This fixture hasn’t been kind to the Gunners, even though, they have come up against lesser Man United sides. Still, United have put poor forms and poor managers (David Moyes’ era) aside and are more than happy to ruin Arsenal’s day, on many occasions. This time seems no different, especially with Jose Mourinho managing United, also known as the antagonist to Wenger’s protagonist.
The two managers have had a comical feud that has actually resulted in fisticuffs – I say fisticuffs, but I really mean a shoving match. The two sides meet on Sunday, and despite Mourinho already conceding the match – a ruse for those new to the school of Mourinho-ism – however, Mourinho has the opportunity to deny entry to Wenger and his side into the Champions League.
Arsenal are coming off a 2-0 loss in the last ever NLD at White Hart Lane. The Gunners will have to lick their wounds and attempt a final surge towards the messy top four. However, stumbling at home to Manchester United will really make Arsenal missing out on Champions league football for the first time in the Wenger reign very, very likely.
On the other side of the pitch, Manchester look to find their own unique way back into the Champions League via the Europa League, and they seem to be on their way, as they came away from the Celta Vigo game with a 1-0 away win. Mourinho Is likely to field a weakened side on Sunday, even more so because his team is ravished by a never-ending list of injuries.
Arsenal seem to perennially struggle against their counterparts in the top 6, but with Mourinho’s side having two eyes on the Europa league second leg, this matchup could come at a perfect time for the Gunners.
Granit Xhaka suffered a kick to the calf last weekend and has only a “little chance” of playing, according to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Manchester United are set to be without Ashley Young, who was forced off with a muscle injury against Celta Vigo.
Mourinho will perhaps rest key players like Marcus Rashford, who featured in Thursday’s game – with speculation – that he was substituted because of a knock.
- Manchester United lost this fixture 3-0 last season but that is their only defeat in the last 11 league meetings (W6, D4).
- This will be the 50th Premier League match between these clubs. Arsenal have won 12 and United 22, with 15 draws.