Afternoon Report: September 23

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Manchester United manager Daivd Moyes praised Wayne Rooney but lamented the loss of Robin van Persie after Sunday's 4-1 defeat to Manchester City. The Scot believed Rooney was arguably the best player on the pitch at the Etihad Stadium and admitted that Dutchman van Persie was a big miss for his side.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes his team's derby victory will give his side a lot of confidence going forward. The Chilean, who is in his first season in charge at City, claims the win could also have an important impact on the title race.

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has spoken about the benefits of strong squad depth. The England international helped the Blues to keep a clean sheet in Saturday's 2-0 win over Fulham and believes manager Jose Mourinho has world-class players to choose from in every position.

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs says he is excited about the quality in Arsenal's squad. The Gunners, who signed Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day, sit at the top of the Premier League after Sunday's 3-1 win over Stoke City and Gibbs claims he is sure that Arsene Wenger's men can contend for the title this season.

Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas believes that justice prevailed during his side's 1-0 win against newly-promoted Cardiff on Sunday. The visitors had 29 shots during the match and eventually grabbed the winner courtesy of Brazilian midfielder Paulinho in second-half stoppage time.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes says he is satisfied with the club's start to the new season. Gerardo Martino's men are currently top of La Liga and recorded an emphatic 4-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

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