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Five Premier League debuts to keep an eye out for this weekend

It’s the first round of fixtures since Transfer Deadline Day and several clubs will be giving their new acquisitions a run.

1. Mesut Özil (Arsenal)

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ARSENAL LEFT IT late but have pulled off a massive coup by snapping up one of Germany’s most talented players from Real Madrid, who were looking to balance the books after splashing out on Gareth Bale.

Some will argue that the attacking midfielder, who is comfortable behind the striker or coming off either wing, isn’t exactly what the Gunners need but he could turn out to be the buy of the summer.

2. Christian Eriksen (Spurs)

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Hyped up as one of the brightest young players in Europe for the past couple of years, the Danish international arrives from Ajax with a lot to live up to. Along with Tottenham’s new band of stars, Eriksen may need some time to settle in England but after last weekend’s North London Derby defeat, AVB will hope he hits the ground running.

3. Marouane Fellaini (Man United)

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Manchester United were rebuffed in their attempts to sign the likes of Thiago Alcantera and Cesc Fabregas while the deal for Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera fell through late in the day meaning Everton’s striking Belgian is their sole new midfielder.

Fellaini has said this week that he wants to play in a defensive role and David Moyes will have to get the balance between physicality and creativity right after watching a side short on ideas lose to Liverpool last time out.

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He should make his bow against Crystal Palace this afternoon.

4. Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea)

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The Cameroonian legend has been written off somewhat after his stint in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala but, at 32, Eto’o should still have a lot to offer and Jose Mourinho has clearly backed him by allowing Romelu Lukaku to leave for Everton on loan.

Chelsea need a prolific goalscorer and the former Barcelona and Inter Milan star could be the answer if he can find top form.

5. Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool)

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Brendan Rodgers has paid a considerable fee to Paris Saint-Germain for French defender Mamadou Sakho, who will compete with Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and recent arrival Kolo Toure for the two centre-half spots.

Seen as a future France captain, the 23-year-old had lost his place in the PSG team after falling behind Thiago Silva and Alex but may be a shrewd signing for the Reds.

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