From the Back Pages, June 6: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hopeful of World Cup spot despite two weeks out

From the back pages
From the back pages

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is optimistic he will be able to accompany England to the World Cup finals after scans on the Arsenal midfielder’s right knee suggested he has not torn the ligaments and will ruled out for only two weeks. (The Guardian)

Arsenal have reportedly informed Barcelona that they will not be taking them up on their buy-back option on former captain Cesc Fabregas this summer. (The Independent)

Real Madrid will trigger the latest saga in Luis Suarez’s colourful career by bidding around £76million for the Liverpool striker. (Daily Mail)

ARSENAL defender Laurent Koscielny believes Arsene Wenger needs to sign four more plays in the summer to compete for the Premier League title next season. (The Express)

The Uefa president Michel Platini has called for the vote on where to hold the 2022 World Cup to be rerun if corruption is found. (Telegraph)

Sam Robson will form a new opening partnership with Alastair Cook and Matt Prior will return as wicketkeeper after England announced a squad for the first Test that navigates a course between conservatism and adventure. (The Times)

Jenson Button said “this is my life” as he insisted he will be in Formula 1 in 2015. The 34-year-old is the second oldest racer on the grid after Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and in his 15th season in the sport. ()