Aston Villa 2-4 Arsenal: Gunners leave it late to bag all 3 points at Villa Park, Zinchenko bags first Premier League goal!

In a thrilling Premier League encounter, Arsenal emerged victorious with a 4-2 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. The Gunners needed a win to keep their title hopes alive, and they delivered a commanding performance to secure all three points.

The match got off to a fast start, with both teams attacking with intent. It was Aston Villa who opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Ollie Watkins finished from a tight angle with his left foot. Arsenal responded ten minutes later with a stunning goal from Bukayo Saka, who fired a powerful shot into the roof of the net to level the scores.

Aston Villa continued to push forward and took the lead again in the 41st minute through Philippe Coutinho, who finished off a well-worked team move with a smart finish into the bottom corner. However, Arsenal was not deterred and equalized again in the 58th minute when Oleksandr Zinchenko rifled the ball into the goalkeeper’s near corner from the edge of the box.

With the game finely poised at 2-2, it was Arsenal who struck the decisive blow in the dying minutes of the match. In the 93rd minute, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez accidentally nodded the ball into his own net, giving the Gunners a crucial lead. Then, in the 98th minute, Gabriel Martinelli put the result beyond doubt by scoring Arsenal’s fourth goal.

The win was a huge boost for Arsenal, who now sits three points above Manchester City in the title race, with City still to play Nottingham Forest later today. It was a well-deserved victory for the Gunners, who showed resilience and character to come from behind twice and score two late goals.

Overall, it was a highly entertaining match with some great goals and plenty of drama. Arsenal will be delighted with the win, which keeps their title hopes alive and gives them confidence heading into their next fixture. Aston Villa will be disappointed to have lost after putting up a strong performance, but they can take heart from the fact that they gave Arsenal a real run for their money.

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Goal! Aston Villa 4-2 Arsenal

Martinelli races clear and scores into an empty net!

Goal! Aston Villa 3-2 Arsenal

Jorginho unleashes a shot from range and it hits the bar, bangs off Martinez’s head and into the net!

Goal! Aston Villa 2-2 Arsenal

Oleksandr Zinchenko levels, rifling the ball into the goalkeeper’s near corner from the edge of the box

Goal! Aston Villa 2-1 Arsenal

Philippe Coutinho restores Aston Villa’s lead with a smart finish following a well-worked team move

Goal! Aston Villa 1-1 Arsenal

Oh wow! Bukayo Saka equalises with a powerful shot into the roof of the net

Goal! Aston Villa 1-0 Arsenal

A brilliant goal from in-form Ollie Watkins, who finishes from a tight angle with his left foot

Kick Off!

So it begins! Will Arsenal be able to regain the top spot or will their former boss pile more misery on them?

Starting XI

Leandro Trossard makes his first Premier League start for Arsenal today as Gabriel Martinelli drops to the bench. That’s the first league game this season where the Brazilian has not been named in the XI.

Takehiro Tomiyasu also drops out for the Gunners, Ben White starting and Emile Smith Rowe back in the squad


Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City: Cityzens leapfrog Gunners on the Premier League table after victory at The Emirates, Haaland and De Bruyne on target >>>

Manchester City earned a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Arsenal in a fiercely contested Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium. The reigning champions were superior throughout the game and deservedly took the lead in the 24th minute. A poor backpass from Arsenal’s Tomiyasu was pounced on by City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who took advantage of Ramsdale’s out-of-position to slot the ball into an empty net.

Despite City’s dominance, Arsenal managed to grab an equalizer in the 42nd minute, thanks to a controversial penalty decision. Bukayo Saka converted the spot kick to bring the game to levels.

However, the visitors regained the lead just six minutes into the second half, after Arsenal’s sloppy passes allowed Haaland to take advantage and play it inside to Gundogan. The midfielder then let the ball run for Grealish, who showed great composure to score.

Tempers boiled over in the closing stages of the match when De Bruyne shoved Arsenal’s manager, Mikel Arteta, on the touchline, leading to a heated exchange between the two. However, it was Haaland who had the final say, hammering the ball into the bottom corner to wrap up the scoring in the 71st minute, all coming from a brilliant De Bruyne run.

Manchester City’s win takes them to the top of the Premier League table, although Arsenal still have a game in hand. The result shows that Guardiola has schooled his former assistant Arteta, as the Gunners struggled to keep up with City’s relentless pressing and attacking quality throughout the game. It was a well-deserved win for the visitors, who look like the team to beat once again this season.

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Goal! Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City

Ball falls for Haaland in the corner and he hammers it into the bottom corner. All came from a brilliant De Bruyne run.

Goal! Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City

The Gunners are struggling to keep hold of the ball, a couple of really sloppy passes. And here’s another one, Haaland there to take advantage. Plays it inside to Gundogan, he lets it run for Grealish who makes no mistake.

Second Half

Here we go again – second-half up and running!


A brilliant 45 minutes at the Emirates.

City took the lead, De Bruyne ruthless in taking advantage of Tomiyasu’s disastrous backpass. Superb response from Arsenal though and they deservedly found an equaliser, as Saka kept his nerve from the spot.

Game. On.

Goal! Arsenal 1-1 Manchester City

Had an age to think about it, but Saka keeps his nerve to send Ederson the wrong way! It’s all square at the Emirates.


Xhaka clips a ball over the top, Nketiah beats Ederson to the ball… cleared off the line!cBut Ederson has taken Nketiah out as he flew off his line, penalty!

Goal! Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

Arsenal have absolutely gifted City the opening goal. Awful backpass from Tomiyasu, De Bruyne pounces with Ramsdale out of position and he lifts the shot into the empty net.

Kick Off!

And so it begins!

Starting XI

Partey does indeed miss out for Arsenal as expected, with Jorginho coming in to make his first start for the club. White also drops out of the side, named on the bench as Tomiyasu starts at right-back. Otherwise it’s as expected from Arsenal, with Martinelli keeping his place and Trossard among the substitutes.

As for Man City, Haaland is fit to lead the line and Grealish and Mahrez are the two either side of him. Ake comes in for Laporte, but it looks like it could be that hybrid system for City that they used against Aston Villa at the weekend. That would see Silva potentially filling in at left-back, up against Saka.

AC Milan 1-0 Tottenham: Brahim Diaz on song as Spurs fall in Conte’s return to Italy

In a tightly contested match, AC Milan emerged as 1-0 winners over Tottenham Hotspurs in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 at San Siro.

The match got off to a fast start, with AC Milan taking the lead in just the 7th minute of the game. The goal gave AC Milan a confidence boost, and they dominated the early stages of the match, creating several chances to extend their lead.

As the match progressed, tensions rose, with both teams battling hard for possession. AC Milan continued to create chances, but they were unable to add to their lead. Despite their best efforts, Tottenham were unable to find an equalizer, and the match ended in a 1-0 victory for the Italian side.

The result leaves AC Milan in a strong position heading into the second leg of the tie, with a valuable away goal and a one-goal advantage. Tottenham, on the other hand, will need to find a way to score at least two goals in the second leg if they are to progress to the quarter-finals.

Overall, it was a hard-fought victory for AC Milan, who will be pleased with their performance and will look to finish the job in the second leg. Tottenham, on the other hand, will need to regroup and come up with a plan to overcome a tough Milan defense if they are to stand a chance of progressing in the competition.

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Second Half

We are back for the second 45! Can Spurs turn things around?


There’s the whistle.

Goal! Ac Milan 1-0 Tottenham

Romero is outmuscled in the build-up and Diaz eventually bundles the ball home! Forster makes a miracle save but Milan were first to the rebound.

Kick Off!

And we are off!

Starting XI

As expected, no Tomori for the host and Spurs line up with thier top XI

PSG 0-1 Bayern Munich: Kingsley Coman returns to hurt his former team AGAIN as Bavarians down Parisians in Paris

In a closely contested match, PSG suffered a narrow 0-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 at the Parc des Princes.

The game was played at a high tempo, with both sides creating chances in the first half. However, neither team was able to find the back of the net, with the defenses holding strong.

The second half started much like the first, with both teams battling for control. It was Bayern Munich who struck first, with Kingsley Coman scoring in the 53rd minute against his former team yet again. Despite scoring against his former club, Coman did not celebrate, showing respect to his former teammates and the club that gave him his big break.

Mbappe, who had started the game on the bench, was brought on in to inject some pace into the attack. The Frenchman had an immediate impact, causing problems for the Bayern Munich defense with his blistering runs.

In the 83rd minute, Mbappe appeared to have scored the equalizer, however, the goal was disallowed for offside, much to the disappointment of the home crowd.

Despite their best efforts, PSG were unable to find a way past the Bayern Munich defense, and the match ended in a 1-0 victory for the German side. The result leaves PSG with a difficult task in the second leg, as they will need to score at least two goals to have a chance of advancing to the quarter-finals.

Bayern Munich, on the other hand, will be pleased with the result and will look to finish the job in the second leg at home.

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Guess who’s back!

Goal! PSG 0-1 Bayern Munich

Coman does it again for Bayern against his former side! Davies swings the cross in, Coman free at the back post and he just cushions a volley into the back of the net. Not great goalkeeping. At all.

Second half

We would be hoping for more firepower in this second half!


PSG put up a solid fight in the first half with their top-level football skills on full display. However, despite their best efforts, they failed to hit the target even once. This is a bit surprising considering their formidable attacking duo of Messi and Neymar. Nevertheless, the game is far from over, and with the second half yet to come, PSG have ample opportunity to turn things around and prove their worth.

Kick Off

Time to get up and running in Paris!

That Jam!!!

The teams are out onto the Parc des Princes. Plenty of shouting in the tunnel. Michael Oliver is on officiating duty tonight – if we could have a night without some VAR drama that would be lovely. Time for the Champions League anthem!

Starting XI

One back, one on the bench for PSG. Messi returns and is fit to partner Neymar, but Mbappe has to settle for a place on the bench. Not a bad substitution to make. Verratti is fit to start, while 16-year-old Zaire-Emery also gets the nod in midfield. He was born in 2006. Yes, 2006. It’s not fair really.

Kimmich is back from suspension for Bayern, and lines up in midfield alongside Goretzka. Cancelo makes his first European appearance for the club after his loan move from Manchester City, while Sane and Coman start in wide areas and Choupo-Moting leads the line. Plenty of decent options off the bench – Muller, Gnabry and Davies just a few of those waiting in reserve.

Man City 3-1 Aston Villa: Cityzens run riot at the Etihad, Mahrez and Rodri on song >>>

Manchester City showed a dominating performance with a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.

It only took 5 minutes for Manchester City to open scoring via Mahrez corner which Rodri put at the back of the net.

Ikay Gundogan doubled the lead before Mahrez made it three. Aston Villa scored a goal in the second half but it was not enough to make a return.

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Goal! Man City 3-1 Aston Villa

Man City lose the ball playing out from the back and Ollie Watkins is provided the chance to slot home

Second Half

We are back for the second 45!


Pep’s men are taking no prisoners.

Goal! Manchester City 3-0 Aston Villa

Riyad Mahrez makes no mistake from the penalty spot

Goal! Manchester City 2-0 Aston Villa

A mix-up at the back provides Erling Haaland with the chance to square to Ilkay Gundogan who taps in at the back post

Goal! Manchester City 1-0 Aston Villa

Less than five minutes on the clock and Rodri heads home a Mahrez corner.

Kick Off!

And so it begins!

Starting XI

Both sets of players will today wear black armbands in a show of solidarity with the thousands affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Leeds 0-2 Manchester United: Rashford, Garnacho on song as Red Devils blow past rivals >>>

Leeds United hosted Manchester United at Elland Road Stadium in a highly-anticipated Premier League match. The home side started brightly, controlling possession and creating several early chances, but were unable to find the back of the net.

Marcus Rashford scored on the 80th minute to put Red Devils in front. Five minutes later Garnacho doubled the lead for Ten Hag’s team to run away with 3 points.

The home side tried to mount a late comeback, but were unable to find a way past the resolute Manchester United defense, who held on for a well-deserved 2-0 victory. The result moves the Red Devils up to second in the league table, while Leeds remain in mid-table.

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Goal! Leeds 0-1 Manchester United

Marcus Rashford heads Manchester United into the lead at Elland Road.

Second half

A start to the second half just as the first carried out, a foul being conceded before Man United sit on the ball in their own half.


A whopping 16 fouls in that first 45 minutes, 10 of which conceded by Man United – and yet Leeds lead 2-1 on yellow cards! The visitors have boasted 70 per cent of possession but shots are even, 4-3 in Leeds’ favour and 2-2 for shots on target.

Neither side with a massive level of passing accuracy, at 71 and 83 per cent.


All square after a fiery first half.

Kick Off!

Luke Ayling delivers his final words in the Leeds huddle and a proper big-match atmosphere greets the referee’s whistle.

We’re underway at Elland Road!

Starting XI

He started as a nervy, skinny Spaniard fans feared as a flop and, via a dodgy fax machine, went on to become arguably the world’s top goalkeeper for a number of years.

Man United 2-2 Leeds: Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford score to save Red Devils from embarrassment at Old Trafford

The spoils were shared at Old Trafford as Manchester United came from behind to draw Leeds in a 4-goal thriller.

The Red Devils were stunned under 60 seconds by Wilfred Gnonto with a brilliant goal. Before Ten Hag’s men could recover, Leeds doubled the lead in the second half after Raphael Varane’s own goal in the second half.

It took a power header from an in-form Marcus Rashford to make it 1-2 before Jadon Sancho marked his return with a clean goal in the 62nd minute.

The draw means Manchester United are 2 points behind Manchester City and 7 points behind league leaders, Arsenal.

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Goal! Man United 2-2 Leeds

The game has changed! Sancho squeezes one in from close range!

Goal! Man United 1-2 Leeds

It is that man, Marcus Rashford, who powers in a header to pull one back for United!

Goal! Man United 0-2 Leeds

United stunned from kick-off again! Summerville’s low cross deflected into his own goal by Varane!

Second Half

Let’s hope for a repeat of the first-half!

Half time

Gnonto’s early goal the difference so far but a brilliant game at Old Trafford.

Goal! Man United 0-1 Leeds

Wilfried Gnonto hit Marcus Rashford’s celebration after taking the lead at Old Trafford

Kick Off

Here we go!

Starting XI

In charge of Leeds tonight, Chris Armas was part of Ralf Rangnick’s coaching set-up at Manchester United last season.

A former USA international, the ex-LA Galaxy midfielder only joined Jesse Marsch’s team a number of days ago. Following Marsch’s dismissal, Armas will take charge of the Yorkshire giants until a new manager is appointed.

BREAKING: Manchester City charged with breaking number of Premier League financial rules

The investigation into the club’s dealings has lasted for four years.

And now the Premier League have published their findings – and it does not make good reading for the Etihad club.

The charges relate to breaching regulations over nine seasons, with the investigation starting way back in December 2018.

That was prompted following the publishing of leaked documents by German website Der Spiegel.

It is alleged City overstated sponsorship income, were paid money directly by their Abu Dhabi owners instead of sponsors, used a secret contract with an Emirati club to effectively double ex-manager Roberto Mancini’s and broke rules relating to approaches of young players.

Uefa slapped City with a two-year ban and fined the club £25million for alleged financial fair play breaches.

However, in 2020, that was overturned and the final cut to £9m by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

BREAKING: Mason Greenwood attempted rape charges dropped

Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood has all charges dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service more than a year after his arrest, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed

All charges of attempted rape, assault and coercive control against Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood have been dropped.

Greater Manchester Police have confirmed that the Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all charges against the 21-year-old.

The England international was arrested in January of 2021 and was due to stand trial for attempted rape, assault and coercive control in November.

Greenwood appeared in court in November, where a trial date was set for November 23 of 2023, before the charges were dropped.

Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, GMP’s Head of Public Protection, said: “The investigation team has remained in regular contact with the legal team, providing any updates of note, and so understand the rationale for the discontinuation of proceedings at this stage, and that this decision has not been taken lightly.

“Despite the media and public’s interest in this case, we have decided not to comment on it in any further detail.

“I would, however, like to use this opportunity to reiterate GMP’s commitment to investigating allegations of violence against women and girls and supporting those affected, regardless of their circumstances, throughout what can be a hard and upsetting time for them.”

FINALLY: Chelsea SMASH British Transfer Record as Enzo Fernandez Seals Move from Benfica

Chelsea Football Club have acquired Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez from Portuguese Primeira Liga giants Benfica for a British record sum.

The Blues have managed to come to an agreement with Benfica over payment terms, and will stump out the release clause of around €120m Euros.

The fee is a new British record transfer sum a club has ever paid for a player, eclipsing the €100m Euros Manchester City paid Aston Villa for the services of Jack Grealish.

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Nottingham Forest Snap Keylor Navas from PSG on Loan

Premier League campaigners Nottingham Forest have finalized the signing of Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas on a six-month loan deal from French side Paris Saint Germain.

The three-time UEFA Champions League winner has not played a single minute in Ligue 1 this season, but will be bringing his wealth of experience to the City Ground as they battle to survive the drop and maintain their Premier League status.

Manchester United Reach Agreement with Bayern Munich for the Loan Signing of Marcel Sabitzer

English Premier League giants Manchester United have made a breakthrough in the January transfer window, as they have reached an agreement with German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer.

Following the injury sustained by Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen during the Red Devils victory over Reading in the FA Cup last time out and his unavailability until late April, Erik ten Hag has made a move by snapping up Sabitzer as a replacement.

The deal would see Sabitzer arrive at Old Trafford on loan until the end of the current campaign.

Milan Skriniar to Join PSG from Inter Milan in the Summer on a Free Transfer

Heartbreak for fans of Inter Milan as defender Milan Skriniar will leave the capital outfit for French Ligue 1 champions PSG on a free transfer in the summer.

The Nerazzurri had the opportunity to get a huge fee for the Slovakia international last summer, but after failing to tie center-back to a new deal, Skriniar will now depart San Siro on a free.

Tottenham Hotspurs Complete Pedro Porro Transfer

Finally, Tottenham Hotspurs have sealed the signing of full-back Pedro Porro from Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Sporting CP Lisbon.

Porro has penned a five-and-a-half year contract, which will see him remain at North London until the summer of 2028.

Hector Bellerin Swaps Barcelona for Sporting CP Lisbon

Following Pedro Porro’s move to Tottenham Hotspurs, the domino effect has seen Spaniard Hector Bellerin join Sporting CP Lisbon on a permanent deal.

Thorgan Hazard Joins PSV Eindhoven on Loan

Dutch Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven have announced the loan signing of Belgium international Thorgan Hazard (the younger brother of Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard) from German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season.

Arsenal agree deal to sign Jorginho from Chelsea for £12m

Chelsea midfielder Jorginho is on his way to North London after Arsenal and their local rivals reached an agreement for a £12m deal. The Italian midfield maestro had only 6 months left in his Chelsea contract and a move to Arsenal would see him stay in England until 2024.

The Gunners moved for Jorginho after it was made clear to them that they could not sign Moisés Caicedo from Brighton this January.

Lokonga expected to join Palace on loan

 Arsenal midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga is expected to complete his loan move to Crystal Palace before the deadline, reports The Daily Mail. The loan includes will reportedly include an option to buy. 

Man United make Sabitzer progress

Manchester United are reportedly closing in on the loan signing of Marcel Sabitzer. According to Sky Germany, the Bayern Munich player is at the airport in Germany and ready to fly to Manchester, with the Premier League side in pole position to land the Austrian.

With Christian Eriksen expected to be out for three months, United have acted quickly to try and land a midfielder.

Chelsea prepare Fernandez medical

Chelsea appear to be making progress in their pursuit of Enzo Fernandez, and are preparing for the midfielder to have his medical in Portugal.

It’s believed discussions between the Blues and Benfica are ongoing, but Sky Sports report that plans are now being made for a medical to take place in the coming hours.

The British record deal is very much on!

Lyon in Bakayoko talks, yes that Bakayoko

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s proposed loan move to Cremonense has been held up as a result of disagreements over the finances involved.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Lyon have now opened talks to sign the midfielder, in news that will be very welcome to Chelsea fans.

With Bakayoko not playing for AC Milan – another appearance would force them to pay £12m for him – a permament move elsewhere would seemingly be the best outcome for all parties.

Chelsea not interested in Sabitzer… yet

Manchester United are working on a deal to sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan from Bayern Munich, with Chelsea not yet expressing an interest.

Chelsea could take an interest in signing the 28-year-old but remained focused on securing Enzo Fernandez from Benfica.

The Blues are keen to make the 22-year-old midfielder their club-record signing for £115million and have a make-or-break meeting later on deadline day.

Porro undergoing Spurs medical

Pedro Porro is currently in the final stages of his Tottenham medical ahead of joining the club on a five-and-a-half year deal, albeit initially on loan, writes Dan Kilpatrick.

Matt Doherty’s impending departure to Atletico Madrid has freed up the No.2 shirt, although Porro wore No.24 at Sporting Lisbon – which has also just become available with Djed Spence set to join French club Rennes until the summer.

Porro and Arnaut Danjuma will be added to Spurs’ Champions League squad as non-homegrown players, taking the spots previously filled by Doherty and Bryan Gil, and ensuring Spurs will not have to omit anyone for the knockouts.

Done deal! Spurs sign Chelsea striker

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Jude Soonsup-Bell from Chelsea.

The teenage striker has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal and will join the academy, becoming just the fourth player to move directly from Chelsea to Tottenham in the Premier League era.

Newcastle sign Ashby

Newcastle have completed the signing of West Ham full-back Harrison Ashby in a deal worth an initial £2million, reports Malik Ouzia.

Ashby had been keen to join Newcastle last summer, with the Toon club looking for back-up to England right-back Kieran Trippier. The 21-year-old was then into the final year of his West Ham deal but the club held firm in the hope that he could be convinced to sign a new contract this season.

That has not been the case, however, and with less than six months left on his contract, the two clubs have now come to an agreement. Ashby would have been a free agent at the end of his contract in the summer but West Ham would have still been entitled to a compensation settlement from Newcastle, with the exact amount to be decided by tribunal.

The fee could rise further with add-ons, while West Ham also have a sell-on clause inserted as part of the deal, which would see them entitled to a percentage of any future transfer fee.

Matt Doherty on loan to Atletico Madrid from Spurs

Tottenham right-back Matt Doherty is set to join Atletico Madrid on loan. It will be an straight loan with no obligation to buy.

Arsenal plan Jorginho medical

Chelsea’s Jorginho is expected at London Colney today to complete a £12m move to Arsenal.

He will sign a one-and-a-half-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

Caicedo not for sale as Brighton target European football

“A lot has happened over the last few days, but one thing has remained the same – Brighton’s stance when it has come to Moisés Caicedo. The player is not for sale regardless of any bids that come in, and we understand that that stance is not going to chance on deadline day.

“That’s after rejecting two bids from Arsenal, the last one of Sunday for £70m.Caicedo’s been told to stay away from the training ground until the deadline passes. 

“We expect him to be back here with the first team, they’re enjoying a couple of days off after that victory over Liverpool, so he’s expected to be back tomorrow.

“Brighton are currently sixth in the table and owner Tony Bloom really thinks they could sustain this challenge and compete for European places, something that Brighton have never done in their history – competed in European competition. “

Arsenal close in on Jorginho

Arsenal have accepted that Brighton’s position on Caicedo is not a bluff – the player is not for sale. Arsenal now actively working towards agreeing a deal for Jorginho. Arteta a key voice in decision.

Marquinhos loan exit confirmed

Marquinhos loan to Norwich has been confirmed by Arsenal. The forward joins on a straight loan deal with no buy option. Loan manager Ben Knapper is now understood to be looking at some other temporary deals for academy players before the window shuts.

Spurs close in on Soonsup-Bell signing

Talking of Spurs and Chelsea, the former are this morning waiting for the final paperwork from the latter before announcing the capture of Jude Soonsup-Bell from their London rivals.

The teenager, who had entered the final six months of his contract at Stamford Bridge, has joined Spurs on a free transfer, although Chelsea will retain a sell-on fee for the striker, who joined their academy from Swindon aged nine.

Soonsup-Bell has signed a deal with Spurs until 2025, completing a medical yesterday, and will bolster their struggling Under-21 side for the remainder of the season before likely being sent out on loan in the summer.

Once considered one of the most exciting prospects in Europe, the 19-year-old made his first-team debut under Thomas Tuchel in the EFL Cup quarter-final against Brentford a little over a year ago but has struggled for minutes for the Blues’ U-21 side this term.

Why is Enzo so expensive?

One key factor in the Enzo Fernandez transfer fee that Benfica are demanding is former club River Plate’s sell-on clause. The Argentine outfit will pocket 25 per cent of his deal, which could total £28million should Chelsea cough up £115million.

Not bad considering they sold him for about £8m in total last summer. No wonder Benfica are holding out for as much as possible.