Wenger says victory is possible in Milan as Bergkamp questions Arsenal’s mentality

Comment & analysis round-up

Quote of the day: “If I would think we have no chance to win the game I would stay at home. I don’t like to waste my time and I believe that is what makes football interesting is that you can win everywhere. We have shown we can win everywhere and I have full confidence in this team that we can do it… “I am very sad to see him [Thierry Henry] going, I wanted to keep him for two weeks longer but I accepted this agreement at the start. We didn’t expect him to be so important for us when he signed but he grew into the team very quickly and his talent on the pitch is still much sharper than I expected it to be after having been out in the States.” – Arsene Wenger.

Runner-up: “I’m not sure Arsenal have enough of that in their players, when the attitude becomes more important than the ability just to pass the ball. I don’t know if the English mentality is missing a little bit. Sometimes I see their games and it’s always the same way of playing, a bit too predictable. It needs to be more diverse. You need a few strong characters who can get the team going, in training as well as matches. You also need a few players who can make a difference in terms of scoring goals. I don’t feel there are enough of them. You can’t only depend on one or two players. When they’re having an off-day, you need someone else. He [Arsene Wenger] can’t just let go. He would think he hasn’t finished there yet. He would want to finish on a high … so I think he will wait and push as hard as possible to achieve that before he leaves.” – Dennis Bergkamp.

Today’s top stories

AC Milan v Arsenal

Arsenal are predictable, weak and lacking a winning mentality, says Dennis Bergkamp, ahead of Milan clash(Alan Smith, Daily Telegraph) Bergkamp: “You also need a few players who can make a difference in terms of scoring goals. I don’t feel there are enough of them. You look at the midfield and compare it with ours. We had Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires, Ray Parlour – when it wasn’t working for one of the big names, one of these could step up. You can’t only depend on one or two players. When they’re having an off day, you need someone else.”

Arsene Wenger ready to blaze a trail in Champions League (Jeremy Wilson, Daily Telegraph) 

Arsenal aim to find streetwise edge against Milan in Champions League (Daniel Taylor, Guardian)

Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic can show Arsenal what they missed out on (Amy Lawrence, Guardian)

New Arsenal face an old question of credibility in San Siro (Sam Wallace, Independent)

Carlos Tevez needs to grovel

Carlos Tevez was last night told he must make grovelling apologies before pulling on a Manchester City shirt again (Martin Blackburn, The Sun)

Crash landing! Tevez flies back to Manchester but his City future remains bleak (Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail)

City refuse to forgive Tevez and forget (David McDonnell, Daily Mirror)

City need a Tevez all right… just not this one! (Martin Samuel, Daily Mail) “There is a consensus opinion that Manchester City could really do with a player like Carlos Tevez right now. And, of course, they could. A hard-running striker who scores goals to take some of the pressure off Sergio Aguero is precisely the type they need. Unfortunately, a player they could also specifically do without is Carlos Tevez. They require someone like him, not someone who is him. Self-centred, self-serving, disruptive, high maintenance. Why would any club with eyes on the prize want to invite that trouble through the door?”

This prodigal son deserves no forgiveness (James Lawton, Independent) 

AVB under pressure

Jose text msgs are hurting Villas-Boas (Antony Kastrinakis, The Sun)

Anzhi Makhachkala may hijack Chelsea’s bid for Hiddink as Villas-Boas wavers (Neil Ashton, Daily Mail)

Rangers

Sir David Murray’s plan to ‘live the dream’ caused this nightmare (Roddy Forsyth, Daily Telegraph)

Wolves

Wolves ready to interview first-choice Alan Curbishley (Stuart James, Guardian)

Gossip

Daniel Sturridge is considering his future at Chelsea as their season lurches deeper into disarray (Rob Beasley, The Sun)

Spurs agree £3.1m fee with Sao Paulo for summer capture of Brazil Under 20 captain Uvini (Daily Mail)

United monitoring Khedira at Madrid plus Benfica duo Gaitan and Garcia (Daily Mail)

Chelsea are locked in a titanic battle with Manchester United over contract rebel Paul Pogba (Daily Mirror)


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