Preview: Man. United vs Arsenal
The opening month of the campaign has not been brought to an end yet, but that cannot stop Arsenal from confronting what is the ultimate “big test” of a season.
A clash on the road with the defending champions, an arch-rival in the title race, and a side which – if not for a slump at Burnley – have been nearly as good as the Gunners themselves will not come easy.
If Wenger’s men really are cruising into this campaign, they will have to retain that mode through the smooth and rough.
The ‘smooth’ saw Arsenal dismantle sorry Everton and Portsmouth who lie rock bottom on the table and on Saturday, there will come the ‘rough’ at Old Trafford.
You sense despite their exhilarating form, Arsenal are still title pretenders to pundits so far, and should they overcome Manchester United tomorrow, they may, just may, turn into contenders.
This traditional grand slam fixture may have come too early this season, but on another note, the timing may just be perfect.
You rarely return unscathed after visiting Old Trafford without spirit, and with Arsenal’s confidence sky-high ahead of the weekend, there may never be a better time to set the record straight at where the Premier League crown currently belongs.
That is why Arsene Wenger is rubbing his palms.
“I am happy to go to Old Trafford because it is the first big test. You want always to have a high level of confidence when you go to Old Trafford, we have that at the moment.” the manger declared.
Arsenal’s stunning 100% start to the season is what has set an extreme magnitude for this particular match, and Wenger is aware his stars must have their body well prepared to take stage at the so called “theater of dreams”.
“That is what we want to focus on, to continue to improve our team play, the speed of our game and show that we have made big improvements come Saturday at 5.15pm.” he said.
“For us, it is most important to recover physically because Manchester United did not play during the week.”
Arsenal last traveled to Manchester to help witness United lift a third straight league title after a compelling 0-0 draw.
That day served as strong motivation to Wenger’s men who have began this year with a flyer, and just three months and five competitive games after visiting Old Trafford, the Gunners will be back there to announce their serious title mission.
Critics have sharpened their pencils for what is the examination of Arsenal’s season so far and should Wenger’s men pass with flying colors, they may force fooled faces again.
But failure on Saturday will have a doubter feeling more like a genius.
Fabianski, Vela, Djourou, Nasri and Walcott will be sidelined while Tomas Rosicky and Cesc Fabregas have slim chances of participating.
We have what it takes to beat The Red Devils. Great manager, great squad and great spirit.
Arsenal cannot “lose”. They are on a roll. If they do not win the game, so what……Man Utd are at home and should at least hope for a draw against their nemesis team.
We cant lose, we on a high right nw. its the best time to travel to old trafford…
We must defeat united at trafford with this great squad, so as for them to know that we realy mean the business
Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United
No Fabregas, I really don’t think that we can get as many chances against their back line without Cesc’s balls cutting through them.
I know Song and Denilson are playing well, but not well enough to cover the absence of our playmaker.
Arshavin better be on his game, as well as RVP.
One thing i’m sure of is that we can’t loose the game. Up gunners!
Arsenal with the team they have will find a way to beat man u.! WE CAN AND WILL BEAT man u. TOMORROW!
I’m sick an tired of the, Edu talk. After tomorrow all this will be history when we beat man u.! hahaha!