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Man Utd Preview – Win takes us 6pts from Chelsea 20 January, 2007

Posted by lasagnechef in Premiership.
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Asburton Grove

The final whistle has gone at Anfield and Chelsea lost 2-0. The result means we can’t get any higher than 4th this weekend but a win tomorrow would put us one point behind Liverpool and 6 behind Chelsea with both teams still left to play this season. If we did take all three points tomorrow we’d still be 12 points away from Man U, even that will be hard to catch up with so Wenger is right that if we lose we will be well and truly out of the title race. If we lose tomorrow United will have 60 points and will be well clear of the chasing pack. It’s been a two horse race for the title all season but Chelsea have been poor recently and now it’s 3 teams going for 2nd while United are pretty comfortable in 1st.

I’ve just started to get exited for tomorrow’s game and I’m quietly confident we’ll win. I know it’s going to be another fantastic day at The Emirates and the atmosphere should be electric. Every player will be up for this one, this match has so much importance on the top 4 a slip up is not an option.

Henry is often left out of the Manchester United game but I’m expecting his to start this one. He’s been on good form since his comeback and I think Arsene will chose to play him. There’s doubts over Van Persie and there’s talk that The Beast could play in what’s bound to be physical match. I’d be surprised if we went 4-5-1 for this one so I’m expecting one of these partnerships up front: Henry/RVP, RVP/Ade, RVP/Baptista, Henry/Ade or Henry/Baptista. Not exactly narrowing it down but I can see any one of those partnerships doing well. The only one that isn’t there is Baptista/Ade; I don’t think they would work well together. I just don’t see it. The rest of the team pretty much picks itself, the only thing is who’ll partner Fabregas come in for the suspended Gilberto. It’s very likely to be Flamini, arsenal.com even said so but there’s still other options. Rosicky can play centrally and Wenger has played The Beast there.

The Flam

United have been playing brilliantly this season and you have to give credit to them. Scholes and Ronaldo have been especially good and Henry has said Scholes should get player of the year. The only player who hasn’t performed particularly well is Rooney. He’s played alright but hasn’t been anything special. Rooney’s only scored 8 goals this season and you would’ve expected him to have got many more than that. The other strikers have been making up for him though, Saha’s got 12 and Solskjaer’s got 9. I’m not sure who’ll start up front for them tomorrow, I’m guessing it’ll be Rooney and Larsson but I really haven’t got a clue.

I just can’t wait for the game to start now; I’ve had enough of all the build up I just want to get down to the match. Hopefully we can keep our unbeaten run at our new stadium and I think that’s the main priority tomorrow. I’d take a draw but I don’t think the visitors will, they’ll be trying to extend the gap at the top with Chelsea losing today. I’ll have a match report up on Monday.

Arsenal v Man Utd

Our next game is the first leg of the Carling Cup Semi at White Hart Lane and I’ve managed to sort out a ticket. I’ve never been to the shithole before so should be a great experience. Hopefully our lads can put in a performance similar to the one in the last round ;) More build up to that one next week.

Today I added an About page. Nothing special, I just made it as somewhere I could give you my email address as a few people have asked for it. I’m having a bit of trouble with the setup of the account but it’ll be working soon. It should be lasagnechef@the-cannon.com when I sort it out but don’t email me yet, I’ll let you know when it’s up and running.

Enjoy the game.

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