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Alonso could have been a Gunner

Cesc Fabregas has revealed Liverpool Xabi Alonso begged to sign for Arsenal.

“I was with Xabi on the phone the whole summer,” he told us.

He was dying to come. He was literally begging everyone to go to Arsenal, he really wanted to come.

“And to be honest, I did my best. I spoke to who I had to speak to. I gave my opinion, I thought that he was a fantastic addition for us at that time.”

Luiz blow

Douglas Luiz has said he is focused on Aston Villa, after being linked with a move to Arsenal.

“My focus is totally here. I don’t spend a lot of time looking at the stories,” Luiz revealed.

“I see them, but I don’t focus on that and I’m not looking at it every day. My head is here at Aston Villa.

“Aston Villa is a club that opened its doors to me when I came to England, so I have a lot of affection and a lot of love for it. Unai, honestly, is an incredible manager. Since he arrived here, he has changed the history of the club.

“Aston Villa is a very big club in England, but things weren’t going so well. Unai has changed it. Now, people respect the club and the players more.”

Tight at the top

Here’s the Premier League top five, following the weekend’s action.

It’s a very tight between the top five.

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