EPL Preview: Manchester United vs. Arsenal – National Soccer

12, 2014 in London, England.

Prediction: 2-1 in favor of Man U. Arsenal fans may never forget the trouncing given out four seasons ago, when the Gunners allowed eight goals to their rivals, including a hat trick by England skipper, Wayne Rooney. The loss of Robin Van Persie was a hard one to swallow, as the season after he left his former club, he came back to score the opening goal for his new team from the north in a 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. Arsenal are looking to finally get over the hump of finishing no better than third and win their first title since the 2003/2004 season.

For Arsenal fans, any time they play Manchester United, it must bring back memories of when the Red Devils’ most prominent forward was playing for their team in red.

In one of the biggest rivalries in all of European football, Manchester United and Arsenal will square off once again this Saturday in the Barclay’s English Premier League.

Each team has changed quite a bit since then, as Arsenal bested Man U in the league table last season, finishing fourth and garnering a UEFA Champions League spot. 22, 2014 will mark the 171st meeting between the two clubs in league play and its sure to be a good one as each team battles to get back in the top four.

General view outside the ground before the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Feb. I expect it be a very evenly matched contest with each squad leaving it all out on the field. Van Persie will be the difference maker, as he always shows up big against his former club and when playing at the Emirates Stadium, where he spent seven seasons with the Gunners.

The Red Devils hold a 81-45-67 (wins-draws-losses) record against the Gunners, with Man U dominating their friends from the south in recent past. Nov. This marked the most lopsided contest between the two European giants, with their last four meetings being decided by one goal or less.

. The Red Devils finished 7th and missed out on UCL action for the first time since the 1995/1996 season. Van Persie went on to lead the league in scoring with his 26 goals, helping Man U garner their 20th league title.

Arsenal (6th place) and Manchester United (7th place) are both storied club teams who take a lot of pride in their history

Amelia Woodward

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