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?

Wenger calls on Arsenal fans to show 'gratitude' towards old boys

Arsene Wenger has appealed to the Arsenal support to "show some style" and express their "gratitude" to former players when three one-time Gunners return to the Emirates in the colours of Manchester City this evening.

Wenger backs Campbell to defy hate

Defender faces a venomous response as he returns to White Hart Lane for the final time

Adebayor eyes Champions League

Emmanuel Adebayor is intent on steering Manchester City into the Champions League after "the worst season of my life".

Roberto Mancini expects more from Patrick Vieira

Roberto Mancini has admitted Manchester City have not seen the best of Patrick Vieira.

Tevez hits hat-trick to fire City

Manchester City 3 Wigan Athletic 0

Doubts raised over Robinho deal

Manchester City feel under no obligation to take Robinho back to Eastlands, despite reports from Brazil that the sponsors who were to finance the £160,000-a-week player's wage at Santos may be struggling to do so.

Buffon 'annoyed' by Manchester City rumours

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is "very annoyed" by reports linking him with a move to Manchester City, according to his agent.

Adebayor handed four-game ban

Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been handed a four-match ban after being sent off during the FA Cup fifth-round replay defeat against Stoke on Tuesday, the FA have confirmed.

Benitez banks on experience for early 'play-off'

A week in which debate began about whether there should be play-offs for England's fourth Champions' League place ends today with what could effectively prove to be one. Manchester City, in fourth position with a game in hand, take on Liverpool, who are one point and one place behind them. Furthermore, whatever Aston Villa and Tottenham may claim – both could this afternoon move above the losers at Eastlands – City and Liverpool are the two most likely contenders for the fourth slot.

Outside Edge (21/02/10)

While we don't expect Britain to top the medal table at the Olympic Games, winter or summer, you'd have thought we'd have a good chance at the Couch Potato Olympics, a contest devised by to find the slobbiest nations around. They evaluated 24 countries using four criteria – calorie intake per day; television viewing; aversion to playing sports; and internet usage – but Britain only managed fifth overall, though we did pick up silver in the sports aversion category. Winners by a street were North America, with the US first (two golds, two bronzes) and Canada second (one gold). Plucky little Belgium, buoyed by their diet of mussels and mayo-slathered chips, pipped Turkey for third. Beers all round; Belgian, of course.

Vieira handed three-match ban

The Football Association have confirmed Patrick Vieira will serve a three-game ban after the Manchester City midfielder opted not to contest a charge of violent conduct.

Man City rule out challenge to Vieira's three-game ban

Manchester City's Patrick Vieira, who has started only two games for Roberto Mancini, will miss the club's three huge upcoming matches, having decided not to contest a violent conduct charge.

Shawcross and Pulis rage at 'foul' that robbed Stoke

Manager and defender furious that official's blunder let Manchester City off hook

Vieira charged with violent conduct

Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira has been charged with violent conduct after appearing to kick Stoke's Glenn Whelan between the legs last night.

Wilshere is a an England star of future, says Coyle

Owen Coyle is convinced he has been given a future England international to work with in Jack Wilshere. Arsène Wenger is clearly a disciple of Coyle's brand of passing football, having initially signalled an intention to let Wilshere move to Burnley on loan last month before eventually doing a deal with Bolton after the Scot moved into the Reebok Stadium hot-seat.

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