Today in the Premier League

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Defender Gaël Clichy believes the current Gunners squad are equipped to win trophies next season, despite pressure on manager Arsène Wenger to bring in new faces. "We have to believe in the quality we have," Clichy said. "I believe in it and most players believe in it and I am sure we can do it."

Aston Villa

Martin O'Neill has praised Stiliyan Petrov following his recent upturn in form. Petrov had struggled to recapture the form he showed under O'Neill at Celtic. "He's been a revelation in the last few weeks," the manager said. "He's now doing things in games and training that I knew he was capable of."

Birmingham City

Manager Alex McLeish has called on his players to repay the Blues support for their efforts by winning at Fulham tomorrow. "The support is fabulous and it shows how much the Blues fans care about their team," McLeish said. "We intend to try and send them home happy."

Blackburn Rovers

Striker Roque Santa Cruz has warned his team-mates not to take anything for granted when relegated Derby visit Ewood Park tomorrow. "It will still be a very hard game for us, especially because everybody is expecting us to win," he said. "We need to go out with the right mentality."

Bolton Wanderers

Defender Andy O'Brien has dismissed suggestions that the late kick-off of tomorrow's visit of Sunderland will lead to the players being affected by results elsewhere. "There are some other important games taking place," the Irishman said. "We're just concentrating on ourselves and getting what we need, which is three points."


Michael Ballack hopes that this month's Champions League final ends better than his previous appearance in the showpiece match. "It was six years ago and we were the underdog. We played a good final, but we lost," the midfielder said of former side Bayer Leverkusen's 2002 defeat to Real Madrid. "I lost that one and now I want to win!"

Derby County

Alan Stubbs will miss the remaining two games of the season after undergoing knee surgery. "This is a proactive step to get Alan sorted and in fighting condition for pre-season," manager Paul Jewell said of the 36-year-old. "Having the operation now means he will be ready when we need him."


Manager David Moyes has reitereated the club's desire to keep midfielder Lee Carsley at Goodison Park amid reported interest from former side Derby. "Lee has been very reliable for us – we don't want to lose that," Moyes said. "But we are not talking about his contract until the end of the season."


Diomansy Kamara has revealed that strike partner Brian McBride's injury-enforced absence affected his own game. "He got injured after just one month and this was very bad for me," the Senegal international said. "When I came here he was No 1 and I looked forward to working with him."


Defender Jamie Carragher believes the club can take plenty of positives from this season, despite Wednesday's Champions League exit at Chelsea. "People did expect us to challenge in the League," he said. "But this will still be one of our best seasons in terms of points gained."

Manchester City

The League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan has urged the club to retain the services of Sven-Goran Eriksson. "Success for City is getting into the top 10; Sven has done that," Bevan said. "We implore Dr [Thaksin] Shinawatra to rethink his strategy."

Manchester United

Midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo has expressed his desire to remain at Old Trafford for "many more seasons" despite finding it difficult to settle in the area. "It is hard to live in Manchester," he said. "But it is a great club, I am very happy here. I want to play here for many seasons and get even better."


Gareth Southgate has warned his players to concentrate on their own game as they look for the win against Portsmouth that will secure the club's top-flight status. "Let's focus on what we can affect," he said. "Let's take our destiny in our own hands and not try to rely on other people."

Newcastle United

Australia manager Pim Verbeek admits Mark Viduka remains a key figure, despite the forward facing surgery on an Achilles injury that could rule him out of World Cup qualifiers next month. "Nobody can do the same as Mark," he said. "He is special. You don't see players like him very often."


The manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he would love to bring Liverpool striker Peter Crouch back to Fratton Park. "I love Crouchie, he's terrific," Redknapp said. "He would be tasty up front with [Jermain] Defoe. I don't see them letting him go, but you never know who they might bring in."


Striker Kevin Doyle is expected to feature in tomorrow's game with Tottenham, despite attending his cousin's funeral in Ireland today. "He will play a role," manager Steve Coppell said. "People react differently to these situations. From my point of view Doyle has been very strong."


The midfielder Andy Reid said he is "optimistic" about the club's transfer activity this summer. "The manager [Roy Keane] has a reputation and that will help him to attract the players he wants," the Ireland international said. "Everyone connected with Sunderland should be optimistic."

Tottenham Hotspur

Former White Hart Lane striker Gary Lineker believes losing striker Dimitar Berbatov would be a significant blow to the club's chances of success. "It would be a real shame if Spurs were to lose him," Lineker said. "It is hard to replace that sort of talent, he is a top class performer."

West Ham United

Alan Curbishley is looking forward to a reunion with former Hammer Carlos Tevez at Old Trafford tomorrow. "When we played at Upton Park, Carlos was very generous coming in and speaking to the players," the manager said. "I am sure we will get the same reaction – nobody at West Ham is ever going to forget Carlos."

Wigan Athletic

The Latics manager Steve Bruce said the club are determined to secure their top-flight status tomorrow and avoid the final-day drama of last season. "It'll be nice to put it to bed this weekend," Bruce said ahead of tomorrow's trip to Aston Villa. "We had an opportunity last weekend and didn't take it, but here we are again."