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Today’s Paper Talk

Andrey Arshavin is set to turn down the possibility of moving back to Russia and instead fight for a first team place at Arsenal. According to the LONDON EVENING STANDARD.

Paul Scholes has welcomed the extra competition provided by Manchester United’s new signings. According to MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS.

Sir Alex Ferguson was swift to throw the Manchester United goalkeeping job back in the melting pot by axing David de Gea following his blunder against Fulham – but Reds’ European Cup-winning goalkeeper Alex Stepney believes the Old Trafford boss was right to make the savage decision after just two matches. THE JOURNAL.

Newcastle United are sweating on an injury to skipper and talisman Fabricio Coloccini after he limped out of a training camp with Argentina. Coloccini has a muscle problem in his right leg. The Magpies already have defenders Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor out injured. A scheme that could have seen Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley pocket a £26million bonus has been booted out by shareholders of his sports retail firm. According to the NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE.

Fabricio Coloccini admits he will find this season “harder” than the last – but the Newcastle captain insists he can cope with the added demands of the Europa League and his return to international football. According to the NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE.

Jose Enrique insists he’s ready to fight for the left-back spot at Liverpool as he targets a long career at Anfield. Brendan Rodgers insists the career of Liverpool’s teenage prodigy Raheem Sterling must be carefully nurtured as he welcomed the decision not to fast track him through the England ranks. LIVERPOOL ECHO.

Marcello Trotta will be given the green light to go out and get regular first-team football when the loan window opens this week. Fulham will also renew their attempt to get number two keeper David Stockdale a loan move, while they could also consider offers for Matthew Briggs as new boy Kieran Richardson can provide cover for John Arne Riise at left-back. FULHAM & HAMMERSMITH CHRONICLE.

Bolton are sweating on good news from the United States as Stuart Holden finds out whether he can make his long-awaited Reebok comeback. Club physio Andy Mitchell has travelled out to the midfielder’s training base in Delaware, and will be hoping to send back good news after a meeting with a knee specialist later this week. BOLTON NEWS.

Henning Berg has expressed his “surprise” and “concern” at Blackburn Rovers’ recruitment policy after manager Steve Kean admitted he had not seen any of his deadline day signings play ‘live’. According to the LANCASHIRE EVENING TELEGRAPH.

Dave Jones is acutely aware the Championship is a 46-match marathon and trying to predict who will be involved in the promotion shake-up come April is a risky business. But the Sheffield Wednesday manager knows his players must improve defensively following the two-week international break if they are to challenge for a top six spot. According to THE STAR.


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