Around up of sporting headlines with news from Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Newcastle and Chelsea.
THE SUN: Arsene Wenger’s Christmas wish was answered last night - by Santi! Also: Wayne Rooney linked up with a Swiss club yesterday - as part of his ‘community service’...Marouane Fellaini has escaped with just a three-match ban for the headbutt which shocked football. Striker Bafetimbi Gomis says he will decide in January whether to sign a new contract with Lyon or leave the French title challengers. The 27-year-old has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool. Stoke and Aston Villa are leading a 30-club race to sign Crewe’s latest midfield starlet Luke Murphy, 23.
DAILY MIRROR: Under-fire Arsene Wenger breathed a sigh of relief as Santi Cazorla’s hat-trick lifted the gloom around Arsenal. Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, is in talks to cancel his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and wants to join Queens Park Rangers. Newcastle United are in advanced talks to sign France international striker Loic Rémy, 25, from Marseille for £10m and hope to announce the deal at the start of the January window. Rangers manager Ally McCoist has backed the share issue of Charles Green, the chief executive, by investing more of his own money in the Ibrox club.
DAILY STAR: The agent of Liverpool target Arda Turan has said the 25-year-old winger plans to leave Atletico Madrid at the end of the season.
DAILY MAIL: Former Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri wants to be reunited with midfielder Frank Lampard at French second division side Monaco. Lampard, 34, has been told his Blues contract will not be renewed when it expires next summer. Also: Manchester City face a battle to prove they acted within football’s disciplinary guidelines when they confront Mario Balotelli at a Premier League tribunal tomorrow.
DAILY EXPRESS: Santi Cazorla hit a hat-trick last night to send Arsenal up to fifth in the table following a 5-2 win against Reading at the Madejski Stadium...Marouane Fellaini will be fined £150,000 by Everton but has escaped a lengthy suspension from the Football Association after being hit with a three-match ban after his running battle with Stoke’s Ryan Shawcross.
THE GUARDIAN: England centre-back Joleon Lescott, 30, may consider a loan move in January after starting just seven games for Manchester City this season.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka, 33, is in talks to cancel his contract with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua and wants to join Queens Park Rangers.
THE INDEPENDENT: If there was one Premier League opponent that Arsene Wenger might have chosen to play last night after one of the lowest weeks in his 16 years as Arsenal manager, then it would surely have been Reading, a club struggling to find their place in the world as much as their famous opponents. Also: Gerard Houllier last night dampened hopes for Thierry Henry’s proposed return to Arsenal. Newcastle striker Demba Ba, 27, says he is interested in a move to Arsenal in January. Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has urged Balotelli to start listening to his coaches if he is to make the most of his career.