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Two of the title challengers to play in the 8th round

Last updated: October 2, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWWLL
Away form: WWWLW
Last season: 1-2
Referee: A. Taylor
Competition: The Premier League

Arsenal are to host Manchester United in the 8th round of The English Premier League in a classic clash. The Gunners have been performing well in The Premiership so far but this is on account of their participation in The Champions League. Arsenal lost twice in the group stage of the most prestigious tournament to teams which are considered as modest (Dinamo Zagreb and Olympiakos). The question is whether The Gunners can shrug off the disappointment from their recent failure.

The Red Devils finally started to show what they really can do; they achieved 5 league victories and one draw, occupying first place in the standings. This is their first real test since the start of the season. United are not as dominant when playing away as they are at Old Traford. The Red Devils have lost two from their last three away games.

Louis van Gaal hopes his player’s form can remain at the same level and his team can take valuable points from visiting an inhospitable stadium like The Emirates. His new signing Anthony Martial proved his qualities immediately; after arriving at Old Traford he started scoring goals. In addition, Wayne Ronney showed he is now in good shape.


Team News

Alexis Sanchez finally found the back of the net in The Premier League last weekend when Arsenal visited The King Power Stadium. Alexis totally outplayed The Foxes’ defenders, scoring a hat-trick and helping his team beat Leicester 5-2.

Louis van Gaal has problems in picking his defensive line up; three of his defenders are injured. Luke Shaw broke his leg against PSV Eindhoven in The Champions League. Rojo is suffering from a hamstring injury. McNair has also received an injury and will be sidelined.

Mikel Arteta has recently sustained an injury and is unavailable for the derby against Manchester United. Flamini is suffering from a hamstring injury and misses the match.

Long-term injured for The Gunners are Jack Wilshere (fibula fracture), Danny Welbeck (knee injury) and Tomas Rosicky (knee injury).

Quotes of the week

arsenen wenger from arsenal Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) : “I do not have to sit here and give you any explanation about every decision I make.”

louis van gaal Louis van Gaal (Manchester United) : “We still have to improve to win the Premier League or Champions League.”


Expected line-ups:

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Arsenal (4-1-4-1): Cech, Bellerin, Monreal, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Coquelin, Oezil, Sanchez, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott.
Subs Ospina, Gibbs, Chambers, Debuchy, Cazorla, Campbell, Giroud
Injured: Rosicky, Wilshere, Welbeck, Flamini, Arteta
Doubtful:
Not available:
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Man United (4-3-3): De Gea, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Valencia, Martial, Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Rooney.
Subs Romero, Young, Fellaini, Jones, Pereira, Carrick, Herrera
Injured: Shaw, Rojo, McNair
Doubtful:
Not available:

Key Battle

Alexis Sanchez this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
6 (1) 527 3 5,4 0 1 0 0
Juan Mata this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
7 585 3 2,6 3 1 1 0

So far this season

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Arsenal this season Manchester United this season
4 League Position 1
1 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
5-2 vs Leicester Biggest win 3-0 vs Sunderland
1 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (0)
1 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (1)
0-2 to West Ham and Chelsea Biggest Defeat 1-2 to Swansea
Sanchez, Giroud (3) Top scorer Mata, Martial (3)
Oezil (3) Assist Leader Mata (3)
Y8, R2 Discipline Y9, R0
3 Failures to score 1
3 Clean Sheets 4
2 Both Teams to Score Games 3
2 Over 2.5 Games 4
5 Under 2.5 Games 3
  • The last match between these two teams was played on 17 May 2015 at Old Traford when the game finished with a 1-1 draw.
  • Last Arsenal home victory against Manchester United was four years ago when The Gunners won 1-0. The only goal in the match was scored by Aaron Ramsey in the 56th minute.
  • Both teams have met 180 times in total. There has been 61 Arsenal’s victories, 42 draws and 77 Manchester United wins. The Gunners have won 46 times at home.
  • Arsenal have won just once at home so far. The Gunners beat Stoke City 2-0; so they play better when they are away from home.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
17/05/15 The Premier League Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal Herrera 30′
09/03/15 The FA Cup Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal Monreal 25′
22/11/14 The Premier League Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United Gibbs (OG) 56′
12/02/14 The Premier League Arsenal 0-0 Manchester United
10/11/13 The Premier League Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal van Persie 27′