Sunday's game between Arsenal and Manchester United looks to be one of the most important games in recent times for both clubs.
With the race for automatic qualification for the Champions League hotting up, it is imperative for both clubs to finish their season in either second or third position in order to avoid the dreaded qualification game which fourth spot garners.
For Manchester United however, one could claim that Sunday's game holds more importance than for Arsenal. With United's miserable season in 2013/14, when they failed to qualify for the Champions League, Louis Van Gaal's team will feel it is an absolute necessity to qualify for Europe's most prominent competition.
As a major powerhouse in English and European football, the Manchester club's fans will demand nothing short of qualifying for the competition which they once dominated under ex-manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Arsenal on the other hand could argue that finishing the season in either second or third, although an improvement from last season, is not as high upon the list of demands. It is however imperative that the North London club secure their place for the competition for the nineteenth time under Arsene Wenger, an English record.
Finishing fourth for Arsenal will certainly mean it has been a mediocre season, but it is also arguable that they would have the right tools required to get past a qualification game. This has been proven over the last few seasons under Wenger's reign where the Gunners have faced difficult European opponents, yet have managed to overcome them and qualify.
Therefore, Sunday's game becomes a huge spectacle for both clubs and their respective fans. The intense rivalry between the clubs will become apparent once more when they lock horns.
Arsene Wenger's Arsenal recently knocked van Gaal's side out of the FA Cup, which the Gunners will now be hoping to add to their season's targets by claiming the trophy.
The Gunners however were beaten 2-1 by United last November. The game on Sunday boils down to arguably two evenly matched teams when considering their points tally, with a hugely intense rivalry, fighting for automatic qualification to the elite competition of European football.
Arsenal are coming off the back of a miserable defeat to Swansea last Monday night, when they dominated possession for the entire game but could not come up with an answer in front of goal.
United come off a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace and will have their confidence high for Sunday's showdown. Ultimately, the victors of the match will stand the best chance of securing the second or third spot in the Premier League, which in turn will enable a productive summer where each team can rebuild and regather and not have to worry about playing such a competitive fixture early next season.
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