What the papers say today, Sunday, January 5
SUNDAY TIMES: Arsene Wenger has defended Theo Walcott after the England striker made a gesture to Tottenham fans as they threw coins at him while he lay on a stretcher. Also: Juan Mata’s frustration at working under Jose Mourinho has reached the point where the Chelsea forward has turned to Rafa Benitez to help provide a way out of Stamford Bridge.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Tottenham Hotspur face potential action from the Football Association after a bad-tempered north London derby in which their supporters aimed coins and bottles at Theo Walcott and ambulance staff as the injured Arsenal striker left the pitch on a stretcher. Also: Danny Cipriani will not be named in England’s Elite Player Squad for the Six Nations and the summer tour to New Zealand this week.
THE OBSERVER: Arsene Wenger has accepted that the Football Association may charge Theo Walcott after the forward gestured the winning 2-0 scoreline to Spurs fans as he was taken off on a stretcher past them during Arsenal’s FA Cup third round win against their north London rivals. Also: Paul Lambert was “gutted” to see Aston Villa dumped out of the FA Cup by League One’s Sheffield United and refused to accept that his pre-match comments about the competition had contributed to a dismal performance.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: Jose Mourinho has criticised the current trend for appointing foreign managers in the Premier League and called for British coaches to be given more opportunities. Also: Arsenal secured north London bragging rights and a place in the FA Cup fourth round with an ultimately comfortable victory over Tottenham yesterday evening, but it was not without cost.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Luis Suarez has a £70million escape clause in his Liverpool contract. Also: A group of leading agents have complained about the conduct of a Premier League manager.
THE SUN ON SUNDAY: Arsene Wenger last night defended Theo Walcott for taunting the Tottenham supporters after he was pelted with coins. Also: Manchester United boss David Moyes admits that his FA Cup record is “not good enough”.
SUNDAY PEOPLE: Two late subs, two late goals and the team in red are in dreamland - all thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Also: David Moyes has admitted that Manchester United will sit out this month’s transfer window - angering fans who have seen the champions slip tamely from the title picture.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Mario Balotelli is after a return to the Premier League - and the madcap striker wants to join Chelsea. Also: Spurs fans bombarded Theo Walcott with missiles after he taunted them with a 2-0 gesture when being carried off on a stretcher.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger defended Theo Walcott last night over controversial scenes when the Arsenal striker was showered with coins thrown by Spurs supporters. Also: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got off to a winning start as Cardiff manager at Newcastle - and put it down to being a super-sub at Manchester United.
MAIL ON SUNDAY: Chelsea are ready to pounce with a £30million bid for Wayne Rooney if the Manchester United forward’s proposed new contract talks hit the buffers. Also: Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis issued a plea to the nation last night to save the FA Cup before it is too late.