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Afternoon Report: October 10

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Arsene Wenger has hinted that he could finish his managerial career at Arsenal.

The Frenchman's current contract expires next summer, but he is open to the idea of staying at the Emirates Stadium beyond 2014.

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling believes that a successful season at Old Trafford should result in a place in the England squad for next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 23-year-old, though, must first help England qualify for the tournament by securing two home wins over Montenegro and Poland.

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says it's a pleasure to play under Jose Mourinho.

The Serbia international described Mourinho as a "great motivation" for the Blues - and said he and his teammates push to improve themselves in every game under the Portuguese coach, who returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Yaya Toure has been voted Manchester City's Player of the Month for September by the club's supporters.

The powerful midfielder scored four goals for City in September, including one against local rivals United in the Manchester derby.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has expressed his delight after Aaron Lennon returned to training.

The English winger has missed the last 11 matches with a foot injury, but is expected to be available for Spurs' next match after the international break against Aston Villa.

And finally, reports in Spain suggest that Barcelona coach Tata Martino wants two new signings in January.

It's believed that the Catalan giants are keen to sign a proven, experienced striker - and a young, promising central defender.

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