* The Indie: "The new bad boy of English football", as one journalist jocularly called Arsène Wenger to his face on Saturday, was yesterday charged with "improper conduct". This was in relation to "his words and behaviour towards the match officials" at half-time during Saturday's match against Portsmouth.
The Arsenal manager, who has until 5 January to respond, said he would fight the charge. After the match he had said: "It didn't disturb me and I don't expect to be banned. Do you want me sent to jail?"
Wenger, who was sent from the technical area for the second half and could receive a touchline ban, said yesterday: "[In the past] I have said I was wrong, that I regretted what I did and I accepted the punishment. What happened on Saturday was different. I didn't lose my cool. I will not accept any charge on that incident. I feel that strongly about it. I find it quite scandalous, considering what I have seen in the corridors the last 10 years.
"I think I am big enough to say when I am wrong and big enough to accept it, but on this incident I don't accept what happened. I was amazed I was banned from the touchline."
* Miroslav Klose says he is considering leaving Werder Bremen. United are linked by the PA.
* Speculation in the Mirror suggests that United may move for Southampton's Gareth Bale but all overtures will be resisted.
* Everton say they are considering suing Jose Mourinho after his comments about Andy Johnson jumping over Hilario. He called Johnson a diver, just a few weeks after saying that Reading's Stephen Hunt should have avoided Petr Cech by jumping out of the way.
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