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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...

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Predicting the festive fixtures' impact on the Premier League title race

Anthony Richardson takes you through 90 riveting seconds from week 16 in the English Premier League.

Christmas is coming and the fans are kept rapt by a Premier League that, suddenly, has a title race with not just two but possibly three contenders.

Dec. 6 was a pivotal day. After Chelsea's defeat at Newcastle ended any prospects of an unbeaten campaign, Manchester City, defending champions yet to hit form, drew within three points of the leaders after beating Everton.

The most recent weekend, meanwhile, saw Louis Van Gaal have to play down the first questions since the beginning of the season about...

By ESPN Staff
1 day ago

ESPN FC Extra Time: Reds' Top 4 chances

The ESPN FC answer your twitter questions on Liverpool's top four chances, Jozy Altidore's future and Chelsea's potential transfer window targets.

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about an hour ago

Pearson eager to answer critics

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson notes that he is looking forward to the opportunity to answer back to his critics.

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about an hour ago

Lambert confirms Keane visited Cleverley at his home

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert responded to reports that former assistant manager Roy Keane confronted Tom Cleverley at the midfielder's home believing he had leaked stories about Keane falling out with the club's players.

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