Premier League Q&A: All the latest from West Ham plus news from Man United and Newcastle as Mail Sport’s experts answer your questions

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Mail Sport’s Mike Keegan, Craig Hope, Isaan Khan and Kieran Gill answer all the big questions regarding Manchester United, Newcastle, Arsenal and West Ham.

Any worries about complacency ahead of their ‘easy’ Champions League draw?

Arsenal fans will be relishing a return to the Champions League next week, with PSV up first. Mockery has been made of the draw — some dubbing it as a ‘Europa League group’ — but the Gunners will have to be cautious.

It is a great opportunity to make real progress in the competition, with the other games against Seville and Lens, though you only have to look to last season. The Gunners beat PSV at home 1-0, to then lose 2-0 away. The Dutch outfit are decimated compared to last time out, but still pose a threat — especially in the air.

Any updates regarding Martin Odegaard’s contract situation?

It will certainly be near the top of the club’s list once the squad returns from the international break.

Arsenal were already aware of how crucial Odegaard is to the club’s future plans from previous campaigns.

Now, he has started this season off in the same vein. He brings leadership to the table — a trait Arteta is absolutely keen on. With Arteta in charge, he will make sure everything is done to secure a long-term deal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Martin Odegaard of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on September 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Are there any players Arsenal are eyeing up for the January transfer window?

They are said to be interested in Sporting centre back Ousmane Diomande. The 19-year-old is being chased by a number of clubs, and the interest does make sense.

At present, Arsenal could do with another centre back in case of injury to either William Saliba or Gabriel which would be a big blow

BRAGA, PORTUGAL - SEPTEMBER 3: Ousmane Diomande of Sporting CP in action during the Liga Portugal Betclic match between Sporting Braga and Sporting CP at Estadio Municipal de Braga on September 3, 2023 in Braga, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

David Raya is yet to make his debut. What does he need to do to usurp Aaron Ramsdale and could we see him make his debut soon?

It’s understood that David Raya has impressed the manager in training, and game time is not far away. He is expected to face Brentford in the Carabao Cup. If he performs well, there is no reason why he could not be in contention for the following game against Bournemouth.

From this Sunday, there’s five matches in just over two weeks. That’s a high workload, particularly with European football involved. So rotation will be needed at some point.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: David Raya of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on September 02, 2023 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Kai Havertz has had an underwhelming start at the Gunners, how is he settling into life at the Emirates?

It’s a complicated situation indeed. Groans from fans could be heard in the last two home matches. They were particularly noticeable during the United match, after Kai Havertz gave the ball away resulting in the first conceded goal of the game.

The season is only four league games old, so it would be unfair to draw a final conclusion just yet on his prospects within the team. But that negativity is growing, and will only be further affecting his confidence. In a bid to alleviate fans, he did track back more to stick tackles in and find a way to get involved.

That energy and drive to get involved is a starting point for Havertz to get more fans on board. Mikel Arteta will not be giving up on him anytime soon, using many minutes in press conferences to defend the player having spent £65million on him

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Kai Havertz of Arsenal runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on September 03, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Any fresh injury news ahead of Sunday’s trip to Goodison Park?

Gabriel should be fit to feature once again, following his re-introduction to the Arsenal side against Manchester United.

However, it’s not certain, having gone through two injury scares whilst playing for Brazil recently – particularly against Bolivia. So Mikel Arteta may play the cautious approach on this one and start him on the bench. Elsewhere, Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny don’t yet have a return date, and certainly not in contention for this weekend

We’re now turning our attention to Arsenal…

Thanks to Craig Hope there and thanks for your questions.

Next up is Isaan Khan, who will be answering on all things Arsenal and the latest from the Emirates Stadium.

What kind of commercial deals are Newcastle working on? When you see the type of deals Man United are announcing, makes you wonder how Newcastle will up their budgets despite their vast wealth!

CRAIG HOPE: In short, we should probably expect to see training-ground and training-kit sponsors in the near future. Commercial growth is at the heart of the club competing with the very best financially, and pushing back the guardrails of FFP.

Callum Wilson is injury prone and 32 next year… do you think Newcastle have one eye on a big striker next summer?

CRAIG HOPE: They have a big striker in Alexander Isak and, as for Wilson, Howe has found a way to manage his fitness. He has not been injured for more than six months now. Isak and Wilson as a pair of strikers IS working right now, albeit with one of them starting on the bench. They are two brilliant options to have.

I think Wilson still has plenty of goals and games left in him at Newcastle. A younger striker, though, is a position they are considering, someone who can challenge Isak and Wilson whilst not arriving with a huge expectation of immediate game-time.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Callum Wilson of Newcastle United shakes hands with Eddie Howe, Manager of Newcastle United, following the team's loss during the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United at American Express Community Stadium on September 02, 2023 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Given the profile of players that Eddie Howe seems to like, do you think Jadon Sancho would work at Newcastle or is he not dynamic enough?

CRAIG HOPE: I had this conversation with a colleague just this week… Hmm.

Newcastle’s model is signing players on the way up. Players they can identify as value and then develop. Sancho, with wages likely to break Newcastle’s structure, would seem unlikely in that regard.

But would the player benefit from a coach such as Howe? Absolutely.

Is it a project Newcastle will be considering? He will certainly be on their radar.

Manchester United's English striker Jadon Sancho runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly football match between Manchester United and Lyon at Murrayfield, in Edinburgh, on July 19, 2023. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP) (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Why did Newcastle spend so much of their budget on Tino Livramento? Seems like that money could have been allocated to someone who can help Newcastle now rather than what seems to be Kieran Trippier’s eventual successor…

CRAIG HOPE: A good question, and one I have posed myself. That is not to question Livramento. I think it’s a smart signing and solves a problem (Trippier’s successor) before it becomes one.

He will, I’m sure, be a very good player for Newcastle. But was he what they really needed in the here and now? For me, a right-sided centre-back was more of a priority.

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Is Bruno Guimaraes on the verge of signing a new deal?

CRAIG HOPE: There have been reports for a long time that a new deal was ‘very close’, and they have always been played down by sources inside the club. Talks have now advanced, we are told, and there could be an announcement in the coming weeks.

Bruno caused a bit of a stir when he told us in New York that there was ‘doubt’ over his contract situation. The sooner it is resolved the better for such an important player who hasn’t started this season at his best.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St. James Park on August 12, 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

How has Sandro Tonali settled into life in the North East away from the pitch? Any more trips to the local Wetherspoons?

CRAIG HOPE: He is regularly pictured on his partner’s Instagram taking in the sights, including a few of the coastal spots. Milan doesn’t do beaches – but Newcastle does, and quite spectacularly, too.

He’s not one for too many smiles (as I discovered when attempting a conversation with him in my pidgin Italian in the States in July) but I’ve detected a glow of contentment when by the sea up here.

As for Wetherspoons, that is very near to where I live and I’ll often call in for a bacon sandwich on a Friday morning to write my reports from Howe’s press conference. Although, since Tonali’s visit, it’s harder to get a table now!

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What’s the reason for Newcastle’s slow start to the season? With the group of death in the Champions League awaiting them, should there be cause for concern?

CRAIG HOPE: It was always going to be a tough start given the fixture list – Villa, City, Liverpool, Brighton. A return of three points is not the end of the world. However, there are ways to lose games whereby you emerge with some credit and move onto the next one.

The way Newcastle lost at Brighton was a concern. It was a performance so far removed from what we have come to expect of Eddie Howe teams. I was there and it was evident from very early on they just weren’t running as hard and as effectively as they always do.

Their performance was also littered with mistakes. Howe can afford to lose games given the brilliant job he has done. But no manager can afford to lose and play as poorly as they did at Brighton for too long.

Saying that, I have every belief they will bounce back during a big week against Brentford, Milan and Sheffield United. I think they’ll come out of this period unbeaten, at the very least.

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How did Saudi Arabia’s clash with South Korea at St James’ Park go down with activists? Were there any protests?

CRAIG HOPE: I live on Tyneside and, honestly, the game barely registered in terms of its significance. It certainly wasn’t a game anyone in my social circles had any interest in attending. The crowds of around 5k reflected that, and a lot were ex-pat Saudi nationals who travelled north for the game.

Yes, there was a small protest, which has circulated on social media. But the scene that played out there, one young Newcastle fan arguing with a protester, was an unsavoury one and not reflective of the wider fan base.

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We’re now turning our attention to Newcastle…

Thanks to Mike Keegan there and thanks for your questions.

Next up is Craig Hope, who will be answering on all things Newcastle and the latest from St James’ Park.

And finally, how does United’s new record shirt sponsor impact any potential takeover?

MIKE KEEGAN: It won’t make a great deal of difference. While it shows some degree of enduring strength in the business it isn’t a ‘wow’ deal that knocks you off your seat. The Chevrolet deal, for which they admittedly grossly overpaid, was valued at more than this and so it isn’t the kind of development that you could use to try and demand a huge hike in the price those in the takeover process are willing to pay. The fact that the previous shirt sponsors were willing to walk away will also be taken into consideration.

When can we expect to see Raphael Varane return from injury?

MIKE KEEGAN: Ten Hag said we should expect to see the defender in a few weeks before their clash with Arsenal.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Raphael Varane of Manchester United  looks on during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 19, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Are they any names really catching the eye? With options on the right wing looking sparse, surely that will be the area to strengthen in January?

MIKE KEEGAN: He plays on the other side but it wouldn’t surprise me if Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was in the Premier League next season. I know he’s had admirers here, including United, but I can’t imagine he would come cheap and a switch during the season may be unlikely. As for January, a loan move may be the answer to get them through until the end of the campaign.

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Is there concrete interest in Evan Ferguson? The Brighton star certainly looks like he could become the Premier League’s next big star…

MIKE KEEGAN: United have been watching Ferguson and monitoring his progress but the same could be said of dozens of players. They are already working two windows ahead, which is pretty commonplace across the rest of the Premier League. For each position they ideally have three or more players on a list which they scout and regularly update.

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What’s the situation between Jadon Sancho and Erik ten Hag after their clear-the-air talks? Does the winger still have a future at Old Trafford?

MIKE KEEGAN: The fact Sancho removed that tweet would suggest that there has been movement in the right direction. The issue for Ten Hag is that the window is closed and the player is still there – so what do you do with him?

Antony’s absence also comes into the mix. With Greenwood in Spain United are not blessed with attacking options. The removal of the tweet could be the first step on what I’d imagine will be a long path to redemption.

Before everything exploded, rumours had swirled about Sancho’s punctuality. Indeed I was told he was due to start against Spurs but was dropped to the bench over certain issues. United denied it at the time so I didn’t write it. It can’t be denied that there have been problems. As I said, it’s a long road but as the proverb goes – every journey starts with a single step…

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Manager Erik ten Hag of Manchester United talks to Jadon Sancho during the pre-season friendly match between Manchester United and RC Lens at Old Trafford on August 05, 2023 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

First question: What’s the latest on the potential takeover of Manchester United? Are we any closer to a conclusion?

MIKE KEEGAN: The latest is that we’re approaching a year since the announcement and we still don’t have a conclusion. I checked in this morning with those close to the process on all sides who say it remains ongoing. One source described the Glazers as ‘very patient’ people, which I guess will surprise nobody. Stubborn could be another word you might use.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11:  Avram Glazer (L) and Joel Glazer, the Co-Chairmen of Manchester United look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Burnley at Old Trafford on February 11, 2015 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Mike Keegan will be with us in just under 10 minutes

Have any questions you would like to ask? Leave us a comment below.

Manchester United bidder Sir Jim Ratcliffe insists he ‘cannot contemplate failure’ if he is selected to purchase the club – as the Old Trafford takeover saga rumbles on.

Pictures of Antony have surfaced on social media of the Brazilian relaxing around a pool in Brazil after agreeing to an indefinite leave of absence from his club following abuse allegations.

The move to delete his social media statement – which claimed he had been made a scapegoat at Manchester United – has been welcomed at Old Trafford and considered a step towards repairing relations with manager Erik ten Hag.

Good morning, everyone!

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Q+A.

Over the course of the next few hours, we will be joined by Mail Sport’s experts on Manchester United, Newcastle, Arsenal and West Ham as they bring you the very latest news.

First up will be Mail Sport’s Sports News correspondent Mike Keegan, who will be answering all your questions on Manchester United, from 12pm.

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