Mark Fleming

Mark Fleming is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Chelsea hit by Essien blow on first day back

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has suffered a serious injury to his right knee during pre-season training.

Wenger losing fight to keep Fabregas and Nasri

The Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger yesterday assured supporters he will fight to keep both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri at the club but significantly stopped short of promising the pair would not be leaving the Emirates this summer.

Defiant Levy tells Modric he will not be sold at any price

Daniel Levy, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman, told Croatian midfielder Luka Modric last night that he is not prepared to consider selling him at any price.

Villas-Boas more Pep talk than Jose on first Chelsea training day

New manager put emphasis on the collective when he met his players yesterday, writes Mark Fleming

Levy tells Modric that Tottenham will not let him go – at any price

Spurs chairman claims 'That's the end of it,' after meeting Croatian midfielder but Chelsea could bid £30m

Villas-Boas more Pep talk than Jose on first Chelsea team-building day

New manager put the emphasis on the collective when he met his players at training yesterday

Villas-Boas: Manchester United are our main target

Andre Villas-Boas will challenge his players to topple Manchester United when he meets the first-team squad for the first time.

Fabregas frustrated by Real Madrid interest

Arsenal play Barcelona and their bitter rivals off against each other in an attempt to get £40m for Spanish midfielder

Mark Fleming: Arsenal's prudence is laudable but out of step

The situation is not new for Wenger, and in the past the result has always been the same – the board sticks to its guns and the player moves on

Cole reassures Villas-Boas he will have respect from players

Chelsea's new manager André Villas-Boas is preparing to meet the players tomorrow for the first time since his appointment, and has been promised by the defender Ashley Cole that there are "no egos" at Stamford Bridge.

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How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor
Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy: Was the otter man the wildlife champion he appeared to be?

Otter man Gavin Maxwell's bitter legacy

The aristocrat's eccentric devotion to his pets inspired a generation. But our greatest living nature writer believes his legacy has been quite toxic
Joanna Rowsell: The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia

Joanna Rowsell: 'I wear my wig to look normal'

The World Champion cyclist on breaking her collarbone, shattering her teeth - and dealing with alopecia
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef gives raw ingredients a lift with his quick marinades

Bill Granger's quick and delicious marinades

Our chef's marinades are great for weekend barbecuing, but are also a delicious way of injecting flavour into, and breaking the monotony of, weekday meals
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 preview: Why Brazilians don't love their neighbours Argentina any more

Anyone but Argentina – why Brazilians don’t love their neighbours any more

The hosts will be supporting Germany in today's World Cup final, reports Alex Bellos
The Open 2014: Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?

The Open 2014

Time again to ask that major question - can Lee Westwood win at last?