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19-year-old midfielder has been reported to have agreed a move but club have revealed Gunners are yet to make an offer

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'Operation Bale' has followed a familiar pattern that usually ends up with Spaniards getting what they want

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Striker returns to the Emirates for the first time this weekend

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Jack Wilshere 'can become one of the best players in the world', says Arsene Wenger

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Arsenal walk out onto the pitch against Chelsea

'We do not win the big games': Arsene Wenger admits concern over recent Arsenal results

Arsenal have lost to Manchester City and Chelsea recently

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Arsene Wenger ponders move for Celtic's Victor Wanyama to bolster Arsenal midfield

The 21-year-old is more imposing than Arsenal's current options but likely to cost more than £10m

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AC Milan forward made a stand against racism after abuse during friendly

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Arsene Wenger hampered by Arsenal fans' clamour to see 'next Lionel Messi'

Arsenal manager admits he was not aware of Michu

Patrick Vieira lends support to the PASS initiative to increase access to education

Vieira: It will take at least a decade for St George's Park to deliver

The Football Association was still basking in the warm glow of royal benediction yesterday, but a man who was produced by one of the world's best youth development programmes, and is now an architect of one of its most ambitious, yesterday warned it would take at least a decade for St George's Park to bear fruit.

Patrick Vieira lends support to the PASS initiative to increase access to education

Patrick Vieira: It will take at least a decade for St George's to deliver for England

France legend warns FA to be patient but doubts young players still dream of an England career

Taking steps: Barnes says England should follow Germany's lead

Barnes fears for England in trying to catch Spain best

That goal in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana nearly three decades ago provided a tantalising hint of what English football could produce, but John Barnes has provided a sobering assessment of the national team's long road to aspirations of silverware. Things may get worse before they get better, he says, because the power of the Premier League will continue to prevent young players gaining the top-flight experience integral to the flourishing of Spain and Germany.

Robin van Persie trains at London Colney yesterday

Van Persie deal to be done ahead of Euro 2012

Arsène Wenger said yesterday that Arsenal are determined to tie up a new contract for Robin van Persie between the end of the season and the start of Euro 2012, although that leaves the club only a matter of days to do a deal.

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