Evening Report: March 28

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Nacho Monreal has urged his Arsenal team-mates to ignore the critics as they step up their bid for a top-four finish.

With just one defeat in their last seven league games, Arsenal are four points behind arch-rivals Tottenham, but crucially with a match in hand.

Eden Hazard says he has been satisfied with his debut season at Chelsea so far but hopes he can crown his time at Stamford Bridge with silverware.

The Belgian winger has made a big impact with the Blues, scoring eight Premier League goals and notching as many assists, but says his main aim is to help them lift trophies with the FA Cup and Europa League still in reach this year.

Roberto Mancini has conceded the Premier League title but says he will be at Manchester City next season to try and win it back.

The reigning champions are 15-points behind leaders Manchester United, and must now switch their focus to holding off a challenge from Chelsea and Tottenham for the runners-up spot.

Chris Smalling has admitted Manchester United's charge towards the Premier League title has been motivated by last season's final day heartbreak.

Central defender Smalling will turn his attention back to club duties after impressing in England's World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro.

Pablo Zabaleta is surrounded by superstars at Manchester City but has named Gareth Bale as the Premier League's best player, describing the Tottenham winger as a "force of nature".

With 21 goals in 36 appearances this season, Bale has been instrumental in Spurs' climb to fourth in the Premier League table, giving them a strong chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

And finally, Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has vowed to be fit for the club's Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

The Spaniard has been troubled by a thigh injury and is set to be rested for this weekend's La Liga clash with Celta Vigo, but has set his sights on a return for next week's match in Paris.

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