Arsenal v Man Utd Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on April 27, 2013
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Arsenal welcome newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester United to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon.

All eyes will be on Robin van Persie as the Dutchman makes his first return to north London since making a controversial move to Old Trafford in the summer and the 29-year-old will surely be in for a hostile reception.

The occasion will be made all the more gut-wrenching for the Arsenal faithful as they will have to watch their side give him and his United team-mates a guard of honour before the game after Sir Alex Ferguson’s side wrapped up their 20th league title with a convincing 3-0 win over Aston Villa last Monday.

RVP helped himself to a stunning hat-trick that day, taking his tally to 24 for the season and on course to winning the golden boot for the second consecutive year.

While United have very little left to play for other than trying to beat Chelsea’s record points total of 95, Arsenal are desperate for a win with the north Londoners currently in a three-way fight for the top-four.

Arsene Wenger’s side head into the game off the back of an impressive recent run that’s seen them win 8 of their last 10 games, and they retained third place in the table by a single point after Spurs were held to a 2-2 draw by Wigan on Saturday so the Gunners can extend their lead over their rivals with a positive result this weekend.

Team News

Arsenal will be without striker Olivier Giroud for the game as he starts a three-match ban after being sent off against Fulham last time out. Wenger will have to decide who to start in attack with Theo Walcott, Gervinho and Lukas Podolski all in the running.

Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski misses out once again with a rib injury meaning Wojciech Szczesny will continue in goal. Jack Wilshere is expected to start after being rested last weekend while Kieran Gibbs may also get a recall in place of Nacho Monreal at left back.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen is likely to have to make do with a place on the bench with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny continuing their impressive partnership at the back.

Ferguson has hinted that he could make changes during the run-in after sealing the title, but I think he’ll play a near full-strength side at the Emirates as he takes on his old foe Arsene Wenger.

Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are set to return to the back line with Phil Jones moving into midfield and Jonny Evans is a doubt after picking up a knock against Villa. Michael Carrick also suffered a slight problem on Monday but is expected to start.

Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Nani and Tom Cleverley are all pushing for recalls.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

Manchester United have an excellent recent record against Arsenal, winning six and losing just one of the last seven meetings, but the Gunners have more to play for on Sunday and that should reflect in the desire of the players. I can see this one ending in a stalemate. Arsenal 1-1 Man Utd

What would be your preferred team for the game and what’s your predicted score? Get involved in the comments section below.

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18 Comments

  1. Sammy

    April 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Szceszny GK,
    Sagna RB,
    Mertesacker CB,
    Koscielny CB,
    Monreal LB,
    Arteta CM,
    Ramsey CM,
    Chamberlain RW,
    Rosicky AM,
    Cazorla LW,
    Podolski ST…..

    Subs = Walcott-Rosicky, Wilshere-Ramsey, Gibbs-Chamberlain….

    ARS 2 – MAN.U 1…. COYG!!!

  2. Aaron Lyambai

    April 27, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    De gea,rafael,vidic,ferdinand,evra,carrick,cleverly,rooney,kagawa,valencia & rvp.Arsenal 1-Man-u 3.

  3. Obadeyi seyi

    April 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Arsenal shld make sure dat they hold them at least draw….

  4. Emmanuel mukhwana

    April 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Man utd to continue with their winning ways…vann persie to sink former club

  5. Aleem Ajidara

    April 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Victory is for the Gunners by God’s Grace. =3 -1

  6. Goonerholic

    April 27, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Probable team line-ups:
    Szczezny
    Sagna Mertesacker Konscielny Monreal

    Arteta(c) Ramsey

    Wilshere
    Gervinho Cazorla
    Walcott

  7. Abubakar sani

    April 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    man u’ will continue wit there winning record

  8. Arsenal fan

    April 27, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    After red face,Arsenal have games against sides fighting relegation or hopefully will have been relegated.Th e notion the gunners have an easier run in is misleading.
    Remember the gunners were leading NU 4-0 only tobe held back. NU could have even won the game. Then Arsenal were leading Wigan 2-0 only to lose 3-2.
    Redface will be happy to send Wenger to the europa league.And with NU losing 6-0,Pardew will play hard to lose. With all this don’t be surprised the gunners will finally be ejected from the cl. Then Wenger has got to pay th price like any other manager.

  9. The little boy inside

    April 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Szczezny,Sagna,Koscielny,Mertesacker,Gibbs,Walcott Arteta,Ramsey, Wilshere,Podolski,Gervinho Arsenal 3-1 Man utd 😀

  10. AUWAL ADO

    April 27, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Arsenal will win manu 2 :1

  11. Ademola A. Adebayo

    April 28, 2013 at 12:01 am

    My prediction – Arsenal 2 : 1 Man Utd.

  12. ibrahim aliyu

    April 28, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I want to start by congratulating manchester united as the new champion of barclay english premier league. This is to show that as an arsenal faithful I have give them the guard of honour demanded for by arsene wenger. on the issue of line-up scszesny will be in goal,laurent and big per at centre half,monreal and bacary to from full backs,arteta rosicky carzola at the middle of the pack while gervinho and theo from the wings and poldi to spearhead our attack upfront,with the listed starting line-up couple with commitment,composure and dedication we are settling for nothing than the whole 3 point. After it will finish ARSENAL 2 VS MANCHESTER UNITED 0.

  13. kingsley

    April 28, 2013 at 1:57 am

    i have always stand for my beloved club Arsenal and we will win if we use the kind of fighting spirit we used against baryern munich then we can beat united by 4 to 5 goals to non
    szy
    maroel
    chakinson
    kosieny
    matakasa
    ataeta
    cazola
    welshere
    chamberlin
    podoski
    rozisky

    • solomon

      April 28, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      learn how to spell mate

  14. Mandate

    April 28, 2013 at 8:15 am

    A must win match 4 Arsenal

  15. segni

    April 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

    arsenal can win man.utd more than 2 or 3 diffirence gaol
    3:1

  16. solomon

    April 28, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    line up
    szcesny
    per koscielny
    sagna gibbs

    arteta

    carzola wilshere

    walcott rosicky

    podolski

    subs gervinho,chamberlain,vermaelen,ramsey,jekinson,coquelin,mannone, monreal

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