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Arsenal 3-1 Cologne: Arsene Wenger surprised game went ahead

Riot police formed a line inside Emirates Stadium as the match between Arsenal and Cologne was delayed by an hour Arsene Wenger says he was surprised Arsenal’s Europa League game against Cologne went ahead, following a delayed kick-off due to crowd control problems. Around 20,000 Cologne fans turned up in London despite the German club being given a ticket allocation of 2,900. Arsenal eventually won 3-1 on Thursday night, but Wenger said: “We live in a society of 100% security. “I thought they would never take a gamble to play…

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Transfer gossip: De Gea, Hazard, Sanchez, De Vrij, Lewandowski, Werner

For completed deals, check our transfers page. Real Madrid are set to revive their interest in Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard, 26, next summer. (Don Balon, via Goal) Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, will reject a move to Real Madrid in order to join the Gunners’ Premier League rivals Manchester City. (Daily Mirror) Sanchez is on a short-list of forwards Real are interested in, which also includes Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, 29, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 28, and Torino’s Andrea Belotti, 23. (Don…

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The heat is off West Ham boss Bilic – but for how long?

Watch highlights of West Brom v West Ham and six other Premier League matches on Match of the Day at 22:25 BST on Saturday night on BBC One and the BBC Sport website. Monday’s home win over Huddersfield took some of the heat off West Ham boss Slaven Bilic – but for how long? The Hammers are off the mark this season, and off the bottom of the table too, but Bilic remains the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job and there are…

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Ronald Koeman: Everton boss says he needs to criticise himself after Europa League defeat

Ronald Koeman made six changes to the side that played Tottenham on Saturday, but watched on as his team lost back-to-back matches 3-0. Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he needs to “criticise” himself after their Europa League loss to Atalanta in Italy on Thursday. The Toffees lost 3-0 against the Serie A side, with all the goals coming in the first half. “I need to criticise myself because the team was not prepared for this tonight and that’s a question to myself,” he told BT Sport. “They showed more aggression,…

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Europa League: Arsenal v Cologne delayed by an hour at Emirates Stadium

Cologne had a ticket allocation of 2,900 but 20,000 turned up in London Arsenal’s Europa League game against Cologne at Emirates Stadium has been put back by an hour “in the interests of crowd safety”, and will now kick off at 21:05 BST. Thousands of ticketless away supporters turned up outside the ground and there were some scuffles between fans and stewards inside after the gates opened. The German side had only been given a ticket allocation of 2,900, but around 20,000 of their fans brought central London to a…

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Austria Vienna 1-5 AC Milan

Andre Silva is the first AC Milan to score a hat-trick in European competition since Kaka against Anderlecht in 2006 Andre Silva scored a hat-trick as AC Milan began their Europa League campaign by thrashing Austria Vienna. Silva was signed from Porto for £34m by Milan, who are competing in Europe for the first time in four years. The Italians spent around £170m in the summer and new recruit Hakan Calhanoglu put them ahead with a thumping drive. Ex-Liverpool player Suso netted the fifth after Silva’s treble. Defender Alexandar Borkovic…

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Mame Diouf: Senegalese striker signs new Stoke contract

Mame Diouf joined Stoke as a striker but has been used this season as a full-back Senegal forward Mame Diouf has signed a new three-year contract at Premier League side Stoke City. Diouf has made 99 appearances – scoring 19 goals – since arriving at Stoke from Bundesliga side Hannover in 2014. He helped Stoke to three consecutive ninth-place Premier League finishes before they came 13th last season. “Another top-10 finish is the immediate ambition but we should be targeting an even higher finish and success in one of the…

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Premier League predictions: Lawro v former world champion triathlete Non Stanford

Only two teams are yet to pick up any points in the Premier League this season – Bournemouth and Crystal Palace – but will that change this weekend? BBC Sport’s football expert Mark Lawrenson thinks it will – he has tipped both the Cherries and the Eagles to pick up their first wins of the new campaign. Do you agree? You can make your own predictions now – take on Lawro and other fans, create your own league and try to make it to the top of the table by…

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