From the Back Pages, November 23: Arsene Wenger hints at Thierry Henry return as Gunners legend hails Arsenal boss’ achievements

From the back pages
From the back pages

Arsene Wenger has hinted Thierry Henry could return to Arsenal for a third spell - but this time in a coaching role. (The Mirror)

The match programme carried images which depicted what immense significance this fixture has always carried. Thierry Henry, David Seaman, Sylvain Wiltord, the league title being won by Arsenal at Old Trafford and Duncan Edwards signing an autograph at the old Highbury Clock End, the week before the Munich Disaster. How far from that place both now sit. The losing side were energetic and enterprising for a time and the winning side showed the ability to grind out victory which Louis van Gaal seems to have instilled in them, to reach the top four tonight. But both look a distance from matching the best in Europe, or even the best in England. Arsenal’s defensive vulnerability revealed itself again when a comedy of errors from Kieran Gibbs allowed Antonio Valencia’s drive across the box to deliver United a goal against the odds. (The Independent)

Jose Mourinho must have been taking notes when Brazil manager Dunga visited Chelsea’s Cobham training ground for lunch on Friday. There was certainly an air of the Brazil sides of old about Chelsea as they took apart West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge – in the first half at least. (Daily Mail)

Dave Whelan says he will resign as chairman of Wigan if the FA punishes him for his controversial comments that have prompted accusations of racism by Vincent Tan, the Cardiff owner. (The Times)

Lionel Messi scored his first hat-trick of the season to become the Primera Division’s all-time top scorer by firing Barcelona to a resounding 5-1 win at home to Sevilla. (The Telegraph)

NICO ROSBERG secured his eleventh pole of the season ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to set up the hotly anticipated F1 title decider in Abu Dhabi. (The Express)

George Ford’s name lends itself to motoring analogies: the outside-half got England motoring again after five successive defeats had stalled a steady advance made since the last World Cup, but they never got into overdrive. Chris Robshaw was named man of the match, but the Bath No10 made a significant difference, taking the ball flat, challenging the defence and having the durability to ride a number of typically shuddering Samoan tackles. (The Guardian)