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Premier League

  • August 28, 2011
  • • 16:00
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 75448

Premier League Preview: Manchester United - Arsenal

The Gunners boss is looking to build upon his side's Champions League qualifier victory over Udinese with a win away against the unbeaten Premier League champions

Manchester United (4-4-2): De Gea; Smalling, Ferdinand, Jones, Evra; Nani, Anderson, Cleverley, Young; Welbeck, Rooney

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side will be boosted by hopefully being able to call upon Rio Ferdinand, after the England international limped off injured during the Old Trafford side’s late opening day win at West Brom.

Midfielder Darren Fletcher, who has been called up for Scotland’s Euro 2012 qualifying fixtures against the Czech Republic and Lithuania could find a place on the Red Devils bench after recovering from the virus that sidelined him at the end of last season.

Arsenal (4-4-2): Szczesny; Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Jenkinson; Walcott, Ramsey, Rosicky, Arshavin; Chamakh, Van Persie

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will have slightly less pressure upon him after the north Londoners made their way into the Champions League proper with a 3-1 aggregate victory over Italian side Udinese.

Wenger will have to do without the suspended trio of Emmanuel Frimpong, Gervinho and Alex Song and with the recent departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, the Gunners midfield will be stretched during their visit to Old Trafford.

  • Manchester United will look to extend their undefeated home record at Old Trafford, which stretches back to April 2010 when they were beaten by Chelsea.
  • Last weekend, during their respective games against Tottenham and Liverpool, the clubs fielded sides with an average age of 23, which were amongst the youngest in the Premier League this season.
  • Arsenal claimed victory the last time the two sides came face to face, when they defeated the Red Devils as a result of a second half goal from Aaron Ramsey at the Emirates.
  • The Gunners have failed to score on their previous two visits to Old Trafford, in the Premier League and FA Cup, while they have also not claimed all three points since a late Emmanuel Adebayor strike sealed victory for Wenger’s side in September 2006.
  • The Arsenal boss will also be looking to kick off their season by claiming their first victory of the campaign after drawing away to Newcastle and suffering a defeat at home to Liverpool last weekend.

Players to watch


Position: Midfielder

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The 24-year-old Portuguese winger will be relishing coming up against Arsenal new boy Carl Jenkinson during the Old Trafford clash.

He will also be looking to impress manager Sir Alex Ferguson as fellow wing man Antonio Valencia is nearing a return for the English champions.

T. Vermaelen

Position: Defender

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The Belgian will be up against the front pairing of Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, with the 25-year-old centre half’s experience likely to be invaluable to Wenger if the Gunners want to leave Manchester without tasting defeat.

Editor's Prediction

It has been a completely different start to the season for both sides, while Manchester United have got off to a storming start which included a victory over city rivals Manchester City, their opponents have been stuttering their way forward, barely making it into this season’s Champions League.

Last Five Matches

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Betting & Predictions

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