Arsenal 4 Reading 1 match report: Gervinho picks fine time to breathe life into Arsenal career

Wenger's men react positively to his conversion from philosopher to enforcer but Reading are so feeble the real test of commitment lies ahead

Out of luck: Forest’s manager Billy Davies said his side deserved to win

Nottingham Forest 2 Brighton & Hove Albion 2 match report: Casper Ankergren blunder robs Brighton but team show why Gus Poyet stayed

Some eyebrows were raised when Gus Poyet chose to turn down the opportunity to take over at Reading last week, but his decision may look a little more understandable now.

Gervinho: an Arsenal man, but for how much longer?

Arsene Wenger warns players: Finish strongly or be sold

Arsenal manager says who stays or goes depends on last nine games of the season

Everton v Stoke preview: Tony Pulis admits lack of concentration is behind Potters' dire away form

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is calling for greater concentration from his players in away games.

Arsenal v Reading preview: Arsene Wenger keeps the faith in Wojciech Szczesny

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny should be very proud of already having made 100 first-team appearances - and recalled even legendary number one David Seaman had his “blips”.

Everton v Stoke preview: Tony Pulis admits lack of concentration is behind Potters' dire away form

Stoke manager Tony Pulis is calling for greater concentration from his players in away games.

Arsenal v Reading preview: Ex-Gunner goalkeeper Stuart Taylor looks forward to frustrating his former club at the Emirates

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor is hoping to get the chance to shut-out his old team when Reading continue their relegation fight at the Emirates Stadium tomorrow.

Aston Villa v Liverpool preview: Our players aren't big enough to be dirty, says Paul Lambert as he defends Villa's place at bottom of fair play table

Paul Lambert insists Aston Villa are not a dirty side despite being bottom of the fair play table ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool at Villa Park.

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Premier League relegation: The players who might save their club from the drop

A look at the potential heroes in the battle to avoid the bottom three and some saviours from previous campaigns

Jack Wilshere

Arsenal unable to put date on Jack Wilshere's return from injury, with midfielder certain to miss weekend clash with Reading

Wilshere has not played since the defeat at Tottenham and no specific date has been put on his return

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 28 March 2013

Ryder in critical condition after late-night attack

Ireland player Jonathan Walters looks dejected at the end of Ireland's 2-2 draw with Austria

Giovanni Trapattoni insists Republic of Ireland are still in hunt for 2014 World Cup qualification

Austria scored a late equaliser last night to dent their chances

Gareth Bale puts Wales in front from the penalty spot against Croatia
Nigel Adkins

Royal appointment: Nigel Adkins urges Reading to 'dare to dream'

Former Southampton manager signs contract until 2016

Nigel Adkins agreed the comeback made it his team’s best result of an increasingly impressive season

Nigel Adkins' switch from Southampton to Reading is bonkers

Appointment highlights the knee-jerk decisions being made by football clubs

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

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Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

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