Arsenal v Manchester Utd: Squad sheets

Arsenal-v-Manchester-United-Match-Preview

Once upon a time this used to be the game of the season. The fiercest of rivals would at the top of the table battling to win the Premier League. This season it is just another game, a game to fill a gap in the schedule, and a game, in terms of the title race, that has little consequence.

For Manchester Utd, with four games to go, they have already been crowned champions – a phenomenal achievement. For them, all that is left to play for is the chance to break the record points total of 96 points. They will want to win every one of the four games they have left to play, and we will hope they take to the field with a swagger that champions deserve to have.

As for Arsenal, aside from giving their old closest rival a guard of honor, when they take to the pitch, to celebrate Utd’s crown, they are in a dogfight with Tottenham and Chelsea. These London teams are locked in a close battle for third place (which guarantees a place in the Champions League next season) and also for the bragging rights as the capitals ‘Top Dog’.

This will not be a tussle of old, but it will prove to an entertaining game.

Match Facts:

Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, Sunday April 28th

Last season’s result: Arsenal 1 Manchester Utd 2

Arsenal form guide: WDWWWW

Manchester Utd form guide: WDWLWW

Arsenal leading scorer: Cazorla – 12

Manchester Utd leading scorer: Van Persie – 24

Possible team line-ups:

Arsenal 4-3-3: Szczesny, Koscienly, Mertesacker, Sagner, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere, Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski

Manager: Arsene Wenger

Manchester Utd 4-2-3-1: De Gea, Vidic, Ferdinand, Evra, Da Silva, Cleverley, Carrick, Rooney, Kagawa, Valencia, Van Persie

Manager: Alex Ferguson

Arsenal subs from: Mannone, Martínez, Gnabry, Jenkinson, Monreal, Yennaris, Arshavin, Vermaelen, Squillaci, Miquel, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Gervinho

Arsenal injuries: Fabianski (rib, May), Diaby (knee, Nov)

Manchester Utd subs from: Lindegaard, Johnstone, Büttner, Hernández, Welbeck, Anderson, Giggs, Powell, Smalling, Evans, Nani

Manchester Utd injuries: Scholes (knee, 4 May), Young (ankle, Aug), Fletcher (illness, Aug)

Additional Information:

• Robin van Persie has scored 17 goals in his past 17 Premier League appearances at the Emirates Stadium

• Despite having the best defence in the Premier League away from home this term, 12 teams have a better record at their own home than Arsenal

• United have played 77 matches since their last 0-0 draw, the longest current run in the top flight

•Arsenal have lost three of their past four home games with United in all competitions

• United are the first team to win title with four games left since Arsenal in 2003-04 (source:Guardiannews.com)

Prediction: Arsenal 1 Manchester Utd 2

Image source: premiersoccerchat.com 

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