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Amazon will be broadcasting 20 live games across December and if you’re a new customer you can sign up to Amazon Prime Video and get a 30-day free trial. Amazon will be showing this week’s games such as Manchester United vs Chelsea as well as the Boxing Day fixtures featuring Arsenal vs Liverpool.

Arsenal are in the middle of yet another busy week of action, this time with the full focus of the Premier League in front of them. A win over Wolves at the weekend put the side top before they travelled to Luton Town on Tuesday night in the hope of extending that lead.

Mikel Arteta’s side did just that, clinching a 4-3 victory thanks to a 97th-minute winner from Declan Rice after a hugely entertaining match at Kenilworth Road.

With that said, here’s a look at the biggest talking points ahead of another busy day for Arsenal.

Arsenal midfielder Declan Rice gave his reaction to last night’s 4-3 victory over Luton Town, with the England international netting a last-gasp winner. Speaking to Prime Sport after the full-time whistle, Rice said: “Luton are a top side and they can in no way be overlooked in this league because of the quality they have got.

“They made us pay tonight from set-pieces and us being sloppy at the back. But for us to score in the last minute to keep that momentum building is nice for us.”

Guardiola incites title mind games

The title race is only just beginning, but the mind games have well and truly begun as Pep Guardiola stated loud and clear that he thinks his Manchester City team will win the Premier League this season ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool. It comes after an indifferent start to the campaign compared to the club’s lofty standards.

Douglas Luiz breaks transfer silence

Arsenal transfer target Douglas Luiz has broken his silence on a possible transfer by restating his allegiance to Aston Villa in an interview with Sky Sports. He told the reporters: “I am very happy to hear the stories but I am here at Aston Villa. My focus is totally here. I don’t spend a lot of time looking at the stories. I see them, but I don’t focus on that and I’m not looking at it every day. My head is here at Aston Villa.”

The Gunners continue to be linked with a possible switch for the Brazilian, as Thomas Partey is rumoured with a potential exit in January.

Amazon will be broadcasting 20 live games across December and if you’re a new customer you can sign up to Amazon Prime Video and get a 30-day free trial. Amazon will be showing this week’s games such as Manchester United vs Chelsea as well as the Boxing Day fixtures featuring Arsenal vs Liverpool.
I watched Luton vs Arsenal on Amazon Prime and was impressed by three things

The full coverage of Luton Town vs Arsenal on Amazon Prime Video Sport was a very enjoyable watch for a variety of reasons

When the Premier League announced their new bumper streaming deal on Monday, I was disappointed to see that Amazon Prime were not set to air any games over the next few seasons as their coverage is often a breath of fresh air.

Sky Sports and TNT Sports are of course the heavyweights when it comes to providing top-level football coverage but there is something quite quirky about how Amazon deliver their programming. Whether it be the wide variety of pundits on hand to deliver expert opinions or the vibrant colour schemes used, watching sports on Amazon is often quite the experience.

Hearing Ally McCoist’s dulcet tones on commentary is always a joy and the panel featuring Jacqui Oatley, Thierry Henry, Alan Shearer and Roberto Martinez provided the perfect balance during Tuesday night’s coverage of Luton Town vs Arsenal. Football fans very rarely tune in for pre-match build up and often turn off for post-match analysis, however CBS Sports on their Champions League shows not only provide viewers with superb tactical breakdowns but also topics of conversation that will make people laugh.

Amazon conduct themselves in a much more mainstream manner but there is a clear difference in their coverage when compared to TNT and Sky and while watching Luton take on Arsenal there were three things that impressed me.

Punditry panel and commentary

Seeing the likes of Shearer, Henry and Martinez all pitch side offering their views is a rather refreshing balance when put into perspective. While Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Peter Crouch on one side and Roy Keane, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville on another certainly have their place, having the exact same panels for certain games can often make viewers tune out, but that rarely happens on Amazon Prime.

Announcing who will be covering is also a big plus from my perspective as that can certainly influence which game to watch. And with many games often on at the same time, there is something for all Premier League fans who may not be supporting a certain club with a variety of pundits. Alternatively, watching with no commentary is also an option if no duo in the gantry or pundit line up takes your fancy.

McCoist and Jon Champion are also a delightful duo to hear and although Jim Proudfoot replaced the latter it was still an enjoyable listen.

Graphics, colour scheme and aesthetics

Some may get blown away by the vibrancy of the colours used but to me it makes it stand out, it’s bold and it’s eye-catching. The half time graphic in particular was impressively designed while the abbreviated team names placed onto a background of each kit colour as opposed to a rather boring font in either black or white was also refreshing.

At times it was like watching an advanced PowerPoint presentation with the corner count flying onto the screen early in the second half making it actually feel worthwhile to read.

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