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Paper News and Gossip: Wenger 'Stalls' on Arsenal Deal, Joe Hart Linked to Real

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 25, 2014

Paper News and Gossip: Wenger 'Stalls' on Arsenal Deal, Joe Hart Linked to Real

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is back in the headlines on Tuesday with one report claiming he has stalled on a new contract with the club.

    The Gunners boss will see his current contract expire at the end of the season, and he was widely expected to pen an extension.

    Ahead of the derby against United, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has been linked with a transfer to Real Madrid, according to one newspaper.

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

Arsene Wenger 'Stalls' on New Arsenal Deal After Chelsea 'Accident'

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    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has "stunned" the club by saying he will not sign a new deal until the end of the season, claims Mark Irwin of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Gunners boss has agreed "in principle" to stay for a further two years, says Irwin, but now he wants to wait until the end of the campaign before signing.

    Irwin notes that Wenger was "hurt" by the 6-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday, which the Frenchman described as "an accident."

    Wenger is quoted as saying:

    After two convincing performances against Bayern Munich and Tottenham, you have to think that was an accident.

    And just because an accident has happened, that doesn't mean you’re not a good driver.

    How do you deal with the accident? You repair the damage and go back to basics for the next one.

    Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph reports that the Emirates Stadium club are already making plans for life after Wenger with Roberto Martinez, Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers in their thoughts.

Was Referee Andre Marriner 'Exhausted' Ahead of Kieran Gibbs Identity Error?

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    Exhaustion could be to blame for referee Andre Marriner's controversial case of mistaken identity during the Chelsea vs. Arsenal match on Saturday, claims Dan King of The Sun (subscription required).

    The official dismissed Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs early in the game for handling Eden Hazard's shot, but it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who committed the offence.

    The decision has since been rescinded by the Football Association, while Marriner will take charge of a Premier League match this weekend.

    But King highlights the match official's midweek itinerary for European competition as a possible explanation for the mistaken identity.

    Marriner was the fourth official for Fiorentina's Europa League clash with Juventus on Thursday, leaving him little time to recover from the travel before taking charge at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester City Goalkeeper Joe Hart Linked with £25M Transfer to Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid are planning a £25 million move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart in the summer, reports Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Star.

    The report claims Bernabeu legend Iker Casillas, who has found first-team opportunities limited this season, could be offered as part of the deal for the England international.

    Meanwhile, David Woods of the same newspaper claims that Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna could link up with former Gunners team-mates Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri at City in the summer.

    The article claims the France full-back has rejected a £9 million move to Inter Milan and is now poised to join City on a free transfer instead.

David Moyes Dismisses Pellegrini 'Bigger' Club Claim Ahead of Manchester Derby

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes has dismissed the claim of City boss Manuel Pellegrini that the Blues are the biggest club in the city now, reports Neil Custis of The Sun (subscription required).

    The Etihad Stadium manager recently claimed that his team were now the biggest in Manchester, says Custis, but his Old Trafford counterpart has hit back.

    Moyes is quoted as saying:

    United had lots and lots of seasons of domination.

    I don’t think I would have turned around and said we were the only club in Manchester because football changes, it goes in cycles.

    This club has a spending power, too. I've not been told at any time that they don’t have that and I think the club will compete.

    Meanwhile, Moyes has disciplined defender Chris Smalling after he was caught singing in the street in the early hours of Saturday morning, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

Manchester City Midfielder Fernandinho Says United Were Awful in Etihad Defeat

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    Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho could not believe how poor United were in the first derby of the season, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

    The former Shakhtar Donetsk player was part of the City team which beat United 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium in September and is quoted as saying:

    It was the first time I’d played them after joining City.

    United are a club with history, with very good players and they were the champions.

    So I was surprised at how badly they played, how easily we won.

    The situation is different now, because we’re fighting for the title and they’re not.

    They’re just fighting for honour now. But a derby is the same whichever country you are in, each team wants to win.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos Reported over Clasico Referee Remarks

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    Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos have been reported to the Spanish Football Federation over their comments about Clasico referee Alberto Undiano, claims John Drayton of the Daily Mail.

    Both Real Madrid players were critical of the official after the 4-3 defeat to Barcelona on Sunday night, which allowed the La Liga champions back into the title race.

    Ronaldo claimed the referee "looked very pale and nervous" while Ramos said Undiano should not officiate at any more Real matches this season, reports Drayton.

    The Spain Referees' Committee has now sent the comments to the governing body, who will decide on any punishment for the pair, claims the article.

David Beckham Unveils Miami Stadium Plans

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    Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham has unveiled plans for a new stadium in the Port of Miami for his proposed MLS franchise, reports Simon Briggs of the Daily Telegraph.

    According to the report, Beckham is on a "charm offensive" to win over the local populace as he prepares a new club for the North American league.

    The proposed stadium is planned to be adjacent to the home of NBA side Miami Heat, but Beckham insists the MLS team can add to the Florida city's sporting ambition.

    He is quoted as saying:

    We don’t want to be an enemy to the people who are opposing the stadium.

    I want to work with them, to change their mindset about the fact that we are here to help the community and help Miami.

    We are going to Tallahassee tomorrow (Tuesday), which I am looking forward to, because I like a challenge.

    We will be funding this stadium ourselves, but we want to be treated like every other franchise is treated. Not anything more or anything less.

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