Let’s look at the team news as Arsenal host Man United in a significant game that could eventually decide the Premier League title race. Michael Olise’s late goal for Palace in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Selhurst Park prevented the Red Devils from temporarily rising to second in the table.
Manchester United had taken the lead with a goal from Bruno Fernandes but were denied a 10th consecutive win across all competitions. Despite this result, they sit in a solid third place with coach Ten Hag working his magic.The team has an eight-point gap to make up to Arsenal and a three-point deficit to make up to Manchester City.
The Red Devils have not failed to score away from home in the Premier League since August, and has only lost two of their nine games on the road since then. However, they have failed to keep clean sheets away from home, having secured only one clean sheet since October.
In the previous league fixture, Man United exposed the shortcomings of a youthful Arsenal side with a 3-1 win at Old Trafford in September, and Arteta’s team defeated the Manchester side by the same scoreline at the Emirates last season.
The Arsenal lineup will be relatively stable for the upcoming match against Man United, with the exception of players who are injured or recovering from injuries. Gabriel Jesus is expected to be out for several weeks with a knee injury, and Reiss Nelson is unlikely to return from a hamstring issue in time for the game.
Mohamed Elneny and Cedric Soares may also be assessed for any injuries they may have sustained, but it is unlikely that they would have been starters for this match. Another goal from Bukayo Saka would make him the third Arsenal player to score in three consecutive league games against Manchester United.
The Gunners also recently confirmed the signing of Leandro Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion, and they hope that he will be able to make his debut in tonight’s crucial fixture.
On the other hand, Manchester United will be without Casemiro due to suspension, and Fred is likely to take his place in the middle of the field. Jadon Sancho has returned to training, but he will not be involved against the North London side as confirmed by Ten Hag.
Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial will also be assessed for any issues, while Axel Tuanzebe and Donny van de Beek will remain out. If Martial is not deemed fit enough, Burnley loanee Wout Weghorst is expected to start, forcing Marcus Rashford to play on the wing.
Player To Watch Out For – Bukayo Saka
Bukayo Saka has been in decent form this season with ten goals and contributing heavily to Arsenal’s attacking play. The English winger is known for his versatility, as he is able to play both as a left-back and as a right winger. He is also known for his pace, agility, and ability to beat defenders one-on-one.
Saka possesses great ball control and crossing ability and has an eye for goal. He is also known for his work ethic and willingness to track back and help out defensively. Overall, Saka is considered to be a very promising young player with a bright future in the game.
Manchester United Form:
Arsenal Probable Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Aaron Ramsdale (GK); Ben White(RB), William Saliba (CB), Gabriel (CB), Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB); Granit Xhaka (CDM), Thomas Partey (CDM); Bukayo Saka (RW), Martin Odegaard (CAM), Gabriel Martinelli (LW); Eddie Nketiah (ST)
Manchester United Probable Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1):
David De Gea (GK); Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB), Lisandro Martinez (CB), Raphael Varane (CB), Luke Shaw(LB); Fred (CM), Christian Eriksen (CM); Antony (RW), Bruno Fernandes (CAM), Marcus Rashford (LW), Wout Weghorst(ST).
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Predicted Score: Arsenal 2-1 Man United
Arsenal have a strong defensive record this season and Ramsdale has come to their aid, but a weaker Man United side will struggle to hold the midfield, especially without Casemiro. Expect goals from inform players Saka, Odegaard and Rashford. It is likely that the Gunners will continue to prove their potential as title contenders.
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