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Arsenal sign Charlton teenager Jenkinson

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Jack Wilshere and Andy Carroll were today controversially omitted from the England squad for next month's European Under-21 Championship finals.

Arsenal warn England over risk of injury to 'tired' Wilshere

Arsenal have raised the stakes in their campaign to persuade the Football Association not to take Jack Wilshere to the Under-21s European Championships next month by disclosing playing-time statistics that they believe make him a severe injury risk.

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A 1-1 draw at Ewood Park gave Manchester United a record 19th League title. Steve Tongue picks out seven reasons why the trophy is heading for Old Trafford again...

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Rio Ferdinand insists he is fully fit and ready to steer Manchester United through a hazardous path to glory.

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Nemanja Vidic is predicting a big Manchester United future for young defender Chris Smalling.

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