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 After the conclusion of the  European Championship, Copa America and Olympics, European club football returned in grand style with English topflight league not left behind.

Newcomers, Brentford hosted fellow London club Arsenal to kick start the 2021/2022 PL season at the Brentford Community Stadium in a game the new boys won in scintillating style. It was same old story for Mikel Arteta and his flock as they fell to a two-nil defeat in the hands of the Bees. Thomas Frank's side drew the first blood after Sergi Canos drove home a screamer past Bernd Leno in Arsenal goal in the 22nd minute as they held on for first half lead. The Gunners have themselves to blame from poor finishing in the attacking third before Christian Norgaard headed home Brentford's second goal of the day in the 73rd minute which confirms the Gunners first loss of an opening weekend fixture against a newly promoted side in a disappointing display.



It was a different story at Old Trafford as Man United put up a five star performance on opening weekend of the PL. Bruno Fernandes continued where he stopped last season by tucking home United's first goal in the 30th minute from a Paul Pogba sublime pass as the Red Devils head into the break with a one-nil lead. Leeds United replied immediately after the interval with a powerful strike from Ayling leaving De Gea helpless as the Whites came back on level terms; but Leeds equalizer lasted only for 4 minutes as Paul Pogba set up Mason Greenwood with a fantastic through ball which the Englishman converted after a darting run from the byline to restore United lead. Two minutes later, Bruno Fernandes gave United a two cushion before the Portuguese Magnifico completed his hattrick on the 60th minute from a Victor Lindelof incisive pass; Pogba completed his quart-trick of assist when he set up Fred for United's fifth goal of the day  as the Ole Gunnar Solskjear  side cruise to a 5-1 win and head top of the table in a game new signing Jadon Sancho made his debut.



In another game on Saturday, Burnley hosted Brighton and Hoves Albion at Turf Moor in a game the Seagulls won 2-1, the Clarets took the lead in the first minute from James Tarkowski and held on for a half time lead. Brighton gradually came into the game and then got their much needed equalizer in the 73rd through Neal Maupay's fine finish, they kept pushing for a winner in the final third and got it through substitute Mac Allister who tucked home from close range in the 78th minute. It became a cagey affair after Brighton's lead but the Seagull held on for a fulltime win.



Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea also made a statement of intent on opening weekend as the Blues swept pass London rivals Crystal Palace with a three-nil victory. Marcos Alonso gave the Blues the lead in the 27th minute before Christian Pulisic doubled it in the 40th minute as they went into the break with a two goal cushion. Returning from the interval, debutant Trvor Chalobah hits the third for Chelsea as they coast home with all three points leaving Crystal Palace with nothing.



Everton came from behind to see off Southampon after going behind in the first half. The Saints took the lead through Armstrong goal in the 22nd minute. The Toffees responded immediately after the break through Richarlison in the 47th minute, Abdoulaye Doucoure gave Everton the lead in the 76th minute before Dominic Calvert-Lewin rounded up the victory with a fine finish as Rafa Benetiz won his first game in charge of Everton.



Leicester City hosted Wolverhampton Wanderers at the King Power in a game that produced just one goal in the entire encounter. Jamie Vardy scored the only goal of the game in the 41st minute and the Foxes held on for a full-time victory.



Premier League newcomers, Watford won 3-2 against Aston Villa at Vicarage Road. New signing, Emmanuel Dennis gave the Hornets the lead in 10th minute before Ismaila Sarr doubled the lead in the 42nd minute as they go into the break with a two-goal lead. Twenty-two minute into the second half, substitute Cucho gave Watford their third of the day before John McGin and Dany Ings halved the deficit for Villa but the Hornets held on for victory.



Liverpool took all three points home from Carrow Road where they were hosted by PL new boys Norwich City. Diogo Jota gave the Reds an early lead in the 26th minute as they went into the break leading the tie. Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah scored in the 65th and 74th minute respectively to guide Liverpool to a three-nil win on opening PL weekend.



On Sunday, Newcastle United failed to hold on to their lead as West Ham United came from behind to claim a famous victory at St. James' Park. The Magpies took the lead through Callum Wilson in the 5th minute but Aaron Cresswell responded well for the Hammers in the 18th minute to bring the tie levelled. Newcastle took the lead again with five minute to go into the break through James Murphy. Saaid Benrahma brought West Ham levelled again in the 53rd minute before Tomas Soucek and Michal Antonio secured victory for David Moyes in an intensely contested game.



The final game of match week one saw a Kane-less Spurs take all three points from Pep Guardiola's Man City in a game that saw high level of misfiring from the City attacking options. After a cagey first half, Son Heung-Min curled home a beautiful effort in to left bottom corner of Elderson's goal to give Spurs the lead and an eventual winner as Pep Guardiola lost again to a single opposition in four straight games for the first time in his managerial career.



It was an entertaining match day one in the PL in an opening weekend that saw ten victories with no sharing of the spoils; we can only hope match day two bring same entertainment presented to us by match day one.   

 Manchester United will kick start their 2021/2022 Premier League season in the early kick of Saturday's packed fixture in the opening weekend of PL return against old adversaries at 12:30pm, Leeds United in the Roses derby at Old Trafford. The Red Devils finished second place behind City rivals, Man City last season by 12 points. Meanwhile, Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United made PL survival after their fine return to English topflight football last season.



There have been various calls from different football quarters that this should a season where Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will have no excuse in delivering a trophy to the Old Trafford outfit after going through a fantastic transfer summer where the club acquired the services of English winger, Jadon Sancho alongside France defender, Rafael Varane to add to their ranks - this is seen as a season in which Solkjaer will have to make the silverware statement and return his club to glory days in view of that fact that, should they fail to win a silverware this season, it will be the longest barren run of trophy the club have witnessed since relegation 47 years ago.



Travelers, Leeds United finished in the top 10 of the Premier League last season as Marcelo Bielsa managed his team to a 9th place finish in their first topflight season since 2004. The Whites were fearless throughout last season and gave every PL top teams a fight in all games with their worst defeat coming against only United at Old Trafford, a game they lost 6-2.



With the acquisition of Junior Firpo, Kristoffer Klasseon alongside Jack Harrison who has come to stay at Elland Road permanently, they are buoyed by some set of footballing talents going into the new season as they look to build on their last season success a give a fight for European football next season. 



Man United's Bruno Fernandes hit the back of the net 18 times last season with 4 of is last 5 goals been the first goal of the day, he should be on course to coast the Red Devils to victory in their first game of the season. Meanwhile, United defense should be warry of the bullish Jack Harisson who has made his stay at Fulham a permanent one.

Injury News and Possible Absentees

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without the likes of Eric Bailly and Edison Cavani who have been an extended break after their involvement in the Olympics and Copa America respectively, while Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones will miss this game due to different injury problems alongside Jesse Lingard and Dean Henderson who are ill. Rapheal Varane will also miss this game as his deal with the red Devils is yet to be finalised.

For Marcelo Bielsa, he will be without midfielder Adam Forshaw and centre back, Diego Llorente who are out due to Hip and Knee injuries respectively.

Possible Line up

Man United Potential XI: Solskjaer is expected to put United in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation that will see De Gea in goal, Maguire in control of the defence as Matic and Fred provides shield for the back four while Pogba, Fernandes, and Greenwood provides attacking support for Anthony Martial in the final third.



Leeds United Potential XI: The Spanish tactician will definitely bring out his 3-4-3 formation that will see Meslier in between the sticks  as Ayling, Cooper and Koch will be the three men at the back alongside Firpo, Raphinha and Rodrigo providing support for Patrick Bamford in attack.



This reverse fixture last season at Old Traffford produced an eight goal thriller in a game United dominated from start to finish. Will it be the same story on Saturday? your guess is as good as mine.

This Roses derby will be officiated by Paul Tierney



 

 Like every other league in Europe, Premier League football for the 2021/2022 season will kick start tomorrow as Premier League newcomers, Brentford hosts Arsenal at the Brentford Community Stadium by 8:00pm - the Bees home ground will become the 59th venue to pay host to English topflight football.

After 74 years, Brentford returns to English topflight football in midst of numerous heartbreaking playoffs disappointments, they've finally made it to where they wanted to be.

A free flowing attacking play in combination with a water tight defence was key to Bees' tremendous achievement last season in a run of games  that saw them claim a 9 game unbeaten run which led them to finishing very high in the Championship table in what propelled them to the EFL final playoff win in May; but a disturbing statistics for the PL newcomers suggests that none of their fellow London newcomers have ever won their first game of a PL season before now.



Arsenal on the other hand will be without European football this season after failing to secure a spot even for the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League last season which means they will not be performing at any European stage competition for the first time in 26 years.  The Gunners are expected to do better this season and should kick start the season on a strong foot.



With new additions to the team, Mikel Arteta will hope to improve from last season disappointments and bring in a winning formula to his side.  With only Manchester United having a longer on beaten run than Arsenal, they should be confident in extending their unbeaten run going into the new season given that they that in three of their last away games against newly promoted sides, they are yet to concede a goal winning two and drawing one.



Brentford's Ivan Toney was a recorder breaker in the Championship last season after hitting the back of the net on 33 occasions and providing 13 assists in the process, he will ready to continue his form against the Gunners on Friday. Meanwhile, all gaze will be on Arsenal new no.10, Emile Smith Rowe to see how he can continue his progress from last season.



Injury Scare and Notable Absentees

Thomas Frank is expected to kick start the season without his left-back, Jay Dasilva who will miss this game because of a hip injury alongside Danish midfielder, Mike Jensen who is yet to return to the squad after his participation in the Euro 2020 finals.

For Mikel Arteta, Gabriel Magalhaes, Eddie Nketiah and Thomas Partey will miss the season opener due to ankle injuries while Rob Holding will undergo a late fitness test to ascertain his readiness for the game.

Possible Line up

Brentford Possible XI: Thomas Frank is expected to put out an XI with a 3-5-2 set up which will see Raya in goal,  Pinnock, Jansson and Ajer the back three; Henry, Onyeka, Janelt, Roerslev and Norgaad  the midfield five as Mbeumo and Toney leads the attack.



Arsenal Possible XI: Mikel Arteta will hope to keep faith with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation that will see Bernd Leno in between the sticks for the Gunners; Chambers, Mari, new signing Ben White and Tierney the back four while Granit Xhaka and Lokonga are expected to shield the defence as Pepe, Smith Rowe and Aubamenyang provides supporting threat for Alexander Lacazette in attack.



This PL opener will see Michael Oliver as the center referee.


Even in the post Covid-19 lockdown era, plenty transfer business have been going on in the football world especially in the Premier League where the 'big boys' are looking to be in a good money stand than the rest of other clubs in Europe top five big leagues.
Premier League football will return in 11 days time as clubs gear up to put a fight for the coming season, Mirai Sports bring you update to all completed signings made by each clubs in the England top-flight league.
The mouthwatering deal of the transfer window so far has been Arsenal's singing of Brighton & Hoves Albion defender, Ben White for £50 million  and Man United's acquisition of long time target, Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for a whopping £73 million.
Below is every important peice of all transfers carried out by every Premier League club heading into thr forthcoming season.

Arsenal
The Gunners have made three high profile signings which includes the acquisition of Benfica's Nuno Tavares for a fee as low as £7.2m; Mikel Arteta also acquired the signature of Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht for a £19m price tag before landing England defender Ben White for a second club record fee of £50m plus add ons.
With these signings, the Gunners will look to go into the season with some loopholes been filled as they look to fight for a top four berth this season.


Aston Villa
Even with it small budget as many football fans have thought, the Villans are not looking back in this transfer window as they have made some summer signings too. 
Dean Smith has added to side a talented playmaker in person of Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City for £33m transfer fee, with Ashley Young returning to join his boyhood club on a free transfer from Inter Millan. With Buendia in their ranks, a loss of star player, Jack Grealish may not be servely felt.


Brentford
The Premier League newcomers have also been busy on their own, making three confirmed signings as of now.
The Bees acquired Nigerian international, Frank Onyeka from FC Midyjlland for £9m, a £13.5m singning of Kristoffer Ajer from Celtic and also the signature of Myles Peart-Harris for £1.4m from Chelsea.


Brighton and Hoves Albion
The Seagulls have made treble of signings going into this season as they have gotten Enock Mwepu for £20.7m from RB Salzburg, Kjell Scherpen and Jeremy Sarmiento for undisclosed fees from Ajax and Benfica respectively.


Burnley
The Clarets have confirmed just three signings in preparation for this coming season the signing of Nathan Collins for £12.6m from Stoke City, Jacob Bedeau and Wayne Hennessey as a free agents from Scunthorpe and Crystal Palace respectively.


Chelsea
The Blues haven been linked to many high profile players have not been active in the current transfer window for now but it is likely Thomas Tuchel will add new faces to his squad before the transfer window runs down. As of now, the only incoming for Chelsea is Marcus Bettineli who came in as a free agent from Fulham United.


Crystal Palace
The Eagles have made five summer signings heading into this campaign with acquisition of Michael Olise for an £8.3m fee from Reading, Jacob Montes as a free agent from Georgetown University, Marc Guehi from Chelsea for £18m, Remi Mathews on a free from Sunderland and also Joachim Anderson for a £15.8m transfer fee from Olympique Lyon.


Everton
Rafa Benetiz have been busy since taking charge of the Merseyside Blue. The Toffees have acquired the signature of Andros Townsend and Asmir Begovic from Crystal Palace and Bournemouth respectively before getting the signature of Demarai Gray for £1.7m from Bayern Leverkusen.


Leeds United
Leeds United have also been busy in the transfer market as they prepare for the current season with the acquisition of Jack Harrison from Manchester City for £11m, Junior Firpo from FC Barcelona for a £13.5m transfer fee before getting Lewis Bate from Chelsea for a £1.5m fee.


Leicester City
The Foxes have laid their hands on three new signings already with Patson Daka showing up at the King Power from RB Salzburg for a £23m fee, Boubakary Soumare for £17m from Lille with Ryan Bertrand showing up on a free transfer from Southampton.


Liverpool
Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have been quiet in the current window with the Reds only been able to acquire Ibrahima Konate for £36m from RB Leipzig earlier in the summer.


Manchester City
The Cityzens haven't made any high profile signing for now as they are still keeping tabs on the likes of Jack Grealish and Harry Kane but jave been some sleeky deals with the acquisition of Metinho and Kayky  for £5m and £9m respectively from Fluminese, while acquiring Scott Carson on a free from Derby County.


Manchester United
The Red Devils have been the most active in the current transfer window among the Premier League ''big boys'  with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer haven made three signings as former goalkeeper, Thomas Heaton returned to the club on a free transfer from Aston Villa before the Old Trafford club acquired their ever wanted singing, Jadon Sancho for £73m from Borussia Dortmund then added Raphael Varane from Real Madrid for a £45m transfer fee to boost their defensive ranks.


Newcastle United
The Magpies are the only Premier League club yet to make a singing heading into the new season with the Tyenside currently undergoing some sort of financial downturn. It is still to be observed if theyllt make a new signing before the season kick-off.


Norwich City
The Premier League returnees have been busy in the market as they look to keep their place in the Premier League even after the end of the season in May next year. 
The Premier League new boys have acquired Ben Gibson for an £8m fee from Burnley, Dimitris Giannoulis for £6.2m from PAOK Salonika, Billy Glimour on loan from Chelsea, Milot Rashica for £9.9m from Werder Bremen, Angus Gunn, a £5.27m deal from Southampton, Pierre Lees-Melou, a £3.5m from Nice before getting Flynn Clarke on a free transfer from Peterborough.


Southampton
The Saints have been busy in the market too having gotten Theo Walcott as a free agent from Everton, Romain Perraud for an £11m fee from Brest and Olly Lancashire as a free agent from Crewe Alexandra.


Tottenham Hotspur
Nuno Espirito Santos have been busy since taking charge the Lily-whites getting the services of Bryan Gil for £21.6 plus Erik Lamela from Sevilla with Pierluigi Gollini on a loan deal with an option to buy from Atalanta.


Watford
The Hornets have made eight signings going into this campaign. Imran Louzza for £9m from Nantes, Emmanuel Dennis for £3.6m from Club Brugge, Kwadwo Baah, a £125k signing from Rochdale, Peter Etebo on a loan deal from Stoke City before acquiring Danny Rose, Joshua King and Ashley Fletcher as free agents from Tottenham, Everton and Middlesbrough respectively.


Westham United
The Hammers are also active in the window, acquiring Craig Dawson from Watford for £2m, Alphonse Areola on loan from Paris Saint Germain alonsialo Pierre Ekwah Elimby for an undisclosed fee from Chelsea.


Wolverhampton Wanders
Wolves are not bren left behind in this transfer window as they have pulled five transfera already which includes the likes  of Yerson Mosquera for a £4.5m fee from Atletico Nacional, Trincao on loan from Barcelona, Rayan Akt Nouri for £10m from Angers, Jose Sa for £7m from Olympiacos and Bendeguz Bola for £1.8m from Fehervar.


The new Premier League season promises to be exciting judging from the new arrivals to different clubs; on how good these signings will be, we'll have to wait for the season to kick-off.

 After a 6-1 hammering of Championship side, Peterborough yeateryes at Chelsea's Cobhams training centre in a game that saw Thomas Tuchel's side produced same brilliance they were none for last season, the Blues will still take three more pre season games before their new Premier League Season kick-off.

Thomas Tuchel's side will take on AFC Bournemouth away at the Vitality stadium on the 27th of July before they lurk horns with perennial London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs on August 1st and 4th respectively.

The game against AFC Bournemouth is expected to kick-off at 7:45pm on Tuesday, 27th July, 2021 with both fans expected to savour the occasion as the Cherries will love to see it stand filled to the capacity. The Championship club who failed to secure a Premier League promotion last season after  losing rheir semifinal playoffs against Premier League newcomers, Brentford are now been coached by former Chelsea midfielder, Scott Parker who took the post earlier last month.

The Blues will then observed a five day break before taking on London rivals, Arsenal in a charity game that will see funds raised been shared by both teams Foundations to help deliver support for mental health and well-being of communities both home (England) and abroad. The game will kick-off at 3pm on Sunday, 1st August, 2021 at the Emirates Stadium with fans from the stands.

In continuation of the charity fund raiser, the Blues will host Tottenham Hotspurs on Wednesday, 4th August, 2021 by 7:45pm in a game that will see Spurs' new boos, Nuno Espirito Santos lead his new charges against the European champions.

Chelsea boss, Thomas Tuchel have been quoted to be impressed with the level of high ranking fixtures slated for him in what will be his first full season in charge of the West London club.

The Blues will kick-off their season opener against fellow Londoners, Crystal Palace on Saturday, 14th August at Stamford Bridge.

 As Man United will be lurking horns with AS Roma on home turf, Arsenal will be looking to put away Villarreal in Spain in the second fixture of the UEFA Europa League Semi final. This game will kick-off at 7:00 GMT, 8:00 pm Nigerian time on the 29th of April, 2021.

Villarreal will be making their third semi final involvements in the Europa League since 2011, although they have failed to make it any further to the finals on those previous occasions, they will be looking to squeeze their self to Gdnask for a place in the final if they can put aside Arsenal. The Yellow Submarines as they are fondly called have a near perfect record in this season’s Europa League with the Spanish club winning 11 of their last 12 Europa league games, drawing just once in that process. They’ve scored an exactly 2 goals in five of their last six knockout encounter, bragging of  six shut outs in eleven games in that process.

The maybe looking to establish a home leg advantage in this fixture as the Spanish outfit have a healthy 60% of their 25 goals across this season’s competition coming on home turf. With such an impressive record, it is not surprising that three of their last five home victories this season have been accompanied by a 2or more goal difference. 

Arsenal will be looking for their second Europa League final appearance in three seasons but will have to get past former head coach, Unai Emery. The Gunners recently fell to a Spanish opposition – Atletico Madrid in the semi final in 2017/2018 season but will be looking to draw confidence from their last visit to Spain in UEFA competition in a game in which they ran away with a 4-2 win over Valencia.

Encouragingly for Mikel Arteta’s side is that two of their best results in the knockout phase this season of margins were both gotten away from home; while across 2020/2021 Europa League season, they are yet to suffer a loss away from home soil, winning six of their last seven games. With that’s been said, the Gunners look rusty going into this encounter as they go into this crucial clash with a poor eight game run that have seen them won just twice, losing and drawing thrice each. They would want to improve from this game.

The Yellow Submarines have a continental goal scorer in person of Gerard Moreno who has scored first in an impressive four of his last five Europa League appearances, he will be on guard to coast Villarreal past Arsenal.

In a similar fashion, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe has also opened the scoring for the Gunners  four times this season in the Europa League – he scored first in both legs of the Quarter final fixtures.

On injury front, Unai Emery will be facing his former employers without Vincente Iborra who is suffering from an Ankle injury will be  the only absentee in this encounter.

Mikel Arteta will be without stand out striker, Alexandre Lacazette who is out with a Thigh injury, Keieran Tierney will also be out due to a Knee problem; the duo will miss the Gunners trip to Spain, while club captain, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz will undergo a late fitness test to ascertain their readiness for this encounter.

This second tier European club football clash at Estadio de la Ceramica will see Portuguese Artur Soares Dias as the centre referee. 


 The men have been separated from the boys  as the semi Final of the UEFA Europa league kicks off on the 29th of April, 2021 as Man United welcome AS Roma at Old Trafford in one of the two fixtures of the semi finals. 

This will be Man United’s fifth semi final since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge of the Englsih club and the Red Devils will be looking the break their semi final hurdles to book a place in the final  at Gdnask.

Man United will be confident going into this encounter as they have not lost a semi final first leg in an European competition at Old Trafford since 1997; they’ve pulled up four victories and have shared the spoils thrice in that period. More welcoming and encouraging news for the Manchester club and its faithful is that they’ve lost just once against Italian oppositions in European matches in their last twelve meetings.

The barren draw against Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday was the first time in ten games they’ve failed to find the back of the net. They’ve scored over 1.5 goals in five wins before the Sunday draw and impressively,  ten of their last 12 goals in that period came before the first half interval.  The draw also ended Solskjaer’s men five games winning streak. 

AS Roma come into this encounter as outsiders as the Italian club haven’t tasted victory on English soil for almost 20 years now since a one-nill win over Liverpool. They’ve lost eight of their last twelve visits to England, managing a draw on four occasions.  More bad news for Roma is that, Italian capital club sides have conceded nine goals in their last three visits to Old Trafford, scoring just once and losing all of their last three trips to the Theatre of Dreams.

Roma were almost stainless in the Europa League group stage (W5, D1), they’ve turn down the bad road now as they’ve not won any of their last four competitive fixtures, losing two and sharing the spoils in the other two – they should be worried! 

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes has been directly involved in more Europa League goals than any other player since his debut for the Old Trafford outfit ( 17 goals, 9 assists); he has scored the opener for the Red Devils in five of his last seven strikes. 

AS Roma and ex Manchester City forward, Edin Dzeko has scored five goals in his previous four games against Man United at the Theatre of Dreams, not forgetting his brace in his last two meetings with the Red Devils.

On injury front, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will be without Phil Jones and Anthony Martial who are both suffering from Ankle injuries.

For AS Roma, Paulo Fonseca will be without Ricacardo Calafiori and Pedro who are both suffering from a Muscle injury, while Nicolo Zaniolo is out due to a damaged knee. All trio will miss the trip to Old Trafford for this crucial clash.

This European Semi Final showdown at Old Trafford will see Spanish referee Carlos Del Cerro as the man in the middle.