Erling Haaland’s foot injury will be assessed on a day-by-day basis after Pep Guardiola admitted he does not know when the Manchester City striker will return from a “bone-stress reaction”.
Roy Keane tells a story about being introduced to a watch dealer by his Manchester United team-mate Lee Sharpe. Wrist accessories were hardly Keane’s style but he was willing to pay the £1,150 that he thought was the price. Turns out, the watch cost £11,500, much to the amusement of the Old Trafford dressing room. “I still have it, and it’s gone up in value. Who’s laughing now?” Keane joked.
Villa Park appears a fortress after Aston Villa’s 15th consecutive home win, but Arsenal and Mikel Arteta will surely reflect that they missed a golden opportunity to breach it.