Afternoon Report: April 17

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Arsenal missed a chance to sneak ahead in the race for the top four after they were held to a goalless draw against Everton last night. Olivier Giroud had the best chances for the Gunners, who now sit just two points clear of Chelsea and Tottenham.

Michael Carrick has admitted he prefers to stay out of the Old Trafford limelight after recent comparisons to club legend Paul Scholes. The 31-year-old has been one of United's most consistent players this season, and is currently playing some of his best football in a Manchester United shirt.

Gareth Bale is a major doubt for Sunday's crucial Premier League clash against Manchester City. The Spurs winger picked up an ankle injury against Basel earlier this month, and did not return to training with the rest of his teammates yesterday.

Sergio Aguero has apologised to David Luiz for his two-footed tackle on the Chelsea defender during last weekend's FA Cup semi-final. The Manchester City star was not charged by the FA for the second half incident, and is now available to face Spurs on Sunday.

Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm has moved to play down rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona. Speculation gathered pace after Vorm spent last weekend in the Spanish city with his family, but the Dutchman insists the trip was just a coincidence.

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