What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 13 2012, 7:21 GMT

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

Arsene Wenger: Under pressure
Arsene Wenger: Under pressure

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DAILY TELEGRAPH Arsene Wenger's training methods and relationship with Steve Bould, his new assistant, have been called into question following the embarrassment of Tuesday's Capital One Cup defeat against Bradford City. Also: Fulham have withdrawn a complaint of tapping-up against Liverpool after the Anfield club issued an embarrassing apology following their attempts to sign forward Clint Dempsey in the summer.

DAILY MIRROR Arsenal fans received a boardroom apology last night as Arsene Wenger faced the biggest crisis of his 16 years at the club. Also: Everton are ready to take defender Joleon Lescott back to Goodison Park.

THE SUN Arsenal stars fear Arsene Wenger's relationship with his new assistant Steve Bould is breaking down. Also: Swansea are in the semi-finals of the League Cup for the first time in their 100-year history - thanks to a lucky own goal.

THE TIMES The Arsenal board will demonstrate its enduring faith in the club's embattled manager, Arsene Wenger, by encouraging the Frenchman with a £50million war chest to try and attract at least one high-calibre player at a premium price in the January transfer window. Also: For the second successive night, a Barclays Premier League club was steeling itself for a surprise exit from the Capital One Cup, but on this occasion it was not to be.

THE GUARDIAN The Bradford City captain, Gary Jones, believes Arsenal's stars ought to be embarrassed by their Capital One Cup quarter-final exit at Valley Parade on Tuesday and he twisted the knife when he said that Torquay United had put up more of a fight against his team in Saturday's League Two meeting. Also: Warren Gatland has said the decision not to include his Wales colleague Shaun Edwards among the coaches for next summer's British and Irish Lions tour was the "most difficult" of his career.

THE INDEPENDENT The Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, apologised to fans' groups at a meeting last night for the club's elimination at the hands of League Two Bradford City in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, a result which he said had left him "upset and angry". Also: Manchester City's captain, Vincent Kompany, will see a specialist about the hamstring injury which forced him out of last Sunday's derby against Manchester United and, having missed training yesterday, he looks very doubtful for Saturday's trip to Newcastle.

DAILY MAIL The Football Association have given assurances to the Government that they will take decisive action to remove the stain of racism from the English game. Also: Stan Kroenke has given his total support to Arsene Wenger against a backdrop of training ground tension.

DAILY EXPRESS Arsene Wenger has marched into a blizzard of criticism after his side's Bradford City shocker. Also: Seb Hines' own-goal sent Swansea into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup for the first time.

DAILY STAR Ian Wright reckons Arsene Wenger should fear for his job after Arsenal's Capital One Cup flop at Bradford. Also: UEFA will decide today whether to ban Serbia from international football over the Danny Rose race row.


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