Striker returns to the Emirates for the first time this weekend
Arsenal midfielder was impressive against Brazil
Arsenal have lost to Manchester City and Chelsea recently
The 21-year-old is more imposing than Arsenal's current options but likely to cost more than £10m
France legend warns FA to be patient but doubts young players still dream of an England career
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.
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.
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.
Manchester United skipper Nemanja Vidic has confirmed he is on course for a return to action at the start of next season.
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.
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.
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Patrick Vieira has urged Mario Balotelli's army of critics to cut him some slack.
Patrick Vieira believes the current Arsenal squad lacks the physical edge that marked his trophy-laden era at the club.
Patrick Vieira is convinced Manchester City are on course to become one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Former World Cup winner Patrick Vieira has announced his retirement from professional football.