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Manchester United vs Arsenal - Match Preview

29 Apr 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Manchester United

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Kick-off
15:30 GMT
29 April 2018

Arsenal FC

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  • W
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Kick-off
15:30 GMT 29 April 2018

This Sunday sees Arsene Wenger’s final meeting with Manchester United as Arsenal manager. It’s a fixture that is seen as one of English football’s most famous, especially when Sir Alex Ferguson was in the Red Devils’ technical area.

STATS

  • Man United have had a decent season as a 2nd-placed finish is almost secure, however their fans will be disappointed at the gap between them and Man City. Their league form has improved massively with six wins in their last seven, a home loss to West Brom was out of character and particularly embarrassing. Jose Mourinho’s side secured a place in the FA Cup final last time out with a 2-1 win over Tottenham in the semi-final.
  • Arsenal have written off their league campaign as they look to challenge for the Europa League trophy, which is currently held by Sunday’s opponents. They’ve actually won four of their last five in the Premier League despite the focus being switched to their European exploits. However, their hopes of Wenger’s first continental trophy took a massive blow as they could only manage a 1-1 draw against 10-man Atletico at the Emirates.
  • Romelu Lukaku’s debut season at Old Trafford hasn’t been too bad and with 16 league goals, he is United’s leading scorer.
  • Alexandre Lacazette isn’t far behind in his first campaign in England with 13 league goals.

HEAD TO HEAD

This game is known worldwide as one of the greats and it often produces fireworks. Both sides have won two of the last five league meetings and it was Man United who took the points earlier in the season in North London. A Jesse Lingard brace inspired them to a 3-1 win in December. Both teams have scored in six of the last eight fixtures in all competitions with just two draws in that time.

MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS

A win for the hosts would make it hard for Liverpool or Tottenham to catch them in 2nd and it would also help to stop Man City from breaking even more records. Antonio Valencia has returned from a knock he sustained last week so there are no injury problems for United.

Latest matches: Manchester United

21.04.2018 FA C Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur 2:1 W
18.04.2018 Prem Bournemouth AFC Manchester United 0:2 W
15.04.2018 Prem Manchester United West Bromwich Albion 0:1 L
07.04.2018 Prem Manchester City Manchester United 2:3 W
31.03.2018 Prem Manchester United Swansea City 2:0 W

ARSENAL NEWS

There’s nothing left for Arsenal to fight for in the league so a whole host of changes are expected ahead of their second leg on Thursday. Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla are out while Henrikh Mkhitaryan might not be risked. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied in Europe meaning he will definitely feature on Sunday.

Latest matches: Arsenal FC

26.04.2018 UEFA Arsenal FC Atletico Madrid 1:1 D
22.04.2018 Prem Arsenal FC West Ham United 4:1 W
15.04.2018 Prem Newcastle United Arsenal FC 2:1 L
12.04.2018 UEFA CSKA Moscow Arsenal FC 2:2 D
08.04.2018 Prem Arsenal FC Southampton FC 3:2 W

SUMMARY

Although Arsene Wenger will be desperate to silence the Old Trafford crowd in his final fixture there, it is Man United who are big favourites. Arsenal’s involvement in the Europa League makes it hard to prioritise this match and the Red Devils will be hoping to send Wenger home with no points for the last time.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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