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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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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

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

Newcastle vs. Sunderland
Liverpool vs. Arsenal

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...

Angel Di Maria may return for United vs. Villa, Radamel Falcao could start

Our experts weigh in on Manchester United's potential move to sign AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.

Angel Di Maria is closing in on a return to the Manchester United team and could be on the bench for Saturday's game at Aston Villa, while Radamel Falcao could be granted his first start in more than two months.

British record signing Di Maria, 26, has missed United's last three games with the hamstring injury he sustained in the 3-0 win over Hull last month.

However, Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed that the Argentina international is back in contention as he debates whether to change...

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Redknapp wants QPR midfielders to score goals

Ahead of hosting West Brom in the Premier League, QPR manager Harry Redknapp has called on his midfielders to support Charlie Austin by scoring more goals.


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 By Kevin Palmer

Arsene Wenger 'sympathy' for Brendan Rodgers ahead of Liverpool vs. Arsenal

The ESPN FC crew do not seem to agree with the Premier League's all-time best player as Craig Burley cites Henry as the best to him, while Stuart Holden believes Alan Shearer was the better pure goal-scorer.

LONDON -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits he has sympathy for Brendan Rodgers after Liverpool's difficult start to the season.

Rodgers was crowned LMA Manager of the Year midway through 2014, but the Liverpool coach is under pressure as his side sit 11th in the Premier League table.

An early Champions League exit and a host of disappointing domestic results means Rodgers is under pressure ahead of Sunday's game against Arsenal at Anfield, with Wenger offering words of support for his opposite...