Five things we learned in the Premier League

Here are five things we learned from this weekend’s Premier League action: BLOODIED EDERSON IS GUARDIOLA’S KIND OF KEEPER Ederson ended Manchester City’s 5-0 thrashing of Liverpool unsteady on his feet and with a white dressing concealing a large gash on the left side of his face, but having enhanced his reputation in the eyes of manager Pep Guardiola. The 24-year-old Brazilian sustained the injury as he raced out to head clear Joel Matip’s through ball, his speed of thought and foot allowing him to beat Sadio Mane to the…

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Rooney looks to Spurs to redeem himself

Everton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed Wayne Rooney will play against Tottenham on Saturday despite a drink drive charge hanging over the striker. Rooney was arrested a week ago and has a court hearing on 18 September after being released on bail over the incident. The 31-year-old has scored twice in three Premier League games for Everton, having rejoined his boyhood club from Manchester United in the summer. Koeman was unable to bring in another top striker before the transfer window closed and will therefore keep faith with Rooney despite his…

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Tottenham Hotspurs, Serge Aurier lashes out at media

Tottenham Hotspur new recruit Serge Aurier says he got a rough deal from the media during his often controversial time at Paris Saint-Germain. The hugely talented Ivorian right-back joined Spurs for £23 million on transfer deadline day last week. “I wasn’t thought highly enough of and I wasn’t respected,” said the 24-year-old whose deal was complicated by his two-month suspended prison sentence for assault on a police officer outside a Paris nightclub in May 2016. “The thing with the police was blown out of proportion by the European media,” Aurier…

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Gombe United relegated, Plateau’s party on hold

Gombe United joined Remo Stars to become the second club to be relegated from this season’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Sunday after a 0-3 defeat at Rivers United. The Savannah Scorpions did put up a decent battle in the first half before conceding from two spot kicks converted by Bernard Ovoke on 50 and 72 minutes. Bolaji Sakin came off the bench to put icing on Rivers United’s performance with the third on the stroke of full time. At the top of the table, Plateau United failed to…

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Arsenal misfit Perez returns to Deportivo

Arsenal striker Lucas Perez has returned to his former club Deportivo La Coruna on loan for the rest of the season, the Liga side announced on Thursday, after a brief and disappointing spell in the Premier League for the Spaniard. Perez had the best spell of his career at Deportivo, scoring 17 league goals in the 2015-16 campaign, leading to a 20 million euros move to Arsenal after spells with Ukraine clubs Dynamo Kiev and Karpaty Lviv and Greek side PAOK Salonica. He had an underwhelming time at Arsene Wenger’s…

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Arsenal confirm Chamberlain’s exit to Liverpool

Arsenal have formally announced the exit of their midfielder, Alex Ox-Chamberlain to rivals Liverpool and thanked him for his services. The London club did not reveal how much they pocketed from the sale. And they did not say whether they would do any new signing on the last day of the transfer window. Embattled manager, Arsene Wenger, merely said ‘his phone has been red hot on transfer deadline day”. Alex joined Arsenal six years ago from Southampton. He made 199 appearances and scored 20 goals. “He helped us to three…

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