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 By Andy Mitten

'Deutscher Fußballmeister' Bastian Schweinsteiger impresses at United

The ESPN FC crew discuss Manchester United's performance against Leicester City
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner was unimpressed with Man United during their 1-1 draw at Leicester City.

Amid the swirl of conjecture about how dull Manchester United are to watch at present, there are still some bright spots to pick from each game.

Either side of a limp team display against PSV Eindhoven last week, Bastian Schweinsteiger had reason to be satisfied after a week in which he inspired one win and then, seven days later, scored his first United goal.

With United trailing at Leicester to another Jamie Vardy goal, Schweinsteiger lost marker Shinji Okazaki at a corner and headed in a 45th...

 By Tony Evans

Arsene Wenger unfairly criticised for playing Alexis Sanchez

Despite Alexis Sanchez picking up an apparent injury, Arsene Wenger insists he was not wrong to play him.

How could Arsene Wenger be so stupid? As Alexis Sanchez hobbled down the tunnel at Carrow Road on Sunday, any optimism surrounding Arsenal's prospects for the season seemed to disappear with him.

Sanchez suffered a hamstring injury during the 1-1 draw with Norwich City and faces a layoff at a crucial point in the season. The forward is unlikely to be fit for next week's Champions League Group F match against Olympiakos, a game Arsenal need to win by two goals to qualify for the knockout phase of...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea are in crisis as Garry Monk's trusted players lose at Liverpool

A handball from Swansea cost them the game, giving Liverpool a penalty that decided the match.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner talks about the influence Jurgen Klopp is having on a Liverpool club that is suddenly on the rise.
Jurgen Klopp says he's unconcerned with the narrow margin Liverpool's win over Swansea, and believes his side is improving.
Garry Monk could feel the frustration at Anfield because of how well his side played, despite losing 1-0 to Liverpool.

Swansea's defeat away to Liverpool on Sunday seemed inevitable, but the close 1-0 scoreline was a surprise. However much of a small victory that result might seem, it was still the worst possible outcome for those fans looking for a swift resolution to the Swans' crisis.

Had the team been humiliated the way Liverpool demolished Manchester City 4-1 in their last league game, then Swansea might be looking for a new manager and there would at least be a sense of progress. A draw, or even a first-ever...

 By Nick Miller

Premier League's lack of quality means more excitement this season

Anthony RIchardson brings you the best (and worst) of an eventful weekend in the Prem.

Tottenham vs. Chelsea on Sunday seemed like it might be the biggest and most interesting game of the season. Tottenham, a relative upstart in fine form and with plenty backing them for an unlikely title bid, against Chelsea, reigning champions who have suffered a calamitous start, but who had shown some signs of life in their previous couple of fixtures. Expectation was high.

But, as is so often the case when hopes are raised, disappointment followed. The first-half was by no means dull, erring...

Arsene Wenger set for scrutiny following Arsenal's latest injury crisis

The ESPN FC crew discuss how Arsenal's latest round of injuries might impact their Premier League title chances.

Arsenal's latest setback at Norwich has left some of their fans questioning whether the navy third kit they wore during their 1-1 draw at Carrow Road might be cursed. Not only did the Gunners fail to win, but they also lost a further three first-team players to injury.

Arsene Wenger is a man of logic and reasoning, but even he must be contemplating the possibility of supernatural influence. Arsenal's inescapable injury hoodoo shows no signs of slowing.

The truth is that the club's injury problems...

 By Chris Wright

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger loses out in eternal zip battle once again

In addition to his interminable struggle against his players' injury woes, there is another, altogether more dramatic battle that Arsene Wenger seems perennially doomed to lose.

We are of course referring to the Arsenal manager's ongoing tussle against his very own coat zipper -- an old foe that has bested the Frenchman on more occasions than we care to remember.