Robert Pires

Management should come with a health warning, admits Wenger

Arsene Wenger has known Gérard Houllier since both men started their careers in the French championship 28 years ago, but the Arsenal manager confessed this week to being surprised that today he will once again sit in the opposite dugout to his old friend.

Wilkins and Essien doubt City's stamina for title

The Premier League table shows Manchester City are Chelsea's closest rivals, yet the defending champions do not seem to consider them as genuine challengers, despite their 1-0 defeat at Eastlands 10 days ago.

James Lawton: The Bloodgate physio is banned for life. So why is the

It may not be much comfort to the ruined physiotherapist Steph Brennan but there might just be a day when he can look back on the "Bloodgate" affair and remember that in the worst days of his life – and the sport to which he attached himself – he showed a degree of moral discernment.

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Van Persie ruled out for Arsenal

Arsenal will be without striker Robin van Persie for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg trip to Villarreal with a groin injury.

Cazorla out as Villarreal capitulate

Villarreal will face Arsenal tomorrow night still reeling from their worst 90 minutes of the season and the loss of one of their best players – Spain international winger Santi Cazorla, whose fractured fibula rules him out for the rest of the season. In need of a straightforward three points, sealed early enough in the game to allow him to take off his most important players, coach Manuel Pellegrini looked on in horror as Cazorla was carried off and Robert Pires sent off.

Maxi sorry for Barcelona outburst

Atletico Madrid captain Maxi Rodriguez has issued a belated apology following his angry reaction to being substituted against Barcelona on Sunday.