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Defensive improvement key to Arsenal resurgence, says Lacazette

Alexandre Lacazette has revealed Arsenal’s vast improvement has been inspired by a fresh approach to defending.

Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has died (Nick Potts/PA)

Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd dies aged 75

Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has died, his family has announced. He was 75.

Diego Costa will watch his old club Chelsea take on the one he has rejoined in Atletico Madrid on Wednesday (Mike Egerton/PA)

Atletico Madrid v Chelsea talking points

Chelsea play at Atletico Madrid in Champions League Group C on Wednesday night.

Sophie Ecclestone has been named in the Ashes squad (Chris Ison/PA)

Sophie Ecclestone named in England’s squad for the Women’s Ashes

England have named 14 of their World Cup-winning squad for the forthcoming Women’s Ashes, with teenage spinner Sophie Ecclestone the only addition.

Dele Alli is the subject of FIFA disciplinary proceedings (Mike Egerton/PA)

Dele Alli to find out by Thursday if middle-finger gesture will lead to ban

Dele Alli will soon find out whether his ill-judged middle-finger gesture will lead to suspension, with FIFA’s disciplinary committee to decide on the England international’s fate by Thursday.

Ben Stokes will miss the fourth one-day international (John Walton/PA)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes arrested and released under investigation

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident of disorder in Bristol.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones kneels with his players (Rick Scuteri/AP)

Dallas Cowboys kneel before national anthem after weekend NFL protests

A weekend of protesting across the NFL extended to Monday, with the Dallas Cowboys and their owner displaying their own version of unity by kneeling on the field before rising as a group ahead of the national anthem.

Scott Hogan qualifies through his grandparents (Tim Goode/Empics)

Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan gets Republic of Ireland call

Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan has been handed a first call-up by the Republic of Ireland for their final World Cup qualifiers.

Tony Pulis was not happy with Alexis Sanchez (John Walton/Empics)

Tony Pulis fumes over penalty decision and slams ‘cheating’ Alexis Sanchez

Tony Pulis accused Arsenal’s “cheating” Alexis Sanchez of diving and believes West Brom should have been awarded a penalty during their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

Jose Mourinho has a midfield dilemma (Peter Byrne/PA)

Jose Mourinho short on numbers in midfield ahead of CSKA Moscow clash

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits he faces a “difficult situation” in Moscow as injuries to Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick have left him short in midfield.

Kyle Lafferty has admitted to a gambling problem (Simon Galloway/Empics)

Hearts to stand by Kyle Lafferty after he reveals his gambling addiction

Hearts chairwoman Ann Budge has vowed to stand by Kyle Lafferty after the striker admitted he is battling a gambling addiction.

Wayne Rooney could be doing more tan showing off the Angry Birds logo (Mike Egerton/Empics)

Rooney could feature in Everton-themed Angry Birds game after sponsorship deal

Wayne Rooney is already a globally-recognised footballer but the Everton striker could be set for worldwide stardom of a different kind with his potential immortalisation in the Angry Birds online game franchise.

Pierre Gasly is set to race for Toro Rosso (Nigel French/PA)

Pierre Gasly to get F1 chance as Toro Rosso lose patience with Kvyat

Pierre Gasly will make his Formula One debut with Toro Rosso at this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring his second goal (John Walton/Empics)

Alexandre Lacazette takes centre stage to outshine record-breaker Gareth Barry

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal ruined Gareth Barry’s big night.

Mark Sampson was sacked as England Women's manager (Mike Egerton/PA)

FA board backs chief executive Martin Glenn over Mark Sampson sacking

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has been given a vote of confidence by the board for his handling of Mark Sampson’s dismissal as England Women’s manager.

Keaton Kennings will leave Durham (Nigel French/PA)

Keaton Jennings decides to leave Durham and join Lancashire

England batsman Keaton Jennings has agreed a four-year deal with Lancashire after becoming the latest high-profile player to leave Durham.

Philippe Coutinho could still join Barcelona (Aaron Chown/Empics)

Football rumours from the media

What the papers say Philippe Coutinho could be heading for a possible January exit from Liverpool after reportedly reiterating his desire to join Barcelona. According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the LaLiga leaders have not given up on the 25-year-old, despite the Reds rejecting a bid of more than £100million from the Catalan side during the summer transfer window. Everton are holding talks with Paris St Germain to sign star striker Edinson Cavani, according to Italian news site Tuttomercatoweb. The site reports that the club will meet with officials from PSG this week to discuss signing Cavani when the window opens.

Jurgen Klopp during his press conference in Moscow (Ivan Sekretarev/AP/PA)

Jurgen Klopp ready to unleash fearsome attacking quartet in Champions League

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no qualms about unleashing his fearsome attacking quartet now all are at his disposal.

Jose Mourinho will face no further action (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Jose Mourinho escapes FA punishment for dismissal

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the Football Association following his sending-off against Southampton on Saturday.

Gareth Barry created Premier League history on Monday (Nick Potts/PA)

Gareth Barry wins praise after making record-breaking Premier League appearance

Gareth Barry’s big night may have ended in disappointment but the congratulations still poured in for the Premier League’s new record appearance holder.

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