There should be a fantastic atmosphere at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon (March 10) as Arsenal host Manchester United in the Premier League. The two teams may not have title aspirations this season but this match could be pivotal in determining which of the two teams plays in the Champions League next season.
Check out our analysis, stats, and free tips for Arsenal vs Manchester United.
Arsenal Home Form
Arsenal haven’t dropped a point at the Emirates in the Premier League since November, and they’ll be looking to make it nine home wins on the bounce against Manchester United here.
Six of those wins did come against teams in the bottom half of the table but they’ve also beaten Chelsea and Tottenham in that run.
However, The Emirates hasn’t been a fortress in all competitions during that time, as Tottenham (Carabao Cup) and, more notably, Manchester United (FA Cup) have gone home victorious.
Manchester United’s Away Form
The impact Ole Gunner Solskjaer has had on Manchester United is bordering on unbelievable and United’s sensational comeback against PSG in Paris on Wednesday night suggests that Solskjaer has the Midas touch.
However, when you look at United’s away form since Solskjaer took charge, perhaps that win over PSG wasn’t as big a shock as the footballing world made it out to be. That’s because United have won all nine away games under Solskjaer.
It’s an impressive run too, as it includes wins over Chelsea and Tottenham, as well as that 3-1 FA Cup win at The Emirates. United have also scored 23 goals in those games and conceded just four, with no team scoring more than one goal against United.
Arsenal vs Manchester United Head-To-Heads
Despite United’s uplift in form under their new manager, the tide had actually swung in their favour even under Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho. They won this fixture 3-1 in December 2017 before winning 2-1 at Old Trafford in April 2018.
United also managed a draw at Old Trafford in December this season, when Arsenal were very much the form team, and, more importantly, looked the better team when beating Arsenal 3-1 in their recent FA Cup match.
Arsenal vs Manchester United Team News
Koscielny appears to be Arsenal’s main injury-worry but Maitland-Niles could return at right-back. However, Arsenal have to be concerned over the form of key men like Aubameyang and Ozil after their shock defeat in Europe on Thursday night.
United have been winning despite a catalogue of injuries and Alexis Sanchez has joined the likes of Lingard, Mata, and Valencia on the list of United players that are unlikely to feature at The Emirates this weekend.
The good news for United is that Paul Pogba is free to play having been suspended for Wednesday’s Champions League match, whilst the expected return of Phil Jones and Anthony Martial should give Solskjaer more options. Matic and Herrera may also be available.
Arsenal vs Manchester United Summary
Arsenal’s excellent recent home record in the Premier League seems to be the main reason why the bookies have priced up Arsenal as favourites for Sunday’s clash against Manchester United, but it’s much easier to argue a case for backing United to win.
United have won all of their nine away games under Solskjar and confidence will be sky high after their midweek win at PSG. Meanwhile, Arsenal’s confidence has to be shaky after their European defeat and their players have had a day less to recover than United’s.
United also boast a much better recent record in their head-to-heads, winning three of their last four and drawing the other. Two of those wins also came at The Emirates including that recent 3-1 FA Cup win which United dominated for much of the game.
Having also beaten Tottenham and Chelsea in that great run of away form, their other two rivals for a Champions League spot for next season, there’s absolutely no reason why United’s momentum can’t carry them to another victory here.