Wednesday 20 August 2014

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The Gunners have forked out over €62 million to acquire the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy, but the club only narrowly beat Crystal Palace and drew 0-0 with Besiktas

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The Portuguese giants have developed a very successful and rewarding transfer policy, buying talents for low fees and selling them on for large profits

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James netted his first goal for his new club at the Bernabeu, but a late equaliser from Raul Garcia ensured that hard-working Atleti make things interesting for the return leg

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The club captain has never quite reached the heights of 2011 in recent seasons, with Tuesday's draw showing that his side are struggling as a result

Tuesday 19 August 2014

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The Gunners kick off their Champions League campaign in Istanbul on Tuesday in the first leg of a crucial playoff, but who are the main men they must stop?

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Some of England's top-flight debutants join a handful of more surprising standout-performers from the weekend in the first select XI of the season

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COMMENT: Diego Simeone's side sold several of their best players but have also worked hard to renew their squad since winning La Liga last term and will be a force again

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Two of last term's top five forwards have jumped ship but, with Luis Suarez and Mario Mandzukic added into the mix, expect goals to come thick, fast and from all over in 2014-15

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The Spanish midfielder was the best player on the pitch as the Blues brushed Burnley aside and the former Blaugrana man will be key in his favoured central role

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The Uruguayan came on to play the final 15 minutes as the Blaugrana beat Leon 6-0 on Monday, but didn't feature alongside the Argentine on his Camp Nou bow

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Jose Mourinho's Blues came from behind to see off the newly-promoted side at Turf Moor thanks to fine displays from new signings Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa

Monday 18 August 2014

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From Manchester United's disastrous start to the campaign to Southampton's replacement for Adam Lallana - all the best stats from the opening round of Premier League fixtures

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The 24-year-old was impressive at left-back for Argentina at the World Cup and has also improved in the centre during his time with Sporting, but possesses an angry streak

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The opening-day defeat to Swansea City could be a blessing in disguise, as it underlined the need for Louis van Gaal to be given money to spend before the transfer window closes