Arsenal entertain Man Utd in a fascinating match up this Sunday

Last updated: March 8, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 12:30
Venue: Emirates Stadium
Coverage: BT Sport
Home Form: DWWWL
Away Form: WWDWW
Last Meeting: Arsenal 1 – 3 Man Utd
Competition: EPL

After an epic comeback at the Parc des Princes putting Manchester United through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, confidence will be high as they battle it out at the Emirates Stadium against Arsenal in the Premier League. With both clubs having a short preperation period for this match, and with ever-growing injury lists, this has all the makings of a fascinating fixture.

The Gunners were incredibly unlucky in their previous fixture in the league against Tottenham. Conceding a controversial penalty toward the end of the match, and then Aubameyang missing a last-minute penalty was incredibly hard for them to take. But there were positives. Ramsey put in a huge performance, covering ground efficiently in the centre of the pitch, and providing link-up play with Iwobi and Mkhitaryan. The defensive resilience of Arsenal is plain to see, and the return of Sokratis has been absolutely pivotal in their recent run of form. But questions still loom, Arsenal sit on the brink of the Champions League qualification places, and with the high expectations of the Arsenal board, Unai Emery will know that anything less than a win is unacceptable this Sunday.

Manchester United have been reformed under the leadership of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. There seems to be a newly found confidence in the United players, with passes a lot surer, defence more organised and the attacking play more fluid, it is the start of a new era at Old Trafford. The permanent appointment of Solskjaer seems to be a mere formality from this point. After an amazing night in Paris all but confirming the impact that his skilful leadership has had. The penalty taken by Marcus Rashford in the final minutes was rifled into the top-middle of the goal. The composure of such a young player to strike a ball like that, with all the pressure of that moment, is surely a sign of the aurora that Solksjaer is giving these players.

It won’t be an easy fixture for United. They are missing some key personnel, and Arsenal is at full strength and also in a run of good form. Previous results between these two sides indicate a United dominance, but there are many variables to consider that means looking back at previous meetings seems like a detrimental way to predict the outcome of this match.

Team News

Manchester United have a long list of injuries, with roughly 9 players unavailable, compared to just 3 for Arsenal.

Hector Bellerin is a big ommission for Arsenal, with the right-back position being temporarily filled by Mustafi.

Former Arsenal hero, Alexis Sanchez won’t be available for selection this Sunday as he is dealing with a knee injury.

Jesse Lingard came off the bench and was substituted about 15 mins later in their previous home-tie against Liverpool, he remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Leno, Sokratis, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Xhaka, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Iwobi, Aubameyang
Subs: Cech, Maitland-Niles, Monreal, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Guendouzi, Nketiah
Injured: Holding, Welbeck, Bellerin, Lichsteiner
Not available:
Man Utd (4-3-3): Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic, Pedro, Hazard, Willian
Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Emerson, Barkley, Ampadu, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi
Injured: Morata, Loftus-Cheek
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Arsenal This Season Manchester United This Season
5th League Position 4th
17 (5) Wins (away) 17 (9)
5 – 1 v Fulham (A) Biggest Win 5 – 1 v Cardiff (A)
6 (4) Draws (away) 7 (2)
1 – 5 v Liverpool (A) Biggest Defeat 1 – 3 v West Ham (A)
Aubameyang (16) Top Goal Scorer Lukaku (12)
Y50, R1 Discipline Y57, R3
2 Failures to Score 3
17% Clean Sheets 24%
77.27% Both Teams to Score Games 50.00%
62.07% Over 2.5 Goals 75.86%
37.93% Under 2.5 Goals 24.14%
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s top scorer with 16 goals. Romelu Lukaku has scored 12 times for Man Utd.
  • Arsenal haven’t lost in their last 4 games.
  • Arsenal’s home record this season: 12-2-1.
  • Man Utd and Arsenal both remain in European cup competitions.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
25/01/2019 FA Cup Arsenal 1 – 3 Man Utd Sanchez 31′
05/12/2018 EPL Man Utd 2 – 2 Arsenal Mustafi 26′
29/04/2018 EPL Cup Man Utd 2 – 1 Arsenal Pogba 16′
02/12/2017 EPL Arsenal 1 – 3 Man Utd Valencia 4′
07/05/2017 EPL Arsenal 2 – 0 Man Utd Xhaka 54′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

This game is a very difficult one to call. Not only are both teams evenly matched on paper, but there are missing players and European campaigns effecting the balance of this tie. With that being said, Arsenal might be more motivated and ready, if they can get the home crowd behind them early, we can see them nicking this one. Take Arsenal to win at 11/8 with bet365.