Arsenal vs. Manchester United: 5 Reasons the Gunners Will Win

Yoosof Farah@@YoosofFarahSenior Writer IIIJanuary 18, 2012

Arsenal vs. Manchester United: 5 Reasons the Gunners Will Win

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    Forget El Clasico, Sunday's Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester United is the week's real big football match—and it should be one the Gunners win.

    Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are merely playing for the Copa Del Rey, a competition neither hardly care about.

    The Gunners and the Red Devils, however, are playing for three massive points which could either catapult Man United to the title or put Arsenal in prime position to qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League.

    It's a huge prime-time match, and here's why it'll be Arsene Wenger's men who win it.

The Counter-Attack

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    Arsenal are very fast on the counter-attack, and often very lethal—leaving opponents with no chance.

    Manchester United on the other hand have proven themselves to be rather weak when defending against the break this season.

    The Gunners have scored five goals on the counter this term in the Premier League, with United just the once.

    And Sir Alex Ferguson's side have conceded more than double the goals Wenger's team have on the break.

    Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie amongst others could have a field day.

Manchester United's Carefree Defending

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    Manchester United have clearly missed Nemanja Vidic this season—as proved by the fact they've conceded more shots on goal than any top-six side in Europe.

    They concede on average 14 shots per game, and tend to lose to sides who create a lot of chances and/or have clinical finishers. This is why they lost to both Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United with in-form forwards Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Demba Ba getting on the score sheet.

    Arsenal create the eighth-most amount of chances per game in Europe, and have one the league's most clinical and most in-form strikers in Robin van Persie.

    Therefore, it's not rocket science to see that United could easily succumb to the power of the Gunners' attack.

Thierry Henry Impact

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    Thierry Henry, much like Paul Scholes at Manchester United, has had a huge impact upon his return to Arsenal.

    He scored the winner against Leeds United in the FA Cup, has completely bolstered the dressing room atmosphere, is a great mentor to the club's younger players and raised his teammates' performances against Swansea City by merely stepping onto the pitch.

    His presence against such a big team as the Red Devils will no doubt galvanise his Gunner teammates, and take them to a new level of performance against the Old Trafford outfit not seen in a long time.

    Plus, we all know what Henry can do against United (as shown in the video), and it's very likely, given all the other factors in Arsenal's favour, that he could score a match-winner.

It's at the Emirates

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    The Arsenal-Manchester United game this Sunday is at the Emirates, a massive plus point for the Gunners.

    The North London club are very strong at home, having not been beaten at Ashburton Grove since that 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. They also create twice as many scoring chances than they concede on their own turf.

    And United this season are weak on their travels, conceding more chances than they create, scoring much less goals and losing more frequently.

    The odds are stacked well against their favour away to Arsenal, even more so given that the last time they visited Islington they lost 1-0 in a match that threatened to derail their Premier League title hopes.

Revenge for the 8-2

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    Arsene Wenger will no doubt look no further than that 8-2 annihilation his Arsenal players received at the mercy of Manchester United back in August as motivation for his players.

    Just how United were hell-bent on revenge against Manchester City in the FA Cup after their very own heavy-handed humiliation, the Gunners will clearly be the same this weekend.

    When any athlete in any sport is hell-bent on revenge and delivers it through their performances, often there is no stopping them.

    That could easily be the case for Arsenal, and if it is, well, it'll suck to be Manchester United after the game.