Premier League fixtures preview: Arsenal vs Man Utd. The return of ViP
The return of Robin Van Persie to the Emirates stadium for the first time since his departure to Manchester United will be at the focus of attention in the game between Arsenal and the newly crowned Premier League champions.
Van Persie’s departure to Old Trafford came amid controversy, as the Dutch forward tried to force away his move away from Emirates by saying he does not wish to extend his deal after eight years at the club. As a result Arsene Wenger preferred to part ways with the prolific striker, selling him for £22.5 million.
The purchase of Van Persie proved the difference in Man Utd’s chase for the Premier League title this season, as the Dutchman scored marvelous hat-trick to help his side to a 3-0 win over Aston Villa and reclaim the title with four games to go.
Arsenal will be hoping to outplay the Man Utd side, who could play half-heartedly in their last four Premier League games due to lack of motivation.
Arsenal team news:
With Olivier Giroud serving the first game out of his three-match ban after red card against Fulham, Wenger could field either Podoloski or Walcott in a central forward position.
Lukasz Fabianski is sidelined due to rib injury, while Abou Diaby remains on team’s long-ter m injury list with knee damage.
Man Utd team news:
Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to field Ferdinand and Vidic in the heart of United’s defense, after Johnny Evans and Michael Carrick sustained injuries against Aston Villa. Phil Jones is likely to be moved into the middle of the pitch.
Ferguson revealed he could make several changes to the winning side against Aston Villa, so he could include Welbeck, Nani, Hernandez and Tom Cleverley in the starting XI.
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