Paper Review: New Deal for Wenger, Man Utd Transfer Window Probe, Sir Alex Book

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterSeptember 8, 2013

Paper Review: New Deal for Wenger, Man Utd Transfer Window Probe, Sir Alex Book

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger makes the headlines in the Sunday newspapers as reports link him with a new deal at the Emirates Stadium.

    Another man set for a new contract is Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, but could a new book by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson open up old wounds?

    The Old Trafford hierarchy are also demanding answers to the disappointing transfer window, according to the Sunday papers.

    Which high-profile European manager was rejected for the England role in favour of Roy Hodgson by the Football Association?

    Read on to find out more.

Arsene Wenger Poised for New Contract After Bringing Mesut Ozil to Arsenal

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    What a difference a big-name signing on transfer deadline day can make.

    Arsenal will offer manager Wenger a new two-year, £15 million contract to remain at the Emirates Stadium, reports Charlie Wyett of The Sun (subscription only).

    The Gunners are also hoping the promise of a £40 million transfer fund for the January window will convince the Frenchman to stay.

    Wyett claims that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis believes the deadline-day capture of Mesut Ozil for £42.4 million from Real Madrid was enough to convince him that Wenger must stay.

    This is all a long way from the reaction of some Arsenal supporters, who criticised Wenger for not spending money after the team lost their opening Premier League game at home to Aston Villa, as Ben Findon of the Sunday Telegraph reported at the time.

Wayne Rooney Set for New Man Utd Deal, but Will Sir Alex Scupper the Contract?

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    After a summer of uncertainty in which Chelsea made two bids for his services, Rooney will be offered a new contract at Manchester United, reports Jason Burt of the Sunday Telegraph.

    United manager David Moyes is aiming to ward off further interest from Jose Mourinho with a deal which will take the 27-year-old "into his thirties," according to the article.

    However, there could be trouble ahead with former United boss Ferguson preparing to release a new autobiography, as Daniel Taylor of The Observer reports.

    The Scot is due to publish his latest memoirs on Oct. 24 and the subject of Rooney is unlikely to be omitted from the publication, warns Taylor.

    The Observer article also highlights Ferguson's previous books and the opinions aired about some players in them as proof that Ferguson is unlikely to ignore Rooney in his latest tome.

    Meanwhile, Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror reports that the Old Trafford hierarchy will ask chief executive Ed Woodward to explain the disappointing transfer window.

    United went public with their ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas and were also linked with Cristiano Ronaldo and Thiago Alcantara. Bids for Leighton Baines, Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira and Ander Herrara also fell flat, leaving Marouane Fellaini as the club's sole signing.

    Now United's owners, the Glazer family, are looking for answers from Woodward for the failure to sign their major targets this summer.

    Rob Shepherd of the Mail On Sunday says Woodward was only guilty of following an idea laid down by his predecessor David Gill and Ferguson for the return of Ronaldo to Old Trafford. The report also claims that deal may not be dead.

FA Turned Down Pep Guardiola in Favour of English National Team Manager

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    The Football Association turned down an approach from Pep Guardiola to become England manager, reports Ian Herbert of the Independent On Sunday.

    The former Barcelona head coach contacted former FA chairman David Bernstein through an intermediary to say he wanted to take the team into the Euro 2012 finals and how he could improve the side, claims Herbert.

    However, Bernstein and the FA were determined to appoint an Englishman to the role with Roy Hodgson and Harry Redknapp among the leading candidates at the time of Fabio Capello's resignation (via Betting-directory.com) in February 2012, says the report.

    According to Herbert, an FA source claimed the governing body had become concerned at the failure to develop talent for the national team and were keen to stay with an English boss.

    Guardiola, instead, opted to join Bayern Munich while the FA selected Hodgson to take the England position.

Ukraine Captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk Warns England Ahead of World Cup Qualifier

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    Ukraine captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has warned England that his team will win their World Cup qualifier in Kiev on Tuesday because they possess a better team spirit, reports Steve Bates of the Sunday People.

    Hodgson and his team face a vital qualifier in Group H after Ukraine defeated San Marino 9-0 on Friday, while England beat Moldova 4-0.

    However, midfielder Tymoshchuk, who won the Champions League and the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich last season before joining Zenit St Petersburg, claims England might have the stellar names in the squad, but they cannot replicate their club form for their country.

    The truth is that the big English names, like Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard, have had lots of success and won many ­trophies for their clubs, but for whatever reason they cannot do it with their country.

    England might have names that all football fans know around Europe, but Ukraine are ­better. We are more balanced and when you see us play we look more of a team than England, more like we are in tune with each other.

    That is why there is real belief within the squad that we can ­qualify for Brazil.

Bits and Pieces: Gervinho, Thomas Vermaelen, Portsmouth, Marko Arnautovic

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    Former Arsenal striker Gervinho has blamed manager Wenger for wrecking his career with the club, reports Justin Allen of The Sun (subscription only).

    The Gunners boss signed the Ivory Coast international from Lille two years ago, but his time in North London was not a success and he joined Roma this summer.

    But Gervinho claims Wenger was to blame for his lack of confidence during his time at Arsenal in the interview with Allen.

    Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen could return from injury quicker than expected, according to Carl Eldridge of the Daily Star Sunday.

    The Belgium international has not played so far this season due to a back problem, but could return to action in the Capital One Cup tie against West Brom later this month, claims the report.

    Portsmouth are heading for further financial problems with £6.7 million in wages still owed to former players, reports Tony Little of The Sun (subscription only).

    Stoke City have signed the "new Mario Balotelli" in the shape of striker Marko Arnautovic, claims Matt Law of the Sunday Mirror.

    Law outlines some of the Austrian forward's antics at other clubs, including his borrowing of a prestige Bentley car from former Inter Milan teammate Samuel Eto'o before it was stolen while it was on loan to the new Stoke player.