Christian Benteke’s barren run in front of goal now extends to nearly four months

Aston Villa v Arsenal: Christian Benteke is close to recovering goal touch ahead of Gunners' visit, says Paul Lambert

18-year-old winger Gnabry set to start for Arsenal on right-wing

Review: 'The Life & Times of Herbert Chapman', by Patrick Barclay

Portrait of a trailblazing manager who took Arsenal, and football, to new heights

Doctor Owen Cole: Teacher and author

Educationist who furthered religious tolerance and tirelessly championed the understanding of Sikhism

The FA Cup

FA Cup: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton among fourth round ties selected for TV

The Arsenal match against Coventry will be played on the Friday night

Alan Pardew's Newcastle suffered a 2-1 defeat by Cardiff in the FA Cup third round
Paul Lambert says he still has confidence in his players despite a fourth straight defeat which saw them get booed off after the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace

FA Cup: Aston Villa v Sheffield United match preview

A look ahead to the FA Cup third round fixture at Villa Park

UK weather: Snow warnings and gusts of up to 90mph expected as Britain recovers from wind-battered night that left thousands without power

Storms caused by Atlantic depression left 7,000 customer without electricity in Northern Ireland

Neil Warnock once joked that he would take over Wednesday and try to get them relegated

Neil Warnock rules himself out of the running for vacant Sheffield Wednesday job

The former Blades boss admits taking over the Owls would be too divisive and that it's time to 'put myself to bed'

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 5 December 2013

Misery for Moyes against old club as Suarez hits four

Neil Warnock once joked that he would take over Wednesday and try to get them relegated

'Blade' Neil Warnock in running to rescue Sheffield Wednesday

Neil Warnock once joked if he ever became Sheffield Wednesday manager he would do his best to get them relegated, instead he may become the man tasked with keeping the Championship club up.

Clint Hill's determination has prolonged his career beyond what many thought possible

Neil Warnock: As a manager you have to bend the rules for older players like I did with Clint Hill...but Ryan Giggs just keeps on going

Arsene Wenger said he thought the English game was '99.9 per cent' clean but said the threat was there

Sean O'Driscoll

Sean O'Driscoll sacked by Bristol City after just 10 months in charge

O'Driscoll oversaw relegation from League One and the Robins have struggled in League Two since

The Crawley Town manager Richie Barker is just 38 but has a catalogue of qualifications

Life Beyond the Premier League: Crawley Town’s Richie Barker prizes coach education, and right now he is learning fast

It is often said a manager learns more in the bad times than the good, in which case Crawley Town’s Richie Barker is currently receiving a fast-track education.

Nigel Clough has been announced as the new manager of Sheffield United

Nigel Clough confirmed as new manager of Sheffield United

Former Derby County boss drops down to League One after signing a two-and-a-half-year deal

Andros Townsend celebrates with Kyle Walker after the former scored on his England debut

England v Poland: Andros Townsend backed to light up 2014 World Cup if picked says Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker

Walker says the winger 'eats, sleeps and breathes football' and is an absolute nightmare for left-backs to cope with

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Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
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A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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10 best cycling bags for commuters

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