Manchester United Vs Arsenal: Another important week in the English Premier League and another important fixture, Manchester United host Arsenal at the Theatre of Dreams. The Red Devils aim to end their winless streak of two games and the Gunners want to win the game to keep their Title hopes alive.
Manchester United Vs Arsenal – Match Preview
Manchester United progressed to the next stage in the UEFA Europa League by thumping Midtjylland by 5-1 in midweek. In the League, the Red Devils are inconsistent throughout this year, positioning 5th in the table with 41 points, only a point ahead of Southampton and West Ham United who are in 6th and 7th positions respectively.
Arsenal sit Third in the Premier League points table by only by goal difference to fellow Londoners Tottenham Hotspur. A win at Old Trafford will push Arsenal to the top of the table provided Leicester City and Tottenham lose points.
Current Form and Performances of Manchester United
United had a mixed February this year, winning just 2 of their 5 games in all competitions this month. In the League, the Red Devils have won only 5 games in their last 15 fixtures, losing 5 and drawing the rest.
On a positive note, club captain Wayne Rooney has found his lost form back in the last months has formed a brilliant partnership with youngsters Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
Antonio Valencia, Marouane Fellaini, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling Ashley Young, Bastian Schweinsteiger are all long-term absentees for Louis van Gaal. Rooney also suffered a knock lately and will not feature against Arsenal.
David De Gea, Paddy McNair, Daley Blind, Riley, Guillermo Varela, Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Memphis Depay, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford.
Current Form and Performances of Arsenal
The Gunners are enjoying their best season in the recent past who are one of the favorites to win the English Premier League this season, thanks to Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez whose brilliant form this season. Arsenal lost only 2 league games in the last three months, winning 8 out of the 12 games they played.
Though the Gunners’ form in other competitions such as the FA Cup, champions League are questionable, they are doing good in the Premier League which is their first priority.
Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlin and Thomas Rosicky will all be missed out for the Gunners.
Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Per Mertesacker, Koscielny, Nacho Monreal, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez.
Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard
In the absence of Rooney and Martial, the forward department’s responsibility will be handed over to these two young graduates from the United Academy. Juan Mata will provide them firm support but the tie will be decided how these two will handle the experienced Arsenal defenders.
Mesut Ozil and Danny Welbeck
Ozil will be the center of Arsenal’s creative force but the Gunner need former United player Welbeck to notch some goals if they want to win the tie.
Arsenal’s defensive woes and lack of quality in finishing may hurt them but they will have the upper hand in the game due to their well-organised midfield. United may struggle to keep Arsenal at bay and will once against be over reliant on Goal Keeper David de Gea.