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Gunners continue summer recruitment after opening weekend victory

Kyle Walker for England

Transfer news: PSG and Monaco set to fight for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kyle Walker

Spurs on red alert after interest in their England right-back intensifies

Jose Mourinho and Juan Mata avoid making eye contact after the latter is substituted during the 3-0 victory over Southampton

Transfer news: Juan Mata will not hand in a transfer request and remains determined to fight for his Chelsea place

Mata has only started 11 of the Blues' 20 Premier League matches having become a fringe member of the squad this season

Miralem Pjanic

Transfer news: Roma confirm offers received for Manchester United and Tottenham 'target' Miralem Pjanic

Italian giants Roma claim they have received - and rejected - a number of offers from European clubs for Manchester United and Tottenham target Miralem Pjanic.

Jose Mourinho and Juan Mata avoid making eye contact after the latter is substituted during the 3-0 victory over Southampton

Transfer news: Juan Mata offered way out of Chelsea by Rafa Benitez and Napoli with £20m bid - reports

The Spain international was visibly frustrated at being taking off in Chelsea's recent victory over Southampton

Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye linked with £22m move to PSG

The France international came close to leaving St James' Park in the summer

Jose Mourinho and Juan Mata avoid making eye contact after the latter is substituted during the 3-0 victory over Southampton

Transfer news: Unhappy Juan Mata could be offered Chelsea exit with PSG prepared to make £30m offer

The Spaniard was furious with Jose Mourinho's decision to substitute him during the win over Southampton and PSG could return for his signature having failed in the summer

When I’m offered my OBE – and it’s ‘when’ not ‘if’ – I’ll grab it with both hands

Those who refuse an honour inevitably follow it up with a worthy fuss

Beckham’s dreams of becoming a ‘Sir David’ – and the resultant headlines about ‘Britain’s other royal family’ – were all but dashed when the New Year Honours List was finally revealed

Do not arise, Sir Beckham: David misses out on knighthood as Katherine Jenkins appears among the 2014 New Year Honours List surprises

The former England football captain and Olympic ambassador was nowhere to be seen, but the opera singer, DJ Pete Tong and the Queen's gynaecologist were

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly professed his love for Celtic

Transfer news: Neil Lennon would love if Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Celtic...but jokes he would have to get in the team first

Swedish striker had said he wants to end his career in Scotland

Ray Wilkins back at Craven Cottage as Fulham's new assistant manager

Fulham will appoint the 57-year-old Ray Wilkins today as assistant to Rene Meulensteen after the club’s 6-0 defeat to Hull. It is the second English name brought in by the club since the appointment of Meulensteen as manager last month. Last week they hired former Charlton and West Ham manager Alan Curbishley as technical director

Game of two halves: Laurent Blanc seemed amazed a woman understood football

Comment: After PSG manager Laurent Blanc offends female reporter, it's ime to show male chauvinism the red card

Laurent Blanc's comments to a female reporter typify football's patronising view of women, says Emily Dugan

Cabaye celebrates his goal

Transfer news: Alan Pardew hopeful Newcastle United can hold on to Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle boss wants to keep star midfielder at St James Park

Eden Hazard celebrates scoring his penalty
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both attended the Real Madrid Christmas dinner

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the Real Madrid squad enjoy a sophisticated, well-behaved Christmas dinner

The ever-feared Christmas party passed by in Madrid without any drama after the squad enjoyed a well-manured sit down meal together

Samir Nasri is looking forward to the last 16 of the Champions League

Champions League draw: 'Barcelona or Real Madrid will not want to face Manchester City,' says Samir Nasri

Midfielder is not worried about who City are drawn against today

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

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
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

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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
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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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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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

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

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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?

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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