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PL Sunday preview: Spurs look to go 3rd; Arsenal holding onto 6th

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Following Liverpool’s loss to Manchester United on Saturday, the door to third place has been left wide open for Tottenham Hotspur. Meanwhile, can Arsenal hold off Burnley for sixth?

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Arsenal vs. Watford — 9:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com

It’s been 23 years since Arsenal finished a season outside the Premier League’s top five places (they finished 12th in 1995), a formidable streak which set to end this season as Arsene Wenger‘s men sit sixth, 11 points back of fifth-place Chelsea, ahead of Sunday’s visit from Watford. If the Gunners aren’t careful over the season’s final nine games, they could easily find themselves in seventh, looking up at Burnley, who are only two points back.

Wenger can expect a particularly toxic atmosphere inside the Emirates Stadium on Sunday with Arsenal having lost three straight league games — by a combined score of 6-1 — though he remains unfazed and unmoved by calls for his resignation.

“It’s not the person they hate, they hate the manager who doesn’t deliver the performance,” he retorted this week. “I can make that difference. But I’m just unhappy that we lose the games. I want to win, win with style even, so it’s very ambitious. When we don’t do it of course I’m suffering like everyone else. Arsenal is 30 million people, it’s not the suffering of one person, you want to make 30 million people happy and that’s what you care about.”

Watford, on the other side, have won three of their last four (including two straight) and have risen to the top half of the table. The Hornets have won on two of their last three trips to the Emirates, including in the 2016 FA Cup quarterfinals, and would reclaim ninth place from Everton with another positive result on Sunday.

INJURIES: Arsenal — OUT: Alexandre Lacazette (knee), Hector Bellerin (knee), Nacho Monreal (back), Santi Cazorla (achilles); QUESTIONABLE: Sead Kolasinac (ankle), Calum Chambers (thigh) | Watford — OUT: Gerard Deulofeu (foot), Tom Cleverley (hamstring), Tommy Hoban (knee), Nathaniel Chalobah (knee), Younes Kaboul (foot), Jose Holebas (ankle), Christian Kabasele (hamstring)

Bournemouth vs. Tottenham Hotspur — 12 p.m. ET, on NBCSports.com

Tottenham must immediately rebound from Wednesday’s Champions League heartbreak at the hands of Juventus and finish the league season in fine form in order to secure a third straight top-four finish, and a second straight season ahead of Arsenal. Despite the defeat to Juve, Spurs enter the weekend as one of the league’s most in-form sides with not only three straight wins, but having dropped just six points during their current 11-game unbeaten run (they were unbeaten in 17 across all competitions before Wednesday).

“Last season, we complained a lot about not being able to compete in the Champions League, but this year we showed in the group stage against Dortmund, Real Madrid and then Juventus that the club is ready to compete,” Mauricio Pochettino said. “The basis is there. Now it’s to keep going and try to be clever and work hard.

“It was tough on Wednesday and the effort was massive, but we need to move on. The Champions League is in the past. Now we need to believe more and compete in the Premier League and FA Cup, two competitions in which we’re alive.”

Bournemouth, meanwhile, are winless in their last three games (two draws) and have slipped to 12th in the table, now just six points (though, still six places) clear of the relegation zone. Spurs’ congested fixture list, which includes an FA Cup quarterfinal clash away to Swansea City next weekend, could lead Pochettino to rotate his starting lineup for Sunday’s game.

“We need in our starting 11, to pick players who are capable to fight and feel fresh,” Pochettino said. “That is now a tough job for us to choose the starting XI to play at Bournemouth.”

INJURIES: Bournemouth — OUT: Tyrone Mings (back), Marc Pugh (ankle),Rhoys Wiggins (knee); QUESTIONABLE: Jordon Ibe (knock) | Tottenham — OUT: Toby Aldeweireld (hamstring)

DONE DEALS: Every Premier League move on Deadline Day

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There have been plenty of deals around the Premier League on Transfer Deadline Day, from the routine to the mind-expanding (See: Luiz, David).

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Three big money moves occurred early with Marcos Alonso signing for Chelsea, Didier Ndong heading to Sunderland in a club record deal, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou arriving at Tottenham and Burnley have broken their club-record transfer fee for Jeff Hendricks.

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Below is a full list of all the ins and outs from around the Premier League on Deadline Day so far, while you can click on the link above to get more on every deal.


Into the Premier League

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal – Bournemouth) Loan
Didier Ndong (Lorient – Sunderland) $17.8 million
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Marseille – Tottenham) $14.4 million
Jeff Hendricks (Derby County – Burnley) $13.4 million
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City – Stoke City) Loan
Bruno Martins Indi (FC Porto – Stoke City) Loan
Enner Valencia (West Ham United – Everton) Loan
Lee Grant (Derby County – Stoke City) Loan
Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon – Leicester City) Undisclosed
James Weir (Manchester United – Hull City)
David Luiz (PSG – Chelsea) Undisclosed
Dieumerci Mbokani (Dynamo Kyiv – Hull City) Loan
Allan Nyom (Watford – West Bromwich Albion) Undisclosed
Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina – Chelsea) $30 million
Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid – West Ham) free
Adama Traore (Aston Villa – Middlesbrough) Undisclosed
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Sheffield United – Everton) Undisclosed
Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United – Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed

Out of the Premier League

Matt Miazga (Chelsea – Rapid Vitesse) Loan
Joe Hart (Manchester City – Torino) Loan
Mario Balotelli (Liverpool – Nice) Undisclosed
Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea – Juventus) Loan
Philip Wollscheid (Stoke City – Wolfsburg) Loan
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley – Birmingham) Loan
Samir Nasri (Manchester City – Sevilla) Loan
Aiden McGeady (Everton – Preston North End) Loan
Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City – Valencia) Loan
Andre Wisdom (Liverpool – Red Bull Salzburg) Loan
Shani Tarashaj (Everton – Eintracht Frankfurt) Loan
Rickie Lambert (West Brom – Cardiff City) Undisclosed
Luke Croll (Crystal Palace – Exeter) Loan
Fredrik Ulvestad (Burnley – Charlton Athletic) Loan
Jake Clarke-Salter (Chelsea – Bristol Rovers) Loan
Charlie Colkett (Chelsea – Bristol Rovers) Loan
Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea – Alanyaspor) Loan
Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough – Nottingham Forest) Free
Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth – Leeds United) Undisclosed
Rhoys Wiggins (Bournemouth – Birmingham) Loan
Cristian Cuevas (Chelsea – Sint-Truidense) Loan
Serge Gnabry (Arsenal – Werder Bremen) Undisclosed
Jonny Williams (Crystal Palace – Ipswich) Loan
Dominic Gape (Southampton – Wycombe Wanderers) Loan
Dean Henderson (Manchester United – Grimsby) Loan
Alex Baptiste (Middlesborough – Preston North End) Loan