Sean Dyche’s explosive rant against cheating & diving after Arsenal 2 – Burnley 1

Arsenal 2 – Burnley 1

Two matches, two wins for Arsenal.

The Gunners followed up their 1-0 win at Newcastle beating Burnley 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang loves playing against the Clarets.

Aubameyang scored yet again against Burnley; his second-half strike proved to be the match-winner.

Earlier in the match, Ashley Barnes continued his superb scoring form just before the break, which canceled out Alexandre Lacazette’s 13th minute opener.

Sean Dyche: Explosive rant against cheating & diving

After the Arsenal game, Burnley manager Sean Dyche took the opportunity to express his thoughts on cheating and diving in the Premier League.

Positioning himself as a lone crusader for justice, Dyche said the following:

It’s not encouraging for the game of football, I’m really worried for the game of football.

People diving all over the place today – it has to go.

I was at a Premier League meeting actually and it was brought up.

Did you know the maximum you can get for a dive is a yellow card?

So for every player in the Premier League they can cheat at least once a game and get nothing other than a yellow.

Ban them. It will be out of football in a month.

I don’t think it will stop, do you? It’s not likely to stop.

Sean Dyche on handballs

The Burnley manager was also critical of a handball decision made against defender Ben Mee.

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Everton dealt Lucas Digne injury blow vs Watford

Everton have this afternoon been dealt a worrying blow on the personnel front, after Lucas Digne was forced off during the Toffees’ clash with Watford.

Everton scrape it

Marco Silva’s men welcomed the Hornets to Goodison Park a short time ago, for the respective clubs’ 2nd outing of the new campaign.

Both sides, meanwhile, headed into proceedings hoping to improve on their results from opening weekend.

Everton were held to a 0-0 stalemate at Crystal Palace, while Watford were thumped 3-0 by Brighton at Vicarage Road.

As such, a tight 90 minutes unsurprisingly ensued on Merseyside this afternoon, though it was the home side who eventually picked up all 3 points.

A solitary goal proved the difference for the Toffees when all was said and done, with Bernard having proven the match-winner.

A burst down the left flank on the part of the Brazilian with 10 minutes gone saw Bernard cut inside, before driving a superb effort home at Ben Foster’s near post.

Digne crocked

An otherwise positive day for Everton, however, was dampened somewhat by a blow on the injury front.

The player to have picked up the problem was star defender Lucas Digne.

The French stopper, who picked up the assist for Bernard’s strike with an inch-perfect ball over the top, appeared to pick up a hamstring problem a little over 15 minutes from time.

This eventually saw Digne forced off, with Mason Holgate having come on in the former Barcelona man’s place.

The Toffees’ faithful now look set for an anxious wait for an update on their left-back’s well-being.

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Arsenal 2 – Burnley 1

Arsenal hosted Burnley in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

The Gunners would come away with a 2-1 win, thanks to goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Ashley Barnes would score Burnley’s goal on Saturday.

Unai Emery handed Dani Ceballos his Gunners’ starting debut vs the Clarets, and the Spaniard didn’t disappoint, providing the assists for both Arsenal goals.

The Burnley win also means that Arsenal have won their opening two Premier League games for the first time in 10 years.

Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos (left) and Burnley’s Dwight McNeil (right) battle for the ball Arsenal v Burnley – Premier League – Emirates Stadium 17-08-2019 . (Photo by Nigel French/EMPICS/PA Images via Getty Images)

Robin van Persie on why he left Arsenal

Former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Robin van Persie was one of the pundits present for BT Sport during their coverage of the Arsenal tie.

During his time in north London, RVP was one of Arsenal’s top stars, scoring 132 and assisting 55 in 280 appearances across all competitions.

However, in 2012, van Persie left Arsenal for Manchester United.

RVP went on to have an outstanding 2012/13 campaign, netting 26 and assisting 15 in 38 PL outings, as United won the league title.

Now, prior to Arsenal’s win over Burnley, van Persie has explained why he decided to leave Arsenal for Old Trafford, claiming that the London club never offered him a new deal:

“You can compare [me being at Arsenal] to being married. Me and my wife – Arsenal – were married for eight years.

“After eight years, my wife, possibly got a bit tired of me. Those are the facts.

“If Arsenal are not offering you a new deal… you can have different views on things but the fact is Arsenal never offered me a new deal.

“Then you have a look around. I was ambitious. I still wanted to win the league. That is life.

“I ended up having three options. One option abroad disappeared quickly. Then it was City or Manchester United.

“One of the main facts was that Arsenal got tired of me. That was the starting point – they didn’t offer me a new deal.” As quoted by the Sun.

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Man City provide explanation for John Stones’ absence vs Tottenham

Manchester City have confirmed that John Stones’ absence from the club’s squad to take on Tottenham comes after the stopper picked up an injury.

City vs Spurs

The English champions welcome Mauricio Pochettino’s men to the Etihad this evening, for the respective clubs’ 2nd league outing of the campaign.

Both outfits will be hoping to carry their positive starts from last weekend into proceedings in Manchester.

Hosts City got the defence of their title off to a blinder, with a comprehensive 5-0 drubbing of West Ham.

Raheem Sterling proved the star of the show for the Citizens, carrying his ever-improving goalscoring form into the new campaign with a hat-trick at the London Stadium.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City holds the match ball as he applauds fans after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Manchester City at London Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Tom Flathers/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Tottenham, meanwhile, were made to work harder for their 3 points on opening weekend, but eventually got the job done versus Aston Villa.

An early John McGinn strike was cancelled out by Tanguy Ndombele’s 73rd-minute debut finish, before a late Harry Kane double turned the clash on its head.

Stones misses out

Spurs’ hopes of picking up their 2nd-straight win, meanwhile, have this evening been boosted by a key absence from the Manchester City squad.

The player missing out, meanwhile, is John Stones.

The English international was a surprise last-minute omission from the Sky Blues’ squad.

City, though, have since provided an explanation for Stones’ absence.

The stopper has picked up a thigh injury, with further assessment on the problem due this week:

‘John Stones has suffered a rectus femoris strain and will miss today’s game at home to Tottenham Hotspur.’

‘The defender will be assessed and a prognosis is likely next week.’

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Man City vs Tottenham

Tottenham are set to face one of their toughest tests on Saturday afternoon.

Mauricio Pochettino must take his side to Manchester City for their second Premier League game of the season.

While Spurs did knock City out of the Champions League last season, Tottenham do not have the best record against Pep Guardiola’s side.

In the last six meetings between the two clubs, Spurs have won just once, with the Citizens picking up wins in the remaining five ties.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 23: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor on February 23, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Pochettino on Eriksen & Lo Celso

Ahead of the game, Spurs look to be without several key players.

Both Ryan Sessegnon and Dele Alli are out with hamstring problems.

And Heung-Min Son and Juan Foyth are still suspended for Saturday’s clash.

Two players who could feature though are Christian Eriksen and Giovani Lo Celso.

Eriksen started on the bench for Spurs last weekend vs Aston Villa but his impact as a sub was very apparent.

When asked if Eriksen will start at the Etihad, Pochettino stated:

“We will see. Only 11 players can start. I am happy last week how he did, his performance in training. Contract situation make a difference to selection.” As quoted by football.london.

Pochettino was then asked if new signing Lo Celso will make his Premier League debut.

While the Spurs boss wouldn’t rule out him being in the squad, Poch did state that Lo Celso wouldn’t be in the starting XI:

“It is the same, we need to assess him. A lot of things have happened in his life now. He arrived with no pre-season. Of course he is trying to adapt himself, his physical condition, tactically, settle in a new country in a new philosophy and it is not easy.

“I can tell you he won’t be in the starting XI, but if he is going to be involved or not we need to assess today. We need to see how he is and see the balance  on the bench. As quoted by football.london.

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Frank Lampard speaks about Michy Batshuayi’s Chelsea future

Batshuayi’s time at Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi first joined Chelsea in July of 2016, moving from Ligue 1 outfit, Marseille.

Since his move to England, Batshuayi has really struggled to hold down any sort of regular first-team football at Stamford Bridge.

The Belgian has been loaned out to Borussia Dortmund, Valencia and Crystal Palace whilst on Chelsea’s books with varying degrees of success.

Batshuayi’s last loan spell saw him spend the second half of last campaign on loan with Palace.

The 25-year-old would perform pretty well, netting five in 11 league outings for the Eagles.

DUBLIN, IRELAND – JULY 10: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea arrives at the stadium prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bohemians FC and Chelsea FC at Dalymount Park on July 10, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Lampard on Batshuayi’s future

Despite his lack of game time with Chelsea, Batshuayi did not move during the English transfer window this summer.

The forward could of course, still leave the Blues this summer as the European window remains open.

However, when asked about the future of Batshuayi in his press conference on Friday, Frank Lampard had this to say:

“The future is Michy is here as one of our strikers. We know we have three strikers but there will be opportunities for him.

“With Michy it’s important he trains at the top, top level every day, gets himself absolutely fit to play the way I want my strikers to play, which is constant movement on and off the ball and to try and score goals.

“But he’s very much our player and competing with Tammy and Oli for that space.” As quoted by Chelsea’s official website.

 

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Man City vs Tottenham

Manchester City and Tottenham are set to go head-to-head in Saturday’s late Premier League kick-off.

Both sides got their new campaigns off to winning starts.

Man City have beaten Liverpool for the Community Shield and hammered West Ham 5-0 in their PL opener.

As for Spurs, they managed to come from 1-0 down to beat newly-promoted Aston Villa 3-1 last weekend.

Ahead of the clash, Pep Guardiola has been full of praise for the North London outfit, labeling them the second-best team in Europe:

Since I came here to England Spurs have been a real contender every season. The first season they finished second… they’ve always been there. They’re the second best team in Europe.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 17: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates at the end of the match during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at at Etihad Stadium on April 17, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Man City fitness update

Guardiola also provided a fitness update on his squad prior to the Tottenham clash.

Fernandinho was completely omitted from the Citizen’s matchday squad last Saturday.

However, in his pre-match press conference, the former Barcelona boss confirmed that everybody is fit with City’s official Twitter account adding that that includes Fernandinho:

Everybody is fit (including Fernandinho ).

Everybody deserves to play because the quality of the team is really good. We can talk about the line-ups but we have to think about what is best for the team and how to beat our opponent.

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Zinedine Zidane claims he will now ‘rely’ on Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale

U-turn from Zidane

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is seemingly ready to welcome Gareth Bale back to the team, claiming he will now ‘rely’ on the Welshman.

Bale looked set to leave the Bernabeu this summer.

Back in July, Zidane claimed that Bale was close to leaving and that Real Madrid were trying to find him a new club.

It then looked as though he would sign with Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning. 

However, that move fell through and it now looks as though he’s set to stay at Real Madrid.

Despite once claiming the club wanted to sell Bale, Zinedine Zidane could now be about to bring the Welshman in from the cold.

Bale and Zidane

MADRID, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 13: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane, Manager of Real Madrid embrace after he is subbed during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Real Madrid and APOEL Nikosia at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 13, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

From now on, I will rely on him, as on others

Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s clash with Celta Vigo, Zidane claimed that Bale looked set to leave Madrid.

However, now that his move has fallen through ‘things are changing’ and now Zidane will ‘rely on him, as on others’.

“It seemed that (Bale) was going to leave but today he is here with us,” Zidane explained, as quoted by Sky Sports. 

“The dynamics are changing, things are changing. From now on, I will rely on him, as on others.

“I will rely on all the players who are here. He has his place, he is an important player and I hope that all the players will make the task of choosing a team difficult.”

 

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Eden Hazard set to miss Real Madrid season opener

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Bayern Munich reach agreement with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho heading to the Bundesliga

Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with Barcelona for the loan signing of Philippe Coutinho, who missed the clash with Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from the Camp Nou after a poor start to his La Liga career.

Since leaving Liverpool for Barcelona, Coutinho has featured 76 times for the Blaugrana, scoring 21 goals and assisting 11.

Those struggles have seen Coutinho linked with a move to several clubs, including a selection of Premier League outfits.

Tottenham were supposedly interested in a loan move, but were rejected by the player.

Paris Saint-Germain were also linked, with suggestions Coutinho could be included in a deal that would see Neymar return to Barcelona.

However, Coutinho now looks to be on his way to Bayern Munich.

“There’s an agreement in principle in the case of Coutinho’s loan [to Bayern]”

That’s because official Barcelona spokesman Guillermo Amor has confirmed an agreement in principle has been reached between Bayern and Barcelona.

Speaking to Movistar+, as cited by the Mirror, Amor revealed: “I can confirm that there’s an agreement in principle in the case of Coutinho’s loan [to Bayern].”

Coutinho was also left out of the squad to face Athletic Bilbao on Friday evening, instead watching from the stands.

While Amor didn’t give any details away, some other outlets have filtered through some information.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Coutinho refused to be part of any deal for Neymar, which would have seen him join Paris Saint-Germain.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects Alexis Sanchez to come good at Man United

Will Alexis make it at Old Trafford?

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects outcast Alexis Sanchez to come good after a poor start to his Old Trafford career.

The Chilean has not had the best of times since joining United from Arsenal.

Despite scoring 80 goals in 166 games for the Gunners, Sanchez has only managed to score five in 45 for Man United.

After his struggles, Alexis was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

The most recent reports suggested he was looking to leave Manchester United and Serie A was a league he was attracted to. 

Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Sanchez could remain at the club and actually play a bigger role than expected this season.

Alexis Sanchez

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United down injured during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at John Smith’s Stadium on May 5, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

‘He might end up playing a lot more games than you expect. We expect him to come good’

Speaking ahead of Man United’s clash with Wolves, Solskjaer claimed that Sanchez ‘might end up playing a lot more games than you expect’ and that he will come good.

‘Alexis is such a professional,’ Solskjaer explained, as quoted by the Daily Mail. 

‘He comes in working really hard. He’s part of our squad and is a very good player.

‘We don’t have the biggest forward line in numbers and he might end up playing a lot more games than you expect. We expect him to come good.

‘He’s had three weeks (training), he’s still a bit behind.

‘We’ve had a behind closed doors game. He’s doing a little bit of extras. He’ll be integrated. We’ll have more behind closed doors games.’

 

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Peter Schmeichel claims David De Gea has signed new Man United deal

One player who will play a key role this season is David De Gea.

Though, the goalkeeper’s future has been in question for some time now with his current deal set to expire next summer.

However, it looks as though he’s now signed a new one.

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