Friday, November 2, 2007

Manu Vs Arsenal

t’s been a while since United and Arsenal have gone head-to-head as chief challengers in the league. And although it’s far too early to call Saturday’s visit to the Emirates a title decider, there’s still plenty riding on the outcome.

Arsene Wenger’s side are level on points with United with a game in hand, but the free-scoring Reds are on a run of eight straight league wins and have hit form at exactly the right time ahead of the trip to North London.

After the crushing late defeat at the Emirates last season, United midfielder Darren Fletcher says there’s even more reason to be fired up for battle.

“It’s a massive game already because Arsenal are level on points with a game in hand, so we don’t want to let them open a gap,” he told Red View . “Everyone is looking forward to it, especially after last season’s disappointment. To take the lead and control the game, then lose two goals late on was a big disappointment. It’s something we’re all looking to rectify.”

The rivalry over the years has been intense, but Fletcher insists there is healthy respect between the two clubs. “We know they’re a top class side,” he added. “For the neutral it should be a great spectacle. We’re playing some great football, and we’re in form at exactly the right time. We’re going there to win. It’s our biggest challenge this season and it will be interesting to see how far we’ve come.”

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