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From the back pages, January 12: ‘Wenger out!’ Poll reveals just FIVE per cent of Arsenal fans still trust in Arsene

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Almost half of respondents from one of Gunners’ biggest supporters’ groups feel boss should go PLUS Walcott tipped to blossom once he signs. (The Mirror)

Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his fears that the antics of Luis Suarez could prompt referee Howard Webb to give Liverpool crucial decisions in Sunday’s Premier League clash. Ferguson’s team meet their great rivals at lunchtime with the spotlight already shining on Suarez after the Liverpool striker’s controversial handball goal in the FA Cup at Mansfield last weekend. (Daily Mail)

Wenger: Van Persie sale gave United title: The Arsenal manager thinks the moment he agreed to sell the Dutchman to Sir Alex Ferguson, the race for the Premier League title was settled. (The Times)

Harry Redknapp says he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur for “political” reasons rather than results. Now trying to save Queens Park Rangers from relegation, Redknapp finally lowered his diplomatic guard about a dismissal that came a month after ‘The People’s Choice’ was overlooked for the England job in favour of Roy Hodgson. (The Telegraph)

Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, has raised the prospect of a 12-month contract extension for Carlos Tevez – an extraordinary turnaround for a player who was in an outright state of civil war with the club just a year ago. (The Independent)

Rafael Benítez has launched a resolute defence of Fernando Torres after the striker was booed off the pitch during Chelsea’s defeat against Swansea City, insisting the supporters “will love him again” when his form improves. (The Guardian)

Chelsea are ready for another crack at landing Luka Modric. Blues owner Roman Abramovich will dangle £22million in front of Real Madrid in a bid to tempt the little Croatian back to England this summer. (The Sun)

 

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