Manchester United, like every other game now, have to win this game

Last updated: November 30, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 17:30
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
Coverage: Radio 5Live
Home Team Form: WLWWW
Away Team Form: WLWWW
Last Meeting: Arsenal 2 – 0 Man United
Competition: Premier League

Arsenal vs. Manchester United has always been a highlight of the footballing calendar. Although neither side maintains the same glory as during their title winning days, the fixture still fills any football fan with delicious anticipation. United are looking to put pressure on the unstoppable City and Arsenal are looking to get as far ahead of Spurs as possible. Expect all the flair and fireworks of a derby match.

This is a must win game for Mourinho. Then again, every game is a must win game now. The other team in Manchester are simply that good. For twenty minutes it looked like City would finally drop points on Wednesday, but Sterling, with the calmness of a Barcelona player, guided in a great goal with the last shot of the game. With City refusing to drop points, United must be brave. No more 0-0 draws (like against Liverpool) will do.

This means Lukaku quickly returning to form. One unbelievable statistic is that Wayne Rooney (balding, 32 years old) is only one goal behind the Belgian, despite his valuation of £75 million. At least Ashley Young, of all people, has been a revelation recently, with two great goals against Watford. One suspects he will start this Saturday alongside key players such as Martial and Ibrahimović.

Arsenal have every reason to believe they can win this. They have a strong track record against Manchester United, and put in a blistering performance against Huddersfield on Wednesday, dispatching them 5-0. They need not fear the exit of Lacazette, as Özil has finally learned how to run, and Ramsey seems to find space no one else can see. Giroud and Sánchez should be well served. They won’t get five – but they should get on the scoresheet this weekend.

This narrative makes it a hard one to call. United know they can’t lose or draw this game but face an Arsenal side that has really landed on its feet. If Lukaku doesn’t turn up, they will find it hard to win this game.

Team News

Lacazette won’t be here this weekend, after securing a groin injury during the match against Huddersfield

Doubts about Cazorla have been compounded recently after news emerged that he needs more surgery on his ankle

Ibrahimović is likely to continue his late-career flowering with a one year contract extension being discussed with the Red Devils.

It looks like Daley Blind will leave Manchester United at the end of the summer, with Inter Milan looking to buy him

Expected Line-Ups:

Arsenal (4-3-3): Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Bellerin; Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Özil, Sánchez, Giroud
Subs: Debuchy, Iwobi, Walcott, Wilshere, Welbeck, El Neny, Macey
Injured: Lacazette, Cazorla
Not available:
Man United (4-3-3): de Gea; A Valencia, Lindelöf, Smalling, Young; Pogba, Matic, Mata; Rashford, Ibrahimović, Lukaku
Subs: Rojo, Rashford, Romero, Herrera, Mkhitaryan, Lingard, McTominay
Injured: Jones, Carrick
Doubtful: Matic, Fellaini, Bailly
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Arsenal So Far This Season Man United So Far This Season
4th League Position 2nd
9 (2) Wins (away) 10 (3)
5 – 0 vs. Huddersfield Biggest Win 4 – 0 vs. Crystal Palace
1 (1) Draws (away) 2 (2)
0 – 4 vs Liverpool Biggest Defeat 1 – 2 vs Huddersfield

Lacazette (7) Top Goal Scorer Lukaku (8)
Y19, R0 Discipline Y19, R0
3 Failures to Score 2
7 Clean Sheets 9
36%% Both Teams to Score Games 29%
57%% Over 2.5 Goals 57%%
43% Under 2.5 Goals 43%
  • Arsenal have been better at this fixture recently, with 2 wins and 2 draws against United in the past five games.
  • The statistics between both teams are quite interesting. Despite both having over 2.5 goals 57% of the team, the chance of both teams to score is 36% for Arsenal and 29% for Manchester United
  • Arsenal are currently four points ahead of Tottenham. A win could also catapult them ahead of Chelsea, who are just one point ahead.
  • Despite 10 wins in 14 games, Manchester United are eight behind below City. The title race is quite dull at the moment.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
07/05/2017 Arsenal 2 – 0 Manchester United Premier League Xhaka 54′
19/11/2016 Manchester United 1 – 1 Arsenal Premier League Mata 68′
28/02/2016 Manchester United 3 – 2 Arsenal Premier League Rashford 29′
04/10/2015 Arsenal 3 – 0 Manchester United Premier League Sánchez 6′
17/05/2015 Manchester United 1 – 1 Arsenal Premier League Herrera 30′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Arsenal will fancy themselves for this game, but Manchester United will be robust in defense and attack, leading me to conclude this could be a game with goals galore. The odds for Arsenal are slightly more favourite at William Hill at 6/4, while Manchester United have odds of 9/5. Arsenal’s perfect win record at home, along with United’s weakened defence and chance of Matic missing out, means that Arsenal have the edge. We fancy Arsenal to maintain their perfect home record and will be going with an Arsenal draw no bet therefore.