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Arsenal open talks with Laurent Koscielny over new contract

Koscielny shows Van Persie the way as Arsenal open talks over new long-term deal

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09:01 GMT, 10 July 2012

Arsene Wenger has moved to limit the damage to Arsenal's squad this summer by opening talks with defender Laurent Koscielny over a new five-year deal.

Robin van Persie has stated his desire to leave the club but Arsenal are unlikely to command a huge fee for their star striker as he has just 12 months of his contract left to run. Theo Walcott's deal also expires next summer and the winger has attracted interest from Chelsea.

But Arsenal are determined to keep hold of Koscielny and have now opened negotiations with the France centre-back, according to the Mirror.
Koscielny, 26, has been offered a pay rise and a new contract until 2017.

Please stay: Laurent Koscielny is in talks over a new five-year contract

Please stay: Laurent Koscielny is in talks over a new five-year contract

Wenger saw Koscielny's France team-mate Samir Nasri depart for Manchester City last summer after turning down a new contract while he had just 12 months on his deal to run.

Nasri won the Barclays Premier League title with City in May. Van Persie's main admirers are also at the Etihad Stadium.

But Wenger has said he will never change his management style at Arsenal – even if the club's top players keep moving on.

Wants out: Robin van Persie has told supporters he will not sign a new deal

Wants out: Robin van Persie has told supporters he will not sign a new deal

The Frenchman has been resolute in his principles and believes the top honours can be won without spending tens of millions. Wenger says that a good youth system, coupled with a shrewd recruitment policy of talented individuals, can be a recipe for success.

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Minnows Featherstone to welcome Wigan in Challenge Cup fifth round

Minnows Featherstone to welcome Wigan in Challenge Cup fifth round

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18:08 GMT, 16 April 2012

Featherstone’s reward for knocking out Castleford in the fourth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup is a plum home tie against holders Wigan.

Rovers coach Daryl Powell could hardly conceal his excitement after Monday's fifth-round draw paired them with the Warriors, who hammered North Wales Crusaders 98-4 on Sunday with Sam Tomkins scoring six tries.

Day to remember: Ian Hardman crosses for Featherstone against Castleford

Day to remember: Ian Hardman crosses for Featherstone against Castleford

Fifth round Carnegie Challenge Cup draw:

Warrington v Bradford
Catalan Dragons v Sheffield Eagles
Salford v Leeds
Leigh v Halifax
Oldham v St Helens
Featherstone v Wigan
Huddersfield v Swinton
Batley v London Broncos

Ties to be played on the weekend of April 27-29.

'Being at home, it’s a fantastic draw for us,' said Powell, whose part-timers beat the Tigers 23-16 at the Bigfellas Stadium on Saturday.

'It’s a tough draw – they’re an outstanding team full of quality individuals – but I thought we handled one of the better players in the competition in Rangi Chase pretty well and we’ll try to come up with a plan deal with Sam Tomkins.

'I’m glad we’re at home. We know it’s a tough challenge for us but we’re excited by it.'

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Heather Rabbatts first female member on Football Association board

FA appoints first ever female board member… it”s only taken 148 years!

First: Rabbatts will make a change to the traditional FA board scenery

First: Rabbatts will make a change to the traditional FA board scenery

The Football Association appointed a female member to its board on Thursday – for the first time since it was formed in 1863.

Heather Rabbatts is a former deputy chair of Millwall, and along with Roger Devlin, has been appointed as an independent non-executive director.

These appointments will now be put to the FA council for ratification early in the new year.

Rabbatts has more than 20 years of executive and non-executive experience from the public and private sector and across a breadth of industries, including local government, media, financial services and football.

The56-year-old said: “Having worked across media, business and football I hope to bring those experiences to my work at the FA.”

Devlin, 54, is an experienced non-executive director and has operated as a senior executive within the corporate sector, with expertise in sectors including banking, sport and media rights and has also been a financial advisor to a number of Premier League clubs.

He said: “It is an honour to be put forward for such an important role within the national game and I relish the opportunity to be able to positively input into the future of football in England.”

Pleased: Bernstein is pleased with the appointment

Pleased: Bernstein is pleased with the appointment

FA chairman David Bernstein said: “I am naturally delighted by the decision of the board to endorse the appointments of both Heather and Roger.

“This is an important moment for the FA and represents a significant change to our governance structures.

“There were numerous outstanding candidates for the roles, but the important thing is that our decision was based on recruiting suitable individuals who are able to provide a strong challenge and supplement the existing range of skills and experience on the board.”

The appointments, providing they are approved by the FA council, will see the existing board extended from 12 to 14 members.

This is comprised from five representatives from the national game, five from the professional game, the FA chairman and general secretary as well as the two new independent non-executive directors.