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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Arsenal vs Manchester United EPL Wednesday, 12 February 2014

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Arsenal vs Manchester United - Competition: 2013/2014 English Premier League, Round 26
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, United Kingdom

Arsenal team enter their midweek clash with Man Utd in a state of uncertainty after what had looked like an opportunity to expand their league lead on Sunday against Liverpool, instead quickly turned into a nightmare. After just 20 minutes of play, they had conceded 4 goals to the ever-flowing Red attack, which was odd and unexpected considering their great defensive record this year. With Mesut Ozil in uncharacteristic poor form and injuries to two of the Gunners' top scoring options-Walcott and Ramsey-perhaps this letdown was inevitable. But the North London club will get an immediate opportunity to reverse their fortunes on Wednesday when non-local rivals Man United visit the Emirates Stadium. Good news comes in the form of young sensation Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has returned from injury in inspiring form and may be handed the center midfield spot alongside Mikel Arteta. Tomas Rosicky is also expected to start and word around the Gunner faithful is he should be starting every game anyway. Furthermore, at home Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 matches in all competitions, including 9 wins in that stretch, as well as going unbeaten in 11 league games following their opening day loss to Aston Villa. They've also recorded 10 shutouts in their last 11 matches at home (all competitions).
Probable lineups Arsenal: Szczesny – Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs – Wilshere, Arteta – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Cazorla – Giroud.
 
Man United team can't seem to catch a break. After coming from behind in typical fashion and taking the lead from Fulham on Sunday 2-1, they managed to concede a last minute header to drop more expected points. Their title race is all but over and focus in the league will be on earning a top 4 finish, which makes this game a must-result after seeing a 9-point gap made between them and Liverpool. The arrival of Juan Mata in the transfer window and the return of van Persie and Rooney from injury was supposed to mean a turning point for David Moyes and Co., but it's been anything but with a win, a draw, and a loss in their last 3 league games. Furthermore, the Red Devils had been playing well away from Old Trafford but have just lost their last 2 games on the road. The bright spot for the Manchester club coming in is that Robin van Persie has scored every game he has faced his old club in (3 goals in 3) plus the visitors are unbeaten in their last 5 contests with Arsenal while winning 4 of those matches. Fellaini, Nani, and Evans are out. 
Probable lineups Manchester United: De Gea – Rafael , Smalling , Vidic , Evra – Carrick , Cleverley – Mata , Rooney, Januzaj – van Persie.
 
Head to Head:
Last Meeting: 10/11/2013, Manchester United - Arsenal 1:0
Wins Arsenal: 60 - Wins Manchester United: 76 - Draws: 40

Match date: Wednesday, 12 February 2014 - Kick Off Time: 19:45 GMT - 20:45 CET
Referee: Mark Clattenburg

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]




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