Crunch Time!: Arsenal Take on Manchester United

Craig MorraiesContributor INovember 2, 2007

It's Arsenal vs. Manchester United, Wenger vs. Ferguson!

Matches between these two powerhouses have never fail to excite. Every season they produce some sort of drama, including late goals, red cards, arguments in the tunnels before kickoff, and pizza being thrown after matches.

What used to make this fixture exciting for me was the rivalry between Vieria and Keane, two top-class defensive midfielders who would put their bodies on the line for their clubs.

You could just see the passion oozing out of them as they played.

I'm sure you all enjoyed the tussle in the tunnel between the two a few years ago. It added excitement to the match, as it pumped both teams up even more.

Some may want to see that again, but I don't think it will be needed to make tomorrow's game interesting.

As it stands, both clubs are playing amazing football. Yes, there's the possibility of this being one of those hyped-up matches that ends 0-0, but I just don't see it happening.

If United want to win, they'll have to stop Fabregas.

Fabregas is to Arsenal what Gerrard is to Liverpool and Lampard is to Chelsea. If he doesn't turn up, Arsenal won't—eitherit's as simple as that.

Hargreaves will be given the responsibility to stop Fabregas, and it will be a very tasty midfield battle.

If Arsenal want to win this match, they will have to stop two people—Rooney and Ronaldo. I have a feeling that Tevez won't have his best game, but Rooney's form is something else, and I fancy him scoring a goal.

United's injury list looks like it's clearing up, with Carrick, Saha, and Evra back in action. Neville also managed to finally get some time under his belt, as he completed 57 minutes for the Reserves.

In such a big match, it will be interesting to see if Fergie places his trust in Anderson in the middle of the park. With Carrick having trained 100 percent the whole week and Fletcher also available, Fergie must decide whether to ignore Anderson's recent form and drop him for the more experienced players.

If I were in Ferguson's shoes, I'd stick with Anderson, simply because of his form in the last few weeks.

That said, I have a feeling Fergie will drop Anderson and maybe play Giggs in his stead, with Nani keeping his place on the wing.

Either way, it's going to be a cracker of a match. DO NOT MISS IT!

Probable Lineups

United: Van der Sar, Brown, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Ronaldo, Hargreaves, Giggs, Nani,Tevez, Rooney

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Eboue, Fabregas, Flamini, Rosicky, Hleb, Adebayor


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