What the papers say

  • Last Updated: November 4 2012, 8:47 GMT

A look at what is making the headlines on the back pages of Sunday's press.

Walcott: Could be set for an Arsenal exit

SUNDAY TIMES: Theo Walcott is heading towards the exit at Arsenal because of Arsene Wenger's continued refusal to start him in Premier League games. Also: Sir Clive Woodward has called on Stuart Lancaster to inject the "X-factor" into his England selection for the QBE autumn internationals.

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Referee Mark Clattenburg will be assessed by a sports psychologist before it is decided when he can return to action. Also: Steven Finn's thigh injury looks set to rule him out of England's first Test against India, delivering a serious blow to their preparations for the four-match series.

THE INDEPENDENT: Chelsea feared being accused of a racism cover-up if they failed to report the alleged abuse of John Obi Mikel by referee Mark Clattenburg, it can be revealed today. Also: Paul Elliott, one of the country's most widely experienced anti-racism campaigners, could make another breakthrough of his own by becoming the next chairman of Charlton Athletic.

THE SUN: Furious Arsenal fans and ex-players ripped into Andre Santos after he asked for Robin van Persie's shirt at half-time. Also: Chelsea finally ended their ref war last night.

DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Chelsea will have to offer Fernando Torres back to Atletico Madrid to clinch the signing of £45million Radamel Falcao. Also: Robin van Persie hugged every Arsenal player in the tunnel before kick-off - then squeezed the life out of his former club's hopes.

SUNDAY EXPRESS: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has taken a veiled swipe at Kenny Dalglish for leaving the club in a mess. Also: The Formula One title race could be thrown wide open today after Sebastian Vettel was kicked out of qualifying and thrown to the back of the grid in Abu Dhabi.

SUNDAY PEOPLE: Roberto Mancini will ask for the green light to sign Brazilian sensation Neymar when he meets Manchester City's new director of football this week. Also: Brendan Rodgers has admitted that putting Liverpool right will take a lot longer than his three-year contract.

SUNDAY MIRROR: Pep Guardiola has put Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United on managerial alert. Also: Martin O'Neill insisted last night that he will guide his shot-shy Sunderland side away from the lower reaches of the Premier League.

THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Chelsea's Roman Abramovich and other super-rich Premier League owners are set to join forces in a bid to curb the sky-high wages of their star players. Also: Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal side suffer a dismal 2-1 defeat at Manchester United yesterday - then heard furious fans direct their anger at the club's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis.

THE OBSERVER: Keith Hackett, who introduced the microphones worn by referees and their assistants, has called on the Football Association to bring forward a proposal to record match officials' conversations. Also: Sebastian Vettel's apparently irresistible momentum towards a third Formula One world championship came to a shuddering halt last night when he was relegated from third place for today's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and will now start from the pit lane.


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