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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...

Alexis Sanchez may get the plaudits, but The Ox deserves the spotlight too

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed a fine season at Arsenal while all the focus has been on Alexis Sanchez's impact.

In a season in which the most eye-catching performer has been Alexis Sanchez, only one Arsenal player has played in every league game so far: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

With 11 starts and five substitute appearances, the England man is the only ever present, although Alexis, Santi Cazorla and Per Mertesacker have all played just one game fewer. The record is in doubt ahead of Sunday's game at Liverpool, however, with Arsene Wenger reporting that Oxlade-Chamberlain faces a fitness test before a final...

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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Arsene Wenger backed to stay on at Arsenal by majority of voters in poll

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he appreciated the support of the crowd during his side's 4-1 win over Newcastle, after the abuse he received earlier in the week.

Arsene Wenger should remain as manager of Arsenal, according to the majority of voters in a SunSport/YouGov survey.

The Sun commissioned the survey after Wenger, who has come in for criticism from Gunners fans this season, said last week that he does not conduct weekly polls like politicians to see how popular he is.

The Frenchman was verbally abused by a group of supporters at a train station after his side's 3-2 defeat at Stoke earlier this month, while at West Bromwich Albion the week before,...

Steven Gerrard tells Liverpool players to step up against Arsenal

ESPN FC's Stuart Holden breaks down Daniel Sturridge's move to rehab with the Boston Red Sox.

As Liverpool prepare to face Arsenal at home on Sunday, Steven Gerrard insists that, although they are in an altogether different place than they were last year, they must beat the Gunners to kickstart their season.

Liverpool were a point ahead of Manchester City at this point in December 2013, but have since lost Luis Suarez (to Barcelona) and Daniel Sturridge (to injury) to leave them in 11th place, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea.

The Reds got back on track after losing 3-0 to Manchester...