By Giuseppe Muro
Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Premier League title may be slim but Arsène Wenger’s side will be going all out for victory when Manchester United visit Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
We spoke to James Robson of the Manchester Evening News to get an opposition perspective on the game.
They have ridden their luck a little bit in recent weeks. I was at the Everton game last weekend and for a long time you were beginning to think it could be one of those days. On the Tuesday before, they had a goalless draw with Newcastle and they lost against Manchester City in the FA Cup before that. I think there was the concern that maybe the wheels could be coming off but that goal against Everton was crucial in steadying the ship.
I don’t think the table lies at the end of the season. I also don’t think anyone could claim it’s not been a weak season. I think the Manchester United side that had Ronaldo, Tevez and Rooney would have walked the past two years, quite comfortably. But, this season, they have been more consistent than anyone else and that is what it comes down to. They have ridden their luck at times but their home form has been amazing and they have won all but one of their games at Old Trafford.
MAN OF THE MOMENT
Javier Hernandez is a classic poacher and it’s a simple as that. On the ball, he is nothing special to look at. When he runs with the ball his feet are too fast for him and the ball gets caught up underneath him. But anything in and around the six-yard box and he comes to life. He is a magnet to the ball whenever a cross goes into the box and his runs are really intelligent. He has his own luck as well, we saw that at the start of the season with the one that went in off his face in the Community Shield. But then he can also score spectacular goals like the header against Stoke.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
If you look at recent form when the two sides have met each other, United seem to know how to play Arsenal. That often happens in football but things do change. What is on Arsenal’s side this weekend is that Manchester United’s away form is so poor. They have only won five games away from home all season which is fewer than anyone else in the top five. So Arsenal have got a lot to be confident about going into this game.