Former German striker Oliver Bierhoff shows the name of Wales during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Wales?” George Hamilton’s exclamation was disbelieving, as though a little part of him suspected Oliver Bierhoff and Jérôme Valcke were playing some (...)

Austria’s David Alaba caused the Republic of Ireland all sorts of problems during the the World Cup 2014 qualification match at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Christian Hofer/Getty Images.

WALES World Ranking: 10. Ireland’s record against them: P13 W5 D3 L5 F16 A13 The Welsh certainly lack the pedigree of most other top seeds with just o(...)

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Belgium in the European Championship Group B clash in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

In another sign of the remarkable recent rise of Welsh football, Premier League outfit Swansea City are to establish coaching centres in Dublin, Belfa(...)

Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring the second goal for Arsenal in their FA cup final victory over Aston Villa at Wembley. Photo: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Arsenal 4 Aston Villa 0Arsenal broke records and the hearts of the 25,000 Aston Villa fans as they coasted to the biggest FA Cup final win in 21 year(...)

Arsenal’s David Ospina denies Swansea’s Ki Sung Yueng at the Emirates.  Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Arsenal 0 Swansea 1 What a way for Arsenal to blow their long undefeated run. Having spent the best part of 85 minutes huffing and puffing without bei(...)

 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: Team has had self-confidence since January

Psychological frailty has been listed among Arsenal’s various achilles heels in recent years but their fine run has given Arsène Wenger confidence th(...)

Phil Jones played for Manchester United’s Under-21s as he continues his progress towards full fitness. Photo: John Peters/Getty Images

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is pushing for a first-team return after featuring for the club’s Under-21s side on Monday.The 23-year-old playe(...)

Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal’s second goal despite Hull’s Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady’s best efforts. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images.

  Hull City 1 Arsenal 3 Another masterclass in passing and movement from Santi Cazorla and two more goals from Alexis Sanchez were (...)

Chelsea’s John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic show how much the point gained in draw with Arsenal means to them. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Gety Images

The nil-nil is one of football’s enduring image problems. People who don’t get the sport wonder how you can play any game for 90 minutes with nobody h(...)

Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici  stretches for the ball but  fails to stop a shot by Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in extra-time during the FA Cup semi-final  at Wembley. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Arsenal 2 Reading 1 (aet, 1-1 after 90 mins)A fumble from Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici in extra time handed Arsenal a 2-1 victory and a place in t(...)