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Premier League Sunday including Manchester United v Arsenal - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Tottenham v Newcastle, Sunderland v Manchester City, Manchester United v Arsenal and Swansea v Stoke.


Robin van Persie celebrates his winning goal against Arsenal. 
by Sam Dymond on Nov 10, 2013 at 6:16 PM

  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the Premier League on this Remembrance Sunday - and what an action-packed day we have in prospect. It starts at noon in London where Tottenham welcome Newcastle before heading to the north-east to see if Sunderland can get the better of Manchester City once again. Then it's the big one at Old Trafford where champions Manchester United lock horns with league leaders Arsenal - and if that's not enough for you, then there's also Swansea's hosting of Stoke. Oh, that was enough for you.

  • So we start at White Hart Lane where Tottenham are hoping to build on their good if not-quite-spectacular start to the season. They may not have completely clicked in attack yet, but they are looking solid in defence where they have conceded a league joint-low of five goals. However, if they are to keep an eighth clean sheet of the season today, they will have to do it without first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who has been withdrawn from the first team a week too late after taking a heavy blow to the head in last Sunday's draw at Everton. Brad Friedel - 42-years young - starts in his place.

    Team news from White Hart Lane.

    Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Vertonghen, Dembélé, Dawson, Chiriches, Townsend, Paulinho, Soldado, Eriksen, Sigurdsson

    Subs: Gomes, Kaboul, Lennon, Lamela, Holtby, Defoe, Sandro

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Santon, Cabaye, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sissoko, Tioté, Shola Ameobi, Remy, Gouffran

    Subs: Coloccini, Anita, Cissé, Ben Arfa, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi
  • AVB helps an old man across the road - and then sticks him in goal.

  • Newcastle, meanwhile, can take some confidence into today's encounter after impressing against Chelsea last Sunday to end a run of three games without a win. Another three points today will take them back into the top half of the table, but they've thrown in some stinkers on the road this season when visiting teams at the top - most notably at Manchester City and Everton. However, the Magpies have some fond memories of White Hart Lane, having won there on six occasions since football was invented in 1992.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 0: The teams are out on the pitch, and - along with the supporters - observe an impeccable minute's silence on Remembrance Sunday. The Sky cameras pan the crowd for veterans, yet still manage to end up focused back on Brad Friedel.

    Eventually, Tottenham start proceedings and, for the first time, Newcastle's awful kit is noticeable - bright yellow shirts, light blue shorts and white socks. It almost smells of League Two.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 0: Tottenham have forced some early pressure down both flanks so it's all set to be a typically testing afternoon for Newcastle full-backs Davide Santon and Mathieu Debuchy. However, the first chance of the game comes from a dead ball but Roberto Soldado heads Christian Eriksen's corner over. Commentators' cliches tell us that a) he'll be disappointed with that and b) he should have done better.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 0: A quick flurry of opportunities for the visitors, the best of which falls to Loic Remy. Yohan Cabaye sends his compatriot through on goal with a gorgeous pass, but the striker takes a touch too many and is disposed.
  • GOAL! Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: The Frenchman makes no mistake at the second time of asking though! Sloppy play from Tottenham in midfield sees Yoan Gouffran dispossess Paulinho and when he sends Loic Remy away, the Newcastle man nonchalantly takes the ball around Friedel and side foots into the empty net.
  • Eventually I'm going to have to admit he's better than I first thought...


  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Tottenham have been frustrated by Newcastle since the goal. The home side are enjoying plenty of possession, but Alan Pardew's team are defending in numbers. It's led to Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jan Vertonghen and Andros Townsend all trying their luck from distance without success.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Another long range effort from Vertonghen, and he's getting closer. The Belgian defender fires a low free-kick that whistles a yard past Tim Krul's left-hand post.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Krul then produces an eye-catching one-handed save to deny Soldado an equaliser. The Spaniard's cheeky back-header from Eriksen's deep free-kick was heading for the top corner, but the Dutchman leapt to his right and clawed the ball away.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: The home supporters find their voice for the first time this afternoon, and they are nearly rewarded with an equaliser as Eriksen unleashes a thumping 20-yard effort from nowhere. Unfortunately for the Dane, it was straight at Krul, who parried the ball down before collecting at the second attempt.

    At the other end, Shola Ameobi has the ball in the net, but was rightly flagged for offside.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Tim Krul is keeping his side in the lead here. The Newcastle goalkeeper makes another fine save in tipping over Paulinho's attempt after the Brazilian tried to place the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box. Krul's saves may border on the unnecessarily spectacular at times, but they've certainly been effective in this first half.
  • Half-time - Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Chris Foy brings the first half to a close and it means Alan Pardew is 45 minutes away from performing his smug celebratory full-time fist pump. His Newcastle side have played well so far, stifling Tottenham with some resolute defending and excellent goalkeeping, while looking dangerous through Loic Remy on the break.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: We're back underway at White Hart Lane and Tottenham have made a double substitution at the start of the second half. Sandro has replaced Moussa Dembele in midfield while, at the back, Younes Kaboul is on in place of Vlad Chiriches.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: It's more of the same at the start of the second half as Krul brilliantly denies Eriksen an equaliser. Tottenham carve Newcastle open for the first time this afternoon as Paulinho and Andros Townsend combine brilliantly to set up the Danish forward. He looks a certainty to score from close range, but the visiting goalkeeper denies him with his feet.

    Seconds later, Sandro sends a rasping 30-yard drive just wide of the post.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Unbelievable goalkeeping yet again! Sigurdsson's free-kick takes a heavy deflection and looks to have Krul beaten, but the Dutchman manages to change direction and somehow keep it out as well as the fellow up. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa then gets in on the act by brilliantly clearing the loose ball off the line. Scintillating stuff (or skintilating, as Niall Quinn might say).
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Tim Krul is having such a good game that it's almost certain that Joe Kinnear will be knocking on Mike Ashley's door tomorrow morning suggesting that Newcastle make a big-money move for the Newcastle goalkeeper.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Even when Krul makes a mess of his shot-stopping, he ends up with the ball safely in his hands. The goalkeeper spilled Townsend's effort from a wide angle, but managed to recover to comfortably deal with Soldado's tame headed follow up.

    It's been another unconvincing showing from the former Valencia striker this afternoon, and he spoke earlier this week about how he believed there were no easy games in the Premier League. The good news for the Spaniard is Tottenham face Fulham in a few weeks (Yeah, it's the same joke as yesterday, but it still stands).
  • Tim Krul is sure to have caught the eye of Newcastle's Director of Football.

  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Tottenham have 15 minutes to find the goal that would bring them level, but the visitors are again looking in control at the back following a period of dominance from the home side.

    Meanwhile, Newcastle's goalscorer - and potential match-winner - Loic Remy has been substituted and replaced by Papiss Cisse.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: You may find this hard to fathom, but Tim Krul has made another fine save to preserve Newcastle's lead. This time he's kept out Paulinho from ten yards after substitute Jermain Defoe had done well to keep the ball alive in the box. He then deals with the easier long-range follow-up from Vertonghen and we're told that Krul's 12 saves today are a Premier League record for the season.
  • Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: Tottenham have a couple of half-hearted appeals for handball in the penalty area, but Chris Foy isn't interested in either and time is running out on AVB's men. There will be five minutes of injury time to play...
  • Full-time - Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1: It's been a tale of two goalkeepers at White Hart Lane. Brad Friedel was given the surprise nod in the Tottenham goal after first choice Hugo Lloris was ruled out by medics, and he had little to do other than pick the ball out of his net once Loic Remy had danced around him in the 13th minute. There are suggestions that Spurs' regular stopper would have been out quicker to deny the forward, but we'll never truly know. However, the day belonged to Newcastle's Tim Krul, who produced a string of fine saves throughout to earn his side three points that take them into the top half. It really was as a good a performance from a goalkeeper as you're ever likely to see.
  • One north-east team has made headlines today, and another - Sunderland - will hope to follow suit. Goalkeepers are making the early headlines at the Stadium of Light too where Vito Mannone and Costel Pantilimon - both used to sitting on the bench - feature for their respective teams. There is also a first Premier League start in 22 months for Wes Brown in the Sunderland defence.

    Team news from the Stadium of Light.

    Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Ki, Brown, O'Shea, Johnson, Larsson, Fletcher, Colback, Giaccherini

    Subs: Cabral, Gardner, Altidore, Westwood, Diakité, Borini, Mavrias

    Manchester City: Pantilimon, Richards, Kolarov, Javi García, Demichelis, Lescott, Milner, Yaya Touré, Negredo, Agüero, Nasri

    Subs: Hart, Zabaleta, Dzeko, Jesús Navas, Rodwell, Clichy, Boyata
  • It shouldn't really be a contest when the Premier League title favourites take on a side only kept off the bottom of the table by goal difference, but the Stadium of Light has proved a tricky venue for Manchester City in recent seasons. Under Roberto Mancini, City lost three consecutive league games here by a single goal, most recently last Boxing Day when their former winger Adam Johnson scored courtesy of a Joe Hart mistake (You'll have to believe me when I say they were rare back then). Manchester City will be hoping for better fortune under Manuel Pellegrini this afternoon.
  • Sunderland 0 Manchester City 0: Sunderland have put some passes together in the opening exchanges without really venturing towards the Man City goal. The first effort of the game comes from James Milner from outside the box, but it's comfortably dealt with by Mannone.
  • Sunderland 0 Manchester City 0: It's a first sight of goal for the home side, and it comes courtesy of a familiar combination. An excellent cross from Sebastian Larsson on the right flank finds Steven Fletcher just inside the area, but the striker chooses to stoop low to head instead of controlling it and steers the ball wide of the far post.
  • Sunderland 0 Manchester City 0: Larsson absolutely clatters into Javi Garcia with a studs-up challenge that leaves the Manchester City man writhing in agony. After two red cards at Hull last weekend, Sunderland are lucky not to receive another and, in the end, the Swede doesn't even get booked by Mike Dean.
  • GOAL! Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: Sunderland lead and it has come from an unlikely source in an unlikely position. Wes Brown's hopeful ball upfield brings hesitancy in the City defence from Martín Demichelis and James Milner, and ends with the latter on the deck. It leaves Sunderland's Phil Bardsley all alone in the area and, after taking a touch to control the ball, the full-back sweeps his right-footed finish past Pantilimon and into the far corner.
  • Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: Sergio Aguero could - and probably should - have equalised. Manchester City's best move of the match sees Aleksandar Kolarov surge down the left and drill a cross across goal to the Argentine at the far post, but the in-form striker gets slightly underneath his header and can only pull it wide.
  • Phil Bardsley sticks one in the net - and one in the eye of Paolo Di Canio.

  • Half-time - Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: Not much has happened for Manchester City in the first half and their away day blues are evident once again. It's just one win from five games on the road this season, and City are 45 minutes away from a fourth defeat. Meanwhile, Gus Poyet's Sunderland have performed extremely well and lead thanks to a goal from former Manchester United man, Phil Bardsley.
  • Sunderland's creative problems may be over with the return of one man...


  • From one flair player to another...


  • Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: Manchester City make one change as they kick-off the second half in search of an equaliser. They've brought Jesus Navas on for Javi Garcia, and there remains hope for the visitors; Pellegrini's team have scored more second half goals this season than any other side in the Premier League.
  • Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: The visitors have upped their game, but they still can't find a way through. After a couple of vague penalty appeals, Manchester City break quickly down the right where substitute Navas teases a low cross between Sunderland's defence and goalkeeper. However, not one City forward attacks the ball and it heads harmlessly away for a goal-kick.
  • Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: At the other end, Ki Sung-Yueng has a shot from distance that, despite heading well wide, provokes commentary reminiscent of MartinTyler's famous 'JIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!' moment from this fixture two seasons ago. (Not so) close from KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!!
  • Team news from Old Trafford. Despite strong internet rumours to the contrary, Manchester United striker Robin van Persie does start against his former club this afternoon, but there is no place in the Arsenal team for either Tomas Rosicky or Per Mertesacker. In comes Mathieu Flamini and Thomas Vermaelen.

    Manchester United: De Gea, Smalling, Evra, Jones, Vidic, Evans, Valencia, Carrick, Van Persie, Rooney, Kagawa

    Subs: Giggs, Lindegaard, Hernández, Nani, Cleverley, Fellaini, Januzaj

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Gibbs, Flamini, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Ramsey, Arteta, Giroud, Özil, Cazorla

    Subs: Wilshere, Monreal, Fabianski, Bendtner, Jenkinson, Gnabry, Hayden
  • Team news from the Liberty Stadium. Swansea make their now customary multiple changes post-Europa League while it's a landmark fixture for one Stoke player.

    Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Davies, Britton, Chico, Williams, Routledge, Pozuelo, Bony, De Guzmán, Lamah

    Subs: Amat, Taylor, Shelvey, Dyer, Cañas, Alvaro, Zabret

    Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Pieters, Palacios, Shawcross, Huth, Walters, N'Zonzi, Crouch, Ireland, Arnautovic

    Subs: Whelan, Jones, Wilson, Adam, Assaidi, Etherington, Sorensen


  • Robin van Persie's eventual confirmation as a starter at Old Trafford may be a blow to Arsenal supporters, but there is some good news for the Gunners. Referee Michael Oliver will be taking charge of on-pitch matters and not Mike Riley.
  • Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: It's approaching the final ten minutes of normal time at the Stadium of Light and still the away side press for the equaliser. Manuel Pellegrini has thrown Edin Dzeko on in place of Alvaro Negrado, but City just cannot find their way past a stubborn Sunderland defence that has been brilliantly marshalled by Wes Brown on his return.
  • Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: Sunderland are three minutes of injury time away from a fourth consecutive 1-0 home win against Manchester City. Every player bar Pantilimon is camped in the Sunderland half, but the home side are standing up to everything that the visitors throw at them.
  • Full-time - Sunderland 1 Manchester City 0: The manager may have changed but it's the same fate for Manchester City at the Stadium of Light. A fourth consecutive 1-0 defeat at Sunderland comes courtesy of Phil Bardsley's 21st minute goal and, like Newcastle earlier, the credit must go to Gus Poyet's back-line that stood up to everything that City threw at them. Sunderland stay 19th, but this will be a huge confidence boost to the Wearside club for the weeks ahead.
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