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What the papers say: Arsene Wenger believes player cap will ruin the game

With only two Premier League games today, some of the newspapers are doing as we did at Arsenal Pies on Thursday by lamenting the passing of the traditional 3pm Saturday kick-off. Others have focussed on Arsene Wenger's reaction to Sepp Blatter's proposal to impose a limit on foreign players.

Here’s what some of the main dailies are saying:

The Guardian - Blatter's foreign quota plan would kill Premier League, warns Wenger
A law that forced English clubs to field more English players would wreck the Premier League, Arsene Wenger warned yesterday. The Arsenal manager was reacting to news that the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, intends lobbying the European Union to ensure clubs are permitted to field a maximum of five foreign players.

The Mirror - Wenger fury at foreign quota
Arsene Wenger last night claimed that FIFA president Sepp Blatter's plan to kick foreigners out of the English game would kill the Premier League. The Arsenal boss reacted furiously to Blatter's suggestion that clubs should be limited to five foreigners in their starting XI to allow home-grown talent to flourish.

The Independent - Keane pays tribute to Arsenal and Wenger
With eyes glinting and that devil-smirk occasionally breaking through, Roy Keane yesterday mixed excitement about leading Sunderland to Arsenal tomorrow with talk of English football "losing its soul".

The Telegraph - Arsene Wenger critical of Sepp Blatter plan
Arsene Wenger claims that Sepp Blatter's plan to impose a quota of English players in Premier League teams will damage what he describes as 'the best league in the world'.

The Times - Roy Keane echoes Arsene Wenger with lament on the loss of game's ‘soul’
Even now, Roy Keane salivates at the memory of Manchester United’s rivalry with Arsenal - “I would give anything to be playing in one of those games again,” he mused yesterday – but as the Irishman prepares to renew acquaintances with Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, he fears that such passion has a sepia tint. Football, he believes, “has lost its soul”.

The Daily Mail - Petit reveals key to Wenger touch of class
The reasons behind Arsene Wenger's incredible success have kept the conspiracy theorists guessing for the past decade. Emmanuel Petit believes Le Gaffer’s secret is his simplicity.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on October 6, 2007 9:58 AM in News
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