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So much press pours out surrounding Manchester United, for the most part involving manager Jose Mourinho and the ageing Wayne Rooney, its hard to assess quite where this team is at. When the team captain is regularly left out and the manager publicly criticises players commitment, from the outside it could be said that the club remains in disarray, still seemingly finding their new identity after the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Certainly their form is nothing to boast about where they sit in sixth, six points off Champions League riches, scoring just sixteen goals in eleven games. They travelled to a poor Swansea in their last game, winning comfortably 3-1. That was their first win in seven games so quite clearly everything must of dropped right on the day.
As a team certain players strike as being unconvincing, Zlatan Ibrahimovic wanders in and out of games (incidentally missing for this game through suspension), Anthony Martial has lost his starting position and Wayne Rooney is simply not contributing the centre midfield attacking role. This is all on top of a leaky defence who have lost Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling and Antonio Valencia to injury. All in all its hard to give encouragement to the United fans until some consistency is seen from this team, a huge job for any manager let alone The Special One!
(Form check: WWDWD)
A couple of recent draws have seen the many excited Gunners fans regather themselves and realise the Premier League Title will be an all out dog fight this year! The worry for the fans is that three of the four games Arsenal have lost points this season have been at home, a longer term worry but not one for this weekend!
Arsenal’s team has a really solid look to it, with experienced campaigners in defence, Petr Cech, Laurent Koscienly and Nacho Monreal propping up a midfield which has pace in abundance through Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi (Or Oxlade Camberlain). Add a couple of world class players in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, its no surprise to see them playing well, scoring over two goals a game, and winning seven times so far.
There has been an injury scare with Alexis Sanchez midweek though, who at one stage was reported to be missing the international action, only for that to be reversed, when he started and scored twice in Chile’s win over Uruguay. Normally Wenger prefers to rest him after his long travelling exertions but with this game not being a guaranteed three pointer Wenger has little option but to start him. Hector Bellerin will also be missing for the next couple of weeks with a groin injury.
- Man Utd are undefeated in 12 of their last 13 home matches (Premier League).
- Arsenal have won their last 4 away matches (Premier League).
- Jose Mourinho has never lost a competitive fixture against Arsene Wenger, a run that spans 14 matches.
- Wayne Rooney has 4 assists this season (Premier League) (the most out of both sides!)
- Nacho Monreal intercepts the ball on average 3.9 times a game! (Premier League)
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The international break always creates a horror score or two but with all the injuries Manchester United are carrying, especially in defence, Arsenal should be too strong. I can see the Gunners keeping a clean sheet along the way and by the time the 3pm kicks off take place be sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League.
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