Ian Herbert

Ian Herbert is Chief Sportswriter at The Independent.

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Frank Lampard is understood to be enjoying his new lease of football life at City

Frank Lampard’s fine form may lead to longer stay at Manchester City

The midfielder is due to join up with New York City FC in the spring

Nani in action for Sporting Lisbon
Frank Lampard applauds the fans at the end of the game
Xabi Alonso in action for Bayern Munich
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, centre, and Frenchman Samir Nasri, right, take part in a team training session

Manchester City vs Bayern Munich: Nasri admits City stars will be sold if they fail in Europe

Frenchman knows another early Champions League exit will not be tolerated by the club’s Abu Dhabi owners

Xabi Alonso has completed 388 passes in the first four games of the group stage – more than any other player in the competition

Manchester City vs Bayern Munich: Why Xabi Alonso is just the sort of player Manuel Pellegrini needs at City

Spanish midfielder’s brilliant passing could have helped City avoid their awful performances in Europe so far

The Wigan Athletic chairman, Dave Whelan, returns the applause of fans as he takes his seat at the DW Stadium on Saturday

Ian Herbert: Complacency about discrimination is the scandal, not dinosaur Dave Whelan

Discrimination is infinitely more subtle than bananas and taunts thrown at players

Louis van Gaal looks on from the touchline

Arsenal vs Manchester United: Louis van Gaal can smile after slack Gunners let him off

Red Devils creep into the Premier League's top four after win over Gunners

Wayne Rooney scores United's second

Arsenal vs Manchester United: United could make complaint after supporter throws red wine over the away bench

Incident happened during the 2-1 win on Saturday

Dejected England players applaud the fans following their team's 3-0 defeat
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The West needs more than a White Knight

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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
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Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
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Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

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Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
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Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month