Back pages full of praise for Liverpool, Dalglish, Arsenal, Walcott, Rosicky, Scholes & Giggs

Comment & analysis round-up

Quote of the day: “Sorry to everyone! I can’t close my eyes wid out seeing that penalty!! It’s goin to haunt me for the rest of my days! Head is mashed!” – Anthony Gerrard.

Runner-up: “Obviously, I am delighted to have won the trophy but I feel for Anthony and Cardiff. It doesn’t matter what I say to him. I know that he will be down.” – Steven Gerrard.

Arsene Wenger: “The crowd were starting to get on his back and you wonder if you’re doing him a favour if you leave him on. But I felt that he has the qualities that, considering the rest of the team were hiding, could help him to get in behind the defenders. Nobody else is like that. He is a very direct player. He can miss a first touch but, considering the balance of the team, it was important to keep him in the side.” – Arsene Wenger on Theo Walcott.

Sir Alex Ferguson: “Scholes and Giggs are the best players this club has ever had. We knew it was an important game and it’s not easy coming here. Every time we’ve come down we’ve had to battle. That was the case again. We needed all our experienced players and Scholesy and Ryan in particular. I have to say we were lucky today. I thought we were lethargic, too casual on the ball. Without Ferdinand, Evans and De Gea, we would have been down. They were brilliant the three of them.”

Today’s top stories

Liverpool win the Carling Cup

True Reds, true winners (Jamie Redknapp, Daily Mail) “A dramatic Wembley victory for Liverpool (have you ever seen a shootout with so much drama?) and I can’t tell you how pleased I am for my old team-mates Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. They were the first two players to go to the Cardiff players, too. That is what they are like, great football men but also good people.
It would not be a final without Liverpool shredding the nerves. Will they be back for the FA Cup?”

A tale of two Gerrards (Henry Winter, Daily Telegraph)

Treasure chest of Liverpool talent pays first dividend against Cardiff (Richard Williams, Guardian)

Dalglish shows Liverpool how to be winners again (Ian Herbert, Independent)

Liverpool’s Carling Cup final victory is crucial for their confidence and Champions League ambitions (Alan Hansen, Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal eviscerate Tottenham

Arsène Wenger’s faith in Theo Walcott is rewarded in pulsating display (David Pleat, Guardian) “Arsenal were excellent – pulsating at times. Arsène Wenger’s decision to pick an experienced side was fully justified as they tore into Tottenham Hotspur after conceding two slightly fortuitous goals. Wenger’s determination not to bow to a vocal crowd’s desire to see Theo Walcott discarded proved crucial. In the second half he exploited the space down Spurs’ left side to score two fine goals. Bacary Sagna, marauding forward and passing early, and Alex Song, forcing the play, provided the winger with good supply.”

Walcott finds his Zagreb zest when he needs it most (Jack Pitt-Brooke, Independent)

Rosicky delivered the best performance of his Arsenal career (Martin Keown, Daily Mail)

Don’t blame Dean – the FA should punish Bale and others for diving (Graham Poll, Daily Mail)

High five keeps Wenger’s hopes alive (Antony Kastrinakis, The Sun)

Arsenal players considered soft-centred gave lion-hearted displays against Tottenham (Jeremy Wilson, Daily Telegraph)

Theo Walcott wins over the Arsenal fans in 5-2 north London derby victory against Tottenham Hotspur (Paul Hayward, Daily Telegraph)

How brilliant is Ryan Giggs

Giggs and Scholes are simply the best (Mark Irwin, The Sun)

Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes are Manchester United’s greatest players of all time, claims Alex Ferguson (Daily Telegraph)

Carlos Tevez

Tevez to make Man City return in reserve fixture against Preston (John Edwards, Daily Mail)

Chelsea

Save us from the executive CLOTS! Roman and co undermine bosses (Martin Samuel, Daily Mail)

Torres is too frightened, frightened of getting a chance and frightened of missing it (Alan Shearer, The Sun)

England

Rooney and Cleverley ruled out of Holland friendly (Neil McLeman, Daily Mirror)

It’s not just Gazza who’s failed to keep up with the Germans since Euro 96 (Sam Wallace, Independent)