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Love Island star Davide's family meet Ekin-Su ahead of the final

The couple, both 27, recently declared their love for one on a romantic date with Ladbrokes and explained they are among the bookmakers taking home the £50,000 prize. (Author: Gardener)

Ekin-SuLove Island heartthrob Davide's family have admitted they thought Ekin-Su was a "game player" earlier on the show but have since "forgiven" her. The couple, both 27, recently declared their love for a man on a romantic date with Ladbrokes, saying bookies will take home the £50,000 prize in Sunday's final against Gemma Owen and Luca Bish. Before the islanders were reunited with loved ones on Saturday, Davide's sister Valeria, 29, told The Sun her family was unhappy when Ekin-Su kissed her islander Jay Younger behind her boyfriend's back. She told the publication, "In the beginning, Ekin-Su wanted to play a little bit." She added: "We didn't like it, now we're glad she understood that she made a mistake [kissing Jay] and she even admitted it." Ekin-Su caused fireworks at the mansion as she enjoyed a secret kiss with the handsome bombshell before she and Davide quickly fixed fences. She gushed that she and her family are now so excited to meet Ekin-Su after the grand finale. At the start of the series, Ekin-Su famously took drastic measures to bond with Jay, 28, as she twice crawled onto the patio to have a private chat with him. Ekin-Su asked to "borrow" Jay while chatting with Ikenna Ekwonna outside, asking him to meet her on the patio in "three or four minutes" so they could talk on a "more secret level." After Jay agreed to the sneaky rendezvous, Ekin-Su was seen crouching on the floor as she opened the patio door from the girls' dressing room. The pair went on to share a series of clandestine kisses on the patio before her partner Davide found out. Ekin-Su bonded with Jay before later reconciling with Davide in front of Casa Amor. It comes after Love Island viewers took to Twitter on Thursday to claim the show's bosses are pushing for Ekin-Su and Davide to win after their lavish graduation date. During the episode, the three couples each spent some romantic time alone, with viewers dubbing the latest outing "the best date in history," proving that TV bosses seemed to have already picked their winners. While Paige and Adam went on a boat trip, Dami and Indiyah went to a street party, Ekin-Su and Davide found themselves in a stunning Colosseum-style setting for a romantic dinner, complete with a surprise guest singer - none other than Alfie Boe. With viewers complaining that the other two dates in the episode lacked similar glamor — or budget. One viewer tweeted: "Why is Alfie Boe performing for Ekin-Su and Davide? (Answer: Producers make VERY clear who they want to win by giving them the biggest end date). While another added: "Adam & Paige got an easy boat ride, Dami & Indiyah got flamenco dancers and Davide & Ekin Sue got a great date with Alfie Boe. Nothing beats promoting your winners. Ekin-Su added, "This is probably the most romantic date I've ever had in my life. Davide then ended the evening by saying: “I feel like I've already won because I found the person I wanted. While Ekin-Su and Davide enjoyed an amazing evening, Paige and Adam found themselves on a boat trip. Lacking the romance of Ekin-Su's date, the pair sat down on a side street to have dinner together.

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Vincent Kompany's dominant Clarets win the championship opener

Report and highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Huddersfield and Burnley at John Smiths Stadium as Ian Maatsen's first-half goal helped Vincent Kompany's Clarets to a 1-0 win on the opening night of the season (Author: Gardener)

Vincent Kompany'sVincent Kompany got off to a successful start in his life as a Championship manager when his revamped Burnley side beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the opening game of the 2022/23 Sky Bet EFL season. The Manchester City legend replaced Sean Dyche at Turf Moor in June after three years at Anderlecht and watched debutant Ian Maatsen coolly swept the opener after just 18 minutes. The Terriers - who were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the play-off final 61 days ago and lost head coach Carlos Corberan earlier this month - have struggled to find their feet in the game and although they sped through the aisles after the break, they were able to not to get a single shot on target. Later, Scott Twine almost marked his first Burnley game since a £4m move from MK Dons with a typical free-kick that dunked and shook the woodwork, but ultimately a single goal was enough. Kompany promised no miracles ahead of his return to English football, making it clear his Burnley players would need time to adjust to a new division and new mindset. The Clarets were aggressive in possession, their movements on the court were fluid, their passes were quick and crisp. The visitors should have won a penalty when Tom Lees slid onto Ashley Barnes as he intercepted a clean ball from Josh Cullen, but after Cullen and Barnes both came close over the next few minutes they took a deserved lead when Maatsen collected a scrape after his own pass into the penalty area and stroked the ball past Lee Nicholls. Nicholls was soon called into action to deny Connor Roberts from point-blank range as Burnley looked to quickly double their lead before Dara Costelloe struggled to hit a loose ball on the edge of the six-yard box. Huddersfield looked nervous on the rare moments they crossed the halfway line, missing out on the influence of Lewis O'Brien and Harry Toffolo - who both joined Forest this month - which prompted loud boos at the break. They had nothing to show for, however, and were nearly punished when Twine hit the woodwork late and the Clarets left with the first three points of the campaign. "If you're wondering why Vincent Kompany brought Josh Cullen to Burnley from Anderlecht, it's because of performances like that, with the control he brought to the game." Danny Schofield from Huddersfield: "They were the ones in the first half much better team. They dominated the center of the pitch and the wingers coming in gave us problems - they were outnumbered in that area and that's something we misunderstood. But in the second half we changed a few things, got a lot better and dared. "[After the game] I said we win together and lose together and suffer together. As long as we stick together this group of players shows a lot of struggle, a lot of energy all the time. They are real professionals and when." They keep showing that fight and that spirit on the pitch, we'll be alright. We had a very short preparation time and tried to get things into the players very quickly. New signings always take a bit of time but we'll try to speed up this process to make it as smooth as possible." Burnley's Vincent Kompany: "I couldn't have asked for more. What I highlighted was the intensity of the team and how the lads dug really deep for each other - that's the hardest part, especially with a lot of new players.We created a lot of chances that I think could have been a little bit more clinical and it's Burnley so we work hard, we are aggressive and we try to surround people in numbers - and I think we did that. The second half was a real test of what's to come in the league. When you get around the ball in numbers I always think , that outweighs size but that has to be worked around and that's a lot of work, we may not have the size of other teams at this point which is a little strange when you're the manager of Burnley, a We have legs, heart and the boys were brave and committed. “I keep saying give me hard work and attitude every day and I'll take that over talent and that's what Burnley is. Huddersfield travels to St Andrew's to play against Birmingham in a live match on Friday 5 August at 7.45pm on Sky Sports Football, while Burnley returns the next day when they host Luton at Turf Moor at 3pm.

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Arsenal appoint the Norway midfielder as their new first-team captain ahead of the new season

Odegaard is Arsenal's first full-time captain since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was sacked from the role; the 23-year-old is also captain of the Norwegian national team; Arteta: He represented the values ​​​​of this football club in the best possible way (Author: Gardener)

NorwayMikel Arteta described Martin Odegaard as a "really good person" who wants to take Arsenal to the next level after presenting the Norway midfielder with Arsenal's captaincy. The 23-year-old was made captain on a full-time basis after Arteta installed a "leadership group" in the squad following disciplinary incidents that saw Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang released from the role last season. Odegaard's appointment was announced six days before Arsenal's new Premier League season begins at Crystal Palace, which can be seen live on Sky Sports' Friday Night Football next week. "What I've seen in the last 18 months since he's been with us is that he represents the values ​​of this football club, the team, the teammates and the staff in the best possible way," Arteta said when speaking about Odegaard's arrival Rolle was asked after Arsenal's 6-0 Emirates Cup win over Sevilla on Saturday. “He has shown an ambition to take this club to a new level, to push this team forward and to make a contribution and also how he is respected by everyone within the organisation. "He's also the captain of his national team and I think it was the right choice and I'm proud to announce that because I think he's a really good person to make that commitment to the club The Gunners' £45million summer signing scored a hat-trick on his home debut. Odegaard and Jesus bonded well during the warm-up game and Arteta believes the pair have forged a connection since the early weeks of preseason. He's making Gabby better and he needs a threat in front of him," Arteta said of Odegaard. This is the first captaincy decision from Arteta, who himself wore the Gunners' armband between 2014 and his retirement in 2016. While Arteta, as he describes it, was Odegaard Now a respected member of the dressing room under Arsène Wenger, the Spaniard has not always been the first choice in midfield.The options for Arsenal captaincy were pretty obvious given the club's leadership group last season.Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding and Odegaard were also considered Part of that squad of players understood. That left Odegaard - one of Arsenal's first names on the squad list and captain of Norway - as the only contender. But Arteta has stressed that everyone, whatever their squad status, has to play their part in the dressing room. The Gunners' boss spoke about how Oleksandr Zinchenko and Jesus experienced Big-Ga me scenarios and high standards will be brought to the association. Leadership will go well beyond the band on Odegaard's arm.

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Jesus and Saka go on a rampage as Arsenal destroy Seville

ARSENAL 6-0 SEVILLE: Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick and Bukayo Saka grabbed a brace as the Gunners put their visitors to sword in a pulsating Emirates Cup clash (Author: Gardener)

SakaARSENAL 6-0 SEVILLA: Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick and Bukayo Saka grabbed a brace as the Gunners put their visitors to the sword in a pulsating Emirates Cup clash on Saturday afternoon, raising anticipation for the rapidly approaching Premier League Season. Bukayo Saka opened the scoring in the 10th minute with a cool penalty which he won after a clumsy shove from Karim Rekik in the back, with Martin Odegaard instrumental in creating the chance. Gabriel Jesus doubled the lead just three minutes later with a Poacher finish from close range after fine work from Gabriel Martinelli and Granit Xhaka. The Gunners finished the game with just fifteen minutes left when Jesus latched in a whipped cross from Martinelli to pass goalkeeper Bono and send the Emirates mad. Much to Arsenal's delight and Sevilla's chagrin, Saka pounced on a poor pass from the visitors' defense to score his second after 19 minutes. Despite the Gunners being held at bay for most of the second half, Jesus took advantage of a loose ball in the box to complete his hat-trick with just under 15 minutes to go. The result means Mikel Arteta's side have won six of their seven pre-season games, with a 2-1 defeat by Brentford in a game behind closed doors being the only blemish on their stellar record. Gabriel Jesus lit the Emirates in his first home game in Arsenal colors Having already scored four goals in his first pre-season as an Arsenal player, Gabriel Jesus lit the Emirates with another two-goal display against Sevilla. The Brazilian looks every bit the number 9 the Gunners were clamoring for last season and could well be the man to inspire a Champions League qualifying attack this season. He showed his talent for being in the right place at the right time to score his opening goal and produced a delicate piece of movement to combine with Gabriel Martinelli to add his second and Arsenal's third goal. Jesus completed his hat-trick in the 77th minute with another opportunistic strike and reappeared in the penalty area to pounce on a loose ball. Mikel Arteta could not have hoped more from Jesus in his first Gunners appearance at the Emirates and the £45million fee paid to Manchester City could prove a bargain at the start of the season proper. How many goals does Gabriel Jesus score this season? Martin Odegaard (right) excelled in his first game since being appointed Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard was unveiled as Arsenal's new captain ahead of the Emirates Cup clash, meaning he now leads his country, Norway, and his club leads. Against Sevilla, Odegaard appeared in his regular role as number ten and showed typically dynamic in midfield. He played a crucial role in Bukayo Saka's opener, running through his team-mate with a wonderful clipped pass before the Englishman went down. The new Gunners captain will have been amazed by the frenzied intensity with which his team-mates went about their business as they relentlessly bullied Sevilla and forced the visitors into a barrage of errors. William Saliba has maintained an important role in defense this season While headlines will focus on Arsenal's enraged strikers, Mikel Arteta's defense also played a role in the epic victory over Sevilla. The Gunners manager deployed a trio of centre-backs against the Spanish club, with William Saliba flanked by Benjamin White on his right and Gabriel on his left. Arsenal rarely struggled despite Sevilla's attacking talent, while the back three allowed Bukayo Saka and Oleksandr Zinchenko to shine in full-back roles. Despite using a four-man defense for most of last season, Arteta might wonder if the formation he used against the La Liga side could be the one that gets the most out of his first choice. Mikel Arteta can be optimistic about the Premier League season Whilst fans are often reminded not to get carried away by last season's results, it was by no means a weak Sevilla team that put Arsenal to the sword. When the team sheets were released few could have imagined Arsenal would run away with the game like this and many suspected the Emirates Cup would be a hard fought game. There was an emotional atmosphere just before kick-off as Arsenal and Sevilla paid tribute to José Antonio Reyes, who died in a car crash in June 2019. He played 110 games ahead of the north Londoners before returning to the Spanish club later in his career. Before kick-off, the two clubs swapped shirts with Reyes' name and the numbers he wore for Arsenal and Sevilla - nine and ten respectively - while the Spaniard's shirt was also hung up in the home dressing room.

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Jesus scores a hat trick in a stunning Gunners win

Arsenal scored four goals in nine minutes and any Premier League rival would have done well not to worry at least a little. (Author: Gardener)

GunnersArsenal put in an impressive performance in their last pre-season friendly. The Gunners stormed past Sevilla and scored four goals in nine minutes of the first half. New signing Gabriel Jesus was the star of the show as he scored three goals Top scorerArsenal meets Crystal Palace in Friday night's Premier League opening gameArsenal put in an impressive performance in the final friendly of the summer's pre-season, beating Sevilla 6-0 in the Emirates Cup. New signing Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick on his first appearance at Emirates Stadium in a Gunners shirt, while Bukayo Saka secured a brace as Mikel Arteta's side stunned their opponents in the first half. They scored four goals in nine minutes and any Premier League rival would have done well not to worry at least a little. Gabriel Jesus scored a hat-trick in his first appearance at Emirates Stadium in a Gunners shirt. The game was only eight minutes old when new Gunners Martin Odegaard played through Saka, who was shoved into the box and won an early penalty. Saka, who put his miss in the Euro 2020 final well behind him, went for penalties himself and coolly sent Sevilla goalkeeper Bono the wrong way. Arsenal had their second goal just three minutes later. Granit Xhaka drove into the box from the left and while his pass over the goal initially found no teammates, Sevilla couldn't clear and the ball landed on Gabriel Jesus who shot clean. The Brazilian clearly loved life at Arsenal after joining from Manchester City and found the net again moments later. This time it was Gabriel Martinelli on the left wing and he delivered a seeking cross to the back post where Jesus lay unmarked waiting to put the Gunners in Dreamland. Bukayo Saka grabbed a brace as Arsenal put on an impressive display against Sevilla. Substitute Eddie Nketiah rounded off the goal as he ended a counter-attack in 20 minutes. Sevilla had only themselves to blame as they tried to play from behind but Arsenal's skillful pressing resulted in Bono gifting the ball straight to the England star, who put him in goal with ease.The Spanish side, who had the best defense in LaLiga last season, looked shocked and although they finally managed to stem the flow of Arsenal's relentless attacks, they knew that they could only had very little chance of returning to that pre-season friendly. New Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard wins the Emirates Cup after an outstanding performance. The pace slowed after the break but Arsenal managed to add even more shine to the goal line. Jesus completed his hat-trick when he reacted quickest in the box after defender Gabriel Magalhaes of the same name had blocked a try on the line. That's seven goals in five assists for the striker, brought back to life by Mikel Arteta. Substitute Eddie Nketiah rounded off the goal as he ended a sizzling counterattack. Martinelli charged for goal after being played through by Granit Xhaka before finding the England Under-21 star unselfish to come home. 14:40, James Dutton It's all over in Norway and Manchester United have suffered a narrow loss to Atletico Madrid. Joao Felix's late goal separated the two teams and substitute Christian Eriksen couldn't help the Red Devils back into the game. But it's not the end of the pitch that Erik ten Hag wanted to see as Joao Felix scored the goal for Atletico Madrid. It's all over and Arsenal are set to win the Emirates Cup after a reckless performance against Sevilla. Gabriel Jesus stared the show in his first appearance at Emirates Stadium in a Gunners shirt as he scored a hat-trick to take his pre-season tally to seven goals in five games. Bukayo Saka scored twice and substitute Eddie Nketiah rounded off the goal late as Arsenal put on an impressive display ahead of Friday night's Premier League opening game against Crystal Palace. 14:27, Arsenal clinical counterattack! Xhaka plays an excellent through ball to Martinelli, who timed his run perfectly, charging towards goal before altruistically passing to Eddie Nketiah, who finished the move with an easy finish. 14:24, Arsenal have a number of players in the middle waiting to finish a back cut from Odegaard, Pepe is the one who receives the ball but his shot is saved by Bono. 14:22, Christian Eriksen came on for Manchester United against Atletico Madrid but it's still scoreless in this game with just over 10 minutes to play. 83 min: Not quite right for White 14:20, that would have been a spectacular goal! Xhaka takes a free kick briefly, passing it to Ben White, who tries his luck from long range with a curl and dip shot that just misses the target. 14:19, substitute Cedric circles a free kick from the left to the near post, Martinelli slips into the goal and touches the ball, but puts it on the wrong post. 14:17, A flurry of substitutions for Arsenal after that goal so stay with me here. 14:15, Gabriel Jesus is the quickest to react in the box after eponymous defender Gabriel sees a try cleared off the line and drives the ball home to cap a great afternoon in front of goal. Granit Xhaka almost scored straight. Partey plays a delightful chipped ball over the defence, Xhaka keeps an eye on him and volleys just over the bar, which lands on top of the net. 1:59 p.m., Martin Ödegaard wants to take part. Zinchenko plays the ball across the penalty area to the Norwegian, who scores for the first time, but his attempt flies over the bar. 13:58, Gabriel Jesus has his eye on a hat-trick and prepares a shot from the edge of the box but pulls it wide. 13:52, Another chance for Sevilla after a corner. This time Erik Lamela heads just wide of the post. It's Fernando who gets another chance with the delivery, but his header goes over the bar. 13:48, Arsenal started this second half just as quickly as the first. Both Martinelli and Odegaard had half-chances after getting into the box and I'd be tempted to say a fifth goal is just around the corner. How many goals will we see in the second half? 1:31 p.m. Meanwhile, the game between Manchester United and Atlético Madrid has become much quieter. It's almost half time in Oslo and still goalless. That's when Arsenal scored their four goals as Bukayo Saka and new signing Gabriel Jesus both scored twice. The Gunners played stunning football at times and just kept going forward relentlessly. It's only pre-season, of course, but their Premier League rivals might have been a little concerned when they saw that. 45+1 mins: Almost a fifth for Arsenal 13:26 Arsenal almost scores a fifth goal at half-time as Martinelli is brought in down right, he tries to throw it over Bono but the Sevilla keeper stays tall and makes a good one Save. 13:20, now Arsenal had a free kick chance. 13:19, Rakitic lashes out a dangerous free-kick from the left, En Nesyri gets his head but it's a poor try and Ramsdale saves easily. This is probably Sevilla's best chance of the game. 13:11, A slight warning sign for Arsenal as Ivan Rakitic unleashes a fierce shot from the edge of the box that goes wide. The Gunners then go up the other end and almost score a nice team goal, but Martinelli's shot is blocked. 27 min: The calm after the storm 13:06. We went eight minutes without a goal, which is a breather given the chaotic nature of the game so far. Sevilla just whipped in a free-kick but Ramsdale collects. Former Spurs player Erik Lamela is booed every time he's on the ball. 13:00, Arsenal lead 4-0 within 20 minutes and Bukayo Saka scores his second. It's cruel to defend Sevilla trying to play from behind but the Gunners expertly push them and eventually force a mistake from Bono who passes the ball straight to Saka who fires home. They lead 3-0 within the first quarter of an hour and Gabriel Jesus scores his second goal in no time at all. This time it's Gabriel Martinelli who delivers a cross from the left and Jesus is unmarked at the back post to pin the ball home. 12:54, There's the second gate! It's new signing Gabriel Jesus who doubles Arsenal's lead. Xhaka plays the ball from the left, Sevilla doesn't clear and the Brazilian shoots the ball into the goal. A really impressive start from Arsenal. 12 mins: Arsenal are close to doubling their lead 12:52, almost a second goal for Arsenal! Odegaard plays down right again in Saka, he tries to play a pass over the goal but Sevilla manage to get him to the corner. 12:51, Bukayo Saka won the penalty and he's the man to step up and take it. It's a quiet effort by the England international that sends Sevilla goalkeeper Bono the wrong way and puts Arsenal 1-0 ahead. 12:48, Odegaard plays the ball over the top to Saka, who is pushed into the box and it's a clear penalty for the Gunners. 7 mins: Little to separate the two sides 12:46 It's been a low key game so far with neither side able to hold the ball for long. 12:40, Arsenal are on our way. 12:40, Before we get started, let's celebrate the life of former Arsenal player and coach Terry Neill with a minute's applause. The teams are out at 12:35, Martin Odegaard leads Arsenal out and we're almost ready to go at the Emirates Stadium. 12:24, Arsenal have announced that midfielder Martin Odegaard will become the club's new captain. The Frenchman is now gone and after leading the team a number of times last season, Odegaard will now captain the Gunners on a permanent basis in 2022-23. 12:20, Arsenal's impressive pre-season form and activity in the transfer market has led many pundits to finish in the top four this season. Sportsmail's DANIEL MATTHEWS interviewed technical director Edu in Orlando to find out how he changed the fortunes of the Gunners. DANIEL MATTHEWS IN ORLANDO: Edu will soon find out if he really read the runes. He told Arsenal's board a couple of years ago: "2022-23 will be the season where we will be much better." 12:10, The team news for Manchester United vs Atletico Madrid friendly is in. The only signing for United is Tyrell Malacia, but Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez are on the bench. 🗞 Our line-up against Atlético Madrid is here! 👊👀 Including two new faces on the bench... #MUFC - Manchester United (@ManUtd) Jul 30, 2022 12:05 pm This is the 11th edition of the Emirates Cup but the first since 2019. It's also the first time that it is a one-off game between only two clubs. Arsenal have participated in all previous tournaments and won the cup five times. 11:51, Arsenal's pre-season has been near-perfect so far, with a 2-1 defeat behind closed doors at Brentford midweek, their first blip after five straight wins. A 4-0 win over Chelsea in Orlando was by far the most impressive result. Gabriel Jesus, Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka and Albert Sambi Lokonga all scored as the Gunners beat their London rivals. 11:39, Let's start with some team news. Arsenal's line-up includes summer signings Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus, both from Manchester City. — Arsenal (@Arsenal) Jul 30, 2022 11:36 am, Welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of Arsenal's final pre-season friendlies of the summer as they take on Sevilla in the Emirates Cup at the Emirates Stadium. With just six days left before Mikel Arteta's side start their Premier League campaign with a trip to Crystal Palace, the Spaniard will be busy with his final preparations today. We will also bring you goal updates when Manchester United take on Atletico Madrid in a friendly in Oslo.

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Three things we learned as Gabriel Jesus and rampant Sevilla FC crush Sevilla

Arsenal ended their pre-season with a stunning 6-0 win over Sevilla to lift the Emirates Cup. The Gunners appear to be headed into the new campaign... (Author: Gardener)

Sevilla FCArsenal ended their pre-season with a stunning 6-0 win over Sevilla to lift the Emirates Cup. The Gunners appear to be heading into the new campaign in unusually good spirits as their two high-profile summer signings settle in immediately. Mike Arteta appears to have settled on his starting XI for next Friday's opening game at Crystal Palace in Selhurst Park, the scene of one of their most disappointing performances of last season. A lack of goals from their centre-forwards ultimately cost the Gunners a top-four position last season for very different reasons, with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang being shadows of their former selves. Arteta made signing Jesus his No.1 priority this summer and his judgment was immediately rewarded with six goals in six games. Arsenal's new No9 is already perfectly attuned to Arteta's tactical demands and appears poised to take on the greater responsibility he has probably never been entrusted with at City, for all his undoubted excellence. It was just 13 minutes before Jesus had a chance to reveal his signature celebration and show off his predatory instincts, poking home from close range after an intelligent approach play with Bukayo Saka. Barely 60 seconds had elapsed when it was Jesus' turn again, sliding home with a half-volley after a spot-on cross from fellow countryman Gabriel Martinelli, with whom he appeared to have struck an instant agreement. Jesus rounded off an impressive all-around performance, poaching his hat-trick goal from the six yard box with 14 minutes remaining after the visitors struggled with a dangerous set piece. Oleksandr Zinchenko, another new signing well versed in the tactical demands of his new coach, made a striking home debut after impressing for 45 minutes against Chelsea last weekend. The Ukraine international's versatility hampered his progress at Manchester City, but at Arsenal the ability to play both in midfield and at left-back will likely ensure he rarely, if ever, starts from the XI. With Kieran Tierney's comeback date still unknown, Zinchenko is likely to start his Arsenal career in the role he regularly filled for City at left-back, but that will do little to dampen his impact. Granit Xhaka, who has been used as an extra full-back in the past, seemed comfortable with Zinchenko drifting into central positions to prompt Arsenal attacks. The Ukraine international captain was hardly tested in defence, but it was notable that he made up tremendous ground midway through the second period to cover a dangerous cross ball, while displaying a concentration that hasn't always been Arsenal's trademark defender. A loan move to Marseille last summer appeared to spell the end of Saliba's sometimes bizarre Arsenal career. In hindsight, it appears to have been a masterstroke as the France international seemed perfectly poised to cement his place at the heart of Arsenal's defence. Alongside Ben White, who played in patches last season, the £50m Brighton recruit seems more comfortable in the right-back slot that has opened up as a result of Takehiro Tomiyasu's ongoing injury woes. They've got a long way to go as Arsenal had a pairing that appear physically capable of standing up to the sorts of tests they face week in and week out, while both and Saliba in particular exhibit a composure on the ball, which is crucial to how Arteta wants to play. Follow Metro Sport for the latest news

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Hello Sacramento

Get the latest show info and watch segments from Good Day Sacramento. (Author: Gardener)

SacramentoWe end the work week with Courtney's question of the day: Which food fusion is your favorite? Thanks for hanging out with us today, tune in tomorrow at 7 for Good Day Weekend!

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PS5 hit Stray is an overnight success building on over 20 years of cat memes

Stray is a viral hit with cat people everywhere, proving once again that cats rule the internet. (Author: Gardener)

StrayTechRadar is supported by its audience. PS5 hit Stray is an overnight success that builds on over 20 years of cat memes. Unless you've surfed the internet your entire adult life, you might not know that cats have always been in charge. Indeed, in the early 2000s, cat memes were one of the preeminent methods of communication via email, burgeoning social media platforms and forums. If you've ever used terms like "hecking good boy" or "boop the snoot," you might not know that the root of your internet language is actually Kitty Pidgin, the "I can has?" loaded language derived from the Lolcat meme era and is among the earliest traceable pidgins of its kind on the internet. However, the Internet is just a new medium for an already existing human fascination with cats. From ancient murals to Harry Pointer's meme-like photographs, we've been inextricably linked to cats for over 9,000 years. Research has even shown that cats are effective at domesticating themselves (opens in new tab), which makes sense of their sometimes maddeningly indifferent attitude towards us. It's no surprise, then, that while cats don't quite have the supreme power they once held over the online space, they're still a huge cultural pillar. As evidenced by the viral sensation that third-person cat adventure game Stray.Now has over 60,000+ concurrent players for Stray on Steam, I absolutely cannot stress enough how incredible these numbers are for an indie title. These numbers are much closer to what successful AAA titles achieve. HUGE hit for Annapurna Interactive and BlueTwelve Studio https://t.co/B8TbOKExta pic.twitter.com/2LSGNzIQQo July 19, 2022Although the game was surrounded by weeks of hype leading up to its release, a veritable tsunami of cat content hit our Twitter, TikTok and even post-release Facebook feeds. With more than 60,000 concurrent players on Steam, a number that rivals some AAA titles, Stray has clearly captured something otherwise lacking in the current gaming scene. Some readers may remember a little old website called "I Can Has Cheezburger?". from back then, which published text memes with a range of recurring characters and themes - some of the earliest memes I've found on the internet. Whether it was one of the earliest cat blogs like MyCatHatesYou or the Infinite Cat Project, memes like Ceiling Cat, Long Cat and Cheeseburger Cat, or even 4Chan's Caturday posts, cat culture was strong and expansive, spreading quickly from images to videos when Sites like YouTube became more accessible. The universe of cat memes grew rapidly. In fact, reports from Buzzfeed in 2012 found that while searches for dogs were more common, cat content was much more prone to virality. Fast forward to the present and we have Stray capitalizing on decades of feline heritage on the internet. If you've always wondered why this game has won so many hearts, look no further than its attention to detail when it comes to capturing the joy of felines. Stray puts you in control of an orange feline who... Separated from her group of feline friends, she has been thrust into a post-post-apocalyptic cyberpunk city sealed off from the outside world. The city's inhabitants are companions, helper-bots abandoned by humanity that have evolved over several centuries to mimic human behavior, belief systems, and even aspirations. Throughout the game, you and your drone buddy, the B-12, will explore and investigate the various dwellings within the walled city in hopes of finding a way to return to the outside world and, as a by-product, freeing the companions trapped within its walls. As a premise, I would casually say that it totally innovates the post-apocalypse adventure genre, but what really takes Stray to the next level is seeing everything through a cat's lens. Whether you're scratching carpets and trees, drinking from puddles of water, or meowing at the touch of a button, this game exudes feline charisma. The moment I realized that this game had more than just beautiful graphics and some solid platforming mechanics was the first time a throwaway animation was included for no other purpose than to add depth to the experience of being a cat. If you encounter B-12 early in the game, the drone will put a harness on you. The ensuing interaction made me gasp – the cat tumbled to the ground in a rage as if cursed with the most grotesque burdens. If you've ever tried dressing up with a cat who isn't used to it, you'll have gotten a similar response. It's not an animation that's repeated anywhere else in the game - just a really nice acknowledgment of cat mannerisms. Likewise, there are numerous pianos around the world that you can jump on and run over a keyboard cat; several instances where your job as a cat is to destroy things by knocking them off ledges with a shy, curled paw; and even times when walking across a computer keyboard is a crucial part of plot development. These small but significant interactions contribute to a larger narrative, a sense of self-awareness that Stray has - and one that I think many larger teams and studios would struggle to capture with such nuance. In my opinion, it's that raw, raw charm that has captured the hearts and minds of gamers around the world. Also, the relationship of the companions with the stray of the same name has a certain knowledge. Although many of them don't even know what a cat is and refer to them as four-legged friends, they have a very human desire and appreciation for the creatures. Rub some companions' legs and they'll emote with heart. On the less loving side, you can hop onto a table where two bots are playing dominoes, spraying tiles everywhere, and then gleefully watch as they meticulously replace the pieces... only for you to have to do it all over again. Another favorite interaction of mine occurs when sheet music is delivered to the audiophile bot Morusque. The Companion plays the track on his makeshift guitar - and you have the option to curl up on a pile of pillows next to it and listen to the song. It's a simple, sweet moment reminiscent of cozy afternoons spent next to my own feline friend. Stray captures the essence of cosiness in his nods to the little moments in life that bring you peace and contentment. To me, it's like pausing for a coffee at Brewster's in Animal Crossing, only to see the simple animation of a small cup being picked up with stubby fingerless hands, sipped on, and enjoyed. We get it you're a dog person saying Stray is for everyone? Stray's greatest strength is also its greatest weakness - it depends on whether you appreciate the cultural place of cats or have the experience of owning one to really shine. I recently read an article by Vice (opens in new tab) that suggests Stray undercuts itself - by offering an overly human lens on a humanless world. In Stray there is a fundamental juxtaposition between the way the robots so desperately mimic humanity and the survival of cats in this barren, post-human world. In the end, what fascinated me most about this simple game was that an intelligence created in our image always strives to be human, to be more. cats? They'll just keep being cats. Stray is far from the perfect game; I would go so far as to say that the second act was a bit disappointing in terms of gameplay, lacking in verticality compared to the beauty and richness of detail of the first act. However, it's undoubtedly one of my favorite games of the last few years. Appreciation of entertainment and art forms is always subjective, and nothing demonstrates that quite like the invention of the cat game. Josephine Watson (@JosieWatson) is TechRadar's Managing Editor - Lifestyle. Josephine has previously written on a wide variety of topics from pop culture to gaming to the energy industry and joined TechRadar to help with general site management. She generally watches Disney movies, plays games on her Switch, or shows people pictures of her cats, Mr. Smith and Heady. Sign up to get the latest news, reviews, opinions, analysis and more plus the hottest tech deals! Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands Thank you for subscribing to TechRadar. Microsoft is making new efforts to get you to switch to Windows 11. You can now play Stray in split-screen multiplayer. OnePlus is removing a key feature from its next flagship - and fans aren't happy I've been using the Google Play Store for 10 years - these apps were good enough to keep it I stumbled upon this unloved browser and now Google Chrome still sees it Worse From Spin-Off Movie The iPhone 13 price is finally getting a slash - but it probably won't save you any money. You can now play Stray in split-screen multiplayer

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Maatsen fires Burnley to a successful start under Kompany at Huddersfield

Ian Maatsen's goal gave Vincent Kompany's Burnley a winning start with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield (Author: Gardener)

BurnleyMaatsen fires Burnley as Kompany wins in Huddersfield Ian Maatsen celebrates Burnley's goal in Huddersfield. Photo: Dave Howarth/CameraSport/Getty ImagesIan Maatsen celebrates scoring for Burnley in the opening game at Huddersfield. Photo: Dave Howarth/CameraSport/Getty ImagesWill Unwin at The John Smith's StadiumVincent Kompany's Burnley didn't have it all their way in their win over Huddersfield, but Ian Maatsen's winner summed up the newfound momentum to offer a glimpse of what's still to come will come as the defender started and finished a striking move to start the club's new era with three points. The Clarets completed more than 300 passes in the first half, only twice managing such a feat in 90 minutes all of last season to show their new manager's early impact. No wonder Kompany said he was inspired by Pep Guardiola ahead of the game. The Manchester City manager will also have been delighted with the winner, even if it came from a Chelsea player who marched into the box from the left before taking out the bottom corner. Burnley entered their new era with a revolutionary approach, with six debutants on the starting line-up. Maatsen, a constant threat at left, and Josh Cullen in midfield were the most impressive of the recruits from a turbulent summer that has seen a revolving door transfer policy - and a few more comings and goings are to be expected at Turf Moor before the window closes itself. QPR's Michael Beale: "Steven Gerrard is like my football brother" The heat of the moment seemed to get to Kompany early; The Belgian felt the need to remove his suit jacket with less than four minutes left on the clock. He watched as Burnley learned about their new roles and system at work, but they quickly found their footing, much to Kompany's delight as Burnley controlled the game. He was the man who, thanks to his clean touches, his passing and his ability to read the game, started everything positive and showed why Kompany was so eagerly awaiting a reunion after working with Anderlecht. "I know him as a person," Kompany said. It's good for him that he was man of the match but knowing him isn't his priority.” Burnley fans found their cheering early in the season during a sustained passing phase, something that was common in the Sean Dyche era every sideways pass found its target with a quasi-sarcastic 'Olé' at the end as the Clarets dominated possession. "I found the first half pretty disappointing, I thought maybe tactically we didn't get it quite right, we lost in the middle of the field," admitted Danny Schofield. The old and the new combined thanks to clever work from Ashley Barnes to when he faked a pass to create space in the box he was eventually bounced back by Josh Brownhill which allowed him to control the ball and accidentally got in the way of debutant Maatsen, who showed a desire to sprint from the half to lunge and curl home.Swansea and Bristol City will no longer take the kneeSwansea and Bristol City have announced they will be no more ahead of this season's games will take the knee. Both Championship sides, who have adopted the anti-racism gesture since it came to the English game in June 2020, stressed that they remain committed to fighting discrimination. The Swansea squad and coaching staff, who are visiting Rotherham for their season opener on Saturday, said in a statement: "Following discussions as a group, we have collectively decided that we will no longer get on our knees ahead of games in football or 2022-23 in society. We strongly support what the squat stands for and represents.” The squat has undoubtedly helped raise awareness and sparked conversations about how to remove racism from the game we all love. Should an opposing team get on their knees before a game this season, we will line them up and applaud because we absolutely support the spirit behind the attitude of solidarity in the fight against all forms of discrimination. This fight must continue every day in how we all behave and contribute to society and we will welcome opposition teams to get on their knees and raise awareness while ensuring we have a zero tolerance approach to hate and to abuse. "Thank you for your feedback. Kompany's vision of an attacking side gradually became apparent as confidence grew. A second should have come just after the first set as a one-two between Connor Roberts and Cullen saw the full-back slam into something over the top, but his jab at close range was stopped by Lee Nicholls. He was constantly consulted on the Kompany sidelines by predecessor Mike Jackson. There were some good foundations there,” said Kompany. Schofield, sensing a change in momentum, made a double substitution on his coaching debut, bringing in Jack Rudoni and Tino Anjorin just before the hour mark. The latter made an immediate impact when he was fouled on the edge of the box by Cullen, who was cautioned for his troubles while inciting the anger of the crowd. Whether Burnley can make such a sustained effort in a 46-game season remains to be seen. The players slacked off in the closing stages against a relentless opponent on a muggy night, but mostly held their ground. The foundations for Burnley to build on have been installed, they just need to meet Kompany's standards for more than an hour.

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Kompany: It's a step in the right direction

Vincent Kompany got off to a successful start in his life as Championship manager when his revamped Burnley side beat Huddersfield 1–0 in the opening game of the 2022/23 season. (Author: Gardener)

Vincent KompanyVincent Kompany won his first competitive game in charge of Burnley Vincent Kompany got off to a flying start in his life as Championship manager when his new-look Burnley side beat Huddersfield 1-0 in the opening game of the 2022/23 Sky Bet EFL season. The Manchester City legend replaced Sean Dyche at Turf Moor in June after three years at Anderlecht and watched debutant Ian Maatsen coolly swept the opener after just 18 minutes. The Terriers - who were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the play-off final 61 days ago and lost head coach Carlos Corberan earlier this month - have struggled to find their feet in the game and although they sped through the aisles after the break, they were able to not to get a single shot on target. This is how the teams line up | Game StatsChampionship Games | table | Highlights Get Sky Sports Late in the end, Scott Twine almost marked his first Burnley game since a £4m move from MK Dons with a typical free-kick that dove and shook the woodwork, but ultimately a single goal was enough. How the Kompany era began perfectly Kompany promised no miracles ahead of his return to English football, making it clear his Burnley players would need time to adjust to a new division and new mindset. The Clarets were aggressive in possession, their movements on the court were fluid, their passes were quick and crisp. The visitors should have won a penalty when Tom Lees slid onto Ashley Barnes as he intercepted a clean ball from Josh Cullen, but after Cullen and Barnes both came close over the next few minutes they took a deserved lead when Maatsen collected a scrape after his own pass into the penalty area and stroked the ball past Lee Nicholls. Nicholls was soon called into action to deny Connor Roberts from point-blank range as Burnley looked to quickly double their lead before Dara Costelloe struggled to hit a loose ball on the edge of the six-yard box. Huddersfield looked nervous on the rare moments they crossed the halfway line, missing out on the influence of Lewis O'Brien and Harry Toffolo - who both joined Forest this month - which prompted loud boos at the break. They had nothing to show for, however, and were nearly punished when Twine hit the woodwork late and the Clarets left with the first three points of the campaign. Man of the Match - Josh Cullen "If you were wondering why Vincent Kompany brought Josh Cullen to Burnley from Anderlecht, it's because of performances like that, with the control he brought to the game." Danny Schofield from Huddersfield: " In the first half they were the much better team. They dominated the center of the pitch and the wingers coming in gave us problems - they were outnumbered in that area and that's something we misunderstood. But in the second half we changed a few things, got a lot better and dared. "[After the game] I said we win together and lose together and suffer together. As long as we stick together this group of players shows a lot of struggle, a lot of energy all the time. They are real professionals and when." They keep showing that fight and that spirit on the pitch, we'll be alright. We had a very short preparation time and tried to get things into the players very quickly. New signings always take a bit of time but we'll try to speed up this process to make it as smooth as possible." Burnley's Vincent Kompany: "I couldn't have asked for more. What I highlighted was the intensity of the team and how the lads dug really deep for each other - that's the hardest part, especially with a lot of new players.We created a lot of chances that I think could have been a little bit more clinical and it's Burnley so we work hard, we are aggressive and we try to surround people in numbers - and I think we've done that, you get around the ball in numbers, I always think that outweighs the size, but you have to manage that and that's a lot of work, maybe we don't have the size of other teams at the moment it's a bit strange to say when you're the manager of Burnley but we have legs, heart and the lads have been brave and have en engaged. “I keep saying give me hard work and attitude every day and I take that over talent and that's Burnley. Huddersfield travels to St Andrew's to play Birmingham in a live game on Sky Sports Football on Friday 5 August at 19:45 while Burnley returns the next day when they meet Luton at 15:00 in the Turf Moor received.

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