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Lunchtime report: January 16

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Arsene Wenger claims Arsenal are ready to spend big, now financial restrictions from the club's Emirates Stadium move start to ease. (Sky Sports)

The Gunners boss has been the subject of criticism for failing to win a trophy since 2005 - and although Wenger says money is there to strengthen, he stressed the nucleus of the team must remain in place.

Rafa Benitez has taken a sly dig at the Chelsea fans who are making his life hell, insisting that the club's real supporters want him to succeed. (Daily Mail)

Large sections of home fans at Stamford Bridge have been vocal in their objection to the club's decision to sack Roberto di Matteo, and have vented their frustration at the interim manager.

Vincent Kompany has successfully appealed his sending-off against Arsenal at the weekend. (FA.com)

The Manchester City captain was facing a three-match suspension after being shown a straight red card following a two-footed tackle on Jack Wilshere.

But, the Football Association have overturned the decision after an appeal was lodged by Roberto Mancini, and Kompany will now be available for Saturday's home game against Fulham.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand will put sentiment to one side when his team take on West Ham, in their FA Cup third round replay at Old Trafford tonight. (Sky Sports)

Though it's 12 years since Ferdinand left Upton Park, first for Leeds, then Manchester United, the 34-year-old still has strong feelings for the club - but that won't quench his thirst for a place in the next round.

Tottenham have confirmed that Robbie Keane will train with the Premier League club for the next two weeks. (Sky Sports)

The former Spurs striker enjoyed two spells at White Hart Lane - totalling eight years - before moving to LA Galaxy in the MLS two years ago.

And finally, Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has praised the impact of Pep Guardiola, saying that his players are still benefitting from their old coach's influence. (Sky Sports)

At the halfway stage of the La Liga campaign, Barca have amassed and incredible 55 points out of a possible 57 - and hold an 18-point advantage over rivals Real Madrid.

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