Manchester United looking to pile more misery on Arsenal

Oleh: AP
November 2

Dutch striker Robin van Persie could return to haunt his former side as Arsenal make the short trip from London to Manchester to face the mighty Red Devils at Old Trafford on Saturday in the Premier League.

The former Gunners striker has been in a rich vein of form since his move to The Theater of Dreams and has, on occasions, led his new club on his own broad shoulders, much like last season for Arsenal.

The talismanic striker has found the net for his new club on seven occasions in nine matches and the fact that the match will be played in Old Trafford will provide him with the protection from the baying Arsenal fans, who worshipped him like a God just a year back.

Moreover, the match between the old rivals will be the most hotly debated and watched match of the weekend will add further fuel to the fire.

The Dutchman, who signed for United for a staggering fee of £ 24 million, has left a significant void in the Arsenal striking lineup and with the likes of new signings Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski misfiring, manager Arsene Wenger could have done with the Netherlands international in his side.

The German Podolski and the Frenchman Giroud have found the net only three times together in 180 league matches between them, which leaves winger Gervinho as the leading scorer for the club with just three goals.

Although Arsenal came back from the dead of being 4-0 down in the 37th minute to record a 7-5 victory over Reading in the League Cup in midweek, the match demonstrated the well documented defensive frailties of the club are still at large.

The match saw winger Theo Walcott score three goals for Arsenal but even he is running out of patience with manager Wenger, who is still not sure of whether to play him as a striker or as a winger, with the player preferring the role of a front man.

Meanwhile, United suffered a 4-5 extra defeat at the hands of Chelsea on Wednesday night in the League Cup, but more than the defeat, there are plenty of positives for Sir Alex Ferguson to take away from the match, particularly the performance of the youngsters.

United have always been scintillating at home and the match on Saturday might just be another master class for Arsene Wenger and his hapless Gunners.

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