Arsenal will lock horns against struggling Manchester United in matchday 4 of the new Premier League campaign.
Neither Arsenal nor Manchester United’s side have been positive since the start of the 2023/2024 Premier League season, although both sides have recorded two wins in their opening three matches.
The Gunners drew 2-2 against ten men Fulham in their last outing in the League, while the Red Devils were beaten by Tottenham on Matchday 2 before they fought back from 2-0 down and cruised to a 3-2 victory against Nottingham Forest last weekend.
During the 2022/2023 Premier League season, the spoils were shared between the two teams as both won one match-up each, therefore, Sunday’s outcome could demonstrate a crucial difference ahead of the September International break.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The match between the Gunners and the Red Devils is scheduled to be played on Sunday, the 3rd of September, at Emirates Stadium in London by 4:30 pm (BST) kick-off time.
Arsenal vs Manchester United team news
There are no unique injury burdens for the Arsenal side. Mikel Arteta could make various changes to his starting XI on Sunday.
Problems over Eddie Nketiah are not believed to be serious, with the striker probable to be fit despite a likely knee injury.
Jurrien Timber and Mohamed Elneny remain unavailable for the North Londoners, who may include Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus back to his starting lineup as substitutes after their recovery from injury.
In defense, Gabriel will certainly return to the team with Ben White drifting out to right-back.
Fabio Vieira operated well off the bench against Fulham, but the manager could opt for the added protection of Declan Rice and Thomas Partey in midfield position.
Man United manager, Erik ten Hag has a bundle of injuries to defend with for this weekend’s match, with Raphael Varane being put into the injury list in the week.
The former Real Madrid player is expected to be out for an extensive period joining the likes of Luke Shaw and Mason Mount on the sidelines.
Summer signing Rasmus Hojlund is not still available to suit up for the Red Devils.
Diogo Dalot is expected to play in the left back in the absence of Luke Shaw. Christian Eriksen could also retain his position in midfield, while Victor Lindelof will definitely replace injured Varane.
Arsenal vs Man United possible lineups
Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Rice, Odegaard, Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Man United: Onana, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Dalot, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Antony, Sancho, Rashford.
Arsenal vs Manchester United Head-to-Head
In the last five matches between the two teams, Man United have had an upper hand over Arsenal, the Red Devils so far have recorded three wins while Arsenal won two without a draw between them.
Arsenal vs Man United Prediction
The Gunners have not lost to Manchester United at their home stadium in nearly six years. Mikel Arteta’s men should be able to handle the pressure of the big game against a United team that can be exploited defensively.
However, Man United will be without some of their key players due to injuries, so it is hard to say United will come out victorious at the Emirates.
Therefore, we predict that Arsenal will secure a narrow escape against Erik ten Hag’s men in a scoreline of 2-1.