Arsenal V Manchester United
Saturday 22nd November. 5:30PM. Sky Sports 1
All eyes will be turned to the Emirates on Saturday evening as the headline fixture from this weekend’s Premier League offering sees giants Arsenal and Manchester United do battle.
Whilst neither side is quite living up to their heroics of yesteryear this term, this is still a monumental moment in the football calendar and this meeting promises to be yet another explosive affair.
We could be in for a classic.
Arsenal Gunning For Glory
Arsene Wenger’s men suffered a difficult spell prior to the international break but the north Londoners will be hopeful of getting their season back on track with a crucial win against their old rivals.
The Gunners have been scoring plenty of goals in recent weeks, though, and the partnership of new duo Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck will please the Emirates faithful. If they can link up with the likes of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, there is no reason they can’t experience plenty of joy from Saturday’s showdown.
Whilst it has been a tumultuous start to the campaign, Arsenal enter the weekend’s schedule just one point below the top four and victory here could be a springboard for future success. Their incentive to do well in this encounter could scarcely be greater and the midweek form of those international stars could play a vital role.
Saturday’s clash won’t be easy but Wenger’s men will be fully focused. They should have a great chance of grabbing the three points.
Red Devils Suffering Hellish Injury Problems
A difficult start to life at Old Trafford has been made no easier for manager Louis van Gaal as he prepares for the trip to London with an entire team absent through injury.
The withdrawal of David De Gea could be crucial and Anders Lindegaard will need to put in a big performance if the visitors are to take anything from this clash. United will be forced into fielding a relatively inexperienced back four, with Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair both set to start, and that is one area that Arsenal will be determined to put under severe threat.
Manchester United can at least look to their recent dominance of the rivalry for inspiration. The Red Devils haven’t lost in five head-to-head meetings, losing just one in the last 14 in total. However, despite that record, you simply cannot overlook the notable absences for a depleted Red Devils.
Had this contest been at Old Trafford, Van Gaal’s side would still be extremely confident. With it being at the Emirates, though, the stuttering visitors could be in for a difficult evening.
Arsenal V Manchester United Betting
Bookmaker Bet365 have made Arsenal the 6/5 favourites for Saturday’s showdown, whilst Manchester United can be backed at 11/5. The draw, meanwhile, is priced 12/5.
Whilst the headlines will inevitably be dominated by the omissions, there are two players who could be set to steal the spotlight against their former employers.
Ex-Arsenal star Robin van Persie should be prepared for a hostile reception and will be eager to help Manchester United to victory, However, on this occasion, we think former Red Devil Danny Welbeck can have the bigger impact.
Welbeck has been in great form for club and country since making a deadline day switch to London. Expect the striker to haunt his former club here.
Neither side has been particularly reliable this term and we think that both defences could be under immense pressure throughout, leading to goals at either end.
However, the circumstances surrounding team selections means that we have to lean towards a home win. At 3/1, this has to be worth a small punt.