Welcome to the new Independent website. We hope you enjoy it and we value your feedback. Please contact us here.

Andrei Arshavin

Sam Wallace: It's only fair to reduce Rooney's ban

There is an element of those who classify themselves as supporters of the England team who are predisposed to taking a pleasure in the many and various disasters that befall our benighted national team. If they involve Wayne Rooney, well, so much the better.

More headlines

Djourou finds silver lining in Arsenal failure

Johan Djourou is one of few Arsenal players who will look back at this season as a success after putting his year-long injury nightmare behind him. Switzerland defender Djourou missed virtually the whole of last term and the World Cup after undergoing surgery on a serious knee problem.

Why is Alves chasing more money? Because he's worth it

The last coach to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp was Esteban Vigo of Hercules. Asked recently for his plan for shutting down the most prolific team in football, he touched on the question of man-marking Lionel Messi. "There is no point," he said. "You man-mark Messi, then you have to man-mark Xavi, and Villa and Iniesta and Pedro... and then Alves scores."