Sport Alvaro Morata’s first-team chances have been limited at Real

Arsène Wenger is looking to buy a striker after Theo Walcott ruptured a knee ligament on Saturday

Wenger hopes Diaby recovers soon

Arsene Wenger is keeping his fingers crossed Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby will be back in action sooner rather than later.

Szczesny signs new deal at Arsenal

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Barclays Premier League club announced this afternoon.

McLeish: No news on Larsson deal

Alex McLeish does not expect any developments regarding Birmingham midfielder Sebastian Larsson's new contract until the next transfer window.

McLeish praises Birmingham veterans

Alex McLeish paid tribute to golden oldies Kevin Phillips and Maik Taylor for rescuing Birmingham from Carling Cup humiliation and securing a quarter-final spot.

Hleb doubtful for Birmingham derby

Birmingham are sweating over the fitness of on-loan Barcelona midfielder Alexander Hleb ahead of Sunday's derby match at Aston Villa.

Outside the Box: Olympic stadium row comes 100 years after Arsenal move

The prediction by West Ham's co-owner David Sullivan that there would be riots if Tottenham were to move to the Olympic Stadium in what is considered to be Hammers' territory may be a self-fulfilling prophecy but it does remind us of how Spurs themselves were the victims of an even more audacious manoeuvre almost 100 years ago. Henry Norris, the ambitious Woolwich Arsenal chairman, was convinced that his club's historic base in south-east London was too isolated. He proposed moving to Craven Cottage for either a merger or ground-share with Fulham, and when that was defeated decided in 1913 to cross the Rubicon, aka the Thames, for a site in Islington. Tottenham protested in vain at this invasion of their north London patch and so they, rather than Chelsea, became Arsenal's great local rivals. In the late Seventies, the two clubs' directors sat round a table to discuss sharing a new stadium at Alexandra Park but could not come to any agreement. It would have saved time, money and aggravation had they done so and could have paved the way for similar arrangements up and down the country, including the solution to Liverpool and Everton's problems. Meanwhile, the neglected party in the Olympic Stadium discussions, as chairman Barry Hearn pointed out with characteristic vigour last week, are Leyton Orient. Struggling on gates of less than 5,000, but noted for much excellent community work, they would suddenly find (presumably) Premier League football within one mile of their Brisbane Road home, which Hearn says could kill theclub off.

Hreidarsson set to sign new deal at Fratton Park, says Cotterill

Portsmouth's veteran defender Hermann Hreidarsson has agreed a one-year contract extension which he will sign after his return from international duty.

Moyes gets same old Blues after Everton fail to find early form

Lack of a reliable goalscorer has left Toffees facing an early uphill struggle despite much pre-season optimism

Bottle incident overshadows shock Everton defeat

Brentford's Carling Cup third-round win over Everton last night was overshadowed by David Moyes' claim that a Bees fan hurled a bottle into the travelling support in the pitch invasion which followed the shock victory.

Nasri spot on as Gunners conquer Lane

Penalty controversy as Spurs are crushed 4-1 in extra time, while Everton crash out of cup after shoot-out drama against Brentford

I've got work to do, says Moyes after Brentford stun Everton

Brentford 1 Everton 1 (Brentford win 4-3 on penalties)

Everton's troubled start to the season continues with Cup exit

Brentford 1 Everton 1 (Brentford win 4-3 on penalties)

MacDonald gives Scott hope of good night's kip

Brentford 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0

Met police officer charged with rape

A trainee Metropolitan Police detective was charged today with raping a woman at police accommodation.

Statesmanlike but defiant, Brown refuses to budge

An exhausted Gordon Brown only managed two snatched hours of sleep yesterday as he attempted to salvage a share of power for Labour from the dramatic general election result.

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