From the Back Pages, October 2: Danny Welbeck’s brilliant hat-trick earns Arsene Wenger points on 18th anniversary

From the back pages
From the back pages

Alone for a few seconds before his team-mates converged on him, Danny Welbeck stood in front of what they call the North Bank at the Emirates and drank in the joyfulness of his first hat-trick in professional football. You only needed to look at his face for a taste of how good it felt. (The Independent)

Manchester United are attempting to solve their crippling injury list by poaching Southampton’s first-team physio Matt Radcliffe. (Daily Mail)

The chairman of anti-racism group Kick It Out has expressed his disappointment at Rio Ferdinand, claiming the organisation does not deserve to be used as a “punchbag”. (The Telegraph)

ALEXIS SANCHEZ is a doubt for Arsenal’s crucial clash with Chelsea on Sunday after being forced off early against Galatasaray in this evenings Champions League clash. (The Express)

Kevin Pietersen’s ‘confidentiality agreement’ expired last night - as he prepares to lift the lid on his England fall-out. (The Mirror)

Rory McIlroy has again given his backing to fellow Northern Irishman Darren Clarke as the 2016 Ryder Cup captain for Europe. (The Guardian)

Stuart Lancaster and his England coaching team have been tied down to long-term contracts with the RFU to prevent them being poached by rival nations or clubs. (The Times)