Evening report: January 8

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is hungry to end the club's trophy drought. (Sky Sports)

The 21-year-old is confident that winning one piece of silverware will open the door for a period of sustained success for Arsene Wenger's squad.

John Terry may return to Chelsea first team action as early as this weekend, interim manager Rafael Benitez has revealed. (Sky Sports)

The defender has not featured since the Blues' 1-1 draw with Liverpool on November 11th, after suffering a ligament strain.

Mario Balotelli has made a return to goal scoring form with Manchester City's U21 side. (Sky Sports)

The Italian striker scored twice in a 4-0 friendly win yesterday afternoon, but turned down the opportunity to make it a hat-trick, giving younger team-mates the chance to score from the penalty spot.

Robin van Persie has thanked Manchester United fans for their support since arriving at Old Trafford. (Sky Sports)

The Red Devils sit seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table - with the summer signing fuelling their title bid, with 20 goals so far in all competitions.

Clint Dempsey has warned Manchester City that Tottenham have their sights on pipping them to second in the Premier League this season. (Sky Sports)

Spurs trail last year's champions by six points with just under half of the season remaining - and USA international Dempsey is confident they can catch Roberto Mancini's expensively-assembled side.

And finally, Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has issued a hands off warning to any club interested in signing David Villa during the January transfer window. (Sky Sports)

The Spanish striker has been heavily linked with a move away from the Nou Camp this month, but Rosell insists the 31-year-old remains part of Barca's first-team plans.

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