What today’s papers are saying: Saturday, August 10, 2013.
DAILY MIRROR: Luis Suarez began rebuilding his reputation with Liverpool fans yesterday, signing autographs for youngsters outside the club’s training-ground gates.
THE SUN: Arsenal have been handed a massive Champions League boost - despite a tough play-off draw against Fenerbahce. Also: Wayne Rooney’s future was thrown into even more doubt last night as he remained an Old Trafford outcast.
DAILY MAIL: England self-destructed in the fourth Investec Test yesterday as they collapsed at the hands of the world’s ninth-best spinner. ALSO: Arsene Wenger insists he has not given up on signing Luis Suarez, despite Liverpool owner John W Henry’s refusal to sell his star striker to Arsenal.
DAILY EXPRESS: Wayne Rooney took a thinly disguised dig at David Moyes last night, as his deteriorating relationship with Manchester United threatened to hit rock-bottom. Also: Luis Suarez has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Celtic in Dublin as manager Brendan Rodgers continues to banish him to the periphery.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The first time Australia played at Chester-le-Street in a one-day match they were spooked by the ghosts of nearby Lumley Castle, where they stayed. Yesterday, in the first Ashes Test at the ground, England looked the more haunted side, frightened it seemed to play even the occasional shot in anger. ALSO: Wayne Rooney has declared himself available for England’s match against Scotland on Wednesday, with Chelsea now also facing renewed interest from Arsenal in their bid to sign the unsettled Manchester United striker.
THE TIMES: The locals probably wondered what all the fuss was about. This was the biggest match in Durham’s history, their Ashes Test, but for the first half of the day there was an absence of blood and thunder, just the grim spectacle of out of touch batsmen struggling to find form, and a diet of right-arm fast-medium bowlers nagging away expectantly. ALSO: Arsenal have been handed one of the toughest ties of the Champions League play-off round.
THE GUARDIAN: Patience was the great virtue for Australia on the first day. Aside from a brief cameo from Kevin Pietersen, who did his utmost to break the shackles, and a little freedom from Jonathan Trott, Australia’s bowlers pinned England down and suffocated them. By the close of play it was Michael Clarke’s side who sat the happier although England will have the chance to come back strongly with the ball. ALSO: David Moyes is considering a bid for Luka Modric now that Manchester United’s pursuit of Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas appears over.
THE INDEPENDENT: It is as well that England have already retained the Ashes. On the evidence of recent days they could well be handing them back shortly wrapped in fancy paper and ribbon. ALSO: In the opinion of the esteemed distance running coach Renato Canova, Mo Farah’s rivals have just one hope of beating him.