Having already won the title, Man Utd will surely come to the Emirates with a weakened squad and let Arsenal grab a few as a thank-you for letting us have Van Persie. Heck, Ferguson may even fix that zipper on Wenger’s coat!
Okay, I am actually pleased that United won the title on Monday for this very reason. Sure, United will still try hard to win, but Arsenal’s chances will have gone up thanks to their title victory. Even Van Persie may not get the reception that he deserves.
With Tottenham’s draw with Wigan, Arsenal has a really good chance to finish in the top 4, if they can get a scalp from United. Arsenal’s recent form has been really impressive it has to say. Just like last season, Arsenal start slow and finish strong. This is even the pattern during games, as most of Arsenal’s goals this season have come in the second half of matches. Wenger will surely work on this during the off-season.
Anyways, I expect with Giroud’s absence that Arsene will start Podolski again. I am hopefully that he wont put Cazorla out on the wing or start the most inconsistent player in the squad, Gervinho. My preferred starting eleven would include Walcott and Podolski playing up front, while Wilshere, Cazorla, Rosicky, and Chambo intertwine things in midfield. Wenger, being who he is, will probably play a 4-2-3-1 again which is a totally unimaginative formation that is in dire need of some creativity. If you are going to play that formation, you have to have a defensive midfielder, not Arteta or Ramsey, two of whom that I am not in favor of starting.
Arsenal’s chances in this game are better than those of what I would have predicted earlier in the season. Let’s keep up this good run of form and grasp the 3 points.
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