Arsenal Seeks Delay Over Wenger’s Two-Match Touchline Ban: Soccer Roundup

The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.

Wenger’s Fight

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is fighting his new two-match touchline ban from European governing body UEFA, the Sun reported.

He expects to be on the bench for tomorrow’s Champions League playoff second leg at Udinese, and the Gunners want his appeal to be deferred until after the trip to Italy. Arsenal leads 1-0 from the first match.

UEFA said it will decide today whether to grant Arsenal's request for a stay of execution over the ban.

Liverpool Exits?

Alberto Aquilani and Joe Cole could be leaving Liverpool on loan, the Daily Mirror reported.

Aquilani may be joining AC Milan on a season-long deal, while Cole could return to his native London with Premier League newcomer Queens Park Rangers, the newspaper added.

Dirk Kuyt will fight to regain his place in Liverpool’s team even though there’s renewed interest in him from Inter Milan, the Daily Mail reported.

Mata Snubbed Arsenal, Spurs

Chelsea-bound Juan Mata turned down Arsenal and Tottenham to go to Stamford Bridge, the Sun reported

“It was also a question of sporting achievement, not money. Arsenal and Tottenham were both interested in me but they did not compare with the Blues,” said the Spain winger, who’s moving from Valencia.

Hammer Barton?

West Ham may try to sign Joey Barton from Newcastle if the London club sells midfielder Scott Parker, the Mirror reported.

The Hammers rate Parker at 8 million pounds ($13.3 million), the Mirror said. Barton has a year left on his contract and can leave on a free transfer.

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