Football News – Chelsea told to up their offer, Spurs braced for Lyon approach & much more…

Yesterday’s ‘Super Sunday’ certainly didn’t pass without controversy as both Manchester clubs served up more capital punishment on North London.

Harry Redknapp was left seething at the failure of Howard Webb to take action on Mario Balotelli, following his stamp on Scott Parker; while Arsene Wenger came out on the defensive in response to the barrage of abuse he received from supporters for his decision to replace Oxlade Chamberlain with Andrey Arshavin. The subsequent results mean that it appears to be a two horse title race, with Spurs now trailing the leaders by 8pts, while defeat sees Arsenal left fighting with Chelsea for a top four finish this season.

Harry Redknapp was left fuming yesterday afternoon as Mario Balotelli escaped punishment for stamping on Scott Parker’s head. To make matters worse for Tottenham the Italian went on to score the winning penalty in stoppage time, to rub extra salt in the Spurs manager’s wounds – Guardian

Kenny Dalglish has threatened to make changes to his Liverpool personnel, after a horror display at the Reebok Stadium. The Reds manager didn’t feel the attitude displayed on the pitch was fitting of the football club and was totally unacceptableGuardian

Arsene Wenger went on the defensive last night after being heavily criticised by the Arsenal faithful who booed and heckled his decision to take off Oxlade-Chamberlain and replace him with Andrey Arshavin. The Frenchman doesn’t understand why he needs to justify his substitutions, even though the decision cost Arsenal dearGuardian

Harry Redknapp appears in the High Court today to respond to charges of tax evasion. The case is expected to last at least two weeks, which will mean Harry will be missing from the day to day running at the football clubDaily Telegraph

Andre Villas-Boas has called for calm in the week ahead of John Terry’s return against QPR. The Portuguese manager believes that the media creating a Terry v Ferdinand campaign is only going to make the situation worse – Independent

Mark Hughes has no problem with Joey Barton’s tweeting and is not going to prevent his captain from using it as a vehicle to express his viewsDaily Mail

Robbie Keane admits he doesn’t miss the Premier League, following his goalscoring return at Molineux at the weekend. The LA Galaxy star said he got itchy feet waiting for the MLS pre-season to start and wanted to get some game time, hence his loan move to EnglandDaily Mail

Chelsea have been told to up their offer if they wish to sign Shakhtar playmaker Willian. Andre Villas-Boas has been quoted a fee of £28m to land the Brazilian, after their reported £20m bid was rejectedDaily Mail

Lyon have expressed an interest in signing Tottenham defender Vedran Corluka. The Croatian defender is out of favour at White Hart Lane and is thought to be keen on a move away to get regular first team football, with his place in the Croatia Euro 2012 squad uncertainMirror

QPR’s hopes of landing Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha has taken a little setback as Everton have entered the running for his signature – Metro

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