Evening Report: March 3

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Per Mertesacker says the break in Arsenal's schedule has come at the right time for the under-pressure Gunners squad.

Arsenal do not have a game until a week on Wednesday, when they will try to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the Champions League at Bayern Munich.

Guus Hiddink has refused to rule out a return to Chelsea after confirming he is considering his future at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The Dutchman led the Blues to an FA Cup trophy in 2009, after taking over from Luis Felipe Scolari as caretaker manager.

Tottenham duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Mousa Dembele are both expected to be fit for the Europa League clash against Inter Milan on Thursday night. Dembele and Adebayor limped out of the north London derby on Sunday afternoon, but Andre Villas-Boas remains hopeful both will return for the match at White Hart Lane.

Borussia Dortmund want to sign Edin Dzeko this summer if they sell in-demand forward Robert Lewandowski. The reigning Bundesliga champions have identified three possible replacements for Lewandowski, with Dzeko their preferred choice.

Rio Ferdinand trained with teammates on Monday after missing the weekend's match against Norwich with the flu. The United defender is expected to feature against Real Madrid on Tuesday, while Tom Cleverley is also in contention for a recall.

Barcelona have agreed a new sponsorship agreement with Qatar Airways to begin from next season. The deal is reportedly worth $45m a season, and replaces the charity Qatar Foundation as official Barcelona shirt sponsor.

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