2019-20 Premier League: Week Seven – Manchester United vs Arsenal

Manchester United welcome Arsenal to Old Trafford in a blockbuster Monday Night Football clash to conclude this weekend’s Premier League action.

Victory will take the Red Devils up to sixth whilst Arsenal can go into the top four with at least one point from this encounter. 

 

Team news

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Luke Shaw could be available for Manchester United for the first time in over a month, after recovering from a hamstring injury, whilst Paul Pogba is a doubt with a knock picked up in their midweek Carabao Cup win over Rochdale.

Angel Gomes and Diogo Dalot are ruled out with undisclosed injuries alongside Marcus Rashford (groin) but all three could potentially return in the next week against either AZ Alkmaar or Newcastle.

Phil Jones (undisclosed) and Anthony Martial (thigh) won’t be available until after the October international break, whilst Eric Bailly and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are out with long-term knee injuries.

Arsenal could have Konstantinos Mavropanos available if the defender can prove his fitness.

Alexandre Lacazette (ankle) and Emile Smith Rowe (head) are both ruled out until after next month’s international break.

 

Form

Man United have been inconsistent with two wins, draws and losses apiece but have scored in five of their six league games, with Mason Greenwood scoring in two of their last three in all competitions. 

Arsenal are in similar form but have lost just once as they are winless in their last two domestic away games, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in his last three league outings. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Manchester United are unbeaten in four of their last five meetings with Arsenal (W3, D1, L1).
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in both of Arsenal’s last two meetings with Man Utd, although both goals came at the Emirates Stadium. 
  • Man Utd have lost just one of their last 16 meetings with Arsenal at Old Trafford (W11, D4, L1). 
  • Coming into this weekend, Bernd Leno has made 29 saves for Arsenal in six games this season which is more than any other goalkeeper in the top flight.
  • Neither Man Utd nor Arsenal are yet to have scored a headed goal this season.

 

Prediction

This is a tough test for Man Utd who currently seem to lack the confidence to put away chances despite several great build-ups in play, which is compounded by the fact that they have only mustered one goal in six of their last seven matches in all competitions. 

Arsenal meanwhile are going well in terms of attack but can’t stop conceding silly goals in the league, which is costing them in terms of goal difference and a possible title challenge.

We therefore should see a good game here but Arsenal are in a much stronger position in terms of ability, which should comfortably see them win here.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-3 Arsenal 

Result: Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal

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