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Summary

  1. Premier League returns this weekend
  2. Seven manager news conferences
  3. Latest football news and talking points
  4. #bbcfootball or text on 81111

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By Steve Sutcliffe and Mantej Mann

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  1. Goodbye

    Right that's us done for today. It's been a blast as ever.

    Here's some light reading to be getting on with:

    Thanks for joining us - we'll see you soon.

  2. Maguire deal shows the 'ambition of our club'

    Bournemouth v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    England and Leicester defender Harry Maguire has recently put pen to paper on a new five-year-deal at the King Power stadium - something, says Foxes manager Claude Puel, which shows the "ambition of the club".

    "This is good news for our fans and for the future because we have kept one of our best players," said Puel.

  3. Chilwell's England bow a good reward

    Bournemouth v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    The Leicester boss Claude Puel has also been doing his bit in front of the media at the King Power Stadium ahead of their trip to 6th placed Bournemouth.

    "The internationals have come back with a smile. We had 13 international players away and they came back with a good mentality," he said.

    On Ben Chilwell playing for England:

    "It’s a fantastic feeling for him [to play for England] because it’s an encouragement to continue his good work and training. It’s a good reward for him and everyone that has worked with him at the club."

  4. 'The competition will put us in our place'

    Watford v Man Utd (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

    Watford

    Watford are level on points with league leaders Liverpool after winning their opening four games.

    The Hornets face Manchester United on Saturday but manager Javi Gracia has told Sky Sports, his side are in a "good moment".

    "When you start something you always think positively, but you never know if you will be able to achieve four wins in a row, said Gracia.

    "We know the competition will put us in our place in the future but we are in a good moment and we are enjoying it."

  5. Refer that upstairs

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    The future of Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis also come up during Unai Emery's news conference.

    Gazidis has been heavily linked with a switch to Serie A club AC Milan but Emery insisted that he knows little of his boss' plans away from their work at the Emirates.

    "Every conversation with him is speaking about us and about our work here every day. I don’t know any other news from him," he said.

    "Every conversation with me is speaking about us. About our performance. About our ideas. Our process. Then, for his future we didn't speak. I think it's one question for him."

  6. New contract for Monreal?

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    Now then, Unai Emery says that Arsenal need to "find a new contract" for full-back Nacho Monreal.

    The left-back who joined the Gunners from Malaga in 2013 has been linked with a move back to Spain, though Emery is keen to keep his compatriot.

    "First, I knew Nacho Monreal in Spain when he was playing in Osasuna and in Malaga. After six years, I came here and I know him as a new Nacho Monreal," he said.

    "I am very happy with him because he is 32 years old but I think physically, with his performances with us in matches, he is playing with a very good level.

    "The rest of that, for me, is very important. I think we need to find a new contract with him to stay with the Arsenal team."

  7. 'I have a good relationship with Ozil'

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    Next question for the Arsenal boss Unai Emery. And it's another one on Mesut Ozil and the Spaniard's relationship with the midfield playmaker.

    There have of course been suggestions of a fallout between the pair, with Ozil dropped for the Gunners victory over West Ham last month.

    But it's played with a straight bat by Emery.

    "[We get on] very well," he said.

    "Here for me it isn’t for a lot of the time speaking about what people are telling us. I have a very good relationship with Mesut and professionally I push him for improvements to give us the best in his qualities and performances.

    "Also I read this week in the newspapers in the match against Manchester City I say to the [groundsman], ‘Don’t put water on the pitch’ - it’s not true!

    "This is the moment to say to you that I have a good relationship with Mesut and I didn’t say it to the groundsman not to water on the pitch, it’s not true. We are continuing our process with our positive things and our work."

  8. 'Ozil looks well and happy'

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    The Arsenal manager Unai Emery also dealt with a question about Mesut Ozil's retirement from international football.

    "First the players have the habits to play in the international break, in important matches, defending their identity and when one player is finishing that, I think it is also good for them to focus only on their team," Emery said.

    "The reason for Mesut is important for me also, this focus every day with us, a relaxing three days off at the weekend. Mesut, like other players, works very well here and also working the ties and also together to improve things. Mesut, I look at him with the focus totally here.

    Did he miss being with Germany?

    "The first time, maybe, he could feel different but every day with us in the work, I look at him and he looks well and happy, working with our demands every day," Emery added.

  9. 'I want us to show personality on the pitch'

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Arsenal

    Now the Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been conducting his news conference this afternoon at the club's Colney training base.

    And he starts by tackling a question over his team's evolution while trying to garner points at the same time.

    "In the process, and firstly we need to win and I think it is very important that in the last match we won," he said.

    "Our aim away at Newcastle on Saturday is to keep improving things and continue to create our idea, build up our spirit on the pitch, individually and collectively, and it is clear this process is one process.

    "Saturday is another step we can do, it will be difficult but I want to continue [to show] our personality on the pitch and impose this personality on the opposition and to find the win."

  10. VAR to be tested at Saturday's five 3pm games

    The Premier League will test video assistant referee (VAR) technology across multiple games for the first time on Saturday.

    After VAR tests at individual fixtures last season, the Premier League now wants to see how the system copes with several games at the same time.

    The trial, across all five 3pm kick-offs, will be at the central VAR hub.

    You can read more about that story here.

  11. 'Murray looks after himself as well as anyone'

    Southampton v Brighton (Monday, 20:00 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    The Brighton manager Chris Hughton has now been asked about his battering ram of a centre forward, Glenn Murray.

    "Glenn [Murray] goes about his business in the right way," he says.

    "He looks after himself as well as any professional. We have real good competition in that area with Florin [Andone] playing tomorrow night.

    "We expect Southampton to have a high tempo. They have a few ways of playing and their level of performance has been good in every game so far this season."

  12. 'That will happen in a 38-game season'

    Huddersfield v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace have lost their last three games in the Premier League and manager Roy Hodgson says his side "should have done better" in their last defeat against Southampton.

    "There'll be the odd game, like the one against Southampton, where we'll come off the pitch thinking we should have done better than that," said Hodgson.

    "That will happen in a 38-game season."

  13. 'We can't underestimate Southampton'

    Southampton v Brighton (Monday, 20:00 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    The Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "Monday night's game is one we'll approach in the same way we always do. They are on the back of a good win in their last game and they'll be confident, so we can't underestimate their qualities.

    "Anfield was a good performance from us because it's a difficult place to go - we were good on the day. But for us it's about continuing that and we have to show it again on Monday evening."

    "I have mixed emotions from the Fulham game. We were grateful for the draw in the end - to come back from two goals down in the Premier League is a positive."

  14. 'No new injuries to report'

    Southampton v Brighton (Monday, 20:00 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    The Brighton manager Chris Hughton has come in out of the sunshine to start his news conference.

    And he begins by fielding a question on the strength of his squad for Monday's game.

    He says: "We have no injuries to report. We have a few players who have come back from knocks and are at different stages.

    "[Florin] Andone will play in the Under-23 game tomorrow night and at the moment we're in good shape - some are closer than others but we're all training.

    "We want to have the strongest squad possible with competition and the best way to have that is to have players fit and available and that's what we have."

  15. Eagles on international duty

    Huddersfield v Crystal Palace (Saturday 15:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was rewarded for his early season form in the Premier League, with selection for England under-21s this month.

    "Aaron played the first U21s match, but the coach made a lot of changes for the second one," said Palace manager Roy Hodgson.

    "A lot of those players from the first game were rested in the second. He's fine, he came back today. He was very happy with his call up."

  16. 'Positions are being contested'

    Huddersfield v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Cheikhou Kouyate and Max Meyer both signed for Crystal Palace over the summer, and manager Roy Hodgson insists he is "very happy" with the new signings.

    "Both Max and Cheik would be ready to start now in my opinion," said Hodgson.

    "Positions are being contested now, and if you want to keep your place, you have to perform."

  17. Zaha back in training

    Huddersfield v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says talisman Wilfried Zaha is back in training, but striker Christian Benteke will miss the Eagles' trip to Huddersfield.

    "It was Wilf's first training session today. It was debated whether he should join in, but he was determined to.

    "The same with James Tomkins. We'll have to see how they are tomorrow," said Hodgson.

  18. Post update

    Southampton v Brighton (Monday, 20:00 BST)

    We're also expecting updates from the Brighton manager Chris Hughton shortly.

    The Seagulls travel to St. Mary's to face Southampton on Monday evening, with both clubs residing in the bottom half of the Premier League on four points.

  19. Post update

    Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is among the Premier League managers set to hold a news conference today. The former England boss is expected to arrive on set any minute now.

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  20. Lloris to continue as captain

    Tottenham v Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Hugo Lloris

    Right finally something from Mauricio Pochettino's news conference at Tottenham.

    The Argentine boss unsurprisingly was asked if Hugo Lloris would continue in the role of captain after he was banned from driving for 20 months on Wednesday and fined £50,000.

    "He is the first to regret about everything and all that happened is not good, he doesn't feel great," Pochettino said.

    "He said he is sorry and he is a man and accepts his mistake.

    "Everyone can make a mistake, he made a mistake and he is suffering. He is punishing himself. That is a massive lesson for everyone, he was the first to tell me he made a mistake."

    When asked if he would stay on as captain, he said: "Of course."