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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

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Player Ratings: Foolish Olivier Giroud leaves Arsenal hanging on vs. QPR

Olivier Giroud was sent off for clashing with Nedum Onuoha during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers.

Arsenal's 2-1 win over QPR was a valuable result but in typical fashion they made life a lot more difficult for themselves. At 1-0 up and completely in control, Olivier Giroud's silly reaction to a Nedum Onuoha foul left referee Martin Atkinson with no option but to send him off. 

Although they doubled their lead with 10 men, a generous penalty brought Harry Redknapp's side back into the game. By the end it was backs to the wall defending that saw the Gunners through.

With a trip to West Ham...

Arsenal Report Card: A summary of the Gunners' Premier League season

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether or not Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger should be fired after missed transfer opportunities.

With the Premier League season edging towards its half-way point, who has starred for Arsenal, and what can Arsene Wenger's men achieve in the second half of the campaign? Here's a look at how the Gunners have fared so far.

Grade: C

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

A campaign blighted by injuries, inconsistency and insufficient transfer activity.


Aside from the outstanding form of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal's season hasn't provided their fans with a huge amount to be excited about. Wenger's...

 By John Cross

Arsenal must rotate their squad as Alexis Sanchez carries the weight

The ESPN FC team preview Week 19 of the Premier League as Arsenal square off with West Ham United, while Chelsea face a tough Southampton test.

The problem with a player that is so good is that you become overly reliant on him. Alexis Sanchez was incredible in Arsenal's 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day. He was at the centre of everything: He won a penalty (although missed it), scored, set up another goal, and when Arsenal were trying to run down the clock, he ran himself into the ground closing down the opposition.

No doubt, Sanchez has been magnificent this season. He's scored goals, created goals and won the fans over...

Cavani nears Arsenal move, Cristiano Ronaldo won't return to Old Trafford

Edinson Cavani has been linked away from Paris Saint-Germain for some time.

Christmas is over, and managers have been busy looking at the best Boxing Day deals ahead of the winter window opening on Jan. 1. Find out the latest rumours with Transfer Talk...

Gunners closing on Cavani?

After watching Olivier Giroud land himself a three-match ban for a ridiculous head-butt during Arsenal's nervy 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers on Boxing Day, rumours that Arsene Wenger may be contemplating a move for Edinson Cavani are sure to gather pace.

The Daily Express reports that...

 By Kevin Palmer

Three Points: Sanchez inspires, Giroud disappoints for Arsenal

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Alexis Sanchez (37') Arsenal 1-0 QPR

A trio of observations on Arsenal's 2-1 win vs. Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League.

1. Arsenal's Alexis dependency

Where would Arsenal be without Alexis Sanchez?

The answer to that question hardly bears thinking about for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger or the club's army of supporters, who once again relied heavily on their brilliant and seemingly tireless Chilean to unlock the door to victory.

Wenger continues to insist his side have not become entirely reliant on a player for whom he paid 35...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

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