Lukaku hints at Juve move

Romelu Lukaku says he enjoys watching Juventus and would be interested in joining the club at some point in the future.

The Manchester United striker is in his second season with Manchester United and has been in English football with Chelsea, Everton and now United since leaving Anderlecht in 2011.

With United having had a troubled start to the new campaign and question marks hanging over the future of manager Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba, Lukaku has now hinted that he would be open to the possibility of a move away from Old Trafford.

Questioned by La Gazzetta dello Sport about a move to Italy, Lukaku said: "Why not, I hope so."

Speaking about Juventus in particular, he was full of praise for the club, adding: "Juve have a great project in place and they just keep going. Every year they try to get stronger.

"Without doubt, Juve are one of the two-three best teams in Europe. They've got a great coach on the bench and extraordinary players in every area of the team.

"Cristiano Ronaldo stands out, but watch out for the others too. Paulo Dybala is already impressive and getting stronger, while I love Douglas Costa. He's an exceptional signing and his career shows he always makes the difference."

Lukaku is currently away on international duty with Belgium, scoring twice in their recent win over Switzerland in the Nations League.

He is also in line to face the Netherlands in a friendly in midweek before a return to United who face Juventus in the Champions League group stages in just over a weeks' time.

Before that they face a crucial Premier League game away at Chelsea next Saturday. They are 4/1 to win away at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea 4/6 and the draw 11/4.

United are 9/4 to finish in the top four in the Premier League.

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Stalemate at Anfield

The top of the table clash between Liverpool and Manchester City ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Chelsea's win earlier in the day put them temporarily top but the winner at Anfield would have replaced them.

As a result of the goalless draw City go back to the top on goal difference but the champions had a golden opportunity to claim all three points, Riyad Mahrez missing a late penalty.

Mohamed Salah had the first chance of the game, shooting wide after just three minutes but, despite Liverpool edging the opening exchanges, it was far from the anticipated classic.

The home side were hampered by James Milner's withdrawal after half an hour, the midfielder, who has been in such good form for the Reds, hobbling off to be replaced by Naby Keita.

The Anfield crowd were struggling to create the atmosphere befitting a genuine top of the table clash with neither side creating much in front of goal.

The second half began in a similar fashion with chances few and far between. City did have a penalty appeal turned down when Virgil van Dijk was ruled not have handled the ball in the area, then Mahrez showed good skill and control to get a shot in that went narrowly wide.

At the other end Salah also had a shot, the first on target in the game, but it was comfortably saved by Ederson.

The game entered its latter stages with both sides looking happy to collect a point only for City to have a golden late chance to snatch all three.

With just four minutes of normal time remaining they were awarded a spot-kick after Van Dijk fouled Leroy Sane in the area.

Mahrez took the penalty but it was a poor kick, going over the bar to the relief of the majority of the crowd.

Mahrez has now missed five of his last eight Premier League penalties and his latest miss means that the points were shared and both teams, along with Chelsea, remain unbeaten and go into the international break on 20 points from eight games.

Both teams are next in action on 20th October, Liverpool travelling to Huddersfield and City at home to Burnley.

City are 4/6 to win the Premier League title with Liverpool 9/4 and Chelsea 9/1.

Liverpool are 12/1 to not finish in the top four while City are 28/1.

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Hazard cools title talk

Eden Hazard has played down the chances of Chelsea winning the Premier League title, saying it is still very early in the season.

He was talking after Chelsea remained in contention at the top, courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 win away at struggling Southampton.

The Blues remain unbeaten this season and goals from Hazard, Ross Barkley and Alvaro Morata sent them temporarily top of the league table with the top two Manchester City and Liverpool playing later.

Whatever the outcome of that game Chelsea enter the international break second in the table having made an impressive start to Maurizio Sarri's time in charge at Stamford Bridge.

At St Mary's it was the visitors who made the initial running and they were deservedly ahead after half an hour, Hazard collecting the ball from Barkley and slotting past Alex McCarthy in the Saints goal.

Barkley himself scored the second, his first league goal in over a year, from an Olivier Giroud pass and substitute Morata added a third in added time.

It left Hazard delighted with the result and the way they are playing, though he played down talk of his team winning another Premier League title.

He told Sky Sports after the game: "We are enjoying playing well and scoring goals. The first half was not so easy, they missed big chances and then we have had a bit of luck for our first goal, but we controlled the match in the second half.

"It's too early to be thinking about the title, we know it is tough to win. But it is good to be up there. We'll maybe watch Liverpool and Man City on the bus."

Chelsea now have two weeks off for the international break and their next match sees them seeking to preserve their unbeaten record at home to Manchester United.

They are 4/6 to win again with Jose Mourinho 4/1 to win away at his old club. The draw is 11/4.

Chelsea meanwhile are 5/1 to win the Europa League this season.

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Emery seeks more improvement

Arsenal manager Unai Emery said he was delighted with his team's ninth successive victory, but wants to see them keep improving.

He was speaking after the Gunners won 5-1 away at Fulham to go into the international break in the top four in the Premier League.

Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring after half an hour only for the home side to equalise through Andre Schurrle to make the scores level at the break.

However, Lacazette scored his second for the visitors early in the second half and they added gloss to an impressive victory with further goals. First Aaron Ramsey, on as a substitute, finished off an excellent team move.

Another to come off the bench, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored two late on, to leave Arsenal within sight of the top of the Premier League.

It left Emery and his players in good spirits as they go into the international break and the Gunners boss told the BBC afterwards: "Our performance over the 90 minutes was very important; to be together and with our performance we found each moment and each player.

"I believe in us, we believe in our process but also we must keep taking confidence. I think we are in the first competition in the war. It is very difficult but we must prepare, continue improving and show big commitment."

Arsenal now have two weeks off before their next game, at home to Leicester on 22nd October.

The Gunners are 9/20 to make it 10 wins in a row while the Foxes are 6/1 with the draw 7/2. Arsenal are 9/1 to win the game 1-0.

While Arsenal are looking towards the top of the league table, Fulham, by contrast, are closer to the bottom.

The result at Craven Cottage means they go into the break just outside the bottom three having only won once so far in their first season back in the top flight.

Arsenal are 7/1 to win the Europa League this season.

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Mourinho proud of United fightback

Jose Mourinho says all the speculation surrounding his future as Manchester United boss has not been easy to handle following their dramatic win over Newcastle.

Heading into Saturday's game at Old Trafford, several media outlets were suggesting the Portuguese would get the sack if his team failed to get the better of the Magpies.

Things looked bleak at half-time for Mourinho with Newcastle having raced into a 2-0 lead, only for the Red Devils to mount a remarkable second half comeback.

Juan Mata and Anthony Martial got United back on level terms before Alexis Sanchez headed in a stoppage time winner to hand the home side their first win at Old Trafford since the opening day of the season.

Mourinho said he'd been made aware of the reports about his potential sacking by the board ahead of kick-off and has described the recent speculation concerning his future as a "manhunt".

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss says a few home truths were aired at half-time and was delighted to see his players give their all for the cause after the interval.

"I am 55 years old. It is the first time I see manhunting. I can cope with it. I can live with it. Some of the boys, in spite of them not being the man that is hunted, they are not coping well with it," the United manager told BT Sport.

"At half-time, we had a good conversation. We didn't promise that we would win the match. We promised we would give absolutely everything without any fear, without any pressure, just the pressure of giving everything and of course they gave everything.

"We fought so much. They deserve even if game ends 2-2. The feeling would be a positive feeling because nobody can promise to win matches.

"It is not easy for them [the players]. For me it is not easy too but I think life is made of experiences. Some are new and some are deja vu.

"This is new, it makes me not just a better manager but even a better person. I understand things in the human nature nowadays and in the industry where I work, I used to love it, I still love it is but it is different."

United are up to eighth following Saturday's win and are now 9/4 to finish in the top four heading into the international break.

Mourinho takes his team to old club Chelsea in a fortnight and United are 4/1 to come out on top, with the Blues 4/6 and the draw 11/4.

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Iwobi enjoying new style

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi says that the squad are enjoying the new style brought to the club by manager Unai Emery.

After a shaky start to the new season, losing their first two Premier League games, the Gunners have now won seven successive matches in all competitions.

They aim to make it eight on Thursday in Europa League action when they travel to take on FC Qarabag in Azerbaijan.

They are 1/2 for the win with the hosts 8/1 and the draw 16/5.

Iwobi has been a part of that run of form, coming off the bench to good effect as they continued their winning run, beating Watford in the league at the weekend, having a hand in both goals.

He told a press conference ahead of the Qarabag game that he was enjoying his football at the moment.

He said: "There's no pressure or weight on my shoulders. I'm just enjoying my football.

"The team is enjoying the new style and the new things we've brought into training so it's not just me that's enjoying playing with freedom, it's my team-mates as well."

Both Iwobi and manager Emery said they had complete respect for the Europa League despite the inconvenience of Thursday/Sunday football for a portion of the season.

Emery added: "Tomorrow is the Europa League, for us, a very big competition. I am here, playing in Europe and the respect is very big from me. We are here, every person here, is thinking about and enjoying the match tomorrow."

Emery confirmed in the press conference that Henrik Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Aaron Ramsey have not travelled with the squad.

Arsenal return to Premier League action on Sunday with a London derby away to Fulham. The Gunners are currently fifth in the table and are 7/4 to finish in the top four.

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Sarri hopes for Barkley call-up

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says that Ross Barkley deserves to be in Gareth Southgate's next England squad.

The England coach names his latest squad on Thursday with games to come against Croatia and Spain in the Nations League.

And Barkley, who has been in the first-team picture at Chelsea this season, will have hopes of an England recall.

The midfielder joined Chelsea in January but only played four times under previous boss Antonio Conte.

However, this season he has already made nine appearances and there could be another on Thursday night with Chelsea in Europa League action against Hungarian club MOL Vidi.

At a press conference ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge, Sarri said that Barkley's start to the season should earn him an England call-up.

He said: "I think so because he is improving every week. I think he can improve more because he has the potential to improve more and so I think that he can return in the national team.

"Is he playing enough? I think so. He has played more than the last season in two months. He had a very serious injury one year ago.

"I think he can improve from the tactical point of view, from the physical point of view. He is very good from the technical point of view so I think he can become a very good player."

Barkley has not played for England since May 2016, having so far made 22 appearances for his country, scoring two goals.

Chelsea, third in the Premier League after an unbeaten start to the campaign, are 2/9 to finish in the top four.

They are 1/10 to beat MOL Vidi on Thursday with the visitors 28/1 and the draw 11/1. Barkley is 8/5 to score at any time in the game.

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Pochettino happy with attitude

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said his players attitude had been fantastic as they comfortably came away from Huddersfield with all three points.

Two first half goals from Harry Kane were enough to seal the victory and send Spurs into the top four in the Premier League.

It was their third win in a row having also progressed in the EFL Cup in midweek and, coming after a mini-crisis with three successive losses, it left Pochettino happy with the revival.

He told the BBC: "It was a tough game against a team desperate to win. They were helped by their unbelievable fans, among the best I have found in England. Which is why we are so pleased to have three more points in the table today.

"We are in the Premier League, it is tough, physical. Teams like Huddersfield are difficult to play. I think it is a normal the actions that happened today."

The result leaves Huddersfield still without a win this season and bottom of the table, behind Cardiff and Newcastle on goal difference.

Other results on Saturday saw Manchester City remain unbeaten having won 2-0 at home to Brighton with goals from Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

Arsenal recorded their seventh straight win in all competitions overcoming a stubborn Watford 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

It was goalless going into the last 10 minutes but a Craig Cathcart own goal and another from Mesut Ozil gave the Gunners all three points and moved them up to fifth in the table.

At the other end of the table Newcastle's winless start to the season continued as they lost 2-0 at home to Leicester.

Other winners on Saturday were Wolves over Southampton and Everton who beat Fulham 3-0.

Spurs meanwhile are in Champions League action in midweek at home to Barcelona and are 5/2 for the win, Barca are 19/20 with the draw 14/5.

Spurs are 50/1 to win the Champions League with Barcelona 6/1.

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Mourinho criticises United mentality

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho criticised the officials as well as his team's mentality after they lost 3-1 away at West Ham.

The loss means that United have made their worst start to a league season after seven games since 1989-90 and heaps more pressure on the United boss after a week which also saw them knocked out of the EFL Cup.

Felipe Anderson's clever finish put the home side ahead at the London Stadium after just five minutes and the Hammers were two up at the break, Andriy Yarmolenko's shot going off Victor Lindelof and past David de Gea in goal.

Marcus Rashford gave the travelling supporters hope by pulling a goal back on 71 minutes but the game was made safe just three minutes later, Marko Arnautovic getting on the end of a Mark Noble pass.

The Hammers, after a poor start to the season under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, are now undefeated in three league games.

However, United's season is heading in the other direction. They drew at home to promoted Wolves last weekend, got knocked out of the EFL Cup on penalties by Derby in midweek and now lose at West Ham.

Mourinho told the BBC afterwards: "I can have complaints with quality and mental approach. You have to try always and that is my nature as a football professional."

On West Ham's win, he added: "When you are winning and you are full of confidence that is the best victory you can have.

"One goal is offside, the second goal is own goal and the third goal is referee's mistake but for the next game we have to have a better start."

United are next in action in midweek when they are back at Old Trafford to face Valencia in the Champions League.

They are 3/5 for a much-needed victory, Valencia are 9/2 with the draw 3/1.

United are 25/1 to win the Champions League this season while neighbours Manchester City are 5/1.

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Emery coy on Ramsey’s future

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has refused to confirm whether new contract talks with Wales international Aaron Ramsey have broken down.

The 27-year-old's current Gunners contract expires at the end of this season and it was reported earlier this week that negotiations over a new deal had stalled.

Ramsey could leave the club on a free transfer next summer, but when asked about the midfielder's future ahead of Saturday's game against Watford, which Arsenal are 1/2 to win, Emery would only say: "There are three elements, three aspects.

"One is the player, and also the player with their family and representatives. The other is the club, and the other is the squad.

"My focus is always on the team – my focus is preparing with the players and only thinking about the match on Saturday. Each player has individual aspects to work, or to do, or to speak with the club or with the team.

"But my focus is the matches and preparing for the matches and to speak with the players, if they are thinking and are very concentrated on giving us the best performance and to help the collective performance."

Arsenal can be backed at 15/8 to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season.