Kevin Garside

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Arsene Wenger looks on at the Liberty Stadium

Swansea 2 Arsenal 1: Arsene Wenger admits finding it 'difficult to explain how we lost the lead'

Alexis Sanchez had put the Gunners ahead in the 63rd minute

Alexis Sanchez and his Arsenal team-mates react to Swansea's second goal
Richie McCaw insists the All Blacks don’t listen to praise

England vs New Zealand: Why modest Richie McCaw is relishing chance to trample all over England

McCaw's All Blacks face England at Twickenham on Saturday

Aaron Cruden was dropped after missing a flight for a game following a night on the tiles

The return of bad-boy Cruden and big Sonny - that’s some experiment

Sonny Bill Williams is set to play his first union Test for two years after competing in  Rugby League

Manchester City vs CSKA Moscow: Sergio Aguero full of industry but fails to light up another European night

Argentine failed to really shine on the biggest stage as City were beaten

Yaya Toure brands alleged racist abuse on Twitter a 'disgrace'

Manchester City midfielder allegedly targeted after reactivating his account

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

Real Madrid 3 Barcelona 1: Are Lionel Messi's best days behind him?

During large parts of El Clasico Messi was an aimless figure. Dare we say that, at 27, the Messiah’s best days are behind him?

The former Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos (left) is beginning to look a snip at £24m for Real Madrid

Real Madrid analysis: Toni Kroos control may give extra edge that enables Real Madrid to retain Champions League crown

Holders have arguably improved since last season’s victory

Karim Benzema (centre) is mobbed after scoring Real’s third goal

Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht, he tells Kevin Garside

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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all