Afternoon Report: March 18

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Arsenal ace Theo Walcott claims it would be a "tragedy" if they fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

The Gunners face a fight to finish in the top four as they currently find themselves in fifth spot in the Premier League table.

Rafa Benitez admits Chelsea's win over West Ham could have been even sweeter if they had scored more goals.

The 2-0 triumph at Stamford Bridge came three days after the Blues turned around their Europa League tie with Steaua Bucharest, to advance to the quarter finals of the competition.

England boss Roy Hodgson insists Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart remains number one for the national team.

Hart has been in patchy form this season, and his place in under threat from Celtic shot-stopper Fraser Forster and the recalled West Brom keeper Ben Foster.

Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic believes the Premier League title is still not secure even though the Red Devils now have a 15-point lead at the summit.

United extended their advantage by beating Reading 1-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday after Manchester City suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton.

Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker has an eye on becoming a manager once his football career eventually comes to an end.

The 32-year-old, who has been recalled to the England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers, has just started taking his coaching badges.

And finally, Barcelona striker David Villa says he is happy about his understanding with Lionel Messi after his side's 3-1 win over Rayo Vallecano on Sunday.

Recent rumours had suggested the pair don't get along very well, but they combined to great effect at the weekend, with each creating and scoring goals for Barca.

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