With the title gone it’s time to look at the Champions league qualification
The familiar foes arsenal and Manchester united meet again at Old Trafford but not for what they wanted. Rather than fighting for the title, the Premier League giants will face for securing an automatic qualification spot for the Champions league as Arsenal look to avoid their favorite 4th position with a win against the Red Devils. Arsenal has finished 7 times out of their last 9 attempts at 4th position and has contested a playoff spot for Champions league. Wenger’s Arsenal travel to old Trafford knowing that a first league win at United since 2006 would guarantee them a top three finish ahead of Louis Van Gaal’s side. Arsenal are two points clear of fourth placed United and have a game in hand despite United defeating Crystal Palace 2-1 last time out.
United have five straight home wins against Arsenal but beaten 2-1 at home, Arsenal will look to avoid a league double but will take heart from the 2-1 victory over United in the FA cup after a poor outing resulting in them being beaten 0-1 by Swansea the previous week. Louis Van Gaal has already started the banter that is expected of the clash by saying that Arsenal are better than the Champions Chelsea in terms of football ability but lack the winning edge. With Champions league returning to United after a horrendous season last year and Liverpool missing out after defeat to Crystal Palace, the intensity may drop but it will still remain a marquee clash of the season just because of the talented bunch of players on show.
Louis Van Gall will be under some pressure to make a decision on his young players who have shone brightly as the United U21s are set to lift the title. Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson both impressed for the Reds in their Under-21 derby win over City, and will be looking for a chance in the first team.
There will be a lot to prove for a lot of players especially from Manchester United after United have announced signing of Memphis Depay and many others to come with several flops of the season counting their days. Angel Di Maria had a forgetful outing in the FA cup clash between the two teams where he was sent off and if he features in the lineup will look to impress the coach as rumors of his going off to PSG are running rampant. Radamel Falcao will have little time to prove his worth to the United faithfuls after he had a disappointing season with the Reds and is set to return to Monaco after the end of the season.
Team News: Love story with injuries
It is a known fact that both Arsenal’s and United’s season have been hampered with injuries. United and Arsenal both have upward of 100 different kinds of injuries to their players throughout the season and it is a familiar story this time around as the teams are marred with injuries. United will be without Arsenal’s main tormenter and captain Wayne Rooney after the prolific player is suffering from a dead leg injury he picked up in the last match against Palace. United are already without the services of Michael Carrick and Rafael while Jonny Evans has been described as a “question mark” and Luke Shaw also ruled out after picking up an injury in the last match. Ex-gunner Robin Van Persie is fit after the player fought off a virus just in time to face his former club. Angel Di Maria and Marcus Rojo are also fit to play. Arsenals also are hampered with injuries with Ex-united forward Danny Welbeck set to miss the summit clash. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Captain Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy are also out but Aaron Ramsey should feature in the lineup.
Though the outcome of the match may not matter in terms of the premier league standings with both clubs assured of a Champions League spot, the excitement still can’t be ignored. There are rumors of Van Persie captaining the side against his former club where he rose to fame which will hurt the Arsenal fans in many ways. Bragging rights will be earned by the team who wins and will end the season on a positive note and look forward to the next season to challenge for the title.
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