James Olley

James Olley


Evening Standard's Chief Football Correspondent. Views mine. SJA Regional Sports Writer of the Year. Co-author of The Deal, out 08/09/16: http://amzn.to/2b4cD8U

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Arteta on reported interest in Berge: "He's a Sheffield United player and we haven't done anything on that at all."

A piece on Leeds United past and present including exclusive interviews with Luke Ayling, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison on how the club are capitalising on the Bielsa effect to expand their reach across the world.

On Lampard Zoom call. Confirms Pulisic is fit again. On Thiago Silva contract talks, he clarifies: "There's an option in Thiago's contract that we can look at as the season goes on."

Here's Lampard on Giroud's future and how he feels the 34-year-old has an important role to play in Chelsea's "brutal" December schedule:

On Zoom call with Mourinho. On Alderweireld's injury: "He has a muscular injury but not as big as we initially thought. He'll have his time to be out but not like a month, which was immediately what we thought. So I would say between 2-4 weeks but of course not playing tomorrow."

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Christian Eriksen in a cut-price deal, worth less than the £16.9m Inter paid Spurs. Doubts over whether Arteta and #afc  would be keen for a number of reasons but perhaps an intriguing proposition given he's 28.

Arteta on Wilshere eyeing an #afc  return: "We haven't analysed that situation. As a player, a team-mate a person, I rate him really highly but at the moment we haven't looked at that."

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Ozil heads down the tunnel after being substituted. A Villa fan gives him an earful of abuse. Ozil looks at him and blows a kiss.

Lemar deal looks "dead" (again). Am told #afc  offered £75m + £17m in add-ons. Lemar did not want to play for a Europa League club (ouch).

#rus fans going into #eng  section and attacking fans. Horrible scenes.

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Congratulations to UEFA for designing a tournament where a team can fail to win 5 successive games in 90 minutes yet reach the semi-final.

At Stamford Bridge for Chelsea v Wolves. So is Chelsea new boy Timo Werner.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang getting his Golden Boot trophy at Turf Moor.

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This feels like a landmark moment for Xhaka and #afc  fans. His substitution is greeted by cheers, he's then booed as he walks off (instead of running with the score at 2-2). He then cups his ear to the crowd, shouts "f*** off", takes his shirt off and walks down the tunnel.

Arsenal fan runs onto the pitch. Asks Wilshere for his shirt. Steward drags him away. Wilshere follows and hands the fan his shirt.

Lampard goes to Werner, who is getting treatment for cramp, to ask if he wants to/can take a penalty. He says no.

Backing Xhaka and ostracising Ozil are two big decisions Emery has made over a considerable period of time. Neither look particularly good at the moment.

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