Manchester United vs Arsenal: Arsenal have a task cut out against Manchester United as they hope for a victory.
Arsenal will prepare to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday. It has been an average start for both the clubs, with the hosts and visitors sitting on 8 and 11 points respectively.
A victory would elevate the Gunners to the third spot, and Unai Emery will be hoping to bring his horrendous top six record on road to a conclusion against the injury-plagued Manchester United side. In the reverse fixture last year, United’s old boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the equalizer to hold the Red Devils to a 2-2 draw.
It has not been a calamitous start by any means for Arsenal, but there’s still room for improvement to develop. Reminiscent to last season, the Gunners are susceptible in the defensive department of the game, but they have racked up goals at the other end by outscoring the opposition.
Since the hosts are hapless with multiple injuries, Arsenal are the favourites. To validate this point, we shall look at three reasons why Arsenal could defeat the Red Devils on Monday.
#3 Gunners likely to win midfield battle
Unai Emery sticks with experienced midfield for a big away clash. The Spaniard will deploy Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, and Dani Ceballos in the midfield department.
The Gunners midfield doesn’t sound much promising, but the hosts will be without Paul Pogba. The Frenchman has been blowing hot and cold in his second stint as Red Devils player. However, his talent cannot be questioned as he has shown glimpses in these three seasons.
Solskjaer wants his midfielders to work hard, while Unai Emery sets up his midfielders to move the ball fastly as they build up attacks from the back. Matteo Guendouzi is an excellent ball carrier and Dani Ceballos can set up his teammates. The Spaniard also has the ability to pinch balls off opponent’s legs because of high-voltage pressing.
Scott McTominay is agile, while Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard have slowed down recently. The Scottish will be crucial, but Arsenal have enough quality to bloom in this area.