Hundreds of officers, including armed-response teams, have been drafted in from neighbouring forces to help overstretched police in Greater Manchester tackle the vicious gang feud that is said to have claimed the lives of two officers, the Guardian can reveal.
Mario Balotelli could be recalled for Manchester City's home game against Arsenal on Sunday, with Roberto Mancini having played down reports of a row between the pair.
A first defeat of the season for a table-topping team rarely has such repercussions.
Arsenal are about to emerge from seclusion. Arsène Wenger's side have impressed in these early weeks of the season with an unbeaten record that includes the away victory in the Champions League over Montpellier. The test, all the same, will be more stringent still when Arsenal go to Manchester City on Sunday.
The Premier League clubs will meet next week to discuss the imposition of some radical new cost control measures.
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Key Manchester United, Arsenal, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Manchester City will all hope to be back to play a role for their clubs within the next month, or even the coming week.
QPR fan Paul Moore believes the club can pick up their first win of the season and put the pressure back on Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas. What do you think?
Liverpool have been linked with signing Ander Herrera as a long-term replacement for Steven Gerrard. If it came off, he'd be a great signing.