The Gunners will take a major step towards winning their first Premier League title in nearly two decades today if they can beat Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. With Manchester City in action first, Arsenal will know the size of their lead – with two games in hand – ahead of kick-off.
There’s a bit of a vintage feel to this clash as United look to make a title challenge to their name, having come from eight points behind with one game more to play. For years, the pairing of Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson was instrumental in deciding the destination of the trophy.
Erik ten Haag’s side are 10 games unbeaten and are the only team to beat Arsenal in the league so far this season. Mikel Arteta’s hosts have won four of their last five. Follow Arsenal v Manchester United live via Standard Sport’s match blog, with Simon Collings and Malik Auziya in north London to provide expert analysis.
Gordon Strachan: I predict a tight match at the Emirates, I think it will be a 1-1 draw with Rashford and Martinelli scoring
“I predict a tight match at the Emirates, I think it will be a 1-1 draw with Rashford and Martinelli scoring,” Stachen told football odds and betting,
“Both sides are in top form but in recent seasons, United have seemed to get great results against the Gunners and I think that will be the case again.”
where today’s match could win and lose
Standard Sport’s Simon Collings takes a strategic look at today’s heavyweight performance…
Martinelli to target Wan-Bissaka
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s resurgence has been one of the big surprises since the World Cup break, but now he will have to keep Gabriel Martinelli quiet. Arsenal always try to get their wingers one-on-one with their opposite man, and that will be the case especially on Sunday, with Martinelli causing Wan-Bissaka problems with his pace.
fight without casimiro
Casemiro’s suspension is a huge blow for United. Fred is likely to deputize, but doesn’t provide the same amount of control as his fellow Brazilian. Arsenal will look to replicate last Sunday’s midfield dominance against Tottenham, and Bruno Fernandes may have to sacrifice some of his attacking prowess to ensure United don’t fall short. In Casemiro’s absence, Christian Eriksen will look to set the tone for the game.
Niketia has a tall order
Against Spurs, Eddie Nketiah was vital for Arsenal, holding up the ball and linking the game well. He has developed his game as more of a penalty-box striker, but United will really test his growth, as Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have formed an excellent defensive partnership and produced their best performances since their World Cup exploits. Looking to the side.
Arsenal to win: 20/23
Manchester United to win: 16/5
Odds via Betfair and subject to change.
Head to Head History and Results
Arsenal won: 85
Manchester United wins: 101
Arsenal have turned the Emirates Stadium into a veritable fortress, with the recent draw with Newcastle the only points they have dropped on home soil all season.
It will be a tough test against a confident United team, but the Gunners’ attack look too strong to stop at the moment.
Arsenal to win, 2–1.
Man United team news: Casemiro suspended
Erik ten Haag will have to readjust his midfield after Casemiro was suspended.
The former Real Madrid midfielder picked up a late booking in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace and will miss today.
Fred and Scott McTominay are both options to replace Casemiro and the former is no longer at risk of a ban with the yellow card limit being raised to ten.
Woet Weghorst made his Palace debut and could be on the restart due to Anthony Martial’s recent injury.
Jadon Sancho is back in training but games are likely to come too soon for the England international.
Arsenal team news: Trossard in line for debut
Mikel Arteta should be able to include Leandro Trossard in his Arsenal squad, although the debutant is unlikely to feature in the starting line-up.
The winger joined the Gunners from Brighton on Friday as part of a deal which could be worth up to £26million.
Arsenal believe they completed the paperwork before midday on Friday, meaning Trossard could join at the Emirates Stadium.
“I’m really excited to start,” Trossard said in his first interview with Arsenal.com. “It’s a big club and I’m ready to show the fans what I can do.
“Everyone has already seen how well we are doing and I am here to help them achieve their dreams – myself included.”
Gabriel Jesus is still out with a knee injury and Reiss Nelson has a hamstring problem, but everyone else is available and Arteta is ready to name the same side that beat Tottenham last weekend.
How to watch: Sky Sports
TV ChannelThe game will be broadcast on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Ultra HDR, with coverage starting with Brentford following 4pm.
live stream: The Sky Go app will provide live streams on mobile devices, laptops, tablets and game consoles.
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It sounds like a big one. This season the two reborn clubs meet in a game that could be huge in terms of title race.
We’ll have all the latest updates, build-ups and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes from the Emirates Stadium at 4.30pm GMT.
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