Clashes between these two sides have been absolute classics in recent years, and they have also often been tempered affairs. However, after the crushing defeat to Liverpool, this game against our bitter rivals offers us a brilliant chance to bounce back with three points. Now that Ferguson is no longer in charge of United though, this game will be altogether a different proposition.
Wenger has often had the upper hand over Moyes but our last game against them saw us lose courtesy of a goal from a name I dare not mention. In my opinion, we were very unlucky to lose that game at Old Trafford, and we came bitterly close to grabbing an equaliser late on. That game should give the team an added incentive to really go out there and put in a great performance. The game on Saturday lunchtime raised some real questions and they’ll need to be addressed going into this crucial midweek league game. Not sure which bookies to trust? Read a mobile betting site review.
One of the questions raised was that of the form of Mesut Ozil. He started off brilliantly in the Premier League but he seems to have come to a halt. Two assists and no goals in his last eight games clearly suggests that the German playmakers has somewhat gone off the boil. He looked to be coming back to his best after a man of the match performance against Southampton but he was poor against Liverpool and cost us two goals by losing the ball cheaply. People are disputing his place in the side but in my opinion, not starting Ozil would be mad. He has the ability to unlock a defence out of nothing. However, in order to that, our forward players will need to start making some better runs. That was part of the reason he was so formidable alongside Ronaldo at Real Madrid.
The player we really seem to be missing though is Aaron Ramsey. Once again he will be unavailable for the match, alongside Mathieu Flamini who remains suspended. Thomas Vermaelen has finally had a mention from the Boss, but he is indeed injured. One player who is back from injury though is Yaya Sanogo. Hardly fills you with confidence though.
Despite the heavy defeat at the weekend I’m not expecting many changes. Kieran Gibbs simply has to start in my opinion and Lukas Podolski could also be given a start despite Cazorla and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s good form. Ozil is the real debate but you can’t leave him out. Tomas Rosicky is a big game player and I’d definitely like to see him feature at some point. Saying that, our attacking play was pretty poor and changes could be made after all.
My line-up: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Ox, Ozil, Cazorla, Giroud.
In recent times we just haven’t had the knack of beating the Champions and they’ve usually come out on top. We haven’t lost to a team in the Premier League more than we have to United. However we haven’t lost at the Emirates in the League since the opening day, meanwhile we haven’t conceded in eight games at home. It’s an incredibly difficult game to predict. United are sat in seventh place and despite the opposition, a team that is supposedly challenging for the title should be beating a seventh placed side.
By Matt Dawson