Paper Review: England Fury over Welbeck, Arsenal Look to Germany, Gareth Bale

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterSeptember 7, 2013

Paper Review: England Fury over Welbeck, Arsenal Look to Germany, Gareth Bale

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    The fallout from England's World Cup qualifying win over Moldova dominates the headlines on Saturday, particularly the booking for Danny Welbeck which will rule the forward out of the game in Ukraine on Tuesday.

    The Manchester United man received a caution for playing on after the whistle during the 4-0 victory over the Moldovans, but another harsh yellow card from the draw in Montenegro in March means Welbeck will not feature in Kiev.

    Arsenal are looking to another German import when the transfer window reopens in January, according to reports, while Gareth Bale received a scare as he warmed up on the pitch in Macedonia with Wales.

    Bale's Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo remains the star attraction for Bernabeu officials, says one newspaper article, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still on the warpath in his serialised autobiography.

    But who else is making the headlines on Saturday? Read on to find out more.

Roy Hodgson Angered by Welbeck Ban as Rickie Lambert Continues England Rise

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    England manager Roy Hodgson was left furious with the decision to caution Welbeck during the win over Moldova on Friday night.

    The Manchester United man was shown the yellow card by Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak after playing on after the whistle and will now miss Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine after earning a caution earlier in the campaign.

    John Cross of the Daily Mirror was one of the reporters to highlight Hodgson's disappointment over the decision, while Steven Howard of The Sun (subscription required) insists there is no reason to panic over Welbeck's absence during an injury crisis as Jermain Defoe is a more-than-capable replacement for the United man.

    Rickie Lambert continued his goalscoring form with England, adding another strike on Friday to his debut goal against Scotland last month.

    The Southampton forward is now set to lead the line in Kiev and Paul Hayward of the Daily Telegraph highlighted the 31-year-old for his Roy of the Rovers (via Wikipedia) rise through the football ranks.

    Meanwhile, Glenn Moore of The Independent noted the midfield work of Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere during their first game together, comparing the pair to a "sorcerer and apprentice."

Gareth Bale Target for Pitch Invaders as Ronaldo Remains Top Dog at Real

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    The world's most expensive footballer was the target for two Macedonia fans as they raced on to the pitch to confront Bale as he warmed up for Wales at half-time in Skopje.

    The £86 million Real Madrid man was named as a substitute for the World Cup qualifier and was shocked when two Macedonians encroached on to the field before being hauled away by security, reports Dave Wood of the Daily Mail.

    Bale's Welsh teammate Adam Matthews also stepped in to prevent the fans causing any trouble before the Macedonian authorities removed the fans.

    Meanwhile, Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required) reports that Real Madrid chiefs are trying to assuage Ronaldo's "bruised ego" in an attempt to encourage him to sign a new deal at the club.

    Ronaldo's status as the world's most expensive player was usurped by the deal to bring Bale to the Bernabeu and officials are telling the former Manchester United man, who scored a hat-trick for Portugal against Northern Ireland on Friday night, they only shelled out £76.75million for the former Tottenham star.

    Real are also trying to offset Ronaldo's disappointment at the departure of Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, claims the report.

Arsenal Planning Another German Raid in January After Mesut Ozil Capture

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will target Borussia Dortmund pair Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan, and Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen when the transfer window reopens in January, reports Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph.

    Wenger broke the club's record transfer fee to bring Mesut Ozil to the club on transfer deadline day for £42 million from Real Madrid.

    The Gunners boss had an £18.5 million offer for Germany international holding midfielder Bender rejected earlier in the summer, according to the article, but will resume his interest in January.

    Wenger will also continue to monitor Reus and Gundogan ahead of the transfer window reopening at the turn of the year, claims Wilson.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Reveals Fights with AC Milan and Ajax Teammates

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    Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been unloading his thoughts and actions in his autobiography I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which is being serialised by the Daily Mail.

    The focus of Saturday's article is the Sweden international's altercations with teammates Rafael van der Vaart, Ogucho Onyewu and Mido.

    The striker broke a rib in a fight with Onyewu at AC Milan, while he was also accused of injuring Ajax teammate Van der Vaart deliberately during a friendly between Sweden and Holland.

    Egyptian striker Mido threw scissors at Ibrahimovic during a row at Ajax, but the pair were close friends just 10 minutes later.

Bits and Pieces: Vincent Kompany, Eric Abidal, Paolo Di Canio, Arsenal

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    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany could be out until October and is likely to miss the Premier League derby against Manchester United later this month, reports Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

    The Belgium defender has suffered a setback in his return from a groin injury and has not played since the first game of the season against Newcastle United.

    Former Barcelona defender Eric Abidal claims the Camp Nou club did not pay him while he was seriously ill, in an interview with L'Equipe (via the Daily Telegraph).

    Abidal underwent a liver transplant in April and left the La Liga champions for Monaco this summer.

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has defended the importing of foreign players to the Premier League after FA chairman Greg Dyke criticised the number of overseas stars, reports Ian Murtagh of the Daily Star.

    Arsenal are investigating coach Mark Arber after the coach appeared to have admitted betting on the club signing Ozil, reports The Sun (subscription required).

    Coventry City manager Steven Pressley has thanked Sir Alex Ferguson for helping him to get the job with the Sky Blues, despite the financial problems at the League One club, reports Dave Armitage of the Daily Star.