What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 16 2012, 9:18 GMT

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.

Jack Wilshere: Set to hand Arsenal huge boost
Jack Wilshere: Set to hand Arsenal huge boost

The Sunday Times: Police are investigation an alleged racist incident involving Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov and a fan at yesterday's Premier League game at St James' Park. Also: Matches at the 2015 Rugby World Cup will almost certainly be played on an artificial pitch in a decision which will anger traditionalists.

The Sun Sunday: Cops confirmed they will quiz Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov after two fans accused him of making a racist threat. Also: Marouane Fellaini last night apologised for nutting Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

The Independent on Sunday: Manchester City 's Aleksandar Kolarov will be investigated by police this week about alleged racist remarks made to an Albanian fan during his side's victory against Newcastle yesterday. Also: the Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, has dashed any hopes that QPR might have of signing or evening borrowing Scott Parker or Michael Dawson in the January transfer window.

Mail on Sunday: Jack Wilshere will provide a huge boost to Arsenal - and under-pressure Arsene Wenger - by signing a £20million, five year contract in the next month. Also: police are investigating an allegation of racist abuse after Manchester City star Aleksandar Kolarov had a heated exchange with a fan during City's 3-1 Premier League victory at Newcastle yesterday.

Daily Star Sunday: Javier Hernandez is ready to quit Man United unless he gets more playing time. Also: Man City have opened talks to sign Argentina starlet Ezequiel Cirigiliano, 20, for £15million.

Sunday Mirror: Mario Balotelli is taking Manchester City to a Premier League tribunal to overturn a £340,000 club fine. Also: Japanese red tape could hit Chelsea's Capital one Cup hopes.

The Observer: Jack Wilshere has called on Arsenal's players to stem the criticism being levelled at Arsene Wenger by taking responsibility for the club's slump.. Also: Branislav Ivanovic spoke regularly of his team boasting a chance to make "history" though, on a personal level, the Serb will approach today's FIFA club World Cup final with redemption on his mind.

Sunday Express: Real Madrid have targeted Arsenal's under-fire boss Arsene Wenger as the man to replace Jose Mourinho is he leaves at the end of the season. Also: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has been advised to ditch maverick striker Mario Balotelli - or risk losing his own job.

Sunday Telegraph: Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov was at the centre of a race row last night after a c complaint was made to police during City's 3-1 victory against Newcastle United.

Sunday People: Furious David Moyes last night let rip at Marouane Fellaini for butting Ryan Shawcross. Also: Frank Lampard is desperate for a January move from Chelsea after being snubbed by Rafa Benitez for the Club World Cup.