Lunchtime Report: November 9

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Fulham manager Martin Jol has told Arsenal fans not to expect their club to be winning trophies every season.

The Dutchman admitted seven years was a long time, but claimed Wenger was doing a remarkable job to keep the Gunners even this close to their rivals.

Jermain Defoe helped get Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League challenge off the ground by scoring a hat-trick on Thursday night.

Spurs had drawn all three of their group games prior to the victory over NK Maribor and now lie second in Group J.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar has labelled the Stamford Bridge side the ‘Blue Brazil’ after adapting to their new style so easily.

The Brazil international claimed the football being played by the likes of Eden Hazard and Juan Mata had made his acclimatisation to the Premier League much smoother than he first imagined.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich thinks the signing of Robin van Persie will take Sir Alex Ferguson’s side to the Premier League title.

He also believes United have a very good chance of European glory if they make some minor improvements in defence.

Key Manchester City playmaker David Silva could be set to make his return from injury against Spurs on Sunday.

The Spaniard returned to full training this week after a hamstring problem kept him out since the last international break. Manager Roberto Mancini said he could be ready to play for half an hour.

Finally, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended his team selection after an inexperienced side went down 1-0 to Russians Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The northern Irishman claimed it was disrespectful to the players who had travelled to question the wisdom of leaving Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez at home.

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