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Man United grab late draw against West Brom

An 87th minute goal from summer signing Danny Blind helped Manchester United salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion in a thrilling game on Monday night.

A Stephane Sessegnon strike had given West Brom the lead as early as the 8th minute, however, an inspired half-time substitution by Louis van Gaal, who brought on Marouane Fellaini for Ander Herrera at the break paid instant dividends as United drew level early in the second half.

England hopeful Saido Berahino restored West Brom's advantage in the 66th minute racing onto a defence splitting pass, but Daley Blind ensured that United took a point away from the Hawthorns with a late strike from distance.

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Liverpool squeeze out lucky win against QPR

Liverpool gave their flagging Premier League challenge a much needed boost with a fortunate 3-2 win against bottom of the Premier League Queens Park Rangers in London today. A pair of own goals from QPR centre backs Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker undid the good work of on loan Chilean striker Eduardo Vargas, who scored a brace for QPR after coming off the bench. In between those four goals was a fantastic finish from Philippe Coutinho, who was slightly fortunate to be on the pitch after having escaped a second yellow shortly after being booked. QPR also hit the post twice, but only have themselves to blame after having scored twice in their own net.

QPR were clearly the better side in the first half, and unfortunate not to take the lead after having hit the post twice in the early exchanges with Leroy Fer the unfortunate player on both occasions, missing a sitter first, and then seeing his header come back into play off the top of the post.

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Aguero scored 4 as Man City thump Tottenham 4-1

Manchester City put a little bit of pressure on runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea today by picking up a 4-1 home win against Tottenham in the early kick off on Saturday. In a match that was dominated by penalties, Man City (read Sergio Aguero) converted 2 out of the 3 awarded to his side, while Roberto Soldado was brilliantly denied by Joe Hart at the other end as City registered a solid win in what was a very entertaining game. Sergio Aguero scored all four goals for the Citizens, but the result could have been oh so different if Soldado had converted from the spot when his side was just trailing 2-1.

City made a host of changes for this game with Martin Demichelis returning to centre half and former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna getting a rare start at right back. James Milner continued to keep his place in the starting eleven, where he was joined by former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard and Fernando. Jesus Navas provides the width on the right hand side, while David Silva had a floating role behind lone striker Sergio Aguero. Yaya Toure, who returned late from international duty, was on the bench as were forwards Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko.

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Liverpool suffer major injury blow

Liverpool's struggles in front of goal this season are unlikely to end anytime soon with the club shattered by news that star striker Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out of action for what could be another month.

Sturridge, who scored 25 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season, was expected to return to the first team for this weekend's game against Queens Park Rangers, after having spent the last two weeks recovering from an injury he picked up on international duty in September.

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Arsenal lead United in race for crucial defender

Arsenal are looking to redress their defensive frailties on a war footing and search for quality replacements has brought Arsene Wenger back to the familiar hunting grounds of Germany. The Express reports that the Gunners have now taken pole position ahead of Manchester United in the race for Borussia Dortmund sensation Mats Hummels.

Hummels has been a long standing target for Manchester United, with Louis Van Gaal more than keen to add some much needed class and experience to his otherwise vulnerable backline. But Wenger is fighting a defensive crisis of his own and his desperation could culminate in an uncharacteristic £32 million bid for the 25 year old German backbone.

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Former Arsenal and Chelsea star announces his retirement

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Former Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham defender William Gallas has announced his retirement from the game at the age of 37. The French defender, who made in excess of 400 appearances for the three London rivals spent 12 seasons in England winning the Premier League twice with Chelsea, in 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

Gallas spent 5 largely successful seasons at Chelsea before leaving the Blues for Arsenal as part of the infamous Ashley Cole transfer saga that saw the England international left back go the other way. Gallas spent 4 largely unsuccessful seasons at Arsenal, and will probably be best remembered for breaking down and crying on the pitch when Birmingham City equalized against the Gunners in the game that cost the Gunners the title in the 2007-08 season when striker Eduardo da Silva broke his leg.

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Wenger hands German star a lifeline

Arsenal’s beleaguered forward Lukas Podolski might still have a say in on field matters this season, as  Arsene Wenger still believes that the German World Cup winner has a future with the Gunners.

In excerpts of an interview carried in the Express, Wenger said, “This is a job where you can only be successful if you’re fully committed. You cannot be half in and half out, so all this transfer speculation is not considered at all. We are all on board to get results, and Podolski will be part of that.”

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