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Arsenal v Man Utd Preview

Manchester United visit Arsenal for the Saturday lunchtime kickoff in a 1st versus 2nd table clash. This week interviewed United Online forum member Jonesy on his thoughts ahead of the game.

1 - With Paul Scholes out injured for three months who do you see as his most suitable replacement in the middle and why?

For this game it’ll most likely be Anderson purely based on form and fitness. Long term though we’ll look to Carrick and Hargreaves for the experience they can offer. Anderson looks a fantastic prospect but the boss won’t want to put the weight of expectation on him too soon into his OT career. All that said, I wouldn’t bet against O’Shea being in the middle on Saturday for the extra protection he’ll offer.

2 - The rumours surrounding Rio Ferdinand being injured for the Arsenal game appear to be false. How important will the Ferdinand and Vidic partnership be against Arsenal?

Vital. They have the best partnership in the league - the understanding they have is going to be absolutley crucial against a side with Arsenal’s attacking ability.

3 - How would you approach the game against Arsenal if you were Fergie?

Cautious approach with one of the strikers dropping off or the all out attacking flowing football that we’ve seen in the last few games?

Personal opinion of course but I’d like to see us go out and play our natural game and let Arsenal worry about us as much as we worry about them. Their new ground suits us both, it allows for more width and a more expansive game than Highbury ever did. Watching Arsenal this season has shown that if you sit back they’ll pick you apart - plus we’ve proven time and time again that the cautious approach just doesn’t suit us, so lets go there full of confidence and take it to them.

4 - Gary Neville should be fit for the weekend but should he be risked in such a big game?

No chance. His fitness will be way off what’s required for this game, and besides Wes has hardly put a foot wrong all season so far.

5 - After Chelsea’s 6-0 demolition of City, are they now over their early season slump and can they challenge for the title?

It’s still too soon to tell. They have the squad for sure but unless the dressing room has miraculously settled down since Mourinho left it’ll be difficult. It’s a big season for them, if Abramovich doesn’t show some patience they could very easily do a Madrid, spending big but winning nothing.

6 - Has Rafael Benitez rotation policy blown upset Liverpool’s early season form and blown their title chances?

I really really hope so. In an ideal world they’ll get relegated and go bankrupt on the back of the new stadium, and have to sell Gerrard and Carragher to Tranmere to raise money for kebabs. It’s no more than they deserve.

7 - Why do you think Arsenal are playing so well this season with so many pundits predicting a hard season for them after the sale of Thierry Henry?

Same reason we improved after selling Ruud. He’d become too much of a “focal point” for all their attacks. The younger lads there like Van Persie and Fabregas can feel a bit more freedom now and it really does show. Can’t abide them but they really do play some fantastic football.

8 - Predict the starting eleven for the Arsenal v Man Utd game on Saturday?

Edwin, Wes, Evra, Rio, Vidic, Hargreaves, O’Shea, Giggsy, Ronaldo, Tevez, Rooney.

9 - The top of the table clash is the early kick off on Saturday… what will the rest of the Premiership be hoping for as a result of this game?

ABU’s everywhere will want Arsenal to hammer us (with the exception of Spurs).

10 - Who are the danger men for Arsenal that United should watch out for?

Fabregas, Fabregas, and Fabregas.

11 - Predict the score and goalscorers.

1-1. Tevez and Adebayor.

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  1. fanta obsa :: November 2nd, 2007 1:45 pm

    arsenal will certainly beat 2:0

  2. fanta obsa :: November 2nd, 2007 1:47 pm

    thank you for your response!!!

  3. osajie maxwell :: November 15th, 2007 1:12 pm

    i congratulste Sir Alex for his motivation, moral and indomitable power he has been using for the club i say he should keep it up for me “he is the best coach and will remain the best coach” bye.

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