LONDON EVENING STANDARD
Failing to sign Virgil van Dijk will cost Arsenal the title, but not Chelsea, says Jamie Carragher. “Arsenal haven’t improved at the back since last season. If you want to be successful, you have to have a strong defensive unit. But that’s what has let Arsenal down.”
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin was knocked over by Harry Kane en route to the Tottenham striker scoring the first of two goals in Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Wembley. But that did not stop the Turkey international from praising Kane for a strong performance and his “coolness” in front of goal.
Slaven Bilic admits keeping all his West Ham players happy is a problem.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
Manchester United have scored 15 goals in their opening five matches and secured four clean sheets, but former striker Louis Saha still believes Jose Mourinho’s squad needs strengthening.
Manchester United’s new signing Charlie McCann is a lifelong supporter of the club and has been rated as an ‘unbelievable talent’ by Coventry City’s academy chief.
Jurgen Klopp thanked the Anfield crowd for their welcome to Philippe Coutinho on Wednesday night as he suggested the Brazil international is ready for a start if selected.
Ronald Koeman will hold a meeting with Everton’s senior players on Friday after admitting he is “worried” by his side’s slump in form.
Simon Grayson remains unconvinced that a free agent is the best way forward for Sunderland, despite admitting that Lewis Grabban is likely to be missing for ‘a few weeks’.
Aston Villa have been linked with a move for St Etienne manager Oscar Garcia as speculation builds about the future of Steve Bruce, but the Birmingham Mail understands that no approach by Villa for Garcia has been made.
Harry Redknapp has revealed Birmingham City rejected a £10m bid for Che Adams on transfer Deadline Day.
EXPRESS & STAR
West Brom fans have been urged to give Grzegorz Krychowiak time to get used to English football – because he’ll be worth the wait once he’s up and running.
THE DAILY ECHO
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has returned home to Denmark after the birth of his first child – and will therefore be absent at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
HULL DAILY MAIL
Stephen Kingsley is confident a new-look Hull City side will soon begin to click as they aim to haul a faltering season back on track when hosting Sunderland on Saturday.
Tony Mowbray admits he has had to sacrifice some of his footballing philosophies to get Blackburn up and running in League One.
SOUTH WALES EVENING POST
Neil Warnock has admitted the lingering transfer talk surrounding Kenneth Zohore isn’t helping the Cardiff City striker.
Slavisa Jokanovic wants his squad members to show their importance to his Fulham side as they prepare to face Burton Albion without key men Tom Cairney and Rui Fonte.
Tom Huddlestone is “the perfect midfielder” to play in front of, according to Derby County striker Darren Bent.
Mark Warburton has been impressed by the energy and enthusiasm shown by Matty Cash during his fight to return from injury – and believe similar qualities can help him flourish in a new position for Nottingham Forest.
WIGAN EVENING POST
Wigan manager Paul Cook is keeping his eyes and ears open in the free-agent market.
Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer hailed the impact of his captain fantastic Jimmy Ryan on and off the pitch at Bloomfield Road.
Reading FC manager Jaap Stam has explained his thoughts behind appointing Michael Gilkes as first-team coach. “I always like it when the person joining is from the club itself. Michael played for Reading and is a legend here with the amount of games he played.”
Dean Cox would be ready to extend his Crawley contract immediately if offered.
Chris Wilder is happy for people to talk-up Sheffield United’s chances of causing a major upset in the Championship this season following their strong start to the campaign.
Determined Eddie Howe insisted he had the thick skin required to withstand any flak and revealed: “You need to be prepared to ride a few storms.”