The historic Premier League giants are set to clash at The Emirates Stadium on Sunday in a fixture where both Arsenal and Manchester United will be hoping to secure all 3 points as well as bragging rights over their archnemesis.
The famed English clubs have struggled in their recent past to replicate their peak historic standards and securing silverware. However, the 2022-23 campaign saw both sides have a strong season where Arsenal emerged as title-contenders and the Red Devils secured a Champions League spot in addition to winning the Carabao Cup.
The current 2023-24 campaign has seen a reignited belief and determination in both club’s fans as they hope to make a statement that they still belong at the top. Sunday’s clash in North London would certainly prove to be a game worth watching.
When & Where:
Date: 3rd September 2023.
Time: 09:00 PM (IST).
Venue: The Emirates Stadium.
Referee: Anthony Taylor.
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Lee Betts.
Fourth Officials: Darren Bond.
VAR: Jarred Gillett.
Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett.
Jurrien Timber and Mohamed Elneny remain unavailable for Mikel Arteta’s side as they continue to recover from their injury woes. Following last week’s game at The Emirates against Fulham, reports emerged claiming Eddie Nketiah picked up a minor knee injury. However, with no statements by the club or additional reports we can assume that the striker is fit and available for selection against United.
Gabriel Jesus’s introduction from the bench in the closing minutes against Fulham provided a breath of much needed relief to Arsenal fans as the striker featued for the first time in the 2023-24 league campaign following a knee injury picked up in pre-season.
On the other hand Erik Ten Hag will have a lot more to worry about in addition to his side’s form as the growing list of injured players keeps getting longer. The new number 7 Mason Mount remains on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. The club further confirmed that following last week’s clash against Nottingham Forest, Raphael Varane will be out for a few weeks as he joins Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia as defensive absentees.
Kobbie Mainoo and Amad Diallo miss out as well as both the midfielders picked up injuries in United’s pre-season. On a brighter note, it looks increasingly likely that new-signing Rasmus Hojlund will be fit after recovering from his back injury to make his Premier League debut at The Emirates.
The PFA Young Player of the Year has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against Manchester United. Despite the change in tactics in the opeining 3 games which meant losing his vital connection with Ben White at right-back as proved last season, Saka has still managed to score twice this season already.
With Arteta expected to revert back to 4 at the back, we can expect a higher involvement of Bukayo Saka who doesn’t have to track back as often as he did so far this season. Furthermore with Luke Shaw on the sidelines and no natural left-back at United’s disposal to face Arsenal’s number 7, Saka will have a huge opportunity to make his mark on Sunday.
Old Trafford’s new skipper has found the net thrice in his last 5 league matches for United. Furthermore his performance against Forest last week out was the 12th time he’s registered a goal as well as an assist in a Premier League match, making it the joint highest of any player since his league debut in February 2020.
With 10 key chances already created in 3 matches and an expected 1.23 goal contributions every 90 minutes, we can expect the Portugese to dominate his side’s attack and creativity like he usually does.
The striker will most likely lead his team’s lines up front and given his current form as well as his memorable performance the last time the Emirates hosted United, we can expect the 24-year-old on being keen to prove his place in the team.
Arsenal predicted lineup vs Man United: Ramsdale, White, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko, Partey, Rice, Odegaard, Saka, Nketiah & Martinelli.
Manchester United predicted lineup vs Arsenal: Onana, Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Dalot, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Antony, Sancho & Rashford.