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Bill Barnwell's Premier League midseason awards: Hazard best player; Fred worst summer signing

As we hit the peak of the festive season and approach the start of the January transfer window, now is a good time to take a look back at the Premier League. The competition is hitting its halfway point after 19 matches, and following a suffocating performance from Manchester City last season, the race between City and Liverpool (with Tottenham Hotspur on the outside) is shaping up to present the most exciting second half of a campaign since Leicester claimed the title in 2016.

Today, I'm going...

Premier League clubs' good, bad and ugly transfers of 2018 -- and what to expect in January

Craig Burley and Alejandro Moreno examine Chelsea's dilemma: splashing for Gonzalo Higuain in January or pursuing a younger striker in the summer.
The guys respond to your tweets about Craig Burley's coal, Christmas ideas for Steve Nicol, Julien Laurens' resemblance to Kevin Kratz and more.

The transfer window opens on January 1 and offers football clubs everywhere a little retail therapy. Though many teams in the Premier League might be panic-buying, instead.

Everyone is looking for the same thing, too: players who can turn contenders into champions and save doomed teams from sinking without trace. No pressure, then. Finding them in the crowded and chaotic January market is quite another thing, too, because by this stage of the season, you are probably getting someone another...

Torreira, Fabinho, Jorginho and Fred defining their clubs' seasons

In the summer, no fewer than four of the Premier League's Big Six signed potentially game-changing South American central midfielders.

Arsenal landed Sampdoria's Lucas Torreira of Uruguay, Liverpool captured Brazilian right-back-cum-midfielder Fabinho from Monaco, Manchester United bought Shakhtar Donetsk's Fred, another Brazilian, and new Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri brought Brazilian-turned-Italian Jorginho across from his old club Napoli. Their experiences thus far have summarised their...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

Lucas Torreira, Alexandre Lacazette star but Arsenal settle for draw with Man United

Manchester United and Arsenal played out an entertaining draw at Old Trafford, with Jesse Lingard scoring an equaliser for the hosts 74 seconds after the Gunners had regained the lead.

Arsenal let the lead slip twice as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Manchester United on Wednesday after Jesse Lingard punished a defensive mix-up by scoring a second-half equaliser at Old Trafford.

Alexandre Lacazette had just given the Gunners a 2-1 lead when United replied almost straight from the restart when Arsenal's defenders couldn't deal with a long ball over the top and Lingard slipped past Sead Kolasinac to slot the ball under Bernd Leno, who also had been slow to react.

Arsenal had...

Arsenal win in North London derby inspired by Unai Emery team talk - Lucas Torreira

LONDON -- Lucas Torreira has revealed that Unai Emery's half-time team talk during the North London derby was behind Arsenal's emphatic victory.

Emery's side went into the break 2-1 down against Tottenham but the introduction of Alexandre Lacazette and Aaron Ramsey and some words of wisdom helped turn the game around.

"[Emery told us] to be calm, to continue playing because there were 45 more minutes left, that we keep attacking because obviously in the second half we were going to find more spaces....