Arsenal v Manchester United never seems to disappoint. With both teams aiming for a top-four finish, both sides will be confident of closing the gap on Tottenham Hotspur. Going into the game, Manchester United will feel they have the upper hand. Having already beaten Arsenal under Solskjaer and with the superior form.
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Arsenal’s Shaky Form
The game against Tottenham showed that Unai Emery can get the best out of his side, but the optimism around the performance disappeared on Thursday. Losing to a tenth-placed French team certainly surprised a few. After taking the lead, three goals for Rennes followed, which means Arsenal have it all to do in the second leg.
Arsenal fans will be hoping a more robust side will be on show at the Emirates, like the one that faced Tottenham and the one that beat Bournemouth 5-1. As impressive as United’s away form is Arsenal can boast that only Manchester City have obtained more points at home than them.
The Red Devils go into the game full of positivity. With ten players out, they managed to do the unthinkable and beat Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes. It was another away win to add to United’s ridiculous form away from home, having already beaten Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea.
While injuries have been a major problem recently. The likes of Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial are set to return. Jesse Lingard was pictured back in training although the Arsenal game may be too soon for his return. Should any of the above not start, Solskjaer can trust Fred, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira, who have been vital during this injury-ridden period.
You never know what you’re going to get in a big Premier League match. This game has the makings of a classic with both sides desperate for the points. Manchester United will probably stick to their usual game plan and attack Arsenal on the break, while Arsenal will need to rely on the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil to unlock United’s defence. Both teams have a shaky defence; if you’re a better, you should bet on goals for both sides but expect a cagey affair rather than a goal-scoring frenzy.
Prediction: Arsenal 1-2 Manchester United