Watch Liverpool vs Man Utd live on Sky Sports in March

Liverpool’s game against Manchester United will be part of 11 Premier League games live on Sky Sports in March.

One of English football’s biggest rivalries will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on March 5, with Man Utd looking to make up for their 4-0 hammering at Liverpool last season when they return to Anfield on Super Sunday.

Elsewhere, with the title race hotting up between leaders Arsenal and second-placed Manchester City, catch both sides live on Sky during March. Sky Sports will broadcast Manchester City’s away game at Crystal Palace on March 11 and will be live from the Etihad Stadium for the visit of West Ham on March 19.

Arsenal’s trip to Fulham on March 12 will also be broadcast, while Man Utd’s trip to Brighton on March 19, and third-placed Newcastle’s games with Wolves (March 12) and Nottingham Forest (March 17) both selected for Sky Sports coverage.

March Sky Sports fixtures in full

Saturday March 4: Southampton vs Leicester, 5.30pm

Sunday March 5: Nottm Forest vs Everton, 2pm

Sunday March 5: Liverpool vs Man Utd, 4.30pm

Monday March 6: Brentford vs Fulham, 8pm

Saturday March 11: Crystal Palace vs Man City, 5.30pm

Sunday March 12: Fulham vs Arsenal, 2pm

Sunday March 12: Newcastle vs Wolves, 4.30pm

Friday March 17: Nottm Forest vs Newcastle, 8pm

Saturday March 18: Chelsea vs Everton, 5.30pm

Sunday March 19: Brighton vs Man Utd, 2pm

Sunday March 19: Man City vs West Ham, 4.30pm

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Merson Says: Man Utd should offer £100m for Kane | Arsenal were mind-blowing

Paul Merson says Manchester United should try to sign Harry Kane as soon as possible if they want to have any chance of winning the Premier League.

Kane’s Tottenham contract expires at the end of next season and Man Utd – who do have a longstanding interest in signing the England captain – are prioritising signing a new forward in the summer.

In his latest column, Merson explains why Kane’s motivations – both on and off the field – will help to decide his future, while he also discusses Arsenal’s “mind-blowing” 3-2 win over Man Utd, and why Chelsea cannot be counted out of the race for the top four.

‘Man Utd should offer £100m for Kane’

Tottenham's Harry Kane acknowledges the fans at the end of the English FA Cup soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Harry Kane has 18 months remaining on his Tottenham contract

Is Harry Kane going to go for individual records or is he going to go for medals? I don’t see him winning anything at Tottenham. He’s going to beat Jimmy Greaves’ goalscoring record, which is a phenomenal feat. He’s got a chance of beating Alan Shearer’s Premier League record at Tottenham.

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Tottenham have been good to Kane at the same time as Kane’s been good to Tottenham. He’s got kids, he’s married – he’s got to play where he’s happy. Would you want to change all that?

He’s the best centre-forward in the world. If I’m Manchester United, I’m spending £100m on Kane tomorrow. They just paid £80m for Antony and he won’t score as many goals in 10 years as Kane would score in a season for Man Utd.

Kane can play until he’s 37 because he doesn’t have to have pace – his game’s not about pace. He’s got the brain, he can come short, find the passes and score the goals. He has everything.

If Man Utd want to be anywhere near winning a title, they need a Kane. Seeing them against Arsenal, they’re a long way off still.

Kane to Chelsea? That can’t happen. If he comes to Chelsea, he loses his legacy at Tottenham. Tottenham fans would go mad. For him to go over to Chelsea, it would be the next notch down from going to Arsenal. Chelsea and Tottenham don’t get on.

‘Arsenal were like the big bad wolf’

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win against Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday

I thought Arsenal were mind-blowing against Man Utd. For the final 20 minutes, the pressure was constant. They just suffocated Man Utd. They picked the right pass and never panicked. They were just like the big bad wolf – they just blew the house down.

You always think with Manchester City that they’re going to score before the end and you’re getting that with Arsenal now. It was phenomenal to watch.

I thought Eddie Nketiah would do a job for three, four, five games. I didn’t think he’d do it over this amount of games.

I like him as a goalscorer. I played with and against Gary Lineker, when the ball used to hit the post, he’d tap it in, and people would say, ‘oh, that was easy’. But no one else was there, pushing him out the way to score. That’s the thing with Nketiah.

He scored at Brighton the other week, and there was no way (Gabriel) Jesus was scoring that. He scored again on Sunday when there was no way Jesus was scoring that.

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Eddie Nketiah scored Arsenal’s third in their 4-2 win at Brighton

He’s been outstanding. He’s lively and he’s been very good outside the box. He’s scored big goals at big times.

But when you’ve got those players behind you, you’ve got every chance of scoring goals. They’re completely and utterly on top of their games.

‘Chelsea’s future looks bright’

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the goalless draw between Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday

I don’t worry about Chelsea. I think they’ll be just right.

If you look at Graham Potter’s career at Brighton, I thought they were one of the best teams in the league from box to box. When he left there, they started scoring goals, so that might worry you a little bit. But I think he needs time and a pre-season, to get his players in and get them playing the way he wants to play.

I think Chelsea will go on a little bit of a run. He’s got to start somewhere. It’s been a bit of a nightmare situation, but they’ve brought in a lot of young players and the future does look bright.

I don’t think it’s fair to bring in someone to a club like that and not give him time to have a pre-season. If he’s where he is now this time next season, then there’s alarm bells.

They’re 10 points behind Newcastle, who are the team I think they’ve got to chase down. I think Man City, Man Utd and Arsenal will be in the top four. If you beat Newcastle at home then it’s seven points. There’s a chance if they can get on a run. There’s still a lot of games – people forget we had a World Cup. We’re only on halfway now.

Mykhailo Mudryk looks like an outstanding buy. He looked very lively and pacey [against Liverpool]. Jurgen Klopp brought James Milner off in no time against him on Saturday. Joao Felix will come back, so you’ve got him and Kai Havertz with Mudryk. It looks lively.

They look solid at the back, too, with two clean sheets on the trot. Benoit Badiashile’s looked outstanding – and he’s playing with one of the greatest of all time with Thiago Silva. He’s still one of the best now and he’s 38. Even all of his headers are knocked down to people. I can’t talk highly enough of him. If we talk about Virgil van Dijk as a Rolls Royce, then Silva’s a vintage Rolls Royce.

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Nketiah has made Jesus’ spot his own – but should he keep it?

Eddie Nketiah was considering his Arsenal future last season and had a few different options on the table.

Crystal Palace had followed Nketiah for a while and German side Borussia Monchengladbach were also sniffing around the 23-year-old. Both wanted to sign him on a free transfer in the summer.

By mid-April Nketiah had started just five times and his prospects at the Emirates looked bleak with only two-and-a-half months left on his deal. The writing appeared to be on the wall with Nketiah keen to leave in search of first-team opportunities.

But when Alexandre Lacazette lost his place in the team, Nketiah took full advantage and scored five goals in the final eight games of the season. Manager Mikel Arteta convinced the striker he had a future at Arsenal and Nketiah agreed to stay in north London for the long term.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Arsenal’s win against Manchester United in the Premier League

The £45m arrival of Gabriel Jesus from Man City, though, consigned him to more time on the bench. Until Jesus picked up his knee injury at the World Cup with Brazil, Nketiah had been limited to substitute appearances in the Premier League and had to make do with being Arsenal’s cup striker.

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But since being called upon by Arteta to deputise, Nketiah has risen to the occasion once again. His six goals in six games in all competitions since the season resumed is bettered only by Marcus Rashford and Erling Haaland in the Premier League.

Crucially, two of those goals came in Sunday’s crunch match against Manchester United. His last-gasp flick secured a 90th-minute win for Arsenal to extend their lead at the top of the table to five points with a game in hand.

Nev: Nketiah deserves England call-up

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville on the Gary Neville Podcast:

“An England call-up is due for Eddie Nketiah. Gareth Southgate is very good at allowing players to see their U21 career through and not bring them into the first team too early.

“But Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s form isn’t there at the moment, Callum Wilson is good but is he going to be there for the next four or five years? Harry Kane we know is fantastic but there is a dearth of centre-forwards. Marcus Rashford is playing wide and I think that’s where he’s going to stay.

“Erik ten Hag wants him to stay there so he’s got a real opportunity, but at the moment the best thing Nketiah can do is contribute to this Arsenal team and this very special run that they’re on and special season they’re having.”

Now Nketiah has established himself as a credible option for Arteta from the start, it raises the question: should Jesus keep his spot when he returns from injury?

Here, Sky Sports takes a look at Arsenal’s two striking options and how they compare…

Who is more of a goal threat?

Nketiah and Jesus
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Nketiah has been firing this season and is Arsenal’s top scorer

Nketiah is streets ahead of Jesus in terms of goalscoring. He is Arsenal’s top scorer this season with nine goals in all competitions. Jesus, meanwhile, is on an 11-game run without a goal which dates to the 3-1 home win over Tottenham on October 1.

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Jesus averages a goal every 290.4 minutes while Nketiah scores every 143.2 minutes in the league. So why is he scoring so much more frequently?

Nketiah spends more of his time in between the goalposts in a concentrated area, whereas Jesus operates in a broader space. The Brazilian tends to drop into midfield and out to the wings.

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It is Nketiah’s ‘fox-in-the-box’ qualities that separate him from Jesus. He sniffs out the goals and knows just where to be at the right time.

Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson thinks Nketiah brings something different to Jesus. “I played with and against Gary Lineker,” he told Sky Sports.

“When the ball used to hit the post, he’d tap it in, and people would say, ‘oh, that was easy’. But no one else was there, pushing him out the way to score.

“That’s the thing with Nketiah. He scored at Brighton the other week, and there was no way Jesus was scoring that. He scored again on Sunday when there was no way Jesus was scoring that.”

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Nketiah’s propensity to score ‘easy’ goals, as Merson describes, and do so consistently is what separates him from Jesus and, in fact, the rest of the division. He is in the top three of Premier League players when it comes to his frequency of big chances scored, with one every 147.25 minutes. Jesus, meanwhile, has a comparatively meagre rate of one every 306.25 minutes.

All four of Nketiah’s goals have been scored from big chances. It is no accident he keeps getting in these positions.

Eddie Nketiah roars in celebration after equalising for Arsenal against Manchester United
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Nketiah roars in celebration after equalising for Arsenal against Manchester United

The only lingering question is whether he can keep it up over a longer period. With no clear timeframe on Jesus’ return, this period will be decisive. But if Nketiah’s expected goals – 0.8 per 90, the third best in the league – is anything to go by, he should have a fruitful season.

Who creates more?

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Jesus is one of Arsenal’s best creators – an area Nketiah has struggled in

Jesus may be playing catch-up when it comes to scoring goals, but he is a key part of Arsenal’s build-up and offers so much more than just goals.

Despite spending so much time in other areas, Jesus averages more touches in the opposition box per 90 than anyone else in the league (10.36). He has the strength to hold up play with his back to goal and the vision to bring others into the game, often in dangerous areas.

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It is no coincidence that Bukayo Saka (8), Gabriel Martinelli (7) and Martin Odegaard (7) are all having their best goalscoring seasons yet following his arrival. Before his injury, Jesus was the focal point for the attack.

Nketiah performs well in this metric – registering 7.79 touches in the opposition box per 90, the fifth highest in the league – but is unable to match Jesus’ creative output.

Jesus creates a chance every 55 minutes and a big chance every 245 minutes. Nketiah, meanwhile, is yet to muster up a big chance for a team-mate this season.

Jesus has six assists this season, the second-most of any Arsenal player, behind only Saka. Nketiah, meanwhile, has failed to set up a goal. Only two strikers can better the Brazilian’s return of an open-play assist every 245 minutes.

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Nketiah and Bukayo Saka give their thoughts after Arsenal beat Manchester United in dramatic style

He is also adept at creating space by beating defenders, helpful when breaking down a low block. Jesus completes a take-on every 45.37 minutes, ranking ninth in the league, compared to Nketiah, who does so every 73.63 minutes.

Jesus more than makes up for his shortcomings in front of goal with his all-round game, helping to elevate others around him with his creativity.

Who is the most effective out of possession?

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Jesus and Nketiah have to share the striking responsibilities at Arsenal

Jesus’ lack of goals is not a new thing. It was a common theme at Man City, but his abilities off the ball helped Pep Guardiola to establish his high-pressing system. Arteta has brought a similar style of football to the Emirates and the striker is the key to that.

Speaking in February of last year, Guardiola explained why Jesus was so important to that philosophy.

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Pep Guardiola was a huge fan of Gabriel Jesus’ pressing game

“When we need runners and players that help a lot with our high intensity and high pressing, he is the best in the world,” said the City boss. “Thanks to him we can stay high and be so aggressive.

“[It helps] us get extra rhythm for our midfield players and our back four can stay high for a long time.”

Jesus’ ability to cover so much ground across the frontline allows him to pressure the ball early on and set the tone for the rest of the team. The striker dictates how high up the pitch the whole team is.

Nketiah is outperforming Jesus in pressures per 90 in the league but the Brazilian is superior when it comes to possession won in the attacking third, interceptions and tackles. Jesus refined the art of pressing under Guardiola and is more efficient at regaining possession.

Nketiah gives Arteta the good kind of selection headache with his goalscoring, but will need to improve these other areas to push Jesus for a starting spot when it really counts.

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Arsenal sign Poland defender Kiwior from Spezia

Arsenal have completed the signing of Poland defender Jakub Kiwior from Spezia in a deal worth £20m.

The 22-year-old, who has signed a four-and-a-half deal with the option of a further year at the Emirates Stadium, becomes the Premier League leaders’ second signing this January after the arrival of Leandro Trossard from Brighton for £27m.

Kiwior on joining Arsenal: ‘It’s the pinnacle’

Jakub Kiwior gets to grips with Olivier Giroud
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Kiwior gets to grips with Olivier Giroud

On completing his move to north London, Kiwior said: “When I saw my name on an Arsenal shirt for the first time, I just laughed! I was so happy to see my name on the shirt of such a huge club. For me, it’s an incredibly happy moment and the pinnacle to play for such a big club.

“I’ve always dreamt of playing in the Premier League. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, and if I got the chance, then I knew I’d have to make the most of it because it was one of my biggest dreams. For me, it’s the best league. I’m thrilled to be here.

“It’s huge for me that Arsenal were interested and that I’m able to be here. I’m aware that Arsenal are a massive club in a top league, so I didn’t really have to think about much else. I was just ecstatic and really wanted to come.

“I love passing the ball. I like teams that move the ball and try to create chances that way. So, I’m happy that I’ve come to a team like that.”

Kiwior has been capped nine times by Poland and started all four of their games at the World Cup in Qatar.

Arsenal were looking for a left-sided central defender, with Kiwior expected to provide competition for Gabriel.

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Gunners sporting director Edu said: “We’re delighted to have completed the signing of Jakub Kiwior. He’s a young talent who we’ve been monitoring for a while now. We are now all looking forward to working with Jakub and seeing his continued development with us. We welcome Jakub to Arsenal.”

Manager Mikel Arteta added: “It’s great that Jakub is joining us. He’s a young versatile defender who has shown huge potential and qualities with Spezia in Serie A, and also at international level with Poland.

Jakub Kiwior is gold dust because he’s a left-sided central defender. A lot of clubs in world football are after a player in that position.

Sky Sports News’ Dharmesh Sheth on The Transfer Show

“Jakub is a player who will give us strength and quality to our defensive unit. We welcome Jakub and his family to Arsenal and look forward to working with him.”

Kiwior was present at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal’s 3-2 victory over Manchester United on Super Sunday, even though his arrival at the club was not yet announced.

Arsenal’s good transfer window continues…

Arsenal-bound defender Jakub Kiwior
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Kiwior was at the Emirates on Sunday

Sky Sports News’ chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“Arsenal have had a very good transfer window.

“They’ve bought in exactly what Mikel Arteta has asked for and it is always a good sign, when you feel a deal is not right, to walk away from it. I believe that is what happened as far as the deal for Mykhailo Mudryk was concerned.

“There were two clubs interested in signing Mudryk and that was Arsenal and Chelsea, and Arsenal weren’t willing to structure a deal and pay exactly what Shakhtar wanted on the Friday. The next day Chelsea agreed to pay and structure the deal exactly as the Ukrainian club wanted.

“Arsenal didn’t lick their wounds. A couple of days later they moved onto one of their other targets and they signed Leandro Trossard. They saved a lot of money that would have been spent on Mudryk, and that money can go towards signing somebody like Declan Rice in the summer as well.

“If you speak to Arsenal fans, yes, Mudryk may be one that got away, but I don’t think missing out on him will define Arsenal’s season.”

Follow the January transfer window with Sky Sports

Who will be on the move this winter? The January transfer window opened on Sunday January 1, 2023 and closes at 11pm in England and midnight in Scotland on Tuesday January 31, 2023.

Keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and rumours in our dedicated Transfer Centre blog on Sky Sports’ digital platforms. You can also catch up with the ins, outs and analysis on Sky Sports News.

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