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Premier League Roundup: Arsenal sign winger Nicolas Pepe for club-record fee

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Premier League Roundup: Arsenal sign winger Nicolas Pepe for club-record fee

With the start of the Premier League season just one week away, clubs are making their final preparations for the long campaign ahead.

Here's the latest news about the Premier League:

Team/Player News

Arsenal: The Gunners announced the signing of Lille 24-year-old winger Nicolas Pepe for a club-record fee near £72 million. The Ivory Coast international scored 22 goals for his Ligue 1 side last season, finishing second in the league and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. Pepe will wear No. 19 and adds to an already impressive Arsenal attack that boasts Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil, Alex Iwobi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eddie Nketiah. (Source: Pro Soccer Talk)

Bournemouth: The club has fallen into an injury crisis at the worst possible time. After the news that midfielder Dan Gosling had undergone hip surgery that will keep him out until October, Bournemouth was given more bad news when further tests revealed that David Brooks would also need an operation. After the Welsh international left Saturday's match against Brentford, manager Eddie Howe described the injury as a "slight [ankle] twist." A scan revealed that the midfielder's ligament damage was much worse, and Brooks will be forced to miss up to 12 weeks of action.

Aston Villa: The club announced the signing of Burnley goalkeeper and captain Tom Heaton in an £8 million move. The 33-year-old relieves a logjam at his previous club, as Joe Hart and Nick Pope are also competing for the starting job. Heaton was a staple at Burnley for years before a serious shoulder injury forced him to miss most of the previous two seasons. The England international will have a chance to start before Euro 2020 after missing the World Cup.

Manchester United: Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed the knee injury suffered by Eric Bailly is much worse than initially thought. The club hoped that the defender could return in 6-8 weeks after appearing to twist his knee during United's International Champions Cup win over Tottenham. However, further tests revealed the larger extent of the issue and Bailly had an operation on Tuesday. Solskjaer said that his defender will miss "the best part of four to five months."

Everton: The club has confirmed that Idrissa Gueye has joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £30 million move. Since arriving from Aston Villa three years ago, the central midfielder has played a critical role for the Toffees. Gueye made 99 Premier League appearances for Everton and reached the African Cup of Nations final this summer with Senegal.  Everton have now raised more than £50 million in the last couple of days and are looking to reinvest as they continue their pursuits of Juventus forward Moise Kean and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.

Source: Rotoworld

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Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

Washington Spirit vs NC Courage: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

With playoffs on the line, the Washington Spirit hosts the NC Courage in a must-win regular-season home finale Saturday night.

NC Courage sits high atop their first-place throne with an icy six-win streak, 14-4--4 record overall leading the NWSL with 46 points, 31 goal differential, 50 goals for and 19 goals against. The struggling Spirit, with one win, one loss and three draws in their past five matches, need to find a way to crack the Courage and tack on another win to keep postseason hopes alive.

Mallory Pugh has made strong moves for the Spirit since returning from injury and will be a key player to breakthrough the Courage defense with nine clean sheets (just one more than Washington) and averaging 0.9 goals allowed per game.

The Spirit cannot afford to lose this game if they want to snag a playoff spot, and that chase continues in Maryland.

SPIRIT-COURAGE GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage

Where: Maureen Hendricks Field Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

When: Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington 

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Washington Spirit vs Houston Dash: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

Washington Spirit vs Houston Dash: Time, TV Channel, How to watch

The Washington Spirit will make their way to Houston in hopes to secure three points against the Houston Dash on Wednesday night.  

The Spirit are coming off of a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Red Stars, dropping them to 7W-8L-5D. 

For the first time in quite a while, both midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Mallory Pugh took the field against the Red Stars. Lavelle returned to the lineup after suffering a head injury a few months ago and played 45 minutes in her first game since August 17. 

During the 80th minute, Pugh scored her first goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to take the lead over the Dash. 

Wednesday nights game will be Washington’s first time as a part of the NWSL’s new broadcast deal with ESPN. 

Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. 

SPIRIT-DASH GAME: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash 

Where: BBVA Stadium, Houston, TX

When: Wednesday, September 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN2 

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