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Arsène Wenger should have won more but English football owes him a lot

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Happy anniversary then, Arsène. You were the future once. Like most ageing pop culture icons Arsène Wenger has by now pretty much completed the full circuit from youthful innovator, new broom and all-round king of the wild frontier to something that looks a bit like the opposite: stick in the mud, barnacle, emissary from the distant past.

Middlesbrough’s Aitor Karanka warns Ben Gibson off dreaming of England call

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton and Ben Gibson

Aitor Karanka has warned Ben Gibson to concentrate solely on his Middlesbrough performances and not allow himself to become distracted by mounting talk of an England senior call-up. It would be no surprise were Sam Allardyce to name the Under-21 centre-half in his next squad, particularly as Gibson is that most prized defensive commodity – a left-footer.



Cycling Track - Men's Omnium Victory Ceremony

Mark Cavendish has his Olympic medal so why is he still so moody?

It was third time lucky, then, for the endlessly compelling contradiction that is Mark Cavendish. Following two epic days of competition in only his third ever international class omnium, the Isle of Man cyclist finally had the Olympic medal he craved around his neck after bitter disappointment in Beijing and London.