Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Arsene Wenger's Arsenal face Sunder;and on Saturday

Sunderland vs Arsenal: 'We are close to 100 degrees,' says Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal have won only three Premier League matches this season

‘It is nearly 100 days after the World Cup, time to raise the bar,’ says Per Mertesacker

I am still recovering from my World Cup high, admits Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker

The Gunners defender realises his responsibilities and is confident of returning to full focus soon

Erik Lamela doubles Tottenham’s lead with the first of his two goals, an audacious strike

Erik Lamela rabona steals the show in five-star Spurs Europa League romp

Tottenham Hotspur 5 Asteras Tripoli 1: Superb strike overshadows Harry Kane's hat-trick in home side's Europa League win

Lukas Podolski celebrates his goal for the Gunners
Mauricio Pochettino has full faith in Jan Vertonghen

Tottenham Hotspur vs Asteras Tripolis preview: Mauricio Pochettino denies Jan Vertonghen rift as he eyes crucial win

Vertonghen has two years left on his existing contract

Anderlecht vs Arsenal: David Ospina out for three months, but Arsenal Wenger insists third choice Emiliano Martinez can step up

Arsenal’s injury plight was highlighted with the confirmation that Emiliano Martinez will start in goal at Anderlecht, nearly two years after his last appearance for the club – when he let in five goals.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Chelsea vs Maribor: Jose Mourinho criticises 'selfish' national coaches after Diego Costa injury lay-off

The Spanish striker will play no part in the Champions League meeting

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says his team must convert their promise into points against Georgia

European Championship Qualifiers: Strachan’s good mood depends on beating Georgia

Group D is difficult but surmountable and even if Scotland resign themselves to not catching world champions Germany

Estonia vs England: Five Arsenal players show England the advantage of a one-club bias

Kieran Gibbs, Calum Chambers, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck played a role against San Marino

Emma Hayes

Emma Hayes wants no favours as her Chelsea close in on Women’s Super League title

Victory against Manchester City would bring the title

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