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EPL Preview: Manchester United Vs Arsenal

November 2, 2012

Van Persie Manchester United

All eyes would be on Robin Van Persie, when Manchester United play Arsenal this Saturday in the EPL fixtures at Old Trafford. Robin Van Persie signed for Manchester United earlier this season and he is in red hot form through the summer scoring crucial goals to the galore. But, there is a bigger picture that lies ahead for both the teams – Manchester United needs to win their match to stay on the top of the table and Arsenal with 15 points are just sixth on the standings table, so they also need to register a win to progress further up the standings chart. Hence, the game between the two sides is worth watching, to say the least.

Both the sides have lost two matches in the competition so far, hence neither can afford to lose another match so early in the competition. It would take them further away from the title race, which is currently led by Chelsea. Manchester United has looked a good unit, when they have played against the top teams and they need to come up with a similar performance as well, when they meet Arsenal. On the contrary, Arsenal has not enjoyed a good run in the competition.

There is no dearth of players in either teams. Rooney and Van Persie form one of the deadliest striking pair in world football and it is the latter , which has single handedly won matches for Manchester United. A similar performance this time around would be heartbreaking for the few fans who would travel to Old Trafford to watch the game. How can they see, once their favourite son help Manchester defeat Arsenal. They too have a good number of midfielders, who are capable of creating assists for their strikers. But, of late, we also have seen Rooney trying to provide assist for their in-form striker, Van Persie. But, it is their defense, which has not looked impressive and Ferdinand and Evans need to step up their gear.

Arsenal’s team looks good and very strong on paper, especially the offensive players, such as Giroud, Podolski, Cazrola, Arteta, Walcott, but still they have not been dominant force in the ongoing season. Their striking pair of Podolski and Giroud has only been good in patches but has still not got in terms with the EPL, which is a different ball game from other leagues in the world. But, their midfielders led by Cazrola has been the best buy for the season with his silky touches and passing skills.

Both teams were engaged in a high scoring contest in the Carling Cup, where Manchester United lost 3-5 to Chelsea and Arsenal won 7-5 against Reading. But, both these teams did not start with their best team during the match as they saved their best for the mother of all fixtures – Manchester United Vs Arsenal to be played tomorrow.

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