Afternoon Report: May 3

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Theo Walcott is hopeful he will occupy his preferred central striker's role between now and the end of the season, and score the goals to help Arsenal secure Champions League qualification.

The 24-year-old has spent much of his career as a winger, but Arsene Wenger has deployed the Gunners star up front on several occasions this campaign, with Walcott rewarding the Frenchman with 19 goals in all competitions.

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has urged his side to take their last opportunity to claim a trophy after reaching the Europa League final.

The Blues battled back from a goal behind to beat FC Basel 3-1 at Stamford Bridge, setting up a showdown with Benfica in Amsterdam on May 15.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has refused to rule out the prospect of trying to bring Manchester City outcast Scott Sinclair back to South Wales.

Sinclair left the Liberty Stadium last summer when Roberto Mancini paid around £6million for his signature - but the 24-year-old winger has barely kicked a ball since the move.

Ryan Giggs has urged Manchester United's youngsters to seize their chance to impress in the last few games of the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson can assess his options for the next campaign after the Red Devils regained the Premier League title with four games to spare.

Hugo Lloris has admitted that Tottenham Hotspur can forget about finishing in the top four if they do not beat Southampton on Saturday.

Spurs are desperate to qualify for the Champions League but are currently in fifth place heading into their final four matches of the season.

And finally, former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola insists he has no plans to return to the Nou Camp.

The 42-year-old, who will take over the Bayern Munich reins from Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season, led Barca to 14 major trophies during a glorious four-year tenure which ended when he stepped down last summer.

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