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By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

  1. We are getting better and better - Ayew

    Arsenal 1-0 West Ham

    Andre Ayew insists West Ham are continuing to improve under David Moyes and has urged his side to learn from Tuesday's narrow Carabao Cup defeat at Arsenal.

    The Gunners ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of a Danny Welbeck goal as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made 11 changes to his side. Moyes made six alterations of his own as the Hammers went down to their first defeat in four games.

    "I think we have players who have the desire, players who want to run and play for the club," he told whufc.com. "We are getting better and better. We lose 1-0 at the Emirates, with young lads also playing, it's good for them, it's good for the club, for the future.

    "We're going to use this game to become better and work and be better for Saturday because that's what's important at the moment. I'm disappointed because I'm a competitor and I always want to go further, but we can learn from this and become a better squad and hopefully get good results before the end of the year."

    Andre Ayew
  2. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    What do you think of the Carabao Cup?

    Chris Luke Sheehan: If it's a minor trophy why would you want to finish anything other than 1st if you're a "big club"? Surely if it's not as taxing as bigger competitions they should win it at a canter?

    Simon Yrubdel: It's a trophy at the end of the day. Blame has to lie with the clubs outside the top six who don't take it seriously as it's a route to Europe and a chance to get to Wembley.

    Joshua Norris: It used to be a really worthwhile tournament, especially when the Euro Cup Winners' Cup still existed. The problem came when big teams used it to blood young players who they refused to give a shot to in the first team. Nowadays it has little meaning to top clubs. I hate City but it was great to see Pep truly celebrate last night's win. It would be nice if big clubs saw it as another trophy to win and really tried for it. I sense those days are gone though.

    Pep Guardiola
  3. Kyrgios in team colours

    Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios is a big Tottenham fan and he was getting some practice in today before next month's Australian Open while wearing team colours.

    Nick Kyrgios
  4. 'One fan favourite'

    Some Premier League stats for you on the career of ex-Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who announced his retirement from football earlier today. He made 170 appearances, scored 19 goals and made 15 assists.

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  5. Klopp to face the media later on

    We are expecting to hear from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after 14:00 GMT, so we may well find out some more information on the futures of Philippe Coutinho and Ben Woodburn then.

    Jurgen Klopp
  6. LATEST GOSSIP

    Some more of the stories from our Gossip page for you.

    Leicester City are lining up a bid for Portugal and Benfica full-back Andre Almeida, 27.(Leicester Mercury)

    Liverpool and Wales forward Ben Woodburn, 18, is to be allowed to go on loan in January in order to gain regular first-team football. (Daily Mail)

    Brighton are considering a fresh bid for Spartak Moscow and Cape Verde striker Ze Luis, 26. (Sun)

    Chinese club Chongqing Dangdai Lifan are not interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Andreas Iniesta as they believe he is not good enough to play in the Chinese Super League. (Marca via the Chongqing Morning Post)

    Real Madrid are preparing to pay Athletic Bilbao and Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's 20m euro release clause in January and want to confirm the 23-year-old's signing in the first week of the new year. (AS)

    Ben Woodburn and Jurgen Klopp
  7. BBC coverage

    Bristol City v Manchester United (20:00 GMT)

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Remember, there will be live commentary of the Carabao Cup quarter-final between Bristol City and Manchester United tonight on BBC Radio 5 live.

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  8. 'A player with a big heart'

    Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil has paid tribute to former team-mate Tomas Rosicky, who announced his retirement from football earlier today.

    Ozil posted the below picture on his Instagram page and wrote: "Congrats to a player with a big heart on a great playing career! I wish you all the best for your retirement!"

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  9. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    What do you think of the Carabao Cup?

    Tom Addison: No problem with the Carabao Cup in principle - cheap midweek tickets and opportunity for younger players. The branding devalues it - eg hard to keep focus when the draw is at 3am to keep sponsors happy.

    John Davies: MCFC fan- I don't think its disrespectful at all for clubs to play the kids. We all moan that young talent is pushed aside at big clubs, so when the cups come around, the kids are given a chance, people scream big clubs don't take it seriously?! What do you want?

    Rahim Talbi: It's a major trophy for your mid table / bottom half of the table and lower league teams! For big clubs it's a chance for the B teams/recovering and young players to get some game time under their belts and get a trophy while at it so I don't think it's a waste of time at all.

    Arsenal
  10. 'One regret. We should have won Euro 2004'

    We mentioned earlier on that former Arsenal and Czech Republic midfielder Tomas Rosicky has retired from football.

    His one regret in the game is that his country did not win Euro 2004. His country finished top of a group that also included the Netherlands, Germany and Latvia and beat Denmark in the quarter-finals, before losing to eventual winners Greece in the semi-finals.

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  11. Bristol City players face Man Utd quiz

    Bristol City v Manchester United (20:00 GMT)

    Before their Carabao Cup quarter-final, Bristol City players face a special quiz about opponents Manchester United.

    Watch how they got on below.

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    Video caption: City players quizzed on Manchester United
  12. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    What do you think of the Carabao Cup?

    Andy Bailey: As a Leicester fan, I'm disappointed we don't take it more seriously. We're a solid mid-table club, not going to get relegated, not going to finish in the top six. It's our best chance of a trophy and a place in Europe, which the owners claim is the ambition, so we should show this competition more respect. It served us well enough in the O'Neill era!

    Ryan McCormick: Think teams have been taking it more seriously over the last four years. Arsenal through and City with potentially Chelsea and Man United also through. The semi-finals will be some games unless an upset happens tonight.

    Will Martin: Major trophy or not, surely would rather win it than just compete. When you retire surely its better to look at 2-3 League Cup winners medals than a few runners up trophies and a ribbon for finishing 3rd-4th every year.

    Leicester
    Image caption: Leicester last won the League Cup in 2000
  13. Why so few Asian footballers in England?

    Why are there so few Asian professional footballers in England? The BBC's Get Inspired Team tried to find out, as you can see in this video.

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  14. Man Utd keeper signs new deal

    Manchester United, who play at Bristol City in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals tonight, have announced that 21-year-old goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara has signed a new deal with the club.

    O'Hara is yet to make his senior debut, but has some Football League experience, after playing in League Two with Morecambe during a loan spell in 2016.

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  15. Wimbledon charged after MK Dons snub

    AFC Wimbledon

    AFC Wimbledon have been charged with a breach of English Football League regulations following their home match against MK Dons on 22 September.

    Wimbledon referred to the away side as Milton Keynes or MK, and did not mention them on their programme cover. The EFL had said it "sought assurances" from Wimbledon before the League One game to ensure it would be "treated in a consistent and appropriate manner".

    Wimbledon are yet to decide how they will respond to the charges.

    The south-west London club are accused of 'breaching Regulation 3' of the EFL's rules, which say no member should "unfairly criticise, disparage, belittle or discredit" any other club in the league.

    Wimbledon had also failed to recognise the MK Dons' name in their very first league meeting at Kingsmeadow, which took place in March this year. The case will be heard by an independent panel.

  16. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    What do you think of the Carabao Cup?

    Mylo: There will always be an order of preference on which trophies you want to win, but I'd rather finish 6th in the PL and win the League Cup than finish 2nd and not win anything. Can't beat a day out for a final!

    Paul Strong: People accuse big six clubs of disrespecting the League Cup by playing reserve teams and yet 17 of the last 20 finals have had at least 1 of those top 6 clubs in it with 15 won by them. They are just using their squads.

    ElliottHowarthJohnso: I've been trying to get tickets at Stamford Bridge for ages and it's the Carabao Cup which has delivered, so I'm a fan!

    Chelsea
  17. Rosicky hangs up his boots

    Former Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has announced his immediate retirement from professional football.

    The 37-year-old had been playing for Sparta Prague but the club revealed on Wednesday that he has decided to hang up his boots during the winter break.

    Rosicky, who struggled with injuries towards the end of his 10-year stay at Arsenal, said he felt he was no longer in a position to offer his best to Sparta - the club where he started his career in 1998.

    "After careful consideration I have realised I am no longer able to fully prepare my body for what the professional football requires," he told the club's official website. "I would like to thank Sparta for raising me, for being the first step in my career in big clubs, and for allowing me to say goodbye at the place I love the most."

    Tomas Rosicky
    Image caption: Tomas Rosicky won the FA Cup twice with Arsenal
  18. Sol Campbell's 'crossroads' moment

    What makes a person go down one path instead of another? Is that choice innate or as a child can you take one direction - be it right or wrong - that determines the rest of your life?

    Former England footballer Sol Campbell believes he experienced this 'click' moment when he was entering his early teenage years, as you can see in this video below.

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    Video caption: Former England footballer Sol Campbell believes all teenagers reach a crossroads
  19. Get Involved #bbcfootball

    What do you think of the Carabao Cup?

    Metin Daniel Çelik: I love the League Cup! It was my first ever Chelsea game I went in 2011 - a local derby against Fulham which we won on penalties! What I love about Mourinho is he takes every match seriously and that was very much the same with the League Cup. His record proves that.

    Prof. Bananas: It’s a minor trophy. Therefore, there should be some rules to make it more interesting. Trophies like this (in other countries) force clubs to start a certain number of youngsters (from their schools), or seldom used players. Could work.

    René Butler: I was at the Leicester v Man City game last night. Even though it was mainly a reserve game, Man City are special. Some of the kids they have coming through will be world beaters.

    Jose Mourinho