Arsenal vs. Manchester United: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03:  Patrice Evra of Manchester United scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 3, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester United clinched the Premier League title with a victory over Aston Villa. While it was the expected result for a couple of months, they are now mathematically clear of rivals Manchester City. The Red Devils begin their victory lap against Arsenal.

As United bask in championship glory, the Gunners are fighting for a spot in the top four. Securing a Champions League berth is key to the club's transfer outlook. They will also be looking to score some minor revenge after a loss to the champs earlier in the season.

Given that United are now simply playing for pride, there's absolutely no reason for Arsenal to get outworked. They should be, by far, the more desperate side, and while that doesn't guarantee a result, it should definitely be an advantage.

Here's a glance at all the important viewing information for the match, followed by players to watch and a prediction as Arsenal and United battle at Emirates.

Where: Emirates Stadium in London, England

When: Sunday, April 28 at 11 a.m. ET

Watch: Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Deportes

Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2Go


Arsenal Player to Watch: Theo Walcott

Walcott delivered a free kick with pinpoint accuracy that led to Arsenal's only goal in a 1-0 victory over Fulham last weekend. It was the latest highlight-reel moment for the 24-year-old rising star, who's finally enjoying the breakout campaign Arsenal fans have been waiting for.

The Arsenal attack is far more effective when he's aggressive on the outside. His pace causes major problems on counterattacks, which will be a key part of the Gunners' game plan. The improved free kicks are an added bonus.

It's important for Walcott to get a lot of touches in the first half. The more involved he gets, the more pressure there will be on the United back line. If he's invisible in the early going, there's a strong chance the match isn't going the way Arsenal wants.


Manchester United Player to Watch: Robin van Persie

Van Persie returns to Emirates as a part of a title-winning squad. A lot of attention will get paid to the reaction he receives, but once the opening whistle sounds, it's all business. Arsenal have to focus on the task at hand, which is earning three points.

Slowing down United's superstar striker is a key piece of the puzzle. After a brief slump, Van Persie has scored in three straight games. That includes a hat-trick against Aston Villa, which was enough to earn the final points the Red Devils needed.

There will probably be some emotion associated with his return, but he has to worry about maintaining his form. Even though United have already clinched the title, finishing strong should still be their main goal. Van Persie has to lead the way.


Matchup to Watch: Wojciech Szczesny vs. United Attack

Szczesny has endured an up-and-down campaign. Arsenal were hoping he would rise to the occasion and lock down the starting spot. While that didn't happen, his recent performances, including last week's clean sheet, are a positive step.

The most important thing for him is staying on point for 90 minutes. There have been matches in which he was terrific, but one or two mental lapses overshadowed his strong play. He can't afford to have that type of showing against the dynamic United attack.

Along with Van Persie, the other big name is of course Wayne Rooney. It took some time for the two to develop chemistry, but they are now on the same page and producing. Szczesny is going to need a couple of big saves to help Arsenal earn at least a draw.



Arsenal 1, Manchester United 1