For Gareth Batty the wait for another Test wicket (his 12th) lasted 11 years.
Few American corporations are more equipped to investigate an employee than the NFL. The league and their teams spend heavily to scour the past of every prospect coming out of college, hire private eyes to stalk players in nightclubs, and collect mountains of data on everything from sleep cycles to injury risk. If money is involved, they are relentless in what they seek.
What is your favourite thing about the Premier League, Pep? Is it the intensity or is it the passion? The intense passion or the passionate intensity? Maybe it’s the intense intensity.
Murphy has so far made just one appearance for Newcastle United in all competitions.
On the back of a run of seven consecutive wins, Arsène Wenger is urging his players to keep their wits about them within the pack at the top of the Premier League. He warns them against the perils of complacency.
The various stages of José Mourinho’s association with Chelsea can be categorised according to the moniker pinned to him at the time.
Antonio Conte has suggested the most immediate legacy of José Mourinho’s second spell as Chelsea manager was the mental scarring from which his players are still recovering as they prepare to welcome back the Portuguese to Stamford Bridge.
Ronald Koeman described it as the game of Maarten Stekelenburg’s life but the occasion passed without ceremony at Everton. “Phil [Jagielka] said thank you but I am still waiting for dinner,” the Holland goalkeeper says, though he will not pursue an invitation. Repaying his manager’s faith is sufficient reward.
Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil has been in fine form this season.
The England international scored in a 4-1 win against Manchester City last season.
Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers is wanted by the Football Association as they look to prise him away from the United States.
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.