Monaco have signed Henry Onyekuru from Everton on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Nigerian joined the Toffees ahead of the 2017-18 season but has never played in a competitive fixture for the Premier League side.

He was immediately loaned out to Anderlecht and scored 10 goals in all competitions for the Belgian side before a knee injury cut his campaign short.

He was loaned out again for the 2018-19 season, scoring 14 league goals to help Galatasaray secure the title.

Monaco endured a torrid campaign last time out, finishing 17th in Ligue 1, and suffered a 3-0 defeat to Lyon in the opening round   

Writing on Twitter, Onyekuru said: "I want to thank Everton for the opportunity and making it possible for me to experience the best year of my career at Galatasaray.

"My time in Turkey was nothing short of amazing. The supporters, the club and my team-mates made me feel at home from day one."

Onyekuru, who has reportedly cost £12.5million, could make his debut for the club when they travel to Metz on Saturday. 

Juventus star Paulo Dybala does not have "the minerals" to be a Manchester United player, according to Red Devils great Rio Ferdinand in a scathing assessment of the Argentina forward.

Dybala was linked with a move to Old Trafford as part of a potential swap with Romelu Lukaku towards the end of the Premier League's transfer window, but a deal never materialised, as the former Palermo talent reportedly opted to stay Italy.

Ferdinand – who played for United between 2002 and 2014 – believes manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is better off without Dybala and believes he does not have the required attitude to play for the Red Devils.

"A lot of players have declined coming to Manchester United in recent years," he told the Daily Star. "They've chosen somewhere else.

"But I don't know how Dybala had the audacity to turn them down when he's on the bench at Juventus. He needs to start playing some football.

"Maybe he's thinking: 'I want to be in the Champions League or I'll sit on the bench. I'd rather do that than play at Man Utd.'

"Well, I'm happy he didn't come because you haven't got the right minerals that I want in a Manchester United player.

"I want someone who wants to come and thinks, 'Manchester United need to get back to being a top team and I want to be the catalyst'. That's the type of person you want to come through the door."

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made just three signings during the close season, bringing in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.

All three played important roles in United's opening-day 4-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday and Ferdinand is confident Solskjaer is building a squad with a clear vision.

"Ole has gone with younger players," he added. "James and Wan-Bissaka are two young, young, young players with huge potential. They're projects.

"Wan-Bissaka a little bit less because he's played in the Premier League, but James is a nice project for the long-term because he has that youth, that pace that can excite people.

"If he can work on that on the training field, give him a few games, then hopefully he can keep on flourishing.

"Jose Mourinho didn't say, 'I'm going to go down that route'. We're talking young English [British] players. He bought [Nemanja] Matic, Fred, established players.

"I just hope Ole gets the time and the team shows some signs early on this season that they are going in the right direction.

"United fans are loyal fans and understanding fans. If they see an idea that is being nurtured in the right direction for the future of the club, they'll get behind it. It's important they see that early."

Liverpool will be without Alisson for the "next few weeks" but Jurgen Klopp is hopeful the Brazil goalkeeper will be a quick healer.

Alisson suffered a calf injury while taking a goal kick during last Friday's opening 4-1 Premier League win over Norwich City.

It means close-season recruit Adrian will be between the posts when Liverpool contest the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Although Klopp was unable to give a specific return date for Alisson, he suggested reports of a six-week absence could be wide of the mark.

"[It's] Not too cool. It's a calf injury which takes him obviously out for a while," he told Liverpool's official website.

"I don't want to make now [an] exact prognosis on when he will be back, but it will not be tomorrow for sure, so now then we have to see. It takes a while, it takes a couple [of] weeks for sure, and we have to see. 

"I saw already [people saying] six weeks and stuff like this, but Ali was not a lot injured in his career, so I would like to wait a little bit to see how he develops in that process now. But he is not in for the next few weeks."

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta insists the young players in the squad are trusted to deliver despite the 4-0 thrashing by Manchester United on Sunday.

Frank Lampard's first Premier League game in charge of the Blues ended in the worst opening-day defeat in the club's history, with Marcus Rashford's double and strikes from Anthony Martial and Daniel James sealing their fate at Old Trafford.

Former Chelsea and United manager Jose Mourinho questioned Lampard's team selection, with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham starting while Olivier Giroud and N'Golo Kante were on the bench.

Lampard insisted his choices for the starting line-up were hampered by injury concerns and felt the result was harsh on his side, especially after a positive first-half performance.

Azpilicueta also believes it would be unfair to suggest Chelsea's youngsters are not ready for the step up to regular Premier League football.

"We trust in them," said the 29-year-old. "We know that we have a fantastic academy and they have had fantastic experience on loan. If they are here it is because they deserve to be. They are fighting in every training session.

"All the boys, they train to play for the Chelsea first team since they were young and now we have a massive opportunity to create a fantastic group, to learn from every game. Obviously everyone would like to start in a better way, but we have to face the reality and become stronger from it."

Azpilicueta is eager to move on quickly from the defeat, the heaviest for a Chelsea boss in their first competitive game at the helm since Danny Blanchflower's side lost 7-2 to Middlesbrough in December 1978.

Next up for the Blues is a UEFA Super Cup clash with Liverpool in Istanbul on Wednesday, with Azpilicueta keen to show they have learned from their Old Trafford errors.

"We know that Chelsea always fight for everything," he said. "When you don't win, the questions around get more and more, but we have to cope with it.

"We have to learn from the game. We know that we can improve. We have to face it, take the responsibility and move forward.

"We have a trophy to fight for against a good team and we have to be ready for it."

Jurgen Klopp has challenged Liverpool's players to "stay greedy" as they look to build on last season's Champions League triumph with European Super Cup success.

The Reds enjoyed a stunning 2018-19, beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final and finishing just a point behind Premier League winners Manchester City.

They take on Europa League victors Chelsea in the Super Cup on Wednesday and Klopp expects his players to show the same desire for silverware that characterised their previous campaign.

When asked by UEFA.com how his side can build on their success, he said: "Stay greedy. That's very important. I have no doubt about that, but it's clear that we have to do that.

"After the final, we had about four weeks where everybody was patting us on the back and it was brilliant wherever we went.

"It's just nice, but in a different world things like this can soften you and it can take the power out of you a bit.

"We are not like this, but it's a fact that it could happen, at least. We only have to do the same again, and with a couple of things we maybe didn't do too well, we have to do better. That's how it is."

Klopp has his sights set on another trophy, but acknowledged the Super Cup is not a prize he has paid much attention to in the past, given he had only been on the receiving end of European final defeats with the Reds and Borussia Dortmund before last term.

"The Super Cup itself is not a cup that I've really loved to watch in the past because I was often in [either the Champions League or Europa League] final," he added.

"The Super Cup is obviously the final proof; if you are not in that game, it means you didn't win the final. That's completely different this year, so we're looking forward to it. It's a big one."

Divock Origi is confident he still has more to offer Liverpool, having been boosted by a new contract following his Champions League heroics last season.

Belgium striker Origi started the last campaign on the fringes of the first team at Anfield but made crucial contributions to the team's success in 2018-19.

After Premier League winners against Everton and Newcastle United, Origi scored twice to down Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals and then netted in the final against Tottenham in Madrid.

Rewarded with a new long-term contract last month, the forward carried his form into the new season by scoring in the Premier League opener against Norwich City.

Origi hopes he can continue to improve, with Liverpool eager for more success.

"For me, the contract was a logical and good decision," he told The Athletic. "The club always showed faith. We had some good conversations and everything just clicked, so it was very easy.

"You have to listen to your instinct. I felt appreciated and I felt like I could make further steps at this club. I still have a lot to give and to show here.

"This is such a young, talented group and it feels like Madrid was just the beginning. We are hungry for more. I saw that hunger from the moment I returned in July."

Origi's strike against Spurs gave him a place in Liverpool history, yet he does not plan to reflect on his status until retirement.

"The respect of the fans is always nice to have," he said. "I am humbled that they have such a place in their hearts for me.

"To be part of the history of a club like Liverpool is something to be proud of and something I always wanted. I always saw myself playing for a big team in the Premier League and being important there.

"After my career, I'll be able to sit back and enjoy what I've achieved. But for now it's about performing more and more."

Origi acknowledges he is still adjusting to Liverpool's tactical demands, but he feels he has grown as a player since arriving at the club.

"I think I'm a different player now compared to when I first signed," he said. "I feel like I've grown more mentally, personally and on the pitch.

"The team has evolved in terms of the way we play and now I understand the tactics part of the game better - how to press, how to choose my moments, when to express my creativity and when to play it simple.

"I have a lot of aspects to my game but I need to synchronise them with the game of Liverpool. I study the game better now. Being able to play in different positions up front has been very important to me."

Aymeric Laporte and Ederson are already confident Rodri is the right man to provide competition to Fernandinho in the Manchester City midfield.

City lacked a genuine alternative to key man Fernandinho in the holding role last season, but Rodri has since arrived from Atletico Madrid in a club-record £63million deal.

Rodri started at West Ham on Saturday and soon looked up to speed in a 5-0 win at London Stadium.

Laporte praised the midfielder's ability to move the ball out of tight spaces in the middle of the pitch, comparing the Spaniard to Fernandinho.

"He can do that at Fernandinho's level," Laporte told The Athletic. "Fernandinho does it a lot.

"I think the two are very good, they offer a lot to the team, most of all when we play out from the back."

And goalkeeper Ederson recognises the importance of City having depth in the one position where previously they were light.

"He plays the same way as Fernandinho, he's strong in the air, goes up well, he fights well," Ederson added.

"That's important because last season we only had Fernandinho in this position and now we have two great players."

Pep Guardiola revealed Riyad Mahrez cut short his holiday following the Africa Cup of Nations, giving Manchester City a boost as Bernardo Silva dealt with an issue at West Ham on Saturday.

Mahrez captained Algeria to the AFCON title on July 19 but returned to start against West Ham in City's Premier League opener, providing two assists in a 5-0 win.

Guardiola was delighted to be able to call on the former Leicester City winger as he revealed Silva, a star of last season's title success, was left on the bench due to "little muscular problems".

"Riyad called me after they won [the AFCON]," Guardiola said. "He said, 'I need just 10 days. I want to come back soon. I want to play'. I like it. That's why I decide, 'Okay, I want to play him'.

"Bernardo had done nothing wrong, but there was some little muscular problems.

"I want them to know I trust all of them. That is the truth. After four seasons, I don't not like one player who is with us. I trust with them and they have to compete with opponents and with each other."

From West Ham's side, the post-match narrative involved complaints of City's apparent tactical fouling, with Manuel Pellegrini attributing this to his team's lack of creativity.

But Jack Wilshere had no issue with City's tactics, suggesting West Ham need to learn from such elite opponents.

"That's football," he said. "When you play against experienced players who understand the game, it's going to happen

"You can't get frustrated. They're clever players. A team like us who like to attack could learn from that. They do that counter press. They lose the ball and bang, they go straight away.

"They're going to make fouls. If you do get out of it, it happens so quickly and they bring you down."

Neymar may be close to securing his return to Barcelona after all.

After leaving Barca for a world-record fee in 2017, Neymar has made it clear he wants out of Paris Saint-Germain and re-joining the LaLiga champions has emerged as an option.

While Real Madrid have been linked, Neymar could be granted a Camp Nou comeback.

 

TOP STORY – PSG EYE COUTINHO IN NEYMAR TRANSFER

Paris Saint-Germain would accept Philippe Coutinho in a deal that would send Neymar back to Barcelona, reports RMC Sport.

Neymar sat out Sunday's 3-0 Ligue 1 victory over Nimes amid links to Barca and LaLiga giants Real Madrid.

Talks between PSG and Barca have hit an impasse as the French champions look to recoup most of the €222million they invested in Neymar two years ago.

Barca have already invested heavily in the transfer market, however, talks between the two clubs have accelerated thanks to the possible inclusion of Coutinho and cash. At the other end of the spectrum, Sport says talks have stalled as PSG demand three players in addition to a fee.

 

ROUND-UP 

- Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is top of Inter's wish list before the transfer window shuts in Europe. Tuttosport claims Mauro Icardi's possible exit to either Juventus or Napoli would finance a deal for the Serbia international, who was tipped to move to Manchester United if Paul Pogba left for Real Madrid. Barcelona's Ivan Rakitic is also a target for Inter, according to reports in Spain.

- The window may have closed in England, however, The Sun says Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard wants to sign Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell when the club's transfer ban ends.

- Inter winger Ivan Perisic is scheduled to undergo a medical at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, according to Corriere dello Sport. Former Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg star Perisic is poised to return to Germany via Bayern on a season-long loan deal with the option to buy.

- Tuttosport says Juventus full-back Luca Pellegrini is set to re-join Cagliari on loan. Pellegrini – who spent the second half of last season on loan at Cagliari – only arrived in Turin from Roma in June.

Napoli are poised to sign PSV star Hirving Lozano, according to Calciomercato. The Mexico international's agent Mino Raiola has reportedly travelled to Naples to wrap up a deal.

Harry Kane believes Tottenham can go all the way this season and win the Premier League after strengthening their squad during the transfer window.

Champions League runners-up Spurs opened their Premier League campaign with a 3-1 win over newly promoted Aston Villa at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday.

Tottenham, who were fourth last season, have gone close to conquering the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino – a runners-up finish in 2016-17 sandwiched between third in 2016 and 2018.

Spurs, however, have bolstered their squad after two consecutive windows without a signing – club-record recruit Tanguy Ndombele, who scored against Villa, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon headlining the arrivals.

And Spurs star Kane is confident Tottenham can push champions Manchester City and Liverpool all the way this term after his brace in the win over Villa.

"We kept with them for a while last year but they blew ahead after January," Kane said. "We have to make sure we get off to a good start. Liverpool set the standard on Friday night and City on Saturday afternoon, so it's important that we stay in touch as long as we can. 

"We have full belief that we can go all the way but there's a long road ahead. That's why we buy players: to strengthen the squad and have more competition for places. That's what we've got.

"We've got a good, hungry squad. Everyone's fit and ready to go. The players that came on have to try to make an impact and they did. It's important for us if we're going to have a good season. Of course, it's just the start now but throughout the winter time when loads of games are popping up we need everyone to contribute as much as possible.

"I think it's definitely going to help us when we start getting into the thick of it, with games midweek. I haven't really had a chance to see Ryan and Gio train yet but I obviously look forward to that next week, settling them in and I'm sure they'll want to come and make a big impact as well. Everyone here is trying to move in the right direction and that's what we're trying to do."

Tottenham trailed Villa 1-0 at half-time but Christian Eriksen – who has been linked with a move away – came off the bench to inspire Spurs.

Eriksen reportedly opted against a move to Manchester United as the Denmark international holds out for a switch to LaLiga, where Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are believed to be interested.

Despite uncertainty over Eriksen's future, Kane added: "Obviously I've been playing with Chris now for five or six years and we all know the qualities he has: the assists, the passes, the goals. Whether he starts or is on the bench, the most important thing from all of our points of view is that he gives everything for the team.

"Obviously, there's been speculation about his future but as long as he's training hard and playing as hard as he can when he's here, that's all we can ask for. What will be will be but we're happy to have him.

"That's all the fans ask for as well: commitment. We're happy to have them. We'll see what happens but from our point of view we've got a strong squad and we'll use that throughout the season."

Manchester City started the defence of their Premier League title with a resounding 5-0 win over West Ham.

Raheem Sterling was in sparkling form, plundering a hat-trick, with Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero also on target in a game that suggests the rest of the league will have their work cut out stopping Pep Guardiola's side marching to a third consecutive title.

Liverpool, who pushed City so close last season, also picked up where they left off, scoring four first-half goals to defeat promoted Norwich City 4-1 at Anfield.

Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United thumped Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford, while Harry Kane was at his ruthless best as Tottenham came from behind to see off Aston Villa 3-1.

 

STERLING TREBLE SETS CITY ON THEIR WAY

City laid down an ominous marker in their opening game of the season, sweeping aside West Ham with apparent ease.

The result means they have won their last 15 Premier League games – three short of their own record of 18 set between August and December in 2017.

Central to their success was Sterling, who became just the eighth player to score a hat-trick on the opening weekend of a Premier League campaign, and the first since Didier Drogba in 2010.

Jesus was a surprise starter ahead of Aguero but the Brazilian repaid his manager's faith with the opener – his 13th goal in his last 10 starts.

West Ham, meanwhile, have now lost their last four opening fixtures to a Premier League season, including each of the last three by an aggregate score of 0-13.

LIVERPOOL'S FIRST-HALF BLITZ DOWNS SORRY CANARIES

Norwich experienced a baptism of fire on their return to the top flight on Friday, with Liverpool racing into a four-goal lead by half-time.

The Reds scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes for the first time since February 2014 when they were 4-0 up after just 20 minutes against Arsenal.

One of those goalscorers, Mohamed Salah, extended his impressive opening-day record, which has seen him score in Liverpool's first Premier League match of the past three seasons.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was typically impressive at right-back and his assist for Divock Origi's goal means he is the first player to register an assist in five consecutive top-flight games since Mesut Ozil in 2015.

It should perhaps come as little surprise that Norwich left Merseyside with nothing given their woeful record on the opening day – they have won their first match of the league season in just one of the last 17 seasons.

UNITED RUN RIOT AGAINST BLUES

Manchester United's resounding Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday was their biggest top-flight victory over the Blues in 54 years.

United were not at their best against Frank Lampard's side but they proved lethal in front of goal, with strikes from Rashford (2), Anthony Martial and Daniel James enough to secure all three points.

The last time the Red Devils beat Chelsea by such a margin in the league was in March 1965 under Matt Busby, when they also won 4-0.

As well as suffering the joint-heaviest defeat of his brief managerial career to date, Lampard was dealt the biggest reversal by a Chelsea boss in their first game in charge since Danny Blanchflower oversaw a 7-2 loss at Middlesbrough in December 1978.

The defeat also means Chelsea ended a day in the Premier League relegation zone for the first time since September 2000.

KANE COMES TO SPURS' RESCUE AGAIN

Tottenham once again were indebted to Kane's clinical finishing as they claimed all three points against Villa.

The England captain's two late goals mean he has now scored six goals in as many Premier League games against the Villains.

Mauricio Pochettino's side had earlier cancelled out John McGinn's opener courtesy of Tanguy Ndombele's strike from distance, making the Frenchman the first player to score on his Spurs debut since Eric Dier in August 2014.

Defeat for Villa, meanwhile, continued Jack Grealish's unfortunate run, which has seen him lose each of his last 19 Premier League games – the longest run of consecutive defeats suffered by a player in the history of the competition.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard hit back at Jose Mourinho after criticism of his team selection for the 4-0 loss to Manchester United.

Lampard's first competitive game at the helm of the Premier League club ended in a comprehensive loss at Old Trafford, where Marcus Rashford scored a brace to go with goals from Anthony Martial and Daniel James on Sunday.

Working for Sky Sports, former Chelsea boss Mourinho criticised Lampard's selection, saying more experienced players like N'Golo Kante, Marcos Alonso and Olivier Giroud should have started, while questioning the performances of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Andreas Christensen.

Lampard seemed surprised by Mourinho's comments, saying injuries had an impact on selection in his side's season opener.

"He didn't like the performance of Mason Mount? Is that what he said? Did he? Wow," he told a news conference.

"Well, I can't drag players out of the medical room to play if they are experienced or not, so these are the players that played in a game that we were clearly the better team for 45-60 minutes.

"What was evident that we made individual errors that led to four goals out of their five shots. So there's the harsh reality for us.

"I don't have to be too concerned about what anyone else says, pundit-wise or anyone, they have to speak. At the same time, what's clear is the squad is what we've got and I believe in it.

"If we go in at half-time 2-1 or 3-1 up, as we probably should have done if we were more clinical and maybe had a stroke of luck here and there, the game would've been completely different."

Giroud and Kante were both introduced off the bench, while Christian Pulisic also came on for his Premier League debut in the second half.

Lampard explained his decision not to start the United States international, who arrived in the close season after being signed from Borussia Dortmund in January for a reported £58million (€62.3m).

"Christian Pulisic is 20 years old. He will be a fantastic player for the club. He has got great ability. You saw little moments with his acceleration on the ball," he said.

"But I have also got other options in midfield and in those areas, and I don't want to stick Christian straight into the fire without trying to help him along the way. It was one of those games where I felt it was better to start with Ross [Barkley] and Mason, who have been very strong in pre-season, and bring Christian on.

"If the game had carried on at 1-0, or we were back in the game as we should have been, he would have been a great injection. In the end it was difficult for him because the game went quickly away from us."

Paul Pogba has pledged to keep giving his all for Manchester United but offered no guarantees over his future.

Pogba provided a pair of assists as United ran out 4-0 winners over Chelsea on Sunday – kicking off their Premier League campaign in style at a buoyant Old Trafford.

It offered a contrast to an often-terse atmosphere surrounding Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad during their pre-season preparations, with speculation over Pogba's next move often making headlines after he expressed a desire to undertake a new challenge in June.

Real Madrid have been linked to the 26-year-old France midfielder, although their attentions have now turned to Donny van de Beek, with Ajax's asking price thought to be far less prohibitive.

"I'm always good when I play football. I do what I love, it's my job," Pogba told RMC Sport.

"I will give my best every time I'm on the pitch.

"Now, we know that there were words. The future will tell [what will happen].

"This point of questioning remains. I am in Manchester.

"I'm having fun with my team-mates, I always want to win the matches.

"I will always give myself thoroughly when I am on the pitch."

Solskjaer has been unwavering in his public support of Pogba and offered a predictably glowing take on his all-action display.

"Paul can do many jobs, the attacking midfield job and today more the link player," manager Solskjaer said.

"And when you've [Victor] Lindelof, [Harry] Maguire and David [De Gea] at the back, they can feed the ball, so he'll get it in good positions. He can do everything a midfielder can.

"He was asked to play the sitting role and first half I thought Chelsea pegged us back so he had to do loads of running down the channels, they created a few problems then, but we're fit, he's fit.

"The pass for the third goal was fantastic and the run and pass for the fourth, I just wanted him to go all the way."

Solskjaer added: "I've always said he's a top, top lad, he's such a professional. He loves playing, whether it's training, a behind-closed-doors match or here at Old Trafford.

"He grows more when he comes here. He's a World Cup winner, he's come so far in his career. he just wants to play.

"He's confident and wants the ball. Yeah, he lost it a few times, but get back on the ball and play."

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expecting more from Marcus Rashford this season after the striker opened his campaign with a brace against Chelsea.

United crushed the Blues 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Rashford playing an important role – though the scoreline did flatter Solskjaer's side.

Rashford opened the scoring early on with a penalty he won following Kurt Zouma's clumsy foul, before Anthony Martial made it 2-0 in the second half.

A cool finish after Paul Pogba's pass saw Rashford double his tally a few minutes later, with Daniel James wrapping up the win late on.

Rashford managed to score 10 Premier League goals last term, but Solskjaer is expecting him to kick on this term.

"I think Marcus is developing really well," Solskjaer told reporters at Old Trafford. "He's growing, you see his stature now, his body. He's capable of playing more this year.

"He struggled with his ankle last season, so this year I expect more from him. But the whole squad, we're fitter, we're stronger. You can see in that second half, we are more than capable of lasting games.

"He's getting fitter and is a year older. We've had six weeks to work on a shape we want to look like and he's exceptional when there's space in behind.

"And the third goal, he almost got the same against Kristiansund [in a pre-season] friendly in Norway, but his touch let him down. Thankfully he brought it down [this time]."

Martial began the match as United's central striker and, although he and Rashford rotated throughout the game, he got his goal with a poacher's effort from an Andreas Pereira cross.

Solskjaer is hopeful Martial gets more of those goals this season, telling him he should be looking to finish moves from close in, instead of bothering with tricks on the wing.

Solskjaer said: "It's always important for a striker [to score goals], but how do you react? Do you drop your shoulders, [and think] 'I've scored my goal now', or do you get hungrier and realise, 'That's where I score my goals'?

"It's not out wide on the left-hand side showing your skills, it's in that box, and I was so pleased for Anthony scoring from five yards after that cross, because I've not seen too many of them [from him]."

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery does not know whether Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will be available for next weekend's Premier League game at home to Burnley.

Ozil and Kolasinac missed their side's 1-0 win over Newcastle United on the opening weekend of the season due to security concerns.

Their absence came after the duo were the victims of what appeared to be an attempted carjacking last month.

Footage of the incident showed Kolasinac confronting and scaring off two masked attackers who approached a vehicle driven by Ozil.

During a news conference that followed Sunday's game at St James' Park, where Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal, Emery was asked whether he had spoken to the pair.

"The club is managing that circumstance," he said. "We want to be with them as soon as possible, with normality in training and normality to be ready to play."

Asked whether either Ozil or Kolasinac might be in a position to face Burnley, Emery replied: "I don't know now."

A club statement released by Arsenal on Friday said the welfare of the club's players and their families "is always a top priority".

Arsenal said the decision to leave Ozil and Kolasinac out of the travelling squad followed discussions with both men and their representatives.

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