David May Preview : Arsenal

David May Preview : Arsenal

I always look forward to games against the Gunners, over the years they have been fighting us for titles, domestic cups and we have even faced them in the Champions League but these days many people are saying Wengers side might not even get into the top four.

Is it crisis time at the Emirates?

Well I think we need to wait until the end of the transfer window before any conclusions can be made. For years their fans have been saying all they want is a couple of decent centre halves and a leader on the pitch, that was before they decided to sell their best players. Ok, we did it with Ronaldo but we got £80 million, kept Wazza and then signed a few decent replacements. Another problem they have is the top four are now a top six, the Scousers and City have spent money and look to have better squads than the Gunners, Mr Wenger certainly has to have a busy few days ahead of him or I can see them struggling to get back into the Champions League.
 
I thought we played really well in spells against Spurs, again, we looked to the kids for inspiration. Danny and Tom have been playing together for ten years at United. Through the academy, reserves and now into the first team and it really will help them to settle into the side together, they know each other’s game inside out and that showed for the opening goal. It was a great ball in and a superb header. The confidence then began to flow through the team, we were creating chances with ease and it was no surprise when we scored a second. The move leading up to it was brilliant and should really fill us with excitement as the season rolls on.
 
I can see the Gaffer sticking with the younger generation for this game, when they are performing so well it would be wrong to suddenly drop them because traditionally Arsenal is a difficult fixture. The Gunners have all sorts of problems at the moment with injuries, suspensions and players leaving for big money so I think the Gaffer will want to see how Jones, Welbeck and Cleverley perform under a little more pressure. I can’t wait!
 
Dangerman: Fabregas… no  Nasri… no…  It’s gonna have to be Van Persie
 
Have they got any good players left? You would still have to say that on their day Walcott, Van Persie and even Arshavin can produce moments of magic. I have said Van Persie is the man to watch because he seems more consistent than the others. People have compared him to Dennis Bergkamp, in my opinion he is not in his class, the hat-trick Dennis scored against Leicester back in 1997 was one of the best I have ever seen and that goal against Argentina in the World Cup was sublime – however saying all that Van Persie does have a wonderful left foot, let’s just hope he’s misfiring on Sunday!!!!
 
 
Prediction : United are going to win 3-1 – Smalling to get the opener!!!

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