Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s billionaire owner, has failed to land his preferred target for permanent manager after Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona coach courted by the Russian for three years, agreed to join Bayern Munich. (The Times)
Benitez running out of time as Guardiola loss darkens mood. Chelsea draw 2-2 with Southampton. (The Independent)
The Liverpool striker Luis Suárez has admitted deliberately going to ground in an attempt to win a penalty against Stoke City earlier this season. However, he insisted the criticism he received for his controversial recent goal against Mansfield was unjust and also accused the press of using his name to sell newspapers. (The Guardian)
When Arsenal needed someone to take responsibility, to provide the cool, clinical touch in front of goal to prevent this FA Cup third-round replay heading into extra time, Jack Wilshere took charge.
When Arsenal kept failing to find a way past the outstanding Michel Vorm, Wilshere provided the finish, brilliantly dispatching the hosts’ 26th attempt on goal to set up a trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. (The Telegraph)
Wayne Rooney looked to the heavens in memory of wife Coleen’s sister after his FA Cup third-round replay winner. Rosie McLoughlin, who had Rett syndrome, died aged 14 on January 5. And she was at the forefront of the Manchester United striker’s mind when he netted on nine minutes. (The Sun)
‘I was a Twit!’ Joey Barton makes full apology to Dietmar Hamann over Twitter row. (The Mirror)
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