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Regional Paper Talk: Gunners suffer snub

AC Milan's Stephan El Shaarawy reportedly rejected a move to Arsenal this summer, while John Ruddy says interest from Chelsea was flattering.

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Stephan El Shaarawy: Staying at AC Milan

Stephan El Shaarawy: Staying at AC Milan

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Jose Mourinho has derided the Europa League, saying it is not Chelsea's "natural habitat".

Arsene Wenger's pre-match admission that his squad is threadbare places an even greater emphasis on Mesut Ozil to justify Arsenal's summer transfer dealings when their Champions League campaign kicks off here in Marseille tonight.

The Tottenham club doctor Shabaaz Mughal, who was first on the pitch to treat Fabrice Muamba after he suffered a heart attack, has been nominated for an Asian Football Award.

Arsenal kick off their Champions League campaign at Marseille on the back of nine successive away wins - a run Per Mertesacker puts down to the strong mindset of an "exceptional team".

FULHAM CHRONICLE

If Rob Green keeps his goal intact for the fifth time in a row against Brighton this evening - the QPR keeper is within touching distance of the all-time Rs record for clean sheets.

Fulham boss Martin Jol has promised there's more to come from defender Fernando Amorebieta - the summer signing from Athletic Bilabo made his Fulham debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Brom.

NEWHAM RECORDER

Tottenham full back Andros Townsend has revealed that his loan spell at QPR has been the springboard for his good form this season.

Alleged Arsenal target Stephan El Shaarawy rejected the chance to treble his pay packet to stay at AC Milan.

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Manchester United have announced record annual revenues, rising by 13.4 per cent to £363.2m for the year to June 30, 2013.

Manchester United have written back to fans after they received letters from supporters concerned by United's transfer dealings.

Midfielder Albert Rusnak has left Boundary Park and returned to parent club Manchester City after refusing to play for Oldham Reserves.

Manchester City's global commercial drive has continued - with an Emirates' bank becoming the latest signing.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Brendan Rodgers believes his table-topping Liverpool side have the "desire and will" to stay there.

Romelu Lukaku insists he can't wait to show his killer instinct for Everton this season - as he bids to prove a point to Jose Mourinho.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is understood to have been assured there will be money to spend in January.

Paolo Di Canio believes Fabio Borini will prove a shrewd deadline-day addition to his Sunderland squad.

THE JOURNAL

Newcastle United are looking for goalkeeping alternatives as they are aware they are vulnerable to bids for Tim Krul.

Craig Gardner insists the Sunderland squad remain right behind manager Paolo Di Canio as he looks to turn around the club's worst start to a season since 2005.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Jozy Altidore can emerge as one of the Premier League's star strikers if he fulfils his promise on Wearside, says Paolo Di Canio.

EVENING GAZETTE

Tony Mowbray was proud of the way his players applied themselves but disappointed that they let a 2-0 lead slip with two late goals at Nottingham Forest.

George Friend scored a second half rocket to put Boro two up but admits he failed to cut out a cross for Forest's late equaliser.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Micheal Laudrup has admitted he must "use the squad" against Valencia on Thursday night as he sweats over the fitness of Wilfried Bony.

Ashley Williams has backed Jonjo Shelvey to recover from his Liverpool lapses in time for Swansea City's trip to Valencia.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Martin Laursen has sent Jores Okore a 'get well soon' message after the central defender suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture against Newcastle, which is set to sideline the 21-year-old for around nine months.

Victor Anichebe claims Steve Clarke has challenged him to work on his overall game to try to become a more accomplished player for West Bromwich Albion.

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark says his side got what they deserved against Burnley.

Andi Weimann has expressed the sympathy for Jores Okore from the Villa dressing room - but tipped Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker to safeguard the season in his absence.

EXPRESS & STAR

Villa ace Andi Weimann today tipped Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker to fill the void left by the crocked Jores Okore.

Walsall today apologised and launched an investigation after offensive comments mocking Wolves appeared on the Saddlers' official Twitter feed after their derby win at Molineux.

Captain Sam Ricketts today apologised to Wolves fans after losing the David v Goliath derby to neighbours Walsall last night.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United boss Brian McDermott insisted today that he was going back to Reading with no bad blood and "no scores to settle", saying: "You can't take away my 13 years there."

THE PINK UN

John Ruddy has admitted summer interest from Chelsea and Jose Mourinho was a flattering experience - but the England goalkeeper remains happy at Carrow Road.

Sebastien Bassong is not unduly worried about Norwich City's early season away form - but certainly acknowledged the qualities of Tottenham Hotspur new man Christian Eriksen.

THE DAILY ECHO

Jose Fonte has praised the influence of summer signing Dejan Lovren after an outstanding start to the season for the Saints defence.

Liverpool will be without star midfielder Philippe Coutinho for their game against Southampton on Saturday after the club confirmed he would undergo surgery on an injured shoulder.

READING POST

Former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder Momo Sissoko will not be signing for Reading. An agreement on personal terms could not be reached and Nigel Adkins has now revealed that talks have stopped.

THE SENTINEL

Matthew Etherington is promising to go in with nearly all guns blazing to try and finally end Stoke City's hoodoo at Arsenal.

Local lad Oliver Shenton has been snapped up on a long-term contract by Stoke City to ward off prying eyes at other Premier League clubs.

WIGAN EVENING POST

Dave Whelan says that watching Wigan Athletic step out for their first European game will be one of his proudest moments as chairman.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Frustrated Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman believes another two points slipped through his side's grasp against Derby on Tuesday night.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

The owners of Blackburn Rovers have recorded a post-tax loss of more than £27 million for the last financial year - but Venky's insist they will continue to back the club.

THE STAR

David Weir has vowed not to shy away from taking the tough decisions required to transform Sheffield United's season.

Sheffield Wednesday winger Jeremy Helan is urging the Owls to stick together ahead of Saturday's match at Birmingham City.

HULL DAILY MAIL

Hull City boss Steve Bruce looks set to keep faith with mis-firing striker Danny Graham, insisting he won't 'go hiding' despite his long-running goal drought.

EVENING TIMES

Ally McCoist has set his sights on winning the Ramsdens Cup after Rangers clinched a semi-final berth with victory over Queen of the South last night.

Georgios Samaras insists Celtic need not feel inferior to any of their Champions League group opponents as the Parkhead men prepare to face AC Milan in their Group H opener at the San Siro tonight.

THE SCOTSMAN

Celtic manager Neil Lennon last night shrouded his team selection in mystery for the club's Champions League group opener away to AC Milan this evening by refusing to endorse the claims of Anthony Stokes for a starting place.

Rangers have announced a significant purchase of shares by new football board director Sandy Easdale.

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