What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 18 2012, 7:16 GMT

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

Demba Ba: Interested in a move to Arsenal
Demba Ba: Interested in a move to Arsenal

THE SUN: Arsene Wenger's Christmas wish was answered last night - by Santi! Also: Wayne Rooney linked up with a Swiss club yesterday - as part of his 'community service'...Marouane Fellaini has escaped with just a three-match ban for the headbutt which shocked football...Demba Ba admits he is interested in a move to Arsenal next month.

DAILY MIRROR: Under-fire Arsene Wenger breathed a sigh of relief as Santi Cazorla's hat-trick lifted the gloom around Arsenal. Also: Marouane Fellaini has escaped with a three-match ban for the headbutt controversy that shocked football.

DAILY STAR: A stunning Santi Cazorla hat-trick silenced Arsene Wenger's critics last night. Also: Neil Warnock claims Rafa Benitez threatened to sue him at the height of their row over Sheffield United's relegation from the Premier League...Marouane Fellaini has escaped with a three-match ban for headbutting Ryan Shawcross - thanks to referee Mark Halsey.

DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger last night praised the way his Arsenal players had rallied round him at the end of one of the toughest weeks of his 16 years in charge of the club. Also: Alastair Cook marked the victorious end of his first series as Test captain by saying England's win felt as good as when they captured the Ashes in Australia...Manchester City face a battle to prove they acted within football's disciplinary guidelines when they confront Mario Balotelli at a Premier League tribunal tomorrow.

DAILY EXPRESS: Alastair Cook described winning a Test series in India for the first time in 27 years as "an incredible achievement" on a par with winning the Ashes Down Under. Also: Santi Cazorla hit a hat-trick last night to send Arsenal up to fifth in the table following a 5-2 win against Reading at the Madejski Stadium...Marouane Fellaini will be fined £150,000 by Everton but has escaped a lengthy suspension from the Football Association after being hit with a three-match ban after his running battle with Stoke's Ryan Shawcross.

THE GUARDIAN: This was like old times for Arsenal. The opposition were inferior but they swatted them aside with a ruthless attacking swagger to drink in a much needed tonic. Also: Team Sky will keep their options open over whether Chris Froome or Bradley Wiggins leads the squad at the 2013 Tour de France, the team principal, Dave Brailsford, said yesterday...England's door may just have been ajar at the start of the final day of the series but Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell slammed it firmly shut with all the emphasis of an atheist to a Jehovah's Witness on Christmas morning.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: England's joyous reaction to ending a troubled year on an unimaginable high with victory in India was summed up by Kevin Pietersen wearing a shirt signed by his team-mates and Graeme Swann's voice carrying across the VCA Ground belting out Christmas songs. Also: It was rarely pretty but Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell's twin hundreds to seal the draw in the final Test were pragmatic and poignant.

THE INDEPENDENT: If there was one Premier League opponent that Arsene Wenger might have chosen to play last night after one of the lowest weeks in his 16 years as Arsenal manager, then it would surely have been Reading, a club struggling to find their place in the world as much as their famous opponents. Also: Gerard Houllier last night dampened hopes for Thierry Henry's proposed return to Arsenal.

THE TIMES: England's first Test series win in India since 1985 may unlock the riches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to the cricketers behind the success as franchises reflect on events of the past five weeks. Also: Alastair Cook admitted to harbouring doubts over England's ability

to recover from the first Test defeat in Ahmedabad and was surprised at the level his team reached over the subsequent three matches.


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