Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez  scores his second  second goal with a free-kick during the  Premier League game against West Brom at  the Emirates Stadium.Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Arsenal 2 West Brom 0 It falls to an Arsenal member of staff to walk through the press box at half-time with a sheet of A4 paper bearing the official(...)

Chris Coleman says Wales remain confident despite one win in six. Photograph: Reuters

Chris Coleman insists Wales are still heading towards Euro 2016 in a positive frame of mind despite a poor run of results. Wales’ 1-0 defeat to fello(...)

Northern Ireland’s Gareth McAuley (centre) concedes a penalty by fowling Wales’ Simon Church in the area. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

In many respects it was one of those international friendlies that confirmed what most people already suspected. While Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ire(...)

Arsenal fans with a banner directed at manager Arsene Wenger during the victory over Hull City. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Hull City 0 Arsenal 4 Arsenal are into the FA Cup quarter-finals though the scoreline should not mask a disjointed display that is unlikely to quie(...)

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring the first of his two goals in the Premier League game against Arsenal at Old Trafford. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester United 3 Arsenal 2 This was a minor classic that featured two more Marcus Rashford goals, a sold-out Old Trafford witnessing Louis van Gaa(...)

Alexis Sánchez of Arsenal takes on Dani Alves of Barcelona during their Champions League clash which Barca won 2-0: “What surprised was the level of Barcelona’s superiority.” Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

It was a German managed by a French man but it said something stereotypical about English football: Arsenal versus Barcelona on Tuesday night and as t(...)

 Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Arsenal during the  Champions League last  16 first leg match at the Emirates. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

In the end, it had to come. The fans came for Messi. For 71 minutes at the Emirates, what they got was Mertesacker as on a taught, thrillingly anxious(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates with team-mate Neymar and Luis Suarez after scoring their  first goal of  Champions League match against Arsenal  at The Emirates.  Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Arsenal 0 Barcelona 2 For Arsenal, it was a lesson about how brutal football can be at this level. For long spells, they subdued Barcelona in a way t(...)

Mesut Özil scores Arsenal’s  first goal during the Premier League game against Bournemouth at  Vitality Stadium. Photograph:  Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Bournemouth 0 Arsenal 2 Sadly for Bournemouth, they had not seen the last of Mesut Özil this season. After scoring in and orchestrating Arsenal’s 2-0(...)

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez was a frustrated figure at the Emirates stadium on Tuesday night. Photograph: EPA

Arsenal 0 Southampton 0 For Arsenal a tremor that started as a festive flinch has now turned into a full-on winter wobble. A 0-0 draw against a pow(...)