Manchester United will be looking for their second win at the Emirates this season as they take on a stumbling Arsenal side to seal the #4 spot in the league table.
Arsenal vs Manchester United Premier League 2018/19
Venue : Emirates Stadium
Date : Sunday, 10 March 2019
Kick-off : 4:30 PM BST
Arsenal suffered another major upset in the Europa League in midweek, this time against Ligue 1 side Rennes. This comes 3 weeks after the embarrassing defeat to BATE Borisov at Belarus. While the Gunners’ away form has been a disaster, their home form has been decent and luckily Arsenal host Man United at home. Man United on the other hand, are pretty much on the driving seat under Ole Gunnar Solskjær and they would be the last team anyone would want to face. The Red Devils gather momentum after an impressive 3-1 away win against Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain despite majority of key players injured and a bench full of youth players.
Arsenal are expected to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation while Man United are expected to line up in a 4-3-3/4-4-2 formation depending on the availability of certain players.
Lucas Torreira will serve the first of 3-match ban after receiving a red card for a tackle on Danny Rose in the dying moments of the draw against Tottenham last weekend.
Alexandre Lacazette and Sokratis are available for selection amid their respective Europa League bans.
Danny Welbeck, Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding remain long-term absentees.
Man United receive a boost as Anthony Martial is back is contention after recovering from a groin injury he suffered 3 weeks ago.
Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard remain injured while Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera face late fitness tests.
Phil Jones and Matteo Darmian remain dountful after suffering from illness and a knock respectively.
Arsenal and Man United have met on 53 occasions in the Premier League with the Red Devils being the dominant side with 24 wins. Arsenal have been victorious 13 times with 16 draws between the two sides.
The last time both sides met was in 15 December 2018 at the Old Trafford, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
Stats that matter
When a player is not playing well, the others have to make up for it and that’s what Alexandre Lacazette is doing for Arsenal. The Gunners have two world-class strikers in their squad and while PE Aubameyang is not in the best of form, Lacazette has stepped up his game and has scored 3 goals in his last 5 games, scoring a goal every 117 minutes. Another shout-out goes to Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has been the difference maker in midfield scoring 4 goals and 3 assist in his last 5 PL games, also having the highest goal involvement compared to other players of both teams.
For Man United, Romelu Lukaku is bagging goals like ‘a walk in the park’ scoring a brace in each of his last 3 games (in all competitions). When we talk Paul Pogba we talk about goals and assists. The Frenchman has been performing like a new signing under Ole Gunnar Solskjær scoring important goals for the Red Devils.
Arsenal last 5 matches (Premier League) : L/W/W/W/D
Man United last 5 matches (Premier League) : W/W/D/W/W
Arsenal have lost only one game in their last 5 outings (3-1 vs Man City) and have managed to score an impressive 11 goals in the same period. However, the Gunners defence looks sloppy, they managed to keep only one clean sheet despite facing three of the bottom ten teams while Man United have managed to keep three clean sheets in as many amount of games. Arsenal have also conceded double the goals compared to that of Man United in the same amount of games.
Man United are favorites ahead of this clash after an impressive win against PSG in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, while Arsenal suffered another away defeat in the Europa League against Rennes FC. Going into this clash, it is important to note that Man United have a number of injuries to key players and coming from a high intensity match at Paris in midweek, fatigue could play a part later in the game which could favor Arsenal. We expect this to be a cracker as a place in the top 4 is in stake for both sides.
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