Danny Welbeck returns; Per Mertesacker confident of Old Trafford victory

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This Sunday, we will be sat round the television to watch one of the most famous rivalries in the Premier League era. Manchester United vs Arsenal is always an exciting game, and although it is no longer a title decider, the fight for an automatic Champions League spot is on the cards for both sides.

A Manchester United win would put the Red Devils temporarily ahead of Arsene Wenger's side, who still have a game in hand. An Arsenal win however guarantees them at least third place, and would put them in a great position to fight for second.

Arsenal do have fond memories of Old Trafford, their last visit to the Theatre of Dreams resulted in a place at Wembley in an FA cup semi-final. Famously Danny Welbeck scored the winning goal in his first return to Old Trafford since leaving last summer. Having been injured for almost a month with a knee injury, 'Dat Guy' is expected to return to Premier League action this weekend.

The boss' thoughts

Before Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Swansea, Arsene Wenger said: "He [Welbeck] will play again this season. He had all the scans and medical checks, and there was nothing major, just an inflammation. For the weekend he will be certainly short but the game after that he should be alright."

The news will be music to Arsenal fans ears, who want to see some new dynamics in the squad after the lacklustre performance against Garry Monk's Swans. There is also a chance that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who excelled at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, could return for this fixture. The England duo would boost Arsenal's confidence ahead of a Champions League 6 pointer.


Vice-Captain Per Mertesacker also spoke about Arsenal's upcoming fixture against Manchester United. "We won [at Old Trafford] once and it's possible to do that twice per season," said the German veteran. "We are looking forward to it.

"It'll be a massive crowd again and they will have respect [for us]. We are still in a good mood and have a good level of confidence and we are looking forward to our next four games."

Can Arsenal do the double against Manchester United? Can Welbeck get back-to-back goals at Old Trafford? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Per Mertesacker
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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Danny Welbeck
Arsene Wenger
Manchester United
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