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Not the first time Shrek dives against us

After qualifying for the Champions League’s knockout stage, the focus for Arsenal turns back to domestic glory with a game against Manchester United on Monday. That is basically it. There should be no thinking of who we will face in the last 16 of the European competition. Our focus should only be for the league/FA Cup/League Cup, at least until February arrives.

On that note, you can’t find a better statement than the one given by our resident joker in the pack, Emmanuel Eboue. While Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott might want to keep their thoughts to themselves for the time being.

But we try to forget about the Champions League and think about the game against Manchester United on Monday. It is a massive game and it will be very difficult for both teams. We always believe in ourselves and we just need to continue how we are playing and if we do that, we can beat them. At the moment we are top of the league and we are happy about that. But we have to not put our heads up, we have to keep it down and continue to work hard on the pitch.

There is no fault to be found in that particular statement. We are currently leading the table albeit having played a game more than United. However, if we beat them on Monday, the game in hand would have been rendered useless. That is what the team must strive for. Getting to the top of the league means nothing if it only last for one week. The harder part is to stay up there. By virtue of being first at the moment, does not mean that the team can rest on their laurels. In fact, even more effort and commitment must be put into the training to ensure we stay there till the end of the season.

Both teams will have to prepare themselves without some of their players. United looks likely to miss Paul Scholes while Rio Ferdinand still have a chance to feature despite being substituted in midweek for fear that he might picked up and injury. On our side, it also looks slightly similar. Kieran Gibbs will definitely miss out while Cesc Fabregas might still follow the team to Old Trafford. Others like Gael Clichy and Johan Djourou have been given the all clear to rejoin first team training.

United may not have been picking up the headlines but let’s remember that they are still unbeaten in the league. Even when they have been performing badly, they’ve managed not to lose. We’ve gotta admit that they will surely pick up some sort of form soon and will reap the rewards of their early season unbeaten run, despite the numerous draws in that period. What we have to do is simple. End their unbeaten run. They did that to us with the help of a bias referee, evidence here.

If you read some of the news today, you will find a common theme. United related personnels are either praising or trying to help us. Chris Smalling, acknowledging that the unbeaten record may never be broken again. Nani admitting we’re a bigger threat in the league compared to Chelsea. Last but not least United the club asking their fans not to deride Arsene Wenger in a specific manner. But I will just say this. No matter you say or try to do, it doesn’t hide the fact that you cheated us out of our 50th unbeaten match in the league.

If you’re a fan of prediction and you’re an Arsenal fan, you will like this.

More tomorrow, have a nice day.