NEW Ashley Young (celebrating last night, left) is back in the headlines after two stunning goals for Manchester United in their victory at his old club Watford. He has emerged as a key player under Jose Mourinho after United struggled to replace his former team-mate Patrice Evra (top right). Young is keeping Luke Shaw (bottom right) out of the team.
'Forget it, after the blow they gave me':?Another Arsenal transfer blunder revealed as hitman Griezmann rules out ever making switch
That same window saw Arsenal fail to land Luis Suarez with the infamous ￡40million and ￡1 bid and could only stand by as Gonzalo Higuain opted for Juventus over the Emirates. Griezmann has revealed himself to be another potential Arsenal striker who saw his move to the Emirates collapse and as a result he has ruled out ever moving to the club.
Inside Arsenal's new hierarchy: Meet the men now charged with transfers and first-team affairs alongside old hand Wenger (so, can they bring in the best players... and stop their best ones leaving too?)
NEW Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis warned that Arsene Wenger had to become a 'catalyst for change' to stay on as boss - and now it finally seems to be burning away. The Gunners have moved to moderise, pulling in a world-class team of business and performance experts around the manager to change the way things work. Raul Sanllehi is in from Barcelona, Sven Mislintat has been dragged from Borussia Dortmund and Huss Fahmy and Darren Burgess are also new faces in the setup. Here, Sportsmail looks at how things will work under the new staffing system at the Emirates Stadium and just what it means for Wenger.
Mayweather shoots down 'fake' claims he is coming out of retirement and boasts he is being paid ￡2m for Chinese 'luxury vacation'
Floyd Mayweather totally refuted claims he is coming out of retirement as he continues his trip to China.?The boxing legend said: 'I'm happily retired. I'm not fighting no more, no matter what the price is,' adding that reports to the contrary are 'Fake! All lies.' Having retired as the wealthiest pugilist of all time with a perfect 50-0 record, Mayweather boasted he is being paid for the current tour of China.?The 40-year-old posted a number of photos of himself on the Great Wall, explaining the motivation behind his trip in the caption.
The Cavaliers star was tossed out with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Lukaku wears blacked-out boots during win over Watford as Mourinho jokes striker's dip in form is down to not having a sponsor
KIERAN GILL AT VICARAGE ROAD: Jose Mourinho joked that the reason Romelu Lukaku cannot score is because the Manchester United striker is not currently contracted to any brand for his boots. Lukaku wore black boots against Watford on Tuesday night, with photographs seemingly showing that the Belgian had coloured in the white Nike tick with a marker.? Not wanting to give the swoosh any free publicity during the televised Premier League tie at Vicarage Road, which United won 4-2, Lukaku is in the market for a new sponsor.
Manchester United closed the gap on league leaders and rivals Manchester City with a 4-2 victory over Watford on another dramatic night of Premier League action. Leicester also picked up three points thanks to a 2-1 win over Tottenham, while there were draws at West Brom and Brighton. If you were too busy to catch all of the action, fear not. Sportsmail kept an eye over the proceedings and found a few things you may have missed...?
LEICESTER 2-1 TOTTENHAM - MATT BARLOW AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: First law of the jungle, aggravate Jamie Vardy at your peril. Second, watch your back and do not under any circumstances invite Riyad Mahrez to take aim with his left foot. Tottenham failed to obey either and so unleashed one of those hyperactive performances from Leicester which took the nation by storm two years ago. Vardy proved a persistent menace up front and Mahrez was silky smooth out wide and Spurs were two down by half-time and still refused to give up.
'Try and whack me out of the attack': Aussie spinner Lyon lays down gauntlet to England ahead of second Test in Adelaide
Australia spinner Nathan Lyon threw down the gauntlet to England's batsmen on Wednesday, challenging them to hit him out of the attack at Adelaide Oval in the second Ashes test. The 30-year-old has returned to his former home ground in top form ahead of the test, which starts on Saturday, after taking five wickets in Australia's easy win at the Gabba. Lyon took on a big workload in the series-opener but bowled with impressive economy, conceding less than 2.5 runs an over to stifle the tourists' scoring.
WEST BROM 2-2 NEWCASTLE - LAURIE WHITWELL AT HAWTHORNS:?Gary Megson nearly provided incoming Alan Pardew with a parting gift of three points but Newcastle staged a late comeback to avoid defeat for the first time in five matches. West Brom appeared to have the game won at 2-0 but just as against Watford in September gave up victory through their own bad decisions. James McClean arrived as a substitute and promptly gave away a foolish foul on DeAndre Yeadlin by the box with seven minutes to go.
Anthony Joshua was announced as part of the 12 British athletes shortlisted for the awards – with the winner to be named on December 17 at Liverpool's Echo Arena – along with the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Harry Kane, Sir Mo Farah and Johanna Konta. And as Joshua looks ahead to more potential glory, the Brit took some time away from the ring to hang out with two-time Premier League winner Henry - before offering Frenchman a Christmas invitation.
BRIGHTON 0-0 CRYSTAL PALACE - RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE AMEX:?No shower of coffee on the Brighton manager, no nasty surprises on the Crystal Palace dressing room floor. And for all the hype and historic stories of the weirdest rivalry in the Premier League, there were no goals, either. Just a flurry of smoke bombs at regular intervals from the away end that did plenty to irritate the natives and little to conceal a desperately disappointing game.
REAL MADRID 2-2 FUENLABRADA (4-2 AGG) - PETE JENSON AT THE SANTIAGO BERNABEU: The Real boss?opted for an extremely inexperienced team selection, and was almost made to pay for underestimating their?Fuenlabrada opponents as Luis Milla allowed the visitors to dream of a shock as he fired past Keylor Navas on 25 minutes. With Gareth Bale, who was ready for a return to the Real side after a recovering from a calf injury, sitting in wait on Zidane's bench, the home crowd would have been confident on a comeback, which was provided by Mayoral, whose second was assisted by Bale.
Manchester City continue drive towards the Premier League title as Sterling and Co train with giant tyre ahead of Southampton clash
Manchester City looked to enjoy their training session on the eve of their Premier League clash against Southampton.?? The Blues are already eight points clear of their nearest competitor at the top of the league and will look to extend their superior form on Wednesday.? Pep Guardiola's side looked confident as the incorporated an unusual prop for their session at the Football Academy.
David Haye has revealed his rehabilitation from bicep surgery is "well under way" and the heavyweight promised to keep in shape over Christmas. The injury-prone 37-year-old withdrew from a proposed rematch with Tony Bellew, scheduled for December 17, last week after tearing his bicep during training.
Groves and Eubank Jnr square up for the first time as they launch countdown to their sold-out super middleweight showdown
Tickets for the first big fight of 2018 sold out before a word was spoken in anger and there was no trash talking after that seven-minute blitz at the Manchester Arena box office. Rather it was honourable preparation for war as George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr discussed their strengths and weaknesses prior to their February 17 showdown. Each predicted the other 'will not see the 12th round' in their Battle of Britain for the WBA world super middleweight title and a place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series Final.
On the football field Cristiano Ronaldo is an icon of the sport and arguably the best player on the planet - but off it he has the responsibilities of fatherhood too. The Real Madrid winger posed for a picture on Instagram with his baby daughter Eva, one of his four children.? The post was captioned simply with a heart emoji, as the 32-year-old looked relaxed and happy with his little girl.
Fans gather at Chapecoense's stadium to pay tribute to the victims of horrific plane crash on one-year anniversary of tragedy
Fans gathered at the stadium of Brazilian club Chapecoense on Tuesday night, paying their respects and praying for the victims of a plane crash that killed 19 of the team's players a year ago A vigil will be held in the early hours of Wednesday at the Arena Conda stadium, where photos are being displayed of all 71 people killed in the crash. A Roman Catholic mass will follow later at the main church in the city of Chapeco. Chapecoense's plane went down en route to the club's first ever South American tournament final in Colombia, after it ran out of fuel near Medellin, Colombia. It crashed late at night on November 28 local time, though it was already November 29 in Brazil, which is marking the anniversary Wednesday.
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ENGLAND 5-0 KAZAKHSTAN - OLIVER TODD AT THE WESTON COMMUNITY HOMES STADIUM: England's Women signed off on a tumultuous 2017 by taking another step towards the 2019 World Cup in a hammering of amateur minnows Kazakhstan. The Lionesses laboured for an hour with only Melissa Lawley’s goal to show for 84 per cent of possession in a display that looked like doing caretaker boss Mo Marley few favours if she wants the top job. But substitute Fran Kirby’s penalty on 64 minutes with her first touch sparked a goal rush to give England a record of played three, won three, scored 15, with none conceded at the top of their qualifying group.
'I'm ready to fight and I need you to fight with me': Holloway says sorry for slamming QPR fans who left early against Brentford
Thousands of Rangers supporters missed Ian Holloway's side hit back from 2-0 down in stoppage time against their local rivals with last-gasp goals from Matt Smith and Luke Freeman. Loftus Road was half empty when Freeman bundled home his equaliser, prompting Holloway to take a swipe at those who chose to leave early in his post-match interview.
'I never even want to lose table football against my son':?New Milan boss Gattuso rallies troubled team as he calls for 'battlefield spirit'
New AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso wants his players to replicate the gritty spirit he showed during his previous 13-year spell at the San Siro.? The former combative midfielder, who won two Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies at AC Milan between 1999 and 2012, has taken over the reins from Vincenzo Montella.? And Gattuso has warned his stars he expects them to give 100 per cent while he is in charge of the sleeping Italian giants, who have won just six of their 14 league games.
Wilshere needs to concentrate on being fit rather than worrying about his future, says Wenger as Arsenal gear up for next test
Jack Wilshere's current focus at Arsenal has to be 'just about being fit' rather than worrying about his long-term future, says Arsene Wenger.? Wilshere and the rest of the Arsenal squad were busy in training on Tuesday, with the midfielder aiming for a starting spot against Huddersfield Town. He is yet to start a league game this season, and has played just 48 minutes of action across three substitute appearances.??
Halo to the future: McLaren test out mini front wing ahead of cockpit safety device's controversial introduction next season
McLaren have begun their preparations for the 2018 Formula One season by testing out a mini front wing on the controversial cockpit safety device known as 'the halo'. The concept will be introduced next year and, following the conclusion of the 2017 campaign in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, teams have already started to get their cars ready for the new regulations.? At tyre testing at the?Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday morning, McLaren played around with the?aesthetics of the device by using an added aerodynamic element.
'It's hard to imagine the way I was living':?Woods reveals shocking agony he suffered ahead of latest comeback
Tiger Woods admitted he is 'winging it' in his latest comeback from serious injury as he still doesn't know whether his body can cope with the rigours of professional golf, but insisted he has 'come out the other side' of his addiction to painkilling drugs. Woods tees it up at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas this week, his first tournament since February, when he limped out of the Dubai Desert Classic and was forced to have fusion surgery on his spine.
Russia unveil retro World Cup poster inspired by Lev Yashin… but how does it stand up against previous tournaments?
Russia have paid homage to their footballing icon Lev Yashin with a retro-style poster for next summer's World Cup, which was unveiled on Tuesday with the help of?deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko. With the group stage draw being held in Moscow later this week, the hosts continued the countdown to the 2018 World Cup with the unveiling of their official poster, which has been traditional since the tournament's inception in 1930. As Russia go into next summer's tournament as the lowest-ranked side in the entire contest, it made sense for them to highlight their glorious past and few legacies are greater than that of Yashin, who lead the Soviet Union to the European Championship title in 1960.