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?

Vieira eager for Premier League return

Patrick Vieira has revealed he is ready to return to the top flight of English football after a four-season absence.

Outside the Box: Farewell card for Vieira as he celebrates earliest kick-off

An alternative to watching England's bowlers toiling in the Cape Town heat on Wednesday morning was to check out a small piece of history when ESPN screened the earliest ever kick-off for a Serie A game: Chievo's 1-0 home defeat by Internazionale began at 11.30GMT. Arsenal and Manchester City fans would have been particularly interested in the performance of Patrick Vieira, who played a rare 90 minutes, his last for the club. Vieira, now well past his best at 33, marked it (and an opponent) with one particularly late tackle that earned him a farewell yellow card while Mario Balotelli, Inter's temperamental teenage striker, tested the patience of Jose Mourinho with his latest booking, for kicking the ball away; he is now suspended this weekend. It was not the most obvious time of day, or of week, for a league match but Wednesday was a bank holiday in Italy, for Epiphany (one of the country's 12, a whopping 50 per cent more than the United Kingdom enjoys).

Mancini rejects Ansaldi but keeps his options open

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed suggestions that he might be about to move for the Argentine defender Cristian Ansaldi, suggesting that Wayne Bridge meets his requirements for the left-back spot.

Vieira renews his rivalry with United

City's new signing says Ferguson's side are a fading force / Frenchman eager to prove he is still a world-class player

Vieira eyes title with Manchester City

Patrick Vieira claimed Manchester City are still in the race for the Barclays Premier League title after sealing his move from Inter Milan today.

Redknapp opted out of Vieira swoop

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has revealed he was given the chance to bid for Patrick Vieira during the current transfer window but turned down the offer as he was happy with his midfield options.

Vieira completes move to Manchester City

Manchester City today completed the signing of midfielder Patrick Vieira from Inter Milan.

Domenech backs Vieira switch

Patrick Vieira has a strong chance of fighting his way into the France squad for this year's World Cup if his move from Inter Milan to Manchester City proves a success, national coach Raymond Domenech said today.

Vieira cannot step back to his glory days

Frenchman who once bossed the English game is ready to return – but Manchester City are in for a shock if they expect his fearsome best

Vieira close to Manchester City switch

Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira has all but confirmed he is on the verge of rejoining Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.

Mourinho: Vieira heading for England

Manchester City's talks with Patrick Vieira have continued to progress, with his Internazionale manager Jose Mourinho confirming yesterday that he has played his last game for the Italian side.

Vieira in talks with Manchester City

Patrick Vieira is in talks over a proposed move to big-spending Manchester City, it was reported today.

Mancini ready to play Boyata in Carling Cup semi-final

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is prepared to throw in teenage Belgian defender Dedryck Boyata for tomorrow's Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester United.

Mancini puts talk of Vieira switch on hold

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini wants all talk of new signings put on the back-burner until after Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final showdown with Manchester United.

Wenger bemoans Arsenal injury misfortune

Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal's injury crisis has given the Gunners' rivals the edge in this year's title race.

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