Jack Pitt-Brooke

Jack Pitt-Brooke is a sports writer for The Independent.

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Per Mertesacker says Arsenal’s recent revival started at the back (Getty)

Per Mertesacker: Arsenal got a wake-up call from Southampton defeat

Arsenal have been excellent so far in 2015, scoring 15 goals

Paul Lambert makes a gesture on the touchline at the Emirates

Arsenal 5 Aston Villa 0: 'It wasn't good enough to lose by that margin,' admits Paul Lambert

'You can't print the things I'm feeling,' said Lambert after defeat

Mesut Ozil celebrates his goal

Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0: Five things we learnt from Capital One Cup victory for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

Fabregas is no Mikel; nasty Costa; Lucas crucial for Reds

Diego Costa: Jose Mourinho launches passionate defence after apparent stamps by Chelsea striker on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel

The striker was the target of fierce post-match criticism from Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and former Anfield midfielder and Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp

Sheffield United vs Tottenham: Hostile night will not faze Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs manager says nothing can top South American fan aggression

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Sheffield United vs Tottenham preview: Mauricio Pochettino not taking Blades lightly as he labels semi-final his 'most important game'

Pochettino's side take a slender 1-0 lead into the second leg at Bramall Lane with a place in the Capital One Cup final up for grabs

Arsenal's new £11.2m defender Gabriel Paulista can play centre-back or full-back (Getty)

Gabriel Paulista granted work permit: Defender set to join Arsenal in £11.2m deal

The 24-year-old spent Monday having a medical at Arsenal’s London Colney training centre

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Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable