|Manchester United and Arsenal meet on Sunday at Old Trafford in a fixture of huge significance; who will come out tops? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)
Arsenal sit top of the log in the premier league and the feeling remains strange to almost everyone; the Gunners haven’t been top of the log at this stage of the season in a very long time and the last time they won five on the bounce to start a league season was their unbeaten season of 04/05.
Arsenal beat Aston Villa on Wednesday without even leaving the
first gear; they conceded a dodgy goal midway into the second half and struck
back within two minutes, something that is fast becoming a part of them this
Manchester United have now won three games on the bounce too and
two of them have come away from home. Eric Ten Hag’s team can take things a
notch higher with a fine win on Sunday to make a huge statement.
The win over Leicester City left lots of questions with United
having to defend deep and rely on David De Gea to bail them out at key stages
in the game, they will have to be at their best to stop a free scoring Arsenal
side from getting past them.
United can call on Casemiro and Antony for Arsenal’s visit to Old
Trafford, it’s a kind of game where you either show up big or go home; form and
history don’t play much parts in this sort of games and the importance of the
fixture is known to the two sides.
Mikel Arteta will be without Thomas Partey and Mohammed Elneny but
Alex Zinchenko, Ben White and Martin Odegaard all traveled for the fixture. Expect
key battles between Bukayo Saka and Tyrell Malacia, Jadon Sancho and whoever is
picked to play at right back for Arsenal on Sunday.
Gabriel Martinelli will be a thorn in the United flesh, how they
deal with him will be important; Gabriel Jesus has proven to be too much to
handle for defenses this season, how will united deal with him? It would be a
joy to watch.
Manchester United will make statements with fierce onslaughts but game
management will be instrumental; United are known to choose the half they want
to play well in, Cristiano Ronaldo enjoys playing against Arsenal, will he get
a look in on Sunday?
United won 3-2 in this fixture last season but they have only one
clean sheet against Arsenal in sixteen premier league games, it will be a great
game on Sunday.
Verdict: Both teams to score.