Lunchtime Football Round-Up 29th March

Afternoon all,

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has claimed that the club are at the make or break point in the season, as they bid to steal a Champions League place from their North London rivals Tottenham, who are currently four points in front of them going into the last nine games of the season. But the Gunners have a game in hand on Spurs, which could make all of the difference, as if Arsenal win this they will go just one point behind them. Ramsey’s hopes are still high, and believes that Spurs could slip up again this season, just like they did last season which allowed Arsenal to beat them to third place

Newcastle’s French midfielder Yohan Cabaye is relishing the chance to play against Yaya Toure when the two sides meet at The City Of Manchester Stadium tomorrow. According to Cabaye, Toure is the best player in the Premier League at this moment in time as “he can defend, he can score, he can play up offensively and defensively. He is the complete midfielder and he deserves to be where he is”

QPR defender Chris Samba has become frustrated as he feels the criticism aimed at the owners of the club and also the new players is unfair. QPR owner Tony Fernandes provided a huge injection of cash at the start of the season to try and make the club stable Premier League team. But come January the club was bottom of the league, so they brought in players like Loic Remy and Samba, who are believed to be on massive wages which has caused some issues as some people claimed that the players only came for the money. Samba has rejected that he came fully for the money and just wants to play back in England again

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent could be available to face Liverpool on Sunday, following his recovery from a foot injury that has kept him out since February. Although Bent hasn’t always been a part of manager Lambert’s squad, he is now available for selection. The confidence is sky high in the Villa camp right now, as back to back wins against Reading and QPR have given them a gap of three points between them and the relegation zone

Stoke manager Tony Pulis has shot down allegations that he wanted to leave the club, after a poor run of form by saying that “he will remain fully committed to his post for as long as it causes him sleepless nights”. Some reports were saying that Pulis was questioning his own future with the club and that he may walk away come the end of the season. Stoke have been on a woeful run of late which has seen them win only one of their last 11 Premier League games which has seen them slip to 11th in the table, just 7 points off of the relegation zone

Sheffield Wednesday have completed the double signing of Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden and Hartlepool United striker Steve Howard both on loan deals until the end of the season

League One side Stevenage have completed the triple loan signing of free agent Roarie Deacon, QPR midfielder Max Ehmer and Fulham defender Alex Smith, all until the end of the season

Swindon Town’s yesterday confirmed that their transfer embargo was lifted. And they came out of it in style by signing Tottenham trio Nathan Byrne, Massimo Luongo and Dean Parrett all on loan for the remainder of the season

Barnet have brought in former Fulham youngster Keanu Marsh-Brown and veteran goalkeeper Michel Kuipers, both on short term contracts until the end of the season