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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger claims Mesut Ozil is finally over the mental torture of his nightmare penalty miss against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Wenger feels his record signing is now fully focused once more, as he prepares to head out for Wednesday night's second leg clash at the Allianz Arena.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists domestic rivals Manchester City and Arsenal are still very much in with a chance of progressing to the Champions League quarter-finals.

Arsenal lost 2-0 in their last 16 tie at home to the holders while Manchester City lost by the same scoreline at home to Barcelona.

Manuel Pellegrini could not contain his anger at the way in Manchester City began their FA Cup quarter-final tie against Wigan on Sunday, branding it the worst half they've had this year.

Goals from Jordi Gomez and James Perch were enough for the Latics to upset City for the second time in successive seasons in the competition, and set up a semi-final clash with Arsenal.

Manchester United manager David Moyes is backing Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to be England's first-choice centre-back pairing for many years to come.

Smalling and Jones started together at centre-back for the first time in three years in the Premier League, and helped keep a clean sheet as the champions beat West Brom 3-0 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

Tim Sherwood has claimed the 'silence is deafening' regarding his long-term Tottenham Hotspur future, but has insisted he does not want to become an assistant manager.

Sherwood took charge at White Hart Lane in December following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, and was handed a contract until the end of next season. But, there have been constant rumours that he'll be replaced in the summer.

And finally, Gareth Bale insists treble-chasing Real Madrid are not getting carried away despite taking a firm grip on the Spanish title race over the weekend.

With Barcelona losing to lowly Valladolid on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti's side put a four-point buffer between themselves and the reigning champions after a convincing 3-0 victory over Levante on Sunday.

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