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Premier League weekend: Ighalo gamble begins; Spurs really need Kane?

Monday's big matchup between Manchester United and Chelsea will serve up several big storylines, but here are some takes on this weekend's action.

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The Ighalo gamble begins for Manchester United

The reaction to Manchester United's signing of Odion Ighalo came in waves. First came bafflement, then incredulity, then...

Arsenal show, finally, in thumping Newcastle that Arteta's ideas are taking root

Craig Burley says Arsenal have chosen a strong direction by allowing Mikel Arteta to run things his way.

LONDON -- When the great history of Mikel Arteta's time at Arsenal is written, there will be many more convincing performances than Sunday's 4-0 win over Newcastle. At least, Gooners around the world will hope so.

The score line didn't reflect the overall flow of the game, as Arsenal racked up a couple of bonus goals at the end as Newcastle gave up on the concept of defending and waved their opponents through. But viewed another way, Sunday's thumping victory might be looked back on as the game...

Arteta on Manchester City ban: I want best for my ex-boss Guardiola

Craig Burley says Arsenal have chosen a strong direction by allowing Mikel Arteta to run things his way.
Craig Burley credits Jose Mourinho's Spurs for eking out a victory despite having less possession than Villa.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta expressed symapthy for his mentor Pep Guardiola amid the shocking news that Manchester City will be banned two seasons from European competition.

Arteta worked for Guardiola at City as his assistant for from 2016-19 before taking over at Arsenal in January. Arteta addded that he'd been in touch with his former boss following last week's announcement.

"I just want the best for City. The admiration and love that I have for Pep, the players and staff, I just want the...

Pepe 9/10, Ceballos 8/10 as Arsenal hammer four vs. Newcastle

Craig Burley says Arsenal have chosen a strong direction by allowing Mikel Arteta to run things his way.
Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette discuss the mood in the Arsenal camp since Mikel Arteta took over as manager.

Arsenal had drawn their previous four Premier League games before facing Newcastle United. It looked as though that may be the case again here after an anticlimactic first half, but they came flying out of the blocks for the second and won 4-0.

Just nine minutes after the break, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed in from Nicolas Pepe's lofted cross to open the scoring. Three minutes later and it was two for the Gunners, as Bukayo Saka embarrassed Valentino Lazaro, before squaring the ball to Pepe,...