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By Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Fernandes & Solskjaer

    Right that's me done. Thanks for joining me this morning.

    Before I go here's a few bits that are well worth looking at:

    See you all soon.

  2. 'He has shown his commitment'


    Mikel Arteta hopes to convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang striker to stay at Arsenal amid reported interest from Barcelona.

    The forward scored twice in Arsenal's 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday underlining his importance to the Gunners.

    Aubameyang now has 19 goals this season and 60 in 95 games for the London club.

    It has been reported that he wants to play in the Champions League next season and has been linked with a move.

    "Before I took over I had my questions about him but he has shown his commitment," said Arteta.

    "I wanted him to show if he wanted to do it and do it physically.

    "I'm so happy with him. He is scoring important goals and as a captain he is giving a great example to everyone else with the way he is working defensively."

  3. 'He has given everyone a boost'

    Bruno Fernandes

    Mannchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been singing the praises of Bruno Fernandes after the midfielder played a starring role in their 3-0 win over Watford.

    The Portugal international joined United from Sporting Lisbon for £47m in January and followed up a good performance against Chelsea last Monday, with goal from a penalty against the Hornets.

    "The fans are used to players with that personality, mentality and quality," added Solskjaer. "We have got the number 10 position nailed down now. He is a big piece of what we are trying to put together.

    "In today's market, I think we got a good deal. He has given everyone a boost."

  4. Post update

    Right time for a quick recap from this morning...

  5. Heading banned for under 12s in training

    Footballers under the age of 12 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be banned from heading the ball in training under new guidance issued by the English Football Association.

    The Irish FA and the Scottish FA will also adopt the same heading guidance, which is basically as follows:

    • No heading in training in the foundation phase (primary school children)
    • Graduated approach to heading training for children in the development phase between under-12 to under-16
    • Required ball sizes for training and matches for each age group
    • No changes to heading in matches, taking into consideration the limited number of headers in youth games
  6. Top football tweets

    BBC Three

    Another week of football over, another week of people talking nonsense on the internet about it.

    Apparently Kasper Schmeichel is officially better than his dadm St Mirren captain Jane O’Toole shows what it truly means to be hard and there's a nod to the Zanzibar Premier League.

    Here’s our pick of the best tweets from football fans over the last few days.

  7. Post update

    Real Madrid v Man City (Weds, 20:00 GMT)

    Pep Guardiola

    Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says his players will need to show character and fight to the end in their Champions League last-16 tie against Real Madrid.

    City, are yet to progress beyond the semi-finals of the competition but could view the competition as a main priority given their huge points deficit to Premier League leaders Liverpool.

    "It's the real test," Guardiola said. "The kings of this competition against one team who aren't used to playing these kind of games much, as our best performance was one semi-final.

    "But if you want to do that (win the title) you have to face these teams sooner or later. You have to beat Madrid, you have to beat Barcelona, you have to beat Bayern Munich. You have to beat the big, big teams."

  8. Rudiger says 'racism won'

    Antonio Rudiger

    Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has said "racism won" after no evidence was found to support his claim of abuse from fans at Tottenham on 22 December.

    Play was stopped during the Blues' 2-0 win after Germany centre-back Rudiger, 26, said he heard monkey noises.

    On 6 January, Spurs said they and police had "exhausted" all lines of inquiry but could not "corroborate or contradict" the allegation.

    Rudiger said: "They never get punished. In the end, I'm the scapegoat."

    Read the full story here.

  9. Chelsea agree terms with Ziyech

    Hakim Ziyech

    Not really a surprise this one, but in case you missed it, Chelsea agreed personal terms with Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech over the weekend.

    The Morocco international has agreed a five-year deal and moves to Stamford Bridge for 40m euros (£33.3m) in the summer.

    The clubs reached an agreement for the 26-year-old Ziyech, who will remain at the Eredivisie leaders for the rest of the season, earlier this month.

    "I am proud to have signed for such a huge club as Chelsea," said Ziyech.

    "I am looking forward to next season and hope we can achieve great things."

    You can read all about that here.

  10. Post update

    West Ham have won only three of their 57 top-flight away matches against Liverpool (D15, L39).

    The last of those victories came back in 2015, when Manuel Lanzini, Mark Noble and Diafra Sakho all scored.

  11. Early team news

    Liverpool v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is set to be sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury.

    Xherdan Shaqiri remains out with a persistent calf problem.

    West Ham full-back Ryan Fredericks is out with the shoulder injury he sustained against Manchester City in midweek, so Pablo Zabaleta is likely to step in again.

    Andriy Yarmolenko remains out, with Jack Wilshere also a long-term injury absentee.

  12. Post update

    Liverpool v West Ham (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool will restore their 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League if they win against West Ham this evening.

    The Reds need five victories from their final 12 league fixtures to guarantee a first top-flight title since 1990.

  13. Watch: Best goals scored in the WSL

    Now then what about this for a trip down memory lane.

    Sophie Ingle, Toni Duggan & Jordan Nobbs all feature as BBC Sport looks back at some of the best goals scored in the WSL after Georgia Stanway netted the league's 2.000th goal.

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    Video caption: Take a look back at some of the best goals scored in the WSL
  14. 'I won't wash clothes after Messi hug'

    Martin Braithwaite hugs Lionel Messi

    Barcelona's emergency signing Martin Braithwaite joked "I won't wash my clothes after I hugged Lionel Messi" after setting up one of the Argentina legend's four goals in a thumping win over Eibar.

    Barca were given special dispensation to sign the former Middlesbrough man Braithwaite, and he came off the bench to play a part in late goals for Messi and Arthur that put the pressure back on title rivals Real Madrid.

    "Messi congratulated me, he's a great guy and tried to make me feel comfortable on the pitch by passing to me often," the 28-year-old Dane said.

    "I'm very happy to have given my first assist to Leo."

  15. Hazard's injury misery

    Real Madrid v Man City (Weds, 20:00 GMT)

    Eden Hazard

    Eden Hazard's dream move to Real Madrid hasn't exactly gone to plan this term.

    The Belgian forward has missed almost three months of the season through injury and he's now set for another spell on the treatment table after fracturing his ankle in Real's La Liga 1-0 loss to Levante on Saturday.

    The 29-year-old will now miss Wednesday's Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester City and Real's El Clasico match against Barcelona on 1 March.

    Read all about that here.

  16. Post update

    See 08:38 post Chris. I don't think the Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo agrees with your last point.

  17. 'I would have loved VAR'

    BBC Radio 4

    More from former Premier League referee Chris Foy on BBC Radio 4:

    “A lot of people say [VAR removes the passion from the game] that but I disagree, when a player scores a goal it’s instantaneous, they celebrate, they are rejoicing what they’ve done. They know that every goal is going to be checked by VAR and that is something they have to come to terms with.

    “Nothing is going to change before the end of the season. I refereed in the Premier League for 15 years and this is the biggest change I’ve seen in my refereeing time. You have to remember as well that we have not even had a full season with VAR and it will take 2-3 years (to adjust to it).

    “There is a lot of feeling out there but if I was still refereeing I would have loved VAR.”

  18. Post update

    BBC Radio 4

    More from former Premier League referee Chris Foy on BBC Radio 4:

    “I think the most important thing when you’re making a big decision, we call them key match decisions, is getting them right.

    “Would you rather make a rash decision quickly and get it wrong, or take some more time and get it right? I think that’s important.

    “People would like it to be quicker, the VARs are working on that but the big key message is ‘get the big decisions right.’”