Arsenal go into this tie looking for redemption after the last clash between these two clubs ended in an 8-2 mauling in the favor of Manchester United. While such a one-sided affair at the start of the season, a repeat of such a high score-line seems extremely unlikely even with substantial injuries in the Arsenal squad.
The gunners look to be stretched thin and will find it difficult too come out on top in this tie after a number of first-team players have been confirmed to be out of the tie. At the back Sagna and Vermaelen have been ruled out along with all our other natural full-backs leaving the door open for Djourou and Miquel to retain their spots at right and left-back respectively.
In midfield, what could be considered the biggest casualty was made a realisation when Wenger confirmed that Mikel Arteta is a definite no-go for this match after failing to recover from a calf injury picked up in training before the Swansea match last week. His presence was sorely missed last week with many hoping he would return to fill the void this week.
Up front it remains a waiting game over Arsenal legend Thierry Henry who is touch and go with a calf strain picked up in training earlier this week. It is expected that the Frenchman will take the place of out of form winger Andrey Arshavin if he is available for selection.
It’s still the same. It is not the only game anymore because you have Chelsea and Man City coming in, with Liverpool still there. But it is a game that is watched all over the world.
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We do [lift ourselves], we think we are on a similar level. I still think that when we have everybody available we are a strong force in this league. That’s why it is important that we fight very hard [in order] not to drop points.
They sometimes have a very compact midfield to kill our passing game and get us on the counter-attack. They do that very well.
I believe that sometimes it works for them, although last year we beat them 1-0 [at the Emirates] in a convincing way. It depends on how well we play on the day, how well we pass the ball through their lines – no matter how many are in there.
Arsenal – Robin van Persie – The Dutchman should be fresh after having an extended break away from football and hopefully upon his return will continue the freakish form he was in in 2011.
Manchester United – Wayne Rooney – The England international manager a hat-trick in his last game against the gunners and will look to continue his fine scoring record against Arsenal.
Djourou Mertesacker Koscielny Miquel
Walcott Van Persie (c) Henry
Arsenal to win:
Skybet are both offering odds of 9/5 for the Gunners to win at home.
There are odds available at 12/5.
United to win:
Paddypower are paying out 13/8 odds for United away from home.
allArsenal’s Special Bet:
allArsenal’s Special Bet: Under 2.5 goals =1/1.
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*Special bet facts:
Four of the last six away games involving Sir Alex Fergusons side against teams of Arsenals grading have seen 1 or less goals as have four of Arsenal’s last six home games to teams of United’s stature.