Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal waves to the Old Trafford crowd. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

We were informed how he walked and where he walked. How he stood and where he stood. We had his facial expressions and the language of his body interp(...)

Besiktas’ Mustafa Pektemek  vies with Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere (left) and Mikel Arteta (right) during the Champions League first leg play-off in Istanbul. Arsene Wenger has been pondering whether his side are losing out against more physically imposing teams. Photograph:  Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Arsene Wenger allowed himself a nostalgic smile as he recalled how routine player checks on a Friday produced some impressive results in the old days.(...)

 Mario Balotelli is on his way to Liverpool. Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Liverpool are close to a £16m deal with Milan to sign Mario Balotelli having performed a major U-turn on the merits of bringing the problematic str(...)

 Angel di Maria wants to leave  Real Madrid. Photograph:   Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.Di Ma(...)

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey leaves the field after receiving a red card during the first leg of their Champions League qualifying soccer match against Besiktas at Ataturk Olympic stadium in Istanbul. Photograph:  Murad Sezer/Reuters

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hit out at the sending off of midfielder Aaron Ramsey as his side battled to a goalless draw with Besiktas in the first(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Sue Ronan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having become the latest Republic of Ireland women’s squad member to venture overseas to pursue her career, France-based Stephanie Roche is aiming to(...)

 Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas gestures during the English Premier League soccer match against Burnley.  Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

Jose Mourinho hailed Cesc Fabregas after the midfielder enjoyed a stunning debut in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Burnley.After three years in Barcelona, Fa(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger talks to his players during a team training session at their training ground in London Colney, north of London. Photographer: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Arsenal will hope their Champions League campaign is not as muddled and confused as their journey to this distant qualifier. The team had departed Lu(...)

Cork’s Alan Cadogan and Paddy Stapleton of Tipperary clash in yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A testing Sunday, that. From Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin to Croke Park to Stade Jean Bouin and back again, and as ever you end up addled, half hear(...)

Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is happy for Arsenal to win ugly, but knows they cannot afford too many costly defensive relapses if they are to challen(...)