Preview: Arsenal – Manchester United

If the Red Devils beat Crystal Palace in the last match in midweek, this match could revive the title race. By getting back to within 6 points of the Gunners (with one more game to play, of course) and winning on Sunday, we could start dreaming again. But that draw against the Eagles, Man United’s first misstep in more than two months, allowed Manchester City to restore their three-point lead as the Citizens won their games late on.

However, the key word for this weekend does not change: win. Face to face with the leader. To move forward. It will be complicated, but not impossible for the so-called Manchester United. Indeed, only one team has managed to beat Arsenal in the league this season: us. It was early September and twice Antony and Marcus Rashford had given the Gunners no chance at Old Trafford.

So why not achieve this feat again, this time in London?

On the effective side, Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial are still uncertain. Jadon Sancho has returned to training with the team this week but still looks a little tight to continue, especially in such an important game after so many trips. The biggest blow is Casemiro’s absence. The Brazilian, who was warned against Sarah, will be excluded from this match. When asked: “Can we beat Arsenal without Casemiro,” ten Hag was clear. We did it once, we can do it again. Casemiro had just arrived at the club in the first game and came on late in the game. Our new striker Wout Wegorst made his debut against Crystal Palace on Tuesday in place of Antony Martial and his manager was positive despite admitting it will take some time for him to return to the Premier League.

Arsenal have had a flawless season. After years of wandering, the Gunners found the level and the desire, and Mikel Arteta’s work really started to pay off. Firm leaders Arsenal, who we thought would struggle a bit after Gabriel Jesus’ injury (not for 3 months) during the World Cup, didn’t slow down even with the Gunners dropping two points on the road against Newcastle. the very beginning of the year. Last weekend’s 2-0 win over Tottenham cemented their lead at the top of the Championship, leaving them five points ahead of Man City (with a game in hand).

On the manpower side, in addition to the unknowns of Gabriel Jesus and Reiss Nelsson, only midfielder Mohamed Elneny remains uncertain. The Gunners rallied on the offensive side and registered the arrival of Belgian Leandro Trossard from Brighton. The latter could debut on Sunday.

Objective victory of “Red Devils” against the leader! A success that confirms last weekend’s Manchester derby win and the great work the team has done in recent weeks.

Manchester United

None: Axel Tuanzebe (DC), Casemiro (MD, suspended), Donny van de Beek (MC, knee).

Uncertain: Diogo Dalot (ArD), Jadon Sancho (AiG), Anthony Martial (AC).

Possible composition (4-2-3-1): De Gea, Shaw, Martinez, Varane, Van-Bissaka, Fred, Eriksen, Rashford, Fernandes, Antony, Wegorst.

Trainer: Erik ten Haag.

League statistics: 3rd, 39 points, 19 MJ (12V 3N 4D), GA +8 (30-22).
MJ = matches played (VND = wins – draws – losses) / GA = average goals (BP-BC = goals for – goals against)

Current form: VVVVN.

Arsenal

None: Reiss Nelson (Assist), Gabriel Jesus (AC).

Uncertain: Mohamed Elneny (MD).

Possible composition (4-3-3): Ramsdale, Zinchenko, Magalhaes, Saliba, White, Xhaka, Partey, Odegaard, Martinelli, Nketiah, Saka.

Trainer: Mikel Arteta.

League statistics: 1st, 47 points, 18 MJ (15V 2N 1D), GA +28 (42-14).
MJ = matches played (VND = wins – draws – losses) / GA = average goals (BP-BC = goals for – goals against)

Current form: VVNVV.

Judges

Center referee: Anthony Taylor. Wizards: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn. Fourth referee: Andre Mariner. HAVE: Michael Salisbury. Assistant VAR: Dan Robathan.

Where can I watch the game?

The match should be broadcast in France Channel+ and continues Sky Sports Great Britain.

Recent clashes

  • 2022-2023: MUN 3−1 AR
  • 2021-2022: MUN 3−2 ARS, ARS 3-1 MUN
  • 2020-2021: MUN 0-1 ARSARS 0-0 MUN

At Arsenal:

  • Manchester United’s last win: 25 January 2019 (3-1)
  • Last draw: 30 January 2021 (0-0)
  • Last opponent win: 23 April 2022 (3-1)

A look at the competitors

Saturday, January 21: “Liverpool” 0:0 “Chelsea”, “West Ham” – “Everton” (16:00), “Bournemouth” – “Nottingham Forest” (16:00), “Leicester” – “Brighton” (16:00) , “Southampton” – “Aston Villa” (16:00), “Crystal Palace” – “Newcastle” (18:30)

Sunday, January 22: Manchester City – Wolverhampton (15:00), Leeds – Brentford (15:00)

Monday, January 23: Fulham – Tottenham (21:00)

In the video

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