Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
Arsenal resume their old rivalry with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon in north London, with the Gunners looking to overhaul fourth-placed United in the Premier League table. United, unbeaten domestically since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as manager, are a point ahead of Arsenal, as the battle for Champions League places heats up.
United head into the game on the back of a fine performance in the Champions League in midweek. The Red Devils travelled to France to face Paris Saint Germain in the second leg of the competition’s first knock-out round. United were 2-0 down after the first leg at Old Trafford, but won 3-1 in Paris to ensure that they progressed to the next round.
Arsenal also travelled to France in midweek, in the Europa League. They were beaten 3-1 at Rennes in the first leg of the competition’s round of 16.
Arsenal vs Manchester United Prediction: Gunners 0-1 United
Our prediction for this game is that it will be fiercely contested and very tight. We suspect that one goal may well be sufficient to win the game, albeit narrowly. We predict that United will win the game 1-0, but it will be hard work. United will be feeling confident after their midweek triumph in Paris, while the Gunners will surely be a little bruised after their Europa League defeat in Rennes. United are yet to lose a domestic game under Solskjaer’s management, and we expect that record to continue on Sunday.
Our recommended tip: United, 1X2
Our featured tip for this game comes from William Hill, who are offering odds of 2/1 on United to win on the 1X2 market. We think that those odds look a little long, given United’s excellent domestic form under the management of Solksjaer. We think that this will be a tight game, but that United will have just too much in the end for Arsenal to cope with. A bet on the 1X2 market means that you are not restricted to a particular scoreline, giving you some flexibility when it comes to the precise result.
These two sides have met 53 times in the Premier League. Arsenal have won 13 of those games, United 24 and there have been 16 draws. The Gunners have won 10 times at home, and United have won eight games in north London.
The sides have played each twice previously in 2018/19, once in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup. The league match was at Old Trafford on December 5, and ended in a 2-2 draw.
The teams also met in the FA Cup fourth round at the Emirates Stadium on January 25. United won 3-1 that day.
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Players to watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang & Anthony Martial
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is Arsenal’s leading scorer this season, having scored 16 goals in 28 Premier League appearances in 2018/19. United’s defenders will want to keep the Gabonese striker on his left foot, as he has scored 15 of those 16 goals with his right foot, and just one with his left. None of his goals have come from headers. He has also provided his team-mates with four assists in the league, and created six big chances.
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is a man to watch on Sunday. He is set to return to the line-up on Sunday after being injured, and Arsenal will be aware of the threat that the young Frenchman poses to defenders, as he has already scored two goals against Arsenal this season, one in the league and one in the FA Cup. He has weighed in with nine goals and two assists in 20 Premier League appearances this season.