WHAT today’s newspapers are saying:
Daily Telegraph: Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup after disastrous week while Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas denied he faces the sack. Also: Spurs are prepared to fight to keep manager Harry Redknapp and will demand substantial compensation should he leave for the England job.
The Sunday Times: Arsene Wenger struck a defiant note against his growing band of critics after Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup, beaten 2-0 by Sunderland in the fifth round. Also: If Gus Poyet was standing on the touchline of a Uruguayan or Spanish cup tie today he would tell his players to focus on belittling Luis Suarez and reminding the Liverpool striker how he was widely derided as a disgrace to the sport a week ago.
Daily Star Sunday: Arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup at Sunderland last night - meaning Arsene Wenger has now gone SEVEN years without a trophy. Also: Carlos Tevez has finally created a good impression at Man City this season - with his fitness.
Sunday Express: Andre Villas-Boas was last night left clinging to his job after two Chelsea stars seemed to snatch the managerial reins from him. Also: Jamie Redknapp - not Harry - is likely to decide who the next England manager will be.
The People: Luis Suarez intends to make a sensational visit to Old Trafford to watch his former club Ajax play Manchester United on Thursday night. Also: Luka Modric has turned his back on Chelsea - and will head to Manchester United if he moves this summer.
Mail on Sunday: Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas reacted angrily last night to claims that Didier Drogba had conducted the half-time team talk in the tunnel as yesterday’s FA Cup draw with Birmingham appeared to leave the Portuguese manager praying for his job. Also: Ben Youngs will become the first major casualty of the Stuart Lancaster regime when the scrum-half is dropped from England’s starting line-up to face Wales on Saturday at Twickenham in what could be the decisive clash of the Six Nations championship.
Sunday Mirror: arsenal crashed out of the FA Cup to ensure Arsene Wenger’s men will endure seven years without a trophy. Also: Andre Villas-Boas is one bad Champions League defeat away from the sack.
The Observer: A defiant Andre Villas-Boas claimed Roman Abramovic’s support was “unconditional” despite Chelsea being held to an insipid 1-1 draw by Birmingham in the FA Cup fifth round. Also: Harry Redknapp confirmed Tottenham’s interest in signing Eden Hazard, the Lille playmaker and on of European football’s most exciting prospects.
The Independent on Sunday: It was the impotence that was so shocking. Arsene Wenger had just watched Arsenal concede a second, late goal that was about to knock them out of the FA Cup; a seventh successive season had ended without another trophy. Also: Chelsea and Arsenal will be on high alert after Pep Guardiola yesterday admitted he could leave Barcelona at the end of the season.