Arsenal travel up north to face Manchester United where Arsenal’s record hasn’t been great over the past few years. Last season at Old Trafford was probably the worst match in Wenger’s Arsenal career (and I wouldn’t mention the scoreline). Anyway, this match would be the first time when the man who broke many Arsenal fans’ hearts would face his former club. He surely would not be hoping for a good reception despite Arsène Wenger saying that the fans should respect him.
When Arsenal met them last time, the match finished 2-1 to United at the Emirates despite Arsenal bossing large spells of the match. This match is surely going to be tough but a win would do good to the confidence of the squad, Wenger and even fans. The Gunners are still seven points off the top and six behind the Manchester clubs. Arsenal sit sixth in the table and they would need the win if they want to keep up with the pace of the other five clubs ahead of them. FIFA 13 predict on the Premier-league.com a 2-1 win for Arsenal, which is definitely a confidence boost for the Arsenal.
Possible starting XI:
Mannone would still be between the sticks in place of the injured Wojciech Szczesny. The Italian keeper managed to keep a clean sheet against QPR and he would have to be in his best of forms to keep one at Old Trafford.
The back four would see Bacary Sagna stay at right back with Andre Santos down the other side. The centre back pairing could be Vermaelen and Mertesacker as Koscielny did not do any good for himself with a really poor performance in midweek despite bagging a late goal to keep Arsenal’s hopes alive in the game.
In the middle of the park, Jack Wilshere will continue his recovery alongside Mikel Arteta. The young Englishman was brilliant last week, showing signs of improvement. Ahead of them, Santi Cazorla would be looking to tear apart the ManUtd defence with his great vision and incisive passing. The Spaniard put in a great performance alongside Wilshere last week and has been class since his arrival at the Emirates.
Up front, Giroud is probably going to start considering his performances have been amazing in the past few matches. He scored a wonderful goal and was probably the major reason for Arsenal’s epic comeback during midweek against Reading. One the left wing Podolski would be looking forward to terrorise the United defence and on the right hand side Walcott may start as he had a brilliant game on Tuesday. He bagged a hat trick and three assists and was vital for the comeback.
Arsenal win and everyone will be happy. 🙂