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Friday, 08 November 2013

Five reasons why Man United will beat Arsenal


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Premier League champions Manchester United host league leaders Arsenal this weekend but there's only one winner in this writer's opinion - United.
 
Here are the five reasons why I believe the points will be remaining at Old Trafford this Sunday.
 
1. United cannot afford to lose this game
 
David Moyes starts the weekend eight points behind the leaders Arsenal. If they were to lose this game they would be a staggering 11 points adrift after just 11 games. That would be too much ground for the champions to make up. Even a team managed by Sir Alex Ferguson himself would struggle to claw that back at this early stage. So, with a pumping Old Trafford behind them, United will come out all guns blazing.
 
2. The RVP Factor
 
Robin van Persie made the heart-breaking decision to leave Arsenal in pursuit of silverware and he was rewarded with that in his first season by clinching the title. To see his former colleagues riding high in the table while his new boys are struggling this term will be hard to take. Rest assured, the Dutchman will be out to show the Arsenal fans that he was right to move on.
 
3. Recent meetings
 
The last time Arsenal got the better of United at Old Trafford was September 17, 2006, a time when Tony Blair was still running the country, petrol was under a £1 a litre and nobody had heard of that irksome little **** Justin Bieber. Apart from the Tony Blair part, what a time that was. Emmanuel Adebayor was the hero that Sunday afternoon with a late winner against the run of play. Before that, the last time Arsenal came away from Old Trafford with all three points was 2002 when Wiltord scored to win the title. In fact the Gunners have only won at United three times during the Premier League era. 
 
4. This is Arsenal's biggest test so far
 
Arsenal may be five points clear at the top of the table but the lack of critics willing to accept them as true title challengers says it all. This will be their big test and while a lot of pressure will be on United not to lose, Arsenal must try to answer their critics by winning here. Given their awful record at the Theatre of Dreams I believe they will fall short.
 
5. We have the winning mentality
 
I'll hold my hands up and say Arsenal have done really well this season and deserves plaudits for their recent victories over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund. Despite what others believe, I think they are genuine title contenders. However, how many times over the past eight seasons have Arsenal been leading the way, only to fall apart when we enter February, March, April? It's not like that at Old Trafford. We like to stay within the chasing pack until the new year and then show our true colours by beating all that's put before us. That winning mentality is vital and I firmly believe that our desire for success is greater than theirs.

Article by Toby Fullerton

Calling all Manchester United and Arsenal fans: Do you agree with Toby? Do you believe United can beat the league leaders? What do you think the score will be? Whatever your views, we'd love to hear from you.

* Calling all Arsenal fans: An article on Five Reasons Why Arsenal will beat Man United will be published tomorrow morning. Make sure you check it out.

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