Wales assistant Osian Roberts says Ryan Giggs would be a good successor to the departing national manager Chris Coleman.
Arsene Wenger says he is “very proud” of his team’s performance, after Arsenal’s convincing 2-0 victory over rivals Tottenham at the Emirates.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says the decisions which led to Arsenal’s first goal were incorrect, and Shkodran Mustafi’s “offside” goal changed the game.
The noisy neighbours have been silenced for now. By the time Harry Kane and Dele Alli trudged off the pitch in the dying stages, with the triumphant taunts from the home fans ringing in their ears, Tottenham Hotspur had long let go of the notion of coming to the home of their fiercest rivals to offer swaggering proof of where the balance of power in north London lies these days. Instead it was an afternoon of pure release for Arsène Wenger, who took great joy from a first derby win over Mauricio Pochettino and a performance that reminded Arsenal of better times.
There could be no dispute about Arsenal’s ownership of the local bragging rights, earned thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sánchez in the first half, not to mention a blend of defensive and midfield resilience not always associated with this team in recent seasons, and the only frustration for Wenger in the end was that his players do not operate at this level more consistently.
Substitute Leigh Griffiths’ superb second-half free-kick was enough to beat Ross County and extend Celtic’s own British unbeaten domestic record to 64 games.
The Scottish Premiership leaders had found Ross County difficult to break down at the Global Energy stadium in Dingwall.
Football Focus pundit Martin Keown feels Manchester City will remain unbeaten this season and match Arsenal’s ‘invincible’ side he was a part of during their 2003/04 season.
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Six top-flight matches top our 3pm menu, including the visit of our noble leaders, Manchester City, to Leicester, where they lost 4-2 in a memorable encounter last December. Chelsea beat West Brom 1-0 home and away last season, thanks to goals in the last quarter-hour from Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi respectively, and have another go this afternoon, while Liverpool and Southampton met four times last season, with only two goals (both the Saints’) scored in those matches combined and both league encounters finishing goalless. No wonder in those circumstances that Jurgen Klopp ended the season thinking a Southampton defender might come in handy.
Bournemouth v Huddersfield
Burnley v Swansea
Crystal Palace v Everton
Leicester v Man City
Liverpool v Southampton
Man Utd v Newcastle (5.30)
West Brom v Chelsea
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Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette.
Subs: Mertesacker, Wilshere, Ospina, Iwobi, Welbeck, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin.
It’s no real surprise to see Harry Kane in the Tottenham Hotspur line-up. He starts and so do Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli. In the Arsenal starting XI, Shkodran Mustafi and Alexandre Lacazette both line-up, while Danny Welbeck has to settle for a place on the bench. We’ll have full teams and line-ups for you very shortly.
Archive footage of former African Footballer of the Year Nwankwo Kanu scoring a superb hat-trick for Arsenal against Chelsea in 1999.
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday’s Scottish Premiership game between Ross County and Celtic.