Paper Talk - 20 February 2013

Simon Mignolet: A summer target for Arsenal

Regional Paper Talk: Gunners eye Mignolet

Arsenal are monitoring the progress of Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Steve Clarke insists Craig Dawson is staying at West Brom.

London Evening Standard
  • Thomas Vermaelen is adamant Arsene Wenger is still the best man to lead Arsenal.
  • Jermain Defoe has yet to resume full training with his Tottenham team-mates despite Andre Villas-Boas claiming last week the forward was close to returning to first-team action.
Newham Recorder
  • Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson believes an early goal could be crucial for his side when they face Lyon in the second leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor believes it is inevitable fellow Aston Villa striker and Arsenal and Tottenham target Christian Benteke will be a target for leading clubs after his fine form this season.
Manchester Evening News
  • David Gill is to step down as Manchester United's chief executive, the club have announced.
  • Man City midfielder Jack Rodwell believes he has finally conquered his injury demons by putting in an extra 90 minutes - every day.
Liverpool Echo
  • Pepe Reina has urged Liverpool fans to recreate the atmosphere of the 2007 Champions League semi-final against Chelsea when Zenit St Petersburg come to Anfield on Thursday night.
  • David Moyes is set to put his faith in Shane Duffy as Everton enter a pivotal spell in the Blues boss' Goodison reign.
The Chronicle
  • Hatem Ben Arfa has urged Newcastle United to "keep the dream alive" in the Europa League on Thursday night against Metalist Kharkov.
  • Davide Santon is convinced that the feel-good factor from last season is now back with Newcastle as their season hits crunch time.
  • John O'Shea has challenged Sunderland to end their West Brom hoodoo and "push on" to the top 10.
Newcastle and Sunderland
  • Former Black Cat Steve Bould has been seeking testimonials on Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as Arsenal consider testing Martin O'Neill's resolve to keep hold of the Belgium international this summer.
  • Gael Bigirimana hopes Newcastle United err on the side of caution in Kharkiv on Thursday, so he can continue his European education.
Sunderland Echo
  • Sunderland defender Wes Brown is continuing to work on a first-team return that has now been over a year in the making.
  • Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill continues to sweat over the fitness of Danny Rose for Saturday's game at West Brom - after the left-back re-injured his hamstring in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
The Sentinel
  • Jon Walters has a confession to make about Stoke City's away record by admitting: "I didn't realise it was that bad."
Birmingham Mail
  • Gabby Agbonlahor reckons Christian Benteke is good enough to play for the very best teams in the world - but hopes he stays at Villa beyond this season.
  • Steve Clarke says the future of highly-rated centre-back Craig Dawson lies at The Hawthorns.
Express & Star
  • Striker Romelu Lukaku has challenged West Bromwich Albion to aim for Europe as he targeted a memorable end to his "wonderful" season.
  • Dean Saunders has admitted that he hopes the "sickening" sight of Wolves sinking into the drop zone is a reality check for his players after admitting relegation would be a "disaster".
The Pink un
  • Norwich City's on-loan keeper Declan Rudd is learning all about life in the lower leagues during a turbulent stint at League One club Preston.
Reading Post
  • Adam Federici has been hailed as an 'unbelievable' goalkeeper by Reading team-mate Jem Karacan.
  • Jobi McAnuff hopes to chip in with some important goals between now and the end of the season.
South Wales Evening Post
  • Huw Jenkins insists Swansea City would relish a crack at the Europa League next season, declaring: "Of course we are ready."
  • Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel admits he could be in the last-chance saloon at Wembley this weekend.
The Daily Echo
  • Details of the legal action being taken by former Saints player Francis Benali against Southampton Football Club have been revealed in court documents.
Wigan Evening Post
  • Roberto Martinez has sent a message to his whole starting XI ahead of Saturday's vital clash at Reading: "Every place is up for grabs."
Yorkshire Evening Post
  • Leeds United will be forced to bide their time before officially courting Nigel Adkins with the former Southampton manager still to agree the terms of his departure from St Mary's.
Evening Gazette
  • Tony Mowbray admits Middlesbrough face an almighty scrap to retain their Championship play-off place.
  • Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz has been ruled out of next week's FA Cup fifth round cup tie against Chelsea
The Scotsman
  • Clydesdale Bank Premier League bottom side Dundee have parted company with manager Barry Smith.
  • Celtic defender Efe Ambrose has admitted that his desire is to one day play in the English Premier League, but is happy at Parkhead.

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