What the papers say
A look at what is making the back-page headlines in today's national newspapers.
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DAILY MAIL: Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was last night locked in negotiations to finalise Gareth Bale's world record £94million transfer to Real Madrid. Also: Jose Mourinho tore into Paul Lambert last night at Stamford bridge and accused Aston Villa's manager of whingeing, lacking managerial maturity and deploying long-ball tactics.
THE SUN: Arsene Wenger's worst nightmare came true last night as he was handed another £25million to spend. Also: Nasser Hussain fears that Stuart Broad could be attacked in Australia this winter.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Shane Watson could barely contain his glee at the prospect of again facing Simon Kerrigan, who was on Wednesday night being comforted by his team-mates after one of the most bruising debuts in recent Ashes history. Also: The World Anti-Doping Agency last night night warned Jamaica it risked expulsion from the next Olympics and other major competitions if it failed to address failings highlighted by former senior employee.
THE TIMES: England were rallying around Simon Kerrigan last night after the most chastening Ashes debut in recent memory left him the subject of laughter from Shane Watson. Also: For Arsene Wenger, the silence was golden. Three times it came over the course of a deeply satisfying evening and, with qualification for the Champions League group stage all but secured for a 16th consecutive season, the Arsenal manager must hope that the angry noise of the previous days is quietened a little.
THE INDEPENDENT: Arsenal dispelled the sense of crisis that had developed around them this week with an emphatic victory over Fenerbahce in the first leg of a potentially tricky Champions League play-off. Also: Jimmy Anderson told the Australia coach, Darren Lehmann, that he was wasting his time trying to unsettle strike partner Stuart Broad before the Ashes return this winter.
DAILY MIRROR: Arsene Wenger has turned his attention to Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema in his search for a top striker. Also: Muddled England missed the chance to take revenge for Aussie coach Darren Lehmann branding Stuart Broad a "blatant" cheat.
DAILY STAR: Branislav Ivanovic earned Chelsea three points last night minutes after he could have been sent off. Also: Shane Watson last night backed up claims that Stuart Broad is a cheat who should be taunted by Australian fans this winter.
THE GUARDIAN: Shane Watson was unable to hide Australia's glee at a rare selection gamble by England that backfired horribly on the first day of the fifth Ashes Test. Also: Arsene Wenger had hoped for a sanctuary amid the mayhem at this bear-pit of an arena, a dose of "real football" rather than wearying talk of crisis and the lack of summer signings. The Arsenal manager also expressed the belief that the world would see the quality of his existing players, as the team pushed to advance through the Champions League play-off and reach the group phase of the competition for the 16th consecutive season.
DAILY EXPRESS: Arsenal eased the pressure on manager Arsene Wenger with victory in the Champions League qualifier away at Fenerbahce last night. Also: Jimmy Anderson defended England's decision to gamble on two debutants at The Oval, insisting they will bounce back after a nightmare start to their Test careers.