Game: Arsenal – Manchester United
Date: 12 February, Wednesday 2014 year
Start time: 19:45 GMT
Arsenal hosts Manchester United at “Emirates “in game from 26 round of “Premiership”. Before this match, “The Gunners” are on 2nd position in the stantings with 55 points, while “The Red Devils” are on 7th position with 41 points.
Over the weekend, Arsenal conceded a heavy defeat in his visit to Liverpool 1:5 and this could be a serious blow to the ambitions of the team for the title. Arsenal played very poorly in defense of Anfield and have allowed opponents to decide the game after the fifteenth minute.
United will travel to north London following the disappointment of Darren Bent’s late equaliser in their 2-2 draw against bottom side Fulham at Old Trafford on Sunday. After recovering from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 going into stoppage time, Moyes’ side were pegged backby Darren Bent’s equaliser.
After picking up one point in their last two matches, the defending champions trail second-placed Arsenal by 14 points and have lost their last three away games in all competitions, but this is a fixture where United have a good recent record. Unbeaten in their last five matches against Arsenal and having suffered just one defeat in their previous five visits to Emirates Stadium in all competitions, United know how to grind out results against Arsene Wenger’s men.
Marouane Fellaini (groin) and Jonny Evans (calf) are likely to miss out for Man Utd, although Phil Jones may return from concussion.
Mathieu Flamini serves the final game of his three-match ban for Arsenal, who will again be without Aaron Ramsey (thigh), Thomas Vermaelen (knee) and Kim Kallstrom (back). Jack Wilshere returned to the side at Liverpool following an ankle injury and suffered no ill-effects, so he is set to continue in midfield.
Arsenal lost only twice at Emirates Stadium in the Barclays Premier League in 2013 and are 11 games unbeaten there, a run that stretches back to the opening day of the season.
Last four of five games between the two have ended in goals in both goal. I do not doubt that Arsenal will score a goal in its own land, and Manchester United with Mata, van Persie and Rooney almost certainly will score at least one goal on the opponent.
Facts before match:
There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last 8 home games in the Premier League.
Arsenal have won 9 of their last 11 home matches in the Premier League.
Arsenal have been drawing at half time and winning at full time in their last 3 home matches in the Premier League.
Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in 7 of their last 8 home matches in the Premier League.