Van Persie makes his first return to the Emirates as Podolski looks set to start in place of Giroud
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 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.
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.
United manager starts the psychological warfare in effort to derail City's title push
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.
Frenchman, who was always destined for the dugout, was Arsène Wenger's first signing at Highbury in 1996
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.