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Saturday, 09 November 2013

Five reasons why Arsenal will beat Man United

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Arsenal head north this weekend to take on the Premier League champions Manchester United in search of only their fourth Premier League win at Old Trafford.

Arsene Wenger's men are full of confidence following back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund and start the weekend five points clear at the top. Victory against one of their biggest foes will extend the gap between the two to 11 points and all but rule out United as title challengers.

Yesterday Squarefootball ran what turned out to be a contentious article Five Reasons Why Man United will beat Arsenal. Today, it's the Gunners right of reply.

Here are the five reasons why I believe Arsenal will leave Old Trafford with all three points.


1. There's no fear factor at Old Trafford anymore

The Theatre of Dreams was a fortress for United under Sir Alex Ferguson. Now that the great man has gone, so has the fear factor for opposition teams. We've already seen the likes of West Brom leave with all three points, Southampton taking a point off them and Stoke City giving them a real scare. No offence to those clubs, but if they can tear open United's back four then just think what Rambo, Ozil and Cazorla could do.

2. Confidence is high

After losing to Dortmund and Chelsea at the Emirates there was a lot of pressure on Arsenal to perform against high-flying Liverpool. Not only did they come through that challenge unscathed, they then went to Dortmund and became the first English side to win there in the Champions League. What was even more eye-catching was the fact they also recorded two clean sheets. The leaky defence that Arsenal have been accused of having in recent seasons has dried up, allowing their attacking talent to do their stuff.

3. It's about time!

September 17, 2006, was the last time Arsenal last left Old Trafford with maximum points in the league. Emmanuel Adebayor was the Gunners' hero that day. Four years earlier Sylvain Wiltord wrote his name in Arsenal folklore when he clinched the title at Old Trafford. And four years before that Marc Overmars was the only scorer in the game which give Arsenal the impetus to pip United to the title. They are the only three Premier League victories at Old Trafford that Arsenal fans get to crow about. I think it's time for number four!

4. Revenge

Manchester United have dished out some fierce beatings to Arsenal down the years. From the 6-1 in 2001 to the humiliating 8-2 in 2011, the Theatre of Dreams has been a scene of nightmares for the Gunners. It's time Arsenal rectified that. All three of Arsenal's victories at Old Trafford have finished 1-0. Well with the wealth of attacking talent at their disposal you would have to fancy Arsenal to score. Aston Villa, Spurs and West Brom are the only teams to have prevented Arsenal from scoring more than once in the league this season. With United's defence looking distinctly average at the moment, I'd be very surprised if they managed to contain the Gunners.

5. The Ramsey factor

I don't know what Aaron Ramsey did over the summer but the Welsh international has come back like a new player. Ramsey is in the form of his life and I bet Real Madrid are thinking they maybe signed the wrong Welshman. He is playing with so much confidence that everything he tries it seems to come off. He's finding space going forward, is always looking for the ball and has added goals to his game. Ramsey is Arsenal's player of the season so far and you wouldn't discount him from scoring his third goal in eight days against the champions.

So there are my five reasons. Do you agree? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.


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