ENGLAND: Premier League
Time: 9:15 PM
Venue: Old Trafford (Manchester)
Manchester United announced that Ralf Rangnick will become the club’s new interim manager this week, signalling a new dawn for the ‘Red Devils’. United fans will be hoping his arrival can breathe life into a side that comes into this clash with old foes Arsenal having picked up their fewest number of Premier League (PL) points (five) across an eight-game spell in the competition’s history (W1, D2, L5).
Remarkably despite that torrid run of form, the hosts start the gameweek just five points off the top four. Therefore a win here, plus positive results elsewhere, could put Man United back within touching distance of the coveted Champions League places. That won’t be straightforward though based on their recent H2H record against Arsenal, as they’re winless across the last six PL meetings (D3, L3).
The Champions League chasing visitors bounced back from their 4-0 loss to Liverpool by defeating Newcastle United 2-0 last weekend to make it an impressive one defeat across their last ten PL matches (W7, D2). They kept a clean sheet in each of the last three victories in that run, a feat they also achieved in each of their last three meetings with United.
Another shutout could prove crucial in securing a positive result given that Mikel Arteta’s men have been far from efficient in front of goal on the road this season. The North Londoners have failed to score in four of their six away PL matches, and ahead of the gameweek, only Norwich City had scored fewer away goals in total (three).
Players to watch: Two second-half strikes across his last two competitive United appearances indicate that Jadon Sancho might be finally finding his feet. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored in his last two away league games against United, although his four PL strikes this season have all been at home..
- Manchester Utd’s form in last 5 matches: DWLLD.
- Arsenal’s form in last 5 matches: WLWWW.
PREDICTION: Home/Draw and BTTS