Afternoon Report: October 21

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Aaron Ramsey insists Arsenal are serious title contenders after returning to the top of the table this weekend. The Wales midfielder continued his fine goalscoring form as he came off the bench to find the net in the 4-1 victory over Norwich to send Arsenal two points clear at the top.

Tottenham's efforts to secure a feeder club in one of Europe's top divisions have hit a snag after talks with Dutch club Roda JC collapsed. Spurs are looking to emulate Chelsea, who send their promising youngsters on loan to Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie.

Phil Jones has no doubt that Adnan Januzaj will be a star for Manchester United if he continues to play like he did against Southampton. The teenage midfielder produced a man of the match display in the disappointing 1-1 draw, and Jones thinks United have a special talent on their hands.

Micah Richards has described David Silva as a footballing wizard after his performance against West Ham on Saturday. The City defender hailed Silva as the best player he's ever played with following the club's 3-1 victory at Upton Park.

Jose Mourinho has brought a winning mentality back to Stamford Bridge, according to Ryan Bertrand. The Chelsea boss was sent to the stands during the 4-1 win over Cardiff, but Bertrand thinks it's that passion that is helping the Blues return to winning ways.

Mario Balotelli and Christian Abbiati are set to miss AC Milan's Champions League tie against Barcelona on Tuesday evening. Both players missed the weekend's 1-0 home win over Udinese, and Balotelli is struggling to overcome a thigh problem picked up on international duty.

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