Premier League - Paper Round: Arsenal dressing room 'in turmoil'

The fall-out from Arsenal's humbling Carling Cup exit at the hands of Bradford City continues with The Sun claiming that the Gunners' dressing room is now 'in turmoil'.

Premier League - Paper Round: Arsenal dressing room 'in turmoil'

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Steve Bould and Arsene Wenger

The introduction of Steve Bould as assistant manager in the summer was seen as a masterstroke early in the season when Arsenal were keeping clean sheets but the paper claims that the relationship between the former centre-back and Wenger has broken down.

What's more, the club's players are said to be increasingly frustrated with being made to play 'pretty football with no bite or cutting edge'.

Referring to the relationship between Wenger and Bould, a source told The Sun: "There does not seem to be much communication between the two.

“It is a shame because all the players are behind Wenger despite the results but equally, they all respect Bould. Things are strained.

"Bould worked with the defence before the start of the season but he has not done too many sessions since.

"Wenger remains in complete control over everything."

The Frenchman does at least still seem to have the backing of the Arsenal board and he will be given £50 million to spend in January to try and turn things around, according to the Times.

Arsenal fans are keen for a blockbuster signing although the Times admits that "none of the targets under consideration by Wenger and his chief scout, Steve Rowley, quite fits that bill".

It continues: "Thierry Henry, now with the New York Red Bulls, will arrive on a six-week loan, while the Arsenal manager is also thought to be considering moves for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the Schalke and Holland striker who would be available for as little as £6 million, Kevin Strootman, the PSV Eindhoven midfielder, and Wilfried Zaha, the Crystal Palace and England winger.

"Arsenal are also monitoring Luke Shaw, the highly-promising Southampton left-back.

"Pepe Reina, the Liverpool goalkeeper, would cost rather more, should Wenger choose to act on his longstanding interest in the Spain player, whom he came close to signing in the summer of 2011."

To Goodison Park, where Everton are said to be ready to take Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott back to the club on loan, according to the Mirror.

The same paper says David Moyes is also targeting two strikers in January – he is said to be in extensive talks over a deal to bring in striker Kevin Gameiro from Paris Saint-Germain and has offered around £5m for Toulouse and former France U21 forward Wissam Ben Yedder.

Sunderland face fierce competition from Italian side Palermo for John Guidetti. The Black Cats want Manchester City’s Swedish striker, 20, on loan in January. (The Sun)

The Black Cats also want to move out Fraizer Campbell and Titus Bramble as part of a major overhaul in the window. (Daily Mirror)

Finally, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to hand Brad Jones a new contract to stop him leaving the club on a free transfer in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

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