What the papers say on Saturday, April 9: Arsene Wenger hits back at critics

09 April 2011 08:24
DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger will wield the axe in a summer shake-up after finally losing his patience with his Arsenal flops.

The Gonners: Arsenal stars on their way as Wenger plans summer clear-out Heads, you lose: Bendtner is among the stars tipped to leave the Emirates in the summer

Also: The Tony McCoy factor means Aintree is set for its biggest Grand National crowd for more than 50 years today.

McCoy is the ticket to ride - AP the biggest hit since The BeatlesThe extraordinary scale of RomanAbramovich's bid to make Chelsea the best team in Europe was laid bareyesterday, as accounts revealed the Russian has ploughed nearly?1billion into the club.

Accounts reveal Chelsea are still busting UEFA's fair play rules. by some distanceDAILY EXPRESS: Arsene Wenger has risked infuriating Arsenal's frustrated supporters by claiming he would accept second place for the next 20 years.

Slow start: Torres has failed to score for Chelsea since his mega-money move

Also: Carlo Ancelotti insists he is not afraid to drop out-of-form Fernando Torres for the Champions League showdown with Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson claims referee Lee Mason is under pressure to send off any player who swears following the Wayne Rooney affair.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Sir Alex Ferguson further fanned the flames of his feud with the Football Association on Friday by suggesting that referee Lee Mason was pressurised into recommending Wayne Rooney be given a two-match ban for swearing at a television camera.

Also: Harry Redknapp says he has had to console Peter Crouch after the striker took responsibility for Tottenham's 4-0 Champions League thrashing at Real Madrid this week.

THE GUARDIAN: Steven Gerrard's injury-plagued season has come to an end, Liverpool's caretaker manager Kenny Dalglish has confirmed, with club and country waiting to discover if he requires a second groin operation.

Also: Arsene Wenger has launched an impassioned defence of his management and said he 'cannot understand' the Arsenal supporters who criticise his team's 'outstanding' season.

DAILY STAR: Sir Alex Ferguson has accused the FA of double standards and claims they are victimising Manchester United.

Also: Peter Crouch's Champions League dismissal has left the England man feeling sick with regret. Avram Grant has blasted the FA for his touchline ban - and vowed never to speak his mind about referees again .Lewis Hamilton last night hit back at rumours that champions Red Bull have already got him rattled.

DAILY MIRROR: Premier League stars have been warned to button their lips this weekend.

Also: Tiger Woods has claimed sports stars like Michael Jordan have attracted a new generation of giant-hitters to golf. Ashes hero Alastair Cook was out for six as sunshine greeted the start of the County Championship season yesterday.

THE TIMES: Sir Alex Ferguson has effectively accused the Football Association of bullying Lee Mason, the referee, into reporting Wayne Rooney so that the governing body could charge the Manchester United striker over his foul-mouthed outburst.

Also: When Luke Donald returned to the Augusta National clubhouse last night he would have been rightly pleased with his progress, but keen to monitor the seemingly relentless advance of Rory McIlroy at the top of the Masters leaderboard.

THE SUN: Alex Ferguson is facing a Manchester United keeper crisis. Edwin van der Sar is retiring and now No 2 Tomasz Kuszczak wants a move.

Also: Tiger Woods has tipped Rory McIlroy to succeed him as the world's best golfer. Carlton Cole has been hit with an FA misconduct charge over alleged racist comments on Twitter about Ghana fans. Lewis Hamilton last night revved up his rivalry with Sebastian Vettel - insisting: I'll never be a bad loser like you.

THE INDEPENDENT: The manager of Marseille, Didier Deschamps, has decided he will finally make his move to the Premier League, at the end of the season.

Also: Carlo Ancelotti is considering dropping Fernando Torres for next week's vital Champions League game at Manchester United, claiming yesterday that he does not fear repercussions from owner Roman Abramovich if he does.

 Explore more:People: Alex Ferguson, Lewis Hamilton, Harry Redknapp, Carlton Cole, Kenny Dalglish, Tiger Woods, Fernando Torres, Edwin Van Der Sar, Alastair Cook, Peter Crouch, Wayne Rooney, Sebastian Vettel, Roman Abramovich, Luke Donald, Steven Gerrard, Carlo Ancelotti Places: Liverpool, Ghana, United Kingdom, Europe Organisations: Football Association

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