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Sam Wallace: Wenger should learn a lesson from Ferguson

Even after such a painful defeat against United, Arsenal still need their manager. But it's time for him to find fresh voices to join his coaching staff

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Sam Wallace: A tale of two sports – how rugby league has allowed an assault on good sense

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United's youngsters draw strength from playing with seniors

The Manchester United squad facing Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's Carling Cup final will resemble something Arsène Wenger has assembled but Sir Alex Ferguson revealed that the presence of Danny Welbeck and Darron Gibson, who may start the game, along with Rodrigo Possebon, Rafael and Fabio Da Silva, are the product of a plan he hatched with former assistant Carlos Queiroz several years ago.

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