From the back pages, February 19: Arsenal boss close to meltdown

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Arsene Wengerwas close to meltdown as he hit out on the eve of his side’s crunch clash with Bayern Munich. The under-fire Arsenal boss lost his cool at the press conference ahead of the Champions League last-16 tie. (Daily Star)

Paolo Di Canio last night quit as Swindon boss. The Italian ended his 21-month County Ground reign after a proposed takeover stalled. Di Canio, 44, guided the Robins from League Two to the brink of the Championship. (Sun)

Tickets for the upcoming Lions rugby union Test series in Australia were sold out in just 15 minutes. If the Lions are an endangered species someone forgot to tell the Australian public. (Daily Mirror)

Boxer James DeGale has pleaded with Carl Froch to fight him before hanging up his gloves next year. Super-middleweight DeGale defends his WBC Silver title against Argentine Pablo Farias, 25, at Bluewater’s Glow arena on March 23. And the Beijing Olympic gold medallist is hoping Froch does not emulate Joe Calzaghe by walking away before agreeing to a blockbuster domestic dust-up. (Sun)