Steve Tongue

Steve Tongue is a Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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Gus Poyet can hardly believe how bad his Sunderland side are at the Emirates

Manchester City v Sunderland: Gus Poyet baffled why fans focus on Capital One Cup glory over Premier League relegation fight

Gus Poyet’s early learning curve as a Premier League manager was steep, teaching him within a fortnight of moving in at Sunderland in October how much more important it was to have beaten Newcastle in his second match than merely losing 4-0 at Swansea in his first.

Olivier Giroud celebrates after opening scoring in Arsenal comfortable win over Sunderland

Arsenal 4 Sunderland 1 match report: Olivier Giroud returns to inspire the Gunners in Mesut Ozil’s absence

Frenchman, who has missed the last two matches, scores twice as Arsenal run riot in the first half

Arsenal’s German contingent of (left to right) Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker share a joke in training

Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Clean sheet top priority for Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger admits Gunners face the best

Since last year's Champions League meeting, the European champions have obtained probably the best coach in the world and their main German rivals' best player

Arsene Wenger and Jack Wilshere talk to the press

Arsenal v Bayern Munich: Arsene Wenger says Gunners lacked 'belief' when they were knocked out of Champions League last season

The Arsenal manager is confident his side can avoid being knocked out of Europe's elite competition by Bayern this time around

Leonardo Ulloa scored in his third successive game for Brighton last night

Brighton 1 Hull City 1 match report: Yannick Sagbo denies Seagulls as FA Cup reunions are put on hold

Late equaliser keeps Tigers in the hunt for quarter-final meeting with Sunderland

Hull City's manager Steve Bruce

Brighton 1 Hull City 1: Steve Bruce unhappy at 'bizarre' decision to stage FA Cup replay on Monday night

Uefa rules state that domestic matches cannot clash with Champions League games

Hand it to him: Zabaleta (right) said he did not think Lionel Messi would be ‘that’ good until he saw him play for the Argentina U-20s

Manchester City v Barcelona: Lionel Messi always talks to me about City, says Pablo Zabaleta ahead of Champions League meeting

Argentinian has yet to persuade his good friend to join him in Manchester but the little maestro will be there soon enough

Uwe Rosler celebrates Wigan's victory over Cardiff

Cardiff City 1 Wigan Athletic 2 match report: Ben Watson gives Wigan scent of Wembley

FA Cup holders take another Premier League scalp with winner coming from familiar source

Chris Powell’s side travel to Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow

Chris Powell hopes for FA Cup run to ease Charlton's regime change

The fifth-round tie at Sheffield Wednesday offers the prospect of either some long forgotten glory or a real slog to the end of the season

Scott Dann of Crystal Palace organises the defence during the 3-1 win over West Brom

Crystal Palace 3 West Brom 1 match report: Tom Ince and Joe Ledley are an instant success in Palace’s revolution

Goals from new boys as well as striker Marouane Chamakh see Palace rise to 13th and slowly away from danger

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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
Why are words like 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?

The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible