Manchester United v Arsenal – Old Trafford at 20:00 (GMT)

Arsenal will take their stellar undefeated run to Old Trafford on Wednesday as they meet with Manchester United for their Premier League clash. The Gunners will be coming into this game fresh off the back of their North London Derby victory against Tottenham Hotspur. Unai Emery’s side are currently undefeated in 19 fixtures throughout the competition and they will be taking on a Manchester side which continue to falter.

Manchester United are now winless in three of their Premier League fixtures and have been pushed down further in the table at 7th place. They now find themselves 8 points behind the top 5 in the standings. Unexpectedly, they came out victorious in half of their 6 home league fixtures this season and their 3-0 setback against the Spurs earlier in the season will surely be pondered heavily on their minds as they meet with the Gunners.

On the other hand, Arsenal managed to win 9 in their unbeaten fixtures, also coming out victorious in 4 of their 6 outings this season. The 32 league goals they were able to score are now second to Manchester City this campaign. Just recently, the Gunners showed another fantastic performance at the weekend when they overpowered North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a 4-2 victory at the Emirates.

Manchester United and Arsenal have encountered each other for a total of 52 times in the Premier League, with United holding the bragging rights for having 24 wins to Arsenal’s 13. 16 of those wins came from Old Trafford, and shared a total of 15 draws.  Who among these two top-ranked teams will come out triumphant on Wednesday?

LATEST NEWS

–          Mesut Ozil could be sidelined on the Arsenal bench after suffering from a back injury which also kept him out of the game against Tottenham Hotspur.

–          Ashley Young is said to be suspended after receiving his fifth yellow card of the campaign in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.

–          Nacho Monreal is also said to be ruled out of Wednesday’s meeting due to hamstring injury.

PROBABLE STARTING XI

Manchester United: 1-4-2-3-1

David De Gea, Diogo Dalot, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku

Arsenal: 1-3-4-3

Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette

KEY PLAYERS

Manchester United

Paul Pogba primarily plays as a central midfielder for Manchester United and the French national team. He played a vital role in France’s victory against Croatia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals. With his eye for goal and explosive style of play, he developed from a promising young prospect into one of the best midfielders in the world of football.

Romelu Lukaku plays as a striker for both Manchester United and the Belgium national team. At the international scene, he holds the all-time record of notching up 45 goals for the national team. He is currently one of the key players for Man United due to his ability to churn out good performances as shown by his stunning goals.  

Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a striker playing for the Gunners and also captains the Gabonese national team. He played a vital role in Arsenal’s 4-2 North London Derby clash against Tottenham Hotspur.

Alexandre Lacazette is one of Premier League’s most underrated strikers. The Arsenal star possesses extraordinary skills that may regard him as one of the best strikers in the English top flight. With his strength, speed, dribbles and deadly striking ability, he could easily be one of Europe’s star strikers along Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, and more.

MATCH PREDICTION

Manchester United v Arsenal: 1-3

Arsenal have been greatly impressive under boss Unai Emery, coming out victorious in almost all of their league fixtures. However, Manchester United is on the verge of a complete breakdown. The hosts are currently facing a lot of injury problems and are currently in poor form. However, based on their earlier and quite recent performances, it could be possible for the hosts to stand up against the Gunners.

MATCH BETTING ODDS*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

By @EliaasMJ

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