Patrick Vieira

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 Manchester United’s Anthony Martial celebrates with team-mate Jesse Lingard after scoring his side’s third goal during the  FA Cup fourth-round game  at Emirates stadium. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Arsenal 1 Manchester United 3 By now, it has become a familiar sight: Ole Gunnar Solskjær hugging his staff, eyes twinkling, applauding his players a(...)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ronny Johnson of Manchester United celebrate in the dressing room with the FA Cup after the 1999 final win over Newcastle. Photo: John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has always loved the FA Cup – he rates walking out at Wembley in 1999 as highly as all the other memories from that year because t(...)

Monaco’s  coach Thierry Henry and Nice’s  coach Patrick Vieira react at the end of the French Ligue 1 match between Monaco and Nice  at the Stade Louis II on Wednesday.Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

They occupied their own intensely involved worlds for almost two hours but, when their first taste of short-term enmity was done, Thierry Henry and Pa(...)

Henry and Vieira formed quite a partnership at Arsenal. Photo: Carl de Souza/Getty Images

When Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira met in London over Christmas, using a short break in the Ligue 1 schedule to take coffee in the way they always (...)

Lazio fans have long been associated with fascism. Photo: Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Recent weeks have shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the St Stephen’s Day game at the San (...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill: “Irish rugby is so strong, producing players of a world level. It’s very difficult to then say ‘here’s a wee lad playing for Crusaders, watch him’.” Photograph:   Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In a quiet corner of an Edinburgh café, Michael O’Neill has a list of names in front of him. It is a short list. It features players born in Ireland w(...)

 Lucas Torreira: His home town in Uruguay is best known for its corned beef, but that could change if manager Unai Emery’s gamble pays off.  Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Time for Torreira. That is the motto Arsenal chose to accompany all their messaging about the most pivotal of the five new recruits they have welcomed(...)

France captain Patrice Evra (c) meets with teammates after a clash with coach Raymond Domenech. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Thierry Henry had more pressing matters to attend to before he could lose himself in his New York dreamscape [he was joining New York Red Bulls from B(...)

 Zinedine Zidane  after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi.  Photograph: Getty Images

The crowd are whistling. Something has happened. Marco Materazzi is on the ground. The match commentators are confused. They think David Trezeguet has(...)

Arsene Wenger: “I am convinced in the future, with two or three additions, this team has the quality to fight for the title.” s via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

Arsène Wenger believes it would be “even better” for Arsenal if they were to appoint a former player at the club to succeed him as manager at the end (...)

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