17:30 GMT 02 December 2017
As the 2017/18 Premier League season gets ever closer to the highly-anticipated busy Christmas schedule, in matchweek 15, there is a huge clash of the Titans. One of the biggest fixtures in Europe returns as Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates in Saturday’s last kick-off. The hosts are 4th while the visitors are 2nd behind Manchester City but there are only four points separating United and Arsenal, a gap that could be reduced to just one with a home win.
Man United have struggled in their last few league meetings with Arsenal. Arsene Wenger’s side have won two of the last five league fixtures with the Red Devils winning just one, back when Marcus Rashford burst onto the scene with two goals. The most recent top-flight meeting between the sides ended 2-0 to Arsenal in May as goals from Granit Xhaka and Danny Welbeck sent the Emirates into pandemonium. Both teams have scored in three of the last five matches so there hasn’t been too much entertainment in the way of goals recently.
Three points for Arsenal in this one would put them back amongst it in the top four but it won’t be easy against a strong Man United side. This won’t be made any easier without their talisman Lacazette after he was ruled out for the match and Arsenal fans received some bad news this week as Santi Cazorla’s injury got set back even further.
Latest matches: Arsenal FC
|29.11.2017||Prem||Arsenal FC||Huddersfield Town||5:0||W|
|26.11.2017||Prem||Burnley FC||Arsenal FC||0:1||W|
|23.11.2017||UEFA||1 FC Cologne||Arsenal FC||1:0||L|
|18.11.2017||Prem||Arsenal FC||Tottenham Hotspur||2:0||W|
|05.11.2017||Prem||Manchester City||Arsenal FC||3:1||L|
If Man United win and Man City fail to beat West Ham(which is highly unlikely), the gap will be reduced significantly but they shouldn’t get their hopes up. Nemanja Matic and Eric Bailly will have late fitness tests with both being major doubts. Michael Carrick, Phil Jones and Marouane Fellaini will all miss out.
Latest matches: Manchester United
|28.11.2017||Prem||Watford FC||Manchester United||2:4||W|
|25.11.2017||Prem||Manchester United||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||1:0||W|
|22.11.2017||UEFA||FC Basel||Manchester United||1:0||L|
|18.11.2017||Prem||Manchester United||Newcastle United||4:1||W|
|05.11.2017||Prem||Chelsea FC||Manchester United||1:0||L|
Fixtures between Arsenal and Manchester United are always so hard to predict and this is one is harder than most in recent seasons. Both teams are playing well but with home advantage, Arsenal are very slight favourites despite being without Lacazette. United are expected to set up very defensively which will suit the Gunner’s possession-based football but they will have to be wary of counter-attacks from Jose Mourinho’s side. Either side could take the three points and I think it will be decided by a single goal.
02 December 2017 - 17:30 GMT
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