Coutinho, Lacazette and Man United duo

The blockbuster acquisition of Newcastle United has sparked discussions that players around the world will be heading to the St (Author: Gardener)

The blockbuster takeover of Newcastle United has sparked discussions around the world about players moving to St. James ’Park in the near future. The Newcastle acquisition was recently finalized with the Saudi Arabia-led consortium bringing new found wealth to the club. The new owners are unlikely to spend hundreds of millions right away, and some fans may be disappointed that more illustrious transfer coups may have to wait until sometime in the future. But now that we have more opportunities to add great players to their current squad, we could soon be taking Newcastle back to the days of the 90s and early 2000s. Newcastle drew in Brighton at the weekend and are currently in second place in the league with just five points from eleven games. But with Howe now appointed and January fast approaching, there are some top players who could be drafted with little fuss and could improve the Toon ranks significantly in the second half of the campaign. Lacazette will be out of contract next summer and with no likely deal with current club Arsenal it means the 30-year-old will be looking for a new project. The Gunners star has one last major contract in her at this point in his career, so he wants to move to a place where he can be part of an incredibly exciting project. In reality, there are no more attractive challenges than Newcastle United. A deal for Lacazette won't come cheap, but given the staggering wealth of the club's new owners, it seems unlikely that this will be a problem. As a player who knows the league, the 28-year-old might not be the most noticeable addition, but he would certainly have a great reputation to fill this troubled center-back position in the Magpies defense. West Ham have been out of a deal in the past but with Tarkovsky out of the contract in the summer it means Newcastle may have an advantage when it comes to a deal in January. There will be a lot of talk about the Manchester United man as the January transfer window approaches. The Dutch midfielder is obviously frustrated with the lack of opportunity for the first team and is looking for a new opportunity to show his true quality. In connection with Newcastle, this could be the ideal move for all parties. The Magpies lack quality in the middle of the park and Van de Beek could be the ideal man to fit into the team and push them off the bottom of the Premier League table. However, Henderson has struggled to start at United ahead of favorite stopper David de Gea this season. With nearly 50 games in the league, he's a quality goalkeeper who would enjoy the chance to start regularly for another Premier League club. In the 2019/20 season he played 36 games for Sheffield United with 13 goals conceded and helped the promoted team to an impressive ninth place. The 24-year-old would be a good pick for a Newcastle side who have struggled to keep the goals this season. Kessie has generated a lot of interest in the Premier League, with London clubs Tottenham and Chelsea reportedly interested. Interest has never resulted in a deal, but the 24-year-old has continued to impress in Serie A for AC Milan this season. The Ivorian is also prone to a few hits and has scored 35 goals in central midfield in Serie A alone, while proving that he also has tremendous potential to keep improving. The German full-back is another candidate who could help improve the defense and has a great record to back that up. He has a lot of experience from his time at Heracles Almelo in the Eredivisie and since then his club and international career has made further progress with many appearances for Atalanta. Another player who impressed at Euro 2020 was the versatile Danish ace Maehle. Constantly in the starting XI, he even scored a couple of goals against Wales and Russia and contributed to their incredibly successful progression to the semi-finals. He joined Atalanta for £ 10m earlier this year and given his performance over the summer, his fee would likely cost a lot more now. The Danish star is said to be on sale this summer and had ties to a move to England with the likes of Southampton, but a deal fell through as the £ 24m demand was deemed too high. That kind of fee for a reliable and versatile player with Champions League experience could prove to be a bargain if the Magpies set it up. The Brazilian is used to living in the Premier League with an abundance of assists and goals in Liverpool. Coutinho has scored 99 goals and 75 assists in over 400 games during his career. But his six-year stint in the Premier League is a big part of it, which means a return to England could be a very attractive prospect for him.


Arsenal's big test, special Crystal Palace, Newcastle's new hope and Leeds transfer worries

Daniel Storey analyzes all 20 Premier League teams as the layoff season is in full swing as we head into the international break (Author: Gardener)

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As we go into the last international break of the year, the season of layoffs is just around the corner.

More managers have now lost their jobs in the Premier League than in all of last season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be next after City dominated the Manchester derby.

Meanwhile, Chelsea lost points and Norwich City took their first win of the season. But that wasn't enough for Daniel Farke ...

A bold, crunchy victory that feels even more special the way it was achieved. See in the Watford section why Arsenal's winning goal was controversial but they certainly deserved the win given the opportunities created. If Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had scored his penalty, they would have probably wished for a little more comfort.

But that gave Arsenal an opportunity to test themselves in retrospect. Only once before Sunday have Arsenal won a league game without scoring in the first 30 minutes of this season (the 1-0 home win over Norwich). They scored two early goals against Tottenham and Leicester, their two best wins. That allowed them to sit comfortably on a leash, and Aaron Ramsdale got in when needed.

The theory was that if Arsenal didn't score early, they tended to be a little frustrated with a team prepared to defend on a low block and throttle it down. The key to defeating these teams is to quickly move the ball through the lines and exactly what Mikel Arteta insisted on is the blueprint. They were still a little wasteful (and Aubameyang prevented Martin Odegaard from scoring by hitting the ball on the goal line) but they passed the test.

Arsenal are now unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions, taking 20 points out of the last 24 available. They are three points clear of Manchester United, who are seven points behind them after three games. Her young players - Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Gabriel, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga - are at the heart of their improvement. This is all good news for Arteta and Arsenal.

This is the first time since 2016 that Aston Villa have lost five games in a row in the Premier League, the end of a dismal season under Remi Garde and caretaker Eric Black. The idea - with some evidence - was that Villa had left those bad old days behind. The comparison did Dean Smith little favor, and he paid the price on Sunday lunchtime.

At first glance, it is difficult to see where this break-in came from. Smith struggled to bring in new players and the defenders had fallen off a cliff (as described in this article) but the five-game losing streak included a 3-0 home win over Everton and a 1-0 away win at Old Trafford in advance. In these games Villa defended valiantly and created opportunities.

The loss of Douglas Luiz offers a partial explanation: He protects the defense, wins tackles and starts attacking moves. Luiz was on the pitch three of those five defeats, but the details are a little more devastating. He left the pitch 2-0 against the Wolves and missed the last two when Villa was worst. It will be crucial to get him back in shape.

But Smith won't be there to see it. Norwich City had already shown that the final international break, until March, was a convenient time to make a change in leadership and the owners of Aston Villa always seemed a little itchy. They foresaw this as the campaign their club would start from last season and push for European qualification after a significant investment after Jack Grealish. At the moment Villa is as close to the lower half as it is to the upper half.

Last week we tried not to overdo Brentford's losing streak, which ended up in three games. But losing at home to Norwich is a canary in the mine, if you'll excuse the pun. Brentford conceded twice through defensive sloppiness and then dominated the game, but was just too busy.

The defense is apparently a problem - Alvaro Fernandez has now conceded five goals in two games - but the growing issue is the attack. Ivan Toney has only an expected 2.7 goals in 11 games this season. Against Norwich he had only two shots in 90 minutes (none hit goal).

The problem is likely a service. Under Thomas Frank, Brentford likes to work with the ball close to the goal before shooting. Their average goal distance is the lowest in the league, nearly five meters closer to goal than their opponents on Saturday. That makes sense: Frank is a big fan of xG and in general: the closer you are to the goal, the better the chances are. But when Brentford Toney fails to serve effectively and their attacking movements collapse, it can cause them to become a little dull.

Again, we shouldn't panic. Brentford had plenty of chances to take at least one point on Saturday and Frank was quick to say so after the game. But he will be interested in clarifying the issues of creating and converting opportunities during the international break. Four of Brentford's next five games - Newcastle, Everton, Leeds and Watford - will help determine their realistic ambitions for the season. After a wonderful start, you suddenly look over your shoulder.

Brighton's disciplinary record is one of the Premier League's weirdest quirks. No team has received red cards since their promotion. But what's a bit strange about this statistic is that Brighton routinely scored low on yellow cards - 17th in the 2019-20 season and 19th last season.

Perhaps it suggests a lack of focus or playing with full-backs huddling high on the field, forcing the center-backs into uncomfortable positions to immerse themselves in - Lewis Dunk, Shane Duffy and Ben White are in the premier for five of their 14 red cards League responsible. Or maybe it's just a curiosity that gets ironed out over time. The big shame of Saturday is that Robert Sanchez's layoff came so late that we didn't see Dunk having to do a dive rescue.

That doesn't happen every week - the law of the average takes care of that. But occasionally, when you least expect it, it's possible to see an ad of 100 percent, pure, classic burnleying. And at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon, Chelsea supporters saw it in perfect action.

Judging individual games by expected goals is often a misguided endeavor, but when one team registers four and a half times the total of the others, it can be called a robbery. But that's what Burnley does: stay in the game, never give up, and take your chances if they happen to happen. And they'll do so in the Premier League next season too, making predictions of their downfall before the season seem redundant.

Until Saturday, Chelsea hadn't really missed Romelu Lukaku. The goals flowed and were distributed among the squad, and a freer attack without a specific center forward pulled the defense back and forth. Lukaku's return felt more like a lucky bonus than a necessity.

This run ended against Burnley. Chelsea built enough chances to extend the lead beyond the reach of the guests with a goal, but everyone was spurned. Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ross Barkley, and Kai Havertz were particularly guilty; Lukaku wouldn't have been so generous.

When you play Burnley, missed opportunities usually count twice. Not only do they cause despair and doubt among your own fans, players, and managers, but they are Burnley's lifeblood. They get adamant that they are meant to punish such wastefulness and often practice that belief.

Thomas Tuchel always insisted he needed Lukaku back. He bought it for that very reason, a killer instinct, to get matches to bed that gave Chelsea many opportunities. It's hard not to assume that he would have scored two goals on Saturday and that Chelsea would enjoy a healthy lead at the top of the league.

There is something special about building in Selhurst Park, even if the ranking list doesn't quite say the same thing. Crystal Palace had the toughest start to the season of any Premier League club. In their first eleven games they played away against the current top 4 and also played against Tottenham, Arsenal and Leicester. If there are reasonable doubts about any of these three clubs, Palace has not lost to any of them. Only Chelsea and Liverpool have beaten Patrick Vieira's side.

This is remarkable given the new manager and the new system. But it also shows the importance of happiness. Palace tracked Nuno Espirito Santo over the course of the summer, believing they had her husband until he got a whiff of an Everton job. Then that didn't happen, Nuno went to Tottenham and has since left and Palace appointed Vieira. Suddenly they are playing their most beautiful football of the last decade.

Against the Wolves, Palace dominated possession again, but most importantly, it never stagnated on the ball. Conor Gallagher kept the pace fast and made him the standout candidate for Young Player of the Year. They created chances with more efficiency than in the whole season and also perfectly eliminated the wolves' counterattack. If this is the blueprint, Palace has a very good thing.

This was a bit of a recovery for Rafael Benitez and Everton, not least because they kept quiet a Tottenham team that we expected would have a lot more energy in Antonio Conte's first game. Everton overtook their guests and had the only shots on goal of the game.

But they're still screaming for Dominic Calvert-Lewin's return. The Salomon Rondon experiment failed because it does not provide the movement Everton needs and does not hold the ball well enough to compensate for this problem. Richarlison is a willing worker, but too often he gets a little isolated and prone to frustrations when things don't go according to him.

Everton scored seven goals under Benitez in the three games that Calvert-Lewin started. They still have more shots per game and more chances than last season despite his absence, but they have only scored nine goals in the eight games Calvert-Lewin missed. Everton supporters - and Benitez - will pray that his recovery will bring him back immediately after the international break, as he is a center-forward who fits Benitez's style perfectly.

Much, much better. Leeds have had their best shots in one game this season, against a progressive Leicester team. They were again thanks to Raphinha's brilliance and there will be some regrets that a point wasn't three given the game record, but Marcelo Bielsa must be happy with the response over the past fortnight.

But what would Leeds be without its brilliant Brazilian? And most importantly, why shouldn't the biggest clubs in Europe line up to whisper sweet things to him - or his agent - before the January transfer window?

There is no squad in Europe that is not improved by Raphinha. Leeds would certainly do anything to keep him (and it would take a ridiculous offer to leave him in the winter window) but the Champions League knockout game is a huge draw for the players. Even ardent Leeds supporters would have trouble claiming he didn't deserve it.

Almost exactly a year ago, Leicester City delivered one of their most dominant performances while Brendan Rodgers was at the club. They won 4-1 on Elland Road, attacked Leeds early to force mistakes and take the lead by two goals, and then won the game again late after Stuart Dallas brought one back. Leicester had only 32 percent possession, but were ruthless on the counterattack.

On Sunday, Leicester had more ball but less play. Leeds created the best chances of the game and Rodgers was grateful for a bit of Harvey Barnes magic to level them shortly after falling behind.

Leicester looks like a different team from then to now. They are less daring on the counterattack and often resort to slower possession, but their defense has also weakened. Raphinha's opener has conceded a single goal in 16 games across all competitions since the season's opening day. Caution with the ball can be forgiven if it goes hand in hand with defensive stability. But right now Leicester isn't nailing either.

For most of this season, Liverpool's miraculous top three has dug their defenses out of man-made holes. This run ended on Sunday afternoon in the London stadium. It came.

Liverpool conceded twice against Milan but won anyway. They conceded three times against Brentford and twice against Manchester City and Brighton, but remained undefeated in those games, largely thanks to Mohamed Salah. In the Champions League against Atletico, they again conceded two goals and prevailed again.

In 2019-20, Liverpool only conceded twice or more in a league game once before the end of February; her defensive record brought her to this title. In the league alone they have already achieved this four times this season. Trent Alexander-Arnold is a great attacking right-back, but you can see Gareth Southgate's point of view in defense. In set pieces, Liverpool have been bullied by West Ham and that will annoy Jürgen Klopp.

This is not a crisis. How can it be when Liverpool have just lost their first league game of the season. But the nature of that defeat will send a message to the rest of the Premier League that Liverpool may flutter if you jump in their faces and throw balls in the box. Expect more of it after the international break.

Convincing evidence that the slip-ups against Palace and Southampton were exceptions to the rule and becoming rarer as Manchester City learns to play without number 9, Ferran Torres returns from injury and Kevin de Bruyne regains full fitness.

One thing that Pep Guardiola is particularly good at (and having brilliant players obviously helps) is getting a bad result out of the minds of his players. The process is the whole law; stick to it and you'll be back on track soon.

Only three times since December 2018, Manchester City have made up for lost points in the Premier League with something other than a league win. On two of those occasions, one of the results has been barely a setback (draw with Manchester United at home and draw with Liverpool at home). They are favorites for the title because no one believes they will be out of shape for long. And you can read more about their total domination over Manchester United here.

There are many more words here about the total mess Manchester United is in with a manager who is certainly not up to the task and now with the best short term option out of the market.

But I would like to repeat one point from our game summary about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's strategy on Saturday. He had had no small success against Guardiola by unsettling Manchester City with pace behind. One of Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford was usually the star and it is very clear that Solskjaer has attacking pace even if he is married to Cristiano Ronaldo as the central striker. In these games, United City attacked early and undermined their own intentions to set the pace of play.

There is nothing inherently wrong with picking a defensive team and instructing them to sit deep. But a) it depends on you defending well what United didn't do, b) it is against what worked before in this game, and c) it drastically reduces the patience and goodwill of the home fans. United fans booed the slow build-up, called their team to attack and groaned as Bruno Fernandes picked up the ball 30 yards from his own goal and had no choice but to pass the ball backwards.

And that's the kick. The stereotype of Manchester United under Solskjaer - and for good reason - is that they are built on individuals rather than the system (and that can work if the individuals are brilliant). But playing a defensive system with seven players behind the ball and trying to attack on the counter-attack relies on a working system rather than individuals.

Stacking attacking players forward can get you caught, but at least you can hope to create some magic (and good odds) in the final third. That's far less likely when Ronaldo is alone in the opposing half and both full-backs don't know whether to attack or defend.

Solskjaer retained a certain loyalty, also because football was entertaining. United was a team of comebacks, bangs and whistles and who-knows-what-happens. But that was grimly predictable. United tried much of the same plan that Southampton, Burnley or Newcastle might have and were no longer successful. That is much worse than the result.

There was an improvement in the second half against Brighton and Newcastle were brought back from bottom of the table. One could also probably argue that Graeme Jones got two league points (including the tie against Palace) that Steve Bruce would not have, although we are dealing with hypotheses here. We are reaching for the positive on all three points.

At least Newcastle apparently has a replacement for Bruce. Eddie Howe was at the Brighton game and although he was obviously second choice and the failure to appoint Unai Emery got very messy, that gives Newcastle some security.

But even there it is difficult to work out the plan. How did they get to the stage where Emery and Howe were the two picks? It's hard to imagine two different coaches: foreign vs. local coach, long-term builder vs. short-term improver, cup specialist vs. the guy who brought Bournemouth into the league. It doesn't scream that Newcastle was a certain type.

But Howe is a very good coach. He is motivated to succeed after it ended in Bournemouth. He previously worked with Newcastle's best center-forward and his position now gives Newcastle a steady run in January recruiting. Improvements may not come right away - that's not really Howe's thing - but the first big decision of the new ownership has finally been made.

Life gives with one hand and takes with the other. Daniel Farke will have been delighted to see his team finally winning the Premier League again, but two hours later Norwich announced that he had been removed from office.

That may sound a little harsh, comes immediately after a win and with Norwich, who hardly slips in the end (five points for safety with 27 games still to be played). But then sackings should never be easily done to respond to the performance or outcome of a game. If the Norwich hierarchy believed it had seen enough to suggest that another manager would have a better chance of keeping it up, they cannot be blamed for not being swayed by a game than the recruitment process is certainly already in Was in progress.

The interesting question is whether Norwich is going for a firefighter who doesn't quite fit the club's identity or whether Stuart Webber is going for a more left-wing option from continental Europe. It is a decision that will determine the next age of Norwich City.

Southampton don't feel like a team that wins many games 1-0. They like to press, but that press can often be countered if not every player is at their best. They often make defensive mistakes and can be prone to dispossession in midfield.

So it's nice when statistics back up your gut feeling. There were 71 1-0 games in the Premier League last season and Southampton only won two of them. On Friday, Southampton recorded a 1-0 straight league win for the first time since February 2016 by defeating Aston Villa. Ralph Hasenhüttl's team has now won three of the last four league games.

Hasenhüttl identified the recruitment of new defenders to give him additional options as the reason for this postponement. But that seems a little strange given that Southampton sold Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand this summer. They were both replaced, but with players who offered potential rather than a finished product.

Instead, Hasenhüttl should do himself a little more honor. On Friday night, Southampton ended the game with two new defenders on the pitch, Kyle Walker-Peters (who was on loan last season) and Mohammed Salisu, who only started eight league games last season. Despite this unfamiliarity, having found an additional body of defense is not an easy task.

There was a difference between Conte Spurs and Nuno Spurs in the early stages, as you couldn't work out what the plan was under Conte's predecessor. Against Everton, Tottenham had a plan but could not implement it effectively. They tried to get the ball to Kane whenever possible and played a lot more intensely in possession. Unfortunately for Conte, he admitted after the game that his plan was spoiled by way too many loose passes in the final third that killed their excitement.

There will certainly be some improvement over time (and that wasn't a particularly bad result), but at least the signs were there. Kane touched the ball 46 times at Goodison compared to 33 times against Manchester United in Nuno's last game. But he's still fighting for serve in dangerous areas (two touches in Everton's box) and Spurs are still criminally shy. They have spent 227 minutes in the Premier League since they last shot on goal.

Watford can't complain about losing his game at Arsenal in terms of record, but Claudio Ranieri was furious at the way the winning goal was won full-time. And for a good reason.

There was no foul on the Watford player, but it was a physical challenge. When a player was down, Danny Rose chose to gently pass the ball into touch rather than bring the ball down; it was obvious what his motives were. You can possibly argue that Rose was a waste of time (although there is no proof) and that the Watford player wasn't actually injured, but that's not really the point - or usually never. When the ball is kicked out in this way, the opponent returns the ball.

But not Arsenal. While Watford's players held up their arms in protest, Arsenal held the ball and continued playing, treating the incident like a normal throw-in. Ten seconds later, Emile met Smith-Rowe.

There is no written rule outlawing what Arsenal has done. It is one of those gentlemanly agreements that rely on good sportsmanship and are therefore open to interpretation and a little cheek. I wouldn't expect Arsenal supporters to agree or even give anything since they won the game. But if the same thing happened to them, they would be angry and understandably so.

A truly magical season is brewing. West Ham hasn't achieved anything concrete yet, but they have seized their chances in Europe and dispelled any preseason suspicions that football could have a domino effect dominoes on Thursday night. We're almost a third of the season and West Ham are tied with Manchester City in second place.

"This season reminds me of the Boleyn Ground," said Michail Antonio after the game. “The atmosphere inside, everything that has to do with West Ham, is incredible. The fans are above us to support us. ”He's right. We've all written a lot about the atmosphere at the London Stadium, but the truth is that an emerging club and a team that the fans can be proud of trump anything else.

This is a triumph of David Moyes' coaching. West Ham is not a particularly complicated team. They rely on intense hard work, a great central midfield combination and maximize their chances from set pieces. You defend hard and push from the front, with the indefatigable Antonio leading by example.

Most importantly, they really enjoy their football. Watch the scenes full time and see how much it means to these players and this manager to prove people wrong. Moyes has been around far too long to focus on outperforming his former employers, but he has to smile at how much Manchester United is struggling while flying close to the sun and showing little sign of Shows burns. The mixture of functional, committed manager and enthusiastic, lively team is really a feast for the eyes.

There's nothing wrong with a counter-attack system, and Bruno Lage has done well with the Wolves this season. But it depends on two or three players winning their individual battles. That just didn't happen against Palace.

First, Gallagher could set the pace of the game and his energy was too much for Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves. With Hwang Hee-chan, who acted on the left but came to Raul Jimenez as the central striker, the slightly one-sided lineup of the Wolves Trincao had as the only natural winger. He was responsible for carrying the ball forward and effectively connecting the defense to the counterattack.

And Trincao was the poorest player on the field. He made nine passes in 67 minutes and didn't get a chance, so Hwang and Jimenez starved to death. Adama Traore was recently left on the bench but is sure to face West Ham after the break.


Mikel Arteta's prediction comes true as Arsenal boss makes an important tactical decision

The Gunners will be pleased after they re-enter the Champions League as they are fifth in the Premier League on international break (Author: Gardener)

The Gunners will be pleased after making their way back to the Champions League after finishing fifth in the Premier League on international break. It's been a great week for Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard came under tremendous pressure at the start of the season after moving into the first international break-bottom of the Premier League stack with zero points after his slow start after three games. Fast forward to a little over two months later and they're now in fifth place, just two points behind a place in the Champions League. In the past two months Arteta had to make a number of important decisions, including supporting new goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale after releasing Bernd Leno. It's not the only one of his decisions that has been proven right and he faces another big decision after captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty shoot-out against Watford at the weekend. Will Arsenal qualify for the Champions League this season? Mikel Arteta's side have been in good shape in recent weeks After Emile Smith Rowe missed England coach Gareth Southgate's first squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Mikel Arteta claimed that the uproar was testament to his quality and that his chance would not be far away. The Arsenal Academy graduate, now a regular in the starting XI, has scored in his last three games to help the Gunners advance and has now been rewarded for his good form. But even before the appointment, Arteta explained why Smith Rowe can be very happy about the recognition. Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was heartbroken after missing his second straight penalty in the game against Watford. It comes after Emiliano Martinez turned him off when Arsenal defeated Aston Villa a fortnight ago - despite the striker taking the rebound home on that occasion. Boss Arteta has now announced who will receive penalties in the future after the most recent miss. How would you rate Mikel Arteta's tenure at Arsenal so far? Sir Alex Ferguson claims Arsenal fans should be ashamed of the way they treated Arsene Wenger over the last half of his tenure. He was the first man to consistently challenge Manchester United's dominance in the Premier League, winning three league titles and several FA Cups in seven seasons. Sir Alex Ferguson claims Arsenal fans should be ashamed of their treatment of Wenger. Even if they weren't fighting for the title, Wenger made sure that Arsenal remained a regular in the Champions League. The Scot said in the new film Arsene Wenger: Invincible: "He kept her in Europe every year and yet he was criticized.


Arsene Wenger reveals "regrets" and "mistakes" about Arsenal's career

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he regrets not leaving Arsenal until 2018 when he announced several job offers that he had turned down to stay at the club. (Author: Gardener)

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he regrets not leaving Arsenal until 2018 when he announced several job offers that he had turned down to stay at the club. The legendary former Gunners manager won three championship titles and seven FA Cups in north London over a period of 22 years. However, part of the Gunners fan base began attacking Wenger in his final years in the Emirates when the team consistently refused, which Sir Alex Ferguson believes should be "ashamed" of them. The Frenchman finally left at the end of the 2017/18 season, ending his long reign in north London. In the new film Arsene Wenger: Invincible, which will be in cinemas from November 11th, the 72-year-old admitted that he should have left the club earlier. “I fully identified with the club - that was the mistake I made,” said Wenger. I should have gone somewhere else. ”A defining moment for Wenger was when David Dein left his role as vice chairman in 2007, but instead of going with him, he stayed with the club. The Gunners legend added, “Sometimes I wonder - was something broken after this Invincible season? It was the first time that I could feel tension in the board. I was torn between loyalty to the club and loyalty to David [your]. “I could have gone to the French national team. The English national team even twice or three times. I could have gone to Real Madrid twice. I could have gone to Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, even Man United. "MORE: Sir Alex Ferguson says Arsenal fans should be" ashamed "for following Arsene Wenger. says Mikel Arteta Follow Metro Sport for the latest news


Rio Ferdinand compares Emile Smith Rowe to two former Arsenal players

Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal has spotted a potential superstar in Emile Smith Rowe and compares the youngster's style of play to that of Alexander Hleb and Robert Pires. (Author: Gardener)

Rio Ferdinand believes Arsenal has spotted a potential superstar in Emile Smith Rowe and compares the youngster's style of play to that of Alexander Hleb and Robert Pires. Aston Villa had turned down two transfer offers for Smith Rowe in the summer and the 21-year-old signed a new long-term deal with youth club Arsenal, taking on the iconic number 10 kit previously worn by the likes of Mesut. Özil, Robin van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp were worn. The added responsibility appears to have taken Smith Rowe's game to another level, with the midfielder playing a key role in the Gunners' resurgence this season, scoring three goals in his last three Premier League games. Smith Rowe's meteoric rise continued early this morning as he replaced Marcus Rashford and James Ward-Prowse on Gareth Southgate's England squad for the team's World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino. Legendary ex-Manchester United defender Ferdinand believes Smith Rowe was at the center of Arsenal's revival and raves about the young Englishman on his YouTube channel Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE. There is a togetherness that I haven't seen at Arsenal for a long time, ”said Ferdinand as he reflected on the impressive series of ten games without defeat in all competitions. “Nobody is doing more right now than Emile Smith Rowe. “He reminds me of having more of an end product than it seems and I think he's going to level up, his style is a little bit Hleb. “He plays low, has similar socks, the way he moves and manipulates the ball can throw people off balance throughout the game. He has a little bit of Hleb about him! Arsenal won their fourth game on the go at the weekend thanks to Smith Rowe's controlled 20-yard approach at home against Watford in the Premier League. Speaking to Sky Sports after Arsenal's win, Smith Rowe said he was delighted that the hard yards he laid on the training ground paid off on match days. “It was a difficult game for us today. Watford is a strong team. Happy that we got the three points, ”he said. “We worked really hard, it's really important that we got three points today. Smith Rowe will no doubt make his senior international debut against Albania this weekend at Wembley.


With Tottenham waiting for a shot on goal, Arsenal are now the league's form team

Arsenal now have the longest undefeated streak in the Premier League while rivals Tottenham haven't scored on goal in four hours of the league (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal now have the longest undefeated run in the Premier League while rivals Tottenham haven't scored on goal in four hours of league football. Spurs were at the top of the league after winning their first three games, while Arsenal are at the top of the league, but Arsenal are now in the form after Liverpool's 3-2 loss to West Ham, which ended a 25-game run without loss of the league and is with a series of eight games unbeaten only six points behind the first-placed Chelsea not a single shot on goal in a 44th minute Harry Kane scored a 0-1 defeat against West Ham three games ago, with even the new boss Antonio Conte was unable to fire his team at the weekend. The Gunners' last defeat came three months ago when Mikel Arteta's men were defeated 5-0 at Manchester City's Etihad. Since then, Arsenal have scored 13 goals and conceded four, most recently a 1-0 home win in a dominant performance against Watford. And at Spurs, Kane has his worst start to the season with just one goal in 10 games after his failed move to Manchester City. Arsenal invincible Gilberto Silva is impressed with what his old squad has done and wants to keep improving. "When I see Arsenal, I see that they are starting to get a better structure for the team," the Gunners legend told talkSPORT. The Brazilian will no doubt be delighted to see Arsenal's undefeatable title last for another season after Liverpool's first loss, but would like to see similar standards from Arteta's side. "The team is more consistent now, they play better," he said. "Arsenal are fantastic now, they play fantastic." "Consistency is the key to their success and for these players to grow up and mature themselves to understand the importance of this club."


Arsenal's lead in the top four races is clear with the return of the Champions League in sight

Arsenal have placed themselves in a favorable position in the Premier League after a major winning streak and have a distinct advantage over their four biggest rivals (Author: Gardener)

Arsenal have placed themselves in a favorable position in the Premier League after an important streak of victories and have a distinct advantage over their top four rivals There is a strong argument that an Arsenal team from yesterday would have given up rather than their third win in Secure episode in the Premier League. Make no mistake, Mikel Arteta's men earned three points in their Spanish boss's game against a Watford team that lacks quality and ambition. Gareth Southgate didn't think Ben White or Emile Smith Rowe were ready to go to England, but they are the duo leading a mini-revival in North London. Smith Rowe scored in his third straight league game of course, Smith Rowe's crucial finish was controversial and Claudio Ranieiri had every right to be furious after the Gunners failed to return the ball after clearing for Watford's Ozan Tufan to be dealt with. But Arsenal have a new ruthlessness and Arteta full-time failed to apologize for his Italian counterpart's complaints. Should Ben White and Emile Smith Rowe be in the English squad? It was a sixth win out of eight and Arteta has gone from the point of no return to realistic top four challengers. A little over two months ago, the Gunners were robbed, exhausted and defeated in a 5-0 whip against Manchester City, but Arteta's team now have a much-needed tenacity and a head start. Five Premier League managers have already been laid off, but the club's board of directors has been rewarded for keeping their nerve and Arteta has found a permanent squad. Arsenal fans already have a lot of false dawns, but the initially unexpected hope of a Top 4 result can only be supported by their advantage over their rivals; no European football. Arteta can spend the weeks with a refreshed squad at London Colney to implement his methods for home use. Arsenal 1-05 Watford Talking points as Smith Rowe shines in yet another clean-sheet win Arsenal have overtaken Manchester United with a win over Watford Arsenal have only lost two points in post-European games. This is in contrast to Manchester United and Tottenham's afts, Leicester's seven and West Ham's sixes. Arsenal's direct rivals rotate and may struggle to strike a balance, but that's not that important to Arteta. West Ham flies to common points with City, but maybe a European hangover boss David Moyes will give more headache to the selection in the knockout round. There is no guess or expectation that Arteta and his young squad can usurp the three strongest teams in Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, all of which have elite managers. But there should be a real conviction that the Gunners can push for a Champions League finish if Arteta keeps their players fit and fired.


Who dethroned Mo Salah in this week's POWER RANKINGS?

Every week Sportsmail brings you a power leaderboard that lists the top 10 players in the Premier League at the end of each weekend's promotion. Here are the current table positions. (Author: Gardener)

After an action-packed weekend in Premier League football, the 20 clubs in the top group made us want more while we are going into our third international break of the season.

A familiar face in the form of Antonio Conte returned to the Premier League on Sunday, but it was West Ham who would steal the headlines before the day was over.

David Moyes' formidable Hammers celebrated four straight wins as they stunned Liverpool in their five-goal thriller at the London Stadium.

The result resulted in West Ham overtaking the Reds in third place, meaning they are only three points behind Chelsea after playing 11 games.

Boasting was at stake in Manchester on Saturday and it was City who claimed them with a comfortable 2-0 win over rivals United at Old Trafford.

The result puts even more pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's shoulders after failing to inspire Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. in another important derby.

Elsewhere, Mikel Arteta led Arsenal to a third straight win while Dean Smith and Daniel Farke were both relieved of their roles at Aston Villa and Norwich, respectively.

But how does that affect our ranking?

Sportsmail provides you with a power ranking table every week, in which the top 10 players in the Premier League are listed at the end of the promotion every weekend.

As the season progresses, the rankings will provide a form guide in which players can get in and out of the top 10 depending on their performance in the previous game and also in the last few weeks.

Taking all this into account, how have the latest Sportsmail power rankings developed and who finally dethroned Mohamed Salah at the top of our leaderboard?

After a relatively slow start to the campaign, Southampton is starting to put some wins together to move further from the relegation zone and closer to the top half.

While the goals are very popular for Ralph Hasenhüttl's team, three 1-0 victories in the last four games have helped them to steadily rise, with Adam Armstrong being in the foreground in recent weeks.

After pitching Che Adams' winner against Watford last week, it was Armstrong who made a stunning start against Villa, with the former returning the favor for his strike partner after just three minutes of play.

Armstrong's tremendous efforts left Emiliano Martinez rooted and Villa boss Smith unemployed two days later.

🗣 "What a way to end your target drought." Adam Armstrong takes the lead for Southampton ⌚— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 5, 2021 in the first three minutes

His goal received rave reviews from Premier League all-time scorer Alan Shearer, who applauded his former team and Armstrong for the win.

"I love his attitude, a lot of players would go into hiding because they missed a few last week, but not this boy," Shearer said on the BBC's Match of the Day.

“He's losing the ball, but he wants to get up there and he hasn't scored a goal since the start of the season.

“But is there a lack of self-confidence? It doesn't look like it, left foot, the first time the goalkeeper has absolutely no chance, head down, bang, and he can't stop it and it was another good win for Southampton.

Last season, it was Harry Kane and Son Heung-min who couldn't stop scoring goals in the capital when Spurs blew up the table before Christmas.

This time, with Conor Gallagher and Wilfried Zaha, it's another London couple who want to emulate them and give the Spurs duo a fight for their money.

After the impressive 10-man Manchester City the week before at Etihad - a game in which Gallagher and Zaha both scored - Palace took that brilliant win and built on it by scoring two more goals behind the Wolves at Selhurst Park.

But just like seven days earlier in Manchester, Gallagher's outstanding talent - who prepared one and scored the other against the men of Pep Guardiola - won the game. He added a late second to end the game just when wolves were looking better.

Gallagher proves to be the key link holding the attack on the palace together, but was the name on the lips of fans. "Register him," they chanted over the Chelsea loanee.

And Thomas Tuchel seems to have noticed his form on loan from the Eagles.

“It's not difficult to see (his progress) because he excels every matchday. It's pretty easy to follow, ”Tuchel said ahead of Chelsea's game against Burnley.

“Listen, Conor's heart is so, so big. He loves soccer and you can wake him up at four o'clock at night. He will start running, sprinting and collecting balls to win duels.

"That's what he does and you can see that he feels good. He has the trust of the club and the manager."

With two assists in one of West Ham's biggest wins of the season, Jarrod Bowen deservedly earned his place in this week's power rankings.

After wiping each other out in the first half and leveling the game 1-1, West Ham took the initiative in the second half when Bowen picked up the ball in his own half and hit a receding Liverpool defense.

As soon as Joel Matip decided to stop Bowen, the 24-year-old played an inch-perfect ball to Pablo Fornals, who only had to push the ball past Alisson to score the Hammers' second goal.

Six minutes later, Bowen was back in preparation for West Ham's third, this time from a corner, when he whipped a deep cross against the back post and on the head of Kurt Zouma.

A late goal from Divock Origi would strain the final minutes, but the Moyes men would get away with all three, leaving Bowen and co with a high level of confidence.

"I think we talked about the game," Bowen said on the club's official website. “We had so many in quick succession that we keep winning these games and continue to perform because we are dynamic and confident, so we look forward to every game.

“Now it's time for the international break, I'm sure we'd like to play again in three days! But now it's a matter of looking back, evaluating the games and simply taking into account where we are currently in the league and how well we are doing in Europe.

"I said the other day that it's just a joy to have this club right now and everyone loves them and you can see on the pitch how much they mean to us and how much we work for each other."

Is there a position that Joao Cancelo cannot play in?

The Portuguese right-back played on Saturday at the Manchester derby on the opposite side and was still able to pull off a man of performance at Old Trafford.

Defensively solid and one of City's strongest attack threats that day, Cancelo proved to be a real handful for United across the pitch.

He has become so important to Pep Guardiola's team, having even started all 11 games this season, often deployed on both sides of the defense but will regularly raid the center of the pitch to launch and join attacks at will.

Against United, Eric Bailly turned his vicious cross with his left foot and gave City the lead after just seven minutes in front of a stunned crowd at Old Trafford.

Cancelo would become supplier again, but this time with his right foot after his difficult ball was left unturned by Luke Shaw and pushed home by Bernardo Silva, earning three points for City.

The last time City signed a left-back was four years ago, but with Cancelo shining in that position and embracing it, it would be difficult to see Guardiola this soon.

After scoring a brace in Chelsea's comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle, Reece James was again heavily involved in goals when he fielded Kai Havertz to open the game against Burnley.

In contrast to this solid win against a teamless team of the Magpies, however, Chelsea could not miss a number of golden opportunities and let the Clarets back into the game.

Score aside, it was another solid performance from the England international that will give Gareth Southgate another headache in choosing who will be his first choice. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kyle Walker also impress for Liverpool and Man City this weekend.

In the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, James showed his brilliant flank strength after hitting Havertz with pinpoint accuracy and leaving the Germans with the task of throwing the ball into the net.

James almost got a second assist when he gave Thiago Silva another Perler to hit the outside of the post with a header.

He now has four goals and the same number of assists from twelve games, which makes him one of Tuchel's outstanding players this season.

Another week and another goal conceded for Aaron Ramsdale.

Eyebrows raised during the summer when Arsenal initially spent £ 24m to sign the recently relegated Sheffield United shotstopper despite Bernd Leno being voted number 1 and letting Martinez go to Aston Villa in 2020.

But in hindsight, the move was a masterpiece from Mikel Arteta, who is reaping the benefits of having Ramsdale as his new goalkeeper of choice.

Ramsdale was added to our power rankings last week for keeping Leicester City at bay at King Power and has since been named to the English squad by Southgate.

While nothing spectacular in the Emirates this time around, and even spared his blush after nearly giving Watford a return to the game after losing a clearance, he was on hand to help Arsenal secure another three points.

His performances this season have been praised by his colleagues, and the other person sang his praise on Sunday.

"The guy impresses me every time he plays," said Ben Foster. “He has a bit of that mentality where he doesn't care. Nothing worries him and nothing bothers him: he will be a serious monster in goal. '

Patrick Vieira's arrival in south London appears to have worked wonders for Wilfried Zaha and his Palace teammates.

After a slow season, the Eagles are now starting to climb with Talisman Zaha at the top.

A week after her emphatic win over City, Zaha was back to take down a stubborn Wolves team and defeat their offside trap before pushing the ball past Jose Sa from an acute angle in the second half.

Zaha's superb finish was initially ruled out for offside, but a VAR intervention showed how the Ivorian could time his deficit perfectly and give the hosts the lead.

If Zaha plays, Palace are much better for it. But unlike previous seasons, Zaha now has the support system around her to really thrive and the first signs under Vieira are promising.

They could be the Premier League's dark horses this season and they will need Zaha to keep taking the lead if they want European football next year.

The time has finally come - Mohamed Salah is no longer at the top of our power rankings.

While the Egyptian king has been on our ranks for week one (and at the top since week six), he hasn't been able to inspire another performance to keep him at the top this week.

Salah managed to take his incredible streak of goals or assists in one game on Sunday to nine games, despite only rolling the ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold on his indirect free kick, which the right-back scored from.

Needless to say, Salah was not at his usual best and was on the losing side for the first time in the Premier League this season.

It also meant he missed making history as he would have scored another away goal for Salah in six games at once earlier in the season.

Performance aside, Salah still has 15 goals from 15 games for Liverpool, including seven assists.

We are sure it won't be long before he takes his place at the top of our power rankings again.

What a season for Emile Smith Rowe in north London.

The so-called "Croydon De Bruyne" scored the winning goal against Watford on Sunday, sending Arsenal Manchester United into fifth place, just two points behind Liverpool in the Champions League.

With that goal, Smith Rowe became only the fourth Arsenal player - after Nicolas Anelka, Jose Antonio Reyes and Cesc Fabregas - aged 21 or younger to score in three consecutive games for the Gunners after his goal against Villa last month, before taking Arsenal's second in an impressive 2-0 win over Leicester last week.

Smith Rowe's goal came shortly after Ainsley Maitland-Niles fouled Ismaila Sarr outside the box, while Claudio Ranieri was furious and could attract attention.

Whether or not it is questionable whether Arsenal should have returned the ball to Watford and then kicked the ball out, Smith Rowe took his chance when it fell to him and he did it in style.

He now has five goals and two assists in his last eight games in all competitions, adding to the feeling that he was harshly overlooked by Gareth Southgate for England earlier this week.

Arteta was very impressed with Smith Rowe and his hit streak, where he urged Smith Rowe to keep that form.

"Great," said Arteta when asked about his number 10. He is able to, he believes in it now, he is confident and must keep doing it. '

Declan Rice is the man who dethroned the Egyptian king for this week's power rankings - and he fully deserved it.

The West Ham midfielder was again instrumental in another win for Moyes' side that ended Liverpool's undefeated run in third place in the Premier League.

Rice, next to Tomas Soucek in the middle of the park, was on par with Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson and delivered a dynamic performance during the Hammers' memorable win at Stratford.

The 22-year-old would have been close to getting his name on the top scorer list this season for the fourth time this season, but his header was sent down the crossbar and for a goal kick.

But it wasn't the goals or assists that earned him first place this week. His consistent performance for his club has garnered rave reviews and a strong game against a formidable Liverpool team has seen him as "best in the world in his position" by John Terry.

'Decland [sic] Rice is the best in his position in world football. What a player, ”tweeted the former Chelsea captain.

A bold statement from the 40-year-old indeed, but when it comes to Sportsmail's power rankings, he's right up there.

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Emile Smith Rowe is called for the first time in England after taking his game to the next level at Arsenal

Emile Smith Rowe was named to the Gareth Southgates England squad for the first time; The Arsenal midfielder has been in good shape this season; its advances can be attributed in part to an increased focus on nutrition and extra preparation for the season (Author: Gardener)

Emile Smith RoweWith his outstanding result in Arsenal's 1-0 win over Watford at Emirates Stadium on Sunday, Emile Smith Rowe scored his fifth goal in eight games, beating his total for all of last season just a few months into the new season. The academy graduate was challenged to contribute more goals by Mikel Arteta during his breakthrough campaign and he is delivering. Smith Rowe, already one of the most exciting young players in the country, is now taking his game to a new level. There have been four goals and two assists in the Premier League so far, giving him the highest total of any Arsenal player this season. Smith Rowe's good form has now been rewarded with his first call-up in England after Marcus Rashford and James Ward-Prowse were eliminated from the original Gareth Southgate squad for the upcoming games against Albania and San Marino. The 21-year-old was instrumental in their improvement last season and has taken responsibility for wearing the number 10 jersey after signing a new deal with his youth club in July. Together with Bukayo Saka, he symbolizes an exciting new chapter. His progress, which has accelerated in the new campaign, is the result of hard work and great attention to detail behind the scenes. Towards the end of last season, when he sat down with people close to him to discuss how he could improve his performance, it was found that others in his position, like Jack Grealish, Mason Mount, and Bruno Fernandes, typically average between two and 3.5 rounds per 90 minutes. Smith Rowe, on the other hand, was 0.8 shots per 90 minutes. He was more focused on getting into the opponent's box and trying to get a better understanding of when to shoot and not pass. Smith Rowe has fired more shots in 11 Premier League games this season than in 20 games last time. It is crucial that they also come from better positions, which gives him a greater chance of finding the net. With the help of Arteta and his coaching staff, Smith Rowe has improved the timing of his runs and developed a talent for haunting the opponent's box without being chased by defenders. Those qualities were evident in his recent goals against Leicester, Tottenham and AFC Wimbledon, all of which were first sent out of the center of the box and came from setbacks. Smith Rowe still believes there's more to be expected from him when it comes to his shooting and scoring - Arteta drives him too - but these one-touch results reflect how he's streamlined his game. The youngster sees less of the ball, his touches per 90 minutes dropped from 57.9 last season to 49.2 in the new season, but he's making more of it. More emphasis was placed on efficiency and on influencing games more directly. In fact, Smith Rowe's dribbling numbers have grown even faster than his shots. His average of 2.1 successful take-ons per 90 minutes is almost four times higher than last season, putting him on a par with Grealish, Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling. His forward pass rate has increased from 19.8 percent to 25.1 percent. His last third overtaking rate has also increased from 83.6 percent to 88.7 percent. Perhaps most impressive is that Smith Rowe's pass success rate has risen to 90.2 percent despite playing closer to the opposing goal and taking more risks in distributing it - the highest of any Arsenal player this season and further evidence of his growing efficiency. Smith Rowe's recent advances can be attributed to a combination of factors, but he has certainly benefited from uninterrupted pre-season training - a luxury he didn't have before the previous two campaigns. In the summer of 2019, his preparation was hampered by a growth-related groin injury, which he worsened the previous season on loan to RB Leipzig. A year later, after a conspicuous loan deal with Huddersfield Town in the championship, he played to catch up after sustaining a shoulder injury during a closed-door friendly against QPR at Arsenal's Colney headquarters in London. This time, injury free and after a strong finish from last season, he was determined to capitalize and traveled to Portugal for a pre-season training camp with an Arsenal physio and a small group of players including Calum Chambers, Hector Bellerin and Rob . Keep. When the new season came, he felt sharper than ever. In fact, his performances were a ray of hope even during Arsenal's difficult start when they lost their first three Premier League games. Smith Rowe has always been dedicated to his training and preparation, but in recent months he has had the reward of paying more attention to his diet as well. He has started taking home meals prepared for him by Arsenal's chefs and has recently received praise from Arteta for considering "every detail" in his pursuit of improvement. Now, three months into the season, a player whose playing time had previously had to be carefully managed has played in all but one of Arsenal's 14 games, has been key to his recovery in form and has accumulated more minutes than anyone else. He's matured physically - Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher described him as "the best player I see walking with the ball in the Premier League" in Arsenal's most recent 3-1 win over Aston Villa before were also carefully honed. As an academy player during the off-season, he worked with Team GB sprint coaches Jonas Tawiah-Dodoo and Marvin Rowe, collecting knowledge and biomechanical techniques that have proven invaluable. It seemed the English squad would be out of reach after being removed from Southgate's original selection last week. His advances at Arsenal have made it impossible to ignore him.


Smith Rowe made his first call to England when Rashford retired from the squad

Arsenal ace Emile Smith Rowe has received his first call-up to England, with Marcus Rashford, James Ward-Prowse, Mason Mount and Luke Shaw all battling for fitness ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Albania and San Marino. (Author: Gardener)

EnglandEmile Smith Rowe was first called up in England, with Marcus Rashford, James Ward-Prowse, Mason Mount and Luke Shaw battling for fitness ahead of the team's World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino. Smith Rowe got off to a great start to the season with Arsenal, scoring four goals and two assists in the Premier League and was originally nominated in Lee Carsley's U21 party. A Gunners Academy product, the 21-year-old midfielder has been promoted to the senior team of Gareth Southgate at St. George's Park and will no doubt itch to play a part in England's double-headed game. Rashford has only recently returned from a shoulder injury but is suffering from an illness and has decided to retire from international service to focus on a full recovery. United and England agreed that Rashford would benefit from continuing to work on his fitness at Carrington rather than risking the upcoming Three Lions qualifiers. Southampton captain Ward-Prowse has also been expelled due to illness, while Mount's arrival at the UK training camp has been delayed due to a recent dental operation. United left-back Shaw, meanwhile, is following concussion protocol in Manchester following a collision with Rodri during Saturday's derby at Old Trafford. Southgate's men are three points ahead of runner-up Poland at the top of Group I and only need four points from the two games to secure their spot in Qatar in 2022. Rashford felt uncomfortable for the first time during United's return flight from Italy after the 2-2 draw with Atalanta, according to The Telegraph. Rashford, who managed 70 minutes of the Champions League game, was subsequently named substitute for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when the Red Devils suffered a 2-0 loss to Manchester City at the weekend. The attacker came on for Mason Greenwood in the 67th minute against the champions but was still feeling the effects of his illness and missed a team bonding dinner with the rest of the United squad on Thursday. Rashford played a small role for England at Euro 2020 in the summer and has yet to make a full 90-minute appearance for his club this season. There was some surprise when Rashford's United teammate Greenwood was removed from England's 25-man roster, which was unveiled by Southgate last week. “John McDermott [the FA's technical director] and I went to United and had a good chat with Mason and his family and we agreed that we would basically park this until next year. “If he establishes himself on the Manchester United team, he will be very close to an English squad or an English team, so he recognizes that. “He wants to play for England. We don't choose Mason because we think he's not good enough or we're not happy with what he asked for. We believe these guys can be very big players for England in the long run and we don't want to go wrong in the short term. "