Manuel Pellegrini rules out West Ham move for Yaya Toure

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West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out an imminent move for Yaya Toure.

The Hammers have been linked with veteran midfielder Toure, who is available as a free agent after leaving Manchester City last season.

Toure was an integral part of Pellegrini’s title-winning City side in 2014, while West Ham’s midfield looked in need of reinforcements after it was ruthlessly exposed by Liverpool in last Sunday’s 4-0 defeat at Anfield.

But Pellegrini, who brought in nine new players this summer, says Toure will not be pitching up in east London any time soon.

“Yaya Toure is a good player, but in this position we have our players,” said Pellegrini.

“He will always be a good player, but for the moment he is not for West Ham. For the moment, the squad is complete.”

Pellegrini allowed Edimilson Fernandes and Toni Martinez to leave the club on loan this week.

But he appeared to rule out a move away for another youngster, highly-rated defender Reece Oxford, who has been linked with a return to the Bundesliga having been on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach last season.

“When we built up a squad we knew that some players had to go out, especially young players who need to play. They knew from the beginning they would go out on loan,” added Pellegrini.

“The squad is the squad I want for the season. I don’t think any other players are going out at the moment.”

It was a chastening start to the season for West Ham as Liverpool’s forwards consistently tore through their high defensive line.

Yaya Toure won the Premier League with Pellegrini

Yaya Toure won the Premier League with Pellegrini

But Pellegrini has no plans to alter his attacking philosophy as the Hammers prepare for their first home match, against Bournemouth on Saturday.

“The first game won’t change our mind,” he said. “I was asked before the game what was the target for this season and we didn’t have a target, we just try to win every game we play.

“After we lost that game we continue exactly the same, try to play as well as we can, try to play win as many points as we can.

“We are trying to have a solid team and I hope we can do it as soon as we can.”

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Arsenal's Ainsley Maitland-Niles expected to be out six to eight weeks with small fracture

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Midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles has suffered a “small fracture” to his left leg and will be out for six to eight weeks, Arsenal have announced.

Maitland-Niles had been expected to a regular in the first-team squad this season following a promising previous campaign.

However, after suffering the injury during the first half of the opening Premier League match against Manchester City, Maitland-Niles could now be set for up to two months of rehabilitation.

The 20-year-old suffered the injury in a challenge with Kyle Walker and despite trying to play on, he was eventually substituted for Stephan Lichtsteiner after 35 minutes.

Arsenal lost 2-0 against champions City in new head coach Unai Emery’s first league game in charge.

The Gunners head to Chelsea on Saturday, and provided an injury update on Thursday morning, ahead of Emery’s scheduled press conference.

“Ainsley has sustained a small fracture to his left fibula and will be out for six to eight weeks,” Arsenal said on the club’s official website.

There was, though, also positive news as Arsenal reported left-back Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck were both in full training”, so should come into contention for the trip to Stamford Bridge.

Defender Carl Jenkinson, however, is also expected to be out for six to eight weeks after he “sustained a significant sprain to his right ankle”, Arsenal confirmed, which is likely to mean the player will not be leaving on loan to a Championship club.

Sead Kolasinac should return to training from his knee problem in October, while club captain Laurent Koscielny continues his recovery from Achilles surgery.

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FPL tips: Captain Man City's Sergio Aguero, Chelsea's Eden Hazard is one to watch

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Each week, Sport360 will bring you tips for the English Premier League’s official fantasy football game. Fancy pitting your wits against us? You can join “Sport360 Fans League” using the code 2326997-532303.

The opening weekend of this season’s Fantasy Premier League produced an entertaining start as an average score of 56 points suggests a healthy return for most managers.

Several key players are still missing from their sides’ starting XI while many teams will take time to find their feet. We did get a little glimpse into the managers’ thinking though so there’s a little more information to work with.

However, you can only learn so much from GW1. Many questions are still unanswered and the second round of fixtures brings with it a fresh set of queries as well.

So here’s a few insights to help you out.

CAPTAIN – SERGIO AGUERO | MANCHESTER CITY | 11M

Manchester City immediately flexed their muscles and brushed Arsenal aside in a convincing 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium with relative ease. It was an impressive start to the champions’ title defence but for their all-time top scorer Sergio Aguero, it proved to be a frustrating outing.

The explosive striker only managed two shots on the day and really should’ve scored from the second as he was sent clean through on goal courtesy of an error from Matteo Guendouzi. Aguero couldn’t beat the advancing Petr Cech though and that summed up his display.

Nevertheless, it there was little wrong with his movement and overall play. He got into the right areas but was heavily marked at times. With the Citizens to play Huddersfield at the Etihad Stadium this time, he could get a lot more joy – although there is a slight chance that Gabriel Jesus gets the nod.

City are likely to bombard the visitors and camp on the edge of their area. As a result, there’s bound to be plenty of balls slid across the six-yard box for Aguero to feed off. He scored 14 goals and picked up two assists in home games against teams outside of the top six last season. A goal glut is not outside the realms of possibility.

Sergio Aguero

Sergio Aguero

ALTERNATIVES

BENJAMIN MENDY (6.1m) was one of the standout stars of GW1. He seemed to operate like an auxiliary winger and regularly ventured into the final third. Having picked up two assists, his attacking threat is evident and should come to the fore again when Huddersfield come knocking. With City very likely to keep a clean sheet as well, he could easily deliver 12 points as captain even without attacking returns.

CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN (9.5m) is another one, like Aguero, that some managers may be put off by after the opening week. The Tottenham playmaker only managed two points but his underlying stats were impressive. The Dane’s delivery into the box was exceptional as usual, particularly from set-pieces and he created five chances – more than any other player in GW1. With Fulham – who have injuries at the back – to play at home, he could come good.

BOLD CHOICE

DAVINSON SANCHEZ (6.0m) picked up an assist against Newcastle United as his flicked header from Eriksen’s corner found Jan Vertonghen at the far post. However, the former Ajax defender proved to be a nuisance from set-pieces a couple of more times in that fixture and perhaps should’ve scored from one of those opportunities. With Eriksen standing over dead balls, expect him to get more chances.

Davinson Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez

TWO TO WATCH

EDEN HAZARD  | CHELSEA | 10.5M

Chelsea’s opening fixture against Huddersfield away came too soon for Eden Hazard but the Belgian who starred at the World Cup this summer made an instant impact off the bench in the second half and grabbed an assist in the process. He could well be handed a start against Arsenal and it will be interesting to see if he can carry forward his excellent form.

Eden Hazard (c)

Eden Hazard (c)

RYAN FRASER | BOURNEMOUTH | 5.5M

Only Eriksen (5) and Alexis Sanchez (4) created more chances in the opening weekend than Ryan Fraser. The midfielder also created more chances (42) than any of his Bournemouth team-mates over the course of last season and picked up an assist against Cardiff City at home. At 5.5m, he’s a real bargain and has good fixtures to come. He’s stated he wants to score 12-15 goals this season. Wouldn’t that be a treat?

Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser

TWO TO AVOID

KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITY | 10.0M

Like Hazard, fellow Belgian star Kevin De Bruyne also wasn’t included from the start last Saturday but was impressive when he came on and should’ve got on the score sheet had Aguero been inclined to square the ball for him. The midfielder has since suffered a knee injury in training and could be sidelined for a reported two months.

Kevin De Bruyne

Kevin De Bruyne

ARON GUNNARSSON | CARDIFF CITY | 4.5M

Few 4.5m midfielders are guaranteed starters. Aron Gunnarsson is one of them and that is largely the appeal of the Cardiff City man from an FPL perspective. However, he picked up a knock in the first fixture against Bournemouth and may only return later this month. His fixtures don’t look great from that point on though with back-to-back games against Arsenal, Chelsea and City to come.

Aron Gunnarsson

Aron Gunnarsson

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