WATCH LIVE : Arsenal VS Manchester United (Premier League)
ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER UNITED MATCH PREVIEW
It’s 20 years since Arsenal embarked upon their last title-winning season and a decade since Manchester United were crowned champions, but despite the lustre of those triumphs dimming in the memory, there is still an eager anticipation around arguably the Premier League’s most iconic fixture.
From the Battle of the Buffet and Pizzagate when United ended the 49-game unbeaten run of the Invincibles, to the 8-2 mauling Arsenal fans hate to be reminded about; from Thierry Henry’s flick-pivot-volley to Sylvain Wiltord’s title-clinching goal at Old Trafford.
There have been so many iconic moments in probably the most intense rivalry of the Premier League era. Even recent games have had their exciting moments. Eddie Nketiah scored a last-gasp winner in January the last time the two sides met earlier this year.
At Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag’s side beat Arsenal 3-1 and, in doing so, became the only team not to suffer defeat at the hands of Mikel Arteta’s side in their opening 14 matches of last season in all competitions.
Two of England’s forwards will be looking to go into the international break on the back of good performances and extend their recent run of goals in this fixture.
Marcus Rashford, who scored twice on his Premier League debut against the Gunners, has netted three times in the last two meetings, while Bukayo Saka has scored in each of the last three games between these two rivals.
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The only player to net in more consecutive matches between these two sides in the Premier League era was Robin van Persie who scored in five successive games the first two as an Arsenal player and the next three for Man Utd.
The two Englishmen really seem to enjoy this fixture, Saka has scored more goals against Man Utd (3) than he has against any other opponent while Rashford has only scored more Premier League goals against Leicester (8) than he has against Arsenal (5).
Manchester United have struggled on the road against their main rivals in recent times. They have won none and lost eight of the last 12 away games against the other teams in the traditional ‘Big Six’ plus Newcastle.
Having already slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Spurs this season, Ten Hag’s men are going to have to play much better if they are to take anything from their second trip to the capital this season.
Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Rice, Odegaard, Havertz; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli
MANCHESTER UNITED LINEUP
na, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Dalot, Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes, Antony, Martial, Rashford.