Paper Review: Arsenal Back for Rooney, Mata Must Adapt, Spurs to Spend Again

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterSeptember 21, 2013

Paper Review: Arsenal Back for Rooney, Mata Must Adapt, Spurs to Spend Again

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out a January move for Wayne Rooney, according to the newspapers on Saturday.

    The Manchester United striker was the subject of interest from the Gunners and Chelsea during the summer, and the Emirates Stadium boss has not ruled out a further move for the 27-year-old.

    Rooney, though, is focused on the Manchester derby on Sunday and has a warning for City ahead of the game.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hits the headlines again after claiming midfielder Juan Mata must adapt his game to the new style of playing at Stamford Bridge, according to reports.

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas could be preparing another major transfer splurge in the January window, claims one newspaper.

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

Wenger to Wait on Current Forwards Before Making Rooney Move in January

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    The arrival of Mesut Ozil and Arsenal's recent form have seen an upturn in fortunes for Wenger since the Premier League opening-day defeat to Aston Villa, but will the Gunners boss further boost his title hopes with a move for Rooney in January?

    According to Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star, Wenger has hinted that a move for the England international could be on the cards if his current forwards are not up to scratch.

    Antony Kastrinakis of The Sun (subscription required) follows a similar line with Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo to be given a chance alongside Olivier Giroud before Wenger decides on a January move for Rooney.

    But former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wrote in his column for the Daily Mail that there is only one club Rooney should move to: Everton.

    Meanwhile, Rooney has warned Manchester City that the derby is still not United's biggest game of the season, as David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reports.

    That honour, instead, falls to matches against Liverpool, according to the former Everton forward.

Jose Mourinho Warns Juan Mata He Must Adapt to New Chelsea Style

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    The absence of Mata from the Chelsea team under Mourinho this season has left some Stamford Bridge supporters baffled, but the Blues boss has finally revealed his reasoning behind the decision.

    Martin Lipton of the Daily Mirror is among a number of Saturday newspaper reporters to reveal that Mourinho favours Oscar as his No. 10 ahead of the Spain international.

    And Mourinho has challenged Mata to dislodge the Brazil international from that position by adapting his game to the style the Chelsea boss is looking for.

    Blues defender David Luiz has also felt the wrath of Mourinho following the defeats to Everton and FC Basel and has been dropped from the squad to face Fulham on Saturday, reports Shaun Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

Tottenham Preparing Further Spending in January Transfer Window

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    One of the most spectacular aspects of the summer transfer window was the spending spree Tottenham boss Villas-Boas embarked on as Gareth Bale prepared to join Real Madrid in a world-record £86 million deal.

    Seven new players, including Roberto Soldado and Christian Eriksen, arrived at the club for a total of £108 million, but White Hart Lane chairman Daniel Levy will open the club coffers again in January, according to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

    Villas-Boas will make Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao his first port of call in January, claims Mokbel, as he seeks to bolster his squad further.

FA Battles Turkey for Right to Stage Euro 2020 Final and Semi-Finals

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    The Football Association is preparing to launch a bid to stage the 2020 European Championship final and semi-finals, according to Mike McGrath of The Sun (subscription required).

    Istanbul is the strong favourite to stage the final after the country lost out to Tokyo in the race to hold the Olympic Games in 2020, claims the report.

    But the FA will bid to usurp the Turkish capital as UEFA prepares to stage the tournament across the continent instead of using just one country or a joint bid of recent history.

    Hampden Park in Glasgow, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin and Cardiff's Millennium Stadium are also in the running to stage matches, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    Meanwhile, UEFA president Michel Platini claims the decision to award the 2022 World Cup finals to Qatar was a political choice, writes Owen Gibson of The Guardian.

Bits and Pieces: Mario Balotelli, Alex Song, Ross Barkley, Ezequiel Garay

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    Mario Balotelli has been involved in more hair-raising jinks as the AC Milan squad gathered for an official picture, reports Thom Drake of the Daily Mail.

    The former Manchester City striker particularly annoyed Milan and Italy teammate Stephan El-Shaarawy during the photo shoot by playing with his hair before the pictures were taken.

    Anyone familiar with El-Shaarawy's unique hairstyle will understand that fooling around with it will only lead to problems and Balotelli's antics were not appreciated.

    Barcelona midfielder Alex Song is considering his future at the club after a lack of playing time so far this season, reports Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror.

    Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley has been urged to stay at Goodison Park by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, writes Dominic King of the Daily Mail.

    Barcelona are considering a January move for Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, who was a target for Manchester United during the summer transfer window, reports Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express.

    Arsenal are facing competition from Juventus in the race for Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler, says Mike McGrath of The Sun (subscription required).

    Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc believes the team can reach the Champions League in the future, says The Sun (subscription required).