Paper News and Gossip: Wenger to Stay at Arsenal, Cole Sadness at Chelsea
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will stay at the club for next season, according to the newspapers on Monday morning.
The Gunners boss oversaw a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion as he guided the club into a 17th successive Champions League campaign.
Now Wenger says he will be carrying on at the Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the current season.
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole was left in tears as he joined the lap of honour following the final home game of the season, note Monday's papers.
The tears could be indicative of a departure from Stamford Bridge for Cole, according to reports.
But who else is making the headlines on Monday? Read on to find out more.
Arsene Wenger Says He Will Sign New Arsenal Deal as Loic Remy Linked with Club
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has promised he will sign a new contract at the club, reports John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners boss oversaw another top-four finish in the Premier League following the win over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, and he will now extend his stay at the club.
Wenger is quoted as telling journalists after the game:
Look at me. You will see me again.
I told you many times my word is my word and I’m from a period where you didn't need a pen to commit.
Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy was seen in the Emirates Stadium stands on Sunday, reinforcing transfer speculation over a move to Arsenal, as Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star reported.
But Wenger joked:
I have just been informed Loic Remy was here, I honestly did not know.
I hope he paid for his ticket!
Ashley Cole Tears Hint at Chelsea Exit, as Jose Mourinho Rages at Players
Ashley Cole was reduced to tears during the Chelsea team's lap of honour after the final home game of the season, reports Sam Wallace of The Independent.
The England international's contract will come to an end after the game at Cardiff City next Sunday, and the report claims Cole's upset is an indication that he will be leaving Stamford Bridge in the summer.
However, Rob Beasley of The Sun (subscription required) reports that manager Jose Mourinho believes Cole will stay at the club, along with Frank Lampard and John Terry, who are also out of contract in the summer.
Mourinho is quoted as saying:
They are talking with the club on their futures.
I think they will be here next season.
Meanwhile, Mourinho raged at his players, notably Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah, at half-time during the 0-0 draw with Norwich on Sunday, report Neil Ashton and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.
Anthony Chapman of the Daily Express claims that Chelsea will launch a £57 million transfer bid for Diego Costa and Mario Mandzukic in the summer.
Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Turns Heat Up on Manchester City
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has turned the pressure on Manchester City in the Premier League title race, reports Chris McKenna of the Daily Star.
City are in pole position for the title after their win at Everton on Saturday, but the Reds will line up at Crystal Palace on Monday knowing that a win will put further pressure on Manuel Pellegrini's team.
City have two home games, against Aston Villa and West Ham United to finish their campaign, and Rodgers is quoted as saying:
It is a tough ask for City.
No matter how it works, at this stage of the season to play three games that really, really matter is a real, real tough ask at this stage of the season.
Manchester City need to win all their games which means they will have won five games in a row and they have only done that once this season in the league.
It will be a wee bit new for them as well. It is certainly not over by a long way.
Manchester United's Way Back to Top Depends on Transfers, Says Ryan Giggs
Interim manager Ryan Giggs believes Manchester United's route back to the top lies with their transfer policy in the summer, reports David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.
United's mini-revival under Giggs came to a spluttering end with a home defeat to Sunderland on Saturday.
But the Old Trafford legend claims a busy transfer window will help to define United next season.
Giggs is quoted as saying:
It’s a big summer.
Obviously it’s not been a great season, so for us to get back up there we need to improve, whether that be young players getting better or players who haven’t had experience getting better.
Obviously players are going to come in. And at United you obviously need that bit of quality that we didn't show today but I still maintain there’s quality in the dressing room.
England Striker Wayne Rooney Allays World Cup Fears by Proving Fitness
The England international sparked concern over his participation in Brazil when he missed the defeat to Sunderland with a groin problem.
But the article claims Rooney could return in the Premier League game against Hull City on Tuesday.
Manchester United interim boss Ryan Giggs is quoted as saying:
There's no big concern over Wayne.
We left him out as a precaution, and we hope he will be available again for Tuesday.
Alleged Racist Incident Mars La Liga Title Run-in for Second Time in a Week
Levante midfielder Pape Diop claims he was the target for racist gestures during the win over La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, reports John Drayton of the Daily Mail.
Just one week after a banana was thrown at Barcelona defender Dani Alves, some Atletico fans made monkey gestures at Diop, claims the article.
Diop is quoted as saying:
They called me monkey and I turned and imitated a monkey. I'm tired of racism in football. And there's a lot.
I did the monkey dance to highlight the matter. I wanted people to know what happened.
I do not know if it's racist or disrespectful, but they have to stop the monkey noises made by some people.
Juventus Celebrate Third Successive Italian Title After Roma Beaten at Catania
Juventus are celebrating their third successive Serie A title without even playing, reports the Daily Mail.
Roma's shock 4-1 defeat at struggling Catania gifted the Scudetto to the Turin giants, prompting scenes of delight among the fans and the players at their hotel before the game against Atalanta on Monday night.
The title is Juventus' 30th official championship triumph, and head coach Antonio Conte has now won the trophy for the third time at the club.