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?

QPR’s Nedum Onuoha reacts in incredulous fashion at referee Lee Mason’s awarding of the penalty at Old Trafford yesterday

Hughes: bad decisions messing with people's livelihoods

Mark Hughes, the Queen's Park Rangers manager, last night suggested that managers have lost faith in referees after the dubious dismissal of his captain, Shaun Derry, had rendered defeat even more inevitable to a Manchester United side who can now afford to lose two games and still be crowned Premier League champions.

Peter Crouch enjoys his wonder strike against Manchester City

Sam Wallace: Never doubt the enduring class of Crouch

If you have followed Peter Crouch's career closely, his goal against Manchester City on Saturday was not that much of a surprise. He scored Mark Hughes-style volleys twice for Liverpool against Galatasaray and Bolton. The third goal of his hat-trick against Arsenal at Anfield in 2007 was not too shabby either.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson who is hoping to derail City's title push

Mancini's turn to face Ferguson mind games

United manager starts the psychological warfare in effort to derail City's title push

Sir Alex Ferguson had reason to fear Roberto Mancini’s Manchester City after October’s 6-1 defeat

James Lawton: City should remember it's futile to bait Fergie, a past master of the art

Ferguson accepted the gift of Vieira’s ‘mind games’ as a seasoned boxer might a deliciously exposed chin

Vidic will no longer be considered for selection

Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic targets pre-season return

Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic has confirmed he is on course for a return to action at the start of next season.

‘The first trophy is to finish in the top four and that is still possible for us’ Arsene Wenger, Arsenal manager

Sacking Arsene Wenger would be 'biggest mistake' Arsenal could make says Emmanuel Petit

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes the current players have become disillusioned and lack mental strength, but insists parting company with manager Arsene Wenger would be the "biggest mistake" the club could make.

Marouane Fellaini takes on the City defence in Everton's win last night

Fellaini provides the steel to put leaders to the sword

Roberto Mancini might have been upset at Marouane Fellaini's challenge on Edin Dzeko in the build-up to Darron Gibson's goal, but he cannot have been surprised. The Belgian's physical domination was the fundamental fact of this game, and he provided another reminder of the remarkable combination of physical and technical skills which he wields like a broadsword at the heart of Everton's midfield.

Johan Djourou: 'Wenger's philosophy at Arsenal has been great and we have to repay him for that'

'As footballers, we are still humans. I can see anybody getting depressed'

Johan Djourou was moved by Gary Speed's death. Here, he tells Sam Wallace about the pressures that afflict players and managers

Johan Djourou: 'Wenger's philosophy at Arsenal has been great and we have to repay him for that'

Johan Djourou: The thinking footballer

The Arsenal defender was deeply moved by the death of Gary Speed. Here, he tells Sam Wallace about the unique pressures that afflict players and managers at the top

Paul Pogba is expected to be handed his full United debut

Manchester City lie in wait as Paul Pogba stalls on new United deal

Manchester United fear they may lose their rising star Paul Pogba, a defensive midfielder recruited at great expense and effort from Le Havre two years ago, to their fierce rivals Manchester City as talks over a new deal for the 18-year-old hit an impasse.

The next Arsenal manager? Garde giving impressive audition at Lyons

Frenchman, who was always destined for the dugout, was Arsène Wenger's first signing at Highbury in 1996

Patrick Vieira convinced Manchester City can win title

Patrick Vieira is convinced Manchester City can win the Premier League title this season.

Patrick Vieira defends troubled Mario Balotelli

Patrick Vieira has urged Mario Balotelli's army of critics to cut him some slack.

Arsenal lack physical edge says former captain Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira believes the current Arsenal squad lacks the physical edge that marked his trophy-laden era at the club.

Manchester City will be world power claims Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira is convinced Manchester City are on course to become one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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