The Red Devils and the Gunners will take the field in Manchester when two of the most storied English Premier League clubs collide at Old Trafford on August 28th.
Arsenal have not gotten off to a favorable start as they fell to Liverpool and played to a draw against Newcastle United. The Gunners are currently in Italy and are set to take on Udinese in the second leg of their Champions League playoff today.
They will not be very well rested for their match against Manchester United, making matters worse for the Gunners.
Where: Old Trafford
When: August 28th, 11:00 AM EST
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Biggest Storyline: Will Arsenal's Freefall Continue?
Arsenal has not looked good at all this season and have come away with two red cards in their opening two matches.
They will be without Emmanuel Frimpong and Alex Song who will both be serving suspensions in this match. They will also be without star player Samir Nasri who was just transferred to Manchester City.
Now is not the time the Gunners want to head to Old Trafford to face an undefeated Manchester United squad.
Players to Watch for Arsenal: Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie is a lethal scorer who registered 18 goals in just 25 matches last season. Van Persie only started in 19 of those matches, and also added seven assists as well.
With David De Gea in goal for Manchester United, anything could happen. De Gea has been inconsistent early in his Manchester United career, so it wouldn't be shocking if he let in another soft goal.
Van Persie only has one shot on goal through his first two EPL games, and this team will need him to start getting some shots on target if they are going to have any chance of knocking off the Red Devils.
Player to Watch for Manchester United: David De Gea
As mentioned previously, De Gea has been inconsistent thus far and has taken a lot of heat for his weak goaltending. After watching Edwin van der Sar play consistently for years, fans have been spoiled with solid goaltending.
De Gea has not lived up to expectations at Old Trafford, and will be looking to prove himself when the Gunners come to town.
Key Matchup: Wayne Rooney vs. Arsenal Defense
The Gunners have been beat up on defense as of late, forcing players like Carl Jenkinson into the starting lineup.
If any of the backline players miss the match against the Red Devils, Arsenal is going to have a difficult time limiting Wayne Rooney and the other attacking players for Manchester United. Rooney already has a goal in each of his first two EPL games this season and will look to keep that streak alive against Arsenal.
What They're Saying:
Which Team Will Win?
Manchester United star Ryan Giggs recently spoke with Manchester United's official website about the expecations for the upcoming match with Arsenal. In a question and answer segment, here is what Giggs had to say about the match,
Adam Bostock: Arsenal seem to be down to the bare bones with key players leaving plus some injuries and suspensions. United fans might be expecting an easy home win but would you caution them against that?
Ryan Giggs: Yes, because Arsenal are still a quality team with quality players. On their day they can beat anyone in Europe. They’ve proved that for years and years now. Okay so they’ve got a few injuries and a couple of players have left but they’ve still got so much quality there, they’ve got a great manager and Arsenal are a great club. So you never underestimate
Giggs is a seasoned veteran that knows anything can happen in a match. He will be sure his teammates don't get caught looking ahead to September 18th's match against Chelsea.
In a conversation with Chris Harris of Arsenal's official website, manager Arsene Wenger spoke about the recent departures of Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, and how the club intends to promote from within.
"When a big player leaves, there is an opportunity for someone to come in and show how good he is. I am long enough in the game to know that and to know my players are strong enough to deal with that.
"When the players are strong, it increases even more their determination and solidarity and that’s what I expect from my players.
"I believe we have always promoted players from inside. That is what we will continue to do. If we find the right players to strengthen our squad we will do it no matter the result on Wednesday night. We will be in the market to find one or two players to strengthen our squad."
While there obviously won't be any new players on the sideline for Arsenal's match against Manchester United, there is a strong possibility that the Gunners won't be looking to pursue as many players as expected after these comments from Wegner.
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