From the Back Pages, September 4: Danny Welbeck ‘envisaged’ playing for Arsenal while at Manchester United

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The new Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck claims he envisaged himself playing in Arsène Wenger’s side long before he signed on deadline day. (The Guardian)

Radamel Falcao’s dad has let slip that Manchester United’s new striker really wanted to join Real Madrid. (The Mirror)

It would seem Fernando Torres’ old No 9 shirt at Chelsea is unwanted by anyone in Jose Mourinho’s current squad as the Blues announced their squad numbers on Wednesday. Chelsea new boy Loic Remy would have been the latest Blues players to take his pick from a list of free squad numbers, but looks to have snubbed the famous No 9 shirt by deciding to take Romelu Lukaku’s old No 18 shirt. (Daily Mail)

The Football Association discussed striking a secret deal that would ensure England staged the climax of the 2020 European Championship and potentially the whole of Euro 2028, according to the general secretary of the German football federation (DFB). (The Telegraph)

MANCHESTER UNITED’S new signing Angel Di Maria has sent Twitter into meltdown after helping himself to a goal and three assists in Argentina’s friendly against reigning World Cup champions Germany. (The Express)

Alan Pardew is fighting for his future as Newcastle United manager, just four games into the new season. The Independent understands there has been a change of mood within the club towards Pardew. (The Independent)

Danny Welbeck felt he was left with no alternative to leaving Manchester United after being told he would be the club’s fifth-choice striker this season. (The Times)