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Live Reporting

Harry De Cosemo and Deepak Mahay

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Thanks for joining us today.

    Check out BBC Radio 5 Live tonight, as well as the BBC Sport website, for continued coverage of the Europa League and Europa Conference League.

    We'll be back tomorrow with more reaction and build up to the weekend.

    See you then!

  2. Man Utd's Carrick set to remain in charge for Chelsea game

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Michael Carrick

    Michael Carrick looks increasingly likely to remain in charge of Manchester United for their Premier League game at Chelsea on Sunday.

    After sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager, United are still to decide on a preferred candidate to take over on an interim basis, despite speaking to a number of potential options.

    Carrick, 40, will fulfil the club's pre-match media obligations on Friday, and even if United appointed an interim over the weekend, the new man would not have worked with the players.

    Former Lyon coach Rudi Garcia, former Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre and former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde are all thought to have spoken to United.

    You can read the full story on this here.

  3. 'We know the qualities that Jack has' - Arteta

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Arsenal

    Could we see Jack Wilshere re-signing for Arsenal in another potential return as a short-term cover option?

    Gunners boss Mikel Arteta was less optimistic on that one.

    "No, I think it's a great compliment for Jack that the players that are playing alongside him think that of him.

    "He's doing really well, he's doing better and better, and we know the qualities that Jack has."

    The 29-year-old was back at Arsenal mixing training with the first-team and Under-23 squad with some coaching.

  4. Wenger to return to the Emirates Stadium?

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Arsenal

    So after Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted he is in favour of bringing Arsene Wenger back to the club.

    Here's what the Frenchman achieved during his time at the North London club:

    Wenger, 72, guided Arsenal to three Premier League titles and won the FA Cup on seven occasions in his 22 years in charge of the north London side.

    Arteta spent five years playing under Wenger at the Gunners.

    You read the full story here.

    Mikel Arteta and Arsene Wenger
  5. 'There has been communication with Wenger' - Arteta

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Arsenal

    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta spoke ahead of his side's game against Newcastle this morning and interestingly he spoke about having former Arsene Wenger boss back at the club in some capacity.

    "There has been communication, we talked to him when we saw the film."

    The Spaniard said they had spoken at the premiere of the documentary about his ex-boss, who now works for Fifa as chief of football development.

    "We would be delighted to have him much closer," Arteta said.

    "I think he would have a great time just seeing the environment that he can create around him when he's around this place because of the respect, admiration and the love that everybody at the club has for what he's done, as well as for what he represents as a person."

    Mikel Arteta and Arsene Wenger
  6. Mikel Arteta updates...

    Arsenal v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Arsenal

    We have more from Arteta's news conference this morning coming up...

  7. Brentford in kit sustainability plan

    Brentford will wear their 2021-22 home kit again next season in an attempt to be more sustainable and save fans money.

    Some Premier League clubs release three new kits each season.

    "We believe in football being affordable for our fans and are aware of the need for the game to become more focussed on sustainability," said Brentford chief executive Jon Varney.

    "It is only a little thing, but we believe it will help."

    Read more here.

    Ivan Toney
  8. Get Involved - Which English side goes the furthest in the Champions League?

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    SMS Message: It's got to be Liverpool that goes furthest out of the English sides. They're just a different beast in Europe from Nick, Preston
    Nick, Preston
  9. Gossip - PSG reject Man Utd's Pochettino approach?

    Gossip

    Let's take another delve into the rumour mill and see what the latest is:

    • Manchester United have had an initial approach for Paris St-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino rejected by the French club. (Manchester Evening News)
    • Ralf Rangnick, the former RB Leipzig manager, and former Roma boss Paulo Fonseca are also on the Old Trafford shortlist. (Mail)
    • Chelsea's Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech, 28, and Germany forward Timo Werner, 25, have emerged as alternatives to Manchester City's England winger Raheem Sterling, 26, for Barcelona in January. (ESPN)
    • Arsenal are keen to sign Lille's Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, 24, in the January transfer window. (Football London)

    This and more in today's gossip column.

    Mauricio Pochettino
  10. Get Involved - Which English side goes the furthest in the Champions League?

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    Gumbo74: Chelsea should go far again. They are set up well to not concede as well as score and have a resilience which I think is lacking at Manchester City. Liverpool, like many, will be sweating on players returning from the Africa Cup of Nations with no injuries. Any further for Manchester United is a bonus for them but don't see it.

  11. 'It is going to be an exciting game'

    Brighton v Leeds (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Potter on the chances of bouncing back from defeat to Aston Villa against Leeds: "We were frustrated because we didn't play as well as we wanted to play against Villa. We're looking at what we can do better, the group is an honest group, they want to improve and understand.

    "We want to keep improving and get our level a little bit higher. There's always room to improve. It's going to be a good game, it's going to be exciting the way Leeds play. We'll need our supporters and we'll give it our best."

  12. 'Injuries not to blame for league position' Bielsa

    Brighton v Leeds (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Leeds United

    Bielsa on if he thinks injuries are a factor that Leeds sit 17th in the Premier League table:

    "No the injuries are not one the reasons why we're there.

    "Of course it worries me that the position that we occupy in the table.

    "I'm in charge of a group of footballers to deserve to be in a higher position and the club has trusted in me.

    "One of the aspects that shows this confidence is what they pay me to do this job and of course these results that I'm offering are not what's expected."

  13. 'We're very lucky'

    Brighton v Leeds (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Potter on goalkeepers Roberto Sanchez and Jason Steele: "We believe in Rob a lot, we know his quality but we also know Jason's quality. We're very lucky."

    "Rob reacted well (to the red card). He was disappointed with the result but we're all behind him and he'll come back stronger for it."

  14. 'Gelhardt has worked a lot to get opportunity' - Bielsa

    Brighton v Leeds (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Leeds United

    Joe Gelhardt

    Marcelo Bielsa spoke about youngster Joe Gelhardt who made his his first Premier League start:

    "When I put a non habitual player in the starting 11 it is because I'm convinced that he can offer a positive result.

    "It doesn't surprise me that he's able to compete at this level but he's worked a lot to gain these opportunities that he's been given."

    Bielsa on Brighton who they will face in Saturday's late kick-off:

    "They are a teat that's flexible in the way that they line up and they play players in different positions, they do this very naturally and efficiently."

  15. Mwepu in contention after injury

    Brighton v Leeds (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Potter on the fitness of his squad: "Enock (Mwepu) has recovered well and trained this week. We need to see how he is but he's got a really good chance of being in the squad. "Steven (Alzate) and Danny (Welbeck) are making really good progress."

  16. Graham Potter updates...

    Brighton v Leeds (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Brighton & Hove Albion

    Brighton boss Graham Potter has been speaking to the media this afternoon. Updates to follow.

  17. 'Every player is under pressure'

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Southampton

    Hasenhuttl on competition for places in his squad and the goalkeeping situation: "Every player is under pressure to show their best; if they weren't, we wouldn't be doing a good job. Alex (McCarthy) didn't show his best performance last week; there is no discussion, he knows it, I know it. It is the situation for a goalkeeper; he makes a mistake, it is a goal. But he has made unbelievable saves and has done a great job this season. But he knows he has to show up; two or three bad games is not good for staying in the team."

  18. 'Ward-Prowse is a willing learner'

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Southampton

    Hasenhuttl on James Ward-Prowse's 200th appearance: "First of all, congratulations to him; 200 is quite massive. It took a while when I arrived for him to become part of the first XI. I spoke clearly with him about what I demanded, and he showed it quickly. You have seen the progress he's made in the last two or three years. What I like about this player is that when you criticise him, he is very quick to improve. He is open-minded and willing to learn."

  19. 'Phillips will play the most as a defensive midfield' - Bielsa

    Brighton v Leeds (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Leeds United

    Bielsa on Kalvin Phillips' position after he impressed at centre-back against Tottenham:

    "At Leeds his natural position will be at defensive midfield that the place where you most see his qualities and I will attempt that he will play the majority of his minutes in that position.

    "He was our best player in the moments that corresponded with him playing alongside Liam Cooper and Diego Llorente following Harry Kane when he dropped deep.

    "We spoke about who could adept best when Kane does drop deep and it was Phillips."

    Kalvin Phillips
  20. 'We need the perfect tactics'

    Liverpool v Southampton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Southampton

    More from Hasenhuttl on the task ahead: "It is better not to waste energy thinking about how it would feel (to get a result). We must first let that happen. But you need everything: the perfect tactics, the perfect referee, scoring a goal at the right moment, having an unbelievable goalkeeper. Everybody needs to be at the highest level."