What the papers say: Arsenal to sign Cole if Bendtner fails fitness tests

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The Sun - Wenger’s £9m swoop for Cole
ARSENE WENGER will launch a £9million bid for West Ham hitman Carlton Cole if Nicklas Bendtner fails a Friday fitness test. The Arsenal boss admitted: "There is no way we can carry on with only one striker.

The Daily Mirror - Wenger: 'The title race starts now'
Arsene Wenger last night turned up the heat on title rivals Chelsea and Manchester United by declaring: “The race starts now.” Wenger can lead his team to within one point of leaders Chelsea by beating Bolton at the Emirates tonight.

The Daily Mail - Arsene Wenger considers breaking his own rules to offer William Gallas new Arsenal deal
Arsene Wenger will try to convince William Gallas to extend his Arsenal career 14 months after stripping him of the captaincy. Gallas is out of contract at the end of the season and the 32-year-old France defender is free to sign a deal with a foreign club to move for nothing in the summer.

The Daily Star - MERIDA IS QUITTING ARSENAL
PROMISING youngster Fran Merida is quitting Arsenal – and centreback Philippe Senderos is desperate to join him.

The Times - Arsene Wenger considers making Gallas an exception
When William Gallas was stripped of the captaincy after an outspoken attack on his team-mates last season, his days at Arsenal looked numbered. But such has been his professionalism since that Arsène Wenger is ready to offer him a new contract.

The Independent - Wenger: We have title momentum
Arsene Wenger yesterday said the race for the Premier League title starts now, and warned rivals Manchester United and Chelsea that Arsenal are the team with all the momentum.

The Daily Telegraph - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to hold talks with William Gallas about extending contract
Arsene Wenger is to meet representatives of William Gallas in an attempt to persuade the Arsenal defender to extend his contract and potentially end his career at the Emirates.

The Guardian - Nicklas Bendtner's tests this week will decide Arsenal's transfer dealing
The urgency of Arsenal's pursuit of a striker in the transfer window will be determined by the results of medical tests to be performed on Nicklas Bendtner on Friday aimed at ascertaining his recovery from hernia and groin complaints.

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