Arsenal v Manchester United
Barclays Premier League
The Emirates Stadium
Sunday, January 20th; 16:00

Team News

Thierry Henry faces a late fitness test ahead of what could be his first Arsenal start in his second spell at the club, but Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta are both ruled out.

Defensive pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling return after missing the visit of Bolton Wanderers last weekend.

The clash comes too soon for Tom Cleverley, while Anderson also misses out after picking up an injury during training.

Ferguson wary of Arsenal backlash

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is wary of a a backlash from a wounded Arsenal side when travelling to The Emirates Stadium this weekend.

United thrashed Arsenal in the August meeting between the two sides, with Wayne Rooney netting a hat-trick.

Despite the Old Trafford goal-fest, Ferguson is expecting a tighter contest come Sunday afternoon.

"Sunday's game is the start of a hectic spell for us," he said. "I hope we come through the programme well because it could decide a lot of the season.

"It's always a hard game with Arsenal and it should be a good one. They recovered well from the 8-2, had a really good spell and qualified for the next stage of the Champions League.

"I certainly don't think the game will be as open as Old Trafford earlier in the season. It will be a difficult game. They've only lost six goals at home this season so we're well aware it will be a hard game."

Opposite number Arsene Wenger will be hoping The Gunners can stem the United tide more effectively this weekend, and says the heavy defeat at the start of the season won't play on the players' minds.

I believe every game is a new life; you can do well, you can do badly. We just want to take this opportunity to do well,” said Wenger.

“The result in August has nothing to do with that, we cannot wipe it out. It will not be an excuse not to beat them - it is over. You focus on what is in front of you and you try to do as well as you can.

“We are highly focused and motivated to win our game and hopefully we will have some people available who are today still doubtful. What is important is our determination and focus and that we are ready to give everything to win it.”

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