Wilshere doesn't want Januzaj for England: Jack Wilshere has waded into the debate over the possibility of Adnan Januzaj playing for England by telling today's newspapers that "the only people who should play for England are English people". Pretty much all the papers go big on the quotes from the Arsenal midfielder, who also said: “If you live in England for five years, it doesn’t make you English. You shouldn’t play." Manchester United manager David Moyes had said the FA contacted the club to establish whether the 18-year-old could play for England, the Guardian reports.
Wilshere has also admitted that the controversial pictures in papers last week showing him smoking outside a nightspot have left him wide open to a torrent of 'banter' from his colleagues. "It is non-stop," said Wilshere. "After the game on Sunday the physio, Colin Lewin, said 'you smoked that shot'. When I am getting angry in training they say 'calm down, have a fag'. We move on eventually but everyone is going to make a joke of it and that's fine."
Paper Round's view: What's the cut-off point then? If five years doesn't make you English, does seven? How about 10? Fifteen? Twenty? Should John Barnes, the Jamaica-born winger who pulled on the Three Lions shirt 79 times, have ever played for England in Wilshere's opinion? It's a political hot potato, for sure, and the fact that Wilshere has already been asked to express his opinion shows how hot the nationality debate has become. Similar arguments have raged for years in cricket and rugby, whose international qualification requirements are far more flexible. The debate has now reached English football - and is set to run and run.
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Chicarito may have to leave: Javier Hernandez has hinted he may have to leave Manchester United if he is to start playing regularly, reports the Daily Mirror. The paper says the Mexico striker, who is a target for Atletico Madrid, is happy at Old Trafford but, "may only achieve his aim of starting games on a regular basis if he moves to another club."
Paper Round's view: It's entirely understandable that Hernandez wants more regular playing time - he would, after all, walk into the starting XI of most teams in the Premier League - and this interview with Mexican TV station Deportes Telemundo should be of concern to David Moyes. Not least the line: "I am working towards that - earning a spot as a starter. I know that my performance on the pitch will allow me to achieve that goal someday either here (at United) or elsewhere for any other club."
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Michu valued at £30m: Swansea City chairman has valued Arsenal and Liverpool target Michu at £30m, the Daily Express reports. The figure was first suggested by Swans manager Michael Laudrup just four months into his Premier League career, and a call-up to the Spain squad has now prompted Jenkins to agree with the Dane's valuation.
Paper Round's view: Is Michu worth £30m? Probably. A proven Premier League goalscorer could easily justify that price tag if he could return 20 a season. But it doesn't matter too much anyway, if Arsenal are as cash rich as they claim to be.
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Gunners' new kit leaked: Photos of Arsenal's new Puma kit have been leaked - by Linford Christie. The former athlete was seen posing in a photo alongside Arsenal players Olivier Giroud and Bacary Sagna and former star Thierry Henry along with Puma sportswear on show that was supposed to be kept a secret. The Daily Telegraph has a great line: "Seventeen years after being disqualified from the Olympic 100 metres final for jumping the gun, the former sprinter was at it again on Tuesday after posting a behind-the-scenes photograph of the Puma event on Twitter."
Paper Round's view: The photo on Christie's Twitter page has since been taken down, but presumably not before it had been brought to the attention of Arsenal's current kit sponsors Nike. The Gunners' new deal, while not exactly the best-kept secret in football, has not yet been confirmed, and Nike are sure to be peeved. As will Puma be, given their strict instructions to keep things schtum, but at least Christie's indiscretion has generated some free advertising for the German company.
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Fan pressure brings ticket prices down: Newcastle United are leading the way in bringing down away ticket prices to £20, The Independent reports. The club are preparing to announce a reciprocal deal that will mean they will charge that amount if their own fans are given the same deal. The paper says the move comes after Manchester United followed Liverpool and Arsenal's lead in knocking money off every away ticket bought by one of their own fans this season, with a central Premier League fund created to ensure that each club sets aside £200,000 each per season to make games more affordable for away fans.
Paper Round's view: Fan power, when used in instances like this (not like this), can only be a good thing. And props to Newcastle et al for championing such a good idea.
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