LITESPORT PROUD dad Wayne Rooney showed off pictures of baby son Kai to his Manchester United team-mates but could not mark the birth with a goal in this thriller against CSKA Moscow. United were facing their first home defeat in 23 Champions League games after finding themselves two goals down to the Russians early in the second half. Rooney was then introduced and changed the game. Paul Scholes pulled a goal back in the 84th minute and United secured a vital point when Valencias shot took a wicked deflection to wrong- foot superb goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: Wayne hadnt had much sleep. I would have preferred to leave him on the bench. He is such a good player and is always capable of scoring. Champions League semi-final against Manchester United. And the player himself admits he still hasalotof worktodotocementacareer at Arsenal, let alone force his way past Wayne Bridge, who is currently Coles understudy at international level. Speakingaheadof Saturdayscrushing north London derby win, Gibbs said: England is in my mind somewhere, but we have a long season yet. At the moment I dont really deserve to get a World Cup call because I have nowhere near the experience that a lot of the players do, and Ive a great deal to prove yet. Ive played a few games for Arsenal but still have a lot of work to do to earn a place -- I dont want to be called up because of someone elses disappoint- ment, I want to be selected because Im deserving of it. Certainly, the next few months will go a long way to determining where Gibbs will spend next summer. 38 Wednesday, 4 November 2009 London Lite ARSENESROCK ARSENAL vAZ ALKMAARARSENAL REFEREE ALAIN HARNER (LUX) POSSIBLE LINE-UPS ARSENAL 4-1-2-3 AZ ALKMAAR 4-4-1-1 Pelle Holman Poulsen JaliensRomero SchaarsSchaars Moisander Martens Dembele Moreno Jaliens Inbrief Munich set for Good Bayern PORTO and Bordeaux joined Manchester United and Chelsea in the Champions League last 16 with two games to spare last night. But Bayern Munich are in danger of missing out after they were beaten 2-0 at home by Bordeaux. AC Milan and Real Madrid, who have won the competition on seven and nine occasions respectively, shared a 1-1 draw in Group C, leaving both teams a point ahead of Marseille. Walt Disney want to lose UNIREA midfielder Serban Varga has branded tonights Champions League clash with Rangers a life or death match. Walter Smiths men are well aware that they must avoid defeat at all costs to have any hope of resurrecting their campaign. Varga said: This is a life or death match especially for Rangers as this is their last chance to qualify from the group stages. Stanley milk the applause ACCRINGTON STANLEYS future has been assured after they paid off a 308,000 tax bill. League Two side Stanley, who reformed in 1968 and regained their league place in 2006, are known internationally because of their unusual name, which was used in a 1980s TV ad for milk that has since been downloaded more than half a million times on the Internet. Southend apier to have lifeline SOUTHEND have been granted a stay of execution in the High Court today after they vowed to clear their 2.135m tax debt by Friday. The League One side face the prospect of being placed into administration and a winding-up order due to their debt to HM Revenue and Customs, but the case has been adjourned after Mr Justice Warren was informed the club had offered to pay up by Friday. Clichy blow opens door for Kieran to stake his England bid ARSENE WENGER will present Kieran Gibbsastheperfectanswertothosewho doubtthedepthof Arsenalsstrengthin depth this evening. TheGunnershostAZAlkmaarlooking to book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League for the eighth year in succession. WengerwillbewithoutGaelClichyfor uptotwo monthsafterascanonMonday revealedtheFrancedefenderhasastress fracture of the lower back. Wenger admits the loss of a player coveted by Real Madrid is a blow, but is confident 20-year-old Gibbs is ready to step off his famous left-back production line, which also helped launch the careers of Sylvinho, Ashley Cole and Armand Traore. Wenger said: It is a big blow to be without Gael. He had a problem last seasonbutitwasontheothersideof his vertebrae. Now suddenly there is a huge stress on Gibbs to play in every game. Capello and England will be happy becausetheywanthimtoplayof course, but it is still a blow for us to lose Clichy. I have no doubt about the quality of Gibbs, and I have said that many times. LiteSportcontroversiallytippedGibbs, who was picked up by Arsenal when Wimbledondisbandedin2004,tobepart of Capellos World Cup squad next summer. Gibbs has since impressed in the 3-1 Premier League win over Birmingham, and kept Dirk Kuyt quiet in the Carling Cup win over Liverpool last week, in front of the England boss. There are doubts over his physical strength and concentration -- witness the fatal mistake which allowed Ji-Sung Park to open the scoring in last seasons BY JAMES GOLDMAN GROUP B P W D L F A PTS MAN UTD Q 4 3 1 0 7 4 10 WOLFSBG 4 2 1 1 7 3 7 CSKA 4 1 1 2 6 8 4 BESIKTAS 4 0 1 3 1 6 1 Deadly Drogba demands better from Blues Live onSkySports Extra,from7.30pm (KO: 7.45pm) MAN UTD ............ 3 CSKA MOSCOW... 3 Didier do well: Drogba and Ancelotti DIDIER DROGBA has told Chelsea we must do better before Sundays top-two tussle against Manchester United. The Ivory Coast striker scored two superb goals in his first Champions League game of the season at Atletico Madrid last night -- but Chelsea had to settle for a 2-2 draw. Although a point was enough to secure qualification from Group D, Drogba was worried by his sides sloppy display. Premier League leaders Chelsea boast a two-point lead over United and Drogba said: It is really important for us to beat United at home. We have to improve and show different qualities and be better than we were in Madrid. This was far from a good performance, we were not good enough to win. I think we were thinking about Sunday. For their equaliser we could have done better with the wall and maybe avoided the free-kick. Its frustrating to concede a goal like this after the efforts we produced. Drogba, who missed the first three games in Europe through suspension, is full of confidence after scoring 12 times in his last 13 starts. He said: I think this is my best period for Chelsea. GROUP D P W D L F A PTS CHELSEA Q 4 3 1 0 8 2 10 FC PORTO Q 4 3 0 1 5 2 9 A MADRID 4 0 2 2 2 8 2 APOEL NIC 4 0 1 3 1 4 1 AT MADRID ......... 2 CHELSEA............. 2 GROUP H P W D L F A PTS ARSENAL 3 2 1 0 6 3 7 OLYMPIAKOS 3 2 0 1 3 3 6 ALKMAAR 3 0 2 1 2 3 2 STD LIEGE 3 0 1 2 4 6 1 A nudge in the Gibbs: Arsenals young left-back will be hopeful of impressing Fabio Capello over the next few months KEY MEN KIERAN GIBBS ARSENAL THE last Englishman to establish himself as Arsenals first choice left-back isnt exactly remembered fondly by the fans who once worshipped him. Thankfully, Gibbs recent comments relating to his chances of playing for England suggest he has a wise head on young shoulders -- unlike the husband of a certain scantily clad Geordie pop star. DAVID MENDEZ DA SILVA AZ The 27-year-old was the scourge of Arsenal when the sides met in Holland after his superbly struck late equaliser denied the Gunners victory. Mendes da Silva is a tough- tackling defensive midfielder by trade but draws comparisons with Abou Diaby given he is a tall and skilful player. Mendes da Silva Mendes AlmuniaSagna Gibbs VermaelenGallas Diaby Almunia Arshavin Fabregas Song Van PersieEboue index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html