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Arsenal vs Manchester United - Match Preview

02 Dec 2017 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Arsenal FC

  • L
  • W
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vs

Kick-off
17:30 GMT
02 December 2017

Manchester United

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W

Kick-off
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.

STATS

  • Arsenal are starting to pick up their form after a slow start and they have won all three of their last three league matches, the last was an emphatic 5-0 win over newly-promoted Huddersfield Town. However, the Gunners have already lost four games this campaign and find themselves with a mountain to climb if they are to get anywhere Man City at the top.
  • Manchester United started the season brilliantly but a few disappointing results have left them eight points behind their local rivals. Losses against Huddersfield and Chelsea in their last six league games have given Pep Guardiola’s side breathing space and they have allowed Arsenal and Chelsea to close their respective gaps.
  • Alexandre Lacazette has hit the ground running since his big-money move to Arsenal and with seven Premier League goals, he is Arsenal’s leading goal scorer.
  • Another summer signing who has scored a few goals is Romelu Lukaku, who has eight league goals and assists for Man United.

HEAD TO HEAD

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.

ARSENAL NEWS

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

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

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

SUMMARY

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.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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