Today in the Premier League

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Emmanuel Eboué is enjoying his new role in the Gunners midfield after switching from a right-back berth. "I have worked very hard to change my game to be able to play in midfield," the Ivorian said. "Now, I want to keep playing there and keep improving to become a better right-midfielder."

Aston Villa

Martin O'Neill has insisted he will wait until the end of the season to hold discussions with Liverpool over the long-term future of on-loan goalkeeper Scott Carson. "Liverpool are heavily involved now in competitions," said O'Neill. "So we will wait and then all parties will sit down."

Birmingham City

Maik Taylor feels "soft" goals are the main cause of the Blues' struggles this season. "We've given a soft goal away to let [Liverpool] back in," the goalkeeper said of Saturday's 2-2 draw. "That has been the case for most of the season. Teams don't really have to work very hard to score past us."

Blackburn Rovers

Mark Hughes remains hopeful that defender Christopher Samba will be fit for the club's remaining two games after he limped out of Sunday's 1-0 victory at Portsmouth. "He got a bang on the outside of the knee," the manager said. "We hope it is just an impact injury and that he should be OK."

Bolton Wanderers

Striker Kevin Davies could be available to face Sunderland this weekend after serving a two-match ban and recovering from a broken hand. The forward may wear a protective plaster cast to enable him to participate on Saturday. "I've had a cast moulded and I'll try that," the 31-year-old said. "But I'll be up for it anyway."


Malaysian Muslim groups have urged their government to stop Blues manager Avram Grant and defender Tal Ben Haim from entering the country, warning that the club's pre-season tour could face disruption if the two Israelis are allowed in. An alliance of 21 Muslim groups has sent a petition to the home minister over the matter.

Derby County

Rams defender Alan Stubbs admits the players owe the fans a strong finish for their loyal support during the season. "We'd like to give the fans something to shout about," the 36-year-old said. "They have had to suffer more than anyone really. I can't believe how good they have been."


David Moyes believes his side require at least four points from their remaining two matches to ensure a fifth-place finish and Uefa Cup qualification. "I believe it will go to the last game of the season," the Goodison Park manager said. "We have to get something from our last two games."


Roy Hodgson has insisted his passion for the game remains high as he looks to secure the club's safety. "I might not jump up and down every time someone has a shot, but I still have tremendous passion and enthusiasm," he said. "I just behave in a slightly more dignified fashion than I did 20 years ago."


Striker Peter Crouch has praised Jermaine Pennant for his impressive display at Birmingham last weekend. "Every time he got the ball he created something," Crouch said of his team-mate. "You know he is going to get at the full-back and invariably get his cross in. It's great when wingers do that."

Manchester City

Thaksin Shinawatra wants to remain at in control of City "for life". "I want to keep the club long term," the former Thai Prime Minister said as rumours persist over the future of manager Sven Goran Eriksson. "It will remain private and I want to hold it for life."

Manchester United

The midfielder Darren Fletcher remains positive over the Red Devil's chances of retaining their Premier League title despite Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea. "The positive we must take is that it's still in our hands," he said. "If we concentrate and win our last two games, we win the league."


Luke Young has called on his team-mates to confirm the club's safety and put a "bitterly frustrating" season behind them. "There will be added pressure on us now," the England international said. "We need to stand strong and show a little more than we have in recent games."

Newcastle United

Magpies manager Kevin Keegan has reportedly turned his attentions to the Manchester City defender Richard Dunne after missing out on Tottenham-bound midfielder Luka Modric. The Irish defender has a year remaining on his current contract at Eastlands and has yet to agree a new deal.


The manager Harry Redknapp remains hopeful that goalkeeper David James will not miss the FA Cup final after a tear in his calf caused him to sit out the defeat to Blackburn on Sunday. "Hopefully it shouldn't be a problem if he takes his time and gets the right treatment," Redknapp said.


The midfielder Brynjar Gunnarsson was included in the reserve team squad for last night's match with Tottenham. The Icelandic international has been out with a groin injury since January but could return to the first team for the visit of Spurs this weekend.


The chairman Niall Quinn feels the Black Cats can look to finish higher in the table next season after securing their top-flight status. "We can kick on and drive forward," Quinn said. "It's a far bigger prize than getting into the Premier League. Staying there gives you a chance to build."

Tottenham Hotspur

The Canadian Richard Peddie, owner of Toronto's NHL side, the Maple Leafs, has played down reports suggesting he is preparing a bid for Spurs. "I have never contemplated an offer," he said. "I attended a game, watched Tottenham tie and had lunch there. That was the full extent."

West Ham United

Alan Curbishley has confirmed Sweden midfielder Freddie Ljungberg will miss the Hammers' two remaining games. "We think he's cracked a rib," the manager said of Saturday's incident with Newcastle defender Steven Taylor. "It's the Euros round the corner for him and he's got a month to recover. But he's going to need that."

Wigan Athletic

Captain Mario Melchiot has been ruled out of the club's last two games after picking up an injury during the goalless draw with Reading at the JJB Stadium last weekend. "He has a small abductor tear and he hurt himself out there on the pitch," said Steve Bruce. "I cannot see him playing the remainder of the season."