Afternoon Report: May 15

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Mikel Arteta is a serious doubt for Arsenal's crucial final game of the season at Newcastle. Arsene Wenger revealed the Spaniard picked up a calf strain during the 4-1 win over Wigan, but refused to rule him out for the trip to St James Park on Sunday.

Petr Cech has admitted he will be glad to see the back of the Europa League, but not before he gets his hands on the trophy. The Chelsea keeper insists the Champions League remains the priority, but the Blues face Benfica in the Europa League final on Wednesday evening first.

Manchester City started the post-Roberto Mancini era with a dominant 2-0 win at Reading on Tuesday night. Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko got on the score-sheet as City secured second place in the Premier League.

Four Spurs players have been called up by Stuart Pearce for this summer's European U21 Championship. Steven Caulker, Danny Rose, Adam Smith and Andros Townsend will join the England side, and face Italy, Norway and Israel in Group A.

David Moyes has promised to uphold Manchester United's tradition of bringing through youth players into the first team. Moyes will replace Sir Alex Ferguson on July 1, and insists he will be paying close attention to the academy.

Jordi Alba thinks Barcelona stand every chance of matching Real Madrid's La Liga record of 100 points this year. The Spanish fullback believes his side can win their final three matches to equal the record points haul, having wrapped up the title last weekend.

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