Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Manchester United

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Updated: February 10, 2014
Arsenal

Match Date: 12 February 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Emirates Stadium

 

Arsenal

With plenty of sidelined players—including Thomas Vermaelen,  Kim Källström , Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini, Yaya Sanogo, Aaron Ramsey, and Theo Walcott—Arsenal are dramatically challenged at regaining the top spot, which is now taken by Chelsea. The side were wretched in their most recent encounter, succumbing to Liverpool on a 5-1 away defeat to knock them out of the summit and slide down to the second spot. Their opponents displayed one of the most breathtaking opening 20 minutes for a league match, firing four goals within that period and another one in the 52nd minute. This left Arsenal stunned that they only managed to net a goal late in the second half. This was perhaps one of The Gunners’ most embarrassing moments this season, and probably a waterloo considering their high-profile position in the league.

 

Manchester United

Still a few points short of securing a place in the top five, Manchester United could ship their very first time that they will be unable to participate in a major UEFA continental tournament. Their past five English top-flight league matches have so far been unsatisfactory, winning only in two battles, being beaten in two, and drawing in one. This season is conceivably one of the defending champions’ worst, and David Moyes has plenty of questions to answer.

 

United’s most recent match resulted in a draw with Fulham 2-2. This is at the back of The Red Devils’ upset from Stoke City. The decline is not clearly understood, but many believe that it is in the moderately effective mentorship that the side are losing significant prowess. Regardless, United have to try even harder if they wish to obtain berth at least in the Europa League.

 

Online betting tip: Arsenal rank higher in the table than Manchester United, but the former are currently suffering from a major blow (recent defeat combined with a sizable number of sidelined players) and may not be able to perform fluidly in their next battle. But with several key players still healthy, Arsenal might pick up and win this match in a narrow lead.

 

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