Premier League reaction as it happened

Latest reaction to Arsenal's draw with Leicester, Liverpool easing to victory at Spurs and Aston Villa beating Hull.

31 August 2014 Last updated at 11:58

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  1. 18:45: 

    That's it for the Premier League then until the 13th of September as we enter international mode.

    Before all of that of course it's the big one - Transfer Deadline Day.

    We'll be rolling from 7am tomorrow right through to midnight and beyond. See you all there...

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    Rob, Villa fan: I love Leicester! 3rd place for 2 weeks thanks to them :-)

  3. 18:37: 
    Panic buys?

    There will no doubt be a panic buy or two during the course of tomorrow. I predict that Harry Redknapp will replace Loic Remy at QPR with at least four strikers for a start.

    But how do these signings come to pass? Who makes them happen? Why are they left to the last minute?

    Have a read of this as we look at the moves of Andy Carroll, Benjani, Marouane Fellaini, Mikel Arteta and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

  4. 18:30: 
    DEADLINE DAY LOOMS

    Arsene Wenger wants a striker, Falcao wants a club, Javier Hernandez is off to Real Madrid - Transfer deadline day promises to be as busy as ever and you can follow all the latest on BBC online, television and radio.

    The transfer window closes at 23:00 BST on Monday in England and Scotland, with major European leagues also having a deadline of 1 September.

    Follow our live text commentary from 07:00 BST on your computer, tablet or phone via the BBC Sport website or app all the way through to the bitter end.

    For details of our coverage online, on TV, Radio and Social Media check out this page here.

  5. 18:29: 
    Manager reaction- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "We were unlucky we conceded the goal when Laurent Koscielny was injured. I don't think we would have conceded otherwise. But a draw was a fair result and we didn't create enough today - clear-cut chances.

    "We lacked a bit of creativity and sharpness. We had a tough game against Besiktas in the Champions League, it is not an excuse but we were a bit jaded.

    "I don't think any of the injuries we picked up are a problem."

  6. 18:21: 
    Manager reaction- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson: "It was another illustration of how difficult the Premier League can be. We played well, but we have played better and been more assured in possession. But we still showed the ability to create things.

    "To be successful you can't go into the Premier League and just be tight and not create things. We looked dangerous on the counter attack and with some decent moves.

    "We have got more to come. We have got some ability that has not been maximised so far.

    "We didn't feel particularly threatened. We felt a lot of the chances they had a punt at were from distance and didn't trouble us.

    "We are disappointed not to win. We have to win enough games to meet our objectives this season."

  7. 18:19: 
    Manager reaction- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to BBC Sport: "It was tough, Leicester played very well and defended with a lot of heart.

    "Our attackers did well but on the other hand they were not fantastic they didn't score. We are active in the window, we are working hard to find a solution.

    "We try very hard. Nobody can ever predict what can happen in the last 24 hours. But if we had to buy a player every time you didn't win a game it would be too easy. In the Premier League it is difficult to win games. That is the way it is."

  8. 18:14: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says away games at Everton, Beskitas and Leicester have left his squad tired - 'but that's not an excuse.'

    He does also say he is open to signing a forward if they can find the right player.

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    Is Mario Balotelli the answer for Liverpool? Diego Costa, love him or hate him, does he need to learn Premier League respect? And Wayne Rooney, it's been 10 years since he signed for Manchester United, has he fulfilled his potential?

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  10. 18:10: 
    Transfer latest- Hernandez to Real?

    In what could be one of the more surprising moves of Deadline Day, Manchester United and Real Madrid have discussed a potential loan deal for Javier Hernandez.

    Hernandez joined the club from Guadalajara in 2010 and featured in two Premier League-title winning squads.

    Juventus and Valencia have previously lodged bids for the Mexico striker.

    Javier Hernandez
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    Andy Cadle: People are totally over analysing PL teams in the early season. Lest we forget, it's a marathon and not a sprint.

    Ali Morgan: Incredibly disheartening to see all the promise and momentum from our FA Cup triumph vanish.

    Richard McLernon: If Walcott wanted the opportunity to show he can play an outright striker, He will get no better chance than this season.

  12. 18:09: 
    PLAYER REACTION- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull
    Tom Huddlestone

    Hull players and staff are being very honest in the wake of their 2-1 defeat by Aston Villa.

    After manager Steve Bruce apologised and defender Curtis Davies admitted it was "embarrassing", midfielder Tom Huddlestone has had his stay on Twitter.

    As well as using a bad word, he said: "I was Hopeless today. Lads fought back well in the second half but the first half performance all round was unacceptable."

  13. 18:07: 

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson's words may hurt Arsenal fans as he says that despite Arsenal's 24 effort on goal the Foxes 'never felt in any danger.'

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    Griff, Hammersmith: Where's Arsenal's urgency? There was nothing from anyone to try and find a winner. we MUST buy a striker.

    John: Leicester City's poor finishing has cost them over the past two games vs both Chelsea and Arsenal. They should be out of sight in this game with the chances they've had, but at this level your strikers must take them. Arsenal will be very relieved to leave with a point today.

    Chuck Macleod: Where's Wes Morgan's England call up?

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    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Absolutely brilliant performance from @OfficialFOXES. Two points from Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal is a superb start. As for Arsenal, if Wenger doesn't bring in a decent striker even fourth place might elude them this season."

  16. 18:02: 
    Player reaction- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal
    Leo Ulloa

    Leicester goalscorer Leo Ulloa: "I am happy because we have one point more and the team played well.

    "The cross was fantastic. I worked hard for that (goal) and I'm happy.

    "It's important for me to continue my work and to score."

    Two goals in two home games for the Foxes' record signing.

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    "Got absolutely hammered for suggesting Arsenal might finish fifth. Still think it could happen unless Wenger acts in the market."

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    Jerb: Why Ozil out wide? Why 4141 which doesn't suit any of our players? Why no striker? Why no DM? So many questions, awful today.

    Martin Robertson: Gone the days of Wenger improving players. They're getting worse. Wilshere, Chamberlain are worse. Ozil and Sanchez look inept.

    Rob Kershaw: Well played Leicester! Overall, they were more deserving of the 3 points, but it's like a victory for LFC, City & Chelsea.

  19. 18:01: 
    STAT ATTACK- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil has now assisted only one goal in his last 10 Premier League games.

    David Nugent has not scored a Premier League goal since playing for Burnley in 2009-10. His last effort came in March 2010.

    Leicester have scored at least once in each of their last 17 league games at home.

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "What today showed is that Arsenal, in that defensive midfield area, need an enforcer. To be really considered as challenging City and Chelsea they need a centre-forward and a central midfielder."

  21. 17:57: 
    Go European- Villarreal v Barcelona (18:00 BST)

    Neymar returns to the Barcelona squad after injury tonight - but he doesn't return to Luis Enrique's starting XI. Teenage forward Munir, the latest boy wonder of Barca's boy wonder producing La Masia academy, keeps his spot after scoring on his debut last weekend.

    You can follow the action in our European football live text.

    Barcelona forward Munir
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    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the King Power StadiumFULL-TIME- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "Arsenal had so much of the play, but in the end, they couldn't make it count, and they picked up a few injuries for their troubles too."

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "I think Leicester before the game would have been happy with a point, but with their energy, passion and the chances they created they will be really disappointed that they did not win the game."

  24. 17:53: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in a heap holding his calf. It doesn't look like he will be playing for England this week.

  25. 17:52: 
    FULL-TIME- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    It's all over! Another solid showing from Leicester, who have now taken two points from games with Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal. Heartening stuff.

  26. 17:51: 
    CLOSE!- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Good effort! Danny Drinkwater fires in a low drive from 25 yards which skids past the far post. The home fans were almost up there!

  27. 17:51: 
    INJURY TIME- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    THREE MINUTES added on at the King Power Stadium. It's Leicester who have the ball now...

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    606 phone-in, BBC Radio 5 live

    Lines are open for 606.

    Is Mario Balotelli the answer for Liverpool? Diego Costa, love him or hate him, does he need to learn Premier League respect? And Wayne Rooney, it's been 10 years since he signed for Manchester United, has he fulfilled his potential?

    Call Kelly Cates and Kevin Kilbane on 0500 909 69, text 85058 or ping @bbc606 on Twitter.

  29. 17:47: 
    FINAL FIVE- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Into the last few minutes then. Now or never guys...

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    Miracle Roch!: Just have to accept the reality that we will never be as ruthless as we were during our Henry days.

  31. 17:45: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    This is very similar to watching Manchester United try and break down Burnley yesterday. Not much invention or danger from either side, which given the amount of £20m+ players on display is surprising.

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is now limping after a knock on halfway.

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "Absolutely brilliant from Jamie Vardy, there goes Arsenal's lack of a midfield enforcer. Arsenal are getting ripped apart in central areas. But Leicester could come out of this game with two points when they could have had seven, from games against some of the top teams in the Premier League."

  33. 17:42: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Well played Jamie Vardy! The Leicester sub picks up the loose ball on halfway, dives inside Calum Chambers and plays a one-two with Dave Nugent to power into the box. He has to hit it first time, and does, Wojciech Szczesny making a cracking save to push it out.

    Jamie Vardy goes close to putting Leicester 2-1 in front
  34. 17:41: 
    THE LATE SHOW- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Eight minutes of normal time left.

    Don't forget, Arsenal have scored in the last minute of both Premier League games so far...

  35. 17:40: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil limps back on to the pitch. He's not fully fit by any means but he's asked to do a job.

    Messut Ozil
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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "If Arsenal want to be serious about winning the league they have to improve their squad, but with a day left I don't think they will do it."

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    Greg Connock: Arsenal look rather fragile, each Leicester attack incises through the back four without fail at nearly every attempt.

    Oli Leggett: Sanogo has bags of talent but little experience. Frustration will impede his progress because there's too much pressure on him.

    Photogenic: I think Walcott will play down the middle when he returns.

  38. 17:37: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Lukas Podolski, a man with 116 caps and 47 goals for Germany, is now through the middle. But problems here for Arsenal as Mesut Ozil goes down holding his ankle.

    He immediately signals for a substitution with the internationally recognised gesture of rotating your two index fingers, but of course Arsenal have made all of their changes.

    They are down to 10 men as Ozil has some work done.

  39. 17:36: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal - Sanogo OFF
    Yaya Sanogo

    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on in place of Santi Cazorla, and Lukas Podolski replaces - wait for it - Yaya Sanogo.

  40. 17:35: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Leicester goalscorer Leo Ulloa is replaced in the final 15 minutes, limping off with midfielder Danny Drinkwater on in his place.

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    Hull's Curtis Davies has offered this brutally honest assessment of his performance in the Tigers' defeat at Aston Villa, where the defender was substituted at half-time.

    "EMBARRASSING is all I can say! Nowhere near the levels I usually offer the team. Lads rallied 2nd half but damage was already done!"

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "Riyad Mahrez and Jeff Schlupp can be proud of their performances this afternoon for Leicester."

  43. 17:30: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Santi Cazorla has a shot deflected over the top as Arsenal continue their pressure. There are 19 minutes of normal time remaining...

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    James William Dingle: If Arsene needs proof the team are in dire need of a world class striker, it's right before his eyes.

  45. 17:29: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Jamie Vardy - playing in the Conference for Fleetwood a few years ago - is on in place of Jeff Schlupp. He gets a huge ovation too.

  46. 17:27: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    All the noise from Arsenal has repeatedly been that there will be no new strikers signed tomorrow. We shall see.

    Our very own Dave Ornstein will be busy hammering the phones all Deadline Day. We will be live from 7am to 1am tomorrow. You won't miss a signing...

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "If Arsene Wenger does not go into the transfer market, then he obviously believes Yaya Sanogo is good enough but for me there is a big question mark."

  48. 17:25: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Leicester have eight men in their own area as Yaya Sanogo heads a cross over the top. These are the sort of packed defences which the likes of Mesut Ozil were signed to defeat...

    Mesut Ozil
  49. 17:22: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Leicester are putting in a real shift today and there are some tired legs out there. Riyad Mahrez is out on his feet and is replaced by Marc Albrighton.

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    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the King Power StadiumLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "For all the possession Arsenal have enjoyed in this match, Leicester are still very much carrying a threat."

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    David M W French: Sanogo is rubbish. We're going to get thrashed by the bigger teams if we carry on like this.

    Kieran Holmes: Arsenal lack quality up front, give Campbell a chance, need someone better than Sanogo.

  52. 17:20: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Leicester might find it first. Great counter down the right after Riyad Mahrez picks the pocket of Alexis Sanchez. He finds Leo Ulloa, who squares it for Dave Nugent, who hits a first-time curler which is well blocked by Mathieu Debuchy.

  53. 17:19: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    At the hour mark. Still no changes up front for Arsenal. Can they find a breakthrough?

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    Jon: I think Yaya Sanogo is to attacking football what Gus Caesar was to defending.

  55. 17:15: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal going up a gear, another cracking counter attack as Nacho Monreal breaks forward, this time Yaya Sanogo holds his run and stays onside to collect his pass. He does everything right this time, but Kasper Schmeichel makes a fine save at his feet. On him so fast there.

    A goal is in the offing here.

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    Hanreal: Chambers ended up in a different postcode to Ulloa there.

  57. 17:14: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Just like the Arsenal goal, Santi Cazorla gets the lob wedge out of the bag and plays a deft lob over the Leicester back four. Aaron Ramsey is just onside but can't get much power into the header, floating it at Kasper Schmeichel.

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "What a chance, what a goal that would have been. The harsh reality of the Premier League is that you have to take those chances."

    Leonardo Ulloa reacts after missing a chance to score against Arsenal
  59. 17:12: 
    CLOSE!- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Almost brilliant from Leo Ulloa! His first touch to control a high ball out of the sky is first class, he then plays a neat one-two and gallops onto the pass. Calum Chambers dives in, Ulloa sells him a dummy to come inside but he then clips a shot high into the side-netting. So close to a wonderful goal...

    Leo Ulloa controls the ball under pressue
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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "The Leicester team, against the teams with good creative players, will have to limit their space, get inbetween the lines and that's what they are doing today. Can they continue to play at the pace they have done? I think they will get tired."

  61. 17:09: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    That is a good move from Arsenal, Yaya Sanogo is involved with a neat lay-off and the Arsenal midfield go through the gears, Alexis Sanchez eventually feeding the ball into the run of Santi Cazorla, but he shoots wide.

    Yaya Sanogo
  62. 17:06: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Yaya Sanogo has a shot blocked. He gets 10/10 for perseverance in my book. Maybe one day he will come good. Maybe.

  63. 17:04: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Calum Chambers looks like he will be a very good player indeed. As you say Ed, so composed on the ball. I've seen him make at least one mistake in each game I've seen so far, either positionally or diving in. That will get ironed out though with experience.

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    Ed in Bath: I'll tell you what - Calum Chambers is a class act. So composed and confident on the ball. Signing of the transfer window so far.

    Arsenal's Calum Chambers
  65. 17:04: 
    KICK-OFF- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Back under way!

  66. 17:03: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Here they come. No changes for either side by the looks of it.

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    Mohamed Gaafar: Arsenal yet to get into gear this season, definitely need a real striker up front. For now get Sanogoals off, Poldi/The Ox on.

  68. 16:58: 
    League One result- Notts County 1-2 Bristol City
    Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

    Just the one game in the Football League today - and a late penalty from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has given Bristol City the win at Notts County.

  69. 16:55: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell are on the bench for Arsenal today - if they don't get a run out up front in the second half their agents may be asking for a move tomorrow. Yaya Sanogo continues to lead the line.

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "Andy King and Dean Hammond have won the second balls, Leicester have pressed Arsenal high up the park but the final ball has been lacking at times. Arsenal have been fantastic at times, but I believe they will not win the Premier League with Yaya Sanogo in the side."

    Dean Hammond of Leicester City
  71. 16:52: 
    Nogo for Sanogo- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal
    yaya Sanogo

    It's been slim pickings from Yaya Sanogo so far, just three touches inside the penalty area - though one of those was an assist.

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    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the King Power StadiumHALF-TIME- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "The home crowd here are happy enough. The game is very much on here for the second half."

  73. 16:49: 
    HALF-TIME- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Rich applause from the home fans after a cracking first-half showing.

  74. 16:48: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey has scored in both Premier League games so far - and is close to a third from 25 yards. Smashing a shot wide.

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    Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Mario Balotelli has reflected on his Liverpool debut:

    "Great win! Wonderful experience to play my first match in Liverpool FC shirt #Honour. Fans were fantastic, travel safe back home #LFC #YNWA"

  76. 16:45: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Yaya Sanogo is offside when there was no need at all to be. 'Unforgiveable' curses a colleague across the desk.

    Of the many frustrating things your centre-forward can do, that is right up there isn't it?

  77. 16:41: 
    Transfer latest- Kagawa goes back

    It just didn't work out for Shinji Kagawa in the Premier League - and he has gone back to Borussia Dortmund. No doubt he will shine in the Bundesliga again.

    Shinji Kagawa playing for Manchester United
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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "What a fantastic game we have here, 1-1 with end-to-end play. Its great to see a club like Leicester, coming up from the Championship, having a go at Arsenal."

  79. 16:40: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Jeff Schlupp is a real threat down the left wing for Leicester, he has bags of pace and decent delivery too. Five minutes of the half to go.

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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "Loic Remy adds a little bit of pace off the bench, but I think Diego Costa will be the difference and that Chelsea will win the league this year."

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    Chelsea have tweeted this photo of new signing Loic Remy adopting the standard post-transfer "holding up the shirt for the camera" shot.

    Loic Remy joins Chelsea
  82. 16:36: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal up to 70% possession now, and using the width well from their full-backs. Aaron Ramsey almost sends in Santi Cazorla with a clever flick but once again the runner is diligently tracked by Leicester.

    Aaron Ramsey
  83. 16:33: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil's free-kick hits Leo Ulloa in the wall, but a slack header from a Leicester man almost lets in Calum Chambers. He cracks in the drive but it's well blocked.

  84. 16:31: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Arsenal have some fine one-touch passers of the ball and they move the ball beautifully across the pitch from left to right, until Mesut Ozil is fouled on the corner of the box. Free-kick in a good area...

  85. 16:30: 
    Transfer latest- Remy joins Chelsea

    Confirmed - Loic Remy has moved to Chelsea on a four-year deal. Full story to come...

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    Steve in Newmarket: I don't envy anyone who indulges in mind games with Wenger. As a long-standing Arsenal fan, I haven't a clue how his mind works!

  87. 16:28: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Dave Nugent is almost in for Leicester but Calum Chambers stops him in his tracks with a cracking tackle. Good game again on our hands here.

    David Nugent is tackled by Calum Chambers
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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "The work rate of this Leicester team is fantastic, the defending for the Arsenal goal was woeful, but they break well and have a lot of pace."

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    Ashley Williams: Arsenal got lucky. Sanogo is not the answer for Giroud.

    Kerry Peter Parvin: And it's 1-1 after some pathetic defending from @Arsenal you have to do a lot better than that!

    Jack Cossens: Get Sanogo off the team. Not good enough.

  90. 16:26: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    And there is Laurent Koscielny coming off - Calum Chambers is on. All change at the back for the Gunners.

  91. 16:25: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Laurent Koscielny was all out of position for that Leicester goal and he may have to come off after all following that early clash of heads. Yaya Sanogo then shoots wide.

    Yaya Sanogo
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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 1-1 Arsenal

    "It was a fantastic ball from Jeff Schlupp but you have to question Laurent Koscielny's positioning, his body shape was all wrong, but it was a great goal.

    "At the other end I think Alexis Sanchez could easily score 20 goals in the Premier League this season, he is a wonderful signing for Arsenal."

  93. 16:23: 
    Leicester 1-1 Arsenal

    Some eyebrows were raised when Leicester spent £8m on Brighton striker Leo Ulloa, but two in two home games so far suggest he may prove to be a shrewd investment.

  94. 16:22: 
    GOAL- Leicester 1-1 Arsenal - Leo Ulloa (22 mins)

    Boom! Pick that one out! A cracking centre-forward's header from Leo Ulloa, ghosting in behind Laurent Koscielny to meet Jeff Schlupp's left-wing cross with a thumping finish.

    Just as they did against Everton, Leicester respond to going behind with an instant response from their £8m man.

    Leonardo Ulloa celebrates Leicester's equaliser
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    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 0-1 Arsenal

    "I have no idea why Leicester were trying to play offside. Yaya Sanogo should have scored, it was a poor effort from him but Alexis Sanchez only had to roll it in. But why were Leicester trying to play offside?"

  96. 16:19: 
    GOAL- Leicester 0-1 Arsenal - Alexis Sanchez (20 mins)

    His first Premier League goal, and £35m man Alexis Sanchez steers Arsenal ahead. Santi Cazorla has the vision to flip a lovely chip over the top of the Leicester defence, Yaya Sanogo fluffs his shot across goal and Sanchez is on hand to smash home the loose ball into the net.

    Alexis Sanchez scores his first Premier League goal for Arsenal
  97. 16:17: 
    CLOSE!- Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Good effort from Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez as he swaps passes with Leo Ulloa before firing a low shot wide from 20 yards. That was close!Arsenal then get Laurent Koscielny back on the field, his whole head draped in blue bandages.

  98. 16:14: 
    Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Laurent Koscielny has headed off the pitch for some more treatment, they are trying to patch him up so Arsenal are down to 10 men for the time being. A lengthy stoppage.

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    Dan, Arsenal fan: I'm hoping that by sending this he will invariably prove me wrong...but Yaya Sanogo is utterly useless!

  100. 16:12: 
    Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    A clash of heads leaves Laurent Koscielny in a lot of pain, he collided with Jeff Schlupp who was able to shake it off. But Arsenal's French centre-half looks in a bad way as two medical staff work on him. Calum Chambers is out and warming up.

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    Paul-Joseph Martin: Arsenal are obviously not serious about challenging for the title if they're going with Sanogo & not acquiring another striker.

    Ethan Robinson: Why does Wenger not just go with Podolski up front? Sanogo is not PL quality.

  102. 16:10: 
    CLOSE!- Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Aaron Ramsey takes aim from 25 yards, Liam Moore closes him down superbly and deflects the ball away for a corner. Arsenal keeping the pressure on.

  103. 16:09: 
    Transfer latest- Fulham's Greek tragedy
    Kostas Mitroglou

    To end one of the most disastrous spells in English football, Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou has rejoined Olympiakos on loan for the season.

    The Greek champions got £12m for the striker when they sold him to Fulham in January. No goals, one relegation and a lot of money later, he's back in Athens.

  104. 16:07: 
    Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal moving the ball well at a good pace in midfield, Leicester working very hard to keep them under pressure. The pattern is set.

    Riyad Mahrez and Nacho Monreal
  105. 16:06: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert: "After the first half we should have been out of sight. The second half we were under pressure, but the first half set the tone of the game.

    "You are never going to dominate a game for 90 minutes. But we deserved to win the game.

    "Gabriel Agbonlahor today was outstanding, but in general the whole team performance was excellent.

    "Ron Vlaar has injured his calf. We will see how he is, but he has two weeks to recover (during the international break)."

  106. 16:05: 
    Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Alexis Sanchez is lively, squirming out of a challenge and teeing up Santi Cazorla - but his shot from range is not up to much. Leicester are rapid on the break but Leo Ulloa can't gather in Richie De Laet's cross from the right.

  107.   
    Robbie Savage, BBC Radio 5 liveLeicester 0-0 Arsenal

    "I just don't understand why Arsene Wenger wouldn't go into the transfer market and get a proven centre forward."

  108. 16:02: 
    Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    As if on cue, Yaya Sanogo has an opening as he pulls into space and receives Santi Cazorla's threaded pass, but his first touch is very poor and the ball gets away from him. Cazorla looks distressed. That needs to stick.

    Yaya Sanogo fights for the ball
  109. 16:00: 
    Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Arsenal insist that they don't need to sign a striker despite Olivier Giroud's injury, so Yaya Sanogo will get plenty of games. Is he up to the job? He's never scored for the club. Today could be his day.

  110. 16:00: 
    Player reaction- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Liverpool goalscorer Raheem Sterling: "It's good to bounce back with a win after a loss. We had to grind it out at the beginning but once we got the second goal we saw it out.

    "My main target is to get a better goal to game ratio, improving on training pitch and taking that into matchday. My manager has been telling me to get inside the posts more, I timed my run and I found the net."

  111. 16:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Leicester 0-0 Arsenal

    Game on!

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    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling: Great win now off to international duty.

  113. 15:56: 
    Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    All set at the King Power. Sun is out, hands have been shaken.

    Arsenal fans at the King Power Stadium
  114. 15:55: 
    Manager reaction- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull
    Steve Bruce

    Hull manager Steve Bruce, speaking to MOTD's Martin Fisher: "The performance in the first half was the worst I can remember in the time I've been at the club. For the travelling supporters who witnessed it, you have to apologise.

    "I can't understand why we put in a performance like that in the first half. There was no energy, no spirit. We never laid a glove on them.

    "In the second half, we changed it round, and we were excellent. But we gave ourselves a mountain to climb after the first half."

    Asked if a deal to sign Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley was a possibility, Bruce adds: "I don't think so. I thought maybe a couple of days ago it might be close. It's difficult to talk about other people's players. But we do expect to be busy before the deadline."

  115. 15:54: 
    Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    Per Mertesacker and Wes Morgan line up in the tunnel. Two giants of men. Proper centre-halves.

    Here we go then, game three is about to roll...

  116. 15:51: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool
    Mauricio Pochettino

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino: "We need to learn and improve - today was a very tough game for us.

    "I think the first 45 minutes we competed very well and had some good chances. But the key moment came in the second half - it was a very soft penalty. When you are 2-0 down against Liverpool it is very difficult."

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    Linda Pizzuti, wife of Liverpool principal owner John W Henry: Clean sheet! First clean sheet of the season. Three goals, and we could have had more. @LFC is an exciting team!

  118. 15:47: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool
    Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on Reds debutant Mario Balotelli: "I thought he was excellent. He's bought straight into our team ethic. He's trained well and has put all that background noise about him to one side. He's been brilliant. You've seen his appetite today, his work, pressure, strength and quality. He has a wonderful touch for a big guy."

    On Raheem Sterling: "He was exceptional today. But I had to laugh when he almost scored the fourth. He dribbled through the Spurs defence like Ricky Villa, but his finish was more like Ricky Gervais."

  119. 15:46: 
    Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    Last weekend Arsenal were very slow in starting at Everton, soon finding themselves 2-0 down. They can't afford a similar opening spell today - can they get out of the blocks better today?

    Just under a quarter of an hour to go.

  120. 15:44: 
    Manager reaction- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers: "Everything that could be good in our game was there. We played the diamond in the first half and I thought we were a threat in-between the lines in midfield.

    "Overall our quality was exceptional, we got three goals and could have had more. We closed the game out very well and all in all it was a good three points."

  121. 15:38: 
    Last time we met...- Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)
    Craig Hignett

    Last time Arsenal played in Leicester, Craig Hignett was the toast of the town, converting a last-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw in December 2003.

  122. 15:37: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Hull
    Aston Vila Hull
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    Injury cannot stop Christian Benteke from tweeting about Villa's good start to the season:

    "7/9 really not bad! Another great victory well done boys, thanks."

  124. 15:33: 
    Player reaction- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool
    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, speaking to Sky Sports: "The challenge for this team for this season is to defend better and I am sure the manager will be buzzing with the clean sheet. Tottenham are a fantastic side, we got their tails up and we did well today."

    On Mario Balotelli: "Everyone had eyes on him and I thought he was terrific for an hour. He could be the difference regarding whether we can compete or not.

    "He has been terrific since he came in. He works hard and he will only improve with a manager like Brendan Rodgers. I am aware he is a terrific penalty taker, I am sure he will get the chances over the season. The more good penalty takers we have the better, especially for cup competitions."

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    Phil, Spurs fan: The knee-jerk reaction of some Spurs fans stymies me at every turn. We are playing a fast, technically gifted side today, and we are a side embryonic in its identity. Give Pochettino time, and simply acknowledge that at this time, we are a work in progress.

  126. 15:31: 
    Player reaction- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool
    Raheem Sterling

    Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, speaking to Sky Sports: "[My role today] is different to something I have done but it is something I have to learn. Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge up front is always a threat and I have just got to be in and around the area and be a threat."

  127. 15:31: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool
    Tottenham v Liverpool
  128.   
    Gary Lineker, BBC Sport

    "Don't underestimate this Liverpool side's chances, especially under the shrewd, tactically astute leadership of Brendan Rodgers."

  129.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Jon: Liverpool were better than us today, but why did the ref give Allen a penalty but not one to Adebayor?

    Matt Cartwright: Well, we started rubbish and never got any better, suppose it's a plus that we didn't get beat 5-0 like last season.

  130. 15:27: 
    Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    Looks a lovely afternoon in Leicester as Alexis Sanchez and co go through their warm-up. Arsenal have left it late in both of their games in the Premier League so far - more late drama at the King Power?

  131.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkFULL-TIME- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    "Big start for Villa, and the damage was done in the first half. Changes were made by Steve Bruce, it was much better in the second half but it was too little, too late from Hull."

  132. 15:23: 
    Team News- Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    Former Inter Milan midfielder Esteban Cambiasso starts his Leicester career on the bench after signing a one-year deal on Thursday.

    Manager Nigel Pearson sticks with the same line-up that started last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea.

    Yaya Sanogo starts up front for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger looks for the right attacking formula following the broken leg that has ruled out Olivier Giroud until January.

    Sanogo comes in from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Alexis Sanchez retaining his place, while Aaron Ramsey returns from suspension to replace Jack Wilshere in midfield.

    Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez, Hammond, King, Schlupp, Ulloa, Nugent. Subs: Cambiasso, Drinkwater, Vardy, Albrighton, Hamer, Wasilewski, Wood.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla, Sanogo. Subs: Rosicky, Podolski, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Martinez, Campbell.

  133. 15:23: 
    FULL-TIME- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    It's all over. Hull made a real go of it in the second half but Villa hold on for all three points.

  134. 15:22: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    Ron Vlaar has had to limp off with an injury - Villa down to 10 for the final few seconds...

  135. 15:20: 
    FULL-TIME- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Impressive. Most impressive. Good win for Liverpool as Steven Gerrard and co bounce back from Monday night's setback.

  136. 15:19: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    Darren Bent to kill it? Wide!

    Ashley Westwood sends him in on goal, great through-ball, Bent is onside and free but he scuffs his shot just beyond the far corner.

    He is almost instantly punished as Sone Aluko gets a shot away for Hull but Brad Guzan makes the save.

    Darren Bent attacks for Aston Villa
  137. 15:17: 
    Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Spurs have a last-minute penalty shout waved away as Dejan Lovren had a big handful of a Spurs shirt in the box. Not even a consolation strike on the cards for the hosts.

  138.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkAston Villa 2-1 Hull

    "Jack Grealish is a throwback, his socks are down by his ankles, he looks like a will-o'-the-wisp but Brad Guzan has patted him on the head for winning them three free-kicks since he came on. He dos not shirk his responsibilities, he has not been afraid to get on the ball and win those free-kicks for his team."

  139. 15:14: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    Villa sub Jack Grealish is getting some heavy treatment, with Stephen Quinn the latest to clatter him and go into the book. 'Toughening up' for the young lad, who has his socks rolled right down like Steve Claridge.

  140. 15:13: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    Darren Bent is on for Villa as we enter the last five minutes. Still Hull look dangerous...

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    John Coote: 24 hours is not enough time for Tottenham to sign the number of players still needed.

  142. 15:11: 
    Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Daniel Sturridge gets the ball into space 20 yards out but his finish is wild. High and wild.

  143.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkAston Villa 2-1 Hull

    "The way the game is going there is a lot of frustration in the crowd, they were maybe expecting a runaway victory but Hull have been a different team in this second half."

  144. 15:09: 
    YELLOW CARD- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    We are into the final 10 minutes, and goalscorer Nikica Jelavic goes into the book for a clumsy challenge on Villa sub Jack Grealish. The home crowd want red but there was nothing really in it.

    Can Hull get a leveller?

  145. 15:07: 
    Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Still no sign of a Spurs goal at White Hart Lane. A bit of a reality check today maybe for the Tottenham faithful.

    Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino
  146. 15:05: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    Another strong, slaloming run from Fabian Delph opens up the Hull goal but the Villa man drags his shot well wide from 20 yards. There's more goals in this one!

    Jake Livermore almost finds the equaliser, curling in an effort which Brad Guzan turns over. Great finale on the cards at Villa Park.

    Fabian Delph runs with the ball
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    Steven Jerjian: As a Liverpool fan, 3-0 up with 15 mins to go is not a comfortable scoreline...

    That collapse at Selhurst Park last season is still fresh in the Liverpool memory it seems...

  148. 15:04: 
    Aston Villa 2-1 Hull

    Hull's tails are up now. Robbie Brady a real threat down the left wing - and he wins another corner...Paul McShane heads it on to the roof of the net.

  149.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkAston Villa 2-1 Hull

    "It was a good finish in the end from Nikica Jelavic, he is a goalscorer. He was so alive to it, the ball was behind him but he turned it back in from where it came. Hull have a lifeline. How is this going to affect Villa? They looked comfortable, but you sense the tide is turning in Hull's favour."

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    Paul Collins on Facebook: No shock Liverpool are rolling Spurs over though. Spurs didn't deserve beat West Ham in first game then hammered a poor QPR team. First real test and they've choked again.

  151. 15:01: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 2-1 Hull - Nikica Jelavic (74 mins)
    Nikica Jelavic and Paul McShane celebrate

    And Hull do have a way back into the game! Robbie Brady's free-kick is headed on by Nikica Jelavic and in off the forehead of Villa left-back Aly Cissokho, who knew nothing about that.

  152. 15:00: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    A blow for Spurs and for England as Danny Rose picks up an injury. He trudges off straight down the tunnel.

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    Jack Curtis Denton: Moreno will be our best fullback since Riise.

    Lee Hounslow: New season, new manager, same outcome. Top four just a pipe dream at the moment!

    Faddi S: Spurs fans were happy for Bale to go to ground without even being touched, yet they're quick to dispute a genuine penalty.

  154. 14:58: 
    Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

    Hull right-back Liam Rosenior blasts a shot over the top at the end of a decent Hull attack. It's now or never if they are to make a fist of this. Just under 20 minutes left at Villa Park.

  155. 14:57: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Almost - almost - an absolutely brilliant goal from Raheem Sterling! Substitute Emre Can starts it with a powerful surge through the middle before finding Sterling on the edge of the box.

    He cuts inside, beats one man, puts another on the floor with a body swerve and is clean through on goal. It's great stuff - but the finish is horrible. A scuffed toe-poke straight at Hugo Lloris!

    Emre Can tries to fight through midfield
  156.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkAston Villa 2-0 Hull

    "The game's going through a flat period, although they have had the majority of possession Hull have not been a threat, and Villa look comfortable."

  157. 14:54: 
    Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

    Hull's half-time switch to a flat back four has given them plenty more possession, but they have done nothing with it. Aston Villa very happy with things so far.

  158. 14:53: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Well played Daniel Sturridge, dancing inside from the right and forcing Hugo Lloris into a solid save at his near post. Dejan Lovren then heads over from the corner.

    Spurs have imploded with that third goal.

  159. 14:51: 
    Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    Lazar Markovic's first touch is a delight, pushing the ball away from his marker and away down the right. So much pace in this Liverpool side. Like Spurs a few years ago when they had Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon...

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    Paul Walmsley: What a goal Moreno! Surely makes up for last week's horror show against City.

    Will Scott: Spurs taking the optional approach to defending again.

    Teez: Wonderful contribution from Townsend. Way to introduce yourself to the game.

  161. 14:50: 
    Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

    Still looking very comfortable for Aston Villa, who are on their way to a home win and third place in the table.

  162. 14:49: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool

    That may be that for Spurs, but plenty of subs to catch up on.

    Moments before that goal Spurs brought on Andros Townsend and Mousa Dembele for Nabil Bentaleb and Christian Eriksen, and moments after it Liverpool replace Mario Balotelli and Joe Allen with summer signings Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

    Lazar Markovic replaces Mario Balotelli
  163. 14:46: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool - Alberto Moreno (60 mins)

    Game, set, and the match! A superb solo goal from Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno, his first in English football!

    Spurs sub Andros Townsend's first touch is to give the ball away to Moreno on the halfway line, he gets his head down and sprints forwards down the left. He goes on, and on, before bursting into the area. Still there doesn't look to be too much danger as the angle is tight, but he blasts a wonderful low finish across Hugo Lloris and into the far corner.

    Alberto Moreno celebrates with Daniel Sturridge
  164. 14:43: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

    Tom Huddlestone, that is woeful! He tries to hit a corner in with the outside of his right boot and puts it behind the goal. Steve Bruce looks to the skies and replaces Tom Ince with Robbie Brady.

  165. 14:43: 
    Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
    Steven Gerrard

    One of many club records in the Steven Gerrard locker.

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    Tommy, Brighton: Penalty, probably. But I'm constantly mystified as to the physics behind how being pulled backwards makes a player fall forwards.

  167. 14:41: 
    Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

    Excellent play from Erik Lamela, surging past Dejan Lovren and motoring into the penalty area. He takes his time and tries to serve up a tap-in for Emmanuel Adebayor but a red shirt recovers well to hack it away from the goalmouth. All Spurs since that second goal.

    Dejan Lovren and Erik Lamela
  168. 14:40: 
    Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool clear the corner easily enough, but Spurs keep on coming. Get one early and the home crowd will really get going...

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    Tomer Tsur: The softest technically correct penalty you'll ever see given. Gutted.

    Aidan O'Regan: Is football a non contact sport these days? That's the most pathetic penalty decision, disgraceful.

    Matthew Coote: Don't worry I've found the sniper in the crowd that took out Allen.

  170. 14:38: 
    Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

    Now then Spurs, what have you got to say about this then? Can they fight back? That's a good start from Nacer Chadli, whipping in a brilliant cross from the right but there's nobody there. Emmanuel Adebayor then wins a corner off Steven Gerrard...

  171. 14:36: 
    Aston Villa 2-0 Hull
    Aston Villa Hull

    It's been all Villa again since the break. Are there more goals in this one?

  172.   
    BBC RadioTottenham 0-2 Liverpool

    BBC London 94.9 commentator Phil Parry: "If you fall over under that sort of contact, you need to be wrapped in bubble wrap every time you go outside your front door."

  173. 14:35: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool - Steven Gerrard (Pen 49 mins)

    Steven Gerrard was prolific from the spot last season and doubles Liverpool's lead today, rolling confidently home into the corner. Great start to the second half for the visitors.

    Steven Gerrard scores Liverpool's second goal
  174. 14:34: 
    PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Soft, but that is a penalty! Eric Dier pulls back Joe Allen, needlessly, and that's a spot-kick.

  175. 14:33: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

    And we are back up and running at Villa Park too, the sprightly Gaby Agbonlahor almost straight in from kick-off. He has been a menace all afternoon.

  176. 14:32: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

    Liam Rosenior is on at the break for Hull in place of Curtis Davies. Change of shape?

  177. 14:31: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Game on at White Hart Lane...

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    Jack, Morecambe: I think the media adulation stems from Liverpool's intent to play sexy, attacking football week in week out. So hush, Jon from Eastleigh (14:16).

    Barry, Devon: As a Villa sympathiser I had my doubts, but it would appear the signing of the summer is Roy Keane. What a difference he has made!

  179. 14:27: 
    Super Mario- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
    Mario Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli was in the thick of it at White Hart Lane. Can he bag a debut goal?

  180. 14:26: 
    Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

    Not a single shot on target for Hull in that half. Steve Bruce needs a replacement for Shane Long. Fast.

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    Matt Cartwright: Not a great half for Spurs, we improved towards the end of the half but still not good enough.

    Paul Moore: Agbonlahor for England! Still has pace and a decent finish. Better option than Rooney! Works harder too.

    Ahmer Murad: Great half for Henderson, Sturridge & Sterling. And despite a couple of errors, thought Lovren had a decent half.

  182.   
    BBC RadioTottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Former QPR forward Bradley Allen, now a Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9: "Tottenham were a bit disjointed early on. Liverpool got off to a flying start and were really dangerous. Spurs slowly worked their way back in, they've had chances they should have taken, and the game has ebbed and flowed.

    "Mario Balotelli's looked really dangerous. It's not beyond Liverpool to score three, four, five goals here, as they did last season. The question is: When do Spurs chase this game? If they score early in this second half, they can turn this game around."

  183. 14:20: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
    Steven Gerrard shoots

    Ask, and ye shall receive Mark.

    Steven Gerrard lost possession 11 times in that first half, more than any other man in a red shirt. He did also make more passes (35) than anyone else though.

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    Stewart Milligan: Liverpool will win nothing if Sakho remains CB this season, looks such a liability every time he gets on the ball!

    Mark Duffell: Wonder what the stats are for Gerrard being caught on the ball in the first half and giving it away? Struggling.

    Bob Bhowmik: Villa look like they should be in the top four today. Oh wait... we are!

  185.   
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the King Power StadiumLeicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    "There was good news and bad news this week for Arsenal. They survived a tricky Champions League qualifier with a goal worth an estimated £25m from new signing Alexis Sanchez, but lost fellow striker Olivier Giroud for a lengthy spell through injury, tempering their early-season optimism.

    "How they cope with the loss of Giroud's physical presence while he recovers from surgery on a broken leg will be key.

    "Leicester have won only one of 16 league games with Arsenal in the Premier League and that was 20 years ago, at Filbert Street in November 1994."

  186. 14:18: 
    Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    Two good games on the go, and one more to come. Fine stuff.

  187. 14:17: 
    HALF-TIME- Aston Villa 2-0 Hull
    Paul Lambert
  188. 14:17: 
    Aston Villa 2-0 Hull

    Tom Huddlestone has a shot deflected over the bar from 25 yards as Hull look for a way back in.

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    Jon in Eastleigh: Really can't understand why the media show such bias to Liverpool players. Balotelli has been poor so far! Missed three chances and given the ball away every time he's had it bar two, but still he gets praised. Laughable.

  190. 14:16: 
    HALF-TIME- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
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    Paul-Joseph Martin: The problem with Gerrard in the quarterback role like Pirlo is, he can't actually pass a ball anywhere near as good as Pirlo.

  192.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkAston Villa 2-0 Hull

    "Steve Bruce has been in a few dressing rooms and had the hairdryer treatment, but I would not be surprised if he gives his Hull team the hairdryer at half-time because they have been so poor."

  193. 14:15: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Another effort from Mario Balotelli, who is certainly getting involved. He meets a corner pulled back to him - Teddy Sheringham style - but gets right under the shot and launches it into the crowd. Almost half-time.

    Mario Balotelli shoots wide
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    Just Adam: What's going on with my Villa? I'm not used to these positive emotions watching home games!

    Gabby Agbonlahor of Aston Villa
  195. 14:14: 
    Aston Villa 2-0 Hull
    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann have both been excellent so far.

  196. 14:12: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Emmanuel Adebayor demonstrates the merits of a target man. The Spurs striker goes up for a header, makes no contact at all but takes both Liverpool centre-halves out of the game as they get attracted to him. Nacer Chadli is able to pick the ball up and advance on goal, but his powerful smash is turned over the bar by Simon Mignolet. Great save!

  197. 14:11: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Aston Villa 2-0 Hull
    Steve Bruce

    England's new man Fabian Delph has had an eye-catching half for Aston Villa, and he gets Curtis Davies in the book as the defender brings him down after a mazy run. From the free-kick Ashley Westwood curls against the post!

  198. 14:09: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool away from home were thrilling to watch at times last season, and they look like being the same again this term. Joe Allen wins it back with good energy, and in Raheem Sterling, Mario Balotelli and Daniel Sturridge they have plenty of pace on the counter.

    Spurs' best avenue seems to be down their left but on two occasions now Danny Rose has not been able to deliver a cross.

    Raheem Sterling and Joe Allen
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    Alex Barton: Gerrard struggling to keep tabs on Eriksen. Think Tottenham's goals will stem from him.

    Ash: That was a horrendous miss from Balotelli. He's getting in positions and linking up well but his finishing's been woeful today.

    Jack Tecwyn: Really think England should look at trying a diamond system. Seems the perfect way to fit Sterling, Sturridge and Rooney in.

  200.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkAston Villa 2-0 Hull

    "Beautiful move from Villa and again they exploited the space down Hull's right-hand side. Andreas Weimann was beautifully picked out, it was a wonderful first touch and he swept it into the corner. Steve Bruce has a lot to think about."

  201. 14:05: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 2-0 Hull - Andreas Weimann (36 mins)

    A really nice goal again from Aston Villa, who are playing some cracking stuff today. A flowing move down the left ends at the feet of Kieran Richardson, he takes his time and picks out Andreas Weimann 10 yards out, and the Austrian makes no mistake, crashing home left-footed.

    Three shots on target for Villa all season - three goals...

    Andreas Weimann celebrates scoring Aston Villa's second goal
  202. 14:04: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Aston Villa 1-0 Hull

    Signs that Hull are working their way back into this one. They have a penalty shout waved away as the ball hits Ashley Westwood on the arm as he fluffs a header, but referee Mark Clattenburg doesn't want to know.

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    Jack Ellacott: Balotelli just doesn't look fit.

    Jordan Mundy-Gill: That Joe Allen foul is worse than a two footed tackle in my eyes. Lamela too good for him so he uses the rugby tackle. Disgrace .

    Idowu Lawanson: If that tackle by Dier had been by Balotelli, that would have made headlines in tomorrow's dailies. Poor tackle!

  204. 14:02: 
    CHANCE!- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
    Mario Balotelli

    The good and the bad from Mario Balotellli again! Brilliant play in the build-up as he shows great strength and desire to win the ball and play it through to Daniel Sturridge, Hugo Lloris is off his line quickly but scuffs the clearance to Balotelli, 35 yards out. The goal is gaping, he takes a touch - and then shanks his effort way off target!

    Brendan Rodgers on the touchline applauds and laughs at his new signing. That may be the key to their relationship...

  205. 14:01: 
    CLOSE!- Aston Villa 1-0 Hull

    Tom Huddlestone has a free-kick some, what, 40 yards out? He tries a very ambitious shot and it almost pays off, the ball taking a huge nick off the wall and spinning just wide!

  206. 14:00: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
    Raheem Sterling
  207. 13:59: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Lovely feet (for a big man) as Mario Balotelli holds off one defender and then finds Daniel Sturridge to his left with a clever backheeled flick. Sturridge hits the shot instantly from 25 yards, curling it on target but Hugo Lloris makes the stop easily enough.

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    Bill in Hereford: He's had his critics in the past (including me) but Jordan Henderson is fast becoming one of the best midfielders in the league.

  209. 13:57: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Hull

    It's been all Villa, as Fabian Delph shoots wide again from long range. Impressive scenes from the home team.

  210. 13:55: 
    YELLOW CARD- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Eric Dier does not mess about! A 40-yard chase for the ball ends with the goalscoring defender flying into a sliding tackle, full force, leaving Mario Balotelli writhing around in pain. Dier took the ball as clean as you like, and referee Phil Dowd takes no action.

    Moments later Joe Allen is the first man in the book for hanging on to Erik Lamela.

    Mario Balotelli
  211.  
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    Max Welford: Sterling proving again why he should regularly play in the 10 position. Absolutely obliterating Spurs' midfield and defence.

    Ryan Lloyd: Look at Adebayor's work rate today! Is it a contract year?

  212. 13:52: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Plenty of patient build-up from Tottenham, as that man Erik Lamela does get on the ball in a good area, but he looks as surprised as anyone to see Mario Balotelli track him back and make a tackle 30 yards from the Reds goal.

    Oooh, and then a shocker of a ball from Mamadou Sakho puts Liverpool in trouble, only for centre-back partner Dejan Lovren to make a great recovery tackle.

    Erik Lamela
  213.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkAston Villa 1-0 Hull

    "Hull look compact with three central defenders and five in midfield, but it has allowed Villa to control possession."

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    Chris Bloomfield: As it stands Villa are the only Premier League club to have not conceded this season! Unbelievable.

  215. 13:49: 
    Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Spurs have had 63% of the ball so far without looking too dangerous - that one Emmanuel Adebayor chance aside. Can they get Erik Lamela into the game?

  216.   
    Clive Allen, BBC Radio 5 live at Villa ParkAston Villa 1-0 Hull

    "Agbonlahor showed no lack of confidence, the way he accepted the ball, swivelled and drove it into the corner was fantastic."

  217. 13:46: 
    Aston Villa 1-0 Hull

    Villa look full of running, getting in behind the defence at will. Gabriel Agbonlahor gets round the back but his low cross is well dealt with this time. Hull need to hang on in there.

  218. 13:45: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Another good chance goes begging for Mario Balotelli. The Italian peels off to the back post to stick his head on Steven Gerrard's free-kick from close to the left touchline. But Balotelli cannot get enough power on his close-range effort which squirms wide. Another let-off for Spurs.

  219.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Pieter Troffaes: After West Ham and QPR, the first real test of our defence and we didn't even make it 10 minutes in.

    Aashish: Defending is not a spectator sport, Spurs.

    Tommy-T-rex: Spurs are awful. Twice they've had no full backs going to a man and it's cost them one and Mario should have scored.

  220. 13:43: 
    GOAL- Aston Villa 1-0 Hull - Gabriel Agbonlahor (14 mins)
    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    Andreas Weimann has been lively so far and makes the opener at Villa Park with a deft touch. The Austrian's one-touch lay-off is perfectly weighted for Gabriel Agbonlahor, and he is able to make a half-yard of space and then steer in a precise low finish.

    Just what Paul Lambert and Roy Keane wanted.

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    Admiring tweets from two ex-Reds who know a bit about goalscoring...

    Michael Owen: What a goal that was.

    Robbie Fowler: Great move.... Great finish

  222. 13:42: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Brilliant counter-attacking from Liverpool. They tore Spurs apart 5-0 last season and look in similar touch this afternoon. Raheem Sterling is the creator-in-chief this time, spinning out of a tackle on halfway and finding Daniel Sturridge on the right. He cuts inside and flashes a left-footed effort just past the post.

  223. 13:39: 
    CLOSE!- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

    Brilliant start at White Hart Lane as now Spurs go close! It's as route one as Mauricio Pochettino's teams go, a long ball over the top releasing Emmanuel Adebayor but keeper Simon Mignolet is out quick to make his mind up for him.

    Adebayor goes for the first-time lob, gets the elevation right but can't bring the ball down quickly enough and it lands on the roof of the net. Good effort - good game.

  224. 13:37: 
    GOAL- Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool - Raheem Sterling (8 mins)

    Forget Balotelli, forget Sturridge - it's Raheem Sterling who puts Liverpool into another early lead. Cracking move too as Sturridge sends Jordan Henderson into the penalty area, the former Sunderland man looks up and plays a really clever pass square across the box and into Sterling's path. It's a tight angle, but the England man calmly slots into the corner. Lovely stuff...

    Raheem Sterling celebrates with his Liverpool team mates
  225. 13:35: 
    Aston Villa 0-0 Hull

    Hull react to that early Villa chance by forcing a corner, new man Michael Dawson is up for it but Netherlands World Cup stalwart Ron Vlaar makes the big headed clearance. Away!

  226. 13:34: 
    Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

    Spurs respond well though, a long raking pass over the top releases Nacer Chadli, Simon Mignolet has to be quick off his line and gets there first but then spills the ball. It runs safe but that was a touch worrying from the Belgian.

  227. 13:32: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

    Mario!

    Almost a debut goal for Mario Balotelli inside two minutes, the Italian peeling away to meet Daniel Sturridge's floated cross with a bullet header which Hugo Lloris does well to repel. Balotelli gets onto the rebound but is crowded out by white shirts. Fine start from the visitors.

    Mario Balotelli heads towards goal for Liverpool at White Hart Lane
  228. 13:31: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Aston Villa 0-0 Hull

    Almost the perfect start for Aston Villa! Andreas Weimann is the energy down the left, steering a pass into England's newest midfielder Fabian Delph. He bursts into the box, flashes over a cross/shot which hits the crossbar! Unlucky.

  229. 13:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

    ...And all go at the Lane.

  230. 13:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Aston Villa 0-0 Hull

    Under way at Villa Park...

  231. 13:28: 
    Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino share a passionate embrace at a sunny White Hart Lane. Who will be smiling in two hours' time?

    Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino
  232.  
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    Gavin Hudson: Best debut has to be Ravanelli for Middlesbrough. A fantastic hat trick and a great welcome to the league!

    Ravanelli of Middlesbrough
  233. 13:25: 

    The players are in the tunnel at White Hart Lane and Villa Park. All set for another Super Sunday?

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    Anthony, Sweden: Jurgen Klinsmann's debut for Spurs against Sheffield Wednesday when he celebrated his goal with a dive was funny and self-deprecating and made us Spurs fans love him from day one. A brilliant player and a charismatic guy.

  235.   
    BBC RadioTottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Former QPR forward Bradley Allen, now a Tottenham academy coach, on BBC London 94.9: "I certainly think Tottenham can make the Champions League. They tasted Champions League football when they were led by Harry Redknapp.

    "I know there may be some departures before the transfer window closes, but there is enough depth in the squad currently, even with a tough Europa League draw, for Mauricio Pochettino to put the emphasis on Premier League fixtures, bank some points between now and Christmas and then have a look at things.

    "There's a buzz here. Pochettino's got some of his ideas across and they've taken that into their displays. There's no reason why they can't achieve Champions League football come the end of this season."

  236.   
    MOTD2 ExtraLeicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

    Martin Keown on Leicester City bringing in Esteban Cambiasso: "You cannot underestimate the influence of having those experienced players around you. When you bring in players of top-level experience in these early days they help you cope."

    Steve Bower on Cambiasso: "His experience in the dressing is great for the young players. As long as you have enough energy around him, I think he could be excellent."

    Esteban Cambiasso in action for Inter Milan
  237. 13:19: 
    Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)
    Dennis bergkamp

    Our late game today sees Arsenal take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium. Try and think of Arsenal at Leicester without picturing that Dennis Bergkamp hat-trick. I dare you.

    See? It's impossible...

  238. 13:18: 
    Ton-up Rodgers- Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Brendan Rodgers reaches a century of matches as Liverpool boss today, having won 55 and drawn 21 of his previous 99 matches. Only Kenny Dalglish with 62 victories, and Bill Shankly and Rafa Benitez - both 56 - have won more in their first century of matches as Reds manager. Sure Rodgers will settle for a cheeky single (goal) to leave White Hart Lane with a win and move him level with Shankly and Benitez.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
  239.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Debuts to remember

    Olly: For me it's "Tony Moon" Luna, running the whole pitch then slotting it home to make it 3-1 vs Arsenal. Had a great beard too

    Ikram Miah: Alan Shearer debut was one to remember, at the age of 17 he scored a hat-trick against Arsenal, the man was a lethal striker.

    Porter Ramsey: Well, Besic's debut was pretty memorable yesterday

  240. 13:12:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTUNE IN

    BBC Radio 5 live is the place to be this afternoon - with live commentaries on Aston Villa v Hull City at 13:30 and Leicester City v Arsenal at 16:00.

    There'll also be updates from Tottenham v Liverpool, and you can hear it all on BBC 5 live, or listen online.

  241. 13:11: 
    Aston Villa v Hull (13:30 BST)

    Twenty minutes away from kick-off in our two early games then. Will it be another bad day at the office for Villa in front of their own fans?

  242. 13:09:  
    MOTD2 ExtraTransfer latest

    Former England defender Martin Keown on what transfer business the two Manchester clubs may do before the transfer window shuts tomorrow night: "It's OK buying players left, right and centre, but as a manager you have to make a fist of what you have.

    "Van Gaal has a great record in Europe, but he has to be questioned.

    "City could do with a striker, they need a bit of freshness at the top of the team, maybe it has gone a bit stale for them."

    Match of the Day commentator Steve Bower: "I think there will definitely be some movement out of United. They have to have a cull. Even a club that size has to address the wage bill.

    "Van Gaal has come straight from the World Cup, into pre-season and into the Premier League. He is still finding out about these players."

  243. 13:05: 
    Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino: "Every game is a tough game - this match is a challenge for me and the team. We expect a tough game against Liverpool, who have a great philosophy and had a great season last year.

    "We don't have any special plan to stop Mario Balotelli, but we know he is an unbelievable player. It is good for the Premier League to have him back."

  244. 13:02: 
    Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Mad Mario is all smiles as he limbers up in the north London sunshine - wonder how long that will last...

  245. 13:00: 
    Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Mario Balotelli is going through his warm-up at White Hart Lane, he's managed to get his bib on so that's a start...

    Mario Balotelli warms up at White Hart Lane
  246. 13:00: 
    Team news- Aston Villa v Hull (13:30 BST)

    Captain Ron Vlaar is fit to start after a minor injury as Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert names the same starting XI which has not been beaten in their opening two Premier League games.

    Hull hand a debut to centre-back Michael Dawson following his £3.5m move from Tottenham. The Yorkshireman replaces the suspended James Chester in the Tigers' only change from last weekend's 1-1 home draw against Stoke.

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Vlaar, Senderos, Hutton, Cissokho, Delph, Westwood, Richardson, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor. Subs: Given, Baker, Bacuna, Cole, Bent, Sanchez, Grealish.

    Hull: McGregor, Elmohamady, Davies, Dawson, McShane, Robertson, Huddlestone, Livermore, Ince, Quinn, Jelavic. Subs: Harper, Rosenior, Bruce, Meyler, Brady, Sagbo, Aluko.

  247.   
    MOTD2 ExtraTransfer latest

    Martin Keown on whether Arsene Wenger should buy a striker: "He probably should. It would not be good news for Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell, but he did something similar when Ian Wright was let go and he bought Nicolas Anelka. The Arsenal fans do not want to wait for a youngster to be ready.

    "Now Olivier Giroud is a massive loss and the gut instinct is if he is not available they have to replace him. Loic Remy surely wants to go to an Arsenal team, because at Chelsea he will sit on the bench for six months. He will not get in ahead of Diego Costa."

    Match of the Day commentator Steve Bower: "It's a statement (to sign a striker). Giroud will score goals, but if anything happens to Giroud, what are Arsenal going to do? They do not have that out and out striker who is going to get 15 or 20 goals. Personally I think they are desperate to bring in a striker.

    "Remy got 14 goals in an average Newcastle side. What could he do at Arsenal?

    "If you look at Man City, if anything happens to Edin Dzeko, they bring in Alvaro Negredo. Arsenal haven't got that."

  248.  
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    Wayne Rooney

    Purdy, Stoke: Debut To remember? How about Rooney's 1st time out in a United shirt, hat-trick on the Champions League big stage against Fenerbache... Couldn't script it better in Hollywood

    Jimmy in Bracknell: Mario Stanic for Chelsea vs West Ham, unbelievable goal!! Another to never live up to those first day heroics!

  249. 12:54: 
    North of the border

    It's not going well for Celtic. They are 1-0 down at Dundee already, but boss Ronny Deila is confident that defender Virgil van Dijk will stay with the club.

    He said: "He's going to stay here and that's the most important thing. He is very important for us.

    "He's not here today because there's been a lot of speculation and he has been thinking a lot. He also has a pregnant girlfriend at home. He was not 100% focused."

    Follow all the action in our Scottish live page.

  250.   
    MOTD2 Extra

    Martin Keown on Stoke's Ryan Shawcross being overlooked by England: "If he was playing for one of the top clubs it would have helped.

    "Shawcross has had his chance, and Roy Hodgson may feel he is not quite equipped. He is a strong player but maybe does not have the pace for international football.

    "If you play for a top four club, you are almost accelerated into the England squad, but I'm not saying it's right. He could come again, because we are desperately short of players."

    Match of the Day commentator Steve Bower: "He is a natural leader, Ryan Shawcross.

    "He is 25 and he has already played something like 250 league games. He has still got his best years ahead of him."

  251. 12:49: 
    Saturday's action- Man City 0-1 Stoke
    Stoke

    Mame Diouf's solo goal was enough for Stoke to take a shock win at the Etihad. Here's what the MOTD pundits made of it.

    Phil Neville on Man City: "You need to be well shaped and organised and that is was what Stoke were.

    "They did not allow Manchester City space at all. It was not something that happened by accident it is something they worked on all week on the training ground.

    "When you go to City you need to be resilient, you need to put your body on the line and block shots. Stoke did this. Stoke also had a bit of luck but that does not take away from a fantastic performance."

    Danny Murphy: "City were a little complacent. After beating Liverpool they probably thought it was a walk in the park. They have to be careful because they have some tough games coming up, they need to bounce back because they looked lethargic today."

  252. 12:47: 
    Liverpool team news- Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    So Mario Balotelli is thrown straight into the Liverpool starting XI by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. He replaces Philippe Coutinho in one of three changes from Monday's defeat at champions Manchester City. Spanish full-back Javier Manquillo and France centre-back Mamadou Sahko are the other new faces, coming in for injured pair Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli. Subs: Jones, Enrique, Toure, Lambert, Coutinho, Can, Markovic.

    A Liverpool fan in Balotelli shirt
  253.   
    MOTD2 ExtraEverton 3-6 Chelsea

    Martin Keown on Chelsea's early season form: "Last season Chelsea slipped up on their travels and Jose Mourinho wants to get into their heads - how are they reacting?

    "I think they have the potential to go one step further, and at Everton they really were powerful. The introduction of Cesc Fabregas gives more finesse, but the team has steel as well."

    On Diego Costa's confrontation with Tim Howard after the striker appeared to goad Seamus Coleman: "It was an own-goal but he's gone into his face to remind him, but it's unnecessary and fair play to Tim Howard for supporting his player. Costa is one of those players who has that side to his game, but he needs to button it."

    Match of the Day commentator Steve Bower on Chelsea: "Perhaps some weren't Mourinho's players last season. He has now stamped his authority on the team - with Costa and Fabregas the two standout players.

    "And he has got it done early. Fernando Torres is out the door and we expect Loic Remy to come in to replace him.

    "Already they have got more of an edge (with Diego Costa)."

  254. 12:44: 
    Saturday's action
    Diego Costsa

    If you missed any of Saturday's action in the Premier League, well quite frankly you've had a nightmare.

    It finished Everton 3-6 Chelsea. One of the games of the season already?

    On MOTD Danny Murphy said it was one of the best games he'd ever seen. And he played for Crewe...

    Five goals in a 10-minute spell. Classic stuff.

    Catch up with all the match reports and reaction here.

  255. 12:42: 
    Tottenham team news- Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino returns to the starting XI which thumped QPR at White Hart Lane last Sunday. The Argentine made nine changes for Thursday's comfortable Europa League win over AEL Limassol, as only goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and captain Younes Kaboul retain their places.

    Spurs: Lloris, Dier, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Capoue, Chadli, Eriksen, Lamela, Adebayor. Subs: Friedel, Chiriches, Davies, Dembele, Holtby, Townsend, Kane.

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    Join the debate at #bbcfootball- Debuts to remember
    Woodgate

    Anna Orr: Jose Antonio Reyes scored an own goal on his Arsenal debut in the Carling Cup against Boro, I was 9 and cried the whole way home

    James Watt: How about Jonathan Woodgate's Real debut, scored an absolute beauty of a header, albeit at the wrong end. Oh and a red card.

  257. 12:37: 
    When Mario met Noel- Tottenham v Liverpool (1330 BST)
    Noel Gallagher & Mario Balotelli

    With Mario Balotelli back in town, it's the perfect excuse to dig out a favourite from the Football Focus archives in 2012.

    Watch here as former Oasis man and Manchester City fanatic Noel Gallagher interviews then City striker Mario, debunking a few myths on the way.

    Did Mario drive round Manchester dressed as Father Christmas? Did he set fireworks off in his bathroom? Find out...

  258. 12:35: 
    Transfer latest- Schneiderlin to stay?

    Morgan Schneiderlin insisted he is "happy" at Southampton but did not commit his future to the club.

    The 24-year-old midfielder criticised the club on Twitter during a summer in which he has been linked with moves to Tottenham and Arsenal.

    "It was a long summer, now I'm focused on my team," he told BBC Sport after scoring twice in a 3-1 win at West Ham.

    Asked if his future was at Saints, he replied: "For now, it is Southampton. I keep playing and doing my best."

    Will he make that move to Spurs after all?

  259.   
    MOTD2 ExtraTottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Martin Keown on Mario Balotelli: "He's got everything, but there has been a lot of talk about him this week and today he has to come up with the answers.

    "It will energise the club, and seeing the reaction of the fans after the emotions of last season it will keep that club going in the right direction.

    "In every team there's a star player that gives you hope to win matches. To energise the club, I think it's been an outstanding move. There are some players where the relationship with the manager needs to be spot on, and I think Roberto Mancini got it wrong."

    On Spurs: "Erik Lamela is an interesting player, written off last season, I don't think they saw anything in him as a player. But this fella's taken off, and his manager has made it simple for him with the way Spurs play high and the full-backs push on."

    Steve Bower on Balotelli: "I was at Anfield when Liverpool struggled against Southampton. And I thought if anything happens to Sturridge they are in trouble.

    "So whether it is Balotelli or not, Liverpool needed another body to play up front.

    "The new Italy manager Antonio Conte, who has just won three leagues in row (with Juventus), has left him out straight away from his first squad."

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    Ronny Rosenthal

    James, Denham: Freddie Sears for West Ham, scored his goal and was only 17. Thought he was destined for bigger things but sadly not...

    Damian, Preston: Most memorable (full) debut for me was £1.1m man Ronny Rosenthal's hat trick against Charlton for Liverpool - what a legend!

  261.  
    Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "Mario Balotelli has settled in very well this week. He's not right at the top of his fitness levels but he will be OK.

    "You find a way to fit your best players into the team. He's flexible, he can play in a number of positions."

  262. 12:28: 
    BREAKING NEWS- Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has just confirmed Mario Balotelli starts today for his debut.

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Manquillo, Moreno, Lovren, Sakho, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Sterling, Sturridge, Balotelli

  263. 12:27: 
    Transfer latest- Remy across London?
    Loic Remy

    Chelsea are favourites to sign QPR's Loic Remy after Arsenal withdrew their interest in signing the striker.

    Chelsea triggered a £10.5m release clause in Remy's contract on Saturday lunchtime and he was then left out of QPR's squad to face Sunderland.

    The Gunners made an enquiry on Saturday night but will not continue their pursuit of the France international.

  264. 12:23: 
    Transfer latest- Where now Falcao?
    Radamel Falcao

    Radamel Falcao has denied posting a social media comment that suggested he was close to joining Real Madrid.

    The Monaco striker, 28, has been linked to the European champions ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.

    A comment on Falcao's official Twitter account, which was later deleted, read: "Dream come true #halamadrid"

    In a later post Falcao indicated the first tweet was fake, saying: "I have to refute a story about a tweet I have not done and that is a photo montage."

  265. 12:22: 
    Transfer latest

    Of course, we are within sight of the end of the transfer window. Harry Redknapp's phone is on charge, agents are leafing through yacht catalogues and fourth-choice strikers are weighing up a move to the Championship.

    But what are the latest moves brewing?

  266.   
    MOTD's Martin Fisher at Villa ParkAston Villa v Hull (13:30 BST)

    "Villa Park lost the tag of 'home, sweet home' a long time ago. After seeing their team win just 15 of their last 58 Premier League games at Villa Park, I'm amazed the Villa fans still turn up at all!

    "Hull City's defeat on away goals by Belgian club Lokeren ensured that their first ever foray into Europe was painfully brief; for Villa, there was the ignominy of losing at home to League One opposition in a domestic competition. Again. After Sheffield United in the FA Cup in January, Leyton Orient inflicted fresh wounds in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday."

    A keen fan turns up early at Villa Park for the match against Hull
  267.   
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at White Hart LaneTottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    "It may be only the third league match of the season but this game has already, somewhat fancifully, been described as a 'cup final' for Liverpool.

    "They played pretty well in the first half at Manchester City but lost, so a second defeat in a week would turn up the heat though I doubt whether anyone at Liverpool would be throwing in the towel on the title just yet.

    "When the big games came last season Tottenham were terrifyingly bad - taking just one point against the top four and losing by a combined score of 27-2 over the eight matches.

    "Against Liverpool the carnage was particularly graphic - they lost 5-0 at White Hart Lane and 4-0 at Anfield."

  268. 12:19: 
    Aston Villa v Hull (13:30 BST)

    The passports are back in the drawer in East Yorkshire as Hull's European tour came to a shuddering stop this week.

    But will the Tigers roar back against Villa this afternoon?

    Both sides are on four points after two games so far.

  269.  
    Join the debate at #bbcfootball
    Fabrizio Ravanelli

    With Mario Balotelli seemingly set for his Liverpool debut following his £16m move from AC Milan, we want to know your memories of memorable first outings by your club's big-money buys.

    Robinho's free-kick? Ravanelli's hat-trick? Collymore at the Anfield Road end?

    The good, the bad, the ugly - get in touch at #bbcfootball, the BBC Sport Facebook page or BBC Sport's Google+ area.

    You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - don't forget to say who you are and where you when texting.

  270.   
    MOTD2 Extra

    Saturday's Premier League action is picked over by Mark Chapman and his guests Martin Keown, Match of the Day commentator Steve Bower and the Daily Mirror's Andy Dunn.

    This afternoon's trio of games, including the likely return of the enigma that is Mario Balotelli, are also previewed and the potential ins and outs of the final day of the transfer window will also be under scrutiny.

    It all kicks off at 12:15 BST on BBC One and online (on this very page).

  271. 12:09: 
    North of the border

    Today's early game in Scotland sees champions Celtic at Dundee, and the big news is that Virgil van Dijk has been left out of the Hoops squad amid speculation about his future.

    The 23-year-old Dutch defender has been heavily linked with a move away from Celtic Park.

    Follow the action in a Scottish live page.

    Virgil Van Dijk of Celtic
  272. 12:09: 
    Today's action

    As Brendan said, today is not just the Mario Baliotelli show.

    Here's our three Premier League matches for you to enjoy:

    Aston Villa v Hull (13:30 BST)

    Tottenham v Liverpool (13:30 BST)

    Leicester v Arsenal (16:00 BST)

  273. 12:07: 
    'Not the Mario show'- Tottenham v Liverpool (1330 BST)
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists the club's harmony will not be affected by Mario Balotelli's arrival.

    The controversial striker, 24, joined from AC Milan last week for £16m and has looked "fantastic" in training, according to his new boss.

    But Rodgers was adamant the Italian's place in the side is not guaranteed.

    "This is not the Mario Balotelli show," he insisted. "He has a lot of work to do and the star of this team will always be the team."

    I'm going to have to disagree with you Brendan. It really is the Mario show...

  274. 12:06: 
    Tottenham v Liverpool (1330 BST)

    Liverpool's team bus has just pulled up at white Hart Lane and Mario is all smiles as he is ushered into the away dressing room. Adam Lallana is there too - another man who could make his Liverpool debut today.

  275. 12:04: 
    Tottenham v Liverpool (1330 BST)

    If anybody thought the Premier League had become a bit more boring since the departure of Luis Suarez, you can thank Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for replacing him with Mario Balotelli.

    On his day, he's undoubtedly a match-winner. But he's also potentially a walking red card.

    He's unlikely to start at White Hart Lane this afternoon as the Reds face Spurs. But that's not going to stop us talking about him...

  276. 12:00: 
    Super Mario II: Mario madness?- Tottenham v Liverpool (1330 BST)
    Mario Balotelli

    He's back!

    Every neutral's favourite footballing headcase is back in the Premier League. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the return of Mario Balotelli.

    Mario Balotelli

    An enigma. Maverick. Borderline genius? Liability?

    There are definitely at least two sides to the Italian striker. Which one will Liverpool fans see?

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 31 Aug 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 3 7 9
No movement 2 Swansea 3 5 9
Moving up 3 Aston Villa 3 2 7
No movement 4 Man City 3 3 6
Moving up 5 Liverpool 3 2 6
Moving down 6 Tottenham 3 2 6
Moving down 7 Arsenal 3 1 5
Moving down 8 Southampton 3 1 4
Moving down 9 Hull 3 0 4
Moving down 10 Stoke 3 0 4
Moving down 11 West Ham 3 -1 3
No movement 12 QPR 3 -4 3
No movement 13 Sunderland 3 -1 2
No movement 14 Man Utd 3 -1 2
Moving up 15 Leicester 3 -2 2
Moving down 16 Newcastle 3 -2 2
Moving down 17 Everton 3 -3 2
Moving down 18 West Brom 3 -3 2
No movement 19 Crystal Palace 3 -3 1
No movement 20 Burnley 3 -3 1

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