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DECLAN RICE scored arguably the goal of the season so far as West Ham won 2-0 at Dinamo Zagreb.

Meanwhile Leicester were held 2-2 in a thrilling draw with Napoli and Rangers were beaten 2-0 by an impressive Lyon performance in the Europa League.

And in the Europa Conference league Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw at Rennes.

And all is reportedly not well for Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain, with Angel di Maria admitting he's struggling to settle in and find a family home.

Elsewhere there are updates on the condition of footballing icon Pele, 80, who is recovering after having a tumour removed.

Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere's future could soon be resolved with former club Arsenal set to let the former midfielder train with them, opening the door to a potential comeback.

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  • FANS ARRESTED

    Two Birmingham City supporters have been arrested following an allegation of racist abuse aimed at Peterborough's Nathan Thompson.

    The incident is alleged to have happened during the second half of today Championship clash between the sides at Weston Homes Stadium.

    And Thompson made a complaint of racist abuse to referee Jarred Gillett.

    In a statement, Birmingham said the club has a “zero-tolerance policy towards any form of discrimination”.

  • DARYL DAZZLES

    Crystal Palace are thought to be eager to bring USA star Daryl Dike to Selhurst Park.

    But SunSport's Alan Nixon reports the Eagles have been put off by Orlando City's £18million price for the player.

    Dike, who is considered a rising star of the United States' men's team, is thought to have impressed on loan at Barnsley last season.

    And the player has netted three goals in eight MLS appearances for Orlando this term.

  • TRIAL AND ERROR

    Rafa Benitez reckons Everton are a work in progress after the Toffees suffered their first Prem defeat of the season.

    The Goodison boss was sharing his reflections after his side conceded three goals in nine minutes during their 3-0 loss to Aston Villa.

    Benitez said: "What we did in the window was for reasons everyone knows, we need time to improve, time to work together and I am happy because the commitment of the players is there for everyone to see.

    "It’s too early for me as a manager, you have to adapt, change things and improve."

  • ISCO LET'S GO

    Isco is rumoured to be discontent with his situation at Real Madrid, according to reports.

    And Italian giants Juve and AC Milan are thought to be keen on the forward.

    The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with an exit from the Bernabeu throughout Zinedine Zidane's second spell in charge.

    And Calciomercato claims Juve and Milan could be set to make January transfer bids for the player.

  • SHOCKER

    Joao Felix was sent off after being booked twice in 20 SECONDS against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

    Felix was first penalised for a seemingly innocuous challenge on Unai Vencedor - if anything Felix looked like he was being tugged back as he looked to get Atletico on the attack.

    Ref José Montero judged Felix to have elbowed his opponent and the Portuguese reacted angrily to being given a yellow card.

    He then shouted towards the ref - with some reports suggesting he used the word "crazy" - leading to a second yellow and a red card.

    The youngster also pointed at his head to imply the referee had not been thinking straight.

    He and his team-mates, led by Luis Suarez, then protested to the ref but his mind was made up and Felix departed the pitch.

  • BENITEZ DISSECTS

    Rafa Benitez has spoken after his Everton side were beaten 3-0 by Aston Villa earlier this evening.

    Benitez was without the likes of Richarlison and Jordan Pickford for the game, which was the Toffees first league defeat of the season.

    Speaking to Everton's official website, Benitez said:

    “We started the game quite well and in the first half had a lot of situations on the counter-attack where the final decision was not right – but we were very close.

    “In the second half we had a couple of chances, that could have meant everything was totally different. Then we conceded the goal and very soon conceded a second and it was difficult for us.

    “Salomon, Demarai Gray and Alex Iwobi [had chances], so we had two or three situations where it could have been different.

    “We made mistakes and we made them too early, too close, then it was difficult to react and that is something for the future, hopefully, we can manage.

    “Either not concede, or if we do concede, react like we did in our games at home. The two goals were too close and then it was more difficult.”

  • SMITH SPEAKS

    Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has spoken after substitute Leon Bailey provided an assist before scoring a goal of his own in Aston Villa's 3-0 win against Everton.

    The summer signing then picked up a knock meaning the substitute had to be substituted, but Smith is hopeful the injury is not a serious one.

    He said: “It’s really special.

    “He is a really good player that is why we have got him here at the football club but on top of that he is a really good lad as well, the lads love him in the dressing room.

    “He is really humble and a really good person. We know he is going to be a special talent for us.

    “We hope it’s just a tight thigh, that’s what he said to the doctors so we didn’t need to risk it at that time. We hope we just caught it in time and it’s a tight quad.”

  • POGBA PROBLEMS

    Niggling in the back of all Manchester United fans minds will be Paul Pogba's contract situation.

    The star midfielder's deal runs out at the end of the season, with his future for next season still not certain.

    And the Frenchman's agent Mino Raiola has suggested a return to Juventus could be on the cards.

    He told Rai Sport: “Pogba’s contract expires next year. We will speak with Manchester United and we will see.

    “Surely Turin has remained in his heart and he cares a lot about these things.

    “There is the possibility that he returns to Juventus but it also depends on Juve.”

  • TIELEMANS TALKS

    Paul Merson has also spoken on Youri Tielemans' contract situation at Leicester.

    The 24-year-old Belgian midfielder is out of contract in the summer of 2023, with reports suggesting an agreement is yet to be reached over an extension.

    And according to the Athletic, Liverpool are huge admirers of Tielemans.

    And Merson made his thoughts on the situation clear, saying on Sky Sports: “In this day and age, it tells you he isn’t going to sign [a new contract].

    "You can’t go a year haggling about should I or should I not. They’ve got their money worth with Tielemans."

  • DAVID'S DILEMMA

    David Moyes takes on his old side tomorrow with his current West Ham team in fantastic form.

    And the former United boss will be desperate to get one over his former employers.

    But since leaving Manchester United in 2014, Moyes has failed to win any of his seven games against the Red Devils in all competitions (D2 L5).

  • MERSON'S ADMISSION

    Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson has been critical of Aaron Ramsdale's £30million move to Arsenal since the deal was announced.

    But after back-to-back clean sheets Merson had admitted he may have been wrong about the England shotstopper.

    Merson said: "He has been absolutely outstanding. I have been one of his biggest critics.

    "He has definitely been outstanding today."

  • SATURDAY'S SCORES

    After Aston Villa's win in the evening kick off, here's a run through of all the scores from the Premier League today:

  • FEELING GUILTY

    Pep Guardiola has also revealed he feels 'guilty' after asking more Manchester City fans to turn up at the Etihad.

    He made the plea after the win against RB Leipzig in midweek, but his side couldn't break down a stubborn Southampton defence today.

    And after the drab 0-0 draw, Guardiola said: "Always when the game is not good I feel bad for them.

    "They come to see a show, to see a game and when it doesn’t happen I feel a bit guilty because we didn’t play good."

  • MCTOMINAY IN

    Scott McTominay is IN Manchester United's travelling squad for tomorrow's clash.

    He was spotted earlier today with the rest of the squad as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co left Manchester for the trip down south.

    The Scottish midfielder could feature for the first time since August 22 after undergoing minor groin surgery.

    McTominay is unlikely to start for the Red Devils but the 24-year-old could be included on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's bench.

  • FULL TIME WHISTLE

    The full time whistle has sounded at Villa Park.

    Aston Villa register an impressive 3-0 home win against Everton to inflict a first defeat of the season on Rafa Benitez's Toffees.

    They drop to fifth in the Premier League, while Aston Villa move up to 10th.

  • BARKING UP THE RON TREE

    Cristiano Ronaldo was seen barking instructions to Manchester United players after being substituted in the Champions League defeat to Young Boys.

    But pundit Simon Jordan doesn't think CR7 had the right to do so.

    He told talkSPORT: “You can’t can’t imagine a Manchester United player behaving in that fashion in the technical area if Sir Alex was in situ.

    “This is what happens when you build Ronaldo up to the stage where people are suggesting he’s bigger than Manchester United – which I think is laughable.

    “I’m not sure a player being in the technical area is needed, wanted, or part of a look. If looks are part of it, does it illustrate that Solskjaer is in command of the ship? I don’t think he is.

    “I think he’s a manager that spends his time making sure players are happy rather than consequencing players when they need to be consequenced.”

  • PEP'S MESSAGE

    Guardiola urged more fans to attend today's game after thousands of empty seats were visible at the Etihad on Wednesday.

    And today he said: "I said we played an incredibly tough game against Leipzig, it will be incredibly tough against Southampton, and I need the support of our fans.

    "I never complain about how many come or don't come. I've never done this in my life, so I don't know why people ask me these questions. I'd be happy if 100 people came.

    "What they have to do is try to play every time better for the people that come here to stay with the team that they love and do our game and make them enjoy and happy for the way we played. That's all."

  • GOALS UPDATE

    Aston Villa are well on their way to three points at home to Everton.

    Matty Cash opened the scoring for Dean Smith's side, before an own goal from Lucas Digne made it 2-0.

    And Leon Bailey sealed the three points with a thunderous half volley on 75 minutes.

  • HAMMERS HEROES

    West Ham are to pay tribute to Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters with a statue celebrating the club heroes.

    Artwork featuring the iconic trio will be unveiled before the club’s Europa League duel with Rapid Vienna on September 30.

    Fans at West Ham’s first home match in the contest will among the first to have sight of the statue which honours the club’s 1965 European Cup Winners’ triumph.

    Sir Geoff Hurst, 79, said: "The timing of this, with the club qualifying for Europe, is fantastic."

    Hurst, Moore and Peters are three of West Ham Academy’s most famous graduates. 

    The trio who went on to excel for club and country made a combined total of 1,257 appearances for the Irons. 

  • JOHN GONE

    John McGinn was subbed in Aston Villa’s clash with Everton amid concern from fans he was “concussed”.

    The Scotland international appeared to take a knock to the face midway through the first-half as Villa welcomed Everton to Villa Park.

    McGinn played on before being replaced by Zimbabwe’s Marvelous Nakamba on 39 minutes with the score at 0-0.

    Fans took to social media to question whether the 26-year-old should have been taken off sooner, with some claiming he was "concussed".

    User ‘Dion_Leadbetter’ wrote on Twitter: “Not sure how it’s taken Villa so long to take John McGinn off there, obviously not there with the concussion”

    ‘RJAK67’ added: “John McGinn has genuinely just played 30 odd minutes of football concussed.”

  • MORE FROM MIKEL

    Arteta was also pleased with the confidence his side gained from today's result.

    He said: "That grows confidence around the team that they can win under all circumstances.

    "And when people are questioning their ability to compete here or [saying] they're going to get bullied.

    "No they didn't get bullied, they tried their best and some of them they're still not mature enough to compete with these boys.

    "But they tried their best and they certainly deserved the victory."

  • ARTETA ANALYSES

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has spoken after his side claimed back-to-back Premier League wins with victory over Burnley.

    He told Sky Sports: "You always have to fight to win in this stadium, it doesn't matter the result they're going to put you under pressure.

    "We had to suffer [and] we did. I think we defended really well the situations that they constantly proposed.

    "In the first half we had some really good patches where we really dominated and looked a real threat and in the second half we had periods where we suffered.

    "Because we didn't finish the actions, we had such big openings to finish the actions and we didn't.

    "And then we had to hang in there, but I think the team showed a real spirit today."

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