What the papers say: Arsenal face a battle to hold on to stars

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The Sun - Wenger’s all cut up over pitch
ARSENE WENGER wants answers from FA chiefs over the appalling state of the Wembley pitch. The grass has now had to be relaid FIVE times since the £750million stadium was reopened two years ago.

The Daily Mirror - Petr must be strong to hit the top again, says former Arsenal and Leeds keeper John Lukic
Petr Cech is having to live with the fact that his every move - and every goal he concedes - will be scrutinised in minute detail. When things were going well Theo Walcott's shot wouldn't have deflected off Ashley Cole's hand to leave him helpless on the turf.

Kolo Toure believes Arsenal's youngsters can only get stronger from the experiences of their Wembley FA Cup semi-final heartbreak against Chelsea.


ARSENAL first choice keeper Manuel Almunia will to be back in the side against Middlesbrough next Sunday.

The Times - Arsene Wenger faces battle to keep hold of prized Arsenal assets
In just one devastating sentence, Robin van Persie unwittingly summed up Arsenal’s decline from Invincibles to also-rans in the five years since he joined the club. Unfortunately for his team-mates, the Dutchman did not offer anything as incisive on the pitch as his damning thoughts.

The Daily Telegraph - Gladiator Didier Drogba inflicts pain on Arsenal
To play against Didier Drogba, Guus Hiddink declared, you have to expect pain. "It hurts," Chelsea's interim manager said. "He's physically very strong, he's brave, he's also one who is saying in the locker room 'hey guys this is the moment we have to deliver'."

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