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EXCLUSIVE: Midfielder tells Jack Pitt-Brooke why he loves Steve McClaren, why Norwich experience can keep Rangers up and why he bought his girlfriend – who lived in an apartment – a horse for Christmas

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The best sport selfies and photobombs of 2014, featuring the Queen and Lukas Podolski

Everyone wanted to get in front of the camera during a vintage year for sport

As ever, Arsène Wenger seems strangely reluctant to tackle the glaring problems at Arsenal

Arsenal vs QPR: Arsene Wenger sets Gunners challenge to prove they are 'much better than people think we are'

The Frenchman believes his side are in a false position in the Premier League

The Emirates Stadium lit up in the evening ahead of Arsenal v Newcastle

Arsenal will finish top-four in Premier League, reckons QPR manager Harry Redknapp

Redknapp takes the Hoops to the Emirates on Boxing Day

Arsene Wenger looks on from the touchline

Arsenal vs QPR: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to the Boxing Day fixture at the Emirates Stadium

Transfer Talk: Gareth Bale could still move to Manchester United; Arsenal hold secret talks with Sergio Ramos; City lining up Madzukic

Transfer talk: A look at the latest news, gossip and rumours on 24 December

Alexis Sanchez tinkling the ivories

Alexis Sanchez video: Turns out the Arsenal forward is brilliant at playing the piano too

The moment was captured by Lukas Podolski

Manchester United are the kings of Boxing Day - but Aston Villa have won just three times on 26 December

United have won a whopping 19 festive matches in 22 years, losing once

Yaya Sanogo, Francis Coquelin, Mesut Özil, Mathieu Flamini, Lukas Podolski and Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal Christmas party: Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud document the festive get-together through Instagram and Twitter

The Gunners squad managed to get over the late 2-2 draw with Liverpool by enjoying the annual Christmas party

Charlie Austin heads in his third goal to win the game for QPR

Arsenal vs QPR: Arsene Wenger hails Rangers star man Charlie Austin's 'mental strength'

Former non-League striker has 11 Premier League goals this season

Arsene Wenger is looking forward to 2015

Arsenal injury news: Arsene Wenger reveals Mesut Ozil on course to return from injury at the start of January

Wenger has been criticised so far this season but the Arsenal manager believes their fortunes will change when they have their injured players back

Gareth Bale, Paul Pogba, Lionel Messi and Petr Cech

Transfer talk: Gareth Bale to Manchester United, Moussa Sissoko to Arsenal, Paul Pogba to Liverpool, Petr Cech to leave Chelsea

Transfer talk: A look at the latest news, gossip and rumours on Tuesday 23 December

Martin Skrtel (right) wheels away in celebration

Liverpool vs Arsenal: Martin Skrtel believes late equaliser can help Reds 'turn things around' and spring season into life

Skrtel's header deep into injury time salvaged a point for Liverpool and he wants them to use the momentum to kick-start their season

As ever, Arsène Wenger seems strangely reluctant to tackle the glaring problems at Arsenal
An Arsenal fan tweeted a picture of his 'seat' at Anfield during the 2-2 draw with Liverpool

Is this the worst view in the Premier League? Arsenal fans slams Liverpool for his £52 'seat' at Anfield

As if the last-gasp equaliser wasn't bad enough, an Arsenal fan had to endure the match with one of the worst seats in the Premier League

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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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
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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