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The ESPN FC guys talk tactics and give their predictions ahead of Chelsea's clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

It would be easy to look at Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur and see a team that remains not quite good enough.

Sure, they might have been in the title hunt last season, but ultimately they finished in third, with only 70 points. And, yes, those 70 points were a solid improvement over the 64 from Pochettino's first season with the club, but his first season was arguably a disappointing one, following on the heels of a 2013/14 season which saw Spurs accumulate 69 points despite the turbulence of a managerial change, with Andre Villas Boas getting fired midseason and Tim Sherwood taking over. And the year before that Spurs ran up 72 points.

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Lassana Diarra history makes United move unlikely, China deal possible

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti previews the now open January transfer window and which clubs will be looking to bolster their ranks.

Lassana Diarra -- the former Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid midfielder -- has been linked with moves to Premier League giants Manchester United and the Chinese Super League in the January transfer window.

The 31-year-old, currently at Marseille in the French Ligue 1, could be the ideal man to replace Morgan Schneiderlin at Old Trafford. But, given that he has a rocky past with United boss Jose Mourinho and the riches on offer in China offering the chance to settle a huge €10 million...

 

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Trending: Wenger slams fixture scheduling, Chapecoense to rebuild

The FC panel discuss Arsene Wenger's tactics against Bournemouth that saw Arsenal come back from a three-goal deficit.

Here are the latest stories for Wednesday.

ARSENAL: Arsene Wenger blamed the Premier League scheduling for Arsenal's poor start but admitted he must "shut up and cope with it" after they rallied from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday.

- William Gallas has told his former club Arsenal they need to abandon their ambition of playing "perfect football" if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.

- Arsenal are set to sign 20-year-old left-back Cohen Bramall from...

 

 

about an hour ago

Should Olivier Giroud or Alexis Sanchez lead the line for Arsenal?

The FC panel discuss Arsene Wenger's tactics against Bournemouth that saw Arsenal come back from a three-goal deficit.

Has Plan B suddenly turned into Plan A for Arsenal? Olivier Giroud has certainly managed to pose a question few people thought needed answering a few weeks ago: should Alexis Sanchez still be playing up front for the Gunners?

Sanchez seemed to have that position locked down after a string of stellar performances that looked to have consigned a frustrated Giroud to a role as a substitute for the rest of the campaign. The Frenchman was just another option, coming off the bench to be used as a battering...

 

about an hour ago

Jose Mourinho 'in love' with Manchester United supporters

Jose Mourinho delves into how he feels about some of the recent decisions that have gone against Man United.

Jose Mourinho has told MUTV he fell in love with Manchester United because of the supporters and said he is "really happy" with life at Old Trafford.

Mourinho was appointed on a three-year contract in May and has started life well, with United currently on a six-game winning run in the Premier League and in the semifinals of the EFL Cup.

"Well, the thing that made me immediately feel deeply about the club and the people, and the desire to work for the people, is the people," he said.

"The [people...

 

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2 hours ago

Lucas Perez goal for Arsenal at Bournemouth 'pure class' - Wenger

Arsene Wenger hailed Lucas Perez's first Premier League strike as an "exceptional goal of pure class."

Perez hammered home a sumptuous volley from Olivier Giroud's flick over the defence as Arsenal rallied for a last-gasp 3-3 draw at Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

Arsenal trailed 3-0 on the hour at Dean Court before Giroud laid on goals for Alexis Sanchez and Perez -- then headed the equaliser in the second minute of added time.

Perez joined Arsenal from Deportivo La Coruna in a £17 million...

 

2 hours ago

Watford defence crumbles to leave Mazzarri under pressure

Watford slumped to another defeat as Walter Mazzarri's men went down 2-0 at Stoke.

Watford turned in a vastly improved performance after their New Year's horror show against Tottenham, but conceded two wholly avoidable goals in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at Stoke.

Positives

This was a spirited performance for the most part and despite conceding early in the second half, Watford continued to push. This was a patched up side with a whole host of players missing through injury and others playing out of position. They deserve some credit for turning in a vaguely competitive display.

Negatives

It...

 

3 hours ago

Pochettino tells Guardiola: Premier League 'totally different' to elsewhere

The ESPN FC guys talk tactics and give their predictions ahead of Chelsea's clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has warned Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola that football in England is "totally different" to anywhere else, saying anyone who underestimates the Premier League will struggle.

Guardiola is still getting to grips with life at City and this week he accused the Premier League of having "different" rules after his team had a player sent off and conceded a controversial goal in the 2-1 win over Burnley.

Pochettino, like Guardiola, moved to England with...

 

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3 hours ago

Rudy Gestede completes transfer to Middlesbrough from Aston Villa

Rudy GestedeRudy Gestede has scored four goals in the Championship this season.

Middlesbrough have completed the signing of Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede for a fee reported to be in the region of £6 million.

Gestede, 28, has signed a deal which will keep him at the Riverside Stadium until June 2020 after agreeing personal terms on Tuesday.

Benin international Gestede made 19 appearances for Villa this season, scoring four goals, but had fallen out of favour with new boss Steve Bruce.

 

 

3 hours ago

Marco Silva to rival Gary Rowett for Hull City job - sources

The FC crew answer your tweets on Arsenal's draw at Bournemouth, Mike Phelan's sacking and Julian Draxler's move to PSG.

Former Olympiakos coach Marco Silva has emerged as a surprise candidate to rival ex-Birmingham boss Gary Rowett for the vacant manager's job at Hull City, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

Hull are looking for a new boss after Mike Phelan was sacked on Tuesday evening with the Tigers bottom of the Premier League, having taken only 13 points from their first 20 games.

Rowett, who left Championship side Birmingham City three weeks ago, is among those linked with the job at the KCOM Stadium,...

 

3 hours ago

Dele Alli 'most important player' of England's new generation - Pochettino

The ESPN FC guys talk tactics and give their predictions ahead of Chelsea's clash against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has heralded Dele Alli, telling Spanish news agency EFE that the midfielder is "the most important player to emerge in English football in recent years."

Alli, 20, was named PFA Young Player of the Year after a remarkable breakthrough season at Tottenham last term and he was selected in the England squad for Euro 2016 along with clubmates including Harry Kane and Eric Dier, and other young stars such as John Stones, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling.

Pochettino,...

 

3 hours ago

Bournemouth appeal Simon Francis sending off against Arsenal

Eddie Howe remains positive on his team's draw with Arsenal, and credits Arsenal for their remarkable turnaround.

Bournemouth have appealed the red card shown to Simon Francis during the 3-3 draw against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

Francis, 31, is set to miss the fixtures against Millwall in the FA Cup and Hull City and Watford in the Premier League.

The defender, who has been ever-present for Bournemouth in the Premier League this season, was dismissed for a challenge on Aaron Ramsey after 82 minutes with the game finely poised at 3-2.

The Gunners used their man advantage to salvage a point, after recovering...

 

3 hours ago

Jose Mourinho must find adequate Michael Carrick replacement at United

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether Manchester United's early season form will cost them.

Last summer, Michael Carrick signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United to keep him at the club until June 2017. With the January transfer window open and no new contract on the table, Carrick is now free to talk to other clubs about a move on a free transfer at the end of this season.

Ahead of Manchester United's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough on New Year's Eve, club legend Gary Neville spoke to prematch diners at Hotel Football about a range of issues relating to the club and the topic...

 

4 hours ago

Paul Clement offers Swansea a road to redemption amid relegation battle

Swansea caretaker Alan Curtis said Paul Clement made a difference in the side's 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

It might only be by comparison, but Swansea City no longer appear the Premier League's crisis club. Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace can be a turning point, and not only because of new manager Paul Clement's arrival. Their rivals in the battle to avoid relegation are beginning to reveal their own troubles.

Swansea, 19th, are just a point behind Sam Allardyce's new side and at Selhurst Park it was the home side and not Swansea who looked riven by disunity. Allardyce was clapped on...

 

4 hours ago

Zlatan Ibrahimovic named PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month

Craig Burley praises the leadership of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Man United, but expects more from Paul Pogba.

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won the PFA Fans' Premier League Player of the Month award for December.

Ibrahimovic, 35, enjoyed an impressive month for United, scoring five goals in six league appearances for the club, including a brace against West Bromwich Albion.

The former Sweden international also helped the Red Devils remain unbeaten throughout December, winning five consecutive Premier League games. United are currently enjoying their longest unbeaten run since Sir Alex...

 

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