Gunners Reload After Pop Gun Performance

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Robin van Persie is looking to continue his goaL run. Image courtesy of skysports.com

Following an abysmal weekend performance against Liverpool, Arsenal lost top spot to Chelsea, but can get its title campaign back on track with a win over Manchester United . To make the rebound easier, the Gunners return to the safety of Emirates Stadium. At the Arsenal bunker, the Gunners have lost just once this season, 3-1 to Aston Villa back on the opening day of the championship. Since then, they’ve enjoyed nine wins and two draws at home.

Victory will see Arsene Wenger’s men move back to the top of the ladder following Chelsea's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion. They will also have revenge in the back of their minds after going down 1-0 to United at Old Trafford in November, when Robin van Persie scored one of his 10 goals this season. Wenger will also be looking for more from his high-priced Real Madrid signing Mesut Ozil. The German was clearly outplayed by Philippe Coutinho who fed Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez plenty of quality ball. However, in their last four home matches, the Gunners defence has been impregnable – all cleans sheets producing three 2-0 victories and a 0-0 draw.

Coming off a 2-1 away loss at Stoke and a 2-2 draw with bottom-team Fulham at home, Man U is desperate for maximum points. The defence of its title looks forlorn with United now in seventh spot and 15 points off the pace, with a third of the season to go. The good news for the Mancurians is van Persie is again finding the net. The Dutch striker has scored a goal in each of his last three appearances. Even though the Red Devils have scored at least one goal in their last 10 road games, they have dropped the last two – 2-1 to Stoke City and 3-1 to Chelsea.

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