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News and links from around the footballing world for Friday, February 12, 2016.

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio
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(WARNING AUTOPLAY VIDEO SORRY) Arsenal to play in MLS All-Star Game | SI.com
The Premier League power will take on MLS's best at San Jose's Avaya Stadium in late July.

New to MLS? Here's a beginner's guide to Major League Soccer | MLSsoccer.com
New to Major League Soccer (MLS)? Welcome!

Wenger looking to stifle Leicester’s threat | Daily Cannon
They're pretty good, you know.

Arsenal news: Wenger in awe of Mahrez - Goal.com
Arsene Wenger has nothing but praise for Riyad Mahrez and has warned that a difficult task awaits Arsenal when they take on Leicester.

Arsenal boss talks about dropping Mertesacker for Gabriel | Daily Cannon
Interesting quotes from the boss.

Wenger unworried by Giroud goal drought - Goal.com
I wonder how much of this is on Giroud and how much of it has been on that long, team-wide goal drought that only ended this past weekend.

Arsène Wenger advises Arsenal and Leicester fans to drop boycott | Football | The Guardian
Arsene Wenger hopes that Arsenal and Leicester supporters opt against a five-minute boycott of the Sunday lunchtime match at the Emirates.

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend | Football | The Guardian
Arsenal v Leicester matters – but not decisively, Spurs can show they too are for real, and Bamford and Adebayor must show their worth.

SPFL chief Doncaster attacks 'sinister' Champions League plans - BBC Sport
Neil Doncaster criticises "sinister" plans put forward by Europe's top clubs to change the Champions League format.

When La Liga was just as unpredictable as this season's Premier League | Football | The Guardian
The 1999-2000 La Liga season was as tumultuous as this year’s Premier League.

USWNT opens Olympic qualifying with easy 5-0 win over Costa Rica - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States opened their CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament with a 5-0 win over Costa Rica, including an unforgettable Christen Press goal.

Karim Benzema Reportedly Admits Lying to Mathieu Valbuena over Viewing Sex Tape | Bleacher Report
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has reportedly conceded he lied to his France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena about seeing a sex tape at the centre of an alleged blackmail scandal.

The Downfall of a Russian Soccer Team - The New Yorker
Sean Williams on the decline of Dynamo Moscow, and what that means for Russia’s other soccer teams.

Why are soccer giants FC Barcelona, Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Boca Juniors starting a U.S. league with Mark Cuban? | SportsDay
...What?

'Hamilton': Why we love it. - CNN.com
"Hamilton" has a subtitle: "An American Musical." And in its multicutural cast, broad-ranging music and story from U.S. history, it is that, indeed.

Really. Hamilton is amazing. You can get the Original Broadway Cast Recording (which is going to win a Grammy) for this incredible musical (which will win all the Tonys) on Google Play right now for $0.99. Which is bonkers. Go get it. Here's a video about it from back when it was off-Broadway last Spring. It's only gotten bigger and better since moving to Broadway.