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Watford Set to sign Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu after agreeing £3.5m deal with Bordeaux
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Watford Set to sign Nigerian winger Samuel Kalu after agreeing £3.5m deal with Bordeaux

Premier League side, Watford are closing in on a £3.5million deal for Bordeaux and Nigerian winger, Samuel Kalu. The 24-year-old is expected to undergo a medical on Wednesday January 19, prior to agreeing to a four-and-a-half-year contract. The Nigeria international, who has 13 caps and two goals for the Super Eagles, will be Watford's fourth signing of the January transfer window after defenders Samir, Hassane Kamara, and midfielder Edo Kayembe. Kalu will also be the fifth Nigeria star at the Premier League club after William Ekong, Emmanuel Dennis, Maduka Okoye, and Oghenekaro Etebo.
Liverpool set to recall Williams from Swansea loan with Phillips expected to leave in January
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Liverpool set to recall Williams from Swansea loan with Phillips expected to leave in January

The Reds have already turned down a loan-to-buy offer from Watford for their centre back, who is valued at £15m Liverpool are set to recall Rhys Williams from his loan spell at Swansea, with the Reds expecting Nat Phillips to leave the club before the end of the transfer window. Williams, 20, has seen opportunities limited since joining the Championship club on deadline day in August. The centre-back has made only seven appearances in all competitions, and is expected to return to Merseyside this week. That would pave the way for Phillips’ exit. The 24-year-old is keen to secure regular first-team football and is attracting interest from a host of clubs.  
Burnley vs Watford Postponed
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Burnley vs Watford Postponed

Burnley's Premier League match against Watford on Tuesday has been postponed due to Covid cases and injuries in their squad. Sean Dyche, the Burnley manager, said on Monday that they were down to 10 first-team players in training and "slightly worse off" than before Saturday's match against Leicester, which was also postponed. The Clarets released a statement on Monday evening, confirming the match against fellow strugglers Watford had been called off. Burnley manager Sean Dyche had revealed that only 10 first-team players could attend training on Monday "Burnley Football Club can confirm the application has been approved by the Premier League to postpone Tuesday night's game against Watford," read the statement. "The Premier League board acce...
FIFA Suspend Senegal star Pape Gueye from football as part of probe into midfielder’s transfer from Watford to Marseille
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FIFA Suspend Senegal star Pape Gueye from football as part of probe into midfielder’s transfer from Watford to Marseille

FIFA have reportedly suspended Marseille midfielder Pape Gueye as part of their investigation into his move to the Ligue 1 club from Watford in 2020. The suspension means that Gueye, who is currently at the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, cannot take part in any competition until further notice. The 22-year-old came off the bench for Senegal's 1-0 win over Zimbabwe on Monday but was not in the squad for their 0-0 draw against Guinea on Friday. 'There were problems between Watford and Marseille on a transfer [and] FIFA has suspended him,' Senegal manager Aliou Cisse said. Gueye joined the Hornets in the summer of 2020 on a free transfer from the French side Le Havre, but was sold to Marseille just 17 hours later. Despite his incredibly short stint as Watford player, the...
Chelsea sign talented centre-back from rivals
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Chelsea sign talented centre-back from rivals

Chelsea have signed talented centre-back, Travis Akomeah from Premier League rivals, Watford. This was disclosed by transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Monday night. Romano said that Chelsea beat the likes of Liverpool and Bournemouth for Akomeah’s signature. He tweeted, “Waiting for first-team fullback to arrive soon… Chelsea sign talented 16-year-old centre back Travis Akomeah from Watford. “Agreement reached and paperworks now signed. #CFC @TheSecretScout. “Liverpool and Bournemouth were pushing too but Akomeah’s joining Chelsea.” Meanwhile, Chelsea are currently in the second position on the Premier League table with 43 points from 21 games. Chelsea’s next fixture is against Tottenham on Wednesday in the EFL Cup semi-final secon...
West Ham bounce back to dominate Watford
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West Ham bounce back to dominate Watford

West Ham bounced back from Emmanuel Dennis' third-minute opener to ease to a dominant 4-1 win at Watford and cut the gap to the top four to four points. Dennis' self-made stunner (4) - his eighth goal of the season - appeared to answer any questions over whether the Hornets would be rusty in their first game for 18 days. But the bright performance the goal encouraged never materialised and the Hammers were soon in full control to raise the pressure on Claudio Ranieri, whose side have now lost their last five games. Said Benrahma's warning shot against the woodwork served as anything but as the home side hung on against mounting West Ham pressure, but eventually their defences were finally breached as Tomas Soucek fired in Jarrod Bowen's slide-rule pass to level (27). ...
All the Boxing Day matches that have been postponed
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All the Boxing Day matches that have been postponed

At least three Premier League fixtures scheduled for Boxing Day have been moved. These are: Liverpool vs Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford and Burnley vs Everton. The games have been postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak in some squads and injuries. However, football fans will be treated to festive football. Arsenal travel to Leeds, Manchester City welcome Leicester City and Chelsea are away to Aston Villa. West Ham take on Southampton, while there is a London Derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. In the late kick-off, Brighton take on Brentford.
Manchester United blames Watford for Solskjaer’s sack
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Manchester United blames Watford for Solskjaer’s sack

Manchester United football director, John Murtough has blamed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s sack on their 4-1 loss to Watford earlier in the season. He also insisted the Red Devils’ board did not approach another manager before sacking Solskjaer and expected the Norwegian to turn things around. Solskjaer was shown the exit door at Old Trafford in November after an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road that came after a series of bad results. “After the promising early-season results, things went off plan. As a club, we felt Ole had earned the right to be given the chance to turn things round, but didn’t get a reaction after the international break, and the Watford game made it clear change was needed “Out of respect for Ole, we did not approach other managers before he...
They always made me cry – Emmanuel Dennis Reveals why he stopped supporting Arsenal
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They always made me cry – Emmanuel Dennis Reveals why he stopped supporting Arsenal

Watford and Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Dennis has explained why he had to give up supporting Arsenal. Dennis said that the Gunners drove him to tears. The 24-year-old has scored seven goals for Watford in the Premier League this season and was on the score sheet during Friday’s agonising 2-1 defeat at Brentford. The Nigeria International grew up supporting Arsenal and was a big fan of former Gunners midfielder, Cesc Fabregas. He told Sky Sports: “I used to be an Arsenal fan. I like Cesc Fabregas. “But I’m no more an Arsenal fan. I was so much into Arsenal sometimes I could cry when they lose. That wasn’t good for me. “So I was like, ‘nah, I’m going to stick to myself and don’t care much because it’s not good for my health’. It’s just me and myself right...
Rangnick identifies two areas Manchester Utd must improve
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Rangnick identifies two areas Manchester Utd must improve

Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick, has identified two areas his team must improve. Rangnick, who gave his first press conference as Man United boss on Friday, said the Red Devils must improve on what they will do as a team when they have the ball and when the opponent has it. The German stated this ahead of Man United’s Premier League tie with Crystal Palace on Sunday. “I saw the games against Liverpool and Manchester City, at Chelsea even though we won a point there, and even against teams like Watford, the team didn’t have control. “They didn’t have control over the game, and this is something we will try to achieve. “Of course, this has to do with what do we do when we have the ball ourselves, and what are we going to do when the other team has the ball. In those...
Saul not giving up at Chelsea
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Saul not giving up at Chelsea

Saul Niguez is determined to make a success of his Chelsea career. Saul came off at half-time in Chelsea's 2-1 win against Watford. Both his Premier League starts have now ended with him being taken off at the interval. His loan deal included a £30m option to buy but Atletico Madrid sources expect him to return next summer. With injury issues in midfield and a busy spell coming up Saul is hopeful of further opportunities to try and prove his worth, says the Daily Mail. Chelsea travel to West Ham on Saturday with additional concerns over Reece James, who missed the Watford game with an ankle injury, and Trevoh Chalobah, who came off with a suspected hamstring injury.  
Ziyech delighted to prove Chelsea matchwinner – again
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Ziyech delighted to prove Chelsea matchwinner – again

Hakim Ziyech was delighted to prove Chelsea's matchwinner for victory over Watford. His goal was superbly taken, swept in from Mason Mount's clever cutback, and proved to be the 28-year-old's second winner of the season. "This is one of the reasons why the coach brought me on so I have to be happy to score that decisive goal," he told the club's website. "It was a difficult game from the beginning, not easy from the first minute, and it was not our best day but the most important thing is we got three points. All the other stuff is better to forget." Ziyech added: "We were always trying to find the spaces and we knew our moment would come. That's also one of the strengths of this team because no matter if we play good or bad, we always find a way to score. "During a season, ...
‘I don’t know where he goes from this performance’ – Tuchel hints at turning Chelsea midfielder to defender
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‘I don’t know where he goes from this performance’ – Tuchel hints at turning Chelsea midfielder to defender

Thomas Tuchel has explained why he subbed off midfielder, Saul Niguez during Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Watford on Wednesday. While insisting that the decision was for ‘tactical reasons’, the former Borussia Dortmund boss also hinted at converting the midfielder to a left-wing-back. Saul made his only second Premier League start in the season at Vicarage Road on Wednesday since after joining the Blues on loan from Atletico Madrid in the summer. Watford’s forward Emmanuel Dennis cancelled out Mason Mount’s opener for Chelsea in the first half only for substitute Hakim Ziyech to put the Blues in front again, making sure Thomas Tuchel’s men left Vicarage Road with all three points. The Spain International struggled in the first half as Emmanuel Dennis cancelled out Mason Mount’s ope...
Chelsea had many faults – Thomas Tuchel cries out after 2-1 win at Watford
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Chelsea had many faults – Thomas Tuchel cries out after 2-1 win at Watford

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has expressed his frustration with his team’s performance after they suffered to beat Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday. Tuchell said it was ‘so unusual’ for his side to fail to reach their normal high standards, adding that his team had many faults during the game. The German boss told his post-match press conference, “That’s not us. We were absolutely not ready today for this match. “I missed maybe to find the right approach to make my team ready. We did not cope with the pressure, with the first ball, second ball. “We had a lot of changes but too many faults. It did not get better. The only thing we could do was hang in there and focus on the easy things. It was a lucky win. “I see this totally as an exception from the rule. I will not ins...
Zola praises one player, rates Chelsea’s chances of winning title after 2-1 win at Watford
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Zola praises one player, rates Chelsea’s chances of winning title after 2-1 win at Watford

Chelsea legend, Gianfranco Zola has singled out Antonio Rudiger for praise after the Blues managed to hold off Watford 2-1 in the Premier League on Wednesday. Hakim Ziyech came on in the second half to fire in the winner at Vicarage Road after Emmanuel Dennis had cancelled out Mason Mount’s first-half opener. It was Chelsea’s tenth win of the season which keeps them in their place at the top of the table above Manchester City and third-placed Liverpool. Zola told reporters, “Sometimes you don’t play your best, either because you aren’t in great form or the opposition puts you under pressure. “But wins like this are important for the morale. Watford did everything they have to do, they started well and were competitive. “I guess it shows what the Premier League is about whe...
Chelsea squeeze past tricky Watford to stay top
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Chelsea squeeze past tricky Watford to stay top

A much-changed Chelsea weathered the storm to navigate their way past a tricky Watford side and stay top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road. With Liverpool and Manchester City also winning on Wednesday, Chelsea found themselves third in the Premier League with 20 minutes remaining, but regained top spot on a difficult night through Hakim Ziyech's clinical winner against the run of play. Play was halted for half an hour early in the first half for a medical emergency in the stands, with officials being alerted to the situation by players. Watford later confirmed a fan was stable after suffering a cardiac arrest. Chelsea took the lead just before the half-hour mark as two of their six changes combined, Mason Mount converting at close range from an unselfish as...
Watford vs Chelsea: EPL clash suspended over medical emergency
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Watford vs Chelsea: EPL clash suspended over medical emergency

The Premier League game between Watford and Chelsea at Vicarage Road, has been suspended temporarily. This is due to a medical emergency in the stands involving a fan. Chelsea’s medical staff ran across the field to attend to the victim, who is believed to have suffered a heart attack. The players were then ordered to leave the field and returned to the dressing room to keep warm while medics administered CPR to the fan. Watford’s official Twitter account wrote: “There is a break in play due to a medical emergency in the crowd. Both teams have left the field.”
EPL: Watford to be without eight key players for Chelsea clash
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EPL: Watford to be without eight key players for Chelsea clash

Watford will be without eight key players when they host Chelsea in Wednesday’s Premier League tie at Vicarage Road due to injuries. The players are Ismaïla Sarr, Nicolas Nkoulou, Ben Foster, Emmanuel Dennis (doubt), Ken Sema, Francisco Sierralta (now running), Peter Etebo and Kwadwo Baah. Watford disclosed this in a statement via their website on Tuesday ahead of the Chelsea clash. Claudio Ranieri’s men head to the game following a 4-2 defeat to Leicester City in their last game. The statement partly read: “Ismaïla Sarr has a knee ligament injury which will require a further scan in around a month’s time. “Nicolas Nkoulou will be sidelined until into the New Year, after picking up a hamstring injury towards the end of the Manchester United match. “Having been nursing a...
Man Utd facing huge bill when Solskjaer’s coaches leave
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Man Utd facing huge bill when Solskjaer’s coaches leave

Manchester United are facing to pay millions in compensation to outgoing coaches after giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s staff new three-year contracts just weeks ago. Solskjaer was fired on Sunday morning following a 4-1 loss at Watford. His dismissal came less than four months after he signed a new deal at Old Trafford until 2024. United have had to pay Solskjaer £7.5m for sacking him with such a long period left on his contract and it looks like they will be hit with another hefty bill. The Daily Mail reports that assistant boss, Mike Phelan signed a new contract in October and coaches Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Richard Hartis all followed suit shortly after. All four men were reportedly given three-year deals. Carrick is now in temporary charge of the first tea...
Ronaldo, Pogba, Fernandes think they’re bigger than Solskjaer
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Ronaldo, Pogba, Fernandes think they’re bigger than Solskjaer

Former Arsenal star, Perry Groves, has said Manchester United stars, Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes think they are bigger than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the club’s manager. Groves also claimed Solskjaer was out of ideas, adding that it is ‘an embarrassment if the Norwegian keeps his job following the 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Josh King and Ismaila Sarr gave the home side a 2-0 lead in the first while Joao Pedro and Emmanuel Dennis finished off the game late in the second half. Donny van de Beek had given the visitors a lifeline but just as they started to build pressure, Harry Maguire’s was given a red card for two reckless challenges which killed any hope of a comeback. The Red Devils have suffered humiliating defeats against Leicester City, Liv...
Solskjaer sacked by Man Utd
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Solskjaer sacked by Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Manchester United manager after an "embarrassing" 4-1 defeat at Watford. United have confirmed Solskjaer's assistant Michael Carrick will be placed in temporary charge, with the club looking to appoint an interim manager until the end of the season. Solskjaer signed a new three-year deal in July but leaves after overseeing five defeats in their last seven Premier League matches - a run which sees them 12 points behind leaders Chelsea. The Old Trafford hierarchy had ignored increasingly vociferous calls to relieve Solskjaer of his duties in the wake of a humiliating 5-0 loss to rivals Liverpool and a 2-0 derby defeat to Manchester City in early November. But his position was discussed by United officials on Saturday evening following the...
Man Utd players in tears as fear of Solskjaer’s sack looms
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Man Utd players in tears as fear of Solskjaer’s sack looms

Manchester United players and staff on Saturday broke down in tears in the dressing room, after their 4-1 defeat to Watford, according to the Manchester Evening News. The squad is now expecting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked after the embarrassing loss at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Some members of the United entourage were overwhelmed by the loss and were reduced to tears. Solskjaer was already under immense pressure after a humiliating 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool at Old Trafford earlier this month. The 48-year-old then watched on helplessly, as the Red Devils were outclassed by Manchester City before the international break. But he was still in the job for the trip to Watford this weekend. However, he may not survive after their latest setback, as it is und...
Man United move to sack Solskjaer, identify interim coach, ‘eye’ Zidane
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Man United move to sack Solskjaer, identify interim coach, ‘eye’ Zidane

Manchester United hierarchy has finally decided to let manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leave the club after the embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday, according to The Times. United have now made the decision to sack the Norwegian, with the club’s owners saying that the manager and his coaching crew have made a side ‘less than the sum of its parts’. Solskjaer will get the sum of £7.5 million in compensation, according to the newspaper as his new contract expires in July 2024. Man United owners, the Glazer family, have also directed the club’s hierarchy to step up their pursuit of Zinedine Zidane, with the Frenchman emerging their first-choice candidate to replace Solskjaer. Former Manchester United star, Darren Fletcher, who was appointed as United...
Solskjaer apologises for smiling, speaks on his planned sack after Man United 4-1 defeat
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Solskjaer apologises for smiling, speaks on his planned sack after Man United 4-1 defeat

Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday, apologised for smiling during post-match interview after the Red Devils were 4-1 by struggling Watford. Solskjaer, who also spoke about his sack, said he was feeling very low, adding that his future would only be discussed with the club’s board. It was the hope of Man United and their supporters to bounce back from earlier embarrassing defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool. But the team were ruffled up by Watford in yet another damaging defeat which means they have now picked up just four points from the last 21 available. United are now 12 points behind league leaders Chelsea, their next opponents, and there are growing calls for Solskjaer’s sack. ‘Sorry for smiling there,” he told Sky Sports. ‘We’re embarrasse...
Watford thrash Man Utd to lift Ole pressure to new Heights
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Watford thrash Man Utd to lift Ole pressure to new Heights

Manchester United's shambolic defeat against a Watford side not flattered by a 4-1 scoreline ramped up the pressure yet further on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. If there are more questions left to be asked about Solskjaer's future at Old Trafford, they will now be raised after a fourth defeat from five against a Watford team who had not won at home since the opening day of the season. United could easily have been behind inside six minutes after Scott McTominay's clumsy foul on Josh King gave Watford an early penalty, but Kiko Femenia's goal on the rebound from Ismaila Sarr's saved spot-kick was ruled out for encroachment, and Sarr was again denied by David de Gea from the retake. Watford did not have long to regret their missed opportunity. Emmanuel Dennis teed up former Unit...
Man Utd hero Park: Solskjaer has brought back spirit and culture to club
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Man Utd hero Park: Solskjaer has brought back spirit and culture to club

Manchester United icon Park Ji-sung says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should remain in charge for the remainder of the season. Solskjaer will be under huge pressure if United lose at Watford today. Park told Goal: "Solskjaer has been working with the team for three years now, this season will be defining for him in terms of his future at Manchester United. I think Ole deserves credit for what he has done during his time at the club, he deserves to bring the season to the end, but he must show that he is able to continue to coach the team in the future. "He was able to bring back the old spirit and culture to Manchester United. Before him were Van Gaal and Mourinho, world-class coaches, but they did not succeed. I think Manchester United learned a lesson from this and decided to tr...
Bayern Munich chief Salihamidzic admits ‘talks not easy’ with Newcastle target Sule
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Bayern Munich chief Salihamidzic admits ‘talks not easy’ with Newcastle target Sule

Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye is excited to be joining Watford. The Nigeria international will move formally to Watford at the end of the season, with the deal settled last week being a record for Sparta. Watford could yet be relegated by the time Okoye joins up, but he says: "I'm not afraid of that. This team has a lot of quality. But of course it is the Premier League, the best competition in the world. I am now a big Watford supporter and hope they stay in the Premier League." Before Okoye moves to London, he wants to end the season at Sparta Rotterdam as well as possible. He hopes to keep them in the Eredivisie. "I want to end it nicely here and I am sure that we will remain in the Eredivisie," he added.  
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah named Premier League Player of the Month award for October
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Liverpool star Mohamed Salah named Premier League Player of the Month award for October

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named the EA Player of the Month for October after a string of fine performances. The 29-year-old scored a hat-trick to inspire Liverpool to a 5-0 win over rivals Manchester United and netted outstanding individual goals against both Manchester City and Watford. Salah had nine goal involvements in league games in October, helping Liverpool to two wins and two draws. The Egypt international also continued his scoring exploits on the European stage with a brace in a 3-2 Champions League win over Atletico Madrid. Salah beat off competition from Chelsea's Ben Chilwell, Burnley's Maxwel Cornet, Manchester City's Phil Foden, Southampton's Tino Livramento, Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, and Youri Tielemans...
Man Utd suffer major injury blow ahead of Watford clash
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Man Utd suffer major injury blow ahead of Watford clash

Manchester United have suffered a major injury blow ahead of their Premier League clash with Watford on November 20. Man United midfielder, Paul Pogba, has been ruled out of France’s World Cup qualifiers against Kazakhstan on November 13 and Finland on November 16 after suffering a right thigh injury. Pogba was seen leaving Monday’s training session with team doctor Franck Le Gall. “Paul Pogba is forced to withdraw from France’s next two games at the Parc des Princes against Kazakhstan and against Finland in Helsinki,” a statement from the French Football Federation read. Pogba is being replaced in France’s squad by AS Roma’s Jordan Veretout. The 28-year-old missed Man United’s last two Premier League games against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur. Meanwhile, Franc...
Arsenal’s Aubameyang had a ‘poor game’ in Watford victory – Wright
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Arsenal’s Aubameyang had a ‘poor game’ in Watford victory – Wright

The Gunners’ legend feels the Gabonese forward had a game to forget against the Hornets at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday Ian Wright has claimed Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a “poor game” against Watford in their 1-0 Premier League win on Sunday. The 32-year-old Gabon international captained the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium as they battled the Hornets and they had to wait until the 56th minute to score the winner courtesy of Emile Smith Rowe. However, in the first half, Arsenal saw an effort from Bukayo Saka in the 15th minute ruled out by VAR for offside and then Aubameyang got the chance to give the Gunners the lead from the penalty spot, but his poorly taken spot-kick was saved by Ben Foster.  
Kanu reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford
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Kanu reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford

Arsenal legend, Nwankwo Kanu, has reacted to the club’s Premier League 1-0 victory over Watford at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Emile Smith Rowe scored the only goal of the match to give Mikel Arteta’s side all three points against Claudio Ranieri’s men. The win over Watford means Arsenal are now in the 5th position on the Premier League table with 22 points from 11 games. Reacting after the game, Kanu posted a picture of himself at Emirates Stadium on his Twitter handle, with the caption: “3 points in the bag. Common Arsenal. Congratulations. #arsvswatford @arsenal @premierleague.” Arsenal will now face Liverpool in their next game after the international break on November 20.
Smith Rowe Strikes again as Arsenal beat Watford
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Smith Rowe Strikes again as Arsenal beat Watford

Emile Smith Rowe scored for the third Premier League game in a row as in-form Arsenal marked Mikel Arteta's 100th game in charge with a 1-0 win over Watford at the Emirates. The Gunners, now unbeaten in 10 games across all competitions, had been by far the better team in the first half without reward. Bukayo Saka had an early strike overturned by VAR for offside and, after Danny Rose's blatant foul on Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty was superbly stopped by the impressive Ben Foster 10 minutes before the break. But Watford have now not kept a clean sheet in the top flight for 21 games and their defence was eventually beaten on 56 minutes when Smith Rowe swept in from 18 yards for his fifth goal of the season - although there was some controversy, with Clau...
EPL: Aubameyang names two Arsenal players faster than him
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EPL: Aubameyang names two Arsenal players faster than him

Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has revealed that fellow teammates, Kieran Tierney and Nuno Tavares, are both faster than him. According to Aubameyang, both Tierney and Tavares possess more pace than he does over short distances. The Gabon international stated this ahead of Arsenal’s Premier League clash with Watford this weekend. The 32-year-old was reportedly the third fastest player in Europe last season after he reached a top speed of 35.5 km/h. “I think no [not the fastest in the Arsenal team], I think we have got some players that are really quick. We have never done a real race, because if we do that, I have my chances,” Aubameyang told Yianni. “At 80-100 metres, I am sure I am one of the best, but in 30 metres, yea we have got some quick players, like Kie...
Watford must keep pushing despite Southampton setback – Masina
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Watford must keep pushing despite Southampton setback – Masina

Notwithstanding the Hornets’ defeat to the Saints, the Morocco international stated that his team must work hard towards returning to winning ways Adam Masina has urged Watford to ‘keep pushing’ despite their 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday evening. Prior to the Premier League encounter, Claudio Ranieri’s men had silenced Everton 5-2 at Goodison Park. However, they were unable to keep up the momentum against the Saints – losing by a lone goal with Che Adams’ 20th-minute strike settling the encounter at the Vicarage Road.
Gernot Rohr includes Ighalo in Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers squad for Cape Verde and Liberia games as he’s set to come out of retirement
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Gernot Rohr includes Ighalo in Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers squad for Cape Verde and Liberia games as he’s set to come out of retirement

Former Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo is set to return to the national team almost three years after he retired from international football. Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr confirmed that the Al-Shabab forward is in his provisional squad for Nigeria’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Cape Verde and Liberia. The Super Eagles will take on Blue Sharks and the Lone Stars in their final group qualifying games, and Rohr has revealed that the former Watford is part of the squad. According to Rohr, he decided to recall Ighalo because of his leadership, and is waiting for the 32-year-old striker to accept the invitation. “I put him in the bigger provisional first list for the next games, Rohr said in a Q&A on Elegbete TV. “He is doing very well at his club, and he still ...
Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong marries his long-term partner in a private ceremony with several footballers, including Ndidi and Iheanacho in attendance
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Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong marries his long-term partner in a private ceremony with several footballers, including Ndidi and Iheanacho in attendance

Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong, who plays for Watford in the Premier League, has married his long-term partner at a private ceremony, which took place last night in London. The occassion was attended by several footballers including Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Leon Balogun, Moussa Sissoko and many other superstars. Nigerian singer, Davido's lawyer, Bobo Ajudua, was also in attendance. Watch video from the event below. 
Liverpool thrash Watford on Ranieri bow
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Liverpool thrash Watford on Ranieri bow

Liverpool made Claudio Ranieri’s Premier League return one to forget as they battered Watford 5-0 with Roberto Firmino grabbing a hat-trick. There was to be no new manager bounce factor for Watford with Sadio Mane scoring after just eight minutes, setting the tone for a completely dominant Liverpool performance and netting his 100th Premier League goal in the process. Firmino grabbed the first of his three on 37 minutes from a James Milner cross before Mohamed Salah got the goal his play deserved courtesy of another outstanding individual goal. Firmino tapped home his second on 52 minutes before wrapping up his hat-trick in injury time. The rampant Reds stretched their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions and sit top of the Premier League for the time being.
Former Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri confirmed as new Watford boss
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Former Leicester City coach Claudio Ranieri confirmed as new Watford boss

Watford have confirmed the appointment of Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri as the club’s Head Coach. Ranieri has signed a contract until the end of next season and will be joined at Vicarage Road by assistant coaches Paolo Benetti and Carlo Cornacchia, along with fitness coach Carlo Spignoli. He is now tasked with trying to keep Watford in the Premier League after their return to the top-flight. Confirming the news, Watford said that they were pleased to welcome their new Head Coach to Vicarage Road. “Watford FC is delighted to confirm the appointment of Claudio Ranieri as the club’s new Head Coach, on a two-year contract,” a club statement read. “The Italian arrives at Vicarage Road boasting a wealth of experience in charge of some of Europe’s biggest clubs,...
Former Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri agrees to become new Watford head coach
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Former Leicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri agrees to become new Watford head coach

Claudio Ranieri has arrived at Watford's training ground after agreeing to become the club's head coach. According to Sky in Italy, Ranieri is expected to sign a contract to take over at Vicarage Road on Monday. The Italian, who guided Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016, left his role as Sampdoria manager at the end of last season. Watford sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in charge on Sunday morning, with the club 14th in the Premier League with seven points from their opening seven games. Spaniard Munoz replaced Vladimir Ivic in December 2020 and guided the club to automatic promotion from the Championship last season. Munoz's last match in charge was a defeat against Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday, with Ranieri set to become Watford's ...
Watford in Ranieri talks after sacking Munoz
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Watford in Ranieri talks after sacking Munoz

Watford are in talks to appoint Claudio Ranieri as their new head coach after sacking Xisco Munoz. Ranieri, who guided Leicester City to the Premier League title in 2016, left his role as Sampdoria manager at the end of last season. Watford sacked head coach Xisco Munoz after less than 10 months in charge on Sunday morning, with the club 14th in the Premier League with seven points from their opening seven games. Ranieri, who will turn 70 later this month and has also managed Chelsea and Fulham, is known very well by the Watford owners and Sky Sports Newshas been told he was a candidate for the managerial job in the past. One source has told Sky Sports News that if Ranieri is appointed he will sign a two-year deal at Vicarage Road. Watford are expected to have a new boss i...
Emmanuel Dennis & Sarr need to be more aggressive – Watford’s Munoz after Leeds United defeat
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Emmanuel Dennis & Sarr need to be more aggressive – Watford’s Munoz after Leeds United defeat

The Hornets manager feels his strikers were a letdown as they suffered their fourth defeat of the season, at Elland Road Watford manager Xisco Munoz has called on his attacking line to be more aggressive after they suffered a 1-0 defeat against Leeds United on Saturday. The Hornets travelled to Elland Road after their 1-1 draw against Newcastle United but they could not return home with a point as Diego Llorente scored in the 18th minute to earn the home team maximum points. During the game, Munoz started Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr of Senegal as striking partners but they struggled during the match to maintain a strong presence in the attacking phase of the pitch.  
Troost-Ekong’s Watford suffer defeat against Leeds United
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Troost-Ekong’s Watford suffer defeat against Leeds United

Three African stars were on parade at Elland Road as the Hornets suffered their fourth league loss of the season Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong, his compatriot Emmanuel Dennis and Senegal's Ismaila Sarr could not stop Watford from suffering a 1-0 defeat against Leeds United on Saturday. The African trio played the entire duration of the Premier League encounter as Diego Llorente's 18th-minute goal separated both teams. Troost-Ekong was impressive at the back against Marcelo Bielsa's men, with six clearances - the highest in the game and he also blocked four shots.  
Leeds beat woeful Watford for first PL win of the season
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Leeds beat woeful Watford for first PL win of the season

Leeds got their first Premier League win of the season, beating Watford 1-0 at Elland Road, after the visitors had a goal ruled out for a contentious foul. After a ninth-place finish in the last campaign, Leeds had found themselves in the bottom three early on this time around. They had never lost their opening seven games of a top-flight season, and the pressure for three points was on. But it was a dominant performance from the hosts, who looked to be getting back to their best, and they deservedly went ahead through the returning Diego Llorente (18) Watford looked lethargic and made numerous errors throughout, even without two of their three substitutions being made due to injury. They did find the net in the second half in their best five-minute spell, but Christian Kabase...
Premier League Club Watford Celebrate Nigeria on her 61st Independence Day
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Premier League Club Watford Celebrate Nigeria on her 61st Independence Day

English Premier League side, Watford have joined the world to celebrate Nigeria on her 61st Independence Day. The club sent a happy independence message to Nigerians via their social media platforms, this morning. “Happy Independence Day to all of our Nigerian Hornets!” the Hornets wrote on Twitter and Instagram. Watford is one of the European clubs that have great connections with Nigeria. They currently have four Nigerian players - Midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo, defender William Troost-Ekong, striker Emmanuel Dennis and Tom Dele-Bashiru who is out on loan at Reading - on their payroll. The likes of Odion Ighalo, Issac Success and Danny Shittu also played for Watford in the past.
History-making Premier League referee – Jarred Gillett
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History-making Premier League referee – Jarred Gillett

The Australian is set to write his name into the annals of English football by doing something that hasn't happened before The Premier League encounter between Watford and Newcastle United at Vicarage Road on September 25 sees more spotlight than usual shone on the man in the middle. Ordinarily, referees do their best not to become the story, but when he takes to the pitch for the game between the Hornets and the Magpies, Jarred Gillett won't be able to avoid it. So who is he and how is he making Premier League history? Goal brings you everything you need to know.  
Sarr’s ability to penetrate Norwich City defence crucial – Watford’s Foster
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Sarr’s ability to penetrate Norwich City defence crucial – Watford’s Foster

The 23-year-old forward grabbed a brace as the Hornets registered a win away at Carrow Road on Saturday Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has described the quality of football displayed by forward Ismaila Sarr against Norwich City as crucial for the team this campaign. The Senegal international was in the thick of things as the Hornets cruised to a 3-1 win at Carrow Roads, scoring two second-half goals after Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis had provided the opener in the 17th minute. Though Norwich had equalised courtesy of Teemu Pukki in the 35th minute, Watford held on to pick up their second top-flight win this campaign from five matches.
He could have possibly had two’ – Watford’s Danny Rose on Emmanuel Dennis’ display against Norwich City
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He could have possibly had two’ – Watford’s Danny Rose on Emmanuel Dennis’ display against Norwich City

The England international believes the Super Eagle deserved to score more goals for the Hornets at Carrow Road on Saturday Watford defender Danny Rose believes Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis should have scored two goals against Norwich City in their Premier League fixture on Saturday. The Hornets visited Carrow Road and produced a good display to sink the home team 3-1, with Dennis scoring the opener in the 17th minute before Teemu Pukki levelled for the home team in the 35th minute. However, a double from Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr in the 63rd and 80th minute gave Watford their second win of the season.  
Sarr scores twice as Watford floor Norwich
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Sarr scores twice as Watford floor Norwich

Norwich's search for their first Premier League win of the season continues after they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Watford at Carrow Road. Teemu Pukki cancelled out Emmanuel Dennis' opener in the first half, but Ismaila Sarr sealed Watford's second Premier League win of the season with a close-range finish shortly after the hour mark and another in the 82nd minute. Norwich have now lost each of their last 15 Premier League games under Daniel Farke, which is the longest losing run by any side in English top-flight history. The result moves Watford up into 10th on six points. Norwich remain in 20th without a point.
Serie A: Cagliari appoint Walter Mazzarri as coach
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Serie A: Cagliari appoint Walter Mazzarri as coach

Cagliari named Walter Mazzarri as their new coach on Wednesday following the sacking of Leonardo Semplici three matches into the new Serie A season. In a statement, Cagliari said that former Napoli and Inter Milan coach Mazzarri had signed a deal until the end of June 2024. Semplici was dismissed after Cagliari lost 3-2 at home to Genoa on Sunday, leaving them 17th in Italy’s top-flight with just a point from their three opening league matches. They face a daunting trip to Lazio on Sunday as Maurizio Sarri’s side try to bounce back from losing 2-0 at AC Milan at the weekend. Mazzarri had been out of the game since being sacked by Torino in February last year. The 59-year-old’s best period came during his four seasons at Napoli between 2009 and 2013, where he won the 2012 I...
Hwang Nets on Debut as Wolves earn first win
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Hwang Nets on Debut as Wolves earn first win

Hee-Chan Hwang's debut goal helped earn Wolves their first points of the season as they beat a poor Watford side 2-0 at Vicarage Road. Coming into the game without a point or a goal to their name, it looked likely to be another painful afternoon for Wolves' new manager Bruno Lage after Nelson Semedo fired wide when clean through with an hour gone. But a helping hand from Watford's Francisco Sierralta, who headed into his own net from a low cross, finally got them off the mark with 15 minutes to go, and substitute Hwang then doubled the lead from close range after Marcal had hit the post. Wolves' victory ended Watford's club-record run of 10 straight league wins coming into the game, inflicting a third consecutive defeat on Xisco Munoz, and dropped them below Wolves, who jumped...

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