Afternoon Report: April 30

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Barcelona news

Garry Major
Published 04/30/2013 11:35 by Garry Major, read by 6,889 people.

Patrice Evra believes Robin van Persie showed his worth by keeping his nerve to score the penalty that secured a 1-1 draw at old club Arsenal on Sunday.

The Dutchman was roundly booed by the Emirates Stadium crowd but Evra believes returning as Premier League champion proved Van Persie made the right decision.

Meanwhile, Arsenal vice-captain Mikel Arteta says the club must do everything to finish in the top four but insisted that was not enough.

The Spaniard said the guard of honour the Gunners gave Manchester United before the game should be motivation for Arsene Wenger’s players to strive to have the same done for them next season.

Frank Lampard is now just one behind the Chelsea goals record of Bobby Tambling and has dedicated the deed to his teammates.

The England international is expected to surpass the 202-mark this season and he put his success down to playing with so many great players.

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan is expected to win the bidding over the right to start a new MLS franchise.

The Etihad Stadium chief will build a new stadium for the new team, which will be called New York City FC and is expected to join MLS in 2016.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has played down comparisons with Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi and the Argentine’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bale was crowned PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year on Sunday but insisted he had a long way to go to match the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.

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