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Wilshere back in 'days' after ankle op

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 By Kevin Palmer

Liverpool and Manchester City can declare Premier League intentions

Jordan Henderson makes a special appearance in the latest HWTLU to announce his name change. Also, the very angry Alan Tikitally continues his reign of Scottish terror.

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
West Ham vs. Crystal Palace
Burnley vs. Swansea City
Manchester United vs. Sunderland
Newcastle vs. Aston Villa
Stoke City vs. Hull City
West Brom vs. Southampton

Sunday
Liverpool vs. Manchester City
Arsenal vs. Everton

Battle of the Weekend: Liverpool vs. Manchester City

The fixture that was promoted -- incorrectly as it transpired -- as a title decider when these two sides met at Anfield last April carries almost as much significance this time around. A resurgent Liverpool are presented with the chance to conclusively confirm they are ready to mix it up with the Premier...

 By Kevin Palmer

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere back in days after 'minor' ankle surgery

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner believes Arsene Wenger and staff are putting together a strong squad, while Shaka Hislop thinks the Gunners boss should have left after winning the FA Cup.

LONDON -- Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has undergone minor ankle surgery that will rule him out of action for days rather than weeks, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Wilshere had the procedure, originally planned for the summer, to remove some small studs from his ankle brought forward. The 23-year-old had screws inserted into his ankle two years ago as part of another procedure.

Wenger said that the decision was made as it was restricting Wilshere's progress as he looks to return to full...

English football title defences aren't easy, as Man City are learning again

Sir Alex Ferguson was a master motivator who always kept his players' competitive fires burning, sometimes with some slightly devious tactics.

The big question, perhaps, was why this type of vigour hadn't been seen in Manchester City earlier. Last Saturday, the defending champions seemed so energised by Chelsea's 1-1 slip to Burnley that they immediately tore into Newcastle United, dismissing them 5-0. Afterwards, Vincent Kompany made some proclamations, but they weren't necessarily all that persuasive, despite what had just happened.

"Our team has been proving our determination in recent years," the City captain said. "That's one...