English Premiership

Virgil van Dijk: Southampton defender hands in transfer request

Virgil van Dijk has been at Southampton since 2015 (Image credit: Getty Images)

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request and says he wants to play European football. The Netherlands centre-back is wanted by a number of clubs and had said he wanted to move to Liverpool. The 26-year-old said he had handed in the request after saying Southampton were about to fine him two weeks wages. “I would like ...

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Atsu: Rafa has made me a better player

Ghana and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu says Rafa Benítez’s guidance is helping him improve, after he netted his second goal in as many games against Hellas Verona on Sunday. The Magpies ran out 2-0 winners at St. James’ Park in their final pre-season outing, with Ayoze Perez and Atsu scoring the decisive goals in the first half. And winger Atsu – who also scored ...

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Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (4-1 PENS): Gunners win Community Shield at Wembley

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Arsenal won Sunday’s Community Shieldafter Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Alvaro Morata missed penalties in a shootout at Wembley. The season curtain-raiser between Premier League champions Chelsea and FA Cupwinners Arsenal finished 1-1 after 90 minutes. An English football first followed as the ‘ABBA’ penalty shootout was deployed and the Gunners prevailed 4-1 to extend their winning record at Wembley to nine straight games, including two in penalty shootouts. The ‘ABBA’ system is based on ...

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Citi FM launches EPL coverage with Community Shield clash

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Citi FM has launched its radio coverage of the 2017/2018 English Premier League at the Villagio Vista’s AM&PM Sports Bar. The launch featured coverage of the Community Shield game between Premier League champions Chelsea and Arsenal, ahead of the kick-off of the Premier League season next week. The English Premier League coverage is made possible by a collaboration between Citi FM ...

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Manchester United 2-1 Sampdoria: Juan Mata strikes as United end pre-season with victory

Juan Mata celebrates his winner against Sampdoria

Juan Mata scored the winner as Manchester United’s pre-season ended with an encouraging 2-1 victory over Sampdoria in Dublin. In a game that will be remembered for Nemanja Matic making his first United appearance, Jose Mourinho’s side took the lead inside nine minutes thanks to Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s third goal of pre-season. United controlled large parts of the friendly at the ...

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Andre Ayew welcomes competition at West Ham

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West Ham United attacker, Andre Dede Ayew says he is not threatened by competition from new signings. The Hammers finished 11th in last season’s premier league following a strenuous move into the London Stadium. West Ham has made a couple of purchases including Javier Hernandez ‘Chicharito’ and Marko Arnautovic who joined for a club record fee of £25 million. These ...

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Valerenga 0-3 Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku nets in routine win

Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring the second goal

Romelu Lukaku scored his third goal of pre-season as Manchester United eased to a 3-0 victory over Valerenga in Oslo on Sunday. Marouane Fellaini headed United in front in the 44th minute after a dominant first-half display, with Paul Pogba going close when he hit the post. Lukaku nodded in the second from a corner after coming on at half-time ...

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Arsenal 1-2 Sevilla: Alexandre Lacazette on target as Steven N’Zonzi stunner beats Arsenal

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette celebrates his first goal at the Emirates.

A first Emirates goal from Alexandre Lacazette was cancelled out by a sensational second-half strike from Steven N’Zonzi to condemn Arsenal to a 2-1 defeat against Sevilla in the Emirates Cup. Sevilla took the lead just after half-time as Joaquin Correa latched onto Wissam Ben Yedder’s clever reverse ball and calmly slotted the ball past Petr Cech inside the area. ...

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