Evening Report: September 13

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Ex-Arsenal man Adrian Clarke believes it will take more than the presence of Mesut Ozil to make Arsenal title contenders.

He said that while Ozil goes some way to adding creative flair, key signings still need to be made to guarantee an extended challenge.

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol is nearing a return from injury.

The 35-year-old returned to training today as he continues his recovery from an operation to remove a cyst from his knee.

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has warned his side of the threat from Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

AVB highlighted the forward as the Norwich's main threat, and stated that his defenders would have to be aware of the danger he could bring.

Michael Essien has hailed the abilities of new Chelsea signing Christian Atsu, stating that he can go on to big things.

Essien is a close friend of Atsu and believes that the forwards versatility and goal-scoring potential make him a useful asset.

David Silva could be in line for a derby day return according to Manuel Pellegrini.

The Spanish playmaker suffered a thigh injury whilst on international duty, and will miss the match at Stoke, but could make a return against Manchester United.

Roberto Martinez has declared that Leighton Baines remains focused and concentrated on the task at hand, despite persistent interest from Manchester United.

The Toffees manager labelled Baines an 'icon' at Goodison Park, and the left-back is set to be offered a new deal in an attempt to tie him to the club.

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