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Wenger tags weekend showdown with rivals Manchester United a ‘special fixture’

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described this Sunday’s showdown against Manchester United as a “special fixture”.

Ten points separate the rivals in the Premier League table, with Arsenal third and United currently in fifth place.

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The Gunners are unbeaten in their last three league games and they face opponents who have only won two of their last six top-flight matches at home.

Louis van Gaal‘s side have passed two of their three tests this week after overcoming a potential banana skin against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup and progressing into the last 16 of the Europa League by beating FC Midtjylland.

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Despite Arsenal and United having contrasting seasons, Wenger believes that there is still an intimidating aura at Old Trafford.

In Friday’s press conference, Wenger told reporters: “Yes [it still has an aura] because Manchester United are a big club, Old Trafford is a special place and I believe for every club it remains a special fixture.

“Against Arsenal, the United fans and players will be up for it. In one week all has changed. I didn’t believe that they would lose against Shrewsbury and Midtjylland. Old Trafford is always a difficult place to go and even if they had lost against Midtjylland, I would have said that it is a difficult game.”

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Earlier this season, Arsenal sealed a 3-0 win over United at the Emirates.


Ajike is one of Nigeria's top Sportscasters with over 15 years of experience in writing and talking Sports.

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