Gareth Bale believes that Tottenham should go into this afternoon’s game at the Emirates as favourites and feels there has been a swing in power in North London. The Welsh winger feels that last season’s 3-2 victory, having comeback from 2-0 down, was further evidence of the new found belief the football club has gained in the last 18months and thinks the club deserves all the plaudits it is currently getting.
Elsewhere in the news Pepe Reina reveals his European hopes; Frank Lampard concedes his relationship with Villas-Boas isn’t ideal, while Arsenal is set to offer Van Persie a bumper new deal to keep him at the Emirates.
Stuart Pearce has praised Harry Redknapp and likened his managerial style to a mix of Shankly, Clough and Ferguson – Observer
Arsene Wenger has called for loyalty in this afternoon’s North London derby and is hoping the supporters show the same level of commitment as the players will throughout the 90mins – Observer
Pepe Reina is relishing a return to the European arena, providing they can beat Cardiff at Wembley this afternoon – Daily Telegraph
Ian Holloway believes that had Roman Abramovich been in charge of Manchester United he would have sacked Sir Alex Ferguson years ago – Independent
Frank Lampard has revealed there is a split at Chelsea and his relationship with Andre Villas-Boas isn’t ideal – Daily Mail
Martin Jol and Mark Hughes were involved in a heated exchange at the final whistle. The QPR boss felt he was being patronised when the Dutchman patted him on the head after the pair exchanged handshakes – Daily Mail
Arsenal are set offer Robin Van Persie a whopping 150k a week in order to keep the Dutchman at the Emirates Stadium – Daily Mail
Harry Redknapp has revealed that the England job is one that you will struggle to turn down if the opportunity presents itself – Mirror
Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the race row with Luis Suarez has left Patrice Evra mentally shattered – Mirror
Aston Villa’s hopes this season has been dashed by news that Darren Bent could be set to face a long spell on the sidelines. Alex McLeish has said that the injury appears to be serious and it could be damage to his ankle ligaments – Mirror
Manchester United are reportedly keen on Porto’s James Rodriguez, who is known as the South American Cristiano Ronaldo – Metro