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Michael Cox writes about Laurent Koscielny's distinctive style on the official site.

The Independent carries an interview with former youth prospect Henri Lansbury, who left for Nottingham Forrest in 2012. Lansbury talks about the difficulty of staying out of trouble as a young footballer.

Work permits are in the news with Arsenal's pursuit of Gabriel Paulista, and Arsene Wenger says Arsenal could've signed Angel Di Maria as a 17-year old were it not for those pesky work permits.


The FA Cup 4th round kicks off tonight with Manchester United going away to Cambridge United. Other highlights include high-flying Bournemouth facing Premier League strugglers Aston Villa.

Twenty-years ago, Eric Cantona kicked a Crystal Palace fan. How charismatic of him.


A last minute Ashomah Gyan (remember him!?) saw Ghana defeat Algeria 1-0 in the African Cup of Nations. That makes Group C wide open.

The Russian minister for sport said Crimea could set up an UEFA-approved league. That could be a contentious issue.

Japan are out of the Asian Cup after losing to the UAE on penalties.