Tom Peck

Tom Peck is a reporter on The Independent's news desk with an interest in just about everything. In January 2012 he became the paper's Olympics Correspondent.

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Arsène Wenger will be handed £20m in January to bring in defensive reinforcements

Arsenal AGM: Arsene Wenger pledges to strengthen Gunners defence in January transfer window

The manager is understood to have £20m available for the purposes of strengthening his backline

Stan Kroenke received £3m for a ‘wide range of services’

Arsenal AGM: Gunners have fans on toast at the annual ‘grilling’

“We don’t have anything like this in the US,” Stan Kroenke, Arsenal’s semi-anonymous controlling shareholder, told the club’s AGM. “I think if we [did] they’d probably declare a two-week holiday for some of our teams because people would have so much fun grilling the owners, they would need that amount of time.”

Behind the Door: the Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story by Mandy Wiener & Barry Bateman, book review

Illuminating study gives a wealth of insights into Oscar Pistorius trial

Arsenal AGM: Five things we learnt, including ticket prices, the return of 4-4-2 and Stan Kroenke 'advisory services'

Arsenal will buy a defender in January and make a return to 4-4-2

Pep Guardiola: a year in the life of a serial title winner

New fly-on-the-wall book on Bayern coach offers candid insight into triumphs –and mistakes – of his first season in Germany

Danny Cipriani feels his attacking skills have improved but making the World Cup will be hard

Danny Cipriani exclusive interview: Is it too late for talented fly-half to make England's World Cup squad?

Wasted chances, injury and the cold shoulder from Martin Johnson mean he is an outsider ahead of next year's tournament. He tells Tom Peck about his battle against the clock

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal AGM: what questions will Arsene Wenger be asked?

Lack of defensive signings, the most expensive seats in the British game, Kroenke’s £3m pay-out – there is plenty to ask

Oscar Pistorius leaving North Gauteng High Court on Monday. The athlete could face just three years' house arrest for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius sentence: Athlete could get as little as three years' house arrest for Reeva Steenkamp manslaughter

Sentencing process for culpable homicide started today

The captain and the warbler – England's Chris Robshaw with 'classical crossover singer' Camilla Kerslake

Comment: Stags and WAGs prove the wisdom of Stuart Lancaster and his plan to protect England's image during the 2015 Rugby World Cup

The head coach was awarded a new contract that will take him beyond the 2019 World Cup in Japan

David Gill expects the Champions League final at Wembley to be the perfect showcase for the bid to host the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final

David Gill declares he will run for Britain's Fifa vice-presidency next year

Former Manchester United chief had previously ruled himself out of the running

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

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