Arsene Wenger has spoken out for the first time since the Robin van Persie outburst and insists that Arsenal are ambitious, although concedes that the club will continue to operate within its means. The French manager says that the 15 consecutive years in the Champions League has highlighted their level of consistency within the Premier League and has reiterated that Arsenal remain committed to winning trophies, as Europe is not the only priority.
Elsewhere in the news Manchester United suffer injury blow as Chris Smalling breaks his metatarsal; Michael Laudrup has suggested he would not force Joe Allen to stay at Swansea City, while Everton close in on Steven Pienaar.
Chris Smalling faces up to 10 weeks on the sidelines after having an operation to fix his broken metatarsal – [Guardian]
Luka Modric is likely to face disciplinary action after going awol, ahead of Spurs’ trip to the US – [Daily Mail]
David Moyes has revealed that Everton are close to securing a £5m deal to bring Steven Pienaar back to Goodison on a permanent basis – [Daily Mail]
Manchester United remains confident of landing Robin van Persie but must meet the £10m difference in the club’s valuation – [Daily Telegraph]
Liverpool consider offering Charlie Adam to Fulham in order to tempt them to part with Clint Dempsey – [Daily Mail]
Daniel Sturridge is indebted to Stuart Pearce for keeping his Olympic dream alive as he looks to battle back from his illness – [Daily Telegraph]
Aaron Ramsey believes he has more to offer club and country – [Daily Mail]
The FA are looking at redrawing their specifications to help convince the West Brom technical director to take the role, in light of Southgate’s decision to quit on Friday – [Mirror]
Vincent Kompany is set to give Manchester City a huge boost by committing to a long term deal at the Etihad Stadium – [Sun]
Chelsea had an impromptu training session on the tarmac at the airport after their plane was delayed in Seattle – [Sun]
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