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Evening Standard
Evening Standard
Dan Kilpatrick,Jack Rosser,Simon Collings and James Robson

The Nutmeg: Gareth Bale is back, Willian joins him... and is Thomas Tuchel the new Jose Mourinho?

Welcome to another edition of The Nutmeg, the Evening Standard’s weekly football talk show.

Here, reporters Dan Kilpatrick, James Robson, Simon Collings and Jack Rosser discuss the latest weekend Premier League action and all the biggest storylines on the London scene.

This week the episode begins with a discussion on Gareth Bale; is he back to his best, or was it just Burnley? Is this a vindication of Jose Mourinho’s handling of the player, or should the player have been thrown into the team earlier?

Talk of a resurgence for highly paid wingers, Willian grabbed two assists in his best performance for Arsenal since the opening day of the season. Is this the turning point the Brazilian, and Mikel Arteta, needed?

Chelsea and Manchester United played out a dour draw, with most of the entertainment coming afterwards with most straight-talking from Thomas Tuchel and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealing a pre-match browse of Chelsea’s website.

So, what of Tuchel calling out Tammy Abraham? Does the new manager not trust his younger players, much like a certain former Blues boss, and is Mason Mount the new Lionel Messi?

The reporters also answer your questions on a range of topics such as where Vladimir Coufal ranks among West Ham’s best signings of recent years, Alexandre Lacazette’s future at Arsenal and would Spurs sign Bale permanently?

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