Leicester City’s frustrated players have pointed to a lack of fight undermining their defence of the Premier League title as they struggle to balance the demands of domestic and European commitments.
Harry Kane is poised to return to the training pitch on Monday after being sidelined for a month and Tottenham Hotspur are cautiously optimistic that there will be more encouraging injury news about Toby Alderweireld, who is due to undergo a scan after he was taken off on a stretcher on Saturday.
Arsène Wenger has said Arsenal may have to break the bank to secure Mesut Özil to a new long-term contract and also prove to him the club can satisfy his ambitions by winning the league title. The midfielder’s deal expires in the summer of 2018 and negotiations are continuing over fresh terms.
José Mourinho says any confusion Wayne Rooney has about being a midfielder is not down to him after Manchester United’s captain indicated a desire to play there during the international break.
Wolverhampton Wanderers failed to win against Aston Villa in the Championship at the weekend.
One of the curiosities of the last international break was the ineffectual performance of Theo Walcott for England against Malta and Slovenia.
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has had to endure his fair share of criticism this season.
Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a number of new full-backs in recent times.
Lewis Holtby believes Moussa Dembele could leave Celtic at the end of the season.
Maarten Stekelenburg has established himself as Everton's number one goalkeeper this season.
Wall Street investors are unlikely to have that Friday feeling this week, as several big banks are set to release results and the outlook is less upbeat than it could be.
Plans for an EU financial transaction tax (FTT) could be published by Christmas after politicians in 10 Eurozone countries agreed to push ahead with plans.
Steve Bruce says no deal has been agreed with Aston Villa yet.