Evening report: February 21

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been shocked by calls for Arsene Wenger's head, and insists he remains the right man to take the club forward.

Vermaelen called on his Gunners team-mates to get behind their under-fire manager for the remainder of what looks like being an eighth straight season without silverware.

Oscar has revealed that he hopes to score more regularly and help Chelsea win silverware, after expressing his delight at the way he has settled in England.

The Brazilian has enjoyed a promising first season in the Premier League following his summer switch from South America, and has scored a number of crucial goals, both domestically and in Europe.

Manchester City's chances of retaining the Premier League title this year are slim, according to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson pulled no punches when asked about his inner city rivals, saying he fully expects Roberto Mancini's men to drop more points between now and the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Phil Jones is doubtful for Manchester United's Champions League decider against Real Madrid in a couple of weeks. 

The 21-year-old hurt an ankle during Monday's FA Cup victory over Reading, and has already been ruled out of this weekend's Premier League game against QPR along with Wayne Rooney who has a sinus problem.

Andre Villas-Boas hopes Emmanuel Adebayor can rediscover his best goalscoring form as Tottenham attempt to seal victory over Lyon in the Europa League. 

With just three goals in 24 appearances for Spurs this season, tonight's clash in France would be the perfect time for the Togolese striker to end his barren spell.

And finally, Barcelona assistant Jordi Roura remains confident that the club can still reach the Champions League quarter-finals, after last night's 2-0 defeat against AC Milan.

Barca had been overwhelming favourites to progress in the last-16 tie, but second-half goals from Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari earned Milan a shock win at the San Siro. 

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