The German produced a superb display in the Gunners' win against Crystal Palace and now needs to deliver consistently to match the club's expectations for him.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Luis Enrique's side won the treble last term and has already added the UEFA Super Cup this month. So what else can Barca achieve in the Asturian's second season in charge?
The Spanish and Italian seasons get underway, while Manchester City hopes to match a 103-year-old record and Paris Saint-Germain looks to extend its own winning streak.
Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley need to start carrying their weight and help lead the team to the postseason, writes Rudi Schuller.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
The 28-year-old has opted to move to Stamford Bridge, where his keen eye for goal and versatility should make him a key figure, writes Liam Twomey.
The Gunners look likely to miss out on their top summer target, but they were right to focus on the Real Madrid man and ignore many of other strikers who were on the market.
Manuel Pellegrini's side edged out rival Manchester United to recruit the Argentina international, whose stats as a defender in La Liga last season were impressive.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis will have tough choices to make next summer as she selects 18 players for the Summer Olympics in Rio.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Dutchman terrorized Club Brugge as his captain served up a reminder that he is no longer the player who tortured Fenerbahce in 2004.
Once he was admired by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, but the career of the playmaker has stalled and Marseille was eager to offload to the Magpies for an overinflated price
The 63-year-old might not be the best manager for the job, but El Tri need direction now, writes Jon Arnold.
The Confederations Cup playoff looms in October, but U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann must focus on answering questions in the September friendlies, writes Ives Galarcep.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
There were jeers at the Santiago Bernabeu as Los Blancos' blunt performance in front of goal meant they needed inspiration from an unlikely source to break down Galatasaray.
The Dutchman evoked memories of Wayne Rooney's Champions League debut with a stunning double against Club Brugge on a night when the hosts were forced to come from behind.
Goal takes a look at the performances from the top international stars in Major League Soccer, including Frank Lampard's injury and Sebastian Giovinco's rough night.
The Croatia midfielder ranks among the most highly rated 21-year-olds in European football but could find first-team opportunities hard to come by to begin with in Spain.
The Red Devils skipper struggled in the opening two games of the season but with a crucial campaign ahead, and records in sight, he needs to get back on track, writes Rich Jolly.
After years of disqualifications because of stadium issues, the nation of Belize finally will host a CONCACAF Champions League match, writes Jon Arnold.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The Argentine gave his side hope by scoring before halftime but was stifled over two games by Athletic Bilbao as the Catalans' sextuple dream went up in smoke, writes Ben Hayward.
Seattle's emphatic rout of Orlando City provided a reminder the Sounders are still one of the best in MLS.