Arsenal face Manchester United on Sunday knowing that if they fail to beat the newly-crowned Premier League champions they could slip from third place to fifth in the Premier League. The Gunners have recorded good results of late despite inconsistent performances, winning six and drawing one of their last seven games in all competitions, and you feel points are needed in this game to keep momentum going.
United have beaten the Gunners in the last three encounters between the sides, however Arsenal are 5/4 to win with Ladbrokes this time round. A win would be a real confidence boost for the side heading into the final three games of the season, and ensure that Arsenal have their top-four chances firmly in their own hands.
Before the weekend’s fixtures the Gunners sit a point ahead of Chelsea and two above Spurs, but have played a game more. The other two London sides play against each other at Stamford Bridge in the game in hand, which could be good for Arsenal. The Gunners’ remaining fixtures are against QPR, Wigan and Newcastle, and Wenger’s men will look to pick up maximum points to hold onto third place.
Sunday’s fixture will see Robin van Persie return to the Emirates for the first time since moving to United in the summer, and regardless of the players sentiments the Arsenal rearguard will need to be at their best to foil the Dutch forward.
The north London side will hope that United take their foot of the pedal slightly given that they claimed the Premier League title against Aston Villa earlier in the week, however Sir Alex Ferguson will most likely field a strong side.
Tottenham travel to Wigan on Saturday, while Chelsea host Swansea on Sunday; there is every chance that both top-four contenders could add three extra points to their tallies over the weekend.
The race for the top four is set to go right down to the wire, however Arsenal will look to pick up three points against United this weekend to take a massive step towards Champions League qualification.