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Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action

Arsenal need Sead Kolasinac to recover quickly; Liverpool’s search for a penalty-taker goes on; and Newcastle prepare for a ‘sliding doors’ moment

Next Sunday, Manchester City host Arsenal at 1.30pm and Manchester United play Chelsea at 4pm; it really is amazing just how often the fixture list throws up these coincidences! And whatever happens in the first game, the pressure will be on those playing in the second, because if City win, those teams will be fighting to stay in touch; if they do not, they will be fighting to take advantage of a rare City slip. So how do Arsenal make that happen? Well, their attacking trident of Mesut Özil, Alexis Sánchez and Alexandre Lacazette are good enough to give any team problems, but though it took longer than anticipated for Arsène Wenger to get all its members on the pitch together, is he really brave enough or foolish enough to keep them there at the Etihad? Whatever happens against City, they will spend a fair bit of time chasing the ball, so might do better to leave Özil out, stay in the match, and then introduce his quality once home legs are tiring after what is sure to be a taxing midweek examination at Napoli. Daniel Harris

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