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Arsenal are now four points clear at the top of the Premier League after their 1-0 win over Leeds and Liverpool’s victory against Manchester City.

Arsenal have always been optimistic for this season, but they were not expecting to be top of the league and four points clear in October.

They will keep going step by step, game by game with the aim to improve the whole project with new contracts, new players in the future and more.

They will be ready in case there will be good opportunities; midfielder and winger were two possibilities considered in the summer and still in the potential plans, but it depends on the players.

I think Arsenal need at least one more midfielder to help Arteta’s rotation, I’d have loved to see Youri Tielemans there.

Diego Simeone: “Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible arrival at Atletico in the summer? The little birds told you anything far from what happened. People speak sometimes to tell what they want to tell, not reality.”

Frenkie de Jong on Chelsea and Manchester United interest: “I was calm. I decided in May I wanted to stay. My opinion never changed. I remained calm, then you know the pressure will start coming from all sides. I wanted to stay at Barca so it never made me confused.”

Liverpool have been the latest team linked with Frenkie de Jong recently, as well as back in August, but my understanding is nothing has changed with his situation. As he said also in the last days and weeks, he wanted to stay at Barcelona and there are still no changes. This situation could only change if Frenkie himself decides to go. Liverpool were focused on different kind of players, despite rumours on FdJ at the end of August and again more recently.

Xavi on Barcelona’s situation: “We have to change our mentality if we want to win titles. I don’t target the players, I’m the most responsible. We’re starting a project, we’re a team under construction.”

Bayern director Hasan Salihamidzic: “We chose a clear strategy in the summer about the striker [not replacing Lewandowski with…


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