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.(...)

 Manuel Pellegrini: “I was absolutely sure they weren’t going to win the [four] games that they had to play.” Photo:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Manuel Pellegrini says Liverpool blew their chance of winning the title last season because they could not handle the pressure of being top of the lea(...)

Italy’s Mario Balotelli and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez during a group game in the World Cup. Balotelli is poised to replace Suarez after his move from Liverpool to Barcelona.

Mario Balotelli has accepted a 50 per cent pay-cut to join Liverpool from Milan but the stunning transfer will proceed only if Brendan Rodgers is con(...)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Liverpool game is a six-pointer. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Monday’s meeting with Liverpool will be a six-pointer, according to Manchester City’s manager Manuel Pellegrini. The champions, who finished two poin(...)

Mario Balotelli. The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, travelled to Merseyside for further talks with Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre yesterday after Milan accepted a €20 million bid for the 24-year-old. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Mario Balotelli is poised to make a remarkable return to English football providing he agrees a Liverpool contract with several stringent clauses rega(...)

Former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay.

Malky Mackay and Iain Moody have continued to maintain their silence after a dossier containing serious allegations of misconduct against them was su(...)

 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(...)

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay faces an English FA investigation into his time at the Welsh club.  Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Crystal Palace’s sporting director Iain Moody has resigned after the English Football Association opened an investigation into alleged misconduct rela(...)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects Marcos Rojo to be a major addition to his squad. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Louis van Gaal has made a move to strengthen his much-maligned defence after completing the signing of Argentina international Marcos Rojo from Sport(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will announce his squad for Oman and Georgia on Thursday morning.  Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Seven games into his Republic of Ireland managerial tenure and the path ahead of Martin O’Neill looks much the same as it did when the Euro 2016 draw(...)