In the next Premier League match, Arsenal will face an improved Manchester United team at Old Trafford, which will serve as a genuine litmus test for the Gunners. The match will take place on Sunday afternoon at the Theatre of Dreams.
On Thursday evening, the team managed by Erik ten Hag prevailed against Leicester City by a score of 1-0, while Arsenal kept their winning run alive with a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Match Preview: Manchester United vs. Arsenal
Manchester United and Leicester City grabbed center stage on transfer deadline day, as the Red Devils’ comeback continued.
Man United’s defensive nous was a sight for sore eyes for the home crowd as Jadon Sancho’s 23rd-minute goal clinched a third straight Premier League victory.
Three successive victories against Liverpool, Southampton, and Leicester have moved Man United to fifth in the standings with nine points from the first 15 available, but their five goals are the fewest of any top-half club.
Ten Hag may have spent Thursday preparing his players for Leicester, but the Red Devils’ leadership welcomed Antony and Martin Dubravka to Old Trafford before Arsenal’s visit.
Man United should ignore the fact that they’ve lost three straight Sunday top-flight games, even if Arsenal has been a different beast so far.
Douglas Luiz scored from a corner against Arsenal and was engaged in a deadline-day transfer controversy, but the Gunners failed to sign him.
Mikel Arteta’s summer business has already paid off in the Premier League. Gabriel Martinelli scored the goal 151 seconds after Luiz had canceled out Gabriel Jesus’ opening.
The Gunners could have had four or five goals in the first half, but by rebounding promptly after conceding, Arteta’s side remains the only team with a 100% record.
Arsenal is now two points ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League, but they will return to Europe next week when they play in Zurich in the Europa League.
Arsenal hasn’t begun a Premier League season with six straight victories since 1947-48 when they won the championship. However, Old Trafford hasn’t been a pleasant hunting ground for the North London club, as they’ve won just one of their past 15 away games against Man United.
Team News: Manchester United vs. Arsenal
Antony might be available for Ten Hag after his £85.4m arrival from Ajax, while Dubravka should start on the bench as David de Gea’s backup.
Anthony Martial, Antony’s namesake, is one of many injured hosts; Facundo Pellistri and Brandon Williams are also out.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw missed the game against Leicester with minor concerns and will be evaluated in the coming hours. Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia should keep their spots.
Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo off the bench is a luxury for any manager, but Ten Hag should consider starting both, particularly since Ronaldo scored twice against Arsenal last season.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny will miss time with thigh problems, prompting Arsenal’s failed chase of a new enforcer.
Reiss Nelson is gone for the season, and Arteta must examine Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard after they were injured against Aston Villa.
Emile Smith Rowe is on standby to replace Ramsdale if Odegaard’s ankle injury prevents him from the beginning.
Oleksandr Zinchenko hasn’t returned to team training after a knee injury and will miss again. Albert Sambi Lokonga should keep his spot in the midfield after a fine midweek effort.
Manchester United Possible Starting Lineup: Ronaldo, Rashford, De Gea; Dalot, Fernandes, Varane, Martinez, Malacia; Casemiro, Eriksen; Sancho
Arsenal Possible Starting Lineup: Ramsdale, White, Saliba, Smith Rowe, Gabriel, Tierney; Xhaka, Lokonga; Saka, Martinelli, Jesus
Prediction: Arsenal and Manchester United will tie 1-1
Even though Arsenal has gotten off to an incredible start to the new season, crucial injuries to players might put a stop to their winning run at a stadium where the ingredients for success are just not there.
A continued lack of ruthlessness will restrict Man United’s ability to keep their own winning run going, and the two giants of the game should play out a low-scoring draw this weekend. Man United appears to be finding their feet under Ten Hag’s guidance, but this will restrict their ability to keep their own winning run going.
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