Mesut Özil bolsters Arsenal by signing new £350,000 a week deal

•German puts pen to paper on new three-year deal •Arsenal also close to securing Jack Wilshere to a new deal Mesut Ozil has put months of uncertainty behind him by signing a new deal in the coming days. Photograph: Paul Jenkins/Action Plus via Getty Images Mesut Özil has agreed a new three-year contract at Arsenal. …

MoD could face budget shortfall of more than £20bn, report finds

Audit office says equipment costings for next decade are ‘unaffordable’ and ‘not realistic’ The report noted that costs for the Astute, pictured, and Dreadnought submarine projects had risen by £941m in one year. Photograph: CPOA(PHOTO) THOMAS McDONALD/ BRITISH MINISTRY OF DEFENCE/HANDOUT/EPA The Ministry of Defence could face a shortfall of more than £20bn in its …

Comedy gold: treasure hunters fooled by prop coins from TV’s Detectorists

Two metal-detecting hobbyists thought they were rich after finding a stash of Roman coins – before realising it had been buried for the BBC sitcom Toby Jones as Lance and Mackenzie Crook as Andy in the TV show Detectorists. Photograph: BBC Name: Detectorists. Starring: Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones and Rachael Stirling. Channel: BBC Four. Age: …

Palaeontologists on the books and toys that inspired a lifelong love of dinosaurs

Playthings or formative figures? A closer look at the children’s books, films and plastic tat that kickstarted palaeontology careers Rubber Stegosaurus Photograph: Mark Carnall I remember watching an episode of Noel’s House Party, a Saturday night prime time family friendly TV show with an elaborate set based in the fictional village of Crinkley Bottom. Part …

‘Women’s equality still doesn’t centre on women of colour – and it needs to’

‘In academia, things are similar to how they were when my mum was my age’ … Liv Little. Photograph: Lennon Gregory I was only 16 at the start of this decade, so the easiest way for me to map the changes in opportunities for women is to look generationally. When I talk to my grandmother, …

A transfer window for managers? It will happen but for the wrong reasons | Marina Hyde

The deadline day drama is flagging and football’s content era is desperately in need of new characters The Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino, right, said it is not easy to survive the sack and, with eight of the 20 Premier League clubs making changes this season, a transfer window would make sense. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters “In …

Oscar-winning director Michael Haneke to make 10-part TV series

Austrian confirms he is working on Kelvin’s Book, an English language dystopian drama Michael Haneke: ‘After 10 TV movies and 12 films, I wanted to tell a longer story for once.’ Photograph: Antony Jones/Getty Images Michael Haneke has become the latest high-profile film director to turn his hand to the small screen after revealing he …

‘This is over’: Puigdemont’s Catalan independence doubts caught on camera

Ousted president’s private messages caught on TV cameras reveal admission of defeat A pro-independence protester wears a Carles Puigdemont mask after the debate on the presidential investiture was delayed. Photograph: via ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock The ousted Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has admitted privately that his attempt to secure regional independence is over and claims he has …

Finsbury Park attack accused blames man called ‘Dave’ in ‘absurd’ defence, jury told

Darren Osborne says man named Dave jumped into driver’s seat and drove into pedestrians Artist’s sketch of Darren Osborne in the witness box at Woolwich crown court in London. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA The defence of a man accused of launching a terror attack on Muslims in Finsbury Park – that another man jumped in the …