Wenger bristles at Van Persie talk
Arsene Wenger reacted angrily to queries about Robin van Persie's future following Arsenal's 2-0 friendly defeat by Manchester City in Beijing yesterday, insisting the Gunners had received no offers for their transfer-seeking captain, WRITES MARK OGDEN.
After seeing his team lose to City at the Bird's Nest Stadium, Wenger insisted: "The Van Persie case doesn't cross my mind. We have had no offers."
When asked to clarify the Van Persie situation after well-informed sources had claimed last week that City, United and Juventus had all lodged bids for the forward, the usually calm Wenger snapped: "I have talked about that. I am not talking about that question any more. Do you understand?"
City won the match courtesy of goals from Pablo Zabaleta and Yaya Toure in the last five minutes of the first half.
Toure is set to miss a month of the new season as he will represent Ivory Coast at next January's African Cup of Nations in South Africa. (© Daily Telegraph, London)
Dunne still pondering international future
RICHARD DUNNE is still considering his international future in the wake of Ireland's disastrous Euro 2012 campaign.
Dunne, who has asked new Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert for advice, is likely to make his decision before the start of the news season.
Speaking to RTE Sport, Dunne admitted he was thinking of retirement.
World Cup ref Taylor (82) dies
English referee Jack Taylor, who awarded the first penalty in a World Cup final, has died aged 82.
Taylor officiated in more than 1,000 league matches and over 100 internationals in a career spanning more than 30 years. He earned a lasting place in the history books following the 1974 World Cup final between West Germany and the Netherlands in Munich.
After only a minute of the game, and before a German player had touched the ball, he awarded the Dutch a penalty, ruling that Uli Hoeness had fouled Johan Cruyff. Johan Neeskens scored from the spot to give the Dutch the lead. Taylor awarded a second penalty 25 minutes later, this time to the Germans, who equalised and went on to win the game 2-1.
Sligo striker North ruled out for season
SLIGO ROVERS' title ambitions have been rocked by the news that Danny North is out for the season.
The English striker, who signed a new deal with the club last week, was taken off during Thursday's Europa League second qualifying round second leg clash with Slovakians Spartak Trnava and a scan yesterday revealed that he had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and will not feature again in this campaign as Sligo bid to win the title for the first time.