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GUARDIAN – Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend action

Both Man City and Swansea are missing Wilfried Bony, Charlie Austin needs help at QPR and Jermain Defoe gives Sunderland hopeThe Dozen: our pick of the weekend’s best Premier League photosWith Manchester City failing to score at home for the first time since August during the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal, the signing of Wilfried Bony begins to look even more to the point. The frustration for Manuel Pellegrini must be that while Bony is perhaps Mr Right, he isn’t also Mr Right Now. City created enough chances in their best spell just after half-time at the Etihad to have equalised. Undeservedly perhaps: but this is so often what champion teams do. In the end there was a slight but significant lack of the kind of cutting edge that might have defibrillated a sluggish performance. Not only were City weakened by the absence of Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero was making a first start after injury. It is an anomaly that Agüero has just a single Premier League goal at the Etihad in the last three months: a measure of his struggles with injury and also the intrusion of other competitions (he does have the small matter of a hat-trick against Bayern Munich in that time). But the fact is City do need another striker to share the burden – and also to allow them to play another way.• Match report: Manchester City 0-2 Arsenal• Pellegrini: City can’t lose to Chelsea after Arsenal defeat• Jamie Jackson: five talking points from the Etihad Stadium • Coquelin’s masterclass: tactical triumph or just lucky?• Pictures: the best images from Arsenal’s win in Manchester• Match report: Swansea 0-5 Chelsea• Mourinho: referees should be able to work with more freedom• The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League images• Redknapp shows defiance at prospect of departing from QPR• Match report: QPR 0-2 Manchester United• Marcus Christenson: why shouldn’t Phil Jones takes corners?• Match report: Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool• Suso completes transfer to Milan from Liverpool• Balotelli tells Rodgers he is keen to stay at Liverpool• Squires on … Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool farewell • Match report: Newcastle 1-2 Southampton• Ginola’s election publicity stunt just adds to the Fifa stench• Match report: Tottenham 2-1 Sunderland• Giovinco set for switch from Juventus to MLS side Toronto FC• Match report: Leicester 0-1 Stoke City• Latest tables around the UK and Europe• Match report: Burnley 2-3 Crystal Palace• Bruce names and shames Hull players after defeat• Match report: West Ham 3-0 Hull City• Bony a dedicated, heavyweight signing for Manchester City • Bony: ‘I’m naturally strong. I don’t do the gym’ Continue reading…

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GUARDIAN – Swansea’s Jonjo Shelvey charged with violent conduct for Emre Can clash

• Midfielder charged with violent conduct• Shelvey as until 6pm on Wednesday to respond• Villa’s Fabian Delph loses appeal against red card• Match report: Liverpool 4-1 SwanseaSwansea’s Jonjo Shelvey has been charged with violent conduct, the Football Association has announced.Shelvey clashed with Liverpool’s Emre Can in Swansea’s 4-1 Premier League defeat at Anfield on Monday night when he appeared to fling back an arm into the face of the German defender, but the incident went unpunished at the time with referee Andre Marriner waving play on. Continue reading…

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