Gunners Shoot For Europe

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Arsenal needs goals from Lukas Podolski in the run home. Image courtesy of news.com.au/Claude Paris/AP
After their easy 3-0 win over Aston Villa earlier this week, Manchester United was crowned champion of the English game for the 20th time. It was an outstanding comeback after the stunning final day theatrics last year when cross-town rival Manchester City claimed the crown in stoppage time against QPR to leave Red Devils fans devastated.

How United plays out the rest of the season is the big question mark over this game. Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad has little to play for, apart from pride. Arsenal , on the other hand, is right in the mix for Champions League sport, and with pressure on Arsene Wenger to maintain the club’s status in Europe, the Gunners will be desperate to collect the three points at home on Monday morning (AEST). It will interesting to see the welcome Robin van Persie gets from the crowd at Emirates Stadium, given his arrival at Old Trafford from north London was one of the catalysts for United’s revival this season.

The Red Devils have won 12 and drawn three of their 17 games on the road this campaign, but the Gunners have managed to pick up 34 of a possible 51 points at the Emirates this season. Arsenal has been in good form of late, going their past six EPL games without defeat. United has won the past three clashes between the teams, including a 2-1 triumph at home in November.

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