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Mesut Ozil dribbles through the Sunderland defence

Sunderland 1 Arsenal 3 match report: Mesut Özil makes instant impression on ‘lucky’ Gunners amid referee controversy

Wenger’s £42 million signing proves a class act but Gunners’ manager admits team were aided by refereeing blunder which derailed Sunderland’s second-half fightback

Yohan Cabaye will make his first start of the season today

Alan Pardew says Yohan Cabaye is focused on Newcastle after proposed move to Arsenal fell through

Alan Pardew insists Yohan Cabaye has “turned the corner” and will successfully resume his Newcastle United career after his proposed move to Arsenal fell through.

Paolo Di Canio has a sharp word with Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson: We’ll have to live with Paolo Di Canio’s style at Sunderland

Accepting criticism is all in the game, Sunderland winger tells team-mates

Newcastle United players celebrate scoring against Cardiff City

Former Newcastle stars Alan Shearer, Rob Lee and Andrew Cole criticise owner Mike Ashley for lack of ambition in club's downfall

Shearer admits it is inconceivable now for a player to turn down Manchester United for Newcastle as he did in 1996, while both Lee and Cole highlight serious issues in the way the club is being run

Alan Pardew claims Joe Kinnear had worked hard to secure new players

Comment: Alan Pardew defends Joe Kinnear but fails to hide the significant cracks in Newcastle foundations

Loan signing of Loic Remy was the only new arrival at St James' Park this summer

Newcastle United 1 Fulham 0 match report: Hatem Ben Arfa strike gives Alan Pardew a lift

A late winner brings relief for Newcastle, as Yohan Cabaye gets a mixed reception on his comeback

Patjim Kasami scores a header to give Fulham victory over Sunderland

Sunderland 0 Fulham 1 match report: Pajtim Kasami Martin Jol's hunch as he stuns Sunderland

Despite making 10 new signings, Paolo Di Canio's side come away with nothing

Bafetimbi Gomis should sign for Newcastle this weekend

Wigan's James McCarthy next in line with Bafetimbi Gomis on verge of Newcastle switch

Magpies could make a move for £15m rated midfielder after agreeing a deal with Lyon for striker Bafetimbi Gomis

Cisse and Newcastle have been unable to find a compromise

Papiss Cisse future uncertain after pulling out of Newcastle tour over Wonga-branded training gear

The striker will train on his own will the dispute is settled

England’s Steph Houghton has no more time for frivolity

Steph Houghton: Taking it all one game at a time

England must be inspired, not intimidated, by tough Euro challenge, Steph Houghton tells Martin Hardy

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