We may declare a third-straight house league win towards Manchester United for the primary time since 1991 on Sunday afternoon, as Mikel Arteta’s staff aim to bounce again from the late heartache sustained in opposition to Fulham last outing.
In what is always some of the mouthwatering clashes of the Premier League season, we host Erik ten Hag’s Red Devils who’ve yet to burst into life so far this campaign, regardless of having won two of their first three matches.
The two sides faced off in New Jersey in pleasant action just 43 days previous to this top-flight meeting, however a lot has modified for each golf equipment since that July evening Stateside as each aim to strike an early blow to their opponents’ seasonal aspirations.
United dreading London calling?
After a £165 million summer season spending spree that noticed Mason Mount, Rasmus Hojlund and Andre Onana arrive, the Red Devils kicked off their campaign with an unconvincing 1-0 win towards Wolves at Old Trafford because of a second-half Raphael Varane objective.
They then headed to north London and fell to a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur, extending their poor form in the capital, where they’ve claimed just six factors from their last 10 league visits, and are winless in their last five.
After that result, issues appeared to be going from dangerous to worse after they discovered themselves trailing by the identical scoreline after simply 4 minutes towards Nottingham Forest final weekend, but goals from Christian Eriksen, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes turned things around to salvage a win from the jaws of defeat.
What the managers say
Arteta: “We know the historical past between the 2 clubs and the video games that we had in the past. They had been a very good example so it’s going to be a extremely competitive match and a big battle on Sunday. Obviously we need to come away from that with three points.
“We all wish to win games, all of us wish to play the best presumably way. That’s not going to dictate but it provides you momentum and belief. Before the international break, it’s very important to complete nicely and win your game and go into September with one other block of games on a high.”
Ten Hag: “It’s one of the largest games in the Premier League. We are really wanting forward to the fight. They are always interesting games, intense video games between two groups who play really offensive football with the proper intentions. The viewers is always the large winner of the sport, so I’m actually wanting ahead to it.”
Adrian Clarke, writing within the official matchday programme: It feels as if United are in a interval of tactical transition. Ten Hag’s most popular form has looked more like a 4-3-3 within the early levels of this campaign, with Casemiro the designated holding midfielder, flanked by Fernandes and Eriksen, with the previous naturally drifting in the direction of the proper side.
They are taking half in out from the again with larger frequency, with new goalkeeper Onana, a superb distributor, signalling that change in priority. As they evolve their type the Red Devils are urgent with higher hostility too. At their greatest on counters and quick transitions, United progress the ball upfield at a rate of 1.81 metres per second, the second-fastest average within the division behind West Ham United. On the left Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho are exciting speed merchants, while on the opposite flank Anthony and Jadon Sancho are potential match-winners.
Chance creation is a robust swimsuit for United, who’ve generated 55 photographs already, together with 42 from open play. Only Manchester City and Brighton & Hove Albion have boasted more makes an attempt, with Fernandes at the heart of most things.
United’s engine room has looked vulnerable firstly of this marketing campaign, with opponents slicing through the center of the pitch with too much ease. When they don’t use a double pivot, Casemiro, who was very good last season, could be left isolated and exposed.
Takehiro Tomiyasu is out there for choice again after his suspension, whereas Jurrien Timber and Mohamed Elneny stay out of contention with knee accidents.
Raphael Varane was withdrawn at half-time of last week’s win against Nottingham Forest and will miss a couple of weeks, adding to 10 Hag’s prolonged damage list.
New signing Rasmus Hojlund has yet to make his debut because of a again criticism, but has been passed fit for Sunday’s recreation, whereas fellow current recruit Mason Mount picked up a hamstring pressure on his debut and will be out for an additional month. Luke Shaw is predicted to be out for longer with a muscle harm, along with his left-back deputy Tyrell Malacia sidelined with a knee problem.
Amad, Tom Heaton, and Kobbie Mainoo are all also injured for United.
Facts and stats
We have gained four of our final 5 home league video games towards Man Utd, together with the final two. We final won three in a row towards the Red Devils between 1988 and 1991.
United have misplaced 5 of their last nine Premier League conferences with us (W2 D2), yet one more than that they had of their earlier 23.
We have lost simply two of our last 24 Premier League home video games (W18 D4), taking place in opposition to Manchester City in February and Brighton in May. We have scored in 22 of these 24 video games, netting no less than twice in 20 of these.
United have received six of their final seven Premier League games, losing the other in north London against Spurs final month.
Manchester United have had more excessive turnovers (41) and pressed sequences (56) than any Premier League facet thus far this season, whereas only Brighton (11) have had extra shots following a excessive turnover than the Red Devils (9). We, nonetheless, have only had 12 excessive turnovers in opposition to us this season, the fewest of any facet to have performed a minimal of three video games thus far.
Bukayo Saka has scored in each of his last three appearances against Manchester United – no player in our history has ever scored in four consecutive league video games in opposition to the Red Devils.
Bruno Fernandes has scored three objectives in his final 5 Premier League appearances for Man Utd, having scored simply as soon as in his earlier 15 combined.
Anthony Taylor takes charge of this one, as we goal to alter our fortunes with him in the center having lost the final two in opposition to Nottingham Forest and Manchester City. However, he did oversee this similar fixture last season as we recorded a 3-2 win.
That was the last of a run of eight straight wins we had strung along with Taylor at the helm, and we now have misplaced just eight of his 47 appointments. Going into matchweek 4, no referee has dished out more yellow playing cards than him.
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Assistants: Gary Beswick, Lee Betts
- Fourth official: Darren Bond
- VAR: Jarred Gillett
- Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett
Recent visits from the Red Devils
We are unbeaten in our last 5 residence video games in opposition to the pink half of Manchester, after final season’s 3-2 triumph when Eddie Nketiah netted twice – including a dramatic late winner – and Bukayo Saka scored a wonderful strike from vary to see us overcome Eric ten Hag’s group.
The season earlier than, we ran out 3-1 winners when strikes from Nuno Tavares, Saka again and a aim of the season effort from Granit Xhaka grabbed the three points.
The previous yr brought a 0-0 draw, but on New Year’s Day 2020 we claimed a 2-0 success with Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis getting on the scoresheet – the same scoreline we recorded six months earlier when Xhaka and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang netted.
Adrian Clarke and Nicole Holliday will be stay from Emirates Stadium an hour before kick-off with our pre-match show, helping hype you up for the big sport with a host of nice friends.
As properly as offering analysis of the place the competition could possibly be won and misplaced, and who the important thing protagonists could be, the pair might be joined by rapper AntsLive and comedian Jacob Hawley, while a bunch of supporters from the Vienna Gunners may also be in the box.
Then from 4.30pm, live commentary comes from Dan Roebuck and Perry Groves who will take you thru all the twists and turns of one of the Premier League’s largest games of the marketing campaign.
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