Lunchtime Report: December 10

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Sir Alex Ferguson says he was always confident of signing Robin van Persie from Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

Van Persie was signed by Manchester United for £24 million in August, and scored his 14 goal for the club in Sunday's win over Manchester City.

Fernando Torres says the arrival of Rafael Benitez at Chelsea has helped him find his form again.

Torres scored twice in Saturday's 3-1 defeat of Sunderland to end a drought of more than 12 hours without a goal.

Mikel Arteta has thanked the Arsenal crowd for helping the team to victory over West Brom at the weekend.

The Gunners won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium courtesy of two penalties from Arteta, and the Spaniard has praised the fans for their impact.

Andre Villas-Boas believes Tottenham would be top of the Premier League if they were able to stop conceding late goals.

Spurs lost 2-1 against Everton on Sunday, despite leading the game going into stoppage time.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has warned Mario Balotelli he is in danger of throwing his career away.

Balotelli was hauled off by Mancini in the Manchester derby after an ineffective display.

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