Two familiar foes do battle once again on Sunday as Arsenal play host to Manchester United at the Emirates.
The growing prominence of social media has reignited this once-significant rivalry between two of England’s most successful clubs, with both sets of supporters desperate to claim online bragging rights.
Neither side has convinced at the start of 2023/24, although both have won two of their opening three games. Arsenal, however, were held by ten-man Fulham last weekend, while United were swatted aside by Tottenham on Matchday 2 and were forced to come from 2-0 down early on to beat Nottingham Forest last time out.
The spoils were shared last season as both the Gunners and Red Devils won one match-up each, and while this contest arrives very early on in the campaign, Sunday’s result could prove significant ahead of the September international break.
Arsenal vs Man Utd preview: Prediction, team news & lineups
Here’s our preview of Sunday’s Premier League clash.
How to watch Arsenal vs Man Utd on TV
When is kick-off? Sunday 3 September
What time is kick-off? 16:30 (BST)
Where is it played? Emirates Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Ultra HD, Sky Sports Premier League (UK) / Peacock, NBC, Telemundo, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (US) / fuboTV (Canada)
Referee? Anthony Taylor
Arsenal team news
There are no fresh injury concerns for Arteta, who could make several changes to his starting XI on Sunday.
In defence, Gabriel and Oleksandr Zinchenko will surely return to the fold with Ben White drifting out to right-back. Fabio Vieira performed well off the bench against Fulham, but the boss could opt for the added security of Declan Rice and Thomas Partey in midfield.
Eddie Nketiah deserves to start up top after scoring again last weekend.
Man Utd team news
Ten Hag has a heap of injuries to contend with for this game, with Raphael Varane being added to the injury list in the week. The Frenchman is set to be out for an extended period and has joined the likes of Luke Shaw and Mason Mount on the sidelines.
Summer arrival Rasmus Hojlund is not yet ready to suit up for the Red Devils.
With Shaw out, Diogo Dalot is expected to deputise at left-back again. Christian Eriksen could also retain his place in midfield, while Victor Lindelof will be expected to replace Varane.
Arsenal vs Man Utd predicted lineups
Arsenal: Ramsdale; White, Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko; Partey, Rice, Odegaard; Saka, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Man Utd: Onana; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Martinez, Dalot; Casemiro, Eriksen, Fernandes; Antony, Sancho, Rashford.
Arsenal’s recent form
Arsenal 2-2 Fulham (26/08) – Premier League
Crystal Palace 0-1 Arsenal (21/08) – Premier League
Arsenal 2-1 Nottingham Forest (12/08) – Premier League
Arsenal 1-1 (5-4p) Man City (06/08) – Community Shield
Arsenal 1-1 AS Monaco – (02/08) – Emirates Cup
Man Utd’s recent form
Man Utd 3-2 Nottingham Forest (26/08) – Premier League
Tottenham 2-0 Man Utd (19/08) – Premier League
Man Utd 1-0 Wolves (14/08) – Premier League
Man Utd 1-1 Athletic Club (06/08) – Friendly
Man Utd 3-1 Lens (05/08) – Friendly
United will be without several key players on Sunday, and that surely tilts the contest in Arsenal’s favour.
While the Gunners perhaps haven’t purred as some may have expected so far this season, Arteta is predicted to return to the on-pitch dynamics that brought about so much success in 2022/23. I’m expecting the hosts to be emboldened by the switch, although they could face up against a United side that merely seeks to contain the Gunners.
Ten Hag will be happy to cede control and territory on Sunday in a bid to hit Arteta’s side on the counter. They did so to tremendous effect at Old Trafford last October. Thus, it could be a cagey affair with Arsenal attempting to break down a low block for long periods. However, I think the pressure will eventually tell and the hosts will squeeze out a victory on home soil.
Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Man Utd