What the papers say: Toothless UEFA back down on Rome final threats

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The Sun - I'm sorry I didn't save more
MODEST goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has said SORRY to Arsenal fans for not saving more penalties against Roma.

The Daily Mirror - Why UEFA must strip Rome of Champions League final after Arsenal stabbing
Officials in Rome were warned by UEFA that they would be stripped of staging the Champions League final if there was a repeat of the crowd trouble which marred previous games in the Olympic Stadium.

The Daily Mail - UEFA promise more police for Rome final after Arsenal fans attacked
UEFA chiefs on Thursday night promised a major review of the security procedures at Rome’s Olympic Stadium as Arsenal supporters spoke of their terror at being attacked by Italian thugs.

Arsene Wenger feels his Arsenal side will grow in stature following their dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Roma which secured a clean sweep of English clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Theo Walcott revealed Arsenal’s jubilant players celebrated as if they had just won the World Cup final after their dramatic 7-6 penalty shoot-out victory over Roma.

The TimesArsenal joy soured by fear of Rome return
Winning a penalty shoot-out is an explosion of pure joy, but once the adrenalin had ebbed after the victory over Roma on Wednesday that took Arsenal into the quarter-finals of the Champions League, some mixed feelings emerged from a night that should have inspired only happiness. Excitement at the possibility of Arsenal reaching the final is tempered by the reality that it would entail a return visit to Rome, where a hooligan culture that belongs in football’s ancient past is a relic unworthy of the city. 

The Independent - Arsenal reveal their secrets for penalty success
Arsenal did not practice penalties before Wednesday night's Champions League tie in Rome which culminated in the Gunners defeating Roma in a shoot-out. "I did not think it would go to penalties," said manager Arsene Wenger.

The Guardian - Wenger tells Fifa to respect English clubs' domination
Arsène Wenger has demanded that England's domination of the Champions League be respected and not sniped at by the rest of the continent, as he railed against Fifa's desire to make clubs select homegrown players, a move that he believes would undermine the quality and appeal of Europe's elite competition.

The Telegraph - Arsene Wenger's salutes Arsenal's grit after penalty shoot-out win in Rome
Arsene Wenger believes that Arsenal's progress to a third Champions League quarter-final in four years has answered any doubts about his team's character, though he regards Barcelona as the favourites to win the competition.

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