Despite the game in hand against Sunderland, an Arsenal loss to the Red Devils coupled with a Manchester City win at Swansea on Sunday would all but mathematically eliminate the Gunners from finishing second.
For the Red Devils, both Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw will be missing through injury. Despite the fact that neither team is challenging for the league title doesnt diminish the importance of a match between two of the worlds most popular clubs.
This Sunday, the opposition will be much tougher: Manchester United at Old Trafford. And three of those four goals came in one half against relegation strugglers Hull.
So nothing to play for, right? Wrong!
Arsenal needs to figure out how to score goals again.. But before that win, the Gunners had defeated the Red Devils only once in the previous 15 games and hadnt won at Old Trafford since 2006. United fall out of the top four.
Arsenal defeated Man. The Red Devils are only two points behind third place Arsenal in the table, though the Gunners do have a game in hand. But manager Louis van Gaal says Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria are both fit.
Both clubs will be missing key players on Sunday. United 2-1 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup in March. A second straight win, in the words of manager Arsene Wenger, would convince the team that we have the strength and can be even stronger next season and show that we have made progress.
Arsenal has not finished above third place in the table in 10 years. United-Arsenal is still one of English footballs biggest rivalries. A second place finish this season will be something to build on for the next campaign. Man. Arsenal are guaranteed at least fourth place while only a series of extremely unlikely results would see Man. Danny Welbeck, who scored the winner in that FA Cup match against his former team, has been ruled out by Wenger.
Since the Gunners beat Liverpool 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium on April 4, the team has scored a total of four goals in four league games
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