What the papers say

  • Last Updated: December 14 2013, 12:45 GMT

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

It's a big day for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who travel to Manchester City
It's a big day for Arsene Wenger's Arsenal, who travel to Manchester City

DAILY TELEGRAPH: While Arsenal might be enjoying a five-point lead at the top of the table as Christmas approaches, while they might be playing the most attractive and progressive football in the country, doubts remain over the depths of resolve and experience still to be doing so come next May. Also: Manuel Pellegrini is set to leave out Joe Hart for Manchester City's crucial Premier League game against Arsenal today, with Costel Pantilimon expected to return.

THE TIMES: In recent years Arsenal's visits to Manchester have become a source of some trepidation, but there was genuine anticipation in Arsene Wenger's voice when discussing today's lunchtime kick-off at the Etihad Stadium, even if he would prefer the match to take place tomorrow. Also: Fernandinho described it as the moment Manchester City players finally woke up to the realisation that they were doing their title prospects serious harm, the point their season turned.

THE GUARDIAN: On 29 January 2011, Ben Robinson played rugby union. On three occasions he was treated for blows to the head and sent back on. He collapsed and later died. Behind his story is another, of a sport in denial about concussion. Also: David Moyes has stated that some of the criticism aimed at his Manchester United players by the former captain Roy Keane and goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel is correct.

DAILY EXPRESS: David Moyes has dismissed suggestions his training methods have caused Robin van Persie's latest injury setback. Also: Jose Mourinho believes the first trophyless season of his glittering managerial career is a possibility - but says it would be utterly unacceptable.

DAILY MAIL: The crisis facing David Moyes grew deeper last night as Robin van Persie was ruled out for a month and Peter Schmeichel claimed there are current Manchester United players who don't care about the club. Also: Luis Suarez is in the frame to be Liverpool's stand-in skipper for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to Tottenham.

THE SUN: Joe Hart and Ashley Cole were fuming last night after being axed yet again for today's big Premier League games. Also: David Moyes suffered another major setback when Robin van Persie was KO'd until the new year with a thigh strain.

DAILY STAR: David Moyes has been rocked by the news that Robin van Persie has been ruled out for a month. Also: Luis Suarez is in line to captain Liverpool at Tottenham tomorrow.

DAILY MIRROR: Luis Suarez could complete a remarkable rehabilitation at Liverpool by standing in as captain tomorrow. Also: David Moyes has been dealt a massive blow - with Robin van Persie ruled out for a month through injury.

THE INDEPENDENT: Football is changing and Arsene Wenger hopes that his new team - mobile, nimble and smart - will be on the right side of history once again. Also: Manuel Pellegrini's staff were entering into the spirit of wearing Christmas jumpers for charity yesterday, though he did not launch into bad fashion with them.

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