Featured Matches
Previous
Burnley
Manchester United
0
0
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
Stoke City
0
1
FT
Game Details
Everton
Chelsea
3
6
FT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Eibar
1
0
LIVE 24'
Game Details
Schalke 04
Bayern Munich
1
1
FT
Game Details
Chievo Verona
Juventus
0
1
FT
Game Details
AS Roma
Fiorentina
1
0
LIVE 36'
Game Details
Burnley
Manchester United
0
0
FT
Game Details
Manchester City
Stoke City
0
1
FT
Game Details
Newcastle United
Crystal Palace
3
3
FT
Game Details
Queens Park Rangers
Sunderland
1
0
FT
Game Details
Swansea City
West Bromwich Albion
3
0
FT
Game Details
West Ham United
Southampton
1
3
FT
Game Details
Everton
Chelsea
3
6
FT
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Levante
3
0
FT
Game Details
Cordoba
Celta Vigo
1
1
FT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Eibar
1
0
LIVE 24'
Game Details
Espanyol
Sevilla FC
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
Hertha Berlin
4
2
FT
Game Details
Hamburg SV
SC Paderborn 07
0
3
FT
Game Details
VfB Stuttgart
FC Cologne
0
2
FT
Game Details
VfL Wolfsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt
2
2
FT
Game Details
Werder Bremen
TSG Hoffenheim
1
1
FT
Game Details
Schalke 04
Bayern Munich
1
1
FT
Game Details
Chievo Verona
Juventus
0
1
FT
Game Details
AS Roma
Fiorentina
1
0
LIVE 36'
Game Details
AS Monaco
Lille
1
1
FT
Game Details
Caen
Stade Rennes
0
0
LIVE 69'
Game Details
Lens
Stade de Reims
3
1
LIVE 68'
Game Details
Lorient
Guingamp
1
0
LIVE 68'
Game Details
Nantes
Montpellier
0
0
LIVE 67'
Game Details
Toulouse
Evian Thonon Gaillard
0
0
LIVE 69'
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Nottingham Forest
0
1
FT
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Charlton Athletic
2
2
FT
Game Details
Derby County
Ipswich Town
1
1
FT
Game Details
Fulham
Cardiff City
1
1
FT
Game Details
Leeds United
Bolton Wanderers
1
0
FT
Game Details
Middlesbrough
Reading
0
1
FT
Game Details
Millwall
Blackpool
2
1
FT
Game Details
Norwich City
AFC Bournemouth
1
1
FT
Game Details
Rotherham United
Brentford
0
2
FT
Game Details
Watford
Huddersfield Town
4
2
FT
Game Details
Wigan Athletic
Birmingham City
4
0
FT
Game Details
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Blackburn Rovers
3
1
FT
Game Details
Colchester United
Peterborough United
1
3
FT
Game Details
Doncaster Rovers
Oldham Athletic
0
2
FT
Game Details
Fleetwood Town
Leyton Orient
1
1
FT
Game Details
Gillingham
Crewe Alexandra
2
0
FT
Game Details
Milton Keynes Dons
Crawley Town
2
0
FT
Game Details
Port Vale
Chesterfield
1
2
FT
Game Details
Preston North End
Sheffield United
1
1
FT
Game Details
Rochdale
Bradford City
0
2
FT
Game Details
Scunthorpe United
Walsall
2
1
FT
Game Details
Swindon Town
Coventry City
1
1
FT
Game Details
Yeovil Town
Barnsley
1
1
FT
Game Details
AFC Wimbledon
Stevenage
2
3
FT
Game Details
Bury
Accrington Stanley
2
1
FT
Game Details
Cambridge United
Carlisle United
5
0
FT
Game Details
Cheltenham Town
Hartlepool United
1
0
FT
Game Details
Mansfield Town
Burton Albion
1
2
FT
Game Details
Northampton Town
Exeter City
1
0
FT
Game Details
Oxford United
Dagenham & Redbridge
3
3
FT
Game Details
Plymouth Argyle
Southend United
2
0
FT
Game Details
Portsmouth
Newport County
0
1
FT
Game Details
Shrewsbury Town
Luton Town
2
0
FT
Game Details
Tranmere Rovers
Morecambe
2
1
FT
Game Details
York City
Wycombe Wanderers
0
0
FT
Game Details
Aldershot Town
Grimsby Town
2
1
FT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Braintree Town
0
2
FT
Game Details
Bristol Rovers
Halifax
2
1
FT
Game Details
Dartford
AFC Telford United
2
1
FT
Game Details
Dover
Kidderminster Harriers
0
1
FT
Game Details
Gateshead
Chester City
2
1
FT
Game Details
Lincoln City
Torquay United
1
3
FT
Game Details
Macclesfield Town
Eastleigh
2
0
FT
Game Details
Nuneaton Town
Altrincham
2
1
FT
Game Details
Southport
Barnet
0
2
FT
Game Details
Welling
Forest Green Rovers
1
1
FT
Game Details
Wrexham
Woking
1
2
FT
Game Details
Aberdeen
Partick Thistle
2
0
FT
Game Details
Hamilton Academical
Ross County
4
0
FT
Game Details
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Kilmarnock
2
0
FT
Game Details
Motherwell
St Johnstone
0
1
FT
Game Details
St Mirren
Dundee United
0
3
FT
Game Details
Alloa Athletic
Hibernian
2
1
FT
Game Details
Cowdenbeath
Raith Rovers
1
3
FT
Game Details
Dumbarton
Livingston
1
0
FT
Game Details
Heart of Midlothian
Falkirk
4
1
FT
Game Details
Rangers
Queen of the South
4
2
FT
Game Details
Airdrie United
Stirling Albion
0
0
FT
Game Details
Brechin City
Peterhead
1
1
FT
Game Details
Forfar Athletic
Greenock Morton
3
2
FT
Game Details
Stenhousemuir
Ayr United
1
1
FT
Game Details
Stranraer
Dunfermline Athletic
1
2
FT
Game Details
Albion Rovers
Queen's Park
1
0
FT
Game Details
Annan Athletic
Elgin City
3
3
FT
Game Details
Arbroath
Montrose
3
1
FT
Game Details
Clyde
Berwick Rangers
3
3
FT
Game Details
East Fife
East Stirlingshire
3
1
FT
Game Details
Barcelona B
CD Sabadell
3
1
FT
Game Details
Lugo
Real Valladolid
1
0
FT
Game Details
Real Zaragoza
Osasuna
1
1
FT
Game Details
AD Alcorcon
Girona
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Racing Santander
Mirandes
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Tenerife
Albacete
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Catania
Lanciano
1
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Crotone
Ternana
0
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Frosinone
Brescia
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Livorno
Carpi
1
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
US Avellino
Pro Vercelli
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
US Pescara
Trapani
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Varese
Spezia
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Vicenza
Latina
Postp
Game Details
Virtus Entella
Bari
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
FC Erzgebirge Aue
Fortuna Düsseldorf
0
3
FT
Game Details
Karlsruhe
Heidenheimer SB
1
1
FT
Game Details
Tours
Angers
1
2
FT
Game Details
Cambuur Leeuwarden
ADO Den Haag
3
2
FT
Game Details
Dordrecht '90
AZ Alkmaar
1
3
LIVE 84'
Game Details
Excelsior
SC Heracles Almelo
3
1
LIVE 84'
Game Details
Heerenveen
FC Utrecht
1
0
LIVE 40'
Game Details
FC Oss
De Graafschap
3
2
FT
Game Details
Belenenses
Guimaraes
0
3
FT
Game Details
Braga
Estoril
7:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mordovia Saransk
FK Torpedo Moscow
1
0
FT
Game Details
FK Amkar Perm
Spartak Moscow
2
0
FT
Game Details
FC Arsenal Tula
Kuban Krasnodar
0
1
FT
Game Details
Eskisehirspor K
Konyaspor
2
1
FT
Game Details
Bursaspor
Galatasaray
0
2
FT
Game Details
Istanbul Buyuksehir BSK
Kasimpasa
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Mersin Idmanyurdu
Besiktas
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Kalloni AEL
Ergotelis
2
0
FT
Game Details
Panthrakikos
Giannina
1
1
FT
Game Details
Panetolikos
Olympiakos
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
KV Oostende
Racing Genk
1
1
FT
Game Details
KVC Westerlo
Zulte-Waregem
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Mouscron-Peruwelz
Cercle Brugge KSV
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Waasland-Beveren
Lierse SK
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
SV Salzburg
SK Sturm Graz
2
3
FT
Game Details
FC Trenkwalder Admira
Austria Vienna
2
1
FT
Game Details
SC Rheindorf Altach
SV Josko Ried
2
2
FT
Game Details
Wolfsberger AC
FC Magna Wr. Neustadt
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sonderjyske
Randers FC
1
1
FT
Game Details
BK Hacken
Mjallby
1
1
FT
Game Details
Gefle IF
Atvidabergs FF
0
1
FT
Game Details
Sarpsborg FK
Odd Grenland
2
2
FT
Game Details
Aalesund
Stromsgodset
2
0
FT
Game Details
Bodo/Glimt
Valerenga
4
3
LIVE 65'
Game Details
FC Thun
FC Sion Sitten
2
1
FT
Game Details
Lucerne
FC Aarau
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Ballinamallard Utd
Cliftonville
0
4
FT
Game Details
Crusaders
Glentoran
1
0
FT
Game Details
Dungannon Swifts
Linfield
0
1
FT
Game Details
Institute
Warrenpoint Town
1
0
FT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
Colorado Rapids
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Toronto FC
New England Revolution
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Columbus Crew
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chicago Fire
FC Dallas
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
San Jose Earthquakes
Real Salt Lake
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Vancouver Whitecaps
Portland Timbers
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
America
UNAM
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Morelia
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
U.A.N.L
Chiapas
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
León
Pachuca
1:06 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Prestatyn Town
Bala Town
3
3
FT
Game Details
Ottawa Fury FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Carolina RailHawks
Atlanta Silverbacks
ESPN3 11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Indy Eleven
New York Cosmos
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Gimnasia La Plata
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
1
0
LIVE 66'
Game Details
Defensa y Justicia
Rosario Central
8:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Newell's Old Boys
Estudiantes La Plata
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Nueva Chicago
Argentinos Juniors
0
0
LIVE 54'
Game Details
All Boys
Santamarina
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Boca Unidos
Douglas Haig
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Aldosivi
Colón de Santa Fe
9:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Altamira
Correcaminos
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Mérida
Celaya
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Irapuato
Mineros de Zacatecas
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Oaxaca
Zacatepec
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Dorados de Sinaloa
Necaxa
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Chapecoense AF
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Palmeiras
Internacional
ESPN3 9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
Náutico
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
América RN
Paraná Clube
1
0
LIVE 18'
Game Details
Bragantino
ABC
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
CR Vasco da Gama
Avaí
0
0
LIVE 0'
Game Details
Ceará
Luverdense
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Colo Colo
Antofagasta
0
0
LIVE 24'
Game Details
Huachipato
Santiago Wanderers
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Fénix
Defensor Sporting
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Nacional
El Tanque Sisley
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Alianza Petrolera
Atlético Huila
8:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Uniautonoma
Boyacá Chicó FC
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Patriotas F.C.
Fortaleza CE
12:45 AM GMT
Game Details
Cienciano del Cusco
Unión Comercio
6:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Melgar
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
César Vallejo
Real Garcilaso
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Juan Aurich
Universitario de Deportes
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
San Simón
San Martin
8:30 PM GMT
Game Details
3 de Febrero
Sol de América
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Aragua
Deportivo Táchira
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Dep. Metropolitano
Zamora
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
The Strongest
Universitario de Pando
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Gamba Osaka
Albirex Niigata
5
0
FT
Game Details
Urawa Red Diamonds
Omiya Ardija
4
0
FT
Game Details
Tokushima Vortis
Sanfrecce Hiroshima
0
1
FT
Game Details
Cerezo Osaka
Vissel Kobe
1
2
FT
Game Details
Kashima Antlers
FC Tokyo
2
2
FT
Game Details
Kashiwa Reysol
Vantforet Kofu
3
0
FT
Game Details
Nagoya Grampus Eight
Kawasaki Frontale
1
1
FT
Game Details
Sagan Tosu
Shimizu S-Pulse
2
2
FT
Game Details
Vegalta Sendai
Yokohama F. Marinos
1
2
FT
Game Details
Bay United
Orlando Pirates
0
3
FT
Game Details
Free State Stars
Maritzburg Utd
1
1
FT
Game Details
Kaizer Chiefs
SuperSport United
0
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Mpumalanga Black Aces
Pretoria Univ
0
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Santos
Pumas Generalena
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Comunicaciones
Antigua
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Marquense
Guastatoya
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Platense
Parrillas One
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Victoria
Honduras Progreso
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next
Manchester CityManchester City
Stoke CityStoke City
0
1
FT
Game Details
West Ham UnitedWest Ham United
SouthamptonSouthampton
1
3
FT
Game Details
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United
Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace
3
3
FT
Game Details
BurnleyBurnley
Manchester UnitedManchester United
0
0
FT
Game Details
Dec 8, 2012

Victory masks Arsenal's bigger problems

"The season starts here" is a familiar refrain among football managers and Arsene Wenger has found himself voicing similar sentiments rather often of late. From such a state of affairs does the manner of victory become less important than the result itself.

• Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

"It is part of being a sportsman," a rather relieved Wenger said. "When you have to win, you win."

Arsenal were far short of being wonderful. Both their goals arrived through disputed penalties but the rot was stopped ahead of an eminently winnable spate of Christmas and New Year fixtures. In the league table, they are again looking down on, rather than up at, Stoke City. Vanquished West Bromwich Albion are but two points ahead.

There are still four sets of medals on offer, if the Wenger logic of fourth place being a trophy is followed. Crisis? What crisis? It will take more than victory against a painfully out-of-form West Brom to convince that Arsenal are back.

For all their lack of creativity, West Brom felt aggrieved and were entitled to. Santi Cazorla's dive for Arsenal's first goal was the type that has more notorious players labelled enemies of the game. For the clinching second, referee Mike Jones should have awarded a foul to West Brom for a pull on Goran Popov before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went on to be clearly tripped by Chris Brunt. The Baggies could perhaps also have had their own first-half spot-kick when Per Mertesacker handled in his own area, only for a mystery infringement to be levelled against Jonas Olsson.

The visitors were deserving of little but they might have hoped for better officiating. "We got the poorest of a really good group of referees," an angry Steve Clarke said of Jones.

Instead of Clarke's team, it was Arsenal who were able to arrest their slide. For them to have suffered their worst start to a Premier League campaign in this particular season is a damning indictment. The empirical evidence of the Champions League, where two English teams have perished, suggests that the previous strength of the division is waning.

Of course, Arsenal were not one of those teams and Wenger said in midweek that he would prefer to be in his position than Manchester City's, given they have 24 games left to play and remain in European competition, but his comments bear a distinct edge of rationalisation.

Even if fourth is claimed, and the gleam of silver returns to Arsenal, this season should register as a missed opportunity. Neither City nor Manchester United have announced themselves as a dominant force yet Wenger's team has not been able to land a blow on the leading lights since they were beaten in September by Chelsea. They have not been able to capitalise on Chelsea's slide either. On an afternoon where Rafa Benitez's team were humiliated by West Ham, Arsenal were deservedly beaten by Swansea City to make for a mutinous atmosphere.

This week, it took time for a nervous atmosphere to turn into a modicum of home comfort. The beginning of the game brought poor from both sides. West Brom were bereft of form, and not helped by the lack of Claudio Yacob, the star man of a season that briefly had the Midlanders in a Champions League position.

Liam Ridgewell's early ankle injury and sickness, perhaps a side effect of the rather odd stance in which he addresses his 'throne' when making his novel and wasteful uses of bank notes, robbed Clarke's team of another first-choice player. Jack Wilshere remained a beacon for hope. A player who spent so long out of the game made a slaloming run to carve West Brom open, only for Olivier Giroud to be off-beam with his return ball. The first applause of the afternoon was for Wilshere. "He is getting closer to the player we know he is and today he made a big step," Wenger said in admiration.

With Theo Walcott's time at Arsenal whittling down to the type of contract impasse that is as yearly an Emirates occurrence as a Christmas tree, Oxlade-Chamberlain may find himself becoming a crucial player. And perhaps ahead of development since his contribution is too often fitful. A fine attempt at a bicycle kick created artistic impression in the first half, but he had offered little before that. The quixotic enigma that is Gervinho had been by far Arsenal's biggest threat but perhaps only because of his unpredictability. Cazorla was not quite as sainted as his forename suggests when simulation deceived for a penalty. Steven Reid's tackle hit only fresh air and the Spaniard threw himself to the floor. Any claims of Cazorla taking evasive action were dimmed by his grabbing of an ankle to enact a phantom injury. Mikel Arteta scored where he had missed against Fulham a month ago, and repeated the act for the second too.

"I am sorry if it was not a penalty," said Wenger, who said he would speak to the player if it was proved to be a dive. "Of course, no, I don't want to see that but he has told me he has been touched."

"There was zero contact, not even close," Steve Clarke said, stopping short of condemning Cazorla as a cheat. "I am not sure what the referee saw. It was a bad decision and it changed the shape of the afternoon. Arsenal hadn't created much."

Even with a sense of injustice to inspire, West Brom were still toothless, their best chance of the entire game being Giroud skewing a Zoltan Gera free-kick just past the angle of Wojciech Szczesny's goal. Arsenal suffered few scares as a welcome victory was claimed.

There were no sounds of boos or ridicule as 90 minutes approached - save only for Lukas Podolski's horrendous late miss. The sound of Emirates seats flipping up as fans headed for the exits was irregular rather than the recently familiar angry clatter of thousands en masse.

"It's important for our season," Wenger said. "Our spirit has been questioned. It was a flat performance last week and we came and won on the football pitch."

Follow John Brewin on Twitter

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.