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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 4

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting third weekend in the Premier League. Aston Villa, Arsenal and Tottenham have provided two players each, while there is one each from Stoke, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Fulham.

Brad Guzan (Aston Villa)

The American completely justified Paul Lambert’s decision to select him ahead of the experienced Shay Given with some stunning saves. The saves from Nathan Dyer and Ashley Williams were the key moments in the match and the difference between the two sides.

Matthew Lowton (Aston Villa)

The 23-year-old was a perfect example of Lambert’s policy of playing youngsters who are eager to establish themselves in the top flight. He scored an absolute belter as his first Premier League goal and also played his part in Villa’s first clean sheet of the season to mark a performance to remember.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)

It was not at all an easy task of keeping Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko at bay for the whole match, but the Stoke skipper did it. His goal-line clearance denied the reigning Premier League of all three points. A battling performance by the former Manchester United player and a future England regular.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

The former Ajax skipper has settled nicely with life in Tottenham’s defence and had little trouble dealing with Reading’s Pavel Pogrebnyak. The Belgium international was equal to the Russian’s goal threat and snuffed out the Royals’ main attacking option. He will only be disappointed of not keeping a clean-sheet.

Alexander Buttner (Manchester United)

Put in a Man-of-the-Match performance on his debut. He was a big threat going forward but never ignored his defensive duties. He assisted Chicharito’s goal with a shot across goal and then went past three defenders to open his own account with a shot from a very acute angle. His display surely must have given Patrice Evra some nightmares.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

What a signing this man has been for the Gunners. Completely bossed the midfield and his incisive passing effortlessly tore the Saints apart on Saturday. The Spainish international is becoming a regular in the Premier League Team of the Week along with Jan Vertonghen and has created a total of 18 chances this season – the most by any place.

Javi Garcia (Manchester City)

Excellent debut by the former Benfica star at the Britannia Stadium. The defensive midfielder is not known for his scoring but he did pop up with a headed equaliser and also came close to scoring a second but was only denied by a very good Asmir Begovic save.

Lukas Podolski (Arsenal)

The German international opened his goal scoring account for his new club – Arsenal against Liverpool at Anfield before the international break and continue his goal scoring form with a cracking free-kick against Southampton to double the Gunners’ lead in the first half.

Demba Ba (Newcastle United)

The Senegal striker started from the bench but he made the difference when he came on at half time for the second half. He scored within minutes of his arrival and then did the same again in the last minute to secure the share of points against Everton at Goodison Park.

Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)

In his home debut for Fulham, he put in a classy performance to help Fulham beat West Brom at Craven Cottage. He opened the scoring with a curling effort and then sent his former Manchester United team-mate Ben Foster the wrong way from the penalty spot. Looking like a very good signing for the Cottagers.

Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur)

A sterling performance by the in-form Englishman, who again proved his finishing abilities. He led the line superbly and grabbed a deserved brace to see-off Reading and earn Spurs their first win of the new season. His first goal was a neat first-time finish, while his second one was with a superb run and finish.

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Premier League Team Of The Week – Gameweek 3

See who have made our Team of the Week from an exciting third weekend in the Premier League. Arsenal and Tottenham have provided atleast two players, while there is one ech from West Brom, Swansea, Norwich, Sunderland, Manchester City and Manchester United.

Brad Friedel (Tottenham Hotspur)
The American again proved to everyone that age is just a number. He made a number of important saves, especially from Johnson late on to stop Norwich from taking all three points, but the highlight was his reflex save from Snodgrass in the first half. However, he couldn’t do much about the close-range strike for the goal. He is surely going give new signing Hugo Lloris a tough competition for the number one spot in the team.

Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)

The former Ajax skipper put in another impressive display for his new club. The Belgium international was solid at the back and made the most number of clearances this weekend. He was a constant threat to deal with for the Canaries during set-pieces and also at the same time made his presence felt while defending.

Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal)
The strong Belgium international led his side from the front. He was rock solid at the back and played an important role in starting the attacks from the back line. His smart interception towards the end, from Mannone’s block prevent Liverpool getting back in the game.

Gareth McAuley (West Brom Albion)
Like the other two defenders in this team, McAuley was also rock solid at the back for the Baggies. He did an excellent job in dealing with aerial threat of Fellaini. He scored the second goal of the game from a corner to seal all three points for his side.

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City)
The Englishman has been very impressive this season, and was again the Swans’ most effective man going forward. His pace and drive was very important for the hosts and he troubled Jack Colback throughout the game. He created the first goal for Wayne Routledge with a delightful chip and also had three shots on target during the game.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)
The Gunners’ most impressive player so far this season was again at his best at Anfield. His Spanish class was evident almost every time had had the ball. He always found space, especially to recieve Podolski’s pass before setting him up to score and then he repeated the same trick from the other side of the combination, his movement and powerful finish were just superb.

Abou Diaby (Arsenal)
The Frenchman was one of the stars of the weekend. He displayed some fearsome strength in holding the ball, passed it with accuracy and provided his side with the momentum to build attacks. If he can stay fit for the whole season, then he has shown that he is more than perfect replacement for Alex Song.

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich)
The former Leeds United man was the star of the match. Caused the Spurs defence a lot of problems from the right and came very close of scoring in the first half, only see to see Friedel make an amazing reflex save. He capped an impressive display with a much deserved goal which earned his team an important point at White Hart Lane.

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland)
The former Wolves forward made an impressive debut for the Black Cats by scoring twice at the Liberty stadium. He was not much involved in the build-up play but showed his great finishing instincts with two good goals. He finished off the first sweetly after Williams’ mistake and then showed determination to bundle home under pressure from Chico.

Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)
The Argentine was again on top form as he helped his side defeat QPR at the Etihad Stadium during the weekend. His cross from the left provided the assist for Edin Dzeko’s goal and then capped a very impressive display with a goal after he turned in Dzeko’s shot in injury time. He completely deserved the goal and has now scored in all of City three Premier League games this season.

Robin van Persie (Manchester United)
The Dutch international turned from villain to hero in the space of 20 minutes. He equalised for the Red Devils in the first half but his overly-confident penalty in the second half was saved buy Kelvin Davis and it looked like he had blown the chance away for United to get back in the game. However, he scored twice in the last five minutes and earned himself a match winning hat-trick.

Ten Famous Transfer Deadline Day Deals

The transfer window was made a compulsory part of the Premier League from the 2002-03 season, and the summer (Aug 31) and winter (Jan 31) transfer deadline days have witnessed alot of frantic activities in the last few years.

In our first ever Picture Special, we look back at the ten famous last-minute deals that took place in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney (Everton to Manchester United – £25.6m) August 31, 2004

Ashley Cole (Arsenal to Chelsea – £5m plus William Gallas) August 31, 2006

Carlos Tevez & Javier Mascherano (Corinthians to West Ham United) August 31, 2006

Marouane Felliani (Standard Liege to Everton – £15m) August 31, 2008

Robinho (Real Madrid to Manchester City – £32.5m) September 1, 2008

Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham Hotspur to Manchester United – £30.75m) Septemer 1, 2008

Andrey Arshavin (Zenit St. Petersburg to Arsenal – £15m) January 31, 2009

Rafael Van der Vaart (Real Madrid to Tottenham Hotspur – £8m) August 31, 2010

Andy Carroll (Newcastle United to Liverpool – £35m) January 31, 2011

Fernando Torres (Liverpool to Chelsea – £50m) January 31, 2011

Premier League 2012/13 Team Preview – Manchester City

Welcome to IntoTheTopCorner’s team-by-team preview to the new Barclays Premier League season. Here we look at Manchester City’s vital stats, their summer transfers and analyse their chances.

Manager: Roberto Mancini.
Captain: Vincent Kompany
Stadium: Etihad Stadium (47,805).
Last season: 1st.
Leading scorer (PL): Sergio Aguero (23).
Odds: Title 5-4. Relegation 1000-1.

In: Jack Rodwell (£13.2m, Everton)

Out: Gai Assulin (Free, Racing), Ahmed Benali (Free, Brescia), Wayne Bridge (Loan, Brighton & Hove), Greg Cunningham (Undisc.,Bristol City), Owen Hargreaves (Released), Andrea Mancini (Free, Valladolid B) Stuart Taylor (Released), Vladimir Weiss (£1.3m, Pescara)

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Key Man – Sergio Aguero
The former Atletico Madrid striker ended last season as the club’s top goal-scorer after securing the Premier League title with the last kick of the season. The Argentine scored the winner against QPR at the Etihad Stadium which won City their first ever league title in 44 years. Aguero had a great first season in England, scoring 30 goals and if he is able to replicate the same form of last season this year, then there is no stopping the reigning Premier League champions from defending their crown.

Opening Fixtures
19-Aug – Southampton (H)
26-Aug – Liverpool (A)
01-Sep – QPR (H)
15-Sep – Stoke (A)
23-Sep – Arsenal (H)
29-Sep – Fulahm (A)

Probable Formation (4-2-3-1): Hart; Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy; Yaya Toure, Barry; David Silva, Tevez, Nasri; Aguero.

Verdit: City’s mega rich owners saw their huge investments pay dividends with a dramatic final day finish which clinched the title. However, with the eyes now set on conquering Europe, a successful defence of their Premier League crown will prove a real test. So far, Jack Rodwell has been the only player on whom they have splashed cash this summer, but it’s more of adding more depth to the squad than improving the first XI. The strikers they have are just too good and are hitting top form at the right time. Carlos Tevez, Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero are all capable of playing in the first team of any club in the world, while Edin Dzeko is not at all a bad reserve to have. They have the strongest squad in the league and for me, Mancini’s men are the favourites to win the Premier League again this year.

Prediction: 1st.

Manchester City’s Potential Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

What a season it was for Manchester City!! On a dramatic final day of the season, the Blues went on to win the Premier League for the first time in 44 years but were very disappointing in Europea – both the Champions League and the Europa League.

This summer, Roberto Mancini has not signed any player yet but is expected to sign a couple of big players before the start of the season to strengthen the squad. With the Citizens having won the Premier League in the previous season, their aim for the upcoming season will not only be to defend their title but also put in a good performance in Europe ie atleast reach the the quarter-finals or the semi-finals of the Champions League. Here are Manchester City’s potential summer transfer targets..

JACK BUTLAND – BIRMINGHAM CITY (GOALKEEPER)

The 19-year-old English keeper was the part of the England squad for the UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland/Ukraine. The Birmingham City stopper – who spent the previous season on loan at Cheltenham Town – has impressed the England coaching staff and Joe Hart has urged City to try to sign him. However, the young keeper who is in the Great Britain squad for the upcoming Olympics, wants to sign for a club where he will be assured regular first team football so that he can progress and reach his potential. That looks highly impossible at City, but they could sign him and loan him away immediately to another Premier League or Championship club.

FABRICO COLOCCINI – NEWCASTLE UNITED (DEFENDER)

Roberto Mancini is reportedly trying to sign players that will strengthen his backline and the Argentine defender from St. James Park is said to be on his shopping list. Coloccini was at his best last season as he helped Newcastle finish fifth in the league, above Chelsea, and qualify for the Europa League. Coloccini will be a great good addition to the squad and will also add the necessary competition for places at the back. The 30-year-old has recently signed a new deal at Newcastle but the lure of Champions League football and winning titles will be very hard to reject.

STEFAN RADU – LAZIO (DEFENDER)

Stefan Radu is another name mentioned around the Etihad Stadium for the past couple of months. The 25-year-old Romanian has been in impressive form for Lazio since arriving in Rome, in 2008. His performances has attracted interest from many clubs across Europe. The 6ft centre-back, who can also play as a left-back, will be a great addition to the City squad and will also strengthen their defence which looked very vulnerable in the absence of Vincent Kompany. City will tough face some competition for his signature as Arsenal and Tottenham are also said to be interested in him.

MARTIN SKRTEL – LIVERPOOL (DEFENDER)

Stefan Savic looked vulnerable as a cover and with Joleon Lescott ageing, another centre-back is a need for City after their league winning season. According to the reports, Martin Skrtel is one of the transfer targets of the club. The 27-year-old was Liverpool best man last season, having featured in every league game. The arrival of the Slovakian, who is rated around £20m, will be a great addition to the squad and will no doubt strengthen the defence. The transfer might also see Lescott leave the club and head in the opposite direction.

THIAGO SILVA – AC MILAN (DEFENDER)

Manchester City being interested in Thiago Silva is no news as its been going on since the start of the summer. Reports in various UK papers claimed that Mancini met the Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri in May to discuss a possible deal for the £42m rated Brazilian defender but nothing as ever materialized. Some reports in the past month suggested that the 27-year-old could snub interested from City and join Paris Saint-Germain but he also squashed all those rumours by signing a new deal at the San Siro.

DANIELE DE ROSSI – AS ROMA (MIDFIELDER)

Its a well known fact that Roberto Mancini is a huge fan of Daniele De Rossi and with Nigel De Jong linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium, the Italian, who starred for the UEFA EURO 2012 finalists in Poland/Ukraine this summer, may well join his compatriot in Manchester. The 28-year-old, who recently signed a new five year deal with the Serie A side, has said he is ready to try his hand in different league having played in the Serie A for more than 11 years. De Rossi would be a huge addition to City midfield, who are set to lose Yaya Toure in January due to the African Cup of Nations.

JAVI MARTINEZ – ATHLETIC BILBAO (MIDFIELDER)

With Nigel De Jong’s future doubtful and Yaya Toure’s international commitments during the mid-season, City reportedly are preparing a £25m offer for Athletic Bilbao’s Spanish international. Javi Martinez, who can also play as a holding midfielder or as a centre-back, has been attracting a lot of interest from many European clubs like Barcelona and Bayern Munich after an excellent season with the Europa League finalists. Martinez will be real coup for the champions but they are set to face some tough competition from Barcelona, who are said to be the favourites to land him.

GASTON RAMIREZ – BOLOGNA (MIDFIELDER)

Ramirez, 21, is an attacking central midfielder with an eye for goal and was impressive for his Serie A side during last season. Ramirez is rated around £16m by his Italian club and has attracted interest from many European clubs in the past one year with Manchester City, Liverpool and Juventus being one of them. The midfielder who scored eight times last season would be a great signing for future and at the same time would provide good cover for David Silva and Samir Nasri.

WESLEY SNEIJDER – INTER MILAN (MIDFIELDER)

Sneijder has been linked with a move to the Red side of Manchester for the past couple of seasons but now City are the favourites to land him. Mancini has been looking at various different attacking midfield options since Hazard snubbed the Citizens to join Chelsea and signing Sneijder would be like putting salt on the wounds of Manchester United, who have spent more than 2 season in trying to sign him. The Dutch international would no doubt strengthen the team but he would cost more than £30m and his form since the World Cup has been very disappointing.

ROBIN VAN PERSIE – ARSENAL (STRIKER)

Along with Juventus, Manchester City are the favourites to sign the Arsenal skipper, Robin van Persie, who has said that he won’t be signing a new deal at the Emirates Stadium. Van Persie was in some outstanding goal scoring form last season and ended the league season as the Premier League’s top goal scorer with 30 goals. With Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor and Edin Dzeko set to leave during the summer, there is place for Van Persie in the squad. With just one year left on the 28-year-old’s contract, the Gunners are expected to cash in on the forward this summer and an offer around £16m-£20m may well be accepted.

GONZALO HIGUAIN – REAL MADRID (STRIKER)

The Argentine is one of the most hottest property available in European football this season. Higuain has scored 22 La Liga in just 18 starts last season and yet he is second choice at Madrid behind Karim Benzema. The 24-year-old was linked with a move to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the summer but nothing at all developed. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has stated his intend to keep Higuain at the Bernabeu for many more seasons but a chance to play in the Premier League and alongside his Argentina teammates Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Pablo Zabaleta may be too hard to reject.

EDINSON CAVANI – NAPOLI (STRIKER)

Along with Robin van Persie and Gonzalo Higuain, Manchester City are also keeping tabs on the inform Napoli striker Edinson Cavani. If the 25-year-old Uruguayan was unknown to English football then he made himself known by scoring against both Chelsea and Manchester City in the Champions League last season. Cavani has been tremendous goal scoring form since joining Napoli in 2010, having scored 66 times in 94 league matches. The strong forward would be a marquee signing for the club but the Premier League champions face competition for his signature from Serie A champions Juventus, who are also interested in him.

Seven Matches That Won The Title For City

It’s been one rollercoaster season of the Premier League and the fight for title has been the most entertaining in years. Congratulations to Manchester City for winning their first League title in 44 years. Here we look at the seven matches that won the title for City.

1. City 1-0 United, April 30
The game turned out to be the title decider. The win in this Manchester derby gave City control of their own destiny. Skipper Vincent Kompany headed in just before half time and that goal turned out to be the winner. The victory took City at the top of table on goal difference with just two matches left to play.

2. Newcastle 0-2 City, May 6
After the win against United in derby a week before, everyone thought the title race was over. But it wasnt, their lead was a slender one and they faced a tricky away trip to Newcastle. Mancini’s men were made to work hard during the game but in the end two goals by the inspirational Yaya Toure in the last 15 minutes guided them home.

3. City 3-2 QPR, May 13
City just need a win in their final league game at home against a QPR side, who were fighting to stay in the Premier League. It looked like a straight forward task but it wasn’t. Pablo Zabaleta opened the scoring in the first half and gave City the lead, but second-half goals from Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie, either side of a stupid Joey Barton red card, seemed to have gifted United the title. However, in unbelievable scenes, substitute Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored in injury time to win the title.

4. City 2-1 Chelsea, March 21
After a disappointing loss at Swansea which costed them the top spot in the league, City were in danger of losing more ground to United when they faced a rejuvenated Chelsea side at the Etihad Stadium. The Blues from London took the lead in the 2nd half thanks to a Gary Cahill goal. Sergio Aguero scored the equaliser for the Citizens and then Samir Nasri scored a late winner which completed a late comeback for the hosts. The win showed character and also marked the return of a rejuvenated and hungry Carlos Tevez

5. United 1-6 City, October 23
This win didn’t decide the destination of the title but in terms of message it was rightly sent. City went to Old Trafford and completely destroyed their rivals and recorded their biggest derby win for 57 years. Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko both bagged a brace each with David Silva and Sergio Aguero also on the scoresheet. The win gave City an early advantage as it took them 5 points clear at the top.

6. City 3-2 Spurs, January 22
After being knocked out of the FA Cup by United, City needed to keep safe distance from their city rivals at the top of the table in the league. The game against Tottenham was always going to be a huge one and it didn’t fail to deliver. After a not-so-entertaining first half, Samir Nasri and Joleon Lescott gave City a two-goal lead before the hour mark but five minutes later Spurs were back in it thanks to goals from Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale. Defoe had a chance to win the game in dying minutes but he failed and then Mario Balotelli’s injury time penalty kept City three points ahead of United, effectively ending Tottenham’s title challenge.

7. City 3-3 Sunderland, March 31
In the period where City’s title challenge faltered this point against Sunderland at home was a very important one. Sebastian Larsson gave the visitors the lead before Mario Balotelli equalised from the spot. Bendtner and Larsson scored again in the second half and made it 3-1 for the Black Cats. With just five minutes remaining and the hosts staring at their first ever home defeat of the season but the Citizens scored twice in the space of 69 seconds through Mario Balotelli and Aleksandar Kolarov to salvage an unlikely point.

10 Players Who Won’t Transfer This Summer

Around this time of the season with real action nearing its conclusion, many fans and pundits occupy themselves with transfer rumours to pass the time. Sometimes these stories do have merit and the player makes the rumoured move to his new club. But often nothing comes of these stories and whoever was supposedly ready for a blockbuster move is left to play their trade with the same club as they did the season before.

Despite all the hype surrounding them, Into The Top Corner looks at those 10 most linked players in the Premier League who might actually stay at the same club where they are at the start of the next season.

10. David Luiz (Chelsea)

If the prospective squad for the Champions League final tell us anything, it is that there is definite strength in depth. With so many players out for both Chelsea and Bayern Munich, the Blues are lucky that they can turn to a defender who would be first-choice in many sides to man the back line. David Luiz, who has trouble actually defending, might not remain a Chelsea player for much longer than the end of May, according to one rumor that links him with a ridiculously high bid from Barcelona. At some other clubs, this would not be tolerated. But Chelsea seem to appreciate the more attacking role that Luiz plays when he is not focused on doing his defensive work, and he adds extremely valuable depth to the squad.

9. Andy Carroll (Liverpool)

Andy Carroll has had a torrid time at Liverpool since his mega money transfer from Newcastle on the deadline day of last season’s January transfer window. Carroll has netted just six league goals this season in thirty-two appearances and reports last week suggested he could well be on his way out of Anfield on a season-long-loan. But I can’t see that happen next season. Dalglish has a lot of faith in the striker and Carroll has repaid some of it with two important winning goals against Blackburn and Everton in his last 5 starts for the club and was impressive against Fulham last night. He is also on a high payroll at Liverpool and it would be very difficult to find him a club that will be willing to pay him that much for season.

8. Cheick Tiote (Newcastle United)

Tiote, 25, has been one of the top performers for Newcastle United this season, as the Magpies look to secure Champions League football for next season by finishing 4th this season. His impressive and consistent form has seen him being linked with the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal this season and a move to either Old Trafford or Emirates would be very tough to reject for the hard tackling Ivorian midfielder. But still I believe he will decide to stay at Newcastle given that they will be playing in Europe next season and will be loyal to the fans who have supported him since he joined the club from FC Twente a couple of season’s back.

7. Carlos Tevez (Manchester City)

When he decided against coming on as a substitute in the Champions League game in Munich and when he went on holiday back home to Argentina without the club’s permission, everyone thought his time with Manchester City was over and he won’t ever play for them again. But since his return back to Manchester, things have changed a lot and he has been City’s important player in the last 10 games or so as they look to win their first league title for years. After the Norwich game, Mancini came out and said he wants Tevez to stay and it was followed by Tevez’s wish to stay just before the Manchester derby. It looks highly unlikely now that we would be having yet another Carlos Tevez transfer saga this summer.

6. Demba Ba (Newcastle United)

He has to be the signing of the season. He joined Newcastle from West Ham in the summer for nothing and has been Magpies star of the season scoring sixteen goals in thirty-one league appearances. His outstanding goal scoring record has generated a lot of interested from the top Premier League clubs including the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool, who need a regular goal-scorer. There were also some news in January that he had a release clause in his contract which could see him leave the club for less than £10m. It will be a real blow for Newcastle if Ba does leave the club next season but it wont be happening because the Magpies are guaranteed a spot in the next season’s Europa League if they fail to qualify for the Champions League and that’s what a player wants – to play in Europe.

5. Didier Drogba (Chelsea)

The Chelsea striker is out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to leave the club for nothing. There are some reports which came out today stating that Barcelona are interested in signing the Ivorian striker as a backup option for David Villa – who missed most of the season with an injury. Honestly speaking that won’t be happening at all. If Drogba does indeed decide to leave the Blues, he would either go to the MLS or join Nicolas Anelka in the Chinese Super League, where he could earn a huge amount of money. But since the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo as the interim manager, Didier Drogba has been a key part of the rejuvenated Chelsea side that will be playing in the final of the Champions League and the FA Cup and if Di Matteo gets the job on the permanent basis its highly likely that Drogba might stay as well.

4. Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)

Many people believe that Gareth Bale is destined to leave White Hart Lane this summer, especially if Spurs fail to quality for next season’s Champions League. First of all, Tottenham will probably qualify. Their remaining schedule is much easier than that of challengers Newcastle, and Chelsea will be preoccupied with the FA Cup and winning the Champions League. Second, Harry Redknapp is surprisingly staying on as boss at the club due to Roy Hodgson’s appointment as England manager, and Bale’s loyalty to and affection for Redknapp will be crucial in convincing him to stay.

3. Mario Balotelli (Manchester City) 

After the defeat at the Emirates to Arsenal, Roberto Mancini said Mario Balotelli will be on his way out in the summer because of his on-and-off field antics. Even though, Balotelli is a highly controversial character, he is a highly talented young footballer with immense quality in him to turn the game around (in both ways) on his own. City selling him to someone else outside the Premier League, will not only be a huge loss of talent for the club but also the Premier League. At the same time there are very few managers who could deal with characters like Mario Balotelli and Roberto Mancini is one of them and that’s why there would be very less clubs interested in signing him during the summer add to that his huge transfer fee and huge wage demands.

2. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

Manchester City fans, if they are capable of being unhappy about anything at the moment, might be somewhat angered by the comments of Sergio Aguero’s father-in-law, Diego Maradona, about Kun’s career options. According to TalkSPORT, he said: “Kun has to play for Real Madrid. Even though he is flying at City, the best thing would have been to sign for Madrid. He made a mistake.” While Madrid would be happy to have one of the best strikers in the world, they already have Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain. Plus, Aguero is settled in Manchester, where he is obviously succeeding in the Premier League with the Citizens this season.

1. Robin van Persie (Arsenal)

Finally, it’s the Robin van Persie debate. Will he leave? Will he sign a new contract? Will he stay? Nobody knows for sure, but those who make their living off this type of uncertainty are having a great day with RVP’s contract situation. Van Persie’s love for Arsenal, though, is something that few modern players feel. He is playing for his boyhood club, which he has been at for almost eight years, and now captains on a weekly basis. To suddenly leave simply for more cash would be quite out of character for the Dutchman, and thus I do not foresee him doing parting ways with the club, especially after top-quality new signings are already arriving. Van Persie is such an important player to Arsenal that it would not even surprise me if the club broke its wage structure to reward their captain for his efforts during this season and the seasons to come.