This is the big one for Arsenal. Forget all the hype and the talk of van Persie and the guard of honour, this is the most important game for the rest of the Gunners’ season. A win against the newly crowned Premier League champions will put us in a fantastic position with three games against struggling teams left.
A good performance and result will also give a huge confidence boost to the players and should help to ensure a top four finish. With Wenger being promised a decent transfer kitty this summer, as long as Arsenal are in the Champions League, it is more important than ever that we finish strongly.
QPR’s draw with Reading means they are relegated, and they are next up for Arsenal, followed by a struggling Wigan who will have just played the FA cup final at Wembley before the final game against Newcastle. Alan Pardew’s men are a shadow of the team that did so well last season, so if we can do well today then we are almost there.
Wenger is not expectging United to ease off after winning the title last week and we have to do without the suspended Olivier Giroud. Lukas Podolski gets the nod to play as the centre forward, with Cazorla on the left and Walcott on the right. Rosicky will be the attacking midfielder with Ramsey and Arteta in the double pivot positions, while Gibbs starts ahead of Monreal.
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs
Arteta, Ramsey, Rosicky
Walcott, Podolski, Cazorla
Ferguson has named a strong United team with van Persie, Rooney and Nani up front. Valencia, Carrick and Jones make up a strong midfield, which Rooney will drop back into, while Ferdinand and Evans are the centre backs. It will be tough, but if Arsenal approach it the right way and start well, there is no reason we can’t get a vital win.
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