Premier League: Live scores, team news and updates from Arsenal vs Wolves, Brentford vs Luton and Burnley vs Sheffield United in the afternoon kick-offs as Mikel Arteta drops Kai Havertz for Leandro Trossard

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for all the latest scores, team news and updates from the Premier League’s 3pm kick-offs including Arsenal vs Wolves, Brentford vs Luton and Burnley vs Sheffield United.

Spend a day inside Luton training with us

Mail Sport’s Rob Draper got an exclusive look inside a day at training with Luton.

The Hatters need a win today to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone and Rob Edwards’ side look like they’ve been working hard in training after their promotion to the Premier League.

Breaking: LATE CHANGE FOR BRENTFORD!

Kristoffer Ajer has twisted his ankle during Brentford’s warm-up so Saman Ghoddos steps in to the starting line-up to replace him.

Warm-ups underway!

Three o’clock is fast approaching and the players are wrapping up their warm-ups!

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Gary O'Neil, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on December 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Was Mikel Arteta a ‘clown’ to slam VAR?

While we’re on the subject of VAR, Mail Sport’s Chris Sutton has some strong words to say about how Mikel Arteta reacted after a decision went against them during their recent game against Newcastle.

Arteta had slammed officials after that match saying: ‘How the hell did this goal stand up? It’s incredible,’ Arteta said in his post-match press conference..

‘I feel embarrassed. It’s an absolute disgrace that this was allowed. For many reasons it’s not a goal.’

But Sutton had his say on Arteta’s comments. Listen to his full reaction below on Mail Sport’s It’s All Kicking Off podcast…

Was it a penalty?

It was a frustrating night for Wolves, but were the officials right to award a penalty against them?

What’s the point of VAR?

VAR has copped plenty of criticism in the past few weeks, with Gary O’Neil the latest manager to hit out at the viceo officiating system.

Interestingly it comes after his opponent in the dugout today, Mikel Arteta, slammed the system, ’embarrassing’.

O’Neil became incensed at the review system after Fulham scored a late penalty to secure a 3-2 win last weekend.

The Wolves boss admitted he had gone into the referee’s room after last week’s defeat and subsequently stated that his players’ respect for officials had cost them on several occasions this season.

‘I had a good discussion with them around the way I conduct myself. I’m trying to be respectful. There was no abusing anybody or telling them what I thought of them,’ he said.

‘But behaving respectfully has probably cost us. We’re probably seven points down on PGMOL reviews. The difference between 22 points and 15 points for the thousands of supporters who follow this team around the country is huge.’

‘It’s a battle that we want to win’ – Kompany

Vincent Kompany’s side come up against Sheffield United in a must-win clash between two sides who currently sit in the Premier League’s relegation spots.

After having won and lost against Sheffield last season, Kompany was excited about the prospect of today’s match.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: ‘I think we’ve been on a row of good performances but we haven’t had the points. We’re really looking forward to this game and it’s a battle that we want to win.

‘It’s going to be like last year in the championship.

‘Sheffield we know were our biggest opponent last season. And we’ve come up showing some good signs and have the same challenges. And now we get to face each other.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Burnley manager Vincent Kompany during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and West Ham United at Turf Moor on November 25, 2023 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Rob Newell - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Arteta breaks his silence on Gabriel

Mikel Arteta has finally spoken on why he chose to drop Gabriel from his squad at the start of the season.

The Brazilian started the campaign on the bench for Arsenal but has since come back in to become a key figure in Arsenal’s squad.

He’ll start today for the Gunners but Arteta spoke yesterday on the decision that had left many fans scratching their heads.

‘It’s about form, it’s about how you are playing, it’s about how you are behaving and you have to earn it every single day, because you know somebody else is next to you and wants to take your place and deserves to take your place.

‘Sometimes you just need to sit down on the bench and realise things and then suddenly you become a much better player.’

Paul Heckingbottom’s side to face Burnley

And lastly, Sheffield United have made three changes following their defeat by Bournemouth last week.

Anel Ahmedhodzic, John Fleck and Oli McBurnie will all start with McBurnie set to lead the line alongside Cameron Archer.

Jayden Bogle, Vini Souza and James McAtee all drop to the bench.

Burnley’s team to play Sheffield United

One change for Vincent Kompany’s side today as Jacob Bruun Larsen comes in for Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Luton team to play Brentford

Two changes for Rob Edwards’ side following their 2-1 win against Crystal Palace – their first Premier League home win of the season.

Alfie Doughty has not been selected for the matchday squad after he sustained an injury in training.

He’ll be replaced by Andros Townsend who starts on the bench.

Issa Kabore steps up to the starting line-up with Tahith Chong coming into midfield.

On his selections, Edwards said to Sky Sports: ‘A tough call. Chong has been brilliant when he comes on. but i just feel Chong’s quality is what’s needed today.’

On getting the win today: ‘Every game poses different challenges. Brentford are an incredibly well organised team and it’s been our message all week.’

Speaking on today’s opposition he expects Brentford to play a ‘high tempo style. They’ll try and keep the ball going for the full 100 minutes.’

Brentford team to play Luton!

One change for Thomas Frank’s side, Neal Maupay comes in to make his first start in the last three games with Saman Ghoddos to the bench.

Wolves team to play Arsenal

Gary O’Neil has made four changes from the side that suffered defeat to Fulham last week.

Dawson, Bueno, Doyle and Traore all come into the starting XI with Hwang and Cunha starting up top.

It looks like the English manager has re-arranged his team from a back three to a back four with Dawson coming back into defence.

Arsenal team to play Wolves

Arsenal make one change from their Champions League victory against Lens and it’s goalscorer Kai Havertz, who makes way for Leandro Trossard.

Can Brentford bounce back against Luton?

Thomas Frank’s side come into today’s match against Luton off the back of two defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal.

A late goal from Kai Havertz saw the Bees suffer a disappointing late defeat to Mikel Arteta’s side, but they managed to frustrate the Gunners during the game, with Frank claiming after the game that either side could have won the match.

Despite that they sit 11th in the table having won four and lost five of their opening Premier League fixtures, winning three of their last five.

They are a tough side to beat at home, but they face a difficult opponent in Luton today, who sit just outside the relegation zone, but come into this match, buoyed by a 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace.

The newly promoted side have also claimed draws against Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in recent weeks, with their previous win coming away against Everton at Goodison Park.

Team news coming up in less than 10 minutes!

Meanwhile, Arsenal and Wolves have both arrived at the Emirates.

How much of an impact will Gabriel Jesus have this afternoon after making his return from injury for the Gunners in the past week?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Gabriel Jesus of Arsenal arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on December 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Jean-Ricner Bellegarde of Wolverhampton Wanderers inspects the pitch ahead of the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on December 02, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Is pressure mounting on Vincent Kompany?

Speaking ahead of today’s fixture, Vincent Kompany told reporters that despite his side’s poor form, he still has belief that he can guide Burnley out of trouble.

‘Statistics are just statistics,’ he said. ‘To me, that’s not why I’m doing the job. If I wanted to take away the risk of this happening maybe I would make different choices in life. For me I’m in it for everything that goes with it.

‘No matter what happens, when the story of this gets written however many years from now this is just part of it. I believe in myself a lot as well. That’s the truth of it.’

Yet, they’ve struggled in recent weeks in the Premier League, and pressure is starting to mount over his position at the club.

In the past, plenty of managers have already been sacked by this stage of the season, but Mail Sport’s Ian Ladyman believes Kompany should not be the first manager to be dismissed this season.

It’s a cracking day at Turf Moor!

While fixrtures around the EFL and FA Cup have been postponed due to adverse weather conditions, the sun is shining today at Turf Moor and the conditions are primed for a fast flowing game.

Burnley and Sheffield United have not played eachother in the Premier League since 2021, but both sides claimed wins off eachother in the Championship last season.

In fact, in their last five meetings, both sides have secured two wins against eachother, sharing the spoils in their only other meeting.

Last time out at Turf Moor, Burnley claimed a 2-0 win against Sheffield with Johann Berg Gudmundsson netting a brace.

Burnley are in the house!

Vincent Kompany’s side have arrived at Turf Moor ahead of their clash against Sheffield United.

It’s a big game for the under-pressure manager who’s side have lost all five of their last outings in the Premier League and sit bottom of the table having just won one game.

Questions have been raised over his tenure as the Clarets manager, but today they can rise above Sheffield to 18th in the league and take points away from Paul Heckingbottom’s side, who sit two places ahead of them on five points.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Vincent Kompany, Manager of Burnley, arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Sheffield United at Turf Moor on December 02, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Johann Gudmundsson of Burnley arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Sheffield United at Turf Moor on December 02, 2023 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

How has Gary O’Neil transformed Wolves this season?

Arsenal will need to guard against complacency today as they come up against a very dangerous Wolves side.

Gary O’Neil’s side are currently mid-table and despite coming into this match off the back of a 3-2 defeat by Fulham, the Wanderes have claimed some big results of late, including a 2-1 win against title rivals Tottenham and another 2-1 win against defending champions Man City.

The Gunners have won four of their last five meetings against the midlands outfit, who have scored in 12 straight Premier Leagues, winning four, drawing three and losing five.

The man Arsenal will need to watch today is Wolves forward Hwang Hee-Chan who has nine goal contributions in the Premier League this season, second only in the competition to Mohamed Salah.

Arsenal flying high at the top!

It’s been a tale of two sides this week for Mikel Arteta’s side, grinding out a 1-0 win against Brentford at the GTech Community Stadium, before trouncing Lens, scoring five goals in the first half of their 6-0 win.

They currently sit one point clear of City and Liverpool at the top of the table and can put some more distance between their title rivals.

Meanwhile, Aaron Ramsdale made his return between the sticks against Brentford, and while he did look a little shaky, kept a clean sheet during the match.

Will he start again today? It’s likely David Raya could be named as their starting goalkeeper for today’s match.

Kai Havertz has started to find the back of the net scoring in his last two appearances, notably claiming their late winner against Brentford, while the Gunners have welcomed back Gabriel Jesus – who also scored during their win against Lens.

Can Arsenal make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League this afternoon?

Good afternoon!

Welcome to Mail Sport’s live blog where we’ll be bringing you live coverage across Saturday’s 3pm kick-offs.

We’ve got three games to look forward to this afternoon before Everton travel to Nottingham Forest and Newcastle welcome Manchester United.

Arsenal are back in action following their impressive 6-0 win against Lens in midweek and look to put more distance between them, Manchester City and Liverpool against Gary O’Neil’s Wolves at the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, Brentford host Luton and are looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat by Arsenal last week. Meanwhile, the Hatters can secure back-to-back Premier League victories after their 2-1 win against Crystal Palace last Saturday.

Our final game today is at Turf Moor, with Vincent Kompany’s side looking to kick-start their Premier League campaign with a win against Sheffield United, who sit just one-point above them at 18th in the Premier League.

Stay with us as we’ll have all the latest live commentary, updates and news from around this afternoon’s action as well as updates ahead of tonight’s huge clash between Man United and Newcastle.

Key Updates

  • 02 Dec 202314:52

    LATE CHANGE FOR BRENTFORD!

  • 02 Dec 202314:43

    Was Mikel Arteta a ‘clown’ to slam VAR?

  • 02 Dec 202314:16

    Paul Heckingbottom’s side to face Burnley

  • 02 Dec 202314:14

    Burnley’s team to play Sheffield United

  • 02 Dec 202314:13

    Luton team to play Brentford

  • 02 Dec 202314:08

    Brentford team to play Luton!

  • 02 Dec 202314:05

    Wolves team to play Arsenal

  • 02 Dec 202314:02

    Arsenal team to play Wolves

  • 02 Dec 202314:01

    Can Brentford bounce back against Luton?

  • 02 Dec 202313:50

    Is pressure mounting on Vincent Kompany?

  • 02 Dec 202313:39

    How has Gary O’Neil transformed Wolves this season?

  • 02 Dec 202313:37

    Arsenal flying high at the top!





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