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It's squeaky-bum time

Arsene Wenger

It seems absurd to say, given his record, but no manager is under greater pressure this weekend than Arsene Wenger.

Why, oh why? The week the pundits ran riot

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French winger Gabriel Obertan insists it was an easy decision to leave Manchester United and join Newcastle.

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Footballers, specifically English footballers, have long had to disguise any hint of an intellectual hinterland. During his playing career, middle-class Chelsea veteran Graeme Le Saux famously confessed to reading a certain left-leaning broadsheet. He was subjected to years of homophobic abuse from fans and fellow players.

Joey Barton, the thinking man's footballer

First he turned to George Orwell, then George Washington. But Barton is not alone in revealing the link between philosophy and the beautiful game. Nick Szczepanik discovers a cornucopia of thought for him to tweet.

Alan Pardew wants Premier League

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has called on the Barclays Premier League to provide its players with a guideline to direct their use of Twitter in the wake of the ongoing Joey Barton saga.

Joey Barton facing uncertain future

Joey Barton's future remains up in the air after the midfielder continued his Twitter campaign against the Newcastle hierarchy with a threat to see out his contract at St James' Park against the club's wishes.

Defiant Barton threatens to stay on Tyneside

Joey Barton has hinted he may be happy with a long stay in the Newcastle doghouse despite not being wanted by the club.

Andy Martin: Cambridge is the place for Joey Barton

Move over Eric Cantona. Enough trawlers and seagulls. Joey Barton has taken over as football's No 1 philosopher. A fluent midfielder who has played for England and Manchester City, Barton is also famous for his fouls and has criminal convictions for affray and assault.

Clubs line-up to lure Joey Barton

Joey Barton would appear to have his pick of clubs as he sets about again resurrecting his turbulent career ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.

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