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Saturday, 12 January, 2002, 07:00 GMT
Return of 'Le Sulk'
A round-up of the top sport stories in the UK papers
Nicolas Anelka provides a much-needed distraction from the turbulent events in football over the past week as he makes his much-vaunted return to Highbury on Sunday.

The Liverpool striker is certain to receive a hostile reception from the home fans after leaving Arsenal for Real Madrid for 23m in 1999.

The Sun reports Gunners manager Arsene Wenger pleading with the Highbury faithful to lay off Anelka.

However, Arsenal's money-men cannot be too pleased with a story in the Daily Mirror claiming Arsenal are still owed 7.5m from the Real deal.

But while the tabloids focus on the "Incredible Sulk", the broadsheets are more concerned about the considerable talents of Anelka's replacement - one Thierry Henry.

The Daily Telegraph proclaims the French international as the "Angel of the North Bank".

However, the FA failed to see his glowing halo when it charged him with improper conduct during Arsenal's controversial 3-1 defeat to Newcastle.

But the Daily Mail report Mr Wenger will defend his star striker to the hilt in the face of a potential three-match ban.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express has been busy digging for scoops, "exclusively" revealing Louis van Gaal as the man to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

And that's not all. The paper also reports Fulham's interest in signing Rangers striker Tore Andre Flo, days after their deal for fellow Norwegian John Carew fell through.

The Guardian reports on the phenomenal achievements of 13-year-old Jae An, who became the youngest player ever to have qualified for the final stages of a professional golf tournament in New Zealand.

Another record breaker in the news is jockey Tony McCoy, who broke his own record for riding the fastest 200 winners in a season.

The Irishman was quoted in The Times as saying a lot of his success is down to the horses he rides.

Meanwhile, The Independent focuses on Greg Rusedski's exploits in Auckland after he clinched a place in the final after beating Jiri Novak in the last four.

Keen not to count his chickens before they hatch, Rusedski says: "I'm not even thinking about the Australian Open at the moment."

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