Frank Lampard reinforces his enduring value to Manchester City
City’s decision to retain Lampard for the remainder of the Premier League season sparked a furor in New York City. There is fallout to come from that move in the days and the weeks ahead, but Lampard’s influential role off the bench -- including a well taken header for the winner in the 3-2 victory over Sunderland -- shows why City were so desperate to keep him.
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Harry Kane's movement unlocks Chelsea
Chelsea entered 2015 with the best defensive record in the Premier League but they were torn to shreds by Harry Kane and Spurs at White Hart Lane. Kane deserves considerable credit for his selfless work up front. His earnest and intelligent application opened lanes for Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen to exploit and set the stage for him to score twice Spurs’ sensational 5-3 victory.
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Familiar frailties cost Arsenal dearly at Southampton
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continues to pay the price for his reluctance to strengthen in the summer. His side crumbled at St. Mary’s with Wojciech Szczesny exposed once more in goal and Francois Coquelin and Calum Chambers shunted into midfield to cover for a lack of options. Wenger always finds a way to steer his side into the top four, but the proper reinforcements would make the job considerably easier.
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What will Tony Pulis make of West Brom?
Desperation makes for strange bedfellows and there are few rather more peculiar pairings than the old-fashioned Pulis and a club bent on a modern approach. West Brom need Premier League survival first and foremost, though. Escape specialist Pulis watched from the stands at Upton Park as his new charges ground out a 1-1 draw at West Ham United. Based on this evidence, Pulis might have a decent base to steer his team out of trouble once again.
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Burnley display resolve once again to claim another precious point
Life at the bottom requires a peculiar brand of persistence to fall on the right side of a fine margin. Burnley might end up on the wrong side of the line by May, but their recent displays -- including the 3-3 draw at Newcastle after falling behind on three separate occasions -- provide hope of an escape.