Arsenal’s 5-1 loss to Liverpool over the weekend really dampened the mood on the Gunners who’ve now lost their top spot to Chelsea a still have a daunting run of fixtures. They can however be optimistic about their chances when they host an out-of-form Manchester United at the Emirates, where Arsene Wenger’s side have the best home defensive record in the league this year. Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott are out with long term injuries, while Flamini is still serving a three-game suspension.
Manchester United (4-4-1-1): De Gea, Rafael, Smalling, Vidic, Evra, Mata, Carrick, Fletcher, Young, Rooney, van Persie
The Red Devils were seconds away from a expected but vital win against Fulham at home before Darren Bent snatched a point for the Cottagers and piling more misery on David Moyes. Lying in seventh place, United have all but given up on the title but a club of their stature must make the Champions League next season. Moyes should be naming an unchanged side from their cross-fest against Fulham, with Wayne Rooney playing behind ex-Gunner Robin van Persie supported by Mata and Young down the wings.
I swear if Arsenal dont beat Manchester United I will cry!
— DavidMorales(BATMAN) (@Pequeno_Chico8) February 11, 2014
I’m so ready for a shock Chelsea loss tomorrow and a huge arsenal victory over Manchester United Wednesday
— Steve Harvey (@dontgoslideaway) February 11, 2014
The problem with Manchester United goes back to the owners. Just like with Arsenal. American owners only care about money not trophies.
— Sir Dayoalexander (@Dayoalexander) February 11, 2014
Any true Manchester United and Arsenal fan will remember Keown acting like a baboon all over Ruud van Nistelrooy back in 2003. Good old days.
Although Arsenal are playing at home, the ‘Flying Dutchman’ has notched a goal in each of the last five meetings between his old club and his current one, the first two occasions being for the Gunners and the latter three for the Red Devils. With Arsenal one eye on the FA Cup clash against Liverpool this weekend, Manchester United could have a breather from all the pressure with a Robin Van Persie masterclass.
Arsenal vs. Manchester United: An Alternative Preview
Arsenal have kept 10 clean sheets in their last 11 matches in all competitions at the Emirates Stadium and conceded just one in the other match.
Robin van Persie has scored in each of the last five meetings between these two teams, the first two times for Arsenal and the last three for Man Utd.
The Gunners have won six of their last eight Barclays Premier League games at home by a 2-0 scoreline.
Arsene Wenger’s side have won 15 and lost just one of their last 21 Premier League home matches (D5) and in that run only two teams have managed to score more than one goals at the Emirates.
Man Utd have only failed to score in one of their last 24 Premier League away games, but they have only kept two clean sheets in their last 15 on the road in the competition.
Arsenal have won just one of the last 10 Premier League games against Manchester United (W1 D2 L7).
Juan Mata has scored in each of his four starts against Arsenal in all competitions.
David Moyes has never won a Premier League game away from home as a manager against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool or Man Utd (P48 W0 D18 L30).
Wayne Rooney has scored 10 Premier League goals against Arsenal (including his first and his 100th), his joint-highest tally against any opponent and also the joint-most by any player against Arsenal in the competition (along with Robbie Fowler).
This is the first time that Arsenal and Manchester United will meet in a Premier League match after both failing to win their preceding fixture since April 2008.