Sport Arsène Wenger hopes that his new team - mobile, nimble and smart - will be on the right side of history once again

The league leaders, weary from a tough trip to Napoli, today travel to Manchester City, who have been in scintillating form at home. Can Wenger’s men win the battle of the midfield maestros?

Alex Ferguson and Roy Keane celebrate winning the league in 2001

Sir Alex Ferguson is still trying to exert 'control and power' at Manchester United, claims Roy Keane

Keane also takes offence at praise from the former Manchester United manager and explains how he cried for 'two minutes' after being ushered out of Old Trafford

Arsene Wenger and Tony Adams with the Premier League trophy in 1998
Matthias Ginter celebrates Freiburg's Bundesliga survival

Transfer news: Arsenal set to be frustrated over another signing as Freiburg dismiss deal agreed for midfielder Matthias Ginter

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

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale (right) and Sergio Ramos, of Real Madrid, battle for possession at the Bernabeu in 2011

Real Madrid's three-point plan to lure world's best players to the Bernabeu - including Gareth Bale

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

Lukas Podolski is likely to start in place of Olivier Giroud

Robin van Persie was broody over title before saddest of Arsenal exits, says Arsène Wenger

Van Persie makes his first return to the Emirates as Podolski looks set to start in place of Giroud

Arsene Wenger at the Emirates

Arsene Wenger says Arsenal have 'now stabilised' following departure of Robin van Persie to Manchester United

Striker returns to the Emirates for the first time this weekend

Jack Wilshere (left) and Oscar tussle for the ball at Wembley last night

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

Arsenal midfielder was impressive against Brazil

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

Arsenal have been watching Celtic’s Victor Wanyama for some time

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

Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng gestures towards his abusers

Kevin-Prince Boateng vows to walk-off even in Champions League games

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

Wenger:

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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