Premier League: Chelsea v Norwich

Live text commentary as Chelsea are held by Norwich, severely denting their Premier League title hopes, after West Brom lose at Arsenal.

4 May 2014 Last updated at 11:42

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  1. 18:44: 

    That's us done for the night then - get over to the snooker or the European football if you need more sport, and join us back here on Monday for Liverpool's trip to Crystal Palace.

    Over and out.

  2. 18:42: 
    NO MOTD2?

    If you are planning on catching up on these two games tonight - firstly, you really don't need to - and second, there's no MOTD2 tonight so you can't.

    It is on tomorrow night instead, after Liverpool's trip to Crystal Palace.

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    Harry, Ealing: I've backed Mourinho all year but all this emphasis on counter attack is having a detrimental effect. Too much brawn and not enough creativity to unlock teams who come and defend deep. Mourinho gets a free ride here, deserves same criticism dolled out to recent Chelsea managers, when it is due, like today.

  4. 18:38: 

    Jose Mourinho is also asked about the futures of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry but he just says 'it's a long summer, we'll see.'

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    Mark, a Norwich fan in Derby: I just can't see West Brom playing for a win at Sunderland in midweek. They can afford to lose both their remaining games and still stay up on goal difference! Hate to say it but my beloved Canaries are down even if they beat Arsenal next Sunday!

  6. 18:32: 

    Jose Mourinho is in jovial mood in the post-match news conference. He says that 'my assistant is in jail' so he won't talk about any penalty decisions.

  7. 18:24: 
    La Liga

    Over in La Liga the title race is just as intriguing.

    Atletico Madrid have slipped up this afternoon so it is over to Real Madrid. They host Valencia at 20:00 BST now knowing a win will move them to within three points of La Liga leaders Atletico - with a game in hand.

    You can follow the action on that one in the European live text page.

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    Ruairi, Putney: People should not be blaming Mourinho - tactically he has been superb this season. He could not have foreseen his three strikers failing to score the goals a title-challenging team need, if we had one top striker (i.e Costa), we would have won the league.

    Phil: Too much negativity over Chelsea's season. A massive improvement on the last couple of league campaigns and really close to Champions League final. Watch us go next season.

  9. 18:21: 
    Manager reaction- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich
    Neil Adams

    Norwich stand-in boss Neil Adams: "It keeps us going for sure. I thought the performance was outstanding. We had a game plan and virtually executed it to perfection. We were so strong, so solid. Of course, we would have liked to have caused Chelsea one or two problems more, but you're playing against one of the best sides in Europe.

    "I felt we had a stone-wall penalty in the first half and if we'd had got that we would have had two more points.

    "I was tempted to put two strikers on but what you don't want to do is give the ball away because if we'd lost we would have been relegated, virtually. We're watching results now, we're watching other games. What we hope is that we go to the Arsenal game with an opportunity because with that sort of commitment and sprit we have a chance."

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    Gregory: Liverpool better not underestimate Crystal Palace tomorrow. The Eagles have collected a few impressive scalps this season.

    Sam: How much would it cost me to send three or four buses to the Etihad Stadium for Villa on Wednesday evening?

  11. 18:19: 

    The title race will go to the wire then. Liverpool play Crystal Palace tomorrow night, win that one and Manchester City must beat Villa on Wednesday to go into the last day of the season level on points. It should be exciting, that's for sure...

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    Niall, Castlewellan: Anything can happen in the next seven days! Write off Liverpool's chances at your peril. All it takes is one goal at The Etihad from Villa or West Ham and everything changes.

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    Justin: Chelsea don't look much better than mediocre at times yet they're still third in the table. English sides are slipping behind on the European scale. Liverpool may liven the Champions League up next season with their style of play, as long as they defend though, as well as attack.

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    Manager reaction- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich
    Jose Mourinho

    More from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "The team in the second half was much much better. David gave us more intensity as did Eden Hazard. We should have won, but football is about goals.

    "I said the title chance had been gone for a few weeks. It's strange in the most important league in the world there are still two matches in hand to play in the last week. Today was question of pride and trying to give fans a victory at home."

    Regarding Chelsea's penalty appeal when Andre Schurrle was challenged by Alexander Tettey: "I had a quick run to my office to see the penalty appeal - I'd rather laugh than comment."

  15. 18:11: 
    End of an era?- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    As the players continue their lap of Stamford Bridge, the fans chant Jose Mourinho's name. He comes back out of the tunnel, slaps his badge and waves to the crowd.

    Is this goodbye for Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry? It looks that way to be honest. The three of them are all together, waving to the crowd, and are now having pictures taken together. All very 'end of school.'

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    Manager reaction

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "It was quite a day. We had one team that needed three points to have a chance to survive - but didn't play to win and a team that needed a point to finish third and guarantee a Champions League group stage place that played to win.

    "During the first 45 minutes, our players were very slow. There was no intensity. In the second half it was different - the players wanted it much much more.

    "Norwich's gameplan surprised me. We were waiting for a crazy game, especially in the second half, where they would gamble everything, but it didn't happen. But we don't have a right to criticise."

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    Jose Mourinho

    Luca: Norwich defended for their lives. No fire power again an issue. We were out of title race long ago when we lost to Sunderland.

    Benjamin: Chelsea are just not used to attacking anymore, bizarre for a so-called top team. Is Jose the way forward? Not so sure.

    Andrew: Boos ringing in Jose Mourinho's ears, not the end to the season he and a lot of Chelsea fans imagined when he took over.

  18. 18:06: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Frank Lampard's daughter goes over to the crowd to hand out some boots - only for a bigger boy to snatch them out of the hands of a smaller child.

    Hang your head in shame sir...

  19. 18:04: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    This season will now definitely be Chelsea's worst points total under Jose Mourinho - their maximum haul is 82 points, one fewer than Mourinho's previous worst of 83.

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    Dan: Brendan Rodgers may have said he got the best education possible learning from Mourinho at Chelsea, but he doesn't appeared to have listened to Jose on how to play a football game at all - and quite rightly so! Without Hazard on top form this season Norwich may have had a rival in the low scorers league!

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  22. 18:00: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich have failed to score in five of their last six games and today's game is their only point in that spell of matches. If you don't score you go down...

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    Tristan: Really poor season for Chelsea. No point in beating Liverpool and City to then constantly drop points at home. Buy a striker.

  24. 17:58:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich
    John Terry

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "Chelsea's title challenge was over before this game - it's between Manchester City and Liverpool now - but it is still disappointing for them. Another goalless home game, and you always want to win your home games. I think the disappointment of the defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday was a factor here.

    "You have to give Norwich credit - they were pushed right back but they too will be disappointed. I don't think this result will be enough for them either. The Norwich players are applauding their fans as they go across - they gave everything but over the season they have not scored enough goals. Today they didn't look like scoring either and that is why they are going to be relegated."

  25. 17:56: 

    It's also been a good weekend for Hull. They may have lost 3-1 at Aston Villa yesterday but they are now safe and are in the Europa League. They've had worse weekends.

  26. 17:55: 
    WHAT IT MEANS AT THE BOTTOM
    Premier League

    Complicated - Sunderland play West Brom on Wednesday. If that match finishes as a draw then the Baggies are safe and Sunderland will be three clear of Norwich going into the final day but with a vastly superior goal difference.

    If West Brom beat Sunderland then the Baggies will be safe - but Sunderland will be just two points ahead of Norwich going into the final day.

    Norwich host Arsenal next Sunday, while Sunderland host Swansea.

  27. 17:53: 
    WHAT IT MEANS AT THE TOP
    Premier League

    Manchester City stay on top of the table, and Chelsea could be out of the hunt tomorrow night. One win for Liverpool or Man City in their remaining two games leaves Chelsea in third.

  28.  
    FULL-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Boos at Stamford Bridge. That could be the end of Chelsea's title hopes.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "Norwich have defended extremely well in this second half - they have been right up against it and it looks like they will get a point. But I still don't think a point will be enough to save them."

  30. 90 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Fernando Torres has a sighter! But no, the ball gets away from him.

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    Alex: This is so poor from Chelsea. This Norwich side have shipped so many goals and they can't muster up one goal...

  32. 90 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Bradley Johnson heads on a long throw-in but Mark Schwarzer makes the stop...

  33. 90 mins: 
    INJURY TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    THREE MINUTES added on...

  34. 89 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    A collective groan which can only mean a defender shooting over from 35 yards. You had better options Mr Ivanovic!

  35. 87 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Terrific ball in from Willian but Michael Turner - the rock - heads it out. Chelsea can't find a chink in this usually leaky Norwich defence.

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    Colin, Devon: How different things could have been for Chelsea. Losing to Villa, Palace and Sunderland has cost them dearly.

  37. 85 mins: 
    FINAL FIVE

    Norwich clear a free-kick at the back stick. Almost there...

  38. 84 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    There are a lot of angry, frustrated men in Chelsea shirts. John Terry is the latest to give the officials a piece of his mind after Robert Snodgrass wins a cheap free-kick.

  39. 83 mins: 
    As it stands- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich
    Premier League

    Norwich don't seem to want to go all out for a winner of their own. A draw leaves them needing Sunderland to lose both of their games. A winner though, and they will be level on points with the Black Cats...

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    Franck, London: The only reason Mourinho wins trophies is because he uses expensive squads - he is no different to Allardyce or Pulis. Give them the same teams and they will win with the same tactics.

  41. 82 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Calm down Branislav! He's on a booking and throws Nathan Redmond to the floor, before slamming the loose ball into the body of a Norwich man. He's very lucky not to see red, and Neil Adams is making exactly that point to Jose Mourinho on the touchline.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "Great play from Hazard to come in from the left and link up with Torres before forcing a good save from Ruddy. The rebound falls back to Torres but he blasts it over - the sign of a man out of form and low on confidence."

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  43. 80 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich have only scored 11 Premier League goals away from home all season - but five of those have come in the last 15 minutes of matches.

  44. 79 mins: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich
    Eden Hazard goes down under a challenge by Ryan Bennett

    That's brilliant from Eden Hazard! He beats four men with a change of direction and wonderful turn before whistling in a low shot which John Ruddy pushes away. You just can't tackle Eden Hazard in those areas.

    TEN MINUTES left...

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    Laurit, London: Chelsea will probably win this game, however it shows why they are not title-winning material yet. No plan B, no creation, if their opponents sit back then they have no answer.

  46. 76 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    It's more like 4-2-4 from Chelsea. All-out attack. A draw is no good to both sides so we could be in for late drama yet.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "It's interesting that Fernando Torres has gone up to play with Demba Ba or just off him. A change of formation then with Matic coming off, as Chelsea go to 4-4-2."

  48. 73 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    In answer to my earlier question, it's Nathan Redmond who is playing through the middle, and doing it well. He is a real menace, looking to run in behind all the time.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "That's what Nathan Redmond gives you with his pace and fresh legs. It was a lovely ball though to Snodgrass, who wasn't confident enough to take it early and the extra touch he takes allows Cahill to get back and cover. Suddenly the whole Norwich team is lifted because they know they now have an outlet."

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  50. 72 mins: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Here's the final Chelsea change - Fernando Torres on for Nemanja Matic.

  51. 71 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    What a chance! That would have blown the relegation fight into shreds! Nathan Redmond releases Robert Snodgrass in on goal, his first touch isn't the best and Gary Cahill makes a brilliant last-ditch block to turn his shot away and into the side-netting. A few fans (and me) thought that that was in at first glance...

  52. 69 mins: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    There is the change. Nathan Redmond is on for Johan Elmander, so pace in place of power. Not sure who is going to play through the middle for the Canaries? Chelsea are sending on Fernando Torres.

  53. 68 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Willian leans back and fires into the crowd as Neil Adams listens to Spackman and readies Nathan Redmond.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "I'm really surprised that Neil Adams hasn't got any of his players warming up. He has to bring on the likes of Gary Hooper and Nathan Redmond to get a goal because they desperately need one. They are defending well and need to keep their concentration but when they win the ball they have nowhere to go."

  55. 65 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Ashley Cole has a low shot blocked after more good work from Eden Hazard. He is looking like being the difference maker.

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    Lee, Gloucestershire: Mourinho's pride has cost Chelsea this season. What could they have done with more creativity from midfield and a decent striker? Mata was perfect for these kind of games and I'm fairly sure that young Lukaku lad isn't too bad at bagging the odd goal either.

  57. 62 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Into the last half hour. This is resembling a siege now, I don't think Johan Elmander has touched the ball since the interval. Chelsea have one sub left - will it be Fernando Torres or Samuel Eto'o to join the party?

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich
    Norwich boss Neil Adams

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "I thought it was a penalty - it was a very late and rash challenge from Ryan Bennett but the assistant referee raised his flag for offside at the same time. There was definite contact and Norwich are let off."

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  59. 59 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Referee Neil Swarbrick has awarded only three penalties in the Premier League this season. Of referees to have been involved in at least 10 matches this season, only Lee Mason (two) has awarded fewer.

  60. 58 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Chelsea have had 89.6% possession since half-time. That must be close to a record.

  61. 57 mins: 
    PENALTY APPEAL

    What is going on here! Surely a penalty this time? No! Eden Hazard is taken down by a wild swing from Ryan Bennett but the flag is already raised for offside.

    On second viewing, maybe Hazard just ran into Bennett - but it was a wild challenge.

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    Peter: What is Mourinho's problem? Hazard just returned from injury against Atletico. He was not fit. Why is Jose so vindictive?

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    Chris, West Hampstead: Is it just me or has Mourinho been a whole lot more melancholy in his second Chelsea stint? Where's all the "I love my players and they love me?" He needs a hug.

  64. 54 mins: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Penalty appeals for Chelsea now as Branislav Ivanovic and Andre Schurrle both go down in the same move, Schurrle under pressure from Alex Tettey as he tried to get onto Ivanovic's cross. Nothing given.

    Chelsea are turning the screw now though. This is the best they've played so far.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "That just shows you when Hazard can do - he is so tricky, he can run on the inside or outside and can find a pass. Norwich seem to be getting deeper and deeper towards their own goal since they've come out for this second half."

  66. 50 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    This is quite some introduction. Like bringing in a ringer from a few years above at school, Eden Hazard is walking around defenders now. He beats two of them down in the corner and fires in a low cross which Norwich just about smuggle out of the goalmouth.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "A great effort from David Luiz, he hit it with his instep to bend it away from and over the Norwich keeper. Ruddy was beaten - but the crossbar intervenes and keeps it out."

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  68. 48 mins: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Instant impact! Eden Hazard has the ball two or three times in and around the penalty area, running in behind and stretching the play. And fellow sub David Luiz brings a flowing move to an end with a dipping strike from 20 yards which kisses the crossbar on its way out. Fine attempt.

  69. 47 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    David Luiz is busy early on, picking the ball up from deep and dictating play. If he's the metronome he needs to be turned up a notch from that flat first half. More BPM Dave.

  70.  
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    We are back under way.

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    Adam: Chelsea can't win against small teams because they can't just sit back and counter like they do with bigger teams.

  72. 17:02: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    David Luiz and Eden Hazard are coming on for Chelsea. Bold subs from Jose - they replace Mo Salah and Frank Lampard.

  73. 17:00: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Delia's been enjoying herself at half-time again by the looks of it, sharing a laugh with a member of the Chelsea security team. No on the pitch serenading though, thankfully. Here come the teams. Jose looks miserable.

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    Edwin, Brighton: I do wonder if Hazard is really all that good, or if it's just that Chelsea are so devoid of offensive creativity that they elevate anyone who has actually tried to the level of greatness.

  75. 16:52: 
    As it stands- Bottom of the table
    Premier League

    At the bottom, Norwich would remain in the bottom three with a point. They wouldn't be down - yet - though.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveHALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "If you're Neil Adams, now you've got to half-time that is the first part of the jigsaw done. Now he may be thinking: 'What do I do in the second half? If I go for it we risk losing the game so maybe I should take the point.'

    "I like the way Norwich play but they don't have a cutting edge and have shown that again this afternoon. I think it's all over for the bottom three unfortunately, and credit to Gus Poyet. Everyone thought Sunderland were dead and buried and then they go and win at the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United."

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    Don: Why are smaller teams difficult for Chelsea to crack?

    Alon: Chelsea seem to be holding a grudge after Sunderland's victory at Stamford Bridge. Not doing us any favours.

  78. 16:50: 
    As it stands- Top of the table
    Premier League

    Chelsea will stay in third overnight if they don't win today - and they could be out of the title race before the final day of the season should Liverpool win at Palace on Monday.

  79. 16:49: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich
    Chelsea duo John Terry and Ashley Cole tackle Norwich City's Martin Olsson

    This was arguably the key moment in that first half. Norwich wanted a penalty when Martin Olsson appeared to be caught by John Terry - but they got nothing.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveHALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "There has not been enough creativity from either side in that final third. Chelsea have had a lot of the ball but haven't moved it fast enough and this is where I think they miss Hazard. Hopefully we will see him in the second half. Mourinho has got to look to change a couple of things - Chelsea need somebody to take this game by the scruff of the neck and really drive them forward here."

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  81. 16:47: 
    HALF-TIME- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Nil-nil then, the Norwich fans are happy with that display as the players troop off.

  82. 45 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Chelsea have had their moments but I have to agree Nick - it's not the most invigorating display. Almost half time.

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    Nick: Everyone slated Arsenal for being below their best in a dead rubber game. Well Chelsea aren't looking any better and they're still in with a title chance.

  84. 16:44: 

    It's not been the most 'super' of Sundays so far has it?

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    James, London: Norwich have had more shots on target today than Liverpool had in the first half last Sunday.

  86. 40 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich go close again, they have packed a punch today! Bradley Johnson wins the ball on the edge of the box, he goes for goal and sees John Terry get a piece of his shot, just enough in fact to deflect the ball wide of the corner. That would have made life interesting...

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "Do you know apparently as a youngster Ashley Cole started off as a centre-forward? But that shot is why they moved him back to left-back."

  88. 37 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Ashley Cole is having a fine game on the attacking front. He switches play with an arcing pass out to Mo Salah on the right, then gallops on and takes the ball back from the Egyptian, before seeing the headlines and firing wildly over from 25 yards.

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    Tim: Hazard warms up and Chelsea have their best chance. That's what I call an impact player.

  90. 35 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Andre Schurrle wins full marks for persistence. He has a dig from the other wing now, cutting inside on to his left foot and thrashing in a low drive which John Ruddy hangs on to. Chelsea looking good going forward.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "I thought Schurrle should have played it earlier and found Demba Ba who had made a run but he did he right thing to come inside. John Ruddy came to his near post because Schurrle was on his left foot but he played it across the keeper and hit the other post."

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  92. 32 mins: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Eden Hazard is dispatched down the sidelines for an early warm-up. The crowd like that - and they like that!

    Nemanja Matic breaks up the play with a destroyer of a tackle, he takes man and ball with one swing of his left boot, he then threads a great ball into the path of Andre Schurrle, who curls against the base of the far post. Deserved better.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "Going out in the semi-finals of the Champions League is a big blow but there have been changes made to this Chelsea team so they should be fresh enough to finish the season on a high because Norwich are here for the taking really.

    "Chelsea just need to up the tempo, be a bit quicker in getting it up to Demba Ba, who is working on the shoulder of the last defender, and get the movement off him. It's all a little bit 'tippy- tappy' at the moment."

  94. 28 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich causing more than their fair share of problems here, as a long free-kick bounces around awkwardly in the Chelsea penalty area. Neil Adams will be delighted with the opening half hour - but he also needs a goal.

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    David: Even staunch Norwich fans will admit the team has been poor, but the Olsson incident sums up their luck this season. At the other end it would have been a stonewall penalty.

    Last week at Old Trafford they scored first with a disallowed goal that would have stood for United and then fell behind to a penalty that would never have been given in the opposing area.

  96. 16:24: 
    Old Lady on the champers

    News to report from over in Italy, where Juventus have been handed the Serie A title for the third successive year after second place Roma lose 4-1 at Catania.

    The Old Lady has 93 points, eight ahead of Roma, whose defeat means they can are no longer able to reach first place.

    It means there will be a party atmosphere on Monday when Juventus take on Atalanta knowing that the title is theirs.

    Follow the reaction, and all the latest in La Liga, in the European live text.

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    Pierce: Chelsea have the perfect mix between young and old players now, it would be foolish for Jose to sell anyone, not just Hazard.

  98. 23 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich
    Jose Mourinho watches his team in action

    John Terry thumps a header at John Ruddy in the battle of the Johns. Ruddy wins.

    Jose Mourinho has wisely ditched the Marty McFly body-warmer.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "Good build up play down that at right-hand side, a wonderful ball whipped in right across the six-yard box by Olsson, and if Bradley Johnson goes for a diving header and not with his left foot he makes it."

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    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich
    Gianfranco Zola (second from right) and Sebastian Coe (right) at Stamford Bridge

    It's a diminutive, London-based sporting legend face-off in a Stamford Bridge box today...

  101. 19 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Fair play to Norwich, they are having a go - and they need to. Bradley Johnson hurls himself at an excellent cross from Martin Olsson but he's inches away from making a telling connection. If he had got boot to ball, he would score. Surely.

  102. 17 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Much more tempo about Chelsea's opening 15 minutes than Arsenal's, you have to say. Andre Schurrle cannons a shot on the run which Russell Martin takes like Kevin Costner in the Bodyguard, a full-length dive blocking it in the chest.

  103. 15 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    The old 'put your hand up in apology' game from Demba Ba, but that is a horror touch. Ba is free down the left wing, he has two men screaming into the penalty area but his cross is terrible, screwing off his ankle straight at John Ruddy in the Norwich goal. Where was the quality? On the bench.

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    Luke: Cole is so slow to react, if he goes to the World Cup its a wasted space. Proof just then, clear penalty to Norwich.

  105. 16:14: 
    Scottish Premiership

    Not going well for Kilmarnock - 3-0 down at Hearts, early in the second half.

    Looks like they'll be staying in the relegation play-off spot.

    Follow the action on our Scottish live text commentary.

  106.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "I thought it was a tackle from behind there and Neil Adams thought it was a penalty too. Martin Olsson got a toe on it and John Terry caught him as he comes across, but I don't think the Norwich man had control of the ball. It was a great chance for Olsson though, and if he had hit it first time he might have scored because Mark Schwarzer wasn't set."

  107. 11 mins: 
    PENALTY APPEAL- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Almost brilliant from Norwich. Bradley Johnson threads a pass through the eye of a needle, Martin Olsson ghosts in on the blind side of Ashley Cole, he gets a toe to the ball and is then tripped by the outstretched leg of John Terry. Nothing given by referee Neil Swarbrick.

    The ball was away from Olsson, he didn't have control of it - but you've seen them given. Neil Adams is in no doubt.

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    Craig, Durham: It would be nice for us Sunderland fans to watch our last two games stress free without the threat of relegation. Come on you Blues.

  109. 10 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Norwich feeling their way into the game, they've had some solid possession but can they hurt Chelsea? They've struggled for goals all season.

  110.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "It's good to see Ashley Cole back in the team. I think he will go to the World Cup because you need experience in your back line."

    Listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

  111. 16:07: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "I believe the mentality of the team was outstanding [in guiding Arsenal into a Champions League spot]. We still have games in front of us. You can be pleased of the attitude, but frustrated because we were top of the league [for 128 days] then we dropped off.

    "We had injures - three or four players who missed too many games. And in some games, at the start away from home, we were caught by surprise. We were perhaps too cautious and not confident enough. We paid a heavy price for it."

  112. 5 mins: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    If this is to be Ashley Cole's Stamford Bridge farewell, he's going to enjoy himself. The England left-back goes on a cracking run, beating two men for pace and power and winning a corner. Demba Ba goes down in the middle, he's winded by the arm of Michael Turner.

    Did the Norwich man swing an elbow? He certainly checked Ba's run.

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    Daniel: Chelsea will not sell Eden Hazard to an English club. I hope he stays put just so we can watch his talent grow!

  114. 3 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Demba Ba is enjoying himself up front for Chelsea at the moment, bustling around up top and knocking down a long ball forward into the path of Andre Schurrle. It's a tricky one to hit but he side-foots powerfully at John Ruddy from the edge of the box.

  115. 1 min: 
    Chelsea 0-0 Norwich

    Nigel Spackman going for the 'total clear-out' option there. Jose, if you're reading this, trust me - that rarely works on a certain Football Manager game. I've done it many times and it never ends well.

  116.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea 0-0 Norwich

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "I think the manager has some big decisions to make. Ramires is suspended today, but will he be here next year? Will Oscar be here? He's been left out. Will the goalkeeper be here? Will Cole, Torres, Terry? Some of these players could be making their farewell appearances."

  117. 16:00: 
    KICK-OFF- Chelsea 0-0 Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Game on at the Bridge.

  118. 15:57: 
    Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Eden Hazard and David Luiz look happy enough on the bench as the mascots and photographers huddle in the centre-circle. Jose Mourinho is a hard man to please. He wants everyone to be the perfect blend of engineer and artist.

    Maybe that's what three years working with Cristiano Ronaldo does to you...

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    Tim: If Mourinho doesn't want Hazard I'm sure Brendan Rodgers would happily take him off his hands...

  120. 15:55: 
    Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Here come the players at Stamford Bridge. It's a cracking afternoon but Jose is still wearing his body warmer.

  121. 15:52: 
    Manager reaction- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
    Pepe Mel

    West Brom boss Pepe Mel: "No, an extra point we need, we have two matches and one point to get.

    "Now our only focus is on Sunderland. I think the players are very good professionals and every day and every week work on the pitch and there is a good atmosphere. I enjoy West Brom."

  122. 15:52: 
    Atletico heading for history
    Atletico Madrid

    Champagne corks are about to pop in Turin as Roma are on the verge of suffering a hefty 4-1 defeat to Catania this afternoon, which will hand Juventus the Italian Serie A title for the third successive year.

    Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid - conquerors of Chelsea in midweek - are two wins away from claiming the Spanish title and they are about to get under way in their game against Levante, which kicks off at 16:00 BST. Head on over to our European live text commentary to follow the action.

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    Matt: Chelsea need to get a consistent striker for next season. If we get Lukaku back in good form, he will be perfect, but maybe a good strike partner would be good.

  124. 15:48: 
    Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Eden Hazard has just been out on the Stamford Bridge pitch to collect a trophy from the club, I'm not sure if it was his player of the season gong though. Surely Hazard won't be on the move this summer?

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    David: After that Arsenal match people might be excited for a Chelsea game for the first time this season!

    Tom: With Mata having left and Hazard potentially on his way out, being Chelsea's player of the season is becoming a bad thing.

  126. 15:47: 
    Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Norwich's stand-in manager Neil Adams: "Avoiding defeat is essential, but we probably need to win the game to give ourselves a chance of getting 38 points.

    "Sunderland have amazing belief and conviction and we've got that ourselves, unfortunately it hasn't reflected in results but it must do sharpish."

  127. 15:46: 
    Player reaction- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Arsenal goalscorer Olivier Giroud: "We feel relieved because we had to fight until the end of the season [to claim fourth spot]. We have a really exciting final game [in the FA Cup] so we have to keep our focus.

    "We have a good understanding on the pitch and now we know each other really well. Hopefully it will be even better next year."

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    Shaun: I was hoping that the defeat to Atletico may have woken Mourinho up to being more attacking against the big sides, but his comments against our creative players has me believe that he will always blame others before he looks at himself. Next season we may win trophies but in what style? Slightly worried that Hazard may decide to leave after meeting up with his Belgian World Cup squad.

  129. 15:45: 

    Strong words from Chris Brunt. Hard to argue with though - should the Albion have stuck with Steve Clarke?

  130. 15:44: 
    Player reaction- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    West Brom's Chris Brunt: "Even if we are safe we will be bitterly disappointed with a poor season. It has been a bit of a shambles on and off the field. If we do not learn from this season, we will not learn from anything."

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    Alasdair: Arsenal's problem this season has not been with the first team but the squad. Arsenal need to add without losing this summer. Three or four quality players really could make for a proper sustained title challenge.

    Mark: What Wenger has done for this club and football as a whole in this country is simply amazing when you consider where we were when he took over. People should remember that football is not all about winning and trophies - it's about style and entertainment and doing things the right way. So remember, Arsene knows!

  132. 15:37: 
    Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "It's our determination to try to win, to try to finish well at home, to try to give the fans a good feeling in the last match at home. If you can finish the season by winning, by confirming our presence in the Champions League group next season, if we can do that playing well, winning the game, I think that's a good feeling for everyone."

    Mourinho on making five changes: "… And to make some justice and give Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah the possibility to play again because against Liverpool they were fantastic in their commitment and their effort."

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    Neil, Suffolk: The Champions League hasn't filled our bank account, just paid for a brand new 60,000-seater stadium and set us up for the next 20 years. Still confused why in Wenger we trust?

  134. 15:34: 
    As it stands- Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)
    Premier League

    It's pretty simple for Norwich. Lose today and while mathematically they won't quite be down, they would need close to a miracle.

    In fact, lose today and they would need to win next weekend and make up at least 13 goals on Sunderland, while also hoping that Sunderland lose both of their last two games. Slim pickings...

  135.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveChelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Nigel Spackman at Stamford Bridge: "I don't think Jose Mourinho should have criticised Eden Hazard in public. You won't get him tracking runners all the time, but he has improved. I feel he has been the best player this season, he has a wonderful future and this team should be built around him.

    "What Chelsea fans want to see is creativity, they want to be entertained, and some are saying now: 'If Hazard leaves then where are we going to get the goals from that will give us the confidence to beat the best teams?' But is Mourinho maybe thinking Hazard isn't the kind of player he wants and - similarly with Mata - thinking: 'If I can get good money for him can I rebalance my squad?'.

  136. 15:31: 
    Team News- Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Following his team's Champions League semi-final defeat by Atletico Madrid in midweek, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had said Eden Hazard did not sacrifice himself for the team so it is perhaps no surprise that the Belgian has to settle for a place on the substitutes' bench. Frank Lampard, Mo Salah, Andre Schurrle, Demba Ba, Nemanja Matic - who all started against Liverpool - return after failing to make the starting line-up against Atletico.

    Norwich's stand-in manager Neil Adams makes three changes to the side which lost 4-0 against Manchester United, with Ryan Bennett, Johan Elmander and Alexander Tettey coming in to bolster a team which currently occupies the final relegation spot.

  137. 15:29: 
    The old guard- Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)
    John Terry & Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry all start today - and they are all out of contract at the end of the season. This could well be their final appearances in a Chelsea shirt at Stamford Bridge.

    The Premier League will feel a very different place if and when they all move on...

  138. 15:25: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Arsenal embark on a rather sheepish lap of honour around the Emirates complete with the now obligatory children in shirts with 'daddy' on the back. I blame Dennis Wise for starting this craze. It's one of football's more awkward 'traditions.'

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    Nid: Signing a top striker next season is important for Arsenal but keeping Ramsey and Walcott fit is crucial to winning the title.

  140.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 1-0 West Brom

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Clive Allen at Emirates Stadium: "It wasn't a thriller. After the opener we were hoping something would ignite the game but it never really sparked into action. Arsenal were never really troubled by West Brom."

  141. 15:22: 
    LINE-UPS- Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Chelsea: Schwarzer, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Lampard, Matic, Salah, Willian, Schurrle, Ba. Subs: Luiz, Torres, van Ginkel, Hazard, Eto'o, Kalas, Hilario.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Turner, Whittaker, Johnson, Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Olsson, Elmander. Subs: Bassong, van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hooper, Bunn, Elliott Bennett, Redmond.

    Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

  142.  
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
    Olivier Giroud

    Almost 100 games up already for Olivier Giroud in an Arsenal shirt.

  143.  
    FULL-TIME- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    It's all over.

  144. 90 mins: 
    YELLOW CARD- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    All a bit ugly on the touchline as Olivier Giroud and Graham Dorrans square up to each other, a messy tangle and they are both booked. We are into the three minutes of added time.

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    Phil, Dundee: Arsenal fans confuse me. All these years of Champions League filling the bank account and they're hardly much better than Everton or Tottenham. Yet still "in Wenger we trust". Not been good enough for a long long time.

  146. 90 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    The loudest cheer of the game! Saido Berahino gives chase to a ball down the right but his legs overtake his body, he starts to lose his balance and then falls to the ground in instalments, like someone attempting a run down a hill.

  147. 88 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Get your head on that! A great cross from the right picks out Kim Kallstrom, but he does the classic 'shut your eyes and hope for the best' move, and the ball hits his shoulder and flies wide...

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    Adam: Arsenal's only real disappointment should be that Liverpool have overtaken them this season. Win the FA Cup and it's 8/10.

  149. 86 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Suddenly a bit of urgency from the visitors. West Brom win a corner which Craig Dawson heads narrowly over, via a deflection. Nearly three thousand away fans make some serious noise, but the second corner fizzles out. It's now or never for West Brom.

  150. 83 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Thomas Vermaelen floats a free-kick into the palms of Ben Foster. Arsenal seven minutes away from their highest points total in six years.

  151. 15:09: 
    Team News- Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Chelsea make five changes from the side beaten in Europe in midweek. Noteably, Eden Hazard is among the culled.

    In come Nemanja Matic, Frank Lampard, Mo Salah, Andre Schurrle and Demba Ba.

    Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle; Ba

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    Aman: Seems like Remy is heading to Arsenal. Would be a good signing for Arsenal. Cheap and talented.

  153. 79 mins: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    A final change for Arsenal as Thomas Vermaelen replaces Nacho Monreal - that means no Abou Diaby today.

    Victor Anichebe is also in for the Albion. Can he turn it around?

  154. 15:03: 
    Team News- Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Norwich make three changes from the side tanked at Old Trafford last time out. Alex Tettey, Johan Elmander and Ryan Bennett are in.

    Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin (c), R Bennett, Turner, Whittaker; Tettey; Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Olsson; Elmander.

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    George, Bristol: May end the season with one of our highest points tallies of the Wenger era, and that's with considerable injuries, FA Cup on the horizon and finished above our rivals, again. Lucky to have Wenger.

  156. 75 mins: 
    HITS THE WOODWORK- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Should be two! Lukas Podolski mishits a shot from six yards out but it drifts up on to the inside of the post and bounces away. So close!

  157. 74 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    It's opening up now. Mesut Ozil latches on to a knock on from Olivier Giroud, the angle is tight and he clips a low shot just past the far post. Ben Foster did well to shut him down.

  158.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 1-0 West Brom

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Clive Allen at Emirates Stadium: "I am disappointed with West Brom, I felt with a little bit more urgency and desire in closing down and working Arsenal they may well have caused a few more problems. But for Arsenal it really has been a stroll in the sunshine."

  159. 71 mins: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    It's a dangerous game as long as it's one nil, and all of a sudden West Brom are in on goal. Morgan Amalfitano bursts into space, he's one on one and Wojciech Szczesny comes out sharpish to make a flying save.

    Loic Remy is in the stands by the way. A summer target?

  160. 69 mins: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
    Arsenal's Santi Cazorla (left) and West Brom's Graham Dorrans

    Another change for the Arsenal, as Tomas Rosicky replaces Santi Cazorla in midfield. Still no Diaby - he's going to get on though, surely?

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    Lindsey: What is wrong with modern Arsenal fans? Do you ever stop moaning? We play beautiful football, are in the FA Cup final and in the Champions League for 17th year on the bounce. You should try and remember how really dull it was under Don Howe and George Graham.

  162. 14:54: 
    Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Should be team news filtering in from Chelsea in the next few minutes...

  163. 65 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    West Brom finally win a corner, they send the big man up - and then Graham Dorrans hits a corner at the first defender. Incredibly frustrating for the Albion team and management.

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    Laurent: Staying match fit, three points for morale and above all no injuries. Keep it dull please.

  165.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 1-0 West Brom

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Clive Allen at Emirates Stadium: "Immediately after half-time West Brom started to press Arsenal further up the field by playing a higher line. Pepe Mel obviously must have felt that is how they could get back into the game, but after that 10-minute spell it's lulled back into how it was before unfortunately."

  166. 63 mins: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Arsenal do make a change, with Mikel Arteta off for the final half hour. It's not Abou Diaby though, it's Kim Kallstrom who takes his place.

  167. 61 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
    Mesut Ozil in action for Arsenal

    Mesut Ozil whips in a cracking cross from the left, it's well weighted but he only has Olivier Giroud inside the penalty area and it's just over the French forward's head. Where's the support?

  168. 59 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    West Brom have won only one of their last 19 visits to London, and they certainly don't look like adding another win today. We are approaching the final half hour. Diaby o'clock?

  169. 14:44: 
    Scottish Premiership latest

    Kilmarnock visit Hearts in a big game in the Scottish Premiership that starts at 15:00 BST. Victory for the Ayrshire side would lift them off the Scottish Premiership's relegation play-off spot, but they will have their work cut out against a Hearts side unbeaten since March.

    Follow the action on our Scottish football live text.

  170. 54 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Good hassling from Olivier Giroud, who charges down a clearance and tries to power around the outside of Craig Dawson, winning a corner in the process. West Brom stand firm from this set-piece though, clearing their lines.

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    Jock: The Wenger philosophy was always 'possession with progression'. There seems to plenty of the former but little of the latter.

    Luke: You can see how much Arsenal miss Ramsey or Wilshere when they're not there. Their runs from the midfield are key.

    Rezaa: What happened to Gnabry? Pure talent. He should be playing these last two games alongside Jenkinson, Kallstrom and Sanogo.

  172. 52 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    West Brom commit men forward but when Stephane Sessegnon loses the ball Arsenal can counter. Santi Cazorla floats a gem of a pass out to Mesut Ozil on the left wing, he buys himself a yard with a neat turn inside but he then fails to pick out Olivier Giroud. Get Yaya Sanogo on!

  173. 49 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    West Brom starting the second half by noticeably pressing Arsenal higher up the field. If they are to get anything out of this game they can't sit off and let Mikel Arteta stroke the ball around as easily as he was able in the first half.

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    "Olivier Giroud's hair parting is remarkably unscathed by 45 minutes football."

  175.  
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Back under way at the Emirates. No changes for either side.

  176. 14:29: 
    As it stands- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
    Premier League

    West Brom would still not be mathematically safe if they lose here - but they would need Norwich to win at Chelsea to give them anything to worry about.

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    Sam: And people say Chelsea are dull...

    Martin: I'd like to say now while we're winning I'm bored of our tippy-tappy, non-incisive football. Time for fresh ideas and faces.

  178.   
    MOTD's Steve Wilson at Stamford BridgeChelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    "Norwich cannot mathematically be relegated today, but a repeat of the defeats they've suffered in their last six visits to Stamford Bridge would leave only the narrowest sliver of hope before the door shuts completely.

    "Their stand-in manager Neil Adams was dealt an impossible hand and we'll never know if those who take the decisions at Carrow Road erred in sacking Chris Hughton at all, or in not sacking him soon enough. What is certain is that Adams cannot be held responsible if relegation comes."

  179. 14:24: 
    Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    A Norwich win at Chelsea later on would keep the relegation fight interesting. A Chelsea win keeps the title race interesting...

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    Mark, Aberdeenshire: West Brom are every bit worthy of 17th in the league. We don't have the players for much more and yet last season... What was the rationale for firing Steve Clarke again?

  181.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 1-0 West Brom

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Clive Allen at Emirates Stadium: "When you come to the Emirates you know Arsenal are going to be comfortable in possession and look to carve out chances to score, but from set-pieces West Brom should know exactly what they have to do. Giroud was let go and made his chance count but since then Foster has only been tested once or twice and they will be disappointed to be going in at half time one-nil down.

    "I think the absence of Aaron Ramsey has been key for Arsenal - he makes those penetrating runs into the box and a couple of times in this first half Nacho Monreal, who is almost playing as a left winger, has only had Giroud to pick out on the cross."

  182. 14:20: 
    'Where's the cue ball going?'- Crucible dreams
    Ronnie O'Sullivna

    Not a cracker at the Emirates then. But we could be on for a cracker at the Crucible, where the World Championship final between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby is just starting.

    Join Michael Emons and co for a live text commentary - and video - of that one if you wish.

  183. 14:17: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    I just saw a lady in the away end wearing a T-shirt which said 'Keep Calm & Boing Boing.'

    That is surely not possible. If you are Boinging, you cannot be calm. Can you?

  184.  
    HALF-TIME- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
  185. 45 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Mathieu Flamini ends the half with a low shot at Ben Foster. Blow the whistle ref.

  186. 43 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Let's hope Abou Diaby gets on in the second half. It will at least give us one topic to talk about. This is a contender for dullest game of the season...

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    Craig: Would have been nice to see Jenkinson get a game today with nothing at stake. Also Zelalem/Eisfeld should be on the bench.

  188. 41 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Slightly better from Albion as they keep the ball for a sustained period but there's no real threat. Youssouf Mulumbu draws a niggly foul from Lukas Podolski in midfield.

  189.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 1-0 West Brom

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Alistair Bruce-Ball at Emirates Stadium: "After the goal it's been fairly routine and unriveting stuff from Arsenal. The game has had something of a stroll in the Sunday sunshine feel about it."

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    TK: Alex Song has not been missed. Incapable of doing his job and shielding his defence. He couldn't resist joining an attack.

  191. 37 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Arsenal still having over 70% of possession but they can't find that second goal yet. Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla look dangerous whenever they get on the ball though.

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    Paul, London: I'm impressed with how Arsenal have bounced back from the heavy defeats and loss to Everton. They are getting more resilient and they need to add ruthlessness.

  193. 34 mins: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Brilliant from Ben Foster! Santi Cazorla thinks he's made it two with a low shot from Lukas Podolski's cut-back, but Foster gets a hand to it to push it away. Top drawer.

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    Andez: Glad the fans are singing for Wenger to stay after the ridiculous mini-protest earlier from people with nothing better to do.

  195. 33 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Jack Wilshere is watching on from the stands this afternoon, suited and booted, he may well be suited up again soon for the England World Cup squad announcement.

    Wojciech Szczesny is called into action to turn away a speculative strike from Graham Dorrans, before Saido Berahino rifles over the bar from 25 yards. He got hold of that one alright!

  196. 29 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    There's no easy way to say this - or an easy way to look at it. Mathieu Flamini cracks in a powerful drive from the edge of the box and Craig Dawson blocks it right between the legs...

  197. 28 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Jonas Olsson has had four touches so far for West Brom. This has turned into a midfield merry-go-round for Arsenal, who are keeping the ball at will.

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    Chris: Would have been nice to see some more Arsenal youngsters get a run-out today. A lot of the team could do with a rest before the FA Cup final and we can only catch Chelsea if they lose both games, so we're pretty much guaranteed to finish fourth regardless of results.

  199. 24 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Alex Song has been a big loss. Could he be available for a return this summer? He doesn't get much action for Barcelona.

    James Morrison does not lack ambition! What an effort this is, shooting from just inside the Arsenal half but putting it five yards wide. Worth a dig, James...

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    Ian, St Annes: Although there are certainly positives for Arsenal fans from this season, I do feel they have lost a little of their ability to intimidate teams by passing them out of the game. Their midfield has lacked a Vieira or a Song.

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    Jonny: I hope Wenger gives Sanogo/Diaby/Kallstrom enough time to play today seeing as we have secured 4th place trophy.

  202. 21 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom
    Olivier Giroud

    Only Wilfried Bony and Christian Benteke (five) have more headed goals than Olivier Giroud (four) this season. That's 27 Premier League goals in 59 starts for the Gunners now for the Frenchman. He just needs some decent support/backup.

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    Robert: The problem for Wenger is that against their three title rivals they have been soundly thrashed away from home, conceding 17 goals.

  204. 18 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Mesut Ozil is showing signs of being on his way back to his best. He is linking up play very nicely, drifting inbetween the lines and hovering around on either flank. Some of his touches are sublime. It may have been a mixed season for Arsenal's record signing but there's no doubt he is top class.

  205.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 1-0 West Brom

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Clive Allen at Emirates Stadium: "It was a good run by Olivier Giroud to get across to the near post where he met a whipped-in corner, unmarked, to head in to the back of the net. The set-piece had come after sustained pressure and possession from Arsenal - a good start for them."

  206. 16 mins: 
    Arsenal 1-0 West Brom

    Can West Brom respond? Since that early flutter of activity they've pretty much been parked in their own half.

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    Ben: Progress indeed at Arsenal. Fourth assured with games to go and a cup final. Next progress needs to be made with injury treatment.

  208. 14 mins: 
    GOAL- Arsenal 1-0 West Brom - Olivier Giroud

    As simple as it gets! From the following corner, Olivier Giroud beats his man to plant in a header from six yards. A goal at home in the Premier League, Sunday league or Northants Combination league.

  209. 13 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 West Brom

    That's better. Arsenal move it fast from right to left, Mesut Ozil drifting inside to feed Santi Cazorla, whose powerful drive is deflected over.

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    Graham: Liverpool, Chelsea and now Manchester United have all finished outside the top four in recent seasons. Arsenal being there throughout while building a stadium is a major achievement, but it's time we built on that platform instead of just maintaining it. An FA Cup win would be a start.

  211.   
    BBC Radio 5 liveArsenal 0-0 West Brom

    BBC Radio 5 live summariser Clive Allen at Emirates Stadium: "I was taught by Terry Venables that the only time it is right to shoot from an angle like Saido Berahino did is when you score. He went for it but scuffed his shot, and it's been a very timid opening to this game."

  212. 12 mins: 
    Arsenal 0-0 West Brom

    There is no real tempo to the game, it's slower than an early 1990s Serie A game, And there's not even Ray Wilkins to liven things up.

    Mikel Arteta is spraying passes from the deep, quarterback role. It feels like the dead rubber end of season fare that it pretty much is.

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    Tom: Do Arsenal get presented with some sort of fourth place token or voucher after the match today so they can run around to show their adoring fans?

  214. 7 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 West Brom

    Saido Berahino is the key man for West Brom today as they try and play on the break, he has real pace and almost gets on the end of Morgan Amalfitano's pass.

    He then does get in behind a static backline, hits a low shot which deflects off the heel of Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny is able to make a comfortable save.

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    Graeme, Leeds: Would Wenger have taken an FA Cup win and a Champions League place before the season started? I think he would.

  216. 4 mins: 
    CLOSE!- Arsenal 0-0 West Brom

    Pepe Mel is already out on his feet, clapping and cajoling his players as they keep a disciplined shape. Arsenal do work the ball into the box though, with Lukas Podolski hitting a rising snap-shot wide of the near post.

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    Bilal: Arsenal can finish nine points behind champions with major injuries, instead of 19 last year. Gradual progress indeed.

  218. 2 mins: 
    Arsenal 0-0 West Brom

    Lively start from both sides, plenty of zip in the passing. Santi Cazorla is drifting into space just off Olivier Giroud.

  219. 13:30: 
    KICK-OFF- Arsenal 0-0 West Brom

    Under way!

  220. 13:29: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    Manager Arsene Wenger on Arsenal finishing in a Champions League spot again: "It's good to be consistent but we want more. We have regrets in the season. We want to finish as close to the top and win the remaining games.

    On whether the focus is on the FA Cup final: "We don't want to switch off now - we want to ensure we are getting stronger in the games [leading up to the final]."

  221. 13:27: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    We are almost ready. Lovely day at the Emirates. Let's have some top class stuff eh lads?

  222.  
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    Oli: Arsene Wenger would be awful, he'd never find the pockets...

  223. 13:21: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)
    Emirates Stadium

    The Emirates surface is getting a thorough sprinkling in preparation for this afternoon's first action. Will West Brom frustrate the hosts? Is Diego Lugano a liability in their backline?

    We are about to find out.

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    Andy, Armagh: Arsenal have secured their usual fourth spot with two games to spare instead of the normal final day drama, I call that progress! But fourth place is not an achievement for a football club the size of Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger is kidding himself if he believes it is.

  225.   
    MOTD2 ExtraMan City's title?

    Discussing the race for the title between Man City and Liverpool.

    Former Premier League midfielder Kevin Kilbane: "I would think Liverpool will take it to the last day - I can't see them not winning at Palace. City do not do things the easy way- they proved that against QPR two years ago and if they are going to do it I'm sure there will be twists and turns - but I do think City will win their last two games."

    Times journalist Oliver Kay: "If you look at Villa and West Ham I don't think they are the toughest home games City could have. I think most people expect them to win those two games now they have finally got things back in their own hands. They are also probably a little bit wiser for the experience of two years ago when they came so close to blowing the title on the last day."

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara:"So long as Liverpool go out tomorrow and beat Crystal Palace, with the way things have gone this season you can take nothing for granted. Aston Villa beat Chelsea not so long ago and it is possible they could turn City over in midweek. But you have to ask when will Liverpool next get this close, if we are expecting all their rivals to go out and spend big money this summer."

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    Michael: Lee Cattermole would be guaranteed to get plenty of reds.

    Harry: Stoke City players would obviously be naturals on the baize.

  227. 13:16: 
    Diaby-olical- Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    Let's hope Abou Diaby has seen his last treatment room.

    The midfielder - who is no longer wearing the number two shirt, by the way - could make his 124th Premier League appearance today. This is Arsenal's 321st Premier League game since he signed in 2006. So he's only missed about 60% of their games...

  228.  
    LAWRO'S PREDICTION- Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    "The Baggies are not safe mathematically yet but I am sure they will be fine.

    "If he does keep West Brom up, Pepe Mel will have done his job but, if I were him, I would want some assurances before next season - like money to spend on some new strikers for starters."

  229.   
    MOTD2 ExtraPL manager of the year?

    Discussing candidates for the Premier League's manager of the year:

    Times journalist Oliver Kay: "I think you look to Brendan Rodgers and Tony Pulis but perhaps add to those two Roberto Martinez, Steve Bruce possibly. There have been a lot managers who have done a good job but Liverpool have had a wonderful season. They have scored 96 goals, there is no wrong way to play football but they have done it in the right way, and with a group of players nobody would have put down as title contenders at the beginning of the season."

  230. 13:08: 

    Wigan to go up then? You can of course stay up to speed with all of the developments in the play-offs on the BBC Sport website in the coming weeks. We love a play-off...

  231.   
    MOTD2 ExtraLast-day drama in the Championship

    Discussing the end of the Championship season, which saw Brighton sneak into a play-off place and Birmingham avoid relegation to League One with a dramatic late goal at Bolton.

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara: "No matter how doomed you appear to be there is always an escape route. During the match it was all going against Birmingham but it was fantastic to see what it means to the players in the way they reacted. Now clubs in the same position next year will say - look at them and what they did - we can do it."

    Times journalist Oliver Kay: "There was nine months of pent up anger and aggression let out by Lee Clark on the final day - it has been absolute roller-coaster for him and for Birmingham fans who have been through a terrible time over the past few years. Hopefully they can rebuild now they have stayed up."

    Former Premier League midfielder Kevin Kilbane: "I'm probably a bit biased as I used to play for them but I genuinely have to say I think Wigan could go up through the play-offs, although I would love to see Derby, another of my former clubs, have a good go as well. There is huge pressure on Harry Redknapp at QPR and Brighton will be going in off the back of that great performance yesterday. It is so open I wouldn't want to predict it but maybe just Wigan considering the form they are on."

  232. 13:04: 
    Turfed out
    Burnley

    The play-off final in three weeks away but we know two of the new faces who will be lining up in the Premier League next season.

    Leicester and Burnley have won automatic promotion from the Championship, and large crowds are expected to gather in Burnley this afternoon with a civic reception at Burnley Town Hall, followed by an open-top bus parade through the town centre to Turf Moor.

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche and his players will appear on the balcony of the town hall at 14:00 BST, where there will be short interviews with the stars.

    This will be followed by an open-top bus parade to the club's ground.

    The Mayor of Burnley, Frank Cant, said: "Burnley truly is a premier town and now we have a premier club again."

    Great quote Frank. Great quote...

  233.   
    MOTD2 ExtraTesting times for Chelsea- Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)

    Discussing the situation at Chelsea - and what manager Jose Mourinho needs to do over the summer.

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara: "If Jose Mourinho had a better striker and faster wingers then his whole style of play becomes a more attractive prospect. If he gets that right over the summer the whole picture changes."

    Former Premier League midfielder Kevin Kilbane: "Mourinho has played to the strength of the squad - that is what I would say about him. Maybe the game against Atletico Madrid in midweek was one too far."

    Times journalist Oliver Kay: "We can all say that with a better striker Chelsea would win more games and that is true, but the quality of service has not been good, the full-backs do not bomb forward and Eden Hazard and Oscar have had their work-rate questioned."

  234. 12:58: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    Mesut Ozil gets a good reception as he trots out to warm up with German compatriot Per Mertesacker. Ozil may have been one that Tom from Suffolk would like to have seen rested today but maybe he needs the sharpness back.

    Germany boss Joachim Low needs Mesut back to his best this summer.

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    Tom, Arsenal fan, Suffolk: Considering our vulnerabilities to injuries, I would have like to have seen at least some rotation with the FA Cup final in mind - seems like an unnecessary risk to me!

  236.   
    MOTD2 ExtraHughes's first year at Stoke

    Discussing the job Mark Hughes has done in his first season as Stoke City manager.

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara: "Towards the end of last season there was a feeling that Tony Pulis had taken Stoke as far as they could go. I remember interviewing some of the fans at the start of this campaign and there was loads of respect towards Pulis and what he had achieved but also a desire to see the team become more expansive going forward. Mark Hughes has had a difficult task in combining the stability with more success but one more win would guarantee a top 10 finish and there are signs they are going in the right direction."

  237. 12:50: 
    Diaby back- Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)
    Abou Diaby

    Abou Diaby is back! Well, he's on the bench anyway after 13 months out. Arsenal's injury-prone midfielder was speaking about still having World Cup ambitions with France a few weeks back. That would be some effort.

    His name on the teamsheet brings about a warm, polite round of applause from the few Gunners fans in their seats. Like a cover drive for four at a County Championship game.

  238. 12:50: 
    LINE-UPS- Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud. Subs: Vermaelen, Rosicky, Fabianski, Sanogo, Diaby, Jenkinson, Kallstrom.

    West Brom: Foster, Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Brunt, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, Sessegnon, Berahino. Subs: Yacob, Sinclair, Myhill, Anichebe, Vydra, McAuley, O'Neil.

    Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

  239.   
    MOTD2 ExtraWhat now for Man Utd?

    Discussing the future of Ryan Giggs and the new manager at Old Trafford

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara: "Turns out that Moyes guy wasn't doing so badly after all - clearly players have gone off the boil since Sir Alex Ferguson left. They have got a summer to rebuild, it looks like Louis Van Gaal is a certainty to be the next manager and they need that sort of authoritarian figure now.

    Former Premier League midfielder Kevin Kilbane: "What is the role going to be for Ryan Giggs? It will be difficult for him now he has had a taste of management, it will be interesting to see if Van Gaal gets that relationship with Giggs up and running or if Giggs leaves the club."

    Times journalist Oliver Kay: "United are the least attractive they have been to players in years. I don't know what vision they have at the moment, I cannot see what their long-term strategy is."

  240. 12:48: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    A cameraman gets a bit too close to West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster as he goes through a stretching regime that brings tears to my eyes.

    'Hey, that's an invasion of privacy!' jokes Foster. Could big Ben be on the plane to Brazil?

  241.   
    MOTD2 ExtraBlack Cat bounce

    Discussing Sunderland's recent revival which could see them escape relegation.

    The Times football journalist Oliver Kay: "I think from an early stage we saw manager Gus Poyet was an improvement on Paolo Di Canio. He made them look like a team. It all unravelled around the League Cup final. But then they got a great draw against Manchester City in April and it's all gone right for them since. Regarding the reports about clubs complaining Sunderland fielding an ineligible player, I'd be surprised if they succeeded. The Premier League don't like to dock points - it's seen as a last resort."

  242. 12:45: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    West Brom manager Pepe Mel - who has switched back to speaking Spanish again - says his side still need one point to stay up and they will try and get that point this afternoon.

    He is having none of the suggestion that Arsenal will be an easy touch now that they have already secured fourth spot.

  243.   
    MOTD2 ExtraGoing down, staying on?

    Discussing events at the bottom of the table after Cardiff and Fulham were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday - and whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Felix Magath will remain in charge at their respective clubs.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara: "It has been a terrible season for Cardiff. It cannot be all Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's fault - he has come in to a club with issues in the background.

    "You have got to give a manager a transfer window - and Fulham's Felix Magath came in after the January transfer window. I interviewed him on Saturday and he said the biggest mistake this season was the eight signings the club made in January."

    Former Premier League midfielder Kevin Kilbane: "Cardiff had been challenging at the top end of the Championship for several years [before promotion to the Premier League] and have experience of doing that - there is less experience in Fulham's ranks. I think Ole will stay and have a good go next season. I think there will be a question about Magath."

    Times journalist Oliver Kay: "Fulham have put in spineless performances under all three of their managers this season - they have been consistently poor all season. Fulham have conceded too many goals and have been drifting. I don't think they have bought very well. It seems there has been a loss of vision and direction."

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    Which Premier League characters would make the best snooker players, and why? Also, what would their snooker nickname be?

    Faseeh Warind: With Jose's tactics, he'd be a master at making snookers for the opposition.

    Paul Moore: Lee 'The Bull' Catermole could be a good snooker player as he is always seeing red

    Adam Kemp: "Stun"ley Matthews

  245. 12:37: 
    Team News- Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    Just the one change for Arsenal this afternoon, as Mathieu Flamini replaces Aaron Ramsey in midfield.

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud

  246.   
    MOTD2 ExtraArsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    The Match of the Day 2 extra guests discuss Arsenal, ahead of the Gunners match against West Brom.

    The Times journalist Oliver Kay: "Regarding manager Arsene Wenger's new contract, he has suggested all along he will see how things are after the FA Cup final. If Arsenal win the cup will that be a nice way for him to go? I think Wenger will think there's unfinished business."

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara: "I think three players brought in during the transfer window could be enough if they are right players. Midfielder Mesut Ozil has half worked. He was off the pace in one or two games but I've seen some magical football from him. I think he will be a top performer next season. Apart from Olivier Giroud they haven't had an attacking option."

    Former Everton player Kevin Kilbane: "I think Ozil has been a success,. I think they need one or maybe two centre-halves. They definitely need a striker. If they bring in midfielder Lars Bender from Bayer Leverkusen, who they've been linked with, then Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini could leave. If they beat Hull in the FA Cup final then it would be considered a successful season. Next campaign Arsenal will want Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to have a full season."

  247. 12:36: 
    Team News- Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    West Brom make two changes, as Diego Lugano and James Morrison come into the side.

    WBA XI: Foster, Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Brunt, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Morrison, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino

  248.   
    MOTD2 ExtraMan City's title?

    Discussing Manchester City's title prospects following their 3-2 win at Everton on Saturday:

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator Conor McNamara: "You cannot overestimate the importance that the strength of City's squad has had in the title race. Edin Dzeko started the season as third choice striker behind Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo but has come in to pick up the slack. The other teams have not had that extra element to cover injuries."

    Times journalist Oliver Kay: "Finally it looks like City have turned the corner to hit top gear at the right time and it is looking like their title to lose. You hear so much nonsense at this time of year from managers chasing titles but Manuel Pellegrini is unflappable - he is the same whether City win or lose and that can sometimes be quite refreshing."

  249. 12:32: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    Arsenal always seem to play better when the sun is out, and the Gunners have scored 109 Premier League goals in May, more than any other side.

    Arsene Wenger's men have also scored in all 15 previous games against the Baggies in the Premier League, winning 10 of them. More of the same today?

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    Which Premier League characters would make the best snooker players, and why? Also, what would their snooker nickname be?

    Simon, Runcorn: Paul Scholes' pinpoint accuracy would make him a great long potter-but he'd lose a lot of points due to the number of fouls.

    Andrew: James Milner is a footballing version of Steve Davis; Zzzzzzz

    Harsh...

  251. 12:28: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    Just over an hour until kick-off and the Emirates looks immaculate. We should have team news on the way very shortly...

  252.   
    MOTD's Simon Brotherton at the EmiratesArsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    "The challenge for the title is long gone, but Arsene Wenger feels his team are getting back to their creative and confident best and there is, of course, the FA Cup final against Hull to look forward to as they seek to end their nine-year trophy drought.

    "With Premier League football all but assured, West Brom will have a big decision to make at the end of the season. Namely, do they move forward with Pepe Mel at the helm and back him as he tries to rebuild with his own ideas and personnel?"

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    Roberto Carlos

    Which Premier League characters would make the best snooker players, and why? Also, what would their snooker nickname be?

    Adam Rust: Roberto Carlos. He scores goals/pots balls from impossible angles, plus his banana free-kick would work a treat on the snooker table

    Adrian Shepherd: Best snooker playing footballer must be ex-Boro defender Franck 'Cue'drue!

  254. 12:22: 
    Pepe Mel - c'est pal mal?- Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)

    West Brom head coach Pepe Mel says his contract expires this summer - but hopes to hold talks about staying on.

    The former Real Betis coach signed an 18-month contract when he replaced Steve Clarke in January, according to the West Midlands club.

    But Mel said: "My contract finishes after the Stoke City match on the last day, and then we will have the meeting for the future.

    "Of course we can bring the talks forward when we are safe. We can talk about the situation on Monday if we are safe."

    Is he the man for the job?

  255. 12:19: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)
    Premier League

    West Brom need three points from their three remaining games to be 100% sure of their Premier League status - but that very much depends on Norwich finding a win at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. They are almost there then - but will Pepe Mel still be there next term?

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    MOTD2 Extra is up and running. Tune in online and on BBC One. NOW.

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    Brendan: That interview with Darrell Clarke shows the true emotion of football. We often see the jubilation, but that there is the polar opposite.

    Dave: Albion will sink without trace at Arsenal, but it'll make no difference when Chelsea put several past Norwich.

  258.  
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    It's a great Mayday Bank Holiday tradition. Two full days of snooker action at the World Championship final at the Crucible in Sheffield.

    At the rest of the year, you may have no interest in the ballet on the baize. But as April hits May, everyone's an expert. Mark Selby takes on Ronnie O'Sullivan at 14:00 BST.

    My question to you is, which Premier League characters would make the best snooker players, and why? Also, what would their snooker nickname be?

    Could Yaya Toure's cue power hand him the initiative? Would you back Tony Pulis to get out of a devious snooker? Would Frank Sinclair or Richard Dunne continually pot the white? Let us know.

    You can text in to 81111, tweet us at #bbcfootball, or use our Facebook and Google+ pages.

  259.   
    MOTD2 ExtraComing up on BBC TV and radio

    Tune in to BBC One for MOTD2 Extra at 12:15 BST for a look back on Saturday's action and a look ahead to Sunday's matches. Alternatively you can watch via the link at the top of this page, via the BBC Sport app or listen on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Join BBC Radio 5 live from 13:30 for updates from Arsenal v West Brom at Emirates Stadium.

    BBC Radio 5 live then has full match commentary of Chelsea v Norwich from 16:00.

    For discussion and debate around all the big football stories be sure to catch 606 with Ian Wright and Kelly Cates on BBC Radio 5 live from 18:06 this evening.

    And you can watch highlights of all the weekend's games, including Monday's match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool, on MOTD2 from 22:30 on BBC One on Monday evening.

  260. 12:05: 
    Football League - finished

    The final day of the Football League season left many drained, elated and agonised in equal measure. Congratulations to all of those who won promotion, sealed a play-off place or escaped relegation.

    Commiserations to those who felt the sting of relegation on the last day. If anyone can watch this interview with Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke and not feel his pain, you've an iron heart.

  261. 11:58: 
    Arsenal v West Brom (13:30 BST)
    Premier League

    First game of the day though is at Arsenal - who have secured Champions League football for another season on the back of Everton's defeat yesterday.

    Arsenal were top of the table for so long this season that finishing fourth may feel a let down, but is it still an achievement?

    Arsene will no doubt think so...

  262. 11:56: 
    Norwich nerves- Chelsea v Norwich (16:00 BST)
    Neil ADams

    The relegation fight just turned into a one-place scrap.

    Defeats for Fulham and Cardiff on Saturday afternoon, combined with another Sunderland win - this time at Old Trafford - saw the Cottagers and the Bluebirds relegated.

    That leaves five teams sweating on the final spot for a ticket to the Championship. But realistically, Norwich need to take a big leaf out of the Sunderland book and win at Stamford Bridge if they are to keep afloat. Over to you Neil Adams.

  263. 11:52: 
    Advantage City?

    Chelsea can go top this afternoon then, but the destiny of the title would not be in their own hands.

    Manchester City - who cleared the biggest hurdle in their path yesterday afternoon by beating Everton - have a game in hand and are arguably favourites.

    But a Chelsea win today would put another cat among the pigeons. It will also have a big impact on life at the bottom...

  264. 11:45: 
    Yes way, Jose?
    Jose Mourinho

    We have seven days left of the Premier League season.

    For weeks - nay, months - Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly told the world that his side have 'no chance' of winning the title.

    Last weekend, Chelsea put a dampener on Liverpool's title charge with a 2-0 win at Anfield, but still Jose said 'no way.'

    Win at home to Norwich this afternoon, and Chelsea go back on top of the table with one game left.

    As they say in the Usual Suspects: "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."

    Could the greatest trick Jose ever pulls be winning the title from under the noses of Liverpool and Manchester City?

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As It Stood Table

Last updated 04 May 2014 UK

Barclays Premier League summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Man City 36 59 80
No movement 2 Liverpool 36 50 80
No movement 3 Chelsea 37 43 79
No movement 4 Arsenal 37 25 76
No movement 5 Everton 37 20 69
No movement 6 Tottenham 37 1 66
No movement 7 Man Utd 36 19 60
No movement 8 Southampton 37 8 55
No movement 9 Newcastle 37 -15 49
No movement 10 Stoke 37 -8 47
No movement 11 Crystal Palace 36 -15 43
No movement 12 West Ham 37 -9 40
No movement 13 Swansea 37 -2 39
No movement 14 Aston Villa 36 -15 38
No movement 15 Hull 36 -11 37
No movement 16 West Brom 36 -13 36
No movement 17 Sunderland 36 -19 35
No movement 18 Norwich 37 -32 33
No movement 19 Fulham 37 -45 31
No movement 20 Cardiff 37 -41 30

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