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Andrey Arshavin is not planning to retire, Mladen Petric is set for a new Fulham deal and Hatem Ben Arfa says he's staying at Newcastle.

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Arshavin: Not ready to retire

Arshavin: Not ready to retire

LONDON EVENING STANDARD

Andrey Arshavin insists he is not ready to retire from football but says it is "clear" he will be leaving Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger has branded the standard of refereeing in the Champions League as "disastrous" and has urged UEFA to give referees access to technology.

Clint Dempsey believes Tottenham's season should be deemed a failure if they do not qualify for the Champions League.

Fernando Torres could be unleashed at Wembley after sending Chelsea into the Europa League semi-finals.

Manager Arsene Wenger has warned the best is yet to come from his Arsenal side over the closing weeks of the Premier League campaign.

Harry Redknapp insists he had not given up hope of saving Queens Park Rangers from the drop.

FULHAM CHRONICLE

Fulham boss Martin Jol plans to offer a new contract to striker Mladen Petric.

LIVERPOOL ECHO

Martin Skrtel has thanked Liverpool fans for their support as he battles to regain his place in Brendan Rodgers' side.

Brendan Rodgers has expressed his delight at the progress being made at the Academy ahead of Liverpool's FA Youth Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea at Anfield on Friday night.

Brendan Rodgers has praised Daniel Sturridge for reacting positively to losing his place in the Liverpool side as he brushed off concerns about the striker's dip in form.

Marouane Fellaini says he is rested and raring to go - as he bids to make up for lost time in the fight to live his dream of playing for Everton in the Champions League next season.

NEWCASTLE CHRONICLE

Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed he is "100%" committed to Newcastle United. The French star poured cold water on speculation linking him with a summer move to Liverpool - or anywhere else.

Ben Arfa has declared himself fit and ready to take on the auld enemy Sunderland in Sunday's high noon showdown at St James' Park.

Paolo Di Canio says leading Sunderland to victory in this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby would be the highlight of his managerial career.

THE JOURNAL

Paolo Di Canio has repeated his suggestion that Sunderland's fitness levels can be "mentally and physically" better, and claimed one of his players is not up to the standard he demanded at Swindon.

SUNDERLAND ECHO

Police have banned scores of Sunderland fans from this weekend's derby game with Newcastle United.

Phil Bardsley says Sunderland could not possibly have a better man in their dug-out for Sunday's high-noon Tyne-Wear derby than Paolo Di Canio.

Paolo Di Canio has set a minimum quota of four red and white shirts in the opposition box to reverse Sunderland's lean streak.

BIRMINGHAM MAIL

Paul Lambert has challenged Gabby Agbonlahor to surpass Dwight Yorke's Premier League scoring record for Aston Villa during the survival run-in as a reward for his loyalty.

Birmingham want to take another look at teenage Wolves striker Dominic Dell.

EXPRESS & STAR

Wolves have vowed to go for Huddersfield's throats and sever one of their relegation rivals' life-lines in the crunch Championship showdown at Molineux.

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has shrugged off England's critics and insists the nation's World Cup qualifying is still on course.

THE PINK UN

Chris Hughton has no intention of wasting his time on the Premier League permutations that could decide Norwich's top flight fate.

SOUTH WALES EVENING POST

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup reckons left-back sensation Ben Davies could be a future star in central defence.

Liverpool and Arsenal are both on the trail of Swansea City's Ashley Williams, it has been reported.

THE SENTINEL

Stoke boss Tony Pulis has assured friend and foe alike that his emotions are firmly in check as he approaches what could be the most critical phase of his 21-year managerial career.

YORKSHIRE EVENING POST

Leeds United are hoping to announce Brian McDermott as their new manager on Friday after positive negotiations with the ex-Reading boss.

THE BOLTON NEWS

Bolton have told Marcos Alonso they will not pay more than they can afford to keep him. Dougie Freedman is keen to keep the ever-improving full-back at the club next season amidst heavy interest from Fiorentina, Celtic, Stoke and Swansea.

LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH

The importance of Saturday's home game against Derby has been underlined after a football finance expert warned that salary cap issues would leave Blackburn Rovers 'between a rock and a hard place' if they dropped into League One.

THE STAR

Chris Morgan has vowed to ensure Bramall Lane becomes the most intimidating ground in League One after being officially unveiled as Sheffield United's new manager.

EVENING TIMES

Celtic's Kris Commons will continue to endure several hours of ice treatment daily to ensure he is fit to play in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final.

Rangers fans chief John Macmillan has urged Ibrox supremo Charles Green to think before he speaks after a series of controversial outbursts in recent weeks.

THE SCOTSMAN

Chief executive Charles Green has come under renewed pressure after Rangers' shirt sponsor Tennent's lodged a complaint with the club following allegations of racist remarks made by the club's owner.

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