Neil Humphreys: Arsenal have a new weapon - speed

SPEED DEMONS: Arsenal forward line comprising (in red) Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott is among the fastest in the EPL.
SPEED DEMONS: Arsenal forward line comprising (in red) Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott is among the fastest in the EPL.
SPEED DEMONS: Arsenal forward line comprising (in red) Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott is among the fastest in the EPL.

Liverpool have it on one flank, Manchester City have it in small pockets and Manchester United don't really have it at all.

But the Gunners suddenly have it all over their forward line.

Arsene Wenger's men are a bright, blurred vision of blistering pace.

For the first time this season, Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez shared the same pitch and issued a captivating statement of attacking intent.

Back in May, Hull faced Arsenal in the FA Cup final and were unlucky to lose.

Yesterday morning (Singapore time), they were lucky to lose only 2-0.

In Sanchez, the Gunners have a forward with no cruise control. He's Jeremy Clarkson in an Arsenal jersey. He performs only in top gear.

In Walcott, the Gunners have a forward with a point to prove and pace to burn. He's playing catch-up. He won't take long.

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Newitt scores on Olympic Anthem

SMART DEBUT WINNER: Newcomer Olympic Anthem beating Good News (No. 3) to give jockey Craig Newitt his first win of the new 2015 season in Race 9 at Kranji on Sunday.
Craig Newitt.
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Sunday’s Singapore Stipendiary Stewards’ Report Highlights

CLOSE CONTEST: 
Lign Em Up getting the better of Tme Odyssey (No. 12) after a tense battle in the straight in Race 4 at Kranji on Sunday.
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Chelsea's contrite one

Mourinho recants ref rage after conversation with Friend

CONSPIRACY THEORY: Jose Mourinho (above) recently claimed that there is a ‘campaign’ against his Chelsea team.
Loic Remy.
CONSPIRACY THEORY: A screenshot of Eden Hazard’s bloodied ankles from The Daily Mail suggests he might have a case.
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Torres pledges titles after hero's welcome

Fernando Torres.
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Oh, Mess

NO WAY THROUGH: Lionel Messi (centre), who came on as a substitute, being kept on a tight leash by Inigo Martinez and Esteban Granero.
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Oh, Yes

"I’ve watched them with admiration and we used to wonder how to possibly get a result against them." - Real Sociedad coach David Moyes (above) on Barca
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Oh, Rest

DISMAY: Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale rues the missed chances.
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Gary Lim: Victory over Real Madrid heralds a new era for Valencia

ON THE UP: Valencia owner Peter Lim is among the fans at the Mestalla to share in the joy as goals by Antonio Barragan (above) and Nicolas Otamendi send Real Madrid packing.
ON THE UP: Valencia owner Peter Lim (above) is among the fans at the Mestalla to share in the joy as goals by Antonio Barragan and Nicolas Otamendi send Real Madrid packing.
“As the team’s captain, I am proud of how Valencia turned into a great club in a matter of months, thanks to Peter Lim.” - Valencia captain Dani Parejo

The pessimism at Valencia has disappeared, replaced by a positivity not seen for at least a decade.

On Sunday, the 92-year-old Mestalla exploded into a collage of uninhibited joy after the hosts took down La Liga league leaders Real Madrid 2-1, snapping the 10-time European champions’ remarkable 22-match winning streak in the process.

Among the 55,000 spectators who witnessed the joyous scenes was new club owner Peter Lim, present at the ground with his family and friends.

How their fortunes have changed since the Singaporean businessman took over the La Liga club to save them from bankruptcy.

The fact was not lost on Valencia skipper Dani Parejo, who told The New Paper in an exclusive interview: “As the team’s captain, I am proud of how Valencia turned into a great club in a matter of months, thanks to Peter Lim. 

“We are growing day by day and the game against Real Madrid has proven that we have a promising future ahead of us.”

When The New Paper spoke to fans in Valencia last August, they saw Lim as their saviour.

Sunday's win over Real was without doubt his finest moment in his short reign.

Something special is brewing in Valencia and it is down to one Singaporean — Peter Lim. 

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 6. 

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S'pore 'mermaid' makes $500 an hour from $5,000 tail

MAKING A SPLASH: Ms Cara Nicole Neo dresses up as Mermaid Syrena for children's parties and corporate events.
MAKING A SPLASH: Ms Cara Nicole Neo dresses up as Mermaid Syrena for children's parties and corporate events.
MAKING A SPLASH: Ms Cara Nicole Neo dresses up as Mermaid Syrena for children's parties and corporate events.
MAKING A SPLASH: Ms Cara Nicole Neo dresses up as Mermaid Syrena for children's parties and corporate events.

People think of mermaids as graceful mythical sea creatures.

But Ms Cara Nicole Neo knows being one is not as glamorous as it looks.

Since July 2013, she has been transforming into Mermaid Syrena for children's parties and corporate events.

Her feet blister when she swims in her silicon mermaid tail for a long period of time, and her eyes have become more sensitive to bright light after prolonged exposure to chlorinated water.

But she takes it all in her stride.

Ms Neo loves "mermaiding" so much she even designed and shipped a 15kg made-to-measure silicon tail from the US, which cost around $5,000.

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