Emery addresses away form

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says that Arsenal can still finish in the top four of the Premier League, but only if they can improve away from home.

The Gunners are currently sixth in the table, three points behind Chelsea who sit in fourth.

However, their bid to gain a Champions League place in Emery's first season in charge is being undermined by their form away from the Emirates.

They haven't won away in the league since November and were beaten 3-1 at Manchester City last weekend.

They have the chance to gain a first away win of 2019 in the Premier League at bottom side Huddersfield Town on Saturday and Emery says his focus is on improving on their travels as they bid to climb back into the top four.

He said at a press conference ahead of the game with the Terriers: "We can make the top four, but we know it's not easy.

"We are strong at home, but I think we need to do better away. We started very well, changing our mentality to get more points away.

"But now we need to recover our confidence and performance. Also we know defensively we need to do better.

"We tried to play with three and two centre-backs. Be passionate, be calm but above all work."

Arsenal are 8/13 to win on Saturday with Huddersfield 4/1 and the draw 3/1.

Emery also used the press conference to give an injury update with Shkodran Mustafi and Henrikh Mkhitaryan both back in full training while Granit Xhaka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles have a chance of being fit for the weekend.

While the Gunners have their troubles away from home, the Terriers have the greater problems going into the game.

They look destined to return to the Championship at the end of the season having won only two games all season, having scored just 13 goals in 25 league games.

Arsenal are 3/1 to finish in the top four while Huddersfield are 1/8 to finish bottom of the table.

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Sarri expects top-four challenge

Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri says his side have to stay united as they battle to try and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

The Blues responded to a 4-0 midweek drubbing at Bournemouth by defeating rock-bottom Huddersfield Town 5-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, with loan striker Gonzalo Higuain scoring his first two goals for the Blues.

And the victory lifted the Londoners into the top four above Arsenal, with Sarri hoping that his team can continue the good work in the next few months.

The Italian told reporters: "We know we have to fight until the end, it's not easy in England to get top four. The league is so competitive here, there are six big teams, so we have to work and we have to fight.

"We need to fight together, otherwise we are in trouble."

Meanwhile, Sarri was also pleased to see new recruit Higuain link up well with Eden Hazard, who also helped himself to two goals against the Terriers.

He added: "I know very well when Higuain arrived he wasn’t at the top of his physical condition, because he had a back problem and wasn't involved, so only played a few matches.

"Now he's improving and I’m happy because, apart from the goals, he's very suitable to play close to Eden.

"On the pitch they're very suitable to play with one close to the other. For us it's very useful to have Higuain, because he will be able to score a lot of goals, but it's also important for Eden."

Chelsea are now 8/11 to finish in the top four, with Arsenal available at 5/2 and Manchester United 7/4.

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Sarri in no mood for change

Maurizio Sarri is determined to stick to his guns with Chelsea, while admitting that it will take time to get things working perfectly at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian coach took charge of the Blues in the summer and got off to a flying starts as the Blues were unbeaten in their first 12 Premier League games of the campaign.

First of all, I want to see my football played very well, then we can go to change something.

Maurizio Sarri

However, the Londoners have struggled more recently and back-to-back league losses to Arsenal and Bournemouth have seen them drop to fifth place in the standings and the wrong side of the Champions League qualifying line.

Sarri, though, refuses to be drawn into making major changes to his tactics, telling reporters ahead of a Saturday visit from rock-bottom Huddersfield Town: "I want to do very well the Plan A, I think. I don't want to change something that, at the moment, doesn't work very well.

"First of all, I want to see my football played very well, then we can go to change something.

"Everybody ten years ago knew Barcelona very well, but Barcelona still won everything because they played their football very well."

Chelsea are currently priced at 4/6 to finish in the top four this season, with Arsenal available at 11/5 and Manchester United 7/4.

Meanwhile, Sarri has voiced his hopes that he will be given time to get things right, pointing to the examples of Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, who appear to be benefitting from showing patience with their coaching staff.

He added: "English football is in the hands of these teams because they had a plan and they were patient.

"In one, the coach arrived five years ago, in another three years ago and in the other two years ago."

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Silva rules out Gueye departure

Everton head coach Marco Silva says his club are determined to hang on to holding midfielder Idrissa Gueye and have rejected an offer from Paris Saint-Germain.

Twenty-nine-year-old Senegal international Gueye is reported to have been the subject of an offer in excess of £21million from PSG, but Silva is adamant that his player is going nowhere this month.

And the Portuguese is also confident that he is singing from the same hymn sheet as the Goodison Park hierarchy.

Silva told reporters ahead of a Tuesday evening Premier League visit to Huddersfield Town: "My opinion is the same as the club's and we rejected the offer.

"He is a really important player for us. He is one player we do not think to lose in this market.

"Of course after some moments it can become a matter of money, but from my point of view he is a really important player for us.

"For clubs to come and buy our players they have to meet the value of the player. (Meanwhile) it looks really difficult for something to happen in the market now for us."

Gueye joined the Toffees in the summer of 2016 from Aston Villa, having previously made his name in French football with Lille.

The Merseysiders will be hoping to get back on track at rock-bottom Huddersfield, having lost their last two games – to Southampton in the league and Millwall in the FA Cup.

Everton are 21/20 to defeat Town on Tuesday evening and are 6/1 to claim a 1-0 victory, with the Toffees 11/8 to keep a clean sheet.

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Siewert: Terriers can survive

New Huddersfield Town head coach Jan Siewert is confident he can keep the club in the Premier League this season.

The 36-year-old German was appointed on a two-and-a-half-year contract as David Wagner's successor on Monday.

After their 3-0 home defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, Huddersfield are bottom of the Premier League pile, ten points shy of safety.

He will have just 15 games in which to save them from the drop but Siewert insists he only accepted the job because he believes it can be done.

"Without being confident I wouldn't sit here," he said. "I think we have to work hard and do our very best and prepare for everything.

"We have 15 more games and my only focus at the moment is the task I have to do with the team and I will give everything to those games."

Siewert, who becomes the Premier League's youngest manager, has been on Huddersfield's radar for some two years while working with the Borussia Dortmund U23 side.

Predecessor Wagner held the same role at Dortmund from 2011 to 2015 before joining Huddersfield and leading them into the big-time, where they survived last season against the odds.

The new boss says he is a different person to Wagner.

"I always did it my way so I can't be compared to David Wagner because he's a fantastic manager and had so much success here," he added.

"But now it's my role here. It's a new chapter and the most important thing is that I'm used to working with professional players, at Dortmund I had some great opportunities and now I'd like to challenge myself.

"Of course there are similarities, but the most important thing is I'm Jan Siewert and I have to do it my way as David did it his way. We should not compare us two because that's not possible."

Huddersfield are 1/33 to be relegated this season. They host Everton in their next game and are 3/1 to win. The Toffees are 10/11, while the draw is 12/5.

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Siewert succeeds Wagner

Huddersfield Town have named the Borussia Dortmund II boss Jan Siewert as their new head coach after parting company with David Wagner last week.

The 36-year-old has signed a contract at the John Smith's Stadium that runs until the summer of 2021.

Siewert starred for German clubs TuS Mayen, SG Bad Breisig and TuS Montabaur during his playing career and coached at VfL Bochum and Rot-Weiss Essen before joining Borussia Dortmund II.

Terriers chairman Dean Hoyle said: "We enjoyed tremendous success under David Wagner and we've subsequently appointed a new head coach that bears many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund II.

"Given David's success at Huddersfield, we knew that it was prudent to look to the future in case an offer came in that he couldn't refuse. We first spoke with Jan over two years ago and we've kept in communication since, watching his progress with interest.

"In the short term, we will continue to fight as hard as possible against relegation from the Premier League. We're not giving up on that.

"We will also plan for the medium and long term, whatever the outcome. Jan is committed to us and is excited to take on the challenges we have ahead, whatever they look like."

Huddersfield are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after taking just one point from their last 10 games.

They are 3/1 to beat Everton in their next match on 29th January and 10/1 to win the encounter 1-0.

Guardiola urges more improvement

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says that his team have more improvement in them as they moved nearer to Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

The current champions moved back to within four points of Jurgen Klopp's side at the top after a comfortable 3-0 win at managerless Huddersfield.

Danilo gave City the lead and two goals in two minutes in the second half from Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane sealed the win that leaves the Terriers still rooted to the bottom of the table.

Having lost manager David Wagner in midweek Mark Hudson took temporary charge but couldn't prevent a ninth defeat in 10 league games that leaves them bottom, 10 points from safety.

City meanwhile have interest at the other end of the table but Guardiola is demanding more from his side as they seek to chase Liverpool and defend their title.

He said after the game: "The way we played we didn't deserve more than three goals. We will improve in the future. We have to demand more from ourselves in every game and do our best, but sometimes it's difficult. They defended deep and man to man.

"What we have done so far has been incredible, in the league and the Carabao Cup. We have an incredible number of points. But this game can teach us and show what we have to do to improve."

City are in midweek action in the Carabao Cup and have surely guaranteed a place in the final, leading League One Burton 9-0 after the semi-final first leg. City are 1/2 to win the cup.

They are also still in the FA Cup and are at home to fellow Premier League side Burnley in round four on Saturday. They are 1/10 to win the game with the Clarets 22/1 and Sean Dyche's side are 8/1 to force a replay.

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Pep searching for midfield option

Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola says his club are continuing to scour the international marketplace for a high-quality holding midfielder.

The Citizens lost back-to-back Premier League games either side of Christmas when the vastly experienced Fernandinho was absent due to injury, with the importance of the Brazilian being shown in the reverses against Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

Since his return City have won three in a row in the league, including a 2-1 victory over table-toppers Liverpool, with Guardiola well aware that a reliable second option in central midfield is needed sooner rather than later.

He told reporters: "I think with the way we play we need a guy who has of course physicality, is quick in the head and (good at) reading where our spaces to attack are.

"As many things as he can do, the better. I know it is not easy to find one player who can do everything.

"(You have to deal with) the price, the agents and the club if you want to buy the players, so we will see.

"There are three or four we are looking for. We are searching for that position."

The Citizens are in action on Sunday this weekend, when they head across the Pennines to take on rock-bottom Huddersfield Town, who were beaten 6-1 at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season.

City are available at 1/6 to win on Sunday and are 5/1 to triumph by a 2-0 scoreline, with the visitors 8/15 to keep a clean sheet.

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Allardyce rules out Town role

Sam Allardyce insists he is not interested in becoming Huddersfield Town's next manager after they parted company with David Wagner on Monday.

The 64-year-old former England boss has helped the likes of Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton move clear of relegation trouble in the last few seasons but believes the rock-bottom Terriers are doomed.

Town have taken one point from their last nine Premier League matches and are eight points away from safety.

"They are rock-bottom of the Premier League and I don't think I could change that situation, so for me it is not the right match. It is not the job for me," said Allardyce.

"Huddersfield haven't got enough goals to get them out of trouble. That has been the one failing. No club has got out of such trouble with so few points after this many games.

"For me, and I know the fans won't want to hear this, it's got to be about planning for relegation and then planning to get back into the Premier League.

"They've only scored 13 goals in 22 matches and, while I've managed to pull teams out of the bottom end, at Sunderland I had Jermain Defoe scoring 18 and at Crystal Palace I had Christian Benteke who scored 15 goals."

Huddersfield, 1/16 to be relegated, are 13/2 to draw with Manchester City in their next match on Sunday.

Wagner leaves rock-bottom Town

Huddersfield Town are searching for a new head coach after parting company with David Wagner by mutual consent.

The Terriers are at the foot of the Premier League table after drawing 0-0 at Cardiff City on Saturday, a result that brought their eight-match losing run to an end.

The 47-year-old German guided Town to promotion via the Championship play-offs in 2016/17 and he managed, against the odds, to steer them clear of the top-flight's relegation zone last term.

However, Huddersfield have decided to move in a new direction in an attempt to maintain their Premier League status.

Club chairman Dean Hoyle said: "I'd like to begin by thanking David for all he has achieved at Huddersfield Town over the last three-and-a-half years.

"As I had said previously, I had no intention of sacking David this season. Subsequently David – being the great man he is – came to us and made it clear that he needs a break from the rigours of football management.

"I know the term 'mutual consent' is often a byword for the manager being sacked in professional football, but this is a truly joint decision.

"It's a very sad day, but now we have to look to the future; that's what football and our immediate situation demands. I've asked Mark Hudson to take this weekend's Premier League game against Manchester City."

Huddersfield are 1/16 to be relegated this season while Cardiff are 4/6 to go down and Fulham 4/11.