On Saturday lunchtime Arsenal visit Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in a serious test of the Gunners title credentials.
As we all know Arsenal have a poor record at Old Trafford in the Premier League. The Gunners have failed to win at United’s home ground in the last decade in the top-flight, picking up just two points from their last nine visits to the Red Devils.
It seems Manchester United raise their game for the Gunners visits. No matter how badly the Red Devils seem to be performing in the league, they seem to beat Arsene Wenger’s side on home soil.
Reasons to positive for Arsenal
Despite that terrible league record at Old Trafford, there are reasons to be positive for Saturday lunchtime’s trip to Manchester.
One of those reasons is that Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla looks set to return to the line-up after recently missing out through injury. His absence has led to a slight lack of creativity in the centre of the park for the Gunners.
The second reason is that Chilean star Alexis Sanchez seems to have come through his international duty unscathed and in-form after an injury scare, having scored twice for Chile in their 3-1 victory over Uruguay on Tuesday night.
The third reason is the fact that the Red Devils are seriously hampered by injuries and suspensions. Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was struggling for goals until last time out when he scored a brace a Swansea.
Unfortunately for United, he also picked up a fifth yellow card of the campaign and will miss out on Saturday. Although the striker has not been in great form he would still have been a threat to Arsenal’s defence.
The main reason for Arsenal to be positive is the fact United look to be struggling to even field a defence. Eric Bailly and Antonio Valencia both look set to miss out through injury, while Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw are both major doubts.
Arsenal are underdogs
This game will no doubt test Arsenal’s mettle as genuine title challengers. Wenger’s side are odds of 9/5 to record a crucial victory in Manchester on Saturday.
With the team in good form and hopefully a strong squad the Gunners can head to Old Trafford and end that long wait for a Premier League win at the United. If not then people will inevitably start an inquest into Arsenal’s title hopes.
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