Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has insisted the race for the Premier League title is not over, according to today’s national newspaper headlines. Arsenal, Blackburn Rovers, Brentford, Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea City also feature
THE SUN: Arsenal are preparing to offer Arsene Wenger a two-year contract extension. Also: David Luiz made a personal apology to Brentford teenager Jake Reeves after his horror challenge ruined Chelsea’s win.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Arsene Wenger is facing a defining summer at Arsenal, with the club planning to entrust him with their largest ever transfer budget regardless of whether they secure Champions League qualification. Also: Four goals, a clean sheet, harmony in the stands and blue skies over Stamford Bridge. With the sun shining on Sunday lunchtime, you could have mistaken Chelsea for a club at peace with itself.
DAILY STAR: Angry Arsene Wenger claims his Arsenal flops are a bunch of babies who need to grow up fast. Also: Roberto Mancini watched Manchester City breeze into the FA Cup quarter-finals - then set his sights on a Premier League fightback.
DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger held an immediate 45-minute inquest into his Arsenal side’s failings after the shock FA Cup defeat by Blackburn in a bid to salvage their season ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. Also: Roberto Mancini challenged Sergio Aguero to score the goals to wrestle the Barclays Premier League title from favourites Manchester United.
DAILY MIRROR: Michael Laudrup apologised to Swansea’s fans for their Anfield humiliation and admitted: “It could have been 10”. Also: Rafa Benitez is on collision course for an FA Cup showdown with bitter rival Sir Alex Ferguson.
THE GUARDIAN: Roberto Mancini hopes Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Leeds United that secured their place in the FA Cup sixth round is the “brodino”, or soup-starter, to a comeback in their title defence. Also: David Luiz sought out the Brentford substitute Jake Reeves to apologise to him in person after a reckless challenge had concussed the 19-year-old and forced him off in the closing stages of Chelsea’s 4-0 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over the League One club.
DAILY EXPRESS: Roberto Mancini saw Manchester City installed as FA Cup favourites last night and insisted he has not given up hope of the double just yet. Also: Arsene Wenger has finally snapped, slamming his players after they were dumped out of the FA Cup by Blackburn.
THE TIMES: Jack Wilshere is urging Arsenal to put their FA Cup embarrassment against Blackburn Rovers behind them and take inspiration from Chelsea’s achievement last season as they prepare for the visit of Bayern Munich in the Champions League tomorrow. Also: When Luke Donald cruised to victory at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson in 2011, it was his first win on American soil in five years.
THE INDEPENDENT: “Underneath, there’s a bubbling inferno, ready to explode,” Danny Mills had said before the game. Right observation, wrong team. Also: Rafa Benitez and John Terry have both dismissed as “rubbish” reports that they have fallen out over the interim manager’s non-selection of the Chelsea captain.