In form Arsenal star - We have no fear about playing United

Arsenal’s in form midfielder Aaron Ramsey says his side have no fear heading into this Sunday’s match against Manchester United.

The Gunners don’t have a great record at Old Trafford, losing 2-1 in the league at United last season, suffering that famous 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Sir Alex Ferguson’s men the season before.

However, things are now very different and Arsenal have two main reasons to be confident; their clear gap at the top of the table and a brilliant win at Borussia Dortmund.

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Combine those things with the fact that Old Trafford seems to have lost its fear factor this season and you can understand why Ramsey is a very confident man heading into the game.

“We will take an enormous amount of confidence from that [victory] and hopefully that will put us in a good position now to kick on and have a really successful season. Absolutely not (when asked if there was fear about playing United). They have had a bit of a rough start but they have overcome that now I think,” said the Welshman.

United have dropped points in several home matches this season with Chelsea and Southampton getting draws at Old Trafford and West Bromwich Albion coming away with a shock three points.

Mix that in with the fact that United fans have struggled to create a big atmosphere at home games this season, personified by the need for a singing section, and it’s easy to see why Ramsey thinks Arsenal can get on top of the game and dominate.

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The current balance of the Arsenal side means that Wenger doesn’t have to make changes from the team that won against Dortmund despite the fact key players are returning from injury.

The side deserves tremendous praise this season for finding a way to play under Wenger when there have been injuries to key wide players, which have forced talented central midfielders to play on either side of the team.

United will never be an easy team to play against but Arsenal have a very strong side, well suited to protecting the ball, using possession well and adding to the pressure that David Moyes is under.

The United boss is working all the time on finding his best combination of players but this is a real chance for Arsenal to throw down a marker and stretch their lead from rivals even further.

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