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(...)

Arsene Wenger looks on during the  Premier League  match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor in Burnley yesterday. Photograph: Lindsey Parnaby AFP Photo

As Turf Moor can represent the antidote to the Premier League’s shiny new stadiums, it served as an appropriate venue for a throwback to the old days(...)

Aaron Ramsey’s first half strike at Turfmoor made it eight wins on the bounce for Arsenal. Photograph: Reuters

Burnley 0 Arsenal 1Aaron Ramsey marked his 150th Premier League appearance with a first half winner as Arsenal closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to fo(...)

The Ireland players line up before kick-off in the 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The mood in the Republic of Ireland camp may, as you’d expect, still be upbeat despite the points dropped to Poland but any supporters who took partic(...)

Gareth Bale scores his second and Wales’ third goal in the Euro 2016 Group B qualifier against Israel in Haifa. Photograph:   Matthew Childs/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Israel 0 Wales 3Gareth Bale turned on the style as Wales took a huge step towards qualifying for Euro 2016 with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Israel (...)

Aaron Ramsey scores  Arsenal’s second goal in their Champions League round of 16 second leg match against AS Monaco  at Stade Louis II. Photograph:  Michael Steele/Getty Images

Monaco 0 Arsenal 2 (3-3 on agg, Monaco advance on away goals)The lesson for Arsenal is they cannot leave themselves needing these kind of feats of esc(...)

Aaron Ramsey scores Arsenal’s  second goal in the Premier League clash against West Ham at the   Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Arsenal 3 West Ham 0Olivier Giroud’s thunderbolt helped Arsenal see off the challenge of West Ham and cement their place in the top four of the Premie(...)

Another season, the same old way to fail. Arsenal have a particular way of losing games and all the familiar tropes were there in abundance on Wedn(...)

Theo Walcott doubled Arsenal’s lead in their 2-1 win over Leicester City at the Emirates. (Photograph: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal 2 Leicester City 1Nigel Pearson says that he can look after himself and so, on this evidence, can his Leicester City team. Two goals down desp(...)

Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud  lifts the ball over Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan  during the  Premier League  match  at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Arsenal 5 Aston Villa 0Another win for Arsenal and with it the growing sense that this will be another season in which they at the very least qualify (...)