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Five reasons why Arsenal should beat Man Utd tonight

Arsenal/Man Utd, UCL Semi-Final 2nd leg, 7.45pm, ITV1

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Arsenal have underperformed in their two previous semi-final matches this season but Arsene Wenger is confident that his side will deliver tonight and the statistics support him. And if Emmanuel Adebayor can keep his head out of the Milanese clouds for just 90 minutes, his partnership with Robin van Persie could make the difference. Our friends at chickendinner give five reasons why Arsenal could do it…

1. Arsenal have won two and drawn one of their three home games against Manchester United at the Emirates.

2. The Gunners are currently enjoying their best home form of the season having won six straight matches there.

3. Arsene Wenger’s side have conceded just one goal in their last 12 home games – scored by Nicky Barmby for Hull in the FA Cup. They have never failed to score against Big Four opposition at the Emirates.

4. There has only been one occasion over the last decade where Manchester United have gone into an away Champions League knockout round second-leg with a lead – the semi-finals two years ago – and on that occasion they were beaten 3-0 away to AC Milan.

5. Van Persie’s return could prove vital for Arsenal. The Dutchman has started two Champions League home games this season alongside Adebayor and the duo have scored three goals each in those matches – winning 4-0 against Porto and 3-0 against Villarreal.

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4 responses so far
  • anthonyOA // May 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    If the gunners try pressing too much, united will catch them on the brake with rooney and ronaldo.

  • anthonyOA // May 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Man Utd also haven’t lost in the champions league since that 3-0 mauling at the feet of Milan over two years ago.

  • Sir Alex Fergurson // May 5, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    5 Reasons you can kiss my arse Ryan Bailey…

    Arsene needs to find a job where not coming 1st is not important.

    I am the daddy.. bring it Gus or that little bloke who used to play for Barca.. I AM THE DADDY…

  • anthonyOA // May 6, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    anthonyOA. rarely wrong.

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