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Paper Review: Sir Alex Ferguson Book, Manchester City Pitch Concerns, Arsenal

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterOctober 22, 2013

Paper Review: Sir Alex Ferguson Book, Manchester City Pitch Concerns, Arsenal

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    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson leads the back pages of Tuesday's newspapers as his autobiography is launched.

    The subject of Old Trafford striker Wayne Rooney is unlikely to prove too controversial, according to one report, but one former managerial rival is likely to come under fire, says another newspaper.

    Elsewhere in the papers, Manchester City have voiced concern at the state of the CSKA Moscow pitch ahead of their Champions League tie.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hoping to celebrate his 64th birthday in style, but a new contract is not part of his current plans.

    But who else is making the headlines in Tuesday's newspapers? Read on to find out more.

Wayne Rooney 'Unlikely' to Be Savaged in Sir Alex Ferguson Autobiography

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    Legendary Manchester United manager Ferguson is expected to go easy on Rooney in his autobiography, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    Ferguson and Rooney fell out at the end of last season when the former Old Trafford boss claimed the England international had made a transfer request.

    But Custis claims that Ferguson does not want to "rock the boat" for his successor David Moyes and will not lambast the player in his book.

    However, according to Rory Smith of The Times (subscription required), one man who will incur the wrath of Ferguson in the book will be former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez.

    Arsenal manager Wenger has joked that the football world "feared the worst," as Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph reported.

    Other subjects of interest could be David Beckham, Jose Mourinho, Roy Keane, Jaap Stam, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy, but the subject matter has been a closely guarded secret until later on Tuesday when the book is launched.

Arsene Wenger Will Wait on New Deal as Juergen Klopp Backs Gunners for UCL Win

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    Arsenal manager Wenger insists any thoughts on a new contract at the Emirates Stadium will have to wait until the New Year, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The Gunners boss has confirmed there is an offer on the table for him, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the Premier League season.

    But Wenger, who is 64 on Tuesday, will wait until midway through the campaign and will also consider how the supporters feel before making a decision on his future.

    I will make a decision halfway through the season.

    Deep down, I have an idea what I want to do, but give me a bit of time.

    What interests me above all is to always meet the expectations of our fans.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal are preparing for their Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund, and Juergen Klopp has backed Wenger and Mesut Ozil to fire the Gunners to glory next May, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    Another Arsenal man weighing up a new contract is goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who claims being dropped from the team helped him to recover his form, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

Manchester City 'Banned' from Training on CSKA Moscow Pitch Ahead of UCL Clash

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    Manchester City have been banned from training on the CSKA Moscow pitch ahead of their Champions League tie, reports Jeremy Cross of the Daily Star.

    Cross reports that City wanted to use the Khimki Arena pitch to work on ahead of the game, but they were left stunned when CSKA officials refused to allow them to over fears about the state of the pitch.

    City midfielder Fernandinho has voiced his fears about the CSKA pitch, as Richard Tanner of the Daily Express reported.

    I am worried because our team tries to play with the ball on the ground, and if you don’t have a good surface it could be very hard for us.

    I am hoping it will be a good game, but that depends on whether the pitch is good or not. If it is bad, we may have to fight to win the game, but that is no different to any other game – it is always a fight to win.

    Meanwhile, City and Arsenal have been put on transfer alert over Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, reports Gary Jones of the Daily Star.

    City will also challenge Barcelona for the signature 14-year-old Brahim from Malaga, claims Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

John Terry Credits Jose Mourinho for Rescuing His Chelsea Career

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    Chelsea defender John Terry has thanked manager Mourinho for salvaging his career at Stamford Bridge, reports Neil McLeman of the Daily Mirror.

    The former England international has started every Premier League match for the Blues this season after finding a regular first-team spot hard to come by under Andre Villas-Boas and Benitez.

    Meanwhile, Mourinho has criticised Cardiff City for time-wasting tactics during the game at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, reports Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail:

    The goalkeeper has six seconds to have the ball, correct? They had almost half a minute. 

    That's breaking the rules. We played our game, a difficult game, and we deserved to win.

    If I was in that game and I was paying for a ticket, I would be worried with the fact that every time the ball was out or stopped and our opponent had to put the ball back in the game, it took an average of 21.5 seconds.

    That is a waste of money. You pay for your ticket and every time the game stops you have to wait about half a minute?

Bits and Pieces: Harry Redknapp, Jack Wilshere, Graeme Souness, Liverpool

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    Former West Ham defender and manager Billy Bonds has finally spoken out on his feud with Harry Redknapp, reports The Independent.

    The pair fell out when Bonds was sacked at Upton Park in 1994 and was replaced by his assistant manager, Redknapp, and the QPR boss criticised the way the club was being run at the time in his autobiography.

    However, Bonds claims his old No. 2 has been "very liberal with the truth" as he spoke for the first time about Redknapp:

    For him to come out with what he said was disrespectful to the players and one or two of the staff who were over there.

    I think he’s been very liberal with the truth, but that’s much as I expected.

    I haven’t spoken to him for 20 years; I find it quite pathetic that he comes out with stuff [like that] really, to be quite honest with you.

    Barcelona are lining up a move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, claims Nick Lustig of the Daily Star.

    Former Middlesbrough midfielder Graeme Souness has emerged as an early favourite to succeed Tony Mowbray as manager at the Riverside Stadium, reports Graeme Yorke of the Daily Mail.

    Liverpool are hoping the loan of Andre Wisdom to Derby County can oil the wheels for a transfer swoop on Will Hughes from the Rams, claims David Wright of the Daily Star.

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