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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

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 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...

50-50 Challenge: Liverpool vs. Arsenal

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

Liverpool humiliated Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield last season but this time around, the landscape is different. The hosts have struggled following Luis Suarez's departure to Barcelona while Daniel Sturridge's continued absence has contributed to Liverpool's worst ever start to a Premier League season.

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Arsenal have troubles of their own and both Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger have come under criticism this season. It promises to be an entertaining clash at Anfield with both defences rather suspect...

 By Kevin Palmer

Alexis Sanchez may find Christmas 'shock to the system' - Arsene Wenger

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden and Craig Burley discuss the pressure the Gunners may feel being the favourites against AS Monaco in the Champions League Round of 16.

LONDON -- Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez is in for a culture shock as he prepares for his first Christmas in the Premier League.

Alexis, 26, has been a huge success since his 35 million-pound arrival from Barcelona in the summer, scoring 14 goals in 24 appearances.

However, Wenger has revealed the Chile international has been struggling physically in the last few weeks after a busy schedule of fixtures in the second half of 2014.

And now he expects Alexis to be challenged by the...