Afternoon Report: September 6

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Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson has paid tribute to Per Mertesacker for his leadership qualities as stand-in captain.

The German international has taken the armband for all of the Gunners matches so far this season due to the injuries to usual skippers Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar has saluted manager Jose Mourinho as being one of world football's finest coaches.

The 21-year-old has already worked under three different bosses since arriving at Stamford Bridge, but the Brazilian hailed the impact of Mourinho's return.

Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell is ready to repay the club's faith in him, after an injury-ravaged first campaign at the Etihad Stadium.

Gareth Barry's departure on loan is a welcome endorsement of Manuel Pellegrini's faith in the 22-year-old, who will be hoping to rediscover his best form again this season.

Manchester United duo Wilfried Zaha and Michael Keane both starred for England U21s in their 1-0 victory over Moldova on Thursday evening.

Both players enjoyed the full 90 minutes, with Zaha's performance in particular earning praise from new manager Gareth Southgate.

Gareth Bale put Tottenham under 'intense' pressure to secure his summer move to Real Madrid, according to Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The Wales international finally completed a protracted switch to the Bernabeu for a world-record fee of £85.3million, and the Portuguese coach conceded it was the will of the player which proved decisive.

And finally, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi Hernandez has lavished praise on his club team-mates Victor Valdes and Cesc Fabregas, ahead of his nation's World Cup qualifying match against Finland this evening.

The 33-year-old feels that Valdes is an ideal team-man, and the custodian will be ready to represent La Roja if he gets the nod ahead of number one choice Iker Casillas.

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