Newspaper sales will surge this morning as thousands of football fans keenly anticipating the big kick-off pick up a tabloid or two to get their club fix.
And they haven’t disappointed. The Press is packed with analysis, observations, likely line-ups, in fact pretty much everything you’d want to know as the Arsenal head for Goodison to take on Everton in our Premier League opener.
As you would expect, Arsene Wenger features heavily in the papers and probably more so this morning after the revelatory articles in yesterday’s Daily Mail and Times.
That doyen of football writers Patrick Barclay writes nice things about AW in the wake of his refreshingly honest comments and says he concurs with the Frenchman’s footballing philosophy and that he personally enjoys watching us more than any other team. High praise indeed.
And those of you sinful doubters out there who think we might slip out of the top four (wash my mouth out) are wrong, AW tells the Sun. Your thoughts are “guided by fear, not an objective assessment of our performances” says the N5 Emir. Quite right too!
As you would expect with such a driven, organised and committed manager AW is already looking beyond today’s clash on Merseyside. He added in the paper: “Of course we are conscious of what an important week this is. But I expect by the end of next week to prepare for Portsmouth and the second leg of Celtic and after that I hope I will be a very happy man.”
Meanwhile, AW has managed to have some sport with the football hacks and cracked a funnyish comment regarding an Arsenal bid for Lionel Messi amidst the talk of Super Cesc doing a bunk to Barcelona.
The paper quotes him thus: ‘I have made a bid for Messi and nobody speaks about it,’ Wenger joked. ‘It is the same [as the situation with Cesc]. How can people think we will sell Fabregas now, one day before the championship starts? We are not in a weak financial position, we don’t need to sell anybody. He is committed to the club and he has told me that. We cannot master the noises coming out of Spain. This is his sixth year [at Arsenal]. What he wants is to win trophies for the club.’
And on that note, I’m off to spend the next fives hours in the motor to pay homage to the rip-roaring Reds. may I suggest you do the same.