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  1. Premier League news conferences coming up: Unai Emery, Marco Silva, Claude Puel
  2. Eight Premier League games on Saturday, including Arsenal v Chelsea (Sat 17:30 GMT)
  3. All the latest transfer news and gossip
  4. Get involved: #bbcfootball and text 81111 (UK only)

Live Reporting

By Laura Savvas and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

  1. ‘I want to protect the possibility’

    Arsenal v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    In the wake of the Leeds ‘Spygate’ affair Emery was asked about whether he was concerned that Watford, whose training ground is near Arsenal’s, were spying on him.

    “In all my career I protect a lot so that there is not the possibility because I want to keep my work against every team and every match and protect the possibility,” he said.

    “We close the training ground. In Spain it’s different, for every training session the first 15 minutes is open. Then they leave and we work alone without the other people.

    “Sometimes I say to our camera not to show videos when we are working on something tactically.”

  2. ‘I want to see a good performance’

    Arsenal v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Emery on this weekend’s game against Chelsea:I want to see the victory first. We are doing two different performances at home and away. We want to find the balance.

    “We are going to go game by game and the first is Saturday. At home I think we are doing very big matches with a big confidence with our supporters.

    “Chelsea will be a difficult, tough match. It’ll be a good test for us. We wanted to take this match with three points more in the table but our defeat in West Ham doesn’t give us this possibility.

    “Saturday I think I am looking for us to play this match well. I want to see my team playing with a good performance, showing our supporters we can do more and better than we are doing away.”

    Unai Emery

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  3. ‘We are working normally’

    Arsenal v Chelsea (Sat, 17:30 GMT)


    Next manager up is Arsenal’s Unai Emery who was asked about the club’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, whose future at the Emirates has been uncertain.

    “I was working with him the last two weeks we had two or three meetings together.

    “We are working normally. I don’t know other issues. I don’t know [if he’s leaving].

    “My relationship about transfers is we’ve been speaking about that for the last two, three weeks.”

    “It is not easy to take players who can help us with better performances than we already have.”

    Arsenal head of recruitment Sven Mislintat

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  4. ‘I don’t think he will refuse to play’

    Bournemouth v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    West Ham United

    Back to West Ham for a moment and manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident Marko Arnautovic
    will not follow Dimitri Payet’s lead and go on strike.

    Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham for a big-money move to China and two seasons ago France midfielder Payet, another fans’ favourite at the London
    Stadium, refused to play until he got a move back to his former club Marseille.

    “When you have such a high offer, everyone wants to leave but he has a
    contract here and we will know what will happen about it in the coming days,” said Pellegrini.

    “Of course you can’t blame him, he knows what is the best option for him and
    now we will see what happens between the clubs. I don’t think that the player will refuse to play.”

    Manuel Pellegrini and Marco Arnautovic

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  5. O’Neill relishes his opportunity

    More from O’Neill, who says he has had chances before to manage Nottingham Forest.

    “I wasn’t sure if it was the right time [previously], but now I have this opportunity and I may not get it again so I need to make the most of it,” he said.

    “You make decisions in your life and you hope they’re the right ones, you never know at the time. I felt the timing probably wasn’t right previously, but it’s great to be here and I’m ready to go.”

    Martin O'Neill as a player with Nottingham Forest

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  6. O’Neill wants Keane at Forest

    O’Neill was asked about the chances of Roy Keane joining him as assistant manager at the club.

    “I’d like him to join us,” he says. “He has a number of things to sort out himself and I think we’ve had some discussions here.

    “There’s a spot open for him and I hope that may happen. It may not, he has a number of things to consider, but he’ll keep me informed.

    “He was a great asset to me with the Republic of Ireland, we had some really great days. He can be tough to handle, but you know that with him and that what makes him pretty special.”

    Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill

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  7. O’Neill outlines Forest task

    Martin O’Neill has been speaking to the media for the first time since being named Nottingham Forest manager earlier this week.

    O’Neill is a club legend, having helped Forest win a league title and back-to-back European Cups.

    His main objective is to end an exile from the top flight that stretches back more than two decades.

    “It’s been a long time since the club was in the big league and it’s my job to rectify that,” said the 66-year-old.

    Martin O'Neill

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  8. ‘It suits us to go under the radar’

    Manchester United v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Finally for now from Hughton, whose side are currently in 13th place, eight points above the drop zone.

    “The most important thing for us is to progress and keep a gap between the bottom three,” he said.

    “There will always be more focus on the top sides no matter how they’re doing – it suits us to go under the radar because we know we still have a lot of work to do.”

    Chris Hughton

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  9. Brighton transfer latest

    Manchester United v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Hughton on the the transfer window:“The only transfer news is that Markus Suttner will likely go out on loan.

    “Perhaps Ezequiel Schelotto too, but at the moment I don’t see anyone coming in the other way.

    “Most clubs look at this window differently to the summer one in terms of planning and a settling in period for players.

    “What can happen in January is sometimes it can be rushed – nobody wants to be in that position.

    “We’re happy with where we are.”

    Markus Suttner

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  10. ‘United are in good form’

    Manchester United v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Hughton on Saturday’s opponents:“At the moment Manchester United are in really good form. The results speak for themselves and they’ve won games by scoring plenty of goals and playing well.”

    “Both games against Manchester United at the Amex have been significant – the one in August kick-started our season.

    “We know we’ll need a good structure and then also play well on the ball.

    “The recent system has given us another set of options with three forward players and an extra one in the middle of the park.”

    Chris Hughton

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  11. Double injury woe for Brighton

    Manchester United v Brighton (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    First up, the injury latest from the Seagulls and Bernardo and Jose Izquierdo will miss the trip to Old Trafford.

    “If Yves Bissouma trains on Friday then he’ll be available for the game, but we’ll know more then,” says Hughton.

    Jose Izquierdo

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  12. Hughton faces the media

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Brighton’s Chris Hughton is next up and we’ll have the best from him shortly.

  13. PFA repaid Bolton loans

    The Professional Footballers’ Association has been repaid the loans it made to Championship club Bolton to cover wages in November and December.

    It is understoodthe money came direct from the English Football League.

    It formed a portion of the sum Bolton were due to receive, in line with the English Football League’s central distribution procedure.


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  14. Coming up

    Those pesky Premier League managers are being a bit slow telling us their thoughts today. Rest assured we’ll have the best from Emery, Hughton, Puel and co as soon as we get it.

  15. ‘I don’t know what people think we do day-to-day’

    More from Neil:“The other thing that amazes me is people are calling it a masterclass. Every single team in this division does analysis on opposition and have dossiers drawn up on players, fixtures and team line-ups. It’s pretty par for the course.

    “The general public and the media think we turn up, play five-a-sides and go home. So when you do get exposed to it and get a wee taste of it all of a sudden it seems ground breaking, when everybody else in football is looking at it thinking ‘meh, we do the same’.

    Alex Neil

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    “It amazes me how people perceive it. I don’t know what people think we do day-to-day. If you look at most clubs and who they employ – Stoke, for example, have about five analysts. What do people think they do? They analyse games!

    “It’s been that way for ages. Football has moved on leaps and bounds in the last decade. To get a PowerPoint presentation put together about stuff that’s pretty basic – and then the furore that’s gone with it – is quite funny to people in football, I think.”

  16. ‘I just think it’s bizarre’

    Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa’snews conference on Wednesday,where he outlined how he and his background team ‘spy’ on their opponents, has certainly created a stir.

    Bielsa’s fellow Championship managers have been giving their view, including Preston’s Alex Neil.

    “What amazes me is he’s just
    come out and said ‘yeah, I’ve been doing and I’ve been doing it for a while’
    and doesn’t make any apologies, like he’s going to continue doing it,” said the Scot.

    amazes me even more is the press lauding him for it like they think it’s great.

    “I just think it’s bizarre. I
    think it’s a little bit underhand. Some say it’s using initiative to gain

    Alex Neil

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  17. ‘We need to have a very good game to beat Bournemouth’

    Bournemouth v West Ham (Sat, 15:00)

    West Ham United

    On Bournemouth:“We have to not allow them to score, obviously score ourselves and it will be a very good game.

    “Of course when you have a good win against a big team like Arsenal, maybe the players will think that is enough to win the next game.

    “It is a mentality that we still have to improve. It is not an easy game.

    “Bournemouth have very good players, have worked with the same manager for a lot of years and to beat them we need to have a very good game.”

    On Marcelo Bielsa:“I don’t know if it is typical of South America. Not all of them do it, he thinks it is a good way to work and I respect his opinion.”

    Manuel Pellegrini

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  18. ‘Nasri wants to get some revenge in football’

    Bournemouth v West Ham (Sat, 15:00)

    West Ham United

    On Javier Hernandez:“They are just rumours, like with so many problems. Javier is part of the squad, he unfortunately had had too long injuries but he will continue to be an important player to us.”

    On Declan Rice:“He is a player that will continue improving, he is just 20 years old so he has a lot of time to continue growing as a player. I think he can play both positions [centre back and midfield] but I repeat that he is improving every day.”

    On Samir Nasri:“He has a lot of quality, in the way he wants to get some revenge in football. His quality, we never had any doubts about him.”

    Samir Nasri

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  19. Arnautovic update from Pellegrini

    Bournemouth v West Ham (Sat, 15:00)

    West Ham United

    Let’s start with someteam newsfrom Pellegrini and an update onMarko Arnautovic.

    “This week Javier Hernandez has worked and [Ryan] Fredericks started just part of the work with the squad.”

    On Arnautovic:“He is working with the team without any problem. He has a contract here so we will know what happens with that in the coming days.”

    Marko Arnautovic

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  20. Post update

    Next up, West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini…