Arsenal will travel to the Old Trafford Stadium on Saturday in a bid to further their early season good form. The Gunners haven’t lost since that opening day defeat at the Emirates. Moreover, with five wins out of their last six fixtures in the League, Arsenal would be going into this game as favourites.
However, despite their early season form, history suggests that the Gunners are going into this game as the underdogs. The last time Arsenal recorded a victory over their bitter rivals in the Premier League was way back in 2006.
Ever since, they have faced the Red devils eighteen times in the League, with no wins coming their way.
If Arsenal wants to end their decade-long wait for a Premier League title, their fans would tip this fixture as a ‘must win’.
Also, looking at the form of Manchester United in recent games, anything less than a win would be disappointing for the high-flying Gunners.
Looking at their team news and it has to be said that Arsenal aren’t coming into this game in full fitness. Hector Bellerin, the Spanish full-back, was injured before the advent of International break.
While Arsenal fans expected to see him back after the break, reports of his scan have forced the Arsenal manager to rule out the fullback for at least one month.
In addition to Bellerin – whose absence could be exploited by Manchester United, Arsenal would be sweating on the fitness of Alexis Sanchez. Making the worst fears of Arsenal fans come true, the Chilean hasn’t come out of the International break unscathed.
With the scope of his injury unknown, it remains to be seen whether Wenger risks the forward against Manchester United.
However, looking at the stature of this fixture – and the possible ramifications a defeat would have on Arsenal, Arsene Wenger might risk Sanchez in this fixture.
Probable Arsenal Starting XI: Cech – Jenkinson – Mustafi – Koscielny – Monreal – Ramsey – Xhaka – Walcott – Ozil – Sanchez – Giroud.