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Mikel Arteta applauds the demeanor of the Arsenal players after defeating West Ham

The 2-0 win put the Gunners in the top 4 of the Premier League. (Author: Gardener)

West HamMikel Arteta hailed the "attitude and commitment" of his Arsenal players after they beat West Ham 2-0 to climb into the top four. The Gunners won confidently without striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was dismissed for a breach of discipline and his captain removed. Instead, it was the youngsters Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe who took their chance with goals in the second half. It's quite a turnaround for Gunners boss Arteta, who was bottom of the Premier League after three games this season without naming a point or a goal. Arteta said: “I'm really happy with the performance, attitude, commitment and quality that we have shown in the game and the chemistry with the fans. “The players play for the club and with the pride and energy that we expect from them. Arteta said there was "no news" as to when Aubameyang might be able to return to the roster, but based on that evidence, they are fine without him. In his absence, Alexandre Lacazette wore the armband and Arteta added: “He has taken it with pride and dedication and I am very happy with the way he played. Coufal was sent off for a second yellow card, but former Gunners keeper Lukasz Fabianski saved the penalty. Tired looking West Ham has only won one of their last six games as their Champions League attacks slowed to a crawl. Boss David Moyes said: “I didn't think much of our performance. I thought Arsenal played well. “We weren't quite able to handle it, but we showed resilience to stay in the game. A few mistakes in the game led to the goals. We gave away the ball for the second goal when we were slightly superior, even with 10 men. “He gets the ball first on the red card, but I thought he should have got more ball. But his timing means he'll catch the tip of the ball and go through it. But I thought we tried after that. "

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Arsenal's youngsters show that there is life after Aubameyang

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped following his recent disciplinary offense, Arsenal needed other attackers to appear for their big Premier League game against top four rivals West Ham on Wednesday. (Author: Gardener)

AubameyangWith Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped following his recent disciplinary offense, Arsenal needed other attackers to appear for their big Premier League game against top four rivals West Ham on Wednesday. Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe did just that in their 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium. Lacazette replaced Aubameyang as captain and played a perfectly weighted through pass, and a good impression of Arsenal's outlawed striker, 20-year-old Martinelli stormed over the left and delivered an accurate close into the far corner. Then 21-year-old Smith Rowe, another talented Arsenal youngster, came on as a substitute and sat in the 87th Arsenal dominated for a long time - the lead should have been bigger, Lacazette later missed a penalty when it was 1-0 - to show that life after Aubameyang is nothing to fear. Indeed, the result lifted Arsenal above West Ham to fourth place, last place in Champions League qualifying. "They wanted to show how strong we are as a team," said Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta about his players after turbulent days at the club. That felt like a blow to Aubameyang, who was not seen at the stadium after he was stripped of his captaincy and told he would not be available for the West Ham game after his late return from an approved overseas trip last week stand He could play Leeds on Saturday, however. "He wasn't suitable for this game and that was it," said Arteta. "This game is over." Another free stamp from James Ward-Prowse. The English midfielder's ice stock hit from 25 yards was the culmination of the 2-2 tie between Southampton and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. For both teams it was the eighth draw of the season in the league. Ward-Prowse has now scored 11 direct free-kick goals in the Premier League. Only three players - David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Gianfranco Zola - have hit more. Wilfried Zahas equalized his opener in the second minute for Palace, who then equaled in the 36th. Jordan Ayew equalized in the 65th for his first goal in 45 games for Palace. Brighton's winless streak spanned a club record of 11 Premier League games after Romain Saiss's first-half goal earned Wolverhampton a 1-0 win at Amex. It was the third game in four days to be canceled for such a reason Brighton-Tottenham on Sunday and Brentford-Manchester United on Tuesday.

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Arsenal knock West Ham out of the top four with a Derby win

Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four at West Ham United's expense when Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe scored a 2-0 win in a bustling London derby on Wednesday. (Author: Gardener)

West HamLONDON, December 15 (Reuters) - Arsenal moved into the top four of the Premier League at West Ham United's expense when Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith Rowe scored a 2-0 win in a bustling London derby on Wednesday. Brazilian striker Martinelli scored with a clear finish shortly after half-time, and substitute youngster Smith Rowe finally gave the dominating Arsenal a welcome respite with a great 87th-minute shot. It could have been a more comfortable night for Arsenal if Alexandre Lacazette, who is again captain instead of the disciplined Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, hadn't saved his penalty midway through the second half. West Ham, who received a red card for Vladimir Coufal on penalties, have not shown the form they have held in the top four since October. They snorted and puffed and threatened sporadically, but the only real save from housekeeper Aaron Ramsdale was an attempt by Jarrod Bowen shortly after Martinelli's opening game. The win brought Arsenal with 29 points from 17 games up two places to fourth place, West Ham to 28. Pre-game preparation was shaped by Arsenal's decision to remove the armband from Aubameyang for further indiscipline. Mikel Arteta's team responded with a brisk performance in the second half after a rather chaotic first half hour, with French striker Lacazette, who also wore the armband against Southampton, setting a good example. "The players play for the club and the pride we expect from them. I was very happy from the start because we knew we had to play really well today to beat West Ham." Disappointing as they were, the West Ham players were angry at Anthony Taylor's decision to show Coufal the second yellow card. Reruns showed he had touched the ball before sending Lacazette to the penalty shootout, though Moyes was in no mood to come up with excuses. "In general, I didn't think too much of our performance. Arsenal played well with a good intensity and we couldn't handle it," said Moyes. In a hectic half of the opening, West Ham's Craig Dawson seized the first chance of the evening while Pablo Fornals made a right-footed attempt for the guests. But shortly before half-time, Arsenal dominated and were about to take the lead when Kieran Tierney's violent shot from keeper Lukasz Fabianski hit the crossbar. Fabianski was then vigilant to parry Lacazette's shot before Dawson put up a gate-saving duel to stop Martinelli, who lunged for the ricochet. It didn't take long for Arsenal to take the lead in the second half as Lacazette was given too much room and time to slide a pass onto Martinelli, who calmly shot past Fabianski. A constant threat, Lacazette went down after a foul by Coufal and the referee pointed to the point before showing the Czech defender the second yellow card. Fabianski saved Lacazette's penalty and when more opportunities loomed, Arsenal seemed able to pay for their failure to beat the lackluster guests. But Smith Rowe came off the bench and soon raced for a pass on the formidable Bukayo Sako before rolling home with his left foot to secure the points.

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Arsenal defeated 10-man West Ham 2-0 after captain's tumult

LONDON (AP) - Arsenal quickly forgot the distractions of the team outside of the field with striker Gabriel Martinelli and substitute Emile Smith Rowe, who met on Wednesday in the 2-0 win against 10-man West Ham, which the Gunners under the top four in the premier brought league. (Author: Gardener)

West Ham 2LONDON (AP) - Arsenal quickly forgot the distractions of the team outside of the field with striker Gabriel Martinelli and substitute Emile Smith Rowe, who met on Wednesday in the 2-0 win against 10-man West Ham, which the Gunners under the top four in the premier brought league. Martinelli snatched a through pass from substitute captain Alexandre Lacazette, who overtook three defenders and put the Brazilian clearly on goal from the left. Martinelli made up for a miss late in the first half by turning the ball into the far corner at the Emirates Stadium in the 48th minute. Smith Rowe sealed the win with a clever run and a fine shot from the edge of the box in the 87th that West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski went wrong. The players ran into a corner to celebrate when manager Mikel Arteta was finally able to break out a smile on the sidelines. The win came a day after Arsenal dismissed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from captaincy and was exactly what the Gunners needed to put the turmoil at the club behind them. "We needed a win," said Martinelli. The visitors had a chance to equalize in the 53rd round when Arsenal midfielder Martin Odegaard lost the ball and the ball fell on West Ham striker Jarrod Bowen. West Ham manager David Moyes lamented a number of injuries within his squad, particularly in the defensive positions, and hopes the club will not have to resort to the transfer market next month. He said Arsenal were difficult to use, but those mistakes left his side in the lurch. "There were a few bad games that resulted in their goals," said Moyes. "The second goal that was given away was heartbreaking for the guys who ran for 90 minutes." The Gunners were unable to convert a penalty after West Ham right-back Vladimir Coufal kicked Lacazette in the shin in the 66th round. Lacazette's spot kick was pushed away by Fabianski. "I'm really happy with the performance, quality, energy and passion that the team was able to convey," said Arteta. "They are a really difficult team to play against." Arsenal named an unchanged team for the third straight time, with Arteta trying to convey some semblance of stability despite all the negative attention on the eve of the derby. Aubameyang was ousted Tuesday after another disciplinary violation by the Arsenal captain. Arteta said the striker did not work "according to the rules and standards set by the club". Aubameyang was reportedly allowed to travel to France for family reasons last week after the 2-1 loss at Everton on December 6, which he started as a substitute, but returned a day later than agreed. Arteta said after the game that his players weren't distracted by the situation. “They were fully focused and wanted to show how strong we are as a team,” he said. When asked if Lacazette would be the next Arsenal captain, Arteta said: “He's next in line. The Gabonese international was named captain by Arteta's predecessor Unai Emery after Granit Xhaka was stripped of the honor in November 2019 after angry at Arsenal fans whistling after his substitution in a league game. Aubameyang was nowhere to be seen at Emirates Stadium after being dropped off for the game. "We'll talk about it another day," Arteta said when asked if he should try to rebuild his relationship with Aubameyang.

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Arsenal reacts to Arteta's Aubameyang demotion

Mikel Arteta's brave decision to put Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench paid off. His young Arsenal team showed their best performance of the season. (Author: Gardener)

ArtetaLONDON - The pre-game news was for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but we now know he wasn't the only one listening. Mikel Arteta's decision to remove Aubameyang from the captaincy dominated preparation for Arsenal's game against West Ham United on Wednesday and could have been divisive given the striker's popularity in the squad. But it had the opposite effect, getting this young bunch to show off one of their most comprehensive performances of the season to take a 2-0 win, climb into the top four, and provide an exciting glimpse into life without Aubameyang. "They were fully focused," said Arteta after the game. The performance, the attitude and the commitment that you showed today are exactly what we are as a club. Today I want to talk about the game. "- ESPN + Spectator Guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, More - Don't you have an ESPN? Not that long ago, Aubameyang carried a torn Arsenal team on Arteta's predecessor Unai Emery would be pretty much with Safety released before November 2019 if Aubameyang had not been so successful in front of goal by then. But after a series of disciplinary problems and a loss of form, Arteta demoted the 32-year-old back -old on Tuesday, citing a lack of "commitment and passion "as well as" certain moments when he did not fulfill his duties. "West Ham went relentlessly into error in a breathless first half that somehow ended without a goal. Aubameyang's willingness to pressure has been often questioned, but Gabriel Martinelli, Alexandre Lacazette and Bukayo Saka led from the front, and Martinelli's 48th-minute opening goal was more than resembling in its splendor opportunity with Aubameyang. There were even hallmarks of Thierry Henry as Martinelli opened his body to finish clinically, but, hey, step by step. Proving a reliable replacement for Aubameyang would be an extremely valuable starting point for Martinelli. A bundle of energy with and without a ball, the 20-year-old made four tackles - only surpassed by the excellent Lacazette (five). the story of the league behind Gabriel Jesus (16) from Manchester City. "It was certainly one of his best performances in every way," Arteta said of Martinelli. The energy and quality that he sometimes shows is great. "Anything but a win that evening would have challenged Arteta's authority and put pressure on the Spaniard to find a way back into the team for Aubameyang, who scored 58 goals found league goals since the start of the 2018/19 season.Instead, this game felt similar to mid-March, when Arteta dropped Aubameyang at the last minute after the Gabonese international reported late for a team meeting on the day of the North London derby and His team responded with an impressive 2-1 win in a similarly strong performance, this time up against Leeds United - hammered 7-0 by Manchester City on Tuesday - Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, Norwich City and then Wolverhampton Walkers Before New Years: An inviting program that offers the opportunity to provide further impetus and to shift the focus to Aubameyang in order to change the focus and diligence around to meet him if he wants to revive his fortunes in north London Despite Arsenal's dominance, the game was unsafe until the end. The home side benefited from a soft penalty decision when Vladimir Coufal appeared to win Lacazette's ball with a tackle in the penalty area, although in retrospect it was noteworthy that West Ham boss David Moyes suggested that the defender should have been more decisive in his fight . Lacazette missed the resulting penalty - the third consecutive Premier League penalty Arsenal wasted - but the damage was still great for the Hammers as Coufal was sent off for the offense and the resulting numerical disadvantage. Substitute Emile Smith Rowe finally killed the visitors with another brilliant finish three minutes from time when he put Fabianski on the wrong foot with a left-footed shot from Saka's pass. It was the tenth league goal Arsenal have scored from a player 21 or younger, the highest number any team has scored this season. The turmoil surrounding Aubameyang overshadowed the importance of this pre-match game given the Hammers' good form under Moyes and the somewhat fragile progress made by Arteta's arsenal. It's also worth noting that Aubameyang was originally named captain after winning a player's vote. So great is his popularity that poor performance would have been seen as a sign of dissatisfaction with one of Arteta's bravest decisions in his managerial career to date. Instead, they delivered one of their best performances of the season. They responded to Arteta's call. Time will tell whether this continues - and whether Aubameyang can do the same.

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Arsenal - West Ham, Brighton - Wolves

Clockwatch: Arsenal finished fourth, Wolves beat Brighton and Jordan Ayew scored a rare goal to save a point for Crystal Palace (Author: Gardener)

Brighton - WolvesBy continuing to surf this website, you consent to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Clockwatch: Arsenal finished fourth, Wolves beat Brighton and Jordan Ayew scored a rare goal to save a point for Crystal Palace. Premier League: Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith-Rowe scored the goals that sealed an entertaining and often hectic encounter in the Emirates. Related: Arsenal finish fourth as Martinelli and Smith Rowe sink 10-man West Ham "It was an important win and we are pleased with the performance," the Wolves defender told BT Sport. “Brighton are a good team so let's take a break for the next game. “I'm always happy to score goals and I was close to scoring a second goal and that's something I'm trying to improve. I get a lot of chances every season so I'm happy to score a goal. “I've known Ruben [Neves] very well for many years and it was a fantastic pass, but I deserve credit for the finish on my right foot - I never use my right foot. "It was important to score before the end of the first half and we tried to play from behind but we didn't create many chances in the first half." "It was a very good game," said one of Arsenal's goalscorers in an interview with BT Sport. “The win was so important to the team. It is up to Mikel [Arteta] and the whole team to decide who will captain. ”Premier League: Romain Saiss scored the only goal of the game with a volley, leaving Brighton shy of scoring in 11 top division games without a win. Similar: Romain Saïss and Rúben Neves punish Brighton for lifting Wolves to eighth Premier League place: goals from Gabriel Martinelli and Emile Smith-Rowe gave Arsenal a deserved victory and catapulted them to fourth place in the Premier League table . Scottish Premiership: Anthony Ralston has won all three points for 10-man Celtic with a late, late against Ross County in the seventh minute of stoppage time. Arsenal 2-0 West Ham: Less than a minute of regular time, Said Benrahma fires a free kick from a good position into Arsenal's defensive wall. Premier League: Emile Smith-Rowe handles a counterattack for Arsenal, cuts right in and shoots the ball into the lower right corner through the legs of Issa Diop. Emile Smith Rowe scores the second for Arsenal. Photo: Justin Setterfield / Getty Images Premier League: Southampton were denied their first win in seven games by Jordan Ayew's first goal in 44 top division games. Ed Arrons reports from Selhurst Park ... Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: Martinelli pushes the ball to the near post, where Saka is sure to hit the lower corner. Issa Diop stretches a leg and deflects the ball to the corner. Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: After a corner Gabriel sends a volley shot with his left foot past the near post. Premier League: A splendid volley from Romain Saiss in the first half of stoppage time was enough to win all three points for the Wolves. Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: Lucasz Fabianski parries brilliantly in front of Lacazette, dives to the left, grabs the ball with both hands and parries it clearly. Lukasz Fabianski dives to save from Alexandre Lacazette. Photo: Paul Marriott / REX / Shutterstock Brighton 0-1 Wolves: You are still playing at Amex, which has over 10 minutes of stoppage time, largely due to some lengthy repairs to umpire Tony Harrington's electronic equipment. Premier League: Everything is done at Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace may be grieved for not getting all three points. Southampton were one goal behind after two minutes, but led 2-1 at the break. Jordan Ayew equalized with his first goal in 44 first division games. Premier League: Vladimir Coufal dives in, gets the ball but unwittingly rolls his foot over it onto Alexandre Lacazette's shin. West Ham defender received his second unfair yellow of the evening, followed by a red. Arsenal have a penalty. That looks a bit strange to me - maybe a penalty, but definitely not a booking. Vladimir Coufal wins the ball but a penalty is awarded. Photo: Chloe Knott - Danehouse / Getty Images Women’s Champions League: Arsenal’s women have conceded three goals in four minutes - since Barcelona are already through, the German team has to win by five or more goals in order to advance out of the group at Arsenal's expense. There are over 30 minutes left in the game, and Simon Burnton has the latest. Brighton 0-1 Wolves: Brighton appear to have offered very little in the second half of the game against the Wolves and lag behind Romain Saiss' fine goal in the last minute of the game. Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: Odegaard shoots through a gap in the wall created by two Arsenal players ducking out of the way, but Fabianski goes to his left to save. Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: Craig Dawson brings down Alexandre Lacazette just outside the West Ham penalty area. Free kick for Arsenal in a wonderful position, right in front of goal. Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale brilliantly stops a deflected shot from Jarrod Bowen's boot. Premier League: Gabriel Martinelli runs in the back left inside on a ball from Alexandre Lacazette into space, comes on the West Ham goal and pushes the ball into the far corner. Gabriel Martinelli cheers after taking the Gunners ahead. Photo: Andrew Couldridge / Action Images / Reuters Arsenal 1-0 West Ham: Granit Xhaka has a low drive that is blocked by a Craig Dawson who slips in to block and is optimistic about handball. Scottish Premiership: It's Ross County 1-1 Celtic, with Jack Baldwin bundling home from six meters for the hosts. Arsenal 0-0 West Ham: The second half begins goalless in the Emirates. Arsenal had a choice of odds. Premier League: Jordan Ayew scores his first goal in over 40 Premier League games, shooting home from a tight angle at the back post after Christian Benteke's cross shot was blocked in his direction by Southampton's goalkeeper Willy Caballero. Jordan Ayew scores his first goal this season. Photo: Dan Weir / PPAUK / REX / Shutterstock Crystal Palace 2-2 Southampton: Southampton wins two corners in quick succession, but Palace clears their lines the second time with a long hoof downfield. Brighton 0-1 Wolves: Brighton's Enock Mwepu hooks the ball with the outside edge of his shoe from four or five meters over the bar after being connected with a vicious free kick from the right. Premier League: A bad-tempered, goalless but entertaining half comes to an end shortly after Alexandre Lacazette Fabianski forced another save with a low drive. Brighton 0-1 Wolves: Amex Stadium is five minutes late as referee Tony Harrington, making his debut in the top division, has to replace the communications package around his upper arm. Arsenal 0-0 West Ham: Kieran Tierney hits a shot into the goal after a block from Craig Dawson on Martin Odegaard. Brighton 0-1 Wolves: Trincao has a low drive held at the near post by Brighton goalkeeper Arsenal 0-0 West Ham: The Emnirates have had a lot of penalty appeals but none of them got in the way of Arsenal. Most recently, Lacazette goes down under a challenge from Craig Dawson, but neither referee Anthony Taylor nor his VAR Peter Banks have it. Moments earlier, Gabriel Martinelli had suffered a few lunges when he tried to shoot a shot, but the officers remained unmoved. Alexandre Lacazette feels challenged by Craig Dawson. Photo: Ben Stansall / AFP / Getty Images Arsenal 0-0 West Ham: Pablo Fornals tries his luck for West Ham from a distance, but his shot misses the right post. Arsenal 0-0 West Ham: Bukayo Sako moves into West Ham's box, attempts to fire a shot, but ends up killing Arthur Masuaku's leg as the West Ham defender tried to get between him and the ball. Arsenal appeal for a penalty but don't get one. Premier League: Wilf Zaha opened the gate for Crystal Palace, but goals from James Ward-Prowse and Armando Broja mean Southampton are leading during the break. Premier League: Brighton made the best of it at the Amex Stadium, Wolves go into a goal for good thanks to Romain Saiss' excellent goal. It's her first goal in 438 minutes. Premier League: After Brighton couldn't clear a corner properly, Romain Saiss snaps a wonderful ball from Ruben Neves from the edge of the box and sends a wonderful diagonal volley from the edge of the box into the far corner. Romain Saiss opens the evaluation on the south coast. Photo: Wolves / Getty Images Premier League: From almost the same spot where James Ward-Prowse equalized for Southampton, Armando Broja puts them in the lead. His low drive into the corner makes Butland scratch in the fresh air. Armando Broja fires the Saints into the lead. Photo: Hannah McKay / Reuters Brighton 0-0 Wolves: Nelson Semedo goes down in the Brighton Box under a challenge from Dan Burn. Arsenal 0-0 West Ham: Arsenal's players surround the referee in hopes of convincing him to dismiss Vladimir Coufal for throwing an elbow to Kieran Tierney. Arsenal 0-0 West Ham: Arsenal take a free kick just over 25 yards from West Ham when Declan Rice fouled Alexandre Lacazette. Granit Xhaka stands over the ball, but fires it directly into the defensive wall. Premier League: Southampton wins a free kick just outside the Palace gate, about 25 yards away. There are no prizes for guessing who takes it, and James Ward-Prowse whips the ball across the wall and into the top corner with a touch of fade. It's a lovely free kick. Jack Butland was involved in the palace gate but had no hope of keeping it out. James Ward-Prowse levels off with a free kick. Photo: Ben Hoskins / Getty Images Premier League: You're on the road in the Emirates, with Arsenal trying to overtake West Ham to fourth place in the table. Brighton 0-0 Wolves: Joao Moutinho has a long-range shot that is comfortably held by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Palace center-back Marc Guehi has been cautioned for being hung from Armando Broja's shirt. Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Wilfried Zaha rolls a wonderful ball over the goal for Odsonne Edouard, who somehow manages to kick the ball far to the side when shooting on goal, which was a formality. Brighton 0-0 Wolves: Solly March shoots up and a little way from the Wolves' goal if he should at least have hit the target. Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Southampton wins a corner which James Ward-Prowse steers towards the near post. Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: This from Ed Aarons, the Guardian's man in Selhurst Park. Will Hughes proves to be an instant hit with Palace fans. Such a calming presence and rarely gives the ball away - Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) December 15, 2021 Premier League: Will Hughes wins the ball in midfield and passes it forward to Odsonne Edouard. He takes Zaha out on the left side of the Southampton penalty area and Wilf cuts in Valentino Livramento and shoots past Willy Caballero. Photo: Tom Dulat / Getty Images Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Southampton's attack on the break on a train that ends with Will Smallbone receive sarcastic cheers from Crystal Palace fans behind the gate he cuts high and wide. Brighton 0-0 Wolves: Hwang limps uncomfortably after harming his right hamstring. He will be replaced by Adama Traore, who has scored a total of seven goals in 155 Premier League games. Brighton 0-0 Wolves: It looks like it is stroking the back of the thigh for Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan back on the deck. Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton: Conor Gallagher sends a free kick into the Southampton penalty area from the right. It's half clear and the ball falls to James Tomkins, who has a low drive from close range that is saved by Caballero's legs at the near post. Brighton 0-0 Wolves: Brighton wins a corner which Solly March swings off the near post. Hwang Hee-chan was trained to continue. Brighton 0-0 Wolves: Adama Traore warms up on the sideline for Wolves while Hwang Hee-chan is on injury treatment for suspended Raul Jimenez. The game starts at Selhurst Park and Amex Stadium ... Oddly enough, Jack Butland has a rare start in goal for Crystal Palace with Vicente Guaita on the bench apparently in pain from an unspecified number of injured fingers. Not long now: the teams are off for our two kick-offs at 7:30 p.m., and super-informed Crystal Palace midfielder Conor Gallagher is making some last-minute adjustments to his headband in Selhurst Park. In the Arsenal dressing room at the Emirates Stadium. Photo: Stuart MacFarlane / Arsenal FC / Getty Images Fans show their ID and Covid passports upon arrival at the Amex Stadium in Brighton. Crystal Palace fans queue to enter the turnstiles in Selhurst Park. Photo: Paul Childs / Action Images / Reuters Pierre Emerick-Aubemayang, who was suspended for his recent breach of club discipline by the Arsenal captain, will miss his second game in a row as Mikel Arteta refuses to consider him for selection. Defenders Kurt Zouma, Ryan Fredericks, Angelo Ogbonna and Ben Johnson are all part of West Ham's lameness, but Aaron Cresswell is said to be fit on the sidelines after nearly three weeks and could play a role tonight. Aaron Cresswell has not played for West Ham since losing to Manchester City in late November. Photo: Naomi Baker / Getty Images Defender Joachim Andersen and midfielder Luka Milivojevic are ready to return for Palace after injury, but James McArthur is out with a hamstring injury. Stuart Armstrong (no relative) is also set to sit out this game while there are also concerns about Armando Broja's fitness. After the failure of goalkeepers Alex McCarthy and Fraser Forster, Emergency Service Willy Cabellero will step into the breach again despite a less convincing performance at the weekend against Arsenal. Willy Caballero showed signs of ring rust on his Southampton debut against Arsenal. Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside / Getty Images An outbreak of Covid on Watford's squad means they don't have enough players to fill today's game, which was canceled just before 5pm. The Premier League makes the following statement. It is with regret that the Premier League board has postponed Burnley FC's home game against Watford FC, which will be played at 7.30pm this evening (Wednesday 15th December). The decision was made on the advice of medical advisors due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in Watford's roster. As a result, the club does not have enough first-team players available to complete the game. The Premier League understands that this decision will disappoint and frustrate the fans who should attend tonight's game and apologizes for the inconvenience and disruption caused at such short notice. With the recent spike in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced emergency measures. While the safety of the players is of course paramount, questions are sure to be asked as to why exactly the Premier League gave up on abandoning the game so late. Shane Duffy is suspended for one game for Brighton, while Lewis Dunk, Steven Alzate, Danny Welbeck and Jeremy Sarmiento are all injured. Adam Lallana and Joel Veltman are also injury-related while Brighton has also reported that an unspecified and unidentified number of players have been affected by Covid. Raul Jiminez will join Duffy on the Naughty Step after his weird dismissal from Manchester City at the weekend and his absence to herald the return of Hwang Hee-chan to Bruno Lage's starting XI. Hwang Hee-chan is likely to lead the Wolves franchise tonight in the absence of suspended Raul Jimenez. Photo: Alex Livesey - Danehouse / Getty Images The weekday Premier League schedule continues with three games, all of which are difficult to pin down before kick-off. In the race for the top four, West Ham's trip to the Emirates could prove crucial as a hosts win would put them in fourth place ahead of David Moyes' side, while a win for West Ham would be a five point lead their team would open up to London rivals. Further down the table, the Wolves are heading to Brighton for a mid-table meeting, and Crystal Palace is maintaining a Southampton-based side who have been without a win for five games. The planned fourth game of the night between Burnley and Watford at Turf Moor has been canceled due to a number of Covid-19 cases in Claudio Ranieri's squad. We will provide information on all goals, point out important points of discussion and give you the reactions to another fascinating evening with first-class action after the game.

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Rams' COVID-19 reserve list grows to 16 players

Linebackers Justin Hollins and tight ends Johnny Mundt and Jared Pinkney are on the list four days ahead of the Rams to host the Seattle Seahawks (Author: Gardener)

RamsThe Rams' problems with COVID-19 worsened Wednesday as three more players were put on the reserve list as the team attempt to prepare for a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Linebackers Justin Hollins and tight ends Johnny Mundt and Jared Pinkney have been placed on the COVID-19 reserve list, which is intended for players who have tested positive for the coronavirus or have had close contact with an infected person. Sixteen rams are currently on the list, including starting wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Donté Deayon, safety Jordan Fuller, running back Darrell Henderson and right tackle Rob Havenstein. Tyler Higbee was listed on the day the Rams beat the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, but was activated on Tuesday when his test was found to be false positive. Two players who were put on the list on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mundt and defensive lineman Sebastian Joseph-Day, were already injured in reserve. To be activated from the COVID list, a vaccinated and tested positive player must record two negative tests within 24 hours. The active Rams were unable to get onto the practice field on Tuesday or Wednesday as their Thousand Oaks facility is closed to teams with COVID-19 cases under the NFL's intensive protocols. In the meantime, the Rams (9-4) are supposed to host the Seahawks (5-8) on Sunday afternoon in the SoFi stadium. Seattle trainer Pete Carroll said he was preparing for the game "normally" while "knowing the bomb [further COVID-19 developments] could fall and blow everything up and suddenly you're not playing the game anymore" . "That could happen," said Carroll, but it is "unlikely". The uncertain status of so many Rams players will not materially change the Seahawks' schedule, Carroll said in a conference call with Rams Beat writers. He said he expected the Rams to perform at their peak after seeing them beat the NFC West leading Cardinals, despite playing without Ramsey, Henderson, Higbee, Havenstein and Deayon, the first Rams regulars to appear during the Season 2021 were added to the COVID-19 list. Odell Beckham Jr. among 9 other Rams on COVID-19 list, team facility closed "They handled it (COVID-19 issues) wonderfully, played great and had a fantastic football game against the hottest team in the league," said Carroll. The Seahawks had no players on the COVID-19 list on Wednesday, while the Rams, Browns, Lions and Washington were the teams that had the worst problems with the virus.

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Pelicans discussed trading with Ben Simmons without involving Brandon Ingram

Michael Scotto: I heard the Pelicans were discussing trading future first-round picks and pick swaps with the 76ers for Ben Simmons, league sources told HoopsHype. Brandon Ingram wasn't involved in the talks, at least until now. With Zion ... (Author: Gardener)

Ben SimmonsMichael Scotto: I heard the Pelicans were discussing trading future first-round picks and pick swaps with the 76ers for Ben Simmons, league sources told HoopsHype. Brandon Ingram was not involved in the talks, at least so far I've been told. Given Zion Williamson's recent injury setback, it's unclear how this could move the needle for the Pelicans in their efforts to land Simmons. Source: Michael Scotto @ HoopsHype Jordan Schultz @Schultz_Report #Sixers have received an influx of calls that Ben Simmons is jumping today, league sources say. One GM I've spoken to remains pessimistic that every deal will close. “Daryl [Morey] asks about the moon. I'm not sure he even wants to swap it now. ”- 12:02 PM Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto Sources: Pelicans were discussing trading future first round picks and pick swaps for Ben Simmons, I was told. Find out more about the NBA trading market including Jaylen Brown, Ben Simmons, Russell Westbrook, Jerami Grant and more with @Jake Fischer on the @Jorge Sierra podcast hoopshype.com/lists/nba-trad… - 11:01 AM Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers Though Now that more players are authorized to trade, the #Sixers still don't have a quick fix for the Ben Simmons saga inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-b… via @phillyinquirer - 10:48 AM Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA ICYMI, today is the 15th. December, when much of the league becomes eligible to trade. As a result, the Ben Simmons discussions are supposedly heating up, should you expect something to happen right away? I have my doubts, which I explained on Monday: dailysix.com/sixers-week-in… - 10:28 AM Serena Winters @SerenaWinters The 𝑢𝑛𝑜𝑓𝑓𝑖𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 start of the NBA trading season has officially started! @Derek Bodner joins me! 🏀Who would be a good trading partner? 🏀Best / worst case Ben Simmons scenarios 🏀Maximizing Maxey 🎧 on 🍎: https://t.co/I8J6eWkFmX Everywhere else: https://t.co/JTqtPprnV1 pic.twitter.com/9Ls9TMGcJQ - 9:50 am “Just fast games. Fast rides. Quick shots. ”Brandon Ingram has played one of his best basketball in a Pelicans jersey in the last 10 games. By not being so conscious. nola.com/sports/pelican… - 9:19 AM For the sick who love to watch, @LockedOnLakers Podcast from Tuesday, Youtube version. Among the subjects, the Lakers have been linked to trade talks with Ben Simmons and Jerami Grant. Are both realistic scenarios? Sixer's Wednesday vs Heat Injury Report: Questionable Seth Curry, right shoulder Joel Embiid, rib pain Aaron Henry, G League Paul Reed, G League Grant Riller, right shoulder Ben Simmons, personal reasons The Lakers gave up so much to get Russell Westbrook , both in terms of the deal itself and the way they managed the free agency afterwards, that in my opinion it wouldn't make much sense to trade it in for anything other than Ben Simmons. Dave Early @DavidEarly Ben Simmons Trade Rumors, Key Date Dec 15 Tomorrow, Kyrie Irving Returns "Optimism" Nets Team Covid Outbreak ahead of Thursday's showdown. 9:00 am December 15th is just around the corner and it's time for an all-trade Knicks mailbag. • Domantas Sabonis? • Myles Turner ?? • Ben Simmons ??? Story: https://t.co/n5PyrmbOpo pic.twitter.com/fHfMekG91v - 9:40 AM Talked to @mariacmarino about why Knicks / Ben Simmons is complicated and feels unlikely, and the potential cost of trading for a top player in his prime: pic.twitter.com/5ApZN6omH2 - 9:29 AM Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer The latest trading rumors surrounding Ben Simmons, the Lakers, Nets, and Pacers, plus more context to Jaylen Brown's whispers and other notes from across the league, all at @BR_NBA: faderreport.com/articles/29514… - 9:06 AM Tonight there's a girl in the Grizzlies / 76ers with a Ben Simmons jersey with a huge X through it. “We haven't seen star players really being able to dictate their trading terms…. Ben Simmons ... I think he'd like to be a kink. @Brian Windhorst spoke about The Putback on NYK last week: https://t.co/sm8An8n6BT pic.twitter.com/I9IgHb1zyY - 5:44 p.m. Sources: The Sacramento Kings don't chase the great men of Indiana Pacers Domantas Sabonis and Myles Gymnast. but Ben Simmons, star of the Philadelphia 76ers, might still be a target if they try to swap Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III. Latest Kings Trade Talks⬇️ sacbee.com/sports/nba/sac… - 3:50 PM Brandon Ingram Average of the last 7 games: 6.0 assists (compared to just 1.7 sales !!) pic.twitter.com/57RbOrvtjT - 14 : 36 PM Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA According to @Shams Charania, the Lakers are interested in both Ben Simmons and Jerami Grant. Former Lakers striker @samaki_walker tells @BCusterTV & @Howard Beck why Grant is better suited to the #LakeShow than Simmons. pic.twitter.com/i1YAGmZEOp - 2:29 p.m. Take a look at the current trading market for Ben Simmons with @Bobby Marks: es.pn/3m1VP7I (ESPN +) - 12:10 p.m. The Knicks and Lakers are allegedly at Ben Simmons Interested. New York has insidious potential as a partner in three-way team talks, but you can basically forget L.A. phillyvoice.com/nba-trade-rumo ... - 11:55 am Half the league is interested in Ben Simmons, right? Sure, why not. CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA Lakers exchange rumors: Ben Simmons, Jerami Grant among the targets, but Los Angeles faces obstacles to finalize the deal https://t.co/llaSdfMrLp pic.twitter.com/NhBweR1Tkj - 11:21 AM Lakers are chasing Jerami Grant, Shams said. He also mentioned that the Lakers have some interest in Ben Simmons. It really does look like the Lakers are at least doing their due diligence on the trading market, but obviously things can happen between now and February 10th. pic.twitter.com/sZW3gYXat9 - 9:57 AM Shams says the Lakers are interested in Ben Simmons. Financially, someone from LeBron / AD / Russ should basically be in the trade. It would take approximately $ 25.4 million in matching salary to get Simmons. That would be THT, Nunn and at least seven (!) People, which is not feasible. pic.twitter.com/r7AJactEgn - 9:54 p.m. The Knicks, Lakers, Timberwolves, Trail Blazers, Kings, Pacers, and Cavaliers are among the teams interested in #Sixers' Ben Simmons via @Shams Charania - 9:52 Watch #Pelicans play Spurs to a three-quarter tie, but San Antonio pulls away in fourth, taking advantage of the New Orleans drought to start the final third. Brandon Ingram 27 pts to guide Pels. @PanzuraStorage Postgame Wrap: https://t.co/jYtuRgLj09 pic.twitter.com/SnlgWhhmK9 - 9:25 p.m. Christian Clark @ cclark_13 Final: Spurs 112, Pelicans 97 New Orleans were surpassed in the fourth quarter with 29-15 points. Brandon Ingram had 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists in one loss. Watch Brandon Ingram put Doug McDermott on a poster with this dunk nba.nbcsports.com/2021/12/12/wat… - 21:15 Brandon Ingram hacked by Jacob Poetl. Antonio Daniels heard the contact from where he was sitting. The way this fourth quarter went, the Pelicans would probably never win, but when on earth is BI getting the respect it deserves from the NBA umpires? Brandon Ingram looks very even with the ball in his hands. # NBA Column: Even with reports that the talks may intensify, don't expect Daryl Morey of the #Sixers to change his mind and Ben Simmons to act unless he gets a difference maker in return: https: // t.co/7jverCZ56u # 76ers pic.twitter.com/dQHTmdHbBe - 8:05 p.m. Pelicans were up to 8 points behind Spurs but within 28-26 by the end of the first quarter. Good early minutes from Nickeil and Billy from the bench. Brandon Ingram triple-double watch too? 6 points 6 points 3 rebounds 3 rebounds 3 assists - 7:34 pm Brandon Ingram with some great moves and ends here in the first quarter. Brandon INGRAM! Brandon INGRAM! One hell of a twist and a dunk over another track !! # NBA Column: People who want the #Sixers to trade Ben Simmons sooner rather than later to move up the table should wait if that means landing a player with greater impact who has the chances of a deep one Playoff run can increase: https: // t.co/7jverCZ56u pic.twitter.com/3uaIQ1TzMD - 4:10 p.m. Howard Beck on the pelicans: Maybe this season is just about the future of Zion and Brandon Ingram evaluate. I've had a lot of people say to me that they think these two guys don't go well together in the long run.

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Is Aaron Rodgers playing at Green Bay next season? It was brought up again on The Pat McAfee Show.

Aaron Rodgers told Pat McAfee it had been "a good year of talks" with Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst. (Author: Gardener)

Aaron RodgersSome weeks from now, everyone thinks the Packers quarterback is about to return to the franchise, and there are other clues that might suggest they might play elsewhere. In his weekly appearances on The Pat McAfee Show over the course of the season, he has given some clues about his feelings towards the organization after a tumultuous off-season. Asked by McAfee on Tuesday if he loves being a Green Bay Packer, after commending the organization for the acquisitions the team has made, Rodgers took a long hiatus, then said, "I love to play ball . " Aaron Rodgers leaves the field after the Packers beat the Bears at Lambeau Field. NEVER MISS A SNAP: Follow our NFL exclusive content newsletter Hawk, who co-hosts McAfee and was Rodger's former teammate in Green Bay, tossed in "Steelers, next year." Of course, there was a lot of talk earlier this season about Rodgers' relationship with Pittsburgh Steelers manager Mike Tomlin. In an earlier interview with McAfee earlier this season, Rodgers said, "I'm still in Green Bay and have the time of my life." McAfee brought up the subject of the future of Rodgers following comments from Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels on Sunday Night Football. Collinsworth and Michaels said based on their pre-game production meeting with Rodgers that they felt the three-time MVP quarterback could return to Green Bay next year and that he and general manager Brian Gutekunst seemed in a better place. "That will be one of the questions for sure," Rodgers said on Tuesday. about this idea of ​​where I mentally stand with the team. He said that the talks between him and Packers management must remain between the parties involved. Rodgers said it had been "a good year of talks" with Gutekunst, however. This reflected what he said to McAfee last month, and recognized the steps the team took shortly after the trading deadline. Rodgers added that he was involved in many conversations with the Packers' decision-makers about players on the team and other teams in order to "make the team better." When he returned to the Packers at the beginning of training camp, Rodgers said this was important to him. "Based on what I've achieved in this league, how I take care of my teammates, how I show up in the locker room, how I lead, and how I behave in the community, it should get me a little more input "Rodgers said during an insightful press conference on July 29th. "I'm not asking for anything that other great quarterbacks haven't got in the last few decades." One of those conversations appeared to be about Odell Beckham Jr.'s sweepstakes, Rodgers told McAfee last month. While the Packers didn't land Beckham, Rodgers is pleased with the players Gutekunst has acquired this season, including Rasul Douglas and De'Vondre Campbell. Rodgers pointed out that the move from Douglas "paid off". Douglas, who was replaced by the Arizona Cardinals' practice team in October, has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including one against the Bears, and also had a game-defining interception against his old team. Rodgers said building a team, including the Packers, who found a number of players who were "outcast boys" and gave them "a real home" is why he feels "romantic" about the game feels. Follow him on Twitter at @ckuhagen. This article originally appeared on Packers News: Will Aaron Rodgers Play Green Bay Next Season? It was brought up again on The Pat McAfee Show.

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Desperate times? With most of the roster in quarantine, the Chicago Bulls should sign Tim Anderson and these other celebrities for 1-day contracts.

While banned from baseball by MLB owners, the Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson tweeted Monday morning to the Bulls to remind them he was available. The Bulls had dipped to eight players after Alize Johnson became the 10th player to step on COVID-19 health and safety protocols in the past two weeks - leading the NBA to see the team's next two games, including the game on Tuesday, postponed ... (Author: Gardener)

Tim AndersonRapper Common will be honored with the All-Star Celebrity Game MVP Award on February 14, 2020 in Chicago in the Wintrust Arena. While banned from baseball by MLB owners, the Chicago White Sox star Tim Anderson tweeted Monday morning to the Bulls to remind them he was available. The Bulls had dropped to eight players after Alize Johnson became the tenth player to enter COVID-19's health and safety protocols in the past two weeks, according to the United Center. Prior to the move, Anderson tweeted, “You know we really locked ourselves out. As most Sox fans know, Anderson grew up playing basketball in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and only started baseball in mid high school. We're not sure how good a basketball player he is now at 28, but he led his high school team to a state title and remains in great shape provided his left hamstring heals after two months of rest. At 6 feet-1,185 pounds, I imagine Anderson as a Kyle Lowry point guard guy who would fit in well with the rest of the Bulls lineup, whoever that might be when they play again. We know he's already a favorite of the Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, so it only takes a text from Anderson to get the ball rolling. This COVID-19 outbreak from the bulls is no laughing matter, of course, and is already affecting their performance, as evidenced by recent losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. If the Bulls remain understaffed for the foreseeable future, it could affect their chances of a place in the top four teams in the Eastern Conference and home advantage in a first round of playoffs. Former President Barack Obama tries a basket at the South Side YMCA in Chicago on December 2, 2021 while visiting youth athletes to play for a team. The only other way to postpone games would be for the NBA to allow the Bulls to add prominent athletes to the list to fill the bank. Last but not least, it would get the media attention the league craves while the Bulls fans eagerly await the arrival of the next celebrity player. Since it was Anderson's idea, he would be the first to get a one-day contract and his "Field of Dreams" walk-off home run in Dyersville, Iowa, with a "Court of Dreams" game at UC bay. Anderson already lives in the southern suburbs, and as long as Reinsdorf agrees, a training session in the Advocate Center in front of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Artūras Karnišovas, General Managers Marc Eversley and Donovan could be scheduled at short notice. It may seem absurd, but Anderson is certainly talented and athletic enough not to embarrass himself. And if Anderson were given a chance, athletes and celebrities would scream loudly for being a bull-for-a-day. Here are six more suggestions to put on Karnišovas 'celebrity wish list: The WNBA great just won a title with the Chicago Sky and may need a new challenge - or at least something to distract them from the Bears' ineptitude from whom she tweeted during Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, adding, "#WeareWhoweThoughtWeWere." Parker would be a perfect match for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James in a matchup of basketball legends. If the bears played on Monday night, anyone could be watching Bulls-Lakers to see two alleged G. Eversleys who even recently spotted Obama at an event in Woodlawn. Obama made an unannounced appearance, speaking to those in attendance about the importance of the South Side YMCA, and ticking off a 3 as he left ... rim protection from this undersized Bulls team. The basketball playability of Braun's character was recently debated on Uproxx.com, which raised the question, "Do you think Cousin Greg from 'Succession' can dunk a basketball?" The popular HBO show's season finale aired on Sunday. So if Braun can dip a basketball in, now is the time to find out. The Chicago-born hip-hop star and actor was named the MVP of the Celebrity Game during the 2020 All-Star Weekend, "Common hasn't remotely written anything criticizing Bulls' management for disrespecting MJ. The Chicago actor and celebrity sports fan grew up in Buffalo Grove and played sports at Lake Forest High School despite allegedly saying he was "inathletic." At 6-foot-5, he could be present at least in the middle and learn to play defense from Alex Caruso. Vaughn currently plays Freddy Funkhouser on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm". Duncan played hoops at Harvard and Australia, and like Common, was named the MVP of the Celebrity Game during the 2014 All-Star Weekend. Local politicians have wondered if Duncan will run for Chicago mayor in 2023 - cops probably need him more.

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