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29/04/2009 08:54

Papers: Gunning for glory

Young Gunners can deliver
For a club of Arsenal's elevated stature and wonderful history, the Gunners have underachieved in the Champions League. The withering assessment of Arsène Wenger's 13 years chasing European football's glittering prize came not from someone from the Manchester United camp, trying to stir up ill feeling before tonight's Champions League semi-final first leg, but from the Arsenal manger himself… Yet Wenger believes his talented young team have the ability, the belief and the mental strength to [lift the trophy] this year. He will send his side out at Old Trafford this evening with the message that this is their chance to seize the initiative and make history. "This is the moment we've waited for and this is the moment we want to show we have what's needed to win," Wenger said. "It's a gap [in our history] and that is why we are very, very determined to wipe that out. I believe since we have been consistent and very close, every year we are nearly there. Let's continue like that and I am confident we will make it."
Mark Fleming, The Independent

Elsewhere, there’s blanket coverage of tonight’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Old Trafford. The Guardian claims Sir Alex is “torn on his tactical approach” to the game, but claims he may “unleash his most destructive attacking force” on Arsenal.

Away from tonight’s match, The Sun report former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich is holding talks with Swindon Town about a return to English football, aged 37.

The same paper reports another ex-Red, Mark Robins, is favourite to take over at Oldham when Joe Royle calls it a day this weekend.

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