Nick Szczepanik

Nick Szczepanik is a freelance sports writer contributing mainly to The Independent.

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere takes in the defeat to Blackburn

Arsene Wenger's last shot at big game with Arsenal

Arsenal Cup shock leaves manager and players needing to hold nerve in face of Bayern test

Match Report: Colin Kazim-Richards cashes in as wasteful Arsenal blow big chance against Blackburn Rovers

Arsenal 0 Blackburn Rovers 1: Much-travelled Rovers striker subjects Wenger to another Cup shock and 'unacceptable' defeat

Rover and out: Gervinho shows his frustration after missing a glorious chance for Arsenal during their surprise 1-0 FA Cup fifth-round defeat against Blackburn Rovers at Emirates Stadium yesterday

Arsène Wenger's new low as Blackburn knock Arsenal out of FA Cup

Shock result means Gunners must beat Bayern to avoid ninth barren season

Portsmouth slide down South Coast hierarchy

Bournemouth 2 Portsmouth 0

Veteran 49ers running back Frank Gore

American Football: Hard yards down in the Big Easy

Battered New Orleans welcomes back the Super Bowl and two teams who have their own stories to tell

Poyet knows the difficulty of conjuring a Paris repeat

Since helping Real Zaragoza win the 1995 Cup-Winners' Cup final in Paris, when Nayim famously scored from the halfway line, Gustavo Poyet has not enjoyed many victories against Arsenal, playing with Chelsea or Tottenham. And he knows it will be hard to improve that record when his Brighton team host Arsène Wenger's men at the Amex Stadium tomorrow.

Liam Brady played 307 games for Arsenal between 1973 and 1980

Liam Brady: How Arsenal legend helped save Brighton from the brink

As the two clubs he holds dear meet in the FA Cup fourth round, the Gunners hero tells Nick Szczepanik why he was ready to pay £40,000 of his money to rescue the struggling Seagulls

Loïc Rémy scored on his debut for Queen’s Park Rangers

Ruthless Loïc Rémy could become QPR's saviour

West Ham Utd 1 Queen's Park Rangers: 1 New signing provides cutting edge but defence also impresses at Upton Park

Joe Cole's first West Ham goal for 10 years earned the hosts a deserved point as Loic Remy was denied a dream debut for QPR
Storm warning: Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino faces fans’ fury

Saints fans protest with white hankies to greet Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino probably thought he had left Spanish football behind when he was announced as Southampton manager on Friday, two months after being sacked by Espanyol. But he will find that the traditional sign in Spain of fans' displeasure, the waving of white handkerchiefs, has followed him when he takes charge of the team against Everton tomorrow evening.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
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Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Waxing lyrical

Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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The precise time when impressionism was born
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Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape