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Manchester United looking to complete Premier League double over Arsenal

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Manchester United will be looking to complete a Premier League double over Arsenal when they meet at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Red Devils were 2-1 winners at the Emirates in November and could jump above the Gunners into third with a win.

A win against Crystal Palace last weekend ended a run of three losses for Louis van Gaal's side and they'll be looking to follow that up with another victory over their Premier League top four rivals. On the other hand Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from a defeat against Swansea City on Monday night.

This now becomes a must win for the Gunners if they are serious about securing second place and not slipping down the table. Arsenal beat United in the FA Cup earlier in the season 2-1 and will be looking to build on this.

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They are notoriously bad when facing their top four rivals but have improved on this season and have won the game in the FA Cup against United and beating Manchester City.

The Citizens will be watching on in the hope that the result is a draw. They will be looking to capitalise on mistakes made by either team in the closing stage of the season and secure automatic qualification into the Champions League for next season.

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In terms of team news Danny Welbeck is not expected to make a return to the Arsenal side alongside Mathieu Debuchy who is also unavailable. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw are expected to be fit for Manchester United, but Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria and Robin van Persie are all doubts while Michael Carrick and Rafael wont be fit to play again this season.

My prediction is a 2-1 Arsenal win. I think United have been vulnerable at the back this season and Carrick will be a big miss for them in the midfield. I think their main threat will be posed by Marouane Felliaini so if Arsenal can keep him quiet I think they will come out winners.

Goalscorers I think there will be a defensive goalscorer for either side probably Laurent Koscielny or Per Mertesacker for Arsenal and possibly Phil Jones for United. I think the other goal will be a much needed one from Olivier Giroud.

Manchester United will need to contain the Arsenal front line who - ignoring the Swansea result - have been in very good form recently with Alexis Sanchez scoring goals and Mesut Ozil finding a good run of form .

Overall I think it will be a close game but I have Arsenal to edge it and take home the three points.

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