Football

Afternoon Report: April 24

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain thinks Arsenal will be leading the pack of challengers for Manchester United's Premier League crown next season. The England winger says the Gunners are up there with the best in Europe and a few improvements could make them realistic title rivals.

Manchester United will celebrate their latest Premier League triumph with an open-top bus parade through the city next month. United will be presented with the trophy after their final home game of the season against Swansea and will parade on Monday May 13th.

Chelsea will take Juventus in front of a FIFA panel this week as part of their bid to claim millions of pounds in compensation for former striker Adrian Mutu. The Blues have been trying to reclaim the £15.8m fee they paid after the Romanian was sacked for testing positive for cocaine in 2004.

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has joined Manchester City's coaching staff for a one week training programme. The Black Stars head coach will share ideas and tactics as part of a cooperation agreement between the Ghana Football Association and Manchester City.

Xavi has admitted Tuesday's defeat to Bayern Munich was the club's worst ever result. The Barcelona midfielder conceded qualification for the final is now almost impossible after the 4-0 loss at the Allianz Arena.

Andre Villas-Boas has paid tribute to Spurs striker Jermain Defoe after his game-changing cameo against Manchester City on Sunday. The Tottenham forward's strike takes him to 133 goals and puts him joint seventh on the club's all-time scoring chart.

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