Premier League talking points: Week 16 to determine if Arsenal are contenders, if Liverpool man is a flop and if Man United are on the march

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There’s a Premier League treat in midweek with a full set of fixtures and it promises to be hugely important for several of the big boys.

Things kick off with Bournemouth taking on Leicester City and Arsenal travelling to Everton on Tuesday night, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool in action on a packed Wednesday night.

There are various talking points regarding many of those mentioned above and they’ll all be desperate to pick up three points.

Can Arsenal pass another huge test?

Arsene Wenger’s side continue to push on, are showing a steeliness and developing a winning habit that can take them to the Premier League title for the first time in 12 years.

However, their trip to Goodison Park is exactly the type of game that many can see them slipping up in. If Wenger and his players are serious about making a statement heading into the Christmas period, it starts on Merseyside by dealing with Romelu Lukaku and seeing off Ronald Koeman’s men to secure all three points.

Will Karius bounce back for Liverpool?

The pressure is being piled on Liverpool goalkeeper Lorius Karius after his blunders against Bournemouth and West Ham United, but it looks as though Jurgen Klopp will keep faith in his compatriot.

While the 23-year-old received a backlash for responding to criticism in a newspaper interview last week, it’s time for him to respond on the pitch and silence his doubters with a convincing performance against Middlesbrough.

Are Manchester United ready to mount a charge?

Back-to-back wins against Zorya Luhansk and Tottenham Hotspur will have built up some confidence within the United camp, but can they now string some wins together and start closing the gap on their rivals at the top?

They face a tough trip to Crystal Palace, but a win there would start to build some more momentum heading into the hectic Christmas schedule and lift the mood further at Old Trafford with six points separating them and the top four.

Can Manchester City cut out the mistakes to ease pressure on Guardiola?

The Spanish tactician hasn’t helped himself by making a staggering 50 changes to his starting line-up already this season, the most of any manager in the Premier League, but he needs his players to step up and cut out the mistakes.

John Stones was guilty of another against Leicester City, and they need to cut those out and start picking up clean sheets to stamp some authority on games.

Will Chelsea be stopped?

Antonio Conte’s side sit three points clear of Arsenal at the top of the standings as they look to extend their winning streak to ten games at Sunderland.

With Diego Costa firing them forward, on paper it doesn’t look as though David Moyes’ side will be the ones to halt Conte’s charge and the pace setters will be confident of returning home with all three points on this occasion.

Tottenham need a response after disappointment against United

Tottenham will hope to bounce back from their loss at Old Trafford when they host Hull City at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.

They continue to struggle against the top teams, so here is a chance for them to produce a convincing performance, keep within touching distance of the top four and give the supporters a reason to be cheerful after a month or so of indifferent displays.

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