Good week, bad week: Mourinho smiling, Levy woe and Koscielny struggles

Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Newcastle United and the new England under-21 boss feature.

Good week

Jose Mourinho

Welcome back Jose, and pick up where you left off why don’t you.

The Portuguese has led his side to two wins at the start of the campaign and then got his man in the form of Brazilian forward Willian.

Gareth Bale

It looks as if Bale has finally got his move. The Welshman is set to sign for Real Madrid by the end of the week, and Real have already started selling ‘Bale, 11’ shirts in the club megastore.

Gareth Southgate

The former Middlesbrough manager has been out of work since 2009 but has remained involved in sport with the FA and working as a TV pundit.

This job may be considered a poison chalice for many, but after four years unemployed as a coach, this is certainly good news for Southgate.

Bad week

Daniel Levy

It has not been a great week for Tottenham Hotspur chairman Levy. Gareth Bale looks to be on the move to Real Madrid, where Levy has been negotiating for the past couple of days.

But the player being lined up as something as a replacement, Willian, is now on his way to Chelsea.

He passed a medical at Spurs earlier in the week - but after hearing of Chelsea’s interest he decided otherwise.

Laurent Koscielny

The French international defender has had a touch old week. He was tormented by Gabriel Agbonlahor on the opening day of the season - which saw him give away a penalty. He was then shown a second yellow card in the game, killing off any hope of a comeback.

If the week couldn’t get any worse, he was half blinded in midweek by a flailing boot of Pierre Webo.

Alan Pardew

Apparently the way Newcastle United were ripped apart by Manchester City on Monday was all Arsenal’s fault for trying to buy Yohan Cabaye.

The fact is the club have not strengthened enough over the summer and there are clearly problems behind closed doors … Pardew may have to get used to this.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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