Manchester United will travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsenal in the highlight clash of the Premier League this weekend. The Red Devils had a magnificent week, as they came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals. Arsenal meanwhile succumbed to a 3-1 loss against Rennes in their Europa League clash. Both sides will be in contrasting moods which should give way to an exciting match.
United beat PSG 3-1 at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg. Romelu Lukaku netted a brace, and Marcus Rashford scored a stoppage-time penalty to send them through to the next round. It was a glorious night for United, and the confidence will surely carry to the clash against Arsenal.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed his best night by far as a manager, but he still has a lot of injuries to deal with. He fielded a hugely weakened team in Paris, and despite the result, he must be looking closely at the treatment room. Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Juan Mata and many more are injured at this stage.
Some of them could be fit for the trip to Arsenal, which would help them massively. Paul Pogba was absent against PSG due to suspension, but he will be back in the Premier League. Martial is the closest to a return, and he could line up alongside Lukaku and Rashford in the attack.
Arsenal vs Manchester United Prediction
Arsenal’s European clash was at the other end of the spectrum. They were humbled by Rennes, in a game which turned after the dismissal of Sokratis Papastathopoulos before half-time. They have work to do before the second leg tie in London next week.
Alexandre Lacazette was another Frenchman who suspended in Europe, and he should return to the lineup to face United. Lucas Torreira is suspended though after he was sent off against Spurs last week. Henrikh Mkhitaryan could start in the right-back spot, as Unai Emery trusted him in the role against Rennes.
The clash at the Emirates will be a crucial one in the top-four race. United are fourth in the table with 58 points, and Arsenal are just one point behind them. Both of them are essentially fighting with Chelsea and Tottenham for two spots, which means that taking points off each other is all the more valuable.
Arsenal’s home record is bettered only by Manchester City, as the Gunners have just once on their turf. But their confidence is low, and the injuries and suspension don’t help their case. Solskjaer’s United have been brilliant in the Premier League, dropping points in just two games since his arrival.
This rivalry has been an intense one over the ages, especially in the reigns of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger. Even though neither is at the helm, the game will be a good watch. Arsenal’s defence is nowhere near perfect, and Lukaku and Rashford can continue their good run. The Gunners’ home record has been good, but United have enough on their side to hamper just that. We expect a good attacking game so place your bets on Total Goals.