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Lunchtime report: November 6

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Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal's recent slump in form is due to the fact his players have forgotten how good they are. (Sky Sports)

The Gunners have stumbled over the past few weeks, but will be hoping for a change in fortunes when they take on Schalke in the Champions League tonight.

Sir Alex Ferguson hopes Manchester United can secure Champions League qualification by beating Braga so he can hand Rio Ferdinand more time to rest.

United have won their opening three group games and another victory in Portugal on Wednesday would book a spot in the last 16 of the competition. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata says the club will treat Wednesday night's European clash with Shakhtar Donetsk 'like a final'. (Chelsea.com)

The Blues go into the match knowing a second defeat against the Ukrainian Premier League champions would leave them with a mountain to climb, in their bid to reach the knockout stages.

Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone has admitted the players were furious following their shock home defeat against Wigan. (Sky Sports)

Spurs missed the chance to cement their top-four bid, dropping three crucial points with a 1-0 loss at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

And finally, Mario Balotelli has risked another bust-up with Roberto Mancini after deciding to miss the hectic Yuletide schedule, to be with his new-born child.

The Manchester City striker plans to return to Italy for two weeks, to be with his pregnant girlfriend, who is due to give birth on Christmas Day. (Daily Star)

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