From the Back Pages, September 11: Santi Cazorla baffled why Real Madrid agreed to sell ‘spectacular’ Mesut Ozil

From the back pages
From the back pages

Midfielder Santi Cazorla cannot understand why Real Madrid sold “spectacular” Mesut Ozil, but hopes the German playmaker will fit right in at Arsenal as they aim to launch a sustained assault on the Barclays Premier League title. (The Independent)

This was one horrible performance by England, highlighting many technical flaws, but this was also one sweet qualifying point against their Group H rivals. England were particularly indebted to Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole, masterful figures of defiance in defence, as they took a step closer towards the 2014 World Cup. (The Telegraph)

Shinji Kagawa has stated that David Moyes should be asked why he has not yet played him in a competitive match for Manchester United this season, with the midfielder admitting to being frustrated by his lack of opportunities. (The Guardian)

EVERTON’S loan signing Gareth Barry has declared himself fit for Everton’s clash against Chelsea at the weekend. (The Express)

Thomas Bach has been named the ninth president of the International Olympic Committee against a backdrop of allegations and conspiracy theories. (The Times)

Oscar De La Hoya has admitted himself into rehab at the start of a week in which he is supposed to be promoting the biggest fight of this century so far. (Daily Mail)

An emotional Rafael Nadal savoured one of the most special grand slam titles of his career after defeating Novak Djokovic to win the US Open. (Mirror)