What the back pages say: Andrey Arshavin doubts Gunners are good enough as Frank Lampard insists Emirates win was too easy for Blues - while Arsene Wenger reveals he will have to sign a new striker


England are sweating on a place among the top seeds for the World Cup draw in Cape Town on Friday.

Fabio & Co fear for their World Cup seeding

Also: It is not hard to see why the 2018 World Cup bid team have sought to secure the services of Karren Brady.

Martin Samuel exclusive: Karren Brady reveals all:

Andrey Arshavin

Fears for the future: Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin


England were in a World Cup sweat last night over whether they will be among the eight seeded teams in Friday's draw.

Also: Arsene Wenger last night admitted he will sign a striker to replace injured Robin van Persie in January.


Manchester City's young defender Nedum Onuoha, one of the few players from his side's respected youth academy with genuine hopes of breaking through into the expensive first-team ranks, has cautioned his club against overlooking locally developed talent in their breakneck pursuit of Champions League football.


Frank Lampard has risked offending Arsenal by describing Chelsea's 3-0 win at the Emirates Stadium as an easy victory.

Also: A man has been arrested over racist abuse allegedly suffered by Darren Bent's mother before Sunderland's 1-0 defeat away at Wigan on Saturday.


Rafael Benitez admits he still does not know when £20million summer signing Alberto Aquilani will be ready for his first Liverpool start.

Also: Hull want to cash in on Crystal Palace's money problems by taking Darren Ambrose on the cheap.


Chelsea are set to seal a £40million-plus deal for Argentinian star Sergio Aguero - and see off a rival bid from old boss Jose Mourinho.

Also: Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is ready to make a £6million bid for Red Bull
Salzburg striker Marc Janko.


Executives behind England's 2018 World Cup bid yesterday announced they had finally secured the full £15million budget needed to fund it. However, their relief was short-lived after their Russian rivals announced a target figure of  40million (£24million).


Andrey Arshavin has delivered a damning verdict on Arsenal's current state, admitting the crushing 3-0 defeat to Chelsea has left him doubting their ability to live with the big boys.


Fabio Capello is believed to be less than convinced about the suitability of the Royal Bafokeng complex in Rustenburg, which the Football Association want England to use as their training base for next summer's World Cup finals.

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