Lunchtime report: December 19

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Arsenal have held "peace talks" with Theo Walcott over a new contract, and will tie up deals for British trio Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs. (Daily Mirror)

All three are believed to have agreed extensions with the Gunners, while Jack Wilshere has also admitted he will sign a new bumper five-year deal.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the dressing room secrets that have kept him at the top of the game for over a quarter of a century. (Daily Mirror)

In an astonishing insight into Ferguson's managerial philosophy and psychology, the Old Trafford chief spoke openly to academics from Harvard Business School in Boston about his approach to players in the modern era.

Mario Balotelli's appearance at the Premier League tribunal that will rule on his dispute with Manchester City today is in doubt after he was sent home from training yesterday with a virus. (Daily Mail)

The Italian striker is disputing City's right to fine him £340,000 - which amounts to two weeks' wages - for picking up too many red and yellow cards last season.

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has offered no guarantees that Frank Lampard will see out the season at Stamford Bridge. (Sky Sports)

The experienced midfielder will be out of contract in the summer, and Benitez has hinted the Blues are ready to part with some of their senior stars and turn one eye to the future.

Andre Villas-Boas is expecting Michael Dawson and Gareth Bale to return to his plans for Tottenham's home date with Stoke City this weekend. (Sky Sports)

Both players have missed Spurs' last two games with respective hamstring injuries, but are close to returning to the first-team fold.

And finally, ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola met Sir Alex Ferguson in New York this week, increasing speculation he is being lined up as the Manchester United manager's long-term successor. (The Sun)

Guardiola is available and the Old Trafford job is his number one target ahead of Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

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