completely different and I think it's not fair to compare the club, not myself, I don't put myself like a victim, it's only to say this is what the club is doing. And maybe in a few years is the moment say ‘aye, come on, the club now need to win and need to compete’ and with the same tools as another big club. That is the moment to say 'compare', 'compare with another club', but today it's completely unfair that the people, the media is going to compare Tottenham with this type of club like Manchester City, United or Chelsea.” Sport tweets of 2017 The tension for Spurs will be to try and convince players to stay until they are on a more level-playing field – with the likes of Kyle Walker, for example, having already left for City for £53million in the summer. “Maybe some players are not agreed with this strategy, and of course they are right to complain, to talk and in the end to move or have another challenge for different reasons, because we are all different and we all have different challenges, motivations, roles in our life. That is normal,” Pochettino said. There have been “some conversations with people from the coaching staff” following his angry response to Guardiola’s description, back in October, of Spurs as “the Harry Kane team”. “It was a thing that happened in that moment,” Pochettino said. “I admire Pep… My idea as a manager… I think he is one of the managers I am more close to in football.”

Pep Guardiola warns Premier League rivals the best is yet to come from Man City

Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City’s players it would be a “big mistake” to think they were “doing enough” and warned his Premier League rivals that the best was still to come from his rampaging side. In a revealing insight into  Guardiola’s exacting demands, the City manager claimed the league leaders could do “much, much  better” and listed a series of specific areas where he felt his players were capable of offering more. Guardiola also refused to rule out a bid for Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez in the transfer window next month and wants to sign a  centre-half, with Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, Jonny Evans, of West Bromwich Albion, and Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez on the radar. City can extend their advantage at the summit of the table to 14 points this evening when they host Tottenham Hotspur, who have won just one of 17 league away matches against the established top six  under Mauricio Pochettino. But despite a record-breaking top-flight run of 15 wins, Guardiola believes City have only scraped the surface of their capabilities and that the high-flying players should be casting a very critical eye over their performances. “What’s important is to focus on the pitch what we have to do to play better, to increase our chances and to concede few – that’s what we have to do,” he said. “I have the feeling we can do better – much, much better. That’s what we have to try to insist in them. The genius of Pep Guardiola: Eight things he has done to make Man City so frighteningly good “They see after the game what we have done [that is] good and many things that are not good. We speak individually to some players and we show them the actions we can improve. “Always there are weapons – in the good sense – that we use to make them feel they can be better players. So, we try not just to think that if we win, that’s good, and it’s enough, and if we lose, it’s bad. That, I think, is a big mistake. “You have to increase the amount you talk about the bad things when you win a match. Because after that, they [the players] don’t believe that it’s just a complaint or a regret. It’s saying to them, ‘OK, we can still do better’. “They are more open. That is when you have to work the most – when you win. When you lose, you have to work more on their confidence, and say, ‘That is part of the game, you can do better’.” What makes David Silva Manchester City's most important player? Guardiola believes there are  specific “individual aspects” where City can improve. For example, he wants the full-backs, usually Kyle Walker and Fabian Delph, to better limit the space in behind them for rivals to exploit. “Our full-backs sometimes allow the opponents to make a cross,” he said. Walker faces Spurs for the first time competitively since his £50 million move from the club to City in the summer. Guardiola  believes the England right-back is now among the best in the world in his position but says it is important that the 27-year-old continues to cultivate his game intelligence  because the time will come when his physical prowess wanes. “I’d like to help him to solve problems not just through his  physicality but also through his thinking,” Guardiola said. “When you are so strong physically, you solve all the problems that way. When you get to a certain age – 28, 29, 30 – after that, you need to think more about what’s going to happen. Kyle Walker battles Anthony Martial for the ball during the Manchester derby Credit: PA “Of course, against [Marcus] Rashford and [Anthony] Martial [in the Manchester derby] they are so fast and he was able to control them and few players in the world can control them like he did. That’s why he’s so important for us.” Guardiola also wants the positional play of his wingers to be  better “when they receive the ball” and claims the team as a whole need to become wiser to adapting to  tactical changes opponents make in an attempt to stifle their creativity. “In the last game against United, they had played the last three games with five at the back but they played four against us,” Guardiola said. “We cannot wait until half-time to understand what is the way you have to defend when they play one system or the other.” Jose Mourinho, the United manager, had claimed before the derby that City committed deliberate “tactical fouls” when they lost possession to kill opposition counter-attacks, but Guardiola rejected any suggestion he told his players to do that. “I never, never, never, never sent a message to my players,” he said. “You can ask these players and the old players [at Barcelona and Bayern Munich], if my message on the pitch was to make fouls,” he said. “I don’t use this kind of message.” Asked what he does tell his men to do to thwart counter-attacks, Guardiola said: “To be ready, to be close to their run. But of course, we make fouls. Of course, we do that. We are not a saint.” City’s winning run does not yet match Guardiola’s best as a manager. He won 16 league games in succession at Barcelona and 19 at Bayern. He added: “The record is OK, but records stay there and one day are going to be broken. Statistics are statistics. It’s good to write about that but with the way we play I am satisfied the most.”

Arsene Wenger: Don't compare Man City with Arsenal's Invincibles - we didn't have petrol money

Arsène Wenger has a taken a swipe at Manchester City by claiming his ‘Invincibles’ side achieved success without “petrol” money. City have made the best start to a season in Premier League history after recording 15 successive top-flight victories. Pep Guardiola’s side have also scored more than 50 goals and in 17 games have earned 49 points. They have managed to remain unbeaten too and that has naturally led to comparisons with Wenger’s 'Invincibles’ who were unbeaten in the league throughout 2003-04. However, while the Arsenal manager has admitted Guardiola’s side could replicate his team’s achievements, he has had a dig at the league leaders over the financial backing they receive from their Abu Dhabi owners. Indeed, when asked to compare the two sides, Wenger said: “We had no petrol but ideas, they have petrol and ideas. “So that makes it more efficient and, overall, yes - they are like that, so everybody expects and projects that they will last. Why not? It can happen [that Manchester City go the whole season unbeaten], but there is still a long way to go. Jens Lehmann exclusive: The secrets behind The Invincibles “At the moment I think everything goes for them inside the games, but maybe as well they have the quality to turn it in their favour.” When pressed to clarify what he meant by “petrol and ideas”, Wenger replied: “They have resources. Money and quality is what I wanted to say and in their management and players they have everything that is needed to be successful. “It’s still not easy, they still have to respect that achievement.” While Manchester City are streaking away at the top of the table, Arsenal are hoping to get their top-four race back on track against Newcastle at the Emirates on Saturday. Arsenal were toothless at West Ham Credit: REUTERS/David Klein The Gunners have slipped to seventh in the Premier League after being held in their last two games against Southampton and West Ham. Wenger believes those results are a testament to how it is now harder than ever to break down teams from outside the top six, as supporters of those clubs have lowered their expectations. He explained that, unlike in the past, fans of those sides are now happy for their teams to shut up shop and claim a point, which makes it harder for the likes of Arsenal to find a way through their defence. “That has changed. Because first of all the crowds accept it,” said Wenger. “They start with the idea that if it’s a nil-nil, it’s a good result. Every tackle they make, the crowd is 'Wahhhh!' “You would say as long as you don’t score the first goal you’re in a position where you have to take a gamble. What is even worse - you know if you have not scored in the last 10 minutes you will have to go through one moment, they will find one moment, one free kick or corner where you’ll be in trouble and that’s what could’ve happened at West Ham.”

Opta EPL Weekly Preview - week 18

Newcastle rarely enjoy a trip to the Emirates, and Harry Kane loves a goal away from home for Spurs. Check out the key stats from Opta ahead of week 18 in the Premier League.

Opta EPL Weekly Preview - week 18

Newcastle rarely enjoy a trip to the Emirates, and Harry Kane loves a goal away from home for Spurs. Check out the key stats from Opta ahead of week 18 in the Premier League.

Opta EPL Weekly Preview - week 18

Newcastle rarely enjoy a trip to the Emirates, and Harry Kane loves a goal away from home for Spurs. Check out the key stats from Opta ahead of week 18 in the Premier League.

John Cena makes entertaining Premier League predictions

From picking matches based on species to trying to anger his fiancee's Arsenal supporting brother, Cena brought the goods.

John Cena makes entertaining Premier League predictions

From picking matches based on species to trying to anger his fiancee's Arsenal supporting brother, Cena brought the goods.

John Cena makes entertaining Premier League predictions

From picking matches based on species to trying to anger his fiancee's Arsenal supporting brother, Cena brought the goods.

Sean's Super Subs - Week 18

Sean Sullivan highlights his top free agent finds in Togga draft leagues ahead of Week 18 in the Premier League