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Arsenal vs Sunderland team news: Oxlade-Chamberlain and …

Arsenal 1 manager Arsene Wenger 2 has made two changes to the side which drew at Norwich on Sunday. The Frenchman is forced into both of those alterations as Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla recover from problems sustained at Carrow Road. Joel Campbell and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are introduced as Aaron Ramsey drops back to accompany Mathieu Flamini in deep midfield.

Keiran Gibbs, who dropped out of the matchday sqaud to face Norwich with an injury concern, returns to the bench.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce makes three changes to his Sunderland team as Jermain Defoe drops out of the squad with injury Arsenal: Cech, Beller n, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Cambell, zil, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gibbs, Gabriel, Walcott, Chambers, Iwobi Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, van Aanholt, Kaboul, O Shea (c), Coates, Toivonen, M Vila, Watmore, Borini, Fletcher.

References ^ Arsenal (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Arsene Wenger (www.standard.co.uk)

Norwich City vs Arsenal preview: Tickets, team news, line ups and …

Arsenal 1 will look to get back on track in the Premier League on Sunday, travelling to Carrow Road on Sunday as they look to close the gap on the leaders. Last week s defeat to West Brom may not be critical to their title challenge but it represented a disappointing start to a winnable run of fixtures for Arsene Wenger s side. He will expect to claim a first league win in November at the third time of asking.

Wenger will likely be able to call on Aaron Ramsey from the start with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returning into the squad after a month-long absence. There remains a significant hole at the heart of the Arsenal midfield, whether Mathieu Flamini or Calum Chambers will be the solution is yet to be seen. The Frenchman got the nod in the Champions League match against Dinamo Zagreb, but he did not impress.

Arsenal vs Dinamo Zagreb player ratings The Gunners need to find a winning formula, and fast. With the potentially decisive visit of Manchester City less than a month away Wenger will want to be well-placed to enter the game with confidence. That starts with a win against Norwich, but it won t be easy.

What do Arsenal fans need to know ahead of Sunday s game? Scroll through our preview below to find out. Date, time and venue Norwich welcome Arsenal to Carrow Road for a 4:15pm kick off on Sunday 29 November.

Where to watch Sky Sports will show live coverage of the match from 4pm as part of their Super Sunday programme. You can follow all of the build-up to kick-off on Standard Sport s dedicated live blog. Tickets All away tickets for the match are now sold out.

Form and recent encounters After a solid September in which Norwich went unbeaten recent months have been far tougher for Alex Neil s men, who have struggled with the fallout on their 6-2 humbling at the hands of Newcastle in mid-October. Since then only a win against Swansea has added to their points tally as they have slipped towards the relegation zone. Though there were positives to be drawn from a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea the Canaries now find themselves looking over their shoulder, sitting just three points above the relegation zone.

Arsenal picked up their first win of the month at the Emirates on Tuesday, comfortably overcoming a limited Dinamo Zagreb side thanks to sterling efforts from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. It followed a disappointing run of form for Wenger s men, whose loss to West Brom saw them blow a great opportunity to move to the top of the table, losing Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta in the process. Arsenal s last visit to Norwich in May of last year saw them come away with a comfortable 2-0 victory, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson claiming the goals for the Gunners.

The visitors notably chose to fly to Norwich in 2012, and will do so again this season, but the shortened travel time did not pay off as they lost 1-0 to a Grant Holt strike. Team news Alex Tettey remains Norwich s key absence ahead of Sunday s match, though Alex Neil will welcome back captain Russell Martin, who missed the trip to Chelsea for personal reasons. Both Ramsey and Oxlade-Chamberlain are back in contention for Arsenal, though they remain without long-term absentees Mikel Arteta, Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck.

Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud both suffered injuries in the victory over Dinamo Zagreb, though neither are expected to be rested for the Norwich match. Possible line-ups (scroll over the pitch to see the formations) What they re saying Wenger: We trust the way we play. We have a desire to play our game and we find good offensive talent with defensive efficiency. Against West Brom it is true we had a bad result but it was very unfortunate to lose this game, and we have shown that with a good and quick response on Tuesday night.

Neil: If we can put Arsenal on the back foot, then hopefully that can lift the crowd and that can then spur the players on. We’re the home side and we need to make that we go and apply ourselves as well as we can to try and take something from the game. Match odds (Bet Victor) Arsenal are odds-on favourites for Sunday s match, priced at 8/13.

Norwich are at 19/4 and the draw 33/10.

To place a bet on Norwich vs Arsenal or any of the weekend s games head to Bet Victor. 2 References ^ Arsenal (standard.co.uk) ^ To place a bet on Norwich vs Arsenal or any of the weekend s games head to Bet Victor. (adfarm.mediaplex.com)

Tottenham pair Heung-min Son and Dele Alli have a special …

Two of Tottenham 1 ‘s players appear to have developed a certain camaraderie this season. Heung-min Son and Dele Alli have both made impressive starts to their Spurs careers and the pair clearly aren’t afraid to lend each other a helping hand. Eagle-eyed Spurs fans spotted the duo exchange a strange greeting during the north London club’s 1-0 victory over Qarabag on Thursday night.

What initially appeared to be a traditional handshake took an unexpected twist as Alli consoled the South Korean after his chance had cannoned off the crossbar. You can see the duo’s handshake in the clip below: But maybe we shouldn’t be so surprised that the pair have struck up a bond after a few short months playing alongside each other at White Hart Lane? We think the same way and you can see that on the training pitch, Alli told Standard Sport 2 earlier in the season.

It s really good to have that natural chemistry with someone. There are a lot of players here who are intelligent and want to play the same way, so it naturally links together.” Mauricio Pochettino clearly has his young side pulling in the right direction and they have a chance to extend their unbeaten Premier League record to 13 when they face Chelsea on Sunday. Perhaps Teddy Sheringham has been an inspiration?

References ^ Tottenham (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Alli told Standard Sport (www.standard.co.uk)

David Beckham would have worn No 10 at Manchester United if …

Former Manchester United 1 star Teddy Sheringham 2 has revealed how David Beckham 3 wound up playing in the number seven shirt at Manchester United. The former England international, now in charge of League Two side Stevenage, has admitted asking then United manager Sir Alex Ferguson if he could have the number ten shirt Beckham wore for the club as a youngster. He told Standard Sport: When I was at Old Trafford there was a story about who d wear the number ten shirt for Manchester United – as it was between David Beckham and myself.

I asked Sir Alex Ferguson: Who s the young kid who s got the number ten shirt? He replied: Oh, that s a lad called David Beckham. So I asked Sir Alex: What s the chances of me getting his number ten shirt?

He then asked Becks, who said: Yes, no problem. I d never been a number seven in my life, and not being a Manchester boy I d never realised how much of an honour it was to wear the number seven shirt for United. Meanwhile, Sheringham, speaking ahead of Stevenage s derby against rivals Luton Town on Saturday, has encouraged his former United team-mates to come and help train the team he now manages.

He added: If David Beckham is in the area, we d love to get him along to training with my lads. The same thing goes for all of the players I played with. I d love the likes of Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, or Darren Anderton to come down and take part in a five-a-side for example just to show my lads what top players are all about.

I used to love mixing with really good players when I was a young player because you can learn so much, even from one training session.

Layth Yousif is a journalist and author of Arsene Wenger: 50 Defining Fixtures, available here 4 References ^ Manchester United (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Teddy Sheringham (www.standard.co.uk) ^ David Beckham (www.standard.co.uk) ^ available here (www.amazon.co.uk)

Chelsea vs Norwich City preview: Tickets, team news, line ups and …

Jose Mourinho 1 will be hoping his Chelsea 2 stars return from the international break in a positive and motivated mood with the Blues set to try and respond to their disappointing defeat to Stoke 3 two weeks ago in their Saturday clash with Norwich City 4 . Without their charismatic manager on the bench, Chelsea succumbed to their seventh Premier League loss of the season before the break, which left the champions sitting just three points above the relegation zone. With a Champions League tie to come next week, Mourinho will need to find a way to lift his team – and quickly – although the club’s match at home to fellow strugglers Norwich this weekend could be just what they to achieve that aim.

Chelsea may have lost three league games at Stamford Bridge this term, but Norwich have also endured a tricky beginning to the campaign and find themselves just one point above the Blues in the table. But what else do fans need to know about the must-win game for Chelsea this Saturday? Read on to find out probable line-ups, team news and information about how you can watch the match.

Chelsea – January transfer targets gallery Date, time and venue Chelsea play Norwich on Saturday 21 November at Stamford Bridge, with kick-off taking place at 3pm. Where to watch The game will not be shown on TV, but fans can follow Standard Sport’s live coverage of the clash on the site before highlights are shown on BBC’s Match of the Day on Saturday night at 10:20pm. Tickets Tickets for the game are still available and fans can visit Chelsea’s official site here 5 to secure their place at the Bridge on Saturday.

Form and recent encounters Chelsea’s woes this season have been well documented and their 1-0 defeat against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium – courtesy of a Marko Arnautovic goal – two weeks ago was their seventh Premier League loss in 12. The result came after the Blues had secured a morale-boosting 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League, a competition in which Chelsea have managed to do well in, in stark contrast to the league. Like Mourinho’s side, Norwich have also endured a difficult time in the top-flight this term, having lost six Premier League games so far – which included a 6-2 thrashing away to Newcastle.

Despite languishing in 15th place in the standings, Alex Neil’s side do come into their game with Chelsea having beaten Swansea 1-0 thanks to Jonny Howson’s first goal of the season. However, the Canaries have a poor record against Chelsea – with the Blues remaining unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions against Norwich. In fact, the last time the Blues lost to Norwich in the top-flight was in December 1994.

Ill: Eden Hazard missed a training session with Belgium due to fever Team News Mourinho will still be without the services of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, although the Belgian is nearing his return from knee surgery. Eden Hazard may start the game on the bench – or be omitted altogether – after sitting out one of Belgium’s training sessions earlier this week with a fever and sore throat, according to the national team’s coach Marc Wilmots. Defender Kurt Zouma also missed France’s friendlies over the international break with an unspecified problem while Radamel Falcao continues to recover from a muscular injury.

Branislav Ivanovic, however, looks likely to feature after recovering from a hamstring injury. Mourinho will confirm the status of his players on Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, Neil will not be able to call upon the services of Matt Jarvis, who is recovering from a knee injury that he suffered in the defeat to Manchester City, while Nathan Redmond faces a late fitness test following a thigh injury.

Probable Chelsea starting XI: Begovic, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Matic, Ramires, Pedro, Oscar, Willian, Costa. Probable Norwich starting XI: Ruddy, Wisdom, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Howson, Tettey, O’Neil, Brady, Hoolahan, Jerome. What they re saying Ivanovic: “We have been playing much better in the last few matches.

We are starting to look more like last season. “The games that are coming up may be some of the most important for us in the season, in terms of the psychology of the moment. “We have to show we are back. It was a very difficult start to the season for all of us, now the team are playing better.” Odds Chelsea to win: 2/5 Norwich to win: 8/1 Draw: 19/5 All odds provided courtesy of Bet Victor. To see more odds, click here. 6 References ^ Jose Mourinho (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Chelsea (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Stoke (www.standard.co.uk) ^ Norwich City (www.standard.co.uk) ^ here (www.chelseafc.com) ^ All odds provided courtesy of Bet Victor.

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Crystal Palace transfer news: Norwich to return for Dwight Gayle in …

1/5 How to draw a line under the home headaches? Now is the time for Palace to prove their struggles in SE25 are behind them. The Eagles managed just one win from home games against the sides who finished 13th or lower last term, suffering defeats to Sunderland, Aston Villa, West Brom and Hull at Selhurst Park.

There is a sense that Alan Pardew’s men have turned a corner, grinding out home wins against West Brom and Villa already this season, but defeats to West Ham, Manchester City and Arsenal have dampened the positivity. With back-to-back home matches against strugglers Sunderland and Newcastle after the international break it is imperative Alan Pardew’s men string together two results in their bid to better last year’s 10th-place finish. Defeat at home to the Black Cats 12 months ago left Palace level on points with the drop zone but victory this time can help the propel the Eagles towards the top six.

A bitesize reminder of the importance of such encounters. Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images 2/5 How can Pardew get the squad believing? “The problem with this team is it doesn’t trust how good it can be,” Pardew said after the win at Liverpool. In his current 25-man squad, the Palace manager has six players who helped the club out of the Championship and a further eight who joined in the ensuing eight months to help the Eagles defy the odds and stay up under Tony Pulis.

It is in the DNA of much of the squad to scrap for survival, but their ability far exceeds a lower mid-table finish and Pardew must continue unlocking that potential. Narrow defeats to Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham – and failure to kill of Manchester United last month – reinforced the idea that Palace have something of a mental block when it comes to facing elite sides. Indeed, all Palace’s dropped points this term have come against the current top six.

The sooner victories like those against Chelsea and Liverpool are viewed as less than exceptional, the sooner they will become such.

3/5 Can Mile Jedinak force his way into contention? Mile Jedinak was on the brink of a departure to Stoke on transfer deadline day, but remained after failing to agree terms with the Britannia Stadium club. Dwight Gayle was another set to leave, but reports of an imminent new deal suggest he has carved out a future for himself in SE25.

And captian Jedinak, who has a column in the Palace matchday programme, has outlined his commitment to the club ahead of the January window. “Absolutely I want to stay,” he said. “I ve made that very clear. It s a club that s given me an awful lot and I will continue to fight.” The enforcer’s loyalty is impressive, but he has slowly fallen out of first-team reckoning under Alan Pardew, playing just 87 Premier League minutes this season and failing to make the squad for the recent trip to Liverpool. If the creative Yohan Cabaye is pushed forward, however, Joe Ledley is primed to assume position ahead of Jedinak as things stand.

4/5 How best to reinforce in January? When the transfer window slammed shut in September it became apparent Palace had missed out on central defender Michael Hector to Chelsea at the eleventh hour. We had a deal for Michael Hector at Reading and that was a done deal.

We thought we had that one,” Steve Parish said in September. The deal would’ve appeased many fans who had been demanding a central defender to challenge Damien Delaney and Brede Hangeland for position alongside Scott Dann in the heart of Palace’s defence. But Delaney’s solid performances at the back and a lack of cutting edge up top has deflected attention ahead of the January window.

Indeed, not one striker has scored for Crystal Palace this season and Connor Wickham’s recent injury absence made crystal clear Palace’s dearth of options in the final third. Despite Marouane Chamakh’s (remember him?) return to fitness, another striker must top Pardew’s hit list in the New Year.

5/5 Is there a future at Crystal Palace for Patrick Bamford? Alan Pardew suggested he will consider sending Patrick Bamford back to Chelsea in January if he fails to seize his opportunity at Crystal Palace before the New Year.

The 22-year-old is yet to make a Premier League start for the Eagles this season, making just three appearances and failing to score. His failure to break into the side has come despite Connor Wickham’s extended spell on the sidelines and Pardew’s indecision over an appropriate deputy. The Palace boss has started Yannick Bolasie, Dwight Gayle, Fraizer Campbell and Bakary Sako ahead of Bamford and Wickham’s proposed return to the XI further damages the Chelsea man’s chances of a start.

If he does not play any real time between now and January, we will have to look at it,” Pardew said last month.

And Palace’s thumping defeat to Manchester City in the League Cup cut short another avenue of possible game time for Bamford.

He faces a real battle to save his Palace career.

Eric Dier: Tottenham's superior fitness will allow us to compete for …

Eric Dier is not concerned that Tottenham will struggle to handle the demands of the Europa League and a chase for the Premier League top four. The stuttering form of Chelsea and the other title contenders could open up an opportunity for Spurs to play in the Champions League for the first time since 2011. However Tottenham found European football a drain on their energy last season, struggling to follow Thursday night games in the Europa League with victories in the league on Sunday.

It was a similar story on Sunday, as Spurs drew 2-2 at Swansea three days after a trip to Monaco. Dier, though, is convinced that the extensive work Mauricio Pochettino has done on his squad s fitness will pay dividends throughout the season and that the club will be better placed to balance multiple competitions. It won’t impact on us, he said.

We’ve already shown this season we can play two or three games in a week. Before we beat Manchester City on the Saturday we played Arsenal on the Wednesday. Then after our Europa League games we’ve beaten Crystal Palace and then drawn at Swansea.

Spurs players underwent a gruelling pre-season of intense training rather than jet off on lengthy pre-season tours, something Dier believes is paying off late in games. “Fitness is a big thing for our manager and his staff…Let’s just say, you get your trainers out!” Christian Eriksen s equaliser against Swansea followed an inspired comeback by Spurs against Manchester City, when their superior fitness showed in the second half of a 4-1 win. We are one of the fittest teams in the League, Dier said. If you look at the stats on how much ground our players cover in a match, I think we are always up there.

This summer was really good. We stayed in London instead of going away and that really helped. We were able to get more work in and I think that is starting to show now.

You saw our fitness level at the end of the 2-2 draw in Swansea on Sunday. We were still going strong in search of the winner. I don’t think many teams can handle our fitness.

Manchester City couldn’t and nor could Swansea. We keep going for 90 minutes and teams drop off. Fitness is a big thing for our manager and his staff.

They work us hard.

The pre-season was all about running and building up your fitness.

Let’s just say, you get your trainers out!

Liverpool vs Norwich preview: Tickets, team news, line ups and …

Liverpool return to Anfield looking banish the memories of their 3-0 defeat to West Ham last time out. Brendan Rodgers has come under heavy pressure from the fans in recent weeks, and Thursday s 1-1 draw in the Europa League clash with Bordeaux will have done little to stem the tide. Norwich come into this one off the back of their 3-1 victory over Bournemouth, and Alex Neil s side find themselves in twelfth spot, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

You can follow all of the action from Anfield via our LIVE MatchCast. We ll bring you all the stats, who s dominating possession, shots on target and much, much more! But who will come out on top?

Stay tuned for all the action. Please wait a moment for the MatchCast to load: WHAT THEY SAID Brendan Rodgers: “We now have players hopefully coming back, which will add to the squad and see us go on a run of games where we can perform well and get the victories. “And the reality is we are only a few points off where we’d want to be and there is still a long way to go. “It is about never getting too carried away if you win or disappointed if you lose.” Alex Neil: “Brendan Rodgers has proved himself as a manager. He nearly won the league with Liverpool. “I don’t buy this talk of ‘Liverpool are in crisis’.

Liverpool have got good players, they’re well managed and they’ll be a danger to any team in the league. “We’ve got to go to Anfield believing that we can win.

I think that’s the biggest bit, the players must go there and believe that they can do that.”