Evening Report: April 11

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Laurent Koscielny believes a degree of pressure is good for any club and is confident Arsenal can thrive under theirs.

The Gunners are set to end an eighth straight campaign empty-handed, with silverware having passed them by for another year, but remain focused on a bid to secure a top-four finish and with it Champions League qualification.

Charlton manager Chris Powell admits it was a big blow to lose Kasey Palmer to Chelsea this week, but says the club were powerless to stop the highly-rated youngster's departure.

The England U17 international has opted to join the Blues, who will now have to pay Charlton compensation for the talented young forward.

Gareth Barry is confident that more top players will come to Manchester City after Yaya Toure signed a new deal to lift everyone at the club.

Toure has committed his future for another four years and Barry believes the news will convince other stars to move to the Etihad Stadium.

Wayne Rooney has picked up Manchester United's Goal of the Month award for March.

The 27-year-old striker's effort against Norwich City sealed a 4-0 win at Old Trafford, and beat Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa goals to the monthly accolade.

Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby says Andre Villas-Boas's squad are in a positive frame of mind as they approach the business end of the campaign.

The January signing insists that despite recent setbacks, the players are confident of a strong finish both domestically and in Europe.

And finally, Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi suffered no further damage to his hamstring after his substitute appearance in Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final against PSG.

Messi made a 30-minute cameo at the Nou Camp, helping Barca to a 1-1 draw, confirming their place in the last four.

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