Afternoon Report: April 15

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is confident Arsenal can finish the season strongly and cement a top-four position in the Premier League.

The Gunners moved up to third courtesy of Saturday's late show against Norwich, where they hit three goals in the last 10 minutes to clinch a 3-1 win.

Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez felt his side should have been awarded a late penalty in their FA Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City.

Benitez claimed he was more concerned at the penalty that got away rather than the challenge by Sergio Aguero on David Luiz that should have got the Manchester City man a red card.

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri says he's feeling fully fit and back to his best.

The Frenchman blamed injuries for his patchy form earlier this season, but turned in a match-winning performance as Roberto Mancini's side booked their place in the FA Cup final at Wembley yesterday.

Sir Alex Ferguson was delighted to see his major summer signing Robin van Persie back on the scoresheet in Manchester United's 2-0 victory at Stoke City.

The Dutchman had gone 10 matches without scoring before slamming home a penalty mid-way through the second half for his 20th goal of the campaign.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is looking for Tottenham to strike the right balance between graft and guile during their end of season run-in.

The Spurs midfielder has emphasised the importance of grinding out results if they are to secure Champions League qualification via a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Cristian Tello bagged a brace while Thiago was also on target as Barcelona eased to victory over Real Zaragoza on Sunday evening.

Zaragoza came into the match having taken just 27 points from 30 matches and occupying 18th place in the table, and Tito Vilanova's side dominated from the off to maintain their 13 point lead at the summit.

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