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Gunners are in the spotlight.

Managerless, crisis-torn Arsenal go under the microscope on MONDAY night at table-toppers Sheffield Wednesday.

There couldn't have been a worse time for the Gunners to take on in-form Wednesday, with Sky Sports 1 showing the action live from 7pm.

Arsenal are reeling from the managerial chaos which has seen Bruce Rioch sacked, caretaker Stewart Houston on his way, and French replacement Arsene Wenger not sure when he's coming.

In fact, the spotlight focuses on some great clubs and some under-pressure big names in this week of top Premiership and Coca-Cola Cup action.

TONIGHT, Alan Shearer could apply the last rites to Ray Harford's managerial tenure at Blackburn.

It's the pounds 15million-man's first outing against the club where he made his name and BBC1's Match of the Day (10.50pm) will show how both get on.

TOMORROW, Ruud Gullit and Brian Little, two of the bright young breed of soccer bosses, lock horns when Ruud's Chelsea play host to Aston Villa on Sky Sports 1 live game (3pm).

The action switches to north of the border on TUESDAY when Tommy Burns' Celtic travel to Edinburgh for a Coca-Cola Cup clash at Hearts, Sky Sports 1 (7pm).

Chelsea player-boss Gullit will try to ensure his Blues boys don't fall foul of one of those Coca-Cola Cup shocks that litter their past, in the live game at Blackpool on Sky Sports 3 (7.30pm) on WEDNESDAY.

The ITV region will screen Coca- Cola Cup highlights the same night (10.45pm) with action sure to feature George Graham's Leeds v Darlingon and Middlesbrough v Hereford.

The week's live soccer action finishes with Ipswich v Charlton on FRIDAY on Sky Sports 3, (7pm).

Best of the other sporting action includes live rugby TODAY, Northampton v Bristol, 2pm, on Sky Sports 1, and championship boxing with big-punching light-welter Jonathan Thaxton in action in Sheffield later on Sky at 8pm.

On THURSDAY David Gower will have a laugh on sports quiz They Think It's All Over (BBC1, 10.15pm).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Wiechula, Frank
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 14, 1996
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