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Afternoon Report: August 30

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is refusing to panic over his side's lack of activity in the summer transfer market.

Signing a striker remains the number one priority after the Gunners were left with just two recognised strikers in Olivier Giroud and free signing Yaya Sanogo after Lukas Podolski was ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury.

Jose Mourinho is confident his Chelsea team can match European champions Bayern Munich in Friday night's UEFA Super Cup clash - but refused to fan the flames of his rivalry with Pep Guardiola.

The pair were fierce competitors in La Liga as respective head coaches of Barcelona and Real Madrid but the Spaniard came out on top, Mourinho winning just three times in 15 games.

Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is ready to commit his long-term future to the Etihad Stadium side and sign a new contract.

The England international is in the final year of his present deal and his future has been the subject of speculation.

Ashley Young is relishing the challenge of playing in the cauldron of Anfield when Manchester United take on Liverpool on Sunday.

Liverpool will go into the clash high on confidence after winning their opening two Premier League fixtures, and passions are bound to be heightened ahead of Sunday's high-profile encounter.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas admits he is in the dark regarding the continuing Gareth Bale transfer saga.

Bale's protracted move to Real Madrid has dominated the headlines all summer despite little progress on any deal.

And finally, Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes has said he is happy with his side's start to the campaign, despite the fact the Catalans haven't shone in any of their past three games.

Valdes was the hero as Barca lifted a record 11th Spanish Super Cup on away goals following a 1-1 aggregate draw with Atletico Madrid, after making a string of fine saves.

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