Evening Report: May 16

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Theo Walcott says fear of making unwanted history is driving Arsenal's players towards a top-four finish.

Walcott was on target in a 4-1 victory over Wigan on Tuesday which restored Arsene Wenger's side to the Champions League places, and victory against Newcastle on the final day of the season will guarantee European qualification.

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has spoken of his pride at becoming a double European champion.

The Blues made history in Amsterdam last night following their 2-1 win against Benfica, becoming the first ever club to win back-to-back Champions League and Europa League trophies.

Samir Nasri is back in the France squad after a 10-month absence, for their upcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Brazil in South America.

The Manchester City midfielder has not played for his country since Euro 2012, when he fell foul of the French Football Federation following an expletive-laden outburst at journalists.

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand insists every player at the club must prove themselves to new manager David Moyes.

Moyes will officially take over at Old Trafford on July 1, after agreeing to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson, and Ferdinand has warned his team-mates that reputations will count for nothing in the eyes of the new boss.

Hugo Lloris insists Tottenham must focus all their efforts on beating Sunderland on the final day of the season - and not whether Arsenal might slip up at Newcastle.

Spurs are a point behind their north London rivals, with an inferior goal difference so have to secure victory, and hope Arsenal do not win to secure Champions League qualification.

And finally, Barcelona forward Pedro is determined to stay with the club and improve on his personal contribution this season.

The 25-year-old has scored five goals in 25 La Liga matches this season, and seven in 40 in all competitions, as Barca regained the league title but were hammered in the Champions League semi-final by Bayern Munich.

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