JD AWAY DAY

This Sunday’s tie at Old Trafford is most certainly one worthy of the intensity that has built up around the highly-coveted top-four spots as the season draws to an end. Both Arsenal and Manchester United are still in position to finish either second or fourth, depending on this Sunday’s result. Ties between Manchester United and Arsenal have always been fascinating bouts over the years but this year may offer up the most crucial battle between the two as Arsenal look to establish themselves as one of the top dogs ahead of next season, whilst Manchester United look to salvage what has been a roller coaster of a season by not only reaching the Champions League but bypassing both Arsenal and Man City en route.

By Car: The journey from North London to the red side of Manchester is a four hour car journey that carves through the spine of the country. Alighting on the M1 in Edgware from A1 at the Barnet by-pass, a long journey through Luton, Milton Keynes and Northampton will take fans to the M6 to Park Way before taking exit 9 on the M60. As fans follow the M60, they will need to join the A5081 to John gilbert Way in Stretford before a myriad of roundabout’s and a final right turn on John Gilbert Way brings expectant fans to the gates of the Theatre Of Dreams.

By Rail: Certainly the easiest and quickest route from Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium to Manchester United’s Old Trafford, public transport offers a three hour journey with only a possibility of three changes. Alighting the London Underground Victoria Line from Highbury & Islington station, just two stops will take fans to London Euston where they will need to alight a Virgin Train towards Manchester Piccadilly. A two-hour train journey will bring the travelling fans to Manchester Piccadilly where they will need to alight the tram to Exchange Quay before completing the journey with a 13-minute walk.

Last Time Out: The last time these two giants of Premier League football faced off against each-other, the story was seemingly written before the game even kicked-off. The first return of Danny Welbeck to the club at which he had grown up offered a sublime story for those anticipating the tie, who believed the 23-year-old was almost certainly going to be the man to decide the tie. Arsenal opened the scoring through left-back Nacho Monreal before Wayne Rooney pulled the Red Devils level. A tense game in which Arsenal enjoyed the majority of the possession was then decided by an unforgettable moment for both Arsenal and Manchester United fans as Antonia Valencia’s stray back-pass to David De Gea was intercepted by that man Danny Welbeck who rounded the keeper and secured the win for the Gunners.

This Time Around: This Sunday’s tie has already had it’s fair share of surprise announcements and withdrawals. Injuries to Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck as well as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney leaves nth sides short in attack, however Van Gaal’s men do have a fit Robin Van Perise ready to face his old club. Manchester United’s home form lends to a home win with seven wins in their last eight ties at Old Trafford for Van Gaal’s men, however Arsenal currently boast a formidable away record that has seen them claim five consecutive away win in the league. Both sides will go into the tie fully aware of the importance of a winning result and will no doubt aim to put in their performances of the season so far.