Afternoon Report: April 22

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Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is looking forward to locking horns with his former team-mate Robin van Persie at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Van Persie is expected to lead the Manchester United attack against his old club and Koscielny is ready for the challenge as the Gunners go in search of a 10th win in 13 Premier League matches.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insists the club have to change the policy of swiftly rotating managers at Stamford Bridge.

Rafael Benitez was appointed as interim boss in November until the end of this season, to make it 10 different managers passing through the club in the past 13 years.

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has admitted that Manchester United showed a better attitude to win the Premier League title after missing out last season.

City failed to narrow the 13-point gap as they went down to a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham on Sunday, and Mancini concedes that his players have perhaps not been as hungry as United.

Sir Alex Ferguson is hopeful that Mexican striker Javier Hernandez is feeling like he is contributing at Manchester United.

The 24-year-old has started just seven league games this season, scoring eight goals - although he has started a further 13 matches in other competitions.

Andre Villas-Boas praised the fighting spirit shown by his Tottenham players after their 3-1 victory over Manchester City.

Spurs trailed 1-0 for a large part of the game, but three second-half goals from Clint Dempsey, Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale secured a vital win in the race for the top four.

And finally, Lionel Messi has been included in Barcelona's squad for their Champions League semi-final first leg clash against Bayern Munich, although he has yet to receive the medical all-clear to return to action.

Messi has missed Barca's last three La Liga matches as the Catalan giants decide not to take any unnecessary risks with the hamstring injury he sustained against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round.

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