Arsenal vs. Manchester United: 5 Players to Watch
Manchester United vs. Arsenal: 5 players to watch
Arsenal visits Old Trafford this weekend to face off against Manchester United in a contest that could make them serious Premier League contenders. Under the tutelage of Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United boasted a remarkable record against Arsene Wenger's men and David Moyes will be looking to continue this trend.
Arsenal have been boosted by the arrival of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. The young playmaker has transformed this team from a group of talented wayward stars to Premier League leaders in a short three months. David Moyes dropped a bomb yesterday stating that he had the chance to sign Ozil before Arsenal did, but chose not to. In my humble opinion, that decision will come back and haunt Moyes this weekend and probably for many seasons to come.
Manchester United started the season poorly to say the least, but have managed to scrape by and are nearing the top of the table. A win at home (where they have had the least amount of success this season) would definitely boost their chances. The players that Moyes inherited are not real Premier League contenders, and Manchester United fans can only hope for an underserved top-four finish in order to play in Europe next season.
This is Manchester United's chance to save their dignity while giving one of their direct rivals a massive blow. An Arsenal defeat would see them lose out on the top spot to Chelsea and could damage their title hopes. I know what you are thinking -- it's November and there's lots of football to be played, but if these two teams are serious about being crowned champions, they have to prove it tomorrow.
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5. Lukas Podolski
With top scorer Olivier Giroud out due to injury, it will probably be Lukas Podolski leading the line. Look for him to cause Nemanja Vidic problems.
4. Santi Cazorla
Santi Cazorla is the player that has been forgotten since the arrival of Ozil, but is a player that adds much-needed creativity to the Gunners and could be huge against United.
3. David De Gea
Young Spanish stopper David De Gea will be very busy tomorrow night. With an impressive attacking Arsenal and a poor Manchester United defense, he will not be short on chances to prove that he deserves a place in Spain's World Cup squad.
2. Mesut Ozil
What more can be said about Ozil? He is the assists king and by exuding confidence, he makes everyone around him better. Look for him to punish Moyes for not signing him.
1. Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has been Manchester United's best player this season. His new no. 10 role is suiting him and has given United the boost they have needed to survive an otherwise pathetic campaign. With Arsenal's passion for getting forward, look for Rooney to pick out Van Persie or take a crack at goal himself.