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Arsenal Target Blasted For Switching International Allegiance

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West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has come under heavy attack from former Republic of Ireland James McClean after he switched international allegiance to England.

In a chat with RTE Sport, Stoke City winger McClean slammed the aforementioned Rice who had earlier pledged his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland before reneging on that pledge to play for England.

Declan Rice has been one of the best young players in the Premier League this season and his form has prompted intense transfer rumours involving the best teams in the top flight of English football including Arsenal.

Rice played three friendly games for the Republic of Ireland and that made it possible for the former Chelsea player to represent the Three Lions of England.

The West Ham player was able to switch his international allegiance from the Republic of Ireland to the Three Lions of England as he didn’t play competitive football for Ireland.

Declan Rice was invited to the Three Lions of England setup for the first time for the recently played games against Czech Republic and Montenegro.

He made his debut for the England national team on Monday night during the comprehensive win over Montenegro.

Rice and England came from behind to beat Montenegro 5-1 away from home.

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Unai Emery Names Provisional Squad For Liverpool Clash

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery has named his provisional squad ahead of the top-of-the-table clash with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.

Liverpool and Arsenal are the only teams to win their first two Premier League games this season and they will face off for the biggest match of week three.

Ahead of the game, Unai Emery has welcomed both Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka back into his squad.

German World Cup winner Ozil has missed the last two games mainly due to security issues especially the first league game of the season at Newcastle United (ended in a 1-0 win to the Gunners).

He missed the second league game at home to Burnley (2-1 win to Arsenal) because of illness.

On the part of Xhaka, the Swiss international missed the Burnley game only due to a back problem.

For hosts Liverpool, the big injury news is the absence of first choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker for the Arsenal game because of an ankle problem.

Arsenal’s Provisional Squad: Bernd Leno, Emiliano Martinez, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Shkrodan Mustafi, David Luiz, Sokratis Papasthathopoulos, Calum Chambers, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac, Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Mohamed Elneny, Joe Willock, Dani Ceballos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli

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Berbatov Reveals Two Arsenal Players He Loves Ahead Of Liverpool Clash

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Former Manchester United attacker Dimitar Berbatov has revealed that he’s a big fan of two Arsenal players.

The ex-Bulgarian international made this known in a chat with Betfair.

He was speaking ahead of the blockbuster Premier League clash between Liverpool and Arsenal.

Liverpool will host the Gunners at Anfield on Saturday evening with the hope of extending their lead at the top of the table.

Both Liverpool and Arsenal won their opening two league games of the season but the Reds are at the summit by virtue of a better goal difference.

Only Liverpool and Arsenal secured maximum points amongst the Premier League teams at the end of week two.

Ahead of the game between the top two Premier League teams, Dimitar Berbatov warned Liverpool about the threat posed by Arsenal attacking duo of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

According to him, he loves the partnership between Aubameyang and Lacazette before adding that Liverpool will have to be mindful of the two players.

Both strikers were on target as Arsenal recorded a second successive league win at home to Burnley last weekend.

The Gunners beat Burnley 2-1 to add to their 1-0 win over Newcastle United away from home on the first weekend of the new Premier League season.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: What Hector Bellerin Said About Dani Ceballos

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Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin has praised the quality of summer signing Dani Ceballos after his bright start to life at the Emirates Stadium.

Spanish international midfielder Dani Ceballos was brought in by the Gunners this summer.

The Spaniard is one of six new faces in the Arsenal team including young French centre back William Saliba who has returned to Ligue 1 outfit Saint Etienne on loan after his £27m transfer from the same club.

Dani Ceballos has joined Arsenal on loan from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid and there’s no option of a permanent transfer at the end of the loan deal that will expire next summer.

Hector Bellerin paid glowing tribute to Dani Ceballos in his interview with Arsenal’s official website.

Bellerin is no stranger to Dani Ceballos having played with him in the Spanish national junior team setup.

According to him, he has been playing with Dani Ceballos since the age of 18.

He went on to praise the new Arsenal signing as one of the best players he has seen.

Hector Bellerin is presently recovering from a serious knee injury suffered during a home league game with Chelsea in January and he will have to wait to play alongside Dani Ceballos for Arsenal.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Club Legend Suggests Starting XI For Unai Emery

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Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has advised Gunners boss Unai Emery on the starting XI for the difficult trip to Liverpool in the Premier League.

The Arsenal legend talked about Unai Emery and the possible Gunners XI for the away game at Liverpool while he was on popular English media channel Sky Sports.

According to him, Arsenal manager Unai Emery has to start the deadly trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette and Nicholas Pepe for his team to be able to pick up a positive result against Liverpool.

Charlie Nicholas said that a cautious approach from Unai Emery won’t do Arsenal a whole lot of good.

He further said that Dani Ceballos would start behind the front trio after his impressive outing against Burnley last weekend.

Dani Ceballos provided the two assists for Arsenal in the 2-1 win over the Clarets at home.

Charlie Nicholas says he would start Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira in central midfield mainly because of their energy.

The aforementioned central midfield duo will start ahead of Granit Xhaka according to the ex-Arsenal and Celtic player.

On the defense, Charlie Nicholas revealed that it’s getting better with the addition of David Luiz but he’s skeptical about the ability of the Arsenal defenders to withstand the Liverpool attackers.

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Klopp Speaks On Title Race Advantage Over Man City

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had his say on a possible title race advantage over champions Manchester City ahead of their Premier League clash at home to North London giants Arsenal.

Premier League leaders Liverpool host second-placed Arsenal in the final game of Saturday’s league games.

In his pre-match press conference, Klopp was asked about the early advantage over main title contender Manchester City.

Liverpool have a two-point lead over Manchester City at the moment and they are in action before their rivals this weekend.

The Reds will face Arsenal on Saturday evening, while Manchester City will have to face almost 24hrs before they play hosts Bournemouth.

When asked about that advantage, Klopp said its too early to talk about the Premier League title before adding that even February is not the appropriate time to talk about winning the league title.

He went on to say that Liverpool and Manchester City are not the only ones fighting for the league title.

Manchester City have won the last two Premier League titles including that of last season when they finished one point ahead of Liverpool.

The Citizens won the league with 98 points ahead of Liverpool who finished the season with 97 points.

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