From the Back Pages, November 16: Arsenal eye Karim Benzema, Javier Hernandez, Edin Dzeko and Salomon Kalou to ease the pressure on Olivier Giroud

From the back pages
From the back pages

Karim Benzema, Edin Dzeko, Javier Hernandez and Salomon Kalou are reportedly January transfer targets for Arsenal as the club look to lower the demands of their lone front man Olivier Giroud. (The Independent)

England 0 Chile 2: England outplayed by visitors as Alexis Sanchez double sends boos around Wembley. (Telegraph)

This was not quite the high-velocity collision of twin attacking greats the build-up had promised. But by the end Cristiano Ronaldo, persistent and full of close-quarter craft to the end, had made the difference, scoring the only goal on a night that never quite shed its first-leg nerves. Portugal remain favourites to progress to next summer’s World Cup, but this remains too tight to call between two evenly matched, and even at times rather anxiously pedestrian, European middleweights. (The Guardian)

Kevin de Bruyne laughed off the abuse suffered by Jose Mourinho during Belgium’s 2-0 defeat by Colombia on Thursday night, and insisted it would be water off a duck’s back to the Chelsea manager. (Daily Mail)

TOTTENHAM are set to rekindle their interest in Uruguayan defender Alvaro Pereira in January after missing out on the player over the summer. (The Express)

Wales stars such as Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey have trained wearing Pudsey Bear ears in honour of Children In Need. (The Mirror)

Part of Stuart Lancaster’s mission to turn England from a laughing stock into potential world-beaters has included some straightforward and extremely imaginative thinking. His forensic analysis of what it takes to be a champion has not been restricted to the dissection of the strengths and weaknesses of opponents or his own players. (The Times)