Arsenal: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Cedric; Partey, Xhaka, Smith Rowe; Saka, Lacazette, Pepe
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, McTominay, Rashford, Fernandes, Martial; Cavani
Arsenal vs Manchester United Score Prediction
Having not lost a single league fixture since being beaten at home by Arsenal, prior to the shock loss to the Blades this clash was one to be hugely fearful of.
Then again, getting beat by one of the worst sides in Premier League history is exactly the sort of result that prompts an almighty response. What better place to do so than at the Emirates Stadium?
United have an impeccable away record this season, with all four of their losses coming at Old Trafford. It’s not even a case of scoring first to break that spell, since they’ve recouped 21 points from losing positions this season, 11 more than the next best in line. On the flip side, Arsenal’s comeback win over the Saints was the first time Arsenal have won a game since going behind.
How crucial will the first goal be on Saturday, then?
Being the home side, Arsenal must seize the initiative early on. Key to the recent run of impressive results has been an improvement in how the team starts matches, even if they don’t get the early goal they desire. Still unable to dictate and dominate matches for extended periods of the game, it’s vital the Gunners score when they’ve got the opposition pinned back.
This is a vulnerable United side as much as it is a clinical one. They counterattack with blistering pace and intelligent movement, forcing whoever they face to commit utter focus to their defensive positioning.
Throw in the best No. 10 in world football right and they’re a constant threat.
But Arsenal pose their own dangers. Not able to hit a barn door with a banjo for weeks, suddenly there are goals popping up all over the pitch. While certain individuals have contributed to a shift in style and potency, responsibility is being assumed across the squad. Throw in a central defence governed by the superb Rob Holding and a neat balance is being struck.
There will be goals in this one. Both sides have enough threat. They will, however, be split.