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?

Fabregas puts faith in home advantage to tip balance

Ahead of a game that may well make up Cesc Fabregas' mind as to whether he stays at Arsenal, the Spanish midfielder said that tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester United changes nothing. Just because other clubs lavished fortunes on transfers, Fabregas said, that did not guarantee them success.

Ronaldo reaps the rewards of feeling at home in England

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Portsmouth want £5m Poulsen and sign up Pennant on loan

Portsmouth are attempting to persuade Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen to join them on loan for the rest of the season with a view to a £5m permanent transfer. The Denmark international has been told he can leave but is understood to not be keen on a move to Fratton Park.

Pennant joins Portsmouth on loan

Winger Jermaine Pennant has agreed to join Portsmouth on loan from Liverpool until the end of the season.

West Ham bemused by Kinnear claim

Newcastle united last night abandoned a seemingly muddled and one-sided attempt to sign West Ham United captain Lucas Neill after the east London club said they were "astonished" by talk of any move.

Ramos looking towards England to find Real some speed

The Real Madrid coach, Juande Ramos, says he is looking for a right winger to boost his squad in the winter transfer window and is interested in several players in the Premier League.

Serie A has racism issue, says Vieira

Internazionale midfielder Patrick Vieira has added his voice to the claim that Serie A still has a problem with racism.

Vieira reveals respect for Keane

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has named long-time Manchester United adversary Roy Keane as one of the best players he has ever played against.

Rosina rejects Tottenham link

Torino midfielder Alessandro Rosina has played down speculation linking him with a January transfer to Premier League strugglers Tottenham Hotspur.

Bilic fears Spurs' bad form will hinder Croatia's key men

The Croatia coach, Slaven Bilic, fears that the crisis at Tottenham could undermine his country's bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. Luka Modric is Bilic's key player but the £16.5m signing from Dynamo Zagreb has so far struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane.

Sampdoria plotting loan deal to prise Shevchenko from Chelsea

The Sampdoria general manager Beppe Marotta has revealed his club are plotting an audacious swoop for the Chelsea striker Andrei Shevchenko.

Beckham sees Capello's passion as the key to England success

David Beckham believes that Fabio Capello's dedication to football will bring success to England.

Today at Euro 2008: Vieira 'in tunnel row' with Van Nistelrooy

Patrick Vieira did not play a part in France's elimination from Euro 2008 but the former Arsenal captain was alleged to be involved in a tunnel row with one of his oldest adversaries, the Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. The two men are understood to have traded insults after France's 4-1 defeat to the Dutch in Berne last Friday after Van Nistelrooy purposely waited for Vieira after the game.

France lament the absence of lost leader Zidane

France's Euro 2008 squad are missing Zinedine Zidane, the midfielder Franck Ribéry and the goalkeeper Grégory Coupet said yesterday. "He would take the ball and go and score three goals," Ribéry said as the team prepared for tomorrow's vital Group C game against Italy. "His presence would do everybody a lot of good," added the midfielder, a fan long before replacing him as France's playmaker.

This weekend at Euro 2008: Ibrahimovic keen to renew 'special' Larsson partnership

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic said yesterday that he hoped Henrik Larsson would be picked as his partner to help him end his long goal drought for his country at Euro 2008.

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