Table-toppers Arsenal host third-placed Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon in an effort to exact revenge on the only team to have defeated them in the Premier League this year.
With a victory in front of their devoted supporters, the Gunners can increase their lead over Erik ten Hag’s team by 11 points, while the visitors try to keep Manchester City in reach.
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Arsenal vs Manchester United Prediction
Even though Ramsdale had to save Arsenal several times in the North London derby this season, they have frequently struggled to close the back door at the Emirates. Arsenal’s flawless defensive record may still stand in 2023.
It is still challenging to identify a weak link in this dynamic young team, and with Man United operating without Casemiro as their primary midfield enforcer, we can only imagine the Gunners passing yet another test of their title credentials.
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After winning man-of-the-match honors in the North London derby, Aaron Ramsdale was given a kick in the back by a fan. If Arsenal keeps destroying nearly every opponent in their way, one can anticipate Ramsdale using wind-up merchant tactics in front of the Man United end.
A 35-year-old man has since been charged with assault in connection with the incident. Hugo Lloris’ own goal and a superb Martin Odegaard effort were just rewards for a thoroughly dominant Arsenal performance at the same end of the field in the first half. Ramsdale made a number of key saves against Tottenham Hotspur before being targeted by a spectator.
The situation for Mikel Arteta’s team might have been even better had Thomas Partey’s spectacular volley hit the woodwork as opposed to the net, but another victory in the Premier League increased Arsenal’s lead at the top to eight points following Manchester City’s derby loss to Manchester United.
Arsenal, who now have a game in hand on the champions, is on the verge of breaking the 50-point barrier at the halfway point, which would put them on course to match Man City’s centurions of 2017–18. However, that gap has been reduced back down to five after City recorded their own win over Spurs.
Arsenal is answering nearly every test that has been put to them and is unbeaten in their last 12 top-flight games, winning 10 of them, while rival supporters enjoy pointing out that there is still a lot of Premier League season left.
Arsenal’s 10-game winning streak may have been snapped by Newcastle United at the Emirates earlier this month, but the Gunners have not given up a goal since the start of the year, and they have all the drive they need to make up for their defeat at Old Trafford.
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As Ten Hag’s team missed the opportunity to temporarily move up to second in the rankings with a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Wednesday night, the Red Devils supporters would have likely displayed more emotion than Michael Olise did after his incredible free kick.
Bruno Fernandes’ curling goal gave the Red Devils the lead just before halftime thanks to an exquisite Christian Eriksen-Fernandes partnership. However, a scorching Olise free kick that was headed in during second-half stoppage time was stopped from giving Man United their 10th straight victory across all competitions.
Man United, who is currently enjoying third place while Ten Hag works his magic, has a nine-point deficit to make up to Arsenal and a three-point deficit to make up to Man City, whose significantly better goal differential should keep them safe in second place for the time being.
If Newcastle succeeds in beating Palace away from home, the Red Devils may drop to fourth by the time that Sunday comes around, but a 16-game scoring streak gives reason for hope before a trip to North London.
Man United have not failed to score away from home in the league since being trounced 4-0 by Brentford in August, and only two of their nine away games since then have resulted in a loss. However, they have only kept one clean sheet away from home since October.
Although it has since been reported that VAR erred in disallowing Gabriel Martinelli’s goal for a foul on Eriksen by Odegaard, Man United exposed the weaknesses of a young Arsenal team with a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford in September, and Arteta orchestrated victory over the Red Devils by the same scoreline at the Emirates last season.
Arsenal vs Manchester United Team News
The Arsenal lineup will decide itself if they survive the North London derby, with Ramsdale remaining unharmed despite being the target of a despicable fan attack and Gabriel Jesus still expected to miss several weeks of action with a knee injury.
While Mohamed Elneny and Cedric Soares will both need to be evaluated after picking up injuries, their chances of starting this game were already slim, Reiss Nelson is also unlikely to recover from a hamstring problem in time for Sunday.
Bukayo Saka would join the esteemed Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg as the only other Arsenal players to score in three straight league games against Man United with another goal.
Leandro Trossard’s transfer from Brighton & Hove Albion has now been officially announced by the Gunners, and given that he was registered before Friday at 12 p.m., they are “hopeful” that he can make his debut here.
Casemiro’s cynical scything down of Wilfried Zaha at Selhurst Park earned him his fifth caution of the year and a suspension for this pivotal match. The Man United fanbase was incensed.
As a result, Fred should move in to partner Eriksen in the middle, while Jadon Sancho, who had been on an individual program, has resumed training but is not likely to be given the starting role just yet.
While Axel Tuanzebe and Donny van de Beek are still out, Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial’s problems will also need to be evaluated. Jack Butland will be back on the bench after missing the match against his parent club.
Marcus Rashford, who has four goals and four assists from 10 league starts against the Gunners, will be forced to the wide position if Martial is not deemed healthy enough to play. Burnley loanee Wout Weghorst will get another chance to start.
Possible Arsenal vs Manchester United Starting Lineups
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