Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

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Andrey Arshavin and Per Mertesacker of Arsenal look dejected in defeat

Arsene Wenger unhappy over Arsenal's league position

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits the Barclays Premier League table makes unpleasant reading after defeat at Norwich left them 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Jason Roberts has got it wrong on his Kick It Out racism campaign

This is not the kind of thing a white man should say. But Jason Roberts seems to have got it wrong on racism. The black footballer has called for a boycott of this weekend's anti-racism Kick It Out protest. He feels it has not been vigorous enough in its response to abuse in the game.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton

Arsenal warned that Norwich will 'fight like dogs' on Saturday

Winger Elliott Bennett has warned that Norwich will 'fight like dogs' as they look to kick-start their Barclays Premier League campaign against Arsenal on Saturday.

A view of St James' Park

Managing director Derek Llambias optimistic about Newcastle's financial future

Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias is confident the events of the past fortnight have helped to secure the long-term future of the club.

Demba Ba of Newcastle volleys in a spectacular equaliser
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew signs staggering new contract to manage Newcastle until 2020

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley today placed the future firmly in the hands of manager Alan Pardew when he handed him a staggering eight-year contract.

Norwich complete signing of Mark Bunn from Blackburn

Norwich today completed the signing of goalkeeper Mark Bunn from Blackburn for an undisclosed fee.

Norwich sign Michael Turner from Sunderland

Michael Turner has completed his move to Norwich from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

Robert Snodgrass celebrates after putting Leeds 1-0 up at the Emirates
earlier this month

Norwich signing Robert Snodgrass couldn't turn Premier League chance

New Norwich signing Robert Snodgrass admitted the chance to play in the Barclays Premier league was too good to pass up.

Leeds' Robert Snodgrass celebrates scoring against Cardiff yesterday

Leeds captain Robert Snodgrass set for Elland Road exit

Robert Snodgrass has left Leeds' training camp after being given permission to speak to an unnamed Barclays Premier League club, believed to be Norwich.

Steven Whittaker injured as Norwich beat Celtic in pre-season friendly

Norwich's 1-0 friendly win over Celtic at Parkhead last night came at a price when new signing Steven Whittaker limped off in the first half with an ankle injury.

Shearer reckons heading back to the north-east could be the best option for Carrol

Liverpool striker Andy Carroll should return to Newcastle, says Alan Shearer

Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer believes returning to Tyneside would be a “great move” for Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

Lee Clark

Danish international Peter Lovenkrands joins Birmingham

Peter Lovenkrands has become Lee Clark's first signing as Birmingham boss, subject to a medical.

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