Mikel Arteta’s baptism of fire as Arsenal manager continues in the new year when he welcomes rampant Manchester United to the Emirates in this potentially thrilling clash.
Premier League 2019/2020
Date: Wednesday 1st, January
Kick-off: 21: 00
Venue: Emirates Stady
TV Channel: Sky Sports
Arsenal led at halftime in a Premier League game for the first time since early November when they met Chelsea last weekend, but somehow still managed to lose all three points with just seven minutes left on the clock in that game.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the lead here after just 13 minutes but his side’s defensive frailties reared its ugly head yet, and in the end Chelsea rallied late to prevail. Arsenal have now failed to win 14 of their last 15 matches in all competitions, another low for the 13-time champions.
They have also kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 games in all competitions, no thanks to a defence which have looked disjointed in games. With seven points separating them from the top five now, it’s really difficult to fathom how Arsenal will claw back the huge deficit to qualify for an European tournament.
Manchester United brushed aside Burnley 2-0 in their last game of 2019, with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford scoring either side of halftime at Turf Moor. It was the first time the Red Devils have kept a clean sheet in the Premier League since September, so it will come as a big positive coming into this one.
The hosts ran out 2-0 winners the last time these two sides met here, but that was Arsenal’s only win over Manchester United in their last six meetings (L3, D2). It could be United that just about edges this one.
Callum Chambers pulled up with a knee injury against Chelsea and has emerged as the latest doubt for the hosts in their long list of injuries.
Paul Pogba could return after he sat out the win versus Burnley. Their are no new injury worries for Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.
Head to Head
This is one of the oldest fixture in English top flight football, with a total of 231 played. United have won 97 to Arsenal’s 82. 52 games have ended as draws.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last four home league games.
Manchester United have not won successive away games in the Premier League this season.
Arsenal have conceded at least twice in their last four home league games.
Arsenal are embroiled in shocking form coming into this one, losing two of their last four league games and scoring just two goals during that run. Arsenal’s last five league games (WLDDL)
Following their result against Burnley, Manchester United have now won four of their last six league games, (D1, L1). United’s last five league games (WDLWW)
Manchester United are expected to take the game to their opposition, and are well equipped to— they have taken leads into halftime in their last two outings. But this game has the likelihood of producing goals, so exploring the goals market could be a safer pick than backing any of the team outrightly. Back an over 2.5 goals at 13/20.
Anthony Martial is 13/8 to score anytime, and is a worth the money on the goalscorer markets.