Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Man United

With only four Premier League games left, Manchester United can take a massive step to clinching the Premier League title if they beat Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday.

Arsenal on the other hand have thrown away the chance of winning the league after only picking up two points in their last three matches.

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Thomas Vermaelen made his long awaited comeback against Man United's reserves after eight months out. Vermaelen played the full 90 minutes but Sunday's game has come too early for the centre back.

Abou Diaby will also be missing after failing to shake off a groin injury, along with Lukasz Fabianski who is out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

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Dimitar Berbatov will return after recovering from a groin injury, the Bulgarian hasn't played since United's 1-0 loss to Man City in the FA Cup. Darren Fletcher played the first 45 minutes against Arsenal's reserves Thursday night, but Fletcher will not play against Arsenal tomorrow.

Owen Hargreaves is unavailable with a shoulder injury and Anders Lindegaard is out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury. Paul Scholes will complete his three-match ban.

Most Recent Meeting

The two clubs met each other in the Sixth Round of the FA Cup last month at Old Trafford. Man United beat Arsenal 2-0. Fabio Da Silva opened up the scoring in the 28th minute, Wayne Rooney scored United's second goal in the 49th minute.


Man United are unbeaten in their last seven games against Arsenal, winning the last six and Arsenal have only won three of their last 17 Premier League matches against United.

The Gunners and the Red Devils have played each other 211 times. Man United have won 88 of those games, compared to Arsenal's 77 wins and there have been 46 draws.

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24th April: Bolton 2-1 Arsenal (Premier League)
20th April: Tottenham 3-3 Arsenal (Premier League)
17th April: Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool (Premier League)
10th April: Blackpool 1-3 Arsenal (Premier League)
2nd April: Arsenal 0-0 Blackburn (Premier League)

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26th April: Schalke 0-2 Man United (Champions League)
23rd April: Man United 1-0 Everton (Premier League)
19th April: Newcastle 0-0 Man United (Premier League)
16th April: Man City 1-0 Man United (FA Cup)
12th April: Man United 2-1 Chelsea (Champions League)


Referee: Chris Foy
Assistant referees: John Flynn and Andy Garratt
Fourth official: Lee Mason

Foy has refereed 31 matches this season, showing 77 yellow cards and two red cards.

Foy has officiated six matches involving Man United this season. The first was United's first Premier League game of the season, which was the 3-0 win against Newcastle. He has also refereed the 0-0 away draw against Sunderland, 0-0 away draw against Man City, 2-1 away win against West Brom, the 3-1 home win against Aston Villa and the 2-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Foy has taken charge of four matches involving Arsenal; their 2-1 away win against Blackburn, a 2-1 home win against Fulham, the 2-0 home win Wolves and the 2-0 loss to United in the FA Cup.


Chelsea can reduce the gap down to three points on Saturday, they play Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

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