Jermain Defoe of Sunderland scores the winning  goal during the  Premier League match against Newcastle  at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0Reminders of the old adage about form being temporary but class permanent can rarely have been more welcome.A truly terrible g(...)

France’s captain Karim Benzema reacts during their international friendly soccer match against Brazil at the Stade de France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

France suffered a serious reality check in their build-up to Euro 2016 on home soil when Brazil outclassed them in a friendly at the Stade de France (...)

Arsenal’s French striker Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring his team’s first goal  in the  Premier League match against Newcastle at St James Park. Oli Scarff/AFP

Premier League round-up: Olivier Giroud’s first-half double handed Arsenal a sixth successive Premier League victory as they survived a spirited fight(...)

James McCarthy scores Everton’s opening goal in the Premier League clash against Newcastle at Goodison Park. Photograph:  Andrew Yates/Reuters/Livepic

Everton 3 Newcastle United 0The pressure may have been on but no evidence was found on Everton. Roberto Martínez’s side produced a composed, controlle(...)

David Silva scored twice for Manchester City as they closed the gap on league leaders Chelsea after their 5-0 win over Newcastle. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester City 5 Newcastle United 0Manchester City warmed up for Tuesday’s visit of Barcelona in style by crushing Newcastle 5-0 on a perfect day for(...)

Chelsea manager José Mourinho endured a frustrating first half against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA

Assistant coach Steve Holland admitted Chelsea fell below their own standards in the beating Newcastle but praised their reaction after José Mourinho(...)

Chelsea’s Diego Costa celebrates his goal during their  Premier League  match against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0Jose Mourinho may have again landed himself in hot water by voicing his opinions but he left it to his Chelsea players to do the (...)

Everton manager  Roberto Martinez gesticulates on the sidelines during the Premier League game against  Hull City  at KC Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic ensured Everton’s festive flop continued with a fourth straight defeat at stru(...)

Arsene Wenger: “If you look at  the injuries we have with Wilshere, Ramsey and Arteta, we are a bit short at the moment in midfield.” Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Arsène Wenger has identified central midfield as the area he will look to strengthen when the transfer window opens. The Arsenal manager has previous(...)

Alan Pardew has told Newcastle United he wishes to end his four-year stint as manager of the club to return to former side Crystal Palace(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Alan Pardew is set to sever ties with Newcastle United after a tempestuous four-year spell in charge on Tyneside and return to his first professional (...)