Saturday 18 November 2017

Arteta sticks with Toffees Muamba signs Bolton deal Stead steadies Tractor Boys Hulse spoils Leeds' return

Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta has agreed a new five-year contract at Goodison Park.

The news will end speculation over the 28-year-old's future after a summer in which he has been linked with Arsenal and clubs in his native Spain. Arteta follows Tim Cahill, Leighton Baines, Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman in signing a new long-term deal this summer.

"What this summer has made me realise is how important I am to the club and how important the club is to me. The chairman and the manager wanted me to stay 120 per cent and that makes me feel proud," said Arteta.

"We are all seeing the club and the future in the same way and that is special -- something that you don't always find. I believe in this squad."

Muamba signs Bolton deal

Fabrice Muamba has committed his future to Bolton, signing a new four-year contract with the Premier League club.

The 22-year-old midfielder has become a key player at the Reebok Stadium since joining from Birmingham two years ago. His new deal will keep him at Bolton under the summer of 2014.

Eagles off to flying start

Crystal Palace put a summer of financial uncertainty behind them to edge a thrilling opening-day contest against Leicester 3-2 at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles put last season's play-off semi-finalists to the sword in the first half thanks to strikes from 17-year-old striker Wilfred Zaha, Darren Ambrose and Alan Lee. But Leicester dominated the second period and goals from Andy King and DJ Campbell saw them fall just short.

Stead steadies Tractor Boys

Two second-half goals inside a minute from Tamas Priskin and Tommy Smith pushed Roy Keane's Ipswich to a superb opening-day win away at Middlesbrough, 3-1.

The hosts were handed an early lead by Scott McDonald but never managed to assert their authority. Smith found the net for Ipswich on 50 minutes and less than 60 seconds later the visitors were in the lead as Priskin opened his account for the campaign.

Middlesbrough pushed for an equaliser but never really threatened and Jon Stead made the result safe with just over 10 minutes remaining, hitting a right-footed shot past Danny Coyne from just inside the area.

Hulse spoils Leeds' return

Leeds' return to the second tier of English football ended the same way as their last game in the division three years ago -- with defeat to Derby.

Rob Hulse's goal and Kris Commons's penalty -- either side of Luciano Becchio's equaliser -- proved enough for the Rams to condemn Leeds to their first opening-day defeat in 21 years, 2-1.

It was a miserable start to the Championship campaign for Simon Grayson's men, who were indebted to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel for a string of outstanding saves to limit Derby to two goals.

Sunday Independent

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