Though trailing Chelsea by 10 points in the Premiership title chase, Arsenal received encouraging news on Friday with the announcement that defenders Sol Campbell and Lauren have each signed on for another two years at Highbury.

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanual Petit and his ghastly ponytail have announced their retirement from football.

Following a failed attempt to attract Yeovil Town’s Gary Johnson, Coventry have turned to turnaround artist Micky Adams (above) as their new manager. Adams, whose success at Fulham, Brighton and Leicester tends to be remembered more often than his unfortunate spell toiling for Montgomery Burns impersonator Ron Noades at Brentford, takes over a City side just 3 points removed from Coca-Cola Championship relegation.