Scholes dismisses 'pointless' Arsenal

United's player-turned-coach criticises philosophy of Wenger, who will reluctantly let Nasri leave if he receives £25m bid

Arsenal remain uncertain over futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri

Arsenal are set to kick off pre-season training with questions over the future of captain Cesc Fabregas and contract rebel Samir Nasri still unanswered, while full-back Gael Clichy is on the verge of a £7million move to Manchester City.

Manchester United snatch early lead over rivals City in race to spend

Manchester is seeing most of the transfer action as Ferguson shows who's boss, writes Tim Rich

Arsenal prepare to fight off Nasri's rival suitors

Arsenal face an anxious week's wait, bracing themselves for a Manchester United bid for Samir Nasri, with Manchester City also open-minded about a move for the player if they feel there is a genuine prospect of concluding a deal.

Manchester United poised to bid £20m for Nasri

Sir Alex Ferguson appears to be convinced he can overcome Arsène Wenger's resistance to losing Samir Nasri and capitalise on the French midfielder's contractual impasse with a speculative £20m offer.

Arsenal close in on £10.6m signing of Gervinho

Arsenal hope to tie up the £10.6m transfer of the Ivory Coast striker Gervinho over the weekend.

Samir Nasri planning Arsenal talks

Samir Nasri is determined to prove he has what it takes to be more than a one-season wonder - but as yet there are no firm answers on whether that will be at Arsenal.

Nasri staying as Chelsea make £22m Modric bid

Talks between Arsenal's Samir Nasri and Manchester United have come to nothing and the player now appears likely to remain at Arsenal for another season.

Football in Brief: Young wants test at highest level

Ashley Young has set his sights on playing Champions League football next season after another top class performance in England's otherwise disappointing 2-2 draw with Switzerland.

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Wilshere has 'hit the wall' and needs a rest, Wenger warns England

Arsene Wenger will speak to Fabio Capello over Jack Wilshere's impending participation in the European Under-21 Championship.

Wenger failed to react when Chelsea moved the goalposts

London rivals started spending in order to catch United, but Arsenal manager opted to invest in youth &ndash; and it has not worked

Wilshere keeps eyes on bigger prize after players' award

Arsenal '100 per cent' still in league battle, midfielder declares in build-up to derby

PFA announce Player of the Year nominees

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s Samir Nasri have both officially been nominated for the Professional Footballer’s Association Player and Young Player of the Year awards.

Gareth Bale and Samir Nasri lead PFA Player of the Year nominations

Tottenham’s Gareth Bale and Arsenal’s Samir Nasri have reportedly been nominated for both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

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