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Monday 21 January 2019

I don't care if it's 10-9 says Fergie

ALEX Ferguson will stand firm against all-comers and an increasing tide of criticism over the next few weeks while trouble gathers behind him and form remains patchy.

Arsenal moved to within a point of Manchester United at the top of the Premier League with a dogged 1-0 win against Stoke last night while Fergie watched his men struggle to cope with Marseille in the Stade Velodrome.

With Chelsea on the march in the Champions League and Arsene Wenger now breathing down his neck, Ferguson gave a bullish response after a 0-0 draw with Marseille.

"Nil-nil can be a dangerous score but it's about winning the game. If we win we're through, and you have to say that at home we have a good chance. I don't care if it's 10-9."

Arsenal's win over Stoke came at a cost with Theo Walcott out of Sunday's Carling Cup final with a sprained ankle and Cesc Fabregas doubtful because of a hamstring injury.

"I dont know if I'll make Sunday or not, but all I know is that from this moment to Sunday I won't sleep if it's necessary," said Fabregas.

"I've waited too long to captain a final for Arsenal and I won't give up till the last second."

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