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Miller: Five Liverpool-Arsenal questions

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 By James Dall

Flawed opponents Liverpool, Arsenal yearning for statement of intent

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno, Craig Burley and Stuart Holden are in agreement the pressure is piled on Liverpool ahead of their Capital One Cup match against Bournemouth, with a clash against Arsenal looming.

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

Saturday
Man City vs. Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs. Man Utd
Hull vs. Swansea
QPR vs. West Brom
Southampton vs. Everton
Tottenham vs. Burnley
West Ham vs. Leicester

Sunday
Newcastle vs. Sunderland
Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Monday
Stoke vs. Chelsea

Weekend battle: Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Liverpool face Arsenal on Sunday, the team they have been doing a very convincing imitation of this season: bark without the bite, an at-times invisible goalkeeper, lots of itty-bitty passing, injuries to key players, profligacy in front of goal, slapstick defending, style over substance and a manager who talks a good game...

Liverpool and Arsenal shun defensive midfielders; creativity over destruction

ESPN FC's Stewart Robson asseses Arsenal's defensive woes given all the injuries and the suspension to Calum Chambers.

The defensive midfielder is not a footballing dinosaur or dodo, a species consigned to extinction by the changing of the times. How could it be when Chelsea's Nemanja Matic is perhaps the most influential player of the season?

Yet it has no counterpart at two of the supposed elite: The defensive midfielder seems a dying breed at Liverpool and Arsenal. Matic highlights a philosophical divide in football. This summer Chelsea paid 21 million pounds to re-sign the man they sold for a sixth of that...

 By Nick Miller

Five questions in advance of Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says his side's Premier League game against Liverpool is a chance to continue their recent good form while praising Thierry Henry following the Frenchman's retirement.

Nick Miller looks at five key talking points regarding Sunday's clash between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield.

1. Will pressure actually help Raheem Sterling?

All the warnings about Raheem Sterling this season seem to have centred on his heavy workload and even heavier weight of expectation, with concerns that such pressure would burn out one of the brightest hopes of English football before he could really start. While it's true that Brendan Rodgers doesn't seem to have managed Sterling's workload...

 By PA Sport

Vice-captain Michael Carrick a calming, versatile player for Man United

Despite winning six matches in a row Manchester United manager Luis van Gaal has challenged his team to improve their performance levels over 90 minutes.

Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick could move up into his favoured midfield position because of Marouane Fellaini's absence ahead of the weekend's match with Aston Villa.

Carrick, who says he considers himself a midfielder always, has been used by Louis van Gaal in a centre-back role in recent matches and the results have been stellar for the club.

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United have won all six games since Carrick returned to the first team following an ankle injury, but Van Gaal insists the England midfielder's...

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Lessons learned in the Premier League

The ESPN FC team give their picks ahead of week 17 in the Premier League and Steve Nicol does not stray away from a positive Liverpool result, while Tommy Smyth is not counting out Manchester United from title contention just yet.

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