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Premier League: 10 things we learned from a thrilling opening weekend

The new Premier League season kicked off in thrilling style over the weekend, with no fewer than 34 goals scored across the 10 top flight games as any concerns surrounding fatigue from a busy summer were swiftly quashed.

The return of supporters – long starved of live football due to Covid restrictions – made for surreal atmospheres across the country, as we were treated to two six-goal barnstormers, while scored five goals to get their campaign off to a flying start.

However, it was not all good news for some sides, with Mikel Arteta’s sorry bullied by newcomers , while made a poor start to their title defence with a 1-0 loss to a Harry Kane-less Spurs.

Here, Sportsmail dissects the key talking points from a gripping opening weekend of action in the Premier League.  

Supporters were treated to a thrilling weekend of action as the Premier League made its return

Supporters were treated to a thrilling weekend of action as the Premier League made its return

 

Tuchel’s young guns take their chance

While talk in West London has been dominated by the £98million arrival of Romelu Lukaku and the need to bring in a new defender, Thomas Tuchel has not lost sight of an important factor Taurus 605 .357 Magnum Revolver for Chelsea supporters.

Frank Lampard – restricted by a transfer ban – demonstrated that it is possible to dip into Chelsea’s strong youth academy and find talent ready-made for top flight football and Tuchel has placed emphasis on continuing the trend set by the club legend. 

Thomas Tuchel showed that he is willing to give young players a chance and he was rewarded

Thomas Tuchel showed that he is willing to give young players a chance and he was rewarded

Trevoh Chalobah scored on his Premier League debut and broke down crying in West London

Trevoh Chalobah scored on his Premier League debut and broke down crying in West London

The German acknowledged Trevoh Chalobah’s strong display against Villarreal by handing him a first league start on Saturday and was duly rewarded as the 22-year-old defender bagged a stunning goal from distance at Stamford Bridge.

‘When I scored, I didn’t know what to do. I dropped to my knees. I was crying,’ an emotional Chalobah revealed. 

While the big-money signings will move Chelsea closer to challenging City, Tuchel is fully aware that bringing through youngsters will have an even greater effect on endearing him to the Blues masses. 

 

Bruno and Pogba DOES work 

Man United’s hammering of Leeds was made all the better by the presence of Raphael Varane being unveiled before supporters following his £42m signing from Real Madrid. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has long sought an elite defender to partner with Harry Maguire and, on paper, the duo appear ready-made to form a strong alliance.

For a long period of time, the same could not be said for Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. The two superstars have long been viewed as incapable of playing together, given that they operate in a similar creative role. 

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba proved that they can play together for Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba proved that they can play together for Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes was on top form once again in front of a packed Old Trafford

Paul Pogba's future is uncertain but United fans will want him to stay after Saturday's showing

Pogba (R) teed up Fernandes (L) twice as the Frenchman got four assists while the Portuguese scored a hat trick in the 5-1 hammering of Leeds United

‘I said a few weeks ago after the Crystal Palace game, Fernandes and Pogba is not a midfield that can play together and never will be,’ Jamie Carragher  last October. 

However, Fernandes and Pogba have put paid to that theory, with the pair combining twice to great effect in the 5-1 hammering. The Portuguese bagged a superb hat trick while Pogba laid on new fewer than four assists.

Pogba’s future has been cast in doubt with his contract expiring next summer, but United fans could be in for a lot of fun watching these two enjoy a full season together.   

 

Villa learn three signings cannot replace one Jack Grealish 

How do you replace Jack Grealish? Well, Aston Villa appeared to provide the perfect blueprint with three high-profile signings with the £100m accrued from the club talisman’s sale to City.

Emi Buendia, a £40m arrival from Norwich, boasts the creativity to cut through rival defences, £30m man Leon Bailey displays the trickery to beat a man, while Danny Ings has demonstrated time and again that he has top flight goals in abundance.

Yet football has a funny way of going off script, and Dean Smith was left flabbergasted when his side shipped three goals to Watford at Vicarage Road this weekend.

Dean Smith was left fuming after his side were defeated, it will take time for his squad to settle

Dean Smith was left fuming after his side were defeated, it will take time for his squad to settle

‘I won’t accept performances like that in the first half,’ the Villa boss fumed. ‘We came here to win a football game and do enough to win a football game and we helped Watford on their way.’ 

Second half strikes from John McGinn and Ings made the scoreline more respectable for the visitors, but having enjoyed such a strong season last time out, Smith will be hoping to find the formula that will bring the best out of his new signings as soon as possible. 

 

Benrahma filling void left by Lingard

West Ham’s top six finish last campaign can be attributed largely to the momentum created by Jesse Lingard’s arrival, with the loan signing giving David Moyes’s side a second wind as they enjoyed a barnstorming sprint to the finish line.

Lingard’s return to Manchester United has left Moyes with a gaping void to fill, and the Scot has confidently resolved that the solution to replace their old creative spark lies in his squad.

Said Benrahma demonstrated that he can fill the void vacated by Man United's Jesse Lingard

Said Benrahma demonstrated that he can fill the void vacated by Man United’s Jesse Lingard

The £30m signing from Brentford was instrumental in West Ham's comeback at Newcastle

The £30m signing from Brentford was instrumental in West Ham’s comeback at Newcastle

Said Benrahma endured a stop-start debut season in the top flight, with the former Brentford man failing to get the consistent run of game time to demonstrate why the Hammers splashed £30m on the Algerian.

A strong pre-season, in which the 26-year-old scored against the Bees and Atalanta, ensured that Benrahma hit the ground running at Newcastle, with the winger instrumental in stirring a second half turnaround on Sunday.

The West Ham star was on hand to head the visitors level before teeing up Michail Antonio for their fourth goal to put the game beyond doubt at St James’ Park. More of the same will go a long way in emulating a top six finish.

 

‘Weak’ Arsenal are miles off it, again

Jamie Carragher was forthcoming in his stinging analysis of Arsenal’s defending as the Gunners wilted at Brentford on Friday night. 

‘How do you describe Arsenal’s defending here? It’s just Arsenal. Weak, bullied, men against boys again,’ he said on commentary for Sky Sports. ‘New season same old story.’

Deep down, Mikel Arteta will concur with the former Liverpool man’s review of his Gunners side. The Spaniard is in the midst of a North London rebuild as he looks to move away from the calamitous defending that has long mired his side.

It was a case of same old Arsenal as the Gunners were humiliated at Brentford on Friday

It was a case of same old Arsenal as the Gunners were humiliated at Brentford on Friday

Mikel Arteta's new season got off to the worst possible start on Friday

Jamie Carragher blasted the Gunners' lacklustre defending at Brentford

Jamie Carragher (R) said it was ‘men against boys’ as Arsenal were defeated to the new boys

Yet this new-look Arsenal defence – containing £50m new boy Ben White – did little to convince that the new season would herald a new era of defensive solidity for the club.

Arteta boldly claimed that he would strive to prove the doubters wrong this season, with no pundits backing the Gunners to secure a top four finish come May. 

If their display against the Bees is anything to go by, Arsenal are miles off challenging for Champions League football, again.      

 

New-look VAR a winner on opening weekend

Much-needed and long sought-after changes have been made to VAR this season, with the use of video technology roundly opposed due to a host of farcical decisions last campaign.

The PGMOL have moved to ensure that there is no longer interference for ‘trivial issues’, with offside calls changed to avoid decisions over marginal infringements while a sterner view has been taken on contact and the awarding of penalties.

It was a good weekend for VAR with referees applying revamped interpretations of the rules

It was a good weekend for VAR with referees applying revamped interpretations of the rules

This resulted in a far more laid back approach officials over the weekend, with minimal involvement throughout the 10 Premier League games. 

Bruno Fernandes would likely have been denied a hat trick against Leeds had the offside interpretation used last season have been used this season, but for the new rules in which the attacker is given the benefit of the doubt when the two lines overlap. 

‘It was a much better performance from all the officials in every game and it worked perfectly,’ Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day. Long may it continue.  

 

Nuno sends message to Kane with City win

It has not been an easy start to life for Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham Hotspur. Largely viewed as the eighth choice for the position, the Portuguese has had to put in the groundwork to get fans on board following his appointment this summer.

He has not been helped by the absence of his talisman striker, either. Harry Kane’s failure to report for pre-season training earlier this month in the midst of his transfer saga with City has thrown another conundrum for the former Wolves boss to solve.

Nuno Espirito Santo sent a clear message to wantaway striker Harry Kane on Sunday afternoon

Nuno Espirito Santo sent a clear message to wantaway striker Harry Kane on Sunday afternoon

The England captain has been yearning for an exit in what has been a disruptive summer

The England captain has been yearning for an exit in what has been a disruptive summer

Kane trained for the first time on Friday and made himself available for selection against Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday.

Knowing what a win would do to get fans onside and kickstart his Spurs tenure strongly, it would have been easy for Nuno to call on Kane to lead the line against the champions.

But the 47-year-old determined that Kane would sit this one out. He cited fitness issues as his justification for the decision, but would have been fully aware of what would dominate had Kane been selected.

And the new boss’s instinct was vindicated on Sunday, with Spurs putting in a gutsy, gritty performance not seen since the days of Mauricio Pochettino to defeat City and send Tottenham fans into euphoria.

‘Are you watching, Harry Kane?’ was the cry from the masses. Nuno has proven that, whatever may be come the close of the window, there is life without Kane. 

Tottenham showed they can thrive without their talisman after beating Manchester City 1-0

Tottenham showed they can thrive without their talisman after beating Manchester City 1-0

 

Don’t write the newcomers off yet

Before a ball was kicked the Premier League newcomers had already been written off. Hell had a greater chance of freezing over before Brentford, Watford and Norwich would survive the drop, according to some fans and pundits.

However, all three newbies indicated that they have plenty to bring to the top flight. 

Thomas Frank's Brentford side gained promotion through the play offs

Xisco's Watford side have made a subdued return to the Premier League this term

Thomas Frank’s (L) and Xisco’s (R) newcomers had been written off before the season

The Bees arguably produced the performance of the weekend with their 2-0 win over Arsenal as their supporters were sent into sheer bedlam at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Watford sprung a surprise defeat on big-spending Villa as Ismaila Sarr, Emmanuel Dennis and Cucho Hernandez tore through the Villans at Vicarage Road.

Norwich gave Liverpool a good go in the opening 45 minutes at Carrow Road, with the Canaries posing the left side of the Reds’ defence questions before Jurgen Klopp’s side stepped up a gear in the second half to win 3-0.

They may not be the most fashionable names in the league – or as Thomas Frank describes Brentford, ‘a bus stop in Hounslow’ – but don’t write the newcomers off just yet.  

However all three newcomers showed signs that they are well equipped for the top flight

However all three newcomers showed signs that they are well equipped for the top flight

 

Pep may rue splashing £100m on Grealish

When you spend £100m on a player and break the British transfer record in the process, expectation levels inevitably increase.

All eyes were on Jack Grealish at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. Having come off the bench for the Community Shield defeat to Leicester, Pep Guardiola handed his new signing his first City start in their Premier League opener. 

Jack Grealish faded on his Premier League debut with Manchester City against Tottenham

Jack Grealish faded on his Premier League debut with Manchester City against Tottenham

Yet as the game wore on, Grealish’s influence faded, with the impressive Japhet Tanganga putting in a monster performance to keep the £100m man and Raheem Sterling quiet on the left.

More pertinently, City’s opening day defeat was less about Grealish’s subdued display and more about what Guardiola is so obviously missing. Graeme Souness opined that the Spaniard was fortunate to win the title without a leading striker and now that his rivals have strengthened, Guardiola surely cannot go another season without a frontman.

Elsewhere, veteran midfielder Fernandinho appeared jaded in the middle of the park while Benjamin Mendy demonstrated once more that he is not the man to start at left back if City want to challenge.

While his talent is undeniable, Pep Guardiola may rue not spending £100m elsewhere

While his talent is undeniable, Pep Guardiola may rue not spending £100m elsewhere

While Grealish’s quality is there for all to see, there must surely be concerns that Guardiola has invested heavily in an area in which he is already blessed with talent, while there are longstanding issues in other departments. Only time will tell whether the City boss will rue not strengthening elsewhere.   

 

Ruthless Liverpool not to be overlooked

Given the big-spending of the likes of City, United and Chelsea, Liverpool have somewhat gone under the radar this summer. 

Apart from spending £38.5m to bring Ibrahima Konate in, it has been a strangely quiet summer for Jurgen Klopp. The German aimed a dig at his rivals’ ability to splash the cash, comments that were largely consigned as a manager enviously watching on in what could develop into a three-horse race.

Liverpool showed that they still boast the firepower to challenge with a dominant victory

Liverpool showed that they still boast the firepower to challenge with a dominant victory

But there is plenty of firepower in this Liverpool side to be a genuine threat this season, and the Reds served a timely reminder at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Diogo Jota was a rare shining light in an otherwise poor campaign last time out, and the Portuguese picked up from where he left off with the opening goal against Norwich, before Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score while Mohamed Salah wreaked havoc with a strong performance in Norfolk. 

The Reds host Burnley next up before a crunch clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Early momentum could go a long way in putting Klopp’s former champions well in the race for the crown this season. 


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A gun safe that is large enough that a thief cannot easily carry it out is the best choice.

Quality Constructed Safes

Reviewing gun safes for sale, you must examine the overall construction of them to ensure that children or even a motivated thief cannot easily penetrate its defenses.Look for doors that offer solid steel that are pry-resistant and recessed. In addition, tough steel plates to deter drilling attacks are important as well. The locks should offer an electronic locking device, preferably one with a steel bolt and reinforced casings.

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Premier League: 10 things we learned from a thrilling opening weekend

The new Premier League season kicked off in thrilling style over the weekend, with no fewer than 34 goals scored across the 10 top flight games as any concerns surrounding fatigue from a busy summer were swiftly quashed.

The return of supporters – long starved of live football due to Covid restrictions – made for surreal atmospheres across the country, as we were treated to two six-goal barnstormers, while scored five goals to get their campaign off to a flying start.

However, it was not all good news for some sides, with Mikel Arteta’s sorry bullied by newcomers , while made a poor start to their title defence with a 1-0 loss to a Harry Kane-less Spurs.

Here, Sportsmail dissects the key talking points from a gripping opening weekend of action in the Premier League.  

Supporters were treated to a thrilling weekend of action as the Premier League made its return

Supporters were treated to a thrilling weekend of action as the Premier League made its return

 

Tuchel’s young guns take their chance

While talk in West London has been dominated by the £98million arrival of Romelu Lukaku and the need to bring in a new defender, Thomas Tuchel has not lost sight of an important factor for Chelsea supporters.

Frank Lampard – restricted by a transfer ban – demonstrated that it is possible to dip into Chelsea’s strong youth academy and find talent ready-made for top flight football and Tuchel has placed emphasis on continuing the trend set by the club legend. 

Thomas Tuchel showed that he is willing to give young players a chance and he was rewarded

Thomas Tuchel showed that he is willing to give young players a chance and he was rewarded

Trevoh Chalobah scored on his Premier League debut and broke down crying in West London

Trevoh Chalobah scored on his Premier League debut and broke down crying in West London

The German acknowledged Trevoh Chalobah’s strong display against Villarreal by handing him a first league start on Saturday and was duly rewarded as the 22-year-old defender bagged a stunning goal from distance at Stamford Bridge.

‘When I scored, I didn’t know what to do. I dropped to my knees. I was crying,’ an emotional Chalobah revealed. 

While the big-money signings will move Chelsea closer to challenging City, Tuchel is fully aware that bringing through youngsters will have an even greater effect on endearing him to the Blues masses. 

 

Bruno and Pogba DOES work 

Man United’s hammering of Leeds was made all the better by the presence of Raphael Varane being unveiled before supporters following his £42m signing from Real Madrid. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has long sought an elite defender to partner with Harry Maguire and, on paper, the duo appear ready-made to form a strong alliance.

For a long period of time, the same could not be said for Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba. The two superstars have long been viewed as incapable of playing together, given that they operate in a similar creative role. 

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba proved that they can play together for Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba proved that they can play together for Manchester United

Bruno Fernandes was on top form once again in front of a packed Old Trafford

Paul Pogba's future is uncertain but United fans will want him to stay after Saturday's showing

Pogba (R) teed up Fernandes (L) twice as the Frenchman got four assists while the Portuguese scored a hat trick in the 5-1 hammering of Leeds United

‘I said a few weeks ago after the Crystal Palace game, Fernandes and Pogba is not a midfield that can play together and never will be,’ Jamie Carragher  last October. 

However, Fernandes and Pogba have put paid to that theory, with the pair combining twice to great effect in the 5-1 hammering. The Portuguese bagged a superb hat trick while Pogba laid on new fewer than four assists.

Pogba’s future has been cast in doubt with his contract expiring next summer, but United fans could be in for a lot of fun watching these two enjoy a full season together.   

 

Villa learn three signings cannot replace one Jack Grealish 

How do you replace Jack Grealish? Well, Aston Villa appeared to provide the perfect blueprint with three high-profile signings with the £100m accrued from the club talisman’s sale to City.

Emi Buendia, a £40m arrival from Norwich, boasts the creativity to cut through rival defences, £30m man Leon Bailey displays the trickery to beat a man, while Danny Ings has demonstrated time and again that he has top flight goals in abundance.

Yet football has a funny way of going off script, and Dean Smith was left flabbergasted when his side shipped three goals to Watford at Vicarage Road this weekend.

Dean Smith was left fuming after his side were defeated, it will take time for his squad to settle

Dean Smith was left fuming after his side were defeated, it will take time for his squad to settle

‘I won’t accept performances like that in the first half,’ the Villa boss fumed. ‘We came here to win a football game and do enough to win a football game and we helped Watford on their way.’ 

Second half strikes from John McGinn and Ings made the scoreline more respectable for the visitors, but having enjoyed such a strong season last time out, Smith will be hoping to find the formula that will bring the best out of his new signings as soon as possible. 

 

Benrahma filling void left by Lingard

West Ham’s top six finish last campaign can be attributed largely to the momentum created by Jesse Lingard’s arrival, with the loan signing giving David Moyes’s side a second wind as they enjoyed a barnstorming sprint to the finish line.

Lingard’s return to Manchester United has left Moyes with a gaping void to fill, and the Scot has confidently resolved that the solution to replace their old creative spark lies in his squad.

Said Benrahma demonstrated that he can fill the void vacated by Man United's Jesse Lingard

Said Benrahma demonstrated that he can fill the void vacated by Man United’s Jesse Lingard

The £30m signing from Brentford was instrumental in West Ham's comeback at Newcastle

The £30m signing from Brentford was instrumental in West Ham’s comeback at Newcastle

Said Benrahma endured a stop-start debut season in the top flight, with the former Brentford man failing to get the consistent run of game time to demonstrate why the Hammers splashed £30m on the Algerian.

A strong pre-season, in which the 26-year-old scored against the Bees and Atalanta, ensured that Benrahma hit the ground running at Newcastle, with the winger instrumental in stirring a second half turnaround on Sunday.

The West Ham star was on hand to head the visitors level before teeing up Michail Antonio for their fourth goal to put the game beyond doubt at St James’ Park. More of the same will go a long way in emulating a top six finish.

 

‘Weak’ Arsenal are miles off it, again

Jamie Carragher was forthcoming in his stinging analysis of Arsenal’s defending as the Gunners wilted at Brentford on Friday night. 

‘How do you describe Arsenal’s defending here? It’s just Arsenal. Weak, bullied, men against boys again,’ he said on commentary for Sky Sports. ‘New season same old story.’

Deep down, Mikel Arteta will concur with the former Liverpool man’s review of his Gunners side. The Spaniard is Buy Korean AK-47 7.62×39 Steel 30 round Magazine in USA the midst of a North London rebuild as he looks to move away from the calamitous defending that has long mired his side.

It was a case of same old Arsenal as the Gunners were humiliated at Brentford on Friday

It was a case of same old Arsenal as the Gunners were humiliated at Brentford on Friday

Mikel Arteta's new season got off to the worst possible start on Friday

Jamie Carragher blasted the Gunners' lacklustre defending at Brentford

Jamie Carragher (R) said it was ‘men against boys’ as Arsenal were defeated to the new boys

Yet this new-look Arsenal defence – containing £50m new boy Ben White – did little to convince that the new season would herald a new era of defensive solidity for the club.

Arteta boldly claimed that he would strive to prove the doubters wrong this season, with no pundits backing the Gunners to secure a top four finish come May. 

If their display against the Bees is anything to go by, Arsenal are miles off challenging for Champions League football, again.      

 

New-look VAR a winner on opening weekend

Much-needed and long sought-after changes have been made to VAR this season, with the use of video technology roundly opposed due to a host of farcical decisions last campaign.

The PGMOL have moved to ensure that there is no longer interference for ‘trivial issues’, with offside calls changed to avoid decisions over marginal infringements while a sterner view has been taken on contact and the awarding of penalties.

It was a good weekend for VAR with referees applying revamped interpretations of the rules

It was a good weekend for VAR with referees applying revamped interpretations of the rules

This resulted in a far more laid back approach officials over the weekend, with minimal involvement throughout the 10 Premier League games. 

Bruno Fernandes would likely have been denied a hat trick against Leeds had the offside interpretation used last season have been used this season, but for the new rules in which the attacker is given the benefit of the doubt when the two lines overlap. 

‘It was a much better performance from all the officials in every game and it worked perfectly,’ Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day. Long may it continue.  

 

Nuno sends message to Kane with City win

It has not been an easy start to life for Nuno Espirito Santo at Tottenham Hotspur. Largely viewed as the eighth choice for the position, the Portuguese has had to put in the groundwork to get fans on board following his appointment this summer.

He has not been helped by the absence of his talisman striker, either. Harry Kane’s failure to report for pre-season training earlier this month in the midst of his transfer saga with City has thrown another conundrum for the former Wolves boss to solve.

Nuno Espirito Santo sent a clear message to wantaway striker Harry Kane on Sunday afternoon

Nuno Espirito Santo sent a clear message to wantaway striker Harry Kane on Sunday afternoon

The England captain has been yearning for an exit in what has been a disruptive summer

The England captain has been yearning for an exit in what has been a disruptive summer

Kane trained for the first time on Friday and made himself available for selection against Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday.

Knowing what a win would do to get fans onside and kickstart his Spurs tenure strongly, it would have been easy for Nuno to call on Kane to lead the line against the champions.

But the 47-year-old determined that Kane would sit this one out. He cited fitness issues as his justification for the decision, but would have been fully aware of what would dominate had Kane been selected.

And the new boss’s instinct was vindicated on Sunday, with Spurs putting in a gutsy, gritty performance not seen since the days of Mauricio Pochettino to defeat City and send Tottenham fans into euphoria.

‘Are you watching, Harry Kane?’ was the cry from the masses. Nuno has proven that, whatever may be come the close of the window, there is life without Kane. 

Tottenham showed they can thrive without their talisman after beating Manchester City 1-0

Tottenham showed they can thrive without their talisman after beating Manchester City 1-0

 

Don’t write the newcomers off yet

Before a ball was kicked the Premier League newcomers had already been written off. Hell had a greater chance of freezing over before Brentford, Watford and Norwich would survive the drop, according to some fans and pundits.

However, all three newbies indicated that they have plenty to bring to the top flight. 

Thomas Frank's Brentford side gained promotion through the play offs

Xisco's Watford side have made a subdued return to the Premier League this term

Thomas Frank’s (L) and Xisco’s (R) newcomers had been written off before the season

The Bees arguably produced the performance of the weekend with their 2-0 win over Arsenal as their supporters were sent into sheer bedlam at the Brentford Community Stadium.

Watford sprung a surprise defeat on big-spending Villa as Ismaila Sarr, Emmanuel Dennis and Cucho Hernandez tore through the Villans at Vicarage Road.

Norwich gave Liverpool a good go in the opening 45 minutes at Carrow Road, with the Canaries posing the left side of the Reds’ defence questions before Jurgen Klopp’s side stepped up a gear in the second half to win 3-0.

They may not be the most fashionable names in the league – or as Thomas Frank describes Brentford, ‘a bus stop in Hounslow’ – but don’t write the newcomers off just yet.  

However all three newcomers showed signs that they are well equipped for the top flight

However all three newcomers showed signs that they are well equipped for the top flight

 

Pep may rue splashing £100m on Grealish

When you spend £100m on a player and break the British transfer record in the process, expectation levels inevitably increase.

All eyes were on Jack Grealish at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. Having come off the bench for the Community Shield defeat to Leicester, Pep Guardiola handed his new signing his first City start in their Premier League opener. 

Jack Grealish faded on his Premier League debut with Manchester City against Tottenham

Jack Grealish faded on his Premier League debut with Manchester City against Tottenham

Yet as the game wore on, Grealish’s influence faded, with the impressive Japhet Tanganga putting in a monster performance to keep the £100m man and Raheem Sterling quiet on the left.

More pertinently, City’s opening day defeat was less about Grealish’s subdued display and more about what Guardiola is so obviously missing. Graeme Souness opined that the Spaniard was fortunate to win the title without a leading striker and now that his rivals have strengthened, Guardiola surely cannot go another season without a frontman.

Elsewhere, veteran midfielder Fernandinho appeared jaded in the middle of the park while Benjamin Mendy demonstrated once more that he is not the man to start at left back if City want to challenge.

While his talent is undeniable, Pep Guardiola may rue not spending £100m elsewhere

While his talent is undeniable, Pep Guardiola may rue not spending £100m elsewhere

While Grealish’s quality is there for all to see, there must surely be concerns that Guardiola has invested heavily in an area in which he is already blessed with talent, while there are longstanding issues in other departments. Only time will tell whether the City boss will rue not strengthening elsewhere.   

 

Ruthless Liverpool not to be overlooked

Given the big-spending of the likes of City, United and Chelsea, Liverpool have somewhat gone under the radar this summer. 

Apart from spending £38.5m to bring Ibrahima Konate in, it has been a strangely quiet summer for Jurgen Klopp. The German aimed a dig at his rivals’ ability to splash the cash, comments that were largely consigned as a manager enviously watching on in what could develop into a three-horse race.

Liverpool showed that they still boast the firepower to challenge with a dominant victory

Liverpool showed that they still boast the firepower to challenge with a dominant victory

But there is plenty of firepower in this Liverpool side to be a genuine threat this season, and the Reds served a timely reminder at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Diogo Jota was a rare shining light in an otherwise poor campaign last time out, and the Portuguese picked up from where he left off with the opening goal against Norwich, before Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score while Mohamed Salah wreaked havoc with a strong performance in Norfolk. 

The Reds host Burnley next up before a crunch clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Early momentum could go a long way in putting Klopp’s former champions well in the race for the crown this season. 

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Police regain control of Ecuador prison after sending in 900 officers

Police in Ecuador have finally regained full control over a prison where 118 inmates were killed – six of them decapitated – in the deadliest jail riot that the country has ever seen, the government has said. 

Nine hundred heavily armed police officers were required to subdue rioting gang members at Litroal prison, in the port city of Guayaquil, after three days of violence as soldiers and armoured vehicles stood guard outside.

The riot broke out on Tuesday morning when members of the Los Choneros, Los Tiguerones and Los Lobos gangs attacked one-another using grenades, guns, knives, and any other weapon they could lay their hands on.

Partial order was restored Tuesday evening, but violence erupted again on Wednesday, continued overnight into Thursday, and was only stopped last night.

Police were forced to re-take the building wing-by-wing, using angle grinders to cut through barricaded doors into prison blocks were the floors were littered with dozens of bodies and awash with blood.

As well as the 118 dead, another 86 were wounded – six of them critically.The government has blamed the influence of notorious Mexican drug cartels – El Chapo’s notorious Sinaloa Cartel and their biggest rivals the Jalisco New Generation Cartel – for instigating the violence after infiltrating local outfits.

Police regained control over Ecuador's Litoral prison late Thursday after 900 riot officers were sent in to recapture the jail after three days of rioting that left 118 people dead

Police regained control over Ecuador’s Litoral prison late Thursday after 900 riot officers were sent in to recapture the jail after three days of rioting that left 118 people dead

Officers were forced to recapture the jail wing-by-wing after it was overrun by warring gang members who fought using grenades, guns, knives and any other weapons they could lay their hands on

Officers were forced to recapture the jail wing-by-wing after it was overrun by warring gang members who fought using grenades, guns, knives and any other weapons they could lay their hands on

Riot police use an angle grinder to hack open a reinforced door that had been barricaded by rioting prisoners during three days of extreme violence that saw six people decapitated

Riot police use an angle grinder to hack open a reinforced door that had been barricaded by rioting prisoners during three days of extreme violence that saw six people decapitated

Ecuador has declared a state of emergency throughout its entire prison system, granting powers that will allow soldiers to be deployed inside jails (pictured, troops on guard outside Litoral prison)

Ecuador has declared a state of emergency throughout its entire prison system, granting powers that will allow soldiers to be deployed inside jails (pictured, troops on guard outside Litoral prison)

The Litoral prison massacre is the wrost-ever inside an Ecuadorian prison, and has been blamed on the influence of notorious Mexican drug cartels (pictured, soldiers stand guard outside the jail)

The Litoral prison massacre is the wrost-ever inside an Ecuadorian prison, and has been blamed on the influence of notorious Mexican drug cartels (pictured, soldiers stand guard outside the jail)

Ecuadorian Armed Forces, in conjunction with members of the Police, carry out an operation to recapture the coastal penitentiary of Litoral, in the port city of Guayaquil

Ecuadorian Armed Forces, in conjunction with members of the Police, carry out an operation to recapture the coastal penitentiary of Litoral, in the port city of Guayaquil

Guayaquil, which is located on Ecuador’s west coast with easy access to the Pacific Ocean, is well-known as a cocaine smuggling hub.  

Police commander General Tannya Varela told reporters late Thursday that inmates ‘no longer have control of the cell blocks,’ adding that the prisoners were now back in their cells and ‘everything is calm.’ 

On Wednesday at least two officers were injured when rioting inmates, armed with guns, attacked police sent in to retake control of the facility.

Soldiers and tanks were also stationed outside the jail, where hundreds of worried family members have gathered, desperate for news from the men locked up inside.

‘It is a very painful thing….They say people have had their heads taken off,’ said Juana Pinto, who was seeking news about her inmate son.

Ermes Duarte, 71, who came from the nearby rural town of Salitre, said his son ‘was only 15 days away from being released.I came because I saw a video, sent to me by cell phone, where I recognized his head.’ 

According to local news site Primicias, the violence erupted when prisoners from one gang celebrated the birthday of one of their leaders and bragged about their control of the prison, sparking the fury of rival groups elsewhere in the facility.

Tuesday’s violence was the latest in a series of bloody prison clashes that have claimed the lives of more than 230 inmates in Ecuador so far this year.

At least six victims were beheaded, according to the national prosecutor’s office.

In response to the riot, the government decreed a state of emergency allowing it to suspend prisoners’ civil rights and to use public force – including the military – to restore order.President Guillermo Lasso visited Guayaquil on Wednesday.

Coffins are displayed for sale in the back of a pickup truck outside of a morgue after a deadly riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, in Guayaquil

Coffins are displayed for sale in the back of a pickup truck outside of a morgue after a deadly riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, in Guayaquil

Relatives of deceased inmates wait outside the morgue, to recieve the bodies of the inmates murdered at the Litoral penitentiary in Guayaquil

Relatives of deceased inmates wait outside the morgue, to recieve the bodies of the inmates murdered at the Litoral penitentiary in Guayaquil

Family members of inmates react while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

Family members of inmates react while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

A family member of an inmate reacts while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

A family member of an inmate reacts while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

Family members of inmates react while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

Family members of inmates react while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

Family members of inmates wait outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison in Guayaquil

Family members of inmates wait outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison in Guayaquil

Ecuador’s prison system has 65 facilities designed for about 30,000 inmates but actually houses 39,000, watched over by 1,500 guards – a shortfall of about 3,000, according to experts.

Corruption is rife and inmates are able to acquire arms and ammunition.

On February 23, simultaneous riots at four jails including Guayaquil left 79 inmates dead, several of them also beheaded.

Last week police confiscated two pistols, a revolver, some 500 rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade, several knives, two sticks of dynamite and homemade explosives at one of the city’s prisons.

Two weeks ago, Guayaquil’s Prison Number 4 was attacked by drones, part of ‘a war between international cartels,’ prison authorities said.There were no casualties Buy HK HK45 Compact Tactical V1 45acp in USA that attack. 

The country’s human rights ombudsman said there were 103 prison killings in 2020.

Criminal groups ‘have taken over the country’s prisons and are trying to send a message to the state that they are stronger than the rule of law,’ said Itania Villarreal, a former director of the agency in charge of prisoner rehabilitation.

‘The prison system has collapsed,’ she said.

Security expert Freddy Rivera of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Quito said many prisoners had ties not only to Mexican cartels, but to gangs in neighboring Colombia.

Ecuador’s prisons have become ‘criminal central command centers’ from which illicit activities are planned and ordered, he told AFP, adding that the country’s prison massacres in recent years have exceeded those of Brazil and Venezuela.

Located between Colombia and Peru, the world’s leading cocaine producers, Ecuador is a key transit for drug shipments to the United States and Europe.

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s most populous city and its main port.

Soldiers stand guard on armoured vehicles outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Soldiers stand guard on armoured vehicles outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Members of the military stand guard outside the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, where a deadly riot broke out

Members of the military stand guard outside the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, where a deadly riot broke out

Handout picture released by Ecuador's National Police of policemen taking part in an operation at the Guayas 1 prison

Handout picture released by Ecuador’s National Police of policemen taking part in an operation at the Guayas 1 prison

Soldiers are deployed outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Soldiers are deployed outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Soldiers stand guard outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador,

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Police regain control of Ecuador prison after sending in 900 officers

Police in Ecuador have finally regained full control over a prison where 118 inmates were killed – six of them decapitated – in the deadliest jail riot that the country has ever seen, the government has said. 

Nine hundred heavily armed police officers were required to subdue rioting gang members at Litroal prison, in the port city of Guayaquil, after three days of violence as soldiers and armoured vehicles stood guard outside.

The riot broke out on Tuesday morning when members of the Los Choneros, Los Tiguerones and Los Lobos gangs attacked one-another using grenades, guns, knives, and any other weapon they could lay their hands on.

Partial order was restored Tuesday evening, but violence erupted again on Wednesday, continued overnight into Thursday, and was only stopped last night.

Police were forced to re-take the building wing-by-wing, using angle grinders to cut through barricaded doors into prison blocks were the floors were littered with dozens of bodies and awash with blood.

As well as the 118 dead, another 86 were wounded – six of them critically.The government has blamed the influence of notorious Mexican drug cartels – El Chapo’s notorious Sinaloa Cartel and their biggest rivals the Jalisco New Generation Cartel – for instigating the violence after infiltrating local outfits.

Police regained control over Ecuador's Litoral prison late Thursday after 900 riot officers were sent in to recapture the jail after three days of rioting that left 118 people dead

Police regained control over Ecuador’s Litoral prison late Thursday after 900 riot officers were sent in to recapture the jail after three days of rioting that left 118 people dead

Officers were forced to recapture the jail wing-by-wing after it was overrun by warring gang members who fought using grenades, guns, knives and any other weapons they could lay their hands on

Officers were forced to recapture the jail wing-by-wing after it was overrun by warring gang members who fought using grenades, guns, knives and any other weapons they could lay their hands on

Riot police use an angle grinder to hack open a reinforced door that had been barricaded by rioting prisoners during three days of extreme violence that saw six people decapitated

Riot police use an angle grinder to hack open a reinforced door that had been barricaded by rioting prisoners during three days of extreme violence that saw six people decapitated

Ecuador has declared a state of emergency throughout its entire prison system, granting powers that will allow soldiers to be deployed inside jails (pictured, troops on guard outside Litoral prison)

Ecuador has declared a state of emergency throughout its entire prison system, granting powers that will allow soldiers to be deployed inside jails (pictured, troops on guard outside Litoral prison)

The Litoral prison massacre is the wrost-ever inside an Ecuadorian prison, and has been blamed on the influence of notorious Mexican drug cartels (pictured, soldiers stand guard outside the jail)

The Litoral prison massacre is the wrost-ever inside an Ecuadorian prison, and has been blamed on the influence of notorious Mexican drug cartels (pictured, soldiers stand guard outside the jail)

Ecuadorian Armed Forces, in conjunction with members of the Police, carry out an operation to recapture the coastal penitentiary of Litoral, in the port city of Guayaquil

Ecuadorian Armed Forces, in conjunction with members of the Police, carry out an operation to recapture the coastal penitentiary of Litoral, in the port city of Guayaquil

Guayaquil, which is located on Ecuador’s west coast with easy access to the Pacific Ocean, is well-known as a cocaine smuggling hub.  

Police commander General Tannya Varela told reporters late Thursday that inmates ‘no longer have control of the cell blocks,’ adding that the prisoners were now back in their cells and ‘everything is calm.’ 

On Wednesday at least two officers were injured when rioting inmates, armed with guns, attacked police sent in to retake control of the facility.

Soldiers and tanks were also stationed outside the jail, where hundreds of worried family members have gathered, desperate for news from the men locked up inside.

‘It is a very painful thing….They say people have had their heads taken off,’ said Juana Pinto, who was seeking news about her inmate son.

Ermes Duarte, 71, who came from the nearby rural town of Salitre, said his son ‘was only 15 days away from being released.I came because I saw a video, sent to me by cell phone, where I recognized his head.’ 

According to local news site Primicias, the violence erupted when prisoners from one gang celebrated the birthday of one of their leaders and bragged about their control of the prison, sparking the fury of rival groups elsewhere in the facility.

Tuesday’s violence was the latest in a series of bloody prison clashes that have claimed the lives of more than 230 inmates in Ecuador so far this year.

At least six victims were beheaded, according to the national prosecutor’s office.

In response to the riot, the government decreed a state of emergency allowing it to suspend prisoners’ civil rights and to use public force – including the military – to restore order.President Guillermo Lasso visited Guayaquil on Wednesday.

Coffins are displayed for sale in the back of a pickup truck outside of a morgue after a deadly riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, in Guayaquil

Coffins are displayed for sale in the back of a pickup truck outside of a morgue after a deadly riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, in Guayaquil

Relatives of deceased inmates wait outside the morgue, to recieve the bodies of the inmates murdered at the Litoral penitentiary in Guayaquil

Relatives of deceased inmates wait outside the morgue, to recieve the bodies of the inmates murdered at the Litoral penitentiary in Guayaquil

Family members of inmates react while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

Family members of inmates react while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

A family member of an inmate reacts while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

A family member of an inmate reacts while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

Family members of inmates react while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

Family members of inmates react while waiting outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison

Family members of inmates wait outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison in Guayaquil

Family members of inmates wait outside a morgue for identification of the dead after a riot broke out at the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison in Guayaquil

Ecuador’s prison system has 65 facilities designed for about 30,000 inmates but actually houses 39,000, watched over by 1,500 guards – a shortfall of about 3,000, according to experts.

Corruption is rife and inmates are able to acquire arms and ammunition.

On February 23, simultaneous riots at four jails including Guayaquil left 79 inmates dead, several of them also beheaded.

Last week police confiscated two pistols, a revolver, some 500 rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade, several knives, two sticks of dynamite and homemade explosives at one of the city’s prisons.

Two weeks ago, Guayaquil’s Prison Number 4 was attacked by drones, part of ‘a war between international cartels,’ prison authorities said.There were no casualties Buy HK HK45 Compact Tactical V1 45acp in USA that attack. 

The country’s human rights ombudsman said there were 103 prison killings in 2020.

Criminal groups ‘have taken over the country’s prisons and are trying to send a message to the state that they are stronger than the rule of law,’ said Itania Villarreal, a former director of the agency in charge of prisoner rehabilitation.

‘The prison system has collapsed,’ she said.

Security expert Freddy Rivera of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Quito said many prisoners had ties not only to Mexican cartels, but to gangs in neighboring Colombia.

Ecuador’s prisons have become ‘criminal central command centers’ from which illicit activities are planned and ordered, he told AFP, adding that the country’s prison massacres in recent years have exceeded those of Brazil and Venezuela.

Located between Colombia and Peru, the world’s leading cocaine producers, Ecuador is a key transit for drug shipments to the United States and Europe.

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s most populous city and its main port.

Soldiers stand guard on armoured vehicles outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Soldiers stand guard on armoured vehicles outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Members of the military stand guard outside the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, where a deadly riot broke out

Members of the military stand guard outside the Penitenciaria del Litoral prison, where a deadly riot broke out

Handout picture released by Ecuador's National Police of policemen taking part in an operation at the Guayas 1 prison

Handout picture released by Ecuador’s National Police of policemen taking part in an operation at the Guayas 1 prison

Soldiers are deployed outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Soldiers are deployed outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Soldiers stand guard outside the Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador,

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Shark Tank contestant charged with defrauding breast cancer survivor

Shark Tank contestant and Utah businessman Nate Holzapfel, 42, has been charged with communications fraud for allegedly swindling his cancer survivor girlfriend out of nearly $200,000

Shark Tank contestant and Utah businessman Nate Holzapfel, 42, has been charged with communications fraud for allegedly swindling his cancer survivor girlfriend out of nearly $200,000

A married Shark Tank contestant from has been charged with defrauding a ‘vulnerable’ breast cancer survivor he had met on a dating site out of nearly $200,000, leading the woman to lose her home that was designed to accommodate her disabled son. 

Nathanael ‘Nate’ Holzapfel, 42, an entrepreneur and business consultant from Provo, was arrested on Monday on communications fraud charges. Investigators believe there could be additional victims out there, and they are asking them to come forward. 

Sgt. Cole Christensen, with the Utah County Attorney’s Bureau of Investigations, said his office has been contacted by several women from across the state who may have fallen prey to Holzapfel’s alleged scheme. 

Holzapfel gained national attention when he appeared in May 2013 on ABC’s reality competition Shark Tank and successfully pitched the Mission Belt – an adjustable leather belt with no holes popular among Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints missionaries – to fashion mogul Daymond John.

Christensen alleged that Holzapfel, who is married, would go on dating apps and look for vulnerable women that could be exploited.

Holzapfel appeared on ABC's Shark Tank in May 2013 and successfully pitched the Mission Belt to fashion mogul Daymond John

Holzapfel appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in May 2013 and successfully pitched the Mission Belt to fashion mogul Daymond John

Holzapfel is seen on the show, seeking $50,000 for a 20 per cent stake in his brother's company that makes adjustable leather belts without holes

Holzapfel is seen on the show, seeking $50,000 for a 20 per cent stake in his brother’s company that makes adjustable leather belts without holes 

‘He’s looking for a particular type of female,’ Christensen said of Holzapfel. 

According to court records obtained by s, in February 2020, Holzapfel began dating a divorced breast cancer survivor, who has been caring for her wheelchair-bound adult son, and who had recently lost her father.

At the start of their relationship, Holzapfel began asking questions about his new girlfriend’s financial situation, and learned that she owned a house worth about $200,000.

‘[Holzapfel] started telling [the woman] that she needed to do something to protect the equity in her home,’ the charging papers state. ‘[He told her that he] had a company called Save My House, LLC, that could protect the equity in her home and save her from paying high capital gains taxes if she needed to sell the home.’

A month later, Holzapfel allegedly took the woman ‘as a surprise’ to a title company, and then allegedly pressured her into signing a deed that transferred the ownership of her house to his company.

According to the victim, she initially refused to sign the document but she was confused and ultimately agreed to sign the deed transfer.

A witnesses at the title office would later tell investigators that it was ‘obvious’ the woman was reluctant to sign but eventually relented.

What Holzapfel’s girlfriend did not know, according to the charging documents, is that the 42-year-old entrepreneur was having financial problems stemming from a lawsuit filed against him in 2018 by legendary talk show host Larry King, and that he had a default judgment entered against him Canik TP9SFX Tungsten 9mm 5.2″ Barrel for sale over $250,000.

King, who died earlier this year, sued Holzapfel for misusing footage from a mock interview he had done with the businessman. 

After the signing the deed transfer, the woman came to Holzapfel and told him she had changed her mind, but the businessman allegedly began pressuring her to sell her home and invest part of the proceeds from the sale in one of his other ventures.

The victim ‘reluctantly’ sold the home, which had been specifically constructed for her disabled son.

According to the charging documents, Holzapfel sold the woman’s home in August 2020 for nearly $208,000, and pocketed more than $159,000, which he then used to pay for his personal expenses. He allegedly spent a portion of the fund to buy guns.

Holzapfel, who is married, is accused of pressuring a woman he met on a dating app to transfer the deed to her house to one of his companies, then selling it and pocketing most of proceeds

Holzapfel has been released on bond

Holzapfel, who is married, is accused of pressuring a woman he met on a dating app to transfer the deed to her house to one of his companies, then selling it and pocketing most of proceeds

Investigators believe the woman only received about $11,000 from the mossberg 500 anti scorpion destroyer-For Sale of her home.

Court records also note that over the course of their dating relationship, Holzapfel ‘omitted to tell [the woman] that he was still married.’

When the woman threatened to go to the police, Holzapfel stopped communicating with her and disappeared, according to the documents.

Holzapfel was charged with fraud in August and was arrested on a warrant on Monday. 

He was released from the Utah County Jail less than two hours later after posting $20,000 bond. He is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on November 3. 

Mission Belt, which was co-founded by Holzapfel’s brother in 2012, has released a statement, distancing itself from the former pitchman.

‘Nate Holzapfel has not been associated with Mission Belt for more than seven years and has no dealings with any of its employees, managers or customers,’ the statement read. ‘Nate Holzapfel does not represent Mission Belt in any capacity.’ 

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Gun that killed Billy the Kid sells for $6 million

LOS ANGELES, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The gun that killed American Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid sold for more than $6 million at auction on Friday in Los Angeles, more than double the pre-sale estimate.

Bonhams auctioneers said the Colt single-action revolver that Sheriff Pat Garrett used to take down Billy the Kid in 1881 was bought over the phone by a person who wished to remain anonymous.

Bonhams, which described the gun as “the most iconic treasure of early Western history,” said the $6.03 million price was a world record for any firearm.It had been expected to fetch between $2 million and $3 million.

Billy the Kid was a wanted man in Arizona and New Mexico, killing eight men. After a monthslong pursuit, Garrett tracked him down to a ranch in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, and shot and killed him on July 14, 1881.Billy the Kid was 21 years old.

The story of the 19th-century outlaw has been chronicled in pop culture for almost 100 years, including in movies such as “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” and “Young Guns.”

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