United Hopes Gunners Relive Nightmare

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Wayne Rooney posted a hat-trick in last year's 8-2 demolition of Arsenal. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au
By all rights, Arsenal’s squad should be squirming at the thought of returning to Old Trafford on Saturday night (AEST) to take on Manchester United after they received the mother of all hidings last season. The Red Devils turned the Theatre of Dreams in to the House of Nightmares for the Gunners after scoring a scarcely believable 8-2 win.
Arsene Wenger’s side sits sixth on the Premier League table, but it is already two wins adrift of the big three of United, Manchester City and Chelsea. The Gunners lost 1-0 to lowly Norwich a fortnight back and could have done the same against bottom-placed QPR before sneaking away with a 1-0 victory. Despite their recent struggles, Arsenal’s defence remains rock solid, having conceded just six all season.

United escaped with maximum points from Stamford Bridge in controversial circumstances last weekend, and despite never really reaching full throttle so far this campaign, Sir Alex Ferguson’s team has still won seven of its nine starts. The fans at Old Trafford have seen the ball hitting the back of the net with stunning frequency at home games this season, with 20 coming in four matches so far, so the over 2.5 and 3.5 goals could well be in reach, even against Arsenal’s solid back four. Eight out of the Red Devils’ nine matches have covered the over 2.5 goals.

Man U got on the scoreboard twice in the opening twelve minutes of the encounter with Chelsea, and in the first half-hour of matches this season, they’ve scored seven goals compared to Arsenal which has beaten the ‘keeper just once in this time period. It makes United appear to be the better option to be the first team to score .

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