What today’s papers are saying: Saturday, July 13, 2013
DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger has pledged his long-term future to Arsenal after revealing he has started talks over a new contract. Also: West Indies legend Michael Holding has called for Stuart Broad to be banned for failing to walk at a crucial stage of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: After the hurly-burly of the first two days this Test was settling down into something approaching traditional Test cricket when Stuart Broad did that most Australian of things, he edged a catch and did not walk. Also: Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has already held positive contract talks with Arsenal and confirmed his long-term desire to stay at the club rather than move to Paris St Germain... Tottenham Hotspur are set to table an opening bid of £20 million for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke next week.
DAILY EXPRESS: Stuart Broad soured the atmosphere of the Ashes by refusing to walk when he clearly edged a catch to slip at a vital stage of the first Test yesterday. Also: Open champion Ernie Els has criticised Muirfield’s male-only membership policy ahead of his defence at the Scottish course next week.
THE GUARDIAN: England plunged the bucket deep into the well of their spirit to extricate themselves from their perilous position after Ashton Agar’s second-day mugging, to one where, by the close of the third day, they will have nursed more than a glimmer of being able to win this tight, utterly compelling match and would indeed be favourites. Also: Mohamed Al Fayed has brought his colourful 16-year association with Fulham to an end after sanctioning the sale of the Premier League club to the United States-based billionaire Shahid Khan.
DAILY MIRROR: New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to launch a cut-price swoop for Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Also: Michael Holding is calling on the ICC, cricket’s world governing body, to ban England’s Stuart Broad for trampling over the spirit of cricket.
DAILY STAR: Rugby pretty boy Gavin Henson was knocked out cold by a punch from one of his new team-mates. Also: Wayne Rooney still wants to quit Manchester United... Cometh the hour, cometh Ian Bell.
THE INDEPENDENT: At this rate, the world supply of seat edges will shortly be under threat. From first ball to last on Day Three of the First Test of the Ashes twisted and turned excruciatingly on its enthralling path to a denouement which may be unbearable. Also: Any questions about Mark Cavendish’s race condition evaporated today as he claimed the 25th Tour de France stage win of his career in spectacular style - but meanwhile, after race leader Chris Froome lost over a minute to his rivals, the clouds of doubt surrounding Sky’s overall strength are beginning to mushroom.
THE SUN: Jose Mourinho has increased his wooing of Wayne Rooney. Also: Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can mount a serious title bid for the first time in years - and extend his managerial reign in the process.
THE TIMES: Ian Bell has always been known as a batsman with a pure sense of timing, and yesterday he chose a prime moment to make his most significant Ashes contribution in a home Test match. Also:The call crackled through the team radio just as Mark Cavendish and his team swung out of Nouans-les-Fontaines. It was the code word that had been clarified in the technical meeting on the team bus that morning.