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Live Reporting

Mantej Mann

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye!

    That's it from me - thanks for joining our live reaction to the weekend's Premier League action, and build-up to the Boxing Day schedule.

    The next few days are all about family, food and football - so have a wonderful Christmas wherever you are, and join us on the 26th December for live text coverage of every Premier League game!

    Until then...

    Christmas fans
  2. 'Non-negotiable'

    Bournemouth v Arsenal (Boxing Day, 15:00 GMT)


    On the performance against Everton, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said: "We were much more committed and we have a different kind of aggression when we lost the ball. The body language was much better than in the last few games and they played with more passion.

    "There were things to improve but those are the things that have to be non-negotiable for every training session and every game, for as long as we live together."

  3. 'The players have a clean sheet'

    Bournemouth v Arsenal (Boxing Day, 15:00 GMT)


    Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: "I spoke to Freddie [Ljungberg] after the game [against Everton] and I told him who I wanted to bring in to form my coaching staff. I wanted to know what he was feeling and we talked. We decided the best thing was for him to stay with us. He knows the players and the history and his knowledge is only going to help us be better."

    On the team selection against Everton and the decision to drop Mesut Ozil: "I just wanted him [Ljungberg] to make the decision on the day to pick the best line-up. My job started straight after the game. With me, the players have a clean sheet."

  4. Ljungberg to stay with Gunners

    Bournemouth v Arsenal (Boxing Day, 15:00 GMT)


    But before we hear from Mikel Arteta, we can report that Freddie Ljungberg will remain as a coach at Arsenal following the Spaniard's arrival.

    The 42-year-old Swede had taken charge of the Gunners on an interim basis but he will remain as part of Arteta's backroom staff.

    Freddie Ljungberg
  5. Post update

    Bournemouth v Arsenal (Boxing Day, 15:00 GMT)


    Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has returned to training ahead of the Gunners' Boxing Day clash at Bournemouth.

    We'll hear from the new manager Mikel Arteta next...

  6. 'Great status'

    Leicester City v Liverpool (Boxing Day, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers added: "Congratulations to Liverpool. It’s a fantastic achievement to be European champions and world champions and it is a great status for them.

    "We recognise it is a big game for us, but we are at home and we want to bring our true game."

  7. 'That synergy is critical'

    Leicester City v Liverpool (Boxing Day, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Ahead of his former club Liverpool's visit to the King Power Stadium, Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers said: “It’s first against second. It’ll be a great challenge and all the players and staff are looking forward to it.

    “Be as loud and proud as you can [Leicester fans]. We want to fight as hard as we can for the result. That synergy between that fight and the noise from the fans is critical."

  8. 'My players have been brilliant until this point'

    Leicester City v Liverpool (Boxing Day, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Brendan Rodgers said: “When they (Manchester City) play at that level, it’s difficult. My players have been absolutely brilliant up until this point in the season. We have a fantastic resilience in the team and we’ve shown that over a number of months.”

  9. Post update

    Leicester City v Liverpool (Boxing Day, 20:00 GMT)

    Leicester City

    Time to hear from Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who's side lost ground on league leaders with defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.

    The Foxes can cut the 10-point gap when they host the Reds at Anfield on Boxing Day...

  10. 'The wrong call'

    Tottenham v Brighton (Boxing Day, 12:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    One final word from Jose Mourinho now.

    The Tottenham boss says the club have appealed Son Heung-Min's red card after he appeared to kick out at Antonio Rudiger. On-field referee Anthony Taylor did not send the midfielder off, but the decision was reversed by a VAR review.

    "I think Mr Tierney [VAR referee] made it wrong. It's the wrong call. This is England. This is the Premier League - the best competition in the world," he said.

    "With characteristics, that if we change, we are killing the best league in the world. Taylor has the feeling. He was there. He saw it clearly. I think it's the wrong call."

    Son Heung-Min
  11. Get Involved - how to stop racism at football matches?


    (Re - 13:24)

    Dave: (Simon) So for the offence caused by a fan or fans at the ground, punish the TV viewers whilst the offending fans can just go along to the next game and repeat their bile. Yeah, that’ll work...

    Pete: Same old government, loading all the responsibility onto FA, clubs & Premier League when they don't do enough in society. However, the idea of self policing is the way to go; ban the idiots who do it and anyone within two rows and two seats unless they report it.

  12. 'I don't think it will be completely eradicated'

    Wolves v Man City (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester City

    On racism in football, Man City manager Pep Guardiola said: "I support the initiative. You have to battle day by day. It’s not one club or anything specific that happened, a lot of actions happen. We have to fight it every day, in schools and with families at home for the next generation. The initiatives we are going to support.

    "It was a problem that’s happened for decades, centuries. You can visualise it now because the media is closer and up front about the problem. It’s happened for a long time. It’s fighting, (teach) the little kids in the schools and if it happens then be strict so it doesn’t happen again.

    "I don’t think it will be completely eradicated. We need a lot of time."

    Gabriel Jesus
  13. Pep's Wolves' praise

    Wolves v Man City (Fri, 19;45GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola has lots of praise for Friday's opponents Wolves.

    Nuno Espirito Santo's men have already beaten Manchester City once this season and are looking for their first league double over the Blues since the 1999-2000 season.

    "Nuno is doing an incredible job," he said. "He is one of the toughest opponents away from home."

  14. Silva, Stones out for Man City

    Wolves v Man City (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at the Etihad Stadium

    It is more than four days before Manchester City play again but manager Pep Guardiola has already ruled David Silva and John Stones out of contention.

    Stones has been missing since 7 December with a thigh injury. Silva has been absent for a similar amount of time with a leg injury.

  15. Pep's Christmas moan

    Wolves v Man City (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    A quick dash along the M62 for me from Carlo Ancelotti's unveiling press conference to Pep Guardiola's pre-match briefing.

    Guardiola has already said he is unhappy about the timing of Manchester City's Christmas fixtures.

    They play twice in less than 48 hours, with Friday's trip to Wolves followed by a home encounter with Sheffield United on Sunday.

    Man City
  16. Team news

    Tottenham v Brighton (Boxing Day, 12:30 GMT)

    On the field, Tottenham will be hoping to bounce back from their disappointing defeat by Chelsea with victory over Brighton on Boxing Day.

    Son Heung-Min is suspended, while Ben Davies and Hugo Lloris remain sidelined, but Erik Lamela has returned to training.

    View more on twitter
  17. 'It will happen again'

    Tottenham v Brighton (Boxing Day, 12:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Jose Mourinho added: "It has happened before and I feel it is going to happen again in the future, that is the problem. What I see is an evolution in the protocol and that is fine. The players have the freedom to stop, to go to the referee, to go to their managers.

    "This is one step and any decision that can be made by superior authorities I will support. I am anti-racist in all my areas.

    "My message is it's not fair to say Tottenham fans. One Tottenham fan is not Tottenham fans. Since I have been here they have been phenomenal, home or away phenomenal. Supporting the team, respecting the opponents."

    Jose Mourinho
  18. 'Society needs help'

    Tottenham v Brighton (Boxing Day, 12:30 GMT)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said: "I can repeat exactly that, I am totally, totally against racism in society and obviously against racism in my football world.

    "I feel very sorry every time something happened and I will always support every decision the authorities can make.

    "Society needs help. And then football is a micro-society. Do we need help? Yes. But society needs help. We need to eradicate any form of discrimination and this case we are talking about racism. Football and society needs help."

  19. Post update

    Tottenham v Brighton (Boxing Day, 12:30 GMT)

    Right then, let's head over to north London to see what Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has to say about yesterday's events...

  20. 'Fully establish the facts'

    Racism in football

    The FA have now put out a statement through their spokesperson. They say they are trying to "full establish the facts and take the appropriate steps".

    View more on twitter