Paper News and Gossip: Villas-Boas on Brink, Sergio Aguero Injury Blow

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterDecember 16, 2013

Paper News and Gossip: Villas-Boas on Brink, Sergio Aguero Injury Blow

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    The future of Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas dominates the back pages on Monday morning after Liverpool claimed a stunning 5-0 win at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

    The Anfield team were in spectacular form, but it is the Spurs boss in the spotlight after another heavy Premier League defeat.

    Manchester City have suffered a major blow after Sergio Aguero limped out of the 6-3 win over Arsenal on Saturday.

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

The Future of Tottenham Manager Andre Villas-Boas Under Threat

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    The future of Villas-Boas at Tottenham is again under the spotlight after the 5-0 drubbing at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

    John Cross of the Daily Mirror offers "Five good reasons to sack Villas-Boas" in his match report, while The Sun (subscription required) went with the headline "AVP45" as Vikki Orvice reported that the Tottenham boss will not resign.

    Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail claim that Villas-Boas "survived a crisis meeting" with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and technical director Franco Baldini immediately after the defeat.

    But spare a thought for Ashley Van Buren, who is from New York but chose @AVB as her Twitter handle and became the unwitting target for abuse from Spurs fans, as Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror reported.

Manchester City Title Hopes Hit by Sergio Aguero Injury Woe

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    Manchester City have been dealt a major injury blow after Sergio Aguero limped out of the pulsating 6-3 win over Arsenal on Saturday.

    Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail claims the Etihad Stadium striker could be out for six weeks with a damaged leg muscle.

    The Argentina international scored his 19th goal in 20 appearances at the weekend, and would be a huge loss to Manuel Pellegrini over the Christmas period.

    Ashton believes the City manager will now pair Edin Dzeko with Alvaro Negredo while Aguero recovers.

Danny Welbeck Shines in Manchester United Win at Aston Villa

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    One man who will not be complaining about newspaper coverage on Monday will be Manchester United manager David Moyes, who saw the pressure eased on him with the 3-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

    But Tottenham's five-goal drubbing saw Villas-Boas placed on the managerial hot seat Moyes vacated with the win at Villa Park which ended a run of two successive Premier League defeats.

    David Anderson of the Daily Mirror reports that Danny Welbeck answered Moyes' "SOS call" with his early two goals against Paul Lambert's team.

    Moyes also applauded the return of midfielder Darren Fletcher, who replaced Ryan Giggs in the second half against Villa after a year out of action, reports John Wragg of the Daily Express.

    The United manager is also set to recall midfielder Nick Powell from his loan spell at Wigan Athletic, claims the Daily Mirror.

    However, Moyes did find himself depicted as "The Grinch" as Stuart Pink of The Sun (subscription required) reported that the United boss had cancelled the players' panto this year.

Bacary Sagna in Talks with Arsenal but Still No New Deal

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    Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is discussing a new contract with the Gunners, but is refusing to commit just yet, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.

    The France international has expressed his love for Arsenal, but admits "something is missing" in the article:

    I was upset, angry when players left. If we had them today, it would make a massive difference.

    Since 2007, a very competitive team left. I would love to win trophies with this club, it's a club I love so much but something is missing.

    I've still got six months on my contract with Arsenal. We are in negotiations. It's an option to go somewhere in January but I always had a good relationship with Arsenal.

    I've been playing there for seven years and i hope we will end up on something good. First of all I want to finish champion because we have got a good opportunity to do it this year and after we will see.

    Meanwhile, Arsenal will have to shell out £3.6 million if they are to land Antonio Sanabria from Barcelona, claims Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror.

Bits and Pieces: Luis Suarez, Rickie Lambert, West Brom, Gianfranco Zola

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    England captain Steven Gerrard has voiced his concern that Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez has not discussed the 2014 World Cup draw, reports Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

    The Liverpool striker has been in sublime form this season, including his role in the 5-0 demolition of Spurs on Sunday.

    But Gerrard is concerned that the Uruguay international has withdrawn from any post-draw banter after England were placed in the same group as the South Americans:

    He is usually quite chirpy in and around the training ground, but since the draw was made he has been quiet.

    He hasn't said much anything and has gone down the silent road, which is a bit of a worry.

    He is certainly a player we will have to keep quiet in that game if we are to get a result because, as you've seen most of the season, he is a matchwinner.

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is lining up a transfer coup with a move for Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert, reports the Daily Mirror.

    Speculation over who will succeed Steve Clarke at West Bromwich Albion has thrown a number of possibilities, according to the papers on Monday.

    Former Manchester United player Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a candidate, according to Dave Armitage of the Daily Star, while former Manchester United assistant boss Mike Phelan is also a leading candidate, reports Stuart James of The Guardian. James Nursey of the Daily Mirror says former Albion boss Roberto Di Matteo could return.

    Former Chelsea and Italy star Gianfranco Zola is on the verge of leaving Watford after five consecutive home defeats, claims Mike Walters of the Daily Mirror.