Wenger: Arsenal ready for showdown

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, Last Updated: 2:25 PM ET

MANCHESTER, England -- Arsenal enters the weekend on top of the Premiership table ahead of the club's showdown with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

And while the Gunners are looking down on both United and Chelsea at the moment, Arsene Wenger's side has not had a lot of luck in head-to-head meetings with those clubs.

In fact, Arsenal has lost nine of its last 10 meetings combined against the two sides, but Wenger believes it is not a psychological problem.

"There is no psychological issue - they were better than us in recent years," Wenger told his club's official website.

"We were a bit unlucky in some games, especially at Manchester United last year when we scored an own goal. But it is even more an opportunity to show we have grown, that we are a different team and that we are up to a different level."

Arsenal has won its last four games in all competitions, but the club will have its title credentials checked over the next two weeks with games against both United and Chelsea.

One player who Wenger would love to have available is captain Cesc Fabregas, who has been battling a hamstring problem and will be a late decision for Monday's match.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has a few injury issues of his own with Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra each battling problems, although Ferguson said that he expects all three to be fit for the Arsenal match.

If United is able to avoid defeat on Monday it would set a new club record of 16 games unbeaten to start a season, although seven draws in 15 matches is the reason that United is second in the table.

Chelsea can move into first with a win over Tottenham on Sunday, with Spurs having to play without the injured Rafael van der Vaart because of a hamstring problem.

Manchester City visits last-place West Ham on Saturday with the Citizens riding a six-game unbeaten streak in the league, while Aston Villa tries to snap a four-game winless skid when the club hosts West Bromwich.

Everton is just two points clear of the drop zone and the Toffees host a Wigan side currently in 18th place, Sunderland has lost just once in its last six games and travels to Fulham, Blackpool invades Stoke City, Newcastle hosts a Liverpool side that beat Villa 3-0 last time out, Bolton hosts Blackburn and Birmingham visits second-from-the-bottom Wolverhampton.


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