Arsenal vs Manchester United: What is at stake for the Gunners

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arsenalArsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sees the next match versus Manchester United this weekend as a step stone for greater success at the end of the season.

“Obviously it’s a massive game for us with a Champions League place at stake but it’s also massive for next season with the confidence we can get from winning,” Oxlade-Chamberlain said in a report from the London Evening Standard.

The striker also compared the Gunners’ next challenge to the Uefa Champions League game versus Bayern Munich last month at Emirates, which Arsenal won but was still eliminated after the combining results. But the squad’s moral and number of points in the Premier League increased tremendously after that clash.

“The win over Bayern wasn’t enough to get us to qualify for the Champions League quarter-finals, but it was still a massive boost for us as a side. We’re still feeding off the momentum of that and a win over United can have the same effect,” he said.

However, as the Gunners seat in third place with 63 points, one more than Chelsea and with an extra match played than the Blue Devils, a couple of off-pitch situations could make the weekend match somewhat distracting from what is at stake for Arsenal.

The final penalty for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was revealed this week as the FA informed in an official statement picked up by the Guardian. “Following a regulatory commission hearing today, Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has had his claim for wrongful dismissal rejected. The player’s three-match suspension will therefore commence with immediate effect.”

But most importantly is going to be whether the Gunners officials will be able to recognize the visitors recent 20th Premier League title—a tradition commonly seen in the past years by the hosting club in the following up match after the number one seat secures the silverware.

And it all comes down to Robbie van Persie.

The Dutchman £24 million ($36,765,600) move to Old Trafford last summer was not in any form taken easily by the Gunners fans. Now they seem to have a plan in order accordingly to their dissatisfaction to van Persie’s transfer.

The Sun reported this week that Pete Wood, from Arsenal blog The Grove, has said that van Persie experience back at Emirates will be far away from the cheers and incentives he got use to while a Gunner.

“Van Persie is going to get an horrendous reception. It was the way Van Persie manipulated the move and his lack of loyalty which has upset Arsenal supporters,” Wood said.

Arsenal seems to wish to maintain the tradition of acknowledging the PL winner’s success alive, but shouts of boos and unkind words will be heard and noticed in every touch van Persie makes.

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