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Barclays Premier League

 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...

Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado 'ashamed' over form so far

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino explained his side need to be consistent throughout the match in order to defeat a well organised Burnley side.

Striker Roberto Soldado has thanked Tottenham fans for their support and says he is "ashamed" of his performances for the club so far.

Soldado, 29, has netted only seven goals in 38 Premier League appearances -- four from the penalty spot -- since joining the club from Valencia ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.

The Spaniard is not happy with his start to life in England, but says he will do his upmost to turn things around.

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"From the first minute I'm involved, even before I've done anything, the fans...

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling wins European Golden Boy award

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hails Raheem Sterling's performance against Bournemouth.

Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has won the prestigious European Golden Boy award for 2014.

The award is given to the best young player in world football and was originally established by Italian newspaper Tuttosport and is voted for by a number of top publications from across the game.

All players under the age of 21 are eligible and a 40-man shortlist was initially revealed, featuring Liverpool teammate Lazar Markovic and on-loan striker Divock Origi.

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Sterling, 20, has shone under Brendan Rodgers...