Steve Cook header seals Bournemouth comeback win over West Ham

After all the talk of fresh starts, this felt worryingly familiar for West Ham. It was another one of those trying afternoons at the London Stadium and on this evidence it is going to be tougher than Manuel Pellegrini must have anticipated to tackle the gloom that tends to fall over this troubled ground in times of adversity. Related: Harry Kane breaks August goal drought in Tottenham win over Fulham Continue reading...

West Ham should not fear playing at the London Stadium, says Manuel Pellegrini

• West Ham have won only 18 home games in last two seasons
• Club still awaiting sanction for crowd trouble against Burnley Manuel Pellegrini has said there is no reason for West Ham to fear playing at the London Stadium. They have struggled since leaving Upton Park in 2016 and expect a fine from the Football Association following the crowd trouble that marred last season’s home game against Burnley but Pellegrini made it clear he is not interested in excuses before Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth. Continue reading...

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

Chelsea and Arsenal promise goals and flaws, Fulham need to tighten up at Spurs and will sparks fly again when Benítez meets Warnock? With two teams in flux, Chelsea’s derby with Arsenal is a meeting that promises goals. Both sides are vulnerable in defence and dangerous in attack. Although beaten comfortably in the end, Huddersfield exposed Chelsea’s weakness to attacks down the wings last week and Arsenal may aim to do likewise, while David Luiz, in particular, will likely struggle to keep up with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the middle. But Chelsea’s midfield thrusters – who could include Eden Hazard from the start as well as N’Golo Kanté in all-new Roving Mode – could wreak havoc at the other end, especially if certain Arsenal midfielders remain dozy when it comes to defensive duties. That is something Unai Emery needs to change and he could start by picking Lucas Torreira instead Continue reading "Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend"

Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Guendouzi is one of Arsenal’s few reasons to be cheerful, Naby Keïta is a thrilling talent no matter whose shirt he’s wearing, and Richarlison already looks worth the money Wherever Arsène Wenger was watching, he would have approved of Mattéo Guendouzi’s presence at the base of Arsenal’s midfield. The 19-year-old was poached from Lorient, exactly the type of under‑the-radar Francophone deal in which the former manager delighted. Eager and energetic, his tousled locks and upright style make him stand out but, with City interchanging midfield passes at breakneck speed, Unai Emery had exposed him to a heavy workload – neither Granit Xhaka nor Aaron Ramsey showed much dedication to defensive duties. When Raheem Sterling blazed past him to score City’s opener, Guendouzi’s inexperience was exposed but so was neglectful defending from Mesut Özil and Héctor Bellerín. His passing was often chaotic but so was that of his midfield partners, particularly Continue reading "Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action"

Jürgen Klopp: ‘The players know this season will be unbelievably hard’

• Liverpool manager says players must be ready for all challenges
• Klopp, however, savoured a good start in 4-0 rout of West HamJürgen Klopp has said Liverpool face an “unbelievably hard” Premier League season despite opening the campaign with a 4-0 rout of West Ham United, their biggest opening-day win at Anfield since 1932. The Liverpool manager savoured “a very good start” as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, twice, and the substitute Daniel Sturridge scored in the comfortable defeat of Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look side. It was Liverpool’s biggest opening-day win since the 6-1 defeat of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park in 1994. Continue reading...

Sadio Mané scores twice as Liverpool thrash West Ham United

In the words of Jürgen Klopp there is an expectation on Liverpool to make the next step this season. The first one was thoroughly convincing. West Ham United were swatted aside as Klopp’s team slipped back into the old routine with goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and a substitute, Daniel Sturridge. Liverpool scored four or more goals 14 times last season – a record bettered only once in the club’s history in 1895‑96 – and hit their prolific stride in their opening game of the new campaign as Manuel Pellegrini’s new-look side endured a punishing afternoon. Continue reading...

Five new Premier League players to look out for this season

Chelsea, Arsenal, Fulham, Wolves and West Ham all made eye-catching signings while the World Cup was on If Antonio Conte became used to not getting his way with transfers, the signing of Jorginho felt like the perfect sweetener for his successor. The 26-year-old midfielder was confirmed on the same day as Maurizio Sarri, both arriving from Napoli, and it said plenty for his importance to the new manager’s plans that Manchester City were beaten to his signature. Continue reading...

Liverpool v West Ham United: match preview

Summer changes fuel optimism at both clubs but Manuel Pellegrini faces a daunting task in his first league game as the West Ham manager. Liverpool won both meetings 4-1 last season and were unbeaten at home throughout. Since then they have been the biggest spenders in the transfer market and begin with expectations of a title challenge. Jürgen Klopp has injury concerns in central defence but West Ham’s new-look rearguard must gel immediately for the visitors to benefit. Andy Hunter Sunday 1.30pm Sky Sports Premier League Continue reading...

Southampton finally sign Danny Ings after Crystal Palace prefer Jordan Ayew

• Saints loan Liverpool striker prior to permanent move
• Palace had been linked but bring in Ayew from SwanseaSouthampton signed Danny Ings on loan from Liverpool after being granted an extension to the 5pm transfer window deadline. The Anfield club announced the deal was an initial one-season loan with the move becoming permanent on 1 July 2019, then with a fee of £18m plus £2m in add-ons. Ings had interested Crystal Palace but the London club signed Jordan Ayew from Swansea City instead. He became their fourth summer signing, following on from the arrivals of the goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and the midfielders Cheikhou Kouyaté and Max Meyer. The deal is initially a loan, with the possibility of the move becoming permanent in January. Related: Transfer window 2018 – every summer deal from Europe's top five leagues Continue reading...

Daniel Sturridge can lead the way for Premier League’s forgotten men

After frustration and in some cases ridicule, players who have suffered from injury torment will be desperate to show what they have to offer as a new season gets under way Harry Redknapp used to be tickled by the notion that top professionals would move clubs primarily for sentimental reasons. Many times he made the sort of quip that he delivered in 2012 when there were suggestions that Carlos Tevez might take a big pay cut to leave Manchester City for Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur. “He’s always wanted to play for Tottenham,” explained Redknapp, deadpan as you like. “Ever since he was in Argentina he had a picture of Hoddle on the wall and Ricky [Villa] and Ossie [Ardiles]. I want to play for Totting-ham, I remember him saying that.” Of course, that fiction never became reality. If, like a species-threateningly large number of us, you have been unable to Continue reading "Daniel Sturridge can lead the way for Premier League’s forgotten men"

Fans from all 20 Premier League clubs share their deadline day requests

Manchester United need a defender, Southampton want a striker and Newcastle should swap Ashley for Staveley Jamaal Lascelles looks perfect as a long-term replacement for Laurent Koscielny. The Newcastle player would strengthen our defence and could be a future captain. If not him, Domagoj Vida will do – but not at £25m. Basically, we should sign any centre-back who will ensure that Shkodran Mustafi no longer sees the starting XI. We should sell Joel Campbell. Fraser Knox Continue reading...

Discarded Arsenal striker close to £10m switch to West Ham United

Having failed to make a lasting imprint at Arsenal, the Daily Mail understands that Lucas Perez is supposedly close to completing a £10m switch to London-based rivals West Ham United, as it’s said that the discarded Spaniard is keen to remain a Premier League professional, despite only featuring in a mere handful of top-flight encounters […]

West Ham aim to beat Chelsea to signing of Brazil winger Bernard

• Bernard is free agent after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk
• Winger has won 14 caps for BrazilWest Ham have revived their interest in Bernard after learning the Brazil winger could be persuaded to lower his wage demands. Manuel Pellegrini targeted the 25-year-old earlier this summer only for West Ham to turn their attention elsewhere after being told the former Shakhtar Donetsk player wanted a contract worth £200,000 a week. Yet Bernard has still not found a club since leaving Shakhtar at the end of last season and Pellegrini is considering whether to challenge Chelsea and Milan for the winger who has played 14 times for Brazil. Continue reading...

A transfer target for each Premier League club before the window closes

With one week to go before the transfer window closes on 9 August, who should the 20 Premier League clubs sign?
Unai Emery has already made five signings – Lucas Torreira, Bernd Leno, Sokratis, Mattéo Guendouzi and Stephan Lichtsteiner – so may settle for what he has. However, another centre-back would be very useful given Laurent Koscielny’s long-standing injury problems. Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles would cost up to £30m but the 24-year-old has the mentality and leadership skills Arsenal are crying out for at the back. Continue reading...