Sunday, January 22, 2012

Arsenal vs. Manchester United: Full Preview and Live Stream Barclays Premier League

Sunday 22nd January 2012
Arsenal vs. Manchester United
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 16:00



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Match Preview: Arsenal vs. Manchester United 

Manchester United travels to London to take on Arsenal in one of the most anticipated games of the Premier League season. When the two clubs met earlier in the campaign, the Red Devils embarrassed the Gunners by racking up eight goals in a blowout victory.

That previous matchup really served as a wake-up call for Arsenal. The Gunners have played a lot better since that clash, especially along the back line, and have worked their way back into the top five. They'll certainly be seeking some revenge on Sunday.

As for the Red Devils, they are looking to get back on track after some shaky results over the past month. They are still just three points behind rival Manchester City for first place, which means the title chase is far from decided. United will need to find its early-season form quickly to stay close, though.


Where: Emirates Stadium in London, England

When: Sunday, Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. ET

Watch: FOX and FoxSoccer.tv

Betting Odds: Manchester United +150, Arsenal +170, Draw, +225



Player to Watch for Arsenal: Robin van Persie

There aren't many players in the world that can match van Persie's form. It has reached a point where every time he touches the ball, you get the feeling it will end up in the net. He leads the Premiership with 18 goals in 21 games while also chipping in five assists.

It was actually a van Persie miss that turned the first game on its head. He couldn't covert from the penalty spot in the 27th minute, which would have made the game 1-1. United proceeded to score a minute later to go up 2-0, and it was all downhill from there.


Player to Watch for Manchester United: Wayne Rooney
Rooney has once again served as United's main offensive threat this season, tallying 13 goals and three helpers in 19 games. He still lacks the consistency Sir Alex Ferguson would like to see from him and hasn't been as effective in the distribution aspect of the attack this season.

For the Red Devils to pick up a road win, Rooney needs to be a dominant force up front. This is not a game where Manchester United can afford to see him to go missing for an extended period of time. From the opening whistle until the final one, Rooney will need to be the best player on the pitch.


Key Matchup: Wojciech Szczesny vs. Anders Lindegaard

It's hard to imagine this game getting out of control like last time, which means both goalkeepers will be under pressure to keep things tidy at the back. Szczesny was between the pipes for Arsenal during that debacle and wants to avoid a similar result this time around.

The keeper situation is less clear for the Red Devils. David De Gea started the season as Ferguson's main man, but Lindegaard has seemingly taken over the No. 1 spot. Coming off a clean sheet against Bolton, the veteran manager will likely attempt to ride the hot hand to three more points.

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