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Premier League: Victory over Manchester United for Arsenal at the weekend could end a week worthy of champions


Arsenal's toughest week of the season so far doesn't get any easier as they face Premier League Champion Manchester United at Old Trafford this weekend.

Arsenal go into the clash five points clear at the top of the League, having bested 2nd placed Liverpool at the Emirates on Saturday. Goals from Santi Carzola and man of the moment Aaron Ramsey gave them the win.

Ramsey has been in outstanding form this season, having took a lot of criticism from some sections of the Emirates faithful last year, he has been a key factor in Arsenal's dominance so far this season.

And indeed it was Ramsey who gave his side a memorable Champions League victory last night, popping up in the second half to head home the winner against Borrusia Dortmund.

No English side had ever beaten Dortmund in their own stadium in the Champions League, and history making wins such as this one will surely breed even more confidence amongst both the squad and fans alike.

What has been arguably most impressive about these two wins, against Dortmund in particular, is how resolutely Arsenal defended at times.

Arsenal sides of recent years have been known to be brilliant going forward but defensively vulnerable. Against Dortmund last night Arsenal were on the back foot for the first hour of the game, but thanks to a solid, and settled, back four, the German side looked a shade of the side who destroyed Real Madrid in the semi-finals last season.

Similarly, against Liverpool, the Gunners defence managed to contain the most potent strike force in the Premier League in 'SAS'- Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. Suarez did manage to hit the post, but despite late pressure Arsenal held on.

So they travel to Old Trafford with perhaps the best chance of coming out on top in years. Whilst David Moyes' men seem to have settled as they look to adjust to life post-Fergie, Arsene Wenger will be surely relishing the opportunity to show once again that this Arsenal side are the real deal.


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