Sport Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

German youngster seemingly very unlikely to join the north London club this January

Romance is dead, says £50m Torres

I was not a Liverpool fan. I never kissed the shirt badge. Forget club loyalty, it's all about trophies adds Chelsea striker

Arsenal's Invincibles were fortunate too – but Henry was the key

United's attempt to go unbeaten could founder on lack of a star player and the fixture pitfalls ahead

The sporting week ahead (16/01/11)

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Carling Cup can be start to success says Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner has challenged Arsenal to win the Carling Cup and use it as a springboard to the Barclays Premier League title.

Arsenal look to extend Samir Nasri contract

Arsene Wenger maintains Samir Nasri has all the qualities to follow Thierry Henry and become Footballer of the Year - so long as he continues to help drive Arsenal towards collective success.

Comolli cut down to size by Redknapp's sarcasm

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Thierry Henry against another spending spree

Despite the team falling short of its Major League Soccer ambitions this season, New York's Thierry Henry believes another player spending spree is not the answer to the Red Bull's shortcomings.

Shoddy work against Shakhtar sets Arsenal tough task in Braga

Their manager's warnings about complacency having gone unheeded in one Champions League away game, Arsenal's players should at least be better prepared for the next one. A flattering 5-1 win at home to Shakhtar Donetsk was never going to be a good guide to the return in Ukraine on Wednesday, and a 2-1 defeat adds extra pressure to the next European task.

Ian Herbert: Why turn to Comolli? The answer is baseball

No one had predicted Damien Comolli's appointment, news of which first started leaking out in France yesterday afternoon, though Liverpool's decision to appoint him fits with all we have learned so far about John W Henry and his vision for his new club.

Obertan must stop drifting to carve out career at Old Trafford

There is no doubting Gabriel Obertan's intelligence. The hero of Manchester United's 3-0 win at Bursaspor is one of a rare breed of French footballers who applied themselves enough academically to secure the Baccalaureate – and with flying colours – while others such as Hatem Ben Arfa and Karim Benzema cut loose in their mid teens to play football. What has always been less sure, though, is whether Sir Alex Ferguson's 21-year-old has the ability to make it at Old Trafford.

Vote: The best Arsenal goals under Wenger

Arsenal passed 1000 league goals under the stewardship of Arsene Wenger at the weekend as they demolished Bolton 4-1.

Doctor says 1998 France squad blood samples were suspicious

French football came under attack yesterday when a former doctor to the national side claimed there were "anomalies" in blood tests carried out on members of the World Cup-winning squad of 1998.

John Lichfield: Holidaying en masse: What France can teach us about the Big Society

The French love to do their own thing so long as everyone else is doing roughly the same. They love to break rules, but they expectthe state to clean up the mess

Henry scores against Tottenham on New York debut

Tottenham rallied for a 2-1 victory against the New York Red Bulls in their latest pre-season tour match but not before being stung by a familiar foe as Thierry Henry marked his debut for the Major League Soccer side with a goal.

Henry reveals Beckham influence over switch

Thierry Henry has revealed David Beckham played a guiding role in his transatlantic switch to the New York Red Bulls.

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