What the papers say

  • Last Updated: May 20 2013, 6:52 BST

A look at the stories making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.

Arsene Wenger: Plenty to celebrate on Sunday
Arsene Wenger: Plenty to celebrate on Sunday

THE SUN: Andre Villas-Boas admits Spurs must keep Gareth Bale. Also: Alastair Cook hailed Stuart Broad and James Anderson after they demolished New Zealand.

DAILY MAIL: Arsene Wenger vowed to invest in the summer after Arsenal secured Champions League football for the 16th successive year. Also: Trust Sir Alex Ferguson to bow out as a record breaker.

DAILY MIRROR: It was goodnight from him... and him... and him... and him. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has told Spurs to buy big this summer to prevent a repeat of Tottenham's Champions League heartbreak.

DAILY EXPRESS: Andre Villas-Boas accused referee Andre Marriner of swinging the race for Champions League football Arsenal's way when he denied Spurs a penalty and booked Gareth Bale. Also: England captain Alastair Cook described the spell of new-ball bowling that destroyed New Zealand at Lord's as the best he had ever seen.

DAILY STAR: Laurent Koscielny secured Arsenal's Champions League slot with a dramatic winner at Newcastle. Also: Paolo Di Canio labelled his Sunderland flops the most ignorant and arrogant players he has ever seen.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: After Arsenal claimed the desperately fought-over final Champions League place yesterday, Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas insisted that his club, who agonisingly missed out by a single point, must hold on to Gareth Bale if they were serious about competing with the top four next season. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out in a crazy tickertape blizzard of goals after one of those "football, bloody hell" type of games, the first 5-5 in Premier League history.

THE TIMES: The first Test match of the summer, which had begun at a snail's crawl on Thursday, ended in a flash yesterday, like Usain Bolt in an Olympic final. Also: No longer is Jonny Wilkinson merely the man who won the World Cup for England.

THE GUARDIAN: Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on his "special" players after securing a place in the qualifying round of next season's Champions League but pledged to strengthen his squad in the summer. Also: Andre Villas-Boas has urged the Tottenham board to invest strongly in the squad over the summer to help the club close the gap on the Premier League's top four, which they narrowly failed to make this time out.

THE INDEPENDENT: At the final whistle, Arsene Wenger turned towards his bench with both fists in the air and instinctively hugged the nearest man in an Arsenal jersey, which happened to be Mikel Arteta. Also: Paolo Di Canio launched a ferocious attacked on his Sunderland players last night, saying some of them were worse than "arrogant and ignorant" ones he had at Swindon Town.


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