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09:02, 15 Dec 2021
Last Updated: 21:53, 15 Dec 2021

Welcome to The Sportsman's LIVE football blog, where we will be bringing you all the biggest updates, plus the quirkiest stories throughout the day. There will be plenty of reaction to Manchester City's 7-0 drubbing over Leeds United as the pressure continues to mount on Marcelo Bielsa. Also, Arsenal take on West Ham United this evening as Mikel Arteta takes charge of his side for the first time since he stripped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the club's captaincy.

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Updates
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Arsenal beat West Ham 2-0 at the Emirates and move up to fourth!

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GOAL! Arsenal 2-0 West Ham

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FULL TIME SCORES

Crystal Palace 2-2 Southampton

Brighton 0-1 Wolves

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Vladimir Coufal is sent off for a second yellow and an Arsenal penalty is given.

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GOAL! Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

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GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-2 Southampton

Jordan Ayew (64')

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GOAL! Brighton 0-1 Wolves

Romain Saiss (45+1')

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GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-2 Southampton

Armando Broja (36')

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GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-1 Southampton

James Ward-Prowse (32')

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Arsenal's Saucy Warmup Jackets

Delightful number for the Arsenal players walking out in their new retro Adidas gear.

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David Moyes hits 600 PL matches

David Moyes becomes just the fourth manager to reach 600 Premier League matches managed, after Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp.

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GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton

Wilfred Zaha (2')

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The Arthur Derby

Can you name the two Arthur's that Richard Jolly's naming in the new Arthur derby?

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West Ham Starting XI (vs Arsenal)
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Arsenal Starting XI (vs West Ham)
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Man Utd v Brighton at risk
Exclusive: Manchester United hit with 19 positive Covid cases as club wrestles with scale of outbreak
Exclusive: Manchester United hit with 19 positive Covid cases as club wrestles with scale of outbreak

The Telegraph is reporting that 19 members of Man Utd's team of players and staff are self-isolating due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

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Crystal Palace Starting XI (vs Saints)
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Brighton Starting XI (vs Wolves)
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Southampton Starting XI (vs Palace)
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Wolves Starting XI (vs Brighton)
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Games Cancelled

As per Premier League and EFL, Burnley v Watford tonight and Millwall vs Preston on Saturday has been postponed. Luton v Reading has also been postponed.

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Broadcasters banned from filming dressing rooms

This comes as a result of the new Covid rules

Broadcasting ban on matchday filming in Premier League dressing rooms
Broadcasting ban on matchday filming in Premier League dressing rooms
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Sergio Aguero on retirement

Following his announcement this morning, Sergio Aguero has released a statement on walking away from the game. 

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Finalissima set for June

UEFA have confirmed the match between the European champions Italy and Copa America winners Argentina is set for 1 June 2022.

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Wayne Rooney linked with Everton return

Surely we're past the trend of former players becoming managers at their old clubs now...

Wayne Rooney 'lined up for Everton return if club dump Rafa Benitez' 
Wayne Rooney 'lined up for Everton return if club dump Rafa Benitez' 
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Baraclough signs contract extension

Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough has signed a contract extension until 2023, 2025 if he qualifies for a tournament.

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Manchester United set for Martial swap offer

Manchester United are reportedly set to receive a swap offer of Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid for Anthony Martial.

United 'set to receive swap offer from Atletico for Anthony Martial'
United 'set to receive swap offer from Atletico for Anthony Martial'
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Sterling would be a worthy SPOTY winner

We analyse why Raheem Sterling would be a worthy recipient of the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year award for 2021.

Why Sterling Would Be A Worthy SPOTY Winner
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Aguero's greatest goals

Sit back and enjoy.

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Moyes believes vaccination should remain a choice

The West Ham United manager has responded to the growing concern of the Omicron variant affecting football.

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Thomas Tuchel on the transfer window

Thomas Tuchel was asked about the expiring contracts or key players such as Silva, Rudiger, Christensen and Azpilicueta.

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Reading match postponed

Reading have confirmed that their match with Luton at the weekend has been postponed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 among first team and U23 players.

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Aaron Cresswell update

David Moyes has given an update on the West Ham United defender.

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Dickov wishes Aguero a happy retirement

From one Manchester City legend to another.

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Modric and Marcelo test positive for Covid

Real Madrid have confirmed that duo Luka Modric and Marcelo have tested positive for Covid-19.

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Guardiola was at Aguero's conference

The Manchester City boss was at Sergio Aguero's retirement press conference this morning.

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Leicester injury boost

Defender James Justin is close to a return to action at Leicester City. The full-back has not featured for the Foxes since February.

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Lionel Messi's Aguero retirement message

Lionel Messi took to instagram to thank his teammate Sergio Aguero for their years on the pitch together and wished him well his retirement.

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Zabaleta shares classic Aguero vid

Pablo Zabaleta has shared this incredible video of him and Sergio Aguero at Manchester City.

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Leicester without nine players

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he will be without nine players for the game with Tottenham Hotspur.

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Ranieri previews Burnley clash

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri has spoken to the media ahead of the clash against Burnley.

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Leeds' problems

After a 7-0 thrashing against Manchester City, Leeds United and Marcelo Bielsa will be looking over their shoulder as they are in the thick of this season's relegation scrap. Below we delve into how their thin squad, blighted with injuries and inconsistent form could prove to be their downfall.

Leeds United's Woes
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Moyes sets up intense Arsenal clash

David Moyes has said that his West Ham United side are the team to catch as they go head-to-head with Arsenal this evening.

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Onana expected to pick Inter as next club

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana is expected to pick Inter Milan as his next club.

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Lionel Messi's message to Aguero

Lionel Messi took to instagram to thank his teammate Sergio Aguero for their years on the pitch together and wished him well his retirement.

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Not every concept kit is a winner

It's a no from us. 

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Yaya Toure pays tribute to Aguero

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has paid tribute to his former teammate Sergio Aguero on the announcement of his retirement.

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Jude Bellingham nominated for YSPOTY

Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham has been nominated for Young Sports Personality of the Year.

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Premier League refuse to postpone games

The Premier League have reportedly turned down further requests from clubs to postpone games due to Covid-19 outbreaks. 

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Man City will be making an Aguero statue

This was inevitable. City's greatest ever player. 

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Manchester United back in training

Manchester United have returned to training following their Covid-19 outbreak.

Man United set to resume first team training following Covid outbreak
Man United set to resume first team training following Covid outbreak
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Coman out for Wolfsburg game

Bayern Munich have confirmed that Kingsley Coman has suffered a thigh injury and will miss this weekend's match against Wolfsburg.

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A unique record held by Aguero

The striker was just born to hold records.

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Aguero's greatest moments

As the legendary striker Sergio Aguero retires, we have taken a look back on the greatest moments of his illustrious career.

Aguero's Greatest Moments
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Hart pays tribute to Aguero

Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has paid tribute to his former teammate and friend Sergio Aguero following his retirement from football.

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Aguero emotional as he retires

Sergio Aguero has officially retired from football at the age of 33. But what a truly magnificent career he has had.

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Eriksen set for Inter departure

Danish midfielder Christian Eriken is set to mutually terminate his contract with Inter Milan following the ruling of him being unable to play for the club due to his heart condition.

Eriksen and Inter Milan set to 'mutually terminate his contract'
Eriksen and Inter Milan set to 'mutually terminate his contract'
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Thank you Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero's Career In Numbers:

Games - 666

Goals - 379

Assists - 146

Trophies - 17

Averaged a trophy every 39 games

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Nani in talks with Fluminese

Ex-Manchester United winger Nani is in talks over joining Fluminese after his deal with Orlando City expired.

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Tripper set for Tyneside?

Various reports are suggesting that Newcastle United are closing in on a deal to bring Atletico and England full-back Kieran Trippier back to the UK.

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Kyle Walker takes swipe at Watford fan

The Manchester City defender couldn't believe his side were described as boring. And after last night's 7-0 victory over Leeds United. Walker took to Twitter.

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Chelsea given injury boost

Chelsea have been given an injury boost as N'Golo Kante and Trevoh Chalobah have returned to training.

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Talk about bad timing

Sky Sports have posted details for their coverage of the AFCON while it's looking likely to be postponed in the next few hours.

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De Bruyne's rocket was hit hard...

The Belgian midfielder's goal against Leeds United was recorded at 70mph. 

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AFCON looking likely to be postponed

The African Cup of Nations looks set to be postponed as the Omicron Covid-19 variant continues to spread at a growing rate.

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The Sportsman's Football Power Rankings

We at The Sportsman have decided to put together a list of the best-performing teams in Europe. Can you guess who was ranked first? Find out below.

Football Power Rankings
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Dean Smith unsure if game will go ahead

Norwich City manager Dean Smith has said he "doesn't know" if he will have enough players available for the weekend game against West Ham United.

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"We all love Leeds"

Wherever they go, you'll hear them. Can't knock Leeds fans for their loyalty. 

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Lewandowski is incredible

What a baller. Having broken Gerd Muller's league goal record last season he's now tied his record for goals in a calendar year. Wow. 

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Manchester City 7-0 Leeds United reaction

Pep Guardiola's side dealt a heavy defeat on struggling Leeds United, which will surely increase the pressure on Marcelo Bielsa. Read our reaction to the match below.

Man City Thrash Leeds
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