Welcome back to our daily back page round-up! Yes, we’re in business again. Arsene Wenger is rarely one to blow his top but it seem the boss turned the air blue in his press conference ahead of tonight’s Champions League game with Standard Liege at the Emirates.
The Sun reckons AW launched an incredible F-word rant over Theo Walcott’s World Cup chances. The paper says the normally cool Arsenal boss went wild after he was asked whether the winger should be part of Fabio Capello’s England plans next summer. Wenger blasted: “For f***’s sake the World Cup is in June. Is he on holiday until June 11?
“You cannot be serious. For me, the big season is with Arsenal, not at the World Cup. We do not pay players to go to the World Cup, we pay the players to do well for Arsenal. The first pride of a man is to do well for the guy who pays you in life, not to go to the World Cup.”
Still in the Sun, Cesc Fabregas says he is is rallying the troops after their shock 1-0 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday.
Although Arsenal face Liege tonight, fab Fab already have an eye on Sunday’s London derby at the Emirates against Chelsea.
A win will catapult Arsene Wenger’s men straight back into contention – but a loss will leave them 11 points behind leaders Chelsea, says the paper.
Fabregas said: “The Chelsea game is vital. We have to win and are ready for it. They’re a great team, one of best in Europe.
“They have played together a long time, you can see it on the pitch. I respect them, they’re great players but I know what we can do. If we play well and are at our best, we can beat them and, with a game in hand, we can still be there.
“First of all, we have to think about Standard Liege and then Chelsea. But it’s an important week for us.”
In the Daily Mail, Cesc has hinted that he could stay at Arsenal for life after claiming he is not being sidetracked by a potential switch to Barcelona.
Gunners midfielder Fabregas maintains he will not be distracted by his name being used in Barcelona’s presidential election campaign.
‘It does not affect me at all,’ said Fabregas. ‘This [speculation] has been going for years. I don’t mind really if it happens, it happens – but it will not change the way I think.
‘I do not think about it because I do not want to and I do not think I should. I am at a great club, with a great team and am happy.
‘We have a long season in front of us, and the last thing I want to do is get disconnected from what I have to do playing for Arsenal, who are the club which pays me. I am really looking forward to a great season with Arsenal.’
And in the Mirror, Cesc has his say on AW’s thoughts about the World Cup.
He said: “I can understand Mr Wenger’s point. He is the manager and wants Arsenal to do well. The national team is secondary but as players, well… sometimes I don’t play for Spain, I’m on the bench.
“So definitely I want to play well for Arsenal to start at the World Cup. My first priority is to play for Arsenal, to play well and to win titles.
“That is definitely on my mind. But definitely on my mind in a World Cup year is to play well and be a starter for Spain.”