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Liverpool and Arsenal shun defensive midfielders; creativity over destruction

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.

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...

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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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Manchester United 'could sign Kevin Strootman from Roma in January'

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has taken to Facebook to deny allegations of match-fixing.

Manchester United could now have a strong chance of signing Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman in January due to the Serie A club's early elimination from the Champions League, Old Trafford sources have told ESPN FC.

Strootman's season only began last month following his return from a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in March, and the Giallorossi's failure to progress from their group in Europe has led United to believe they have significant leverage to do an earlier deal for the 24-year-old.

The...

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Theo Walcott could make Anfield return, says Arsene Wenger

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.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott could make a long-awaited return to action at Liverpool on Sunday.

Manager Arsene Wenger revealed the 25-year-old, who has made just two appearances this season following recovery from a long-term knee injury, is set to resume full training after a groin problem suffered while on international duty with England.

While Wenger will take no chances on Walcott's rehabilitation, the imminent availability of the forward will come as a welcome boost ahead of the hectic Christmas...