Arsenal vs Liverpool Preview: How to Watch on TV, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

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Liverpool FC v Arsenal FC | Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Champions Liverpool head to the Emirates on Wednesday night to take on Arsenal, in a match that means much more to the hosts than the visitors.

The Gunners were dealt a blow to their hopes of Europa League qualification on Sunday, losing 2-1 to Spurs in the first men’s north London derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to fall to ninth in the league – four points from a Europa League berth.

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Lacazette opened the scoring against Spurs. | Pool/Getty Images

The Gunners need a win to have any hope of competing in the Europa League next season, while Liverpool can only afford to drop two more points all season if they’re to match Manchester City’s record of 100 points in a single Premier League season.

When is Kick Off? Wednesday 15 July
What Times is Kick Off? 20:15 (BST)
Where is it Played? The Emirates Stadium
TV Channel/Live Stream? Sky Sports (UK), fuboTV (US)

The hosts will be without Eddie Nketiah, the striker still suspended after being sent off in his side’s 1-1 draw with Leicester last week. Matteo Guendouzi remains exiled from the first team, with all indications that he won’t be included again this season, while Calum Chambers, Bernd Leno, Pablo Mari and Gabriel Martinelli remain injured and will not feature. Mesut Ozil is still Mesut Ozil.

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Nketiah received his marching orders against Leicester | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

For the visitors, captain Jordan Henderson is out with a knee injury sustained against Brighton. Centre-back Joel Matip will miss the remainder of the season with a toe injury picked up in the Merseyside derby, while James Milner is recovering from a thigh problem and is a major doubt for Wednesday night’s clash.

Arsenal: Martinez; Mustafi, Luiz, Tierney; Bellerin, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka; Pepe, Lacazette, Aubameyang.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

The Gunners have dropped points in their last two Premier League outings, drawing with Leicester and losing to Tottenham, throwing away all the momentum they had achieved in their prior four-game winning streak.

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Liverpool were held to a draw by Burnley at the weekend. | Pool/Getty Images

As decent as Liverpool’s results have looked since the restart, the Reds have only won five of their last 12 matches in all competitions – and three out of six since the restart, including a 4-0 clobbering at the hands of Manchester City at the beginning of the month.

Here’s how both teams have fared in their last five outings.

Arsenal

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal (12/7)
Arsenal 1-1 Leicester (7/7)
Wolves 0-2 Arsenal (4/7)
Arsenal 4-0 Norwich (1/7)
Sheffield Utd 1-2 Arsenal (28/6)

Liverpool

Liverpool 1-1 Burnley (11/7)
Brighton 1-3 Liverpool (8/7)
Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa (5/7)
Manchester City 4-0 Liverpool (2/7)
Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace (24/6)

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Andrew Roberston scored Liverpool’s only goal against Burnley | Pool/Getty Images

Look at Liverpool’s front three. Now look at Arsenal’s back three. Now look back at Liverpool’s front three. You can see where we’re going with this.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-3 Liverpool

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Willian Rejects Multi-Year Contract Offer From David Beckham’s Inter Miami

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Willian has turned down a contract from Inter Miami | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Chelsea winger Willian is understood to have rejected the offer of a three-year contract to play for Inter Miami, the MLS franchise co-owned by David Beckham.

The Brazilian signed a temporary contract extension with Chelsea until the end of the coronavirus-delayed 2019/20 season but is expected to move on this summer – preferably to a club in Europe – having failed to come to an agreement over a longer term deal.

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Willian has a Chelsea contract until next month | Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

The Telegraph report that Willian was offered a three-year contract worth in excess of £100,000-per-week by Inter Miami to head to North America, which would have taken the former Shakhtar Donetsk star through to the end of the 2023 MLS season – also making him one of the best paid players in the league.

With Willian due to turn 32 next month, multi-year deals can be difficult to come by for players of his age, which is thought to be the main reason he was unable to agree an extension with Chelsea.

Miami, who are debuting in Major League Soccer this season, have only used two of the three ‘Designated Player’ spots available to them – it is the rule, sometimes nicknamed the ‘Beckham Rule’ that was introduced when the former England captain joined LA Galaxy in 2007, allowing clubs to pay a certain number of players over and above the normal MLS salary cap.

But the Telegraph writes that Willian rejected the offer because he wants to remain in Europe.

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David Beckham’s Inter Miami debuted in MLS this year | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

It is not ruled out that the former Anzhi Makachkala winger could yet remain at Chelsea beyond this season. He is thought to be biding his team before he makes a final decision, which could be influenced by which clubs have Champions League football to offer.

Willian has previously been linked with Premier League rivals Tottenham, who initially tried to sign from Anzhi ahead of Chelsea back in 2013. In February, the player revealed in a feature for The Players’ Tribune that he remains friendly and in personal contact with former Chelsea boss and current Spurs coach Jose Mourinho.

“We had a special relationship. He demanded a lot, so there were some conflicts, but that’s normal. He would challenge me and call out my mistakes, but if I had played well, he would also say something like, ‘Today you killed it’,” he explained.

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Willian has a ‘special relationship’ with Jose Mourinho | Catherine Ivill – AMA/Getty Images

“I loved his man management, how he organised training, how he spoke in meetings. I learned a lot from him. Even after he left Chelsea, he spoke well of me. We are still friends. Sometimes we exchange messages.”

In the same feature Willian also described London as a ‘second home’, although Spurs may be a less appealing option if they fail to secure European football for next season.

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Bruno Fernandes Labels Himself a ‘Risk Player’ for Manchester United

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Bruno Fernandes label himself a ‘risk player’ on the pitch | Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has described himself as a ‘risk player’, explaining that he is willing to gamble with the ball, potentially losing it, if it means creating chances so that the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood ahead of him can score.

With former managers Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho preferring a more disciplined approach, Fernandes has restored what might be considered ‘the United way’ under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it has enormously paid off in terms of the team’s performances and results.

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Man Utd were often boring to watch under Louis van Gaal | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

It was reported last summer that United initially opted against signing Fernandes because scouts believed him to given the ball away too often and his pass completion accuracy not deemed to be high enough. Ironically, that risk-taking trait is what has made him such a hit.

The Portugal international has contributed 13 goals and assists in 10 Premier League appearances since joining the club in January and is one of only a handful of individuals to have won Premier League Player of the Month in consecutive months.

Fernandes has generally lifted the whole squad, and United also became the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive games by three or more goals when Aston Villa were put to the sword in a comfortable 3-0 victory last week.

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Bruno Fernandes has 13 Premier League goals & assists already | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

“We have such good qualities on the team, so for the position I play, having players in front who can score, who can get a lot of goals, is easier for me,” the former Sporting CP captain told Sky Sports.

“I’m a risk player, I take risks. I want to take risks every time and I will take the risk every time. I will lose a lot of balls, I will misplace a lot of passes but I know when I find my strikers, my wingers, they will score,” he added.

His whirlwind impact has given United a real chance of finishing the season as high as third in the Premier League ahead of Leicester and Chelsea, which seemed unthinkable as recently as January, and securing Champions League football for only the third time since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

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Man Utd will go third in Premier League table if they beat Southampton | Pool/Getty Images

Paul Pogba, who is increasingly expected to commit his future to United as a result of the sharp recent upturn, believes there is now a ‘proper team’ with the right balance.

“You can call it a proper team,” he told United Review. “Sometimes before, we were maybe too defensive or too offensive and we didn’t have this balance or this control. Now you can see we have that balance and there is more structure – we’ve been working hard on that.”

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Barcelona President Confirms Halt to Lautaro Martinez Transfer Talks

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Barcelona have put their pursuit of Inter forward Lautaro Martinez on hold | Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed that the club has ended talks with Inter over Lautaro Martinez, and will instead look to re-assess their transfer strategy in light of the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Barça have been eyeing Martinez all season in a bid to freshen up an ageing attacking line. But with Inter not expected to accept less than the player’s €111m release clause and the reigning Spanish champion’s already well documented financial concerns, plans might have to change.

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Inter are said to prefer a cash deal for Martinez | Soccrates Images/Getty Images

“We talked about Lautaro with Inter a few weeks ago but now the issue is stopped. Now we are not talking about it,” told Catalan broadcaster TV3. “We have to finish the League and the Champions League and see what the priorities are. It is also a time for internal reflection to clarify how the crisis is affecting the club.

“It is a market in which you cannot think of large investments. We need to see when people can return to the stadium, tourists to the museum. We have to wait and see how it all evolves.”

It was only last week that ESPN reported that Barça had struck an agreement with Martinez over personal terms. That was always likely to be the more straightforward part of the deal, with negotiating a fee with a much tougher obstacle to clear.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has come in for criticism
Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has come in for criticism | LLUIS GENE/Getty Images

That report made it clear that any deal for Barça to sign Martinez might be dependent on the club finding a way to sell expensive flop Philippe Coutinho. Inter are said to prefer cash than player swaps, which is how Barça hoped (and failed) to re-sign Neymar last summer.

It remains to be seen whether the current climate will actually yield a buyer for Coutinho, even with Barça thought to be willing to take a loss on the Brazilian.

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Mikel Arteta Talks North London Derby Defeat & Mesut Özil’s Arsenal Future

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Mikel Arteta watched Arsenal lose 2-1 to Tottenham on Sunday | Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left cursing his luck once more as he watched his side throw away yet another lead in the 2-1 loss to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

Alexandre Lacazette’s outstanding strike gave Arsenal an early lead, only for a combined error from Sead Kolašinac and David Luiz to allow Son Heung-min to tap home just seconds later. It looked like the points were set to be shared, but Toby Alderweireld’s 81st-minute header saw Arsenal drop below Spurs in the Premier League table.

Arteta spoke to the press (via the club’s official website) about a whole range of subjects after the game, and here’s what he had to say.

“We gave them the game again, an individual error and the set-piece that cost us three points again. But I’m extremely proud of the way the team played. This is who we are, it doesn’t matter in which ground we will come here and do what we’ve done today, nullify the opponent and force them to kick the ball long and give it back to us.

“We have to improve in these areas because to compete at that level, you know the game is always open and when you [don’t] close it, you always have the uncertainty of what’s going to happen. It’s part of the process that we have and we will learn.

“It is mentally tough because in your mindset you are ahead, you are controlling the game and everything that we talked about is actually happening. Then you just give that moment away and mentally it affects the whole mood and the momentum and our energy.

“Still, we came back in the second half and we were even better, we were even more dominant still, with more control and we were really looking to score the second goal and just in one isolated action, we conceded the set-piece. We have to learn. In every game, something happens. A little margin here, a little margin there. I’m sure we will get there.”

“Yes. If we minimise the mistakes that we do and we keep playing like that, we’re going to win many, many, many football games. Because we’re going to make it really difficult for the opponent. I’m sure of that.

“But these two aspects, one has to be maintained and the other one has to be avoided and it’s on us. They believe in what we’re doing. You can see how they are trying and how they are going. It’s a shame because if you are able to win that well in such a big ground, on such a big stage as with today, it gives you big belief. I am gutted as well for them because they really tried.

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David Luiz was again guilty of a costly error | Pool/Getty Images

“There’s been various things since I’ve joined that cost us games. I cannot just single out one of them but a few of the ones you have mentioned obviously are involved. Some come from errors, some is game management, some come from a set-piece, some from individual errors but look at the margin that we have.

“15 points is a lot and that means that we are fighting and competing in every game, we are very close but the margin to win, lose or draw is sometimes small and at the moment we have to improve on that.

“Sometimes errors are led by fatigue. We have made some errors and there have been some moments where it wasn’t about that, it was about paying attention at a short corner or not picking up your man from a corner, or just making an individual error or because the opponent does well in this league. It pushes you in the last ten to 15 minutes and you have to suffer and sometimes you concede. We will look at that with more depth obviously but it is something where we have some margin to improve.

Mesut Ozil
Ozil has been stuck on the sidelines since the restart | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Özil is yet to play since the restart and has only made the bench for two of Arsenal’s last seven games.

“He is still in the same positions he was last week or two weeks ago and we said we will manage everything internally. I have nothing to say.”

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