Premier League: Arsenal vs Bournemouth, Liverpool vs Man United, Preview

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Arsenal continue with their Premier League title hopes on Saturday when they face Bournemouth, after Wednesday night’s action saw them silence Everton 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium.


The mid-week win comes as transfer talks circulate around the club ahead of the upcoming summer transfer window, where further reinforcements could be acquired with high chances of playing in the champions league next season.

Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, is eyeing new midfielders for the next season and a potential double swoop in the summer transfer window, with both Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo on the list.

Despite the Gunners being in pole position in the Premier League title race this season, they have a few injury concerns as five players are struggling for fitness ahead of the Bournemouth clash. However there is some relief with Thomas Partey and Gabriel Jesus fit again and back in training, the squad could be to full fitness with reinforcements to spare.

Bournemouth who are in the relegation zone have won just twice all season, beating Wolves at home and thumped 4-1 by Manchester City. The Cherries sit 19th and one point adrift of safety ahead of the weekend.

Liverpool vs Manchester United

Manchester United’s victory over Liverpool kick-started Erik ten Hag’s successful turnover of the club, after a disappointing 4-0 defeat away to Brentford exerted pressure on the new manager and results demanded to get fans on his side.

After a well-deserved mid-week victory over Wolves, Liverpool showed determination and hard work resulted in four successive clean sheets in the Premier League.

Alexander-Arnold on Man United and Wolves’ win

“We’re getting the wins on the board especially at this time of the season, and we need to be pushing as far as we can. We’re on the right path but we need to carry on.”

“As a team, we understand it’s not in our hands,” he added. “We need results to go our way but there’s still a long way to go and we have a lot of games to play, a lot can happen.

“It’s important for us to get points on the board and that’s where our heads are at, come April and May, that’s when we know we’ll stand but for now we have to make sure we’re in a good position to push on.

The clean sheets comes after the return of first team players from injury such as Virgil van Dijk and Diogo Jota, and this coming match against Manchester United is a tough test for Liverpool to reestablish their push for a Champions League position.

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The last time the two teams met at Anfield, it was a win for Liverpool with two goals from Mohamed Salah making it a 4-0 win. They were top of the Premier League and had already won the Carabao Cup and had the FA Cup final against Chelsea to look forward to as well.

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“Three points against a team like Manchester United on Sunday will really help us in achieving that.”

“It’s not often you beat United 4-0, that was a very good game, we played outstanding,” Alexander-Arnold said.

“They’re playing really good football, but the games are never easy when you come up against United.

“Manchester United vs Liverpool is always a tough fixture and they’ve always got a good team and good players, it’s never an easy game and I’m sure it won’t be easy on Sunday.”

“The only thing that’s really changed is he’s probably scored a lot more recently but he’s the same player, he’s always a threat and I’m sure he will be a threat on Sunday,” Alexander-Arnold said.

“It will be a tough game but it’s one I’m looking forward to and it will be a good test.

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Liverpool are six points off a top-four spot with the likes of Newcastle and Spurs above them. Manchester United eased their way to a convincing Carabao Cup win against Newcastle and a massive come back against West Ham in the FA Cup.

Depending on which whether he starts on the left-wing or up front, Alexander-Arnold is to face the most in-form players Marcus Rashford in a 1v1 situation putting in mind that Out of the seven times this two have met, Liverpool have won three of those encounter with Rashford scoring five goals in those games .

Alexander-Arnold on Rashford

“It’s difficult to stop Rashford. He’s a player who’s got a lot of weapons in his arsenal but I think it’s more of a team effort; it won’t be just a one-on-one thing.

“They’ll have more than just Marcus going forward, it’s a team thing and as long as the team wins on Sunday, that’s all I’m bothered about.”

Not to forget on October 24, Manchester United 0-5 Liverpool,  inflicting United’s first 5-0 home defeat since February 1955, Mohamed Salah hat-trick, while Naby Keita and Diogo Jota named on the scoresheet as Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side were demolished in their own backyard.

Saturday, March 4, EPL Fixtures
  • Manchester City vs Newcastle 1530Hrs
  • Arsenal vs Bournemouth 1800Hrs
  • Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace 1800Hrs
  • Brighton vs West Ham 1800Hrs
  • Chelsea vs Leeds 1800hrs
  • Wolves vs Tottenham 1800Hrs
  • Southampton vs Leicester 2030Hrs

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