Afternoon Report: September 16

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Arsene Wenger thinks there's more to come from Mesut Ozil after the midfielder's impressive debut at the Stadium of Light on Saturday. It took just 11 minutes for Ozil to provide his first assist, and Wenger believes he'll only get better as the Germany international becomes used to playing with his new teammates.

Jose Mourinho has warned Chelsea that success will not come as quickly as the first time the Portuguese boss took charge at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho lost just once all season in 2004, but the Special One admits his current team is not the same Premier League force after their defeat to Everton.

James Milner says Joe Hart is answering the critics on the pitch after the Manchester City keeper recorded another clean sheet this weekend. That's four shut-outs on the bounce for Hart, including his two England games and the clean sheet against Hull before the international break.

Former-Premier League referee Graham Poll thinks Ashley Young should get a five match ban for his dive against Crystal Palace. The Manchester United winger was booked for the simulation in the first-half, and Poll believes the FA should ban repeat offenders for several games.

Andre Villas-Boas expects Tottenham's Christian Eriksen to rise to the added challenge of playing in the Premier League. The Denmark international enjoyed a fine debut for Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday, and was involved in both goals in a 2-0 win.

Barcelona will be without defender Jordi Alba for at least three weeks after he suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's dramatic 3-2 win over Sevilla. Alba underwent tests on Sunday morning that revealed a torn hamstring, according to a club statement.

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