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Arsenal - The Santi Cazorla miracle

Cazorla Arsenal Debut

Arsenal have been dogged by misfortune of their star players leaving in recent years, but their luck was certainly in when circumstances allowed them to bring Santi Cazorla to the Emirates earlier this summer.

Chelsea's John Terry faces tough task defending against the FA

John Terry With Medal

If there is one thing we know about John Terry by now it is that he is not ordinarily someone who lets insecurity pollute his mind. A man of "almost uncanny mental strength", to quote Chelsea's chairman, Bruce Buck, during those five days in July when Terry stood in the dock at Westminster magistrates' court and asked us to believe he was not guilty of a racist slur. "Other people have it," Buck told the trial, "but I've never seen it quite like John Terry has it."

Paralympics 2012: Oscar Pistorius wins T44 400m gold in fitting finale

Oscar Header

It was a more than an appropriate way to sign off from the sporting action at this magnificent cauldron of noise and light. Oscar Pistorius, the South African "Blade Runner" who has been a constant and sometimes controversial presence over London's glorious summer of sport, capped it by retaining the 400m crown he values above all others.