Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has admitted it has been hard to sit on the bench and watch the Gunners' excellent start to the season.

Bendtner has found himself firmly behind Olivier Giroud in the pecking but took his chance to impress last night, scoring his first Arsenal goal in three years.

Kevin de Bruyne finally looks set to end his Chelsea nightmare in a bid to revive his chances of making Belgium's World Cup squad.

De Bruyne doesn't seem to be part of Jose Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge and Atletico Madrid are close to agreeing a cut-price deal for the midfielder.

If De Bruyne seals his move to Atletico it could have massive repercussions for Premier League rivals Manchester United.

The Madrid club are ready to listen to offers for star midfielder and United target Koke, but only if De Bruyne agrees to join in January.

Manchester City have beaten La Liga giants Barcelona to the signing of 14-year-old Brahim Abdelkader, according to reports.

The Malaga sensation, who has been dubbed the next Lionel Messi, was watched by Barcelona scouts a number of times but the Citizens have won the race for his signature.

It's not all bad news for Barcelona, however, as reports in Spain revealed that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez pushed Neymar towards the Nou Camp, after botching attempts to sign him from Santos.

Neymar was open to moving to both Real and Barcelona in the summer, but Perez made the Brazilian's decision easier after he disrespected the player and his father during their first meeting.

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