Sport Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey goes down injured with a thigh strain in win at West Ham.

The Wales international was arguably the best player in the Premier League in the first half of the season

Benitez out to explode myth of Wenger's team building

Rafael Benitez admitted yesterday that his competitiveness extends to refusing to allow his elder daughter Claudia to beat him at computer games but it was another more intimidating adversary with whom he found himself in disagreement yesterday. Benitez was back on the attack against Arsène Wenger, telling the Arsenal manager that it was a myth he had assembled a team of overachieving young players.

Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1: Crouch ends the race for Arsenal

Draw means Wenger's side look out of the running for title as Liverpool play out second stalemate in four days

Gerrard and Torres in key for Benitez's band of brothers

They called him "El Nino" in Spain and, for a while last night, Fernando Torres did look like a kid. Dumped to the turf by Mathieu Flamini, complaining about Philippe Senderos's challenge and then out-muscled by William Gallas. But it is a nickname that the 24-year-old has outgrown.

Wenger confident as he faces 'greatest challenge of career'

The positive messages crackled from Arsène Wenger yesterday: his team would play with no fear, they can beat any other side in the world, the next 12 days would define what could be an extraordinary season and the moment of truth, therefore, had now arrived.

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Bolton undone by Wenger’s double substitution after Diaby’s dismissal

Domenech considers final three France places

France's coach, Raymond Domenech, hopes next week's meetings with Mali and England will help him finalise his squad for the European Championship.

Fabregas and Flamini chart course for glory

They are the double-act taking the Champions League by storm and after taming Kaka and Andrea Pirlo, the Arsenal duo of Cesc Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini would appear to fear no team. "There are no limits to what this team can achieve," Flamini said on Tuesday night, and for once it seemed that the old football hyperbole had its roots in truth.

Arsenal 1 Aston Villa 1: Last-gasp Bendtner stuns O'Neill as Arsenal cling to one-point lead

Superb Villa well worthy of point but fans' sickening Eduardo chant leaves Wenger shaking his head

Birmingham 2 Arsenal 2: Wenger's fury after horror injury to Eduardo

Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger is normally composed by the time he faces the media after games but he could barely contain his anger yesterday over the tackle by the Birmingham defender Martin Taylor that broke Eduardo da Silva's leg.

Mathieu Flamini: "We have to be at the front of the physical battle... if we have to fight, we fight"

Interview includes extra content, exclusive to www.independent.co.uk

With a virtual ever-presence this season, a clutch of man-of-the-match awards and a great "complicity", as he calls it, with the rest of the Arsenal midfield, Mathieu is not having it. "No, no, no," he says when asked about the nickname he acquired from his team-mates. "It was the African players who started it because, you know, I never give up."

Ferguson's statement of intent loud and clear

When a rivalry is as deeply scored as that between Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty, such a triumph is satisfying, indeed, for the victor. But for Sir Alex Ferguson, this humiliation of his most resourceful and begrudgingly respected opponent was a reminder that, on all fronts, United are unbowed by recent events. Although this was a welcome respite from Premier League endeavours, supremacy in that competition is never far from the Scot's mind.

Manchester Utd 4 Arsenal 0: Rooney tears abject Arsenal apart

Striker inspires superb United to make Wenger's men pay for listless attitude

Arsenal 2 Blackburn Rovers 0: Senderos and Adebayor strike to leave Arsenal in the driving seat

It may only be five points, but those in pursuit of Arsenal are now obliged to mind the gap. Arsène Wenger's team extended their lead in the title race last night with a victory that turned Manchester United's Sunday from hell into an equally miserable Monday for Sir Alex Ferguson. After the weekend when the rest of the best wobbled, Arsenal's nerve held.

Touré stretched by Arsenal's defensive crisis

Arsène Wenger has not ruled out the extraordinary possibility of asking Kolo Touré to play two games in three days to ease what is rapidly becoming an injury crisis in the centre of Arsenal's defence.

Arsenal to last the pace, says Flamini

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini maintains their young side can come of age this season and deliver the Premier League title.

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