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Alan 1:32 Sun Aug 26
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain are ready to offer Tottenham £100m for 26-year-old Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen. (Sunday Express)

Anthony Martial, 22, is prepared to stay at Manchester United after being heartened by the club's refusal to sell him despite the wishes of manager Jose Mourinho. (Sunday Telegraph)

And France forward Martial has hinted he will be at Old Trafford for at least another season after signing a 12-month lease on a house in Hale. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal's Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, is prepared to follow the example of Gunners team-mate Mesut Ozil and make the club wait until January to sort out a contract extension. (Mail on Sunday)

French Ligue 1 side Monaco want to sign Chelsea and England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, on a season-long loan. (Sun on Sunday)

Meanwhile, Chelsea have moved to deny reports that owner Roman Abramovich is ready to sell the Premier League club. (Standard)

Real Madrid's hope of signing 19-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe from Paris St-Germain could depend on the outcome of a Financial Fair Play investigation into the French side. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester United made no attempt to signBelgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld, 29, and 28-year-old England left-back Danny Rose from Tottenham during the summer - even when Spurs approached them to ask if there was any interest in a deal for either player. (Sunday Mirror)

United may revive interest in Roma's Italian midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, 22, in January. (Sun)

Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27, would have left Chelsea for Real Madrid had Zinedine Zidane remained in charge of the Spanish club. (Hiet Niewuwsblad - via Talksport)

Lyon's Nabil Fekir says that only Liverpool know why his move to Anfield fell through. The club were in talks over a £53m move for the France forward but the 25-year-old ultimately remained at the Ligue 1 side. (Liverpool Echo)

West Ham are considering loan offers from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and Spanish outfit Eibar for 19-year-old English centre-back Reece Oxford. (Mail on Sunday)

Leicester are planning a move for Blackburn's English attacking midfielder Bradley Dack, 24, in the January transfer window. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, is not close to signing a new contract - with the Spain international is holding out for the same wages as France midfielder Paul Pogba and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez at Old Trafford. (Sunday Mail)

Borussia Dortmund have agreed a fee of 2.2m euros (£2m) to sign Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer, 24, on a season-long loan with an option to buy the Spaniard for 20-25m euros (£18.1-22.6m). (Bild - in German)

English striker Tammy Abraham, 20, will reject a loan move to Championship side Aston Villa in order to fight for his place at Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has suggested his long-term future at St James' Park is unlikely to become clearer until after the January transfer window closes. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Sevilla have had a 25m euro (£22.6m) bid for Mariano Diaz rejected by Lyon but are still keen on taking the former Real Madrid striker, 25, back to Spain. (Marca)

Juventus and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, 32, turned down a move to Manchester United this summer. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United's Brazil midfielder Fred, 25, says everyone at the club is on the same page, despite reports of conflict between manager Jose Mourinho and some of the players. (ESPN)

Sunderland boss Jack Ross is hoping to keep English midfielder Lee Cattermole, 30, and 28-year-old Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo at the League One club while bringing in an attacking player. (Chronicle)

Barcelona are considering a move for RB Leipzig and Slovenia midfielder Kevin Kampl, 27, after Netherlands Under-21 international Frenkie de Jong, 21, opted to stay with Ajax. (Sport)


Late Danny Welbeck effort adds gloss to Arsenal scramble past West Ham

Ed Aarons at the Emirates Stadium

Unai Emery breathed a huge sigh of relief while Manuel Pellegrini could barely believe his bad luck. After three matches Arsenal’s post-Arsène Wenger era is finally up and running thanks to a comical own goal from Issa Diop 20 minutes from time after West Ham – inspired by the excellent Felipe Anderson – missed a series of chances that left their new manager shaking his head at the final whistle.

Arsenal were missing Mesut Özil through illness yet again and this comeback after Marko Arnautovic had given the visitors the lead was the perfect fillip for Emery following a difficult first few weeks in charge. However, given how they struggled at times to contain their opponents on the break even after Nacho Monreal’s equaliser, this Arsenal side remain very much a work in progress.

Özil’s absence allowed Aaron Ramsey to return after being left out for the defeat against Chelsea last Saturday, amid continuing doubts whether the Wales midfielder will sign a new contract at the Emirates. That cloud hung over Jack Wilshere for the majority of his final season in north London and his decision to join West Ham was based on the belief he would be a regular starter. Three successive appearances would seem to have borne that out and so far he has worked tirelessly – albeit in a third successive lost cause.

“I’m very unhappy with the result but very pleased with the performance,” said Pellegrini. “We played the correct way and I’m sure this team will win more matches than we lose.”

Wilshere was one of seven summer arrivals in a team that featured four changes for the second successive week after opening defeats by Liverpool and Bournemouth. The addition of Carlos Sánchez – who took only 150 seconds to register his first foul – alongside Wilshere added much-needed steel in the middle, although Wilshere was given a rude awakening in an early clash with Arsenal’s latest teenage midfielder, Mattéo Guendouzi.

A flowing move in the 11th minute almost ended with the hosts taking the lead but Ramsey’s header was correctly ruled offside after Lukasz Fabianski saved brilliantly from Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s drive following good work from Héctor Bellerín.

But with Anderson thriving in his free role West Ham looked dangerous on the break and almost went ahead straight afterwards, only for Arnautovic to hit the side netting from Robert Snodgrass’s pass. The Austrian made no mistake with his second attempt 13 minutes later after being set up by Anderson, drilling the ball home from the edge of the penalty area with a first-time shot.

Arsenal responded well and were level within five minutes. The influential Mkhitaryan played in Bellerín and his cross was palmed by Fabianksi straight into the path of Monreal, who tapped home.

Yet if a failing of Arsenal under Wenger was their defensive naivety, then the last 15 minutes of the first half showed Emery still has plenty to do. Michail Antonio fluffed his lines following an excellent through-ball from Anderson while Snodgrass was denied by Petr Cech on the stroke of half-time when it seemed easier to score.

The introduction of Alexandre Lacazette for Alex Iwobi after the break at least showed Emery knew things had to change, and efforts from Shkodran Mustafi and the substitute inside the first 10 minutes forced saves from Fabianksi.

West Ham still threatened, though. Arnautovic, who limped off moments later, passed up a golden opportunity to score his second after another superb ball from Anderson but failed to muster the requisite power behind his shot.

Pellegrini then threw on Javier Hernández and, in Lucas Pérez, another Arsenal old boy and it came close to paying off immediately when the Mexican curled an effort just wide after being afforded acres of space by the Arsenal defence.

Cech almost handed West Ham the lead when he spilled Anderson’s shot from the edge of the area and looked relieved to see the ball fall to an Arsenal player to clear.

It was another defensive error that was to prove decisive. Diop – a France international signed for a club-record £22m from Toulouse in the summer – inexplicably booted the ball high and not very far, and ended up turning the ball past his own goalkeeper after good work from Lacazette.

“We are happy with the first three points – we needed a win but it is clear we need to improve,” said Emery. “We conceded too many chances and West Ham showed they are a good team. We need some balance between defence and attack but we improved in the second half after the substitution.”

Another replacement, Danny Welbeck, rounded things off in injury time with a simple finish after more good work from Bellerín to give the scoreline an extra sheen. It was not pretty. But then one has to start somewhere.

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Monreal, Guendouzi (Torreira 56), Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Iwobi (Lacazette 45), Aubameyang (Welbeck 75)

Subs not used: Elneny, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Leno.

Goals: Monreal 29, Diop og 70, Welbeck 90+2

Bookings: Papastathopoulos

Manager: Unai Emery

West Ham: Fabianski, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Masuaku, Sanchez, Wilshere, Anderson, Snodgrass (Yarmolenko 75), Antonio (Perez 63), Arnautovic (Hernandez 59)

Subs not used: Zabaleta, Adrian, Rice, Obiang.

Goals: Arnautovic 24

Bookings: Diop, Fredericks, Wilshere

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Referee: Graham Scott


West Ham considering offers from AZ Alkmaar and Eibar for Reece Oxford as young defender nears temporary exit

Clubs from Spain and Holland are interested in signing Reece Oxford on loan
The academy graduate impressed at Borussia Mochengladbach last year
Oxford had a pain killing injection in his toe to play for under-23s against Arsenal

By Sami Mokbel

West Ham are mulling over loan offers from AZ Alkmaar and Eibar for youngster Reece Oxford.

Sportsmail revealed last week that the Hammers would consider letting their talented academy graduate leave this month.

And the club have now received firm offers from Holland and Spain for Oxford.

It is understood the offers from AZ and Eibar are initially until January, though both are to a view with extending the deal until the end of the season.

The proposals are also believed to have the option to sign Oxford on a permanent basis at the end of the season for £2million.

Oxford is back at the London Stadium having spent last season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach where he received rave reviews.

The youngster has asserted his full commitment to the Hammers since his return to the club where he emerged through the ranks as one of the Hammers' brightest talents, triggering comparisons with Rio Ferdinand - who also graduated from the West Ham academy.

Indeed, Oxford demonstrated his passion for the club on Friday night when he captained the club's U23 side against Arsenal with a sprained toe.

The 19-year-old agreed to take a pain killing injection to play against Arsenal.

Oxford played and scored in the loss to the Gunners.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Babelman 2:10 Sun Aug 26
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Grumpster 1:45 Sun Aug 26
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Judging by the diabolical defence, be better off keeping oxford and actually seeing if he's any good!!

Thanks Alan 1:43 Sun Aug 26
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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