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- The Independenthas reported that Hertha Berlin have agreed a loan deal for Arsenal midfielderGranit Xhakawith a view to a £25m permanent move, but it is still dependent on Mikel Arteta’s say-so to go through in January.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Nicolas Pepe scored to help the Gunners up to 10th in the Premier League, four points behind fifth-placed United.
It ended a run of seven home games without victory and was a first success against top-half opposition this term.
“I believe he [Arteta] can improve every player,” said Luiz. “Mikel is a great coach and knows football. He was a great player, he brings things and I believe in his philosophy.
“We are going to do big things in the future, but step by step.”
Michael Brown and Jonathan Greening also discussed those welcome wins for Arsenal and West Ham as their new bosses began 2020 with a bang.
Jack Grealish thought he had put Villa ahead, nodding in Ezri Konsa’s cross, but striker Wesley was deemed inches offside in the build-up.
Grealish turned provider for Wesley 16 minutes later, before making it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time with a powerful strike inside the box.
Burnley responded in the second half, though it took until the 80th minute for Chris Wood to record their first shot on target – nodding a cross past goalkeeper Tom Heaton at the back post to make it 2-1.
Captain Mark Noble scored twice with Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson also netting in what was the Hammers’ biggest Premier League win in more than a decade.
Victory was West Ham’s second in six matches, while the defeat sees Bournemouth slip into the relegation places in 18th.
Moyes replaced the sacked Manuel Pellegrini on Sunday, returning to the club he led to Premier League safety at the end of the 2017-18 season.
The France midfielder only made his comeback last month from an ankle problem that had kept him out since the end of September.
“We’ve had scans and it’s nothing major, but it’s something that has to be dealt with,” said Solskjaer.
The visitors, who were without the injured Paul Pogba, actually began brightly, but the game took a different turn on eight minutes when Nicolas Pepe steered in his fifth goal of the season after Sead Kolasinac’s cross was deflected to him.
That led to a first half in which the hosts were in control and Pepe hit the post before they doubled their lead when his corner was smashed in from close range by Sokratis Papastathopoulos.
And thanks for joining us as we look back on the first Premier League fixtures of the new decade.
Leicester and Manchester City won to close the gap on leaders Liverpool, who play later (20:00 GMT) against Sheffield United, while there were encouraging wins for two new managerial appointments – Mikel Arteta and David Moyes – as Arsenal beat Manchester United and West Ham enjoyed their biggest league win since 2007.
Southampton continued their fine form by beating Tottenham to climb up to 12th while there was an injury update on Man Utd’s Paul Pogba. We’ll also bring you all the latest transfer news now that the winter window is open.