Evening report: February 26

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Chelsea are reportedly preparing to part company with both Rafael Benitez and Fernando Torres at the end of the season.

Benitez has the lowest win percentage of any manager in the Roman Abramovich era, while the Chelsea owner also appears to be finally running out of patience with Torres.

Manchester United expect Robin van Persie to be at full fitness for the visit of Real Madrid next week.

Van Persie injured his hip after crashing into a camera during United's defeat of Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood insist the club will hold onto their best players and make further reinforcements in the summer.

The Gunners sold Robin van Persie at the end of last season, but Hill-Wood has assured fans nothing similar will take place this year.

Scott Parker thinks Gareth Bale's last minute winner against West Ham will have rattled Arsenal ahead of the north London derby this weekend.

Bale's goal ensured Tottenham moved four points clear of the Gunners prior to the game at White Hart Lane.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has revealed Brazilian defender Maicon will be missing for a month after an operation.

Maicon only returned in January after a spell on the sidelines, but has undergone a procedure on his knee.

Finally, Ibrahim Afellay looks set to return to Barcelona at the end of the season after his loan spell with Schalke.

The Netherlands international has spent most of his time in Germany on the treatment table, and is now unlikely to stay with the club.

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