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Arsenal have changed since Villa debacle

 By Kevin Palmer

Chelsea's siege mentality dominates as Man City visit Stamford Bridge

Big, big, big, big game in the Premier League. The boys report from Stamford Bridge, speak to Frank Lampard and play a game of snakes and ladders ahead of Chelsea's clash with Manchester City.

Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top-flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.

Weekend fixtures

Hull City vs. Newcastle
Crystal Palace vs. Everton
Liverpool vs. West Ham
Man United vs. Leicester
Stoke City vs. QPR
Sunderland vs. Burnley
West Brom vs. Tottenham
Chelsea vs. Man City

Arsenal vs. Aston Villa
Southampton vs. Swansea

Battle of the Weekend: Chelsea v Manchester City

There comes a point in every season when Jose Mourinho deploys the siege-mentality phase of his operation and, after many weeks of careful planning and preparation, that emergency button was duly pressed shortly after his side's Capital One Cup semifinal win against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

During his...

A history of the Premier League's genuinely title-deciding showdowns

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes controlling David Silva is the key for Chelsea to beat Man City on Saturday in their big Premier League clash.

Jose Mourinho may be unwilling to talk about it, having cancelled his pregame news conference on account of the violent conduct charge for Diego Costa, but it's not like Chelsea-Manchester City will be lacking in build-up this weekend. As tends to be the case with these modern fixtures, it has already been described as the season's key match, and a potentially defining meeting for the Premier League title.

There's little doubt that such showdowns can involve a lot of drama, and reveal plenty about...

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Injuries and suspensions: All the Premier League team news

ESPN FC's Craig Burley believes controlling David Silva is the key for Chelsea to beat Man City on Saturday in their big Premier League clash.

Get all the latest team news and information from the weekend of Premier League action.

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PREDICTION: A 1-1 draw
FANTASY PICK: Moussa Sissoko
KEY STAT: Newcastle have scored more goals through their substitutes than any other team in the top flight this season (8).


Hull City should welcome back strikers Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez. The duo were both forced off in the early exchanges of the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal at the beginning of the month with...

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says he was fit to play against Chelsea

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Daniel Sturridge is close to a comeback, as they prepare to face West Ham United in a crucial Premier League match.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has revealed he could have played in the club's Capital One Cup semifinal second leg defeat at Chelsea.

The England international told the Daily Telegraph that, despite travelling with Brendan Rodgers' squad for the 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, he was frustrated to miss out on playing.

"I could have played in that semifinal, and it was the most difficult thing for me," Sturridge said. "I went to London with the team. I wanted to push myself and I wanted it so...

Arsenal have turned a corner since Aston Villa's last visit to the Emirates

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks ahead of his side's match against Aston Villa on Sunday.
An Arsenal fan urges Arsene Wenger to spend following Aston Villa's 3-1 win at the Emirates last season. He promptly landed Mesut Ozil for a club-record fee.

Last season, Arsenal's match at home to Aston Villa represented the nadir of Arsene Wenger's time at the club. A dispiriting 3-1 defeat on the opening day of the 2013-14 campaign saw fans' frustrations with the manager spill over into open revolt.

However, Wenger is able to approach this fixture with a sense of genuine optimism -- Arsenal have won their last four games and finally have something resembling a complete squad to call upon.

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Rewind 18 months ago, and there was very little to feel positive...