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Golden Goal: Alan Smith for Arsenal v Liverpool (1989)

The Arsenal forward’s header was inevitably overshadowed by Michael Thomas’s title-winner, but you can’t get the second without scoring the first<p>Call it the Mother Teresa syndrome, if you like: the idea of one notable thing being overshadowed by another. When Mama T died in 1997, her passing was …

Liverpool FC

Jack Wilshere loan farce shows why Arsenal lag behind Chelsea

Nathan Ake and Jack Wilshere could have both be playing for Bournemouth at Everton this weekend.<p>Equally, they could have both been at Stamford Bridge for the Premier League showdown between Chelsea and Arsenal.<p>The fact Ake will be watching from the sidelines and Wilshere will be around 200 miles …

Soccer

Dead or alive, Alexis spins me right round

<b>Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth</b><p>As we tip-toe over the last few yards of November I keep expecting some chaos to unfold, as is longstanding tradition in our …

Arsene Wenger's early success at Arsenal excuses his years of failure

<i>On the occasion of Arsene Wenger's 20th anniversary as Arsenal manager, ESPN FC asked Nick Hornby, English novelist and screenwriter best known for</i> …

Meet the other Wenger - Arsene's brother reveals the Arsenal manager's untold story

Guy Wenger is 71 and now retired from the family car parts business that he ran in Alsace for 42 years. His younger brother, Arsène, is 66 and will on Saturday reach the unprecedented milestone of 20 years as Arsenal manager, but you do not need long in Guy's company to sense that the passage of …

Arsène Wenger should have won more but English football owes him a lot

The Frenchman took the reins at Arsenal 20 years ago today and despite leaner times in recent years his impact and influence is undeniable<p>Happy anniversary then, Arsène. You were the future once. Like most ageing pop culture icons Arsène Wenger has by now pretty much completed the full circuit from …

Adrian Clarke: What it was REALLY like for the players when Arsene arrived

Published<p>21 September 2016<p>Twenty years ago Arsene Wenger introduced me to my hip flexors, and I can still picture the scene today. Most of <b>Arsenal</b>’s …

Arsenal Have an Arsène Wenger Problem

If you’ve listened to any Arsenal podcasts, read any fan sites, or watched any postgame punditry over the past few years, you’ve heard that Arsène …

Wenger clearly wants Wilshere gone for good

Whatever happened to likely lads Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere?

They are images that once seemed so illustrative of two brash young footballers on top of the world, but now look oddly poignant and only emphasise …

Arsenal Have Lost Their Edge and With It May Go Their Place at the Top Table

Some promise, a collapse of bewildering speed, followed by a recovery that ended up not being quite good enough but at least meant that the final result wasn’t as big an embarrassment as it might have been. For Arsenal, Sunday’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool was entirely characteristic.<p>There must have …

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Arsène Wenger’s gamble fails as Arsenal get a familiar feeling

The 4-3 defeat by Liverpool highlighted the weaknesses in Wenger’s squad that have been obvious all summer and he shows no signs of fixing them<p>It was one of those moments when the fine lines of sport suddenly crack open into a chasm. Sadio Mané’s lashed strike to put Liverpool 4-1 up sent an …

Stefan Reinartz's path from player to analyst helps us understand passing

Stefan Reinartz was a middling midfielderb but he's found fresh life in data analysis. As Stefan Reinartz's career as a tidy holding midfielder in …

Soccer

Aaron Ramsey at the beating, Belgium-battering heart of Wales’s glory

At Euro 2016 the Arsenal man has looked liberated, entirely sure of his role, legs constantly whizzing, a sniping, scurrying menace<p>As the clock ran down in those febrile, oddly still moments after Sam Vokes’s goal had confirmed what everyone in the Stade Pierre Mauroy already knew, the Welsh end …

Russians go to war with an English myth

England supporters are the inheritors of a reputation they no longer deserve<p>Mon, Jun 13, 2016, 07:30<p>Video<br>• Images<p>England fans are dispersed in central …

The side of Marseille that Euro 2016 doesn't want you to see

The taxi driver won’t venture beyond the periphery of the Marseilles suburb where Zinedine Zidane was born. “They don’t like the sign on the top. …

Jamie Vardy’s proposed move to Arsenal may not be the fairytale ending

The England striker has a difficult decision to make but he will only prosper at Arsenal if they play to his strengths<p>Jamie Vardy the movie is going to end up with more false climaxes than Terminator. Somewhere right now a scriptwriter is probably scratching his head and muttering: “Arsenal? Bloody …

The top 10 moments from hit 90s documentary 'Graham Taylor: An Impossible Job'

<b>There are some people who have never watched Graham Taylor: An Impossible Job.</b> For those people, this top 10 perhaps isn’t for you. Or perhaps it’s …

The dominance of established 'superclubs' shows no sign of ending

Real Madrid and Barcelona are at football's top table and look set to stay there indefinitely. You might be familiar with the frog metaphor. If you …

Soccer

Real Madrid Win Hints at Growing Imbalance in Champions League

SAN SIRO, MILAN — The financial structures of modern football have led to many paradoxes, but none perhaps is quite so strange as the one that makes the UEFA Champions League easier to win for certain clubs than their own domestic league.<p>There are a collection of perhaps half-a-dozen sides that are …

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Granit Xhaka: a born leader who will finally bring some grit to Arsenal

The Swiss midfielder was outspoken at Borussia Mönchengladbach and sent off three times last season before Arsène Wenger convinced him to leave Germany<p>Borussia Mönchengladbach’s interim manager André Schubert looked around his dressing room in search of a leader. The team had lost five consecutive …

The fabric of a football club will long outlive demand for instant success

Louis van Gaal speaks to the Man Utd. fans after his team's dismantling of Bournemouth in the final EPL match of the season. Certain moments, every …

Leicester City FC

Reports: Welbeck facing months out

Danny Welbeck is reportedly facing a period of months out of the game after he damaged his knee against Man City on Sunday.The striker hurt …

Danny Welbeck

‘We've come to win the league!’

Leicester City defied seemingly insurmountable odds to win the English Premier League this season, adding to this city's ancient past, deep-rooted …

Gooners Out, Tourists In

The Leicester Supremacy – a triumph that was never supposed to happen

Champions have vaulted an impassable gulf of finance and privilege in modern‑day Big Football to re‑energise the most inspiring sporting principle of open competition<p>Do not adjust your reality: this really is happening. For the past three months Leicester City’s gloriously bold progress towards a …

Trevor Hicks on the deaths of his daughters at Hillsborough: 'There have been dark days'

It is only near the end of our conversation that Trevor Hicks allows himself to shed a tear. His two daughters, 19-year-old Sarah and 15-year-old Vicki, were among the 96 Liverpool supporters crushed to death at the Hillsborough stadium in April 1989, and today is the morning after an inquest jury …

Empty seats, empty words...and empty heads if Arsenal, United and co fail to heed their 'customers'

For now, the official policy of Arsenal and Manchester United is denial.<p>Either that or the thousands of seats which appeared empty for last week’s …

Arsène Wenger a victim of the game’s vitriol but also his own flaws

The anger shown to the Arsenal manager by some fans is absurd – but so is Arsène Wenger’s stubbornness<p>Over time, you come to realise that football, for all its charms and addictive qualities, is an inherently angry place. It’s unshakeable, there will always be eruptions of temper and no matter how …