Manchester United might have won the English Premier League title for 2012-13 season last week with a win over Aston Villa, but the Red Devils will still have plenty to play for when they take on Arsenal this weekend—starting with their pre-game guard of honor.
The Gunners will hate having to give that to their rivals—and former captain Robin van Persie—on their home ground and will no doubt use that to inspire themselves towards a strong showing here.
Arsenal will know that their chances at playing Champions League football next season could depend on a result in this one, but with United still in the running for several Premier League records, they definitely won't be easy-beats.
It's shaping up as a memorable matchup between two English heavyweights and a can't-miss fixture. Read on for all the last minute viewing details for live streaming and TV, as well as some final analysis and predictions for this key EPL clash.
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Start time: 11:00 a.m. ET (4:00 p.m. British time)
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England
Live Stream and TV Information
Coverage can be seen in the United States via SiriusXM FC, TalkSport Radio, Fox Soccer Channel and FOX Deportes (per Live Soccer TV).
In the United Kingdom, coverage is available via Sky Sports 3D, Sky Sports 1 Ireland, Sky Sports 1/HD, Sky Go and BBC Radio 5 Live.
A live stream can be found via FoxSoccer 2Go.
Key Player to Watch: Santi Cazorla, CAM, Arsenal
There's no shortage of star talent between these two teams, but the main man to watch will be Arsenal's playmaker Santi Cazorla, who worked tirelessly against United when they met in 2012.
Having moved from Malaga in the summer transfer window, Cazorla has been a great signing for the Gunners and has been instrumental in their attack—giving them direction and creating chances. If Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski are to find space against the Red Devils' defenders in this one, it will be a result of the creativity of Cazorla.
Moreover, Cazorla has shown himself to be a prolific finisher when he needs to be. Manchester United witnessed that firsthand last time they played.
He'll be a constant threat for United in this one and may well be the difference-maker for the Gunners as they seek to stop the league champions from winning here.
Last-Minute Stats to Consider
1. Manchester United have only lost one of their last seven meetings against Arsenal in the English Premier League.
12. Arsenal have conceded in 12 of their last 16 Premier League games at the Emirates and conceded inside the opening five minutes when they played United back in 2012.
17. Robin van Persie has scored 17 goals in his last 17 Premier League games at the Emirates and has scored in each of his last three appearances where Arsenal have played Manchester United—twice for the Londoners and once for United.
4. Arsenal have picked up just four points against teams inside the top five this season. Every other top five team has at least 10 points from those fixtures.
Manchester United might seem like they have very little to play for, but that's far from the truth here. They'd love to beat Arsenal just as much this week as they did earlier in the season, and the fact that the title is all secured will have little effect on their performance here.
Thus, the timing is secondary, and the biggest question must again be whether Arsenal have what it takes to defeat the Red Devils in 2013.
Arsenal were completely outplayed when they met earlier in the year, but Giroud and the Gunners' attack are much better now. They have developed a great relationship on the field, and whilst that hasn't always translated into goals, they have created many more chances, which is bound to hold them in good stead against United's defense.
The Red Devils will be tough to keep out, but Arsenal should find plenty in attack as well—ensuring that whilst they might not win this one, they won't walk away from the Emirates Stadium with nothing.
Prediction: Arsenal 2, Manchester United 2
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