Cesc: I’m staying to win trophies

Cesc says he has ruled out a switch to Barcelona until he has won trophies with the Arsenal.

That’s according to the NOTW this morning which reports that the skipper – whose pen gave us a 1-1 FA Cup draw with Leeds yesterday – said: “Why would I want to leave? It’s fantastic here. It would be a dream to lift trophies for Arsenal.

“Afterwards you can be attracted by new challenges but my real challenge as captain of Arsenal is to bring this football club success. This is the biggest dream I can have. I want to end these five years without a trophy and, hopefully, I can do it this season.”

Cesc adds that he is still hurt by suggestions he was out of sorts because a move to the Catalan club didn’t come off. He added: “It hurt me a lot to hear that my head was not here and my heart was somewhere else. It is painful when you have worked so hard for the club.”

Meanwhile the Mail reports that Theo Walcott took the ‘extraordinary and almost unprecedented step’ of apologising for diving at the Emirates against Leeds. Walcott went down in the box under challenge from Alex Bruce with two minutes to go and referee Phil Dowd appeared to award a penalty before changing his mind, apparently influenced by the lino.

Theo said: “I want to apologise to the managers because I actually dived,” said Walcott. “I was trying to win a penalty. I asked one of their players, Would you have done the same?. He said he probably would have. I’m not the sort to do it, but I own up. It’s something I don’t want to see in the game. I’ve heard players say ‘If there’s a slight touch, go down’, and it can work both ways.
“I’m not happy with myself for doing that. I had a little joke with the referee afterwards and said, ‘That was my first dive … can you tell?’. I don’t have to own up and I can’t speak for other players. I’ve just expressed what I feel.”

Not sure about this one, but the Mirror says Sol Campbell may be given the chance of an third spell at the Arsenal from Newcastle, where he has only played three games. They say AW is mulling over the idea of bringing back the defender as cover for our central defenders.

The paper says AW has stated that the only position he will strengthen during the January transfer window is at the centre of his defence and could well bring in another player in that position apart from as Campbell.

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