Baffling coverage in this morning’s papers devoting vaulable space to the fact that a toilet in a run-down pit of a place in north London is being knocked down. See the story here in the Telegraph.
Meanwhile, Andrey Arshavin gives his take on the disappointing draw at West Ham on Sunday in this morning’s papers and, unlike his leaden-footed performance seemed to demonstrate at Upton Park, it seems he does care.
He told the Sun: “Not only me, all the team are unhappy about it. We got what we deserved with our performance.
“We are very upset indeed. Such results do not add positive emotions to the players, the manager or our fans.”
The paper points out that Arsenal are five points behind Chelsea after conceding two goals in six minutes against the Hammers. Five days earlier, they had to settle for a 1-1 draw with AZ Alkmaar in the Champions League after leaking an injury-time goal in Holland.
Arshavin added: “The West Ham game turned out to be almost a copy of what happened against Alkmaar. Initially we easily got an advantage – this time we were 2-0 up and then we allowed West Ham to equalise from set-pieces.
“If we had won on Sunday, we would now be very close to Chelsea in the table.”
The redtop adds that AW is set to field a young side against Liverpool in the Carling Cup tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s derby with Spurs.
And Arshavin added: “For us this is the most important derby and we know it. I found out about the importance of these matches almost immediately after I signed for Arsenal.
“People who work for the club told me about it and about the most memorable clashes with Spurs. They told me that after some defeats they couldn’t even speak to each other for a long time.”
In the Daily Mail, Cesc Fabregas claims Arsenal’s big-spending rivals are under more pressure to win the title than the Gunners because they have splashed more cash.
The midfielder said: ‘Of course we are under pressure to win the title because Arsenal is a big club and expectations are always high.
‘But the other challengers have spent huge amounts of money in recent years to build their squads and perhaps they are the ones who are under the most pressure because of this investment. Arsenal has a long-term vision for the future.
‘Nothing is ever impossible. We are not the favourites this season, but we truly believe we can we can fight for the championship. This team is maturing and growing in confidence all the time.’
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