Gunners face Standard Liege first up in CL

Arsenal’s draw in the Champions League dominates the newspaper coverage today as you might expect and the general view is that we have relatively routine fixtures to get through Group H.
Just a reminder we face Dutch side AZ Alkmaar, Greek outfit Olympiacos and Belgian’s Standard Liege starting with a trip there on September 16.
There is still a bit of fall-out from the CL win over Celtic floating about in the redtops with the Eduardo dive provoking debate on suitable punishment for the Crazilian.
The Daily Mail tells us that there is “mounting pressure from Scotland for UEFA to act after precedents set in the last two years and Gordon Smith, chief executive of the Scottish FA, backed Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati’s calls for Eduardo to be banned”. In a remarkably self-trumpeting statement he said: “Eduardo is a terrific player who has battled back from a serious injury to resume playing at the highest level. However, on Wednesday he showed disrespect to the game by his actions in winning a penalty against Celtic.
“Since I came into this post I have raised the issue of simulation time and time again — both in Scotland and with Fifa and Uefa. I don’t think that I have received enough support in my efforts to eradicate what I believe to be one of the most serious threats to the integrity of football.” All me, me, me, eh, Gordy boy?
Shame your fellow countryman in Government aren’t as strict with Libyan jet bombers.
Meanwhile, the Sun bringing us the story behind Emmanuel Eboue’s ‘Thanks to God’ T-shirt celebration after his goal in the 3-1 win at the Emirates.
He said: “I am very religious and spoke with my priest the day before the game. He told me to do it for God, as he is with me and my colleagues.
“I am very happy, because I have a new partnership with the fans and now we are all together. They understand I will always give 100 per cent for this team and it helps me to know I have the confidence of the boss.
“Last season was difficult. I wanted to give my best and it didn’t always happen. But I have forgotten everything that happened with the fans. Now they sing my name and I thank them for their support.”
Eboue has been with us for five years has two more years of his contract and he wants to stay on, says the paper.
“Even when people were booing me last season, I never said I wanted to move. The aim is to keep improving and to win a trophy. I have two more years at Arsenal. If they want me to sign for longer, I will do that. I love this club.”
So a quiet-ish day as far as the rags are concerned. Next up the little matter of a trip to (very) Old Trafford…

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