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“Honour to wear #10 after Messi” Fati reacts after scoring on Barcelona return

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Barcelona forward Ansu Fati has stated that it is a pride to wear the number 10 jersey after Lionel Messi.

The young winger marked his return to the team with a brilliant goal against Levante yesterday evening.

Following the game, the attacker was asked how he felt wearing such an iconic number on his back and he replied:

“For me the 10 is not pressure, it’s pride. I thank the club and the captains for giving me the opportunity to wear it. It is not pressure, but gratitude. We’re Barca, we’re going to fight for La Liga, for the Champions League and for everything. We are Barça and we have to fight and work for that.”

Ansu Fati also spoke about his return to action after spending several months on the sidelines due to an injury he picked up last year.

“I did not imagine a return like this. Here you always have to win. I am happy for the victory. I thank the doctors and physios who have been with me. Also to the fans,” the attacker was quoted as saying.

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Partey scores first Arsenal goal vs Aston Villa

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Thomas Partey opened his goal account for Arsenal in their 3-1 victory over Aston Villa in Friday’s Premier League outing.

The first-half goal made the 28-year-old the first Ghanaian to score for the Gunners in the Premier League and also makes the North London club the only side to score more goals through African players in the English top-flight (219 goals).

Meanwhile, only West Ham United (19 players) have more African scorers than Arsenal (14) in the competition.

Parety, who moved to the Emirates Stadium from Atletico Madrid in July 2020, came close to scoring earlier in the 20th minute but his effort struck the woodwork.

Two minutes later, the Ghana international put the hosts ahead by heading home Emile Smith-Rowe’s cross from a corner-kick.

On the stroke of half-time, Mikel Arteta’s side won a penalty after Alexandre Lacazette was brought down in the box.

Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped forward to take it but his strike was parried by goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez and he followed it up to convert the rebound.

Arsenal cruised to a 2-0 lead at half-time and after the restart, Aubameyang linked up with Smith Rowe by assisting the England youth star to score their third goal in the 56th minute.

Arsenal held on to their lead but towards the end of the encounter, Jacob Ramsey reduced the deficit for Aston Villa by grabbing their consolation goal in the 82nd minute.

The result stretched the Gunners’ unbeaten streak to seven games as they are yet to lose a match since their 5-0 loss to Manchester City in August.

They are now ninth in the Premier League table with 14 points after nine games. Arteta’s men will now shift their attention to Tuesday’s League Cup fixture against Leeds United before they travel to Leicester City for their next league match on October 30.

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Salah: I want to end my career at Liverpool

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Mohamed Salah has said that he would love to remain at Liverpool for the rest of his career, but added that his future remains out of his hands.

The Egypt international, arguably in the form of his career for Jurgen Klopp, will see his current contract at Anfield expire in June 2023, and is yet to pen an extension.

But while the Reds continue to mull over a prospective package for the striker, Salah has now put the ball in their court by stating that cannot see himself playing against the club in the future.

“If you ask me, I would love to stay until the last day of my football career, but I can’t say much about that – it’s not in my hands,” the forward told Sky Sports News .

“It depends on what the club want, not on me. At the moment I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.

“It’s hard, I don’t want to talk about it, but it would make me really sad. At the moment I don’t see myself playing against Liverpool but let’s see what will happen in the future.”

Goal’s Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones reacted to Salah’s interview, saying the pressure is now on the club’s owners to keep the Egyptian.

Over to you then, Fenway Sports Group. Mohamed Salah has just ensured that the pressure on Liverpool’s owners will be ramped up in the coming days and months.

And rightly so. ‘Sign him up’ has been the message from supporters for weeks, as Salah’s Anfield contract edges towards its final 18 months. Now the man himself has put the ball firmly in the club’s court.

The Egyptian, we know, wants a deal which would make him the highest-paid player in Liverpool’s history, but with each masterful performance he delivers, each magnificent goal he scores, the argument becomes stronger.

Give him what he wants, or risk losing one of the club’s best ever players. Salah’s form this season is as good as it has ever been.

He has now publicly stated that he wants to stay on Merseyside, and while Liverpool are understandably wary about breaking their wage structure, his influence on Jurgen Klopp’s team, his status in the game and the potential cost of replacing the 29-year-old, must all be factored into any decision.

In short, can Liverpool afford NOT to give their star man a new deal? Special players demand special treatment, and Mohamed Salah is certainly one of those.

The time to act is now.

Salah will look to once more rise to the occasion when he leads Liverpool’s attack against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Egypt star has scored 12 goals in 11 games so far this season, netting in all but one of his eight Premier League games in 2021-22.

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13 goals before 19 years old! Ansu Fati betters Messi’s stats

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Ansu Fati has not stopped breaking records since his emergence, both with Barcelona and with the Spanish national team, with numbers that better those of Leo Messi when he entered the professional scene.

Against Valencia he achieved another feat, becoming the Barcelona player with the most goals before the age of 19, with 13 strikes.

He is followed by Bojan Krkic, with 12, and Leo Messi, with seven. The young attacker managed seven goals in his debut season and four in the last campaign, of which he missed the majority due to injury.

His numbers are right up there with those of Messi as, at 18 years and 351 days old, Ansu has 15 goals for Barcelona while the Argentine, at the same age, had eight goals.

Ronald Koeman took Ansu off on 59 minutes due to his recent return to injury, but also because the Clasico is coming up this weekend and the teenager is already a pivotal player.

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