Arsenal were anything but convincing against fourth-place Portuguese side Vitoria de Guimaraes, but in the end it matters very little as Unai Emery‘s side came from behind twice before snatching a stoppage-time winner at the Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur academy product Marcus Edwards, who moved from north London to Portugal this summer, scored the game’s opening goal in the 8th minute. Arsenal equalized through Gabriel Martinelli just after the half-hour mark, but a bit of woeful possession and counter-attack defending saw the Gunners concede again just four minutes later.
Tottenham academy product Marcus Edwards gets the scoring started against Arsenal 👀
The victory sees Arsenal keep their 100-percent record alive in Group F play, with three wins from three games. Halfway through the group stage, they lead second-place Eintracht Frankfurt by three points and have a six-point advantage on third-place Standard Liege.
Other notable Europa League results
Partizan Belgrade 0-1 Manchester United — FULL RECAP
Slovan Bratislava 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers — FULL RECAP
Porto 1-1 Rangers
Celtic 2-1 Lazio
Sevilla 3-0 Dudelange
Ludogorets 0-1 Espanyol
Getafe 0-1 Basel
Roma 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach
Gent 2-2 Wolfsburg
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Standard Liege
Saint-Etienne 1-1 Olexandriya
Plenty of Premier League clubs are moving players on to trim their squads after the first few weeks of the season.
Below we look at the top deals developing, as the clock ticks down we roundup the transactions.
Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain)
The Argentine striker is close to a loan move to PSG, as his wife and agent, Wanda Nara, has been seen in discussions with Les Parisiens officials in the French capital. Sky in Italy are reporting that Icardi, 26, will actually sign a new deal at Inter Milan before heading to PSG. A lethal finisher, Icardi is a totally different option up top and will compliment Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani well. His character is often questioned but his goalscoring record speaks for itself with 124 goals in 219 appearances for Inter.
Javier ‘Chicharito‘ Hernandez (West Ham to Sevilla) Hernandez, 31, has joined Sevilla on a three-year contract, as the La Liga side paid $9.6 million for Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer. This is a great move for Chicharito, who never settled down at West Ham. Sevilla are in the Europa League and will pushing for Champions League qualification once again.
Matteo Darmian (Man United to Parma)
The Italian defender has finally left Man United. After four years at Old Trafford, Darmian returns to Italy for a transfer fee of $4.5 million. The 29-year-old arrived at United in the summer of 2015 and won the FA Cup and Europa League with the Red Devils. He made 92 appearances in all competitions for United and heads back to Italy to play for Parma, as he struggled to hold down a regular spot at United.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal to AS Roma) A season-long loan move for Mkhitaryan who is a bit-part player at Arsenal. After Ceballos’ arrival this summer, the writing was on the wall, and the emergence of several youngsters and Mesut Ozil hanging around also pushed him towards the Emirates exit door. A chance to regain his confidence after a rough few years.
Keylor Navas (Real Madrid to PSG) & Alphonse Areola (PSG to Real Madrid)
The Costa Rican goalkeeper is no longer the starter at Real and he is heading to Paris Saint-Germain. Navas, 32, still has plenty of good years ahead of him and performed well for Real when Thibaut Courtois was out injured last season. After five years and 11 trophies at Real, Navas is set to be the starter at PSG and has signed a four-year deal. Alphonse Areola, 26, moves in the opposite direction to challenge Courtois at Real Madrid. Areola arrives on a season-long loan deal.
Ryan Kent (Liverpool to Glasgow Rangers)
Liverpool want $8.4 million for the young midfielder who excelled on loan at Steven Gerrard‘s side last season. Kent, 22, has been a Liverpool player his entire career but just can’t break into Jurgen Klopp‘s first team. Now is the right time for him to move on a permanent basis and Gerrard will get the best out of him. Kent will be key in Rangers pushing Celtic all the way for the Scottish title.
Fernando Llorente (Free agent, Napoli)
He finally announced his move on deadline day, as the veteran striker was out of contract after being at Tottenham Hotspur. Napoli is a great landing spot for him, as he will continue to play in the UEFA Champions League and his experience off the bench in tight situations was crucial for Spurs last season. At 34, he continues to age like a fine wine…
Asmir Begovic (Bournemouth to Qarabag)
A shock move for out of favor Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, as he sealed a loan move to Azerbaijani champions Qarabag until January. Begovic, 32, has yet to play in the Premier League this season after losing his place in the Bournemouth lineup late last season. He will play in the Europa League for Qarabag.
Florin Andone (Brighton to Galatasaray)
His last act as a Brighton player, at least for this season, was getting a silly red card against Southampton. Andone has joined Galatasaray and the Romanian forward joins Falcao and several others in sealing late move to the Turkish giants. Andone, 26, scored for Brighton on the opening day in their win at Watford, but his tackle against Saints was a straight red card and cost his team dear. They have a few attacking options, but this is a bit of a strange move for the Seagulls.
Mario Lemina (Southampton to Galatasaray)
The Gabonese midfielder is leaving Saints for Turkey, with Galatasaray confirming they are in talks over a season-long loan move. The former Juventus midfielder has been frozen out by Southampton this summer after saying he wants to leave and although the Premier League side wanted a permanent deal, Lemina will initially leave on loan.
Wesley Hoedt (Southampton Royal Antwerp)
Another Saints player will be heading out on loan, as Dutch defender Hoedt is heading to Belgium. Antwerp will initially sign Hoedt on loan and have an option to buy him permanently. Hoedt, 25, is not part of Ralph Hasenhuttl‘s plans and after being signed as a replacement for Virgil Van Dijk he just hasn’t settled at Saints.
Marcus Edwards (Tottenham to Vitoria)
The Spurs youngster has left on a permanent deal and many at Tottenham will be disappointed by this. Edwards, 20, has been on the fringes of Spurs’ first team under Mauricio Pochettino but the winger failed to kick on after loan moves at Norwich and Excelsior. The England youth international will now play for Vitoria who are in the Europa League, and has signed a four-year deal.
Out Dan Agyei (Blackpool) Loan
Tom Anderson (Doncaster Rovers) Loan
Jimmy Dunne (Accrington Stanley) Loan
Harry Flowers (Guiseley) Undisclosed
Josh Ginnelly (Tranmere Rovers) Loan
Luke Hendrie (Shrewsbury Town) Undisclosed
Alex Whitmore (Chesterfield) Undisclosed
In Ross Barkley (Everton) Undisclosed
Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) Undisclosed Emerson Palmieri (Roma) Undisclosed
Jack Boyle (Clyde) Loan
Dylan Cogill (Clyde) LoanFraser Horsfall (Kidderminster Harriers) Undisclosed
Danny Kane (Cork City) Undisclosed Joe Lolley (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed
Jack Payne (Blackburn Rovers) Loan Ryan Schofield (AFC Telford) Loan
Tadhg Ryan (Released)
Cedwyn Scott (Dundee) Undisclosed
Out James Wilson (Sheffield United) Loan
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) Swap
Alex Tuanzebe (Aston Villa) Loan
Matty Willock (St Johnstone) Loan
Charlie Scott (Hamilton Academical) Loan
Demi Mitchell (Hearts) Loan
Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague) Loan
Kenedy (Chelsea) Loan Islam Slimani (Leicester City) Loan
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) A symbol of the “too much, too soon” generation of promising young players in English football, Jack Grealish is being warned that his party lifestyle could ruin his career after Aston Villa launched an investigation into his latest off-field antics.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has generated more negative publicity after newspaper reports said police were called to a hotel to deal with complaints about an all-night party allegedly attended by Grealish, following Villa’s second-tier game against Ipswich on Saturday.
Roberto Di Matteo is the latest Villa manager to speak out about Grealish’s activities away from the football field.
“He needs to grow up very quickly,” Di Matteo said Thursday. “It’s not the first time, and he needs to understand (that) if he wants a good career he has to stop.”
After some impressive cameos for Villa in the 2014-15 season and early last season, Grealish – a technically gifted player – was touted as a potential star of the Premier League and caught in the middle of a fight between England and Ireland for his services. He said in September last year that he would represent England at international level, weeks after then-England manager Roy Hodgson said: “We think he could have a very good international career.”
However, his professionalism had been called into question by then. Grealish apologized to former Villa manager Tim Sherwood in April 2015 after being pictured inhaling from balloons at a party, and was pictured passed out in the street on holiday in the Spanish party resort of Tenerife the following offseason.
Sherwood’s successor, Remi Garde, dropped Grealish last season after the midfielder partied in Manchester following a 4-0 loss to Everton in November, and made him spend time training with the club’s youth team.
“When I was at Chelsea, I remember there were a couple of youngsters coming through. They made some mistakes,” Di Matteo said. “Some learnt from it and went on to have great careers. Others didn’t learn from it and didn’t have such good careers.”
Villa was relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season, and Grealish has started the new campaign in the second-tier League Championship in good form, earning him the reward of a new four-year contract this month. He was a member of the England under-21 squad that won the Toulon tournament in May.
Villa said Grealish has not been fined or disciplined yet, although both options remain open to the club.
“We instantly started an internal investigation … which is still ongoing,” Di Matteo said. “When it is finished, we will see what disciplinary action to take.”
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder, who can play out wide or through the center, impressed while on tour with Tottenham’s first team this summer in Australia.
Along with several other talented youngsters, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Harry Winks and Tom Carroll to name a few, he is expected to feature for Spurs against Gillingham in their EFL Cup third round tie against third-tier Gillingham on Wednesday at White Hart Lane.
Behind-the-scenes at Spurs everyone is getting pretty excited about Edwards and ahead of this particular game former Espanyol player and manager Pochettino said the promising academy product reminds him of a player he saw at a young age during his time spent living, playing and coaching in Barcelona.
Yep, that guy.
“His qualities … it’s only looks – his body and the way that he plays – remember a little bit from the beginning of Messi,” Pochettino said. “He is a very good prospect and, potentially, he can be a top player but we need to be patient and tell him that he has a lot of talent, enough talent to be a top player, a great player, but now it’s how he builds his future – that’s very important. It’s our responsibility to tell him.”
Edwards’ nickname is also “Mini Messi” and although being mentioned in the same breath as him by Pochettino shows how much faith his manager has in him, it has to be pointed out that nobody is expecting him to go on to match Messi’s achievements in the game.
He is only 17, let’s not forget that, but Edwards has been earmarked for some time as the next star to come out of Tottenham’s academy. (Sidenote: I picked Edwards as my breakout player in the PL this season in our preseason roundtable).
After Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, Spurs have also had plenty of success signing the likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli as youngsters and helping them develop rapidly into first team players in the Premier League.
So, remember the name, Marcus Edwards. And in case you don’t, here’s a video below which shows you a little bit of what he’s all about.
Turns out those Messi comparisons, at least aesthetically, seem pretty spot on…