READ about this and find out what other top sports stories are making the headlines in today’s UK national newspapers - Sunday, September 18, 2011.
THE MAIL ON SUNDAY: Arsene Wenger faces the most serious crisis of his Arsenal career after his side’s 4-3 defeat at Blackburn yesterday condemned the club to their worst start to a season for 58 years. Also: Ireland’s shock victory over Australia yesterday cleared England’s path to a third successive Rugby World Cup final.
THE PEOPLE: Arsene Wenger watched his Arsenal side slump at Blackburn yesterday - then announced he had no intention of quitting. Also: Roberto Mancini is in line for a bumper new deal at Manchester City that will put him on a par with England boss Fabio Capello.
DAILY STAR SUNDAY: Sir Alex Ferguson sensationally claimed last night that there is a media plot to destroy £17m keeper David De Gea, 20. Also: Arsene Wenger admitted yesterday that Arsenal have made a “terrible” start to the season.
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH: Ireland turned the 2011 World Cup on its head in Auckland yesterday and struck a massive blow for northern hemisphere rugby when their pack blasted them to a first win against Australia in five attempts in the competition. Also: Mark Foster is considering a sensational return to swimming at next year’s London Olympics, when he will be 42 years old.
THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY: England went into this morning’s game against Georgia knowing a way had been opened to the World Cup final which will not involve any Tri Nations teams. Also: Four-two ahead with more than 20 minutes to play, the [Blackburn] home supporters did not quite dare sing “We’re gonna win eight-two”, but the temptation must have been strong.
SUNDAY TIMES: Ireland ripped up the form book and overturned the established order at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Six days after struggling to beat the United States, Declan Kidney’s men put themselves in pole position to top Pool C with a 15-6 win over the much-fancied Australia. Also: Holding their nerve - though only just - Surrey’s young blades snapped up their first trophy for eight years at Lord’s yesterday.
SUNDAY EXPRESS: Swansea broke their duck, earning a first Premier League win on an emotional day at the Liberty Stadium. Also: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has hit back at claims that his £38million striker Sergio Aguero is heading back to Spain at the end of the season.
SUNDAY MIRROR: Fernando Torres is set to be loaned abroad in January if he fails to find his goalscoring boots with Chelsea. Also: David Beckham is being deluged with offers to take up the chance of a lifetime and own a football club in the United States.