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Liverpool and Arsenal set for showdown

50-50 Challenge

50-50 Challenge: Liverpool vs. Arsenal

The ESPN FC panel 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...

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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

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

Newcastle vs. Sunderland
Liverpool vs. Arsenal

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...

Stacking up Sterling and Sanchez

Was Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers right to compare Raheem Sterling to Alexis Sanchez?
Was Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers right to compare Raheem Sterling to Alexis Sanchez?

Both Arsenal and Liverpool are known for having multiple attacking threats; however, this season each team has come to rely on an individual leader in its attack. For Liverpool, that player has been Raheem Sterling, who leads the Reds in virtually every attacking category and is the focal point of a team that is searching for an attacking identity. For Arsenal, the attack is led by offseason addition Alexis Sanchez, who also leads his team in all attacking categories and has brought new life to a Gunners offense that last season was passive at times.

Following Liverpool's Capital One Cup quarterfinal victory Wednesday over Bournemouth, where Sterling scored two goals, manager Brendan Rodgers went as far as to compare the two attackers. When describing Sterling's role as a wide attacking player who serves as the focal point for his team, Rodgers said that "in that role he plays, you think of Alexis Sanchez when he plays for Arsenal."

On the surface this seems an apt comparison given that both players are primarily seen as highly skilled, speedy wingers who slash into central positions. But is Rodgers accurate in his assessment, or is comparing Liverpool's 20-year-old rising phenom to Arsenal's 25-year-old established star a reach?

Here is a look at how these two players stack up when it comes to scoring, creating chances, attacking versatility/influence and defensive impact.


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Wenger delighted Sanchez chose Arsenal

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is happy that Alexis Sanchez chose Arsenal, ahead of their game against Liverpool.


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