Manchester United vs Arsenal: Preview

Manchester United vs Arsenal is one of the Premier League calendar’s most captivating fixtures every season.

The fixture really began to become one of the Premier League’s greatest rivalries when Arsene Wenger become the Arsenal manager because the Ferguson vs Wenger rivalry was one of the best managerial rivalries the game of football has ever seen.

Manchester United have had some very fond memories in this fixture, with one being their famous 8-2 humiliating win over Arsenal in the 2011/12 season at Old Trafford. Another famous win for United in this fixture is when they ended Arsenal’s 49-game unbeaten run in the league in the 2004/05 with a 2-0 win, also coming at the Theatre of Dreams.

The Red Devils and The Gunners both have not had the greatest of starts to the season as far as the Premier League is concerned. United are worse off than Arsenal in terms of the league table sitting at 15th place, with only 7 points from 5 games played. Arsenal sit just a few places above United on the table at 12th place with 9 points but have played 6 games.

Arsenal have lost their last 2 matches in the Premier League, both 1-0, one to Manchester City and the other to Leicester City. They have also recently lost Alexandre Lacazette to an injury on his left ankle. So, this begs the question will Mikel Arteta start Aubameyang through the middle or on the left wing where he has played the majority of the time for the Arsenal boss.

United have had slightly better form in their last 2 Premier League matches, with a 0-0 home draw against Chelsea and a 1-4 away win at Newcastle United. United also enjoyed a 5-0 thrashing home win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League this past Wednesday.

There will be some very interesting player matchups being displayed on the pitch on Sunday. One of those being Aaron Wan-Bissaka vs Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, should the Arsenal forward start on the left wing on Sunday. Aubameyang is one of the best forwards in the Premier League and definitely Arsenal’s most prolific player. So, it will be interesting to see how Wan-Bissaka handles him, because he himself has become one of the best 1v1 defenders in the world.

Another interesting matchup will be Marcus Rashford vs David Luiz. David Luiz has seemed to have found a bit of form again in Arsenal’s last few fixtures, so we will see how he handles the ever-present threat of Marcus Rashford, who enjoyed a 2nd half hattrick in midweek against RB Leipzig after coming on as a substitute.

Arsenal midfield vs Manchester United midfield. The Arsenal midfield clearly lacked a lot of creativity in their loss against Leicester City, whereas United’s midfield is stacked with creative players like Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek, to name a few. In my opinion, this is where the game will either be won or lost.

This weekend’s Manchester United vs Arsenal fixture promises to be an enticing one. Will one team come out victorious and 3 points to the good or will it end in a stalemate? We will have to wait and see on Sunday.

Simon Lotz
Manchester United Central staff writer.
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