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Evening report: January 31

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted his side's defensive problems were once again exposed in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Wednesday night. (Sky Sports)

The Gunners slipped 2-0 behind at the Emirates Stadium after goals from Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson, although they rescued a point thanks to quick-fire strikes by Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

Chelsea's interim boss Rafa Benitez was unhappy his players switched off to allow Reading to snatch a 2-2 draw in their Premier League clash at the Madejski Stadium. (Sky Sports)

The Blues looked in control of the contest courtesy of goals either side of half-time from Juan Mata and Frank Lampard, but Adam Le Fondre's nine-minute brace snatched an unlikely point for the Royals.

Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra insists the arrival of Alexander Buttner has spurred him on. (Inside United)

The 23-year-old Buttner was taken to Old Trafford over the summer to provide competition for Evra - but the veteran Frenchman has upped his game to hang on to the starting role.

Andre Villas-Boas believes Gareth Bale could have broken his ankle following a challenge by Alexander Tettey in Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw with Norwich City. (Sky Sports)

Bale scored a superb equaliser at Carrow Road to rescue a point for Spurs, but AVB says he was fortunate to avoid serious injury after Tettey's attempted tackle on the halfway line.

Roberto Mancini will give young Swedish striker John Guidetti a chance to establish himself in the Manchester City first-team, after Mario Balotelli sealed his switch to AC Milan. (Manchester Evening News)

However, the 20-year-old must prove his fitness as he continues his rehabilitation from a nine-month injury lay-off.

And finally, Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas lamented his sides profligacy as they drew 1-1 with rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final last night. (Soccerway)

The former Arsenal star feels Barca could have added to their tally, but refused to be drawn into commenting on who were now favourites to secure a place in the final, with the return leg set to be played at Camp Nou on the 26th February.

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